This is part two of our Anahuac Wildlife tour, we drove the 10 mile drive through the marsh to Galveston Bay, ending at Smith Point. I have never seen so many ducks in one place in my life. My favorite camera is in shop and I totally forgot to take my other zoom camera, the pictures are not great but they will give birders a good idea of the amount of birds in this area. This is the "BEST" birding area I have seen other than Alaska. Don't miss this one.
This area is also known for alligators. We saw a mama gator with 20 babies on the bank and more swimming in the water. I took the pictures from the car. :-) I am planning a trip back to this area with my zoom lens. We are loving Texas for birding already and the migratory birds have not even arrived yet. Another "wowser" day in Texas, check back later for more.
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The more than 34,000-acre Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1963 to provide habitat for wintering waterfowl along the Central Flyway. Between October and March, 32 species of waterfowl utilize the refuge; concentrations of Snow Geese sometimes exceed 80,000. The refuge ponds and prairie habitats are readily accessible by a series of graveled roads with occasional pullouts; trails are at a minimum. Key birds: Least Grebe, Brown Pelican, White and White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Fulvous Whistling-Duck, Wood and Mottled Ducks, Clapper and King Rails, Seaside Sparrow, and Boat-tailed Grackle are present year-round. Neotropic Cormorant, Least Bittern, Wood Stork, Purple Gallinule, Least Tern, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Painted Bunting, and Dickcissel occur in summer. American White Pelican; Greater White-fronted, Snow, and Ross’s Geese; Osprey; White-tailed Kite; Yellow, Black, and Virginia Rails; Short-eared Owl; Sedge Wren; American and Sprague’s Pipits; and LeConte’s Sparrow can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.