Zapata is for the birds!
For birders, Zapata County is paradise and the ultimate destination for rare birds.

Fisherman like to tell the story about the one that got away.  Birders, on the other hand, live to track down that elusive prize, eager to mark the sighting of a rare species on their life list, even if it means traveling across the globe to find it. Luckily, birding enthusiasts don’t have to search the world over for one special bird, the White-Collared Seedeater. This little bird, a rarity among rarities, makes its nest here in Zapata, Texas.  For a birder, catching sight of the White-Collared Seedeater is the equivalent of finding the Holy Grail.

Zapata is home to many other fascinating birds, roughly 290 of the 600 avian species recorded in Texas. These include the Red-Billed Pigeon, Audubon’s Oriole, Cassin’s Sparrow and the Varied Bunting. Other birds also make their way to Zapata, as well, such as the Green Jay, Great Kiskadee, Vermillion Flycatcher, Hooded Oriole and Black Phoebe. For birders, it’s not the one that got away, but, the one that makes it into that life list that counts. Zapata County offers opportunities galore, so birders, get your cameras, binoculars and hiking shoes!  Get ready and explore!  Your bird awaits!

 

Birding Sites:

  • Zapata County Public Boat Ramp Park
  • Zapata, Tx.
  • Zapata County Bravo Park
  • Zapata, Tx.
  • Texas Lower Coast Birding Trail Site #87
  • San Ygnacio, Tx.
  • Bird Sanctuary
  • San Ygnacio, Tx.