On a recent trip to east Texas, I had the great fortune to visit a huge rookery that hosted at least 10,000 birds, including 700 nests with eggs. Yes, 10,000 birds (!) and as you might imagine, the experience was nothing short of spectacular.
The rookery could only be accessed by boat, so I bought a paddle, borrowed a boat, and set sail for several hours of discovery! The vast majority of birds were Cattle Egrets.
There were also many Little Blue Herons.
Anhingas nested in the rookery too.
Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, White Ibises, Green Herons, Snowy Egrets were also present along with one Great Blue Heron nest. I also saw a few families of Wood Ducks.
Here are a few observations from that memorable visit:
- The noise was incredible.! It seemed as if every one of those 10,000 birds was squawking, grunting, or making other odd noises.
- The level of activity was phenomenal with birds coming and going at all times.
- There were no birds feeding at the marsh, so this rookery was only for nesting.
- Alligators love rookeries.
- I can’t wait to go back next year!