Birders flock to Laredo

Yes, that is a silly title but the event is not silly.

Starting today, the Laredo Birding Festival begins! From their website, this is how their schedule starts off on February 1, 2012:

4-8 p.m. On –site registration at La Posada Hotel in the Phillip V room

5:30 p.m. Join us for the 2012 inaugural field trip into historic St. Peter’s district in search of Green Parakeets! Lead by the local guides of the Monte Mucho Audubon Society. Return in time for the opening reception. Free and open to the public.

6:30-8 p.m. Opening and Welcome Reception
You are invited to this informal meet and greet with the local members of the Monte Mucho Audubon Society and special guests from the Texas Ornithological Society who will be promoting their respective organizations and the various birding field trips that they take throughout the year. Meet our special guests from as far away as New Jersey and get ready for the next day’s excursions! Photo exhibit provided by local birder and wildlife photographer Butch Ramirez. Remember this event is free and open to the public. Enjoy Laredo’s own signature fruity cocktail Ojo Rojo and other refreshments and finger foods on a first come first serve basis.

If you guessed I will be at St. Peter’s Plaza joining them as out-of-towners come to admire the green parakeets that we take for granted, you guessed correctly! The Monte Mucho folks were telling me that they recently spotted a black-hooded green something or other parakeet which is not usual for this area. Hopefully, I will get to see him tonight.

Feel free to also check out their Facebook Page. The photographers involved with this festival are outstanding. There work usually appears in book form later on.

snapshot of the Laredo Birding Festival website


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3 Responses to Birders flock to Laredo

  1. Raul says:

    The Nanday Parakeet (Nandayus nenday) is also known as the Black-hooded Parakeet or Nanday Conure. The bird is native to South America from southeast Bolivia to southwest Brazil, central Paraguay and northern Argentina, from the region known as the pantanal. Caged birds have been released in some areas and the birds have established self sustaining populations in the Los Angeles, California, and several areas of Florida (including St. Petersburg, Broward County, and Miami-Dade County).

  2. Poncho1950 says:

    The area is great for birding. Untutored though I was, I saw many different kinds of birds when I was a kid growing up in Laredo, especially in the brush country and along the arroyos and river, and before they scraped it bare, at the lake: meadowlarks, orioles, verdins, chistas (don’t know their name in English), tordos (again, don’t know the name of these small blackbirds), lots of paisanos (road runners) and a chachalaca, too. I’ve also seen numerous bald eagles and what looked to be a juvenile golden eagle, the latter flying out of the brush and across International Drive a couple of years ago in the winter. Tijertas (scissor-tailed flycatchers) were also common outside the city, and the pauraques (night hawks, I believe) came out at dusk around the lake. The list goes on: screech owls, barn owls, great horned owls, sparrow hawks (or something pretty close to them in size), ring-necked doves, mourning doves, and of course the common white wing dove, and a couple of different kinds of quail, sparrows, boat-tailed grackles (urracas, as we call them, a lot more showy than their northern cousins), and numerous varieties of humminbirds (they love muicle, which my grandmother had in abundance). Several decades ago a whooping crane was living at the lake, keeping the mud coots (gallinas del agua) company.

    • Que Fregados says:

      Now we need the pictures! I’ve only heard of some of those names but unfortunately, I know very little about bird watching. I did go out today to greet some Canadian birders but I had missed the larger group but a few minutes. Apparently we have visitors from all over the US coming to this birding festival since there are some rare birds in this area.

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