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    Birds of Galveston Island

    Galveston is one of the top locations for birding in the United States.The Island is a central location for novice and expert birders offering a wide variety of species. Water and shore birds are common on the Island throughout the year while rare species are spotted during Fall and Spring Migration. Water and shore birds from other coasts also travel to the Island during migration.


    Birds of Galveston Island

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    A summer day, the Gulf, the beach, and seagulls. Ahhhhh.

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    Feeding the seagulls is a favorite pasttime for Isle visitors. Til...

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    For more information on Birding opportunities and services in the Galveston area, including FeatherFest, the spring Birding festival, please contact the Galveston Nature Tourism Council.

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      Jan Dunlap

      FeatherFest sounds like fun! And I bet I could get some great ideas for another Birder Murder Mystery.

    Galveston Island State Park stretches from beach to bay with all the habitats common to barrier islands.

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    Galveston's "mid-Island" area includes examples of the ridges and sloughs that run along the island, remnants of ancient dunes systems. The structure provides for shallow inter-tidal marshes, tidal creeks, oyster reefs, mud flats, brackish and fresh water ponds; upland pastures and woods on the highest points. Lafitte’s Cove is a 32 acre preserve with an excellent oak mott and fruiting trees and bushes, an excellent place for migrating songbirds in spring and fall.

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    Galveston's East End Lagoon is a must see area for all birders. When conditions are right, one can enjoy vast numbers and variety of birds without leaving the car. It’s a great “easy viewing” area for beginning birders.

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    Don't forget to ride the Bolivar Ferry from Galveston to Port Bolivar - one of the best ways to view Bottlenose dolphin, brown pelicans, and magnificent frigate birds.

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    Residents can join visitors from all 50 states and foreign countries enjoying the diverse wildlife in the Galveston Bay watershed.

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    The Island is a central location for novice and expert birders offering a wide variety of species.

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    When the work day is over, pack a picnic dinner and some easy chairs and head to the beach. Temperatures are moderate, so outdoor activities are enjoyable year-round.

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    Millions of visitors each year dream about living in this tropical setting called Galveston Island. You can be one of the fortunate Island residents who live the fantasy.

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    Don't forget to ride the Bolivar Ferry from Galveston to Port Bolivar - one of the best ways to view Bottlenose dolphin, brown pelicans, and magnificent frigate birds. The 15-minute, free ride is a great place for viewing wildlife, feeding birds off the stern of the ship, or just enjoying the scenery as the ferry crosses into the Bolivar Peninsula, the pass between the Gulf of Mexico and Galveston Bay.

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      We did this earlier in the spring of 2015 ... first time ever! Loved it.

    With more than 500 species of birds residing, wintering, or migrating through southeast Texas, the Galveston Bay Estuary is the largest and most productive on the Texas coast.

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    Most beaches are closed to vehicles, but San Luis Pass is the exception, so this makes birding even all the more enjoyable. Check the many miles of open pasture land for feeding shorebirds and waders on west FM 3005.

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    When you reach the large wetland area just south of the Seawall, there are cormorants, egrets, herons, ibis, ducks, etc. This beach area is a favorite resting area for black skimmers, gulls, terns, etc. Check the tidal ponds for a variety of other species. Explore the East Lagoon Nature Trail to witness the natural tidal marsh environment. Here, visitors enjoy bird watching, natures study, walking, and fishing. The tidal creek and pond are prime locations for birding.

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    Lafitte's Cove is a 20-acre oak moat preserve and is an excellent place to find migrating songbirds in spring and fall. At least 137 species were recorded in the preserve during the spring migration of 1997. Go west on Stewart Road, past 11 Mile Road, and turn right into the Lafitte’s Cove subdivision and follow signs to parking area.

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    The John M. O'Quinn Corridor surrounds Interstate 45 from the Texas City Interchange on the north; south to the Santa Fe Overpass; bounded on the east by the Galveston, Houston, and Henderson Railroad.

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    61st Street crosses the east end of Offatts Bayou. Grebes, diving ducks, and - in the spring - Pacific loons are often seen in the bayou area.

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    When weather conditions are right in spring, Kempner Park is home to migrant land birds seen sweeping through the oak trees. American robins have nested here, and White-winged doves are common in the surrounding neighborhoods.

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    Watch the birds waiting for the return of the shrimp boats, known locally as the "Mosquito Fleet" at Pier 19, and enjoy lunch at one of the many restaurants on Harborside Drive between 22nd and 19th Streets.

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    Explore the East Lagoon Nature Trail to witness the natural tidal marsh environment. Here, visitors enjoy bird watching, natures study, walking, and fishing. The tidal creek and pond are prime locations for birding.

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    From soft sandy beaches to famous 19th century architecture, the island is surrounded with incredible history and unique beauty.

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    Don't forget to ride the Bolivar Ferry from Galveston to Port Bolivar - one of the best ways to view Bottlenose dolphin, brown pelicans, and magnificent frigate birds

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    Residents can join visitors from all 50 states and foreign countries enjoying the diverse wildlife in the Galveston Bay watershed.

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    With more than 500 species of birds residing, wintering, or migrating through southeast Texas, the Galveston Bay Estuary is the largest and most productive on the Texas coast.

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