Bird activity on the CyFair campus has quieted down a lot now that spring songbird migration is over and summer has arrived. As a result, I won’t be walking the Nature Trail very often in the next three months. Instead I’ll start checking out the two large retention ponds at the entrance to the college.
I did my first walk by the ponds before work on Tuesday. The area is very peaceful when there aren’t many students around!
As usual, Northern Mockingbirds were everywhere. However, and unusually, none of them were singing or calling.
As I walked along, a small flock of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks flew over, followed by a Great Blue Heron. A couple of Barn Swallows were skimming the water’s surface, hunting bugs for breakfast. In a nearby tree a Loggerhead Shrike was already tucking in to its breakfast.
A few minutes later I came across this fledgling Mourning Dove by the side of the waterfall that links the college’s artificial river to the southern retention pond.
My last sighting was of a Cormorant drying off its wings near the waterfall.
I've seen the same bird in the same area every day for several weeks, so I guess it has decided to take up residence here, at least for a while.