Today was spent at Estero Grande State Park looking for the Rose-throated Becard. Jon Dunn joined me in the morning and soon after that we ran into Mary Gustafson, but to no avail. It was very windy and that definitely kept the birds low and rather inactive. Matt Stenger from Ohio, who most of you know is doing his own Big Year, joined me late in the morning after he successfully found his year Red-billed Pigeon (congratulations Matt). Matt did spot this Texas Tortoise which was a life reptile for me, but there was not a trace of the Rose-throated Becard.
This evening I rescheduled my flight to Denver to Wednesday evening. I sure don’t wish to miss the becard and be forced to make an return trip to The Valley, just for the becard. Anyways we had a delicious fajitas dinner at the home of Colleen and Stephen Hook, MD. Jane Kittleman, who discovered North America’s one and only record of Stygian Owl joined us for dinner. Jane said she’d show up tomorrow at Estero to help look for the becard. Hopefully, I’ll still have time to look for the Aplomado Falcon on the Old Port Isabelle rd. and do some birding at Quinta Mazatlan in McAllen, TX.