Category Archives: Southwest trip

Adios, Texas

We said goodbye to Texas today in a typical fashion – 70 mph on I-10 with too-many trailer trucks, a very gusty crosswind, and 80 degree temperatures. We are in Louisiana for a few days (Hi American Robins, Blue Jays, … Continue reading

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Long-legged Feeders

Some birds, like these Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and Great-blue Heron, stand still and suddenly strike their prey. The Reddish Egret is known for its “dancing” to scare up fish. This guy was resting when we saw him. This Tri-color … Continue reading

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More Snapshots

Too many bird pictures, too little time – the story of birding in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.

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Gone Fishing

Sally spotted a Green Heron while we were birding at South Padre Island Birding Center and we watched him get lunch. When he leaned way over, he nearly toppled and I missed the shot because I laughed, but he recovered … Continue reading

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Snapshots

So often when birding, you get a quick look at a bird and suddenly it has moved or just gone, so you grab what shots you can get. Here are a few recent ones.

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A Not So Common Pauraque

Common Pauraques, a nightjar that we heard in early evening last year at Goose Island State Park, is tough to find during the day. Earlier this week at Estero Llano Grande State Park, a birder from South Dakota put us … Continue reading

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Big Bend National Park

We just are finishing a road trip up to Big Bend National Park to get some sun and warmth and so we did – 37 degrees at night and mid-80’s during the day. We stopped at Casa Blanca SP and … Continue reading

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Just Plain Birds

I’ve been showing off flashy birds that are eye candy but we have been seeing lots of less showboat but just as interesting subjects. Here are some: The Orange-crowned warbler is everywhere. White Ibis (we see white-faced as well) A … Continue reading

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Buntings

There are a couple of rare buntings in the area and in the last couple of days, we saw them both. The first was at Quinta Matzalan, a sprawling Spanish-revival estate surrounded by sprawling tropical gardens and lots of birds. … Continue reading

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Drive-thru Birding

The nasty Texas weather continues for a few more days but the forecast is good.  We took the van out today, in 34 degree/misty weather to check out Anzalduas Park, a favorite local birding site. Here are a few photos … Continue reading

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