Thursday, February 7, 2013—Birding Day and Circus Du Soleil

130207_E-11Today was quite busy. Kay and I drove to the Estero Llano Grande State Park where she dropped me off to join other birders from Bentsen Palm Village for the morning, while she shopped in Weslaco. Estero Llano Grande State Park is one of the best birding areas in the RGV. There were 20 of us this morning; we finished with 69 species including many ducks and wading birds. the lady on the left is Lorna, our neighbor, and a very good birder; the next lady is Karen Smith, one of our co-leaders; and the gentleman in the blue shirt is the retired manager of Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario.  I don’t know if I’ll ever get the hang of differentiating among these various ducks, shore birds, and wading bird species as they are all very similar. After birding and shopping, we met the group at Willie B’s for barbecue and baked potato. Willie B’s is famous for their huge, loaded baked potatoes. We are glad that we ate at this well known eatery, but frankly, the food was average at best.130207_E-2



Thursday evening we joined a few of our neighbors for the Quidam perfomance of Cirque Du Soleil. Kay, Karyn, Jenny, and I saw Cirque Du Soleil in Las Vegas over 10 years ago and it was one of most phenomenal shows we’ve ever seen. The traveling performance of Quidam was not quite as breathtaking, but nevertheless awesome and jaw dropping. The combination of comedy, strength, timing, aerial acrobatics, and stage acrobatics was almost unbelievable. We highly recommend this.

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