Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Few Signs of Migration

The past ten days have brought few signs of fall migration in our yards or on the CyFair campus. Two walks at Kleb Woods didn't produce a lot of interesting birds either.

On my first visit to Kleb the site was comparatively quiet. Lots of resident birds appeared but other sightings were limited to a Brown Thrasher and a Great-crested Flycatcher.

My second visit was to take part in last Saturday's bird walk. This produced many more birds, although most were well out of camera range.

One of the ponds had a Snowy Egret (below) as well as four Little Blue Herons, a Tricolored Heron, a Least Sandpiper and two Solitary Sandpipers.

While the area near the visitor center had Indigo Buntings and Scaly-breasted Munias, the trail north of Draper Road was the most productive part of the site, with Eastern Bluebirds (below), both species of Vulture, House Wrens, American Crows, Red-tailed Hawks (below) and my first-of-2015 Brown-headed Nuthatch. 

In the field beside the trail, it seemed that every cow was  accompanied by a group of Cattle Egrets.

In Our Yards
Back at home several Monarch caterpillars have appeared on our milkweeds.

Unfortunately, most of them disappear within a day or two, presumably eaten by birds or other predators.

Our feeders have continued to attract a large number of our resident birds as well as numerous squirrels. They occasionally attract other animals too.

I'm now looking forward to the arrival of our winter residents. I'm not sure which will be the first to arrive but I suspect that it will be Orange-crowned Warblers. Let's see if I'm right.

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