Bellaire Broad LbNA # 50999 (ARCHIVED)
|Placed Date||Oct 19 2009|
*** Part of my TX Birding Trail Series ***
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 100 yards RT)
Recommended Ink: red & green
Status: reported missing (3/19/10)
Nestled in the midst of Houston is the town of Bellaire, and within it is a 4-acre rural retreat called Russ Pittman Park. It contains the Nature Discovery Center and is part of the Buffalo Bayou Loop described on the Upper Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail map. This urban oasis attracts migrant land birds during migration, and the hummingbird feeders maintained by the Nature Center staff are magnets for wintering hummingbirds, including the Broad-tailed. The male has a bright red throat and green sides and its wing beats produce a loud, trilling whistle. The Center's free Discovery Rooms are full of intriguing exhibits and hands-on activities, so bring the family and enjoy nature within the city!
Russ Pittman Park is located at the intersection of Newcastle and Evergreen. From 610 West Loop, take the Bellaire Blvd. exit and go east on Bellaire at the traffic light. Go about .2 miles and turn right on Newcastle. The Nature Discovery Center will be on the right after .4 miles.
From the wooden information tower outside the Nature Discovery Center, walk south down the brick path toward the playground. After about 20 steps you will pass a stone monument to Russ Pittman on the left near post #8. Continue 5 steps past it to a dirt path on the left (east). Go 65 steps, curving right and meeting another dirt path on the right. Continue straight 5 steps and look left for a 1 foot stump 2 steps off trail. The microbox is within under leaves, sticks and a rock. Please replace as described and be discreet. There are benches nearby to relax while stamping in.