[texbirds] Lubbock Highlights today - including and Ovenbird!

  • From: Anthony Hewetson <terrverts@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "texbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <texbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, "leasbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <leasbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2013 17:54:05 -0700 (PDT)

Greetings All:
I spent the morning and a wee bit of the afternoon checking out three of 
Lubbock's hotspots in hope that last night's front, puny as it might have ended 
up in our area, might have stalled something interesting.

I spent two and a quarter hours at Clapp Park, picking up 51 species of bird 
(much better than most recent visits) including the following highlights: 1 
American Wigeon, 3 Gadwalls, 1 Cinnamon Teal, 12 Green-winged Teals, 13 Snowy 
Egrets, 1 Yellow-crowned Night Heron, 2 Cooper's Hawks, 1 Sora, 1 Peregrine 
Falcon, 1 Willow Flycatcher, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 1 Northern Waterthrush, 1 
Black-and-white Warbler, 18 Orange-crowned Warblers, 2 Nashville Warblers, 2 
MacGillivray's Warblers, 1 Common Yellowthroat, 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 1 
Townsend's Warbler, 11 Wilson's Warblers, 1 Spotted Towhee, 22 Chipping 
Sparrows, 36 Clay-colored Sparrows, 2 Brewer's Sparrows, 1 Lincoln's Sparrow, 1 
Blue Grosbeak, and 2 Painted Buntings.

I spent about an hour in the riparian area below Lake Six, picking up 13 
species of bird (way off the usual tally but better than the last visit) 
including 1 Western Wood Pewee, 4 Cave Swallows,  2 House Wrens, 1 Ruby-crowned 
Kinglet, 1 Ovenbird (just below the spillway - sheltering under the concrete 
overhang), 3 Orange-crowned Warblers, and 4 Wilson's Warblers.

I spent about an hour and a quarter working Lake Six, including short walks 
along the two largest draws, noting 33 species (a considerable improvement over 
the last visit) including 2 Northern Shovelers, 2 Ruddy Ducks, 2 Snowy Egrets, 
1 Red-shouldered Hawk (seen earlier by Cameron Carver), 3 Northern Rough-winged 
Swallows, 1 Bank Swallow, 8 Cave/Cliff Swallows, 1 House Wren, 1 Bewick's Wren, 
1 Hermit Thrush, 3 Orange-crowned Warblers, 1 MacGillivray's Warbler, 1 
Yellow-rumped Warbler, 4 Wilson's Warblers, 6 Chipping Sparrows, 21 
Clay-colored Sparrows, and 2 Vesper Sparrows.

That's it for my September birding - unless something fantastic pops up in my 
yard or needs chasing tomorrow - and I was very relieved to (finally) come 
across a warbler of note.  Here's hoping for some good fronts during the first 
two weekends of October:)

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock
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