Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

Anahuac, Texas

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Anahuac (ANN-uh-wak) ranks with the upper coast’s mandatory stops almost any time of year. With its East Bay Bayou unit located only about 15 miles from famed High Island, it can be part of one of the (potentially) best spring or fall birding days along the entire Texas coast. Summers are hot, humid, and buggy, but even then visitors can enjoy birds such as Neotropic Cormorant; Least Bittern; Roseate Spoonbill; White and White-faced ibises; Mottled Duck; Clapper and King rails (on the Texas coast these two species can be very difficult to tell apart; don’t rely on cheek color); Purple Gallinule; Common Moorhen; Marsh Wren; Painted Bunting; and Seaside Sparrow. It’s fall through spring, though, when Anahuac is most appealing, and birdiest. Wintering geese and ducks abound on refuge fields and ponds, with Greater White-fronted and Snow geese most conspicuous. Look among the Snows for the slightly smaller Ross's Goose, with its rounder head and stubbier bill. More than two dozen species of ducks have been sighted at Anahuac, and most winter days will see a dozen or more types easily found.
Exploring the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail

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Exploring the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail

by Mel White (Falcon Guides)

Anahuac (ANN-uh-wak) ranks with the upper coast’s mandatory stops almost any time of year. With its East Bay Bayou unit located only about 15 miles from famed High Island, it can be part of one of the (potentially) best spring or fall birding days along the entire Texas coast.

Summers are hot, humid, and buggy, but even then visitors can enjoy birds such as Neotropic Cormorant; Least Bittern; Roseate Spoonbill; White and White-faced ibises; Mottled Duck; Clapper and King rails (on the Texas coast these two species can be very difficult to tell apart; don’t rely on cheek color); Purple Gallinule; Common Moorhen; Marsh Wren; Painted Bunting; and Seaside Sparrow. It’s fall through spring, though, when Anahuac is most appealing, and birdiest. Wintering geese and ducks abound on refuge fields and ponds, with Greater White-fronted and Snow geese most conspicuous. Look among the Snows for the slightly smaller Ross's Goose, with its rounder head and stubbier bill. More than two dozen species of ducks have been sighted at Anahuac, and most winter days will see a dozen or more types easily found.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Anahuac
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge

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May 2018