Big Country Audubon Society

Sightings

November 12, 2008 – Cedar Creek Area

Highlights:

  • Wood Ducks
  • Brown Thrasher
  • Audubon’s Warbler


Complete List:

  • Wood Duck – 8
  • Wild Turkey – 17
  • Cooper’s Hawk – 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 1
  • American Kestrel – 1
  • Mourning Dove – 1
  • White-winged Dove – 12
  • Inca Dove – 4
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 1
  • Downy Woodpecker – 1
  • Northern Flicker – 2
  • Eastern Phoebe – 1
  • Blue Jay – 4
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 1
  • Carolina Wren – 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 1
  • American Robin – 3
  • Northern Mockingbird – 1
  • Brown Thrasher – 1
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler, Audubon’s – 2
  • Spotted Towhee – 3
  • Song Sparrow – 5
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 2
  • Dark-eyed Junco – 1
  • Northern Cardinal – 5
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 1
  • Western Meadowlark – 1
  • House Finch – 2
  • American Goldfinch – 15
  • House Sparrow – 10

Sightings by LgPacker

November 9, 2008 – SeaBee Park

Complete List:

  • Gadwall 14
  • Blue-winged Teal – 10
  • Northern Shoveler – 30
  • Canvasback – 10
  • Ring-necked Duck – 10
  • Pied-billed Grebe – 11
  • Double-crested Cormorant – 75
  • Great Blue Heron – 2
  • Great Egret – 3
  • Northern Harrier – 1
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 1
  • American Kestrel – 3
  • American Coot – 91
  • Killdeer – 25
  • Ring-billed Gull – 105
  • Mourning Dove – 4
  • Great Horned Owl – 1
  • Belted Kingfisher – 2
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 1
  • Northern Flicker – 2
  • Eastern Phoebe – 2
  • Blue Jay – 2
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 2
  • Rock Wren – 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 4
  • American Robin – 2
  • Northern Mockingbird – 1
  • European Starling – 5
  • American Pipit – 11
  • Chipping Sparrow – 2
  • Vesper Sparrow – 8
  • Savannah Sparrow – 8
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 6
  • Northern Cardinal – 4
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 20
  • Eastern Meadowlark – 30
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 100

Sightings by Dan Symonds

November 8, 2008 – Lake OH Ivie

Highlights:

  • Wood Duck
  • Thousands of other ducks
  • Hooded Merganser
  • Common Loon
  • Western Grebe
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (a late sighting)
  • Five species of wren!
  • Nine species of sparrow!


Complete List:

  • Wood Duck – 2
  • American Wigeon – 1,000
  • Gadwall – 48
  • Green-winged Teal – 18
  • Mallard – 24
  • Northern Pintail – 6
  • Northern Shoveler – 1
  • Canvasback – 750
  • Redhead – 1,000
  • Ring-necked Duck – 12
  • Lesser Scaup – 1
  • Bufflehead – 9
  • Hooded Merganser – 1
  • Ruddy Duck – 4
  • Common Loon – 2
  • Pied-billed Grebe – 6
  • Western Grebe – 1
  • American White Pelican – 52
  • Double-crested Cormorant – 350
  • Great Blue Heron – 7
  • Great Egret – 4
  • Black Vulture – 10
  • Turkey Vulture – 1
  • Northern Harrier – 2
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 16
  • Osprey – 5
  • American Kestrel – 8
  • American Coot – 2,000
  • Killdeer – 3
  • Spotted Sandpiper – 1
  • Ring-billed Gull – 24
  • Rock Pigeon – 12
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 3
  • Mourning Dove – 8
  • White-winged Dove – 6
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker – 1
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 2
  • Eastern Phoebe – 3
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 1
  • Loggerhead Shrike – 3
  • Chihuahuan Raven – 1
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 2
  • Verdin – 8
  • Cactus Wren – 1
  • Rock Wren – 1
  • Canyon Wren – 1
  • Bewick’s Wren – 2
  • Marsh Wren – 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 3
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 1
  • Eastern Bluebird – 2
  • Northern Mockingbird – 24
  • Curve-billed Thrasher – 2
  • European Starling – 12
  • Orange-crowned Warbler – 1
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler – 7
  • Spotted Towhee – 1
  • Canyon Towhee – 2
  • Chipping Sparrow – 4
  • Field Sparrow – 1
  • Vesper Sparrow – 2
  • Lark Sparrow – 4
  • Savannah Sparrow – 3
  • Song Sparrow – 2
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 2
  • Northern Cardinal – 4
  • Pyrrhuloxia – 7
  • Red-wigned Blackbird – 12
  • Eastern Meadowlark – 36
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 238
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 75
  • House Finch – 6
  • Pine Siskin – 1
  • House Sparrow – 1

Mammals Seen:

  • Deer – 12
  • Nutria – 6
  • Armadillo – 1

Sightings by LorieBlack, KathyHampton, BeraJohnson, LauraPacker, DanSymonds, LindaWhite

November 2, 2008 – Abilene State Park

Highlights:

  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Brown Creeper, FOS
  • Orange-crowned Warbler 2
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler 14
  • Pine Siskins, FOS for the Park

Complete List:

  • Blue-winged Teal 2
  • Double-crested Cormorant 30
  • Great Blue Heron 1
  • Black Vulture 22
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
  • Red-shouldered Hawk 1
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
  • White-winged Dove 15
  • Mourning Dove 8
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
  • Downy Woodpecker 1
  • Northern Flicker 3
  • Eastern Phoebe 2
  • Blue Jay 5
  • Carolina Chickadee 10
  • Black-crested Titmouse 10
  • Brown Creeper 1
  • Carolina Wren 3
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
  • Eastern Bluebird 4
  • American Robin 51
  • Orange-crowned Warbler 2
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler 14
  • Spotted Towhee 2
  • Chipping Sparrow 4
  • Clay-colored Sparrow 4
  • Northern Cardinal 13
  • House Finch 5
  • Pine Siskin 30

Sightings by Dan Symonds

November 1, 2008 – Haskell-Jones-Taylor County

Haskell County

Highlights:

  • Greater White-fronted Goose – 5,000
  • Snow Goose – 1,500
  • Ross’s Goose – 6
  • Canada Goose – 3,000
  • Cackling Goose – 1,000
  • Merlin
  • Prairie Falcon
  • Brewer’s Blackbird – 15


Complete List:

  • Greater White-fronted Goose – 5,000
  • Snow Goose – 1,500
  • Ross’s Goose – 6
  • Canada Goose – 3,000
  • Cackling Goose – 1,000
  • American Wigeon – 1
  • Gadwall – 1
  • Mallard – 1
  • Northern Pintail – 1
  • Blue-winged Teal – 1
  • Northern Shoveler – 1
  • Redhead – 2
  • Ruddy Duck – 53
  • Northern Bobwhite – 6 calling coveys
  • American White Pelican – 1
  • Great Blue Heron – 2
  • Northern Harrier – 4
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 12
  • American Kestrel – 22
  • Merlin – 1
  • Prairie Falcon – 1
  • American Coot – 25
  • Killdeer – 2
  • American Avocet – 19
  • Rock Pigeon – 12
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 1
  • Mourning Dove – 24
  • Great Horned Owl – 1
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker – 3
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 2
  • Northern Flicker – 2
  • Eastern Phoebe – 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 1
  • Loggerhead Shrike – 15
  • Blue Jay – 1
  • American Crow – 1
  • Chihuahuan Raven – 2
  • Horned Lark – 25
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 2
  • Bewick’s Wren – 2
  • Eastern Bluebird – 1
  • Northern Mockingbird – 8
  • Curve-billed Thrasher – 1
  • European Starling – 6
  • Spotted Towhee – 1
  • Vesper Sparrow – 22
  • Savannah Sparrow – 6
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 45
  • Northern Cardinal – 3
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 80
  • Eastern Meadowlark – 200
  • Western Meadowlark – 6
  • Brewer’s Blackbird – 15
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 162
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 1,000
  • House Sparrow – 3

Haskell sightings by LgPacker, DSymonds, HTrudell

Jones County: Lake Fort Phantom Hill:

Highlights:

  • Great Egret – 3
  • Snowy Egret – 5
  • Osprey – 1
  • Great Horned Owl – 1
  • American Pipit – 7

Taylor County: Kirby Lake:

Highlights:

  • Eared Grebe – 12
  • Pied-billed Grebe – 4
  • Common Loon – 2
  • Herring Gull – 3
  • Ring-billed Gull – 45
  • Canvasback – 2
  • American Wigeon – 4
  • Ruddy Duck – 25
  • Northern Shoveler – 8
  • Osprey – 1
  • Marsh Wren – 3

Lake Ft. Phantom and Lake Kirby sightings by Lorie Black

October 25, 2008 – Fort Griffin Field Trip

Highlights:

  • Neotropic Cormorant
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
  • Northern Flicker
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, numbers are dwindling fast
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Song Sparrow, FOS
  • A good mix of wintering sparrows (see complete list below)

Complete List:

  • Wild Turkey – 26
  • Neotropic Cormorant – 3
  • Great Blue Heron – 1
  • Turkey Vulture – 1
  • Northern Harrier – 1
  • Sharp-shinned Hawk – 1
  • Red-shouldered Hawk – 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 3
  • American Kestrel – 3
  • Killdeer – 1
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 8
  • Mourning Dove – 42
  • White-winged Dove – 1
  • Belted Kingfisher – 1
  • Red-bellied Woodpecker – 1
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – 3
  • Northern Flicker – 2, yellow and red-shafted form
  • Eastern Phoebe – 2
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 7
  • Loggerhead Shrike – 2
  • Blue Jay – 1
  • American Crow – 1
  • Common Raven – 1
  • Carolina Chickadee – 1
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 3
  • Carolina Wren – 1
  • Bewick’s Wren – 1
  • House Wren – 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 6
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 1
  • Eastern Bluebird – 4
  • American Robin – 1
  • European Starling – 12
  • Orange-crowned Warbler – 1
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler – 4
  • Spotted Towhee – 2
  • Vesper Sparrow – 8
  • Lark Sparrow – 1
  • Song Sparrow – 1
  • Lincoln’s sparrow – 2
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 4
  • Eastern Meadowlark – 110
  • Western Meadowlark – 48
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 10
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 1
  • House Sparrow – 35

Sightings by Kathy Hampton, Bill Hughes, Diane Martin, Laura Packer, Dan Symonds, Charline Wheeler, Esta Wiginton. Birds seen along CR 351 and 283 are also included in this list.

October 24, 2008 – Lake Kirby and S. Taylor County

Lake Kirby

Highlights:

  • Common Loon
  • Duck species
  • Horned Grebe
  • Eared Grebe
  • Wilson’s Snipe

Complete List:

  • Gadwall – 2
  • Blue-winged Teal – 4
  • Northern Shoveler – 5
  • Redhead – 4
  • Ring-necked Duck – 4
  • Ruddy Duck – 2
  • Common Loon – 1
  • Pied-billed Grebe – 5
  • Horned Grebe – 1
  • Eared Grebe – 20
  • American White Pelican – 30
  • Double-crested Cormorant – 22
  • Great Blue Heron – 5
  • Great Egret – 6
  • Snowy Egret – 5
  • Cattle Egret – 5
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 1
  • Common Moorhen – 1
  • American Coot – 70
  • Killdeer – 3
  • Greater Yellowlegs – 3
  • Wilson’s Snipe – 5
  • Ring-billed Gull – 20
  • Belted Kingfisher – 2
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 25
  • Common Grackle – 2
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 2
  • House Sparrow – 30

Sightings by Lorie Black and Dan Symonds

Southern Taylor County

Highlights:

  • Say’s Phoebe
  • Loggerhead Shrike feeding young (late nesting by this species)
  • Canyon Wren
  • Western Bluebird, FOS
  • Brown Thrasher – 2
  • Pine Siskin, FOS

Complete List:

  • Green-winged Teal – 8
  • Mallard – 11
  • Northern Bobwhite – 5 coveys heard
  • Black Vulture – 5
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 4
  • American Kestrel – 4
  • Rock Pigeon – 18
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 7
  • Mourning Dove – 49
  • White-winged Dove – 14
  • Great Horned Owl – 2
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 1
  • Say’s Phoebe – 1, along CR 353
  • Loggerhead Shrike – 6
  • Western Scrub-Jay – 2
  • Chihuahuan Raven – 2
  • Carolina Chickadee – 2
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 3
  • Canyon Wren – 1, CR 351
  • Carolina Wren – 1
  • House Wren – 1
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 1
  • Eastern Bluebird – 2
  • Western Bluebird – 18, CR 351 near Hwy 89
  • Northern Mockingbird – 14
  • Brown Thrasher – 2
  • European Starling – 3
  • Orange-crowned Warbler – 3
  • Spotted Towhee – 9
  • Vesper Sparrow – 11
  • Savannah Sparrow – 4
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 48
  • Northern Cardinal – 4
  • Pyrrhuloxia – 1
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 8
  • Western Meadowlark – 81
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 12
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 6
  • House Finch – 2
  • Pine Siskin – 104, FOS, CR 351
  • Lesser Goldfinch – 2
  • House Sparrow – 10

Sightings by LgPacker along Taylor County Roads 350, 351, 89, FM 1235, Hwy 277, CR 707, 314, 283, 290(Butterfield School Road), 277, 353, 126, but not necessarily in this order.

October 19, 2008 – Dyess AFB, NE

Complete List:

  • Northern Bobwhite – 1
  • Great Blue Heron – 1
  • Red-shouldered Hawk – 1
  • Swainson’s Hawk – 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 3
  • American Kestrel – 2
  • Killdeer – 3
  • Rock Pigeon – 54
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 1
  • Mourning Dove – 15
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker – 3
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 2
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 21
  • Blue Jay – 7
  • American Crow – 2
  • Bewick’s Wren – 1
  • Eastern Bluebird – 5
  • American Robin – 2
  • Northern Mockingbird – 12
  • Curve-billed Thrasher – 3
  • European Starling – 24
  • Orange-crowned Warbler – 1
  • Clay-colored Sparrow – 4
  • Lark Sparrow – 2
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 2
  • Dark-eyed Junco – 1
  • Northern Cardinal – 2
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 2
  • Common Grackle – 6
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 8
  • Brown-headed Cowbird – 2
  • House Finch – 25
  • House Sparrow – 5

Sightings by Dan Symonds

October 18, 2008 – Southern Taylor County

Highlights:

  • Bushtits
  • And the returning winter species, see list.

Semi-complete List
(complete for species seen, but not complete quantities)

  • Double-crested Cormorant – 20
  • Great Blue Heron – 1
  • Black Vulture – 2
  • Turkey Vulture – 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 3 (one was a very dark morph)
  • Eurasian Collared-Dove – 2
  • White-winged Dove – 2
  • Mourning Dove – 4
  • Greater Roadrunner – 1
  • Northern Flicker – 3, red-shafted; 1 yellow-shafted
  • Eastern Phoebe – 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 2
  • Loggerhead Shrike – 2
  • Blue Jay – 2
  • Western Scrub-Jay – 2
  • Common Raven – 2
  • Carolina Chickadee – 2
  • Bushtit – 6
  • Bewick’s Wren – 1 (chasing the intruding House Wren)
  • House Wren – 1 (running from the resident Bewick’s)
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 1
  • Orange-crowned Warbler – 1
  • Spotted Towhee – 1
  • Canyon Towhee – 1
  • Field Sparrow – 1
  • Vesper Sparrow – 3
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 8
  • Northern Cardinal – 5
  • Pyrrhuloxia – 1
  • Meadowlark species – 3
  • American Goldfinch – 1 (seen overhead)
  • House Sparrow – 12

Mammals:

  • Coyote – 1, in a fresh cut field, no doubt looking for displaced rodents
  • Hog-nosed Skunk – 1, argued with a vehicle and lost. But since I’ve never seen one, I had to take its picture. Don’t worry…no blood shows

Sightings by LgPacker and HT. Roads traveled: CR 613, 207, 196, 195, 194, 186, 184, and not necessarily in that order.

October 18, 2008 – Lake Abilene

Highlights:

  • The ducks are here! See complete list below.
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • White-eyed Vireo
  • Eastern Wood-Peewee

Complete List:

  • Wood Duck – 3
  • Gadwall – 10
  • American Wigeon – 10
  • Blue-winged Teal – 15
  • Northern Shoveler – 10
  • Northern Pintail – 2
  • Redhead – 10
  • Ruddy Duck – 2
  • Pied-billed Grebe – 5
  • Double-crested Cormorant – 15
  • Great Blue Heron – 3
  • Black Vulture – 45
  • Turkey Vulture – 10
  • Red-shouldered Hawk – 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 1
  • American Kestrel – 1
  • American Coot – 75
  • Mourning Dove – 4
  • Belted Kingfisher – 3
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – 2
  • Northern Flicker – 2
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher – 1
  • Eastern Wood-Pewee – 1
  • Eastern Phoebe – 2
  • White-eyed Vireo – 1
  • Blue Jay – 8
  • Carolina Chickadee – 2
  • Carolina Wren – 2
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet – 2
  • Northern Mockingbird – 2
  • Common Yellowthroat – 4
  • Spotted Towhee – 1
  • Northern Cardinal – 8
  • Eastern Meadowlark – 4

Sightings by Dan Symonds