Big Country Audubon Society

Sightings

October 25, 2008 – Fort Griffin Field Trip

Highlights:

  • Neotropic Cormorant
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, numbers are dwindling fast
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Song Sparrow, FOS
  • A good mix of wintering sparrows (see complete list below)

Complete List:

  • Wild Turkey – 26
  • Neotropic Cormorant – 3
  • Great Blue Heron – 1
  • Turkey Vulture – 1
  • Northern Harrier – 1
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
  • Red-shouldered Hawk – 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 3
  • American Kestrel – 3
  • Killdeer – 1
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 8
  • Mourning Dove – 42
  • White-winged Dove – 1
  • Belted Kingfisher – 1
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – 3
  • Northern Flicker – 2, yellow and red-shafted form
  • Eastern Phoebe – 2
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 7
  • Loggerhead Shrike – 2
  • Blue Jay – 1
  • American Crow – 1
  • Common Raven – 1
  • Carolina Chickadee – 1
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 3
  • Carolina Wren – 1
  • Bewick’s Wren – 1
  • House Wren – 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 6
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 1
  • Eastern Bluebird – 4
  • American Robin – 1
  • European Starling – 12
  • Orange-crowned Warbler – 1
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler – 4
  • Spotted Towhee – 2
  • Vesper Sparrow – 8
  • Lark Sparrow – 1
  • Song Sparrow – 1
  • Lincoln’s sparrow – 2
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 4
  • Eastern Meadowlark – 110
  • Western Meadowlark – 48
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 10
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 1
  • House Sparrow – 35

Sightings by Kathy Hampton, Bill Hughes, Diane Martin, Laura Packer, Dan Symonds, Charline Wheeler, Esta Wiginton. Birds seen along CR 351 and 283 are also included in this list.

October 24, 2008 – Lake Kirby and S. Taylor County

Lake Kirby

Highlights:

  • Common Loon
  • Duck species
  • Horned Grebe
  • Eared Grebe
  • Wilson’s Snipe

Complete List:

  • Gadwall – 2
  • Blue-winged Teal – 4
  • Northern Shoveler – 5
  • Redhead – 4
  • Ring-necked Duck – 4
  • Ruddy Duck – 2
  • Common Loon – 1
  • Pied-billed Grebe – 5
  • Horned Grebe – 1
  • Eared Grebe – 20
  • American White Pelican – 30
  • Double-crested Cormorant – 22
  • Great Blue Heron – 5
  • Great Egret – 6
  • Snowy Egret – 5
  • Cattle Egret – 5
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 1
  • Common Moorhen – 1
  • American Coot – 70
  • Killdeer – 3
  • Greater Yellowlegs – 3
  • Wilson’s Snipe – 5
  • Ring-billed Gull – 20
  • Belted Kingfisher – 2
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 25
  • Common Grackle – 2
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 2
  • House Sparrow – 30

Sightings by Lorie Black and Dan Symonds

Southern Taylor County

Highlights:

  • Say’s Phoebe
  • Loggerhead Shrike feeding young (late nesting by this species)
  • Canyon Wren
  • Western Bluebird, FOS
  • Brown Thrasher – 2
  • Pine Siskin, FOS

Complete List:

  • Green-winged Teal – 8
  • Mallard – 11
  • Northern Bobwhite – 5 coveys heard
  • Black Vulture – 5
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 4
  • American Kestrel – 4
  • Rock Pigeon – 18
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 7
  • Mourning Dove – 49
  • White-winged Dove – 14
  • Great Horned Owl – 2
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 1
  • Say’s Phoebe – 1, along CR 353
  • Loggerhead Shrike – 6
  • Western Scrub-Jay – 2
  • Chihuahuan Raven – 2
  • Carolina Chickadee – 2
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 3
  • Canyon Wren – 1, CR 351
  • Carolina Wren – 1
  • House Wren – 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 1
  • Eastern Bluebird – 2
  • Western Bluebird – 18, CR 351 near Hwy 89
  • Northern Mockingbird – 14
  • Brown Thrasher – 2
  • European Starling – 3
  • Orange-crowned Warbler – 3
  • Spotted Towhee – 9
  • Vesper Sparrow – 11
  • Savannah Sparrow – 4
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 48
  • Northern Cardinal – 4
  • Pyrrhuloxia – 1
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 8
  • Western Meadowlark – 81
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 12
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 6
  • House Finch – 2
  • Pine Siskin – 104, FOS, CR 351
  • Lesser Goldfinch – 2
  • House Sparrow – 10

Sightings by LgPacker along Taylor County Roads 350, 351, 89, FM 1235, Hwy 277, CR 707, 314, 283, 290(Butterfield School Road), 277, 353, 126, but not necessarily in this order.

October 19, 2008 – Dyess AFB, NE

Complete List:

  • Northern Bobwhite – 1
  • Great Blue Heron – 1
  • Red-shouldered Hawk – 1
  • Swainson’s Hawk – 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 3
  • American Kestrel – 2
  • Killdeer – 3
  • Rock Pigeon – 54
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 1
  • Mourning Dove – 15
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker – 3
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 2
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 21
  • Blue Jay – 7
  • American Crow – 2
  • Bewick’s Wren – 1
  • Eastern Bluebird – 5
  • American Robin – 2
  • Northern Mockingbird – 12
  • Curve-billed Thrasher – 3
  • European Starling – 24
  • Orange-crowned Warbler – 1
  • Clay-colored Sparrow – 4
  • Lark Sparrow – 2
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 2
  • Dark-eyed Junco – 1
  • Northern Cardinal – 2
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 2
  • Common Grackle – 6
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 8
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 2
  • House Finch – 25
  • House Sparrow – 5

Sightings by Dan Symonds

October 18, 2008 – Southern Taylor County

Highlights:

  • Bushtits
  • And the returning winter species, see list.

Semi-complete List
(complete for species seen, but not complete quantities)

  • Double-crested Cormorant – 20
  • Great Blue Heron – 1
  • Black Vulture – 2
  • Turkey Vulture – 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 3 (one was a very dark morph)
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 2
  • White-winged Dove – 2
  • Mourning Dove – 4
  • Greater Roadrunner – 1
  • Northern Flicker – 3, red-shafted; 1 yellow-shafted
  • Eastern Phoebe – 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 2
  • Loggerhead Shrike – 2
  • Blue Jay – 2
  • Western Scrub-Jay – 2
  • Common Raven – 2
  • Carolina Chickadee – 2
  • Bushtit – 6
  • Bewick’s Wren – 1 (chasing the intruding House Wren)
  • House Wren – 1 (running from the resident Bewick’s)
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 1
  • Orange-crowned Warbler – 1
  • Spotted Towhee – 1
  • Canyon Towhee – 1
  • Field Sparrow – 1
  • Vesper Sparrow – 3
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 8
  • Northern Cardinal – 5
  • Pyrrhuloxia – 1
  • Meadowlark species – 3
  • American Goldfinch – 1 (seen overhead)
  • House Sparrow – 12

Mammals:

  • Coyote – 1, in a fresh cut field, no doubt looking for displaced rodents
  • Hog-nosed Skunk – 1, argued with a vehicle and lost. But since I’ve never seen one, I had to take its picture. Don’t worry…no blood shows

Sightings by LgPacker and HT. Roads traveled: CR 613, 207, 196, 195, 194, 186, 184, and not necessarily in that order.

October 18, 2008 – Lake Abilene

Highlights:

  • The ducks are here! See complete list below.
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • Eastern Wood-Peewee

Complete List:

  • Wood Duck – 3
  • Gadwall – 10
  • American Wigeon – 10
  • Blue-winged Teal – 15
  • Northern Shoveler – 10
  • Northern Pintail – 2
  • Redhead – 10
  • Ruddy Duck – 2
  • Pied-billed Grebe – 5
  • Double-crested Cormorant – 15
  • Great Blue Heron – 3
  • Black Vulture – 45
  • Turkey Vulture – 10
  • Red-shouldered Hawk – 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 1
  • American Kestrel – 1
  • American Coot – 75
  • Mourning Dove – 4
  • Belted Kingfisher – 3
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – 2
  • Northern Flicker – 2
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher – 1
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee – 1
  • Eastern Phoebe – 2
  • White-eyed Vireo – 1
  • Blue Jay – 8
  • Carolina Chickadee – 2
  • Carolina Wren – 2
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 2
  • Northern Mockingbird – 2
  • Common Yellowthroat – 4
  • Spotted Towhee – 1
  • Northern Cardinal – 8
  • Eastern Meadowlark – 4

Sightings by Dan Symonds

October 12, 2008 – Lake Kirby

Highlights:

  • American White Pelican – 250. They have really taken over!
  • American Avocet – 9

Complete List:

  • Mallard (Domestic type) – 4
  • Blue-winged Teal – 4
  • Northern Shoveler – 10
  • Pied-billed Grebe – 3
  • American White Pelican – 250
  • Double-crested Cormorant – 6
  • Great Blue Heron – 17
  • Great Egret – 27
  • Snowy Egret – 40
  • Turkey Vulture – 2
  • Northern Harrier – 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 1
  • American Coot – 300
  • Killdeer – 9
  • American Avocet – 9
  • Spotted Sandpiper – 1
  • Greater Yellowlegs – 1
  • Mourning Dove – 6
  • Belted Kingfisher – 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 2
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 4
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 150
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 12
  • House Finch – 4

Sightings by Dan Symonds

October 11, 2008 – Abilene State Park

Highlight:

Complete List:

  • Great Blue Heron – 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 1
  • Red-Shouldered Hawk – 1
  • American Kestrel – 1 on FM89
  • Swainson’s Hawk – 1 on FM89
  • Black Vulture – 3
  • Turkey Vulture – 15
  • Belted Kingfisher – 1
  • Eastern Phoebe – 2
  • Blue Jay – 5
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 10
  • Carolina Chickadee – 5
  • American Robin – 7
  • Northern Flicker – 2 heard
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – 1
  • Northern Cardinal – 3

Sightings by Big Country Audubon members and friends: Linda Beyer, Lorie Black, John English, Benji Jamison, Bera Johnson, Vance McCracken, Teresa Taylor, and Charline Wheeler

September-October, 2008: Dyess AFB, TX

Here are some recent highlights and first of the season (FOS) sightings for Dyess AFB:

October 9, 2008:

  • Spotted Towhee: 2, FOS, returning winter resident
  • Vesper Sparrow: 1, FOS, returning winter resident

October 8, 2008:

  • Swainson’s Hawk: 1, 2008 hatch-year bird still present at the golf course
  • Downy Woodpecker: 1, winter resident
  • Carolina Chickadee: 1, fall migrant for DAFB
  • American Pipit: 1, heard overhead
  • Orange-crowned Warbler: 5, fall migrants
  • Nashville Warbler: 6, fall migrants
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler: 1, FOS
  • White-crowned Sparrow: 1, FOS winter resident
  • Western Meadowlark: 2. Yes, they breed here in small numbers but we have an influx of Western Meadowlarks for the winter and about this time the Westerns move into the Big Country.

October 7, 2008:


October 4, 2008:

  • Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1, FOS
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird: 3, still present
  • Rock Wren: 1, FOS
  • Western Tanager: 1, first time to record at DAFB

October 3, 2008:

October 2, 2008:

  • Yellow-crowned Night-Heron: 1, juvenile, a little late in the season
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 1, FOS winter resident
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: 1, still present, possible winter resident


September 29, 2008:

  • Olive-sided Flycatcher: 1, fall migrant
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 1, FOS returning winter resident
  • Brown Thrasher: 1, FOS and first time to document with a photo
  • Baltimore Oriole: 1, a fall migrant

Sightings by LgPacker. If you wish to see a complete list of birds seen these dates, please contact us and it will be e-mailed to you.