South Padre Island

Oops. It’s Bloom Day and I don’t have any pictures.

But I did just get back from a work trip to South Padre Island.  Yes, lucky me!  I had time to visit Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, do some good migrant birding, and walk on the beach.

South Padre Island
There were thousands of Portuguese man-o-wars washed up with the sargassum.

South Padre Island
Some of them had these purple sea snails (Janthina sp.) attached. They excrete a rich purple ink when you poke them.

South Padre Island
No turtles yet!

South Padre Island
There were lots of warblers and orioles at the convention center, as well as some insect migrants. It was amazing diversity for such a small stand of habitat.


  1. Katina

    April 16, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    Wow, that’s quite the Man o War picture.

  2. Cheryl

    April 19, 2010 at 8:43 am

    Awesome photos! Lucky you to have a job that takes you on adventures…

  3. Jane

    March 29, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    Hi Sue,
    My name is Jane and I’m with Dwellable.
    I was looking for blogs about South Padre Island to share on our site and I came across your post…If you’re open to it, shoot me an email at jane(at)dwellable(dot)com.
    Hope to hear from you soon!

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