South Padre Island is one of the better spots for seeing shorebirds in Texas as well as in the entire country. The rich mudflats there and other sites on the gulf coast play host to thousands of sandpipers, plovers, egrets, and other aquatic species during both fall and spring migration.
A recent jaunt over to South Padre turned up good numbers of several species and some fine photo opportunities.
Not all of the shorebirds nest in the arctic. In fact, two of the larger, more easily identified species nest in prairie wetlands of Canada and the north-central USA.
While watching shorebirds at South Padre Island, you can also be treated to nice looks at various herons and egrets. The uncommon Reddish Egret is among the most elegant of these large wading birds.
As with other wetland sites in south Texas, you will probably also see Black-bellied Whistling Ducks.
The numbers of waders visiting south Texas should increase over the coming weeks. Since these migrants come and go, you never know what might show up!