by Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger (Falcon Guides)
This area, encompassing 15,200 acres of quality South Texas brush country (Tamaulipan scrub), is managed primarily for wildlife research and management; it is enclosed by a deer-proof fence. Principal game species under study include white-tailed deer, javelina, feral hogs, Northern Bobwhite, and Scaled Quail. Nongame animals include South Texas gopher tortoise, Texas horned lizard, and western diamondback rattlesnake. Birders are welcome from April 1 through August 31, but need to report to area headquarters upon arrival.
Key birds: Harris’s Hawk, Crested Caracara, Wild Turkey, Scaled Quail, Greater Roadrunner, White-tipped Dove, Pauraque, Goldenfronted Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Green Jay, Verdin, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Cactus Wren, Long-billed Thrasher, Curvebilled Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, Olive Sparrow, Cassin’s and Blackthroated Sparrows, and Audubon’s Oriole are present year-round. Lesser Nighthawk; Common Poorwill; Ash-throated, Brown-crested, and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers; Cave Swallow; Bell’s Vireo; Painted Bunting; Dickcissel; Bronzed Cowbird; and Lesser Goldfinch occur in summer. Say’s Phoebe, Sage Thrasher, Green-tailed Towhee, and Clay-colored Sparrow can usually be found in winter.
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