Sunday, February 28, 2016

Starr (and a bit of Zapata) county birding

I had a great day today birding Salineno and other Starr/Zapata (barely) locations with Rick N.

We started the day with Red-billed Pigeons sitting on the island upriver from the Salineno boat ramp at 735 AM. Two birds posed on a treetop before vanishing. We walked down the dirt two track along the river, and three birds appeared in the tree tops on the same island. I got some digipics before they flew past us and to the Mexican side on their way downriver. Rick saw the Seedeaters as we were coming back down.

The female Black-headed Grosbeak is coming to the feeders at Salineno along with the usual suspects (Audubon's and Altamira Orioles, Bewick's Wrens, Olive and Lincoln's Sparrows, White-tipped and White-winged Doves, Orange-crowned Warblers, Cardinal and Pyrrhuloxia, Long-billed Thrasher, etc. etc. etc.

We headed up to Falcon State Park and discovered a female Painted Bunting coming to feeders in the RV camping area. We missed the Green-tailed Towhee that had been in the AM. Gambel's White-crowned Sparrows were in the same area, along with Pyrrhuloxias and more.

We cruised around some side roads and found Clay-colored and Brewer's Sparrows at the north end of Chele Rd. east of Falcon State Park. Lark Buntings were in the area as well. Field Sparrows were about halfway down the road towards 2098. Taking the long way home on Alvaros Rd got more sparrows (lots of Black-throated and Vesper) and a pair of Chihuahuan Ravens.