It’s hard to stay away from South Padre Island during migration because the site attracts such a wide variety of waterbirds and passerine migrants. The birds come and go from one day to the next so it’s worth it to keep going back to this hotspot. Although I didn’t find any rarities on my latest visit to South Padre, I still had good looks at lots of birds including my first American Bittern of the fall.
Other birds were out in the open including beautiful species like Roseate Spoonbill.
Warblers are still passing through the area and as always, the best way to get good pictures of them is waiting with camera at the ready next to a small water source.
As for the mystery animal, it’s not a bird.
Yes, this is the eye of a mammal but which one? From the grayish fur, it could be any number of mammals but the color of the eye and white around it shows that we have a very close look at a Black-tailed Jackrabbit.