Apr. 20 – TEXAS Birding Break, Day 2

Debra Corpora and I birded in Rockport, then Port Aransas and back to Rockpoert today. Many birds had apparently left so there were fewer birds around today. But there still were good birds (especially for a visiting Alaskan). At the quite new Linda S. Castro Nature Sanctuary visited first and then later in the day, the bird we saw included the Wood Duck that has been there a while as well as Tennessee and Blue-winged Warblers, a Redhead, Mottled Ducks, Blue-winged Teal, Indigo Bunting, Bronzed Cowbird, and Ruby-throated Hummingbird.

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At Paradise Pond in Port Aransas, highlights included a Black-crowned Night-Heron, Solitary Sandpiper, a Baltimore Oriole,  Yell0w-headed Blackbird, and a Scarlet Tanager.

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At the Birding Center we ran into the weekly bird walk being led by Nan Dietert and Lyndon Holcomb. Birds there included Sora and Canada, Nashville, Cerulean, Cape May and Yellow-rumped (Audubon’s) Warblers, as well as nearby Wilson’s Phalaropes, American Avocets and Stilt Sandpipers. There also were two alligators lying right next to the boardwalk.

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After lunch, we added birder Jan Wimberly and later Lorrie Lowrie to our birding travels in the Rockport area. At Goose Island State Park were Black-and-White and Golden-winged  Warblers. At Holiday Beach Pond were Green Heron, Anhingas, a Dunlin, White-faced Ibis, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, Couch’s Kingbird and Common Gallinule (Moorhen).

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On a country road with adjacent wetlands were Summer Tanager, Great-crested Flycatcher, Greater Kiskadee, and Rose-breasted Grosbeak.

I have left out many of the birds seen but reading through the above and looking at the pictures, it is clear that birding was beautiful today.

Birding in TEXAS today, so no new Alaska birds

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