Sunday morning we finally managed to put other things aside long enough for us to get out and do some birding. As time was still rather limited, we decided to drive over to Baytown Nature Center, which is only an hour away from our house.
Driving along the entrance road, we stopped to check out a group of birds at the edge of Burnet Bay: Brown Pelicans, Neotropic Cormorant and Great Blue Heron.
One of the Pelicans was yawning and grooming.
The Great Blue Heron was grooming, too.
A Little Blue Heron was hanging out nearby, while a Great-tailed Grackle provided a soundtrack.
The pond on the other side of the road had two more herons - a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron and a Tricolored Heron.
A few yards further along, a new wetland area is being created on the right side of the road. When we arrived, it was hosting another Tricolored Heron ...
... and several Snowy Egrets.
A Roseate Spoonbill was wandering around, closely followed by a Laughing Gull.
Another Great Blue Heron was standing motionless among the reeds and grasses.
Baytown has always been a good place to see the large wading birds, and the new wetland area will make it even easier to get close-up views of these birds.
Meanwhile, we drove on to park near the gazebo and set off to walk the loop trail that gives views over Crystal Bay and Scott Bay.