Big Country Audubon Society

Stories from February, 2008

February 24, 2008 – Area Sightings

Lake Abilene:

Best bird(s):

  • Western Grebe: 2

Complete List:

  • Bufflehead: 5
  • Pied-billed Grebe: 3
  • Western Grebe: 2
  • Double-crested Cormorant: 2
  • Black Vulture: 11
  • Turkey Vulture: 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk: 1
  • American Coot: 25
  • Ring-billed Gull: 3
  • Mourning Dove: 3
  • Belted Kingfisher: 1
  • Eastern Phoebe: 1
  • Western Scrub-Jay: 1
  • Carolina Chickadee: 2
  • Black-crested Titmouse: 3
  • Carolina Wren: 1
  • Marsh Wren: 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 1
  • Eastern Bluebird: 5
  • American Robin: 6
  • Northern Mockingbird: 3
  • Cedar Waxwing: 21
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler: 15
  • Spotted Towhee: 3
  • Chipping Sparrow: 17
  • Vesper Sparrow: 7
  • Savannah Sparrow: 12
  • Dark-eyed Junco: 12
  • Northern Cardinal: 7
  • Red-winged Blackbird: 10

Sightings by Dan Symonds

Lake Fort Phantom Highlights:

  • Horned Grebe – 3
  • Eared Grebe – 6
  • Great Blue Heron – 30 on the utility towers near SeaBee Pk
  • Great Egret – 1
  • Snowy Egret – 1
  • Greater Yellowlegs – 4
  • Ruddy Duck – 15
  • Greater Scaup – 2 (based on rounded head, broad bill compared to face, distinct dark nail)
  • Lesser Scaup – 4
  • Bonaparte’s Gull – 6
  • Ring-billed Gull – 50
  • Forster’s Tern – 1

Kirby Lake Highlights:

  • Am White Pelican – 15
  • Eared Grebe – 20
  • Wilson’s Snipe
  • Redhead – 60
  • Canvasback – 12
  • Ring-billed Gull – 60
  • Bonaparte’s Gull – 15

Sightings by Lorie Black

February 23, 2008 – Waste Water Field Trip

Best bird(s) of the morning:

  • Snow Goose – 1
  • Cinnamon Teal – 4 gorgeous males
  • White-faced Ibis – 5
  • Sedge Wren – 1
  • American Pipit – 2
  • Brewer’s Blackbird – 3

Complete List:

  • Snow Goose – 1
  • Gadwall – 12
  • Green-winged Teal – 350
  • Mallard – 2
  • Northern Pintail – 12
  • Cinnamon Teal – 4
  • Northern Shoveler – 48
  • Bufflehead – 16
  • Ruddy Duck – 5
  • Pied-billed Grebe – 1
  • Eared Grebe – 1
  • Great Blue Heron – 1
  • Great Egret – 1
  • White-faced Ibis – 5
  • Northern Harrier – 3
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 1
  • American Kestrel – 2
  • American Coot – 250
  • Killdeer – 12
  • Long-billed Dowitcher – 100
  • Greater Yellowlegs – 10
  • Ring-billed Gull – 35
  • Mourning Dove – 10
  • Northern Flicker – 1
  • Loggerhead Shrike – 2
  • Horned Lark – 1
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 1
  • Sedge Wren – 1
  • Eastern Bluebird – 1 (East Lake Rd)
  • Northern Mockingbird – 1
  • European Starling – 36
  • American Pipit – 2
  • Vesper Sparrow – 8
  • Savannah Sparrow – 24
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow – 1
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 50
  • Dark-eyed Junco – 36 (CR 504 in Hamby)
  • Northern Cardinal – 1 (CR 504 in Hamby)
  • Pyrrhuloxia – 1 (CR 306)
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 50
  • Eastern Meadowlark – 25
  • Western Meadowlark – 3
  • Brewer’s Blackbird – 3
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 5
  • House Finch – 2
  • American Goldfinch – 18

Sightings by Kathy Hampton, Dan Symonds, and LgPacker

February 22, 2008: Scouting trip produced much the same birds as above but these birds were also seen:

  • Blue-winged Teal – 3
  • Lesser Scaup – 3
  • Wilson’s Snipe – 9
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 2
  • Marsh Wren – 1
  • Field Sparrow – 3
  • Lark Bunting – 1
  • Song Sparrow – 2
  • Swamp Sparrow – 1
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 1,200 (yes, this is no typo)

These sightings by Kathy Hampton and LgPacker

Abilene State Park Goodies in February

CACH

Dan Symonds found a Carolina Chickadee excavating a hole in a snag out at the Abilene State Park this past Sunday, February 3, 2008. Nest building in February? I knew our resident birds got started early, but geez, it’s barely February.

CAFI

And while photographing the excavation, a little red bird flew into the tree top across the creek. This sighting got me excited; do you know what it is?

RBNU

And since I was already at the Park and curious to see what birds were coming to the feeders at the bird blind, I found some more goodies. To see the chickadee excavation, to find out what the little red bird is, and to see all the other photos, go to the State Park Goodies in February picture gallery. Thanks for looking!

February 3, 2008-Lake Ft. Phantom & Oakwood

Highlights at Lake Fort Phantom Hill:

  • Am White Pelican – 6
  • Eared Grebe – 12
  • Horned Grebe – 1
  • Pied-billed Grebe – 5
  • Snowy Egret – 1
  • Least Sandpiper – 20
  • Greater Yellowlegs – 2
  • Bonaparte’s Gull – 20
  • Ring-billed Gull – 200+
  • Redhead – 6
  • Am Coot – 100+
  • Am Pipit – 4

Highlights at Oakwood Trails:

  • Brown Creeper – 1

Sightings by Lorie Black

February 1, 2008 – Lake Kirby and Abilene SP

Lake Kirby:

  • Gadwall: 24
  • Green-winged Teal: 5
  • Mallard: 10
  • Northern Pintail: 4
  • Northern Shoveler: 1
  • Lesser Scaup: 9
  • Bufflehead: 5
  • Pied-billed Grebe: 2
  • Eared Grebe: 37
  • American White Pelican: 3
  • Double-crested Cormorant: 1 (yes, one; only one)
  • Great Blue Heron: 1
  • Black-crowned Night-Heron: 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk: 1
  • American Coot: 57
  • Killdeer: 2
  • Wilson’s Snipe: 4
  • Greater Yello9wlegs: 6
  • Spotted Sandpiper: ;
  • Least Sandpiper: 3
  • Rig-billed Gull: 74
  • Rock Pigeon: 17
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker: 1
  • Black-crested Titmouse: 1
  • Orange-crowned Warbler: 1
  • Savannah Sparrow: 7
  • Song Sparrow: 1
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow: 1
  • White-crowned Sparrow: 5
  • Northern Cardinal: 2
  • Red-winged Blackbird: 6
  • Great-tailed Grackle: 12

Abilene State Park (BCAS Blind):

  • Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1
  • Eastern Phoebe: 1
  • Carolina Chickadee: 6
  • Black-crested Titmouse: 6
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 1
  • American Robin: 1
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler: 20
  • Northern Cardinal: 2

At a couple of Northeast Abilene Residents: (Jan. 29 and Jan 30)

  • Lesser Goldfinch

Sightings by Kathy Hampton, LgPacker