Goliad State Park
Goliad State Park
This site lies along the San Antonio River, which is the dividing line between the Tamaulipan scrub and the eastern deciduous forests. Several eastern birds, including Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Great Crested Flycatcher, American Crow, Blue Jay, and Carolina Chickadee, reach the southern limits of their breeding grounds in the area. Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Long-billed Thrasher, and Olive Sparrow reach the northern limits of their breeding grounds here. This 2,208-acre state historical park was established to preserve Mission Espiritu Santo (relocated here from near Matagorda Bay in 1724). Other historical features include the Fannin Battlefield (9 miles east of Goliad), site of the 1836 Battle of Coleto Creek; restored Presidio la Bahia, where the Texas troops were executed on orders from the Mexican general Santa Anna; and the Goliad County Courthouse, built in 1894. A huge oak tree on the north courthouse lawn became known as the “hanging tree.” Recreational facilities include playgrounds, two hiking trails, and a nearby swimming pool. The 1.5-mile River Trail follows the river between the picnic area and the primitive campsites. The 0.3-mile Nature Trail, beginning at the Mission Espiritu Santo parking area, follows a loop route through Tamaulipan scrub and bottomland forest. Key birds: Anhinga, White-tailed Hawk, Harris’s Hawk, Crested Caracara, Wild Turkey, Greater Roadrunner, Groove-billed Ani, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Cactus Wren, Longbilled Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Olive Sparrow, and Pyrrhuloxia are present year-round. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Lesser and Common Nighthawks, Pauraque, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Brown-crested and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Couch’s Kingbird, Cave Swallow, Painted Bunting, Dickcissel, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Bronzed Cowbird occur in summer. Osprey, Sandhill Crane, Burrowing Owl, and American and Sprague’s Pipits can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information.
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|Season||Best April and May for spring migrants and nesting activities|
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