Date: 1/24/17 3:00 pm
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR.
Today's specie count was 81, down 9 species from last week. One of the reasons was a lack of shorebirds because of a lack of mud flats. White geese were extremely abundant with a conservative estimate of over 7000. Duck numbers were fair with 11 species noted. The female Bald Eagle afforded our group and others closeup looks. The Bald Eagles have become quite the attraction at the refuge. Enjoy while you can because I suspect they will be incubating eggs very soon. Then they will be less visible. American Kestrels are abundant with a total of 10 for the day. Before we left headquarters, in the morning,
there was a Red-headed Woodpecker in one of the Oaks in front of headquarters very busy with the acorns. We all got great closeup looks. We found 10 species of winter sparrows. Area ponds adjoining the refuge are good places to see Redheads and Scaups. Look at the cormorants closely because there are Neotropic Cormorants as well as Double-crested Cormorants. Also look at the meadowlarks closely because they are mixed flocks this time of year with both Eastern and Western Meadowlarks. Best way to make a positive ID is to hear them sing.
Jack Chiles, Texas master naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR.
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