Golden Triangle Audubon Bird Alert, 23 August 2011
A steady stream of neotropical migrants is still passing through Sabine Woods. On Sunday 21 August, Empidonax Flycatchers were the most numerous migrants, with Traill's type greatly outnumbering the Yellow-bellied and Least Flycatchers. Great Crested Flycatchers were also present in some numbers, as were at least three and probably four Olive-sided Flycatchers. Eastern Wood-Pewee were heard. Warblers seen were Yellow Warbler (most numerous warbler), Northern Waterthrush, Mourning Warbler (female), Canada Warbler, Ovenbird, Black-and-white Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat and a possible Prairie Warbler. Barn Owls were again in the western part of the woods, and at least one Chuck-will's-Widow was there also. Female/young Painted Buntings were noted.
On Tuesday August 23, Great Crested Flycatchers were in Sabine Woods in good numbers, probably outnumbering the Empidonax Flycatchers which were nevertheless still well represented. One Olive-sided Flycatcher was seen. Yellow Warblers were again the most numerous but also seen were a female Black-and-white Warbler, male and female Prothonotary Warbler, male Canada Warbler and one female/young American Redstart. Painted Buntings were still there. Many of the summer resident Orchard Orioles are also still there, and one female Baltimore Oriole was passing through. There were ten Common Nighthawks between Sabine Pass and the Woods.
Hummingbird numbers are increasing. Most are Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. but Christine Sliva has a female Rufous or Allen's Hummingbird.
With thanks to Christine Sliva and Steve Mayes.
John A. Whittle