Considered a bird-watcher’s hot spot, Harlingen, TX has become a destination for nature lovers and ecotourists to glimpse exotic resident and migratory birds. A stay at this hotel’s Harlingen, TX location in the middle of the Rio Grande Valley puts guests near the World Birding Center, Ramsey Nature Park, the Harlingen Thicket and plenty of wildlife parks, providing ample opportunities for excellent bird-watching.
Find renowned birding hot spots among the city’s nature parks and trails, just minutes from the hotel, or travel a short distance to South Padre Island or Mexico for additional bird-watching opportunities. Pick up a birding checklist and begin your birding adventure from the Country Inn & Suites in Harlingen, TX.
The World Birding Center
Prepare to see “valley specialists” like Green and Ringed Kingfishers, Long-Billed Thrasher, Olive Sparrow, Common Pauraque and Groove-Billed Ani when you visit this 50-acre park near the hotel. The park is located along the Arroyo Colorado on Loop 499 (Ed Carey Drive), at the intersection of Ed Carey Drive and Tyler Avenue.
Harlingen Thicket Bird Sanctuary
Located in the center of Harlingen, this 40-acre tract of native brush attracts a variety of birds, including the Groove-Billed Ani, Altamira Oriole, Harris’ Hawk, Plain Chachalaca and Olive Sparrow. The best access is from Arroya Park, where there’s plenty of parking and restroom facilities. From Ed Carey Drive, turn northwest on Hale Avenue and proceed to New Hampshire.
Annual Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival
South Texas’ premiere birding event–the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival–is held in Harlingen every November. This city is home to a variety of rare, exotic and colorful birds, including Kiskadees, parrots, chachalacas and many more species, making it a great place for this annual event.
The festival offers five action-packed days of expert-led field trips, seminars and the Birding Bazaar, providing experienced and beginning birders with opportunities to learn more about bird species. Visit http://www.rgvbf.org/ for more festival details.