The Pumaman

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  1. Yeah, I was thinking yellowlegs, but doubt it could be IDed between Greater and Lesser from this angle.
  2. Welcome to Whatbird! South Texas is fabulous for birding in winter; I don't know how much research you're doing or how much you already know about the region so I'll just list off some more general thoughts. - South Padre Island's main spot is the Birding and Nature Center run by the World Birding Center. It's a series of boardwalks through marshes and overlooking the Laguna Madre; give yourself enough time and you should be racking up the herons, shorebirds, and ducks. I'm not sure what passerine migration, if any, is going on at the end of February as it seems awfully early for most stuff, but checking out the area around the convention center next to the boardwalks and also the Valley Land Fund lots on the island might be worth it depending on recent reports. - On the mainland, Laguna Atascosa is a great refuge, but one of its better claims to fame, the 15-mile Bayside Drive, is closed as I understand it so you're restricted to the area around the visitor center and the Laguna Atascosa. Might still be worth it but everything there can probably be found elsewhere. Also worth noting is Old Port Isabel Road, the most reliable spot for Aplomado Falcons, though also impassable sometimes due to it being a long dirt road. - Brownsville: Sabal Palm Sanctuary is probably the best single location in the area, with pretty much all of the specialties of the region present plus there's often something unusual there like a Dusky-capped Flycatcher. Parrots are also a good bet in this area; I've heard of many different places but went to Oliveira Park where multiple parrot species roost, although I missed out on Green Parakeet. I hear the University of Texas Brownsville also has both species, though I don't have details on how to bird that location. Best time is dawn or dusk as the parrots fly in or out of their roost. - McAllen: There's multiple options here: Santa Ana NWR, Estero Llano Grande SP, Bentsen SP, even Anzalduas County Park or Quinta Mazatlan. All are great, though the first three give you the best chance of knocking out most or even all the specialty species of the region. There's plenty of overlap in general for birding in the area, so bird enough places and you should get most of your targets. Parrots also can be found here; there's a large Green Parakeet roost somewhere around McAllen (I think around the intersection of 10th and Violet but I think it can move around some), and although I don't have much info on this area for Red-crowned Parrot I know they're there. - General: the region is home to a very dense birding population - email the local listserv and see if there's anyone who really knows the area or might even be willing to show you around personally, which is far better than birding on your own. Also follow recent birding reports, whether it be eBird, the listserv, and/or the RGV Rare Bird Alert - it'll help you figure out where you want to go far more than anyone here on Whatbird could.
  3. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33719958 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33721996
  4. Sorry; I still say this is my favorite list of all time. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29999877
  5. 1. Winter - tiny and dark, short stubby tail, and the line above the eye - all favor Winter; plus a House Wren that far north in winter would be pretty rare. 2. Correct
  6. Looks like a normal Boat-tailed to me.
  7. Welcome to Whatbird! This guy is a Common Goldeneye.
  8. Another for Cooper's.
  9. That would be a Snail Kite.
  10. If it helps, I can second Forster's.
  11. http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33644367
  12. It is indeed a Magnolia.
  13. If it helps I thought Chipping Sparrow too.
  14. Carolina Wren.