Monday, January 11, 2016

Audobon Trinity CBC

Trinity River is the longest lake in Texas which has its origins from North of Dallas. And we have Audobon Trinity Center here is south of Dallas which has great birding spots. Somehow never managed to go down there for any birding till now. But when I saw there would be a Christmas Bird Count, I thought it would be a good idea to join and explore the spots around the area. Thankfully I made it to the CBC on Jan 2'nd.

I decided to join for owling which started at around 6AM and we did walk for sometime but had no luck sighting any owls. Owling finished by 7AM and we started out to see the regular birds around 7:30AM. I joined Melissa and others and two other teams took a different part of the area. We managed to see about 70 species on the day. But at the end of the day the total count from all three teams put together was around 140 species.

We did see some good birds on the day. We started of at a park where we saw lot of Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Meadowlarks and few Sparrows. There were lot of Ring-billed Gulls. We also saw few Ruby-crowned Kinglets and a lone Hermit Thrush. In our next stop we saw lot of sparrows which included Fox sparrow, Harris, Lincoln's and Field sparrows. we also a Ruby-crowned kinglet which was flashing its red crown. Also lot of Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen. Also we had some flyby Canada Geese and Pelicans.

Fox Sparrow


Hermit Thrush
Downy Woodpecker
Lincoln Sparrow

Harris Sparrow

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Next we stopped at a lake which had lot of waterfowl which included Coots, Mallards, Shoveler and lot of Ring-necked Ducks. We also saw few Canada Geese in the lake. We also went to another park where we saw a Pileated Woodpecker flyby, I missed to take a photograph of the same. The other interesting bird of the day was a Great Roadrunner and this time I got better photos than the one I got from Hagerman.

Canada Geese

Ring-necked Duck

Lesser Scaup


White-throated Sparrow

Harris Sparrow

Greater Roadrunner

After lunch we went a Rescue Center where we saw lot of bird acitivity. In the captivity we did see some bird which cannot be taken into consideration for CBC but we did see lot of birds outside. We saw lot of Goldfinches, chipping Sparrows, Harris Sparrows and Lincoln Sparrows. We also saw few Collared Doves and interesting sighting was 3 Inca Doves. Atlast managed to get photos of these birds here. We ended the day with a Northern Harrier.

House Sparrow

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Filed Sparrow

Eastern Bluebird

Chipping Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird

Fox Sparrow
Lincoln Sparrow

Cedar Waxwing

Eurasian Collared-dove

Chipping Sparrow

Hermit Thrush

Hermit Thrush

Inca Dove

Savannah Sparrow

Northern Harrier

Below is the ebird list I prepared for the day.

1 Canada Goose
2 Gadwall
3 American Wigeon
4 Mallard
5 Blue-winged Teal
6 Northern Shoveler
7 Northern Pintail
8 Green-winged Teal
9 Canvasback
10 Ring-necked Duck
11 Lesser Scaup
12 Pied-billed Grebe
13 Double-crested Cormorant
14 American White Pelican
15 Great Blue Heron
16 Black Vulture
17 Turkey Vulture
18 Northern Harrier
19 Red-shouldered Hawk
20 Red-tailed Hawk
21 American Coot
22 Killdeer
23 Ring-billed Gull
24 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
25 Eurasian Collared-Dove
26 Inca Dove
27 White-winged Dove
28 Mourning Dove
29 Greater Roadrunner
30 Red-bellied Woodpecker
31 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
32 Downy Woodpecker
33 Northern Flicker
34 Pileated Woodpecker
35 American Kestrel
36 Eastern Phoebe
37 Blue Jay
38 American Crow
39 Carolina Chickadee
40 Tufted Titmouse
41 Golden-crowned Kinglet
42 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
43 Eastern Bluebird
44 Hermit Thrush
45 American Robin
46 Northern Mockingbird
47 European Starling
48 Cedar Waxwing
49 Yellow-rumped Warbler
50 Chipping Sparrow
51 Field Sparrow
52 Fox Sparrow
53 Dark-eyed Junco
54 White-crowned Sparrow
55 Harris's Sparrow
56 White-throated Sparrow
57 Vesper Sparrow
58 Savannah Sparrow
59 Song Sparrow
60 Lincoln's Sparrow
61 Northern Cardinal
62 Red-winged Blackbird
63 Western/Eastern Meadowlark
64 Great-tailed Grackle
65 Brown-headed Cowbird
66 American Goldfinch
67 House Sparrow

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