Friday, May 11, 2012

Rose-throated Becard at Estero Llano Grande

The Rose-throated Becard that has been playing hide-and-seek with birders at Estero Llano Grande State Park since November 2011 is now ridiculously easy to watch. The Becard is building a nest in a palm tree in the Tropical Zone. The flowering palm provides the base for her large woven nest, and she makes frequent trips to the nest during the day trailing nest material. Unfortunately she's unmated, but other female Rose-throated Becards have built a nest and spent a lot of time incubating even though the eggs are infertile. Where are all those males that were present other years?