Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count 2016-2017

I was fortunate again this winter to be able to participate in the Guadalupe River Delta Christmas Bird Count on December 15. Like last year I covered a stretch of the Guadalupe River by boat, generously provided by the Womack Ranch and expertly piloted by Joshua McIntyre. In the morning we covered about 8 miles of river upstream (north), frequently stopping for me to get out and find birds. In the afternoon we were only able to go about 2 miles downstream (south) before encountering a log jam we couldn't get past. Here are a few shots from the boat.

Glassy lake water first thing in the morning:
Glassy Water on the way to the river

The Guadalupe River:
River view from boat

Dense woods along the banks:
Palmettos on River Bank - 2

My goal was to find lingering neotropical migrant songbirds in the dense riparian woods. The ones I found were expected species: Wilson's Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Least Flycatcher, and Ovenbird. Here's the Ovenbird:

Ovenbird

I ended up finding 61 species of birds. A notable miss for me this year was Green Kingfisher. We think higher-than-normal and more turbid water made this stretch of the river less appealing to them this season.

Here are my eBird lists:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33078652
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S33079057

Here are a few more photos on Flicker.

And attached are my iNaturalist observations.

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, December 18, 2016 22:56

Observations

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Golden Silk Spider Trichonephila clavipes

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 10:35 AM CST

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False Mint Dicliptera brachiata

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mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 11:29 AM CST

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Mexican Palmetto Sabal mexicana

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mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 11:31 AM CST

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Honey Locust Gleditsia triacanthos

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mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 11:39 AM CST

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Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula

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mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 02:21 PM CST

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Common Reed Phragmites australis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 04:27 PM CST

Description

Taken on the Guadalupe River during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count. This year I again rode on a flat-bottom boat operated by the Womack Ranch to look for birds on about 10 miles of the river.

Could this be the native species similar to giant cane?

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Chinese Tallow Triadica sebifera

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 04:09 PM CST

Description

Taken on the Guadalupe River during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count. This year I again rode on a flat-bottom boat operated by the Womack Ranch to look for birds on about 10 miles of the river.

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Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 02:46 PM CST

Description

Taken on the Guadalupe River during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count. This year I again rode on a flat-bottom boat operated by the Womack Ranch to look for birds on about 10 miles of the river.

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Ovenbird Seiurus aurocapilla

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 03:08 PM CST

Description

Taken on the Guadalupe River during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count. This year I again rode on a flat-bottom boat operated by the Womack Ranch to look for birds on about 10 miles of the river.

This was my best bird of the count. It's one of the less usual lingering neotropical migrants. But this year quite a few were found by other teams. (I only found this one.)

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Red Saddlebags Tramea onusta

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 01:59 PM CST

Description

Taken on the Guadalupe River during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count. This year I again rode on a flat-bottom boat operated by the Womack Ranch to look for birds on about 10 miles of the river.

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Phaon Crescent Phyciodes phaon

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 01:52 PM CST

Description

Taken on the Guadalupe River during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count. This year I again rode on a flat-bottom boat operated by the Womack Ranch to look for birds on about 10 miles of the river.

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Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 01:44 PM CST

Description

Taken on the Guadalupe River during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count. This year I again rode on a flat-bottom boat operated by the Womack Ranch to look for birds on about 10 miles of the river.

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Ocola Skipper Panoquina ocola

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 01:42 PM CST

Description

Taken on the Guadalupe River during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count. This year I again rode on a flat-bottom boat operated by the Womack Ranch to look for birds on about 10 miles of the river.

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American Snout Libytheana carinenta

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 01:40 PM CST

Description

Taken on the Guadalupe River during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count. This year I again rode on a flat-bottom boat operated by the Womack Ranch to look for birds on about 10 miles of the river.

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Dorantes Longtail Urbanus dorantes

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 01:38 PM CST

Description

Taken on the Guadalupe River during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count. This year I again rode on a flat-bottom boat operated by the Womack Ranch to look for birds on about 10 miles of the river.

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Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 10:13 AM CST

Description

Taken on the Guadalupe River during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count. This year I again rode on a flat-bottom boat operated by the Womack Ranch to look for birds on about 10 miles of the river.

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Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 10:58 AM CST

Description

Taken on the Guadalupe River during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count. This year I again rode on a flat-bottom boat operated by the Womack Ranch to look for birds on about 10 miles of the river.

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Least Flycatcher Empidonax minimus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 09:15 AM CST

Description

Taken on the Guadalupe River during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count. This year I again rode on a flat-bottom boat operated by the Womack Ranch to look for birds on about 10 miles of the river.

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Blue-headed Vireo Vireo solitarius

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 09:12 AM CST

Description

Taken on the Guadalupe River during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count. This year I again rode on a flat-bottom boat operated by the Womack Ranch to look for birds on about 10 miles of the river.

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Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 08:59 AM CST

Description

Taken on the Guadalupe River during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count. This year I again rode on a flat-bottom boat operated by the Womack Ranch to look for birds on about 10 miles of the river.

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Wilson's Warbler Cardellina pusilla

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 08:52 AM CST

Description

Taken on the Guadalupe River during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count. This year I again rode on a flat-bottom boat operated by the Womack Ranch to look for birds on about 10 miles of the river.

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White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 08:49 AM CST

Description

Taken on the Guadalupe River during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count. This year I again rode on a flat-bottom boat operated by the Womack Ranch to look for birds on about 10 miles of the river.

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Anhinga Anhinga anhinga

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 08:01 AM CST

Description

Taken on the Guadalupe River during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count. This year I again rode on a flat-bottom boat operated by the Womack Ranch to look for birds on about 10 miles of the river.

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Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 15, 2016 08:48 AM CST

Description

Taken on the Guadalupe River during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count. This year I again rode on a flat-bottom boat operated by the Womack Ranch to look for birds on about 10 miles of the river.

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