Michael Emenaker has been volunteering at Falcon State Park for the past few weeks and has been finding some good birds up there. First it was Mountain Bluebirds and that had me thinging about making a trip. But when Michael found a couple of Horned Grebes, a species I have seen only once in the RGV, that was enough to push the needle past the line. So yesterday I made the long painful drive up river. Falcon Reservoir has been low for many years due to the prolonged drough. Vast areas of the lake that are normally submerged are dry land now with actual mudflats that never previously existed. First I dove out to the make shift boat launching area which is just barely in Zapata County. I could not find the grebes nor the bluebirds but I did get a Say's Phoebe.
Not finding my birds near the boat lunch, I drove around to the picnic area and made my way down the rough track to the flats which are in Starr County. I found another Say's Phoebe and a few Savannah Sparrows but that was it. There were distant Herring and Ring-billed Gulls on the little island a few hundred yards off shore. This is a Herring Gull which is a pretty good bird for Starr County.