Many of our days started with beautiful sunrises over the Gulf of Mexico. We walked the beach looking for birds and collecting shells. Each day brought something new.
|Dolphins escort ship out of the channel|
|Sanderling running the waves|
|Brown Pelican free-fall for fish|
|Snowy Egret feeding dance|
At the north end of Isla Blanca Park is the University of Texas RGV Coastal Studies Laboratory. Public is welcome to come see the live and mounted displays. Can you find the Flounder in the sand?
|American Bittern hides out|
We returned to the Birding Center several times finding many interesting birds from the boardwalk along the Laguna Madre.
|Reddish Egret - getting a close up|
|Marbled Godwit and Roseate Spoonbill|
|Little Blue Heron - bad hair day|
We drove to Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge twice for birding tours through the salt-brush scrub habitat and many wetlands. Amazing places and worth the ride up the horrible roads that should be classified as an obstacle course.
|Redhead Ducks most numerous at refuge|
|Cottontail & Great-tailed Grackle|
We walked the beach on Christmas Day morning and found a wonderful surprise flying overhead. A Magnificent Frigatebird.
|Black-tailed Jackrabbit has the run of the RV Park|
At the south end of the Isla Blanca Park is a memorial to the fishermen who were lost at sea from this area. As Jesus stands with outstretched arms to gather all to him.
With the New Year came a cold front that gave us chilled rain and high winds, but no blizzards, freezing rain, tornados, or flooding and we pray for those dealing with those tragedies. The sun came out again and we are enjoying the South Texas weather.
Love & Prayers,
Ty & Ida Baumann