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Bird Watching in High Island Texas

April 20, 2008 - Houston Audubon Society - High Island bird sanctuary and rookery

It was a beautiful day for a jaunt to High Island, Texas. April is nesting season at High Island for many migratory birds. We started off at Skippers and took the Boliver Ferry across the channel and drove up to High Island. It was a beautiful sunny day. As you will see in the slideshow, there were all kinds of birds. Most of the time was spent at the rookery watching the nesting egrets, spoonbills and herons. There were a lot of people out there and many had set up high powered telescopes which they shared with us. We were able to see the chicks and feeding activities. The most excitement was when a gator rushed up the bank and caught an egret for lunch. We also saw some baby gators, turtles, a ribbon snake (it had a fat belly so it must have just caught a mouse) flowers and other stuff that you will see in the slideshow. This is the second time I have been to the Houston Audubon Society Bird Sanctuary.  I hope to make it an annual event. Join us when we go next year!!

 

 

 

Weather permitting... we will meet for breakfast at Skippers in Kemah and then drive out to the High Island bird sanctuary and spend the day wandering the woods and watching the bird in the rookery.

 

Skipper's is a great little restaurant in Kemah, Texas that is a local's favorite.

It s located at 1206 Marina Bay Dr, Kemah, TX 77565-2447.

That is between Hwy 146 and South Shore Harbor Blvd on 2094.

click here for the googlemap

 

The plan is to meet at Skipper's before 9am and grab some breakfast. We want to head out as quickly as possible since it would be nice to miss the ferry lines. If we can get away before 9:45 that would be great.

 

We will caravan down Hwy 146, exit just past the bridge to Harborside Dr in Galveston, Head east on Harborside Dr toward 37th St, take left at Ferry Rd, Take the Bolivar Free Fry ferry to Port Bolivar, go about 27 miles on  TX-87 to Hwy 124 and go north a couple of miles to the sanctuary. It costs $5 per person to enter the sanctuary.

 

We can either bring a picnic lunch or stop some place on the way back to grab a late lunch. However, we will want to bring water or snacks to enjoy while we are there.

 

The highlight of the trip is the Rookery. This is an island which the nesting birds have built nests upon nests because of the relative safety of the nesting area. The water between the land and the island is patrolled by alligators which prevents predators like opossums and raccoons from getting to the nests, eggs and chicks. You will see spoonbills and various species of egrets, herons and other birds jockeying for space. Also, there are paths through the woods and old structures and buildings from back when this was a working farm. Expect a pleasant day of wandering through forested areas and seeing birds both in the rookery and throughout the park. It is migrating season and there is no telling what birds might have stopped on their way north.

 

For more information about Houston Audubon Society - High Island bird sanctuary and rookery

click here to go to their website

 

Got questions???

Contact Jim Delane

281-782-7469

jimdelane@bayareadivers.org

 


 

 

  

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