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In this part of my Big Bend National Park trip report, I’m sharing the birds we encountered, both the skittish kind and the indifferent kind, as well as a curious roadrunner and a bold deer. We did not encounter any cougars, bears, falcons, javalinas, or chupacabras. Not this trip, anyway… Most of the wildlife I saw and photographed was in the Chisos Basin near or at our campsite, or on the trails in the Basin. I used two field guides as reference: Birds of Texas Big Bend Country incl. Big Bend National Park & Davis Mtns.: A Guide to Common & Notable Species and Naturalist’s Big Bend: An Introduction to the Trees and Shrubs, Wildflowers, Cacti, Mammals, Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians, Fish, and Insects (Louise Lindsey Merrick Natural Environment (Paperback)).
If you get a chance, visit the Chisos Basin Visitor Center for more information on park fauna and recent reports of bear/mountain lion sightings.