San Angelo State Park and O C Fisher Lake

San Angelo, Texas

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The 12,500-acre state park (established in November 1994) includes the 5,440-acre O. C. Fisher Lake, on the Concho River. The lake was named for a U.S. representative from Texas. The general area is situated where four biogeographic zones converge: Trans-Pecos to the west, High Plains to the north, Rolling Plains to the east, and Texas Hill Country to the south. The area also has a significant history, extending from the time of the paleo-Indian hunters of ice age mammals to the establishment of Spanish missions in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the establishment of Fort Concho in 1867 (restored). Key birds: American White Pelican, Wood Duck, Harris’s Hawk, Wild Turkey, Scaled Quail, Greater Roadrunner, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Western Scrub-Jay, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, Canyon Towhee, Rufous-crowned and Black-throated Sparrows, and Lesser Goldfinch are present yearround. Neotropic Cormorant; Mississippi Kite; Zone-tailed and Swainson’s Hawks; Groove-billed Ani; Common Poorwill; Blackchinned Hummingbird; Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Cave Swallow; Black-capped Vireo; Bell’s and Gray Vireos; Cassin’s and Grasshopper Sparrows; and Orchard, Bullock’s, and Scott’s Orioles occur in summer. Ferruginous Hawk; Say’s Phoebe; Sage Thrasher; American and Sprague’s Pipits; and McCown’s, Smith’s (casual), and Chestnut-collared Longspurs can often be found in winter.

San Angelo State Park and O. C. Fisher Lake Professional Review and Guide

"The 12,500-acre state park (established in November 1994) includes the 5,440-acre O. C. Fisher Lake, on the Concho River. The lake was named for a U.S. representative from Texas. The general area is situated where four biogeographic zones converge: Trans-Pecos to the west, High Plains to the north, Rolling Plains to the east, and Texas Hill Country to the south. The area also has a significant history, extending from the time of the paleo-Indian hunters of ice age mammals to the establishment of Spanish missions in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the establishment of Fort Concho in 1867 (restored).

Key birds: American White Pelican, Wood Duck, Harris’s Hawk, Wild Turkey, Scaled Quail, Greater Roadrunner, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Western Scrub-Jay, Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, Canyon Towhee, Rufous-crowned and Black-throated Sparrows, and Lesser Goldfinch are present yearround. Neotropic Cormorant; Mississippi Kite; Zone-tailed and Swainson’s Hawks; Groove-billed Ani; Common Poorwill; Blackchinned Hummingbird; Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Cave Swallow; Black-capped Vireo; Bell’s and Gray Vireos; Cassin’s and Grasshopper Sparrows; and Orchard, Bullock’s, and Scott’s Orioles occur in summer. Ferruginous Hawk; Say’s Phoebe; Sage Thrasher; American and Sprague’s Pipits; and McCown’s, Smith’s (casual), and Chestnut-collared Longspurs can often be found in winter."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: San Angelo
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April and May for spring migrants and nesting activities; November to March for longspurs
Local Contacts: San Angelo State Park
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to San Angelo State Park and O. C. Fisher Lake

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