Saturday, November 10, 2007

Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival: Saturday

Today's Birding 101 workshop/field trip had a stellar teaching team. The 35+ birders on the bus benefitted from the expertise of authors and tour leaders Brad McKinney, Jon Dunn and Kim Eckert. Wow.

The bus left Harlingen's municipal auditorium at the leisurely hour of 8 a.m. After a productive stop with views of Wood Stork, Black Vulture, White-tailed Hawk and Northern Harrier followed by a great stop with Belted Kingfisher, Tricolored Heron and Pied-billed Grebe, the bus reached Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. I felt quite content to watch the Green Jays at the visitor center's feeding stations.

The baby javelina provided some amusement, too. See it in front of the table's right leg? (As always, click on an image to see a larger version.)

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Blogger Susan Gets Native said...

That little baby javelina is too cute! A little porklet.
And I am so jealous of the jays. They sweep our blue jays under the rug!

November 10, 2007 8:27 PM  
Blogger Mary C said...

Those jays sure would be hard to miss! They are quite vivid. I guess there's something to be said about tropical birds. ;o)

November 10, 2007 11:53 PM  
Blogger dguzman said...

Man, I NEVER saw those green jays when I was a kid! No fair!

November 12, 2007 12:19 PM  
Blogger elizabird said...

The baby Javelina is so cute. And Mary the green Jays are very easy to miss. It took me forever to see one they blend in amazingly well.
Poor are gonna have to visit again. Hopefully because of the festival there will not be another kid who grows up and moves away only to find out they lived in a birder's paradise.

November 13, 2007 8:04 AM  
Blogger birdchick said...

Kick ass photos!

Love the baby javelina!

November 15, 2007 6:46 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Thanks, y'all.

November 15, 2007 7:26 PM  

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