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April 5, 2014 - Frontera Birdathon

A pair of Great Horned Owls pre-dawn at Bentsen Rio Grande State Park while a Northern Cardinal announces that daylight is fast approaching!

 

Here a Great Horned interrupts a pair of trilling Eastern Screech Owls!

 

A Marsh Wren sings its burbling song at Estero Llano Grande SP

 

   

Mystery hawk along Jimenez Road; my initial thought was a young Red-shouldered Hawk, but it quite large and flew more like a Redtail, even though the pattern doesn't quite fit in my mind.  Thoughts?

 

          

A male Northern Parula feeds in the grass at the Sheepshead Lot on South Padre Island.

 

An incredibly foggy, drizzly day doesn't keep away the beachgoers!

 

Laughing Gulls live up to their name!

 

Loafing larids:  mainly Black Skimmers and Sandwich Terns, with a single Royal Tern (orange bill) and some Laughing Gulls in the back.

 

   

 

Head-on skimmers look like so many long-legged penguins!

 

 

 

       

A real treat this time of year is seeing the rosy blush of the Franklin's Gulls!

 

   

Bad shots of a good bird:  a Palm Warbler at the very western edge of its wintering range!

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