If you are looking for a good bird watching spot in Texas where you can see winter resident waterfowl, Lake O’The Pines is definitely worth visiting. Lake O’The Pines was created by the Ferrell’s Bridge Dam on Big Cypress Bayou. (The dam is a good bird watching spot itself.) The lake’s bird watching habitats include grassy fields, pine forests, open areas where the pines have been lumbered, small bays, and of course the lake itself. In addition to bird watching you can camp, boat, swim and picnic at this Texas lake. Looking for Yellow-billed Loons, Horned Grebes and Bald Eagles? Lake O’The Pines may be for you. For tips on finding and identifying just a few of the species you may see while bird watching at Lake O’The Pines in Texas, see below.
Common Goldeneye. This diving duck has black and white striped upperparts and white underparts. You will recognize it while bird watching at Lake O’The Pines in Texas from its iridescent greenish-black head, with a white spot between its yellow eyes and gray bill. It also has bright yellow feet. Look for them diving for small fish and insects at Lake O’The Pines in Texas.
Black Scoter. You will recognize this diving duck while bird watching at Lake O’The Pines in Texas from the yellow knob at the base of its bill; otherwise this duck is completely black, including its bill, legs and feet. Look for them diving for fish and mollusks at Lake O’The Pines in Texas. These are also very vocal waterfowl, making an almost constant, plaintive whistling sound.
Lesser Scaup. Look for this diving duck at the small bays of Lake O’The Pines in Texas. You can identify it while bird watching from its black neck, head and breast, which all have an almost purplish sheen to them. This duck also has yellow eyes. One very interesting fact about this duck is that it will “play dead” if it is caught by a predator.
Purple Finch. You will recognize this beautiful finch while bird watching at Lake O’The Pines in Texas from its rose-colored body, with soft brown streaks on its back. They also have brown wings and notched tails. Look for them in the pine trees at Lake O’The Pine in Texas, where you will find them hunting for insects and caterpillars.
Brown-headed Nuthatch. This nuthatch, as its name implies, has a brown cap, white face, gray upperparts and cream-colored underparts. You will also be able to identify it from its black legs and feet, as well as its gray wings and gray tail. Look for them in the large pine trees that surround Lake O’The Pines in Texas.
Great Black-backed Gull. The largest gull in the world, you will find it while bird watching along the shores of Lake O’The Pines in Texas. Recognize it from its white head, black upperparts, and the red spot on the lower part of its large, yellow bill. It also has a red ring around its eyes and pink legs and feet. These gulls can swallow a small duck whole!