For more than 50 years, Lake Tawakoni has been the water source for Dallas and nearby communities. It’s also a popular recreational site and great for birds. More than 340 species have been recorded on the lake and its 200 miles of shoreline; about 78 percent of the birds have been found at Lake Tawakoni State Park.
Near the entrance, I usually find Ruby-throated Hummingbird and Eastern Bluebird in spring and summer and migrant warblers and flycatchers in spring. The Spring Point Trail is good for Painted and Indigo Buntings and nesting White-eyed and Red-eyed Vireos. In winter, I look for treats such as Rusty Blackbird and Pine Warbler, and I scope the boat ramp off the parking lot for ducks, loons, and grebes.
A few miles south of the park, Holiday Marina has produced Red-throated and Pacific Loons and Long-tailed Duck. When the water is low and mudflats are exposed, shorebirds are possible. About two miles east of the marina, the spillway (officially the Iron Bridge Dam) is a good spot for ducks and waders in winter. In summer, look in woodlands along the Sabine River south of the spillway for nesting warblers. — Gail Morris
Gail Morris is past president of the Fort Worth Audubon Society. She also wrote about the Village Creek Drying Beds, Fort Worth, Texas, Hotspot Near You No. 45; Cement Creek Reservoir, Fort Worth, Texas, No. 75; and Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, Sherman, Texas, No. 86.