Formed by the Sanford Dam on the Canadian River, this Panhandle reservoir is an amazing bird watching spot. Located 30 miles north of Amarillo, Texas in the Texas Plains Region of the Panhandle, Lake Meredith is a major source of drinking water for both Amarillo and Lubbock. Consisting of over 16,000 acres, this reservoir provides habitats that attract songbirds, birds of prey, water fowl, and many other species. For tips on finding and identifying just a few of the species you may see while bird watching at Lake Meredith, see below.
Rock Wren. This small songbird has gray upperparts that are dotted with black and white, as well as pale gray underparts. Identify it while bird watching from its light gray eyebrows, long thin bill that is curved slightly downward, and long barred tail. Look for them hunting on the ground at Lake Meredith in Texas, searching around and under objects, poking with their bills and pulling out what they find.
Mississippi Kite. Look for this small bird of prey while bird watching at Lake Meredith in Texas as it floats and circles in the air, searching for insects to eat. They also eat small frogs, rabbits, and smaller birds. Recognize them while bird watching at Lake Meredith in Texas from their gray bodies, with darker gray on their tails and outer wings. They also have narrow, pointed wings. While not an endangered species, this Kite is protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, which protects the birds, their eggs and their nests from being moved or otherwise bothered without a permit. These birds will dive at humans to protect their nests, so stay at least 50 yards away if you see one while bird watching at Lake Meredith in Texas.
Cinnamon Teal. This small bird is a personal favorite, a beautiful dabbling duck that is found in marshes and ponds. Look for it while bird watching on the shallow edge of Lake Meredith in Texas as it dabbles for plants, mollusks and insects. The adult male has a cinnamon colored head and body, with a brown back, red eyes, and a dark bill.
American Kestrel. Also sometimes known as the Sparrow Hawk, this small falcon can be found while bird watching at Lake Meredith in Texas as it hovers in the air or perches and scans the ground for prey. These birds eat mainly lizards, mice, grasshoppers and small birds. The American Kestrel is the smallest falcon in North America, about the size of an American Robin. Recognize the males while bird watching at Lake Meredith in Texas from their blue-gray wings and white underparts with black barring. Also look for its brownish-orange back and tail, which has a white tip and a black band, while bird watching at Lake Meredith in Texas.
Burrowing Owl. This small, long-legged owl can be found in grasslands and open areas with low vegetation at Lake Meredith in Texas. They nest and roost in burrows, often in those burrowed by prairie dogs. Burrowing Owls can often be seen while bird watching during the day, most likely at dawn or dusk. (They are not completely nocturnal like most owls.) Look for their bright yellow eyes and greenish-yellow beaks.