This Texas park contains many birding habitats that turn it into an amazing bird watching paradise. Located on the shores of the O.C. Fisher Reservoir in west Texas, it has almost 8,000 acres of undeveloped land for you to enjoy. In addition to bird watching you can camp, hike, bike and even go horseback riding at San Angelo State Park, where there are over 50 miles of developed trails. They offer nature tours, Bison tours, and even stargazing parties (good for getting a glimpse of nocturnal birds as well.) For tips on finding and identifying just a few of the species of birds you may see while bird watching at San Angelo State Park in Texas, see below.
Orchard Oriole. Look for this small oriole while bird watching in small groves of trees at San Angelo State Park in Texas. It is actually the smallest oriole in North America, and is easily recognizable while bird watching from its orange shoulders, underparts and rump. Its wings are black, along with its head, back and tail. Look for the Orchard Oriole feeding on insects, fruits, nectar and flowers at San Angelo State Park in Texas.
American White Pelican. You will easily recognize this Pelican while bird watching at San Angelo State Park in Texas, as it is one of the largest birds you may ever see. This bird’s wingspan can be over nine feet, and it can weigh over thirty pounds. It is all white, with a bright orange bill and legs, along with the unmistakable Pelican bill, which can hold up to three gallons of water. Look for them along the shores of the reservoir at San Angelo State Park in Texas.
Screech Owl. This is a small owl that can be brown or gray (sometimes a little reddish further north, but not in Texas.) You will see them anywhere you find trees in San Angelo State Park in Texas. Identify them while bird watching from their heavily streaked and barred underparts, as well as their yellow eyes and bills. You can also distinguish them from other owls while bird watching from their ear tufts, which other owls in the region may lack.
Greater Roadrunner. Look for this large cuckoo while bird watching in the open areas of San Angelo State Park in Texas. This is a mostly brown bird that you can recognize while bird watching from the blue and orange patches of skin behind its eyes. It also has a long tail and a shaggy crest. Greater Roadrunners can run up to fifteen miles per hour, and although they can fly, they almost never do. Look for them hunting lizards, snakes, insects and small rodents at San Angelo State Park in Texas.
Cactus Wren. You can find this large wren in the arid areas of the San Angelo State Park in Texas, where they prefer shrubs and thorny trees. Recognize it while bird watching from its black and white streaked back, dark crown, and white eyestripe. It also has a white chin and a long, slightly decurved bill. This is the state bird of Arizona.
Mississippi Kite. A small kite, you can find it hunting for insects in the open areas of San Angelo State Park in Texas, although it can also be found in forests. This bird of prey is about the same size as a Peregrine Falcon but much lighter, and you can recognize it while bird watching from its dark gray upperparts, dark gray wings, and long black tail. If you get close enough (or have great binoculars) you will see its red eyes.