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Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival

July 6th, 2018

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Rio Grande Valley: A Bird Watching Destination

The Rio Grande valley is famously known as one of the top birdwatching locations in the United States because of its unique migratory path that attracts tropical birds that aren’t found anywhere else in the United States. Its also one of the top reasons why the Rio Grande Valley (RGV) attracts so many birders and bird watchers. Although both sound similar, birders go out into the birds habitat and look for birds whereas bird watchers look and observe the birds only. In an effort to welcome both birders and bird watchers alike, the Rio Grande Valley has a reoccurring birding festival every year that both our visitors and residents look forward to year after year.

Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival

November 7-11, 2018 will be the 25th consecutive birding festival. Registration is scheduled to begin around the end of July 2018. The checklist of birds that were seen at last year are listed below:

  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
  • Green Heron
  • Fulvous Whistling-Duck
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron
  • Snow Goose
  • Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
  • Ross’s Goose
  • White Ibis
  • Greater White-fronted Goose
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Wood Duck
  • Roseate Spoonbill
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Black Vulture
  • Cinnamon Teal
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Osprey
  • Gadwall
  • White-tailed Kite
  • American Wigeon
  • Northern Harrier
  • Mallard
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk
  • Mottled Duck
  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Northern Pintail
  • Harris’s Hawk
  • Green-winged Teal
  • White-tailed Hawk
  • Canvasback
  • Gray Hawk
  • Redhead
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Broad-winged Hawk
  • Greater Scaup
  • Swainson’s Hawk
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Zone-tailed Hawk
  • White-winged Scoter
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Long-tailed Duck
  • King Rail
  • Bufflehead
  • Clapper Rail
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Virginia Rail
  • Red-breasted Merganser
  • Sora
  • Ruddy Duck
  • Common Gallinule
  • Plain Chachalaca
  • American Coot
  • Northern Bobwhite
  • Sandhill Crane
  • Scaled Quail
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • Wild Turkey
  • American Avocet
  • Common Loon
  • American Oystercatcher
  • Least Grebe
  • Black-bellied Plover
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Snowy Plover
  • Eared Grebe
  • Wilson’s Plover
  • Wood Stork
  • Semipalmated Plover
  • Neotropic Cormorant
  • Piping Plover
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Killdeer
  • Anhinga
  • Whimbrel
  • American White Pelican
  • Long-billed Curlew
  • Brown Pelican
  • Marbled Godwit
  • American Bittern
  • Ruddy Turnstone
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Red Knot
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper
  • Stilt Sandpiper
  • Western Sandpiper
  • Sanderling
  • Dunlin
  • Least Sandpiper
  • Short-billed Dowitcher
  • Monk Parakeet
  • Long-billed Dowitcher
  • Red-crowned Parrot
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Red-lored Parrot*
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Yellow-headed Parrot*
  • Solitary Sandpiper
  • Green Parakeet
  • Greater Yellowlegs
  • Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
  • Willet
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee
  • Lesser Yellowlegs
  • Least Flycatcher
  • Laughing Gull
  • Black Phoebe
  • Franklin’s Gull
  • Eastern Phoebe
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Say’s Phoebe
  • Herring Gull
  • Vermilion Flycatcher
  • Lesser Black-backed Gull
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher
  • Gull-billed Tern
  • Great Kiskadee
  • Caspian Tern
  • Tropical Kingbird
  • Common Tern
  • Couch’s Kingbird
  • Forster’s Tern
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Royal Tern
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  • Sandwich Tern
  • Rose-throated Becard
  • Black Skimmer
  • Loggerhead Shrike
  • Rock Pigeon
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • Red-billed Pigeon
  • Blue-headed Vireo
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove
  • Warbling Vireo
  • Inca Dove
  • Red-eyed Vireo
  • Common Ground-Dove
  • Green Jay
  • White-tipped Dove
  • Tamaulipas Crow
  • White-winged Dove
  • Chihuahuan Raven
  • Mourning Dove
  • Horned Lark
  • Greater Roadrunner
  • Northern Rough-winged Swallow
  • Barn Owl
  • Purple Martin
  • Eastern Screech-Owl
  • Tree Swallow
  • Great Horned Owl
  • Bank Swallow
  • Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl
  • Barn Swallow
  • Common Pauraque
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  • Cave Swallow
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird
  • Black-crested Titmouse
  • Buff-bellied Hummingbird
  • Verdin
  • Ringed Kingfisher
  • Rock Wren
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • House Wren
  • Green Kingfisher
  • Sedge Wren
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker
  • Marsh Wren
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Carolina Wren
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  • Crested Caracara
  • American Kestrel
  • Merlin
  • Aplomado Falcon
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Seaside Sparrow
  • Cactus Wren
  • Olive Sparrow
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Chipping Sparrow
  • Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
  • Clay-colored Sparrow
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  • Black-throated Sparrow
  • Hermit Thrush
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Wood Thrush
  • Lark Bunting
  • Clay-colored Thrush
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Gray Catbird
  • Vesper Sparrow
  • Curve-billed Thrasher
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Song Sparrow
  • Long-billed Thrasher
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Swamp Sparrow
  • European Starling
  • Yellow-breasted Chat
  • American Pipit
  • Summer Tanager
  • Sprague’s Pipit
  • Scarlet Tanager
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Northern Waterthrush
  • Pyrrhuloxia
  • Black-and-white Warbler
  • Rose-breasted Grosbeak
  • Tennessee Warbler
  • Blue Grosbeak
  • Orange-crowned Warbler
  • Indigo Bunting
  • Nashville Warbler/li>
  • Dickcissel
  • MacGillivray’s Warbler
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Hooded Warbler
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • American Redstart
  • Hooded Oriole
  • Northern Parula
  • Bullock’s Oriole
  • Tropical Parula
  • Altamira Oriole
  • Magnolia Warbler
  • Audubon’s Oriole
  • Blackburnian Warbler
  • Baltimore Oriole
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Blackpoll Warbler
  • Bronzed Cowbird
  • Palm Warbler
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Pine Warbler
  • Brewer’s Blackbird
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Yellow-throated Warbler
  • House Finch
  • Black-throated Green Warbler
  • Lesser Goldfinch
  • Canada Warbler
  • House Sparrow
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Seen during Festival Week:

  • White-collared Seedeater
  • Black-throated Blue Warbler
  • Cassin’s Sparrow
  • Grasshopper Sparrow
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