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Pair of woodpeckers on a tree at the Trinity River Audubon Center near Olympus Las Colinas in Irving, Texas



An easy drive from Olympus Las Colinas is a destination where visitors can explore the largest urban hardwood forest in the country. 

Thousands of visitors come for a day of bird watching at the Trinity River Audubon Center, an organization dedicated to the advancement of the fastest growing leisure sport in the United States. 

Throughout the year, the center offers tailored classes and unique experiences designed for birders of all skill levels. Visitors should also take note and watch out for wonderful species such as:

Painted Bunting

Male paintedbuntings are colorful birds with blue, green, yellow, and red feathers, while females are yellow-green overall. They forage in dense ground cover and live in thick brush usually adjacent to grassy areas or woodland edges. Breeding males generally perch in the open to sing, while both genders make a soft "plik" call.

Little Blue Heron

True to their name, little blue herons have dark, slaty, blue body feathers, and a purple-maroon head and neck. They are known for being stand-and-wait predators, and they live in trees among other nesting herons and wading birds. Be on the lookout for them on the water where they often tuck themselves into hidden corners.

Pileated Woodpecker

A large bird with a heavy bill is the Pileated Woodpecker. These creatures have black body feathers and a redhead, while males are primarily identified by the white stripes on their face. These birds feed in one spot for long periods of time and make distinctive rectangular-shaped holes in rotten wood to find insects. Pileated woodpeckers are very loud and typically entertain bird watchers with a series of high piping calls that reverberate through the trees.

The Trinity River Audubon Center is just one of many outdoor attractions near our Irving, Texas apartments. If you would like to call our community home, please contact our leasing consultants today to arrange a private showing where you can experience firsthand all we have to offer.