Bentsen Rio Grande SP
Nest of the Altamira Oriole
Great Kiskadee getting fresh drops at a water station. As a kid I can remember drinking from a hose too.
White-tipped Dove - such lovely colours.
Hugh Ramsey Nature Park
Bobcat shared her trail with us. She had two babies with her, and we enjoyed her company for several minutes.
Oriole and Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Santa Ana NWR
Always a good sighting!
Harris Hawk. We learned they hunt in a "pack" like wolves and is the only hawk known for this behaviour. We actually saw group of three in the morning, and then four sitting high in this dead tree together in the afternoon.
One of the bird blinds at Santa Ana.
One view of the Rio Grande with Mexico in the background. Hi Neighbors!
A field of cabbages was being harvested across the road from the entrance to the NWR.
South Padre Island
Love the bad hair day this Reddish Egret is having.
Looks like it is tip-toeing on the surface.
There are some big gators here and this large male was peeking through the rushes. We were on the boardwalk 😉
Roseate having a nap with a Tricolored and surrounded by (mostly) American Widgeons.
Laguna Atascosa NWR
Snow geese and the darker one second on the right I was told is a Ross's Goose.
We saw several Aplamodo Falcons but this picture is taken from one in a showcase in the Visitor Center.
Kestrel on the way into the refuge. See about a dozen a day on our travels.
Caracara known as the Mexican Eagle although it is not in that family.
Some of the very endangered Ocelots of the USA live in this refuge. It is believed that around 50 still exist in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Vermillion Flycatcher. This was a very windy day and you can al out see the effect in the following pictures. We have had a lot of wind this past week, sometimes gusting to 30-40 mph.
Tropical Kingbird This bird was identified, by the expert leading the birding group, by its call. It is identical in looks to the Couch's Kingbird.
There really is more to share than I can fit into this post, but hopefully you will enjoy the bird sightings
and get a small snapshot of this lovely area. I am keeping a bird list each day and sometimes I have seen 60-70 birds on one day. I will include an abbreviated list in next post.
We are enjoying the friendly people and the delicious Tex-Mex food.
And we are gathering pictures of some special aspects of the Lower Rio Grande Valley as well.
Our television/DVD player works well for programs after it gets dark, so we are quite content!
Sending love and hugs, L and L