Date: 12/28/18 5:17 pm From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> Subject: [texbirds] Jackson Calhoun Counties CBC on 12/27
Yesterday, we conducted the third running of the Jackson Calhoun Counties CBC. After a bit of a wet start, skies dried and then cleared by about 10am. Light winds throughout the day contributed to good birding conditions. We found many of our target species and finished with 192 species unofficially. This is our best showing so far.
Some of the better birds found on the CBC included Groove-billed Ani, Burrowing Owl, Nighthawk sp., Painted Bunting and Lesser Goldfinch. Notable misses included Black-necked Stilt, Black Skimmer, Tree Swallow, Ash-throated Flycatcher and Indigo Bunting. We had a very good sparrow day with 16 species reported and managed a clean sweep on owls with 6 species.
Many thanks to our 31 counters and section leaders who worked hard to find many of our target species and some nice specialty birds. Thanks to our primary sponsor, Formosa Plastics; they paid for a delicious BBQ dinner and more importantly allow us access to their significant landholding in the CBC circle. We continue to improve access to and coverage of the private property in our circle. Please consider joining for this special count on December 27, 2019.
Happy New Year and Good Birding! Bob Friedrichs Palacios