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The Loop

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Birding hike at Blanco Shoals — March 7, 2015

Ten birders explored the northern-most natural area at 1201 River Ridge Road. A broad meadow with towering pecan trees and fence-line with anacua are the dominant trees. Sighting more species than previous months the trees, grassland and, importantly, the Blanco River combined to create the variety of species.–LJ
Thanks to Colton Robbins for the sighting list and regal photo~!

Among the pecans (Lance Jones photo)

34 species (+1 other taxa)

Double-crested Cormorant  2
Great Egret  1
Black Vulture  11
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2  
 Killdeer  1     Heard only
White-winged Dove  6
Belted Kingfisher  1     Heard only
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Crested Caracara  1
Loggerhead Shrike  1

Sitting on the pecans (Colton Robbins photo)

Blue Jay  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Black-crested Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Northern Mockingbird  5
European Starling  2
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  12
Chipping Sparrow  1
Savannah Sparrow  9
Song Sparrow  1
Lincoln’s Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  7
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Western/Eastern Meadowlark  7
Common Grackle  200
Great-tailed Grackle  4
American Goldfinch  10

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