Posted by: DarkEyedJunc0 | May 5, 2014

Texas Birding (trip report)

My very first time birding in Texas, and it sure did live up to the legacy – and we didn’t even hit the Valley yet!

Four of us (Rob, Todd, Meg and I) came to texas for a long weekend, and with our sights set on three particular targets… Golden-cheeked Warbler, Black-Capped Vireo and Attwater’s Prairie Chicken (Greater).

We were able to get looks at the Attwater’s Prairie Chickens displaying at Attwater NWR (via a guided Van tour.)

A male Prairie Chicken "shows off" for two females.

A male Prairie Chicken “shows off” for two females.

For our looks at Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-Capped Vireo, we attended the Balcones Canyonlands NWR festival (and met up with fellow NJ birder, Deidre!) And boy did we get looks at these great birds!  (The Vireo is a little more elusive, and hence why I don’t have any photos.)

The Beautiful and Endangered Golden-Cheeked Warbler

The Beautiful and Endangered Golden-Cheeked Warbler

We got all three of our targets, and then some!    What an amazing trip… we ended up with 147 species for the trip, and in addition to the lifers, we ended on the last day, with a trip to Shiner, TX (for a quick stop at the Spoetzel Brewery) and a Mississippi Kite show!!! (at least 40 MIKIs circling the skies over Shiner, TX)

Scissor-tailed Flycatchers were definitely in abundance, and there were also lots of goodies like White-tailed Hawk, White-tailed Kite, Painted Buntings, Fulvous Whistling Duck, and many other goodies.

All in all, an awesome trip!

..... and we birded till the cow came home!

….. and we birded till the cow came home!

Full list follows:

Date range: Apr 25, 2014 – Apr 28, 2014 Total # of Species: 147
Total # of Checklists: 10
Location(s):   Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR- N. (Prairie Chicken Rd. area); Balcones Canyonlands NWR; Eagle Lake; Galveston; Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037); Palmetto SP (CTC 029); Rice Field Road – Sealy TX; Shiner; St. Edwards Pk (NW Austin); Texas

  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
  • Fulvous Whistling-Duck
  • Wood Duck
  • Gadwall
  • Mallard
  • Mottled Duck
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Northern Bobwhite
  • Greater Prairie-Chicken
  • Wild Turkey
  • Eared Grebe
  • Neotropic Cormorant
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Brown Pelican
  • American Bittern
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • Tricolored Heron
  • Cattle EgretEagle Lake
  • Green Heron
  • Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
  • White Ibis
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Roseate Spoonbill
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture
  • White-tailed Kite
  • Mississippi Kite
  • Northern Harrier
  • White-tailed Hawk
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Swainson’s Hawk
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Common Gallinule
  • American Coot
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • American Avocet
  • Black-bellied Plover
  • Semipalmated Plover
  • Killdeer
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Solitary Sandpiper
  • Willet
  • Lesser Yellowlegs
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Sanderling
  • Baird’s Sandpiper
  • Least Sandpiper
  • Pectoral Sandpiper
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper
  • Long-billed Dowitcher
  • Wion’s Phalarope
  • Laughing Gull
  • Herring Gull
  • Gull-billed Tern
  • Caspian Tern
  • Forster’s Tern
  • Royal Tern
  • Sandwich Tern
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove
  • White-winged Dove
  • Mourning Dove
  • Inca Dove
  • Common Ground-Dove
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  • Greater Roadrunner
  • Common Nighthawk
  • Chimney Swift
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  • Pileated Woodpecker
  • Crested Caracara
  • Merlin
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Least Flycatcher
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Vermilion Flycatcher
  • Great Crested Flycatcher
  • Western Kingbird
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • Black-capped Vireo
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • American Crow
  • Common Raven
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Purple Martin
  • Bank Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Cave Swallow
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Tufted Titmouse
  • Black-crested Titmouse
  • Canyon Wren
  • Sedge Wren
  • Marsh Wren
  • Carolina Wren
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • European Starling
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Northern Parula
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Golden-cheeked Warbler
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • Spotted Towhee
  • Clay-colored Sparrow
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Summer Tanager
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Blue Grosbeak
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Painted Bunting
  • Dickcissel
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Common Grackle
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Bronzed CowbirdEagle Lake
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Orchard Oriole
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • House Finch
  • American Goldfinch
  • House Sparrow
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