Claude’s River Survey: May 6, 2017

Each month, Claude Morris leads an ecological survey on the Colorado River. Participants bring their own canoes and kayaks. On March 4th, from 9:00 AM to 1:30 PM, they surveyed 6 miles of the river (Howard Lane to Utley (969) Bridge, Bastrop). Claude sent us the following report:

What a difference a few weeks make in the peak of the spring migrations! This survey we recorded 7 species that we did not get last month. Some of these are First-of-Season sightings for me. Summer Tanagers, Baltimore Orioles and Yellow-billed Cuckoo are my migration highlights. Other migratory birds included: Mississippi Kites, Green Heron, Painted Bunting, Barn Swallow and Great Crested Flycatcher.  We also found Barred Owl and Pileated Woodpecker.  The best of the day was a Bald Eagle. All kinds of Butterflies are out.  I cannot remember all the species but there were three of the Swallowtail variety, Hackberry Emperor, Whites…. Water temperature are still a bit chilly and we saw few snakes and turtles.  The turtles were coming out later in the morning.

39 species (+1 other taxa)

Wood Duck  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  3
Green Heron  4
Black Vulture  20
Turkey Vulture  34
Mississippi Kite  2
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
Spotted Sandpiper  15
White-winged Dove  2
Mourning Dove  4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Barred Owl  1
hummingbird sp.  1
Green Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Downy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Crested Caracara  1
Eastern Phoebe  4
Great Crested Flycatcher  7
Western Kingbird  1
White-eyed Vireo  10
American Crow  11
Barn Swallow  5
Carolina Chickadee  17
Tufted Titmouse  4
Carolina Wren  18
Northern Mockingbird  1
Northern Parula  4
Summer Tanager  5
Northern Cardinal  42
Painted Bunting  15
Great-tailed Grackle  5
Orchard Oriole  4
Baltimore Oriole  24
House Finch  2
House Sparrow  5

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