The primary birding attraction is the large, salt water, very shallow bay on the NE side of the Island. It is shallow enough that the feeding/resting birds are seldom interrupted by noisy small powerboats. This is a must ‘bird’ area but the birding is dependent on the water depth which changes as the wind changes. There is a good deal of brush on the dredge spoil levee which often gives good views of Painted buntings and other migrants in season.
A spotting scope is a must to identify the birds on the far shore of the bay. After retracing to Seawolf Park Rd., turn right and return toward Galveston but there is more good birding on the right just before you reach the bridge. The land belongs to Texas A&M and offers a hiking loop, many mulberry trees which attract the tanagers and orioles in the spring and a small pond surrounded by willow trees, usually home to a large number of Black-crowned Night- herons.