If you love birds, you will love the Highland Lakes area in the Texas
Hill Country. Out of 900 bird species found in the United States, 600 can be found
in the State of Texas. Many interesting birds migrate through the Highland Lakes
Area and others spend the winter here.
Members of the Highland Lakes Birding and Wildflower Society take part in the Annual
Christmas Bird Count and identify 100 to 120 species each year. It is part of the
National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count.
One visiting couple, who spent the weekend on the west side of Lake Buchanan, spotted
27 species of birds in an outing one morning and spotted over 40 species during their
Photo courtesy of Bob Smith
|Roadrunners are interesting birds which can be found in several areas of Texas.
Seven very rare Painted Buntings were spotted eating seeds
off of grass at a residents' home in Floyd Acres on the west side of Lake Buchanan.
A few of these beautiful birds made their home there and are now regularly seen feeding at
the bird feeder in the back yard.
In April of 2004 a flock of about 50 Yellow Headed
Blackbirds landed in the yard of a home in Meadowlakes. These birds are not normally
spotted in our area.
A flock of several hundred robins were migrating through
the area and landed in a couple of vacant lots in Marble Falls. That was a sight to
Maybe you read about the Blue-footed Booby that spent the summer a few
years ago on Lake LBJ. Bird Watchers came from all over the country to view this
bird. He stayed for several months on the lake. It was assumed that he had
gotten lost and just made the lake his home for the summer. He was probably from the
Whooping Cranes, Canadian Snow Geese, Canadian Geese,
Pelicans, Storks, Herons, Ducks and many other birds migrate through the area in the fall
and the spring.
Wild turkeys are plentiful and can be spotted from the
highways sometimes. They will occassionally be seen in flocks of 15 to 30 birds
roaming the rural neighborhoods of the Highland Lakes Area, too.