This bird hasn’t been spotted in America for 8 years. Until this past weekend, in Texas

Birdwatchers are nothing if not patient. 

Really, really patient.

The green-breasted mango has, according to the McAllen Monitor, not been spotted in the U.S. since 2009. Until Saturday, that is.

The tiny, colorful hummingbird was spotted by an ecologist with the Quinta Mazatlan World Birding Center Saturday in McAllen. The following day nearly 50 visitors made their way out to the birding center for a rare chance to check the bird off their lists. 

The news reached avid birdwatchers as far as Alaska. The Monitor reports that Arizona birdwatcher Sheri L. Williamson had bought her plane ticket and was on her way to Texas by Monday. 

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“When it was seen the second day, that was encouraging,” Williamson told the Monitor. “It would be easier to see green-breasted mangos in Mexico, Central and South America, but if you want to see one within the defined ABA area, South Texas is where you have your best chance of seeing it.”

The bird’s presence at the park is expected to draw a crowd throughout the week.

McAllen’s only about a five-hour drive away, Austinites...

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