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Brazos Bend State Park, Texas

Brazos Bend State Park is situated south-west of Houston and nestled along the west bank of the Brazos River in Fort Bend County.

This 5000 acre park features a number of lakes, offering superb fishing. Here you can also find over 34 miles of multi-purpose trails spanning a diverse range of habitats.

Brazos Bend State Park is a haven for wildlife and is inhabited by a large population of American alligators. There are around 300 species of birds that have been sighted in the park. Brazos Bend State Park also provides a great observation tower for scanning the marshes along with many other platforms for observing the wildlife.

The park is home to many ducks and geese and sharp-eyed birders should keep an eye out for both the Black-bellied and Fulvous Whistling-Ducks. You may even be lucky enough to spot a Masked Duck.

Within Brazos Bend State Park it is also possible to see Moorhens, Brown Thrashers, Black and White Warblers, and many wading birds such as egrets, storks, herons and ibises.

The official Texas state bird is the Northern Mockingbird and you can find a checklist for bird watching activities in Texas here.

Photo credit to ljmacphee, used with permission under the creative commons license. You can learn more about the flora, fauna and birding opportunities at the Brazos Bend State Park, and find photos of the park here.

If you've visited the Brazos Bend State Park, please take the time to share your experience and any tips or insight you have about this Texas bird watching location below.

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  • Jeff

    Only 40 minutes from downtown Houston, Brazos Bend State Park is beautiful to walk around and is very good for birds (especially waders and waterbirds) throughout the year. It is also excellent for alligators, particularly in the spring.

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