Winter birds are plentiful in Bastrop County. I photographed these winter friends in January and February this year, my first two months at Little Piney (our home in Bastrop). Of course there are more birds I haven’t captured on film–Yellow-rumped Warblers, a Belted Kingfisher, a Pileated Woodpecker, all kinds of Sparrows, Cardinals flashing red throughout the yaupons and bare oaks. Many birds I haven’t identified and some it seems I only hear and never see.
I am a beginning birder so please feel free to correct me if I have misidentified a bird. I’m learning from my bird guides, my iPhone apps and birding friends. Cornell’s allaboutbirds.org is a complete resource for bird identification that I use often. A listed of sighted birds in Bastrop Parks is available from Bastrop County Audubon Society. This lists the birds as well as how frequently they are seen in each season and has a place for checking them off. I add the dates, and plan to start a new list each year. I have 38 checks so far ranging from “common” to “rare”.
For Texas bird photos check out Greg Lavaty’s Texas bird gallery at pbase.com. His photos are beautiful and helpful for identification.