July 3, 2009. 7 am found us at Webberville Park, 135 acres of Blackland Prairie habitat along the Colorado river. After resolving a minor gate access issue, we were off in search of birds.
We decided to follow the tree line towards the boat ramp, where several Prothonotary Warbler nest boxes were erected. The dry grass made loud crunching noises under our feet as we walked. The air was still and humid, and a curious odor of dog food seemed to permeate the air. Since there were no dogs or dog food around, I assured myself it was only my imagination.
We reached the boat ramp area and immediately heard the Prothonotary Warbler's song. Anxious to see the bird, we hiked down towards nest box #1. Silent waiting, listening. Suddenly a Prothonotary Warbler appeared before us, perching on a small branch about 10 feet away. It enjoyed the branch and attached spider web for what must have been 10 minutes before finally gliding off towards the river.
Later, amid pecan trees and playgrounds, we discovered several Eastern Bluebirds, including an inhabited nest cavity.
After two hours of walking we decided to lounge on one of several available concrete picnic tables, where we spotted a Summer Tanager, Eastern Kingbirds, and several other birds. Here is the complete list of those seen or heard:
Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Great Crested Flycatcher