Saturday, November 17, 2012

Port Aransas Birding - Redheads Galore

Can you imagine so many Redheads that you can barely see the water?  Don't worry, you don't have to, you just have to go to Port Aransas, Texas!  A visit to the Port Aransas Birding Center is a must for any birder when on the central coast of Texas.  There is a short boardwalk out into a big marsh with a 2-story tower that overlooks the water.  Over the last couple weeks some great birds have shown up with the huge flocks of Redheads including Surf Scoter, Long-tailed Duck, and Eurasian Wigeon.

Redheads-'nuff said

More Redheads . . .

Stilt Sandpiper at Charlie's Pasture on Mustang Island
Another location on Mustang Island is the Packery Channel that separates Mustang from Padre Island.  This location can be excellent for shorebirds, terns, and gulls.  Some easy-to-identify shorebirds such as Whimbrel, Long-billed Curlew, and American Oystercatcher feed alongside more difficult-to-identify species such as the dowitchers and peeps.

American Oystercatcher-one of the most beautiful shorebirds in the US

Dunlin-one of the more common shorebirds in the area.

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