Birds you’ll see in San Antonio, TX

Reader, meet tweeter — Northern Cardinal (male). | 📸 : @phil_hardberger_park

Whether you’re a “wake up to the sound of birds” type, or a “please be quiet I’m trying to sleep” type, we’re all getting a new soundtrack to our Texas mornings.

Here’s the pitch: imagine getting out of bed, sitting out on the patio, or going for a hike. Instead of just a bunch of noise, you hear the songs of a green heron or wood duck. You could even learn their colors, habits, and favorite foods.

The upshot: You should really get into birdwatching.

You could wing it, or…

A little bit of preparation goes a long way — i.e., you don’t need to drop your tax return on binos (although it couldn’t hurt to look).

What might help:

  • A field guide. Instead of trying to name them all on your own, bring a physical guide like Texas Parks & Wildlife’s printable document or an app like Merlin. If you bring your favorite local newsletter, too, we wouldn’t hate it. 
  • Bird food. A backyard or window feeder brings the birds to you. Try Wild Birds Unlimited at 14602 Huebner Road, Ste. 114.
  • Your new best birdie. Local experts + hobbyists will love to show you the ropes. Link up with the San Antonio Audubon Society, Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, or Bexar Audubon Society so you don’t fly solo.

Can’t get enough of the feather-fun? Check out this tweet-worthy event:

Migratory Bird Fest | Sat., May 14 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Mitchell Lake Audubon Center | Free | In celebration of spring migration, take the family to enjoy games, crafts, vendors + more. 🐦

Meet the stars of the show

Black-chinned HummingbirdClinton & Charles Robertson | 📍 Del Rio | 🗓️  March 26, 2006 | Song

 

Couch’s KingbirdDon Faulkner | 📍 Del Rio | 🗓️  April 20, 2014 | Song

 

Painted BuntingDan Pancamo | 📍 Freeport | 🗓️  April 27, 2011 | Song

 

Great EgretBFS Man | 📍 San Antonio Botanical Garden | 🗓️  November 13, 2010 | Song

 

Snowy EgretAlan D. Wilson |📍 Rockport Beach Park | 🗓️  Dec., 24, 2006 | Song

 

Black-bellied Whistling DuckCharles “Skip” Martin | 📍 Austwell | 🗓️  Aug. 3, 2018 | Song