The Colorado Bend State Park in Texas has over five thousand acres of bird watching territory. There are twelve miles of Texas hiking trails here that will lead you through diverse bird watching habitats, including forests, creeksides, and the towering trees along the river banks. Juniper-oak woodlands, where the endangered Golden-cheeked warbler nests (see below) can also be found here, too. For tips on finding and identifying just a few of the birds that can be found at the Colorado Bend State Park in Texas, see below.
Golden-cheeked Warbler. This endangered species can be found at the Colorado Bend State Park in Texas from March through June. Be sure not to disturb this bird if you see it, especially during nesting season! You will recognize it when bird watching from its yellow face, along with its black throat, back and crown. It also has a white belly.
Turkey Vulture. This big bird, which can be up to three feet tall with a wing span of six feet, is also known as the Turkey Buzzard. Look for it in the open Texas areas of the Colorado Bend State Park. It has dark brown feathers, a bald reddish-purple head and neck and a short hooked beak. Look for it while bird watching flying low enough to look for and smell the carrion it feeds on. The Turkey Vulture has a keen sense of smell, an unusual trait in birds.
Golden-fronted Woodpecker. Recognize this medium-sized woodpecker when bird watching at Colorado Bend State Park from the yellow on the back of its head and its red cap. It also has black and white barring on its back. Look for it in the brushlands and open woodlands of Texas.
Ladder-backed Woodpecker. This small woodpecker is black and white, with barring that resembles a ladder on its back. It also has a red crown. Look for it while bird watching in brushy areas and thickets of Colorado Bend State Park in Texas.
Red-eyed Vireo. This small songbird is olive-green with white underparts. They have red eyes (hence their name) and a black eyestripe with white eyebrows. Look for this little bird when bird watching in the woods of Colorado Bend State Park in Texas. It loves to eat caterpillars, flying insects and fruit. The endangered Black-capped Vireo has also been sighted here in Texas as well.
Western Scrub Jay. This bird’s head, wings and tail are a pretty blue. It also has a white throat with a blue necklace, and gray underparts. Look for this jay while bird watching in the low Texas scrub of the Colorado Bend State Park’s forests. It forages there in groups for frogs, lizards, eggs and insects.
Cliff Swallow. Look for the iridescent blue crown and back of this little bird, which also has a brown tail and wings. You’ll also notice its white forehead and red face, along with an orange rump. Like all swallows, you will see this bird swooping to catch insects in flight. Look for it while bird watching in open foraging areas at the Colorado Bend State Park in Texas.