Big Country Audubon Society

Stories from September, 2008

September 22, 2008 – Dyess AFB

Highlights:

  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • Least Flycatcher
  • House Wren
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler

Complete List:

  • Wild Turkey: 13
  • Great Blue Heron: 1
  • Red-shouldered Hawk: 1
  • Swainson’s Hawk: 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk: 1
  • American Kestrel: 1
  • Killdeer: 5
  • White-winged Dove: 15
  • Greater Roadrunner: 1
  • Barn Owl: 1
  • Common Nighthawk: 1
  • Chimney Swift: 18
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird: 3
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird: 1
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker: 2
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker: 2
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher: 1
  • Least Flycatcher: 1
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher: 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher: 68
  • Blue Jay: 10
  • American Crow: 4
  • Cave Swallow: 26
  • Barn Swallow: 8
  • Black-crested Titmouse: 1
  • Carolina Wren: 1
  • Bewick’s Wren: 4
  • House Wren: 1
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: 1
  • Eastern Bluebird: 4
  • American Robin: 10
  • Northern Mockingbird: 3
  • Nashville Warbler: 1
  • Yellow Warbler: 1
  • Lark Sparrow: 1
  • Northern Cardinal: 4
  • Common Grackle: 9
  • Brown-headed Cowbird: 15
  • House Finch: 16
  • House Sparrow: 6

Sightings by LgPacker

September 21, 2008 – Shackelford County

Highlights:

  • Osprey, flying, diving, landing and eating within sight giving us quite a show for about 2 hours, successful in 2 out of 8 dives.

Complete List:

  • Wild Turkey 2
  • Great Blue Heron 2
  • Turkey Vulture 4
  • Osprey 1
  • Swainson’s Hawk 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk 1
  • American Kestrel 1
  • Killdeer 4
  • Mourning Dove 25
  • Chimney Swift 20
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 11
  • Loggerhead Shrike 2
  • Barn Swallow 12
  • Black-crested Titmouse 2
  • Northern Mockingbird 4
  • Curve-billed Thrasher 2
  • Lark Sparrow 10
  • Northern Cardinal 2
  • Common Grackle 10
  • Brown-headed Cowbird 13
  • House Finch 6

Sightings by Dan Symonds and his family

September 20, 2008

Oakwood Trails:

Highlights:

  • Red-headed Woodpecker, juvenile (see photos)
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Baltimore Orioles

Complete List:

  • Great Blue Heron 1
  • Turkey Vulture 2
  • Mississippi Kite 4
  • Red-shouldered Hawk 1
  • Killdeer 2
  • Rock Pigeon 10
  • White-winged Dove 50
  • Mourning Dove 11
  • Chimney Swift 7
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
  • Red-headed Woodpecker 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 4
  • Blue Jay 25
  • American Crow 1
  • Cave Swallow 1
  • Barn Swallow 3
  • Carolina Chickadee 1
  • Black-crested Titmouse 3
  • Carolina Wren 3
  • Bewick’s Wren 1
  • House Wren 1
  • Eastern Bluebird 5
  • American Robin 50
  • Northern Mockingbird 4
  • Nashville Warbler 2
  • Northern Cardinal 12
  • Common Grackle 25
  • Great-tailed Grackle 2
  • Baltimore Oriole 3

Sightings by Lorie Black, Linda Beyer, Laura Packer, Edna Ross, Dan Symonds, and Charline Wheeler

Lake Kirby

Highlights:

  • American White Pelicans
  • American Avocet

Complete List:

  • Pied-billed Grebe 6
  • American White Pelican 20
  • Great Blue Heron 6
  • Great Egret 3
  • Snowy Egret 9
  • Green Heron 2
  • Turkey Vulture 6
  • Swainson’s Hawk 1
  • Common Moorhen 1
  • American Coot 8
  • American Avocet 1
  • Least Sandpiper 6
  • White-winged Dove 10
  • Mourning Dove 8
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 4
  • Blue Jay 2
  • Barn Swallow 12
  • Northern Mockingbird 2
  • Red-winged Blackbird 8

Kirby sightings by Laura Packer and Dan Symonds

Dyess Air Force Base

Highlights:

  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler


Complete List:

  • Great Blue Heron 2
  • Turkey Vulture 2
  • Swainson’s Hawk 1
  • White-winged Dove 10
  • Mourning Dove 10
  • Greater Roadrunner 2 (one without its tail)
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
  • Least Flycatcher, 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 5
  • Blue Jay 2
  • Bewick’s Wren 1
  • Eastern Bluebird 2
  • Northern Mockingbird 4
  • Yellow Warbler 1(window kill)
  • Nashville Warbler 2
  • House Finch 6
  • House Sparrow 10

Dyess sightings by Laura Packer, Dan Symonds, and Heidi Trudell (yes, we birded all day!!)

Red-headed Woodpecker in Abilene, TX

Big Country birding has been soooooo quiet this past week, even a little dead except for the occasional hummingbird fight at the feeders. A few warblers are passing through, mainly Yellow, a few Wilson’s and now a Nashville or two. But on this morning’s field trip to Oakwood Trails, our group spotted this dark-headed woodpecker:

RHWO

It’s a Red-headed Woodpecker…hatch-year bird of course. If you look closely you’ll see a smattering of red feathers starting to appear on it’s face, especially around the eye. It has another red feather on the breast. By the time this bird grows up, it’ll have a totally red head and neck and live up to its name, Red-headed Woodpecker.

RHWO

The last time we spotted a Red-headed Woodpecker inside Abilene was over twenty years ago. Wouldn’t it be nice if it hung around long enough for us to see it molt into adulthood? If you are interested in seeing this woodpecker, drop us a note and we’ll send you more specific directions.

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Lorie took this photo, highlighting the red spots.

Caspian Terns and Sanderlings at Kirby

CATE

Once again, Lake Kirby has produced a couple of more rarities for the Big Country. This Caspian Tern (above) was spotted and photographed August 30, 2008, by Lorie Black.

A week later (September 6), another Caspian Tern was seen but with a juvenile:

CATE

Lorie thinks this is a different adult tern from the one seen last week. The one last week had a pronounced black tip; this bird did not. The juvenile was posturing and begging to be fed!

CATE

And if that’s not enough excitement for you, a couple of Sanderlings were present also:

Sanderlings

Both species are rare for the Big Country. Other sightings for this weekend can be found on our Sightings page.

September 7, 2008 – Dyess AFB

Highlights:

  • Least Flycatcher
  • Clay-colored Sparrow (FOS)
  • Brewer’s Sparrow
  • Orchard Oriole

Complete List:

  • Great Blue Heron: 1
  • Turkey Vulture: 2
  • Mississippi Kite: 4
  • Swainson’s Hawk: 2
  • Rock Pigeon: 11
  • White-winged Dove: 37
  • Mourning Dove: 33
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo: 1
  • Greater Roadrunner: 2
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker: 5
  • Least Flycatcher: 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher: 22
  • Blue Jay: 17
  • Cliff Swallow: 21
  • Cave Swallow: 75
  • Barn Swallow: 12
  • Black-crested Titmouse: 2
  • Cactus Wren: 1
  • Bewick’s Wren: 3
  • Eastern Bluebird: 4
  • American Robin: 9
  • Northern Mockingbird: 4
  • Curve-billed Thrasher: 3
  • European Starling: 42
  • Canyon Towhee: 4
  • Clay-colored Sparrow: 2
  • Brewer’s Sparrow: 1
  • Lark Sparrow: 5
  • Pyrrhuloxia: 1
  • Common Grackle: 5
  • Great-tailed Grackle: 15
  • Orchard Oriole: 7
  • Bullock’s Oriole: 1
  • House Finch: 8
  • House Sparrow: 27

All sightings by Dan Symonds

September 6, 2008 – SE Fisher County

Complete List:

  • Turkey Vulture 23
  • Red-shouldered Hawk 1
  • Swainson’s Hawk 5
  • Red-tailed Hawk 1
  • American Kestrel 5
  • Mourning Dove 70
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
  • Greater Roadrunner 11
  • Chimney Swift 10
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker 6
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 27
  • Loggerhead Shrike 3
  • Cliff Swallow 11
  • Barn Swallow 24
  • Carolina Chickadee 2
  • Cactus Wren 2
  • Bewick’s Wren 3
  • Northern Mockingbird 3
  • Curve-billed Thrasher 11
  • Lark Sparrow 27
  • Northern Cardinal 1
  • Pyrrhuloxia 6
  • Orchard Oriole 11
  • Bullock’s Oriole 5
  • House Sparrow 21

Sightings by Dan Symonds

September 5, 2008 – Dyess AFB

Highlights:

  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (356 flying overhead in a period of 10 minutes! Now that’s migration!)
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Chipping Sparrow (FOS)

Complete List:

  • Pied-billed Grebe: 1
  • Green Heron: 1
  • Cooper’s Hawk: 1
  • Red-shouldered Hawk: 1
  • Swainson’s Hawk: 5
  • Red-tailed Hawk: 1
  • Killdeer: 2
  • Mourning Dove: 48
  • Common Nighthawk: 3
  • Chimney Swift: 5
  • Belted Kingfisher: 1
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker: 2
  • Downy Woodpecker: 1
  • Western Kingbird: 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher: 356
  • American Crow: 7
  • Cave Swallow: 84
  • Barn Swallow: 15
  • Carolina Chickadee: 1
  • Bewick’s Wren: 1
  • Blue-gray gnatcatcher: 1
  • European Starling: 2
  • Yellow Warbler: 1
  • Wilson’s Warbler: 1
  • Chipping Sparrow: 1
  • Lark Sparrow: 2
  • Dickcissel: 2
  • Bullock’s Oriole: 4
  • House Sparrow: 3

Sightings by LgPacker

September 3, 2008 – Dyess AFB, TX

Highlights:

  • Red-shouldered Hawks, 3 juveniles
  • Upland Sandpiper, heard flying over
  • Least Flycatchers, 2
  • Carolina Wren, post breeding dispersal
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 2
  • Gray Catbird
  • Yellow Warbler, 3
  • Orchard Orioles, 9

Complete List:

  • Great Blue Heron – 3
  • Green Heron – 1
  • Turkey Vulture – 1
  • Mississippi Kite – 3
  • Cooper’s Hawk – 1
  • Red-shouldered Hawk – 3
  • Swainson’s Hawk – 3
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 1
  • Upland Sandpiper – 1 (heard flying overhead)
  • Spotted Sandpiper – 1
  • Mourning Dove – 14
  • White-winged Dove – 57
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo – 1
  • Common Nighthawk – 4
  • Chimney Swift – 24
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 1
  • Belted Kingfisher – 1
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker – 1
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 1
  • Least Flycatcher – 2
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 4
  • Blue Jay – 4
  • Barn Swallow – 5
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 2
  • Carolina Wren – 1
  • Bewick’s Wren – 2
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 2
  • Eastern Bluebird – 3
  • American Robin – 34
  • Gray Catbird – 1
  • Northern Mockingbird – 4
  • Yellow Warbler – 3
  • Cassin’s Sparrow – 1
  • Northern Cardinal – 3
  • Dickcissel – 7 (heard flying overhead)
  • Bullock’s Oriole – 1
  • Orchard Oriole – 9
  • House Finch – 3
  • House Sparrow – 5

Sightings by LgPacker

September 2, 2008 – Cedar Gap Farm

Highlights:

  • Summer Tanager, brilliant red male, showing off in the bath
  • Baltimore Orioles

Complete List:

  • Mourning Dove – 1
  • Greater Roadrunner – 1
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 6
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird – 3
  • Western Scrub-Jay – 2
  • Carolina Chickadee – 4
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 3
  • Bewick’s Wren – 1
  • Summer Tanager – 1
  • Canyon Towhee – 2
  • Lark Sparrow – 1
  • Northern Cardinal – 15 (and this may be low)
  • Painted Bunting – 8 (all young or female)
  • Baltimore Oriole – 4
  • Lesser Goldfinch – 12 (and this number may be low, too)
  • House Sparrow – 2

Sightings by LgPacker