Located next to the Big Bend National Park (another great bird watching spot in Texas), this is the largest state park in Texas. Rugged and remote, Big Bend Ranch State Park has birding habitats that include mountain ranges, canyons, creeks, waterfalls, rivers and deserts, and over 300 species of birds can be found here. Running alongside the magnificent Rio Grande for 60 miles, this park consists of over 300,000 acres, and the variety of birds that live or migrate through this Texas Park is astounding. Looking for Golden Eagles, Mountain Bluebirds, Anna’s Hummingbirds or Summer Tanagers? All of these birds, and more, can be found at Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas. For tips on finding and identifying just a few of the species you may see while bird watching at Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas, see below.
Zone-tailed Hawk. This large hawk is charcoal gray all over, with three light bands on its tail. Identify it while bird watching from its underwings, which have dark linings but paler fight feathers, as well as its yellow face and legs. Look for it circling like a Turkey Vulture while bird watching in the canyons or desert grasslands of Big Bend Ranch State Park. It has a similar soaring and gliding pattern as well, tilting its wings from side to side.
Scott’s Oriole. Look for this lemon yellow bird in the desert hillsides of Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas. You will recognize it while bird watching from its black head, back, throat and chest. It also has a long tail and a thin, pointed bill. These cheerful bright songbirds are easy to spot while bird watching at Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas from their beautiful coloring .
Lesser Nighthawk. A medium-sized nightjar, you will find this bird in the open desert areas of Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas. Look for its gray and white underparts with dark belly bars. You will recognize it while bird watching from its darting, erratic flight pattern. Also look for its dark wings with pale patches, and dark brown tail. Dawn and dusk are the best time to go bird watching for Lesser Nighthawks.
Lesser Goldfinch. This is a small, pretty finch that you will recognize while bird watching at Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas from its bright yellow underparts and black back and crown. Look for its black wings and tail while bird watching, as well as the white markings on its tail. It prefers the woodlands of Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas.
Peregrine Falcon. Look for this beautiful bird of prey while bird watching in the mountains of Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas. It has blue-gray upperparts and heavily barred sides, legs and belly, along with a black hood and yellow legs and feet. These falcons perform steep dives to capture their prey in midair, reaching speeds of up to 175 miles per hour. They were removed from the Federal Endangered Species list in 1999.
Lucifer Hummingbird. A small hummingbird that is mostly metallic green, with purple-red throat feathers and a white breast and belly, you will find it while bird watching in the canyons of Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas. Big Bend is actually one of the best places to bird watch for these hummingbirds anywhere in the US. You may also recognize them while bird watching from their dark, forked tails.