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Miles of thicket, a couple of resacas, plenty of winter feeding stations and a superb lookout tower for watching raptors. Birds like orioles and Green Jays are easy but look here too for Tyrannulet, Gray Hawk and, especially, Hook-billed Kite.

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Bentsen State Park

In 2011 the Hawk Tower was closed following heavy flooding in the previous autumn so the best bet for raptors was here (site 4 in my book).

This feeding station is behind a ‘blind’ near ‘Kingfisher Overlook’. It was populated mostly by grackles and redwings

There was a far better range of species at the ‘Green Jay Blind (site 6 in the book)

Acacia loop is no longer populated with lots of trailers or, indeed, trees full of snails. Hence it’s not quite such a magnet for winter feeding flocks or Hook-billed Kites. Also, it’s no longer possible to drive around here after dusk for owls and nightjars (except in organised groups). However, it can still be good: I’ve had Tyrannulet and Tropical Parula here

There are still several feeding stations around Acacia Loop

And you can still get motorised help around the reserve by catching a tram from one of the tram stops