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17 Apr Traveling west [Dennis Shepler ]
16 Apr Concan Birds [Judy Bailey ]
16 Apr Re: RFI: Swallow-tailed Kites Liberty Dayton area [Barbara Tilton ]
16 Apr Iceland Gull Photo [Ron Weeks ]
16 Apr Re: Dove ID help []
16 Apr eBird patch question []
16 Apr Anahuac to Texas City Dike today, 400 whimbrels, hudsonian godwit, baby eagle, glaucous gull etc etc [Joseph Kennedy ]
16 Apr Bastrop County - Franklin's Gulls [Ian Layton ]
16 Apr RFI: Swallow-tailed Kites Liberty Dayton area [peter barnes ]
16 Apr South Padre Island yesterday [Pat DeWenter ]
16 Apr Iceland Gull at San Luis Pass [Ron Weeks ]
16 Apr observation of bird migration using weather forecasting technology, 4/16 ["John Arvin" ]
16 Apr Re: Flamingo pair in Freeport/Surfside Beach ["Nick Mirro" ]
16 Apr Re: Help with Dove ID [Robert Reeves ]
16 Apr Re: Help with Dove ID [Robert Reeves ]
16 Apr Re: Help with Dove ID [Robert Reeves ]
16 Apr Help with Dove ID []
16 Apr Re: Flamingo pair in Freeport/Surfside Beach []
16 Apr Century Day? and Port A/ CC 4/15 report [Randy Duncan ]
16 Apr Re: Flamingo pair in Freeport/Surfside Beach [Petra Hockey ]
16 Apr Summer Tanager, McKinney ["Irma" ]
16 Apr Nelsons sparrow [Jean Greenhalgh ]
16 Apr The 2014 Game - March in The LEAS Region [Anthony Hewetson ]
15 Apr Flamingo pair in Freeport/Surfside Beach ["Nick Mirro" ]
15 Apr Wind and current map [Clay Taylor ]
15 Apr Birding at COTA - springtime [Clay Taylor ]
15 Apr Canada and Townsend's warblers, and good SPI birding [Robert Becker ]
15 Apr Red-headed Woodpecker at South Padre Island, 4/15/14 []
15 Apr Dark morph Broad-winged Hawk over Central Austin [Arman Moreno ]
15 Apr update on hummingbird ID from earlier today [Monte ]
15 Apr Tropical Kingbirds, Tropical Parula, and Botteri's Sparrows at King Ranch Norias Division, 04/14/14 [Tom Langschied ]
15 Apr Red-headed Woodpecker SPI and a reminder on ethics [Mary Gustafson ]
15 Apr IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD (PEARLAND) [Mira M Pellerin ]
15 Apr Black-chinned Hummingbird [Jan Maitland ]
15 Apr Washington & Burleson Cos. - grasspipers, Harris's Sparrow [Chuck Sexton ]
15 Apr Tyler State Park 4-15-14 [Boyd Sanders ]
15 Apr Re: Lesser Prairie Chicken [Cameron Carver ]
15 Apr observation of bird migration using weather forecasting technology, 4/15 ["John Arvin" ]
15 Apr Tuesday morning birding, Hagerman NWR [Jack Chiles ]
15 Apr RFI:McKinney Area Birding [Scotty Lofland ]
15 Apr Fwd: Re: hummingbird ID help [Monte ]
15 Apr Fwd: Lesser Prairie Chicken [Shirley Wilkerson ]
15 Apr Lesser Prairie Chicken [Shirley Wilkerson ]
15 Apr Here's what you look like when you cross the Gulf on the wrong day... [Monte ]
15 Apr hummingbird ID help [Monte ]
15 Apr FOS Painted Bunting, Travis County [Laurie Foss ]
15 Apr YH Blackbirds ["Rhandy Helton" ]
15 Apr Re: ABA in Corpus Christi [Jim Sinclair ]
14 Apr Large flock of Franklin's Gulls over Rockport [Bruce Sherman ]
15 Apr ABA in Corpus Christi [George Armistead ]
14 Apr Nueces County Migrants [Corey Lange ]
14 Apr American Bittern successful chase [Doug Kathy Ghrist ]
14 Apr Re: Gonna be a lot of hungry neo-trop.passerines in the next few days.correction [Brush Freeman ]
14 Apr Gonna be a lot of hungry passerines in the next few days. [Brush Freeman ]
14 Apr George Harmon [Richard ]
14 Apr Lesser Nighthawk etc on S. Padre [LEN JELLICOE ]
14 Apr George Hrmon [Richard ]
14 Apr RFI - Woodpeckers and Hummingbirds [alan walther ]
14 Apr Sunday's Piping Plovers [Monte ]
14 Apr Re: RFI: upper coast birding [David Sarkozi ]
14 Apr Lake Somerville (Lee County) 4/13/14 [Rich Kostecke ]
14 Apr Grimes County 4/13/14 [Rich Kostecke ]
14 Apr Grimes/Waller County- 4/13 [Darrell Vollert ]
14 Apr RFI: upper coast birding [peter barnes ]
14 Apr Shorebird Identification Workshop & Field Trip with Dr. Cin-Ty Lee []
14 Apr Black-throated blue Warbler [Winnie Burkett ]
14 Apr Rio Brazos Audubon Field Trip Saturday 12April [Rick Laughlin ]
14 Apr Hwy 87 Sabine Pass to Sea Rim SP [Monte ]
14 Apr Pictures from the coast last week [Joseph Kennedy ]
13 Apr Vulture Help ["Alan Jaeger" ]
13 Apr Mitchell Lake Great Kiskadees [James Sheppaed ]
13 Apr Fw: Mitchell Lake Great Kiskadees [James Sheppard ]
14 Apr Utopia Bird [Judy Bailey ]
14 Apr Re: Franklin's Gulls, Austin, NOW [Randy Duncan ]
14 Apr Re: Y H Blackbirds -Williamson [Randy Duncan ]
14 Apr Lazuli Bunting in Southeast Austin [Margaret Wallace ]

Subject: Traveling west
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:17:40 -0500
Howdy Texbirders,
I missed Zone-tailed Hawk in Junction, but was pleasantly surprised to find
one over the canyon at the Fort Lancaster Overlook.  The Gray Vireo was was
there and vocalizing within a few yards of me.  All the usual suspects have
been seen as I travel westward.  Wonderful birding.
Kind regards to all,
Dennis Shepler
Fort Stockton
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Subject: Concan Birds
From: Judy Bailey <jubailey AT ista-na.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:42:08 -0500
We birded behind the Neal's store at the cattle guard and saw some great birds 
in 15 minutes. 

Painted Bunting - beautiful male
Black Throated Sparrow
Vermilion Flycatcher male and female nesting
Canyon Towhee
Hermit Thrush
Bewick's Wren
Clay-colored Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
10+ House Finches - very red
Lesser GoldFinch
Cardinal

Then went to the Bat flight and watched a Red-Tailed Hawk have appetizers. A 
Canyon Wren stole the Bat show and posed and sang for the crowd. 





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Utopia, TX


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Subject: Re: RFI: Swallow-tailed Kites Liberty Dayton area
From: Barbara Tilton <bjtilton2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:04:28 -0500
We saw 2 Swallow-tailed Kites between Dayton & Liberty on Sunday.  These
are the only ones I have seen there this spring.
Barbara Tilton
Liberty County
On Apr 16, 2014 6:36 PM, "peter barnes"  wrote:

> Have Swallow-tailed Kites been seen on or near US Hwy 90 between Dayton and
> Liberty or elsewhere in Liberty county recently? I don't see any reports on
> ebird but was considering taking this route back from the coast to Tyler. I
> would appreciate any positive or negative reports. Thanks.
> Peter Barnes
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Subject: Iceland Gull Photo
From: Ron Weeks <ronweeks AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:53:05 -0700 (PDT)
TexBirders,

A photograph taken by Jim Stevenson of what we believe to bean Iceland Gull 
can be found at the following link to my fledgling Flickr site. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/58107870 AT N07/

Jim found the bird this morning and showed it to me late this afternoon. Have 
not gotten the specialty guides out yet to go through this one feather by 
feather, but I think it is a strong enough candidate to post. Encouraged Jim 
to take some flight shots as these light gulls are so affected by wear this 
time of year (Alan Wormington correctly cautioned me tonight about this) that 
it makes things tricky. But the structure, size and plumage sure look good. 


The bird was found on the beach side of the pass in the morning. when I called 
Jim at 4PM he did not have it. But he did have a Thayer's Gull. By the time I 
got there the Iceland was back and allowed very close approach. Jim has many 
more photos which I have not yet seen. While trying to refind the Thayer's, I 
found a large flock of about 500 large gulls on the bay side. Towards dusk I 
found the Iceland there along with 4 Lesser-backed Gulls. 


Will be back in the morning with my camera.

Ron Weeks
Lake Jackson
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Subject: Re: Dove ID help
From: Mntncougar AT aol.com
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:16:45 -0400 (EDT)
 
Thank you all so much for the quick responses. The opinion was  unanimous 
that it was an Inca Dove. That's what I'd hoped for and what I  thought, but 
with the view I got of it I just wasn't sure. 
 
Don Morgan
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Subject: eBird patch question
From: antshrike1 AT aol.com
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:12:21 -0400 (EDT)
Is it possible on eBird to create a patch but not make it public? I would like 
to keep track of the species I have seen in the four counties of the Rio Grande 
Valley. But that's way too large an area to be considered a patch and I 
wouldn't want it to be the top patch on eBird ahead of true patches like Don 
Roberson's or Ned Brinkley's. Actually an entire county should not be 
considered a patch but I see people do it. Or is there any way to make a list 
from more than one location without declaring it a patch? 


Dan Jones, Weslaco

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Subject: Anahuac to Texas City Dike today, 400 whimbrels, hudsonian godwit, baby eagle, glaucous gull etc etc
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:36:34 -0500
I did the loop around the bay today and good birds all day. Started on
Fairview for grasspipers but the were missing. Instead had whimbrels which
were around most stops during the day. A rice field will be ready for
flooding fairly soon.
Cliff and Cave swallows at their traditional sites in good numbers.

Headed to the main Anahuac and about the first bird seen was a young of the
year bald eagle going by to the south as I headed to Shoveler Pond. For
several years I have thought that eagles were nesting west of 521 somewhere
near Doubly Bayou. I saw young of previous years and adults commuting
between the area and Anahuac all winter and this youngster could be from
there.

There is lots of water on the refuge and really lots of singing marsh wrens
and sedge wrens where it is dryer. Stopped to watch a yellowthroat and a
closer bittern finally erupted from about 10 feet away. Also had a couple
of least bitterns but no purple gallinules yet. Cattle egrets were moving
up from the coast.

Leaving the refuge, there are rice fields with and without water from the
refuge entrance all the way to Pear Orchard Road and continuing north on
Pear Orchard. The bonanza was the large area just east of the bayou that is
about a mile or so east of the main Anahuac entrance.

My first hudsonian godwit there was in perfect plumage and at least 400
whimbrels were scattered over the area with more unseen birds that
occasionally erupted in the back. Lots of variety with pectoral sandpipers
the most common along with both yellowlegs. There were large patches of
dowitchers, stilt sandpipers etc. Not too many peeps. But really a show
unlike any I have seen in a couple of years. Fields are in different states
and so should have birds for weeks to come.

Headed to high island and had nice birds in patches but there was no huge
fallout but good looks at variety. Would have spent more time but decided
to do waterbirds for the rest of the day.

Rollover pass and some side roads had good birds. Had great fun at the pass
watching a banded piping plover really beat up 2 semipalmated plover
repeatedly. They were getting lots and lots of worms and were joined by
black-bellied plovers, turnstones, sanderlings etc. Lots of other birds out
a ways but no where the distance that they have been on all the north winds
this winter. A little more wind will move them right in.

The beaches in Crystal beach had lots of traffic recently and not many
birds. Not much at Bolivar without a long walk and wade. Was going to do
the jetty but the area was full, again with birds way out there.

Headed up to the Texas City Dike which was re-opened earlier in the week.
Had really lots of birds. The number of terns etc is perhaps 10 times what
I have seen on recent trips. Did a lot of looking for oiled birds and only
saw a 1.5 inch patch in the center of a laughing gulls breast. Did not see
any other gulls and terns with any sign of oil but pelicans with black
bellies could not be checked. There were only a couple of areas which
showed evidence of equipment use, digging etc. The fishermen were happily
fishing but no one was cleaning their catch.

A first year glaucous gull was on the same post at the first bait station
where he begged food for much of the winter 2 years ago. The plumage looked
about as ragged as it did then. Tried for other good gulls but struck out.
Lots of laughing, then maybe 100 herring gulls in all plumages and only 20
ring-billed gulls. On all my recent trips herring outnumbered ring-bills by
many times.

Terns were abundant with maybe 70% sandwich terns and 25% forster's terns.
I did get 3 common terns and perhaps 25 royal terns. There were at least
3,000 or more terns along the length of the dike. Lots of courtship and
mating. There was a large group of least terns out on the sand spit a short
bit out on the dike but they did not hang around and were not seen anywhere
else or when I was leaving.

I lost a couple of hours just watching the show. Periodically, large flocks
would have a dread, circle up high but just come back and land in the same
spot. Dreads made it easy to spot the common terns as they did not join the
party. Not sure if the show will continue after news of the dike opening
spreads especially with the easter weekend almost here. Sort of like many
days there pre-Ike only with even more numbers of birds but fewer species.

Only had a single eared grebe and no loons or ducks. Only a couple of
cormorants but no shortage of pelicans feeding all over. Every pelican was
accompanied by at least one laughing gull that sat on the pelicans head or
back following every dive. Anyone wanting pictures would have a field day.
Birding is great around Houston.

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Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Subject: Bastrop County - Franklin's Gulls
From: Ian Layton <ilayton AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:41:54 -0500
Just had a large flock (150-200) of Franklin's Gull pass overhead headed north. 


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Cedar Creek, TX
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Subject: RFI: Swallow-tailed Kites Liberty Dayton area
From: peter barnes <pbarnes123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:35:18 -0500
Have Swallow-tailed Kites been seen on or near US Hwy 90 between Dayton and
Liberty or elsewhere in Liberty county recently? I don't see any reports on
ebird but was considering taking this route back from the coast to Tyler. I
would appreciate any positive or negative reports. Thanks.
Peter Barnes
Tyler


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Subject: South Padre Island yesterday
From: Pat DeWenter <hoocooks4you AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:23:43 -0500
As the strong north winds buffeted the island, many birds were migrating,
although not a big fallout.
The highlights of the day starting out about 8:00 a.m. were flocks of
approximately 150 Mississippi Kites flying over for about 30 minutes, also
thousands of Franklin's Gulls throughout the morning.
I saw 15 species of warblers, and the Black-throated Greens dominated the
wood lots.  There were also a good number of Northern Parulas.  Saw a
Townsend's Warbler and Canada Warbler close up and personal at the
Convention Center.  A male Cerulean Warbler was a treat at the Sheepshead
lots.  There were a good number of Painted Buntings and Indigo Buntings,
also several Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and a Blue Grosbeak present at
Sheepshead.  There were many Baltimore and Orchard Orioles at both
locations.

And I did get to see the Red-headed Woodpecker on the street just north of
Sheepshead.

All the birds were actively feeding which I love to see instead of stressed
out on the ground.
Pat DeWenter
Weslaco/Hidalgo Co.


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Subject: Iceland Gull at San Luis Pass
From: Ron Weeks <ronweeks AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:57:25 -0500
Pics later but what looks to be a first cycle Iceland was photographed by Jim 
Stevenson this morning. He showed me the bird this afternoon. Smaller than 
Herring with small bill pigeon head and very white overall. Primaries are worn 
but can't imagine Thayer's being this white overall. 


Ron Weeks
Lake Jackson

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Subject: observation of bird migration using weather forecasting technology, 4/16
From: "John Arvin" <jarvin AT gcbo.org>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:01:51 -0500
The upper level winds taken at 7:00 CDT by radiosonde ("weather balloon") 
for three western Gulf weather stations (New Orleans was unaccountably 
missing) were uniformly N below 15 knots. The wind map showed NE wind flow 
from LA to the lower Texas coast.Having said that, there is little 
indication of trans-Gulf migration. Over the coastal plain there appear to 
be a cluster of flocks of medium-sized birds (raptors or gulls?) W and SW 
of Corpus Christi. I see little else on the move.
John C. Arvin
 Research Associate
 Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
 103 West Hwy 332
 Lake Jackson, TX 77566
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Subject: Re: Flamingo pair in Freeport/Surfside Beach
From: "Nick Mirro" <nickmirro AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:43:05 -0500
Hi texbirders.  As the reporter of the flamingos in Surfside Beach, I can
happily confirm with 100% certainty that they were not spoonbills and that
they were flamingos.  The bill shape was easy to see and the long flamingo
legs and general shape was unmistakable.  This was a very, very easy call.
Hope they're here to stay and that some photos are taken!  Here's a little
extra info.
 

-----

 

Hi Bob,

 

The pair appeared evenly and richly colored like the one on the left.  That
was my view but I just confirmed this with Phoebe.  I sent her your photo of
the mis-matched pair and asked her to say how the colors of ones we saw
compared.  She said they both looked strongly colored like the one on the
left, though there could have been a slight difference in shade.  She said
they were definitely not like the pair in your photo.  We did not notice leg
bands, though we were not looking for them.  They were in view for about 30
seconds, starting at 100 feet until they were gone.

 

Thanks for asking.  I didn't know about the Texas rare bird alert until you
emailed.

 

Nick

Dallas

 

-----

 

And to Susan Walters in Dallas who suggested that I join and post to
texbirds, here was my more heartfelt reply.

 

 

Hi Susan.  Thanks for suggesting texbirds!  I posted for the first time last
night and got a message from Bob Friedrichs this morning.  How exciting!
I'm trying to provide calm and objective sighting info but really want to
just post, "Man you should have been there!  Unfreakin' believable!!!  :-)

 

Nick

 

 



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Subject: Re: Help with Dove ID
From: Robert Reeves <birder.reeves AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:13:44 -0500
send those.  Dark edging on dorsal and ventral feathers.
Robert Reeves
Austin

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Robert Reeves  wrote:

> Sorry, didn't mean to semd
>
> On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Robert Reeves 
> 

> wrote:
>
>> Inca...longer, squared off tail and dark edgings
>>
>> On Wednesday, April 16, 2014,  wrote:
>>
>>> Can someone tell me whether this is an Inca Dove or a Common  Ground
>>> dove.
>>> Can't tell from the picture but it appeared  very small.  It was sitting
>>> on
>>> a wire on the Bentzen entrance road. I have enhanced it  somewhat for
>>> clarity but tried not to otherwise change it. I have seen Inca  Doves in
>>> the past
>>> but so far unable to find one this year, unless this one  passes muster.
>>>
>>> https://www.dropbox.com/s/mq58wrjuqixs3f5/IMG_9955.JPG
>>>
>>> I have other pictures but they are all basically the  same.
>>>
>>> Thanks, Don Morgan
>>> visiting from  Connecticut
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Subject: Re: Help with Dove ID
From: Robert Reeves <birder.reeves AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:12:30 -0500
Sorry, didn't mean to semd
On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Robert Reeves  wrote:

> Inca...longer, squared off tail and dark edgings
>
> On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 
> 

> wrote:
>
>> Can someone tell me whether this is an Inca Dove or a Common  Ground dove.
>> Can't tell from the picture but it appeared  very small.  It was sitting
>> on
>> a wire on the Bentzen entrance road. I have enhanced it  somewhat for
>> clarity but tried not to otherwise change it. I have seen Inca  Doves in
>> the past
>> but so far unable to find one this year, unless this one  passes muster.
>>
>> https://www.dropbox.com/s/mq58wrjuqixs3f5/IMG_9955.JPG
>>
>> I have other pictures but they are all basically the  same.
>>
>> Thanks, Don Morgan
>> visiting from  Connecticut
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Subject: Re: Help with Dove ID
From: Robert Reeves <birder.reeves AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:12:03 -0500
Inca...longer, squared off tail and dark edgings
On Wednesday, April 16, 2014,  wrote:

> Can someone tell me whether this is an Inca Dove or a Common  Ground dove.
> Can't tell from the picture but it appeared  very small.  It was sitting on
> a wire on the Bentzen entrance road. I have enhanced it  somewhat for
> clarity but tried not to otherwise change it. I have seen Inca  Doves in
> the past
> but so far unable to find one this year, unless this one  passes muster.
>
> https://www.dropbox.com/s/mq58wrjuqixs3f5/IMG_9955.JPG
>
> I have other pictures but they are all basically the  same.
>
> Thanks, Don Morgan
> visiting from  Connecticut
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Subject: Help with Dove ID
From: Mntncougar AT aol.com
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:03:57 -0400 (EDT)
Can someone tell me whether this is an Inca Dove or a Common  Ground dove. 
Can't tell from the picture but it appeared  very small.  It was sitting on 
a wire on the Bentzen entrance road. I have enhanced it  somewhat for 
clarity but tried not to otherwise change it. I have seen Inca Doves in the 
past 

but so far unable to find one this year, unless this one  passes muster.
 
https://www.dropbox.com/s/mq58wrjuqixs3f5/IMG_9955.JPG
 
I have other pictures but they are all basically the  same.
 
Thanks, Don Morgan
visiting from  Connecticut
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Subject: Re: Flamingo pair in Freeport/Surfside Beach
From: Stenmead AT aol.com
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:02:56 -0400 (EDT)
Dr. Rodrigo Migoya and Mrs. Xiomara Galvez with Ninos y Crias headquartered 
 in Merida were in the Galveston/Houston area from 4/10 to 4/15 giving  
presentations on their education and flamingo conservation efforts in the  
Yucatan. In Dr. Migoya's presentation to Houston Audubon he pointed out that a 

flamingo banded by NyC ,"HDNT", that has been on the Texas/ Louisiana  
coast is the most reported banded flamingo on ebird of all the   banded 
flamingos.  
 
In support of Petra Hockey's request, please do look for a band, and do  
report them on ebird, even without seeing the band, with details separating 
them  from spoonbills.
 
I hope they stay healthy and in sight!
 
Stennie Meadours
San Leon
 
 
In a message dated 4/16/2014 12:16:24 P.M. Central Daylight Time,  
phockey AT tisd.net writes:
TexBirders,
reports of flamingo sightings have popped up all  over the place in the 
last couple of weeks. 

On 4/3/2014 two visitors  from Massachusetts reported a pair to e-bird from 
Whitmire Lake which is  located in the closed unit of the Aransas NWR in 
Calhoun Co. I was told the  sighting was flagged but have not heard about any 
additional details supplied  to corroborate it.

On 4/13/2014 two flamingos were reportedly seen by a  Brian Cochran along 
HW 185 between Tivoli and Port Lavaca. A message about  this sighting with no 
more details than this had been left with David Sikes,  the outdoors writer 
of the Corpus Christi Caller Times. 

The date of  this Texbirds report (4/10) falls right in the middle of the 
other 2 reports.  

Either, there are a whole lot of flamingos in Texas right now, or our  
mis-matched pair is getting around a lot, or some identifications are in error. 

The lack of detail regarding all sightings makes it hard to judge the  
merits. 

I would encourage anybody who sees flamingos in Texas to check  them out 
carefully for bands or a lack thereof and to include in the report  what field 
marks were seen that separate the flamino(s) from the Roseate  Spoonbill. 
Maybe we can pin down their location again soon.

Petra  Hockey
Port O'Connor, Calhoun Co. 


> Subject: Flamingo pair  in Freeport/Surfside Beach
> Date: Wed Apr 16 2014 7:10 am
> From:  nickmirro AT gmail.com 
> This past Thursday (4/10) at around 4 in the  afternoon, Phoebe and 
clearly I
> 
> saw a pair of flamingos take  flight.  At the closest, we may have been 
100
> 
> feet from  them.  At the time I didn’t know how to tell the species apart.
>  
> They took off from the intercostal channel on the west side of the  
Surfside
> 
> Beach bridge (332), heading south towards the  beach.  They were strongly
> 
> colored and looked healthy.  More graceful and beautiful than I imagined 
:-)
> 
> 
>  
> 
> 
> We were just arriving for a 3 day weekend at  Brazoria and San Bernard.  
We
> 
> stayed at the Cedar Sands  Motel ½ mile from the sighting but didn’t see 
them
> 
>  again.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
>  Nick Mirro
> 
> 
> 
> Dallas, TX
> 
> -  See more at:  

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Subject: Century Day? and Port A/ CC 4/15 report
From: Randy Duncan <osufight AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:23:18 -0700 (PDT)
 Seems I read somewhere a while back that a 100 species day was a goal that 
less than 1% of borders ever achieve... or maybe I dreamed up this stat on my 
own???We got 102 yesterday on our PA/CC loop. My daughters first century day! 
(Hoping this doesn't start a firestorm on the evils of traveling and listing 
birds!!! - I will drive to the coast for migration and I will list.) 

Left Leander at 4am... back home at 9pm, 8 hrs of driving in between...5 tired 
happy birders at the end. No specific chasing birds, no beach, just our 
favorite places. 


Highlights--
Paradise pond... a single Yellow Warbler, 3 Rose breasted Grosbeaks. Lots of 
Indigos and a few Painted Buntings. 

Turnbull.... Single gorgeous Male Blackburnian. Summer Tanagers
Hans Suter... Black Skimmers, Worm Eating Warbler (lifer two weeks ago now 
reduced to maybe the 6th best bird of the day!) 

Blucher.... a Early season Canada Warbler. Swainsons Warbler (my first since 3 
years ago when I walked by a bunch of people around what I thought was a 
Bewicks wren, when a great birder told me "It's a Swainsons Warbler, one of the 
hardest to find"!). FOS Chuck's will widow. 


Interestingly no Hooded W or N Parula all day... were everywhere three weeks 
ago! 


Randy Duncan Leander, TX
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Subject: Re: Flamingo pair in Freeport/Surfside Beach
From: Petra Hockey <phockey AT tisd.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:15:25 -0500
TexBirders,
reports of flamingo sightings have popped up all over the place in the last 
couple of weeks. 


On 4/3/2014 two visitors from Massachusetts reported a pair to e-bird from 
Whitmire Lake which is located in the closed unit of the Aransas NWR in Calhoun 
Co. I was told the sighting was flagged but have not heard about any additional 
details supplied to corroborate it. 


On 4/13/2014 two flamingos were reportedly seen by a Brian Cochran along HW 185 
between Tivoli and Port Lavaca. A message about this sighting with no more 
details than this had been left with David Sikes, the outdoors writer of the 
Corpus Christi Caller Times. 


The date of this Texbirds report (4/10) falls right in the middle of the other 
2 reports. 


Either, there are a whole lot of flamingos in Texas right now, or our 
mis-matched pair is getting around a lot, or some identifications are in error. 
The lack of detail regarding all sightings makes it hard to judge the merits. 


I would encourage anybody who sees flamingos in Texas to check them out 
carefully for bands or a lack thereof and to include in the report what field 
marks were seen that separate the flamino(s) from the Roseate Spoonbill. Maybe 
we can pin down their location again soon. 


Petra Hockey
Port O'Connor, Calhoun Co. 


> Subject: Flamingo pair in Freeport/Surfside Beach
> Date: Wed Apr 16 2014 7:10 am
> From: nickmirro AT gmail.com 
> This past Thursday (4/10) at around 4 in the afternoon, Phoebe and clearly I
> 
> saw a pair of flamingos take flight.  At the closest, we may have been 100
> 
> feet from them.  At the time I didnt know how to tell the species apart.
> 
> They took off from the intercostal channel on the west side of the Surfside
> 
> Beach bridge (332), heading south towards the beach.  They were strongly
> 
> colored and looked healthy. More graceful and beautiful than I imagined :-)
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> We were just arriving for a 3 day weekend at Brazoria and San Bernard.  We
> 
> stayed at the Cedar Sands Motel  mile from the sighting but didnt see them
> 
> again.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Nick Mirro
> 
> 
> 
> Dallas, TX
> 
> - See more at: 
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Subject: Summer Tanager, McKinney
From: "Irma" <txirma AT tx.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:38:23 -0500
There was a beautiful female Summer Tanager in my backyard in McKinney, 20 
miles north of Dallas, this morning. 

Irma Eisthen
McKinney
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Subject: Nelsons sparrow
From: Jean Greenhalgh <jeanbrit01 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:56:38 -0700 (PDT)
Many thanks to all the leaders of the FeatherFest trips I went on.

Special thanks to Skip Almoney for finding the very cooperative Nelson's 
Sparrow at Frenchtown Road on Friday. Also thanks to the totally fearless 
Clapper Rail on 8 Mile Road. I hope it doesn't get killed while wandering 
across the road. 


Jean Greenhalgh
Richmond, TX



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Subject: The 2014 Game - March in The LEAS Region
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:17:21 -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 and
atop 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.  Due to
ongoing and brutal drought, March was not the big improvement over February
that I had hoped but I did get out and about a bit, found a few new spots
in what I thought was a well-covered patch, and added a few critters.  All
in all, I spotted 14 species of butterfly, 1 species of amphibian, 4
species of reptile, 138 species of bird, and 9 species of mammal during the
month bringing the year's total up to 15 species of butterfly (20%), 2
species of amphibian (20%), 4 species of reptile (16%), 167 species of bird
(56%), and 14 species of mammal (56%).

As mentioned in a separate and earlier post, Rich Kostecke is still
whupping my butt (196 bird species to 167 bird species) in our regional
competition and I will continue to track and post that savaging
separately.  Without further ado, the March list for the LEAS region - with
new additions *sked.

Common Checkered Skipper
Cabbage White
Checkered White
Orange Sulphur
Southern Dogface*
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur
Gray Hairstreak
Variegated Fritillary*
Question Mark
Mourning Cloak
Red Admiral
Painted Lady
Goatweed Leafwing*

American Bullfrog

Common Snapping Turtle*
Red-eared Slider
Spiny Soft-shelled Turtle*
Eastern Fence Lizard*

Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Scaled Quail*
Northern Bobwhite
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Snowy Egret*
Green Heron*
Black-crowned Night Heron
Turkey Vulture*
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Swainson's Hawk*
Red-tailed Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk
Sora*
Common Gallinule*
American Coots
Sandhill Crane
Black-necked Stilt*
American Avocet*
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs*
Long-billed Curlew*
Least Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher*
Bonaparte's Gull*
Franklin's Gull*
Laughing Gull*
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove*
Greater Roadrunner
Barn Owl
Great Horned Owl
Long-eared Owl*
Burrowing Owl
Black-chinned Hummingbird*
Belted Kingfisher
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Prairie Falcon
Say's Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher*
Western Kingbird*
Loggerhead Shrike
Blue Jay
American Crow
Chihuahuan Raven
Horned Lark
Purple Martin
Cliff Swallow*
Barn Swallow*
Mountain Chickadee*
Black-crested Titmouse
Verdin
Bushtit*
Brown Creeper*
Rock Wren
Winter Wren*
Marsh Wren
Carolina Wren
Bewick's Wren
Cactus Wren*
Golden-crowned Kinglet*
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Western Bluebird*
Mountain Bluebird
Townsend's Solitaire
American Robin
Curve-billed Thrasher
Brown Thrasher
Sage Thrasher*
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
American Pipit
Phainopepla*
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat*
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Canyon Towhee
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lark Bunting
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Whtie-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Pyrrhuloxia
Eastern Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Black-tailed Jackrabbit
Desert Cottontail
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Fox Squirrel
Black-tailed Prairie Dog
Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel*
Striped Skunk
White-tailed Deer
Mule Deer

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Flamingo pair in Freeport/Surfside Beach
From: "Nick Mirro" <nickmirro AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:08:47 -0500
This past Thursday (4/10) at around 4 in the afternoon, Phoebe and clearly I
saw a pair of flamingos take flight.  At the closest, we may have been 100
feet from them.  At the time I didnt know how to tell the species apart.
They took off from the intercostal channel on the west side of the Surfside
Beach bridge (332), heading south towards the beach.  They were strongly
colored and looked healthy. More graceful and beautiful than I imagined :-)
 

We were just arriving for a 3 day weekend at Brazoria and San Bernard.  We
stayed at the Cedar Sands Motel  mile from the sighting but didnt see them
again.

 

Nick Mirro

Dallas, TX


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Subject: Wind and current map
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor AT swarovskioptik.us>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:49:28 -0400
Hi all -
Greg (Big Year) Miller and I went to Cotton's BBQ for dinner, and he repaid me 
by showing me a website that displays amazing animated wind direction maps: 


www.earth.nullschool.net

You can choose different altitudes, look at cloud cover, and even track ocean 
currents. Right now there is a big southerly flow going from the TX coast all 
the way to the Yucatan, but the really cool graphic is on the front boundary 
just off the east coast of the US - what an interface! 


Boy, I wish we had that resource back when I used to band hawks!


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
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Subject: Birding at COTA - springtime
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor AT swarovskioptik.us>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:37:26 -0400
Hi all -
In addition to giving digiscoping workshops at Warbler Woods last weekend, I 
managed to sneak up to Elroy to watch the Moto GP (motorcycle races) at the 
Circuit of the Americas race track. This was my first time there in the spring, 
and it was very flowery and pretty birdy! The Bluebonnets were gorgeous all 
around the track, and I saw about a dozen butterfly species without even 
trying. 


The "best" bird I had was a singing Grasshopper Sparrow in the big 
flower-filled field immediately adjacent to Parking Lot T. He was singing a 
lot, but would not tee-up, so it took me a while to spot him as he shifted 
position in the field. While I was watching for him, I heard Upland Sandpiper 
call from above, and then a few minutes later four Uppies dropped down into the 
middle of the field, immediately swallowed up by the grasses and flowers. 


There were scads of Savannah Sparrows all around the perimeter of the track in 
the General Admission area, and I saw what looked like a Vesper Sparrow flying 
away. American Pipits were usually heard on the wing, as were Lesser Goldfinch 
and House Finches. Two years ago at the F1 race we were entertained by a 
Red-tailed Hawk that perched on the guardrails of the track as the cars whizzed 
by, but none this year. However, I did see a nice adult Swainson's Hawk 
cruising about. Vultures were omnipresent. 


The most frequent bird sighting was Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - there were 
dozens of them swooping about. Some were doing courtship or territorial 
flights, others seemed to be moving about in little groups. I looked hard for a 
little black & white one, but no joy there. 


COTA has a couple of fenced-off areas with signage proclaiming "Blackland 
Prairie Restoration Area", and they were very lush. One also has a pond - 
likely man-made. I did not see or hear any significant species in them, but it 
was nice to see that they resisted the urge to fill in and pave those areas. 


I do not know if the management at COTA has any contact with the local bird or 
conservation groups, but it would be nice to hear that they did. I would like 
to go up and bird the whole facility sometime. 



Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
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Subject: Canada and Townsend's warblers, and good SPI birding
From: Robert Becker <robertjbecker AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:15:44 -0700 (PDT)
We didn't get a fallout on SPI today, but we had a nice variety of birds. Best 
for me were the male Canada Warbler and Townsend's Warbler, both in breeding 
plumage. There also were good numbers of Indigo and Painted Buntings, Blue 
Grosbeaks, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and Baltimore and Orchard Orioles. 


Photo highlights are here, in the first two rows:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/13451078 AT N03/sets/72157643481594863/


Bob Becker
Rancho Viejo
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Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker at South Padre Island, 4/15/14
From: antshrike1 AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:14:07 -0400 (EDT)
This afternoon Brad McKinney found a stonkin' Red-headed Woodpecker in the 
Australian Pines at the Sheepshead lot on south Padre Island. We followed it 
over to the next street to the north and got some photos. The Townsend's 
Warbler continues at the Convention Center along with an early Canada Warbler. 
A Cerulean Warbler and a Cape May Warbler were reported at Sheepshead. I had my 
first Acadian Flycatcher for the spring on Campeche. Several thousand 
Franklin's Gulls made for quite a spectacle behind the Convention Center. 
Photos and a list are on my blog. 


http://antshrike.blogspot.com/2014/04/red-headed-woodpecker-at-spi-41514.html


Dan Jones, Welsaco

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Subject: Dark morph Broad-winged Hawk over Central Austin
From: Arman Moreno <armanmoreno AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:40:30 -0500
At around 6:20pm this evening, I observed a dark morph Broad-winged Hawk
flying north over West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt in Central Austin. The bird
was quite high and appeared very small but details can be made out in the
attached photo. I've never seen a dark morph so it was quite a treat.I know
they only represent a small portion of the total population and am not sure
if they are observed regularly during spring migration, especially this far
west.
Arman Moreno
Austin, TX

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Subject: update on hummingbird ID from earlier today
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:13:11 -0500
The 'fluffy' one is very likely, maybe assuredly, a female ruby Throat.  
HOWEVER!  That one feeding on the honeysuckle in the bushes has more 
characteristics of a sub-adult male Anna's than it has a RT female.  I 
went back through the shots and discovered I had shot them in 
AutoWhiteBalance mode, which is fine generally, but not so good in mixed 
light conditions.  Set them to shade and voila' the colors suddenly 
became what I observed.  I posted these additions and corrections on the 
previous lnk site:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123354783 AT N05/

The Anna's is not a super rare bird in Region * and has been reported 
several times in Harris county only 45 miles or so away.  I await 
further viewpoints.  ;)

-- 
Monte Phillips
Tx City

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know and then stop. 

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Subject: Tropical Kingbirds, Tropical Parula, and Botteri's Sparrows at King Ranch Norias Division, 04/14/14
From: Tom Langschied <TLangschied AT king-ranch.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:57:34 +0000
Yesterday, I birded the Norias Division (Kenedy Co.) of King Ranch with Tom 
Hince and several others. Tom's (not mine) sharp ears picked up the first 
confirmed Tropical Kingbird found on King Ranch. Once we located it, we 
realized there was a pair. This is a species I have looked (or listened) for 
over the past 20 + years on the King Ranch. These birds were found near the 
headquarters of this division which is a location that I have long felt would 
be good for this species. I hope they continue to linger in the area. 

Tom also located the first Botteri's Sparrow of the season on the Norias 
Division. We later found at least two more singing males and at one location 
where we had a singing Botteri's on one side of the road and a singing Cassin's 
Sparrow on the other side each no more 30 yards from the road. Very cool! 

Other highlights included a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl (seen holding a mouse), 
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet (4), and Tropical Parula (2 males seen, one other 
heard), and Audubon's Oriole (brief glimpse). The number of grasshopper 
Sparrows singing in some of the pastures was also quite remarkable. 

All in all a very special day at Norias. For a full list of the 68 species 
noted during that outing see below. 


Take care and good birding,

Tom Langschied
Kingsville, TX


Birds noted on the Norias Div., King Ranch - 04/14/14
1.       Northern Bobwhite  7
2.       Wild Turkey  8
3.       Black Vulture  9
4.       Turkey Vulture  13
5.       Mississippi Kite  3
6.       Northern Harrier  2
7.       Swainson's Hawk  12
8.       Red-tailed Hawk  2
9.       Upland Sandpiper  6
10.   Whimbrel  13
11.   Gull-billed Tern  2
12.   Rock Pigeon  4
13.   Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
14.   White-winged Dove  1
15.   Mourning Dove  30
16.   Common Ground-Dove  9
17.   White-tipped Dove  1
18.   Greater Roadrunner  1
19.   Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl  1
20.   Chimney Swift  3
21.   Buff-bellied Hummingbird  3
22.   Golden-fronted Woodpecker  4
23.   Ladder-backed Woodpecker  3
24.   Crested Caracara  1
25.   Merlin  1
26.   Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet  4
27.   Vermilion Flycatcher  5
28.   Brown-crested Flycatcher  8
29.   Great Kiskadee  3
30.   Tropical Kingbird  2     Heard and photographed.
31.   Couch's Kingbird  12
32.   Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  10
33.   Loggerhead Shrike  2
34.   Blue-headed Vireo  1
35.   Green Jay  5
36.   Northern Rough-winged Swallow  8
37.   Barn Swallow  12
38.   Cliff Swallow  6
39.   Cave Swallow  1
40.   Black-crested Titmouse  4
41.   Bewick's Wren  2
42.   Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
43.   Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
44.   Curve-billed Thrasher  2
45.   Long-billed Thrasher  1
46.   Northern Mockingbird  18
47.   Northern Parula  1
48.   Tropical Parula  3
49.   Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
50.   Botteri's Sparrow  3
51.   Cassin's Sparrow  2
52.   Field Sparrow  2
53.   Vesper Sparrow  1
54.   Lark Sparrow  6
55.   Savannah Sparrow  12
56.   Grasshopper Sparrow  14     Many seen & heard singing.
57.   Lincoln's Sparrow  2
58.   Summer Tanager  3
59.   Northern Cardinal  5
60.   Pyrrhuloxia  1
61.   Eastern Meadowlark  8
62.   Great-tailed Grackle  19
63.   Bronzed Cowbird  4
64.   Brown-headed Cowbird  9
65.   Hooded Oriole  12
66.   Audubon's Oriole  1
67.   Lesser Goldfinch  3
68.   House Sparrow  6


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Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker SPI and a reminder on ethics
From: Mary Gustafson <live4birds AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:42:44 -0400 (EDT)
Hi all! 

A Red-headed Woodpecker was found today on South Padre Island at the Sheepshead 
lots. The bird is moving around on adjacent streets. 


The mass of birders on SPI expecting a fallout has caused some locals to call 
me and ask me directly to "do something" about birder behavior. A reminder of 
the ABA code of birding ethics http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html seems to be 
in order. 


I was also asked specifically to post on TEXBIRDS a reminder to stay out of 
private property, which means to bird from the sidewalk or curb. Lots without 
houses are private property and should not be entered without the owner's 
permission. 


Please all, respect the birds, the locals, and each other.  

In general, it sounds like more birders than birds at the Convention Center, 
with an early Canada, an Acadian Fly, while the star of the show at Sheepshead 
was the male Cerulean. Regular species included Indigo and Painted Bunting, 
Blue Grosbeak, Orchard and Baltimore Oriole, and streams of Franklin's Gulls. 


I did not head over today, having far too much work (and too many travel 
plans). 


Thanks

Mary Gustafson
Mission, Texas

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Subject: IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD (PEARLAND)
From: Mira M Pellerin <mirampellerin AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:26:19 -0400 (EDT)
I rode my trike around my neighborhood this afternoon and found the FOS 
neighborhood male scissor-tailed flycatcher, a female Cooper's Hawk pursuing a 
Blue Jay through the trees, and an American Crow's nest with 3 fledglings 
hanging around the nest. I know that we have local crows in this area, because 
I see them year round, but this is the first nest that I have found. 


And, yes, there was an Am. Crow on the Cooper's hawk's tail as it was chasing 
the Blue Jay. The Jay escaped from the Cooper's Hawk, due in part, at least, to 
the loudly calling Crow. 



Mira M. Pellerin

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Subject: Black-chinned Hummingbird
From: Jan Maitland <maitlandj AT flash.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:17:07 -0700 (PDT)
Had a Black-chinned Hummingbird at my feeder for the second day. First time 
ever. 



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Red Oak, TX
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Subject: Washington & Burleson Cos. - grasspipers, Harris's Sparrow
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:00:44 -0500
TexBirders,

I went east to pad a few county lists. I spent a few hours at 
Washington-on-the-Brazos SP and found it much slower than I expected. (As with 
other reports for this region from yesterday, that Sunday-Monday storm system 
did not produce much of a fallout here.) I had a small lift-off of Broadwings 
at 10 a.m., a handful of flyover Upland Sandpipers, yet only 5 spp of 
warblersand precious few individuals. 


Of more interest were the results at the sod farms on Burleson Co. Rd 443 (east 
side of FM 50 near Wilcox). Scanning those vast field yielded: 


Amer. Golden-Plover - 2
Killdeer - 2
Least Sandpiper - 25
Bairds Sandpiper - 25
Pectoral Sandpiper - 1
Horned Lark - 4

Oddly there were no Upland or Buff-breasted Sandpipers within view there, but 
shimmer was pretty severe by midday. 


I wandered over to Caldwell (city) and took an unproductive hike around 
Davidson Creek Park, which would appear to have high migration potential. In 
mid-afternoon, it was pretty dead except fordrum rollone lone 
breeding-plumaged HARRISS SPARROW. This is the latest Ive ever seen the 
species in Texas. In fact, I cant ever recall seeing a Harriss Sparrow 
perched in a shrub or tree *with fresh green leaves*; this sparrow represents 
the epitome of the dead of winter in my minds eye! It was just jarring! 


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Subject: Tyler State Park 4-15-14
From: Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:01:03 +0000
Howdy All!
Migrants are trickling in. Today was Nashville Warbler Day. They were at every 
stop I made and they were singing their hearts out. 58 species in just a couple 
of hours isn't bad. This Saturday, April 19th we are going to have our morning 
bird tour. It will begin at 8:15am and we'll meet at the park HQ and go check 
out the birdier places in the park. I will also be scouting to see what is 
moving on the mornings of the 17th and 18th . You are welcome to join me on 
either one of those mornings, or both. 


Tyler SP (PPW-E 065), Smith, US-TX
Apr 15, 2014 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
58 species

Wood Duck  3
Mallard  3
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Neotropic Cormorant  1
Cattle Egret  1
Green Heron  2
Black Vulture  5
Turkey Vulture  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Broad-winged Hawk  3
Red-tailed Hawk  2
Killdeer  1
Mourning Dove  5
Chimney Swift  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Eastern Phoebe  5
Eastern Kingbird  2
White-eyed Vireo  5
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  5
American Crow  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  7
Purple Martin  12
Barn Swallow  3
Cliff Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  10
Tufted Titmouse  4
White-breasted Nuthatch  2
Brown-headed Nuthatch  5
Carolina Wren  8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  9
Eastern Bluebird  2
Brown Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  6
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Nashville Warbler  4
Common Yellowthroat  1
Northern Parula  1
Pine Warbler  9
Yellow-rumped Warbler  20
Yellow-throated Warbler  1
Chipping Sparrow  6
White-throated Sparrow  25
Summer Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  10
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Common Grackle  15
Brown-headed Cowbird  5


Good Birding,

Boyd A. Sanders BBA, CIG
Interpreter/Exhibit Tech

Tyler State Park
789 Park Rd. 16
Tyler, TX 75706

(903)597-5338
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Subject: Re: Lesser Prairie Chicken
From: Cameron Carver <c.o.carver AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:29:34 -0500
This would be fairly significant. Lesser Prairie-Chicken is no longer thought 
to occur in the northwestern corner of the Panhandle. 


Cameron Carver
Lubbock, TX

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> On Apr 15, 2014, at 14:40, Shirley Wilkerson  
wrote: 

> 
> Dan and I had good looks early this morning 10 miles north of Dalhart, on
> Hwy 385, at one bird -- just feeding on the side of the road.  As soon as
> we turned around, it disappeared into a tall, green wheat field.
> Also, saw several Long-billed Curlews in the native grass prairie doing
> their aerial mating displaying.
> 
> Dan and Shirley Wilkerson
> 
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Subject: observation of bird migration using weather forecasting technology, 4/15
From: "John Arvin" <jarvin AT gcbo.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:00:12 -0500
The wind map shows winds (presumably surface) blowing straight N-S from the 
Gulf coast to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and the western coast of the 
Yucatan Peninsula. Thus it seems unlikely that a migratory flight will 
depart these regions this evening. Whatever trans-Gulf migrants were 
grounded testerday and last night seem likely to depart at dusk. Expect a 
bright lift-off image around half an hour to 45 minutes after sunset. Thus 
a lull between fallout last night and departure tonight that should last a 
day or so.
John C. Arvin
 Research Associate
 Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
 103 West Hwy 332
 Lake Jackson, TX 77566
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Subject: Tuesday morning birding, Hagerman NWR
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:57:09 -0500
We finished the day with 84 species. With the north winds that came in 
yesterday we were hoping for a better warbler day but such was not the case. 
The story of the day was once again shorebirds. The shores on both side of the 
lake were lined with shorebirds. At least 1000 Baird's Sandpipers and large 
numbers of Long-billed Dowitchers. There was an immature Bald Eagle sitting on 
the tip of a point near the Goode area. Still a good variety of ducks in the 
lake and marshes. And yes, the Yellow-headed Blackbirds have arrived. 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S17908522
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Subject: RFI:McKinney Area Birding
From: Scotty Lofland <scotty76308 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:37:47 -0700 (PDT)
Can anybody recommend some good birding spots for migrants (mainly warblers) in 
and around McKinney? I have birded the Heard Museum, so that's on the list. 

Thanks
Scotty Lofland
Archer City
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Subject: Fwd: Re: hummingbird ID help
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:55:27 -0500
Monte Phillips
texas City
birds at Corp Woods Galveston

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: 	Re: [texbirds] hummingbird ID help
Date: 	Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:48:56 -0500
From: 	Susan Orwig 
To: 	monte.phillips AT gmail.com



Should would help if we knew where you are.


On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 2:11 PM, Monte > wrote:

    I took these this morning under less than ideal conditions, high winds,
    and varying lighting, and highly cropped so apologies up front.

    There are two pics of each bird at this Flikr album
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/123354783 AT N05/

    any help appreciated.  I have a hunch on the fluffy one in the light,
    but no idea at all on the dark one at the honeysuckle.

    --
    Monte
    The main difference between a cat and a lie is that a cat only has
    nine lives.
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Subject: Fwd: Lesser Prairie Chicken
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:54:21 -0500
Dan and I had good looks early this morning 10 miles north of Dalhart, on
Hwy 385, at one bird -- just feeding on the side of the road.  As soon as
we turned around, it disappeared into a tall, green wheat field.
Also, saw several Long-billed Curlews in the native grass prairie doing
their aerial mating displaying.

Dan and Shirley Wilkerson
Bryan, TX




On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 2:40 PM, Shirley Wilkerson <
shirley.wilkerson AT gmail.com> wrote:

> Dan and I had good looks early this morning 10 miles north of Dalhart, on
> Hwy 385, at one bird -- just feeding on the side of the road.  As soon as
> we turned around, it disappeared into a tall, green wheat field.
>
> Also, saw several Long-billed Curlews in the native grass prairie doing
> their aerial mating displaying.
>
> Dan and Shirley Wilkerson
>
>


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Subject: Lesser Prairie Chicken
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:40:43 -0500
Dan and I had good looks early this morning 10 miles north of Dalhart, on
Hwy 385, at one bird -- just feeding on the side of the road.  As soon as
we turned around, it disappeared into a tall, green wheat field.
Also, saw several Long-billed Curlews in the native grass prairie doing
their aerial mating displaying.

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Subject: Here's what you look like when you cross the Gulf on the wrong day...
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:25:25 -0500
Most battered bird I have ever seen that was still flapping!  Looks to 
be an Orchard Oriole.  Shot at Texas Point WR yesterday.

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/Gr3LJa9Nell3o36ZbcZhLtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink 


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Subject: hummingbird ID help
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 14:11:42 -0500
I took these this morning under less than ideal conditions, high winds, 
and varying lighting, and highly cropped so apologies up front.

There are two pics of each bird at this Flikr album
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123354783 AT N05/

any help appreciated.  I have a hunch on the fluffy one in the light, 
but no idea at all on the dark one at the honeysuckle.

-- 
Monte
The main difference between a cat and a lie is that a cat only has nine lives.
Mark Twain

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Subject: FOS Painted Bunting, Travis County
From: Laurie Foss <lauriefoss AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:16:43 -0500
Texbirders,
I'm watching birds from my office window near Hamilton Pool Rd. and Hwy 71
in western Travis County near Bee Cave. I just saw my FOS male Painted
Bunting here, enjoying a bath and some bird seeds in the yard.
Welcome back little guy!

Laurie Foss
Austin, TX


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Subject: YH Blackbirds
From: "Rhandy Helton" <rjhelton AT verizon.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:28:16 -0500
I had estimated 35 Yellow-headed Blackbirds at the Junction Sale Barn (goat 
pens) on H83N this morning. This area is across the road and just a little 
northward from the Junction Ingram Tennis Center. A quick walk-around the 
center produced 2 Bullock's Orioles, Vermilion Flycatcher, numerous 
Clay-colored Sparrow and 2 Pyrrhuloxia. There were also 2 YH Blackbirds at the 
tennis center. 

Yesterday in the gale northwind myself and the Paulson's had 4 Black-capped 
Vireo and a low fly-over Zone-tailed Hawk at the South Llano River State Park. 
These sightings were on the asphalt road that goes off from the park 
maintenance shed area (thru the 3 orange cones). I also had a Say's Phoebe on 
the high fence on the right as you come into the park. 


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Junction, Tx. 
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Subject: Re: ABA in Corpus Christi
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:08:51 -0500
I hear there are tours as well;-)

On Tue, Apr 15, 2014 at 9:36 AM, George Armistead wrote:

> Hey Texas birders!
> If you are in the Corpus Christi area in late April, please consider
> stopping by the ABA Convention at the Omni Hotel. We welcome you to visit
> with us and see our vendors and exhibitors between the hours of 2pm-6pm on
> Apr 23-26 at the:
>
> Omni Hotel
> 900 North Shoreline Blvd.
> Corpus Christi, Texas 78401
>
> Also during these hours there will be several afternoon seminars in which
> various topics of birding are covered. At 5pm there is a Happy hour in the
> vendor/exhibit area, which ends at 6pm when activities resume for
> convention registrants. Please come by for a visit. We'd love to see you!
>
> Very best,
> -George
>
> --
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> *American Birding Association*
> *Events Coordinator*
> Philadelphia, PA
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>
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Subject: Large flock of Franklin's Gulls over Rockport
From: Bruce Sherman <brucesherman AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:12:38 -0500
At 6:00PM today I saw a large flock (200+ birds) flying north over my house in 
Rockport, TX. 

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Subject: ABA in Corpus Christi
From: George Armistead <garmistead AT aba.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:36:02 -0400
Hey Texas birders!
If you are in the Corpus Christi area in late April, please consider
stopping by the ABA Convention at the Omni Hotel. We welcome you to visit
with us and see our vendors and exhibitors between the hours of 2pm-6pm on
Apr 23-26 at the:

Omni Hotel
900 North Shoreline Blvd.
Corpus Christi, Texas 78401

Also during these hours there will be several afternoon seminars in which
various topics of birding are covered. At 5pm there is a Happy hour in the
vendor/exhibit area, which ends at 6pm when activities resume for
convention registrants. Please come by for a visit. We'd love to see you!

Very best,
-George

-- 
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*American Birding Association*
*Events Coordinator*
Philadelphia, PA
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Subject: Nueces County Migrants
From: Corey Lange <coreyjlange AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:04:00 -0500
In a little over 3 and a half hours this afternoon Tony Henehan and myself
birded Blucher, Paradise Pond, Port A Birding Center, and the beach. We
tallied 13 species of warbler, plus other migrants. Tomorrow should be
exciting along the coast. Here are the highlights:
Ovenbird (2): FOY at Blutcher and Paradise Pond
Northern Waterthrush (2): FOY Blucher
Swainson's Warbler: Blucher
Canada Warbler (2): FOY Blucher and Port A Birding Center
Yellow Warbler: FOY Paradise Pond
Grasshopper Sparrow: Blucher
Scarlet Tanager: FOY Paradise Pond
Warbling Vireo: FOY Paradise Pond
Dickcissel: Port A Birding Center
Eastern Whip-poor-will (3): Blucher
Eastern Wood-Pewee: FOY Paradise Pond

-- 
Corey Lange
Graduate Research Assistant
Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute
Texas A&M University Kingsville
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Subject: American Bittern successful chase
From: Doug Kathy Ghrist <dkghrist AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:46:15 -0500
Yesterday, Peter Barns emailed me & mentioned on texbirds that he had
located the American Bittern again at Pleasure Acres in Chapel Hill, Texas.
 That email resulted in an exciting successful chase!  Hope you enjoy a few
of my photos of this secretive marsh bird.
Doug Ghrist
903 372 9195
dkghrist AT gmail.com
Tyler, Texas


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Subject: Re: Gonna be a lot of hungry neo-trop.passerines in the next few days.correction
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:42:08 -0500
.

http://www.texasstormchasers.com/2014/04/14/widespread-damaging-freeze-expected-tonight/ 

Hope for warm south winds soon.

**********************************************************************
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> http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?OK
> **********************************************************************
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Subject: Gonna be a lot of hungry passerines in the next few days.
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:39:32 -0500
http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?OK
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Subject: George Harmon
From: Richard <rdkrsh AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:43:59 -0400 (EDT)
Just got emails from both Annika Lindquist and Deann Gorhman that George has 
indeed passed away on Dec. 12, 2013 his contribution to texas birding will be 
missed. and saddens me at the loss of a great friend. 




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Subject: Lesser Nighthawk etc on S. Padre
From: LEN JELLICOE <jellicoes AT shaw.ca>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:21:23 -0600 (MDT)
We had a Lesser Nighthawk today at Sheepshead on S. Padre. We leave tomorrow 
for Arizona after a month of good birding here. To view our last blog 
instalment for this area check out; 


http://lenanddiansadventures.blogspot.com

We met lots of good people here and got lots of great tips from Texbirds.
Thanks everyone.

See you in the field
Len and Dian Jellicoe
Abbotsford, BC
Canada
presently S. Padre
Soon to be in Arizona
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Subject: George Hrmon
From: Richard <rdkrsh AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:40:39 -0400 (EDT)
I have sadly totally lost total track of one of my original birding 
pals--George Harmon. But George has always been more than that he has been a 
mentor and like a 2nd father. We took so many trips birding in Texas chasing 
everything from the infamous Blue-footed Booby to the Galveston's Wandering 
Tattler. We were pleased to find on of the earliest fall records of Glaucous 
Gull at San Luis Pass. With the help of George and Julius Nussbaum, we started 
the Lake Tawakoni Christmas Bird Count over 30 years ago. None of us thought 
that it would last this long. I wish I hadn't lost track of him I wonder what 
he would think of a count that struggled to get into the 90's at the start and 
now breaks 130 every year. But George has always been more than a birder. He 
served in the Pacific in World War II and survived some of the most terrifying 
fighting of the War as engineer. He went into brick business and did very well 
for himself. 

He did a lot of birding banding after retiring. I remember if there was in 
place that would have Pine Siskins in Texas it would be his place south of 
Quinlan in Hunt Co. I remember that he banded lots of birds for the Heard 
Museum in McKinney. He discovered that what he thought was 300 American 
Goldfinches coming to his feeders turned into 3000. He led field trips to his 
place and in the winter of 1986-1987 was delighted to show off a small flock of 
Evening Grosbeaks that visited his feeders. He also took wonderful photos and 
presented his slide shows on his many trips to everywhere from Australia to 
Alaska. He fell in love with Costa Rica and always dreamed of moving there. He 
also was used in ad for birding in Alaska that appeared in Birding magazine in 
the 1980's. He presented a wonderful program many years ago at the TOS meeting 
in Greenville on the wonderful birds found and eh photographed around Lake 
Tawakoni. We led trip for all of local Audubons and many peopl 

 e mainly to see Smith's Longpurs but many other local rarities like Red-necked 
Grebe, Black Scoter and Long-tailed Duck. But to say that George was just a 
birder sells the man short. He was a history buff and share many of his books 
with me. I love history too. He was very concerned about the planet and was 
active in the enviornmental movement. It would be nothing for one of our 
birding trips to be halted so he could move a turtle out the road before so 
moron ran over it. He rescude many dogs and gave over 30 a forever home for 
many years. He gave me the two best dogs I ever had. Last I heard he was in a 
Nursing Home in Greenville but a friend of mine went by to check on him and he 
wasn't there. I wish I knew what has happened to him as he was in ill health. I 
fear the worse but I truly miss our weekly trips to Lake Tawakoni. I remember 
we did the King Ranch for all hard to found south Texas birds. I remember half 
kidding me, "Richard you have got to stop hearing a 

 ll the rarities and let the tour leading find some of them." George Harmon you 
have been a wonderful friend at mentor I wish I knew where you are or what has 
happened to you all my searches have been futile. 

Please forgive any grammar mistakes


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Subject: RFI - Woodpeckers and Hummingbirds
From: alan walther <lazuli12 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:19:07 -0700 (PDT)
Hello Texas birders
I plan to visit High Island and Galveston Island later this week, staying in 
Winnie, TX. 

Although the primary purpose of the trip is of course migrants, it would be 
nice (at least for me) to also see Red-headed Woodpeckers, Pileated 

Woodpeckers, and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds.

Any tips on finding these birds would be very appreciated.

Feel free to reply off-list if appropriate
thanks so much,

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Subject: Sunday's Piping Plovers
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:33:17 -0500
The two Piping Plovers at Sea Rim SP Sunday were a treat, and when I 
magnified the shots today I discovered that one of the PP's was banded...
Left leg: yellow band and green band
Right leg? Yellow flag above knee then yellow band, black band and what 
looks to be a metallic band at the bottom.

I went ahead and posted the pic in the album

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Subject: Re: RFI: upper coast birding
From: David Sarkozi <david AT sarkozi.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:42:32 -0500
Peter, there are a lot of rice field going in on FM195, in various
stages so I expect shorebirding will be very good

On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 1:28 PM, peter barnes  wrote:
> I am taking some college students birding on the upper coast this coming
> weekend, and would appreciate some information on sites that have not been
> mentioned in recent Texbirds posts.
> Anyone been on Jetty Rd east of Sabine Pass recently? Luck with Clapper
> Rails, Least Bittern, Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrows there?.
>
> Any recent information on Tyrell Park in Beaumont? Shorebirds? Ibises,
> bitterns?
>
> Any wet ricefields on FM 1985 or elsewhere that have been productive for
> shorebirds?
>
> I would appreciate any positive or negative reports. Thanks very much.
>
> Peter Barnes
> Tyler
>
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Subject: Lake Somerville (Lee County) 4/13/14
From: Rich Kostecke <rkost73 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:03:08 -0700 (PDT)
Yesterday morning, I spent some time around Lake Somerville in Lee. I always 
find this to be an interesting birding destination and there is a fair bit of 
public access all around the lake. I made stops at Somerville WMA, Newman 
Bottom (actually, though it does not pop out as being public land on things 
like Google Maps, it is part of the State Park, and it lieswest of the Flag 
Pond area), and Lake Somerville State Park Nails Creek Unit. I particularly 
like Newman Bottom (which I just suggested as an eBird hotspot) because of its 
mix of woodland, grassland, and wetland. My target species for the morning was 
Swainson's Warbler. There seems to be a traditional territory at Newman Bottom 
which I again found to be occupied. Historically, the species seemed to make 
it a bit further west, but this is the closest to the Austin area that I have 
been able to find them. Theother highlight (in that they are always nice to 
see and that it was 

 flagged by eBird) was a seemingly out of season (though they seem to be 
presentyear-round, at least in small numbers, just a little bit further to the 
south) Roseate Spoonbillwhcih flew overhead at the Nails CreekUnit. Only 
notables oustide of the birds I mentioned for the 3 major stops I made were a 
Western Kingbird, a singing Grasshopper Sparrow, a male Indigo Bunting, and 
several more singing Northern Parulas. My lists from all 3 of my major stops 
are pasted in below. 


Lake Somerville WMA:
Wood Duck  1
Blue-winged Teal  2
Great Blue Heron  2
Snowy Egret  1
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  6
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Mourning Dove  2
Barred Owl  2
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
White-eyed Vireo  3
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  1
American Crow  2
Cliff Swallow  10
Cave Swallow  22
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Northern Parula  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Lincoln's Sparrow  4
White-throated Sparrow  4
Northern Cardinal  9
Brown-headed Cowbird  1

Newman Bottom:
Great Blue Heron  1
Turkey Vulture  3
Northern Harrier  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Killdeer  1
Mourning Dove  3
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  2
White-eyed Vireo  9
Yellow-throated Vireo  1
Red-eyed Vireo  3
American Crow  2
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  3
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Eastern Bluebird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Swainson's Warbler  1     male singing at  traditional territory site
Nashville Warbler  1
Northern Parula  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Savannah Sparrow  27
Lincoln's Sparrow  6
White-throated Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  10
Brown-headed Cowbird  1

Nails Creek Unit:
Blue-winged Teal  105
Northern Shoveler  104
Green-winged Teal  24
Neotropic Cormorant ~50
Double-crested Cormorant ~200
American White Pelican  145
Great Blue Heron  11
Great Egret  17
Snowy Egret  8
Cattle Egret  8
White-faced Ibis  14
Roseate Spoonbill  1
Black Vulture  98
Turkey Vulture  9
Bald Eagle  1
Broad-winged Hawk  31
American Coot  50
Killdeer  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  6
Least Sandpiper  26
Pectoral Sandpiper  11
Long-billed Dowitcher  62
Wilson's Snipe  2
Ring-billed Gull  13
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  5
White-eyed Vireo  5
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  6
Barn Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Eastern Bluebird  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
Cedar Waxwing  23
Northern Parula  2
Savannah Sparrow  4
White-throated Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  11
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Brown-headed Cowbird  5

Richard Kostecke, Ph.D.
The Nature Conservancy
318 Congress Ave., Austin,Texas 78701
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Subject: Grimes County 4/13/14
From: Rich Kostecke <rkost73 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 10:49:28 -0700 (PDT)
I spent yesterday afternoon looping through Grimes County. Because there are 
not a lot of reports from the county, I thought some might find this report 
interesting. I did not stop at Gibbons Creek Reservoir, probably the only major 
birding stop in the county, as it was raining too heavily at the time and I did 
not feel it would be worth the entry fee under those conditions. I basically 
drove north from Navasota on 3090 until it hits 244, then took 244 north to 
162, then took 162 west to the Navasota River (which marks the Brazos-Grimes 
county line. I found the Navasota River bottom along 162 to be quite intriguing 
with good potential to kick out something interesting, though it was a bit 
quiet when I was there. In general, a lot summer breeders have yet to arrive 
and there were fewer migrants around than I had hoped. Though, there was some 
good movement of Broad-wingeds Hawks pretty everywhere during my journey from 
Austin to Grimes County and 

 back.  My list for the county:
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  1
Wood Duck  1
Blue-winged Teal  11
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  4
American White Pelican  88
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Cattle Egret  137
Black Vulture  18
Turkey Vulture  21
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
Broad-winged Hawk  23
Swainson's Hawk  1
Killdeer  1
Upland Sandpiper  9
Franklin's Gull  70
Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
Mourning Dove  66
Barred Owl  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  4
Downy Woodpecker  3
Eastern Phoebe  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  14
Loggerhead Shrike  3
White-eyed Vireo  12
Yellow-throated Vireo  2
Blue Jay  2
American Crow  7
Purple Martin  6
Barn Swallow  11
Cliff Swallow  20
Cave Swallow  1
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  10
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Eastern Bluebird  8
Northern Mockingbird  44
European Starling  12
Cedar Waxwing  6
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Nashville Warbler  1
Northern Parula  3
Lark Sparrow  7
Savannah Sparrow  28
Lincoln's Sparrow  2
White-throated Sparrow  5
White-crowned Sparrow  13
Northern Cardinal  59
Dickcissel  1
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Eastern Meadowlark  1
Common Grackle  9
Brown-headed Cowbird  57
House Finch  1
House Sparrow  9


Richard Kostecke, Ph.D.
The Nature Conservancy
318 Congress Ave., Austin,Texas 78701
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Subject: Grimes/Waller County- 4/13
From: Darrell Vollert <dvollert1967 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:05:40 -0700 (PDT)
Hello Texbirders,
Sundaymorning I birded with a birder from the UK in southern Grimes County and 
northern Waller County.The main target bird was Swainson's Warbler. We 
obtained great looks at two Swainson's Warblers and heard two others singing. 
At one point in northern Waller County we heard 6 breeding warbler species 
singing simultaneously in a small area. One Kentucky, 2 Hoodeds, 2 
Black-and-whites, 2 Swainson's, 2 Pines, and a Northern Parula were singing on 
territory. We found other warblers scattered about in other locations in both 
counties. 

Here's our list for the morning.
Black-bellied Whistling Duck- 2
Mourning Dove
Chuck-will's-widow- one calling on territory in Grimes County
Chimney Swift
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker- 2
Eastern Phoebe- on territory in Grimes County
Acadian Flycatcher- 2
Great Crested Flycatcher
White-eyed Vireo
Yellow-throated Vireo- 3
Red-eyed Vireo- 3
Blue Jay
American Crow
Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
Carolina Wren
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
Northern Mockingbird
Brown Thrasher- 2(including one singing)
Kentucky Warbler- one
Swainson's Warbler- 4
Hooded Warbler- 6+
Yellow-rumped Warbler- 8+
Black-throated Green Warbler- one
Nashville Warbler- 3
Pine Warbler- 8+
Black-and-white Warbler- 6
Northern Parula- 4
Summer Tanager- 5
Northern Cardinal
White-throated Sparrow- 5
Brown-headed Cowbird
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Subject: RFI: upper coast birding
From: peter barnes <pbarnes123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:28:21 -0500
I am taking some college students birding on the upper coast this coming
weekend, and would appreciate some information on sites that have not been
mentioned in recent Texbirds posts.
Anyone been on Jetty Rd east of Sabine Pass recently? Luck with Clapper
Rails, Least Bittern, Nelson's Sharp-tailed Sparrows there?.

Any recent information on Tyrell Park in Beaumont? Shorebirds? Ibises,
bitterns?

Any wet ricefields on FM 1985 or elsewhere that have been productive for
shorebirds?

I would appreciate any positive or negative reports. Thanks very much.

Peter Barnes
Tyler


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Subject: Shorebird Identification Workshop & Field Trip with Dr. Cin-Ty Lee
From: birds AT naturediscoverycenter.org
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:17:09 -0400 (EDT)
 
 

Shorebird Identification Workshop with Dr. Cin-Ty Lee














 
offered by The Nature Discovery Center, Bellaire,  TX . 
 
Dr. Cin-Ty Lee has generously offered to teach a Shorebird Identification 
Workshop to benefit birding programs at the Nature Discovery Center! The Nature 
Discovery Center is a non-profit educational organization. 

 
This workshop will consist of a one evening shorebird identification lecture 
followed by and all day field trip on the Bolivar peninsula. 

 
Dates: 
 Lecture: Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 7:30 pm at the Nature Discovery Center
 Field Trip: Saturday, May 3, 2014 - meeting at 8:30 am on the parking lot on 
the Bolivar side of the ferry. Car-pooling is suggested. 

Details are posted on our website: [https://ndc.memberclicks.net/shorebird] 
https://ndc.memberclicks.net/shorebird 

Cost: $60.00 – members;  $85 – non-members
 Registration required: Class size is limited to 20 participants
You can sign up at the link above on our website. If you have any questions or 
problems you can call the Nature Discovery Center - 713-667-6550 or contact 
[mailto:mbeauch AT naturediscoverycenter.org] mbeauch AT naturediscoverycenter.org 


 
 
Cin-Ty Lee started birding in California when he was ten years old. He has 
lived in Houston for the last 12 years. He enjoys writing articles about bird 
identification, leading field trips, and sketching birds. He is currently a 
professor of geology at Rice University, but also teaches a Field Bird Biology 
course for undergraduates each spring. Cin-Ty has given many talks and led 
field trips and workshops for the Texas Ornithological Society, Houston 
Ornithology Group, Houston and Los Angeles Audubon Society, and the Geological 
Society of America. He was also part of the 2004 1st place team in the UTC 
section of the 2004 Great Texas Birding Classic (214 species in 24 hours)! 

 
Join our free Lunch with the Birds Walks starting at noon on Wednesdays through 
May 14th. 

 
We will also have Early Evening Birdwalks Tuesdays at 6pm April 1st through May 
6th. 


The Nature Discovery Center is located in Russ Pitman Park at 7112 Newcastle, 
between Bellaire Blvd and Evergreen St, just inside Loop 610 in Bellaire TX. 


Mary Ann Beauchemin
Senior Naturalist
Nature Discovery Center 
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713-667-6550 (phone) 
713-667-7654 (fax)

For more information about the Nature Discovery Center, our programs and how 
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Subject: Black-throated blue Warbler
From: Winnie Burkett <wbburkett AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 13:12:29 -0500
Found this morning 5 miles south of Sabine Woods

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Subject: Rio Brazos Audubon Field Trip Saturday 12April
From: Rick Laughlin <richard.laughlin AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 11:36:12 -0500
Greetings,
This past Saturday was the Rio Brazos Audubon local migrant field trip in
College Station. We had a very nice morning hitting the high spots around
the area, stopping at Brison Park, Country Club Lake and an add-on trip to
Finfeather Lake. Each spot yielded some excitement- Brison was a little
light on migrants, with a couple of people getting looks at a
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and a NASHVILLE WARBLER. A lone AMERICAN GOLDFINCH, a
PINE SISKIN, a couple of ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen hanging around
still; and several BROWN THRASHERS gave good looks as they fussed around
with each other. But the highlight for many was close looks at 2
CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOWS that flushed as we were walking along the trail towards
the bamboo! Incredible bird to actually see!

We rolled into Country Club Lake and began debating the identity of a large
white blob out on the lake: pelican or trash? I had some pretty low
expectations, but was happily wrong! It was an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN
looking completely content to float around the middle of the lake. While
some in the group went to search for song birds, others stayed to strain
our eyes at a couple of shorebirds. We turned up a PECTORAL SANDPIPER,
WILSON'S SNIPE, a SOLITARY SANDPIPER and several LEAST SANDPIPERS.

Finally, a few of us set off for Finfeather Lake to finish off the trip. As
we pulled up, a flock of FRANKLIN'S GULLS began making their climb off of
the lake to go do whatever it is they were going to do. Several
DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS and a BELTED KINGFISHER remained, along with the
usual crowd of COOTS and various doves. Fairly quiet over all.

Thanks to Bruce Neville for leading the trip and for all of the
participants for lending their eyes and ears for the walk. Complete list is
below.


Good birds,

Rick Laughlin
College Station, TX




Blue-winged TealPied-billed GrebeDouble-crested CormorantAmerican White
PelicanGreat Blue HeronSnowy EgretGreen HeronBlack VultureTurkey
VultureRed-shouldered
HawkAmerican CootKilldeerSolitary SandpiperLeast SandpiperPectoral
SandpiperWilson's
SnipeFranklin's GullEurasian Collared-DoveWhite-winged DoveMourning Dove
Chuck-will's-widowChimney SwiftBelted KingfisherDowny WoodpeckerScissor-tailed
FlycatcherLoggerhead ShrikeBlue JayNorthern Rough-winged SwallowPurple
MartinBarn SwallowCave SwallowCarolina ChickadeeTufted TitmouseEastern
BluebirdBrown ThrasherNorthern MockingbirdEuropean StarlingCedar
WaxwingOrange-crowned
WarblerNashville WarblerYellow-rumped WarblerYellow-breasted ChatLincoln's
SparrowWhite-throated SparrowNorthern CardinalRed-winged BlackbirdCommon
GrackleGreat-tailed GracklePine SiskinAmerican GoldfinchHouse Sparrow


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Subject: Hwy 87 Sabine Pass to Sea Rim SP
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 09:29:11 -0500
Sunday 13 Apr 2014
Hwy 87 Sabine Pass to Sea Rim SP

Headed out with high hopes after seeing some recent reports from Sabine 
Woods.  Arrived around 9Am.  Five vehicles alrready there. Went back in 
and took our time, setting (on our 1lb folding 3-legged stools) often 
and watching and listening.  Zilch (well except for the blackbirds, 
jays, grackles, cardinal,and m'king birds.   Talked to several who had 
been there early and they had the same results. We agreed that the PM 
would maybe bring in some new migrants, so decided to drive down the 
road a bit.

Went West towards Sea Rim SP, and along the side of the roaad (north 
side) there was lots of water in the ditche with reeds, cattalis the 
usual vetgetation of fresh water ditches.  Not a mile down te road and 
we caught side of little movements in the grasses.  Stopped.  A Virginia 
Rail.  All told we saw several Viginias, a couple King rails, and a Sora 
in that ditch.  Further along there were a couple of good sized patches 
of Louisiana Iris in bloom, so stopped to take a few shots of them, and 
there were three Ruby throats, and a Black-chinned(maybe). on the barbed 
wire behind the iris.  Proceeded on to Sea Rim.  Found American Avocet 
in full breeding plummage,Cattle Egrets in their finest colors, and a 
Piping Plover! Lots of the other usual suspects found on the Gulf as well.

By this time it was sfter 1 PM so headed back east towards Sabine 
Woods.  Got there and there were no parking spots.  One of the guys we 
met earlier was taking a break at his car and so we chatted a bit.  The 
only thing seen/reported by anyone so far had been a single Painted 
Bunting at one of the water drips.  We decided that maybe a 10:1 ratio 
people to birds was to  much and headed on east.

Got to around Texas Point WR and stopped along a fairly long line of 
treed on the south side of the road.  Pulled in to take a break, and 
decided to explore a bit.  A small flock of Painted Buntings, and 
another of Orchard Orioles greeted us.  Goes to show you don't have to 
go (maybe shouldn't even bother) to the crowded hotspots.  My theory is 
sop many people go to them they actuall scatter the birds, or cause 
canopy feeders to learn to dig burrows.

A pretty complete list of what we saw :
Logger-head Shrike
Mocking Bird
Blue Jay
Black Vulture
Cara Cara
Black-neck Stilts
Little Blue Heron
American Avocets *
Brown Pelican
Piping Plover *
Lesser Yellow-leg*
Western Willet*
Blue-winged teal
Sora*
Virginia rail *
King rail *
Eastern Kingbird *
Ruby-throated Humming bird
(and maybe a Black-chinned as well)
Yellow-throat Warbler (no Commons) *
Painted Bunting *
Orchard Oriole *
Savannah Sparrow
Cattle Egret *
Great Blue Heron
Northern Cardinal
Re-winged Blackbird
Boat-tailed and Great-tailed grackles
gulls & and more shore birds.

****   Birds with * mean I posted pics of them in our album (just scroll 
down to the bottom dozen or so.

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Subject: Pictures from the coast last week
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 08:48:09 -0500
Last Monday I started out on the beach at Quintana and had my first baird's
sandpiper for the year out on the beach
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206749

It was feeding with my first semipalmated sandpipers
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206748

The bird of the day were the horned larks out on the beach shoveling sand
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206750

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206751

they really dug in and made good sized holes as judged by a lark
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206753

I never saw them get anything and have no idea as to how they knew where to
dig. Can they smell as seeds to not make sounds?
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206756

Bigger flycatchers were the common land bird migrant like this great
crested flycatcher
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206766

This scissor-tailed flycatcher joined my longest tailed group. Perhaps the
main feature of this tail is that it was very loose and draped around like
a bird of paradise tail especially the white feathers
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206768

White-eyed vireos were common in places where they do not nest
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206771

Orchard orioles were common where there were flowers
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206787

Hooded warblers continued along paths
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206794

But they were also up high feeding with the gnatcatchers during some sort
of a bug hatch or flight
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206795

This is what they were catching, not a gnat but caught by a gnatcatcher
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206799

Male blue-gray gnatcatchers are in breeding plumage and singing
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206801

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206802

If it is Tuesday, it must be the Sabine area. Blue-winged teal were still
common and a preening bird showed the blue wing and green speculum
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206821

Luckily there is lots of water for preening
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206822

Northern shovelers were also at the preening party
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206826

But the females ignored the males
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206825

Eastern willets are everywhere but still molting a few of their winter
feathers
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206827

The tame golden plover at the state park was still around from 10 days
earlier
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206831

And still eating the little black sod worms
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206832

They hunt by sight, perhaps seeing motion down in the grass
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206838

A merlin brought a tree swallow into the woods for lunch
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206851

And later a second and different merlin was hunting over the main path
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206853

Yellow-billed cuckoos were peering for caterpillars but did not seem to
find many and there are no webworms yet
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206856

A little shoulder helps to id a bird in the leaves
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206855

A single male American redstart was among the warblers near the front of
the woods away from the wind
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206870

Also just a single black-throated green warbler
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206875

and another single prothonotary warbler
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206879

Orange-crowned warblers still linger here but not at home
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206878

Male indigo buntings added color
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206877

Red-eyed vireo was commoner than yellow-throated but behind white-eyes
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206881

Several trips to the area have me missing the golden-fronted woodpeckers. I
heard them but as I was leaving, a white patch deep in a thicket on the
ground said flicker until this guy popped up before leaving
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206884

Thursday had plovers on the beach like this black-bellied plover starting
to get a few black feathers
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206893

Several Wilson's plovers were having an argument over who owned a patch of
debris and weeds
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206895

Lots of display while they buzzed at each other
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206896

The big beak stands out compared to the other small plovers
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206899

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155206900

Horned larks will do well this year on all the sand flats out there which
continue to be rather bare instead of growing up with dense grass etc.

Lots more and these pictures can be browsed at
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/inbox

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


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Subject: Vulture Help
From: "Alan Jaeger" <ajaeger AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 09:37:03 -0500
Greetings Texbirders,
 

I discovered (Black? Turkey?) Vultures roosting on the roof of my house. I
don't want this to continue. Roosting on trees on my property would be
(marginally) OK, but not my roof. At my age, and considering the pitch of my
roof, I am not willing to climb up there and do whatever. Any suggestions?

 

Thanks,

Alan Jaeger
Bastrop



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Subject: Mitchell Lake Great Kiskadees
From: James Sheppaed <sheppard111953 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 14:57:09 -0700 (PDT)
 While birding at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center 4/13/14 I was thrilled to 
spot two Great Kiskadees. One was staying by the main road bridge by Bird pond 
all day. It wasvery vocal and staying in the open. The other was in a tree 
down by the shore of the main lake. Though not a lifer for me it was a first 
for my Bexar county counts. 


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Subject: Fw: Mitchell Lake Great Kiskadees
From: James Sheppard <sheppard11953 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:45:54 -0700 (PDT)
 
 While birding at Mitchell Lake Audubon Center 4/13/14 I was thrilled to 
spot two Great Kiskadees. One was staying by the main road bridge by Bird pond 
all day. It wasvery vocal and staying in the open. The other was in a tree 
down by the shore of the main lake. Though not a lifer for me it was a first 
for my Bexar county counts. 


James Sheppard San Antonio,TX
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Subject: Utopia Bird
From: Judy Bailey <jubailey AT ista-na.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 07:27:15 -0500
We had our FOS Male Summer Tanager on Saturday.
The wind is howling here from the north this morning. I think that I saw Mary 
Poppins go by. 


Judy Bailey
Utopia, TX


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Subject: Re: Franklin's Gulls, Austin, NOW
From: Randy Duncan <osufight AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:22:16 -0700 (PDT)
We had a flock of about 100 fly over Devine lake right before dusk last night. 
They broke their flight pattern and started to kettle but never came down. My 
wife on Saturday eve right before dusk again a flock of 300 kettled in and 
actually splashed the water for 15 minutes (getting water maybe?) I took my 
time getting over there and missed them by 5 min. Bah. 

  I am wondering if this could be a usual evening pit stop for them or was it 
just a coincidence happening two days at the same time? Thinking Devine may be 
like a Bucees for traveling Gulls? 

Randy Duncan Leander TX


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 From: Ronnie Kramer 
To: TexBirds  
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 4:12 PM
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Franklin's Gulls, Austin, NOW
 

Odd but I'm hearing snow geese now. And just have my FOS Indigo Bunting In the 
backyard. 


RK
Austin

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On Apr 13, 2014, at 3:50 PM, Ronnie Kramer  wrote:

> About 500 Franklin's just flew directly over the house and they are still 
coming. They are about a mile south of Parmer at Samsung Blvd heading north x 
northwest 

> 
> Ronnie Kramer
> Austin
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Subject: Re: Y H Blackbirds -Williamson
From: Randy Duncan <osufight AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 01:06:22 -0700 (PDT)
We had two males at Devine Lake Park in Leander yesterday eve 4/13/14. Only the 
second time I have had them here. Lake is high with a nice scrubby marsh at the 
western end. 

Randy Duncan  Leander  TX


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To: TEXBIRDS  
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2014 5:56 PM
Subject: [texbirds] Y H Blackbirds
 

All these folks looking and there is currently a small flock behind Exec. Inn 
in Hillsboro with 2 Uplands in young corn w/ grackles. Not worth doing I-35 for 
tho. 


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Subject: Lazuli Bunting in Southeast Austin
From: Margaret Wallace <pegwallace AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:55:17 -0500
Hi all,
I have to apologize for the late post; I just got this note from Eric
Eisley:

"I had a Lazuli Bunting at Southeast Metropolitan park on 71 and Ross
road...  It was located at the northeast end of the farthest parking area
near the restrooms up near where the primitive parking trail starts. "
Eric Isley
Del Valle, Texas 78617

He sent me the message April 12; wish I'd looked sooner, as I would have
gone to look for this bird. Eric attached a photo of a beautiful male,
which I'm not sure how to post here.

I haven't been out much myself, but I did have a Bell's Vireo singing in
the yard this morning, and there have been Swainson's Hawks and a few
Broadwings passing through.

Happy migration, y'all!

Peg Wallace
Austin


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