[texbirds] Tuesday morning birding, Hagerman NWR.

  • From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Texbirds <Texbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:41:31 -0500

Thanks to remnants of tropical storm Bill and the rain it produced, Lake Texoma
once again topped the spillway for the second time in less than a month. The
lake reached a level of about 645.36 feet above sea level this time topping the
spillway by 5.36 feet before starting to slowly recede. This means that
Wildlife Dr. the main drive thru the refuge might possibly be under water until
some time in September or later depending on the weather and how much
additional rainfall we get this summer. This does not bode well for birds and
wildlife in general or birders and nature lovers. We continue birding outlying
areas and of course see few water birds. We finished the day with 59 species
which is not all that bad for summertime. Painted Buntings are here in good
numbers this year with 34 for the day. Eastern Bluebirds are also abundant with
39. We did hear a couple of Summer Tanagers singing and had a closeup look at a
Red-headed Woodpecker. Red-tailed Hawk numbers were good with 7 sightings.
Jack Chiles, Texas master naturalist and volunteer Hagerman NWR.

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