Tales From The Camping House

Tales From The Camping House

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Birding At Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

February 22, 2012

We had to get up early in order to be at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center in Port Aransas by 9:00.  Each Wednesday, volunteers set up scopes and help to identify birds that are there.  It is a little slice of nature by the water treatment area where hundreds of gallons of fresh water fill the lagoon.

 We saw all three kinds of teal ducks, blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, but everyone was excited about seeing this cinnamon teal.  They have a smaller range and are rarely seen up north.
Since many people there are from the north, it was a life bird for some of the people there.  Of course, they all seem to be life birds for us, since we are just learning their names.

We always enjoy watching the antics of the brown pelicans!

And this is a Northern Shoveler.
 And finally, a Cormorant.

Next, we went to the Civic Center for a lecture by Lowell Schake.  He wrote a book entitled On The Wings of Cranes where he told the story of his father-in-law, Larry Walkinshaw and how he helped save Sandhill Cranes, Whooping Cranes, and the Kirkland's Warbler from extinction. It was a pretty amazing story.

There will be more the next few days. You may get tired of looking at bird pictures. :)

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