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~Birding in Texas, Little Fuzzy Heads

High Island, Texas, Smith Oak Rookery, April, 2017

Very excited to see babies in the nests; a first for us.

Great Egret Baby
A very young chick
Notice the different sizes of the chicks.
“How can I feed you if you are going to hold my beak?”
A lovely Egret family.

Happy Birding!

Shared this with Eileen at Viewing Nature with Eileen

~Birding in Texas, Find the Blue Eggs

High Island, Texas, Smith Oaks Rookery.

It must be a real drag to sit on the nest for hours at a time.

Nesting Great Egret
Nesting Great Egret
Stand up, stretch, lay back down. Poor girl!
"Did I just lay these?"
“Did I just lay these?”
“Hey, I need a break!”
“Okay, its your turn.”
Day Dreaming and looking pretty.
“Hurry up and hatch!”
“Looking good”
Smith Oaks Santuary, High Island, TX - 2017
A small section of the rookery.

Up next, the fuzzies!



~Birding in Texas

~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.

Great Egret (flyover with nesting material)

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.

A pretty big stick.


Notice he has the main branch of the stick and the smaller branch in his bill. Doesn’t want to drop it after all his work on finding it.


I didn’t see where he finally landed with his prize.


What a beauty, with his colorful, breeding face.

I was using my Tamron 600mm lens, Canon 70D camera on a tripod. These two birds are males.

We are staying at Hidden Lake RV Park. It is a very nice RV park located off of I-10 on the west side of Beaumont. We have enjoyed walks around the lake several times. From here we can easily drive to High Island and are just 4 miles from Cattail Marsh (more on this lovely birding spot later).

Happy Birding!

Gorgeous mail Great Egret
Gorgeous mail Great Egret

~Wrapping Up at High Island & Rollover Bay

A few more photos from The Smith Oaks Rookery

Roseate Spoonbill
Roseate Spoonbill

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A few more photos from Rollover Bay

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Just to show he was there - Reddish Egret
Just to show he was there – Reddish Egret (He was too far out in the Bay to capture a good photo.)

During our travels next winter we hope to return to High Island, Texas during migration. It is a lovely site seeing all the migrating birds stopping for a rest prior to heading to their nesting or summer grounds.

Our stop there in March was fun! I had seen, for the first time, the Black-bellied Whistling Duck a few months before while staying at Myakka River State Park and the Reddish Egret at Fort De Soto County Park. I wonder where this Reddish guy is heading?

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~Eileen at Saturday Critters at


~Video-The Rookery At Smith Oaks~

This is my first attempt at posting a video, please let me know if you have any trouble viewing.

While visiting The Rookery at Smith Oaks on March 24, 2015, Howard captured the area on video using his iPhone. Look closely and you will see, Roseate Spoonbills, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets and Neotropic Cormorants. Birds were arriving everyday to this nesting area.

I hope you enjoy seeing the nesting birds. Listen closely and you will hear frogs, lots of frogs.