Big Country Audubon Society

Stories from August, 2007

August 2, 2007 – DAFB

Complete List:

  • Great Blue Heron, 1
  • Mississippi Kite, 1
  • Upland Sandpiper, 1 heard overhead
  • Mourning Dove, 16
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 1
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird, 1 at the salvia in the hosp. parking lot
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker, 3 (1 adult, 2 juv.)
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker, 1
  • Western Kingbird, 3
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, 6
  • Bell’s Vireo, 1 singing for a few minutes but didn’t vocalize further
  • Cliff Swallow, 8
  • Barn Swallow, 4
  • Black-crested Titmouse, 1
  • Cactus Wren, 1 carrying food to a nest
  • Bewick’s Wren, 2
  • Eastern Bluebird, 1
  • Northern Mockingbird, 4
  • Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 juv. waiting to be fed
  • European Starling, 4
  • Canyon Towhee, 2
  • Northern Cardinal, 2
  • Painted Bunting, 5 (3 were adults, and 2 were juveniles. Watched a very dull colored male feed the 2 juveniles)
  • Common Grackle, 1
  • Bullock’s Oriole, 1 heard
  • House Finch, 2
  • House Sparrow, 1

Sightings by LgPacker at the hospital, picnic, paintball area.

August 1, 2007 – Wastewater

Wastewater is really awesome; lots of water AND migrants. The road on top of levee No. 3 is not passable in my view. The city is not mowing it and growth has easily reached over 6 feet. The last time we drove around pond 3 there were several deeply eroded places, making the going very tentative. We birded from 3:40 pm to 6:15 pm, supposedly the worst time of the day to bird.

Best bird(s):

  • Black-bellied Whistling Duck, 10 adults and 27 young
  • Ruddy Duck, 4 including a male still in breeding plumage
  • Cattle Egret, 362 and this is probably a low number
  • White-faced Ibis, 7
  • Common Moorhen, 3
  • Black-necked Stilt, 24
  • American Avocet, 6 some still in breeding plumage
  • Spotted Sandpiper, 2
  • Greater Yellowlegs, 3
  • Lesser Yellowlegs, 1
  • Western Sandpiper, 6
  • Least Sandpiper, 3
  • Pectoral Sandpiper, 1
  • Long-billed Dowitcher, 27
  • Wilson’s Phalarope, 30
  • Black Tern, 4
  • Bank Swallow, 2
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird, 11

Complete List:

  • Black-bellied Whistling Duck, 10 adults with 27 young
  • Blue-winged Teal, 31
  • Ruddy Duck, 4 including a male still in breeding plumage
  • Northern Bobwhite, 2
  • Cattle Egret, 362 and this is probably a low number
  • White-faced Ibis, 7
  • Swainson’s Hawk, 1
  • Common Moorhen, 3
  • American Coot, 42
  • Killdeer, 3
  • Black-necked Stilt, 24
  • American Avocet, 6 some still in breeding plumage
  • Spotted Sandpiper, 2
  • Greater Yellowlegs, 3
  • Lesser Yellowlegs, 1
  • Western Sandpiper, 6
  • Least Sandpiper, 3
  • Pectoral Sandpiper, 1
  • Long-billed Dowitcher, 27
  • Wilson’s Phalarope, 30
  • Black Tern, 4
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 1
  • Western Kingbird, 6
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, 8
  • Blue Jay, 1
  • Bank Swallow, 2
  • Cliff Swallow, 2
  • Barn Swallow, 72
  • Northern Mockingbird, 3
  • European Starling, 65
  • Lark Sparrow, 1
  • Northern Cardinal, 2
  • Dickcissel, 9; they are still singing on territory
  • Red-winged Blackbird, 32
  • Eastern Meadowlark, 1
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird, 11
  • Great-tailed Grackle, 75
  • House Sparrow, 2

All sightings by Kathy Hampton, Laura Packer, and Heidi Trudell