Claude’s River Survey: May 5, 2012

Location: Austin’s Colony to Weberville, Travis County, US-TX

Observation date: 5/5/2012

Number of species: 53 (plus 1 other taxa)

EPISODE 72: The Romans Are Coming

With the completion of our sixth year we have become International.  It was an honor today to have Pierre Luigi with us.  Pierre is from a smaller town in the Rome/Naples area of Italy.  It was a treat to have him along.

He joined us on a very good day too as we got a species list of some 54. We got some species that were migrants, some species that have returned for the summer, and some that have not left from the winter.  Our two best of the day include Pileated Woodpecker and Green Kingfisher.  No one actually saw the Pileated but the heaviness of the drumming left no doubt as to what it was.  Another good find, and one that I always like, were Prothonotary Warblers.

We had birds singing all day Northern Cardinals and Painted Buntings were plentiful.  We also had Dickcissel all the way downstream

Others I need to thank today include Ruth Jansa, Linda Williams, Jane Dyal, Pam Hohman, Odilia DeLeon, Julie DeLeon, Bob West, Dennis Breining, Ron Armbruster, Chris Masey, John Barr, /art Jennings, and Danny

Thank you all for your helping us enjoy a wonderful day.

(Click any image below to view larger. First 3 images courtesy of Pam Hohman. Other photos by Claude Morris.)

Photo of a purple hyacinth flower.Small yellow sunflower-like flowers.Photo of a line of colorful kayaks on a riverbank.Medium shot of two men with wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses eating baby carrots.Photo of two men fishing from a small pontoon boat.Photo of a man with a wide-brimmed hat and beard in a kayak.Close-up photo of a light yellow daisy.

Number of species: 53 (plus 1 other taxa)

Wood Duck  5
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  8
Great Egret  4
Little Blue Heron  1
Cattle Egret  25
Black Vulture  22
Turkey Vulture  14
Mississippi Kite  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  5
Swainson’s Hawk  2
Crested Caracara  1
Killdeer  6
Spotted Sandpiper  18
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
White-winged Dove  22
Mourning Dove  4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  4
Chimney Swift  6
Belted Kingfisher  3
Green Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  12
Downy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  6
Ash-throated Flycatcher  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  5

Western Kingbird  1
Eastern Kingbird  3
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  33
White-eyed Vireo  17
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  8
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  17
Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse  11
Carolina Wren  12
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  11
Northern Mockingbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  20
Prothonotary Warbler  6
Common Yellowthroat  1
Summer Tanager  3
Northern Cardinal  80
Indigo Bunting  4
Painted Bunting  30
Dickcissel  20
Red-winged Blackbird  25
Brewer’s Blackbird  12
Common Grackle  25
Great-tailed Grackle  15
Brown-headed Cowbird  12

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