All registrants at the Birdiest Festival are welcome to join us for a series of bird walks on:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (April 22-25).
Each is scheduled from 8-11 a.m.
Local guides will lead you through some of our region's birdiest places. Enjoy the South Texas native birds and count the many migrants who are sure to be keeping them company.
Transportation is not provided
Goose Island is the only more distant location,
about an hour up the coast.
$5 for South Texas Botanical Gardens
$5 pay to enter Goose Island State Park
$5 recommended donation for the Blucher Park
South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center
Thursday, Friday and Sunday
Your Birdiest Festival host and organizer is the Botanical Gardens, which spans 182 acres of shrub and grassland, with a lake and a pond. You may find a variety of bird species here year-round, and in spring, anything could be present. As mentioned earlier, this site sits along a prime migration corridor, so simply look skyward for swallows, hawks, anhingas, and White Pelicans that commonly pass over on their way northward.
Friday and Saturday
Your park hosts will lead you around this coastal gem’s diverse habitat. According to eBird, visitors and staff have spotted 340 bird species here. The trees should be teeming with spring migrants. You might even see an iconic Whooping Cranes lingering from its winter stay in the area’s coastal wetlands. In 2011, birders flocked to Goose Island to catch a rare glimpse of a Yellow-faced Grassquit. Feel free to stick around after the hike to watch the bird activity around feeders, or explore more of the park and adjacent areas. Ask about the Big Tree, a favorite landmark of visitors.
$5 entrance fee at the park
Saturday and Sunday
Each April weekend, members of the Audubon Outdoor Club of Corpus Christi lead bird walks through this little urban jewel. According to records kept since 2002, visitors have spotted 183 species. You might be startled by what appears to be giant moth that flushes from underfoot. Try not to scream. This happens nearly every spring, when the Chuck-will's-widows inhabit the park.
Blucher is a popular place for migrating warblers. Swainson's and Worm-eating Warblers are among the special guests regularly found here. Remain in the park after the guided walk to enjoy some solitary birding on your own. Or visit nearby Rose Hill Cemetery, another site popular among migratory birds and birders alike.
Recommended $5 donation at the park host table