To reach Laredo today, I biked 78 miles south from Carrizo Springs. This ride was complicated by a SSE headwind that blew at 8-13 MPH for most of the day. There were some significant periods of frustration, but I managed to avoid the sorts of wind-induced meltdowns that have on occasion got the better of me this year. I guess that's a small victory! I did manage to sneak in a bit of birding at the end of the day. I was met by several local birders in a local park where we made a half-baked attempt to locate seedeater. It was really more of a social call than anything else. It was actually a very welcomed chance for personal interaction after a long stretch alone. I also gave a short interview that will be shown on the local Laredo News tonight at 10pm! Local celebrity - woot woot! All was not lost on the bird front this afternoon as I was able to add Couch's kingbird in the park for species #592. I'll surely see many more of these in the next few weeks.
78 windy, rough ones today
Laredo birders, Danny, Glenda, Nikki, and Holly
While the best birding is another 100+ miles downstream from Laredo, White-collared seedeater is a bird that can be found only at the upper end of the the Rio Grande Valley. The bird is frequently seen along the river right in downtown Laredo. There are an additional half dozen or so spots for the bird as one moves the 50 miles south from Laredo to Zapata. As I need a day off, as I have a host willing to host me for 2 nights, and as there is supposed to be some very dangerous weather around Laredo tomorrow afternoon, I am going to use tomorrow morning to check a few local spots for seedeaters. I will then spend the afternoon on the sofa watching college football. I have earned that much! I should have a decent shot at finding the bird, and more importantly, a nice short day of riding to let my legs at least partially recover. On Sunday, I will ride south from Laredo towards the additional seedeater spots. The most notable of these will be the private La Laja Ranch to which I have been granted access. This property is supposed to be a bird goldmine. There is a distinct possibility I could walk out of it with both the seedeater and Red-billed pigeon. Should I still need the seedeater after Sunday, I'll set up shop in Zapata and comb local spots in that vicinity until I find the bird. From Zapata, it will be just 30 miles to reach Salineno for a day or two before I head to Mission for a few days. From Mission, I can bird any number of very productive Lower Rio Grande Valley. It is going to be super exciting the next few days! 6-Hundo is just around the corner! I gots 99 problems but a new birds ain't one!