A few days ago we drove over to Estero Llano Grande State Park, just south of the city of Weslaco. The turn-off is clearly signed and there is parking.
We flashed our spiffy annual pass and got our little paper bracelets and walked up and down and around. It was very enjoyable. Flocks of the Snowbirds were there, of course, with their big camera rigs, and they had plenty to see.
|View toward east from observation deck at entrance. Many ducks! Boardwalk in|
background goes around pond to rest of area.
|View toward west from the same deck.|
|One of the alligators, relaxing in the mud.|
This park has a great abundance of riverine type birds. There were "small" herons, spoonbill, various cranes and ducks and grebes, and assorted small birds. There were even a couple of young ibis wading around in the pond by the wood deck. There was one bird house, not occupied, in a pond. Other than the seed feeder at the entrance, the park administrators are not using feeders. With the layout of ponds, with plants and resting logs, that they have created, they don't need feeders to have many birds to watch.