Brown Bomber 2 LbNA # 30100
|Placed Date||Apr 14 2007|
*** Part of my TX Birding Trail Series ***
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 50 yards RT)
Recommended Ink: brown
The Brown Pelican is the smallest of the world's eight pelican species, though it averages four feet tall with a wingspan of up to seven and a half feet! It also distinguishes itself from other pelicans because of its method of feeding, which is by diving. All other pelicans feed from the surface. It's quite a sight to watch these gangly looking birds dive-bomb directly down from heights as great as 75 feet to feed exclusively on marine fish. Only 25 years ago their population dipped to near extinction level, but since the banning of DDT in 1972 they have become plentiful again, especially along the Gulf Coast. A great place to see them is Galveston Island, especially the east end at Corps Woods, which is part of the Galveston Loop described on the Upper Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail map and the home of this box. From shore birds to song birds, there is a lot to see here and even though this site is better known for migrating birds in the Spring, Brown Pelicans do occasionally fly over. This is a different stamp and box from the original Brown Bomber letterbox that went missing, so consider it a new box.
Corps Woods is in Galveston, which may be reached by traveling approximately 60 miles south from Houston via Interstate 45. In Galveston, right after crossing the big bridge, take the Harborside exit (1C) and turn left on Harborside (TX 275). After 6.2 miles it will dead-end into Ferry Road (TX 87). Turn left (north) and go .4 miles to TX 168 by a gas station on the right. Turn right and go .6 miles to a small parking area on the right by a brown sign saying Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. The US Coast Guard base is just down the road.
From the parking area, walk through the chain link gate with a sign saying "Beware Of Snakes". At the fork in the gravel path, go right for 21 steps and look left for a group of 3 palm trees off the path. Walk into the brush to the right of the palm trees and go to the palm farthest away from path. The camo microbox is on the back side tucked in a cut frond about 4 feet high. Please rehide well.