Fauna Along Lady Bird Trail

Grackels

Grackels

Small animals and birds can be found all along the trail, from salamanders and squirrels to birds and deer. In the domesticated arena, dog owners can be seen walking, jogging, or playing with their dogs almost everywhere in the park.  An occasional dog may be seen swimming at the boat ramp at festival beach.  I’ve even seen a pet owner encouraging their dog to take a swim though the pooch was reluctant to do so.  Swimming for humans is prohibited in the lake and in most of the Colorado River in and near Austin.

Swan

Swan

While walking in the area north of Kreig Park, I spotted a young doe, her fawn, and a buck.  The doe and fawn ran off one direction and the buck ran the other.  I trailed the buck for a short distance and when he took off again, I could tell by the size of his flag that he was a big one.  Unfortunately, this was impossible to capture on my cell camera but the experience of seeing these magnificent animals was awesome.  I had not spotted any large wildlife this close since I’d left Washington state.  Birds, amphibians, insects, and small mammals are frequently seen.

Birds I’ve seen along the trail include herons, ducks, geese, swans, and grackels.  I’ve watched the Congress Avenue Bridge Bats twice since I’ve been to Austin.  Squirrels are abundant and can be seen scrambling around in trees and undergrowth scavenging and hiding nuts.  I spotted a tortoise swimming near Barton Point and a few salamanders in the rocks and crevices in the undergrowth at the lake’s edge.  Tracks in the sand along the Colorado River east of Longhorn Dam indicated a bobcat had been hunting a young deer for its next meal the previous night.

Listen for sounds in the undergrowth while walking along the trail. The rustling might reveal an interesting creature peeking out from the bushes looking back. It is amazing how much noise such small critters can make.



Tortoise

Tortoise


Waterfoul

Waterfoul




Herons

Herons


Ducks

Ducks




Bobcat Track

Bobcat Track


Deer Track

Deer Track



Last modified on December 6, 2011

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