Rockport TX Birding

Rockport, Texas is a renowned destination for passionate birders of all experience levels. From the Bahia Loop and Aransas Loop of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail and the beautiful Aransas National Wildlife Refuge, the Rockport area is brimming with world-class birding sites. It's especially popular for seeing whooping cranes. Grab your birding gear and head down to Rockport.

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When is the Best Time for Birding in Rockport-Fulton?

Hundreds of species call the area home year-round, but migratory birds can be seen in the Rockport-Fulton area from October through March.

Why are Whooping Cranes so Popular to See in Rockport, Texas?

The Whooping Crane is the largest bird in America. This elegant birds can be as tall as five feet with a wingspan of eight feet, and fly in from northwest Canada in October/November and leave again in the spring. Their elongated legs and throat give them a stark silhouette, which goes perfectly with black and white plumage, black eyeliner and pop of red on their head. Sadly, due to hunting and loss of habitat, these elegant birds almost went extinct. In 1941, only 15 birds survived, and they all lived on the central Texas coast. Thanks to a concerted effort by biologists and conservationists over many years, the cranes began to make a slow comeback. The Aransas flock is still the largest and only natural population of "whoopers" in the world. Recently, their numbers hit an all-time high of 224.

 

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Popular Birding Tours in Rockport

Whooping Crane & Coastal Birding Tour 

Texas Boat Safari hosts the area's best-reputed birding tour, particularly for viewing whooping cranes. Nearly 400 coastal bird species have been identified along the Texas Coastal Bend, though, so you're sure to see much more. Captain Tommy and his experienced birding guides are on a mission to help you experience some of the best birding sites in the U.S. 10-person minimum to run the tour, and weather conditions can also be a determining factor.

 

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