[texbirds] Highlights from Hale County today

  • From: Anthony Hewetson <terrverts@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "texbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <texbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "leas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <leas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2012 19:41:55 -0700 (PDT)

Greetings All:

As hoped I actually was able to get my July visit to Hale County done in July - 
Yay!

I wandered all bout the county, enjoying the numerous playas that have refilled 
during the spotty storms of the last several weeks.  Parts of Hale County have 
been blessed with right-place, right time luck these past few weeks.  Lubbock 
County - and my yard - not so much.

During eight hours I encountered 69 species of birds including a healthy 
assortment of shorebirds and a surprising number of empids.

Incidental highlights from Lubbock County - 3 Double-crested Cormorants and 1 
Snowy Egret at Maxey Park.

Highlights from Hale County: 4 Blue-winged Teals at CR 315 x CR TT, 1 Great 
Egret at CR 315 x CR TT, 2 Snowy Egrets at County Road x Interstate 27, 2 Snowy 
Egrets at the Plainview Duck Pond, eleven groups o 1-17 Cattle Egrets scattered 
about the county, 2 White-faced Ibises just north of Abernathy, 4 White-faced 
Ibises at FM 54 x CR TT, 12 White-faced Ibises at CR 315 x CR TT, 9 White-faced 
Ibises at CR 2060 x CR 330, 4 Black-necked Stilts at Prison Pond, 2 
Black-necked Stilts at Muleshoe NWR - Hale, 4 Black-necked Stilts at CR 2060 x 
CR 330, 2 American Avocets at Prison Pond, 6 American Avocets at MNWR - Hale, 4 
American Avocets at FM 789 x FM 37, 10 American Avocets at FM 54 x FM 400, 12 
American Avocets at FM 54 x CR TT, 4 American Avocets at CR 2060 x CR 330, 1 
Spotted Sandpiper at Abernathy City Park, 1 Solitary Sandpiper at Plainview 
Duck Pond, 4 Solitary Sandpipers at MNWR - Hale, 4 Greater Yellowlegs at MNWR - 
Hale, 1 WILLET at MNWR - Hale, 5
 Lesser Yellowlegs at MNWR - Hale, 3 Upland Sandpipers at MNWR - Hale, 2 
Semipalmated Sandpipers at MNWR - Hale, 10 Western Sandpipers at MNWR - Hale, 3 
Western Sandpipers at FM 789 x FM 37, 2 Western Sandpipers at CR 2060 x CR 330, 
7 Least Sandpipers at MNWR - Hale, 18 Baird's Sandpipers at MNWR - Hale, 3 
Baird's Sandpipers at FM 789 x FM 37, 2 Baird's Sandpipers at FM 54 x CR TT, 12 
Stilt Sandpipers at MNWR - Hale, 2 Stilt Sandpipers at FM 789 x FM 37, 5 
Long-billed Dowitchers at FM 789 x FM 37, 3 Black Terns at CR 315 x CR TT, 1 
Willow Flycatcher at the Petersburg Cemetery, 1 Least Flycatcher at MNWR - 
Hale, 1 Least Flycatcher at the Petersburg landfill, 1 Least Flycatcher at CR 
315 x CR TT, 4 Cave Swallows at MNWR - Hale, 1 female and 1 male Common 
Yellowthroat at the creek crossing of FM 789 just south of Lider, 2 male Common 
Yellowthroats at the Petersburg Sewage Ponds, 1 male Common Yellowthroat near 
the intersection of CR 2060 and Sun Road, and 4
 Yellow-headed Blackbirds at MNWR - Hale.

Muleshoe NWR - Hale is located between FM 784 and CR 205, west of CR EE, and 
permission to visit the property must be acquired from the Muleshoe NWR 
manager.  The property can be scanned, without permission, from CR EE and CR 
205, with the majority of the shorebirds, at least, visible from the roads.  
The ditches bordering the refuge are deep and the shoulders are soft - take 
care when parking.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock

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