Christmas Mountains Oasis

Nestled in the Christmas Mountains just west of Big Bend National Park is an oasis created by Carolyn Ohl.

Christmas Mountains Oasis, TX (Photo by John Vanderpoel)

Water, food and shelter always equal birds in the desert and boy does Carolyn Ohl have birds.  Six species of sparrows feeding side by side.  Buntings, Orioles, Flycatchers and more all feeding in her Mulberry tree.    The star attraction are the Lucifer’s Hummingbirds.  There are certainly more Lucifer’s congregated here than anyplace else in the United States.

Where else can you see two Lucifer’s feeding at the same feeder?

Two male Lucifer's Hummingbird at Christmas Mtns. Oasis (Photo by John Vanderpoel)

Look I’m tired and tomorrow’s a big day, so I’m not doing Carolyn’s bird sanctuary justice, but you folks have to see this place. Here’s a link and here’s some more pictures.

Varied Bunting at Mulberry Tree (Photo by John Vanderpoel)

Scott's Oriole at same Mulberry Tree (Photo by John Vanderpoel)

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7 Responses to Christmas Mountains Oasis

  1. I think you did good justice to my place, John. Notice one of the Lucifers on your photo of the two is banded (compliments of Kelly Bryan).

  2. Fred Urie says:

    Push that envelope, John. You only go around once.

  3. Jan Allen says:

    Nice pictures of Carolyn’s hummers! Good meeting you at the Chisos VC. Congrats on that Colima Warbler!

  4. Thank, Fred. The envelope was pushed yesterday at Boot Springs

  5. That’s an excellent photo of a Scott’s Oriole. As many as I’ve seen, I’ve never seen the tail fanned like that. Really cool!

  6. Heidi says:

    Glad to see that CMO helped you out, we love Carolyn’s place!

  7. Phillip D Smitley says:

    Is Christmas Mountain Oasis public property? Do you reach it by turning East from hwy 118 to Terlingua Ranch Road. Then take Snake Road south to the Oasis just before dead end? What else do I need to know about birding the Oasis?

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