November Bird ForecastNovember 9th, 2012 at 5:15 pm by Jim Spencer under Weather
What to watch for in November: Red eyes!
Here’s the Central Texas bird forecast for the month, courtesy of Travis Audubon. Learn more about Central Texas birds and bird-related events for all ages at travisaudubon.org or by calling 512-300-BIRD. Travis Audubon is on Twitter and Facebook. Follow us on Twitter @TravisAudubon and give us a like at www.facebook.com/travisaudubon.
The Cinnamon Teal is a small duck that lives on ponds in the western half of the U.S. but comes as far east as Texas for the winter. This dabbling duck has a vivid cinnamon-red head and body, some blue on its wings and red eyes. The female is drabber, clad in brown and gray, though you might catch a glimpse of blue and white on the wings. Look for them on local ponds, including at Hornsby Bend. The ponds there will be filled with all manner of ducks this winter, and the viewing areas are open to the public seven days a week from dawn till dark. Visit www.hornsbybend.org for more information.
The Cinnamon Teal is also Travis Audubon’s bird of the month on Facebook. Check out our page for lots of great photos, birding tips and links.
Another red-eyed beauty that will be spending the winter here is the Spotted Towhee, which spends its time rooting and scratching through leaf litter on the ground along greenbelts. This sparrow-shaped bird — if you can spot him — is black and white with splashes of rusty orange on its belly. And according to the All About Birds website, “Spotted Towhees are likely to visit – or perhaps live in – your yard if you’ve got brushy, shrubby, or overgrown borders. If your feeders are near a vegetated edge, towhees may venture out to eat fallen seed. If you want to attract towhees to your feeders, consider sprinkling some seed on the ground, as this is where towhees prefer to feed.”
Last but not least is the Golden-crowned Kinglet. These tiny birds (less than four inches from beak to tail) never stop flitting and hopping, so keep an eye out in the treetops for movement. They are olive-green with black and gold caps and black and white wingbars. They pick insects off trees.
Monthly Travis Audubon meeting: “The Beginnings of Birds”
7 p.m., Thursday, November 15. Our November speaker, Dr. Julia Clarke, will be speaking about the origin and early evolution of birds. Join us to learn more about the early ancestors of today’s birds and to learn more about Dr. Clarke’s research. Clarke is an Associate Professor and Wilson Centennial Fellow in Vertebrate Paleontology in the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin.
Field Trips — Check the Travis Audubon website for details
Love Creek Preserve
Saturday November 10 and Sunday November 11
Monthly Bird Count at Hornsby Bend
Saturday, November 10, 7:00am & 4:00pm
Super Tuesday! At Pedernales Falls State Park led by Terry Banks
Tuesday, November 13 6:30 to 11:30am
Hornsby Bend Monthly Bird Walk
Saturday, November 17, 7:30 to 11:00am
Commons Ford November Bird Walk
Saturday, November 17, 7:30 to 11:30am
Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, co-sponsored by TAS and Friends of Balcones Canyonlands NWR
Sunday, November 18, 7:30 to 11:30 am
Tejas Park, Lake Georgetown
Sunday November 18, 7:00 to 11:00am
Two-hour Tuesday! At Hornsby Bend led by Ken Zaslow
Tuesday, November 20 7:30 to 9:30am
Two-hour Tuesday! At Champion Park led by Dan Callaway
Tuesday, November 27 7:30 to 9:30am
Compiled by Travis Audubon volunteers Raeanne Martinez and Jane Tillman