The Birds of Summer

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Summer can be a unique season for birding in the valley. The time of year and the climate means that many migratory species are out of town, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty to see while here. The Valley is home to many exotic species of birds that can be seen year-round.

Here are a few feathered friends you can expect to see during the hot summer months courtesy of the World Birding Center.

  • Ringed Kingfisher – You can usually spot a Kingfisher along waterways and nearby trees across the RGV.
  • Brown Pelican – You don’t have to go very far from the coasts to see this pelican. They are prominent on South Padre Island.
  • Reddish Egret – Another common resident of the Island, the Egret can be found in the expanses of shallow water around SPI.
  • Gray Hawk – This guy can be a little tough to spot but has been known to frequent the woods along the Rio Grande River.
  • Tropical Kingbird – This species made a resurgence in the area during the 90’s and can be found in urban locations and especially around golf courses.
  • Buff Bellied Hummingbirds – These hummingbirds are quite common in urban areas, especially around McAllen. Check around flowers or feeders for your best chance to spot one.
  • Green Parakeet – Green parakeets love making their homes in palm trees around urban areas.

Don’t let the heat discourage you from checking out what the Valley has to offer when it comes to birding during the summer. Whether you want to plan a trip to South Padre Island or check out local spots around town, you have a good chance of spotting something unique, so get out their and start looking!