what to say about Strathroy Birding when you are away in Texas

I wonder if I should bother writing anything in this blog while I am away.  Is anyone interested…….

I could tell you about the two Christmas Bird Counts I have participated in here since mid-December.  I could write about the local Audubon Society.  (the Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society——ACAS, for short).  I could write about the everyday birds I see in our park.  Or I could write about some of the great parks and sanctuaries in the Rio Grande Valley.

I know from my stats/viewing tracker that someone in Strathroy using Bell Canada views this blog from time to time.  That is nice to know.  Glad someone from Strathroy actually looks at the Strathroy Birding Blog.  Why not send me an email or note to let me know what you are up to.

Guess that is enough for now.


The photo of the Groove-billed was taken in Texas near the National Butterfly Centre, very close to the Rio Grande River.  This is exactly where the U. S. Government is planning to construct a portion of the famous “border wall” that I am sure you have heard about.  Anis, of course, can fly over a wall, but there is so much more wildlife that will be stranded on one side or the other.  Not to mention the loss of so much habitat.  When they construct the wall, they level, flatten, bull-doze 100 feet both sides.  This spells nothing but disaster.  A vast portion of the Butterfly Centre will be destroyed in order to build the wall and there is nothing that can be done about it, because the path of the wall cuts right thru the middle of the property.  The government just lays claim to the land.  If you are interested, here is a link to my Facebook page.  I have posted and shared many articles about the “wall”.


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Happy New Years

I took this photo of a Groove-billed Ani today.  It is a present for all my readers.  Hope that 2019 is a great year for each one of you.Groove-billed Ani at National Butterfly Centre

Joany’s Woods

This morning I walked the 3.5 mile Inch Trail in Joany’s Woods.  The weather could not have been better.  Nice birds are beginning to arrive.  Highlights this morning were Wood Duck, Great Blue Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, Northern Flicker, Blue-headed Vireo, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Palm Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Field Sparrow and a late season Snowy Owl.



2018 — Year of the Bird

National Geographic, the Cornel Lab of Ornithology, BirdLife International and another 50 other organizations are joining together to celebrate the 100 anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the most important bird-protection law ever passed.  All of the bird magazines and journals are carrying articles about this celebration.  Click on the link to read more about this powerful piece of legislation.


Trip to a well-known birding destination

In the Upper Rio Grande Valley, a very famous birding destination is Salineno, Texas.  This small town is located on the Rio Grande River, a little southeast of Falcon Lake State Park.  It is a very small village.  Between the village and the River, there is a bird feeding station.  It is staffed by a couple of volunteers.  They live there for the winter months.  The bird feed is purchased thru donations left by visitors.  During the day, birders just drop in and sit in the chairs provided, watch the birds coming to the feeders and chit chat with the volunteers.  Red-winged Blackbirds, Great Kiskadees, Golden-fronted and Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, Altamira Orioles, Audubon’s Orioles, Black-crested Titmice and Bob-white are regular visitors.  I was there last Saturday and took this pictures.

The Salineno area in one of the only places in the United States where it is possible to find White-collared Seedeater.



Bird Festivals

There numerous bird festivals throughout the year all across Canada and the United States.

Here is a link to and article about the festivals and a map that highlights the various festivals.