I’m currently visiting the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in south Texas. It is summer here, in the 80′s, with a warm Santa Ana type wind off the ocean. Winter Texan’s in south Texas are starting to think about heading north, as after March it gets pretty warm here. Next winter, I want to come to this area by December.
A green jay, the first one I’ve even seen, is shown above. They are just found in south Texas, Mexico, and South America.
Above is a view of Laguna Madre from the wildlife refuge’s 15 mile auto tour route. The yucca are in bloom and Padre Island is off in the distance. The refuge has the largest protected area of natural habitat left in the Lower Rio Grande Valley–88,000 acres.
A pair of crested caracara, seen on the 15 mile tour route.
This picture was taken a few days after the one showing the caracara on the ground. It might well be the same two.