I'm still catching up on posts from April. This is as much a personal scrapbook / photo album documenting my journey along the Texas wildlife trails as anything else, so I want to include each and every site I've visited so far. I'm thinking of having it turned into one of those books I see advertised at the end of each year. Has anyone done that?
The first photos were taken at the Connie Hagar Wildlife Sanctuary, which the map suggests visiting on the way to site 51.
From the tiny parking lot , I observed a Willet, Laughing Gulls, Brown Pelicans, and a Mottled Duck.
Even now I keep checking my books to make sure he's a Laughing Gull. He's missing the large white wingtip spots of a Franklin's Gull, though. I never knew there were so many types of gulls.
These last two photos were taken on the grounds of the Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary. Connie Hagar seems to be well known to the birders in this area. She and her husband owned and operated a motel here, the Rockport Cottages, in the 1930's and she was responsible for putting this area on the map. Apparently, before she alerted the birding world, no one knew about the migratory flyways on the Texas Gulf Coast.
I found no kiosk or daily bird list, even though the map mentions them. I did identify several species, including a new one for me - the Magnolia Warbler. I didn't get any good photos of the birds, but the trails and flowers are pretty enough.
The guide map also mentions that Rockport is the base for boats that visit the feeding grounds of Whooping Cranes and nesting islands for colonial waterbirds. I did not have the time or the funds for such a tour on this trip, but I will be back.
4/27/2014, early morning
Species Identified: Willet, Laughing Gull, Brown Pelican, Mottled Duck, Eurasian Collared-dove, Northern Cardinal, Tufted Titmouse, Magnolia Warbler, Great-tailed Grackle, European Starling, Great Egret, Roseated Spoonbill, Northern Mockingbird
I'm linking with Our World Tuesday this week.