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Home for the Winter – Bird Watching in the Coastal Bend

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If you’re thinking there isn’t much adventure on the coast during the Winter, you may be truly mistaking. The Winter is a great time to explore the area and enjoy all of natures wonders.

Texas is the top birding state and the Coastal Bend is a must-stop destination for bird lovers of all stages. The wetlands, inlets, jetties, piers, and boats make beautiful viewing sites in the surrounding islands.

Enjoy an early morning stroll on one of the boadwalks with a pair of binoculars to view the show. You can also head out to one of the local birding and nature centers for a birding photoshoot. Who knows – you might even catch a glimpse of a local alligator at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center in Port Aransas.

Port Aransas has five sites on the Great Texas Birding Trail. Local birding centers are a great contributor to the amazing birding experience that is the Coastal Bend. Birding and nature centers in the area are home to many beautiful migrant birds including the endangered Whooping Crane (Grus Americana). The Coastal Bend is the only spot in the United States where the Whooping Crane can be viewed at such a close range!

While the Whooping Crane is a huge attraction to avid birders, you can also appreciate the beautiful resident birds. Some of the famous aviary residents include the Roseate Spoonbill (the official bird of Port Aransas), Black Bellied Whistling Ducks, Great Blue Heron, Brown Pelican, Ruby Throated Hummingbird, and Black Skimmer.

Don’t miss out on upcoming weekly birding events during the month of February. Tours are offered daily at teh National Seashore between the months of November & April. For more information visit www.nps.gov or www.portaransas.org.