Fawn romping

Bird & Wildlife Watching

Wild turkey in Whitney, TX

Bird and wildlife watchers delight in the area's 300 migratory and non-migratory bird species, and a local wildlife population that features more than 50 different species of mammals, including the white-tailed deer, foxes, and wild turkeys.

Egret flying

Among the birds that visitors have observed are bald eagles, American White pelicans, roadrunners, owls, egrets, and blue herons. Some bald eagles make their home year-round on Lake Whitney, and more arrive for the winter. Swallows arrive each spring to make their nests high up on the limestone cliffs surrounding the lake.

Squirrel playingWildlife photographer

Male painted bunting The Bosque Valley Loop of the Great Texas Wildlife Trails includes two sites in Whitney - the Arrowhead Creek Nature Park, and the Lake Whitney State Park. Depending on the time of year, you'll find painted buntings, scissor-tailed flycatchers, waterfowl, and more. A Wildlife Trails Map is available with directions and more details.

Ducks at Lake Whitney


Bird Island, towards the south end of the lake and across from the state park, is a local hang-out for hundreds of birds. Because it is free from predators, many birds head here each evening to rest. Depending on the time of year, you may see hundreds of white cattle egrets returning to the island around dusk.

Monarch butterfly


Butterflies delight visitors from spring through fall. Spring is the perfect time for a visit to enjoy the fresh air, wildflowers, and butterflies all at the same time.


Lake Whitney Waterfowl


A visit to Lake Whitney and surrounding areas is a great opportunity for you and your family to get back to nature and spend time with all the native birds and wildlife that this area has to offer.


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