Roving Reporter | "Name That Bird!—Wings Hosted Noted Bird Expert" Text and 6 Photos by Jeanette Larson

At Castro Nature Sanctuary
On Saturday, April 22, Wings Rescue Center hosted a bird identification class taught by noted birding author, educator, and guide Gene Blacklock. The class was a perk for members of the organization and focused on bird identification, mainly through shape, bill size, habitat, and behavior. The full-day class also looked at adaptation and diet. The diet information was especially useful to several Wings members who take care of orphaned baby birds. (Harvette Green brought the baby cardinal she is caring for to class in order to feed it every hour.) Participants also learned how to use binoculars for better bird viewing and what to look for in field guides. Blacklock recommended Birds of Texas, A Field Guide, a book he co-authored published by the Texas A&M Press.

Baby cardinal attended class to be feed hourly
Following the class, a field trip was held on Sunday with Blacklock leading a group to many local birding sites including the Linda S. Castro Nature Sanctuary and the Tule Creek Nature Center. The field trip allowed attendees to put their learning into practice.

Great blue heron and Black-bellied whistling ducks

Jeanette Larson is a retired librarian and author. She and her husband, retired architect and artist Jim Larson, moved to Rockport several years ago for the birds, the beach, and the coastal community.

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