On Thursday, I paid a visit to South Padre Island in search of migrating warblers, thrushes, and other birds. I wasn’t disappointed and had good numbers of migrants throughout the morning along with nice looks at various waterbirds.
The following tally gives an idea of that birdy morning:
1 Canada Warbler
6 Yellow Warblers
2 Gray Catbirds
1 Red-eyed Vireo
1 Bell’s Vireo
1 Hooded Warbler
2 Wilson’s Warblers
4 Louisiana Waterthrushes
1 Black-throated green Warbler
2 Black-and-white Warblers
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Swainson’s Thrush
6 or 7 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
1 Wood Stork
plus several of the more regular avian customers.
The Canada Warbler was especially nice because it was a beautifully marked male and not one of the many duller plumaged immatures that are seen at this time of the year.
In a matter of weeks, Ruby-crowned Kinglets will be one of the more common migrants in South Texas. Seeing this bird tells you that winter is just around the corner.
Waterthrushes are fairly common migrants.
I had at least 6 or 7 Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and there might have been more in the area.
One of the other “good” waterbirds from Thursday was a Clapper Rail out in the open and taking a bath. This rail species is a common resident of salt water marshes but rarely comes out into the open.
With migration going on, numbers and types of birds change from one day to the next. I can’t wait to see what shows up on my next visit to South Padre Island!