Colorado River Bird Survey: February 2009

Posted by ardeidae on February 08, 2009

This trip was part of a monthly survey of the Colorado River corridor between Austin and Bastrop. It takes place the first Saturday of the month and is led by Claude Morris (who also keeps the detailed lists as seen below). If you're in the Austin area and want to join in, let me know. Birding on the water provides a great perspective and beautiful scenery. Hope to see you on the water!

Report by Claude Morris.

Location: Highway 183 (Montopolis Bridge) to Hornsby Bend in Austin, Texas
Observation date: 2/7/09

Today I would like to give mention to six species we have never had on a survey before. Those six species are Rusty Blackbird, Cinnamon Teal, Hooded Merganser, Herring Gull, Ash-throated Flycatcher, and Harris Sparrow. All of these species are good finds for our area.

Always deserving of a highlight list includes Anhinga, Green Kingfisher and Neotropic Cormorant. These three species and the previous six rounds out our total of 81 species tallied today.

This section of river lived up to its billing as being very ducky. We counted over 400 individuals divided among 14 species.

An impressive list of birds compiled by an impressive list of birders. Thanks for your help today.

If anyone has anything resembling a rain dance now would be a good time to get it out.

Wood Duck 5
Gadwall 100
American Wigeon 2
Mallard 8
Blue-winged Teal 8
Cinnamon Teal 2
Northern Shoveler 23
Northern Pintail 6
Green-winged Teal 23
Ring-necked Duck 2
Greater Scaup 1
Lesser Scaup 300
Bufflehead 5
Hooded Merganser 4
Pied-billed Grebe 28
Neotropic Cormorant 3
Double-crested Cormorant 12
Anhinga 2
Great Blue Heron 8
Great Egret 6
Snowy Egret 9
Little Blue Heron 3
Black Vulture 200
Turkey Vulture 15
Osprey 9
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 5
Red-tailed Hawk 4
Crested Caracara 4
American Coot 22
Killdeer 8
Spotted Sandpiper 23
Greater Yellowlegs 6
Least Sandpiper 3
Wilson's Snipe 1
Ring-billed Gull 120
Herring Gull (American) 1
Rock Pigeon 25
White-winged Dove 10
Mourning Dove 4
Belted Kingfisher 8
Green Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 5
Eastern Phoebe 8
Ash-throated Flycatcher 1
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Cave Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 15
Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 2
Carolina Wren 8
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
American Robin 4
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 7
American Pipit 12
Cedar Waxwing 22
Yellow-rumped Warbler 32
Common Yellowthroat 1
Savannah Sparrow 6
Song Sparrow 7
Lincoln's Sparrow 7
Swamp Sparrow 3
White-throated Sparrow 1
Harris's Sparrow 1
White-crowned Sparrow 8
Northern Cardinal 47
Red-winged Blackbird 26
Rusty Blackbird 1
Brewer's Blackbird 5
Common Grackle 8
Great-tailed Grackle 32
American Goldfinch 12
House Sparrow 8



All photos by Claude Morris





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