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The Birds of

the 6th Annual

Birdiest Festival

in America

by Joel Simon, Program Coordinator


The one thing making this festival so outstanding was the sheer numbers of individuals of each species so easy to find and see up close!  Two rainy fronts (luckily mostly at night) grounded the neo tropic migrants  up and down the coast.

233 Birders

27 States

134 Texans

58 Locals

(23 birders registered on site after online cut-off)


Warblers, warblers everywhere, anywhere you look! 

•   Thirty-one species of warblers seen

•   A new festival record of Palm Warbler 


Shorebird enthusiasts

•   Thirty-four species seen

•   Hudsonian Godwit, Buff-breasted Sandpiper



•   Twenty-two species seen

•   Swallow-tailed Kite

•   Aplomado Falcon, nesting near Port Aransas.



•   Black-Capped Vireo seen at Packery Channel 

•   Two Black Rails at Guadalupe Delta Preserve


How Good Was the Birding?

•   Clay Taylor’s 10-hour “BIG DAY” set a record 156 species! 

•   Festival host South Texas Botanical Gardens had a  one-day “Bird Walk” of 92 species in three hours!!!

2023 total

268 species


adding five new species, bringing its SIX-YEAR total to 317 species! Adding Pre and Post Trips, BFIA’s GRAND TOTAL now stands at 341 species! 

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2023 T-Shirt design by

(design pending)


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To Support and Inspire Birders – BirdNote is offering a FREE 2023 Calendar for the first 50 Registrants of Birdiest Festival in America 2023!!

APRIL 24-28, 2024
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