On the northeast coast of Texas, is a remote beach and coastal marsh that is still fairly undeveloped. Driving west from Sabine Pass, Texas on Highway 87 you dead end into the state park and McFadden National Wildlife Refuge with miles of wilderness. The best way to explore this area is by kayak or canoe but even without, most birds are fairly easily found.
|Northern Harrier above the dunes.|
|Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, White Ibis, Roseate Spoonbills, and|
Great-tailed Grackle take off from the coastal marsh.
|Snowy Plover-one of about 15 individuals present, a few Piping were also|
in the mix.
|Seaside Sparrow-one of many wintering in the dune grasses.|
A walk down the beach and into the dunes is well worth it as well. Many shorebirds gather in the winter including many Snowy and Piping Plovers, Marbled Godwit, and American Avocets. Merlins hunt from perches on the beach while Brown Pelicans dive into the ocean catching fish. A walk in the dune grasses will quickly provide great views of Seaside Sparrow and Sedge Wrens. And, when you get sick of the open habitats, you can head back east on Highway 87 to a couple of woodlands, such as Sabine Woods where migrants abound in season.