Yesterday, Dan and I went out to the Circle B Bar Reserve again. As you can see it was a nice clear day. We had not been there for awhile due to the summer heat and many birds leave and head north for the summer. There were plenty of birds to see, but most have not arrived back yet. The Black-bellied Whistling-ducks were back (at least I didn’t see any last time we were there). One of the resident Bald Eagles made several low passes over the area and stirred many of the birds into the air. As they scattered, they passed right over us, whistling as they passed. There were many young Common Moorhens and at least one batch of very young ones with a parent. All in all, we saw 35 species and a few unknowns that were mostly heard.
Here is a list of what we saw or heard in the order they were found:
Muscovy Ducks (just outside the park), 3 Sandhill Cranes, Mourning Doves, Black Vultures, Turkey Vultures, Ospreys, Carolina Wren, Pileated Woodpeckers, Tufted Titmouse, Great Blue Herons, Great Egrets, Red-Bellied Woodpecker, 2 Bald Eagles, Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks, Cattle Egrets, Pied-billed Grebe, Common Moorhens, Purple Gallinules, 2 Northern Harrier, 2 Red-shouldered Hawks, Little Blue Herons, Red-winged Blackbirds, Killdeer, Glossy Ibises, White Ibises, Snowy Egret, Fish Crows, Anhingas, 1 Double-crested Cormorant, Green Heron, Belted Kingfishers, Blue Jays, 2 Cardinals (M/F), Blue-grey Gnatcatcher, 5 or 6 Northern Bob-Whites. I also spotted a warbler with yellow and black, but it was too quick to get a good ID.
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