Birds in and near South Padre Island, Texas

In January we spent a week on South Padre Island, Texas, and in the Rio Grande Valley nearby. I saw a lot of birds, especially water birds. Although everywhere I went I saw Great-tailed Grackles -- lots of them!

Here is a list of the water birds I saw on January 24th in the SPI Birding and Nature Center and Alligator Sanctuary:

Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks
Blue-winged Teals
Northern Pintails
Great Blue Herons
Roseate Spoonbills
Mottled Ducks
American Coots
Mallard hybridized with Mottled Duck
Tricolored Herons
Common Gallinules
American Widgeons
Great Egrets

Elsewhere by Laguna Madre I saw:

Brown Pelican
Snowy Egret
Double-crested Cormorant
American White Pelican
Common Loon
Laughing Gull
Forster's Tern

Birds I saw on Jan 23rd in the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, and the Sabal Palm Sanctuary were:

Green Jay
Audubon's Oriole
Altamira Oriole
Common Nighthawk -- so many scattered feathers -- one must have gotten preyed upon.
Northern Shoveler
Greater Kiscadee
Turkey Vulture or Black Vulture

Posted on 14 February, 2023 22:48 by susanhewitt susanhewitt


That sounds like it was a lot of fun!

Posted by ken-potter over 1 year ago

Susan, H
Huge flocks of the Great Tailed Grackles have taken over some sections of Floresville, Texas, just southeast of San Antonio. This has been going on for at least 2 years now. I have documented it a few times here in INat. Floresville is about 300 miles from South Padre Island.

Posted by rtwhitson3 over 1 year ago

Hey @ken-potter, it was indeed a lot of fun -- I wish our visit could have been longer!

Thanks for your note @rtwhitson3 -- there were certainly plenty of Great-Tailed Grackles wherever we went.

Posted by susanhewitt about 1 year ago

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