For birders, the Rio Grande Valley of Texas is famous for birds that aren’t seen anywhere else in the U.S., including some subtropical species of Eastern Mexico that are not found north of the border beyond extreme southern Texas.
Although we are by no means serious birders, we do enjoy watching them. Since this is our second winter here, we’ve become accustomed to the birds which were so exciting to see for the first time last year, like the colorful green jays and kiskadees.
Yesterday morning we took a walk over to Bentsen State Park. Just before we got to the Nature Center, we saw a crowd with cameras and binoculars. There on the ground not far from all the people was a Cooper’s hawk getting a drink and taking a bath in a puddle.
We watched him for a few minutes until someone tried to get closer, and away he flew.
He’s been hanging around the feeders at the state park and in our RV park since he has easy access to little birds for a snack. The volunteer told us he caught 2 birds first thing yesterday morning. Good for him, but not for the birders, since the other birds tend to stay away when they realize he is nearby.
We had also heard that a flock of green parakeets was hanging around Mission, and our friends at Where’s Weaver got some good photos of them a few days ago. We got to K-Mart around 4:40 and when we first pulled in didn’t see or hear any birds. We then drove around the side of the garden center, and there they were, flying down to land on the gutters and the nearby power lines.
You can’t believe how loud they are! It was a pleasure to see them in the wild and not in a cage at a pet store.
And to make it even better we capped off our day with a beer and pizza at BJ’s!