As shared by the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce…
Rockport-Fulton, TX (January 31, 2014) – A Group of 20 intrepid birders braved the unusual cold on Saturday, Jan. 25. Despite uncommon temperatures in the 40’s, Birders from the Aransas Bird and Nature Club and the Corpus Christi Audubon Outdoor Club arrived for the first official tour of the three new Aransas Pathways birding sites.
The tour started at the Rockport Demo Garden and Wetland’s Pond (Tule Marsh East). This site consists of five acres and is located on Highway 35 North across from Walmart in Rockport. The site is still under construction, but the Demo Garden has been completed and contains many hummingbird and butterfly friendly plants. There is a boardwalk that leads to a pond in the back as well as a mowed path around the perimeter. Among the notable birds seen on the tour of this site were a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher and Orange-Crowned Warbler.
The next stop was the Linda S. Castro Nature Sanctuary. Located at 4041 Highway 35 N. Fulton, this four and one half acre site is the newest addition to Aransas Pathways and is still under construction. Numerous bird (water) drips will soon be installed. The site has a large slab for viewing and a drop off to a natural low spot that becomes a large pond during rainy times. There is a good example of a remnant prairie that has a meandering path. At the Castro site everyone got a great look at a Ruby-Crowned Kinglet and a Ladder-backed Woodpecker.The group then traveled on to Ivy Lane in Peninsula Oaks which is a 28-acre site located on Ivy Lane off Griffith Drive near the water storage facility. The site consists of Live Oaks and wonderful understory plants such as American Beautyberry, Red Bay and Yaupon Holly. Meandering paths transverse the area and numerous bird (water) drips are situated along the paths. Birds that may be seen at the site include Blue-Headed Vireo, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Saturday’s group was pleased to see a White-eyed Vireo and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. “It was a very enjoyable morning and hopefully the first of many tours to these wonderful new birding sites”, explains local birder Steve Reisinger, who led the group tour.
For more information on Birding Tours, contact the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce at 361-729-6445 www.rockport-fulton.org. For more information about Aransas Pathways call 361- 790-0194 www.aransaspathways.com.