Colorful birds are everywhere as the spring migration thru South Padre Island hosts thousands of exhausted songbirds stopping over to rest and feed after winging it some 500 miles across the Gulf of Mexico.
Father Tom Pinchelli, Birder, "There are a lot of birds, it is basically raining birds right now. And it's misting and that is also helping bring the birds in. They just don't like to have to maneuver around in this weather."
A late season wet norther has the birds momentarily stalled before continuing their annual flight to northern breeding grounds, and the unusually high concentration of migrants is attracting bird watchers and photographers from around the world. Anders Ekstrand, Swedish Birder, "South Padre, birding of course. When you get a downpour it's fantastic. It's probably one of the highest concentrations of birds in one spot in the world."
And plenty of folks from the Rio Grande Valley, like the Kruger family from McAllen are enjoying the phenomenon known as a "fallout," when the birds practically fall out of the sky as they finally make landfall.
Caroline Krueger, " I have never seen so many orioles down here, and the trees just look like Christmas tress with all of them." And making sure the hungry birds have plenty to eat, Scarlett and George Colley are spreading seed and putting out oranges. Scarlett Colley "I see how tired these birds are, and they need any help they can get for their journey north."
Lorien Krueger, It is awesome, and I have never seen this many birds in my life. And my favorite bird is the scarlet tanager." Elizabeth Krueger, "Oh, its really cool. I have never seen all these birds before, mostly that I have never seen in my life." Joseph Kruger, "I have never seen something like this and when I got here I thought it was just going to be like a few birds|and then when I got here|.Whoa!" With your Nature Report I'm Richard Moore.