Here is the list of the 157 species I saw or heard on my South Texas trip in March 2005. This includes 152 countable birds in Texas, 1 countable bird seen only in Mexico (Gray Hawk), 3 non-countable exotics (Muscovy Duck, Budgie, Lilac-crowned Parrot), and one heard-only ABA bird (Roadside Hawk, which I'm not counting on my list). You can also read an account of the trip. Species are listed in AOU order, according to the 45th supplement (2004). An asterisk indicates a new ABA bird while 2 asterisks indicate a life bird. Birds not counted in my trip total are marked in parentheses.


Ducks, Geese, and Swans: Anatidae

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Fulvous Whistling-Duck
(Muscovy Duck)
American Wigeon
Mottled Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Lesser Scaup
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck

Chachalacas, Curassows, and Guans: Cracidae

Plain Chachalaca** (#1, #2)

Grebes: Podicipedidae

Least Grebe*
Pied-billed Grebe

Pelicans: Pelecanidae

American White Pelican

Cormorants: Phalacrocoracidae

Neotropic Cormorant

Anhinga: Anhingidae


Bitterns, Herons and Egrets: Ardeidae

Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
Reddish Egret
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron

Ibises and Spoonbills: Threskiornithidae

White Ibis
White-faced Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill

New World Vultures: Cathartidae

Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture

Osprey, Kites, Hawks, and Eagles: Accipitridae

White-tailed Kite
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Gray Hawk (Mexico)
(Roadside Hawk, heard only)
Harris's Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Swainson's Hawk
White-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

Caracaras and Falcons: Falconidae

Crested Caracara
American Kestrel
Aplomado Falcon*

Rails, Gallinules, and Coots: Rallidae

Sora (heard)
Common Moorhen
American Coot

Plovers: Charadriidae

Black-bellied Plover

Stilts and Avocets: Recurvirostridae

Black-necked Stilt

Sandpipers: Scolopacidae

Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Solitary Sandpiper
Spotted Sandpiper
Long-billed Curlew
Least Sandpiper
Short-billed Dowitcher
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers: Laridae

Laughing Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Gull-billed Tern
Caspian Tern
Forster's Tern

Doves and Pigeons: Columbidae

Rock Pigeon
Red-billed Pigeon*
Eurasian Collared-Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove
Common Ground-Dove
White-tipped Dove

Cockatoos and Parrots: Psittacidae

Green Parakeets**
(Lilac-crowned Parrot)
Red-crowned Parrot**

Cuckoos and Anis: Cuculidae

Greater Roadrunner
Groove-billed Ani

Nighthawks and Nightjars: Caprimulgidae

Common Pauraque*

Swifts: Apodidae

Chimney Swift

Hummingbirds: Trochilidae

Buff-bellied Hummingbird

Kingfishers: Alcedinidae

Ringed Kingfisher*
Belted Kingfisher
Green Kingfisher

Woodpeckers: Picidae

Golden-fronted Woodpecker (#1, #2)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker


Tyrant Flycatchers: Tyrannidae

Eastern Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher (heard)
Brown-crested Flycatcher
Great Kiskadee*
Couch's Kingbird**
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Shrikes: Laniidae

Loggerhead Shrike

Vireos: Vireonidae

White-eyed Vireo

Jays and Crows: Corvidae

Green Jay**
Brown Jay*
Chihuahuan Raven

Swallows and Martins: Hirundinidae

Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Cave Swallow
Barn Swallow

Chickadees and Titmice: Paridae

Black-crested Titmouse

Verdin: Remizidae


Wrens: Troglodytidae

Cactus Wren
Carolina Wren
Bewick's Wren (heard)
House Wren

Kinglets: Regulidae

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Old World Warblers and Gnatcatchers: Sylviidae

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Thrushes: Turdidae

Clay-colored Robin*
White-throated Robin*
American Robin

Mimic Thrushes: Mimidae

Northern Mockingbird
Long-billed Thrasher**
Curve-billed Thrasher

Starlings: Sturnidae

European Starling

Wood Warblers: Parulidae

Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Tropical Parula*
Myrtle Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
American Redstart
Louisiana Waterthrush
Common Yellowthroat
Gray-crowned Yellowthroat*
Wilson's Warbler

Sparrows: Emberizidae

Olive Sparrow**
Chipping Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow

Cardinals and Grosbeaks: Cardinalidae

Crimson-collared Grosbeak**
Northern Cardinal

Blackbirds and Orioles: Icteridae

Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Bronzed Cowbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Altamira Oriole**
Audubon's Oriole**

Finches: Fringillidae

Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch

Old World Sparrows: Passeridae

House Sparrow