by Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger (Falcon Guides)
Waco is a modern city with a population of more than 106,000 situated along the banks of the Brazos River. The area contains several well-known landmarks: Baylor University, the world’s largest Baptist university; Strecker Museum, the state’s oldest natural and cultural history museum; the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum; and the original (1906) Dr Pepper bottling plant, now a museum.
Key birds: Neotropic Cormorant, Wild Turkey, and Greater Roadrunner are present year-round. Anhinga, White-faced Ibis, Blackbellied Whistling-Duck, Mississippi Kite, Swainson’s Hawk, Chuckwill’s-widow, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Wood Thrush, Indigo and Painted Buntings, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Dickcissel occur in summer. Common Loon; American White Pelican; Hooded Merganser; Osprey; Bald Eagle; Virginia Rail; Clay-colored, Vesper, LeConte’s, Fox, and Harris’s Sparrows; McCown’s, Lapland, and Chestnutcolored Longspurs; and Rusty and Brewer’s Blackbirds can usually be found in winter.
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