Golden Triangle Audubon Bird Alert -- October 30, 2010
The cold front that passed through Thursday produced a very sharp changeover in the bird species on the coast. On Friday (29th), there was still a good showing of neotropical migrant warbler species, although with many species in much reduced numbers. Today (30th), the only truly migrant warblers seen were Nashville and Tennessee. There was still "only" a handful of Palm Warblers, and several Myrtle Warblers. A good number of sparrows first put in an appearance Friday with more species today.
Arriving Friday/Saturday were Hermit Thrushes, American Robins, some Blue-headed Vireos, lots more Orange-crowned Warblers, and the following sparrows (seen Sabine Woods or Pilot Station Road or near Sea Rim) Eastern Towhee, Chipping Sparrow, Field Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Nelson's Sparrow, Song Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow and White-crowned Sparrow. The Clay-colored Sparrow is still in Sabine Woods, and both Seaside and Savannah Sparrows are known to be around. Overshooting birds included at least two Brown Creepers in Sabine Woods, several Pine Warblers, numerous Golden-crowned Kinglets, and a number of Northern Flickers.
Other birds of note at Sabine Woods were a couple of female plumaged Baltimore Orioles, a female Western Tanager, and a male Scarlet Tanager. The two Crested Caracaras were seen perched close to each other again today, and a White-tailed Kite flew by. One kite (same bird?) was reported Friday at Sea Rim. These are the first seen along the coast in a long time. A rather late cuckoo (exact species undetermined) flew by. A Great Horned Owl was in Barn Owl territory, and Accipiters are being seen frequently. There are still large numbers of Indigo Buntings, and at least two female plumaged Painted Buntings.
With thanks for reports from Gerald Duhon, Terry Ferguson, John Haynes and Steve Mayes..
John A. Whittle