Big Country Audubon Society

Sightings

July 30, 2007 – DAFB

Best bird(s) of the morning:

  • Empidonax Flycatcher, 1
  • Orchard Oriole, 12, small flock foraging among the sunflowers left standing west of the cantonment area

Both sightings are a sure sign that fall migration has started

Complete list:

  • Northern Bobwhite, 7; most in the field where the sunflowers were not mowed down
  • Great Blue Heron, 1 flying overhead
  • Green Heron, 1 flying overhead
  • Swainson’s Hawk, 1 perched in the trees next to where the sunflowers were mowed
  • Killdeer, 1 flying overhead
  • White-winged Dove, 8 flying overhead
  • Mourning Dove, 40
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 2; one in mesquite habitat, one next to the shredded field
  • Common Nighthawk, 5
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird, 2
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1
  • Empidonax Flycatcher, 1 (if I had to ID it: Willow, due to its large size, dark head, no eye ring)
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher, 1
  • Western Kingbird, 3
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, 10
  • Blue Jay, 5
  • American Crow, 1
  • Cliff Swallow, 55 on the wires above the diversion ditch, low water crossing
  • Barn Swallow, 1 flying overhead
  • Black-crested Titmouse, 2
  • Bewick’s Wren, 1
  • Northern Mockingbird, 7 and they were not singing this morning
  • Eurasian Starling, 9
  • Canyon Towhee, 2
  • Lark Sparrow, 5
  • Northern Cardinal, 3
  • Painted Bunting, 2
  • Dickcissel, 39, with the majority still using the sunflowers that weren’t mowed. Saw a male and female still bringing food to a nest site. But there was a small flock of about 12 that were roaming aimlessly, either this year’s teenage nestlings or misplaced parents still trying to find their nests in the shredded grass.
  • Red-winged Blackbird, 1 (yep, I was nowhere near water)
  • Great-tailed Grackle, 146
  • Brown-headed Cowbird, 11
  • Orchard Oriole, 12 in the remaining sunflower patch foraging
  • Bullock’s Oriole, 1
  • House Finch, 2
  • House Sparrow, 15

Sightings by LgPacker in Mesquite Shrub habitat and in the large field west of the cantonment area, where it was recently shredded. SYITF