Posting from Texas


This year I am staying in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (Texas) for 3 1/2 months.  Birding down here is fantastic.  There are numerous State Parks, Wildlife Refuges and even a network of World Birding Centers (with about 9 locations included in this network of birding spots).  Even though I am staying at a “Winter Texas” trailer park, with numerous “activities” available, so far I have spent most of my time exploring some of these birding areas.  I have gone to the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, the Frontera Audubon Thicket and the Hugh Ramsey Park.  This is just a small number of the places available for birding.  Heck, there is even a bird feeding station (with 6 feeders) right here in the trailer park, behind the library.  The library has a series of windows looking out on the feeding station.  So viewing is excellent.  I enjoy taking my book down to the library and just sitting there reading and bird-watching, two of my favourite activities.

Here are a few of the pics I have taken since arriving here on January 6th.

The first pic is an Altamira Oriole.  This part of Texas is the only location in the United States where this bird can be found.  This pic was taken at the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge.  Such an absolutely gorgeous bird.

Altamira Oriole

Altamira Oriole

The next pic is a Harlan’s Hawk.  This is a sub-species of the Red-tailed Hawk.  Harlan’s Hawks are not specific to Texas.  But it is a beautiful hawk and not one that I am very familiar with.

Harlan's Hawk (sub-species of the Red-tailed Hawk)

Harlan’s Hawk (sub-species of the Red-tailed Hawk)

The next pic is a White-tailed Hawk.  It a rather large buteo.  In the United States it can only be found in this part of Texas and up along the coast to about Corpus Christie.  Not far from the trailer park there is field that is being harvested and there have been 3 of these hawks there for the past week.

White-tailed hawk

White-tailed hawk

Another good-looking bird found down here is the White-tailed Kite.  They are found in southeastern Texas, southern Florida and throughout California.

White-tailed Kite

White-tailed Kite

While I am down here this winter, I will periodically post pictures of some of the interesting birds I am seeing.  I hope you enjoy viewing these pics as much as I did finding the birds and taking the pictures.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Lynn Sanders on January 16, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    Thanks a bunch Dave. I think my favourite is the white tailed hawk. Keep posting!

    Reply

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