Every birder knows the agony of the unticked box. If you’re not having any luck spotting your first spotted owl or sandpiper at home, there’s only one thing you can do: Pack up the binoculars and hit the road.
Port Aransas may be a small coastal town nestled between Corpus Christi Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, but it’s making big waves in the birding community.
This island community is home to a startling number of designated birding sites, including Paradise Pond, Wetlands Park, and the . Visit year-round to see at least 100 different species of birds. During peak migration time, in the spring, that number goes up to at least 142 species.
Port Aransas is also home to the Whooping Crane Festival, which takes place each February. This event offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch the endangered whooping cranes returning to their winter home in the Texas Coastal Bend.
Birds To Look For: least bittern (Ixobrychus exilis), stilt sandpiper (Calidris himantopus), cinnamon teal (Spatula cyanoptera), roseate spoonbill (Platalea ajaja), Wilson’s phalarope (Phalaropus tricolor)