The Year of the Bird!

In 1918, Congress passed the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, widely regarded as the most comprehensive and essential legislative protection of birds ever passed. The Act makes it illegal to hunt, take, pursue, kill, capture or sell any of the listed migratory birds, which currently includes more than 800 species. National Geographic, celebrating the centennial of this pivotal law, has named 2018 the “Year of the Bird.”

And yet, we might wonder why birds are so important. More specifically, why is regularly counting and recording their numbers worth our time? And why do birds merit protective legislation? Novelist and essayist Jonathan Franzen, a notorious bird-enthusiast, wrote a piece in January to inaugurate National Geographic’s Year of the Bird, intending to answer this same question: Why do birds matter?

He writes about their diversity of appearance and behavior, claiming that “if you could see every bird in the world, you’d see the whole world.” Franzen writes about their amazing capacity to build and to fly. But he notes that birds cannot protect their own environments; they cannot preserve themselves.

Franzen believes that birds matter simply because they are incredible. They are, he writes, “our last, best connection to a natural world that is otherwise receding. They’re the most vivid and widespread representatives of the Earth as it was before people arrived.” This is certainly true. “The house finch outside your window,” Franzen notes,  “is a tiny and beautifully adapted living dinosaur.”

Birds matter because birds are stunning. What more could we need? “In every corner of the globe, in nests as small as walnuts or as large as haystacks, chicks are pecking through their shells and into the light.” This image is beautiful, particularly when written in the prose of an acclaimed writer. So much beauty comes from a hatchling.

But even if we accept that birds are valuable, how are they to be protected? What can we do?

The Audubon Society notes that birds are most threatened by habitat loss. Eleven percent of the world’s current bird species are at risk. But careful bird counting can help combat this loss by providing important research and data to help resource managers make appropriate land management decisions. “Without data counts, calculated habitat preservation becomes much more difficult.”

So this is why we count – because birds are beautiful and cannot count themselves. Much of contemporary social and economic activity is carried out in search of profit. It cannot harm us to dedicate a fraction of that energy to the preservation of beauty, especially when such a task can be accomplished by simply standing amongst the trees and the sunlight, counting the birds.

Join us in sharing your sights, counts and pictures of the birds you see in River Legacy Park.

Written by Josh Ripple, summer intern at River Legacy Living Science Center and student at Stanford University.

 

Birding Counts in River Legacy – September

Birder and Audubon member Jim Sipiora offers a list of bird sightings and counts in River Legacy Parks each month. Check out his amazing sightings and let us know what sounds and sightings of birds you may have seen in the park!

River Legacy Park–Trail east of Collins St., Tarrant, Texas, US
Sep 1, 2017 8:28 AM – 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.27 mile(s)
32 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  2
Canada Goose  19
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  10
Snowy Egret  8
Little Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Killdeer  8
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
White-winged Dove  1
Mourning Dove  2
Chimney Swift  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  4
American Kestrel  2
White-eyed Vireo  8
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  3
Carolina Chickadee  15
Tufted Titmouse  8
Carolina Wren  9
Bewick’s Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
American Robin  3
Brown Thrasher  1
Summer Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Indigo Bunting  3
Great-tailed Grackle  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38940053

River Legacy Park–Trail east of Collins St., Tarrant, Texas, US
Sep 1, 2017 5:57 AM – 8:28 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.8 mile(s)
22 species (+1 other taxa)

Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  2
Little Blue Heron  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Killdeer  2
Mourning Dove  6
Great Horned Owl  1     Seen and heard at 0601.  Sunrise 0702
Chimney Swift  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
American Kestrel  1
Empidonax sp.  1
White-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  3
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  3
Carolina Wren  8
American Robin  4
Brown Thrasher  1
Summer Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  12
Dickcissel  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38939951

Birding Counts in River Legacy – August

Birder and Audubon member Jim Sipiora shares his August bird counts with us. Share any bird sightings or sounds you may have seen or heard in River Legacy Parks!

River Legacy Park, Tarrant, Texas, US
Aug 29, 2017 6:09 AM – 12:58 PM
Protocol: Traveling
7.34 mile(s)
31 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Snowy Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Mourning Dove  3
Great Horned Owl  2
Chimney Swift  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Downy Woodpecker  11
Empidonax sp.  2
Eastern Phoebe  4
White-eyed Vireo  12
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  21
Tufted Titmouse  5
Carolina Wren  15
Bewick’s Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Eastern Bluebird  1
American Robin  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  5
Summer Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  14

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38908384

 

River Legacy Park, Tarrant, Texas, US
Aug 28, 2017 10:31 AM – 11:48 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.37 mile(s)
Comments:     Snyder Creek Woods
9 species

Black-chinned Hummingbird  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  1
Northern Cardinal  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38871449

River Legacy Park–Trail east of Collins St., Tarrant, Texas, US
Aug 25, 2017 6:08 AM – 8:54 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.87 mile(s)
31 species

River Legacy Park–Trail east of Collins St., Tarrant, Texas, US
Aug 25, 2017 8:54 AM – 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.99 mile(s)
28 species

Canada Goose  17
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  5
Turkey Vulture  1
Cooper’s Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  12
Stilt Sandpiper  2
Least Sandpiper  25
Pectoral Sandpiper  2
Western Sandpiper  5
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  1
Mourning Dove  8
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
American Kestrel  1
White-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  2
Barn Swallow  10
Carolina Chickadee  7
Carolina Wren  10
Northern Mockingbird  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38814727
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  1
Cooper’s Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  1
Spotted Sandpiper  4
White-winged Dove  1
Mourning Dove  12
Eastern Screech-Owl  1     at sunrise (0656) was doing owl imitation to try to lure out a skulking passerine.  The owl responded vigorously and called for at least a minute.
Great Horned Owl  1     seen and heard at 0640.  Sunrise 0656.
Chimney Swift  4
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  2
American Kestrel  3
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  6
White-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  1
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  12
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
American Robin  1
Yellow Warbler  4
Northern Cardinal  9
Painted Bunting  1
Dickcissel  4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38814662

River Legacy Park, Tarrant, Texas, US
Aug 21, 2017 10:13 AM – 11:27 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.47 mile(s)
Comments:     Snyder Creek woods
12 species (+1 other taxa)

Mississippi Kite  8
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
hummingbird sp.  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
White-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  1
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  5
American Robin  1
Northern Cardinal  4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38767730

River Legacy Park, Tarrant, Texas, US
Aug 22, 2017 6:16 AM – 9:43 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.39 mile(s)
32 species

Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  2
Little Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
White-winged Dove  4
Mourning Dove  10
Eastern Screech-Owl  1     heard at 0643-13 min before sunrise
Great Horned Owl  1     heard at sunrise-0656
Chimney Swift  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  4
Eastern Phoebe  3
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  5
Red-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  2
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  5
Carolina Wren  8
Bewick’s Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Eastern Bluebird  3
Northern Mockingbird  1
Yellow Warbler  3
Summer Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Blue Grosbeak  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38767885

River Legacy Park, Tarrant, Texas, US
Aug 22, 2017 9:44 AM – 12:04 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.29 mile(s)
22 species

Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  7
Mississippi Kite  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Mourning Dove  4
Black-chinned Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  3
White-eyed Vireo  9
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  2
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  4
Carolina Wren  10
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Summer Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  8

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38768040

River Legacy Park, Tarrant, Texas, US
Aug 15, 2017 6:09 AM – 9:24 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.38 mile(s)
25 species (+1 other taxa)

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  1
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  2
Turkey Vulture  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
White-winged Dove  3
Mourning Dove  3
hummingbird sp.  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  3
Least Flycatcher  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
White-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  1
Carolina Chickadee  4
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  16
Bewick’s Wren  2
Eastern Bluebird  2
Summer Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Indigo Bunting  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38661704

River Legacy Park, Tarrant, Texas, US
Aug 15, 2017 9:25 AM – 11:52 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.55 mile(s)
19 species

Great Blue Heron  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  4
White-eyed Vireo  3
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  4
Barn Swallow  12
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  11
Bewick’s Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
American Robin  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Summer Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  7

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38661769

 

Arlington–River Legacy Pk, Tarrant, Texas, US
Aug 10, 2017 6:00 AM – 11:49 AM
Protocol: Traveling
6.92 mile(s)
32 species (+1 other taxa)

Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  2
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Mississippi Kite  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Spotted Sandpiper  2
White-winged Dove  10
Mourning Dove  15
Eastern Screech-Owl  2     responded to call  about 20 mins before sunrise
Great Horned Owl  2     seen and heard about 10 min before sunrise.
Black-chinned Hummingbird  1
hummingbird sp.  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Downy Woodpecker  6
Eastern Phoebe  3
White-eyed Vireo  5
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  1
Barn Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  6
Carolina Wren  15
Bewick’s Wren  3
Eastern Bluebird  1
Summer Tanager  4
Northern Cardinal  15
Blue Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  1
Great-tailed Grackle  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38588939

Arlington–River Legacy Pk trail east of Collins St., Tarrant, Texas, US
Aug 11, 2017 8:52 AM – 11:14 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.69 mile(s)
25 species

Canada Goose  26
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  5
Snowy Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Killdeer  3
Mourning Dove  7
Chimney Swift  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
American Kestrel  2
Western Kingbird  2
White-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  4
American Crow  1
Purple Martin  2
Barn Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  7
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  8
Northern Mockingbird  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38589139

Arlington–River Legacy Pk trail east of Collins St., Tarrant, Texas, US
Aug 4, 2017 6:03 AM – 11:04 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.7 mile(s)
34 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  7
Gadwall  1
Mallard  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  5
Green Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Cooper’s Hawk  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  1
Spotted Sandpiper  4
Mourning Dove  8
Chimney Swift  7
hummingbird sp.  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  4
American Kestrel  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  2
White-eyed Vireo  4
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  1
Purple Martin  1
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  3
Carolina Wren  18
Bewick’s Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Eastern Bluebird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Summer Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  11
Indigo Bunting  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38475782

Birding Counts in River Legacy – July

Check out birder and Audubon member Jim Sipiora’s July bird counts from River Legacy Parks and the Village Creek Drying Beds. What birds have you seen lately? Let us know in the comments.

Arlington–River Legacy Pk, Tarrant, Texas, US
Jul 26, 2017 6:10 AM – 12:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.23 mile(s)
35 species (+1 other taxa)

Anhinga  2
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  2
Black Vulture  6
Turkey Vulture  2
Mississippi Kite  2
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Swainson’s Hawk  1
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Mourning Dove  4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  3
Chimney Swift  8
hummingbird sp.  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  5
Western Kingbird  3
White-eyed Vireo  8
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  1
Barn Swallow  10
Carolina Chickadee  11
Tufted Titmouse  3
Carolina Wren  14
Bewick’s Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Brown Thrasher  1
Summer Tanager  1
Northern Cardinal  8
Blue Grosbeak  2
Indigo Bunting  3
Painted Bunting  2
Dickcissel  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38332876

Arlington–River Legacy Pk trail east of Collins St., Tarrant, Texas, US
Jul 25, 2017 6:06 AM – 11:26 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.72 mile(s)
40 species

Canada Goose  20
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  2
Little Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Black-necked Stilt  1
Killdeer  2
White-winged Dove  1
Mourning Dove  8
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  2
American Kestrel  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  2
Western Kingbird  2
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  2
White-eyed Vireo  3
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  2
Purple Martin  1
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  4
Carolina Wren  11
Bewick’s Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
American Robin  2
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  5
Summer Tanager  3
Northern Cardinal  12
Indigo Bunting  3
Painted Bunting  3
Great-tailed Grackle  3
House Finch  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38316904

Arlington–River Legacy Pk, Tarrant, Texas, US
Jul 21, 2017 6:18 AM – 11:48 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.65 mile(s)
36 species

Snowy Egret  2
Little Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Mourning Dove  4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  4
Great Horned Owl  1     SEEN BATHING IN THE RIVER AT 0737
Chimney Swift  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  3
Eastern Phoebe  1
Western Kingbird  3
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  2
White-eyed Vireo  9
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  3
Barn Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  12
Bewick’s Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Summer Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  13
Indigo Bunting  5
Painted Bunting  1
Dickcissel  1
House Finch  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38252592

Arlington–River Legacy Pk, Tarrant, Texas, US
Jul 11, 2017 6:12 AM – 12:24 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.54 mile(s)
40 species

Anhinga  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  3
Cattle Egret  3
Green Heron  1
White Ibis  2
Black Vulture  9
Turkey Vulture  2
Mississippi Kite  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Swainson’s Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
White-winged Dove  4
Mourning Dove  8
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  6
Eastern Phoebe  1
Western Kingbird  2
White-eyed Vireo  10
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  5
Barn Swallow  7
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  8
Carolina Wren  17
Bewick’s Wren  1
Brown Thrasher  1
Summer Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  13
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  3
Painted Bunting  4
Dickcissel  1
Great-tailed Grackle  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
House Finch  1
House Sparrow  2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38087013

Arlington–River Legacy Pk trail east of Collins St., Tarrant, Texas, US
Jul 10, 2017 6:15 AM – 11:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.6 mile(s)
34 species

Canada Goose  6
Mallard  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  3
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Killdeer  4
Mourning Dove  6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  4
Chimney Swift  6
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  3
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Western Kingbird  1
White-eyed Vireo  7
Blue Jay  6
American Crow  1
Purple Martin  2
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  5
Carolina Wren  12
Bewick’s Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Summer Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  15
Indigo Bunting  3
Painted Bunting  9
Dickcissel  1
Great-tailed Grackle  103
Brown-headed Cowbird  5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38069311

Arlington–River Legacy Pk, Tarrant, Texas, US
Jul 7, 2017 6:14 AM – 11:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.05 mile(s)
39 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  2
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  2
Green Heron  1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  1
Black Vulture  5
Turkey Vulture  17
Mississippi Kite  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  4
Barred Owl  1     seen at 0908 apparently hunting along the river
Black-chinned Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Western Kingbird  1
White-eyed Vireo  7
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  2
Purple Martin  1
Barn Swallow  6
Cliff Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  13
Tufted Titmouse  3
Carolina Wren  8
Bewick’s Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Summer Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  13
Blue Grosbeak  1
Indigo Bunting  2
Painted Bunting  3
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Brown-headed Cowbird  3

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38015614

Arlington–River Legacy Pk trail east of Collins St., Tarrant, Texas, US
Jul 6, 2017 6:27 AM – 11:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.52 mile(s)
35 species

Canada Goose  15
Mallard  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  7
Snowy Egret  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Killdeer  2
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Least Tern  1
Mourning Dove  6
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  3
Chimney Swift  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
Downy Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Western Kingbird  2
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  6
Blue Jay  5
Purple Martin  2
Cliff Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  9
Tufted Titmouse  3
Carolina Wren  11
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Brown Thrasher  2     at mi 4
Summer Tanager  3
Northern Cardinal  15
Indigo Bunting  3
Painted Bunting  4
Dickcissel  1
Great-tailed Grackle  42
Brown-headed Cowbird  4

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38004261

Birding Counts in River Legacy – June

Birder and Audubon Member Jim Sipiora shares his bird sightings with us from his bird walks in River Legacy Parks and Village Creek Drying Beds. Check out the birds he sees and then share with us your own bird sightings!

Arlington–River Legacy Pk, Tarrant, Texas, US
Jun 30, 2017 6:39 AM – 11:47 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.6 mile(s)
33 species

Wood Duck  5
Great Blue Heron  1
Snowy Egret  4
Little Blue Heron  1
Cattle Egret  3
Green Heron  1
White Ibis  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Mourning Dove  3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  1
Black-chinned Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  5
Downy Woodpecker  3
Eastern Phoebe  2
Western Kingbird  1
White-eyed Vireo  5
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  4
Cliff Swallow  4
Carolina Chickadee  12
Tufted Titmouse  6
Carolina Wren  14
Bewick’s Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Northern Mockingbird  1
Summer Tanager  7
Northern Cardinal  18
Indigo Bunting  3
Painted Bunting  4
Brown-headed Cowbird  7

Arlington–River Legacy Pk trail east of Collins St., Tarrant, Texas, US
Jun 29, 2017 6:06 AM – 10:01 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.99 mile(s)
40 species

Canada Goose  2
Mallard  2
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  3
Cattle Egret  6
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  100
White-winged Dove  1
Mourning Dove  9
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  5
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Western Kingbird  2
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  2
White-eyed Vireo  8
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  2
Purple Martin  2
Barn Swallow  1
Cliff Swallow  6
Carolina Chickadee  13
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  13
Bewick’s Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Summer Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  19
Indigo Bunting  2
Painted Bunting  6
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Great-tailed Grackle  8
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
House Finch  5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37886239

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37886744

Arlington–River Legacy Pk, Tarrant, Texas, US
Jun 26, 2017 6:26 AM – 11:46 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.53 mile(s)
40 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  5
Mallard  12
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Little Blue Heron  2
Cattle Egret  4
Green Heron  2
Black Vulture  4
Turkey Vulture  6
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Swainson’s Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Mourning Dove  4
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  3
Black-chinned Hummingbird  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  4
Eastern Kingbird  1
White-eyed Vireo  8
Red-eyed Vireo  6
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  1
Barn Swallow  4
Cliff Swallow  12
Carolina Chickadee  13
Tufted Titmouse  8
Carolina Wren  11
Bewick’s Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Brown Thrasher  3
Summer Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  23
Indigo Bunting  4
Painted Bunting  5
Dickcissel  2
Red-winged Blackbird  1
Common Grackle  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
House Finch  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37852210

Arlington–River Legacy Pk, Tarrant, Texas, US
Jun 15, 2017 6:32 AM – 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.9 mile(s)
40 species

Mallard  8
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  2
Little Blue Heron  1
Green Heron  2
Black Vulture  1
Mississippi Kite  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
White-winged Dove  2
Mourning Dove  3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Black-chinned Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  5
Eastern Phoebe  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  8
Red-eyed Vireo  2
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  1
Barn Swallow  4
Cliff Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  13
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  11
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Summer Tanager  3
Northern Cardinal  23
Indigo Bunting  2
Painted Bunting  3
Dickcissel  3
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  3
House Finch  3
House Sparrow  1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37622890