This afternoon I thought I would drive over to the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge (45 minute drive from the park) to see if I might be lucky enough to see the NORTHERN JACANA that has been hanging around for a while. There was a $5 admission fee and I did not have any cash on me. But the girl at the entry gate, said I could drive in to the Visitor’s Centre and use the ATM machine and pay the $5 to the people at the desk in the centre. Which is what I did.
I got directions to the lake where this bird has been making it home of late. On the trail, I met some people coming back from looking for the bird. They informed me that it had not been seen for a while. I kept going and as I approached the viewing stand, one of the fellows there saw me coming and gave me the “thumbs up”.
“It just flew in from over there,” he said.
I could not have been luckier. The NORTHERN JACANA is a Code 4 bird in North America. It is a Mexican and Central American specie and only a casual visitor to ponds and marshes in southern Texas. If I had taken my camera I could have gotten a terrific picture, because it was fairly close to the viewing stand.
This puts my life list at 562 bird species. All of these I have seen in North America. Even though I have been over in Mexico fairly often (just to the border town of Progresso), there is not much in the way of birds to be found there. I think I will have celebratory drink – pineapple rum and fruit juice. Sound good?