Spending Thanksgiving in state parks is my second favorite way to give thanks on this all-American holiday. Spending time with family and friends is my first favorite—that is if any of these good folk join me at a state park! J
Estero Llano Grande State Park is a part of the RGV’s World Birding Center network of destinations. It makes for a relaxing day of birding or just walking the lovely trails that meander through an old orange grove and around a series of ponds. Dogs are welcome, if on leash and any poop is scooped.
The park has a covered veranda, with chairs, that looks out on one of the busier ponds; a park store and a nice set of bathrooms flank the veranda.
I especially enjoyed yesterday's visit to this lovely park. It was my first full day of NO RV-related maintenance work. I give thanks!
I got exactly zero stellar photos, but it surely felt good to sit in the RV last night and develop my day’s digital view. I thought I'd share a few:
A first photo of one of Estero Llano Grande’s ponds. All of the ponds have nice, wide hiking trails and/or boardwalks surrounding them:
A photo of a Northern Pintail in the foreground. (Note the Gadwall, at photo's back center, and the Green-winged Teal at back right).
This photo shows a Cinnamon Teal following what I believe to be a Blue-winged x Cinnamon Teal. I see a lot of Blue-winged Teals at Brazos Bend but yesterday it was lovely to see so many of all three species:
Mr. and Ms. Gadwall watching me with a Pintail’s bottom up: