I've spent a whirlwind week in Texas, gathering details to review a wide variety of birding hotspots in the Rio Grande Valley, courtesy of the McAllen Convention and Visitors' Bureau and many other generous sponsors. After seven days of heat, humidity, mosquitoes, great food and even greater birds, I can completely agree with the sentiment that "everything is bigger in Texas."
Even without full days of birding (we broke in mid-afternoon to prepare for evenings of networking), no night birding, poor migration weather (no fallouts) and no opportunity to explore the western, drier end of the valley, I saw more than 130 species of birds. That includes an astonishing 66 lifers, with many south Texas specialties like the groove-billed ani, buff-bellied hummingbird and aplomado falcon.
Are you ready to add to your life list? These articles can help, and stay tuned for many details on south Texas birding to come!
Photo © Melissa Mayntz