During the last ten (10) days, I was busy co-leading a birding tour of the Lower Rio Grande Valley with a total of 58 participants!! The tour was an Adventure Caravan Birding Tour and they were having a reunion of folks who had gone on previous tours such as Central America, Newfoundland, and Alaska to name a few. The Tour Masters are Bert and Sharon Frenz and I can tell you participants certainly get their money’s worth as this was one of the most organized tours I have ever seen. We were able to visit a plethora of amazing birding/butterfly locations and despite strong southeast winds that allowed migrants to fly right past, we still managed to find some outstanding birds and wildlife. Each day found us traveling to a different destination and included sites such as Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, National Butterfly Center, Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Falcon State Park, Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center, Estero Llano Grande State Park, Boat Tour on Rio Grande River, Anzalduous County Park, Old Hildago Pumphouse, Frontera Audubon Center, Quinta Mazatlan, and the Valley Nature Center.
Highlights of the trip including roosting Red-billed Pigeons on the Salineno Dump Road, Tropical Kingbird at Anzalduas County Park, Elf Owl near Bentsen, Common Paraque with chicks at Estero Llano Grande State Park, Grey Hawk at Bentsen, twelve (12) Greater Roadrunners at Falcon State Park, Ringed and Green Kingfishers along Rio Grande River, and Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet at several locations. Butterfly numbers were starting to pick up at the National Butterfly Center as well and a few of us got the treat of watching a Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake swallow a Bullfrog tadpole.
If you are interested in seeing some of these birds or visiting these locations, please contact me to join one of my workshops or to schedule a personal guide experience. I can guide your birding or photography trip experience.