Discover the Amazing Lower Rio Grande Valley Birds
These four hotspots for lower Rio Grande Valley birds offer birdwatchers plenty of chances to see rare and unique species.
Whether you’re a beginner or experienced birder, these four birding spots in the lower Rio Grande Valley deserve a special visit.
1. Resaca de la Palma State Park
Grab your binoculars and head to Resaca de la Palma State Park in Brownsville, Texas. Walk along more than 8 miles of trails or rent a bicycle for the weekend. You can search for green jays, least grebes and Harris’s hawks—all commonly spotted within the park. Psst—south Texas is also a butterfly hotspot for hundreds of rare butterflies.
2. Sabal Palm Sanctuary
View many must-see Rio Grande Valley birds, including the plain chachalaca, white-tipped dove and buff-bellied hummingbird, at the Sabal Palm Sanctuary, one of the best birding locations in Texas.
Want to see more species? Go birdwatching in different habitats!
3. Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
A short drive away in Los Fresnos, the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge is a top location for the rare aplomado falcon and a wide variety of wading birds and shorebirds. Be sure to check out the feeders stationed around the visitor center.
Get to know the beach birds you may see at coastal birding hotspots.
4. South Padre Island Birding, Nature Center and Alligator Sanctuary
Not far from Brownsville, Texas, the South Padre Island Birding, Nature Center and Alligator Sanctuary gives visitors and locals alike fantastic options for spotting Rio Grande Valley birds throughout the year. Register on the sanctuary’s website for a guided tour with an educator. Or take a stroll along a boardwalk that’s more than 3,000 feet long. For an even better view, climb the five-story viewing tower.
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