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Padre Island Birds

April is the peak season for birds migrating from South America and the Yucatan. After crossing the Gulf of Mexico, the birds that were strong enough to have made it are totally exhausted and normally spend some time in the southern most part of Texas eating and resting up for their continued flight north. This "fall out" lasts until a favorable southerly wind develops, at which time the birds continue there trek northward. These photographs were taken at the Convention Center and along the Gulf beaches of South Padre Island during the third week in April 2010.
Summer Tanager (M)
Summer Tanager (M)
Summer Tanager (F)
Summer Tanager (F)
Summer Tanager (1st Spring M)
Summer Tanager (1st Spring M)
Summer Tanager (M)
Summer Tanager (M)
Northern Parula
Northern Parula
Hooded Warbler (M)
Hooded Warbler (M)
Hooded Warbler (F)
Hooded Warbler (F)
Scarlet Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Warbling Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Swainson's Thrush
Swainson's Thrush
Northern Parula
Northern Parula
Orchard Oriole (F)
Orchard Oriole (F)
Warbling Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Worm-eating Warbler
Worm-eating Warbler
Black & White Warbler
Black & White Warbler
White-eyed Vireo
White-eyed Vireo
Orchard Oriole (1st Spring Male)
Orchard Oriole (1st Spring Male)
Orchard Oriole (1st Spring Male)
Orchard Oriole (1st Spring Male)
Orchard Oriole
Orchard Oriole
Rose-brested Grosbeak (M)
Rose-brested Grosbeak (M)
Rose-brested Grosbeak (F)
Rose-brested Grosbeak (F)
Indigo Bunting
Indigo Bunting
Couch's Kingbird
Couch's Kingbird
Northern Cardinal (M)
Northern Cardinal (M)
Gray Catbird
Gray Catbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Red-winged Blackbird
Blackburnian Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Juvenile)
Black-crowned Night-Heron (Juvenile)
Least Bittern
Least Bittern
Least Bittern
Least Bittern
Northern Shoveler
Northern Shoveler
Ruddy Duck
Ruddy Duck
Willet (Mating posture)
Willet (Mating posture)
Short-billed Dowitcher
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Great Egret
Great Egret
Tricolored Heron
Tricolored Heron
Terns in Flight
Terns in Flight
Royal Terns
Royal Terns
Royal Terns (Mating)
Royal Terns (Mating)
Caspian Terns
Caspian Terns
Sandwitch Tern (Mating)
Sandwitch Tern (Mating)
Laughing Gulls
Laughing Gulls
Royal Terns
Royal Terns
Black Skimmers
Black Skimmers
Black Skimmer
Black Skimmer
Black-bellied Plover
Black-bellied Plover
Western Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Willet
Willet
Willet
Willet
Caspian Tern
Caspian Tern
Least Tern
Least Tern
Royal Tern
Royal Tern
Sandwitch Tern
Sandwitch Tern
Sandwitch Tern
Sandwitch Tern
Ruddy Turnstone
Ruddy Turnstone
Common Moorhen
Common Moorhen
Lesser Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Great Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron