Admiring the Birds in Northeast Texas
Pretty much any park or natural environment in the Upper East Side of Texas is going to give bird lovers a great show. To the delight of many that live here, their own backyards provide endless hours of entertainment by their fearless flying friends.
For visitors and those that like to venture out beyond their own environment, exploring the parks, lakes and nature trails in the region is a favorite pastime.
Here are a few suggestions for spotting beautiful birds in the area.
Lake Bob Sandlin, Barefoot Bay Marina & Resort in Pittsburg, and Titus, Camp, Morris, and Franklin counties. A group of professional birders recently recorded more than 52 bird species at the Barefoot Bay Marina’s nature trail alone in just two hours. From there they went on to locations around Lake Bob Sandlin and Camp, Morris, Franklin, and Titus counties and found a total of 95 species during their tour. Contact the Pittsburg-Camp County Chamber of Commerce for helpful information at 903.856.3442.
Angelina National Forest/Sam Rayburn Reservoir. Key birds in the area include the wood duck, woodpeckers, nuthatch and Bachman’s sparrow seen year-round. Look for scissor-tailed flycatcher, warblers, indigo and painted buntings in the summer. 936.897.1068.
Caddo Lake/Caddo Lake State Park and Wildlife Management Area. Summer finds include roadrunners, wild turkey, indigo and painted buntings, purple gallinule, king rail, and Mississippi Kite. 903.679.3351.
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. The center holds bird and nature watching outings the second Saturday of each month. Explore interpretive wetland trail and other areas of hatchery. These outings are good for both beginning and advanced birdwatchers. Birdlife changes with the seasons and each outing should see a variety of species. Expect to see 25 or more different species on each outing. 903-676-2277.
Mineola Nature Preserve. Lots of trails and close to 200 species of birds to see and hear. 903.569.6983.
Other areas worth checking out are Camp Tyler, Lake O’ the Pines, Wright-Patman Lake, Lake Fork, Daingerfield State Park, Lake Murvaul, and Martin Creek Lake.
The Tyler Audubon Society holds regular field trips and invites the public to come along. They are also a good resource for helping to find the best birdwatching areas. 903.839.8359. www.tyleraudubon.org.