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.
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
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!
On the Ponds Trail ...
Maples in fall
On the West Trail ...
Reports from Lost Maples
Lost Maples Bird Guide Information