Nature Notes

August 21, 2008

Texas Birding: Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

Filed under: Birds,Texas — Tags: , — Harold Stiver @ 7:00 am
Aplomado Falcon

Aplomado Falcon

Laguna Atascosa Wildlife RefugeĀ  was set aside in 1946 as a winter refuge for Ducks but it has a variety of habitat and a diverse assortment of species.

The refuge lies along the Laguna Madre which is protected by South Padre island and stays relatively calm. It is thus an ideal area that huge amounts of wintering waterfowl use.

Of special interest is the Aplomado Falcon which has been re-introduced into the area. The species has been a successful breeder recently in the refuge.

There is a 15 mile loop drive from the Visitor’s Center, Bayside drive which takes you through a variety of habitats. It is home to Roadrunner, Cactus Wren, Ladder-backed and Golden-fronted Woodpeckers, Verdin, and Olive Sparrow.

There are also birds to be found around the Visters Center itself and its small ponds. Look for Plain Chachalacha, Green Jay, White-tipped Dove, Bronzed Cowbird, Black-crested Titmouse as well as Armadillo and Javelina (Collared Peccary) .

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  1. Harold, so glad you were able to bird in “our” area. Of course, Laguna Atascosa is still 530 miles away from our home in the north central part of Texas. But actually, my husband Duane and I may have shared the road with you, as we were at Laguna on Monday, Aug. 18th.
    I hope you have also been able to visit Texas in other times of the year, as it was extremely hot and humid there this week. We try to get down there in late February or Oct/Nov.

    Your photos are wonderful, as usual. I particularly like the Aplomado Falcon shot!

    Comment by Glenda K — August 21, 2008 @ 9:14 am

  2. Thanks Glenda, its great to hear from you.

    I must admit that this material came from a March visit that I’ve finally got updated on this new website.

    I don’t know that I could take the summer heat there, I would probably be huddled in my house with the AC blasting. I do envy you in the cooler months, especially in the dead of winter when most of the birds have been smart enough to leave Canada.

    Thanks for commenting, Harold

    Comment by Harold — August 21, 2008 @ 3:31 pm

  3. Terrific shot of a gorgeous bird! You’re highlighting some major birding hotspots that I can’t wait to visit some day.

    Comment by Mike — August 22, 2008 @ 8:53 am

  4. Thanks Mike:

    One of the great things about the many of the south Texas sites is that they are very birder friendly, and it is a treat to visit them.

    Love your site BTW.

    Thanks for your comment, Harold

    Comment by Harold — August 22, 2008 @ 9:17 am

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