Our internet was down so I didn't get the message till late and had to make the trip up this morning. Three of those species I've seen before in Hidalgo County but Sandwich Tern was a species I was not sure I would ever get to see. After finding that FM 88 north of Weslaco was flooded I detoured to US 281 up through Edinburg to TX 186 and then east to FM 88 and south to Delta Lake. Upon arrival I was disappointed to find the water high on the west side where the mudflats can hold rare birds. But not to worry, there was a small group of terns on a small mudflat on the east side. Scoping soon turned up two Sandwich Terns, Hidalgo County bird #408.
With them was a juvenile Common Tern, a species I have seen only once before in Hidalgo County.
Six Caspian Terns were not a surprise.
It took a while but a Royal Tern finally dropped in. I've seen them maybe three times in the County. This one is next to a juvenile Caspian Tern.
I was about to give up on the Brown Pelican when it flew over my head. This is a pretty ratty juvenile.
The day started well with a Magnificent Frigatebird on FM 88 over the flood channel just south of Weslaco. Only my second ever in the County.
A lot of people are suffering because of Hurricane Hanna but she sure made for fascinating birding.
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