South Padre Island - April 22nd
- when we arrived at the Valley Land Fund's Sheepshead Lots in the morning this seldom-seen bird was "hiding in plain sight"...
- ...when we returned at the end of the day, it was still sitting in the same spot, having been enjoyed by many people throughout the day
Black-and-white Warbler #41
- this little guy said "Hey! What about me?"...
Black-and-white Warbler #42
- ...and then went back to foraging
Eurasian Collared-Dove #3
- no trip to the SPI Convention Center is complete without a sighting of this invasive species...just kidding!
Mottled Duck #16
- a new bird for my "Water Feature List"...
Summer Tanager #53
- ...but, the real stars are the migrants...here a female Summer Tanager...
Summer Tanager #54
- "Psssst! Over Here!"...here a motley first year male...
Summer Tanager #55
- ...exhibiting an amazing array of colors and hues
Western Tanager #45
- every year a Western Tanager shows up, a little off-course...here a stunning male...
Western Tanager #46
- ...and here his plainer mate
Common Yellowthroat #9
- this bird seems to have taken gymnastic lessons from the Black-and-white Warbler...
Common Yellowthroat #11
- ...here a more traditional pose
New Water Feature #1
- we we left SPI and headed to Laguna Atascosa NWR...they once had an excellent water feature with a flowing stream ...sadly, they replaced it with a simple pool...
Old Water Feature Sign #1
- ...and all that is left of the once excellent water feature is this sign
Rio Grande Leopard Frogs #7
- Quick! How many frogs? Hint: There's an even one of them, but not a baker's...
Rio Grande Leopard Frog #8
- a close-up of the largest frog (a parent of the numerous smaller frogs?)
Desert Cottontail #4
- separated from the Eastern Cottontail by the slightly bigger ears and the rufous nape
Eastern Wood-Pewee #21
- we ended the day with a common migrant, and a fun bird to watch, because it often returns to the same perch
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