Most birders come to Texas during the winter months or April. Given the hot humid summer weather and fewer numbers of birds, I can’t blame them. Nevertheless, there is plenty to see in south Texas at any time of the year, including the muggy days of July. On a recent trip to Laguna Atascosa, I was entertained by a nice variety of birds and other wildlife.
This is a good time of year to see young animals, including juvenile raptors.
The juvenile in the picture above can be recognized by its buffy chest and grayish bill. Overall, it’s duller than the orange-billed adults.
Birds can also be seen with food in their bills as they forage to feed their youngsters.
As always, water acts as a bird magnet in the arid scrublands of south Texas. If you can stand the heat, patiently waiting by a water drip usually results in good shots of birds and whatever else comes in for a drink.
The Common Ground Dove is a beautiful, sparrow-sized dove. In certain lighting, their red bill almost looks as if it’s made of plastic. Mourning Doves also show up at water sources and are a fairly common sight in many areas.
Sometimes, a Javelina makes a sudden appearance.
Also known as the Collared Peccary, this wild pig is a tough character that frequents brushy habitats. The Texas Tortoise is a lot more docile and easier to photograph.
Not all birds rely on water for bathing. Many also take dust baths and seem to enjoy the experience very much!
There’s lots of wildlife to see in Texas no matter when you visit!