Claude’s River Survey: August 5, 2017

Webberville – Big Webberville Park, Travis, Texas, US
Aug 5, 2017 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)

This day started a bit different and did not change as the hours passed. Shortly after leaving we found a Diamond-backed Watersnake with a huge carp. We did not stay long enough to see if the snake got it swallowed.  That would have been a good show by itself.  We have photos of the snake with the carp that should end up on the Facebook page.

We have been looking for otter for years. Finally we have some to report.  A few of us were sitting in the river enjoying the coolness of the hyporheic flow. A couple paddle past and ask if we had seen the otter just upstream. Of course we had not but took that as a positive for the survey.  Later some of our group said they had gotten good sightings of two others.We have photos that should end up on the Facebook page.

Bird sightings were a bit difficult today. We did manage 42 species including two types of Kingfisher, Belted and Ringed. We found Barred Owl, several Pileated woodpecker and two American Robin. My favorite sightings were a small flock of Orchard Orioles.

Queens, were numerous. We got a Swallowtail too. It’s hard to get a good photo of a damselfly.  Just saying.

Big thanks to Katherine Daniel, Leslie Morris, Sharon Richardson, Alex Long, Nate Long, John Barr, Bob West, Denis Brening, Dan Galewsky, CR Smith, Kevin Anderson.


39 species (+3 other taxa)

Muscovy Duck (Domestic type)  1
Double-crested Cormorant  7
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  7
Little Blue Heron  1
Cattle Egret  21
Green Heron  5
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  1
White Ibis  1
Black Vulture  54
Turkey Vulture  10
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Barred Owl  1
hummingbird sp.  3
Ringed Kingfisher  1
Belted Kingfisher  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Crested Caracara  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Western Kingbird  2
Eastern Kingbird  1
White-eyed Vireo  8
American Crow  1
Purple Martin  7
Cliff/Cave Swallow  25
Carolina Chickadee  11
Carolina Wren  9
American Robin  2
Northern Parula  1
Northern Cardinal  24
Indigo Bunting  1
Painted Bunting  3
Common Grackle  3
Great-tailed Grackle  21
Orchard Oriole  10

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