Big Country Audubon Society

Sightings

December 30, 2007 – Kirby Lake

Best bird(s) of the day:

  • Common Goldeneye: 1
  • Hooded Merganser: 2
  • Common Moorehen: 1
  • Sedge Wren: 1
  • Common Yellowthroat: 1

Complete List:

  • Gadwall: 10
  • American Wigeon: 20
  • Blue-winged Teal: 1
  • Northern Shoveler: 1
  • Northern Pintail: 1
  • Green-winged Teal: 2
  • Bufflehead: 7
  • Common Goldeneye: 1
  • Hooded Merganser: 2
  • Pied-billed Grebe: 12
  • Eared Grebe: 25
  • American White Pelican: 24
  • Double-crested Cormorant: 80
  • Common Moorhen: 1
  • American Coot: 30
  • Killdeer: 4
  • Spotted Sandpiper: 1
  • Greater Yellowlegs: 5
  • Least Sandpiper: 32
  • Wilson’s Snipe: 1
  • Bonaparte’s Gull: 12
  • Ring-billed Gull: 120
  • Forster’s Tern: 1
  • Rock Pigeon: 2
  • Belted Kingfisher: 1
  • Sedge Wren: 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 1
  • Northern Mockingbird: 4
  • Orange-crowned Warbler: 2
  • Common Yellowthroat: 2
  • Spotted Towhee: 1
  • Song Sparrow: 3
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow: 1

Sightings by Cole Wild

December 29, 2007-Christmas Bird Count

Complete List (113 species total) of Birds Seen on Christmas Bird Count:

  • Black-bellied Whistling-Duck: 24
  • Canada Goose: 6
  • American Wigeon: 34
  • Gadwall: 70
  • Green-winged Teal: 29
  • Mallard: 129
  • Northern Pintail: 32
  • Northern Shoveler: 16
  • Canvasback: 1
  • Ring-necked Duck: 46
  • Lesser Scaup: 6
  • Bufflehead: 17
  • Common Goldeneye: 1 (cw)
  • Hooded Merganser: 7
  • Wild Turkey: 80
  • Northern Bobwhite:7
  • Western Grebe: 1 (cw)
  • Pied-billed Grebe: 18
  • Eared Grebe: 62
  • American White Pelican: 33
  • Double-crested Cormorant: 21
  • Great Blue Heron: 28
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron: 1
  • Black Vulture: 5
  • Northern Harrier:8
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk: 2
  • Cooper’s Hawk: 3
  • Red-tailed Hawk: 28
  • American Kestrel: 19
  • Common Moorhen: 1 (cw)
  • American Coot: 112
  • Sandhill Crane: 9
  • Killdeer: 27
  • Wilson’s Snipe: 1
  • Greater Yellowlegs: 5
  • Spotted Sandpiper: 2
  • Least Sandpiper: 40
  • Ring-billed Gull: 209
  • Bonaparte’s Gull: 9
  • Forster’s Tern: 1 (cw)
  • Rock Pigeon: 198
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove: 354
  • Mourning Dove: 746
  • White-winged Dove: 79
  • Inca Dove: 6
  • Greater Roadrunner: 3
  • Barn Owl: 1
  • Eastern Screech-Owl: 1
  • Great Horned Owl: 2
  • Belted Kingfisher: 6
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker: 2
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker: 2
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker: 18
  • Downy Woodpecker: 4
  • Northern Flicker: 3
  • Eastern Phoebe: 6
  • Loggerhead Shrike: 7
  • Blue Jay: 40
  • Western Scrub-Jay: 10
  • American Crow: 5
  • Chihuahuan Raven: 2
  • Common Raven: 1
  • Carolina Chickadee: 9
  • Black-crested Titmouse: 19
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch: 5
  • Brown Creeper: 2
  • Carolina Wren: 1
  • Bewick’s Wren: 14
  • House Wren: 1
  • Marsh Wren: 3
  • Sedge Wren: 1 (cw)
  • Golden-crowned Kinglet: 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 9
  • Eastern Bluebird: 30
  • Western Bluebird: 9
  • Mountain Bluebird: 1 (cw)
  • Hermit Thrush: 1 (cw)
  • American Robin: 88
  • Northern Mockingbird: 117
  • Curve-billed Thrasher: 2
  • European Starling: 843
  • Cedar Waxwing: 74
  • Orange-crowned Warbler: 12
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler: 60
  • Common Yellowthroat: 1
  • Spotted Towhee: 4
  • Canyon Towhee: 1
  • Chipping Sparrow: 40
  • Field Sparrow: 15
  • Vesper Sparrow: 75
  • Lark Sparrow: 2
  • Lark Bunting: 31
  • Savannah Sparrow: 8
  • Song Sparrow: 9
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow: 4
  • White-crowned Sparrow: 95
  • Harris’s Sparrow: 2
  • Dark-eyed Junco: 95
  • Northern Cardinal: 46
  • Pyrrhuloxia: 4
  • Red-winged Blackbird: 321
  • Meadowlark species: 503
  • Eastern Meadowlark: 42
  • Western Meadowlark: 76
  • Common Grackle: 64
  • Great-tailed Grackle: 52
  • Brown-headed Cowbird: 604
  • Cassin’s Finch: 2
  • House Finch: 36
  • Red Crossbill: 2
  • Pine Siskin: 95
  • Lesser Goldfinch: 6
  • American Goldfinch: 104
  • House Sparrow: 327

Participants: Lorie Black, Tom and Toni Dolan, June Estes, Joan Howard, Joan Hoyumpa, Earlene Hutto, Tom Lee, Steve and Dolores Owens, Laura Packer, Julie Ryan, Marsha Stephens, Dan Symonds, Heidi Trudell, Kim Walton, Charline Wheeler, W.K. and Carolyn Wiggins, Cole Wild

December 22, 2007-Jones County

Heidi Trudell and Cole Wild (new birder to Abilene) braved the very cold and very windy outskirts of Abilene in search of anything with feathers:

Best bird(s):

Wastewater Treatment Plant:

  • Ross’s Goose: 1
  • Pectoral Sandpiper: 1 (very late date; Cole was able to photograph it)
  • Say’s Phoebe: 2 (very late date)
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher: 2 (very late date)
  • Swamp Sparrow: 1 (to be expected but hard to find)


Lake Fort Phantom:

  • Canvasback: 1
  • Bald Eagle: 1 (adult, not the November Kirby bird)
  • Bonaparte’s Gull: 3 (about as many also seen at Kirby)
  • Forster’s Tern: 9 (a few also present at Kirby)

Complete List:

Kirby Lake (Panhandle Plains Site 005)

  • Pied-billed Grebe: 2
  • Eared Grebe: 8
  • American White Pelican: 17
  • Great Blue Heron: 2
  • Snowy Egret: 3
  • American Coot: 15
  • Killdeer: 2
  • Greater Yellowlegs: 1
  • Least Sandpiper: 5
  • Wilson’s Snipe: 1
  • Bonaparte’s Gull: 4
  • Ring-billed Gull: 60
  • Forster’s Tern: 3
  • Belted Kingfisher: 1

Lake Fort Phantom:

  • Gadwall : 40
  • Northern Shoveler: 25
  • Canvasback: 1
  • Pied-billed Grebe: 5
  • Eared Grebe: 6
  • Double-crested Cormorant: 7
  • Bald Eagle: 1
  • Northern Harrier: 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk: 1
  • American Coot: 200
  • Sandhill Crane: 16
  • Killdeer: 3
  • Greater Yellowlegs: 4
  • Least Sandpiper: 6
  • Bonaparte’s Gull: 3
  • Ring-billed Gull: 175
  • Forster’s Tern: 9
  • Black-crested Titmouse: 1
  • Bewick’s Wren: 1
  • American Pipit: 1
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler: 1
  • Song Sparrow: 2
  • White-crowned Sparrow: 4
  • Eastern Meadowlark: 4


Cedar Gap Farm (Panhandle Plains Site 006)

  • Carolina Chickadee: 1
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch: 1
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler: 1
  • Chipping Sparrow: 30
  • Field Sparrow: 1
  • White-throated Sparrow: 1
  • White-crowned Sparrow: 1
  • Dark-eyed Junco: 12
  • Northern Cardinal: 5
  • Pine Siskin: 3
  • American Goldfinch: 2

Abilene Wastewater Treatment (Jones Co.)

  • Ross’s Goose: 1
  • Canada Goose: 10
  • Gadwall: 35
  • American Wigeon: 1
  • Mallard: 6
  • Blue-winged Teal: 6
  • Northern Shoveler: 60
  • Northern Pintail: 80
  • Green-winged Teal: 25
  • Ring-necked Duck: 3
  • Lesser Scaup: 3
  • Bufflehead: 4
  • Ruddy Duck: 12
  • Pied-billed Grebe: 2
  • Eared Grebe: 4
  • Northern Harrier: 3
  • Red-tailed Hawk: 1
  • American Kestrel: 1
  • American Coot: 70
  • Killdeer: 2
  • Least Sandpiper: 7
  • Pectoral Sandpiper: 1
  • Long-billed Dowitcher: 20
  • Ring-billed Gull: 20
  • Mourning Dove: 1
  • Say’s Phoebe: 2
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher: 2
  • Loggerhead Shrike: 1
  • Northern Mockingbird: 1
  • European Starling: 10
  • Common Yellowthroat: 1
  • Vesper Sparrow: 1
  • Song Sparrow: 4
  • Swamp Sparrow: 1
  • White-crowned Sparrow: 12
  • Red-winged Blackbird: 50
  • Western Meadowlark: 4
  • Brown-headed Cowbird: 20
  • House Finch: 1

Sightings by Heidi Trudell and Cole Wild

December 20, 2007-Lake Kirby

Highlights:

  • American White Pelican – 50+
  • Eared Grebe – 15
  • Horned Grebe – 2
  • Bufflehead – 2
  • Common Moorehen – 2
  • Spotted Sandpiper – 1
  • Greater Yellowlegs – 2
  • Lesser Yellowlegs – 1
  • Least Sandpiper – 3
  • Bonaparte’s Gull – 4

Sightings by Lorie Black

December 13, 2007-Abilene S.P. and DAFB

Best bird(s) of the morning:

  • Red-shouldered Hawk: 1, DAFB
  • Red-tailed Hawk: 5, DAFB. Best because all were distinctly differently plumaged birds. One was “normal,” one was the white morph, one was a completely dark morph, one had very big splotchy belly band, and the other had no belly band.
  • Wilson’s Snipe: 1, DAFB
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch: 3, AbiSP
  • Brown Creeper: 3, one at DAFB, two at AbiSP
  • Hermit Thrush: 1, AbiSP
  • Lesser Goldfinch: 1, DAFB; first time to record at DAFB


Complete List:

  • Gadwall: 18, DAFB
  • Mallard: 4, DAFB
  • Northern Shoveler: 4, DAFB
  • Wild Turkey: 13, DAFB
  • Pied-billed Grebe: 1, DAFB
  • Great Blue Heron: 1, DAFB
  • Black Vulture: 2, AbiSP
  • Red-shouldered Hawk: 1, DAFB
  • Red-tailed Hawk: 5, DAFB
  • Sandhill Crane: heard only while at AbiSP
  • Killdeer: 12, DAFB
  • Wilson’s Snipe: 1, DAFB
  • Ring-billed Gull: 1, DAFB
  • Rock Pigeon: 13, DAFB
  • Mourning Dove: 11, DAFB
  • White-winged Dove: 4, DAFB
  • Belted Kingfisher: 1, DAFB
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker: 5, DAFB
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker: 2, DAFB
  • Northern Flicker: 1, DAFB
  • Blue Jay: 9, DAFB
  • American Crow: 2, DAFB
  • Carolina Chickadee: 1, AbiSP
  • Black-crested Titmouse: 2, one at each place
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch: 3, AbiSP
  • Brown Creeper: 3, 1 @DAFB, 2@AbiSP
  • Bewick’s Wren: 3, DAFB
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 2, one at each place
  • Eastern Bluebird: 8, DAFB
  • Hermit Thrush: 1, AbiSP
  • Northern Mockingbird: 9, DAFB
  • European Starling: 25, DAFB
  • Orange-crowned Warbler: 1, DAFB
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler: 9@DAFB, 10@AbiSP, with a mixture of Audubon’s and Myrtle’s
  • Spotted Towhee: 2@DAFB, 1@AbiSP
  • Canyon Towhee: 1, DAFB
  • Field Sparrow: 8, DAFB
  • Savannah Sparrow: 2, DAFB
  • Song Sparrow: 10, DAFB
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow: 1, DAFB
  • White-crowned Sparrow: 12, DAFB; 1@Abi SP
  • White-throated Sparrow: 1, AbiSP
  • Dark-eyed Junco: 11, DAFB
  • Northern Cardinal: 3, DAFB
  • Western Meadowlark: 48 DAFB
  • Great-tailed Grackle: 22, DAFB
  • House Finch: 6, DAFB
  • Pine Siskin: 1@DAFB, 45@AbiSP
  • Lesser Goldfinch: 1, DAFB
  • American Goldfinch: 10@ DAFB; 35@ AbiSP
  • House Sparrow: 1, DAFB

Sightings by LgPacker

December 8, 2007-Lake Ivie

Best bird(s) of the trip:

  • Hooded Merganser: 2
  • Common Loon: 12, with one vocalizing
  • Horned Grebe: 8
  • Sora: 1
  • Say’s Phoebe: 2
  • Brown Creeper: 1
  • Rock Wren: 1
  • Canyon Wren: 1
  • House Wren: 1
  • Marsh Wren: 4
  • Common Yellowthroat: 1

Complete List:

  • American Wigeon: 16
  • Green-winged Teal: 8
  • Mallard: 30
  • Blue-winged Teal: 15
  • Canvasback: 5
  • Redhead: 8
  • Ring-necked Duck: 4
  • Bufflehead: 1
  • Hooded Merganser: 2
  • Wild Turkey: 41
  • Common Loon: 12
  • Pied-billed Grebe: 3
  • Horned Grebe: 8
  • American White Pelican: 134
  • Double-crested Cormorant: 75
  • Great Blue Heron: 6
  • Black Vulture: 55
  • Red-tailed Hawk: 9
  • Osprey: 5
  • American Kestrel: 36
  • Sora: 1
  • American Coot: 450
  • Killdeer: 1
  • Wilson’s Snipe: 1
  • Greater Yellowlegs: 2
  • Ring-billed Gull: 6
  • Mourning Dove: 36
  • Belted Kingfisher: 2
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker: 2
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker: 2
  • Eastern Phoebe: 3
  • Say’s Phoebe: 2
  • Loggerhead Shrike: 12
  • American Crow: 2
  • Common Raven: 2
  • Carolina Chickadee: 4
  • Black-crested Titmouse: 2
  • Brown Creeper: 1
  • Cactus Wren: 2
  • Rock Wren: 1
  • Canyon Wren: 1
  • Bewick’s Wren: 2
  • House Wren: 1
  • Marsh Wren: 4
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 2
  • Eastern Bluebird: 1 heard only
  • Northern Mockingbird: 14
  • Curve-billed Thrasher: 1
  • Orange-crowned Warbler: 1
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler: 2
  • Common Yellowthroat: 1
  • Spotted Towhee: 2
  • Canyon Towhee: 4
  • Chipping Sparrow: 4
  • Field Sparrow: 1
  • Vesper Sparrow: 8
  • Lark Bunting: 24
  • Song Sparrow: 3, heard only
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow: 1
  • White-crowned Sparrow: 14
  • Northern Cardinal: 2
  • Pyrrhuloxia: 2
  • Eastern Meadowlark: 12
  • Western Meadowlark: 36
  • Great-tailed Grackle: 48
  • Brown-headed Cowbird: 285
  • House Finch: 5
  • American Goldfinch: 3
  • House Sparrow: 1

Mammal Sightings: Porcupine: 1; White-tailed Deer: 2 that deserved photos (which I’ll post later); and coyote: 1.
Sightings by LgPacker and Dan Symonds

December 3, 2007-Abilene State Park & Lake

Best bird(s) of the morning:

  • Red-breasted Nuthatch: 12, or more! It was hard to tell with as many as we saw all over the park.
  • Brown Creeper: 1 near RV camping area 72-74. This area is closed for the winter to campers, but you may walk in and bird the area.
  • Western Bluebird: 6, seen off CR 655
  • Hermit Thrush: 1, seen near the bird blind


Complete List:

  • Bufflehead: 6
  • Ruddy Duck: 1
  • Pied-billed Grebe: 1
  • Double-crested Cormorant: 3
  • Great Blue Heron: 1
  • Black Vulture: 1
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk: 2
  • American Kestrel: 2
  • American Coot: 24
  • Sandhill Crane: heard several from the surrounding fields
  • Ring-billed Gull: 2
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove: 1
  • Downy Woodpecker: 1
  • Northern Flicker: 1
  • Eastern Phoebe: 1
  • Blue Jay: 1
  • Carolina Chickadee: 1
  • Black-crested Titmouse: 4
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch: 12
  • Brown Creeper: 1
  • Carolina Wren: 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 3
  • Western Bluebird: 6
  • Hermit Thrush: 1
  • American Robin: 6
  • Northern Mockingbird: 1
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler: 19, 17 were Mrytle’s subspecies and 2 were Audubon’s subspecies
  • Spotted Towhee: 3
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow: 1
  • Dark-eyed Junco: 12
  • Northern Cardinal: 1
  • House Finch: 2
  • Pine Siskin: 6
  • American Goldfinch: 15

Sightings by LgPacker, Heidi Trudell

November 26, 2007 – DAFB

Best bird(s) of the day:

  • Cave Swallow: 1, it’s getting really late in the season to be seeing swallows
  • Rock Wren: 1 in the same place previously found two years ago. Talk about site fidelity
  • Brown Creeper: 1

Complete List:

  • Mallard: 2
  • Wild Turkey: 13
  • Great Blue Heron: 2
  • Northern Harrier: 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk: 3, all with three different plumages
  • Killdeer: 12
  • Ring-billed Gull: 1, just a flyover
  • Rock Pigeon: 9
  • Mourning Dove: 24
  • Greater Roadrunner: 1
  • Belted Kingfisher: 1
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker: 3
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker: 3
  • Eastern Phoebe: 1
  • Blue Jay: 9
  • Chihuahuan Raven: 1
  • Cave Swallow: 1
  • Black-crested Titmouse: 4
  • Brown Creeper: 1
  • Rock Wren: 1
  • Bewick’s Wren: 1
  • House Wren: 3
  • Eastern Bluebird: 3
  • Northern Mockingbird: 10
  • European Starling: 33
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler: 2
  • Orange-crowned Warbler: 1
  • Canyon Towhee: 1
  • Chipping Sparrow: 21
  • Field Sparrow: 2
  • Savannah Sparrow: 1
  • Song Sparrow: 2
  • White-crowned Sparrow: 5
  • Dark-eyed Junco: 3
  • Northern Cardinal: 1
  • Meadowlark sp: 10
  • Great-tailed Grackle: 2
  • House Finch: 45
  • Pine Siskin: 3
  • American Goldfinch: 10
  • House Sparrow: 10

Sightings by LgPacker

November 23, 2007-Lake Kirby

Best bird(s) of the morning:

  • Pomarine Jaeger continues harrassing the gulls and I watched it chase after an American White Pelican, but the pelican seemed indifferent to its advances.
  • The cold and snow brought in a few more ducks.

The List:

  • American Wigeon: 4
  • Gadwall: 8
  • Mallard: 4
  • Northern Pintail: 4
  • Northern Shoveler: 12
  • Canvasback: 25
  • Redhead: 30
  • Ring-necked Duck: 30
  • Lesser Scaup: 30
  • Ruddy Duck: 5
  • Pied-billed Grebe: 3
  • Horned Grebe: 6
  • Eared Grebe: 4
  • American White Pelican: 6
  • Double-cresrted Cormorant: 25
  • Great Blue Heron: 5
  • Red-tailed Hawk: 1
  • American Coot: 30
  • Killdeer: 6
  • Greater Yellowlegs: 1
  • Least Sandpiper: 10
  • Ring-billed Duck: 65
  • Pomarine Jaeger: 1
  • Belted Kingfisher: 2
  • House Wren: 1
  • Marsh Wren: 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 1
  • Northern Mockingbird: 2
  • Orange-crowned Warbler: 1
  • Spotted Towhee: 1
  • Savannah Sparrow: 1
  • Song Sparrow: 6
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow: 2
  • White-crowned Sparrow: 15
  • Dark-eyed Junco: 10
  • Northern Cardinal: 2
  • Great-tailed Grackle: 12
  • American Goldfinch: 3

Sightings by LgPacker

November 19, 2007-Willhair Park

Best bird(s) of the day:

  • Black Phoebe; first reported by Dan Symonds 11-17-2007

Complete List:

  • Great Blue Heron: 1
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk: 2
  • Red-shouldered Hawk: 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk: 1, being chased by one of the Sharpies
  • American Kestrel: 1
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove: 3
  • White-winged Dove: 26
  • Black Phoebe: 1
  • Great Kiskadee: 1 heard
  • Blue Jay: 6
  • American Crow: 1
  • Black-crested Titmouse: 3
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch: 1. This is a good year to see RBNU
  • Carolina Wren: 1
  • Bewick’s Wren: 1
  • American Robin: 3
  • Northern Mockingbird: 2
  • European Starling: 16
  • Spotted Towhee: 1
  • Dark-eyed Junco: 6
  • Northern Cardinal: 3
  • Western Meadowlark: 1 singing
  • Great-tailed Grackle: 25
  • House Finch: 3
  • American Goldfinch: 1

Sightings by LgPacker