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Where do you start? Let’s begin with a simple premise – there is never a bad day to bird along the Coastal Bend. Therefore where you start should be based on where you are coming from (in other words, there are birds to see wherever you choose to stop first).

Don't be left out of the loop!

Corpus Christi sits on the Central Texas Coast (CTC) Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail . The coastal birding trail is a wonderfully marked trail system with conveniences such as boardwalks, parking pullouts, observation platforms, and landscaping to attract native wildlife. These features allow you to get closer to see Texas's breathtaking birds. The Central Coast map starts near Matagorda Bay, traveling through the Victoria and Corpus Christi areas, and ends just south of Kingsville.

No matter which direction you head into Corpus Christi, there is a Birding Loop along the way.

Corpus Christi Bay Loop

  • JFK Causeway Wetlands
  • Redhead Pond Wildlife Management Area
  • South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center
  • Oso Bay Park
  • Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge
  • Texas A&M - Corpus Christi Nature Trail
  • Blucher Park
  • Texas State Aquarium
  • Indian Point/Sunset Lake (Portland)
  • Indian Point/Sunset Lake (Portland)
  • Fred Jones Nature Sanctuary (San Patricio Co.)
  • Labonte Park
  • Hilltop Community Center
  • Pollywog Pond
  • Hazel Bazemore Park

Mustang Island Loop

  • Mustang Island State Park
  • Corpus Christi Pass
  • Packery Channel
  • Padre Island National Seashore
  • Packery Channel Park

Brush Country Loop

  • Wesley Seale Dam and the City of Corpus Christi Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Lake Corpus Christi State Park
  • Fort Lipantitlan State Historic Park
  • Choke Canyon State Park
  • Lake Alice
  • John J. Sablatura Nature Park

Kingsville Loop

  • Santa Gertrudis Creek
  • King Ranch
  • Dick Kleberg Park
  • Santa Gertrudis Creek Bird Sanctuary
  • B Bar B Ranch Inn
  • Drum Point
  • Kaufer-Hubert Memorial Park
  • Rivera Fishing Pier
  • Louise Trant Bird Sanctuary
  • Hawk Alley

Aransas Loop

  • Aransas Woods
  • Goose Island State Park
  • Copano Bay Fishing Pier
  • Copano Bay Fishing Pier
  • Rockport Demo Bird Garden & Wetlands Pond
  • Connie Hagar Cottage Sanctuary

La Bahia Loop

  • Aransas National Wildlife Refuge
  • Fennessey Ranch
  • Mission River Flats
  • Black Point
  • Egrey Flats

For many birders, to stay at one location and bird within short distances is sublime (and an excellent way to get to know the local birds well). For others, the goal is to see as many species as possible during the trip. The birding sites along the Coastal Bend have been organized into loops, each representing a specific type of habitat and suite of birds that frequent that type of landscape. Therefore it will be necessary to travel to each of the loops in order to see the widest variety of bird species.

The blog has the latest information about what is being seen and where. So whether you are interested in a relaxing weekend on the beach or interested in only the most common birds, or if you are chasing that once-in-a-lifer, there is no better place to indulge your birding fancy than in America's Birdiest City.


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