Saturday, March 17, 2012

Goose Island State Park, Texas

In a previous blog, I had talked about "Big Tree," that is located on Goose Island State Park and I am going too do now is discuss other features of this Park.  From the information site of Texas Parks and Wildlife, The description of the Park is as follows: "Goose Island State Park is located at the southern tip of Lamar Peninsula amid the bays and estuaries of the Texas Gulf Coastal Bend. The mainland portion of the park is comprised of a live oak, red-bay woods which contain yaupon holly, American beautyberry, coral bean and wax myrtle. Also on the mainland is a portion of tallgrass prairie consisting of bushy bluestem and saltgrass. Wildlife observation and photography opportunities include white-tailed deer, raccoon, armadillo, fox, squirrel, cottontail rabbit, and over 300 varieties of birds. The endangered whooping crane feeds on berries and blue crabs occurring in the coastal wetlands around Goose Island State Park.
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,- _ROT1436 March 10, 2012 NIKON D3S 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. - Black-crowned Night Heron_ROT1482 March 10, 2012 NIKON D3S- _ROT1493 March 10, 2012 NIKON D3S
Again, no sunset so, the day ended earlier than planned.
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Turkey Vulture
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Re-winged Blackbird - female
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Tern Hovering looking for fish