Colorado River Bird Survey: March 2009

Posted by ardeidae on March 09, 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: Austin Colony to Webberville near Austin, Texas
Observation date: 3/7/09

Alright, what happened to all the ducks? Last months survey we listed 14 species of ducks and this month only 2 species. We couldn't even find an old Coot. Could it be that all this warm weather has them thinking about leaving? All this warm weather has the Carolina Chickadees singing. Those guys were chattering and singing all day and all down the river.

Perhaps our best birds of the day were three Bald Eagles (2 Adults and one juvenile) and Northern Rough-winged Swallow. Always making a highlight list is Barred Owl and Inca Doves.

On a side note we found a water snake warming itself, the nicotine plants are blooming and we had about 12 feral pigs swim across the river ahead of us.

The very windy conditions make paddling a bit difficult today.

We listed 44 species while trying to keep out kayaks upright and grab some photos of the emerging spring.

Gadwall 86
Lesser Scaup 20
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Double-crested Cormorant 5
Great Blue Heron 6
Great Egret 5
Black Vulture 32
Turkey Vulture 26
Osprey 7
Bald Eagle 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Accipiter sp. 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 10
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Crested Caracara 3
Spotted Sandpiper 24
Greater Yellowlegs 4
Mourning Dove 9
Inca Dove 4
Barred Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 7
Red-bellied Woodpecker 12
Downy Woodpecker 3
Eastern Phoebe 6
Blue Jay 15
American Crow 7
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Carolina Chickadee 45
Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 4
Carolina Wren 15
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
Northern Mockingbird 3
American Pipit 2
Cedar Waxwing 48
Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
Song Sparrow 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 26
White-crowned Sparrow 32
Northern Cardinal 56
Red-winged Blackbird 700
Common Grackle 22
Great-tailed Grackle 15
American Goldfinch 22



All photos by Claude Morris





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