Port Lavaca and Indianola

Port Lavaca, Texas

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This area is the heart of Calhoun County, which has led the nation for the highest number of bird species found on the Annual North American (spring) Migration Counts from 1992 to 1996. The area has a rich assemblage of habitats accessible along the route—enough habitats, in fact, to establish several “ABA Monthly Big Day” records for the state and the nation. Indianola was once the largest seaport in Texas, but was twice wiped out by major hurricanes in the late nineteenth century. A large granite block on the beach southeast of the LaSalle Monument marks the town’s original location, which now lies under Matagorda Bay. Key birds include: Brown Pelican, Neotropic Cormorant, Reddish Egret, White and White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Mottled Duck, White-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara, Black and Clapper Rails, American Oystercatcher, Black Skimmer, Curve-billed Thrasher, and Seaside Sparrow are present year-round. Magnificent Frigatebird; Least Bittern; Wood Stork; Fulvous and Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks; Purple Gallinule; Wilson’s Plover; Sandwich, Least, and Black Terns
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Birding Texas

by Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger (Falcon Guides)

This area is the heart of Calhoun County, which has led the nation for the highest number of bird species found on the Annual North American (spring) Migration Counts from 1992 to 1996. The area has a rich assemblage of habitats accessible along the route—enough habitats, in fact, to establish several “ABA Monthly Big Day” records for the state and the nation. Indianola was once the largest seaport in Texas, but was twice wiped out by major hurricanes in the late nineteenth century. A large granite block on the beach southeast of the LaSalle Monument marks the town’s original location, which now lies under Matagorda Bay.

Key birds include: Brown Pelican, Neotropic Cormorant, Reddish Egret, White and White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Mottled Duck, White-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara, Black and Clapper Rails, American Oystercatcher, Black Skimmer, Curve-billed Thrasher, and Seaside Sparrow are present year-round. Magnificent Frigatebird; Least Bittern; Wood Stork; Fulvous and Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks; Purple Gallinule; Wilson’s Plover; Sandwich, Least, and Black Terns

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Port Lavaca
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April and May for spring migrants and nesting activities; November through March for winter birds
Local Contacts: Port Lavaca/Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Port Lavaca and Indianola

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