The island portion of the park is an oyster shell island consisting of a shell ridge and marshland. Plants on the shell ridge portion of the island include sea-ox-eye daisy, wolfberry, sea purslane, baccharis and seashore dropseed grass. The marsh at Goose Island includes smooth cordgrass, marsh-hay cordgrass, saltgrass, saltwort and glasswort. The bays around Goose Island are filled with seagrass beds and oyster reefs. Red drum, speckled trout and flounder are just a few of the fish that live in the bays around the island." The island has an elevation of 20 feet, and that August, September and October are the wettest months. We just happened to hit the area during a wet weekend in March. Last year, this area was in a terrible drought, so the water was welcome.
Again, not a large number of different bird species. We did find a colony of Black-Crown Night-Herons, which gave us an opportunity for some great pictures. In order to photograph the birds we had to stand on a narrow spit of land, because on either side were deep holes filled with water. Everyone took turns and we did not have any accidents.
Again, no sunset so, the day ended earlier than planned.
|Re-winged Blackbird - female|
|Tern Hovering looking for fish|