Choke Canyon State Park and James E Daugherty Wildlife Management Area

Calliham, Texas

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This state park was opened in 1986, and features fishing and boating on the 26,000-surface-acre Choke Canyon Reservoir, created to supply water to Corpus Christi. The Calliham Unit has a recreational complex that includes an auditorium with a gymnasium; an Olympic-size swimming pool and bathhouse; tennis, shuffleboard, and basketball courts; and a baseball diamond. The area was named for the steep banks near the dam site that choked the Frio River during floods. Key birds: Neotropic Cormorant, Anhinga, Black-bellied Whistling- Duck, Mottled Duck, Harris’s Hawk, Crested Caracara, Scaled Quail, Greater Roadrunner, Groove-billed Ani, Pauraque, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Cave Swallow, Cactus Wren, Long-billed Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Olive Sparrow, Pyrrhuloxia, and Bronzed Cowbird are present year-round. Roseate Spoonbill; Wood Stork; White-tailed Hawk; Lesser and Common Nighthawks; Black-chinned Hummingbird; Green Kingfisher; Ashthroated, Brown-crested, and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers; Couch’s Kingbird; Prothonotary Warbler; Painted Bunting; Dickcissel; and Hooded Oriole occur in summer. American White Pelican; Osprey; Bald Eagle; Ferruginous Hawk; Sandhill Crane; Say’s Phoebe; Sage Thrasher; Sprague’s Pipit; Clay-colored, Brewer’s, LeConte’s, and Harris’s Sparrows; Lark Bunting; and McCown’s Longspur can usually be found in winter.
Birding Texas

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Birding Texas

by Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger (Falcon Guides)

This state park was opened in 1986, and features fishing and boating on the 26,000-surface-acre Choke Canyon Reservoir, created to supply water to Corpus Christi. The Calliham Unit has a recreational complex that includes an auditorium with a gymnasium; an Olympic-size swimming pool and bathhouse; tennis, shuffleboard, and basketball courts; and a baseball diamond. The area was named for the steep banks near the dam site that choked the Frio River during floods.

Key birds: Neotropic Cormorant, Anhinga, Black-bellied Whistling- Duck, Mottled Duck, Harris’s Hawk, Crested Caracara, Scaled Quail, Greater Roadrunner, Groove-billed Ani, Pauraque, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Cave Swallow, Cactus Wren, Long-billed Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Olive Sparrow, Pyrrhuloxia, and Bronzed Cowbird are present year-round. Roseate Spoonbill; Wood Stork; White-tailed Hawk; Lesser and Common Nighthawks; Black-chinned Hummingbird; Green Kingfisher; Ashthroated, Brown-crested, and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers; Couch’s Kingbird; Prothonotary Warbler; Painted Bunting; Dickcissel; and Hooded Oriole occur in summer. American White Pelican; Osprey; Bald Eagle; Ferruginous Hawk; Sandhill Crane; Say’s Phoebe; Sage Thrasher; Sprague’s Pipit; Clay-colored, Brewer’s, LeConte’s, and Harris’s Sparrows; Lark Bunting; and McCown’s Longspur can usually be found in winter.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Calliham
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April to mid-May for spring migrants and nesting activities; November to March for winter birds
Local Contacts: Choke Canyon State Park
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Choke Canyon State Park and James E. Daugherty Wildlife Management Area

Recent Trail Reviews

4/20/2007
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Pity the real birdiny section below the dam wall has been closed.



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