Nature Notes

January 16, 2013

Texas Birding: Aransas National Wildlife Refuge

Filed under: Birds,Texas — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

The Aransas Wildlife RefugeĀ  is best known as the winter home of the Whooping Crane. Once at the edge of extinction, in 1941 only 15 wild birds wintered in the area, it has slowly increased its population. It is still in a precarious state however. During the winter season, Whooping Crane tours regularly go from nearby Rockport into Aransas Bay, but you may occasionally see them from the refuge.

The area is well represented by Herons as well, with all of the regular Texas species to be found, as well as Rails, Roseate Spoonbill, and Ibis. In winter Ducks and shorebirds are in abundance.

Wild Turkey

Wild Turkey

These birds are usually found by the bay along the road and Heron Flats Trail.

During migration, there are an abundance of species who stop off in the area. On the day I visited, the roads in the area held hundreds of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers moving through, a great spectacle.

Warblers and other small passerines were in good supply. Northern Harriers were commonly found quartering the open fields, and a White-tailed Hawk made an appearance.


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