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(Names:  English/Español-Scientific; Co=County, NWR=National Wildlife Refuge, SP=State Park, TX=Texas, WBC=World Birding Center)

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Fulvous Whistling-Duck/Pijije Canelo - Dendrocygna bicolor, Weslaco, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Black-bellied Whistling Duck/Pijije de ala Blanca - Dendroctgna autumnalis,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Black-bellied Whistling Duck/Pijije de ala Blanca - Dendroctgna autumnalis,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Muscovy Duck/Pato Real - Cairina moschata, Salineno, Starr Co., TX

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"Mexican Duck"/Pato Mexicano - Anas diazi,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Masked Duck/Pato Enmascarado (female) - Nomonyx dominicus,
Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Brownsville, Cameron Co., TX

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Plain Chachalaca/Chachalaca Comun' - Ortalis vetula,
 Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Plain Chachalaca/Chachalaca Comun' - Ortalis vetula, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Wild Turkey/Guajolote Noteño - Meleagris gallopavo,
Starr Co., TX

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Northern Bobwhite/Cororniz Cotui - Colinus virginianus,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Least Grebe/Zambullidor de Pico Grueso - Tachybaptus dominicus, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Bare-throated Tiger-Heron/Garza-tigre Mexicana - Tigrisoma mexicanum, (new U.S. species), Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley SP-WBC, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX  12/31/09.

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Bare-throated Tiger-Heron/Garza-tigre Mexicana - Tigrisoma mexicanum, (new U.S. species), Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley SP-WBC, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX  12/31/09.

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Anhinga (female)/Anhinga (hembra) - Anhinga anhinga, Weslaco, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Anhinga (male)/Anhinga (macho) - Anhinga anhinga, Weslaco, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Great Blue Heron/Garzon' Cenizo - Ardea heroddias,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Great Egret/Garza Blanca - Ardea alba,
South Padre Island, Cameron Co., TX

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Snowy Egret/Garza de Dedos Dorados - Egretta thula,
South Padre Island, Cameron Co., TX

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Little Blue Heron/Garceta Azul - Egretta azul, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Tricolored Heron/Garceta Tricolor' - Egretta tricolor,
South Padre Island, Cameron Co., TX

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Reddish Egret/Garza Rojiza - Egretta rufescens,
South Padre Island, Cameron Co., TX

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Cattle Egret/Garza Ganadera - Bubulcus ibis,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Roseate Spoonbill/Espa'tula Rosada - Ajaja ajaja,
South Padre Island, Cameron Co., TX

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Wood Stork/Cigüeña Americana - Mycteria americana, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Jabiru/Cigüeña Jabirú - Jabiru mycteria, near Hargill, Willacy Co., TX 08/21/08

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Jabiru/Cigüeña Jabirú  - Jabiru mycteria, near Hargill, Willacy Co., TX 08/21/08

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Jabiru/Cigüeña Jabirú - Jabiru mycteria, near Hargill, Willacy Co., TX 08/21/08

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Jabiru/Cigüeña Jabirú - Jabiru mycteria, near Hargill, Willacy Co., TX 08/21/08

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Jabiru/Cigüeña Jabirú - Jabiru mycteria, near Hargill, Willacy Co., TX 08/21/08

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Turkey Vulture/Zopilote Aura - Cathartes aura,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Osprey/Gavilan' Pescador - Pandion haliaetus, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Hook-billed Kite/Milano picogarfio - Chondrohierax uncinatus, (carrying land snail), Mission, Hidalgo Co. 

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Gray Hawk/Aguililla Gris - Asturina nitida, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Gray Hawk (immature)/Aquililla Gris (juvenil') - Asturina nitida, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Roadside Hawk/Gavilan' Camenera - Buteo magnirostris, Weslaco, Hidalgo Co., TX 

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Roadside Hawk/Gavilan' Camenera - Buteo magnirostris, Weslaco, Hidalgo Co., TX 

 

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Roadside Hawk/Gavilan' Camenera - Buteo magnirostris, Weslaco, Hidalgo Co., TX 

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Harris's Hawk/Aquililla de Harris - Parabuteo unicinctus,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Harris's Hawk (immature)/Aguililla de Harris (juvenil') - Parabuteo unicinctus,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Crested Caracara/Caracara Quebrantahuesos - Caracara cheriway, Cameron Co., TX

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Aplomado Falcon/Halcon' Aplomado - Falco femoralis,
Cameron Co., TX

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Aplomado Falcon/Halcon' Aplomado - Falco femoralis,
Cameron Co., TX

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Peregrine Falcon/Halcon' Peregrino - Falco peregrinus,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Clapper Rail/Rascon' Picudo - Rallus longirostris,
South Padre Island, Cameron Co., TX

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Sora/Polluela Sora - Porzana carolina,
South Padre Island, Cameron Co., TX

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Common Gallinule/Gallineta de Frente Roja - Gallinula galeata,
South Padre Island, Cameron Co., TX

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American Coot/Gallareta Americana - Fulica americana, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Sanderling/Playero Blanco - Calidris alba, South Padre Island, Cameron Co., TX

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Ruddy Turnstone/Vuelvepiedras Rojizo - Arenaria interpres, South Padre Island, Cameron Co., TX

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Northern Jacana/Jacana Norteña - Jacana spinosa, Weslaco, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Northern Jacana/Jacana Norteña - Jacana spinosa, Weslaco, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Laughing Gull/Gaviota Reidora - Larus atricilla, South Padre Island, Cameron Co., TX

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Black-legged Kittiwake/Gaviota de Patas Negras - Rissa tridactyla, South Padre Island, Cameron Co.

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Sandwich Tern/Charran' de Sa'ndwich - Sterna sandvicensis,
South Padre Island, Cameron Co., TX

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Least Tern/Charran' Mi'nimo - Sterna antillarum,
South Padre Island, Cameron Co., TX

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Eurasian Collared-Dove/Paloma Turca - Streptopelia decaocto,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Mourning Dove/Paloma Huilota - Zenaida macroura,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Inca Dove/Tor'tola de Cola Larga - Columbina inca,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Common Ground-Dove/Tor'tola Comun' - Columbina passerina,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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White-tipped Dove/Paloma Arroyera - Leptotila verreauxi,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Green Parakeet/Perico Mexicano - Aratinga holochlora, McAllen, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Yellow-billed Cuckcoo/Cuco de Pico Amarillo - Coccyzus americanus,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Greater Roadrunner/Correcaminos Norteño - Geococcyx californianus,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Groove-billed Ani/Garrapatero Pijui - Crotophaga sulcirostris,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Barn Owl/Lechuza de Campanario - Tyto alba,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Eastern Screech-Owl/Tecolote Oriental - Otis asio, Los Fresos, Cameron Co., TX

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Flammulated Owl/Tecolote de Ojo Oscuro - Otus Flammeolus, South Padre Island, Cameron Co., TX.

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Great Horned Owl/Bu'ho Cornudo Grande - Bubo virginianus,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl/Tecolotito Comun' - Glaucidium brasilianum, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Burrowing Owl/Tecolote Llanero - Athene cunicularia,
Granjeno, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Lesser Nighthawk/Chotacabras Menor - Chordeiles acutipennis,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Common Paraque/Chotacabras Paraque - Nyctidromus albicollis, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Green-breasted Mango/Colibri' de Cola Guinda - Anthracothorax prevostii,
McAllen, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Buff-bellied Hummingbird/Colibri' Yucateco - Amazilia yucatanensis,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Lucifer Hummingbird/Tijereta Norteña - Calothorax lucifer, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX (1st Valley Record)

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Ruby-throated Hummingbird/Colibri' Garganta Rubi - Archilochus colubris,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Anna's Hummingbird/Colibri' de Cabeza Roja - Calypte anna,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Ringed Kingfisher/Martin' Pescador de Collar - Ceryle torquata,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Green Kingfisher/Martin' Pescador Verde - Chloroceryle americana,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Golden-fronted Woodpecker/Carpentero de Frente Dorada - Melanerpes aurifrons,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Ladder-backed Woodpecker/Carpentero Mexicano - Picoides scalaris,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Eastern Kingbird/Tirano de Dorso Negro - Tyrannus tyrannus, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Couch's Kingbird/Tirano Silbador - Tyrannus couchii,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Eastern Wood-Pewee/Pibi' Oriental - Contopus virens,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Greater Pewee/Pibi' Mayor - Contopus pertinax, McAllen, Hidalgo Co., TX  11/27/2010. 

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Greater Pewee/Pibi' Mayor - Contopus pertinax, McAllen, Hidalgo Co., TX  11/27/2010. 

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Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet/Mosquero Lampiño - Camptostoma imberbe,
 Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Black Phoebe/Papmoscas Negro - Sayornis nigricans, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Say's Phoebe/Papamoscas Llanero - Sayornis saya,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Vermilion Flycatcher/Mosquero Cardenalito - Pyrocephalus rubinus,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Brown-crested Flycatcher/Copeton Tirano - Myiarchus tyrannulus, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Dusky-capped Flycatcher / Copeton Triste - Myiarchus tuberculifer, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX.

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Scissor-tailed Flycatcher/Tirano-Tijereta Rosado - Tyrannus forficatus,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Great Kiskadee/Luis Grande - Pitangus sulphuratus,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher/Papamoscas Atigrado - Myiodynastes luteiventris, McAllen, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher/Papamoscas Atigrado - Myiodynastes luteiventris, McAllen, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Rose-throated Becard (female)/Mosqero Cbezon' Degollado (hembra) - Pachyramphus aglaiae, Alamo, Hidalgo Co., TX

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White-crested Elaenia/Elenia Crestiblanca - Elaenia albiceps,
South Padre Island, Cameron Co., TX
(1st U.S. Record)

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Brown Jay/Chara Papan -  Cynanocorax morio, Salineño, Starr Co., TX.

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Green Jay/Chara Verde - Cyanocorax yncas,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Northern Rough-winged Swallow/Golodrina de ala Asserada - Stelgidopteryx serripennis, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Cave Swallow/Golondrina Pueblera - Petrochelidon fulva,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Barn Swallow/Golondrina Tijereta - Hirundo rustica,
South Padre Island, Cameron Co., TX

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Black-crested Titmouse/Carbonero de Cresta Negra - Baeolophus atricristatus,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Eastern Bluebird/Azulejo de Garganta Canela - Sialia sialis,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Clay-colored Thrush/Mirlo Pardo - Turdus grayi,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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White-throated Thrush/Zorzal Gorjiblanco - Turdus assimilis, Pharr, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Rufous-backed Robin/Mirlo de Dorso Rufo - Turdus rufopalliatus, Alamo, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Gray Catbird/Maullador Gris - Dumetella carolinensi, Cameron Co., TX

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Long-billed Thrasher/Cuitlacoche de Pico Largo - Toxostoma longirostre,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Curve-billed Thrasher/Cuitlacoche de Pico Curvo - Toxostoma curvirostre,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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American Pipit/Bisbita Americana - Anthus rubescens, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Tennessee Warbler/Chipe Peregrino - Vermivora peregrina,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Orange-crowned Warbler/Chipe Oliva'ceo - Vermivora celata,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Northern Parula/Parula Norteña - Parula americana,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Yellow Warbler/Chipe Amarillo - Dendroica petechia,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Prothonotary Warbler/Chipe Dorado - Protonotaria citrea,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Chestnut-sided Warbler/Chipe de Flanco Castaño - Dendroica pennsylvanica, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Summer Tanager/Tangara Roja - Piranga rubra,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Summer Tanager/Tangara Roja - Piranga rubra, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Scarlet Tanager/Tangara Escarlata - Piranga olivacea,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Scarlet Tanager/Tangara Escarlata - Piranga olivacea,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Western Tanager/Tangara de Capucha Roja - Piranga ludoviciana,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Olive Sparrow/Gorrion' Oliva'ceo - Arremonops rufivirgatus,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Black-throated Sparrow/Gorrion' de Garganta Negra - Amphispiza bilineata, Starr Co., TX

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Savannah Sparrow/Gorrion' Sabanero - Passerculus sandwichensis,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Lincoln's Sparrow/Gorrion' de Lincoln - Melospiza lincolnii,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Snow Bunting/Escribano nival - Plectrophenax nivalis,
South Padre Island, Cameron Co., TX

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Northern Cardinal/Cardenal Norteño - Cardinalis cardinalis,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak (female)/Picogordo de Pecho Rosa (hembra) - Pheucticus ludovicianus,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak (male)/Picogordo de Pecho Rosa (macho) - Pheucticus ludovicianus,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Blue Grosbeak/Picogordo Norteño - Passerina caerulea,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Indigo Bunting/Colorin' Azul - Passerina cyanea,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Painted Bunting/Colorin' de Siete Colores - Passerina ciris, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX  4/16/09.

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Red-winged Blackbird/Tordo Sargento - Agelaius phoeniceus,
South Padre Island, Cameron Co., TX

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Eastern Meadowlark/Pradero Tortilla con Chile - Sturnella magma,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Western Meadowlark/Pradero Occidental - Sternella neglecta, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Yellow-headed Blackbird/Tordo de Cabeza Amarilla - Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Great-tailed Grackle/Zanate Mexicano - Quisicalus mexicanus,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Bronzed Cowbird/Vaquero de Ojo Rojo - Molothrus aeneus,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Baltimore Oriole/Bolsero de Baltimore - Icterus galbula,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Hooded Oriole/Bolsero Enmascarado - Icterus cucullatus, Salineño, Starr Co., TX

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Orchard Oriole/Bolsero Castaño - Icterus spurius,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Orchard Oriole (immature)/Bolsero Castaño (juvenal) - Icterus spurius,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Black-vented Oriole/Bolsero de Wagler - Icterus wagleri, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Altamira Oriole/Bolsero de Altamira - Icterus gularis,
Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Audubon's Oriole/Bolsero de Cabeza Negra - Icterus graduacauda, Salineño, Starr Co., TX

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Altamira Oriole x Audubon's Oriole Hybrid/Bolsero de Altamira x Bolsero de Cabeza Negra Hi'brido
Bensten-Rio Grande Valley SP-WBC, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Altamira Oriole x Audubon's Oriole Hybrid/Bolsero de Altamira x Bolsero de Cabeza Negra Hi'brido
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley SP-WBC, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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Altamira Oriole x Audubon's Oriole Hybrid/Bolsero de Altamira x Bolsero de Cabeza Negra Hi'brido
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley SP-WBC, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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House Finch/Pinzon Mexicano - Carpodacus mexicanus, Mission, Hidalgo Co., TX

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