Home Patch: Migrants (Prairie and Mourning) plus Empids

The shorebirds have thinned out over the past two days, yesterday there were still Stilt Sandpipers and a single Wilson’s Phalarope, plus Dowitchers, but today most had moved one with just a few shorebirds present. Migrants are definitely trickling in with single Prairie Warbler, Mourning Warbler, and Yellow-bellied Flycatcher being the best today, all three new for the park list, which is increasing quite nicely during the “Fall”. The Prairie was with a group of chickadees near the pavilion and the Mourning was in the dense vegetation along the creek near the pump, again with a mixed flock. Other odds and end included Orchard Orioles, Yellow-billed Cuckoo (both days), Great-crested Flycatcher and juvenile American Robin (yesterday), the Yellow Warbler stayed until yesterday and today a single Dickcissel showed up and Indigo Buntings. Lots of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers passing through/arriving.

The Empid show continues with several Least Flycatchers and a few unidentified. Finally the park has been pumping water into the wetland and the birds are already returning with Great-blue Herons, Great Egrets and many other heron, egrets, and ibis. Waterfowl are also hanging on with a few Wood Ducks, Mottled Ducks, and Black-bellied Whistling-Duck. We need a lot more water, but at least habitat is being saved and birds continue to move through in good numbers. I definitely appreciate the county’s efforts, lets hope for more rain.

Prairie Warbler El Franco Lee Park, Texas Photo Stephan Lorenz

Least Flycatcher El Franco Lee Park, Texas Photo Stephan Lorenz

Gar El Franco Lee Park, Photo Stephan Lorenz


3 responses to this post.

  1. How encouraging to see that your persistence and the many calls from “us” has paid off in more attention being paid to the wetlands. Now we all hang in the balance since we need summer storm rain so badly. The park manager wants to do the right thing.


  2. Hope you read the sports page column by Shannon Tompkins in Sunday Chron. For Northerners like me, we could get caught up in this idea of a balanced budget amendment. It is a cage around government and encourages deception like the withholding of collected revenue from the TPWD. All that to show a balanced budget sheet which hides the real deficits.


  3. Posted by Tony Mokker on August 21, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Mourning Warbler? Are you SURE you saw a Mourning Warbler? Sounds like your imagination to me. I didn’t see it. 😉

    Hehe, nice blog. I think it’s great. I’ll be keeping an eye on it.

    Missing the crazy trips,

    Tony Mokker

    p.s. Ken Majors says hello, and that your pictures are pretty awesome. Well done!


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