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Birding USA, Part 2: 10 Central US Hotspots for Photographing Birds

Birding USA, Part 2: 10 Central US Hotspots for Photographing Birds

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This article is the second of a three-part series covering the best locations in the United States for birdwatching and bird photography. Be sure to check out 10 Eastern Hotspots and 10 Western Hotspots and don’t forget to keep a field guide handy for identifying what you encounter.

Lucifer Hummingbird

Big Bend National Park, Texas

Big Bend National Park welcomes a staggering 450 species of birds into its 800,000 acres each year, making it the most bird-rich national park in the United States. More than 100 miles of river corridor along the Rio Grande, combined with expanses of Chihuahuan desert and transition zones leading to the Chisos Mountains, are the reason for the impressive range of species.

Along the river, you can find heron, duck, and kingfisher. Frequent visitors to the surrounding brush include Bell’s Vireo, Yellow-Billed Cuckoo, Painted Bunting, Orchard Oriole, and several species of flycatcher. Cooper’s, Sharp-Shinned, Red-Tailed, and Common Black Hawk may be spotted in the skies above. Additionally, a number of species of owl nest in the park including Great-Horned, Burrowing, Elf, Flammulated, and Eastern and Western Screech.

The Chisos Mountains and surrounding foothills provide woodland habitat to Mexican Jay, Bushtit, woodpecker, vireo, and tanager. Northern rarities such as the Colima Warbler; Lucifer, White-Eared, and Blue-Throated Hummingbird; and Zone-Tailed Hawk can occasionally be spotted in Boot Canyon during the spring and summer.

In addition to birds, Big Bend is also home to mountain lion, coyote, black bear, rattlesnake, centipedes, and scorpions, so maintain an awareness of your surroundings and use common sense. Learn more about Big Bend National Park here.

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