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Embarking on an adventure watching for the birds along the Texas Gulf Coast is a journey into a world teeming with diversity and natural splendor. The unique ecosystems in the Texas Coastal Bend are an ideal habitat for a rich assortment of bird species, making it a haven for both seasoned birders and those new to the hobby. You can explore Port Aransas by booking your ideal place to stay with Life In Paradise Vacation Rentals. Choose from Port Aransas vacation rentals featuring private pools, complimentary golf carts, beach access, and much more!

A Few of the Vibrant Coastal Bend Nesting Bird Species

  • Roseate Spoonbills: These stunning pink birds of the Texas Gulf Coast are a true sight to behold. 

  • Least Grebes: These adorable metallic gray water birds are a delight to spot on Mustang Island.  

  • Reddish Egrets: The Texas Gulf Coast is one of the best places in the nation to see these cinnamon-colored beauties. 

  • Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks: They were formally known as tree ducks for nesting and perching in trees. 

  • American Bittern: These birds of the Texas Gulf Coast are secretive but abundant. 

The Best Spots To View the Lovely Texas Gulf Coast Birds

  • UTMSI Wetlands Education Center: This wonderful spot to view Texas Gulf Coast birds is nestled between the Marine Science Education Center and the Port Aransas South Jetty. They offer free guided tours to the public in groups as large as 15 people.

  • Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center: Wander along the 700-foot boardwalk with a shaded observation tower to enjoy views of the freshwater wetland and the diverse wildlife that thrive in it. There's a trail that extends past the boardwalk into Charlie's Pasture in the southern portion of Port Aransas Nature Preserve. 

  • Joan and Scott Holt Paradise Pond: Stroll along the boardwalk, pollinator garden, and two-acre freshwater pond. This spot is also a migratory route for songbirds and smaller warblers.

  • Port Aransas Nature Preserve: This nature preserve protects Port Aransas's natural beauty and history. It also serves as an important habitat for wildlife, such as the birds of the Texas Gulf Coast. 

  • Mustang Island State Park: Covering 3954 acres of a subtropical barrier island is a lovely array of Texas Coastal Bend bird habitats.

Mark Your Calendars for the Whooping Crane Festival

The Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is the only place you can see the last naturally occurring whooping crane population in the world. The annual Whooping Crane Festival has been celebrating the return of these rare birds to their winter homes in the Texas Gulf Coast since the 1990s. Mark your calendars to join in the celebration of the 2024 Whooping Crane Festival, which will be held February 22–25, 2024.

The memories of witnessing the beauty of Texas Gulf Coast birds linger long after the journey ends, leaving you with a profound appreciation for the wonders of the natural world. Experience this pure bliss by booking your accommodations with Life In Paradise Vacation Rentals!