I saw this greenish thing fly low into a bush and I figured it would be an Mourning warbler. Boy was I wrong! It was a friendly Yellow-bellied Flycatcher who was hunting caterpillars. I'm not sure how common they are this far west.
Also allowing close approach was this White-eyed Vireo who had it's own battle with a leaf-footed bug.
My last visit to Falcon was back in June and at the time the butterfly garden looked like it had not been watered in months. I mentioned this at their office at the time and yesterday was glad to see the problem had been fixed. They also had a couple of hummingbird feeders up that were getting a lot of business. Though I've visited Starr County dozens of times this was my first county Black-chinned Hummingbird.
This Black-throated Green Warbler was also a county first for me. During migration I tend to stay in Cameron and Hidalgo County.
A skulking Yellow-breasted Chat refused a good photo per usual.
A couple of quail zipped around the corner and gave me hope for a Scaled Quail. But they proved to be the more expected Northern Bobwhite.
Inca and Common Ground-Doves flushed thoughout the morning.
Resident Northern Cardinal and Pyrrhuloxia are regular year around in the butterfly garden.
As are Olive Sparrows.
But butterflies were my focus. Nothing too rare but there was plenty with my favorite being the big Brazilian Skippers with their super long proboscis.
The weather forecasters are waffling about a cold front coming down later in the week. It's time for a major onslaught of birds!