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More Hotspots...

Now that migration season has come to an end and only the resident birds are seen, I'll share some places I get my 10000 steps in for the day---

I've shown photos of some of the areas I go walking in the morning hours. From Pollywog Ponds to Charlies' Pasture, along the jetties on Mustang Island and NORTH Padre Island, on the beaches, at Blucher Park downtown, and along the seawall to name some areas. Now, I'll show some of the other areas, birding hotspots during migration, that I frequent. Perhaps by now you know of them if you visit here at Hootin' Anni's. But these are all 'new' photos never before shared...

The Willows [Mustang Island]




PACKERY CHANNEL [on Starry Road (North Padre Island)]




OSO BAY WETLANDS PARK [in town - Corpus Christi, Texas]

This is newly opened...it's been a couple years in the making. There is a new learning facility for school aged children up to adults, where they hold classes and have guided learning tours. The many trails meander through chaparral, and ends with the bay inlet. Along with ponds [one natural and the other man-made].

In the area below, the natural pond - they've just finished building a new observation deck on the bluff above the pond. The split rail fencing is found in open fields/desert areas to control the ATV [all terrain vehicles] from tearing up the landscape and ruining the natural habitat. Seen throughout are birds, coyotes, snakes, and even a bobcat or two have been spotted.







...in this area of the newly opened park is the man-made pond [nearby the learning facility]
I found some blooming water plants on the pond the other day. I know the purple one is water hyacinth but the white one, I'm not sure, perhaps of the orchid family?...hydroponic growing?




INDIAN POINT - SUNSET LAKES

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  1. Wonderful! I love those silly whistlers perching especially. And the lovely water plants. :-)

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    1. They DO have quite a personality...unlike any other duck I know. Thanks D J

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  2. So very pretty....smiles

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  3. Anni your photos make me feel like I am right there by your side. Golly I expect the birds to fly right off.
    Gorgeous
    Hugs Cecilia and Madi

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  4. Thanks for coming by our blog. Good to meet you too. Those pictures are just gorgeous. What a wonderful place to live with all those great places to take walks.Have a great day. Joe and Smoke say Hee Haw too.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by here at Hootin' Anni's Marg.

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  5. Are you sure TexWisGirl wasn't with you? She draws them, you know. Your pondweed flower (white 3 petal) looks a lot like the pondweed flowers that try to grow in our lake. Egeria. Our lake association controsl this using a costly professional application business.

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    1. If I'm ever there when the facility is open I will make sure I ask them. Thanks for the info...I'll have to Google.

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  6. They all look like great spots. When I read your post title I was thinking mobile hot spots.
    Love the birds all perched on top of that telephone pole

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    1. Those BB Whistling Ducks can be quite comical...and such personalities.

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  7. Some people get their steps in on a jogging trail or a mall or just their own neighborhoods!! Not YOU!!!! YOUR steps are out on such scenic trails among nature that you forget you are actually exercising!! I hope to get back to walking soon! By the time my right foot heals after recent surgery it will be time for my left foot to get fixed!
    I walk just like my 90 year old mother right now! I hope I haven't forgotten HOW to walk!!!
    Always love seeing what YOU are seeing!

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    1. Linda....just take time to heal fully. No sense in re-injuring yourself. Besides....it's way too hot now unless you get out before the sun gets too high in the sky.

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  8. enjoyed the walk with you though the net.
    Coffee is on

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  9. I enjoyed this walk with you - such beautiful scenery!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed these areas around me Mari.

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  10. I love that wooden observation deck. also I enjoy looking at the fake birds. I thought they were real at first, they are very realistic. Your flower shots are so clear and stunning!

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    1. Thanks Ginny....but, those birds are REAL!!

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  11. Thank you for showing us all around your birding hot-spots Anni.You do have some great looking habitat.

    The only consolation about the June Doldrums is that here in the north we have long days and i can get out eraly - 4am and it's light.

    And then by mid-June it is noticeable that a few species are already on the move, breeding over.

    Have fun.

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    1. I only see the resident birds right now...a lot are nesting and raising this year's families. Busy...I'm watching 'em.

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  12. Hello, looks like a pretty place for a walk and some birding. I would be tickled just to see the Whistling Ducks. Wishing you a happy day and weekend ahead!

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    1. That day I spotted them on the power pole, I was thrilled and thought of Ms. T of Good Fences. LOL

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  13. Lovely, delicate flowers!
    Fun photos of the ducks perched up so high!
    Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Those ducks CAN be a lot of fun in such 'odd' areas too. Thanks Lea.

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  14. nice solid fencing at oso bay. love those adorable bbwds.

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    1. You can find 'em [both the fencing AND the Whistlers] in the most unexpected areas. Thanks for hosting Ms. T

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  15. It makes those 10000 steps easy when you have such lovely places to go. I find myself getting tired of the same ol', same ol' scenery. Illinois is corn and bean fields. We do have good forest preserves but after awhile they all start looking the same too :( Our end of the migration, however, has been wonderful ... thank you for sharing those awesome Texas birds with us :) Great post, Annie ...

    Andrea @ From the Sol

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    1. Yes, it is a pretty area for the most part...of course I'm kinda partial to the sea anyway. Thank YOU for visiting with me today Andrea.

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  16. you have such beautiful places to walk! i see tex's whistlers paid you a visit, they are so photogenic! great photos!

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    1. Yep, they're cousins of Ms. T's whistlers no doubt.
      Thanks Tanya.

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  17. What a beautiful area you live in! It should be easy and enjoyable to get your 10000 steps around here! Beautiful photos!

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    1. many many areas for walking...thanks Carola

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  18. those ducks are very comical

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  19. I love all your photos. What a beautiful place! And the Fences are Great!

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  20. Wonderful images. Great.
    MB

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  21. You have some lovely areas to take walks. I really like the new fencing and park area at Oso Bay. Also the Whistler ducks were so fun and cute to see.

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  22. You are kidding! The birds are real!! How funny! When I first visited, I thought they may be real. Then after looking awhile, I decided they had to be fake. They were just very still, and kind of had that look about them. I was fooled for sure!

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    1. Well after you mentioned 'fake'...I took a long hard look...they DO look quite statuesque.

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  23. What a nice place to walk! A nice fence and love seeing the flowers and those funny ducks! x K

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  24. Love those water plants in the pond.

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    1. Their silent beauty was very noticeable to me too.

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  25. Even tho I live in Texas, been a long time since I have been to this part of it. So nice seeing so many birds and things of interest. You did a marvelous job on your presentations.

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  26. I like the split rail fence...oh and all the duck butts. :>)

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