Chachalaca LbNA # 29230
|Placed Date||Mar 14 2007|
|Location||Rio Grande City, TX|
|Last Found||Mar 4 2016|
*** Part of my TX Birding Trail Series ***
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (flat, 200 yards RT)
Recommended Ink: brown
A Chachalaca is a tropical bird indigenous to Central America, Mexico and the extreme reaches of South Texas. It is fairly large with a long tail and plain brown plumage. A great place to find this bird is on the Chachalaca Trail at Fort Ringgold, but the trail is not developed yet so I could not place the box there. You can find this minibox at the USFWS La Puerta Tract, which is part of the Rio Bravo Loop described on the Lower Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail map.
The USFWS La Puerta Tract is located on the north side of Hwy 83 about 5 miles east of Rio Grande City. Look for the Wildlife Refuge sign and park at the gate.
Walk around the gate and up the gravel road for about 50 yards to power lines overhead. Continue about 100 steps to just before two large clumps of cactus on the right. Look right for a Y-shaped Honey Mesquite tree about 7 steps off trail. The camo minibox is in the left branch about 4 feet high behind some rocks. Please rehide well.