Big Country Audubon Society

Stories from July, 2008

July 26-27, 2008 – Southern Taylor County

July 26: Southern Taylor County:

  • Northern Bobwhite: 2
  • Great Blue Heron: 1
  • Turkey Vulture: 15
  • Mississippi Kite: 2
  • Red-shouldered Hawk: 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk: 2
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove: 5
  • Mourning Dove: oodles
  • White-winged Dove: 1
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo: 3
  • Greater Roadrunner: 1
  • Common Nighthawk: 1
  • Chimney Swift: 2
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird: 6
  • Empidonax Flycatcher: 1
  • Western Kingbird: 4
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher: 7
  • Blue Jay: 2
  • Western Scrub-Jay: 2
  • American Crow: 1
  • Purple Martin: 17
  • Cliff Swallow: 4
  • Cave Swallow: 20
  • Barn Swallow: 5
  • Carolina Chickadee: 3
  • Black-crested Titmouse: 1
  • Bushtit: 6
  • Canyon Wren: 1
  • Carolina Wren: 1
  • Bewick’s Wren: 1
  • Eastern Bluebird: 5
  • American Robin: 1
  • Northern Mockingbird: several
  • European Starling: a few
  • Canyon Towhee: 1
  • Field Sparrow: 5
  • Lark Sparrow: 6
  • Northern Cardinal: 6
  • Painted Bunting: 1
  • Red-winged Blackbird: 76
  • Great-tailed Grackle: 2
  • Brown-headed Cowbird: 1
  • Orchard Oriole: 2, one male and one first-year male
  • House Finch: 1
  • Lesser Goldfinch: 2
  • House Sparrow: 5

Sightings by Laura Packer and Dan Symonds on Taylor CR 207, 196, 613, 89, 186, 184, 185, 194 near Bradshaw

July 27, Lake Abilene:

  • Great Blue Heron 1
  • Black Vulture 2
  • Turkey Vulture 12
  • Red-tailed Hawk 1
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove 8
  • Mourning Dove 6
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird 2
  • Belted Kingfisher 1
  • Eastern Phoebe 3
  • White-eyed Vireo 4
  • Western Scrub-Jay 1
  • Cave Swallow 12
  • Barn Swallow 12
  • Black-crested Titmouse 2
  • Bewick’s Wren 2
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
  • Eastern Bluebird 4
  • American Robin 1
  • Northern Mockingbird 3
  • European Starling 2
  • Canyon Towhee 1
  • Field Sparrow 1
  • Lark Sparrow 7
  • Northern Cardinal 15
  • Pyrrhuloxia 2
  • Black-headed Grosbeak 2
  • Blue Grosbeak 2
  • Indigo Bunting 3
  • Painted Bunting 4
  • Red-winged Blackbird 2
  • Brown-headed Cowbird 5
  • House Finch 4

Sightings by Dan Symonds

SeaBee Park

  • Little Blue Heron – 1
  • Snowy Egret – 12
  • Great Egret – 15
  • Cattle Egret – 6
  • White-faced (presumed) Ibis – 40
  • Lesser Yellowlegs – 1

Sightings by Lorie Black

Kirby Lake

  • Am Avocet – 16
  • Baird’s Sandpiper – 15
  • Least Sandpiper – 20
  • Snowy Egret – 6
  • Great Egret – 10

Sightings by Lorie Black

July 19-21, 2008 – SeaBee Park, Wastewater

Migration has already started here in the Big Country with the following sightings:

SeaBee Park, south end of Lake Fort Phantom:

  • Great Blue Heron 1
  • Great Egret 30
  • Snowy Egret 50
  • Little Blue Heron 2 , mottled back & wings
  • Cattle Egret 4
  • Green Heron 1
  • White-faced Ibis 4
  • Black-necked Stilt 6
  • American Avocet 2
  • Hudsonian Godwit 1
  • Lesser Yellowlegs 1
  • Willet 1
  • Turkey Vulture 1
  • Mississippi Kite 1
  • Swainson’s Hawk 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk 1
  • Killdeer 2
  • Black-necked Stilt 2
  • White-winged Dove 1
  • Mourning Dove 1
  • Northern Mockingbird 1
  • European Starling 5
  • Red-winged Blackbird 10
  • Great-tailed Grackle 20

Abilene Wastewater Treatment Plant

  • Turkey Vulture 1
  • Swainson’s Hawk 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk 1
  • Killdeer 10
  • American Avocet 3; the baby was still quite downy, though wading and feeding independently – coverts still not contours
  • Unidentified Sandpipers (too far away)
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
  • Mourning Dove 1
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
  • Western Kingbird 10
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 8
  • Loggerhead Shrike 1
  • Barn Swallow 8
  • Northern Mockingbird 2
  • Red-winged Blackbird 10, heard only in grackle marsh/reeds
  • Great-tailed Grackle 200, ginormous roost on the south pond
  • House Sparrow

Sightings by Lorie Black, Dan Symonds, Heidi Trudell, Jeremy, Kathy Hampton, and Ted Goshulak

July 2, 2008 – Callahan County

Complete List:

  • Northern Bobwhite – 9
  • Great Blue Heron – 1
  • Great Egret – 1
  • Mississippi Kite – 2
  • Swainson’s Hawk – 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 1
  • Killdeer – 2 and four eggs on the ground
  • Mourning Dove – 12
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo – 4
  • Greater Roadrunner – 5
  • Common Nighthawk – 6
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird – 1
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker – 1
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 1
  • Western Kingbird – 4
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 2
  • Loggerhead Shrike – 1
  • Bewick’s Wren – 1
  • Northern Mockingbird – 6
  • Curve-billed Thrasher – 6
  • Canyon Towhee – 1
  • Pyrrhuloxia – 2, male and female
  • Painted Bunting – 8
  • Western Meadowlark – 1
  • Common Grackle – 3
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 1
  • House Finch – 1
  • House Sparrow – 6

Sightings by LgPacker, on private property off CR 604, Callahan County

May Happened; Then June

OK, I’m flying in all directions and vow to slow down. You believe that? Me neither. But I’ve been collecting photos of our birds in the Big Country these last two months and am now ready to share them with you.

In May Happenings Gallery, you’ll see who has bred successfully, who has some babies, and which tireless parents are feeding their young. And I threw in this photo of a Black-chinned Hummingbird feeding from Prickly Pear. How West Texas is this?

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In June’s Findings Gallery, more of the same:

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Does this Bullock’s Oriole make you turn your head down and to the left? I promise the other birds in the photos are reasonably straight and the photos’ captions are a light and quick read. With all the real work, yard work, and house work that’s vying for our attention, who needs extra computer work? Seeya next post!