Black-vented Oriole maleThis afternoon we went to Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park for the rarity birds though. Special targets were Black-vented Oriole and Blue Bunting. We arrived at one feeding station and some birders were there. They said 30-40 minutes before the Black-vented Oriole had been there. While waiting to see if the BVO would reappear I got some local specialty birds:: Ringed Kingfisher (flyover), many Altamira Orioles (both lifers), and 3 Indigo Buntings as a year bird. Then..I said in a soft voice (not to scare the bird!) "there it is..the Black-vented Oriole!". 2 other birders got on it during it's 3 second visit. Then a while later my dad got on the bird again and many other birders saw it while it ate for a few minutes. What a treat! Then..although not a bird, we had the awesome treat of a Bobcat cross the path 100 yards ahead!
A birder that was there said that there was a spot in nearby McAllen where in the last 45 minutes of daylight WILD ABA countable Green Parakeets come to roost and there's often 1 or 2 Mitred Parakeets with them. We went on our way back to the Super 8 Weslaco and got both parakeet species!
What a day.