Big Country Audubon Society

Stories from December, 2012

Abilene CBC – Jan. 5, 2012

Christmas Bird Count – Meet at Aldersgate United Methodist Church at 6:30 am. 1741 Sayles Blvd, Abilene, Texas 79605-6031.  We will reconvene at the church at 5:00 pm to tally our lists followed by dinner at Cotton Patch.

Dec. 8, 2012 – Lake Ft. Phantom Trip

Number of Species: 41

  • Gadwall – 18
  • Mallard – 4
  • Blue-winged Teal – 18
  • Green-winged Teal – 12
  • Lesser Scaup – 8
  • Horned Grebe – 3
  • Double-crested Cormorant – 22
  • American White Pelican – 5
  • Great Blue Heron – 12
  • Great Egret – 7
  • Northern Harrier – 3
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 4
  • American Coot – 200
  • Sandhill Crane – 990
  • Killdeer – 12
  • Greater Yellowlegs – 5
  • Long-billed Dowitcher – 25
  • Bonaparte’s Gull – 1
  • Ring-billed Gull – 1100
  • Herring Gull – 1  1st winter juvenile with Ring-billed Gulls
  • Forster’s Tern – 3
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 2
  • Mourning Dove – 7
  • Belted Kingfisher – 1
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 1
  • Northern Flicker – 2
  • American Kestrel – 2
  • Blue Jay – 2
  • Chihuahuan Raven – 2
  • Eastern Bluebird – 6
  • Northern Mockingbird – 10
  • European Starling – 10
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler – 5
  • Field Sparrow – 5
  • Vesper Sparrow – 7
  • Savannah Sparrow – 2
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 5
  • Northern Cardinal – 11
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 112
  • Eastern/Western Meadowlark – 40
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 1000

Sightings by Kathy Hampton, Joan Howard, JoAn Wilks, Bera Johnson, Linda Beyer and Dan Symonds

Upcoming Events…


Thursday, December 6, 2012 – Christmas Party — Ben Richey Boy’s Ranch, 6:00 pm. We will enjoy a white-elephant gift exchange. Keep gifts from $10 to $20. Drinks will be furnished. Bring food to share.

Saturday, December 8, 2012 – This will be a half day field trip around Lake Ft. Phantom Hill. We will meet at Denny’s on I-20 & FM 600 at 7:30 a.m. Come earlier if you wish to eat breakfast. Bring snacks and water. Target birds will be Osprey, Vermillion Flycatcher, and Canvasback.

Saturday, January 5, 2013 – Christmas Bird Count – Meet at Aldersgate United Methodist Church at 6:30 am. We will reconvene at the church at 5:00 pm to tally our lists followed by dinner at Cotton Patch.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 – Board Meeting at Mezamiz, 6:30 pm

Saturday, January 19, 2013 – Field Trip to Waste Water Treatment Plant. Depart at 8:00 am from McDonald’s, 1201 N. Judge Ely. Come early if you would like to buy breakfast. Target birds: Ducks, waterfowl, and sparrows.

Thursday, February 7, 2013 – Regular meeting at Rose Park Senior Center, 7:00 pm. Program by Larry Millar — “Archaeological Digs in Texas.”

Saturday, February 16, 2013 – Field Trip around Abilene. Meet at Will Hair Park at 7:30 am. Go by Dia-mond Lake and then to Lake Kirby. Target birds: Wilson’s Snipe, Harris’s Sparrow, and Eared Grebe. Bring water and snacks.