We packed a picnic today and drove to Surfside Beach, Texas. Surfside's Intracoastal Shoreline is the southern boundary of the Brazoria National Wildlife Refuse. The Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge is the key location on the Texas Gulf Coast which drew one of the highest Audubon Christmas bird counts in the nation- more than 200 species. In winter, more than 100,000 snow geese, Canada geese, pintail, northern shoveler, teal, gadwall, American wigeon and mottled ducks fill the plentiful ponds and sloughs to capacity. Sandhill cranes join in too, we saw several of them today.
We are happy to report we saw two new birds for our list, one is the Roseate Spoonbill. I have wanted to see this huge pink bird for ages, they are all over Galveston Island. I had to zoom way in to get my pictures, they are not as great as I would like, but I am adding them anyway. :-)
We watched birds all over the marsh and beach area and then drove our car right on the beach for our picnic. It is so cool to be able to drive right on the beach for miles. I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story. Check back later for more from Texas.