Big Country Audubon Society

Stories by Dan

Last Minute Change of Venue!!

Season Finale Membership meeting South Side Senior Center located @ 1002 Cherry st. one block west of Treadaway We will meet at 6:30pm. . This is our annual potluck, we will provide brisket, tea and water, you bring your favorite covered dish.

March 25, 2012 – Lake Fort Phantom Hill

35 species

Gadwall – 11
Northern Shoveler – 2
Pied-billed Grebe – 2
Double-crested Cormorant – 11
American White Pelican – 16
Great Blue Heron – 6
Great Egret – 1
Turkey Vulture – 2
Northern Harrier – 1
Peregrine Falcon – 1
American Coot – 181
Snowy Plover – 1
Killdeer – 12
Spotted Sandpiper – 2
Greater Yellowlegs – 4
Least Sandpiper – 20
Ring-billed Gull – 2
Forster’s Tern – 2
Eurasian Collared-Dove – 4
Mourning Dove – 52
Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 2
Cave Swallow – 40
Bewick’s Wren – 1
American Robin – 22
Northern Mockingbird – 30
European Starling – 21
Orange-crowned Warbler – 1
Vesper Sparrow – 20
White-crowned Sparrow – 31
Pyrrhuloxia – 1
Red-winged Blackbird – 32
Western Meadowlark – 22
Great-tailed Grackle – 16
House Finch – 3
House Sparrow – 11

Sighting by Dan Symonds

Upcoming Events March – May 2012…

Saturday, March 31, 2012 – Field Trip to San Angelo, guided by Bob Zellar.  We will depart from Burger King/Shell on Antilley Rd at 7:00am.  This will be an all day trip.

Thursday, April 5, 2012 – Regular Meeting  7:00pm at the Rose Park Senior Center.  Presentation is Attwater Prairie Chickens by Ryan King.

Saturday, April 21, 2012 – Field Trip TBA

Thursday, May 3, 2012 – Season Finale Membership meeting South Side Senior Center located @ 1002 Cherry st. one block west of Treadaway We will meet at 6:30pm. .  This is our annual potluck, we will provide brisket, tea and water, you bring your favorite covered dish.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - Board Meeting 6:30pm at Mezamiz Cafe.

Upcoming Events Jan-Feb 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012- Board Meeting, 6:30 PM, Mezamiz
Saturday, January 14, 2012- Field Trip to Kirby Lake.  We will depart from Burger King on Antilley Rd at 7:30am.  Come earlier if you wish to have breakfast.  This will be a short trip.
Thursday, February 2, 2012- Regular meeting at Rose Park Senior Center  7:00 PM.  We will have a report on the Christmas Bird Count results plus other wonderfully interesting things.
Saturday, February 18, 2012- Field Trip to Lake Stamford.  We will depart from the What-a-burger on South 1st and Pioneer at 7:00am.  Come early if you wish to have breakfast.  Bring your snacks and something to drink.

Upcoming Events: Sep – Oct 2011

Annual Membership Meeting – Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, 6:00pm. Cedar Gap Farm (Hutto’s).  If you want to eat, bring your own brown bag.  Drinks will be furnished.  Anyone with a big heart and warm oven is invited to bring a dessert to share with everyone!!!  We will have election of officers for 2011-2012.  If you have done any interesting birding since we last met, be ready to share where you went and what you saw.

Board Meeting – Tuesday, Sept 13, 2011 - Mezamiz Coffee Shop—7:00 PM.  Come earlier if you want to eat.

Field Trip – Saturday, Sept 17, 2011 –  Oakwood Trails, meet at 7:30AM on east side of Abilene State Living Center campus.

Regular Meeting – Thursday, Oct 6, 2011 – west side of Rose Park Senior Center 7:00 PM

Program:  TBA

Field Trip – Saturday, Oct 15, 2011 – Sibley Nature Center in Midland.  (Tentative).

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

April 2, 2011 – Hord’s Creek Lake

Location:     Hords Creek Lake

Number of species:     54

  • Blue-winged Teal – 3
  • Northern Shoveler – 2
  • Green-winged Teal – 1
  • Double-crested Cormorant – 1
  • American White Pelican – 17
  • Great Blue Heron – 3
  • Turkey Vulture – 20
  • Northern Harrier – 2
  • Red-shouldered Hawk  – 1     heard only;
  • Swainson’s Hawk – 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 1
  • American Coot – 100
  • Killdeer – 3
  • Greater Yellowlegs – 1
  • Least Sandpiper – 20
  • Baird’s Sandpiper – 15
  • Wilson’s Snipe – 2
  • Ring-billed Gull – 2
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 6
  • Mourning Dove – 12
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird – 10
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 2
  • Eastern Phoebe – 3
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 5
  • White-eyed Vireo – 3
  • raven sp. – 1
  • Barn Swallow – 12
  • Cave Swallow – 50
  • Carolina Chickadee – 8
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 12
  • Rock Wren – 1
  • Bewick’s Wren – 12
  • House Wren – 1
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 2
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 3
  • Northern Mockingbird – 20
  • Orange-crowned Warbler – 1
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) – 1
  • Spotted Towhee – 5
  • Cassin’s Sparrow – 1     first of season;
  • Clay-colored Sparrow – 4
  • Field Sparrow – 10
  • Vesper Sparrow – 10
  • Grasshopper Sparrow – 1
  • Song Sparrow – 1
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow – 1
  • Swamp Sparrow – 6
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 20
  • Northern Cardinal – 15
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 15
  • meadowlark sp. – 2
  • Common Grackle – 10
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 4
  • House Finch – 4
  • Pine Siskin – 2
  • House Sparrow – 6

Sightings by Jay and Amy Packer, Dan and Maria Symonds, Bera Johnson, and Cherrie-Lee Phillip.

Spring 2011 Events…

Field Trip – Saturday, April 2, 2011 – Hord’s Creek Lake near Coleman.   We will leave at 7:00am from the Burger King at Hwy 83/84 and Antilley Rd..  Come earlier if you wish to eat.  The goal of this trip to see what can be found around the lake for the presentation and walk Larry and Dan will be doing for a group of Cisco Jr. College students.

Regular Meeting – Thursday, April 7, 2011 – 7:00pm at Rose Park Senior Center.  Program will be presented by Laura Holbrook on the World Birding Center or the video “Ghost Bird” about the Ivory-billed Woodpecker.

Membership Potluck – Thursday, May 5, 2011 – 6:00pm at Cedar Gap Farms.  We will provide brisket, tea and water, you bring your favorite covered dish.

Board Meeting – Tuesday, May 10, 2010 – 7:00pm at Mezamiz Coffee Shop.  Come earlier if you wish to enjoy one of there delicious sandwiches.

Field Trip – Saturday, May 14 or 21, 2011 – We have be invited: Native Prairies Association of Texas is looking for help with a breeding bird survey on our Maddin Prairie Preserve to be held on either May 14 or 21–still working on dates.  Watch the website for more info.