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Texoma's Frigid-Weathered Friends: Backyard Birds During Brutally Cold Weather

When the weather is unusually cold or snowy, you may notice more variety in the species of birds enjoying your seed feeder, suet feeder or thawed bird bath.  Thanks to the amazing Hagerman NWR photographers who share their photos on Facebook, we are able to bring you a beautiful collection of birds you may see in your backyard when natural resources are more difficult to find. Like nearly all photos on our website, these photos were taken at Hagerman NWR.  Click to enlarge images.

Thank you to all these wonderful photographers!

Bird Resources

Each Tuesday a team of expert birders, led by Master Naturalist Jack Chiles, takes a refuge bird census by recording the number of birds they encounter throughout the refuge.  They report their findings to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for use in research, see the link below for recent results.

Jack's Weekly Census Results

Read about Jack's adventures while completing the current bird census. 

Which Birds are Here Now? Sightings by Season

All Birds of Hagerman NWR

Hagerman Viewing Guide: Birds

Hagerman NWR Viewing Guide: Winter Birds

Hagerman NWR Viewing Guide: Songbirds

Hagerman NWR Viewing Guide: Shorebirds

Sparrow Cheat Sheet: MD Ornithological Society

Warbler Cheat Sheet: Wendy Wright

Warbler Flash Cards: Wendy Wright

Shorebird ID Video: Peterson Field Guides

Bird Counting 101: eBird

Code of Birding Ethics


American White Pelicans by Jack Chiles

Painted Bunting by Jack Chiles   


Wilson's Snipe by Jack Chiles

Red-Shafted Northern Flicker by Jack Chiles

Red Tailed Hawk by Jack Chiles

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Events and activities hosted by the Friends of Hagerman are funded by donations and powered solely by volunteers.  There are no fees for admission to the refuge or parking; the refuge is open from sunrise to sunset every day of the year, drive on any road unless gated.

6465 Refuge Road

Sherman, TX 75092


Kroger: Stop by the customer service desk at Kroger and link your Kroger Card to the Friends of Hagerman: the Friends will get rewards for every dollar you spend, at no cost to you.

Please add friendsofhagerman@gmail.com to your contacts to ensure delivery of registration confirmations, account information and the Featherless Flyer

Special thanks to Nancy Miller for the amazing photo of the Visitor Center 

See you at the refuge!

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