Tuesday 12 May 2015

Santa Ana reserve, Lower Rio Grande

Today we made the long haul south to the Lower Rio Grande area and our first stop was the stunning Santa Ana reserve.  The humidity and heat down here is very different and makes birding a bit uncomfortable but you have to just get on with it.  I have about 100 mossie bites too.

That said, we still managed 11 ticks today (for the list, that is) including the stunning Altimira Oriole.  Also Green Jay, Chacalaca, Verdin, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed woodpecker, Kiskadee, Hooded Oriole, Groove-billed Ani, Lesser Goldfinch, Olive Sparrow and the locally rare Clay-coloured Thrush (images below).  In addition we found Canada Warbler, Yellow Warbler and American Redstart, plus Scissor-tailed Flycatchers and Brown Crested Flycatcher. All in all, quite a day.

Olive Sparrow, a local speciality.

Clay-coloured Thrush (also referred to as Clay-coloured Robin in some literature).

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