We joined the 14 people from Bentsen Palm RV park at 8:30 for a guided bird walk.
Lots to see in addition to birds
This ball moss epiphite is similar to the better known Spanish moss that hangs off trees in most climates, and only uses the trees for a resting place. They actually are "air plants" and get nutrients from the microbes in the air.
Back in 1834 this land was a Spanish land grant given to a man named Benigno Leal. The cemetery was for his family and those who worked on the ranch. In 1848, after the war with Mexico, the land on this side of the Rio Grande river was ceded to the United States. The Leal family slowly sold off their land after it became part of the US. However, Cristoval Leal, the only son of Benigno, was buried here in 1876. His is the large monument on the right.
Observation towers connected by a swinging bridge. When we were here last year during a cold snap we had on our winter jackets, hats, and scarfs. Much nicer today.