Birder's Guide

JAN 2019

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for White-tailed Kite, especially perched along the roadways. In the last few years, White-tailed Hawks and Crested Caracaras have begun showing up here with greater frequency, and another possibility, particu- larly during migration in April. The visitor center is staffed with helpful, knowledge- able, and generous volunteers. Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary Although farther away from Beaumont, Bolivar Flats has many of the same birds as Sea Rim State Park, but in even higher concentrations. Piping Plover, a critically endangered species, counts can be in the dozens, and Long-billed Curlew is more likely here, along with throngs of other peeps, plovers, and terns. In early spring, if you listen carefully while watching the swarms of shorebirds, some just recently arrived after crossing the gulf, scurrying in concert with the crashing waves, you may hear wintering Horned Larks beginning to sing in the dunes behind you. Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center Located to the east of Beaumont and abut- ting the Louisiana border, over a dozen heron species breed at Shangri La, as does Prothonotary Warbler. The garden is a good trap for migrating passerines. Swallow-tailed Kite is just about at the western extent of its range. –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– This is all without even mentioning the Beaumont area's astounding botanical di- versity, excellent potential for wetland herping and seashore shelling, and the serene beauty of the region's distinct but always calming landscapes. They are as resilient, admirable, and wonderful as the people who call this place home. n Yellow-crowned Night-Herons are often seen in Tyrrell Park. Photo © Kenneth Cole Schneider 41 Jamuary 2019 | Birder's Guide to Travel

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