I feel like I’ve come out of hibernation since it’s been about five months when I last blogged. The cold winter weather here in Austin, though not involving heaps of snow, lasted for awhile which in my opinion is not ideal for long hikes and bird walks. I grew up in the tropics and I’m still not used to the biting winter cold since I migrated here seven years ago. I’m not complaining and all is well in my world. I was caught up with other hobbies and also catching up with my reading. Anyway, I’ve certainly missed all my online neighbors and hoping you’re doing as well as I am. Looking forward to visiting your part of the world again.
It’s been warmer nowadays which prompted us to be up and about. We’ve gone out for more bird walks and the recent one was at Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park. It’s the second time hubby and I went there and the first one was also an organized walk headed by the same wonderful team leaders, Shelia Hargis and Laurie Foss. To see our bird list that day, visit link HERE.
Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park is a 215-acre park just west of Austin. There’s ongoing efforts by the Commons Ford Prairie Restoration Organization to remove invasive plant species in the 40-acre section of the park, to plant and maintain native wildflowers and grasses. They also mentioned that a comprehensive seed mix was developed to match the sandy loam soil in the area, which is also beneficial to prairie bird species. To learn more about the ongoing restoration project and give your support, click HERE.
Last Sunday was a beautiful day with a slight cooling breeze. It was an awesome day especially for me and hubby since we added the ringed kingfisher, golden-fronted woodpecker, American kestrel and eastern bluebird to our life list. YAY!
Golden-fronted woodpecker & Eastern bluebird.
This is the complete list from our team leaders:
Commons Ford Pk, Travis, US-TX
Feb 23, 2014 7:50 AM – 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling 1.5 mile(s)
40 species (+1 other taxa)
Wood Duck 6, Gadwall 3, Pied-billed Grebe 4, Double-crested Cormorant 10, Great Blue Heron 7, Black Vulture 2, Turkey Vulture 1, Red-shouldered Hawk 1, American Coot 2, Ring-billed Gull 17, White-winged Dove 25, Mourning Dove 7, Ringed Kingfisher 2, Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2, Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3, Downy Woodpecker 1, American Kestrel 1, Eastern Phoebe 8, Loggerhead Shrike 1, Blue Jay 7, American Crow 5, Carolina Chickadee 10, Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 12, Carolina Wren 4, Bewick’s Wren 2, Eastern Bluebird 2, Northern Mockingbird 6, Cedar Waxwing 18, Pine Warbler 3, Yellow-rumped Warbler 10, Field Sparrow 1, Savannah Sparrow 2, Lincoln’s Sparrow 1, Northern Cardinal 20, Red-winged Blackbird 10, Eastern Meadowlark 2, Western Meadowlark 10, Great-tailed Grackle 1, House Finch 2, Lesser Goldfinch 3, & American Goldfinch 3.
American kestrel & Ringed kingfisher.
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Downy woodpecker below.