Several attempts to find this sanctuary in the 'suburb' of Corpus Christi [Portland, Texas], we've driven the Farm to Market* Roads to find this particular birding area...to no avail. Until yesterday! We finally found it. I must first say here that I am not too impressed with the county's Audubon Society. Sure, they've acquired many land tracts to keep in its natural state of existence for birds...but, the group neglects the ones we've traversed. Instead of keeping them cleaned up of brush and trash, the areas we've visited in the decade here, I'm sorely discouraged by their maintenance of their 'parks'. They need to find a way to get volunteers or something to beautify the land acquired. I can see at one point in time there was an enthusiastic beginning....but the inattention given now is evident. I'd volunteer to help clean it up!!
Okay, so again, we finally spotted the entry. It is easy to miss. We've been by this without noticing it...but now we know where to stop. And we WILL GO BACK for birding during migration. It's called:
Fred Jones Nature Sanctuary
Several acres of natural brush, shrub, trees, grasses, a small brook, donated to the Society by Fred Jones. The few acres were the original homestead of Fred B. Jones, amateur botanist and one of the founders of the Audubon Outdoor Club. He authored "Flora of the Texas Coastal Bend," 1977, and "Flowering Plants and Ferns of the Texas Coastal Bend Counties," 1961. On three sides of the area, it's country homes and farm land. The fourth side view is the Nueces Bay...
Nueces Bay & Harbor Bridge
I'd be lying if I told you there are many trails to trek through....in fact, I would have to say there are many, many, MANY trails. It would be very easy to get lost if it weren't for the sound of traffic on the FM road every once in a while! The tall trees, the meandering trails, the high growth of bamboo, etc....you could walk into this labyrinth of nature and lose your bearings easily.
The sun was out, the breeze was slight, the air was cool and comfortable...the sky cloudless. And the cardinals were EVERYWHERE!! We spotted Pyrrhuloxia, mockingbirds, cardinals, warblers, sparrows. Along with some nice views for the wanderer of water, foot bridges, old farming apparatus, wildflowers and the hint of Spring with the budding and flowering of some trees...and a hidden drip system [pond with dripping, active water movement] to attract the fowl. I'll stop gabbing and post some photos:
Wild Verbenna - Barren Tree
New Spring Leaves Budding - Tree Blossom
Neglected [but solid] footbridge - Park Bench
Cardinal [male] - Gnarled Mesquite Tree
Bamboo & Brook - Brook
Bamboo Outcropping - Old Farm Remnants
Live Oak Tree - Drip System
*Farm to Market Roads -in other states this would simply be a county road in the back country; away from a town