Tomorrow is Easter and at 9:00 a.m. today, thundering hordes of kids will descend upon this place for an Easter egg hunt and other activities. Oh my, do slap-happy kids and birders go hand-in-hand? I don't think so.
We paid our $6.00 admission ($3.00 each) to visit Quinta Mazatlan historic adobe mansion. The birding tour is free. We had time to explore the beautiful mansion before our tour.
|Ready to go birding!|
|I couldn't be happier (unless roller coasters|
"Folk art - the art of the people - expresses creativity and imagination using simple materials while exploring themes of nature, family, humor and spirituality. We see in this collection...both a celebration of the shared cultural history of South Texas and Mexico and a newly transformed magical world where the artist/collector has lent her hand and color palatte to create a vision greater than the sum of its parts."
|Folk Art Room|
|Folk Art Room|
|View from the dining room to the sitting room|
|Formal dining room with fireplace|
|Formal sitting room with fireplace|
|Roman bath entry steps|
|"Mariposa Azul," by Dalice|
|"Leopardo," by Dalice|
|Courtyard with pools|
The leader of our tour is an ornithologist who grew up identifying birds. He kept our attention and spotted birds left and right, up and down.
|Yellow-bellied flycatcher pair in this bush.|
|Part of our birding group|
|Chachalaca pair high in a tree|
|Altamira Oriole with nest (sculpture)|
Our guide led us through the property at Quinta Mazatlan. Our next stop was the bird-feeding station.
|Chachalaca feeding on the ground|
|Great Kiskadee at the bird feeders|
|Eastern Screech Owl|
|Male chachalaca getting ready to feed the female.|
|Our birding group|
|Great Kiskadee high atop a tree|
|We were looking at a dove sitting on her nest.|
|Two yellow-bellied woodpeckers on top of a palm snag|
We then headed out on a Volksmarch of McAllen, Texas. Quinta Mazatlan is the start point. So far, the temperatures were tolerable (before 10:00 a.m.), but, we had been walking on shaded paths in the compound.
As we left the grounds, we had less and less shade. We walked along a city street with the street on one side of us and a country club with golf course on the other. We did our best to follow the walk instructions, but we messed up somewhere on the golf course grounds. I don't think we were supposed to actually be on the golf course!
|Blooming bougainvillea separated us from the golf course.|
|How we ended up at a Forward Tee I have no idea.|
|At this point, we figure the canal goes under the freeway|
Our walk instructions then said to walk through the cemetery. Apparently, the cemetery did not like those instructions...all entrances into the cemetery on the side we were supposed to enter were locked. Since we couldn't go into the cemetery, we walked all the way around it.
|Only one open gate|
|Mexican olive trees in full bloom|
|A colorful mural|
|Old town McAllen|
|A beautiful mural!|
|Obviously, a birder lives here.|
|A mural about the following musician:|
Narcisco (Chicho) Delgado
As we finished the Volksmarch in McAllen, the temperature was 90 degrees. It was time to cool down. We drove the hour back to the Inn at Chachalaca Bend where we showered, changed clothes, and cooled down. I took a stroll out to the resaca to see if any birds were about.
|A yellow-bellied woodpecker was drumming|
on a palm tree snag
|Black-bellied whistling ducks|
|We saw another Great Kiskadee in the park.|
|Sunset from Oliveira Park|