Birding Hot Spots
Blucher Park provides a green space in the heart of downtown Corpus Christi. Several footpaths have been created throughout the park to allow visitors a chance to explore the natural surroundings of the park. Known worldwide the 4 acre- pocket park attracts birders year round in search of flycatchers, thrushes, vireos, warblers, chimney swifts and dozens more species. This densely wooded park with a small creek flowing through its center has a defined trail system mulched with native wood chips, pedestrian bridge, seating stones, way-finding markers, and a new Interpretive Birding Kiosk with chimney swift towers.
Hans & Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge, located on Ennis Joslin and Nile, offers nature lovers an ideal spot to observe shorebirds, waterfowl, butterflies and wildlife along Oso Bay. Take a walk on the 800-foot nature trail or the 1-mile boardwalk for good views of Oso Bay, grassy marshes, woodlands and mudflats. Picnic tables and viewing platforms are spread throughout the refuge for visitors to enjoy.
No other site in the United States can come close to listing the number of hawks or the number of species seen at Hazel Bazemore. The majority of the hawks are Broad-winged. Since the inception of the Hazel Bazemore Hawk Watch, 30 species have been seen at this site. During the eight-day peak in September, an average of 575,000 raptors is usually counted. A Hawk Watch platform built in 2007 provides comfortable surroundings for watching raptors but bring a lawn chair if you go on a fall weekend. In the fall be on the look out for, Vermillion Flycatcher (Fall and Winter), Rufous Hummingbird (Fall and Winter).
Resident birds include Least Grebe, Reddish Egret, White-face ibis, White-tipped Dove, Groove-billed Ani, Common Pauraque, Bull-bellied Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, Couch’s Kingbird, Green Jay, Long-billed Thrasher, Olive Sparrow, Cassin’s Sparrow.
The South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center offers visitors a lush oasis of various types of plants, birds and other species. Several miles of nature trails can also be found in the gardens. Observation platforms and an observation tower offer visitors unique glimpses into natural environment surrounding them. Visitors will be encompassed by the wildlife of the area, which includes a variety of birds and reptiles. Explore over 180 acres of nature trails, platforms, boardwalks, birding and photography blinds. Admission fee required.