Big Country Audubon Society

Stories from March, 2008

March 4, 2008 – Shackelford County

Best bird(s):

  • Great Horned Owl sitting on a nest

Complete List:

  • American Wigeon – 8
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 2 overhead pair bonding with arial displays
  • American Kestrel – 2
  • Killdeer – 2
  • Ring-billed Gull – 1
  • Great Horned Owl – 1 sitting on a nest
  • Loggerhead Shrike – 2, doing its buzzy courtship call
  • Chihuahuan Raven – 1
  • Bewick’s Wren – 1
  • Curve-billed Thrasher – 1 engaged in its courtship call
  • European Starling – 12 with 2 sitting on the back of a cow
  • Vesper Sparrow – 2
  • Lark Bunting – 35 to 40
  • Savannah Sparrow – 3
  • Eastern Meadowlark – 3
  • Western Meadowlark – 4. There were more meadowlarks than these 7 listed, but only these vocalized.
  • Brewer’s Blackbird – 5
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 1

Sightings by LgPacker and Heidi Trudell at the wind farm

March 2008 Calendar


March 6, Thursday, 7pm. General Meeting. Lorie Black, past President of Big Country Audubon Society, will present a program on dragonflies. For the past year Lorie has been studying and photographing the area’s dragonflies and damselflies. She will share her pictures and knowledge of Odonata. Lorie is a native Abilenian and a graduate of ACU with a BS degree in Range Science and Agronomy. A long-time birder and member of Big Country Audubon Society for over 20 years, she is employed by Lone Star Transportation as Billing Manager. Other volunteer activities include Friends of Abilene State Park and Region I Director for TOS.

Please join us March 6, 2008, 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.

And we hope you can join us for one or more of our other March activities:

March 11, Tuesday, 7 pm. Board Meeting, at Mezamiz Coffee Shop, South 7th. . Members are welcome to attend. Come early (6:30) for super.

March 15, Saturday 7:30 am. Trip to Jones County and Lake Hamlin. Leave from Towne Crier on Business 20. Come early for breakfast. We will eat lunch in Hamlin. Target birds: Sandhill Cranes, Common Yellowthroat, and Burrowing Owl.

March 29, Field Trip: To Be Announced. Please check back soon for more information.