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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Big day of birding

Did you see the beautiful full moon last night, wow, later when we looked at it again there was a ring around it. So cool!! But couldn't get a pic of that, darn. This morning we got up early to join the Bird Walk at Estero Llano Grande State Park in Wesleco. There was a group of about 20 of us who decided to get out in the cold 45 degrees with a north wind.
Estero is a wonderful park to go birding, from their deck you can usually see a couple of dozen different birds today we saw a Wilson Snipe from the deck.

We walked most of the park and in 4 hours saw 70 different species of birds, one of which was this Paraque.

I enjoy the Anihiga's they are so sleek.

This blooming Huiache, is another sign of spring in the RGV. They use the blooms in perfume.
We learned where to look for other birds in the valley and the Rose-throated Becard had been spotted at the a feeder at Bentsen State Park down the road a piece so we headed there after a quick lunch at Wendy's.
We saw the Becard there, but not real well, Ken did get a pic of it's tail, so we may go back and try again.

So we ended our day with this spectacular sunset and 2 new birds to add to our life list, the Rose-throated Becard and the Fulvous Whistling Duck and we saw a total of 79 different species.
Hope your day was as fun as ours, more from the RGV tomorrow.

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