Claude’s River Survey: December 1, 2012

Location: Austin Colony – Webberville, Travis County, US-TX

Observation date: 12/1/2012

Number of species: 37 (+ 1 other taxa)

EPISODE 79: Autumn Colors

I really like this time of year when the air is a bit cool and the leaves are changing colors. Making it even more pleasant is the angle of the sun giving some really warm hues to the light. I tried to capture some of that beauty in the photos from today.

Today we found a White Ibis. This is the first time I have listed it on our
river survey. It is an unusual bird for this area and especially for this time of year. We also had a Pileated Woodpecker and several Ospreys. One Osprey dove in to the water and caught a fish right in the middle of the group. We collected a list of 38 species

We also found our usual supply of turtles. I did notice several sulfur butterflies and a tiger swallowtail. There were a number of dragonflies and damselflies.

Enjoying all this fun were Linda Williams, Julie Bollman, Cathy Kopp, Peg and Ron Armbruster, Dennis Breining and Bob West.

Don’t forget to go out and find the Austin Bastrop River Corridor Partnership page on Facebook. I usually put more photos and more information on this page than in this report. Also, if you would like to have your photos posted just send them to me and I will do it.

(Click any image below to view larger. Photos by Claude Morris.)

Number of species: 37 (+ 1 other taxa)

Gadwall  24
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Blue Heron  8
Great Egret  7
Snowy Egret  4
White Ibis  1
Black Vulture  16
Turkey Vulture  6
Osprey  4
Red-shouldered Hawk  8
Red-tailed Hawk  4
American Coot  200
Killdeer  8
Spotted Sandpiper  24
Greater Yellowlegs  5
Wilson’s Snipe  3
White-winged Dove  80
Mourning Dove  12

Belted Kingfisher  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  9
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  1
Crested Caracara  6
Eastern Phoebe  8
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  7
Carolina Chickadee  21
Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse  3
House Wren  3
Carolina Wren  18
European Starling  22
Yellow-rumped Warbler  18
Northern Cardinal  21
Red-winged Blackbird  300
Great-tailed Grackle  40
House Finch  2

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