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The Loop

07
Feb

Most Birds Ever — Ringtail Ridge

Ringtail Ridge — Feburary 2016

   Cold and windy describes the morning as the sun rose over Ringtail Ridge natural area off Old Ranch Road 12. We didn’t see many species but the numbers of robins and cedar waxwings soared past any previous counts. Both birds are quite distinct and their colors were bright and distinctive.
   We were also able to observe their behaviors as they sat in leafless trees sunning themselves. Occasionally individuals would fly down to the ponds for a quick gulp. The Cedar waxwing would take flight in groups of 10-30 and quickly re-settle on a different tree nearby.
   Once again Stephen Ramirez and Colton Robbins led the group of us, ten this day, around Tex’s Trail and the different ponds most with water still present. We also hiked the Berm Trail which is a good beginner trail for mountain bikers. To receive an email the day before a hike, contact [email protected] for the time an location.  –LJ

Cedar Waxwings and American Robins gather sunshine
17 species

Black Vulture 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
White-winged Dove 75
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
American Crow 1
Carolina Chickadee 2
Black-crested Titmouse 2
Carolina Wren 1
Bewick's Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
American Robin 50
Northern Mockingbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 150
Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
Field Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 1

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