Monthly Archives: February 2015

Final day of birding with Paul, Larry and Bob

Paul and Larry are moving on to points west early tomorrow morning.  Bob is heading home within a day or two.  So we took off again early this morning.  This time we headed for the Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Park.  It is located near Brownsville.  It is a large area, with wonderful trails.  Grasslands, mesquite, and prickly pear cactus predominate.  Hear we had great looks at Cassin’s Sparrow.  A lifer for Paul, Larry and Bob.  We also heard a Cactus Wren.  Unfortunately, we could not locate this bird.

The Cassin's Sparrow is a very plain bird.  No real distinguishing marks.  The song of the Cassin's Sparrow is very nice.

The Cassin’s Sparrow is a very plain bird. No real distinguishing marks. The song of the Cassin’s Sparrow is very nice.

After leaving there, we went over to Old Port Isabel Road.  This road is not in the best of shape.  This is an area that has great habitat for the Aplomado Falcon.  We drove as far as we could but eventually we had to turn around.  No luck with the Falcon.

Next we drove over to the Laguna Atascosa Wildlife Management Area.  This is a great place to bird.  It covers a large area.  There are trails and roads and lots of neat birds can be found here.  As we were leaving, we saw a Greater Roadrunner at the edge of the road.  It hopped up into a Mesquite and then back down to the ground.  It ran back and forth at the edge of the grassy edge of the road and gave us great looks.  I took this picture while it was up in the tree.




Posted by on February 27, 2015 in Uncategorized


well….now I can let it out

Since arriving, Paul has been suffering.  On the way down, he discovered that a piece of his hearing aid had become lodged in his ear.  We could not say anything, because he did not want to jeopardize his trip, and he did not want his wife to worry.  So between birding jaunts, he was at the audiologist, at emergency, at an eye, ears, nose and throat specialist.   Nothing was working, it was not until this morning that he found a specialist in Weslaco who was able to remove the piece from his ear.  He has been in a lot of pain. But today, he is rejoicing.  He feels great and he is able to continue with the trip.  If they could not remove it today, he was going to head home and get it worked on there.

But all is well. Carol was his nurse and took him around to all the places for his ear.  She took him to Weslaco today.

While he was having it worked on today, the rest of us, went to the Valley Nature Center and Frontera Audubon in Weslaco.  The lifer they got today:  Bronzed Cowbird.

Tomorrow we are going to do some more birding.


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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Uncategorized


Even though….

Larry and Paul arrived late on Saturday, to experience the WONDERFUL WORLD OF BIRDING here in the Rio Grande Valley.  Since their arrival, we have only had one decent day (Sunday).  The rest have all been cold, rainy and windy.  Not the best weather for birding.  But when you are only here for a short. fixed amount of time, you make the most of it.  Not sure about Paul, but Larry has already chalked up about 20 lifers.  And they also had some dynamite looks at Javelina (also called Peccary or skunk pig) at Hugh Ramsey yesterday.

We have been getting up early and taking off to various birdy places around here.  So far, they have hit South Padre Island, Hugh Ramsey Nature Reserve, Estero LLano Grande World Birding Center, Resaca de la Palma World Birding Center and they immediate area around the RV Park, including the Resaca behind us.  We are going to head to the Valley Nature Center in Weslaco today.



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Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Uncategorized


Cold, rainy and windy

Yesterday the temp was 6 C and very windy and rain.  But we headed out anyway at 7 am.  Our destination was Estero Llano Grande World Birding Center.  It is about 1/2 from the RV Park.  There have been a couple of Code 4 birds there this winter.  In fact they are still there.  Gray-crowned Yellowthroat and White-throated Thrush.  Estero was not very busy with birders.  The weather kept them away.  But we had good looks at a couple of Buff-bellied Hummingbirds.  Lots night-herons (both kinds).  Our best bird was Common Paraque.  This bird was on the ground.  Three feet off the trail.  What beautiful feathering.  We did not see either of the Code 4 birds.  But others did.  The Cinnamon Teal were nice as were the Roseate Spoonbills.

I had to be back by 1 PM for choir practice.

Today, Paul and Larry went to the Hugh Ramsey Nature Preserve in Harlingen.  They spent the afternoon there.  My choir sang at Western Days here at the park.  Then this evening we all went to a meeting of the Master Naturalists in San Benito.  They had a speaker on Winter Sparrows.  There were a number of people there from the park.

Tomorrow, we are going to head out in the morning and do WHAT ELSE?  Bird, of course.



Posted by on February 25, 2015 in Uncategorized


Good birding on South Padre Island

I did not keep a list of everything we saw today.  But we had quite a number of good sightings.  Very close and extended viewing of Clapper Rail, Least Bittern, Little Blue Heron, Green Heron, White Ibis, Tri-coloured Heron and Reddish Egret.  The only warbler seen was Yellow-rumped.  There were Pintail, Redheads, Shoveler, Red-breasted Merg.  Both Pelicans.  Black Skimmers were plentiful.

In the afternoon, Larry and Paul went down to Resaca de la Palma State Park.  Saw Green Jays.

Paul is putting a list on eBird.

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Posted by on February 22, 2015 in Uncategorized


Surprise…..they are here already

Paul Carter and Larry Cornelius, a couple of birding friends from back home, arrived Saturday.  I wasn’t expecting them until at least Sunday evening, considering the weather they had to travel through to get here.  They left Sarnia at 6 am Friday morning.  Drove to Little Rock, Arkansas and spent the night there.  Then on Saturday drove from Little Rock to our place in San Benito, arriving at 6 pm.  LONG days for a couple of “wild and crazy guys”.

We dragged them along the Senior Prom dance last night.  This morning, Paul, Larry, Bob Turner and I will be heading over to South Padre Island for a morning of birding.


Posted by on February 22, 2015 in Uncategorized


Dog Show Today

Each year there is a dog show in the park.  This year I decided to put Abby in the show.  There are at least 42 dogs signed up.  The dogs do not need to have any special skills.  They just get paraded in front of the judges.  Should be fun.  I hope to take pictures and post them later.

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Posted by on February 20, 2015 in Uncategorized