Monday, March 5, 2012

Easton Commons Nature Park

Over the past few months, I have noticed many changes to what was once an empty lot. The land is located on the corner of West Road and Easton Commons in Houston, Texas. I drive past this corner often. A few weeks ago, I noticed a sign went up that reads, Easton Commons Nature Park. Today, I decided to drive over and visit.
As I drove up, I could see several Redbud Trees (Cercis canadendensis) booming.

Easton Commons is one of the sections in the Copperfield neighborhood.

Another tree I noticed blooming was Mapleleaf viburnum (Viburnum acerifolium). In the fall this plant produces blue fruits that are a favorite with many birds.

As I neared the parking lot, I noticed this sign announcing that the park is now open.

Opening the gate to the park it appears to be on about 10 acres.

One of the first things I noticed was all the bird songs. This park is already a hit with many varieties of birds. I believe this is a Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia).

To my right they had a large berm planted with Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflorabirds), which is not actually a yucca.

Also planted in the berm was Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica). I just love these flowers.

This grass softens the berm.

I like the way they planted a large area of this grass.

As I continued on, I came to this arbor. Around the arbor were planted many butterfly friendly plants.

A Grackle on top of the arbor had a lot to say.

I believe he is claiming this park as his own.

Here he is keeping the watchful eye…

Here is a close up of the Red Yucca (Hesperaloe parviflorabirds).

The Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) wants to be sure he gets his song heard as well.

The park has a nice walking trail and a pond.

The Redbud trees were just gorgeous.

Then I noticed this Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus).

I think Shrikes are a very interesting bird.

The park has apartments on two sides.

Parsley Hawthorn (Crataegus marchallii)

River Birch (Betula nigra)

I love the bark on this tree.

Killdeer

Killdeer


Yaupon Holly (Ilex vomitoria)

Here is a view of the pond from the other side.

These butterflies were everywhere. I believe they are called Little Yellow (Eurema lisa). They were so fast and very difficult to photograph.

I’m not sure if this was the same Shrike or a different one, but I just had to take another shot.

In this photo I’m looking across the pond to the entrance.

There is the arbor.

I think this is a Cliff Swallow.

Another shot of the Cliff Swallow.

Retama (Parkinsonia aculeata)
Easton Commons Nature Park is a very pleasant place to visit. Dogs on a leash are always welcome. I know I will be back and I’m so looking forward to seeing how this new park develops.  It is truly amazing how a park like this can encourage so much wildlife and I know it will only get better with time.

2 comments:

  1. That's awesome! I'm so glad the land was reclaimed. It will be really beautiful once it fills out. Of course the birds have already figured out what a jewel it is! Thanks for sharing. :o)

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  2. Hello Lucy, great you have oppened the comment-function again :) Very nice pictures.

    Greetings
    Kathrin

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