Port Lavaca to Indianola

Port Lavaca, Texas

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Though not so well known as some Texas coastal sites, this area of eastern Calhoun County is a favorite of local birders. Relatively undeveloped (no plastics factories or oil refineries here), it’s a place to drive the back roads, looking for whatever shows up, from waders to raptors to migrant songbirds. It also includes a sanctuary called “Magic Ridge ” with notable nesting birds, owned by the Texas Ornithological Society. Noted as an easy spot to see Clapper Rail (including family groups in breeding season), this small area also has other rails from fall through spring, as well as year-round Seaside Sparrow. On the shoreline and in open water will always be a variety of waterbirds, including American White and Brown pelicans; Double-crested (fall through spring) and Neotropic cormorants; herons and egrets; wintering diving ducks; shorebirds; gulls; and terns. A small covered platform has been constructed here especially for birders.

Port Lavaca to Indianola Professional Review and Guide

"Though not so well known as some Texas coastal sites, this area of eastern Calhoun County is a favorite of local birders. Relatively undeveloped (no plastics factories or oil refineries here), it’s a place to drive the back roads, looking for whatever shows up, from waders to raptors to migrant songbirds. It also includes a sanctuary called “Magic Ridge ” with notable nesting birds, owned by the Texas Ornithological Society.

Noted as an easy spot to see Clapper Rail (including family groups in breeding season), this small area also has other rails from fall through spring, as well as year-round Seaside Sparrow. On the shoreline and in open water will always be a variety of waterbirds, including American White and Brown pelicans; Double-crested (fall through spring) and Neotropic cormorants; herons and egrets; wintering diving ducks; shorebirds; gulls; and terns. A small covered platform has been constructed here especially for birders."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Port Lavaca
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Year-round; best in spring, fall also good
Driving Directions: Directions to Port Lavaca to Indianola

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May 2018