by Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger (Falcon Guides)
Vegetation has been planted along the parking lot and entrance trail at the Port Aransas Birding Center to attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Plant and bird checklists are available. The birding center is also a good place to see alligators. The Port Aransas jetty is a popular fishing site, especially on weekends. Fishing boats are available for group birding and deep-sea fishing from Fisherman’s Wharf, near the ferry dock in Port Aransas. Birders are welcome aboard these fishing boats at a reduced rate.
Key birds: Least Grebe, Brown Pelican, Reddish Egret, White and White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Mottled Duck, White-tailed Hawk, Long-billed Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, and Cassin’s and Seaside Sparrows are present year-round. Neotropic Cormorant; Magnificent Frigatebird; Least Bittern; Purple Gallinule; Wilson’s Plover; Gull-billed, Sandwich, and Least Terns; and Groove-billed Ani occur in summer. Northern Gannet, American White Pelican, American Bittern, Osprey, Ferruginous Hawk, Crested Caracara, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, King and Virginia Rails, Sandhill Crane, Burrowing and Short-eared Owls, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, American and Sprague’s Pipits, Palm Warbler, and LeConte’s and Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrows can usually be found in winter.
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