John and Mary Kormendy House Birds (Texas)

We live near Dripping Springs in the hill country of Texas. There are fewer bird species here than in the flatlands east of Austin. Nevertheless, over 12 years, our house list has grown to more than 110 species. We start out of taxonomic order with the iconic Greater roadrunner.

Some mammals are shown at the end.

Greater roadrunner (breeding resident)

Mary once saw a roadrunner jump off of the roof of our house and over her head to catch and eat a Black-chinned hummingbird. It's a jungle out there!

Wood ducks (seen once in our pond)

Sharp-shinned hawk (regular Spring migrant)

Swainson's hawk (regular Spring migrant)

Mourning dove (breeding resident)

White-winged dove (breeding resident with sharply increasing population)

Inca dove (breeding resident)

Ruby-throated hummingbird (Spring and Fall migrant; often also a breeding Summer resident)

Black-chinned hummingbird (breeding Summer resident)

Rufous hummingbird (occasional Spring and Fall migrant or even Winter resident)

Rufous hummingbird (This juvenile -- and eventually adult -- male overwintered at our house for 3 years.)

Golden-fronted woodpecker (female) (breeding resident)

Golden-fronted woodpecker (male) (breeding resident)

Ladder-backed woodpecker (female) (breeding resident)

Ladder-backed woodpecker (male) (breeding resident)

Bad hair day!

Western scrub-jay (breeding resident)

Western scrub-jays sometimes have at least 3 broods per Summer. Fledglings are all brown. This is a juvenile.

Black-crested titmouse (breeding resident)

Carolina chickadee (breeding resident)

Carolina wren (breeding resident)

Bewick's wren (breeding resident)

Eastern bluebird (occasional) and Cedar waxwings (sporadic in Winter)

Cedar waxwings (We see them most winters.)

American robin (sporadic in Winter; usually arrives with freezing weather)

Northern mockingbird (sporadic year-round; resident in Winter)

Orange-crowned warbler (Winter resident)

Nashville warbler (This is our most common Spring and Fall migrant warbler.)

Spotted towhee (sporadic Winter resident)

Chipping sparrow (Winter resident. Sometimes we have more than 100.)

Fox sparrow (rare Winter visitor in very cold weather)

Lincoln sparrow (common Spring and Fall migrant; occasional Winter resident)

Dark-eyed junco (Winter resident)

Rose-breasted grossbeak (occasional Spring migrant)

Northern cardinal (male) (breeding resident)

Northern cardinal: The embarrassment of adolescence

Indigo bunting (fairly common Spring migrant)

Painted bunting (breeding Summer resident)

Red-winged blackbird (fairly common Spring migrant; breeding resident a few miles away)

Scott's oriole (male) (breeding resident most years)

Scott's oriole (female) (breeding resident most years)

Scott's oriole (juvenile male)

House finch (breeding resident)

Pine siskin (Winter resident; sometimes we have more than 100)

American goldfinch (Winter resident)

Lesser goldfinch (intermittent resident; breeding resident many Summers)


In addition to deer, we have many other mammals. For example:

Squirrels are ubiquitous and fiendishly clever at stuffung their faces.

Racoons are common all year.

We have at least three generations of foxes. This is the matriarch.

The iconic Armadillo is always resident but shows up at the house only occasionally.

Ring-tailed cats are our classiest visitor. They come only rarely but then usually stay for several weeks. They dance throught the trees like ballerinas -- they look graceful and weightless.


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Last update: January 5, 2012

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