Dan Jones’ Birding List for May 12, 2010

It’s a great time to brave the heat; the bugs aren’t bad, yet, and tour Frontera’s incredible Thicket.  Donald Brown, doctoral student from Texas State University, visited today to set up 40 turtle traps to hold our wonderful population of sliders until tomorrow when he will return with his crew to inspect, count and mark the turtles as part of a statewide inventory.  There is a lot going on in the Thicket and around the water feature, and the orchard is full of butterflies.  Come by and check out the blooming natives in the driveway butterfly bed.

Dan Jones posted this list of bird species from his last visit:

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck     10
Plain Chachalaca     10
Great Blue Heron     1
Green Heron     1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron     2
Gray Hawk     1
Common Moorhen     1
Laughing Gull     2
White-winged Dove     10
White-tipped Dove     8
Groove-billed Ani     1
Chimney Swift     5
Buff-bellied Hummingbird     4
Green Kingfisher     1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker     5
Ladder-backed Woodpecker     1
Least Flycatcher     1
Brown-crested Flycatcher     4
Great Kiskadee     3
Tropical Kingbird     1
Couch’s Kingbird     1
Purple Martin     1
Black-crested Titmouse     1
Carolina Wren     1
Northern Mockingbird     2
Curve-billed Thrasher     1
Chestnut-sided Warbler     1
Magnolia Warbler     1
American Redstart     1
Northern Waterthrush     1
Common Yellowthroat     1
Olive Sparrow     2
Northern Cardinal     4
Great-tailed Grackle     5
Brown-headed Cowbird     1
Lesser Goldfinch     2
House Sparrow     2

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