The Ecological Setting
Seguin, Texas is located in south-central Texas, 35 miles east of San Antonio. It is located at the boundary between the Texas Blackland Prairie to the north and the Post Oak Woodlands to the south and east. Most of the surrounding area is now agricultural, primarily cattle grazing. Much of this land is covered with mesquite trees and a large variety of trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants that provide a fairly diverse environment for birds. The city is located on the Guadalupe River. Large pecan and cypress trees line the river, including the public Starcke Park area. Several small reservoirs are located along the river near town, including Lake Dunlap, McQueeney, and Placid. These provide good viewing areas for waterfowl.

Seguin is within a one-hour drive of many fascinating ecosystems.  North of Seguin is the Texas Hill Country, with spring-fed streams and rugged canyons.  East of Seguin are palmetto wetlands and loblolly pine forests.  We are only 150 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, with undeveloped barrier islands and the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge (winter home to the endangered Whooping Crane).
 
Three species that are common near Seguin may be of special interest to birders from other regions. Scissor-tailed Flycatchers are common during the breeding season. Look for them on fences and telephone wires anywhere in the countryside around Seguin. Crested Caracaras are also common in the countryside, and are especially visible when feeding on road-kill carcasses, often in the company of Turkey Vultures. Flocks of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks can often be seen standing along the banks of the area lakes. They are also sometimes seen on open lawn areas in town or flying overhead at dusk.
Checklist of Birds
This list includes species observed by the authors. We know there are many more species we have not recorded, especially migrants.

Please send new sightings with information on location and observations to the authors.

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