#793-#795 at Bentsen State Park

Friday I signed up for a relatively leisurely (six hours, one location) trip to the Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, once again along the border. At the first feeders, we spent about 45 minutes watching Plain Chachalcas, Green Jays, Orange-crowned Warblers, Red-winged Blackbirds, a Long-billed Thrasher or two, and several Altamira Orioles, #793, a bird I had missed a few times on Wednesday:

Altamira Oriole at feeder

We made several more stops inside the park, and at one of them we picked out #794, Northern Beardless Tyrannulet. It’s a small flycatcher, and did not pose for photos.

Final stop was the hawkwatch platform. We were hoping for Hook-billed Kite, but that was a real longshot, and we didn’t get it. We did get some shorebirds, a few ducks, and a Loggerhead Shrike. And just before we left a few Cave Swallows, #795, flew over.

My total count for the site was about 60 avian species (plus a butterfly or two), not counting species a few other folks in the group saw that I missed:

  • American Avocet
  • White-tailed Hawk
  • American Kestrel
  • American Pipit
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • Black Vulture
  • Cave Swallow
  • Common Ground-Dove
  • Crested Caracara
  • Gadwall
  • Green-winged Teal
  • Great Egret
  • Great Kiskadee
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Least Sandpiper
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Northern Harrier
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Snowy Egret
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • White Ibis
  • American Coot
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Marsh Wren
  • Snowy Egret
  • Great Kiskadee
  • Clay-colored Thrush
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker
  • Plain Chachalaca
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Black Phoebe
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Olive Sparrow
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Altamira Oriole
  • Crested Caracara
  • Mourning Dove
  • Inca Dove
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  • Long-billed Thrasher
  • Green Jay
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Vermilion Flycatcher
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Ringed Kingfisher
  • Pyrrhuloxia
  • Osprey
  • Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
  • Neotropic Cormorant
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Black Vulture
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Barn Swallow
  • Anhinga
  • White-winged Dove
  • American Coot

In addition to the three lifers, there were four more state birds for Texas; and Clay-colored Thrush and Ringed Kingfisher were ABA area birds. Not too bad. After yesterday’s relatively poor showing of one life bird, I was worrying that I had just about exhausted the possibilities, but apparently there’s more to be had yet. Tomorrow we’re visiting another spot along the border, the Southmost Preserve.

One Response to “#793-#795 at Bentsen State Park”

  1. John Cowan Says:

    Hoping, rather than hopping, perhaps?

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