Nineteen folks showed up for my monthly neighborhood bird walk last Sunday. Wow! Here's a great photo taken by Barry Noret of some of us. (I'm the guy on the left with the spotting scope.)
It was a beautiful morning with perfect weather and I recorded 43 species of birds. The first Scissor-tailed Flycatcher I've seen this year flew over a few of us before the walk officially started. Singing Red-winged Blackbirds were constantly in earshot and usually visible. It was a real treat watching the males sing and show off their red and yellow shoulder patches. A Crested Caracara flew over as we made our way upstream. By the first dam we got great looks at a Double-crested Cormorant perched in a dead tree. On the creek bed at the Town and Country playing fields we saw two of our year-round resident Red-shouldered Hawks. And when we returned to the cars we had a great look at a male Brown-headed Cowbird. Here's the complete list.