Balmorhea State Park is located on 46 acres in the foothills of the Davis Mountains. The Balmorhea State Park Cienega Project recreates a desert wetland that provides an amazing bird watching habitat. This Texas park is probably best known for San Solomon Springs, a man-made spring where over 22 million gallons of water flow every day. But it also provides a wide and varied source of habitats that are perfect for bird watching. The Chihuahuan Desert scrub, the marshes of the San Solomon Cienega, as well as the creosote bush and cottonwoods, all make for some outstanding Texas bird watching. For tips on finding and identifying just a few of the birds that call the Balmorhea State Park in Texas home, see below.
Pyrrhuloxia. This bird looks like a cardinal with mixed up coloring at first glance. Recognize it while bird watching from its gray coloring, with a red breast and a red mask, along with a yellow bill. Look for this crested little bird as it hops about foraging in and under the trees of the Balmorhea State Park in Texas.
Scaled Quail. Look for this bird in the brushy spots of the Balmorhea State Park, where you may see it strutting through the grassier areas. Named for the scaly appearance of its feathers, look for the brown and white patterns on its chest and back, as well as its white tuft, while bird watching near mesquite trees (which this bird favors.)
Clark’s Grebe. You will see these birds at the marshes of Balmorhea State Park, diving for fish and mollusks. Recognize it while bird watching from its bright yellow bill, which is slightly upturned, and distinctive black and white feathering, complete with a black cap.
Greater Roadrunner. Roadrunners prefer the desert areas of the Balmorhea State Park in Texas, where you may see them running down snakes, rodents and scorpions. This is the largest member of the cuckoo family; recognize them while bird watching from their long, sturdy necks, long tails, and brown crests. They also have a patch of orange and blue skin behind each eye.
Black-chinned Hummingbird. This beautiful little bird is metallic green, with a white belly and a black face and chin. Recognize it while bird watching from its purple throat band and forked tail. Look for them drinking nectar from the flowers at Balmorhea State Park in Texas. They also catch and eat small insects.
Northern Flicker. This medium sized woodpecker is one of the few woodpeckers that migrates, and the only woodpecker you will see foraging on the ground. Look for it while bird watching as it hammers in the dirt for ants and other insects, although they also eat berries and seeds. You will see them in the open areas of Balmorhea State Park in Texas, frequently on the edges of the marshes.
Western Kingbird. You will see this bird as it sits in trees in the open woods of Balmorhea State Park in Texas, waiting to fly down and catch an insect. Recognize it while bird watching from its olive grey body, grey head, and dark eyeline. They also have long black tails, edged in white, and a reddish crest they display during breeding season or when fighting.