The Valley Land Fund has closed their half-acre tract at Salineno, formerly the feeding station run by Pat and Gail DeWind. Volunteers Cheryl, Lois, and Merle were ready to move in and open the site.
ran into Lois and Merle today at the boat ramp at Salineno, and found
they were provisioning feeders on the FWS tract next to the VLF site.
From the river, walk south down the trail parallel to the river and you
will quickly see the feeders. They said it took the Green Jays 30
minutes to find the food when they were putting it out the first day! I
saw a wide variety of birds at the feeders including Audubon's Oriole,
many Altamira Orioles and Northern Cardinals, nearly 20 species in the
area in less than half an hour.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Troy Zurovec took these excellent photos of the Masked Booby with a coded color band - one of three individuals seen off South Padre Island on the August 25, 2012 pelagic trip. I'm working on finding information on where this bird was marked, right now we're looking into potential sources in Mexico. Stay tuned!Note that the bird has the stainless steel band on the right leg and a coded color band on the left leg . The color band here is a blue band with white codes, and the code is 216. I'm hoping to hear back from the researchers on where and when it was banded, and I'll update this with that information when I get it. Many thanks to Robin and Troy Zurovec for permission to circulate these very interesting photos!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Vaux's Swifts from above
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Here's a link to Carolyn Ohl-Johnson's Christmas Mountains Oasis Blog. This private ranch and bird habitat is a magnet for desert birds and migrants moving through the area. Be sure to make arrangements in advance, as with so many private properties spontaneity will leave you on the wrong side of a locked gate. This site hosts many Lucifer Hummingbirds all summer. These little gems are aggressive, and the chasing is non-stop. An American Kestrel flew over and was chased by a mob.
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Here are some snaps of the last time I saw the Rose-throated Becard at Estero Llano Grande State Park, on June 13. Here she is checking out her nest, a compact construction hanging high in a palm tree.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
I had two days free between the WINGS Spoon-billed Sandpiper extension and the Peninsular Thailand tour. I had arranged to go birding with Nick Upton of http://www.thaibirding.com at Kaeng Krachen, a national park on the Burma border. Nick picked me up at 5 AM on March 2 and returned me to the airport hotel late on March 3. In between was a whirlwind trip that was a real highlight for the birds, food, and company. I wish I'd had another day. I'll post more about Kaeng Krachen and Ban Maka when I get the chance. Here's a collection of photos from the afternoon of March 2 at a water hole on private property with a blind nearby. We were the only ones in the blind and we were treated to a constant parade of birds and animals coming in to drink. Here's Nick (on the right) with the owner of the site.
This Yellow-throated Marten was one of the highlights of the afternoon. It came out of the shadows to drink, watching us as it approached the water each time.
Here's the hide, which is more expansive than it looked . There were several folding chairs on either side of the tunnel. We were fortunate to be the only ones present, as the animals were obviously aware of us. Reservations are recommended, we were just plain lucky the blind was open. The shade was welcome!
and this Northern Tree-Shrew. I was surprised at these size of these animals! A life family for me, the Tupaiidae - whether insectivores or primitive primates.
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo, showing off its long, twisted tail feathers. The tips were in constant motion in the breezeas this bird waited its turn in the water! I'm surprised the birds didn't splash all the water out.
White-crested Laughingthrush. I was surprised how shy the Laughingthrushes were as a group, and how social. They normally arrived in droves and stayed until all had a turn in the water.