Hi, I birded from 12:00-7:00, covering several miles. I birded extensively the back ponds and trails. There was a guy trudging through the wetlands in boots saying he was "scouting" for the October bow-hunting season! According to him, large bucks like to bed down on the bog mats. I hope he doesn't disturb the Sandhill Cranes and other marsh birds that nest here. He had never been here before. His truck read "Don't mess with Texas".
Great Egret 3 Great Blue Heron 20 Wood Duck 4 Ring-necked Duck 58 Osprey 1+ Turkey Vulture 1 Bald Eagle 1 adult way off in distance Northern Harrier 1+ Sandhill Crane 1 seen briefly as it dropped in to cattails in northwest area Killdeer 1 chased by tree swallow Pectoral Sandpiper 2 feeding on mudflats a bit beyond first opening to Burrage Pond; one chased by tree swallow American Woodcock 1 Eastern Phoebe 1 Tree Swallow 250 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2 Pine Warbler 8 Yellow-rumped Warbler 10 Palm Warbler 16 Swamp Sparrow 8 Field Sparrow 1 Savannah Sparrow 6 Eastern Towhee 6 incl. two near train tracks Spotted Turtle 4 Painted Turtle 150 Northern Watersnake 1 spring peeper gazillion Green Frog 4 American Toad 1 Pickerel Frog 20 heard growling throughout area red squirrel 1 vole or shrew 1 cutie not averse to water!