by Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger (Falcon Guides)
Kingsville, named for King Ranch founder Richard King, is a town of about 26,000. It is the home of Naval Air Station Kingsville and Texas A&M University at Kingsville, which houses the Kleberg Hall of Natural History. The King Ranch, the largest ranch in the continental United States at 825,000 acres, has its headquarters and a visitor center just west of Kingsville, where visitors can take a tour of the working cattle ranch.
Key birds: Least Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Anhinga, Blackbellied Whistling-Duck, Mottled Duck, Harris’s Hawk, White-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara, Greater Roadrunner, Pauraque, Goldenfronted Woodpecker, Great Kiskadee, Couch’s Kingbird, Green Jay, Long-billed Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, Olive Sparrow, and Bronzed Cowbird are present year-round. Roseate Spoonbill; Wood Stork; Fulvous Whistling-Duck; Purple Gallinule; Groove-billed Ani; Lesser Nighthawk; Buff-bellied Hummingbird; Ash-throated, Brown-crested, and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers; Cave Swallow; Painted Bunting; Dickcissel; and Hooded Oriole occur in summer. American Bittern; Greater White-fronted, Snow, Ross’s, and Canada Geese; King Rail; Sandhill Crane; Rufous Hummingbird; Vermilion Flycatcher; Sprague’s Pipit; Clay-colored, Grasshopper, and LeConte’s Sparrows; and Lark Bunting can usually be found in winter.
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