Events & Outings Recap

Bexar Audubon Society Outings Recaps

As we visit local and regional birding hotspots in and around South Texas, we want to share photos of the birds
and other wildlife we encounter on our outings.

Mitchell Lake Audubon Center, Jan. 22, 2022

Attendees of the online Duckology 101 Workshop presentation on January 12 by Patsy Inglet met at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center to put their duck ID skills to work. The group saw 54 species of birds, including Gadwall, Blue-winged Teal, Green-winged Teal, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Duck, Lesser Scaup, Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead, Northern Pintail, American Wigeon, Canvasback, Northern Shoveler, American Kestrel, Cave Swallow, Yellow-rumped Warbler, and Ring-billed Gull.

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Acequia Park Bird Walk,
Jan. 17, 2022

On a chilly, sunny morning, 15 attendees found 43 species of birds at Acequia Park near the San Antonio Missions. Belted Kingfisher, Hooded Merganser, Blue-winged Teal, Pine Warbler, and Barred Owl were some of the highlights.

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1 17 22 Birders at Acequia Park

Family Christmas Bird Count at Mitchell Lake, Jan. 8, 2022

Tom and Patsy Inglet had the pleasure of leading five birders around Mitchell Lake Audubon Center this morning for the Family CBC event. The weather was light rain and foggy - not so great for birders, but perfect for the birds. Cool but not cold. Perfect weather for ducks and water birds and waders. The group saw 57 species.

MLAC Family CBC 1-8-22

Kirchoff Prairie Birding Skills Workshop, October 2, 2021

Tom and Patsy Inglet of BAS led a Birding Skills Workshop at Kirchoff Prairie in Wilson County for nine attendees. They then took a walk around part of the 200-acre property and documented 22 species, including a Merlin, a Blue-headed Vireo, and a flyover of three White-faced Ibis. Four Bobwhites were flushed out of the prairie. Green Jays “interrupted” the class and took everyone’s attention. Photos by Don Kirchoff.

Workshop in progress
Birding the prairie

Tour of Frida Kahlo Oasis at SA Botanical Garden, September 13, 2021

This special tour highlighted the animals, animal imagery, and symbolism important to artist Frida Kahlo. The tour guide, Gabriela Gamez, originally from Mexico City, is the Art Consultant/Curator of the Frida Kahlo Oasis. After a tour of the exhibit and the folk art statues, the group did some birding at the garden. Photos by Patsy Inglet (PI), B. Taylor (BT), and Patty Leslie Pasztor (PLP).

Frida Kahlo Oasis. BT
At the Frida Kahlo Oasis. PLP
Introductions. PLP
Tour guide Gabriela Gamez. PI
Frida Kahlo Oasis. BT
Hummingbird. BT
Bird folk art statue. PLP
Birding at SABG. PLP

Bracken Bat Preserve, August 30, 2021

Bexar Audubon members gathered at Bracken Bat Preserve to watch millions of Mexican Free-tailed bats emerge from the cave on their nightly journey to find food. Photos by Patty Leslie Pasztor (PLP), Britt Coleman (BC), and Ken Butler (KB).

Bexar Audubon at Bracken Bat Cave
 BAS members at Bracken Bat Preserve (BC)

BAS members at Bracken. PLP
Bats in flight. BC
Group listening to presentation. PLP
Learning about the nightly bat flight. PLP
Waiting for bats. BC

Bat Emergence Video by Britt Coleman

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Presentation prior to bat emergence. PLP
Bat cave opening. PLP
Artistic shot of bats in flight. KB

Kirchoff Prairie, Wilson County, May 2021

Least Flycatcher by Lora Reynolds

Bexar Audubon Society coordinated a Birding BioBlitz for the Kirchoff Prairie Restoration Site in Wilson County, Texas, on May 8, 2021. This conservation easement provides public access to a farm restored to Blackland prairie and its natural communities. The Kirchoff Family’s “Farm to Native Prairie” philosophy is a working example of how landowners can restore native prairies, following many decades of row crop farming and cattle ranching. They are carrying out their plan to create a financially self-sustaining prairie in honor of their parents’ conservation ethic, preserved in perpetuity for future generations to enjoy.

Habitats are being preserved for butterflies, pollinators, neotropical songbirds, and grassland birds. Sprague’s pipit has been identified on the property and is a candidate for endangered species.

Kirchoff Prairie Bird Survey Team

Rio Grande Valley, January 2020

Burrowing Owl by Sherie Gee
Belted Kingfisher by Britt Coleman
BAS group by Sherie Gee
Bobcat by Sherie Gee
Common Paraque by Fred Loxsom
Vermilion Flycatcher by Britt Coleman
Wilson's Snipe at Estero Llano by Lora Reynolds
Black Phoebe by Lora Reynolds
BAS Group at Santa Ana by Lora Reynolds
Blue-winged Teal by Britt Coleman
Hooded Oriole at Santa Ana by Lora Reynolds
Hooded Oriole at Santa Ana by Lora Reynolds
Estero Llano Bird Blind
Estero Llano Bird Blind
Green Jay at Natl Butterfly Ctr by Lora Reynolds
Green Jay at Natl Butterfly Ctr by Lora Reynolds
Golden-fronted Woodpecker at Natl Butterfly Ctr by Lora Reynolds
Golden-fronted Woodpecker at Natl Butterfly Ctr by Lora Reynolds