Friday, April 20, 2012

White Rock East Park, 4/17/2012

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Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's)
The afternoon after I arrived in Dallas, I went to White Rock East Park.  I showed some photos of a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and Great-tailed Grackle from there (both new to me) in earlier posts, and I've finally worked through my photos enough to share with you some other birds I found at this beautiful park.  Probably the most significant highlight from the park was an Adubon's subspecies of the Yellow-rumped Warbler.  We have many Yellow-rumped Warblers in Florida (though they're pretty much all gone now), and it was nice to encounter them again in breeding plumage.  But one of these warblers had a yellow throat with no white "eyebrow."  This was my first encounter with the "Audubon's" subspecies of this bird.  Apparently it's unusual in the Dallas area too, so the above photo is now published on the North Central Texas birding website.

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Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
I also found an Eastern Kingbird.  I was hoping to find a Western Kingbird (which I haven't seen) but this Eastern Kingbird was the first I'd seen this year.

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Eastern Kingbird
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Eastern Kingbird
I saw a couple Harris's Sparrows there, also the first I've ever seen.  I have some photos of them, but they're all terrible, since it was nearly sunset when I found them, and they were hiding in the shade. I looked for a Western Kingbird my whole time in Dallas, but did not find one until I was right in front of the rental car return on my way to the airport.  No photo, but at least I saw one.

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