October 5, 2006 – NE Abilene

At last the warblers and migrants were found moving through along Cedar Creek in NE Abilene. This is the same area the Great Kiskadee was discovered a few weeks back but I did not see or hear any sign of it.

Best bird(s) of the day:

  • Wilson’s Warbler, 4
  • Orange-crowned Warbler, 10
  • Nashville Warbler, 5
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler, 2
  • Common Yellowthroat, 1
  • Indigo Bunting, 3
  • Least Flycatcher, 2
  • Empid, 1

Returning Wintering Birds:

  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 3
  • Downy Woodpecker, 1
  • Northern Flicker, Red-shafted, 3
  • Lincoln’s Sparrow, 5
  • Wilson’s Snipe, 1
  • Cooper’s Hawk, 1
  • Lark Sparrow, 2
  • American Crow, 1
  • Double-crested Cormorant, 50


  • Red-shouldered Hawk, 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, 8
  • Belted Kingfisher, 2
  • Hummingbird species, 1
  • Carolina Wren, 1
  • Northern Cardinal, 4
  • American Robin, 5
  • Great Blue Heron, 1
  • Red-winged Blackbird, 2

All sightings by Laura. Winds NNE, calm to 5 mph

Funniest thing seen: an armadillo chasing a skunk. The armadillo followed closely behind the skunk, jumping up into the air a couple of times, causing the skunk to respond by raising its tail. I was about twenty feet away and wishing like crazy the armadillo would back off from its pursuit. How could I go home if I smelled like Pepe Le Pew? Lucky for me the skunk went to the left and the armadillo to the right, both disappearing into the tall grass.

One response to “October 5, 2006 – NE Abilene”

  1. Laura
    You have done a wonderful job with this website. I was so grateful to Kathy for telling me about it.
    I’ve gotten lax about my bird watching. I haven’t seen the Kiskadee. Wish I could.
    We had a momma skunk and her little one on our patio the other nite. We used to see the turkeys and all kinds of wildlife behind here on Madison, before Lincoln built up. That scared most everything, but the birds, off.