Big Country Audubon Society

Stories from December, 2008

December 27, 2008 – Dyess AFB, NE

Complete List:

  • Gadwall – 4
  • Northern Shoveler – 9
  • Redhead – 2
  • Bufflehead – 2
  • Wild Turkey – 38
  • Northern Harrier – 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 8
  • American Kestrel –  1
  • Ring-billed Gull – 3
  • Rock Pigeon – 10
  • White-winged Dove – 2
  • Mourning Dove – 21
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker – 2
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 2
  • Northern Flicker – 1
  • Blue Jay – 2
  • American Crow – 6
  • Chihuahuan Raven – 2
  • Carolina Chickadee – 2
  • Eastern Bluebird – 1
  • Northern Mockingbird – 9
  • European Starling – 40
  • Spotted Towhee – 1
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 4
  • Northern Cardinal – 2
  • Eastern Meadowlark – 1
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 10
  • House Finch – 5
  • House Sparrow – 1

Sightings by Dan Symonds

December 26, 2008 – Lake Kirby

Highlight:

  • Common Goldeneye

Complete List:

  • Gadwall   –  32
  • Mallard (Domestic type)  –   6
  • Cinnamon Teal  –   2
  • Northern Shoveler  –   4
  • Northern Pintail   –  1
  • Green-winged Teal  –   22
  • Ring-necked Duck  –   1
  • Bufflehead  –   2
  • Common Goldeneye   –  1
  • Pied-billed Grebe  –   5
  • Eared Grebe   –  3
  • American White Pelican   –  52
  • Neotropic Cormorant  –  2
  • Double-crested Cormorant   –  35
  • Great Blue Heron  –   7
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk  –   1
  • American Coot   –  300
  • Killdeer   –  3
  • Spotted Sandpiper  –   2
  • Greater Yellowlegs   –  3
  • Least Sandpiper  –   21
  • Bonaparte’s Gull  –   3
  • Ring-billed Gull  –   55
  • Rock Pigeon  –  300
  • White-winged Dove  –   30
  • Mourning Dove   –  8
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker   –  1
  • Marsh Wren   –  2
  • Northern Mockingbird  –  6
  • Orange-crowned Warbler   –  2
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler  –   2
  • Field Sparrow  –   3
  • Swamp Sparrow  –   2
  • White-crowned Sparrow  –   43
  • Northern Cardinal  –   7
  • Red-winged Blackbird  –   42
  • Eastern Meadowlark   –  1
  • Great-tailed Grackle  –   31
  • House Finch   –  5

Sightings by Dan Symonds

December 21, 2008 – Lake Abilene

Complete List:

  • Pied-billed Grebe – 4
  • Black Vulture – 6
  • Northern Harrier – 1
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
  • American Kestrel – 1
  • American Coot – 40
  • Killdeer – 1
  • Ring-billed Gull – 10
  • Eastern Phoebe – 1
  • Blue Jay – 2
  • Carolina Chickadee – 4
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 3
  • Eastern Bluebird – 2
  • American Robin – 2
  • Northern Mockingbird – 2
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler – 6
  • Spotted Towhee – 5
  • Chipping Sparrow – 8
  • Field Sparrow – 4
  • Song Sparrow – 2
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow 2
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 4
  • Dark-eyed Junco – 10
  • Northern Cardinal – 4
  • American Goldfinch – 3

Sightings by Dan Symonds, in 4° wind chill, staying a tad warmer than the two hunters in a metal boat on the water.

December 13, 2008 – Maddin Prairie Preserve

Highlights:

  • Wood Duck
  • Prairie Falcon
  • Burrowing Owl
  • Sprague’s Pipit
  • Black-throated Sparrow
  • Le Conte’s Sparrow
  • Grasshopper Sparrow

Complete List:

  • Wood Duck – 1, male
  • Northern Bobwhite – 10
  • Northern Harrier – 6
  • Cooper’s Hawk – 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 3
  • Prairie Falcon – 2
  • Sandhill Crane – 300, flying over
  • Mourning Dove – 350
  • Greater Roadrunner – 2
  • Great Horned Owl – 2
  • Burrowing Owl – 1
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker – 4
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 2
  • Eastern Phoebe – 2
  • Loggerhead Shrike – 3
  • Chihuahuan Raven – 2
  • common Raven – 1
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 3
  • Bewick’s Wren – 8
  • Cactus Wren – 1
  • House Wren – 2
  • Marsh Wren – 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 1
  • Eastern Bluebird – 10
  • Northern Mockingbird – 12
  • Curve-billed Thrasher – 1
  • European Starling – 15
  • Sprague’s Pipit -2
  • Spotted Towhee – 5
  • Canyon Towhee – 1
  • Field Sparrow – 2
  • Vesper Sparrow – 35
  • Black-throated Sparrow – 1
  • Lark Bunting – 6
  • Savannah Sparrow – 35
  • Le Conte’s Sparrow – 1
  • Grasshopper Sparrow – 1
  • Song Sparrow – 20
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow – 4
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 100
  • Northern Cardinal – 6
  • Pyrrhuloxia – 5
  • Meadowlark species – 50
  • House Finch – 15
  • American Goldfinch – 6

Sightings by Kirsti Harms, Pat Merkord, Amy Packer, Jay Packer, Laura Packer
Please see the Maddin Prairie Preserve web site for more information. BCAS will be scheduling a field trip to this prairie in the near future.

December 13, 2008 – Cedar Gap Farm

Highlights:

  • Western Bluebird
  • Pine Siskin, numerous!

Complete List:

  • Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
  • Mourning Dove – 2
  • Carolina Chickadee – 3
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 4
  • Western Bluebird – 7
  • Northern Mockingbird – 1
  • Orange-crowned Warbler – 1
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler – 2
  • Spotted Towhee – 3
  • Canyon Towhee – 1
  • Chipping Sparrow – 18
  • Field Sparrow – 2
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 6
  • Dark-eyed Junco – 14
  • Northern Cardinal – 12
  • House Finch – 4
  • Pine Siskin – 100
  • American Goldfinch – 10
  • House Sparrow – 1

Sightings by: Linda Beyer, Kathy Hampton, Earlene Hutto, Dan Symonds and Charline Wheeler

Dec 6, 2008 – Lakes-State Park, & Hummer

Several birders were out birding over the weekend and here are their highlights. If you wish to see a complete list, contact us and we’ll happily send you a list.

Lake Abilene:

  • Great Horned Owl – 1 seen and photographed
  • Brown Thrasher – 1

Abilene State Park:

  • Cedar Waxwing – 21 (FOS)
  • Swamp Sparrow – 1
  • White-throated Sparrow – 3

Sightings at Lake Abilene and State Park by Dan Symonds

SeaBee Park, Lake Fort Phantom:

  • Great Egrets – 12, large number for this late date

Johnston Park, Lake Ft Phantom

  • Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers – 2

Sightings around Lake Ft. Phantom by Lorie Black

Jones County, private resident:

Hummingbird sighting by KHampton, LgPacker, CWheeler

December 5, 2008 – Waste Water

Waste Water is now without water. High evaporation rates and low precipitation has drained all moisture from the ponds. We’ll have to wait for rain to replenish the ponds.

Highlights:

  • Sandhill Cranes – 26
  • Wilson’s Snipe – 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 1, very late date

Complete List:

  • Green-winged Teal – 12
  • Mallard – 9
  • Northern Harrier – 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 3
  • American Kestrel – 2
  • Sandhill Crane – 26
  • Wilson’s Snipe – 1
  • Ring-billed Gull – 1
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 2
  • Mourning Dove – 4
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 2
  • Loggerhead Shrike – 1
  • Marsh Wren – 1
  • American Pipit – 1
  • Vesper Sparrow – 7
  • Savannah Sparrow – 8
  • Song Sparrow – 2
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 76
  • Northern Cardinal – 1
  • Pyrrhuloxia – 1
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 250
  • Meadowlark species – 35
  • Western Meadowlark – 1 (because it vocalized)
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 100
  • American Goldfinch – 2
  • House Sparrow – 8

Sightings by LgPacker, Derek Pursell, HTrudell