Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center

Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center
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  • Stephen K
    Corpus Christi, Texas2,744 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Early November us great for white pelicans, redhead ducks and egrets
    Since we live nearby in Corpus Christi, we come here a couple of times a month. In early November 2023 there were sightings of flamingos, but they were apparently too far away to see. Apparently there are a few that can be seen from one of the towers in Charlies Pasture, about 3/4 mile away. But still, this is a nice place to visit and take photos of birds; this time of the year there are redhead ducks and lots of white pelicans and the usual egrets.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 4, 2023
  • pasherry
    United States1,154 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great birdwatching
    Part of the Port A Nature Preserve. We found this to be the best area to see a lot of water birds at a fairly close distance. Right next to the water treatment plant so didn’t like the smell but tolerable. Good signage to ID birds and nice walkways built over the water leading to covered observation towers. The trail continues several miles on if you want to go further to the South area. Every Wed, several local folks provide an interpretive bird walk…Ray was great pointing out birds and answering questions. Bring binoculars and a hat. Definitely go several times as you might see something different every time. One thing to note- are no restrooms on site. We went in the fall when birds migrate, not sure how it is in summer.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 22, 2023
  • Twomaples
    491 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pelicans, pelicans, pelicans!
    We could have spent the entire day here just watching the pelicans alone. We identified at least a dozen different birds and we are just beginners! The viewing platforms were fabulous and the stroll along the boardwalk over the wetlands was well worth the time. Other people on the trails were eager to share their sightings making this a very positive experience.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 3, 2023
  • 404HappyTraveller
    Saskatchewan, Canada481 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worthwhile stop, very interesting.
    It was a cooler blustery day, but we tried this out anyway, as it sounded like a worthwhile stop. Very glad we did , because, although we aren’t birders, it was impressive to see all the various birds congregating within easy viewing distance. There are lots of posters identifying many of the birds that gather there, so with help from that, we were able to pick out and identify many of the unfamiliar birds. We’re from Canada, so it was even more interesting seeing many of the same birds we have at home during the summer in their winter “residence”. Well worth braving the cold and wind to see this. Well done!
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 29, 2024
  • Stephen K
    Corpus Christi, Texas2,744 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Late March 2024 is great for diversity: white pelicans, egrets, spoonbills
    Since we live nearby in Corpus Christi, we come here several times a month (perhaps more in the Spring). "Boots" the resident gator was sunning near the main tower in plain view. We saw many white pelicans, egrets (including a tri-color) and spoonbill. Very nice time of year to visit
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 31, 2024
  • Twomaples
    491 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pelicans, pelicans, pelicans!
    We could have spent the entire day here just watching the pelicans alone. We identified at least a dozen different birds and we are just beginners! The viewing platforms were fabulous and the stroll along the boardwalk over the wetlands was well worth the time. Other people on the trails were eager to share their sightings making this a very positive experience. Don't be put off if you get a whiff of the sewage disposal plant, it was not evident once parked and on the trails. Highly recommend!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 16, 2024
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trouthook69
Belton, TX478 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Couples
First time visiting since hurricane destroyed the park. Wonderfully rebuilt. We went twice on our trip. Water was out first day and egrets and avocets were everywhere. The next morning after a huge night time storm the area was filled with water.Herons and roseate spoonbill had moved in. The entrance has small grove of trees and always has some type of warbler. Very large alligator is still present. Please do not feed as town is talking about removing him know. Just enjoy and view the beautiful wildlife
Written May 16, 2020
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Stephen K
Corpus Christi, TX2,744 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
We live nearby in Corpus Christi so we visit occasionally. We were happy to see the white pelicans here on October 23 on their winter migration. They will likely continue their journey to the south in a month or so. The boardwalk that was destroyed from Hurricane Harvey has been rebuilt (funded in large part by FEMA). A great job was done. While this isn’t a major facility, it is well worth a visit. We love watching the birds here, especially during fall and winter months.
Written October 26, 2022
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Twomaples
Canada491 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We could have spent the entire day here just watching the pelicans alone. We identified at least a dozen different birds and we are just beginners! The viewing platforms were fabulous and the stroll along the boardwalk over the wetlands was well worth the time. Other people on the trails were eager to share their sightings making this a very positive experience.
Don't be put off if you get a whiff of the sewage disposal plant, it was not evident once parked and on the trails. Highly recommend!
Written April 16, 2024
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KG_TXtraveler
Houston, TX630 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
A nice boardwalk with shaded observation towers to watch wading birds who like this secluded area. Saw about 17 different species and probably could have found more. I don’t recommend bringing young children as the other borders do not appreciate little kids running noisily up and down the boardwalk.
Written June 24, 2023
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Pelly4me
texas11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Lots of Egrets, Ibis, Herons. Great walkway and places to view the birds. Have been several times. There is a bad smell when you first arrive but it goes away. Also lots of wonderful plants.
Written May 12, 2020
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Stephen K
Corpus Christi, TX2,744 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Since we live nearby in Corpus Christi, we come here several times a month (perhaps more in the Spring). "Boots" the resident gator was sunning near the main tower in plain view. We saw many white pelicans, egrets (including a tri-color) and spoonbill. Very nice time of year to visit
Written March 31, 2024
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Quest589019
4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
If you're a bird watcher or just a curious amateur, this is a nice place to satisfy your needs. It is out of the way so you can enjoy the view without feeling like you're in the middle of town. The newly built walkway is an attractive addition. You feel close enough to get a good look at the birds, ducks, butterflies, turtles, minnows, etc but at a safe distance so that you don't disturb the ecosystem.

Depending on what you wanted to see and if you walked the length of the path, this could be a short visit and you could stay a while.
Written January 31, 2023
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TomR1
Los Angeles36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We visited this location near Corpus Christe out of season to basically check it out for an in-season visit when the birds migrate. There are two boardwalks in an L arrangement that surround a small bay. Naturally you are shooting down and in many cases the birds were too far for the setups that we had. Still, we saw species that we had not seen at the South Padre Island Birding Center on the southern end of the sandbar (Avocets, Long Billed Dowitchers, Ibis, Stilt Sandpiper) and some that we did (Black necked Stilts, Tricolor Herons and White Morph Reddish Egrets) Parking in season looks to be a problem, but a golf cart was ferrying visitors from fare parked cars.

I did not get anything to put on a wall but I did take some I.D. shots (attached)
Written February 18, 2023
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M J
Austin, TX7,884 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
My husband and I go to Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center every time we go to Port Aransas. A new boardwalk and viewing tower has been built since the hurricane 4 years ago. We saw lots of birds and ducks, including Roseate Spoonbills. We usually see one alligator but not this time. There is a water treatment plant next to the center so the air was very stinky. There was also some sewage near the pond. There was plenty of parking on a Friday afternoon. We spent about 30 minutes at the center. Hold your nose and see the beauty. Open 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset. It is Free.
Written January 14, 2021
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Stephen K
Corpus Christi, TX2,744 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Always nice to see the resident gator there hanging out like a bump on a log. This was our first time to be here during November so first time to see the migratory white pelicans (actually first time to see them since the brown ones are the ones we see here on the Gulf Coast). The Center is a bird watcher paradise - lots of different species to see.
Written November 29, 2020
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