Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival

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POSTED: Friday, November 8, 2013 - 6:40pm

UPDATED: Saturday, November 9, 2013 - 10:06am

Thousands of people from around the country and the world are flocking to Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival in Harlingen.

"We have people from 40 states, eight foreign countries, and three Canadian providences as pre-registrations."said Festival Chair Marci Fuller.

They meet at the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium in the morning and then take a bus to amazing wildlife sanctuary’s the Rio Grande valley has the offer.
Guides from around the country are brought in to lead the tours.

Doug Gochfield from Brooklyn, New York is leading this field trip at the Sable Palms Sanctuary in Brownsville.

"There is a whole bunch of green jays that's one of the iconic birds of South Texas, White tip dove, the we saw the Tennessee Wobbler, and Les Fly Catcher."said Gochfield.

David Lindo came all the way from England to check out the birds. Lindo is known as the “Urban Birder”. He is staying 10 days in the Rio Grande Valley.

"I am based in Britain in London, my whole thing is trying to get people in urban areas to connect with nature.” Said Lindon.

Lindon travels all around the world meeting people and checking out birds. Lindo says he is very impressed with what he’s seen so far this week and will be writing about it when he gets back to London.

"Things like the golden fronted woodpecker, we found a long eared owl which is totally out of range because it found further north."said Lindon.

Lynn Murphy is from is Chester, New Jersey. She has been a bird watcher for 30 years, and Friday she has seen a wide variety of birds.

"Baltimore Oriel, great Kiskadee, and the grey hawk."said Murphy.

When bird watchers are done with the tour they go back to the Harlingen Municipal Auditorium to browse around the trade show and see more unique birds.
Jonathon Wood from New York has a display set up with eagles, hawks, falcons and owls.

"This is a raptor rockstar Aplomado Falcon. They are only found in one state, Texas, and only found in area, the Rio Grande Valley."

More than 3,000 people are expected to visit the birding festival which runs until Sunday.

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