There's been so many good birds in the Rio Grande Valley this winter that I haven't been able to do much regular birding. Seem's like every weekend I'm chasing after someone else's birds. I'm not complaining but I miss going out to some site and just looking at what's there without expectations. Anyway I finally ticked the Crimson-collared Grosbeak for the year this afternoon at Frontera Audubon thicket. The Blue Bunting was also showing well at the water feature.
Here's Ms. Grosbeak chewing on the fruit from a potato tree (Solanum sp.)
Pine Siskins are rare in the Valley but there have been a few at Frontera this winter.
Sunday last weekend I made a run out to Willacy County to see the Mountain Ploves that were found in the previous week. This was Texas bird #510 for me.
After a quick tick I raced down to Sabal Palm Sanctuary in Bronwsville to see the Audubon's Orioles. I managed to see it for Cameron County bird # 341 and scored the Ducky-capped Flycatcher too.
The day before I spent in Starr county with Sonny Bratz from Victoria. We missed the Muscovey Ducks but got most of the regular Salineno birds including this Zone-tailed Hawk.
Ever the twicher, I was more excited about this Common Grackle, very rare in the Valley.