San Marcos Greenbelt Alliance •  107 E. Hopkins St. Suite 121A; San Marcos, Texas 78666

The Loop


River Walk – Bird Walk

Birding over the San Marcos River

   The first Saturday in June didn’t look promising as another inch of rain fell overnight. Under cloudy skies and a discolored river we began our walk at the Recreation Center in City Park. We started slow gaining more birders until we reached 16 early-risers.
    It wasn’t long before we spied ducks flying overhead and insect-loving birds flitting between the power lines and trees. Many of the kingbirds, wrens and sparrows had a bug-in-beak to feed hungry babies.
   The highlight for me was the juvenile Red-shouldered hawk high in a snag overlooking the river. Although not taking flight, still majestic watching the area below.

   The monthly birding hikes are led by Stephen Ramirez and the birding list is provided by Colton Robbins. –LJ

San Marcos River Walk, Hays, Texas, US
Jun 4, 2016 7:30 AM - 8:35 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
Comments: San Marcos Monthly City Bird Walk
32 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 4
Wood Duck 5
Green Heron 3
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 3
Black Vulture 6
Turkey Vulture 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Killdeer 1
Inca Dove 4
White-winged Dove 3
Mourning Dove 3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2

(special effects added)

Downy Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Great Crested Flycatcher 3
Couch's Kingbird 1
Western Kingbird 2
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 3
Barn Swallow 1
Carolina Chickadee 1
Black-crested Titmouse 1
Carolina Wren 4
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 6
Northern Cardinal 7
Great-tailed Grackle 7
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
House Sparrow 10

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