Claude’s River Survey: April 7, 2012

Location: 183 to Hornsby, Travis County, US-TX

Observation date: 4/7/2012

Number of species: 39

EPISODE 71: Chasing Cormorants

Seems we chased a flock of about 75 Neotropic Cormorants downstream with us all day. All of us got good looks and plenty of time to study the plumage. In contrast we had a couple of Double-crested Cormorants for comparison.

What a beautiful day this was to be out. Spring is being very kind and everything is green. All we have to leaf out are the pecan trees. Flowers were everywhere.

Our bird list included a few returning summer species and a few lingering winter species. Our best bird of the day absolutely has to be a Pileated Woodpecker. We saw this bird fly over at the Walnut Creek confluence. Several of us noted it is the furthest west we had ever seen a Pileated Woodpecker, although there have been several sightings in Hornsby Bend in the past. Also of note was a Barred Owl. I always note them because we do not get many on the surveys. We were disappointed with the lack of migrants.

We also had a nice group of Snowy Egrets that followed us downstream and several Ospreys. White-eyed vireos are back en mass to add to our list of 39 species.

Our list of survey helpers was a good one. Thanks go to Jenny Yarbrough, Linda Williams, Peg Wallace, Lea Charlton, Duncan Charlton, Ron Armbruster, Bob West, Dennis Breining, Glen Coleman, Stuart Bailey, Andy Balinsky, Hemant Kulkarni, and Jim Rankin.

Special thanks to all for a very enjoyable day.

Here is the link to TEXBIRDS.

View Hemant’s photos here.  Or click here for Andy’s.

(Click any image below to view larger. First 2 images courtesy of Bob West.  Other photos by Claude Morris.)

A large flock of cormorants at the edge of a river.Looking down on a group of kayakers and two kayaks from about 10 feet up.Close up of pink and white drooping flowers against a background of leaves.Macro of a spike of white orchid-like flowers.River and sky made grey by dark clouds overhead.A ledge in the middle of the river with water pouring over.Two men with white beards and sunglasses in a canoe on the river.

Number of species: 39

Wood Duck 4
Gadwall 6
Blue-winged Teal 18
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Neotropic Cormorant 75
Double-crested Cormorant 4
Great Blue Heron 5
Snowy Egret 20
Little Blue Heron 2
Black Vulture 60
Turkey Vulture 18
Osprey 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 6
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Crested Caracara 1
American Coot 2
Spotted Sandpiper 16
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Rock Pigeon 18

White-winged Dove 9
Mourning Dove 2
Barred Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 7
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6
Pileated Woodpecker 1
White-eyed Vireo 12
Blue Jay 2
American Crow 7
Purple Martin 16
Cliff Swallow 200
Carolina Chickadee 14
Black-crested Titmouse 9
Carolina Wren 23
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 70
Great-tailed Grackle 8
Brown-headed Cowbird 20
House Sparrow 15

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