Located on 40 acres in Edinburg, Texas, this bird watching hot spot offers multiple bird and wildlife habitats that boast some incredible birding opportunities. Ponds, canals and freshwater lagoons bring ducks and other water birds, while native plants, acres of gardens and other plants and trees provide opportunities for hours of bird watching. There is a two and a half mile walking trail, as well as dragonfly walks, wildflower tours, and nighttime excursions, too. For tips on finding and identifying just a few of the species you may see while bird watching at Edinburg Scenic Wetlands in Texas, see below.
Purple Gallinule. This beautiful little bird can be found actually walking on top of the water plants of the ponds of Edinburg Scenic Wetlands. It has very long toes that help it walk across the vegetation without sinking it. Look for its dark purple head, neck and belly while bird watching at Edinburg Scenic Wetlands. This colorful bird also has a green back, a red bill tipped with yellow, and a light blue forehead.
Eared Grebe. Look for this small water bird while bird watching along the shores at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands in Texas. You’ll recognize it while bird watching from its red eyes and its unmistakable yellow “ear” tufts, as well as its thin, dark bill. Eared Grebes prefer shallow waters, where they can forage easily for food.
Green-winged Teal. This is a very small duck with a reddish and green head, iridescent green feathers on its wings, and a yellow tail stripe. Look for it while bird watching along the shores of the ponds at Edinburg Scenic Wetlands in Texas. It also has a white stripe on the front of its wings.
Bufflehead. Another colorful little duck you will see while bird watching at Edinburg Scenic Wetlands in Texas, look for its distinctive black and white patterning, especially the large white patch on the side of its head (which is a glossy dark greenish-purple.) This is the smallest diving duck in North America.
Osprey. This gorgeous bird of prey is one of the largest in North America. Look for it along the lakes at Edinburg Scenic Wetlands in Texas as it hunts for fish. It is a distinctive black and white bird, easily distinguished while bird watching from the dark eyestripes on its white face, and its white breast and belly.
White-tailed Hawk. Look for this hawk soaring over the trees of Edinburg Scenic Wetlands in Texas, searching for prey. You can identify this hawk while bird watching from the black band near the tips of its white tail, unique to this species of North American hawk. It has a gray head and back, along with a white underside and orange patches on its shoulder. Southern Texas is as far north as you will find this hawk.
Merlin. This small falcon has long, pointed wings, as well as a long tail. Look for the brown streaking on its chest and belly while bird watching at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands in Texas. It also has a faint mustache.