Located just 30 miles northeast of El Paso, this Texas park has almost 900 acres of bird watching habitats for you to enjoy. Named for its Huecos, which are large rock basins (or tanks) that trap rainwater, this beautiful land will offer you Texas bird watching opportunities that no bird watcher should miss. The Hueco Tanks State Park in Texas contains a section of the Chihuahauan Desert, along with rock basins, granite outcroppings, juniper and other trees, and low mountains, all attracting many species of birds. You can hike, bike and camp as you embark on this bird watching adventure, where you will see Prairie Falcons, Golden Eagles, and so many more species. For tips on finding and identifying just a few of the birds you may see at Hueco Tanks State Park in Texas, see below.
Sage Thrasher. Look for this small thrasher while bird watching in the rocky, arid areas of Hueco Tanks State Park in Texas. You will recognize it from it short, slightly decurved bill, along with its black legs and feet. This small bird is mostly gray, with streaked white underparts and white corners on its dark tail. If you disturb it while bird watching at Hueco Tanks State Park in Texas, it will run rather than fly away.
Western Wood-Pewee. This medium sized flycatcher can be seen while bird watching in the open woodlands, especially oak trees, of Hueco Tanks State Park. Recognize them from their olive upperparts, with dark caps and crests. They also have dark wings with two white wingbars.
Cordilleran Flycatcher. Identify this small flycatcher while bird watching from its bright yellow throat and belly, as well as its long, wide black bill. Its upperparts are olive, and it has an olive-gray breast. Look for them in the mountain forests of Hueco Tanks State Park in Texas.
Black-headed Grosbeak. This stocky finch is easily recognized while bird watching from its orange-brownish back and breast, contrasting with its black head, wings and tail. It also has a yellow belly and black legs and feet. Look for it foraging on the ground in the open areas of Hueco Tanks State Park in Texas, and also near the water basins.
Lazuli Bunting. You will easily identify this small finch while bird watching from its bright blue upperparts and cinnamon breast. It also has a white belly and one white wing bar on each wing. Look for it in the dry, scrubby slopes of the Hueco Tanks State Park in Texas, where it forages for seeds and insects.
Pine Siskin. A small finch that likes forests, thickets, and scrubby areas at Hueco Tanks State Park in Texas, recognize it while bird watching from its notched, dark tail with yellow patches, as well as the yellow patches on its wings. Its overall coloring is a dark, streaky brown, and its bill is thin and pointed. Look for it foraging on the ground and in trees for insects and seeds.
Brewer’s Sparrow. Recognize this sparrow while bird watching from its pink bill, which has a dark tip. It also has gray-brown upperparts and a dark moustache. Its legs and feet are also pink, although more grayish than its bill. Look for them in the brushy areas of the mountain slopes at Hueco Tanks State Park in Texas.