6:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Enchanted Rock State Park has a long history. Native Americans knew it well – some felt the rock was sacred, and some Native Americans felt the rock was haunted and would not go near it. Pioneers reported strange sounds coming from it.
Today Enchanted Rock is a park popular for its beautiful large granite dome, rocky outcroppings, and lovely Texas hill country. Rock climbers love it. It is large and spacious and leaves you with a feeling of being in a large expanse of nature.
The park has many miles of trails at the base of the dome, and it is here that we will concentrate our birding, looking for western species such as Rufous-crowned, Lark, and Black- throated Sparrows. Wintering sparrows should also be in fair numbers, and Rock Wrens and Canyon Towhees are also possible, along with many others. Plan to walk 1-3 miles of moderate difficulty. Expect to be back in Austin about 5 pm.
Since Enchanted Rock is very busy on weekends and closes after a certain threshold (it is a state natural area), this will be an early field trip. We will probably leave Austin about 6 am, but it will be well worth the trip to the park. Birders are advised to wear good shoes, appropriate clothing for the season; bring a lunch, water, and even sunscreen.
Registration is required for this trip and further details for meeting the group will be provided to registrants prior to the date of the trip. Limited to 12 registrants.
For any questions about this trip, email Terry Banks @ firstname.lastname@example.org