Galveston Island and Galveston Island State Park Professional Review and Guide
"Galveston Island extends for 30 miles and is nowhere more than 5 miles wide. It is a wonderful birding area year-round; 100 species can be found any day of the year, and 150 species or more can be recorded on a good day in spring. The 2,000-acre state park lies 6 miles southwest of the western tip of the Galveston seawall. The city of Galveston, with a population of about 65,000, dominates the northern end of the island. The port of Galveston is the oldest major port in Texas. The city also contains a significant historic district and the 156-acre Moody Gardens, with a rain forest pyramid that houses tropical vegetation and butterflies.
Key birds: Brown Pelican, Neotropic Cormorant, Reddish Egret, White and White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Mottled Duck, American Oystercatcher, Black Rail, and Seaside Sparrow are present yearround. Magnificent Frigatebird, Least Bittern, Fulvous and Blackbellied Whistling-Ducks, Purple Gallinule, Wilson’s Plover, Least Tern, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Painted Bunting, Dickcissel, and Bronzed Cowbird occur in summer. Northern Gannet, American White Pelican, Hooded Merganser, Osprey, Yellow and Virginia Rails, Sandhill Crane, Snowy and Piping Plovers, Short-eared Owl, Sprague’s Pipit."