Bird Walk July 12, 2014

???????????????????????????????Hello all, another solid morning of birding in the park. We finished with 32 species for the morning, including our typical residents like Long-billed Thrasher, Olive Sparrow, Couch’s Kingbird, etc. We are also in a major period of fall migration for Orchard Orioles, who have been moving around the park giving their “yeh” calls. We had fun watching this Curve-billed Thrasher take a prolonged dust bath in Ebony Grove. It got down in a soft soil depression (pictured below) and preened, rubbed its feathers in the dirt, and eventually flew off.

Curve-billed Thrasher bathing spot

This is the small dirt depression which the thrasher bathed in – it looked to be about 3-4 inches deep

Plain Chachalaca Texas PersimmonThis Plain Chachalaca gave us little attention as it went about searching for that perfect Texas Persimmon fruit. Most of the fruits were unripe, but the bird still managed to find a couple ripened ones. You can see the fruit stain on its bill.

As always, full list is below:

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  2
Plain Chachalaca  12     3 young in a family group
Snowy Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Swainson’s Hawk  1
Laughing Gull  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  14
White-winged Dove  25
Inca Dove  3
Chimney Swift  55     two congregations in separate parts of the park, easily up to 55 – calling loudly.
Buff-bellied Hummingbird  4
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  10
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  2
Green Parakeet  4
Great Kiskadee  3
Couch’s Kingbird  1
Tropical/Couch’s Kingbird  1
Black-crested Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  1
Clay-colored Thrush  1
Curve-billed Thrasher  5
Long-billed Thrasher  3
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  2
Olive Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  3
Great-tailed Grackle  2
Bronzed Cowbird  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Orchard Oriole  7
Lesser Goldfinch  5
House Sparrow  40


Quinta Mazatlan Invites You to Moon Over Mazatlan 2013

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Get a rare glimpse of Quinta Mazatlan after dark at Moon Over Mazatlan.

Moon Dance Gala on March 21st, 6:30pm-9:30pm

The Quinta Mazatlan Advisory Board invites you to celebrate the 7th Anniversary of Quinta Mazatlan at the Moon Dance Gala with dinner and dancing! It will be a marvelous night for a moon dance with the stars up above!  With your support, this year’s gala will fundraise to reforest four acres of empty land into “Ebony Grove”, a sanctuary teeming with wildlife.

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Moon Dance Gala, March 21st at 6:30pm

Guests at the Moon Dance Gala will board a trolley for a short ride to Ebony Grove and be greeted with a Blue Moon Cocktail.  As guests meander back to the historic adobe home, costumed creatures will lead an Interpretive Trail Walk through the Thornforest.

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Let your imagination run wild as your guides lead you through the trails.

A sit-down Surf & Turf Dinner will follow with 50’s style swing music and dancing under the stars.  The famous Lucky Strikes band from Austin will be playing the tunes of Ol’ Blue Eyes and Tony Bennett.  The founder and leader of The Lucky Strikes band, Craig Marshall is originally from upstate New York, moved to Austin in 1991 to pursue a full time career in music.  He’s become famous for his jazz and swing music and doubles as the vocalist and guitar player.

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Grab your dancing shoed; The Lucky Strikes, from Austin, TX, will be performing!

Quinta Mazatlan is pleased to honor Jane Kittleman at the gala as our Conservation Hero.  For decades, her own love of nature and its conservation has helped her serve as a role model, inspiring the broader community to value and respect the natural world.  Through birding, Jane has helped connect family, friends, school children and others to nature.  With your help, “Jane’s Acres,” as we informally call “Ebony Grove,” will someday be filled with native trees, birding trails, and palapas for all to enjoy.

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We are thrilled to honor Conservation Hero Jane Kittleman.

Moon Over Mazatlan

 Date: Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Location: Quinta Mazatlan

Tickets: $100 per person

 Attire: Guests are encouraged to wear blue!  Be sure to wear your walking and dancing shoes!

 Reservation Deadline: Monday, March 18th.  Tickets will not be available at the gate.


Your sponsorship will allow us to create a restful sanctuary in the heart of McAllen.

Sponsorships Available
Join us in becoming part of “Ebony Grove” by sponsoring a palapa, trail or tree.

  • Texas Palapa: $3,000 – Includes a dinner table for 8 and recognition on the palapa
  • Jane’s Birding Trail: $1,500 – Includes a dinner table for 4 and recognition on the trail
  • Ebony Tree: $500 – Includes 2 dinner tickets and recognition on a boulder

For more information on creating a beautiful park and having a fantastic evening under the stars please call Quinta Mazatlan, 956-681-3370 or visit  See you there!