Monday, February 6, 2017

Monk Parakeets on Gardenia

Just down from the street from Pumphouse in Hidalgo is a colony of Monk Parakeets. The large nest was built on a transformer in a residential neighborhood. Only a few parakeets were visible compared to about 30 parakeets on Friday.  Today a mating pair of Monk Parakeets were refurbishing their part of the nest.  Below this photo of the male arriving is the sequence of the female waiting for her mate, working together and weaving of the materials. 

Saturday, February 4, 2017

On to The Hildago Pumphouse

Regulars at the Hildago Pumphouse are Black Phoebes, Kingfishers, and wild Muscovy Ducks. House Finches, Vermillion Flycatchers and Clay-colored Thrushes were the bonus birds but no . Then on Gardenia Street a few blocks away there is  a large nest of Monk Parakeets. There were about 3 dozen Parakeets. 

Black Phoebe

Female Vermilion Flycatcher 

">                                House Finch  

>Muscovy Ducks
                                    Monk Parakeets with a few Blackbirds and a Dove

McAllen Nature Center - Success!

After Frank, Laura's Hooded Oriole came to her feeder,  we saw a flock of warbler including a Yellow-throated Warbler. It was a great way to start the day.  A short road trip  brought us to McAllen Nature Center.  We were early enough to see the Audubon Oriole but not until we waited for 30 minutes and took a walk through the trails.  Finally he appeared out in the open ready to eat and get a drink.  

Above Yellow-throated Warbler and below a female Altimra Oriole.

Audubon Oriole is more yellow with a black head, I did not get a photo of the Hooded Oriole.
 A walk along the road by the irragation ditch ended with views of a Ringed Kingfisher. At a closer look we saw a Belted Kingfish. They were replaced by Egrets, the Great Egret and the much smaller Snowy Egret. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Small Birds of Prey at Delta Lakes & SPI

White-tailed Kite and American Kestrels at Delta Lakes & Peregrine Falcon at South Padre 
White-tailed Kite

American Kestrel 

This Peregrine is a regular at the SPI Birding Center under the M in Madre on the water tower.  A friendly birder told me where to look for it. I looked up and saw it and then I let him use by Swarovski Binoculars. Gunnar told him he could see God with them.  He looked up at the Falcon and said Oh My God!