Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Our Final Few Days in the Rio Grande Valley

The second half of my week in south Texas was spent at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. I had been hearing great things about this festival for a long time and could not wait to have the chance to attend. I was covering the event for Birds & Blooms Magazine, I am the new bird blogger for their blog, and I also got to lead a field trip for the festival while I was in town. The festival was absolutely wonderful and the birding was fantastic! Stephanie had never been to the Valley before so she got to see tons of new and amazing birds. She was especially excited to see a Green Jay for the first time!

We can't wait to go back for the festival again in 2014. Here are a few of our favorite photos from our trip!

A well camouflaged Common Pauraque.

It was amazing to get such an awesome look at a perched Gray Hawk. Most of the time they are just flying over.

Clay-colored Thrush used to be a rare bird in the Valley but is not quite common and even breeds in the area.

Golden-fronted Woodpeckers might look a lot like Red-bellied Woodpeckers but they are a different species.

Green Jays are always one of the highlights of birding in the Valley.

Estero Llano Grande State Park is my favorite place to go birding in the Valley and is a great place to observe waterfowl.
 This female Northern Shoveler posed for some photos.

Vermilion Flycatchers are absolutely brilliant birds. They glow red against a blue sky.

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