Austin Area Birding Sites Professional Review and Guide
"The city of Austin, with a population in excess of 500,000, contains numerous city parks and greenbelts and several surrounding parks and preserves. Since most of this area is located at the southeastern edge of the Edwards Plateau, this site has been placed in the Edwards Plateau region; however, Austin East, which lies immediately to the east, includes Hornsby Bend Wastewater Treatment Plant, probably the single best birding site in the Greater Austin area.
Lake Austin and Town Lake are 2 of 6 lakes (including Inks Lake) along the Colorado River, all managed by the Lower Colorado River Authority. Emma Long Park contains 1,150 acres, 70 of which are developed, along Lake Travis. A similar developed park, with 10 miles of hike-and-bike trails, exists both above and below Longhorn Dam. These areas can be extremely busy on weekends and holidays a good part of the year; birding is best during the early morning hours."