Written and photographed by Interpretive Guide John Brush
Hello all, it was yet another wonderful day to be outside and enjoying nature. A nice group of visitors joined me for our 8:30 bird walk, and we enjoyed an hours walk around the trails. We briefly ran into a local birder, Mary Beth, who had a few birds we missed on the morning (like flyover Greater White-fronted Goose), and we finished with a decent 26 species. You can view the full list here.
We saw quite a few Golden-fronted Woodpeckers out in the park, and they all really shone in the morning light. In this shot you can really see the supportive action of the stiff tail feathers!
A Red-tailed Hawk (archive shot) has been foraging in and around the park for the past few weeks. This species would be an excellent example of a typical hawk in the genus Buteo, which has many members in North America. Red-tailed Hawks have an incredible array of plumages (check out this rufous morph here) and so can be a source of confusion for beginning birders.
Our Bird of the Day was the Clay-colored Thrush. We saw a small flock of them foraging for fallen fruits out in the open, then this one perched right above our heads in a mesquite tree. You can really see the red eye!
Bird walks are offered Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8:30 am – free with price of admission ($3 adults/$2 seniors and children)