This is an unbelievable area for birding! The other day we went to the Bentsen State Park, part of the World Birding Center, a series of 9 nature sites along the Rio Grande River in south Texas. There are more than 500 species of birds here that are found nowhere else in the US!
This beauty is a Green Jay. Bentsen Park has blinds set up so you can get fairly close to the birds. Volunteers stock feeders several times a day.
Altamire Orioles are bright and colorful.
He turned around so you can see his beautiful back.
Another bird I never heard of is the Great Kiskadee.
Other unique birds are the Golden-fronted Woodpecker,
And the Chachalaca.
There were also some birds there that I recognized, like the Red-Winged Blackbird,
And the Northern Cardinal. (Look out for that squirrel behind you!)
Speaking of which, the squirrels got plenty of food too.
We also saw a few javelinas. This mother was patiently nursing her babies.
This guy was fishing with a net, I think for bait fish.
The land for the park was donated to the State many years ago by Lloyd Bentsen, Sr., father of the US Senator.