A quick trip to Hornsby Bend failed to turn up a Tricolored Heron; I think I may be the only birder in Travis county without that bird on their list this year. I've looked for them numerous times at Roy Guerrero Park and Hornsby, but have come up blank each time. Hornsby did offer some decent shorebirding, with good looks at Baird's, Pectoral, and the ubiquitous Least Sandpipers. The Purple Martin fledglings were perched on the wires, somehow surviving the heat of the day.
I spent the better part of 7 hours on a Saturday with a good friend, trudging up the roads of eastern Travis county. We dipped on our goal birds of Roseate Spoonbill, Long-billed Curlew, and Wood Stork. We had also hoped to turn up Long-billed and Curve-billed Thrasher, but we knew that all of those birds were a long shot at best. We thought we might have had a LBCU, but it was flying away from us at a distance, and although I hauled ass after it on the county roads, it never turned its head to give us a view of the bill. As a consolation, we were offered great looks at a Crested Caracara and we had Upland Sandpipers scattered throughout the day, most impressively 8 of them in someone's front yard.
Last weekend, I joined Mikael B. at his Nalle Bunny walk. The birds were good; we had Yellow-throated Warbler, Yellow-throated Vireo, Black-and-white Warbler, 2 Great Horned Owls, and a vocalizing Red-tailed Hawk. Yesterday, I joined a friend for a survey at Travis Audubon's Blair Woods Preserve. Birds of note were a Cooper's Hawk, an Indigo Bunting, four Inca Doves, and two Baltimore Orioles. We also came across a very small Green Tree Frog.
|Green Tree Frog|
I made a quick stop at Colorado River Wildlife preserve afterwards, still hoping for a Tricolored Heron. Alas, the heron was not there, but there were some decent birds and the odonates were all around. The next few weeks should begin to get interesting, as early migrants are beginning to make there way down south. In the last week, Austin has seen Prairie, Cerulean, and Worm-eating Warblers.