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Balcones Canyonlands Bird Walk


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.”

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.

Linking to Our World Tuesday & Nature Notes.



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32 replies »

  1. Thanks for sharing your blog and photos. You got some great shots especially the Spotted Towhee. Hope to see you and Eric on future birding tours.

    • Thanks for guiding/ leading the group. We had a great day even when it started out as a cold day. Will definitely join future birding walks. Thanks again!

  2. Shey, gorgeous captures of the Towhee. Looks like a fabulous place for birding..I am not sure if I have ever seen a Vesper Sparrow. Great sightings and photos.

  3. Your website is so hi-fi… took me a while to understand what to do :-). But absolutely gorgeous pictures. WOW! is the only word I can think of.

    • HI there. It’s always nice to meet a fellow RN. I agree, it’s beautiful here and a haven for birders. We moved here 2 years ago and did not regret it. Thanks for coming by.

  4. Awesome images – quite the talent and keen eye! I’m so glad that I found your space!

    And I love the blog layout/design and presentation – although image heavy – it loads quickly and cleanly. Just wonderful – certainly am going to be following along πŸ™‚

      • I’m definitely happy to have made this trip and will be checking out some more of your works and posts πŸ™‚

  5. Some day I would like to go on a bird walk and see more than just my yard but the weather can’t be too hot and the walk would have to be easy..someday..Love all the birds..Michelle from Nature Notes.

Thanks for coming by today and for your kind words. I will visit you as soon as I can. Have a fantastic day and don't forget to smile. ~ Shey

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