Wednesday, January 25, 2012
La Sal del Rey Tour
Here are our volunteers from Santa Ana NWR who signed up for the trip to La Sal del Rey (the salt of the king). Tom on the left with the windex, cleaned our windows. Thanks Tom! Tim helped out by being in charge of my scope and unlocking gates for us. Thanks Tim! We were immediately serenaded by two Bewick's Wrens. Sweet!!! The weather was perfect!!!
It is a 35 mile drive which takes about an hour. We arrived and made use of our NEW restroom facilities before our short stroll to the lake where I give a short talk about the importance of the lake from a historical point of view to the importance of it from a wildlife point of view. I can't give you my talk as I will be taking another group soon and I don't want them to read it here. However, I will blog about it at a later date. It is a wonderful place!!!
Here we are having fun exploring the beach, identifying tracks, looking at birds, and anything else Mother Nature puts before us. Eight Snowy Plovers appeared right in front of us on demand as that was the one bird requested. We also saw 5 coyotes as they ran at the far end of the lake.
Bobcat or coyote??? Answer at the end. But I bet you know the answer.
We then had lunch at Rudy's Barbeque in McAllen before returning to the refuge.
These trips help new volunteers learn about some of the other tracts that make up this South Texas Complex so they can better inform the public.
Our next outing will take us to Salineno and Roma.
The answer.....Bobcat as there are no claws showing.