Thursday, June 16, 2011

Utley Birding June 16, 2011

A beautiful warm morning with temperatures only down to 79 at 6:20 . I was eager to get out and about. Still quite a bit of bird song.  Walked a couple of miles of road (?) and enjoyed the exercise and the birds. Also visited with a friend here in Utley and then birded their property spotting an adult Swainson's Hawk. Late or breeding? I have no idea but a good find  for the date regardless.

Another surprise this morning was that of a White-breasted Nuthatch...A pretty rare bird in Bastrop Co. at any time of year but something that was completely off my radar for mid-June. It was north of Wilbarger Creek on Lower Elgin Road near that wooded bottom.

  Coral Snakes seem to be more common than usual despite the drought or because of it.  Not sure what is going on with that but they are easy to hear in the dry leaf litter.  Had a big one this morning cross the road as I was walking.  It escaped being run over by a large truck only by a matter of inches.

  All in all a wonderful morning.

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