Fall Bird Migration
season, which generally runs from mid- to late-September to early- to mid-October. Richard Gibbons, conservation director for Houston Audubon, tells the Houston Press
the best places to currently watch birds — while also avoiding death by mosquito — include Gulf Coast Bird Observatory’s Smith Point Hawk Watch (“There are swirling kettles of hawks,” says Gibbons. “You can see ten species in one day and 50,000 hawks. Get there early” to the 30-foot tall observation tower); Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary (“Take the ferry and watch the pelicans and the dolphins along the way”); Sheldon Lake State Park in the northeast part of Houston (“They boast a very impressive list of birds and such a varied habitat”); and during one of Houston Audubon’s open-to-the-public monthly bird count surveys along the Gulf Coast or in an urban setting.
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, 299 West Highway 332, Lake Jackson. For information, call 979-480-0999 or visit gcbo.org
Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary, Rettilon Road, Port Bolivar. For information, call 713-932-1639 or visit houstonaudubon.org
Sheldon Lake State Park, 14140 Garrett, Houston. For information, call 281-456-2800 or visit tpwd.texas.gov
Boy Scout Woods (Louis B. Smith Bird Sanctuary), 2088 5th Street, High Island. For information, visit birdinghighisland.com
For more information, call 713-932-1639 or visit houstonaudubon.org
. Price varies by location.
Though spring is prime time for watching migratory birds, there are plenty of birding opportunities in and around Houston during the