Colorado River Bird Survey: July 2009

Posted by ardeidae on July 07, 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: Tarcoola Ranch to Fisherman Park in Bastrop, Texas
Distance: ~5 miles
Observation date: 7/4/09

Perhaps the best sightings of the day are ones we cannot include in the survey results.  There were numerous Crested Caracara in the pastures around Webberville and we found a Mississippi Kite at the Utley bridge. Both sightings were outside the survey area.

Inside today’s survey area our best of the day include Green Kingfisher and American Coot.  We had a species list of 36 species.

We have to thank Joan Bishop, Pam Hohman, Kirsti Harms, Julia Balinsky, Andy Balinsky, and Jason Stuck for their help on this hot July 4th.

On another note, I know y’all expect to see some photographs with these results.  Well if someone can find my camera I would be glad to try to get the pictures.  The camera was dropped in the water.  The last time this happened there were numerous suggestions on the care and handling of such apparatus.  Those suggestions were ignored.  Will I change my habits with my next camera…

Great Blue Heron 3
Snowy Egret 2
Little Blue Heron 2
Cattle Egret 70
Green Heron 2
Black Vulture 7
Turkey Vulture 15
Red-shouldered Hawk 6
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Crested Caracara 3
American Coot 1
Mourning Dove 4
Inca Dove 1
Black-chinned Hummingbird 3
Green Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1

White-eyed Vireo 22
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 7
Purple Martin 5
Barn Swallow 7
Carolina Chickadee 15
Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 18
Carolina Wren 14
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Bluebird 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
Northern Cardinal 36
Indigo Bunting 1
Painted Bunting 8
Great-tailed Grackle 5
Brown-headed Cowbird 6
House Finch 1
House Sparrow 7

Photo by Jason Stuck

Photo by Jason Stuck

Photo by Jason Stuck

Photo by Jason Stuck

Photo by Jason Stuck





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