Birding by Kayak

Posted by ardeidae on December 08, 2008

The cold front moving through Austin was at the tail end, but I knew it was going to be a bit chilly in the morning, so I loaded up my kayak Friday night. And cold it was! On the way to the put-in spot, the car said it was 29 degrees. But by the time the three of unloaded our kayaks at the Utley bridge, where the 969 and Colorado River meet, it was clear that it was going to be a beautiful sunny day. As we put our boats in the water around 9am, it was already around 45, with only a slight breeze. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky. By the time we wrapped things up around 3pm, it was 65. What a wonderful day!

Through our nine-mile trek, we racked up 44 specied of birds, including two juvenile and two adult Bald Eagles as well as two Pileated Woodpeckers. I was able to add Crested Caracara to my life list.

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!

Wood Duck 9   Pileated Woodpecker 2
Gadwall 47   Eastern Phoebe 18
Mottled Duck 8   Blue Jay 26
Green-winged Teal 12   American Crow 58
Double-crested Cormorant 112   Carolina Chickadee 48
Great Blue Heron 14   Tufted Titmouse 4
Black Vulture 22   Carolina Wren 11
Turkey Vulture 17   Ruby-crowned Kinglet 14
Osprey 2   Eastern Bluebird 8
Bald Eagle 4   American Robin 38
Cooper’s Hawk 1   Northern Mockingbird 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 6   American Pipit 18
Crested Caracara 5   Yellow-rumped Warbler 64
Killdeer 32   Vesper Sparrow 5
Spotted Sandpiper 20   Savannah Sparrow 32
Greater Yellowlegs 5   Lincoln’s Sparrow 4
Least Sandpiper 26   White-crowned Sparrow 7
Mourning Dove 18   Northern Cardinal 38
Belted Kingfisher 9   Red-winged Blackbird 68
Red-bellied Woodpecker 7   Brewer’s Blackbird 24
Downy Woodpecker 2   American Goldfinch 37
Northern Flicker 1   House Sparrow 22

Flight of Cormorants

Colorful Trees
Photo by Claude Morris

Beautiful Views





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