This morning while doing a bird survey on the Laureles Div. of King Ranch I
heard an American Bittern calling vigorously at two different survey points in
the northeastern corner of the Laureles Div., both of which were in Nueces
county. This area is dominated by the Laguna Larga which is very full after
the recent rains thus creating a huge emergent wetland. Laguna Larga when
holding water straddles the Nueces/Kleberg County line and most of it is in
Kleberg County. The portions I visit along my survey route both today and last
month have become quite a sight with a variety and abundance of water birds
that are utilizing the wetland complex. Given Willie Sekula's recent post
(June 15) about an American Bittern sighting on June 13 at Padre Island Nat'l
Seashore in Kleberg County, there may be interesting summer happenings with
this species in coastal South Texas.
It was certainly a special treat to hear this species calling as I've only
heard it very irregularly in my life and that was primarily much further north
in the Midwest area of the U.S.
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