Big Country Audubon Society

Sightings

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.