Cedar Hill State Park and Dallas Nature Center Professional Review and Guide
"The 1,810-acre state park, which lies along the northeastern edge of Joe Pool Lake, opened in 1992. The park lies in the rugged chain of wooded hills known as the Cedar Mountains, and is less than an hour from either Dallas or Fort Worth. The 630-acre Dallas Nature Center is a nonprofit organization, funded by donations and grants, designed to foster a greater appreciation and understanding of the natural environment through conservation, education, recreation, and research.
The center provides regularly scheduled guided walks, weekend outdoor education programs, and school/youth group field trips. Key birds: Greater Roadrunner and Eastern Bluebird are present year-round. Swainson’s Hawk, Chuck-will’s-widow, Ruby-throated and Black-chinned Hummingbirds, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Indigo and Painted Buntings, and Dickcissel occur in summer. Vesper, Fox, and Harris’s Sparrows; Lapland Longspur; Rusty Blackbird (irregular); and Purple Finch can usually be found in winter. This eTrail provides detailed information on birding strategies for this specific location, the specialty birds and other key birds you might see, directions to each birding spot, a detailed map, and helpful general information."