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When it's Springtime in South Texas, it's 80° above....

Yesterday's high was 87 degrees [F]!

Along the seawall in the downtown area there are eight of these structures....spaced by several yards in between. The eight, if you decide to enter through the portals, have a bronze plaque that depicts a time line history of the city. I call them gazebos, but the technical term is MIRADOR del mar [or miradores]. Translated from Spanish, meaning "Watcher of the sea", or if you prefer, "sea watchers". They were constructed to hang over the wall and the views for the most part are very pretty, both during the day with the sparkling sea and the yachts and ship channel at the busy port entrance...also at night with the darkness of the gulf waters and the sound of the lapping sea against the wall. The Devary Durrill Foundation installed the Miradors along the Corpus Christi seawall and they were dedicated in October 1991. The structures are similar to those found in seaside resorts in Mexico, Morocco, and Spain. Against the turquoise gulf waters and the clean white against the backdrop, with gulls laughing and flying through the air, fish jumping, shrimp boats arriving with their daily catch, joggers, people walking in the early morning....they make for a beautiful seaside, a down-home, peaceful community scene.


In early Spring [ Springtime for the coastal area of Texas; being early to mid February ], walking in the parks downtown and around the city perimeters, the Acacia Blossoms are all abloom and the evergreen tree with golden yellow pompom like flowers and thorny branches perfume the air. Not only an attraction for the migrant birds such as the warblers and vireos, but the pollinators arrive along with the blossoms! The city parks, in April, host quite a few birding tours for those interested in seeing a new species or watching the return of the Fall Migrants. Each weekend in April, the tours run for a couple of hours every Sunday -except if Easter is in April. Giving us birders ample opportunities to connect with nature. One in particular, on the bluff downtown, is a hot spot for Spring Birds!! Egrets, tho rare inland, frequent the parks, purple martins and chimney swifts return in March like clockwork [reminiscent of the famed Capistrano Swallows], hundreds of different warblers, herons, orioles, and more show up. I was here just over the weekend, and the vireo songs made the morning trek delightful and refreshing....knowing all too soon, they'll head farther north, inland, to breed.

Sunday, before the temperature climbed to near record breaking temps, Bud and I drove to the bay north of town and watched thru the binoculars some of the courtship of a great blue heron on Rookery Island. Altho the island is about 1/2 mile from shore, thru the binoculars you can witness the gestures pretty well. I was too lazy to set up the tripod/camera. But, I did a few snaps of the shutter button; hand held. Why? It was way too early. The sunrise after we arrived was deterring the focus and we were facing the sunlight. But it was all too fascinating! The female, on the nest box wasn't paying too much attention to her potential mate...it was like "Come here, come here....no, go away, go away!" LOL The breeze picked up, and the clouds built up making the lighting on the island even more obscured. So, we left and walked the 2 mile trail from Bayview Road to Indian Point Pier [4 miles round trip - only a 2 mile round trip if you park in the park's parking lot] along Sunset Lakes/Indian Point Park.

Note: This Park Trail is an old abandoned Railway Route, the trestle as shown in the historical post cards crossed the bay and on the Portland, Texas side of the bay----today, the trail...

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Seeing a whole slew of different birds; curlews, reddish egrets [both red AND the white morph], willets, harriers, tri-colors, snowy egrets, red-winged blackbirds, stilts, plovers, avocets, mergansers, bufflehead ducks, seagulls, pelicans, and a whole lot more. One in particular, the white morphed reddish egret was in breeding plumage....he was beautiful!!!


White Morph Reddish Egret & Snowy Egret  -  White Morphed Reddish Egret [breeding colors]


Reddish Egret [Dark Phase]  - Nueces Bay Causeway & Storm Clouds


Sunset Lakes  - Seagull on Piling Fence


Yucca Blossoms on  land between salt water lakes [bottom] and Gulf [behind yucca]



47 comments :

  1. enjoy your week, thanks for helping with my blog.

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  2. Hi Anni, I love the pigeon dozing in your header. The Virginia Rail is a first for me. Lovey post. Have a great day. Jo

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    1. It's a white winged dove Jo. Thanks, have a great day yourself.

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  3. Woke up this morning with a light frost. Our blue birds have returned.
    Coffee is on

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  4. those yellow pom poms are wondeful. i love yellow flowers. i am betting the mating scene was noisy. once we happened on mating of flamingos and they are loud and really nasty if we get to close... they make mud nests and we got to see those to. our temps are record breaking. last april it started with record breaking ans has not stopped. i do not like AC . weather in march. but it is beautiful out.
    I had to smile at the yucca photo. when we bought this house we planted not one but 4 of these monsters. who knew they would grow that tall and tower over the house and the roots would take over the yard and tht once growing they are impossible to get rid of. they keep coming back, i have a photo of the white flowers on auto post sometime this week. before it was chopped to the ground. again

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    1. Well, it may be noisy once close...but the only way to get close to this island is by boat [or swim!]

      I had yuccas in Tucson....8/10 feet tall!!!

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  5. It's been a number of years since we have been to Corpus Christi. It is a lovely city. We always liked visiting Ron's mother at Christmas. Wishing you well!

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  6. Hello, beautiful scenic views. The gazebos are in a pretty spot. The yellow pompoms are lovelty and the egrets are a favorite. Happy Monday, enjoy your week ahead!

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  7. The acacia is gorgeous and I can nearly smell the salt in the air!

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    1. Ya, the acacia smells wonderful too.

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  8. What lovely shots of nature and birds...

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  9. Thank you for this enjoyable post

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  10. Now that is downright hot! It doesn't get that hot here until late August at the earliest, if then. But then again the weather is weird everywhere. Who knows what we'll get? Love your beautiful egrets, all of them! :-)

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    1. Ya, it IS hot! And 83 today...we had a cold front move it. LOL

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  11. I can't imagine having temperatures like that in March. We were lucky to hit 50 today but to us it felt quite nice

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    1. I remember those days in Colorado...50 degrees was actually shirt sleeve weather! Here...50 degrees is parka that is fir lined.

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  12. Thank you for these wonderful glimpses of spring. It's snowing here.

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    1. Snow....good for the rivers and ranching/farming this coming Spring. Just hope there is no flooding.

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  13. I do like seeing the Egrets. Nice that you are having those warm temps!

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    1. That's a bit TOO warm for me. lol

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  14. Well Anni, you outdid yourself this time! Such beautiful pics that I can't even pick a favorite. Thanks for sharing!

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  15. I would love to have a place like this to visit...where I could go and walk. and see stuff...

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    1. Come on down....I'll walk with you. I can be your tour guide.

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  16. You have to love Texas weather!!!
    I love seeing all your beautiful photos!!! I think the last one is my favorite!!

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    1. The yuccas are so pretty this time of year aren't they?

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  17. Beautiful captures.

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  18. Superb photos, Ms. Anni.
    I particularly enjoyed the views of the salt water lake adjacent to the Gulf and the very many gifts of nature.
    Have a Happy Day!
    Peace :)

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  19. Spring! Don'tcha absolutely love Spring???? Wow what Yucca!

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    1. Yes I do...and Fall the same.

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  20. Hello Annie!:) Beautiful images of the coast where you live, and it's wildlife, and a discriptive post of everything you are taking in at this time of year. We have those Miradores here, and I have always admired them, what we don't see are the Acacia blooms but I have a couple of Yucca's on the farm. That's a lovely picture of them with the gulf in the background, and the images of the Egrets are beautiful.:)

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    1. Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it today.

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  21. You have so many wonderful birding places close at hand in Corpus! We have a lot of the same birds, but we have to go further to find them.

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    1. Most of the time, it's between 10-30 miles from home.

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  22. A great commentary today Anni. I think maybe you should get a job with the Texas Tourist Department as you clearly know and love your environs and the open spaces. Not to mention knowing the birds and local history too.

    This week I really felt like Spring is here. Hooray for both of us.

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    1. It feels like SUMMER here right now. Thanks Phil...just like the song goes "I love Texas"

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  23. What a wonderful, informative post! Great places to visit! I just love the miradors! I'd love to have one on my own seawall! :-)

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  24. Oh wow...that is a summer temp here...Love all the nature photos... Thank you so much for your kind comments...Michelle

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  25. Hi Anni, what a great pictures. I'd love to be able to take pictures of flying birds which are in focus ;) #OurWorldTuesday

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