Brazos Bend State Park is located about 30 miles from Houston, Texas, in Fort Bend County, and consists of almost 5,000 acres of incredible bird watching territory. You can hike, bike, camp and even fish as you bird watch through this glorious Texas paradise (be careful of alligators, though.) Here you will find forests, lakes, ponds, grasslands and of course, the mighty Brazos River, just about every bird watching habitat you can think of. For a guide to finding and identifying just a few of the species of birds you may encounter while bird watching at Brazos Bend State Park in Texas, see below.
Northern Pintail. Look for this large duck in the wetlands of Brazos Bend State Park, where you may see it dabbling for plants as it floats along. Identify this bird by the long, pointed tail that gives it is name, in addition to the blue-gray bill and gray legs and feet. The males have dark brown heads with a white stripe running down the back. You will find this duck while bird watching in Texas at the Brazos Bend State Park until it flies south for the winter.
Pied-billed Grebe. This is a small, stocky water bird with a short neck. You’ll be able to identify it when bird watching in Texas by its small bill, which looks almost like a chicken’s, and which is encircled by a black band. Usually found in Texas all year round, look for it while bird watching near the ponds and marshes of the Brazos Bend State Park.
American Kestrel. The smallest falcon in North America, this bird of prey has blue-gray wings with white undersides and black barring. The tail and back are reddish orange. This bird likes to sit in trees, looking for lizards, mice and other good things to eat. Look for it while bird watching in the grasslands and meadows of Brazos Bend State Park.
American Coot. Look for this water bird while bird watching in the wetlands of Brazos Bend State Park. You can identify it from its short, thick white bill and its neck and head, which will be a darker gray than the rest of its body. Coots will dive for their food but also like to browse on land. During breeding season, they become very territorial. The American Coot can be a year round resident in Texas, so look for them any time you are bird watching at Brazos Bend State Park.
Barred Owl. This distinctive owl has a pale face with large rings around its big dark eyes. A large owl, distinguish it from other owls by its lack of ear tufts and feather covered legs and feet. Barred owls eat mice and rodents, but have been glimpsed wading into water to prey on fish and even ducks! Look for it while bird watching in Texas in the early dawn or evening at Brazos Bend State Park.
Eastern Phoebe. Identify this flycatcher from its big head, white throat, and gray-brown back. It can usually be found in open woodlands near water in Brazos Bend State Park. You will often hear its sharp call while bird watching in Texas before actually seeing it, although it is easy to spot this not-shy bird.