6:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Led by Justin Bosler
August is arguably the peak month of fall shorebird migration in Texas. It’s also prime time for wandering post-breeding wading birds, such as herons, egrets and Wood Storks. With the right conditions and available habitat, you can expect the greatest diversity (upwards of 15-20 species) and abundance of shorebirds, both adults and juveniles, in Central Texas at this time. Within Lake Somerville State Park, we will focus our efforts at the Nails Creek Unit (Lee County) and Birch Creek Unit (Burleson County). However, we will start our morning off at Welch (Burleson) and Overlook Park (Washington County) with the rising sun at our backs at the far eastern end of Lake Somerville. Our second/ third stop will be the Birch Creek Unit and our last stop will be at the Nails Creek Unit. Recent scouting efforts by Jean Martin and Cinda Crosley indicate that there should be adequate mudflats and shoreline habitat at the Cedar Elm Day-Use Area of the Birch Creek Unit. If accessible the day of or scope-able from Cedar Elm, the Yaupon Camping Area shoreline was also favorable for stopover shorebirds. There have been few reports from the Nails Creek Unit so far this season, but it was VERY good last fall for shorebirds and waders. Century Club listers have the opportunity to add species in 3 separate counties!
We will meet at Hornsby Bend CER at 5:45 AM with a prompt 6:00 AM departure. Please plan on carpooling. It will be about a 1.5-hour drive to reach Overlook or Welch Park.
Please plan on bringing some cash for the entrance fees to both Welch and Overlook Parks ($3 at the former, similar at the latter). Also, if you’re not a TPWD Annual Parks Pass holder, you will need to pay the $4 admission to enter the state park.