Texas has been very good to me! Especially the Rio Grande Valley at the very south tip of the state. The area combines many on Minnesota’s wintering species plus a large number of southern “specialties” that have a limited range in the US. Like these photos all captured near the Mexican border: (l to r) Green Jay, Plain Chachalaca, Great Kiskadee, White-tipped Dove, Northern Crested Caracara, and White-tailed Hawk
I also got to spend some time with my mother, a winter Texan, my sister, and a friend. Delightful!
Leaving Texas with count of 206 is a big jump from 168, but I am growing concerned that 400 is a high bar for the year. Largely because I have set my own limitation of no substantial extra travel other than that already planned. Although it is only February and it is winter, may of the species found so far will be a “sure thing” this spring in Minnesota. All time spent birding is a joy for me. But number-wise, with each new species found, finding the next NEW one becomes a little harder. It will be interesting to see how it turns out.