February 10th from 8:30 to 12:30, the Rio Bravo Nature Center hosted a small group of birders in Quemado Valley along the Rio Grande some 15 miles north of our location. The group was led by Sylvestre Sorola of Texas Parks and Wildlife. Mr. Sorola and Randy Laurence, wildlife biologist for the Rio Bravo Nature Center, assisted beginning birders in spotting 54 species at three sites: the Valley Cemetery Road, which is along a narrow slough full of dead trees, a brushy ranch on the Rio Grande, and a small private bird sanctuary in the middle of the Valley. Weather was not the best of conditions: ground winds to 40 mph, temp at 45 maximum with high humidity/serious chill factor and overcast skies. The absolute highlight of the trip was the osprey with a huge carp in his claws perched on a dead tree in the slough. He stayed around the entire 45 minutes we birded the site.

Other species sighted:
American Coot American Goldfinches
American Kestrel American Robin
American Wigeon Bewick's Wren
Black Tufted Titmouse Black Vulture
Crested Caracara Cedar Waxwings
Common Ground Dove Curlew
Double Crested Cormorant Eastern Blue Birds
Eastern Phoebe European Starling
Gadwall Golden Fronted Woodpecker
Great Blue Heron Great-tailed Grackle
House Finch Kildeer
Ladder Backed Woodpecker Loggerhead Shrike
Long Billed Thrasher Mallard
Morning Dove Mountain Blue Birds
Northern Cardinal Northern Shoveler
Northern Harrier Northern Mockingbird
Orange Crowned Warbler Pied Billed Grebe
Red Shouldered Hawk Redwing Black Birds
Ruby Crowned Kinglet Chipping Sparrow
English Sparrow Field Sparrow
Lincoln Sparrow Olive Sparrow
Song Sparrow White Crowned Sparrow
Turkey Vulture Verdin
Vermilion Flycatcher Western Meadowlark
White Wing Dove Wood Duck
Yellow Rumped Warbler
Saturday afternoon on a ranch along the Rio Grande:
Cattle Egret Cooper's Hawk
Hermit Thrush Rufus Sided Tohee
Heard - but not seen:
Green Jay

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