Well, it seems a lot of trips have come and gone and it's only day 1 of the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival! The King Ranch group saw Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl but they had to work for them. They are nearly silent this time of year. There were Clay-colored Thrush, Audubon's Orioles and other valley specialties. The White-collared Seedeaters were difficult, but showed themselves at the last minute. Everyone on the San Ygnacio trip got to see the White-collared Seedeater at Zapata.
A Black-throated Gray Warbler female was glimpsed at the parking lot at Santa Ana NWR.