We drove one long day from Fort Davis to Laredo, and then the following day arrived at the Gulf coast. On the way we stopped at the Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge for some birding, but it was just not the same on our own without our expert birding companions. This part of Texas is known for its excellent bird-watching opportunities, as it is a popular flyway for migratory species.
My husband and I both enjoy being by water, so we were happy to spend a night on South Padre Island, one of Texas’s long barrier islands. It was a touristy place, we thought, but the endlessly incoming waves on the long Gulf shore gave Nature precedence.
South Padre Island also has a birding center, but we looked for birds instead along the boardwalks and grounds of the island’s convention center. We saw black-bellied whistling ducks, buntings, red-breasted grosbeaks, yellow warblers and prairie warblers, spoonbills, the ubiquitous great-tailed grackles, and others.
We viewed the sunset from the Intracoastal Waterway side of the island.
Another great day.