|Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird|
|Feeding frenzy of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds!|
|Ruby-throated Hummingbird in all his glory!|
|Male Ruby-throated Hummingbird hiding the red throat.|
Once the temperatures began to rise in the late morning, we started to see some raptor migration happening. Soon, we were counting multiple kettles of 700-1,000 raptors at a time! Counting this many raptors at once was a very different experience for me, and was initially a little overwhelming. However, by the end of the day I was getting the hang of it! The total for the day was 20,200+ raptors, composed mostly of Broad-winged Hawks, with 666 Mississippi Kites.
Raptor migration madness! All those specks swirling around each other are Broad-winged Hawks with a few Mississippi Kites.
At the end of the day Libby and I went back to her house to change, then went to a place called Snoopy's Pier off of South Padre Island Drive. I chose to order the shrimp and rice dish which was one of the best shrimp dishes I have ever had! Very fresh tasting with great shrimpy flavor throughout. Even better was seeing Brown Pelicans, White Pelicans, White Ibis, and Little Blue Herons from the restaurant. Our seating was on a dock over the water, with Laughing Gulls staring at us longingly from the roof. At first, I could not figure out what was deterring the gulls from coming down to our tables. Then, I noticed that there were thin white strings strung strategically over the dock, preventing gulls from flying in and sneaking food off people's plates. What a brilliant idea!