birding sites in

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Great birding sites next to the Rio Grande river. Amongst the best sites for Ringed and green Kingfisher, Gray Hawk, Red-crowned Pigeon and Muscovy Duck. Exceptional in winter when feeding stations pull in remarkable numbers of orioles, kiskadees and jays. If Brown Jays return to Texas, these are the sites most likely to attract them.

All the sites in this section are treated, in detail and with precise maps and directions, in my book ‘Finding Birds in South Texas’

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Salineno and Chapeno

The riverside at Salineno is one of the best in Texas for kingfishers. Waterbirds, raptors and, sometimes, pigeons are often seen flying over the river from here.

In winter, the feeding station at Salineno is managed by the Valley Land Fund. In 2011, the volunteer warden, Cheryl Longton, had these chairs set up outside her mobile home, overlooking the feeders.

The trees are just festooned with birds coming to the feeders. On our visit the site at Chapeno was closed to the public but we understand there is now a feeding station there too - a site where I had Brown Jays in 2005