by Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger (Falcon Guides)
The 67,000-acre reservoir includes 850 miles of shoreline. The region lies at the confluence of three major biogeographic regions: Trans-Pecos to the west, Edwards Plateau to the north, and Tamaulipan to the southeast. The national recreation area is primarily a boating, fishing, and water sports impoundment, but the region also contains numerous archeological sites, including a rich assortment of Indian rock art.
Key Birds: Least Grebe; Neotropic Cormorant; Anhinga; Harris’s Hawk; Wild Turkey; Scaled Quail; Greater Roadrunner; White-throated Swift; Ringed Kingfisher; Green Kingfisher; Golden-fronted Woodpecker; Black and Say’s Phoebes; Vermilion Flycatcher; Chihuahuan and Common Ravens; Cactus, Rock, and Canyon Wrens; Black-tailed Gnatcatcher; Curve-billed Thrasher; Pyrrhuloxia; Olive Sparrow; and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Swainson’s and Zone-tailed Hawks, Groove-billed Ani, Lesser Nighthawk, Brown-crested and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Great Kiskadee, Couch’s Kingbird, Long-billed Thrasher, Bell’s Vireo, Painted Bunting, Cassin’s Sparrow, Dickcissel, and Hooded and Bullock’s Orioles occur in summer. Osprey, Golden Eagle, Sandhill Crane, Sage Thrasher, Green-tailed Towhee, and Lark Bunting can usually be found in winter.
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