Big Country Audubon Society

Stories from April, 2009

Spring Migration-Many Happy Returns

It’s the time of year birders await with eager anticipation.  How will spring migration be this year?  The songbird migration of 2009 kicked off in early April with very good numbers of Clay-colored Sparrows moving through along with Chipping Sparrows.  Indigo, Lazuli and Painted Buntings have all been seen at Cedar Gap Farm.  Now will the warblers make a good showing?  If not, we still have a number of beauties, such as Blue Grosbeak, to enjoy.  So get out there and see what’s moving through!  Some are just passing by, so some are staying to enjoy for the rest of the spring and summer.

Male photographed near Cedar Gap Farm, 4/24

April 18, 2009 – Abilene – Oakwood Trails

Number of species: 35

  • Mallard (Domestic type) – 2
  • Wild Turkey – 4
  • Turkey Vulture – 3
  • Red-shouldered Hawk – 1
  • Rock Pigeon – 40
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 2
  • Mourning Dove – 42
  • Greater Roadrunner – 1
  • Chimney Swift – 2
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird – 3
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 4
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher – 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 10
  • Blue-headed Vireo – 1
  • Blue Jay – 12
  • Barn Swallow – 4
  • Carolina Chickadee – 2
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 6
  • Bewick’s Wren – 4
  • Eastern Bluebird – 2
  • American Robin – 2
  • Northern Mockingbird – 22
  • European Starling – 10
  • Orange-crowned Warbler – 4
  • Nashville Warbler – 4
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler – 20
  • Spotted Towhee – 1
  • Chipping Sparrow – 12
  • Clay-colored Sparrow – 32
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 10
  • Northern Cardinal – 12
  • Common Grackle – 10
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 20
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 13
  • House Finch – 8

Sightings by Dan Symonds

April 12, 2009 – Nelson Park

Highlights

  • Mallard – 11 (1 pair with 7 ducklings in tow and another pair)
  • Western Kingbird – 1 (FOS)

Number of species: 32

  • Greater White-fronted Goose – 1
  • Canada Goose – 1
  • Mallard – 11
  • Mallard (Domestic type) – 10
  • Green-winged Teal – 1
  • American White Pelican – 4
  • Great Egret – 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 1
  • American Coot – 30
  • Killdeer – 2
  • Ring-billed Gull – 30
  • Rock Pigeon – 12
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 2
  • Mourning Dove – 16
  • Western Kingbird – 1 (FOS)
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 8
  • Blue Jay – 2
  • Cliff Swallow – 10
  • Barn Swallow – 2
  • American Robin – 4
  • Northern Mockingbird – 8
  • Curve-billed Thrasher – 1
  • European Starling – 10
  • Clay-colored Sparrow – 40
  • Vesper Sparrow – 5
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 5
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 5
  • Common Grackle – 6
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 30
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 10
  • House Finch – 10
  • House Sparrow – 20

Sightings by Dan Symonds

April 11, 2009 – Mesquite Grove Golf Course

Number of species: 38

  • Neotropic Cormorant – 1
  • Great Egret – 1
  • Turkey Vulture – 2
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
  • Cooper’s Hawk – 1
  • Swainson’s Hawk – 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 2
  • Killdeer – 2
  • Rock Pigeon – 10
  • Mourning Dove – 125
  • Greater Roadrunner – 1
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird – 1
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker – 6
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 8
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher – 4
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 52
  • Cliff Swallow – 40
  • Cave Swallow – 10
  • Barn Swallow – 20
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 6
  • Bewick’s Wren – 2
  • Eastern Bluebird – 12
  • American Robin – 25
  • Northern Mockingbird – 40
  • European Starling – 22
  • Chipping Sparrow – 22
  • Clay-colored Sparrow – 10
  • Vesper Sparrow – 10
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow – 6
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 24
  • Northern Cardinal – 4
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 10
  • meadowlark sp. – 22
  • Common Grackle – 20
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 10
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 12
  • House Finch – 14
  • House Sparrow – 10

Sighting by Dan Symonds

Apirl 5, 2009 – Lake Fort Phantom Hill

  • Eared Grebe – 8
  • Osprey – 2
  • Dowitcher sp – 50
  • Least Sandpiper – 8
  • Am. Avocet – 9
  • Green-winged Teal – 12
  • Blue-winged Teal – 6
  • Cinnamon Teal – 1
  • Ruddy Duck – 12
  • Brewer’s Blackbird – 5

Also, Say’s Phoebe (1) at Will Hair Park in Abilene

Sightings by L. Black