Birding in Toledo Bend Lake Country

Birding

Many rare, threatened and endangered species are found in Toledo Bend Lake Country, including Bald Eagle, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Waterbird Nesting Colonies and a variety of coastal shorebirds and migrating birds.

Birding Trails in Sabine Parish-
The Toledo Bend Forest Scenic Byway: Toledo Bend Loop, includes:

  • San Patricio Overlook
  • Clyde's Crossing
  • San Miguel Park
  • Wildwood Resort
  • Cypress Bend Park
  • Cypress Bend Resort
  • Ft Jesup State Historic Site
  • Hodges Gardens State Park
  • South Toledo Bend State Park
  • North Toledo Bend State Park
  • Converse Bay Park
  • Oak Ridge Park.

Sabine Wildlife Management Area has upland pine with interspersed hardwood bottoms, which offers excellent birding.

The following is a birding list for the South Toledo Bend State Park area.

Legend

Spring: S – March – May

Summer: Su – June – August
Fall: F – September – November
Winter: W – December – February

A – abundant: should see, usually numerous
C – common: should see, in suitable habitat

U – uncommon: usually present, but isolated

O – occasional: seen a few times a season

R – rare: not always present
X – should not see

Species

S

Su

F

W

___Mallard

R

X

C

C

___Mottled Duck

C

C

C

C

___Wood Duck

C

C

C

C

___Wild Turkey

C

C

C

C

___Northern Bobwhite

C

C

C

C

___Common Loon

R

X

R

O

___Pied-billed Grebe

R

R

R

R

___American White Pelican

C

R

R

C

___Double-crested Cormorant

O

X

O

C

___Great Egret

C

C

C

C

___Great Blue Heron

C

C

C

C

___Snowy Egret

C

C

C

C

___Little Blue Heron

C

C

C

C

___Cattle Egret

C

C

C

C

___Black-crowned Night-heron

C

C

C

C

___White Ibis

C

C

C

C

___Turkey Vulture

C

C

C

C

___Osprey

R

R

R

R

___Bald Eagle

C

O

C

C

___Red-shouldered Hawk

C

C

C

C

___Red-tailed Hawk

C

C

C

C

___Cooper’s Hawk

C

C

C

C

___American Kestrel

C

C

C

C

___King Rail

C

C

C

C

___American Coot

C

C

C

A

___Killdeer

C

A

C

C

 

Species

S

Su

F

W

___American Woodcock

C

C

C

C

___Horned Grebe

X

X

X

U

___Forster’s Tern

X

X

X

X

___Rock Pidgeon

C

C

C

C

___Eurasian Collarred-dove

C

C

C

C

___Mourning Dove

A

A

A

A

___Inca Dove

C

C

C

C

___Great Roadrunner

C

C

C

C

___Barn Owl

X

X

X

X

___Eastern Screech-owl

R

R

R

R

___Great Horned Owl

R

R

R

R

___Barred Owl

C

C

C

C

___Ruby-throated Hummingbird

C

A

C

R

___Rufous Hummingbird

U

O

O

X

___Belted Kingfisher

U

U

U

U

___Red-headed Woodpecker

C

C

C

C

___Red-bellied Woodpecker

C

C

C

C

___Downy Woodpecker

C

C

C

C

___Hairy Woodpecker

C

C

C

C

___Red-cockaded Woodpecker

U

U

U

U

___Pileated Woodpecker

C

C

C

C

___Loggerhead Shrike

U

U

U

U

___White-eyed Vireo

U

U

O

X

___Red-eyed Vireo

U

U

O

X

___Blue Jay

A

A

A

A

___American Crow

C

C

C

C

___Fish Crow

R

R

R

R

___Purple Martin

R

C

R

X

___Cliff Swallow

C

O

O

C

___Carolina Chickadee

A

A

A

A

___Tufted Titmouse

A

A

A

C

___Brown-headed Nuthatch

U

U

U

U

___Carolina Wren

A

A

A

C

___House Wren

C

A

C

R

___Winter Wren

C

A

C

R

___Sedge Wren

C

A

C

R

 

 

Species

S

Su

F

W

___Golden-crowned Kinglet

X

X

X

U

___Ruby-crowned Kinglet

R

X

X

O

___Blue-gray Kinglet

C

C

X

O

___Eastern Bluebird

C

C

C

C

___American Robin

C

C

C

C

___Gray Catbird

C

C

C

C

___Northern Mockingbird

A

A

A

A

___Brown Thrasher

C

C

C

C

___European Starling

C

C

C

C

___Summer Tanager

C

C

C

O

___Orange-crowned Warbler

C

O

O

C

___Northern Parula

C

C

O

O

___Yellow-throated Warbler

C

C

O

O

___Pine Warbler

U

U

U

U

___Common Yellowthroat

C

C

C

C

___Eastern Towhee

C

C

C

C

___Bachman’s Sparrow

C

C

C

C

___Chipping Sparrow

C

C

C

C

___Field Sparrow

C

C

C

C

___Northern Cardinal

C

C

C

C

___Ring-winged Blackbird

C

C

C

C

___Eastern Meadowlark

C

C

C

C

___Common Grackle

C

C

C

C

___Great-tailed Grackle

C

C

C

C

___Brown-headed Cowbird

C

C

C

C

___Orchard Oriole

C

C

O

R

___Baltimore Oriloe

U

O

O

R

___House Finch

C

C

C

C

___American Goldfinch

C

C

U

U

___House Sparrow

C

C

C

C

This list contains 92 species of birds you may ancounter depending upon the time of year,area of park and luck of the observer. All are not confirmed as sighted within our park, but do fall within the habitat range.