160 acres in the heart of Boerne, Texas, the Cibolo Nature Center offers miles of trails through five distinct ecosystems. In 1988, Carolyn Chipman Evans, her husband, Brent Evans, and a handful of friends envisioned a place to connect their community with nature. Beginning with a segment of the Cibolo Creek and its neighboring land and wildlife, this group of advocates worked tirelessly to ensure the creek’s preservation.
With my first official gig as a birding guide coming up next weekend for the Bexar Audubon Society, I wanted to get some practice in leading friends through Pearsall Park where the bird walk is going to take place. The four of us arrived at 8 AM to nice, cool, partly cloudy weather.
This morning’s 40-minute drive over to Cibolo Nature Center marks my second trip there, the first being last weekend. Instead of the usual local park … Read more
Some weekend mornings it’s tempting to stay home and relax, but it can be on those days when the greatest surprises await.
I dragged myself to my favorite Pearsall Park this morning on a cloudy, slightly-sprinkly day. The clouds and cooler temperatures were a welcome break from the blistering heat of late.
I’m not a multitasker, I never have been. But when thinking about birding, the desire to be able to both record birdsong and photograph birds on the same trip is very alluring.
The last time I recorded at the park, I had the recorder in one hand and the microphone in the other, the…entire…time… The only exception to this was when I finagled things into one arm while adding birds to my checklist.
It’s funny how your view of a place changes as you explore it more in a different way. The first few times I went to … Read more
It’s a mild day. Cloudy. Drizzling on and off. As I walk toward the pond, I wonder what I’m going to hear today. It’s my first day at Denman Park in the rain, and I speculated the weather might change the soundscape a bit.
I wandered underneath the canopy leading to the waters edge and saw a big flock of White-winged doves take off and ascend into the trees.
During a recent trip to the park, I got the chance to record three birds, the Blue Jay and the White-winged Dove, and one unknown bird. This mystery bird made itself known by calling out from a dense patch of bamboo. The bird could be heard from where I parked my car, so it was my final recording stop on the way out of the park. I recorded this short clip of the bird before getting greedy and trying to get closer by going around to the other side of the bamboo patch.