Friday, November 9, 2012

Passerines and Near-Passerines in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas

Photographing in the lower Rio Grande Valley in Texas, not only are there raptors and animals to photograph.  But there are a number of passerine's and near passerine's that come into the areas around the waterhole to feed and drink.  April and to early June is a great time to photograph these birds, since migration is going on.
Scaled Quail (Callipepla squamata)
Scaled Quail
I added to my life list with four birds that I observed there this year.  I was able to obtain pictures of only two of the birds, The scaled quail and the lark sparrow.

Lark Sparrow (Chondestes grammacus)
Lark Sparrow

If there is enough interest, I will lead a trip down to the lower Rio Grande Valley in late May for three fun-filled days of photography.

Here is a sample of some of the birds that you can photograph.
Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina)
Common Ground Dove
Curve-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma curvirostre)
Curved-billed Thrasher
Golden-fronted Woodpecker - Melanerpes aurifrons
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Inca Dove (Columbina inca)
Inca Dove
Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre)
Long-billed Thrasher
 Northern Cardinal - Cardinalis cardinalis
Northern Cardinal
Northern Mockingbird - Minus polyglottos
Northern Mockingbird
Olive Sparrow (Arremonops rufivirgatus)
Olive Sparrow
 Savannah Sparrow - Passerculus sandwichensis
Savannah Sparrow
White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi)
White-tipped Dove
White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica)
White-winged Dove