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Welcome to WBS Recent Sightings. Please share your sightings and comments either by typing in the field below, or by copying and pasting from another program. You may type sightings as a list (each bird on a separate line), and if you want to bold or italicize text, here's how.

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2016 Posts:

Name: Lt Col Ron Watson (USA, Ret)
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sat Feb 11 22:31:16 2017

I photographed a "Lifer" for myself this morning. We had a small flock of Pine Warblers around the feeder.


Name: fran spinelli
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Wed Jan 25 13:43:12 2017

Apair of small--about the size of Carolina chickadees, but slender appeared yesterday. They don't stay long enough at our cylinder with sunflower seeds to get a very good look but the male is bright yellow underneath with a black back with a few white feather in this tail. I have not seen his face. The female is also very bright yellow underneath, but brownish back with black and white tail feathers. Not a very good description, but I have never seen them before and can't find a picture in my two books that look like this. Anyone know what they are?


Name: Robert Smith
Date of sighting: 12/15/16
Date posted: Mon Dec 26 17:54:04 2016

My 12/15 sighting was a ruby-crowned kinglet - actually, there was one male and one female.


Name: Bernadette Cardenas
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sat Dec 24 11:09:42 2016

Immature Bald Eagle flying East of the Junction


Name: Robert Smith
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Thu Dec 15 23:17:03 2016

I've been seeing a bird in my yard that looks like an American Goldfinch (fall color) with a red stripe on top of its head. The other markings are like a Goldfinch, not a Redpoll. Any ideas? I can send pictures.


Name: XPFIjthIkWeF
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sat Nov 5 10:39:42 2016

Never seen a betetr post! ICOCBW


Name: tom toporowski
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sat Oct 29 15:29:30 2016

on my morning walk i heard, looked and then saw 9 sandhill cranes flying high over the old golf course in woodcreek north. first of the season for me. also saw an aamerican kestral...perched...second of the season.
nice way to start a morning.


Name: Bobbie Wofford
Date of sighting: October 19 or 20 2016
Date posted: Thu Oct 27 17:21:43 2016

I was watching for birds in our backyard, any bird I didn't care. Sitting in one of our birdbaths was a hawk, gently splashing water over his body. He sat there for a while then flew up into the nearby tree, fluttered his wings shaking off any excess water, then flew back down into the same water. This time he proceeded to robustly bathe with water flying into a spray. This Cooper's hawk made the most out of a very warm day and some cool water. I have never seen a hawk bathe before so this was indeed a treat.


Name: tom toporowski
Date of sighting: oct. 6, 2016
Date posted: Fri Oct 7 16:02:26 2016

forgot to mention that yesterday about 4:00 p.m.with ladder already out to clean the owl box in my yard. i happened to look up at the owl box and to my surprise the cute, light gray eastern screech owl was perched in the entrance hole. peering out it obviously saw me as i did it. it remained there for the rest of the afternoon, occasionally retreating into the box, and reappearing about 4 or 5 times. talked to it..it didn't seem to mind.
no need to clean the owl box, i thought.
what a treat.



Name: tom toporowski
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Fri Oct 7 15:49:53 2016

on my morning walk this morning in woodcreek north, there was a lone redhead(duck) on "golf pond" (the small lake/pond that exists on the "old golf course"...the pond has no name that i am aware of...currently it is full). there were also 2 pie-billed grebes. grebe numbers have fluctuated from 2 to 5 since late august.
also, earlier this week, there was a lone American Avocet on this pond. first one i can remember seeing in woodcreek north ever.
another nice sighting was FOS(first of season)American Kestrel on unpaved ranchview trail.



Name: Dell Hood
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Tue Sep 20 13:21:27 2016

One Yellow warbler, gleaning bugs in upper-mid level canopy of oaks.


Name: Bill and Bobbie Wofford
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Thu Sep 1 18:48:03 2016

During our neighborhood walk this morning, we saw two birds which we identified as birds of prey. Later upon closer looks we determined that they were Mississippi Kites, five of them and possibly seven, darting in and out of the many oak trees in search of their favorite food, insects. This is the first we have seen this year.


Name: Joan Webb
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Mon Aug 22 13:12:23 2016

Warbler Alert!! A flock of yellow warblers have dropped in to visit our property! What an exciting sight.


Name: Bill and bobbie Wofford
Date of sighting: July 24 2016
Date posted: Tue Jul 26 16:41:45 2016

Bobbie and I drove out Hwy 80 near hwy. 130 and veered off onto CR110. In the past we have seen a hoard of dick cissels and hoped to see them again. Nope, nary a bird. We were granted a bonus. About half way down this road a bird flew in front of us, then a second, and a third, soon ten bob white quail scurried off into the brush. Last year we heard them but never saw them. On this trek we saw 2 cara caras, cardinals, mockingbirds, painted buntings, and several other different birds. Then on the way back to San Marcos we saw about 75 to 100 purple martins on the highline along the Staples road.


Name: tom toporowski
Date of sighting: o6/14/16Same as date posted
Date posted: Wed Jun 15 16:58:42 2016

yesterday, tuesday, i went to the PGR to fill feeders for someone out of town. in the brookshires parking lot, i heard and then saw 2 chimney swifts flying overhead. it inspired me to check the chimney swift tower, by lying under the tower, and looking up (not easy to do). by the way, i had not done so for a very long time...probably years. to my delight and surprise i saw two nests on two (inner) walls. i assumed that one was from last year. the other showed movement of more than one bird. probably at least 3. one clearly showed what i believe was a chimney swift tail. the birds are probably close to fledging.

next, i sat on the stone bench memorializing dotty hall. (i sat on the one facing the green chalk board). i sat there about 5 minutes starring at the top of the tower. then in a split second in flew one of the parents. so cool. in about 30 seconds the adult flew out. i looked a second time from a different vantage point. this time i starred for 7 minutes before seeing not one but two parents fly in, and in a few seconds both flew out. their flight patterns are different going in and coming out. never witnessed this before, and it sure made my day.

if you should decide to try to see them fly in or out, be sure to stare at the top of the tower opening. it literally happens in a split second.
it is so good to know that the swifts have finally taken up residence in our tower that was built so many years ago.


Name: Suzanne James
Date of sighting: 5/2/16
Date posted: Tue May 3 14:25:10 2016

Brown Booby seen at Shady Oaks RV park. Spoke with Susan Zimmerman who said to report it to Travis Audubon. My husband was able to capture on and Arman from TA picked it up to take to Travis wildlife rescue and rehab. He will keep my posted on bird's condition


Name: Allen
Date of sighting: approx Apr 18
Date posted: Wed Apr 27 20:49:06 2016

Crested Caracara sitting on telephone pole half way between Wimberley and DS on RR12. Morning around 9AM.


Name: Rebecca Benz
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sat Mar 26 20:45:11 2016

Osprey sighted at sunset on Blanco River near Blanco River Rapids.


Name: Dell Hood
Date of sighting: 2/15, 2/21, 2/26
Date posted: Fri Feb 26 10:26:39 2016

Yellow-bellied sapsucker at suet feeder, Green Acres Drive.


Name: Lt Col Ron Watson (USA Ret)
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sun Feb 21 20:05:48 2016

Always excited to see species which I haven't seen before at "Birdsong," our home near Wimberley. All winter there have been Robins and Waxwings up on Skyline Ridge. Mixed crowd this morning: Robins, Waxwings, Chipping Sparrows and Cardinals, White Wings all feeding on our lawn. This afternoon I identified and photographed a small flock of Dark-Eyed Juncos (Junco hyemalis) also feeding on the grounds. My first time to see these little dark gray birds.


Name: tom toporowski
Date of sighting: 2/ 9/ 16 Same as date posted
Date posted: Wed Feb 10 11:33:47 2016

on my morning walk in woodcreek north yesterday, i saw several species of ducks on "golf pond" (an unnamed small pond/lake near Ranch View Trail) including:
lesser scaup(~15), green wing teal-3,american widgeon-2, and one lone hooded merganzer(female). also, pie-billed grebe(3).


Name: marv wold
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Tue Feb 9 23:25:58 2016

This is not a sighting, but a question.Is there a different forum for these???? Where are the finches? I have maybe a dozen at a time instead of up to 100. Why are they ALL eating sunflower rather than thistle???


Name: fran spinelli
Date of sighting: january 19, 2016
Date posted: Wed Jan 20 10:21:36 2016

A flurry of activity at our bird bath and feeders around noon. We saw two robins together--there may have been more in the woods. A red cockaded woodpecker came to our cylinder bird feeder that has safflower seeds and drank from our hummingbird feeder. Since they are both right outside our dinette window we got a good look at it.
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WBS Home

WBS KidzWeb
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About WBS
    Overview
    Membership

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    Officers & committees

Calendar

Recent sightings--->

Area birds & birding
    Birding resources
    Hill Country birds
    Hummingbirds

Helping nature
    Bluebird house plans
    Natural landscaping
    Mealworms as food

Welcome to WBS Recent Sightings. Please share your sightings and comments either by typing in the field below, or by copying and pasting from another program. You may type sightings as a list (each bird on a separate line), and if you want to bold or italicize text, here's how.

Name:
E-mail address:
Date of sighting if not today
Sightings and comments:


Archives: '05   '06   '07   '08   '09   '10   '11   '12   '13   '14   '15   2016

2016 Posts:

Name: Lt Col Ron Watson (USA, Ret)
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sat Feb 11 22:31:16 2017

I photographed a "Lifer" for myself this morning. We had a small flock of Pine Warblers around the feeder.


Name: fran spinelli
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Wed Jan 25 13:43:12 2017

Apair of small--about the size of Carolina chickadees, but slender appeared yesterday. They don't stay long enough at our cylinder with sunflower seeds to get a very good look but the male is bright yellow underneath with a black back with a few white feather in this tail. I have not seen his face. The female is also very bright yellow underneath, but brownish back with black and white tail feathers. Not a very good description, but I have never seen them before and can't find a picture in my two books that look like this. Anyone know what they are?


Name: Robert Smith
Date of sighting: 12/15/16
Date posted: Mon Dec 26 17:54:04 2016

My 12/15 sighting was a ruby-crowned kinglet - actually, there was one male and one female.


Name: Bernadette Cardenas
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sat Dec 24 11:09:42 2016

Immature Bald Eagle flying East of the Junction


Name: Robert Smith
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Thu Dec 15 23:17:03 2016

I've been seeing a bird in my yard that looks like an American Goldfinch (fall color) with a red stripe on top of its head. The other markings are like a Goldfinch, not a Redpoll. Any ideas? I can send pictures.


Name: XPFIjthIkWeF
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sat Nov 5 10:39:42 2016

Never seen a betetr post! ICOCBW


Name: tom toporowski
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sat Oct 29 15:29:30 2016

on my morning walk i heard, looked and then saw 9 sandhill cranes flying high over the old golf course in woodcreek north. first of the season for me. also saw an aamerican kestral...perched...second of the season.
nice way to start a morning.


Name: Bobbie Wofford
Date of sighting: October 19 or 20 2016
Date posted: Thu Oct 27 17:21:43 2016

I was watching for birds in our backyard, any bird I didn't care. Sitting in one of our birdbaths was a hawk, gently splashing water over his body. He sat there for a while then flew up into the nearby tree, fluttered his wings shaking off any excess water, then flew back down into the same water. This time he proceeded to robustly bathe with water flying into a spray. This Cooper's hawk made the most out of a very warm day and some cool water. I have never seen a hawk bathe before so this was indeed a treat.


Name: tom toporowski
Date of sighting: oct. 6, 2016
Date posted: Fri Oct 7 16:02:26 2016

forgot to mention that yesterday about 4:00 p.m.with ladder already out to clean the owl box in my yard. i happened to look up at the owl box and to my surprise the cute, light gray eastern screech owl was perched in the entrance hole. peering out it obviously saw me as i did it. it remained there for the rest of the afternoon, occasionally retreating into the box, and reappearing about 4 or 5 times. talked to it..it didn't seem to mind.
no need to clean the owl box, i thought.
what a treat.



Name: tom toporowski
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Fri Oct 7 15:49:53 2016

on my morning walk this morning in woodcreek north, there was a lone redhead(duck) on "golf pond" (the small lake/pond that exists on the "old golf course"...the pond has no name that i am aware of...currently it is full). there were also 2 pie-billed grebes. grebe numbers have fluctuated from 2 to 5 since late august.
also, earlier this week, there was a lone American Avocet on this pond. first one i can remember seeing in woodcreek north ever.
another nice sighting was FOS(first of season)American Kestrel on unpaved ranchview trail.



Name: Dell Hood
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Tue Sep 20 13:21:27 2016

One Yellow warbler, gleaning bugs in upper-mid level canopy of oaks.


Name: Bill and Bobbie Wofford
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Thu Sep 1 18:48:03 2016

During our neighborhood walk this morning, we saw two birds which we identified as birds of prey. Later upon closer looks we determined that they were Mississippi Kites, five of them and possibly seven, darting in and out of the many oak trees in search of their favorite food, insects. This is the first we have seen this year.


Name: Joan Webb
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Mon Aug 22 13:12:23 2016

Warbler Alert!! A flock of yellow warblers have dropped in to visit our property! What an exciting sight.


Name: Bill and bobbie Wofford
Date of sighting: July 24 2016
Date posted: Tue Jul 26 16:41:45 2016

Bobbie and I drove out Hwy 80 near hwy. 130 and veered off onto CR110. In the past we have seen a hoard of dick cissels and hoped to see them again. Nope, nary a bird. We were granted a bonus. About half way down this road a bird flew in front of us, then a second, and a third, soon ten bob white quail scurried off into the brush. Last year we heard them but never saw them. On this trek we saw 2 cara caras, cardinals, mockingbirds, painted buntings, and several other different birds. Then on the way back to San Marcos we saw about 75 to 100 purple martins on the highline along the Staples road.


Name: tom toporowski
Date of sighting: o6/14/16Same as date posted
Date posted: Wed Jun 15 16:58:42 2016

yesterday, tuesday, i went to the PGR to fill feeders for someone out of town. in the brookshires parking lot, i heard and then saw 2 chimney swifts flying overhead. it inspired me to check the chimey swift tower, by lying under the tower, and looking up (not easy to do). by the way, i had not done so for a very long time...probably years. to my delight and surprise i saw two nests on two (inner) walls. i assumed that one was from last year. the other showed movement of more than one bird. probably at least 3. one clearly showed what i believe was a chimney swift tail. the birds are probably close to fledging.

next, i sat on the stone bench memorializing dotty hall. (i sat on the one facing the green chalk board). i sat there about 5 minutes starring at the top of the tower. then in a split second in flew one of the parents. so cool. in about 30 seconds the adult flew out. i looked a second time from a different vantage point. this time i starred for 7 minutes before seeing not one but two parents fly in, and in a few seconds both flew out. their flight patterns are different going in and coming out. never witnessed this before, and it sure made my day.

if you should decide to try to see them fly in or out, be sure to stare at the top of the tower opening. it literally happens in a split second.
it is so good to know that the swifts have finally taken up residence in our tower that was built so many years ago.


Name: Suzanne James
Date of sighting: 5/2/16
Date posted: Tue May 3 14:25:10 2016

Brown Booby seen at Shady Oaks RV park. Spoke with Susan Zimmerman who said to report it to Travis Audubon. My husband was able to capture on and Arman from TA picked it up to take to Travis wildlife rescue and rehab. He will keep my posted on bird's condition


Name: Allen
Date of sighting: approx Apr 18
Date posted: Wed Apr 27 20:49:06 2016

Crested Caracara sitting on telephone pole half way between Wimberley and DS on RR12. Morning around 9AM.


Name: Rebecca Benz
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sat Mar 26 20:45:11 2016

Osprey sighted at sunset on Blanco River near Blanco River Rapids.


Name: Dell Hood
Date of sighting: 2/15, 2/21, 2/26
Date posted: Fri Feb 26 10:26:39 2016

Yellow-bellied sapsucker at suet feeder, Green Acres Drive.


Name: Lt Col Ron Watson (USA Ret)
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sun Feb 21 20:05:48 2016

Always excited to see species which I haven't seen before at "Birdsong," our home near Wimberley. All winter there have been Robins and Waxwings up on Skyline Ridge. Mixed crowd this morning: Robins, Waxwings, Chipping Sparrows and Cardinals, White Wings all feeding on our lawn. This afternoon I identified and photographed a small flock of Dark-Eyed Juncos (Junco hyemalis) also feeding on the grounds. My first time to see these little dark gray birds.


Name: tom toporowski
Date of sighting: 2/ 9/ 16 Same as date posted
Date posted: Wed Feb 10 11:33:47 2016

on my morning walk in woodcreek north yesterday, i saw several species of ducks on "golf pond" (an unnamed small pond/lake near Ranch View Trail) including:
lesser scaup(~15), green wing teal-3,american widgeon-2, and one lone hooded merganzer(female). also, pie-billed grebe(3).


Name: marv wold
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Tue Feb 9 23:25:58 2016

This is not a sighting, but a question.Is there a different forum for these???? Where are the finches? I have maybe a dozen at a time instead of up to 100. Why are they ALL eating sunflower rather than thistle???


Name: fran spinelli
Date of sighting: january 19, 2016
Date posted: Wed Jan 20 10:21:36 2016

A flurry of activity at our bird bath and feeders around noon. We saw two robins together--there may have been more in the woods. A red cockaded woodpecker came to our cylinder bird feeder that has safflower seeds and drank from our hummingbird feeder. Since they are both right outside our dinette window we got a good look at it.
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