Last weekend, I had the opportunity to bird with my mother in the hill country of central Texas. one of our goals was to find a Golden-cheeked Warbler. We spent a morning hiking in the Friederich Wilderness Area outside of San Antonio. We found a water source provided by a small windmill and cistern that gave way to several small mud puddles. Highlights included watching various species take baths in the water, including Painted Buntings, Cardinals, Black-crested Titmouse and the glorious Golden-cheeked Warbler.
The rare and endangered Golden-cheeked Warbler nests only in the juniper-oak woodlands of central Texas. Restricted breeding habitat shrinking and becoming more fragmented. Old-growth and mature second-growth juniper-oak woodlands used for breeding are climax communities in breeding range, and may take decades to recover from disturbance. Some areas may never regenerate after disturbance. Wintering areas are being cut down for timber.