by Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger (Falcon Guides)
This entire area is within the 15-mile-diameter circle of the Mad Island Marsh Christmas Bird Count, which since its inception has netted annual totals in excess of 200 species. Matagorda County Jetty Park is included in the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. The massive 0.4-mile-long jetty is a popular fishing site, especially on weekends.
Key birds: Neotropic Cormorant, Reddish Egret, White and Whitefaced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Mottled Duck, White-tailed Kite, White-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara, Black Rail, and Seaside Sparrow are present year-round. Magnificent Frigatebird; Wood Stork; Fulvous and Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks; Wilson’s Plover; Sandwich, Least, and Black Terns; Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Painted Bunting; and Bronzed Cowbird occur in summer. Northern Gannet, Snow and Ross’s Geese, Osprey, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Sandhill Crane, Short-eared Owl, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, American and Sprague’s Pipits, Palm Warbler, and Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.
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