Texas bird watching
Where to Bird
United States of America -- Texas
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Bird Alert Phone Numbers for Texas. Order books to help you become a better birder in
Texas. Discover links to Texas Birding web sites. Print out special maps of Texas before
you begin your trip.
Birds of Special Interest: Least Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Fulvous
Whistling-Duck, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Muscovy Duck, Hook-billed Kite, Harris's
Hawk, White-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara, Plain Chachalaca, Montezuma Quail,Whooping
Crane, Red-billed Pigeon, White-tipped Dove, Red-crowned Parrot, Green Parakeet,
Groove-billed Ani, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl,Common Paraque, Lucifer Hummingbird, Buff-bellied
Hummingbird, Ringed Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Couch's
Kingbird, Great Kiskadee, Black-capped Vireo, Gray Vireo, Green Jay, Brown Jay,
Mexican Crow, Chihuahuan Raven, Clay-colored Robin, Long-billed Thrasher, Sprague's Pipit,
Tropical Parula, Golden-cheeked Warbler, Colima Warbler, Olive Sparrow, White-collared
Seedeater, Altamira Oriole, Audubon's Oriole, Bronzed Cowbird
Texas Bird Record Committee
Checklists - Texas
Species Seen in Texas: 620
State Ornithological Society:
Texas Ornithological Society
Rare Bird Alerts:
(713) 369-9673 Statewide
(915) 691-8981 Abilene
(512) 926-8751 Austin
(361) 883-7410 Corpus Christi
(817) 329-1930 Northcentral
(903) 839-4804 Northeast
(956) 969-2731 Lower Rio Grande Valley
(210) 308-6788 San Antonio
Electronic Mailing Lists:
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Parks Maps - Texas
Map of Counties
Retail Birding Stores
Travel Guide by City
Birding Links for Texas:
World Birding Center
Christmas Bird Count Database
Birding Trip Reports
Texas Gulf Coast Birding Very nice
Birds and Birding in Texas
Texas Parks & Wildlife
Texas State Parks with Bird
Birding the Upper Texas Coast
Birding in Central Texas
Birding in Refugio County
Rio Grande Valley Bird Observatory
Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival
Texas Birds and
Birding (North-Central) Texas nice
Country Bird Trail
Bird Classes at Houston
Texas Bird Calendar
Audubon Chapters in Texas
Bastrop County Audubon Society
Bexar Audubon Society San
Dallas County Audubon Society
El Paso/Trans Pecos
Fort Worth Audubon Society Fort Worth
Houston Audubon Society
Huntsville Audubon Society
Llano Estacado Audubon Society
Prairie and Timbers Audubon
Rio Brazos Audubon Society
Tallgrass Prairie Chapter of NAS
Travis Audubon Society
Tyler Audubon Society
Big Bend Birders
Panhandle Bird Club
Texas Partners in Flight
The Nature Conservancy - Texas
Important Birding Locations in Texas:
Great Texas Coastal Birding
Birding Locations of the Upper
About.com list of Texas
North Central Texas
Big Bend National Park
North-central Texas Birds
US Fish & Wildlife
Refuges - Texas
Pete Thayer's Favorite Hot Spots:
Anahuac National Wildlife
29.35 N 94.30 W
Listen for Yellow and Black Rails during the evening. Painted Buntings and Dickcissel are
common. Drive the 12 miles of gravel roads with windows down and insect repellent on.
Aransas National Wildlife Reserve
28.14 N 96.49 W
Herons, Ducks, Sandpipers and maybe a Whooping Crane. Paved tour road is 16 miles long.
Try the observation tower and choose from six walking trails.
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley
26.09 N 98.22 W
The lucky see a Blue Bunting, Clay-colored Robin or Hook-billed Kite. Watch for Pauraque
sitting on the picnic tables at dusk. One of the top 10 sites in North America.
Big Bend National Park
29.07 N 103.19 W
Hike 11 miles to see the Colima Warbler. Lucifer Hummingbird and Gray Vireo are here, too.
A beautiful, rugged area. Birding Rio Grande Village in the morning is wonderful. Visit in
June, July or August.
29.24 N 94.44 W
One of the premier birding spots on the Texas coast for shorebirds and waders. Look for
Red Knots, White-rumped Sandpipers, Stilt Sandpipers, Sandwich Terns and Least Terns,
Brazos Bend State Park
29.23 N 95.37 W
Southwest of Houston, this is a great place to look for Masked Duck and both
Whistling-Ducks. Nice observation tower for scanning the marshy areas.
25.54 N 97.31 W
To the dump, to the dump, to the dump, dump, dump = Tamaulipas Crows (formerly called
Mexican Crow)! During the 1980s this species was found in the US only at the Brownsville, Texas dump.
Now it is very rare.
30.35 N 103.57 W
Look for area specialties like Common Black-Hawk and Montezuma Quail. A 75 mile scenic
loop around the Davis Mountains covers many productive habitats.
Falcon Dam / San Ygnacio
26.35 N 99.08 W
The northern end of your Rio Grande Valley trip could add Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Muscovy
Duck or White-collared Seedeater to your life list. San Ygnacio is about 44 miles upstream
from Falcon Dam.
29.33 N 94.24 W
Spring warbler fallouts can be spectacular. If you just flew all the way across the Gulf
of Mexico, you would plop down here to rest, too! Visit in April and early May.
Country (Edwards Plateau)
29.37 N 98.35 W
Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo are the regional specialties. Hurry before
the habitat disappears. Also stop to see millions of Mexican Free-tailed Bats leave their
limestone caves at dusk.
27.33 N 97.54 W
The largest ranch in Texas has been a haven for birds for over a century. Small groups are
permitted to visit here and discover birds like Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Tropical
Audubon's Oriole and White-tailed Hawk.
Laguna Atascosa National
26.11 N 97.20 W
Mottled Duck, Olive Sparrow and lots of waterbirds and shorebirds. Aplomado Falcons are
being reintroduced here -- don't count them yet.
Padre Island National
27.31 N 97.35 W
70 miles of unspoiled beach is home to gulls, terns, shorebirds and a few Peregrine
28.01 N 97.03 W
A perennial top 3 ranking in the Christmas Bird Count. Over 200 species in one day!
Fantastic in the spring, too. A boat tour out of Rockport is the best way to see a Whooping Crane during the
Palm Grove Sanctuary
25.51 N 97.29 W
Look for Buff-bellied Hummingbirds, Least Grebe and Green Jays at Sabal Palm.
Santa Ana National Wildlife
26.04 N 98.05 W
One of the VERY BEST spots in the US. Green Kingfisher, Green Jay, Red-billed Pigeon plus
lots of other colors, too! Visit in late January or early February.
If you would like to recommend a great birding spot in this region, please feel free to contact us at info(at)birding.com. We welcome your suggestions!