Big Country Audubon Society

Stories from November, 2009

November 28, 2009 – Lake Abilene (PHP 009)

Number of species: 23

  • Gadwall – 10
  • Mallard – 4
  • Northern Shoveler – 4
  • Pied-billed Grebe – 2
  • Double-crested Cormorant – 4
  • Great Blue Heron – 4
  • American Coot – 32
  • Killdeer – 6
  • Greater Yellowlegs – 1
  • Belted Kingfisher – 2
  • Eastern Phoebe – 4
  • Western Scrub-Jay – 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 3
  • Eastern Bluebird – 40
  • American Robin – 94
  • Cedar Waxwing – 22
  • Spotted Towhee – 2
  • Canyon Towhee – 1
  • Chipping Sparrow – 52
  • Clay-colored Sparrow – 44
  • Dark-eyed Junco – 4
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 2
  • American Goldfinch – 23

Sightings by Dan Symonds

November 28, 2009 – Abilene SP (PHP 008)

Number of species: 10

  • Black Vulture – 8
  • Northern Flicker – 1
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 4
  • Hermit Thrush – 1
  • American Robin – 300
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler – 4
  • Dark-eyed Junco – 10
  • Northern Cardinal – 2
  • Pine Siskin – 150
  • American Goldfinch – 221

Sightings by Dan Symonds

Nov. 22, 2009 – Abilene SP (PHP 008)

Number of species: 19

  • Black Vulture – 10
  • Inca Dove – 5
  • Blue Jay – 10
  • American Crow – 10
  • Carolina Chickadee – 32
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 15
  • Carolina Wren – 3
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 2
  • Eastern Bluebird – 2
  • American Robin – 50
  • Cedar Waxwing – 20
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler – 11
  • Spotted Towhee – 6
  • Chipping Sparrow – 10
  • White-throated Sparrow – 1
  • Dark-eyed Junco – 32
  • Northern Cardinal – 5
  • Pine Siskin – 20
  • American Goldfinch – 30

Sightings by Dan Symonds

Nov. 15, 2009 – Lake Kirby

Number of species: 48

  • Greater White-fronted Goose – 1
  • Snow Goose – 2
  • Gadwall – 4
  • Mallard – 8
  • Blue-winged Teal – 20
  • Northern Shoveler – 28
  • Green-winged Teal – 18
  • Pied-billed Grebe – 10
  • Horned Grebe – 4
  • Eared Grebe – 3
  • American White Pelican – 75
  • Double-crested Cormorant – 94
  • Great Blue Heron – 6
  • Great Egret – 4
  • Northern Harrier – 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 4
  • American Kestrel – 1
  • Common Moorhen – 1
  • American Coot – 457
  • Killdeer – 10
  • Spotted Sandpiper – 3
  • Greater Yellowlegs – 2
  • Least Sandpiper – 10
  • Wilson’s Snipe – 4
  • Franklin’s Gull – 2
  • Ring-billed Gull – 40
  • Rock Pigeon – 21
  • Mourning Dove – 4
  • Belted Kingfisher –  2
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 2
  • Bewick’s Wren – 2
  • Marsh Wren – 6
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 2
  • Northern Mockingbird – 4
  • European Starling – 20
  • Orange-crowned Warbler – 2
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler – 10
  • Common Yellowthroat – 4
  • Spotted Towhee – 2
  • Field Sparrow – 1
  • Fox Sparrow – 2
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow – 3
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 53
  • Northern Cardinal – 4
  • Pyrrhuloxia – 1
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 145
  • Common Grackle – 20
  • House Finch – 2

Sightings by Dan Symonds

Lake O.H.Ivie Field Trip by Kathy Hampton

Six birders were welcomed at 7:00 AM on Saturday, Novemberl14, 2009 with a gorgeous red sunrise complete with some clouds, Venus and a narrow sliver of the moon. Leaves showed the range of colors–light green, dark green, yellow, orange, red, brown and all the shades between. I do not recall ever seeing the mesquite leaves turn such a rich yellow color.  Sumacs were their well known bright red.

Temperatures were pleasant, winds calm. Had there been no birds, it would have been a great day to be outdoors.

The group listed 64 species and well more than 3,000 birds.  Each birder got at least one “life bird.” Tom Dolan recorded Short-eared Owland Rock Wren. Toni Dolan recorded Lark Bunting and American Pipit. Joe and Bonnie Thompson listed Lark Bunting and Franklin’s Gull. Dan Symonds actually showed excitement over his new lifer, Crested Caracara. (Way to go Dan!) Kathy Hampton did not even try to hide her rejoicing

over an unexpected Short-eared Owl that, at mid-morning, took flight right by us as we searched for the Rock Wren we were hearing. Check the

bird list for several other “really good” birds that we saw. All agreed that it was a great, fun day to be outside and bird! Birds are on the move. Be on the look-out!

Nov. 14, 2009 – BCAS Trip to Lake O.H. Ivie

Location: Taylor County

Number of species: 16

  • Bufflehead –  2
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 4
  • Rock Pigeon – 12
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 10
  • White-winged Dove – 7
  • Mourning Dove – 40
  • Short-eared Owl – 1
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker – 1
  • Loggerhead Shrike – 2
  • Blue Jay – 2
  • Northern Mockingbird – 5
  • European Starling – 21
  • Savannah Sparrow – 2
  • Common Grackle – 154
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 12
  • House Finch – 12

Location: Runnels County
Number of species: 10

  • Great Blue Heron – 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 2
  • Mourning Dove – 40
  • Loggerhead Shrike – 4
  • Verdin – 2
  • Cactus Wren – 2
  • Bewick’s Wren – 2
  • Northern Mockingbird – 5
  • Pyrrhuloxia – 2
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 1000

Location: Concho County
Number of species: 44

  • Gadwall – 200
  • American Wigeon – 200
  • Mallard – 20
  • Cinnamon Teal – 4
  • Northern Shoveler –  200
  • Green-winged Teal –  200
  • Canvasback – 20
  • Redhead – 20
  • Common Loon – 2
  • Pied-billed Grebe – 5
  • Anhinga – 1
  • Great Egret – 2
  • Black Vulture – 25
  • Turkey Vulture – 20
  • Osprey – 3
  • Northern Harrier – 3
  • Crested Caracara – 1
  • American Kestrel – 3
  • Common Moorhen – 1
  • American Coot – 1000
  • Greater Yellowlegs – 4
  • Least Sandpiper – 20
  • Long-billed Dowitcher – 20
  • Bonaparte’s Gull – 4
  • Franklin’s Gull – 5
  • Ring-billed Gull – 22
  • Herring Gull (American) – 4
  • Short-eared Owl – 1
  • Belted Kingfisher – 2
  • Eastern Phoebe – 1
  • Say’s Phoebe – 2
  • Vermilion Flycatcher – 2
  • Rock Wren – 3
  • Marsh Wren – 4
  • Eastern Bluebird – 4
  • American Pipit – 25
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler – 10
  • Vesper Sparrow – 10
  • Lark Sparrow – 10
  • Lark Bunting – 46
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 45
  • Northern Cardinal – 4
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 300
  • House Sparrow – 20

Location: Coleman County
Number of species: 4

  • Red-tailed Hawk – 2
  • American Kestrel – 3
  • Mourning Dove – 40
  • Northern Mockingbird – 4

Sightings by Tom & Toni Dolan,  Kathy Hampton, Dan Symonds and Joe &  Bonnie Thompson

Fall 2009 Events!

Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009 – Field trip to Lake O.H. Ivie.  We will leave from Burger King on Antilley Road promptly at 7:00am. This will be an all day trip, bring a sack lunch and water.  We will try to stop at a frequented eatery for lunch.  Target birds are returning waterfowl and Bald Eagles.

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009 – This will be a half day field trip around Lake Ft. Phantom Hill.  We will meet at Denny’s on I-20 & FM600 at 7:30am.  Come earlier if you wish to eat breakfast.  Bring snacks and water.  Target birds will be Osprey, Vermillion Flycatcher and Canvasback.

Saturday, Dec. 5, 2009 – Christmas Party at 6:00pm at the Lueders Train Depot on the Ben Richey Boys Ranch at 501 Ben Richey Drive.  Please bring your favorite party finger food.  If you wish to exchange gifts, please bring one that doesn’t exceed a value of $10.

Nov. 1, 2009 – Will Hair Park (PHP 003)

Number of species: 22

  • Wood Duck – 2
  • Double-crested Cormorant – 9
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
  • Rock Pigeon – 12
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 2
  • White-winged Dove – 18
  • Mourning Dove – 4
  • Rufous Hummingbird – 1 – This bird was actually seen about 2 blocks east from the park. It had been seen visiting a feeder there for the past 3 days.
  • Blue Jay – 14
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 4
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 1
  • American Robin – 1
  • Northern Mockingbird – 10
  • European Starling – 8
  • Orange-crowned Warbler – 1
  • Nashville Warbler – 2
  • Spotted Towhee – 2
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 2
  • Northern Cardinal – 2
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 20
  • House Finch – 3
  • House Sparrow – 8

Sightings by Dan Symonds