Tuesday, March 27, 2007

It's Tuesday, This Must Be McAllen, Texas

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 mañana!

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.


At 11:11 PM, Blogger Susan Gets Native said...

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

At 10:59 AM, Blogger Rondeau Ric said...

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


At 11:18 AM, Anonymous [email protected] 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.

At 1:38 PM, Blogger Trixie said...

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

At 2:54 PM, Blogger 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!


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