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

The Loop

06
Nov

Birding in Schulle Canyon Natural Area

November’s bird walk welcomed 10 hikers on an unusually late and quiet morning at Schulle Canyon Natural Area. A soundless Hermit Thrush was spotted and tracked down by many eager eyes which uncovered a second individual. These thrush are often found scraping through leaf litter and perching on low hanging branches of the understory. Their colors resemble the year-round wrens but are larger in size, have a speckled breast and noticeable eye ring.

Three Hermit Thrushes are sighted in the woods.  -LJ
The birds were quiet for the majority of the hike but a spurt of activity towards the end produced our winter warblers, the Yellow-rumped and the Orange-crowned Warblers. Also singing was a shy Ruby-crowned Kinglet. 
Hunting season is upon us and the sounds of rifles were heard in the distance throughout the hike. One large buck and 4 small doe were seen finding sanctuary in the natural area.  — Stephen Ramirez



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Schulle Canyon Natural Area
12 species total
2
Inca Dove
10
White-winged Dove
1
Eastern Phoebe
1
Blue Jay
2
Carolina Chickadee
6
Carolina Wren
2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
3
Hermit Thrush
2
Orange-crowned Warbler
3
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
3
Northern Cardinal
2
House Sparrow

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