We are currently “bit” poor. New cycle starts in two days; oh joy! Just how many times a month can one purchase extra bits?
On Sunday, with lots of bits, we are headed to an area for four night where we won’t have internet service (lots of bits, no service), unless we drive to town and sit in McDonold’s to use their “bits”.
We have done this before and feel so bad about using their bits we just have to purchase an ice cream cone. Yeah, just horrible!
I have many more photos to post and will when I can. Here is an American Coot that we saw on High Island.
Up next: Alligators and Cormorants.
High Island, Texas, Smith Oaks Rookery, April, 2017
Could the Snowy Egret be my favorite Egret. Possibly! They are beautiful with long white plumes on their head and neck. Their facial color, during breeding, is mostly yellow. And, they have bright yellow feet! They are fun to watch being both silly and elegant. Their babies began to fly after 20 days and their life span is at least 16 years.
I didn’t notice a lot of them, perhaps I was focused on the Great Egret babies.
High Island, Texas, Smith Oats Rookery, April, 2017
The Egrets were ahead of the Spoonbills in nesting and raising chicks. They were still gathering sticks to add to their nests, sitting on the nests to hatch more chicks, and hunting for food to feed the chicks they had. Not sure how many chicks are hatched during a breeding season, but probably not very many of them make it to adults. 😦
The Spoonbills were chasing each other, mating, and vocal. Howard captured the sounds at this amazing place, which I will share in a future post.
It would have been a treat to see Spoonbill chicks!
High Island, Texas, Smith Oak Rookery, April, 2017
Very excited to see babies in the nests; a first for us.
Shared this with Eileen at Viewing Nature with Eileen
High Island, Texas, Smith Oaks Rookery.
It must be a real drag to sit on the nest for hours at a time.
Up next, the fuzzies!
~April 7, 2017 near Beaumont, Texas
Birding, one of my favorite hobbies, can be enjoyed just about anywhere. All you need is a pair of binoculars and if you like a birding book to help you identify what birds you are spotting. It is a good way to get in some hiking as well.
When traveling across Texas it isn’t difficult to find interesting, diverse and beautiful, birding spots.
High Island, Texas not far from Beaumont, is world renowned for its birding especially during migration periods. I love to visit Smith Oaks Santuary to see what is going on. And, this time of year it is a busy place!
You can read about the birding opportunities in this area at the web-site below.
I was able to capture this Great Egret flying over the rookery carrying nesting material. His nest sitting mate was patiently waiting for him to bring her this gift.