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Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

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“Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center is located at the south end of Ross Avenue and overlooks the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Bird viewing is facilitated by a 500 ft. boardwalk which traverses the marsh, with a 25-foot observation tower that permits a panoramic view of the pond and the surrounding flats.

Approximately 10 acres, the center is primarily freshwater marsh, with cattails. There is also a salt marsh area, with natural mudflats and spartina. At the entrance to the boardwalk, a row of black willows often attracts migrants and other landbirds. Across from the willows is a hummingbird and butterfly garden installed by the Port Aransas Garden Club. The area is a haven for all marsh birds, including Reddish Egret, grebes, rails, wintering ducks, spoonbills, and shorebirds. In the 2004 “Big Sit” competition, 100 species of birds were recorded from the tower in one day. The area is an excellent source of freshwater, and often attracts terns and frigatebirds.” ~cityofportaransas.org

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We stopped by the Birding Center on our way home to Austin, after the Texas Sand Sculpture Festival last April. Since we were in a hurry to return home, we just stayed there for about one and a half hours. We saw a tricolored heron, least bittern, 2 northern shovelers, cinnamon teal, 2 blue-winged teals, 2 ruddy ducks, 2 American coots, 2 red-winged blackbirds, black & white warbler, black-throated green warbler, northern waterthrush, American avocet, 8 neotropic & double-crested cormorants, 3 black-chinned hummingbirds and about 10 grackles. I’m sure we would have seen more if we stayed longer, so we planned to do that on our next trip. Happy bird viewing!

I’m linking to Wild Bird Wednesday, Camera Critters & I’D Rather B Birdin.

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Tricolored Heron

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Least Bittern

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Male Ruddy Duck

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Black & White Warbler

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Northern Shoveler

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21 replies »

  1. Shey, this looks like a great place to spend some time!
    Your photographs are marvelous!
    Hope you’re able to return soon so we can see more!

  2. I KNEW right away where this was from the very first image.

    Well done. And the photos are great, I think they look mighty familiar. :o)

    Hope you’re having a super, safe, holiday weekend.

Thanks for coming by today and for your kind words. I will visit you as soon as I can. Have a fantastic day and don't forget to smile. ~ Shey

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