Sunday, November 20, 2011

Nov. 20 - Gage Gardens and Post Park

This morning's late start at Post (10 am!) was due to a thorough perusal of the Gage Gardens. While sparrows were abundant, diversity was relatively low - Brewer's Sparrows being of primary interest this time around. Post Park, on the other hand, had fairly good diversity along with good numbers - a few Green-tailed Towhees were still present and the mixed flocks at the headwaters covered included almost all of our wintering sparrow species. Highlights for the morning included BROWN CREEPER, MERLIN and a dozen Ring-necked Ducks at the Post.

Pictures, e-bird lists, etc will be added as possible!

*** Due to travel, there will be NO bird walk next Sunday, November 27 but that shouldn't stop anyone wishing to visit either location!

Marathon- Gage Gardens, Brewster County, Texas, US
Species - 13 species total

1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius
3 Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) Colaptes auratus [cafer Group]
1 Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya
2 Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) Setophaga coronata coronata
50 Lark Bunting Calamospiza melanocorys
4 Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis
2 Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
12 Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna
25 Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus
6 House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus
X House Sparrow Passer domesticus

Marathon- Ft. Peña Colorado Pk (The Post), Brewster County, Texas, US
Species - 31 species total

13 Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris
14 Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo
1 American Kestrel Falco sparverius
1 Merlin Falco columbarius
5 American Coot Fulica americana
20 White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
30 Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura
2 Inca Dove Columbina inca - not usually found in park, but in town
4 Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina - high count for this sp.
9 Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons
2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris
5 Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) Colaptes auratus [cafer Group]
1 Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
2 Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya
1 Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus
1 Brown Creeper Certhia americana
1 Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris
X Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea - heard only
2 Golden-crowned Kinglet Regulus satrapa
2 Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre
2 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) Setophaga coronata coronata
3 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) Setophaga coronata auduboni
X Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorurus - heard only
1 Canyon Towhee Melozone fusca
10 Brewer's Sparrow Spizella breweri
60 Lark Bunting Calamospiza melanocorys
5 Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii
20 White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys
1 Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
5 Pyrrhuloxia Cardinalis sinuatus
2 Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

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