A Pretty Perch for Texas Birding
The geographic location of the Edwards Plateau is one of the chief reasons why so many species of birds are found on the Homer Martin Ranch. Western Common Ravens and eastern American Crows, Eastern and Western meadowlarks, western Golden-fronted and eastern Downy woodpeckers are examples of migratory birds found within the borders of the Homer Martin Ranch. In the winter months, birders can find northern species like Pine Siskins, American Goldfinches, Harris Sparrows, and Golden-crown Kinglets. In the summer months, you can find both the eastern Ruby-throated Hummingbird and the western Black-chinned Hummingbirds visiting wildflowers. Local birds include the Black-bellied Whistling Ducks and the fleet footed Roadrunners.
The Painted Bunting is a local favorite thanks to the male’s vibrant colors. Painted Buntings arrive on the breeding grounds in late April and remain until early September. Late migrants or lingering summer residents have been reported through October, although these are usually hatch-year individuals. Adult males are the first to arrive in the spring and generally depart during the first half of August.
In recent years we’ve had very special visitors from Christmas through February, the American Bald Eagle!