Day 28 – Laredo, Texas

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Bird count: 355 species.

Will the real Amazon Kingfisher please stand up?? Spent 5 hours today walking along the Rio Grande and Zacate Creek looking all over. Saw plenty of Kingfishers, no Amazon!

Let’s face it, Laredo is a pretty depressing place. It’s as close to a third world town as I’ve seen in the U.S. Directly across the river from Mexico, I haven’t had to speak English once!! Sadly, there’s trash and poverty everywhere.

I only ran into one person all day on the Las Palmas Trail–Alberto and his 2 pitbulls. We had a nice chat and in typical macho fashion, he told me he could show me birding spots that even Audubon didn’t know about! LOL.

He was wearing a Redskins cap so I liked him immediately. He DID give me some good tips and we parted ways. I walked about 4 or 5 miles more and finally threw in the towel.

Don’t get me wrong, I added some great birds! White-collared Seedeater, Ringed Kingfisher, Olive Sparrow, Audubon’s Oriole and a lifer, Zone-tailed Hawk!!! FINALLY. This bird has eluded me for 5 years.

This is a great birding area and I only hope that plans for the ridiculous wall don’t destroy this entire habitat.

If you’d like to see my whole list, you can go to my blog at


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  1. Dan says:

    I crossed into Mexico at Laredo in 1971 to begin school in UNAM. Its interesting to see that things have not changed much

    1. thedancinbirder says:

      I guess border towns are usually like this. The starting point for immigrants until they can make a better life.

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