Friday, March 2, 2012

Another Trip to the Valley

This weekend I'm taking another trip to the Rio Grande Valley, except this time I'm taking my 84-year-old grandmother along for the ride. She's the one that got me into birding as a kid. She's taken me on lots of trips growing up. Now it's my turn. So I've planned out our route and we'll be leaving  for a 3-day weekend in the valley around 6 a.m.

I'm determined to get another crack at finding the Rose-throated Becard, which I missed on my last trip. I also want to get some other resident birds I missed last time and get better pictures of the Golden-crowned Warbler. We both hope to find a Glaucous Gull at the Brownsville Landfill. Yes, the city dump... Landfills are a great place to find rare gulls that are known to winter in Texas. This landfill is also the only site where the rare Tamaulipas Crow once spent its winters. In fact, a few years ago, it was the only place in the U.S. where birders could get the crow for their U.S. list. We don't expect to find the crow since they haven't been seen for a while, but when you're birding, you never know.

Lots of good stuff coming your way, so stay tuned...

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