Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Texas, Day 1

I arrived in Texas 12:30 local time, got my rental, and headed immediately to Harlingen's premiere birding destination, Hugh Ramsey Park, one of the World Birding Center sites, and one of a series of birding sites along the Arroyo Colorado in Harlingen.

There is a good reason this park has earned a reputation as a reliable, and easily accessible destination for newbies like me.  It was 85* and humid and the middle of the afternoon; what could be going on? A lot, actually (certainly by New England birder standards).  Several Belted, two Green, and one huge, loud Ringed Kingfisher; numerous Harris Hawks; migrant warblers (including a Nashville along with many Orange-Crowned); a Curve-Billed Thrasher; and many, loud Green Jays, Plain Chachalacas; a showy Couch's Kingbird, and several Buff-Bellied Hummers.  I was hoping this would be a good introduction to some of the local specialties, and it did not disappoint.  Here is my list for the afternoon:

Hugh Ramsey Park eBird List 11/4 1:25-4:10

I took a few pictures, but wish I'd taken the Canon.

Buff-Bellied Hummingbird, Hugh Ramsey Park/Arroyo Colorado

Buff-Bellied Hummingbird, Hugh Ramsey Park/Arroyo Colorado

You know what it is. Hugh Ramsey Park/Arroyo Colorado

Plain Chachalaca. Hugh Ramsey Park/Arroyo Colorado
Tomorrow is an early start for Laguna Atascosa NWR and then several stops along the way to South Padre Island.  Stay tuned.

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