Exploring Nature: November

Arriving in our area this month are Kestrals, a small American falcon PHOTO COURTESY OF JERRY HALL

November can be a slow month for birdwatchers since many birds have departed for warmer climates.

Among those leaving are scissor-tailed flycatchers, which gather in flocks before journeying en masse to Mexico and Central America. I always enjoy this long-tailed bird, which has a soft orange on its breast, and is the state bird of Oklahoma. But never fear, it will return next April.

Arriving in our area this month is the kestrel. Smallest of the American falcons, this bird will fly down from Alaska and Canada to winter in Central Texas. It famously will dive-bomb other birds to knock them out of the air and eat them.

Lots of birds don’t migrate at all. Our northern cardinals and titmice stay here year-round.

What are some of the most unusual birds being reported? A calliope hummingbird was still around in late October at a private residence in New Braunfels, and a hepatic tanager was seen at Commons Ford Park in west Austin. A great kiskadee showed up in Williamson County and a Say’s phoebe was identified in Bastrop County. So you never know what might show up.

In closing, let me remind you I still have a few hot chile pequin peppers growing in an outdoor pot. Tiny things, about the size of a BB, these little peppers pack quite a punch and if you would like one or two, send me a stamped, self-addressed envelope and I’ll send them to you ASAP. My address is 750 Cypress Creek Lane, Wimberley, TX. Until next time, happy birding!

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