Two Rare Birds Sighted at Quinta Mazatlan
McAllen – On January 18th, a Crimson-collared Grosbeak became the first rare bird at Quinta Mazatlán of 2019. Usually a denizen of the Mexican forests and woodlands, the grosbeak has only been seen in Texas in the United States - according to the Texas Bird Records Committee, there are 41 previous records of the species.
It isn’t the first time the grosbeak has been seen at Quinta Mazatlán; in 2010 a male was seen foraging on berries and leaves in the park. This most recent individual, however, is a young bird, lacking the deep crimson plumage of an adult male and instead sporting an olive green coloration.
While initially reported on January 18, the bird hadn’t been seen again until January 31, when it was found eating at one of the park’s bird feeders. That re-sighting, along with photos and video shared in birdwatching groups, sparked a flurry of activity – dozens of birders hurrying to Quinta Mazatlán get a glimpse of the grosbeak.
A Cape May Warbler, the second unusual bird at Quinta Mazatlán in 2019, represents the first winter record in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and the 265th bird species recorded at urban nature center. While not rare nationally – they breed in the northern U.S. and Canada – most of them spend their winters in the Caribbean. For local birdwatchers, a bird seen in Hidalgo County in January is quite a treat.
Quinta Mazatlán is located 600 Sunset in McAllen, one block south of La Plaza Mall on 10th Street. For more information, contact Quinta Mazatlán at (956) 681-3370 or visit www.quintamazatlan.com.