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Monarch Butterfly

Coopers Hawk


White Tail Deer

Wild Turkeys

Come join us at By The River RV Park And Campground and enjoy the beauty of Texas Wild Life by stepping out your front door. A variety of birds, butterflies, White Tailed Deer, wild turkeys and other area wildlife can be found here in our 43 acre park. Cross over to our 22 acre island surrounded by the beautiful Guadalupe River, walk one of our nature trails and enjoy the beauty of Texas Hill Country Wildlife.

What people are saying about the wildlife at By The River:

If you want that little hidden "Gem" be sure to check out try the By the River RV park in Ingram. This jewel is a "Best Kept Secret" around here for bird watchers and nature lovers. The bird nerds from Cornell were here in April and saw 3 Golden Cheeked Warblers on the island. Just stop by the front and for 3 dollars you get on to some pristine private land that I know you will love. It is remote and quiet as well as very easy to get to. I suggest going to the very end and crossing to their 25 acre island for the best birdwatching. And the owners are very birder friendly!

On this page you will find information regarding bird sightings here at By The River, information and links regarding Hummingbird and Monarch Butterfly migration.

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Bird Sightings


Golden-cheeked Warbler

Texas Status
U.S. Status
Endangered, Listed 5/04/1990
Adult Golden-cheeked warblers reach a length of 4.5 inches.
Life History
Golden-cheeked warblers nest only in central Texas mixed Ashe-juniper and oak woodlands in ravines and canyons. Warblers eat insects and spiders found on the leaves and bark of oaks and other trees. They use long strips of cedar bark and spider webs to build their nests. They come to Texas in March to nest and raise their young, and leave in July to spend the winter in Mexico and Central America.


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Black-capped Virio

Texas Status
U.S. Status
Endangered, Listed 10/06/1987
The tiny black-capped vireo is only 4.5 inches long.
Life History
Black-capped vireos nest in Texas during April through July, and spend the winter on the western coast of Mexico. They build a cup-shaped nest in the fork of a branch 2 to 4 feet above the ground. Nests are usually built in shrubs such as shin oak or sumac. Females lay 3-4 eggs, which hatch in 14-17 days. Both parents incubate the eggs and feed the chicks. Their diet consists of insects. Black-capped vireos have a lifespan of 5-6 years. Males sing to attract mates and defend territories, which are usually 2 to 4 acres in size. Vireos return year after year to the same area to nest.

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Belted Kingfisher

A common waterside resident throughout North America, the Belted Kingfisher is often seen hovering before it plunges headfirst into water to catch a fish. It frequently announces its presence by its loud rattling cry.



Medium-sized bird.
Large head and shaggy crest.
Large, thick bill.
Bluish head and back.
White throat and collar.
White underneath with blue breast band.

Size: 28-35 cm (11-14 in)
Wingspan: 48-58 cm (19-23 in)
Weight: 140-170 g (4.94-6.0 ounces)

Sex Differences
Female with red chest band and flanks, male without.

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Wild Turkey

The Wild Turkey was a very important food animal to Native Americans, but it was eliminated from much of its range by the early 1900s. Introduction programs have successfully established it in most of its original range, and even into areas where it never occurred before.



Large, dark ground-dwelling bird.
Long, powerful legs.
Large, fan-shaped tail.
Bare head and neck.
Short, slightly downcurved bill.
Tip of tail chestnut-brown (in East) or white (in Southwest).

Size: 110-115 cm (43-45 in)
Wingspan: 125-144 cm (49-57 in)
Weight: 2500-10800 g (88.25-381.24 ounces)


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American Woodcock

A shorebird that lives in forests, the American Woodcock is most frequently encountered at dusk when the male's chirping, peenting aerial displays attract attention. Otherwise the superbly camouflaged bird is difficult to discover on the forest floor where it probes for earthworms. 


Size: 25-31 cm (10-12 in)
Wingspan: 42-48 cm (17-19 in)
Weight: 116-279 g (4.09-9.85 ounces)

Plump, with round head.
No apparent neck.
Long bill.
Brown and black concealing pattern.


Colored in shades of brown, buff, and gray.
Thick black bars across head.
Large, black eyes.
Short, brownish gray legs.

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American Kestrel


Perhaps the most colorful raptor in the world, the American Kestrel is the most common falcon in North America. It is found from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, and in towns as well as wild lands.


Small hawk.
Rufous back and tail.
Two dark mustache marks on face.

Size: 22-31 cm (9-12 in)
Wingspan: 51-61 cm (20-24 in)
Weight: 80-165 g (2.82-5.82 ounces)


Sex Differences
Male has blue-gray wings and a lightly spotted chest and belly. The larger female has rufous wings barred with black, and streaking on the chest.


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Coopers Hawk

A medium-sized hawk of the forest, the Cooper's Hawk specializes in eating birds. It is built for fast flight through the obstacle course of trees and limbs.


Size: 39-50 cm (15-20 in)
Wingspan: 62-90 cm (24-35 in)
Weight: 250-597 g (8.83-21.07 ounces)

Medium-sized hawk.
Tail long, rounded, and barred.
Wings short and rounded.
Back dark gray or gray-brown.
Underparts barred reddish and white.

Dark crown contrasts with nape.
Legs yellow.
Eyes orange or red.
Tail ends in white tail band.

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American Gold Finch

 A familiar and abundant small colorful bird, the American Goldfinch is frequently found in weedy fields and visiting feeders. It shows a particular fondness for thistles, eating the seeds and using the down to line its nest.


Small bird.
Bill small, pointed, conical, and pink.
Body bright yellow to dull brown.
Wings dark with large white wingbars.
Tail short and notched.
Breeding male bright yellow with black cap and wings.

Size: 11-13 cm (4-5 in)
Wingspan: 19-22 cm (7-9 in)
Weight: 11-20 g (0.39-0.71 ounces)


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 A Hummingbird that was visiting us here at By The River flew into our garage and was so exhausted trying to get out that it couldn't fly anymore.

This is our By The River "Hummingbird Rescue"







Ruby-throated Hummingbird Spring Migration

Northward Migration
Most Ruby-throated Hummingbirds winter between southern Mexico and northern Panama. Since hummingbirds lead solitary lives and neither live nor migrate in flocks, an individual bird may spend the winter anywhere in this range where the habitat is favorable, but probably returns to the same location each winter. Ruby-throats begin moving north as early as January, and by the end of February they are at the northern coast of Yucatan, gorging on insects and spiders to add a thick layer of fat in preparation for flying to the U.S. Some will skirt the Gulf of Mexico and follow the Texas coast north, while most apparently cross the Gulf, typically leaving at dusk for a nonstop flight of up to 500 miles, which takes 18-22 hours depending on the weather.

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Monarch Butterfly

Pictures from the Monarch Butterfly Migration here at By The River in 2008





Monarch Butterfly Fall Migration

 Kerrville TX.

Latitude 30.04


Monarch Butterfly Spring Migration

Midpoints and peaks of the migration by latitude.



 Peak in monarch abundance


 7 October

 29 September - 11 October


12 October 

4-16 October 


18 October 

 10-22 October

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By The River RV Park & Campground is located 3/4 miles off of Route 27 in Kerrville, Texas.

175 Riverview Road, Kerrville, TX.

Walk our nature trails along the calming waters of the 2,000 feet of Guadalupe River Shore where you can bird watch, fish, picnic, or barbecue.

Centrally located, exploring the attractions and activities of Texas Hill Country are only a short scenic drive or ride away.

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175 Riverview Rd, Kerrville, TX 78028

830-367-5566 or 888-367-5566


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