Nothing happens in the bird world in December, right? Besides we’re too busy with holidays, CBCs (I did three!), shopping, baking, and entertaining. But while we were sleeping and waking and running, some of you noticed the birds and sent us photos.
A lingering Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was found at the wastewater treatment plant in Jones County on December 5:
It set the latest “last-seen-in-the-fall” record for the Big Country.
Another flycatcher, the Great Kiskadee, was found December 29 behind a private residence along Cedar Creek in northeast Abilene:
This makes the “third-consecutive-year” record we’ve found this large Valley resident in the Big Country.
And the charm (third flycatcher) was this young Vermilion Flycatcher seen at SeaBee Park on the very first day of the new year:
Either this is the latest record or earliest record we have for Vermilion Flycatcher. I don’t know…I’m confused.
And a little orange hummingbird braved the chill December air in Jones County:
Our usual winter residents have been seen in the usual places on fences:
in the brush:
and coming to the watering hole:
But wait! We have other birds that stepped in front of our cameras and in front of our cars (It’s not gory; Heidi found an excellent specimen.) I’ve put their pictures up at the December 2008 Gallery. I even caught that jolly-bearded, red-suited guy stopping by to grab a treat!
Thanks to those that sent in photos this past month!