by Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger (Falcon Guides)
Although this was once one of North America’s best-known birding hot spots, much of the natural environment has been degraded by developments and grazing since the days of Connie Hagar, the birder who discovered the area to be a birding bonanza. Programs, workshops, field trips, hummingbird banding demonstrations, and booths where vendors display birding equipment, books, art, and crafts are all included. Contact the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce for more information.
Key birds: Least Grebe, Brown Pelican, Neotropic Cormorant, White and White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Mottled Duck, White-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara, Pauraque, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, Green Jay, Longbilled Thrasher, Olive Sparrow, Seaside Sparrow, and Bronzed Cowbird are present year-round. Anhinga, Magnificent Frigatebird, Least Bittern, Wood Stork, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Wilson’s Plover, Least Tern, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Brown-crested and Scissortailed Flycatchers, Painted Bunting, Dickcissel, and Cassin’s Sparrow occur in summer. American White Pelican, American Bittern, Hooded Merganser, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, Sandhill Crane, and Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrows can usually be found in winter.
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