On our final day of our vacation from our vacation, we went birding at two of the 'World Birding Centers' in the RGV, Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge and Estero Llano Grande State Park.
When we arrived at Santa Ana, we asked the person at the visitor's centre what birds people had been spotting. He said there hadn't been much in the last week. This was disappointing. On previous visits we haven't seen much either.
The visitor's center is very nice. It has a big gift shop and bookstore with lots of birding books. In an aquarium were a couple of Black Spotted Newts, an endangered species in the state of Texas.
That was pretty much it for Santa Ana. Most of the waterways were dried up. If we were to come here again, it would be earlier in our time in the RGV while there is still water.
We then headed off to our favourite Texas State park, Estero Llano Grande on the townline between Weslaco and Mercedes. There is always lots to seen in the lake in front of the viewing deck where a spotting scope is always set up.
Quite a few Northern Shovelers were swimming around and resting.
Back into the car we piled and made our way back to the island by way of a barbecue place. Back at the condo, noisy neighbours upstairs have moved in for Holy Week - this lead up to Good Friday and Easter. It is Spring Break for Mexico. Generally, however, things have greatly died down on the island as most college kids have gone back to school.
This Thursday our birding group plans to go to Harlingen to a park known for its excellent birding.