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Birding in Texas

Due to the range of bird habitats and remarkable geography of Texas, our state is host to some 640 different species of birds. The word “Texas” means friendly, and the birds here are just as friendly as the people. Because they aren’t shy, the birds are easy to observe and study. There are hundreds of birding hotspots across the state, but below is an introduction to some of the most popular, productive spots that you should not miss if you are a birder planning a trip to Texas. All hotspots are navigable and easy to find.
Birding in Texas

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Birding Hotspots in Texas

Coastal Bend

Corpus Christi

  • Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge
  • Hazel Bazemore County Park
  • Pollywog Ponds
  • South Texas Botanical Gardens (seasonal)

Kingsville

  • King Ranch Bird and Wildlife Tours

Port Aransas

  • Aransas Bay Whooping Crane Boat Tours (Skimmer Boat)
  • Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
  • Beach at the Jetty
  • Goose Island State Park
  • Goose Island 8th Street area
  • Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center Wetland
  • Mustang Island (various stops)
  • Paradise Pond

Lower Rio Grande Valley

Alamo

  • Brushline Road Drive
  • Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

Edinburg

  • Edinburg Scenic Wetlands World Birding Center
  • La Sal Del Rey

Harlingen

  • Arroyo Colorado Hike & Bike Trail
  • Harlingen Thicket Nature Park
  • Hugh Ramsey Nature Park

Hidalgo

  • Old Hidalgo Pumphouse World Birding Center
  • Streets East of Pumphouse for Monk Parakeets

Laredo

  • Casa Blanca International State Park
  • Max A. Mandel Municipal Golf Course (bird from a golf cart)
  • Monte Mucho Audubon website for information

Los Fresnos

  • Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
  • Highway 100 Utility Lines
  • Old Port Isabel Road

Mission

  • Anzalduas County Park
  • Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
  • National Butterfly Center

Rio Grande City

  • Rancho Lomitas

San Ygnacio

South Padre Island

  • Convention Center & Flats
  • SPI Birding & Nature Center World
  • Birding Center
  • Sheepshead St. Lots

Weslaco

  • Estero Llano Grande Lake
  • Estero Llano Grande State Park World Birding Center
  • Frontera Audubon Thicket
  • Valley Nature Center

Southeast Texas

Beaumont

  • Big Thicket Preserve (numerous hot spots)
  • Cattail Marsh Wetlands

 
Pearland

  • Brazos Bend State Park
  • El Franco Lee Park
  • John Hargrove Environmental Complex
  • Shadow Creek Ranch Nature Trail

 
Port Arthur

  • JD Murphree Wildlife Management Area
  • McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge
  • Pleasure Island
  • Sabine Woods
  • Sea Rim State Park
  • Texas Point National Wildlife Refuge

West Texas

Big Bend Region

  • Chisos Basin (drive)
  • Lajitas Resort
  • La Kiva
  • Pena Colorado Park
  • Rio Grande Village, Big Bend National Park
  • Sam Nail Ranch

 
Fort Davis

  • Davis Mountains State Park

Annual Birding Festivals

Davis Mountains Hummingbird Festival (August)

Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival (November)

Corpus Christi Birdiest Festival in America (April)

Laredo Birding Festival (February)

Port Aransas Whooping Crane Birding Festival (February)