Birding in Texas

Just got back from a week in Surfside, Texas (40 miles south of Galveston on the coast), where we stayed in a beach house with family and friends. Spent some great hours birding in the area, at Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge, San Bernard NWR, and Brazos Bend State Park. Saw 62 bird species, 10 of which are lifers for me. I’ll start with the 10 lifers:

  • Black-bellied Whistling Ducks
  • Northern Bobwhite
  • Neotropic Cormorant
  • Wood Stork (finally!)
  • Mississippi Kite
  • Purple Gallinule
  • Marbled Godwit
  • Sandwich Tern
  • Summer Tanager
  • Painted Bunting

Also saw big ol’ turtles, white-tailed deer, and more than a few alligators! The rest of the birds, in no particular order:

  • Mallard
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Brown Pelican
  • Anhinga (love those Anhinga!!)
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret
  • Snowy Egret
  • Little Blue Heron
  • Tricolored Heron
  • Cattle Egret
  • Green Heron
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron
  • Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
  • White Ibis
  • Glossary Ibis
  • White-faced Ibis
  • Roseate Spoonbill
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Red-shouldered Hawk
  • Crested Caracara
  • Common Moorhen
  • American Coot
  • Killdeer
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • American Avocet
  • Willet
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper
  • Laughing Gull
  • Least Tern
  • Black Skimmer
  • Mourning Dove
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  • American Crow
  • Purple Martin
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Gray Catbird
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Common Yellowthroat
  • Seaside Sparrow
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Dickcissel
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Boat-tailed Grackle
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • House Sparrow
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