Birder's Guide

MAR 2016

Birder's Guide is the American Birding Association's newest publication. Each issue focuses on a key subject, providing tips from experienced birders on a wide variety of topics like Travel, Listing & Taxonomy, Gear, and Conservation & Community.

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Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2015 owering high above the surrounding Chihuahuan Desert, three Texas mountain ranges draw a variety of birders, from the casual enthusiast to the hard- core lister. The Chisos Mountains of Big Bend National Park are the biggest attraction, as they are the only place in the ABA Area where Colima Warbler can easily and reliably be found. Meanwhile, the Davis and Guadalupe Mountains (along with the Chisos) offer birds more often associated with Southeast Arizona and the Rockies than Texas. Below, I offer a short guide to these three mountain ranges—or sky islands. Each offers something different, from Mexican Jay in the Chisos Mountains to Mont- ezuma Quail in the Davis Mountains to Juniper Titmouse in the Guadalupes. At the begin- ning of each section, you will fnd web links to additional information. When planning your next great birding adventure to the Southwest, don't overlook Texas's sky islands. Chisos Mountains A Colima Warbler was collected at Boot Spring by Fred- erick Gaige on 20 July, 1928. This represented the frst 36 36 5 Birder's Guide to Travel | March 2016 Hiking Big Bend National Park. Photo © David N. Keng T

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