Last week I decided to take a 2 1/2 drive north of Harlingen to Refugio to seek out a GOLDEN-CROWNED WARBLER that had been reported in a park in town. Along with friends Marcie and her husband, Glenn, we left Harlingen at 7 am. Upon arrival, we noticed that there were already a number of birders wandering around the park, searching for the warbler. As there were several different trails in the park, we decided to split up. After about 30 minutes, Marcie located the bird. The birders began to gather where Marcie had seen the bird. Shortly, the warbler came out of dense brush and began putting on quite the show. Right out in the open. Cameras began clicking away. High fives. Even though there were better pictures taken that day (Glenn is a terrific photographer), this is the picture that I took.
It breeds from Mexico and south through Central American to northeastern Argentina and Uruguay and into Trinidad. I don’t know how many records there are in North America, but it wouldn’t be very many.
While there, we also found a flock of Carolina Chickadees, numerous Ruby-crowned Kinglets, a Hermit Thrush, lots of Chipping Sparrows, a Wilson’s Warbler, several Yellow-rumped Warblers, many Northern Cardinals and good looks at this Louisiana Waterthrush.
Whenever you get a lifer it is a great day. My North American list now stands at 569. Happy, happy.