Big Country Audubon Society

Stories from May, 2009

May 25, 2009 – Abilene, Oakwood Trails

Highlights:

  • Great-crested Flycatcher
  • Swainson’s Thrush

Complete List:

  • Wild Turkey – 12
  • Northern Bobwhite – 1 heard
  • Great Blue Heron – 1
  • Green Heron – 1
  • Mississippi Kite – 5
  • Rock Pigeon – 3
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 1
  • Mourning Dove – 6
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo – at least 3, maybe more.  They were really vocalizing this foggy morning.
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 1
  • Great-crested Flycatcher – 2
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 2
  • Blue Jay – 4
  • Barn Swallow- 2
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 2
  • Carolina Wren – 1
  • Bewick’s Wren – 1
  • Eastern Bluebird – 1
  • Swainson’s Thrush – 1; this bird was found by Lorie 5-17-2009 and it is still hanging around!
  • American Robin – 4
  • Northern Mockingbird – 4
  • Northern Cardinal – 1
  • Common Grackle – 4
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 7
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 5
  • House Finch – 2
  • House Sparrow – 1

Sightings by Lg Packer

May 18, 2009 – Callahan & Eastland Counties

Results of a breeding bird survey, south of Cottonwood, Texas, in Callahan County.  Route ends in Eastland County, near Cross Plains.

Highlights:

  • Cooper’s Hawk
  • Chuck-Will-Widow
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Summer Tanager
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler
  • American Goldfinch, late in the season

Complete List for Callahan County:

  • Wild Turkey – 2
  • Northern Bobwhite – 13 heard
  • Great Blue Heron – 2
  • Black Vulture – 2
  • Turkey Vulture – 5
  • Mississippi Kite – 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 1
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 14
  • Mourning Dove – 41
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo – 1
  • Chuck-Will-Widow – 1 heard
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker – 4
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 1
  • Chimney Swift – 8
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird – 4
  • Eastern Phoebe – 10
  • Eastern Kingbird – 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 40
  • White-eyed Vireo – 4
  • Blue Jay – 3
  • American Crow – 29
  • Cliff Swallow – 15
  • Barn Swallow – 10
  • Carolina Chickadee – 5
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 16
  • Carolina Wren – 8
  • Bewick’s Wren – 16
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 2
  • Eastern Bluebird – 4
  • Northern Mockingbird – 37
  • European Starling – 2
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler – 1
  • Summer Tanager – 2
  • Field Sparrow – 4
  • Lark Sparrow – 20
  • Northern Cardinal – 61
  • Blue Grosbeak – 1
  • Painted Bunting – 24
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 1
  • Eastern Meadowlark -6
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 4
  • Common Grackle – 5
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 26
  • Bullock’s Oriole – 1
  • American Goldfinch – 3
  • House Sparrow – 25

Complete List for Eastland County:

  • Wild Turkey – 2
  • Northern Bobwhite – 8 heard
  • Great Blue Heron – 1
  • Black Vulture – 2
  • Turkey Vulture – 48
  • Mississippi Kite – 18
  • Red-shouldered Hawk – 3
  • Swainson’s Hawk – 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 1
  • Cooper’s Hawk – 1
  • Killdeer – 1
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 3
  • Mourning Dove – 22
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo – 2
  • Greater Roadrunner – 3
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker – 3
  • Chimney Swift – 5
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird – 7
  • Eastern Phoebe – 9
  • Western Kingbird – 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher -23
  • White-eyed Vireo – 1
  • American Crow – 21
  • Purple Martin – 19
  • Cliff Swallow – 43
  • Barn Swallow – 3
  • Carolina Chickadee – 10
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 9
  • Carolina Wren – 4
  • Bewick’s Wren – 14
  • Eastern Bluebird – 9
  • Northern Mockingbird – 31
  • Yellow Warbler – 1
  • Summer Tanager – 2
  • Lark Sparrow – 15
  • Northern Cardinal – 37
  • Painted Bunting – 19
  • Dickcissel – 9
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 8
  • Eastern Meadowlark – 22
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 26
  • House Sparrow – 10

Sightings by LgPacker, JPacker, and APacker

May Events

Thursday, May 7th - Our spring meeting will be at Cedar Gap Farm on Thursday, May 7th. See your newsletter for details and RSVP information.

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Saturday, May 9th – Field Trip to Abilene State Park.  We’ll leave from the Burger King on Antilley Road at 7:30AM.  Come earlier for breakfast. We’ll look for warblers, tanagers, vireos and other migrant songbirds.  We’ll also so some work around the bird blind to get it spruced up for the Park’s Anniversary Celebration the next weekend.

Tuesday, May 12th – Board Meeting at 7:00PM at Mez Amiz Coffee Shop on South 7th.  Come earlier if you plan to order dinner.  All interested members are invited.

Saturday, May 16th – 75th Anniversary Celebration at Abilene State Park.  It will be a day of fun for the whole family.  Big Country Audubon will be present at the bird blind to share information about our group and, of course, the birds.

Saturday, May 23rd – Butterfly Hunt at Oakwood Trails.  Meet at the entrance to the trails at 7:30AM.  We might even see some birds and wildflowers!

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May 3, 2009 – Abilene – Dyess AFB

Number of species: 53

  • Wild Turkey – 2
  • Northern Bobwhite – 3
  • Double-crested Cormorant – 1
  • Great Blue Heron – 1
  • White-faced Ibis – 3
  • Turkey Vulture – 2
  • Swainson’s Hawk – 4
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 3
  • Killdeer – 2
  • Rock Pigeon – 10
  • Mourning Dove – 50
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo – 1
  • Common Nighthawk – 1
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird – 1
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker – 10
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 8
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher – 3
  • Western Kingbird – 10
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 38
  • Loggerhead Shrike – 1
  • Blue Jay – 2
  • American Crow – 2
  • Chihuahuan Raven – 1
  • Cave Swallow – 120
  • Barn Swallow – 20
  • Carolina Chickadee – 2
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 8
  • Cactus Wren – 3
  • Bewick’s Wren – 12
  • House Wren – 1
  • Eastern Bluebird – 10
  • American Robin – 4
  • Northern Mockingbird – 40
  • Curve-billed Thrasher – 4
  • European Starling – 10
  • Canyon Towhee – 2
  • Cassin’s Sparrow – 3
  • Chipping Sparrow – 10
  • Clay-colored Sparrow – 44
  • Brewer’s Sparrow – 2
  • Vesper Sparrow – 4
  • Lark Sparrow – 12
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow – 1
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 7
  • Northern Cardinal – 4
  • Painted Bunting – 2
  • Common Grackle – 20
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 10
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 12
  • Orchard Oriole – 2
  • Bullock’s Oriole – 2
  • House Finch – 24
  • House Sparrow – 4

Sightings by Dan Symonds

May 2, 2009 – Abilene Area

Highlights:

  • Tri-Colored Heron
  • Peregrine Falcon
  • Snowy Plover
  • Tri-colored Heron
  • Yellow-throated Vireo
  • Eastern Kingbird
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler

Lake Fort Phantom Hill / SeaBee Park

  • Cinnamon Teal – 2
  • Great Blue Heron – 3
  • Great Egret – 8
  • Snowy Egret –  12
  • Tri-colored Heron – 1
  • Cattle Egret: 14
  • Green Heron – 5
  • White-faced Ibis – 1
  • Swainson’s  Hawk – 3
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 1
  • Peregrine Falcon – 1 (chasing shorebird)
  • American Coot – 32
  • Killdeer – 4
  • Black-necked Stilt – 4
  • American Avocet – 2
  • Greater Yellowlegs – 1
  • Spotted Sandpiper – 1
  • Long-billed Curlew – 1
  • Long-billed Dowitcher – 16
  • Franklin’s Gull – 11
  • Ring-billed Gull – 1
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker – 1
  • Western Kingbird – 8
  • Eastern Kingbird – 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 6
  • N Mockingbird – 12
  • Curve-billed Thrasher – 4
  • Yellow Warbler – 1
  • Chipping Sparrow – 30
  • Clay-colored Sparrow – 30
  • Lark Sparrow – 7
  • Northern Cardinal – 12
  • Blue Grosbeak – 1
  • Painted Bunting – 6
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 15
  • Bullock’s Oriole – 4

Kirby Lake

  • Ruddy Duck – 12
  • Pied-billed Grebe – 1
  • Eared Grebe – 1
  • Great Blue Heon – 5
  • Great Egret – 3
  • Snowy Egret – 4
  • Green Heron – 6
  • White-faced Ibis – 6
  • Sora – 1
  • Common Moorhen – 5
  • American Coot – 40
  • Snowy Plover – 1
  • Killdeer – 4
  • Black-necked Stilt – 8
  • American Avocet – 3
  • Spotted Sandpiper – 3
  • Western Sandpiper – 2
  • Least Sandpiper – 8
  • Long-billed Dowitcher – 2
  • Franklin’s Gull – 6
  • Ring-billed Gull – 2
  • Forster’s Tern – 3
  • Western Kingbird – 3
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 5
  • Cliff Swallow – 75
  • Barn Swallow – 25
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 8
  • Yellow-headed Blackbird – 1
  • Brewer’s Blackbird – 1

Cedar Gap Farm

  • Wild Turkey – 6
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird – 5
  • Eastern Phoebe – 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 2
  • Purple Martin – 1
  • Carolina Chickadee – 3
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 1
  • Bewick’s Wren – 1
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 1
  • American Robin – 3
  • N Mockingbird – 2
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow – 2
  • Indigo Bunting – 2
  • Painted Bunting – 8
  • Pine Siskin – 12

Abilene State Park

  • Black Vulture – 2
  • Turkey Vulture – 4
  • Mississippi Kite – 1
  • Western Kingbird – 4
  • White-eyed Vireo – 1
  • Yellow-throated Vireo – 1
  • Blue Jay – 2
  • Carolina Chickadee – 4
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 2
  • Carolina Wren – 1
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 1
  • Eastern Bluebird – 2
  • American Robin – 4
  • Nashville Warbler – 1
  • Yellow Warbler – 3
  • Summer Tanager – 2
  • Chipping Sparrow – 12
  • Bullock’s Oriole – 1
  • Pine Siskin – 8

Will Hair Park

  • Rock Pigeon – 1
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 3
  • White-winged Dove – 6
  • Mourning Dove – 4
  • Inca Dove – 2
  • Great Crested Flycatcher – 2
  • Western Kingbird – 2
  • White-throated Sparrow – 1
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 6
  • N Cardinal – 4
  • Indigo Bunting – 1

Sightings by Kathy Hampton and Lorie Black

North Abilene

  • Barn Swallow – 1
  • Lesser Goldfinch – 12

May 2, 2009 – Abilene SP

Number of species: 20

  • Turkey Vulture – 2
  • Mississippi Kite – 3
  • Mourning Dove – 8
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird – 3
  • White-eyed Vireo – 2
  • Barn Swallow – 2
  • Carolina Chickadee – 7
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 5
  • Carolina Wren – 4
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 1
  • Eastern Bluebird – 4
  • American Robin – 2
  • Yellow Warbler – 1
  • Chipping Sparrow – 4
  • Clay-colored Sparrow – 4
  • Northern Cardinal – 10
  • Lazuli Bunting – 1
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 8
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 5
  • Pine Siskin – 2

Sightings by Dan Symonds