2020-04-17: Feeder Vigil in Brownsville

I believe I’ve identified the birds in the gallery below correctly, but I welcome any corrections that experienced Texas birders might care to share.

Bronzed Cowbird - Molothrus aeneus
This was my first encounter with the Bronzed Cowbird. I found these birds at a well stocked feeder in camp where I stayed in Brownsville Texas.

I’ve always tried to be a glass-half-full person. I could complain how I’m in the middle of bird heaven, but shut in and not able to experience some of the best birding locations in the region. But that would be both pointless and selfish. So many people have REAL problems during the current pandemic. I think I am blessed. I have my health (so far). I have a secure place to stay. I’m surrounded by good people where I’m camped. Most of all, I’m in south Texas, not south Los Angeles or south San Diego.

Some of my neighbors keep bird feeders at their camp sites, and invited me to use their yards for photography. I passed by on walks and scoped out who was being fed, and I saw a lot of House Sparrows at the feeders, but also there were orioles, doves and hummingbirds. I knew it would be a mistake not to sit and watch over the course of the day to see what birds might drop in.

Friday I spent a few morning hours there and again a few more in the afternoon. It was a good decision and I met several birds I’d never met before. The images I captured were of Baltimore Orioles, Black-Crested Titmouse, Bronzed Cowbird, Buff-Bellied Hummingbird, Clay-Colored Thrush, Curve-Billed Thrasher, European Starling, Golden-Fronted Woodpecker, Great-Tailed Grackle, Green Jay, Hooded Oriole, Red-Winged Blackbird, Ruby-Throated Hummingbird, Summer Tanager, and White-Winged Dove.

I expect to try more sessions at the feeders in the coming days. I’d like to get better images of the Clay-Colored Thrush, the Buff-Bellied Hummingbird, the Black-Crested Titmouse, or any other members of the ‘hood who might surrender an image to my camera.

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