For the Birds
Del Rio is perfectly placed along the migration routes used by feathered flyers, making it a paradise for bird-watchers, who can spot terns, riparian birds, aquatic birds, desert and grassland birds, kingfishers and warblers.
Amistad National Recreation Area/Lake Amistad
• Spur 454 - San Pedro Campground: Good for desert birds; very good for migrating and wintering sparrows. Good for butterflies in season.
• Spur 406: Good for desert birds; in summer use spotting scope for Interior least terns over Lake Amistad. Good for butterflies in season.
• Hunt Area 1: Great for desert birds. Hunters may be present during certain times of the year; call National Park Service at (830) 775-7491 for hunting status. Located on west side of Highway 90 West, just beyond bridge over Lake Amistad. Park on highway side of railroad tracks in front of locked gate and pass-through.
• Calderon Elementary School Nature Trail: Good for upland desert birds.
• Duck Ponds: Good for aquatic birds.
• River Road: (Follow Vega Verde Road past gravel pits to dead end)
• Laguna de Plata: (on Garza Lane) Good for wintering waterfowl and winter grassland sparrows.
• South Del Rio near Winery: (Valenti Street and River Street, off Nicholson, and Guyler Lane off Qualia Drive) Good for migrating warblers, green and blue jays.