Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Quinta Mazatlan, a historical 1935 adobe estate now a city park dedicated to birds where we found a Tropical Parula and our first Carolina Wren.
Anzalduos County Park where we found and reported a Horned Grebe (rare inTexas) and a Northern Beardless Tyrannulet.
Frontera Audubon Thicket in Weslaco where we
searched for hours in the warm rain and found the Golden-crowned Warbler - a life bird for us.
To the right is pictured the Hawk Tower and Resaca (Rio Grande oxbow) at Bentsen where we spent many hours scanning the skies for vultures and birds of prey drifting from Mexico into the United States. We saw White-tailed Kites, Red-shouldered and Harris's Hawks, and a Zone-tailed Hawk. Looking below in the resaca we had many ducks, shorebirds, waders, flycatchers and pipits.
We also found Hook-billed Kites and Monk Parakeets in Hidalgo, White Ibis in Edenburg, and enjoyed a day and a half at Santa Ana NWR.
It has also been fun connecting and birding with friends from Wisconsin. Spending the winter here at Bentsen are Tom & Carol Sykes and Jerry & Karen Smith who directed us to area target birds. Our nine month journey list stands at 540 and counting.
We have enjoyed attending Palm Valley Church here in Mission,Texas through which we supported Guatemalan orphanage missionaries for many years. Bye for now, Ty & Ida
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Drove through a dust storm near El Paso on our way to spend 3 days at Davis Mountain (pictured at left) State Park. Highlights: Montezuma Quail, nightly visitors to our campsite were 19 Javelinas (pictured left, below) a gray fox and a striped skunk (luckily stink free).
Adios amigos from the Rio Grande Valley, Ty & Ida