Claude’s River Survey: October 7, 2017

Big Webberville to Howard Lane, Bastrop, Texas, US
Oct 7, 2017 9:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
9.0 mile(s)

We boldly set out on a quest to find early migrants. Our hope was to find the skies filled with Hawks and warblers of all kinds as well as a flow of Monarch Butterflies…..screeching of tires…..then came reality.  The enthusiasm was dampened by silence.  Eerily silent.  Not even a Cardinal was heard.  Yes, it was that kind of day.  I think we happened to catch one of those days when there was just not much moving around.
We did manage to find 36 species that included a juvenile Bald Eagle and two American Coots.  Belted Kingfishers and Osprey are starting to have good numbers.  Also found were 5 Pileated Woodpeckers and a Green Kingfisher.  The best we could do for a migrant was one Swainsons Hawk.  I know there are a few resident Swainsons in Bastrop County but doggonit I want to call it a migrant.
Remember last October we found 11 Water Moccosin.  We found only 2 today.  A few Red-eared Sliders and another unidentified water snake were all we got for Herps.
Lots of Sulfur butterflies. Viceroys were everywhere and only two confirmed Monarch.
We have to thank everyone who helped today. Alexis Baldera, CR Smith, Nate Long, John Barr, Denis Brenning, and Bob West were the team.

35 species (+1 other taxa)

Wood Duck  2
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  4
Black Vulture  35
Turkey Vulture  17
Osprey  2
Cooper’s Hawk  1
Bald Eagle  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  5
Swainson’s Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  3
American Coot  2
Killdeer  6
Spotted Sandpiper  11
Inca Dove  2
Mourning Dove  1
Belted Kingfisher  9
Green Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  8
Pileated Woodpecker  5
Crested Caracara  1
Eastern Phoebe  4
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  5
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  14
Cliff/Cave Swallow  10
Carolina Chickadee  16
Tufted Titmouse  3
Carolina Wren  6
Eastern Bluebird  5
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  25
Northern Cardinal  18
Red-winged Blackbird  17
Great-tailed Grackle  22

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