I started this morning at Santa Ana NWR, the place is essentially closed, the visitor center is tore up, no tram. they are not feeding birds, like no one cares, but again, why would the US Government or the local people care about birds and birders down here, how much tourism is birding to the Lower Rio Grande Valley?
I digress. I was met by local snowbird birders Dave and Sandi at the hotel after a short night after delayed flights and tight connections. My shins hurt from the Houston Dash, The cold front met us at the stakeout for the bat falcon, the first one of these little falcons ever seen in North America. The crowd was large. a half a million in optic equipment sat waiting for a show. As it turned out, there really wasn't much of a show