Birds of the Texas Hill Country by Mark W. Lockwood, III Guzman Clemente, Terry Maxwell

By Mark W. Lockwood, III Guzman Clemente, Terry Maxwell

Situated within the middle of a country popular for its plentiful and sundry birdlife, the Texas Hill nation presents habitat for 420 resident and migratory species, together with the endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler and Black-capped Vireo. Mark Lockwood, a biologist with Texas Parks and natural world, has monitored those and different chicken populations in the course of the Hill state for a few years. during this e-book, he bargains an entire, up to date advisor to the prestige and distribution of each poultry species reliably suggested at the Edwards Plateau.

The species bills specialise in 4 key features of every poultry: relative abundance, distribution in the area, habitat, and timing of incidence. additionally, Lockwood discusses species which were said, yet now not documented, within the Hill nation, in addition to those who may be anticipated to happen. For birders and ornithologists much less conversant in the sector, Lockwood additionally supplies a normal advent to the ecology of the Edwards Plateau and to the flowers and birdlife present in eighteen parks and birding areas.

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The shallow soils and rocky outcrops of the uplands in the park support Plateau Live Oak mottes and a few small patches of Ashe Juniper-oak woodland. The creek bottoms and floodplain along the lake support a few small riparian woodlands dominated by Pecan and Texas Sugarberry. The park is home to typical Edwards Plateau species such as Western Scrub-Jay, Bewick9s Wren, and Rufous-crowned Sparrow. Common Loons, Horned Grebes, and a variety of ducks can be found in winter on Inks Lake. Kickapoo Cavern State Park County: Kinney Acreage: 6,368 Checklist: Bryan and Lockwood (1993) The landscape at Kickapoo Cavern is predominately steep limestone hills with extensive canyons.

The woodlands along the river can also be an excellent migrant trap. There is a small population of Golden-cheeked Warblers along Honey Creek. Hill Country State Natural Area Counties: Bandera and Medina Acreage: 5,370 Checklist: Lockwood (1995) Hill Country State Natural Area can be divided into two sections. High ridges and deep canyons dominate the northern half of the park. The southern half is predominately rolling hills with a few shallow canyons in the extreme southern end of the park. The mesic canyons in the northwestern section are only accessible by foot and require a long hike.

A small population of Black-capped Vireos is present on the adjoining Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area. EDWARDS PLATEAU BIRDS The geographic location of the Edwards Plateau is one of the chief reasons why so many species of birds can be found there. The central location of the plateau on the continent means that migratory birds from both eastern and western North America pass through the region. The river valleys that cross the plateau act as migration corridors for many of these species. The southern latitude of the plateau also adds to the diversity of birds found there.

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