Nature Notes

September 27, 2011

Texas Birding: Sabal Palm Grove Sanctuary

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

Green Jay

Sabal Palm Grove Sanctuary located at the south of Brownsville near the Mexico border, is an area run by the Texas Audubon to protect a remnant of the beautiful habitat that once stretched along the Rio Grande River. Many of the interesting birds whose range is in extreme southern Texas, are to be found here, and many can be found at the feeders behind the visitor’s center, Black-crested Titmouse, Green Jay, Plain Chachalacha, Olive Sparrow, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, and Audubon’s Oriole are all regular visitors.

There is a blind which overlooks a large pond which allows good looks at some excellent birds. The Belted, Ringed, and Green Kingfishers all make appearances. The diminutive Least Grebe is easily found, and Mottled Ducks are resident.

This refuge has had more than it’s share of rarities, including Gray-crowned Yellowthroat which seems to have become a regular resident.

Sanctuary Trails are open year-round 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sanctuary gates close at 5:00 p.m.

Visitor Center is open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily

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  1. A stunning bird! I remember visiting a refuge on the Rio Grande many years ago and saw all the birds that you mention in the first paragraph but missed out on this one.

    Comment by Hilke Breder — September 28, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

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