Oops. It’s Bloom Day and I don’t have any pictures.
But I did just get back from a work trip to South Padre Island. Yes, lucky me! I had time to visit Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, do some good migrant birding, and walk on the beach.
There were thousands of Portuguese man-o-wars washed up with the sargassum.
Some of them had these purple sea snails (Janthina sp.) attached. They excrete a rich purple ink when you poke them.
No turtles yet!
There were lots of warblers and orioles at the convention center, as well as some insect migrants. It was amazing diversity for such a small stand of habitat.