San Antonio South Mitchell, Braunig, and Calaveras Lakes

San Antonio, Texas

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Mitchell Lake includes 660 acres and a number of ponds and extensive grasslands. The area can be well covered by vehicle year-round; a scope is suggested. Once a sewage treatment plant, it has since reverted to a nature preserve managed by the San Antonio Audubon Society. Although there is no fee, visitors must contact the society to make arrangements for entry. Both Braunig and Calaveras lakes are managed by the San Antonio River Authority; entry is $3 per person. Key birds: American White Pelican, Neotropic Cormorant, Blackbellied Whistling-Duck, Harris’s Hawk, Crested Caracara, Greater Roadrunner, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Cave Swallow, Verdin, Long-billed Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, Olive Sparrow, and Lesser Goldfinch are present yearround. Least Grebe; Least Bittern; Anhinga; Wood Duck; Purple Gallinule; Groove-billed Ani; Lesser and Common Nighthawks; Chuckwill’s-widow; Ash-throated, Brown-crested, and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers; Prothonotary Warbler; Painted Bunting; Dickcissel; Cassin’s Sparrow; and Bronzed Cowbird occur in summer. Ferruginous Hawk; Long-eared and Short-eared Owls; Say’s Phoebe; Vermilion Flycatcher; and Clay-colored, LeConte’s, and Harris’s Sparrows can usually be found in winter.
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Birding Texas

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

Mitchell Lake includes 660 acres and a number of ponds and extensive grasslands. The area can be well covered by vehicle year-round; a scope is suggested. Once a sewage treatment plant, it has since reverted to a nature preserve managed by the San Antonio Audubon Society. Although there is no fee, visitors must contact the society to make arrangements for entry. Both Braunig and Calaveras lakes are managed by the San Antonio River Authority; entry is $3 per person.

Key birds: American White Pelican, Neotropic Cormorant, Blackbellied Whistling-Duck, Harris’s Hawk, Crested Caracara, Greater Roadrunner, Green Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Cave Swallow, Verdin, Long-billed Thrasher, Curve-billed Thrasher, Pyrrhuloxia, Olive Sparrow, and Lesser Goldfinch are present yearround. Least Grebe; Least Bittern; Anhinga; Wood Duck; Purple Gallinule; Groove-billed Ani; Lesser and Common Nighthawks; Chuckwill’s-widow; Ash-throated, Brown-crested, and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers; Prothonotary Warbler; Painted Bunting; Dickcissel; Cassin’s Sparrow; and Bronzed Cowbird occur in summer. Ferruginous Hawk; Long-eared and Short-eared Owls; Say’s Phoebe; Vermilion Flycatcher; and Clay-colored, LeConte’s, and Harris’s Sparrows can usually be found in winter.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: San Antonio
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April-May for migrants & nesting activities; late July-August for southbound shorebirds; winter for waterfowl & vagrants
Local Contacts: San Antonio River Authority;
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to San Antonio South: Mitchell, Braunig, & Calaveras Lakes

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