Location

Port Aransas. Located at the northern tip of I.B. Magee Beach Park.

Season

All Seasons.

Highlights

The South Jetty is a popular place to view waders and shorebirds.

The jetty extends several hundred yards into the Gulf and furnishes an excellent vantage point from which to look for a variety of open water species. Gulls and terns often rest at the base of the jetty and shorebirds may be seen feeding along the beach.

Scan the Gulf, particularly in winter, for species such as Northern Gannet, Bonaparte’s Gull, and Jaegers — and in summer for the Magnificent Frigatebird, Sooty Tern and Masked and Brown Booby (also seen at times perched on rocks of the jetty itself). Brown pelicans can be seen year round.

Birding tours out to deep water are available, and at times (particularly in the fall) a number of pelagic species may be seen, such as boobies, shearwaters, and jaegers. The island hosts immense numbers of nesting herons, egrets, pelicans and spoonbills in the summer, not to mention our always present seagull residents.

Pelican sitting on the jetty