I Have To Go Back to Texas

Although I managed 14 life birds and 74 state birds at the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival this past week, I still missed a lot and there’s more in other parts of the state I haven’t visited. Species I still need from Texas include:

  • White-collared Seedeater (Upper Rio Grande Valley)
  • Golden-cheeked Warbler
  • Black-capped Vireo
  • Hook-billed Kite
  • Masked Duck (rare)
  • Swallow-tailed Kite (rare; easier in Florida)
  • Short-tailed Hawk
  • Harlan’s Hawk
  • Ferruginous Hawk
  • Ferruginous Pygmy Owl (King Ranch)
  • Prairie Falcon
  • Lesser Prairie Chicken
  • Scaled Quail
  • Yellow Rail
  • Black Rail
  • Mountain Plover
  • Red-billed Pigeon
  • Elf Owl
  • Cordilleran Flycacther
  • Gray Vireo
  • Black-whiskered Vireo (easier in Florida)
  • Yellow-green Vireo (rare)
  • Brown Jay
  • Tamaulipas Crow
  • Brown-headed Nuthatch (also in Louisiana and Florida)
  • Rock Wren
  • Canyon Wren
  • Mountain Bluebird
  • Sprague’s Pipit
  • Swainson’s Warbler
  • Golden-cheeked Warbler
  • Crimson-collared Grosbeak (rare Mexican vagrant)
  • Varied Bunting
  • Canyon Towhee
  • Green-tailed Towhee (missed repeatedly this past trip)
  • White-collared Seedeater
  • Lark Bunting
  • Bachman’s Sparrow (easier in Florida)
  • Cassin’s Sparrow
  • Brewer’s Sparrow
  • Baird’s Sparrow
  • Pink-sided Junco
  • Smith’s Longspur
  • Mccown’s Longspur
  • Chestnut-collared Longspur

Some of these I could get next year at the RGBVF again if I go to different spots. For others I may need to visit different parts of the state, especially West Texas.

I could grab a few at the Laredo Birding Festival in February which should find White-collared Seedeater, Cassin’s Sparrow, Varied Bunting, Red-billed Pigeon, and a few others.

Another good option is Wings over the Hills in April which offers great chances for two endangered species, Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo, and possibly other species since I haven’t yet visited the Texas Hill Country. Prairie Falcon and Cordilleran Flycatcher may also be possible here.

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