Big Country Audubon Society

Stories from September, 2009

TBS sends Randy plaques in memory of Laura

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In 1995 Ben Black built four Bluebird Boxes to be put up at Oakwood Trails. Among those who attached boxes to poles, dug holes for the poles and set them were Lorie Black, Laura Packer, Charlene and Tom Wheeler. Through the years, all of these have continued to have a keen interest in the Bluebirds of Oakwood Trails.  Laura also tended the 42 Bluebird boxes at Dyess Air Force Base.

The Texas Bluebird Society Board of Directors sent this True Blue Friend Plaque to Randy Packer in Memory of Laura Packer. It was installed on Bluebird Box #3 at Oakwood Trails, Saturday, September 26, 2009 by Dan Symonds, Charlene Wheeler, and Kathy Hampton.  Thanks Randy for Sharing. The TBS’s motto is “Bluebirds Across Texas…one nestbox at a time.”

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It was so fitting that on this gorgeous morning we saw at this site numerous White-wing Dove, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Barn Swallows, a Golden-fronted Woodpecker, and FOUR Eastern Bluebirds.  Thanks Bluebirds for your “Flyover for Laura!”

Kathy

September 27, 2009 – Dyess AFB (NE)

Number of species: 31

  • Northern Bobwhite – 22
  • Double-crested Cormorant – 1  flew over
  • Great Blue Heron – 1
  • Snowy Egret – 22  flew over
  • Turkey Vulture – 11
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 1
  • Rock Pigeon – 62
  • White-winged Dove – 56
  • Mourning Dove – 53
  • Greater Roadrunner – 1
  • Great Horned Owl – 1
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker – 8
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 4
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 84
  • Blue Jay – 12
  • Cave Swallow – 4
  • Barn Swallow – 4
  • Cactus Wren – 1
  • Bewick’s Wren – 1
  • House Wren – 1
  • Eastern Bluebird – 13
  • Northern Mockingbird – 16
  • Curve-billed Thrasher – 2
  • European Starling – 80
  • Clay-colored Sparrow – 8
  • Common Grackle – 24
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 32
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 23
  • House Finch – 18
  • House Sparrow – 2

Sightings by Dan Symonds

September 19, 2009 – BCAS Field Trip to Abilene SP

Number of species: 17

  • Wild Turkey
  • Turkey Vulture
  • Rock Pigeon
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove
  • White-winged Dove
  • Mourning Dove
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
  • Blue Jay
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Black-crested Titmouse
  • Carolina Wren
  • Eastern Bluebird
  • Northern Mockingbird
  • European Starling
  • Lark Sparrow
  • Grackles sp.
  • House Finch

Sighting by Esta Wiginton, Joan Howard, Bera Johnson, Joe Scraggs, Linda Beyer, Linda from Breckenridge, Linda Collins, Betty Miller, Charlene Wheeler, Diane Martin, Trish Oxford and Kathy Hampton.

Coming Events for Sep – Oct 2009

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Saturday, Sept. 19, 2009 – Field trip to Abilene State Park.  Meet at the Burger King on Antilley Road.  We’ll leave at 7:30am.  Come earlier if you wish to order breakfast.  We’ll look for migrating flycathers and warblers.  Bring water and insect repellent.

Thurday, Oct. 1, 2009 – Membership Meeting at 7:00pm at the Rose Park Senior Activity Center.  Larry Millar will tell us about his recent trip to China.  He’ll tell us about the birds as well as the culture he and his family encountered on this very special trip. Come and bring a friend!

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 – Abilene State Park celebrates its 75th anniversary.  We will be assisting attendees who visit the bird blind to identify the birds commonly seen at the feeders.  Noon until 4pm.