Nature Notes

August 19, 2011

Texas Birding: Falcon Dam

Filed under: Birds,Texas — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 6:00 am

Curve-billed Thrasher

As you move west along the Rio Grande River from Brownsville towards Falcon Dam, you move from moist air and verdant vegetation to dry desert conditions and a new set of plants and animals. The Falcon dam was opened in 1953 and the Falcon Dam State Park, in the area around the lake created by the dam, in 1965.

A slow drive through the camping areas will often reveal a water drip that has been set up, or pieces of fruit, and these will be a magnet for birds and other wildlife.

Some of the birds to look for are Pyrrhuloxia, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Roadrunner, Cassin’s, Lark, and Black-throated Sparrow, Hooded and Altamira Orioles, Harris Hawk. The area below the dam is good for Red-billed Pigeon and the occasional sighting of Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl.

Camping facilities and RV hookups are available at the State Park and day use fee is $2 as of 2006


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