Located near Glen Rose, Texas, Dinosaur Valley State Park consists of over 1,200 acres of bird watching habitats, including the Paluxy River and its banks, as well as woods, grasslands, and shrubs. You will also find many species of trees that birds love here, including juniper, live oak, ash and mesquite. In addition to bird watching, you can fish, swim, horseback ride and hike at Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas. Named for the fossil footprints of dinosaurs that are preserved here (some of the best in the world), you can also find some pretty special birds, too. The endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo can be found here, as well as the Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Pine Siskin, and many others. For tips on finding and identifying just a few of the species you may see while bird watching at Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas, see below.
Golden-cheeked Warbler. You can identify this medium-sized warbler while bird watching at Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas from its black upperparts, white underparts, and its bright yellow face. It also has a black cap and throat and a black eyeline, as well as a black bill, legs and feet. This endangered warbler only breeds in Texas, and is endangered due to the destruction of its habitats. Look for it while bird watching in the junipers and oaks at Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas.
Black-capped Vireo. This pretty little bird has olive green upperparts, a black hood and white spectacles. It also has red eyes. Look for it while bird watching in the shrubs and grasslands in Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas, where you may see it hanging upside down in the trees while foraging. These birds are endangered mainly due to the invasion of their nests by Cowbirds.
Common Poorwill. Look for this small nightjar (the smallest in North America) in the open woodlands and hillsides of Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas. You will recognize it while bird watching from its pale brown mottled body and the white collar on its black throat, as well as its very large head and tiny bill. It also has pinkish brown legs and feet.
Black-chinned Hummingbird. Identify this little bird while bird watching from its metallic green underparts and black head with a dark green cap. It also has an iridescent violet bill and a dark green, forked tail. Look for them while bird watching in the thickets and forests of Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas, along the banks of the Paluxy River, feeding on nectar.
Canyon Wren. You’ll find this medium-sized wren while bird watching in the rockier areas of Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas. Recognize it while bird watching from its rust-colored upperparts, grayish crown, and white throat and breast. It also has a long slender bill and a long rufous tail, lightly barred. It uses its bill to search the crevices of rocks for insects, and its large feet are perfect for climbing about on the rocks at Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas.
Rufous-crowned Sparrow. Look for this medium-sized sparrow while bird watching in the grasslands and shrubs of the rockier areas of Dinosaur Valley State Park in Texas. You can identify it from its rufous crown for which it is named, along with the rufous eyeline on its gray face and black moustache stripe. It also has pinkish legs and feet.