Saturday, February 16, 2013


Saturday, February 16– On Wednesday, we visited the Quinta Mazatlan McAllen Wing of the World Birding Center.

birding center sign

The Center is housed in a 1930's historic Adobe home on the South side of McAllen.


The home is an attraction by itself. We were free to roam around many of the beautiful rooms – what a magnificent place.

inside house

porch area

living area


Outside the grounds can be explored using one of the many trails that loop through the vegetation. Much of the area is overgrown giving plenty of hiding places for the numerous birds. Feeding areas are spread out giving private viewing areas to enjoy the wildlife.

walking trail

walking trail

There are hundreds of hummingbird feeders and orange slices in the trees. We came across several water features that make great places for birds or animals to get a cool drink or go for a swim on a hot day.


watering hole

Almost 500 species have been documented in this unique place. We saw many green jays and numerous other birds scattered around the property.

Green Jays
green jay

Great Kiskadee
Great Kiskadee

We know it is a hummingbird but not the specific name.DSC03113

No idea.

The best find was several rather large Chachalaca birds. We were quietly walking down one of the trails and two walked out of the brush right in front of us. We quickly stopped and sat down and enjoyed four of these big birds parading through the thick brush and crossing the trail all around us. How cool!



This little guy was causing a stir at the bird feeders.


We spent about two and a half hours wondering around the Birding Center before calling it an enjoyable day and heading home. Once home we sat outside soaking up some of the beautiful sunny days we've been having here in the South Texas Rio Grande Valley.

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon. Have a great day!