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Question on Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl (1 Viewer)


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Just planning a trip to Texas and I note that The Inn at El Canelo shows up on EBird as a good spot for Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl. This seems like a better option to me than Kings Ranch as our time limitations means we really don't have a 1/2 or full day to spend on a ranch tour.

I am trying to work out if to see the owls at the Inn
  1. you need to stay at the Inn to bird the grounds
  2. you can pay to access the grounds (this was suggested on an old website), or
  3. you need to book a ranch tour like Kings and other ranches
The website for the Inn seems to be dead, and when I tried calling a number listed on the Internet it stated the number had been disconnected.

Does anyone know whether you can still visit the Inn grounds to try and see the owls, and if so how to arrange access?


Jon Bryant


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United States
My understanding is that the owls haven't been reported there for years, and I am not sure how much that lodge even caters to birders anymore. Or apparently is even open if the website and phone number no longer work. Ebird has the last sighting in 2015.

I think you are pretty much stuck with the King Ranch if you want a dependable location.


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United States
No problem. If you do go, please write up a trip report....I have no heard too many reports out of the ranch even know it is reliable for the species.

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