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  1. Ray Steelman says

    Today 3-21-2017 we guided a seventeen birders on a 3 mile walk along Lake Creek Trail in Williamson County. The weather was ideal for a bird field trip with light to moderate winds and temps in the mid 60’s go low 70’s. The following species were observed by the group:
    41 species

    Blue-winged Teal 3
    Double-crested Cormorant 2
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Great Egret 3
    Black Vulture 4
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Killdeer 5
    Least Sandpiper 30
    Greater Yellowlegs 12
    White-winged Dove 10
    Mourning Dove 2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    White-eyed Vireo 8
    Blue Jay 5
    American Crow 2
    Purple Martin 3
    Barn Swallow 5
    Carolina Chickadee 1
    Black-crested Titmouse 1
    House Wren 2
    Carolina Wren 4
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Eastern Bluebird 1
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    European Starling 20
    American Pipit 9
    Cedar Waxwing 50
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2
    Chipping Sparrow 3
    Song Sparrow 1
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 2
    Northern Cardinal 8
    Red-winged Blackbird 100
    Great-tailed Grackle 5
    House Finch 4
    Lesser Goldfinch 3
    House Sparrow 4

  2. Ken Zaslow says

    Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037), Travis, Texas, US
    Mar 18, 2017 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.5 mile(s)
    Comments: Eleven people participated on this monthly bird walk at Hornsby Bend. Overcast sky, light winds, temperature in the upper 60’s to lower 70’s. Best bird was an American Golden-Plover seen on the concrete drying pad across from Pond 1A (close to the entrance to the pond area)
    47 species

    Gadwall 4
    Blue-winged Teal 11
    Northern Shoveler 170
    Green-winged Teal 42
    Lesser Scaup 7
    Bufflehead 1
    Ruddy Duck 15
    Pied-billed Grebe 3
    Eared Grebe 7
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Osprey 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    American Coot 150
    Black-necked Stilt 2
    American Golden-Plover 1 Seen on the concrete drying pad across the dike from pond 1A (close to the entrance to the pond area)
    Killdeer 12
    Least Sandpiper 130
    Pectoral Sandpiper 6
    Long-billed Dowitcher 2
    Wilson’s Snipe 2
    Greater Yellowlegs 2
    Lesser Yellowlegs 2
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
    Mourning Dove 1
    Great Horned Owl 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
    Monk Parakeet 1 Heard only
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Loggerhead Shrike 1
    White-eyed Vireo 3
    Blue Jay 1 Seen in the parking lot at the conclusion of the trip.
    American Crow 2
    Purple Martin 22
    Barn Swallow 4
    Carolina Chickadee 1
    Carolina Wren 4
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
    Eastern Bluebird 2 Seen in the parking lot at the end of the trip.
    Northern Mockingbird 1
    European Starling 20
    American Pipit 4
    Cedar Waxwing 25
    Savannah Sparrow 14
    Red-winged Blackbird 45
    Great-tailed Grackle 7
    House Finch 2
    House Sparrow 2

    View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35253558

  3. Ken Zaslow says

    16 people participated on this TAS field trip.

    Emma Long Metropolitan Park, Travis, Texas, US
    Mar 7, 2017 7:00 AM – 11:26 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.5 mile(s)
    39 species (+1 other taxa)

    Northern Pintail 15
    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Black Vulture 3
    Turkey Vulture 5
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    American Coot 3
    Ring-billed Gull 15
    White-winged Dove 3
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
    Peregrine Falcon 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Loggerhead Shrike 1
    White-eyed Vireo 1
    American Crow 4
    Carolina Chickadee 10
    Black-crested Titmouse 8
    Canyon Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 3
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
    Eastern Bluebird 3
    Hermit Thrush 1
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    European Starling 5
    Cedar Waxwing 15
    Black-and-white Warbler 2
    Orange-crowned Warbler 3
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 20
    Golden-cheeked Warbler 1
    Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 4
    Dark-eyed Junco (Oregon) 1
    Song Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 6
    Red-winged Blackbird 25
    Great-tailed Grackle 52
    Lesser Goldfinch 2

  4. Deb Wallace says

    Eleven of us birded Commons Ford Park on March 5th. It was a rainy day, but a singing and visible Northern Parula really brightened things up! Song Sparrows were all over the path to the river and the nesting Great Blue Herons were a big hit.

    2 Mallard
    3 Great Blue Heron
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    2 Killdeer
    40 White-winged Dove
    20 Mourning Dove
    2 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
    1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    2 American Kestrel
    8 Eastern Phoebe
    1 White-eyed Vireo
    2 American Crow
    2 Carolina Chickadee
    6 Black-crested Titmouse
    3 Carolina Wren
    1 Bewick’s Wren
    6 Eastern Bluebird
    25 American Robin
    4 Northern Mockingbird
    15 Cedar Waxwing
    1 Orange-crowned Warbler
    1 Northern Parula — Blue upper parts. Yellow chin and breast with rufous breast band. White eye arcs. Was seen and heard high in sycamores where road crosses the creek.
    60 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    20 Chipping Sparrow
    1 Field Sparrow
    4 White-throated Sparrow
    12 Song Sparrow
    5 Lincoln’s Sparrow
    2 Spotted Towhee
    12 Northern Cardinal
    30 Red-winged Blackbird
    15 Great-tailed Grackle
    8 House Finch
    8 Lesser Goldfinch

  5. Deb Wallace says

    14 folks birded Guadalupe State Park with us. We had good sparrows and Denise found a Zone-tailed Hawk for us! The singing Canyon Wren was another favorite.

    37 Greater White-fronted Goose
    3 Gadwall
    5 Redhead
    7 Black Vulture
    2 Turkey Vulture
    2 Red-shouldered Hawk
    1 Zone-tailed Hawk
    5 White-winged Dove
    1 Mourning Dove
    2 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
    2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    1 Crested Caracara
    3 Eastern Phoebe
    1 White-eyed Vireo
    4 Carolina Chickadee
    1 Black-crested Titmouse
    4 Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid)
    1 Canyon Wren
    2 House Wren
    7 Carolina Wren
    2 Bewick’s Wren
    5 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    5 Eastern Bluebird
    1 Hermit Thrush
    2 Northern Mockingbird
    2 Orange-crowned Warbler
    2 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    2 Grasshopper Sparrow
    50 Chipping Sparrow
    3 Field Sparrow
    1 White-crowned Sparrow
    8 Northern Cardinal
    2 House Finch
    12 Lesser Goldfinch
    2 American Goldfinch

  6. Deb Wallace says

    Thirteen of us birded Commons Ford on January 24th. It was chilly, but it was a good day. The Sedge Wren won the best bird prize. Almost everyone got good looks at the two that popped up for us.

    2 Pied-billed Grebe
    40 Double-crested Cormorant
    4 Great Blue Heron
    6 Black Vulture
    1 Turkey Vulture
    4 Osprey
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    2 Red-tailed Hawk
    15 Sandhill Crane
    4 Ring-billed Gull
    200 White-winged Dove
    1 Mourning Dove
    1 Belted Kingfisher
    1 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
    2 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    1 American Kestrel
    4 Eastern Phoebe
    1 Loggerhead Shrike
    3 American Crow
    2 Carolina Chickadee
    3 Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid)
    2 House Wren
    2 Sedge Wren — Continuing birds. Seen and heard on both sides of the path from the barn to the river.
    4 Carolina Wren
    2 Bewick’s Wren
    1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    6 Eastern Bluebird
    150 American Robin
    7 Northern Mockingbird
    2 European Starling
    175 Cedar Waxwing
    2 Orange-crowned Warbler
    50 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    2 Chipping Sparrow
    5 White-throated Sparrow
    4 Song Sparrow
    5 Lincoln’s Sparrow
    4 Spotted Towhee
    7 Northern Cardinal
    3 Red-winged Blackbird
    1 House Finch
    1 Lesser Goldfinch
    3 American Goldfinch

  7. Kenneth Zaslow for Ray and Ginny Steelman says

    Because of a weather situation our February 14th Super Tuesday? Tejas Camp field trip ended up becoming a Super Thursday. We were blessed with excellent conditions with temps ranging from 28 degrees at the start and mid 60’s when we concluded at close to noon. Fourteen birders joined us as we scrounged up eleven species of sparrows and forty species overall.

    Tejas Camp (Williamson Co.) (HOTE 030), Williamson, Texas, US
    Feb 16, 2017 7:13 AM – 11:53 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    40 species

    Pied-billed Grebe 3
    Black Vulture 3
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Osprey 1
    Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Mourning Dove 2
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3
    Northern Flicker 1
    American Kestrel 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    American Crow 4
    Carolina Chickadee 4
    Black-crested Titmouse 4
    House Wren 2
    Carolina Wren 4
    Bewick’s Wren 6
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    Hermit Thrush 2
    American Robin 50
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 7
    Chipping Sparrow 7
    Field Sparrow 6
    Fox Sparrow 2
    White-crowned Sparrow 3
    Harris’s Sparrow 2
    White-throated Sparrow 6
    Vesper Sparrow 30
    Savannah Sparrow 12
    Song Sparrow 25
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 10
    Spotted Towhee 11
    Northern Cardinal 8
    Red-winged Blackbird 40
    Lesser Goldfinch 6
    American Goldfinch 6

  8. Terry Banks says

    Jan 31, 2017 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    20.0 mile(s)
    Comments: This was a Travis Audubon Field trip consisting of 12 birders from the Austin area. The day was sunny – cool in the morning (40 degrees Fahrenheit) but quickly turned warm – about 75 degrees by 1:30 pm.
    34 species

    Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 2
    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
    Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 4
    Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2
    Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus) 3 Three individuals seen along Park Road 1C. One was seen high in a tree above Alum Creek Road. Another individual was seen about a mile after the first bird. The third bird was seen by Gotier Trace Road closer to Bastrop State Park. The picture below is of the individual see by Gotier Trace Road.
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 4
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 2
    Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 4
    Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus) 2
    Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 1
    American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2
    Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 1 Buescher only
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 5
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 4
    House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1 Only in Bastrop State Park.
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 10
    Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) 1 One spotted in Buescher state park.
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 5
    Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 4
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 50
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
    American Pipit (Anthus rubescens) 1
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 50
    Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 2
    Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 5
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 25
    Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 15 Chipping sparrows were both in Buescher and Bastrop State Park.
    Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 2
    Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 2 Seen only in Bastrop State Park
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 20
    American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 5

    View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34076287

    This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

  9. Dennis Palafox says

    Dennis Palafox and Cinda Crosley co-lead a trip to Camp Mabry with help from Lino Mendiola (official spotting scope carrier) for a group of 15 birders. We saw a total of 36 species on day that started cloudy and cold but gave way to bright, sunny day. Highlights of the trip were 3 stunning male Buffleheads, one very cooperative Audubon’s Yellow-rumped Warbler, and a Double-crested Cormorant that swallowed an 8-inch fish whole! We also had healthy discussions trying to determine the differences between Golden-fronted and Red-bellied Woodpeckers and Yellow-shafted vs Red-shafted Northern Flickers. A list of species seen follows:

    Ring-necked Duck 7
    Lesser Scaup 11
    Bufflehead 3
    Pied-billed Grebe 2
    Double-crested Cormorant 12
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 2
    Osprey 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 2
    American Coot 1
    White-winged Dove 30
    Belted Kingfisher – HO 1
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
    Merlin 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Blue Jay 4
    American Crow 3
    Carolina Chickadee 7
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 5
    Carolina Wren 8
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10
    Eastern Bluebird – HO 3
    Hermit Thrush – HO 3
    American Robin – HO 4
    Cedar Waxwing 15
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 25
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon’s) 1
    Song Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 10
    Great-tailed Grackle 1
    Lesser Goldfinch – HO – 2

  10. Kenneth Zaslow for Ray and Ginny Sreelman says

    Today (1-17-2017) we led a group of twelve hardy birders to the Granger Lake area of Williamson County. The weather was far from ideal with intermittent showers and even a thunder storm. In spite of the adverse conditions we amassed a total of sixty-four species. Highlights included an unexpected zone-tailed hawk, a white-breasted nuthatch, and great looks at three separate burrowing owls. The following is the eBird report for the day.

    Granger Lake Area (HOTE 031), Williamson, Texas, US
    Jan 17, 2017 8:21 AM – 12:37 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    40.0 mile(s)
    59 species (+4 other taxa)

    Gadwall 4
    American Wigeon 10
    Mallard 8
    Northern Shoveler 5
    Northern Pintail 9
    Lesser Scaup 3
    Hooded Merganser 4
    Ruddy Duck 2
    duck sp. 12
    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Double-crested Cormorant 30
    American White Pelican 8
    Great Blue Heron 4
    Great Egret 2
    Black Vulture 12
    Turkey Vulture 8
    Osprey 1
    Northern Harrier 2
    Red-tailed Hawk 4
    American Coot 2
    Killdeer 25
    Long-billed Dowitcher 4
    Greater Yellowlegs 1
    Bonaparte’s Gull 1
    Ring-billed Gull 1
    Forster’s Tern 2
    Mourning Dove 25
    Burrowing Owl 3
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2

  11. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    Twelve people participated on this TAS field trip led by Dan Callaway. It was a blustery morning with a constant wind between 15-20 mph. Temperatures ranged between 57 to 65 degrees with mostly sunny skies.

    Lake Pflugerville, Travis, Texas, US
    Jan 10, 2017 7:45 AM – 10:08 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.6 mile(s)
    32 species (+1 other taxa)

    Canvasback 8
    Redhead 12
    Pied-billed Grebe 2
    Double-crested Cormorant 1
    American Bittern 1 Continuing bird flushed from the reeds in the wetland at the northwest corner of the lake.
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    Turkey Vulture 4
    Virginia Rail 1 Continuing bird heard vocalizing in the reeds in the wetland at the northwest corner of the lake.
    Sora 1
    American Coot 150
    Killdeer 3
    Least Sandpiper 2
    Wilson’s Snipe 5
    Ring-billed Gull 4
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 30
    Mourning Dove 4
    Crested Caracara 3
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Loggerhead Shrike 2
    Cave Swallow 4
    Northern Mockingbird 1
    European Starling 30
    American Pipit 5
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Common Yellowthroat 3
    Savannah Sparrow 15
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 5
    Swamp Sparrow 7
    Red-winged Blackbird 4
    Western/Eastern Meadowlark 5
    Great-tailed Grackle 30
    House Sparrow 4

  12. George Kerr says

    Beginners’ Walk to Pedernales Falls State Park
    January 7, 2017

    Three birders braved 20 degrees (at the start) to check out the bird blinds, the Falls vista, and a very pleasant, no wind, in the sun, walk along the river with beautiful clear, flowing water in the “swimming area”. For the day we tallied 24 species, and a momma hog with a slew of piglets.

    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture*
    American Kestrel
    White-winged Dove
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay
    Common Raven*
    Titmouse species (Black-crested or Hybrid strongly favoring Black-crested)
    Carolina Wren
    Bewick’s Wren
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Hermit Thrush
    American Robin
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling*
    Cedar Waxwing
    Spotted Towhee
    Vesper Sparrow
    Song Sparrow
    Lincoln’s Sparrow
    Northern Cardinal
    House Sparrow*

    * Not in park

  13. Deb Wallace says

    Thirteen birders showed up for the Commons Ford monthly bird walk on Sunday, December 11th. It was chilly and damp, but hearing and seeing the 4 sedge wrens cheered folks up nicely. We also had 4 woodpecker species as a bonus.

    Commons Ford Pk
    Dec 11, 2016
    6:49 AM
    Traveling
    2.00 miles
    240 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.0 Build 107

    6 Wood Duck
    4 Mallard
    2 Great Egret
    1 Osprey
    1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
    1 Cooper’s Hawk
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    1 Red-tailed Hawk
    3 Killdeer
    200 White-winged Dove
    2 Mourning Dove
    1 Great Horned Owl
    1 Belted Kingfisher
    2 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
    1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    2 American Kestrel
    4 Eastern Phoebe
    4 American Crow
    3 Carolina Chickadee
    3 Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid)
    2 House Wren
    4 Sedge Wren — Tiny wren with short bill. Streaked back. Continuing birds seen on both sides of the road leading from the barn to the river.
    3 Carolina Wren
    6 Eastern Bluebird
    4 Northern Mockingbird
    75 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    1 White-crowned Sparrow
    1 White-throated Sparrow
    4 Song Sparrow
    3 Lincoln’s Sparrow
    2 Spotted Towhee
    5 Northern Cardinal
    30 Red-winged Blackbird
    6 House Finch
    5 Lesser Goldfinch

    Number of Taxa: 37

  14. Deb Wallace says

    Fourteen folks came out to bird Doeskin Ranch at the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. It was chilly, but sunny for a bit. As if the very cooperative Le Conte’s and Grasshopper Sparrows weren’t enough, everyone got decent looks at the American Woodcock that we flushed by the creek!

    Balcones Canyonlands NWR–Doeskin Ranch
    Dec 6, 2016
    7:00 AM
    Traveling
    1.80 miles
    220 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.0 Build 107

    4 Black Vulture
    1 Turkey Vulture
    2 Red-tailed Hawk
    1 American Woodcock
    1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    1 Crested Caracara
    2 American Kestrel
    3 Eastern Phoebe
    2 American Crow
    1 Common Raven
    4 Carolina Chickadee
    2 Black-crested Titmouse
    2 House Wren
    3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    5 Eastern Bluebird
    40 American Robin
    2 Northern Mockingbird
    4 Grasshopper Sparrow
    2 Le Conte’s Sparrow
    10 Chipping Sparrow
    1 Lark Sparrow
    1 White-crowned Sparrow
    1 White-throated Sparrow
    1 Vesper Sparrow
    2 Savannah Sparrow
    3 Song Sparrow
    5 Lincoln’s Sparrow
    4 Spotted Towhee
    2 Northern Cardinal
    3 House Finch
    6 Lesser Goldfinch

    Number of Taxa: 32

  15. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    Onion Creek Greenway–Barkley Meadows, Travis, Texas, US
    Nov 29, 2016 7:15 AM – 10:35 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Twenty-three people participated on this TAS field trip to Barkley Meadows. Over-wintering ducks and sparrows were varied and plentiful. A highlight was the sighting of two Anhingas that circled overhead and landed in a row of trees at the southwestern end of the pond.
    61 species (+2 other taxa)

    Gadwall 3
    American Wigeon 2
    Canvasback 4
    Redhead 10
    Ring-necked Duck 4
    Bufflehead 2
    Ruddy Duck 29
    Pied-billed Grebe 8
    Double-crested Cormorant 1
    Anhinga 2 Two birds were seen circling overhead and they eventually landed in a row of trees at the southwestern end of the pond. In flight their wings were noted to be located midway between the tip of the bill and the end of the tail. The birds were black with long necks and long pointed bills. The tail was long and fan shaped. Photos were taken by several of the observers, including Lee Wallace.
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    Snowy Egret 1
    Little Blue Heron 1
    Black Vulture 5
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Osprey 1
    Northern Harrier 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 2
    American Coot 90
    Killdeer 4
    Least Sandpiper 9
    Wilson’s Snipe 4
    Spotted Sandpiper 1
    Greater Yellowlegs 1
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 10
    White-winged Dove 2
    Mourning Dove 6
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
    Crested Caracara 1
    Monk Parakeet 10
    Eastern Phoebe 4
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 10
    Loggerhead Shrike 1
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 1
    House Wren 2
    Carolina Wren 4
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
    Eastern Bluebird 1
    American Robin 4
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    European Starling 5
    American Pipit 4
    Cedar Waxwing 10
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
    White-crowned Sparrow 6
    White-throated Sparrow 1
    Vesper Sparrow 2
    Savannah Sparrow 1
    Song Sparrow 1
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 6
    Red-winged Blackbird 275
    Western/Eastern Meadowlark 6
    Common Grackle 7
    Great-tailed Grackle 12
    House Finch 5
    House Sparrow 1

  16. Deb Wallace says

    On Tuesday, November 22nd, thirteen of us birded Crescent Bend Nature Park in Schertz. We had a great time and nice birds, including Summer Tanager, Green Kingfisher and Merlin.

    Crescent Bend Nature Park (Bexar Co.)
    Nov 22, 2016
    7:25 AM
    Traveling
    1.50 miles
    271 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.0 Build 107

    2 Double-crested Cormorant
    1 Great Blue Heron
    1 Great Egret
    4 Black Vulture
    2 Turkey Vulture
    1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
    1 Cooper’s Hawk
    2 Red-shouldered Hawk
    1 Red-tailed Hawk
    2 Killdeer
    32 White-winged Dove
    5 Mourning Dove
    2 Belted Kingfisher
    1 Green Kingfisher
    2 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
    2 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    2 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
    1 Crested Caracara
    2 American Kestrel
    1 Merlin
    7 Eastern Phoebe
    2 Couch’s Kingbird
    1 Loggerhead Shrike
    1 Blue-headed Vireo
    3 Carolina Chickadee
    1 Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid)
    4 House Wren
    5 Carolina Wren
    8 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    2 Eastern Bluebird
    1 Hermit Thrush
    1 American Robin
    6 Northern Mockingbird
    1 Orange-crowned Warbler
    3 Pine Warbler
    9 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    1 Song Sparrow
    3 Lincoln’s Sparrow
    1 Summer Tanager
    6 Northern Cardinal
    45 Red-winged Blackbird
    6 Great-tailed Grackle
    24 House Finch
    8 Lesser Goldfinch

    Number of Taxa: 46

  17. Ray Steelman says

    On Tuesday the 15th we led a group of sixteen birders under clear sky’s and moderate winds. We walked two miles at a moderate pace and recorded a total of 38 species as detailed below.
    38 species (+1 other taxa)

    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    Snowy Egret 3
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Accipiter sp. 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Least Sandpiper 5
    White-winged Dove 150
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Monk Parakeet 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Blue-headed Vireo 1
    Blue Jay 12
    American Crow 5
    Carolina Chickadee 4
    Black-crested Titmouse 1
    House Wren 3
    Carolina Wren 3
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
    Eastern Bluebird 1
    American Robin 1
    Northern Mockingbird 4
    European Starling 50
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 15
    Dark-eyed Junco 1
    White-crowned Sparrow 2
    White-throated Sparrow 2
    Song Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 3
    Red-winged Blackbird 7
    Great-tailed Grackle 12
    House Finch 9
    Lesser Goldfinch 1
    American Goldfinch 3
    House Sparrow 18

  18. Ken Zaslow says

    Mitchell Lake Audubon Center (HOTE 103), Bexar, Texas, US
    Nov 11, 2016 7:47 AM – 1:08 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.5 mile(s)
    Comments: Eight people participated on this make-up TAS field trip to the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center that was was originally scheduled for November 1st. The day began with overcast skies and a brief period of light rain. That afforded us the opportunity to watch a Long-billed Thrasher take a “leaf bath” while we watched from the visitor center’s covered porch. In addition to the wonderful birds that we saw on the property, we observed a large and very diverse number of butterfly species when we walked along the dike from the picnic area to Mitchell Lake.
    56 species

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 40
    Egyptian Goose 1
    Gadwall 50
    American Wigeon 8
    Northern Shoveler 6
    Green-winged Teal 4
    Canvasback 1
    Redhead 22
    Ring-necked Duck 4
    Bufflehead 2
    Ruddy Duck 2
    Least Grebe 6
    Pied-billed Grebe 4
    Neotropic Cormorant 75
    Double-crested Cormorant 75
    Anhinga 2
    American White Pelican 250
    Great Blue Heron 3
    Great Egret 45
    Snowy Egret 6
    Turkey Vulture 3
    Osprey 1
    Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Red-tailed Hawk 3
    American Coot 50
    Spotted Sandpiper 3
    Inca Dove 1
    White-winged Dove 20
    Belted Kingfisher 2
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
    Crested Caracara 2
    American Kestrel 1
    Eastern Phoebe 8
    Vermilion Flycatcher 1
    Loggerhead Shrike 3
    White-eyed Vireo 3
    Blue-headed Vireo 2
    Carolina Chickadee 1
    Black-crested Titmouse 2
    Verdin 4
    Carolina Wren 3
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
    Long-billed Thrasher 1
    Northern Mockingbird 8
    Orange-crowned Warbler 3
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
    White-crowned Sparrow 6
    Song Sparrow 2
    Northern Cardinal 10
    Great-tailed Grackle 4
    House Finch 4
    House Sparrow 20

  19. Judith Bailey says

    Travis Audubon Beginner’s Bird Walk
    Northeast Metro Park
    11-5-16

    A hearty group of birders gather to search for winter birds along Gilleland Creek. The only winter visitors were Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and an elusive Hermit Thrush. We did have a good variety of our local residents. The big surprise was a Peregrine Falcon! All got good looks through Lino’s scope.

    Double-crested Cormorant
    American Coot*
    Great Blue Heron*
    Great Egret*
    Red-shouldered Hawk (H)
    American Kestrel
    Peregrine Falcon
    Killdeer
    Rock Pigeon
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Belted Kingfisher*
    Downy Woodpecker (H)
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Loggerhead Shrike*
    American Crow
    Carolina Chickadee
    Carolina Wren (H)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Eastern Bluebird
    Hermit Thrush
    Savannah Sparrow*
    European Starling
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    Northern Cardinal
    Great-tailed Grackle
    * Seen at pond

  20. Ray Steelman says

    Eleven birders attended our Oct 24th Devine Lake Field trip, the weather was excellent for birding and forty species were tallied.

    Gadwall 75
    American Wigeon 15
    Mallard (Domestic type) 4
    Blue-winged Teal 2
    Northern Shoveler 2
    Redhead 6
    Ring-necked Duck 2
    Ruddy Duck 2
    Pied-billed Grebe 8
    Double-crested Cormorant 1
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Great Egret 2
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 2
    American Coot 200
    Killdeer 10
    Wilson’s Snipe 2
    Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
    White-winged Dove 14
    Mourning Dove 37
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Northern Flicker 1
    American Kestrel 1
    Eastern Phoebe 5
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1
    Blue Jay 4
    American Crow 2
    Carolina Chickadee 2
    Black-crested Titmouse 5
    House Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Northern Mockingbird 8
    European Starling 30
    Northern Cardinal 2
    Red-winged Blackbird 30
    Great-tailed Grackle 8
    Lesser Goldfinch 7

  21. Deb Wallace says

    Eleven of us came out to bird Commons Ford Park on Tuesday, October 4th. It was a pleasant day and the prairie is seeding out nicely. the best bird had to be the Merlin, which got everyone talking.

    Commons Ford Pk
    Oct 4, 2016
    6:59 AM
    Traveling
    1.50 miles
    180 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.6 Build 75

    4 Wood Duck
    8 Wild Turkey
    2 Great Blue Heron
    1 Great Egret
    1 Green Heron
    1 Turkey Vulture
    2 Cooper’s Hawk
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    25 White-winged Dove
    4 Chimney Swift
    1 Belted Kingfisher
    1 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
    2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    2 Downy Woodpecker
    1 American Kestrel
    1 Merlin
    8 Eastern Phoebe
    2 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    1 American Crow
    2 Black-crested Titmouse
    1 Canyon Wren
    3 Carolina Wren
    2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    1 Eastern Bluebird
    3 Northern Mockingbird
    4 Northern Cardinal
    8 House Finch
    10 Lesser Goldfinch

    Number of Taxa: 28

  22. Ken Zaslow says

    Roy Guerrero Park, Travis, Texas, US
    Oct 11, 2016 7:30 AM – 11:15 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.25 mile(s)
    Comments: Twelve people participated on this TAS field trip to Roy Guerrero Park. It was a beautiful day with a cloudless blue sky and no wind. Beginning temperature was 54 degrees and ending temperature was 79 degrees.
    45 species (+1 other taxa)

    Neotropic Cormorant 2
    Double-crested Cormorant 3
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Great Egret 6
    Snowy Egret 5
    Little Blue Heron 1
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Osprey 2
    Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Killdeer 2
    Least Sandpiper 2
    Spotted Sandpiper 4
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 500
    White-winged Dove 13
    Mourning Dove 11
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Crested Caracara 3
    American Kestrel 4
    Eastern Phoebe 7
    Couch’s Kingbird 4 The birds were seen together at Secret Beach in trees and on telephone wires near the turn in the river. Good scope views showed the birds to have gray heads, black bills, bright yellow bellies with the yellow extending high up onto the chest. Pale grayish throat, greenish back and notched brownish tail. There were no white edges on the tail.
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 4
    White-eyed Vireo 3
    Blue Jay 3
    American Crow 4
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
    Cave Swallow 1
    Carolina Chickadee 5
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 1
    House Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 7
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
    American Robin 18
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    European Starling 120
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Nashville Warbler 2
    Common Yellowthroat 2
    Northern Cardinal 7
    Common Grackle 151
    Great-tailed Grackle 25
    House Finch 2

  23. George Kerr says

    On the morning of Saturday, October 1, the Beginners’ Walk explored Laguna Gloria and Mayfield Park. Eight participants led by Stan VanSandt and George Kerr enjoyed temps in the low 60’s under mostly cloudy skies. The group practiced its ID skills on 22 species (plus Pea Fowl and domestic type ducks):

    Mute Swan
    Wood Duck
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Snowy Egret
    Rock Pigeon
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Chimney Swift
    Belted Kingfisher
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    Carolina Chickadee
    Titmouse hybrid
    Carolina Wren
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    Northern Cardinal
    Great-tailed Grackle

  24. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    Mills Pond at Wells Branch, Travis, Texas, US
    Sep 27, 2016 7:30 AM – 9:59 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Thirteen people participated on this TAS trip led by Dan Callaway to the Mills Pond Recreation Area. The sky was overcast with north winds at about 5-10 mph. Temperature ranged from 66 to 71 degrees. Best birds were a mixed flock of warblers, vireos, gnatcatchers and chickadees seen along the creek about 1/4 mile from the northern end of the pond.
    40 species (+1 other taxa)

    Muscovy Duck (Domestic type) 1
    Wood Duck 1
    Great Blue Heron 3
    Great Egret 3
    Green Heron 1
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Mississippi Kite 2
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Killdeer 1
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 27
    White-winged Dove 23
    Chimney Swift 2
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Northern Flicker 1
    Crested Caracara 1
    Monk Parakeet 3
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 2
    Blue-headed Vireo 2
    Blue Jay 8
    American Crow 1
    Carolina Chickadee 6
    Carolina Wren 5
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    European Starling 17
    Black-and-white Warbler 1
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Nashville Warbler 3
    American Redstart 1
    Black-throated Green Warbler 1
    Wilson’s Warbler 2
    Northern Cardinal 3
    Common Grackle 4
    Great-tailed Grackle 11
    Lesser Goldfinch 2
    House Sparrow 2

  25. Ken Zaslow says

    St. Edwards Pk (NW Austin)
    Sep 20, 2016
    7:30 AM
    Traveling
    1.50 miles
    140 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Twelve people participated on this TAS trip to St. Edwards Park. Best birds were a Migrating Mississippi Kite and Broad-wing Hawk. Conditions were sunny with a cloudless sky and calm winds. Beginning temperature was 71 degrees, ending temperature was 84 degrees.
    Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.6 Build 75

    1 Great Blue Heron
    1 Green Heron
    25 Black Vulture
    3 Turkey Vulture
    1 Mississippi Kite
    1 Broad-winged Hawk
    1 Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird
    1 Belted Kingfisher
    2 Eastern Phoebe
    5 White-eyed Vireo
    1 Woodhouse’s Scrub-Jay
    3 Carolina Chickadee
    3 Black-crested Titmouse
    8 Carolina Wren
    1 Bewick’s Wren
    1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    4 Northern Cardinal
    3 House Finch
    6 Lesser Goldfinch

    Number of Taxa: 19

  26. Ed Fair says

    We had a great walk at Commons Ford Sunday morning, September 18. The highlight was a Peregrine Falcon.

    Commons Ford Pk, Travis, Texas, US
    Sep 18, 2016 6:16 AM – 11:46 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.2.6 Build 75
    43 species (+3 other taxa)

    Wood Duck 1
    Mallard (Domestic type) 5
    Blue-winged Teal 32
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Cattle Egret 12
    Turkey Vulture 5
    Osprey 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    White-winged Dove 8
    Mourning Dove 4
    Eastern Screech-Owl 2
    Great Horned Owl 3
    Chimney Swift 20
    Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird 2
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Peregrine Falcon 1
    Eastern Phoebe 8
    Great Crested Flycatcher 1
    Western Kingbird 1
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 6
    Loggerhead Shrike 1
    White-eyed Vireo 1
    American Crow 2
    Common Raven 2
    Purple Martin 3
    Barn Swallow 2
    Cave Swallow 3
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 1
    Carolina Wren 2
    Bewick’s Wren 2
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
    Eastern Bluebird 10
    Northern Mockingbird 8
    European Starling 3
    Wilson’s Warbler 1
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow 2
    Summer Tanager 1
    Northern Cardinal 2
    Orchard Oriole 2
    Baltimore Oriole 2
    House Finch 3
    Lesser Goldfinch 10

    View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S31640211

    This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

  27. Dennis Palafox says

    A total of 12 of us birded Camp Mabry on Sunday, September 11. The day before a weak cool front blew through the area so the morning was relatively cool and the the main pond was as smooth as glass. We saw 24 species. Highlights of the trip were four Mississippi Kites that flew one by one over the Camp, several juvenile, male wood ducks, and a yellow-crowned night-heron. A list of the birds we saw follows:

    Species Count
    Wood Duck 4
    Blue-winged Teal 5
    Great Egret 1
    Snowy Egret 1
    Green Heron 1
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Mississippi Kite 4
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 6
    White-winged Dove 1
    Mourning Dove 5
    Chimney Swift 2
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Empidonax sp. 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    White-eyed Vireo 5
    Blue Jay 8
    American Crow 5
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 3
    Carolina Wren 8
    Northern Cardinal 3
    Great-tailed Grackle 1
    Baltimore Oriole 3
    Lesser Goldfinch 2

  28. Ken Zaslow for Terry Banks says

    Booty’s Road Park, Williamson, Texas, US
    Sep 13, 2016 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.5 mile(s)
    Comments: Six people participated on this TAS field trip to Booty’s Road Park. We walked the trail between the parking lot and the base of the Lake Georgetown dam. Best local birds were Canyon Wren and Rock Wren. Best migrants were Yellow Warbler and Wilson’s Warbler. The sky was overcast, winds were calm, and the temperature was stable at about 77 degrees.
    23 species (+1 other taxa)

    Great Blue Heron 1
    Black Vulture 30
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Chimney Swift 4
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Great Crested Flycatcher 1
    White-eyed Vireo 15
    Blue Jay 1
    American Crow 23
    Carolina Chickadee 4
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 5
    Rock Wren 2
    Canyon Wren 2
    Carolina Wren 9
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
    Northern Mockingbird 4
    Yellow Warbler 3
    Wilson’s Warbler 1
    Northern Cardinal 7
    House Finch 1
    Lesser Goldfinch 1

  29. Ken Zaslow and Jane Tillman says

    Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037), Travis, Texas, US
    Sep 6, 2016 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    0.5 mile(s)
    Comments: 10 people participated on this TAS trip that was led by Jane Tillman and Ken Zaslow. The sky was overcast, winds were calm, and the temperature was in the high 70’s.
    31 species

    Blue-winged Teal 9
    Northern Shoveler 2
    Snowy Egret 3
    Little Blue Heron 4
    White-faced Ibis 21
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Black-necked Stilt 17
    Killdeer 8
    Stilt Sandpiper 1
    Sanderling 1
    Least Sandpiper 65
    Pectoral Sandpiper 2
    Semipalmated Sandpiper 1
    Wilson’s Phalarope 10
    Spotted Sandpiper 3
    Mourning Dove 40
    Common Nighthawk 1
    Chimney Swift 1
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Crested Caracara 1
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 2
    American Crow 8
    Bank Swallow 1
    Barn Swallow 35
    Cave Swallow 70
    Northern Mockingbird 1
    European Starling 6
    Red-winged Blackbird 30
    Yellow-headed Blackbird 1
    Great-tailed Grackle 14

  30. Dennis Palafox for Judith Bailey says

    Beginner’s Bird Walk – ROY GUERRERO COLORADO RIVER PARK
    9-3-16
    We observed a variety of local birds, migrating Orioles and Mississippi Kites. The big surprise was a kettle of kites rising and streaming southward. Another highlight was a juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk perched on a big snag, so many in the group got good looks through the scopes. Total for the day: 39 species.

    Great Blue Heron
    Carolina Chickadee
    Great Egret
    Carolina Wren
    Snowy Egret
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Black Vulture
    Eastern Bluebird
    Turkey Vulture
    Northern Mockingbird
    Mississippi Kite
    European Starling
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Lark Sparrow
    Crested Caracara
    Summer Tanager
    Spotted Sandpiper
    Northern Cardinal
    Rock Pigeon
    Orchard Oriole
    White-winged Dove
    Baltimore Oriole
    Mourning Dove
    House Finch
    Monk Parakeet
    Lesser Goldfinch
    Chimney Swift
    House Sparrow
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Western Kingbird
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    White-eyed Vireo
    American Crow
    Barn Swallow
    Cliff Swallow
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid)

  31. Judith Bailey says

    ROY GUERRERO COLORADO RIVER PARK
    9-3-16

    During the Beginner’s Bird Walk, we observed a variety of local birds, migrating Orioles and Mississippi Kites. The big surprise was a kettle of kites rising and streaming southward. Another highlight was juvenile Red-shouldered Hawk perched on a big snag so many in the group got good looks through the scopes. Total for the day: 39 species.

    Great Blue Heron Carolina Chickadee
    Great Egret Carolina Wren
    Snowy Egret Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Black Vulture Eastern Bluebird
    Turkey Vulture Northern Mockingbird
    Mississippi Kite European Starling
    Red-shouldered Hawk Lark Sparrow
    Crested Caracara Summer Tanager
    Spotted Sandpiper Northern Cardinal
    Rock Pigeon Orchard Oriole
    White-winged Dove Baltimore Oriole
    Mourning Dove House Finch
    Monk Parakeet Lesser Goldfinch
    Chimney Swift House Sparrow
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Western Kingbird
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    White-eyed Vireo
    American Crow
    Barn Swallow
    Cliff Swallow
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid)

  32. Spider Johnson says

    I have two Kingfisher sightings of note, both on the Llano River south of Mason, TX. First, I saw a male and female pair of Green Kingfishers on a small limb just above the water about a foot, adjacent to the bank, on July 27, 1980. This was early one morning. The following year on July 4, 1981, I saw a male Ringed Kingfisher at a the same location. These sightings occurred during annual campouts at that Llano river property.

  33. BirdAnswers says

    Hi, William,
    It is always neat to see Green Kingfishers in Central Texas. You are correct that they are uncommon, though not rare for parts of the area. They are found throughout the year in Travis County, but much less often in Burnet and Llano Counties (where I see that Horseshoe Bay is located). If you have not reported the Green Kingfisher in eBird Texas, I’d suggest you do so, since it will add to the knowledge about the distribution of the species in this area. If you aren’t a regular eBird user, you may open the web site at http://ebird.org/ebird/tx and set up an account and then enter your sighting of the Kingfisher. It may be questioned, in which case you can append a photo of it. Thank you for bringing it to our attention.

  34. William H Reid says

    Not sure whether this is noteworthy, but we have several excellent photos of a green kingfisher taken lkast week at our home beside a creek in Horseshoe Bay, about 40 miles west of Austin. I believe that’s an uncommon, but not rare species in our area. Happy to post them if anyone’s interested.

  35. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    Eastside Metropolitan Pk, Travis, Texas, US
    May 31, 2016 6:30 AM – 9:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.3 mile(s)
    Comments: Four people participated on this Travis Audubon trip that was led by Dan Callaway. The weather was overcast and humid with temperature around 79 degrees and calm winds.
    34 species (+1 other taxa)

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 2
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Cattle Egret 35
    Green Heron 1
    Black Vulture 7
    Inca Dove 1
    Mourning Dove 2
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
    Eastern Screech-Owl 1
    Common Nighthawk 1
    Chimney Swift 2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 2
    White-eyed Vireo 7
    Blue Jay 3
    American Crow 5
    Purple Martin 2
    Barn Swallow 1
    Carolina Chickadee 5
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 6
    Carolina Wren 8
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Eastern Bluebird 6
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    European Starling 7
    Lark Sparrow 3
    Northern Cardinal 8
    Painted Bunting 5
    Dickcissel 1
    Great-tailed Grackle 2

  36. Ken Zaslow says

    Webberville Park (Big)(HOTE 035), Travis, Texas, US
    May 24, 2016 6:41 AM – 9:09 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Thirteen people participated on this Travis Audubon field trip to Big Webberville Park. The weather was cloudy to partly sunny with temperatures in the mid-70’s and light winds from the south. We enjoyed seeing and hearing variety of nesting species with particularly good views of Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern Bluebird, Eastern Kingbird, and Lark Sparrow.
    39 species (+2 other taxa)

    Great Blue Heron 2
    Great Egret 2
    Cattle Egret 17
    Green Heron 2
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2
    Black Vulture 40
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Red-tailed Hawk 2
    Killdeer 1
    White-winged Dove 2
    Mourning Dove 5
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo 3
    Greater Roadrunner 1
    Barred Owl 1
    Chimney Swift 1
    Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Crested Caracara 5
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Great Crested Flycatcher 2
    Eastern Kingbird 2
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 6
    Barn Swallow 3
    Cliff Swallow 2
    Carolina Chickadee 2
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 4
    Carolina Wren 4
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Eastern Bluebird 5
    Northern Mockingbird 6
    European Starling 2
    Lark Sparrow 3
    Summer Tanager 3
    Northern Cardinal 5
    Painted Bunting 3
    Dickcissel 1
    Great-tailed Grackle 8
    Brown-headed Cowbird 1
    House Finch 1
    House Sparrow 2

  37. Deb Wallace says

    17 of us came out to bird Commons Ford Ranch Park on May 17th. It was great fun to show off our birds to a couple visiting from Virginia! The prairie is stunning and the birds were enjoying it, too. The best bird of the day was the Yellow-throated Warbler, which the entire group got to see well.

    Commons Ford Pk, Travis, Texas, US
    May 17, 2016 6:39 AM – 10:49 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.3 Build 30
    52 species (+2 other taxa)

    Mallard 4
    Black Vulture 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Mourning Dove 2
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo 4
    Chimney Swift 6
    Black-chinned Hummingbird 1
    Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
    Empidonax sp. 1
    Eastern Phoebe 6
    Ash-throated Flycatcher 2
    Great Crested Flycatcher 1
    Western Kingbird 1
    Eastern Kingbird 1
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 7
    White-eyed Vireo 3
    Yellow-throated Vireo 1
    Warbling Vireo 2
    Red-eyed Vireo 4
    American Crow 2
    Purple Martin 1
    Barn Swallow 12
    Cliff Swallow 6
    Black-crested Titmouse 3
    Carolina Wren 1
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    Swainson’s Thrush 1
    Northern Mockingbird 1
    Tennessee Warbler 1
    Common Yellowthroat 1
    Northern Parula 3
    Yellow Warbler 6
    Yellow-throated Warbler 1 Continuing bird.
    Black-throated Green Warbler 1
    Wilson’s Warbler 2
    Clay-colored Sparrow 4
    Lark Sparrow 3
    Savannah Sparrow 5
    Summer Tanager 2
    Northern Cardinal 7
    Blue Grosbeak 3
    Painted Bunting 7
    Dickcissel 24
    Yellow-headed Blackbird 1
    Common Grackle 1
    Bronzed Cowbird 1
    Brown-headed Cowbird 2
    Orchard Oriole 4
    Baltimore Oriole 1
    House Finch 5
    Lesser Goldfinch 12

  38. Dennis Palafox says

    Ten of us had a great day birding Camp Mabry on Saturday May 14, 2016. We saw 39 species including several late migrants. One notable highlight was a yellow-crowned night heron eating a rather larger crayfish. A good time was had by all! The species we saw included:

    Wood Duck 4 Juvenile
    Northern Shoveler 2
    Green Heron 1
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Spotted Sandpiper 1
    White-winged Dove 9
    Mourning Dove 6
    Chimney Swift 4
    Black-chinned Hummingbird 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
    Least Flycatcher 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Western Kingbird 2
    White-eyed Vireo 5
    Red-eyed Vireo 1 HO
    Blue Jay 7
    Barn Swallow 6
    Cliff/Cave Swallow 10
    Carolina Chickadee 7
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 2
    Carolina Wren 6
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    European Starling 10
    Northern Waterthrush 1
    Common Yellowthroat 2 Male and female
    American Redstart 1 Female
    Blackburnian Warbler 2
    Yellow Warbler 1
    Summer Tanager 5
    Northern Cardinal 9
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1 Female
    Great-tailed Grackle 15
    Orchard Oriole 3 1st summer males
    Lesser Goldfinch 15
    House Sparrow 2

  39. Garner Vogt says

    Saw an adult Bald Eagle fly out from Fox Park parallel to Granger Lake dam over the lake in Williamson County, today May 15, 2016 at around 10 a.m. Very large bird not a Caracara,

    gv

  40. Ken Zaslow says

    Roy Guerrero Park, Travis, Texas, US
    May 3, 2016 6:41 AM – 11:01 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.5 mile(s)
    Comments: Eleven people participated on this TAS trip. It was a gorgeous spring day with clear skies, moderate temperatures between 58 degree and 70 degrees and light winds from the northat less than 10 mph. We first birded the play-scape area and the closed road leading towards Hwy.183. Then we birded the trail that passes by the ‘secret beach’ on its way to the closed, washed out pedestrian bridge near the Ann and Roy Butler hike and bike trail. Access to secret beach was severely limited by high water in that area. Our final destination was the overlook view of the Longhorn Dam spillway at the Krieg Field recreation area on South Pleasant Valley Road. To our surprise, water was being released from the dam causing a rapid current with flood conditions downstream. None of the usual wading birds and shorebirds were present because of the high water. Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.5 Build 44
    44 species (+3 other taxa)

    Wood Duck 1
    duck sp. 2
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Snowy Egret 1
    Black Vulture 17
    Red-shouldered Hawk 3
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Killdeer 1
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 40
    White-winged Dove 9
    Mourning Dove 4
    Chimney Swift 3
    Black-chinned Hummingbird 1
    Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird 3
    Belted Kingfisher 2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Crested Caracara 1
    Least Flycatcher 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Western Kingbird 1
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1
    White-eyed Vireo 5
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow 6
    Barn Swallow 2
    Cliff Swallow 15
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 3
    Sedge Wren 1 The bird was initially brought to our attention by its song. It was visible in an area of tall grass in a depressed ditch like area adjacent to the decomposed granite trail parallel to the north side of Grove Blvd. Approximate GPS coordinates from Google map are 30.245382, -97.701132. It was a small wren with pale sandy coloration, a relatively shortish pointed bill, a very faint white supercilium, white throat, and definite black streaking on its back with the black edged by thin lines of white. Tail cocked at a 45 degree angle in typical wren fashion. The bird’s song matches the song for Sedge Wren on the Bird Tunes app. An attached photo was taken by Lee Wallace.
    Carolina Wren 5
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
    Gray Catbird 1
    European Starling 6
    Cedar Waxwing 40
    Nashville Warbler 1
    Yellow Warbler 2
    Yellow-breasted Chat 1
    Lark Sparrow 2
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 3
    Summer Tanager 1
    Northern Cardinal 17
    Indigo Bunting 7
    Painted Bunting 14
    Great-tailed Grackle 6
    Baltimore Oriole 1
    House Finch 1
    House Sparrow 2

    View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S29381474

  41. Britt says

    Broad-winged hawk. Sex unconfirmed at this time. Has been living in my neighborhood in Barton Hills, 78704, for a couple weeks

  42. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    Georgetown- Berry Springs Park, Williamson, Texas, US
    Apr 12, 2016 7:00 AM – 11:21 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Nine people participated on this TAS trip that was led by Dan Callaway. The sky was cloudy with intermittent light rain and wind from the north at 5-10 mph. The temperature was held steady in the mid 60’s all morning. Our most impressive birds of the day were several large groups of Franklin Gulls that flew over the park heading north. A lingering Great Kiskadee was very vocal throughout the morning and provided us with several sightings.
    54 species

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 2
    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Double-crested Cormorant 1
    Great Blue Heron 3
    Cattle Egret 14
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
    Black Vulture 3
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Cooper’s Hawk 2
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Franklin’s Gull 300
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 55
    White-winged Dove 1
    Mourning Dove 7
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Crested Caracara 2
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Great Kiskadee 1 Continuing bird. Vocalizing. Also seen…brown back, yellow underside, black and white striped head.
    Eastern Kingbird 1
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 4
    White-eyed Vireo 1
    Blue Jay 4
    American Crow 4
    Purple Martin 1
    Barn Swallow 1
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Black-crested Titmouse 5
    Carolina Wren 4
    Bewick’s Wren 2
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
    Eastern Bluebird 7
    Northern Mockingbird 6
    European Starling 4
    Cedar Waxwing 27
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
    Chipping Sparrow 3
    Lark Sparrow 3
    White-crowned Sparrow 7
    Vesper Sparrow 1
    Savannah Sparrow 6
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 5
    Summer Tanager 1
    Northern Cardinal 27
    Dickcissel 1 We heard its characteristic vocalization in the meadow area of the park. It may have been flying over.
    Western Meadowlark 1
    Eastern Meadowlark 2
    Great-tailed Grackle 6
    Brown-headed Cowbird 4
    Lesser Goldfinch 1

  43. Judith Bailey says

    Berry Springs Park and Preserve
    4-2-2016
    Leaders: Virginia Rose, George Kerr and Judith Bailey

    This gem of a park never fails to deliver a good variety of birds and usually serves up something special. Today we watched the Great Kiskadee mobbing 2 Barred Owls that appeared to be a nesting pair. What a treat! Eastern Bluebirds added sparkle to the leafless pecan trees. Good morning for a walk in the woods.

    Pied-billed Grebe
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Great Blue Heron
    Turkey Vulture
    Red-shouldered Hawk (H)
    Rock Pigeon
    Mourning Dove
    Barred Owl
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Northern Flicker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Great Kiskadee
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    Barn Swallow
    Cave Swallow
    Carolina Chickadee
    Titmouse species (H)
    Carolina Wren
    House Wren
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Eastern Bluebird
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    Cedar Waxwing
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
    Song Sparrow
    Lincoln’s Sparrow
    Northern Cardinal
    Meadowlark species
    Common Grackle
    Great-tailed Grackle
    House Sparrow

  44. Judith Bailey says

    McKinney Falls State Park
    March 5, 2016
    Leaders: Virginia Rose and Judith Bailey

    Twenty-three birders gathered at the visitor’s center to start our search for the rare Red-naped Sapsucker. Within minutes, it was spotted across a field pecking in an old tree. Most got good looks and even some saw the bird through the scope. Other highlight was the heron/egret rookery on Onion Creek; nesting birds were busy and loud!

    Duck species
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Accipiter species
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Rock Pigeon
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Red-naped Sapsucker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    Carolina Chickadee
    Titmouse hybrid
    Carolina Wren
    House Wren
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Eastern Bluebird
    American Robin
    Northern Mockingbird
    Cedar Waxwing
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
    Chipping Sparrow
    Dark-eyed Junco
    Northern Cardinal
    Great-tailed Grackle

  45. Jane says

    25 people, maybe 27, showed up for a rather unbirdy field trip to St. Ed’s Park. Best birds were the heard only Yellow-throated Vireo, and a heard only Golden-cheeked Warbler. In fact, many birds were heard only. It was overcast and 61 degrees.
    St. Edwards Pk (NW Austin), Travis, Texas, US
    Mar 29, 2016 7:19 AM – 9:24 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.5 mile(s)
    Comments: Travis Audubon
    25 species

    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    Black Vulture 5
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    White-eyed Vireo 5
    Yellow-throated Vireo 1 Heard only
    Blue-headed Vireo 1
    Blue Jay 1
    Purple Martin 1
    Carolina Chickadee 4
    Black-crested Titmouse 3
    Carolina Wren 2
    Bewick’s Wren 3
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 10
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Black-and-white Warbler 1
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
    Golden-cheeked Warbler 1 Singing
    White-throated Sparrow 7 Singing
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 14
    House Finch 1
    Hermit Thrush 1 – heard only

    View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S28621139

  46. Ken Zaslow and Dennis Palafox says

    Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037), Travis, Texas, US
    Mar 19, 2016 7:30 AM – 11:16 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.5 mile(s)
    Comments: Eleven people participated on this Travis Audubon monthly bird walk at Hornsby Bend led by Ken Zaslow and Dennis Palafox. It was a blustery day with beginning temperature 48 degrees and ending temperature 56 degrees. Winds were steady from the north at 20-25 mph with gusts even higher. The day began cloudy with the sky gradually clearing to mostly sunny. A notable early sighting was a lone Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and our final sighting was a large group of Sandhill Cranes flying high over the Center for Environmental Research headquarters after some of our group had left.
    52 species (+1 other taxa)

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 4
    Gadwall 7
    Blue-winged Teal 13
    Northern Shoveler 200
    Green-winged Teal 15
    Lesser Scaup 63
    Ruddy Duck 7
    Pied-billed Grebe 3
    Eared Grebe 17
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Black Vulture 11
    Turkey Vulture 6
    Osprey 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    American Coot 15
    Sandhill Crane 25
    Killdeer 3
    Spotted Sandpiper 1
    Least Sandpiper 75
    Wilson’s Snipe 3
    Wilson’s Phalarope 1 Seen in the company of Northern Shovelers swimming in shallow water on the drying beds east of pond 1. Same as the birds seen and photographed recently.
    White-winged Dove 3
    Mourning Dove 7
    Chimney Swift 5
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Crested Caracara 3
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1
    Loggerhead Shrike 1
    White-eyed Vireo 1
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
    Purple Martin 17
    Barn Swallow 30
    Cliff Swallow 1
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 2
    Carolina Wren 7
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
    Eastern Bluebird 1
    European Starling 5
    American Pipit 2
    Cedar Waxwing 10
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 35
    Chipping Sparrow 7
    Savannah Sparrow 11
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 5
    Red-winged Blackbird 12
    Great-tailed Grackle 2
    House Finch 5
    House Sparrow 4

  47. Ken Zaslow says

    Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037)
    Mar 15, 2016
    7:30 AM
    Traveling
    3.00 miles
    238 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Fifteen people participated on this TAS field trip. Best birds of the morning were the Wilson Phalaropes and the Eared Grebes.

    4 Blue-winged Teal
    78 Northern Shoveler
    22 Green-winged Teal
    60 Lesser Scaup
    7 Ruddy Duck
    1 Pied-billed Grebe
    12 Eared Grebe
    6 Double-crested Cormorant
    1 Great Blue Heron
    3 Black Vulture
    2 Turkey Vulture
    2 Red-shouldered Hawk
    50 American Coot
    12 Killdeer
    3 Spotted Sandpiper
    100 Least Sandpiper
    4 Wilson’s Snipe
    8 Wilson’s Phalarope — Well seen at the north end of pond 2. Photos taken by Lee Wallace and Joe Hood.
    1 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    6 White-winged Dove
    15 Mourning Dove
    4 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 American Kestrel
    3 Eastern Phoebe
    2 Loggerhead Shrike
    4 White-eyed Vireo
    3 American Crow
    20 Purple Martin
    1 Carolina Chickadee
    1 House Wren
    5 Carolina Wren
    2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    2 Eastern Bluebird
    2 Northern Mockingbird
    12 European Starling
    5 American Pipit
    1 Orange-crowned Warbler
    70 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    1 Chipping Sparrow
    1 White-crowned Sparrow
    20 Savannah Sparrow
    2 Lincoln’s Sparrow
    12 Northern Cardinal
    227 Red-winged Blackbird
    12 Western/Eastern Meadowlark
    35 Common Grackle
    10 Great-tailed Grackle
    2 Brown-headed Cowbird
    200 blackbird sp.
    4 House Finch
    1 American Goldfinch
    2 House Sparrow

    Number of Taxa: 52

  48. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    Lake Pflugerville, Travis, Texas, US
    Mar 1, 2016 7:18 AM – 9:48 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Dan Callaway led seven people on this TAS field trip to Lake Pflugerville on a blustery day. Early clouds gave way to mostly sunny skies as the group enjoyed a wonderful morning viewing the lake, marsh and surrounding grassland. The marsh was alive with activity as water levels were relatively high providing excellent habitat. Best bird of the day was a gorgeous American Bittern in flight seen well by everyone. Swamp Sparrows were plentiful and were joined in the wetlands by Marsh Wren, Sora and Common Yellowthroat.
    Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.5 Build 44
    39 species (+1 other taxa)

    Northern Shoveler 1
    Northern Pintail 2
    Canvasback 2
    Lesser Scaup 9
    Pied-billed Grebe 7
    Double-crested Cormorant 1
    American Bittern 1 We flushed from the marsh a large brownish bird with vertical streaks on its chest and belly and a long pointed straight bill. A photo was taken by Lee Wallace which is attached.
    Great Egret 1
    Black Vulture 1
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Sora 2
    Common Gallinule 1
    American Coot 2000
    Killdeer 4
    Least Sandpiper 3
    Wilson’s Snipe 2
    Ring-billed Gull 1
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 15
    White-winged Dove 2
    Mourning Dove 8
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Loggerhead Shrike 1
    Purple Martin 8
    Marsh Wren 2
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    European Starling 80
    American Pipit 45
    Common Yellowthroat 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
    Savannah Sparrow 15
    Song Sparrow 1
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 3
    Swamp Sparrow 11
    Northern Cardinal 3
    Red-winged Blackbird 300
    Western/Eastern Meadowlark 40
    Brewer’s Blackbird 8
    Great-tailed Grackle 75
    House Finch 2
    House Sparrow 1

    View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27907689

  49. Jane says

    30 people attended the Celebrate Urban Birds Field trip to Mayfield Park./Laguna Gloria. We split into three groups with Dennis Palafox, George Kerr and Jane Tillman as the leaders, with assistance from Marc Bernat.
    The newly arrived White-eyed Vireo posing in the Mayfield parking lot was a big highlight, and all the groups had some memorable birds such as Red-shouldered Hawk, Osprey and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. There were MANY Yellow-rumped Warblers.

    Below are the eBird reports that Jane filed, for her group. Everyone’s list will probably vary slightly.

    Austin–Mayfield Park, Travis, Texas, US
    Feb 27, 2016 8:10 AM – 8:59 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    0.25 mile(s)
    Comments: Celebrate Urban Birds field trip Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.5 Build 44
    17 species (+2 other taxa)

    Indian Peafowl (Domestic type) 7
    Killdeer 1 Heard only
    White-winged Dove 2
    Mourning Dove 4
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    White-eyed Vireo 1
    Blue Jay 2
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 2
    Carolina Wren 3
    Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    Cedar Waxwing 9
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 7
    Northern Cardinal 4
    Great-tailed Grackle 3
    House Finch 1
    Lesser Goldfinch 2

    View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27846329
    Austin–Laguna Gloria, Travis, Texas, US
    Feb 27, 2016 9:00 AM – 10:16 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    0.75 mile(s)
    Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.5 Build 44
    32 species (+4 other taxa)

    Mute Swan 1
    Muscovy Duck (Domestic type) 1
    Wood Duck 1
    duck sp. 1 Domestic
    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Double-crested Cormorant 2
    cormorant sp. 1
    Great Egret 1
    Black Vulture 2
    Osprey 1
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    American Coot 1
    White-winged Dove 25
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Blue Jay 1
    Carolina Chickadee 1
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 2
    Canyon Wren 1 An odd bird for here, given the habitat. Constantly giving the musical jeert cdll
    Carolina Wren 3
    American Robin 1
    Northern Mockingbird 1
    Cedar Waxwing 50
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 30
    Song Sparrow 2
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 1
    Swamp Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 6
    Red-winged Blackbird 1
    Great-tailed Grackle 2
    House Finch 1
    Lesser Goldfinch 2

    View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27846424

    This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

  50. Jane says

    On Tuesday, Feb. 23 7 birders joined me at Windy Point. After a rainy night we were not expecting much, but were amazed at the number of duck species that were quite active, with Northern Pintails being the highlight. The Merlin was a no-show, but the American Kestrel male ate a lizard while we watched.

    Windy Point lived up to its name – it was fairly calm before the field trip, but once 9 a.m. rolled around (a late start to help participants avoid traffic) the wind picked up and increased while we were there. We retreated to a wooded area where we found many Yellow-rumps, and some good sparrows.

    Below is the eBird checklist – thanks to Ken Z for keeping the list.
    Lake Travis- Bob Wentz Windy Point Pk, Travis, Texas, US
    Feb 23, 2016 8:11 AM – 10:59 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.5 mile(s)
    Comments: TAS field trip Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.5 Build 44
    37 species (+3 other taxa)

    Gadwall 25
    American Wigeon 60
    Mallard (Domestic type) 2
    Blue-winged Teal 20
    Northern Pintail 120
    Redhead 100
    Bufflehead 6
    Ruddy Duck 8
    Pied-billed Grebe 5
    Double-crested Cormorant 2
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Black Vulture 2
    Turkey Vulture 3
    Osprey 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    American Coot 95
    Killdeer 3
    Ring-billed Gull 1
    White-winged Dove 2
    Mourning Dove 6
    American Kestrel 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Carolina Chickadee 1
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 4
    Carolina Wren 2
    Bewick’s Wren 4
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
    American Pipit 1
    Cedar Waxwing 150
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 35
    Field Sparrow 1
    Savannah Sparrow 2
    Song Sparrow 4
    Northern Cardinal 6
    Red-winged Blackbird 45
    Western/Eastern Meadowlark 20
    House Finch 5
    Pine Siskin 4
    Lesser Goldfinch 1

    View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27781717

  51. Terry Banks says

    15 people participated in the Pedernales Field trip on 2/16/16. We had pleasant weather and many good birds. We birded mainly at the Ranger Station feeder, the bird blinds, and the ponds that are located on the horse trail about a mile from the bird blinds. We also took a short walk on the nature trail to see a beautiful waterfall that is hidden in the forest.

    We had a fun-loving group. After our birding we had a delicious lunch at the Dripping Springs local bakery, Rolling in Thyme and Dough.

    Thank you to all the enthusiastic, friendly, bird-loving participants of this field trip!

    Not everyone got a chance to be in the group photo, but I am attaching a picture of some of our group.

    Pedernales Falls State Park (HOTE 050), Blanco, Texas, US
    Feb 16, 2016 7:37 AM – 12:20 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    9.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.5 Build 44
    42 species

    Gadwall 11
    American Wigeon 10
    Blue-winged Teal 2 Not jt
    Green-winged Teal 12
    Ring-necked Duck 15 Not jt
    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Black Vulture 2
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Killdeer 3
    Greater Yellowlegs 1
    White-winged Dove 30
    Mourning Dove 1
    Greater Roadrunner 1
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 4
    American Kestrel 1 Not jt
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Western Scrub-Jay 3
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Black-crested Titmouse 9
    Canyon Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 4
    Bewick’s Wren 10
    Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
    American Robin 45
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    Cedar Waxwing 78
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
    Dark-eyed Junco 7
    Vesper Sparrow 1 Not jt
    Savannah Sparrow 3
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 1
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow 2
    Spotted Towhee 1
    Northern Cardinal 13
    House Finch 12
    Lesser Goldfinch 3
    American Goldfinch 1

    View this checklist online at
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S27630164

    This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

  52. Judith Bailey says

    February 6, 2016
    Beginner’s Bird Walk at Brushy Creek

    What a beautiful morning for birding! A group of 26 birders enjoyed a walk through live oaks and along the creek seeing many of our winter regulars. Even though we didn’t have an eagle sighting, everyone seemed to have a fun time.

    Gadwall
    Green-winged Teal
    Pied-billed Grebe
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Ring-billed Gull
    Rock Pigeon
    Mourning Dove
    Belted Kingfisher
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    Carolina Chickadee
    Tufted Titmouse
    Carolina Wren
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Eastern Bluebird
    Northern Mockingbird
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
    Savannah Sparrow
    Northern Cardinal
    Great-tailed Grackle
    Lesser Goldfinch

  53. Ray and Ginny Steelman says

    Today we led a group of fifteen birders on a walk at Tejas Camp in Williamson County. The morning started out chilly with temps in the mid thirties and then warmed up to the low sixties by late morning. We saw more fox sparrows (15-20) then most of us have ever encountered in one place at one time. Harris’ sparrows were also out in force with numbers in the twenties. It was a great group of birds as well as birders and we thank everyone for joining us. A list of birds follows:
    32 species (+1 other taxa)

    Black Vulture 2
    Turkey Vulture 3
    Osprey 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Killdeer 1
    White-winged Dove 1
    Mourning Dove 2
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    American Kestrel 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    American Crow 6
    Carolina Chickadee 6
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 5
    Canyon Wren 2
    Carolina Wren 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
    American Robin 2
    Northern Mockingbird 4
    Cedar Waxwing 8
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Fox Sparrow 20
    Harris’s Sparrow 20
    White-throated Sparrow 8
    Vesper Sparrow 2
    Song Sparrow 8
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 2
    Spotted Towhee 7
    Eastern Towhee 2
    Northern Cardinal 8
    House Finch 4

  54. Ken Zaslow says

    This TAS field trip to Canyon Lake was moved from February 2nd to February 4th because of weather concerns. Those who were able to participate on the alternate date enjoyed a pleasant morning of the birding with notable sightings of Common Loon and Hooded Merganser. Thanks to Julie Crouch for co-leading this trip with me.

    eBird Checklist Summary for: Feb 4, 2016

    Number of Checklists: 4
    Number of Taxa: 50

    Checklists included in this summary:
    (1): Canyon Lake–Dam & Nature Trl below dam (HOTE 073)
    Date: Feb 4, 2016, 7:34 AM
    (2): Canyon Lake–Cranes Mill Pk
    Date: Feb 4, 2016, 9:47 AM
    (3): Canyon Lake–Comal Park
    Date: Feb 4, 2016, 11:45 AM
    (4): Canyon Lake–Dam & Nature Trl below dam (HOTE 073)
    Date: Feb 4, 2016, 2:07 PM

    15 Gadwall — (1)
    40 Lesser Scaup — (2)
    2 Hooded Merganser — (1)
    1 Common Loon — (3)
    4 Pied-billed Grebe — (2),(3)
    2 Double-crested Cormorant — (1),(3)
    3 Great Blue Heron — (1),(2)
    4 Great Egret — (1),(2)
    15 Black Vulture — (2),(3),(4)
    5 Turkey Vulture — (2),(3)
    3 Osprey — (1),(2),(3)
    2 Red-shouldered Hawk — (1)
    1 Red-tailed Hawk — (4)
    29 American Coot — (2),(3)
    5 Killdeer — (1),(2),(3)
    2 Spotted Sandpiper — (1)
    15 Ring-billed Gull — (2)
    4 White-winged Dove — (1),(3)
    4 Mourning Dove — (2)
    3 Golden-fronted Woodpecker — (1),(2)
    1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker — (1)
    2 American Kestrel — (2),(3)
    6 Eastern Phoebe — (1),(2)
    1 Western Scrub-Jay — (2)
    4 Common Raven — (1),(2)
    3 Carolina Chickadee — (2)
    7 Black-crested Titmouse — (1),(2)
    1 Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) — (2)
    1 Canyon Wren — (1)
    8 Carolina Wren — (1),(2)
    6 Bewick’s Wren — (2),(3)
    2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher — (2)
    14 Ruby-crowned Kinglet — (1),(2)
    2 Eastern Bluebird — (2)
    15 American Robin — (1)
    6 Northern Mockingbird — (1),(2),(3)
    7 European Starling — (1)
    76 Cedar Waxwing — (1)
    2 Orange-crowned Warbler — (1)
    2 Pine Warbler — (2)
    14 Yellow-rumped Warbler — (1),(2),(3)
    4 Chipping Sparrow — (2)
    1 White-crowned Sparrow — (1)
    9 Vesper Sparrow — (2)
    3 Savannah Sparrow — (3)
    1 Song Sparrow — (1)
    11 Northern Cardinal — (1),(2)
    2 House Finch — (2)
    1 American Goldfinch — (2)
    10 House Sparrow — (1),(2)

  55. Deb Wallace says

    On January 26th, 14 of us went out to bird Shield Ranch. It is a lovely property and we are grateful to Laurie Foss and Terri Siegenthaler for sharing it with us.
    We found out that most of the Pine Siskins in Travis County appear to have taken up residence there, but the highlight was the Eastern Towhee!

    Travis, Texas, US
    Jan 26, 2016 7:30 AM – 11:11 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.0 mile(s)
    Comments:
    Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.3 Build 30
    34 species (+1 other taxa)

    American Wigeon 1
    Redhead 30
    Ring-necked Duck 90
    Northern Bobwhite 8
    Black Vulture 5
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 2
    Mourning Dove 2
    Rufous Hummingbird 2
    Crested Caracara 2
    American Kestrel 1
    Carolina Chickadee 1
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 3
    Carolina Wren 1
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
    American Robin 3
    Northern Mockingbird 1
    Cedar Waxwing 20
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Chipping Sparrow 1
    Field Sparrow 4
    White-crowned Sparrow 2
    Harris’s Sparrow 4
    Vesper Sparrow 4
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 1
    Spotted Towhee 1
    Eastern Towhee 1
    Northern Cardinal 4
    Red-winged Blackbird 2
    House Finch 4
    Pine Siskin 50
    Lesser Goldfinch 15
    American Goldfinch 3
    House Sparrow 12

  56. Michael Figg says

    I spotted a Osprey over central Round Rock in flight with a fish in its talons. It perched on top of a power line pole near Deep Wood Elementary School and then flew off to the west.

  57. Ken Zaslow says

    Nine people participated on this TAS field trip to several South Travis County Ponds. The weather was interesting varying from early morning fog with calm winds, to partly cloudy skies followed by sunshine, to cloudy skies with brisk winds. We saw some great birds with a highlight being 5 Hooded Mergansers seen on a retention pond on Bradshaw Road in the Onion Creek community. A funky looking raptor was probably a Krider’s form of Red-tailed Hawk. See description below.

    eBird Checklist Summary for: Jan 19, 2016
    Number of Taxa: 59
    Checklists included in this summary:

    (1): Austin–Southpark Meadows Ctr.
    Date: Jan 19, 2016, 7:30 AM
    (2): US-TX-Austin-2310 Pebble Beach Dr – 30.1399x-97.7910
    Date: Jan 19, 2016, 9:42 AM
    (3): US-TX-Austin-10766-10892 Bradshaw Rd – 30.1324x-97.7775
    Date: Jan 19, 2016, 10:11 AM
    (4): US-TX-Buda-12400-12914 N Turnersville Rd – 30.1041x-97.7824
    Date: Jan 19, 2016, 11:20 AM
    (5): US-TX-Buda-12400-12914 Turnersville Rd – 30.0930x-97.7899
    Date: Jan 19, 2016, 11:35 AM

    45 Gadwall — (1),(3),(5)
    12 American Wigeon — (1),(2),(4)
    1 Mallard (Domestic type) — (2)
    1 Blue-winged Teal — (3)
    75 Northern Shoveler — (3)
    11 Northern Pintail — (1),(2)
    11 Green-winged Teal — (2),(3)
    18 Redhead — (3),(5)
    34 Ring-necked Duck — (1),(2),(4)
    2 Lesser Scaup — (1)
    9 Bufflehead — (1),(3)
    5 Hooded Merganser — (3)
    13 Pied-billed Grebe — (1),(3),(5)
    16 Double-crested Cormorant — (3)
    1 Great Blue Heron — (1)
    2 Great Egret — (3),(5)
    5 Black Vulture — (1),(3)
    2 Turkey Vulture — (3)
    1 Cooper’s Hawk — (1)
    2 Red-shouldered Hawk — (1),(3)
    1 Red-tailed Hawk — (5)
    We believe that this bird is a Krider’s form of Red-tailed Hawk. We saw it on Turnersville Road from a distance of about 100 to 150 yards. It was sitting at the top of a short tree to the left of a local pond. GPS coordinates are 30.09075, -97.789661. Several of us had scopes that included a Swarovski 80mm ATM model with a 25-50x wide angle eyepiece. First impression was that the bird appeared large with a stocky, buteo shape. Second impression was that it was very pale with a whitish head, pale tail without discernible reddish color, and a lot of white on back. It was facing away from us and we could not see its front, but the bird did have a definite raptor hooked bill. A photo was taken by Don Behrman.
    75 American Coot — (1),(5)
    7 Killdeer — (2),(3)
    2 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) — (1)
    19 White-winged Dove — (1),(2)
    8 Mourning Dove — (3)
    2 Belted Kingfisher — (3),(5)
    1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker — (2)
    5 Crested Caracara — (3),(4),(5)
    1 American Kestrel — (4)
    1 Eastern Phoebe — (2)
    1 Loggerhead Shrike — (5)
    6 Blue Jay — (1),(2),(3)
    12 American Crow — (1),(3)
    1 Carolina Chickadee — (1)
    2 Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) — (1)
    1 Canyon Wren — (2)
    4 Carolina Wren — (1)
    1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet — (1)
    5 Northern Mockingbird — (1),(3),(5)
    5 European Starling — (1),(5)
    18 Cedar Waxwing — (1),(2)
    1 Orange-crowned Warbler — (3)
    20 Yellow-rumped Warbler — (1),(2),(3)
    5 Dark-eyed Junco — (1)
    9 White-crowned Sparrow — (5)
    1 Harris’s Sparrow — (1)
    1 Vesper Sparrow — (1)
    17 Savannah Sparrow — (1),(3)
    2 Song Sparrow — (1)
    3 Northern Cardinal — (1),(2)
    1 Red-winged Blackbird — (2)
    9 Western/Eastern Meadowlark — (3),(5)
    15 Brewer’s Blackbird — (5)
    155 Great-tailed Grackle — (1),(2)
    5 Brown-headed Cowbird — (5)
    2 House Finch — (1)
    1 Lesser Goldfinch — (1)
    7 American Goldfinch — (1)

  58. Pat Nowotny says

    Whereabouts Granger lake was the burrowing owl spotted?
    Also below the dam there is a belted kingfisher just FYI

  59. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    Old Settlers Pond, Williamson, Texas, US
    Jan 12, 2016 7:45 AM – 11:55 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    4.0 mile(s)
    Comments: 13 people participated on this TAS field trip led by Dan Callaway to Old Settlers Park. It was a beautiful morning with a sunny sky and calm winds. The beginning temperature was 37 degrees and the ending temperature was 62 degrees. Our bird walk took us completely around the pond and we also walked the entire loop trail along Chandler’s Creek.
    57 species (+3 other taxa)

    Gadwall 8
    Northern Shoveler 3
    Canvasback 3
    Lesser Scaup 5
    Ruddy Duck 25
    Pied-billed Grebe 3
    Double-crested Cormorant 6
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Great Egret 1
    Black Vulture 1
    Turkey Vulture 4
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    American Coot 75
    Killdeer 27
    Ring-billed Gull 1
    White-winged Dove 11
    Mourning Dove 7
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Northern Flicker 2
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    Loggerhead Shrike 1
    Blue-headed Vireo 1
    Blue Jay 3
    American Crow 1
    Carolina Chickadee 7
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 3
    Carolina Wren 7
    Bewick’s Wren 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7
    Eastern Bluebird 5
    Hermit Thrush 3
    Northern Mockingbird 9
    European Starling 24
    American Pipit 20
    Cedar Waxwing 30
    Orange-crowned Warbler 5
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 9
    Chipping Sparrow 10
    Field Sparrow 4
    Lark Sparrow 1
    Dark-eyed Junco 8
    White-crowned Sparrow 6
    Harris’s Sparrow 3
    White-throated Sparrow 4
    Vesper Sparrow 3
    Savannah Sparrow 12
    Song Sparrow 1
    Spotted Towhee 1
    Northern Cardinal 8
    Red-winged Blackbird 17
    Eastern Meadowlark 1
    Western/Eastern Meadowlark 25
    Great-tailed Grackle 7
    Brown-headed Cowbird 1
    blackbird sp. 4000
    Lesser Goldfinch 2
    American Goldfinch 7
    House Sparrow 4

  60. Ray and Ginny Steelman says

    On Jan 5th nineteen birders participated in a trip to the Granger Lake are of Milam and Williamson County. We were fortunate to be invited to Alligator Prairie by Nancy Webber who has done a wonderful job in restoring her property back to a native prairie habitat. Before we even got out of our cars we had a LeCont’s sparrow posing in a brush pile a few feet from our cars. A walk around the property yielded four bobwhite and a woodcock as well as three ladder-backed woodpeckers a rarity for Milam County. The Williamson County portion produced a Say’s phoebee seen well by all. Thanks to all the participants for making our Granger Trip a special outing, and a big thanks to all the drivers for sharing their expertise with those in their vehicles and especially to Nancy Webber for sharing her wonderful “front yard” with us.
    Ray and Ginny

    Granger Lake Area
    39 species (+2 other taxa)
    Gadwall 5
    American Wigeon 10
    Mallard 2
    Mallard (Domestic type) 4
    Northern Shoveler 13
    Green-winged Teal 1
    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Double-crested Cormorant 3
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Black Vulture 2
    Turkey Vulture 6
    Red-tailed Hawk 2
    Sandhill Crane 6
    Killdeer 43
    Greater Yellowlegs 2
    Long-billed Dowitcher 1
    Wilson’s Snipe 1
    Ring-billed Gull 3
    Forster’s Tern 2
    Eurasian Collared-Dove 5
    Mourning Dove 2
    Burrowing Owl 1
    American Kestrel 8
    Merlin 1
    Say’s Phoebe 1
    Loggerhead Shrike 2
    Blue Jay 1
    American Crow 11
    American Robin 14
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    European Starling 40
    American Pipit 10
    Savannah Sparrow 1
    Red-winged Blackbird 50
    Eastern Meadowlark 1
    Western/Eastern Meadowlark 100
    Brewer’s Blackbird 10
    Common Grackle 1
    Great-tailed Grackle 120
    Brown-headed Cowbird 1000
    American Goldfinch 2

    Alligator Prairie:
    32 species
    Snow Goose 63
    Northern Bobwhite 4
    Black Vulture 8
    Turkey Vulture 5
    Killdeer 2
    American Woodcock 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Northern Flicker 1
    Blue Jay 1
    American Crow 2
    Carolina Chickadee 4
    Carolina Wren 2
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    Hermit Thrush 1
    American Robin 8
    Northern Mockingbird 4
    Cedar Waxwing X
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
    Le Conte’s Sparrow 2
    Dark-eyed Junco 1
    White-crowned Sparrow 2
    Harris’s Sparrow 4
    Vesper Sparrow 2
    Song Sparrow 1
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 4

  61. Deb Wallace says

    Deb Wallace for Laurie Foss:

    Dear Birders,
    Thank you so much for participating yesterday on the Shield Ranch on behalf of the Westcave Christmas Bird Count. Though the weather started off a little “iffy” with the wind and cloud cover, we finished strong with a beautiful partly cloudy sky and mild temperatures. What a fantastic day to be out looking for birds on a beautiful ranch in the Hill Country of Texas!

    Thanks to your efforts, the 29 people who birded on the ranch found 68 species of birds – WOW! At the countdown dinner your results were talked about up and down the table with congratulations and envy. They knew we would end up as the area with the most species seen for the Westcave count (we were!) and they knew we would end up with the best birds too (we did!). The total species count for the Westcave CBC was 111.

    On behalf of birds everywhere, I want to personally thank you for spending your day on the Shield Ranch yesterday to count the birds. Your day contributed to an important Citizen Science project that has gone on for over a century, documenting avian population trends throughout the western hemisphere.

    Enjoy your holiday season and a pleasant winter whatever your plans!

    Below is a list of the species that were seen on the ranch by you on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

    Wood Duck
    Mallard
    Green-winged Teal
    Ring-necked Duck
    Wild Turkey
    Pied-billed Grebe
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Sharp-shinned Hawk
    Red-tailed Hawk
    Common Ground-Dove
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Great Horned Owl
    Rufous Hummingbird
    Belted Kingfisher
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    Northern Flicker
    Crested Caracara
    American Kestrel
    Eastern Phoebe
    Loggerhead Shrike
    Blue-headed Vireo
    Western Scrub-Jay
    American Crow
    Common Raven
    Carolina Chickadee
    Black-crested Titmouse
    Canyon Wren
    House Wren
    Carolina Wren
    Bewick’s Wren
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Golden-crowned Kinglet
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Eastern Bluebird
    American Robin
    Northern Mockingbird
    Gray Catbird
    Cedar Waxwing
    Orange-crowned Warbler
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    Grasshopper Sparrow
    Chipping Sparrow
    Field Sparrow
    Lark Sparrow
    Dark-eyed Junco
    White-crowned Sparrow
    Harris’s Sparrow
    White-throated Sparrow
    Vesper Sparrow
    Savannah Sparrow
    Song Sparrow
    Lincoln’s Sparrow
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow
    Spotted Towhee
    Northern Cardinal
    Pyrrhuloxia
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Western/Eastern Meadowlark
    House Finch
    Pine Siskin
    Lesser Goldfinch
    American Goldfinch
    House Sparrow

    Laurie Foss

    Administrative Coordinator for
    Shield Ranch and
    El Ranchito

  62. Deb Wallace says

    On November 29th, 9 of us braved the cold and wet to check out the Eckhardt tract at Balcones Canyonlands NWR. The birds mostly had more sense than we did and stayed under cover, but we did get some nice looks at the sparrows we did find. The Harris’s were particularly nice.

    Balcones Canyonlands NWR–Shin Oak Obs. Deck (HOTE 024)
    Nov 29, 2015
    7:30 AM
    Traveling
    3.50 miles
    180 Minutes
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.3 Build 30

    1 Red-tailed Hawk
    1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    1 Northern Flicker
    6 American Crow
    3 Carolina Wren
    1 Bewick’s Wren
    3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    15 American Robin
    2 Orange-crowned Warbler
    3 Field Sparrow
    10 White-crowned Sparrow
    6 Harris’s Sparrow
    1 Vesper Sparrow
    1 Savannah Sparrow
    2 Song Sparrow
    3 Lincoln’s Sparrow
    3 Spotted Towhee
    10 Northern Cardinal
    1 Lesser Goldfinch

  63. Deb Wallace says

    Thirteen of us came out to see what might be hanging around the prairie in November. We had some nice sparrows. It was chilly, but fun!

    Commons Ford Pk, Travis, Texas, US
    Nov 15, 2015 6:45 AM – 10:45 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.5 mile(s)
    Comments:
    Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.3 Build 30
    43 species (+3 other taxa)

    Wood Duck 8
    Mallard (Domestic type) 1
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Killdeer 1
    White-winged Dove 75
    Mourning Dove 4
    Eastern Screech-Owl 1
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 6
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    American Kestrel 2
    Eastern Phoebe 6
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1
    Blue Jay 3
    Western Scrub-Jay 2
    American Crow 2
    Carolina Chickadee 1
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 2
    House Wren 1
    Sedge Wren 3 Continuing birds
    Carolina Wren 1
    Bewick’s Wren 2
    Eastern Bluebird 1
    American Robin 50
    Northern Mockingbird 5
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 14
    Grasshopper Sparrow 1
    Field Sparrow 1
    White-crowned Sparrow 1
    Vesper Sparrow 12
    Savannah Sparrow 2
    Song Sparrow 2
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 3
    Swamp Sparrow 1
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow 4
    Northern Cardinal 12
    Western/Eastern Meadowlark 2
    Common Grackle 1
    Great-tailed Grackle 4
    House Finch 6
    Lesser Goldfinch 1

  64. Ken Zaslow for Deb and Lee Wallace says

    Nine people participated on this TAS field trip that was led by Deb and Lee Wallace.

    Balcones Canyonlands NWR–Doeskin Ranch
    Dec 1, 2015
    2.00 miles
    210 Minutes

    1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    1 Northern Flicker
    2 Crested Caracara
    2 Eastern Phoebe
    1 American Crow
    2 Common Raven
    2 Carolina Chickadee
    5 Black-crested Titmouse
    2 Carolina Wren
    1 Bewick’s Wren
    2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    10 Eastern Bluebird
    1 American Robin
    4 Northern Mockingbird
    3 Orange-crowned Warbler
    7 Field Sparrow
    4 Fox Sparrow
    2 White-throated Sparrow
    2 Song Sparrow
    1 Lincoln’s Sparrow
    4 Rufous-crowned Sparrow
    10 Spotted Towhee
    4 Northern Cardinal
    8 American Goldfinch

  65. Ken Zaslow says

    Austin–Bauerle Ranch Park
    Dec 8, 2015
    Traveling
    2.50 miles

    Comments: Twelve people participated on this TAS field trip to the Slaughter Creek Greenbelt at the Bauerle Ranch Park. It was a beautiful sunny winter morning with a starting temperature of 45 degrees and an ending temperature of 64 degrees. Winds were calm.
    Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.3 Build 30

    10 Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
    2 Wood Duck
    3 Gadwall
    2 Blue-winged Teal
    1 Pied-billed Grebe
    2 Black Vulture
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    75 White-winged Dove
    5 Mourning Dove
    1 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
    2 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    3 Eastern Phoebe
    1 White-eyed Vireo
    1 Blue-headed Vireo
    5 Blue Jay
    4 Carolina Chickadee
    6 Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid)
    1 House Wren
    7 Carolina Wren
    3 Bewick’s Wren
    4 Golden-crowned Kinglet
    6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    2 Eastern Bluebird
    1 Hermit Thrush
    1 American Robin
    2 Northern Mockingbird
    5 European Starling
    27 Cedar Waxwing
    4 Orange-crowned Warbler
    15 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
    2 Chipping Sparrow
    13 Field Sparrow
    1 White-crowned Sparrow
    1 White-throated Sparrow
    2 Vesper Sparrow
    1 Song Sparrow
    5 Spotted Towhee
    6 Northern Cardinal
    22 blackbird sp. — Flyover
    3 Lesser Goldfinch
    7 American Goldfinch
    2 House Sparrow

    Number of Taxa: 43

  66. Ken Zaslow says

    Onion Creek Greenway–Barkley Meadows, Travis, Texas, US
    Nov 24, 2015 7:13 AM – 10:34 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.2 mile(s)
    Comments: Ten people participated on this TAS trip to Barkley Meadows Park. Best birds were a Black Phoebe and a juvenile Bald Eagle.
    51 species (+2 other taxa)

    Gadwall 4
    American Wigeon 3
    Canvasback 5
    Redhead 4
    Ring-necked Duck 12
    Lesser Scaup 8
    Bufflehead 6
    Ruddy Duck 45
    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Double-crested Cormorant 15
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    Turkey Vulture 4 Seen at the end of the trip from the parking lot
    Bald Eagle 1 Juvenile bird
    American Coot 7
    Killdeer 11
    Least Sandpiper 4
    Wilson’s Snipe 1
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 12
    Mourning Dove 4
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Crested Caracara 4
    Black Phoebe 1 This phoebe sized and shaped bird had a black head, chest, back, and tail with a white belly and under-tail coverts. We also heard it vocalize. It was seen in a previously described location at the end of the trail by highway 71.
    Eastern Phoebe 4
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1
    Loggerhead Shrike 1
    American Crow 3
    Carolina Chickadee 4
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 3
    House Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 3
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
    Eastern Bluebird 7
    American Robin 1
    Northern Mockingbird 4
    European Starling 6
    American Pipit 4
    Pine Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 9
    White-crowned Sparrow 2
    Vesper Sparrow 3
    Song Sparrow 1
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 4
    Red-winged Blackbird 8
    Eastern Meadowlark 1
    Western/Eastern Meadowlark 11
    Great-tailed Grackle 15
    House Finch 7
    American Goldfinch 6

  67. Ray Steelman says

    Today 11/17 we led four intrepid birders on a Lake Creek Trail bird walk. The day started off with a driving rain that delayed the start by about a half hour. Once we got started the birding was up to par. The day turned out overcast and cool with moderate winds. After birding for three and a half hours we tallied forty-two species.
    42 species

    Great Blue Heron 2
    Great Egret 8
    Snowy Egret 1
    Black Vulture 2
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 4
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Killdeer 38
    Least Sandpiper 8
    White-winged Dove 30
    Mourning Dove 3
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
    Downy Woodpecker 3
    Northern Flicker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 4
    Blue Jay 30
    American Crow 5
    Carolina Chickadee 4
    Black-crested Titmouse 1
    Carolina Wren 5
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 20
    Eastern Bluebird 1
    Hermit Thrush 1
    American Robin 9
    Northern Mockingbird 8
    European Starling 100
    Orange-crowned Warbler 3
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 26
    Field Sparrow 3
    Lark Sparrow 1
    Dark-eyed Junco 1
    White-throated Sparrow 6
    Song Sparrow 4
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 2
    Spotted Towhee 2
    Northern Cardinal 17
    Red-winged Blackbird 1
    Great-tailed Grackle 20
    House Finch 5
    Lesser Goldfinch 3
    House Sparrow 4

  68. Stacey says

    Austin- my own back yard, just north of 183 at Rundberg and Parkfield we have a Great Horned Owl frequenting the branches of our large backyard tree! Very cool to hear him hooting!

  69. RGSteel9 says

    Today 11/11/2015 We lead a Southwester University ecology class of thirteen students along with Professor Bruce Moring on a field trip to Berry Springs Park in Williamson County. Their task was to compile information on birds in their environment. Although birding from 1:30 to 3:30 PM (not the ideal time for locating song birds) we managed to find 25 species including a surprising pine warbler. It was a great group of young adults and hopefully we inspired some new young adults to become kindred spirits.
    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Double-crested Cormorant 2
    Great Egret 1
    Black Vulture 12
    Turkey Vulture 15
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 6
    White-winged Dove 5
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
    American Kestrel 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Blue Jay 1
    American Crow 4
    Carolina Chickadee 2
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 2
    Carolina Wren 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Eastern Bluebird 12
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    Cedar Waxwing 1
    Pine Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 5
    Northern Cardinal 2
    Great-tailed Grackle 65

  70. Ken Zaslow for Ray and Ginny Steelman says

    This TAS trip to Devine Lake Park took place on October 27th and was led by Ray and Ginny Steelman.

    Fifteen people participated on this trip to Devine Lake Park in Leander, Williamson County. The weather was ideal and it was a great day to get outside. We tallied 51 species with a good mix of waterfowl and land birds including a surprising vermilion flycatcher. Following is a list of the birds tallied:

    Gadwall X
    American Wigeon X
    Blue-winged Teal 20
    Northern Pintail 3
    Green-winged Teal 5
    Redhead 50
    Ring-necked Duck 5
    Ruddy Duck 8
    Pied-billed Grebe 5
    Double-crested Cormorant 1
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 4
    Black Vulture 2
    Turkey Vulture 3
    Osprey 1
    Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    American Coot 165
    Killdeer 8
    Solitary Sandpiper 1
    Greater Yellowlegs 1
    White-winged Dove 3
    Mourning Dove 2
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
    Eastern Phoebe 4
    Vermilion Flycatcher 1 Unmistakeable bird photographed by Joseph Hood by Lee Wallace and added to their eBird report.
    Blue Jay 6
    American Crow 4
    Carolina Chickadee 1
    Carolina Wren 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
    Hermit Thrush 1
    Northern Mockingbird 8
    European Starling 1
    Orange-crowned Warbler 4
    Chipping Sparrow 8
    Field Sparrow 2
    Dark-eyed Junco 1
    Vesper Sparrow 2
    Savannah Sparrow 1
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 2
    Northern Cardinal 4
    Red-winged Blackbird 2
    Great-tailed Grackle 6
    House Finch 3
    Lesser Goldfinch 1

  71. Ken Zaslow for Dennis Palafox says

    Mitchell Lake Audubon Center (HOTE 103)
    Nov 10, 2015
    4.00 miles
    300 Minutes
    Comments: Thirteen people participated on this Travis Audubon field trip to the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center in San Antonio. The weather was perfect for birding with the temperature between 60-74 degrees, overcast skies, and light winds less than 10mph. Highlights included birds not often seen in Austin such as Green-tailed Towhee, Verdin, and Curve-billed Thrasher.
    Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.3 Build 30

    39 Snow Goose
    1 Ross’s Goose
    125 Gadwall
    7 American Wigeon
    1 Mallard (Domestic type)
    8 Northern Shoveler
    2 Lesser Scaup
    150 Ruddy Duck
    7 Least Grebe
    11 Pied-billed Grebe
    5 Eared Grebe
    2 Neotropic Cormorant
    8 Double-crested Cormorant
    75 American White Pelican
    6 Great Blue Heron
    12 Great Egret
    6 Snowy Egret
    2 Tricolored Heron
    12 Black-crowned Night-Heron
    7 Turkey Vulture
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    80 American Coot
    30 American Avocet
    1 Killdeer
    2 Spotted Sandpiper
    1 Greater Yellowlegs
    1 Lesser Yellowlegs
    25 Least Sandpiper
    9 White-winged Dove
    4 Mourning Dove
    3 Belted Kingfisher
    2 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
    4 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    3 Crested Caracara
    1 American Kestrel
    5 Eastern Phoebe
    3 Loggerhead Shrike
    3 White-eyed Vireo
    2 American Crow
    1 Barn Swallow
    17 Cave Swallow
    15 swallow sp.
    4 Black-crested Titmouse
    3 Verdin
    1 House Wren
    2 Carolina Wren
    4 Bewick’s Wren
    2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    1 Hermit Thrush
    12 American Robin
    2 Curve-billed Thrasher
    12 Northern Mockingbird
    30 European Starling
    2 Orange-crowned Warbler
    2 Common Yellowthroat
    14 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    1 Chipping Sparrow
    7 White-crowned Sparrow
    1 Song Sparrow
    1 Green-tailed Towhee
    14 Northern Cardinal
    1 Pyrrhuloxia
    55 Red-winged Blackbird
    1 Eastern Meadowlark
    30 Great-tailed Grackle
    14 House Finch
    4 Lesser Goldfinch
    3 American Goldfinch
    10 House Sparrow

    Number of Taxa: 70

  72. Ken Zaslow for Dennis Palafox says

    This TAS field trip was led by Dennis Palafox on November 7, 2015

    Four of us took our chances with the weather and birded Laguna Gloria on Saturday, 11/7. We birded for about 1.5 hours before the drizzle turned into a downpour. We spent about another half an hour huddled under a gazebo waiting out the storm. Eventually, we called the trip off about 9:30 , a bit wet and cold as we splashed our way through puddles back to our cars, all the while thinking about warm coffee or hot chocolate. But, before we called it a wrap we saw some pretty interesting birds totaling 20 species as you can see below:

    Wood Duck 15
    Redhead 2
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Osprey 6
    Mourning Dove 7
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    Blue Jay 1
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 3
    Carolina Wren 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
    American Robin 2
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    Common Yellowthroat 3
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 3
    Swamp Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 9

  73. Ken Zaslow says

    Austin–Roy Guerrero Park
    Oct 13, 2015
    Traveling
    2.50 miles
    Comments: 16 people participated on this Travis Audubon field trip to Roy Guerrero Park. We birded three general locations that included the playscape area, the “secret beach” and adjacent hiking/biking trail, and the overlook below the Longhorn Dam. Beginning temperature was 74 degrees; ending temperature was 81 degrees. The sky was mostly sunny with north winds of 5-10 mph.
    50 species

    3 Pied-billed Grebe
    6 Double-crested Cormorant
    1 Great Blue Heron
    2 Great Egret
    5 Snowy Egret
    2 Little Blue Heron
    15 Black Vulture
    4 Turkey Vulture
    1 Osprey
    1 Cooper’s Hawk
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    1 American Coot
    7 Killdeer
    3 Spotted Sandpiper
    450 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
    30 White-winged Dove
    10 Mourning Dove
    2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Northern Flicker
    2 Crested Caracara
    1 American Kestrel
    1 Monk Parakeet
    3 Eastern Phoebe
    3 Couch’s Kingbird — Three typical Couch’s Kingbirds were seen simultaneously along the hiking/biking trail north of the side trail to the “secret beach”. We had excellent views at close range of the birds perched in trees near an open meadow area. The birds had bright yellow bellies with the yellow color extending well up onto their chests. Their bills were relatively large. No white was seen on their tails. Their heads and the very upper part of their chests were gray.
    1 Western Kingbird — This bird was seen in the same general area as the Couch’s Kingbirds described above. It was differentiated from the Couch’s Kingbirds by its black tail that showed white on the outer tail feathers… seen while it was perched and while it was in flight. The yellow color on this bird was limited to the belly area and did not extend onto the chest. The head and chest were gray.
    17 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    1 Loggerhead Shrike
    1 Blue-headed Vireo
    8 Blue Jay
    4 American Crow
    1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    5 Carolina Chickadee
    4 Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid)
    3 House Wren
    6 Carolina Wren
    1 Bewick’s Wren
    2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    5 Northern Mockingbird
    11 European Starling
    4 Orange-crowned Warbler
    3 Nashville Warbler
    1 Black-throated Green Warbler
    4 Lincoln’s Sparrow
    8 Northern Cardinal
    11 Red-winged Blackbird
    10 Common Grackle
    15 Great-tailed Grackle
    3 Lesser Goldfinch
    3 House Sparrow

  74. Ken Zaslow says

    Addendum: The October 6th field trip to Brushy Creek Park was led by Dan Callaway.

  75. Ken Zaslow says

    Brushy Creek Lake Pk, Williamson, Texas, US
    Oct 6, 2015 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.5 mile(s)
    Comments: Twelve birders attended the weekly Tuesday morning bird walk by Travis Audubon Society. We walked east through the wooded area then followed the lake shore going west. Weather — calm, clear, 59-72 degrees.
    33 species (+4 other taxa)

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 4
    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Great Egret 8
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Osprey 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Killdeer 3
    White-winged Dove 15
    Mourning Dove 3
    Belted Kingfisher 2
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1
    Loggerhead Shrike 2
    Blue Jay 6
    American Crow 3
    swallow sp. 3
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Black-crested Titmouse 2
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 2
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 4
    House Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 1
    Bewick’s Wren 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    American Robin 1
    Northern Mockingbird 6
    Nashville Warbler 1
    Common Yellowthroat 1
    sparrow sp. 5
    Northern Cardinal 3
    Red-winged Blackbird 8
    Great-tailed Grackle 50
    House Finch 6
    Lesser Goldfinch 1

  76. Jane Tillman says

    11 birders visited Hornsby Bend on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Mild temperatures, mostly sunny. Yellow Warblers stole the show. We started at the birding shelter and the area down to Upper Island View was the place to be. After that we checked out pond 3, but it was slow. There is a little shorebird habitat forming there. Finally we checked the end of 1W which is also beginning to dry out just a little, but it was not productive.
    Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037), Travis, Texas, US
    Sep 22, 2015 7:32 AM – 10:17 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.5 mile(s)
    Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.1.2 Build 27
    43 species (+2 other taxa)

    Blue-winged Teal 11
    Northern Shoveler 1
    Double-crested Cormorant 3
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Green Heron 2
    Turkey Vulture 3
    Killdeer 1
    Spotted Sandpiper 1
    Solitary Sandpiper 1
    Baird’s Sandpiper 1
    Least Sandpiper 3
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 40
    White-winged Dove 4
    Mourning Dove 1
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
    Chimney Swift 6
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
    Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird 1
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Monk Parakeet 5
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 2
    White-eyed Vireo 6
    Blue Jay 2
    American Crow 2
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
    Barn Swallow 6
    Carolina Chickadee 1
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 2
    House Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 6
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 7
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    European Starling 4
    Black-and-white Warbler 1
    Nashville Warbler 2
    Yellow Warbler 25
    Summer Tanager 1
    Northern Cardinal 12
    Red-winged Blackbird 15
    Great-tailed Grackle 13
    Lesser Goldfinch 1

  77. Ken Zaslow says

    St. Edwards Pk (NW Austin), Travis, Texas, US
    Sep 15, 2015 7:15 AM – 9:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Eleven people participated on this TAS field trip to St. Edwards Park. The day was cloudy and humid with calm to light winds less than 5mph. Beginning temperature was 73 degrees; ending temperature was 76 degrees.
    20 species (+4 other taxa)

    Black Vulture 45
    Turkey Vulture 2
    pigeon/dove sp. 6 Flyover
    Eastern Screech-Owl 2 Heard only
    Chimney Swift 7
    hummingbird sp. 2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1 Heard only
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
    Willow Flycatcher 1 Heard only
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Great Crested Flycatcher 2
    White-eyed Vireo 9
    Carolina Chickadee 8
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 2
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 4
    Carolina Wren 10
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
    Northern Mockingbird 1 Heard only in the parking lot before the trip began
    Summer Tanager 1 Heard only
    Northern Cardinal 14
    Baltimore Oriole 6
    Lesser Goldfinch 12

  78. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    This trip was led by Dan Callaway.

    Cedar Breaks Park, Williamson, Texas, US
    Sep 8, 2015 7:15 AM – 9:15 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.4 mile(s)
    Comments: Five birders gathered at the Lake Georgetown spillway and dam for a Travis Audubon Society sunrise bird walk. Weather– 76-87 degrees, clear, and slight south breeze.
    32 species (+2 other taxa)

    Great Blue Heron 1
    Turkey Vulture 14
    American Avocet 11 One flock circled and landed along the north shore as seen from the dam.
    Killdeer 2
    Spotted Sandpiper 2
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 50
    Inca Dove 2
    White-winged Dove 22
    Mourning Dove 7
    Eastern Screech-Owl 1
    Chimney Swift 1
    hummingbird sp. 3
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    White-eyed Vireo 1
    American Crow 1
    Barn Swallow 12
    Carolina Chickadee 2
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 4
    Rock Wren 3
    Canyon Wren 4
    Carolina Wren 1
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
    American Robin 1
    Northern Mockingbird 5
    Lark Sparrow 8
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow 6
    Summer Tanager 1
    Northern Cardinal 4
    House Finch 4
    Lesser Goldfinch 16
    House Sparrow 2

  79. Judith Bailey says

    On Saturday morning, 9/5/2015, a big group of new birders walked Berry Springs and had great success finding a variety of expected species and several surprises as well. The Great Kiskadee continues to delight with his raucous calls and multiple flyovers; and, most got good looks at the Eastern Kingbird sitting high in the sunlight. The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron put on a show catching and swallowing a giant crawfish!

    Many thanks to Michael, George, Laurie and Ronnie for their excellent spotting and guidance.

    Co-leaders: Virginia Rose and Judith Bailey

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
    Pied-billed Grebe
    Little Blue Heron
    Green Heron
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Swainson’s Hawk
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Common Nighthawk
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo
    Common Nighthawk
    Chimney Swift
    Hummingbird species
    Belted Kingfisher
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker, distinguished from Red-bellied Woodpecker by entirely
    black inner tail feathers
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Great Crested Flycatcher
    Great Kiskadee
    Eastern Kingbird
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    Barn Swallow
    Carolina Chickadee
    Black-crested Titmouse
    Canyon Wren
    Carolina Wren
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Eastern Bluebird
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    Summer Tanager
    Northern Cardinal
    Common Grackle
    Great-tailed Grackle
    Brown-headed Cowbird
    Orchard Oriole

  80. Ken Zaslow says

    Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037), Travis, Texas, US
    Aug 18, 2015 7:00 AM – 9:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Eleven people participated on this TAS field trip to Hornsby Bend. We birded the area around ponds 1A, 1B, and 2 and walked for a short distance on the River Trail near the Upper Island View cutoff. Beginning temperature was 79 degrees; ending temperature was 84 degrees. The sky was partly cloudy with variable winds from calm to 10 mph.
    39 species (+4 other taxa)

    Egyptian Goose 1 The bird was seen at a close distance by everyone in our group on the road between pond 1A and 1B. It was also seen flying over ponds 1A and 1B. It was a large goose-like bird with a whitish head and a circular brownish patch around the eyes. The bill was pink with a black tip. The legs and feet were pink. In flight the wings showed a large patch of white secondary covert feathers on the leading edge, and black primaries and secondaries on the trailing edge. The body was grayish and the the tail was black.
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Cattle Egret 4
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Sharp-shinned/Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Killdeer 50
    Spotted Sandpiper 6
    Greater Yellowlegs 1
    Lesser Yellowlegs 1
    Upland Sandpiper 2 Heard only
    Least Sandpiper 70
    Wilson’s Phalarope 1
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 45
    Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
    White-winged Dove 20
    Mourning Dove 8
    Common Nighthawk 1 Initially it was seen roosting on a telephone wire by the road near the greenhouse. It was then chased by smaller birds and the distinctive white band was seen on its wings.
    hummingbird sp. 2
    Monk Parakeet 3
    Empidonax sp. 1
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 12
    White-eyed Vireo 1 Heard only
    Purple Martin 18
    Barn Swallow 20
    Cliff Swallow 8
    Cave Swallow 30
    swallow sp. 30
    Carolina Chickadee 2
    Carolina Wren 4
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    European Starling 65
    Yellow Warbler 3
    Summer Tanager 1 Heard only
    Northern Cardinal 4
    Painted Bunting 1 Female
    Red-winged Blackbird 70
    Great-tailed Grackle 28
    House Finch 1 Female
    House Sparrow 4

  81. Ken Zaslow says

    This trip TAS trip took place on Tuesday, May 19th

    Commons Ford Pk, Travis, US-TX
    May 19, 2015 7:00 AM – 10:15 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Five people participated on this Travis Audubon field trip to Commons Ford Ranch Park. Despite brief intermittent showers, the birds were vocal and active and the prairie wildflowers were gorgeous. This made for an enjoyable morning of birding. Starting temperature was 74 degrees; ending temperature was 77 degrees. The sky was variably cloudy and winds were calm to light.
    41 species (+3 other taxa)

    Wood Duck 2
    duck sp. 7 Flyover
    Northern Bobwhite 2 Heard only
    Wild Turkey 5
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Green Heron 1
    Turkey Vulture 3
    White-winged Dove 4
    Mourning Dove 5
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2 Heard only
    Great Horned Owl 1
    Chuck-will’s-widow 1 Heard only, in the parking lot area before the trip began
    Chimney Swift 4
    Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1 Heard only
    Empidonax sp. 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Ash-throated Flycatcher 2
    Great Crested Flycatcher 1
    Western Kingbird 1
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 2 One pair was seen on a nest
    White-eyed Vireo 4
    Red-eyed Vireo 5 A family group of 4 were seen together in a Pecan tree along the creek
    Barn Swallow 3
    Carolina Chickadee 2
    Black-crested Titmouse 5
    Carolina Wren 4
    Bewick’s Wren 2
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
    Eastern Bluebird 4
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    Northern Parula 3
    Yellow-throated Warbler 1 This bird is already well documented. It was heard singing from Cypress trees in the area near the boathouse at the creek entrance into Lake Austin.
    Field Sparrow 1 Heard only, near the upper entrance before the trip began
    Lark Sparrow 4
    Northern Cardinal 10
    Blue Grosbeak 1
    Painted Bunting 4
    Dickcissel 12
    Great-tailed Grackle 2
    Brown-headed Cowbird 4
    Orchard Oriole 1
    House Finch 8
    Lesser Goldfinch 15

  82. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    This trip was led by Dan Callaway on May 12th

    Booty’s Road Park, Williamson, US-TX
    May 12, 2015 7:00 AM – 9:45 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Three hardy birders arrived to brave the elements and participate in the Travis Audubon field trip. Light rain peppered down until about 7:45, then all the hungry birds came out looking for breakfast. Warblers zipped back and forth across the trail to feed in the junipers, hackberries, oaks and pecans. Except for the few we could identify, there must have been 15-20 other “yellow” ones flitting around. Weather– overcast, occ. drizzle, calm wind, and 61 degrees.
    29 species (+2 other taxa)

    Great Egret 1
    Black Vulture 2
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Spotted Sandpiper 1
    White-winged Dove 4
    Mourning Dove 3
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    White-eyed Vireo 8
    Yellow-throated Vireo 1
    Red-eyed Vireo 2
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4
    Cliff/Cave Swallow 4
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 3
    Canyon Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 3
    Swainson’s Thrush 1
    Northern Mockingbird 1
    Nashville Warbler 1
    Hooded Warbler 1
    Yellow Warbler 3
    Wilson’s Warbler 2
    Summer Tanager 1
    Northern Cardinal 22
    Painted Bunting 1
    Brown-headed Cowbird 1
    Orchard Oriole 3
    House Finch 1
    Lesser Goldfinch 1

  83. Ken Zaslow says

    Commons Ford Pk, Travis, US-TX
    May 19, 2015 7:00 AM – 10:15 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Five people participated on this Travis Audubon field trip to Commons Ford Ranch Park. Despite brief intermittent showers, the birds were vocal and active and the prairie wildflowers were gorgeous. This made for an enjoyable morning of birding. Starting temperature was 74 degrees; ending temperature was 77 degrees. The sky was variably cloudy and winds were calm to light.
    41 species (+3 other taxa)

    Wood Duck 2
    duck sp. 7 Flyover
    Northern Bobwhite 2 Heard only
    Wild Turkey 5
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Green Heron 1
    Turkey Vulture 3
    White-winged Dove 4
    Mourning Dove 5
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2 Heard only
    Great Horned Owl 1
    Chuck-will’s-widow 1 Heard only, in the parking lot area before the trip began
    Chimney Swift 4
    Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1 Heard only
    Empidonax sp. 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Ash-throated Flycatcher 2
    Great Crested Flycatcher 1
    Western Kingbird 1
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 2 One pair was seen on a nest
    White-eyed Vireo 4
    Red-eyed Vireo 5 A family group of 4 were seen together in a Pecan tree along the creek
    Barn Swallow 3
    Carolina Chickadee 2
    Black-crested Titmouse 5
    Carolina Wren 4
    Bewick’s Wren 2
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
    Eastern Bluebird 4
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    Northern Parula 3
    Yellow-throated Warbler 1 This bird is already well documented. It was heard singing from Cypress trees in the area near the boathouse at the creek entrance into Lake Austin.
    Field Sparrow 1 Heard only, near the upper entrance before the trip began
    Lark Sparrow 4
    Northern Cardinal 10
    Blue Grosbeak 1
    Painted Bunting 4
    Dickcissel 12
    Great-tailed Grackle 2
    Brown-headed Cowbird 4
    Orchard Oriole 1
    House Finch 8
    Lesser Goldfinch 15

  84. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    This trip to Booty’s Road Park was led by Dan Callaway on May 12th.

    Booty’s Road Park, Williamson, US-TX
    May 12, 2015 7:00 AM – 9:45 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Three hardy birders arrived to brave the elements and participate in the Travis Audubon field trip. Light rain peppered down until about 7:45, then all the hungry birds came out looking for breakfast. Warblers zipped back and forth across the trail to feed in the junipers, hackberries, oaks and pecans. Except for the few we could identify, there must have been 15-20 other “yellow” ones flitting around. Weather– overcast, occ. drizzle, calm wind, and 61 degrees.
    29 species (+2 other taxa)

    Great Egret 1
    Black Vulture 2
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Spotted Sandpiper 1
    White-winged Dove 4
    Mourning Dove 3
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    White-eyed Vireo 8
    Yellow-throated Vireo 1
    Red-eyed Vireo 2
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4
    Cliff/Cave Swallow 4
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 3
    Canyon Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 3
    Swainson’s Thrush 1
    Northern Mockingbird 1
    Nashville Warbler 1
    Hooded Warbler 1
    Yellow Warbler 3
    Wilson’s Warbler 2
    Summer Tanager 1
    Northern Cardinal 22
    Painted Bunting 1
    Brown-headed Cowbird 1
    Orchard Oriole 3
    House Finch 1
    Lesser Goldfinch 1

  85. Jane Tillman says

    Lake Creek Trail (Williamson Co.), Williamson, US-TX
    May 5, 2015 6:40 AM – 9:44 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
    43 species
    18 participants. Windy and overcast.

    Blue-winged Teal 2
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 6
    Snowy Egret 7
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 6
    Black Vulture 2
    Killdeer 4
    Spotted Sandpiper 1
    Least Sandpiper 20
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) X
    White-winged Dove 20
    Common Nighthawk 1
    Chimney Swift 5
    Black-chinned Hummingbird 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Great Crested Flycatcher 1
    Western Kingbird 2
    Eastern Kingbird 2
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 2
    White-eyed Vireo 3
    Red-eyed Vireo 1
    Blue Jay 2
    American Crow 4
    Purple Martin 3
    Barn Swallow 8
    Cliff Swallow 10
    Carolina Wren 3
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    European Starling 15
    Cedar Waxwing 50
    Tennessee Warbler 1
    Northern Cardinal 10
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
    Red-winged Blackbird 5
    Common Grackle 11
    Great-tailed Grackle 15
    House Finch 3
    Lesser Goldfinch 2
    House Sparrow X

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  86. Ken Zaslow says

    Roy Guerrero Park, Travis, US-TX
    Apr 28, 2015 6:30 AM – 11:05 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Fourteen people were on this Travis Audubon trip to Roy Guerrero Park on a chilly and windy day. Despite the weather conditions we had an excellent variety of birds including Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Ringed Kingfisher, Bald Eagle, and a good number of Flycatchers and Kingbirds. The beginning temperature was 67 degrees and the ending temperature was 64 degrees. Winds were from the north at 10-20 mph and the sky was cloudy for most of the morning.
    59 species (+5 other taxa)

    Wood Duck 1
    Mallard (Domestic type) 3
    Blue-winged Teal 14
    Double-crested Cormorant 13
    Snowy Egret 1
    Little Blue Heron 1 Flyover at the playscape area parking lot.
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2
    Black Vulture 4
    Turkey Vulture 7
    Bald Eagle 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 4
    Killdeer 5
    Spotted Sandpiper 10
    Least Sandpiper 3
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 30
    White-winged Dove 15
    Mourning Dove 9
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2 HO
    Chimney Swift 2
    Ringed Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Monk Parakeet 1 Flyover vocalizing
    Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill’s Flycatcher) 1
    Least Flycatcher 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Great Crested Flycatcher 2
    Couch’s Kingbird 1
    Western Kingbird 4
    Eastern Kingbird 2
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 4
    White-eyed Vireo 5
    Red-eyed Vireo 1 Heard only early
    Blue Jay 1
    American Crow 4
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow 6
    Purple Martin 3
    Barn Swallow 30
    Cliff Swallow 200
    swallow sp. 50
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 2
    Carolina Wren 6
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
    Swainson’s Thrush 5 Heard only
    Northern Mockingbird 4
    European Starling 25
    Cedar Waxwing 250
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    American Redstart 1
    Yellow Warbler 2
    Summer Tanager 4
    Northern Cardinal 20
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
    Indigo Bunting 1
    Painted Bunting 7
    Red-winged Blackbird 3
    Great-tailed Grackle 20
    Brown-headed Cowbird 7
    Orchard Oriole 3
    oriole sp. 1 Possibly a Baltimore Oriole
    House Finch 2
    Lesser Goldfinch 4
    House Sparrow 5

  87. Ray Steelman says

    Thirteen birders participated in this Travis Audubon trip to Berry Springs Park and Booty’s Road Park in Georgetown. The weather was just about perfect for birding ranging with clear blue skies and temps from the low fifties and climbing to the lower seventies by the time we were done. The mornings list of birds follows:
    Georgetown- Berry Springs Park, Williamson, US-TX
    Apr 21, 2015 6:50 AM – 10:17 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
    52 species (+1 other taxa)

    Wood Duck 2
    Double-crested Cormorant 1
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    Little Blue Heron 1
    Cattle Egret 1
    Green Heron 1
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
    Black Vulture 5
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 15
    Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
    White-winged Dove 32
    Mourning Dove 2
    Black-chinned Hummingbird 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Crested Caracara 4
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Great Crested Flycatcher 1
    Western Kingbird 2
    Eastern Kingbird 3
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 4
    White-eyed Vireo 1
    Red-eyed Vireo 1
    Blue Jay 1
    American Crow 1
    Purple Martin 2
    Carolina Chickadee 1
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 1
    House Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 2
    Eastern Bluebird 5
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    European Starling 1
    Cedar Waxwing 100
    Nashville Warbler 2
    Chipping Sparrow 4
    Lark Sparrow 2
    Savannah Sparrow 3
    Grasshopper Sparrow 2
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 1
    White-throated Sparrow 1
    Harris’s Sparrow 1
    White-crowned Sparrow 4
    Summer Tanager 4
    Northern Cardinal 5
    Red-winged Blackbird 140
    Great-tailed Grackle 40
    Brown-headed Cowbird 2
    Orchard Oriole 2

    View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22983208

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    US-TX-Georgetown-1604 Bootys Crossing Rd, Williamson, US-TX
    Apr 21, 2015 11:05 AM – 11:54 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
    11 species

    Turkey Vulture 4
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Western Kingbird 1
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow 25
    Rock Wren 1 Heard only
    Canyon Wren 2
    Nashville Warbler 1
    Summer Tanager 1
    Northern Cardinal 1
    House Finch 1

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  88. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    This trip was led by Dan Callaway.

    Eastside Metropolitan Pk, Travis, US-TX
    Apr 14, 2015 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: This was a Travis Audubon field trip. Six birders walked the Frisbee golf trail, then back by the large pond and through the woods along the hog trap lane and back by the little secluded woody pond. The north wind kept the birds hidden, but we did manage to tally about 40 species. Weather– 61-63 degrees, overcast and wind 10-15.
    38 species (+3 other taxa)

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 3
    Wood Duck 2
    Mallard (Domestic type) 2
    Blue-winged Teal 3
    Double-crested Cormorant 2
    Great Egret 3
    Little Blue Heron 1
    Cattle Egret 25
    Black Vulture 1
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 3
    White-winged Dove 6
    Mourning Dove 13
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
    Crested Caracara 1
    Eastern Phoebe 4
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 3
    White-eyed Vireo 3
    Blue Jay 1
    American Crow 3
    Barn Swallow 1
    Carolina Chickadee 2
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 5
    House Wren 1 hidden but singing
    Carolina Wren 4
    Bewick’s Wren 2
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
    Eastern Bluebird 5
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    European Starling 7
    Cedar Waxwing 8
    Black-and-white Warbler 1 hidden and singing
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 1 singing and in breeding plummage
    Chipping Sparrow 26
    Lark Sparrow 3
    Northern Cardinal 12
    Red-winged Blackbird 1
    Great-tailed Grackle 1
    blackbird sp. 200 several large flocks flying over

  89. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    This field trip was led by Dan Callaway and took place on March 31, 2015.

    Windemere Park, Travis, US-TX
    Mar 31, 2015 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Seven people participated on this Travis Audubon field trip. The group started at the secluded pond south of the downstream part of the trail, then birded downstream almost to the bridge, and then upstream west of the playground. Weather — 66-74 degrees, overcast, south wind 10-15.
    35 species (+1 other taxa)

    Great Blue Heron 2
    Great Egret 1
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    American Coot 2
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 16
    White-winged Dove 45
    Mourning Dove 3
    Great Horned Owl 1 On the nest high in a tree south of the pond.
    Chimney Swift 2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    Blue Jay 2
    American Crow 3
    Purple Martin 10
    Barn Swallow 6
    Carolina Chickadee 4
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 4
    House Wren 2
    Carolina Wren 5
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
    Brown Thrasher 1
    Northern Mockingbird 6
    European Starling 15
    Cedar Waxwing 200
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 26
    Song Sparrow 1
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 2
    Northern Cardinal 12
    Red-winged Blackbird 30
    Common Grackle 3
    Great-tailed Grackle 20
    American Goldfinch 8
    House Sparrow 15

  90. Dennis Palafox says

    Twelve of us birded Camp Mabry on Saturday, April 4. Although the breezy conditions may have limited the number of birds we saw, we ended up with 33 species. Some highlights included a pair of black-bellied whistling ducks on the shoreline of the southern most pond. We also saw 1 yellow-throated warbler and beaucoups cedar waxwings. Fun was had by all! A list of species seen follows:
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.5 mile(s)
    33 species

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 2
    Wood Duck 4
    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Double-crested Cormorant 1
    Great Egret 1
    Green Heron 1
    Black Vulture 2
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    White-winged Dove 15
    Mourning Dove 7
    Black-chinned Hummingbird 1
    White-eyed Vireo 6
    Blue-headed Vireo 1
    Blue Jay 4
    Barn Swallow 2
    Carolina Chickadee 7
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 8
    Carolina Wren 7
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    European Starling 1
    Cedar Waxwing 200
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
    Yellow-throated Warbler 1
    Chipping Sparrow 7
    Lark Sparrow 10
    Savannah Sparrow 1
    White-crowned Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 8
    Great-tailed Grackle 3

  91. Deb Wallace says

    Twelve of us went down to bird San Marcos on Tuesday. We started at John Stokes Park, where everyone got good looks at the continuing Black-throated Gray Warbler. We then went over to the Meadows Center (Aquarena) wetlands. There were good birds there as well, but not in great numbers. The Vermilion Flycatcher was a nice highlight.

    Mar 24, 2015
    Stokes Park
    Traveling
    0.5 miles
    90 Minutes
    Observers: 12
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments:
    Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
    3 Double-crested Cormorant
    3 Great Blue Heron
    1 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    6 Black Vulture
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    2 Mourning Dove
    1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Eastern Phoebe
    1 White-eyed Vireo
    1 Blue-headed Vireo
    1 American Crow
    24 Cave Swallow
    5 Carolina Chickadee
    3 Black-crested Titmouse
    4 Carolina Wren
    1 Golden-crowned Kinglet
    4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    3 Orange-crowned Warbler
    1 Nashville Warbler
    12 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    1 Black-throated Gray Warbler — Continuing bird
    2 Black-and-white Warbler
    8 Northern Cardinal
    1 Great-tailed Grackle

    Mar 24, 2015
    Aquarena Springs
    Traveling
    0.5 miles
    90 Minutes
    Observers: 12
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments:
    Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
    5 Gadwall
    7 Pied-billed Grebe
    7 Double-crested Cormorant
    1 Great Blue Heron
    50 Black Vulture
    1 Osprey
    2 Red-shouldered Hawk
    35 White-winged Dove
    1 Belted Kingfisher
    2 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
    1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    2 Eastern Phoebe
    1 Vermilion Flycatcher
    2 White-eyed Vireo
    2 Carolina Chickadee
    3 Carolina Wren
    1 Bewick’s Wren
    1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    5 Northern Mockingbird
    1 Orange-crowned Warbler
    12 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    1 Black-and-white Warbler
    1 Common Yellowthroat
    1 Chipping Sparrow
    1 Song Sparrow
    1 Lincoln’s Sparrow
    1 Great-tailed Grackle
    8 American Goldfinch
    1 House Sparrow

  92. Ray Steelman says

    Fifteen birders joined us on this trip to Lake Creek Trail in Jollyville, Williamson County on March 17th. The weather was overcast and in the mid sixties with little to no wind. Although there were few surprises we had a good number of birds to enjoy including a pair of red-shouldered hawks actively building s nest. A list of species follows:
    Lake Creek Trail (Williamson Co.), Williamson, US-TX
    Mar 17, 2015 7:20 AM – 10:43 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.2 mile(s)
    Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
    48 species (+1 other taxa)

    Gadwall 6
    American Wigeon 4
    Lesser Scaup 6
    Double-crested Cormorant 4
    Great Blue Heron 4
    Great Egret 5
    Snowy Egret 2
    Black Vulture 1
    Turkey Vulture 4
    Cooper’s Hawk 2
    Red-shouldered Hawk 3
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Killdeer 3
    Greater Yellowlegs 4
    Least Sandpiper 15
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 7
    White-winged Dove 11
    Mourning Dove 3
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Northern Flicker 2 Heard only
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Blue Jay 2
    American Crow 4
    Barn Swallow 1
    Carolina Chickadee 8
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 3
    Carolina Wren 3
    Bewick’s Wren 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
    Northern Mockingbird 4
    European Starling 10
    Cedar Waxwing 30
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 20
    Spotted Towhee 2
    Chipping Sparrow 10
    Vesper Sparrow 2
    Savannah Sparrow 20
    Song Sparrow 4
    Northern Cardinal 14
    Red-winged Blackbird 20
    Great-tailed Grackle 20
    House Finch 4
    Lesser Goldfinch 2
    American Goldfinch 6
    House Sparrow 8

    View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22394302

  93. Deb Wallace says

    It was a good sparrow day (14 species) for the 13 of us that went out to bird the Flying X tract of Balcones Canyonlands NWR. It was cold and drizzly, but we quit minding so much when we got good looks at the Sage Thrasher perched in a small tree. The Grasshopper Sparrow was a popular find, too!

    Mar 8, 2015
    Flying X Ranch
    Traveling
    1.5 miles
    150 Minutes
    Observers: 13
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments:
    Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
    12 Northern Bobwhite
    1 Great Blue Heron
    1 Northern Harrier
    1 American Kestrel
    4 Killdeer
    3 White-winged Dove
    30 Mourning Dove
    1 Loggerhead Shrike
    2 American Crow
    1 Common Raven
    3 Bewick’s Wren
    1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    1 Eastern Bluebird
    100 American Robin
    3 Northern Mockingbird
    1 Sage Thrasher — Continuing bird
    20 Cedar Waxwing
    1 Orange-crowned Warbler
    5 Spotted Towhee
    3 Rufous-crowned Sparrow
    1 Canyon Towhee
    3 Chipping Sparrow
    12 Field Sparrow
    12 Vesper Sparrow
    1 Black-throated Sparrow
    1 Savannah Sparrow
    1 Grasshopper Sparrow
    8 Song Sparrow
    5 Lincoln’s Sparrow
    2 White-throated Sparrow
    24 Harris’s Sparrow
    18 White-crowned Sparrow
    8 Northern Cardinal

  94. Terry Banks says

    Inks Lake State Park, Burnet, US-TX
    Mar 10, 2015 7:15 AM – 1:15 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.5 mile(s)
    Comments: 14 members of Travis Audubon participated in this field trip to Inks Lake. It was cool in the morning – about 50 degrees Farenheit, slightly overcast with minimal wind. We started out birding at the Ranger’s stations, exploring the rocky outcroppings and reeds along the water. We then went on a 3 mile hike through rocky, hilly, hill country habitat that was expansive and lovely. Next we scoped out both the North and South piers of the lake. Finally we visited the new and excellent bird blind.
    59 species (+2 other taxa)

    Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 6
    Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 4
    Gadwall (Anas strepera) 4
    Mallard (Domestic type) (Anas platyrhynchos (Domestic type)) 6
    Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 2
    Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 5
    Redhead (Aythya americana) 2
    Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 1
    Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 6
    Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 2
    Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 4
    Common Loon (Gavia immer) 1 We saw one loon three different times at different parts of the lake. This could have been the same loon or several loons, but we will only count one since we only saw one at any given time.
    Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 15
    Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 8
    American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 6
    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 5
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 25
    Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 5
    Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 4
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2
    Sora (Porzana carolina) 1 Although not seen, a sora was heard in the reeds by the water in front of the ranger’s station.
    American Coot (Fulica americana) 35
    Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 2
    Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 1
    Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 29
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) 100
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 5
    Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 4
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 5
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1 heard only
    Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 3
    Purple Martin (Progne subis) 35
    Cliff/Cave Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota/fulva) 3
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 5
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 15
    Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus) 1 During the hike above the pecan trail we saw a rock wren. There was no doubt about this grey wren with it’s large bill, speckled wings, striped black and white vent and medium sized tail. It was hopping around on the rocks with Black Throated Sparrows and Rufous Crowned sparrows. Although I did not get a photo on the 10th, I did get a fair picture on the 6th of March and can send this picture to anyone who would like to scrutinize it. In addition, I have some excellent photos of this bird at Inks Lake about 6 months to a year ago. I am seeing rock wrens with regularity – every time I come to Inks Lake and hike above the Pecan flats trail I have seen them within the last 1-2 years.
    Canyon Wren (Catherpes mexicanus) 1
    Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 2 singing back and forth in the reeds in front of the ranger’s station
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 3
    Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 10
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 8
    Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 10
    Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 2
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps) 6
    Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 12
    Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 6
    Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) 10
    Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 2
    Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 4
    White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 2
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 30
    Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 100
    Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 7
    House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 25
    American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 1

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  95. Jeff patterson for Jean says

    In spite of having numerous “drop-outs” for my “make-up” Mitchell Lake field trip, due to conflicts, injury or illness, the trip was held yesterday, Mar. 7. The weather was great and we birded for several hours at Mitchell Lake. After lunch we went to another spot in San Antonio, Judson Nature Trail in Olmos Basin Park, where I understand the local Audubon group leads regular bird walks. We picked up several species that we hadn’t gotten at Mitchell Lake, and by the conclusion of our birding in San Antonio, we had 59 species. Everyone seemed pleased with the trip and both spots were new to some in our group.

    Good birding,

    Jean

  96. virginia rose says

    Six of us enjoyed a cold, but thankfully dry, morning at Windermere Park in Pflugerville. Red shouldered hawk put on a nest-building clinic, but we were not particularly impressed with this individual’s technique. Sticks too short and tossed in haphazardly in a questionable forked branch. 🙂

    red shouldered hawk
    brown thrasher
    hermit thrush
    dark-eyed junco
    Cooper’s hawk
    titmouse species
    Carolina chickadee
    Carolina wren
    Ruby-crowned kinglet
    blue jay
    eastern bluebird
    eastern phoebe
    white-winged dove
    mourning dove
    house sparrow
    white-throated sparrow
    American goldfinch
    red-winged blackbird
    European starling
    great-tailed grackle
    swallow species
    northern flicker
    northern cardinal
    northern mockingbird
    red-bellied woodpecker
    orange-crowned warbler
    yellow-rumped warbler
    great blue heron
    American crow
    brown thrasher

  97. Ken Zaslow says

    Eleven people participated on this TAS field trip to ponds in South Travis County. We visited 2 retention ponds at the Southpark Meadows Shopping Center and walked on an adjacent trail through a section of the Slaughter Creek Greenbelt. We then birded 3 ponds located in the Onion Creek community located east of I-35 at the Onion Creek Parkway and I-35. We walked on a nice trail that goes around the two retention ponds within this community at Bradshaw Road and Plantation Drive. Due to deteriorating weather conditions we did not stop to bird in the Turnersville Road area. Separate eBird reports are listed below for the Southpark Meadows and the Onion Cree Development areas.

    Austin–Southpark Meadows Ctr., Travis, US-TX
    Mar 3, 2015 7:00 AM – 8:30 AM
    Comments: The weather was a variable combination of light rain, fog, and overcast skies. Winds were light at less than 5 mph. Temperatures remained in the mid-40’s
    38 species (+1 other taxa)

    Gadwall 3
    American Wigeon 13
    Blue-winged Teal 2
    Northern Shoveler 8
    Ring-necked Duck 3
    Bufflehead 2
    Pied-billed Grebe 2
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    Osprey 1
    Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 9
    American Coot 50
    Killdeer 1
    Wilson’s Snipe 1
    White-winged Dove 1
    Mourning Dove 1
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Loggerhead Shrike 1
    Blue Jay 2
    American Crow 8
    Carolina Chickadee 2
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 3
    House Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 3
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    American Pipit 40
    Cedar Waxwing 25
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
    Song Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 4
    Great-tailed Grackle 6
    House Finch 3
    American Goldfinch 8

    Onion creek club inc, onion creek parkway, austin, tx, Travis, US-TX
    Mar 3, 2015 9:06 AM – 10:21 AM
    42 species (+2 other taxa)

    Gadwall 2
    American Wigeon 55
    Mallard 1
    Mallard (Domestic type) 1
    Blue-winged Teal 2
    Northern Shoveler 3
    Redhead 1
    Ring-necked Duck 20
    Lesser Scaup 2
    Bufflehead 6
    Ruddy Duck 7
    Pied-billed Grebe 12
    Double-crested Cormorant 8
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Black Vulture 1 On way to turnersville pond
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    American Coot 1
    Killdeer 3
    White-winged Dove 5
    Mourning Dove 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
    American Kestrel 1 On way to turnersville pond
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    American Crow 1
    Carolina Chickadee 1
    Marsh Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    European Starling 20
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 10
    Vesper Sparrow 3
    Savannah Sparrow 6
    Song Sparrow 3
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 1
    White-crowned Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 1
    Red-winged Blackbird 150
    Western/Eastern Meadowlark 1
    Brewer’s Blackbird 3
    Great-tailed Grackle 10
    House Sparrow 3

  98. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    This trip was led by Dan Callaway.
    Lake Pflugerville, Travis, US-TX
    Feb 24, 2015 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM

    Comments: Two people participated on this TAS field trip on a cold morning. Temperature 29 degrees, north wind 10 to 15 mph
    34 species (+1 other taxa)

    Blue-winged Teal 1
    Northern Shoveler 4
    Northern Pintail 15
    Green-winged Teal 5
    Canvasback 6
    Redhead 8
    Lesser Scaup 30
    Bufflehead 2
    Pied-billed Grebe 12
    Neotropic Cormorant 1
    Double-crested Cormorant 12
    Great Egret 1
    Black Vulture 6
    Northern Harrier 1
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Virginia Rail 1 Heard only
    Sora 1 Heard only
    American Coot 700
    Killdeer 10
    Wilson’s Snipe 10
    Ring-billed Gull 100
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 30
    Mourning Dove 40
    Loggerhead Shrike 1
    American Crow 1
    European Starling 150
    American Pipit 5
    Common Yellowthroat 1
    Savannah Sparrow 14
    Swamp Sparrow 3
    Red-winged Blackbird 30
    Western/Eastern Meadowlark 20
    Great-tailed Grackle 50
    House Sparrow 2

  99. Deb Wallace says

    Winter was back for this trip to Commons Ford. 13 of us came out to bird and were pleasantly surprised that the rain stopped and the wind died down, although the sun stayed hidden. It was a good walk. We had 10 species of sparrows, but the highlights were the 16 Wild Turkey (some displaying) and the Ringed Kingfisher.

    Feb 22, 2015
    Commons Ford Pk
    Traveling
    2.5 miles
    210 Minutes
    Observers: 12
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments:
    Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
    4 Wood Duck
    2 Mallard (Domestic type)
    16 Wild Turkey
    5 Great Blue Heron
    1 Osprey
    1 Cooper’s Hawk
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    2 Red-tailed Hawk
    8 Ring-billed Gull
    20 White-winged Dove
    3 Mourning Dove
    1 Ringed Kingfisher
    1 Belted Kingfisher
    5 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    4 Eastern Phoebe
    1 Blue Jay
    5 Western Scrub-Jay
    6 Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid)
    4 Carolina Wren
    3 Bewick’s Wren
    7 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    1 Eastern Bluebird
    6 Northern Mockingbird
    50 Cedar Waxwing
    60 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    4 Spotted Towhee
    25 Chipping Sparrow
    6 Field Sparrow
    1 Vesper Sparrow
    12 Savannah Sparrow
    4 Fox Sparrow
    7 Song Sparrow
    15 Lincoln’s Sparrow
    5 Harris’s Sparrow
    18 White-crowned Sparrow
    12 Northern Cardinal
    10 Red-winged Blackbird
    1 Eastern Meadowlark
    1 Great-tailed Grackle
    8 House Finch
    30 Lesser Goldfinch
    9 American Goldfinch

  100. Terry Banks says

    Pedernales Falls SP (HOTE 050), Blanco, US-TX
    Feb 17, 2015 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.0 mile(s)
    Comments: This was an Audubon Field Trip to Pedernales Falls State Park led by Terry Banks and attended by Ray and Ginny Steelman, Joe Hood, Laura Danysh, Milton (her friend), Allison M., Eric and Shey Wicklund and David Stekoll. It was an overcast, cold 31 degrees when we arrived at the Ranger’s Station and birds that had been singing the week before during the nice weather were quiet and skulking. It was overcast and there was a bit of wind that made the day a little chillier than the actual temperature. We started out at the bird blind. We arrived before the park volunteer that feeds the birds had arrived, but the birds were there, nevertheless, waiting in hungry anticipation. A vocal mob of Western Scrub Jays seemed to be impatiently demanding their food, and Northern Cardinals were numerous – At any given time there were about 30 at the blind. Black Crested Titmice flew in and out, and House Finches were common. After the park host fed the birds even more birds came in, and all of us enjoyed watching what one of us called “Bird TV”. Later we took a walk on the horse trail behind the bird blind – I was trying to locate a Hutton’s vireo I had located the week before, but this day there was no vireo of any description. We walked to the pond that is along the path and spooked 4 Gadwalls. We also took a walk along the Pedernales River, finding a few birds here as well. The park was lovely and everyone enjoyed the scenic beauty. Our group was happy and gregarious and we had a very nice time birding. After the excursions at the park, 5 of us enjoyed a really nice lunch at Rolling in Thyme and Dough in Dripping Springs.
    36 species

    Gadwall (Anas strepera) 4 flushed from the duck pond along the horse trail
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 10
    Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2
    Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1 Flying over the Pedernales River
    Inca Dove (Columbina inca) 4
    Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina) 2 A pair of Common Ground Doves came to the bird blind and stayed in the back of the blind by the water feature.
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) 20
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 2 One seen at the bird blind, another seen at the Pedernales River Trail
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 5
    Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
    Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway) 4 Seen by Eric and Shey when they were driving into the park
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1
    Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 12
    Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1 heard only
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 2
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 10
    Canyon Wren (Catherpes mexicanus) 1 One seen well in the bird blind
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1 heard only
    Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 10
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 10 We studied the Ruby Crowned Kinglets extra scrupulously because we were trying to find a Hutton’s Vireo’s, but all of the studied birds were unmistakably the Kinglets. We either heard the Kinglet Vocalization, saw the birds well, or were able to verify the species by the foraging behavior.
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 3
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 3
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 20
    Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 1
    Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 3 Heard along the horse trail and seen at the bird blind
    Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 5 seen with the flock of juncos
    Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 3
    Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 1 by the duck pond
    Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1 seen along the Pedernales River
    Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 3 Two seen well at the bird blind
    Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis) 20 A flock of Juncos and Chipping Sparrows flew over the road – they had been roosting in nearby trees and unfortunately only three people in one of our cars got to see the flock. They were mostly the Slate-colored, but I did not see all members of the flock well.
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 30
    House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 30
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 2
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 2

    View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21980145

    This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

  101. Deb Wallace says

    It felt like Spring today when 11 of us birded Commons Ford Ranch Park. We had some nice sparrows and woodpeckers and ended up with 42 species.

    Feb 10, 2015
    Commons Ford Pk
    Traveling
    2.2 miles
    210 Minutes
    Observers: 11
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments:
    Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
    2 Pied-billed Grebe
    1 Double-crested Cormorant
    3 Great Blue Heron
    1 Great Egret
    2 Turkey Vulture
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    2 Red-tailed Hawk
    1 American Coot
    1 Killdeer
    50 White-winged Dove
    1 Mourning Dove
    1 Belted Kingfisher
    1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    7 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    6 Eastern Phoebe
    1 American Crow
    2 Carolina Chickadee
    8 Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid)
    3 Carolina Wren
    2 Bewick’s Wren
    3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    3 Eastern Bluebird
    1 American Robin
    5 Northern Mockingbird
    15 European Starling
    10 Cedar Waxwing
    2 Orange-crowned Warbler
    50 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    2 Spotted Towhee
    6 Field Sparrow
    8 Vesper Sparrow
    2 Savannah Sparrow
    2 Fox Sparrow
    7 Song Sparrow
    4 Lincoln’s Sparrow
    2 Harris’s Sparrow
    8 White-crowned Sparrow
    12 Northern Cardinal
    30 Red-winged Blackbird
    4 House Finch
    15 Lesser Goldfinch
    10 American Goldfinch

  102. Ken Zaslow says

    Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037), Travis, US-TX
    Feb 3, 2015 7:30 AM – 10:15 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Nine people participated in this TAS field trip to Hornsby Bend on a cool, cloudy morning that ended with light rainfall. The temperature remained between 41-43 degrees and winds were calm. The birding around ponds 1 and 2 was pretty quiet, but things picked up on the River Trail on the west side of pond 3 where there was a lot of passerine activity.
    49 species (+2 other taxa)

    Gadwall 7
    American Wigeon 5
    Northern Shoveler 17
    Green-winged Teal 20
    Canvasback 1
    Ring-necked Duck 1
    Bufflehead 1
    Ruddy Duck 5
    Snowy Egret 3
    Osprey 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Sora 1 Heard calling from a marshy area at the southern edge of Pond 3
    American Coot 5
    Killdeer 10
    Spotted Sandpiper 2
    Least Sandpiper 45
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 17
    Mourning Dove 12
    Ringed Kingfisher 1 Heard from the River Trail calling by the Colorado River west of Pond 3
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Crested Caracara 1
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    Blue-headed Vireo 1
    American Crow 4
    Carolina Chickadee 6
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 4
    Carolina Wren 5
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
    Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
    Eastern Bluebird 8
    Hermit Thrush 2
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    European Starling 8
    Orange-crowned Warbler 4
    Pine Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 25
    Savannah Sparrow 4
    Song Sparrow 2
    Northern Cardinal 15
    Red-winged Blackbird 85
    Western/Eastern Meadowlark 6
    Rusty Blackbird 7 Seen early in the morning in the company of Red-winged Blackbirds in the area around the CER parking lot and later in the morning on the western edge of Pond 3. The birds had unmarked tan breasts and a distinctive head pattern with rusty crown and pale supercilium. The iris was pale.
    Common Grackle 3
    Great-tailed Grackle 10
    Brown-headed Cowbird 1
    Lesser Goldfinch 1 Heard only
    American Goldfinch 2
    House Sparrow 5

  103. Craig Rasmussen says

    Travis Audubon field trip to Mother Neff State Park on Jan 27, 2015

    45 species

    See ebird list at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21568092

  104. Kenneth Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    This TAS field trip was led by Dan Callaway

    Barkley Meadows, Travis, US-TX
    Jan 20, 2015 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Sixteen birders gathered for the Travis Audubon Society field trip. We covered the parking lot, picnic area, the trail downstream along Onion Creek, then back to the large pond east of the parking lot. Weather– fog early, then sunny and calm, temp- 40-66.
    59 species (+1 other taxa)

    Wood Duck 2
    Gadwall 7
    American Wigeon 40
    Northern Shoveler 5
    Northern Pintail 2
    Green-winged Teal 8
    Canvasback 4
    Redhead 8
    Ring-necked Duck 6
    Lesser Scaup 15
    Bufflehead 12
    Ruddy Duck 50
    Pied-billed Grebe 3
    Double-crested Cormorant 35
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 2
    Black Vulture 2
    Turkey Vulture 3
    Osprey 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    American Coot 100
    Least Sandpiper 2
    Ring-billed Gull 6
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 75
    White-winged Dove 2
    Mourning Dove 24
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
    Downy Woodpecker 3
    Crested Caracara 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Loggerhead Shrike 1
    American Crow 2
    Carolina Chickadee 10
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 4
    Carolina Wren 5
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    Hermit Thrush 1
    Northern Mockingbird 5
    European Starling 30
    American Pipit 20
    Cedar Waxwing 50
    Orange-crowned Warbler 3
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 25
    Vesper Sparrow 20
    Savannah Sparrow 15
    Song Sparrow 3
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 2
    White-throated Sparrow 4
    Northern Cardinal 15
    Red-winged Blackbird 180
    Common Grackle 100
    Great-tailed Grackle 60
    House Finch 10
    Lesser Goldfinch 2
    American Goldfinch 1
    House Sparrow 1

  105. Ray Steelman says

    Today we led a group of nine birders to the Granger area under overcast skies with temps ranging from a chilly 35 degrees up to a not so balmy 29. We searched the location of the recently reported striped sparrow but did not find it, however we did locate a red-headed woodpecker as a consolation prize. Highlights were several sand-hill cranes near Thrall, great looks at a very cooperative burrowing owl and good looks a several flocks of horned larks as well as distant views of a group of McCowns longspurs. We had a total of 52 species including a hundred or more great-tailed grackles in the parking lot of our Round Rock meetup location that are not included on the eBird report. The following is a complete list of birds seen :
    Granger Lake Area (HOTE 031), Williamson, US-TX
    Jan 12, 2015 9:50 PM – 2:50 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    25.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Travis Audubon field trip to the Granger in Williamson County, TX. Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
    50 species (+1 other taxa)

    Gadwall 9
    American Wigeon 5
    Mallard 3
    Northern Shoveler 4
    Green-winged Teal 4
    Ring-necked Duck 1
    Double-crested Cormorant 10
    Great Blue Heron 3
    Black Vulture X
    Turkey Vulture X
    Northern Harrier 3
    Red-tailed Hawk 8
    Sandhill Crane 60
    Killdeer 40
    Greater Yellowlegs 3
    Ring-billed Gull 2
    Eurasian Collared-Dove 6
    Inca Dove 1
    White-winged Dove 1
    Mourning Dove 50
    Burrowing Owl 1
    Red-headed Woodpecker 1 Seen well by nine people in our group, photo upon request, all red head black back with white in wings bright white chest and belly. Observed along CR 361 near CR 428 in Hare, Williamson County, TX.
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
    Northern Flicker 1
    Crested Caracara 5
    American Kestrel 6
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Loggerhead Shrike 5
    Blue Jay 1
    American Crow 4
    Horned Lark 30
    Carolina Chickadee 2
    Carolina Wren 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Northern Mockingbird 4
    European Starling 40
    McCown’s Longspur 20
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
    Vesper Sparrow 30
    Savannah Sparrow 12
    Fox Sparrow 1
    Song Sparrow 1
    Harris’s Sparrow 1
    White-crowned Sparrow 12
    Northern Cardinal 25
    Red-winged Blackbird 22
    Western/Eastern Meadowlark 300
    Brewer’s Blackbird 40
    Common Grackle 50
    Brown-headed Cowbird 40

    View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S21333851

    This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

  106. Jane Tillman says

    10 folks showed up to bird Circle Acres at 8 a.m., but some of us early birds birded Roy Guerrero for 30 minutes while we waited.
    That checklist is below. Scroll down to see the checklist for Circle Acres itself.
    Circle Acres is a 10 acre piece of land owned by Ecology Action and they are happy for birders to visit. It is a nice adjunct to Roy Guerrero, with a woodland wetland, and a fence row.
    Austin–Roy Guerrero Pk, Travis, US-TX
    Jan 6, 2015 7:38 AM – 8:05 AM
    Protocol: Stationary
    Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.3
    22 species (+1 other taxa)

    Black Vulture 2
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Ring-billed Gull 1
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 10
    White-winged Dove 1
    Mourning Dove 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Monk Parakeet 17
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Blue Jay 1
    American Crow 3
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 1
    House Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    European Starling 4
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 1
    Red-winged Blackbird 10
    Great-tailed Grackle 1
    American Goldfinch 1

    Austin–Circle Acres, Travis, US-TX
    Jan 6, 2015 8:06 AM – 10:12 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    0.6 mile(s)
    Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.3
    34 species (+1 other taxa)

    Mallard 11
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    White-winged Dove 5
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Northern Flicker 1
    Crested Caracara 1
    Monk Parakeet 5
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Blue Jay 1
    Carolina Chickadee 6
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 1
    House Wren 2
    Carolina Wren 3
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
    Eastern Bluebird 1
    Hermit Thrush 1
    American Robin 1
    Northern Mockingbird 1
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
    Spotted Towhee 1
    Chipping Sparrow 3
    Field Sparrow 1
    Song Sparrow 1
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 3
    White-throated Sparrow 2
    Northern Cardinal 5
    Red-winged Blackbird 23
    Common Grackle 8
    Great-tailed Grackle 1
    House Finch 2
    Lesser Goldfinch 1
    American Goldfinch 1
    House Sparrow 1

  107. Deb Wallace says

    On Tuesday, December 2nd, 10 of us went out to bird Doeskin Ranch at the Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge. While we were looking for sparrows, the American Robins stole the show. Hundreds of them descended on Doeskin shortly after we arrived. They were chattering, singing and playing so that we could barely hear anything else! It was magical and became pretty hilarious, as they stayed all morning. We also had some nice sparrows, including Le Conte’s!

    wallacel
    Dec 2, 2014
    Balcones Canyonlands NWR–Doeskin Ranch
    Traveling
    3 miles
    240 Minutes
    Observers: 10
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments:
    Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6
    1 Turkey Vulture
    1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
    1 Red-tailed Hawk
    1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    1 American Crow
    3 Common Raven
    4 Carolina Chickadee
    5 Black-crested Titmouse
    2 Carolina Wren
    1 Bewick’s Wren
    4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    2 Hermit Thrush
    750 American Robin
    7 Northern Mockingbird
    30 Cedar Waxwing
    10 Spotted Towhee
    40 Chipping Sparrow
    10 Field Sparrow
    12 Vesper Sparrow
    5 Savannah Sparrow
    1 Grasshopper Sparrow
    1 Le Conte’s Sparrow
    7 Song Sparrow
    12 Lincoln’s Sparrow
    5 White-throated Sparrow
    1 White-crowned Sparrow
    2 Northern Cardinal
    200 Red-winged Blackbird
    1 House Finch
    4 American Goldfinch

  108. Deb Wallace says

    We had 19 folks show up on Sunday, the 30th, for the November Commons Ford Ranch monthly bird walk. It was a little more intense than our regular walks, as we were looking for the rarities that had been reported on during Thanksgiving week. While we didn’t find any Purple Finches, we did get good looks at the Palm Warbler and we had some other nice birds. A good time was had by all! The bird list is as follows:

    wallacel
    Nov 30, 2014
    Commons Ford Pk
    Traveling
    2 miles
    210 Minutes
    Observers: 19
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments:
    Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6
    6 Wood Duck
    1 Pied-billed Grebe
    1 Double-crested Cormorant
    1 Great Blue Heron
    1 Black Vulture
    1 Turkey Vulture
    2 Osprey
    1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
    2 Cooper’s Hawk
    2 Red-tailed Hawk
    1 American Kestrel
    1 American Coot
    1 Ring-billed Gull
    200 White-winged Dove
    3 Mourning Dove
    1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    2 Eastern Phoebe
    1 Blue Jay
    1 American Crow
    1 Carolina Chickadee
    2 Black-crested Titmouse
    3 Carolina Wren
    1 Bewick’s Wren
    2 House Wren
    2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    12 Eastern Bluebird
    1 Hermit Thrush
    5 Northern Mockingbird
    15 Cedar Waxwing
    8 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    1 Palm Warbler — Brownish bird with yellow under tail coverts, light eyebrow and bobbing tail. Foraging on ground.
    3 Spotted Towhee
    1 Rufous-crowned Sparrow
    3 Chipping Sparrow
    3 Vesper Sparrow
    2 Savannah Sparrow
    1 Fox Sparrow
    4 Song Sparrow
    6 Lincoln’s Sparrow
    1 White-throated Sparrow
    3 Harris’s Sparrow
    6 White-crowned Sparrow
    6 Northern Cardinal
    15 Red-winged Blackbird
    6 Great-tailed Grackle
    15 House Finch
    12 Lesser Goldfinch
    24 American Goldfinch

  109. Judith Bailey says

    Virginia Rose and Judith Bailey led the Beginner’s Bird Walk at Brushy Creek Lake Park on 12-6-2014; 15 other birders joined the fun. We had a good variety of passerines and waterfowl. We saw or heard 35 species with the highlights being a Merlin harassing Meadowlarks in the field, a Belted Kingfisher close to shore and an Osprey hovering over the lake looking for prey. Many thanks to Michael and George for the share observations.

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
    Lesser Scaup
    Pied-billed Grebe
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Osprey
    Merlin
    American Coot
    Killdeer
    Rock Pigeon
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Belted Kingfisher
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    Northern Flicker
    Loggerhead Shrike
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    Carolina Chickadee
    Carolina Wren
    Bewick’s Wren
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Eastern Bluebird
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    Orange-crowned Warbler
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
    Dark-eyed Junco
    Northern Cardinal
    Meadowlark sp.
    Great-tailed Grackle
    House Finch
    Lesser Goldfinch

  110. Ray Steelman says

    Today (11-25) Ginny and Ray Steelman led eight fellow birders to Tejas Camp in Williamson County followed by a quick trip to Meadow Lake Park in Round Rock in search of the reported Western Grebes that five us us decided to try. Unfortunately we struck out on the Grebes but did find several species of waterfowl. Tejas yielded nine species of sparrows including eight fox sparrows and seven Harris’ Sparrows and two Golden-crowned Kinglets. The weather was chilly in the AM and mid sixties after lunch under cloudless skies. The total species list was sixty three:
    Nov 25, 2014
    Tejas Camp (Williamson Co.) (HOTE 030)
    Traveling
    3 miles
    240 Minutes
    Observers: 8
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments:
    Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
    1 Double-crested Cormorant
    X Black Vulture
    X Turkey Vulture
    1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    2 Red-tailed Hawk
    1 Crested Caracara
    1 American Kestrel
    1 Spotted Sandpiper
    8 White-winged Dove
    10 Mourning Dove
    1 Belted Kingfisher
    2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Northern Flicker
    3 Eastern Phoebe
    3 Blue Jay
    5 American Crow
    8 Carolina Chickadee
    1 Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid)
    3 Carolina Wren
    1 Bewick’s Wren
    1 House Wren
    1 Winter Wren
    2 Golden-crowned Kinglet
    6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    2 Eastern Bluebird
    75 American Robin
    5 Northern Mockingbird
    1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
    5 Spotted Towhee
    6 Field Sparrow
    5 Vesper Sparrow
    1 Savannah Sparrow
    8 Fox Sparrow
    1 Song Sparrow
    5 Lincoln’s Sparrow
    5 White-throated Sparrow
    7 Harris’s Sparrow
    8 White-crowned Sparrow
    12 Northern Cardinal
    100 Red-winged Blackbird
    1 House Finch
    5 Lesser Goldfinch
    5 American Goldfinch

    Meadow Lake, Williamson, US-TX
    Nov 25, 2014 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
    19 species

    Gadwall 1
    American Wigeon 1
    Canvasback 90
    Ring-necked Duck 8
    Lesser Scaup 2
    Bufflehead 20
    Ruddy Duck 25
    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Double-crested Cormorant 6
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Great Egret 15
    Snowy Egret 2
    Turkey Vulture 5
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    American Coot 55
    Ring-billed Gull 1
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 20
    Loggerhead Shrike 1
    Great-tailed Grackle 6

  111. Dennis Palafox says

    Dennis Palafox and Jane Tillman lead a group of 12 hearty souls on a field trip to Laguna Gloria and Mayfield Preserve on November 22, 2014, from 7:30 to about 11:00. The distance walked was approximately 0.5 miles at each location. Weather was overcast and drizzly with an occasional rain shower. We saw 30 species at Laguna Gloria and 19 species at Mayfield Preserve. We were also treated to some beautiful fall colors. A list of the birds seen at each location follows.

    Laguna Gloria
    Wood Duck 3
    Mallard (Domestic type) 6
    Great Egret 1
    Osprey 2
    American Coot 1
    Spotted Sandpiper 1
    White-winged Dove 70
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Blue-headed Vireo 1
    Blue Jay 1
    Carolina Chickadee 1
    Black-crested Titmouse 1
    Carolina Wren 3
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
    American Robin 1
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    European Starling 15
    Orange-crowned Warbler 3
    Common Yellowthroat 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
    Northern Cardinal 2
    Red-winged Blackbird 2
    Great-tailed Grackle 15
    House Finch 6
    Lesser Goldfinch 3
    House Sparrow 15

    Mayfield Preserve

    Great Blue Heron 1
    White-winged Dove 2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    American Crow 10
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Black-crested Titmouse 1
    Carolina Wren 2
    Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
    Hermit Thrush 2
    American Robin 1
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    European Starling 2
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
    Northern Cardinal 2
    House Finch 1
    Lesser Goldfinch 6
    American Goldfinch 12

  112. Ken Zaslow for Terry Banks says

    Reimer Ranch, Travis, US-TX
    Nov 18, 2014 10:35 AM – 1:35 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Thirteen people participated on this scheduled Travis Audubon field trip.
    One of the first birds seen was a delightful Canyon Towhee that was found by Buffie
    Eicher. This bird was hanging around the entrance station with other
    sparrows such as Rufous crowned, Lincoln’s, White Crowned, and Chipping
    Sparrows. After birding this very birdy entrance we drove to the
    Equestrian trail to try to find the Long Billed or Curve Billed Thrasher
    (I forget) that was hanging around at the area. All 13 of us traipsed
    around the dry creekbed and by the parking lot trying to find the bird,
    but probably frightened the bird off – there were other sparrows and
    quite a few of the colorful Western Scrub Jays, but no Thrasher.
    Undaunted we drove to the river and had a nice picnic lunch along the
    river. Although this area was not as birdy as it could have been, it
    was a beautiful place and we walked along the river for about an hour
    just enjoying the seclusion and beauty of this place along the
    Pedernales River.
    31 species (+3 other taxa)

    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 30
    Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 5
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 2 A light pair circling above
    the river and property, flying close together.
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
    Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1 heard only by the river
    Melanerpes sp. (Melanerpes sp.) 1
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 1
    Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1 Unfortunately not every one in the
    group got to see this bird that made a quick fly by while half of us
    were taking a bathroom break. Many a good bird sightings can be missed
    by taking this break. You have to ask – bathroom or birding?
    Western Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma californica) 5
    Cave Swallow (Petrochelidon fulva) 1
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 2
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 2
    Canyon Wren (Catherpes mexicanus) 2 heard only
    House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1
    Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 5
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 6
    Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 4
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 10
    Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 4
    Spotted/Eastern Towhee (Rufous-sided Towhee) (Pipilo
    maculatus/erythrophthalmus) 2
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps) 4 Both seen at close
    range and heard from a distance.
    Canyon Towhee (Melozone fusca) 2
    Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 20 This number is an estimate
    – sparrows seemed to be everywhere and chipping were common. There were
    probably more than this.
    Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 30 Again, an estimate. Field
    Sparrows were also common.
    Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) 4
    Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 1
    Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 4 Both vocalizing and seen from a
    distance across the river.
    Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 1
    White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) 30 Along with the
    Chipping and Field, one of the most numerous birds – often either
    singing or vocalizing with chip notes.
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
    Western/Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta/magna) 20 flying
    about the property but not vocalizing
    House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 2
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 6

  113. jeff patterson for Christian Walker says

    Hello,
    I led the Hornsby Bend bird walk with Jean Martin, Stan Van Standt and others
    this morning and we found a lot of birds. The ponds were relatively quiet, but
    Platt Lane was super busy. Some in our group took a picture of a female Purple
    Finch which I did not see?jealous. Definitely the highlight of the day, but
    other good birds along Platt were both Blue-headed and White-eyed Vireos, good
    numbers of sparrows including 2 Dark-eyed Juncos, great looks at a
    Golden-crowned Kinglet, and a Cave Swallow along the river. Platt was amazingly
    birdy – we spent two hours just walking from the abandoned house to the river.
    The ponds had good numbers of ducks, mainly shovelers, with 2 Bufflehead, some
    Lesser Scaup, and a Ring-necked Duck. Also great looks at Wilson?s Snipes.

    Good birding,

    Christian Walker
    Austin 512 431 2495

    Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037), Travis, US-TX
    Nov 15, 2014 7:20 AM – 10:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Leading the Hornsby Bend bird walk with Jean Martin. Overcast,
    0-5 mph E, around 45 degrees F.
    42 species (+2 other taxa)

    Gadwall 8
    American Wigeon 4
    Northern Shoveler 650
    Green-winged Teal 90
    Ring-necked Duck 1
    Lesser Scaup 10
    Bufflehead 2
    Ruddy Duck 30
    Double-crested Cormorant 1
    Black Vulture 2
    American Coot 3
    Killdeer 13
    Spotted Sandpiper 1
    Least Sandpiper 30
    Wilson’s Snipe 4
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
    Mourning Dove 2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Crested Caracara 1
    American Kestrel 1
    Monk Parakeet 13
    Eastern Phoebe 7
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 4
    Loggerhead Shrike 1
    Blue Jay 1
    Carolina Chickadee 4
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 2
    Carolina Wren 5
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    Hermit Thrush 2
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    European Starling 15
    American Pipit 3
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 25
    Savannah Sparrow 1
    Song Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 6
    Red-winged Blackbird 35
    Western/Eastern Meadowlark 3
    Great-tailed Grackle 35
    House Sparrow 2

  114. Jane Tillman says

    Two hour Tuesday on Nov. 4 Onion Creek Greenway–Barkley Meadows, Travis, US-TX
    Nov 4, 2014 7:21 AM – 9:54 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.1 mile(s)
    Comments: TAS field trip. Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.3
    38 species (+3 other taxa)
    This was a new location for most of the 15 or so folks who participated
    Gadwall 3
    Blue-winged Teal 8
    Ring-necked Duck 1
    Pied-billed Grebe 4
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 2
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Buteo sp. 1
    American Coot 1
    Killdeer 6
    Greater Yellowlegs 1
    Least Sandpiper 12
    Wilson’s Snipe 1
    White-winged Dove 3
    Mourning Dove 2
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Northern Flicker 1
    Crested Caracara 1
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 6
    Carolina Chickadee 1
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 1
    House Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 2
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Eastern Bluebird 3
    Hermit Thrush 1
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    American Pipit 2
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
    White-crowned Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 2
    Western/Eastern Meadowlark 2
    Great-tailed Grackle 1
    House Finch 8

    View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20440069

    This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

  115. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    This trip was led by Dan Callaway.

    Northeast Metro Park (Travis Co.), Travis, US-TX
    Nov 11, 2014 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Twelve birders braved the 46 degree, cloudy, windy day. The arctic cold front hit about 6 a.m. dropping the temp quickly from a nice 63 degrees. This was a Travis Audubon field trip that was supposed to last 4 hours. Most folks left at 10. The leader continued by driving by the ponds and ball fields for a half hour.
    27 species (+2 other taxa)

    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Great Egret 1
    Black Vulture 13
    Turkey Vulture 5
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Killdeer 4
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 55
    White-winged Dove 75
    Mourning Dove 4
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Blue Jay 4
    American Crow 8
    Carolina Chickadee 4
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 1
    Carolina Wren 3
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    American Robin 1
    European Starling 25
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 35
    White-throated Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 3
    Western/Eastern Meadowlark 1
    Great-tailed Grackle 200
    House Finch 1

  116. Ray Steelman says

    Sixteen birders ventured to Lake Devine in Leander, Williamson County under overcast skies and temperatures in the mid to upper 60’s. Although the morning started off slow we were able to to find a total of forty-one species including several newly arriving ducks. The ebird list is detailed below:
    Devine Lake Pk, Williamson, US-TX
    Oct 28, 2014 8:19 AM – 10:19 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.8
    41 species

    Gadwall 2
    American Wigeon 12
    Blue-winged Teal 25
    Green-winged Teal 10
    Redhead 20
    Ring-necked Duck 6
    Ruddy Duck 5
    Pied-billed Grebe 4
    Double-crested Cormorant 1
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    White-faced Ibis 5
    Black Vulture 4
    Turkey Vulture 4
    Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 3
    American Coot 100
    Killdeer 18
    Greater Yellowlegs 1
    Least Sandpiper 8
    Wilson’s Snipe 15
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 15
    Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
    Mourning Dove 5
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Blue-headed Vireo 1
    Blue Jay 1
    American Crow 1
    Carolina Chickadee 1
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Northern Mockingbird 10
    European Starling 7
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 2
    Great-tailed Grackle 8
    House Finch 2
    Lesser Goldfinch 7

    View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20362705

  117. Dennis Palafox says

    Dennis Palafox lead a group of 13 birders on a field trip to Camp Mabry on October 19, 2014, from 7:45 to about 11:10. The distance walked was approximately 1.5 miles. Weather was partly cloudy with a light southerly breeze. In addition to seeing 35 bird species a highlight of the trip was an area with frostweed that attracted a large number of butterflies including Dusky Blue Groundstreak, Monarchs (12), Queen, Painted Lady, Hackberry Emperors (12), Tawny Emperors, Question Mark, Variegated Fritillary, Gulf Fritillary, and Sulphur species. A list of the birds seen follows:
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    Green Heron 1
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Wood Duck 3
    Blue-winged Teal 1
    Cooper’s Hawk 2
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 2
    American Coot 1
    White-winged Dove 5
    Mourning Dove 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
    Downy Woodpecker 3
    Northern Flicker (HO) 1
    Eastern Phoebe 10
    Blue Jay 7
    American Crow (HO) 1
    Carolina Chickadee 4
    Black-crested Titmouse 4
    Carolina Wren 5
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    House Wren 2
    Ruby-crowned kinglet (HO) 2
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (HO) 2
    American Robin 1
    Northern Mockingbird 5
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Nashville Warbler 2
    Lark Sparrow 2
    Lincoln Sparrow 3
    Northern Cardinal 10
    Meadowlark sp. 1
    Great-tailed Grackle 20
    House Sparrow 1

  118. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    Georgetown- Berry Springs Park, Williamson, US-TX
    Oct 21, 2014 7:45 AM – 12:45 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Travis Audubon Society super-Tuesday field trip. Sixteen birders amassed together to enjoy a morning of birding. This trip was scheduled long before the rarity had been sighted, a Great Kiskadee. Therefore all 32 ears had been pre-tuned in anticipation. Weather- clear and calm, 54 to 78 degrees.
    40 species (+5 other taxa)

    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 2
    Turkey Vulture 3
    Accipiter sp. 1
    Killdeer 4
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 25
    Inca Dove 4
    White-winged Dove 75
    Mourning Dove 6
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Northern Flicker 4
    Crested Caracara 2
    small falcon sp. 1
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    Great Kiskadee 1 About 9 a.m. we all heard it calling and a few saw it. At 12:10, it returned to the area above the lake and perched in the top of a pecan tree. It was yellow underneath, rust colored on the back and wings. It had a heavy black line through the eye and a black cap. the eyebrow was white and met in the back of the head. White or very light yellow throat.
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 9
    Loggerhead Shrike 2
    Blue-headed Vireo 1
    Blue Jay 4
    American Crow 6
    Common Raven 1
    Carolina Chickadee 12
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 1
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 3
    Carolina Wren 5
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7
    Eastern Bluebird 18
    American Robin 1
    Northern Mockingbird 7
    European Starling 6
    Orange-crowned Warbler 3
    Nashville Warbler 1
    Chipping Sparrow 6
    Song Sparrow 1
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 2
    White-crowned Sparrow 3
    Northern Cardinal 5
    Western/Eastern Meadowlark 5
    Common Grackle 25
    Great-tailed Grackle 5
    House Finch 7
    Lesser Goldfinch 16

  119. Ken Zaslow says

    Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037), Travis, US-TX
    Oct 4, 2014 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Thirteen people joined this TAS bird walk at Hornsby Bend on a glorious Autumn morning. We birded the ponds area as well as a short trip to the Upper Island viewing spot. The beginning temperature was 55 degrees and the ending temperature was 68 degrees. The sky was sunny and perfectly clear and the winds ranged from calm to 10mph. Aside from the birds listed below there were a great number of butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies present. We did not see the previously reported Red-necked Phalarope.
    47 species (+3 other taxa)

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 1
    Blue-winged Teal 22
    Northern Shoveler 35
    Green-winged Teal 3
    Ruddy Duck 2
    Pied-billed Grebe 2
    Double-crested Cormorant 1
    White-faced Ibis 2
    Black Vulture 3
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Osprey 1
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Swainson’s Hawk 1
    American Coot 1
    American Avocet 3
    Killdeer 27
    Spotted Sandpiper 5
    Solitary Sandpiper 1
    Least Sandpiper 48
    Wilson’s Snipe 1
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 17
    Mourning Dove 3
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Crested Caracara 2
    American Kestrel 1
    Monk Parakeet 3
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 19
    Loggerhead Shrike 2
    American Crow 4
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow 17
    Barn Swallow 6
    Carolina Chickadee 4
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 5
    Carolina Wren 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    European Starling 50
    Clay-colored Sparrow 1
    Savannah Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 3
    Dickcissel 1
    Red-winged Blackbird 40
    Western/Eastern Meadowlark 35
    Great-tailed Grackle 45
    blackbird sp. 100
    House Sparrow 3

  120. Ken Zaslow says

    Roy Guerrero Park, Travis, US-TX
    Oct 7, 2014 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Twelve people participated on this Travis Audubon Society field trip to Roy Guerrero Park. The weather was warm with temperatures ranging from 73 degrees at the beginning to 85 degrees at the end. The day began with an overcast sky and progressed to mostly sunny conditions by mid-morning. Winds were light from 5-10 mph. Highlights were the variety of woodpeckers, raptors and wading birds seen.
    47 species (+4 other taxa)

    Wood Duck 2
    Mallard (Domestic type) 2
    Green-winged Teal 7
    Pied-billed Grebe 3
    Double-crested Cormorant 7
    cormorant sp. 1
    Great Blue Heron 6
    Great Egret 14
    Snowy Egret 18
    Little Blue Heron 3
    White Ibis 1
    Black Vulture 1
    Turkey Vulture 3
    Osprey 1
    Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 3
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    American Coot 1
    Killdeer 6
    Spotted Sandpiper 5
    Least Sandpiper 17
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 230
    White-winged Dove 25
    Mourning Dove 18
    Chimney Swift 2
    Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird 4
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
    Downy Woodpecker 4
    Northern Flicker 1
    American Kestrel 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Couch’s Kingbird 4 The birds were clearly visible about 60 feet away at the top of a cluster of trees on the trail between the “secret” beach area and the Longhorn Dam area. They had gray heads, bright green backs and brownish tails. The underside was bright yellow and the yellow reached all the way up to top of the breast adjacent to the white throat. The bill was black and large. We had excellent binocular and scope views.
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 2
    Loggerhead Shrike 1
    Blue Jay 1
    American Crow 3
    Carolina Chickadee 6
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 3
    House Wren 2
    Carolina Wren 7
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Northern Mockingbird 9
    European Starling 5
    Nashville Warbler 1
    Northern Cardinal 9
    Great-tailed Grackle 21
    House Finch 4
    Lesser Goldfinch 1

  121. Deb Wallace says

    The first day of Fall is a great time to bird Commons Ford Ranch Park. Eight of us came out and had a great time. While not everyone heard the Eastern Whip-poor-wills, all did see the Canada Warbler! We had 32 species, including 6 Warbler species.

    Sep 23, 2014
    Commons Ford Park

    1 Wood Duck
    5 Wild Turkey
    1 Great Blue Heron
    2 Turkey Vulture
    2 Cooper’s Hawk
    1 Red-shouldered Hawk
    1 Red-tailed Hawk
    30 White-winged Dove
    5 Mourning Dove
    2 Eastern Whip-poor-will
    5 Chimney Swift
    4 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    3 Downy Woodpecker
    5 Eastern Phoebe
    4 White-eyed Vireo
    2 American Crow
    6 Carolina Chickadee
    12 Black-crested Titmouse
    4 Carolina Wren
    2 Bewick’s Wren
    20 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    7 Northern Mockingbird
    1 Orange-crowned Warbler
    4 Nashville Warbler
    6 Yellow Warbler
    1 Black-and-white Warbler
    5 Wilson’s Warbler
    1 Canada Warbler
    6 Lark Sparrow
    8 Northern Cardinal
    10 House Finch
    100 Lesser Goldfinch

  122. Ken Zaslow says

    St. Edwards Pk (NW Austin), Travis, US-TX
    Sep 16, 2014 7:30 AM – 9:45 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Thirteen people participated on this Travis Audubon field trip. The birds were hard to find today except for the ever present vocalizing Wrens, Cardinals, and White-eyed Vireos. The weather was typical of mid-September in Austin with sunny skies and temperatures from the upper 70’s to the mid 80’s. The wind was calm.
    25 species (+1 other taxa)

    Green Heron 1
    Black Vulture 3
    Mississippi Kite 1 Seen flying high over the parking lot at the end of the trip
    Sharp-shinned/Cooper’s Hawk 1 Seen at a distance flying over Bull Creek
    Broad-winged Hawk 1 Seen flying high over the parking lot at the end of the trip
    White-winged Dove 16
    Chimney Swift 2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1 Heard only
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    White-eyed Vireo 19
    Red-eyed Vireo 1 Heard only
    Blue Jay 1 Heard only
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Black-crested Titmouse 4
    Carolina Wren 14
    Bewick’s Wren 4
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
    Northern Mockingbird 1
    Black-and-white Warbler 1
    Yellow Warbler 1
    Field Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 22
    Common Grackle 2 Seen flying over the parking lot before the trip began
    Lesser Goldfinch 7

  123. Judith Bailey says

    On Saturday, 9-6-14, the first fall Beginning Birders’ Walk at Riata Pond started at 7:30 AM; 14 people gathered to look for our feathered friends. We had good scope views of a Great Blue, a Green and 3 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons. A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and a Yellow Warble were easily seen; plus, a White-eyed Vireo showed it’s self up close so everyone got to see it’s white eye. But, the best birds of the day were 3 Baltimore Orioles that popped up as we were heading to the parking lot. 32 species were seen.

    Judith Bailey and Virginia Rose

    Mallard (F)
    Great Blue Heron
    Green Heron
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    Black Vulture
    Cooper’s Hawk
    Rock Pigeon
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Chimney Swift
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (H)
    Downy Woodpecker
    Least Flycatcher
    Eastern Phoebe
    White-eyed Vireo
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    Cliff Swallow
    Barn Swallow
    Carolina Chickadee
    Carolina Wren
    Bewick’s Wren
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    Yellow Warbler
    Northern Cardinal
    Painted Bunting (F)
    Great-tailed Grackle
    Baltimore Oriole
    Lesser Goldfinch (H)
    House Sparrow

  124. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    Champion Park (Williamson Co.), Williamson, US-TX
    Sep 9, 2014 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: A group of 12 birders from Travis Audubon Society gathered at the entrance to the park and hiked Brushy Creek trail upstream to the dam overlooking the small lake. Weather was calm and clear with temp ranging from 73 to 83 degrees.
    36 species (+2 other taxa)

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 12
    Double-crested Cormorant 1
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Great Egret 1
    Snowy Egret 2 Juvenile determined by noticing the legs being black in front and light green behind.
    Green Heron 1
    Black Vulture 3
    Turkey Vulture 5
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Killdeer 2
    White-winged Dove 40
    Mourning Dove 7
    Chimney Swift 3
    hummingbird sp. 1
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Merlin 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    White-eyed Vireo 4
    Blue Jay 2
    American Crow 3
    Barn Swallow 1
    Carolina Chickadee 4
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 2
    Carolina Wren 5
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 One good birder reported seeing this bird. It is not uncommon to begin seeing this species here by mid-September according to the local checklist.
    Northern Mockingbird 5
    Yellow Warbler 7
    Lark Sparrow 4
    Northern Cardinal 3
    Baltimore Oriole 4
    House Finch 1
    Lesser Goldfinch 8
    House Sparrow 7

  125. Jane Tillman says

    14 participants attended the first two hour Tuesday of the fall. Some members got there early and had a nice Red-shouldered Hawk in the scope for those who got there closer to 7:30. Yellow Warblers on the move, and good diversity of species. Birded the ponds, then down by pond 3, then Upper Island View.

    Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037), Travis, US-TX
    Aug 26, 2014 7:00 AM – 10:24 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Travis Audubon 2 hr Tuesday. 14 people Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.3
    57 species (+4 other taxa)

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 11
    Blue-winged Teal 2
    Great Egret 2
    Snowy Egret 1
    Cattle Egret 37
    Green Heron 4
    Black Vulture 1
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Osprey 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Black-necked Stilt 5
    Killdeer 25
    Spotted Sandpiper 6
    Upland Sandpiper 1
    Stilt Sandpiper 1
    Baird’s Sandpiper 3
    Least Sandpiper 40
    Pectoral Sandpiper 2
    Western Sandpiper 1
    peep sp. 175
    Wilson’s Phalarope 3
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 125
    White-winged Dove 6
    Mourning Dove 10
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
    Chimney Swift 2
    Black-chinned Hummingbird 2
    Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird 2
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Crested Caracara 2
    Monk Parakeet 1
    Empidonax sp. 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Great Crested Flycatcher 1
    Eastern Kingbird 1
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 7
    Loggerhead Shrike 2
    White-eyed Vireo 5
    Blue Jay 2
    Purple Martin 2
    Barn Swallow 150
    Cave Swallow 2
    Carolina Chickadee 4
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 2
    Carolina Wren 6
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
    Eastern Bluebird 1
    Northern Mockingbird 5
    European Starling 12
    Yellow Warbler 4
    Northern Cardinal 5
    Painted Bunting 2 One female and one juvie
    Red-winged Blackbird 40
    Common Grackle 2
    Great-tailed Grackle 30
    Orchard Oriole 3
    House Finch 1
    Lesser Goldfinch 2
    House Sparrow 1

  126. Shelia Hargis says

    On August 17, 2014, Laurie Foss and I were joined by 10 great birders for a wonderful morning birding Commons Ford Park. Cloud cover and a light wind made the day quite pleasant. Young birds challenged us both by sight and sound. And even as our breeding birds were still busy raising their young, other species were already on their way south. We had an early Wilson’s Warbler and three Yellow Warblers. It was grand!

    Below is our list of species. The breeding codes don’t show up in the email format yet, so if you’re interested in seeing all the info for the species, follow the link at the bottom.

    Shelia Hargis

    Commons Ford Pk, Travis, US-TX
    Aug 17, 2014 7:07 AM – 10:57 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.25 mile(s)
    Comments: Travis Audubon monthly field trip.Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.6
    34 species (+5 other taxa)

    Northern Bobwhite 1 Seen in the field near the Chimney Swift tower.
    Green Heron 1
    Turkey Vulture 3
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1 Both RTHA’s were flying near each other near the river. One was ID’d to subpecies. One was not.
    Red-tailed Hawk (Fuertes’s) 1 Was able to ID one RTHA to subspecies. Mostly white underneath, black trailing edge on wings, black tips on primaries, black “commas”, dark patagial marks, brown hood (unable to determine if complete hood or not), no belly band, red tail.
    White-winged Dove 20
    Mourning Dove 20
    Greater Roadrunner 2
    Chimney Swift 30
    Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird 4
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
    Melanerpes sp. 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 5
    Eastern Phoebe 4
    Great Crested Flycatcher 1
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1
    White-eyed Vireo 8 2 begging from an adult.
    American Crow 1
    Purple Martin 2
    Barn Swallow 15
    Cliff/Cave Swallow 200
    Carolina Chickadee 2
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 3
    Carolina Wren 9
    Bewick’s Wren 3 Immature still with yellow gape.
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8
    Northern Mockingbird 5
    Northern Parula 1 Heard only once right before we ended the field trip at the parking lot.
    Yellow Warbler 3
    Wilson’s Warbler 1 Chunky body, short tail, bright yellow underside, black cap. Foraging quickly near the top of a tree near a Lesser Goldfinch. ID confirmed by several experienced birders.
    Field Sparrow 2
    Lark Sparrow 4
    Summer Tanager 10 One adult male observed eating a wasp. His tail was very short as if he had lost his tail feathers and new ones were starting to grow.
    Northern Cardinal 13
    Blue Grosbeak 1
    Orchard Oriole 1
    House Finch 12
    Lesser Goldfinch 35 Two begging from adult.

    View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19494560

    This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

  127. Deb Wallace says

    Seventeen of us went out to bird Commons Ford Ranch Park. The birds were good, but we spent quite some time oohing and aahing over how wonderful the prairie looked! And it was the place to be for Painted Buntings!

    May 6, 2014
    Commons Ford Pk
    Traveling
    3 miles
    240 Minutes
    Observers: 11
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments:
    Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1
    2 Wood Duck
    3 Northern Bobwhite
    2 Wild Turkey
    4 Great Blue Heron
    1 Green Heron
    4 Black Vulture
    2 Turkey Vulture
    1 Red-tailed Hawk
    4 White-winged Dove
    10 Mourning Dove
    1 Chuck-will’s-widow
    4 Chimney Swift
    2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    3 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
    3 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    5 Eastern Phoebe
    2 Great Crested Flycatcher
    3 Western Kingbird
    4 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    3 White-eyed Vireo
    1 Blue Jay
    8 Barn Swallow
    3 Carolina Chickadee
    4 Black-crested Titmouse
    3 Carolina Wren
    6 Bewick’s Wren
    2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    2 Eastern Bluebird
    18 Northern Mockingbird
    20 Cedar Waxwing
    3 Northern Parula
    1 Wilson’s Warbler
    1 Rufous-crowned Sparrow
    4 Clay-colored Sparrow
    8 Lark Sparrow
    1 Savannah Sparrow
    2 Summer Tanager
    20 Northern Cardinal
    12 Painted Bunting
    1 Dickcissel
    7 Great-tailed Grackle
    2 Bronzed Cowbird
    6 Orchard Oriole
    3 House Finch
    25 Lesser Goldfinch

  128. Deb Wallace says

    Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge is gorgeous in the springtime. Ten of us birded it on April 13th and had nice birds, including the stars of the Refuge – Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo!

    Apr 13, 2014
    Gainer tract BCNWR
    Traveling
    3 miles
    200 Minutes
    Observers: 10
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments:
    Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1
    2 Wild Turkey
    2 Black Vulture
    1 Turkey Vulture
    2 Swainson’s Hawk
    1 Red-tailed Hawk
    12 White-winged Dove
    6 Mourning Dove
    2 Black-chinned Hummingbird
    5 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    6 White-eyed Vireo
    3 Black-capped Vireo
    2 American Crow
    1 Common Raven
    4 Black-crested Titmouse
    1 Carolina Wren
    3 Bewick’s Wren
    1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    4 Northern Mockingbird
    2 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
    1 Golden-cheeked Warbler
    4 Spotted Towhee
    2 Rufous-crowned Sparrow
    2 Lark Sparrow
    3 Savannah Sparrow
    5 Lincoln’s Sparrow
    3 Summer Tanager
    6 Northern Cardinal

    Apr 13, 2014
    Balcones Canyonlands NWR–Simons Tract
    Traveling
    0.25 miles
    30 Minutes
    Observers: 10
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments:
    Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1
    1 Red-tailed Hawk
    1 Eastern Screech-Owl
    2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    2 Vermilion Flycatcher
    2 White-eyed Vireo
    2 Northern Mockingbird
    6 Lark Sparrow
    5 White-crowned Sparrow

  129. Ken Zaslow says

    Webberville Park (Big & Little) (HOTE 035), Travis, US-TX
    May 20, 2014 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.5 mile(s)
    Comments: Twelve people participated on this TAS field trip to the big Webberville Park in eastern Travis County. The weather for mid-May was very pleasant with beginning temperature of 70 degrees and ending temperature of 75 degrees. The sky was partly cloudy and winds were variable from 5 to 20 mph. We had good looks at many of the local summer residents such as Summer Tanager, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Painted Bunting, Eastern Kingbird, Great-crested Flycatcher, and Dicksissel. Prothonotary Warbler was not seen or heard.
    40 species (+3 other taxa)

    Wood Duck 4
    Cattle Egret 9
    Green Heron 3
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
    Black Vulture 3
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Killdeer 3
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 7
    Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
    White-winged Dove 27
    Mourning Dove 6
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
    Greater Roadrunner 1
    Common Nighthawk 1 Seen at Little Webberville Park at about 6:40 a.m. before the trip began.
    hummingbird sp. 3
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
    Downy Woodpecker 3
    Crested Caracara 3
    Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
    Empidonax sp. 2
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    Great Crested Flycatcher 2
    Eastern Kingbird 2
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 7
    White-eyed Vireo 3
    American Crow 3
    Barn Swallow 4
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 5
    Carolina Wren 6
    Eastern Bluebird 4
    Northern Mockingbird 7
    European Starling 4
    Lark Sparrow 5
    Summer Tanager 1
    Northern Cardinal 11
    Painted Bunting 4
    Dickcissel 3
    Great-tailed Grackle 5
    Brown-headed Cowbird 3
    Orchard Oriole 1
    House Finch 1

  130. Dennis Palafox says

    Dennis Palafox lead a group of 9 birders on a field trip to Camp Mabry on May 3, 2014, from 7:45 to about 11:10. The distance walked was approximately 1 mile. It was a good day birding as we saw 50 species. A peninsula into the largest pond on the property was very productive. A highlight of the trip was a very cooperative Prothonotary Warbler who allowed us to take many photos. A list of the birds seen follows:

    2 Black-bellied Whistling Duck
    2 Blue-winged Teal
    1 Snowy Egret
    1 Green Heron
    1 Black Vulture
    3 Turkey Vulture
    2 Red-shouldered Hawk
    1 Broad-winged Hawk
    1 Spotted Sandpiper
    10 White-winged Dove
    5 Mourning Dove
    1 Chimney Swift
    2 Archilocus Hummingbird sp. (HO)
    2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    1 Eastern Wood Pewee
    1 Least Flycatcher
    2 Eastern Phoebe
    2 Great-crested Flycatcher
    1 Western Kingbird
    1 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    5 White-eyed Vireo
    2 Red-eyed Vireo
    4 Blue Jay
    1 American Crow
    2 Purple Martin
    3 Barn Swallow
    2 Cliff Swallow
    3 Carolina Chickadee
    2 Black-crested Titmouse (HO)
    Carolina Wren (HO)
    3 Bewick’s Wren
    3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    5 Northern Mockingbird
    1 European Starling
    1 Prothonotary Warbler
    3 Nashville Warbler
    1 Yellow Warbler
    2 Summer Tanager
    2 Chipping Sparrow
    4 Clay-colored Sparrow
    2 Lark Sparrow
    7 Northern Cardinal
    1 Painted Bunting
    5 Great-tailed Grackle
    1 Orchard Oriole
    3 House Finch
    10 Lesser Goldfinch
    3 House Sparrow

  131. virginia rose says

    Sat., May 3
    Beautiful day at Berry Springs! George Kerr and Virginia Rose and eight others enjoyed this pretty pecan grove and saw nearly 50 birds! Best sighting may have been a red-shouldered hawk flying low with a 2-foot dangling snake over our heads.

    Brown headed cowbird
    Pied-billed grebe
    Duck species
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Green Heron
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Mississippi Kite
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Killdeer
    Rock Pigeon
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Chimney Swift
    Archilochus species
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Great Crested Flycatcher
    Eastern Kingbird
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    White-eyed Vireo
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    Purple Martin
    Barn Swallow
    Carolina Chickadee
    Titmouse species
    Carolina Wren
    Eastern Bluebird
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    Nashville Warbler
    American Redstart (just V & G)
    Yellow Warbler
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    Chipping Sparrow
    Clay-colored Sparrow
    Lincoln’s Sparrow
    Summer Tanager
    Northern Cardinal
    Painted Bunting (just G)
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Great-tailed Grackle
    Orchard Oriole
    Lesser Goldfinch
    House Sparrow
    House finch

  132. Ken Zaslow says

    Roy Guerrero Park, Travis, US-TX
    Apr 29, 2014 6:30 AM – 10:45 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.5 mile(s)
    Comments: Fifteen people participated on this TAS field trip to Roy Guerrero Park. It was a beautiful Spring day with temperatures between 65-75 degrees. The sky was sunny and the winds which were from the north varied from 5-15 mph.
    67 species (+5 other taxa)

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 1
    Blue-winged Teal 17
    Northern Shoveler 8
    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Great Blue Heron 4
    Great Egret 2
    Snowy Egret 1
    Little Blue Heron 1
    Cattle Egret 22
    Green Heron 1
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 5
    Black Vulture 2
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Osprey 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Spotted Sandpiper 6
    Lesser Yellowlegs 1
    Least Sandpiper 9
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 30
    Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
    White-winged Dove 10
    Mourning Dove 8
    Common Nighthawk 1 Heard in the parking lot before the trip started
    Chimney Swift 7
    Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird 3
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Crested Caracara 2
    Monk Parakeet 6
    Empidonax sp. 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Great Crested Flycatcher 5
    Western Kingbird 4
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 3
    White-eyed Vireo 5
    Red-eyed Vireo 2
    Blue Jay 1
    American Crow 2
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow 12
    Purple Martin 6
    Barn Swallow 5
    Cliff Swallow 35
    Cave Swallow 12
    swallow sp. 25
    Carolina Chickadee 6
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 3
    Carolina Wren 23
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
    Eastern Bluebird 1
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    European Starling 9
    American Pipit 14
    Cedar Waxwing 45
    Black-and-white Warbler 1 Heard only
    Nashville Warbler 2
    Chipping Sparrow 2
    Clay-colored Sparrow 19
    Lark Sparrow 2
    Savannah Sparrow 4
    White-crowned Sparrow 2
    Summer Tanager 2
    Northern Cardinal 33
    Indigo Bunting 1
    Painted Bunting 10
    Red-winged Blackbird 4
    Great-tailed Grackle 9
    Brown-headed Cowbird 1
    Baltimore Oriole 1
    blackbird sp. 45 Flying over
    Lesser Goldfinch 7
    American Goldfinch 25

  133. Ray and Ginny Steelman says

    Today April 21 we led 10 other birders along Booty’s Road Park in Georgetown. We had excellent weather with moderate temps and low wind. Highlights included an air show put on by several migrating hawks including a broad-winged hawk doing aerobatics while feeding on the wing and a great views of a flyover peregrine falcon. At Georgetown Dam we had both rock and canyon wrens, a rufous-crowned sparrow and nesting northern-rough-winged swallows. We had a total of 46 species as follows:
    45 species (+1 other taxa) total
    1 Great Blue Heron
    1 Little Blue Heron
    15 Black Vulture
    5 Turkey Vulture
    1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
    1 Cooper’s Hawk
    1 Broad-winged Hawk
    1 Red-tailed Hawk
    1 Peregrine Falcon
    1 Spotted Sandpiper
    5 White-winged Dove
    12 Mourning Dove
    2 Black-chinned Hummingbird
    1 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Peregrine Falcon
    1 Eastern Phoebe
    1 Great Crested Flycatcher
    8 White-eyed Vireo
    1 Warbling Vireo
    8 Red-eyed Vireo
    1 Blue Jay
    2 American Crow
    18 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    7 Cliff Swallow
    4 Carolina Chickadee
    4 Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid)
    1 Rock Wren
    2 Canyon Wren
    3 Carolina Wren
    2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    1 Northern Mockingbird
    25 Cedar Waxwing
    1 Black-and-white Warbler
    1 Orange-crowned Warbler
    3 Nashville Warbler
    2 Spotted Towhee
    1 Rufous-crowned Sparrow
    4 Lark Sparrow
    1 Savannah Sparrow
    1 Lincoln’s Sparrow
    1 White-throated Sparrow
    23 Northern Cardinal
    1 Blue Grosbeak
    2 Great-tailed Grackle
    1 Brown-headed Cowbird
    3 House Finch
    11 Lesser Goldfinch

  134. George Kerr says

    Hornsby Bend, April 19

    Claude Morris and I led 17 birders on the monthly Hornsby walk. It was a beautiful, sunny day that started out slightly cool with ground fog that quickly burned off. Except for the pecans, all the trees were freshly and fully leafed out making the woods a vibrant green. We puzzled over a warbler song that we heard many times until we finally got a cooperative Nashville Warbler. Other highlights were Cedar Waxwings close up, singing Summer Tanagers, Indigo Bunting (female), White-eyed Vireo singing in plain view, singing Red-eyed vireo briefly seen, Eastern Kingbird, fairly close Wilson’s Snipe, and a group of Least and Pectoral Sandpipers that did not mind that we were no more than 20 feet away. We dipped on several expected as well as hoped-for species, but still tallied 54.

    Blue-winged Teal
    Northern Shoveler
    Ruddy Duck
    Eared Grebe
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Snowy Egret
    Cattle Egret
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Swainson’s Hawk
    Red-tailed Hawk
    American Coot
    Greater Yellowlegs
    Semipalmated Sandpiper
    Least Sandpiper
    Pectoral Sandpiper
    Wilson’s Snipe
    Franklin’s Gull
    Rock Pigeon
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Owl species (large)
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Eastern Kingbird
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    Loggerhead Shrike
    White-eyed Vireo
    Red-eyed Vireo
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    Purple Martin
    Cliff Swallow
    Carolina Chickadee
    Carolina Wren
    Eastern Bluebird
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    Cedar Waxwing
    Orange-crowned Warbler
    Nashville Warbler
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    Savannah Sparrow
    Lincoln’s Sparrow
    White-throated Sparrow (HO)
    Scarlet Tanager
    Northern Cardinal
    Indigo Bunting
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Great-tailed Grackle
    House Finch
    House Sparrow

  135. Ken Zaslow for Terry Banks says

    Bastrop and Buescher State Parks, Bastrop, US-TX
    Apr 15, 2014 6:45 AM – 2:15 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    15.0 mile(s)
    Comments: 12 members of Travis Audubon participated in this field trip. It was an unusually cool day for mid-April – the day before it
    had been windy and raining, and on our birding day the temperature was about 39degrees Fahrenheit in the morning. It did warm up to about 66 degrees, and it was a sunny day with 5-10mph winds in, I believe, a Northeasterly direction. We started birding at the campgrounds. Here we walked about the grounds finding many singing Northern Parulas and a few singing/vocalizing Great Crested Flycatchers. White Eyed vireos, Carolina Wrens, and Northern Cardinals were also common songsters. We then birded the area around Buescher Pond. We found a few Blue Winged Teal and Some Wood ducks, a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers that may have been nesting in the area, Yellow Rumped Warblers, and more Northern Parulas. Compared to other visits, the bird activity was rather slow, but we did enjoy good looks at the Northern Parulas. We then drove down the park road that stretches between Buescher and Bastrop state parks, stopping several times during this 12 mile road and listening for and looking at birds. We saw several Broad Winged, Red Tailed and Red Shouldered Hawks and a few other raptors. We hiked a little of the hiking trail, stopped at Alum Creek Road, and finally ended up at Bastrop State Park where we lunched and birded the Copperas Creek Camping area. The remains of many burned out Pine Trees from the 2011 fire still populate the hills of Bastrop State park and many in our group found the area a bit depressing. However, we did note that there are many areas of rejuvenation and there are hundreds of fledgling pine trees sprouting up and doing well thanks to the efforts of volunteers. Wildflowers were also in abundance, especially in one field by Alum Creek Road. All in all, it was a pleasant, educational, and worthwhile field trip.
    53 species

    Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 4
    Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 16
    Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 6 Found in a wildflower field by
    Alum Creek Road. Several Toms displayed to a small group of females.
    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
    Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
    Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) 12
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 10
    Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 10
    Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
    Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis) 2
    Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 5
    Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) 6
    Swainson’s Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) 1
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 4
    American Coot (Fulica americana) 1
    Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1
    Franklin’s Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan) 300 As we were birding Alum
    Creek Road a large group of nonvocalizing Franklins Gulls appeared from
    across the road, flying at tree level.
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) 2
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 5
    Inca Dove (Columbina inca) 2
    Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) 2
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 6
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 4
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 6
    Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) 2
    Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway) 1
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1
    Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 2
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus) 2
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 10
    Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) 1
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 5
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 10
    Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) 2
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 10
    Tufted Titmouse (Baeolophus bicolor) 10 Actually, we did not
    carefully visualize the Titmice, so the titmice present could have been
    hybrids.
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 10
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 6
    Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 6
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 2
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 50
    Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 2 heard only
    Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) 4
    Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) 10
    Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 4 In previous years I have heard
    perhaps hundreds of Pine Warblers in the Bastrop area of the park
    complex. However, during this fieldtrip I heard or saw only a handfull
    of these birds – one can surmise that their population has crashed due
    to the devastation of their habitat.
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 4
    White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 4
    Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) 3 Males heard singing and seen
    flying about in various areas. No females were seen @ this time.
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 30
    Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 10
    House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 3

  136. Dennis Palafox says

    Hornsby Bend
    April 12, 2014 7:45 am to 11:30 am
    Weather – partly cloudy to cloudy
    Strong southerly breeze
    Temps mid 60s to high 70s
    38 species

    I lead a group of fourteen members of the Hays County Master Naturalists on a morning of birding at Hornsby Bend. For some members this was their first birding experience while others were extremely knowledgeable about birds and the flora of Hornsby Bend. We birded ponds 1 and 2 and the Colorado River Trail south of pond 2. One highlight of the trip was an Archilocus sp. nest in a branch over the river trail. Red-eyed and white-eyed vireos, Nasheville warblers, and summer tanagers were very vocal. A list of the species seen or heard follows:

    American Wigeon 4
    Blue-winged Teal 3
    Northern Shoveler 150
    Ruddy Duck 2
    Eared Grebe 1
    Snowy Egret 2
    Black Vulture 2
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    American Coot 35
    Killdeer 2
    Least Sandpiper 50
    Pectoral Sandpiper 2
    Wilson’s Snipe 5
    Franklin’s Gull 15
    Mourning Dove 3
    Chimney Swift (HO) 1
    Archilocus sp. (on nest) 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (HO) 2
    Crested Caracara 1
    Monk Parakeet 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 2
    White-eyed Vireo 5
    Red-eyed Vireo 4
    Purple Martin 25
    Marsh Wren (HO) 1
    Carolina Wren 5
    Eastern Bluebird (HO) 1
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    Cedar Waxwing 10
    Nashville Warbler 5
    Lark Sparrow 1
    Savannah Sparrow 2
    Summer Tanager 3
    Northern Cardinal 15
    Red-winged Blackbird 30
    Great-tailed Grackle 20
    Brown-headed Cowbird 1

  137. Deb Wallace says

    It was a lovely day in San Marcos. 14 of us birded the Aquarena Spring Lake area with a stop on the way home at Kyle Lake. FOS Great Crested Flycatcher and Summer Tanager were very nice! Kyle Lake had good birds, but too much wind!

    Apr 8, 2014
    Aquarena Springs
    Traveling
    4 miles
    240 Minutes
    Observers: 14
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments:
    Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1
    1 Wood Duck
    4 Gadwall
    6 Blue-winged Teal
    3 Pied-billed Grebe
    4 Double-crested Cormorant
    1 Great Blue Heron
    1 Great Egret
    2 Little Blue Heron
    4 Green Heron
    2 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    30 Black Vulture
    6 Turkey Vulture
    1 Osprey
    1 Cooper’s Hawk
    3 Red-shouldered Hawk
    6 American Coot
    3 White-winged Dove
    6 Mourning Dove
    1 Chimney Swift
    1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    1 Black-chinned Hummingbird
    3 hummingbird sp.
    3 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
    1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    3 Eastern Phoebe
    1 Great Crested Flycatcher
    4 White-eyed Vireo
    6 Barn Swallow
    3 Cliff Swallow
    5 Black-crested Titmouse
    2 Carolina Wren
    1 Bewick’s Wren
    2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    7 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    1 Hermit Thrush
    3 Northern Mockingbird
    100 Cedar Waxwing
    6 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
    1 Common Yellowthroat
    4 Clay-colored Sparrow
    1 Summer Tanager
    12 Northern Cardinal
    3 Red-winged Blackbird
    5 Great-tailed Grackle
    1 Brown-headed Cowbird

    Apr 8, 2014
    Soil Conservation Site 2 Reservoir / Lake Kyle
    Traveling
    0.5 miles
    45 Minutes
    Observers: 14
    All birds reported? Yes
    Comments: Very windy and sunny
    4 Gadwall
    8 Blue-winged Teal
    6 Northern Shoveler
    4 Green-winged Teal
    9 Lesser Scaup
    6 Ruddy Duck
    4 Pied-billed Grebe
    3 Double-crested Cormorant
    1 Great Blue Heron
    2 Killdeer
    1 Lesser Yellowlegs
    10 Upland Sandpiper
    2 Purple Martin
    4 Barn Swallow
    1 Eastern/Western Meadowlark

  138. Judith Bailey says

    TAS Beginner’s Bird Walk
    Lake Creek Trail
    4-5-2014

    20 hardy birders walked on a blustery morning looking for migrants and late leaving winter birds. We saw Ruby-crowned Kinglets sizzling in the trees, a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron sitting on a post, a small flock of American Goldfinches with one bright yellow male ready for breeding and a Great Crested Flycatcher that showed up as we gathered in the parking lot to leave. Leaders: George Kerr, Judith Bailey and Michael Pfeil.

    Blue-winged Teal
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Cattle Egret
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
    Cooper’s Hawk
    Killdeer
    Greater Yellowlegs
    Least Sandpiper
    Rock Pigeon
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Chimney Swift
    Belted Kingfisher
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Great Crested Flycatcher
    White-eyed Vireo
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    Barn Swallow
    Cliff Swallow
    Carolina Chickadee
    Carolina Wren
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    Cedar Waxwing
    Savannah Sparrow
    White-throated Sparrow
    Northern Cardinal
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Great-tailed Grackle
    American Goldfinch
    House Sparrow

  139. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    The following eBird report is from Dan Callaway who led this trip to East Metropolitan Park.

    Eastside Metropolitan Pk, Travis, US-TX
    Apr 1, 2014 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Fourteen Travis Audubon members participated in a birding field trip at East Metro Park. We traversed the woodland habitat by following frisbee golf trails from one to seven, then returned to the parking lot by way of the large pond. Some folks continued along the brushy inlet of the small pond. Weather- 70’s, overcast, and south breeze.
    49 species (+3 other taxa)

    Blue-winged Teal 4
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Great Egret 1
    Cattle Egret 3
    Black Vulture 1
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
    White-winged Dove 2
    Mourning Dove 12
    Inca Dove 1
    Greater Roadrunner 1
    hummingbird sp. 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 4
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Pileated Woodpecker 2
    Crested Caracara 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1
    White-eyed Vireo 7
    Blue Jay 2
    American Crow 4
    Purple Martin 1
    Carolina Chickadee 8
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 9
    House Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 5
    Bewick’s Wren 2
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7
    Eastern Bluebird 10
    Northern Mockingbird 6
    European Starling 10
    Cedar Waxwing 8
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
    Spotted Towhee 1
    Chipping Sparrow 20
    Lark Sparrow 6
    Song Sparrow 2
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 7
    Swamp Sparrow 1
    White-throated Sparrow 2
    Harris’s Sparrow 3
    White-crowned Sparrow 12
    Northern Cardinal 24
    Red-winged Blackbird 150
    Common Grackle 3
    Brown-headed Cowbird 3
    blackbird sp. 250
    House Finch 4

  140. Ken Zaslow says

    Emma Long Metropolitan Park, Travis, US-TX
    Mar 25, 2014 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    6.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Twelve people participated on this TAS Tuesday field trip to Emma Long Park. We birded the Turkey Creek Trail, the park’s shoreline along Lake Austin, and the one mile long Lakefront Nature Trail.
    41 species (+1 other taxa)

    Mute Swan 1
    Mallard (Domestic type) 1
    Common Loon 1 This fairly large and heavy bird was seen on Lake Austin adjacent to the section of the park devoted to camping trailers and close to the parking area and sign for the Shoreline Nature Trail. It had a typical loon profile, held its head level to the water, and appeared to be a juvenile first summer bird based on the whitish edges on its scapular feathers that created a distinctive pattern on the birds back. The heavy bill was silver colored and had a slightly curved culmen and a pointed tip. It’s neck showed a jagged border between the light and dark areas. The bird spent much of the time on the surface of the water interspersed with periods when it would dive below the water presumably to feed. Photos were taken by Lee Wallace.
    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Double-crested Cormorant 2
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Green Heron 1
    Black Vulture 5
    Turkey Vulture 6
    Osprey 1
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    White-winged Dove 6
    Mourning Dove 5
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3
    American Kestrel 1
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    White-eyed Vireo 19
    Blue-headed Vireo 1
    Blue Jay 2
    Western Scrub-Jay 1 Heard only
    Purple Martin 2
    Barn Swallow 5
    Carolina Chickadee 10
    Black-crested Titmouse 8
    Carolina Wren 7
    Bewick’s Wren 1 Heard only
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 23
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 17
    Hermit Thrush 1 Heard only
    Northern Mockingbird 1
    European Starling 5
    Cedar Waxwing 21
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Northern Parula 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 19
    Golden-cheeked Warbler 11
    Northern Cardinal 31
    Great-tailed Grackle 17
    American Goldfinch 3 Heard only

  141. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    Champion Park (Williamson Co.), Williamson, US-TX
    Mar 18, 2014 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Eleven members of the Travis Audubon Society birded this park from the parking lot upstream along Brushy Creek to the lake dam, then return. Weather- 48 to 60 degrees, South wind 15-20 mph, and clear. Sunrise 7:40. Additional birds seen on the previous day’s scouting were Ring-necked Duck, Yellow-crowned Night-heron, Common Raven, Cliff Swallow, and Savannah Sparrow.
    39 species (+2 other taxa)

    Gadwall 1
    American Wigeon 2
    Mallard (Domestic type) 3
    Northern Shoveler 16
    Green-winged Teal 3
    Pied-billed Grebe 2
    Double-crested Cormorant 25
    Great Blue Heron 4
    Great Egret 5
    Snowy Egret 1
    Black Vulture 1
    Turkey Vulture 1
    White-winged Dove 8
    Mourning Dove 2
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    White-eyed Vireo 1
    Blue Jay 2
    American Crow 3
    Carolina Chickadee 7
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 2
    Carolina Wren 4
    Bewick’s Wren 5
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 14
    Eastern Bluebird 1
    American Robin 2
    Northern Mockingbird 4
    Cedar Waxwing 65
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Northern Parula 2
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 35
    Lark Sparrow 2
    Song Sparrow 2
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 2
    White-throated Sparrow 4
    Northern Cardinal 16
    Red-winged Blackbird 1
    Great-tailed Grackle 25
    House Finch 12
    American Goldfinch 45

  142. Ken Zaslow for Terry Banks says

    Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037), Travis, US-TX
    Mar 15, 2014 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.25 mile(s)
    Comments: Sixteen people including 4 visitors from London, England participated on this monthly Travis Audubon Society bird walk at Hornsby Bend. The highlights of the trip for many were the sightings of a Possum and baby wild hog piglets. The sky was very overcast with variable clouds and there was intermittent mild to moderate rainfall. Temperature was in the low 60’s Fahrenheit and winds were calm.
    50 species (+5 other taxa)

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 2 Seen by some over Pond 2
    Wood Duck 1
    Gadwall 14
    American Wigeon 29
    Blue-winged Teal 8
    Northern Shoveler 52
    Green-winged Teal 27
    Canvasback 1
    Ring-necked Duck 6
    Lesser Scaup 2
    Bufflehead 1
    Ruddy Duck 14
    Double-crested Cormorant 2
    Great Egret 2
    Turkey Vulture 1
    hawk sp. 2 Two unidentifiable hawks (possibly Red-shouldered Hawks) were seen at the very beginning of the trip
    American Coot 35
    Killdeer 10
    Spotted Sandpiper 4
    Least Sandpiper 85
    Pectoral Sandpiper 9
    Wilson’s Snipe 28
    Ring-billed Gull 1
    White-winged Dove 2
    Mourning Dove 5
    Belted Kingfisher 1 Heard only
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Loggerhead Shrike 1
    American Crow 1
    Purple Martin 19
    Tree Swallow 4
    Cliff/Cave Swallow 6
    Carolina Chickadee 5
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 4
    Carolina Wren 8
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    European Starling 14
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 5
    Chipping Sparrow 4
    Field Sparrow 3
    Savannah Sparrow 17
    Song Sparrow 1
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 2
    Northern Cardinal 35
    Red-winged Blackbird 95
    Eastern/Western Meadowlark 1
    Brown-headed Cowbird 2
    blackbird sp. 200
    House Finch 7
    Lesser Goldfinch 1 Heard only
    House Sparrow 7

  143. Ken Zaslow for Terry Banks says

    Inks Lake State Park, Burnet, US-TX
    Mar 13, 2014 7:40 AM – 12:40 PM
    Comments: Ten people participated on this TAS field trip to Inks Lake State Park and to the adjacent Inks Lake National Fish Hatchery in Burnet. The bird list is divided into two parts. The beginning temperature was about 32 degrees Fahrenheit in the morning, calm wind and sunny – it warmed up to a pleasant 65 degrees by the end of our trip. We started birding around the Headquarters Grounds and spent about an hour doing so. Then we took a 2 mile hike along the Pecan Flats trail, stopping frequently to look at the various birds we had along the way.

    Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 4
    Mallard (Domestic type) (Anas platyrhynchos (Domestic type)) 2
    Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 8
    Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 4
    Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 3
    American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 4
    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 8
    Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 4
    Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 2
    American Coot (Fulica americana) 12
    Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 6
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) 20
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 10
    Inca Dove (Columbina inca) 2
    Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina) 3
    Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 1
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 3
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 1
    Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) 6
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 2
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 8
    Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) 2
    Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus) 2 Two individuals were seen well by all members of the party. Pictures are available on request. Birds were gray speckled on wings, gray cap with faint white supercillium, long, straight bill, white streaky breast with pale buff on belly and flanks and striped undertail coverts. The two individuals were foraging close together and acted like a breeding pair.
    It is interesting to note that Canyon Wrens, which are usually found at the park, were not seen or heard vocalizing.
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2
    Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 15
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 5
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 10
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 12
    Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 2
    Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 8
    Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 4
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps) 6
    Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 1
    Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 2
    Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) 1
    Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) 10
    Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 1
    Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 3
    Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 6
    White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) 1
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 20
    Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 10
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) 10
    Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) 10
    House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 2
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 10
    American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 2

    Inks Lake Natl. Fish Hatchery, Burnet, US-TX
    Mar 13, 2014 11:45 AM – 12:45 PM
    Canvasback (Aythya valisineria) 1
    Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) 1 This was the female bird that has been overwintering at the fish hatchery all winter. Pictures are available on request.
    Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 4
    Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
    Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) 1
    Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 2
    Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 10
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 1
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 1
    Purple Martin (Progne subis) 2
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 8

  144. Deb Wallace says

    Despite the early start (no matter what the Spring Forward clock said!) 10 of us showed up to bird Commons Ford. The highlight of the day was the pair of Ringed Kingfishers, who appeared to be working on a nest!

    Commons Ford Pk, Travis, US-TX
    Mar 9, 2014 7:27 AM – 10:57 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Cold, damp, and breezy Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1
    47 species

    Wood Duck 2
    Wild Turkey 4
    Pied-billed Grebe 2
    Double-crested Cormorant 30
    Great Blue Heron 6
    Black Vulture 1
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Osprey 2
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    American Coot 4
    Killdeer 2
    Ring-billed Gull 8
    White-winged Dove 50
    Mourning Dove 10
    Ringed Kingfisher 2
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    American Kestrel 1
    Eastern Phoebe 5
    Blue Jay 15
    Western Scrub-Jay 2
    American Crow 2
    Common Raven 1
    Carolina Chickadee 2
    Black-crested Titmouse 5
    Carolina Wren 2
    Bewick’s Wren 3
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Eastern Bluebird 4
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    Cedar Waxwing 20
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 24
    Spotted Towhee 2
    Chipping Sparrow 1
    Field Sparrow 6
    Vesper Sparrow 4
    Lark Sparrow 4
    Savannah Sparrow 25
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 3
    White-throated Sparrow 4
    Northern Cardinal 5
    Red-winged Blackbird 20
    American Goldfinch 20

  145. Deb Wallace says

    There were 15 people birding Commons Ford Ranch Park on Tuesday, February 25th. The day was cool and misty, but the crowd had a sunny disposition. Commons Ford will do that for you!

    Commons Ford Pk, Travis, US-TX
    Feb 25, 2014 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Overcast and misty Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1
    47 species (+1 other taxa)

    Wood Duck 2
    Gadwall 2
    Wild Turkey 5
    Pied-billed Grebe 4
    Double-crested Cormorant 20
    Great Blue Heron 8
    Great Egret 1
    Osprey 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    American Coot 6
    Killdeer 1
    White-winged Dove 75
    Mourning Dove 6
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
    American Kestrel 1
    Eastern Phoebe 4
    Blue Jay 6
    American Crow 3
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Black-crested Titmouse 6
    Carolina Wren 4
    Bewick’s Wren 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
    American Robin 10
    Northern Mockingbird 8
    European Starling 6
    Cedar Waxwing 40
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 30
    Spotted Towhee 6
    Chipping Sparrow 8
    Field Sparrow 6
    Vesper Sparrow 7
    Savannah Sparrow 8
    Song Sparrow 1
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 3
    White-throated Sparrow 5
    White-crowned Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 15
    Western Meadowlark 1
    Eastern/Western Meadowlark 8
    Great-tailed Grackle 1
    House Finch 4
    Lesser Goldfinch 12
    American Goldfinch 1

  146. Ray and Ginny Steelman says

    Lake Creek Trail, Williamson County
    Fourteen birders attended this “Two Hour Tuesday” under overcast skies and light to moderate winds with temps in the mid fifties to mid sixties.
    We tallied a respectable 49 species with good looks at several dark-eyed juncos including a few Oregon subspecies. The ebird report follows:
    Lake Creek Trail (Williamson Co.), Williamson, US-TX
    Mar 11, 2014 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.5 mile(s)
    49 species (+1 other taxa)

    Gadwall 2
    American Wigeon 20
    Blue-winged Teal 5
    Northern Shoveler 4
    Green-winged Teal 1
    Ring-necked Duck 3
    Double-crested Cormorant 3
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Great Egret 3
    Black Vulture 4
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Cooper’s Hawk 3
    Red-shouldered Hawk 3
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Killdeer 8
    Greater Yellowlegs 9
    Least Sandpiper 15
    White-winged Dove 10
    Mourning Dove 5
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 4
    Loggerhead Shrike 2
    Blue Jay 5
    American Crow 1
    Barn Swallow 3
    Carolina Chickadee 1
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 2
    Carolina Wren 3
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
    Eastern Bluebird 1
    Northern Mockingbird 4
    Cedar Waxwing 25
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 8
    Chipping Sparrow 4
    Field Sparrow 1
    Savannah Sparrow 1
    Song Sparrow 2
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 2
    Dark-eyed Junco 5
    Northern Cardinal 8
    Red-winged Blackbird 20
    Common Grackle 50
    Great-tailed Grackle 25
    House Finch 6
    Lesser Goldfinch 2
    House Sparrow 15

  147. Judith Bailey says

    TAS Beginner’s Bird Walk
    Walnut Creek Nature Preserve
    3-1-2014

    A foggy morning didn’t deter sixteen birders from exploring a new venue along Walnut Creek. Down around the first curve, we had good looks at a Field and Lincoln’s Sparrow; then, farther along the trail we had scope views of a male and female Downy near a male Red-bellied Woodpecker. The biggest surprise of the day was a 6 or 7, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck flyover. Many thanks to George and Michael.

    Judith Bailey and Virginia Rose, Co-leaders.

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
    Field Sparrow
    Cooper’s Hawk (seen by Ross)
    Lincoln’s Sparrow
    Killdeer
    White-throated Sparrow
    Rock Pigeon
    Great-tailed Grackle
    White-winged Dove
    Lesser Goldfinch
    Mourning Dove
    American Goldfinch
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    House Sparrow
    Downy Woodpecker
    House Finch
    Eastern Phoebe
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    Carolina Chickadee
    Titmouse species
    Carolina Wren
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    Orange-crowned Warbler
    Yellow-rumped Warbler

  148. Ray and Ginny Steelman says

    We led a group of 12 birders to Tejas Camp in Williamson County and a brief stop to a small pond along Ronald Regan Blvd. The weather was pleasantly warm with temps staring in the mid 50’s warming to the mid 70’s under slightly overcast skies. We saw 44 species of birds highlights being a group of about 15 wild turkey’s (two of which were displaying males) great looks at a golden-crowned kinglet, and a very cooperative greater roadrunner that was showing off near the parking lot. We also encountered an armadillo that came upon us as we walked the trail. The trip list as submitted to ebird follows:
    Williamson, Williamson, US-TX
    Feb 18, 2014 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    8.0 mile(s)
    44 species

    Gadwall 2
    American Wigeon 12
    Canvasback 1
    Redhead 8
    Ring-necked Duck 6
    Wild Turkey 15
    Black Vulture 6
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Red-tailed Hawk 2
    Killdeer 6
    Wilson’s Snipe 2
    Mourning Dove 5
    Greater Roadrunner 1
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
    Crested Caracara 1
    American Kestrel 2
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    American Crow 4
    Carolina Chickadee 6
    Black-crested Titmouse 1
    Carolina Wren 4
    Bewick’s Wren 2
    Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
    Northern Mockingbird 1
    European Starling 8
    American Pipit 5
    Cedar Waxwing 30
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
    Spotted Towhee 4
    Chipping Sparrow 1
    Field Sparrow 5
    Vesper Sparrow 25
    Savannah Sparrow 23
    Fox Sparrow 1
    Song Sparrow 4
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 5
    Harris’s Sparrow 5
    Northern Cardinal 16
    Red-winged Blackbird 4
    Eastern Meadowlark 1
    American Goldfinch 20

  149. George Kerr says

    On Sat. 2-15, Ingrid Huskey and I led 11 birders on the monthly TAS Hornsby Walk. It was a beautiful, sunny, spring-like day, starting out at 41 degrees, but with no wind, and rapidly warming to the mid-60’s with a slight breeze. Not a lot of bird activity, but we tallied 55 species nonetheless. Several Purple Martins were seen at the CER (per Kevin the first arrivals were on 2-13). The Vermilion was briefly seen, perched low at the waters edge next to the concrete structure that juts out into the NW end of Pond 2. It failed to pose per usual. Instead it bolted across the pond and disappeared into the rising sun. Best bird was Sora, at least two of which were heard multiple times laughing back and forth in the reeds on the south side of the dike that borders the north side of Pond 3. One of the Sora stepped out into the open and sauntered a few feet along the water’s edge before vanishing back into the reeds.

    Gadwall
    American Wigeon
    Northern Shoveler
    Green-winged Teal
    Bufflehead
    Ruddy Duck
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Northern Harrier
    Cooper’s Hawk
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Red-tailed Hawk
    Crested Caracara
    American Kestrel
    Sora
    American Coot
    Killdeer
    Spotted Sandpiper
    Least Sandpiper
    Wilson’s Snipe
    White-winged Dove
    Ringed Kingfisher
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Northern Flicker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    Loggerhead Shrike
    American Crow
    Purple Martin
    Carolina Chickadee
    Titmouse hybrid
    Carolina Wren
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Eastern Bluebird
    American Robin
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    Cedar Waxwing
    Orange-crowned Warbler
    Common Yellowthroat
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    Field Sparrow
    Savannah Sparrow
    Lincoln’s Sparrow
    Northern Cardinal
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Meadowlark species
    Common Grackle
    Great-tailed Grackle
    House Finch
    House Sparrow

  150. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    This TAS trip was led by Dan Callaway and a copy of his eBird posting is below.

    Lake Pflugerville, Travis, US-TX
    Feb 4, 2014 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: A small group of 8 birders braved the 40 degree weather to bird around the north end of the lake. The drizzle had pretty much ended by the time we started. This was a Travis Audubon Society 2-hour Tuesday field trip. After the end of the two hours, I spent the next half hour scanning the south side and on either side of the bridge, to get a total count of water birds including one Canvasback that we did not see earlier. We tried to call up Sora, Marsh Wren, and Swamp Sparrow in the reedy edges to no avail.
    23 species (+2 other taxa)

    Mallard (Domestic type) 16
    Green-winged Teal 8
    Canvasback 1
    Lesser Scaup 1
    Ruddy Duck 1
    Pied-billed Grebe 22
    Double-crested Cormorant 35
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    Northern Harrier 1
    American Coot 175
    Killdeer 3
    Least Sandpiper 6
    Wilson’s Snipe 2
    Ring-billed Gull 225
    Mourning Dove 1
    Crested Caracara 1
    Loggerhead Shrike 1
    American Pipit 1
    Common Yellowthroat 2
    Savannah Sparrow 16
    Song Sparrow 2
    Red-winged Blackbird 5
    Eastern/Western Meadowlark 12
    Great-tailed Grackle 150

  151. virginia rose says

    Virginia Rose, Judith Bailey, George Kerr, Shirley LaVergne, and fourteen others birded Big Webberville on Saturday, February 1, 2014. Best bird was the immature bald eagle flying low and giving us good looks. Best surprise attendee was Stan Van Sandt! Great seeing you, Stan.
    Eastern phoebe
    Northern cardinal
    Northern mockingbird
    Carolina chickadee
    Blue Jay
    Black vulture
    Turkey vulture
    European starling
    Great-tailed grackle
    Red-tailed hawk
    Bald eagle
    House sparrow
    White-throated sparrow
    White-crowned sparrow
    Yellow-rumped warbler
    Carolina wren
    Ruby-crowned kinglet
    Great blue heron
    Great egret
    Neotropic cormorant
    Double-crested cormorant
    Lesser scaup
    Gadwall
    Eastern bluebird
    American crow
    Downy woodpecker
    Red-bellied woodpecker
    Pileated woodpecker
    Ladder-backed woodpecker
    Yellow-shafted flicker
    Red-winged blackbird
    American pippit
    Mourning dove
    White-winged dove

  152. Shelia Hargis says

    Eight hardy birders joined Laurie Foss and me for the monthly field trip to Commons Ford. It was cold and windy and got colder and windier as the morning progressed. But we hung in there and saw some good birds anyway. Below is our bird list.

    Commons Ford Pk, Travis, US-TX
    Feb 2, 2014 7:34 AM – 10:35 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.5 mile(s)
    Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1
    45 species (+2 other taxa)

    Gadwall 8
    Bufflehead 1
    Pied-billed Grebe 2
    Double-crested Cormorant 30
    Great Blue Heron 6
    Great Egret 2
    Black Vulture 6
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Osprey 2
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 2
    American Coot 2
    Killdeer 4
    Ring-billed Gull 15
    White-winged Dove 75
    Mourning Dove 1
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 4
    American Kestrel 1
    Eastern Phoebe 6
    Blue Jay 10
    American Crow 4
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 12
    Carolina Wren 7
    Bewick’s Wren 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Eastern Bluebird 5
    American Robin 40
    Northern Mockingbird 1
    Cedar Waxwing 75
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Pine Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 40
    Spotted Towhee 2
    Field Sparrow 4
    Savannah Sparrow 8
    Song Sparrow 4
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 2
    White-throated Sparrow 2
    Northern Cardinal 15
    Red-winged Blackbird 220
    Eastern/Western Meadowlark 20
    House Finch 7
    Lesser Goldfinch 1
    American Goldfinch 10

    View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16768119

    This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

  153. BirdAnswers says

    Lance,
    I am a volunteer with Travis Audubon that helps answer question such as the one you posted about the possibility of seeing a Bald Eagle on FM 969. It is quite possible that the bird you saw could have been a Bald Eagle as several pairs are nesting in the general area, the nearest ones being close to Webberville Park, which is a little farther east along FM 969. Of course, it is also likely that you saw a Crested Caracara as they are very common in the area. Without a little more information, it is hard to say for sure which one you saw, but maybe you will be lucky and see it again if you are in the area and be able to get a positive ID.

  154. Lance says

    Would it have been possible to have seen a Bald Eagle at the intersection of FM. 969 and FM. 973 near Lake Long.
    I saw a large raptor flying very low, maybe 3-5 feet above the ground, through lightly wooded forest. It was dark bodied with a white head.
    Possibly a Crested Caracara instead? This was on 1-20-2014 at about 8am I don’t recall seeing a white tail. It caught my attention while I was
    approaching the intersection and I knew it wasn’t a vulture, but it was a very large bird. Any ideas or other sightings. It was at the opposite
    end of FM. 973 from the Hornsby Bend Treatment Plant.
    Thanks
    Lance

  155. Ken Zaslow says

    Bauerle Ranch Park, Travis, US-TX
    Jan 30, 2014 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Seven people participated on this TAS field trip to the Slaughter Creek Greenbelt at Bauerle Ranch. The beginning temperature was 37 degrees and the ending temperature was 46 degrees. The sky was overcast and winds were 10-15mph.
    34 species (+2 other taxa)

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 7
    Gadwall 8
    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Great Blue Heron 1 At the end of the trip several of us saw the bird fly into the Bauerle Pond area.
    Black Vulture 2
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Heard only
    White-winged Dove 27
    Inca Dove 1
    Crested Caracara 2
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Blue Jay 7
    Carolina Chickadee 6
    Black-crested Titmouse 1
    Carolina Wren 9
    Bewick’s Wren 4
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    European Starling 9 Flying over and vocalizing
    Cedar Waxwing 15
    Orange-crowned Warbler 5
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 11
    Spotted Towhee 1
    Field Sparrow 5
    Savannah Sparrow 2
    Song Sparrow 4
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 2
    sparrow sp. 15
    Northern Cardinal 19
    Great-tailed Grackle 3
    blackbird sp. 25 Flying over
    House Finch 1 Heard only
    American Goldfinch 10 Flying over and vocalizing
    House Sparrow 4 Seen and heard in the parking area near the trail entrance.

  156. Ken Zaslow says

    Travis County, Travis, US-TX
    Jan 21, 2014 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    14.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Eleven people participated on this TAS field trip to bird South Travis County Ponds. The weather was blustery with north winds from 10-20mph. Temperature ranged from 48 to 55 degrees and the sky was clear and sunny. We birded the series of retention ponds on the southwest side of the Southpark Meadows Shopping Center, three ponds in the Onion Creek development east of I-35, and several ponds in the mostly rural Turnersville Road and North Turnersville Road area of southern Travis County.
    54 species (+4 other taxa)

    Gadwall 55
    American Wigeon 110
    Blue-winged Teal 4
    Northern Shoveler 25
    Northern Pintail 27
    Green-winged Teal 21
    Canvasback 3
    Ring-necked Duck 36
    Bufflehead 39
    Ruddy Duck 4
    Pied-billed Grebe 7
    Double-crested Cormorant 11
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 3
    Black Vulture 1
    Turkey Vulture 3
    Northern Harrier 1
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Red-tailed Hawk 4
    American Coot 35
    Killdeer 8
    Greater Yellowlegs 2
    Least Sandpiper 11
    Wilson’s Snipe 2
    Ring-billed Gull 7
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
    White-winged Dove 14
    Mourning Dove 1
    Great Horned Owl 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Crested Caracara 5
    American Kestrel 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Loggerhead Shrike 2
    Blue Jay 5
    American Crow 6
    Carolina Chickadee 1 Heard only
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 2
    Carolina Wren 2
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    European Starling 2
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
    Vesper Sparrow 4
    Savannah Sparrow 5
    White-crowned Sparrow 6
    sparrow sp. 15
    Northern Cardinal 4
    Eastern/Western Meadowlark 15
    Brewer’s Blackbird 19
    Great-tailed Grackle 27
    Brown-headed Cowbird 14
    blackbird sp. 45
    American Goldfinch 1
    House Sparrow 5

  157. Ken Zaslow (12-17-2013 trip report) says

    Bauerle Ranch Park, Travis, US-TX
    Dec 17, 2013 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: 12 people participated in today’s TAS field trip to the Slaughter Creek Greenbelt at the Bauerle Ranch Park in south Austin. The morning began cold with a temperature of 35 degrees but quickly warmed after the sun rose over the horizon. Ending temperature was 59 degrees. The sky was clear and winds were calm. We walked a loop in the northwest section of the park with the birdiest area being the pond along the Bauerle Creek Trail.
    35 species (+1 other taxa)

    Gadwall 3
    Double-crested Cormorant 7
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Northern Harrier 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Heard only
    White-winged Dove 48
    Mourning Dove 3
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker 3
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 2 Heard only
    Crested Caracara 1
    American Kestrel 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Blue Jay 14
    American Crow 1 Seen shortly before the trip began
    Carolina Chickadee 9
    Black-crested Titmouse 6
    Carolina Wren 11
    Bewick’s Wren 5
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 15
    Hermit Thrush 1 Heard only
    Northern Mockingbird 6
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
    Spotted Towhee 3
    Chipping Sparrow 3
    Field Sparrow 5
    Savannah Sparrow 2
    Song Sparrow 3
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 4
    sparrow sp. 10
    Northern Cardinal 9
    Great-tailed Grackle 5
    Lesser Goldfinch 9
    American Goldfinch 11
    House Sparrow 2

  158. Dennis Palafox says

    Dennis Palafox lead a group of 11 people who birded Camp Mabry on January 11, 2014 from 7:45 to about 10:45. The distance walked was approximately 1 mile. The morning started a bit chilly, about 52 degrees. The water on the larger pond was smooth as glass and lighting was excellent for pictures of ducks, grebes, cormorants and herons. The golden-crowned kinglets were numerous on the west side of the pond. Probably one of the most interesting things observed were clouds of cedar pollen blowing from Ashe juniper trees. According to the American Statesman, the cedar pollen count for the day broke a 16-year record that day! Many of us were sneezing and sniffling as the trip continued. Several participants expressed an interest in returning to Camp Mabry in the spring because of the varied habitat (ponds, creeks, woodlands and a grassy field) in the area. A list of the birds seen follows:
    Wood duck
    Gadwall
    Ring-necked duck
    Bufflehead
    Pied-billed grebe
    Double-crested cormorant
    Great blue Heron
    Great egret
    Red-shouldered hawk
    American coot
    Ring-billed gull
    White-winged dove
    Great-horned owl
    Red-bellied woodpecker
    Eastern phoebe
    Blue jay
    American crow
    Carolina chickadee
    Tufted x Black-crested titmouse hybrid
    Carolina wren
    Golden-crowned kinglet
    Ruby-crowned kinglet
    Northern mockingbird
    Yellow-rumped warbler
    Savannah sparrow
    Northern cardinal
    House finch
    American goldfinch

  159. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    Windemere Park, Travis, US-TX
    Jan 14, 2014 8:00 AM – 10:15 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Seventeen people participated on this Travis Audubon field trip. There is a wide concrete path along upper Gilleland Creek that stretches from Heatherwilde Blvd to Grand Avenue Parkway. A small reed-fringed pond is located on the south side of the creek and adjacent to the waste-water treatment plant. Weather- clear, 40-50 degrees, slight south breeze.
    37 species (+2 other taxa)

    Wood Duck 2
    duck sp. 35
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    American Coot 2
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
    White-winged Dove 50
    Mourning Dove 15
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Northern Flicker 2
    Crested Caracara 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Loggerhead Shrike 1
    Blue-headed Vireo 1
    Blue Jay 18
    Carolina Chickadee 8
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 2
    Carolina Wren 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 16
    Northern Mockingbird 8
    European Starling 10
    Cedar Waxwing 125
    Orange-crowned Warbler 6
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 45
    Spotted Towhee 1
    Savannah Sparrow 1
    Song Sparrow 1
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 1
    White-crowned Sparrow 2
    Dark-eyed Junco 1
    Northern Cardinal 14
    Red-winged Blackbird 1
    Great-tailed Grackle 6
    House Finch 2
    American Goldfinch 1

  160. Ray and Ginny Steelman says

    Today we led 9 intrepid birders on a trip through the Granger Lake area. The morning was cold with temps in the lower 20’s but fortunately very light winds. Highlights included: merlin, adult bald eagle, a flock of horned larks and a very cooperative common yellowthroat that put on a great show for us. The following is a complete list of birds that managed to find us:
    Gadwall
    Mallard
    Ring-necked Duck
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Bald Eagle
    Northern Harrier
    Red-tailed Hawk
    Crested Caracara
    American Kestrel
    Merlin
    American Coot
    Killdeer
    Rock Pigeon
    Eurasian Collared-Dove
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Great Horned Owl
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Loggerhead Shrike
    American Crow
    Horned Lark
    Carolina Chickadee
    Carolina Wren
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Hermit Thrush
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    American Pipit
    Orange-crowned Warbler
    Common Yellowthroat
    Spotted Towhee
    Field Sparrow
    Vesper Sparrow
    Savannah Sparrow
    Song Sparrow
    Lincoln’s Sparrow
    White-throated Sparrow
    Harris’s Sparrow
    White-crowned Sparrow
    Northern Cardinal
    Eastern Meadowlark
    Brewer’s Blackbird
    Common Grackle
    Great-tailed Grackle
    American Goldfinch

  161. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    Dan Callaway led this trip which was sponsored by Travis Audubon and the City of Pflugerville. The Horned Grebe that had been seen on 12/9 was not seen.

    Lake Pflugerville, Travis, US-TX
    Dec 10, 2013 4:00 PM – 9:30 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: A small party of 4 birders toured the North shore of the lake and along the Becker Farm bridge. Most of the viewing was directly into the sun from all vantage points. This was a field trip sponsored by Travis Audubon Society and the City of Pflugerville, and a follow-up to the class and trip last Saturday, the 7th.
    13 species

    Canvasback 6
    Ring-necked Duck 40
    Bufflehead 2
    Pied-billed Grebe 5
    Great Egret 1
    American Coot 250
    Killdeer 8
    Wilson’s Snipe 1
    Ring-billed Gull 50
    Mourning Dove 12
    European Starling 10
    Red-winged Blackbird 40
    Brown-headed Cowbird 1

  162. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    Dan Callaway found a Horned Grebe on Lake Pflugerville today. See his eBird checklist below.

    Lake Pflugerville, Travis, US-TX
    Dec 9, 2013 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Scouting to prepare for Travis Audubon Society / Pflugerville field trip on Tues, the 10th, at 4 pm. Weather – 36 degrees, north wind 10-12, overcast, drizzly mist.
    14 species (+2 other taxa)

    Northern Shoveler 2
    Green-winged Teal 5
    Canvasback 8
    Ruddy Duck 6
    Pied-billed Grebe 4
    Horned Grebe 1 This small waterfowl had a full white cheek, throat and breast with small beak. The black/white line of separation extended straight back from the eye. The top of the head was black as well as the back and back of the neck. The side was grayish/black. The beak was not large enough to be a loon. I used 8-power binoculars. The bird was swimming among coots about 100 yards from shore. It was located east of the Becker Farm bridge and seen easily from the north shore. It was observed at 9:30 and again at 11:00 am.
    Double-crested Cormorant 1
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    American Coot 250
    Killdeer 2
    Forster’s Tern 2
    American Pipit 15
    sparrow sp. 1
    Eastern/Western Meadowlark 25
    Great-tailed Grackle 5

  163. Ken Zaslow says

    This is an addendum to yesterdays Hornsby Bend trip list:

    A Loggerhead Shrike was also seen and our group consisted of 11 people from the Wimberly Birding Society.

  164. Ken Zaslow says

    Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037), Travis, US-TX
    Dec 5, 2013 8:30 AM – 11:15 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: I led a group of 7 enthusiastic birders from the Wimberly Birding Society on this trip to Hornsby Bend. We birded the ponds and the southeast section of the River Trail. Despite unfavorable weather conditions we all had a good time and saw some excellent birds. Trip highlights were Vermilion Flycatcher, Pine Warbler, Eared Grebes and a beautiful raft of Bufflehead Ducks. Beginning temperature was 48 degrees, and ending temperature was 44 degrees. Winds were brisk at 15-20 mph from the north. The sky was partly cloudy.
    41 species (+2 other taxa)

    Northern Shoveler 37
    Green-winged Teal 41
    Lesser Scaup 1
    Bufflehead 7
    Ruddy Duck 51
    Eared Grebe 5
    Double-crested Cormorant 4
    Black Vulture 6
    Turkey Vulture 3
    Osprey 1
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    American Coot 9
    Killdeer 5
    Spotted Sandpiper 3
    Least Sandpiper 19
    Wilson’s Snipe 2
    White-winged Dove 12
    Mourning Dove 2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    woodpecker sp. 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Vermilion Flycatcher 1 This well documented male bird was seen in its usual location on the south side of Pond 2 near the greenhouse.
    Carolina Chickadee 6
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 2
    Carolina Wren 3
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 12
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    American Pipit 1
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Pine Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 5
    Savannah Sparrow 8
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 1
    White-throated Sparrow 2
    Northern Cardinal 7
    Red-winged Blackbird 3
    Great-tailed Grackle 5
    American Goldfinch 1

  165. Deb Wallace says

    12 of us had a glorious sparrow morning in nice weather. We had 13 sparrow species, icluding Le Conte’s and Grasshopper, which were lifers for some. They were also very cooperative for the photo folks in the group. The species list is below.

    Balcones Canyonlands NWR–Doeskin Ranch, Burnet, US-TX
    Dec 3, 2013 7:15 AM – 10:45 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.5 mile(s)
    32 species (+1 other taxa)

    Sandhill Crane 10
    Mourning Dove 4
    Inca Dove 2
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 4
    American Kestrel 2
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    American Crow 1
    Carolina Chickadee 6
    Black-crested Titmouse 4
    House Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 1
    Bewick’s Wren 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Spotted Towhee 15
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow 5
    Chipping Sparrow 15
    Field Sparrow 20
    Vesper Sparrow 5
    Lark Sparrow 1
    Savannah Sparrow 18
    Grasshopper Sparrow 8
    Le Conte’s Sparrow 6
    Song Sparrow 3
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 12
    White-throated Sparrow 4
    White-crowned Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 15
    Eastern/Western Meadowlark 12
    House Finch 1
    American Goldfinch 12

  166. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    Northeast Metro Park (Travis Co.), Travis, US-TX
    Nov 26, 2013 7:30 AM – 10:45 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Eight people braved the cold, windy conditions to participate on this Travis Audubon Society field trip. Weather- 33-41 degrees, overcast, North wind 15-25 mph.
    40 species (+1 other taxa)

    Gadwall 12
    Bufflehead 2
    Pied-billed Grebe 2
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Black Vulture 3
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Killdeer 12
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 30
    White-winged Dove 75
    Mourning Dove 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 12
    Downy Woodpecker 3
    Eastern Phoebe 4
    Blue-headed Vireo 1
    Blue Jay 10
    American Crow 10
    Carolina Chickadee 10
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 5
    Carolina Wren 6
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 20
    Eastern Bluebird 6
    Hermit Thrush 2
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    European Starling 50
    Black-and-white Warbler 1
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 20
    Chipping Sparrow 7
    Vesper Sparrow 1
    Song Sparrow 1
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 1
    White-throated Sparrow 3
    Northern Cardinal 10
    Red-winged Blackbird 5
    Brewer’s Blackbird 30
    Common Grackle 2
    Great-tailed Grackle 50
    Brown-headed Cowbird 200
    American Goldfinch 1

  167. Ray Steelman says

    Eighteen people participated in this TAS field trip along Lake Creek Trail. The weather was pleasant with temps near 60 and light to moderate winds. We covered about four miles and spotted 43 species of birds. The highlight was great scope views of a Great Horned Owl being harassed by a group American Crows. The Blue-headed Vireo spotted the day before was not relocated. The ebird report is as follows:

    Lake Creek Trail (Williamson Co.), Williamson, US-TX
    Nov 19, 2013 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    4.0 mile(s)
    43 species

    Double-crested Cormorant 2
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Black Vulture 2
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Greater Yellowlegs 4
    Least Sandpiper 9
    Wilson’s Snipe 1
    White-winged Dove 100
    Great Horned Owl 1
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    American Kestrel 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Loggerhead Shrike 1
    Blue Jay 6
    American Crow 5
    Carolina Chickadee 2
    Black-crested Titmouse 1
    Carolina Wren 3
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
    American Robin 2
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    European Starling 30
    American Pipit 1
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 10
    Spotted Towhee 1
    Chipping Sparrow 4
    Savannah Sparrow 1
    Song Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 4
    Red-winged Blackbird 45
    Great-tailed Grackle 100
    House Finch 10
    Lesser Goldfinch 1
    American Goldfinch 1
    House Sparrow 10

  168. Ken Zaslow says

    Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037), Travis, US-TX
    Nov 16, 2013 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.25 mile(s)
    Comments: Sixteen people participated in this Travis Audubon Society monthly bird walk at Hornsby Bend. We birded around the headquarters building, all of the ponds, and walked the southeastern section of the River Trail. Windy conditions (15-20 mph) resulted in decreased species and numbers of birds being seen compared to the scouting trip done one day earlier. Highlights included a beautiful male Cinnamon Teal and the male Vermilion Flycatcher that continues to be seen between Pond 2 and the Greenhouse. The Rusty Blackbirds noted on 11/15 were not seen today.
    50 species (+4 other taxa)

    Gadwall 5
    Mallard (Domestic type) 1
    Cinnamon Teal 1
    Northern Shoveler 175
    Green-winged Teal 27
    Redhead 1
    Lesser Scaup 7
    Bufflehead 3
    Ruddy Duck 45
    Eared Grebe 1
    Double-crested Cormorant 50 Includes a large group that flew over the ponds
    Great Egret 1
    Black Vulture 24
    Turkey Vulture 3
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    American Coot 30
    Killdeer 5
    Spotted Sandpiper 3
    Least Sandpiper 40
    Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
    White-winged Dove 3
    Mourning Dove 4
    Inca Dove 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Crested Caracara 6
    American Kestrel 2
    Monk Parakeet 7
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    Vermilion Flycatcher 1 This adult male bird was seen in its usual location on telephone wires running along the road between Pond 2 and the Greenhouse.
    Blue Jay 2 Heard only
    American Crow 2
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 2
    House Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 3
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    European Starling 75
    Black-and-white Warbler 1
    Savannah Sparrow 3
    Song Sparrow 1
    White-throated Sparrow 2 Heard only
    Northern Cardinal 8
    Red-winged Blackbird 35
    Eastern/Western Meadowlark 9
    Great-tailed Grackle 25
    Brown-headed Cowbird 450 A large flock was seen in the field next to the headquarters building
    House Finch 6
    Lesser Goldfinch 1
    House Sparrow 3

  169. Ken Zaslow says

    Platt Lane (Travis Co.), Travis, US-TX
    Nov 5, 2013 7:00 AM – 9:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Twenty people participated on this TAS field trip to the Platt Lane area at Hornsby Bend. We birded from the beginning of Platt Lane to the xeric area along the River Trail. Beginning temperature was 68 degrees and ending temperature was 74 degrees. The sky was cloudy to partly cloudy with light winds from the south.
    36 species (+5 other taxa)

    Gadwall 3
    American Wigeon 5
    Ring-necked Duck 11
    Lesser Scaup 1
    duck sp. 9 Flyovers
    Pied-billed Grebe 3
    Double-crested Cormorant 2
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Red-tailed Hawk 3
    American Coot 10
    Killdeer 8
    White-winged Dove 40
    Mourning Dove 3
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
    Downy Woodpecker 4
    Crested Caracara 2
    American Kestrel 1
    Eastern Phoebe 6
    Loggerhead Shrike 1
    Blue Jay 4
    American Crow 7
    Cliff/Cave Swallow 45
    Carolina Chickadee 6
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 4
    House Wren 1 Heard only
    Carolina Wren 8
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
    Eastern Bluebird 3
    Northern Mockingbird 7
    European Starling 350
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    White-crowned Sparrow 2
    Northern Cardinal 14
    Red-winged Blackbird 35
    Eastern/Western Meadowlark 11
    Great-tailed Grackle 17
    grackle sp. 15 Flyovers
    House Finch 2
    House Sparrow 3

  170. Judith Bailey says

    At Riata Pond, Virginia Rose, Shirley LaVergne and Judith Bailey lead twenty beginning birders in search of local and winter residents; 32 species were found. A punk-rock, male Belted Kingfisher entertained with fly-byes and then posed on an overhead wire. Other highlights were a bush full of juvenile White-crowned Sparrows, a bright look at a Loggerhead Shrike, a Carolina and House Wren sharing a small shrub, and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet flashing his ruby feathers at another RKC invading his territory. A good time was had by all.

    Greater White-fronted Goose
    Pied-billed Grebe
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Turkey Vulture
    Red-shouldered Hawk (heard only)
    Red-tailed Hawk
    Rock Pigeon
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Belted Kingfisher, male
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    Northern Flicker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Loggerhead Shrike
    Blue Jay
    Carolina Chickadee
    Titmouse species
    Carolina Wren
    House Wren
    Bewick’s Wren
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    Orange-crowned Warbler
    Common Yellowthroat
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    White-throated Sparrow
    White-crowned Sparrow
    Northern Cardinal
    Great-tailed Grackle
    House Finch
    House Sparrow

  171. Ken Zaslow says

    The following eBird reports were created by Terry Banks who was the leader on this trip which took place on Tuesday, October 22nd.

    Blanco SP & Nature Trail, Blanco, US-TX
    Oct 22, 2013 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Fifteen people participated on this trip. It was a beautiful sunny day – about 65 degrees fahrenheit without a noticeable wind. There had been rain the night before.
    31 species (+1 other taxa)

    Muscovy Duck (Domestic type) (Cairina moschata (Domestic type)) 4
    Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 3
    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 20
    Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 10
    Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1 seen by two members of the party
    Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 1
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) 10
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 40
    Inca Dove (Columbina inca) 3
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 3 Ruby throats were in various areas of the park but especially by the feeder @ the park entrance.
    Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 3
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 1
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 5
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 1
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 2
    Common Raven (Corvus corax) 1
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 6
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 4
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 6
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 4
    Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis) 3
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 8
    European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 10
    Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 4
    Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) 1
    Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 1
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 15
    House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 6
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 15
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 25

    Susan Evan’s property on the Blanco River, Hays, US-TX
    Oct 22, 2013 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
    Protocol: Stationary
    Comments: We birded mostly from Susan’s porch and a short walk around the property.
    15 species

    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 6
    Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 4
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) 3
    Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 2
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 3
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 3
    Canyon Wren (Catherpes mexicanus) 1
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 2
    Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 1
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps) 1
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 6
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 8
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 1

  172. Ray Steelman says

    We had a great turn out of approximately 24 people who participated in today’s field trip to to Divine Lake Park in Leander, Williamson County. The weather was over cast, breezy and damp with temps in the low 70’s. The day started off slowly but picked up as the morning advanced and we ended up with a total of 45 species including six raptors.

    45 species seen or heard at Devine Lake Park on 10/29/13.

    10 American Wigeon
    15 Blue-winged Teal
    2 Northern Pintail
    1 Green-winged Teal
    12 Redhead
    1 Lesser Scaup
    1 Ruddy Duck
    1 Pied-billed Grebe
    25 American White Pelican
    1 Great Blue Heron
    15 Great Egret
    7 Snowy Egret
    1 Black Vulture
    20 Turkey Vulture
    2 Northern Harrier
    1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
    1 Cooper’s Hawk
    2 Red-shouldered Hawk
    2 Red-tailed Hawk
    1 American Kestrel
    1 American Coot
    1 Black-bellied Plover
    25 Killdeer
    8 Greater Yellowlegs
    18 Least Sandpiper
    4 Wilson’s Snipe
    30 Eurasian Collared-Dove
    1 White-winged Dove
    35 Mourning Dove
    2 Red-bellied Woodpecker
    1 Downy Woodpecker
    2 Eastern Phoebe
    1 Loggerhead Shrike
    4 Blue Jay
    1 Carolina Wren
    1 House Wren
    4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    2 Northern Mockingbird
    20 European Starling
    2 Orange-crowned Warbler
    3 Northern Cardinal
    2 Eastern Meadowlark
    4 Great-tailed Grackle
    1 House Finch
    10 Lesser Goldfinch

  173. Lee and Deb Wallace says

    On Sunday, October 20th, 16 of us participated in the monthly Commons Ford bird walk. The cold and the fog finally gave way to a beautiful birding day. We were able to get great looks and had mini identification clinics for a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker and a Ringed Kingfisher, both of which were life birds for several in the group. The perched Ospreys and Great-horned Owl were also big hits. The eBird list follows:

    Commons Ford Pk, Travis, US-TX
    Oct 20, 2013 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.5 mile(s)
    32 species (+2 other taxa)

    Wood Duck 4
    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    cormorant sp. 1
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    Black Vulture 1
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Osprey 2
    Red-shouldered Hawk 3
    Red-tailed Hawk 2
    American Coot 1
    White-winged Dove 50
    Mourning Dove 6
    Great Horned Owl 1
    Ringed Kingfisher 1
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3
    Blue Jay 11
    American Crow 2
    Carolina Chickadee 6
    Black-crested Titmouse 4
    Carolina Wren 4
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
    Northern Mockingbird 12
    Vesper Sparrow 2
    Northern Cardinal 10
    Eastern/Western Meadowlark 9
    Great-tailed Grackle 7
    House Finch 6
    Lesser Goldfinch 2

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  174. Kenneth Zaslow says

    Roy Guerrero Park, Travis, US-TX
    Oct 15, 2013 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.8 mile(s)
    Comments: Approximately 14 people participated on this TAS field trip to Roy Guerrero Park. We birded the area around the Playscape and Pavilion, the Country Club Creek Trail and a section of the Butler Hike and Bike Trail below the Longhorn Dam. Highlights included sightings of an immature Bald Eagle, Ringed Kingfisher, and Couch’s Kingbird. The morning was mostly cloudy with beginning temperature of 73 degrees and ending temperature of 79 degrees. Winds varied from calm to about 10mph.
    44 species (+3 other taxa)

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 9
    Blue-winged Teal 11
    duck sp. 5
    Double-crested Cormorant 14
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 5
    Snowy Egret 35
    Osprey 1
    Cooper’s Hawk 2 1 adult and 1 juvenile
    Bald Eagle 1 A juvenile bird with a dark body and white on its underwing coverts and axillaries was seen flying near the Colorado River below the Longhorn Dam. Photos were taken by Lee Wallace.
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Killdeer 5
    Spotted Sandpiper 2
    Rock Pigeon 175
    White-winged Dove 25
    Mourning Dove 19
    Chimney Swift 5
    Ringed Kingfisher 1 Seen and heard while it was flying over the Colorado River, downstream from the Longhorn Dam.
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 7
    Downy Woodpecker 4
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    Couch’s Kingbird 2
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1
    Loggerhead Shrike 2
    Blue Jay 9
    American Crow 5
    Cliff/Cave Swallow 4
    Carolina Chickadee 11
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 7
    House Wren 4
    Carolina Wren 12
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
    Eastern Bluebird 5
    American Robin 1
    Northern Mockingbird 14
    European Starling 19
    Orange-crowned Warbler 6
    Nashville Warbler 1
    Common Yellowthroat 2
    Black-throated Green Warbler 1
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 3
    Northern Cardinal 17
    Great-tailed Grackle 18
    House Finch 4
    Lesser Goldfinch 14

  175. virginia rose says

    Virginia Rose and Judith Bailey and fourteen others, including one of Virginia’s current English students, birded the beautiful Berry Springs on Saturday, October 5. Best bird may have been the red-shouldered hawks giving us frequent good sightings.
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Rock Pigeon
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Chimney Swift
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Western Kingbird
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    American Crow
    Carolina Chickadee
    Titmouse species
    Carolina Wren
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Eastern Bluebird
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    Northern Cardinal
    Great-tailed Grackle
    House Finch
    Lesser Goldfinch
    House Sparrow

  176. Lee and Deb Wallace says

    15 of us had a chilly, but nice morning birding at Commons Ford. The prairie is recovering well from the controlled burn and lots of plants are blooming. We had some nice birds and a good time. The ebird list follows.

    Commons Ford Pk, Travis, US-TX
    Oct 8, 2013 7:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    40 species (+4 other taxa)

    Wood Duck 9
    Mallard (Domestic type) 1
    Pied-billed Grebe 3
    Double-crested Cormorant 1
    Great Blue Heron 3
    Great Egret 1
    Osprey 1
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    American Coot 1
    Killdeer 1
    White-winged Dove 75
    Mourning Dove 2
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
    Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird 1
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 7
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    American Kestrel 1
    Empidonax sp. 1
    Eastern Phoebe 30
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 12
    White-eyed Vireo 1
    Blue Jay 6
    American Crow 3
    swallow sp. 7
    Carolina Chickadee 6
    Black-crested Titmouse 7
    Carolina Wren 1
    Bewick’s Wren 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Eastern Bluebird 1
    Northern Mockingbird 25
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Nashville Warbler 2
    Clay-colored Sparrow 4
    Lark Sparrow 6
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 2
    Northern Cardinal 20
    Common Grackle 2
    Great-tailed Grackle 6
    House Finch 12
    Lesser Goldfinch 15

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  177. Ken Zaslow for Terry Banks says

    The following eBird report was created by Terry Banks who was the leader for this trip.

    Reimer Ranch, Travis, US-TX
    Oct 1, 2013 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.0 mile(s)
    Comments: This was a Travis Audubon Field Trip. The morning was cool (about 65 degrees fahrenhiet) and very foggy, but afternoon temperatures rose into the 90’s. The group spent most of our time walking along the trail that parallels the Pedernales River.
    36 species (+1 other taxa)

    Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 1
    Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) 1 Heard only
    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
    Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 1
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 30
    Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 10
    Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1
    Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 2 flying with a kettle of vultures
    Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) 1
    Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 3
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 10
    Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina) 2 heard only
    Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) 1
    Great Horned Owl (Bubo virginianus) 2 heard early in the morning hooting back and forth.
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 2
    hummingbird sp. (Trochilidae sp.) 1
    Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 5
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 4
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus) 3
    Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 1
    Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2 seen flying with a kettle of vultures
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 2
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 2
    Canyon Wren (Catherpes mexicanus) 4
    House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 5
    Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 4
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 3
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps) 15 As with my report of 9/30, Rufous crowned sparrows were seen in many areas along the river trail and in many different places in this very large park. Many times were did not see the bird but heard their “dee dee dee dee” alarm call. Pictures can be provided if required.
    Canyon Towhee (Melozone fusca) 2 seen at the barn in the park
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 40
    House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 1
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 10

  178. Ken Zaslow for Terry Banks says

    The following eBird report was created by Terry Banks who was the leader for this trip.
    Colorado Bend State Park, Bend, Texas, San Saba, US-TX
    Sep 24, 2013 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    4.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Twelve people participated on this Travis Audubon Field Trip. The morning was a cool 58-60 degrees Fahrenheit which rose to 90 degrees Fahrenheit by 1200 noon. It was sunny and still very green from the rains a few days before the field trip, and the Colorado River was muddy and flowing swiftly, much higher than it had been the previous months. We started out on the Spicewood Springs trail, walked some of the Spicewood Canyon Trail, and a brief portion of the River Trail.
    40 species (+3 other taxa)

    Wood Duck (Aix sponsa) 1
    Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 12 flying high above the water
    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
    Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 10
    Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 4
    Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1
    Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonotatus) 3 We spotted two Zone Tailed Hawks in two separate trees across the river from the boat dock. Shortly afterward we spotted a 3rd Zone Tailed Hawk sitting in a tree along the Spicewood Springs Trail. The birds were vocalizing back and forth. Photographs are available of the Zone Tail sitting alone the Spricewood Springs Trail.
    Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 2
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 10
    Inca Dove (Columbina inca) 4
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) 1 A solitary Yellow-billed Cuckoo was spotted by one member of our party while the rest of us were eating lunch. It was foraging around in a tree by the picnic table.
    Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) 1
    Eastern Screech-Owl (Megascops asio) 2 A screech owl was heard vocalizing and seen shortly afterwards near the Ranger’s station. A second screech owl was heard by a member of our party who had camped in another area during the night.
    Common Poorwill (Phalaenoptilus nuttallii) 1 Actually, the only thing I am certain of is that i flushed a nightjar species with my car as I was driving the dirt road to the park. It appeared small, so I am hazarding a guess that it was a Common Poorwill. I record it because I want to note the presence of a nightjar this late in the year.
    Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 10
    American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
    Eastern Wood-Pewee (Contopus virens) 10
    Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.) 1
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus) 1
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 3
    Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 1
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 1
    Common Raven (Corvus corax) 2
    swallow sp. (Hirundinidae sp.) 2 Two swallows were noted flying about and going into holes near the rocky ledge on the other side of the river. Although their were obviously swallows, it was hard to see them well at the distance from which we were watching.
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 6
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 6
    Canyon Wren (Catherpes mexicanus) 3
    House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 10
    Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 4
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 2
    Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) 2
    American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 1
    Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 2
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps) 1
    Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 1
    Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) 1
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 20
    Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) 3
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 10
    passerine sp. (Passeriformes sp.) 6 There were about 6 yellow warbler like birds that flitted along the willows on the Spicewood Springs Trail, but the vegetation was so dense that we only got brief looks.

  179. Ken Zaslow says

    St. Edwards Pk (NW Austin), Travis, US-TX
    Sept 17, 2013 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM

    Comments: Twenty-two people participated on this Travis Audubon bird walk to St.Edwards Park in NW Austin. We were rewarded with sightings of many neotropical migrants as well as local breeding birds. Skies were clear and sunny with high humidity and calm winds. Temperatures ranged from the upper 70’s to the upper 80’s by the time we finished in mid-morning.
    34 species (+2 other taxa)

    Great Egret 1
    Cattle Egret 47
    Black Vulture 32
    Turkey Vulture 5
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Heard from the parking lot before the trip began
    White-winged Dove 55 Two separate groups flying over
    Mourning Dove 3
    Chimney Swift 3
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
    Melanerpes sp. 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
    Downy Woodpecker 1 Heard only
    Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
    Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
    Empidonax sp. 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Great Crested Flycatcher 2
    White-eyed Vireo 12
    Yellow-throated Vireo 1 Heard only
    American Crow 2 Heard only
    Carolina Chickadee 6
    Black-crested Titmouse 3
    Carolina Wren 7
    Bewick’s Wren 4
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    Louisiana Waterthrush 1
    Mourning Warbler 3
    Wilson’s Warbler 1
    Summer Tanager 1
    Northern Cardinal 27
    Great-tailed Grackle 11 Flying over
    Baltimore Oriole 3
    House Finch 1
    Lesser Goldfinch 4

  180. Ken Zaslow for Dan Callaway says

    Champion Park (Williamson Co.), Williamson, US-TX
    Sept 10, 2013 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Seventeen people participated in this Travis Audubon “Two-hour Tuesday” field trip. The group birded along the Brushy Creek Trail from the parking lot to the dam of Brushy Creek Lake. Weather- overcast with some fog, temp- 75 to 82, wind- rather calm.
    47 species

    Wood Duck 2
    Blue-winged Teal 1
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Great Egret 3
    Snowy Egret 3
    Little Blue Heron 2
    Tricolored Heron 2
    Cattle Egret 10
    Green Heron 2
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
    Black Vulture 3
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Killdeer 1
    White-winged Dove 20
    Mourning Dove 30
    Chimney Swift 2
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Eastern Phoebe 4
    Great Crested Flycatcher 1
    Loggerhead Shrike 1
    White-eyed Vireo 6
    Red-eyed Vireo 1
    Blue Jay 3
    American Crow 2
    Barn Swallow 2
    Cliff Swallow 20
    Carolina Chickadee 12
    Black-crested Titmouse 10
    Bewick’s Wren 3
    Carolina Wren 4
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1 This bird was among a feeding flock of chickadees and titmice and was noted by several in our group. The local checklist does indicate this winter resident as rare for Sept 1-10, then increasing throughout the month.
    Eastern Bluebird 3
    American Robin 35 This bird does reside here in the summer, but the abundance seen today was more like what we’d see in winter. Very unusual but the dominance of individuals seem to be obstructing our view of other birds.
    Northern Mockingbird 12
    Black-and-white Warbler 1
    Yellow Warbler 1
    Wilson’s Warbler 1
    Lark Sparrow 3
    Summer Tanager 1
    Northern Cardinal 6
    Great-tailed Grackle 4
    Baltimore Oriole 5
    House Finch 2
    Lesser Goldfinch 5

  181. Shelia Hargis says

    Laurie Foss and I led a birding by kayak field trip at Lake Bastrop on 9/7/13. We were joined by a great group of birding friends. This was International Vulture Awareness Day and we were able to appreciate many Black Vultures at a couple of roost sites around the north shore of the lake. Here’s our eBird list for the day:

    Lake Bastrop (Bastrop Co.), Bastrop, US-TX
    Sep 7, 2013 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    5.25 mile(s)
    Comments: Travis Audubon field trip on Lake Bastrop for International Vulture Awareness Day. Marti and John Wilbur, Bruce and Erik Atwell. Partly cloudy with light winds. HOT! Kayaking on the north edge of the lake, we put in and took out at the LCRA North Shore Park.
    39 species (+1 other taxa)

    Wood Duck 5
    Neotropic Cormorant 6
    Double-crested Cormorant 30 A high-flying “v” formation containing all 30 birds
    Anhinga 1
    Great Blue Heron 9
    Great Egret 11
    Little Blue Heron 1
    Tricolored Heron 3
    Green Heron 23 They were everywhere! We covered 5 miles of the edge of the lake. Many were juvenile birds.
    Black-crowned Night-Heron 3 There is a cove with a winter roost that they are apparently using for breeding
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2
    Black Vulture 165
    Turkey Vulture 6
    Osprey 1
    Bald Eagle 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Sora 2 One visualized and one calling nearby
    American Coot 6
    Forster’s Tern 1
    Mourning Dove 1
    Inca Dove 1
    Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird 1
    Belted Kingfisher 3 At different locations on the lake – two seen together and one by itself.
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 9
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Pileated Woodpecker 2
    Least Flycatcher 1
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 2
    White-eyed Vireo 27
    Blue Jay 6
    American Crow 12
    Carolina Chickadee 7
    Tufted Titmouse 1
    Carolina Wren 11
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 14
    Yellow Warbler 1
    Pine Warbler 9
    Northern Cardinal 13
    Red-winged Blackbird 2
    Baltimore Oriole 9

    View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S15142427

    This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

  182. Shelia Hargis says

    Thank you to everyone who joined us for a Purple Martin Party this summer! Extra points if you joined us for more than one! I watched the roost 10+ times and I was still awestruck after each one. The birds were incredible. Mark your calendar to join us next year for another summer of martin fun.

    See http://travisaudubon.org/news-corner/purple-martin-roost-report for a report I wrote about the roost and our efforts to protect it.

    Breaking news as of 9/13/13: “Our” martins won an Austin Chronicle award for the Best Nightly Air Show. See http://www.austinchronicle.com/best-of-austin/year:2013/poll:critics/category:outdoors-and-recreation/purple-martins-at-highland-mall-best-nightly-air-show/.

  183. virginia rose says

    Richard Moya Park
    Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013
    8:00-10:00 a.m.
    Virginia Rose and Judith Bailey aided by George Kerr, Andrea Walsh, and fourteen others birded Richard Moya on the first Saturday in September. Beautiful morning, warm, humid and still. Best bird may have been the red shouldered hawk flying directly in front of us and only fifteen feet off the ground. Mr. Wilson’s last minute appearance was fun, too. Twenty-eight birds.
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Rock Pigeon
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Chimney Swift
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Western Kingbird
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    White-eyed Vireo
    American Crow
    Carolina Chickadee
    Titmouse species
    Carolina Wren
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Eastern Bluebird
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    Wilson’s Warbler
    Summer Tanager
    Northern Cardinal
    Great-tailed Grackle
    House Finch
    Lesser Goldfinch
    House Sparrow

  184. Ken Zaslow says

    Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037), Travis, US-TX
    Aug 27, 2013 7:30 AM – 9:50 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.5 mile(s)
    Comments: 22 people participated in this TAS field trip to Hornsby Bend. Time was spent birding the ponds and a short section of the River Trail. The weather was overcast skies with light winds and temperatures in the upper 70’s to low 80’s. The water level at the ponds was high limiting the habitat for shorebirds. Despite that we had nice sightings of Wilson’s Phalaropes, Long-billed Dowatchers, and Black-necked Stilts among other birds. A special treat was coming upon a sizable group of Yellow Warblers while driving on the road between Pond 1B and Pond 2.
    36 species (+4 other taxa)

    Blue-winged Teal 2
    Great Egret 1 Flyover
    Snowy Egret 1
    Little Blue Heron 1
    Cattle Egret 1
    Green Heron 2
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    American Coot 14
    Killdeer 12
    Black-necked Stilt 3
    Spotted Sandpiper 4
    Least Sandpiper 55
    Long-billed Dowitcher 2
    Wilson’s Phalarope 2
    White-winged Dove 7
    Mourning Dove 4
    hummingbird sp. 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
    Crested Caracara 2
    Monk Parakeet 1
    Empidonax sp. 1
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 2
    White-eyed Vireo 3
    American Crow 2
    Barn Swallow 45
    Cliff Swallow 9
    Cliff/Cave Swallow 10
    Carolina Chickadee 5
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 4
    Carolina Wren 4
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
    Eastern Bluebird 2 Seen in the parking lot area before the trip began
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    European Starling 15
    Black-and-white Warbler 1
    Yellow Warbler 9
    Northern Cardinal 6
    Red-winged Blackbird 27
    Great-tailed Grackle 30
    House Sparrow 12

  185. Shelia Hargis says

    Twelve intrepid birders joined me for a weekend (June 15 & 16) at the coast for our annual birding by kayak adventure in the Corpus Christi area. I had very high expectations for our visit to Shamrock Cove in Corpus Christi bay, but Mother Nature had other ideas. On Saturday morning, the wind was much stronger than it seemed when we started out. Some of us had the good sense to stop before crossing the bay. Others of us, myself included, didn’t! We all survived, so all’s well that ends well, right? We all got a great upper body workout for sure! You can see some photos of us at https://plus.google.com/photos/104857685363900679676/albums/5889822396217066641, compliments of Ken Johnson, our local kayak guide. After we ended our kayaking for the day, most of our group visited Turnbull Birding Center in Port Aransas. Then later in the day, some of us visited Suter National Wildlife Refuge while others visited the botanical gardens, both in Corpus.

    On Sunday we put in at Hazel Bazemore County Park and kayaked along the Nueces River. Thankfully we had a calm paddle, a drastically different experience from the day before. We heard and saw some good birds too. Photos at https://plus.google.com/photos/104857685363900679676/albums/5890152152488873489.

    Everyone had a good time, and we did pretty good on birds too. Here’s the bird list for our trip:

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
    Mottled Duck
    Neotropic Cormorant
    American White Pelican
    Brown Pelican
    Least Bittern
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Snowy Egret
    Tricolored Heron
    Reddish Egret
    Cattle Egret
    Green Heron
    Black-crowned Night-Heron
    White Ibis
    Roseate Spoonbill
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Osprey
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Swainson’s Hawk
    American Coot
    American Oystercatcher
    Black-necked Stilt
    Willet
    Laughing Gull
    Ring-billed Gull
    Least Tern
    Caspian Tern
    Forster’s Tern
    Royal Tern
    Sandwich Tern
    Black Skimmer
    Rock Pigeon
    Eurasian Collared-Dove
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Inca Dove
    Common Ground-Dove
    Chimney Swift
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    Great Crested Flycatcher
    Brown-crested Flycatcher
    Great Kiskadee
    Couch’s Kingbird
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    White-eyed Vireo
    Purple Martin
    Barn Swallow
    Carolina Wren
    Northern Mockingbird
    Long-billed Thrasher
    European Starling
    Lark Sparrow
    Northern Cardinal
    Painted Bunting
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Great-tailed Grackle
    Bronzed Cowbird
    Brown-headed Cowbird
    House Sparrow

  186. Shelia Hargis says

    Fifteen enthusiastic birders joined Laurie Foss and me for our annual Birding Cow Creek Rd by Bike field trip on June 8, 2013. The weather was wonderful – it was actually COOL in the morning! There was water in the creek, and the birds were great as usual. The highlight (and life bird for some) was the immature Golden-cheeked Warbler we saw in a tree overhanging the road. Coming in as a close second were the two baby Killdeer following the parent around along the creek edge.

    Here are the birds we saw:

    Northern Bobwhite
    Wild Turkey
    Great Blue Heron
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Killdeer
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Common Ground-Dove
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo
    Greater Roadrunner
    Chimney Swift
    Black-chinned Hummingbird
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    Crested Caracara
    Eastern Phoebe
    Ash-throated Flycatcher
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    White-eyed Vireo
    Red-eyed Vireo
    Western Scrub-Jay
    American Crow
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow
    Barn Swallow
    Cave Swallow
    Cliff/Cave Swallow
    Carolina Chickadee
    Black-crested Titmouse
    Canyon Wren
    Bewick’s Wren
    Carolina Wren
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Northern Mockingbird
    Black-and-white Warbler
    Golden-cheeked Warbler
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow
    Lark Sparrow
    Summer Tanager
    Northern Cardinal
    Blue Grosbeak
    Painted Bunting
    Brown-headed Cowbird
    Orchard Oriole
    House Finch
    Lesser Goldfinch

  187. Dennis Palafox says

    On June 9, 2013, I lead a group of 10 people at Westcave Preserve. There was a threat of thunderstorms before we started. We heard some thunder and it sprinkled on us for a few minutes as we walked to and from the grotto, which was very beautiful and lush. It remained overcast until the very end of the trip. The wildflowers on the property were spectacular. A list of birds we saw or heard follows:

    Black Vulture 1
    Turkey Vulture 2
    White-winged Dove 4
    Mourning Dove 5
    Inca Dove 1
    Yellow-billed cuckoo 2
    Chimney Swift 3
    Black-chinned Hummingbird 2
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Empidonax sp 2 (thought we heard Acadian and Alder songs but they didn’t respond to recordings)
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Ash-throated Flycatcher 1
    White-eyed Vireo 4
    Bell’s Vireo 1
    Yellow-throated Vireo 1
    Red-eyed Vireo 3
    Western Scrub-Jay 2
    Carolina Chickadee 5
    Black-crested Titmouse 2
    Canyon Wren 3
    Carolina Wren 1
    Bewick’s Wren 3
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    Northern Parula 1
    Summer Tanager 4
    Cassin’s Sparrow 1
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow 2
    Lark Sparrow (nesting) 7
    Grasshopper Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 7
    Blue Grosbeak 3
    Painted Bunting 4
    Lesser Goldfinch 3

  188. Kenneth Zaslow says

    Webberville Park (Big & Little) (HOTE 035), Travis, US-TX
    Jun 4, 2013 7:00 AM – 9:15 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.25 mile(s)
    Comments: Thirteen people participated on this TAS field trip to Big Webberville Park. The day started off with some ground fog and a temperature of 68 degrees. The remainder of the trip had sunny skies, calm winds, and an ending temperature of 80 degrees. The best bird was a singing Prothonotary Warbler that gave us multiple great looks as it foraged on both sides of the Colorado River in the vicinity of the observation deck. Other notable sightings included Pileated Woodpecker, Great-crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Yellow-billed Cuckoo and Painted Bunting.
    36 species (+2 other taxa)

    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 2
    Snowy Egret 1
    Green Heron 1
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
    Black Vulture 15
    Turkey Vulture 7
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Heard only
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Killdeer 1
    Rock Pigeon 55
    White-winged Dove 1
    Mourning Dove 11
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
    Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird 3
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
    Downy Woodpecker 5
    Pileated Woodpecker 1
    Crested Caracara 3
    Great Crested Flycatcher 3
    Eastern Kingbird 3
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 4
    White-eyed Vireo 2 heard only
    American Crow 6
    Purple Martin 1
    Carolina Chickadee 7
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 5
    Carolina Wren 7
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
    Eastern Bluebird 4
    Northern Mockingbird 6
    Prothonotary Warbler 1
    Northern Cardinal 18
    Painted Bunting 1
    Red-winged Blackbird 1
    Great-tailed Grackle 5
    Brown-headed Cowbird 1
    House Finch 1 Heard only

  189. Deb Wallace says

    On Tuesday, May 21st, 14 of us birded the wonderful Commons Ford Park. It was a bit muggy, but we had some good birds and the prairie was gorgeous.

    4 Wood Duck — (1)
    1 Northern Bobwhite — (1)
    1 Wild Turkey — (1)
    3 Great Blue Heron — (1)
    3 Green Heron — (1)
    4 Black Vulture — (1)
    3 Turkey Vulture — (1)
    1 Red-tailed Hawk — (1)
    5 White-winged Dove — (1)
    4 Mourning Dove — (1)
    5 Yellow-billed Cuckoo — (1)
    3 Great Horned Owl — (1)
    3 Common Nighthawk — (1)
    5 Chuck-will’s-widow — (1)
    5 Chimney Swift — (1)
    2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird — (1)
    1 Black-chinned Hummingbird — (1)
    6 hummingbird sp. — (1)
    2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker — (1)
    1 Downy Woodpecker — (1)
    1 woodpecker sp. — (1)
    8 Eastern Phoebe — (1)
    2 Ash-throated Flycatcher — (1)
    1 Great Crested Flycatcher — (1)
    1 Western Kingbird — (1)
    5 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher — (1)
    4 White-eyed Vireo — (1)
    2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow — (1)
    10 Purple Martin — (1)
    5 Barn Swallow — (1)
    3 Cliff/Cave Swallow — (1)
    6 Carolina Chickadee — (1)
    4 Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) — (1)
    1 Carolina Wren — (1)
    2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher — (1)
    5 Eastern Bluebird — (1)
    6 Northern Mockingbird — (1)
    1 European Starling — (1)
    1 Northern Parula — (1)
    1 Wilson’s Warbler — (1)
    2 Rufous-crowned Sparrow — (1)
    1 Field Sparrow — (1)
    6 Lark Sparrow — (1)
    3 Summer Tanager — (1)
    12 Northern Cardinal — (1)
    1 Blue Grosbeak — (1)
    2 Indigo Bunting — (1)
    12 Painted Bunting — (1)
    1 Common Grackle — (1)
    5 Great-tailed Grackle — (1)
    1 Brown-headed Cowbird — (1)
    5 Orchard Oriole — (1)
    9 House Finch — (1)
    4 Lesser Goldfinch — (1)

  190. Deb Wallace says

    On Sunday, May 12th, 15 of us went out to bird the Simons Tract on the Balcones Canyonlands NWR. It was a good day, if a little breezy. We had some nice birds with the highlights being the Orchard Orioles attending a nest where we parked to carpool at Doeskin and the Great-horned Owl nestlings on Simons – very appropriate for Mother’s Day!

    Doeskin:
    1 Eastern Bluebird
    4 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    1 Brown-headed Cowbird
    2 Lark Sparrow
    2 Orchard Orioles

    Simons Tract:
    1 Northern Bobwhite
    1 Great Blue Heron
    8 Turkey Vulture
    1 Crested Caracara
    2 Killdeer
    7 Mourning Dove
    1 Inca Dove
    1 Common Ground-Dove
    2 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
    1 Greater Roadrunner
    3 Great Horned Owl
    2 Black-chinned Hummingbird
    1 Eastern Phoebe
    5 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    2 Western Kingbird
    1 White-eyed Vireo
    1 Common Raven
    3 Carolina Chickadee
    1 Black-crested Titmouse
    2 Bewick’s Wren
    2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    4 Northern Mockingbird
    7 Clay-colored Sparrow
    1 Field Sparrow
    12 Lark Sparrow
    2 Grasshopper Sparrow
    2 White-crowned Sparrow
    2 Summer Tanager
    5 Northern Cardinal
    2 Blue Grosbeak
    8 Painted Bunting
    50 Dickcissel
    2 House Finch
    4 Lesser Goldfinch

  191. Ronnie Kramer says

    I led 10 others to Copperfield Nature Trails. 15 warblers made it a great day.

    Copperfield Nature Trail (Travis Co.), Travis, US-TX
    May 12, 2013 6:50 AM – 12:48 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    4.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.5.3
    56 species (+2 other taxa)

    Green Heron (Butorides virescens) 2
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) 2
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 1
    Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 3
    Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) 70
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) 30
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 6
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) 1
    Barred Owl (Strix varia) 1
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 8
    Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris/alexandri) 2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 3
    Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1
    Monk Parakeet (Myiopsitta monachus) 1
    Least Flycatcher (Empidonax minimus) 1
    Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.) 1
    Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 2
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 4
    Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus) 1
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 7
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
    Purple Martin (Progne subis) 13
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 21
    Cliff Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota) 1
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 5
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 3
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 1
    Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 2
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 4
    European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 9
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 60
    Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) 1
    Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla) 1
    Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) 1
    Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 3
    Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) 2
    Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 5
    American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) 2
    Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) 4
    Bay-breasted Warbler (Setophaga castanea) 1
    Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) 2
    Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) 4
    Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) 3
    Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) 3
    Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) 1
    Wilson’s Warbler (Cardellina pusilla) 2
    Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 1
    Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) 2
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 15
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) 1
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) 4
    Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula) 1
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) 17
    Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) 3
    House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) 7
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 6
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 7

    View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S14088529

    This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

  192. Kenny Anderson says

    The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 12:15 on 5/10/13. Send interesting sightings- complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information- to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com

    -Rarities Found This Week-

    Two Piping Plovers were a terrific find at Stillhouse Hollow Lake- Union Grove on 5/5 in Bell County.

    A Swallow-tailed Kite was near the river in eastern Bastrop County on 5/4.

    A Bastrop County residence was lively with a female Black-throated Blue Warbler on 5/4, a Cerulean Warbler on 5/6, a Veery and a Gray-cheeked Thrush on 5/6, and a continuing Red-breasted Nuthatch.

    A male Blackpoll Warbler was a two-day spectacle at Richard Moya Park on 5/5,6 in Travis County and a female Blackpoll at Brushy Creek Trail in Cedar Park in Williamson County 5/5.

    A MacGillivray’s Warbler was a nice find at Roy Guerrero Park in Austin on 5/5 and a MacGillivray’s Warbler was at Warbler Woods on 5/5 in Guadalupe County.

    A Black-billed Cuckoo was near the intersection of 4th and Ave. A in the Elgin area of Bastrop County on 5/3.

    Brown-crested Flycatcher has returned to Richard Moya Park 5/8 and three were detected in Bastrop State Park on 5/4.

    Cooperative Black-headed Grosbeaks at St. Edwards Park in Travis County were photographed by several people 5/5-7. A Red-breasted Nuthatch was present at same park on 5/5.

    Wood Thrush was at Cypress Creek Park on Lake Travis in Travis County 5/5 and Booty’s Road Park in Williamson County on 5/6,7.

    A Veery and a Gray-cheeked Thrush were at Willis Creek WMA on 5/3 and two Red-breasted Nuthatches on 5/5 in Williamson County.

    Veery was also seen at the Colorado River Nature Preserve on 5/8,9.

    Gray-cheeked Thrush: was photographed at West Bouldin Greenbelt on 5/4 (Travis), was seen at the Colorado River Preserve in Austin 5/8, photographed at a Sunset Valley home 5/7 (Travis).

    A Blue-winged Warbler was at St. Edwards Park in Travis County on 5/5 and a Blue-winged Warbler at a Gonzales County home 5/1.

    Golden-winged Warblers: a male at West Bouldin Greenbelt (Travis) on 5/5, a female at West Bouldin Greenbelt on 5/9, a male at Warbler Woods on 5/4 (Guadalupe), and a male photographed at a Gonzales County home 5/9.

    Scarlet Tanager: a female at Willis Creek WMA in Williamson 5/5 and a male photographed at the Colorado River Nature Preserve 5/9.

    Lazuli Buntings: 1 male photographed at a Gonzales County home 5/2, a male at Back Door Springs along Barton Creek on 5/4 (Travis), a male photographed at Roy Guerrero Park on 5/5, a male on the “Big Tree” trail on CR347 in Williamson County 5/5, a male on the San Gabriel River boat ramp 5/3 (Williamson).

  193. Kenneth Zaslow says

    This trip was led by Dan Callaway who had to leave early for work and Ken Zaslow.

    Georgetown- Berry Springs Park, Williamson, US-TX
    May 7, 2013 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.5 mile(s)
    Comments: Eleven people participated on this TAS field trip to Berry Springs Park and Preserve in Williamson County. The weather was perfect with sunny skies, light winds, low humidity and temperatures ranging from the high 40’s to the high 70’s. Highlight of the day was our encounter with a large mixed flock of warblers and vireos that included Backburnian, Black-throated Green, Nashville, Yellow, and Wilson’s warblers and Red-eyed, White-eyed and Warbling vireos.
    53 species (+3 other taxa)

    Wood Duck 1
    Great Blue Heron 3
    Great Egret 2
    Green Heron 1
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2
    Black Vulture 1
    Turkey Vulture 3
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    White-winged Dove 2
    Mourning Dove 1
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
    Common Nighthawk 1
    Red-headed Woodpecker 1 This bird has been regular in the park since the 2012 Christmas bird count. All of us saw it in the trees west of and across the slough from the small Birthday Pavilion.
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Crested Caracara 1
    Empidonax sp. 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Great Crested Flycatcher 3
    Eastern Kingbird 2
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 2
    White-eyed Vireo 5
    Warbling Vireo 1
    Red-eyed Vireo 2
    Blue Jay 4
    American Crow 3
    swallow sp. 7
    Carolina Chickadee 5
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 4
    Carolina Wren 6
    Eastern Bluebird 8
    Gray Catbird 1
    Northern Mockingbird 4
    European Starling 3 A nest with chicks was located under the roof of the small Birthday Pavilion.
    Nashville Warbler 3
    Common Yellowthroat 2
    Blackburnian Warbler 2 Seen on the granite trail along Berry Creek west of the boardwalk
    Yellow Warbler 7
    Black-throated Green Warbler 3
    Wilson’s Warbler 1
    Chipping Sparrow 1
    Clay-colored Sparrow 11
    Lark Sparrow 6
    Savannah Sparrow 1
    Grasshopper Sparrow 5
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 2
    White-crowned Sparrow 1
    Summer Tanager 3
    Northern Cardinal 9
    Dickcissel 3
    Red-winged Blackbird 15
    Common Grackle 2
    Great-tailed Grackle 5
    Orchard Oriole 1
    American Goldfinch 1

  194. Ken Zaslow says

    Warbler Woods, Guadalupe, US-TX
    Apr 30, 2013 7:00 AM – 2:30 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.5 mile(s)
    Comments: Fourteen people participated on this TAS field trip to Warbler Woods in Guadalupe County. We began the day by birding around the main house followed by walks on trails that covered most of the areas and habitats on the property. From 11:00am to 2:30pm most of the group spent their time birding in the comfort of the area around the beautiful Warbler Central Pond in the backyard. Highlight species were Chuck-wills widow seen on the Nightjar Pass trail, Barred Owl seen in Don’s Woods near the edge of the Second Field, and Blackburnian and Blue-winged Warblers seen in the afternoon at the Warbler Central Pond. Nashville Warblers were plentiful and were seen/heard in many locations.
    52 species (+2 other taxa)

    Northern Bobwhite 2 Heard only
    Black Vulture 7
    Turkey Vulture 2
    White-winged Dove 25
    Mourning Dove 17
    Inca Dove 1
    Common Ground-Dove 5
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
    Barred Owl 1
    Chuck-will’s-widow 1
    Chimney Swift 7
    Black-chinned Hummingbird 1
    Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird 4
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Empidonax sp. 1
    Great Crested Flycatcher 1
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1
    White-eyed Vireo 15
    Blue-headed Vireo 1 Heard only
    Purple Martin 1
    Barn Swallow 7
    Carolina Chickadee 5
    Black-crested Titmouse 6
    House Wren 1 Heard only
    Bewick’s Wren 2 Heard only
    Carolina Wren 7
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Gray Catbird 1
    Northern Mockingbird 7
    Long-billed Thrasher 3 Heard only
    Cedar Waxwing 3
    Blue-winged Warbler 1
    Black-and-white Warbler 1
    Tennessee Warbler 1
    Orange-crowned Warbler 4
    Nashville Warbler 7
    Northern Parula 1
    Blackburnian Warbler 1
    Yellow Warbler 1
    Black-throated Green Warbler 1
    Yellow-breasted Chat 1 Heard only
    Clay-colored Sparrow 10
    Lark Sparrow 14
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 1
    Summer Tanager 2 Heard only
    Northern Cardinal 23
    Indigo Bunting 2
    Painted Bunting 3
    Dickcissel 5 Heard only
    Great-tailed Grackle 7
    Brown-headed Cowbird 8
    House Finch 1
    Lesser Goldfinch 9
    House Sparrow 3

  195. Terry Banks says

    Hopefully this is a more readable entry than my last entry:
    at Hills Neighborhood, Travis, US-TX
    Apr 29, 2013 7:15 AM – 11:15 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.0 mile(s)
    Comments: 10 birders participated in this Travis Audubon Field trip to the Great Hills Greenbelt. It was a sunny day with temperatures ranging from 67 degrees Fahrenheit in the morning to 75 degrees Fahrenheit by midmorning. We walked about 3 miles through the greenbelt.
    34 species (+1 other taxa)

    Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
    Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
    Sharp-shinned/Cooper’s Hawk (Accipiter striatus/cooperii) 1
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) 20
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
    Chimney Swift (Chaetura pelagica) 5
    Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) 1 One Black Chinned Hummingbird was spotted by a member of our party as it flew to its nest.
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 2 heard only
    Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens) 1 heard only
    Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) 2
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus forficatus) 1 seen flying high above the greenbelt
    White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 10
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 10
    Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica) 5
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 5
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 5
    House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1 heard only
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 10
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 5
    Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) 1
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 3
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 5
    Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) 1 One seen foraging on the creek.
    Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 3
    Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) 5 Most of the birds were singing, but we did spot Nashville Warblers several times.
    Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1 heard only
    Black-throated Green Warbler (Setophaga virens) 1
    Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) 1
    Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) 10 seen briefly flying from the ground to the trees
    Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 1
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 20
    Painted Bunting (Passerina ciris) 2 A male and female were spotted foraging along the path
    Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) 1 one male spotted at the top of a Cottonwood Tree
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 10
    House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 30

    View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13929398

    This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

  196. Deb Wallace says

    Eleven birders came out to walk the diverse Gainer tract on the Refuge. We were able to get a couple of life birds for some of the participants and a good time was had by all.

    Balcones Canyonlands NWR Gainer Tract, Burnet, US-TX
    Apr 14, 2013 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.0 mile(s)
    34 species (+1 other taxa)

    Northern Bobwhite 1 heard only
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Black Vulture 2
    Turkey Vulture 8
    Swainson’s Hawk 3
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    White-winged Dove 5
    Mourning Dove 15
    hummingbird sp. 2
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 2
    White-eyed Vireo 6
    American Crow 2
    Carolina Chickadee 2
    Black-crested Titmouse 3
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 1
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    Cedar Waxwing 6
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
    Golden-cheeked Warbler 3 heard only
    Yellow-breasted Chat 1 heard only
    Spotted Towhee 3
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow 1
    Chipping Sparrow 8
    Field Sparrow 2
    Lark Sparrow 10
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 3
    White-crowned Sparrow 10
    Northern Cardinal 12
    Brown-headed Cowbird 8
    Lesser Goldfinch 2

    View this checklist online at
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13798943

  197. Ray Steelman says

    A group of eleven birders visited Booty’s Road and Rivery Parks in Georgetown today (April 16th). Highlights included a singing summer tanager as well as a herd only golden-cheeked warbler. The following is the ebird report for each location:
    Rivery Park, Williamson, US-TX
    Apr 16, 2013 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
    26 species (+1 other taxa)
    Redhead 1
    Snowy Egret 1
    Broad-winged Hawk 1
    Swainson’s Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Inca Dove 1
    Chimney Swift 2
    Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Great Crested Flycatcher 1
    Western Kingbird 1
    White-eyed Vireo 1
    Blue Jay 2
    Common Raven 1
    Cliff Swallow 20
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 2
    Canyon Wren 1
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    European Starling 2
    Cedar Waxwing 25
    Black-and-white Warbler 1
    Northern Cardinal 2
    Indigo Bunting 1
    Red-winged Blackbird 1
    Lesser Goldfinch 2

    Booty’s Road Park, Williamson, US-TX
    Apr 16, 2013 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    34 species (+1 other taxa)
    Double-crested Cormorant 4
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    Black Vulture 10
    Turkey Vulture 20
    Cooper’s Hawk 1 nesting
    White-winged Dove 3
    Mourning Dove 3
    Greater Roadrunner 1 herd only
    Black-chinned Hummingbird 2
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Western Kingbird 1
    White-eyed Vireo 3
    Red-eyed Vireo 3
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow 35
    Barn Swallow 3
    Cliff Swallow 3
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 5
    Canyon Wren 2
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 2
    American Robin 1
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Nashville Warbler 3
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 5
    Golden-cheeked Warbler 1 herd only
    Lark Sparrow 3
    Northern Cardinal 6
    Great-tailed Grackle 3
    Brown-headed Cowbird 2
    House Finch 6
    Lesser Goldfinch 4

  198. Kenny Anderson says

    -Rarities Found This Week-

    A male Cerulean Warbler was reliably reported from a central Austin home on 4/7 in Travis County. A male Cerulean Warbler was nicely described at Seider’s Springs Park along Shoal Creek in Austin on 4/10. I did not endeavor to try to figure out if this is a single bird.

    A Zone-tailed Hawk was seen at the Balcones Canyonlands NWR headquarters on 4/11 in northwestern Travis County.

    20 alternate-plumage Hudsonian Godwits at Union Grove in Bell County on 4/11 is a good count on an early date.

    A Blue-winged Warbler at a Bastrop County home on 4/12 was a nice yard bird.

    3 Common Loons linger on Lake Travis in Travis County, birds are being seen from Windy Point. Last update on 4/12 indicated birds were nearing high breeding plumage.

    Laggard Sprague’s Pippits were at Commons Ford Park (1 on 4/7) and Bob Wentz Windy Point (1 on 4/6).

    A Snowy Plover continued at Lake Travis on 4/7; low lake level could be enticing to the species to over-summer. Updates encouraged.

    Commons Ford Park held 2 LeConte’s Sparrows on 4/7 and a single on 4/12. The Prairie Restoration Organization held a “Big Day in the Park” on 4/7, positive results already are being seen from their efforts.

    An American Woodcock in Bastrop State Park (4/7) doing the wounded-wing display, carrying on strongly suggests an attempt to breed locally.

    2 Buff-breasted Sandpipers on the ball fields at Southeast Metro Park were a nice April find. 4/8

    Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centered from the Capitol in downtown Austin. Bird sightings mentioned here have been filtered and scrutinized by the compiler and are believed to be genuine. When documentation or photographs were provided that is mentioned, along with the other information about the bird(s) being seen. For questions or updates about birds mentioned here or to report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, please send an e-mail to kennya290@gmail.com

    Kenny Anderson

    Austin

  199. Deb Wallace says

    On Tuesday, April 9th, a group of thirteen went briding the Aquarena/Spring Lake Preserve in San Marcos. We had a nice mix of birds and thoroughly enjoyed our morning! The ebird list follows:

    Aquarena Springs, Hays, US-TX
    Apr 9, 2013 7:15 AM – 11:15 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    4.0 mile(s)
    49 species (+2 other taxa)

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 2
    Cackling/Canada Goose 1
    Gadwall 8
    Blue-winged Teal 4
    Ring-necked Duck 2 2 female. brownish cap, white eye ring, blue/gray
    bill with white ring and black tip
    Pied-billed Grebe 4
    Double-crested Cormorant 9
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    Snowy Egret 1
    Little Blue Heron 1
    Cattle Egret 50
    Green Heron 4
    Black Vulture 15
    Turkey Vulture 12
    Osprey 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Red-tailed Hawk 2
    Sora 1
    American Coot 14
    White-winged Dove 16
    Mourning Dove 7
    Barred Owl 1
    Black-chinned Hummingbird 1
    hummingbird sp. 4
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 4
    Couch’s Kingbird 2
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 2
    White-eyed Vireo 2
    Common Raven 1
    Purple Martin 2
    Carolina Chickadee 7
    Black-crested Titmouse 3
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 4
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Northern Mockingbird 5
    Cedar Waxwing 25
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 10
    Spotted Towhee 1
    Clay-colored Sparrow 4
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 6
    Northern Cardinal 8
    Red-winged Blackbird 1
    House Finch 3
    Lesser Goldfinch 3
    American Goldfinch 20

    View this checklist online at
    http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13689102

  200. Kenny Anderson says

    The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 8:30 on April 5, 2013. Send interesting sightings- complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information- to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com

    -Rarities Found past two Weeks-

    A Whimbrel at Slough Pond in Bell County on 3/22 was a nice Central Texas find.

    A Horned Grebe (3/23) and photographed Chestnut-collared Longspurs (3/23-29) were at at Bob Wentz County Park/ Windy Point in Travis County. 2 Snowy Plovers were photographed on 3/30 at Windy Point. Common Loon continues at Lake Travis with latest word 4/4.

    A Zone-tailed Hawk was seen near River Place Boulevard and Bullick Hollow in western Travis County on 4/2.

    A Black-headed Grosbeak and a Broad-tailed Hummingbird were at a Blanco County residence on 3/22.

    A migratory female Black-capped Vireo was found on 3/24 at West Bouldin Greenbelt in South Austin. The bird was photographed on 3/26. (Travis)

    A migratory Golden-cheeked Warbler was photographed at the Lake Creek Trail in Williamson County on 3/23.

    A Blue-winged Warbler at an Utley home on 3/25 was a nice find (Bastrop).

    Virginia Rails were detected in Travis County at the Colorado River Wildlife Preserve on 3/31 and at Hornsby Bend’s Platt Pond 4/5.

    A female Eastern Towhee was described at the Slaughter Creek Trail, off of 1826, in Travis County on 3/28 in Travis County.

    An American Bittern at Laguna Gloria on 4/2,3 was a good Travis County bird.

    A Yellow-headed Blackbird was photographed at a Bell County home on 4/4.

    Hutton’s Vireo was reported from Warbler Woods in Guadalupe County on 3/22-4/5.

    Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centered from the Capitol in downtown Austin. Bird sightings mentioned here have been filtered and scrutinized by the compiler and are believed to be genuine. When documentation or photographs were provided that is mentioned, along with the other information about the bird(s) being seen. For questions or updates about birds mentioned here or to report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, please send an e-mail to kennya290@gmail.com

    Kenny Anderson

    Austin

  201. Kenneth Zaslow says

    Eighteen people participated in today’s field trip to Northeast Metro Park. Dan Callaway led the trip and provided the eBird report that is copied below.

    Northeast Metro Park (Travis Co.), Travis, US-TX
    Apr 2, 2013 7:30 AM – 11:15 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Travis Audubon field trip. Weather— occ.light rain, cloudy, 65-72. We began at the trailhead and followed the creek to the end passing through pecan bottoms and woody edges.
    49 species (+2 other taxa)

    duck sp. 3
    Great Egret 1
    Black Vulture 2
    Northern Harrier 2
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Killdeer 1
    Rock Pigeon 150
    White-winged Dove 25
    Mourning Dove 14
    Barred Owl 2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
    Downy Woodpecker 4
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 5
    Loggerhead Shrike 2
    White-eyed Vireo 10
    Blue-headed Vireo 2
    Blue Jay 1
    American Crow 5
    Barn Swallow 1
    Carolina Chickadee 6
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 3
    Red-breasted Nuthatch 3 Seen easily by all as they fed along the bark of large pecan trees.
    Brown Creeper (Eastern) 1 Seen by a few birders in same area as the nuthatches.
    Carolina Wren 10
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 15
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    Hermit Thrush 1
    Northern Mockingbird 15
    European Starling 30
    American Pipit 15
    Cedar Waxwing 15
    Black-and-white Warbler 1
    Orange-crowned Warbler 4
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 20
    Chipping Sparrow 1
    Clay-colored Sparrow 1
    Lark Sparrow 20
    Savannah Sparrow 30
    Grasshopper Sparrow 6
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 6
    White-throated Sparrow 8
    White-crowned Sparrow 14
    Northern Cardinal 40
    Red-winged Blackbird 150
    Common Grackle 50
    Great-tailed Grackle 30
    House Finch 2

  202. Kenneth Zaslow says

    Emma Long Metropolitan Park, Travis, US-TX
    Mar 26, 2013 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    5.5 mile(s)
    Comments: 12 people participated on this Travis Audubon Society field trip to Emma Long Park in west Austin. We spent the first 2.5 hours birding the first half of the Turkey Creek trail. Initially bird song was rather muted due to the cold temperatures, but bird vocalization and activity picked up as the morning progressed. We spent the final, very productive 2.0 hours of the trip birding the lakefront area of the park, including its 1 mile long nature trail. Highlights included Golden-cheeked Warbler, Yellow-throated Warbler, Northern Parula, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, and Swainsons Hawk. Beginning temperature was a cold 31 degrees. Ending temperature was a pleasant 61 degrees. The sky was sunny and winds were calm.
    42 species (+2 other taxa)

    Mute Swan 3
    Wood Duck 2
    Gadwall 1
    Mallard (Domestic type) 2
    Lesser Scaup 1
    Pied-billed Grebe 9
    American White Pelican 71 Flying over
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Black Vulture 14
    Turkey Vulture 7
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Swainson’s Hawk 1 Flying over
    American Coot 4
    Killdeer 1
    White-winged Dove 2
    Mourning Dove 2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1 Heard only
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
    Downy Woodpecker 3 Heard only
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1
    White-eyed Vireo 11
    American Crow 3
    Purple Martin 4
    Barn Swallow 6
    Carolina Chickadee 12
    Black-crested Titmouse 17
    Bewick’s Wren 2 Heard only
    Carolina Wren 7
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 21
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 14
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    Hermit Thrush 2
    Northern Mockingbird 1
    European Starling 35
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Northern Parula 3 Seen and heard along the 1 mile nature trail in the lakefront section of the park
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 9
    Yellow-throated Warbler 2 We had excellent views of two very distinctive Yellow-throated Warblers that were “working” the large Bald Cypress and Sycamore trees along the shore of Lake Austin in Emma long Park. The birds had white wingbars, an extensive bright yellow throat, white belly with black streaks on the sides, white undertail coverts, black face with a strong white eyebrow, a gray back and dark crown. Photos were taken by Roger Smith, Ronnie Kramer and Ray Steelman. There were Yellow-rumped Warblers of differing plumages in the same vicinity which clearly were identifiable as a different species.
    Golden-cheeked Warbler 8 Seven birds were seen and/or heard along and in the vicinity of the Turkey Creek Trail. One bird was heard singing while we walked on the 1 mile nature trail in the lakefront portion of the park.
    Field Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 23
    Eastern/Western Meadowlark 2
    Great-tailed Grackle 10

  203. Kenny Anderson says

    The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon
    Society. This update is as of 9:45 on 3/21/2013. Send interesting
    sightings- complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact
    information- to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com

    -Rarities Found This Week-

    A Black-headed Grosbeak was at a feeder at a home in southwestern
    Bastrop County on 3/21.

    A Black-headed Grosbeak was photographed at a feeder in Blanco County on 3/10.

    A Hutton’s Vireo was nicely described and singing on the Travaasa
    Hotel property in Travis County on 3/13.

    A storm on 3/19 prompted some interesting migrants to drop out,
    including a Lapland Longspur on CR352 in Williamson County (Late
    Date). A Yellow-throated Warbler (local breeder but tricky migrant) at
    Sunset Valley, and a Black-capped Vireo (difficult migrant) at Commons
    Ford in Travis County.

    Warbler Woods also reported a Black-capped Vireo 3/12 (not suitable
    breeding habitat) Guadalupe County

    An American Bittern was detected at the Colorado River Wildlife
    Sanctuary on the Lower Colorado River in Austin on 3/16,17.

    The same trip that produced a Williamson County Lapland Longspur had 3
    lingering Horned Larks on CR352 and a single on CR436. A Red-headed
    Woodpecker continues at the Macedonia Cemetery as of 3/20.

    A Common Loon was photographed at Stillhouse Lake’s River’s Bend Park
    on 3/7 (Bell county). Two Common Loons were at Canyon Lake in Comal
    County on 3/21. An alternate plumage Common Loon in Austin on the
    Lady Bird Lake portion of the Lower Colorado River was a snazzy sight
    on 3/21.

    A Common Gallinule on Waller Creek in Austin is a strange place to
    have a bird and it has lingered. 3/6-21.

    -Continuing From Previous Week-

    The last Whooping Crane report I have seen from the Granger Lake area
    came on 3/9. Two birds were reported from Friendship Park in
    Williamson County. This has been an amazing story.

    A wintering Prairie Warbler at a Gonzales County home remained 3/11-17
    (great yard bird).

    Berry Springs Park continues to host a Red-headed Woodpecker 3/7,13.

    A White Ibis below the Longhorn Dam in Austin had reports on 3/15-20.

    A Peregrine Falcon, maybe two, continue to be seen around the downtown
    Austin area, University of Texas Tower, and Roy Guerrero Park. Last
    report came 3/20 from below Longhorn Dam. Consistent reports of birds
    on the Frost Bank Building and UT Tower have me desiring future
    updates.

  204. Ronnie Kramer says

    On March 9, 2013, Shirley LaVergne and I led 7 others down Copperfiedl Nature Trail in Northeast Austin. We tallied 32 for the day.

    Copperfield Nature Trail (Travis Co.), Travis, US-TX
    Mar 9, 2013 6:52 AM – 10:22 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.0 mile(s)
    32 species (+1 other taxa)

    Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 2
    Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 2
    Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
    Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 3
    Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1
    American Coot (Fulica americana) 1
    Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) 100
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) 40
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 7
    Inca Dove (Columbina inca) 1
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo heard only, unmistakable. Listened for mimicking northern mockingbird, but none heard. Reviewed BirdTunes in the field to confirm. Bird gave the accelerating series of stecatto notes followed by the decelerating series of clock clock clock notes. Later listened to suggested vocalizations of common ground-dove, roadrunner, and yellow-breasted chat. None of these compared with the heard vocalizations.
    Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) 4
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) 1
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2
    Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 1
    Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata) 4
    American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) 2
    Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) 7
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) (Baeolophus bicolor x atricristatus) 1
    Brown Creeper (Certhia americana) 1
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 5
    Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) 1
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 1
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 2
    European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 3
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 500
    Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 35
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 14
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) 50
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 2

    View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S13345863

    This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

  205. Ken Zaslow says

    The following eBird report is from Dan Callaway who led a TAS Two-hour Tuesday trip to Hutto Lake Park on March 12th. Seventeen people participated on the trip.

    Hutto Lake Park, Williamson, US-TX
    Mar 12, 2013 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Travis Audubon field trip. Weather – clear, temp- 40-55 degrees, calm to S breeze 15 mph.
    36 species (+3 other taxa)

    Mallard (Domestic type) 7
    Ring-necked Duck 3
    Pied-billed Grebe 5
    Double-crested Cormorant 12
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Great Egret 1
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Northern Harrier 1
    Accipiter sp. 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    American Coot 32
    Killdeer 8
    Wilson’s Snipe 5
    Rock Pigeon 1
    Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
    White-winged Dove 3
    Mourning Dove 9
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Loggerhead Shrike 2
    Blue Jay 1
    American Crow 1
    Barn Swallow 7
    House Wren 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
    Northern Mockingbird 4
    European Starling 35
    American Pipit 5
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
    Savannah Sparrow 16
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 2
    Northern Cardinal 5
    Red-winged Blackbird 65
    Western Meadowlark 1
    Eastern/Western Meadowlark 7
    Great-tailed Grackle 45
    House Finch 1
    House Sparrow 1

  206. Kenny Anderson says

    The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 11:00 on March 7, 2013. Send interesting sightings- complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information- to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com

    -Rarities Found This Week-

    Somewhat an exceptional find in the time-of-year category is a Least Bittern found at Laguna Gloria in Austin on 2/27. The bird was photographed on 3/1,2 in Travis County.

    A Calliope Hummingbird was photographed at an Austin home on 3/1.

    Only one Whooping Crane report from Granger Lake came on 3/3 with 2 birds on CR352 (Williamson County)

    Prairie Falcon remains in the Granger area as of 3/3, with a report of one at CR354 and CR350.

    Buff-bellied Hummingbird continues at Hornsby Bend with records on 3/2,3. Unfortunately a fire on the compost drying beds has the entire facility closed until further notice.

    A nice description of a possible Golden Eagle came from the area of the Pennybacker Bridge in west Austin on 2/27.

    White Ibis remains below Longhorn Dam on 3/1- juvenile plumage is being replaced with adult white feathers.

    Red-headed Woodpecker on 3/2 at Berry Springs Park in Georgetown is a nice lingering bird. (Willliamson County)

    Fairly short list for the week; is this computer working? Make my day, get out and find something.

    Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centered from the Capitol in downtown Austin. Bird sightings mentioned here have been filtered and scrutinized by the compiler and are believed to be genuine. When documentation or photographs were provided that is mentioned, along with the other information about the bird(s) being seen. For questions or updates about birds mentioned here or to report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, please send an e-mail to kennya290@gmail.com

    Kenny Anderson

    Austin

  207. Peter English says

    Today on the UT campus we found a Common Gallinule about 25 ft from where it was found in the Fall. It is along Waller Creek immediately in front of the Creekside Residence Hall (CRH) – if you want to go see it , the best plan is to stand on the dorm side of the creek near the footbridge and look back south on the creek. There is a white-bark tree fallen/overhanging the creek and it is under there most of the time that we observed it.

    It has been doing something that I have never seen before: the creek has clearly eroded laterally into the bank, but from the bank it appears to be right at water level and not really all that far back – the Gallinule goes back into this eroded space and has spent 20 minutes or more up in there. I suspect that it is feeding, because it did that when there was no particular reason to hide. Later it went up in there when a group of students arrived, so also uses the area to hide. It also spends some time out in the creek, but never did any eating while out in the creek.

    Haven’t seen the pair of Peregrines on the UT tower since 2/20.

  208. Ray Steelman says

    Five intrepid birders braved the 25-40 mph winds at Lake Creek Trail today (3/5) and found 42 wind blown bird species. The high-lite was great views of a winter wren as it worked a stone wall looking for insects. The ebird list follows

    Lake Creek Trail (Williamson Co.), Williamson, US-TX
    Mar 5, 2013 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    42 species

    Gadwall 39
    American Wigeon 27
    Northern Shoveler 6
    Northern Pintail 1
    Green-winged Teal 1
    Double-crested Cormorant 1
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    Black Vulture 3
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Killdeer 6
    Greater Yellowlegs 6
    Wilson’s Snipe 2
    Rock Pigeon 2
    White-winged Dove 20
    Mourning Dove 4
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    Blue Jay 8
    American Crow 3
    Winter Wren 1
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 1
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    European Starling 25
    Cedar Waxwing 5
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 8
    Chipping Sparrow 3
    Field Sparrow 5
    Savannah Sparrow 2
    Song Sparrow 5
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 6
    Northern Cardinal 8
    Red-winged Blackbird 6
    Great-tailed Grackle 200
    House Finch 4
    Lesser Goldfinch 1
    House Sparrow 8

  209. Judith Bailey, Virginia Rose and George Kerr says

    The Beginner’s Bird Walk at Berry Springs got off to a cold start, 36 degrees; but, a little chill in the air didn’t deter 18 hearty birders including 4 first-timers. We were rewarded with 42 species. The male Red-headed Woodpecker cooperated so that all got good looks through the scope. Other highlights were Golden-crowned Kinglet, Pine Warbler and a Northern Flicker.

    TAS BEGINNER’S BIRDERS WALK
    BERRY SPRINGS, 3-2-2013

    Wood Duck
    Gadwall
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Cooper’s Hawk
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Red-headed Woodpecker
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Northern Flicker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    Swallow species
    Carolina Chickadee
    Black-crested Titmouse
    Carolina Wren
    House Wren
    Golden-crowned Kinglet
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Eastern Bluebird
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    American Pipit
    Cedar Waxwing
    Pine Warbler
    Spotted Towhee
    Chipping Sparrow
    Lark Sparrow
    Lincoln’s Sparrow
    Northern Cardinal
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Meadowlark species
    Common Grackle
    Great-tailed Grackle
    Pine Siskin
    Lesser Goldfinch
    American Goldfinch

  210. Ken Zaslow says

    This eBird report and checklist is from Dan Callaway. Nine people participated today on this TAS trip that Dan led to East Metropolitan Park. A highlight for many of the participants was a Greater Roadrunner that was singing/vocalizing while perched fairly high in a tree. Everyone had good looks at this very cooperative bird.

    Travis County, Travis, US-TX
    Feb 26, 2013 7:30 AM – 10:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: All birding took place within the boundary of East Metro Park, 3 miles SE of Manor. Woodland included Post Oak, mesquite, hackberry, and huisache. Also one 5 acre pond and a one acre pond, and open parkland with scattered post oak. Weather- clear, west wind 10-15 mph, temp- 38-63 degrees.
    44 species (+2 other taxa)

    Double-crested Cormorant 1
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Black Vulture 12
    Turkey Vulture 3
    Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Rock Pigeon 2
    White-winged Dove 2
    Mourning Dove 5
    Greater Roadrunner 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Crested Caracara 2
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    American Crow 12
    Carolina Chickadee 6
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 4
    Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
    House Wren 1
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 2
    Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
    Eastern Bluebird 4
    Hermit Thrush 1
    American Robin 5
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    European Starling 4
    Cedar Waxwing 2
    Pine Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 10
    Spotted Towhee 1
    Chipping Sparrow 12
    Field Sparrow 2
    Savannah Sparrow 15
    Song Sparrow 2
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 6
    White-throated Sparrow 2
    White-crowned Sparrow 4
    Northern Cardinal 25
    Red-winged Blackbird 12
    Eastern/Western Meadowlark 12
    House Finch 2
    American Goldfinch 2
    House Sparrow 2

  211. Ken Zaslow says

    The following two checklists are from Terry Banks. On February 19th she led a field trip to both the Inks Lake State Park and the Inks Lake National Fish Hatchery in Burnet County.

    Inks Lake State Park, Burnet, US-TX
    Feb 19, 2013 7:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.5 mile(s)
    Comments: 13 participants met at Inks Lake to participate on a Travis Audubon bird hike. We first birded around the HQ, then we went to the picnic area by the water. Afterwards we took a 3.3 mile hike on the Pecan Flats trail. It was a beautiful day – sunny and warm – about 65 degrees Fahrenheit with just a mild wind.
    49 species (+1 other taxa)

    Snow Goose (Chen caerulescens) 30 flying high over the water
    Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) 5
    Mallard (Domestic type) (Anas platyrhynchos (Domestic type)) 10
    Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) 3
    Common Loon (Gavia immer) 1 foraging on the lake
    Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1
    Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) 1
    Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 6
    American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 1
    Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
    Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
    Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 1
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 10
    Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
    Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 3
    American Coot (Fulica americana) 12
    Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 1
    Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 10
    Rock Pigeon (Columba livia) 5
    White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) 10
    Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 10
    Inca Dove (Columbina inca) 2
    Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) 1 Roadrunner was heard only – “singing”.
    Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 4
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1
    Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 10
    Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) 1
    Rock Wren (Salpinctes obsoletus) 1 One rock wren stayed close to us and sang. It was well visualized by everyone in the groups. There are several photographs available for this bird.
    Bewick’s Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 20
    Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 10
    American Robin (Turdus migratorius) 3
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 5
    Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 15
    Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 1
    Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1 Heard only
    Pine Warbler (Setophaga pinus) 1 One bird singing in the trees by the picnic area.
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 10
    Spotted Towhee (Pipilo maculatus) 1
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow (Aimophila ruficeps) 10
    Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) 2
    Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) 2
    Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) 6
    Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) 1
    Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 2
    Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 10 One male cardinal was attacking the mirror of one of our cars.
    Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) 5
    Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 10
    American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis) 4

    Inks Lake Natl. Fish Hatchery, Burnet, US-TX
    Feb 19, 2013 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    0.25 mile(s)
    Comments: 10 members of Travis Audubon walked the area around the Fish Hatchery ponds. This was a continuation of the Inks Lake Field trip.
    17 species (+1 other taxa)

    Gadwall (Anas strepera) 5
    American Wigeon (Anas americana) 20
    Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) 2
    Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 6
    Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 14
    Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
    Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 15
    Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
    American Coot (Fulica americana) 2
    Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 2
    Wilson’s Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 2
    Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) 10
    American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 1
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 1
    Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
    Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 2
    Eastern/Western Meadowlark (Sturnella megna/neglecta) 2

  212. Kenny Anderson says

    The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 4:25 on February 21, 2013. Send interesting sightings- complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information- to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com

    -Rarities Found This Week-

    An Allen’s Hummingbird was confirmed via video-stills of the spread tail on 2/15/2013. The bird was first seen at an Austin home on 12/12/12; the bird has departed as of 2/16/13. This is likely the first documented record of the species in Travis County and is the second Allen’s Hummingbird to be documented through photographs of the tail (retrix 2 shape, retrix 5 size) in the 60 mile radius covered in this Winter.

    A White-tailed Hawk was photographed on 2/14,16 from 1101 and Kohlenberg Road at the Mesquite Creek WMA near the Comal and Guadalupe County lines. Possibly the same bird reported on 1/31 in nearby Hays County at Old Bastrop Highway and Davis RR.

    Whooping Cranes at Granger Lake are a remarkable story. This week 2 reports on 2/18 of 10 Whooping Cranes opens the possibility that the 8 wintering birds were joined by northbound migrants. Other reports are 2 adults on CR356 2/18, 2 birds at Granger Lake on 2/16, 3 birds on CR352 and 971 on 2/16, 3 birds at Sore Finger on 2/16, and 4 Whoopers on CR354 on 2/20.

    Zone-tailed Hawk, a juvenile this time, was photographed below Mansfield Dam in Travis County on 2/16. An adult was seen on 1/13 and 2/12.

    A Zone-tailed Hawk continues at Palmetto State Park in Gonzales County on 2/18. The bird was seen near the overflow parking for RV campsites 1-19. Bird was reported 1/12.

    A Horned Grebe in Travis County is a good bird; on 2/17 there was one on Lake Travis at Windy Point.

    A Roseate Spoonbill at Salt Lake in Guadalupe County was a nice February find 2/17,18.

    A Common Nighthawk at Warbler Woods on 2/18 and a continuing Curve-billed Thrasher (tricky bird in the circle) 2/18 Guadalupe County

    -Continuing From Previous Week-

    Buff-bellied Hummingbird continues to excite at Hornsby Bend’s Platt Lane 2/15-18. Travis Co.

    A Broad-tailed Hummingbird was described and video taped at an Austin residence 2/13,17

    Red-headed Woodpeckers are at Williamson County’s Macedonia Cemetery 2/19 and Berry Springs Park 2/15-18.

    A Prairie Warbler lingers at a Gonzales County home 2/16,18.

    Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centered from the Capitol in downtown Austin. Bird sightings mentioned here have been filtered and scrutinized by the compiler and are believed to be genuine. When documentation or photographs were provided that is mentioned, along with the other information about the bird(s) being seen. For questions or updates about birds mentioned here or to report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, please send an e-mail to kennya290@gmail.com

    Kenny Anderson

    Austin

  213. Ken Zaslow says

    Travis County, Travis, US-TX
    Feb 12, 2013 7:30 AM – 10:45 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    22.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Eleven people participated on this Travis Audubon Society field trip to visit ponds in southern Travis County. We birded two large retention ponds on the western edge of the Southpark Meadows shopping center, three ponds in the Onion Creek development east of I-35 and south of Slaughter Lane, several ponds along both North Turnersville Road and Turnersville Road, and one pond on the north side of FM1327 on property owned by the Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Game Ranch and Pavilion. Highlights were the many duck species seen, especially multiple Hooded Mergansers. The day began in heavy mist with some fog which cleared leaving cloudy skies with calm winds and pleasant temperatures. Beginning temperature was 49 degrees; ending temperature was 59 degrees.
    65 species (+2 other taxa)

    Gadwall 33
    American Wigeon 47
    Blue-winged Teal 5
    Northern Shoveler 21
    Northern Pintail 29
    Green-winged Teal 17
    Canvasback 8
    Redhead 10
    Ring-necked Duck 54
    Lesser Scaup 12
    Bufflehead 43
    Hooded Merganser 11
    Ruddy Duck 8
    Pied-billed Grebe 5
    Double-crested Cormorant 15
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Great Egret 6
    Black Vulture 1
    Northern Harrier 3
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Red-tailed Hawk 9
    American Coot 60
    Killdeer 17
    Lesser Yellowlegs 1
    Least Sandpiper 11
    Long-billed Dowitcher 2
    Ring-billed Gull 1
    Rock Pigeon 17
    White-winged Dove 4
    Mourning Dove 42
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3
    Northern Flicker 2
    Crested Caracara 1
    American Kestrel 2
    Eastern Phoebe 1 Heard only
    Loggerhead Shrike 5
    American Crow 7
    Purple Martin 5
    Cave Swallow 1
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 1
    Bewick’s Wren 2
    Carolina Wren 3 Heard only
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    Northern Mockingbird 10
    European Starling 8
    American Pipit 3
    Cedar Waxwing X Heard only
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 15
    Chipping Sparrow 1
    Field Sparrow 1
    Vesper Sparrow 8
    Savannah Sparrow 19
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 2
    White-crowned Sparrow 16
    Northern Cardinal 14
    Red-winged Blackbird 300
    Eastern Meadowlark 7 Singing in various locations
    Eastern/Western Meadowlark 120
    Brewer’s Blackbird 59
    Common Grackle 5
    Great-tailed Grackle 27
    Brown-headed Cowbird 12
    House Finch 3
    House Sparrow 7

  214. Kenny Anderson says

    The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 8:45 on February 14, 2013. Send interesting sightings- complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information- to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com

    -Rarities Found This Week-

    A Virginia Rail has been seen/heard along the creek just north of the pond at Mabel Davis Park in Austin 2/6-8 (Travis)

    An alternate plumage Franklin’s Gull was scoped from Blue Goose Road at the Austin Landfill in Travis County on 2/9

    I am curious about a few unconfirmed reports of a Pacific Loon from Canyon Lake’s Potters Creek Park in Comal County; does anyone have any information or details?

    -Continuing From Previous Week-

    Whooping Cranes at Granger Lake and the surrounding agricultural area were updated with 1 seen from Willis Creek Park on 2/8,10, 7 from Granger Dam Road 2/8, and 3 seen on CR 352 south of Alligator Road 2/9.

    A Prairie Falcon was briefly viewed on Harry Lind Road in Travis County on 2/9.

    A Zone-tailed Hawk was just below Mansfield Dam again on 2/12 in Travis County. A Red-breasted Merganser and 2 Common Goldeneyes are also below the dam.

    Buff-bellied Hummingbird is reliable at Hornsby Bend in Travis County near the Platt lane River Trailhead 2/9,10

    Broad-tailed Hummingbirds continuing at two residences in Austin had an update 2/13.

    2 Red-breasted Mergansers and a Common Loon were reported on Lake Travis from Windy Point in Travis County.

    2 Peregrine Falcons were seen at the University of Texas on 2/9- birds have been in the downtown Austin area for a while- updates encouraged.

    A Curve-billed Thrasher remains at Warbler Woods in Guadalupe County 2/13.

    The section of the Lower Colorado River around the Longhorn Dam in Austin continues to have a White Ibis (2/8,11), Couch’s Kingbirds (2/12-14), Least Grebe, and Ringed Kingfishers (2/12).

    2 Couch’s Kingbirds are at Riverbend Park in Smithville (2/14) and Ringed Kingfisher was a flyby at Bob Bryant Park in Bastrop (2/12) in Bastrop County.

    Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centered from the Capitol in downtown Austin. Bird sightings mentioned here have been filtered and scrutinized by the compiler and are believed to be genuine. When documentation or photographs were provided that is mentioned, along with the other information about the bird(s) being seen. For questions or updates about birds mentioned here or to report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, please send an e-mail to kennya290@gmail.com

    Kenny Anderson

    Austin

  215. Deb Wallace says

    It was a very cold, rainy morning on January 15th, but 12 of us went to Commons Ford Ranch anyway! We ended up with a decent number of species, including great looks at a Red-breasted Nuthatch.

    Commons Ford Pk, Travis, US-TX
    Jan 15, 2013 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.5 mile(s)
    48 species

    Wood Duck 6
    Gadwall 15
    American Wigeon 5
    Canvasback 3
    Pied-billed Grebe 6
    Double-crested Cormorant 6
    Turkey Vulture 3
    Osprey 3
    Northern Harrier 1
    Cooper’s Hawk 2
    Red-tailed Hawk 3
    American Coot 30
    White-winged Dove 200
    Mourning Dove 2
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3
    Downy Woodpecker 3
    American Kestrel 1
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    Western Scrub-Jay 2
    American Crow 4
    Carolina Chickadee 4
    Black-crested Titmouse 8
    Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
    Carolina Wren 5
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
    Eastern Bluebird 3
    Northern Mockingbird 4
    Cedar Waxwing 2
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 60
    Spotted Towhee 4
    Chipping Sparrow 2
    Field Sparrow 1
    Vesper Sparrow 15
    Savannah Sparrow 40
    Song Sparrow 3
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 5
    White-throated Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 15
    Red-winged Blackbird 7
    Great-tailed Grackle 7
    House Finch 4
    Pine Siskin 12
    Lesser Goldfinch 3
    American Goldfinch 15

  216. Deb Wallace says

    A group of 15 birders endured high winds to bird Commons Ford Ranch and check out the prairie restoration effort on Sunday, January 13th. We had some nice birds, including 5 species of Woodpeckers.

    Commons Ford Pk, Travis, US-TX
    Jan 13, 2013 7:45 AM – 11:45 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.0 mile(s)
    51 species

    Gadwall 20
    Ring-necked Duck 1
    Pied-billed Grebe 3
    Double-crested Cormorant 3
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Great Egret 1
    Black Vulture 2
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Osprey 4
    Northern Harrier 1
    Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Red-tailed Hawk 2
    American Coot 30
    Ring-billed Gull 20
    White-winged Dove 100
    Mourning Dove 1
    Greater Roadrunner 1
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Northern Flicker 1
    American Kestrel 1
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    Blue Jay 3
    American Crow 2
    Carolina Chickadee 2
    Black-crested Titmouse 2
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    Northern Mockingbird 1
    European Starling 2
    Cedar Waxwing 16
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 50
    Spotted Towhee 1
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow 1
    Field Sparrow 3
    Vesper Sparrow 3
    Savannah Sparrow 2
    Song Sparrow 1
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 1
    White-throated Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 2
    Red-winged Blackbird 1
    House Finch 2
    Lesser Goldfinch 1
    American Goldfinch 1

  217. Ray Steelman says

    The following is a list of birds seen or herd on our Tejas Camp trip on Feb 5. We want to thank everyone for joining us, there were lots of good birds and the weather was very cooperative. We hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did. We ended with a total species count of 52 with the highlights being the hairy woodpecker, red-breasted nuthatch, and great looks at several fox sparrows.

    Wild Turkey 1 Herd Only
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    Black Vulture 5
    Turkey Vulture 3
    Northern Harrier 1
    Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Herd Only
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    American Kestrel 1
    Killdeer 2
    Lesser Yellowlegs 1
    Rock Pigeon 10
    Mourning Dove 3
    Inca Dove 1 Herd Only
    Common Ground-Dove 2
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Hairy Woodpecker 1
    American Kestrel 1
    Eastern Phoebe 6
    American Crow 3
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 3
    Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
    House Wren 2
    Bewick’s Wren 4
    Carolina Wren 3
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
    Golden-crowned Kinglet 3
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
    Eastern Bluebird 6
    Hermit Thrush 2
    American Robin 5
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    Loggerhead Shrike 1 seen as we were leaving along the road
    Cedar Waxwing 15
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 15
    Spotted Towhee 6
    Field Sparrow 15
    Vesper Sparrow 10
    Lark Sparrow 1
    Savannah Sparrow 12
    Fox Sparrow 4
    Song Sparrow 11
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 15
    White-throated Sparrow 6
    White-crowned Sparrow 15
    Northern Cardinal 40
    Red-winged Blackbird 30
    Lesser Goldfinch 10
    American Goldfinch 10

  218. Judith Bailey, Virginia Rose and George Kerr says

    On 2-2-2013, fourteen birders met at NE METROPOLITAN PARK eager to find feathered winter residents; watching us arrive was a sharp Loggerhead Shrike; along the creek we saw 34 other species with the highlights being a White-throated Sparrow, five Red-breasted Nuthatches and fifteen or so American Pipits. A good time was had by all.

    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Northern Harrier
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Crested Caracara
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Eastern Phoebe (H)
    Loggerhead Shrike
    Blue-headed Vireo
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    Carolina Chickadee
    Tufted Titmouse
    Red-breasted Nuthatch
    Carolina Wren (H)
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Hermit Thrush
    American Robin
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    American Pipit
    Cedar Waxwing
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    White-throated Sparrow
    Northern Cardinal
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Meadowlark species
    Great-tailed Grackle
    House Finch
    Lesser Goldfinch
    American Goldfinch
    House Sparrow

  219. Ken Zaslow says

    This list is being submitted on behalf of Dan Callaway and Terry Banks.

    Lake Pflugerville, Pflugerville, TX, Travis, US-TX
    Jan 29, 2013 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Dan Callaway lead this Travis Audubon Field trip. Approximately 25 people showed up, many of whom had scopes and helped to locate various waterfowl. It was a warm, humid, windy morning – towards the end of the trip the winds that gusted around us were strong; 30 mile-an-hour winds were predicted for the day, and we felt these winds were about that speed. Birds had a hard time soaring; one Northern Harrier seemed to have difficulty staying up, and the several Ring Billed Gulls circling the lake had difficulty staying over the water.
    36 species (+2 other taxa)

    Gadwall 15
    American Wigeon 3
    Mallard (Domestic type) 2
    Northern Shoveler 5
    Northern Pintail 7
    Green-winged Teal 4
    Canvasback 30
    Redhead 10
    Ring-necked Duck 2
    Lesser Scaup 4
    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Double-crested Cormorant 10 seen flying over the lake
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    Turkey Vulture 3
    Northern Harrier 1
    Virginia Rail 1 This bird was heard only responding to a Virginia Rail Recording.
    Sora 1 Like the Virginia Rail, the sora was heard only responding to the recording of the Sora.
    American Coot 1000 It was difficult to get an accurate estimate of this very numerous bird. They were everywhere on the lake.
    Killdeer 10
    Least Sandpiper 5
    Wilson’s Snipe 1 one seen flying away from our crowd of people
    Ring-billed Gull 8
    Rock Pigeon 25
    Mourning Dove 10
    Peregrine Falcon 2 These two birds flew briefly over the lake and then disappeared.
    Loggerhead Shrike 3
    Northern Mockingbird 4
    European Starling 20
    American Pipit 20
    Common Yellowthroat 2 heard only
    Savannah Sparrow 15
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 2
    Swamp Sparrow 1 This bird popped up and down on the grass stalks replying and chipping to the IPOD Swamp Sparrow. Most of the attendees got a good look at this bird.
    White-crowned Sparrow 15
    Red-winged Blackbird 10
    Eastern/Western Meadowlark 12
    Great-tailed Grackle 50

  220. Kenny Anderson says

    The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 10:38 on January 24, 2013. Send interesting sightings- complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information- to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com

    -Rarities Found This Week-

    I received belated report of a Zone-tailed Hawk mixed in with Turkey Vultures at Palmetto State Park on 1/12 in Gonzales County.

    2 Peregrine Falcons were observed at the Oakwood Cemetery near Martin Luther King and I-35 in Austin on 1/21. I had dismissed a separate animated verbal account of courtship behavior of the species in the same area by another observer; I would be interested in follow-ups by folks in that area.

    A Yellow Warbler was photographed at Decker lake on 1/20 in Travis County.

    There was a Texbirds report of a male Purple Finch at Hornsby Bend on 1/23- a species seldom seen in the county, with few reports from the circle- or am I just missing something.

    -Continuing From Previous Week-

    Whooping Cranes, only one update, 8 birds at Granger Lake on 1/18 in Williamson County.

    A difficult to see Prairie Falcon was seen harassing the blackbirds in the Carlson area. Seen from Wells School Road 1/20.

    A wintering Buff-bellied Hummingbird continues at Hornsby Bend’s Platt Lane with reports on 1/17-22.

    A Prairie Warbler has found home at a Gonzales County residence with latest updates 1/20-22.

    A Broad-tailed Hummingbird has been photographed and remains at an Austin yard 1/23.

    A Bastrop County White-breasted Nuthatch on Sayersville Road continued on 1/18.

    Berry Springs Park in Williamson county had continuing reports of White-breasted Nuthatch on 1/20, Red-headed Woodpecker on 1/17,21,24, and Vermilion Flycatcher on 1/18.

    The Longhorn Dam area in Austin remains a nice winter spot to bird with up to 4 Couch’s Kingbirds on 11/18,23, a juvenile White Ibis on 1/23, 2 Ringed Kingfishers on 1/22

    Warbler Woods has a Curve-billed Thrasher remaining as of 1/24 in Guadalupe County.

    Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centered from the Capitol in downtown Austin. Bird sightings mentioned here have been filtered and scrutinized by the compiler and are believed to be genuine. When documentation or photographs were provided that is mentioned, along with the other information about the bird(s) being seen. For questions or updates about birds mentioned here or to report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, please send an e-mail to kennya290@gmail.com

    Kenny Anderson

    Austin

  221. jeff patterson for sam fason says

    On January 13th I led a Travis Audubon Society Field Trip to Granger Lake. Despite the howling wind that persisted all day, we came away with some good birds. Highlights were:

    All 8 Whooping Cranes. starting at 7:45, within 5 minutes, all 8 birds flew over Sore Finger WMA headed north. The birds were seen well from CR 352 throughout the morning as well. The Burrowing Owl on CR 357 was sitting back up on the concrete pile today, after being MIA for about a month We had an adult Bald Eagle from the Granger Dam. A nice Common Loon was on the lake, viewed from Friendship Park A LeConte’s Sparrow offered good views to everyone at Friendship Park Horned Larks were abundant, with birds being seen on CR 360, CR 359, Aubrey Messer Rd, and Alligator Road. The adult Red-headed Woodpecker continues at Macedonia Cemetery, seen very well. A White-eyed Vireo was a nice surprise at Willis Creek Park, heard by all and seen by several. Surprisingly, this was flagged by ebird. Also, a Fox Sparrow singing his full song at Willis Creek Park was a treat A Merlin with a freshly killed Meadowlark gave a brief but fantastic look on CR 360 A lowlight of the day was the lack of Longspurs or Mountain Plovers, but with the strong wind I was not hopeful. The wind also seemed to keep the Short-eared Owls down at dawn, none flying at Sore Finger this AM (although Ray Steelman had one fly in front of his car on 971 this morning around 7, though). After 2:00, most people peeled off to go home, but I went to Northeast Travis County with Karen Collins and Terry Banks. Longspurs were the original target, but the wind was even harsher than it was out at granger, so we only tried for maybe 30 minutes on Wells Road and Lane, Carlson Lane, and Felder Road. However, Carlson Lane was very productive. Best birds were definitely the Red-naped Sapsucker who only flew in when we were just getting ready to leave, and a nice female Eastern Towhee that responded to Screech Owl tape and gave us some good looks, albeit brief. Also,13 Sandhill Cranes flew over Carlson.

    Good Birding,

    Sam Fason, Austin\

  222. jeff patterson says

    The Field Trip Committee, along with continuing and prospective Field Trip Leaders were treated to an appreciation event on January 14, 2013 at the TAS offices. Jeff Patterson opened the evening by thanking everyone for making his job as committee chair a pleasure. He was followed by a field trip leader training presentation provided by Barry Lyon and Victor Emanuell. Thanks to all of the fantastic field trip leaders who attended, and to Jeff, Barry and Victor for their time and efforts.

  223. Ken Zaslow says

    Platt Lane (Travis Co.), Travis, US-TX
    Jan 22, 2013 7:45 AM – 10:45 AM
    Comments: Nine people took advantage of this TAS Tuesday field trip to bird Platt Lane and the northern section of the River Trail on a beautiful January morning. Highlights included the over-wintering Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, numerous sparrows and ducks, and great looks at well over 100 American White Pelicans in the air and on the Colorado River. The sky was sunny, winds were calm, and the morning temperature ranged from 46 degrees to 61 degrees.
    57 species (+2 other taxa)

    Gadwall 25
    American Wigeon 23
    Northern Pintail 4
    Green-winged Teal 2
    Ring-necked Duck 8
    Lesser Scaup 14
    Bufflehead 3
    Ruddy Duck 1
    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Double-crested Cormorant 30
    American White Pelican 135
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    Snowy Egret 1
    Black Vulture 1
    Turkey Vulture 3
    Osprey 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Red-tailed Hawk 3
    American Coot 11
    Killdeer 6
    Spotted Sandpiper 1
    Greater Yellowlegs 1 Heard only
    Least Sandpiper 5
    White-winged Dove 3
    Mourning Dove 1
    Buff-bellied Hummingbird 1 The bird was seen actively drinking from the Hummingbird feeder located just inside the entrance to the northern section of the River Trail where it was also observed roosting in the adjacent shrubs and small trees. Less frequently it was seen drinking from the Hummingbird feeder at the abandoned house at the entrance to the River Trail. It is the same bird that has been noted in this location since mid-December and details of its plumage have been submitted previously.
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 2
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Northern Flicker 1 Heard only
    Crested Caracara 3
    American Kestrel 2
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    Loggerhead Shrike 1
    American Crow 5
    Carolina Chickadee 9
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 6
    House Wren 2
    Carolina Wren 7
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
    Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
    Hermit Thrush 3
    Northern Mockingbird 5
    Cedar Waxwing 25 Flyover
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 50
    Vesper Sparrow 10
    Savannah Sparrow 18
    Song Sparrow 2 Heard only
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 12
    White-throated Sparrow 2
    White-crowned Sparrow 23
    Northern Cardinal 19
    Red-winged Blackbird 47
    Eastern/Western Meadowlark 15
    Common Grackle 1
    Great-tailed Grackle 12
    House Finch 2

  224. Kenny Anderson says

    The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 12:30 on January 18, 2013. Send interesting sightings- complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information- to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com

    Whooping Cranes wintering at Granger Lake in Williamson County continue to thrill and wonder Central Texas birders. A report of all 8 seen as a fly-over at Sore Finger WMA, along with a photograph on 1/13 is truly a highlight of 2013. Other reports of a group of 2 Whooping Cranesforaging along 971and CR352 from the Travis Audubon field trip on 1/12, 3 birds on the same field 1/13.

    An adult Zone-tailed Hawk was seen well mixed in with Turkey Vultures below the Mansfield Dam in Travis County on 1/13.

    A Calliope Hummingbird is photographed using a South Austin feeder at a private residence 1/17.

    2 Harris’s Hawks are working the area north of the Formula 1 track in Elroy. Birds were first encountered on the Austin CBC and have continued to be seen/photographed near the Fagerquist and Elroy intersection. Latest reports are 1/12(photo) and 1/15.

    A wintering Hornsby Bend Buff-bellied Hummingbird is utilizing the Platt Lane River Trail origination/trail head- and feeders placed there to keep it around. Bird is seen reliably with reports 1/1/12-17.

    A Red-naped Sapsucker was photographed in the Carlson area on 1/13 (Travis).

    The Hornsby Bend survey on 1/14 also tallied a female Common Goldeneye on pond 2, a Peregrine Falcon being irregularly seen working the ponds, and a lingering Vermilion Flycatcher near Pond 2.

    A Rusty Blackbird has been seen in a mixed blackbird flock in the administration parking lot of Hornsby Bend 1/14,16.

    Common Goldeneye, a drake was seen on the Lower Colorado River from the Colorado River Nature Preserve at 183 in Austin on 1/16- first photographed 1/1.

    Vermilion Flycatchers are also being seen at Decker Lake’s Walter Long Park east of the boat launch 1/16 (Travis)and Berry Springs Park in Williamson County 1/17, Hornsby Bend 1/12.

    Red-headed Woodpeckers are being seen at the Macedonia Cemetery in Williamson County 1/10 and Berry Springs Park in Williamson County 1/17.

    Say’s Phoebes, the only two I have heard of in the area, are being seen at Granger Lake with the latest report on 1/10 from the Travis Audubon Field trip.

    An American Bittern was seen again at Decker Lake- the bird flushed from the western most portion of the parking lot on 1/16.

    A Summer Tanager was photographed at a Lakeway home in Travis County on 1/13.

    A juvenile White Ibis and Couch’s Kingbirds are being seen near the Longhorn Dam area- latest word 1/12,14.

    2 Couch’s Kingbirds reported from Big Webberville Park in eastern Travis County 1/11. This species has become regular in Travis County as a breeding resident. Roy Guerrero Park and Big Webberville Park are two of the more reliable locations for them.

    It has been a good start to the year, I would like to hear what you are finding.

    Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centered from the Capitol in downtown Austin. Bird sightings mentioned here have been filtered and scrutinized by the compiler and are believed to be genuine. When documentation or photographs were provided that is mentioned, along with the other information about the bird(s) being seen. For questions or updates about birds mentioned here or to report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, please send an e-mail to kennya290@gmail.com

    Kenny Anderson

    Austin

  225. Kenny Anderson says

    The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 10:00 on January 10, 2013. Send interesting sightings- complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information- to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com

    – This Week-

    A White-tailed Hawk was on CR345, just south of CR346 in Williamson County on 1/10.

    Prairie Falcon was photographed on Alligator Road in Bell County on 1/4.

    A Prairie Falcon was on Harry Lind Road between Carlson Road and Lund Carlson in Travis County on 1/10.

    Ferruginous Hawk continues on Loop Road / Shipp Lake area in Bastrop County 1/6.

    Whooping Cranes at Granger Lake remain with reports of 3 seen from Sore Finger WMA on 1/4 and 2 seen from Willis Creek on 1/6.

    A nice description of a male Calliope Hummingbird at an Austin home 1/7 (Travis)

    Buff-bellied Hummingbird continues at Hornsby Bend’s Platt Lane trailhead 1/4,5,10

    A White-breasted Nuthatch was observed on Old Sayers Road in Bastrop County 1/6.

    2 Harris’s Hawks were photographed on 15 and seen 1/6 on Fagerquist Road near Elroy in Travis County.

    A Broad-tailed Hummingbird was photographed at Laguna Gloria in Austin 1/6,7

    A Rusty Blackbird was described at Hornsby Bend on 1/9.

    A male Red-naped Sapsucker continues on Carlson Lane in the Carlson area of Northeast Travis County. 1/5,6

    Hornsby Bend is also hosting Vermilion Flycatcher around Pond 2, Western Sandpiper on Pond 1 West, and 2 Common Goldeneyes photographed on Pond 2.

    Red-headed Woodpecker continues at Berry Springs Park in Williamson County 1/4,5

    A Reddish Egret lingers at Canyon Lake in Comal County- seen from Potter’s Creek Park on 1/6.

    Couch’s Kingbirds, Least /Grebe, Greater Scaup, and White Ibis are around the Longhorh Dam on the Lower Colorado River in Austin.

    A Gray Catbird was reported at St. Edward’s Park in Austin on 1/6.

    Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centered from the Capitol in downtown Austin. Bird sightings mentioned here have been filtered and scrutinized by the compiler and are believed to be genuine. When documentation or photographs were provided that is mentioned, along with the other information about the bird(s) being seen. For questions or updates about birds mentioned here or to report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, please send an e-mail to kennya290@gmail.com

    Kenny Anderson

    Austin

  226. Ray Steelman says

    On Jan 10 I led 7 other birders to the Granger Lake area. We had a beautiful day after two days of rain. Highlights of the trip were two whooping cranes, red-headed woodpecker, two Say’s phoebes and a merlin. We totaled 65 species.
    Gadwall 10
    American Wigeon 2
    Ring-necked Duck 5
    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Double-crested Cormorant 15
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 2
    Black Vulture 3
    Turkey Vulture 10
    Northern Harrier 5
    Bald Eagle 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 15 1-Kreiders
    Red-tailed Hawk (Harlan’s) 1
    American Coot 5
    Whooping Crane 2 Foraging along Route 971, seen well by all observers.
    Killdeer 2
    Greater Yellowlegs 3
    Ring-billed Gull 3
    Forster’s Tern 5
    Rock Pigeon 30
    White-winged Dove 25
    Mourning Dove 50
    Red-headed Woodpecker 1 First year male, pecan grove near Macedonia Cemetery. Seen well by all observers.
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Northern Flicker 1
    Crested Caracara 3
    American Kestrel 10
    Merlin 1
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    Say’s Phoebe 2
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1
    Loggerhead Shrike 4
    Blue Jay 5
    American Crow 15
    Horned Lark 1
    Carolina Chickadee 7
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 2
    Brown Creeper 1
    Carolina Wren 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
    Eastern Bluebird 5
    American Robin 2
    Northern Mockingbird 4
    European Starling 15
    American Pipit 1
    Cedar Waxwing 10
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 12
    Chipping Sparrow 12
    Field Sparrow 7
    Vesper Sparrow 8
    Lark Sparrow 5
    Savannah Sparrow 35
    Harris’s Sparrow 2
    White-crowned Sparrow 6
    Northern Cardinal 7
    Red-winged Blackbird 25
    Eastern Meadowlark 1
    Western Meadowlark 1
    Eastern/Western Meadowlark 175
    Brewer’s Blackbird 10
    Great-tailed Grackle 15
    Brown-headed Cowbird 6
    American Goldfinch 1
    House Sparrow 5

  227. Kenny Anderson says

    The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 3:30 on January 4,2013. Send interesting sightings- complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information- to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com

    NO POSITIVE REPORTS OF FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER since 12/26/12

    -Rarities Found This Week-

    A confirmation of a Rough-legged Hawk (dark form) was made on 1/1/13 at Riverbend Park in Bastrop County- a highly probable earlier sighting came in from nearby Loop Road about a week ago.

    A juvenile Ferruginous Hawk was behind Lowe’s in Bastrop on 12/29,30.

    Zone-tailed Hawks were described on 12/28 in Austin. An adult was studied at Camp Mabry’s Ponds and a juvenile was on Dunlap Road in east Austin.

    Black Phoebe was reported on the Guadalupe River in Guadalupe County on 12/29/12.

    A Calliope Hummingbird has been at a South Austin residence 1/1/13.

    The Granger CBC reported 5 Whooping Cranes, Red-headed Woodpecker, Nashville Warbler, and Dickcissel as highlights. 12/29/12 A count week Common Goldeneye on 12/28 on Granger Lake.

    Lost Pines CBC had a report of Painted Bunting at the Utley Cemetery12/29/12.

    An Anna’s Hummingbird is at a Blanco County home 12/28/12- 1/1/13.

    Broad-tailed Hummingbird reports come from a Blanco home having 2 males 12/28, a west Austin residence photographed on 1/2/13, 2 birds at a central Austin residence 1/2/13.

    Common Goldeneyes in Austin are around with a female continuing at Hornsby Bend’s Pond 2 and a male and female photographed around the Longhorn Dam 12/30/12-1/1/13.

    Rusty Blackbird was reported at a Bastrop County home 12/29/12.

    -Continuing From Previous Week-

    Whooping Cranes at Granger Lake, seen from Friendship Park 12/29-1/2. 2-5 birds.

    Harris’s Hawk was photographed on Fagerquist Road in the Elroy area of Travis County 12/29 and seen from Kellam Road and Elroy road on 12/30.

    Buff-bellied Hummingbird continued at the Platt Lane trail head of Hornsby Bend 12/29-1/1.

    A Prairie Warbler is spending the winter at a Gonzales County home 12/24-1/2.

    A Curve-billed Thrasher was photographed at Warbler Woods 12/30/12 in Guadalupe County.

    Vermilion Flycatchers: Berry Springs Park in Williamson County 1/3, Granger Lake on 1/1 in Williamson County, Decker Lake 12/29 in Travis County.

    Red-headed Woodpecker continues at Berry springs in Williamson County 1/1/13.

    White Ibis, a juvenile, lingers around the Longhorn Dam in Austin 1/1/13.

    At least one Western Sandpiper is at Hornsby Bend’s 1 west as of 1/1/13.

    Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centered from the Capitol in downtown Austin. Bird sightings mentioned here have been filtered and scrutinized by the compiler and are believed to be genuine. When documentation or photographs were provided that is mentioned, along with the other information about the bird(s) being seen. For questions or updates about birds mentioned here or to report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, please send an e-mail to kennya290@gmail.com

    Kenny Anderson

    Austin

  228. Kenny Anderson says

    The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 10:45 on December 27, 2012. Send interesting sightings- complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information- to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com

    A Fork-tailed Flycatcher continues to delight many birders near the McKinney Falls State Park entrance. It was found on the Austin CBC on December 25 and was seen this week 12/22-26. No reports from today. (Travis County) Bird is seen on McKinney Falls Parkway and Dee Gabriel Collins Road. Many observers/photos Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, up to 7 have been seen with the Fork-tailed (high number of winter birds)

    A Prairie Falcon is a real find on the western portion of Loop Road in eastern Bastrop County on 12/24. A Ferruginous Hawk was reported in the same area on Loop Road in Bastrop County earlier in the week.

    Whooping Cranes in Williamson County’s Granger Lake area were reported on 12/26,27 (2 and 3 birds respectively). Friendship Park was the origin of the December 26 sighting.

    California Gull photographed at Black Rock Park on the western shore of Lake Buchanan in Burnett County is a bird rarely reported in the area. The same trip sounded amazing with Cedar Point yielding: 3 Dunlins at Cedar Point Recreation Center, 7 Black-bellied Plovers, 2 American Avocets, 85 Dowitcher species, and 22 Western Grebes at Black Rock Park.

    2 Harris’s Hawks are being seen near the intersection of Elroy Road and Fagerquist in Travis County 12/22-27. Numerous observers/photos

    A Buff-bellied Hummingbird has been frequenting the Platt Lane trail head at Hornsby Bend, now visiting two feeders. 12/21 (Travis) Many observers/photos

    19 Cackling Geese is a huge number in the circle; birds were photographed above Longhorn Dam on Lady Bird Lake portion of the Lower Colorado River on 12/21. (Travis County)

    A Broad-tailed Hummingbird was photographed at an Austin residence on 12/23.

    A Zone-tailed Hawk was seen near the Phi Kappa Pi house on Highway 123 ~6 miles south of San Marcos in Guadalupe County (just barely over Hays County line) 12/21

    Reddish Egret continues at Cranes Mill Park on Canon Lake in Comal County 12/23.

    Tri-colored Heron is a strange sight in the area in December. The bird has been photographed on 12/22-25 above and below the Longhorn Dam.

    A juvenile White Ibis continue in the Longhorn Dam area 12/19-23.

    Up to 3 Western Sandpiper are at Hornsby Bend with last report 12/24.

    Common Goldeneye: a female at Hornsby last 12/24 and a female at Lady Bird on 12/22.

    Vermilion Flycatchers: Hornsby Bend bird near Pond 2 west side 12/24 and Decker Lake in Travis County 12 24-27.

  229. Kenny Anderson says

    The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 7:35 on December 20,2012. Send interesting sightings- complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information- to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com

    -Exceptional Sighting-

    The Austin Christmas Bird count had Fork-tailed Flycatcher as the highlight bird. On 12/15 the bird was photographed on a power wire at 8100 Colton Bluff SpringsRoad; it was associating with Scissor-tailed Flycatchers. 12/16 the bird was re-located across from McKinney Falls State Parks entrance on McKinney Falls Parkway. Again the bird was with the Scissor-tails, seen from the Right-of-Way working for insects in a ravine. Subsequent locations it has been seen are on Dee Gabriel Collins Road west of Taqueria Volcan and near the house with the Coldwell-Banker sign on McKinney Falls Parkway, between William Cannon Drive and D.G. Collins Road(north side of road). 12/15-20 Travis County

    -Rarities Found This Week-

    A Harris’s Hawk was also found on the Austin CBC; it was seen in the Elroy area on 12/15 and 16. The bird was photographed on Fagerquist Road both days. Late in the evening of 12/15 a Harris’s Hawk was described on a pole along Highway 71 at Onion Creek. Harris’s don’t stray into the circle often, so I would like any updates on this bird.

    I have only seen one Whooping Crane report from Granger Lake where 2 birds were seen on the megafield south of Alligator Road in Williamson County 12/15.

    Buff-bellied Hummingbird did its job continuing in the Platt Lane portion of Hornsby Bend for the CBC. Updates came 12/14-17 from the trailhead where the bird catches insects and visits two feeders in the area.

    The only Say’s Phoebe report I have heard from the 60 mile Audubon circle came 12/16 from below the Granger Lake Dam.

    A Western Sandpiper was studied at Hornsby Bend on 12/15.

    A Long-billed Curlew was reported on Pond 1 West on 12/14 at Hornsby Bend.

    An American Bittern was on Lady Bird Lake near the Metz Park boat ramp on 12/15.

    Rusty Blackbirds continue to be occasionally seen at Hornsby Bend. They are seen around 1 West, between 1 East and Pond 2, and near the CER Building. 12/15 last report.

    A Curve-billed Thrasher is at Warbler Woods 1213-15 in Guadalupe County (photographed)

    A White Ibis (juvenile) is working the Lower Colorado River above and below Longhorn Dam 12/15-20.

    Vermilion Flycatchers: Hornsby Bend 12/15, Slough Pond/ Shallow Ford Road area in Bell County12/15, and Decker Lake in Travis County 12/18.

  230. jeff patterson says

    On December 9th, Craig Rasmussen and Jeff Patterson led 12 participants in two groups to Tejas Camp on Lake Georgetown. We split into two groups and traversed the trails on the north and south side of the San Gabriel River, hiking about 3.5 miles. Highlights were 13 species of sparrow (participants seemed to enjoy the Le Conte’s and Fox Sparrows particularly) and a quick, but definitive sighting of an American Woodcock. Bird list follows:

    Accipiter species
    American Crow
    American Goldfinch
    American Kestrel
    American Robin
    American Woodcock
    Bewick’s Wren
    Black Vulture
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Carolina Chickadee
    Carolina Wren
    Chipping Sparrow
    Common Ground-Dove
    Common Raven
    Downy Woodpecker
    duck sp.
    Eastern Bluebird
    Eastern Phoebe
    Meadowlark Species
    Field Sparrow
    Fox Sparrow
    Grasshopper Sparrow
    Great Blue Heron
    Harris’s Sparrow
    Hermit Thrush
    House Wren
    Inca Dove
    Killdeer
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    Le Conte’s Sparrow
    Lincoln’s Sparrow
    Loggerhead Shrike
    Mourning Dove
    Northern Cardinal
    Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)
    Northern Mockingbird
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Red-tailed Hawk
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Savannah Sparrow
    Song Sparrow
    Spotted Towhee
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse
    Turkey Vulture
    Vesper Sparrow
    White-crowned Sparrow
    White-throated Sparrow
    Wild Turkey
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

  231. jeff patterson says

    Victor Emanuel, Barry Lyon and Cullan Hanks led 10 participants to the Attwater National Wildlife Refuge and Eagle Lake area on December 2, 2012. Highlights of the trip were great looks at Spraugue’s Pipits, beautiful views of White-tailed Hawks, 50 Anhinga thermally upward, chasing (and finding) Le Conte’s Sparrows and Sedge Wrens through the brush and a slowly soaring Bald Eagle right overhead. Birdlist follows:

    American Coot
    American Crow
    American Goldfinch
    American Kestrel
    American Pipit
    American Robin
    American White Pelican
    Anhinga
    Bald Eagle
    Black Vulture
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Brown-headed Cowbird
    Carolina Chickadee
    Carolina Wren
    Cassin’s Sparrow (heard only)
    Cave Swallow
    Common Yellowthroat
    Cooper’s Hawk
    Crested Caracara
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Downy Woodpecker
    Eastern Meadowlark
    Eastern Phoebe
    European Collared Dove
    Field Sparrow
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Greater Yellowlegs
    Great-tailed Grackle
    House Sparrow
    House Wren
    Killdeer
    Le Conte’s Sparrow
    Lincoln’s Sparrow
    Loggerhead Shrike
    Mourning Dove
    Neotropic Cormorant
    Northern Cardinal
    Northern Flicker
    Northern Harrier
    Northern Mockingbird
    Orange-crowned Warbler
    Pied-billed Grebe
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Red-tailed Hawk
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Rock Dove
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Savannah Sparrow
    Sedge Wren
    Sharp-shinned Hawk
    Snow Goose
    Snowy Egret
    Song Sparrow
    Spotted Towhee
    Sprague’s Pipit
    Tufted Titmouse
    Turkey Vulture
    Vesper Sparrow
    White Ibis
    White -tailed Hawk
    White-crowned Sparrow
    White-eyed Vireo
    White-throated Sparrow
    White-winged Dove
    Wilson’s Snipe
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    Yellow-rumped Warbler

  232. Deb Wallace says

    On a beautiful Fall monring, 10 of us met to bird Doeskin Ranch. It was a nice, but dry walk. We had some good birds, including a large flock of American Goldfinch and Pine Siskin that landed all around us to feed. It was a pretty sight. We also popped over to the headquarters area for a brief look. We had 35 species for the day.

    Double-crested Cormorant
    Great Egret
    Turkey Vulture
    American Kestral
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Common Ground-Dove
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Western Scrub-Jay
    Carolina Chickadee
    Black-crested Titmouse
    Carolina Wren
    Bewick’s Wren
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Northern Mockingbird
    Orange-crowned Warbler
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    Spotted Towhee
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow
    Chipping Sparrow
    Field Sparrow
    Vesper Sparrow
    Lark Sparrow
    Savannah Sparrow
    Lincoln’s sparrow
    Northern Cardinal
    House Finch
    Pine Siskin
    Lesser Goldfinch
    American Goldfinch
    House Sparrow

  233. Judith Bailey, Virginia Rose, Shirley LaVergne says

    Fourteen birders came to Hornsby Bend Saturday morning, 12-1-12, to see waterfowl and other winter residents.They weren’t disappointed; 34 species were seen. Highlights were White-faced Ibis, Eared Grebe, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Duck and Common Goldeneye

    Northern Shoveler
    Northern Pintail
    Green-winged Teal
    Ring-necked Duck
    Lesser Scaup
    Bufflehead
    Common Goldeneye
    Ruddy Duck
    Eared Grebe
    Double-crested Cormorant
    White-faced Ibis
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Cooper’s Hawk
    American Coot
    Killdeer
    Spotted Sandpiper
    Least Sandpiper
    Wilson’s Snipe
    Rock Pigeon
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Eastern Phoebe (H)
    Blue Jay
    Tufted Titmouse
    Red-breasted Nuthatch
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    American Pipit
    Vesper Sparrow
    Savannah Sparrow
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Great-tailed Grackle

  234. Ken Zaslow says

    The list below is being submitted on behalf of Dan Callaway who led this TAS bird walk at Champion Park. There were 20 participants.

    Champion Park (Williamson Co.), Williamson, US-TX
    Nov 27, 2012 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Travis Audubon met for a morning of birding called Two-hour Tuesday that went 3 hours. Twenty folks braved the 40 degree cloudy, breezy weather. Birds weren’t out to feast until after about 9 a.m. We walked the trail from the parking lot to the lake, then returned. The area around the footbridge became extremely active. No Green Kingfisher that I had during scouting two weeks ago.
    50 species (+1 other taxa)

    Gadwall 15
    American Wigeon 8
    Northern Shoveler 1
    Ring-necked Duck 15
    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Double-crested Cormorant 25
    Anhinga 1 Flying overhead along Brushy Creek in good view seen by many.
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Great Egret 3
    Snowy Egret 6
    Black Vulture 15
    Turkey Vulture 5
    Northern Harrier 1
    Bald Eagle 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    American Coot 5
    Ring-billed Gull 4
    Rock Pigeon 8
    White-winged Dove 10
    Mourning Dove 15
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Blue-headed Vireo 1
    American Crow 1
    Carolina Chickadee 5
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 1
    House Wren 1
    Bewick’s Wren 3
    Carolina Wren 2
    Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
    Eastern Bluebird 5
    Hermit Thrush 2
    American Robin 50
    Northern Mockingbird 6
    American Pipit 1
    Cedar Waxwing 25
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 30
    Chipping Sparrow 1
    Vesper Sparrow 2
    Song Sparrow 3
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 3
    Northern Cardinal 10
    Great-tailed Grackle 30
    House Finch 10
    Pine Siskin 6
    Lesser Goldfinch 10
    American Goldfinch 20

  235. Kenny Anderson says

    The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 4:30 on November 23, 2012. Send interesting sightings- complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information- to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com

    I have gotten a bit behind in updating the rarities for the area and am including everything I have received since the last publication. I’ll try to stay on top of it, hopefully have some nice finds to further prompt me. Please excuse any omissions I may have made- it hasbeen a busy week.

    -Rarities Found This Week-

    An Anna’s Hummingbird at Texas State University’s Supple Science Building marks the third year in a row this species has been on the Hays County campus. 11/16.

    2 Surf Scoters and a Red-breasted Merganser were highlights at Devine Lake in Williamson County on 11/13.

    A Rose-breasted Grosbeak on the Hornsby Bend survey was a nice find on 11/10 in Travis County.

    American Bittern, which has been at the Lake Creek Trail in Williamson County, was last reported on 11/12. Last year a wintering American Bittern moved around from small ponds in an area in Travis County just 7 miles away. Further updates on the Lake Creek Trail bird are encouraged.

    A male Red-naped Sapsucker continues on Carlson Lane in northeast Travis County. (11/23)

    A Red-breasted Merganser (female) was reported on the San Marcos River in Gonzales County on 11/13.

    A Red-headed Woodpecker in Williamson County’s Berry Springs Park is a nice find 11/17-21.

    Rusty Blackbirds are tricky in the area, but Hornsby Bend again has some with 1-4 birds being reported from Pond 1 West on 11/17-21.

    A young Vermilion Flycatcher was photographed on Shallow Ford Road in Bell County on 11/18. A young Vermilion Flycatcher is reliably reported at Berry Springs Park in Georgetown on 11/17 in Wilco.

    A Black-throated Green Warbler at Warbler Woods in Guadalupe County is a nice find.

    -Continuing From Previous Week-

    Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centered from the Capitol in downtown Austin. Bird sightings mentioned here have been filtered and scrutinized by the compiler and are believed to be genuine. When documentation or photographs were provided that is mentioned, along with the other information about the bird(s) being seen. For questions or updates about birds mentioned here or to report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, please send an e-mail to kennya290@gmail.com

    Kenny Anderson

    Austin

  236. Ken Zaslow says

    Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037), Travis, US-TX
    Nov 20, 2012 7:30 AM – 11:00 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.0 mile(s)
    Comments: 19 people joined this TAS field trip to Hornsby Bend on a beautiful sunny morning with mild temperatures and calm winds. We birded the ponds and short sections of the River trail and the Platt Lane area. Highlights were the sight of a Greater White-fronted Goose flying over our heads and 4 Rusty Blackbirds seen at the southeast corner of Pond 1 West.
    58 species (+2 other taxa)

    Greater White-fronted Goose 1 The bird was first seen by Ray Steele and then by our whole group as it flew over us while we were at the Hornsby settlement ponds. The bird had a characteristic goose-like shape with a long, straight neck, stout body, and legs tucked under its body. It had a grayish-brown color with distinctive dark horizontal barring on its belly.
    American Wigeon 19
    Blue-winged Teal 4
    Northern Shoveler 375
    Green-winged Teal 45
    Redhead 4
    Ring-necked Duck 21
    Lesser Scaup 5
    Bufflehead 4
    Ruddy Duck 70
    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Eared Grebe 1
    Black Vulture 5
    Turkey Vulture 40
    Northern Harrier 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    American Coot 26
    Killdeer 21
    Spotted Sandpiper 1
    Least Sandpiper 55
    Wilson’s Snipe 25
    Rock Pigeon 5
    Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
    White-winged Dove 11
    Mourning Dove 8
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    American Kestrel 3
    Monk Parakeet 4
    Eastern Phoebe 5
    Blue Jay 2
    American Crow 2
    Carolina Chickadee 5
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 2
    House Wren 4
    Carolina Wren 5
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
    Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 12
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    European Starling 3
    American Pipit 7
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Pine Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
    Chipping Sparrow 5
    Field Sparrow 1
    Savannah Sparrow 15
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 4
    White-throated Sparrow 1
    White-crowned Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 7
    Red-winged Blackbird 14
    Eastern/Western Meadowlark 23
    Rusty Blackbird 4 The birds were seen in the short vegetation near the water in the southeast corner of Pond 1 West. They were very cooperative and did not flush providing close-up views for everyone in our group. Both male and female birds were in the small flock. All the birds had thin, pointy bills and very pale eyes. The females had a rusty crown with a strong buffy supercilium, rusty coloration on their back, and a gray rump. The males were much darker overall with rusty tips on the coverts and tertials. Photos were taken by Lee Wallace and Roger Smith. A Rusty Blackbird was seen and photographed in the same location 3 days earlier by Jeff Whitlock.
    Great-tailed Grackle 11
    House Finch 1
    American Goldfinch 5
    House Sparrow 4

  237. Ken Zaslow says

    Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037), Travis, US-TX
    Nov 17, 2012 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.25 mile(s)
    Comments: 5 people participated on this TAS bird walk on a beautiful day at Hornsby Bend. We birded the ponds as well sections of the River Trail at the Upper Island overlook and at Platt Lane. Beginning temperature was 45 degrees; ending temperature was 64 degrees. The sky was clear and sunny with calm winds. A portion of the morning was accompanied by the sounds of car engines from the F1 racetrack several miles away.
    59 species (+2 other taxa)

    Wood Duck 1
    Gadwall 29
    American Wigeon 21
    Blue-winged Teal 1
    Northern Shoveler 400
    Green-winged Teal 50
    Redhead 7
    Ring-necked Duck 17
    Lesser Scaup 11
    Bufflehead 3
    Ruddy Duck 65
    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Eared Grebe 2
    Double-crested Cormorant 6
    White-faced Ibis 2
    Black Vulture 8
    Turkey Vulture 31
    Osprey 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 2
    Sora 1
    American Coot 28
    Killdeer 18
    Least Sandpiper 45
    Wilson’s Snipe 21
    White-winged Dove 24
    Mourning Dove 3
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Crested Caracara 6
    American Kestrel 2
    Monk Parakeet 2
    Eastern Phoebe 4
    American Crow 3
    Carolina Chickadee 4
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 2
    House Wren 2
    Carolina Wren 6
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
    Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8
    Eastern Bluebird 3
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    European Starling 9
    American Pipit 8
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Common Yellowthroat 2
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
    Chipping Sparrow 6
    Savannah Sparrow 11
    Song Sparrow 2
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 3
    White-throated Sparrow 1
    White-crowned Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 7
    Red-winged Blackbird 23
    Eastern/Western Meadowlark 11
    Great-tailed Grackle 15
    House Finch 1
    American Goldfinch 1
    House Sparrow 5

  238. Ken Zaslow says

    11 people went on the TAS field trip to the Pedernales Falls State Park on November 13th that was led by Terry Banks. Terry compiled the eBird report below and it is being submitted on her behalf.

    Pedernales Falls SP (HOTE 050), Blanco, US-TX
    Nov 13, 2012 7:45 AM – 11:45 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.5 mile(s)
    Comments: When we arrived at the ranger’s station, approx 20 Snow Geese – mixed white and blue morph – flew over.
    The first spot we birded was at the bird blinds where we spent about an hour, moving from one bird blind to the other. The hungry flocks of birds quickly consumed the bird food the park volunteer put out for them. Then we took a walk through the field close to the horse barn. Here we spotted a distant raptor that we could not identify with our binoculars, so a member of our party walked to the car to obtain his scope. While we waited we noted a white patch on the otherwise dark raptor. When the scope was finally trained on the bird we identified a dark juvenile Northern Harrier a second before it flew away.
    We then took a walk along the horse trail and noted many foraging passerines. The horse trail leads to a shallow depression that in wet years has a pond and may contain waterfowl. There was a little water in the pond this time, but not enough to be attractive to waterfowl. We did hear some song sparrows here, however, and a walk through the mixed grassy/shrubby area revealed many hiding sparrows most of which we could not identify because of their stealth. Above the pond was a raised berm area, and here we found many more sparrows, blue birds, lesser goldfinches, and were surprised by an early pair of Cedar Waxwings.
    After the horse trails we took a very brief walk along the swimming area of the Pedernales River. We spent very little time here and only found a few birds – some Ladder Backed Woodpeckers working the Cypress trees along the river, a pair of Eastern Phoebes, a singing Canyon Wren, a Bewick’s wren and a Rufous Crowned Sparrow.
    40 species

    Snow Goose 20
    Black Vulture 1
    Northern Harrier 1
    Killdeer 1
    White-winged Dove 30
    Inca Dove 2
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 4
    Northern Flicker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 8
    Western Scrub-Jay 8
    Carolina Chickadee 4
    Black-crested Titmouse 8
    Canyon Wren 2
    House Wren 1
    Bewick’s Wren 3
    Carolina Wren 1
    Golden-crowned Kinglet 4
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 15
    Eastern Bluebird 4
    Hermit Thrush 3
    American Robin 30
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    Cedar Waxwing 2
    Orange-crowned Warbler 3
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 5
    Spotted Towhee 4
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow 1
    Chipping Sparrow 10
    Field Sparrow 2
    Savannah Sparrow 1
    Song Sparrow 4
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 4
    White-crowned Sparrow 1
    Dark-eyed Junco 1
    Northern Cardinal 20
    Red-winged Blackbird 1
    House Finch 2
    Lesser Goldfinch 10
    House Sparrow 30

  239. Craig Rasmussen says

    The Nature Conservancy – Love Creek Preserve 10 birders and 38 species of birds. Highlights were: sparrows, bluebirds, robin and other uplands birds on the ridge crest, great looks at a calling Canyon Wren and towards the end two cooperative Hutton’s Vireos.

  240. Kenny Anderson says

    Two Surf Scoters were reported from a Williamson County pond; they were seen from Devine Lake Park on 11/5,6.

    An remarkably cooperative and photogenic American Bittern is being seen at Lake Creek Trail in Williamson County on 11/4-8.

    A Zone-tailed Hawk was viewed from a Bastrop County home on 11/3.

    A male Red-naped Sapsucker was photographed on Carlson Lane in northeast Travis County on 11/3.

    A visit to Canyon Lake’s Canyon Park yielded a Reddish Egret and two Common Loons on 11/3.

    An immature Vermilion Flycatcher continues at and near Slough Pond in Bell County. If it is not seen at the pond a search along Shallow Ford Road from Slough Pond toward Temple Lions Park to the north has been productive.

    A sub-adult Yellow-headed Blackbird was viewed in a mega-flock of blackbirds at Hornsby Bend on 11/3.

    Four Wilson’s Phalaropes were at Hornsby Bend on 11/2.

    Red-breasted Nuthatches are being reported at multiple locations, with multiple birds (up to 4) at several locations. Over 50 Pine Siskins were at Commons Ford Park on 11/4.

    Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centered from the Capitol in downtown Austin. Bird sightings mentioned here have been filtered and scrutinized by the compiler and are believed to be genuine. When documentation or photographs were provided that is mentioned, along with the other information about the bird(s) being seen. For questions or updates about birds mentioned here or to report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, please send an e-mail to kennya290@gmail.com

    Kenny Anderson

    Austin

  241. Ken Zaslow says

    Bauerle Ranch Park, Travis, US-TX
    Nov 6, 2012 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.25 mile(s)
    Comments: 12 people participated on this Travis Audubon Society field trip to the Slaughter Creek Greenbelt at Bauerle Ranch Park. The weather was perfect with clear skies, light winds about 5mph, and moderate temperatures between the upper 50’s and the mid 60’s. Highlights included both Spotted and Eastern Towhee, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Hermit Thrush, and Blue-headed Vireo.
    32 species (+2 other taxa)

    Black Vulture 3
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2 Heard only
    Killdeer 1 Seen flying over the park
    White-winged Dove 85
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3
    Crested Caracara 2 Seen at the trail entrance shortly after the trip was over
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Blue-headed Vireo 1
    Blue Jay 21
    American Crow 2
    Carolina Chickadee 5
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 4
    House Wren 1
    Bewick’s Wren 2
    Carolina Wren 8
    Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 11
    Hermit Thrush 2
    Northern Mockingbird 4
    Orange-crowned Warbler 8
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
    Spotted Towhee 4
    Eastern Towhee 1 The Eastern Towhee was seen in a mixed flock of birds present in low vegetation along the Bauerle Creek Trail about 100 yards west of the Percival trail. An Eastern Screech-Owl recording was used to attract a mixed group of birds that included the Towhee. It had a dark brown head and back with rufous sides and a white belly. It lacked wing bars, but did have a clearly visible white patch at the base of the primaries. Several of us in the group had good looks at the bird including Deb Wallace, Ray Steele and me. A male spotted Towhee was present in the same group of birds and the two Towhees were seen simultaneously making for an excellent comparison study. Photos were not taken.
    Chipping Sparrow 5
    Song Sparrow 4
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 2
    White-throated Sparrow 3
    Northern Cardinal 15
    Eastern/Western Meadowlark 1
    Great-tailed Grackle 9
    House Finch 7
    Lesser Goldfinch 6
    House Sparrow 5

  242. Deb Wallace says

    October 9th Trip to Aquarena Springs and Spring Lake Preserve (Late Report!)

    10 of us went down to Aquarena to bird and see the changes made to the area. We were lucky enough to have the Head of Facilities, C.J. Hall, let us into the closed areas and onto the Wetlands Boardwalk. He walked with us for a bit and told us about the work that had been done. It’s pretty cool. I highly recommend a visit, as it should be open by now.

    We had a good time and saw some nice birds. Lee’s list follows:
    Oct 9, 2012 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    3.0 mile(s)
    37 species (+1 other taxa)

    Wood Duck 2
    Least Grebe 2
    Pied-billed Grebe 8
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    Green Heron 1
    Black Vulture 75
    Turkey Vulture 12
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Northern Harrier 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    American Coot 2
    Rock Pigeon 2
    White-winged Dove 4
    Mourning Dove 1
    Chimney Swift 10
    hummingbird sp. 1
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 5
    Couch’s Kingbird 6
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1
    Blue Jay 2
    Carolina Chickadee 1
    Black-crested Titmouse 7
    Canyon Wren 3
    House Wren 1
    Bewick’s Wren 4
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
    Northern Mockingbird 4
    Black-and-white Warbler 1
    Orange-crowned Warbler 6
    Nashville Warbler 2
    Clay-colored Sparrow 2
    Northern Cardinal 15
    Great-tailed Grackle 24
    Lesser Goldfinch 6

    This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

  243. Judith Bailey, Virginia Rose, Shirley LaVergne, George Kerr says

    TAS BEGINNING BIRDERS WALK
    RICHARD MOYA PARK
    11-3-12

    On a foggy Saturday morning, 16 intrepid birders showed up to look for some of our winter feathered friends. We spotted 30 species; highlights were several Red-breasted Nuthatches, a Blue-headed Vireo and the resident Eastern Bluebirds.

    Rock Pigeon
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Blue-headed Vireo
    Carolina Chickadee
    Tufted Titmouse
    Black-crested Titmouse
    Black-crested X Tufted Hybrid Titmouse
    Red-breasted Nuthatch
    Carolina Wren
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Golden-crowned Kinglet
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Eastern Bluebird
    American Robin
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    Orange-crowned Warbler
    Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
    Chipping Sparrow
    Song Sparrow
    Northern Cardinal
    Great-tailed Grackle
    Oriole species
    House Finch
    Lesser Goldfinch
    House Sparrow

  244. Kenny Anderson says

    The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 10:00 on Novenber 1, 2012. Send interesting sightings- complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information- to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com

    -Rarities Found This Week-

    A Prairie Falcon was seen from Sunshine Road where it crosses the Little River in Bell County, there were 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers present as well. Photographs of the falcon and one juvenile woodpecker were obtained on 10/28.

    A Harris’s Hawk was reported from Hornby Bend’s Platt Lane on 10/27 in Travis County.

    A Red-naped Sapsucker was at Buescher State Park near the dam on 10/28 in Bastrop County.

    An Ash-throated Flycatcher was described at Hornsby Bend at the end of the Platt Pond Trail on 10/28.

    Up to three Broad-tailed Hummingbirds have been at a Blanco County home 10/26.

    A Swainson’s Thrush has been at a Bastrop County home 10/29-11/1 and an American Woodcock on 10/27.

    2 Reddish Egrets were reported at Canyon Lake’s Potter’s Creek Park in Comal County on 10/29.

    A Vermilion Flycatcher was nice at Slough Pond in Bell County on 10/30-11/1.

    A Tri-colored Heron lingers in the area below Longhorn Dam with a report on 10/25 (Travis County)

    A few warblers continue to come through: Wilson’s Warbler at Little Webberville on 10/31, Tennessee Warbler at Dick Nichols on 10/27, and a American Redstart at a Bastrop County reside

    Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centered from the Capitol in downtown Austin. Bird sightings mentioned here have been filtered and scrutinized by the compiler and are believed to be genuine. When documentation or photographs were provide, that is mentioned, along with the other information about the bird(s) being seen. For questions or updates about birds mentioned here or to report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, please send an e-mail to kennya290@gmail.com

    Kenny Anderson

    Austin

  245. Claude Morris says

    Colorado River Park, Travis, US-TX
    Oct 27, 2012 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    Protocol: Area
    5.0 ac

    Today on the fifth Colorado River Park bird walk we found some of the winter birds have arrived. Northern Flicker, American Robin, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and three species of native sparrows were included in our list of 31 species plus some ducks.

    The best surprise of the morning was a flyby from a Merlin.  Love to see the falcons.

    The weather today was chilly and blustery.  Early in the morning we had several flights of ducks pass over and one large flock of Greater White-fronted Geese.  I think the cold wind kept us from finding some of the regulars like Mockingbirds and Eurasian Collared Doves.

    31 species (+1 other taxa)

    Greater White-fronted Goose  50
    duck sp.  60
    Double-crested Cormorant  1
    Great Blue Heron  1
    Great Egret  1
    Black Vulture  10
    Turkey Vulture  2
    Red-shouldered Hawk  2
    Red-tailed Hawk  3
    Killdeer  1
    Mourning Dove  2
    Belted Kingfisher  2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
    Northern Flicker  2
    Crested Caracara  1
    Merlin  1
    American Crow  9
    Carolina Chickadee  23
    House Wren  1
    Carolina Wren  4
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
    Eastern Bluebird  3
    American Robin  1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler  12
    Savannah Sparrow  9
    Lincoln’s Sparrow  4
    White-crowned Sparrow  2
    Northern Cardinal  8
    Red-winged Blackbird  100
    Great-tailed Grackle  50
    Brown-headed Cowbird  6
    House Finch  3

  246. Kenny Anderson says

    The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 8:55 on October 25, 2012. Send interesting sightings- complete with species name, the LOCATION, and contact information- to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com

    -Rarities Found This Week-

    There was a Bastrop County White-tailed Kite fly-over and Palm Warbler on 10/21.

    Little Webberville Park in Travis County had two hatch year Red-naped Sapsuckers on 10/20,22. One seen on 10/23.

    Bronzed Cowbird was photographed at Hornsby Bend on 10/20; perhaps the same bird as reported on September 15th. There is an enormous flock of blackbirds it can mix with.

    2 Horned Larks were in northeastern Travis County on Felder Lane west of 973 on 10/20.

    A Magnolia Warbler was viewed at a central Austin home on 10/23.

    The West Bouldin Greenbelt in south Austin had a continuing Magnolia Warbler on 10/23 and a Tennessee Warbler on 10/25.

    Good birds for Bastrop County were Mountain Plovers (2) and Chestnut Collared Longspurs (8) on 10/19. The longspurs continued with 5 on 10/20.

  247. Ken Zaslow says

    Webberville Park (Big & Little) (HOTE 035), Travis, US-TX
    Oct 23, 2012 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.5 mile(s)
    Comments: Twelve people participated in today’s bird walk at Big Webberville Park. Beginning temperature was 68 degrees and ending temperature was 73 degrees. Skies were partly cloudy and winds were calm. Highlights today were 5 Woodpecker species, and multiple Scissor-tailed Flycatchers and Couch’s Kingbirds in excellent light.
    35 species (+1 other taxa)

    Wood Duck 5
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 2
    Black Vulture 27
    Turkey Vulture 9
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Killdeer 4 Seen on the soccer field when exiting the park
    Eurasian Collared-Dove 1 Seen at the soccer field when exiting the park
    White-winged Dove 2 Seen just outside the park entrance when exiting the park
    Mourning Dove 11
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 7
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 3
    Northern Flicker 1
    Pileated Woodpecker 2
    Crested Caracara 25
    American Kestrel 1
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    Couch’s Kingbird 3 We all had excellent looks at the birds in perfect morning light while they perched at the top of trees located in the large field west of the boat ramp. They were typical Tyrannus Kingbirds with bright yellow bellies and undertail coverts. The yellow extended far up onto the breast and the throat was pale gray. The tails of these birds did not have white edges. They stayed in the area for over an hour and were in trees along the hedgerow when we left. Photos were taken by Lee Wallace.
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 15
    Blue Jay 1
    American Crow 7
    Barn Swallow 3
    Carolina Chickadee 5
    Carolina Wren 7
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
    Eastern Bluebird 6
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    Orange-crowned Warbler 3
    Chipping Sparrow 1
    Song Sparrow 1
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 2
    Northern Cardinal 9
    Eastern/Western Meadowlark 5
    Great-tailed Grackle 35
    House Finch 7

  248. Kenny Anderson says

    The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 12:34 on October 19, 2012. Send interesting sightings- complete with species name, include LOCATION and contact information- to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com

    -Exception Sighting-

    A Ruddy Ground-Dove is being seen at Crescent Bend Nature Park in Schertz. This bright male has been photographed near the park’s intersection of Omar and Bluegill Streets. Details of sightings of this snazzy bird should be sent to the Texas Bird Records Committee. (Bexar County 10/5-18)

    -Rarities Found This Week-

    A White-tailed Kite was photographed on 10/16 from the Nalle Bunny Run Preserve in Travis County. The bird was a fly-over migrant.

    A Blue-winged Warbler was seen at Crescent Bend Nature Park on 10/7, a nice addition to a Ruddy Ground-Dove sighting.

    The Hornsby Bend Survey that was on 10/13, turned up some interesting finds: Upland Sandpiper, Ovenbird and a Blue Grosbeak.

    A Mississippi Kite was seen from a west Austin home on 10/13 (Travis County)

    The West Bouldin Greenbelt in South Austin has hosted a Magnolia Warbler 10/14-19. A Red-eyed Vireo on 10/14 and a report of a Philadelphia Vireo on 10/18.

    A Curve-billed Thrasher was seen at Warbler Woods on 10/3 in Guadalupe County.

    Several reports of Red-breasted Nuthatches from private homes in the circle indicate early predictions of an irruptive year are going to be correct. How about one for my house?

    -Escaped Exotic-

    A Demoiselle Crane was photographed on a west Austin homes property on 10/1, must have been fun to look out the window and see that.

    Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centeredfrom the Capitol in downtown Austin. The circle extends north to Belton (Bell County), south to Leesville (Gonzales County), east to SomervilleWMA (Lee Burleson County), and west to Blumenthal (Gillespie County).Birdsightings mentioned here have been filtered and scrutinized by the compiler and are believed to be genuine. When documentation or photographs were provide, that is mentioned along with the other information about the bird(s) being seen.For questions or updates about birds mentioned here or to report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, please send an e-mail to kennya290@gmail.com

    Kenny Anderson

    Austin

  249. Judith Bailey, Virginia Rose, Shirley LaVergne says

    BEGINNING BIRDERS’ WALK BRUSHY CREEK PARK

    This morning 24 birders show up for an avian adventure; approximately half were NEW bird watchers. We walked about 1 mile aver a two-hour period. Three highlights for the morning: two immature Bald Eagles soaring, an Osprey hovering overhead with breakfast in its talons and a kettle of unidentified hawks swirling before streaming south.

    Northern Shoveler
    Pied-billed Grebe
    Double-crested Cormorant
    American White Pelican
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Snowy Egret
    Cattle Egret
    Turkey Vulture
    Bald Eagle
    Cooper’s Hawk
    American Coot
    Rock Pigeon
    Morning Dove
    Belted Kingfisher
    Eastern Phoebe
    American Crow
    Carolina Chickadee
    Black-crested Titmouse
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    Nashville Warbler
    American Redstart
    Northern Cardinal

  250. Kenny Anderson says

    The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society. This update is as of 9:30 on October 4, 2012. Send interesting sightings- complete with species name, LOCATION, and contact information- to Kenny Anderson at kennya290@gmail.com

    I was wishing I had more time on Saturday and Sunday (28th and 29th) as birding seemed excellent in the hours I was out. Rain and a weak front had the woods hopping with migrants and returning wintering birds. There were very few reports to sort through though.

    -Rarities Found This Week-

    A well-described Mottled Duck made a brief stay at Hornsby Bend on 9/30 in Travis County.

    A Chestnut-sided Warbler was viewed at a north Austin home on 9/28.

    -Continuing Birds From Previous Week-

    The West Bouldin Greenbelt in South austin continued to host a Magnolia Warbler and a Yellow-throated Vireo on 9/29,30. (Travis)

    Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centeredfrom the Capitol in downtown Austin. The circle extends north to Belton (Bell County), south to Leesville (Gonzales County), east to SomervilleWMA (Lee Burleson County), and west to Blumenthal (Gillespie County).Birdsightings mentioned here have been filtered and scrutinized by the compiler and are believed to be genuine. When documentation or photographs were provide, that is mentioned along with the other information about the bird(s) being seen.For questions or updates about birds mentioned here or to report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, please send an e-mail to kennya290@gmail.com

    Kenny Anderson

    Austin

  251. Ken Zaslow says

    St. Edwards Pk (NW Austin), Travis, US-TX
    September 18, 2012 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.5 mile(s)
    Comments: Nine people participated in this TAS field trip to St. Edwards Park on a beautiful day with sunny skies and mild temperatures.
    18 species (+3 other taxa)

    duck sp. 2
    Black Vulture 15
    Turkey Vulture 7
    White-winged Dove 6
    Mourning Dove 1
    dove sp. 18 Distant flyovers
    Chimney Swift 1
    Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird 3
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    White-eyed Vireo 14
    Blue Jay 1
    American Crow 3
    Carolina Chickadee 1
    Black-crested Titmouse 5
    Carolina Wren 12
    Summer Tanager 1
    Northern Cardinal 16
    Painted Bunting 1
    Great-tailed Grackle 1
    Lesser Goldfinch 4

  252. Deb Wallace says

    Seventeen of us birded Doeskin Ranch on Sunday, September 9th. It was a pleasant day. Unfortunately, the creek was dry, but there was a little water in the pond. We had fun and saw some nice birds. The list follows:
    Turkey Vulture
    Swainson’s Hawk
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Common Ground-Dove
    Great Horned Owl
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    Olive-sided Flycatcher
    Empidonax sp.
    White-eyed Vireo
    Western Scrub-Jay
    American Crow
    Barn Swallow
    Carolina Chickadee
    Black-crested Titmouse
    Bewick’s Wren
    Carolina Wren
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Northern Mockingbird
    Mourning Warbler
    American Redstart
    Wilson’s Warbler
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow
    Lark Sparrow
    Summer Tanager
    Northern Cardinal
    Dickcissel
    Baltimore Oriole
    House Finch
    Lesser Goldfinch

  253. Ken Zaslow says

    This report is being posted on behalf of Dan Callaway for his September 11th TAS field trip to Hutto.

    Hutto Hippo Crossing, Williamson, US-TX
    Sep 11, 2012 7:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Area covered included Hutto Lake Park and Brushy Creek.
    36 species (+3 other taxa)

    Pied-billed Grebe 1
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    Green Heron 2
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Red-tailed Hawk 2 one of the 2 we believe was a Kriders
    Killdeer 15
    Least Sandpiper 4
    Rock Pigeon 3
    White-winged Dove 28
    Mourning Dove 42
    Chimney Swift 2
    hummingbird sp. 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Crested Caracara 1
    Empidonax sp. 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1
    Loggerhead Shrike 2
    American Crow 1
    Barn Swallow 24
    swallow sp. 26
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Carolina Wren 2
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
    Northern Mockingbird 18
    European Starling 22
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Nashville Warbler 1
    Yellow Warbler 1
    Canada Warbler 1
    Wilson’s Warbler 7
    Northern Cardinal 6
    Dickcissel 16
    Great-tailed Grackle 75
    Brown-headed Cowbird 14
    House Finch 5
    House Sparrow 20

  254. admin says

    Colorado River Park, Travis, US-TX
    Aug 25, 2012 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    Protocol: Area
    5 Ac.

    The neighborhood bird walk in the Colorado River Park produced a couple of surprises. We found a Tricolored Heron that gave us lots of opportunity to get good looks. It is always nice to get one this far upstream.

    Another bird that is always a treat was an Inca dove. These are not unusual to our neighborhood but we just too not get many.

    Some of the better birds of the day included Green Herons and two Hummingbird. Last month we recorded three species of Doves in the park, today we had four to round out our list of 32 species

    I want to thank Nancy Manning for joining in the walk this morning.

    29 species (+3 other taxa)

    Snowy Egret 4
    Tricolored Heron 1
    Cattle Egret 18
    Green Heron 3
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    Killdeer 3
    Spotted Sandpiper 5
    Eurasian Collared-Dove 3
    White-winged Dove 8
    Mourning Dove 2
    Inca Dove 1
    Chimney Swift 2
    Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird 2
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Crested Caracara 1
    Empidonax sp. 1
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    Great Crested Flycatcher 4
    White-eyed Vireo 2
    American Crow 2
    Barn Swallow 3
    Cliff Swallow 12
    Carolina Chickadee 5
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 4
    Carolina Wren 4
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    Northern Cardinal 15
    Great-tailed Grackle 25
    Brown-headed Cowbird 1
    House Sparrow 3

    This report was generated automatically by eBird v3

    -Claude Morris

  255. Ken Zaslow says

    Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037), Travis, US-TX
    Aug 21, 2012 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.25 mile(s)
    Comments: Six people enjoyed a beautiful early morning at the Hornsby Bend ponds with the emphasis on shorebird identification. Beginning temperature was 74 degrees. The sky was cloudy to partly sunny with light winds from the north at about 5 to 10 mph.
    31 species

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 6
    Wood Duck 2
    Blue-winged Teal 11
    Northern Shoveler 7
    Snowy Egret 3
    Little Blue Heron 2
    Green Heron 2
    White Ibis 6
    Black Vulture 1
    American Coot 15
    Killdeer 12
    Black-necked Stilt 2
    Spotted Sandpiper 5
    Solitary Sandpiper 4
    Lesser Yellowlegs 2
    Least Sandpiper 40
    Pectoral Sandpiper 1
    Stilt Sandpiper 1
    Rock Pigeon 14
    White-winged Dove 3
    Mourning Dove 2
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Crested Caracara 10 Seen on the ground in the field north of pond 1 east
    Western Kingbird 2
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 12
    Barn Swallow 3
    European Starling 13
    Northern Cardinal 2 Heard in the headquarters parking lot
    Red-winged Blackbird 85
    Great-tailed Grackle 65
    House Sparrow 5

  256. Ken Zaslow says

    Webberville Park (Big & Little) (HOTE 035), Travis, US-TX
    May 22, 2012 7:15 AM – 9:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.5 mile(s)
    Comments: Fourteen people enjoyed good looks at many of the local nesting species during this TAS field trip to Big Webbervile Park. Some highlights include close-up views of Prothonotary Warbler, Pileated Woodpecker, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Eastern and Western Kingbird, Great-crested Flycatcher, Eastern Wood-Peewee, Eastern Bluebird and Lark Sparrow. The weather was pleasant with sunny skies and calm winds. Beginning temperature was 68 degrees and ending temperature was 80 degrees. The adverse effect of last years drought was seen in the Pecan grove with many trees completely dead and many others with damage to their outer canopies.
    40 species (+2 other taxa)

    Great Blue Heron 4
    Great Egret 1 Seen by leader before the trip began.
    Cattle Egret 1
    Green Heron 2
    Black Vulture 14
    Turkey Vulture 19
    Killdeer 2
    Eurasian Collared-Dove X Heard only
    White-winged Dove 28
    Mourning Dove 10
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo 3
    Chimney Swift 1 Seen by leader before the trip began
    hummingbird sp. 3
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 7
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Pileated Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Great Crested Flycatcher 2
    Western Kingbird 3
    Eastern Kingbird 5
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 3
    White-eyed Vireo 2
    Warbling Vireo 3
    Blue Jay 2
    American Crow 4
    Barn Swallow 3
    Carolina Chickadee 4
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 5
    Carolina Wren 4
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
    Eastern Bluebird 4
    Northern Mockingbird 6
    Prothonotary Warbler 2 Seen by the observation platform overlooking the river
    Lark Sparrow 2
    Northern Cardinal 8
    Painted Bunting 1 Heard only
    Common Grackle 1
    Great-tailed Grackle 3
    Bronzed Cowbird 2
    Brown-headed Cowbird 1
    House Finch 3

  257. Ken Zaslow says

    Nine people went on this bird walk at Commons Ford Ranch Park on May 15th.

    Commons Ford Pk, Travis, US-TX
    May 15, 2012 6:45 AM – 10:15 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Although migrant birds were scarce, the 9 people participating on this TAS field trip to the Commons Ford Ranch Park enjoyed hearing and seeing a nice variety of nesting species. Highlights included excellent views of recently fledged baby Eastern Bluebirds and baby Lark Sparrows, Painted Buntings and Summer Tanagers singing everywhere, vocalizing Northern Bobwhite, and looks at a pair of Great-horned Owls. The morning was cloudy with calm winds and cool temperatures on the mid 60’s. A heavy downpour began as we left the park at 10:20am.
    47 species (+4 other taxa)

    Wood Duck 4
    Northern Bobwhite 2 Heard only
    Wild Turkey 4
    Great Blue Heron 4
    Green Heron 5
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
    Black Vulture 1
    Buteo sp. 1
    White-winged Dove 15
    Mourning Dove 2
    Great Horned Owl 2
    Chimney Swift 5
    Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 5
    Downy Woodpecker 1 Heard only
    Empidonax sp. 1
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    Great Crested Flycatcher 1 Heard only
    Western Kingbird 1
    Eastern Kingbird 1
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 5
    White-eyed Vireo 3 Heard only
    Red-eyed Vireo 1 Heard only
    Blue Jay 2
    American Crow 3
    Purple Martin 5
    Barn Swallow 3
    Cliff/Cave Swallow 4
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Black-crested Titmouse 11 Many were juvenile
    Carolina Wren 4
    Bewick’s Wren 3 Heard only
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1 Heard only
    Eastern Bluebird 12 Many were juvenile with extensive spotting
    Gray Catbird 1 Heard only
    Northern Mockingbird 4
    European Starling 1
    Yellow Warbler 1
    Clay-colored Sparrow 1 Heard only
    Lark Sparrow 14 Many were juvenile
    Summer Tanager 5
    Northern Cardinal 15
    Blue Grosbeak 1
    Painted Bunting 12
    Common Grackle 1
    Great-tailed Grackle 5
    Brown-headed Cowbird 1
    Orchard Oriole 2
    House Finch 5
    Lesser Goldfinch 7
    House Sparrow 1

  258. Dan Callaway says

    Eleven birders participated in this Super Tuesday event on May 8, 2012

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    Lake Georgetown Dam, Williamson, US-TX
    May 8, 2012 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Area covered- South end of the dam plus the spillway, then below the dam to one-half mile downstream to Booty’s Road Park. Weather- 65 degrees, light rain, cloudy, slight West breeze. Purpose- Travis Audubon Society “Super Tuesday” field trip.
    32 species (+1 other taxa)

    duck sp. 5
    Northern Bobwhite 1
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Black Vulture 4
    Turkey Vulture 3
    Killdeer 1
    Mourning Dove 12
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo 2
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 5
    White-eyed Vireo 4
    Red-eyed Vireo 1
    American Crow 1
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow 11
    Purple Martin 1
    Cliff Swallow 15
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Black-crested Titmouse 5
    Canyon Wren 7
    Carolina Wren 3
    Bewick’s Wren 7
    Gray Catbird 1
    Northern Mockingbird 8
    Yellow-breasted Chat 1
    Lark Sparrow 2
    Summer Tanager 2
    Northern Cardinal 18
    Blue Grosbeak 3
    Indigo Bunting 1
    Painted Bunting 7
    Common Grackle 1
    House Finch 7

  259. Virginia Rose says

    TAS Beginning Birdwalk at Lake Creek
    Sat., May 5
    George Kerr and Virginia Rose
    Five participants and 50 bird species from 7:00 to 10:30. A beautiful day and one of the first birds is a Magnolia Warbler. A chance sighting of Byron Stone got us on a small mixed flock of two Redstarts, both male and female, one Blackburnian, and two Common Yellow Throats. George spotted a waterthrush in the little creek under the bridge and lots of field guides and very thorough discussion led us to call Northern Waterthrush. One male Painted Bunting in the grass and wildflowers alongside the creek. Andrea got us on Indigo Buntings—at least two. Terrific long looks at White-eyed Vireo, large flock of Cedar Waxwings and Lesser Goldfinch. Other great birds included Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Yellow Warbler, Red-shouldered Hawk, Green Heron, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, Ruby-Crowned Kinglet, Titmouse, Carolina Chickadee, Carolina and Bewick’s Wren, Purple Martin, Barn Swallow, Chimney Swifts and others!

  260. Mark Wilson says

    Eight individuals participated in the Travis Audubon Big Bend Birding trip from April 21st thru April 25th, 2012, hosted by Mountain Trails Lodge in Fort Davis. A portion of the trip fee was donated to TAS. Guides were Darrin Wallis and Mark Flippo. Participants included Dana Kuykendall, Mark Wilson, Linda Bouffard, Carol Slocomb, Johanna Robinson, Mary Nichols, Moxie Villarreal and Julia Youngblood.

    Birding highlights included good looks at Montezuma Quail the first afternoon; Zone-Tailed, Gray and Common Black-Hawk in one morning at Big Bend National Park; several Colima Warblers on the Pinnacles Trail in the Chisos Basin, along with a ‘buzz-by’ from a Blue Throated Hummingbird near the Boot Canyon Overlook; Lucifer Hummingbirds and Elf Owls at the Christmas Mountains Oasis; and a Clark’s Grebe carrying fledglings at Lake Balmorhea. In addition to the birds, we had Black Bear in the Chisos Basin and a good variety of butterflies throughout the trip.

    We also enjoyed a personal concert by Craig Carter on the porch of Spring Creek Ranch, with the members of his Big Bend ranching family, and another pleasant evening on the porch of the Starlight Theatre in Terlingua. A good time was had by all. Mountains Trails was an excellent host.

    Date Range Apr 21, 2012 – Apr 25, 2012

    Locations Big Bend NP–Boquillas Canyon : Big Bend NP–Daniel’s Ranch Rd. : Big Bend NP–Pinnacles Trail : Big Bend NP–Rio Grande Village (FWTX 44) : Christmas Mountain Oasis : Davis Mountains SP (FWTX 23) : Davis Mtns – McDonald Observ. /Mt. Locke area (FWTX 24) : Davis Mtns- Lawrence E. Wood picnic area (Madera Canyon)(FWTX 25 : Lajitas (FWTX 37) : Lake Balmorhea (FWTX 20) : Marathon Prairie Dog Town : Marathon- Ft. Peña Colorado Pk (The Post)(FWTX 28) : Mountain Trails Lodge : Spring Creek Ranch

    Number of Species 132
    Number of Individuals 754
    Number of Checklists 15

    Gadwall
    American Wigeon
    Mallard
    Blue-winged Teal
    Cinnamon Teal
    Northern Shoveler
    Northern Pintail
    Green-winged Teal
    Redhead
    Ring-necked Duck
    Lesser Scaup
    Ruddy Duck
    Scaled Quail
    Montezuma Quail
    Wild Turkey
    Pied-billed Grebe
    Eared Grebe
    Clark’s Grebe
    American White Pelican
    Great Blue Heron
    Green Heron
    White-faced Ibis
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Northern Harrier
    Cooper’s Hawk
    Common Black-Hawk
    Gray Hawk
    Swainson’s Hawk
    Zone-tailed Hawk
    Red-tailed Hawk
    American Coot
    Killdeer
    Black-necked Stilt
    American Avocet
    Spotted Sandpiper
    Willet
    Lesser Yellowlegs
    Long-billed Curlew
    Western Sandpiper
    Long-billed Dowitcher
    Wilson’s Phalarope
    Franklin’s Gull
    Ring-billed Gull
    Forster’s Tern
    Rock Pigeon
    Eurasian Collared Dove
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Common Ground Dove
    Greater Roadrunner
    Elf Owl
    Lesser Nighthawk
    White-throated Swift
    Lucifer Hummingbird
    Black-chinned Hummingbird
    Blue Throated Hummingbird
    Acorn Woodpecker
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    Say’s Phoebe
    Vermilion Flycatcher
    Ash-throated Flycatcher
    Brown-crested Flycatcher
    Cassin’s Kingbird
    Western Kingbird
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    Loggerhead Shrike
    Bell’s Vireo
    Hutton’s Vireo
    Western Scrub-Jay
    Mexican Jay
    Common Raven
    Northern Rough Winged Swallow
    Violet-green Swallow
    Barn Swallow
    Cliff Swallow
    Black-crested Titmouse
    Verdin
    Bushtit
    Cactus Wren
    Bewick’s Wren
    House Wren
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Western Bluebird
    Townsend’s Solitaire
    Hermit Thrush
    American Robin
    Northern Mockingbird
    Curve-billed Thrasher
    European Starling
    American Pipit
    Colima Warbler
    Common Yellowthroat
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    Townsend’s Warbler
    Wilson’s Warbler
    Yellow-breasted Chat
    Green-tailed Towhee
    Spotted Towhee
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow
    Canyon Towhee
    Chipping Sparrow
    Clay Colored Sparrow
    Vesper Sparrow
    Lark Sparrow
    Black-throated Sparrow
    Lark Bunting
    Savannah Sparrow
    Lincoln Sparrow
    White-crowned Sparrow
    Hepatic Tanager
    Summer Tanager
    Northern Cardinal
    Pyrrhuloxia
    Black-headed Grosbeak
    Varied Bunting
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Western Meadowlark
    Yellow-headed Blackbird
    Brewer’s Blackbird
    Common Grackle
    Great-tailed Grackle
    Bronzed Cowbird
    Brown-headed Cowbird
    Scott’s Oriole
    House Finch
    Pine Siskin
    Lesser Goldfinch
    House Sparrow

  261. Sam Fason says

    This past Sunday, i led about 12 people around the grounds of Laguna Gloria for the monthly bird walk. Great birds, highlights as follows:

    Barred Owl (great looks at adult and fledgeling birds)
    Wilson’s Warbler
    Chestnut-sided Warbler
    American Redstart
    Yellow Warbler
    Nashville Warbler
    Black-throated Green Warbler
    Common Yellowthroat
    Least Flycatcher
    “Traill’s” Flycatcher
    Black-chinned Hummingbird
    Wood Duck

    very happy with the results of the peak of migration walk. good warblers, and barred owl and chestnut sided warbler was a lifer for many!

  262. Deb Wallace says

    On May 6th, ten of us showed up at the Shin Oak Observation Deck to bird the Eckhardt tract of the Balcones National Wildlife Refuge. It was a little cool, damp and windy, but we had a good time. Several of our birds were long-distance sightings, but we had some nice looks anyway. The bird list (in no particular order) follows:
    Eckhart:
    1-Eastern Bluebird
    3-Bobwhite
    12-Painted Bunting
    2-Crested Caracara
    12-Northern Cardinal
    1-Yellow-breasted Chat
    6-Dickcissel
    6-Mourning Dove
    1-Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    1-Blue-grey Gnatcatcher
    3-Blue Grosbeak
    2-Red-tailed Hawk
    1-Black-chinned Hummingbird
    3-Northern Mockingbird
    1-Great-horned Owl
    5-Lark Sparrow
    1-Vesper Sparrow
    1-Chimney Swift
    2-Summer Tanager
    5-Black-crested Titmouse
    3-White-eyed Vireo
    1-Black Vulture
    4-Turkey Vulture
    1-Yellow Warbler
    1-Bewick’s Wren

  263. Jeff Patterson says

    The TAS 2012 Birdsong Class concluded with a weekend field trip to the Corpus Christi/Port Aransas area on May 4-6. Five class-,members and 4 guests participated. Destinations included: Hazel Bazemore County Park, Calallen Sod Farms, Indian Point, La Iguana #4, Port Aransas Birding Center, Paradise Pond (twice), Charlie’s Pasture, Aransas Jetties, Han Suter Park, Snoopy’s Pier, Blucher Park, Tule Lake and Polliwog Pond.

    Although bird numbers were low (as over much of Texas this spring apparently) diversity was pretty good as one or more individuals spotted a total of 146 species. Highlights include a Mountain Plover at Calallen Sod Farms, very distant looks at Buff-breasted Sandpipers, Bobolinks at Port A. Birding Center, shorebird studies, singing Olive Sparrow and point-blank look at acrobatic Magnificent Frigate Bird bathing on the wing at Port A. Birding Center.

    Trip as listed below:

    Common Name notes
    1 Avocet, American
    2 Bittern, Least
    3 Blackbird, Red-winged
    4 Bluebird, Eastern
    5 Bobolink
    6 Bunting, Indigo
    7 Bunting, Painted
    8 Caracara, Crested
    9 Cardinal, Northern
    10 Catbird, Gray
    11 Coot, American
    12 Cormorant, Neotropic
    13 Cowbird, Brown-headed
    14 Cuckoo, Yellow-billed
    15 Curlew, Long-billed
    16 Dickcissel
    17 Dove, Eurasian-collared
    18 Dove, Inca
    19 Dove, Mourning
    20 Dove, White-winged
    21 Dowitcher, Long-billed
    22 Duck, Black-bellied Whistling-
    23 Duck, Fulvous Whistling
    24 Duck, Mottled
    25 Duck, Redhead
    26 Duck, Ruddy
    27 Duck, Scaup, Lesser
    28 Duck, Shoveler, Northern
    29 Egret, Cattle
    30 Egret, Great
    31 Egret, Reddish
    32 Egret, Snowy
    33 Finch, House
    34 Flycatcher, Acadian
    35 Flycatcher, Ash-throated
    36 Flycatcher, Olive-sided
    37 Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed
    38 Frigatebird, Magnificent
    39 Galinule, Common
    40 Gnatcatcher, Blue-gray
    41 Godwit, Marbled
    42 Goldfinch, Lesser
    43 Grackle, Common
    44 Grackle, Great-tailed
    45 Grebe, Pied-billed
    46 Grosbeak, Rose-breasted
    47 Gull, Laughing
    48 Gull, Ring-billed
    49 Hawk, Red-tailed
    50 Hawk, Swainson’s
    51 Hawk, White-tailed
    52 Heron, Black-crowned Night-
    53 Heron, Great Blue
    54 Heron, Green
    55 Heron, Little Blue
    56 Heron, Tricolored
    57 Hummingbird, Black-chinned
    58 Hummingbird, Buff-bellied
    59 Ibis, White
    60 Ibis, White-faced
    61 Jay, Blue
    62 Jay, Green
    63 Killdeer
    64 Kingbird, Couch’s
    65 Kingbird, Eastern
    66 Kingbird, Western
    67 Kiskadee, Great
    68 Lark, Horned
    69 Martin, Purple
    70 Meadowlark, Eastern
    71 Mockingbird, Northern
    72 Nighthawk, Common
    73 Oriole, Baltimore
    74 Oriole, Orchard
    75 Osprey
    76 Oystercatcher, American
    77 Parula, Northern
    78 Pelican, American White
    79 Pelican, Brown
    80 Pewee, Eastern Wood-
    81 Phalarope, Wilson’s
    82 Phoebe, Eastern
    83 Pigeon, Rock
    84 Plover, Black-bellied
    85 Plover, Mountain (close view, therefore probable but unusual for this time/place (Calallen sod farms))
    86 Plover, Piping
    87 Plover, Semipalmated
    88 Plover, Snowy
    89 Plover, Wilson’s
    90 Redstart, American
    91 Roadrunner, Greater
    92 Sanderling
    93 Sandpiper, Baird’s
    94 Sandpiper, Buff-breasted (probable but distant at Calallen sod farms)
    95 Sandpiper, Dunlin
    96 Sandpiper, Least
    97 Sandpiper, Pectoral
    98 Sandpiper, Semipalmated
    99 Sandpiper, Solitary
    100 Sandpiper, Stilt
    101 Sandpiper, Western
    102 Sandpiper, White-rumped
    103 Shrike, Loggerhead
    104 Skimmer, Black
    105 Sparrow, House
    106 Sparrow, Lincoln’s
    107 Sparrow, Olive
    108 Sparrow, White-crowned
    109 Spoonbill, Roseate
    110 Starling, European
    111 Stilt, Black-necked
    112 Swallow, Barn
    113 Swallow, Cliff
    114 Swift, Chimney
    115 Tanager, Summer
    116 Teal, Blue-winged
    117 Teal, Cinnamon
    118 Tern, Caspian
    119 Tern, Common
    120 Tern, Least
    121 Thrasher, Long-billed
    122 Titmouse, Black-crested
    123 Turnstone, Ruddy
    124 Vireo, Philadeiphia
    125 Vireo, White-eyed
    126 Vulture, Black
    127 Vulture, Turkey
    128 Warbler, Black-and-white
    129 Warbler, Black-throated Green
    130 Warbler, Chestnut-sided
    131 Warbler, Magnolia
    132 Warbler, Nashville
    133 Warbler, Orange-crowned
    134 Warbler, Tennessee
    135 Warbler, Wilson’s
    136 Warbler, Yellow
    137 Waterthrush, Louisiana
    138 Waterthrush, Northern
    139 Willet
    140 Woodpecker, Golden-fronted
    141 Woodpecker, Ladder-backed
    142 Wren, Bewick’s
    143 Wren, Carolina
    144 Yellowlegs, Greater
    145 Yellowlegs, Lesser
    146 Yellowthroat, Common

    Jeff Patterson

  264. Deb Wallace says

    On May 1st, five of us went to San Antonio to bird at Avenue A and the Botanical Gardens. While we had a great time, it was an adventure on the highway. Who would think that we would get stuck in traffic going and coming due to pickups rear-ending 18-wheelers!? Anyway, the Gardens were beautiful and Ken Z. showed us places to bird along Avenue A that we hadn’t seen before. We had some nice birds, too!

    Indigo Bunting
    Northern Cardinal
    Yellow-breasted Chat
    Carolina Chickadee
    Bronzed Cowbird
    Brown-headed Cowbird
    Inca Dove
    White-winged Dove
    Cattle Egret
    Great Egret
    House Finch
    Great Crested Flycatcher
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    Lesser Goldfinch
    Great-tailed Grackle
    Blue Grosbeak
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Red-tailed Hawk
    Blue Jay
    Couch’s Kingbird
    Western Kingbird
    Purple Martin
    Northern Mockingbird
    American Robin
    House Sparrow
    Lincoln’s Sparrow
    European Starling
    Barn Swallow
    Chimney Swift
    Long-billed Thrasher
    Black-crested Titmouse
    White-eyed Vireo
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Magnolia Warbler
    Yellow Warbler
    Black-bellied Whistling-duck
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker

  265. Dan Callaway says

    :
    ——————————————————————————–

    Participants:

    Ken Zaslow
    Ray and Ginny Steelman
    Michael McClendon
    Trish Butler
    Duncan Cormie
    Nina Butts
    Christine Snitkin
    Leslie Simons

    Thanks to all for your eyes, ears, and expertise. And thanks to Susan Blackledge for maintaining an excellent birding habitat. Dan

    —– Forwarded Message —-
    From: “do-not-reply@ebird.org”
    To: morriscallaway@sbcglobal.net
    Sent: Tue, April 24, 2012 3:25:27 PM
    Subject: eBird Report – Georgetown- Berry Springs Park, Apr 24, 2012

    Georgetown- Berry Springs Park, Williamson, US-TX
    Apr 24, 2012 7:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: This was a Travis Audubon Society “Super Tuesday” field trip. Weather—49 degrees to upper 70’s, clear, calm early then slight South breeze.
    56 species (+1 other taxa)

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 2
    Wood Duck 2
    Blue-winged Teal 6
    Redhead 4
    Ring-necked Duck 2
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2
    Black Vulture 4
    Turkey Vulture 5
    Red-shouldered Hawk 4
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Killdeer 1
    Rock Pigeon 15
    White-winged Dove 12
    Mourning Dove 14
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 Heard only at 12:30 p.m.
    Black-chinned Hummingbird 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
    Downy Woodpecker 5
    Northern Flicker 1 One flew over the group of birders about 8 a.m.
    Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Great Crested Flycatcher 1
    Eastern Kingbird 2
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 15
    White-eyed Vireo 2
    Blue Jay 3
    American Crow 3
    Barn Swallow 2
    Carolina Chickadee 4
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 8
    Carolina Wren 3
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Eastern Bluebird 10
    Northern Mockingbird 10
    European Starling 8
    Cedar Waxwing 15
    Nashville Warbler 3
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
    Chipping Sparrow 4
    Clay-colored Sparrow 10
    Lark Sparrow 15
    Savannah Sparrow 10
    Grasshopper Sparrow 10
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 5
    White-crowned Sparrow 15
    Summer Tanager 3
    Northern Cardinal 8
    Rose-breasted Grosbeak 1
    Dickcissel 4
    Red-winged Blackbird 1
    Common Grackle 2
    Great-tailed Grackle 20
    Brown-headed Cowbird 5
    Orchard Oriole 1
    Baltimore Oriole 1
    House Finch 5

  266. Ken Zaslow says

    Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037), Travis, US-TX
    Apr 3, 2012 7:35 AM – 10:35 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.25 mile(s)
    Comments: 17 people participated on this Travis Audubon Society field trip. We birded the ponds and a short section of the central River Trail. Beginning temperature was 73 degrees and ending temperature was 77 degrees. Winds were light at about 10mph. Skies started off cloudy with gradual clearing to partly cloudy towards the end of the morning. Best birds of the day included a group of 5 American Golden-Plovers, a Franklin’s Gull, and a female Anhinga.
    51 species (+2 other taxa)

    Gadwall 2
    American Wigeon 1
    Blue-winged Teal 65
    Northern Shoveler 185
    Green-winged Teal 5
    Redhead 2
    Ruddy Duck 28
    Pied-billed Grebe 2
    Eared Grebe 13
    Anhinga 1 Seen soaring above us for several minutes in a thermal near pond 2. The underside of the bird showed black wings and tail with a pale tan colored neck and head. The wings were long and were held out perpendicular to the body in a flat plane. They were located midway between the head and the tail. The bird’s tail was long and fan shaped. It’s long neck tapered towards the bill which was very pointy.
    Great Egret 1
    Snowy Egret 1
    Cattle Egret 9
    Black Vulture 4
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    American Coot 110
    American Golden-Plover 5 Seen across the dike from pond 1 west in the area of the drying beds. There were small pools of water present which were created by the recent rain.
    Killdeer 4
    Black-necked Stilt 1 Seen on pond 1 west
    Spotted Sandpiper 2
    Solitary Sandpiper 1 Briefly seen at pond 1 west
    Greater Yellowlegs 1 Seen near the American Golden-Plovers
    Least Sandpiper 85
    Pectoral Sandpiper 1 Seen at pond 1 west
    Wilson’s Snipe 2 Seen at pond 1 west
    Franklin’s Gull 1 Seen circling over pond 1 west
    White-winged Dove 1
    Mourning Dove 4
    Monk Parakeet 3
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1
    White-eyed Vireo 4
    American Crow 2
    Purple Martin 25
    Barn Swallow 3
    Cave Swallow 1
    Carolina Chickadee 6
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 4
    Carolina Wren 5
    Marsh Wren 2
    Eastern Bluebird 4
    Northern Mockingbird 1
    European Starling 15
    American Pipit 1
    Savannah Sparrow 22
    Northern Cardinal 7
    Red-winged Blackbird 250
    meadowlark sp. 4
    Great-tailed Grackle 6
    House Finch 3
    House Sparrow 7

  267. Deb Wallace says

    We had a cheerful group of 23 birders show up for a nice morning at McKinney Falls State Park. In addition to the birds, we had a nice selection of wildflowers and a Snapping Turtle. Lots of folks saw their first of season Black-chinned Hummingbird. It was a pleasant morning and both the Upper and Lower Falls were flowing beautifully!

    McKinney Falls State Park, Travis, US-TX
    Mar 27, 2012 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.5 mile(s)
    39 species (+1 other taxa)

    Wood Duck X
    Blue-winged Teal X
    Double-crested Cormorant X
    Great Blue Heron X
    Great Egret X
    Snowy Egret X
    Black Vulture X
    Turkey Vulture X
    Cooper’s Hawk X
    Red-shouldered Hawk X
    Crested Caracara X
    White-winged Dove X
    Black-chinned Hummingbird X
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker X
    Downy Woodpecker X
    Eastern Phoebe X
    White-eyed Vireo X
    Blue Jay X
    American Crow X
    Purple Martin X
    Barn Swallow X
    Carolina Chickadee X
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) X
    Carolina Wren X
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher X
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet X
    Eastern Bluebird X
    Northern Mockingbird X
    European Starling X
    Cedar Waxwing X
    Orange-crowned Warbler X
    Yellow-rumped Warbler X
    Spotted Towhee X
    Chipping Sparrow X
    White-throated Sparrow X
    Northern Cardinal X
    Red-winged Blackbird X
    Brown-headed Cowbird X
    House Finch X
    Lesser Goldfinch X

  268. Jeff Patterson says

    March 24, 2012 TAS Birdsong Class Field Trip– East Travis County

    Jeff Patterson led the 13 members of the TAS Birdsong class to Hornsby Bend, Little and Big Webberville Park and McKinney Roughs Park. Highlights were a Lark Bunting on Post Oak Road adjacent to Webberville Park, a vocalizing Green Kingfisher, great looks and distant listens of Pileated Woodpecker and the 37 of 51 species vocalizing. The list for the dawn to noon field trip is below (birds marked with asterisk were heard):

    Accipiter Species
    American Crow *
    Barn Swallow
    Barred Owl *
    Black Vulture
    Black-and-white Warbler *
    Blue Jay *
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher *
    Blue-winged Teal
    Brown-headed Cowbird *
    Cara Cara
    Carolina Chickadee *
    Carolina Wren *
    Cedar Waxwing *
    Chipping Sparrow *
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Downy Woodpecker *
    Eastern Bluebird *
    European Starling *
    Gadwall
    Great-tailed Grackle *
    Green Kingfisher *
    Harris’s Sparrow
    House Finch *
    House Sparrow *
    Inca Dove *
    Killdeer *
    Lark Bunting
    Lincoln’s Sparrow *
    Loggerhead Shrike
    Meadowlark Species
    Mourning Dove *
    Northern Cardinal *
    Northern Mockingbird *
    Northern Parula *
    Orange-crowned Warbler *
    Pileated Woodpecker *
    Purple Martin *
    Red-bellied Woodpecker *
    Red-winged Blackbird *
    Ring-necked Duck
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet *
    Song Sparrow
    Tufted Titmouse (some may be hybrid) *
    Turkey Vulture
    Vesper Sparrow *
    White-crowned Sparrow *
    White-eyed Vireo *
    White-throated Sparrow *
    White-winged Dove *
    Yellow-rumped Warbler *

  269. Craig Rasmussen says

    16 birders joined Judith Bailey and I at the Snowden tract of the Balcones Conyonlands Preserve. The highlight was ~ 10-15 singing Golden-cheeked Warblers with visual sightings of 4 birds. FOS white-eyed vireos in abundance as well. Click on my name above to see the whole list.

  270. Ken Zaslow says

    Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037), Travis, US-TX
    Mar 17, 2012 7:30 AM – 11:15 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.75 mile(s)
    Comments: Fifteen individuals participated in the monthly bird walk at Hornsby Bend which was led by Stan VanSandt and Ken Zaslow. It was a wonderful early Spring day with a starting temperature of 68 degrees and an ending temperature of 73 degrees. The sky was cloudy with light winds from 5 to 10 mph. Waterfowl were plentiful with a nice variety of species. The group birded the headquarters area, the ponds and the middle section of the river trail.
    53 species (+1 other taxa)

    Gadwall 11
    Blue-winged Teal 8
    Northern Shoveler 700
    Green-winged Teal 65
    Canvasback 9
    Redhead 7
    Ring-necked Duck 4
    Lesser Scaup 10
    Bufflehead 5
    Ruddy Duck 19
    Pied-billed Grebe 5
    Eared Grebe 8
    Great Egret 3
    Black Vulture 10
    Turkey Vulture 6
    Northern Harrier 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Crested Caracara 2
    American Coot 150
    Killdeer 7
    Least Sandpiper 95
    Pectoral Sandpiper 6
    Rock Pigeon 5
    White-winged Dove 1
    Mourning Dove 2
    Monk Parakeet 2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    White-eyed Vireo 1
    American Crow 3
    Purple Martin 28
    Barn Swallow 1
    Carolina Chickadee 9
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 5
    Carolina Wren 4
    Marsh Wren 3
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    Northern Mockingbird 1
    European Starling 35
    American Pipit 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
    Savannah Sparrow 14
    Song Sparrow 2
    Swamp Sparrow 1
    Northern Cardinal 15
    Red-winged Blackbird 175
    Eastern Meadowlark 1 Seen singing at pond 1W
    Great-tailed Grackle 7
    House Finch 2
    Lesser Goldfinch 5
    House Sparrow 9

  271. Ken Zaslow for Terry Banks says

    After last weeks Tuesday morning field trip to the Turkey Creek Trail in Emma Long Park, Terry Banks and two couples (the Steelmans and the Kotrlas) continued birding and went to the section of Emma Long Park along Lake Travis. There they picked up the following birds:

    Golden Cheeked Warbler (2) – singing along the Roadside.
    Eastern Phoebe (~3)
    White-Winged Dove (~10)
    Great Tailed Grackles (~100)
    Red Winged Blackbirds (~150)
    European Starlings (~150)
    Golden Fronted Woodpecker (1)
    American Kestrel (1)
    Red Tailed Hawk (1)
    American Coots (~10)
    Northern Mockingbirds (~5)
    Mallards (?wild vs domestic) (2)
    Gadwalls (~10)
    Blue Jay (2-3)
    Eastern Bluebird (2)
    Northern Flicker (3)
    Pied Billed Grebe (2)
    Osprey (1)

  272. Ken Zaslow says

    Emma Long Metropolitan Park, Travis, US-TX
    Mar 13, 2012 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    3.0 mile(s)
    Comments: 11 people participated in this Travis Audubon Society bird walk along the Turkey Creek Nature Trail at the Emma Long Metropolitan Park. The target species was Golden-cheeked Warbler and many individuals were heard and seen along the entire length of the trail. Beginning temperature was 66 degrees and ending temperature was 70 degrees. The morning started off cloudy and ended partly sunny with calm winds.
    17 species

    Great Blue Heron 3
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Mourning Dove 3
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1 Heard only
    Carolina Chickadee 9
    Black-crested Titmouse 7
    Carolina Wren 3
    Bewick’s Wren 1 Heard only
    Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10
    Cedar Waxwing 55
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
    Golden-cheeked Warbler 11
    Northern Cardinal 14
    Lesser Goldfinch X Heard only
    American Goldfinch X Heard only

  273. Craig Rasmussen for Rich Kostecke says

    On 3/11/12, five intrepid Travis Audubon Society members and myself braved the early morning rain to bird The Nature Conservancy’s Barton Creek Habitat Preserve in southwest Austin. The field trip was scheduled to begin at 0800, but heavy rain forced us to gather underneath the pavilion until the last of the rain bands passed around 0900 or. We then started to hike along the creek under damp, overcast conditions which eventually turned into clear, sunny sky and a gorgeous spring day! Birding was somewhat slow, but we had some nice birds (full list below).We did not hear or see any Golden-cheeked Warblers, but they are likely out there singing today. Highlights were numerous Wood Duck along the creek (numbers this winter have easily been twice what I reported), a hummingbird that I heard buzz in and then out just as quickly (I’d guess Black-chinned playing the odds), a Purple Martin and several Cave Swallows flew overhead after the clouds broke, 2 heard and glimpsed Golden-crowned Kinglets, and finally a quietly foraging male Black-and-White Warbler. A scattering of butterflies and wildflowers added some additional interest to the morning. Pictures from the field trip as well as from some personal visits over that last 2 weeks can be found at my flickr site (click name above) or on my facebook page.

    For those who are interested, there will be an open day on the preserve on Saturday 31 March from 0900 to 2pm. Contact for that event is Kim Delinski (kdelinski AT tnc.org). Unfortunately, I will be elsewhere, but if any of the local birders would like to show-up and do an impromptu, informal bird walk for whoever might be interested, let me know.

    Wood Duck 32
    Northern Bobwhite 1
    Great Blue Heron 2
    Black Vulture 2
    Turkey Vulture 7
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    White-winged Dove 1
    Mourning Dove 15
    hummingbird sp. 1
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
    Blue Jay 6
    Western Scrub-Jay 2
    American Crow 1
    Purple Martin 1
    Cave Swallow 5
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Black-crested Titmouse 7
    Carolina Wren 1
    Bewick’s Wren 4
    Golden-crowned Kinglet 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 11
    American Robin 15
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    Cedar Waxwing 2+ heard only
    Black-and-white Warbler 1 male
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 11
    Spotted Towhee 5
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 1
    White-throated Sparrow 5
    Dark-eyed Junco 6
    Northern Cardinal 32
    Great-tailed Grackle 4
    Lesser Goldfinch 2
    American Goldfinch 73

  274. Jeff Patterson for Terry Banks says

    Palmetto State Park, Gonzales, TX Mar 6, 2012 7:30 AM – 12:30 PM

    There were 11 people in our group of birders on a trip sponsored by Travis Audubon and led by Terry Banks.

    We started birding the Park Road leading to Palmetto. Then, we birded the trail and area around the Oxbow Lake. After the Oxbow lake area we drove to the area by the trailer camping ground. Here we walked the San Marcos River Trail for about 1 mile. The day was pleasant with little wind in the morning and sunshine. It was about 55-75 degrees during our stay at the park. Wildflowers, including hundreds of Spiderworts and a good number of Texas Buckeyes were blooming. Our target bird, the Northern Parula, was singing mostly along the river trail, but also was heard along the park road. One male Northern Parula was spotted by a member of our group about 5 feet away from us. He was brilliantly colored and sang above a clump of Spanish Moss, seemingly oblivious to our presence.
    47 species (+1 other taxa)

    Wild Turkey 1 spotted close to the park road off of Highway 183.
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Black Vulture 10
    Turkey Vulture 5
    Cooper’s Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Crested Caracara 3
    American Kestrel 1
    Sandhill Crane 35
    Killdeer 1
    White-winged Dove 5
    Mourning Dove 5
    Inca Dove 4
    Barred Owl 2 These owls were seen briefly and calling. One could be
    seen through the trees while another hooted in the distance.
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 3
    Northern Flicker 2
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    White-eyed Vireo 2
    American Crow 10
    Cave Swallow 20
    Carolina Chickadee 20
    Tufted Titmouse 5
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 5
    Brown Creeper 1
    Carolina Wren 5
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10
    Eastern Bluebird 6
    Hermit Thrush 3
    American Robin 50
    Northern Mockingbird 5
    European Starling 5
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Common Yellowthroat 1
    Northern Parula 8 Most birds were heard singing from unseen perches
    high in the treetops.
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 15
    Spotted Towhee 2
    Chipping Sparrow 20
    Song Sparrow 1
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 1
    Swamp Sparrow 1
    White-throated Sparrow 20
    Northern Cardinal 20
    Great-tailed Grackle 15
    Brown-headed Cowbird 40
    House Sparrow 20

  275. Laurie Foss says

    The Introduction to Birds and Birding class held their second field trips of the Winter 2012 session on March 3 and 4. We went to Commons Ford Ranch Park on a beautiful weekend for birding. Our combined list for both the Saturday and Sunday field trips amounted to 60 species!

    Wood Duck
    Gadwall
    Mallard
    Bufflehead
    Pied-billed Grebe
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Osprey
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Red-tailed Hawk
    American Kestrel
    American Coot
    Killdeer
    Ring-billed Gull
    White-winged Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Greater Roadrunner
    Eastern Screech-Owl
    Belted Kingfisher
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Northern Flicker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    Common Raven
    Barn Swallow
    Carolina Chickadee
    Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid)
    Carolina Wren
    Bewick’s Wren
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Eastern Bluebird
    American Robin
    Northern Mockingbird
    European Starling
    Cedar Waxwing
    Orange-crowned Warbler
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    Spotted Towhee
    Chipping Sparrow
    Vesper Sparrow
    Lark Sparrow
    Savannah Sparrow
    Song Sparrow
    Dark-eyed Junco
    Northern Cardinal
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Common Grackle
    Great-tailed Grackle
    Brown-headed Cowbird
    House Finch
    Lesser Goldfinch
    American Goldfinch

  276. Judith Bailey, Virginia Rose and George Kerr says

    A crisp, cool morning greeted 15 birders in east Travis Co; several members were new to TAS. Eastern Blue Birds were sighted as we got out of our cars to walk beside Onion Creek. All had good looks at the woodpeckers and sparrows. An Eastern Pheobe made a brief appearance as the walk ended.

    Richard Moya Park (HOTE 038), Travis, US-TX
    Mar 3, 2012 8:00 AM – 10:25 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    0.5 mile(s)
    Comments: Travis Audubon Beginning Birder’s Walk
    32 species (+1 other taxa)

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 4
    Double-crested Cormorant 2
    Black Vulture 5
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Sharp-shinned/Cooper’s Hawk 1 Cooper’s
    Red-shouldered Hawk 3
    Crested Caracara 1
    White-winged Dove 4
    Mourning Dove 2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
    Downy Woodpecker 3
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Blue Jay 1
    American Crow 2
    Purple Martin 2
    Carolina Chickadee 4
    Black-crested Titmouse 2
    Brown Creeper 1
    Carolina Wren 1
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Eastern Bluebird 15
    American Robin 12
    Northern Mockingbird 2
    European Starling 10
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 2 Myrtle
    Chipping Sparrow 4
    Vesper Sparrow 1
    White-crowned Sparrow 2
    Northern Cardinal 5
    Red-winged Blackbird 11
    Great-tailed Grackle 17
    House Finch 2

    This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/tx)

  277. Ed Fair says

    Date: February 25/February 26, 2012
    Location: Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park
    Trip leaders: Saturday: Ed Fair and George Kerr/Sunday: Ed Fair, Deb and Lee Wallace
    Participants: Field trip was for participants who have never or seldom visit the park (Saturday – 15/Sunday-15)

    Saturday highlights: (60 species):
    Common Poorwill calling in the morning (earliest spring report for the park)
    Merlin perched for some time atop the oak motte in the prairie
    Six woodpecker species
    Singing Winter Wren
    Fox Sparrow
    Singing Western Meadowlark

    Sunday highlights (56 species):
    Wild Turkey flying across Lake Austin
    Soaring Osprey throughout the morning
    Six woodpecker species (great looks at all of them)
    Flock of Western Scrub-Jay (4-5 birds)
    Pine Warbler
    Common Yellowthroat
    Fox Sparrow

  278. Claude Morris says

    Inspired by Michael Behren’s neighborhood bird walks in his Broadmeade area, Nancy Manning and I have decided to start one in our neighborhood of Austin Colony.

    Following is the report from our first walk.

    Colorado River Park, Travis, US-TX
    Feb 25, 2012 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    Protocol: Area
    10.0 ac

    Our first Colony Bird Walk was done on the morning of February 25, 2012. It
    was a typical winter morning with cool temperatures and an overcast sky. We
    found the expected winter species with a couple of treats thrown in. The
    treats included Osprey and Northern Flicker. In our 2 hour walk we found 33
    species. This park is really good for a large number of diverse species
    because of the proximity to open grasslands, forested areas, and the river.

    Claude Morris
    cgmorris@flash.net

    33 species

    Double-crested Cormorant 15
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    Osprey 1
    Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    American Coot 22
    Spotted Sandpiper 1
    Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
    White-winged Dove 8
    Mourning Dove 5
    Inca Dove 2
    Belted Kingfisher 2
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Northern Flicker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 3
    American Crow 4
    Cliff Swallow 2
    Carolina Chickadee 6
    Black-crested Titmouse 2
    Carolina Wren 4
    House Wren 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
    Eastern Bluebird 1
    American Robin 30
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    European Starling 7
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 34
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 2
    Northern Cardinal 8
    Red-winged Blackbird 40
    Great-tailed Grackle 25

  279. Jeff Patterson for Terry Banks says

    Reimer Ranch, Travis, Tx Feb 21, 2012 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM

    It was a beautiful sunny and warm day for a February bird walk led by Ken Zaslow and Terry Banks. Temperature rose to about 70 degrees Fahrenheit by the end of our trip. Many birds were singing including all of the wrens listed, Field Sparrows, Rufous Crowned Sparrows, Cardinals, Titmice and chickadees. 38 species were seen.

    Great Blue Heron 1
    Black Vulture 10
    Turkey Vulture 5
    Crested Caracara 2
    Killdeer 5
    Spotted Sandpiper 1
    White-winged Dove 1
    Mourning Dove 4
    Inca Dove 6
    Great Horned Owl 1 (The owl was flushed by our first car and seen by members of the second car).
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 10
    Downy Woodpecker 2
    Northern Flicker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 5
    Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1 (seen flying over the Pedernales river)
    Carolina Chickadee 5
    Black-crested Titmouse 10
    Canyon Wren 10
    Carolina Wren 10
    Bewick’s Wren 20
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
    Eastern Bluebird 1
    American Robin 30
    Northern Mockingbird 5
    Spotted Towhee 10
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow 25 (Rufous Crowned Sparrows either were singing, visible, or using their alarm calls).
    Chipping Sparrow 15
    Field Sparrow 15
    Vesper Sparrow 10
    Song Sparrow 1
    Lincoln’s Sparrow 1
    White-crowned Sparrow 5
    Northern Cardinal 30
    House Finch 10
    Lesser Goldfinch 15
    American Goldfinch 30

  280. Shelia Hargis and Laurie Foss says

    In 2 1/2 days of birding in East Texas (Feb 18 – 20), 8 birders from Austin and 4 locals (Mimi and David Wolf, Cliff and Julie Shackelford) saw 89 species in 10 different locations, submitting 13 checklists to eBird. We saw 3,300 individuals on the 18th, 2,007 individuals on the 19th and 291 on the 20th for a total of 5,598 individuals reported.
    One species was on the endangered species list (Red-cockaded Woodpecker) and three species required rare bird documentation (Common Redpoll, Thayer’s Gull, Pacific Loon).
    We stood in the cold rain, we endured gale-force winds on a causeway, and we enjoyed sunny skies, calm winds and temps in the 70s.
    I would say we did it all!

    Species Name
    Mallard
    Northern Pintail
    Canvasback
    Redhead
    Lesser Scaup
    Pacific Loon
    Common Loon
    Pied-billed Grebe
    Horned Grebe
    Double-crested Cormorant
    American White Pelican
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Osprey
    Bald Eagle
    Northern Harrier
    Red-shouldered Hawk
    Red-tailed Hawk
    American Kestrel
    Killdeer
    Ring-billed Gull
    Thayer’s Gull
    Forster’s Tern
    Eurasian Collared-Dove
    Mourning Dove
    Eastern Screech-Owl
    Belted Kingfisher
    Red-headed Woodpecker
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Red-cockaded Woodpecker
    Northern Flicker
    Pileated Woodpecker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Loggerhead Shrike
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    Purple Martin
    Carolina Chickadee
    Tufted Titmouse
    White-breasted Nuthatch
    Brown-headed Nuthatch
    Brown Creeper
    Carolina Wren
    Winter Wren
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    Golden-crowned Kinglet
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Eastern Bluebird
    Hermit Thrush
    American Robin
    Northern Mockingbird
    Brown Thrasher
    European Starling
    American Pipit
    Cedar Waxwing
    Orange-crowned Warbler
    Pine Warbler
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    Eastern Towhee
    Bachman’s Sparrow
    Chipping Sparrow
    Field Sparrow
    Vesper Sparrow
    Savannah Sparrow
    Le Conte’s Sparrow
    Song Sparrow
    Lincoln’s Sparrow
    Swamp Sparrow
    White-throated Sparrow
    Harris’s Sparrow
    White-crowned Sparrow
    Dark-eyed Junco
    Summer Tanager
    Northern Cardinal
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Eastern Meadowlark
    Rusty Blackbird
    Common Grackle
    Brown-headed Cowbird
    Purple Finch
    House Finch
    Common Redpoll
    Pine Siskin
    American Goldfinch
    House Sparrow

  281. Jeff Patterson says

    Jeff Patterson led the first TAS Birdsong Class field trip of 2012 to Tejas Camp on Sunday February 19th beginning at dawn. We heard vocalizations from most birds listed below including a Common Nighthawk. Another nice find were seven Mountain Bluebirds, who unfortunately remained silent. Birds heard (and seen) listed below:

    American Crow
    Great-horned Owl
    Eastern Screech Owl
    Killdeer
    Common Nighthawk
    Carolina Chickadee
    Eastern Phoebe
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    Northern Mockingbird (surprisingly, we saw several for extended periods, but only heard one chap call)
    Northern Cardinal
    Black-crested Titmouse
    Carolina Wren
    Bewick’s Wren
    American Robin
    Mountain Bluebird
    Eastern Bluebird
    White-crowned Sparrow
    White-throated Sparrow
    Fox Sparrow
    Harris Sparrow
    Winter Wren
    Rock Wren
    American Goldfinch
    Lesser Goldfinch
    Song Sparrow
    Spotted Towhee
    Yellow-rumped Warbler
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker
    Dark-eyed Junco
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Hermit Thrush
    Red-winged Blackbird
    Western Meadowlark
    Field Sparrow
    Orange-crowned Warbler
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Osprey
    Gadwall

  282. Tim Fennell says

    Today (2/19/12), Byron Stone and I led 11 enthusiastic birders around the Granger Lake area on a Travis Audubon Society field trip from 7:00 am to 3:00 pm. I did some additional birding until 6:00 pm. Highlights and the complete list of the 78 species for the day follow.

    Highlights:
    Hooded Merganser – 5 (CR 359)
    Bald Eagle – 2 adults (one from the dam and one flying over ag fields west of HWY 95 at the end of the day)
    Whooping Crane – all 9 together (CR 354)
    Mountain Plover – 38 (on north side of CR 346, ~ .5 mile west of CR 348; first seen around noon and still there at 6:00 pm)
    Burrowing Owl – 3 (Alligator Road, CR 352, CR 356)
    Short-eared Owl – 4 (Sore Finger WMA)
    Sage Thrasher – 1 (FM 1331, same location where found by James Giroux a couple of weeks ago and posted to TEXBIRDS)
    Sprague’s Pipit – 2 (sharp L turn on CR 360 and Sore Finger WMA)
    McCown’s Longspur – 200 (sharp L turn on CR 360 and bathing in puddles on north side of CR 346, ~ .5 mile west of CR 347 )
    Lark Bunting – 60 (CR 356)
    Le Conte’s Sparrow – 3 (Sore Finger WMA)

    02/19/12; 7:00 am- 6:00 pm; 40’s-50’s F, partly cloudy; N 5-15 mph
    Greater White-fronted Goose – 5
    Gadwall – 40
    American Wigeon – 50
    Mallard – 80
    Northern Shoveler – 30
    Northern Pintail – 400
    Green-winged Teal – 30
    Redhead – 5
    Ring-necked Duck – 15
    Lesser Scaup – 5
    Bufflehead – 2
    Hooded Merganser – 5
    Double-crested Cormorant – 300
    American White Pelican – 25
    Great Blue Heron – 5
    Great Egret – 2
    Black Vulture – 15
    Turkey Vulture – 10
    Bald Eagle – 2
    Northern Harrier – 10
    Red-tailed Hawk – 15
    Crested Caracara – 8
    American Kestrel – 12
    American Coot – 30
    Sandhill Crane – 126
    Whooping Crane – 9 Confirmed
    Killdeer – 30
    Mountain Plover – 38
    Least Sandpiper – 12
    Bonaparte’s Gull – 3
    Ring-billed Gull – 300
    Forster’s Tern – 3
    Eurasian Collared-Dove – 6
    Mourning Dove – 50
    Great Horned Owl – 1
    Burrowing Owl – 3
    Short-eared Owl – 4
    Red-bellied Woodpecker – 2
    Downy Woodpecker – 1
    Northern Flicker – 2
    Eastern Phoebe – 2
    Loggerhead Shrike – 10
    American Crow – 15
    Horned Lark – 2
    Carolina Chickadee – 8
    Carolina Wren – 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 2
    Eastern Bluebird – 12
    Hermit Thrush – 1
    American Robin – 200
    Northern Mockingbird – 8
    Sage Thrasher – 1 Confirmed
    European Starling – 50
    American Pipit – 75
    Sprague’s Pipit – 2
    McCown’s Longspur – 200
    Yellow-rumped Warbler – 4
    Spotted Towhee – 4
    Field Sparrow – 4
    Vesper Sparrow – 60
    Lark Bunting – 60
    Savannah Sparrow – 80
    Le Conte’s Sparrow – 3
    Fox Sparrow – 2
    Song Sparrow – 6
    White-throated Sparrow – 2
    Harris’s Sparrow – 6
    White-crowned Sparrow – 30
    Northern Cardinal – 30
    Red-winged Blackbird – 400
    Eastern Meadowlark – 5
    Western Meadowlark – 20
    meadowlark sp. – 150
    Brewer’s Blackbird – 100
    Common Grackle – 150
    Great-tailed Grackle – 100
    Brown-headed Cowbird – 250
    House Sparrow – 5

  283. Ken Zaslow says

    Webberville Park (HOTE 035), Travis County, US-TX, 17 participants.
    Feb 14, 2012 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
    Comments: Seventeen people joined this TAS trip to Big Webberville Park. The morning began with dense fog which was present for the first hour. The fog gradually gave way to a beautiful day with a clear, sunny sky and calm winds. Beginning temperature was 44 degrees and ending temperature was 61 degrees. It was a great day for Woodpeckers with 5 species seen, including a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers flying over the picnic area near the Colorado River.
    45 species (+1 other taxa)

    Gadwall 5
    Pied-billed Grebe 2
    Double-crested Cormorant 25
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    Black Vulture 6
    Turkey Vulture 3
    Osprey 1
    Bald Eagle 2 One was seen in its nest and the other was seen in an adjacent tree and in flight.
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 2
    American Coot 2
    Killdeer 3
    Mourning Dove 7
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 7
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
    Downy Woodpecker 5
    Northern Flicker 1
    Pileated Woodpecker 2
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Blue Jay 2
    American Crow 8
    Carolina Chickadee 9
    Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse 5
    Brown Creeper 2
    Carolina Wren 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    American Robin 450
    Northern Mockingbird 8
    European Starling 2
    Cedar Waxwing 11
    Orange-crowned Warbler 4
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 15
    Chipping Sparrow 10
    Vesper Sparrow 9
    Fox Sparrow 1
    Song Sparrow 7
    White-throated Sparrow 2
    White-crowned Sparrow 7
    Northern Cardinal 15
    Red-winged Blackbird 4
    Western Meadowlark 9 Several were singing in different locations within the park
    Common Grackle 2
    Brown-headed Cowbird 14
    House Finch 2

  284. Craig Rasmussen says

    Judith Bailey and I were joined by six birders on the TAS Whooping Crane Field Trip. We had great looks of Whooping Cranes from Captain Tommy’s boat. Where we drank in the amazing views of the Lobstick Whooping Crane pair and saw Bottle-nosed Dolphins swimming in the boat’s wake. The three hour tour also had great views of all manner of wading, water, and shore birds.

    Other highlights: great views of Whooping Cranes milling about and flying above on the Lamar Peninsula near the Big Tree. Watching Pelicans straight head-first dive, at Goose Island. Seeing a Red-tailed Hawk dive out of nowhere into a sky-blue pond filled with Red headed Ducks and flying away just as quickly. Same pond, close looks of male Golden-eye in full breeding plumage and Audubon’s and Mrytle Yellow-rumped Warblers for easy comparison. And, a trifecta of teals at the Turnbull Birding Center. More than 75 species in two days time.

  285. Deb and Lee Wallace says

    On February 12th, 10 birders braved a cold Sunday morning to bird the Eckhardt tract. Scoffing at the sub-freezing temps, we made our way down the trail. We were delighted to see a few Mountain and Eastern Bluebirds. The large flocks of Cedar Waxwings and Field sparrows had us forgetting how cold we were. While we didn’t see much at the pond, the work being done will pay off on future trips. Making our way back to the cars, we came upon sizable flock of Mountain Bluebirds. They were stunning and let us get great looks. It made up for the chilled fingers and toes. Everyone agreed that they had a great time! The species list follows:

    Black Vulture 12
    American Kestrel 1
    Mourning Dove 4
    Northern Flicker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8
    Eastern Bluebird 14
    Mountain Bluebird 40
    American Robin 5
    Northern Mockingbird 3
    Cedar Waxwing 30
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 6
    Spotted Towhee 12
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow 2
    Chipping Sparrow 2
    Field Sparrow 15
    Vesper Sparrow 12
    White-crowned Sparrow 10
    Northern Cardinal 6
    American Goldfinch 6

  286. Ken Zaslow says

    Southern Travis County, US-TX
    Feb 7, 2012 from 7:30 AM – 11:15 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    16.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Twelve people participated in this Travis Audubon Society field trip to bird some of the local ponds in Southern Travis County. The main target was waterfowl and 12 species of duck were seen. Areas visited included the Southpark Meadows shopping development’s retention ponds, the Onion Creek community’s central pond and adjacent park on Pebble Beach Drive, the Onion Creek community’s retention ponds on River Plantation Drive at Bradshaw Road, and ponds viewed from Turnersville Road near Toll Road 45. The weather was perfect with beginning temperature of 46 degress and ending temperature of 58 degrees. The day started out sunny with cloudy conditions developing by mid-morning. Winds were calm. Some of the birds were seen/heard by only one person or members of one car.
    57 species

    Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 14
    Gadwall 66
    American Wigeon 60
    Blue-winged Teal 4
    Northern Shoveler 47
    Green-winged Teal 29
    Canvasback 4
    Redhead 1
    Ring-necked Duck 55
    Lesser Scaup 3
    Bufflehead 25
    Ruddy Duck 17
    Pied-billed Grebe 2
    Double-crested Cormorant 5
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Great Egret 1
    Black Vulture 4
    Turkey Vulture 2
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 3
    American Kestrel 1
    American Coot 45
    Killdeer 6
    Least Sandpiper 7
    Rock Pigeon 9
    White-winged Dove 21
    Mourning Dove 7
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Blue Jay 4
    American Crow 1
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Carolina Wren 2
    Bewick’s Wren 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    American Robin 30
    Northern Mockingbird 8
    European Starling 6
    American Pipit 15
    Cedar Waxwing 11
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Common Yellowthroat 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 30
    Field Sparrow 1
    Vesper Sparrow 6
    Savannah Sparrow 18
    White-crowned Sparrow 8
    Northern Cardinal 10
    Red-winged Blackbird 9
    Eastern Meadowlark 12
    Brewer’s Blackbird 11
    Great-tailed Grackle 25
    Brown-headed Cowbird 7
    House Finch 1
    House Sparrow 10
    Crested Caracara X
    Loggerhead Shrike X

  287. Jeff Patterson for Terry Banks says

    Pedernales Falls SP (HOTE 050), Blanco, US-TX
    Jan 31, 2012 7:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    It was a springlike day, sunny and mild with very little wind. There were 13 birders on this TAS Tuesday bird walk led by Terry Banks and Ken Zaslow. We started birding at the Wolf Mountain Trailhead, did a little birding by the ranger’s station, then spent about an hour in the Pedernales Bird Blind. (The blind attracted many resident birds including a Red Shouldered Hawk that was either preying on other birds or the rodents attracted to the blind, a small group of the “slate colored” race of the Dark Eyed Junco, Ladder Backed Woodpeckers, Spotted Towhees and other birds that are attracted to bird blinds such as Northern Cardinals, Lesser Goldfinches, House Finches, House Sparrows, etc.) After the blind we took a short walk to see if there were any waterfowl on a pond that often dries up with drought. There was water on the pond, but no waterfowl. After another stint at the birdblind we walked along a trail along the Pedernales River. This area was beautiful and appeared to have many grasses that would a good food source for overwintering sparrows, but there were no sparrows and the grasses did not appear to have seeds. In fact, there were very few sparrows compared to previous years, and we attributed this dearth to the severe drought of the previous year. Finally, we birded the area by the falls. 40 species were seen:
    Wild Turkey 2
    Double-crested Cormorant 4
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Black Vulture 8
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    Crested Caracara 1
    Killdeer 1
    Spotted Sandpiper 1
    White-winged Dove 1
    Mourning Dove 8
    Inca Dove 6
    Common Ground-Dove 2
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3
    Eastern Phoebe 1
    Western Scrub-Jay 4
    Common Raven 1
    Carolina Chickadee 8
    Black-crested Titmouse 4
    Canyon Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 2
    Bewick’s Wren 10
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    Hermit Thrush 2
    American Robin 50
    Northern Mockingbird 5
    Cedar Waxwing 30
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Spotted Towhee 5
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow 5
    Field Sparrow 1
    White-throated Sparrow 1
    Dark-eyed Junco 8 Slate Colored Race, males and females, bathing in the bird bath @ the blind and also in the woods.
    Northern Cardinal 20
    House Finch 20
    Lesser Goldfinch 10
    House Sparrow 30

  288. Dan Callaway says

    Champion Park, Williamson, US-TX Twelve people attended
    Jan 24, 2012 7:45 AM – 10:45 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    2.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Travis Audubon Society field trip. Weather 53 degrees and overcast. Rain before and after. Birds very active. We birded from the parking lot through the picnic grounds to Brushy Creek, then along the creek trail to the dam which impounds Brushy Creek Lake. Surprise bird was a Rock Wren in the rocks along the spillway. Other exciting birds were Brown Creeper and Golden-crowned Kinglet.
    44 species (+1 other taxa)

    Wood Duck 4
    Green-winged Teal 2
    duck sp. 11
    Pied-billed Grebe 4
    Double-crested Cormorant 35
    Great Blue Heron 4
    Great Egret 7
    Black Vulture 12
    Red-shouldered Hawk 1
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    American Coot 12
    Ring-billed Gull 4
    Mourning Dove 1
    Belted Kingfisher 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    Blue Jay 2
    American Crow 15
    Carolina Chickadee 10
    Black-crested Titmouse 6
    Brown Creeper 2
    Rock Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 2
    Bewick’s Wren 10
    Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10
    Eastern Bluebird 15
    American Robin 250
    Northern Mockingbird 5
    American Pipit 1
    Cedar Waxwing 25
    Orange-crowned Warbler 3
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 100
    Spotted Towhee 2
    Chipping Sparrow 12
    Vesper Sparrow 1
    Song Sparrow 2
    White-throated Sparrow 8
    Northern Cardinal 10
    Great-tailed Grackle 20
    House Finch 6
    Lesser Goldfinch 20
    American Goldfinch 5

  289. Craig Rasmussen for Rich Kostecke says

    On Saturday 1/21/12, I co-led a Travis Audbon Society field trip (8 participants if I recall correctly) to Fort Hood to search for winter specialities. We met up with Gil Eckrich on Fort Hood’s West Range, where we birded from approximately 1000-1600. It was an odd weather day, starting off cool, overcast and windy before becoming warm and sunny with light winds during mid- to late afternoon. The weather (especially early) probably had some dampening effect on bird activity. Drought conditions certainly have also impacted the habitat and birding at Fort Hood with many winter specialties being difficult to find this year (e.g., Sprague’s Pipits and longspurs) and, overall, numbers of many species seemingly down. With that said, everyone got good looks at Say’s Phoebe and Mountain Bluebirds. Some folks were lucky enough to catch glimpses of Rock Wren and Rufous-Crowned Sparrow. Actually looking down a cliff face at a Canyon Wren was also a highlight. Unfortunately, we dipped on the staked out Burrowing Owl, which was apparently out and about. Numerous other resident and typical wintering birds were seen. Some landscape shots I took can be found on my Flickr site and, soon, on my Facebook page. Our species list for the day:

    Wood Duck 1
    Gadwall 5
    American Wigeon 18
    Northern Pintail 9
    Green-winged Teal 4
    Canvasback 1
    Redhead 41
    Ring-necked Duck 42
    Lesser Scaup 2
    Great Blue Heron 1
    Black Vulture 3
    Turkey Vulture 8
    Northern Harrier 4
    Red-tailed Hawk 3
    American Kestrel 9
    American Coot 1
    Sandhill Crane 10
    Killdeer 1
    Greater Yellowlegs 4
    Wilson’s Snipe 1
    Mourning Dove 1
    Greater Roadrunner 1
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Say’s Phoebe 2
    Loggerhead Shrike 1
    Blue Jay 2
    American Crow 16
    Rock Wren 1
    Canyon Wren 1
    Carolina Wren 2
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    Mountain Bluebird 17
    Hermit Thrush 1
    American Robin 1
    Northern Mockingbird 6
    Brown Thrasher 1
    American Pipit 22
    Orange-crowned Warbler 2
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
    Spotted Towhee 11
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow 1
    Chipping Sparrow 29
    Field Sparrow 5
    Vesper Sparrow 33
    Savannah Sparrow 34
    Fox Sparrow 5
    Song Sparrow 2
    White-throated Sparrow 3
    White-crowned Sparrow 8
    Northern Cardinal 10
    meadowlark sp. 26
    American Goldfinch 6

  290. Deb and Lee Wallace says

    On Tuesday, January 17th, 9 people joined Lee and me for a bird walk at Doeskin Ranch, a public tract of the Balcones Canyonlands Wildlife Refuge. As with so many places, the drought has reduced the number of birds overall, so it’s a good thing Doeskin is such a pretty place! We headed over to the Headquarters and checked out the bird blind and the creek later in the morning. The eBird lists are below:

    Balcones Canyonlands NWR–Doeskin Ranch, Burnet, US-TX
    Jan 17, 2012 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    1.5 mile(s)
    23 species (+1 other taxa)

    American Kestrel 1
    American Woodcock 1
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Eastern Phoebe 2
    American Crow 2
    Common Raven 1
    Carolina Chickadee 3
    Black-crested Titmouse 6
    Carolina Wren 5
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
    Eastern Bluebird 2
    American Robin 25
    Northern Mockingbird 5
    Orange-crowned Warbler 1
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
    Spotted Towhee 6
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow 1
    Field Sparrow 2
    Savannah Sparrow 2
    Northern Cardinal 6
    meadowlark sp. 15
    Lesser Goldfinch 1
    American Goldfinch 2

    Balcones Canyonlands NWR–Refuge HQ (Travis Co.), Travis, US-TX
    Jan 17, 2012 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM
    Protocol: Traveling
    0.25 mile(s)
    14 species

    Ring-necked Duck 1
    Black Vulture 2
    Turkey Vulture 1
    Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
    Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
    Black-crested Titmouse 2
    Carolina Wren 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
    Eastern Bluebird 4
    American Robin 2
    Cedar Waxwing 50
    Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
    American Goldfinch 2
    House Sparrow 2

  291. Kathy McCormack says

    Two people came out for the Jan 15, 2012 Meadow Lake field trip (3:30 – 5:45 PM). The sky was overcast, there was a south wind, and it was cool. Twenty eight species were observed including Ruddy Duck (150), Ring-billed Gull (15), Bufflehead (2), Cooper’s Hawk (1), Red-tailed Hawk (1), Gadwall (11), American Pipit (15), Northern Pintail (11), Canvasback (3), and Ring-necked Duck(4).

  292. Sam Fason says

    On January 7th, I led the first of many to come monthly birdwalks at Laguna Gloria, in central Austin. We had over 20 participant, which, despite the initial shock of seeing how many people showed up, we all had a great time. Highlights were:
    Blue-headed Vireo 1
    Brown Creeper 1
    Northern Flicker 1
    Cedar Waxwings 30
    Bufflehead 2
    Barred Owl 1
    Red-winged Blackbird 3
    Orange-crowned Warbler 3
    Downy Woodpecker 1
    Gadwall 1
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7
    Common Yellowthroat 2
    Swamp Sparrow 1 (GREAT looks)

    A good

  293. Ken Zaslow says

    10 people participated in today’s field trip to Meadow Lake and the nearby Old Settler’s Pond, both in Round Rock, Williamson County. The weather was overcast with temperatures in the mid 40?s and winds from 10-20mph. Land birds were hunkered down, so we spent most of our time observing the waterfowl. There were a nice variety of ducks at the Old Settler’s Pond that afforded us wonderful close-up views.

    Meadow Lake, Williamson, US-TX
    Mallard (Domestic type) 4
    Northern Pintail 30 These birds were viewed from the dam and were seen huddled together in a narrow side channel on the northeast side of the lake.
    Canvasback 3
    Bufflehead 6
    Ruddy Duck 65
    Pied-billed Grebe 2
    Double-crested Cormorant 1
    Great Blue Heron 3
    Black Vulture 4
    Turkey Vulture 7
    Red-tailed Hawk 1
    American Coot 35
    White-winged Dove 2
    Blue Jay 3
    American Crow 5
    European Starling 9
    American Pipit 17
    Northern Cardinal 3
    meadowlark sp. 1
    Great-tailed Grackle 150 Most were seen leaving a roosting site before the trip began
    American Goldfinch 1
    House Sparrow 3

    Old Settlers Pond, Williamson, US-TX
    Gadwall 40
    American Wigeon 6
    Mallard (Domestic type) 6
    Northern Shoveler 25
    Green-winged Teal 2
    Canvasback 5
    Redhead 1
    Lesser Scaup 1
    Ruddy Duck 4
    Double-crested Cormorant 3
    Turkey Vulture 3
    Red-shouldered Hawk 2
    American Coot 55
    Least Sandpiper 6
    Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
    Blue Jay 3
    Northern Mockingbird 1
    Great-tailed Grackle 35

  294. Jeff Patterson for Diane Sherrill says

    Balcones Canyonlands NWR – Gainer Tract, Sunday, January 8, Co-sponsored by TAS and Friends of Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge | Led by Diane Sherrill

    A small but perfect 🙂 group met on January 8, 2012 to bird the Gainer Tract of the Refuge. The weather was coolish (40’s), but very nice for January. Take that, Minnesota! The birding followed the routine which has seemed to be the case this year–very quiet in many areas, then spots here and there with several different species, often very good species. I’m assuming this is due to the drought and food shortage–the birds are congregated in the fewer spaces that can support them. We began the day with the yipping of foxes (not fox sparrows, actual foxes) and spotted bobcat tracks along the draw. Unfortunately, there were also hog tracks out there… And we got to pet the neighbor’s donkeys!

    As for the birds, we tallied about 30 species, including Golden crowned kinglet, Brown creeper, Northern harrier, Loggerhead shrike, American kestral, Western scrub jay, and several sparrow species–Spotted towhee, Dark-eyed junco, Vesper, Harris’s, White-crowned and Chipping sparrow. And, oh, yes, about a gazillion American robins. Unfortunately, we dipped on the Fox sparrow I saw yesterday while scouting. Still, yet another great day on the Refuge!

  295. Judith Bailey and Virginia Rose says

    What a beautiful, sunny and cool morning for a Beginning Birder Walk! Seventeen hearty people and one eager eight year old came to see our winter feathered friends in Williamson County. Highlights for the day: Eastern Bluebirds, Loggerhead Shrikes, Carolina Wrens and a Lark Sparrow.

    TAS BEGINNING BIRD WALK
    1-7-2012
    BERRY SPRINGS PARD AND PRESERVE

    Gadwall
    Double-crested Cormorant
    Great Blue Heron
    Great Egret
    Black Vulture
    Turkey Vulture
    Red-shouldered Hawk (H)
    Crested Caracara
    White-winged Dove
    Red-bellied Woodpecker
    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    Downy Woodpecker
    Eastern Phoebe
    Loggerhead Shrike
    Blue Jay
    American Crow
    Carolina Chickadee
    Black-crested Titmouse
    Brown Creeper
    Carolina Wren
    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    Eastern Bluebird
    Northern Mockingbird
    Vesper Sparrow
    Savannah Sparrow
    Lark Sparrow
    Northern Cardinal
    Great-tailed Grackle
    American Goldfinch (H)

  296. Jeff Patterson for Sam Fason says

    On Saturday January 7th, I led a group of 20 or so people around the grounds of my local patch, Laguna Gloria, in the first of many to come monthly birdwalks there. We saw many great birds, highlights follow:

    Barred Owl
    Cooper’s Hawk
    Swamp Sparrow (great views)
    Blue-headed Vireo (very tricky bird to find this year, glad we got one)
    Brown Creeper (put on a show for us)
    Osprey
    Orange-crowned Warbler
    American Goldfinch
    Northern “Red-shafted” Flicker
    2 Male Buffleheads
    Common Yellowthroat

    I look forward to leading these walks, and I’m glad we had so many good birds.

    Sam Fason

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