south texas best birding sites

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Falcon Dam - great for desert species such as Roadrunner and Black-throated Sparrow

Salineno and Chapeno - for specialities by the river and the best winter feeding stations in the Valley

Javelina Ranch (Martin’s Refuge) - great for photographers

Sites around McAllen - including Quinta Mazatlan, Anzalduas, Old Hidalgo Pumphouse, Allen Williams’ Yard and Jane’s Ponds

Bentsen State Park - great for raptors especially Hook-billed Kite

Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge - also great for raptors but with superb wetlands and forests too

Brushline Road and the Sal del Rey tract - for wintering geese, cranes and raptors

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands - for close views of waterbirds and hummingbirds

Valley Nature Center, Weslaco - an urban oasis with feeding stations and roosting parrots

Frontera Audubon Thicket, Weslaco - another urban migrant trap with feeding stations and wetlands

Estero Llano Grande - terrific wetland site but also good for rarities and roosting Pauraque

Sebastian fields - exactly where to look for Mountain Plover and Sprague’s Pipit in winter

Hugh Ramsey Park - thicket and feeding stations on the edge of Harlingen

Brownsville - sites for parrots and parakeets plus the new reserve at Resaca de la Palma and the famous landfill site on the edge of town

Sabal Palm Sanctuary - a gem of a place with palm forests and resacas

Old Port Isabel Road - and other specific sites where Aplomado Falcon might be found

Laguna Atascosa - thousands of wintering waterfowl and waders and feeding stations with blinds

South Padre Island - fantastic migrant traps, close-up views of herons, waders and wildfowl and wonderful boat trips into South Bay

The following sites are all included in my book Finding Birds in South Texas and many are also covered in my DVD of the same title.

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