Saturday, April 1, 2017 was the Grand Opening of The Kickerillo-Mischer Preserve at 20215 Chasewood Park Drive, Houston, Texas 77070. It’s an 80 acre park with approximately 40 of the acres being Marshall Lake. There is a nice, wide, paved 1.7 mile trail that surrounds the lake along with beautiful trees. Various members of Harris County Precinct 4 worked diligently with the help of Prestonwood Forest Utility District and the generous land donation by Vincent Kickerillo and Kickerillo Companies and Walt Mischer, Jr., Mischer Investments. Harri County Commissioner of Precinct 4, Mr. Jack Cagle was instrumental in getting this project completed along with Dennis Johnston, Harris County Precint 4 Parks Administrator, Jim Robertson and so many more that were mentioned at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony that I couldn’t remember everyone – but thanks to all!!!
I had never been to a Preserve or Park’s Grand Opening so I decided this would be a first! So happy I went! There were free Pontoon Boat rides around the lake, free canoe rides, Multiple passenger Golf Cart rides around the 1.7 mile trail, cookies, sodas, water, food trucks, scavenger hunts and booths illustrating more about our parks, etc. I was fortunate enough to ride the second Pontoon boat I believe and had a super nice guide telling us more about the park and future plans including its’ eventual connection to the 100 Acre Wood Preserve. He said an alligator, bald eagle, beaver and lots of birds have already been spotted. I believe he was also a part of “Trails as Parks” which I plan to further explore as apparently if you can gather a group of 10 or more you are really able to capitalize on their services such as the pontoon boat ride, etc.
Anyway, had a blast – here’s the photos!
Thanks to everyone for the Grand Opening but more importantly, another great park and Preserve!
Until next time…thanks for visiting!!
Elizabeth and Max (he said it was too hot out for him to tag along-he’s such a spoiled little pup! 🙂 )
Adventures in Birds is a wonderful place that’s one of a kind in Houston! Opened in 1980, this is a bird lover’s paradise!
This is the signage at 7414 Westview Drive, Houston, Texas 77055
My camera couldn’t capture ALL of the bird cages!!
You’ll see this sign at 7414 Westview Drive, Houston, TX 77055 to welcome your arrival. There are so many bird cages there my lens couldn’t capture it all!
This little one was visiting for grooming while I was there. The lovely couple had him for over 20 years!!
If you are in the Houston area and looking for bird grooming, need to safely board your feathered buddy or want to get a new friend, why not support this independent instead of some big chain store – these people care and are very knowledgeable! My Dad went to them for years for his African Grey or I may not have known they existed! Great place to visit and fulfill all your birding needs!
Thanks as always for taking time out of your day to stop and visit!
Elizabeth and Max (who is a bit scared of birds so he passed on this trip).
Happy Monday! Whoo Hoo! Does anyone know what this bird is? I found this one (above) at Galveston State Park in Galveston, Texas.
Update: The pink bird is a Roseate Spoonbill
I am new to birding and really a lack of “models” (for practicing photography) is what got me started into birding. That said, I am really not sure what any of these birds are so if you know, I’d appreciate it if you’d let me know 🙂
What’s a girl to do when she sees a gator a mere 2 feet from her?? Yep, take a photo (sssh…don’t tell my children as they were mad at me last time I did this :)). That said, I was pretty much shocked as later in the day, I saw a grandfather position his 7 (ish) year old granddaughter about the same distance as I was earlier in the day with her back to the gator for a photo! Guess I felt it was one thing for me-an adult to have “risky behavior” but not a kid!!! Luckily, Grandma came trudging along and well, Grandpa should feel fortunate HE’s still alive – if looks could kill, well…Grandma was NOT happy about the “photo shoot”!
Anyway, the day at Brazos Bend State Park in Needville, TX was slightly humid and sky’s kept looking like rain all day but I only got drizzle a time or two. Sorry, the photos reflect the yucky but fun day. Now it’s time to soak my feet!!! I’m exhausted!!
P.S. This park also has the George Observatory – it’s pretty incredible to see the moon from there on a clear night!!! (And I’m not even all that “into” that but it REALLY is cool!!)
Enjoy bird watching? Go to Edith L Moore Nature Sanctuary and get your Zen on!
Off Memorial Drive, you will discover one of Houston’s hidden gems – The Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary an 18 acre sanctuary with a 1932 log cabin (but I’ll allow you to discover more of the history when you’re visiting-can’t ruin all the surprise effects for ya!) . If you need to escape from your fast paced life but don’t have time to go anywhere…try this enjoying nature in this little slice of paradise. Check the link for open/close times but generally 7am-7pm via automatic locking gate. This is a popular place for birding folks and people looking for a peaceful walk. If you need some tranquility in your life along with some pretty birds and rabbits grab your car keys and head out. Oh and did I mention ….it’s FREE 🙂 entertainment!
Note: Parking is actually in the church parking lot of Memorial Drive United Methodist Church (look for the chain link fence and gate – it will be obvious-see below photo) at 12955 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079
Advice: Bring your camera, bug spray, comfy shoes and I’d suggest whatever the weather says, plan on it being at least 5-10 degrees hotter while in the sanctuary. It can get pretty hot and humid towards to warmer months. Also, morning is best for you bird watchers.Oh, here is a pdf map you can print of the trails. Enjoy!!!
Max gives this place 2 paws up and says thanks for visiting Houston Photo Journey!
Bear Creek Pioneers Park hold lots of memories for me as a teenager you can’t imagine the amount of people who would invade the park making a drive around the park take forever in bumper to bumper traffic! It was a big hang out place…that is until they made it illegal to have alcohol in the park. Now, the park stays relatively quite and families are coming back. But those past days were great cruising the park and spotting your friends (and boys) and mingling with tons of others there!
Here are some birds and ducks I’ve found around the park.
Sure would appreciate if anyone knows what some of these are please tell me!
Bird at Bear Creek Park – Pretty sure it’s a Hermit Thrush?
Northern Cardinal at Bear Creek Pioneers Park – 2017-02-18
Yellow Bellied Sap Sucker in Bear Creek Pioneers Park Houston TX 2017-02-07
walking trails, an equestrian trail, a small zoo (including buffalos, an ostrich, and emus) and aviary, playgrounds, soccer fields, little league and softball fields, four lighted tennis courts, eight picnic pavilions, horseshoe courts, and hundreds of picnic tables a“Bear Creek Park is 2,168 acres and has grills. Near the aviary ducks can been seen walking freely around a pond. The park also has restrooms all around the park and drinking water fountains.”
Time To Leave Bear Creek Park
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