Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count

I participated in the Guadalupe Delta Christmast Bird Count yesterday. It's one of the logistically more difficult CBCs, since much of it is on private ranch land that is not near a major city. For most participants (including myself) long pre-dawn drives are necessary to reach our assigned areas by sunrise. I covered an area of private ranch land I estimate is about 100 acres. About a third is riparian woods and the rest is open grassland with a bit of marshy habitat.

It was well worth the effort to get there before dawn. I heard Barred Owls, Barn Owls, and Pileated Woodpeckers. I first heard, then saw and photographed part of a group of wild turkeys roosting up in the trees. I spent the first two hours of daylight walking along a berm next to some marshy habitat and enjoyed lots of bird activity. Swamp Sparrows, Marsh Wrens, and Sedge Wrens were numerous. And I heard a few Soras and two Virginia Rails. Here's my eBird list for this area:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16031717

After the active early morning, I walked a 2.5 mile circuit through dense riparian woods with a neat mixture of trees and Dwarf Palmettos. Unfortunately the birding was extremely slow. I did find some neat Pileated Woodpecker holes. (See attached observation.) Here is my eBird list for this area:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16031782

I spent the afternoon driving truck trails on the south two-thirds of the area, stopping periodically to try and find birds. But the bird activity was still slow, and it remained slow for the rest of the day. Here is my eBird list for this area:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S16031822

All day I only ran into one other person, one of the ranch hands. Even though only the first two hours of the day had lots of bird activity, it was still a blast to hike and drive around the place by myself all day long. I look forward to next year!

Here are my photos on Flickr:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikael_behrens/sets/72157638865079683/

Posted by mikaelb mikaelb, December 21, 2013 02:36

Observations

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What

Boar Sus scrofa

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 19, 2013 12:05 PM CST

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What

Dwarf Palmetto Sabal minor

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 19, 2013 11:11 AM CST

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Boar Sus scrofa

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 19, 2013 01:34 PM CST

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Winged Elm Ulmus alata

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 19, 2013 01:37 PM CST

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Pileated Woodpecker Dryocopus pileatus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 19, 2013 01:57 PM CST

Description

I heard several Pileated Woodpeckers during the morning, and all day long I came across dead trees with these distinctive chiseled holes made by them. Taken during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count in the Womack South area.

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Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 19, 2013 07:02 AM CST

Description

These are three of seven or eight wild turkeys that were roosting in the trees before dawn. I heard them before seeing them. The low light made photography difficult.
Taken during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count in the Womack South area.

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Sandhill Crane Antigone canadensis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 19, 2013 07:35 AM CST

Description

Taken during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count in the Womack South area.

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Sedge Wren Cistothorus platensis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 19, 2013 08:15 AM CST

Description

This was one of several Sedge Wrens that came to investigate my pishing as I walked along the edge of a marshy area. Taken during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count in the Womack South area.

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Goatweed Leafwing Anaea andria

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 19, 2013 10:59 AM CST

Description

Taken during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count in the Womack South area.

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White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 19, 2013 08:35 AM CST

Description

Taken during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count in the Womack South area.

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Spanish Moss Tillandsia usneoides

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 19, 2013 11:11 AM CST

Description

Taken during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count in the Womack South area.

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Green Anole Anolis carolinensis

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 19, 2013 02:01 PM CST

Description

Taken during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count in the Womack South area.

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Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 19, 2013 02:20 PM CST

Description

Taken during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count in the Womack South area.

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Cellar Graphic Melipotis cellaris

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 19, 2013 02:54 PM CST

Description

Taken during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count in the Womack South area.

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White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 19, 2013 03:21 PM CST

Description

Taken during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count in the Womack South area.

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Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Observer

mikaelb

Date

December 19, 2013 04:36 PM CST

Description

There's a bird near the center top with red wing patches. Is this an immature male? Or do some females have red in the wings like this? Taken during the Guadalupe Delta Christmas Bird Count in the Womack South area.

Comments

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Nice. The two counts I usually do are both in urban to suburban areas, both of which are cool and revealing, but I've always wanted to do one in a wilder area like this.

Posted by kueda over 7 years ago (Flag)
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Thanks Ken-ichi! I think this will be the only CBC I do in a wilder area this season. It's always so hard to decide which ones to participate in, and I always feel like I'm leaving out some neat ones.

Posted by mikaelb over 7 years ago (Flag)

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