South Llano River State Park and Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area

Junction, Texas

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The clear, cool waters of the South Llano (yawn-oh) River wind through a floodplain dominated by stately pecan trees. The state park (507 acres) contains 1.5 miles of river frontage on its northern border, and the Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area (2,123 acres) is noted for an abundance of wildlife. Key birds: Wood Duck, Wild Turkey, Greater Roadrunner, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Western Scrub-Jay, Curve-billed Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, Canyon Towhee, and Blackthroated Sparrow are present year-round. Common Poorwill, Chuckwill’s-widow, Vermilion and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Cave Swallow, Black-capped Vireo, Bell’s Vireo, Indigo and Painted Buntings, Cassin’s Sparrow, and Lesser Goldfinch occur in summer. Bald Eagle, Red-headed Woodpecker, Sage and Brown Thrashers, Greentailed Towhee, and Lark Bunting can often 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.

South Llano River State Park & Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area Professional Review and Guide

"The clear, cool waters of the South Llano (yawn-oh) River wind through a floodplain dominated by stately pecan trees. The state park (507 acres) contains 1.5 miles of river frontage on its northern border, and the Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area (2,123 acres) is noted for an abundance of wildlife.

Key birds: Wood Duck, Wild Turkey, Greater Roadrunner, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Western Scrub-Jay, Curve-billed Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, Canyon Towhee, and Blackthroated Sparrow are present year-round. Common Poorwill, Chuckwill’s-widow, Vermilion and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Cave Swallow, Black-capped Vireo, Bell’s Vireo, Indigo and Painted Buntings, Cassin’s Sparrow, and Lesser Goldfinch occur in summer. Bald Eagle, Red-headed Woodpecker, Sage and Brown Thrashers, Greentailed Towhee, and Lark Bunting can often 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."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Junction
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April and May for spring migrants and nesting activities; winter to watch Wild Turkeys from a distance
Local Contacts: South Llano River State Park
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to South Llano River State Park & Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area

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May 2018