We spent a good portion of the day exploring the park and looking for birds. They were a bit harder to find than usual because the vegetative growth this summer has been amazingly dense. Most of the water on the lakes was covered with gigantic lily pads and other water plants. Easy then for all the water birds to hide among the green stuff. And it's really mainly the water birds that I look for here. Most of the song birds and raptors are birds that I can more easily see in my own backyard, so I want to see something different at Brazos.
But I came to see things with feathers, not leather!
When I go to Brazos Bend in the summer, there is really one bird that I'm looking for - the Purple Gallinule. This colorful member of the gallinule family spends summers along the Texas coast and one of the places it often stops is Brazos Bend. I looked in vain for any adult Purple Gallinules on my latest visit, but they had been there. In fact, there could have been hundreds of the birds hiding among the thick vegetation even today, but at least there was some indisputable evidence of their presence - babies.
If you live in this area and love birds - otherwise why are you reading this blog? - then a day trip to Brazos Bend is highly recommended.