It's been a weird spring. Estero Llano Grande State Park, five miles away, has been dripping with passerine migrants while at Progreso Lakes we've had very few. Then the northerly wind and rain of last weekend's cold front grounded thousands of warblers, buntings and orioles on South Padre Island. Having seen lots of "fall out" events over the years I stayed home and hoped for good stuff in our yard. Not much happened. Then the wind shifted to the south yeasterday and I observed Mississippi Kites dropping into the refuge land to the south last night. Then another cold front arrived this morning and I was hoping that some of the migrants blown in yesterday might show up in the yard. After breakfast I started to see Mississippi Kites lifting off and fighting the north wind. I totalled 210 for the morning.
And amongst those 210 Mississippi Kites was a bird I was hoping for. Our first Swallow-tailed Kite of the year and the fourth in the four plus years we've lived here.