eastern bluebird on barbed wire boerne texas cibolo nature center

Birding in Boerne

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.

long-billed thrasher on top of tree

Birding Summary

Practicing as a birding guide at Pearsall Park

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.

Painting bunting at pearsall park

Birding Summary, Featured

Painted Buntings and Nesting Scissor-tailed Flycatchers

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.

yellow-billed cuckoo with grub and overay of painted bunting spectrogram

Birding Summary

Recording and photographing birds at the same time

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.

iphone using merlin's sound id

App Reviews, Featured, Guides, Main Feed

Identify bird songs using your phone with Merlin

If you could take three things with you when you go birdwatching, what would they be? Binoculars, a camera, and a smartphone would be my answer. Over the past few years, new phone apps have enabled birders, both rookie and seasoned, to better identify and record what they see in the field. The Merlin App has led the way in offering a robust tool to identify unknown birds.

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Birding with Bexar Audubon at Walker Ranch Park

This morning brought an opportunity to go birding with the Bexar Audubon Society at Walker Ranch Park. Upon my arrival at the park, I was surprised to see a group of 13 other birds gathered there for the Audubon Walk. I walked up and introduced myself to everyone. When I was asked if I was from the media (due to the microphone I was carrying), I responded that I am here to capture some bird songs!

Birding Summary, Featured

Big Move to the Lone Star State and Meeting the Neighborhood Birds

This past year has been a whirlwind of hustle as I worked to finish up the last two years of my bachelor’s degree. After just over a year at UC Irvine, I finished my schooling and set my sights on what comes next: rejoining the workforce. Just as I was wrapping up my final quarter of school, Mubark landed a job offer in San Antonio, Texas. We tied up all of our loose ends in California, sold all of our bulky items, and hit the road toward the lone star state with anything we could cram into our cars.