Pear Tree Inn McAllen
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Drive from Harlingen, TX to McAllen Airport to start the adventure. 15:00 Depart MFE AA Flt 808 to DFW
Arrive DFW 16:35
21:25 Depart DFW AA Flt 80 to London Heathrow
Arrive London 12:25
18:15 Depart London BA Flt 322 to Paris CDG
Arrive Paris 20:30 May 3. RON Paris May 3; Hotel Campanile Roissy Charles de Gaulle
This morning I awoke thinking about our target birds for the day...LEAST GREBE, RINGED and GREEN KINGFISHER. We set out for Santa Ana NWR early. Upon arriving we quickly noticed that today was going to be a challenge as the trails were quite muddy in the aftermath of what we call mini-hurricane South Texas (remember yesterday's entry?). Despite the deluge yesterday, much of the ponds were very low and I was a little concerned about how hard it would be ...
... complaining that I was not driving the speed limit (70 mph)..."yeah right Bob...look out the window...I can't see anything" - see photos!
But we made it to Sabal Palms in one piece and dodged a few more rain drops to stand under a porch and watch some feeders. As the rain let up...the female CRIMSON-COLLARD GROSBEAK flew into feed on some apples. What was cool, more than the grosbeak, was once the rain started to ...
... to head for the border.
Once we got south of Corpus Christi we began seeing WHITE-TAILED and HARRIS'S HAWK. We started looking for Aplomado Falcon east of Brownsville but dipped on it. We did find more CRESTED CARACARA, WHITE-TAILED HAWKS, HARRIS' HAWKS, a CURVE-BILLED THRASHER, a number of HOODED ORIOLES, a PAINTED BUNTING...and a possible job for Eric!!!
As we stopped along the road in front of a ranch, the young guy came up to ...
... a quarter and come back for 50 cents plus taxes on the alcohol purchases. All in all it is a pretty good day, and cheap fun. There are the usual girlie bars, and smoked up guys on the back streets offering up their sisters, and municipal construction workers, banging up pavement with electric jack hammers we would use to knock down a block wall, and hawkers of every item in the world, but it is Mexico, and they do what they do to survive. God bless them all!
So on it went, ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Business Services
- Free parking