This was a glorious day here in the Rio Grande Valley and the birding group here in our park arranged for 25 interested park residents to meet at Estero Grand Llano State Park and have a guided walk with park rangers. We divided up into three groups, with park ranger John Yochum and park volunteer trip leaders, Rick Snider (a Canadian) and Dave Elder (another Canadian). These leaders are extremely knowledgeable. They know about birds, plants, trees, flowers, butterflies, snakes, bugs, etc.
Before this park was a State Park, it was a RV Park. There were about 100 RV Units in the park. These residents planted lots tropical plants and trees. All of the residents had to leave when the park became a State Park. Most of the cement pads were removed. But the plants and trees remained behind. This part of the park is now known as the “tropical zone”. Lots of birds are attracted to this area. Today we saw Clay-coloured Thrush, Golden-fronted Woodpeckers, Ladder-back Woodpeckers, a Blue-headed Vireo, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers, Altamira Orioles, Red-crowned Parrots and many more bird species.
On the way home, I stopped to photograph this Scissor-tailed Flycatcher that was perched on some wires not far from the park. This is the first Scissor-tail that I have seen this spring.