We went for a bird walk at Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park with the Travis Audubon Society today. The moon was still visible in the sky while in a distance, the orange glow of the rising sun can been seen through the trees when we arrived at the park at seven o’clock in the morning. These gorgeous scenes accompanied with bird songs bring a sense of peace and thankfulness in my heart for another day in my life to enjoy what nature has to offer.
I also appreciate the group of people who continuously strive to maintain and restore the balance of nature. One of them is the Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Organization founded in 2012 by birders, wildlife supporters and conservationists whose main goal is to restore the 40-acre native prairie within the park. For more information about the project and how to support the organization, visit their page here.
Our 1.2 miles walk was lead by Laurie Foss and Shelia Hargis. For me, the exciting part of the walk was viewing a green kingfisher, orchard oriole and fascinating blue-gray gnatcatchers. The prairie just had a prescribed burn last August 9 and the birds seem to love the cleared area. Here’s the bird list from our team leaders.
34 species (+3 other taxa)
Wood Duck 4, Great Blue Heron 1, Black Vulture 2, Turkey Vulture 3, Cooper’s Hawk 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, White-winged Dove 20, Mourning Dove 4, Chimney Swift 17, Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird 5, Green Kingfisher 1, Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2, Downy Woodpecker 2, Least Flycatcher 1, Eastern Phoebe 10, Western Kingbird 1, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 10, White-eyed Vireo 6, Blue Jay 1, Purple Martin 1, Barn Swallow 5, Cliff/Cave Swallow 4, Carolina Chickadee 4, Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 9, Bewick’s Wren 1, Carolina Wren 3, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 10, Northern Mockingbird 14, Black-and-white Warbler 4, Nashville Warbler 1 , Lark Sparrow 6, Summer Tanager 3, Northern Cardinal 8, Dickcissel 2, Great-tailed Grackle 16, Orchard Oriole 1 & Lesser Goldfinch 15.
As usual, the birds were too quick to capture but some kindly posed for a picture or two.
Black and white Warbler