Monday, September 8, 2014

Rockport Demo Bird Garden and Wetlands Pond

After finding the Brown Booby in Corpus Christi, I headed to Rockport to visit a few more sites along The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.  Rockport is famous for Whooping Cranes in winter and Hummingbirds in migration.  

The nature trail and boardwalk are very nice, but I was hoping for more migrants.  

The Baltimore Oriole is a winter bird, according to my field guide.  It seems the birds don't use the same calendar that I do.

I returned the next morning to see if I could find any more birds.  I captured a Northern Mockingbird with his breakfast.

I was very excited to see the Golden-fronted Woodpecker tapping on a pole.  My first!

This is my Macro Monday shot.  I should probably buy a field guide for all the beautiful and often strange flora I've seen.  I don't know what it is, but it's my favorite color.

4/26 - 4/27/2014
Late evening and early morning.
Identified:  Great Egret, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Common Yellowthroat, Northern Mockingbird, Mourning Dove, Baltimore Oriole, Northern Cardinal, Great Blue Heron, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Laughing Gull


  1. What a great boardwalk. The birds that you were able to see and photograph are great too. I especially like the Golden-Fronted Woodpecker.

  2. I love these beautiful captures! Wonderful photos!

  3. That woodpecker looks great - I'd love to see one.

    I think the flood gates may be for very high tides and storms - i.e. water coming in from the sea.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

  4. Wonderful series of shots. The picture of the Golden-fronted Woodpecker is my favorite :)

  5. I agree that sometimes the birds don't stick to what the books tell us.That's what makes for the unexpected and the thrill of finding birds for ourseleves.

    I looked in the Crossley Guide and Peterson which both suggest your oriole could be a September migrant.

    Golden-fronted pecker is nice, especially as a first.

  6. Yes, beautiful color at the flower! Nice woodpecker :-)

  7. Fantastic looking bird in image 2......beautiful colours!