by Roland H. Wauer & Mark A. Elwonger (Falcon Guides)
The 4,897-acre park, named for a bend in the Brazos River, has a rich diversity of habitats that attract a wide variety of wildlife, including 270 species of birds, 23 mammals, and 21 reptiles and amphibians. Twelve miles of hiking trails and 9 miles of hiking/bike trails offer good access. The visitor center, containing several exhibits, is open on weekends. Guided nature walks include owl prowls on Saturday evenings in winter and weekend bird walks from October to February.
Key birds: Anhinga, White and White-faced Ibis, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Wood Duck, White-tailed Hawk, Crested Caracara, and Pileated Woodpecker are present year-round. Least Bittern, Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Stork, Mississippi Kite, King Rail, Purple Gallinule, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Wood Thrush, Prothonotary and Swainson’s Warblers, Indigo and Painted Buntings, and Dickcissel occur in summer. American Bittern, Bald Eagle, Merlin, Sandhill Crane, American Woodcock, Sprague’s Pipit, and LeConte’s and Henslow’s Sparrows can usually be found in winter.
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