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    Where, when, and how to see these birds?

    I had to look up the locations you mentioned. There might be more responses if you added that you were near Austin. That said, I've never birded in your area, just south and west Texas. Lesser Goldfinches are seedeaters and more likely to be around thistle and other seed producing plants in...
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    South Texas March 2020

    It is birders' heaven no doubt, Owen. That Tropical Parula we missed will not leave my thoughts so I think we'll return another day. Steve
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    Rio de Janeiro and the Atlantic Rain Forest - Salvaging 2020

    Such an extensive and well written report, it took me all month to get through it. Thanks for all the writing and taking my mind to far off and exotic places. Steve
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    Eastern phoebe here for winter?

    Late to the dance, as usual... We don't have comparable weather here in western North Carolina that Minnesota or Wisconsin can produce but we know that wintering Phoebes eat a variety of small fruits, including sumac and poison ivy. So, their diet is adaptable during adverse conditions. Steve
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    South Texas March 2020

    I agree. The temperatures were downright chilly at dawn and there were really no neotropical migrants. The vireos and warblers we did find likely wintered over in the area. Our timing was partially to find that Pipit before it flew north. Steve
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    South Texas March 2020

    Thanks everyone for the postive feedback and kind words. South Texas, especially the LRGV, has a never ending supply of species unlikely to be found elsewhere in the US. There are a half dozen there now that are worth chasing for our life lists, including that Tropical Parula we never found...
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    Belated trip report posted

    https://www.birdforum.net/threads/south-texas-march-2020.403895/ Steve
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    South Texas March 2020

    MARCH 13 Due to leave in the afternoon, our choice for morning birding was again Santa Ana NWR, a convenient 7 miles south of the Alamo Inn. A third visit was justified also by Tropical Parulas being reported there in the past. The parking lot gave us some expected species - raucous Great...
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    South Texas March 2020

    MARCH 12 Our initial day at Estero Llano Grande was as much birding fun as hoped for. Why not go back to more fun, we asked, since our remaining target birds were proving to be so elusive. This we did, spending the entire day there, covering the entire refuge, some areas more than once...
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    South Texas March 2020

    MARCH 11 Our planned travels today were west again to the Brownsville landfill, a destination most experienced birders would understand. Conveniently, a second stop at Resaca de la Palma for another attempt to find that Tropical Parula which was still being reported regularly. Two hours of...
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    South Texas March 2020

    MARCH 10 Determined to find that elusive Hook-billed Kite, we started the day once again atop the tower in Santa Ana with nearly identical results as our first attempt. Gave that spot 95 minutes then left to quickly explore the Willow Lake area of that same refuge. On our way, a...
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    South Texas March 2020

    MARCH 9 Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge was just minutes away from the Alamo Inn. A sprawling place of over 2000 acres, there were many trails to explore and we intended to see most of them on this trip. However, we headed directly to the 43 foot observation tower for our first try at...
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    South Texas March 2020

    MARCH 8 An hour’s drive in the morning took us to Resaca de la Palma State Park, a few miles north of Brownsville. Our search here was for the Tropical Parula reported here on nearly a daily basis and the same species we missed in that private yard on our first day. A Rose-throated Becard was...
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    South Texas March 2020

    Salineno again.
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    South Texas March 2020

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