The Five Best Birding Spots in Texas

Birding is one of the most universal outdoor activities in existence. Birders, once called birdwatchers, are young and old alike and appeal to a variety of individuals from doctors, lawyers, teachers, truck drivers, executives, to even young students. They can be intense to very casual. Some travel miles to see a species never seen to those who enjoy their backyard species at the feeders. In our list below you can learn more about where to bird, activities, and events.

Big Thicket

Big Thicket National Preserve
This preserve is considered a "Globally Important Bird Area" with 300 species confirmed present or flown through. Of these 74 are known to breed in the area and 60 are common to the area. They consist of three catagories: passerines (including many neotropical songbirds), raptors, and waterfowl. You will enjoy hiking trails and waterways which wander through nine different natural areas, from longleaf pine forests to cypress-lined bayous.
South Llano River State Park
This park is filled with bird viewing blinds that are well maintained with comfortable seating, a log book for you to record your sightings, as well as, a bird identification book. One of the park's visitor is the beautiful Painted Bunting which returns to the park every spring. More rare and endangered species like the Golden Cheeked Warbler and the Black Capped Vireo. Another constant visitor to the park is the hummingbird in many different varieties. These mini birds will visit you in your campsite if you put out a feeder for them.
Rio Grande Valley
Within this area encompassing 140 miles you will encounter 11 different habitats, such as, bay, tidal marshes, grasslands, the Gulf, brushlands, and woods. Throughout the years varieties such as brown male red-naped sapsucker (a western species), a chimney swift Gred-crowned parrot, and cactus wrens. With birding the adventure changes constantly.
South Padre Island
Rich habitats such as dune meadows, salt marsh and intertidal flats and native shrubs and trees that the migrating birds from Southern Mexico and Central America. You may be lucky to see endangered species such as the Brown Pelican, Piping Plover and Peregrine Falcon.
Brazos Bend
The trails at the 5,000 acre Brazos Bend State Park, such as, Pilant Slough Trail provide access to Elm Lake and a variety of birds. The coots, blue-winged teal, common gallinules, grebes and more were spotted on this 1.7 mile loop. The area in the park has bottomland and upland coastal prairie.

 

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