Texas State Parks With Bird Watching & Bird Blinds

Perdernales Falls State Park Bird BlindTexas is a birder’s dream destination with over 600 different species of birds that have been recorded. Texas State Parks are excellent for bird watching thanks to several State Park with bird blinds, observation platforms, enclosed shelters, and boardwalks and interpretive programs. Texas is on the central migration flyway and there over 268,000 square miles of diverse bird habitats - coastal islands and estuaries, plains, prairies, deserts, plateaus, subtropical zones, and more. One of the best places for bird watching is at one of several Texas State Parks State Parks and several Parks offer the best bird-watching during spring migration, summer nesting, and hummingbird migrations. You should also check Texas Outside's Birding page with information on bird watching tours and excursions, birding lodging, and lots more information on birding in Texas. Before you leave, print off one of these Texas State Park bird check lists for the State Park you plan to visit. Here are some free birding apps: eBird, Audubon Bird Guide, and Merlin.

Texas State Parks With Birding By Region
Big Bend Country & West Texas Birding

Best for spotting Acorn Woodpecker, Canyon Towhee, Rufous-crowed Sparrow,Curve-billed Thrasher, the threated Common Black-Hawk, Wester Scrub-Jay, Bushtit, and the year-round resident, the rare Montezuma Quail. Best State Parks for birding are Davis Mountains State Park and Franklin Mountains State Park.

Sea Rim State Park
Gulf Coast Bird Watching
Sea Rim State Park (don't miss the Gambusia Nature Trail Boardwalk that extends into the marshland) and Goose Island State Park are perfect for spotting 20 different species of warblers plus Flycatchers, vireos, tanagers, buntings and orioles.
Hill Country Birding
Gray Vireo,  during the nesting season, Cave Swallows at Stuart Bat Cave, Zone-tailed Hawk, Elf Owl, Vermilion Flycatcher, Varied Bunting and Hooded Oriole are some of the birds to spot at Kickapoo Cavern State Park.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Panhandle Plains Bird Watching
Look for Rock and Canyon Wrens along the cliffs; Golden-fronted Woodpeckers in the Woodlands are easy to spot; in the summer in the cottonwoods you'll spot Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Blue Grosbeak and Bullock's Oriole; and along the river there are a host of resident species. Watch for birds in Palo Duro State Park and San Angelo State Park is home to over 300 species of birds.
Caddo Lake State Park
Piney Woods
You'll find Prothonotary and Yellow-throated Warblers along the tree-lined canals and many Wood Ducks herons, egrets, and other waterfowl on a canoe ride through the maze of canals at Caddo Lake State Park.
Prairies and Lakes
Fort Parker State Park is surrounded by wetlands which is a perfect habitat for water birds and forest birds, Red-headed Woodpeckers, wood ducks on the lake, Anhinga (a large, dark water bird with a long, loosely-jointed tail), plus a variety of herons and egrets and Black-crowned and Yellow-crowned Night Herons.
Estero Llano Grande State Park
South Texas Plains
Birding opportunities abound in the South Texas Plains - you'll spot Chachalacas, Ferruginous Pygmy-Owls, Red-billed and White-tipped Pigeons, Buff-bellied Hummingbirds, Northern Bearded Tyrannulets, Great Kiskadee, Rose-throated Becards, Green Jays, Clay-colored Thrush, and Blue Buntings and Altamira Orioles at the World Birding Center, Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, and Estero Llano Grande State Park.


Thanks to Texas State Parks for this information and some pictures.

Texas State Parks With Bird Watching Blinds, Shelters, or Observation Towers

Abilene State Park Huntsville State Park
Blanco State Park Inks Lake State Park
Brazos Bend State Park Lake Mineral Wells State Park & Trailway
Davis Mountains State Park Palo Duro Canyon State Park
Devil's Sinkhole State Natural Area Pedernales Falls State Park
Falcon State Park San Angelo State Park
Fort Parker South Llano River State Park
Franklin Mountains State Park World Birding Center
Goliad State Park & Historic Site


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