Attached is the list of total birds counted during ORWMA’s 2015 Winter Birding Census. We had 4 groups that birded the morning of January 24th and we had 13 present at the kick-off dinner the evening before. We hope you become involved in our birding groups and make plans to attend our next birding census later this year. Watch the website for more news on birding.
Over the next few weeks, both Cedar Waxwings and American Robins will be visiting the Ranch to help clear our Yaupon Holly of the berries, making way for the spring.
The Lamberts saw Cedar Waxwings and American Robins this morning on their walk. If you’ve never seen a Cedar Waxwing previously, check out these pictures, as well as others online. Don’t forget to click on any picture you see here to enlarge it. These are beautiful birds that come to our area each winter. Before leaving in the spring, they will eat all the berries from your Yaupons. These birds come to the Ranch in the hundreds! Watch for them and enjoy!
The Northern Cardinal is an ever-present bird in our area. But they really stand out during the winter months. The American Robin is a fascinating bird, also. They will eat everything from insects, to worms, to berries & fruit. And like the Northern Cardinal, the American Robin has a beautiful song. Live life outdoors!
The just completed Oakridge Ranch hummingbird census has been attached to the bird group tab. This has been an outstanding year for hummingbirds at Oakridge! We’ve included a few pictures here for your enjoyment. Click on any picture and enlarge it on your screen. The one above shows more than one hummingbird drinking from the same port at once! And one picture below is a fantastic shot of an Orchard Oriole invading a hummingbird feeder here at Oakridge.
As of this posting the majority of hummers appears to have left the Ranch. Let us know if you still have more than a handful…..click on “Leave a Reply” and keep us posted. Keep at least one feeder filled and you may have a few birds that winter here rather than flying south.
Saddle up, folks, it’s roundup time! Join Oakridge Ranch Wildlife Management Association (ORWMA) in a hummingbird survey. Your participation will help us to determine more about range, distribution, favored sites and feeding habits of hummingbirds. The survey is also a way to share information about their natural history.
Brenda LaVergne, our Birding Chairperson, requests your participation in our Hummingbird Census September 1 – 15, 2014. Please see the list below and begin your daily count. This month’s focus will be hummingbirds.
Thank you, Larry Petter President-ORWMA
Hummingbird Species 9/1-15 (Please use tick marks in count column)
This beautiful bird posed for a photo while visiting my south feeder. The Oakridge Ranch habitat is very supportive of Rio Grand turkeys and we’ve had numerous sightings this year. Please share your recent photos of turkey or quail that you have seen within the ranch.
Here is a picture of some Mexican Whistling Ducks, also known as a Black Bellied Tree Ducks, that started frequenting one of my feeders close to Deer Trail recently. I had not seen these in the past. Best regards, Mark Baudoin
Over the last few hours and into later this evening, you may see all our wildlife here at Oakridge Ranch, including the birds in these pictures, preparing for the colder weather that’s coming. Thanks to the Mitchems for providing the above pictures. The birds have been extremely active today and are still even now as our precipitation begins here at the South end of the ranch. Stay warm and keep food out for your animals. Don’t forget to check on your pipes, pets, plants and your neighbors! And as always, live life outdoors!
Albinos occur in all species of life. Most are due to some mutated chromosome or gene that tells the body to produce melanin. Usually most albino animals, birds or humans also have different colored eyes. The lack of melanin may cause difficulty with focusing and depth perception. Above is a picture of an albino Northern Cardinal taken near Cedar Creek Reservoir, Texas. This bird has been coming to the feeder for around 3 months. Has anyone seen any albino birds here at Oakridge Ranch? Please let us know if you have and send in pictures to ORWMA at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!
A wise man once said…….”Just pay close attention to the birds & animals to know what the weather is going to do and how we humans should prepare”, quoted from Jack Rachal.The Eastern Phoebe arrived in Oakridge near the first of November, possibly heralding an early winter season.
This pretty little songbird winters in our area spending it’s time ridding our woodlands and fields of pesky insects. This fly-catcher is an amazing bird to watch, although it is a shy bird. It’s song is nice to hear at this time of year when many of our songbirds have fled to warmer climates.
Eastern Phoebes often perch on lower branches, making short flights to capture insects and often returns to the same or nearby perch. They have a beautiful plumage at this time of year, showing a butter-soft yellow on the abdomen, with grays, whites & brown over most of their body. Watch & listen for them as they spread their fall/winter song of joy! And, as always, live life outdoors!