Lost Maples State Natural Area
West Trail

West Trail

Golden-cheeked Warbler

Golden-cheeked Warbler



Maples

The fall maple color show varies tremendously




Lost Maples State Natural Area (LMSNA), most often simply called "Lost Maples," is an incredibly beautiful place with great birding and bugging. There is no other place like it. You'll never forget your first visit! You will want to come back again for more!

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has an excellent website which of course has pages about LMSNA. They also have a park birdlist which is very good and gives seasonal abundance information. It was updated May 2002 by Roy Heideman, and you can pick it up at the park headquarters. There are about 213 on the park list (I know of a few more species not on the list) with about 60 of them less-than-annual and over 150 species seen annually.

The main reason most birders visit is to look for Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo, both of which are possible to see here, only the warbler though is truly abundant, for which it is "the place" to see the most, the best, the easiest in my opinion. The vireo nests in fair numbers, and while possible down in canyon bottoms, is rare there, generally a short steep hike to blufftops is how to see them very very well.

I am sometimes available to guide you if you want help seeing these 5-star specialties.  Send an e-mail or see the link below to the 'Birding Guide' page.


Maples

Bigtooth Maple in its fall best



The site's diversity is its strongest asset. There are many species from east and west found here. Western species such as Zone-tailed Hawk, Scott's Oriole, Canyon Wren and Varied Bunting might be seen, along with southern or eastern species like Green Kingfisher, Louisiana Waterthrush, Carolina Chickadee (and Wren), and Yellow-throated and Red-eyed Vireos.

If it takes rarities to get you excited, then consider there are records for Common Black- and Short-tailed Hawks, Green Violet-Ear, Blue-throated Hummingbird, Painted Redstart, Lucifer and Broad-billed Hummingbird, Olive Sparrow, White-tipped Dove, and Tropical Parula! I found the first Edwards Plateau record of Hepatic Tanager here June 14, 1986.

Little Wood Satyr

Little Wood Satyr



And if you are into insects, fuggaddabout it! You'll find it very slow going up the road or trails with all the butterflies, dragon and damselflies you'll see!

Green Skipper

Green Skipper



Pondhawk

Pondhawk





On the Ponds Trail ...

Pond Trail

Pond Trail

Pond Trail

Pond Trail

Pond Trail

Pond Trail

Pond Trail

Silvery Checkerspot

Silvery Checkerspot

Penstemon

Penstemon

maples

Maples in fall



On the West Trail ...
West Trail

West Trail

West Trail

 



Autumn

 




Reports from Lost Maples

Lost Maples Bird Guide Information


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