Central Texas Birding

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Contact info:  sashbaugh@austin.rr.com


Least Grebe -- These 10 Least Grebe were located along Platt Lane north of Hornsby Bend on December 7, 2005.  A total of 15 in the Hornsby Bend area were found within the span of one hour.  To my knowledge, this is a daylist record high for the species in the Travis Audubon Society checklist circle.

When Scott Young and I initially scanned the pit, the birds scattered and hid within the reeds around the entire perimeter of the pit.  After approximately 10 minutes of a futile attempt at counting them while they ducked in and out of the reeds, one grebe could be heard calling called, "Beep . . . beep . . . beep," and within seconds, all 10 began swimming towards the center of the pit (1st photo) where Scott was able to take the 2nd photo.

Long-tailed Duck -- This female Long-tailed Duck was present at Hornsby Bend late 2004 through early 2005.
Zone-tailed Hawk -- This Zone-tailed Hawk was photographed by Mollie Kloeper at Palmetto State Park in late January of 2005.

American Woodcock -- Fall/Winter 2005 has been a good year for American Woodcock in Central Texas.  This bird was photographed on Roy Kizer Golf Course in East Austin.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird -- This first year male visited the feeder in our
yard between January 1, 2003, through February 28, 2003.

Broad-tailed Hummingbird -- 12/8/2005 -- an adult female at my residence in south Austin, Tx, after a hard freeze -- temperatures as low as 20 degrees.

Bird still being seen as of 1/16/2006.

Loggerhead Shrike -- Not a shrike, but this shrew was probably a Loggerhead Shrike kill.  Photo by Scott Young
  Allen's Hummingbird --2004 -- Banded by Sumita Prassad at a private residence in Driftwood, Tx.

We always suspected Allen's Hummingbird visited central Texas during the winter.  Though there have been possible sightings of Allen's Hummingbird in Central Texas, none of these sightings has been sufficiently documented in order to be accepted as the area's first record.

Rufous-backed Robin -- This Rufous-backed Robin was photographed at a private residence in Bastrop County.  According to the Lockwood and Freeman's TOS Handbook, this is the 13th Texas record.

Digiscoped, CP995 and Swarovski HD-STS80

  Sprague's Pipit -- 2005 -- Roy Kizer Golf Course
  Chestnut-collared Longspur (video) -- 2004 -- Roy Kizer Golf Course
  Chestnut-collared Longspur -- 2005 -- Roy Kizer Golf Course


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