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  • Travis Audubon – Claude’s River Survey: August 4, 2012
    view it was one of those special days Sometimes you just have days where you find things you don t really expect and it makes the entire day for you There are six things I want to mention First we found several large flocks of Cattle Egrets It has been a long while since we have found them large flocks Some flocks were as large as 50 70 birds Second from the wish list we got two Tricolored Heron Third thanks to the sharp eye of Roger Shaw we got a Mississippi Kite This was a good spot as it was a lone individual in a grey tree a very difficult spot Fourth and fifth are Prothonotary Warbler and Pileated Woodpecker Sixth the best sighting of the day were two large white birds with black on the trailing edge of the wing leading me to believe Wood Stork The only alternative would be juvenile White Ibis I think these birds were much too big to be White Ibis Also Upland Sandpipers are migrating and I heard several fly over while we were still at the CER We did not get any while on the survey itself so none were included in my list In all we had a list of 41 species We also have a great group to thank for the help they provided today Margaret Hanks Gayle Fincannon Linda Williams Pam Hohman Jane Dyal Bill Forshey Betty Zeugin Cathy Kopp Julie Bollman Odilia DeLeon John Barr Roger Shaw Dennis Beining and daughter Lina Bob West and Greg with mascot dog Roxy Thanks to a great group of people for a great day Click any image below to view larger Photo of Powdered Dance is Roger Shaw Photos of cooling off and Egrets are Bob West Other photos by

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  • Travis Audubon – Claude’s River Survey: July 7, 2012
    the side of the river Then out of the blue here comes a smaller bird and starts to harass the eagle It was an aerial spectacle We did not get a positive ID on the smaller bird but it was the size of a hawk or Crow EDIT Bruce Atwell s photo of the aerial warfare shows that a Swainsons Hawk is the attacker on the Bald Eagle Of course the falcon and Bald Eagle were two of our better species of the day We also found Pileated Woodpeckers Green Kingfisher Prothonotary Warblers and lots of Red Eyed Vireos to round out our list of 36 species We have a long list of people who helped with the survey today We had Joan Bishop Lea and Duncan Charlton Bruce and his son Eric Glen Coleman Roger Shaw JT Stewart Jim Burk Ron Armbruster Bob West John Barr and Dennis Breining Thanks to all for your help today Click any image below to view larger Fungus and sunflower photos by Claude Morris All others by Bruce Atwell Number of species 34 2 other taxa Double crested Cormorant 1 Great Blue Heron 4 Great Egret 2 Snowy Egret 1 Little Blue Heron

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  • Travis Audubon – Claude’s River Survey: June 2, 2012
    we got off we had the sound of Cicadas buzzing the entire way If there were any soft sounding birds like Empidonax Flycatchers or Blue gray Gnatcatchers they were not heard Of course we got our usual count of Cardinals and Wrens Probably the best of our 33 species for the day were a pair of Bald Eagles One Eagle was adult the other a first year juvenile We also found an adult male Yellow crowned Night Heron which we can guess it to be nesting The third bird needing mention was several Prothonotary Warblers One of the Prothonotary flew across the river right over our heads Everyone got a very good look The Few Crew for the day includes Dennis Breining and his daughter Lina Bob West and John Barr Thanks guys for a great day I wish I could say it was fun but that might imply some sort or recreation Of course this is not a recreation trip Click any image below to view larger Photos by Claude Morris Number of species 33 Double crested Cormorant 1 Great Blue Heron 5 Great Egret 1 Snowy Egret 2 Little Blue Heron 2 Green Heron 1 Yellow crowned Night

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  • Travis Audubon – Claude’s River Survey: May 5, 2012
    have become International It was an honor today to have Pierre Luigi with us Pierre is from a smaller town in the Rome Naples area of Italy It was a treat to have him along He joined us on a very good day too as we got a species list of some 54 We got some species that were migrants some species that have returned for the summer and some that have not left from the winter Our two best of the day include Pileated Woodpecker and Green Kingfisher No one actually saw the Pileated but the heaviness of the drumming left no doubt as to what it was Another good find and one that I always like were Prothonotary Warblers We had birds singing all day Northern Cardinals and Painted Buntings were plentiful We also had Dickcissel all the way downstream Others I need to thank today include Ruth Jansa Linda Williams Jane Dyal Pam Hohman Odilia DeLeon Julie DeLeon Bob West Dennis Breining Ron Armbruster Chris Masey John Barr art Jennings and Danny Thank you all for your helping us enjoy a wonderful day Click any image below to view larger First 3 images courtesy of Pam Hohman Other photos by Claude Morris Number of species 53 plus 1 other taxa Wood Duck 5 Double crested Cormorant 2 Great Blue Heron 8 Great Egret 4 Little Blue Heron 1 Cattle Egret 25 Black Vulture 22 Turkey Vulture 14 Mississippi Kite 1 Red shouldered Hawk 5 Swainson s Hawk 2 Crested Caracara 1 Killdeer 6 Spotted Sandpiper 18 Eurasian Collared Dove 1 White winged Dove 22 Mourning Dove 4 Yellow billed Cuckoo 4 Chimney Swift 6 Belted Kingfisher 3 Green Kingfisher 2 Red bellied Woodpecker 12 Downy Woodpecker 1 Pileated Woodpecker 1 Eastern Phoebe 6 Ash throated Flycatcher 1

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  • Travis Audubon – Claude’s River Survey: April 7, 2012
    looks and plenty of time to study the plumage In contrast we had a couple of Double crested Cormorants for comparison What a beautiful day this was to be out Spring is being very kind and everything is green All we have to leaf out are the pecan trees Flowers were everywhere Our bird list included a few returning summer species and a few lingering winter species Our best bird of the day absolutely has to be a Pileated Woodpecker We saw this bird fly over at the Walnut Creek confluence Several of us noted it is the furthest west we had ever seen a Pileated Woodpecker although there have been several sightings in Hornsby Bend in the past Also of note was a Barred Owl I always note them because we do not get many on the surveys We were disappointed with the lack of migrants We also had a nice group of Snowy Egrets that followed us downstream and several Ospreys White eyed vireos are back en mass to add to our list of 39 species Our list of survey helpers was a good one Thanks go to Jenny Yarbrough Linda Williams Peg Wallace Lea Charlton Duncan Charlton Ron Armbruster Bob West Dennis Breining Glen Coleman Stuart Bailey Andy Balinsky Hemant Kulkarni and Jim Rankin Special thanks to all for a very enjoyable day Here is the link to TEXBIRDS View Hemant s photos here Or click here for Andy s Click any image below to view larger First 2 images courtesy of Bob West Other photos by Claude Morris Number of species 39 Wood Duck 4 Gadwall 6 Blue winged Teal 18 Pied billed Grebe 3 Neotropic Cormorant 75 Double crested Cormorant 4 Great Blue Heron 5 Snowy Egret 20 Little Blue Heron 2 Black Vulture 60

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  • Travis Audubon – Claude’s River Survey: March 3, 2012
    are blooming I have attached a few photos of them Signs of spring in the birds include Cliff Swallows and Purple Martins We also heard Carolina Chickadees singing The grass is green and the leaves are starting to bud Please get out and enjoy the changing season Did we get some interesting birds The list is kind of short today with 37 species We did manage to get a couple of Pleated Woodpeckers and a Northern Flicker in a four woodpecker day We got the Cliff Swallows and Purple Martins We also got to see A Belted Kingfisher and an Osprey splash in to the water in an attempt to catch their lunch All in all in was a fun and relaxed morning Helping us enjoy the morning today includes Ann Syptak Katie Good Cora Shinaberry Odilia DeLeon Julia DeLeon John Barr Stuart Bailey Michael Portman Andy Balinsky and Hemant Kulkarni Click any image below to view larger First 6 images courtesy of Claude Morris Pictures 7 9 by Hemant Kulkarni Last 3 images by Andy Balinsky Number of species 36 plus 1 other taxa Double crested Cormorant 8 Great Blue Heron 4 Great Egret 5 Black Vulture 12 Turkey

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  • Travis Audubon – Claude’s River Survey: November 5, 2011
    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 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

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  • Travis Audubon – Claude’s River Survey: October 1, 2011
    for things of interest in the river We found some migrating birds and lots of fall flowers Perhaps the best bird we had today was a Vermillion Flycatcher Took several looks before we finally got it figured out I mean how many Vermillion Flycatchers are there in Bastrop County Two other thing of considerable interest I need to mention First was a roost of Great Egret where there were perhaps 18 birds in the group Second big mention was a flock of Anhinga which was about 30 individuals Other birds of interest include several Pied billed Grebes Pileated Woodpeckers Green Kingfisher and Cooper s hawks We also saw several newly arriving Osprey and Teal We found lots of fall blooming flowers too Today we had a larger size crew consisting of Pam Hohman Linda Williams Per Gavin Ron Armbruster Earl Richards Art Jennings Randy Kuykendall Eric Stevens Stuart Bailey and John Barr Thanks to all for participating Art Randy and Eric came up from San Antonio to listen to our bad jokes and wilderness babble Click any image to view larger American Coot photo by Earl Richards Other photos by Claude Morris Number of species 44 plus 3 other taxa

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