San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance •  107 E. Hopkins St. Suite 121A; San Marcos, Texas 78666 •  (512)392-7457

The Loop

10
Jan

Birding hike at Ringtail Ridge

   It was a chilly January 4th when more than a dozen of us gathered for the monthly birding walk with Stephen Ramirez at Ringtail Ridge off Old Ranch Road 12. He was joined by his friends and experienced birders, Jonny Scalise and Sasha Munters who also fielded questions from the group.

Blue-headed vireo

   The hour-and-a-half hike yielded sightings of 19 species of birds including a very unafraid and curious blue-headed vireo. The 45 acre natural area was flooded during the Halloween rains and evidence of gravel washouts remain. There are positive aspects to the standing water in all three of the ponds that once served the former slaughterhouse grounds. The abundance of standing water means more wildlife is gathering at the natural area. Fortunately, it is still too cold for mosquitos.
   The monthly hikes range from the San Marcos River front to Spring Lake to the five mostly, dry natural areas around San Marcos. The hikes, although early on the first Saturday morning of the month, are free the participants range from young families to retirees.  Everyone enjoys getting outdoors and observing something new and different.  Contact [email protected] to be included in the notification list.

Adding to our list of sightings and experience

The birds we saw this month included:
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3
Carolina Wren
1
Bewick’s Wren
4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
4
Northern Mockingbird
2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
1
Song Sparrow
2
White-throated Sparrow
6
Northern Cardinal
3
Red-winged Blackbird
10
American Goldfinch
1
Black Vulture
1
Turkey Vulture
1
Wilson’s Snipe
30
White-winged Dove
3
Common Ground-Dove
1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
1
Eastern Phoebe
1
Blue-headed Vireo
3

Black-crested Titmouse

    Very shortly we will be in the migration season and the birding walk sighting lists should grow.
Hope you can join us.
–LJ 
  

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