Friday, March 28, 2014

Rio Grande Valley TX

March 17 – 24 2014
Of the two weeks I spent in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in TX I think I only had four days without Wind, Rain, Clouds, Storms or all of the above. They have had a strange winter and it looks like it may be a strange spring. I checked out a couple of the same places I visited two years ago. I am about two to three weeks earlier this trip. When I was here before almost every day was sunny and very warm.
Here are some of the critters I managed to find in my limited time outdoors.

Common Pauraque - Estero LLano State Park TX
Can you find me?
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - Estero LLano State Park TX
Green Kingfisher - Estero LLano State Park TX
Common Gallinule - Estero LLano State Park TX
Golden-fronted Woodpecker - Estero LLano State Park TX
Great Kiskadee - Estero LLano State Park TX
Inca Dove - Estero LLano State Park TX
Brown Thrasher - Laguna Atascosa NWR TX
Couch's Kingbird - Laguna Atascosa NWR TX
Eastern Screech-Owl - Laguna Atascosa NWR TX
Making a home in a ventilation tube at the visitor center
Great-tailed Grackle - Laguna Atascosa NWR TX
Green Jay - Laguna Atascosa NWR TX
Plain Chachalaca - Laguna Atascosa NWR TX
Wild Turkey Male - Laguna Atascosa NWR TX
Northern Cardinal - Laguna Atascosa NWR TX
Northern Cardinal - Laguna Atascosa NWR TX
Reddish Egret - South Padre Island TX
Least Sandpiper - South Padre Island TX
Willet - South Padre Island TX


  1. Great Bird Photos! Great trip! Sorry to hear about the weather, we are also fighting it in the East. Miss you. C & L

  2. great pictures-maybe going south later is better?

  3. Judy: I was born in the RGV(Weslaco) but moved away to calif in the 1960's...when I was in my early 20's never realizing what beautiful wildlife (birds) we had in south Texas! Your pics are wonderful and I love Calif, but part of me is where I was born and raised. These beautiful birds make me realize why I love nature so much and so badly want to preserve it. Keep up the GREAT work....