Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival 3
We visited the San Ygnacio Bird and Butterfly Sanctuary, known for its White-collared Seedeaters. The group didn't see that species, but I enjoyed seeing the Clay-colored Robin, Olive Sparrow, Ringed Kingfishers calling overhead, Belted Kingfisher perched on the Mexico side of the Rio Grande, Great Kiskadee, Black-crowned Night-Herons flying above the water, brilliantly colored Altamira Orioles, and Osprey.
Later in the day, I marveled at the soaring Harris' Hawk, Crested Caracara and Red-tailed Hawk; Green Jay; and Golden-fronted Woodpecker. At the Zapata County library, Richard pointed out a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher on the telephone wire. What a cool bird.
We ate lunch at Falcon County Park--known for Black-throated Sparrows--before beginning the drive south on 83. The bus returned to the auditorium about 4:30 p.m. The day felt incredibly long but provided a great start to the festival for this birder!