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Hill Country birding does not get any better than this. Join a small group of birders and spend a morning exploring this 400 acre ranch close to Austin. Limestone outcroppings, Little Bee Creek, grasslands, broad vistas and many beautiful madrone trees will be the backdrop for birds like nesting Golden-cheeked Warblers, Summer Tanagers and Rufous-crowned Sparrows. Plus who knows what surprises await us during peak migration. Owners Mike Murphy and Julie de Wette will be our hosts. They have managed their property for wildlife since 2000, when cattle grazing was stopped, and the birds are responding. We will tour the ranch in four-wheel drive vehicles, visiting a variety of habitats, maybe even adding to the 70+ species already recorded. Then we will adjourn to the hosts’ hilltop yard to enjoy our sack lunches al fresco and depart around noon.
Field trip leaders will be Ken Zaslow and Jane Tillman. We will meet at a Bee Caves/Highway 71 location at 6:30 a.m. and carpool to the ranch. Learn more about Los Madrones’ history and wildlife at http://www.losmadrones.com/
This trip supports Travis Audubon’s Birdathon fundraiser! There is a $50 minimum donation to participate. Trip is limited to 10.