The Dike extends 5 miles East into Galveston Bay affording good birding along it entire length. It’s also worth driving the levee (Skyline Drive).
In winter, the dike is a great place to view loons, grebes, bay ducks, etc. It is a good all year for shore birds and waders. Check the shrimp boat riggings for Black-crown Night-herons. Returning from the dike, there is good birding on the levee road running north at the west end of the dike; continue birding to the end where there is a flood control gate and usually herons, cormorants, egrets, brown and white pelicans fishing. Returning via the levee road one has to divert to a one way return leg. After leaving the levee, check out water treatment plant ponds on the right. Along the left of the return road, below and parallel to the levee is an extensive and interesting park, with a butterfly garden there. Continue on the road back to 8th street.