We’ll spend the majority of the morning birding Cattail Marsh in Beaumont. This 900-acre freshwater marsh complex provides great habitat for many migrant and breeding species. Birding the boardwalk and driving the levee roads around the marsh, provides close views of many species. Soras, Purple Gallinules, and Least Bitterns can be unusually numerous. Migrant shorebirds can be seen in large numbers if mudflats are available, and flocks of egrets and herons feed in the marsh. And if we look up, we should see one of the nesting Bald Eagles or maybe even a Swallow-tailed Kite.
We will also visit Sabine Woods, a chenier – an elevated beach ridge which allows oak growth along the coast. The oaks provide stopover habitat for migrant songbirds that have just completed their long flight over the Gulf of Mexico. We’ll spend our time here walking the trails through the oaks and watching water drips that provide the birds with fresh water. Depending on weather conditions we could see many warblers, vireos, thrushes, tanagers, orioles, and more!
This trip is sponsored by the Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau. They will be providing sandwich box lunches including a gluten free and vegetarian option.