Painted Bunting photo by Ashley Wahlberg
Here you will find helpful resources for birding in the Pineywoods including local checklists, links to birding hotspots, and some favorite websites and apps of PAS members.
Brown-headed Nuthatch photo by Ashley Wahlberg
White Ibis photo by Ron Thill
Click a link below to download the checklist and help you narrow down what species you may see in the Pineywoods based on the location and time of year.
Birds of the Pineywoods Checklist: Compiled by several PAS members (David Wolf, Cliff Shackelford, Guy Luneau and Dean Fisher) in 2001, this checklist is greatly informative on what species you might find in the Pineywoods and how common they are throughout the year. This list is frequently referenced by our members.
Birds of East Texas Exclusive of the Gulf Coast: Published in Nacogdoches in 1966, this is an interesting checklist to look at and compare to more recent checklists.
Deep East Texas Checklist: Published by the city of Lufkin, this brochure highlights birding hotspots in Deep East Texas. It includes notable species, descriptions of the hotspots, and a useful map. PAS member Mimi Wolf's artwork is featured on the cover.
The Birds of Nacogdoches County and Lake Sam Rayburn: PAS members Dr. Charles Dean Fish and David Wolf compiled this older (but still relevant) checklist for birding hotspots of Nacogdoches County and Lake Sam Rayburn--a birding hotspot that borders five counties.
Birds of Angelina County: Compiled by PAS members Louis Debetaz and Carroll Moore, this guide includes a species list and seasonal abundances of Angelina County birds.
Birds of Texas Checklist: The official list of Texas bird species as accepted by the Texas Bird Records Committee (TBRC) of the Texas Ornithological Society.
Local birding hotspots
Click the links below to go to the eBird checklist at that Pineywoods birding hotspot. These links can help you learn what species have recently been sited. You do not need to register for an account to view these lists.
eBird is a worldwide citizen science project, where anyone can contribute their bird sightings. The goal is to document bird biodiversity, distributions, abundance, habitat use, and trends through a simple checklist format. Experts review the records, and these data are used for conservation decisions, peer-reviewed papers, and student projects. Learn more about eBird here.
Nacogodoches County: County list
Angelina County: County list
San Augustine County: County list
Cherokee County: County list
Houston County: County list
Trinity County: County list
Polk County: County list
Panola County: County list
Rusk County: County list
Sabine County: County list
Shelby County: County list
Jasper County: County list
There are also a number of birding loops in the Pineywoods, which are part of the Great Texas Wildlife Trails. You can find loops and hotspots near you by clicking here to view an interactive map.
Map of the Pineywoods
Image from Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD)
Image from Stephen F. Austin State University
Alazan Bayou WMA
Image from TWPD
Martin Dies, Jr. State Park
Image from TPWD
Caddoan Mounds State Park
Image from TPWD
Some favorite websites and apps