Although the sun did not show much of itself until mid-afternoon, the trail was warm today. I drove out onto the island and explored the birding area on Sheepshead and the South Padre Island Convention Centre. No migrants to speak of, but I did get a new “year” bird – Little Blue Heron. It was also great fun watching a Reddish Egret dancing around in the shallow water. Twisting, turning, starting, stopping and spreading its wings. Quite a sight.
On the way back, it was fun looking for Aplomado Falcon. Didn’t find one, but the habitat was right. One of these days.
Tonight there is a winter chill advisory. Temperatures will get down to 4 C, without wind chill. With strong winds and rain, it will be pretty miserable here. I know friends back home would be very happy with a temp of 4 C right about now. But down here?? It just isn’t right.