Little Park but Lots of Birds

Little Park but Lots of Birds

Wow, moving is a lot of work! I thought I would have time to do a new blog post, and I have been out twice taking photos since all this real estate madness started, but I am still unpacking boxes and trying to figure out where to put things. So, I am going to share an old adventure I made last winter but never posted. My new house is south of here, so it is sort of in the neighborhood. 

There is a small park in Sugar Land with a surprising diversity of birds. Eldridge Park has some community facilities, trails and soccer fields, but my interest is on the five acre pond. It has been a perfect location for quick excursions. Easy parking and not a lot of ... human traffic around the pond.

 

First time I was there an Osprey circled the pond several time. It is stocked with "an assortment of fish" but he didn't seem that interested. 

This Neotropic Cormorant was more successful and is probably celebrating the big fish he just caught and ate. Cormorants frequent coastal areas and inland fresh water lakes and ponds. They breed from the Texas Gulf coast all the way to Terra del Fuego. A large colony nests at the High Island rookery although the Great Egrets and Roseate Spoonbills seem to push them to the margins and less desirable nesting areas. 

Mid-February and this male Lesser Scaup was swimming around with the mallards. Don't you just love that yellow eye? The female scaups have the same golden eye, but are more brown so there isn't as much contrast. 

I have been intrigued by this domestic Chinese Goose

He is noisy and a bit of a bully.

But how can you not love this guy... who struts around ...

... and takes wild rambunctious baths?

Egyptian Goose

Egyptian Goose

Another resident is this Egyptian Goose. Seems the non-native geese find Houston to be quite hospitable. You probably see them in the man-made lakes around MacMansions and local parks. Occasionally someone posts a photo on Facebook Birds of Texas asking for help with the identification; they are not listed in most field guides. 

There are those Muscovy Ducks as well, but I just cannot bear to photograph them. They are just so ugly. 

White Pelican taking it easy

White Pelican taking it easy

The lake at Eldridge Park is a stopover place for our wintering White Pelicans. They breed during the spring/summer in the wetlands of the US central plains and into Canada but come back to spend winter along the Gulf Coast. We have seen just a few so far this year. They are always fun to watch when they form giant cooperative circles to herd fish for easy scooping. 

OK. I have just about unpacked all the boxes (except for the books) and after a week I am about ready to cook a meal instead of eating out of the microwave. I have a guy to cut my grass, I might be able to put my car in the garage soon and my new rug for the living room hardwood floors arrived today. And I have hung a few pictures. 

Life is good. 

What have you been doing? Have you moved recently or even thought about moving? Do you think you would want to adjust to a new locale? Let me know in the comments below. 

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