Tuesday, March 27, 2007

It's Tuesday, This Must Be McAllen, Texas

Tuesday, March 27, 2007
I am in McAllen, Texas, for several days of meetings and for the start of the Texas Tropics Nature Festival. We got out for a bit of birding at Santa Ana NWR this morning and saw some mighty nice birds, including clay-colored robin, green jay, chachalaca, great kiskadee, Couch's kingbird, and buff-bellied hummingbird.

It's been a loooooong day, so I think I'll let the pictures do the talking. ¡Hasta maƱana!

It was not too birdy on the pond/resaca at Santa Ana, but the trees were hopping with birds (and skeeters).

A golden-fronted woodpecker on a local tour of homes.

There's a new birding tower at Santa Ana NWR. It's HIGH! But the view is fab.

There are two species of cowbird in this photo: bronzed and brown-headed.

By mid-morning the sky over Santa Ana started filling up with kettling broad-winged hawks.

Back in McAllen we spent the afternoon in meetings at the charming Quinta Mazatlan, which is now part of the World Birding Center.

This eastern screech-owl peeked out from his roost hole At Quinta Mazatlan when a squirrel skittered up the trunk.


On March 27, 2007 at 11:11 PM Susan Gets Native said...

Good grief, you're traveling AGAIN?
You guys must have packing down to a science.
Love the screech!

On March 28, 2007 at 10:59 AM Rondeau Ric said...

Fabulous owl.
I gotta get me a job like yous, at least the fun parts.


On March 28, 2007 at 11:18 AM mon@rch said...

I agree with susan, "traveling again??" Glad you are able to share the adventures with us! The woodpecker would be amazing to see! Can't wait to see more from you.

On March 28, 2007 at 1:38 PM Trixie said...

The owl, what a look. And yes, traveling? What? Again?

On March 28, 2007 at 2:54 PM dguzman said...

You're in the town of my birth! though I must admit I don't remember it much. Say hello to the Valley for this old Valley (Harlingen) girl!