Big Country Audubon Society

Stories from October, 2007

Blog Overload

Well, I’ve gone and done it. I’ve birded and taken so many pictures the past couple of weeks that I now have close to 200 pictures for show and tell. But because I’m a nice guy I’ll condense the collection to fifty. No, I don’t have time for that many either. So here’s the succinct bird blog of the past three weeks:

The fall migratory Osprey at Dyess AFB:

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A short picture-story of nesting Canyon Towhees at the end of September:

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A few pictures of little yellow birds seen in migration:

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Another wren moves into the Big Country for the winter:

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and a smattering of gluttonous birds pose for the camera:

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Look interesting? The follow-up pictures are in Fall’s Gallery, 2007. Enjoy!

October 27, 2007 – Area Lakes

Highlights From SeaBee Park

  • American Coot – numerous
  • Redhead – 15
  • Canvasback – 4
  • Gadwall – 3
  • House Wren – 1
  • Orange-crowned Warbler – 1
  • Common Yellowthroat – 1
  • Song Sparrow – 2

Highlights From Lake Ft Phantom:

  • Snowy Egret – 3
  • Great Egret – 1
  • Greater Yellowlegs – 1
  • Lesser Yellowlegs – 4
  • Osprey – 1
  • Ring-billed Gull – 30+

Highlights From Lake Kirby:

  • American White Pelican – 75
  • Snowy Egret – 1
  • Great Egret – 1
  • Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 im)
  • American Avocet – 5
  • Greater Yellowlegs – 1
  • Spotted Sandpiper – 1
  • Wilson’s Snipe – 2
  • Herring Gull – 2
  • Ring-billed Gull – 20+
  • Orange-crowned Warbler – 3
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 10
  • Song Sparrow – 2
  • Red-tailed Hawks for the day – 8

Sightings by Lorie Black

October 27, 2007 – Cedar Gap Farm and Southern Taylor County

Highlights from Cedar Gap Farm:

  • Red-breasted Nuthatch – 2
  • Blue-headed Vireo – 1

From Southern Taylor County, along CR 131, 133, 134, and connecting roads:

  • Ruddy Duck – 8
  • Great Blue Heron – 1
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
  • American Kestrel – 8
  • Merlin – 1
  • Sandhill Cranes – 25
  • Mourning Dove – 50
  • Common Ground Dove – 2
  • Eastern Phoebe – 1
  • Blue Jay – 2
  • American Crow – 2
  • Carolina Chickadee – 1
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 2
  • Bewick’s Wren – 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 1
  • Eastern Bluebird – 1
  • European Starling – 14
  • Spotted Towhee – 6
  • Chipping Sparrow – 6
  • Vesper Sparrow – 23
  • Lark Sparrow – 1
  • Savannah Sparrow – 1
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 12
  • Dark-eyed Junco – 2
  • Northern Cardinal – 2
  • Western Meadowlark – 25
  • Pine Siskin – 5
  • House Sparrow – 2

Sightings by LgPacker and HTrudell

October 26, 2007 – Southern Taylor County

After counting quail all week for TPWD, I did a little birding in Southern Taylor County along County roads 194, 195, 196, 184, and 207.

Best bird(s) of the day:

  • Various ducks at Graham Lake on CR 207 – see list below
  • Merlin – 1, with his catch of the day
  • Sora – 1
  • Bushtit – 8
  • Canyon Wren – 2
  • Marsh Wren – 1
  • Various sparrows – see list below

Complete List:

  • American Wigeon – 100
  • Gadwall – 28
  • Northern Shoveler – 12
  • Canvasback – 35
  • Redhead – 25
  • Ring-necked Duck – 25
  • Northern Bobwhite – 1
  • Pied-billed Grebe – 10
  • Turkey vulture – 1
  • Northern Harrier – 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 2
  • American Kestrel – 7
  • Merlin – 1
  • Sora – 1
  • American Coot – 500
  • Mourning Dove – 8
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 3
  • Downy Woodpecker – 1
  • Northern Flicker – 1
  • Eastern Phoebe – 2
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 1
  • Loggerhead Shrike – 1
  • Blue Jay – 4
  • Western Scrub-Jay – 4
  • Carolina Chickadee – 1
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 1
  • Bushtit – 8
  • Canyon Wren – 2
  • House Wren – 1
  • Marsh Wren – 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 2
  • Eastern Bluebird – 4
  • Northern Mockingbird – 9
  • American Pipit – 2
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler – 1
  • Spotted Towhee – 1
  • Chipping Sparrow – 15
  • Vesper Sparrow – 67, they have arrived in the Big Country!
  • Lark Bunting – 18
  • Savannah Sparrow – 5
  • Song Sparrow – 1
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow – 4
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 26
  • Northern Cardinal – 3
  • Western Meadowlark – 130
  • Pine Siskin – 3
  • House Sparrow – 4

Sightings by LgPacker

October 13, 2007 – Lake McCarty Field Trip

En route (Callahan Co)

  • Snowy Egret – 75
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 20
  • American Kestrel – 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 1
  • Loggerhead Shrike – 1
  • Blackbird species – 100+
  • Mourning Dove – 15
  • European Starling – numerous
  • Cattle Egret – 65
  • Dowitcher species – 28

Near Albany

  • Chihuahuan Raven – 2
  • Black Vulture – 2
  • Turkey Vulture – 6
  • Blue Jay – 1
  • House Sparrow – 4
  • House Finch – 3
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 40
  • White-winged Dove – 15
  • Killdeer – 6
  • Northern Mockingbird – 3
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 5
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 6
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 1


Lake McCarty Area

  • Great Egret – 1
  • Great Blue Heron – 2
  • Grebe species (either Eared or Horned – too far to ID)
  • Orange-crowned Warbler – 1
  • Nashville Warbler – 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet -1
  • Carolina Wren – 1
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 3
  • Eastern Phoebe – 1
  • Northern Flicker (heard) – 2
  • Cooper’s Hawk – 1

Sightings by Lorie Black and Kathy Hampton

October 7, 2007 – Lake Fort Phantom Area

Nothing really surprising, but here’s a list:

SeaBee

  • Little Blue Heron – 1
  • Great Egret – 1
  • Cattle Egret – 6
  • Pied-billed Grebe – 4

Lk Ft Phantom Spillway

  • Lesser Yellowlegs – 50
  • Greater Yellowlegs – 3
  • White-faced Ibis – 12
  • Great Egret – 6
  • Snowy Egret – 2
  • Cattle Egret – 10
  • Black-necked Stilt – 3

Sightings by Lorie Black, who was hoping for gulls and terns. Maybe they will ride the front in tomorrow.

Lynn Barber to Speak November 1, 2007

Lynn Barber will tell us how she saw 522 bird species in 2005, creating a new Texas Big Year record! She will show pictures of some of the birds seen and the sites visited. During that year, she drove more than 90,000 miles from forest to canyons to grasslands and beaches in her quest to record as many birds as possible.

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This Crimson-collared Grosbeak is one example of some of the rarer birds seen in 2005.

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Lynn E. Barber was born in Wisconsin, and has lived in Alaska, Oregon, North Carolina and since 2000, Texas. She is a registered patent attorney in solo practice in Fort Worth. She has a Ph.D. in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a JD from Duke University Law School. Her avocations include bird-watching, nature-photography, church volunteer activities, playing the hammered dulcimer, and baking cookies. She is married to Rev. David Barber, pastor at First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, Fort Worth. She is past President of the Fort Worth Audubon Society, President-Elect of the Texas Ornithological Society, and in 2005, she broke the previous record for number of bird species seen in Texas in one year.

Please join us November 1, 2007, at 7 p.m. at Rose Park Activity Center, Room A, South 7th and Barrow Streets. Our meetings are free and open to the public.

October 4, 2007-DAFB

Best bird(s) of the morning: Warblers continue to trickle through the riparian areas on Base

  • Orange-crowned Warbler: 5
  • Nashville Warbler, 4
  • Yellow Warbler, 1
  • Common Yellowthroat, 1
  • Clay-colored Sparrow: 4
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow (FOS): 1

Complete List:

  • Northern Bobwhite, 3
  • Swainson’s Hawk: 1
  • Great Egret: 6 overhead
  • Rock Pigeon, 4
  • Mourning Dove, 5
  • Eastern Phoebe, 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, 18
  • Blue Jay, 3
  • Cave Swallow, 65
  • Black-crested Titmouse, 1
  • House Wren, 3
  • Eastern Bluebird, 2
  • Northern Mockingbird, 1
  • European Starling, 9
  • Orange-crowned Warbler, 5
  • Nashville Warbler, 4
  • Yellow Warbler, 1
  • Common Yellowthroat, 1
  • Clay-colored Sparrow, 4
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow, 3
  • Northern Cardinal, 2
  • Great-tailed Grackle, 24
  • Bown-headed Cowbird, 2
  • Orchard Oriole, 1
  • House Finch, 15

Sightings by LgPacker, most in riparian areas on Base