Claude’s River Survey: June 2, 2012

Location: Big Weberville Park, Travis County, US-TX

Observation date: 6/2/2012

Number of species: 33

EPISODE 73: The Cicadas

From the time we got on the river to the time we got off we had the sound of Cicadas buzzing the entire way. If there were any soft sounding birds like Empidonax Flycatchers or Blue-gray Gnatcatchers they were not heard. Of course we got our usual count of Cardinals and Wrens.

Probably the best of our 33 species for the day were a pair of Bald Eagles. One Eagle was adult the other a first year juvenile. We also found an adult male Yellow-crowned Night-Heron which we can guess it to be nesting. The third bird needing mention was several Prothonotary Warblers. One of the Prothonotary flew across the river right over our heads. Everyone got a very good look.

The Few Crew for the day includes Dennis Breining and his daughter Lina, Bob West and John Barr. Thanks guys for a great day. I wish I could say it was fun but that might imply some sort or recreation. Of course this is not a recreation trip.

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

Number of species: 33

Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  2
Little Blue Heron  2
Green Heron  1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  1
Black Vulture  17
Turkey Vulture  25
Bald Eagle  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Killdeer  6
Spotted Sandpiper  8
Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
White-winged Dove  33

Mourning Dove  12
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  4
Belted Kingfisher  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Western Kingbird  1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  5
White-eyed Vireo  9
Red-eyed Vireo  3
American Crow  4
Cliff Swallow  38
Carolina Chickadee  17
Carolina Wren  7
Northern Mockingbird  3
Prothonotary Warbler  3
Northern Cardinal  47
Painted Bunting  5
Red-winged Blackbird  9

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