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Part 6:  Del Rio to McAllen

They actually had the breakfast stuff out before 6:30 the next morning, so got to eat there, then headed out.  Didn’t take long to get back into caracara and Chihuahuan Raven country, and around 10:00 we arrived at Lake Casa Blanca State Park in Laredo.  This wasn’t a particularly birdy spot; they didn’t even have any hiking trails, but I got the impression that it was primarily a recreation (read:  playground) and camping area within the city limits, as it appeared to be surrounded by urbana, the lake itself notwithstanding.  But it had some nice mesquite brush habitat in addition to the lake, which had a pair of Osprey, some Least Terns, Neotropic Cormorants, and a couple of new herons for the trip list.  Took an exercise walk along the road and had a pretty Pyrrhuloxia, but aside from Mockers and a Bewick’s Wren, that seemed to be the extent of the songbirds.  A Swainson’s Hawk sailed overhead, and a Black Vulture was on the post at the fishing pier.  Odes were all over the place, but none of them sat still so I could shoot them; I think at least one of them was a Needham’s Skimmer, and had a definite Black Saddlebags cruise by.  I didn’t even bother taking any habitat shots, but did have a very pretty and very cooperative Laredo Striped Whiptail pose for pictures!


Laredo Striped Whiptail

Stopped for a burger then headed in, listening to talk radio on the way (welcome back to the real world…).  Was nearly knocked down by a Black Witch coming in the door!

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