Date: 2/2/18 10:31 am From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> Subject: [texbirds] yard birding this winter with pictures
Birding in the yard has been odd this winter after the destruction of the Harvey floods. Much of the trees and shrubs are gone along with about 4-5 feet of former bayou bank from my window as well as many old sycamores etc which has eliminated much habitat. The barred owls have moved down bayou but can be heard on occasion. Stoney Brook has more fish as there are more ponds due to sand bars. This has had more kingfishers recently and made a good hunting area for great blue herons.
The red-tailed hawks are back visiting but the nest trees from past years are gone but they had moved last summer. Cooper's hawks of various ages and sizes hunt occasionally.
The house finches are back but not the birds from before the storm. Those mostly died. The new birds were originally youngsters and then males appeared with almost all red birds
Am inundated with yellow rumped warblers eating bark butter. Have had more than 25 on the balcony at one time. Most winters I had a couple and last year a few but this winter there are large flocks of them. The seem to attract more yellow-rumps but no other warblers as of now. But there is hope and I keep looking.
Scaly-breasted munias are currently absent but were common during and after each of the freezes. They liked the millet on the platform feeder and then also fed in the small brushpile I built for shy birds.