Fall Birding on Galveston Island

October is the perfect time to catch some of your favorite feathered friends frolicking on Galveston’s shores!

Galveston ornithologist Jim Stevenson recently sent us these great images, and we just had to share!shore birds in water in galveston island texas

Here’s what Jim had to say:

“the rains of Harvey created a lot of freshwater pools for shorebirds to feed, as the Gulf’s shores were well under water. From left to right above, there are Western Willets, a Great-tailed Grackle, Black-bellied Plover w/ a Black-necked Stilt behind it, a Short-billed Dowitcher bending over, a Long-billed Curlew flying right to left, a Laughing Gull already in winter plumage with a Marbled Godwit right behind it, two more Willets & another black-belly and a Spotted Sandpiper (hard to make out) flitting at the right edge of the picture.

Long-billed Curlew in galveston island texas

During the height of Hurricane Harvey’s winds, birds like this Long-billed Curlew were hunkering down, of course facing the wind. You can see the nearby Marbled Godwit was also low. This female (see the long bill?) also still has much of her breeding (alternate) plumage, as shorebirds molt a great deal in August and April.”

Galveston Island is a great birding location all year round, but it gets even better in the spring! Check out FeatherFest – Galveston’s annual birding and nature photo festival!

Galveston Island FeatherFest and Nature PhotoFest

photo of pelican on post taken at featherfest in galveston island This weather is for the birds!  Well, maybe not even them…these thunderstorms probably have them tucked into their nests for the day. Hopefully, some sunny weather will be winging its way to us for this weekend’s FeatherFest and Nature PhotoFest!  (In case you haven’t already gathered, we’re feathering our post with as many terrible bird puns as possible. “Cheep” laughs, that’s us! :D).

group of birders birdwatching nature with binoculars in glaveston island texas

With over 100 field trips, workshops, and birding events to choose from, FeatherFest is an annual event that causes visitors of all ages to flock to Galveston to try to catch a glimpse of the over 200 species of birds that make the arduous northward migration across the Gulf from Central and South America. Our prime spot on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail makes Galveston Island the natural watering hole for bird watchers and their feathered friends!

As of today, there are still seats left at several of the sessions of both parts (FeatherFest and Photofest) of this awesome experience. From the newly hatched birder to the “wise old owl” types, there’s bound to be a class you’ll enjoy! Plus, free family events include a screen of “Audubon The Film“, a “Birds of Prey Raptor Show” and more!

spoonbill in water in galveston island texasDoes your flock already have plans for this weekend?  Don’t worry!  This handy “Great Birding” brochure is a great guide no matter what season you’re making your annual beach migration 😉

P.S. Early birds didn’t get all the worms – er, vacation houses! We still have some prime nesting spots left for this weekend – check availability and book online 24/7 or give us a call at 409-797-5500, Ext. 2.

Galveston’s Beach Nourishment Going Strong

We can’t get enough of this awesome project!  There’s a huge expanse of brand new beach already open to the public, and work is continuing westward along Seawall Blvd.  Here’s a progress picture from September 17:

galveston island beach nourishment project progess

We get to see the progress every morning on our way to the office, but if you aren’t lucky enough to be heading to a Sand `N Sea vacation home soon you can always watch the progress live on the SandCam!

Galveston’s Seawall West Nourishment Project

Imagine this: You’ve just arrived somewhere in Texas with your friends and family for a weekend getaway. The sun is shining on your face, the wind is in your hair, and you’re relaxing on 725,00 new cubic yards of beach. You read that right- there’s a whole new beach in town. Where are you? Galveston Island, of course! The biggest beach reconstruction project in the history of the Island, the Seawall West Nourishment Project, is officially underway.

galveston beach reconstruction

How far will 725,000 cubic yards (taken from the Galveston Ship Channel) really get you? Once moved, the sand will make for 20 brand new blocks of beach between 61st Street and 81st Street. That’s 20 new blocks of sun-bathing, sea swimming, frisbee throwing, and much more! Beach access in this area is currently limited, but it’s worth the wait! You can keep track of the progress by checking out Galveston.com’s Live SandCam.

The U.S Army Corps of Engineers began adding sand for the Beach Building project in August 2015 and completion is expected by late October 2015. Come enjoy the finished project this fall by planning your next Galveston getaway!