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?
On the second day, of our two day stay near Hight Island, Texas we decided to take a ride to the Gulf of Mexico. We drove along the Bolivar Peninsula until we reached the Galveston ferry and retraced our drive back toward High Island. We were not interested in going into Galveston.
As we crossed over Rollover Pass we noticed what looked like birds near the shoreline of the south end of Rollover Bay. I am glad we turned into this parking lot, where people were fishing, some were birding, but mostly they were enjoying this bay that leads into the Gulf of Mexico.
A couple tidbits of interesting history about Rollover Pass – it is a man-made strait that cuts through private property on the Bolivar Peninsula and links the Gulf of Mexico with Rollover Bay and East Bay in Galveston. Rollover Pass earned its name from the practice of smugglers who, from the days of Spanish rule through prohibition, avoided the Galveston customs station by rolling barrels of import or export merchandise over the narrowest park of the peninsula.
Today people visit this area, from all over the world, to camp, fish and bird. We must have hit this area just when a few hundred birds decided they needed a rest. We saw Gulls, Terns, Pelicans, Egrets, Dowitchers, Godwits, Avocets, Willets and I am sure some that I missed. Migrating birds as they rested at Rollover Bay on this day, March 24, 2015.
More photos to follow of our time spent at Rollover Bay, Bolivar Peninsula, Texas.
~Charlotte at Prairie Birder for “Feathers on Friday”