Just where in the country will you find the most birds? According to the annual National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count, it’s Matagorda County, Texas. On December 15, 2005, the county identified 250 species, more than anyplace else in the US.
That win is no surprise, though; Matagorda County has been a nine-time winner of the annual count.
This year, three species tied for the title of best bird: Whip-poor-will, Calliope Hummingbird and Shiny Cowbird, all of which are rarely found in this area of Texas.
Why are there so many birds in Matagorda County? Located along the eastern coast of Texas, southern Matagorda County is where four major flyways converge. This area is also along a major migration route bordering the Gulf of Mexico, where many common species that winter in the Neotropics might linger until Christmas.
For more information on the annual count, visit the Matagorda County Birding and Nature Center‚s website at www.mcbnc.org.
For a guide to tourism-related businesses and attractions, consumers may contact the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation at (979)245-8913. For tourist information, visit www.visitmatagorda.com.