Birding by ear at Quinta Mazatlan

McALLEN — Ever wonder which birds are vocalizing in your backyard or favorite birding spot?

What’s the difference between a bird call and a bird song? Visit Quinta Mazatlan on Thursday, Jan. 14, at 6 p.m. to learn about bird vocalizations including ways you can master the art of birding-by-ear on your own.

You’ll discover that finding and identifying birds with your ears can be a lot of fun.

Cliff Shackelford is a seventh-generation Texan. For almost 19 years, he’s been the statewide Nongame Ornithologist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Since 2013, he’s hosted a live radio show on birds that airs on National Public Radio’s Red River Radio station.

Cliff is the first author of the book “Hummingbirds of Texas” that was first published in 2005 by Texas A&M University Press. He also has authored over 70 publications on birds, many of which have appeared in peer-reviewed journals. He and his family live in East Texas.

The Nature Speaker Series takes place on Thursday evenings through April and is proudly sponsored by Thurmond Eye Associates. The program fee is $5 per person and no advance reservation is required.

Quinta Mazatlan is located 600 Sunset in McAllen, one block south of La Plaza Mall on 10th Street. For more information contact Quinta Mazatlan at 956-681-3370 or visit