Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Birding Report--November 16, 2009

As Reported by Billy Sandifer

165 Red Knots were observed on the Padre Island National Seashore beachfront on a trip to the Port Mansfield jetties on Sunday, November 15, 2009.

1 Peregrine was observed at the 32 mile beach. North Harriers, White-tailed Hawks and Caracara were also observed. Approximately 60 Long-billed Curlews were observed as well more than 300 Brown Pelicans and more than 100 Double-crested Cormorants. Ring-billed, Herring and Laughing Gulls were observed as were Caspian, Royal, Forester's and Sandwich Terns. Our typical winter shorebirds were all present.

A recent trip inland showed Pollywog Pond to be the most productive area with numerous Red-shouldered Hawks, 2 Anhingas, 8 Least Grebes, Pied-billed Grebes and a variety of duck species present. Farther West Cassin's Kingbirds were common as were Lark Sparrows and one Green Jay was observed along with an occasional Red-tailed Hawk and several Scissor Tailed Flycatchers that remain.

Pictures are the resident Tri-Colored Heron at the Birding Center in Port Aransas and 2 Least Grebes at Pollywog Pond.

Good Birding,

Capt. Billy

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