In addition to what's already been mentioned, a very useful and
complete book on this topic is "Birds of Texas: A Field Guide," by
John H. Rappole and Gene W. Blacklock (Texas A & M Press, 1994). This
book is not organized like "Birding in Vermont" in that there is no
section on the best birding sites. The book is organized by species
-- but there's an excellent range map (within Texas, by county) for
each species, along with notes on habitat, seasonality, and relative
commonness. The book is available in paperback.
Then there's the more specialized "Birds of the Texas Hill Country,"
by Mark W. Lockwood (Univ. of Texas Press, 2001). This book begins
with a section on good birding sites and continues with a species-by-
species write-up. It, too, is available in paperback. The Hill
Country (otherwise known as the Edwards Plateau) is located west of a
line from Austin to San Antonio and is probably best known as the
only U.S. breeding location of the Golden-Cheeked Warbler (or should
I write GCWA?). There are organized tours available in season to
locate this bird and also the Black-capped Vireo.
Hope this helps.
On Feb 14, 2007, at 11:44 AM, Gregory R. Askew wrote:
> Can anyone recommend a guide to birding in Texas, something along
> the lines of Birding in Vermont?