In recent years birding has become the fastest growing activity in Texas. The lower Rio Grande Valley is the place to find nearly 30 unique bird species, found nowhere else but here. The Anahuac national wildlife refuge, located by the East Galveston Bay, is the place to check out a huge amount of birds. Here you can observe such species as snowy egrets, tri-colored herons, white ibises, and roseate spoonbills almost all year round. But with the spring migration the diversity is even more incredible. The Brazor Bend State Park with its woodlands, lakes, and prairies is a great place for birdwatching. Here you can meet legendary bold eagles and other resident birds like teal, egrets, herons, hawks, woodpeckers, and songbirds. Palo Duro Canyon State Park with its juniper, cottonwood, and hackberry trees is home for such nesting birds as ladder-backed woodpeckers, black-crested titmice, and Bullock's orioles. Here you can also find magnificent Mississippi kites and golden eagles.