La Quinta Inn & Suites Alamo at East McAllen
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Travel Blogs from Alamo
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
... our walk down towards the Rio Grande we heard LESSER NIGHTHAWKS doing their toad-like trills. Once at the bank of the Rio grande we did a little work on our Mexico lists adding Kingbirds, cowbirds, mockingbirds, altamira oriole, kites, kiskadee, vulture and some doves to our Mexican bird lists. As we headed back towards the visitor center we added our first confirmed TROPICAL KINGBIRD (these can be hard to tease out from all the COUCH's KINGBIRDS ...
... the White-tipped Doves, Olive Sparrows, Baltimore Orioles, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and others all started to come out of the woods. It was cool to watch all these poor birds that looked like drowned rats coming in for a bite to eat. I have a shot of the feeder set up...can anyone ID the birds? There are 3 species in this terrible iphone photo...and no you HQ types cannot count these on your Big Year list...
... 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 ...
... also are dressed in all sorts of different fashions and come in all ages and shapes and sizes, and are in awe of the parades.
Finally are the hawkers who wheel their carts up and down and up and down the parade routes with candies and pizza and stuffed toys and balloons and candy apples and every item imaginable.
It was wonderful.
It is the start of NASCAR season and luckily for us a number of our new American friends also have a passion for the NASCAR ...