Spring and Fall Migration Birding Tours


The Fennessey, bordered on three sides by the mighty Mission River, is a major migration route. Both Spring and Fall bird-watching tours, often in newly opened primitive areas, are a chance to see wildlife spectacles that have been going on for thousands of years. Between the freshwater marshes, the Mission and wooded uplands, we can tally over 100 species of birds in their natural habitat.


Image photographed by David McCool, Corpus Christi, Tx.

Spring Migration Tours


Image photographed by David McCool, Corpus Christi, Tx.

2018 Dates to be Announced

We’ll do almost anything to put a smile on your face. You’ll also enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Fennessey Ranch, breathe the south Texas fresh air and with Spring Migration being in full swing you could spy a Swallow Tailed Kite,Green Jay, Painted Bunting or quite possibly see a pair of Great American Roadrunners that call the Fennessey home. All this for a mere $91 per person this also includes our spectacular deli lunch. Please, don’t forget to tell us if you have dietary restrictions. Call (361) 441-9260 or (361) 944-4792 quickly for reservations for spots fill up quickly.

Whooping Crane Festival & Tours

February 22-25th, 2018


Brush Country Photo Safari

March 15-18th, 2018

Presentations, workshops, and guided field trips designed for beginners to advanced wildlife photographers.


The Birdiest Festival in America

April 20-23th, 2018


Hummingbird Celebration

Make your reservations early through the Chamber at 361-729-6445

Hawk Watch

This tour is well worth $91 per person and includes a deli lunch.

Call for reservations (361) 441-9260 or (361) 944-4792.

Experienced birders and naturalists Nan and Lyndon, with Fennessey scout, “Famous Shoes” Crofutt, guide all trips.

Almost any kind of nature tour you can imagine, the Fennessey Ranch can provide – individuals, groups, and students – all are welcome!

Have a question? E-mail us at fenranch@sbcglobal.net

Full day tours leave the Fennessey gate at 7:30 am and return at 3:00 pm.

Things to Bring:

Hat or Sun Visor   –   Comfortable Clothing

Good Walking Shoes  –   Binoculars & Camera

Sunscreen & Mosquito Repellent  –   Smiles

Eagle Update: April 2013
The pair of bald eagles that have been returning to the Fennessey for almost a decade now have honored us with their presence one more time. They return to the same power pole on the ranch every year where they have two nests built, the first one they abandoned after constructing a second larger one. Last year they fledged a pair of eaglets until mid March when the family flew off to better hunting grounds for the summer. One juvenile male returned with them in October of 2012 but got nudged out by mom and dad to make room for new family members in the spring of 2013. Two eggs hatched in February and we grabbed every opportunity to watch those eaglets grow and begin to fly.  Even though their nest can be seen from almost anywhere on the ranch, we do have a special spot we like to go to where we can keep a constant eye on them. Why? Because we are just always relieved to see them again.