Observed on concrete lip near longhorn shores spillover.
One of two individuals occupying this portion of the lower Colorado.
2 Black Vultures
feeding on the ground with Monk Parakeets
Redbuds have broken out blooming the past week despite colder than normal temps. Most likely the Texas subspecies (Cercis canadensis texensis) called Texas Redbud but difficult to know for sure.
A flock of about 20 was in the immediate area
Greg Lasley found a Ruff (Reeve) at the Williamson Creek WWTP and called me. I was able to get out there in late afternoon; I made this field sketch of the bird. The record was later accepted as the 6th Texas record of the species (TBRC 1988-6; Amer. Birds 37:200). The WWTP was later abandoned and converted into part of the Roy Kizer Golf Course. An eBird checklist for this day is available at:
Beautiful adult Red Shouldered Hawk perched up on a low branch of a mesquite tree.
I'm uploading my original sketch of a small Picoides woodpecker which I studied at length and decided was a probable hybrid between Ladder-backed and Downy Woodpeckers. The sketch and full details were published in the Bull. of the Texas Ornithological Society, Vol. 19(1&2):2-5, 1986.
At the BFL I found a young Western Slimy Salamander hiding underneath a rock on moist soil.