Fall migrants to Port Arthur include birds and the people who love to watch them.
Sea Rim State Park and Sabine Woods are two hotspots that will get you all in bird habitat of the Upper Texas Gulf Coast. Birds love our boardwalks, marshes and Sabine Lake views.
Come on down any time. Here’s a bit about what you’ll find, when:
- Late August through Mid-October – Southbound fall migrants.
- Late November through early April – Waterfowl, geese, Sandhill Cranes (they leave about February), sparrows, hawks and other raptors. Look for wintering landbirds such as Yellow-rumped Warblers and Blue-headed Vireos.
- Some birds on shore in summer include Least Tern and Wilson’s Plover.
- Other shorebirds from late July to about late April – Piping Plover, Black-bellied Plover, Snowy Plover and American Avocets
- Local breeding species include Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Eastern Kingbirds, Yellow-billed Cuckoos and Painted Buntings.
- Late March through Mid-May – Northbound spring neotropical migrants.
- Roseate Spoonbills and two of the three egret species are here and visible year round. Cattle Egret are mostly gone December through March.
Here’s where to go:
Sea Rim State Park (summer and winter)
Sabine Woods (spring, fall and winter)
Cattail Marsh, Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge (fall, winter and early spring)
Bolivar Flats (all year)
Big Thicket area – Especially Hardin County (early summer, December-January)
West Jefferson County (November through February).
This information is from John Whittle of the Golden Triangle Audubon Society. He helped the PACVB update its birding hotspots book, which bird lovers can download by visiting the birding page at www.VisitPortArthurTx.com.
We flapped our wings about Port Arthur area birding at the American Birding Expo in Columbus, Ohio in October and the Rio Grande Birding Festival in November #rgvbf15. Come see us, then go #birding and #birdwatching at #VisitPortArthurTx. It’s a #TexasToDo!