Bird Watching & More
Watauga, Texas is along the Central Flyway, a bird migration route that runs through the United States from Mexico to Canada. This makes Watauga a great place to see birds during the fall and spring migration.
To keep birds coming back to your feeders in any season, provide them with these three essential elements:
- A variety of quality seeds and other foods.
- Fresh water for drinking and bathing.
- Ample cover, preferably provided by native plants. Native plants also provide potential nesting sites and a source of natural food.
Local Birding Sites:
- Village Creek Drying Beds
- Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge
- Colleyville Nature Center
- Oak Grove Park
- Meadowmere Park
- Bob Jones Nature Center
The Village Creek Drying Beds in Fort Worth were originally used as a water reclamation site and now provide a wetland habitat for many bird species. The drying beds are beloved by birders in North Texas, with many areas within to explore.
There are three paths at Village Creek each with a wide array of species. Including: Nashville Warbler, Lark Sparrow, Northern Flicker, Savannah Sparrow, Yellow Warbler, White-eyed Vireo, Sedge Wren, Wilson’s Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and many more.
The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge (FWNC&R) is a large wildlife refuge composed of prairies and cross timbers savannah, and features a wide range of songbirds, shorebirds, ducks, and raptors.
The refuge is north of Fort Worth on Lake Worth, and is a great place to visit all-year round.
Where: 9601 Fossil Ridge Road, Fort Worth, TX 76135
Cost: $6 for adults and $2 for children
The Colleyville Nature Center is a beautiful, wooded park nestled within a neighborhood. It’s located northeast of Fort Worth, and is a popular stop-over site for migratory warblers.
During fall and spring migration, many colorful species can be seen at the Colleyville Nature Center. Warblers seem to gravitate towards the tree mottes next to the Long Pond. Listen for the sounds of backyard birds, such as a chickadee call, and you may find a warbler hanging out with them!
Where: 100 Mill Wood Dr, Colleyville, TX 76034
Grapevine Lake features 3 main birding hotspots:
Oak Grove Park
Oak Grove Park is located right on Lake Grapevine, making it a picturesque place to go birding. Once inside the park, walk along the lake, inlets, and field area with picnic tables.
Where: 2520 Oak Grove Loop S, Grapevine, TX 76051
Hours: 7 am – 9 pm
Cost: $5 per vehicle
Meadowmere Park is also on Grapevine Lake, and is definitely worth a visit. It is located at 3000 Meadowmere Ln, Grapevine, TX 76051.
Birds to look for at Meadowmere:
Forester’s Tern, Bald Eagle, Brown Thrasher, Blue-headed Vireo, Spotted Towhee, Nashville Warbler, Gray Catbird
Where: 3000 Meadowmere Lane Grapevine, Texas 76051
Hours: 8am – Dusk
Cost: $5 per vehicle
Bob Jones Nature Center & Preserve is a beautiful spot to relax and see some stunning birds. The center has bird feeders and pollinator gardens, and is located next to Grapevine Lake.
There are plenty of backyard birds that call the center home, but migration is truly the best time to visit. Some interesting bird species to see during the spring and fall: Yellow Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Great Crested Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat, Painted Bunting, Golden and ruby-crowned kinglet
Where: 355 E Bob Jones Rd, Southlake, TX 76092
Hours: 7am – 8pm