Now that we are back in S Texas we just had to get over to the Birding Center at S Padre Island. The 20 mile drive is always a reminder of just where we are: flat, flat, flat land and lots of cactus.
We have not been there at this time of year before. The bird population was the lowest we have experienced thus far. One curious distinction occurred while there. There are both fresh and saltwater areas of the refuge and the critter population in the freshwater areas was much higher than in the saltwater. Some of that is because of the babies; lots little ducklings!
The population of roseate spoonbills has held fairly stable for the 8 months we’ve been visiting. The center has done significant clearing of undersized plant; a lot of mangrove hacking and cattail clearing. It’s now much easier to observe the spoonbills.
We saw the fewest pelicans of any visit. We always enjoy them, but there’s no law telling the critters where they are supposed to spend time. Sometimes they find better foraging in other places.