Scissor-tailed Flycatcher – Abilene Birding Club Tour

Right on the heels of us seeing our first Ash-throated Flycatcher of the season on Tuesday, we followed up on Wednesday with spotting a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, (Tyrannus forficatus). A beautiful long-tailed bird, white head and breast, with pinkish to orangish under-wing coverts.  In the days since, we have seen numerous of both species.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

In other news, the Big Country Audubon Society visited San Angelo Saturday morning.  Yours truly, was invited to take the lead and show them some favorite birding spots.  Linda White was my co-pilot and we welcomed John and Susie English, Kathy Hampton, Joe Thompson,Edna Ross, Joan Howard, K.W. Kingsley, Colleen Tiernay, Bera Johnson, Gerald McAnally, JoAnne Wilks, Linda Beyer, and Dan Sigmonds.  I hope I have all these names right as I am reading off off a hand-written list.  If there are errors, call 1-800-LindaWhite.  🙂  (That’s me, to the far left in the photo below.)

Big Country Audubon Club photo courtesy John English

We birded San Angelo State Park, The Bluffs pond, Middle Concho Park, and Spring Lake Park.  We were at it from about 9:30AM until about 4;30PM, with an hour lunch break at the Golden Arches.  During that time we saw the following species.

  1. Brown-headed Cowbird
  2. White-crowned Sparrow
  3. White-winged Dove
  4. Mourning Dove
  5. Golden-fronted Woodpecker
  6. House Sparrow
  7. House Finch
  8. Ash-throated Flycatcher
  9. Osprey
  10. Northern Harrier
  11. Pyrrhuloxia
  12. American White Pelican
  13. Black-necked Stilt
  14. Northern Shoveler
  15. American Coot
  16. European Starling
  17. Greater Yellowlegs
  18. Great Blue Heron
  19. Red-winged Blackbird
  20. American Avocet
  21. Turkey Vulture
  22. Black Vulture
  23. Killdeer
  24. Snowy Egret
  25. Barn Swallow
  26. Great-tailed Grackle
  27. Pied-billed Grebe
  28. Ladder-backed Woodpecker
  29. Black-crested Titmouse
  30. Double-crested Cormorant
  31. Cinnamon Teal
  32. Bewicks Wren
  33. Black-chinned Hummingbird
  34. Purple Martin
  35. Sharp-shinned Hawk
  36. Cliff Swallow
  37. Northern Cardinal
  38. Blue Jay
  39. Belted Kingfisher
  40. Eurasian Collared Dove
  41. Lark Sparrow

A great time was had by all.  Click on any image to see an enlargement.