Last weekend we had a birding field trip at Corpus Christi & Port Aransas area with the Travis Audubon Society. Our hotel was located along Ennis Joslin road and part of Oso Bay was just nearby. Hubby & I went for a walk after checking in at the hotel and went birding along the bay. The view was gorgeous and we immediately spotted birds nearby. We saw a shrike, 1 ladder-backed woodpecker, 15 laughing gulls, 2 snowy egrets, 1 great blue heron, 1 roseate spoonbill, 6 black skimmers, 1 sandpiper, 2 brown pelicans. These were the only ones we could identify.
The next day, we woke up early to meet the rest of the group and then went to Wilson’s Cut after breakfast with our team leader and guide. Wilson’s Cut is a kayak launch site located at Mustang Island on Corpus Christi Bay. This site provides access to the Mustang Island Paddling Trail, Shamrock Cove, Pink Shack Cove and Sinclair Cut. We planned to reach Shamrock Cove to see nesting shore birds. Shamrock Island is a protected bird sanctuary and landing or walking in the area is prohibited. One can view the birds by paddling along the cove and inner creeks around the island. Unfortunately, we didn’t get to spend more time in the island because of the increasing wind and choppy waters. Nevertheless, getting there and viewing the nesting birds was exciting even for a short period of time. The list of birds sighted can be viewed here & also here.
After resting and lunch, we proceeded to Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center. We saw some birds but forgot to make a complete list of what we saw but I did remember seeing a red-winged blackbird, coot, 4 cormorants & 1 ruddy duck. It wasn’t a lot compared to the last time I was there with hubby.
One of the highlights that afternoon was when we spotted an alligator. Another highlight was when a painted bunting entertained us with its song and posed for photos at the Botanical Garden later that day.
The following day, we went kayaking at Hazel Bazemore Park. The complete list of our sightings which was submitted by our team leader can be found here. Hubby & I stayed one more day at Corpus Christi and went to Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge. We didn’t count birds but mostly photographed the birds and watched their behaviors. All in all, we had an exciting & fantastic trip. Thanks to our team leader Ms. Hargis, our guide Mr. Johnson & the rest of the group who patiently gave out birding information to new birders like us. More photos of the trip can be viewed here. Enjoy!