Thanksgiving Day Coastal Loop

“Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot.” ~ Aristotle

Hi Readers,

Here is some media from our Thanksgiving Day ‘Shoot The Bird’ coastal outing. I’ll spare the narrative and let the pictures/captions tell the story instead.

We did no counting for science only explored the wide open and people-less marshes and beaches, enjoyed each other’s full company instead. It was such a great day, we planned another outing for Black Friday. Better than shopping!

~ Shannon @ DirtNKids

Cool Frontal Delineation
Anahuac National WIldlife Refuge

Hey! Where the heck am I?
Green Anole Hitchhiker

Queen Butterfly

Queen Butterfly
Among the Beach Monarchs

Giant Mosquitoes
These guys were bite-y!

Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Journey Roost
Leeward Side on the Beach

Ring-billed Gull

Ring-billed Gull

White-checkered Skipper

White-checkered Skipper

American and Brown Pelican

Pelican, pelican,
His bill holds more than his
Belly can

Snowy Egret

Snowy Egret
Handsome Fella

Stuck With Each Other
Kids (Minus the Dirt)

Beach To Ourselves!!
(Okay, shared with the birds.)
Bolivar Shorebird Sanctuary

Black Skimmer

Give Over!
Black Skimmer

American Avocet

American Avocet

Sandhill Crane

Surprise Field Find
Sandhill Crane

Snow Geese Arriving!!
Anahuach NWR
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Past Thanksgiving Outings:

16 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Day Coastal Loop

    1. I always wondered where that came from! I like the limerick the best as it ends in another rhyme (helican). Thanks for sharing that.

      My oldest is 6’2” and still growing apparently. Now if we could just get him to drive ..


  1. What a wonderful day, and wonderful photos. I’ve been thinking about Anahuac forever, but it seems like such a hassle to get over there from here. Maybe the ferry traffic’s not so bad now that we’re moving into real autumn. Then again, maybe I ought to get over my reluctance to sit in a ferry line Your photos are wonderful, and clear evidence that there are more birds over that way than there are here. Of course, you’re probably more up to date on where they are, and know the good spots.

    I’m surprised by that monarch photo. I had no idea they still were around in such numbers — lucky you! The plant that the queen is on is thick at Brazoria, too, although it’s fading. I had an interesting orange lady beetle with orange legs as a traveling companion today. It stayed on the side mirror of the car for about three hours, and then I took it off before I hit road speeds, and left it in the garden at the Discovery Center.

    But the mosquitoes? Oh, my. They seem even thicker now than before the cold weather: I’d be happy for them to just go away


    1. The ferry line isn’t so bad. You can monitor the real-time queue speed on the ferry’s website. The ride is 20 minutes, but watching the porpoise and seabirds make it fly.

      Believe it or not, the wind kept mosquitoes from being too bad. The next day at Brazoria and San Bernard, they were positively thick, so clothes layers (spray around our heads) helped us keep from getting bitten. But the swarms were creepy.

      You must go to Anahuac!! It’s a great day trip, ferry or no. Take a lunch and binoculars (camera/long lens). You’ll want both.

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      1. I’ve been to Anahuac several times, but the last two visits the ferry line was two hours, and we came home I-l0, which has its own issues!

        This may not be the day, given the relatively small slot between our current fog and the frontal passage, but soon, soon!

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