While out checking for another elusive bird, the Chuck Will's Widow, at a nearby city park, we traipsed through the heavily wooded area and only saw it a couple of times as it flew by us so swiftly it was like a stealth bomber. It landed on a tree branch for a fleeting moment and flew away from us before I could even get my camera up to my eye to focus. Dang. Altho, it's a night bird [active hunting for insects] it does keep itself hidden in the brush, low to the ground, during the daylight hours. If you happen to 'scare it out'...it will fly. Some day I'm gonna be lucky enough to get a photo. LOL Well, after that trek, we decided to go across the street from the park. There, the Corpus Christi's division of The Nature Conservatory, has its 'headquarters' housed in none other than an historical home here in town.
While out on an Audubon Society's Bird Walk a few weeks past, the leader of the tour explained to us that this conservatory has turned the back yard into a sanctuary of nature. We didn't have the time to walk the grounds on that day, so when we were there trying to photograph a 'widow bird' at the park, we ventured over and walked through the back yard. Corpus Christi usually has an 'invasion' of chimney swifts [another night bird]; particularly this area of town. Why? Probably because the older homes and their chimneys do not have the 'new' protective enclosures that are being constructed on the chimney-tops as they are with today's newly built homes. But this certain back yard has purposely built a tall structure --- imitating a chimney....which you see in the image to the right. It supposedly attracts the swifts into hiding...and nesting eventually. Being daytime, there were no swifts either. But I have seen them flying the skies, just before sunrise. The cigar shaped bodies and distinctive flapping of the tiny wings, you know what it is before you can get them into the view of your binocular lenses.
At this point in time, other than other projects they're working on to conserve nature, the Nature Conservatory Society, a non-profit organization, is working diligently to save a migratory nesting area nearby in the Gulf Bay waters...Shamrock Island. Read about the island and what the conservatory is doing to save wildlife found on this particular piece of land by clicking here.
After you return back from reading the site's info on Shamrock Island, I will share a few more photos of their back yard...
Also, this weekend, I have posted about a special bird sighting that Bud and I experienced recently. This bird, according to their habitat range isn't even supposed to BE in TEXAS! And it's a beauty! [a special act of kindness was shared with Bud and me too, I wrote about it at I'D RATHER BE BIRDIN' <---don't miss out.]
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