Colorado River Bird Survey: April 2009

Posted by ardeidae on April 20, 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: Webberville to Big Webberville Park near Austin, Texas
Observation date: 4/4/09

Two species stand out as being good finds today.  A Pileated Woodpecker, just because it is not an everyday bird, and two Great Crested Flycatchers, because they represent a return of our summer birds, were probably our two best species of the day.  We also got an unusually high count of Crested Caracara at 10. I also think we got three Nashville Warblers singing.  It was an incomplete song but I listed them as Nashville.

I also need to mention that we saw no Osprey, White-eyed Vireos are plentiful and we got several Little Blue Herons.

Our species total was a bit low at 42.  Again I think the blustery wind early in the morning kept some of the smaller birds hidden in the woods.

This month I want to again thank Ananda Debnath for being my co-pilot. Once the clouds and chill burned off it turned into a beautiful day.  Thanks Ananda.

Wood Duck 6
Gadwall 20
American Wigeon 12
Blue-winged Teal 4
Double-crested Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 3
Little Blue Heron 4
Black Vulture 22
Turkey Vulture 18
Cooper’s Hawk 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 8
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Crested Caracara 10
Spotted Sandpiper 11
White-winged Dove 1
Mourning Dove 5
Chimney Swift 12
Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 9

Pileated Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 2
White-eyed Vireo 12
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 8
Cliff Swallow 25
Cave Swallow 10
Barn Swallow 18
Carolina Chickadee 22
Black-crested Titmouse 5
Carolina Wren 18
Northern Mockingbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 3
Lincoln’s Sparrow 10
White-crowned Sparrow 14
Northern Cardinal 32
Red-winged Blackbird 60
Great-tailed Grackle 80




All photos by Claude Morris

Looks like you got a lot of watching done!  I’ve been very interested in sightseeing in the Colorado River basin and found this.  I have plenty to look forward to.

*I Donate to Cornell Ornithology!*

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