I always love birding in new places, especially areas fairly far from my home turf. I recently went birding at the Kickapoo Cavern State Park bird blind and had a really good look at some great Vireos and a few other birds that are very hard to get a glimpse of in the Austin Texas area.
The bird blind was created very thoughtfully. There is a place for birders to sit and watch through windows cut in the blind and there are windows placed higher in the blinds for photographers using tripods.
A gravity fed stream flowed through the middle of the bird area with a few thoughtfully placed cedar branches as perches. There were a couple of sparsely leafed trees on the edges of the bird area that also allowed for some good viewing. Native limestone with orange lichen was used ornamentally as well. It was a very pleasant place to sit, listening to the gurgling stream and watch the birds flit in for a drink and a bath was a perfect way to spend the morning.
Today, even though it was barely 30 degrees, which is cold for Austin (yes I’m a whiner!), I got up early and got out to check out a spot I haven’t birded yet. Lake Creek Trail is located in Williamson County in Austin. – It’s basically an easement between a park and a neighborhood with a creek that runs through it.-more- – However the >county put a trail in through there and it is quite good bird habitat.