More Sun, More Wind

The morning started out completely overcast with huge wind gusts.  By the time we got going, had breakfast and did the dishes, it was close to 11 AM. We had decided yesterday that we should extend our stay here through the weekend so our first stop today was to the park office to see if it was possible.  We were able to stay and will be moving on to Galveston State Park on Monday.

After finishing at the park office  we went for a little drive and ended up at part of the park that has a “Big Tree”.  Between 1969 an 2003 this was the largest Virginia Live Oak tree in Texas.  It is thought to be one of the largest in the United States.

There is nothing in this picture to explain the scale, you just have to believe me when I say it was big.  And these trees are all over the coastal region.  Just not to this scale.

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Further driving took us through the campsite in the wooded area of the park.  There was a short nature trail that didn’t present anything interesting, just lots of trees.  But we did find an area in the campsite that had a number of bird feeders.  We stopped and sat on the bench.  My goodness there were a lot of birds that visited.  We saw Morning Doves, Titmice, Cardinals, Red Winged Black Birds and Orange Capped Warblers. OK, I don’t know much about birds, but the fellow from Ontario that was sitting with us sure did.  He even told us where we can find the Whooping Cranes. They regularly can be found in a field just a short distance from “The Big Tree”.  We had been past this place today but hadn’t seen any, but we weren’t looking either.

cardinal-1

Tomorrow is forecast to be cold and rainy, so I think we will revisit the field with the Whoopers, check out the bird feeders again or maybe head into town and see if I can find a longer lens.

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