2021-04-27 SPI and Tuesday’s Babies

Earlier in April, I visited the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center and saw Green Herons sitting on eggs. I’ve been waiting for an opportunity to return and see how the next generation of Green Herons was coming along. This past Tuesday I took the time to revisit the SPIB&NC and was not disappointed. … Read more

2021-03-21 Resaca2mi de la Palma

I last visited Resaca de la Palma State Park just before leaving Texas on my first visit in spring of 2020. It was closed during most of my stay because of the pandemic. However, just prior to my planned departure, they opened up the park, and I took advantage of my opportunity, twice visiting here … Read more

2021-03-16 SPI Convention Centre

On this early Tuesday morning, cloudy gray skies greeted me at the South Padre Island Convention Centre (SPICC). I investigated the center’s bayside and its boardwalks, but the birds were not active. It encouraged me to see offerings of nectar and fruit placed around the grounds, even though no migrants were in view. Having these … Read more

2021-03-08 Anahuac NWR

I broke camp at High Island early Monday and set a course for nearby Anahuac National Wildlife Reserve. I planned a quick visit before heading east on my clock-wise journey around the gulf. Everyone I spoke with about must see places on the upper Texas Gulf coast spoke well of this 53 square mile reserve. … Read more

2021-03-04 Galveston Boat Ride

I continued my exploration of the Texas Gulf Coast last Wednesday (2021-03-03) when I drove from Aransas NWR to Galveston, 170 miles to the east. After spotting birds loafing on wooden docks, I pulled off the freeway at Tiki Island, where it was my good fortune to meet Dennis Jones, a Coast Warden for Texas … Read more

2021-02-28 Port Aransas Nature Center

The Port Aransas Nature Center had a popular boardwalk over the freshwater marshes on the property until 2017’s Hurricane Harvey dismantled it beyond use. Not ones to give up easily, Texans rebuild what nature breaks, and this boardwalk is no exception. There are about three miles of pathways planned, but the 1500 feet they’ve completed … Read more

2021-02-21 First Visit To Santa Ana NWR

Last spring I came to south Texas for the first time, hoping to visit the many legendary birding venues I’d heard about in the Rio Grande Valley. Unfortunately for me and the rest of the planet, the global pandemic reared its ugly head and forced us to alter the course of our lives. The Santa … Read more

2021-02-08 South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center

South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center is part of a network of birding meccas in south Texas, collectively called the “World Birding Center”. It sits next door to the Convention Centre, which I love, and so I’ve not bothered to pay my fees to enter its grounds. On Monday, with my time in Brownsville … Read more

Memories of South Padre Island

I visited South Padre Island twice during my stay in Brownsville. My first stop was on 2020-04-30 and my second on 2020-05-02. My day-one visit was a lengthy one. I arrived early at the Convention Center and the birds were abundant. Many were those I seldom or have never seen before. It was Great! By … Read more

2020-03-20 Exploring Laguna Atascosa

After I left Corpus Christi, the measures against the COVID-19 outbreak began tightening. Restaurants were only allowed to seat a limited number of customers and grocers were limiting the amount of products like milk a customer could buy. I’d called a couple or restaurants on South Padre Island before leaving Corpus Christi and learned they … Read more