After I got home, I discovered two younger Glossy Ibises in my photos. In fact these two were cropped from the same photo.
Also present was this strange dark ibis with a white neck patch. Mary says that's a what a newly fledged Glossy Ibis should look like but she wasn't sure if a new White-faced Ibis might be the same. Maybe Glossies are breeding nearby.
My original purpose for driving out to Brushline road was to tick a Purple Gallinule for the year on my Hidalgo County list. And on the fourth try I finally got one albeit a poor view.
I started the morning at the playa in Hargill where I got the Reddish Egret on my county year list.
And also a couple of Black Skimmers were .....uhm.....skimming. Tough to get both of these species away from the coast.
And then there was the continuing star at the top of the Hargill Playa marquee, our little lovable Collared Plover who put on a good show.
Here's the list from the Hargill Playa including thirteen species of shorebirds.
Hargill Playa, Hidalgo, Texas, US Jul 27, 2015 7:40 AM - 9:10 AM Protocol: Stationary 32 species Fulvous Whistling-Duck 1 Northern Bobwhite 1 Neotropic Cormorant 25 Great Blue Heron 1 Great Egret 1 Snowy Egret 10 Reddish Egret 1 White-tailed Kite 1 Black-necked Stilt 20 American Avocet 8 Collared Plover 1 Snowy Plover 3 Wilson's Plover 2 Killdeer 6 Greater Yellowlegs 2 Lesser Yellowlegs 2 Stilt Sandpiper 10 Least Sandpiper 50 Semipalmated Sandpiper 2 Western Sandpiper 4 Long-billed Dowitcher 4 Laughing Gull 40 Least Tern5 Gull-billed Tern 48 Black Tern 5 Black Skimmer 2 Western Kingbird 1 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1 Horned Lark 2 Dickcissel 2 Red-winged Blackbird 1 House Sparrow 1