Claude’s River Survey: March 3, 2012

Location: Tarcoola to Fisherman’s Park, Bastrop, US-TX

Observation date: 3/3/2012

Number of species: 36 (plus 1 other taxa)

EPISODE 70: Signs of Springs are Everywhere

If you have not been out in a while there are signs of spring everywhere. All kinds of wildflowers are blooming. I have attached a few photos of them. Signs of spring in the birds include Cliff Swallows and Purple Martins. We also heard Carolina Chickadees singing. The grass is green and the leaves are starting to bud. Please get out and enjoy the changing season.

Did we get some interesting birds? The list is kind of short today with 37 species. We did manage to get a couple of Pleated Woodpeckers and a Northern Flicker in a four woodpecker day. We got the Cliff Swallows and Purple Martins. We also got to see A Belted Kingfisher and an Osprey splash in to the water in an attempt to catch their lunch.

All in all in was a fun and relaxed morning. Helping us enjoy the morning today includes Ann Syptak, Katie Good, Cora Shinaberry, Odilia DeLeon, Julia DeLeon, John Barr, Stuart Bailey, Michael Portman, Andy Balinsky, and Hemant Kulkarni.

(Click any image below to view larger. First 6 images courtesy of Claude Morris.  Pictures 7-9 by Hemant Kulkarni.  Last 3 images by Andy Balinsky)

Number of species: 36 (plus 1 other taxa)

Double-crested Cormorant 8
Great Blue Heron 4
Great Egret 5
Black Vulture 12
Turkey Vulture 18
Osprey 1
Cooper’s Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 3
Crested Caracara 2
American Kestrel 1
American Coot 7
Killdeer 4
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Least Sandpiper 4
White-winged Dove 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 6

Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 2
American Crow 14
Purple Martin 7
Cliff Swallow 8
Carolina Chickadee 46
Tufted Titmouse 12
Carolina Wren 22
American Robin 50
Northern Mockingbird 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 8
Northern Cardinal 38
Red-winged Blackbird 50
meadowlark sp. 5
Great-tailed Grackle 45
House Sparrow 20

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