I love New Year's Day! It might be my favorite day of the year. Most birders understand. A new year, a new list. Skip and I started our year list at dawn on New Year's day. What other day of the year is a birder just as excited to see a house sparrow as an American pipit?! (Big Day Contests notwithstanding)
We visited Hornsby on Friday and among our 55 species was a tercel peregrine that entertained us for 20 or so minutes while it chased sandpipers around the pond while a harrier quartered the pond looking for lunch. We capped the day with wonderful looks at the burrowing owl in eastern Williamson County. Then we decided to head to the valley on Saturday to see the Bare-throated Tiger Heron - what a gorgeous bird and what great looks at it. We missed the ferruginous pygmy but did find an eastern screech so no complaints about the 30+ species we added to our new year list!
Listing isn't necessary, of course, but it sure is fun to measure your progress and a reference for what you saw where.
Email me about your 2010 birding and I'll pass it along to the group. If anyone wants details about locations, etc let me know and I'll send directions.
Mission: Williamson Audubon Group promotes the appreciation of birds by sharing knowledge and experience.
To accomplish our mission, WAG will hold bi-monthly field trips from September through May and provide four evening programs during the year. Those persons interested in birding at all levels of expertise are encouraged to join us. We especially encourage beginners.
On this website you can share pictures, check the calendar for upcoming events, participate in discussions and contact fellow members. We encourage the sharing of unusual sightings, the posting of bird lists from your times in the field, and your suggestions for activities for the group. Our goal is to provide a forum as well as have fun and enjoy all of nature with a focus on birds.
For information about birding sites in and near Williamson County, visit www.centraltexasbirding.com. The Central Texas Birding website is operated by members of Williamson Audubon Group and Travis Audubon Society.