Quintana

Freeport, Texas

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A tiny woodlot in the beach village of Quintana has developed a large reputation as a place to find rare migrant songbirds in spring and fall and as a rewarding spot to enjoy the usual flycatchers, vireos, and warblers passing through. In addition, a nearby jetty offers a good lookout for seabirds in the Gulf of Mexico. The small patch of Hercules-club, salt cedar, and various shrubs here is known as the best “migrant trap” in the area. Among the rarities that have been found are Mangrove Cuckoo; Western Wood-Pewee; Say’s Phoebe; Yellow-green and Black-whiskered vireos; Cape May, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Gray, Townsend’s, and Connecticut warblers; Western Tanager; Pyrrhuloxia; and Cassin’s Sparrow. Of course, none of these can be expected on any particular trip, but the sanctuary’s position as one of the very few patches of trees in the area makes it a figurative magnet for migrant birds looking for food and shelter. Trails and benches make this an inviting spot to relax and see what drops out of the sky in spring and fall.

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"A tiny woodlot in the beach village of Quintana has developed a large reputation as a place to find rare migrant songbirds in spring and fall and as a rewarding spot to enjoy the usual flycatchers, vireos, and warblers passing through. In addition, a nearby jetty offers a good lookout for seabirds in the Gulf of Mexico.

The small patch of Hercules-club, salt cedar, and various shrubs here is known as the best “migrant trap” in the area. Among the rarities that have been found are Mangrove Cuckoo; Western Wood-Pewee; Say’s Phoebe; Yellow-green and Black-whiskered vireos; Cape May, Black-throated Blue, Black-throated Gray, Townsend’s, and Connecticut warblers; Western Tanager; Pyrrhuloxia; and Cassin’s Sparrow. Of course, none of these can be expected on any particular trip, but the sanctuary’s position as one of the very few patches of trees in the area makes it a figurative magnet for migrant birds looking for food and shelter. Trails and benches make this an inviting spot to relax and see what drops out of the sky in spring and fall."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Freeport
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Year-round; best in spring, fall also good
Local Contacts: Quintana Beach County Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Quintana

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May 2018