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for the first time in quite a while….


No birding today.  Instead, I filled my morning with cleaning the trailer and organizing things to the way they were prior to having company.  Not a lot of work, but we had re-arranged things so Larry and Paul could bunk down in their sleeping bags in the Texas Room.

This morning, I made breakfast>  Sausage, eggs and toast.  I listened to WCMU.  Finished reading the Boreal Owl Murder.

This afternoon I sat down with Diana Miller to review our plans for a bird blind at the Bird and Butterfly Garden.  The materials have been ordered and should arrive on Thursday (no delivery charge for Thursday deliveries).  Then I went to the library and started reading a book that my son, Cory, sent me for Christmas,  The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

The Gospel Choir is singing in the Recreation Hall tomorrow evening.  We have a practice in the morning.

I should find some time to do some birding after morning practice.

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Field trip


There are generally two organized, group field trips each month in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.  One is organized by the Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society and the other is called the Birder Patrol.  I am not sure who organizes this monthly trip.  But much the same people go on both field trips.  This past Saturday, the Birder Patrol struck out north and east of Harlingen.  We went to Rio Hondo and made several stops along the way.  Then we proceeded up to Arroyo City, a small town along the Arroyo Colorado River, again stopping along the way.

We tallied 64 species.  Here is a list of some the “Valley” birds we saw:  Mottled Duck, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Plain Chachalaca, Black Vulture, Harris’s Hawk, White-tailed Hawk, Black-tailed Stilt, Eurasian Collared-Dove, White-winged Dove, Ringed Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Crested Caracara, Great Kiskadee, Green Jay, Black-crested Titmouse, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher and Great-tailed Grackle.

We also saw a Coyote and a couple of Javelina.

Weatherwise, it wasn’t the best.  Chilly enough that everyone was bundled up and it was rainy, too.  But everyone had a great time together seeing all birds and visiting interesting locations.

 
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