Are you looking for new places to go birding? Or maybe you are new to birding and are looking for a place to start?

With Texas’s extensive birding trails and parks, you can start your birding journey by simply exploring the outdoors.

If you are looking to dive deeper into birding in the Alvin area, we have a few places and tools to help you along the way.

Click here for a downloadable PDF-Version of the Alvin Bird Watching Guide 

Alvin is a part of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, which attracts birdwatchers from all over the world. The hugely successful Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail winds through 43 Texas counties, encompassing the entire Texas Coastal region. Completed in April 2000, the Trail features 308 distinct wildlife viewing sites. Enhancements such as boardwalks, parking pullouts, kiosks, observation platforms, and landscaping to attract native wildlife have been constructed at a number of sites.

Each section of the trail (upper, central and lower coast) has a map showing 12-16 separate loops. The color-coded loops encompass an array of associated sites and birds and provide easy access to related information. Each site on the Trail is marked with a unique sign and site number designed to coincide with the site description on the map. The trail maps have information about the birds and habitats likely to be found at each site, Migrations and Winter are the best seasons to visit and Alvin makes an excellent base to explore the entire trail with several options for food and lodging available.


Suggested Seasons to visit: Migrations, Winter
Site open for day use only.

Located off Business 35 from State Highway 6 is the Mustang Bayou Trail in Alvin. A trailhead is located at the restored Historic Alvin Train Depot. Alvin is an ideal base from which to explore Brazos Bend State Park (UTC 117). While in the area, check the woodlands along the Mustang Bayou Trail.

Latitude: 29.42475
Longitude: -95.24389


Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons
Site open for day use only.

Located Northeast on FM 2004 is the Amoco (Chocolate Bayou) Nature Trail. The grasslands in this area (along CR 227 and FM 2004) support an impressive diversity of raptors. In addition, be sure to inspect the flooded rice fields in spring for American Golden-Plovers, Whimbrels, and Buff-breasted Sandpipers. White-tailed Hawks have nested in previous years in the prairie across FM 2004 from the Amoco plant. To access the nature trail, park on the west side of FM 2004 near the Mustang Bayou bridge. Amoco has developed this area for wildlife watching, and the woods here (along Mustang Bayou) attract landbirds during migration.

Latitude: 29.24432

Longitude: -95.17396


Suggested Seasons to visit: All Seasons
Site open for day use only.

Located on FM 2917 is the Amoco Wetlands Trail (1.1 miles from FM 2004). The ponds may be reached by walking the road (look for the GTCBT sign) to an observation platform. The road first passes through a sizable prairie (listen for Sedge Wrens in spring), eventually reaching the wetlands and pond. American Bitterns and Green Herons are often seen here, and migrant shorebirds often drop into the shallow wetlands during migrations.

Latitude: 29.26094

Longitude: -95.18111


Suggested Seasons to visit: Migrations, Winter
Site open for day use only.

Also located in the Chocolate Bayou on FM 2917 is the Solutia Prairie (2 miles from FM 2004). Solutia has restored a significant tract of coastal prairie at this location, and Sedge Wrens and Le Conte’s Sparrows may be seen (or at least heard) here.

Latitude: 29.26986

Longitude: -95.19239

Birding Etiquette

Some of the items that are useful when it comes to bird watching are a field guide, bird ID App, and a pair of binoculars. You can find some of these items locally at Stanton’s shopping center, Patco hardware, and Steinhauser’s Feed Store. Birds are most active at sunrise or sunset. Dawn is the best time for seeing diurnal species, while dusk is generally the best time for spotting nocturnal species.

RESPECT THE BIRDS: Maintain a safe distance from the birds and their habitat. Avoid moving into sensitive areas where birds may be nesting.

SOUND: Many people bird by ear, so keep your voice low enough that you can hear the sounds of nature around you. If you need to take a phone call, simply step away from the group.

SHARE THE VIEW: By all means, bring your camera to capture beautiful moments! Be sure you give others a chance to see that great view, too, by stepping aside once you’ve had your fill.

OBSERVE THE OBSERVERS: A neat way to find a bird without having to ask is by examining where everyone is looking. Make note where the binoculars are pointing, follow your eyes/binocs to that location, and frequently you can “get on” the bird in no time.