Bird Walk June 24, 2014

Bird Reports written and photographed by Naturalist John Brush

Two-barred Flasher QMThe first bright creature of the morning wasn’t a bird, but this beautiful Two-barred Flasher. The host plant for this butterfly is Coyotillo (Karwinskia humboldtiana), a common plant species in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and one we have at Quinta Mazatlan.

A bird I haven’t seen much of so far this summer is the Black-chinned Hummingbird. This male perched briefly above my head, then went to an eye-level twig to preen. You can just see some of the iridescent purple feathers on the throat.

Green Parakeet pair sunny (2)Probably my bird of the summer at Quinta Mazatlan has been the Green Parakeet. They have been consistently seen for the past month or so, and have been quite cooperative as well.

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And below is the checklist from the morning:

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  2
Plain Chachalaca  13     two chicks
Swainson’s Hawk  1
White-winged Dove  20
Inca Dove  1
Black-chinned Hummingbird  1     male preening
Buff-bellied Hummingbird  2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  9
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  1
Green Parakeet  4
Brown-crested Flycatcher  2
Great Kiskadee  3
Tropical Kingbird  1
Couch’s Kingbird  2
Clay-colored Thrush  2     one juvenile
Curve-billed Thrasher  6
Long-billed Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  3
Olive Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  1
Great-tailed Grackle  2
Lesser Goldfinch  1
House Sparrow  35