In our area, and within the small fishing village of Rockport Texas, the term TULE is somewhat common. Tule, meaning bulrush [or cattail-like]. On the outskirts of Corpus Christi, we have TULE Lake. In Rockport there is TULE Creek. On Monday morning, we drove to Rockport and walked along the Tule Creek Bike/Hike Path in search of some migrant birds...Fall Migration has begun.
Saturday morning, we actually had another nice rainstorm lasting about an hour. Heavy at times, gentle other times. Either way, much needed! But, the rain in the area made the day after and the day after that a bit too sultry. In other words, the bird activity comes up a bit short. Oh well, I got over 10K steps which is also much needed because of the long hot summer. I heard birds in the Live Oak Forest and the swamps more than I sighted in on birds. From this area...Tule Creek Bike Path on the west side of the highway, I heard a White Eyed Vireo, saw White Winged Doves and Inca Doves. I spied a new species that I haven't recorded in photo - a flycatcher. So, again, birding in this area wasn't too productive other than the new one.
Here's what we encountered [after the west side, we went across the highway to the EAST Tule Swamp...photos of that side of town will be down the blog post some]- - -
At the Kiosk
Along the Trail
Tho the temperature soared quickly, in the shade along the pathway, when the tree line broke somewhat, the clouds against the deep blue sky were so very pretty!
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By the time we returned to the parking lot, I was short on my step count by over a thousand steps, so we ventured across the highway to the EAST Tule Swamp and walked there to scope out the bird life...
Seeing a few birds, kingbirds, doves, mockingbirds, egrets, white ibis, and sparrows, we spotted some flora also along with other wildlife...
A Brown Lizard [anole] at the Gazebo
Orange - Trumpet Vine Blossom Buds * Purple - Beauty Berry Bush
...still the clouds were 'heavenly'!!
I walked only the elevated boardwalk and turned around to head toward the oak trees where the car was. Before getting into the open heat of the sun, in the shade of a willow tree, I spied a group of House Sparrows in a small pool and watched their antics...
We stopped to have lunch nearby, headed to the local book store by the bay and then headed home. Between Rockport and Corpus Christi, about the time we hit the exit toward Gregory Texas, I spied another phenomenal cloud formation. I was awed and took the photo with my cellphone camera while we were driving at 75 MPH!!!
It was a gorgeous, very warm, day. A nice break from reading my book and working on Irene's OZ wreath, of which I'm about to begin another day of working on it. Today, the door and the broom...I don't do too much 'cause I work in the garage. Even tho a fan is in there, the heat is close to unbearable so not much gets done at once..