I'd Rather B Birdin' | My BOOK Critiques | My POETRY-Haiku
Eileen's Saturday Critters | Lady Fi's Our World

If you'd like, visit my Bird Photo Blog. This week's featured bird is:

CHUCK WILL'S WIDOW
and more.

Just click on the bird[s] name and you will arrive shortly.

Spring Break....


For the next two weeks, it's Spring Break here in the Coastal Bend. Of course, for me, that means no day trippin' to the beach until all the college students [and high school] go back home, and it's safe to be out walking on the shore and driving the island highways. So, Thursday, I took my last drive to go birding and get some steps in while I could. It was a beautiful morning!  Just after daybreak, warming sun, mild sea breeze, quietude of the hour, and birdsong and bird calls serenading me while I watched all the activity.

As I drove along I just couldn't help but notice all the brown. Normally this time of year, it's green along the dunes. Even most of the palm trees are lifeless and the fronds are weeping a nice shade of rot. But the one I photographed [above] at the Willows was still in good shape while others were long damaged by the freeze. Sad. I don't think I've EVER witnessed such winter kill before in the South, ever. By the time I arrived at Port Aransas, the wetlands across the highway from the Post Office was full [literally full] of waterfowl! I slowed down, debating to stop there at that time, or go to my favorite refuge first then come back as I leave for home....I stopped then!



There were Roseate Spoonbills, White Ibis, Egrets [both Snowy, and Common Great], herons, White Faced Ibis [dark maroon color with off white speckled heads [non-breeding] and white eye rings in breeding season. They are similar to the Glossy Ibis seen East of the Mississippi River.], gulls, avocets, cormorants, and much more. All were quite active, mostly bathing [and the cormorants were playing...they do LIKE to play in the water!!]. I heard a kingfisher calling but was unable to locate it. The birds preened, flew from one bank to another, fed, and entertained me for a long time. Why, I even spotted a Nutria [aka: coypu; a water rodent] swimming across the pond!!

After taking several photos and enjoying the warming sun, I left for the popular Refuge. I was hoping to see the Whooping Crane Family of Three that has been reported there for several months. Still, for me, no sighting there again. White Pelicans, gulls, and stilts dominated this area. I left and went walking on the beach after a short stop at Paradise Pond. At the beach, still work goes on repairing the jetty. A few ships were waiting near the channel for the 'okay' to enter, while one was leaving the port area. I saw dolphins, but none were guiding the ship out, they were just surfacing for a second and back underwater in the blink of an eye. Gulls and Terns covered the sand as I walked the shore to the pier. I left shortly after and stopped at a residential area just before leaving town. This subdivision juts up on the waterfront. I didn't have to drive INTO the subdivision before I saw the Whooping Crane Family near the access road!!! Needless to say, I pulled off the road, got out and snapped the shutter button. Good!! I saw them before they leave for their breeding grounds way up north, and didn't have to drive the 60 mile one way trip to Goose Island for another popular wintering ground for them. Yay!! My winter birding for South Texas is complete. Now, it'll be Spring Migration. Once the migrating students go back to class. lol



By the way, my first stop? When I headed back to Corpus, the wetlands had emptied out!! I'm glad I stopped there first!



41 comments:

  1. You are very wise to avoid the crowds ... you never know ...
    The snow-white heron is so beautiful!
    The fifth photo is gorgeous ... all those reflections make the water silver!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I too love the sparkle of the sea in sunlight (and moonlight).

      Delete
  2. VERY AWESOME! have a great weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hello Anni,
    I am glad you were able to find the Whooping Cranes. Your views are beautiful, I like the palm tree. It is a shame the freeze did so much damage. Great shots of the Egret and the Spoonbills. Take care, have a happy weekend!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It seems so odd to see so much winter browns this far south!!

      Delete
  4. Glad you got one more trip in before spring break starts. Do you go somewhere closer to home to get your walking in during those 2 weeks?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ya, I go the opposite direction from the beaches during Spring break.

      Delete
  5. Amazing how everything kind of clicked into place and worked out for you.
    You captured some beautiful photos.
    To bad about the palm trees.
    Very very smart to stay away from crowds..."stay safe"

    Have a lovely day Anni 🌞🌴

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ya, those revelers are scary when they get behind the steering wheel!

      Delete
  6. when the pelican header opened, i said out loud, be still my heart. my favorite bird and soooo beautiful. I would love to see a nutria. have never seen one... you had a great bird day and my favorite pic today other than the header is the big ship behind the tiny boats on the sparkling water... Wow Factor

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I like 'em too. Brown pelicans are just better than the white ones...for me, anyway.

      Delete
  7. Oh Anni, you post just thrilled me! I felt like I was there, looking, too! I miss the Gulf Coast where I grew up! Even the nutria ha ha. Now when the humidity is up in the summer I won't be so homesick LOL.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. All but the threat of hurricanes, the heat can be tolerable. I may complain, but better than the freezing temps any day.

      Delete
  8. Cute little nutria, swimming along. I'm glad you were rewarded for your intrepidness.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They're damaging the eco-systems around here.

      Delete
  9. I hope the trees and vegetation "green up" for you as your weather get warmer. Yuk on spring break. There goes your peace and quiet.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. True. But, I'll find somewhere to go away from the crowds.

      Delete
  10. Glad you were able to take such nice pictures before the invasion of the breakers! Stay safe.. I guess I don't need to tell you that as you are a sensible lady!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Looks like you had a nice pre-springbreaker day. They do take over don't they? Sorry about the brown and know it must be a shock. Actually I was glad to see the brown here, it meant the snow was gone.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I can't even imagine the extent of the damage from the freeze. I hope you will be seeing lots of green soon. Glad you will be keeping your distance during spring break Anni. I love the photo with the sparkling sunshine reflection. Enjoy the weekend!

    ReplyDelete
  13. You got some terrific pictures. I thought the nutria was a beaver at first. That sure was some deep freeze you had down your way. Hope the plants and trees come back okay.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Our yard is the new "dead zone". It's disheartening.

      Delete
  14. I remember keeping track of spring break. Not any more, we usual in winter break have high schoolers and college kids, going ski slopes around here.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, we had "skiing winter breaks" in Colorado.

      Delete
  15. I didn't realize it's already spring break! I am so glad you had such a fine day, and that you got to see the whooping crane family. Great shots, every last one. :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If I'm fortunate to see the Cranes, I feel winter was good!

      Delete
  16. Beautiful photographs here.
    Spring Break seems early! Our schools etc do not break up for another few weeks.
    Good idea and very wise to stay clear of crowds though.

    All the best Jan

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It seems early this year for our area too.

      Delete
  17. I'm glad you're avoiding the crowds, and that it's only for two weeks. It's so sad about the freeze.

    ReplyDelete
  18. I would be like you and stay away from those areas as long as there are so many people about. Whooping Cranes! Wow! I have never seen one and I know that they at times pass through here.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. They make my winter birding so worth while.

      Delete
  19. yay! I'm glad you got to see the whooping crane family!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Yes, I'll bet you'll see many things you haven't seen before, due to the winter tragedy you folks had down there in Texas. May your piece of earth and all that dwells on her recover quickly. ~Andrea xoxo

    ReplyDelete
  21. I can only imagine what it must be like during spring break. The photos are lovely. Will the palms grow new fronds? Have a quiet week and enjoy!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Glad you stopped there first and saw all the beautiful birds...
    Hope the hoards won't be around for Spring Break but I guess you are 100% open so stay safe.
    Sue

    ReplyDelete
  23. It is always better to strike while the iron is hot--note to self...look up where that phrase came from.

    Every time I wait, or don't have time to stop, the bird(s) is gone when I get back to it...or else I am so tired by then that I just have to get on home.

    I am so longing for a birding trip...but don't expect to get one any time soon. I may run through the strip pits, but there just have not been many of anything out there. It is as if the birds have totally changed their flight paths...both in fall and spring.

    ReplyDelete

No SPAM ...I will report your comment with copied and pasted text from you to Google/Blogger.