Colorado Bend

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brochure Colorado Bend - Birds

Birds at Colorado Bend State Park (SP) in Texas. Published by Texas Parks & Wildlife.

TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE BIRDS OF COLOR A DO BEND S T A T E P A R K A FIELD CHECKLIST 2007 Cover: Illustration of Bald Eagle by Rob Fleming. October 2007 INTRODUCTION C olorado Bend State Park lies on the Colorado River, at the junction of San Saba, Lampasas and Burnet coun­ ties. Here the river begins to slow and widen as it enters the upper end of Lake Buchanan. The park lies in a transitional area between two major vegetational areas: the Cross Timbers and Prairies to the northeast and the Edwards Plateau to the southwest. The separation between these two vegetational areas roughly corresponds to that of two phys­ iographic regions of Texas, the Lampasas Cut Plains and the Central Mineral Region, respectively. Birders who are ready for a lot of good hiking can find much to see in the park’s 5,638 acres. The park provides nearly 12 miles of hiking trails, including some along the river and Spicewood Spring Canyon, as well as a network of trails in the uplands in the western part of the park. The trails provide access to a diversity of habitats, including juniper-oak upland woodlands, oak savannahs, creekside riparian habitat and the river, with its towering oaks, elms and pecans. The present list includes 191 species. Common birds include the Red-tailed Hawk, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Belted Kingfisher, Golden-fronted Woodpecker and Eastern Phoebe. Canyon Wrens echo from the cliffs along the river, while Bewick’s Wrens, Rufous-crowned Sparrows and Northern Mockingbirds sing from the cedar-clad hills above. Southwest­ ern bird species found at Colorado Bend include Vermilion Flycatcher, Verdin, Bushtit, Cactus Wren and Canyon Towhee. There is always a chance of spotting something interesting along the river, like American White Pelicans during migra­ tion, or various shorebirds or waterfowl species. A couple of Hill Country specialties found at Colorado Bend are the Black-capped Vireo and Golden-cheeked Warbler. The warbler is easy to observe here from late March through June along the river and in Spicewood Springs Canyon. The vireo is much more difficult to find and confined to areas that are currently closed to the public. Visitors looking for these two endangered species should be very careful to avoid 1 disturbing the birds while they are nesting in the park. Playing tapes to attract these birds is prohibited. Because we will be updating this checklist as additional observations are made, we ask that you report details of new or unusual sightings. Bird sightings can be turned in to the office or mailed to the Natural Resource Program, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas 78744. This list was compiled by Edward A. Kutac and he would like to thank the many people who have contributed sightings. Nomenclature and organization of this list follow the American Ornithologist’s Union Check-list of North Ameri­ can Birds (1998, 7th edition), as currently supplemented. Please help protect natural avian communities by refraining from using playback tapes of bird songs. Frequent use of these tapes alters normal avian activity patterns, disrupts essential territorial behavior, and may lead to nest failure. Thank you for your cooperation. LEGEND C — Common – easy to find U — Uncommon – present, but in small numbers or not easy to find R — Rare – not expected every year; usually only one record per season X — Accidental – 1 to 4 records ? — Recorded but status uncertain * — Confirmed breeding in park Spring – March, April, May Summer – June July August Fall – September, October, November Winter – December, January, February 2 CHECKLIST SPG SUM FAL ____ Snow Goose ............................................ ____ Wood Duck*............................................ ____ Green-winged Teal ................................ ____ Gadwall ................................................... ____ Mallard..................................................... ____ Blue-winged Teal ................................... ____ Ring-necked Duck .................................. ____ Wild Turkey* .......................................... ____ Northern Bobwhite*.............................. ____ American White Pelican ....................... ____ Double-crested Cormorant ................... ____ Neotropic Cormorant ............................ ____ Great Blue Heron*................................. ____ Great Egret.............................................. ____ Snowy Egret ........................................... ____ Cattle Egret ............................................. ____ Green Heron........................................... ____ Black Vulture* ........................................ ____ Turkey Vulture* ..................................... ____ Osprey ..................................................... ____ Mississippi Kite....................................... ____ Bald Eagle ............................................... ____ Northern Harrier ................................... ____ Sharp-shinned Hawk ............................. ____ Cooper’s Hawk* ..................................... ____ Common Black-Hawk............................ ____ Red-shouldered Hawk* ......................... ____ Broad-winged Hawk .............................. ____ Swainson’s Hawk ................................... ____ Zone-tailed Hawk................................... ____ Red-tailed Hawk ..................................... 3 U R U R R WIN R R X R R U C R U X U R U C C U U C R U R U C C U U R U U R U U R X U C C U C C X R R R U X U U R U U R U ? R U R U U R R R U R U U SPG SUM FAL ____ American Kestrel ................................... ____ American Coot ....................................... ____ Sandhill Crane ....................................... ____ Whooping Crane.................................... ____ Killdeer .................................................... ____ Greater Yellowlegs ................................ ____ Solitary Sandpiper ................................. ____ Spotted Sandpiper ................................. ____ Wilson’s Snipe ........................................ ____ Franklin’s Gull ........................................ ____ Ring-billed Gull ...................................... ____ Mourning Dove* .................................... ____ Inca Dove ................................................ ____ Black-billed Cuckoo ............................... ____ Yellow-billed Cuckoo ............................ ____ Greater Roadrunner* ............................ ____ Eastern Screech-Owl.............................. ____ Great Horned Owl* ............................... ____ Barred Owl*............................................ ____ Common Nighthawk ............................. ____ Common Poorwill*................................ ____ Chuck-will’s-widow* .............................. ____ Chimney Swift ........................................ ____ Black-chinned Hummingbird* ............. ____ Ruby-throated Hummingbird .............. ____ Belted Kingfisher* ................................. ____ Green Kingfisher ................................... ____ Red-headed Woodpecker...................... ____ Acorn Woodpecker ................................ ____ Golden-fronted Woodpecker* ............. ____ Red-bellied Woodpecker ...................... ____ Yellow-bellied Sapsucker...................... ____ Ladder-backed Woodpecker* ............... 4 U X R ? U R R U R X R C R R U U U U U R U U U U R U R U WIN U X R U C R C U U U U U U U U C U X U U R U R R R R C U C R R U U U U R U R R R U U U U U U R X C R R C C R C C R U C C R U C SPG SUM FAL ____ Downy Woodpecker* ............................ ____ Hairy Woodpecker................................. ____ Northern Flicker .................................... ____ Pileated Woodpecker ............................ ____ Olive-sided Flycatcher ........................... ____ Eastern Wood-Pewee ............................ ____ Empidonax, sp. ..................................... ____ Yellow-bellied Flycatcher ..................... ____ Acadian Flycatcher*............................... ____ Alder Flycatcher ..................................... ____ Willow Flycatcher .................................. ____ Least Flycatcher ..................................... ____ Black Phoebe .......................................... ____ Eastern Phoebe* .................................... ____ Say’s Phoebe........................................... ____ Vermilion Flycatcher ............................. ____ Ash-throated Flycatcher* ...................... ____ Great Crested Flycatcher* .................... ____ Western Kingbird .................................. ____ Eastern Kingbird .................................... ____ Scissor-tailed Flycatcher*...................... ____ Loggerhead Shrike ................................ ____ White-eyed Vireo* ................................. ____ Bell’s Vireo* ............................................ ____ Black-capped Vireo* .............................. ____ Blue-headed Vireo ................................. ____ Yellow-throated Vireo* ......................... ____ Warbling Vireo ....................................... ____ Red-eyed Vireo* ..................................... ____ Blue Jay ................................................... ____ Western Scrub-Jay* ................................ ____ American Crow ...................................... ____ Common Raven*.................................... 5 U R U X X U U X U X O R R C R U U C U R C R C R U R U X WIN U U U U U X U O U O R C C U C C R X C C R U C U U U U U R R U R C X U R U C U U R C R U U R U SPG SUM FAL ____ Purple Martin ......................................... ____ N. Rough-winged Swallow ................... ____ Cliff Swallow*......................................... ____ Barn Swallow ......................................... ____ Carolina Chickadee* ............................. ____ Tufted Titmouse* ................................... ____ Verdin ...................................................... ____ Bushtit*.................................................... ____ Red-breasted Nuthatch.......................... ____ Brown Creeper....................................... ____ Cactus Wren*.......................................... ____ Rock Wren .............................................. ____ Canyon Wren*........................................ ____ Carolina Wren* ...................................... ____ Bewick’s Wren* ...................................... ____ House Wren ............................................ ____ Winter Wren ........................................... ____ Golden-crowned Kinglet....................... ____ Ruby-crowned Kinglet........................... ____ Blue-gray Gnatcatcher* ......................... ____ Eastern Bluebird .................................... ____ Townsend’s Solitaire ............................. ____ Swainson’s Thrush ................................ ____ Hermit Thrush........................................ ____ American Robin ..................................... ____ Gray Catbird ........................................... ____ Northern Mockingbird* ........................ ____ Curve-billed Thrasher ........................... ____ European Starling .................................. ____ American Pipit........................................ ____ Cedar Waxwing...................................... ____ Tennessee Warbler ................................ ____ Orange-crowned Warbler ..................... 6 R R C R C C R U X R U X C C C R X C C U X R U U C U X C X U WIN R C U C C U R U R U C C C R C U C C R R U R U C C R R R C U U R R R C R C C R R U U U C C R U C U U C C C U U SPG SUM FAL ____ Nashville Warbler .................................. ____ Northern Parula ..................................... ____ Yellow Warbler ...................................... ____ Magnolia Warbler .................................. ____ Yellow-rumped Warbler ....................... ____ Black-throated Green Warbler ............ ____ Golden-cheeked Warbler* .................... ____ Blackburnian Warbler........................... ____ Yellow-throated Warbler ...................... ____ Black-and-white Warbler ...................... ____ American Redstart ................................ ____ Prothonotary Warbler .......................... ____ Northern Waterthrush .......................... ____ Louisiana Waterthrush ......................... ____ Kentucky Warbler.................................. ____ Mourning Warbler ................................. ____ MacGillivray’s Warbler ......................... ____ Common Yellowthroat ......................... ____ Wilson’s Warbler ................................... ____ Summer Tanager*.................................. ____ Eastern Towhee ..................................... ____ Spotted Towhee ..................................... ____ Canyon Towhee* ................................... ____ Cassin’s Sparrow.................................... ____ Rufous-crowned Sparrow* ................... ____ Chipping Sparrow ................................. ____ Clay-colored Sparrow ........................... ____ Field Sparrow* ....................................... ____ Vesper Sparrow ..................................... ____ Lark Sparrow* ........................................ ____ Black-throated Sparrow* ...................... ____ Lark Bunting ........................................... ____ Savannah Sparrow ................................ 7 U R U R C R U R R U R R R R X U X U R C X U U R U U R U U C U R U WIN U R U C U R R R R C U R R U R U R U U X C U U U U U U U C U C U C U R U U R SPG SUM FAL ____ Grasshopper Sparrow ........................... ____ Fox Sparrow ........................................... ____ Song Sparrow ......................................... ____ Lincoln’s Sparrow .................................. ____ Swamp Sparrow ..................................... ____ White-throated Sparrow ....................... ____ White-crowned Sparrow....................... ____ Harris’s Sparrow .................................... ____ Dark-eyed Junco ..................................... ____ Northern Cardinal* ............................... ____ Pyrrhuloxia ............................................. ____ Rose-breasted Grosbeak ....................... ____ Blue Grosbeak* ...................................... ____ Indigo Bunting* ..................................... ____ Painted Bunting* ................................... ____ Dickcissel ................................................. ____ Red-winged Blackbird ........................... ____ Eastern Meadowlark ............................. ____ Western Meadowlark ............................ ____ Great-tailed Grackle .............................. ____ Bronzed Cowbird .................................. ____ Brown-headed Cowbird ....................... ____ Orchard Oriole* ..................................... ____ Bullock’s Oriole...................................... ____ House Finch ............................................ ____ Pine Siskin .............................................. ____ Lesser Goldfinch .................................... ____ American Goldfinch .............................. ____ House Sparrow....................................... 8 R R U U X U C R R C R X U U C R U R X R R C U R R U R R C R R R C U U C R U U C U C WIN R R U U C R C C R U U R U U U U X U R R R R U R R C R citation Kutac, Edward. A. September 2007. Birds of Colorado Bend State Park: a field checklist. Natural Resource Program, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. In 1983, the Texas Legislature created the Special Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Fund. This fund may be used for nongame wildlife and endangered species research and conservation, habitat acquisition and development and dis­ semination of information pertaining to nongame management. Money for this fund is obtained through private donations and sale of nongame wildlife art prints and stamps. This fund now gives Texans a unique opportunity to help support this state’s valuable and sensitive nongame resources. Your individual contributions and purchases of nongame art prints and stamps will help determine the level of nongame conservation activities in Texas. For more information call toll-free (1-800-792-1112) or contact: Nongame and Endangered Species Program, Texas Parks and Wildlife, 4200 Smith School Road, Aus­ tin, Texas 78744. Natural Resource Program Texas Parks and Wildlife Department 4200 Smith School Road Austin, Texas 78744 © 2007 Texas Parks and Wildlife Department PWD BK P4507–140H (10/07) In accordance with Texas Depository Law, this publication is available at the Texas State Publications Clearinghouse and/or Texas Depository Libraries.

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