Morgan’s Point – A Tiny Texas City Of Approximately 350 Residents and Roseate Spoonbills

“In 1835 Colonel James Morgan was appointed agent for a company called the New Washington Association. He immediately purchased for the company an enormous quantity of land in Harrisburg, Liberty & the point at the mouth of the San Jacinto River & Galveston Bay. Here he laid out the town of New Washington (later to become Morgan’s Point). The company brought a number of Scottish highlanders & free blacks from New York, including Emily D. West (the legendary Yellow Rose of Texas) to the colony.” (Source:  City of Morgan’s Point)

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So, I’m looking for the “Yellow Rose of Texas Bird Sanctuary” due to the above sign.  When I stop a gentlemen to ask, he grabs the charming Sergeant Bryan Richardson who informed me all of Morgan’s Point is a bird sanctuary.  We chatted some more and Sergeant Richardson and his friend were kind enough to give me a little history of Morgan’s Point and directions to a few cool sites to see.  Now that’s some appreciated hospitality 🙂
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Cute, little park is right next to City Hall, oh and the Mayor does the city’s Museum Tours, but they are closed on the weekend.
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John A. Grimes Memorial Park
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Chilling out for a bit – taking a break from building their nest.

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It was fun and sweet watching all the birds work together to build their nest.
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Then I headed down the little road the officer told me about to capture some wildlife shots. (Left and right are Snowy Egrets and center is a White Ibis)  “The oldest Snowy Egret on record was at least 17 years, 7 months old. It was banded in Colorado in 1970 and found in Mexico in 1988.  Also the male and females take turns incubating their eggs.  The oldest recorded White Ibis was at least 16 years, 4 months old. It had been banded in Alabama in 1956, and was found in Florida in 1972.” (Source:  AllAboutBirds.Org)
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This was where the nice officer and his friend told me to go – great advice!
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Nice to just relax and enjoy nature and ships passing by
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What a great community at Morgan’s Point!! 

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Roseate Spoonbill – I LOVE these guys!!! “The oldest recorded Roseate Spoonbill was at least 15 years, 10 months old when it was recaptured and rereleased during a scientific study in Florida.”  (Source:  AllAboutBirds.Org)

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Great Egret flying off to the next marsh area –  these “birds were hunted nearly to extinction for their plumes in the late nineteenth century, sparking conservation movements and some of the first laws to protect birds.” (Source:  AllAboutBirds.Org)
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Although not a great shot, I loved seeing the Great Blue Heron and Roseate Spoonbill together. 

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How can you not just love this quirky looking, brightly colored bird?!

My trip to Morgan’s Point was fun and everyone I met there was so kind and helpful! If you’re a bird watcher, there are PLENTY of these guys here as there is a large marsh area.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks Sergeant Richardson and friend!

Elizabeth and Max (Max likes the Roseate Spoonbill the best…as long as it stays AWAY from him!!!)

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