Finding Birds on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail: Houston, Galveston, and the Upper Texas Coast

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Overview

The Texas coast offers rich avian treasures for expert birders and beginners alike, if only they know where to look. For those familiar with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s maps to the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, this book on the Upper Texas Coast offers more—more information, more convenient and detailed maps, more pictures, more finding tips, and more birding advice from one of the trail’s creators, Ted Lee Eubanks Jr., and trail experts Robert A. Behrstock and Seth Davidson. For those new to the trail, the book is the perfect companion for learning where to find and how to bird the very best venues on this part of the Texas coast.

In an opening tutorial on habitat and seasonal strategies for birding the Upper Texas Coast, the authors include tips on how to take advantage of the famous (but elusive) fallouts of birds that happen here. They then briefly discuss the basics of birding by ear and the rewards of passive birding before turning to the trail itself and each of more than 120 birding sites from the Louisiana-Texas border, through Galveston and Houston, to just south of Freeport. Advice oninding bird groups

While not intended as a field identification guide, the book contains more than 175 color photographs of birds and their coastal habitat, giving readers an excellent feel for the trail’s diversity and abundance. Whether you are making your annual spring pilgrimage to Texas, leisurely traveling with the family along the coast, or wondering what to do during a layover in Houston, using this book as your guide to the trail will greatly enhance your birding experience.

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A combination of climate, fauna, wind currents, and flight patterns make the Upper Texas Coast a near-ideal locale for birders. Finding Birds on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail teaches avian enthusiasts to take full advantage of the truly breathtaking viewing opportunities in the region. The three coauthors utilize a back-to-basics approach, instructing newbies on birding by ear and "passive birding." Then they figuratively hit the trail, identifying and mapping more than 120 birding sites all the way from the Louisiana-Texas border to south of Freeport. This attractive book is not designed as a field identification guide, but it does provide more than 175 color photographs of Upper Texas Coast birds in their natural habitats. An excellent investment for any Texas sky watcher.
Bird Watcher's Digest

"Clear structure and clean graphics make this well-organized book a vital resource for the tremendous task of birding in Texas." -Bird Watcher''s Digest

Bird Watcher's Digest Staff
"Clear structure and clean graphics make this well-organized book a vital resource for the tremendous task of birding in Texas." -Bird Watcher's Digest
Birder's World
Don't bird the northeastern portion of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail without this new guide. . . . Especially useful are sidebars sprinkled throughout the book explaining how to find high-interest birds, such as Red-cockaded Woodpecker and Le Conte's Sparrow.
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Meet the Author

TED LEE EUBANKS JR. is president of Fermata, Inc., a nature tourism consulting business. He is a recipient of the Roger T. Peterson Excellence in Birding Award and a former board member of the National Audubon Society. He lives in Galveston.

ROBERT A. BEHRSTOCK is an Arizona-based biologist, writer, photographer, and nature tour leader who also runs the photo agency Naturewide Images.

SETH DAVIDSON lives, works, and writes in California. He manages a law firm that specializes in asbestos litigation.

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Table of Contents


Birding the Trail     19
Big Thicket Loop     21
Sabine Loop     53
Trinity Loop     71
San Jacinto Loop     85
Anahuac Loop     91
Bolivar Loop     109
Galveston Loop     131
Texas City Loop     147
Clear Lake Loop     155
Buffalo Bayou Loop     171
Katy Prairie Loop     181
Bluewater Loop     199
Coastal Plains Loop     207
Brazoria Loop     217
San Bernard Loop     231
Bird Index     239
General Index     249
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  • Posted March 13, 2009

    Birding

    This book is very specific to the Texas Coastal birding trails and has some lovely photos and great information. Easy to read

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