Field Trip Recaps

Rio Grande Valley, 1.9.20 – 1.12.20

Birding in the Rio Grande Valley during a Bexar Audubon four-day trip in mid-January brought about some spectacular sightings for the 15 members of the group. Bobcats prowling along the bank of a pond at Estero Llano, a Burrowing Owl on a rocky slope near the town of Granjeno and Common Paraques at both Estero Llano Grande State Park and Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge were some of the highlights. Many thanks to Sue and John Ewan for leading us at Santa Ana and to Yvette and Michael Stewart for guiding our tour at Estero Llano.

Honey Creek/Guadalupe River State Park, 11.22.19

Master Naturalist Wilt Shaw led our group of nine along trails in Guadalupe River State Park and Honey Creek State Natural Area on a cool, gray day. Newly arrived Yellow-rumped Warblers were seen and heard, along with Common Ravens, Crested Caracaras and Chipping Sparrows. A Belted Kingfisher was heard along the river.

Honey Creek, left, and Wilt Shaw, right.
Walking up a Honey Creek trail.
Chipping Sparrow seen inside the bird blind area.

Friedrich Wilderness Park, 3.21.2019

BAS field trip attendees at Friedrich Wilderness Park on March 21, 2019.

Wendy Leonard, Nature Preserve Officer for City of San Antonio Parks and Recreation Natural Areas, led an enthusiastic group of BAS members on a search for Golden-cheeked Warblers at Friedrich Wilderness Park in northwest San Antonio. With Wendy’s excellent hearing and sighting abilities, she found two Golden-cheeked Warblers for the group, along with Hutton’s Vireos, Black-and-white Warblers, an Orange-crowned Warbler, a Hermit Thrush and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, among many other species. The Golden-cheeked Warbler photo below was taken by Tod Smith during the walk.

Golden-cheeked Warbler

Avenue A in Brackenridge Park, 4.29.2019

Participants in the BAS field trip to Avenue A found 37 bird species, including a Yellow-billed Cuckoo, a family of Wood Ducks and numerous Great Crested Flycatchers. The group also survived encounters with a non-venomous but fast moving Diamondback Water Snake and an errant golf ball.

Golden-fronted Woodpecker by Lora Reynolds
Wood Duck by Sherie Gee
BAS field trip group along River Road on the opposite side of the San Antonio River from Avenue A.

Pt. Aransas UT Marine cruise, 6.1.2019

Sun and heat, salt spray and a breeze, and the good company of nature lovers ready to learn graced the recent boating trip in Port Aransas.  Aboard the UT Marine  Science Institute research vessel the R/V Katy, Naturalist Amanda Taylor set nets and scooped up all variety of plankton and fish.  She explained the gulf ecosystem and the interactions of the sea, sand, and critters.  When safe to do so we were able to hold some of the fish (learning how to properly hold a catfish)!  We sifted the catch and used the boat’s microscope to view the amazing variety of life.  Highlights for the 25 BAS members aboard were a brown-footed booby (good spotting Coco!), a hammerhead shark, and a jellyfish consuming a small fish.

James Kiehl River Bend Park & Kruetzberg Canyon, 9.27.19

With leader Craig Hensley of Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, several Bexar Audubon Society members enjoyed exploring these two parks in Kendall County.

Lark Sparrow
Viewing an image
James Kiehl State Natural Area
Birding at James Kiehl
Loggerhead Shrike