Packery Channel Park

Exploring is something Ric and I love to do. He will pour over the web for hours researching points of interest, and I happily follow along. Some places do not meet our expectations and others exceed them, soon becoming favourites.

After driving along the beaches of Mustang Island we have come to The Packery Channel Park on North Padre Island. As we didn’t see much in bird life along the beaches, we are thinking this is not the best day for birding. Despite sunshine, it is windy and cool.

We pull in to a small parking lot beside a public restroom, which fronts onto a boardwalk. As soon as we open the car doors we can hear the sweet, sharp chirps of songbirds.

They are everywhere, flitting from tree to tree. Excitedly, my camera lens tries to catch up. I do manage to snap a few, noting Pine and Yellow-Rumped Warblers, as well as a few sparrows. Signs posted indicate the type of birds to be found, as well as the names of the trees and plants that attract them.

The main arm of the walkway stretches out across marsh land and ends within view of a wide waterfront, where several cars are parked. We make note to find that place next.

A shorter trail leads to a covered seating area which would serve as a wonderful place from which to observe both song and marsh birds.

Next to it are gardens planted to entice butterflies to the area, and even though we are here off season, colourful wings still flutter about.

This place is well-thought out and definitely wins our hearts.

The water front area is also part of Packery Channel Park and offers fishing, kayaking, and more opportunities to view birds. As it is a Sunday, the area is busy with families and fishermen. Off shore, many waterbirds congregate including the Roseate Spoonbills we had been hoping to see.

Not far from our home base, we decide that the Packery Channel is a place we will return to often, especially mid-week when it is not so occupied.

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