Summertime in North Central Texas has been great this year and it continues not to disappoint. A cool Northeast breeze was blowing. Some of the highlights were, very close up looks at one of our resident Bald Eagles sitting on a power pole at the end of Egret Pad, which is one of its favorite spots to hang out. Silliman Marsh was good with at least a couple hundred Blue-winged Teal, 62 White-faced Ibis, some Northern Shovelers and Pied Billed Grebes. We saw Red-shouldered Hawks at numerous places and a soaring Swainson's Hawk out by the Oil Co. offices. What shorebirds there were, were moving around a lot but we did manage to see 5 Semi-palmated Plovers. a lone American Avocet, 4 Buff-breasted Sandpipers, one Upland Sandpiper, a couple of Spotted Sandpipers and about 20 Least Sandpipers. On the cross-over between Plover and Tern we saw 8 Least Terns, 3 of which are this year's birds. Just before we got to Deaver Pond we saw an Olive-sided Flycatcher perched at the top of a dead tree. We were able to observe it flycatching for quite some time. We observed Yellow Warblers at several locations. We saw a total of 6 Red-headed Woodpeckers, some at Dead Woman Pond and some in the dead tree by the Big Mineral Creek bridge. We observed 60 species of birds plus 2 Taxa on a delightful day. http://ebird.org/ebird/iss/view/checklist/S39020110 Jack Chiles, Texas master naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR.