by Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger (Falcon Guides)
The 36,700-acre Lake Tawakoni, one of the state’s larger manmade reservoirs, is one of the two Sabine River Authority impoundments on the main stem of the Sabine River. The river begins in north-central Texas and eventually flows into the Gulf of Mexico near Orange. Iron Bridge Dam, including the spillway, is 5.5 miles long; access is available on weekdays from 8 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Lake Tawakoni State Park, located on the south shore off SH 2475, is in the development stage. Nearby Wills Point, advertised as the bluebird capital of America, sponsors an annual Bluebird Festival the second weekend of April.
Key birds: Wood and Mottled Ducks, Crested Caracara, Greater Roadrunner, and Pileated Woodpecker are present year-round. Wood Stork, Chuck-will’s-widow, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Prothonotary and Kentucky Warblers, Louisiana Waterthrush, Grasshopper Sparrow, and Indigo and Painted Buntings occur in summer. Pacific and Common Loons; Bald Eagle; American Woodcock; Sprague’s Pipit; Sedge Wren; Fox, LeConte’s, and Harris’s Sparrows; and Lapland and Smith’s Longspurs 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.
© Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.