Big Country Audubon Society

Stories from June, 2008

June 29, 2008-Lake Kirby

  • Northern Bobwhite – 2
  • Great Blue Heron – 5
  • Great Egret – 5
  • Snowy Egret – 6
  • Green Heron – 5
  • Turkey Vulture – 2
  • Killdeer – 2
  • Rock Pigeon – 7
  • White-winged Dove – 4
  • Mourning Dove – 18
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird – 2
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker – 1
  • Western Kingbird – 4
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 4
  • Purple Martin – 8
  • Cliff Swallow – 15
  • Cave Swallow – 15
  • Barn Swallow – 5
  • Cactus Wren – 2
  • Bewick’s Wren – 1
  • American Robin – 4
  • Northern Mockingbird – 13
  • Curve-billed Thrasher – 3
  • European Starling – 11
  • Northern Cardinal – 10
  • Painted Bunting – 5
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 21
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 7
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 4
  • House Finch – 2

Sightings by Dan Symonds

A Least Tern was sighted by Lorie Black on Friday, June 27, and Saturday, June 28. Please report this bird if you see it; it may be attempting to nest.

June 22, 2008 – Abilene State Park

  • Turkey Vulture 4
  • Mississippi Kite 5
  • Red-shouldered Hawk 1
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove 4
  • Mourning Dove 10
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
  • Common Nighthawk 1
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird 5
  • Eastern Phoebe 2
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 2
  • White-eyed Vireo 5
  • Blue Jay 5
  • American Crow 2
  • Purple Martin 4
  • Barn Swallow 5
  • Carolina Chickadee 10
  • Black-crested Titmouse 10
  • Carolina Wren 2
  • Bewick’s Wren 3
  • American Robin 10
  • European Starling 5
  • Summer Tanager 1
  • Northern Cardinal 12
  • Red-winged Blackbird 4
  • Common Grackle 5
  • Great-tailed Grackle 15
  • Brown-headed Cowbird 5

Sightings by Dan Symonds

June 21, 2008 – Dyess AFB

  • Wild Turkey 10
  • Northern Bobwhite 2
  • Green Heron 2
  • Turkey Vulture 4
  • Mississippi Kite 5
  • Swainson’s Hawk 1
  • Rock Pigeon 10
  • Mourning Dove 10
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
  • Common Nighthawk 2
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird 1
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher 10
  • Western Kingbird 4
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 20
  • Blue Jay 4
  • American Crow 2
  • Chihuahuan Raven 2
  • Purple Martin 2
  • Cliff Swallow 33
  • Barn Swallow 12
  • Black-crested Titmouse 2
  • Bewick’s Wren 6
  • Eastern Bluebird 5
  • American Robin 10
  • Northern Mockingbird 7
  • Curve-billed Thrasher 5
  • European Starling 11
  • Northern Cardinal 5
  • Red-winged Blackbird 4
  • Common Grackle 12
  • Great-tailed Grackle 9
  • Brown-headed Cowbird 5
  • Bullock’s Oriole 2
  • House Finch 6
  • House Sparrow 10

Sightings by Dan Symonds, Mesquite Grove Golf Course

Baby Bluebird Behavior

Hi everybody! This blog is still alive and doing well. You haven’t heard from me in a while because I’ve been too focused on birding and not paying enough attention to blogging. But hopefully this set of baby bluebird photos will reassure you that we haven’t been slackers. The last time we visited the Eastern Bluebirds, the parents were bringing food to their young in the natural cavities or nestboxes. The other day John and I discovered newly fledged bluebirds and photographed mom and dad stuffing bugs and berries into their gaping beaks:

EABL

All four little eager-to-be-fed fledglings lined up on one branch waiting patiently to be fed. Mom and Dad flew furiously back and forth between open mouths and the grocery store, bringing home the protein and the fruit. But one little fledgling couldn’t wait to be fed in orderly fashion so it kept scrambling from one side of the lineup to the other in an attempt to be fed next. But no matter which side it switched to, Mom or Dad always seemed to alight on the other side, farthest away from its hungry mouth.

But don’t let me bore you with words, take a look at the pictures in Baby Bluebird Behavior Gallery. All the drama was digi-captured and you can find out if the hungriest fledgling ever got fed. Enjoy!

Birding Summer, 2008

Beach

We’re taking a break for the summer. No scheduled field trips or programs during June, July, and August. But that doesn’t mean we’ll be sitting on the beach, eating chocolate bonbons and watching the clouds float by. Well…maybe one of us will be sitting on the beach. Even die-hard birders need a break every now and then.

So, come back soon and browse our galleries. We’ll be adding new pictures from time to time and be watching this spot for the time and place of our September meeting. See you in the field or at the beach!