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spring forwardI hope you have taken the time to enjoy the outdoors. The weather has been great to be outside. After the winter storm, it is welcoming to see the sun come out and warm the air again.


This is the time to get outside and see what nature has to show you. Yes, the plant life is still recouping from the cold temperatures, but birds are migrating right now. I have been following a group on Facebook called Rio Grande Valley Birds. Posters have shared photos of Altamira Orioles at Resaca de la Palma State Park, and others at various locations - Yellow-Throated Warblers, Cedar Waxwings, Bullock’s Oriole, Green Jays, and a Tropical Parula. Big hit areas were Resaca de la Palam, Retama Village, Laguna Vista, Laguna Atascosa, and SPI Birding Center.

These active birding enthusiasts are finding some of their lifetime goals by just getting in their car and going to one of our many parks in the Rio Grande Valley. Several have mentioned their finds at Quinta Mazatlan and the Valley Nature Center as well.

Hummingbird migration is happening right now as well. So, get your hummingbird feeders out and keep them clean.

For other outdoors things to see and do, look at our Rio Grande Valley Visitors Guide on our website (https://www.wintertexantimes.com/online-editions/mobile-home-a-park-directory.html). It has all of the birding centers in there and a lot of sites to see. I covered some of the sites when I was doing the city stories this season. There are so many things this great Valley has to offer. Go out and experience it while the weather is nice.

On another note, this weekend is Daylight Savings Time. Do not forget to spring forward at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 14.

Have a great week everyone. If you see something you need to share – a bird, a historical site, an event – please share it with us. We might just publish it. Send photos and information to news@wintertexantimes.com.