Stuff sure gets pruned heavily at Lajitas. Here's my favorite lantana patch whacked to the ground.
What man doesn't prune, it seems nature does. By now I shouldn't be surprised by the radical pruning that goes on there, but I was definitely surprised to see that beavers are giving the cottonwood trees a serious pruning. Giving the management there a taste of their own medicine.
Lajitas was pretty birdy, even saw at least four hummingbirds. The oasis has none, so score that one to Lajitas. Here's a Gray Catbird that I was surprised to see there although it's not rare for there. Just my first one there. And I probably wouldn't have seen it if crews hadn't been blasting the area with obscenely loud leaf-blowers.
And an Ash-throated Flycatcher. I probably won't get that species at CMO for another month or more.
I thought the bill was too dark for this to be a Ruddy Duck, but I don't think there's anything else it can be.