We have been busy doing what we both love most, fishing and birding. Today we went exploring near Freeport at the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge. We saw a lot of marsh on the way and a lot of oil wells when we arrived. The birding highlight of the day was lots of avocets, some in pale non-breeding color and some are acquiring the reddish brown breeding colors. I am also seeing a lot of pelicans with the red colors for breeding. I have been working hard on my birding list, going through all my bird books with the dates and times and where I saw each bird and putting them on my list. I have finished Florida, Alaska and most of Canada, I am still working on our trips to all the other states, I am up to 270 so far. Can’t wait to see what my total will be.
We enjoyed our day at Brazoria but I didn’t see any new birds yet, hoping for the spring migration to arrive soon. Brazoria is a vital complex of coastal wetlands and prairie harboring more than 300 bird species. The refuge serves as an end point of the Central Flyway for waterfowl in winter, and an entry point for neotropical migratory songbirds tired from a 600-mile Gulf crossing from Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
Near Greater Houston, the refuge offers haven for both wildlife and people. For wildlife, the expanse of salt and freshwater marshes, sloughs, ponds, and coastal prairies represent feasting and lodging for all or part of the year. For people, these vestiges of wild Texas offer exceptional wildlife watching.
Freshwater sloughs wind through salt marshes. Rare, native bluestem prairie grasses grace the uplands. The greater the number of habitats, the richer the ecology. Brazoria NWR is no exception. It has a key location on the Texas Gulf which helps Freeport draw one of the highest Audubon Christmas bird counts in the nation - more than 200 species.
I am still waiting on my camera to arrive back from repair. They say it’s fixed and on it’s way. Yippee! Check back later for more from Texas.