Feb 22 we depart for Harlingen, so before we do that, we wanted to tell you about the birding we’ve done while here. We went to the Rockport chamber of commerce visitors center to find the “birding trail map” we had heard about. The map takes you on a 16 mile tour of the area stopping at 10 spots where birds are usually present. The map also tells you what type of birds one might encounter at each stop. We had in our minds to observe the biggest, rarest and prettiest of birds this day, Anything else would be “gravy” on top of the excitement seeing Whooping Cranes, Sand Hill Cranes and Roseate Spoonbills. One would think that only 16 miles would be easy and fast, stop, see some birds and drive on. Not a chance! We drove, sat in amazement, took pictures, watched in amazement some more then drove on. The first day we went thru about half of the birding trail. Though coming away very satisfied with what we accomplished and saw we did see the primary “three” birds we set out to view, and then some. One of the places we’re led to is “Goose Island State Park” . A bonus to our visit there was the “Big Tree”, an oak said to be over 1000 years old. This tree is truly magnificent as you’ll see from the pics.
The next time we set out for some birding we went over to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, about 30 miles north of the RV park. In addition to birds this wildlife refuge has, as its name depicts, a variety of wildlife, deer, alligators, javelinas to name a few. We thought we’d see Whooping Cranes close up and more of them at this refuge but that wasn’t to be. Whooping Cranes are highly endangered, only about 600 of them, in rough terms exist in the wild and zoos. The refuge personnel keep very close track of nesting counts, adult bird counts to and from their northern home.
Overall, our experience here in Rockport has been great. We like this little town. It's small, has fishing, golf, the location is fine being close to Corpus Christi. We found the city park down by the water, it has several local artists statues. We looked at several homes for sale down by the water. No, we're not ready to settle down. But the homes and their construction interested us. Later, checking on the frequency of hurricanes in this area, they're infrequent compared to other cities.