Big Country Audubon Society

Sightings

October 12, 2008 – Lake Kirby

Highlights:

  • American White Pelican – 250. They have really taken over!
  • American Avocet – 9

Complete List:

  • Mallard (Domestic type) – 4
  • Blue-winged Teal – 4
  • Northern Shoveler – 10
  • Pied-billed Grebe – 3
  • American White Pelican – 250
  • Double-crested Cormorant – 6
  • Great Blue Heron – 17
  • Great Egret – 27
  • Snowy Egret – 40
  • Turkey Vulture – 2
  • Northern Harrier – 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 1
  • American Coot – 300
  • Killdeer – 9
  • American Avocet – 9
  • Spotted Sandpiper – 1
  • Greater Yellowlegs – 1
  • Mourning Dove – 6
  • Belted Kingfisher – 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 2
  • White-crowned Sparrow – 4
  • Red-winged Blackbird – 150
  • Great-tailed Grackle – 12
  • House Finch – 4

Sightings by Dan Symonds

October 11, 2008 – Abilene State Park

Highlight:

Complete List:

  • Great Blue Heron – 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 1
  • Red-Shouldered Hawk – 1
  • American Kestrel – 1 on FM89
  • Swainson’s Hawk – 1 on FM89
  • Black Vulture – 3
  • Turkey Vulture – 15
  • Belted Kingfisher – 1
  • Eastern Phoebe – 2
  • Blue Jay – 5
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 10
  • Carolina Chickadee – 5
  • American Robin – 7
  • Northern Flicker – 2 heard
  • Yellow-bellied Sapsucker – 1
  • Northern Cardinal – 3

Sightings by Big Country Audubon members and friends: Linda Beyer, Lorie Black, John English, Benji Jamison, Bera Johnson, Vance McCracken, Teresa Taylor, and Charline Wheeler

September-October, 2008: Dyess AFB, TX

Here are some recent highlights and first of the season (FOS) sightings for Dyess AFB:

October 9, 2008:

  • Spotted Towhee: 2, FOS, returning winter resident
  • Vesper Sparrow: 1, FOS, returning winter resident

October 8, 2008:

  • Swainson’s Hawk: 1, 2008 hatch-year bird still present at the golf course
  • Downy Woodpecker: 1, winter resident
  • Carolina Chickadee: 1, fall migrant for DAFB
  • American Pipit: 1, heard overhead
  • Orange-crowned Warbler: 5, fall migrants
  • Nashville Warbler: 6, fall migrants
  • Yellow-rumped Warbler: 1, FOS
  • White-crowned Sparrow: 1, FOS winter resident
  • Western Meadowlark: 2. Yes, they breed here in small numbers but we have an influx of Western Meadowlarks for the winter and about this time the Westerns move into the Big Country.

October 7, 2008:


October 4, 2008:

  • Sharp-shinned Hawk: 1, FOS
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird: 3, still present
  • Rock Wren: 1, FOS
  • Western Tanager: 1, first time to record at DAFB

October 3, 2008:

October 2, 2008:

  • Yellow-crowned Night-Heron: 1, juvenile, a little late in the season
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 1, FOS winter resident
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: 1, still present, possible winter resident


September 29, 2008:

  • Olive-sided Flycatcher: 1, fall migrant
  • Ruby-crowned Kinglet: 1, FOS returning winter resident
  • Brown Thrasher: 1, FOS and first time to document with a photo
  • Baltimore Oriole: 1, a fall migrant

Sightings by LgPacker. If you wish to see a complete list of birds seen these dates, please contact us and it will be e-mailed to you.

September 22, 2008 – Dyess AFB

Highlights:

  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • Least Flycatcher
  • House Wren
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler

Complete List:

  • Wild Turkey: 13
  • Great Blue Heron: 1
  • Red-shouldered Hawk: 1
  • Swainson’s Hawk: 2
  • Red-tailed Hawk: 1
  • American Kestrel: 1
  • Killdeer: 5
  • White-winged Dove: 15
  • Greater Roadrunner: 1
  • Barn Owl: 1
  • Common Nighthawk: 1
  • Chimney Swift: 18
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird: 3
  • Black-chinned Hummingbird: 1
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker: 2
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker: 2
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher: 1
  • Least Flycatcher: 1
  • Ash-throated Flycatcher: 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher: 68
  • Blue Jay: 10
  • American Crow: 4
  • Cave Swallow: 26
  • Barn Swallow: 8
  • Black-crested Titmouse: 1
  • Carolina Wren: 1
  • Bewick’s Wren: 4
  • House Wren: 1
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher: 1
  • Eastern Bluebird: 4
  • American Robin: 10
  • Northern Mockingbird: 3
  • Nashville Warbler: 1
  • Yellow Warbler: 1
  • Lark Sparrow: 1
  • Northern Cardinal: 4
  • Common Grackle: 9
  • Brown-headed Cowbird: 15
  • House Finch: 16
  • House Sparrow: 6

Sightings by LgPacker

September 21, 2008 – Shackelford County

Highlights:

  • Osprey, flying, diving, landing and eating within sight giving us quite a show for about 2 hours, successful in 2 out of 8 dives.

Complete List:

  • Wild Turkey 2
  • Great Blue Heron 2
  • Turkey Vulture 4
  • Osprey 1
  • Swainson’s Hawk 1
  • Red-tailed Hawk 1
  • American Kestrel 1
  • Killdeer 4
  • Mourning Dove 25
  • Chimney Swift 20
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 11
  • Loggerhead Shrike 2
  • Barn Swallow 12
  • Black-crested Titmouse 2
  • Northern Mockingbird 4
  • Curve-billed Thrasher 2
  • Lark Sparrow 10
  • Northern Cardinal 2
  • Common Grackle 10
  • Brown-headed Cowbird 13
  • House Finch 6

Sightings by Dan Symonds and his family

September 20, 2008

Oakwood Trails:

Highlights:

  • Red-headed Woodpecker, juvenile (see photos)
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Baltimore Orioles

Complete List:

  • Great Blue Heron 1
  • Turkey Vulture 2
  • Mississippi Kite 4
  • Red-shouldered Hawk 1
  • Killdeer 2
  • Rock Pigeon 10
  • White-winged Dove 50
  • Mourning Dove 11
  • Chimney Swift 7
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird 3
  • Red-headed Woodpecker 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 4
  • Blue Jay 25
  • American Crow 1
  • Cave Swallow 1
  • Barn Swallow 3
  • Carolina Chickadee 1
  • Black-crested Titmouse 3
  • Carolina Wren 3
  • Bewick’s Wren 1
  • House Wren 1
  • Eastern Bluebird 5
  • American Robin 50
  • Northern Mockingbird 4
  • Nashville Warbler 2
  • Northern Cardinal 12
  • Common Grackle 25
  • Great-tailed Grackle 2
  • Baltimore Oriole 3

Sightings by Lorie Black, Linda Beyer, Laura Packer, Edna Ross, Dan Symonds, and Charline Wheeler

Lake Kirby

Highlights:

  • American White Pelicans
  • American Avocet

Complete List:

  • Pied-billed Grebe 6
  • American White Pelican 20
  • Great Blue Heron 6
  • Great Egret 3
  • Snowy Egret 9
  • Green Heron 2
  • Turkey Vulture 6
  • Swainson’s Hawk 1
  • Common Moorhen 1
  • American Coot 8
  • American Avocet 1
  • Least Sandpiper 6
  • White-winged Dove 10
  • Mourning Dove 8
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 4
  • Blue Jay 2
  • Barn Swallow 12
  • Northern Mockingbird 2
  • Red-winged Blackbird 8

Kirby sightings by Laura Packer and Dan Symonds

Dyess Air Force Base

Highlights:

  • Olive-sided Flycatcher
  • Nashville Warbler
  • Yellow Warbler


Complete List:

  • Great Blue Heron 2
  • Turkey Vulture 2
  • Swainson’s Hawk 1
  • White-winged Dove 10
  • Mourning Dove 10
  • Greater Roadrunner 2 (one without its tail)
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3
  • Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
  • Least Flycatcher, 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 5
  • Blue Jay 2
  • Bewick’s Wren 1
  • Eastern Bluebird 2
  • Northern Mockingbird 4
  • Yellow Warbler 1(window kill)
  • Nashville Warbler 2
  • House Finch 6
  • House Sparrow 10

Dyess sightings by Laura Packer, Dan Symonds, and Heidi Trudell (yes, we birded all day!!)

September 7, 2008 – Dyess AFB

Highlights:

  • Least Flycatcher
  • Clay-colored Sparrow (FOS)
  • Brewer’s Sparrow
  • Orchard Oriole

Complete List:

  • Great Blue Heron: 1
  • Turkey Vulture: 2
  • Mississippi Kite: 4
  • Swainson’s Hawk: 2
  • Rock Pigeon: 11
  • White-winged Dove: 37
  • Mourning Dove: 33
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo: 1
  • Greater Roadrunner: 2
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker: 5
  • Least Flycatcher: 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher: 22
  • Blue Jay: 17
  • Cliff Swallow: 21
  • Cave Swallow: 75
  • Barn Swallow: 12
  • Black-crested Titmouse: 2
  • Cactus Wren: 1
  • Bewick’s Wren: 3
  • Eastern Bluebird: 4
  • American Robin: 9
  • Northern Mockingbird: 4
  • Curve-billed Thrasher: 3
  • European Starling: 42
  • Canyon Towhee: 4
  • Clay-colored Sparrow: 2
  • Brewer’s Sparrow: 1
  • Lark Sparrow: 5
  • Pyrrhuloxia: 1
  • Common Grackle: 5
  • Great-tailed Grackle: 15
  • Orchard Oriole: 7
  • Bullock’s Oriole: 1
  • House Finch: 8
  • House Sparrow: 27

All sightings by Dan Symonds

September 6, 2008 – SE Fisher County

Complete List:

  • Turkey Vulture 23
  • Red-shouldered Hawk 1
  • Swainson’s Hawk 5
  • Red-tailed Hawk 1
  • American Kestrel 5
  • Mourning Dove 70
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1
  • Greater Roadrunner 11
  • Chimney Swift 10
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker 6
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 27
  • Loggerhead Shrike 3
  • Cliff Swallow 11
  • Barn Swallow 24
  • Carolina Chickadee 2
  • Cactus Wren 2
  • Bewick’s Wren 3
  • Northern Mockingbird 3
  • Curve-billed Thrasher 11
  • Lark Sparrow 27
  • Northern Cardinal 1
  • Pyrrhuloxia 6
  • Orchard Oriole 11
  • Bullock’s Oriole 5
  • House Sparrow 21

Sightings by Dan Symonds

September 5, 2008 – Dyess AFB

Highlights:

  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (356 flying overhead in a period of 10 minutes! Now that’s migration!)
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
  • Yellow Warbler
  • Wilson’s Warbler
  • Chipping Sparrow (FOS)

Complete List:

  • Pied-billed Grebe: 1
  • Green Heron: 1
  • Cooper’s Hawk: 1
  • Red-shouldered Hawk: 1
  • Swainson’s Hawk: 5
  • Red-tailed Hawk: 1
  • Killdeer: 2
  • Mourning Dove: 48
  • Common Nighthawk: 3
  • Chimney Swift: 5
  • Belted Kingfisher: 1
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker: 2
  • Downy Woodpecker: 1
  • Western Kingbird: 1
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher: 356
  • American Crow: 7
  • Cave Swallow: 84
  • Barn Swallow: 15
  • Carolina Chickadee: 1
  • Bewick’s Wren: 1
  • Blue-gray gnatcatcher: 1
  • European Starling: 2
  • Yellow Warbler: 1
  • Wilson’s Warbler: 1
  • Chipping Sparrow: 1
  • Lark Sparrow: 2
  • Dickcissel: 2
  • Bullock’s Oriole: 4
  • House Sparrow: 3

Sightings by LgPacker

September 3, 2008 – Dyess AFB, TX

Highlights:

  • Red-shouldered Hawks, 3 juveniles
  • Upland Sandpiper, heard flying over
  • Least Flycatchers, 2
  • Carolina Wren, post breeding dispersal
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 2
  • Gray Catbird
  • Yellow Warbler, 3
  • Orchard Orioles, 9

Complete List:

  • Great Blue Heron – 3
  • Green Heron – 1
  • Turkey Vulture – 1
  • Mississippi Kite – 3
  • Cooper’s Hawk – 1
  • Red-shouldered Hawk – 3
  • Swainson’s Hawk – 3
  • Red-tailed Hawk – 1
  • Upland Sandpiper – 1 (heard flying overhead)
  • Spotted Sandpiper – 1
  • Mourning Dove – 14
  • White-winged Dove – 57
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo – 1
  • Common Nighthawk – 4
  • Chimney Swift – 24
  • Ruby-throated Hummingbird – 1
  • Belted Kingfisher – 1
  • Golden-fronted Woodpecker – 1
  • Ladder-backed Woodpecker – 1
  • Least Flycatcher – 2
  • Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – 4
  • Blue Jay – 4
  • Barn Swallow – 5
  • Black-crested Titmouse – 2
  • Carolina Wren – 1
  • Bewick’s Wren – 2
  • Blue-gray Gnatcatcher – 2
  • Eastern Bluebird – 3
  • American Robin – 34
  • Gray Catbird – 1
  • Northern Mockingbird – 4
  • Yellow Warbler – 3
  • Cassin’s Sparrow – 1
  • Northern Cardinal – 3
  • Dickcissel – 7 (heard flying overhead)
  • Bullock’s Oriole – 1
  • Orchard Oriole – 9
  • House Finch – 3
  • House Sparrow – 5

Sightings by LgPacker