Birds of a feather

Spring migration brings scores of bird species to Port Aransas

Upper left: Don and Barbara Hall of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, watch for migratory birds at Paradise Pond in Port Aransas. On Tuesday, April 12. Don Is a Denver Audubon Master Birder. He and Barbara are spending two weeks in Port Aransas to watch birds during the spring migration.

Upper left: Don and Barbara Hall of Highlands Ranch, Colorado, watch for migratory birds at Paradise Pond in Port Aransas. On Tuesday, April 12. Don Is a Denver Audubon Master Birder. He and Barbara are spending two weeks in Port Aransas to watch birds during the spring migration.

Spring migration is underway and Nueces County, where Port Aransas is located, is one of the most birdrich locations in the U.S., according to the Audubon Society. A migratory flyway passes through Port Aransas where part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail is located.

Five birding sites are located here on the trail that ties together birding sites from Beaumont to Brownsville.

The birding sites in Port Aransas are where you can find the many species that are both full-time residents or those passing through during spring migration.

Birders from far and wide visit Port Aransas to view the numerous species of birds.

A South Jetty photographer recently visited birding sites and Port Aransas neighborhoods to photograph some of the migratory birds that can be seen this time of year.

Upper right: A male summer tanager perches in the willows along State Highway 361 on April 9.

Upper right: A male summer tanager perches in the willows along State Highway 361 on April 9.

Lower right: A redwinged blackbird sings his song at the Leonabelle Turnbull birding Center on Friday, March 25.

Lower right: A redwinged blackbird sings his song at the Leonabelle Turnbull birding Center on Friday, March 25.

Lower middle: A Lincoln’s sparrow was found in a yard along south 11th Street on Thursday, March 31.

Lower middle: A Lincoln’s sparrow was found in a yard along south 11th Street on Thursday, March 31.

Lower left: This browncrested flycatcher was photographed also on March 31 in the same location as the sparrow.

Lower left: This browncrested flycatcher was photographed also on March 31 in the same location as the sparrow.

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