Video Premiere at Chaetura Canyon

Photo above taken by Rafael Ruiz

Travis Audubon hosted a sold-out Video Premiere event on March 24, where Paul and Georgean Kyle, the Sanctuary Stewards of Chaetura Canyon, were featured on a Texas Parks and Wildlife TV Series.

The Kyles have taken on the challenge of providing habitat for the endangered Chimney Swift species, which has had serious decline in numbers throughout the years as their Central Texas hill country habitat has been disappearing.

Windows on Nature: From the Trails Photo taken by Rafael Ruiz

Guests enjoyed the hill country smells of fresh spring as they strolled through the trails of Chaetura Canyon, catching glimpses of flittering friends in the trees. One of the most popular areas of the canyon was the Windows on Nature view: a covered sitting area where guests could enjoy a variety of birds flitting to and fro.

Windows on Nature: Bird’s Perspective Photo taken by Rafael Ruiz

This is a very special place for the feathered friends of the Kyles; 56 species have been sighted at the Windows on Nature since April 2017 (see the full list below).  “We had Black-chinned Hummingbirds and Broad-winged Hawks nest very close to the Windows last year, and Red-breasted Nuthatches have been there all winter,” Paul remarks. Many guests mentioned how truly special this place is; to the birds, the wildlife, the Kyles, and the friends who get to experience this native hill country oasis.

As the video premiere got closer, guests made their way back to the house for snacks and refreshments.

Photo taken by Rafael Ruiz

Guests enjoyed popcorn, snacks, and fresh air as they sat down to watch the video premiere.

Photo taken by Rafael Ruiz

The video was shown on the outdoor deck, which overlooks the canyon that the Kyles have called their home for many years.

Abe Moore, Texas Parks and Wildlife Videographer Photo taken by Rafael Ruiz

Texas Parks and Wildlife videographer, Abe Moore, took guests on a video adventure of the Kyle’s conservation work at the Video Premiere event. With never-before-seen footage, the video premiere offered over 50 guests a peek into the behind-the-scenes work that the Kyles have been up to.

As the Video Premiere evening drew to a close, there was one more heart-warming surprise that night. As guests parted ways and headed home, there was a sound that resonated through the hill country air. Georgean took off to make sure she and Virginia Rose, a long-time friend had heard right… The first Chimney Swift of the season was heard at the Windows on Nature!

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Bird List for the Windows on Nature

In the order they were seen or heard and recorded since April 1, 2017

  1. White-eyed Vireo
  2. Northern Cardinal
  3. Broad-winged Hawk
  4. Ash-throated Flycatcher
  5. Great Crested Flycatcher
  6. Chimney Swift
  7. Carolina Chickadee
  8. Black-crested Titmouse
  9. Black-chinned Hummingbird
  10. Greater Roadrunner
  11. White-winged Dove
  12. Painted Bunting
  13. Red-shouldered Hawk
  14. Golden-fronted Woodpecker
  15. Bewick’s Wren
  16. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  17. Carolina Wren
  18. Woodhouse’s Scrub Jay
  19. Great-tailed Grackle
  20. Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  21. Northern Mockingbird
  22. Summer Tanager
  23. House Finch
  24. Turkey Vulture
  25. Yellow Warbler
  26. Canyon Wren
  27. Cliff Swallow
  28. Purple Martin
  29. Common Raven
  30. Eastern Phoebe
  31. Rufous-crowned Sparrow
  32. Yellow-billed Cuckoo
  33. American Crow
  34. Mourning Dove
  35. Inca Dove
  36. House Sparrow
  37. Black-and-white Warbler
  38. Barn Swallow
  39. Brown-headed Cowbird
  40. House Wren
  41. Dicksissel
  42. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
  43. Double-created Cormorant
  44. Spotted Towhee
  45. Belted Kingfisher
  46. Chipping Sparrow
  47. Yellow-rumped Warbler

2018

  1. Hermit Thrush
  2. Ruby-throated Hummingbird
  3. Blue Jay
  4. Scott’s Oriole
  5. Common Grackle
  6. White-throated Sparrow

2019

  1. Red-breasted Nuthatch
  2. Pine Siskin
  3. American Robin

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Chaetura Canyon Video Premiere!

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