What are your Pathways in Rockport, Fulton and Aransas County?

Birding

Egery Flats

Herons, Egrets, and waterfowl can be found in this area. Search the salt marshes for Clapper Rail, Seaside, and Nelson’s Sharp-tailed Sparrow. Shorebirds, including American Avocet, Marbled Godwit, Long-billed Curlew, Black-bellied Plover, Dowitchers, Dunlin, and Least Sandpiper will frequent the acres of exposed mudflat. The shallow waters of Egery Flats attract all of the terns, so look in warm months for Caspian, Royal, Sandwich, Gull-billed, Forster’s, and Least here. Black Terns may also be seen here in migration. CTC-044 Great Texas Birding Trail Before you get to Bayside on Hwy 136, turn right onto Egery Island Road. There is a

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Aransas Woods

Spring Species – Migrants along the woodland trails including Warblers, Orioles, Tanagers, Vireos and Flycatchers Fall and Winter Species – Marsh Wren, Sora, Swamp Sparrow, Common Yellowthroat Aransas Woods Hwy. 35 Bypass, about 1 mile north of 188 on the eastern side of road. Watch for the Great Texas Birding Trail sign. This location is a fresh water marsh surrounded by oak mottes and native grasses. Site has a windmill, walking tails and an observation deck.  

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Port Bay Road

Resident Species – Roadrunner, Cardinal, Seaside Sparrow, Clapper Rail, White-tailed Hawk Spring Species – Cassin’s Sparrow, Upland Sandpiper, American Golden-Plover Winter Species – Vermillion Flycatcher Port Bay Road From Cape Velero, follow FM 1069 approximately 2.2 miles to Port Bay Road. Port Bay Road is 1.2 miles long. The road is paved for the first .6 mile. The road continues for another .5 mile after the pavement ends. This part is caliche. If it has rained, the road develops ruts. This road passes through dry grassy shrub with a salt marsh at the end of the road. This is private

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Cove Harbor

This is a wonderful site for Roseate Spoonbills, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and Brown Pelicans. From the previous fish cleaning station you can scope small islands in the channel. Cove Harbor From the North Cove Harbor Wetlands Sanctuary parking lot, drive south on Hwy 35 for .4 mile. Turn left into Cove Harbor. Cove Harbor is owned by the Aransas County Navigation District. There is a boat ramp and parking.  

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North Cove Harbor Wetlands Sanctuary

Shorebirds, Roseate Spoonbills, Rails, and Sparrows can be found here. North Cove Harbor Wetlands Sanctuary Drive south on Business Hwy 35 toward Cove Harbor. You will see the parking lot for the sanctuary on the left. This is a 100 acre wetland that is owned by the Aransas County Navigation District and is leased to Aransas First. There is an 800 foot boardwalk that has a covered area and bench at the end. This site is best in winter. It is very dependent on rain and tides. Shorebirds, Roseate Spoonbills, Rails, and Sparrows can be found here.      

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Cape Velero

Common Winter Species – Assortment of Ducks, including huge numbers of Northern Pintails, both species of Dowitchers, Sandhill Crane, Northern Harrier, Osprey Resident Species – Roseate Spoonbill, Great Egret, Tricolored Heron, Great Blue Heron, Clapper Rail. Cape Velero Follow FM 1069 to a sign marking the Cape Velero subdivision. Turn onto Cape Velero Drive. Follow this road to the marshes of Port Bay. This is a windy road with marshes on both sides of the road. This is a private area. Do not walk or park on any area except the road. Best in winter  

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Printed Map of Sites

A printed 'take it with you' map of the Aransas Pathways project sites is available for your use now. The Birding and Kayak sites are over-laid on a map of the full Live Oak and Blackjack peninsulas with a legend. The inside of this folded map are aerial shots of the area with the Bike trails marked with their Ease of Use level. Expanded views of Downtown Rockport and Downtown Fulton with a legend of Historical sites is also included. Plan your custom tours with this valuable map.

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