Big Country Audubon Society

Sightings

December 27, 2006 – Dyess GC

Best bird(s):

  • Wood Duck, 1 (female, in the diversion ditch behind the driving range)

List:

  • Wood Duck, 1, dd (diversion ditch)
  • Gadwall, 2 (1 in dd; 1 in Totten)
  • Mallard, 6 (Totten)
  • Northern Shoveler, 10 (Totten)
  • Bufflehead, 2
  • Great Blue Heron, 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk, 2
  • Killdeer, 12
  • Greater Yellowlegs, 3
  • Ring-billed Gull, 1
  • Rock Pigeon, 8
  • Mourning Dove, 67
  • Belted Kingfisher, 1
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker, 1
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2
  • Northern Flicker, 1
  • Blue Jay, 3
  • American Crow, 2
  • Black-crested Titmouse, 6
  • Bewick’s Wren, 2
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1
  • Eastern Bluebird, 14
  • American Robin, 2
  • Northern Mockingbird, 9
  • European Starling, 18
  • Cedar Waxwing, 8
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler, 3
  • Chipping Sparrow, 4
  • Field Sparrow, 1
  • Vesper Sparrow, 2
  • Song Sparrow, 17
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow, 12
  • White-crowned Sparrow, 16
  • Dark-eyed Junco, 24
  • Northern Cardinal, 2
  • Black Bird Species, 150
  • Red-winged Blackbird, 2
  • Meadowlark species, 27
  • Brown-headed Cowbird, 36
  • House Finch, 76
  • American Goldfinch, 10

Sightings by LP
(For those wondering what Totten is, it’s the name of the pond at the golf course)

December 22, 2006 – Dyess WSA

Best bird(s) of the day:

  • Marsh Wren, 1

Others:

  • Gadwall, 2
  • Northern Shoveler, 1
  • Green-winged Teal, 5
  • Rock Pigeon, 1
  • Mourning Dove, 23
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker, 1
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2
  • Blue Jay, 1
  • Black-crested Titmouse, 1
  • Cactus Wren, 1
  • Bewick’s Wren, 3
  • Marsh Wren, 1
  • Eastern Bluebird, 9
  • American Robin, 16
  • Northern Mockingbird, 4
  • European Starling, 23
  • Cedar Waxwings, 12
  • Canyon Towhee, 3
  • Field Sparrow, 7
  • Savanah Sparrow, 8
  • Song Sparrow, 21. The SOSPs and LISPs are more numerous than these numbers indicate. At thirty feet intervals I would walk down to the diversion ditch and find several SOSPs to one LISP’s.
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow, 8
  • White-crowned Sparrow, 20
  • Dark-eyed Junco, 28
  • Northern Cardinal, 1
  • Eastern Meadowlark, 1
  • Meadowlark species, 3
  • Brown-headed Cowbird, 20
  • House Finch, 63

Sightings by Laura Packer

December 21, 2006 – Dyess, NE

Most unexpected bird:

  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1

Others:

  • Gadwall, 1
  • Northern Shoveler, 4
  • Bufflehead, 5
  • Mourning Dove, 12
  • Ladderbacked-Woodpecker, 1
  • Blue Jay, 4
  • Black-crested Titmouse, 2
  • Cactus Wren, 6
  • Bewick’s Wren, 2
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1
  • Eastern Bluebird, 6
  • American Robin, 4
  • Northern Mockingbird, 8
  • Curve-billed Thrasher, 3
  • European Starling, 10
  • Spotted Towhee, 2
  • Canyon Towhee, 1
  • Field Sparrow, 4
  • White-crowned Sparrow, 37
  • Dark-eyed Junco, 5
  • Northern Cardinal, 5
  • Great-tailed Grackle, 10
  • House Finch, 2
  • American Goldfinch, 3
  • House Sparrow, 8

Sightings by Laura Packer

December 17, 2006 – Lake Kirby

  • Bonaparte’s Gull

Not a rare bird, but something of a break from the Ring-billed Gulls. Most range maps portray Abilene as either at the western edge of the winter range or just to the west of the western edge.

Submitted by Gary Hunter

December 16, 2006 – Cedar Creek, NE Abilene

Best bird(s) of the morning:

  • Great Kiskadee, 1 (heard along the 1700 block of Cedar Crest)
  • Winter Wren, 1 (boldly marched …OK, hopped… past me from 3 feet away while cussing …OK, giving his alarm call… and working his way downstream)
  • Hermit Thrush, 1 (h)

Complete list:

  • Gadwall, 8
  • Mallard, 12
  • Northern Shoveler, 5
  • Ring-necked Duck, 2
  • Great Blue Heron, 1
  • Red-shouldered Hawk, 1 (h)
  • American Kestrel, 1
  • Greater Yellowlegs, 1
  • Ring-billed Gull, 12 (flying overhead)
  • Rock Pigeon, 36
  • White-winged Dove, 53
  • Mourning Dove, 36
  • Belted Kingfisher, 1
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1
  • Northern Flicker, 2
  • Eastern Phoebe, 1
  • Blue Jay, 10
  • Black-crested Titmouse, 1
  • Carolina Wren, 1
  • Winter Wren, 1 (maybe 2, another heard downstream an hour later but could be the same bird)
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 6
  • Hermit Thrush, 1 (h)
  • American Robin, 16
  • Northern Mockingbird, 2
  • European Starling, 48
  • Cedar Waxwing, 24
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler, 12
  • Spotted Towhee, 3
  • Field Sparrow, 1
  • Song Sparrow, 5
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow, 3
  • White-throated Sparrow, 1 (h)
  • White-crowned Sparrow, 1 (h)
  • Dark-eyed Junco, 60
  • Northern Cardinal, 6
  • Red-winged Blackbird, close to 100 flying overhead
  • House Finch, 36
  • American Goldfinch, 25

All sightings by Laura Packer

December 15, 2006 – Lake Fort Phantom Area

Birds of note:

  • Wood Duck, 4 at Lake Fort Phantom
  • American Pipit, 7 at SeaBee Park
  • Verdin, 1 near the westside boat dock in Johnson Park

The most interesting thing was a roadkill javalina on West Lake Rd between Ambler and I-20. Not a feral hog – I took a second look.

All sightings by Lorie Black

December 14, 2006 – Abilene S.P., South Abilene

Abilene State Park:

  • Mallard, 6
  • Black Vulture, 50+
  • Turkey Vulture, 1
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1
  • Black-crested Titmouse, 9
  • Carolina Wren, 4
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1
  • American Robin, 10
  • Spotted Towhee, 2
  • Dark-eyed Junco, 20
  • Northern Cardinal, 2
  • Meadowlark species, 2

South Abilene:

  • Northern Harrier, 1
  • American Kestrel, 1
  • Eurasian Collared Dove, 30+
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker, 7
  • Blue Jay, 2
  • Verdin, 3
  • Curve-billed Thrasher, 1
  • European Starling, 1
  • Canyon Towhee, 3
  • White-crowned Sparrow, 25+
  • Pyrrhuloxia, 2
  • Red-winged Blackbird, 15+
  • Meadowlark species, 4

Greater Abilene:

  • Rock Pigeon, 50+
  • Common Grackle, 100+
  • Great-tailed Grackle, 100+

All sightings by Sean Young

December 8, 2006 – Dyess AFB

Best bird(s) of the day:

  • Buffleheads, 5
  • Marsh Wren, 2 (one heard at the low water crossing in the golf course and the other seen in the diversion ditch south of WSA)
  • Eastern Bluebirds, 27 (highest count to date)


List Seen at the Golf Course:

  • Mallard, 19 (15 onTotten, 4 on Eff. pond)
  • Northern Shoveler, 12 (Totten)
  • Lesser Scaup, 1 (Eff. pond)
  • Buffleheads, 5 (Eff. pond)
  • Great Blue Heron, 1
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk, 2
  • Killdeer, 18
  • Greater Yellowlegs, 8
  • Ring-billed Gull, 15 (Eff. Pond)
  • Rock Pigeon, 6
  • Mourning Dove, 21
  • Belted Kingfisher, 1 (Eff. Pond)
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2
  • American Crow, 2
  • Bewick’s Wren, 3
  • Marsh Wren, 1 (heard)
  • Eastern Bluebird, 22
  • Northern Mockingbird, 7
  • European Starling, 27
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2 (1 Audubon’s and 1 Myrtle’s)
  • Chipping Sparrow, 1
  • Field Sparrow, 1 (by Totten)
  • Vesper Sparrow, 1
  • Song Sparrow, 1
  • White-crowned Sparrow, 9
  • Dark-eyed Junco, 7
  • Meadowlark sp., 33
  • Brown-headed Cowbird, 6
  • House Finch, 5
  • American Goldfinch, 40
  • House Sparrow, 12


List seen around WSA:

  • Eastern Bluebird, 5

List seen in the diversion ditch south of WSA:

  • Marsh Wren, 1
  • Orange-crowned Warbler, 1
  • Savannah Sparrow, 3
  • Song Sparrow, 7
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow, 1
  • White-crowned Sparrow, 8
  • Dark-eyed Junco, 3
  • Meadowlark sp., 2
  • House Finch, 40
  • American Goldfinch, 1

Coyote, 2

Sightings by Laura Packer

December 5, 2006 – Lake O.H. Ivie – Eurasian Wigeon

Lake O.H. Ivie in Coleman/Concho Counties is host to thousands of ducks this winter. Tens of thousands of ducks!

Best bird(s):

  • Eurasian Wigeon, 1. First found by Jay and Amy Packer 12-2-2006. For directions to the lake go to Birding Locations. For extra tips on how to find this duck among the thousands present, look at the blog entry, Eurasian Wigeon’s Point of Reference.
  • Vermilion Flycatcher, 2
  • Say’s Phoebe, 3
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
  • Mountain Bluebirds, flock of 48. Found on RR 11 close to the intersection of CR 1929.
  • Common Loon, 2
  • Osprey, 1
  • Bald Eagle, 2

Complete List: (with the vast quantity of ducks present, it is difficult to estimate species numbers. Where the species number is known, it is so indicated.)

  • Gadwall
  • American Wigeon
  • Mallard
  • Northern Shoveler, 6
  • Northern Pintail, 4
  • Green-winged Teal, 11
  • Canvassback
  • Redhead
  • Ring-necked Duck
  • Bufflehead
  • Common Loon, 2
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Horned Grebe
  • Eared Grebe
  • American White Pelican
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret, 6
  • Black Vulture, 5
  • Turkey Vulture, 1
  • Osprey, 1
  • Bald Eagle, 2
  • Northern Harrier, 3
  • Cooper’s Hawk, 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk, 26
  • American Kestrel, 9
  • American Coot
  • Killdeer, 2
  • Spotted Sandpiper, 1
  • Greater Yellowlegs, 5
  • Wilson’s Snipe, 1
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove, 5 (in Ballinger)
  • Mourning Dove, 6
  • Great-horned Owl, 2 (in Abilene at Industrial and Maple)
  • Belted Kingfisher, 2
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker, 2
  • Northern Flicker, 3 (both the Yellow Shafted and Red Shafted)
  • Eastern Phoebe, 1
  • Say’s Phoebe, 3
  • Vermilion Flycatcher, 2
  • Loggerhead Shrike, 12
  • Common Raven, 1
  • Verdin, 2
  • Rock Wren, 1
  • Bewick’s Wren, 2
  • Marsh Wren, 1
  • Rubby-crowned Kinglet, 2
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 4
  • Mountain Bluebird, 48
  • American Robin, 4
  • Northern Mockingbird, 12
  • Curve-billed Thrasher, 2
  • European Starling, 15
  • American Pipit, 1
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler, 3
  • Canyon Towhee, 3
  • Field Sparrow, 2
  • Savannah Sparrow, 1
  • Song Sparrow, 1
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow, 1
  • White-crowned Sparrow, 6
  • Northern Cardinal, 2
  • Pyrrhuloxia, 1
  • Red-winged Blackbird, 90
  • Meadowlark species, 26
  • Great-tailed Grackle, 100’s (coming in to roost in south Abilene)
  • Brown-headed Cowbird, flock of 50
  • House Finch, 6
  • House Sparrow, 10

All sightings by Kathy Hampton, Bill Hughes, and Laura Packer

December 2, 2006 – Shackleford, Coleman, & NE Abilene

Best birds of today:

  • Great Kiskadee, heard then seen in Wilhair Park, NE Abilene
  • Black-throated Sparrow, Shackleford Co.
  • Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Shackleford Co.
  • Brown Creeper, Shackleford Co.
  • Eurasian Wigeon, Lake O.H. Ivie, Coleman Co.

Shackleford County, CR. 147 and Lake McCarty:

  • Gadwall, 7
  • American Wigeon, 4
  • Mallard, 9
  • Northern Pintail, 4
  • Lesser Scaup, 4
  • Wild Turkey, 36
  • Pied-billed Grebe, 1
  • Double-crested Cormorant, 3
  • Great Blue Heron, 6
  • Northern Harrier, 1
  • Cooper’s Hawk, 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk, 14
  • American Kestrel, 7
  • American Coot, 1
  • Killdeer, 2
  • Greater Yellowlegs, 1
  • Ring-billed Gull, 25
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove, 2
  • Mourning Dove, 38
  • Belted Kingfisher, 1
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker, 1
  • Northern Flicker, 7
  • Eastern Phoebe, 1
  • Loggerhead Shrike, 8
  • Brown Creeper, 1
  • Bewick’s Wren, 2
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2
  • American Robin, 2
  • Northern Mockingbird, 42
  • Curve-billed Thrasher, 3
  • European Starling, 16
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2
  • Spotted Towhee, 3
  • Canyon Towhee, 1
  • Rufous-crowned Sparrow, 1
  • Field Sparrow, 5
  • Vesper Sparrow, 21
  • Black-throated Sparrow, 3
  • Savannah Sparrow, 15
  • Song Sparrow, 1
  • White-crowned Sparrow, 26
  • Dark-eyed Junco, 9
  • Northern Cardinal, 5
  • Black bird species, 125 ++ (flocked and flew like Brown-headed Cowbirds)
  • Meadowlark species, 51
  • Great-tailed Grackle, 6
  • House Finch, 2
  • American Goldfinch, 2
  • House Sparrow, 14

Shackleford Co. sightings by Kathy Hampton, Bill Hughes, Laura Packer, Charline Wheeler

Lake O.H. Ivie, Coleman County:

  • Eurasian Wigeon, 1 male

Sighting by Jay and Amy Packer
Thousands of ducks present on the lake but don’t have a detailed list yet.

NE Abilene, Wilhair Park:

  • Great Kiskadee, 1

This bird was seen by Kathy Hampton, Laura Packer, and Tom Tustison of Minnesota eating juniper berries. It stayed in the area and was seen well for around ten minutes.