Claude’s River Survey: November 5, 2011

Location: Howard Lane to Utley (969) Bridge, Bastrop, Texas

Observation date: 11/5/2011

Number of species: 43 (plus 1 other taxa)

EPISODE 66: Autumn in the Air

This was an absolutely stunning autumn day. The air was brisk and the leaves were very bright and colorful. We even found some deer that had shed their reddish summer coats and have on the grey winter coats. If you have not gotten out taking advantage of the nice weather then do so.

What a difference a few weeks make during the migration. This morning we were fortunate to get five species of native sparrows and five species of woodpeckers. We also got Wilson Snipe, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow-rumped Warbler, American Pipit and American Robin, all winter time species for us, rounding out a 44 species day.

We had a good size group that includes Ruth Jansa, Jenny Yarbrough, Kelly Smith, Peg Gavin, Ron Armbruster, Stuart Bailey, Lucas Miller, Earl Richards, Bob West, Hament Kulkarni, and Andy Balinsky. Thanks to all of you who braved the chilly morning to help with the survey.

Of course Hament got some great photos. Click here to view his gallery.

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

Close-up photo of a bright red leaf floating in a river.Wide shot of kayakers on the river, with autumn trees in background.Landscape photo of deer drinking from a river, with a lush green background.Landscape photo of yellow trees at the edge of a river, which is green with duckweed.Landscape photo of a river featuring a large rock and a kayaker.Landscape photo of yellow trees on the riverbank and reflected in the water.Close up photo of a cluster of white daisy-like flowers.

Number of species: 43 (plus 1 other taxa)

Blue-winged Teal 45
Green-winged Teal 10
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Anhinga 30
Great Blue Heron 9
Great Egret 24
Black Vulture 24
Turkey Vulture 20
Osprey 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper’s Hawk 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 6
Crested Caracara 4
American Coot 1
Killdeer 8
Spotted Sandpiper 14
White-winged Dove 34
Mourning Dove 7

Belted Kingfisher 7
Green Kingfisher 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
Downy Woodpecker 2
Pileated Woodpecker 4
Eastern Phoebe 9
Vermilion Flycatcher 1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 7
Blue Jay 3
American Crow 15
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse 3
Carolina Wren 11
Lincoln’s Sparrow 31
Northern Cardinal 22
Dickcissel 2
Common Grackle 8
Great-tailed Grackle 7


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