We were mindful of the time change when we woke up at five, early this morning since we didn’t want to be late for an organized bird walk led by John Harrington. It was about an hour drive from Austin to Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge in Burnet County. After grabbing coffee and our snacks, we headed out and made it on time.
“Balcones Canyonlands is a National Wildlife Refuge located in the Texas Hill Country to the northwest of Austin, Texas. The Refuge was formed in 1992 to conserve habitat for two endangered songbirds including the Golden-cheeked Warbler and the Black-capped Vireo and to preserve Texas Hill Country habitat for numerous other wildlife species.”~wikipedia.org
To know more and help support conservation efforts, check their website HERE.
We went birding at Eckhardt tract and Doeskin Ranch. Though it was chilly with overcast skies, we still saw a lot species when the day progressed. To see the checklist at both locations, click HERE and HERE.
Hubby and I didn’t finish the whole Eckhardt tract and went back to Doeskin Ranch for a quick break. We were birdwatching for about 20 minutes before we left and was rewarded by a very cooperative Spotted Towhee. That ended our birding day nicely.
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