State of Texas
Texas is a haven for birds and birders. No other state in the United States has more species within its boundaries. There are currently over 620 species documented in Texas, that is almost 75 percent of all bird species recorded in the continental United States. One of the reasons Texas is so birdy is due to its variety of habitats. Mountains, deserts, beaches, grasslands, swamps, riparian woodlands and coniferous forest can all be found and each holds its own variety of birds and other wildlife.
Texas has many locations to enjoy birds. Numerous state parks and national parks can be found throughout. The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail extends along the entire Texas coast for 500 miles listing well over 300 birding sites. Accompanying maps help the visiting birder get to these sites and list some of the possible bird species that can be found. Work is currently being done on a birding trail that will extend from South Texas to North Texas.
A week long birding competition is held every April. The Great Texas Birding Classic is a competition in which birding teams compete against each other in trying to locate as many bird species as possible within a 24 hour period. All money raised goes to bird conservation projects. Texas is a birder-friendly state and it wants everyone to know about it. Texas also leads the country in the number of birding-related events and festivals
Many unique bird species are found here. Texas is the only state in the U.S where Golden-cheeked and Colima Warblers can be found. Many endangered and threatened birds are either residents in, or winter visitors to the state. Many restaurants, hotels and lodges are aimed at attracting birdwatchers.
A trip to Texas is strongly recommended for both expert and novice birders. It is a state with memorable scenery and birdlife. Please visit the links below for more information.
If you can only visit one area I thoroughly recommend the lower Rio Grande Valley where one not only has lots of the US special birds but also a lot of birds more commonly associated with Central America! See the page devoted to this area by clicking the link below… where I have moved all relevant links Fatbirder
This is the site for overwintering Whooping Cranes and an observation tower has been built to give long views over the marshes and island where they may be found. The tower is ramped for wheelchair users and gives terrific views of many waterbirds and waders. [Brilliant for herpetologists too with many species of snakes sunning themselves on tracks in the early mornings]
Trinity River Water Bird Rookery
There is a new handicapped accessible board walk at the Trinity River Water Bird Rookery in Chambers County. It leads to an observation platform where there are benches. This is located where Interstate 10 crosses the Trinty River. From the observation platform one may observe the following egrets and herons: Great, Snowy, Great Blue, Little Blue, Green, Tri-colored, Yellow-crowned and Black-crowned Night Herons. There are also nesting Neo-tropical Cormorants and Anhingas, White Ibis, and many Roseate Spoonbills. There are wintering waterfowl there as well as migrants in season. In the spring there are also many Trans-Gulf migrant passerines and flycatchers. This location is less than a half hour from the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.
Number of Species
Number of bird species: 644
As at Jul 2016
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Birders Guide to Texas
Edward A. Kutac, Judy Teague (Illustrator) Paperback (February 1998) Gulf Publishing Company
ISBN: 088415551XBuy this book from NHBS.com
Birding Texas (FalconGuide)
Roland H. Wauer, Mark Elwonger, Roland Wauer Paperback - 530 pages (April 1998) Falcon Press Publishing Co.
ISBN: 156044617XBuy this book from NHBS.com
Birds of Texas
Paperback (28 October, 1998) Houghton Mifflin (Trade)
ISBN: 0395921384Buy this book from NHBS.com
Birds of Texas
Keith Arnold and Gregory Kennedy 480 pages, col illus, distribution maps. Lone Pine Publishing 2007
ISBN: 9789768200181Buy this book from NHBS.com
Birds of Texas : A Field Guide
(The W.L. Moody, Jr., Natural History, No 14) John H. Rappole, Gene W. Blacklock Hardcover (April 1994) Texas A&M University Press
ISBN: 0890965447Buy this book from NHBS.com
Birds of Texas: A Field Guide
JH Rappole and GW Blacklock 280 pages, 614 col photos, 622 maps. Texas A & M University Press 1994
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Chasing Birds Across Texas
A Birding Big Year Mark T Adams 254 pages, 15 Col photos, line drawings & Maps. Texas A & M University Press 2003
ISBN: 158544295XBuy this book from NHBS.com
The Birds of Texas
Russell Rogers Series: INTERNATIONAL FIELD CHECKLIST SERIES 14 pages Russell Rogers 1993
ISBN: 9999000959Buy this book from NHBS.com
Finding Birds in South Texas
Video diary of a trip by Dave Gosney with some stunning shots of birds in location. Available from http://www.easybirder.co.uk see also the Fatbirder review
Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
Audubon Society in Texas
Texas Audubon announces the launching of the Texas Important Bird Area (IBA) Voluntary Conservation Program. Texas Audubon will work jointly with Partners in Flight and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on this state-wide bird conservation program. The primary goal of the IBA initiative is: To promote voluntary land conservation efforts with the support of private and public landowners and chapters throughout the state.
Audubon and our members are dedicated to protecting birds, wildlife and our shared environment, and we carry that dedication in working with policymakers in Washington, D.C., state legislatures, and local governments across the country…
Audubon Texas is the state program of the National Audubon Society. We are working with local chapters, cities, state agencies, and public and private landowners to restore three million acres of grassland habitat, manage 13,000 acres of island sanctuaries along the Texas coast and educate 50,000 students and adults on an annual basis…
Bastrop County Audubon Society
Bastrop County is located in the southeastern portion of central Texas, 30 miles east of Austin, the capital of the state. Our mission is to promote the conservation, restoration, and enjoyment of natural resources and habitats for birds and other wildlife.
BEXAR AUDUBON SOCIETY (BAS) is the local chapter of National Audubon Society (NAS). Anyone in our area who belongs to NAS also belongs to BAS. BAS focuses on advocacy and education on local conservation issues of all kinds. Besides chapter meetings and outings, BAS sponsors San Antonio Environmental Network public-issues forums, which are panel discussions by experts on major issues. We also provide on our website the most comprehensive listing of environmentally related events in the San Antonio area.
Big Country Audubon Society
Join us, receive our newsletter, and help promote conservation and bird enjoyment in the Big Country.
Central Texas Audubon Society (Waco)
Welcome to the website of the Central Texas Audubon Society. Here you will find information about our chapter, upcoming events, central Texas birding and more.
Coastal Bend Audubon
Field Trips Schedule, Meetings, Newsletters, Checklists, etc…
Corpus Christi Audubon Outdoor Club
The Audubon Outdoor Club was founded by forward-thinking residents of Corpus Christi in 1957 to guarantee the continued stewardship of the city's unique natural and ecological resources.
El Paso / Trans-Pecos Audubon Society
We are a chapter of the National Audubon Society. We have a large territory, all of Texas west of the Pecos River (the "Trans-Pecos"). Our members are found throughout the Trans-Pecos, but most live in the region's largest city, El Paso. Birds, birding, wildlife, the environment, and our community are the concerns of the society…
Fort Worth Audubon Society
The Fort Worth Audubon Society meets the second Thursday of each month (except summer months) at 7:30 p.m. Meetings are held in Room 1-Auditorium of Medical Education Building #1 at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (formerly Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine) on Camp Bowie Boulevard at Montgomery.
Golden Triangle Audubon
Field Trips Schedule, Meetings, Newsletters, Checklists, etc…
Golden Crescent Nature Club
The Golden Crescent Nature Club (GCNC) is an informal group of Victoria- Port Lavaca area residents who share an interest in learning about and observing nature. The club members are interested primarily in bird-watching, but enjoy all aspects of the natural sciences. Meetings are generally held at the Texas Zoo at 7:00 PM on the second Tuesday of each month from September to May. A field trip is usually held the Saturday following each meeting. The club sponsors the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count and the annual North American Migration Count and holds a spring picnic for members. A monthly newsletter, De Rerum Natura, is published from September to May.
Houston Audubon Society
The Houston Audubon Society (HAS) works for the thoughtful conservation of the earth`s natural resources by educating people to the value of the natural world; protecting, preserving and enhancing wildlife habitat; and encouraging the passage of legislation to protect the environment. As a group, HASs volunteers and staff work to fulfill this mission every day. The Society is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization and is supported by member dues and donations from individuals, foundations and corporations.
Huntsville Audubon Society
A Texas Chapter of the National Audubon Society
Llano Estacado Audubon Society
The Llano Estacado Audubon Society (LEAS), centered in Lubbock, has a very well-kept birding secret: we have 296 regularly-occurring species in our territory! Adding accidental and hypothetical birds brings our species tally to 432, compared to the bird list for the entire state of Texas, which is just over 600.
Monte Mucho Audubon Society
To promote conservation and preservation of a healthly habitat in the South Texas region, to encourage the appreciation of birds and other wildlife and to provide educational programs to garner public support on environmental issues….
Nature Conservancy in Texas
In the main Nature Conservancy site…
Northeast Texas Field Ornithologists
Northeast Texas Field Ornithologists (NETFO) is an independent, non-profit organization formed in 1990 for the purpose of encouraging the observation, study, appreciation and conservation of birds and to promote the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about birds, particularly in the Northeast Texas area…
Prairie & Timbers Audubon Society
Prairie & Timbers Audubon Society meets the fourth Tuesday of each month, Sept.- May except for December, at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary south of McKinney (From Hwy. 5, go east on FM1378 to sign.) Ph. metro 972-562-5566. Programs are nature related, open to the public, and feature some especially for children (possibly in April)…
Rio Brazos Audubon Society
Located between Houston and Austin, we are a relatively small chapter of the National Audubon Society, with about 150 members. The largest group of members is from the Bryan/College Station area and many are faculty, staff, or students of Texas A&M University (Whoop!). However, our membership area stretches east to Bedias, north to Hearne, west to Rockdale, and south to Chappell Hill, Navasota, and Brenham.
San Antonio Audubon Society
This information should answer many of the questions that visiting and new birders have about birding in and around San Antonio, Texas.
Tall Grass Prairie Audubon Society
Welcome to the Tall Grass Prairie Chapter of the Audubon Society. We meet in Decatur, Texas on the third Tuesday of the month, except August, at the First United Methodist Church at 104 South Miller in Decatur, Texas…
Texas Ornithological Society
The Texas Ornithological Society (TOS) was founded in 1953 as a non-profit organisation. The purpose of the Society is to promote the discovery and dissemination of knowledge of birds; to encourage specifically the observation, study and conservation of birds in Texas; to encourage the formation of local birding clubs; and to stimulate co-operation among professional ornithologists.
Texas Birds Records Committee
A Standing Committee of the Texas Ornithological Society
Texas Panhandle Audubon Society
The Texas Panhandle Audubon Society (TPAS) was founded in 1952 by local conservationists in order to serve the 26 counties of the panhandle. As the region’s oldest environmental advocacy group, TPAS engages in scientific investigation, cultural and educational outreach, and social/field activities.
Texas Panhandle Bird Club
A very good local guide to places where you can see birds in this part of the state…
Travis Audubon Society
Adventures in Birding, Education, & Conservation in Austin and Central Texas
Twin Lakes Audubon Society (TLAS)
Our mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity…
Tyler Audubon Society
Tyler Audubon Society is devoted to the enjoyment and safe keeping of the natural world. Through the participation in birding, education and conservation ventures, we encourage East Texans to join us in our mission. The primary objective of the Tyler Audubon Society is to create an awareness of the natural world`s beauty and problems by promoting an appreciation of birds, other wildlife and habitat, to promote an awareness of the environmental problems of the past, present and future, and to find solutions for these problems.
The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1937 to protect the vanishing wildlife of coastal Texas. It is an ever-changing land and is still being shaped by the waters and storms of the Gulf of Mexico. Strong winds push the bay waters over low-lying shores, forming brackish tidal marshes among the short, salt-tolerant vegetation. It is this habitat that attracts thousands of migratory birds. On their journey between North and Central America, warblers concentrate on the refuge from mid-April to early May. Mild winters, bay waters, and abundant food supplies attract over 392 species of birds to Aransas, including pelicans, herons, egrets, spoonbills, shorebirds, ducks, and geese. The endangered whooping crane makes these same saltwater marshes their winter feeding grounds. Productive tidal flats provide clams and crabs for the whoopers to eat.
The primary purpose of the refuge is to protect the nesting habitat of the golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo, two highly endangered migratory birds….
Big Bend National Park
here is a place in Far West Texas where night skies are dark as coal and rivers carve temple-like canyons in ancient limestone. Here, at the end of the road, hundreds of bird species take refuge in a solitary mountain range surrounded by weather-beaten desert. Tenacious cactus bloom in sublime southwestern sun, and diversity of species is the best in the country. This magical place is Big Bend.
Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary
At first glance, you might not see the special qualities of Bolivar Flats, a unique area combining salt marsh, mud flats and beach, each habitat quite different from the other. Every year hundreds of thousands of birds discover that Bolivar Flats is a special place…
Chester Island Sanctuary
Chester Island Sanctuary, formerly known as Sundown Island, is a low-lying, 20-acre island made from dredge spoil in 1962. It is located near where the Matagorda ship channel and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway cross in Matagorda Bay, east of Port O'Connor and southeast of Port Lavaca, in the Texas coastal bend…
Dogwood Canyon Audubon Center
Located 16 miles south of downtown Dallas in Cedar Hill, Dogwood Canyon is part of the White Rock Escarpment. Nowhere in North Texas can one find a greater variety of rare species than in Dogwood Canyon. Plants and animals from east, west and central Texas converge here, making the Canyon the only place in the world where one can find the Black-chinned Hummingbird of west Texas nesting in the flowering dogwood tree of east Texas…
High Island [Boy Scout Woods]
The woods of High Island have undoubtedly been an important stopping place for migratory birds for thousands of years. However, they have only been attracting birdwatchers since the 1940s, when birders from nearby Beaumont began to haunt the woods every spring…
Mitchell Lake Audubon Center
Just south of downtown San Antonio, the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center is located on a 1200-acre natural area. This unique and beautiful bird haven consists of the 600-acre Mitchell Lake, 215 acres of wetlands and ponds and 385 acres of upland habitat….
Richland Creek WMA
Information for one of the birdiest inland Texas locations….
Sabal Palm Audubon Sanctuary
Audubon Texas has partnered with the Gorgas Science Foundation of Brownsville, Texas to reopen Sabal Palm to the public….
State Parks & Natural Areas near Lost Pines
There are three state parks in Bastrop and Caldwell counties: Buescher State Park, Bastrop State Park and Lockhart State Park.
Trinity River Audubon Center
Nestled in the Great Trinity Forest, we offer a 120-acre outdoor classroom and a state-of-the-art nature center along the Trinity River…
Forums & Mailing Lists
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Mailing List – Discussion Group Discussion of birds, bird sightings, birding events in and around Bexar County Texas. This list was created for discussions that would not be of interest to Texans in general on the TexBirds mailing server. Discussions should be limited to birds and/or birding in Bexar or surrounding counties.
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Mailing List – Discussion Group This List is for Texas Birdwatchers, Texas Birdfeeders, and Texas Birders. You don`t have to live in Texas (I don`t) but your discussions should be >mainly< bird in Texas - migrating through - or nearby - some small talk about Arizona or New Mexico trips is allowed as well as some offtopic is allowed.
Guides & Tour Operators
Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their neck of the woods….
Coastal Bend Birders - Bird Tours
Short Tours - half a day to 5 days…
Darrell Vollert - Texas Birding Guide
Specializing in birding trips to the Upper Texas Coast, Texas Hill Country, East Texas Piney Woods, and the Central Brazos Valley. Special trips are available for target species such as Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Black-capped Vireo, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Swainsons Warbler, and Painted Bunting. Tel.- 979-251-4986 Darrell Vollert…
Jon McIntyre - Texas Birding Guide
Private Guided Birding Tours in South Texas - Jon McIntyre has been an avid birder for over 10 years. He has lived in Texas all his life and currently resides in Corpus Christi. He is involved with Christmas bird counts, the Great Backyard Bird Count, birding surveys, and the Rockport Hummingbird Festival. He has also worked two winters aboard the Skimmer Whooping Crane Tour Boat…
King Ranch Nature Tours
Spend a day on the Ranch and see a variety of tropical and migratory birds, white tailed deer, and javelinas. Group tours and packages, tailored specifically for your group, are also available…
Our goal at Southwest Birders is to increase your enjoyment of birds and nature. We offer custom birding tours that cover California, Arizona, and Texas. Our web site offers bird-finding tips, detailed site guides, quality bird & nature photos, and hundreds of illustrated trip reports going back to 2001…
There may be no better birdwatching in North America than one encounters on the Upper Texas Coast in spring…
Whooping Crane Boat Tours
Every year, from mid-November through the end of March, the Wharf Cat winds its way through the vast Aransas Bay complex in Texas to the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge where magnificent, endangered whooping cranes make their winter home…
South Texas is blessed with the most distinctive avifauna of the contiguous United States. No fewer than 30 species are more-or-less restricted to the region. In addition to the resident and breeding species present, early April brings a wide array of migrant passerines, raptors and shorebirds as they stream north; the diversity of birds in this relatively small five-county area at this season is truly staggering…
CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.
2004 [11 November] - BFA Trips
This is a report on an 11-day guided bird-watching tour of Texas with a dba [disabled birders association] group (now known as BFA)...
2010 [08 August] - Brad Weinert & Lynn Ferguson-Weinert
I took a quick business trip to the Houston area in late August and was able to sneak in a quick trip down to the Gulf Coast to do a bit of wildlife viewing and photography at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge. I chose this are mainly because I have been there before and was familiar enough with the area to be able to find stuff in the limited amount of time I had available…
2012 [12 December] - Uffe Gjøl Sørensen & Hans Jørgen Bruun Pedersen
…This included charismatic species like Bobwhite and Scaly Quail, the two Vultures, Crested Caracara, Aplomado Falcon, Whooping Crane, Black Skimmer, Greater Roadrunner, Great Horned Owl, Great Kiskadee, Green Jay, Blue-gray Gnatcather, some wood warblers and many more. We had cracking view of a Bobcat but also enjoyed Coyote and Racoon….
2013 [01 January] - Mark Finn
…Other interesting species of note included; Cackling Goose, Harlequin Duck, all three North American scoters, Barrow’s Goldeneye, a passage of 1000+ divers in San Juan de Fuca, over 400 Bald Eagles, Rough-legged Buzzards and Short-eared Owls in high numbers. The Pacific Ocean revealed Marbled and Ancient Murrelets, Rhinoceros Auklets and Common Guillemots. North American sparrows were well represented with seven species….
2013 [02 February] - Brennan Mulrooney
…In addition, the wetlands there were filled with ducks and herons, and the woods held a nice variety of songbirds. The real show-stopper, and the bird that maybe has put this park on the map more than any other, is the Common Pauraque. Estero has become famous among birders for its amazingly predictable and cooperative Pauraques…
2013 [04 April] - Chris Benesh
…From our comfortable digs in Utopia we explored some of the best that the region has to offer. Lost Maples SNA was great, and the views of Golden-cheeked Warbler there were fantastic. There were lots of other goodies too. The following day, we headed to Chalk Bluff Park to track down a Rufous-capped Warbler….
2013 [04 April] - John Coons
…We started in the Piney Woods and Big Thicket areas where we enjoyed close views of Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Brown-headed Nuthatches, and Red-headed Woodpeckers at Jones State Forest before heading east and finding the first warblers of our trip. Prothonotary, Kentucky, Hooded, Yellow-throated, Pine, and Prairie warblers along with Northern Parula were all seen well on their breeding grounds, but the star had to be a Swainson's Warbler that is truly a local specialty….
2013 [04 April] - John Coons & Lena Senko
…A little bit of waiting at Jones State Forest rewarded us with the endangered and highly sought-after Red-cockaded Woodpecker, which peeked out of its cavity for us whilst colorful Red-headed Woodpeckers flew about nearby and Brown-headed Nuthatches shimmied their way through the treetops…
2013 [04 April] - Richard Coomber & Paul Rogers
…The first was a smart Red-headed and then Paul found the much sought-after Red-cockaded and a Downy in the same tree! In fact over the next half an hour we had very good views of the Red-cockaded including three together at one time! Some of the party also saw a Red-bellied Woodpecker. Other species seen in the area included Carolina Wren, Carolina Chickadee, Brown-headed Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and a splendid singing male Summer Tanager, whilst two female Scarlet Tanagers were found as we returned to the car-park. A few raptors were noted including both the vultures - Black and Turkey, Mississippi Kite and Sharp-shinned and Broad-winged Hawks….
2013 [05 May] - Barry Zimmer
…Not long after, we tallied a variety of South Texas specialties, here at their northern limits—Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Crested Caracara, Golden- fronted Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, Long-billed Thrasher, and Olive Sparrow. A Yellow-billed Cuckoo was unusually cooperative, as it posed in the scope for several minutes. Further north at Neal’s Lodge we added a pair of Green Kingfishers, Yellow-throated Warbler, Northern Parula, two stunning male Lazuli Buntings, and such unlikely pairings of “east meets west” as Carolina and Canyon wrens, Eastern and Black phoebes, and Field and Black-throated sparrows….
2014 [01 January] - Chris Benesh
The second Rio Grande Rarities trip of 2014 was a success despite it being a relatively quiet year for rarities. Probably the most notable bird event of the season was the rediscovery of a small group of Hook-billed Kites near Mission, Texas. Five birds in total were found spending the winter here feeding on tree snails. It was a close call for us, but we did manage to connect with this rare species…
2014 [01 January] - Chris Benesh
…The first Rio Grande Rarities trip of 2014 was a success despite it being a relatively quiet year for rarities. Probably the most notable bird event of the season was the rediscovery of a small group of Hook-billed Kites near Mission, Texas. Five birds in total were found spending the winter here feeding on tree snails. Other highlights included having wonderful views of a pair of Aplomado Falcons near the coast and a cooperative Tropical Parula in Edinburg. Finally, we were able to track down a male White-collared Seedeater in Laredo, which was a treat…
2014 [03 March] - Chris Benesh
…It's hard to pick the real highlights of the trip. We saw a lot of cool specialties: Whooping Crane, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Tropical Parula, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, Ringed and Green kingfishers, Red-billed Pigeon, Clay-colored Thrush, Green Jay, Altamira and Audubon's orioles, etc. But the spectacles also grabbed our attention, whether a flock of egrets flying past casting reflections on the water, the splash of colors of migrant warblers, swarming waves of noisy Green Parakeets, trees full of colorful Yellow-headed Blackbirds, migrant kettles of raptors lifting off into the morning sky, or simply a spectacular Texas sunrise. We no doubt came away with many lifetime memories…
2015 [02 February] - Michael O'Brien
...highlighted by good views of Savannah and Grasshopper sparrows, and both Eastern and Western meadowlarks. Meadowlarks can be especially difficult to identify, so this was an exceptional opportunity to review both the “micro” and “macro” field marks to help distinguish these species.
2015 [03 March] - Chris Benesh - South Texas
...Other vote getters included the white morph Great Blue Heron that showed well on our boat trip; the sleek Gray Hawks that are increasingly widespread in south Texas; the Barn Owl that flew past us on the King Ranch; the confiding Burrowing Owl right on the border; the Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls so well seen at the King Ranch thanks to our guide Jim Sinclair; the spritely Green Kingfishers seen at a couple of sites in the valley; the colorful Golden-fronted Woodpeckers; a couple of fine warblers by way of Prothonotary and Louisiana Waterthrush; sneaky Sprague's Pipits; and finally, colorful Hooded Orioles.
2015 [04 April] - Barry Zimmer - Big bend NP & Hill Country
...The day concluded with a visit to a nearby bat cave, where we witnessed the exodus of over ten million Mexican Freetailed Bats at dusk. This is certainly one of the great natural history spectacles in the world! Additionally we watched a pair of Elf Owls at their nest before calling it a day!
2015 [04 April] - Barry Zimmer - Hill Country
... On our way out of the property, we did some night birding. Very nice views of Eastern Screech-Owl were completely overshadowed by finding an Elf Owl in a nest hole. We watched as it chuckled away from 15 feet over our heads. What an incredible day!
2015 [04 April] - Barry Zimmer - South Texas
...The Lower Rio Grande Valley yielded its host of specialties, including the likes of Plain Chachalaca, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Aplomado Falcon (at a nest), Red-billed Pigeon, Elf Owl, Common Pauraque, Ringed and Green kingfishers, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Tropical Kingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, White-collared Seedeater, Olive Sparrow, and Altamira Oriole among others. A male Varied Bunting near Falcon Dam was only the fourth in the last 30 years for this tour. He sat and sang low down in a thorny shrub, allowing great views and photographic opportunities. The bunting was voted the favorite bird of the tour by the group.
2015 [04 April] - Bob Sundstrom - High Island
...Worm-eating Warblers gleaning through dead leaves at eye level; Hooded Warblers flashing back and forth near the ground; Kentucky and Swainson’s warblers and Ovenbirds—terrestrial warblers in many respects, toeing the ground; bright yellow Blue-winged Warblers, and Blackburnian Warblers with faces of flaming orange; tiny, blue Cerulean Warblers carefully gleaning from leaf to leaf, twig to twig; a few Golden-winged Warblers...
2015 [04 April] - Chris Benesh & Tom Johnson - Texas' Big Bend & Hill Country
...The next morning we visited Rio Grande Village, where we were treated to some wonderfully active Common Black Hawks and noisy Gray Hawks down the road. A stop at Dugout Wells produced a few migrants as well. The afternoon saw us birding in the Chisos basin where we encountered a nice flock that held a few warblers, Plumbeous Vireo, and Red-breasted Nuthatch.
2015 [04 April] - John Coons - Coastal Texas
...we found American and Least bitterns, Bald Eagle, King and Clapper rails, Purple Gallinules, Snowy, Wilson's and Piping plovers, lots of shorebirds, nine species of terns, Crested Caracara, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, perched-up Sedge Wren, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Nelson's and Seaside sparrows, and a Bobcat.
2015 [04 April] - Kenny Musgrove, Wayne Geater, Steve Abbott
... A Double-crested Cormorant swam in the harbour and an Osprey sat in the rain on top of a flagpole on a boat. The telegraph wires in front of the hotel produced a wet looking Loggerhead Shrike, Mourning Dove. Great-tailed and Common Grackle, Northern Mockingbird, and House Sparrow, and flocks of Barn, Bank, Tree, and Rough-Winged Swallows migrated overhead.
2015 [04 April] - Richard Coomber & Simon Boyes
...The target bird of the trip was the endangered Whooping Cranes that winter on these marshes from their breeding grounds in Wood Buffalo National Park, Canada. The cruise was a success for we saw 13 in total, including pairs with their young of last season, although over the last two weeks or so the majority had already begun their northward migration. Our knowledgeable skipper filled us in on the successful conservation story of the cranes over recent decades.
2015 [04 April] - Steve Arlow - Big Bend to the Upper Coast
... the Beach Photo-shoot (Lee will know what I mean on that one); the scenery of Big Bend; the Elf Owl at Cottonwood Campground at Big Bend, well Cottonwood Campground in general as it produced some of the best Big Bend birding; the Roadrunner doing what Roadrunners should do, the spectacle of the American Avocets at Bolivar and flocks of skimmers and terns at Rollover Pass. There are many more not mentioned here but the more I look at it perhaps it will be one of those trips that will be well remembered.
2016 [01 January] - Chris Benesh - South Texas Rarities I
...we managed good views of a few of them. The best of the bunch was probably the Northern Jacana that performed well for us at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. In addition, the female type Crimson-collared Grosbeak showed up, and while furtive, did sit still long enough to enjoy. Other rarities included a nice Tropical Parula...
2016 [01 January] - Chris Benesh - South Texas Rarities II
This Rio Grande Rarities tour was a big success. Our luck held out pretty much throughout the tour. The weather was generally really good with the exception of one very cold and windy day
2016 [01 January] - David Wolf
... In the process we found almost all of the expected Valley specialties, plus a broad array of more widespread birds. Truly rare in the U.S. were the Crimson-collared Grosbeak seen at Frontera and the very cooperative Northern Jacana studied at length at Santa Ana....
2016 [03 March] - Chris Benesh & Cory Gregory
...One of the main events of the tour came on our first full day; a birding cruise aboard the Skimmer to Aransas NWR led by Captain Tommy Moore. Not only were we graced with dozens of Whooping Cranes (some being nice and close!), but the rest of the cruise also was loaded with highlights like singing Seaside Sparrows, more than a dozen shorebird species, and even a fly-by Aplomado Falcon!...
2016 [04 April ] - Chris Benesh & Cory gregory - Big Bend
...Our first morning at Big Bend saw us visiting Blue Creek Canyon where we were able to track down our first Varied Buntings, Gray Vireo, and at least three different Lucifer Hummingbirds. An Olive-sided Flycatcher was also there. Another Olive-sided was a highlight of our afternoon visit to Dugout Wells. But not before we were able to get nice views of a pair of Black-capped Vireos. A pair of Yellow-headed Blackbirds added a splash of color to the Dugout Wells experience....
2016 [04 April] - Barry Zimmer - Hill Country
...we hit the ground running, visiting the world-famous Frio Bat Cave just before dusk. Waiting at the cave entrance for the nightly exodus of ten million plus Mexican Free-tailed Bats, we were entertained by a singing Canyon Wren and scope views of a very handsome Black-throated Sparrow...
2016 [04 April] - Erik Bruhnke - High Island
...While en route to the coast we birded various rice fields, catching views of the vocal Upland Sandpiper and the tundra-bound Buff-breasted Sandpiper. After a little Mexican cuisine, we made the trek to High Island where we birded Boy Scout Woods..
2016 [04 April] - John Coons
We had a great week in the Big Thicket of East Texas and on the Upper Texas Coast. Wonderful views of breeding specialties in the Piney Woods and a few days of fantastic migration fallouts on the coast made for top-notch birding....
2016 [04 April] - John Coons
...We also had a number of great birds in the surrounding marshes, rice fields and mudflats. Both King and Clapper rails put on good shows for us in the marshes, as did Purple Gallinules and those Seaside and Nelson's sparrows...
2016 [05 May] - Erik Hirschfeld
...We drove towards High Island, but a small wetland and a promising road (Fairview Rd) stopped us. We saw the first Roseate Spoonbills, Lesser Yellowlegs, Solitary Sandpipers, Black-necked Stilts and other wetland birds. We continued Fairview Rd along the agricultural land a kilometer to a small forest and a canal...
2016 [06 June] - Michael O'Brien
...The weather forecast called for rain a good bit of our time in East Texas, and the forecast was accurate! As it turned out, we were able to dodge the rain much of the time, but often had to stay close to the vans just in case...
2016 [11 November] - Denver Holt
2017 [01 January] - Chris Benesh - South Texas Rarities
The 2017 South Texas Rarities Tour was a really pleasant experience. We had some decent weather and a nice variety of highlights along the way. We started things off in Harlingen, visiting a nearby reservoir before heading down to Brownsville and Sabal Palm Sanctuary. We then headed out to South Padre Island and searched some for falcons before heading back to Brownsville for the big evening parrot fly in at Oliveira Park.
2017 [02 February] - Stephen Burch - Houston, Galveston & Gulf Coast
...Having visited the USA about 6 times over the last 30+ years, my USA list is now higher than my UK one! Hence the number of possible lifers for me on this trip was limited, with Whooping Crane being the main one. I was also keen to find a large flock of Snow Geese, as the only ones I have seen in the UK have been odd stragglers often viewed at a great distance. Finding some smaller Ross' Geese in amongst them was also a key target. Having missed Red-cockaded Woodpecker on a visit to Florida several years ago, this one another target in my sights. Having seen the controversial but splendid Hooded Merganser at Radipole Lake a couple of years ago, finding a definitely tickable one would be good as well...
2017 [04 April] - Bob Behrstock - Texas Hill Country
...After seeing a few Dickcissels singing along the road, we stopped at a low water crossing a few miles east of Neal’s where Arthur scoured the roadside and river edge for plants and the rest of us chatted with Easter Sunday picnickers who were enjoying the cool river...
2017 [04 April] - Steve Hilty - High Island Migration
...Drive south the length of the Bolivar Peninsula with a stop at Rollover Pass and balance of morning at Fort Travis State Park (nice shelter from rain and great opportunities to study dowitchers, plovers, and gulls) and late morning visit to Frenchtown Road (Clapper Rail and Sora; lots of terns; whistling-ducks etc); the rock jetty (Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow) and quick visit to Bolivar Flats (via Rettilon Road) before a late lunch at the Ocean Grill....
2017 [04 April] - Woody Wheeler - Big Bend and the Davis Mountains
...Upon cresting the bank, however, there is a sizeable reservoir. Here we found Clark’s Grebes performing a small portion of their spectacular mating dance that resembles a synchronized water ballet. Western Grebes were also nearby, as were a variety of wintering waterfowl and an unexpected flock of Willet. Gambel’s Quail perched conspicuously and called loudly from the shore. Just as we were about to depart, Lynn spotted a lone Ruddy Duck bringing our total to 17 species of birds at our first stop....
Trip reports that are mostly photographic records of various trips to Texas.
Places to Stay
Canyon of the Eagles - Lake Buchanan
Canyon of the Eagles is a place designed for enjoying nature. Most of the 940 acres of Canyon of the Eagles Park have been set aside as a nature preserve for wildlife, such as Bald Eagles, Black-capped Vireo, and Golden-cheeked Warbler…
Cedars Cabins - Nr Brenham New Ulm
…we provide cabins on our 250 acres of wildlife habitat. We provide elevated birding blinds and have 4 separate ponds that attract year round and seasonal birds, including ducks, egrets, cranes and other species…
Deer Lake Cabins - Scroggins
For bird enthusiasts, Deer Lake is a favorite seasonal migration destination for wild ducks, geese and various other species…
We are located in North Texas near Waxahachie. We offer a private cabin located on 200 acres and have a 3 acre pond that attracts black-bellied whistling ducks (very rare for this area) plus over 50 other species of birds…
Hoopes House B&B - Rockport
Birding, fishing, antiquing, relaxing… All from the comfort of the Hoopes House Bed & Breakfast.
Robinson's Lodge - Toledo Bend Reservoir in the Sabine National Forest
We provide lodging, meals and guide service for birders and other wildlife observers visiting our area. We specialize in groups of up to 20 guest for overnight accommodations.
The Bayhouse at Smith Point
...Our little house sits on about 2 acres of waterfront property. A bayou on the north and TrinityBay on the west, provides a perfect environment for wildlife of all kinds...
Balcones Songbird Nature Festival
Held annually near Austen at Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge…
Galveston is one of the top locations for birding in the nation, and this family-friendly festival is held during the avian spring migration – the best time to visit world-renowned birding hot spots like Bolivar Flats and High Island….
Laredo Birding Festival
Blessed with a rich and diverse river eco-system, Laredo is home to hundreds of species of local and migratory birds, which include our very own prized birds: White-collared Seedeater, Scaled Quail, Gray Hawk, Audubon’s and Altamira Orioles, Green Parakeets, Muscovy Duck, Red-billed Pigeon and Clay-colored Thrush. Each day, birders will have a chance to select from a variety of full-day scenic trips. Escorted by professional field guides and members of our local Monte Mucho Audubon Society, birders will have an opportunity to explore areas along Laredo’s river front, creek systems, nature trails and private ranchland.
Rio Grande Birding Festival
Every November! The Rio Grande Valley (actually a delta, where the Rio Grande meets the sea) is the place for the single greatest concentration of unique, endemic avian species in the continental U.S. And they’re eye-popping sub-tropical species…
Whooping Crane Festival
Get your binoculars and checklists ready! The Coastal Bend is the only spot in the United States where the endangered Whooping Crane can be viewed at close range, and the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce celebrates this astonishing natural wonder with an annual festival honoring these grand birds. In addition to the Whooping Crane, an awesome array of wintering migratory birds flock into the wetlands and onto the Texas shorelines of Mustang Island in and around Port Aransas. Birding tours by land and sea are highlights during the festival. Make your plans to attend the Whooping Crane Festival from February 25 – 28, 2016.
Dallas Museum of Natural History & The Mudge Library
The Museum holds the second largest scientific collection of birds in Texas, consisting of over 6,600 specimens. Although most of these are preserved as study skins, 1,400 specimens, representing some 500 species, have been taxidermy mounted for display. Among the more significant included in this collection are a Passenger Pigeon and three Ivory-billed Woodpeckers (two of which are on permanent display). There are also a number of specimens collected by H.P. Attwater, for whom Attwater`s Prarie Chicken is named. Specimens from the Attwater Collection date back to the 1880s. The Mudge Library is one of the finest collections of illustrated bird books in the country. It contains rare bird books dating back to 1536, with works by such noted naturalist-artists as Audubon, Gould, Wilson, Sharpe, Lear, Catesby, and Baird. All of these collections are available by appointment to interested parties.
Houston Museum of Natural Science
Find the bird resources…
Antshrike's Bird Page
BLOG from South Texas and beyond…
Aviphilia… for the love of bird - J. "Kyron" Hanson
Derived from Latin and Greek words, aves (L - birds) and philia (Gr - affinity for), this blog's name is it's purpose. Here I'll share the passion, and admitted obsession, I have for all avian life. A whole lot in this world fascinates me, but nothing lights my fire more than studying birds and sharing that with anyone who'll listen…
Birding Central Texas and Beyond
A Texas Youth Birder's Adventures in Nature…
Birds I View
My name is Stephen Ramirez, and I attend Texas State University where I am focusing my studies in Geography - GIS. When I am not busy working at the Texas State Recycling Center I spend my time as an avid bird watcher and photographer…
Birds O'the Morning
D Dolan New Birder
Diary with photos from this new Texas birder…
Denton Bird Watcher
David Riewe - Enjoy filming the variety of birds that visit the feeders and baths in our back yard then sharing them here and on youtube…
J. Kyron Hanson’s BLOG of birding dreams… Another Realm of Avian Encounters
I Hate Paramo and Other Birding Stories
Yes, it does end with this post, at the least the Peru blog does. I know it seems like these posts have gone on forever. This was our longest trip, and one of the most productive…
I'd Rather B Birdin'
Texan’s birding blog - Birding, Photographs, The Texas Coastal Bend Birding Trails…
Lost Pines Life
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this area, the Lost Pines is an isolated pine forest at least 100 miles from the Piney Woods of East Texas. The Lost Pines is forested with a variety of loblolly pines found nowhere else in the world. It is hilly and green, lush and dense, reminding me of the East Texas Big Thicket where I grew up. Tragically, much of the Lost Pines area was burned in a huge forest fire in 2011, and to lesser degree, again this fall. It’s very heartening to see this resilient community rebuilding and replanting pine trees to restore this important habitat. I live in an area that was spared.
Ramblings Around Texas
Naturalists and Native Texans. Hobbies include traveling, camping, exploring, photography, birding and all flora and fauna found in Nature. Troy & Martha Mullens…
SE Texas Birding & Wildlife Watching
Personal blog focusing mainly on birds and birding…
I was born in the port city of Muskegon, Michigan, on the shores of Lake Michigan, on October 2, 1934. As a youngster, I had a Brownie Hawkeye camera that was given to me by my parents, and that piqued my interest in photography at an early age. I was always taking snapshots whenever and wherever possible. At that time, I never considered that one day I might be trying to sell my work. Later in life, when my walls started filling up, I started giving my pictures away for anniverseries, birthdays, etc. About fifteen years ago friends started encouraging me to try and market my photography, so now, after following their advice, I have images hanging in homes and offices from coast to coast…
This Machine Watches Birds
Texas birders blog…
Daily log from a student in Texas
Welcome all Bird and Critter Lovers! All of natures critters are so amusing and entertaining to watch, and very educational too. The birds are particularly amusing to me. You may be surprised to find what you could learn from the birds… I have been a bird watcher all my life, But I have spent the last 10 to 15 years living right on the ' Texas Coastal Bird Migration Trailways', which has given me the opportunity to see some rare and amazing sightings of many different species of Avian beauty…
Birds of the Central Brazos Valley
The Heart-of-Texas rests in the Central Brazos Valley, ten counties that surround the Brazos River. These include: Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Lee, Leon, Madison, Milam, Robertson, Waller and Washington counties. Places to bird…
Deep East Texas Birding Guide
Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail
The Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail is a state-designated system of trails, bird sanctuaries, and nature preserves along the entire length of the Texas Gulf Coast in the United States. As the state of Texas hosts more bird species than any other in the U.S. the trail system offers some of the most unusual opportunities for bird-watching in the world (Wiki says - I say in USA)
Helen's Birding Pages
Trip reports, hummers, general birding and more…
Quality birding optics: bird watching binoculars and spotting scopes; bird feeders, houses and accessories for birders and backyard nature observation. Roy C. Smallwood 3rd. mailto:email@example.com 2318 Oak Cliff Drive, Waco, TX 76710 Tel: 254-722-9993
North-Central Texas Birds
The purpose of this site is to act as a clearinghouse for sightings of North-Central Texas birds and to archive all important observations within the study area. As the area`s sightings are updated, our checklist will reflect those changes. Birds that are being reviewed by the Texas Bird Records Committee will be added to checklist only at the author`s discretion and with the caveat that the bird(s) in question are under review. This site owes a debt of gratitude to Warren Pulich and his 1988 publication The Birds of North-Central Texas. His historical research into lost specimens and his dedication to gathering accurate data was a remarkable feat - one that gave the area solid groundwork on which to build an accurate database. Without his tireless work, much of what we currently know about the area`s avifauna would be lost.
Port Aransas Birding
One of the country`s top bird watching sites is in Port Aransas and the surrounding area. The Port Aransas Birding Center with a variety of botanical planting is a hub on the Great Texas Birding Trail, and home to hundreds of permanent and visiting birds.
Rockport - Fulton TX
Because of its temperate climate, varied habitat and strategic location in the Central Flyway, bird an birders alike have discovered the Rockport-Fulton area`s charm and continue to make it their home or stopping off place. Already known for its wintering Whooping Cranes at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, it is also marked as an international birding hotspot for its migrating passerines, its shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, and others, approaching 500 species on record.
This page is here to help the visiting birder find the birds of the Upper Texas Coast (UTC). The UTC is made up of Harris County, Fort Bend County, Brazoria County, Galveston, Chambers County, and Jefferson County.
Texas Park Birding
The whooping crane, golden cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo and many other species attract thousands of birders from around the world to Texas each year, and state parks offer some of the best bird watching during spring migration and summer nesting…
Dedicated exclusively to Seabirding in Texas. TexasPelagics.com is dedicated to promoting public pelagic birding trips and advancing the knowledge of pelagic birds in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico off the Texas Coast. TexasPelagics.com is a free, non-profit service to the birding community and has no financial interest in promoting Pelagic birding…
Topflight Mealworms is a small and growing, family-owned business in Pearland, Texas, just a few miles outside of Houston. We work hard to raise the healthiest, liveliest and most nutritious mealworms on the market. And, our central location in Texas makes shipping costs to all points in the country much more affordable…
…extensive information of birding in South Texas…
Photographers & Artists
Library - The Otter Side
The Complete Image Catalog is the showcase for the images of the products of THE OTTER SIDE. It is also intended to be an online educational and reference tool. A brief commentary [will ultimately be] included for each species describing the bird, its habitat, and other interesting facts about it. Photographic details (location, lens, and film) are also included for each image. Many of the species have multiple images intended to show additional visual information about the species…
Neo Tropical Quintana Texas 2009
Photographer - Alan Murphy
Photographer - Cameron Carve - Yes! I take nature pictures
I am a student at Texas Tech studying Wildlife Management. I have an obsession with birds and birding, but my main goal in life is to be a wildlife photographer. If I was published in National Geographic, I could die with my life complete…
Photographer - David McDonald
In late 2005, I decided to try photographing the birds for my own pleasure and to share the beauty of these birds with others. I had never done photography previously, so I had to learn everything. Digital sure makes it easy and inexpensive to learn…
Photographer - Diane Loyd - Salt Flats Gallery
Some fine bird pictures from this rockport based photographer…
Photographer - Greg Lasley
This website will be devoted to a variety of birding, bird and wildlife photography, and natural history topics. I welcome any input from visitors on ways to improve the contents. Basically, I intend to display various images of interest to birders and photographers. All photographs are by Greg Lasley unless otherwise stated and all copyright is reserved by the photographer. Unauthorized use of any photograph is prohibited.
Photographer - Joanne Kamo
Fine photographer from Houston…
Photographer - Joe Fischer
I live in the suburbs of Houston, TX near the Upper Texas Coast which is a great place for bird photography. I started shooting in 2003 and have been hooked ever since. Feel free to browse as you like and leave a comment if you desire…
Photographer - Martin Reid
Photographs from around the world.
Photographer - Matthew Sim
I am a young and aspiring nature photographer with high hopes on a career as a nature photographer, among others. I have a special interest in birds but love all nature and jump at any chance I get to be out there…
Photographer - Shey Wicklund Photographs
Texas based birder…
Photographer - Stephen Ramirez - Birds I View
My name is Stephen Ramirez, and I attend Texas State University where I am focusing my studies in Geography - GIS. When I am not busy working at the Texas State Recycling Center I spend my time as an avid bird watcher and photographer…
Webcam - Chimney Swifts Webcam
Our Chimney Swift Web Cam is a unique opportunity to observe Chimney Swifts during the nesting season (May 1 through September 1)…