Claude’s River Survey: November 3, 2012

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

Observation date: 11/3/2012

Number of species: 45 (+ 1 other taxa)

EPISODE 78:  Four Boats on the Water

With the changes in the Highland Lakes Management Plan last Spring, everyone has been very curious as the what the river would be like.  Today we may have seen some of the results of those changes.  The Hydrilla in the river was so thick and completely covering the river we could hardly paddle though or over the thickness.  The Hydrilla was covered in Duckweed giving a beautiful green covering.

Our list of bird species was very typical for this time of year.  The best of the day were a pair of Ringed Kingfisher and, from the wish list, one Anhinga.  At one point we had three Woodpecker species in a single tree. We also saw a Crested Caracara chasing an Osprey trying to steal the Osprey’s lunch.  We tallied 46 species.

In the other observations area we found some trees that had been freshly gnawed by beaver and the water was so clear that we could see fish and turtles.  There were a few Monarch Butterflies still migrating through.

I want to thank John Barr, Dennis Breining, Bob West, and Ron Armbruster for helping today.  It was an enjoyable day.

On a sad note I may have to RIP yet another camera.  It got dunked in the river and I am trying to dry it out now.

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

Number of species: 45 (+ 1 other taxa)

Wood Duck  8
Gadwall  150
American Wigeon  12
Mallard  5
Green-winged Teal  8
Pied-billed Grebe  23
Double-crested Cormorant  65
Anhinga  1
Great Blue Heron  7
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  3
Little Blue Heron  2
Black Vulture  58
Turkey Vulture  43
Osprey  2
Accipiter sp.  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  12
Red-tailed Hawk  3
American Coot  22
Killdeer  17
Spotted Sandpiper  16
Greater Yellowlegs  6
Lesser Yellowlegs  6

Least Sandpiper  24
Rock Pigeon  27
White-winged Dove  62
Mourning Dove  8
Ringed Kingfisher  2
Belted Kingfisher  10
Red-bellied Woodpecker  16
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  3
Crested Caracara  2
Eastern Phoebe  17
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  5
Carolina Chickadee  8
Carolina Wren  14
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  80
Lincoln’s Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  43
Great-tailed Grackle  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  120
House Sparrow  8

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