Wednesday, 16 April
Gulf Waters RV Resort (GWRVR) — Port Aransas, Texas
Temps: LO 59F (12C) / Hi 70F (21C)
We went from warm and humid, to cold and stormy in the span of minutes! That was on Monday. The cold front blew in right around 1:00p, dropping the temperatures like a rock from 76F to 54F (24C to 12C). The winds picked up fast, blowing what would be a Force 6 (strong breeze) on the Beaufort Scale, with gusts in the Force 8 (fresh gale) range through the night and into the wee hours of the morning.
The pond that fronts our site saw plenty of bird action during the storm. It was impossible to hold the camera steady in the wind, so I had to make do with shooting through the windshield. The still shots don’t reflect the ferocity of the storm, but I’m posting them for those who are bandwidth challenged for the video.
Bird Ballet in the wind!
The storm started to abate Tuesday morning. Since then, we’ve had plenty of blue skies and sunshine, and comfortable temps with low humidity ... perfect conditions to wander around the ponds at GWRVR and go to some of the Port Aransas birding centers to see what we could see.
Right here in our own backyard …
Left: Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks
Right: Cattle Egrets
At Charlie’s Pasture …
At Paradise Pond …
(first time seeing these birds, so if I messed up the ID’s, do leave a comment)
Left: Summer Tanager
Right: Scarlet Tanager
Left: Female Scarlet Tanager
[could be a summer tanager or something else entirely]
Right: Indigo Bunting
All but the cattle egret are new-to-me species … I’d say it was a good couple of days of birding on that basis alone. We’ll be going out periodically to see what other new birds we can find.