Big Country Audubon Society

Stories from May, 2011

May 21, 2011 – Maddin Prairie (Mitchell County)

Number of species:     40

  • Northern Bobwhite – 15
  • Turkey Vulture – 10
  • Swainson’s Hawk – 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 2     One of the birds was a Krider’s Red-tailed.
  • Mourning Dove – 12
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo – 3
  • Greater Roadrunner – 1     heard only;
  • Common Nighthawk – 12
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 3
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher – 1
  • Least Flycatcher – 1
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher – 8
  • Western Kingbird – 2
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 12
  • Bell’s Vireo – 2
  • Chihuahuan Raven – 2     Very vocal birds. Kirsti is pretty sure they’re nesting.
  • Barn Swallow – 2
  • Cliff Swallow – 250
  • Cave Swallow – 20
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 2
  • Verdin – 1
  • Bewick’s Wren – 2
  • Northern Mockingbird – 12
  • American Redstart – 1     I believe this bird was an immature male. It had a single black spot on the breast. We all got great looks at it along the creek on that runs through Maddin Prairie.
  • Cassin’s Sparrow – 30
  • Lark Sparrow – 12
  • Grasshopper Sparrow – 8
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow – 1     Very late!
  • Northern Cardinal – 10
  • Pyrrhuloxia – 1
  • Blue Grosbeak – 1     heard only;
  • Painted Bunting – 15
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 3
  • Eastern Meadowlark – 10
  • Western Meadowlark – 3
  • Common Grackle – 3     Flew over
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 5
  • Bullock’s Oriole – 6
  • House Finch – 2     heard only;
  • House Sparrow – 1     Flew by along CR 125.

Sighting by Jay Packer, Amy Packer, Kirsti Harms and Dan Symonds.

May 5, 2011 – Cedar Gap Farms

During our year end potluck get together at Cedar Gap Farms, we were treated to a trio of bunting species.

Number of species:     19

  • Wild Turkey – 1
  • Mourning Dove – 3
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 2     male;
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird – 2     male;
  • Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird – 3     female;
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 5
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) – 1
  • Chipping Sparrow – 5
  • Clay-colored Sparrow – 1
  • Lark Sparrow – 2
  • Summer Tanager – 2     male; female; first of season;
  • Northern Cardinal – 15
  • Blue Grosbeak – 1
  • Lazuli Bunting – 5     male; female; excellent looks, coming into feed repeatedly. Earlene Hutto says that she sees this bird nearly every year during migration.
  • Lazuli x Indigo Bunting (hybrid) – 1
  • Indigo Bunting – 2     male; female;
  • Painted Bunting – 7     male; female;
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 6
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 2
  • House Finch – 2
  • Pine Siskin – 30     Very large numbers of birds coming into the feeder

Sightings by all who attended.

The year end wrap up…

We have one last scheduled field trip for the year.

Saturday, May 21, 2011 – the Maddin Prairie Preserve.  We will leave from the What-a-burger on North 1st and Pioneer at 7:00am.  Come early if you wish to eat breakfast.  Be sure to bring snacks and water.  We will probably stop for lunch on the way home.

FYI

BCAS birders might keep eyes skyward over the next few days around sunset.  From my south Abilene backyard yesterday I observed an overhead flock of 20-25 Yellow-headed Blackbirds, flying west northwest from the general direction of Kirby Lake.  This evening I saw a larger flock (40-50 birds), on a similar flight path.

Also had two MacGillivray’s Warblers foraging in my backyard yesterday evening.

Gary Hunter