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Team Information: Riverside Birding Blast
- Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps
- Black Vulture Coragyps atratus
- Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura
- Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus
- Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
- Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto
- White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica
- Eastern Screech-Owl Megascops asio
- Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus
- Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon
- Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana
- Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons
- Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris
- Empidonax sp.
- Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe
- Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata
- Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica
- Carolina Chickadee Poecile carolinensis
- Black-crested Titmouse Baeolophus atricristatus
- Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus
- Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos
- Chestnut-sided Warbler Setophaga pensylvanica
- Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis
- Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea
- Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus
- Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula
- Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria
- House Sparrow Passer domesticus
- House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus
- Inca Dove Columbina inca
Participants: Tom Collins, Susan Sander, Cynthia Johnson, Ronald Hood, Cathy Downs, Gracie Waggener, Virginia deWolf, Donna Brewton, Judy Ferguson, Carl Hix, Martha Hix, Maggie Tatum, Judy Gausnell, Artie Richards, Marion Worthington, Jeanette Watson
Weather: Light rain at 4:30am, then overcast until around noon, followed by mostly clear and humid afternoon.
Location: Riverside Nature Center, Kerrville, Texas
Time At Location: 13 hours 0500-1800
Team total - 30 species I arrived at the Nature Center around 0430 just after a light rain had fallen. Unloaded my car into a large wagon and pulled it down to the circle. Returned back and carried the large ice chest down in a wheel barrow. Circle has already flagged so I set down and played a Screech Owl tape - immediately got the Eastern Screech Owl calling right over my head, then three Great Horned Owls began calling. Susan Sander arrived at 0515 followed by Cynthia Johnson at 0650 and then Ronald Hood at 0700 - this was the core team. Around 0800 Cathy Downs and Gracie Waggener arrived and set-up to do some Monarch tagging along with helping to spot birds. The remaining 11 folks arrived and left at various times. By noon we had 25 species. We were served a lunch by the staff of Riverside Nature Center after which I gave a 30 minute talk on Bird Song Identification. During the remaining day we worked hard, but the heat and humidity appeared to shut down the birds. Most frustrating was the lack of some 15 species that were expected. A Chimney Swift flew just out of sight of the circle due to heavy canopy tree cover. Our hummingbird feeder was never visited, other birds just outside the circle either seen or heard were: American Robins, House Wren, Orange-Crowned Warble, Clay-colored Sparrow. Missing but expected was a White-eyed Vireo heard on Friday and Yellow-crowned Night-Herons roosting near by. Perhaps the biggest miss was a Morning Doves that are usually fairly common around the center. We did manage to get our two Kingfisher species and just before shutting down, a Pied-billed Grebe popped up in Town Creek. Regardless all team members had a great time. The added benefit was that we had pledge sheets for people to pledge funds for team effort or team species count. The resulting pledges will be used to help fund a water feature at the Nature Center.
Monarch butterflies were present all day and several were caught and tagged.