My last day with Gary and Sons was spent trying to clean up on some missing targets, so we started at Estero Llano Grande hoping to catch one of the Screech Owls peeking out of their box. It was a foggy morning, and the dew on all the spider webs looked like little pearls covering everything! The Bufflehead showed well on Dowitcher Pond on the way to the Alligator Lake area, but the owls were not there (we DID manage to spot a White-tipped Dove for the boys, and Gary found one of the Pauraques right next to the trail!). We figured the reported Sage Thrasher was a long shot, but we hiked up to the levee and then took the Camino de Aves Trail back, and back at the headquarters ran into Park Hosts Doug and Huck, who offered to take us back to the Tropical Zone to try for THAT owl (after enjoying a point-blank Green Kingfisher from the deck)! He wasn't there, either, but we at least got a glimpse of the Beardless Tyrannulet and a cracking view of the Altamira Oriole for Gary!
Dew-covered spider webs
Jesse tries shooting the nearly invisible Pauraque (below) with his IPhone!
Foggy view from the levee
Habitat along the Camino de Aves Trail
A visiting birder shows off his photos of the Laredo Amazon Kingfisher!
Cooperative Green Kingfisher
We run into Benton Basham back in the Tropical Zone!
On the way to Santa Ana we checked out Border Road and miraculously picked up the Burrowing Owl AND a visual on the Sprague's Pipit, then headed over to Santa Ana for a try at the Olive Sparrow, Cave Swallow, and a long shot at Fulvous Whistling Duck. Dipped on two of the targets (although we heard the sparrow lisping), but another birder reported Cave Swallows down the tour road, so the guys ended up climbing the Tree Tower and getting a flyover Cave while I checked the butter action (which was nuts - best one was a Glazed Pellicia).
Burrowing Owl near Santa Ana
Texas Spiny Lizard
Female Common Green Darner
Glazed Pellicia (below also)
Mob of ducks on Willow Lake guarded by a Kiskadee...
Fluffy Green Jays at the drip at Bentsen
Great-tailed Grackles making chests at each other
Greater White-fronted Goose
Great Blue Heron