Big Country Audubon Society

Stories from August, 2008

August 7, 2008 – Dyess AFB

  • Wild Turkey: 13
  • Northern Bobwhite: 2
  • Mississippi Kite: 6
  • Swainson’s Hawk: 2 adults, 2 nestlings
  • Killdeer: 5
  • Upland Sandpiper: 14 flying overhead
  • Mourning Dove: 12, but over 450 recorded 8-6
  • White-winged Dove: 1
  • Greater Roadrunner: 6
  • Common Nighthawk: 24 along S. 1st
  • Chimney Swift: 2
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird: 2
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker: 1
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker: 3
  • Western Kingbird: 2
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher: 81
  • American Crow: 1
  • Cliff Swallow: 5
  • Cave Swallow: 1
  • Barn Swallow: 5
  • Bewick’s Wren: 3
  • American Robin: 10
  • Northern Mockingbird: 2
  • European Starling: 6
  • Lark Sparrow: 2
  • Blue Grosbeak: 18,
  • Painted Bunting: 3
  • Dickcissel: 3
  • Red-winged Blackbird: 1
  • Bullock’s Oriole: 2
  • House Sparrow: 1

Sightings by Laura Packer

August 3, 2008 – Lake Fort Phantom

SeaBee Park, southern end of Lake Fort Phantom:

  • Pied-billed Grebe: 2
  • Great Blue Heron: 1
  • Great Egret: 3
  • Snowy Egret: 5
  • Little Blue Heron: 2
  • Cattle Egret: 3
  • Green Heron: 2
  • White-faced Ibis: 12
  • Turkey Vulture: 2
  • Mississippi Kite: 2
  • Killdeer: 10
  • Black-necked Stilt: 5
  • Greater Yellowlegs: 4
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper: 2
  • Rock Pigeon: 10
  • Mourning Dove: 5
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird: 1
  • Belted Kingfisher: 1
  • Western Kingbird: 3
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher: 5
  • Barn Swallow: 4
  • Black-crested Titmouse: 2
  • Northern Mockingbird: 3
  • Curve-billed Thrasher: 1
  • European Starling: 1
  • Lark Sparrow: 5
  • Northern Cardinal: 4
  • Red-winged Blackbird: 15
  • Great-tailed Grackle: 17

Lake Fort Phantom Spillway:

  • Great Blue Heron: 1
  • Great Egret: 4
  • Snowy Egret: 4
  • Green Heron: 1
  • Turkey Vulture: 4
  • Black-necked Stilt: 1
  • Spotted Sandpiper: 5
  • Greater Yellowlegs: 1
  • Semipalmated Sandpiper: 10
  • Mourning Dove: 10
  • European Starling: 2
  • Lark Sparrow: 2
  • Great-tailed Grackle: 4

All sightings by Dan Symonds

August 2, 2008 – Abilene State Park and Buffalo Gap Area

Abilene State Park:

  • Turkey Vulture: 4
  • Mississippi Kite: 4
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove: 2
  • Mourning Dove: 4
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo: 1
  • Common Nighthawk: 2
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird: 6
  • Eastern Phoebe: 4
  • White-eyed Vireo: 5
  • Red-eyed Vireo: 1
  • Blue Jay: 2
  • Carolina Chickadee: 5
  • Black-crested Titmouse: 5
  • Bushtit: 2
  • Carolina Wren: 4
  • Bewick’s Wren: 2
  • American Robin: 20
  • Summer Tanager: 2
  • Northern Cardinal: 11
  • Painted Bunting: 3
  • Red-winged Blackbird: 2
  • Brown-headed Cowbird: 1
  • House Finch: 6


Buffalo Gap Cemetery

  • Turkey Vulture: 2
  • Mississippi Kite: 4
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove: 5
  • Inca Dove: 2
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird: 1
  • Purple Martin: 10
  • Eastern Bluebird: 2
  • Northern Mockingbird: 1
  • Lark Sparrow: 2
  • Northern Cardinal: 2
  • Lesser Goldfinch: 2

All sightings by Dan Symonds