Saturday, April 20, 2013

World Birding Center, South Padre Island

One of the fun things about our RV gtgs is getting to know travel pals on their home turf.  The day we visited South Padre Island I rode with S who has lived in the area since a youngster.  She has great stories about crossing from Port Isabella to South Padre in a boat before the bridge.  Her Dad didn't care about the beach; he would go over to see how big the waves were when a hurricane was coming!

After lunch our group reorganized into shoppers, beach combers, and birders.   This beautiful new facility (another  wing of the World Birding Center) is finished, while the surrounding wetlands and marshes will take a few more years to recover.  

There were many beautiful shore birds along the board walks; none worried much about us human visitors.  I'll post those pics on My Bird List.

The tower is four stories;  lucky for us, with an elevator!

South Padre was hosting a big biker event, but the closest we got to seeing them was across the salt marsh to the Convention Center.

A return visit to this beautiful island is in the works for nest winter when the big numbers of birds are in residence.  I scoped out a couple of campgrounds, stay tuned.....

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