Lubbock Area Buffalo Springs Lake, Lake Ransom, Twin Ponds, Boles Lake, and Mackenzie Park

Tahoka, Texas

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Buffalo Springs Lake is a county-owned recreation area (there is an entry fee) that offers camping, picnicking, fishing, water sports, and hiking. The Llano Estacado Audubon Society maintains a 55-acre portion of the area, where a 1.7-mile nature trail is available for birding. The 542-acre Mackenzie Park, named for General Ranald Mackenzie and operated by the city of Lubbock, is primarily a recreational area, with playgrounds and a swimming pool. Key birds include: Greater Roadrunner, Burrowing Owl, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Chihuahuan Raven, Rock Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Canyon Towhee, and Rufous-crowned Sparrow are present yearround. Mississippi Kite, Swainson’s Hawk, Snowy Plover, Red-headed Woodpecker, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Bell’s Vireo, Painted Bunting, Dickcissel, and Cassin’s Sparrow occur in summer. Hooded and Common Mergansers; Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks; Golden Eagle; Prairie Falcon; Long-eared and Short-eared Owls; Eastern and Mountain Bluebirds; Townsend’s Solitaire; Sage Thrasher; and American Tree, Fox, and Swamp Sparrows can usually be found in winter.

Lubbock Area: Buffalo Springs Lake, Lake Ransom, Twin Ponds, Boles Lake, & Mackenzie Park Professional Review and Guide

"Buffalo Springs Lake is a county-owned recreation area (there is an entry fee) that offers camping, picnicking, fishing, water sports, and hiking. The Llano Estacado Audubon Society maintains a 55-acre portion of the area, where a 1.7-mile nature trail is available for birding. The 542-acre Mackenzie Park, named for General Ranald Mackenzie and operated by the city of Lubbock, is primarily a recreational area, with playgrounds and a swimming pool.

Key birds include: Greater Roadrunner, Burrowing Owl, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Chihuahuan Raven, Rock Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, Canyon Towhee, and Rufous-crowned Sparrow are present yearround. Mississippi Kite, Swainson’s Hawk, Snowy Plover, Red-headed Woodpecker, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Bell’s Vireo, Painted Bunting, Dickcissel, and Cassin’s Sparrow occur in summer. Hooded and Common Mergansers; Ferruginous and Rough-legged Hawks; Golden Eagle; Prairie Falcon; Long-eared and Short-eared Owls; Eastern and Mountain Bluebirds; Townsend’s Solitaire; Sage Thrasher; and American Tree, Fox, and Swamp Sparrows can usually be found in winter."

Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Tahoka
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Best April to June for spring migrants and nesting activities; November to mid-February for winter birds
Local Contacts: Lubbock Parks and Recreation Department
Local Maps: Texas Atlas & Gazetteer, DeLorme
Driving Directions: Directions to Lubbock Area: Buffalo Springs Lake, Lake Ransom, Twin Ponds, Boles Lake, & Mackenzie Park

Recent Trail Reviews

6/13/2011
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If you want a good nature walk, here it is. It has a small river/stream and tons of wildlife. the beginning of the trail is relativly steep but compleatly doable for novice hikers. It is chalanging and exciting. We saw many birds, reptiles such as collard lizards, great plains skinks and even a couple snakes. Mammal life is very noticeable. Pig tracts are everywhere, as well as rabbits and even a grey fox at dusk. Downsides: It is not as remote as some trials and can be poluted in aeras.



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May 2018