Located on the northwest shores of Lake Arrowhead, this Texas park has over 500 acres of bird watching habitats. The lake itself is a reservoir created from the Little Wichita River, located about fifteen miles from Wichita Falls, Texas, and has over 100 miles of shoreline. In addition to bird watching, you can water ski, fish, camp, hike, swim and even go horseback riding here. Bird watching habitats include grasslands, prairies, riparian woods, marshy spots of shoreline, and trees such as cottonwood, hackberry and mesquite. Over 200 species of birds have been spotted at Lake Arrowhead State Park in Texas at one time or another. For a guide to finding and identifying just a few of the species you may see while bird watching at Lake Arrowhead State Park in Texas, see below.
Red-tailed Hawk. Look for this large hawk soaring on the thermals at Lake Arrowhead State Park in Texas, hunting for prey over the prairies and woodlands. You can recognize it while bird watching from its pale underparts, streaked with brown, as well as its yellow legs and feet. Its tail is reddish brown and banded, and its wings are pale below with dark tips.
Loggerhead Shrike. This medium-sized shrike is a soft gray color, with slightly paler gray underparts. Recognize it while bird watching from its black mask and white throat, along with its hooked bill and long black tail, edged in white. You may find it while bird watching in the grasslands of Lake Arrowhead State Park in Texas, where it hunts for small mammals and other prey. Loggerhead Shrikes as a species are in decline, and are listed as endangered in Maryland and Virginia.
Western Kingbird. A distinctive bird with a yellow breast and belly, gray upperparts, a dark head and a white throat, look for it while bird watching in trees near the lake, as well as in the open areas of Lake Arrowhead State Park in Texas. This is one of the larger flycatchers, and you will see it hovering slightly before it sweeps down on its prey. These birds also eat fruits and berries.
Eastern Bluebird. Look for this gorgeous little blue bird in the open woodlands and grasslands of Lake Arrowhead State Park in Texas. You will recognize it while bird watching from its cinnamon colored breast and throat and white belly, which contrast so nicely with its bright blue feathers. You may see them foraging on low branches for insects, spiders and berries at Lake Arrowhead State Park in Texas.
Bewick’s Wren. This small wren is reddish-grayish-brown above, and white underneath. It also has white eyebrows, a long decurved bill tipped in white, and a long tail edged in white. Look for it while bird watching in the open woodlands and brushy areas of Lake Arrowhead State Park in Texas. This little bird can often be found foraging on the ground for insects and spiders.
Golden-fronted Woodpecker. Named for its golden yellow nape, this woodpecker also has a red cap, a yellow patch at the base of its bill, and black and white barring on its back and wings. Look for this medium-sized woodpecker while bird watching in the open woods of Lake Arrowhead State Park in Texas, looking for insects, fruits and nuts.
A Birder’s Guide to Texas