As expected Snowy Plovers made an appearance, twelve of them.
And the 185 Wilson's Phalaropes may be a new winter record. Here's a poor digiscoped shot of a few of them.
Another good bird was this distant Ash-throated Flycatcher. They are pretty uncommon during winter.
On the drive up to the refuge, I stopped at Delta Lake at my Yellow Warbler spot to see if any had stayed for the winter. Sure enough, a little pishing brought up two of them. One was a real dullard.
So it turned out to be a really interesting day. Here's the list from Sal del Rey.
LRGV NWR--La Sal del Rey (LTC 005), Hidalgo, US-TX Jan 3, 2015 9:35 AM - 12:10 PM Protocol: Traveling 1.5 mile(s) 39 species American Wigeon 8 Eared Grebe 250 continuing flock, counted and estimated Black Vulture 2 Turkey Vulture 8 Cooper's Hawk 1 Harris's Hawk 1 Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Red-tailed Hawk 2 Snowy Plover 12 Killdeer 1 Greater Yellowlegs 3 Lesser Yellowlegs 32 Least Sandpiper 100 Semipalmated Sandpiper 1 Western Sandpiper 4 Wilson's Phalarope 185 Laughing Gull 12 Ring-billed Gull 17 Mourning Dove 1 Golden-fronted Woodpecker 5 Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3 Eastern Phoebe 1 Ash-throated Flycatcher 1 Great Kiskadee 1 House Wren 2 Bewick's Wren 1 Cactus Wren 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3 Curve-billed Thrasher 1 Northern Mockingbird 4 American Pipit 5 Orange-crowned Warbler 5 Yellow-rumped Warbler 6 Savannah Sparrow 10 Lincoln's Sparrow 3 Northern Cardinal 4 Pyrrhuloxia 2 Eastern Meadowlark 6