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.



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.


  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)

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



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