Description: This area is a must-see for all birders, and when conditions are just right, one can enjoy the vast number, variety, and beauty of the resting birds without leaving their car. Check the tidal ponds for a variety of other species. Explore the East Lagoon Nature Trail to witness the natural tidal marsh environment. Here, visitors enjoy bird watching, natures study, walking, and fishing. The tidal creek and pond are prime locations for birding.
Directions: Go east on Seawall, past Ferry Rd, scan the East Lagoon Preserve parallel on the right. Turn right on Boddeker Dr. proceed south, bird both sides of the road which runs through Big Reef Nature Park. Drive east on the beach and park by the bollards, then walk to the jetty.
Tips: East Lagoon, a good area to find cormorants, egrets, herons, ibis, etc. The beach/grass and pond areas along Boddeker Dr. are favorite resting areas for black skimmers, gulls, terns, and rails and bitterns in season etc. In season, the protected Piping Plover frequent the East beach beyond the bollards and it's a nesting area for Least Terns.
Habitat Types: Beach, grass, marsh, tidal lagoons
Typical Bird Types: Shorebirds, Cormorants, Egrets, Herons, Ibis, Seagulls, Waders, Terns, Black Skimmers, Rails, Bitterns
Birding View Locations: Walk jetty along Bodekker
Parking: Designated Parking
A detailed description of top birding areas, a map and seasonal checklist of species sighted are included in the Great Birding In and Around Galveston Island brochure, available here for download.