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Winter Wren,©Douglas Pratt

24 Jul Austin Area RBA [Nate McGowan ]
24 Jul Are some crows smarter than 1st graders? [Dan Smith ]
24 Jul Hornsby Bend - a few more shorebirds [Chuck Sexton ]
24 Jul Re: FOS Least Flycatcher ["Rich Kostecke" ]
24 Jul FOS Least Flycatcher [Brush Freeman ]
24 Jul RBA - Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley - July 24, 2014 ["Mary Gustafson" ]
24 Jul Has anyone found a Purple Martin staging site at McAllen? ["Rex Stanford" ]
24 Jul Purple Martins at Wildcat [Janice Cunningham ]
24 Jul Purple Martin Migration Madness Watch Party [Mary Anne Weber ]
23 Jul Chucks [Brush Freeman ]
23 Jul Re: PEARLAND BIRDS TODAY, AND A GRAY FOX ["Judy Kestner" ]
23 Jul Resaca de la Palma SP - Water is flowing in! [Sherry Wilson ]
23 Jul Re: Kite migration [Joseph Kennedy ]
23 Jul PEARLAND BIRDS TODAY, AND A GRAY FOX ["Mira M Pellerin" ]
23 Jul Bastrop S. P. July 23 [Brush Freeman ]
22 Jul Re: Kite migration - count starts Aug 1 at Hazel Bazemore [Cecilia-home ]
22 Jul Re: Kite migration - count starts Aug 1 at Hazel Bazemore [Brush Freeman ]
22 Jul Re: Kite migration - count starts Aug 1 at Hazel Bazemore [Clay Taylor ]
22 Jul Austin Area Birding [Jennifer Miller ]
22 Jul Tuesday morning birding Hagerman NWR. [Jack Chiles ]
22 Jul Fwd: eBird Report - Frontera Audubon Center (LTC 058), Jul 22, 2014 [Tim Brush ]
22 Jul Re: Kite migration [Bob Friedrichs ]
22 Jul Kite migration [Brush Freeman ]
22 Jul Quinta Mazatlan Bird Walk Report 7/22/2014 [John Brush ]
22 Jul Last chance for Spaces still available on August 16th Texas Pelagic from S Padre Island (resend) [Gary Hodne ]
22 Jul August 16 S Padre Is Texas Pelagic spaces available. [Gary Hodne ]
22 Jul Re: WW Dove behavior? w/pics w/added pic [Monte ]
21 Jul Re: Purple Martins ["Harry Elliott" ]
21 Jul Bronzed Cowbird - Evidence of Breeding in Travis County [Shelia Hargis ]
21 Jul Purple Martins ["Frank Bumgardner" ]
21 Jul Yard birding and early fall migration [Joseph Kennedy ]
21 Jul WW Dove behavior? w/pics [Monte ]
21 Jul Bolivar flats white gull revisited. Leaning glaucous gull [Joseph Kennedy ]
21 Jul Re: Barred Owl attack - Ellis County - update [Ronnie Kramer ]
21 Jul Fall Shorebird class this Wednesday July 23rd ["Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" ]
21 Jul Shorebird class this Wednesday July 23rd. ["Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" ]
21 Jul Shorebird class this Wednesday July 23rd. ["Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" ]
21 Jul Shorebird class this Wednesday July 23rd. ["Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" ]
21 Jul Barred Owl attack - Ellis County - update [Ted Drozdowski ]
21 Jul Davis Mountains and Big Bend Report [Jason Leifester ]
20 Jul Re: Barred Owl - attack on jogger - Ellis County [Joseph Kennedy ]
20 Jul Re: Barred Owl - attack on jogger - Ellis County [Brush Freeman ]
20 Jul Barred Owl - attack on jogger - Ellis County [Ted Drozdowski ]
20 Jul TRIP REPORT Saturday July 19th S Padre Island Texas Pelagic ["Garett Hodne" ]
20 Jul The June Report for the 2014 Game - A Slightly Bigger Patch [Anthony Hewetson ]
20 Jul No Subject [Anthony Hewetson ]
20 Jul The June report of the Kostecke:Hewetson competition [Anthony Hewetson ]
20 Jul Birder Patrol Trip Saturday the 26th To La Feria ["" ]
20 Jul Progresso Farm Route ["" ]
20 Jul Bentsen RGV State Park Bird Walk 07/20/2014 [Melissa Chadwick ]
20 Jul Morning on the Guadalupe Delta. [Brush Freeman ]
20 Jul Highlights from Clapp Park, Lubbock, this morning [Anthony Hewetson ]
19 Jul Highlights from Kent County - today [Anthony Hewetson ]
19 Jul Catching up on some Hockley County highlights [Anthony Hewetson ]
19 Jul David True's new email address [Tim Brush ]
19 Jul Calhoun Co. July 19 [Brush Freeman ]
19 Jul Birds Seen While Bicycling [Gary Richards ]
19 Jul Least Grebes, Fort Clark Springs [Bryan Calk ]
19 Jul Resaca de la Palma SP - Saturday Bird Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
19 Jul Quinta Mazatlan, Plain Chachalaca eating observation, etc [John Brush ]
18 Jul Rufous Hummingbird: Kleberg County [Corey Lange ]
18 Jul Spotted Sandpiper (with spots) San Leon, Galveston, County ["" ]
18 Jul Galveston to Anahuac yesterday illustrated, babies, molting, arrivals, departures, waterspouts and the deluge [Joseph Kennedy ]
18 Jul Flatonia area Wood Stork [Brush Freeman ]
18 Jul Re: Devine Lake - Leander [Randy Duncan ]
17 Jul Re: GBH behavior [Ervin Fleming ]
17 Jul Re: GBH behavior ["Judy Kestner" ]
17 Jul Devine Lake - Leander [Randy Duncan ]
17 Jul Austin Area RBA [Nate McGowan ]
17 Jul TOS Shorebird Weekender, August 15-17 ["Jim Hailey" ]
17 Jul Bastrop/Colorodo River Refuge and golf course, Thrasher etc. [Brush Freeman ]
17 Jul Eastern Phoebe, Colorado Co. []
16 Jul GBH behavior [Ervin Fleming ]
16 Jul Re: Oh baby, how sweet. ["John Groves" ]
16 Jul Re: Denton Co Warbler ["L Markoff" ]
16 Jul Re: Denton Co Warbler []

Subject: Austin Area RBA
From: Nate McGowan <natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:18:17 -0500
The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society.
This update is as of 7/24/2014. Send interesting sightings, complete with
species name, location, and contact information to Nate McGowan at
natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com.
-Rarities found this week-

2 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were seen at Hornsby Bend, *Travis* 7/18.

An early LEAST FLYCATCHER was seen in *Bastrop *7/24.

-Continuing birds from previous weeks-

The group of AMERICAN KESTRELS continues at 45th and Guadalupe in Austin,
*Travis* as of 7/21.

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.

Nate McGowan
Rare Bird Alert Compiler
Austin, TX


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Subject: Are some crows smarter than 1st graders?
From: Dan Smith <dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:07:22 -0500
I havent been able to get out into the field much this year for a variety of 
reasons, but stories of avian intelligence continue to be among the more 
interesting topics to me. In todays Science Daily (science daily.com), is a 
report of a study of New Caledonian Crows by researchers in California and New 
Zealand that draws on the Aesop fable about the crow using pebbles to raise the 
water level in a vessel until it can reach it to drink. 

Here are the 1st 3 paragraphs:

<> 


The link to the full article is here: 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140723180824.htm 


The article points out that 7-10 year olds are able to sort out the causality 
involved in the experiments but that 4-6 year olds are not. Near the end of the 
article, the observe that they are expanding their work to include grackles, 
which are innovative but smaller brained. It will be interesting to see if we 
might have similarly intelligent critters in Texas. 


Dan Smith
dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com
512-451-2632
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Subject: Hornsby Bend - a few more shorebirds
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:31:47 -0500
TexBirders,

I visited Hornsby Bend for the third time this month and things are gradually 
picking up. The unexpected light rain shower early in the morning may have also 
helped to ground some shorebirds: 


Black-necked Stilt - 6 (2 pairs of adults, each with one juvenile)
Killdeer - 26+
Spotted Sandpiper - 8+
Solitary Sandpiper - 1
Stilt Sandpiper - 2
Least Sandpiper - 127
Pectoral Sandpiper - 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 11
Western Sandpiper - 1 or 2

This ratio of Semipalmated to Western is a bit surprising to me, but I just 
dont think Ive spent much time *in late July* in recent years scouring 
through the early flocks of peeps. 


As might be expected, absolutely every migrant shorebird now in late July is a 
molting adult. I have been studying plumages at close range with a 20X scope on 
every species and have not identifiedto the best of my knowledgea juvenile of 
any species other than the locally-raised stilts and killdeer. Theyll probably 
be arriving soon. 


I noticed that other Hornsby eBird checklists are not listing many shorebirds. 
About 80 to 90% of the shorebird activity at present is confined to the extreme 
W edge, and usually just the NW corner of pond 1W. I usually park right at the 
chainlink fence and gate at that west edge and set up my scope just inside the 
Authorized Personnel Only sign to get the best vantage point to scan the 
shorebirds in the corner. With recent rains, there are also usually a few 
shorebirds foraging on the wet portions of the drying beds, dodging the various 
trucks and equipment activity. 


Chuck Sexton
Austin, TX



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Subject: Re: FOS Least Flycatcher
From: "Rich Kostecke" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "rkost73@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:01:01 -0700
Iwas out with some Black-capped Vireo researchers at Colorado Bend State Park 
(San Saba County)on 7/22 and we netted a Least Flycatcher. They commented at 
the time that a Least Flycatcher was mist-netted on Fort Hood (Bell/Coryell 
County) the day before (7/21). 


Rich
Richard Kostecke, Ph.D.
The Nature Conservancy
318 Congress Ave., Austin,Texas 78701
Email: rkost73 AT yahoo.com or rkostecke AT tnc.org

 

________________________________
 From: Brush Freeman 
To: "texbirds AT freelists.org"  
Sent: Thursday, July 24, 2014 1:53 PM
Subject: [texbirds] FOS Least Flycatcher
  

.
Having not heard of any prior, I noted one of the above a bit ago. A tad
early. Also a pretty good uptick in hummers and gnatcatchers, but in
reality it is very slow around Utley now with little bird song even at
daybreak. Only the tame cardinals are even making short visits to the
feeders...Seed crop should be good this year.
**********************************************************************
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: FOS Least Flycatcher
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:53:09 -0500
.
Having not heard of any prior, I noted one of the above a bit ago.  A tad
early.  Also a pretty good uptick in hummers and gnatcatchers, but in
reality it is very slow around Utley now with little bird song even at
daybreak.  Only the tame cardinals are even making short visits to the
feeders...Seed crop should be good this year.
**********************************************************************
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: RBA - Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley - July 24, 2014
From: "Mary Gustafson" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "live4birds@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:40:11 -0400 (EDT)
. 
* Texas 
* Lower Rio Grande Valley
* July 24, 2014
.
To report rare birds, e-mail rgvbirds AT hotmail.com(preferred) or call 
(956)584-2731 option 3. 

.
Updates can be seen on the web athttp://rgvbirds.blogspot.com
. 
Capitalized birds marked with a + are Review Species forTexas. Please send 
sightings/photographs to the Texas Bird Records Committee:ecarpeATgmail.com. 

_____________________________________________________________
NOTE: A local researcher islooking for territorial Harris’s Hawks. If you 
regularly see Harris’s Hawks on territory or you locate a nest,please contact 
Bill Clark at raptours AT earthlink.net. 

.
NOTE: Summer Hours have beenannounced at Frontera Audubon Center. The trails 
are now open Tuesdays at 6:30 AM and they close on Thursdaysat 7 PM. 

.
NOTE: State Park offices andshops closed early in the week, though the parks 
are OPEN – please use the‘iron ranger’ to self register each day (even if 
you have a state park pass). See specific listings below underBentsen-Rio 
Grande Valley, Estero Llano Grande, and Resaca de la Palma. 

.
NOTE: Pelagics are scheduled to go out of SPI on August16th and September 20th. 
Space is available in August, but September isFULL with a short waiting list. 
Contact Gary Hodne at garyhodne AT earthlink.net for moreinformation. 

______________________________________________________________
Fall migration is starting withBlack-and-white Warbler, Dickcissel, Orchard 
Oriole, and other early migrantsappearing. Purple Martins are staging atValley 
Baptist Medical Center in 

.
Our rare bird alert this week includes: 
.
+BROWN BOOBY (gone) 
Veery (gone?)
Mangrove [Yellow] Warbler  
.                                             
This is a general reminder that playing recordings is notallowed in Texas State 
Parks, federal properties, nor in many LRGV birdingsites. All State Park and 
National Wildlife Refuge visitors must stay ontrails. Thank you for not 
disturbing the wildlife or damaging the vegetation. 

.
The Valley from east to west.   
.
The first SPI pelagic of the summer was a success withCory’s and Audubon’s 
Shearwaters, Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, and MaskedBooby. The next trip is August 
16. Contact Gary Hodne for more information (seeabove). 

.
A BROWN BOOBY was discovered on spoil islands and channelmarkers near Port 
Isabel. This bird wasseen through at least July 13, vanishing with the opening 
of the shrimpingfishery. 

.
Mangrove Warbler, a well-marked subspecies of YellowWarbler that may be 
distinct enough to warrant full species status, can be seenby contacting the 
Sealife Center at (956) 299-1957. 

.
A Veery was a great surprise in a San Juan yard lastweek. This is a relatively 
rare migrant in theappropriate season, and an extraordinary find in mid-summer. 

.
A Tropical Parula was an excellent find at AnzalduasCounty Park on 5/19, the 
bird was near the maintenance shed. It continued to atleast early July. No 
recent reports. 

.
PARROT REPORT
Red-crowned Parrots are sometimes seen in the areas ofQuinta Mazatlan in 
McAllen, Valley Nature Center in Weslaco in the evening,Calvary Baptist Church 
in Harlingen (1815 N 7th Street). Brownsville’s OliveiraPark (Los Ebanos 
Road/El Paso Road across from Pace High School) hasRed-crowned Parrots as well, 
mingling at dusk with escaped Yellow-headed,White-fronted, Lilac-crowned and 
Red-lored Parrots. Red-crowned Parrots andGreen Parakeets are seen in urban 
areas irregularly all over the Valley. 

.
Green Parakeets can be seen staging in McAllen near 10thand Dove in the evening 
(at the Loew’s fountain on warm evenings), sometimeswinging a few blocks over 
to Nolana x McColl. Watch for a couple of MitredParakeets that sometimes mingle 
with them. There is another staging area in Mission on the north expressway. 

.
In Hidalgo, at 5th and Gardenia near the HidalgoPumphouse World Birding Center, 
a few Monk Parakeets have taken up residencebuilding nests on telephone poles, 
keeping company with an escaped Rose-ringedParakeet. These birds have been 
present since winter 2010. 

.
WHITE-COLLARED SEEDEATER INFORMATION - Most sites forWhite-collared Seedeaters 
are in Zapata and Webb counties. Information isprovided as a service to 
visiting birders. Sites to check include the SanYgnacio County Park/Seedeater 
Sanctuary at the foot of Washington Street in SanYgnacio, the Raptor Trail at 
the west end of San Ygnacio, the library pond inZapata, and Laredo's Las Palmas 
Trail, North Central and Father McNaboe Park. Access to La Laja Ranch, also a 
Seedeatersite, is by advance reservations only. E-mail the owner at 
Edward.herbst ATatt.net. This is a fee site. White-collared Seedeaters are 
singing in mid-April to May, which makesthem muck easier to locate! 

. 
Updated FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL INFORMATION - FerruginousPygmy-Owls are present 
on the King Ranch, along with reliable Tropical Parulas(Norias Division only). 
This is the onlybreeding site for Tropical Parula in most years. Contact 
361-592-8055 or visit AT king-ranch.com for more information. Tours end in early 
June until 2015. The only tours that have a chance to find theowl are birding 
tours to the Norias Division. Historic tours and birding tours to Santa 
Gertrudis Division will not beable to find the owl as it does not occur near 
Kingsville. 

.
There are recent reports of Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl includinga pair with chicks 
from San Miguelito Ranch (fee site), contact Letty at956-369-3118 or 
Buny55 AT aol.com. Thissite will be open as long as the owls are being seen near 
the residence. Otherprivate ranches are no longer open to birders or do not 
have accessiblepygmy-owls. This owl is very difficultto find at any other 
location at present and has not been seen or heard atBentsen-Rio Grande Valley 
State Park since the summer of 2010, when the parkwas inundated by the Rio 
Grande. 

.
Seehttp://rgvbirds.blogspot.com/p/ferruginous-pygmy-owl-sites.html for 
moreinformation. 

.
Directions are provided only for sites not included inthe ABA Birders' Guide to 
the Rio Grande Valley or the Birders' Guide to theTexas Coast. These guides are 
indispensable for visiting birders. 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Site Closures: 
 
Allen Williams Wildscape, Pharr, open by appointmentONLY; Call or text 
956-460-9864. 

 
**UPDATED** Bentsen-RGV State Park, open daily; building/storeopen Thursday – 
Sunday; store and offices closed Monday-Wednesday (use self paystation). First 
tram at 7:30 AM. This isthe summer schedule. 

 
Edinburg Scenic Wetlands World Birding Center, buildingand grounds closed on 
Sundays. 

 
**UPDATED** Estero Llano Grande State Park, open daily; building/storeopen 
Wednesday - Sunday; store and offices closed Monday and Tuesday (use selfpay 
station). This is the summerschedule. 

 
Frontera Audubon Thicket, Weslaco, closed Sunday morningsand all day Mondays 
except by appointment; open Tues-Sat. Summer Hours - the trails are now 
openTuesdays at 6:30 AM and they close on Thursdays at 7 PM. 

 
Laguna Atascosa NWR – Bayside Drive closed to private vehiclesto protect 
ocelots. 

 
Los Ebanos Preserve, San Benito, Appointment ONLY;956-241-2494. 
 
McAllen Botanical Garden – OPEN Saturdays from 8-12 noon.
 
Methodist Camp Thicket, Weslaco, group reservations (fee)only. Contact Estero 
LlanoGrande State Park. 

 
Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, closed Sundays and Mondays. Open on Thursdays to 
dark. 

 
**UPDATED** Resaca de la Palma State Park, open daily; building/storeclosed/no 
trams Monday-Wednesday, grounds open (self-pay station). This is the summer 
schedule. 

 
Salineno –feeding station is CLOSED until November.   
 
Santa Ana NWR- closed to bicycles 
 
Valley Nature Center, Weslaco, closed Sunday mornings andMondays **CLOSED 4-7 
JULY** 

 

 
Mary Gustafson
Mission, Texas

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Subject: Has anyone found a Purple Martin staging site at McAllen?
From: "Rex Stanford" <calidris AT mindspring.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:44:47 -0500
Has anyone found a Purple Martin staging site at McAllen (this season)? I 
have been too busy at that time of day to go out looking for one thus far, 
but any information would be appreciated. You may respond to me off line or 
on line, as you wish. Others may, of course, be interested.

Rex Stanford
McAllen, TX 

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Subject: Purple Martins at Wildcat
From: Janice Cunningham <jan3putt AT outlook.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:55:05 -0500
The Purple Martins were staging at Wildcat Golf Club a few days ago. They hang 
out on the utility wires over the parking lot. 

 
Jan Cunningham
Houston
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Purple Martin Migration Madness Watch Party
From: Mary Anne Weber <maweber AT houstonaudubon.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:45:11 +0000
Please join Houston Audubon this Friday the 25th for a watch party at the 
Fountains Shopping Center in Stafford. 

We will meet in front of Rack Room Shoes at the center along I-59 South at 8PM. 
Houston Audubon will have an informational table all about Purple Martins. 

Bring lawn chairs and your camera! If you arrive early, check out Gordon Park 
behind the shopping center where the martins dip into the water and rest on the 
power lines. 

Location: 12642 Fountain Lake Cir, Stafford, TX 77477
For more information and to see photos and videos: 
www.houstonaudubon.org 

We have watch parties schedule for the Willowbrook location next week on the 
30th and August 2nd. 

Hope to see everyone this Friday!
Mary Anne Weber



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Houston Audubon
Sims Bayou Urban Nature Center
713.640.2407
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Subject: Chucks
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:13:22 -0500
.
Still have at leat Chuck-wills-widow calling tonight....But their days are
numbered as are those of adult male Painted Buntings and Western
Kingbirds.  I have never had any of them post Aug. 7-8  Also an E. Screech
Owl is tearing it up out in the yard. But sometime get a fall Whip a couple
of weeks later....It is very very slow in Utley for now.
**********************************************************************
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: PEARLAND BIRDS TODAY, AND A GRAY FOX
From: "Judy Kestner" <jkestner AT stx.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:31:24 -0500
I was delighted by a fox bouncing around catching big ol' grasshoppers in 
tall grass several years ago.  It was a very bouncy scene with the bugs and 
the fox in the air much of the time.

Judy Kestner
Corpus Christi

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Subject: [texbirds] PEARLAND BIRDS TODAY, AND A GRAY FOX


> While out riding my trike at 6:30 AM this morning around my neighborhood, 
> I saw the following birds:  Roseate Spoonbills (5) flying low overhead, 4 
> Black-bellied W. Ducks, a Nighthawk sp., and heard a Carolina Wren.  The 
> nighthawk had rather broad wings at the junction with it's body, broader 
> it appeared than those of a common nighthawk, which is the only nighthawk 
> sp. that I have seen in this area.  In addition, it was flying very low 
> (tree-top level), silent, and with very fluttery wing beats.  Could it 
> have been a Lesser Nighthawk?
>
> In addition,  I saw a gray fox "bouncing" across an open field,  only 3 
> blocks from my house.  I saw the fox out of the corner of my eye; I was 
> headed west, and it was headed east about 200 feet from me to the north. 
> If it had not been "bouncing", I probably would not have noticed it.  Once 
> it noticed me, it stopped bouncing and began running towards the east, 
> still, but once it had gone about 300 feet, it stopped running and started 
> bouncing again.  I have never seen a fox bounce unless it  was hunting 
> mice; is this an otherwise normal mode of locomotion for a fox?
>
>
> Mira M. Pellerin
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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Water is flowing in!
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:55:25 -0500
Birds are rejoicing, swooping into the water as it slowly spreads over the
baked ground, perching along the resaca banks, enjoying their new wealth of
water.
If you have visited Resaca recently, you know how dry all but a very small
and remote section has been.  No longer.  Maintenance work is complete in
the north area.  Early afternoon the water started flowing and is expected
to fill the section between the first and second tram road bridges, with a
little overflow at the second bridge.

Earlier today a White-tailed Hawk and White-tailed Kite were overhead near
Mesquite Trail.  Three Black-and-white Warblers were busy working the trees
near the brick sign at the parking lot entrance.  Thanks for spotting them
Leo!

Sherry Wilson
Resident Park Host
Resaca de la Palma State Park
956-350-2920

*Nature Walks *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walks* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
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Subject: Re: Kite migration
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:35:30 -0500
Mississippi kites tend to migrate later than swallow-tailed kites. It is
hard to tell when local kites start migrating as more birds keep coming
well into October. The species is spreading north significantly and now
breeding from Iowa, New Hampshire and South Dakota. They cannot breed there
until much later than texas as bugs do not appear until much later. The
first Iowa nest still had a chick sitting on the edge on September 11th
which I watched fledge and learn to fly over several days.
Back when I moved to Houston, Large numbers of mississppi kites showed up
in mid-July where they fed over the neighborhoods just west of memorial
park or Loop 610 and roosted in the park at night. They were abundant for a
month or more and were not nesting real locally. All birds I saw were
adults and I never saw a striped one. Spent many business lunches sitting
looking out the window so as to watch the kites feed over the galleria.

Probably around 1990 they stopped coming or moved. Many were along the
southern edge of memorial park where they fed along the berm and the last
water behind the dam. Those numbers are way down too. I don't know why they
moved elsewhere or died or what but they are gone. Cicadas are gone too
from much of the same area. Have been checking today and there are zero
calling. No tent caterpillars in the pecans and hackberry for 10 years
anyway. More mcmansions and fewer trees.

So kites do move and linger well before true migration. Of course the birds
may have been lingering for a couple of days and were replaced. I did have
the impression then that individual birds had individual beats that were
maintained for long periods. Maybe males leave after the young can feed
themselves but they act differently than the young. Sort of like
shorebirds. Not sure on molt after breeding but they may go somewhere there
is lots of food to fatten up for migration.



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wrote:

> Brush,
> Our local Mississippi Kites were still patrolling the skies over Palacios,
> Blessing and El Campo on Sunday afternoon, though that doesn't mean that
> some others have not already started south....*or perhaps that ours didn't
> leave yesterday*.
>
> Bob Friedrichs
> Palacios
>
> On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 12:55 PM, Brush Freeman 
> wrote:
>
> > .
> >   Realize that hawk watches do not usually begin until mid-Aug. but am
> > wondering if Mississippi Kites are not already migrating as I have seen
> > some in areas where I normally never do ...Had several over the
> "prairies"
> > of Lavaca Co. this morning.
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Subject: PEARLAND BIRDS TODAY, AND A GRAY FOX
From: "Mira M Pellerin" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mirampellerin@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:22:27 -0400 (EDT)
While out riding my trike at 6:30 AM this morning around my neighborhood, I saw 
the following birds: Roseate Spoonbills (5) flying low overhead, 4 
Black-bellied W. Ducks, a Nighthawk sp., and heard a Carolina Wren. The 
nighthawk had rather broad wings at the junction with it's body, broader it 
appeared than those of a common nighthawk, which is the only nighthawk sp. that 
I have seen in this area. In addition, it was flying very low (tree-top level), 
silent, and with very fluttery wing beats. Could it have been a Lesser 
Nighthawk? 


In addition, I saw a gray fox "bouncing" across an open field, only 3 blocks 
from my house. I saw the fox out of the corner of my eye; I was headed west, 
and it was headed east about 200 feet from me to the north. If it had not been 
"bouncing", I probably would not have noticed it. Once it noticed me, it 
stopped bouncing and began running towards the east, still, but once it had 
gone about 300 feet, it stopped running and started bouncing again. I have 
never seen a fox bounce unless it was hunting mice; is this an otherwise normal 
mode of locomotion for a fox? 



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Subject: Bastrop S. P. July 23
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:39:03 -0500
.
  With Bill Carr and Diane Sherrill  A morning mostly of plants (including
a beautiful stand of Rattlesnake Master *Eryngium yuccifolium. * Bird song
is virtually nill but a visit to Alum Creek later produced
*:*
Broad-winged Hawks
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Acadian Flycatcher 1 It is getting late for them
Hooded Warbler 1 (HO)

Coral Snake
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Subject: Re: Kite migration - count starts Aug 1 at Hazel Bazemore
From: Cecilia-home <criley02 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:40:24 -0500
This is great news re: Hazel Bazemore. GCBOs sponsored count in Cuba is also an 
early starter ( by Hawkwatch standards). Our Smith Point Hawk Watch will also 
begin early this year. Wishing all great success at picking up those early 
migrating Swallow-tailed Kites! Personally, can hardly wait for raptor season 
in coastal Texas. 


Life is better with birds!
Cecilia M Riley
Sent from my iPad

> On Jul 22, 2014, at 10:13 PM, Clay Taylor  
wrote: 

> 
> All - 
> 
> HawkWatch International managed to scare up a few extra dollars for the 
Corpus Christi Hawk Watch at Hazel Bazemore County Park, so Dane Ferrell will 
be braving heatstroke starting August 1 in search of migrating kites. Feel free 
to join him any day in the quest to count Masses of Missies and hopefully a new 
record year for Swallow-taileds. Bring cold drinks and chocolate! 

> 
> 
> Clay Taylor
> TOS Life Member
> Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
> Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us 
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> 
> .
> Realize that hawk watches do not usually begin until mid-Aug. but am 
wondering if Mississippi Kites are not already migrating as I have seen some in 
areas where I normally never do ...Had several over the "prairies" 

> of Lavaca Co. this morning.
> **********************************************************************
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Subject: Re: Kite migration - count starts Aug 1 at Hazel Bazemore
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:21:50 -0500
Great....I thought it started Aug 15.  I could be way wrong but I am
figuring a few MIKIs might already be on the move and STKIs are usually
ahead of them a bit....Or?
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> All -
>
> HawkWatch International managed to scare up a few extra dollars for the
> Corpus Christi Hawk Watch at Hazel Bazemore County Park, so Dane Ferrell
> will be braving heatstroke starting August 1 in search of migrating kites.
>   Feel free to join him any day in the quest to count Masses of Missies and
> hopefully a new record year for Swallow-taileds.    Bring cold drinks and
> chocolate!
>
>
> Clay Taylor
> TOS Life Member
> Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
> Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us
>
>
>
>
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> -----Original Message-----
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> On Behalf Of Brush Freeman
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> To: texbirds AT freelists.org
> Subject: [texbirds] Kite migration
>
> .
>   Realize that hawk watches do not usually begin until mid-Aug. but am
> wondering if Mississippi Kites are not already migrating as I have seen
> some in areas where I normally never do ...Had several over the "prairies"
> of Lavaca Co. this morning.
> **********************************************************************
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Subject: Re: Kite migration - count starts Aug 1 at Hazel Bazemore
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor AT swarovskioptik.us>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:13:55 -0400
All - 

HawkWatch International managed to scare up a few extra dollars for the Corpus 
Christi Hawk Watch at Hazel Bazemore County Park, so Dane Ferrell will be 
braving heatstroke starting August 1 in search of migrating kites. Feel free to 
join him any day in the quest to count Masses of Missies and hopefully a new 
record year for Swallow-taileds. Bring cold drinks and chocolate! 



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Subject: [texbirds] Kite migration

.
 Realize that hawk watches do not usually begin until mid-Aug. but am wondering 
if Mississippi Kites are not already migrating as I have seen some in areas 
where I normally never do ...Had several over the "prairies" 

of Lavaca Co. this morning.
**********************************************************************
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Subject: Austin Area Birding
From: Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:59:25 -0500
I am visiting and have about half a day free in Austin tomorrow. Could anyone 
suggest a good local birding spot? Getting to anywhere is possible, but I am 
primarily going to be on the south side. 

Thanks,
Jennifer Miller
Lubbock, TX

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Subject: Tuesday morning birding Hagerman NWR.
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:34:21 -0500
57 species was our total count today. Killdeer still the only shorebird. We saw 
2 Yellow-crowned Night-herons at Deaver and a Belted Kingfisher. Painted 
Buntings, Indigo Buntings and Dickcissels were all still singing. We also saw a 
Swainson's Hawk carrying a Cotton Rat and a Broad-winged Hawk on the road to 
Meadow Pond. Not much rise in elevation on Lake Texoma has occurred yet from 
the recent rains. 

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Frontera Audubon Center (LTC 058), Jul 22, 2014
From: Tim Brush <txbrush5 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:32:49 -0500
I couldn't resist stopping at Frontera Audubon Society, in Weslaco, even
though it was a bit late. Nice to see a Least Flycatcher, always the first
Empidonax we see heading south in the Valley.
Best regards,
Tim Brush
Edinburg, TX

Frontera Audubon Center (LTC 058), Hidalgo, US-TX
Jul 22, 2014 8:40 AM - 9:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
Comments:     walked around Frontera--partly cloudy and getting quite warm
26 species

Plain Chachalaca  4
Snowy Egret  1
Black-necked Stilt  2
White-winged Dove  12
Mourning Dove  2
White-tipped Dove  2
Chimney Swift  4
Buff-bellied Hummingbird  3
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  3
Green Parakeet  1     heard one in distance
Least Flycatcher  1     large, round-headed look with distinct, whitish
eyering, small bill, shortish tail, and overall light grayish color
Brown-crested Flycatcher  2
Couch's Kingbird  1
Loggerhead Shrike  1     in backyard along entrance road
White-eyed Vireo  1     singing
Carolina Wren  1
Clay-colored Thrush  2     not far into woods
Long-billed Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
Olive Sparrow  1     singing
Northern Cardinal  1
Dickcissel  1     heard only, flying over
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Great-tailed Grackle  5
Lesser Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  3

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Subject: Re: Kite migration
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:23:43 -0500
Brush,
Our local Mississippi Kites were still patrolling the skies over Palacios,
Blessing and El Campo on Sunday afternoon, though that doesn't mean that
some others have not already started south....*or perhaps that ours didn't
leave yesterday*.

Bob Friedrichs
Palacios

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> .
>   Realize that hawk watches do not usually begin until mid-Aug. but am
> wondering if Mississippi Kites are not already migrating as I have seen
> some in areas where I normally never do ...Had several over the "prairies"
> of Lavaca Co. this morning.
> **********************************************************************
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Subject: Kite migration
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:55:34 -0500
.
  Realize that hawk watches do not usually begin until mid-Aug. but am
wondering if Mississippi Kites are not already migrating as I have seen
some in areas where I normally never do ...Had several over the "prairies"
of Lavaca Co. this morning.
**********************************************************************
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120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
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Subject: Quinta Mazatlan Bird Walk Report 7/22/2014
From: John Brush <jsbrush10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:45:25 -0500
Hello Texbirders,
Another hot summer morning in South Texas. Bird activity in the park
remains steady, with some early migrants like Black-and-white Warbler and
Orchard Oriole seen in the past couple weeks.

Lots of young birds following their parents around - the population of
Golden-fronted Woodpeckers is booming. Green Parakeets made their rounds
and several Clay-colored Thrushes gave their "zeet" calls as they ducked
into shady cover.

Photos from the morning are on Quinta Mazatlan's blog:

http://quintamazatlan.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/bird-walk-july-22-2014/


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Subject: Last chance for Spaces still available on August 16th Texas Pelagic from S Padre Island (resend)
From: Gary Hodne <garyhodne AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:31:34 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Hi Texbirders and Pelagic Fanatics, (resending)
There a still a number of spaces available on the August 16th Texas Pelagic 
from South Padre Island. This will probabaly be your last opportunity for this 
year to get out on a Texas Pelagic. Last Saturday's trip enjoyed pleasant 
weather conditions and had great views of Band-rumped Storm Petrels along with 
Cory's and Audubons Shearwaters and Masked Booby. 


• Sat August 16th (sign up deadline by July 30th)

• Sat September 20th (sign up by September 3rd) This trip is full and has a 
short waiting list. 


These are not-for-profit trips that I am organizing where the cost per 
participant is $150. 


I would like to encourage anyone who is interested in these trips to email me 
at garyhodne AT earthlink.net for more details and reservations soon as possible. 
We need to have enough participants two and half weeks in advance of each trip 
to ensure we can cover the cost of the charter. Without enough participants by 
the deadline the trip may have to be cancelled. For cancellations due to not 
enough participants or rough seas preventing the trip from going full refunds 
will be made. 


These trips leave from the southern tip of South Padre Island, aboard the 
Osprey. The good folks at Osprey Cruises have been involved with Texas Pelagics 
for over 14 years and their captains are familiar with where we need to go and 
also are quite good at spotting birds with us. These are all-day trips, leaving 
the docks at 6am, and returning 12 hours later at 6pm. We motor out to 
deep-water (takes about 4 hours to get there), spend the next several hours 
working the area just off the shelf, and then return back to the dock by 6pm. 
Leaders for these three trips will include Eric Carpenter, Mary Gustafson, Brad 
McKinney, Petra Hockey, Randy Pinkston, John O'Brien and myself. Each of these 
leaders are passionate about Texas Pelagics and have more experience on them 
than anyone else in the offshore Texas Gulf of Mexico. 


These Gulf of Mexico trips don't yield high numbers of birds but we seem to 
always make up for it with a high quality sighting or discovery. In the last 
few years, some of the better birds have included Red-billed Tropicbird, Great 
Shearwater, and Sooty Shearwater. One trip was fortunate enough to have a mixed 
species flock that included both Brown Noddy and Brown Booby in the same 
binocular view/camera viewfinder! And of course in Sept 2003 we had an 
incredible Yellow-nosed Albatross encounter! Possibilities like this is what 
keeps folks coming back for more. 


The regular species we expect to find during the course of the season include 
Audubon's and Cory's Shearwaters, Band-rumped and Leach's Storm-Petrels, 
Bridled and Sooty Terns, Masked Booby, Pomarine Jaeger and Magnificent 
Frigatebird. 


A full rundown of the species list for Offshore Texas Pelagics can be found at:

http://texaspelagics.com/pelagic-sea-birds/tx-seabirds/ 

And of course, when there aren't great birds around, sometimes other marine 
life activity steals the show. We routinely get Bottlenose Dolphins plus have 
had frequent encounters with Whale Sharks, Atlantic spotted dolphins, Risso's 
Dolphins, Short-fined Pilot Whales and even pods of Sperm Whales on multiple 
occasions. The August trip from three years ago yielded many of us our lifer 
Rough-toothed Dolphins not to mention an experience with an absolutely 
monstrous Whale Shark that bumped into the boat, check out the photos of it 
about half-way through the slide-show from that trip at: 

http://www.texaspelagics.com/trips/20110827/index.html

More information on these trips and on Texas Pelagics (including photos from 
previous trips and what species can be expected) can be found at Gary Hodne's 
informative website: 

http://www.texaspelagics.com/

Also there is a Facebook page for Texas Pelagics.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Texas-Pelagics/173057036078295?ref=hl

And a Facebook group for Texas Pelagics. 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/219671194850690/

Please check these out for more information as well
I hope you'll join us.
Gary Hodne
The Woodlands, TX

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Subject: August 16 S Padre Is Texas Pelagic spaces available.
From: Gary Hodne <garyhodne AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:18:15 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
 
Hi Texbirders and= Pelagic Fanatics, 
There a still a number of spaces available on the Au= gust 16th Texas
Pelagicfrom South Padre Island. This will probabaly be you= r last
opportunity for this year to get out on a Texas Pelagic. Last Saturd= ay's
trip enjoyed pleasant weather conditions and had great views of Band-r=
umpedStorm Petrels along with Cory's and Audubons Shearwaters and Masked B=
ooby. 

  

=E2=80=A2 Sat August 16th (sign up deadli= ne by July 30th) 

=E2=80=A2 Sat September 20th  (sign up by September 3rd) This trip i= s full
and has a short waiting list. 

  

These are not-for-profit trips that I am = organizing where the cost per
participant is $150. 

  

I would like to encourage anyone who is i= nterested in these trips to email
me at garyhodne AT earthl= ink.net[1]  for more details and reservations = soon
as possible. We need to have enough participants two and half wee= ks in
advance of each trip to ensure we can cover the cost of the charter. 
Withoutenough participants = by the deadline the trip may have to be
cancelled. For cancellations due to= not enough participants or rough seas
preventing the trip from going full = refunds will be made. 

  

These trips leave from the southern tip o= f South Padre Island, aboard the
Osprey.  The good folks at Osprey Cru= ises have been involved with Texas
Pelagics for over 14 years and their cap= tains are familiar with where we
need to go and also are quite good at spot= ting birds with us.  These are
all-day trips, leaving the docks a= t 6am, and returning 12 hours later at
6pm. We motor out to deep-water (tak= es about 4 hours to get there), spend
the next several hours working t= he area just off the shelf, and then
returnback to the dock by 6pm. &= nbsp;Leaders for these three trips will
include Eric Carpenter, Mary Gustaf= son, Brad McKinney, Petra Hockey, Randy
Pinkston, John O'Brien and mys= elf.  Each of these leaders are passionate
about Texas Pelagics and ha= ve more experience on them than anyone else in
the offshore Texas Gulf of M= exico. 

  

These Gulf of Mexico trips don't yi= eld high numbers of birds but we seem
toalways make up for it with a = high quality sighting or discovery. In the
last few years, some of the bett= er birds have included Red-billed
Tropicbird, Great Shearwater, and Sooty S= hearwater.  One trip was
fortunateenough to have a mixed species floc= k that included both Brown
Noddy and Brown Booby in the same binocular view= /camera viewfinder!  And
ofcourse in Sept 2003 we had an incredible Y= ellow-nosed Albatross
encounter!  Possibilities like this is what keep= s folks coming back for
more.  

  

The regular species we expect to find dur= ing the course of the season
include Audubon's and Cory's Shearwaters, Band= -rumped and Leach's
Storm-Petrels, Bridled and Sooty Terns, Masked Booby, P= omarine Jaeger and
Magnificent Frigatebird. 

  

A full rundown of the species list for Of= fshore Texas Pelagics can be
foundat: 

http://texaspelagics.com/pelagic-sea-birds/tx-sea= birds/[2] 

  

And of course, when there aren't great bi= rds around, sometimes other
marinelife activity steals the show.  We = routinely get Bottlenose Dolphins
plus have had frequent encounters with Wh= ale Sharks, Atlantic spotted
dolphins, Risso's Dolphins, Short-fined Pilot = Whales and even pods of
SpermWhales on multiple occasions.  The Augus= t trip from three years ago
yielded many of us our lifer Rough-toothed Dolp= hins not to mention an
experience with an absolutely monstrous Whale Shark = that bumped into the
boat, check out the photos of it about half-way throug= h the slide-show
fromthat trip at: 

http://www.texaspelagics.com/trips/20110827/index.= html[3] 

  

More information on these trips and on Te= xas Pelagics (including photos
from previous trips and what species can be = expected) can be found at Gary
Hodne's informative website: 

= http://www.texaspelagics.com/[4] 

  

Also there is a Facebook page for Texas P= elagics. 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tex= as-Pelagics/173057036078295?ref=3Dhl[5] 

  

And a Facebook group for Texas Pelagics. = 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/219671194850690/ 

  

Please check these out for more informati= on as well 

  

I hope you'll join us. 

  

Gary Hodne 

The Woodlands, TX= 

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Subject: Re: WW Dove behavior? w/pics w/added pic
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:16:42 -0500
Yes that is what Fred Collins and others have responded with.  I would 
like to thank all who help me out with these things, does ease the pain 
of learning tremendously! lol
Here's a rather pretty closeup of one of those sunbathing Doves.

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/c3bqwWt-AaaspsT88F9uwtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink 




On 7/21/2014 7:22 PM, L Markoff wrote:
>
> Hi Monte,
>
> To me it looks as if they are sunbathing.  This is a common behavior 
> of many species this time of year, post nesting.  Nesting makes for 
> parasites on birds and they will sunbathe and take dust baths to get 
> rid of the lice.  Sometimes they will perform anting too.  For an 
> explanation of anting see: 
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anting_(bird_activity) 
> 
>
> No matter where I have lived, Vienna, VA, Austin, TX, or here in 
> Eugene, OR, I have seen birds do these things to fight parasites.  I 
> don't have Doves in this yard like I did in my Vienna or Austin yards, 
> but right now the Steller's Jays, Scrub Jays and Turkeys are big into 
> sunbaths, dustbaths, and ants.
>
> Enjoy the birds!
>
> Lori M.
>
> Eugene, OR
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org 
> [mailto:texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org] On Behalf Of Monte
> Sent: Monday, July 21, 2014 1:45 PM
> To: texbirds
> Subject: [texbirds] WW Dove behavior? w/pics
>
> I noticed amongst the 7-8 WW Doves out in the backyard that two were 
> acting, and posing in ways I had not observed before.  They were not 
> really involved with each other, but were doing almost identical 
> things.  The pics show this behavior better than I can describe it. My 
> first thought is that it is some part or form of courtship.
>
> Birds in relation to one another (allow both had been on the feeder 
> roof at the same time when I forst noticed them.  One then flew up to 
> the shepherds hook, and the other remained on the feeder roof.
>
> Birds near to each other
>
> 
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/123354783 AT N05/14711200512/in/photostream/
>
> Closeup bird #1
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/123354783 AT N05/14688497416/in/photostream/
>
> Bird #2
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/123354783 AT N05/14524833998/in/photostream/
>
> --
>
> Monte Phillips
>
> TX Cty
>
>

-- 
Monte
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Subject: Re: Purple Martins
From: "Harry Elliott" <dmarc-noreply-modpost AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "harry_s_elliott@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:04:43 -0700
FInding about 5000 along Braes Bayou, west of Eldridge in west Houston
Harry Elliott
Houston
 
________________________________
 From: Frank Bumgardner 
To: 'texbirds'  
Sent: Monday, July 21, 2014 6:39 PM
Subject: [texbirds] Purple Martins
  

This afternoon at approximately 1530 hours Jeanette and I had between 1200
and 1500 Purple Martins in the dead tree near the boat ramp in Flat Rock
Park at Lake Waco in McLennan County.


Frank Bumgardner

China Spring, TX

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Subject: Bronzed Cowbird - Evidence of Breeding in Travis County
From: Shelia Hargis <shelia.hargis AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:13:49 -0500
Laurie Foss and I led a Travis Audubon field trip to Commons Ford Park on
Sunday morning, 7/20/14. It was a bird behavior field trip, so we
progressed even slower than normal. Anyone who tells you it isn't worth
going birding in Austin during the summer doesn't know what they're talking
about! We ended with 41 species for a hot July morning.
In addition to a nice list of species, we saw lots of very cool bird
behavior. The most intriguing observation for me was our observation of a
female Orchard Oriole making numerous trips to an immature Bronzed Cowbird
as if feeding the immature. On our June bird behavior field trip to the
park, we had seen a male Orchard Oriole feeding an immature cowbird. At
that time, I assumed it was a Brown-headed Cowbird and we moved on instead
of looking very closely. Bad birder and field trip leader! Later in the
morning we saw a pair of Bronzed Cowbirds that have been hanging around the
park for a while. Ever since then I've been wondering about my ID of that
immature cowbird. So, when we saw the same behavior on Sunday, I was ready!
We took the time to observe the immature as well as get a few semi-good
photos before the bird disappeared. We felt pretty confident in the field
with our ID of Bronzed Cowbird, but later after a good bit of research,
Laurie and I became even more convinced that the immature bird was an
immature Bronzed Cowbird. Ed Fair sent the photos to Dr Byron Stone who
confirmed our ID. (Gotta love that!) I'm thinking that our observation is
possibly the first evidence of Bronzed Cowbirds breeding in Travis County.
I'd love to know if that is really the case or not.

Our complete eBird list is below. At this time, the breeding code
information doesn't show up in an email, so if you're interested in that,
follow the link at the bottom to see the list in eBird.

Happy summer birding! And thanks for any thoughts you care to share on this
topic.
Shelia Hargis
Austin, Texas

Commons Ford Pk, Travis, US-TX
Jul 20, 2014 6:50 AM - 11:12 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Travis Audubon monthly walk at Commons Ford. This one was
bird behavior walk. I couldn't refind the hummingbird nest in the parking
area. Ellen and Ronnie refound the YTVI nest (unoccupied) near the covered
picnic table. One family with the son working on his Boy Scout birding
merit badge joined us.
Submitted from BirdLog NA for iOS, version 1.7.1
39 species (+2 other taxa)

Wood Duck  6
Wild Turkey  6     Near the open field on the Dell property.
Green Heron  2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  1     In the same creek between the bridge and
the lake. Fishing.
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  3
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Killdeer  1
White-winged Dove  8
Mourning Dove  18
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1
Chimney Swift  6     Two seen flying briefly in courtship V formation.
Adults and immatures observed.
Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird  5
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  5     Immature bird feeding himself.
Great Crested Flycatcher  3
Western Kingbird  4
Eastern Kingbird  1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  2
White-eyed Vireo  3     Singing
Purple Martin  10
Barn Swallow  20
Carolina Chickadee  3
Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid)  3
Carolina Wren  5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Northern Mockingbird  6
European Starling  3
Northern Parula  4     Singing
Field Sparrow  1
Lark Sparrow  4
Summer Tanager  4
Northern Cardinal  12
Painted Bunting  9
Common Grackle  2
Great-tailed Grackle  8
Bronzed Cowbird  3     Immature being feed by F OROR; later M and F
Orchard Oriole  10     F observed numerous times coming up to immature BRCO
as if to feed him/her; later immature begging from F, M
House Finch  10
Lesser Goldfinch  20

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Subject: Purple Martins
From: "Frank Bumgardner" <fbumgardner AT hot.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:39:57 -0500
This afternoon at approximately 1530 hours Jeanette and I had between 1200
and 1500 Purple Martins in the dead tree near the boat ramp in Flat Rock
Park at Lake Waco in McLennan County.
 

Frank Bumgardner

China Spring, TX



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Subject: Yard birding and early fall migration
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:32:23 -0500
This morning I had my first real migrants of the fall with several
Louisiana waterthrushes calling and feeding very early but they left within
an hour. I checked off and on for some time with no birds calling or
singing as they moved west along the bayou in their move south. A little
late for my first birds.
Yesterday morning I had the first big flight of American robins heading
west for the river valleys like the Colorado where they will feed on the
berries growing on the trees there. Another regular fall feeding movement
rather than a migration to go south.

I can still hear the young red-tailed hawks begging but they are way to the
west near Kincaid school rather than feeding being fed near the nest as in
past years.

I have been hearing and even seen a crow for about a week. Its an adult and
has no company even though it caws a lot during the day. It wanders over a
wide area but stays too close to the bayou to survive the late summer.

The tufted titmice showed up last week with begging youngsters which is a
very late brood for them. Empty Carolina wren territories have been filled
but the birds are nesting out in the wild rather than in the buildings
where they lived for so many years prior to last year when all the nests
failed.

Still waiting for the first black and white warbler to go by.


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


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Subject: WW Dove behavior? w/pics
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:44:55 -0500
I noticed amongst the 7-8 WW Doves out in the backyard that two were 
acting, and posing in ways I had not observed before.  They were not 
really involved with each other, but were doing almost identical 
things.  The pics show this behavior better than I can describe it. My 
first thought is that it is some part or form of courtship.
Birds in relation to one another (allow both had been on the feeder roof 
at the same time when I forst noticed them.  One then flew up to the 
shepherds hook, and the other remained on the feeder roof.
Birds near to each other 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/123354783 AT N05/14711200512/in/photostream/

Closeup bird #1
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123354783 AT N05/14688497416/in/photostream/
Bird #2
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123354783 AT N05/14524833998/in/photostream/

-- 
Monte Phillips
TX Cty
 Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty 
and gradually approach eighteen. 

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Subject: Bolivar flats white gull revisited. Leaning glaucous gull
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:56:39 -0500
I have been thinking about the gull I photographed at Bolivar flats last
week and my first guess was wrong. It cannot be a Thayer's type of gull due
to bill and head shape although the pattern seems to fit that sort of bird
better. Of course patterns on the bird leave a little to be desired.
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630785

I have had several glaucous gulls on the beach during the summer over the
years going way back to the 1970's. Most have been more bleached than this
bird with almost no pattern to the plumage at all. The pattern is not
consistent with a herring gull which was suggested as a partial albino bird
but it could also be a nelson's gull which would have characteristics of a
herring and glaucous parent. But it has no markings from a herring gull
that I can see.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630787

What flight shots I could get again lean away from any sort of herring gull
but the weather complete with waterspouts nearby made it hard to get
pictures

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630788

In any event, I am going to label the pictures glaucous gull for the time
being pending people offering better suggestions.


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


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Subject: Re: Barred Owl attack - Ellis County - update
From: Ronnie Kramer <ronniekramer1964 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:53:37 -0500
Ted,
According to the Texas Breeding Bird Atlas
http://txtbba.tamu.edu/species-accounts/barred-owl/ egg dates range from
February to the first week of June.  It would seem very reasonable that a
Barred Owl that fledged the first of June would still be dependent on its
parents.

Cheers!
Ronnie Kramer
Austin



On Mon, Jul 21, 2014 at 10:25 AM, Ted Drozdowski 
wrote:

> Hello Texbirders,
>      First of all, thanks to all of you who responded with info to my
> inquires in my post last night.  My wife is doing fine and there is no sign
> of infection in any of the three wounds.
>      This morning, we visited the area where my wife was struck in the head
> by an adult Barred Owl while jogging yesterday.  We easily called the owl
> in and we watched and photographed it for quite a while.  There was a small
> amount of foot and bike traffic on this hike and bike trail and the bird
> seemed utterly oblivious to people. It seemed to be only interested in the
> few dogs that people were walking.  This is prime Barred Owl habitat
> although the riparian corridor along this part of Waxahachie Creek is
> relatively narrow.  We only saw the one adult bird but I think we found the
> answer as to why my wife was stuck in the head by this owl yesterday, twice
> - once on the outbound jog and then again upon her passing back through the
> area ten minutes later. After the second strike my wife stood there staring
> at the owl, confounded as to why the bird was not seemingly interested in
> any of the other joggers, bikers, and walkers.  Although she was wearing
> very bright colors at the time, she did not have a hat on.  Her hair is a
> dirty brown color and just barely to her shoulders.  She had her hair in a
> short ponytail of maybe 4 inches long and we believe the motion of her
> running made this look much like a flying squirrel or some other fast
> moving small mammal.
>       Yesterday we thought the owl might have been protecting some nearby
> fledglings.  We saw nothing today to make us believe that is the case.  I
> have to believe that owls usually know exactly what they're hunting when
> they go to get it, however, in this case we believe this owl instinctively
> went after something that it misunderstood for a small prey item moving and
> bouncing around at a good clip. Plausible?  I think so.
>     Comments on this matter are certainly still appreciated. We would
> also like to hear from somebody who knows whether or not Barred
> Owl fledglings would still be in their natal area and dependent, or
> defended, by an adult in north central Texas during the latter half of
> July.
>       Thanks,
>       Ted Drozdowski
>       Lake Waxahachie,
>       Ellis County
>
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Subject: Fall Shorebird class this Wednesday July 23rd
From: "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" <Fred_Collins AT hctx.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:32:25 +0000
We will have a fall shorebird class this Wednesday afternoon at Kleb Woods 
Nature Center. The class is from 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. The class is free and all are 
welcome. No need to register or RSVP, just show up. We will review the regular 
fall shorebirds on the Upper Texas Coast and also discuss fall rarities. The 
class will cover about 40 species in 90 minutes so will not get bogged down in 
too much detail but focus on what species you might expect where in SE Texas 
and what species although regular in Spring are rare in the fall. We will also 
review the few species that are true rarities that could turn up during fall 
migration which is now underway. 


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: Shorebird class this Wednesday July 23rd.
From: "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" <Fred_Collins AT hctx.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:23:44 +0000
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Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:18:09 +0000
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Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:07:34 +0000
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Subject: Barred Owl attack - Ellis County - update
From: Ted Drozdowski <muddykayak AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 10:25:41 -0500
Hello Texbirders,
     First of all, thanks to all of you who responded with info to my
inquires in my post last night.  My wife is doing fine and there is no sign
of infection in any of the three wounds.
     This morning, we visited the area where my wife was struck in the head
by an adult Barred Owl while jogging yesterday.  We easily called the owl
in and we watched and photographed it for quite a while.  There was a small
amount of foot and bike traffic on this hike and bike trail and the bird
seemed utterly oblivious to people. It seemed to be only interested in the
few dogs that people were walking.  This is prime Barred Owl habitat
although the riparian corridor along this part of Waxahachie Creek is
relatively narrow.  We only saw the one adult bird but I think we found the
answer as to why my wife was stuck in the head by this owl yesterday, twice
- once on the outbound jog and then again upon her passing back through the
area ten minutes later. After the second strike my wife stood there staring
at the owl, confounded as to why the bird was not seemingly interested in
any of the other joggers, bikers, and walkers.  Although she was wearing
very bright colors at the time, she did not have a hat on.  Her hair is a
dirty brown color and just barely to her shoulders.  She had her hair in a
short ponytail of maybe 4 inches long and we believe the motion of her
running made this look much like a flying squirrel or some other fast
moving small mammal.
      Yesterday we thought the owl might have been protecting some nearby
fledglings.  We saw nothing today to make us believe that is the case.  I
have to believe that owls usually know exactly what they're hunting when
they go to get it, however, in this case we believe this owl instinctively
went after something that it misunderstood for a small prey item moving and
bouncing around at a good clip. Plausible?  I think so.
    Comments on this matter are certainly still appreciated. We would
also like to hear from somebody who knows whether or not Barred
Owl fledglings would still be in their natal area and dependent, or
defended, by an adult in north central Texas during the latter half of July.
      Thanks,
      Ted Drozdowski
      Lake Waxahachie,
      Ellis County


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Subject: Davis Mountains and Big Bend Report
From: Jason Leifester <jasonleifester AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:07:17 -0500
My wife and I spent last week in West Texas, including birding stops in the
Davis Mountains and Big Bend National Park (July 14-18).
We were in the Davis Mountains from Monday evening through Wednesday
morning, staying at the Indian Lodge in Davis Mountains State Park. While a
single Montezuma Quail (my primary Texas nemesis bird before this trip) was
being reported at the feeding station up until the day before our arrival,
we never saw one in the park, despite multiple stops at the feeding station
ranging from a few minutes to a couple of hours. However, we did flush two
pairs of them along the Madera Canyon Trail that originates in the Lawrence
E. Wood Picnic Area on Highway 118 on Tuesday morning. We saw most of the
expected mid-summer birds around the picnic area.

We were in Big Bend National Park from the Wednesday afternoon through
Friday morning. We made brief birding stops at Sam Nail Ranch and
Cottonwood Campground before heading up into the Chisos Mountains for the
rest of the trip. We didn’t see anything unexpected at those first two
spots. The Gray Hawk family at Cottonwood Campground was very noisy, even
during the mid-day heat.

I spent much of the day on Thursday hiking up to Boot Canyon and back.
Starting well before dawn gave me the opportunity to hear several Common
Poorwills and Mexican Whip-poor-wills along a high stretch of the Laguna
Meadow Trail, just before reaching the saddle before the camping area. The
upper part of Boot Canyon (above Boot Spring) had flowing water and plenty
of flowers, with many hummingbirds in attendance. Black-chinned,
Broad-tailed, and Blue-throated Hummingbirds were all common (the latter
more common in the more heavily wooded area around the spring). Colima
Warblers were noticeable in their absence. I didn’t see or hear any of them
– a first for me during a summer trip there. I did see a single Painted
Redstart near the lowest campsite in Boot Canyon.  My best bird in Boot
Canyon was a vocal Dusky-capped Flycatcher, which was near the cabin. I
watched and listened to it for about ten minutes before it disappeared.

On Friday morning, my wife and I hiked the Window Trail. Again, we saw most
of the expected birds (including quite a few female/immature Lucifer
Hummingbirds along the lower part of the trail).  The best birds on this
hike were an incredibly cooperative Black-capped Vireo that was singing and
feeding in plain sight, and a male Indigo Bunting, which seemed out of
place among the more numerous Varied Buntings and Blue Grosbeaks.

Jason Leifester
Elgin, Texas (Bastrop County)

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Subject: Re: Barred Owl - attack on jogger - Ellis County
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 21:00:30 -0500
I had a barred owl heading for my head while in one of the mottes at Smith
Point. I was squeaking and trying to sound like a screech owl. If I had not
turned at the last second, I would have been hit or had an owl land on my
head. Do not know if it came to the squeaks or the poor owl call, but
Audubon showed them eating a screech owl.

On Sun, Jul 20, 2014 at 8:44 PM, Ted Drozdowski 
wrote:

> Hello,
>      This morning while jogging on the Waxahachie Creek Hike & Bike Trail
> in Ellis County, my wife was struck in the head by a Barred Owl.  She never
> saw it coming.  I would assume the bird was protecting some nearby
> fledglings, but my wife only saw the one adult bird. She said the bird
> struck her from behind and it was like "getting hit in the head with a
> basketball."  After she got her head together she continued jogging another
> mile or so before turning around.  As she was jogging back to Getzendaner
> Park, she told me she had started to think to herself, "this looks like the
> place where the owl got me" and before she finished her thought she
> said the owl struck her in the head again.  When she got home she had a
> small laceration on her right temple and another one across the top of her
> head.
>        She disinfected the wounds and I think she's going to the doctor
> tomorrow to get something incase infection sets in because obviously the
> owl hit her with its talons. She said after the second strike the owl
> perched close by and just stared at her. This happened about 8:00am.
>        I'm sure many of us birders have stories of an owl that brushed us
> after being agitated by playback.  I am interested in hearing from birders
> who know of any reliable accounts of Barred Owls (or other large owls)
> actually striking humans (playback or unprovoked.)
>        So I have a few questions.  In North Central Texas would Barred Owls
> still be protecting young during the 3rd week of July? I'm assuming due to
> their large size that there would not be a second brood?
>       Thanks,
>
>       Ted Drozdowski
>       Lake Waxahachie
>       Ellis County
>
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Subject: Re: Barred Owl - attack on jogger - Ellis County
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:53:48 -0500
A number of years ago I recall that either a Spotted or Barred Owl
"attacked" a runner in the NW.  As I recall the likely reason given was
squeaky shoes as a potential prey item....  I have had Barreds virtually
fly into me while squeaking up passerine birds (accipiters and Coyotes
too)  Interesting lifer!
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On Sun, Jul 20, 2014 at 8:44 PM, Ted Drozdowski 
wrote:

> Hello,
>      This morning while jogging on the Waxahachie Creek Hike & Bike Trail
> in Ellis County, my wife was struck in the head by a Barred Owl.  She never
> saw it coming.  I would assume the bird was protecting some nearby
> fledglings, but my wife only saw the one adult bird. She said the bird
> struck her from behind and it was like "getting hit in the head with a
> basketball."  After she got her head together she continued jogging another
> mile or so before turning around.  As she was jogging back to Getzendaner
> Park, she told me she had started to think to herself, "this looks like the
> place where the owl got me" and before she finished her thought she
> said the owl struck her in the head again.  When she got home she had a
> small laceration on her right temple and another one across the top of her
> head.
>        She disinfected the wounds and I think she's going to the doctor
> tomorrow to get something incase infection sets in because obviously the
> owl hit her with its talons. She said after the second strike the owl
> perched close by and just stared at her. This happened about 8:00am.
>        I'm sure many of us birders have stories of an owl that brushed us
> after being agitated by playback.  I am interested in hearing from birders
> who know of any reliable accounts of Barred Owls (or other large owls)
> actually striking humans (playback or unprovoked.)
>        So I have a few questions.  In North Central Texas would Barred Owls
> still be protecting young during the 3rd week of July? I'm assuming due to
> their large size that there would not be a second brood?
>       Thanks,
>
>       Ted Drozdowski
>       Lake Waxahachie
>       Ellis County
>
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Subject: Barred Owl - attack on jogger - Ellis County
From: Ted Drozdowski <muddykayak AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:44:43 -0500
Hello,
     This morning while jogging on the Waxahachie Creek Hike & Bike Trail
in Ellis County, my wife was struck in the head by a Barred Owl.  She never
saw it coming.  I would assume the bird was protecting some nearby
fledglings, but my wife only saw the one adult bird. She said the bird
struck her from behind and it was like "getting hit in the head with a
basketball."  After she got her head together she continued jogging another
mile or so before turning around.  As she was jogging back to Getzendaner
Park, she told me she had started to think to herself, "this looks like the
place where the owl got me" and before she finished her thought she
said the owl struck her in the head again.  When she got home she had a
small laceration on her right temple and another one across the top of her
head.
       She disinfected the wounds and I think she's going to the doctor
tomorrow to get something incase infection sets in because obviously the
owl hit her with its talons. She said after the second strike the owl
perched close by and just stared at her. This happened about 8:00am.
       I'm sure many of us birders have stories of an owl that brushed us
after being agitated by playback.  I am interested in hearing from birders
who know of any reliable accounts of Barred Owls (or other large owls)
actually striking humans (playback or unprovoked.)
       So I have a few questions.  In North Central Texas would Barred Owls
still be protecting young during the 3rd week of July? I'm assuming due to
their large size that there would not be a second brood?
      Thanks,

      Ted Drozdowski
      Lake Waxahachie
      Ellis County


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Subject: TRIP REPORT Saturday July 19th S Padre Island Texas Pelagic
From: "Garett Hodne" <garyhodne AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 19:57:16 -0500
Hi Pelagic Birders,
After stressing out all week about the weather forecasts for 5-7' or greater
seas for Saturday, there was no wind at all as our group of 27 pelagic
birders and leaders gathered in the pre-dawn at the Osprey dock. The nearest
offshore NOAA  Wave Buoy 42020 was reporting in only 2.5 ' seas. So this
time we lucked out with the weather. 

 

As we cleared the South Padre Island Jetties in the pre-dawn twilight the
seas were barely 2 ft, the skies were partly cloudy and some sea haze and
light fog limited visibility to less than a mile.  At 9:30am the air had
cleared and we recorded our first sea bird, a Band-rumped Storm Petrel which
flew across the bow about 75 yards out but didn't stop.  As we reached the
edge of the continental shelf an Audubon's Shearwater was spotted to the
starboard by Kelly Smith one of our sharp eyed participants. It made a brief
fly-by that  was too quick for everybody to see.  Thirty minutes later Kelly
spotted another shearwater, presumably an Audubon's, but it was seen by only
a few. 

 

A few unidentified passerines migrating over the Gulf were seen along with 2
night-herons and an egret. Later in the day a Purple Martin and a Baltimore
Oriole flew by.

 

As we sailed on towards 2,000 ft of water depth we decided to set out a
first chum slick  and then another and return to the slick area in 30-60
minutes on the way back in to see what they may have attracted.  The second
slick which we returned to first had no birds. We reached the first slick a
short cruise away and found 4 Band-rumped Storm Petrels circling the area.
This time everyone was able to get long and extended views. 

 

We left the slicks and cruised back towards the shelf. We found a large pod
of Pelagic Bottlenose Dolphins who seemed thrilled to see us as many leapt
high into the air as they approached our bow wave for some fun bow riding.
They stayed with the boat for only a few minutes. 

 

We cruised past a few shrimp boats in shallower shelf waters and as we
approached the second shrimper a Cory's Shearwater passed by. Just a few
minutes later a Masked Booby left the second shrimper and flew over head
towards the first shrimper. We followed in pursuit but the Booby flew out of
sight.  

 

I want to thank our dedicated trip leaders: Eric Carpenter, Petra Hockey,
Randy Pinkston and John O'Brien for the hard work in making these trips
possible.  Also the captain and mate of the Osprey. And lastly I want to
thank all of our pelagic birding participants who without your continued
support these trips couldn't  happen.  

 

Good pelagic birding

Gary Hodne

  www.TexasPelagics.com

 

TRIP LIST:

Band Rumped Storm-Petrel - 5

Audubon's Shearwater - 1

Cory's Shearwater - 1

Masked Booby - 1

 

Shearwater sp - 1

 

OTHER MARINE LIFE:

Green Sea Turtle

Kemp Ridley's Sea Turtle

 

 

www.GarettHodne.com   

 



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Subject: The June Report for the 2014 Game - A Slightly Bigger Patch
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:06:52 -0500
Greetings All
This year's game, titled 'A Slightly Bigger Patch' is to see how many species
of butterfly, amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal I can find in my
home region.
The LEAS region includes fifteen counties (Bailey, Lamb, Hale, Floyd, Motley,
Cochran, Hockley, Lubbock, Crosby, Dickens, Yoakum,Terry, Lynn, Garza,
and Kent)
and, with portions of the region below andatop the Caprock Escarpment, offers a
fairly wide variety of habitats.  My goals for the year are 75 species of
butterfly, 10 species of amphibian, 25 species of reptile, 300 species of bird,
and 25 species of mammal.

June was a very slow month, as expected, and I added very little in the way of
any taxonomical category - though reptiles and mammals surprised me a bit -
thanks to many very early morning hours of getting to Breeding Bird Surveys. 
All 

in all, I located 35 species of butterfly, 9 species of amphibian, 17 species 
of 

reptile, 87 species of bird, and 24 species of mammal during the month.
This brought the totals for the year up to 58 species of butterfly (73%), 12
species of amphibian (120%), 28 species of reptile (112%), 256 species of bird
(85%), and 35 species of mammal (140%).

As mentioned in a separate and earlier post, Rich Kostecke is now
quite far ahead
of me with 262 species of birds (to my 256) in his fifteen-county region and I
expect the situation to worsen as fall migration kicks in.

Without further ado, the June list for the LEAS region - with new additions
*sked.


Funereal Duskywing
Horace's Duskywing*
Common Checkered Skipper
Common Sootywing
Sachem
Bronze Roadside Skipper
Nysa Roadside Skipper*
Strecker's Giant Skipper*
Pipevine Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail
Cabbage White
Checkered White
Orange Sulphur
Southern Dogface
Lyside Sulphur*
Little Yellow
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur
Gray Hairstreak
Marine Blue
Western Pygmy Blue
Reakirt's Blue
American Snout
Hackberry Emperor
Tawny Emperor*
Monarch
Gulf Fritillary*
Variegated Fritillary
Phaon Crescent
Common Buckeye
Question Mark
Painted Lady
American Lady*
Goatweed Leafwing
Red Satyr

Great Plains Toad
Texas Toad
Woodhouse's Toad
Green Toad
Plains Spadefoot
New Mexico Spadefoot
Northern Cricket Frog
Great Plains Narrow-mouthed Toad
American Bullfrog


Red-eared Slider
Yellow Mud Turtle
Eastern Fence Lizard
Side-blotched Lizard*
Texas Horned Lizard
Great Plains Skink
Texas Spotted Whiptail
Six-lined Racerunner
Checkered Garter Snake
Western Hog-nosed Snake
Coachwhip
Gopher Snake
Eastern Glossy Snake*
Common Kingsnake
Massassauga*
Prairie Rattlesnake
Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake

Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Scaled Quail
Northern Bobwhite
Ring-necked Pheasant
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
Neotropic Cormorant*
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
White-faced Ibis
Turkey Vulture
Mississippi Kite
Swainson's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Wilson's Phalarope
Franklin's Gull
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Greater Roadrunner
Barn Owl
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Burrowing Owl
Common Nighthawk
Common Poorwill
Chuck-will's-widow*
Chimney Swift
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Eastern Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Blue Jay
Chihuahuan Raven
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Purple Martin
Cliff Swallow
Cave Swallow
Barn Swallow
Bewick's Wren
American Robin
Curve-billed Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Common Yellowthroat
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Canyon Towhee
Cassin's Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Lark Bunting
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Painted Bunting
Dickcissel
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Bronzed Cowbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole*
Bullock's Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Virginia Opossum*
Western Pipistrelle*
Mexican Free-tailed Bat*
Black-tailed Jackrabbit
Desert Cottontail
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Black-tailed Prairie Dog
Spotted Ground Squirrel
Mexican Ground Squirrel*
Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel
Banner-tailed Kangaroo Rat*
Ord's Kangaroo Rat
Merriam's Pocket Mouse*
Hispid Pocket Mouse*
North American Porcupine
Northern Pygmy Mouse
Hispid Cotton Rat
Coyote
Swift Fox*
Striped Skunk
Raccoon
White-tailed Deer
Mule Deer

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Subject: No Subject
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:04:31 -0500
Greetings All
This year's game, titled 'A Slightly Bigger Patch' is to see how many species
of butterfly, amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal I can find in my
home region.
The LEAS region includes fifteen counties (Bailey, Lamb, Hale, Floyd, Motley,
Cochran, Hockley, Lubbock, Crosby, Dickens, Yoakum,Terry, Lynn, Garza,
and Kent)
and, with portions of the region below andatop the Caprock Escarpment, offers a
fairly wide variety of habitats.  My goals for the year are 75 species of
butterfly, 10 species of amphibian, 25 species of reptile, 300 species of bird,
and 25 species of mammal.

June was a very slow month, as expected, and I added very little in the way of
any taxonomical category - though reptiles and mammals surprised me a bit -
thanks to many very early morning hours of getting to Breeding Bird Surveys. 
All 

in all, I located 35 species of butterfly, 9 species of amphibian, 17 species 
of 

reptile, 87 species of bird, and 24 species of mammal during the month.
This brought the totals for the year up to 58 species of butterfly (73%), 12
species of amphibian (120%), 28 species of reptile (112%), 256 species of bird
(85%), and 35 species of mammal (140%).

As mentioned in a separate and earlier post, Rich Kostecke is now
quite far ahead
of me with 262 species of birds (to my 256) in his fifteen-county region and I
expect the situation to worsen as fall migration kicks in.

Without further ado, the June list for the LEAS region - with new additions
*sked.


Funereal Duskywing
Horace's Duskywing*
Common Checkered Skipper
Common Sootywing
Sachem
Bronze Roadside Skipper
Nysa Roadside Skipper*
Strecker's Giant Skipper*
Pipevine Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail
Cabbage White
Checkered White
Orange Sulphur
Southern Dogface
Lyside Sulphur*
Little Yellow
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur
Gray Hairstreak
Marine Blue
Western Pygmy Blue
Reakirt's Blue
American Snout
Hackberry Emperor
Tawny Emperor*
Monarch
Gulf Fritillary*
Variegated Fritillary
Phaon Crescent
Common Buckeye
Question Mark
Painted Lady
American Lady*
Goatweed Leafwing
Red Satyr

Great Plains Toad
Texas Toad
Woodhouse's Toad
Green Toad
Plains Spadefoot
New Mexico Spadefoot
Northern Cricket Frog
Great Plains Narrow-mouthed Toad
American Bullfrog


Red-eared Slider
Yellow Mud Turtle
Eastern Fence Lizard
Side-blotched Lizard*
Texas Horned Lizard
Great Plains Skink
Texas Spotted Whiptail
Six-lined Racerunner
Checkered Garter Snake
Western Hog-nosed Snake
Coachwhip
Gopher Snake
Eastern Glossy Snake*
Common Kingsnake
Massassauga*
Prairie Rattlesnake
Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake

Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Green-winged Teal
Scaled Quail
Northern Bobwhite
Ring-necked Pheasant
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
Neotropic Cormorant*
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
White-faced Ibis
Turkey Vulture
Mississippi Kite
Swainson's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Wilson's Phalarope
Franklin's Gull
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Greater Roadrunner
Barn Owl
Eastern Screech Owl
Great Horned Owl
Burrowing Owl
Common Nighthawk
Common Poorwill
Chuck-will's-widow*
Chimney Swift
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Eastern Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Blue Jay
Chihuahuan Raven
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Purple Martin
Cliff Swallow
Cave Swallow
Barn Swallow
Bewick's Wren
American Robin
Curve-billed Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Common Yellowthroat
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Canyon Towhee
Cassin's Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Lark Bunting
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Painted Bunting
Dickcissel
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Bronzed Cowbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole*
Bullock's Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Virginia Opossum*
Western Pipistrelle*
Mexican Free-tailed Bat*
Black-tailed Jackrabbit
Desert Cottontail
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Black-tailed Prairie Dog
Spotted Ground Squirrel
Mexican Ground Squirrel*
Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel
Banner-tailed Kangaroo Rat*
Ord's Kangaroo Rat
Merriam's Pocket Mouse*
Hispid Pocket Mouse*
North American Porcupine
Northern Pygmy Mouse
Hispid Cotton Rat
Coyote
Swift Fox*
Striped Skunk
Raccoon
White-tailed Deer
Mule Deer

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: The June report of the Kostecke:Hewetson competition
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:28:54 -0500
Rich Kostecke, with his well-watered, Austin-based realm of fifteen
counties had made it to 262 species of birds by the end of June while I
with my Lubbock-centered  droughtastrophe of fifteen-county region had
fallen behind again with a mere 256 species of birds.
Things have gotten difficult enough, in terms of finding new birds, that I
can actually track additions a bit more easily.  Kosteck's June additions
were, in order added, Cactus Wren, Verdin, Acadian Flycatcher, Kentucky
Warbler, Purple Gallinule, Hairy Woodpecker, and Barn Owl.  Hewetson's June
additions were, in order added, Neotropic Cormorant and Chuck-will's-widow.

The July report should be a bit more exciting for at least one of us (all
right, it's Kostecke, blast it all) as he has had a run of recent additions
and I am still awaiting the first hint of fall migration.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Birder Patrol Trip Saturday the 26th To La Feria
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "MiriamEagl@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:47:58 -0400 (EDT)
Hi, all!
 
This month's Birder Patrol trip (Saturday the 26th) will be to the La Feria 
 area which will include the Nature Park, Sod farms, and Tiocano Lake.  
King  Rails have been sighted at the latter, and shorebird migration is 
underway, so we should see SOMETHING! Norma has some surprises up her sleeve, 

including  an area that has Gray Hawks, so there will be a bit of exploring!
 
Meet at the Whataburger in La Feria off US 83 at 7:00.  We'll probably  
pack into vehicles as much as possible to start in order to hit Tiocano Lake  
first (very few places to pull over), then return to the Whataburger and  
rearrange things more comfortably. Cost is $5.00 per person, and all proceeds 

go to support the Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society with their birding  
classes and Ramsey Park.
 
We may have a few "newbies" coming, so if anyone has extra bins, please  
bring them to share!
 
See you there,
 
MB  
Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
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Subject: Progresso Farm Route
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "MiriamEagl@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 16:40:39 -0400 (EDT)
Hi, all!
 
Did a route this morning that I've never really been able to do in its  
entirety, so it was great fun: starting at the road along the Progresso Sod  
Farms that everyone is familiar with, this route continues on the levee going  
westbound, crosses 88, continues to 493, then heads up to the Las Palomas  
WMA.  Pictures, recordings, and the full report are on my web page, but  
probably the best bird was a Least Flycatcher along the levee.
 
http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/2014%20Field%20Trips/July/Progresso%
20Farm%20Route.html
 
Ebird List:
 
Progresso Sod Farms, Hidalgo, US-TX
Jul 20, 2014 6:43 AM - 11:08  AM
Protocol: Traveling
22.0 mile(s)
Comments:     This  route starts at the sod farms and continues west on the 
levee, then up to the  Las Palomas WMA.  81 to 88 degrees, mostly sunny, 
breezy to windy.
64  species (+1 other taxa)
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  20
Fulvous  Whistling-Duck  4
Northern Bobwhite  9
Great Egret   2
Snowy Egret  4
Cattle Egret  7
Green Heron   2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron   5
Turkey Vulture  4
White-tailed Kite  6
Harris's Hawk   1
Swainson's Hawk  2
Black-necked Stilt  15
Killdeer   8
Stilt Sandpiper  1
Least Sandpiper  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral  Pigeon)  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove  1
White-winged Dove   80
Mourning Dove  50
Inca Dove  1
Common Ground-Dove   6
White-tipped Dove  1
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  2
Groove-billed  Ani  6
Lesser Nighthawk  5
Common Nighthawk   12
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  12
Ladder-backed Woodpecker   2
Crested Caracara  1
Least Flycatcher  1
Brown-crested  Flycatcher  6
Great Kiskadee  6
Tropical Kingbird   2
Couch's Kingbird  2
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird  1
Western  Kingbird  4
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  4
Loggerhead Shrike   3
White-eyed Vireo  3
Green Jay  1
Horned Lark   2
Purple Martin  1
Bank Swallow  1
Cave Swallow   6
Black-crested Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  2
Bewick's  Wren  2
Curve-billed Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird   15
Common Yellowthroat  2
Olive Sparrow  4
Lark Sparrow   6
Northern Cardinal  9
Blue Grosbeak  1
Painted Bunting   1
Dickcissel  20
Red-winged Blackbird  100
Eastern  Meadowlark  5
Great-tailed Grackle  50
Bronzed Cowbird   5
Brown-headed Cowbird  12
Orchard Oriole  6
House  Sparrow  15

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
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Subject: Bentsen RGV State Park Bird Walk 07/20/2014
From: Melissa Chadwick <Melissa.Chadwick AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 17:19:42 +0000
Good afternoon Texbirders,
It was a little warm this morning but turned out to be a great day for a walk 
in the park. Numerous birds were cooperating and singing today which made this 
bird walk fairly easy. Highlights included great looks at a Northern Beardless 
Tyrannulet, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Greater Roadrunner, Green Kingfisher, and of 
course Plain Chachalacas with their chicks. The highlight for the group other 
than some great local birds was a look at a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake. We 
have been getting weekly rains and the wildlife is certainly bouncing back here 
at Bentsen. 


Happy birding and hope to see you soon!

Plain Chachalaca

18

Black Vulture

2

Turkey Vulture

2

Gray Hawk

1

White-winged Dove

45

Mourning Dove

4

Inca Dove

3

Common Ground-Dove

2

White-tipped Dove

10

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

4

Greater Roadrunner

2

Buff-bellied Hummingbird

2

Green Kingfisher

1

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

12

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

1

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet

2

Black Phoebe

1

Great Kiskadee

5

Couch's Kingbird

7

Green Jay

5

Cave Swallow

25

Black-crested Titmouse

5

Verdin

1

Clay-colored Thrush

2

Curve-billed Thrasher

1

Long-billed Thrasher

3

Olive Sparrow

3

Northern Cardinal

9

Red-winged Blackbird

1

Great-tailed Grackle

30

Bronzed Cowbird

20

Altamira Oriole

2

oriole sp.

1

House Sparrow

1




Thank you,
Melissa Chadwick
Natural Resources Specialist
World Birding Center
Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
2800 South Bentsen Palm Drive
Mission, TX 78572
Melissa.Chadwick AT tpwd.texas.gov
Telephone (956) 584-9156 Ext 228
Fax (956) 584-9126



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Subject: Morning on the Guadalupe Delta.
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:15:10 -0500
.
Guadalupe Delta. Calhoun/Refugio Counties. Spent the whole morning there.
Very nice. Especially the tons of Wood Storks though all were in flight. At
one point I was scoping the lake from 35 (CTC 036) and about a mile or two
away toward Mission Lake I could see perhaps 65-70 widely spread at
different altitudes in the sky. A number came toward Buffalo Lk. but none
ever put down. Hundreds of Forster's and Black Terns. Several Kiskadees and
Couch's Kingbirds, Brown-crested Flycatchers, Purple Gallinules, Anhingas,
a Glossy Ibis, 2 Least Grebes. 5 Mississippi Kites might have been early
migrants or local breeders. Juv. Horned Larks were on the south end of
River Rd. 2 Yellow-headed Blackbird males were a surprise. A Golden-fronted
Woodpecker was at the edge of its range. A few Dickcissels were still
singing which is getting on the late side here. A Green Kingfisher is
always nice. In places the Chachara Grandes were so loud I could hear
little else so dipped on Yellow-green Vireo again. Zero mosquitoes. One big
Rattlesnake on the road. There is a Jacana in there somewhere, I just know
it. Driving back to POC a solid stream of near bumper to bumper traffic
coming out of town. Fleas leaving a dead rabbit...Party's over. Six
frigatebirds behind a shrimper sorting out catch coming in...Save me some
shrimp Linda T.  Photos on the FB Texbirds.
**********************************************************************
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: Highlights from Clapp Park, Lubbock, this morning
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Jul 2014 11:56:00 -0500
Greetings All:
I spent 1.5 hours at Clapp Park this morning, noting 22 species of birds
with the following highlights: 1 Snowy Egret, 2 Yellow-crowned Night
Herons, and 4 Bronzed Cowbirds (3 adult males and, if Sibley is right about
eye color, 1 juvenile).

Butterflies are also picking up a bit.  I had sixteen species and left
before things really started heating up.

The park is looking quite good in terms of water and vegetation levels.  A
few more rains during the 'fall' shorebird season should see a few good
waders, some shorebirds, and migrant songbirds.

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Subject: Highlights from Kent County - today
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:43:10 -0500
Greetings All:
I haven't visited Kent County in a while and recent rains made me feel that
a run that way would kick out great butterflies if nothing else.

I had no Lubbock County highlights on the way down.

Garza County highlights on the way down: 1 Pyrrhuloxia just east of Post, 2
Scaled Quails near the Beach Ranch turnoff from Highway 380, and 1 female
and 2 male Bronzed Cowbirds just west of the Garza/Kent County line along
Highway 380.

Kent County highlights: 2 Common Ravens (with 5 Chihuahuan Ravens at a
road-killed deer) just west of Clairemont; 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 2
Eastern Phoebes and 1 Bell's Vireo in Clairemont; 2 Yellow-billed Cuckoos
and 1 Pyrrhuloxia at the Brazos River Crossing of Highway 380; 1 singing
male SUMMER TANAGER seen from Jayton City Park; 1 adult Bell's Vireo in the
company of 3 fledglngs and 1 Black-crested Titmouse at the flooded, woodlot
just west of the CR 1228 x CR 145 intersection; 4 Cattle Egrets just east
of the FM 208 x CR 2320 intersection (near a huge kite roost); 1 Greater
Yellowlegs seen from FM 208 just south of the FM 208 x CR 2320
intersection; 2 WHITE-TAILED KITES on the Stelzer Ranch - viewed from FM
208; 1 Spotted Sandpiper at a pond near Clairemont; 1 male Rufous
Hummingbird at the rest area just west of Clairemont.

Garza County highlights on the way back: 4 Canada Geese and 1 Snowy Egret
at Post City Park.

Lubbock County highlights on the way back: 1 Cackling Goose, 1 Canada
Goose, 1 Double-crested Cormorant, 2 Great Egrets, 28 Snowy Egrets, and 66
Cattle Egrets at Leroy Elmore Park.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Catching up on some Hockley County highlights
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 17:30:35 -0500
Greetings All:
This pas Sunday (13 July 2014) I moseyed out to Hockley County to see what
impact recent heavy rains had had on one of my favorite routes.

There were no Lubbock County highlights on the way out to Levelland and the
only Hockley County highlight was a Great Egret just east of Levelland.

The trek along Ellis Road from Highway 385 to Highway 168 was, as expected,
interesting.  In fact a big stretch of the road was underwater - and I had
to take a three mile detour around the soggy patch to cover the road
thoroughly!

Ellis Road highlights included 1 Great Egret, 4 Snowy Egrets, 11 Cattle
Egrets, 1 Yellow-crowned Night Heron, 1 White-faced Ibis (I also had 1
Great Blue Heron, 2 Green Herons, and 6 Black-crowned Night Herons - not
particularly noteworthy but I made a clean sweep of the region's
heron/egret clan), 14 Black-necked Stilts, 4 American Avocets, 2 Upland
Sandpipers, 7 Long-billed Curlews, and 1 male Yellow-headed Blackbird.  A
surprising number of these birds were NOT at the Smyer Playa but rather at
one of two shallow-water playas in prairie dog towns.

The sole highlight from Lubbock County on the way back: 2 Snowy Egrets at
Maxey Park.

It is nice to see so much water back in the region; I hope it lasts through
shorebird season.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: David True's new email address
From: Tim Brush <txbrush5 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:37:54 -0500
Can someone send David's new email address, at the Army Corps of Engineers,
privately? I have a quuestion for him about the Painted Redstart that was
at Aransas last winter,for a little article I'm working on. Full email
addresses are not shown in Texbirds archives, for privacy concerns, I guess.
Thanks,
Tim Brush
Edinburg, TX


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Subject: Calhoun Co. July 19
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 13:07:02 -0500
.
There are at least 3 weekends of the year you will want to avoid Port
O'Connor at all costs .  July 4, Labor Day and Poco Bueno W/e...This is
Poco Bueno and it royally stinks.  POC is just getting too crazy in the
summer months anymore.... I left town early to bird around Indianola, Alamo
Beach, Hwy 316, TOS Magic Ridge sanctuary, Colomo Road, Old Cemetery Road
to Seadrift, Hwy 185 and the few remote places I could manage to find in
POCO...Boggy Bayou was a complete train wreck with scooters, ATVs and
pick-ups all over.   A terrified Wilson's Plover was just trying to rustle
up its babies perhaps as it would not leave a particular area despite all
the traffic and silliness/stupidity.
Had a good 6+ hours elsewhere with a species list of 89.  Had I found any
shorebird habitat there is no doubt I could have topped 100. But the
locations where Petra had so many shorebirds earlier were now dry and the
tide was high with the SE breeze blowing it in higher.  Should still top
100 species if it retreats a bit over the next couple of days.

My personal favorite bird of the day was a Grooved-billed Ani on the
Powderhorn Ranch at Hwy 1289 about 1/2 mile north of Hwy 185...Usually
don't get them until Sept. or Oct. here.

Some picks of the day........so far no real obvious passerine migrants
except Orchard Orioles.

Fulvous Whistling Ducks 18
Mottled Ducks 6
M. Frigatebirds 7-8
D-c Cormorant 1
Glossy Ibis 1 ..Likely more but distant backlit birds and heat waves made
for poor viewing conditions.
Wood Storks 7
Peregrine Falcon 1 (FOS)
Wht-tailed Hawk 4
Black Rail 1 (heard only.....Many Mockers imitating them)
Whimbrel 1
Long-billed Curlew 17-18
Black Skimmers 17
Grooved-billed Ani 1...Best find FOS
Great Horned Owl 1
Brown-crested Flycatchers
Long and Curved-billed Thrashers.
Bewick's Wren 2
Purple Martins..1000 plus..Just young everywhere.  In POC many have yet to
fledge and adults are still bringing in chow.
Seaside Sparrow 1
Orchard Orioles 18-20 obviously migrants
Bronzed Cowbirds 6
**********************************************************************
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503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
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Subject: Birds Seen While Bicycling
From: Gary Richards <grcolts AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:51:14 -0500
This morning 7/19/2014 while bicycling in rural Guadalupe county I saw the 
following birds: 


Northern Bobwhite
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Cooper's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Greater Roadrunner
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Blue Jay
Purple Martin
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Cardinal
Dickcissel
Great-tailed Grackle
House Finch
House Sparrow

Number of Species: 22

Gary Richards
Schertz, TX
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Subject: Least Grebes, Fort Clark Springs
From: Bryan Calk <bryanrcalk AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:42:11 -0500
While I am stuck in College Station, my mom has been keeping tabs on a pair
of Least Grebes back home at Fort Clark Springs (Kinney County). They have
taken up residence in a rain-created pond next to our house, and seem to be
quite enamored with each other. These are the first I've "seen" at Fort
Clark in 6 years.
A video my mom took this morning of them calling to eachother:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uo7TG9dlGIM&feature=youtu.be

In the background, you can hear a couple of the usual suspects:
Yellow-breasted Chat, Bewick's Wren, and Olive Sparrow.

Bryan Calk
Fort Clark Springs/College Station


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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Saturday Bird Walk
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:39:49 -0500
Best surprise - three Orchard Orioles; an adult male, first summer male,
and a female.  In the dry resaca bed (recently cleared of grass and brush)
there is a lot of chachalaca activity.  Brown-crested Flycatchers are
everywhere, with lots of family chatter and activity.
Yesterday a FOS Painted Bunting was reported at the Visitor Center water
feature, which has plenty of fresh water to attract wildlife and a shaded
bench for wildlife viewing.

The park anticipates water flooding the first section of the resaca next
week, now that maintenance work has been completed.  If all goes as planned
there should be water by the weekend.

Sherry Wilson
 Resident Park Host
Resaca de la Palma State Park
956-350-2920

*Nature Walks *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walks* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walks* Sunday:  10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m..
*Night Hikes* last Friday of the month (RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Thurs)  - small
fee
*Nature Tram Rides*:  Wednesday thru Sunday
(Visitor Center closed Mon/Tues)
http://www.facebook.com/resacadelapalma

30 species
Plain Chachalaca  9
Turkey Vulture  2
White-tailed Kite  1
Laughing Gull  5
White-winged Dove  22
Mourning Dove  4
Inca Dove  5
White-tipped Dove  3
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  3
Groove-billed Ani  5
Buff-bellied Hummingbird  3
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  6
Brown-crested Flycatcher  14
Great Kiskadee  2
Couch's Kingbird  6
White-eyed Vireo  1
Green Jay  7
Black-crested Titmouse  6
Verdin  1     heard only
Carolina Wren  2
Bewick's Wren  2
Long-billed Thrasher  7
Northern Mockingbird  18
Olive Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  9
Great-tailed Grackle  6
Bronzed Cowbird  2
Brown-headed Cowbird  4
Orchard Oriole  3
Altamira Oriole  1


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Subject: Quinta Mazatlan, Plain Chachalaca eating observation, etc
From: John Brush <jsbrush10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 11:14:45 -0500
Hello Texbirders,
Despite a thickly humid morning (one of those ones where everything fogs
immediately and you're dripping sweat in an instant) it was a solid morning
to bird out in the park.

The bird walk got to see a Plain Chachalaca "preening party" take place,
three birds on one branch preening each other simultaneously. You can check
out the video at the link:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqbn5SrIKS8

Another interesting Chachalaca observation was seeing a parent regurgitate
several Esperanza flowers to a couple of chicks. I had never seen much bird
use of this common ornamental plant before, and seeing the perfectly intact
yellow flowers popping out of the PLCH's throat made for a fun experience.
You can see photos of the action, along with other photos from the morning
and the bird list, on Quinta Mazatlan's blog (
https://quintamazatlan.wordpress.com/2014/07/19/bird-walk-july-19-2014/).

Regards,

-- 
John Brush
McAllen, Texas
Interpretive Guide
Quinta Mazatlan WBC


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Subject: Rufous Hummingbird: Kleberg County
From: Corey Lange <coreyjlange AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:59:05 -0500
Had my first Rufous Hummingbird of the year at the feeders today. Seems a 
little early for this location. Looked like a HY male. Also have 4 leucistic 
Golden-fronted Woodpeckers flying around the neighborhood. One adult male and 
three fledglings. Kingsville, TX. 


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Subject: Spotted Sandpiper (with spots) San Leon, Galveston, County
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "Stenmead@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:17:01 -0400 (EDT)
Texbirders,
 
Checking out my regular birding spots this afternoon revealed a Spotted  
Sandpiper, right on schedule and still wearing spots, at the shoreline on  1st 
Street, just south of Eagle Point.
 
A Least Sandpiper, Willet and Am. Oystercatcher were on the small beach  
with the Spotted Sandpiper.
 
Stennie Meadours
San Leon, Tx.
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Subject: Galveston to Anahuac yesterday illustrated, babies, molting, arrivals, departures, waterspouts and the deluge
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:43:30 -0500
I did my counter-clockwise circuit of east Galveston bay yesterday but most
birding ended just east of Rollover pass when scattered by repeated
showers, thunderstorms etc merged and there was a great deluge in an area
that really needed fresh water. Ditches were full and lots of birds out
there. Several fields prepared for rice next year showed how dry it has
been in that they held no water.
I stopped for the tropical kingbirds and found a major road construction
effort in process inside the TAMU tract. The bulldozers etc are making a
road from the parking lot back toward the bay and the kingbirds were not in
evidence nor were they in the area of the last nesting effort at least
there were no calls or perching birds. In the last 3 years this is the time
the unsuccessful adults went off to molt for several weeks.

East beach was tricky. No birds in the parking area and I had to wait a
half hour for a shower to go buy just to the north. The weed was really
coming in from the east of the jetty and lots of black terns were feeding
along where it was starting to pile up. There were a fair number of least
sandpipers in the area until a group went wading in the weed pools. Seemed
odd to wade in 18" deep water and rotting weed barefoot.

Went on across the ferry and almost no birds following or feeding. The
shrimp boats were not shrimping. Laughing gull adults are starting to molt
their black heads starting with the front. The beaks are also losing their
red coloring.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630759

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630760

Lots of clapper rails were out between showers preening and trying to dry.
These birds are all from early broods but there are at least 2 later age
groups still growing

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630719

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630723

Lots of new feathers growing on the birds and there is even a hint of a
white wing patch

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630722

Western sandpipers are arriving and are in heavy molt with some still
having half breeding plumage feathers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630726

And others with many more gray winter feathers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630728

The long-billed curlew already has many new wing feathers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630725

Black-crowned night herons were perched up in several spots

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630712

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630713

One bird was scavenging fisherman scraps at Rollover Pass

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630714

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630717

The tern flock at east beach was way back there inside the nesting area and
there was no beach at Bolivar Flats. The only spot sitting birds was
Rollover where lots of young royal terns and laughing gulls have arrived.
The gull chicks seemed to be unattended or not being fed currently

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630762

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630761

A single young sandwich tern was with the royal terns but I did not see any
parent sandwich

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630770

I initially called this bird another young sandwich tern based on color but
I think that it is a royal tern as the bill is the wrong shape and the
feather pattern is that of a royal tern

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630768

Leg color in the royal terns ranges from orange to black

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630763

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630764

Begging calls by young terns like this one will be a characteristic sound
around the bay for months

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630766

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630767

There was a mangy seagull feeding in the sargassum on Bolivar Flats. It is
basically a very light gull with bad plumage. The feather pattern is very
lightly marked.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630791

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630785

It acts like it is in good health and preened and fed

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630786

When flying it showed no tail marks, wing tips or any mark I would expect

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630789

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630788

I called it a Thayer's gull but I have not seen one here for a very long
time. Does anyone have any other suggestions or why it is a and not b.

Note for drivers. The county deputies have very good radar and places to
hunt and can pick a speeder out of a flock very fast.

Note for fathers. You should not take your wife and two children way out on
the bolivar jetty when lightning walks all around and the large but
dissipating water spout reaching the bay and is coming toward you.

I tried fort travis and Cobbs Real Estate for grasspipers and found none.
Up on 1985 one could not see most of the habitat in the rain.

Note for 1985 birders. They have stopped crawfish trapping in the flooded
area on the northeast corner of pear orchard and 1985. Normal practice is
to draw down the water which will create a bonanza for storks, ibis etc. so
slow down when you go by.

Many of the eastern willets I have been watching this summer are gone. I
expect that most of the remaining birds will leave in a few days so that
most are gone by the 25th. As in past seasons, whole groups seem to leave
at the same time. Arrivals follow the same pattern so that birds that nest
on road A may winter together. Some young birds go with them or they may
gather for a bit at places like the bolivar jetty if there was mud there
before they go shortly after the parents. Some older youngsters vanish at
the same time as the adults. This is a youngster. Some spots now have
western willets where eastern birds were territorial 10 days ago.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156630731

Its too bad that the trip was shortened by the deluge but the water is
really needed. Hope that there was so much as to flood the renesting birds
on East Beach etc. There may be some odd birds in new places as lots of
food will be forced out of what had been high and dry homes.

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


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Subject: Flatonia area Wood Stork
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:43:18 -0500
.
  Did not stop for them but 12-15 WOSTs were off 95 north of I-10 near
Flatonia grazing in a wet pasture.  There is a small lake here that I also
did not stop for.  Counted 61 Caracaras between Utley and Port O'Connor.
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120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
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Subject: Re: Devine Lake - Leander
From: Randy Duncan <osufight AT att.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 08:24:41 -0700
Never mind about the developing mudflats! I didn't know we were getting last 
night typhoon... Lake is probably overflowing now! 

Randy


On Thursday, July 17, 2014 7:09 PM, Randy Duncan  wrote:
 


I feel guilty for ignoring my home park during the summer so I went and took a 
walk around today for about 45min. I got 28 birds, not bad for mid- July. 
Nothing special to note but a few interesting.... 2 Greater Yellowlegs, a 
Spotted Sandpiper, 2 juvie Yellow Crowned Night heron. 2 Pie Billed. 2 coots. 1 
early N. Shoveler. The lake level is dropping so we are starting to get some 
good mudflats going. 

Randy Duncan. Leander TX

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Subject: Re: GBH behavior
From: Ervin Fleming <endersgt AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:04:18 -0700
If the Herons ever drink I would suppose it would be at rest along the 
shoreline. Conditions were windy, overcast and moderate temps. It was 
definitely a feeding behavior. A website I checked todayindicated that they do 
feed this way but characterized it as 'rare'. 

Tom 

On Thursday, July 17, 2014 8:53 PM, Judy Kestner  wrote:
  


While staying at a private ranch in Webb County in May, we observed a male 
Northern Cardinal and a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher doing something similar, 
but they were only dipping their bellies into the water as they flew low 
over the pond. It was a dusk -- hot date?

Judy Kestner
Corpus Christi

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Subject: [texbirds] GBH behavior


> This is an inquiry about an observed feeding behavior....
> While on Joe Pool Lake this afternoon, I noticed a Great Blue Heron 
> behaving in an atypical fashion. It was flying low over the water and 
> dropping onto the surface of the lake for a moment and then resuming 
> flight. This occurred 6 or 7 times in a five minute span. Flight behaviors 
> were somewhat reminiscent of a Pelican's feeding behaviors exclusive of 
> the high dives.
> So the question, how rare is this feeding strategy?
> Tom Fleming
> Grand Prairie, TX
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Subject: Re: GBH behavior
From: "Judy Kestner" <jkestner AT stx.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:52:02 -0500
While staying at a private ranch in Webb County in May, we observed a male 
Northern Cardinal and a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher doing something similar, 
but they were only dipping their bellies into the water as they flew low 
over the pond.  It was a dusk -- hot date?

Judy Kestner
Corpus Christi

----- Original Message ----- 
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Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:59 PM
Subject: [texbirds] GBH behavior


> This is an inquiry about an observed feeding behavior....
> While on Joe Pool Lake this afternoon, I noticed a Great Blue Heron 
> behaving in an atypical fashion. It was flying low over the water and 
> dropping onto the surface of the lake for a moment and then resuming 
> flight. This occurred 6 or 7 times in a five minute span. Flight behaviors 
> were somewhat reminiscent of a Pelican's feeding behaviors exclusive of 
> the high dives.
> So the question, how rare is this feeding strategy?
> Tom Fleming
> Grand Prairie, TX
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Subject: Devine Lake - Leander
From: Randy Duncan <osufight AT att.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:08:27 -0700
I feel guilty for ignoring my home park during the summer so I went and took a 
walk around today for about 45min. I got 28 birds, not bad for mid- July. 
Nothing special to note but a few interesting.... 2 Greater Yellowlegs, a 
Spotted Sandpiper, 2 juvie Yellow Crowned Night heron. 2 Pie Billed. 2 coots. 1 
early N. Shoveler. The lake level is dropping so we are starting to get some 
good mudflats going. 

Randy Duncan. Leander TX

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Subject: Austin Area RBA
From: Nate McGowan <natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:04:19 -0500
The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society.
This update is as of 7/17/2014. Send interesting sightings, complete with
species name, location, and contact information to Nate McGowan at
natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com.
-Rarities found this week-

2 CASPIAN TERNS were a great find in *Bell* on 7/14.

3 SNOWY PLOVERS were seen at Hornsby Bend, *Travis* on 7/11 and are a good
reminder that shorebird migration is gearing up.

A good find this far north was a WHITE-TIPPED DOVE heard calling in *Caldwell
County* on 7/11.

A COMMON PAURAQUE was reported calling in *Gonzales County* on 7/15.

-Continuing birds from previous weeks-

A pair of AMERICAN KESTRELS with one offspring continue at 45th and
Guadalupe in Austin, *Travis* with a latest report of 7/12.

The PEREGRINE FALCON at the UT tower in *Travis* continues as of 7/13.
Another bird was reported in east Austin 7/15.

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.

Nate McGowan
Rare Bird Alert Compiler
Austin, TX


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Subject: TOS Shorebird Weekender, August 15-17
From: "Jim Hailey" <irasciblej AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 11:26:32 -0500
Announcing the first Weekender of the upcoming Fall Season.  Once again Mel
Cooksey and Larry Jordan will host a program focused on migrating shorebirds
to the Texas Coast.  This Weekender will be held again at the Comfort Inn on
Ennis Joslin Road in Corpus Christi, but the dates are earlier at the
request of Mel.  Mel notes that the height of shorebird migration on our
coast is in mid-August, so he requested to do this program on the weekend of
August 15-17, 2014.  Once again this event will be capped at 30 participants
and the fee will be $75.00.  Unfortunately I will be out of the country at
that time so I need those interested in attending to notify me and pay
before the 9th of August.  This will secure your space.  Last year's
workshop was a major success with everyone expressing their gratitude to Mel
and his helpers.  A Friday evening class will be followed by a Saturday
morning field trip.  Saturday afternoon the group will reconvene for another
class, followed by a late afternoon field trip.  The final event will be
another field trip on Sunday morning.  To sign up for this class please
email me at irasciblej AT gmail.com   and I will
hold you place for this Weekender.
 

 

Jim Hailey, President

Texas Ornithological Society

110 Lavaca Lane

Georgetown, TX 78628

Phone: 361-522-3522

Email: irasciblej AT gmail.com  

Website: www.texasbirds.org

 



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Subject: Bastrop/Colorodo River Refuge and golf course, Thrasher etc.
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:38:09 -0500
.
This AM I had a thrasher fly across the road in front of me as I was
driving slowly at the above location (CRP).  This just east of where one
turns down to the boat launch and where the dense grapevines are.  I am
putting it in as a Brown Thrasher given how rich rufous it was but can not
rule out 100% a Long-billed.  I don't think the habitat is good for the
latter.  I failed to squeak it into sight.
  Others have told me they have had them NW over in east Austin in the
summer and suspected breeding (?)
  Other semi highlights etc.

Wood Ducks 2
Mississippi Kites 8-9
Solitary Sandpiper 1 (my FOS)
Pileated Woodpecker 3
C. Ground-Dove 2
Red-eyed Vireos 7
Black-and-white Warbler 1
N. Parula 1
Indigo Bunting 1
Orchard Orioles 7-8

 A stop at a couple of Utley locations only produced 2 White Ibis and a few
Least Sandpipers.



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Subject: Eastern Phoebe, Colorado Co.
From: <janiceyhoughton AT peoplepc.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:48:34 -0500
FOS Eastern Phoebe on birdbath this morning, pumping its tail as it studied the 
water before deciding to drink. I was surprised to see it this early. They are 
winter residents at my home and my mother’s. 

Janice Houghton
Lone Oak, Northern Colorado Co., TX
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Subject: GBH behavior
From: Ervin Fleming <endersgt AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:59:55 -0700
This is an inquiry about an observed feeding behavior....
While on Joe Pool Lake this afternoon, I noticed a Great Blue Heron behaving in 
an atypical fashion. It was flying low over the water and dropping onto the 
surface of the lake for a moment and then resuming flight. This occurred 6 or 7 
times in a five minute span. Flight behaviors were somewhat reminiscent of a 
Pelican's feeding behaviors exclusive of the high dives. 

So the question, how rare is this feeding strategy?
Tom Fleming
Grand Prairie, TX

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Subject: Re: Oh baby, how sweet.
From: "John Groves" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jgstudio@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:07:41 -0500
Ditto on the Scrub Jay split! The voice alone tells much of the story.

John Groves
El Paso

Sent from my iPad

> On Jul 15, 2014, at 7:33 PM, mitch AT utopianature.com wrote:
> 
> Hi all,
> 
> Thanks Brush!  This is great to see, and an investigation
> long overdue frankly.  Hopefully more will pry further.
> 
> If one went back in my bird news columns at my utopianature
> webpage, oh about 10 years ago, and multiple occasions since,
> I have written about texana Scrub-Jays: texana is more different
> from californicus than insularis (Island S-Jay) is.  That may
> not be true on a genetic level, but as an observer of the birds
> and their behavior, that was my takeaway.  These texana are such
> a different animal from the Pacific birds.  I am less familiar
> with the various interior woodhousei clade birds but these seem
> quite a different beast from them to me as well.  I've had freinds
> visit and like me having californicus as your default Scrub-Jay,
> they can hardly believe these dinky things are them too.  I have
> a bunch of audio of these texana, and some sounds I never heard
> out of any other Scrub-Jay anywhere else.  The slowly crackling
> potato chip bag is amazing.  Do other Scrub-Jays do that one?
> 
> One interesting aspect of the texana we have had nest around our
> yard was that they let all the young of the year, from all three
> broods, stay in the territory throughout the nesting season (my
> californicus never allowed this).  Until one day in early fall
> when they kick all young from all broods out together the same
> very, very loud day, or two.  Multiple breeding seasons and falls
> I watched this, and even have recorded the eviction dates.
> 
> Split texana Scrub-Jay!  There aren't enough things called
> Texas this or that anyway.  ;)
> 
> Mitch Heindel
> Utopia, Texas
> www.utopianature.com
> 
>> On 2014-07-15 13:15, Brush Freeman wrote:
>> 
>> Check the color graph well into the article.
>> Hey, Texas, you've got some distinctive scrub-jays in the Hill Country!
>> 
>> Our research shows for the first time that Aphelocoma californica 
>> texana is
>> genetically distinct. The plot below is based on nuclear genetic 
>> markers.
>> Individual birds are the thin vertical lines, and the colors are their
>> membership in different genetic groups. The texana birds comprise the 
>> solid
>> blue part of the plot, showing they are distinct from scrub-jays in 
>> west
>> Texas and northeastern Mexico.
>> 
>> http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2148/14/135
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Subject: Re: Denton Co Warbler
From: "L Markoff" <canyoneagle AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:57:45 -0700
Speaking of the Handbook of Texas Birds by Lockwood and Freeman...when I saw
Sue's post this morning I was curious, so grabbed my new Handbook of Texas
Birds to look up Black and White Warbler.  Within moments I was looking at
the map for BAWW and reading the write-up for it.  

Just wanted to say that while I loved the old edition and used it heavily,
there are two improvements in this new edition that I really appreciate.
First, the front and back covers are extra-wide, so that they each have a
flap folded inside.  That makes the covers sturdier and you can use the
flaps to bookmark a page (don't know if I am describing this well, sorry).  

I also like having the legend for the range maps printed on the inside of
the front cover for handy reference.  In the old edition it was well-inside
the book at the beginning of the list of species.  I had to put a bookmark
in there so I could find it whenever I forgot the colors, which happened
quite often (brain-dead here).  

Thanks to everyone involved in producing the Handbook.  I still use it
regularly.

Lori Markoff
Eugene, OR


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On Behalf Of Dell Little
Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:50 AM
To: Sue Yost
Cc: Texbirds - Email
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Denton Co Warbler

Sue, they could be even nesting in the region. I assume not immediate, as
you would have heard them into June. But we have them all year, just 80
miles southeast of you. I believe they may nest southwest of you as well. So
don't count that out. I need to the the handbook. Maybe its time to download
the kindle version.

Dell Little
Arlington, Texas
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Subject: Re: Denton Co Warbler
From: mitch AT utopianature.com
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:29:13 -0700
Hi all,

On Black-and-white Warbler post-nesting movements.....   Here where
they nest very nearby we start getting birds off breeding territories
in late May and early June.  These birds are all adults and are moving
south down the river habitat corridor, or south up on the ridges.
They are leaving the breeding grounds in a southward direction.
Like what we call fall migrants.  Like the Orchard Orioles going
through the yard lately.  All southbound.

Most B&W are done nesting here by the end of May, probably second or
third attempts account for the few pairs still nesting in June.
They can be hard to find by mid-July, much like Golden-cheeked Warbler,
they are in and out quickly.  I have been getting them moving south
through my yard for over a month now.  After early May there are no
northbound B&W's here, and by late May or the first week of June
there are southbound B&W's.  Every year.

Mitch Heindel
Utopia


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