Big Country Audubon Society

Stories from January, 2008

January 5, 2008-Field Trip to Robert Lee

The scheduled field trip to Lake Hamlin quickly turned into a chase for the Golden-crown Sparrow near Robert Lee since several members needed it for their life list. Two members added the sparrow to their life list, making for a successful chase. We then went back to Buffalo Gap, looking for but not finding the Red Crossbills.

Best bird(s):

  • Golden-crowned Sparrow: 1

Complete List:

  • American White Pelican: 12, Lake Kirby
  • Great Blue Heron: 1
  • Black Vulture: 12
  • Red-tailed Hawk: 9
  • American Kestrel: 5
  • American Coot: Lake Kirby
  • Sandhill Crane: 95, Hwy 277, Coke Co.
  • Ring-billed Gull: 10, Towne Crier
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove: 207, S. 14th
  • Mourning Dove: 13
  • White-winged Dove: 16
  • Greater Roadrunner: 1
  • Belted Kingfisher: 1
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker: 1
  • Loggerhead Shrike: 1
  • Western Scrub-Jay: 7
  • Raven species: 1
  • Carolina Chickadee: 1
  • Black-crested Titmouse: 1
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch: 1
  • Bewick’s Wren: 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 1
  • Bluebird species: 1
  • American Robin: 15
  • Northern Mockingbird: 36
  • European Starling: 36
  • Cedar Waxwing: 15
  • Orange-crowned Warbler: 1
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler: 12
  • Canyon Towhee: 2
  • Chipping Sparrow: 1
  • Lark Bunting: 6
  • White-crowned Sparrow: 6
  • Golden-crowned Sparrow: 1
  • Northern Cardinal: 2
  • Pyrrhuloxia: 1
  • Meadowlark species: 75
  • Great-tailed Grackle: 24
  • House Finch: 2
  • Pine Siskin: 12
  • House Sparrow: 49

Sightings by Lorie Black, Kathy Hampton, Joan Howard, Earlene Hutto, Laura Packer, Dan Symonds

January 1, 2008-Area Highlights

Highlights of New Year’s Day birding:

Buffalo Gap:

  • Red Crossbills

Abilene State Park:

  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Red-breasted Nuthatch
  • Mountain Bluebird (at entrance to Lake Abilene)

Sightings by Lorie Black and Joan Howard

Dan Symond’s New Year’s Day Sightings:

  • First bird of the New Year: Great Horned Owl – 1 Flew across 277 south of Abilene at approx. 7:15am
  • Second bird of the New Year:Red-tailed Hawk – 1 Sitting on telephone pole on Antilley Rd.
  • Third through 301 where Grackle species, I reached Burger King on Antilley Rd. in time for their morning exodus from the Lake Kirby area.
  • Lake Abilene:
  • Cedar waxwing – 2
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler – 5
  • House Finch – 3
  • Robin – 10
  • Blue Jay – 5
  • White-winged Dove – 7
  • Black Vulture – 14
  • Chipping Sparrow – 7
  • Marsh Wren – 2
  • Northern Cardinal – 2
  • Dark-eyed Junco – 12
  • Eastern Phoebe – 1
  • Pied-billed Grebe – 5
  • American Coot – 5
  • Spotted Towhee – 5 – three of them were fighting for a sumac bush
  • Double-crested Cormorant – 4
  • Scrub Jay – 1
  • Northern Mockingbird – 5
  • Eastern Bluebird – 1 Male sitting on the highest point of a 30ft tree singing his heart out
  • Song Sparrow – 1
  • Swamp Sparrow – 1
  • Vesper Sparrow – 10
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 2
  • American Kestrel – 2 on the way home

Sightings by Dan Symonds who was chased off by a couple of wild boar. So please be alert to the situation at Lake Abilene.

Wastewater highlights:

  • Snow Goose
  • Pectoral Sandpiper
  • Dunlin


Complete List:

  • Snow Goose: 1
  • Gadwall: 40
  • American Wigeon: 25
  • Mallard: 4
  • Blue-winged Teal: 15
  • Northern Shoveler: 65
  • Northern Pintail: 70
  • Green-winged Teal: 70
  • Bufflehead: 22
  • Ruddy Duck: 25
  • Pied-billed Grebe: 3
  • Eared Grebe: 2
  • Northern Harrier: 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk: 2
  • American Kestrel: 2
  • American Coot: 40
  • Killdeer: 4
  • Greater Yellowlegs: 2
  • Least Sandpiper: 1
  • Pectoral Sandpiper: 1
  • Dunlin: 1
  • Long-billed Dowitcher: 12
  • Wilson’s Snipe: 5
  • Ring-billed Gull: 20
  • Greater Roadrunner: 1
  • Loggerhead Shrike: 1
  • Marsh Wren: 2
  • Northern Mockingbird: 2
  • European Starling: 15
  • Song Sparrow: 2
  • Swamp Sparrow: 1
  • Red-winged Blackbird: 30
  • Western Meadowlark: 4
  • Great-tailed Grackle: 10
  • Brown-headed Cowbird: 20
  • House Sparrow: 6

Sightings by Heidi Trudell and Cole Wild