As part of Earth Week, I led a birdwalk across the CyFair campus on Thursday morning. Unfortunately, it was another day with very few migrants, except for a couple of Baltimore Orioles.
However, I was able to show the three students who participated a good number and variety of birds.
As usual, Northern Mockingbirds were everywhere.
White-winged Doves were everywhere, too, and we also saw a few Mourning Doves.
I was pleased to see that we still had a small group of Savannah Sparrows.
A couple of Loggerhead Shrikes were perching on lampposts and swooping down to catch bugs in the grass.
No walk around the campus would be complete without a few European Starlings, the only invasive species that turns up regularly at the college.
The students were excited to see a Green Heron fishing by the waterfall.
Surprisingly, they were just as excited to see a male Mallard in the ditch along the northern edge of the campus.
While we were watching a Spotted Sandpiper in the same ditch, I noticed a much less common visitor: a Solitary Sandpiper.
I missed getting photos of a Swainson's Hawk, a Red-tailed Hawk and a Crested Caracara but fared better with a Turkey Vulture that flew over as I was saying goodbye to the students.
Our tally for the walk was 32 species, which I thought was quite good for 90 minutes:
Pied-billed Grebe, Neotropic Cormorant, Great Egret, Green Heron, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Black-bellied Whistling Duck, Mallard, Mottled Duck, Red-tailed Hawk, Swainson’s Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Crested Caracara, Killdeer, Solitary Sandpiper, Spotted Sandpiper, Mourning Dove, White-winged Dove, Western Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Great Crested Flycatcher, Loggerhead Shrike, Blue Jay, Purple Martin, N Mockingbird, N Cardinal, Savannah Sparrow, E Meadowlark, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Great-tailed Grackle, Orchard Oriole, European Starling.