Rio Grande Valley: Golden-crowned Warbler and more

(entered) Drove down Friday afternoon at a more leisurely pace than usual and stayed the night in mission. The following morning I arrived at Bentsen before sunrise and waited in the parking lot before checking around the visitor center hoping for an early appearance of the Black-vented Oriole. Eventually I drove over to the Butterfly Center and made my way down the dike trail looking for the main bird, Golden-crowned Warbler. By 8:30 I heard the bird calling quietly among Orange-crowned Warblers and Ruby-crowned Kinglets. I caught glimpses of it in the thick of a low tree and waved to others. It was lost from sight before anyone else saw it, but appeared twenty minutes later further down trail, where it came right out into the open atop a dense shrub and then flew onto the ground several times just feet from the path for amazing views. With a great bird under our belts before 10 am we headed back to Bentsen where a five minute vigil at the Nature Center feeders netted the Black-vented Oriole. The rest of the day was spent looking at butterflies and a fruitless attempt at Hook-billed Kite at Anzalduas.

I spent the next morning at Estero Llano Grande and birded the tropical zone, highlights included Audubon’s Oriole, Summer Tanager, Black-throated Gray Warbler, and Wood Stork, no becard.

Golden-crowned Warbler, Texas Photo Stephan Lorenz

Black-vented Oriole Bentsen State Park, Photo Stephan Lorenz

Praying Mantis Photo Stephan Lorenz

Red-bordered Pixie Texas, Photo Stephan Lorenz

Dusky-blue Groundstreak Photo Stephan Lorenz

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