approached the area where the call was coming from, I saw the Great Crested Flycatcher. I left Sabal Palm at about 1:30 pm and decided to go to South Padre Island (SPI). The volunteer lady at the desk said that a fall-out was expected due to the approaching front. I drove to Route 48 and decided to stop at any spot where there were gulls, terns and shorebirds. I stopped at a spot with a bridge across a waterway, where there was a congregation of gulls and terns. Very quickly at this spot I added, Brown Pelican, Royal Tern, Caspian Tern, Least Tern
I arrived at the SPI Birding Center and Convention Center at about 4:00 pm and paid the entrance fee. I checked the bird list and noted a lot of new birds for the year on that list! I grabbed my camera, telescope and tripod and started walking the boardwalks. On the boardwalks I added, Least Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher,
American Golden Plover, Barn Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Black-necked Stilt, Reddish Egret (see photo) Tri-colored Heron, Little Blue Heron, Common Moorhen, Clapper Rail (calling), Roseate Spoonbill, White Ibis and Marsh Wren (at first by song, later also seen). I walked over to the Convention Center to join the many birders there. The list kept growing until it got too dark to see any birds except to look for nighthawks. At the Convention Center I added Yellow Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Black-throated green warbler, Black-and-White Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Painted Bunting, Indigo Bunting and finally my last two new birds of the day, Worm-eating Warbler and Swainson's Warbler.
I met Greg Lavaty, who now has his own business leading birding tours. I remembered his name from reading TexBirds. Greg suggested that we watch the
water at the Convention Center just before dark. he predicted, very accurately that the Swainson's Warbler would come in to the water as the last activity before dark...and it did!
At the end of the day, I had added fifty new species for the year and several south Texas specialties as well as my target rarity, the Crimson-collared Grosbeak. The total is now 273.
Below I have added a few more photos of some of the special birds--Hooded Oriole (left), Altamira Oriole (right), Green Jay, Reddish Egret and Olive Sparrow.