Birding Hot Spots In and Around Pearland



birdwatcher's guide to pearland

Calling all avian aficionados! 

Settled within the Clear Lake Loop of the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail, Pearland is a year-round birding wonderland home to hundreds of species across the city including wading herons, colorful warblers, nesting egrets, Roseate Spoonbills, and more. 

There’s a whole world of birding to enjoy along the Gulf Coast, and Pearland sits right in the middle of the best of it. From outdoor adventures to cultural delights, Pearland invites you to experience the best of our community and create lasting memories during your stay. 

shadow creek ranch nature trail

Spanning 42 acres, the Shadow Creek Nature Trail is an untamed haven for wildlife offering a rare glimpse into Pearland’s natural past. Explore lush habitats, encounter diverse species, and witness the thriving ecosystem that calls this sanctuary home. Discover Pearland’s historic landscape and immerse yourself in the wonders of the wild. 

  • Paved 1.5-mile roundtrip trail
  • Interpretive signage
  • Elevated observation deck
Seasonal Spottings
Winter: LeConte’s Sparrow, Bluewinged Teal, Ring-necked, Duck, Belted Kingfisher, Cedar Waxwing, American Bittern, Green-winged Teal; a variety of wintering Sparrows. 
Spring: A variety of Warblers, Flycatchers, Tanagers and Grosbeaks
Summer: Scissor-tailed Flycatcheer, Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Indigo Bunting, Swainson’s Hawkbl
Fall: Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, American Kestrel, Eastern Phoebe
Year round: Mottled Duck, Northern Cardinal, Carolina Wren, Blue Jay, Roseate Spoonbill, Neotropic Coromorant, Red-shouldered Hawk, a variety of Herons and Egrets, Crested Caracara

1801 Kingsley Drive, Pearland, TX 77584

john hargrove environmental complex and the delores fenwick nature center

Dive into birding at the John Hargrove Environmental Complex in Pearland! This 87-acre sanctuary boasts two expansive ponds and nearly two miles of scenic trails, inviting birding enthusiasts to explore its lush landscapes. During fall and winter, the ponds teem with waterfoul, while spring and summer unveil a breathtaking rookery spectacle as waterbirds flock to nest on the park’s islands. 

Even Bald Eagles are a regular sight throughout the year. 

Located towards the front of the complex, the Delores Fenwick Nature Center showcases live examples of local flora and fauna, kid focused events and activities, and inspiring lessons from knowledgeable staff who are passionate about sharing the wonders of nature with the next generation. 

  • Roughly two-miles of trail surrounding rookery nesting islands
  • Floating wetlands
  • Monarch waystation
  • Pear-Scape Trail sculptures
  • Delores Fenwick Nature Center
Seasonal Spottings
Winter: American White Pelican, American Pipit, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Spotted Sandpiper, Osprey, American Coot, Least Sandpiper, Savannah Sparrow
Spring: Red-winged Blackbird, Forster’s Tern, Pectoral Sandpiper, Blue-winged Teal, Tree Swallow
Summer: Purple Martin, Chimney Swift, Green Heron, Eastern Bluebird, and a nesting colony of 9 species of colonial water birds
Fall: Red-bellied Woodpecker, Belted Kingfisher, Anhinga
Year round: Black-bellied Whistling-duck, Mottled Duck, Neotropic Cormorant, Roseate Spoonbill, Loggerhead Shrike, Bald Eagle, Northern Mockingbird; a wide variety of Herons, Egrets, Gulls, and Ibis. 

5800 Magnolia Street, Pearland, TX 77584

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