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Pale-billed Woodpecker,©Dan Lane

2 Mar Highlights from Lubbock this morning [Anthony Hewetson ]
2 Mar More Lubbock highlights from yesterday [Anthony Hewetson ]
2 Mar Robins and waxwings in Lubbock [Anthony Hewetson ]
2 Mar Re: TOS East Texas Weekender [Laurie Foss ]
2 Mar Re: TOS East Texas Weekender [peter barnes ]
1 Mar Re: TOS East Texas Weekender [Christine Turnbull ]
1 Mar Re: TOS East Texas Weekender [Jan Maitlandj ]
1 Mar TOS East Texas Weekender [D D Currie ]
1 Mar RCWMA TOS Field Trip - Saturday [D D Currie ]
1 Mar TOS Smith county trips this weekend in north east Texas [peter barnes ]
1 Mar Fwd: eBird Trail Tracker Report - Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Mar 1, 2015 [Donna Kelly ]
1 Mar Red-naped Sapsucker Deussen Park [Michael Cooper ]
1 Mar Bentsen Bird Walk 3/1/15 [Hannah Buschert ]
1 Mar Lubbock highlights this morning [Anthony Hewetson ]
1 Mar Big Year Update [David Sarkozi ]
1 Mar Central Coast Birding Today, American Golden Plover et al ["Sheridan Coffey" ]
28 Feb Laredo birds of late [Holly Reinhard ]
28 Feb East Austin Couch's Kingbirds [Mollie Kloepper ]
28 Feb Waller Co. - Lesser Canada goose ["Harvey Laas" ]
28 Feb Fwd: eBird Trail Tracker Report - Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Feb 28, 2015 [Donna Kelly ]
28 Feb Osprey in Lubbock [Anthony Hewetson ]
28 Feb Clapp Park visit today [Anthony Hewetson ]
28 Feb Corpus Area 2/28 [Jon McIntyre ]
28 Feb San Antonio Audubon Phone message Feb 28 [Georgina Schwartz ]
27 Feb RCWMA TOS Field Trip [D D Currie ]
27 Feb Anahuac pictures from last week, say's phoebe, krider's and grebes etc [Joseph Kennedy ]
27 Feb Re: this pair showed up [Monte ]
27 Feb ID please [Monte ]
27 Feb Spring Migration = Birding Classic time! [Shelly Plante ]
26 Feb Corpus/Port Aransas 2/26 [Jon McIntyre ]
26 Feb Galveston to Brazoria today, swallow streams, nesting kites and spring flowers [Joseph Kennedy ]
26 Feb Austin Area RBA [Nate McGowan ]
26 Feb Todays Gull Trip by Boat 2/26/15 ["" ]
26 Feb FOS Golden-cheeked [Brush Freeman ]
26 Feb Webberville/Utley [Brush Freeman ]
25 Feb Bird walk tomorrow at Frontera Audubon [Sarah Williams ]
25 Feb Birding pouch [Brush Freeman ]
25 Feb Good Birds in Lubbock today [Anthony Hewetson ]
25 Feb Re: Sibley 1st Printing Replacement through Amazon ["" ]
25 Feb Re: Sibley 1st Printing Replacement through Amazon [Dan Smith ]
25 Feb Sibley's 1st printing ["Michael Musumeche" ]
25 Feb Re: Sibley 1st Printing Replacement through Amazon [Laurie Foss ]
24 Feb TOS East Texas weekend [peter barnes ]
24 Feb Bird Walk @ Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, Hidalgo Co. [Javier Gonzalez ]
24 Feb Re: Monk Parakeets ["Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" ]
24 Feb Hummingbird class announcement ["Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" ]
24 Feb Free guided bird walks in west Houston. ["Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" ]
24 Feb Re: Monk Parakeets [Laurie Foss ]
24 Feb Re: Monk Parakeets [Brush Freeman ]
24 Feb Breeding Bird Survey 2nd request for volunteers [Brent Ortego ]
23 Feb Re: Monk Parakeets [Laurie Foss ]
22 Feb Re: Monk Parakeets ["Mark Gray" ]
22 Feb S Texas Birding Visit in March [robert bowker ]
23 Feb S Texas Trip in March [robert bowker ]
23 Feb Fwd: eBird Report - Laguna Atascosa NWR--Bahia Grande Unit, Feb 23, 2015 [Donna Kelly ]
23 Feb Fwd: eBird Report - Laguna Atascosa Birding Van Tour, Feb 22, 2015 [Donna Kelly ]
23 Feb Blitzing for Blackbirds: Year 2 of the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz [Richard Gibbons ]
23 Feb Harris Co Cackling Geese [Michael Austin ]
23 Feb Re: Painted Redstart [Cecilia-Home ]
23 Feb Re: BREEDING BIRD SURVEY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED [Jason Bonilla ]
23 Feb Re: Replacement Sibley guide [Rita Clements ]
23 Feb Painted Redstart [Susan Orwig ]
22 Feb Rusty Blackbirds continue at Hornsby Bend - photos from Saturday 2-21-2015 ["" ]
22 Feb Striped Sparrow story in Austin paper last Monday 2-16-15 ["" ]
22 Feb Re: Monk Parakeets [Brush Freeman ]
22 Feb Bolivar and Anahuac yesterday [David McDonald ]
22 Feb Bolivar and Anahuac yesterday [David McDonald ]
22 Feb A muggy morning at Brazoria NWR [Monte ]
22 Feb Re: Monk Parakeets [Jane F Tillman ]
22 Feb Re: Monk Parakeets [Dan Smith ]
22 Feb Re: Replacement Sibley guide [Donna Kelly ]
22 Feb Re: Replacement Sibley guide ["" ]
22 Feb Bentsen Bird Walk 2/22/15 [Hannah Buschert ]
22 Feb Monk Parakeets [Brush Freeman ]
22 Feb Replacement Sibley guide ["" ]
22 Feb Estero Llano Grande ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]

Subject: Highlights from Lubbock this morning
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:15:24 -0600
Greetings All:
When I arose this morning the birds barely let me get food in the feeders
before swarming me and as I left there were 2 Lincoln's Sparrows, 8 Pine
Siskins and 3 American Goldfinches (both of which are rarely seen in my
neighborhood) hitting the thistle/sunflower feeder.  I also had 4 Cedar
Waxwings (very rarely seen in my neighborhood) huddling in one of my very
small live oaks.

I spent a half hour at Whisperwood Pond (4th Street and Raleigh Avenue)
this morning with the following highlights: 2 Greater White-fronted Geese,
7 Snow Geese, 2 Ross's Geese, 4 Canvasbacks, 1 Redhead, and 45 Cedar
Waxwings.

The goose flock at this site has gone from a fairly even mix of Cackling
and Canada Geese during the week or so before the storm to an almost
entirely Cackling Goose flock this morning.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson


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Subject: More Lubbock highlights from yesterday
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:10:27 -0600
Greetings All:
Some highlights from Lubbock on 1 March 2015:

150+ Cedar Waxwings along Quaker Avenue between 4th Street and 19th Street
in the morning.

1 Lincoln's Sparrow (rare in my neighborhood), 2 Northern Cardinals (rare
in my neighborhood), 8 Pine Siskins, and 4 American Goldfinches (rare in my
neighborhood) at my feeders in the late morning.

1 Common Merganser, 1 Eared Grebe, and 32 Cedar Waxwings at Whisperwood
Pond in the afternoon.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Robins and waxwings in Lubbock
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:06:56 -0600
Greetings All:
Most of this winter has featured low numbers of American Robins and very
low numbers of Cedar Waxwings in the Lubbock area.

The latest weather system seems to have changed that.

Some of my numbers:

Yesterday morning along Quaker between 4th and 19th: 250+ American Robins
and 150+ Cedar Waxwings.

Yesterday afternoon at Whisperwood Pond: 62 American Robins and 32 Cedar
Waxwing.

Yesterday afternoon from one spot in the Whisperwood neighborhood: 240+
American Robins.

This morning at Whisperwood Pond: 80 American Robins and 45 Cedar Waxwings.

Other observers in the area noted large numbers of American Robins and
Cedar Waxwings coincident with this storm system.  Also noted: increasing
numbers of Lincoln's Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, Northern Cardinals, House
Finches, Pine Siskins, and American Goldfinches at local feeders over the
weekend - and at least one report of a Purple Finch in the Lubbock area!

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Re: TOS East Texas Weekender
From: Laurie Foss <lauriefoss AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 08:28:49 -0600
As a weekender participant, I will tell you that the entire weekend was fun
and very birdy. The cold and windy conditions were no deterrent to a bunch
of determined birders. For me, the day that I was scheduled to go on the
(cancelled) Lake Tawakani trip I went on a trip to Lake of the Pines
instead and had a terrific time with David Brotherton and his host of other
local leaders. It's hard not to have a great time seeing White-breasted and
Brown-headed Nuthatches, Red-headed and Downy Woodpeckers, numbers of
Common Goldeneyes and other east Texas specialties. I would like to add my
thanks to the Tyler Audubon members who worked so hard on our behalf, and
to DD Curry for conceiving the idea in the first place.
Laurie Foss
Austin

Laurie Foss
Austin, TX

On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 7:46 AM, peter barnes  wrote:

> Thanks, D.D. In addition to the people D.D. mentioned, I would like to
> thank D.D. and Dell Little for leading the trip to Richland Creek WMA, and
> Richard Kinney and Ross Rasmussen, who volunteered to lead field trips to
> Lake Tawakoni, but were foiled by weather. Thanks also to Ann Bush, Janet
> and Ron Cook, Joe and Annie Marsey, Boyd Sanders and Dennis Scott, for
> leading participants to field trips and for answering questions at the
> hotel. We all appreciated that the participants were good humored and
> enthusiastic despite the weather and field trip cancellations. Finally,
> D.D. Currie deserves a round of applause for conceiving of the weekend and
> providing unflappable guidance before and during the event. It was fun to
> meet people from all over the state and we hope that you will come back and
> bird with us again.
> Peter Barnes
> Tyler
>
> On Sun, Mar 1, 2015 at 5:52 PM, D D Currie  wrote:
>
> > Despite sleet, snow, ice, rain and cold temperatures, the East Texas
> > Adventure was a great success.  I want to especially thank Peter Barnes
> for
> > all his organizing and reorganizing of field trips to adjust for changing
> > weather conditions. A special thanks to Peter, Mike Bloodsworth and David
> > Brotherton for leading field trips. Also want to thank Tyler Audubon
> > participants for manning the registration/information tables at the hotel
> > and for providing escorts to and from the hotel to field trip locations.
> > All I heard was how helpful and friendly the Tyler Audubon group was to
> the
> > participants.
> > Thanks again!
> > D. D. Currie
> > Director
> > Region 3 Pineywoods
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Subject: Re: TOS East Texas Weekender
From: peter barnes <pbarnes123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 07:46:58 -0600
Thanks, D.D. In addition to the people D.D. mentioned, I would like to
thank D.D. and Dell Little for leading the trip to Richland Creek WMA, and
Richard Kinney and Ross Rasmussen, who volunteered to lead field trips to
Lake Tawakoni, but were foiled by weather. Thanks also to Ann Bush, Janet
and Ron Cook, Joe and Annie Marsey, Boyd Sanders and Dennis Scott, for
leading participants to field trips and for answering questions at the
hotel. We all appreciated that the participants were good humored and
enthusiastic despite the weather and field trip cancellations. Finally,
D.D. Currie deserves a round of applause for conceiving of the weekend and
providing unflappable guidance before and during the event. It was fun to
meet people from all over the state and we hope that you will come back and
bird with us again.
Peter Barnes
Tyler

On Sun, Mar 1, 2015 at 5:52 PM, D D Currie  wrote:

> Despite sleet, snow, ice, rain and cold temperatures, the East Texas
> Adventure was a great success.  I want to especially thank Peter Barnes for
> all his organizing and reorganizing of field trips to adjust for changing
> weather conditions. A special thanks to Peter, Mike Bloodsworth and David
> Brotherton for leading field trips. Also want to thank Tyler Audubon
> participants for manning the registration/information tables at the hotel
> and for providing escorts to and from the hotel to field trip locations.
> All I heard was how helpful and friendly the Tyler Audubon group was to the
> participants.
> Thanks again!
> D. D. Currie
> Director
> Region 3 Pineywoods
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Subject: Re: TOS East Texas Weekender
From: Christine Turnbull <cbsturnbull AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:42:13 -0600
Yes. Absolutely fantastic time. Thank you TOS, Tyler Audubon and all of the 
trip leaders. Despite the weather, it was a great time. Great trip leaders, 
great organizing. 

Christine Turnbull
San Antonio
 
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> From: maitlandj AT flash.net
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: TOS East Texas Weekender
> Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:57:07 -0600
> To: ddbirder AT gmail.com
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> I agree. It was a great weekend of birding. Thanks to all who made it happen 
and to all who participated. 

> 
> Jan Maitland
> Red Oak, Tx
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> On Mar 1, 2015, at 5:52 PM, D D Currie  wrote:
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> > Despite sleet, snow, ice, rain and cold temperatures, the East Texas
> > Adventure was a great success.  I want to especially thank Peter Barnes for
> > all his organizing and reorganizing of field trips to adjust for changing
> > weather conditions. A special thanks to Peter, Mike Bloodsworth and David
> > Brotherton for leading field trips. Also want to thank Tyler Audubon
> > participants for manning the registration/information tables at the hotel
> > and for providing escorts to and from the hotel to field trip locations.
> > All I heard was how helpful and friendly the Tyler Audubon group was to the
> > participants.
> > Thanks again!
> > D. D. Currie
> > Director
> > Region 3 Pineywoods
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Subject: Re: TOS East Texas Weekender
From: Jan Maitlandj <maitlandj AT flash.net>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:57:07 -0600
I agree. It was a great weekend of birding. Thanks to all who made it happen 
and to all who participated. 


Jan Maitland
Red Oak, Tx

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On Mar 1, 2015, at 5:52 PM, D D Currie  wrote:

> Despite sleet, snow, ice, rain and cold temperatures, the East Texas
> Adventure was a great success.  I want to especially thank Peter Barnes for
> all his organizing and reorganizing of field trips to adjust for changing
> weather conditions. A special thanks to Peter, Mike Bloodsworth and David
> Brotherton for leading field trips. Also want to thank Tyler Audubon
> participants for manning the registration/information tables at the hotel
> and for providing escorts to and from the hotel to field trip locations.
> All I heard was how helpful and friendly the Tyler Audubon group was to the
> participants.
> Thanks again!
> D. D. Currie
> Director
> Region 3 Pineywoods
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Subject: TOS East Texas Weekender
From: D D Currie <ddbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:52:54 -0600
Despite sleet, snow, ice, rain and cold temperatures, the East Texas
Adventure was a great success.  I want to especially thank Peter Barnes for
all his organizing and reorganizing of field trips to adjust for changing
weather conditions. A special thanks to Peter, Mike Bloodsworth and David
Brotherton for leading field trips. Also want to thank Tyler Audubon
participants for manning the registration/information tables at the hotel
and for providing escorts to and from the hotel to field trip locations.
All I heard was how helpful and friendly the Tyler Audubon group was to the
participants.
Thanks again!
D. D. Currie
Director
Region 3 Pineywoods


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Subject: RCWMA TOS Field Trip - Saturday
From: D D Currie <ddbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:43:26 -0600
Twelve more hardy souls braved cold temps and rain yesterday on our
Saturday TOS field trip to Richland Creek WMA.  We had 73 species.....three
species not seen on Friday included Black-crowned Night Heron, Tree Swallow
and Winter Wren.
Checklists included in this summary:
(1): Richland Crk WMA (S. Unit)(Freestone Co) PPW-W 019
Date: Feb 28, 2015, 8:00 AM
(2): Richland Creek WMA (N. Unit)(Freestone Co.)
Date: Feb 28, 2015, 7:38 AM
(3): Richland Crk WMA (N. Unit)(Navarro Co) PPW-W 019
Date: Feb 28, 2015, 10:50 AM

250 Gadwall -- (2),(3)
104 Mallard -- (1),(2),(3)
36 Blue-winged Teal -- (2),(3)
750 Northern Shoveler -- (2),(3)
800 Northern Pintail -- (2),(3)
250 Green-winged Teal -- (2),(3)
25 Canvasback -- (3)
4 Redhead -- (3)
8 Ring-necked Duck -- (3)
47 Lesser Scaup -- (2),(3)
12 Bufflehead -- (2)
1 Hooded Merganser -- (3)
325 Ruddy Duck -- (2),(3)
12 Pied-billed Grebe -- (2),(3)
37 Neotropic Cormorant -- (2),(3)
31 Double-crested Cormorant -- (1),(2),(3)
3 American White Pelican -- (3)
17 Great Blue Heron -- (1),(2),(3)
15 Great Egret -- (2),(3)
3 Snowy Egret -- (3)
1 Black-crowned Night-Heron -- (3)
9 White-faced Ibis -- (3)
7 Black Vulture -- (2),(3)
9 Turkey Vulture -- (1),(2),(3)
3 Northern Harrier -- (2),(3)
8 Bald Eagle -- (2),(3)
1 Red-shouldered Hawk -- (3)
4 Red-tailed Hawk -- (2),(3)
4 Virginia Rail -- (3)
2 Sora -- (3)
1 Common Gallinule -- (3)
1300 American Coot -- (2),(3)
2 Killdeer -- (2)
2 Greater Yellowlegs -- (2)
25 Least Sandpiper -- (2)
64 Long-billed Dowitcher -- (2)
26 Wilson's Snipe -- (3)
1 Bonaparte's Gull -- (2)
44 Ring-billed Gull -- (1),(2),(3)
10 Forster's Tern -- (2)
3 Mourning Dove -- (3)
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker -- (1),(3)
2 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker -- (1),(2)
2 Downy Woodpecker -- (2),(3)
5 Northern Flicker -- (1),(2)
1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) -- (2)
1 Pileated Woodpecker -- (1)
1 American Kestrel -- (3)
1 Peregrine Falcon -- (2)
2 Eastern Phoebe -- (2),(3)
19 American Crow -- (1),(2),(3)
1 Tree Swallow -- (2)
8 Cave Swallow -- (2)
10 Carolina Chickadee -- (1),(2),(3)
4 Tufted Titmouse -- (3)
1 Winter Wren -- (1)
6 Carolina Wren -- (1),(2),(3)
2 Hermit Thrush -- (1),(3)
4 American Robin -- (1)
1 Northern Mockingbird -- (2)
2 European Starling -- (2)
1 Common Yellowthroat -- (3)
215 Yellow-rumped Warbler -- (1),(2),(3)
1 Field Sparrow -- (1)
6 Vesper Sparrow -- (3)
40 Savannah Sparrow -- (2),(3)
3 Song Sparrow -- (1),(3)
6 Swamp Sparrow -- (3)
5 White-throated Sparrow -- (1)
21 Northern Cardinal -- (1),(2),(3)
150 Red-winged Blackbird -- (2),(3)
2 Western Meadowlark -- (2),(3)
26 Western/Eastern Meadowlark -- (2),(3)


D. D. Currie and Dell Little


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Subject: TOS Smith county trips this weekend in north east Texas
From: peter barnes <pbarnes123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 16:39:30 -0600
For the TOS weekender, we ran a Smith county hotspots trip, led by Mike
Bloodsworth on Friday and me on Saturday. Despite the cold and wind, we
tallied a good variety of 80+ species on each of the two  days. Highlights
were 12 species of ducks, 2 Canada Geese (still a novelty in Smith county)
on Saturday at Lago del Pino, 5 Bald Eagles on Friday (Camp Tyler, Lake
Tyler and Bellwood Lake), 2 Ospreys on Friday (Lake Tyler, Pleasure Acres
Lake), a Franklin's Gull on Friday (Bellwood Lake), 2 Red-headed Woodpecker
on Friday (Camp Tyler and Lake Tyler nearby), 1 Hairy Woodpecker on
Saturday (Camp Tyler), 4 Fish Crows on Friday (Camp Tyler), single Purple
Finches on Friday and Saturday (Camp Tyler), 5 Eastern, 2 Spotted and 2
hybrid Towhees on Saturday (Camp Tyler),
While scouting for the weekend on Thursday, Feb 26, I had 10 Neotropic
Cormorants perched on the dock at the Villages Marina on Lake Palestine,
and 100 Rusty Blackbirds in the woods near the Lake Tyler dam.

Peter Barnes,
Tyler


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Subject: Fwd: eBird Trail Tracker Report - Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Mar 1, 2015
From: Donna Kelly <dkelly163 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 15:53:08 -0600
Another dreary morning for the tour to West Lake Road but the birds were
moving and some were very vocal. The lake continues to be covered with
Coots and Ruddy Duck with massive rafts of Pied-billed Grebe. I only
counted the closest ones that were positively ID'd.
Bird tours only continue through March 30 and are beginning to fill up so
call for reservations. 956-748-3607 X111.
Tours Thursday - Monday 8:30 - 12, Friday at 1 PM alternating between Bahia
Grande and Laguna Atascosa.

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Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Cameron, US-TX
Mar 1, 2015 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: eBird Trail Tracker
Comments:     West Lake Road to Guzzler
61 species

Gadwall  4
American Wigeon  8
Blue-winged Teal  7
Northern Shoveler  8
Northern Pintail  1
Redhead  6
Lesser Scaup  12
Bufflehead  3
Ruddy Duck  18
Northern Bobwhite  7
Pied-billed Grebe  59
Neotropic Cormorant  1
Double-crested Cormorant  1
American White Pelican  14
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  4
Tricolored Heron  11
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
White Ibis  13
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  2
Northern Harrier  2
White-tailed Hawk  2
Sora  2
Common Gallinule  1
American Coot  350
Killdeer  3
Long-billed Curlew  7
Forster's Tern  4
Common Ground-Dove  7
White-tipped Dove  3
Greater Roadrunner  8
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  4
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Vermilion Flycatcher  2
Couch's Kingbird  2
White-eyed Vireo  11
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  10
Purple Martin  12
Tree Swallow  12
Barn Swallow  15
Verdin  2
Bewick's Wren  2
Cactus Wren  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Curve-billed Thrasher  4
Long-billed Thrasher  9
Northern Mockingbird  39
Orange-crowned Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  23
Olive Sparrow  4
Savannah Sparrow  6
Lincoln's Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  7
Pyrrhuloxia  1
Red-winged Blackbird  56
Eastern Meadowlark  17
Great-tailed Grackle  6




-- 
Donna and Alvin Kelly RV Volunteers
Home is where you park it!
Currently Laguna Atascosa NWR


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Subject: Red-naped Sapsucker Deussen Park
From: Michael Cooper <michael20212 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:15:19 -0600
Surprised to find what I believe is another Harris County Red-naped
Sapsucker. Found at Alexander Deussen park. Bird was located in trees just
in front of the restroom closest to the boat ramp. The bird appears to be
an adult female. My experience with this bird is limited to the one seen at
Battleground, but everything appears right for red-naped. Bird was seen
today at 11:15. Any feedback appreciated.
Michael B Cooper
Kingwood, TX
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Subject: Bentsen Bird Walk 3/1/15
From: Hannah Buschert <Hannah.Buschert AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:49:52 +0000
Good afternoon,
We had a nice, cool day for a bird walk with tons of birds to see! We started 
off with some great birds at the Nature Center, Altamira Orioles, Clay-colored 
Thrush, and plenty of Green Jays. Not too much at the Resaca, so we headed 
towards the Kiskadee Blind, where we saw an Eastern Screech-Owl, Golden-fronted 
Woodpecker, and several Olive Sparrows. We finally saw a Lincoln's Sparrow at 
the Green Jay Blind, and more White-tipped Doves. On the ride around the park, 
we sat with a very bold Greater Roadrunner searching for food and had several 
Gray Hawks perching in trees. 

Species                                                 Count
Plain Chachalaca                               10
Double-crested Cormorant         2
Turkey Vulture                                  4
Gray Hawk                                          2
American Coot                                  1
Common Ground-Dove                3
White-tipped Dove                         12
White-winged Dove                       1
Mourning Dove                                1
Greater Roadrunner                       1
Eastern Screech-Owl                      1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker    2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker      1
Great Kiskadee                                 13
White-eyed Vireo                            1
Green Jay                                            8
Tree Swallow                                     2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher                   1
Clay-colored Thrush                        1
Northern Mockingbird                   1
Orange-crowned Warbler            5
Olive Sparrow                                    4
Lincoln's Sparrow                             3
Northern Cardinal                            8
Red-winged Blackbird                    15
Great-tailed Grackle                       18
Altamira Oriole                                  2
House Sparrow                                 19

Happy Birding!

Hannah Buschert
Park Ranger 1-Naturalist
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
2800 S Bentsen Palm Drive
Mission, Texas 78752
Hannah.Buschert AT tpwd.texas.gov
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Subject: Lubbock highlights this morning
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:37:30 -0600
Greetings All:
Though it is decidedly tricky to get around this morning, I did get out for
a few errands and a large, brownish gull at Leroy Elmore Park stalled me
for about a half hour.

In addition to the first cycle Herring Gull there were two other
highlights: 7 Wood Ducks and 1 Red-breasted Merganser (in the company of 2
Hooded Mergansers).  The number of cormorants is way down - from almost 100
the last time I looked to 2 - but duck diversity has picked up
considerably.  The increase in duck diversity is probably the result of
smaller playas with poorer circulation freezing over and consequent
searches for open water.

Though I did not stop, Maxey Park has some open water and might be good and
Whisperwood Pond was absolutely packed with waterfowl.  I may try to get a
handle on the Whisperwood Pond situation this afternoon - when things have
started thawing a bit.

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Subject: Big Year Update
From: David Sarkozi <david AT sarkozi.net>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:32:10 -0600
I'm back in the chase of the big year after being out of state for 2
weekends in a row. I netted 3 new ones Saturday to make the 282 mark.
Details in my blog at
http://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2015/03/back-in-saddle-again.html

-- 
David Sarkozi
Houston, TX
(713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
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Subject: Central Coast Birding Today, American Golden Plover et al
From: "Sheridan Coffey" <dmarc-noreply-modpost AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "sngcanary@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 03:49:19 +0000 (UTC)
Dear all,Martin Reid and I drove down to the coast around Corpus Christi, 
despite the rather miserable rainy weather. Luckily, it was not as cold as in 
San Antonio. Signs of spring are out there. 

We stopped on the way down in Live Oak County, where we had a flock of about 15 
Lark Buntings on the access road of I-37. Lark Buntings have been in short 
supply in our area this winter. There were a few Lark Sparrows and some Eastern 
Meadowlarks in the same flock, a bit of a theme. There were also a lot of 
Savannah Sparrows on the road edges. 

When we got to Odem Martin spotted a flock of white geese in a pasture on the 
south side of the highway. We had seen geese in this pasture in the past, but 
not in the last three years or so. We did a detour on County Rd 27 and ended up 
seeing over 500 Snow Geese and over 100 Ross's Geese. We also had two alternate 
plumaged Franklin's Gulls fly over, our first of the year. At the end of 27 we 
turned right on 54, where two dozen Northern Cardinals and several Pyrrhuloxias 
feeding together on the road. There was a female towhee that appeared to be a 
Spotted/Eastern hybrid, with very limited spotting on her back and a white 
patch at the base of the primaries. 

We then headed out to Padre Island, stopping at the Laguna, where we had huge 
flocks of Redheads. Large flocks continued all the way down to the National 
Seashore on Padre Island. We estimated over 25,000 birds! On the way south to 
the seashore, we ran into small groups of Purple Martins. I counted over fifty, 
just on this stretch of road. We had even more later, when we drove down 
Mustang Island and in Port Aransas. The beach had a few Herring Gulls and six 
Piping Plovers, along with a lot of Laughing Gulls, Royal Terns, Forster's 
Terns, etc. Visibility was extremely poor, so we decided the bird in the marsh 
areas. Right before we left the visitors center, an adult Peregrine barreled 
through, picking a fight with a male Harrier. We drove down Bird Basin Road, 
where we had an early American Golden Plover. There were also three Sprague's 
Pipit's on the road side at the end where the picnic tables are. A Barn and a 
Tree Swallow were resting in a bush, looking a bit bedraggled. 

We hit Port Aransas, which had a lot of birds, but nothing earth shattering. We 
did see a Solitary Sandpiper in a small pond by I-37 at mile marker 56, next to 
one of the gas stations. 

American Golden Plover (documentation shot, poor quality)
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Subject: Laredo birds of late
From: Holly Reinhard <holly.reinhard AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:41:01 -0600
Hello birders,
Since our festival earlier this month, we've had some great birds around.
Here are some highlights:

- Carlos Escamilla found and photographed a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER at North
Central Park on February 15th. It has not been seen lately.

Lake Casa Blanca has been super birdy lately. This morning I had my FOS
FIELD SPARROW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER (seems very
early), and an AUDUBON'S ORIOLE. This is only the 2nd time I have ever seen
Audubon's Oriole at this park, in 2 years of working there, so it was a
great surprise.

The enormous flock of gulls remains at Lake Casa Blanca, with all but a few
being Ring-billed Gulls. There are a few Herrings mixed in, and another
1st-winter large gull that might be a Lesser Black-backed. It has a much
lighter grayish-white head than Herring (there's a 1st-winter Herring that
some out of state birders and I saw it with, so that was a good
comparison).

The two WESTERN GREBES continue at Lake Casa Blanca as well, still best
seen from Day Use Area G, looking northeast. They tend to hang out in the
reeds in front of the island.

White-collared Seedeaters are being found around the Laredo area, but are
still hit and miss since they haven't begun to sing yet.

Good birding,

Holly Reinhard
Laredo


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Subject: East Austin Couch's Kingbirds
From: Mollie Kloepper <mkloepper AT att.net>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:34:00 -0600
This afternoon east of Austin:
The pond at Walnut Creek Sewage plant had a lot of the common winter ducks.
At the pond at the entrance to Kipp school, two Couch's Kingbird's were 
hunting over the water.
At Hornsby Bend, the Barred Owl's were calling. We had a brief look at a 
Fox Sparrow beside the path between Lower Island View and Upper Island View.

Mollie and Pete Kloepper
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Subject: Waller Co. - Lesser Canada goose
From: "Harvey Laas" <hlaas AT consolidated.net>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:05:22 -0600
About 1:30pm today I found a white-cheeked goose among about 100 G.
white-fronted geese and around 2000 snows. The location is the intersection
of FM 359 and FM 529 in the NW quadrant.  I called John Berner because I
suspected it was Canada rather than cackling goose.  Spent an 1.5 hours
scoping it.  It appeared slightly larger than the white-fronted geese.  It
had a very long neck  and appeared to large for cackling.  Overall
appearance fit Lesser Canada Goose very well - subspecies parvipes.  Canada
goose has become next impossible to find in this neck of the woods.  
The fallow rice field across FM 529 from the geese had a few ducks,
dowitchers, greater yellowlegs and least sandpipers.

 

Harvey Laas

10 miles N of Brookshire

 

It's not quite Spring yet. Though I did hear a white-eyed vireo this
afternoon.



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Subject: Fwd: eBird Trail Tracker Report - Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Feb 28, 2015
From: Donna Kelly <dkelly163 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:20:48 -0600
Dismal weather for the tour to Bahia Grande this morning but shore birds
put on a magnificent show. The mud flats were black with birds and
multitudes more swirled in murmurations over the Laguna. We estimated
10,000 plus birds. Best guesses were a mix of Western and Semipalmated
Sandpiper with a large mass of Dowitchers - Long/short billed - based on
feeding behaviours.
Season drawing to a close at the end of March. Tours are beginning to fill
up so call for reservations. 956-748-3607 X111.
Tours Thursday - Monday 8:30 - 12, Friday at 1 PM alternating between Bahia
Grande and Laguna Atascosa.

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Date: Sat, Feb 28, 2015 at 1:54 PM
Subject: eBird Trail Tracker Report - Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Feb
28, 2015
To: dkelly163 AT gmail.com


Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Cameron, US-TX
Feb 28, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: eBird Trail Tracker
Comments:     Bahia Grande Unit
Peeps - mix of Western and Semipalmated Sandpipers 10,000 plus
38 species (+1 other taxa)

Northern Pintail  60
Redhead  65
Northern Bobwhite  20
Double-crested Cormorant  11
American White Pelican  12
Brown Pelican  3
Great Blue Heron  8
Great Egret  6
Snowy Egret  2
Reddish Egret  3
Black Vulture  4
Osprey  2
Northern Harrier  4
Harris's Hawk  2
White-tailed Hawk  2
American Coot  5
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet  2
Long-billed Curlew  9
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher  60
Forster's Tern  5
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  1
Crested Caracara  3
American Kestrel  1
Aplomado Falcon  1
Loggerhead Shrike  5
White-eyed Vireo  2
Horned Lark  12
Tree Swallow  40
Verdin  1
Bewick's Wren  3
Cactus Wren  1
Curve-billed Thrasher  7
Northern Mockingbird  14
Savannah Sparrow  11
Pyrrhuloxia  1
Eastern Meadowlark  27




-- 
Donna and Alvin Kelly RV Volunteers
Home is where you park it!
Currently Laguna Atascosa NWR


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Subject: Osprey in Lubbock
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:43:32 -0600
Greetings All:
Jeremy and Canyon Clark reported an Osprey at Mae Simmons Park today - seen
while sledding at Lubbock's version of a ski resort:)

Anthony Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Clapp Park visit today
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:39:14 -0600
Greetings All:
Three of us (Jim Crites, William Wenthe, and myself) spent two hours at
Clapp Park (Lubbock) this afternoon. There was approximately five inches of
snow on the ground, the playa was iced over, and things were not anywhere
close to as warm as predicted. We spotted 21 species - highlights are in
bold.

1 Black-crowned Night Heron
1 Ring-billed Gull
9 Rock Pigeons
10 Eurasian Collared Doves
1 White-winged Dove
*1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker*
3 Blue Jays
13 American Robins
1 Northern Mockingbird
1 European Starling
*2 Cedar Waxwings*
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 Spotted Towhees
31 Song Sparrows
1 Lincoln's Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
1 Dark-eyed Junco
1 Red-winged Blackbird
12 Great-tailed Grackles
1 American Goldfinch
1 House Sparrow

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Corpus Area 2/28
From: Jon McIntyre <mcintyrebirds AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:11:34 -0600
Highlights around the Corpus Christi area today:

American Golden-Plover (Corpus Christi Landfill)
Lesser Black-Backed Gull (2 at Corpus Christi Landfill)
Sprague's Pipit (CR53)
Burrowing Owl
Aplomado Falcon (Hwy. 361 near Mustang Island SP)
Grasshopper Sparrow (2 in Flour Bluff)
Purple Martins (50+ along the coast)

Jon McIntyre
Corpus Christi, TX


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Subject: San Antonio Audubon Phone message Feb 28
From: Georgina Schwartz <gbird AT att.net>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:56:14 -0600
SAAS phone message February 28 3015
Telephone number 210-308-6788

Georgina Schwartz recording

Hello, this is the San Antonio Audubon Society with our

February 28 recording of recent bird sightings and an update

on coming activities.

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

may do so at any time by pressing 5 on your touch-tone phone

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

repeat your phone number, please.

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

Rehabilitation at 830-336-2725 for assistance. For owls or hawks

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

will be back.

You may also access our website at _www.saaudubon.org_ 
for more

information about the club, a membership form, directions to the

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

some photos of interest.

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

them.

The San Antonio Audubon society has been a birding, education, and

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

of each month at 7 PM at The First Tee at 915 E Mulberry at the south

end of Brackenridge Park. The next one is this next Thursday, March 5

when the speaker will be Jessica Alderson , Urban Biologist with Texas

Parks and Wildlife. She will cover some of the challenges people face

when dealing with wildlife in the city. All are welcome.

The next outing will be to Metha Haggard's ranch in SW Bexar

county on Saturday March 7. We will meet at 8 AM. Call Metha

at 210.622.3886 for details. Bring snacks and water for this

walking around trip on her ranch.

On Sunday March 8 we will meet at Southwest High School at 8 AM.

Meet leader Helen Rejzek near the coach's office at the rear of

11914 Dragon Lane reached off Old Pearsall Rd south of the Medina River.

The next Beginner's walk is on Saturday, March 14 at the Judson Nature

Trails in Alamo Heights at 8 AM. From the 5900 block of Broadway, turn

west on Ogden and go to the stop sign at Greeley Street. Turn left and 
go one

block to Viesca Street. Turn right and go the parking lot on the left 
before

the swimming pool.

On Tuesday, March 17 we will go to Max Starcke and Riverview Parks in

Seguin.Meet Sandi Wheeler in the Parking lot next to the big tanks in

Max Starcke Park at 8 AM  Reach this park off southbound TX123 at the

Guadalupe River. For info reach Sandi at wheels83 AT gmail.com 


Saturday March 21 we meet Coco Brennan at the Bracken Bat Cave

for birding at 8 AM. We will be expected to sign a liability release

form for them. Follow FM 3009 west from northbound I-35 through

Garden Ridge to the entrance just before Natural Bridge Caverns.

Info at Georgina at 210-342-2073. Lunch at a neighborhood restaurant.

The next trip to the Crescent Bend Nature Park in northeast Bexar County

will be on Tuesday, March 24, at 8 AM with Sandi Wheeler.

There will be bird walks at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center on the south

side of San Antonio each Sunday and on the 2^nd Tuesday at 8 AM. Exit south

loop 410 at exit 46, Moursund Rd, and go south 0.7 mile to the gate on 
the left.

This place is now open every day except Monday from 8 to 4 for a small fee.

Call 210-628-1639 for more info.

Everyone is welcome at our activities and you don't have to be a member to

participate. If you would like more information or membership in our group,

just leave your name and phone number and someone will return your call.

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Subject: RCWMA TOS Field Trip
From: D D Currie <ddbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:14:27 -0600
On Friday, February 27, 2015 6:06 PM, D D Currie 
wrote:

As part of the TOS East Texas Adventure this weekend, 12 of us braved
sleet, snow and low temperatures at Richland Creek WMA today.  We ended the
day with 84 species.  Highlights included 1 Common Goldeneye, 3 Hooded
Mergansers, 31 White-faced Ibis, 11 Bald Eagles, 3 Virginia Rails, 1
Sora, 1 Common Gallinule, 2 Crested Caracaras, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 10 Cave
Swallows, and 1 Western Meadowlark (1 calling, but more in the flock).
Complete list as follows:


Checklists included in this summary:
(1): Richland Creek WMA (N. Unit)(Freestone Co.)
Date: Feb 27, 2015, 7:23 AM
(2): Richland Crk WMA (N. Unit)(Navarro Co) PPW-W 019
Date: Feb 27, 2015, 11:12 AM
(3): Richland Creek WMA (N. Unit)(Freestone Co.)
Date: Feb 27, 2015, 10:00 AM
(4): Richland Crk WMA (S. Unit)(Freestone Co) PPW-W 019
Date: Feb 27, 2015, 8:00 AM

1 Snow Goose -- (1)
12 Wood Duck -- (2),(4)
250 Gadwall -- (1),(2)
113 Mallard -- (1),(2),(4)
20 Blue-winged Teal -- (1),(2)
300 Northern Shoveler -- (1),(2)
1200 Northern Pintail -- (1),(2)
200 Green-winged Teal -- (1),(2)
20 Canvasback -- (2)
3 Redhead -- (1)
30 Ring-necked Duck -- (1),(2)
40 Lesser Scaup -- (1),(2)
11 Bufflehead -- (1)
1 Common Goldeneye -- (2)
3 Hooded Merganser -- (1),(4)
245 Ruddy Duck -- (1),(2)
16 Pied-billed Grebe -- (1),(2)
20 Neotropic Cormorant -- (1),(2)
30 Double-crested Cormorant -- (1),(2),(4)
24 American White Pelican -- (1),(2)
25 Great Blue Heron -- (1),(2)
22 Great Egret -- (1),(2)
4 Snowy Egret -- (2)
32 White-faced Ibis -- (2)
44 Black Vulture -- (2),(4)
26 Turkey Vulture -- (1),(2),(4)
5 Northern Harrier -- (1),(2)
11 Bald Eagle -- (1),(2),(4)
2 Red-shouldered Hawk -- (2),(4)
6 Red-tailed Hawk -- (1),(2)
3 Virginia Rail -- (2)
1 Sora -- (2)
1 Common Gallinule -- (2)
2000 American Coot -- (1),(2)
2 Killdeer -- (1)
1 Greater Yellowlegs -- (1)
80 Least Sandpiper -- (1)
22 Long-billed Dowitcher -- (1),(2)
12 Bonaparte's Gull -- (1)
27 Ring-billed Gull -- (1),(2)
10 Forster's Tern -- (1)
2 Mourning Dove -- (1),(2)
1 Belted Kingfisher -- (1)
5 Red-bellied Woodpecker -- (2),(4)
3 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker -- (2),(4)
3 Downy Woodpecker -- (2),(4)
7 Northern Flicker -- (4)
2 Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (4)
1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) -- (2)
1 Pileated Woodpecker -- (2)
2 Crested Caracara -- (3)
1 American Kestrel -- (1)
1 Peregrine Falcon -- (2)
2 Eastern Phoebe -- (1),(2)
1 Loggerhead Shrike -- (1)
6 Blue Jay -- (2),(4)
25 American Crow -- (1),(2),(4)
10 Cave Swallow -- (1)
7 Carolina Chickadee -- (2),(4)
7 Tufted Titmouse -- (2),(4)
2 Marsh Wren -- (2)
12 Carolina Wren -- (2),(4)
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet -- (4)
4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet -- (2),(4)
3 Eastern Bluebird -- (4)
2 Hermit Thrush -- (4)
23 American Robin (2)
1  Northern Mockingbird (?)
15 Cedar Waxwing (?)
3 European Starling -- (4)
3 Common Yellowthroat -- (2)
370 Yellow-rumped Warbler -- (1),(2),(4)
14 Field Sparrow -- (2),(4)
16 Vesper Sparrow -- (2),(4)
28 Savannah Sparrow -- (1),(2)
12 Song Sparrow -- (2),(4)
7 Swamp Sparrow -- (2)
12 White-throated Sparrow -- (4)
5 White-crowned Sparrow -- (2)
8 Dark-eyed Junco -- (4)
23 Northern Cardinal -- (1),(2),(4)
360 Red-winged Blackbird -- (1),(2),(4)
1 Western Meadowlark -- (2)
20 Western/Eastern Meadowlark -- (2)
3 American Goldfinch -- (4)

D.D. Currie and Dell Little


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Subject: Anahuac pictures from last week, say's phoebe, krider's and grebes etc
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:07:41 -0600
The say's phoebe that has been wintering mainly just east of the Skillern
tract of Anahuac Refuge for the last 3 winters was traplining along the
fence row on the 18th. It fed very like a white-tailed kite; perching, then
flying out and hovering and then pouncing on prey on and in the ground.
Enlarge the bird a little and change the color a good bit and it and you
would have a great feeding kite on the fence.
Here it does a mystery bird pose

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198142

The phoebe followed the fence from its favorite corral for more than 1/2
miles before flying across the highway way back into the idle rice field.
Some of the prey was at least partially buried as the bird would have sand
on the bill when returning to the fence.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198141

Not the best plumage but the cold weather does not really seem to affect
its ground prey

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198143

Very close by, the krider's hawk from last winter perches on some of the
same poles this winter.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198134

And still has its pet phobia from last winter and always flees whenever a
port-a-potty truck comes by. Not sure where or why it learned that behavior
as other trucks do not disturb it

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198137

Ducks are scarce on shoveler pond for some reason and some lesser scaup
showed of the green sheen on their heads. At least it looked green when I
looked at them and is still green on the right bird for the camera

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198116

However they have a crest on the back of the head, a very small nail on the
bill and only half a wings worth of white striping

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198117

One pair of northern pintails has been in the same spot for more than a
month

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198120

Even when tipped up, even the female shows a nice pintail

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198121

Pied-billed grebes also have a pointed tail

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/inbox

Two or three actually had pied bills but the posing birds only had darker
colors there

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198127

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198129

Most of the white-faced ibis are just passing over but the birds around the
tour roads are starting to get pink faces but the knees were hidden.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198125

Another great day to be out.

-- 
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Subject: Re: this pair showed up
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:33:46 -0600
female - immature cowbirds they are by overwhelming consensus! :0   
thanks all who replied.
On 2/27/2015 2:53 PM, Monte wrote:
> https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8675/16639639146_e80eaaa505_o.jpg
> -- 
> Monte
> https://picasaweb.google.com/monte.phillips
> Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
> Mark Twain

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“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled 
long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer 
interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s 
simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. 
Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back." - Carl 
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Subject: ID please
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:47:17 -0600
there appears to be a pair of these but am hesitant to call the ID. I 
left a sparrow in the pic for size comparison/color etc.
help much appreciated....again!  ;)
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8675/16639639146_e80eaaa505_o.jpg

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Subject: Spring Migration = Birding Classic time!
From: Shelly Plante <Shelly.Plante AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 20:20:14 +0000
Calling All Birders!

The registration deadline for teams participating in this year's Great Texas 
Birding Classic is approaching quickly. Join this fun, friendly, birdwatching 
competition. There are tournament categories for all ages and skill levels, so 
select the one that works best for you. Since the competition is now statewide 
it's much more convenient for all participants as well. 


Registration Deadline: April 1st
Tournament Days: pick any day from April 15-May 15

Participating teams can choose from a variety of tournament categories, 
choosing to participate for a half day, full day or more and compete regionally 
or statewide, including: 

* The Big Sit! This category is great for teams that have one or two "ringer" 
birders or if you have lots of people wanting to be on one team together. 


* State Park Tournament, Big Sit! or Sunrise-to-Noon Tournament. Ideal for a 
team seeking a more laid-back day without too much traveling around and for 
teams composed of mixed ages, so kids, teens and adults can be on a team 
together. 


* Regional Big Day. Perfect for those who want to test their skills against 
others in your part of the state, while birding for most or all of a 24-hour 
period. Categories are separated by age groups. Mentor a Roughwings (13 years 
and younger) or Gliders (age 14-18) or do your own adult tourney. 


* Statewide Tournament. Take on birders throughout Texas for either the 
Statewide Big Day Tournament for 24 hours of birding or enter the Statewide 
Weeklong Tournament for six consecutive days of birding anywhere and everywhere 
in Texas. 


Want to learn more? Here are some quick links to some of the basics to get you 
started: 

* How to Participate: http://bit.ly/1dNevMl. All registration forms are online, 
so it's so easy to enter your team and participate! 

* Tournament advice for mentoring a youth team, doing a Big Day Tournament, 
taking on the Weeklong Tournament, or birding with blind or visually impaired 
birders can be found here: http://bit.ly/1gBGwvY 

* Sponsorship tips - Community organizations, bird clubs, local businesses and 
more could sponsor your team(s). Learn more here: http://bit.ly/1BONt7M 

* Conservation grant project proposal - Submit projects for a chance to win 
funding! Project proposals are due by May 1st. If you field a team and if your 
team wins, it could be in a position to select your group's project proposal: 
http://bit.ly/1BiD03c 


For inspiration, check out this short video highlighting the Big Sit! 
Tournament: http://youtu.be/x6bSYNzP1wQ. Go to www.birdingclassic.org for more 
information and registration instructions. Feel free to email or call me with 
any questions or to clarify anything. I'm here to help! 


Thanks,
Shelly  
______________________
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4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas 78744
Phone: 512-389-4500; Cell: 512-241-9163; Fax: 512-389-8029
Great Texas Wildlife Trails - www.tpwd.state.tx.us/wildlifetrails
Texas Paddling Trails - www.tpwd.state.tx.us/paddlingtrails 
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Subject: Corpus/Port Aransas 2/26
From: Jon McIntyre <mcintyrebirds AT hotmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:12:42 -0600
Today I birded Blucher Park, Rose Hill Cemetery, Port Aransas Birding Center, 
and Paradise Pond. Here are the highlights- 


Downy Woodpecker- Rose Hill
Tropical Kingbird (calling)- Paradise Pond
Pine Warbler- Rose Hill
Indigo Bunting- Rose Hill
Black-and-White Warbler- Blucher
Northern Flicker (red shafted)- Paradise Pond
Cinnamon Teal (9)- PA Birding Center

Jon McIntyre
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Subject: Galveston to Brazoria today, swallow streams, nesting kites and spring flowers
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:07:10 -0600
I did a little different trip today for variety starting on 61st street on
Galveston. 3 common loons way down west and a couple of others went
overhead going west. A couple of other loons in canals as I went down the
island. Good habitat on 8 mile and sportsmens road but not many birds with
a good chop in the bay from the north wind.
I had 3 pairs of nesting white-tailed kites on the island with one pair at
the nest and the other 2 pairs doing aerial courtship so spring is here as
was also evidenced by blooming indian paintbrush. Almost no birds on either
side of San Luis Pass.

Both the beach and inland streams of swallows were in place. Just a few
barn swallows picking up flies along the beach but quite a few purple
martins as well as barn and tree swallows passing over Brazoria refuge
among the school buses and children. Herring gulls were the common beach
gull after being almost absent on my last beach drive in the area. One
bunch of maybe 6 lesser black-backed gulls on Bryan beach. A few flocks of
car birds on the beaches with just a few scattered black-bellied plovers
and western willets.

One patch of the canal beside the Surfside hurricane levy had 4 ospreys
along with both cormorant and both pelican species scooping up fish (cold
affected?). Common duck for the day was gadwall but what happened to the
baldpates. Years ago the 2 species were always together in equal numbers.
Today I had zero baldpates and none at Anahuac a week ago either.

The dredge spoil lagoon on the right as you cross the intracoastal to
Quintana is full of water so will have shorebirds when they start moving.
Neotropic had field sparrows with the white-crowned and savannah sparrows.
A yellowish warbler went in front of the car at the stop sign but was not
seen or id'd. Major dredging at the jetties and no birds.

Note that there is really heavy truck traffic in the area. Major dump
trucks at the port corner where they store windmill wings and on both sides
of the road at the LNG facility. Many trucks using the beach between the
bridge and LNG including caravans of 8 and 10 at a time. Many between
Brazoria and Buccees too. Many of the drivers do not understand what yellow
lines and stop lights mean either. Gravel everywhere and one car had a
broken window from a dropped rock at the end of the bridge.

Very few birds around but the strong wind never really helps a bird list.
They were doing a major burn near the Brazoria hq up on 2004 but the gate
was locked so I could not get in to look for hawks at the burn. But some
winter birds are gone and other than the swallows no migrants arriving.
There were lots of cranes about and the baby horned owl is getting big.
There were a number of horned larks on the beaches so Ike did good for that
species by creating lots of inland sand flats.

-- 
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Subject: Austin Area RBA
From: Nate McGowan <natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:43:44 -0600
This is the Austin Area Rare Bird Alert. This update is as of 2/26/2015.
Send interesting sightings, complete with species name, location, and
contact information to Nate McGowan at natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com.

-Exceptional birds in the circle-

A STRIPED SPARROW was photographed and audio recorded at CR 428 east of CR
361, *Williamson*, 1/11. The most recent positive report is from 2/22. This
is a potential first ABA record, although provenance has been questioned.

A WHOOPING CRANE continues to be seen at the Sore Finger Unit of Granger
Lake, *Williamson,* 2/25.

-Rarities found this week-

Two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were photographed at the Outdoor Recreation Area
of Belton Lake, *Bell*, 2/21 and continue as recently as 2/24.

An early BROAD-WINGED HAWK was photographed at Barkley Meadows, *Travis*,
most recently 2/24.

TREE SWALLOWS were early at Barkley Meadows, *Travis, *2/24 and and
Webberville Park, *Travis 2/26.*

A FRANKLIN'S GULL was early at Belton Lake, *Bell*, 2/24.

-Continuing birds from previous weeks-

A BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER continued at John Stokes San Marcos River
Park, *Hays*, most recently 2/25.

An EASTERN TOWHEE continued at a private office complex in west *Travis*,
2/24.

A well photographed ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD continues at a private residence in
west Austin, *Travis*, 2/25. The bird has been present since at least
December.

Individual CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRDS continued on private property in New
Braunfels*, Comal*, 2/24 and a private residence in central Austin, *Travis*,
2/18. Both birds have been well photographed.

A PYRRHULOXIA continued at McNeil and Merrytown Rds., *Travis*, 2/22. The
bird has been photographed.

A GREAT KISKADEE continued at Berry Springs Park in Georgetown, *Williamson*,
2/20.

RUSTY BLACKBIRDS continued at Hornsby Bend, *Travis*, most recently 2/25.

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

Nate McGowan
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Austin, TX


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Subject: Todays Gull Trip by Boat 2/26/15
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "DHanson139@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 17:50:23 -0500
Mike Austin and I took my boat out of Roseland Park in Baytown today and  
headed to the mouth of Cedar Bayou and Cedar Point trying to get out there  
before the winds got up. When we got to the sand/shell bar off Cedar Point we 
 found the tide down enough to get out and walk around. We were able to 
find Lesser Black-backed Gulls (2), Thayer's Gulls(2 first winter) and a First 

winter  or possibly second winter Great Black-backed Gull, along with what 
we think is a  first winter California Gull. I have not great pictures of 
all but the Lesser  Black-backed Gulls. I would like some of you gull 
connoisseurs to look at the suspected California first winter and either 
confirm or 

say no for us. Bird was  brown and had a long slender pink bill with a 
black tip and was lighter on the throat. You will notice in that picture there 

is the first or second winter  Great Black-backed gull behind and just to 
the right. 
 
We essentially found nothing of great interest in Cedar Bayou or on the  
dump site today but it was not for trying. Everything we found today was in  
Chambers Co.
 
http://smu.gs/1MWjzBR
 
 
David  Hanson
Baytown/Mont Belvieu Area
TOS Member
Texas Master  Naturalist
FeatherFest 2015 Birding Program  Leader
dhanson139 AT aol.com
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Subject: FOS Golden-cheeked
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:06:53 -0600
.
Got a second hand report that a Golden-cheeked Warbler was found this
morning on a closed property in Comal Co. If so it is the first arrival
I've heard of. I don't know the details....except it appears to have been
found during a preseason habitat assessment.
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

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Subject: Webberville/Utley
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:41:55 -0600
.
 Thought I had a couple of new species for the Travis Co. thingy this
morning but see RKO beat me to the punch...About 15 Tree and 2 Barn
Swallows.  An E. Phoebe really had me going for a bit.  It was so dark, I
was hoping it would be a Black.  After several days absence White-eyed
Vireos are singing on my place.  Have had a rare male Lesser Goldfinch
twice with Americans, but no sign of any goldfinches today.
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
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Subject: Bird walk tomorrow at Frontera Audubon
From: Sarah Williams <sarahannewilliams AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:53:49 -0600
This is a late reminder that Javi Gonzalez of Edinburg WBC will lead a bird
walk tomorrow at Frontera Audubon in Weslaco at 8:30 am. Hope to see you
there!
Sarah Williams
Frontera Audubon
Weslaco, TX



-- 
*Sarah A. Williams*


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Subject: Birding pouch
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 21:58:26 -0600
.
D found this for me ....I ordered.  It is perfect.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00OBHD33O/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 

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Subject: Good Birds in Lubbock today
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:43:56 -0600
Greetings All:
Whilst running errands I made a brief stop at Leroy Elmore Park where I
relocated the female type Red-breasted Merganser and the Neotropic
Cormorant first seen by Justin Bosler on 23 February 2015 as well as 11
Wood Ducks.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Re: Sibley 1st Printing Replacement through Amazon
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "carolynohl@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 17:23:41 -0500
When my replacement turned out to be the same printing (Mar 2014), I contacted 
them again and they refunded my money, so don't give up. Even though it's a 
pain, it might pave the way to make it easier for those that follow us. 


Carolyn Ohl-Johnson
Big Bend area


 



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From: Dan Smith 
To: lauriefoss ; Dennis Shepler 
Cc: dmarc-noreply ; texbirds AT freelists.org 
 

Sent: Wed, Feb 25, 2015 3:54 pm
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Sibley 1st Printing Replacement through Amazon


You know, this is the first time I�ve had trouble with Amazon, and I�m
really
disappointed. The replacement arrived today, and, sure enough, it was
a 1st
printing. But the copyright page has been cut out of this one. But on
the
otherwise blank page it immediately followed, right about �The Sibley
Guide to
Birds" in the top right corner, in blue ink, is a person�s name
with the date,
3/2014. So they sent me a book that had been returned.
-- 
Dan
Smith
Dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com
512-451-2632
www.wordsmithofaustin.com
From:
Laurie Foss 
Reply-To:  
Date: 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 10:58 AM
To:  Dennis Shepler

Cc:  ,
"texbirds AT freelists.org"

Subject:  [texbirds] Re:
Sibley 1st Printing Replacement through Amazon

There were instructions on The
Birder's Library
Blog
on
getting
a replacement right from the publisher, Random House. I followed
those
instructions by calling Random House directly. They had an automated
message
ready for me, instructing me where to send the book's bar code to
receive a
replacement.
To save all of you the phone call, do this: *cut off the bar code
from the
back cover of the book and mail it to:*

Penguin Random
House
Attention Consumer Services / DMS
400 Hahn Rd.
Westminster, MD 
21157

Be sure to include your return address with it!

Laurie
Foss
Austin

Laurie Foss
Austin, TX

On Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 4:57 PM,
Dennis Shepler  wrote:

>  Texbirders,
>  I, too, have
been successful in having Amazon replace my Sibley, although I
>  will have to
return the copy I purchased last year, at no cost.
>  FYI
>  Dennis
>  On
Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 4:29 PM, Redacted sender carolynohl AT aol.com for
>  DMARC
 wrote:
> 
>>  > The Amazon rep told me the same
thing, then after consulting a
>  supervisor,
>>  > agreed to send me a
replacement and didn't want me to mail them the old
>>  > one. My replacement
has arrived, I presume, and when I get home tomorrow
>  it
>>  > should be
there waiting on me. The more people that contact Amazon (if
>>  > that's where
you purchased it) the smoother the transaction should go for
>>  > the next
person. A good reason to buy from Amazon, in my opinion.
>>  >
>>  > Carolyn
Ohl-Johnson
>>  > Big Bend area
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >
>> 
> -----Original Message-----
>>  > From: Dan Smith

>>  > To: dmarc-noreply
; spcgraham.floyd <
>>  >
spcgraham.floyd AT gmail.com>; foundnatureblog ;
>>  >
texbirds 
>>  > Sent: Sat, Feb 21, 2015 4:11 pm
>>  >
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Sibley 1st Printing Replacement through Amazon
>> 
>
>>  >
>>  > I just spoke with Amazon about this issue, and the
representative agreed
>  to
>>  > replace it, so it�s on its way. There was a
twist, though. This rep
>>  > resisted
>>  > at first because the usual return
window was closed. I told her others
>  had
>>  > received returns, and she
relented after talking to a supervisor but
>>  > indicated they were making an
exception because I am a long-time and
>  Prime
>>  > customer.
>>  > --
>> 
> Dan Smith
>>  > Dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com
>>  > 512-451-2632
>>  >
www.wordsmithofaustin.com
>>  > From: "" 
(Redacted sender "
>  jgstudio AT aol.com"
>>  > for DMARC)
>>  >

>>  > Reply-To: 

>>  > Date:  Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 3:28
PM
>>  > To:  , ,
>>  >

>>  > Subject:  [texbirds] Re: Sibley 1st Printing
Replacement through Amazon
>>  >
>>  > Just got mine this week. Nice!
>> 
>
>>  > John Groves
>>  > El Paso
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >
>> 
>
>>  >
>>  > -----Original Message-----
>>  > From: Graham Floyd

>>  > To: foundnatureblog
; texbirds
>>  > 
>>  >
Sent: Mon, Feb 16, 2015 4:23 pm
>>  > Subject: [texbirds] Re: Sibley 1st
Printing Replacement through Amazon
>>  >
>>  >
>>  > Thank you VERY much for
this info!
>>  >
>>  > Graham Floyd,
>>  > Earth
>>  >
>>  > Sent from my
iPhone
>>  >
>>>  > >  On Feb 16, 2015, at 4:37 PM, Jennifer Miller <
> 
foundnatureblog AT gmail.com
>>>  > >
>>>  > > wrote:
>>>  > >
>>>  > >  I saw
this on the FL listserv this morning and just heard back from
>>  > Amazon
>>>
> >  that it is legit. If you purchase your 2nd edition Sibley Guide to
> 
Birds
>>>  > >  (1st printing) through Amazon and the copyright page has a
printing
>>  > date of
>>>  > >  March 2014, then you can contact Amazon and
get your copy replaced
>  with
>>  > the
>>>  > >  July 2014 printing (darker
font and fixed colors for some birds). Just
>>  > look
>>>  > >  up the order
number associated with your book under "My Account" and
>>  > call
>>>  > > 
or email customer service. They will also email you a return postage
>>  >
label
>>>  > >  to send back your 1st printing copy. I apologize if this falls
outside
>>  > the
>>>  > >  listserv's purpose, but I appreciated finding out
about it.
>>>  > >  --
>>>  > >  Jennifer Miller
>>>  > >  Lubbock, TX
>>> 
> >
>>>  > >  {o,o}
>>>  > >  /)_)
>>>  > >   " "
>>>  > >
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http://foundnature.weebly.com/index.html
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Subject: Re: Sibley 1st Printing Replacement through Amazon
From: Dan Smith <dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:53:37 -0600
You know, this is the first time Ive had trouble with Amazon, and Im
really disappointed. The replacement arrived today, and, sure enough, it was
a 1st printing. But the copyright page has been cut out of this one. But on
the otherwise blank page it immediately followed, right about The Sibley
Guide to Birds" in the top right corner, in blue ink, is a persons name
with the date, 3/2014. So they sent me a book that had been returned.
-- 
Dan Smith
Dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com
512-451-2632
www.wordsmithofaustin.com
From:  Laurie Foss 
Reply-To:  
Date:  Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 10:58 AM
To:  Dennis Shepler 
Cc:  , "texbirds AT freelists.org"

Subject:  [texbirds] Re: Sibley 1st Printing Replacement through Amazon

There were instructions on The Birder's Library Blog
on
getting a replacement right from the publisher, Random House. I followed
those instructions by calling Random House directly. They had an automated
message ready for me, instructing me where to send the book's bar code to
receive a replacement.
To save all of you the phone call, do this: *cut off the bar code from the
back cover of the book and mail it to:*

Penguin Random House
Attention Consumer Services / DMS
400 Hahn Rd.
Westminster, MD  21157

Be sure to include your return address with it!

Laurie Foss
Austin

Laurie Foss
Austin, TX

On Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 4:57 PM, Dennis Shepler  wrote:

>  Texbirders,
>  I, too, have been successful in having Amazon replace my Sibley, although I
>  will have to return the copy I purchased last year, at no cost.
>  FYI
>  Dennis
>  On Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 4:29 PM, Redacted sender carolynohl AT aol.com for
>  DMARC  wrote:
> 
>>  > The Amazon rep told me the same thing, then after consulting a
>  supervisor,
>>  > agreed to send me a replacement and didn't want me to mail them the old
>>  > one. My replacement has arrived, I presume, and when I get home tomorrow
>  it
>>  > should be there waiting on me. The more people that contact Amazon (if
>>  > that's where you purchased it) the smoother the transaction should go for
>>  > the next person. A good reason to buy from Amazon, in my opinion.
>>  >
>>  > Carolyn Ohl-Johnson
>>  > Big Bend area
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >
>>  > -----Original Message-----
>>  > From: Dan Smith 
>>  > To: dmarc-noreply ; spcgraham.floyd <
>>  > spcgraham.floyd AT gmail.com>; foundnatureblog ;
>>  > texbirds 
>>  > Sent: Sat, Feb 21, 2015 4:11 pm
>>  > Subject: [texbirds] Re: Sibley 1st Printing Replacement through Amazon
>>  >
>>  >
>>  > I just spoke with Amazon about this issue, and the representative agreed
>  to
>>  > replace it, so it�s on its way. There was a twist, though. This rep
>>  > resisted
>>  > at first because the usual return window was closed. I told her others
>  had
>>  > received returns, and she relented after talking to a supervisor but
>>  > indicated they were making an exception because I am a long-time and
>  Prime
>>  > customer.
>>  > --
>>  > Dan Smith
>>  > Dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com
>>  > 512-451-2632
>>  > www.wordsmithofaustin.com
>>  > From: ""  (Redacted sender "
>  jgstudio AT aol.com"
>>  > for DMARC)
>>  > 
>>  > Reply-To:  
>>  > Date:  Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 3:28 PM
>>  > To:  , ,
>>  > 
>>  > Subject:  [texbirds] Re: Sibley 1st Printing Replacement through Amazon
>>  >
>>  > Just got mine this week. Nice!
>>  >
>>  > John Groves
>>  > El Paso
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >
>>  >
>>  > -----Original Message-----
>>  > From: Graham Floyd 
>>  > To: foundnatureblog ; texbirds
>>  > 
>>  > Sent: Mon, Feb 16, 2015 4:23 pm
>>  > Subject: [texbirds] Re: Sibley 1st Printing Replacement through Amazon
>>  >
>>  >
>>  > Thank you VERY much for this info!
>>  >
>>  > Graham Floyd,
>>  > Earth
>>  >
>>  > Sent from my iPhone
>>  >
>>>  > >  On Feb 16, 2015, at 4:37 PM, Jennifer Miller <
>  foundnatureblog AT gmail.com
>>>  > >
>>>  > > wrote:
>>>  > >
>>>  > >  I saw this on the FL listserv this morning and just heard back from
>>  > Amazon
>>>  > >  that it is legit. If you purchase your 2nd edition Sibley Guide to
>  Birds
>>>  > >  (1st printing) through Amazon and the copyright page has a printing
>>  > date of
>>>  > >  March 2014, then you can contact Amazon and get your copy replaced
>  with
>>  > the
>>> > > July 2014 printing (darker font and fixed colors for some birds). Just 

>>  > look
>>>  > >  up the order number associated with your book under "My Account" and
>>  > call
>>>  > >  or email customer service. They will also email you a return postage
>>  > label
>>> > > to send back your 1st printing copy. I apologize if this falls outside 

>>  > the
>>>  > >  listserv's purpose, but I appreciated finding out about it.
>>>  > >  --
>>>  > >  Jennifer Miller
>>>  > >  Lubbock, TX
>>>  > >
>>>  > >  {o,o}
>>>  > >  /)_)
>>>  > >   " "
>>>  > >
>>>  > > Blog - http://foundnature.weebly.com/index.html
>>>  > >
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Subject: Sibley's 1st printing
From: "Michael Musumeche" <mjmusumeche AT cox.net>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:27:40 -0600
I bought my copy of Sibley from the registration kiosk last spring at Boy Scout 
Woods at High Island. When I contacted the publisher about the poor quality of 
the 1st printing, they took all of my information and here is what they told me 
in an e-mail a couple of days later .................... 

Good morning, 

We are writing in reply to your recent request for a copy of the 2nd printing 
of the above title. We regret any inconvenience, however complimentary 
replacements for individuals with the first printing of this edition are not 
available. 


The Sibley Guide to Birds was never meant to be a static publication. 'My goal 
is for birders everywhere to have the best possible experience 

With my guidebooks,’ says Sibley, ‘and I will continue to make adjustments 
to ensure that is the case.' In the first edition of his landmark book, 

author David Sibley made revisions over the course of several printings In an 
effort to achieve the most accurate rendering of his work. This has 

continued with the second edition of The Sibley Guide to Birds, with David 
making several refinements, including type and color adjustments, in 

the second printing. The second printing is now off press and available in 
bookstores. 


Thank you for your interest in this title. If you have not yet seen the 2nd 
printing you may find it at your local bookstore. 



Consumer Services
AS-3916

_______________________________________________________________ 
^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ ^v^ 
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Subject: Re: Sibley 1st Printing Replacement through Amazon
From: Laurie Foss <lauriefoss AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:58:00 -0600
There were instructions on The Birder's Library Blog

on 

getting a replacement right from the publisher, Random House. I followed
those instructions by calling Random House directly. They had an automated
message ready for me, instructing me where to send the book's bar code to
receive a replacement.
To save all of you the phone call, do this: *cut off the bar code from the
back cover of the book and mail it to:*

Penguin Random House
Attention Consumer Services / DMS
400 Hahn Rd.
Westminster, MD  21157

Be sure to include your return address with it!

Laurie Foss
Austin

Laurie Foss
Austin, TX

On Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 4:57 PM, Dennis Shepler  wrote:

> Texbirders,
> I, too, have been successful in having Amazon replace my Sibley, although I
> will have to return the copy I purchased last year, at no cost.
> FYI
> Dennis
> On Sat, Feb 21, 2015 at 4:29 PM, Redacted sender carolynohl AT aol.com for
> DMARC  wrote:
>
> > The Amazon rep told me the same thing, then after consulting a
> supervisor,
> > agreed to send me a replacement and didn't want me to mail them the old
> > one. My replacement has arrived, I presume, and when I get home tomorrow
> it
> > should be there waiting on me. The more people that contact Amazon (if
> > that's where you purchased it) the smoother the transaction should go for
> > the next person. A good reason to buy from Amazon, in my opinion.
> >
> > Carolyn Ohl-Johnson
> > Big Bend area
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Dan Smith 
> > To: dmarc-noreply ; spcgraham.floyd <
> > spcgraham.floyd AT gmail.com>; foundnatureblog ;
> > texbirds 
> > Sent: Sat, Feb 21, 2015 4:11 pm
> > Subject: [texbirds] Re: Sibley 1st Printing Replacement through Amazon
> >
> >
> > I just spoke with Amazon about this issue, and the representative agreed
> to
> > replace it, so it�s on its way. There was a twist, though. This rep
> > resisted
> > at first because the usual return window was closed. I told her others
> had
> > received returns, and she relented after talking to a supervisor but
> > indicated they were making an exception because I am a long-time and
> Prime
> > customer.
> > --
> > Dan Smith
> > Dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com
> > 512-451-2632
> > www.wordsmithofaustin.com
> > From: ""  (Redacted sender "
> jgstudio AT aol.com"
> > for DMARC)
> > 
> > Reply-To:  
> > Date:  Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 3:28 PM
> > To:  , ,
> > 
> > Subject:  [texbirds] Re: Sibley 1st Printing Replacement through Amazon
> >
> > Just got mine this week. Nice!
> >
> > John Groves
> > El Paso
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Graham Floyd 
> > To: foundnatureblog ; texbirds
> > 
> > Sent: Mon, Feb 16, 2015 4:23 pm
> > Subject: [texbirds] Re: Sibley 1st Printing Replacement through Amazon
> >
> >
> > Thank you VERY much for this info!
> >
> > Graham Floyd,
> > Earth
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > >  On Feb 16, 2015, at 4:37 PM, Jennifer Miller <
> foundnatureblog AT gmail.com
> > >
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > >  I saw this on the FL listserv this morning and just heard back from
> > Amazon
> > >  that it is legit. If you purchase your 2nd edition Sibley Guide to
> Birds
> > >  (1st printing) through Amazon and the copyright page has a printing
> > date of
> > >  March 2014, then you can contact Amazon and get your copy replaced
> with
> > the
> > >  July 2014 printing (darker font and fixed colors for some birds). Just
> > look
> > >  up the order number associated with your book under "My Account" and
> > call
> > >  or email customer service. They will also email you a return postage
> > label
> > >  to send back your 1st printing copy. I apologize if this falls outside
> > the
> > >  listserv's purpose, but I appreciated finding out about it.
> > >  --
> > >  Jennifer Miller
> > >  Lubbock, TX
> > >
> > >  {o,o}
> > >  /)_)
> > >   " "
> > >
> > > Blog - http://foundnature.weebly.com/index.html
> > >
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Subject: TOS East Texas weekend
From: peter barnes <pbarnes123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:51:08 -0600
TOS is having field trips in east Texas this Friday and Saturday (Feb 27
and 28). I am organizing local support for this by Tyler Audubon Society
and would like to pass on updated information on the start times and
meeting locations of the field trips, and the times when volunteers will
leave the Tyler conference hotel to take participants to the field trip
locations. *Field trips will depart on schedule and will not wait for
latecomers. *I also have information on obtaining a checklist for east
Texas birds and other logistic details.
Field trip participants should bring food and water for the day. They
should try to arrange to carpool to reduce the length of the caravan, and
maximize chances that everyone will see the birds. If you have a two-way
radio, please bring it along.

If you are going on one of these field trips, please contact me off line
and I will send you the information. If you know anyone taking one of these
trips who is not on Texbirds, please forward this email to them and ask
them to contact me. Thanks very much.

Peter Barnes
Tyler


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Subject: Bird Walk @ Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, Hidalgo Co.
From: Javier Gonzalez <javsterkayak7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:56:46 -0600
Hello Texbirders,
Despite it being a bit cold out this morning, the rain seized and the
birding was great!
We had a total of *75 species* in a two hour walk! Best list so far this
year!

Highlights:

A *Common Pauraque* flushed up from the cactus garden at the SE corner of
the main grounds.

A *Ringed Kingfisher *was scoped from the North Pond Overlook.

*Green Kingfishers* have been frequenting the canal area, maybe looking to
start nesting soon?

The RARE *Brown Thrasher* continues around the Discovery Pond (small fish
pond West of the Interpretative Center).

A* Clay-colored Thrush* continues in the Forest Trail. The *Winter Wren *was
not heard or seen this morning, but it was seen yesterday by one of my
coworkers.

Swallows starting to make their way up from the south; *Barn Swallows, Tree
Swallows*, and FOS* Cliff Swallows* were seen over South Pond.

Good numbers of dabbling and diving ducks can be found at the South Pond,
best were *Canvasbacks* and *Redheads*.

A *Prryhuloxia *continues at the SW corner of South Pond, where it's been
all winter. A handful of *Savannah Sparrows* were also at the same corner,
an unusual bird in the park.

*Vermilion Flycatchers* where at both, North and South Ponds.

Good birding to you all,
Javi Gonzalez
Naturalist Educator
Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & WBC, Hidalgo Co.

Here's the full list:

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands WBC (LTC 061), Hidalgo, US-TX
Feb 24, 2015 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Area
40.0 ac
Comments:     Tuesday Bird walk
75 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  25
Gadwall  1
Mottled Duck  2
Blue-winged Teal  30
Cinnamon Teal  2
Northern Shoveler  30
Northern Pintail  1
Green-winged Teal  35
Canvasback  2
Redhead  8
Ring-necked Duck  4
Lesser Scaup  15
Ruddy Duck  5
Plain Chachalaca  2
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Neotropic Cormorant  20
Double-crested Cormorant  6
American White Pelican  1
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  4
Tricolored Heron  2
Black-crowned Night-Heron  5
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Common Gallinule  1
American Coot  20
Killdeer  4
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  10
Inca Dove  2
Common Ground-Dove  6
White-tipped Dove  1
White-winged Dove  1
Mourning Dove  4
Common Pauraque  1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird  2
Ringed Kingfisher  1
Green Kingfisher  1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  3
Eastern Phoebe  1
Vermilion Flycatcher  2
Great Kiskadee  4
Tropical Kingbird  2
Couch's Kingbird  1
White-eyed Vireo  3
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Tree Swallow  3
Barn Swallow  2
Cliff Swallow  2     Squared tail, pale rump, dark throat, bright forehead.
Flying with the other swallows at South Pond.
House Wren  4
Bewick's Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Clay-colored Thrush  1
Curve-billed Thrasher  4
Brown Thrasher  1     Continues around Discovery Pond (small fish pond West
of Interpretative Center).
Long-billed Thrasher  3
Northern Mockingbird  3
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Orange-crowned Warbler  6
Nashville Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  20
Wilson's Warbler  1
Savannah Sparrow  6     Unusual here.
Lincoln's Sparrow  6
Northern Cardinal  5
Pyrrhuloxia  1     SW corner of South Pond
Indigo Bunting  5
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Great-tailed Grackle  5
Lesser Goldfinch  6


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Subject: Re: Monk Parakeets
From: "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" <Fred_Collins AT hctx.net>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:36:19 +0000
The Facebook page is pretty impressive. I find the extensive use of cell towers 
in the Austin area most interesting. In the Houston area the birds most often 
use electrical transmission towers but the new designs are less accommodating. 
Switching to cell towers will allow the species to exploit an entire city since 
the towers are regularly spaced throughout cities. The species learns their 
parents nesting culture and they are slow to switch over to novel nest 
substrates. At this point Houston metro Monk Parakeets are still stuck on 
electric transmission towers. The adaptation to cell towers may allow this 
species to become abundant in more cities. 



Fred Collins, Director
Kleb Woods Nature Center
20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
281-357-5324

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner
www.pct3.hctx.net



-----Original Message-----
From: texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of Brush Freeman 

Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 10:51 AM
To: Laurie Foss
Cc: dmarc-noreply-modpost AT freelists.org; dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com; 
texbirds AT freelists.org 

Subject: [texbirds] Re: Monk Parakeets

Thanks Laurie: That is an impressive growth and I was not aware it had grown so 
much. I rec'ed a few private replies that they have been detected in Round 
Rock, are regular in Williamson Co. including almost gaily at private feeders 
and one report of them being in Hays Co (San Marcos) and as stated early, they 
have appeared rarely in Bastrop. ....So it would appear that the population is 
much larger than just the Austin CBC circle. I recall a big discussion when 
Austin wished to remove nests from light towers etc...Not sure that ever 
happened. 

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

On Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 7:15 PM, Laurie Foss  wrote:

> On the 2014 Austin CBC we counted 363 individuals within the count circle.
> In 2013 we counted 238, so either they have moved significantly into 
> the count circle, or their numbers are increasing. There has not been 
> another jump similar to that ever since we've been encountering them 
> on the count, which was in 1981 when 3 individuals were counted. They 
> have increased very gradually since then.
>
> Laurie Foss
> Austin
>
> Laurie Foss
> Austin, TX
>
> On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 6:30 PM, Mark Gray < 
> dmarc-noreply-modpost AT freelists.org> wrote:
>
>> They are frequently seen/heard throughout South Park Meadows.
>>
>> Mark
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> > On Feb 22, 2015, at 6:17 PM, Dan Smith 
>> wrote:
>> >
>> > I dont have an estimate on numbers, but I can tell you they are 
>> > pretty
>> much
>> > everywhere. When I did my local patch challenge, which is 
>> > essentially
>> Austin
>> > from a few blocks south of the river north, in 2013, I dont think 
>> > I had more than a couple of sites at which I didnt see them at least 
once. 

>> They
>> > were present in City Park along the river at least once when I went
>> there,
>> > and very common downtown, in the Brentwood and Crestview 
>> > neighborhoods,
>> and
>> > everywhere east of the interstate. I dont get down south much, but 
>> > I
>> cant
>> > think of a reason why things would be different in south Austin, 
>> > given
>> their
>> > start around the baseball fields near Zach Scott and near Longhorn Dam.
>> > --
>> > Dan Smith
>> > Dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com
>> > 512-451-2632
>> > www.wordsmithofaustin.com
>> > From:  Brush Freeman 
>> > Reply-To:  
>> > Date:  Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 1:28 PM
>> > To:  "texbirds AT freelists.org" 
>> > Subject:  [texbirds] Monk Parakeets
>> >
>> > .
>> > Is there an estimate on the numbers of Monk Parakeets in the Austin
>> Metro
>> > area? From what I've seen recently it seems widespread.
>> > *******************************************************************
>> > ***
>> > Brush Freeman
>> > 503-551-5150 Cell
>> > 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621 
>> > http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
>> > Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
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Subject: Hummingbird class announcement
From: "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" <Fred_Collins AT hctx.net>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:14:51 +0000
Tomorrow, February 25th, we will have our weekly bird walk at Kleb Woods from 
8:30 AM to 11:30 AM. After a break for lunch, we will have a program: The 
Hummingbirds of Texas from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM. We will talk about all 18 
species that have been confirmed in the state, how to identify them, and where 
they occur. After class, participants are encouraged to practice their new 
skills on our wintering hummingbirds, whose numbers here have doubled over the 
last few weeks. 

Both programs are free and open to the public and are suitable for all levels 
of experience. 


Fred Collins, Director
Kleb Woods Nature Center
20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
281-357-5324

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner
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Subject: Free guided bird walks in west Houston.
From: "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" <Fred_Collins AT hctx.net>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:10:19 +0000
This Thursday, February 26th, Kendra Kocab and I will be leading a bird walk at 
Bear Creek Pioneers Park. This will be the first in a series of monthly bird 
walks held at the park on the 4th Thursday of each month. The walks are from 
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM and start at Bear Creek Community Center (3055 Bear Creek 
Drive Houston, TX 77084). Bear Creek Pioneers Park is known for its wintering 
birds, including Merlin, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Winter Wren, Rust Blackbird, 
Purple Finch, Pine Siskin, and the Greater Pewee that is back for the 3rd 
winter in a row. 

The walks are free, compliments of Commissioner Steve Radack and open to the 
public. They are suitable for birders of all experience levels. 



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20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
281-357-5324

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner
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Subject: Re: Monk Parakeets
From: Laurie Foss <lauriefoss AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:35:37 -0600
There is also a Facebook page
 for the Austin Monk
Parakeets where you may be able to find more information about them.
Laurie Foss
Austin

Laurie Foss
Austin, TX

On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 10:51 AM, Brush Freeman 
wrote:

> Thanks Laurie:  That is an impressive growth and I was not aware it had
> grown so much.  I rec'ed a few private replies that they have been detected
> in Round Rock, are regular in Williamson Co. including almost gaily at
> private feeders and one report of them being in Hays Co (San Marcos) and as
> stated early, they have appeared rarely in Bastrop. ....So it would appear
> that the population is much larger than just the Austin CBC circle.  I
> recall a big discussion when Austin wished to remove nests from light
> towers etc...Not sure that ever happened.
>
> **********************************************************************
> Brush Freeman
> 503-551-5150 Cell
> 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
> http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
>
> On Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 7:15 PM, Laurie Foss  wrote:
>
>> On the 2014 Austin CBC we counted 363 individuals within the count
>> circle. In 2013 we counted 238, so either they have moved significantly
>> into the count circle, or their numbers are increasing. There has not been
>> another jump similar to that ever since we've been encountering them on the
>> count, which was in 1981 when 3 individuals were counted. They have
>> increased very gradually since then.
>>
>> Laurie Foss
>> Austin
>>
>> Laurie Foss
>> Austin, TX
>>
>> On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 6:30 PM, Mark Gray <
>> dmarc-noreply-modpost AT freelists.org> wrote:
>>
>>> They are frequently seen/heard throughout South Park Meadows.
>>>
>>> Mark
>>>
>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>
>>> > On Feb 22, 2015, at 6:17 PM, Dan Smith 
>>> wrote:
>>> >
>>> > I don¹t have an estimate on numbers, but I can tell you they are
>>> pretty much
>>> > everywhere. When I did my local patch challenge, which is essentially
>>> Austin
>>> > from a few blocks south of the river north, in 2013, I don¹t think I
>>> had
>>> > more than a couple of sites at which I didn¹t see them at least once.
>>> They
>>> > were present in City Park along the river at least once when I went
>>> there,
>>> > and very common downtown, in the Brentwood and Crestview
>>> neighborhoods, and
>>> > everywhere east of the interstate. I don¹t get down south much, but I
>>> can¹t
>>> > think of a reason why things would be different in south Austin, given
>>> their
>>> > start around the baseball fields near Zach Scott and near Longhorn Dam.
>>> > --
>>> > Dan Smith
>>> > Dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com
>>> > 512-451-2632
>>> > www.wordsmithofaustin.com
>>> > From:  Brush Freeman 
>>> > Reply-To:  
>>> > Date:  Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 1:28 PM
>>> > To:  "texbirds AT freelists.org" 
>>> > Subject:  [texbirds] Monk Parakeets
>>> >
>>> > .
>>> > Is there an estimate on the numbers of Monk Parakeets in the Austin
>>> Metro
>>> > area? From what I've seen recently it seems widespread.
>>> > **********************************************************************
>>> > Brush Freeman
>>> > 503-551-5150 Cell
>>> > 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
>>> > http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
>>> > Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
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Subject: Re: Monk Parakeets
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:51:14 -0600
Thanks Laurie:  That is an impressive growth and I was not aware it had
grown so much.  I rec'ed a few private replies that they have been detected
in Round Rock, are regular in Williamson Co. including almost gaily at
private feeders and one report of them being in Hays Co (San Marcos) and as
stated early, they have appeared rarely in Bastrop. ....So it would appear
that the population is much larger than just the Austin CBC circle.  I
recall a big discussion when Austin wished to remove nests from light
towers etc...Not sure that ever happened.
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

On Mon, Feb 23, 2015 at 7:15 PM, Laurie Foss  wrote:

> On the 2014 Austin CBC we counted 363 individuals within the count circle.
> In 2013 we counted 238, so either they have moved significantly into the
> count circle, or their numbers are increasing. There has not been another
> jump similar to that ever since we've been encountering them on the count,
> which was in 1981 when 3 individuals were counted. They have increased very
> gradually since then.
>
> Laurie Foss
> Austin
>
> Laurie Foss
> Austin, TX
>
> On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 6:30 PM, Mark Gray <
> dmarc-noreply-modpost AT freelists.org> wrote:
>
>> They are frequently seen/heard throughout South Park Meadows.
>>
>> Mark
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> > On Feb 22, 2015, at 6:17 PM, Dan Smith 
>> wrote:
>> >
>> > I dont have an estimate on numbers, but I can tell you they are pretty
>> much
>> > everywhere. When I did my local patch challenge, which is essentially
>> Austin
>> > from a few blocks south of the river north, in 2013, I dont think I had
>> > more than a couple of sites at which I didnt see them at least once.
>> They
>> > were present in City Park along the river at least once when I went
>> there,
>> > and very common downtown, in the Brentwood and Crestview neighborhoods,
>> and
>> > everywhere east of the interstate. I dont get down south much, but I
>> cant
>> > think of a reason why things would be different in south Austin, given
>> their
>> > start around the baseball fields near Zach Scott and near Longhorn Dam.
>> > --
>> > Dan Smith
>> > Dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com
>> > 512-451-2632
>> > www.wordsmithofaustin.com
>> > From:  Brush Freeman 
>> > Reply-To:  
>> > Date:  Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 1:28 PM
>> > To:  "texbirds AT freelists.org" 
>> > Subject:  [texbirds] Monk Parakeets
>> >
>> > .
>> > Is there an estimate on the numbers of Monk Parakeets in the Austin
>> Metro
>> > area? From what I've seen recently it seems widespread.
>> > **********************************************************************
>> > Brush Freeman
>> > 503-551-5150 Cell
>> > 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
>> > http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
>> > Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
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Subject: Breeding Bird Survey 2nd request for volunteers
From: Brent Ortego <brentortego AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:37:35 -0600
I was able to assign routes to a few people following my first request. This 
request also usually triggers announcements of people not being able to conduct 
the routes anymore. This was the case this season. Also, in rare events, I am 
made aware of one of our volunteers have died. This was the case with Brady 
Surver of Vernon who died last September. His 4 routes are now available. 

 
You can view the changes of available routes below.
 
BREEDING BIRD SURVEY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
 
This is my annual request for volunteer sign-up to conduct roadside breeding 
bird surveys (BBS) in Texas during 2015. There are 9 vacancies in the 
Panhandle, 4 in the Trans Pecos, 2 in North Central Texas, 2 in Central Texas, 
1 in Northeast Texas, 1 in Southeast Texas, and 3 in South Texas. Read below 
for more details. 

 
For those not familiar with the survey methodology, the BBS is the national 
survey which is the primary source for breeding bird population trends in the 
nation. This survey has about 3000 randomly located routes across the United 
States. Each route is 24.5 miles long with 50 stops spaced 0.5 miles apart. At 
each stop during a 3 minute period, the observer tallies all birds seen within 
 mile and all birds heard. The route lasts from 30 minutes before sunrise 
until you finish which is normally about 11 a.m. The route needs to be run ONCE 
each year during the months of May or June; exact dates vary with each route. 
It might require a pre-survey scouting trip just to familiarize yourself with 
the route, and a little paper/computer work after the route is done. The 
observer needs to be able to identify most of the birds along the route by call 
and all by sight. Along routes in agricultural areas, this might only mean 
about 20 species by call, but in more complex forested 

  areas it might mean 70 species.
 
National and local conservation organizations very regularly use BBS data (see 
www.stateofthebirds.org) in their analysis. They focus very strongly on 
breeding bird population trends generated by YOUR DATA, and also used bird 
density data extensively. Partners In Flight has developed models to estimate 
breeding density and distribution for all species they are tracking with BBS 
data. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has used the data when they developed 
a statewide conservation plan for birds (see 
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/pwd_pl_w7000_1187a/) . 
Conservation Joint Ventures across the nation regularly use BBS data as they 
implement their new All Birds management goals. It has been very satisfying 
seeing the product of our works being used to influence national and local 
decisions on avian conservation. 

 
Texas has 196 BBS routes and 22 vacancies. The National Office has started 
listing routes as vacant when they have not received data from a volunteer for 
two years. If you see your route listed as vacant, check your files and 
resubmit your data because the national office has not received it. 

 
 This seems like a lot of routes, but it is not for a state our size. Due to 
the variability of the data, we are trying to run at least 14 routes per 
ecological area and there are 10 ecological areas in Texas. This should provide 
us a statistically valid sample of population trends of birds breeding near 
highways. We are getting close to obtaining this sample size in every bird 
region except for the Panhnadle and West Texas. We have problems getting 
qualified birders to do routes in the more rural parts of the State. While 
there are plenty of good birders in Texas, the birders are concentrated in 
urban areas and the birds are spread throughout the State causing logistics 
problems of running routes in remote parts of the Texas. A classic example is 
West Texas and the Panhandle, lots of country and few birders. 

 
When you volunteer, I will need your name, mailing address, e-mail, telephone 
number and route of interest. 

 
I am listing below vacant routes by geographic areas. Species data for each 
route can be obtained a the link = 
https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/RouteMap/Map.cfm. Those areas with the largest 
numbers of vacancies are the areas needing the most help. If you are 
interesting in helping, or would like more information, reply to this e-mail. 

 
PANHANDLE
 
Route 101             Pantex                   Carson County
Route 102             Texline                   Dallam County
Route 107             Hackberry             Cottle County
Route 179             Haskell                  Haskell County
Route 355             Tenmile                 Dawson County
Route 367             Williams                Hardeman County
Route 370             Friona                    Parmer County
Route 371             Panhandle             Gray County
Route 373             Dalhart                  Dallam County
 
 
WEST TEXAS
 
Route 90               Delaware Creek   Culbertson County
Route 91               Cornudas              Hudspeth County
Route 343             Mentone                                Loving County
Route 343             Salt Flat                 Hudspeth County
 
 
NORTHCENTRAL TEXAS
 
Route 078             Grayback              Wilbarger
Route 109             Rotan                     Fisher County
 
CENTRAL TEXAS
 
Route 068             Lydia                     Burnet County
Route 237             Carlos                    Brazos County
 
 
NORTHEAST TEXAS
 
Route 058             Athens                   Henderson  County
 
 
SOUTHEAST TEXAS
 
Route 021             Stowell                   Chambers County
 
 
COASTAL PRAIRIE
 
No vacancies.  Congratulations!
 
 
SOUTH TEXAS
 
Route 005             Kingsville               Kleburg County
Route 007             Randado                               Jim Hogg County
Route 029             Lone Oak              Wilson County
 
 
 
 
https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/RouteMap/Map.cfm location of route maps
 
https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBS/index.cfm?CFID250972&CFTOKEN 845651 raw data 
online retrieval system link provides location of species totals by route by 
year. Explore US Results and Analysis tab. 

 
https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBS/learning/ BBS procedures and quiz
 
Brent Ortego
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
2805 N. Navarro, Suite 600B
Victoria, TX 77901
361/576-0022
Brent.ortego AT tpwd.texas.gov
  		 	   		  
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Subject: Re: Monk Parakeets
From: Laurie Foss <lauriefoss AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:15:50 -0600
On the 2014 Austin CBC we counted 363 individuals within the count circle.
In 2013 we counted 238, so either they have moved significantly into the
count circle, or their numbers are increasing. There has not been another
jump similar to that ever since we've been encountering them on the count,
which was in 1981 when 3 individuals were counted. They have increased very
gradually since then.
Laurie Foss
Austin

Laurie Foss
Austin, TX

On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 6:30 PM, Mark Gray <
dmarc-noreply-modpost AT freelists.org> wrote:

> They are frequently seen/heard throughout South Park Meadows.
>
> Mark
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Feb 22, 2015, at 6:17 PM, Dan Smith 
> wrote:
> >
> > I don¹t have an estimate on numbers, but I can tell you they are pretty
> much
> > everywhere. When I did my local patch challenge, which is essentially
> Austin
> > from a few blocks south of the river north, in 2013, I don¹t think I had
> > more than a couple of sites at which I didn¹t see them at least once.
> They
> > were present in City Park along the river at least once when I went
> there,
> > and very common downtown, in the Brentwood and Crestview neighborhoods,
> and
> > everywhere east of the interstate. I don¹t get down south much, but I
> can¹t
> > think of a reason why things would be different in south Austin, given
> their
> > start around the baseball fields near Zach Scott and near Longhorn Dam.
> > --
> > Dan Smith
> > Dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com
> > 512-451-2632
> > www.wordsmithofaustin.com
> > From:  Brush Freeman 
> > Reply-To:  
> > Date:  Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 1:28 PM
> > To:  "texbirds AT freelists.org" 
> > Subject:  [texbirds] Monk Parakeets
> >
> > .
> > Is there an estimate on the numbers of Monk Parakeets in the Austin Metro
> > area? From what I've seen recently it seems widespread.
> > **********************************************************************
> > Brush Freeman
> > 503-551-5150 Cell
> > 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
> > http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
> > Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
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Subject: Re: Monk Parakeets
From: "Mark Gray" <dmarc-noreply-modpost AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "kingbird112@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:30:19 -0600
They are frequently seen/heard throughout South Park Meadows.

Mark 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 22, 2015, at 6:17 PM, Dan Smith  wrote:
> 
> I don¹t have an estimate on numbers, but I can tell you they are pretty much
> everywhere. When I did my local patch challenge, which is essentially Austin
> from a few blocks south of the river north, in 2013, I don¹t think I had
> more than a couple of sites at which I didn¹t see them at least once. They
> were present in City Park along the river at least once when I went there,
> and very common downtown, in the Brentwood and Crestview neighborhoods, and
> everywhere east of the interstate. I don¹t get down south much, but I can¹t
> think of a reason why things would be different in south Austin, given their
> start around the baseball fields near Zach Scott and near Longhorn Dam.
> -- 
> Dan Smith
> Dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com
> 512-451-2632
> www.wordsmithofaustin.com
> From:  Brush Freeman 
> Reply-To:  
> Date:  Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 1:28 PM
> To:  "texbirds AT freelists.org" 
> Subject:  [texbirds] Monk Parakeets
> 
> .
> Is there an estimate on the numbers of Monk Parakeets in the Austin Metro
> area? From what I've seen recently it seems widespread.
> **********************************************************************
> Brush Freeman
> 503-551-5150 Cell
> 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
> http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
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Subject: S Texas Birding Visit in March
From: robert bowker <bowker657 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:29:19 -0700
Dear Texas Birders-I will be visiting the Harlingen area from March 17th to 
21st. I have potentially many life birds in that area and would appreciate 
joining any birding groups that are going out during that time period. Any help 
during my visit would be greatly appreciated. Rob Bowker Phoenix, AZ 

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Subject: S Texas Trip in March
From: robert bowker <bowker657 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 17:12:38 -0700
Dear Birders-I will be visiting the Harlingen area from March 17-21st and was 
hoping to hook with birders that know the area/preserves as well as join some 
birding groups. Any help/suggestions you can offer would be appreciated. 
Thanks. Rob Bowker Phoenix, AZ 

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Laguna Atascosa NWR--Bahia Grande Unit, Feb 23, 2015
From: Donna Kelly <dkelly163 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:39:26 -0600
Dismal day for birds and birders at Bahia Grande. Eastern Meadowlark were
calling, but Cassin's Sparrow remained silent and unseen.
Hoards of peeps way out with no chance of an ID but that means migration is
underway.

Pintail continues to be most abundant duck. Nice find was the Red-breasted
Mergansers.


Tours are beginning to fill up so call for reservations. 956-748-3607 X111.
Tours Thursday - Monday 8:30 - 12, Friday at 1 PM alternating between Bahia
Grande and Laguna Atascosa.

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Subject: eBird Report - Laguna Atascosa NWR--Bahia Grande Unit, Feb 23, 2015
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Laguna Atascosa NWR--Bahia Grande Unit, Cameron, US-TX
Feb 23, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
15.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Cold, misty, windy
29 species (+1 other taxa)

Northern Pintail  300
Red-breasted Merganser  6
Double-crested Cormorant  7
American White Pelican  75
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  2
Tricolored Heron  1
Reddish Egret  8
White Ibis  7
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  2
White-tailed Kite  2
Northern Harrier  2
White-tailed Hawk  3
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  7
Long-billed Curlew  1
peep sp.  350
Ring-billed Gull  2
Forster's Tern  4
Crested Caracara  3
American Kestrel  2
Loggerhead Shrike  2
White-eyed Vireo  2
Horned Lark  52
Cactus Wren  2
Curve-billed Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  8
Savannah Sparrow  24
Eastern Meadowlark  23

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Laguna Atascosa Birding Van Tour, Feb 22, 2015
From: Donna Kelly <dkelly163 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 16:35:32 -0600
Our day started with sunshine but that quickly faded to grey overcast
skies. Passerines were cooperative as long as the sun was shining with
Verdin, Orange-crowned and Yellow-rumped Warbler, and White-eyed Vireo.
Swallows were mere silhouettes against a bleak sky, but they are beginning
to appear in numbers.

Green Herons and Black-crowned Night-Heron were nice additions.

Tours are beginning to fill up so call for reservations. 956-748-3607 X111.
Tours Thursday - Monday 8:30 - 12, Friday at 1 PM alternating between Bahia
Grande and Laguna Atascosa.


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Subject: eBird Report - Laguna Atascosa Birding Van Tour, Feb 22, 2015
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Laguna Atascosa Birding Van Tour, Cameron, US-TX
Feb 22, 2015 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
14.0 mile(s)
Comments:     West Lake Road, windy but some sun
45 species (+1 other taxa)

Gadwall  5
Northern Shoveler  11
Northern Pintail  20
Lesser Scaup  2
Bufflehead  3
Ruddy Duck  55
Pied-billed Grebe  12
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  14
Snowy Egret  1
Tricolored Heron  1
Green Heron  3
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
White Ibis  12
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  8
Osprey  3
Harris's Hawk  4
White-tailed Hawk  2
Sora  3
American Coot  300
Forster's Tern  1
Mourning Dove  1
Greater Roadrunner  1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  5
Crested Caracara  3
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Vermilion Flycatcher  1
Couch's Kingbird  3
White-eyed Vireo  9
Green Jay  1
swallow sp.  25
Verdin  2
Cactus Wren  4
Curve-billed Thrasher  2
Long-billed Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  18
Orange-crowned Warbler  3
Yellow-rumped Warbler  7
Lincoln's Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Eastern Meadowlark  5
Altamira Oriole  2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22045334

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



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Subject: Blitzing for Blackbirds: Year 2 of the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz
From: Richard Gibbons <rgibbons AT houstonaudubon.org>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 19:30:26 +0000
Dear Texbirders,
Have you heard a squeaky-hinge song lately, or seen a flash of rust-tipped 
feathers under a bright yellow eye? Although occasionally overlooked as "just 
another blackbird," Rusty Blackbirds face an unfortunate and remarkable 
notoriety: this species has endured a decline more severe than that of any 
other once-common landbird. In 2014, the International Rusty Blackbird Working 
Group, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Vermont 
Center for Ecostudies, eBird, and many other state, federal, and local 
partners, launched a three-year Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz that 
challenged birders to scour the landscape for Rusty Blackbirds during this 
species' northward migration. Between 1 March and 15 June, 4750 birders 
submitted 13,400 checklists containing Rusty Blackbird observations to eBird, a 
hugely successful first season that has allowed us to start looking at 
potential Rusty Blackbird migratory hotspots, habitat use, and potential 
migratory pathway 

 s.

We hope you'll consider participating in Year 2 of the Blitz this spring! It's 
easy- bird as you normally do during the Blitz window (1 March through 15 June) 
and submit your data to eBird using the "Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration 
Blitz" observation type. To help you figure out when Rusties might be passing 
through your area, each region is assigned a set of target dates found here: 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/states-and-dates/ We're 
collecting Blitz data from anywhere within our target states and provinces, but 
this year, we'd also like birders to revisit Areas of Interest identified from 
2014 data to assess the consistency of Rusty Blackbird habitat use and 
migratory timing. Check out our map of Areas of Interest for 2015 at 
http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/2015-areas-of-interest/ 


To learn more about Rusty Blackbirds and the Blitz effort, please visit our 
Migration Blitz website (http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/), 
or check out our Blitz Facebook page 
(https://www.facebook.com/rustyblackbirdspringblitz). 


We hope you'll join us to Blitz for Blackbirds this spring!

Richard

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Richard E. Gibbons, PhD
Conservation Director
Houston Audubon
440 Wilchester Boulevard
Houston, Texas  77079
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Subject: Harris Co Cackling Geese
From: Michael Austin <mausti5 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 13:13:16 -0600
Received pictures of 4 Cackling Geese which paid a brief visit to a pond on 
private property on Petty Rd in northwest Harris Co. this morning. 
White-cheeked geese have become increasingly uncommon here in southeast Texas 
in the past few years. 


Mike Austin

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Subject: Re: Painted Redstart
From: Cecilia-Home <criley02 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 11:15:16 -0600
Yes Susan, I saw it yesterday about 4 pm bak by the southern most picnic 
pavilion. A beautiful and easy to see bird. 


Cecilia Riley, GCBO Lake Jackson
But currently freezing in Weslaco!

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> Has anyone seen the P. Redstart at Falfurrias lately?
> Sue Orwig
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Subject: Re: BREEDING BIRD SURVEY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
From: Jason Bonilla <jason.bonilla AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:38:25 -0600
Hi Brent.  If you still need a volunteer for "Route 313, Mount Zion, Austin
County," I would be happy to do the route.  I'm in Fulshear, TX so live
pretty close to the start of the route (17.2 miles).  I had gone with Steve
Gross about 5 yrs ago to help him on his route in New Waverly so remember
how Steve used to do his frequent stop, 3-minute survey.
Just let me know if you need a volunteer for this.

Thanks!

Jason Bonilla
32710 Windsor Terrace, Fulshear, TX, 77441
jason.bonilla AT gmail.com
713-870-7981
Route of Interest:  Route 313, Mount Zion, Autin County


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wrote:

>
> This is my annual  request for volunteer sign-up to conduct roadside
> breeding bird surveys (BBS) in Texas during 2015.  There are 7 vacancies in
> the Panhandle, 4 in the Trans Pecos, 1 in North Central Texas, 1 in Central
> Texas, 1 in Northeast Texas, 1 in Southeast Texas, 3 in the Coastal
> Prairie, and 4 in South Texas.  Read below for more details.
>
> For those not familiar with the survey methodology, the BBS is the
> national survey which is the primary source for breeding bird population
> trends in the nation.  This survey has about 3000 randomly located routes
> across the United States.  Each route is 24.5 miles long with 50 stops
> spaced 0.5 miles apart.  At each stop during a 3 minute period, the
> observer tallies all birds seen within ¼ mile and all birds heard.  The
> route lasts from 30 minutes before sunrise until you finish which is
> normally about 11 a.m.  The route needs to be run ONCE each year during the
> months of May or June; exact dates vary with each route.  It might require
> a pre-survey scouting trip just to familiarize yourself with the route, and
> a little paper/computer work after the route is done.  The observer needs
> to be able to identify most of the birds along the route by call and all by
> sight.  Along routes in agricultural areas, this might only mean about 20
> species by call, but in more complex forested
>   areas it might mean 70 species.
>
> National and local conservation organizations very regularly use BBS data
> (see www.stateofthebirds.org) in their analysis.  They focus very
> strongly on breeding bird population trends generated by YOUR DATA, and
> also used bird density data extensively.  Partners In Flight has developed
> models to estimate breeding density and distribution for all species they
> are tracking with BBS data.  Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has used
> the data when they developed a statewide conservation plan for birds  (see
> http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/pwd_pl_w7000_1187a/) .
> Conservation “Joint Ventures” across the nation regularly use BBS data as
> they implement their new “All Birds” management goals.  It has been very
> satisfying seeing the product of our works being used to influence national
> and local decisions on avian conservation.
>
> Texas has 196 BBS routes and 22 vacancies.  The National Office has
> started listing routes as vacant when they have not received data from a
> volunteer for two years.  If you see your route listed as vacant, check
> your files and resubmit your data because the national office has not
> received it.
>
>  This seems like a lot of routes, but it is not for a state our size.  Due
> to the variability of the data, we are trying to run at least 14 routes per
> ecological area and there are 10 ecological areas in Texas.  This should
> provide us a statistically valid sample of population trends of birds
> breeding near highways.  We are getting close to obtaining this sample size
> in every bird region except for the Panhnadle and West Texas.  We have
> problems getting qualified birders to do routes in the more rural parts of
> the State.  While there are plenty of good birders in Texas, the birders
> are concentrated in urban areas and the birds are spread throughout the
> State causing logistics problems of running routes in remote parts of the
> Texas.  A classic example is West Texas and the Panhandle, lots of country
> and few birders.
>
> When you volunteer, I will need your name, mailing address, e-mail,
> telephone number and route of interest.
>
> I am listing below vacant routes by geographic areas.  Species data for
> each route can be obtained a the link > 
https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/RouteMap/Map.cfm. Those areas with the 

> largest numbers of vacancies are the areas needing the most help.  If you
> are interesting in helping, or would like more information, reply to this
> e-mail.
>
> PANHANDLE
>
> Route 101             Pantex                   Carson County
> Route 102             Texline                   Dallam County
> Route 179             Haskell                  Haskell County
> Route 355             Tenmile                 Dawson County
> Route 370             Friona                    Parmer County
> Route 371             Panhandle             Gray County
> Route 373             Dalhart                  Dallam County
>
>
> WEST TEXAS
>
> Route 90               Delaware Creek   Culbertson County
> Route 91               Cornudas              Hudspeth County
> Route 343             Mentone               Loving County
> Route 343             Salt Flat                 Hudspeth County
>
>
> NORTHCENTRAL TEXAS
>
> Route 109             Rotan                     Fisher County
>
> CENTRAL TEXAS
>
> Route 068             Lydia                     Burnet County
>
>
> NORTHEAST TEXAS
>
> Route 058             Athens                   Henderson  County
>
>
> SOUTHEAST TEXAS
>
> Route 021             Stowell                   Chambers County
>
>
> COASTAL PRAIRIE
>
> Route 013             Indianola              Calhoun County
> Route 025             Rock Island          Colorado County
> Route 313             Mount Zion          Austin County
>
>
> SOUTH TEXAS
>
> Route 005             Kingsville               Kleburg County
> Route 007             Randado                Jim Hogg County
> Route 029             Lone Oak              Wilson County
> Route 379             Heidelberg             Hidalgo County
>
>
>
>
> https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/RouteMap/Map.cfm location of route maps
>
> https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBS/index.cfm?CFID 250972&CFTOKEN 845651 raw
> data online retrieval system link provides location of species totals by
> route by year.  Explore US Results and Analysis tab.
>
> https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBS/learning/ BBS procedures and quiz
>
> Brent Ortego
> Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
> 2805 N. Navarro, Suite 600B
> Victoria, TX 77901
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Subject: Re: Replacement Sibley guide
From: Rita Clements <rclements001 AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:53:10 -0600
I had a problem finding the reprint at barnes snd noble in austin but i havent 
checked since about a month after the reprint had been done. 


I can only pray they dont send me the wrong one from amazon 


Rita Clements
SW Bastrop county

> On Feb 22, 2015, at 5:02 PM, Donna Kelly  wrote:
> 
> I've not had very good results trying to replace my copy of Sibley. Can't
> go into all the details, life is too short. Glad that some folks are
> getting good results.
> On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 4:37 PM, Redacted sender carolynohl AT aol.com for
> DMARC  wrote:
> 
>> Well, now Amazon issued me a refund for my original purchase price and
>> sent me a return label for the one they just sent. So I can buy the
>> replacement of my choice. That's the plan anyway. I'm going to the
>> bookstore and actually see it before I buy it.
>> 
>> Carolyn Ohl-Johnson
>> Big Bend area
>> 
>> 
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>> 
>> 
>> 
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>> Sent: Sun, Feb 22, 2015 12:52 pm
>> Subject: [texbirds] Replacement Sibley guide
>> 
>> 
>> I was so excited open my replacement guide from Amazon. To my horror, the
>> print was so pale I couldn't read it. I checked the printing date and sure
>> enough, it's Mar 2014, the same as my previous one that I'm trying to
>> replace. So I have to deal with it again. Getting tiresome. Just to let
>> everyone know. I'll keep you updated.
>> 
>> Lucifer Hummingbirds are due to arrive any day now. My earliest date for
>> one was Feb 24th.
>> 
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>> 
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Subject: Painted Redstart
From: Susan Orwig <sueorwig AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:36:13 -0600
Has anyone seen the P. Redstart at Falfurrias lately?
Sue Orwig
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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds continue at Hornsby Bend - photos from Saturday 2-21-2015
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "drbirdie@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 21:25:21 -0500
Hi All,
A small flock of Rusty Blackbirds has been present all winter at Hornsby Bend 
WTP in Travis County. 

Map here: 

I was at Hornsby yesterday morning to help with a birding workshop, so after 
lunch I headed over to Pond 3 to see if I could find and maybe photograph some 
of the Rusties. I found a small flock of them in the narrow, algae-covered 
canal on the south side of Pond 3 (just past the two main ponds, down the hill 
behind the utility shed). Ingrid Huskey and her friend Cathy (I think) from 
Colorado Springs were also watching the birds. I promised I would post a link 
to photos if any turned out worth a darn, so here is a link to several photos 
of one of the males and at least one photo of one of the females. 






I saw at least 2 males and at least 7 female Rusty Blackbirds yesterday.
I heard that the Vermilion Flycatcher was still being seen at the west end of 
Pond 2 west, but I didn't see it yesterday. 

I made a cursory perusal of peeps, but all I saw were Least Sandpipers, 50 or 
60 of them. 



Good birding ya'll,
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Subject: Striped Sparrow story in Austin paper last Monday 2-16-15
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "drbirdie@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 21:09:50 -0500
Hi All,
I saw only one passing mention of this story on Texbirds, so I thought I would 
call attention to it again. 

Austin's daily newspaper, the Austin American Statesman, ran a story on page 1 
of it's "B" section last Monday, February 16, 2015, on the Striped Sparrow in 
Williamson County east of Taylor. The story included a couple of photos of the 
original finder of the bird, Rich Kostecke, and included brief but salient 
quotes from Eric Carpenter and Dr. Keith Arnold. I thought the story was done 
well, and that it appropriately captured some of the enthusiasm and mystery 
that an unusual bird find like this creates among birders. 

Kudos to Claire Osborn for writing the piece, and of course to Rich Kostecke 
for finding the bird in the first place. 

The story also features a nice photo of the bird, apparently by a Statesman 
photographer. 


If you are a Statesman subscriber, you may be able to read the entire story 
online here: 


 



Non-subscribers may be able to read a Round Rock version of the story online 
here: 


 



I did see mention of someone purportedly seeing another Striped Sparrow in 
Georgetown recently. 

I strongly suspect that bird was an adult White-crowned Sparrow, which does 
have black and white stripes on the head. 

The Striped Sparrow looks a bit like a Zonotrichia (the genus that includes 
White-crowned Sparrow) and is about the same size. 



Good birding ya'll,
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Subject: Re: Monk Parakeets
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:36:04 -0600
Thanks all...Looks like they are all over, Hays, Travis, Williamson and a
few in occasionally in Bastrop Co.s.   Just checked out the Ebird range map
(which I should have done before)...Am sure many out of Austin finds never
make it to Ebird though. I lag in my knowledge on how these birds have
proliferated.
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 1:28 PM, Brush Freeman 
wrote:

> .
> Is there an estimate on the numbers of Monk Parakeets in the Austin Metro
> area? From what I've seen recently it seems widespread.
> **********************************************************************
> Brush Freeman
> 503-551-5150 Cell
> 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
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> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
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Subject: Bolivar and Anahuac yesterday
From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:28:10 -0600
Hello Texbirders,

The onshore wind has almost pushed the water back over the mud flats 
and driven the birds closer to the beach.
I didn't see the Mountain Plover. If anyone has seen it recently, 
please email me offline as a group from Sarasota Audubon will be 
looking for it on Friday.

At Anahuac, I still have not seen the Vermilion Flycatchers since the 
New Year, although there are reports from both Skillern and by the 
visitor center.
On the drive to the bay on Frozen Point Road, there were 4 raptors on 
fence  posts, a Bald eagle that flew before I could get a photo, a 
White-tailed kite, a Kestrel and this cooperative Merlin.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/159235489

Surprisingly, none of the common raptors, no Red-tailed Hawks or 
harriers that would be expected on the fence posts.

Good birding,

David McDonald
Friendswood TX
dkmmdpa AT gmail.com

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Subject: Bolivar and Anahuac yesterday
From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:27:03 -0600
Hello Texbirders,

The onshore wind has almost pushed the water back over the mud flats 
and driven the birds closer to the beach.
I didn't see the Mountain Plover. If anyone has seen it recently, 
please email me offline as a group from Sarasota Audubon will be 
looking for it on Friday.

At Anahuac, I still have not seen the Vermilion Flycatchers since the 
New Year, although there are reports from both Skillern and by the 
visitor center.
On the drive to the bay on Frozen Point Road, there were 4 raptors on 
fence  posts, a Bald eagle that flew before I could get a photo, a 
White-tailed kite, a Kestrel and this cooperative Merlin.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/159235489

Surprisingly, none of the common raptors, no Red-tailed Hawks or 
harriers that would be expected on the fence posts.

Good birding,

David McDonald
Friendswood TX
dkmmdpa AT gmail.com

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Subject: A muggy morning at Brazoria NWR
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 19:11:58 -0600
Decided to not believe the weatherman again, and so went out to the 
refuge this morning.  Checked on the nesting GH Owl, only spotted one 
chick.  Lady at the refuge said there were reports that only one 
remained.   She also reported that the Aplamdo had been spotted again 
yesterday in the same genral vicinity as earlier reports.  We didn't 
find it though.

On the refuge we spotted
Northern Shovelers
Pintails
Redheads
White Ibis
White-faced Ibis
Savannah sparrows
(and one or maybe two that flitted to quick for us to id them)
YR Warblers
wrens
mockingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Red-tailed Hawk
White-tailed Hawk
Am Kestrel
Herons of all persuasions (many more observed today than a couple weeks 
back)
sml/med black birds of various backgrounds

gators. and a well fed raccoon.
All in all a fine morning.

Some shots from this jaunt

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-MQJQ1VOuQDo/VOpE6cyGnZI/AAAAAAAAFos/9Xi5ElRIZXo/s800/IMG_0817.jpg 


https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-VVDNnJnupFU/VOpGBcNMdgI/AAAAAAAAFqE/RXhjTGzd2p0/s800/IMG_0875.jpg 


https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-6endqZN_FKQ/VOpE_laVY3I/AAAAAAAAFo0/Nlj1iHLVW5o/s800/IMG_0938-Edit.jpg 


https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-3eJ8vzSu78A/VOpFaVwxaUI/AAAAAAAAFpc/fkQznwm7I18/s800/IMG_0837.jpg 


https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-GWJrUPOGLsI/VOpFQGyU_iI/AAAAAAAAFpM/JrF-MDyrDPI/s800/IMGL3582.jpg 


https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-yaRUCahJS80/VOpFfzdMSfI/AAAAAAAAFpk/0tM2L8DZROY/s800/IMG_0865.jpg 



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Subject: Re: Monk Parakeets
From: Jane F Tillman <jtillman AT utexas.edu>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:21:50 -0600
so they are heading northwest too. I added them to the Austin -Stillhouse
Hollow Nature Preserve (an eBird Hotspot) species list on Jan. 31.
Jane Tillman
Austin
On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 6:17 PM, Dan Smith 
wrote:

> I donšt have an estimate on numbers, but I can tell you they are pretty
> much
> everywhere. When I did my local patch challenge, which is essentially
> Austin
> from a few blocks south of the river north, in 2013, I donšt think I had
> more than a couple of sites at which I didnšt see them at least once. They
> were present in City Park along the river at least once when I went there,
> and very common downtown, in the Brentwood and Crestview neighborhoods, and
> everywhere east of the interstate. I donšt get down south much, but I canšt
> think of a reason why things would be different in south Austin, given
> their
> start around the baseball fields near Zach Scott and near Longhorn Dam.
> --
> Dan Smith
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> Is there an estimate on the numbers of Monk Parakeets in the Austin Metro
> area? From what I've seen recently it seems widespread.
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Subject: Re: Monk Parakeets
From: Dan Smith <dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 18:17:32 -0600
I dont have an estimate on numbers, but I can tell you they are pretty much
everywhere. When I did my local patch challenge, which is essentially Austin
from a few blocks south of the river north, in 2013, I dont think I had
more than a couple of sites at which I didnt see them at least once. They
were present in City Park along the river at least once when I went there,
and very common downtown, in the Brentwood and Crestview neighborhoods, and
everywhere east of the interstate. I dont get down south much, but I cant
think of a reason why things would be different in south Austin, given their
start around the baseball fields near Zach Scott and near Longhorn Dam.
-- 
Dan Smith
Dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com
512-451-2632
www.wordsmithofaustin.com
From:  Brush Freeman 
Reply-To:  
Date:  Sunday, February 22, 2015 at 1:28 PM
To:  "texbirds AT freelists.org" 
Subject:  [texbirds] Monk Parakeets

.
Is there an estimate on the numbers of Monk Parakeets in the Austin Metro
area? From what I've seen recently it seems widespread.
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Subject: Re: Replacement Sibley guide
From: Donna Kelly <dkelly163 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:02:09 -0600
I've not had very good results trying to replace my copy of Sibley. Can't
go into all the details, life is too short. Glad that some folks are
getting good results.
On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 4:37 PM, Redacted sender carolynohl AT aol.com for
DMARC  wrote:

> Well, now Amazon issued me a refund for my original purchase price and
> sent me a return label for the one they just sent. So I can buy the
> replacement of my choice. That's the plan anyway. I'm going to the
> bookstore and actually see it before I buy it.
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> Carolyn Ohl-Johnson
> Big Bend area
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> I was so excited open my replacement guide from Amazon. To my horror, the
> print was so pale I couldn't read it. I checked the printing date and sure
> enough, it's Mar 2014, the same as my previous one that I'm trying to
> replace. So I have to deal with it again. Getting tiresome. Just to let
> everyone know. I'll keep you updated.
>
> Lucifer Hummingbirds are due to arrive any day now. My earliest date for
> one was Feb 24th.
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Subject: Re: Replacement Sibley guide
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "carolynohl@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 17:37:38 -0500
Well, now Amazon issued me a refund for my original purchase price and sent me 
a return label for the one they just sent. So I can buy the replacement of my 
choice. That's the plan anyway. I'm going to the bookstore and actually see it 
before I buy it. 


Carolyn Ohl-Johnson
Big Bend area


 



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Subject: [texbirds] Replacement Sibley guide


I was so excited open my replacement guide from Amazon. To my horror, the print 
was so pale I couldn't read it. I checked the printing date and sure enough, 
it's Mar 2014, the same as my previous one that I'm trying to replace. So I 
have to deal with it again. Getting tiresome. Just to let everyone know. I'll 
keep you updated. 


Lucifer Hummingbirds are due to arrive any day now. My earliest date for one 
was Feb 24th. 




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Subject: Bentsen Bird Walk 2/22/15
From: Hannah Buschert <Hannah.Buschert AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 20:24:32 +0000
Good afternoon,
We had a great bird walk this morning with some good looks at several species. 
We started off by checking out the Black Phoebe that posted off the canal for 
everyone to see. At the Nature Center, we had some wonderful views of Northern 
Cardinals and White-tipped Doves. The Resaca had several Pied-billed Grebes 
floating along. On the way to the Kiskadee Blind, we had a terrific viewing of 
a singing Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet, which was a lifer for a few bird walk 
guests! The Kiskadee Blind had a few Lincoln's Sparrows and Green Jays. We 
moved along towards the Green Jay Blind, where we had a Black-crested Titmouse, 
more Lincoln's Sparrows, and White-tipped Doves. 



Species                                                 Count
Plain Chachalaca                               8
Pied-billed Grebe                            4
Black Vulture                                     1
Turkey Vulture                                  10
Sharp-shinned Hawk                      1
Gray Hawk                                          1
White-tipped Dove                         3
White-winged Dove                       1
Eastern Screech-Owl                      1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird     1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker    2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker      1
Crested Caracara                              1
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 1
Black Phoebe                                     1
Great Kiskadee                                 5
White-eyed Vireo                            1
Green Jay                                            5
Cave Swallow                                    2
Black-crested Titmouse                 1
Northern Mockingbird                   1
Olive Sparrow                                    2
Lincoln's Sparrow                             5
Northern Cardinal                            6
Indigo Bunting                                   1
Red-winged Blackbird                    20
Great-tailed Grackle                       15
Altamira Oriole                                  2
House Sparrow                                 15

Happy birding!

Hannah Buschert
Park Ranger 1-Naturalist
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
2800 S Bentsen Palm Drive
Mission, Texas 78752
Hannah.Buschert AT tpwd.texas.gov
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Subject: Monk Parakeets
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 13:28:08 -0600
.
Is there an estimate on the numbers of Monk Parakeets in the Austin Metro
area? From what I've seen recently it seems widespread.
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503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
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Subject: Replacement Sibley guide
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "carolynohl@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 13:51:36 -0500
I was so excited open my replacement guide from Amazon. To my horror, the print 
was so pale I couldn't read it. I checked the printing date and sure enough, 
it's Mar 2014, the same as my previous one that I'm trying to replace. So I 
have to deal with it again. Getting tiresome. Just to let everyone know. I'll 
keep you updated. 


Lucifer Hummingbirds are due to arrive any day now. My earliest date for one 
was Feb 24th. 




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Subject: Estero Llano Grande
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 12:12:57 -0600
Hi, all!
 

I joined the "Birder Patrol" Frontera Birdathon team for the morning, where
we covered Estero Llano Grande SP.  Unfortunately we dipped on both the
mega-rarities (wind was keeping everything down, and nothing even called),
but we still had some nice things; personally I had 80 species for the
morning (still waiting to hear how the rest of the gang did that afternoon)!
The blow by blow with pictures can be seen here:

 

http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/2015%20Field%20Trips/February/Estero
%20Llano%20Grande%20SP.html

 

.or here:

 

http://tinyurl.com/oj7sonp

 

Bird List:

 

  Black-bellied Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna autumnalis

  Gadwall                               Anas strepera

  Mottled Duck                          Anas fulvigula

  Blue-winged Teal                      Anas discors

  Cinnamon Teal                         Anas cyanoptera

  Northern Shoveler                     Anas clypeata

  Northern Pintail                      Anas acuta

  Green-winged Teal                     Anas crecca

  Ruddy Duck                            Oxyura jamaicensis

  Plain Chachalaca                      Ortalis vetula

  Least Grebe                           Tachybaptus dominicus

  Pied-billed Grebe                     Podilymbus podiceps

  American White Pelican

  Neotropic Cormorant                   Phalacrocorax brasilianus

  Double-crested Cormorant              Phalacrocorax auritus

  Great Blue Heron                      Ardea herodias

  Great Egret                           Ardea alba

  Snowy Egret                           Egretta thula

  Little Blue Heron                     Egretta caerulea

  Tricolored Heron                      Egretta tricolor

  Black-crowned Night-Heron             Nycticorax nycticorax

  Yellow-crowned Night-Heron            Nyctanassa violacea

  White Ibis                            Eudocimus albus

  White-faced Ibis                      Plegadis chihi

  Roseate Spoonbill                     Platalea ajaja

  Black Vulture                         Coragyps atratus

  Turkey Vulture                        Cathartes aura

  White-tailed Kite                     Elanus leucurus

  Cooper's Hawk                         Accipiter cooperii

  Harris's Hawk                         Parabuteo unicinctus

  Broad-winged Hawk                     Buteo platypterus

  Red-tailed Hawk                       Buteo jamaicensis

  Sora                                  Porzana carolina

  Common Gallinule                      Gallinula galeata

  American Coot                         Fulica americana

  American Avocet                       Recurvirostra americana

  Killdeer                              Charadrius vociferus

  Spotted Sandpiper                     Actitis macularius

  Lesser Yellowlegs                     Tringa flavipes

  Long-billed Curlew                    Numenius americanus

  Least Sandpiper                       Calidris minutilla

  Eurasian Collared-Dove                Streptopelia decaocto

  Mourning Dove                         Zenaida macroura

  Inca Dove                             Columbina inca

  White-tipped Dove                     Leptotila verreauxi

  Common Pauraque                       Nyctidromus albicollis

  Black-chinned Hummingbird             Archilochus alexandri

  Buff-bellied Hummingbird              Amazilia yucatanensis

  Golden-fronted Woodpecker             Melanerpes aurifrons

  Ladder-backed Woodpecker              Picoides scalaris

  Crested Caracara                      Caracara cheriway

  Eastern Phoebe                        Sayornis phoebe

  Great Kiskadee                        Pitangus sulphuratus

  Tropical Kingbird                     Tyrannus melancholicus

  Couch's Kingbird                      Tyrannus couchii

  White-eyed Vireo                      Vireo griseus

  Green Jay                             Cyanocorax yncas

  Purple Martin                         Progne subis

  Tree Swallow                          Tachycineta bicolor

  Black-crested Titmouse                Baeolophus atricristatus

  House Wren                            Troglodytes aedon

  Carolina Wren                         Thryothorus ludovicianus

  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher                 Polioptila caerulea

  Clay-colored Thrush                   Turdus grayi

  Long-billed Thrasher                  Toxostoma longirostre

  Northern Mockingbird                  Mimus polyglottos

  European Starling                     Sturnus vulgaris

  Orange-crowned Warbler                Oreothlypis celata

  Common Yellowthroat                   Geothlypis trichas

  Yellow-rumped Warbler                 Setophaga coronata

  Olive Sparrow                         Arremonops rufivirgatus

  Lark Sparrow                          Chondestes grammacus

  Lincoln's Sparrow                     Melospiza lincolnii

  Northern Cardinal                     Cardinalis cardinalis

  Red-winged Blackbird                  Agelaius phoeniceus

  Great-tailed Grackle                  Quiscalus mexicanus

  Orchard Oriole                        Icterus spurius

  Lesser Goldfinch                      Spinus psaltria

  American Goldfinch                    Spinus tristis

  House Sparrow                         Passer domesticus

 

80 SPECIES

 

 

Mary Beth Stowe

McAllen, TX

miriameaglemon.com

 



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