This pre-festival trip will explore some of the best birding spots on the Clear Lake Loop of the Upper Texas Coast – Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. This area contains a variety of habitats, including approximately 60 acres of oak woodlands, riparian edge habitat along the bayou, freshwater ponds, wetlands, and bay waters. This amazing habitat diversity attracts a wide variety of resident and migratory bird species, as well as other wildlife such as turtles, deer, alligators, and swamp rabbits.
We’ll hike along the well-maintained trail system looking for raptors including Osprey, Red-shouldered Hawk, and Cooper’s Hawk; songbirds including White-eyed Vireo, Painted Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, orioles, and warblers, shorebirds including Black-bellied Plover, Ruddy Turnstone, and Willet, and Brown Pelican, Neotropic Cormorant, herons, egrets, and other wading birds. After a break for lunch, we’ll check for Red-breasted Merganser, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, and other duck species on lakes near the bay. Maps will be provided.
Bring water, snacks, lunch, and insect repellent.
Drive your own vehicle and walk
Photo: Jan Hanson