This field trip is one of our best kept secrets! Participants in the past have been surprised at the variety of birds seen on this outing. The Texas City Dike projects approximately 5 miles into East Galveston Bay, almost to Pelican Island. The newly built recreational area along the dike is an excellent vantage point to see birds that prefer a true marine environment.
Along the drive to the dike you will stop and bird at private property that has water lagoons.
This underappreciated birding spot is an excellent location to see Eared Grebes, Common Loons and late wintering waterfowl. Along the shoreline we will look for Roseate Spoonbills, Great and Snowy Egrets, Ruddy Turnstones, American Oystercatchers, various peeps, and other shorebirds. Out in the bay we will look for the Red-breasted Merganser, Lesser Scaup, and Ruddy Duck. We may even see a Peregrine Falcon perched on a structure or flying overhead! Rarities such as Greater Flamingo, Great Black-backed Gull, Glaucous Gull, Pacific Loon and the white morph of the Great Blue Heron have been seen here in the past.
There are colonies of Cave and Cliff Swallows nesting under several bridges. If time permits, the trip will seek out one of several colonies of Monk Parakeets colonially nesting atop the power transmission towers, and perhaps an Anhinga along the freshwater canal at Highland Park.
Bring water, snacks