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Name

Species Comments
Common Loon Gavia immer Single birds at Port Aransas ferry and Texas City Dyke
Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps Common throughout in suitable habitat
Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus Common in isolated locations - seen at 6 sites
Eared   Grebe Podiceps nigricollis Single bird at Aransas NWR
Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus Common in coastal areas but also seen in Rio Grande Valley
Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus Common in coastal areas but also seen in Rio Grande Valley
Anhinga Anhinga anhinga Single bird at Falcon SP
American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos Common along the coast with singles at Falcon SP and Katy
Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis Common along the coast   
Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens Single birds seen at 5 coastal sites
Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor Single birds seen at most coastal sites
Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea Single birds seen at 6 coastal sites
Snowy Egret Egretta thula Common at all coastal sites and Attwater  
Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias Common throughout in suitable habitat
Great Egret Ardea alba Common throughout in suitable habitat
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis Common throughout in suitable habitat
Yellow-crowned Night-heron Nyctanassa violacea Single bird at Sabal Palm
Black-crowned Night-heron Nycticorax nycticorax Seen at 5 sites with flock of 10 at Attwater
White Ibis Eudocimus albus Common throughout in suitable habitat
Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus Single bird at Anahuac
White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi Relatively common especially along the coast
Roseate Spoonbill Ajaia ajaja Relatively common along the coast
Wood Stork Mycteria americana Flock of c10 flew over near Brownsville
Black-bellied Whistling-duck Dendrocygna autumnalis Small flocks at Goose I & Salineno with c600 near Sabinal
Masked Duck Nomonyx dominica Single bird at Attwater
Ruddy Duck Oxyura jamaicensis Upto 8 birds at Texas City Dyke, Cape Velero and Attwater
Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons Small flocks at 6 sites usually with Snow Geese
Snow Goose Anser caerulescens Large flocks at several coastal sites plus Attwater & Katy
Ross's Goose Anser rossii Two, at least, near Attwater
Richardson's Canada Goose Branta canadensis Upto 10 birds with Snow Geese near Attwater
American Wigeon Anas americana Seen at 7 sites with over 2000 offshore at Aransas NWR
Gadwall Anas strepera Small numbers at upto 8 sites
Green-winged Teal Anas (crecca) carolinensis Common throughout in suitable habitat
Mallard Anas platyrhynchos Fairly common in suitable habitat but in small numbers
Mottled Duck Anas fulvigula Pairs seen at 5 sites including Ahahuac & Attwater
Northern Pintail Anas acuta Large flocks at several coastal sites plus Attwater & Katy
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors Common throughout in suitable habitat
Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera Upto 12 birds at Attwater
Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata Common throughout in suitable habitat
Canvasback Aythya valisineria Small numbers around Aransas Bay, Salineno & Attwater
Redhead Aythya americana Few around Aransas Bay & large flock at Laguna Atascosa
Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris Upto max 6 birds at Anahuac, Bentsen a & Attwater
Lesser Scaup Aythya affinis Large numbers offshore at 6 sites
Black Scoter Melanitta nigra Single bird at Bolivar Flats
Common Goldeneye Bucephala clangula Small flocks around Bolivar Flats, Goose Island & Aransas Bay
Bufflehead Bucephala albeola Upto 12 around Goose & Aransa Bay with c8 at Salineno
Red-breasted Merganser Mergus serrator Small numbers at 6 coastal sites
Black Vulture Coragyps atratus Common in small numbers throughout
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura Common everywhere
White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus Singles at 4 sites with a pair at Brownsville City Dump
Bald Eagle Haliaeetus leucocephalus Single bird flying over Attwater
Northern Harrier Circus cyaneus Small numbers common in all suitable habitats
Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus Singles at McAllen Sewer Ponds, La Joya & Salineno
Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii Singles at Pharr & Neal's Lodges
Harris' Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus Common in most locations south from Highway 77
Grey Hawk Asturina nitida Single flying over Frontera Audubon Thicket
Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus Single birds on overhead wires on H 77 & near Attwater
White-tailed Hawk Buteo albicaudatus Single birds seen in 5 locations including Attwater & Katy
Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis Common everywhere
Osprey Pandion haliaetus Singles at 7 sites with pairs at Anahuac & Laguna Atascosa
Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway Common almost throughout in small numbers
American Kestrel Falco sparverius On the wires everywhere
Aplomado Falcon Falco femoralis Pair seen hunting at Laguna Atascosa
Merlin Falco columbarius Single bird at Anahuac
Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus Single birds seen at 5 coastal sites
Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula Common in suitable habitat in the Lower Rio Grande Valley
Scaled Quail Callipepla squamata Single bird at Falcon State Park
Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus 3 seen at Falcon State Park with c20 near Sabinal
Sora Porzana carolina Single bird seen at Sabal Palm
Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus Common throughout in suitable habitat
American Coot Fulica americana Common throughout in suitable habitat
Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis Flocks of 100 plus on Galveston Island & at Attwater with 3 at Cape Velero and 11 near Sabinal
Whooping Crane Grus americana Upto 20 on the boat trip and 3 at Aransas NWR
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus Max 4 at Rollover Pass with singles on boat trip, at Bolivar Flats and Texas City Dyke
Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus Small numbers at 6 different sites including Rollover Pass
American Avocet Recurvirostra americana Small numbers at 6 sites with c2000 at Bolivar Flats
American Golden Plover Pluvialis dominica Several at Rollover Pass and single bird at San Luis Pass
Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola Small numbers seen at 5 coastal sites
Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus 3 at Rollover Pass, 4 at Texas City Dyke & 1 at San Luis Pass
Wilson's Plover Charadrius wilsonia 8 birds on the shoreline at Rockport
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus Common throughout in suitable habitat
Piping Plover Charadrius melodus Flock of 10 at Bolivar Flats
Snowy Plover Charadrius alexandrinus Single bird at Bolivar Flats
Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata Seen in flight at 4 sites with c10 at Anahuac & 1 on the foreshore at Rockport
Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa Small numbers seen at Bolivar Flats & Goose Island
Whimbrel Numenius phaeopus Birds seen at Rollover Pass & San Luis Pass
Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus Good numbers seen at Rollover Pass, Aransas Bay and Laguna Atascosa with 8 inland on fields near Bentsen
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca Small numbers seen at 6 coastal sites plus Attwater
Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes Small numbers seen at Rollover Pass, Rockport & Goose Island
Solitary Sandpiper Tringa solitaria One flew over at Frontera AT & 2 seen at Sabal Palm
Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularia Single birds seen at 6 sites
Willet Catoptrophorus semipalmatus Relatively common in small numbers at all coastal sites
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres Several birds around Bolivar Flats, Aransas Bay & Goose I
Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus Several small flocks at 4 coastal sites including Rollover Pass and Aransas NWR
Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus Flock of c100 at Anahuac with small numbers at 3 other sites including Attwater
Sanderling Calidris alba Small numbers around Bolivar Peninsula and Aransas Bay
Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri Small numbers at 5 coastal sites with c22 at Rollover Pass
Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla Small numbers at 6 coastal sites including Rockport
Dunlin Calidris alpina Single birds seen at Rockport, Goose Island & Cape Velero
Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis Common along the coast and at Falcon State Park
Great Black-backed Gull Larus marinus Seen in ones & twos at Rollover Pass and Aransas Bay area
American Herring Gull Larus argentatus Small numbers on the Bolivar Peninsula & Aransas Bay area
Bonaparte's Gull Larus philadelphia Small flock c15 along the tide line at Bolivar Flats
Laughing Gull Larus atricilla Common throughout in suitable habitat
Gull-billed Tern Sterna nilotica 2/3 individuals at Laguna Atascosa
Caspian Tern Sterna caspia Single birds in Aransas Bay, at Anahuac & Laguna Atascosa
Royal Tern Sterna maxima Common along the NE coast down to Port Aransas
Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri Common along the NE coast down to Port Aransas
Black Skimmer Rynchops niger C10 at Goose Island with larger numbers at Rollover Pass
Feral Pigeon Columba livia   Common throughout   
Eurasian Collared Dove Streptopelia decaocto Single birds at Bolivar Flats and Attwater
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura Common throughout in suitable habitat
White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica Single bird seen at Salineno
Inca Dove Columbina inca Relatively common in small numbers & seen at 8 sites
Common Ground-dove Columbina passerina 2/3 birds seen at Frontera Audubon Thicket & Salineno
White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi Relatively common throughout the Lower Rio Grande Valley
Red-crowned Parrot Amazona viridigenalis Small flocks seen around the Weslaco & Pharr areas
Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus Single birds at 5 sites including Bentsen & Neal's Lodges
Eastern Screech-owl Otus asio Single bird roosting in nest box at Salineno
Common Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis Single bird roosting on ground at Frontera Audubon Thicket
Green-breasted Mango Anthracothorax prevostii Single bird in private garden in McAllen
Buff-bellied Hummingbird Amazilia yucatanensis Single birds at Pharr, McAllen & Frontera Audubon Thicket
Elegant Trogon Trogon elegans Single male at Frontera Audubon Thicket
Belted Kingfisher Ceryle alcyon Single birds seen at 10 sites with pair at Anahuac
Ringed Kingfisher Ceryle torquata Single birds seen at 7 sites
Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana Single bird at Santa Ana with pair flying by at Salineno
Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus Pair seen on two separate days near Anahuac
Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons Common along the Lower RG Valley & Edwards Plateau
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius Single birds at Sabal Palm, Bentsen & Falcon State Park
Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris Single birds seen at 7 sites
Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe Common everywhere
Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya Several birds at Falcon SP, Attwater & Park Chalk Bluff
Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans 2 birds seen at Park Chalk Bluff
Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus Singles at 5 sites with 5 birds at McAllen Sewer Ponds
Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii Singles seen at Santa Ana, Sabal Palm & Laredo with min 6 birds at McAllen Sewer Ponds
Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus Common along Lower Rio Grande Valley with 1 at Port Aransas
Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae Female seen at Pharr
Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor Small numbers at Anahuac, Bolivar Peninsula, Goose Island, Laguna Atascosa and Falcon State Park
Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis Small number at Bentsen
Cave Swallow Hirundo fulva pelodoma Several at Bentsen with NR-wS
American Pipit Anthus rubescens Seen around Aransas Bay & Katy with min 8 at Falcon SP
Cedar Waxwing Bombycilla cedrorum 12 at Falcon SP then 600 plus each day at Neal's Lodges  
Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus Singles at Salineno & Falcon State Park
Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii Singles at Salineno & Neal's Lodges with 4 at Park Chalk Buff
Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus Singles at 3 sites with several at Park Chalk Bluff
House Wren Troglodytes aedon Single bird seen at Frontera Audubon Thicket
Grey Catbird Dumetella carolinensis Single bird seen at Goose Island
Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos One on every bush - almost
Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum Single birds seen at Pharr & Los Ebanos
Long-billed Thrasher Toxostoma longirostre Birds at 6 sites in Lower RG Valley & pair at Park Chalk Bluff
Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre Seen at 5 sites in Lower Rio Grande Valley & Edwards Plateau
Eastern Bluebird Sialia sialis Birds seen near Anahuac, Rockport and Neal's Lodges
Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus Singles seen at Goose Island, Los Ebanos & Neal's Lodges
Clay-coloured Robin Turdus grayi Singles seen at Sabal Palm, Frontera AT & Salineno
White-throated Robin Turdus assimilis Single bird seen at Frontera Audubon Thicket
American Robin Turdus migratorius Seen daily with flocks of 100 plus especially at Neal's Lodges
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula Common throughout in suitable habitat
Verdin Auriparus flaviceps Singles at Chihuahua Woods, Falcon SP & Neal's Lodges
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea Singles at Santa Ana, Bentsen & Falcon SP with 4 at Sabal Palm
Carolina Chickadee Parus carolinensis Several birds at Lost Maples plus single bird at Attwater
Black-crested Titmouse Baeolophus atricristatus Common in suitable habitat in Lower RG Valley & Neal's Lodges
Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus Common throughout in suitable habitat
Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata Single bird seen near Anahuac
Western Scrub Jay Aphelocoma californica 4 plus birds seen at Lost Maples
Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas Common along the Lower Rio Grande Valley & at Neal's Lodges
Brown Jay Cyanocorax morio 5 plus birds seen at Salineno
American Crow Corvus brachyrhynchos Several birds at Anahuac, Galveston Island & Attwater
Chihuahuan Raven Corvus cryptoleucus Single bird flew over at San Ygnacio
Common Raven Corvus corax Birds seen usually in pairs at Neal's Lodges & Sabinal
Common Starling Sturnus vulgaris Common throughout in suitable habitat
House Sparrow Passer domesticus Common throughout in suitable habitat
White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus Single birds seen at Frontera AT & Neal's Lodges
Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius Pair at Hans Suter WA with singles at Frontera AT & Bentsen
American Goldfinch Carduelis tristis Birds seen at 6 sites including Goose Island & Lost Maples
Lesser Goldfinch Carduelis psaltria Flock of c10 birds seen at San Ygnacio
House Finch Carpodacus mexicanus Several birds seen at Neal's Lodges
Orange-crowned Warbler Vermivora celata Seen at 10 sites especially in Lower Rio Grande Valley
Nashville Warbler Vermivora ruficapilla Pair seen at McAllen Sewer Ponds
Yellow-rumped Warbler Dendroica coronata "Myrtle" common throughout in suitable habitat with single "Audubon's" at Salineno
Black-throated Green Warbler Dendroica virens Singles seen at Sabal Palm, Los Ebanos & Frontera AT
Yellow-throated Warbler Dendroica dominica Single bird seen at Sabal Palm
Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia Single birds seen at Santa Ana & Frontera Audubon Thicket
American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla Single bird seen in private garden in McAllen
Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapillus Single bird seen at Frontera Audubon Thicket
Northern Waterthrush Seiurus noveboracensis Single bird seen at Sabal Palm
Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas Birds seen at 5 sites including Goose Island & Lower RG Valley
Wilson's Warbler Wilsonia pusilla Single birds seen at Frontera Audubon Thicket & Sabal Palm
Golden-crowned Warbler Basileuterus culicivorus Single bird seen at Los Ebanos
Summer Tanager Piranga rubra Female at Pharr with males at Frontera AT & Falcon SP
Song Sparrow Melospiza melodia Single bird seen at Attwater
Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii Birds seen at Goose Island, Port Aransas, Sabal Palm, Salineno & Neal's Lodges
Swamp Sparrow Melospiza georgiana Single bird seen at Anahuac
White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys Birds seen at Falcon State Park, San Ygnacio, Neal's Lodges, Sabinal & Park Chalk Bluff
Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis Common throughout in suitable habitat
Le Conte's Sparrow Ammodramus leconteii Single bird seen at Aransas NWR
Grasshopper Sparrow Ammodramus savannarum Single bird seen at Laguna Atascosa
Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina Birds seen at 6 sites around Aransa Bay, Salineno,Falcon State Park & Lost Maples
Field Sparrow Spizella pusilla Birds seen at Neal's Lodges & Park Chalk Bluff
Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus Birds seen at Park Chalk Bluff & Attwater
Black-throated Sparrow Amphispiza bilineata Birds seen at Falcon SP, Neal's Lodges & Park Chalk Bluff
Rufous-crowned Sparrow Aimophila ruficeps Birds seen at Neal's Lodges & Lost Maples
Canyon Towhee Pipilo fuscus Pair seen at Neal's Lodges
Olive Sparrow Arremonops rufivirgatus Birds at 5 sites in Lower Rio Grande Valley plus Neal's Lodges
White-collared Seedeater Sporophila torqueola Single bird at San Ygnacio with pair at Laredo
Black-headed Grosbeak Pheucticus melanocephalus Single birds seen at Frontera AT & San Ygnacio
Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis Common throughout in suitable habitat
Pyrrhuloxia Cardinalis sinuatus Upto 30 birds at Falcon SP plus single at Neal's Lodges
Crimson-collared Grosbeak Rhodothraupis celaeno Male seen at Frontera Audubon Thicket & female at Pharr
Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea 3 birds seen at Bentsen
Audubon's Oriole Icterus graduacauda Birds seen at Salineno & San Ygnacio
Altamira Oriole Icterus gularis Numerous birds seen at 8 sites in the Lower RG Valley
Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus Birds seen at Los Ebanos and Salineno
Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus Everywhere
Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna Common in small numbers at most coastal sites
Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta Seen at a number of sites in the RG Valley and Edwards Plateau
Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus Common everywhere from Aransas Bay south
Boat-tailed Grackle Quiscalus major Common along the NE coast down to Aransas Bay
Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula Common along the NE coast down to Aransas Bay
Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus Flock c30 at Sarita with large flock near Sabinal
Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater Seen at 6 sites from Aransas NWR to Sabinal

In the main both English and Latin names are consistent with Sibley for ease of reference.

 

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