Our luggage was waiting for us at the hotel last night when we got back from a full day of birding, and I was SO relieved to take a shower and use deodorant! Dave and I both slept like logs last night, and were up at 6am to start another day. Today, we are heading to Sable Palm Sanctuary just southeast of Brownsville.
Once inside the bird sanctuary, we immediately went to the bird feeders behind the visitor's center to look for the Crimson-collared Grossbeak. We saw Plain Chachalacas
After leaving Sable Palm, we drove out to Boca Chica Beach. It is about 18 miles out Boca Chica Avenue to the beach, and along the way we went through scrub forest, coastal plain, and shoreline. Normally, I drive when we are on vacation (birding, that is, because I don't think we've ever taken a vacation that wasn't centered around birding), but for some reason Dave has decided that he MUST drive all the time. So, we have tipped all of our backpacks over - more than once - as he swerved to come to an abrupt halt because he heard a bird out the window or caught a glimpse of something flying that just wasn't right. Bob and Jan have been great sports, and I think they are enjoying themselves despite the frenetic pace! Here's Bob scoping some shorebirds.