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January 19, 2013 – Abilene Wastewater

30 species (+1 other taxa)

  • Gadwall - 10
  • Mallard - 2
  • Northern Shoveler - 250
  • Northern Pintail - 20
  • Green-winged Teal - 2
  • Bufflehead - 16
  • Ruddy Duck - 56
  • Double-crested Cormorant - 10
  • Northern Harrier - 3
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk - 2
  • American Coot - 150
  • Killdeer - 6
  • Greater Yellowlegs - 1
  • Ring-billed Gull - 40
  • White-winged Dove - 20
  • Mourning Dove - 10
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker - 1
  • Say’s Phoebe - 1
  • Blue Jay - 4
  • Black-crested Titmouse - 2
  • Northern Mockingbird - 8
  • Savannah Sparrow - 2
  • White-crowned Sparrow - 30
  • Northern Cardinal - 4
  • Pyrrhuloxia - 4
  • Red-winged Blackbird - 500
  • Eastern/Western Meadowlark - 30
  • Great-tailed Grackle - 40
  • Brown-headed Cowbird - 50
  • House Sparrow - 20

Sighting by: Larry Barnett, Linda Beyer, June Estes, Kathy Hampton, Suzy Nash, Dan Symonds and JoAn Wilks

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

October 27, 2012 – Lake Colorado City

Number of species – 35

  • Gadwall - 20
  • Blue-winged Teal – 50
  • Northern Shoveler – 40
  • Green-winged Teal - 100
  • Redhead - 20
  • Ring-necked Duck - 20
  • Ruddy Duck - 20
  • Eared Grebe - 2
  • Double-crested Cormorant - 15
  • American White Pelican - 11
  • Great Blue Heron - 1
  • Great Egret - 2
  • Northern Harrier - 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk - 2
  • American Coot - 300
  • Sandhill Crane - 32
  • Killdeer - 3
  • Rock Pigeon - 3
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove - 10
  • Mourning Dove - 20
  • American Kestrel - 2
  • Chihuahuan Raven - 4
  • Rock Wren - 2
  • Bewick’s Wren - 1
  • Cactus Wren - 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
  • Northern Mockingbird - 10
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler - 6
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow - 2
  • Northern Cardinal - 2
  • Pyrrhuloxia - 3
  • Common Grackle - 177
  • Brown-headed Cowbird - 8
  • House Finch - 1
  • House Sparrow - 20

Mammals included 3 White-tail Deer (one was a beautiful 6 point buck) and a LARGE Bobcat.

Sightings on our field trip to Lake Colorado City by Kathy Hampton, JoAn Wilks and Dan Symonds

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

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.

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.

January 22, 2011 – Waste Water Treatment Plant

Number of species:     47

  • Greater White-fronted Goose     21
  • Gadwall     30
  • Mallard     8
  • Blue-winged Teal     8
  • Northern Shoveler     40
  • Northern Pintail     50
  • Green-winged Teal     20
  • Canvasback     4
  • Redhead     4
  • Ring-necked Duck     10
  • Lesser Scaup     2
  • Bufflehead     40
  • Ruddy Duck     20
  • Double-crested Cormorant     20
  • American White Pelican     4
  • Northern Harrier     2
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk     1
  • Red-tailed Hawk     1
  • American Kestrel     1
  • Merlin     1
  • American Coot     500
  • Sandhill Crane     22
  • Killdeer     2
  • Long-billed Dowitcher     12
  • Bonaparte’s Gull     10
  • Ring-billed Gull     25
  • Rock Pigeon     15
  • White-winged Dove     10
  • Mourning Dove     20
  • Eastern Phoebe     2
  • Say’s Phoebe     1
  • Loggerhead Shrike     1
  • Chihuahuan Raven     1
  • Eastern Bluebird     2
  • Northern Mockingbird     2
  • European Starling     23
  • Vesper Sparrow     20
  • Savannah Sparrow     50
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow     5
  • White-crowned Sparrow     20
  • Northern Cardinal     2
  • Red-winged Blackbird     500
  • Eastern Meadowlark     60
  • Common Grackle     20
  • Great-tailed Grackle     40
  • American Goldfinch     12
  • House Sparrow     30

Sighting by:  Kim Berry, Kathy Hampton, Kathy Millar, Larry Millar, Wayne McCormick, Dan Symonds, Joe Thompson

October 30, 2010 – BCAS Wild Goose Chase

Taylor County
Number of species: 1

  • Great Horned Owl – 1

Jones County

Number of species: 13

  • Gadwall – 10
  • American Wigeon – 2
  • Hooded Merganser – 1
  • Northern Bobwhite – 1
  • Pied-billed Grebe – 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 3
  • Killdeer – 4
  • Rock Pigeon – 22
  • Mourning Dove – 10
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 4
  • Chihuahuan Raven – 2
  • European Starling – 50
  • Eastern Meadowlark – 20

Haskell County

Number of species: 28

  • Greater White-fronted Goose 8000
  • Snow Goose 2000
  • Canada Goose 200
  • Gadwall 34
  • American Wigeon 250
  • Northern Shoveler 10
  • Northern Pintail 4
  • Redhead 21
  • White-faced Ibis 1
  • Northern Harrier 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk 11
  • Merlin 1
  • Prairie Falcon 1
  • American Coot 2500
  • Sandhill Crane 3
  • Killdeer 10
  • Least Sandpiper 40
  • Rock Pigeon 30
  • Mourning Dove 24
  • Belted Kingfisher 1
  • Horned Lark 30
  • European Starling 40
  • White-crowned Sparrow 6
  • Red-winged Blackbird 23
  • Western Meadowlark 50
  • Great-tailed Grackle 28
  • Brown-headed Cowbird 1000
  • House Sparrow 20

Sightings by Linda Beyer, Joe Thompson and Dan Symonds

October 17, 2010 – Abilene – Seabee Park

Number of species: 17

  • Blue-winged Teal – 70
  • Pied-billed Grebe – 4
  • Great Blue Heron – 2
  • Great Egret – 3
  • Osprey – 1
  • American Coot – 14
  • Killdeer – 12
  • Spotted Sandpiper – 1
  • Mourning Dove – 22
  • Belted Kingfisher – 1
  • Northern Flicker – 3
  • Vermilion Flycatcher – 1
  • Barn Swallow – 4
  • Northern Mockingbird – 2
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 25
  • Eastern Meadowlark – 30
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 23

Sightings by Dan Symonds