[texbirds] Liberty County birding

  • From: Laurie Foss <lauriefoss@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Texbirds <texbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2012 06:51:09 -0500

Yesterday I took a day trip to Liberty with Judith Bailey, Laura Legett and
Shelia Hargis. Our target species was Swallow-tailed Kites.
The kites were there and easily seen from the bridge that spans the Trinity
River on the west side of Liberty. We saw a total of three individuals. One
was very distinctive, with one tail streamer shorter than the other. We
actually saw this bird twice and it was fun for all of us to re-find this
distinctive individual.
There is a park in Liberty with a swimming pool and playground equipment as
well as a wooded area with trails through it. We followed the calls of
Pileated Woodpeckers until we got great looks at a male hammering away at a
tree where a large branch had broken off at the trunk. We had a chance to
really study this guy, and while we watched him got looks at three other
birds in the area. This seems like a reliable place for this charismatic
bird if anyone in the area is looking for one.
We ended up with 52 species on this very pleasant morning of birding,
including one Mottled Duck, several Anhingas, a total of 27 MIssissippi
Kites, Eastern Wood-Pewee and Loggerhead Shrike.

Laurie Foss
Adventure Travel to
Central America
and Beyond

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