Wednesday, December 30, 2009

RGV Trip status: GO!

I've been putting together a trip down to the Rio Grande Valley for January, and I'm deep in the planning stage, getting birding lists, highlighting birding spots, and making reservations! My sister-pal Mary will be joining me on the adventure, and the details are coming together!

Birding lists downloaded into Excel spreadsheets/sorted: CHECK! and CHECK!
Campground reservation process begun: CHECK!
Date selection: CHECK! (no link here--it'll be January 29th-31st)
Birding spot selection: CHECK! and CHECK! and possibly CHECK!
Birding research: CHECK! and more CHECK!
Weather research: CHECK! and a little more CHECK!

So the preliminary steps are completed; I'll be digging up my famous camping checklist, putting the gear together, and all that stuff as we get into January. I'll also keep researching prime spots, adding and removing spots, sorting my checklists, and so forth, all in nervous anticipation of seeing as many South Texas specialties as I can.

Again, any suggestions on where to find the best birds on and around South Padre Island (the Port Isabel end) and the lower Rio Grande Valley (from Harlingen east) would be appreciated, so all you RGV Birding Festival veterans, lemme hear from ya!

16 comments:

Rabbits' Guy said...

Good planning works well!!! Now if the birds do too!

I know nada about So. Texas ...somebodies will!

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Dr. Monkey said...

Have fun.

dguzman said...

Rabbits' Guy--thanks! So you were on the bloggy probably about the same time as I was updating the header with my new logo! Hope you like it.

Dr. Monkey--When and if I ever get to go back up east, you can bet I'm going to stop in your fair city, and I'm expecting BIRDS, mister.

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Dr. Zaius said...

What a swell trip for you! Happy New Year, Dguzman!

Mary said...

Happy New Year, Delia.

Hey, your life list must be incredibly long by now.

Have a great trip and enjoy!

Mary

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Kenny said...

Try going here: http://www.rgvbirdfestival.com

Then go to the bottom right hand corner of the page. You will see links to some great birding spots in the valley. Hope this helps.

dguzman said...

Dr. Zaius! Thanks for stopping by. We're both very excited about this trip, although I'm sure Niblet will not be happy that I'll be gone so long.

Mary--I'm hoping to get a good number of lifers down there to build it even closer to 300. At 233 now...

dguzman said...

Kenny--welcome to the bloggy! I didn't even see your comment before, because of those weird "riddle" ones with all the spaces in them. Thanks for the link!

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dAwN said...

Howdee...going to be in Texas months of March..april maybe may..might try to get a Birding group together..Birders who blog tweet and chirp..let me know if you are interested..anyway..enjoy your birding..will check out your blog to find out where to go..have never birded texas...

dguzman said...

Dawn--definitely would love to bird with you and others! Keep me posted; I'll watch your blog.