Saturday, February 2, 2019

Crimson-collared Grosbeak at Quinta Mazatlan, 2/2/19

A couple of weeks ago someone photographed a Crimson-collared Grosbeak at Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen.  I figured with the lush native vegetation, and in particular the numerous Potato Trees which they enjoy, this bird would hang around a while and be easy to see.  I made a couple of tries without success as did others.  But the bird was finally refound yesterday and today was brazenly feeding at the amphitheater feeding station.  This used to be a mega rarity in the United States but is now pretty much annual during winter.  I've lost track of how many of this Northeast Mexican endemic I've seen but it's always a treat.  This one has a few missing feathers like the Quinta bird had back in Feb. 2010.  Is it molting or maybe it's out of a cage?

Last weekend a lost Cape May Warblers was also photographed at Quinta Mazatlan but it has remained a no show.  Frankly I would rather see it than the grosbeak.

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