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A large variety of birds can be found here in the upper Texas Coast area, a bird watcher paradise. Quaker Parakeet, Roseate Spoonbill, White Ibis, Great Egret, Great Blue Heron, Marbled Godwit, Sandhill Crane, Hooded Merganser, Common Loon, Black Skimmer are all common. Gulls, terns, and hawks are often visible overhead, barn owls nest within the park and are very own Mallard Ducks.

 

Mallard Duck:

      

The Mallard, or wild duck is a dabbling duck which breeds throughout the temperate and subtropical Americas, Europe, Asia, and North Africa, and has been introduced to New Zealand and Australia. The male birds have a bright green head, while the female's is light brown. The Mallard lives in wetlands, eats water plants, and is gregarious. It is also migratory. The Mallard is 22–26 in long (of which the body makes up around two-thirds), has a wingspan of 32–39 in, and weighs 32–42 oz.

Meet Huey and Friends

   

Huey, a male Mallard duck hatched on 4/2/11, was delivered to us on 4/4/2011 (left photo-4 days old). During the trip to us the shipping company truck had mechanical failure and was immobilized for an unknown time. Out of 12 ducklings, Huey was the only to survive. It was amazing he made it, the duckling was not lethargic or weak, but wide eyed, thirsty and hungry. The supplier then sent us a new shipment of 12 Mallard ducklings and arrived on 4/12/2011 (Right photo-4 days old), full of spirit and ready for drinks and eat. Huey was not happy at first as he lay flat, wings spread out, on the feed feed plate turning 180 degrees from left to right defending his chow.  He was overwhelmed with the ducklings and soon gave in. We will continue to keep this part of the article updated of Huey and Friends as they grow and eventually make way to the freshwater pond. The following video is the guys first time out for a swim:

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Update - 13 May, 2011 "At The Pool"

   

Huey and his gang are coming along well. Sprouting wings and getting the colors. They are now 35 days old, with Huey being 12 days older. The following video is the guys just going crazy in the pool. 

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Update - 23 May, 2011 "Release the Quacks"

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It was an exciting day, watching the guys finally released to the fresh water pond. To this day they stay together as a group and if one is far behind they all make sure the wonderer gets back to the group. One client reported; All the ducks were standing full height staring between his site and his neighbors. The sound of bustling webbed feet passed him and the mallard returned to the gang. He said "he never laughed so hard".

Update - 21 Aug, 2011 "Taking Flight"

The following video was taken on 03 July, 2011 (need to still verify date). The guys have been testing out there wings and some very funny landings. There landings, if I were able to catch them on video, would have made a great Blooper reel.

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The guys now have Full Flight Clearance and can be seen flying all around the park. There flight formation has not been achieved yet as they dodge each other coming and going. However, they are getting better. There colors are at full bloom and are beautiful to watch in the pond or above the pond. To this date they continue to be a tight nit group and spend there evenings all huddled together. When they see the golf cart near the pond the roar of quacking begins, as they know it is chow time. I made the mistake of going to one end of the pond, closest to the road, and there they were. They could only assume it was another meal on wheels and the quacking began. I started back to the office and noticed them following me on foot. Not wanting them to cross the road I stepped on the accelerator only to see them take flight and follow me overhead. Making it back to the office, I raced for the duck feed as they circled above me and made my way back to the pond. As I began putting out the feed, it was like a squadron of aircraft coming in for there landings and taxing towards me. What I learned? Never go to the pond in the golf cart without duck feed! 

In the following photos, the guys are 4 months and 19 days old. Click on any thumbnail image for a full size preview. Next, move your mouse over the top, right and left side, to navigate using the "Next" and "Previous" buttons.  

More to come... 

Yellow-crowned Night Heron:

   

The Yellow-crowned Night Heron, also called the American Night Heron or squawk, is a fairly small heron, similar in appearance to the Black-crowned Night Heron. It is found throughout a large part of the Americas, especially (but not exclusively) in warmer coastal regions. Adults are about 24 in. long and weigh 22 oz. They have a white crown and back with the remainder of the body grayish, red eyes and short yellow legs. They have a white stripe below the eye. Juveniles resemble young Black-crowned Night-Herons, being mainly brown flecked with white or gray. In warmer locations, some are permanent residents; others migrate to Central America and the West Indies.

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Monk Parakeet aka Quaker Parakeet:

   

The Monk Parakeet, also known as the Quaker Parrot, is a species of parrot, in most treatments the only member of the genus Myiopsitta. It originates from the temperate to subtropical areas of Argentina and the surrounding countries in South America. Self-sustaining feral populations occur in many places, mainly in North America and EuropeThe nominate subspecies of this parakeet is 11 in. long on average, with a 19 in. wingspan, and weighs 3.5 oz. Females tend to be 10-20% smaller. It has bright green upper parts. The forehead and breast are pale grey with darker scalloping and the rest of the underparts are very-light green to yellow. Self-sustaining feral populations have been recorded in several US states and various countries.

As Pets: Monk Parakeets are highly intelligent, social birds. Those kept as pets routinely develop large vocabularies. They are able to learn scores of words and phrases.

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Laughing Gull

  

 

The Laughing Gull is a medium-sized gull of North and South America. It breeds on the Atlantic coast of North America, the Caribbean, and northern South America. Northernmost populations migrate further south in winter, and this species occurs as a rare vagrant to western Europe. The Laughing Gull's English name is derived from its raucous kee-agh call, which sounds like a high-pitched laugh "ha... ha... ha...".

This species is easy to identify. It is 14–16 in long with a 39–43 in wingspan. The summer adult's body is white apart from the dark grey back and wings and black head. Its wings are much darker grey than all other gulls of similar size except the smaller Franklin's Gull, and they have black tips without the white crescent shown by Franklin's. The beak is long and red. The black hood is mostly lost in winter. Laughing Gulls take three years to reach adult plumage. Immature birds are always darker than most similar-sized gulls other than Franklin's. First-year birds are greyer below and have paler heads than first-year Franklin's, and second-years can be distinguished by the wing pattern and structure.

Laughing Gulls breed in coastal marshes and ponds in large colonies. The large nest, made largely from grasses, is constructed on the ground. The 3 or 4 greenish eggs are incubated for about three weeks. These are omnivores like most gulls, and they will scavenge as well as seeking suitable small prey. 

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I will continue to add more as time permits. So far I have encountered 34 species here at the park and hope to get the right photo for each one. Thank you clients for all the great photos you have submitted and especially Wikipedia. 

 

 

 


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Last Updated on Saturday, 27 August 2011 09:37