The Crimson-collared Grosbeak has always been one of my favorite Mexican birds. It’s endemic to NE Mexico, but occasionally wanders during the winter especially during invasion years. In the winter of 2002, some wandered over to the Durango Hwy in western Mexico and in January of 2005 they were seen in multiple LRGV locations during an invasion year. This is not an invasion year, but the female at Allen Williams’ home apparently didn’t get the word. In his yard since December, she showed up at 8:16 AM today one minute after Allen whistled and presented cut fruit to the 10 species of LRGV specialties pushing their way to the head of the food line.
Allen Williams has a great 2½ acre property in Pharr, TX planted with native landscaping and featuring multiple water features. He hit the “big time” back in the 90’s with a Blue Mockingbird and followed it up with Slate-throated Redstart, Blue Bunting and other goodies over the year. It’s a great place to enjoy all of the regularly occurring LRGV specialties and I strongly recommend it. He accepts $10.00 per person donations, which entitles you to multiple uses during your trip to the LRGV.