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Welcome to HBBO Recent Sightings. Please share your sightings and comments either by typing in the field below, or by copying and pasting from another program. You may type sightings as a list (each bird on a separate line), and if you want to bold or italicize text, here's how. Please note that because of problems with spammers, links to websites are not allowed in postings.

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2015 Sightings:

Name: Bill Thomson
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sun Jan 29 22:06:50 2017

Photographed at flickr.com photos/28754595@N07/albums/72157663437226312
Carolina Wren, Nashville Warbler, female Ruby Crowned Kinglet and Golden-fronted Woodpecker (or possibly Red-bellied Woodpecker - photo is somewhat inconclusive).
Not photographed: Pair of red-shouldered hawks, lots of yellow rumped warblers. As far as water birds go the ducks have mostly left but there are plenty of least sandpipers, killdeer and coots.


Name: Jessica Alcorn
Date of sighting: 1/18/2017
Date posted: Thu Jan 19 09:18:43 2017

Great-tailed grackle, Carolina wren, House wren, Northern cardinal, Wood duck, Gadwall, American coot, Blue jay, Carolina chickadee, Ruby-crowned kinglet, Golden-crowned kinglet, Northern mockingbird, Yellow-rumped warbler, Eared grebe, Great blue heron, Northern shoveler, Ruddy duck, Black vulture, Crested caracara, Killdeer, Mourning dove, Red-bellied woodpecker, Eastern phoebe, Loggerhead shrike, Blue-grey gnatcatcher, European starling, Orange-crowned warbler, Savannah sparrow, Lincoln sparrow, Meadowlark, Song sparrow.


Name: Al Smith
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sat Jan 7 18:46:33 2017

Buffleheads , Scaup , Wilsons snipe , black bellied whistling ducks , belted kingfisher.


Name: Bill Thomson
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sat Dec 24 17:22:38 2016

Osprey; the usual waterfowl (same as last time); Snowy Egret perched on a tree in the river; Ruby Crowned Kinglet; Yellow Rumped Warbler


Name: Bill Thomson
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sun Dec 18 22:51:59 2016

Ruby Crowned Kinglet (several), Yellow Rumped Warbler, Lots of Northern Shovelers, Green Winged Teal, American Coot and (I believed) Northern Harrier making an unsuccessful play for some American Coots resting on the bank of the pond. Photos on flickr.com + photos/28754595@N07/albums/72157663437226312


Name: Al Smith
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sun Dec 18 17:56:34 2016

Osprey , Red Shouldered Hawks , Wood ducks , scaup , buffflehead , wilsons snipe.


Name: victor emanuel
Date of sighting: december 11,2016
Date posted: Tue Dec 13 16:24:52 2016

Pine and B&W warbler were both seen on a mixed species flock about 100 yards from the start of the Platt Lane gravel road. There was also a Blue-headed Vireo in that flock.


Name: Bill Thomson
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sat Dec 10 17:43:01 2016

Lots of Northern Shovelers including some in breeding plumage; 2 ospreys along river; American Kestral near far end of river trail, Least Sandpipers, Wilson's snipe, Eastern Phoebe, Green Winged Teal. The lighting really limited photography but the bird activity is definitely picking up.


Name: Birdwatcher
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sun Nov 13 18:33:02 2016

surf scoter, black-bellied whistling ducks, white-faced ibis, northern shoveler, ruddy duck, green winged teal, blue winger teal, canvasback, coots, double-crested cormorant


Name: Marta
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Mon Oct 31 00:21:16 2016

9 glossy ibis on the south east corner shore of Pond 3, by the road.


Name: Bill Thomson
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sun Oct 23 22:51:10 2016

Green Heron, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper (photographed at flicker.com /photos/28754595@N07/albums/72157663437226312)
Not photographed: Northern shovelers, Least sandpipers.
The ponds are starting to get some action but the river trail is still pretty deserted of birds but filled with butterflies.


Name: Bill Thomson
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sun Oct 16 21:11:31 2016

Pond 1 west: White-faced Ibis; Northern Shoveler
*Lots* of butterflies along the river trail
Photos on www.flickr.com/photos/28754595@N07/albums/72157663437226312
Not photographed: 5 very skittish scissor tailed flycatchers






Name: Phil Duff
Date of sighting: 28 Aug 2016
Date posted: Mon Aug 29 13:49:15 2016

My 1st visit to Hornsby. Thought I would visit to get an overview of the layout and possibly get some bird photos.

I spent a couple hours there in late afternoon. My timing must have been poor or just a bad day.

Mostly checked out the ponds and a short walk down Lower Isl trail.

The ponds seemed full but were vacant of avian life except for a few Plovers on west end of Pond 1 W and some Avocets at the edge of the storage basin. Otherwise some blackbirds, buzzards, and a hummingbird on the trail.









Name: Larry Linenschmidt
Date of sighting: May 22, 2016
Date posted: Mon May 23 16:18:14 2016

Brief visit Sunday afternoon hoping to see young Barred Owls again, did not see them but did see adult Barred Owl. Also Wood Ducks, Painted Buntings, House Finches, Wilson's Phalaropes, Scissortail Flycatchers, Purple Martins, Cliff Swallows, Barn Swallows, Chimney Swifts, Western Kingbird, Least Sandpiper, Ruddy Ducks, Blue-winged Teal, Black Vulture, Mockingbirds.


Name: Chris Milligan
Date of sighting: 9:30 am today
Date posted: Fri May 20 11:58:36 2016

Golden Cheeked Warbler--got some good photos of it.


Name: Scott
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Fri May 13 16:01:51 2016

Wilson's Phalaropes, White-rumped Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, Pectoral Sandpipers, Spotted Sandpipers, Black-necked Stilt, Stilt Sandpiper (1), Lesser Yellowlegs


Name: Pete and Mollie Kloepper
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Mon May 2 16:29:48 2016

6 Hudsonian Godwit at the catch basians.



Name: Jenn
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Tue Apr 26 16:27:05 2016

Hi. I was out there today and started walking down the trail by the bird shelter. Was about three feet from stepping on a posed, rattling, ready to strike rattlesnake. I wasn't paying as close of attention as I should have been. Be safe out there!


Name: Milos Radosavljevic
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Fri Apr 22 23:22:59 2016

Two flocks, each of about 150+ birds, of what I believe to be American White Pelicans soaring over East Travis County today about 11:30 a.m. Observed through binoculars and very high up.


Name: Erin Bronk
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Tue Apr 12 16:45:07 2016

Northern shoveler, blue-winged teal, American coot, black- necked stilt, killdeer.


Name: Bill Thomson
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sun Mar 20 22:11:13 2016

White Eyed Vireo, Eared Grebe, Purple Martin all photographed in flickr.com + /photos/28754595@N07/albums/72157663437226312
Not photographed: Red shouldered hawk, blue winged teal, northern shoveler and *lots* of south American fire ants on the trails (watch out)


Name: Katherine Chandler
Date of sighting: 2/28/16
Date posted: Thu Mar 17 09:50:12 2016

Northern Shovelers, Pied-billed Grebes, unspecified Wrens.


Name: Larry Linenschmidt
Date of sighting: March 5, 2016
Date posted: Thu Mar 10 22:23:36 2016

Wilson's Snipe, Ring Necked Duck, Eared Grebes, Kildeer, Green Winged Teal, Northern Shoveler


Name: al smith
Date of sighting: SAT 5th March 2016
Date posted: Sun Mar 6 10:44:21 2016

Scaup , Redhead , Canvasback , bufflehead , gadwall , waxwings , bluebirds , coopers hawks , red bellied woodpecker.


Name: al smith
Date of sighting: Sunday 28th February
Date posted: Thu Mar 3 19:18:22 2016

Scaup , american wigeon , bufflehead , eared grebes , waxwings , coopers and red tailed hawk , mountain bluebird x1 with bluebirds.


Name: Mollie Kloepper
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Fri Feb 19 19:21:15 2016

Immature male Vermilion Flycatcher near Tree Folks.
A horned grebe with some eared grebes on Pond 2 at the west end.


Name: al smith
Date of sighting: Sunday February 14 , 2016
Date posted: Mon Feb 15 14:30:47 2016

22 Whooping cranes flying North , large numbers of bluebirds / shoveller / waxwings / scaup. Red tailed and coopers hawks , caracara and parrakeets.


Name: Bill Thomson
Date of sighting: Saturday Jan 16, 2016
Date posted: Sun Jan 24 09:18:44 2016

Photographed: Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Bluebird, Green-winged teal, Northern shoveler, Nashville Warbler
Photos on flickr dot com under photos/28754595@N07/albums/72157663437226312

Not photographed or a least not well enough to share:
Red tailed hawk, Blue jay



Name: Nancy Wilson
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sat Jan 16 12:20:56 2016

Black-bellied whistling ducks and green-winged teal (flocks of both), buffleheads, shovelers, cedar waxwings, and the usual suspects


Name: Dr. Alice Le Duc
Date of sighting: 1-7-2016
Date posted: Fri Jan 8 13:42:29 2016

Sorry it was Black-bellied Whistling Duck not Fulvous.


Name: Dr.Alice Le Duc
Date of sighting: Jan 7, 2016
Date posted: Fri Jan 8 13:38:59 2016

Carolina Chickadee, Eared Grebe, Fulvous Whistling Duck, Northern Shoveler, Green-winged Teal, Ruddy Duck, American Coot, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, White-eyed vireo (can provide photo), Tufted Titmouse, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Northern Mockingbird, Cedar Waxwing, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird,


Name: Al Smith
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sun Jan 3 18:37:48 2016

Bufflehead , Lesser Scaup , Eared Grebe , Bluebird , Caracara , Coopers hawk , 4 Osprey , 1 adult Bald Eagle ( flying down the river ).


Name: Al Smith
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sat Dec 19 17:51:13 2015

~50 bluebirds along the River trail , ~ 25 black bellied whistling ducks. Otherwise and ponds have few ducks and no grebes.


Name: t7z6psdxSRuC
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Mon Dec 14 14:55:57 2015

Oh my gosh I love sandpipers. I ctlemeoply fell in love with these darling birds when I lived in southern New Hampshire. We would go over to the beach on the coast of Maine and watch them for hours .


Name: Sam S
Date of sighting: 11/21/2015
Date posted: Sun Nov 22 14:11:23 2015

Gambels Quail in low tree branches


Name: Sam S
Date of sighting: 11/21/2015
Date posted: Sun Nov 22 14:11:22 2015

Gambels Quail in low tree branches


Name: Ann T
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sun Oct 18 19:03:47 2015

Green Heron spotted Pond 1 East @ South east corner in fallen trees


Name: dvori bird
Date of sighting: September 1, 2015
Date posted: Thu Sep 3 03:18:37 2015

**somebody w/HB connections: please ask them to return the hummingbird feeders, especially before migration**

Reporting only what I photographed. Images of this and other Hornsby Bend trips on Flickr dot com /photos/95854225@N02/sets/72157651255880536/
DUCKS: 1 Egyptian Goose (only waterfowl there). These are being reported at Canyon Lake and other points sw of Austin.
BIRDS:
SANDPIPERS/SHORE: Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs.
Red-shouldered Hawk; Crested Caracara; Turkey Vulture; American Crow; Green Heron; Cattle Egrets; Monk Parakeets (5); Mourning Dove; Black-chinned Hummingbird; Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Eastern Kingbird; Barn Swallow; Cliff Swallow; Purple Martin; Carolina Wren; Northern Mockingbird; European Starling; Yellow Warbler; Orchard Oriole, Northern Cardinal; Red-winged Blackbird; Great-tailed Grackle; House Sparrow.
DRAGONFLIES: Blue Dasher; Eastern Pondhawk; Four-spotted Pennant; Red Saddlebags; Black Saddlebags; Roseate Skimmer; Common Whitetail.
BUTTERFLIES: Hackberry Emperor; Clouded Skipper; Dun Skipper.
OTHER INSECTS: Black and Yellow Argiope (spider); American Bumble Bee; Spotted Bird Grasshopper (Schistocerca lineata Aposematic form) photo on flickr page -- awesome sighting.
TURTLES: Red-eared Slider.
OTHER CRITTERS: White-tailed Deer.
HUMANS: KP w/canine


Name: dvori bird
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Fri Aug 28 03:52:18 2015

Reporting only what I photographed. Images of this and other Hornsby Bend trips on Flickr dot com /photos/95854225@N02/sets/72157651255880536/
DUCKS: ~30 Blue-winged Teal flew in and landed on Pond 2
BIRDS:
SANDPIPERS/SHORE: Semipalmated Plover, Killdeer, Spotted Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Baird's Sandpiper, Least Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper (!), Pectoral Sandpiper, Semipalmated Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper, Wilson's Phalarope.
Cattle Egret; Red-shouldered Hawk; Mourning Dove; Black-chinned Hummingbird; Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; Barn Swallow; Cave Swallow; Carolina Chickadee; Black-crested Titmouse; Carolina Wren; Eastern Bluebird; Northern Mockingbird; European Starling; Yellow Warblers (lots!); Northern Cardinal; 1 female Painted Bunting; Red-winged Blackbird; Great-tailed Grackle; House Finch; House Sparrow.
DRAGONFLIES: Blue Dasher; Eastern Pondhawk; Four-spotted Pennant; Red Saddlebags; Roseate Skimmer; Common Whitetail; Eastern Amberwings.
BUTTERFLIES: Queen Butterfly; Hackberry Emperor; Clouded Skipper; Dun Skipper.
OTHER INSECTS: Black and Yellow Argiope (spider); American Bumble Bee; grasshopper sp.; ant sp.
TURTLES: Red-eared Slider.
OTHER CRITTERS: White-tailed Deer.
HUMANS: some interesting folks with scopes, but I was too heat-exhausted to talk to them -- sorry! :(


Name: Barry Lyon
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Mon Aug 10 00:05:35 2015

A morning outing to Hornsby Bend delivered a sharp reminder that the late afternoon and evening is the preferred time to visit the ponds if shorebird viewing is on your agenda. This summer, the prime viewing location has been the western levee of pond 1W, which means you are staring directly into the sun if your visit is in the morning. Nevertheless, it was readily apparent that shorebird numbers and diversity continue to be good. In a brief scan of the impoundment, the highlights were a continuing Buff-breasted Sandpiper, half a dozen Wilson's Phalaropes, a mostly alternate Western Sandpiper, many Pectoral Sandpipers, and about half a dozen Baird's Sandpipers.

Around 9 a.m. a walk on the River Trail, from the end of Platt Lane, revealed some of the season's first southbound Neotropical migrants. About 15 Orchard Orioles in three different groups were pleasing, as was a single Willow/Alder-type Empid.

It may only be early August, but the birds are on the move.

Good birding,

Barry Lyon


Name: Barry Lyon
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sun Aug 2 23:07:50 2015

An evening run out to the ponds at Hornsby Bend again revealed shorebird habitat at its best in years. In previous posts I've commented on the mudflats along the north and west sides of pond 1W; well, the lack of rain in the Austin area over the last month has allowed for conditions to get even better. The water level in the impoundment is still dropping and the extent of exposed mud continues to increase. Shorebird are present in both high numbers and diversity. Tonight, approximately 400 shorebirds representing 13 species were present including two more first-of-season birds.

Among the notes from the visit, Western Sandpipers are still present but have decreased noticeably in number; the same can be said of Stilt Sandpiper, of which only three were present; Pectoral Sandpiper numbers are increasing compared to the last couple of weeks, and Baird's Sandpipers are holding steady at about five individuals per visit. The highlight of the evening was the discovery of two Semipalmated Plovers and two Buff-breasted Sandpipers. The plovers were together toward the north-central part of the impoundment while the Sandpipers were scattered. One individual was working in the short grass and mud just off the western levee part way back to the northwest corner; the other bird was more distant but working the short grass and mud along the north levee back from the center of the pond.

Other memorable sightings included a single American Avocet that dropped in briefly before disappearing, and the appearance of two Solitary Sandpipers that dropped in just before nightfall. This brings the total number of shorebirds for the "fall" to at least 18 species.

Good birding,

Barry Lyon
Victor Emanuel Nature Tours


Name: Barry Lyon
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Wed Jul 22 22:20:29 2015

Last Saturday I commented here on the excellent shorebird conditions and associated species diversity on pond 1W. A follow-up trip to the ponds after work this evening revealed that conditions are continuing to improve and that birds are increasing in number and diversity.

Overall, there were at least five hundred shorebirds present on the mudflats of pond 1w this evening. As usual, the majority of the birds were Killdeer and Least Sandpiper; however, a total of twelve species of shorebirds were present, many in impressive numbers, including a number of first-of-season species. Among the highlights were dozens of Western Sandpipers and lesser numbers of Sempipalmated Sandpipers, at least twenty Stilt Sandpipers, three Solitary Sandpipers, one gorgeous Long-billed Dowitcher, four Baird's Sandpipers, two American Avocets, and two Wilson's Phalaropes. I did not see a Pectoral Sandpiper or Black-necked Stilt on this visit, and did not see the Snowy Plover, which I understand was present at least through yesterday.

So far, at least fifteen species of shorebirds have been seen at the ponds in the last two weeks. Other highlights from the evening included two Black Terns, one still in breeding dress, and a fly-over group of six White-faced Ibis.

Good stuff.

Barry Lyon
Victor Emanuel Nature Tours


Name: dvori bird
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Tue Jul 21 17:08:26 2015

Reporting only what I photographed. Images of this and other Hornsby Bend trips on Flickr dot com /photos/95854225@N02/sets/72157651255880536/
DUCKS: 2 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, 1 Redhead
BIRDS: SANDPIPERS/SHORE: Least, Western, Stilt, Semipalmated
Snowy Plover, Killdeer
Cattle Egret, Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Mourning Dove, Western Kingbird, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Painted Bunting, Purple Martin, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Eastern Phoebe, Eastern Bluebird, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Northern Cardinal, Red-winged Blackbird, Great-tailed Grackle, Brown-headed Cowbird, House Finch, House Sparrow
DRAGONFLIES: Common Whitetail, Widow Skimmer, Roseate Skimmer, Red Saddlebags, Four-spotted Pennant (most abundant on this date), Halloween Pennant
BUTTERFLIES: Fiery Skipper, Clouded Skipper, Common Buckeye, Tawny Emperor
OTHER: Paper Wasp sp., Robberfly sp., Grasshopper sp., Ladybug sp., Black and Yellow Argiope
TURTLES: Red-eared Slider, one mystery turtle -- will add later
HUMANS: Craig Rasmussen, Chris Peterson


Name: Barry Lyon
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sat Jul 18 15:03:46 2015

As we close out the third week of July, it is worth pointing out that southbound shorebird migration is definitely under way. This week, two visits to Hornsby Bend revealed at least ten species of shorebirds present at the ponds. As always, Pond 1W is the place to be, but this summer ultimately may prove more productive than any in recent years due to the fact that shorebird conditions are better than at any time in recent years. A single peninsula of mud is visible near the northeast corner of 1W, but the entire northwest corner and much of the north and west sides of the pond feature expansive mudflats. In fact, the mudflats project from the north side well toward the center of the impoundment. As notable as the current conditions are, we have heard that widespread failure has occurred on the Alaskan breeding grounds of many shorebird species. If true, birds will be inclined to start their southbound migrations early, giving birders a better than average opportunity to see these birds still in breeding dress.

Among the highlights this morning were a couple of hundred Least Sandpipers, many still in alternate plumage, a half a dozen Western Sandpipers (many still in alternate plumage), 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, 6 Stilt Sandpipers (all in alternate plumage), and a single Snowy Plover. The latter is a casual migrant through Central Texas, but always a delight to see. This past week has seen a number of Snowies reported from the ponds, and it was good to catch up with one today. As the mudflats contain legions of Killdeer, birders should be on the watch for Piping Plover as well given that we are entering the time when this casual visitor may also appear. Additionally, a visit earlier this week turned up two adult Semipalmated Sandpipers.

Those with an interest in dragonflies might like to know that 14 species were noted today around the ponds and along the River Trail, accessed from the end of Platt Road.

Good birding.

Barry Lyon
Victor Emanuel Nature Tours


Name: dvori bird
Date of sighting: May 3, 2015
Date posted: Tue May 5 16:38:03 2015

At a workshop with Dr. John Abbott (insect photography).
Reporting only what I photographed. Images of this and other Hornsby Bend trips on Flickr /photos/95854225@N02/sets/72157651255880536/
BIRDS: SANDPIPERS: 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Baird's Sandpiper, Least Sandpipers, ~30 Wilson's Phalaropes flying through, Killdeer, White-winged Dove, Mourning Dove, Red-shouldered Hawk, 1 Crested Caracara at entrance, Western Kingbirds, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, American Crow, Purple Martins, 1 SY female Tree Swallow, Cliff Swallows, Cave Swallow, Eastern Bluebird, Northern Mockingbird, European Starling, Northern Cardinals, 1 Painted Bunting (adult male), Great-tailed Grackle, 2 Orchard Orioles (1 immature male, 1 adult male), House Sparrows
DUCKS: 1 Blue-winged Teal, 4 Northern Shovelers, 2 Eared Grebes.
BUTTERFLIES: Red Admiral (Vanessa atalanta), Checkered White (Pontia protodice), Tawny Emperor (Asterocampa clyton), Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis), American Lady (Vanessa virginiensis).
CATERPILLARS: Yellow Bear Caterpillars ? (Virginian Tiger Moth) ? orange and white varieties
DRAGON/DAMSELFLIES: female Blue-fronted Dancers (Argia apicalis) damselflies; female Powdered Dancers (Argia moesta) damselflies; female Eastern Pondhawk dragonfly.
OTHER: 1 gigantic (female?) bullfrog -- photographed from 5 feet away.


Name: dvori bird
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Thu Apr 16 18:01:53 2015

Reporting only what I photographed. Images of this and other Hornsby Bend trips on Flickr /photos/95854225@N02/sets/72157651255880536/
BIRDS: Summer Tanager(1), Scissor-tailed Flycatchers ~8
Sandpipers: Least, Pectoral, Western, Solitary, Lesser Yellowlegs.
Killdeer, Purple Martins, Red-tailed Hawk pair, House Sparrows,Red-winged Blackbirds, American Crow, Carolina Chickadee, Cedar Waxwings
DUCKS: Blue-winged Teal, American Coots, Northern Shovelers.
BUTTERFLIES: Buckeye, Hackberry Emperor
DRAGON/DAMSELFLIES: Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) dragonfly female; Common Whitetail (Plathemis lydia) male dragonfly; Eastern Pondhawk (Erythemis simplicicollis) dragonfly (male turning blue); Plains Clubtail (Gomphus externus) dragonfly; Plains Clubtail (Gomphus externus) dragonfly; Smoky Rubyspot (Hetaerina titia) damselfly.
Found one dead Savannah Sparrow at first field. :(


Name: Pete and Mollie Kloepper
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Fri Apr 10 22:43:31 2015

Semipalmated Plover in road between 1E and 1W
Flyover of several Franklin Gulls


Name: dvori bird
Date of sighting: April 9, 2015
Date posted: Fri Apr 10 21:56:20 2015

Photos on Flickr:
photos/95854225@N02/sets/72157651255880536/
[all my reports here are only what I photograph]
DUCKS photographed: ~10 Blue-winged Teal, ~12 Northern Shovelers, 1 SY male Ruddy Duck, American Coots.
BIRDS photographed: Black Vulture, Turkey Vulture, Killdeer, 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, lots of Least Sandpipers, White-winged Doves, Mourning Doves, Loggerhead Shrike (on wire at entrance to ponds), lots of Purple Martins nesting, 1 Eastern Phoebe (in aquatic greenhouse), Eastern Bluebird, European Starlings, Northern Cardinals, ~12 House Finches in a group, House Sparrows
INSECTS Photographed: Hackberry Emperor (Asterocampa celtis), Checkered White Butterfly (Pontia protodice), Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), female Common Whitetail (dragonfly)
+ wildflowers, vegetation, planes.


Name: dvori bird
Date of sighting: March 27, 2015
Date posted: Sun Mar 29 13:57:47 2015

Photos on flickr: /photos/95854225@N02/sets/72157651255880536/
03.27.2015
BIRDS: Double-crested Cormorant (flying over), Black Vultures, Turkey Vultures, Red-shouldered Hawks (1 immature, 1 adult), Red-tailed Hawk, Killdeer, Least Sandpipers, Mourning Doves, Eastern Phoebes, White-eyed Vireo, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Red-bellied Woodpeckers (m), Eastern Bluebird, Yellow-rumped Warblers, 1 Savannah Sparrow, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, House Sparrows, Red-winged Blackbirds.
DUCKS: Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Ruddy Ducks, 1 Canvasback, Lesser Scaup, 2 Eared Grebes.
BUTTERFLIES: Red Admirals, Common Checked Skippers, other unknown sp.
OTHER: Red-eared Sliders (turtles), honey bees, ants, cottontail rabbit, snake (unknown sp.) + wildflowers and plant life; planes.


Name: dvori bird
Date of sighting: March 19, 2015
Date posted: Thu Mar 26 14:02:44 2015

Uploaded photos to Flickr /photos/95854225@N02/sets/72157651255880536/
Reporting only sightings photographed: BIRDS: Red-Shouldered Hawks; Turkey Vultures; American Crow; sparrows: Savannah, Lincoln's, House; Loggerhead Shrike (hangs out behind greenhouse); Eastern Bluebird; Mourning Dove; Northern Cardinals; Eastern Phoebes; Yellow-rumped Warblers; Tufted Titmouse; Black-crested Titmouse; Downy Woodpecker (female); Red-bellied Woodpecker (male); Red-winged Blackbirds (male, female); Purple Martins (!); Mourning Doves, European Starlings; Killdeer; Least Sandpipers; Double-crested Cormorants (3 in flight). DUCKS: Blue-winged Teal; Green-winged Teal (some feeding on land); Redheads; Northern Shoveler convention (~400); Eared Grebe!; Gadwalls; Lesser Scaups; American Coots; Ruddy Ducks. OTHER: Red-eared Sliders (turtles). BUTTERFLIES/MOTHS: Eight-spotted Foresters; Duskywing sp.; Red Admirals; Common Angle Moth; Macaria Moth; INSECTS: Tachinida or Muscidae fly?; Wolf Spider; female (Smoky Rubyspot?) damselfly (Zygoptera); Common Pill Bug; Crane Fly; Hoverfly; Ant species? VEGETATION: wildflowers (not identified yet); mushroom; berries, etc. PLANES: Southwest; Navy; United Express; Delta; United; Citation; U.S. Airways; helicopter; several small planes.


Name: Mark
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sun Mar 8 16:43:39 2015

Peregrine Falcon... yep! Around 1:40pm, gray drizzle... flew from power lines at parking area at Pond 1 W/E and landed on the causeway between Pond 1 East and Pond 2... stayed for 30 minutes or so until flushed by a walker, flew over toward blue building. Beautiful dark mask.


Name: al smith
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sat Feb 28 20:15:15 2015

Chilly and wet day. Few ducks on the ponds but lots on the river - gadwall , wigeon , scaup , teal , pied billed grebe.Plus caracara, red tailed hawks , meadowlarks ,nutria , kestrel. Notable - ~ 20 adult hogs with 10 young ripping up the grass areas.


Name: Ryan Boston
Date of sighting: 2/21/2015
Date posted: Sun Feb 22 23:32:41 2015

Gadwall
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Ruddy Duck
Northern Shoveler
Lesser Scaup
American White Pelican
cormorant sp.
Great Blue Heron
Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Killdeer
Least Sandpiper
Common Ground-Dove (River Trail near Platt Ln)
White-winged Dove
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Eastern Phoebe
Loggerhead Shrike
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Carolina Wren
Bewick's Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Pine Warbler (River Trail near Platt Ln)
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Harris's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Meadowlark (Platt Ln)


Name: Lauren levy
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Fri Feb 6 19:56:55 2015

Yellow winged blackbird, 2 eastern bluebirds, meadowlark, savannah sparrows , red shouldered and red tailed hawks, a kestrel and all the jillion a of yellow rumpled warblers.


Name: Manuel
Date of sighting: Same as date posted
Date posted: Sun Jan 4 19:27:55 2015

Sighted on 1/4/15 from 8-11am (have pictures of most):

Spotted Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Eared Grebe
Hermit Thrush
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Phoebe
Song Sparrow
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Carolina Wren
Killdeer
Carolina Chickadee
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Northern Kingbird
Caracara
White Pelican
Lesser Scaup
Northern Shoveler
Great Egret
Northern Cardinal
Northern Mockingbird

And two wild hogs!




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