Claude’s River Survey: December 2, 2017

183-Hornsby, Travis, Texas, US
Dec 2, 2017 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
9.0 mile(s)
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EPISODE 139:  GORGEOUS WINTER DAY
This section of river was once agian a treat to visit.  What started out as a foggy chilly morning quickly turned into a warm sunny delight. Durning the early morning chill we had so much bird activity it was hard to keep up with the IDing and the counting. I am way sure our counts are far from accurate That is what kind of morning it was.
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Included in the IDing are 3 kinds of woodpecker, 3 kinds of wren, 5 kinds of sparrow, 2 kinds of warblers, Bald Eagle, and Barred Owl. We have lots of other winter birds starting to be very numerous.  Disappointingly, we found few duck, grebes, and all the egrets and smaller herons have disappeared.The total count for the day was 54 species.
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In the other critter department we found a few Sulphur butterflies still hanging around. Various turtle species came out to sun themselves.
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We are thanking Wilda Campbell, Leslie Morris, Wendy Harte,Sharon Richardson, Bob West, Denis Brenning, Bobby Hughes, Tam Tran, Dan Galewsky, and John Barr. Thank you all for an enjoyable morning.

51 species (+3 other taxa)

Wood Duck  4
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Neotropic Cormorant  1
Double-crested Cormorant  80
Great Blue Heron  3
Black Vulture  32
Turkey Vulture  28
Osprey  2
Sharp-shinned/Cooper’s Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Killdeer  14
Least Sandpiper  17
Wilson’s Snipe  4
Spotted Sandpiper  21
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  9
Mourning Dove  4
Barred Owl  1
Ringed Kingfisher  1
Belted Kingfisher  7
Red-bellied Woodpecker  12
Downy Woodpecker  2
Pileated Woodpecker  3
Crested Caracara  3
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Phoebe  17
American Crow  8
Carolina Chickadee  25
Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse  4
House Wren  2
Carolina Wren  19
Bewick’s Wren  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  11
Eastern Bluebird  16
American Robin  8
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  2
American Pipit  8
Cedar Waxwing  12
Orange-crowned Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  32
White-crowned Sparrow  4
Harris’s Sparrow  1
Vesper Sparrow  9
Savannah Sparrow  14
Song Sparrow  12
Lincoln’s Sparrow  18
Northern Cardinal  27
Western/Eastern Meadowlark  5
Red-winged Blackbird  45
Brown-headed Cowbird  16
American Goldfinch  19
House Sparrow  23

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