Friday, February 01, 2008

Texas Trip Part VI - 01/28/08 Epilogue

The plane trip back home was as uneventful as the first. The whole trip as a whole was quite a success for us - picking up 30 lifers despite the bleak weather.

The Lower Rio Grande Valley is an excellent place for birding - as a matter of fact it is one the top tourist attractions in the area. We would certainly like to come back, hopefully when the weather is more cooperative for photography.
The staff at the Visitors Centers of the various birding hotspots were all very kind and helpful. In particular, we would like to thank Robert Archer at the Hugh Ramsey Park, Ben Luna and Linda Luft at the Estero Llano Grande and Jerry and Carol at Bentsen-Rio Grande for their assistance in showing us where to find the birds. To the friendly Winter Texans (birders from out of state who stay in Texas for the winter) whom we encountered on the field, thank you for your advice and suggestions.

The staff of the Best Western Hotel in Brownsville were all very nice and accomodating.

Thanks to "Eartha" - our GPS unit. We would literally be lost without it.

My special thanks to my wife Cynthia, who endured rain, freezing winds and sloshing though thick mud, being stared at at restaurants, and most important of all - not insisting on going to the Outlet/Wal-mart/Target/Ross just so we could have time to see the next "lifer". That's why I love her so. Yes, even more than all the lifers we saw in Texas.

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