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South Shore Playground parking area to Armadillo Ridge Figure 8

Watchful Kingbird
Watchful Kingbird
One of the numerous Kingbirds I saw today.
User: MikeHikes - 5/28/2017

Location: San Angelo State Park

Rating:
Difficulty:  Solitude:
Miles Hiked: 10.50 Miles  Elapsed Time: 4 hours, 20 minutes

Comments:

Leg 1 -  Playground parking area > Chaparral > Red Dam Loop > Chaparral > Winding Snake > Burkett park       3.1 miles

Leg 2 -  Burkett park > Winding Snake (20 feet) > Suzanne's Trail > Lanky lackey (W) > Roller Coaster > West Potts Creek > Armadillo (E) > East Potts Creek > Burkett Trail > Burkett park     3.7 miles

Leg 3 - Burkett park > Winding Snake (20 ft) > Suzanne's Trail > Lanky Lackey (S) > Nature Loop > Tasajilla Flats > Playground parking area     3.7 miles

Temps in the low to mid 80's, partly cloudy and steady Northerly wind.

Memorial day weekend crowds enjoying the park today so there were quite a few people on the trails - everyone pleasant and cheerful so no problems.  Lots of birds out at first - saw Painted Buntings, Vermillion Flycatchers, Kingbirds, and all the usual crowd. After noon they all took a siesta. Still no raptors though.

Saw my first "real" snake today - about five feet in front of me getting ready to cross the trail; it was some type of coachwhip and was brownish, very long (guesstimate about four feet long) and thick.  As I was raising the camera, it did a 180 and disappeared quickly.  Still no rattlers sighted this year but I did talk to an equestrian who told me she saw three rattlers last week when she was riding in the park.

Trails have been worked on and are very easy to traverse, you'll still get some weeds in your shoes but it's not too bad. Bee brush is once again in bloom - 3rd time this year - and scents the air with vanilla perfume!

NOTES

Water, shade, info kiosk and toilets available at the Playground parking area.

Water, shade, info kiosk and dry toilets available at Burkett park.

 



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