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2 Sep Fwd: eBird Report - Salineño (LTC 080), Sep 1, 2014 [Tim Brush ]
1 Sep PEARLAND: IMMATURE MALE COOPER'S HAWK IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD. ["Mira M Pellerin" ]
1 Sep Bar-tailed Godwit -- No ["JeP" ]
1 Sep Re: Richland Creek WMA [D D Currie ]
1 Sep Cannon Road Loop ["" ]
1 Sep SHOREBIRDING (08/31/14): 5 Cameron Co. sites ["Rex Stanford" ]
1 Sep Re: San Antonio Audubon society phone message Sept 1 corresction to time for beginners walk ["Georgina Schwartz" ]
1 Sep San Antonio Audubon society phone message Sept 1 ["Georgina Schwartz" ]
1 Sep Smith Point fish fry and hawk watch saturday [Joseph Kennedy ]
1 Sep Sabine's Gull [Donna Kelly ]
1 Sep Bastrop Co. (local) [Brush Freeman ]
1 Sep Re: Richland Creek WMA ["Bert Frenz" ]
31 Aug Re: Richland Creek WMA [Tad Finnell ]
31 Aug Some highlights from east of Lubbock today - including Least Tern [Anthony Hewetson ]
31 Aug Richland Creek WMA [D D Currie ]
31 Aug Balmorhea Lake - 31 August [Mark Lockwood ]
31 Aug Greater Pewee -Bear Creek Park [Willie Sekula ]
31 Aug Warbling Vireo (Local Interest) [Marty Kelly ]
31 Aug Bentsen Bird Walk 8/31/14 [Hannah Buschert ]
31 Aug FOS kestrel [Robert Reeves ]
31 Aug Mississippi Kites over NW Austin [Barry Noret ]
30 Aug Houston Hummingbirds [James Hinson ]
30 Aug Cerulean Warbler Blucher Park Corpus Christi [Susan Foster ]
30 Aug Some Lubbock highlights from the work week [Anthony Hewetson ]
30 Aug Birding Birds Field Trip to Clapp Park (Lubbock) this Morning. [Anthony Hewetson ]
30 Aug Hornsby Bend and Platt Lane - Pileated Woodpecker, 15 species of shorebirds (including Sanderling) [Christian Walker ]
30 Aug Bird Walk at the National Butterfly Center [Louie Rivera ]
30 Aug (many)Oyster catchers in a fresh-water pond [Monte ]
30 Aug Cerulean Warbler - Blucher Park [Willie Sekula ]
30 Aug Leucistic Hummingbird continues/Kurten/Brazos Co [Shirley Wilkerson ]
30 Aug RE; Bar_tailed Godwit ["David Bradford" ]
30 Aug Corpus Christi Hawkwatch repost... [Dane Ferrell ]
29 Aug Corpus Christi Hawkwatch... [Dane Ferrell ]
29 Aug Marfa region grasslands [Brush Freeman ]
29 Aug Recycling old bird books and magazines last request for 2014 ["Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" ]
29 Aug Bar-tailed Godwit YES, 8/29 []
29 Aug Clapp Park 8/29 [Cameron Carver ]
28 Aug Austin Area RBA [Nate McGowan ]
28 Aug LLELA Big Sit and request for ideas; Denton Co [Susan Yost ]
28 Aug Leucistic Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Kurten, Brazos County [Shirley Wilkerson ]
28 Aug Re: Bar-tailed godwit YES [Clay Taylor ]
27 Aug Bar-tailed godwit YES [Michael Austin ]
27 Aug Wharton Co. - few highlights [Chuck Sexton ]
27 Aug Brown Booby in Matagorda Bay [Petra Hockey ]
27 Aug Re: Egyptian Goose ["Charles W. Easley" ]
27 Aug Smith Point Hawk Watch, 31 raptors, 8/26/14 ["Susan Heath" ]
27 Aug Re: Egyptian Goose [Dennis Shepler ]
27 Aug Egyptian Goose [Cameron Carver ]
26 Aug Not-so-common Paraque at Utopia []
26 Aug Tuesday morning birding, Hagerman NWR [Jack Chiles ]
26 Aug Re: Corpus Christi kites - ranged distances [Clay Taylor ]
26 Aug Corpus Christi kites [Clay Taylor ]
26 Aug Southern Kinney County [Bryan Calk ]
26 Aug some locals, and a 'true' Night Heron [Monte ]
26 Aug Smith Point Hawk Watch, 8/25/14, 1512 raptors ["Susan Heath" ]
26 Aug Sugar House Pond, 8/25/14 ["" ]
25 Aug Swift Night Out - Houston [PJS ]
25 Aug Birder Patrol Trip on the 23rd ["" ]
25 Aug Bar-tailed Godwitt present near bridge to NAS. Oso Bay ["dhanson139 AT aol.com" ]
25 Aug Cackling Goose at Carter Lake in College Station [Jesse Huth ]
25 Aug Wednesday afternoon bird program. ["Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" ]
25 Aug Richland Creek WMA North Unit Pictures [Mike Bloodsworth ]
25 Aug Smith Point fish fry and road hazards this Saturday [Joseph Kennedy ]
25 Aug Smith Point gnatcatcher and swallow watch with hawks tossed in [Joseph Kennedy ]
25 Aug Bastrop/Travis Co migrants (local interest [Brush Freeman ]
25 Aug Union Grove WMA - some shorebirds 8/23/14 [Christian Walker ]
25 Aug Richland Creek WMA - Black-bellied Plover, Western Willets, amazing numbers of waders and Mississippi Kites [Christian Walker ]
24 Aug Corpus Christi - Sunday, August 24th ["Willie Sekula" ]
24 Aug Anahuac Swainson's hawk [David McDonald ]
24 Aug Groove-billed Ani 3 sites (08/23/14): nice serendipity + shorebirds elsewhere ["Rex Stanford" ]
24 Aug Oriole in Denton Co. [Susan Yost ]
24 Aug Bar-tailed Godwit - Present 0930 Hours [Willie Sekula ]
24 Aug Oriole in Denton co [Susan Yost ]
24 Aug Brown Boobies in Corpus. Christi [Susan Foster ]
24 Aug Brown Boobies in Corpus Christi [Susan Foster ]
24 Aug Re: Hornsby Bend WWTPs [Brush Freeman ]

Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Salineño (LTC 080), Sep 1, 2014
From: Tim Brush <txbrush5 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 2 Sep 2014 08:44:41 -0500
For Labor Day, John and I decided to head upriver to check out Salineno and
nearby spots, to see what was around. We were happy to have Stephanie
Galla, Tiffany Kersten, and Javi Gonzalez join us. We didn't see the
hope-for Red-billed Pigeon or Muscovy Duck, but we did see a Wood Duck
flying down-river (regional rarity, especially in the summer). We had a
3-oriole morning, despite missing Baltimore and Orchard (migrants often
seen in the area). Interesting to see an Audubon's Oriole molting its
tail--had a "fork-tailed" look, with older outer tail-feathers and new,
shorter inner tail-feathers growing in).
Below is the list from Salineno; along FM 2098 we also saw a pair of
American Kestrels (again, a regional rarity in summer). 2098 is the road
that leads from US 83 toward Falcon Dam and Falcon State Park, of course
plenty will come in over the next few months to make the species a common
wintering bird.

We heard Black-tailed Gnatcatchers in the thorn-scrub at Starr County Park,
but saw only Blue-gray there.

Falcon State Park was quiet in the mid-day heat, but we got a few "new"
species at the Roma Bluffs observation platform on the way home.

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Date: Mon, Sep 1, 2014 at 7:07 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Salineño (LTC 080), Sep 1, 2014
To: txbrush5 AT gmail.com


Salineño (LTC 080), Starr, US-TX
Sep 1, 2014 7:45 AM - 8:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.2 mile(s)
Comments:     sunny and warm, water high--with John Brush, Tiffany Kersten,
Javi Gonzalez and Steffany Galla--watched from river parking area and
walked up trail to spot near cypress
41 species (+1 other taxa)

Wood Duck  1     eclipse (non-breeding) male flying downstream
Plain Chachalaca  2
Neotropic Cormorant  4
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Tricolored Heron  1     first-year plumage
Green Heron  1
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  12
Osprey  2
Spotted Sandpiper  3     flying tight flock, calling
Least Sandpiper  5
Laughing Gull  2
Common Ground-Dove  1
White-winged Dove  120
Mourning Dove  6
Ringed Kingfisher  1
Green Kingfisher  2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  1
Crested Caracara  1
Brown-crested Flycatcher  2
Great Kiskadee  2
Couch's Kingbird  5
White-eyed Vireo  1
Green Jay  2
Bank Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  30
Cave Swallow  5
Cliff/Cave Swallow  10
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher  2
Long-billed Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  5
Yellow Warbler  3
Olive Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  2
Great-tailed Grackle  12
Hooded Oriole  2     adult male plus probable female--on upstream island
Bullock's Oriole  3
Altamira Oriole  1
Audubon's Oriole  3     one pair plus one heard only
House Sparrow  4

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19641347

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Subject: PEARLAND: IMMATURE MALE COOPER'S HAWK IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD.
From: "Mira M Pellerin" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mirampellerin@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 23:21:02 -0400 (EDT)
For the past several days, I have been seeing an immature male cooper's Hawk 
chasing the Mourning Doves around; so far I have not seen him score any, but he 
surely is trying hard. I do not know if he is related to the big female 
Cooper's Hawk that I have been seeing for about one year in my neck of the 
woods, but I guess that he could be. I did see her being followed by an smaller 
immature bird early in the spring. Maybe he is on his own now. 


Mira M. Pellerin

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Subject: Bar-tailed Godwit -- No
From: "JeP" <jepbird AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:50:29 -0500
On sunday mornning August 31, I searched about 2 hours for Bar-tailed Godwit at 
Oso Bay near Tx A&M and Valero. 

Not only did I not find bar-tailed, but I found no godwits of any kind! 

Ya win some, ya lose some!

Please let me know if it is re-found.

Jeff Patterson
Austin  
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Subject: Re: Richland Creek WMA
From: D D Currie <ddbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 16:44:16 -0500
Tad - My apologies.  When you said you weren't from the Austin area, that
should have been my first clue!!??  Enjoyed meeting you and Susan and
thanks again for the Ruddy Turnstone!

D. D. Currie

On Mon, Sep 1, 2014 at 8:02 AM, Bert Frenz  wrote:

> Tad, D.D.,
> I am not surprised that the Ruddy Turnstone was a first county record for
> D.D., even though she has often birded Freestone County.
> In fact, the Ruddy Turnstone is a first county record - period.  I have a
> pretty complete database for the county and I just checked eBird to see if
> I
> have missed anything.  Surprisingly, though, I see a recent submission to
> eBird for adjacent Navarro County which reports a RUTU in that county 24
> August.
> Freestone County is a the northern edge of the Central Brazos Valley and
> RUTU rarely visits this inland region.  There are only 9 records for the
> region, the earliest in 1965.
> Bert
> -------------------------------
> Bert Frenz
> Bert2 AT bafrenz.com
> author, A Birder's Guide to Belize, 2013
> Birds of the Oaks & Prairies of Texas
> www.bafrenz.com
>
> -----Original Message-----
> On 8/31/2014 6:16 PM, D D Currie wrote:
> > ...Ruddy Turnstone - 1 (new
> > county bird for Freestone - thanks Tim and Susan)
> >
> Tad Finnell responded:
> ... we are pleased we put D.D. on a county bird and add to her list
> realizing that some of these may be common birds for the area.
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Subject: Cannon Road Loop
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "MiriamEagl@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 17:34:07 -0400 (EDT)
Guess the new e-mail is still being moderated,  so here we go with the old 
one! :-)

Hi, all!

The loop was  pretty productive this morning, although I had to kinda do it 
backwards as these  biting gnats (plus some dicey conditions) wouldn’t let 
me go straight up Cannon,  although an Upland Sandpiper in the field was 
nice!  The gate to the  section of the NWR along Rangerville Road was open, so 
I swung in there to take  a peek at the reservoir (which was pretty quiet), 
but a calling Least Bittern  and Yellow Warbler were good for the day, along 
with a single Bank  Swallow.  The “Rangerville Resaca” had a mob of 
swallows along the power lines—mostly Barns but with a good number of Caves 
and 

about a dozen Purple  Martins.  Both night herons were represented along with 
a White Ibis.   The Ebony Unit overlook was so overgrown that you couldn’t 
see into the resaca,  but thankfully you got a good view by poking down 
Jimenez a little, and that  yielded both grebes, Mottled and Ruddy Ducks, and 
both “swimming  rails”.

Backtracking westbound on Jimenez of course yielded lots of  Tropical 
Kingbirds, more upset Cave Swallows at the little bridge (along with an  Ani), 
and the only Harris’ Hawk of the day.  Cannon Road from that end  actually 
looked pretty decent, so I headed south, but the “ear-splitting  cicadas” 
drowned out most everything. Had to negotiate that dicey spot after all so “ 

Diggory” had his first experience in four-wheelin’! J   Heading back up 
Weaver Road had more Uppies in the plowed fields, a Blue  Grosbeak in the cane 
fields, and the sod farm was alive with Long-billed  Dowitchers, Stilt 
Sandpipers, Lesser Yellowlegs, and a few Least Sandpipers,  Black Terns, and a 
single Forster’s (if there was anything more interesting in there I 
couldn’t 

find it, but I notified Rex—if anyone can find a goodie, HE  can)!  A young 
Green Heron was most cooperative and several Band-winged  Dragonlets buzzed 
around as well.  Picked up Horned Larks at the curve, and  then looped back 
down to check out Adams Garden Reservoir; a big canal keeps one  from going 
all the way around, but I did most of it and picked up more Black and  Forster
’s Terns, and in the area where you’re next to the NWR again (on the  
southeast side) heard a Yellow-billed Cuckoo singing!  Lots of Fulvous  
Whistling Ducks were using the lake, and there were also these tiny little 
orange 

and black bugs hovering around that reminded me of Florida’s “love bugs” 
in 

their behavior, but the picture I got looked more like some kind of soldier 
 beetle (best I could determine from the book).

Pictures and  recordings are  here:

http://miriameaglemon.com/phot
o_gallery/2014%20Field%20Trips/September/Cannon%20Road%20Loop.html

Bird  List:

Cannon Loop, Cameron, US-TX
Sep 1, 2014 7:10 AM - 11:33  AM
Protocol: Traveling
25.0 mile(s)
Comments:      81 - 86 degrees; mostly sunny & calm to a mix of sun & 
clouds with  slight breeze
69 species (+1 other taxa)

Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck  30
Fulvous Whistling-Duck  40
Mottled Duck   4
Ruddy Duck  5
Northern Bobwhite  1
Least Grebe   2
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Neotropic Cormorant  15
Least  Bittern  1
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  6
Snowy  Egret  3
Green Heron  5
Black-crowned Night-Heron   1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  1
White Ibis  1
Turkey  Vulture  10
Harris's Hawk  1
Common Gallinule   5
American Coot  3
Black-necked Stilt  2
Killdeer   12
Lesser Yellowlegs  10
Upland Sandpiper  4
Stilt  Sandpiper  6
Least Sandpiper  8
peep sp.  4
Long-billed  Dowitcher  50
Black Tern  6
Forster's Tern  8
Inca  Dove  1
Common Ground-Dove  12
White-tipped Dove   3
White-winged Dove  100
Mourning Dove  20
Yellow-billed  Cuckoo  1
Groove-billed Ani  2
Chimney Swift   1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  10
Ladder-backed Woodpecker   4
Brown-crested Flycatcher  6
Great Kiskadee  8
Tropical  Kingbird  10
Couch's Kingbird  6
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher   7
Loggerhead Shrike  4
White-eyed Vireo  5
Green Jay   5
Horned Lark  4
Purple Martin  12
Bank Swallow   1
Barn Swallow  50
Cave Swallow  100
Black-crested  Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  7
Bewick's Wren   1
Long-billed Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  8
European  Starling  5
Common Yellowthroat  3
Yellow Warbler   1
Olive Sparrow  8
Northern Cardinal  2
Blue Grosbeak   1
Dickcissel  7
Red-winged Blackbird  200
Eastern  Meadowlark  1
Great-tailed Grackle  100
Altamira Oriole   3
House Sparrow  3

Mary Beth Stowe
McAllen,  TX
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Subject: SHOREBIRDING (08/31/14): 5 Cameron Co. sites
From: "Rex Stanford" <calidris AT mindspring.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 15:04:16 -0500
We visited 5 sites in Cameron County yesterday (08/31/14) primarily in 
search of shorebirds and looking especially for "grasspipers" (i.e., 
Baird's, Buff-breasted, and Upland Sandpipers). On the way to Cameron Co. we 
by-passed the Progreso (Hidalgo Co.) sod field traversal road because that 
area had had heavy recent rains and the traversal road, viewed from US-281, 
looked treacherous. We visited the following Cameron Co. sites in the order 
and at the times indicated:

SOD FIELD NORTH OF FM-3067 IN LA FERIA (late morning): This small field, 
what remains of a much larger, earlier area of sod fields, was, despite its 
small size, reasonably productive yesterday thanks to recent rain. We birded 
only from the margin of FM-3067. The area nearest FM-3067 was relatively dry 
and therefore, not surprisingly, yielded BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (12) and KILLDEER 
(2). Further back, where there are some low areas that seemingly held some 
water and certainly were damper, yielded an estimated 60-70 LONG-BILLED 
DOWITCHERS, some largely in drab winter plumage, but several bearing lovely 
color, and, additionally, BLACK-NECKED STILT (several), LESSER YELLOWLEGS 
(numerous, but not easy to count or even estimate reliably in the tall grass 
and among other species), and LONG-BILLED CURLEW (1). (Total shorebird 
species = 6.) Back at the rear of the grassy field were LITTLE BLUE HERON 
(1) and GREAT EGRET (several).

TIO CANO LAKE (such as it was) near noon: The viewable areas that might 
under much wetter conditions have been useful to shorebirds were completely 
dried up. We have never before seen this area in such a sad condition 
relative to the needs of shorebirds and waders. The formerly extensive 
marshy area east of the traversal road (named Hodges Rd. if we recall 
correctly), an area that includes property in the Lower Rio Grande NWR, had 
dried out and now hosted sundry vegetation in what previously had been a 
wonderfully productive marsh (with a broad channel through its north end). 
This is a very sad situation for the birds, including migratory shorebirds 
and waders. Neither shorebird nor wader species were seen.

WEAVER ROAD (southmost sod field, full of rich, green grass; north of 
Jimenez Road) ca. 12:45 - 1:20 PM: The entry to Weaver Road from FM-800 had 
looked muddy and treacherous, especially in its entry area that lies low 
relative to the aforementioned highway, so we detoured and entered Weaver 
Road (unpaved dirt road with plenty of potentially sticky black clay, when 
wet) from the north terminus of its paved area, which is a short distance 
north of Jimenez Rd.) This section was flatter than the north end, and 
although its black-clay substrate had been very deeply rutted, it was 
reasonably dry. A large, wide, very dark thunderstorm area with occasional 
bursts of air-to-ground lightning was approaching closely from the 
northeast, but we were able to bird the grassy southmost field up to the 
first pump station before the close approach of the dark thunderstorm and 
loud claps of thunder convinced us to retreat back south. We had no desire 
either to be ground-rods for lightning while out studying the birds through 
our scope or to have to drive on this deeply rutted black-clay substrate if 
a heavy rain should fall! Still, we managed to study the many migrants on 
this field before our hasty retreat back to paved road. The following 
species were found (roughly in the order in which we encountered or first 
detected them): To our great delight, our first find was WILSON'S SNIPE (2), 
which were standing very still behind a tuft of high grass, facing off a 
stiff wind. We had not seen this species for perhaps well over a year, and 
these were quite early and, for us, not really expected in this locale. They 
were a nice surprise, but we hastened on north to see the many other birds 
out on this field before the arrival of what looked like it a strong 
thunderstorm. The other shorebirds were: KILLDEER (several); BLACK-NECKED 
STILT (est. 40-50, roaming widely in center of field); GREATER YELLOWLEGS 
(many, very actively moving about over a wide area; LESSER YELLOWLEGS (same 
as for Greater Yellowlegs, but perhaps less obviously moving about); LEAST 
SANDPIPER (numerous, but not counted or estimated; high grass made them 
often disappear); BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (7); and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER (est. 
30-35). Non-shorebird species seen that may be of interest: CASPIAN TERN 
(several); ROYAL TERN (1); BLACK TERN (1); and, last but ranking always, 
with us, as a gratifying sight, FULVOUS WHISTLING-DUCK (79). Total shorebird 
species for his site = 8.

LAGUNA ATASCOSA NWR (LAGUNA ATASCOSA FROM OSPREY OVERLOOK AT END OF LAKESIDE 
DRIVE); visited mid-afternoon: This, LANWR's namesake lake, yesterday was in 
one of the driest phases we ever have seen there. It did, though, produce 
several species of shorebirds: SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (1); GREATER YELLOWLEGS 
(several); LESSER YELLOWLEGS (several); WILLET (several); LONG-BILLED CURLEW 
(1); WESTERN SANDPIPER (10, at least); and LEAST SANDPIPER (1). 
Non-shorebirds seen were: TRICOLORED HERON (4); REDDISH EGRET (1); and BLACK 
TERN (several). Many gulls were present, but none that caught our attention 
as unexpected species. Most of the shorebirds were relatively near the 
observation site. Total shorebird species for this site = 7.

PORT ISABEL RESERVOIR; visited late afternoon: This site is in a very low, 
shallow condition, somewhat conducive to shorebird visitation, but the 
normally watery, marshy area opposite the berm when one enters the area had 
essentially died up, and many of the other wet areas had shrunken in size. 
We did not attempt to identify species out beyond the fence poles. Aside 
from sheer distance, the angle of the sun-into our eyes-late in the day made 
species identification that far away a foolish enterprise. The sheer number 
of birds here was drastically down from our recent visits, and we suspect 
that had something to do with the reduction in water in the reservoir. Here 
are the shorebird species found: BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (2, at least); SNOWY 
PLOVER (1); WILSON'S PLOVER (2); SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (several); GREATER 
YELLOWLEGS (several); LESSER YELLOWLEGS (several); SANDERLING (8-10, 
probably conservative; their activity thwarted careful counting); WESTERN 
SANDPIPER (est. 30-40); and WILSON'S PHALAROPE (1). Aside from shorebirds, 
BLACK SKIMMER was present in substantial numbers (but not counted).

Our total shorebird species for the day = 17. Of great concern was seeing 
the drying up (or the already dried-up condition) of critical areas for the 
birds.

Wishing everyone the best of birding,

Rex and Birgit Stanford
McAllen, TX


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Subject: Re: San Antonio Audubon society phone message Sept 1 corresction to time for beginners walk
From: "Georgina Schwartz" <gbird AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:57:08 -0500
Of course you all know that the beginners walk returns to 8:00 AM in 
September
Georgina

> >
>
> The next Beginner's bird walk starts at the Judson Nature Trails
>
> near the Alamo Heights swimming pool on Viesca Street on
>
> Saturday, September 13. Meet leader Georgina Schwartz at 8:00AM AM.
>
> We have some binoculars to lend out, so bring a friend.
>
> Georgina's number is 210-342-2073
>
>
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Subject: San Antonio Audubon society phone message Sept 1
From: "Georgina Schwartz" <gbird AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 14:30:40 -0500
SAAS Phone Message September 1, 2014

Telephone number: 210-308-6788

Georgina Schwartz recording.



Hello, this is the San Antonio Audubon Society with our

September 1 recording of recent bird sightings and an update

on coming activities.

If you just want to leave a message or report a bird sighting, you

may do so at any time by pressing 5 on your Touch-Tone Phone

and recording after the beep. Just be sure to add your name and

repeat your phone number please.



We do not rescue baby or crippled birds. Call Wildlife Rescue and

Rehabilitation at 830-336-2725 for assistance. For Owls or Hawks

call Last Chance Forever at 210-499-4080. In most cases the parents

will be back.



You may also access our website at www.saaudubon.org

for more Information about the club, a membership form, directions

 to the birding places, a complete list of the birds of Bexar County,

 our recent newsletters, and some photos of interest.



An eclipse plumaged Cinnamon Teal was found this past weekend

at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center.along with  a variety of shorebirds.



And thank you for reporting your birds to this tape so others

can find them.



The San Antonio Audubon Society has been a birding, education,

and conservation club since 1954.. We meet regularly on the first

Thursday of each month at 7 PM at The First Tee at 915 E. Mulberry

 at the south end of Brackenridge Park. The next one on September 4

 will be reports from Craig Hensley and Madeline McDonald about

their experiences at Hog Island Audubon Camp in Maine.

All are welcome at this free event.



The next Beginner's bird walk starts at the Judson Nature Trails

near the Alamo Heights swimming pool on Viesca Street on

Saturday, September 13. Meet leader Georgina Schwartz at 7:30 AM.

We have some binoculars to lend out, so bring a friend.

Georgina's number is 210-342-2073



On Sunday, Sept 14 we are going to Leslie Linehan's place in Spring

Branch. This is located at 121 Hillside Drive. This is off US 281 just

 north of FM 306. Proceed on past her house and park at the bottom

of the hill. You can come early to bird her place or join us for the

walk beginning at 8 AM. Contact her at 210-364-3201 for more info



Wednesday Sept 17 at 8 AM, Lora Reynolds will lead a walk

beginning at the parking lots on Red Oak north of Mulberry in

Brackenridge Park. We will do Avenue A and proceed later to

 Botanical Gardens for more birding.



On Tuesday, Sept 23, a walk at Crescent Bend Nature Park in

NE Bexar County will begin at 8 AM led by Sandi Wheeler.



Tuesday, Sept 30, at 8 AM, Helen Rejzek will lead a trip beginning

at the Leon Creek Greenway parking lot at 14160 Babcock Rd. at Leon 
Creek



There will be bird walks at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center

Beginning at 8:00 AM on the 1st Sunday, 2nd Sunday, 3rd Sunday,

and the 2nd Tuesday   The 4th Saturday trip always starts at 8 AM..

The Mitchell Lake Audubon Center is open each week from Tuesday

 through Sunday from 8 to 4. The fee for the guided tour is  $8 since

 this place is now an Audubon Center.   Just ring the buzzer and they

will open the gate. Call the Center at 210-628-1639. The gate is

on the left 0.7 mile south of loop 410  Moursund Blvd, exit #46.



There is a bird walk on the third Saturday of each month at 9 AM

at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. This is not a SAAS trip, but

is usually very interesting. There is a fee for entrance to the

garden.



Every one is welcome at our activities and you don't have to be a

member to participate. If you would like more information or

membership in our group, just leave your name and phone number

after the beep and someone will return your call.



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Subject: Smith Point fish fry and hawk watch saturday
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:19:55 -0500
the good thing about the day was the fish and oyster fry. The oysters were
sweet, the fish crisp and the Shiner Cold. About as good as it gets. One
could say more but that would have required a long nap.
The lunch did let me see the hawk of the day, an osprey that headed to the
tower as I was getting in the car after eating. It was the only counted
bird for the day. I almost had a second bird later in the day when another
osprey came over and headed out over the bay. It paused when spotting a
mullet and was last seen as a fairly small dot heading toward Texas City.
However, 5 minutes later, it was back with a large mullet and set down in
the east motte to eat. So only 1 hawk for the day.

Not many birders came to the watch or fish fry. Perhaps due to the forecast
of 80% rain and clouds and thunder during most of the day. The stars were
out when I left Houston and hit a bit of rain heading southeast at
Wallisville but after that there was no rain on the way or tower as it
moved south and east. Even had blue sky around for a few hours. However,
the rain lined up to the east where hawks and land birds come from and
rained all the way toward Texas city over the bay off and on. Rain backed
up around 2pm ending the watch for the day.

Rain to the east cut off most land birds and I only counted 62 gnatcatchers
in several hours and a couple of yellow warblers and very few swallows.
Bank was the common swallow for the day.

However the wet and high tides did create good birding at Robbins Park and
vicinity. The oyster fry was also enjoyed by the oystercatchers feeding in
the shucked shells with counts of 24, 26 and finally 37 birds, most of
which were 2 year olds. There was changeover as banded birds were seen at
different times with 4 banded birds seen but only 3 where I could read the
bands.

YO is a resident bird in the park where I found him a year ago on the first
of August. He has not mated and is somewhat of a pariah among
oystercatchers. A Dickinson Bay bird born in 2011.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157207309

W3 is another 2011 Dickinson Bay bird that showed up a year ago and was not
around in the summer

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157207312

And appears to be paired with an unbanded bird

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157207311

YM is a chick from West Galveston Bay from this years crop but happy to
feast on the piles of oysters rather than having to catch wild ones. Note
that most of the bill is dusky. It will turn all red after next year. If it
comes back next fall, it will still have a little dusky color on the base
of the bill

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157207310

The high tides brought some water to the marsh area at the park and was
enjoyed by a young of the year reddish egret

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157207307

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157207308

A young of the year green heron has been on this post for 3 weeks now

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157207305

The plover roost has lots of semipalmated plovers, black-bellied plovers,
and western willets as usual. The newly arrived black-bellied plovers stand
out from birds of a week or two ago that are in heavy molt

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157207304

Several times during the day there were large numbers of black terns
feeding high up on insects. Common nighthawks joined in a couple of times.
Seen at a distance against the clouds and glare it is surprising how
similar the two species are in silhouette and flight pattern. The wet had
nighthawks up on wires and posts near Robbins Park and I counted 32 from
one point. There were a few more on the ground so the area is nighthawk
heaven.

Right after sunrise, upland, spotted and solitary sandpipers and yellowlegs
were arriving over the park from the north and trinity bay. Most seemed to
veer to the east in the general direction of Anahuac. I checked some short
grass areas and fields cleared and being readied for rice next year but
found no shorebirds.

One can tell if the rain storms are coming toward the tower as the
frigatebirds generally move ahead of the rain. One or more were in sight
much of the day. They do provide a bit of adrenalin when way up high to the
north and they spread their tails like kites. Odd to see them in a group
with vultures.

An olive-sided flycatcher did use some of the tops of the dead motte trees
but numbers have been way down compared to the last couple of years. None
were around the fish fry where they are usually common but the peacocks
were out and showing off but have lost all of the long tail feathers but
still have some bedraggled stubs.

The weather patterns have cut off hawks from coming near the area to be
drifted blown down to smith point so at some point when it clears off in
Louisiana and points east there will be great rush of birds to come by. All
one has to do is be able to predict when that will happen.

-- 
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Subject: Sabine's Gull
From: Donna Kelly <dkelly163 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 12:06:48 -0500
Alvin and I relocated the Sabine's Gull at Balmorhea Lake in spite of heavy
Labor Day activity. Also located the Reddish Egret, too.
Thanks, Mark Lockwood for the great find.
-- 
Donna Kelly
Home is where you park it!
Currently Pecos, TX


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Subject: Bastrop Co. (local)
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:26:16 -0500
.
Made a short morning of it.   Pretty slow..No woodland birding.
R. Spoonbills  5-6 Cedar Valley Lk....Most of the water is now hidden by a
berm on the east end so no telling what is behind that.  6-7 Purple Martins

Crystal Lk./Bluebonnet Lk...... a few shorebirds, slow

Private ....Also slow.  2 Least Terns. A couple of Buffies and a few
Uplands, 7 Mississippi Kites.

Ready for a change in weather and desperately needed rain.

**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas


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Subject: Re: Richland Creek WMA
From: "Bert Frenz" <bertf AT bafrenz.com>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2014 09:02:44 -0400
Tad, D.D., 
I am not surprised that the Ruddy Turnstone was a first county record for
D.D., even though she has often birded Freestone County.
In fact, the Ruddy Turnstone is a first county record - period.  I have a
pretty complete database for the county and I just checked eBird to see if I
have missed anything.  Surprisingly, though, I see a recent submission to
eBird for adjacent Navarro County which reports a RUTU in that county 24
August.
Freestone County is a the northern edge of the Central Brazos Valley and
RUTU rarely visits this inland region.  There are only 9 records for the
region, the earliest in 1965.
Bert
-------------------------------
Bert Frenz
Bert2 AT bafrenz.com
author, A Birder's Guide to Belize, 2013
Birds of the Oaks & Prairies of Texas
www.bafrenz.com

-----Original Message-----
On 8/31/2014 6:16 PM, D D Currie wrote:
> ...Ruddy Turnstone - 1 (new 
> county bird for Freestone - thanks Tim and Susan) 
>
Tad Finnell responded:
... we are pleased we put D.D. on a county bird and add to her list
realizing that some of these may be common birds for the area.


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Subject: Re: Richland Creek WMA
From: Tad Finnell <tadcipiter AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 22:01:24 -0500
On 8/31/2014 6:16 PM, D D Currie wrote:
> Dell and I birded Richland Creek WMA today.  Ed Wetzel, Tim Fennell, and
> Susan Heath were also there. They saw a few things we did not see.
> Dell and I estimate that there were 4000+ waders in the north unit between
> Navarro and Freestone counties with the predominant species being White
> Ibis (~1500+), Cattle Egret (~1000+), Snowy Egret (~700), Great Egret
> (~300). There was also a good variety of shorebirds including 400+ Wilson's
> Phalaropes.
>
> Of interest:
>
> Black-bellied Whistling Ducks - 19 (Freestone)
> Blue-winged Teal - 550 (Freestone/Navarro)
> Wood Stork - 21 (Freestone/Navarro)
> Anhinga - 2 (Freestone)
> Tricolored Herons - 31 (9 Freestone/22 Navarro) (Most ever seen)
> Black-crowned Night-Heron - 3 (Freestone)
> Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - 3 (Freestone)
> White-faced Ibis - 140 (Freestone/Navarro)
> Roseate Spoonbill - 6 (Navarro)
> Mississippi Kite - 1 (Freestone)
> Black-necked Stilt - 60 (Freestone)
> American Avocet - 25 (Freestone)
> Killdeer
> Spotted Sandpiper - 10 (Freestone)
> Solitary Sandpiper - 3 (Freestone)
> Greater Yellowlegs - 35 (Freestone/Navarro)
> Willet - 6 (Freestone)
> Lesser Yellowlegs - 60 (Freestone)
> Marbled Godwit - 1 (Freestone)
> Stilt Sandpiper - 15 (Freestone)
> Ruddy Turnstone - 1 (new county bird for Freestone - thanks Tim and Susan)
> Least Sandpiper - 30 (Freestone/Navarro)
> Pectoral Sandpiper - 30 (Freestone)
> Semi-palmated Sandpiper - 7 (Freestone)
> Long-billed Dowitcher - 4 (Freestone)
> Wilson's Phalarope - 400+ (Freestone)
> Black Tern - 34 (Freestone)
> Forster's Tern - 1 (Freestone)
> Tree Swallow - 1 (Freestone)
> Bank Swallow - 1 (Freestone)
> Indigo Bunting - 40 (Freestone South Unit)
> Orchard Oriole - 3 (Freestone South Unit)
>
> D. D. Currie
> Arlington, TX
>
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    All,
    First, let me say that it's an honor to be confused with Tim 
Fennell, but
everyone who knows us is aware that he's a lot smarter and much better
looking than me! Tim Fennell should have read Tad Finnell.
    Sue and I thoroughly enjoyed our day spent in the WMA, and recommend
it highly. Coming from a lot farther south and not being aware of the better
birds being found, we are pleased we put D.D. on a county bird and add 
to her
list realizing that some of these may be common birds for the area.
    In areas where there was high, drier grasses, we were able to find 
Painted
Buntings, Dickcissel, and 4 Yellow Warblers. We also happened upon a single
Savannah Sparrow, which would be a bit early for us.
    Around area 18, where most of the shorebirds seemed to be concentrated,
we also found 2 Baird's Sandpipers, 1 alone and the other hanging with 
Pectorals,
and oddly enough both standing in the road. We also had several juvenile 
peeps
that appeared to be Western Sandpipers.
    One other find for us were 7 White Pelicans in area 13.
    As I said, we had a great time today and especially enjoyed putting 
faces to
a few Texbird posters we've been reading over the years. I hope more 
visitors
get a chance to check that place out!
                       Tad Finnell
                       Lake Jackson (Brazoria Co.)
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Subject: Some highlights from east of Lubbock today - including Least Tern
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:49:17 -0500
Greetings All:
I was out and about in Lubbock, Crosby, Floyd, Motley, Floyd, Crosby, and
Lubbock Counties from 6:30 in the ayem until 3:30 in the peeyem - at which
point I collapsed, at home, in an allergen-related stupor.

I am still a bit, shall we say, drizzly but am getting out a same day
report on the highlights.

Lubbock County highlights on the way out: 4 American Avocets just east of
Idalou.

Crosby County highlights from the morning: 4 Cattle Egrets near Lorenzo, 9
Cattle Egrets/1 Greater Yellowlegs/3 American Avocets near Ralls, 2
Gadwalls/108 Cinnamon Teal/1 Ruddy Duck with 6 ducklings/58 White-faced
Ibises/4 American Avocets/8 Wilson's Phalaropes just south of Cone, 6
White-faced Ibises in Cone.

That is, I believe, the largest number of Cinnamon Teal I have ever seen in
my region!

Floyd County highlights from the morning: 1 adult female CALLIOPE
HUMMINGBIRD at the White River crossing of Highway 207, 7 White-faced
Ibises/38 Black-necked Stilts/49 American Avocets/8 Wilson's Phalaropes
south of Floydada, 2 Upland Sandpipers atop haybales on the southern
outskirts of Floydada, 1 Warbling Vireo/2 Purple Martins/2 Blue-gray
Gnatcatchers/1 female and 1 male Common Yellowthroat/2 Yellow Warblers/1
Wilson's Warbler/1 Yellow-breasted Chat/1 first year male Black-headed
Grosbeak/2 immature Indigo Buntings at Eagle's Hall Park in Floydada, 4
Black-necked Stilts/2 American Avocets/1 Wilson's Phalarope just east of
Floydada, 4 Cinnamon Teals/60 Northern Pintails/9 Snowy Egrets/2 Black
Terns/8 Northern Rough-winged Swallows north of Dougherty.

Motley County highlights from the morning into the afternoon: 1 Spotted
Sandpiper/1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow/1 Yellow Warbler at East Mound
Cemetery/Matador Sewage Ponds, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs/2 Forster's Terns at the
Ballard Creek Ponds, 1 adult LITTLE BLUE HERON/1 Solitary Sandpiper/1 adult
male Indigo Bunting at Ballard Creek, 1 Eastern Kingbird at the Matador
Rest Area, 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers just north of Roaring Springs, 2 Cattle
Egrets/1 Least Flycatcher/2 Eastern Phoebes/2 Brown Thrashers/1 immature
Indigo Bunting in Roaring Springs, 8 Gadwalls at a tank along FM 684 just
east of the Floyd/Motley County line.

Floyd County highlights from the afternoon: 1 Northern Harrier/2 American
Avocets south of Dougherty.

Crosby County highlights from the afternoon: 2 Cattle Egrets/9 White-faced
Ibises/2 Black-necked Stilts at CR 221 x Highway 193, 1 Warbling Vireo/1
Yellow Warbler/1 female Summer Tanager at the White River crossing of
Highway 651, 1 Great Egret/10 Snowy Egrets/18 Cattle Egrets/1 Spotted
Sandpiper/15 Wilson's Phalaropes/4 Black Terns/1 first year (according to
Sibley) LEAST TERN at the huge playa along Highway 193 just west of the
Caprock dip, 7 Cattle Egrets/1 White-faced Ibis/4 Black Terns just east of
Cone, 7 White-faced Ibises/11 Black Terns just west of Cone, 7 Cattle
Egrets/5 American Avocets just north of Farmer Community.

There were no Lubbock County highlights from the afternoon.

This may seem pretty good but most of these are highlights only in the
context of regional interest in light of the ongoing drought.

Where are the warblers?


Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Richland Creek WMA
From: D D Currie <ddbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:16:01 -0500
Dell and I birded Richland Creek WMA today.  Ed Wetzel, Tim Fennell, and
Susan Heath were also there. They saw a few things we did not see.
Dell and I estimate that there were 4000+ waders in the north unit between
Navarro and Freestone counties with the predominant species being White
Ibis (~1500+), Cattle Egret (~1000+), Snowy Egret (~700), Great Egret
(~300). There was also a good variety of shorebirds including 400+ Wilson's
Phalaropes.

Of interest:

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks - 19 (Freestone)
Blue-winged Teal - 550 (Freestone/Navarro)
Wood Stork - 21 (Freestone/Navarro)
Anhinga - 2 (Freestone)
Tricolored Herons - 31 (9 Freestone/22 Navarro) (Most ever seen)
Black-crowned Night-Heron - 3 (Freestone)
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - 3 (Freestone)
White-faced Ibis - 140 (Freestone/Navarro)
Roseate Spoonbill - 6 (Navarro)
Mississippi Kite - 1 (Freestone)
Black-necked Stilt - 60 (Freestone)
American Avocet - 25 (Freestone)
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper - 10 (Freestone)
Solitary Sandpiper - 3 (Freestone)
Greater Yellowlegs - 35 (Freestone/Navarro)
Willet - 6 (Freestone)
Lesser Yellowlegs - 60 (Freestone)
Marbled Godwit - 1 (Freestone)
Stilt Sandpiper - 15 (Freestone)
Ruddy Turnstone - 1 (new county bird for Freestone - thanks Tim and Susan)
Least Sandpiper - 30 (Freestone/Navarro)
Pectoral Sandpiper - 30 (Freestone)
Semi-palmated Sandpiper - 7 (Freestone)
Long-billed Dowitcher - 4 (Freestone)
Wilson's Phalarope - 400+ (Freestone)
Black Tern - 34 (Freestone)
Forster's Tern - 1 (Freestone)
Tree Swallow - 1 (Freestone)
Bank Swallow - 1 (Freestone)
Indigo Bunting - 40 (Freestone South Unit)
Orchard Oriole - 3 (Freestone South Unit)

D. D. Currie
Arlington, TX


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Subject: Balmorhea Lake - 31 August
From: Mark Lockwood <Mark.Lockwood AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:54:57 +0000
Doug Booher, Amy Bishop, and I visited Balmorhea Lake, Reeves County, today. 
The highlights included a Sabine's Gull and an adult Red-necked Phalarope. The 
phalarope was very pale, but is probably within the normal range of variation 
for adults. 


Western Grebe - 6+
Clarks Grebe  50+
Reddish Egret  1 (juv.)
American Avocet  3
Greater Yellowlegs  12
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Marbled Godwit - 1
Long-billed Curlew - 5
Western Sandpiper  8
Least Sandpiper  10
Wilsons Phalarope  12
Red-necked Phalarope - 1
Sabine's Gull - 1
Black Tern  10
Yellow-headed Blackbird - 7

I put images of the gull and phalarope on my Flickr page 
(https://www.flickr.com/photos/70194759 AT N05/). They were taken midday and are 
not great, particularly the phalarope. 


Mark


Mark Lockwood
402 E. Harriet Ave.
Alpine, Texas 79830
mark.lockwood AT tpwd.texas.gov

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Subject: Greater Pewee -Bear Creek Park
From: Willie Sekula <williebird22 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:57:34 -0500
Derek Muschalek & Rob Thacker observed & heard the Greater Pewee near Restroom 
#8 at Bear Creek Park just a few minutes ago. They think this the returning 
bird that has been present the past two winters. 


Willie Sekula 
Falls City

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Subject: Warbling Vireo (Local Interest)
From: Marty Kelly <tmartin.kelly AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 12:02:26 -0500
In San Antonio, walked along Salado Creek Greenbelt near Heubner, and had a
very vocal Warbling Vireo. Also a Northern Flicker vocally.
Marty Kelly
San Antonio


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Subject: Bentsen Bird Walk 8/31/14
From: Hannah Buschert <Hannah.Buschert AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 16:05:28 +0000
Good Morning,
We had a pleasant bird walk this morning with a nice variety of birds. We 
started by looking at a few hummingbird species buzzing around the Turk's Cap 
in the Headquarters Gardens. On the way to the Resaca, we had a tree with a 
Couch's Kingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, White-winged Dove, and a Great 
Kiskadee! What a show! Strolling down the Kiskadee trail, we had a great look 
at an Eastern Screech Owl, a few other birds moving through the trees, and a 
Gray Hawk calling from somewhere inside the park. Lastly, we finished up at the 
Green Jay blind watching the Great Kiskadees and Green Jays coming to the 
water. 


Species Count
Plain Chachalaca               8
Great Egret         5
Turkey Vulture  2
Gray Hawk          1
Killdeer 2
White-winged Dove       10
Mourning Dove                3
Greater Roadrunner       2
Eastern Screech-Owl      1
Black-chinned Hummingbird       1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird           2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker    9
Great Kiskadee 4
Couch's Kingbird               5
Green Jay            6
Northern Mockingbird   3
Yellow Warbler 3
Northern Cardinal            2
Red-winged Blackbird    5
Great-tailed Grackle       10
Altamira Oriole  1

Don't forget to join us for Hawk Watch! September: Thursdays-Sundays from 
8:30am-11:30am at the Hawk Tower. 


Hannah Buschert
Park Ranger 1-Naturalist
World Birding Center
Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Hannah.Buschert AT tpwd.texas.gov
(956) 584-9156 x 235


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Subject: FOS kestrel
From: Robert Reeves <birder.reeves AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:00:55 -0500
FOS Am. Kestrel having a late breakfast on the power line that runs along
FM 685 on the edge of the hayfield on the west side of Hendrickson High
School in Pflugerville.  I wonder if it was the same one that hung out
there last winter.

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Subject: Mississippi Kites over NW Austin
From: Barry Noret <barrynoret AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:00:29 -0500
Steady stream of Kites migrating over Anderson Mill... 100+ still
counting.  Great day to soar.
Only seen MIKI so far.

9AM

-- 
Barry Noret
SW Williamson County
NW Austin, TX


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Subject: Houston Hummingbirds
From: James Hinson <jmhinson AT att.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 20:17:00 -0700
It's about that time of year, and after getting a call from Steven and Ann 
Williams in west Houston, I ventured over to their yard to check out their 
hummers. Their yard was active, and had quite a few of both Rufous and Allen's, 
most of which were banded. Not surprising, as Sue Heath has banded many the 
last couple of years. Hummers seen include a banded adult male Allen's, 3 adult 
male Rufous, two of which were banded, a banded female Rufous, and a smallish 
looking banded female Rufous/Allen's, which might be an Allen's. At least a 
half dozen Ruby-throated were present as well. 

The Williams are gracious hosts, and birders are welcome at any time. Their 
address is 7730 Stonesdale, which is in Copperfield, and their phone number is 
281-463-3620. And birders don't forget to sign the guest book! 


Jim Hinson
Houston, Tx.

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Subject: Cerulean Warbler Blucher Park Corpus Christi
From: Susan Foster <pfoster1 AT stx.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 22:03:39 -0500
Teri Zambon and I were able to get great looks at Willie Sekula's Immature 
female at approximately 5:30 pm today. Thank you Willie for waiting for us! 


Susan Foster
Rockport 
Aransas Cty

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Subject: Some Lubbock highlights from the work week
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:09:39 -0500
Greetings All:
Every morning (and a couple of evenings) from Tuesday through Friday (26-29
August) I had a bright, adult, male Rufous Hummingbird at my feeders.

While leaving work on Friday (the 29th) I noted a single, very small bird
in the liveoaks near the northwest corner of the TTU HSC building ... which
turned out to be a very early Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Birding Birds Field Trip to Clapp Park (Lubbock) this Morning.
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 18:03:57 -0500
Greetings All:
This morning, Anthony Hewetson, Jan Jannett, Colleen Martin, Paula
Richardson, Gerardo Sandoval, Tess Trost, and Janice Whittington visited
Clapp Park for two hours.

During that time we noted 23 species of birds:

15 Mallards
1 Cattle Egret
1 Green Heron
1 Yellow-crowned Night Heron
44 Mississippi Kites
29 Rock Pigeons
68 Eurasian Collared Doves
10 White-winged Doves
3 Black-chinned Hummingbirds
1 Olive-sided Flycatcher
1 Western Kingbird
1 Bell's Vireo
2 Blue Jays
2 Barn Swallows
7 American Robins
6 Northern Mockingbirds
1 Northern Waterthrush
2 Yellow Warblers
2 Wilson's Warblers
3 Northern Cardinals
6 Red-winged Blackbirds
57 Great-tailed Grackles
17 House Finches

We also saw 1 Cabbage White, 2 Dainty Sulphurs, 3 Monarchs, 1 Queen, 1
Common Buckeye, 1 Painted Lady, and 1 American Lady - a bit slow for
butterflies.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Hornsby Bend and Platt Lane - Pileated Woodpecker, 15 species of shorebirds (including Sanderling)
From: Christian Walker <christian.walker AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 17:30:14 -0500
Hi,
Dropped by Hornsby Bend this morning, and ended up staying for about three 
hours. Started at Platt Lane where I ran into Eric Carpenter and Maggie 
Burnett. Highlights included heard only Barred Owl, Piloeated Woodpecker, and 
Upland Sandpiper. Some Yellow Warblers. Headed over to the ponds and birding 
some with Victor Emmanuel and Barry Lyons. Had a good time looking at all the 
different ages and species of shorebirds with them. Good looks at American 
Avocet, Bairds Sandpipers, and immature Semipalmated Sandpiper and Wilsons 
Phalarope. Meanwhile Eric and Maggie found a Sanderling, so I came back and got 
some far away looks at it. Also had a flock of 9 Upland Sandpipers fly in and 
circle around us, giving great views. 

No dowitchers. 

Good birding,

Christian Walker
Independent Adjuster
Austin, Texas
(512) 431-2495



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> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - Platt Lane (Travis Co.), Aug 30, 2014
> Date: August 30, 2014 at 4:59:05 PM CDT
> To: christian.walker AT earthlink.net
> 
> Platt Lane (Travis Co.), Travis, US-TX
> Aug 30, 2014 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Caught up with Eric Carpenter and Maggie Burnett. Clear, calm, 
around 80 degrees Fahrenheit. 

> 39 species (+3 other taxa)
> 
> Snowy Egret  1
> Green Heron  1
> Red-shouldered Hawk  2     HO
> Killdeer  6
> Solitary Sandpiper  1     HO
> Upland Sandpiper  1     HO
> White-winged Dove  25
> Mourning Dove  13
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
> Barred Owl  1     HO
> Chimney Swift  1
> Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird  3
> Belted Kingfisher  1     HO
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  6     3 HO
> Downy Woodpecker  4     2 HO
> Pileated Woodpecker  1     HO
> Crested Caracara  1
> Empidonax sp.  2
> Eastern Phoebe  1
> Western Kingbird  1
> Eastern Kingbird  1
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  10
> Loggerhead Shrike  1
> White-eyed Vireo  9     8 HO
> American Crow  2     HO
> Barn Swallow  3
> Carolina Chickadee  9     4 HO
> Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid)  7     2 HO
> Carolina Wren  15     14 HO
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3     HO
> Eastern Bluebird  1     HO
> Northern Mockingbird  5
> European Starling  80
> Yellow Warbler  9     2 HO
> Northern Cardinal  18     9 HO
> Painted Bunting  3
> Dickcissel  2     1 HO
> Red-winged Blackbird  4
> Great-tailed Grackle  1
> Brown-headed Cowbird  2
> House Finch  1     HO
> House Sparrow  2     HO
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19616248 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Hornsby Bend (HOTE 037), Travis, US-TX
Aug 30, 2014 10:05 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
Comments: Looked around with Victor Emmanuel and Barry Lyon. Eric Carpenter 
texted me later about a Sanderling and I came back. Clear, calm, around 85 
degrees Fahrenheit. 

30 species (+1 other taxa)

Snowy Egret  2
Turkey Vulture  2
Black-necked Stilt  10
American Avocet  1
Killdeer  20
Spotted Sandpiper  4
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  7
Upland Sandpiper  9
Stilt Sandpiper  3
Sanderling  1
Baird's Sandpiper  3
Least Sandpiper  250
Pectoral Sandpiper  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  1
Western Sandpiper  30
Wilson's Phalarope  11
White-winged Dove  2
Mourning Dove  1
Empidonax sp.  2
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  3
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  30
Cliff Swallow  4
Cave Swallow  25
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  25
Yellow Warbler  5
Northern Cardinal  4
Red-winged Blackbird  40
Great-tailed Grackle  5
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Subject: Bird Walk at the National Butterfly Center
From: Louie Rivera <louie1979klr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:18:49 -0500
Good day Texbirders,


            Today the National Butterfly Center kicked off its Saturday
bird walks which will now take place every other Saturday from 8:30am to
10:30am. The bird walk starts off on the Hackberry Trail, where bobcats,
coyote and other wildlife are seen. Our native plant gardens, south of the
visitors center, provides food and shelter for many valley specialty birds
like the Green Jay, Altamira Oriole and Olive Sparrow to name a few. Our
bird viewing area is an excellent place for photography where tables and
benches are provided. Within 30 minutes of sitting down you could see
upwards of 25+ bird species.



The bird walk then continues to the Back 70 (acres) where many wading birds
are seen on the banks of Rio Grande River like the Green Heron, Great Blue
Heron and Tricolored Heron...to name a few. Also seen are the Kingfishers!
Other birds like the Scissor-tailed and Vermilion Flycatchers are seen
frequently depending on season. The National Butterfly Center offers a
great birding experience and we get pretty good butterflies too! Hope you
visit soon!



Today’s bird walk started eerily slow but soon picked up. Here’s the list
from today’s bird walk:



National Butterfly Center NABA, Hidalgo, US-TX
Aug 30, 2014 8:30 AM – 11:30AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
32 species (+3 other taxa)

Plain Chachalaca  3
Turkey Vulture  2
Buteo sp.  2
Killdeer  1
Common Ground-Dove  3
White-tipped Dove  X
White-winged Dove  X
Mourning Dove  1
Groove-billed Ani  9
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Buff-bellied Hummingbird  1
Ringed Kingfisher  1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  1
Empidonax sp.  1
Black Phoebe  4
Great Kiskadee  3
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird  6
White-eyed Vireo  1
Green Jay  X
Barn Swallow  50
Black-crested Titmouse  3
Clay-colored Thrush  X
Long-billed Thrasher  8
Northern Mockingbird  X
Yellow Warbler  1
Olive Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  X
Blue Grosbeak  1
Painted Bunting  7
Red-winged Blackbird  200
Great-tailed Grackle  X
Orchard Oriole  2
Altamira Oriole  3
House Sparrow  X

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Subject: (many)Oyster catchers in a fresh-water pond
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 15:25:44 -0500
Went out today on Galveston Island.  Got in between deluges. On Stewart 
Rd, just past 8mi Rd is a large fresh water pond on the north side.  
There were 15 Oyster catchers within a hundred foot strip along the near 
bank.  I counted them twice, I had never seen so many in one place, and 
never on fresh water before.  None were banded that we could determine.  
Quite a sight.

Just across the road a pair of reddish egrets were busy doing their 'Big 
Bird' feeding dance.

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/vlrOGSNUJnY2Mg1lrKOKEtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink 


On further down 8mi, and on Sportsman Rd there were a myriad of Herons 
(Green, Blue, Tri-colored, black Crowns) many Great Egrets, and 
Spoonbills.  Couple of White-tailed Kites.  Quite a morning.

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/iqjsgneepae7pR2ygH8rbdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink 


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Subject: Cerulean Warbler - Blucher Park
From: Willie Sekula <williebird22 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:39:21 -0500
Female currently present at Blucher Park in Corpus Christi.

Willie Sekula
Falls City

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Subject: Leucistic Hummingbird continues/Kurten/Brazos Co
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:02:54 -0500
This is the third day for the Leucistic Hummingbird  I actually do not know
if it is a Ruby, or a Black-chinned, or what, but the most common hummer in
this area would be Ruby.  I managed to get a few more photos of him/her . .
. actually, a lot more.  But it was overcast until just a few hours ago,
and now I have no time to try to photograph him/her with the better light.
That's the way it always goes, doesn't it?
On day one, the little bird tried to fight for a territory, only to be
chased away relentlessly.  Today, it was a stronger, braver bird, and has
managed to secure a territory,  and even invade the other Rubys'
territories.  I also posted one photo to show how well it blends in with a
dead oak branch, sort of gray and white.

http://www.bluemelon.com/caramia/recentimages#page-0

Shirley Wilkerson
Kurten (rural Bryan) Texas


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Subject: RE; Bar_tailed Godwit
From: "David Bradford" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "ddbrdfrd@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 13:15:43 -0500
The godwit is being seen from behind the Valero station. You must walk about 
200 yards along the shoreline of Oso Bay toward Hans Suter Park. David Bradford 
Houston 


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> On Aug 30, 2014, at 7:29 AM, Dane Ferrell  wrote:
> 
> Although I have been sending the Raptor numbers in a vertical fashion in my 
last 2 posts, they have been showing up in a paragraph form, making the numbers 
hard to follow. I shall try once again, this time double-spaced, and see what 
happens. 

> Mississippi Kites = 13206
> Black Vultures = 110
> Swallow-tailed Kites = 43
> Broad-winged Hawks = 22
> Swainson's Hawks = 10
> Peregrine Falcons = 5
> Ospreys = 4
> Sharp-shinned Hawks = 4
> Merlins = 2
> White-tailed Kites = 1
> Cooper's Hawks = 1
> American Kestrels = 1
> Unknown Raptors = 3
> Total = 13412
> Thanks! Let's see what happens.
> Dane Ferrell, Hawkwatch InternationalCorpus Christi Hawkwatch at Hazel 
Bazemore County ParkCorpus Christi,TX 

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Subject: Corpus Christi Hawkwatch repost...
From: Dane Ferrell <daneferrell AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 30 Aug 2014 08:29:56 -0400
Although I have been sending the Raptor numbers in a vertical fashion in my 
last 2 posts, they have been showing up in a paragraph form, making the numbers 
hard to follow. I shall try once again, this time double-spaced, and see what 
happens. 

Mississippi Kites = 13206
Black Vultures = 110
Swallow-tailed Kites = 43
Broad-winged Hawks = 22
Swainson's Hawks = 10
Peregrine Falcons = 5
Ospreys = 4
Sharp-shinned Hawks = 4
Merlins = 2
White-tailed Kites = 1
Cooper's Hawks = 1
American Kestrels = 1
Unknown Raptors = 3
Total = 13412
Thanks! Let's see what happens.
Dane Ferrell, Hawkwatch InternationalCorpus Christi Hawkwatch at Hazel Bazemore 
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Subject: Corpus Christi Hawkwatch...
From: Dane Ferrell <daneferrell AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 23:05:54 -0400
Hello All,
An update from the 2014 Corpus Christi Hawkwatch, courtesy of Hawkwatch 
International.Numbers through 08/29/14: 

Mississippi Kites - 13206Black Vultures - 110Swallow-tailed Kites - 
43Broad-winged Hawks - 22Swainson's Hawks - 10Peregrine Falcons - 5Ospreys - 
4Sharp-shinned Hawks - 4Merlins - 2White-tailed Kites - 1Cooper's Hawks - 
1American Kestrels - 1Unknown Raptors - 3 

Total - 13412
Thanks to Clay Taylor, and Swarovski Optik for the use of a most-awesome scope 
- thank you, thank you, thank you! Now could you'all deliver a Zone-tailed Hawk 
for our perusal? 

Anhingas count for the Season: 10056  
American White Pelicans - 165
Wood Storks - 23
Overall species count for Hazel Bazemore County Park(beginning 08/01/14), is 
well over 100 species. 

A Birding trip to Nueces County is not complete without stopping by Hazel - 
because Hazel Rocks... 

Dane Ferrell, Hawkwatch InternationalCorpus Christi Hawkwatch Hazel Bazemore 
County ParkCorpus Christi,TX 

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Subject: Marfa region grasslands
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:12:36 -0500
.
  A bird I never ever expected to see in Texas in August....Brewer's
Sparrows on Mimm's Ranch ...I know there are records and I have one crappy
photo of one but we saw at least 7 and I suspect several more on the
grasslands but all would vanish into small patches of bare ground before I
could be 100%...Numerous Ammo.s that took flight as we drove about but the
darn things just would not present themselve as there are no bushes or
other perches for them to come up to for view...I assume they are all
Grasshoppers but I'll be darned if I can get Baird's out of my head.
  Alimito Creek in one area had a very successful fledging of ZTHAs with 3
fledged birds from one brood....Uplands everywhere in the mornings and some
flocks of Dickcissels.  Some Lark Buntings are already down and a few in
alternate.  A badger was sighted today...Very cool native grasses and
plants.  Never did any mountain birding.  The Brewer's Sparrows were an
August lifer for me...I never expected to see them this month in Texas.
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120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
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Subject: Recycling old bird books and magazines last request for 2014
From: "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" <Fred_Collins AT hctx.net>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 20:47:08 +0000
Dear all,
Kleb Woods holds an annual Hummingbird Festival. It is free as are all of our 
activities. This year it will be Saturday September 13. Highlights include Gary 
Clark of the Houston Chronicle who will speak about Tropical Hummingbirds, 
Sumita Prasad talking about and banding hummingbirds, and Mary Ann Weber with 
her hawks and owls. 


Last year we gave away our excess bird magazines and journals people had 
donated to us in years past. We were very surprised that the free magazines and 
other publications were so popular. We gave away hundreds. The clientele is 
mostly from NW Harris County, Waller, and SE Montgomery County. For the 
majority it is their first time here and the first nature event for them. It's 
a great family audience. We had 600 people attend last year and expect an equal 
or larger crowd this year. 


Many of you have been kind to bring or mail us many old copies over the last 
few weeks. If you have bird or nature magazines or books you would like to have 
recycled in this fashion please mail or bring them to the nature center prior 
to Sept 13. Please this is the last call. We do not want them after September 
13th! 


Fred Collins, Director
Kleb Woods Nature Center
20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner


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Subject: Bar-tailed Godwit YES, 8/29
From: kahartman AT comcast.net
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 18:54:58 +0000 (UTC)
1330 to 1350 hours from Hans Suter side. With 120 Marbled Godwits.
Ken Hartman
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Subject: Clapp Park 8/29
From: Cameron Carver <c.o.carver AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:00:19 -0500
Greetings,
After yesterday's glorious half inch of rain that fell in Lubbock, I made a
concerted effort to be out at Clapp Park first thing in the morning. It was
a fantastic decision with many a good bird to be found.

Quite a few hummingbirds about. I could only confirm the identities of
Black-chinned, but I suspect that I had at least one Broad-tailed.
Dickcissels and Upland Sandpipers were noted as flyovers. Many Mississippi
Kites hanging about - a good mix of adults and young. An Olive-sided
Flycatcher was first noted in the dead trees in the thick area along the
berm, but later moved to the tall dead cottonwood in the middle of the berm
where it remained until I left. 1 Loggerhead Shrike was in the Arboretum
and three more were on the barbed wire around the radio tower. A peregrine
Falcon sat preening on the water tower. A good flock of 11 Bronzed Cowbirds
were in the grass on the north side of the park. A MacGillivray's in the
thick veg near the junipers.

The area where the playa meets the fence of the arboretum held the most
birds, Three Orchard Orioles, many Painted Buntings, a Least Flycatcher and
another unidentified empid, a male and female Blue Grosbeak, at least one
Indigo Bunting flew by. A Common Yellowthroat was in the thick vegetation.
One Yellow Warbler and Wilson's Warbler were in the mix.

Flyovers from Great and Snowy Egrets. The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
continues to haunt the playa. Several Black-crowned Night-Herons were
roosting around the playa.

39 species total. Not a bad uptick to this seemingly slow migration. With
the new water in the playa, things could get interesting out there before
it is all said and done.

Cameron Carver
Lubbock, TX


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Subject: Austin Area RBA
From: Nate McGowan <natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:28:57 -0500
The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society.
This update is as of 8/28/2014. Send interesting sightings, complete with
species name, location, and contact information to Nate McGowan at
natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com.
-Rarities found this week-

Two MOTTLED DUCKS were described along Lady Bird Lake in Austin, *Travis* on
8/23.

A GREAT KISKADEE was reported in *Caldwell County*, on 8/24.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen in *Bastrop County*, on 8/25.

Two AMERICAN REDSTARTS were early in *Bastrop County*, on 8/25.

-Continuing birds from previous weeks-

A RUDDY TURNSTONE continued at Hornsby Bend, *Travis*, on 8/22.

Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centered on the
Capitol in downtown Austin. Bird sightings mentioned here have been
filtered and scrutinized by the compiler and are believed to be genuine.
When documentation or photographs were provided, that is mentioned along
with the other information about the bird(s) being seen. For questions or
updates about birds mentioned here, or to report rare or unusual bird
sightings in the Austin area, please send an email to
natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com.

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Subject: LLELA Big Sit and request for ideas; Denton Co
From: Susan Yost <sdyost AT asunnytexas.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 14:29:58 -0500
> 
> With permission from David:
> 
> The Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area {LLELA} is having their 1st 
ever BIG SIT. Mark your calendars now for November 1, 2014. Details will be 
posted as they come available. For those of you that have never birded LLELA, 
its 2,000 acres of tall grassland & bottomland forests tucked into the soft 
rolling hills of north central Texas with the Elm Fork of the Trinity River 
flowing thought it all. Nearly 280 migratory and resident birds have been 
documented. So save the date! And watch for details on Texbirds! 

> 
> On another note; LLELA has bird walks the 2nd Saturday of each month. They 
now have a bird banding station that includes 2 water stations with droppers 
[viewing bleachers courtesy of the Boy Scouts] We hope to lead guided walks 
into the restricted banding area and are in need of signage ideas. If anyone 
out there has ideas, has done this before or pictures of signs from other 
places, we would very much appreciate it. Please send them to my email [and not 
Texbirds] and I will forward them to the LLELA director; Ken Steigman for 
review. As more and more nature lovers discover LLELA we want to make sure they 
know and follow the common rules. Thank you so much. 

> 
> Sue YOST ~^/^~
> Friends of LLELA
> Highland Village, a N. burb of Dallas
> Denton Co.
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Subject: Leucistic Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Kurten, Brazos County
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:54:23 -0500
Just had this beauty show up a few minutes ago here in Kurten (rural Bryan).
http://www.bluemelon.com/caramia/recentimages#page-0

Shirley Wilkerson
Kurten (Bryan) TX


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Subject: Re: Bar-tailed godwit YES
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor AT swarovskioptik.us>
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:01:27 -0400
All - 

OK, I must have seen Mike across the flats of the Oso as we were searching 
unsuccessfully for the Bar-tailed Godwit from 6-ish to a little after 7pm. 
However, the wind was honking out of the East, and a lot of birds were 
evidently in hiding. 


Shorebird numbers were WAAAY down from two weeks ago, but tide stage and the 
winds might have had some effect, too. As we left, the wind and tides were 
blowing water across flats that were pretty parched, so tomorrow might find a 
LOT more feeding habitat for the peeps and more muddy walking for birders. 



Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
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Behalf Of Michael Austin 

Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 8:15 PM
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Subject: [texbirds] Bar-tailed godwit YES

Bird in flock of 10 or so Marbled Godwits at A&M CC end of causeway to NAS from 
1550 to 1630. Searched again unsuccessfully from 1830 until 1945 without 
success (five Red Knots in various stages of molt however, 


Mike Austin,
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Subject: Bar-tailed godwit YES
From: Michael Austin <mausti5 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 20:14:30 -0500
Bird in flock of 10 or so Marbled Godwits at A&M CC end of causeway to NAS from 
1550 to 1630. Searched again unsuccessfully from 1830 until 1945 without 
success (five Red Knots in various stages of molt however, 


Mike Austin,
Pearland.

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Subject: Wharton Co. - few highlights
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 19:31:44 -0500
TexBirders,

I went wandering around in Wharton County today trying to pad a county list but 
it was a bit disappointing; Id consider my day list of about 70 spp for the 
early part of Fall migration to be subpar. It was hard to find water away from 
irrigation canals or the major rivers, and there is little access to the 
latter. The Pierce Ranch rice fields are apparently non-existent this year and 
the Priarie Wetlands area on FM 1162 at the Matagorda County line had only 
one puddle with a single Greater Yellowlegsperhaps too early in the season for 
flooding. Highlights were few and far between but included the following: 


 Wood Storks - 2 circling over TX 71 about 5 miles NW of Columbus (Colorado 
Co.) on the way home, none elsewhere. 

 Halfmoon Lake on the outskirts of Wharton has a very low water level and a 
nice collection of waders including a few Roseate Spoonbills. 

 Reddish Egret - one white morph adult at Pitch Fork Pond along TX 71 just W 
of La Grange (Fayette Co.), compared directly to a Snowy and Great Egret. 

 Bald Eagle - a single adult on the Colorado at the Hollywood Bottom Park.
 grasspipers - handfuls of Upland Sandpipers on the sod farms of E Wharton 
County but no Buff-breasted or anything else except Killdeer and one family 
group of Horned Larks. 

 Couchs Kingbird - 2 calling (singing?) on the Colorado at the Hollywood 
Bottom Park. 


Chuck Sexton
Austin

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Subject: Brown Booby in Matagorda Bay
From: Petra Hockey <phockey AT tisd.net>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:12:41 -0500
Texbirders,

I noticed that all the big shrimp boats from Palacios are coming in from the 
Gulf through the jetties to seek shelter in the "hurricane hole", a deep spot 
in Matagorda Bay that is protected from the worst wind and waves by the 
southern tip of Matagorda Peninsula. Wondering if they brought anything 
interesting in with them I scanned the bay with my scope and on the second pass 
an adult Brown Booby "flew right through it". I managed to follow him for about 
a minute at a distance I have established on Google Earth as 1.5 miles. He 
crossed from Calhoun into Matagorda County. Lost him in a rain shower and now 
my windows are too speckled with rain to do any more scoping for a while. Too 
windy to be out on the balcony. A storm is definitely coming this way. 


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Subject: Re: Egyptian Goose
From: "Charles W. Easley" <cwebirds AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 12:45:58 -0500
Dear All:  At Lake Whitney on the Bosque County side, (southern side), there 
is a small flock 12-15 at various times.  They must be breeding, ?,  as we
found imm birds there in late May of 2014.  Also I had a call from a lady in 
Weatherford who described Egyptian Geese on Lake Weatherford.  That
location, I have not checked out.

Charles Easley
cwebirds AT att.net
Cleburne, Texas

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From: Cameron Carver
Sent: Wednesday, August 27, 2014 9:25 AM
To: texbirds
Subject: [texbirds] Egyptian Goose

Greetings,
The ABA has elected to officially include Egyptian Goose on the ABA list. 
This is after a decision by Florida to include it on their list. With this 
development, I think it is time to make a concerted effort to document 
numbers and distribution in Texas and consider whether or not it should be 
included on the state list. We must acknowledge that this species exists 
within our state in fair numbers. Failure to make any effort to catalog this 
species is a failure to Texas birding.


http://blog.aba.org/2014/08/aba-checklist-committee-adds-egyptian-goose-to-aba-checklist.html 


Cameron Carver
Lubbock, TX

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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch, 31 raptors, 8/26/14
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:33:20 -0500
All,

Things slowed down again but still good diversity.

Total - 31
Osprey - 1
Swallow-tailed Kite - 2
Mississippi Kite- 9
Broad-winged Hawk - 18
Unknown raptor - 1

Here's the blog entry:
http://smithpointhawkwatch.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/raptor-diversity/

Sue

Susan A. Heath, PhD
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
103 Hwy 332 West
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
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Subject: Re: Egyptian Goose
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:46:34 -0500
Howdy texbirders,
Regarding Cameron's post, please contact Dr. Dan Brooks (dbrooks AT hmns.org )
at the Houston Museum of Natural Science or Fred Collins (fcndc AT juno.com)
regarding your sightings of Egyptian Goose and other exotics.  They have
been collecting data on Texas exotics and have a great data base.
Dennis Shepler
Harris County


On Wed, Aug 27, 2014 at 9:25 AM, Cameron Carver 
wrote:

> Greetings,
> The ABA has elected to officially include Egyptian Goose on the ABA list.
> This is after a decision by Florida to include it on their list. With this
> development, I think it is time to make a concerted effort to document
> numbers and distribution in Texas and consider whether or not it should be
> included on the state list. We must acknowledge that this species exists
> within our state in fair numbers. Failure to make any effort to catalog
> this species is a failure to Texas birding.
>
>
> 
http://blog.aba.org/2014/08/aba-checklist-committee-adds-egyptian-goose-to-aba-checklist.html 

>
> Cameron Carver
> Lubbock, TX
>
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Subject: Egyptian Goose
From: Cameron Carver <c.o.carver AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:25:45 -0500
Greetings,
The ABA has elected to officially include Egyptian Goose on the ABA list. This 
is after a decision by Florida to include it on their list. With this 
development, I think it is time to make a concerted effort to document numbers 
and distribution in Texas and consider whether or not it should be included on 
the state list. We must acknowledge that this species exists within our state 
in fair numbers. Failure to make any effort to catalog this species is a 
failure to Texas birding. 



http://blog.aba.org/2014/08/aba-checklist-committee-adds-egyptian-goose-to-aba-checklist.html 


Cameron Carver
Lubbock, TX

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Subject: Not-so-common Paraque at Utopia
From: mitch AT utopianature.com
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 19:12:15 -0700
Hi all,

A not very common here Common Paraque has been around our place
the last 3 days, or evenings more accurately.  The last couple
nights it just gave some brief calls, but Sunday (the first)
night we got the full monty show as I gave my patented Paraque
call and it reacted better than well, circling overhead at 8'
calling, landing in trees and on power pole and calling, for
long enough to get a snippet of audio tape of it.

I heard one once prior (in July ('12 maybe)) up here in the hills
in 11 years though wouldn't be surprised if it was far more regular
than reported in southern Uvalde County down in the brush country.
At least it seems to be roosting over in the mesquite instead of
in the junipers.

Mitch Heindel
Utopia


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Subject: Tuesday morning birding, Hagerman NWR
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 18:51:34 -0500
Dead Woman Pond was alive with bird activity this morning. Birds of special 
interest were Summer Tanager, Eastern Wood-Pewee, Pileated Woodpecker, 4 
Mississippi Kites. Out on the lake we observed a flight of 43 Black Terns and 
another flight of 30 White-faced Ibis along with 5 Least Terns and 4 Forster's 
Terns. Steedman Marsh and MSU 10 have been flooded and look great for 
shorebirds but we only saw a group of Killdeer and 3 Solitary Sandpipers there. 
In the past week we observed Buff-breasted Sandpipers and Upland Sandpipers in 
these areas. Blue-winged Teal are starting to arrive. We saw 3 Loggerhead 
Shrikes. We finished the day with 56 species. 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S19579879
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Subject: Re: Corpus Christi kites - ranged distances
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor AT swarovskioptik.us>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:26:21 -0400
Ooops.... I omitted the distance to the kite - the farthest I was able to get a 
reading was 437 yards! Viewed naked eye, it was really small as it passed 
straight overhead. 


I also got a distance to a high Black Vulture - 570 yards. Viewed naked eye, it 
was definitely a dark hawk with soaring-type wings, obviously a vulture or a 
dark-morph buteo, but just a small dot. 



Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
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Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 3:15 PM
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Subject: [texbirds] Corpus Christi kites

Hi all -
I was able to spend a few hours at the Hazel Bazemore County Park Hawk Watch 
Platform this morning, anticipating the promised wind shift that would 
hopefully bring us hawks. 


While waiting for hawks, I was able to play with digiscoping through the new 
Photo Blind attached to the Hawk Watch Platform, getting videos of bathing 
Mockers, a Yellow Warbler, and 3 Orchard Orioles doing a Japanese-style group 
bath. A Yellow-breasted Chat was lurking in the bushes, but would not come out 
in the open. The Photo Blind and water dripper were recently completed, using 
funds from the Great Texas Birding Classic and Texas Parks & Wildlife. Great 
stuff! 


About 10:30am there were dozens of Common Nighthawks out in front, working the 
Nueces River treeline. Above them were hundreds of swallows - the insects had 
to be swarming. A single scan by our newest hawkwatcher Libby (ackkk, I forgot 
her last name! Shame on me!) tallied 72 Common Nighthawks!!! Oh yes, now we 
have 2 Libbys! 


Not much later the Mississippi Kites arrived, and they put on a show! Anywhere 
from 50 to 150 were swooping above us, catching dragonflies, and heading W-SW. 
I was playing with my rangefinder binocular and was able to get a max distance 
of 


I had to leave, so I hope that the show will continue all day.

Come on down, 'cause we all know - Hazel Rocks!


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
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Subject: Corpus Christi kites
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor AT swarovskioptik.us>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:14:43 -0400
Hi all -
I was able to spend a few hours at the Hazel Bazemore County Park Hawk Watch 
Platform this morning, anticipating the promised wind shift that would 
hopefully bring us hawks. 


While waiting for hawks, I was able to play with digiscoping through the new 
Photo Blind attached to the Hawk Watch Platform, getting videos of bathing 
Mockers, a Yellow Warbler, and 3 Orchard Orioles doing a Japanese-style group 
bath. A Yellow-breasted Chat was lurking in the bushes, but would not come out 
in the open. The Photo Blind and water dripper were recently completed, using 
funds from the Great Texas Birding Classic and Texas Parks & Wildlife. Great 
stuff! 


About 10:30am there were dozens of Common Nighthawks out in front, working the 
Nueces River treeline. Above them were hundreds of swallows - the insects had 
to be swarming. A single scan by our newest hawkwatcher Libby (ackkk, I forgot 
her last name! Shame on me!) tallied 72 Common Nighthawks!!! Oh yes, now we 
have 2 Libbys! 


Not much later the Mississippi Kites arrived, and they put on a show! Anywhere 
from 50 to 150 were swooping above us, catching dragonflies, and heading W-SW. 
I was playing with my rangefinder binocular and was able to get a max distance 
of 


I had to leave, so I hope that the show will continue all day.

Come on down, 'cause we all know - Hazel Rocks!


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us



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Subject: Southern Kinney County
From: Bryan Calk <bryanrcalk AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:54:46 -0500
Had a spectacular morning birding with Kathy Bader on private property
along Pinto Creek. Highlights were:
1 Black-capped Vireo migrating through
2+ Rufous-crowned Sparrows, the first I have seen in the county south of
the hills, and it looked like there were young ones... hmmm...
1 Zone-tailed Hawk
1-2 Ringed Kingfishers, oddly no Green today but one was seen two days ago
in the same area
2 Black-tailed Gnatcatchers
Handfull of Dickcissels
approximately 3 kagillion Painted Buntings, all females and/or HY birds,
and similar numbers of Common Ground-doves and Lark Sparrows.

Full checklist:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19579844

At Fort Clark, the phalaropes are spinning, the bobwhites are bobwhiting,
and the robins are making themselves at home.

Great to be back home for a bit!

Bryan Calk
Fort Clark Springs/College Station


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Subject: some locals, and a 'true' Night Heron
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:42:06 -0500
Went up to Hester Gardens park Sunday,  Went early to avoid the heat, 
yeah like that was going to happen.  Anywho we got a Pileated, a Great 
Crested Flycatcher, juvenile White-tailed Kite (eating a cicada), and 
the usual red, blue, and noisy regulars'.

Earlier in the month, the night of the 'super' moon we went to Bay St 
Park in Tx Cty to see if we could get a shot.  So-so, but the wife got 
this cool shot of a 'NIGHT heron'. ;)

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/tHKsuxnyKL74hCWALAlAXdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink 


oh yeah, and the moon shot.

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/se9vOVyucKH09h5IHWACWNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink 


monte phillips,  tx cty

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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch, 8/25/14, 1512 raptors
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:54:18 -0500
All,

Things are finally heating up at Smith Point. Yesterday Jason reported 1,427
Mississippi Kites! Total count:

Osprey - 2
Swallow-tailed Kite - 7
Mississippi Kite - 1427
Sharp-shinned Hawk - 1
Cooper's Hawk - 4
Broad-winged Hawk 60
Swainson's Hawk - 11

Here's the blog entry:

http://smithpointhawkwatch.wordpress.com/

The new t-shirts are at the tower too! Come on out and join us for some
great raptor viewing.

Sue

Susan A. Heath, PhD
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
103 Hwy 332 West
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
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Subject: Sugar House Pond, 8/25/14
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "antshrike1@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:03:52 -0400 (EDT)
Tons of birds yesterday at the drying Sugar House Pond on FM 1425 north of FM 
107 in eastern Hidalgo County. Best of the 15 species of shorebirds were five 
Willets, two Snowy Plovers and a Wilson's Plover. Water will be gone soon. 



Sugar House Pond (FM1425), Hidalgo, US-TX
Aug 25, 2014 8:10 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary
38 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  200
Fulvous Whistling-Duck  20
Mottled Duck  1
Blue-winged Teal  50
Northern Pintail  1
Ruddy Duck  6
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  2
Little Blue Heron  2
Cattle Egret  2
White Ibis  12
Roseate Spoonbill  4
American Coot  4
Black-necked Stilt  490
American Avocet  140
Snowy Plover  2
Wilson's Plover  1
Semipalmated Plover  2
Killdeer  6
Willet  5
Lesser Yellowlegs  80
Stilt Sandpiper  500
Baird's Sandpiper  5
Least Sandpiper  800
Buff-breasted Sandpiper  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  5
Western Sandpiper  80
Long-billed Dowitcher  160
Wilson's Phalarope  4000
Laughing Gull  1
Black Tern  20
Mourning Dove  6
Bank Swallow  2
Barn Swallow  6
Cave Swallow  4
Dickcissel  2
Great-tailed Grackle  X


Dan Jones, Weslaco

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Subject: Swift Night Out - Houston
From: PJS <pjsmolen AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 22:26:35 -0500
Just a reminder about Swift Night Out  tomorrow.  
Please join us Tuesday, 8/26, at 7:45 pm for our annual Swift Night Out at 
Pershing Middle School. Pershing is at 3838 Blue Bonnet Blvd. Houston 77025. 


The event is sponsored by Houston Audubon, The Nature Discovery Center, and 
Whole Foods Market. 


Pam Smolen
Houston



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Subject: Birder Patrol Trip on the 23rd
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "MiriamEagl@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:01:42 -0400 (EDT)
Hi, all! 

We had a small group for  Saturday's Birder Patrol trip consisting of 
myself, Pat Heirs, John Brush and  his friend Jackie, and Allen and Baceliza 
Monroe, who met us at the playa and  followed us the rest of the way.  As 
reported, the Collared Plover appeared  to have vamoosed the joint, but the 
Reddish Egrets and reported Wilson's and Snowy Plovers were gone as well, 
except 

for one lone Snowy.  There were  plenty of birds there, though:  the Monroes 
had beaten us there by at least  a half hour, and they reported at least 50 
Wood Storks (we saw three flying away  as we approached) and had 
photographed some Fulvous Whistling Ducks!   Walking along 1st the reported 
Grasshopper Sparrow popped up briefly, along with a more-expected Cassin's 
Sparrow. 

Black-necked Stilts and Wilson's  Phalaropes were in good numbers, and a 
Verdin paid us a visit along the fenceline. We had several kinds of swallows, 

and a family of  Scissor-tailed Flycatchers was flopping around.  
Curve-billed Thrashers were closer to the houses. Someone had cleared the brush 

across the from  the gate and there's now a wonderful bare berm from which to 
scope the  place!  Jackie made friends with the donkey across the street... 
:-)   On the way out Pat spotted a Common Nighthawk sitting on someone’s  
fence!

From there we headed down to Delta Lake, stopping at a  couple of wet spots 
along FM 490 along the way, where we had one of the Reddish  Egrets (a 
young bird by the looks of it), a Green Heron, and a Least Bittern, a  Willacy 
County first for many in the car!  Delta Lake was high so we didn't  see 
much, but highlights included an Anhinga that John spotted and an  Osprey.

We swung over to the "back pond" behind Delta Lake which  had a good number 
of waders in it, adding Semipalmated and Western Sandpipers to  the list.  
John found three Baird’s Sandpipers, Pat had a Spotted, and both  flavors of 
yellowlegs were there.  Avocets joined the Stilts, and we had a  nice 
display of terns including Black, Forster's, Least, and Gull-billed.   About a 
dozen young Tricolored Herons were hanging out there, along with a  couple of 
young Little Blues.  Mary G. showed up and challenged Pat to  count all the 
phalaropes at Sugarhouse Pond, which is where we were heading  next! J

Down we went, and indeed, the place was stuffed with  birds!  Dan Jones was 
there as well, looking for a Black-bellied Plover  (which we never found), 
but there were tons of shorebirds, including all three  common peeps 
(including a couple of bright Leasts and a pale-legged Western), Stilt 
Sandpipers, 

and of course tons of phalaropes.  A female Blue-winged  Teal flew across 
the pond, and across the way were both whistling ducks and a  couple of 
spoonbills. Dan had a Semipalmed Plover and another Snowy, but the former was 

too far away for me to see.

More people pictures  than birds this time, but what I have is  here:

http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/2014%20Field%20Trips/August/Hargill%
20Playa.html

Bird  List:

Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Fulvous  Whistling-Duck                 Dendrocygna bicolor
Mottled  Duck                           Anas fulvigula
Blue-winged  Teal                       Anas discors
Pied-billed  Grebe                      Podilymbus podiceps
Wood  Stork                             Mycteria americana
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Anhinga                                Anhinga anhinga
Least  Bittern                          Ixobrychus exilis
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Little Blue  Heron                      Egretta caerulea
Tricolored  Heron                       Egretta tricolor
Reddish  Egret                          Egretta rufescens
Cattle  Egret                           Bubulcus ibis
Green  Heron                            Butorides virescens
White  Ibis                             Eudocimus albus
Roseate  Spoonbill                      Platalea ajaja
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Osprey                                 Pandion haliaetus
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
American  Avocet                        Recurvirostra americana
Snowy  Plover                           Charadrius nivosus
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Greater  Yellowlegs                     Tringa melanoleuca
Lesser  Yellowlegs                      Tringa flavipes
Stilt  Sandpiper                        Calidris himantopus
Baird's  Sandpiper                      Calidris bairdii
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Semipalmated  Sandpiper                 Calidris pusilla
Western  Sandpiper                      Calidris mauri
Long-billed  Dowitcher                  Limnodromus scolopaceus
Wilson's  Phalarope                     Phalaropus tricolor
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Least  Tern                             Sternula antillarum
Gull-billed  Tern                       Gelochelidon nilotica
Black  Tern                             Chlidonias niger
Forster's  Tern                         Sterna forsteri
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
Common  Nighthawk                       Chordeiles minor
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
Horned  Lark                            Eremophila alpestris
Purple  Martin                          Progne subis
Bank  Swallow                           Riparia riparia
Barn  Swallow                           Hirundo rustica
Cliff  Swallow                          Petrochelidon pyrrhonota
Cave  Swallow                           Petrochelidon fulva
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Cassin's  Sparrow                       Peucaea cassinii
Grasshopper  Sparrow                    Ammodramus savannarum
Dickcissel                             Spiza americana
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
Lesser  Goldfinch                       Spinus psaltria
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus

70 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
miriameaglemon.com  

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Subject: Bar-tailed Godwitt present near bridge to NAS. Oso Bay
From: "dhanson139 AT aol.com" <dmarc-noreply@freelists.org> (Redacted sender "dhanson139@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 17:07:55 -0500
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Subject: Cackling Goose at Carter Lake in College Station
From: Jesse Huth <chickenboy115 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:16:32 -0500
Discovered yesterday by a member of the local Audubon society, I went to 
check it out yesterday evening and sure enough there it was.  A single 
Cackling Goose, apparently molting, in with a group of Canada Geese. 
The Canada Geese are apparently residents to the lake, possibly owned by 
someone living there.  Currently not sure if this is a wild goose or a 
new acquisition by the owner of the Canada Geese, but it doesn't appear 
to be marked in any way (wings intact, no band, no visibly clipped toe).

According to other Audubon society members this is 3 months earlier than 
any previous record for the area.

Here are some pictures I took:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/105630076 AT N07/sets/72157646817982211/

And the full ebird report:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19563154

It was still present this morning when I went back for more photos.

-- 
Jesse Huth
College Station, TX
HuthAvian.com

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Subject: Wednesday afternoon bird program.
From: "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" <Fred_Collins AT hctx.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 19:53:39 +0000
Dear all,
This Wednesday we have our regular Wednesday Bird Walk from 8-10:30 am. Meet on 
the front porch of the nature center. The walk is free and all ages are 
welcome. We hope to have some migrants as we did last week. 


Wednesday afternoon we will have a hawk identification program to help you tune 
up for the fall hawk migration and the arrival of the wintering hawks. We will 
cover all the species that have been recorded in Texas but will primarily focus 
on species expected on the Upper Texas Coast. This program is at the nature 
center from 1:30 to 3 pm. It is free and all ages are welcome. 


We hope you will join us.

Fred Collins, Director
Kleb Woods Nature Center
20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner


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Subject: Richland Creek WMA North Unit Pictures
From: Mike Bloodsworth <bloodsworth AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:08:40 -0700
As a number of people have posted over the last couple of week, Richland Creek 
WMA has been swarming with waders and shorebirds. This last Friday also had 
many Mississippi Kites moving thru. 

If you are within driving distance it is certainly a site worth seeing.

Here are some pics from the last 2 weeks.

http://mikeintyler.smugmug.com/Nature/Most-Recent/


Mike Bloodsworth
Tyler
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Subject: Smith Point fish fry and road hazards this Saturday
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:40:37 -0500
Another reminder that the smith point VFD fish and oyster fry is this
Saturday at the firehouse between 11am and 2 pm. A good cause and good
food. Take your binoculars to let them know that birders support them. And
there can be good birds. Several years ago when we ate outside, we had 5
olive-sided flycatchers in sight at one time and numbers of Mississippi
kites and broad-wings overhead. If there is a line the birds will still be
there.
With the lack of rain, hogs are out early along the shoulders of 521 which
are damper due to the runoff. They are hit with regularity and do a good
number on a car.

The problem now at or before dawn is a blackbuck that feeds out there maybe
a mile or so past the JP office. The antelope cannot jump or get through
fences and panics when cars go by and dashes back and forth across the
pavement. Not as bad as a big sow but not good for lights and bumpers
either.

-- 
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
Josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com


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Subject: Smith Point gnatcatcher and swallow watch with hawks tossed in
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 12:34:59 -0500
Its great to have a computer that actually communicates back after a couple
weeks of Comcast and home grown fun.
I did the hawk watch on Saturday and its was like 10 years or so ago with
clouds of swallows and blue-gray gnatcatchers. The birds never stopped from
start to finish. Jason has had perhaps 8,000 gnatcatchers and twice that in
swallows. Both species have been going strong for the 3 Saturdays I have
been at the tower and they keep getting better. A week ago Saturday almost
all the swallows were barn swallows but that switched to a preponderance of
cliff swallows this week.

There are hawks but with 100 or so gnatcatchers and maybe 300 swallows for
each hawk, the hawk show is a little diminished. There was a scattering of
broad-winged hawks Saturday including the first birds I have had at the
tower.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157122189

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157122190

An osprey came by and later a second bird chased that one out of sight. I
had a quick look at a falcon late in the pm which I called merlin but was
probably a peregrine and a second quick look did not let me see the face.
The bird either sat in the east motte for the rest of the pm or headed off
to Bolivar.

Lots of birds were up in the air way out there with brown pelicans,
frigatebirds, laughing gulls, wood storks, and vultures mixed in together
where there were good updrafts. At one point the gulls found a good bunch
of bugs to eat up there and swallows found a good hatch at a tree patch
that has dead wood so there may have been termites around.

The last two years, turkey vultures raised young in the east motte. This
adult acted like in previous years and seemed to be coming in to feed about
where the nest has been

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157047549

Note that it already molting. Adult vultures will have irregular wing
feathers for the rest of the season as well as red heads

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157047548

The birds were not there this last Saturday so the nest failed or it was a
false alarm. A black vulture pair along the road now has twins perching
with them. 2 or 3 pairs each of red-tailed and swainson's hawks raised
young along 521 after you pass the 1985 split. A week ago an adult red-tail
followed by a begging youngster was run off by an adult swainson's with 2
youngsters out a ways from the tower. A single young cooper's hawk wanders
around during the day. And there is a pair of white-tailed kites out near
Robbins Park.

It is a very good year for resident nighthawks in the area compared to the
last couple of years.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157122188

You can sort of tell the temperature by watching nighthawks. When it gets
around 90 or so they get up higher from the hot ground. Note that they pant
daintily

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157047547

It was 98 on the tower Saturday and basically no wind at mid day so they
were really perched up after the count.

Back on the 16th, there were large mats of sargassum out in front of the
tower with debris floating with the weed. No pelagic terns perched there
however.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157047545

Lots of waterbirds about including oystercatcher YO who is back for a
second year still unmated and chased by all the other oystercatchers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157047534

I have only heard a few upland sandpipers overhead this year but they stop
in good habitat

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156841737

A large flock of least terns roosts at Robbins Park but usually moves off
when the fishermen start arriving

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156841739

Other terns join them like this sandwich tern

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156841738

Good numbers of black terns also use the area

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157047537

I had my first semipalmated plover scavenging in the shells Saturday.
Usually they are too dignified to join in

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157122185

A week ago, there were 4-5000 waterbirds in and around the park. I had my
first ever common tern perched on a power line. The rain created some
puddles in the parking lot which were enjoyed by the terns for bathing like
this common tern

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157047543

Both black and common terns were playing with sticks. They would fish a
stick out of the water and run around with it for a bit like this common
tern

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157047544

They were persistent it getting sticks

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157047539

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157047535

And even plucked stuff to run with

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157047540

Very odd show

Land birds are around with eastern kingbirds sitting up

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157122186

And alder flycatchers down low

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156841741

The drought is still in effect at smith point. The tree line out Hawkins
camp road is not doing well

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157122181

This is the dense wooded area

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157122183

And the site of the photo blind by the hawk photographers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157122184

But life goes on. The pond on the right as you come into town had 2 new
broods of black-bellied whistling duck including one bunch only a day old.
Just fledged mockingbirds, shrikes and scissor-tails were along Hawkins
Camp Road. The scissor-tail could not get back up to the wires/nest in the
morning but could fly up in the pm.

-- 
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
Josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com


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Subject: Bastrop/Travis Co migrants (local interest
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 11:49:48 -0500
.
 Migrants were pretty active early this AM until around 9:30 or so.  Saw
more warblers than any other day to date this fall...Mostly Yellows.
Shorebirds were down in fair numbers until things got active with work
where they were.  Loads of swallows...I am leaving for W. Texas in a bit so
Bastrop Co. will be an oyster for someone else for the week..

Spoonbill 1 (Cedar Valley)
Buff-breasted 18+
Uplands 11
Long-billed Curlew 1 (flyover)
Black Terns 2
Pileated Wood.  3
Olive-sided Fly. 1
Various empids 6
Yellow Warblers 8-9
Blk-and White 1
Am. Redstart 2
Warbler species not ID'ed  4-5
Indigo Bunting 3
Blue Grosbeak 1 flyover
Dickcissels as flyovers
Yellow-headed Blackbird 1
Balt. Oriole 2


**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas


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Subject: Union Grove WMA - some shorebirds 8/23/14
From: Christian Walker <christian.walker AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:52:13 -0500
Hi,
Stopped by Union Grove WMA on my way back to Austin on Saturday. Hiked out to 
the edge of the lake. Not too many shorebirds, but did find a few Bairds and 
Semipalmated Sandpipers. There was an Osprey out on a snag in the lake. 


Good birding,

Christian Walker
University of Dallas
Irving, TX
512 431-2495


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> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - Stillhouse Hollow Lake- Union Grove WMA, Aug 23, 2014
> Date: August 25, 2014 at 9:36:19 AM CDT
> To: christian.walker AT earthlink.net
> 
> Stillhouse Hollow Lake- Union Grove WMA, Bell, US-TX
> Aug 23, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:10 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.0 mile(s)
> Comments:     Clear, 5-10 mph S, around 95 degrees Fahrenheit
> 17 species
> 
> Northern Bobwhite  12
> Great Blue Heron  4
> Great Egret  5
> Osprey  1
> Killdeer  15
> Baird's Sandpiper  5
> Least Sandpiper  12
> Semipalmated Sandpiper  5
> Mourning Dove  10
> Greater Roadrunner  2
> Loggerhead Shrike  3
> Barn Swallow  9
> Cliff Swallow  3
> Bewick's Wren  1     HO
> Northern Mockingbird  4
> Lark Sparrow  3
> Dickcissel  10
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19568438 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


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Subject: Richland Creek WMA - Black-bellied Plover, Western Willets, amazing numbers of waders and Mississippi Kites
From: Christian Walker <christian.walker AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 10:13:09 -0500
Hello,
On Saturday I spend about 2 hours (mainly in Freestone County) birding the 
Richland Creek WMA north unit in the beginning of the afternoon. It was very 
hot, so not many songbirds were noted, but the numbers of waterbirds were 
unbelievable. I underestimated all of them, but the numbers below are fairly 
accurate with respect to the ratios of one species to another. Anyway, I found 
a few good birds. Best was probably an alternate Black-bellied Plover that was 
hanging out on a water crossing in cell 10 with a few other shorebirds. Great 
looks, and photos if anyone wants them. 4 Western Willets were in Cell 13 along 
with hundreds of Wilsons Phalaropes. Couldnt pick out any other phalarope 
species. Missed spoonbills and storks, but Im sure they were around somewhere. 
Also missed any bitterns and Purple Gallinule - maybe being there in the heat 
of the day had something to do with that. 


Good birding, and thanks to Dell Little for helping me out with some 
information. 


Christian Walker
University of Dallas
Irving, TX
512 431-2495


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> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - Richland Creek WMA (N. Unit)(Freestone Co.), Aug 23, 
2014 

> Date: August 25, 2014 at 9:30:12 AM CDT
> To: christian.walker AT earthlink.net
> 
> Richland Creek WMA (N. Unit)(Freestone Co.), Freestone, US-TX
> Aug 23, 2014 12:50 PM - 2:30 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.5 mile(s)
> Comments:     Clear, 5-10 mph S, around 95 degrees Fahrenheit
> 45 species
> 
> Blue-winged Teal  500
> Northern Shoveler  1
> Pied-billed Grebe  11
> Neotropic Cormorant  100
> Double-crested Cormorant  2
> Anhinga  1
> American White Pelican  21
> Great Blue Heron  40
> Great Egret  400
> Snowy Egret  500
> Little Blue Heron  130
> Tricolored Heron  13
> Cattle Egret  85
> Green Heron  1
> Black-crowned Night-Heron  12
> Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  1
> White Ibis  300
> White-faced Ibis  28
> Black Vulture  8
> Turkey Vulture  10
> Mississippi Kite  400
> Red-tailed Hawk  1
> Black-necked Stilt  14
> American Avocet  3
> Black-bellied Plover  1     Still in alternate plumage.
> Killdeer  25
> Spotted Sandpiper  5
> Solitary Sandpiper  4
> Greater Yellowlegs  4
> Willet  4     Western
> Lesser Yellowlegs  3
> Least Sandpiper  3
> Pectoral Sandpiper  1
> Semipalmated Sandpiper  3
> Wilson's Phalarope  250
> Black Tern  110
> Mourning Dove  3
> Downy Woodpecker  1     HO
> American Crow  2     HO
> Barn Swallow  10
> Cliff Swallow  2
> Carolina Wren  2     Ho
> Northern Cardinal  3
> Red-winged Blackbird  2
> Great-tailed Grackle  20
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19568329 

> 
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)
Richland Crk WMA (N. Unit)(Navarro Co) PPW-W 019, Navarro, US-TX
Aug 23, 2014 2:00 PM - 2:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Clear, 5-10 mph S, around 95 degrees Fahrenheit.
22 species

Neotropic Cormorant  20
Anhinga  1
Great Blue Heron  6
Great Egret  100
Snowy Egret  120
Little Blue Heron  40
Tricolored Heron  10
Cattle Egret  250
Green Heron  2
White Ibis  30
Turkey Vulture  5
Mississippi Kite  80
Common Gallinule  1
American Coot  2
Black-necked Stilt  1
Killdeer  4
Solitary Sandpiper  2
Black Tern  2
Mourning Dove  5
Barn Swallow  1
Yellow Warbler  2
Red-winged Blackbird  75


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Subject: Corpus Christi - Sunday, August 24th
From: "Willie Sekula" <williebird22 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 18:22:26 -0500
Derek Muschalek and I birded Corpus Christi today.  We started out at Oso
Bay, then headed to Pollywog Pond and finished at the Robstown Sod Farm.  We
were joined by Martin Reid & Sheridan Coffey at Oso and later we joined them
at the Sod Farm.  Oso had a fantastic number of shorebirds.  At Pollywog we
did quite well for early fall season migrants.  The Sod Farm was a good way
to end the day.  

Birds of Note
Oso Bay:
Black-bellied Plover 80
Snowy Plover 4
Piping Plover 5
Wilson's Plover 8
Semipalamated Plover 54
Marbled Godwit 90
BAR-TAILED GODWIT 1 (still present)
Black Skimmer 20 (including 6 juveniles)

Pollywog Pond:
Swainson's Hawk 1 (also vocalizing!)
Stilt Sandpiper 18
Wilson's Phalarope 19
White-tipped Dove 1
Groove-billed Ani 3
Chuck-will's-widow 2
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 3
Olive-sided Flycatcher 4
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher 4
Willow/Alder Flycatcher 11
Great-crested Flycatcher 11
Brown-crested Flycatcher 2
Eastern Kingbird 6
Great Kiskadee 11
Couch's Kingbird 14
BLUE-WINGED WARBLER 1 (female)
Yellow Warbler 4
Black-throated Green Warbler 1 (male)
Black-and-white Warbler 10
OVENBIRD 1
Mourning Warbler 1
Hooded Warbler 4
Canada Warbler 5
Yellow-breasted Chat 10
Summer Tanager 2
Indigo Bunting 1
Painted Bunting 5
Orchard Oriole 11

Robstown Sod Farm:
Upland Sandpiper 20
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER 2400 (Accurate Count coordinated with Martin &
Sheridan)

Willie Sekula
Falls City 



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Subject: Anahuac Swainson's hawk
From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 16:51:41 -0500
Hi texbirders,

Anahuac was quite quiet today. All the sane birds stayed out of the 
heat. Only the insane birders ventured out!

Of note were about 100 Wood Storks along the dike in the center of 
Shoveler Pond.

Absolutely nothing at the Skillern Tract at noon.

The bird of the day for me was this adult Swainson's Hawk on a fence 
post on 1985 as I was driving back between Skillern and the main entrance.

It looks like he had caught a rabbit.

This is my first photo ever of a Swainson's at eye level and the 
first perched of a light morph adult. This guy right at the end made 
the trip worthwhile!

http://www.pbase.com/image/157112839

Good birding,

David McDonald
Friendswood TX

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Subject: Groove-billed Ani 3 sites (08/23/14): nice serendipity + shorebirds elsewhere
From: "Rex Stanford" <calidris AT mindspring.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 14:03:37 -0500
We seldom have sought Groove-billed Ani as a target bird for a birding trip, 
although we always greatly enjoy this extraordinary species. Of course, an 
active search for this species is apt to be frustrating because after 
landing in trees, they have a way of quickly disappearing into the interior, 
into lower regions, or even onto grassy substrate. Yesterday (Saturday, 
10/23/14) while actively seeking and, too often, not finding migratory 
shorebirds we had the pleasure of visits from these anis at three sites 
where our shorebirding had itself been frustrated or grossly disappointing. 
Those three sites were the first three discussed below.

PROGRESO SOD FIELDS (Hidalgo County): Anis were seen in a retama tree on the 
lip of the large irrigation ditch immediately to the west of the north/south 
traversal road; there were four individuals, including 1 adult and 1 young 
(others not seen well enough to judge age). As for our target birds, 
shorebirds, the sole shorebird species found yesterday at this site was 
KILLDEER (1). We also enjoyed a Black-tailed Jackrabbit, which is for us 
always a fun-to-see creature, one that we had not seen at this site for over 
a year. Time of visit:  ca.11:00 AM.

EBONY UNIT (Cameron Co.) of LAS PALOMAS WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA: Four anis 
were seen flying across entry area between mesquite trees on opposite sides, 
in their usual style of one-by-one flying across opening between trees, 
rather than a group flight. The entry to this site is located on the south 
side of Jimenez Road, ca. 0.5 mi east of FM-1479 (Rangerville Road). We had 
pulled into this entry area (which has informational signs and entry to a 
deck on the pond), and were turning about to leave when the birds were 
found. Birds were few on the pond. Our sole shorebird species was 
BLACK-NECKED STILT (1), but we  found, also, COMMON GALLINULE (1), 
PIED-BILLED GREBE (1) and LEAST GREBE  (1), RUDDY DUCK (3), and MOTTLED DUCK 
(2). Time of visit: ca.12:20-12:40 PM.

LAGUNA ATASCOSA NWR (Cameron Co.): Four Grove-billed Anis were seen crossing 
Buena Vista road,  west to east, one-by-one, all eventually moving into a 
mesquite immediately  opposite the entrance drive for the Visitor Center. 
Our visit here had been primarily to check the Laguna Atascosa itself (at 
the west end of Lakeside Drive, viewed from Osprey Overlook). There our 
shorebird finds were slim:  GREATER YELLOWLEGS (4), LESSER YELLOWLEGS (1), 
WILLET (1, western subspecies, inornatus), and WESTERN SANDPIPER (several). 
The water level now is very low and many of the shorebirds and waders were 
distant. Time of visit: ca.3:10 - 3:40 PM (Osprey Overlook) and ca. 4:00 PM 
(Ani sighting on Buena Vista Road).

PORT ISABEL RESERVOIR (Cameron Co.): Only one of us (Rex) birded this site 
due to the heat, and many birds were far out, past the fence line in 
mid-reservoir. No effort was made to identify species beyond that fence 
line, both due to distance and heat convection. It is quite possible that 
one or more species were present that were missed on account of this and 
because, even east of the fence line, some birds were hunkered down behind a 
rise in the substrate, largely with head and, sometimes, upper breast 
showing, making identification relatively difficult. I avoided working very 
difficult cases due to the oppressive heat. I worked the site once, retired 
to the vehicle a few minutes for a cool down, and returned once again, 
especially to double-check identification of what I had thought to be a 
Piping Plover. (It was that.) Time of visits: ca. 4:50-5:30. Here are the 
species (but I am not providing precise counts for the species, except those 
in very low numbers, because I did not wish to suffer heat prostration 
thanks to widespread presence and frequent movement of members of a given 
species, making counting difficult and time consuming in high heat and 
bright sunlight). Here are the shorebird species found at this site: 
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (possibly the most common species and present in a wide 
range of plumages, which would have been a fun age-assessment assignment had 
the weather cooperated); SNOWY PLOVER (several); WILSON'S PLOVER (all over 
the place, it seemed!); SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (several); PIPING PLOVER (1); 
BLACK-NECKED STILT (several); GREATER YELLOWLEGS (several); LESSER 
YELLOWLEGS (several); LONG-BILLED CURLEW (est. 60-65, widespread); RUDDY 
TURNSTONE (1); SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER (1, but probably more; I did not want 
to spend time in the heat trying to ID difficult individuals, often at large 
distances); WESTERN SANDPIPER (poss. a few dozen); and LEAST SANDPIPER (est. 
15-20). Total shorebird species found at this site = 13.

Yesterday we also visited the La Feria (one small sod field remaining) and 
Weaver Road sod fields (Cameron Co.) but found no shorebirds at either site. 
Lack of any standing water visible at those sites might have been a factor. 
We had been greatly hoping, as we have for some time, for some Baird's, 
Buff-breasted, and/or Upland Sandpipers, but our hopes were not fulfilled 
yesterday. We were disheartened but take heart in Bob Friedrichs' report 
yesterday of 64 buffies and 1 uppie up his way! Thanks, Bob, for that 
report! Perhaps we still will be able to find at least some of these 
handsome, long-distance-migrant grasspipers this season!

Wishing every the best of fall-migration birding,
Rex and Birgit Stanford
McAllen, TX

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Subject: Oriole in Denton Co.
From: Susan Yost <sdyost AT asunnytexas.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 12:04:50 -0500
Sorry the 1st post came thru all jumbled.

This morning I had a female Baltimore Oriole  AT  my bird stream. Of course she is 
a week early and I had no feeders out for her. Ill go to Krogers for some day 
old oranges and grape jelly and be ready when she returns with her friends! 

Sue YOST ~^/^~
Highland Village a N. burn of Dallas
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Subject: Bar-tailed Godwit - Present 0930 Hours
From: Willie Sekula <williebird22 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:42:33 -0500
Currently being seen on the TAMUCC side of The Oso.

Willie Sekula
Falls City

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Subject: Oriole in Denton co
From: Susan Yost <sdyost AT asunnytexas.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:20:30 -0500
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Had a female Baltimore =E2=80=8E Oriole  AT  my bird st= ream this morning. And
of course she was early (usually early Sept in my ya= rd) so I had no
feedersready for her. Making a trip to Krogers for day old= oranges today.  
Sue YOSTHighland Village.= (a N. Burb of Dallas)Denton Co. Sent from my
BlackBe= rry 10 smartphone on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network. 
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Subject: Brown Boobies in Corpus. Christi
From: Susan Foster <pfoster1 AT stx.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:12:54 -0500
Sorry for the trigger finger. 

Susan Foster
Rockport
Aransas county

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Subject: Brown Boobies in Corpus Christi
From: Susan Foster <pfoster1 AT stx.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 09:11:26 -0500
Hurt my neck doing a double take this morning. Had SIX Brown Boobies on the 
causeway between Portland and Corpus this morning. 


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Subject: Re: Hornsby Bend WWTPs
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2014 08:45:54 -0500
.
Yesterday I typed a note from my Iphone about Hornsby Bend but several said
no text was attached.   All it said was there is/was a Western Sandpiper
out there that is banded with either a white or yellow band but the
distance was too far for me to be 100 % and was too far and muddy see any
metal band

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120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
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> H Brush,
>
> There was no content in this post; of course, I am interested in Hornsby
> stuff.  Did you make a stop?
>
>
> On Sat, Aug 23, 2014 at 12:10 PM, Brush Freeman 
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