Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
For some birding listings, the street address is for the headquarters and not the actual bird watching destination. Call ahead for entry fees, parking information, and regulations regarding family pets.
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge (email) (website)
1 Wildlife Circle, Austwell, TX 77950, Tel: 361-286-3559
Details: Aransas National Wildlife Refuge was originally established by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937. It spans more than 115,000 acres including Blackjack Peninsula (Aransas proper), Matagorda Island, Myrtle Foester Whitmire, Tatton, and Lamar units. Aransas NWR is know for hosting the largest wild flock of endangered whooping cranes. Other wildlife include American alligator, javelina, roseate spoonbill, white-tailed deer, and armadillo.
Birds: Loons, Grebes, Shearwaters, Tropicbirds, Boobys, Gannets, Pelicans, Cormorants, Darters, Frigatebirds, Bitterns, Herons, Egrets, Ibises, Spoonbills, Storks, Ducks, Geese, Swans, Vultures, Kites, Eagles, Hawks, Caracaras, Falcons, Pheasants, Quails, Rails, Gallinules, Coots, Cranes, Plovers, Oystercatchers, Stilts, Avocets, Sandpipers, Phalaropes, Gulls, Terns, Pigeons, Dove, Cuckooes, Roadrunners, Anis, Barn and Other Owls, Goatsuckers, Swifts, Hummingbirds, Kingfishers, Woodpeckers, Tyrant Flycatchers, Larks, Swallows, Jays, Crows, Titmice, Verdins, Nuthatches, Creepers, Wrens, Kinglets, Gnatcatchers, Thrushes, Mockingbirds, Thrashers, Pipits, Waxwings. Silky-Flycatchers, Shrikes, Starlings, Vireos, Wood-Warblers, Tanagers, Cardinals, Grosbeaks, Buntings, Sparrows, Towhees, Blackbirds, Orioles, Finches, Goldfinches, Old World Sparrows.
Note: Bird listings may include resident and migratory birds and common and rare sightings.