Colorado River Bird Survey: June 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: Utley Bridge (Hwy 969) to Tarcoola Ranch near Austin, Texas
Distance: ~9 miles
Observation date: 6/6/09

Summer is here and the heat is on. On a day that proved itself to be a difficult birding day we managed to find two Prothonotary Warblers, our target bird.

Some of our better sightings for the day include Prothonotary Warbler, Bald Eagle, Northern Parula, Green Kingfisher, and Swainson’s Hawk.

The rest of our list of 45 species was rather common.

What was not common was our group of birders.  I have to thank Julie Bollman, Pam Hohman, Sam Byars, Chris Masey, Jason Stuck, Kevin Anderson, and Eric Carpenter for their help today.

Wood Duck 8
Great Blue Heron 3
Snowy Egret 5
Little Blue Heron 1
Cattle Egret 45
Green Heron 9
Black Vulture 23
Turkey Vulture 25
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 4
Swainson’s Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Crested Caracara 3
Killdeer 1
Rock Pigeon 5
Mourning Dove 2
Inca Dove 1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 5
Belted Kingfisher 2
Green Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Crested Flycatcher 5

Eastern Kingbird 1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 3
White-eyed Vireo 31
Red-eyed Vireo 5
American Crow 8
Purple Martin 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 6
Cliff Swallow 100
Barn Swallow 4
Carolina Chickadee 42
Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 17
Carolina Wren 14
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Eastern Bluebird 6
Northern Parula 1
Prothonotary Warbler 2
Summer Tanager 5
Northern Cardinal 52
Painted Bunting 21
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
House Finch 2
House Sparrow 15

riffles
Photo by Claude Morris


rock
Photo by Claude Morris


ruby
Photo by Claude Morris


trees
Photo by Claude Morris


white
Photo by Claude Morris

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