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Our last post from South Texas

March 13, 2013 1 comment

Our time in South Texas has come to an end.  On Friday, we had back to the Dallas area.  While we are looking forward to seeing friends and family, we’ll miss the friends we made in Southern Texas.  We’ll miss the food, and especially the world class birding.  We visited three of the major sites (Bentsen World Bird Refuge, Santa Anna Bird National Sanctuary, and Estero Grande Below is an album of some of the birds we saw.

Orange Crowned Warbler

Orange Crowned Warbler

Orange Crowned Warbler

Orange Crowned Warbler

Black Tufted Titmouse

Black Crested Titmouse

Black tufted titmouse

Black crested titmouse

Harris Hawk

Harris Hawk

Harris Hawk

Harris Hawk

Cardinal

Cardinal

Couch Kingbird

Couch Kingbird

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Mockingbird

A group of Snowy Egrets

A group of Snowy Egrets

Green Kingfisher

Green Kingfisher

Yellow Crowned Night Heron

Yellow Crowned Night Heron

Black necked stilt

Black necked stilt

Great White Heron

Great White Heron

Dragon fly

Dragon fly

Duck

Lazy Duck

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Pink Orchid

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Pink Orchid

White orchid

White orchid

Black necked stilts

Black necked stilts

Shovelers Duck

Shovelers Duck

Orange fronted woodpecker

Orange fronted woodpecker

Birding in South Texas

February 3, 2013 3 comments

South Texas is in the migratory path for a wife variety of birds.  So, there are many birding areas, well known for excellent bird viewing.  Today we stopped for a few hours at Estrello Llano Grande, in Mercedes, TX.  Here are some pictures taken on our walk.  Good thing Romola was there to identify all these birds!

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Golden Fronted Woodpecker

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Great Kiskadee

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Green Kingfisher

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Little Blue Heron

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Egret

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Black Crowned Night Heron

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Black Crested Titmouse

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Great Kiskadee

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Three Yellow Kiskadees

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A new site for birding

February 20, 2012 2 comments

We moved from Mission, TX to Harlingen, TX and were pleased to find a very active birding park nearby.  This park has a lot of wetlands, so there are more shorebirds.  Some of these — such as the Pink Spoonbill — are large and graceful in flight.  Here are some pictures.

A female redwing blackbird

Green Heron

A turtle basking in the sun

Baby alligator, catching some rays

Northern Shoveler duck

Roseate Spoonbill

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On the Rio Grande River

January 18, 2012 Leave a comment

The RV Park we are staying at is right on the Rio Grande river, border between USA and Mexico.  They have a boat tour of the river which is quite interesting.  There is surprisingly much to see here, ranging from birds to historical buildings.  Here are some highlights:

There is a huge house, which used to be owned by the drug cartel.  I guess this fancy building gave pretty direct access to the USA for those so inclined.  This is now taken over by the Mexican Government, which now patrols this area heavily.

River view of the Cartel house.

Some heavy Mexican guard duty

And this is our side of the border, keeping a watchful eye

This very fancy building is the home of the Mexican water ski team.  This is where they train for international competitions.

Three years ago, a major hurricane caused serious flooding along the Rio Grande.  Evidence of the damage is still very obvious.

Clear evidence of how high the water got

This fancy resort was started but never finished after the flood

This used to be the very Pepe's restaurant and night club

And finally, some of the birds we saw