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In case folks find our blog via Marfa NPR, here are a few species we may be referencing, in no particular order:
Yellow-billed Cuckoo - low numbers (high count of 1 for Post Park all summer)
Cassin's Sparrow - conspicuous by their absence; all over the rest of the state
Summer Tanager - delayed arrival
Say's Phoebe - emaciation
Lincoln's Sparrows - delayed migration, high cat predation numbers
Bell's Vireo - emaciation, on-time arrival
Vermilion Flycatcher - on-time arrival, an exception
Yellow-breasted Chat - emaciation, on-time arrival, high cat predation
Orchard Oriole - present in good numbers, but not singing
Black-chinned Hummingbird - emaciation
Lark Sparrow - emaciation
Western Wood-Pewee - emaciation and abnormal behaviors
Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler - emaciation and modified behaviors, late migration
Barn Swallow - emaciation, late nesting, observed nest failures, high cat predation
Lark Bunting - very late migration
...the above fall into the context of species whose numbers and/or emaciation were highly apparent to us and comprise the bulk of our observations.
Between fires and drought, this should be an interesting conversation - we'll try to fill in more details after the show!
Photo/permalink via Marfa Public Radio:
Handy links from previous posts:
the drying, the drought (a bit heavy, but eye-opening)
in the meantime, pictures
and an optimistic final note: drought?