I spent the morning at Quinta Mazatlan, a unique urban birding gem next to the McAllen Airport. QM is a restored adobe hacienda and its grounds, an amazing collection of bird feeding and watering sites in a very compact footprint. It’s THE best place in the LRGV to see Clay-colored Thrush (check!), Green Parakeet (check!), and Red-crowned Parrot (check!) and to get up close and personal with gangs of roving Chachalacas (check!). But not much for butterflies. So I headed back to Mission and the National Butterfly Center, which had heeded my plea to paint the bait logs with fresh bait.
Luckily, Mike Rickard had prepared me for distinguishing between the two expected Crackers at the NBC: Gray and Guatemalan. And no sooner had I started walked the forest trail did I spot a large Cracker with the telltale red costal spot and frosted “eyes.” Not much else new was flying that I had not already seen, but here’s the perfect side by side comparison of the two: