The Amistad area is a transition zone between eastern, western, northern, and southern avifauna. While there are no specific 'destination' species, the mix creates great opportunities to see a wide variety of birds. The area is also centrally located as a good base for some Texas specialties like black-capped vireo, golden-cheeked warbler, and Colima warbler.
See below for good birding locations within the recreation area. In Del Rio, the creekwalk along San Felipe Creek is great for riparian and migratory species. With luck, you can find all three species of kingfishers (green, ringed, and belted) in one day. Zone-tailed hawk, Couch's kingbird, black-bellied whistling-duck, olive sparrow, great kiskadee, and many others are also likely to be seen. Park along US Highway 90 East where it crosses the creek at the railroad bridge. You can walk downstream on the east (left) side through Moore Park and beyond for a couple of miles.
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BIRDING LOCATIONS WITHIN AMISTAD NRA
The recreation area campgrounds, especially San Pedro, 277N, and Spur 406, are good for desert species, wintering sparrows, and butterflies in season.
Spur 454 and Spur 406
At the end of these roads (where they enter the reservoir) use a spotting scope or strong binoculars to scan the water for interior least terns, which nest on rocky islands in the summer.
Rio Grande Below Amistad Dam
Very good for riparian birds. You can scan the reservoir and the river below the dam for a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds. See Things to Do for more information about visiting Amistad Dam.
The National Park Service property below the dam is open by guided tour only (see top of page).
Did You Know?
There are many caves or "rock shelters" like this near Amistad National Recreation Area. Many of these rock shelters show signs of having human occupation up to 10,000 years ago.