7:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Birders come join Travis Audubon’s first field trip of the new year. We’ll meet at the “Y” (Hwy 290 and Hwy 71) in the large parking lot next to Jim’s Restaurant at 7:30 am. We car pool from there to the park. The drive is about 45 minutes, so this walk will be longer than the traditional 2 hours. Return time, depending on how long we stay, should be between 11:30 and noon. George Kerr and Judith Bailey will lead this trip.
There are several active bird blinds and more than 150 species of birds in the park; about one-third of these are permanent residents. Birds seen throughout the year include ravens, vultures, herons, quail, doves, owls, roadrunners and wild turkeys, as well as Rufous-crowned Sparrows and Woodhouse’s Scrub Jays. Endangered Golden-cheeked Warblers nest in the park, arriving in mid-March.
Bring water and a snack. There is a $6 entry fee, or a Texas State Park Pass will get a car in free. There are restrooms in the park. Also, be prepared to offer the car pool driver gas money.
The Beginners’ Bird Walk is held on the first Saturday of each month and is open to birders of all levels and ages. It’s free. It’s fun. Membership is not required. Registration is not required. Need binoculars? We’ve got loaners. The location is different each month.
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