Monday, January 20, 2014

American Redstart at South Padre Island Convention Center bird haven


I finally got out to South Padre Island yesterday to enjoy the great birding in the birding haven adjacent to the Convention Center (NOT the misnamed 'Birding & Nature Center'). I watched this female American Redstart has been reported there for a few weeks as she very actively fed mostly in the lower levels of the trees and shrubs. I did get photo when she would stopped briefly in a little sunlight. The photos shows the gray head, whitish eyering, plus the small yellow patches on tail and sides though not the yellow patch on wings found on females. I also saw the Gray Catbird that has been reported there but it also stayed low in the darkened areas so I didn't get a photo of it. There were a good number of Yellow-rumped Warblers, a few Orange-crowned Warbler and Ruby-throated Kinglets flitting around these wonderful habitat provided by local volunteers. SeEtta