Date: 1/10/19 2:32 pm
From: Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tyler State Park 1-10-2019
Howdy All!

I birded the park late this morning and the birds were very cooperative. Blackjack trail still has Purple Finches including very inquisitive female Purple Finch that followed me for about a quarter of the trail. That are is also good for Fox Sparrow and Eastern Towhee. I haven't found any Spotted Towhees yet, but they are usually in that area. Another bird we will be looking for on this Saturday's bird tour is American Woodcock. We haven't found them yet, but I bet they are there. Lots of winter sparrows around the bird blind at Blackjack Nature Trail, but of course, I didn't have a camera.

The beaver pond on the lake trail is great for woodpeckers; Swamp, Lincoln's, and Song Sparrows; and Winter Wren. The spillway by the lake dam is good for winter sparrows including a LeConte's Sparrow that makes an appearance from time-to-time.

Come on out and join us this weekend: Saturday, January 12 at 8:15am for a birding tour of the park. We are meeting at the park headquarters and then birding in the park from the park's 15 passenger van. We will make stops at Blackjack Nature Trial, the beaver pond, the spillway, and possibly a section of perimeter fire break. The whole tour will take about two hours.

Here's today's list:

Tyler SP (PPW-E 065), Smith, Texas, US
Jan 10, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
48 species

Mallard 2
Pied-billed Grebe 6
Ring-billed Gull 7
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 6
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 4
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Phoebe 4
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Brown-headed Nuthatch 4
Brown Creeper 3
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Eastern Bluebird 8
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 50
Brown Thrasher 2
Cedar Waxwing 10
Purple Finch 3
Pine Siskin 6
American Goldfinch 14
Chipping Sparrow 15
Fox Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 25
White-throated Sparrow 50
Song Sparrow 5
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 2
Red-winged Blackbird 11
Common Grackle 5
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 24
Northern Cardinal 7

Good birding,

Boyd Sanders
Park Interpreter
Tyler State Park

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