Resaca De La Palma State Park
Green Jays, Tamales, Texas Brush Country, Sabal Palmetto forests, “javelina rats”, Cotton rats, Wood rat nest, Ebony Tree seed pods, Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Estero Llano Grande State Park, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Nuevo Progreso, Rocket Ranch, Sabal Palm Sanctuary
I know we are far enough south as I am finding ads for Tamales on Facebook! We arrived at the RDLPSP just ahead of a cold front and spent the first three or four days in cold and cloudy conditions. Our first impression is we like it here, three host and a young woman is our supervisor, and she is very easy to get along with. I have read about “Texas Brush Country” and this little park seems to fit that description. Along with eight miles of trails here that wind around a resaca of the Rio Grand. <Resaca: the dry channel or the former often marshy course of a stream>.
After exploring the park we have found there to be a shortage of birds other than Green Jays and yard broke Turkeys. Must be the dry season as the resaca is for the most part dry. The few wet areas have a few duck and a few Cara-cara’. But for the most part a very interesting place for a day tour. We found ourselves out an about the area visiting other parks to feed our Birding interest. Brownsville has a lot of resacas and if you find one with water there is most likely birds around it.
Spent and afternoon riding around the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. Where we found a group of Alligators that made our day.
Estero Llano Grande State Park has a large area of ponds and has a number of wader birds. We also have explored the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge witch also has ponds and water birds. We have also checked out the Sabal Palm Sanctuary. Nice old Mansion and several mails of trails around a forest along the Rio Grand.
We wondered into the Rocket Ranch one day looking for birds and found this really unique campground right on the Rio Grand River. If you have a Fully Self Contained RV and understand the process of Dry Camping this place is very nice. They have a nice web site and if you don’t have a rig they have Classics little Rigs setting on the banks of the river you can rent. Just a few miles from the beach and Space X. Tell Maddie that Lois and George sent you.