Fort Parker State Park in Texas has been a bird watching hot spot since 1941, consisting of almost 1,500 acres of lakes, forests, meadows, and other bird watching habitats. The Navasota River was dammed in 1942, creating Lake Fort Parker, where ducks and other water birds can be found. Bur Oaks, Pecan Trees, Water Oaks and other trees create an attractive habitat for many bird species. For some tips on finding and identifying just a few of the birds you may see while bird watching at Fort Parker State Park in Texas, see below.
Wild Turkey. This large bird is unmistakable for anyone bird watching at Fort Parker State Park in Texas. Look for its large, red head and throat, large black body, fan-shaped tail and bronze wings. You can find them in open spaces of the woodlands of Fort Parker State Park, foraging for nuts, acorns, roots and insects.
Indigo Bunting. This small, gorgeous bird is another hard to miss sight when bird watching, with its bright blue feathers and dark purple cap. It also has a short, thick bill. Look for it in the brushy areas and open woodlands of Fort Parker State Park as it forages for insects and seeds.
Chuck-will’s-widow. Look for this mostly nocturnal bird while bird watching in the late evening or early morning in the forests of Fort Parker State Park. It has reddish feathers lined with black, and brown and white patterns on its head. A member of the nightjar family, this bird is larger than most of its family members, but has the short bill and long tail of most nightjars. They eat insects and small birds.
Red-headed woodpecker. This striking black and white woodpecker, with its gorgeous red head and neck, can be found in the open woodlands of Fort Parker State Park in Texas. Look for it while bird watching as it zips through the air looking for insects, or forages through the trees and on the ground for fruits, seeds, and nuts. They have white underparts and black and white wings.
Hooded Merganser. These pretty ducks are hard to miss while bird watching at Fort Parker State Park in Texas; look for its large black crest, black head, and reddish brown body. The females have reddish brown crests. Look for them diving for fish, insects and other food at Fort Parker State Park in Texas.
American Woodcock. Look for this plump little bird in the brushy forests of Fort Parker State Park in Texas, probing for worms and other food. You will recognize it while bird watching from its large round head and long, straight bill. It has short legs, and is usually a soft brownish-gray in color. The nape of its head is black with orangish striping.
Anhinga. Look for this large bird’s glossy black green feathers when bird watching along the lake at Fort Parker State Park in Texas. Its wings and tail are a shiny blue-black, and it has a long, very pointy yellow bill. Like the Cormorant, this bird does not have waterproof feathers, and so must spend time on land drying off before it can take flight.