Big Country Audubon Society

Sightings

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