.One of my main reasons for wanting to spend some time in Bastrop was to check out the birds in Bastrop and Buescher State Parks and the surrounding area. However, perhaps because of the very windy conditions, I ended up seeing comparatively few birds - my trip total was only 35 species.
Most of the species I saw were very common ones, such as Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, (scores of) Northern Cardinals, and Great-tailed Grackles.
Although the area around Alum Creek was very busy with a range of birds, the only migrant that I managed actually to see was a Black-and-White Warbler.
A Wild Turkey by the roadside at Bastrop was a treat but didn't stay for a photo, and a Greater Roadrunner was almost as quick to disappear.
Both state parks had Western Kingbirds ...
... while the Lost Pines Nature Trail along the Colorado River produced a Couch's Kingbird.
The same trail had several Pileated Woodpeckers both times that I walked it.
The trip wasn't a great success as far as birding goes. However, the scenery was wonderful and I enjoyed taking photos of some of the many wildflowers and butterflies. I'll post a selection of these on Thursday.