Red Bluff Lake

Pecos, Texas

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Red Bluff Lake is located on the Pecos River just below the Texas–New Mexico border. The 11,700-acre (when full) reservoir is a water irrigation project that provides a variety of water sports year-round, including excellent fishing. Do not drive on the beach; the sand is deceptive and getting stuck here is a real possibility. Key birds: Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, Scaled Quail, Greater Roadrunner, Say’s Phoebe, Chihuahuan Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, Black-throated Sparrow, and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. Swainson’s Hawk, Lesser and Common Nighthawks, Common Poorwill, Cave Swallow, Bell’s Vireo, Cassin’s Sparrow, and Scott’s Orioles occur in summer. Horned, Eared, Western, and Clark’s Grebes; American White Pelican; Common Goldeneye; Common and Red-breasted Mergansers; Rock Wren; Sage and Crissal Thrashers; and Sage Sparrow 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.
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Birding Texas

by Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger (Falcon Guides)

Red Bluff Lake is located on the Pecos River just below the Texas–New Mexico border. The 11,700-acre (when full) reservoir is a water irrigation project that provides a variety of water sports year-round, including excellent fishing. Do not drive on the beach; the sand is deceptive and getting stuck here is a real possibility.

Key birds: Golden Eagle, Prairie Falcon, Scaled Quail, Greater Roadrunner, Say’s Phoebe, Chihuahuan Raven, Verdin, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, Black-throated Sparrow, and Lesser Goldfinch are present year-round. Swainson’s Hawk, Lesser and Common Nighthawks, Common Poorwill, Cave Swallow, Bell’s Vireo, Cassin’s Sparrow, and Scott’s Orioles occur in summer. Horned, Eared, Western, and Clark’s Grebes; American White Pelican; Common Goldeneye; Common and Red-breasted Mergansers; Rock Wren; Sage and Crissal Thrashers; and Sage Sparrow 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.

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Pecos
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best November to early February for water birds and various desert dwellers
Local Contacts: Pecos Chamber of Commerce
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Red Bluff Lake

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