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Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest on the Fennessey Ranch near Bayside, Texas. Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest on the Fennessey Ranch near Bayside, Texas. Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest on the Fennessey Ranch near Bayside, Texas.

Photos by Erick Schlegel

The Fennessey Ranch is part of a legendary 750,000 acre Texas land empire that has remained in the same family for 171 years.  The ranch consists of 4,000 acres of abundant wetlands, meadows, natural lakes, riparian woods and brush land and bordered on three sides by the Mission River. The Fennessey is located in the heart of the Central Flyway along a region of the Texas coastline known as the “Coastal Bend.”  The Fennessey has opened its gates for a wide array of unique recreational opportunities.

2014 Spring Migration Dates

April 12 & 19

2014 Whooping Crane Tours

February 21 & 22nd

Call Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce for reservations. 361-749-5919

2014 Fall Migration (Hawk Watch)

September 27

Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest on the Fennessey Ranch near Bayside, Texas. Coastal Bend Wildlife Photo Contest on the Fennessey Ranch near Bayside, Texas.

Photos by Erick Schlegel

Hello Possums,

I know I have not updated the news very often but the Fennessey calls to me and then I wind up birding then the day is gone…..

Our eagles are back for the 8th year, and have courted and prepared their nest.  They arrived on September 22, 2013.  As of December 4, 2013 they are sitting on the nest and incubating eggs.  We are opening a date in early February 2014 to view the babies.   It will be a 3 hour trip and I am sure we will bird the whole time!  I am pricing this trip at $35 so call or e-mail us ASAP!   It will be a fun trip.  You can view eagle pictures at the top of this page.   Our photographer Eric Schlegel caught the squirrel being fed to the baby eagles!!!   Poor squirrel, lucky babies!

We had some relief from the drought this year but we are still experiencing drought conditions.   It will take a long time to recover from this one folks.   We lost 150 year old Pecan trees.   The predators like the coyotes and bobcats seem to be coming back in some numbers.   The poor armadillos were a food source for the predators and are slowly recovering their population.

Our custom trips remain a bargain at $105 per person, 2 people minimum.   This is an all day trip in the field with experienced guides Nan Dietert and Lyndon Holcomb.    You bring your picnic lunch and visit some of the most primitive areas of the ranch.   You must call and arrange reservations!  Awesome trip.

Our spring migration dates are posted and we welcome your calls to reserve your spot.   We leave the gate at 7:30 AM and finish up around 3:00 PM.   I provide lunch and Nan will guide us.  Last year we tallied almost 80 species in one day. 

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