I live only three miles from San Angelo State Park, and most of you know from my posts, that I frequent the place four to five times a week. I get a large percentage of my bird photographs there, but not where you would suspect.
Occasionally, I stop at the bird blind to see what species might have stopped by. During those visits I often see birders from out of town, that are camping there. I have found that most of them go only to the blind to see birds. They don’t know what they are missing.
I don’t know exact numbers, but I would suspect that there are 200-300 species that can be seen in the park, depending on the time of year. As you know, they come and go with the migration and changing seasons. But just a handful visit the blind. That area mostly draws seed-eaters. Remember, I said MOSTLY. Others will stop by on occasion, because of the water feature.
On a regular basis, you won’t see hawks, owls, egrets, flycatchers and other non-seed eating species. Oh, yes, as I said, on a rare occasion one of these will stop by, if only for a drink of water, or to snatch an innocent sparrow.
I would recommend to leave your campsite, get in your car and just drive slowly over the twenty something miles of roads. Watch the trees and brush for movement and you can get some pleasant surprises. It is always fun to come upon some warblers, kinglets or gnatcatchers darting around.
O.C. Fisher Lake is another great spot. Pelicans, egrets, herons, grebes and other water birds can be seen at or from the shorelines.
So my advice is to spend a couple of hours just cruising the park. You will be surprised how many bird you can see. After that, go to the bird blind and pad your lists. 🙂
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Until my next post, HAPPY BIRDING!!!