Athena Visits the Rio Grande Valley

 By Tiffany Kersten

Immediately upon her arrival at my door, I ended up passing Athena on to Alex Lamoreaux and Company, a group of birders visiting for the week from Pennsylvania. After she spent a few days in the field with them (while I was in the office) I got my turn with her. Friends of mine from Minnesota and Alaska came down for a week to enjoy the warm Texas sun, and of course the warm Texas birds, and so the four of us — myself, my two friends, and Athena — all headed into the Texas thornscrub to see what there was to be seen.

Here are some of Athena’s South Texas birding adventures from mid-March:

A cooperative Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet has been present at Anzalduas County Park all winter.

A cooperative Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet has been present at Anzalduas County Park all winter.

Golden-fronted Woodpeckers are ubiquitous throughout the Valley

Golden-fronted Woodpeckers are ubiquitous throughout the Valley

Curve-billed Thrashers have just begun nest building.

Curve-billed Thrashers have just begun nest building.

Green Jays are always flashy and fun to watch.

Green Jays are always flashy and fun to watch.

Athena and I sifted through dozens of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers in hopes of a Black-tailed, but to no avail.

Athena and I sifted through dozens of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers in hopes of a Black-tailed, but to no avail.

Common Gallinules are marvelous in great light.

Common Gallinules are marvelous in great light.

Migration is picking up here in the Valley! Stay tuned for a migration update in the near future.