If you are a Bird Watcher or love birds, you will love the Highland Lakes area in the Texas Hill Country. Out of 900 bird species found in the United States, 600 can be found in the state of Texas. Many interesting birds migrate through the Highland Lakes Area and others spend the winter here.
Members of the Highland Lakes Birding and Wildflower Society take part in the Annual Christmas Bird Count and identify 100 to 120 species each year. It is part of the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count.
One visiting bird watching couple, who spent the weekend on the west side of Lake Buchanan, spotted 27 species of birds in an outing one morning and spotted over 40 species during their weekend stay.
The American Bald Eagle winters at Lake Buchanan. Boat tours go up the lake to spot the nesting birds along the shore. The eagles arrive in the area in November and leave for the north in March and April. In January the annual Eagle count is taken in the area.
A bald eagle pair with two young birds was spotted nesting about 100 yards off of Hwy 29 between Burnet and Llano. They attracted tourists and birdwatchers from over a 1,000 miles away to take photos of the bald eagle family. The nest is near the Llano river which provides them with plenty of fish. The eagles didn't seem bothered by all of the people stopping to take photos and hopefully the eagles will return year after year.
Roadrunners are interesting birds which can be found in several areas of Texas.
Seven very rare Painted Buntings were spotted eating seeds off of grass at a residents' home in Floyd Acres on the west side of Lake Buchanan. A few of these beautiful birds made their home there and are now regularly seen feeding at the bird feeder in the back yard.
In April of 2004 a flock of about 50 Yellow Headed Blackbirds landed in the yard of a home in Meadowlakes. These birds are not normally spotted in our area.
A flock of several hundred robins were migrating through the area and landed in a couple of vacant lots in Marble Falls. That was a sight to see! Robins are not usually seen in such large flocks.
Maybe you read about the Bluefooted Boobie that spent the summer a few years ago on Lake LBJ. Bird Watchers came from all over the country to view this bird. He stayed for several months on the lake. It was assumed that he had gotten lost and just made the lake his home for the summer. He was probably from the Gallapogos Islands.
Whooping Cranes, Canadian Snow Geese, Canadian Geese, Pelicans, Storks, Herons, Ducks and many other birds migrate through the area in the fall and the spring.
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