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21 Oct BBS and CBC product [Brent Ortego ]
20 Oct Palo Duro Canyon Birds [Cameron Carver ]
20 Oct Re: New camera and first bird found [Susan Schaezler ]
20 Oct Re: New camera and first bird found [Clay Taylor ]
20 Oct Muleshoe NWR ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
20 Oct New camera and first bird found [Bill Wright ]
20 Oct Berry Springs Kiskadee [Brush Freeman ]
20 Oct Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Morning Birds & Water Update [Sherry Wilson ]
20 Oct Re: FOS White -throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, and Dark-eyed Junco ["Charles W. Easley" ]
20 Oct Smith point hawk watch broad-wings and dark broad-wings [Joseph Kennedy ]
20 Oct Re: Audubon's Warbler [Ronnie Kramer ]
20 Oct FOS White -throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, and Dark-eyed Junco ["Frank Bumgardner" ]
20 Oct Re: New foraging maneuver by Great Egret -- Reply []
20 Oct Re: Oporornis warbler at LaFitte's Cove [David McDonald ]
20 Oct Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/19/14) 24,123 raptors ["Susan Heath" ]
19 Oct Three Brown Boobies at Baytown Nature Center today, 10-19-2014 ["" ]
19 Oct Spectacular morning at Smith Point Hawk Watch today, 10-19-2014 ["" ]
19 Oct Sheldon Lake new road [Greg Page ]
19 Oct Colorado Lake SP & Muleshoe NWR ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
19 Oct Re: Audubon's Warbler []
19 Oct Re: Oporornis warbler at LaFitte's Cove today - ID help please []
19 Oct Oporornis warbler at LaFitte's Cove today - ID help please [David McDonald ]
19 Oct Morning Migration [Gary Richards ]
19 Oct Audubon's Warbler [Brush Freeman ]
19 Oct Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/18/14) 26,213 raptors ["Susan Heath" ]
18 Oct Great morning at Smith Point; great day on Bolivar Peninsula ["Doc" ]
18 Oct Painted Redstart @ Falfurrias ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
18 Oct NEW SOUND FROM A NO. MOCKINGBIRD THIS AM, AND AN UNKNOWN BIRD SEEN YESTERDAY AM IN PEARLAND ["Mira M Pellerin" ]
18 Oct Webberville Kiskadee (local interest) [Brush Freeman ]
18 Oct Tropical Parula Quinta Mazatlan, McAlllen, YES 10-18 [Tiffany Kersten ]
18 Oct Brown Booby - Windy Point/Travis County [Ed Fair ]
18 Oct Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/17/14) 14,864 raptors! ["Susan Heath" ]
18 Oct Birder Patrol Trip Next Saturday, the 25th ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
17 Oct Raptors and More @ Edinburg Scenic Wetlands [Javier ]
17 Oct Matagorda County sod farms ["Bird.fried" ]
17 Oct New foraging maneuver by Great Egret -- Reply [Ray Porter ]
17 Oct New foraging maneuver by Great Egret -- Reply ["JeP" ]
17 Oct Smith Point Hawk Watch Tuesday and spiderlings too [Joseph Kennedy ]
17 Oct well sonuvagun, a first...for me [Monte ]
17 Oct Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/16/14) 12,355 raptors ["Susan Heath" ]
16 Oct dead migrants in waco. ["john muldrow" ]
16 Oct Baytown Nature Center Bird Count - Oct 16, 2014 [Chuck Davis ]
16 Oct Austin Area RBA [Nate McGowan ]
16 Oct Difficult farewell [H Trudell ]
16 Oct Pine Siskin ["Rhandy Helton" ]
16 Oct Re: Another - Imprecise - Early Siskin in CenTex ["Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" ]
16 Oct Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/15/14) 10,618 raptors ["Susan Heath" ]
16 Oct Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/14/14, 922 raptors ["Susan Heath" ]
16 Oct Another - Imprecise - Early Siskin in CenTex [Chuck Sexton ]
16 Oct Notices of bird counts or birding events -- a suggestion [Bill Wright ]
15 Oct LLELA's BIG SIT Nov. 1st [Susan Yost ]
15 Oct Cameron County Big Day - The Link ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
15 Oct Swainson's Hawks in Corpus Christi [Clay Taylor ]
15 Oct Bird Count at Baytown Nature Center 10/16/14 8AM [Chuck Davis ]
15 Oct Sal del Rey, 10/15/14 ["" ]
15 Oct Re: Santa Margarita Ranch. [Joseph Kennedy ]
15 Oct Santa Margarita Ranch. [Brush Freeman ]
15 Oct More early pine siskins, Austin, Travis Co. [Caleb Gordon ]
15 Oct Fwd: Early Pine Siskins-- 10/14 [Brush Freeman ]
14 Oct FOS Sparrows in the RGV, Hidalgo Co. [Javier Gonzalez ]
14 Oct American Crows moving [Cameron Carver ]
14 Oct Tuesday morning birding, Hagerman NWR [Jack Chiles ]
14 Oct Barred Owls in Nueces County []
14 Oct Cameron County Big Day ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
13 Oct Re: [leasbirds] White-breasted Nuthatch and Golden-crowned Kinglet in Lubbock [Cameron Carver ]
13 Oct White-breasted Nuthatch and Golden-crowned Kinglet in Lubbock [Anthony Hewetson ]
13 Oct The Redheads Have Arrived! ["Sebok, Caitlin" ]
13 Oct Warbler Woods-2014-10-13 [Nathaniel Nye ]
13 Oct A Cast of Caracara [Ronnie Kramer ]
13 Oct Re: Possible Western [was: Cassin's Finch] irruption [Cameron Carver ]
12 Oct Bentsen SP Bird Walk Sunday Oct 12 [Roy Rodriguez ]
13 Oct Re: LaFitte's whip yesterday [David McDonald ]
13 Oct Re: Common Loon Leander, TX [Randy Duncan ]
13 Oct Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/12/14 449 raptors + Black-billed Cuckoo ["Susan Heath" ]
13 Oct Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/11/14 127 raptors, Golden Eagle ["Susan Heath" ]
13 Oct Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/10/14 30 raptors ["Susan Heath" ]

Subject: BBS and CBC product
From: Brent Ortego <brentortego AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:36:29 -0500
I would like to again thank the many volunteers who participate in Breeding 
Bird Surveys, Christmas Bird Counts, Colonial Waterbird Surveys, etc. You might 
get a thank you when you complete your survey and turn in your data, but we 
really do not thank you enough. Your data are used and the surveys do not 
disappear after your monthly newsletter is published or the CBC annual report 
comes out. The data are stored in databases and are repeatedly referenced as 
conservationists try to assess the status of birds. The longer the survey has 
been conducted the better. The four mostly referenced in Texas are Christmas 
Bird Counts which go back to 1900, Breeding Bird Surveys which started in 1967 
and organized Colonial Waterbird Counts which begun in 1973. 

 

One of the products of much of your efforts is "The State of the Birds 2014" 
www.stateofthebirds.org. It was produced by the North American Bird 
Conservation Initiative using your data. 


 

Check it out. It shows that Hawaiian Forest and Oceanic birds has the greatest 
percentage of species on national watch lists. These are followed by Shorebirds 
and Aridland birds having roughly 50 percent of their species being on a 
watchlist. 


 

 

Brent Ortego

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Victoria, TX

 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Palo Duro Canyon Birds
From: Cameron Carver <c.o.carver AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:17:55 -0500
Greetings,

I spent a few hours this afternoon birding Palo Duro Canyon. I spent much of 
that time sitting at the blind waiting for the continuing Cassin's Finches. I 
briefly viewed and photographed the male. A photo is posted on Facebook 
Texbirds. 


A Gray Catbird entertained me while I was waiting.

Upon leaving the canyon I checked nearby roads for Mountain Bluebirds. I found 
a flock of about 25. 


I've seen some reports of Mountain Chickadee in lower elevation. I wonder what 
else could be visiting the panhandle soon? 


Local birders - look out for Flammulated Owl. Several reports from plains 
regions in the last two days. And one just turned up at the south plains rehab 
center - trying to track down the origin of the bird. 


Cameron Carver
Lubbock, TX

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Subject: Re: New camera and first bird found
From: Susan Schaezler <warblerwoods AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:10:20 -0500
This is the Canon SX 60, with 65x optical zoom now. It seems slower than my 50x 
optical, but I only had a few days to play with it. Small and fits in my bag! 


Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS

> On Oct 20, 2014, at 8:28 PM, Bill Wright  wrote:
> 
> A few weeks ago, I was at the Wednesday morning bird walk at Kleb Woods. 
> We were hearing a Marsh Wren in the distance. A lady walked up to us 
> with a camera and showed us this photo of the wren. The wren was about 
> 75 feet away on the other side of the pond. Great photo and the camera 
> did not have what I call a howitzer lens. I asked her what kind of zoom 
> it had? She responded 50x. I asked if that was an optical zoom and she 
> showed me the label on the side. When I got home I looked up the camera.
> 
> Then I found that a updated version was being released October 20 with a 
> 65x optical zoom. After some more research, I ordered one. It arrived 
> today. After trying to decipher the instructions, I walked outside to 
> find a bird. This hawk cooperatively flew up to the top of an electrical 
> tower 300 feet away fro our house.
> 
> I posted two photos on Flicker.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Am I correct that this is a Sharp-shinned Hawk? The end of the tail 
> looks more square to me than rounded. I saw this hawk or another 
> accipiter the other day and when it flew the wings were pushed forward.
> 
> Bill Wright
> Houston, TX
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Subject: Re: New camera and first bird found
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor AT swarovskioptik.us>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:08:41 -0400
Hi Bill - 

It is an adult Cooper's Hawk. The dark cap forms a "beret" on a Coop, while an 
adult Sharpie wears a dark hoodie like Bill Belichick. Coop has a smooth, 
continuous profile from crown to beak, while the Sharpie silhouette has a 
pronounced forehead and a "Notch" at the bill. 


As for the Super Zoom cameras - the 65x is the ratio of the ENTIRE zoom range, 
which starts in Wide Angle (negative magnification) and ends at the telephoto 
setting. So, I am guessing that your camera is a Canon SX60, which has the 35mm 
equivalent of a 21 - 1365mm lens. 


That's pretty impressive, but also realize that in 35mm camera terms (where 
50mm is 1x, 100mm = 2x, etc.), a 1365mm lens gives you a little more than 27x 
maximum from naked eye viewing. Like I said, that is impressive, and if it were 
not for the camera's built-in Image Stabilization, it would be very difficult 
to get sharp images at that magnification. 


Oh yes, do NOT go into Digital Zoom - that will likely hurt the image quality 
if afterward you want to zoom in for fine details. 


Have fun with it!  


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



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From: texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of Bill Wright 

Sent: Monday, October 20, 2014 8:29 PM
To: texbirds AT freelists.org
Subject: [texbirds] New camera and first bird found

A few weeks ago, I was at the Wednesday morning bird walk at Kleb Woods. 
We were hearing a Marsh Wren in the distance. A lady walked up to us with a 
camera and showed us this photo of the wren. The wren was about 

75 feet away on the other side of the pond. Great photo and the camera did not 
have what I call a howitzer lens. I asked her what kind of zoom it had? She 
responded 50x. I asked if that was an optical zoom and she showed me the label 
on the side. When I got home I looked up the camera. 


Then I found that a updated version was being released October 20 with a 65x 
optical zoom. After some more research, I ordered one. It arrived today. After 
trying to decipher the instructions, I walked outside to find a bird. This hawk 
cooperatively flew up to the top of an electrical tower 300 feet away fro our 
house. 


I posted two photos on Flicker.





Am I correct that this is a Sharp-shinned Hawk? The end of the tail looks more 
square to me than rounded. I saw this hawk or another accipiter the other day 
and when it flew the wings were pushed forward. 


Bill Wright
Houston, TX
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Subject: Muleshoe NWR
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:49:13 -0500
Hi, all!
 

Started out foggy but turned into an absolutely beautiful day, complete with
mosquitoes up at Buffalo Lake! :-P  Highlights included a variety of
sparrows including Lark Buntings, Vespers, and a Cassin's that EBird
flagged!  Three Chestnut-collared Longspurs bounced by along CR 149, and had
a dark morph Ferruginous Hawk at the intersection with FM 298.  EBird also
flagged a flyover Sprague's Pipit along SR 214.  Paul's Lake had a Prairie
Falcon and a Burrowing Owl in the Prairie Dog town.  Even Song Sparrow,
Crow, and Spotted Towhee were fun to get!

 

Bird List:

 

  Blue-winged Teal                      Anas discors

  Northern Shoveler                     Anas clypeata

  Northern Bobwhite                     Colinus virginianus

  Pied-billed Grebe                     Podilymbus podiceps

  Northern Harrier                      Circus cyaneus

  Red-tailed Hawk

  Ferruginous Hawk                      Buteo regalis

  American Coot                         Fulica americana

  Sandhill Crane                        Grus canadensis

  American Avocet                       Recurvirostra americana

  Killdeer                              Charadrius vociferus

  Rock Pigeon                           Columba livia

  Eurasian Collared-Dove                Streptopelia decaocto

  Mourning Dove                         Zenaida macroura

  Burrowing Owl                         Athene cunicularia

  Ladder-backed Woodpecker              Picoides scalaris

  Northern Flicker                      Colaptes auratus

  American Kestrel                      Falco sparverius

  Prairie Falcon                        Falco mexicanus

  Eastern Phoebe                        Sayornis phoebe

  Loggerhead Shrike                     Lanius ludovicianus

  American Crow                         Corvus brachyrhynchos

  Horned Lark                           Eremophila alpestris

  Curve-billed Thrasher                 Toxostoma curvirostre

  European Starling                     Sturnus vulgaris

  Sprague's Pipit                       Anthus spragueii

  Chestnut-collared Longspur            Calcarius ornatus

  Spotted Towhee                        Pipilo maculatus

  Cassin's Sparrow                      Peucaea cassinii

  Chipping Sparrow                      Spizella passerina

  Vesper Sparrow                        Pooecetes gramineus

  Lark Bunting                          Calamospiza melanocorys

  Savannah Sparrow                      Passerculus sandwichensis

  Song Sparrow                          Melospiza melodia

  Lincoln's Sparrow                     Melospiza lincolnii

  White-crowned Sparrow                 Zonotrichia leucophrys

  Eastern Meadowlark                    Sturnella magna

  Western Meadowlark                    Sturnella neglecta

  Brewer's Blackbird                    Euphagus cyanocephalus

  Great-tailed Grackle                  Quiscalus mexicanus

  House Finch                           Haemorhous mexicanus

  House Sparrow                         Passer domesticus

 

42 SPECIES

 

 

Mary Beth Stowe

McAllen, TX

miriameaglemon.com

 



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Subject: New camera and first bird found
From: Bill Wright <wmewrght AT hal-pc.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:28:40 -0500
A few weeks ago, I was at the Wednesday morning bird walk at Kleb Woods. 
We were hearing a Marsh Wren in the distance. A lady walked up to us 
with a camera and showed us this photo of the wren. The wren was about 
75 feet away on the other side of the pond. Great photo and the camera 
did not have what I call a howitzer lens. I asked her what kind of zoom 
it had? She responded 50x. I asked if that was an optical zoom and she 
showed me the label on the side. When I got home I looked up the camera.

Then I found that a updated version was being released October 20 with a 
65x optical zoom. After some more research, I ordered one. It arrived 
today. After trying to decipher the instructions, I walked outside to 
find a bird. This hawk cooperatively flew up to the top of an electrical 
tower 300 feet away fro our house.

I posted two photos on Flicker.





Am I correct that this is a Sharp-shinned Hawk? The end of the tail 
looks more square to me than rounded. I saw this hawk or another 
accipiter the other day and when it flew the wings were pushed forward.

Bill Wright
Houston, TX
life member TOS
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Subject: Berry Springs Kiskadee
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:31:56 -0500
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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Morning Birds & Water Update
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:03:55 -0500
After a rainy but busy Saturday morning indoors, I decided to get out for a
few hours on Sunday.  Several warblers, Nashville and Black-&-white, were
in the parking island trees - often an active area.  Water birds were all
at the Hunter's Lane resaca, with a colorful Roseate Spoonbill in with the
White Ibis and a Green Kingfisher working the closest pool.
Around 11:30 this morning water started flowing into the resaca from the
north end (Ebony Deck) and should continue moving for a day or two.

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

*Nature Hike *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walk* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walk* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m..
*Night Hike* last Friday of the month (RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Thurs)  - small fee
*Nature Tram Rides*:  Wednesday thru Sunday
(Visitor Center closed Mon/Tues)
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Mottled Duck  14
Blue-winged Teal  80
Plain Chachalaca  3
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Neotropic Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  7
Little Blue Heron  5
Tricolored Heron  1
White Ibis  34
Roseate Spoonbill  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Broad-winged Hawk  1
American Coot  1
Inca Dove  7
White-tipped Dove  1
White-winged Dove  6
Mourning Dove  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird  2
Green Kingfisher  1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  1
Great Kiskadee  4
Couch's Kingbird  4
White-eyed Vireo  2
Green Jay  19
Barn Swallow  8
Cave Swallow  5
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Long-billed Thrasher  6
Northern Mockingbird  4
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Nashville Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  32
Great-tailed Grackle  18
Brown-headed Cowbird  7
Altamira Oriole  2


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Subject: Re: FOS White -throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, and Dark-eyed Junco
From: "Charles W. Easley" <cwebirds AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:17:37 -0500
Lincoln's Sparrow  FOS  this AM in yard.

Cleburne, Texas
cwebirds AT att.net

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From: Frank Bumgardner
Sent: Monday, October 20, 2014 9:52 AM
To: 'texbirds AT freelists.org'
Subject: [texbirds] FOS White -throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, and 
Dark-eyed Junco

This morning at daybreak Jeanette and I had our FOS White-throated Sparrow
(2)in the backyard, a little while later they were joined by a Lincoln's
Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored). Also in the small flock were
Clay-colored Sparrows and a Brown Thrasher.




Frank Bumgardner

China Spring, TX







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Subject: Smith point hawk watch broad-wings and dark broad-wings
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:16:01 -0500
I made it down to the hawk watch early on Sunday before sunrise. As I was
passing Frankland road north of town, numbers of broad-winged hawks were up
in the air at 7:15. This area is a traditional roosting site for hawks that
arrive in the area late in the day but normally they are up much later when
the thermals start up.
More hawks were up in the air down near the tower and some were already out
along Hawkins Camp Road. So maybe 500 hawks before sunrise.

The early liftoff continued and huge numbers were up and about way before
any self-respecting broad-wing should be flying. A good northeast winds
gave them enough lift to move and gather. Several set down in the mottes
while numbers grew. I went out to try for land bird migrants in the
northwest motte and found only a few birds. Perhaps 15+ broad-winged hawks,
3 cooper's hawks and 2 great horned owls sitting in the woods kept birds
down and quiet. Several more cooper's, several sharp-shinned hawks and 1
merlin also headed through the woods along with lots of broad-wings.

I spent the next hour or so at the edge of the woods just watching the
parade of broad-wings just overhead. Kettles and sheets going north and
south, east and west, splitting and joining and always more birds coming
from way off north. I had either 6 or 7 dark phase broad-winged hawks here
including one really neat adult bird. Almost all dark birds I have seen in
past years have been young of the year.

Most broad-wings that show up later are also young of the year but the herd
today included a large portion of adults compared to past late swarms where
an adult is remarkable.

Somewhere around this time I lost complete track of how many hawks were
going and coming and never did get oriented as to which kettles were new
and which were repeats. It is really hard work to count in such conditions
and really is not compatible with watching and enjoying the birds which is
what I did today.

Back at the tower a great sheet of birds went overhead including 15 dark
broad-wings which may or may not have included the birds from earlier in
the day. This was the biggest number of birds I have ever seen at one time
at the point. As was mentioned, Saturdays total of 26,000 broad-wings was
the 3rd best day ever. I was present for the other 2 great days and this
one flock which was close in and in great light greatly outdid in numbers
anything from those 2 days. The total for Sunday was a piddling 24,000
birds with 87,000 total broad-wings in the last 5 days.

Sort of moves the season from about the worst ever to one of the best.
However, counts of other hawks for the day was miniscule but 3 bald eagles
were nice. This is the start of the swainson's hawk peak but there were
only a dozen plus but 2 or 4 were dark birds. There was a very nice younger
white-tailed hawk and a red-tailed hawk. There are land birds around but I
could not find many. Some of the cooper's hawks did find birds and had full
crops when they went over.

When I went north from town around 4:30 I looked for hawks going to roost
or still up in the air. A few birds were down along Frankland but not any
north of there. No birds were going to roost around Double Bayou or White's
park which had numbers going to roost on Tuesday.

One day like this can sure make up for many 0 and 2 bird days.



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


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Subject: Re: Audubon's Warbler
From: Ronnie Kramer <ronniekramer1964 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:54:10 -0500
Not in the immediate area.  But I had an Audubon's at Falfurrias and
another at Warbler Woods both on the 10th.  And yet no Myrtles for me so
far this year.
~ronnie kramer
austin

On Sun, Oct 19, 2014 at 10:41 AM, Brush Freeman 
wrote:

> .
> This AM on my walkabout in Utley, I heard and saw an Audubon's
> Warbler....Heck I have yet so see a Myrtle around here.  Has anyone else in
> this region seen an Audubon"s already? More fuel for the western species
> theory this fall?
> Also had a unidentified Oriole, probably Baltimore a non-adult male type
>
> Mrs. Possum here strayed across the road one to many times so there was a
> nice collection of vultures and Caracaras down at the end of my road.
> **********************************************************************
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Subject: FOS White -throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, and Dark-eyed Junco
From: "Frank Bumgardner" <fbumgardner AT hot.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:52:58 -0500
This morning at daybreak Jeanette and I had our FOS White-throated Sparrow
(2)in the backyard, a little while later they were joined by a Lincoln's
Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored). Also in the small flock were
Clay-colored Sparrows and a Brown Thrasher.
 

 

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Subject: Re: New foraging maneuver by Great Egret -- Reply
From: <jkestner AT stx.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:41:56 +0000
OMG - the Wood Stork I observed at Tule Lake was only using its left wing to 
canopy-feed! It was in the late morning, and the bird was walking toward the 
sun, if that has any bearing on this behavior. 


Judy Kestner
Corpus Christi

---- Ray Porter  wrote: 

=============
additional comments: once earlier this year at Baytown Nature Center, I 
observed similar behavior. There was a stiff wind however in the middle 
of the channel there was an exultation of maybe 20-30 egrets (Great and 
Snowy) hovering and dipping.

This may be appear related but does anyone have any idea if birds have 
the quality of handedness? A month or so ago, I observed three Wood 
Storks feeding, and each showed a variation of the Reddish Egrets 
umbrella technique by using only one wing, the left. Invariably when I 
have observed Snowys and Tricolors doing the same, they use both wings 
as do the Reddish. This may be even stranger when one considers that 
Tricolors are herons. Would this be common for a behavioral trait to 
cross species boundaries?

Ray Porter
highlands, Texas
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Subject: Re: Oporornis warbler at LaFitte's Cove
From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:47:56 -0500
Thanks to all who replied. The bird is a 1st winter Mourning Warbler 
based on yellow throat and yellow supraloral marks.

Without a camera to photo the bird, I never would have definitely 
known what it was. I have never seen any of these warblers in 1st 
winter plumage.

By the way..other birds at LaFitte's were Nashville, Tennessee, 
Black-throated Green and Northern Parula warblers
White-eyed Vireo, FOS Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Brown Thrasher

David McDonald
Friendswood TX

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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/19/14) 24,123 raptors
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:10:56 -0500
The latest from Jason:  

10/19/14: 24,123 Raptors!!!  

Black Vulture-3  

Turkey Vulture-91  

Osprey-1  

Bald Eagle-3  

Northern Harrier-17  

Sharp-shinned Hawk-8  

Cooper's Hawk-13  

Broad-winged Hawk-23,963 (at least 19 dark morph)  

Red-tailed Hawk-1  

Swainson's Hawk-16  

American Kestrel-6  

Mississippi Kite-1  

blog post: http://smithpointhawkwatch.wordpress.com/2014/10/19/5th-and-2nd/  

  
  
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Avian Conservation Biologist
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
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Subject: Three Brown Boobies at Baytown Nature Center today, 10-19-2014
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "drbirdie@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:29:15 -0400
Hi Texbirders,
Shelia Hargis, Laurie Foss and I stopped at Baytown Nature Center this 
afternoon between 2:30 and 3:30 to try to find the previously-reported Brown 
Boobies. I was pleased with myself when I found the adult perched on one of the 
large metal electrical transmission towers in the water, but was shocked a few 
minutes later when Shelia shouted to me that there were 3 birds. Sure enough, 
after something caused the adult booby and its coterie of cormorants and brown 
pelicans to fly off briefly and then return to their perches on the 
transmission towers, there were 2 juvenile Brown Boobies perched on the same 
beam near the adult booby. From what I recall, an adult and a juvenile Brown 
Booby have been previously reported from this location, but today there were 
three birds. Photos were taken. 

We dipped on the Vermilion Flycatcher that Chuck Davis reported from the road 
near Egret Tidal Flats pond a couple of days ago, but Laurie alertly spotted a 
white-morph Reddish Egret feeding in shallow water on the bay side of the road 
in the same location. 

Good birding ya'll,
Byron Stone, Austin
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Subject: Spectacular morning at Smith Point Hawk Watch today, 10-19-2014
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "drbirdie@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:19:16 -0400
Hi Texbirders,
Yesterday was a great morning at Smith Point but this morning was stupefyingly 
spectacular! 

As we drove into Smith Point about 8:30 a.m., there were already scores, 
perhaps hundreds of Broad-winged Hawks circling low over roads, fields and 
trees. Numbers increased rapidly, and by 9 a.m. there were a thousand or more 
birds circling low over the trees and near the observation platform, drifting 
toward the west in the brisk northeast breeze. Some of our group watched from 
the tower, and some of us watched from near the trees to the west as the birds 
circled up and drifted away, only to be replaced by new birds lifting off from 
the trees or coming in from the north. The views were jaw-dropping and the 
numbers were mind-boggling, especially when seen at such close range. 

The broad-wings were joined by good numbers of Sharp-shinned and Cooper's 
Hawks, and by a few Swainson's Hawks. 

There were also small numbers of kestrels and harriers though out the morning, 
and another juvie White-tailed Hawk. 

The main lift-off this morning was over by about 0945, but large numbers of 
birds continued to appear throughout the morning, as multiple large kettles 
materialized from high in the sky to the north and the east. Our group 
estimated 14,000 Broad-wings had come through by noon, but I don't know what 
the official count was. 

In addition to the Broad-wings, we had lots of great looks at juvie Coops and 
Sharpies, and at adult and a few subadult Swainson's Hawks. 

And remarkable numbers of dark-morph Broad-winged Hawks. We had multiple 
kettles containing multiple dark-morph broadies, with at least two kettles 
containing 4 or more. Joe Kennedy said he counted 14 dark-morphs in one large 
kettle. It was amazing! 

And just before we left at about 12:30, Jason alerted me to the presence of two 
Bald Eagles coming in with another high-altitude kettle of Broad-wings. A nice 
way for us to leave the platform. 

If you can get yourself out there early tomorrow, I suspect there will be at 
least one more good lift-off, as new birds appeared to be coming in almost 
nonstop today. 

It was a great couple of mornings to be hawk-watching at Smith Point.
Good birding ya'll,
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Subject: Sheldon Lake new road
From: Greg Page <gregpage1465 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:08:37 -0500
According to the Sheldon Lake State Park facebook page they are supposed to
open the new road into the park on Monday. The entrance is off of Garrett
Road. They are also building a boardwalk with blinds through the grasslands
and wetlands. This has been a good birding area in the past.
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Houston


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Subject: Colorado Lake SP & Muleshoe NWR
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:36:08 -0500
Hi, all!
 

Today's highlight was getting to see birding buddy Kyle O'Haver at Colorado
Lake SP! J  Lots of White Pelicans and ducks, and a Roadrunner to boot.
Best bird of the day was a lovely Ferruginous Hawk on the way to Muleshoe;
didn't know it was banded until I looked at the pictures!  Sandhill Cranes
were flocking in good numbers, and a "Red-shafted" Flicker bouncing around
the headquarters building was nice.  Figured out a 20-mile driving route, so
am looking forward to doing a BBS-style survey tomorrow morning!

 

Bird List:

 

  Gadwall                               Anas strepera

  American Wigeon                       Anas americana

  Northern Pintail                      Anas acuta

  Redhead                               Aythya americana

  Lesser Scaup                          Aythya affinis

  Ruddy Duck                            Oxyura jamaicensis

  Pied-billed Grebe                     Podilymbus podiceps

  Eared Grebe                           Podiceps nigricollis

  American White Pelican                Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

  Great Blue Heron                      Ardea herodias

  Cattle Egret                          Bubulcus ibis

  Black-crowned Night-Heron             Nycticorax nycticorax

  Turkey Vulture                        Cathartes aura

  Sharp-shinned Hawk                    Accipiter striatus

  Northern Harrier

  Red-tailed Hawk                       Buteo jamaicensis

  Ferruginous Hawk                      Buteo regalis

  American Coot                         Fulica americana

  Sandhill Crane                        Grus canadensis

  Killdeer                              Charadrius vociferus

  Least Sandpiper                       Calidris minutilla

  Rock Pigeon                           Columba livia

  Eurasian Collared-Dove                Streptopelia decaocto

  Mourning Dove                         Zenaida macroura

  Greater Roadrunner                    Geococcyx californianus

  Great Horned Owl                      Bubo virginianus

  Belted Kingfisher                     Megaceryle alcyon

  Northern Flicker                      Colaptes auratus

  American Kestrel                      Falco sparverius

  Scissor-tailed Flycatcher             Tyrannus forficatus

  Blue Jay                              Cyanocitta cristata

  Horned Lark                           Eremophila alpestris

  Bewick's Wren                         Thryomanes bewickii

  Curve-billed Thrasher                 Toxostoma curvirostre

  Northern Mockingbird                  Mimus polyglottos

  European Starling                     Sturnus vulgaris

  American Pipit                        Anthus rubescens

  Northern Cardinal                     Cardinalis cardinalis

  Eastern Meadowlark                    Sturnella magna

  Western Meadowlark                    Sturnella neglecta

  Great-tailed Grackle                  Quiscalus mexicanus

  House Finch                           Haemorhous mexicanus

  House Sparrow                         Passer domesticus

 

43 SPECIES

So Far:  54 Species

 

Mary Beth Stowe

McAllen, TX

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Subject: Re: Audubon's Warbler
From: mitch AT utopianature.com
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:44:49 -0700
A way out west here on the 99 line at Utopia the first fall 
Yellow-rumped warblers
are always Audubon's, preceeding Myrtle on average by a couple weeks, 
often three.
I have not had a Myrtle yet, but we have just entered their normal 
arrival window.
I have had more Audubon's this fall than any prior so far (n~11).  
Normally we would
have a couple per week since the last week of September, Myrtle showing 
in mid-October.
Besides well over a dozen Audubon's in the last three weeks, I saw my 
first-ever
large (over 20 birds) homogenous (from a Yellow-rump perspective) flock 
of Audubon's
Warbler here in 11 years, last weekend.  I worked them long and hard for 
a Myrtle and
nary a proper chip or chinstrap was seen or heard.  One Western Palm was 
amongst them,
which is my first Oct. passage Palm Warbler here, and quite noteworthy 
hereabouts.
Hard to believe a flock of Audubon's Warbler could be so significant, 
but these are
the things micro-scale birding reveal.  This is a clear and 
unprecedented incursion here.
Our normal ratio in winter is 89.+% Myrtle, 10% Audubon's, and almost 1% 
detectable
hybrids.  Spring stays fairly near that, and once Myrtle get here in 
fall that is
about normal, but until they do, it is all Audubon's, and generally 
never more than
a few, most often singles on the early dates.

Mitch Heindel
Utopia

On 2014-10-19 08:41, Brush Freeman wrote:
> .
> This AM on my walkabout in Utley, I heard and saw an Audubon's
> Warbler....Heck I have yet so see a Myrtle around here.  Has anyone 
> else in
> this region seen an Audubon"s already? More fuel for the western 
> species
> theory this fall?

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Subject: Re: Oporornis warbler at LaFitte's Cove today - ID help please
From: mitch AT utopianature.com
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:30:12 -0700
Hi all,

This looks like an immature male Mourning Warbler to me.
The narrowly broken eye-ring fore and aft are quite typical,
and Connecticut does not show this feature.  The brightness
of yellow underparts, as well as yellow in throat also are
characters of Mourning Warbler.

Mitch Heindel
Utopia,

> It looks like a juvie. The eyering is not quite complete.
> 
> The very long undertail coverts are supposedly diagnostic for 
> Connecticut.
> 
> Obviously the most likely would be Mourning, but those undertail
> coverts are really long for a Mourning.
> 
> Any thoughts anyone? Thanks

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Subject: Oporornis warbler at LaFitte's Cove today - ID help please
From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:38:32 -0500
Hi Texbirders,

I was at LaFitte's Cove from 10 - 12:30 today.

There were 2 other birders there who talked about 2 possible 
sightings of Connecticut Warblers in the last 3 weeks at LaFitte's. 
Only 1 person got photos and apparently no one has seen them to confirm.

About 10 minutes later this bird appeared at the drip. It was 
obviously an oporornis with the grayish hood and breast band. But 
which one..Mourning, Connecticut or McGillivray's?

Here is the bird in side 
view............     http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/157882864

And another showing very long undertail 
coverts.......    http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/157882865

This one shows gray brown 
hood......   http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/157882867

and this one shows a complete band across the 
breast.......       http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/157882869

It looks like a juvie. The eyering is not quite complete.

The very long undertail coverts are supposedly diagnostic for Connecticut.

Obviously the most likely would be Mourning, but those undertail 
coverts are really long for a Mourning.

Any thoughts anyone? Thanks

David McDonald
Friendswood TX

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Subject: Morning Migration
From: Gary Richards <grcolts AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:01:43 -0500
This morning was a good day for hawk migration. I spotted several kettles of 
Mississippi kites, Cooper’s, etc. 

Also, thousands of Monarch butterflies are flying high in the sky moving south.
A good morning for nature observing!

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Subject: Audubon's Warbler
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:41:00 -0500
.
This AM on my walkabout in Utley, I heard and saw an Audubon's
Warbler....Heck I have yet so see a Myrtle around here.  Has anyone else in
this region seen an Audubon"s already? More fuel for the western species
theory this fall?
Also had a unidentified Oriole, probably Baltimore a non-adult male type

Mrs. Possum here strayed across the road one to many times so there was a
nice collection of vultures and Caracaras down at the end of my road.
**********************************************************************
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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/18/14) 26,213 raptors
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:36:43 -0500
10/18/14 Count: 26,213 Raptors!!!  

Black Vulture-11  

Turkey Vulture-42  

Osprey-1  

Bald Eagle-4  

Northern Harrier-14  

Sharp-shinned Hawk-12  

Cooper's Hawk-13  

Red-shouldered Hawk-1  

Broad-winged Hawk-26,093 (at least 19 dark morph)  

Red-tailed Hawk-1  

Swainson's Hawk-12  

American Kestrel-6  

Mississippi Kite-1  

Unknown Falcon-1  

Unknown Raptor-1  

Currently 4th best season, 3rd best Broad-winged/raptor day ever, tied for 2nd 
best Bald Eagle day ever. Amazing. More tomorrow. 

  
 Susan A. Heath, Ph.D.
Avian Conservation Biologist
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
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Lake Jackson, TX 77566
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Subject: Great morning at Smith Point; great day on Bolivar Peninsula
From: "Doc" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "drbirdie@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:40:13 -0500
Hi Texbirders,
Twenty-two members of the Travis Audubon Raptorology class joined me today for 
a trip that included 4 hours on the observation tower at Smith Point followed 
by stops at Robbins Park, then Anahuac NWR, and finally Rollover Pass. 

Highlights of the 85 or so species we saw today included a fantastic liftoff of 
several thousand Broadwinged Hawks, some quite low over the tower and including 
at least 10 dark-morphs; a good flight of both sharpies and coops, some quite 
low, a juvie White-tailed Hawk that fooled some of us initially with its pale 
tail shining thru a bit pinkish in the morning backlight; several Chambers 
County American Oystercatchers at Robbins Park; more Oystercatchers and a ton 
of other shorebirds, gulls and terns in awesome late afternoon light on an 
outgoing tide at Rollover Pass; a flock of 55+ Franklin's Gulls mixed in with 
tons of Laughers, a few juvie Herring and at least one RB Gull at Rollover; the 
Black Skimmers at Rollover; and a male and female Vermilion Flycatcher at the 
visitor center at Anahuac NWR, plus both Whistling Ducks and 3 juvie Purple 
Gallinules at Shoveler Pond. 

We had great weather and great company.
Many thanks to Jason, the official counter at Smith Point, for enduring our 
questions, misidentications, and other intrusions with patience, good humor and 
helpful information. 

With any luck, most of us will be back at the tower again tomorrow 
morning for a little more of that Smith Point magic.
It was a good day to be a raptorologist.
Good birding ya'll,
Byron Stone, Austin
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Subject: Painted Redstart @ Falfurrias
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:53:47 -0500
Hi all,
 

Headed north to explore the lower Panhandle today, but couldn't resist a
stop at the Falfurrias Rest Stop to try for the Painted Redstart, and he's
still there, singing away, along with an Eastern Bluebird and Summer
Tanager, which rounded out the colors!  Padded the list with some unexpected
Valley birds, as I really didn't plan to stop there today but I got
impulsive. J  Got turned around in Ballinger so I'm in Coleman right now.

 

Bird List:

 

  Black Vulture                         Coragyps atratus

  Turkey Vulture                        Cathartes aura

  Harris's Hawk                         Parabuteo unicinctus

  Red-tailed Hawk                       Buteo jamaicensis

  Rock Pigeon                           Columba livia

  Eurasian Collared-Dove                Streptopelia decaocto

  Mourning Dove                         Zenaida macroura

  Golden-fronted Woodpecker             Melanerpes aurifrons

  Crested Caracara                      Caracara cheriway

  American Kestrel                      Falco sparverius

  Eastern Phoebe                        Sayornis phoebe

  Great Kiskadee                        Pitangus sulphuratus

  Couch's Kingbird                      Tyrannus couchii

  Scissor-tailed Flycatcher             Tyrannus forficatus

  Green Jay                             Cyanocorax yncas

  Eastern Bluebird                      Sialia sialis

  Northern Mockingbird                  Mimus polyglottos

  European Starling                     Sturnus vulgaris

  Yellow-rumped Warbler                 Setophaga coronata

  Painted Redstart                      Myioborus pictus

  Summer Tanager                        Piranga rubra

  Great-tailed Grackle                  Quiscalus mexicanus

  House Sparrow                         Passer domesticus

 

23 SPECIES

 

 

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Subject: NEW SOUND FROM A NO. MOCKINGBIRD THIS AM, AND AN UNKNOWN BIRD SEEN YESTERDAY AM IN PEARLAND
From: "Mira M Pellerin" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mirampellerin@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:41:47 -0400
While walking out to my newspaper box at 7 AM today, I heard what sounded like 
a Black Bellied Whistling Duck in a tree in my neighbors yard across the 
street, until the bird changed it's tune, into a typical mocker's call. I have 
never heard a mockingbird sound like a duck, let alone this duck, before! 


Yesterday AM while riding my trike down my street in the predawn darkness ( 
around 6:15 AM), I saw a tall, long legged bird, about the size and coloration 
of an Am. Bittern, run across the road in front of me about 30 feet away. It 
hopped over a small ditch then continued its peculiar gliding run across a 
front yard, then around the corner of the house. It held it's head almost 
straight up, with it's light colored bill pointing skyward! It was dim light, 
but the impression that I got was"'Am. Bittern"! 



When got past the house, I saw the bird rapidly moving, still with it's head 
held straight up, in the back yard, then it disappeared into the shadows of a 
large wooden fence. I never saw it again. How neat it was to see it, whatever 
it was! 



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Subject: Webberville Kiskadee (local interest)
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:29:38 -0500
.
Webberville Area (Local) A heard only Kiskadee is just downstream of Big
Webberville Park and just across county line in Bastrop Co. at the end of
River Terrace Rd. Turn off 969 on Lazy River Rd then left on on River
Terrace and go all the way to the end loop The bird sounds to be on the
river...There is a white mobile home that is fence and a woodland meadow to
the west...Best heard from here. I did not stay long on account of
dogs.....This could be a returning fall bird as they seem to like this area.
Also 9+ late Chimney Swifts, and a FOS Swamp Sparrow in the Webberville
area.
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120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
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Subject: Tropical Parula Quinta Mazatlan, McAlllen, YES 10-18
From: Tiffany Kersten <tiffanykersten AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:43:48 -0500
The continuing tropical parula has been giving lots of birders great views
this morning. It was a life bird for many on our guided bird walk this
morning!
Our grounds are open until 5 pm today. We are closed Sundays and Mondays.

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Mission, TX


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Subject: Brown Booby - Windy Point/Travis County
From: Ed Fair <ezflaw AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:41:42 -0500
The adult Brown Booby was seen again at Windy Point from about 8:30 AM to 9:00 
AM this morning. It was diving around the point and gliding out in various 
directions until it disappeared up the lake toward the Marina. The bird had not 
been reported in eBird since 9/24. 

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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/17/14) 14,864 raptors!
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 06:53:23 -0500
Today's Count: 14,864 Raptors!  

Turkey Vulture-444  

Northern Harrier-22  

Sharp-shinned Hawk-47  

Cooper's Hawk-11  

Broad-winged Hawk-14,316 (at least 2 dark morph)  

Red-tailed Hawk-1  

Swainson's Hawk-6  

American Kestrel-13  

Peregrine Falcon-2  

Mississippi Kite-2  

blog post: 
http://smithpointhawkwatch.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/continuation-of-the-incredible/ 

  
 Susan A. Heath, Ph.D.
Avian Conservation Biologist
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
103 W. Hwy 332
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
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Subject: Birder Patrol Trip Next Saturday, the 25th
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 05:44:07 -0500
Thanks to Pat Heirs for composing this on my behalf, since I won't be here.
 

Hello all,

 

Our Birder Patrol trip on Saturday, October 25th will be to Boca Chica Beach
and birding along Hwy. 4.

 

Meeting time and place will be 8AM at Jack-in-the-Box in Harlingen just off
the Ed Carey exit of Exp. 77/83.

 

 $5 donation to ACAS

 

Mary Beth, we will miss you.

 

Pat 

 

 

Mary Beth Stowe

McAllen, TX

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Subject: Raptors and More @ Edinburg Scenic Wetlands
From: Javier <javsterkayak7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 23:14:46 -0500
Hello Texbirders,

It was a good day for raptors at the Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding 
Center, Hidalgo Co. 


I got to the park around 2:30pm and noticed a kettle of Turkey Vultures 
streaming over the wetlands. This went on for a good while and I was able to 
pick out a handful of Broad-winged Hawks that were mixed in with the vultures. 

 
While looking at some of the Vultures that were coming in from a far distance I 
noticed a Harris's Hawk soaring over the horizon. First one for me at the 
wetlands and a nice addition the park's year list. 


Over at the North Pond a Red-shouldered Hawk kept all the waders on their toes. 

 
The Osprey that's been hanging out for the past month continues at the North 
Pond. 


A Merlin was a nice surprise making a quick appearance flying low over park. 
Also an addition to the year list! 


That made 6 raptors for the day! I don't think I've had that many in a day 
before at the park. 


Some other birds of note:

It was a 3 kingfisher day! Ringed, Belted, and Green were all present at North 
Pond. 


FOS Double Crested Cormorant

FOS Audubon's Yellow-rumped Warbler

Hopefully the raptor show continues tomorrow. 

Good fall birding to all!

Naturalist Educator,
Javi Gonzalez


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Subject: Matagorda County sod farms
From: "Bird.fried" <bird.fried AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 20:39:30 -0500
On the way to Palacios from Houston this afternoon, I stopped by a couple of 
Matagorda County sod farms in the hopes of finding some lingering Buff-breasted 
Sandpipers. I dipped on the BBSA but found a Whimbrel at the Triangle Sod Farm 
and a late American Golden Plover at the Saha Sod Farm on Bieri Rd. There were 
a few Black-bellied Plovers and Least Sandpipers though fewer than the expected 
numbers. It was a very pleasant evening with a gorgeous sundown. Good birding 
this weekend! 


Bob Friedrichs
Palacios

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Subject: New foraging maneuver by Great Egret -- Reply
From: Ray Porter <ray.porter314 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:39:00 -0500
additional comments: once earlier this year at Baytown Nature Center, I 
observed similar behavior. There was a stiff wind however in the middle 
of the channel there was an exultation of maybe 20-30 egrets (Great and 
Snowy) hovering and dipping.

This may be appear related but does anyone have any idea if birds have 
the quality of handedness? A month or so ago, I observed three Wood 
Storks feeding, and each showed a variation of the Reddish Egrets 
umbrella technique by using only one wing, the left. Invariably when I 
have observed Snowys and Tricolors doing the same, they use both wings 
as do the Reddish. This may be even stranger when one considers that 
Tricolors are herons. Would this be common for a behavioral trait to 
cross species boundaries?

Ray Porter
highlands, Texas
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Subject: New foraging maneuver by Great Egret -- Reply
From: "JeP" <jepbird AT att.net>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:16:42 -0500
I'm just now getting around to responding to Chuck's post of earlier this 
month.  I have also witnessed this hunting technique.

In about 2005 or 2006 I was at Northcliffe Golf club just north of San 
Antone. There's a large pond on one of the holes and a Great Egret was 
flying low and hunting minnows from the wing. The minnows were so numerous 
that they would scatter up out of the water in front of the bird.  He flew 
back and forth across the pond a number of times, pausing on the bank 
between each run. I don't recall that there was any particularly strong wind 
for him to fly against.

I thought I had posted at the time, but did not relocate it if so.

jeff patterson
austin 

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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch Tuesday and spiderlings too
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 13:18:24 -0500
Compared to the days after, Tuesday was pre-climatic but a burst of
broad-winged hawks at 3:30 showed what was to come. Wrong week of the year
which is sort of like the last couple of years. Birds late and in really
good numbers.
Turkey vultures were the birds of the day with a slowly increasing number
going back and forth. They got recruits as the day went on and were still
wandering at 4:45. If vultures had lots of plumage variation it would have
been a great study but there are just young and older birds

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157850038

The wing notch on this young of the year bird was overhead many times

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157850036

Many are in formations different from birds not migrating

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157850037

And kettle like hawks to get altitude

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157850028

Several Mississippi kites were finding dragonflies way up there despite the
strong west wind

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157850022

Note the spider silk trailing on the wings. Spiderlings were up ballooning
on the wind and probably were what the swallows were feeding on off to the
east as a couple of the rough-wings passing also had silk streamers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157850023

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157850018

A front view in the sun highlighted the silk

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157850020

A peregrine falcon was just finishing a dragonfly when it passed over and
also had a long silk streamer

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157850009

Broad-winged hawks included young of the year

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157850008

And a surprising number of adults for the date

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157850001

Northern Harriers have been very scarce this season

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157850000

This harrier appeared to be carrying a radio or something but it is
attached wrong. Maybe one leg is trapped in a narrow tube?

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157849999

A young red-shouldered hawk suffered a wing accident but flew well

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157849998

A new feather has grown in so it is not the well plumaged local bird of a
week ago

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157849997

Sharp-shinned hawks went by in twos and threes

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157849995

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157849994

This younger white-tailed hawk but not of this years crop has been up with
vultures for a couple of weeks

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157849992

White-fronted or speckle-bellied geese are passing ahead of the white
geese. Note the young of the year do not have speckled bellies

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157849990

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157849991

Lots of swallows in spurts with most being rough-winged swallows with a
good mix of barn swallows. I did pick out tree, bank and cliff swallows for
the day. A large flock fed off to the east and then passed by around noon
with many below tower level giving good looks at the topside just like in
the field guides.

One chimney swift went over low heading west with the swallows.

Lots of meadowlarks were out near Robbins Park early heading across the
bay. All singing birds were eastern meadowlarks and lots were singing. The
singing boat-tailed grackle continues on Texaco Road. Good numbers of sedge
wrens calling in scrubby spots. Saw 2 sparrows, 1 perhaps savannah and the
other not vanishing in the wind near dawn.

Dowitcher flocks were heading south as were a couple of killdeer flocks.
Heard long-billed dowitchers from a couple of flocks.

Note to those heading to the point. Bambi claimed on birder as a victim on
Tuesday and then local rolled a van several times just in front of another
birder. I have just missed pigs (twice), pit bulls (just) and blackbuck. My
deer was in the pm and well ahead of me until it turned back to try again.
The county does have an efficient cleanup of large carcasses so the
vultures are cheated.

-- 
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Subject: well sonuvagun, a first...for me
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:52:16 -0500
After all these years I finally saw my first Roadrunner in Galveston 
county.  It lit beside the road in Texas City at the corner of SH#3 & 
25th Ave.

what a hoot.  No pics, no place to turn off or around.

https://picasaweb.google.com/monte.phillips

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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/16/14) 12,355 raptors
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:46:54 -0500
Now we're talking!

10-16-14 Raptors: 12,355
Black Vulture-13
Turkey Vulture-228
Northern Harrier-5
Sharp-shinned Hawk-30
Cooper's Hawk-4
Broad-winged Hawk-12,058 (at least 6 dark today and at least 17 yesterday)
Swainson's Hawk-3
American Kestrel-10
Merlin-1
Mississippi Kite-2
Unknown Accipiter-1

Where to begin? Even more craziness to this season these past few days. No
buildup of Broad-wingeds, as in pretty much every prior season, but just
instant incredibly huge days. In fact, from a numbers/viewing perspective
these have been the most amazing raptor days I've ever seen. The average
number of birds in view at any one time these past 2 days is probably
somewhere around 2,000 raptors!
These past 2 days have not only resulted in this no longer being by far the
worst raptor count ever here at Smith Point, but it's actually now 'only'
the 3rd worst season ever, surpassing 2 other seasons!!! Yesterday's count
exceeded the previous 75 days, or 555.92 hours of counting in under 4
hours!!! The amount of birds seen these last three days is 3.4x the number
of birds seen in the previous 74 days!!! Today's raptor total is a full 2
weeks later than any other previous season with at least 10,000 raptors seen
in a day.  Last year and in 2001 are the only seasons where raptors have
even reached half the totals of these past two days for this time of the
year. Who knows what the rest of the season will bring? Despite these
amazing Broad-winged totals, there are many species in well-below average to
unbelievably below average numbers. If they started picking up now, some
species would be 3 weeks behind. Is it still possible for them to arrive
even later? Will Broad-wingeds continue in the thousands? We shall see.

Today we reached the 150th species seen from the tower-a House Wren. Some of
the more interesting combined totals of the past 3 days in the non-raptor
department include: Greater White-fronted Geese-258, White Pelican-254,
Anhinga-154, White Ibis-865, Dark Ibis-162, Wood Stork-1, Sandhill Crane-2,
Killdeer-205, Yellowlegs-91, Dowitcher-80, Franklin's Gull-472, Mourning
Dove-219, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher-92 but hundreds reported in the area,
Rough-winged Swallow-1,500+, American Pipit-6, Sprague's Pipit-1,
Yellow-rumped Warbler-6, Common Yellowthroat-2, Savannah Sparrow-a few dozen
at Robbins Park, Lincoln's Sparrow-1 (in mottes), Rose-breasted Grosbeak-2,
Indigo Bunting-31, Dickcissel-24, Red-winged Blackbird-68, Eastern
Meadowlark-11, Meadowlark Sp-76, Brown-headed Cowbird-331, Blackbird Sp-114,
and Pine Siskin-2

Susan A. Heath, PhD
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
103 Hwy 332 West
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
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Subject: dead migrants in waco.
From: "john muldrow" <dmarc-noreply-outsider AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "qmuldj@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:38:12 -0700
yesterday within a half to 3/4 of mile diameter circle, I found 4 dead 
Lincoln's, 2 grasshopper, 3-4 clay colored, and a savannah sparrows. found, 
also, what I believe 2 be a dead winter/pacific wren. all were under or near 
windows. also saw a dead mocker and nighthawk. we've had very high winds + rain 
over the wk.end. very sad 2 see. 


john Muldrow

waco
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Subject: Baytown Nature Center Bird Count - Oct 16, 2014
From: Chuck Davis <chuck AT rolloverpass.org>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 23:02:36 -0500
On a beautiful cloudless day, two observers recorded 64 species on the
monthly bird count at the Baytown Nature Center. Highlights included the
two continuing Brown Boobies, a very high kettle of at least 375
Broad-winged Hawks, and a Vermilion Flycatcher. Thanks to Ray Porter for
helping with the count.
The Baytown Nature Center bird count takes place on the 3rd Thursday of
each month. We meet in the parking lot behind the Visitors Center at 8:00
AM. The entrance fee is waived for the bird count.
_____________________________

Baytown Nature Center (UTC 039), Harris, US-TX
Oct 16, 2014 7:51 AM - 1:35 PM
Protocol: Traveling
4.5 mile(s)


Brown Booby  2     1 adult and 1 immature. Dark brown head, chest, back,
and upperside of wings. Adult had white stomach and underside that was
crisply demarcated from the brown chest; underside of wings were white with
brown around the margins; heavy, pointed straw colored bill. Immature bird
had dark bill and had gray instead of white underneath. Immature bird was
following the adult in flight.
Neotropic Cormorant  15
Double-crested Cormorant  3
American White Pelican  42
Brown Pelican  30
Great Blue Heron  6
Great Egret  8
Snowy Egret  32
Little Blue Heron  1
Tricolored Heron  3
Cattle Egret  2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  1
White Ibis  5
Roseate Spoonbill  6
Black Vulture  3
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  5
Northern Harrier  1
Bald Eagle  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Broad-winged Hawk  375     Conservative estimate of number. Very high.
Clapper Rail  3
Killdeer  32
Spotted Sandpiper  3
Greater Yellowlegs  4
Willet  1
Least Sandpiper  25
Western Sandpiper  3
Laughing Gull  65
Ring-billed Gull  1
Royal Tern  5
White-winged Dove  35
Mourning Dove  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Belted Kingfisher  3
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  3
Eastern Phoebe  5
Vermilion Flycatcher  1     Male. Perched in a low tree near the road, just
past Egret Tidal Flats pond.
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  16
Loggerhead Shrike  2
Blue Jay  12
American Crow  3
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  40
Barn Swallow  25
Carolina Chickadee  3
House Wren  1
Marsh Wren  4
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  6
Brown Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  18
European Starling  28
Common Yellowthroat  2
Savannah Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  3
Dickcissel  4
Red-winged Blackbird  38
Eastern Meadowlark  22
Common Grackle  1
Great-tailed Grackle  11
Brown-headed Cowbird  6
House Sparrow  6

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http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20251114

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



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La Porte, TX
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Subject: Austin Area RBA
From: Nate McGowan <natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 17:48:09 -0500
The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society.
This update is as of 10/16/2014. Send interesting sightings, complete with
species name, location, and contact information to Nate McGowan at
natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com.
-Rarities found this week-

A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was photographed at Hornsby Bend, *Travis*, 10/13.

A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was seen at Warbler Woods, *Guadalupe*, 10/11.

A GREAT KISKADEE was reported from the Gabriel's Overlook area of
Georgetown, *Williamson*, 10/15.

VERMILION FLYCATCHERS were reported from Decker Lake, *Travis*, 10/15 (one
male) and Lake Creek Trail*, Williamson,* 10/13 (two birds, photographed).

A SAY'S PHOEBE was photographed at Warbler Woods, *Guadalupe,* 10/10.

A COMMON LOON was found at Soil Conservation Service Site #2 in Leander,
*Williamson*, most recently seen 10/15. The bird was photographed.

Very late PURPLE MARTINS were reported from Balcones Canyonlands NWR,
*Burnet*, 10/12, Lady Bird Lake, *Travis*, 10/8, and the Austin Capitol
Grounds, *Travis*, 10/9.

A late WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen near Elgin, *Travis*, 10/11.

A RED-EYED VIREO was late at West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt, *Travis*, 10/9.

-Continuing birds from previous weeks-

The GREAT KISKADEE continued at Berry Springs, *Williamson*, 10.14. The
bird has been well photographed.

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

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Subject: Difficult farewell
From: H Trudell <heidi AT bigbendnature.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 16:16:41 -0400
Oh, Texbirds. I don't even know where to start. 
I love y'all. 

Since 1998, Texbirds has been my primary learning curve (outside of Nat Geo, 
Peterson's, the joy of the first Sibley) and it has been wonderful: I have made 
horrible IDs and had my  AT $$ handed to me by folks far more knowledgable than I 
(and I learned), and i have enjoyed reading the steady flow of posts from Ave A 
and Joseph Kennedy and established brains who have cycled through various 
levels of posting involvement... Curmudgeons and whippersnappers alike, 
Texbirds has been an extended family of sorts. Thank you. For the friendships 
and gentle rivalries, for the mentors and the CBCs, for news and vicarious 
living... Thank you. 


As a native Texan with fierce loyalty to my birding turf and community, it has 
been an agonizing decision, but I have moved to Michigan. It's cold, but the 
people are friendly. It's just not home. I do hope to keep in touch with folks 
- always open for questions about my former turf, but it looks like this move 
is indefinite. 


Best,
-h

Heidi Trudell
Formerly of Houston, Alamo, Abilene, Waco, Marathon, aaaand now Ypsilanti, MI


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Subject: Pine Siskin
From: "Rhandy Helton" <rjhelton AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:09:30 -0500
Definitely heard fly-over Pine Siskin this a.m. at South Llano River SP in 
Junction. 

Rhandy Helton
Junction
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Subject: Re: Another - Imprecise - Early Siskin in CenTex
From: "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" <Fred_Collins AT hctx.net>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 18:31:39 +0000
Chuck,

I think you enter that in E-BIRD with details and location comments of "Senior 
Moment". I think I could us that myself. ;-) 



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

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner



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Subject: [texbirds] Another - Imprecise - Early Siskin in CenTex

TexBirders,

This is slightly embarrassing: Somewhere over the past 48 hours (Tues-Wed), I 
was *somewhere* and heard a single call note overhead that some deep brain 
cells reacted with, "Uh, Pine Siskin?....No, that couldn't possibly be-too 
early." I dismissed it so quickly and was distracted with some other matter at 
hand that I can't even remember where in that two-day period I was. It might 
have been somewhere in the Granger Lake area (Williamson Co.), or at Lake 
Pflugerville (Travis Co.), or at home (Austin), or ... 


Darn.

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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/15/14) 10,618 raptors
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:25:19 -0500
Must have been quite a day. Wish I could have been there!

10-15-14: 10,618 Raptors

Turkey Vulture-53
Harrier-8
Sharpie-34
Cooper's-8
Broad-winged-10,481
Swainson's-23
Kestrel-7
Mississippi Kite-3
Unknown Falcon-1
More substance tomorrow.

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Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
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Lake Jackson, TX 77566
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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/14/14, 922 raptors
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:24:15 -0500
10-14-14:  922 Raptors

Turkey Vulture-94
Harrier-4
Sharpie-77
Cooper's-14
Broad-winged-713
Swainson's-1
Kestrel-11
Merlin-1
Peregrine-3
Mississippi Kite-4

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Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
103 Hwy 332 West
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
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Subject: Another - Imprecise - Early Siskin in CenTex
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:45:40 -0500
TexBirders,

This is slightly embarrassing: Somewhere over the past 48 hours (Tues-Wed), I 
was *somewhere* and heard a single call note overhead that some deep brain 
cells reacted with, “Uh, Pine Siskin?….No, that couldn’t possibly be—too 
early.” I dismissed it so quickly and was distracted with some other matter at 
hand that I can’t even remember where in that two-day period I was. It might 
have been somewhere in the Granger Lake area (Williamson Co.), or at Lake 
Pflugerville (Travis Co.), or at home (Austin), or … 


Darn.

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Subject: Notices of bird counts or birding events -- a suggestion
From: Bill Wright <wmewrght AT hal-pc.org>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:44:56 -0500
I receive texbird emails in digest format. It is sent out each night at 
midnight or shortly there after. I usually read the emails first thing 
in the morning after breakfast. Often I will read a notice about a 
birding event or count that is taking place about the time I read the 
texbirds digest -- too late for me to participate

My suggestion is to announce events 2 days before (or earlier), not just 
the day before.

Bill Wright
Houston, TX
life member TOS
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Subject: LLELA's BIG SIT Nov. 1st
From: Susan Yost <sdyost AT asunnytexas.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:31:50 -0500
Calling all birders! 
Flock together for LLELA's first-ever Big Sit November 1, 2014 
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area , Denton Co. 7am-6pm
Each participant is asked to find at least one donor. Donations are per species 
for all species seen or heard from within an observation circle. For 
individuals or teams that would like to come and bird from a circle, but don’t 
want to count species, a single donation of $25.00 is requested. {This 
fundraiser is sponsored by the Friends of LLELA, a non-profit to help off set 
costs of future educational and restoration programs.} 

Register by October 30, 2014 to participate. Email the registration form to 
llelabigsit AT gmail.com. Please put "LLELA Big Sit" in your subject line. 

A Pledge Packet consisting of an Excel Workbook with Individual Pledge Forms, 
Species Report forms, the Team Pledge Summary, Maps and the current LLELA Bird 
List will be emailed to each team leader or individual at the time they 
register. 

FREE after SIT cook out plus an Owl Prowl after. Prizes will be awarded for the 
team with the highest species count and random individual prizes. {must be 
present to win} 

For more information, email: llelabigsit AT gmail.com or call 972-219-3930

Friends of LLELA Our mission: The Friends of LLELA (FOL) is a nonprofit 
corporation organized to assist in the promotion, interpretation, and operation 
of LLELA. As a fund-raising and service group, the goal of the Friends is to 
help in the overall operation of the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning 
Area through sponsoring events, helping fund projects and raising the awareness 
of LLELA as an asset to the community and surrounding areas. FOL is a 
non-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Texas. The service area 
of FOL is the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, which consists of 
2000 acres south of Lewisville Lake. 


For more information on LLELA http://www.ias.unt.edu/llela/main.htm

Sue YOST ~^/^~
Highland Village
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Subject: Cameron County Big Day - The Link
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:08:00 -0500
Hi, all!
 

Finally got the blow-by-blow done along with some pictures; unfortunately
the recording of the Red-crowned Parrot cacophony didn't turn out, but it
was quite the show!  The link is here:

 

http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/2014%20Field%20Trips/October/Cameron
%20County%20Big%20Day.html

 

Enjoy!  MB

 

Mary Beth Stowe

McAllen, TX

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Subject: Swainson's Hawks in Corpus Christi
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor AT swarovskioptik.us>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 17:00:13 -0400
Hi all -

I got a brief message last night that there were Swainson's Hawks setting down 
in the fields near the CC airport, off Rand Morgan Rd. I got there about 
8:45am, and there were hundreds of Swainies scattered down a 3 mile long 
stretch, and out into the fields as far as the heat shimmer would let you see. 


I pulled off onto the shoulder to get photos of the nearby ones as they were 
feeding on insects in the stubble. I would guess grasshoppers, since the hawks 
were running around on the ground like ungainly chickens, pouncing on prey and 
quickly gobbling them down. 


The Hawks were not too concerned with the passing traffic, and some were within 
50 feet of the road. I digiscoped a lot of stills with the Pentax K3, and also 
stills and videos with the iPhone. 


Had I been diligent, there were probably 400 - 500 all told in the fields that 
adjoined the road, but I could see through the scope that there were many more 
waaay out in the farther fields. All in all, there were certainly a few 
thousand, but whether it was 2000 or 5000, I cannot say. 


About 10 am the first ones started flying up off the fields, and by 10:15 there 
were small kettles in all directions. One started up not far from me, so I 
jumped out of the car and hand-held the scope and the Pentax to shoot flybys. 
It was pretty busy for a few minutes there, and some were so close that I could 
not get all of the bird in the frame! 


I saw and photographed quite a few rufous-morph individuals, mostly immatures, 
but no full dark-morph birds. Darn. 


When I got home at about 11am, there was a big stream of Turkey Vultures, 
Swainson's Hawks, and Broad-winged Hawks passing right over my house. I called 
Dane Ferrell over at the hawk watch, and he said that they had birds literally 
all over the sky. In the next 30 minutes or so I watched and photographed 
probably 500+ vultures, 250+ Swainson's (including at least 4 full dark-morph), 
100 Broadies (one possible Chocolate Drop - the size was right, but it was 
edge-on and I could not see the shape), and a scattering of Sharp-shinned 
Hawks, Cooper's Hawks, Ospreys, Wood Storks, Anhingas, and White Pelicans. Very 
cool! 


Clay Taylor
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
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Subject: Bird Count at Baytown Nature Center 10/16/14 8AM
From: Chuck Davis <chuck AT rolloverpass.org>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:14:38 -0500
We will hold the monthly bird count at the Baytown Nature Center tomorrow,
Thursday morning 10/16/2014, at 8 AM. We will meet in the parking area
behind the entrance building and entrance for the count is free.
Chuck Davis

La Porte, TX

TOS Life Member
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Subject: Sal del Rey, 10/15/14
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "antshrike1@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:36:25 -0400
I had a fun morning at the Sal del Rey unit of the Lower Rio Grande NWR. There 
was plenty of water for a change and lots of birds. Best stuff included two 
young Herring Gulls, a flock of 20 White-fronted Geese with a lone Ross's 
Goose, a Snowy Plover, a hundred Wilson's Phalaropes, 35 Eared Grebes and 112 
Swainson's Hawks. Photos and list are on my blog. 


http://antshrike.blogspot.com/2014/10/sal-del-rey-101514.html


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Subject: Re: Santa Margarita Ranch.
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:55:49 -0500
I had stopped several years ago and chatted and they were expecting to
close the ranch at that time. The bluff area on the down river side where
you sat on the rocks and watched the birds go by had been closed by the
neighbors who controlled the access road long before and who would
prosecute anyone in the area.
Birding was impossible when I was there due to high water and the border
fence. The fence was required by the agriculture department as the family
cows did not pay much attention to the river border and Texas tick fever is
still a real problem although you do not see all the dipping stations and
tick checkpoints of yesteryear. I don't even remember if there are still
signs for tick eradication lines. Lack of cows in the river bottom made the
area impenetrable but likely much better for birds as there is now a real
jungle. The bypass road off the highway is still is the best place I know
for black-tailed gnatcatchers and usually lots of sparrows etc. I could not
get to any of the bigger trees on that trip as there were no open trails.



On Wed, Oct 15, 2014 at 1:17 PM, Brush Freeman 
wrote:

> >
> Keith Wolfe
> Cross posting...This is too bad but good to know. I recaqll many a trip and
> Brown Jays at SM.
> "
> Is LTC 79 Santa Margarita Ranch
> (
>
> 
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wildlife/wildlife-trails/coastal/lower/falcon-loop 

> )
> in west Starr County still open to the public?  This private property was
> excellent for birds and butterflies years ago, but the last two times I
> tried to visit, the gravel road down to the house, where you paid a nominal
> fee, and Rio Grande beyond was closed -- gate shut, chained, and locked.
> What's the latest, please?  Muchas gracias!
> Berry Nall
> 1:10 PM (2 minutes ago)
>
>
> I spoke to the owner. He said the ranch is no longer open to the public.
> Concerns about smuggling and violence were the reason for the decision to
> close the ranch.
>
>
>
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> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
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Subject: Santa Margarita Ranch.
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:17:07 -0500
>
Keith Wolfe
Cross posting...This is too bad but good to know. I recaqll many a trip and
Brown Jays at SM.
"
Is LTC 79 Santa Margarita Ranch
(

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/huntwild/wildlife/wildlife-trails/coastal/lower/falcon-loop 

)
in west Starr County still open to the public?  This private property was
excellent for birds and butterflies years ago, but the last two times I
tried to visit, the gravel road down to the house, where you paid a nominal
fee, and Rio Grande beyond was closed -- gate shut, chained, and locked.
What's the latest, please?  Muchas gracias!
Berry Nall
1:10 PM (2 minutes ago)


I spoke to the owner. He said the ranch is no longer open to the public.
Concerns about smuggling and violence were the reason for the decision to
close the ranch.



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Subject: More early pine siskins, Austin, Travis Co.
From: Caleb Gordon <calebbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:55:54 -0500
Hi all,
To add to the early finchiness, I have had single flyover pine siskins in
the downtown Austin lakefront just after first light on tues and weds,  Oct
14 and 15.
-Caleb Gordon, Austin

Caleb Gordon
512-229-8399
On Oct 15, 2014 8:38 AM, "Brush Freeman"  wrote:

> .
> Darrell can't post to the list...nice to know they are back
> **********************************************************************
> Brush Freeman
> 503-551-5150 Cell
> 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
> http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: "Darrell Vollert"  (Redacted
> sender "dvollert1967 AT yahoo.com" for DMARC)
> Date: Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 9:50 PM
> Subject: Early Pine Siskins-- 10/14
> To: Brush Freeman 
>
>
> Hey Brush,
>
> This may be of interest to folks in Texbirdsland, given the early movement
> of montane species this fall. For some reason I have not been able to post
> to Texbirds. If you feel this is worthy of posting, please do so.
>
> Darrell Vollert
> Hello Everyone,
> Early this morning(10/14) I heard a flyover Pine Siskin at my Chappell Hill
> residence. Later in the morning I had another flyover Pine Siskin in the
> Gun and Rod Addition on the east side of Brenham. These siskins are more
> than a month earlier than I usually get them in Washington County. They are
> the first siskins of the year in my local patch, as I did not have any in
> the area during the 2013-14 winter season.
> Also had my first Yellow-rumped Warbler of the fall in the Gun and Road
> Addition this morning.
> Darrell Vollert
> Chappell Hill
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Subject: Fwd: Early Pine Siskins-- 10/14
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2014 08:37:46 -0500
.
Darrell can't post to the list...nice to know they are back
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
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Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
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Date: Tue, Oct 14, 2014 at 9:50 PM
Subject: Early Pine Siskins-- 10/14
To: Brush Freeman 


Hey Brush,

This may be of interest to folks in Texbirdsland, given the early movement
of montane species this fall. For some reason I have not been able to post
to Texbirds. If you feel this is worthy of posting, please do so.

Darrell Vollert
Hello Everyone,
Early this morning(10/14) I heard a flyover Pine Siskin at my Chappell Hill
residence. Later in the morning I had another flyover Pine Siskin in the
Gun and Rod Addition on the east side of Brenham. These siskins are more
than a month earlier than I usually get them in Washington County. They are
the first siskins of the year in my local patch, as I did not have any in
the area during the 2013-14 winter season.
Also had my first Yellow-rumped Warbler of the fall in the Gun and Road
Addition this morning.
Darrell Vollert
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Subject: FOS Sparrows in the RGV, Hidalgo Co.
From: Javier Gonzalez <javsterkayak7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:50:20 -0500
This afternoon I took my dog for a walk at a field close by my home that
served as a good sparrow patch last winter to see if any sparrows have
arrived and I was treated to my first sparrows of the season. First spotted
was a *Lincoln's Sparrow* working the grassy patches and young trees
adjacent to a fence line. Further on down the line a couple of *Clay-colored
Sparrows* flushed and one perched on the fence and the other one high up
on a young Tepehuaje tree.
I was also very surprised to find a field that has recently become a big
wet spot after all the rains we've had packed with shorebirds! I couldn't
tell what they were because they were backlit, but I plan to check it out
tomorrow morning with the light in my favor.

Neighbor, Bert, saw me out on the field and called me up to tell me to
look up high to the Southeast with my bins. Way up there was a huge kettle
of hawks heading south. We couldn't really tell what they were because of
the distance, but we presumed that maybe they were *Swainson's.* We tried
driving south a bit in efforts to catch them, but they were far gone. We
did run into some *Kestrels* and a *Peregrine Falcon* on some power lines
and poles off of Alamo Rd. just north of Santa Ana NWR.

I'm looking forward to seeing what sparrows show up at the field this
season. It's nice to see them out there again.

Good fall birding to all,
Javi Gonzalez, San Juan TX


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Subject: American Crows moving
From: Cameron Carver <c.o.carver AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 21:04:36 -0500
Greetings,

I spent the day west of Lubbock. American Crows were moving in mid-sized flocks 
of 25-100 throughout the day. This is a typical occurrence in mid-October on 
the Llano Estacado, but always a fun sight since crows are sparse in the area 
most of the year. I can't say for certain where these birds are headed. Perhaps 
they are headed to the area around Lamesa where crows and Chihuahuan Ravens 
winter in the thousands. 


Sandhill Cranes and White-crowned Sparrows are also doing a good job of filling 
in. I also had a lone and seemingly lost Pine Siskin in a cotton field - 
perhaps a sign of things to come. 


Cameron Carver
Lubbock, TX

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Subject: Tuesday morning birding, Hagerman NWR
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:15:02 -0500
A strong north wind made birding for Passerines difficult but there was a large 
number of ducks. Hard to get accurate estimates on number of ducks and kind 
because of the distance and the high weeds. At times a lot of the ducks would 
take to the air making for an awesome sight. We had a flyby Peregrine Falcon 
and the Northern Harriers were working the marshes. We did have first of season 
Chipping and Vesper Sparrows. American White Pelicans were flying in and out. 
Total species for day was 51 + 3 other taxa. 

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Subject: Barred Owls in Nueces County
From: <jkestner AT stx.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 13:19:48 +0000
This morning at about 5:45, with a brilliant waning moon overhead, two Barred 
Owls were carrying on a conversation in a tree right outside my bedroom window! 


I went out the front door and heard the last grumblings of one bird (guess he 
lost the argument) before they fell silent. Karen Smith, are you missing a 
couple of birds? 


Also, on Sunday afternoon I went to Swantner Park on Corpus Christi Bay and 
observed the Bar-tailed Godwit, very much at home among his/her larger cousins. 
They were foraging in the grass for the longest time and I could almost reach 
out and pet them on the heads. Then up they flew, circled back and landed in a 
puddle where most of them promptly fell asleep. Others, including the visitor 
from the outer limits, took sponge baths. 


Judy Kestner
Calallen (NW Corpus Christi)
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Subject: Cameron County Big Day
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Tue, 14 Oct 2014 06:58:30 -0500
Hi, all!
 

The following is from Pat Heirs; I'm still working on processing everything
and will post the link to the web page (which will include the full report)
hopefully tonight, but it might not get done till next weekend. :-P  In the
meantime:

 

"Thought I would share some highlights which I hope you enjoy from our
Birding yesterday.

 

Mary Beth picked me up about 5:45 and then we stopped in San Benito to meet
up with Michael Marsden who joined us for our exploits.

 

We started at Sabal Palm at 7AM where we were greeted by the Great Horned
Owl perched nicely on Rabb House surveying his territory. An auspicious
start!

 

After covering the Resaca trail and the various nooks and crannies there we
moved on to Hwy 48 to check out the Boat Ramp where we did quite well with 3
Oystercatchers and the usual suspects.

 

Heading for SPI, rain clouds loomed, but we were undeterred.  We decided to
have an early lunch stop instead.  And that paid off, because after the
downpour, the Convention Center was hopping.  Several warblers including a
stunning male Golden-winged and lots of other migrants were active plus a
Magnificent Frigatebird.  The rain must have brought him over.  Usual
suspects seen. [Ed. Note:  she left out the Prairie Warbler that Michael
found! J]

 

Off to Laguna Vista where we made two stops and nabbed ducks for the day as
well as 11 Wood Storks.

 

We got our Vultures, Hawks and some Falcons on 100 and also on OPIR where we
had a very cooperative Cassin's Sparrow.

 

After some discussions we opted for one of Michael's hideaways where we got
our Ruddy Ducks and a couple of other birds and then we headed to Olveira
Park for our Parrot fix.  

 

In all, our count was 145 species birding from basically 7 to 7.  Our
toughest non-find was the Aplomado Falcon.

 

I know Mary Beth will be reviewing her pictures and audio when she gets the
time.  She is on a busy schedule right now.

 

It was a lot of fun yesterday.

 

Take care all,

 

Pat"

 

Mary Beth Stowe

McAllen, TX

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Subject: Re: [leasbirds] White-breasted Nuthatch and Golden-crowned Kinglet in Lubbock
From: Cameron Carver <c.o.carver AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:32:58 -0500
Did you happen to note which subspecies the White-breasted Nuthatch was? If 
this was one from the Rockies it could be more evidence of a push from that 
region. Golden-crowned Kinglets have already been reported in the plains of New 
Mexico. 


Cameron Carver
Lubbock, TX

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> On Oct 13, 2014, at 17:24, Anthony Hewetson  wrote:
> 
> Greetings All:
> 
> Yesterevening, during my three mile walk in my neighborhood, I noted a 
White-breasted Nuthatch (guess it got the word from all the Red-breasted 
Nuthatches that have descended upon us) in a yard near 42nd Street and 
Louisville Avenue. 

> 
> This morning, as I walked into work, I spotted a Golden-crowned Kinglet 
working one of the larger liveoaks at the northwest corner of the TTU HSC 
building. I also flushed 2 Common Poorwills from the junipers. 

> 
> I don't know what, if anything, is signified by the two songbird sightings 
but both are about as early as I can recall seeing the species in Lubbock. 

> 
> Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock
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Subject: White-breasted Nuthatch and Golden-crowned Kinglet in Lubbock
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 17:24:46 -0500
Greetings All:
Yesterevening, during my three mile walk in my neighborhood, I noted a
White-breasted Nuthatch (guess it got the word from all the Red-breasted
Nuthatches that have descended upon us) in a yard near 42nd Street and
Louisville Avenue.

This morning, as I walked into work, I spotted a Golden-crowned Kinglet
working one of the larger liveoaks at the northwest corner of the TTU HSC
building.  I also flushed 2 Common Poorwills from the junipers.

I don't know what, if anything, is signified by the two songbird sightings
but both are about as early as I can recall seeing the species in Lubbock.

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Subject: The Redheads Have Arrived!
From: "Sebok, Caitlin" <caitlin_sebok AT fws.gov>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:52:25 -0500
We've been starting to see lots of migratory ducks, some of which include
Redhead, American Wigeon, Northern Pintail, and Northern Shoveler.  The 9
inches of rain from September has really helped fill up the lakes, ponds,
and even resacas!
We expect to see more in number and diversity following the cold front
coming in this week. Mid-October is the beginning of the busy season, we
hope to see some of you out for a visit!


-- 
*Caitlin Sebok, Visitor Services Intern*
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
22817 Ocelot Rd
Los Fresnos, TX 78566
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Subject: Warbler Woods-2014-10-13
From: Nathaniel Nye <nathaniel.nye AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 16:12:13 -0500
Texbirders,
Had the opportunity to spend the morning out at Warbler Woods. Definitely a
beautiful location and well worth the trip. Thanks for sharing, Schaezler
family! Highlights for me were a pair of Swainson's Hawks including a dark
phase bird, a (late) beautiful Yellow-throated Vireo, and a cooperative,
vocal Long-billed Thrasher. There were several secretive sparrows ducking
around in the fields, but I could only get enough visual to identify a
couple of them (Lincoln's).

Best,
Nate Nye
San Antonio

Observer: NateNye
2014-10-13 08:00
Warbler Woods
Protocol: Traveling
2 Miles
210 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
    10    Black Vulture
    15    Turkey Vulture
    2    Sharp-shinned Hawk
    2    Swainson's Hawk    one light phase, one dark phase
    2    Killdeer
    2    Common Ground-Dove
    40    White-winged Dove
    15    Mourning Dove
    1    Greater Roadrunner
    1    American Kestrel
    2    Eastern Phoebe
    1    White-eyed Vireo
    1    Yellow-throated Vireo    beautiful adult seen at 15-20 ft away,in
mixed flock of kinglets, Nashville Warblers, and O-c Warblers
    2    Common Raven
    2    Barn Swallow
    2    Cave Swallow
    6    Carolina Chickadee
    10    Black-crested Titmouse
    4    House Wren
    2    Carolina Wren
    1    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    10    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    1    Gray Catbird
    1    Long-billed Thrasher
    8    Northern Mockingbird
    4    European Starling
    2    Orange-crowned Warbler
    5    Nashville Warbler
    1    Chipping Sparrow
    3    Lark Sparrow
    2    Lincoln's Sparrow
    20    Northern Cardinal
    1    Blue Grosbeak
    4    Red-winged Blackbird
    X    Great-tailed Grackle
    4    Brown-headed Cowbird
    4    House Finch
    20    House Sparrow

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Subject: A Cast of Caracara
From: Ronnie Kramer <ronniekramer1964 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 15:00:22 -0500
Today I had no less than 14 Crested Caracara in one field (northeast Travis
County).  There were vultures in the area, but not sitting in the field and
not really associating with the caracara.  The did not seem to be gathered
at a carcass. there were 4 or 5 near each other but otherwise they were
spread out over an acre or two.
Could this be a small group making a seasonal relocation?  Could this be an
extended family group?

Also of interest was my FOS Northern Harrier for central Texas, just across
the Williamson County line.

Ronnie Kramer
Austin


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Subject: Re: Possible Western [was: Cassin's Finch] irruption
From: Cameron Carver <c.o.carver AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 12:31:30 -0500
Greetings,

More reports of Cassin's in eastern New Mexico and the Colorado plains. Eastern 
New Mexico also had a report of Acorn Woodpecker. The Colorado plains reports 
Pygmy Nuthatch, Mountain Chickadee and Evening Grosbeak. 


Texas listers might want to plan trips to the panhandle this fall to see what 
rarities might pop up - maybe a Clark's Nutcracker or something juicy like 
that. 


Cameron Carver
Lubbock, TX

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> On Oct 7, 2014, at 6:33, Chuck Sexton  wrote:
> 
> TexBirders,
> 
> I think Cameron makes a good point. Here in CenTex we’ve seen a few odd 
early first-of-season occurrences that were just head-scratchers. Placed into 
context, they just *might* indicate an influx of birds from the mountain West. 
These include very early (but small numbers) of Cedar Waxwings, a few early 
White-crowned Sparrows, and a few others I’m forgetting. In the past few days 
(Oct. 5-6), we saw our expected first push of wintering Flickers into the 
Austin area but oddly, most/all of this first wave have been Red-shafted. 

> 
> Drought conditions have been ameliorating (very patchily) over much of Texas 
and I understand much of the Trans-Pecos is verdant right now, yet the drought 
in parts of the Great Basin and West Coast is worsening. This may set up a 
dynamic of redirecting wintering species into West Texas or further to the 
east. 

> 
> Never a dull moment in Texas birding!
> 
> Chuck Sexton
> Austin
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Subject: Bentsen SP Bird Walk Sunday Oct 12
From: Roy Rodriguez <Roy.Rodriguez AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Sun, 12 Oct 2014 20:44:06 +0000
Hi TexBirders,


Here is the latest bird list from Sunday Oct 12. There are very few 
Groove-billed Anis left as most of them have migrated. Scissor-tailed 
Flycatchers are staging and preparing to leave and many of them are grouping 
together in the park and along the roadways like Conway and Military Parkway. 
American Kestrels & Belted Kingfishers have returned to the Valley. 


The Hawk Tower is still getting numbers of migrating raptors and is a 
recommended spot to visit in the mornings. There is someone at the tower each 
morning through October to answer questions and covering the Hawk Watch. 




The feeding stations are open and we will be feeding in small amounts until the 
birds get used to it. We still need to get the stations numbered, etc. By next 
week, we should have the feeder program going full speed. 



Bird list October 12, 2014

Species Count
Plain Chachalaca        5
Neotropic Cormorant     6
Anhinga 1
Great Egret     3
Snowy Egret     2
Cattle Egret    16
Roseate Spoonbill       4
Black Vulture   6
Turkey Vulture  26
Osprey  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk      2
Cooper's Hawk   4
Red-shouldered Hawk     3
Broad-winged Hawk       10
Gray Hawk       1
Swainson's Hawk 5
Killdeer        2
Inca Dove       2
Common Ground-Dove      4
White-tipped Dove       2
White-winged Dove       6
Mourning Dove   18
Greater Roadrunner      1
Eastern Screech-Owl     1
Lesser Nighthawk        1
Black-chinned Hummingbird       1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird        2
Belted Kingfisher       1
Green Kingfisher        1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker       6
Ladder-backed Woodpecker        2
Crested Caracara        1
Black Phoebe    1
Great Kiskadee  5
Couch's Kingbird        15
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher       25
White-eyed Vireo        2
Green Jay       20
Barn Swallow    15
Cave Swallow    6
swallow sp.     60
Black-crested Titmouse  5
Verdin  2
House Wren      1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher   5
Clay-colored Thrush     1
Curve-billed Thrasher   1
Long-billed Thrasher    3
Northern Mockingbird    10
European Starling       5
Common Yellowthroat     1
Olive Sparrow   2
Northern Cardinal       6
Red-winged Blackbird    33
Great-tailed Grackle    21
Hooded Oriole   1
Altamira Oriole 2
House Sparrow   4?



Thanks.  Good Birding.



Roy J Rodriguez
Park Naturalist
Bentsen-RGV State Park
World Birding Center
2800 S Bentsen Palm Dr.
Mission, Texas 78572
956-584-9156
roy.rodriguez AT tpwd.texas.gov

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Subject: Re: LaFitte's whip yesterday
From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:37:23 -0600
Mike Austin emailed me that he thought the bird was a nighthawk rather
than a whip.
This was due to frosting on the wing coverts.

Although I can't see the tips of the wings, the primaries are edged in
white. This looks like a juvie nighthawk. The illustrations of whips
in Sibleys doesn't show any plumages with white edged primaries.

The bird is very gray, so may be the northern plains juvenile as
illustrated in Sibley.

If nightjars have the white at the base of the wing, it is a nighhawk,
but I guess sometimes they can be perched so it doesn't show.

Sorry for the confusion and thanks Mike for clarification.

David McDonald
Friendswood TX
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Subject: Re: Common Loon Leander, TX
From: Randy Duncan <osufight AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:24:00 -0700
A quick look this morning at 930 confirmed that the bird is still present.
Randy Duncan 
Leander TX


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wrote: 

 


The Common Loon was still present from 5;30 to 6:30 pm. at Reservoir 2 in 
Leander, TX on CR 273 aka Horizon Park just 1/4 mile south from CR2243. Bird 
can be seen with bins but scope is best. Viewed easily from side of road across 
lake. Bird actively fishing. Hope it sticks around a while for others to see. 


Beth Duncan
Leander, Williamson Co.

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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/12/14 449 raptors + Black-billed Cuckoo
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:03:55 -0500
Today's Count: 449  

Broad-winged-303  

Red-tailed-1  

Swainson's-2  

Sharpie-30  

Cooper's-7  

Mississippi Kite-3  

Turkey Vulture-80  

Black Vulture-16  

Kestrel-6  

Unknown Raptor-1  

Just the 5th day of over 300 raptors this season and the best Broad-winged day 
of the season. Completely unexpected given the strong south winds for half the 
day. The undoubted highlight of today was a Black-billed Cuckoo found by Nina. 
While a few are probably here each spring, this is a rare fall migrant and 
represents only the 2nd or 3rd record for Smith Point, the last record (that 
I'm aware of) over a decade ago on 10-29-2002. Nina also found a Yellow-billed 
Cuckoo to complete the duo for the day. 

  
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Avian Conservation Biologist
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
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Lake Jackson, TX 77566
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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/11/14 127 raptors, Golden Eagle
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:02:58 -0500
10-11 Raptors: 127  

Turkey Vulture-35  

Harrier-1  

Sharpie-10  

Cooper's-9  

Broad-winged-65  

Swainson's-1  

Golden Eagle-1  

Kestrel-1  

Mississippi Kite-4 
  
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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch 10/10/14 30 raptors
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2014 09:02:12 -0500
10-10 Raptors: 30  

Turkey Vulture-8  

Harrier-2  

Sharpie-15  

Broad-winged-1  

Kestrel-2  

Mississippi Kite-2 
  
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