Big Country Audubon Society

Stories from April, 2007

April 30, 2007 – DAFB

Best Bird(s) of the day:

  • Mississippi Kite, FOS for DAFB
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo, FOS
  • Northern Waterthrush

Complete List:

  • Mallard, 4
  • Blue-winged Teal, 2
  • Northern Shoveler, 1
  • Wild Turkey, 2
  • Northern Bobwhite, 5
  • Pied-billed Grebe, 1
  • Green Heron, 2
  • Mississippi Kite, 5 (FOS for Dyess)
  • Red-tailed Hawk, 1
  • American Crow, 1
  • Killdeer, 4
  • Spotted Sandpiper, 1
  • White-winged Dove, 2
  • Mourning Dove, 31
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 1 (FOS)
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker, 3
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1
  • Eastern Phoebe, 1
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher, 3
  • Western Kingbird, 10
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, 20
  • Bell’s Vireo, 2
  • Blue Jay, 4
  • American Crow, 2
  • Cliff Swallow, numerous
  • Cave Swallow, 2
  • Barn Swallow, 1
  • Black-crested Titmouse, 4
  • Bewick’s Wren, 4
  • Eastern Bluebird, 4
  • Northern Mockingbird, 15
  • Curve-billed Thrasher, 2
  • European Starling, 8
  • Cedar Waxwings, 15
  • Northern Watherthrush, 1
  • Cassin’s Sparrow, 1
  • Clay-colored Sparrow, 7
  • Lark Sparrow, 5
  • Grasshopper Sparrow, 1
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow, 5
  • White-crowned Sparrow, 7
  • Northern Cardinal, 6
  • Painted Bunting, 3
  • Dickcissel, 1 (heard)
  • Red-winged Blackbird, 24
  • Common Grackle, 10
  • Great-tailed Grackle, 7
  • Brown-headed Cowbird, 1
  • Bullock’s Oriole, 5
  • House Finch, 11
  • House Sparrow, 5

Sightings by LgPacker @ GC and Cantonment Road

May Days to Remember

Thursday, May 3, 2007

Big Country Audubon’s annual Spring Social at Cedar Gap Farm, 6 p.m. Please join us for a fun evening of food, birds, and birders! BCAS will provide the brisket and drinks; all you need to add is two side dishes such as vegetable, salad, bread or dessert. No program; we’re watching the birds. The Painted Buntings are here and two Lazuli Buntings were reported last week. This is a great event to bring the non birding spouse or beginning birders. See you there!

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Field trip to Walnut Creek Ranch, west of Lake Spence. Bird banders Ross Dawkins and Delbert Tarter of San Angelo will be present and banding birds. You will be able to see the birds up close and personal, in the hand and perhaps even in your hand. After observing the banding, we will tour the ranch and look for breeding Scott’s Oriole, Black-capped Vireo, Vermilion Flycatcher, and others. For those wishing to drive down on Friday evening, rooms are available at the ranch for $25 per person. Please call the hotline (325-691-8981) and leave us a message if you want a room. We will contact you with further instructions. If you prefer to drive down on Saturday morning, you’ll need to leave about 5:30 a.m. from Abilene to get to Walnut Creek Ranch in time to see the banding which will take place at sunup. The day fee is $5 per person.

What to bring: the usual birding gear such as binoculars, sunscreen, hat, water, snacks, hiking boots, etc. Also bring your own food for breakfast and lunch. A refrigerator and kitchen will be available for our use.

More information will be posted here later as needed. If you have questions, leave them in the “Leave a Reply” section and we will be happy to answer them.

April 29, 2007 – Birding from Lake Fort Phantom to Lake Kirby

Best bird(s) of the day:

  • Stilt Sandpiper
  • Bronzed Cowbird

Compete List:

  • Gadwall
  • Mallard
  • Blue-winged Teal
  • Northern Shoveler
  • Lesser Scaup
  • Pied-billed Grebe
  • Eared Grebe – 11 – Kirby Lake
  • American White Pelican 25 – Lake Ft Phantom Hill
  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Great Egret 2 – Kirby Lake
  • Snowy Egret 2 – Kirby Lake
  • Green Heron
  • Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 3 – Lincoln Dr
  • White-faced Ibis 1 – Kirby Lake
  • Black Vulture
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Mississippi Kite
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • American Kestrel
  • Common Moorhen 1 – N of Kirby Lake
  • American Coot
  • Killdeer
  • Black-necked Stilt
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Western Sandpiper
  • Least Sandpiper
  • Baird’s Sandpiper
  • Stilt Sandpiper 4 – Kirby Lake
  • Long-billed Dowitcher
  • Wilson’s Phalarope 6 – Kirby Lake
  • Ring-billed Gull
  • Common Tern – 1 Kirby Lake
  • Forster’s Tern -9 Kirby Lake
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove
  • White-winged Dove
  • Mourning Dove
  • Inca Dove
  • Greater Roadrunner
  • Chimney Swift
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  • Western Kingbird
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  • Blue Jay
  • American Crow
  • Purple Martin
  • Cliff Swallow
  • Barn Swallow
  • Black-crested Titmouse
  • Cactus Wren
  • Carolina Wren
  • Bewick’s Wren
  • Marsh Wren
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • American Robin
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • Curve-billed Thrasher
  • European Starling
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Cassin’s Sparrow – 3 – Boy’s Ranch Rd
  • Clay-colored Sparrow
  • Vesper Sparrow
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Savannah Sparrow
  • Grasshopper Sparrow – 5 SeaBee Park
  • White-crowned Sparrow
  • Northern Cardinal
  • Painted Bunting
  • Dickcissel
  • Red-winged Blackbird
  • Eastern Meadowlark
  • Common Grackle
  • Great-tailed Grackle
  • Bronzed Cowbird – 1 Lake Ft Phantom Hill
  • Brown-headed Cowbird
  • Bullock’s Oriole
  • House Finch
  • House Sparrow

Sightings by Lorie Black

April 22-29, 2007

Here are a few recent birds the week of April 22-29, 2007:

  • Black-bellied Whistling Duck, LK
  • Bufflehead, 1: LFP
  • Wild Turkey, CGF
  • Great Egret – 1: LFP
  • Snowy Egret – 3: LFP
  • Cattle Egret – 17: SBP
  • Green Heron – 2: LFP
  • White-faced Ibis – 14: LK
  • Osprey, 1: DAFB
  • Mississippi Kite, FOS 4-26-2007, Elmcreek residential area
  • Semi-palmated Plover, 1: LK
  • Black-necked Stilt, 4: LFP
  • Upland Sandpiper, SBP and DAFB
  • Western Sandpiper, 1: LFP
  • Least Sandpiper, 32: LFP
  • Baird’s Sandpiper, 3: LFP
  • Stilt Sandpiper, LK
  • Short-billed Dowitcher, 1: LK
  • Long-billed Dowitcher, 22: LK
  • Common Tern, 1: LK
  • Forster’s Tern, 11: LK
  • Western Kingbird, CGF
  • Eastern Kingbird, 1: CGF
  • Cedar Waxwing, 12: DAFB
  • Cassin’s Sparrow, 3: DAFB
  • Chipping Sparrow, 40: SBP
  • Clay-colored Sparrow, 20: SBP
  • Lark Sparrow, CGF
  • Grasshopper Sparrow, 2: SBP
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow, 5: DAFB
  • White-throated Sparrow, CGF
  • White-crowned Sparrow, 1: DAFB
  • Lazuli Bunting, 2: CGF
  • Painted Bunting, CGF
  • Dickcissel, 1: DAFB
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird, 8: LK
  • Bronzed Cowbird, LK
  • Bullock’s Oriole, 1: SBP; 10: DAFB

Sightings by Lorie Black, Katherine Hampton, Larry Millar, Kathy Miller, Laura Packer

Key:
CGF: Cedar Gap Farm
DAFB: Dyess Air Force Base
LFP: Lake Fort Phantom
LK: Lake Kirby
SBP: SeaBee Park

April 26, 2007 – DAFB

Best Bird(s) of the day:

  • Dickcissel, FOS
  • Chipping and Clay-colored Sparrows still showing up in good numbers

Complete List:

  • Blue-winged Teal, 3
  • Wild Turkey, 10
  • Great Blue Heron, 1
  • Green Heron, 1
  • Turkey Vulture, 2
  • Accipiter, 1
  • Red-shouldered Hawk, 1 (heard)
  • Swainson’s Hawk, 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk, 2
  • Killdeer, 3
  • Rock Pigeon, 1
  • White-winged Dove, 2
  • Mourning Dove, 64
  • Greater Roadrunner, 1
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker, 4
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher, 3
  • Western Kingbird, 11
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, 56
  • Loggerhead Shrike, 2
  • Bell’s Vireo, 1
  • Blue Jay, 3
  • American Crow, 1
  • Chihuahuan Raven, 2
  • Cliff Swallow, numerous, over 100 @ main road & DD culvert
  • Barn Swallow, 4
  • Black-crested Titmouse, 5
  • Cactus Wren, 2
  • Bewick’s Wren, 8
  • House Wren, 1
  • Eastern Bluebird, 12
  • American Robin, 5
  • Northern Mockingbird, 25
  • Curve-billed Thrasher, 3
  • European Starling, 15
  • Cedar Waxwings, 12
  • Canyon Towhee, 2
  • Cassin’s Sparrow, 3
  • Chipping Sparrow, 74
  • Clay-colored Sparrow, 37
  • Lark Sparrow, 6
  • Grasshopper Sparrow, 4
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow, 5
  • White-crowned Sparrow, 1
  • Northern Cardinal, 4
  • Pyrrhuloxia, 1
  • Dickcissel, 1 (heard, FOS)
  • Red-winged Blackbird, 22
  • Common Grackle, 3
  • Great-tailed Grackle, 8
  • Brown-headed Cowbird, 6
  • Bullock’s Oriole, 10
  • House Finch, 16
  • House Sparrow, 3
  • Other wildlife: Bobcat kittens reported by a golfer, Green 11

Sightings by LgPacker @ WSA, Southern DD, Picnic/Hospital areas

April 20, 2007 – DAFB

Best Bird(s):

  • Upland Sandpiper, 1 heard
  • Greater Roadrunner carrying nesting material
  • Orange-crowned Warbler, 1
  • Nashville Warbler, 2
  • Chipping and Clay-colored Sparrows moving through in good numbers, see below

Highlights of birds seen: (not a complete list)

  • Gadwall, 1
  • Blue-winged Teal, 4
  • Wild Turkey, 1 @ main road near circle intersection
  • Double-crested Cormorant, 1
  • Great Blue Heron, 2
  • Green Heron, 3
  • Swainson’s Hawk, 2
  • Spotted Sandpiper, 1
  • Upland Sandpiper, 1 heard
  • Mourning Dove, 3
  • Greater Roadrunner, 1 with nesting material
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker, 1
  • Eastern Phoebe, 1
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher, 2
  • Western Kingbird, 9
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, 5
  • Loggerhead Shrike, 2
  • Blue Jay, 2
  • Black-crested Titmouse, 4
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 3
  • Eastern Bluebird, 3
  • Northern Mockingbird, 2
  • Orange-crowned Warbler, 1
  • Nashville Warbler, 2
  • Cassin’s Sparrow, 3
  • Chipping Sparrow, 36
  • Clay-colored Sparrow, 43
  • Vesper Sparrow, 2
  • Lark Sparrow, 21
  • Grasshopper Sparrow, 5 (area around WSA mowed; no GRSP heard from these previously inhabited areas)
  • Northern Cardinal, 2
  • Great-tailed Grackle, 8
  • Brown-headed Cowbird, 2
  • Bullock’s Oriole, 1

Sightings by LgPacker around GC & WSA

April 19, 2007 – DAFB

Best Bird(s):

  • Upland Sandpiper
  • Brown Creeper, first time to document on Base

Complete List:

  • Wild Turkey, 1 (south end of cantonment area)
  • Northern Bobwhite, 5
  • Double-crested Cormorant, 1@ hospital pond
  • Turkey Vulture, 2
  • Accipiter, 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk, 1
  • Upland Sandpiper, 3 heard
  • Mourning Dove, 10
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker, 1
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher, 1
  • Western Kingbird, 6
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, 24
  • Loggerhead Shrike, 1
  • Bell’s Vireo, 1
  • American Crow, 1
  • Chihuahuan Raven, 1
  • Black-crested Titmouse, 1
  • Brown Creeper, 1
  • Bewick’s Wren, 1
  • House Wren, 2
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1
  • Northern Mockingbird, 8
  • Curve-billed Thrasher, 1
  • Nashville Warbler, 2
  • Spotted Towhee, 2 (heard)
  • Canyon Towhee, 2
  • Cassin’s Sparrow, 9
  • Chipping Sparrow, 26
  • Clay-colored Sparrow, 40
  • Vesper Sparrow, 2
  • Lark Sparrow, 5
  • Savannah Sparrow, 1
  • Grasshopper Sparrow, 16
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow, 9
  • White-crowned Sparrow, 7
  • Northern Cardinal, 3
  • Pyrrhuloxia, 1
  • Red-winged Blackbird, 6
  • Eastern Meadowlark, 2
  • Great-tailed Grackle, 2
  • Brown-headed Cowbird, 1
  • Bullock’s Oriole, 2
  • House Finch, 4
  • House Sparrow, 2
  • Other Wildlife: Porcupine

Sightings in grassland habitat and Mesquite shrub habitat, southern area of Base by LgPacker

April 18, 2007-DAFB

Best bird(s):

  • Snowy Egret, FOS

Complete List:

  • Ruddy Duck, 1
  • Wild Turkey, 1
  • Northern Bobwhite, 1
  • Great Blue Heron, 1
  • Snowy Egret, 1
  • Green Heron, 3
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1
  • Swainson’s Hawk, 2 (D. Walters saw hawks mate today and Lg found nest). Last year the hawks mated March 31; so they are two and a half weeks later than last year’s schedule.
  • American Kestrel, 1
  • Mourning Dove, 8
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird, 1
  • Western Kingbird, 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, 6
  • Cliff Swallow, 200++ @Ammo Rd & 3rd
  • Barn Swallow, 5
  • Bewick’s Wren, 3
  • Eastern Bluebird, 4
  • Northern Mockingbird, 4
  • Curve-billed Thrasher, 1
  • European Starling, 2
  • Cassin’s Sparrow, 2
  • Clay-colored Sparrow, 24
  • Field Sparrow, 2
  • Savannah Sparrow, 2
  • Grasshopper Sparrow, 6
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow, 8
  • White-crowned Sparrow, 4
  • Painted Bunting, 1
  • Red-winged Blackbird, 3
  • Eastern Meadowlark, 4
  • Bullock’s Oriole, 3
  • House Finch, 4
  • Other wildlife: Mangy coyote coming to Totten to drink around 10:15 a.m.

Sightings by LgPacker

April 17, 2007-DAFB

Best Bird(s):

  • Osprey, FOS
  • Bell’s Vireo, FOS
  • Northern Waterthrush, FOS
  • Painted Bunting, FOS

Complete List:

  • Rudy Duck, 1
  • Wild Turkey, 3
  • Northern Bobwhite, 6
  • Great Blue Heron, 1
  • Green Heron, 3
  • Osprey, 1, FOS
  • American Coot, 1
  • Spotted Sandpiper, 1
  • Mourning Dove, 8
  • Belted Kingfisher, 1
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker, 1
  • Eastern Phoebe, 1
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher, 1
  • Western Kingbird, 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, 2
  • Bell’s Vireo, 2, FOS
  • American Crow, 2
  • Bewick’s Wren, 1
  • House Wren, 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1
  • Northern Mockingbird, 3
  • Curve-billed Thrasher, 2
  • European Starling, 2
  • Northern Waterthrush, 1, FOS
  • Cassin’s Sparrow, 3
  • Chipping Sparrow, 5
  • Clay-colored Sparrow, 10
  • Field Sparrow, 3
  • Lark Sparrow, 3
  • Grasshopper Sparrow, 10
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow, 12
  • White-crowned Sparrow, 2
  • Painted Bunting, 1, FOS, but it is a second-year male (still green)
  • Eastern Meadowlark, 6
  • Brown-headed Cowbird, 3
  • Bullock’s Oriole, 1
  • House Finch, 6

Sightings by LgPacker

April 16, 2007 – DAFB

Best bird(s) of the day:

  • House Wren, 2
  • Nashville Warbler, 1 FOS

Complete List:

  • Blue-winged Teal, 2
  • Ruddy Duck, 4
  • Wild Turkey, 4
  • Turkey Vulture, 2
  • Northern Harrier, 1
  • Swainson’s Hawk, 1, carrying nesting material. Haven’t found the nest, yet.
  • Killdeer, 9, including a family unit with 3 chicks
  • Spotted Sandpiper, 1
  • White-winged Dove, 3
  • Mourning Dove, 20
  • Chimney Swift, 2
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker, 2
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 2
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher, 4
  • Western Kingbird, 7
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, 31
  • Blue Jay, 4
  • Chihuanhuan Raven, 2, mom off the nest at 11:30 am
  • Cliff Swallow, 75+
  • Barn Swallow, 2
  • Black-crested Titmouse, 1
  • Bewick’s Wren, 4
  • House Wren, 2 (maybe three but I think he was following me)
  • Marsh Wren, 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 1
  • Eastern Bluebird, 3
  • American Robin, 8
  • Northern Mockingbird, 11
  • Curve-billed Thrasher, 1
  • Eurasian Starling, 3
  • Nashville Warbler, 1
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler, 5
  • Spotted Towhee, 2
  • Chipping Sparrow, 86
  • Clay-colored Sparrow, 35
  • Vesper Sparrow, 2
  • Lark Sparrow, 7
  • Savannah Sparrow, 2
  • Grasshopper Sparrow, 2
  • Le Conte’s Sparrow, 2 to 4. Flushed 4 little brown birds with scraggly tails and they flew weakly, not very far, and plunged back into the grass.
  • White-crowned Sparrow, 3
  • Northern Cardinal, 4
  • Red-winged Blackbird, 6
  • Brown-headed Cowbird, 9
  • Bullock’s Oriole, 2
  • House Finch, 9
  • House Sparrow, 6

Sightings by LgPacker

Abilene State Park:

  • Highlight: White-eyed Vireo, 1
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1