I'm in Harlingen, Texas for five days of leading field trips for the excellent Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. The first two days have been great. Yesterday I did one of the "Big Day" field trips with Willie Sekula. We tallied 131 species from Estero Llano Grande to South Padre Island, including lots of Harris's Hawks, a Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, and a Black-throated Gray Warbler. At Estero we ran into my friends Sophie Webb, Michael O'Brien, Louise Zemaitis, and Shawneen Finnegan leading a sketching workshop.
Today, John Arvin and I were joined by our participants on a boat ride on the bay from Port Isabel. Here's George Colley pointing out a pair of Peregrine Falcons on a tower. Best bird of the day was a gorgeous male Mangrove Warbler.