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Birdchick Blog: Great Thing About This Fest

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Great Thing About This Fest

One of the many things I love about this festival is the hospitality. The staff is constantly striving to make sure you see birds and are having a great time. This morning I went to drop Denese off at her field trip and I was walking back to the rental car when the festival president, Father Tom Pincelli shouts from across the lot, "Hey, Birdchick, do you need a tropcial kingbird?"

I said yes and he pointed to one and I digiscoped it on the spot. The tropical kingbird is right below the loggerhead shrike--two great birds, right in the parking lot.

Father Tom also pointed out some other birds on a nearby telephone line. He said that the larger one was a parrot.

Two introduced species side by side: European starling and red-crowned parrot.

The parrots are native to Mexico, but this particular population in Harlingen is the result of escaped birds thriving in a metro area--which works out, red-crowned parrots in their native land are endangered.

Here's an up close shot of that kingbird in the morning light. Great birds, right in the convention center parking lot.

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Blogger KatDoc said...

Sometimes, I think that parking lots are the birdiest places of a field trip. I wonder why we leave them!

Sweet birds - I can see a trip to Texas in my future.


11/11/2007 4:02 AM  
Blogger april said...

We moved to Texas for the birding!

Always enjoy seeing how people enjoy what this state has to offer. It also makes now-common birds to us a bit more special again.

11/11/2007 10:37 AM  
Blogger Trixie said...

I find some of the best birding in parking lots. Do you think they are trying to figure out which is the best car for pooping on? Hmmm...

11/11/2007 1:30 PM  
Blogger The Ichthyophile said...

Being the good mimics that they are, I wonder what those 2 birds were talking about up there?

11/11/2007 11:39 PM  
Blogger dguzman said...

Still so stinkin' jealous. Why wasn't I birder when I lived there!? Dangit!

11/12/2007 9:24 AM  
Blogger elizabird said...

Red crowned parrots started showing up after a big freeze in Mexico in the 80's. Historically parrots have been known to range to the Nueces(pecan)River in Texas. There is some debate as to the origin of the parrots in south Texas. Some of us believe there are some birds who were definitely released but some are very likely naturally occurring due to loss of habitat in Mexico and predation for the pet trade. These are intelligent birds who learn their calls from their parents. The valley parrots are strong fliers who live just a couple hundred miles south and have the wild voices. Also valley cities provide abundant food sources without the constant threat of pet trade poachers.

11/13/2007 9:19 AM  

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