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Caspian Plover,©Tony Disley

31 Oct Brunswick Lakes (Harris Co) still good ["John O'Brien" ]
31 Oct Dusky-capped Flycatcher at Pedernales Falls SP [Ed Hickl ]
31 Oct Duky-capped Flycatcher [Bill Wright ]
31 Oct Sandhill Cranes [Mt Woman ]
31 Oct Migration [Jim Hailey ]
31 Oct Re: Roy Smallwood [David Scott ]
31 Oct MALE COOPER'S HAWK TAKES A PIGEON TO LUNCH? ["Mira M Pellerin" ]
31 Oct Prairie Falcon: Nueces County [Corey Lange ]
31 Oct Dusky-capped Flycatcher - Pedernales Falls State Park - Friday 10/31/14 ["Erik Huebner" ]
31 Oct Re: Houston RB Nuthatch (10/31) [Brian Watson ]
31 Oct Arrivals [Brush Freeman ]
30 Oct Request for Information on Guadalupe River State Park [Rhett Wilkins ]
31 Oct Houston RB Nuthatch (10/31) [James Hinson ]
31 Oct Western Bluebirds at South Llano ["Rhandy Helton" ]
31 Oct Lubbock Area Christmas Bird Counts - Second Announcement [Anthony Hewetson ]
31 Oct Merlin - NW San Antonio [Nathaniel Nye ]
31 Oct Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/30/14) 211 raptors ["Susan Heath" ]
30 Oct Guadalupe Mountains Cassin's Finches [Chris Runk ]
30 Oct Re: Norias division of the King Ranch [Jim Sinclair ]
30 Oct LLELA BIG Sit; Denton Co [Susan Yost ]
30 Oct Ringed Kingfisher etc., Garner SP, 30 Oct [Nathaniel Nye ]
30 Oct Austin Area RBA [Nate McGowan ]
30 Oct Armand Bayou CBC - Saturday, December 20, 2014 [Martha ]
30 Oct Norias division of the King Ranch [Jim Sinclair ]
30 Oct RBA: Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley - October 30, 2014 ["Mary Gustafson" ]
30 Oct Heard Museum Bird Banding Report, 10/29/14 [Tom Heath ]
30 Oct Roy Smallwood ["Michael Goebel" ]
29 Oct Dusky-capped FC at Pedernales Falls Wed. PM [Dodge Engleman ]
30 Oct Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/29/14) 203 raptors ["Susan Heath" ]
29 Oct Baytown N ature Center Brown Boobies ["" ]
29 Oct Final trip Report Oct 25 Texas Pelagic ["Garett Hodne" ]
29 Oct Webberville [Brush Freeman ]
29 Oct Re: texbirds Digest V3 #309 [Caroline Callery ]
29 Oct Dusky-capped Flycatcher continues at Pedernales SP [Noreen Baker ]
29 Oct Tyler State Park 10-28-14 more winter birds arriving [Boyd Sanders ]
29 Oct Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/28/14) 123 raptors ["Susan Heath" ]
29 Oct Dusky-capped Flycatcher seen late Tuesday 10/28 ["Carlton Collier" ]
28 Oct Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR. [Jack Chiles ]
28 Oct Re: Dusky-capped Photographed at Ped. Falls SP [Ronnie Kramer ]
28 Oct Alaska 2015--June 4-17 ["Jim Hailey" ]
28 Oct Re: Dusky-capped Photographed at Ped. Falls SP [Ronnie Kramer ]
28 Oct Re: Dusky-capped Photographed at Ped. Falls SP [Mark Lockwood ]
28 Oct NW San Antonio - FOS Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, etc. [Nathaniel Nye ]
28 Oct Tropical Kingbirds near Harlingen []
28 Oct Re: Dusky-capped Photographed at Ped. Falls SP ["Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" ]
28 Oct Highlights from recent trip to east Texas - Austin to Lubbock [Anthony Hewetson ]
28 Oct Highlights from recent trip to east Texas - Brazos and Madison County with Kostecke [Anthony Hewetson ]
28 Oct Highlights from recent trip to east Texas - east Texas days [Anthony Hewetson ]
28 Oct Highlights from recent trip to east Texas - Lubbock to east Texas [Anthony Hewetson ]
28 Oct Wed, Oct 29th at Kleb Woods, Bird Walk and Bird Talk ["Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" ]
28 Oct Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/25/14 & 10/27/14) ["Susan Heath" ]
27 Oct Pelagic Trip photos [Greg Page ]
27 Oct Dusky-capped Photographed at Ped. Falls SP [Chuck Sexton ]
27 Oct Re: Correction!! Houston CBC: Sunday, 12-14-14! ["" ]
27 Oct Dusky-capped Flyc - Pedernales Falls SP [Chuck Sexton ]
27 Oct Prelminary Trip Report Oct 25, 2014 S Padre Island Texas Pelagic [Gary Hodne ]
27 Oct Houston CBC: Saturday, 12-13-14! ["" ]
27 Oct Fwd: eBird Report - Westgate south of Bus 83, Weslaco, Oct 26, 2014 [Tim Brush ]
27 Oct Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/26/14) 136 raptors ["Susan Heath" ]
27 Oct Re: Swainson's Warbler: SPI Convention Center [Sherry Wilson ]
26 Oct LLELA Big Sit/Denton Co [Susan Yost ]
26 Oct LaFitte's Cove today - moribund [David McDonald ]
26 Oct Swainson's Warbler: SPI Convention Center [Corey Lange ]
26 Oct Sabine's Gull, Brown Booby at Boca Chica Jetty, 10/26/14 ["" ]
26 Oct Bar-tailed Godwit -- Yes at Oso Bay ["JeP" ]
26 Oct Painted Redstart [Ian Layton ]
26 Oct Re: Birds in Caldwell County [Ronnie Kramer ]
26 Oct Harlingen Bird Festival & Ravens [Susan Schaezler ]
25 Oct Sabine's Gull, South Padre Island this evening and glimpses of the SPI pelagic results ["Mary Gustafson" ]
25 Oct 4 BROWN BOOBIES SEEN TODAY AROUND 2:30 PM ON THE 3RD TOWER AT BNC ["Mira M Pellerin" ]
25 Oct South Llano River SP ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
25 Oct Shorebirds in southern Harris County ["John O'Brien" ]
25 Oct Panhandle Birding, Cassin' Finch, Palo Duro Canyon SP, 250OCT 2014 ["Barrett Pierce" ]
25 Oct Port O'Connor/Guadalupe Delta [Brush Freeman ]
25 Oct Quinta Mazatlan Tropical Parula 10/25 YES [Tiffany Kersten ]
25 Oct Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/24/14) 139 raptors ["Susan Heath" ]

Subject: Brunswick Lakes (Harris Co) still good
From: "John O'Brien" <j26.obrien AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 22:26:40 -0500
There have been a number of reports of nice birds at Brunswick Lakes this
week, so I stopped by early this evening to check things out.  Shorebird
habitat is really incredible, especially for an inland location in Harris
County. There were loads of Least Sandpipers, Killdeer and both Yellowlegs,
along with herons and ibis.  Some of the better shorebirds were three
Semipalmated Plover and a Solitary Sandpiper; no sign of the Dunlin Cin-Ty
saw yesterday.  Laughing Gulls, 500 strong, were resting on the bar near
the east end and were streaming in, apparently from the landfill southwest
of there.  I saw one adult Franklin's Gull among them; 100 were reported
earlier this week before the front passed.  There were also two Caspian
Terns.  Probably the best bird was an immature Wood Stork, ratty with wing
molt, that flew in and proceeded to feed among the egrets and ibis the rest
of the time I was there.  Potentially competing with the Wood Stork, a male
Mallard was feeding out in the weeds, acting like a wild bird and having
nothing to do with the mongrels in the little fountain pond.  Finally, an
American Bittern appeared along the east edge of the pond near the cattails
just before I left at 5:30.  Two were seen earlier this week and I saw two
in there last year in December, so this could be a wintering bird settling
in.  I ended up with 42 species just standing still scoping the pond from
the west end.  I will certainly be back; for the moment, there is no end to
the quality birds that will be dropping in.
John O'Brien
Houston


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Subject: Dusky-capped Flycatcher at Pedernales Falls SP
From: Ed Hickl <ehickl AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:30:43 -0500
Saw the flycatcher today at the left bird blind area as you face the blinds. 
Big shout out to Erik who stopped to let us know where he and Bill saw the bird 
around 9-10 am. We arrived at 10:30am and checked out the area but did not hear 
or see the flycatcher. After trolling around for a couple of hours without 
seeing the bird we left to check out the rest of the park. Returned around 
1:30pm and a lady (did not get a name) shared that she had seen the bird. We 
heard it call about 2 pm. The vocalization was very quiet. But at 2:30 it call 
again and was found up the Huisache tree on the left side next to the blind 
about 15 feet up. What a great view. 


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Subject: Duky-capped Flycatcher
From: Bill Wright <wmewrght AT hal-pc.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 19:58:08 -0500
Texbirders,

I arrived at Pedernales Falls SP at 8 am this morning. A few minutes 
later I was at the bird blind. All was quiet until about 8:45 when the 
birds woke up. Another observer did hear the Dusky-capped Flycatcher 
across the road before then. Shortly after 9 am we tracked him down just 
east of the main road past the bird blinds. He was calling and moving 
toward the blinds.

Bill Wright
Houston, TX
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Subject: Sandhill Cranes
From: Mt Woman <mtwoman55 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:26:32 -0500
Hundreds (sorry, can't do better than that...but it's definitely hundreds) of 
Sandhill Cranes are passing over right now, headed almost due South. 

They're spiraling around and gaining altitude then streaming out in "V" groups, 
one after the other. 

And chatting...oh do they chat while in flight!!! That's what alerted us to 
them..... 

Tzila "Z" DuenzlHorseshoe Bend Airpark, S central Parker County, Texas, USA
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Migration
From: Jim Hailey <irasciblej AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:18:36 -0500
This current front brought migrants. I had a blue headed vireo and yellow 
rumped warbler at my fountain. FOS 


JIM HAILEY
GEORGETOWN TX

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Subject: Re: Roy Smallwood
From: David Scott <scottrpts AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:53:11 -0500
Thanks for sharing. Roy was a long-time birdwatcher in Waco where he shared
his knowledge and passion for birds with many people. I met him in 1983 and
his enthusiasm for birds never flagged. He will be missed.
David Scott
College Station

On Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 9:44 AM, Michael Goebel <
dmarc-noreply-modpost AT freelists.org> wrote:

>
> Birder, teacher, and our friend Roy Smallwood passed yesterday morning.
> Roy was past President of Centex Audubon, as well as VP and Field Trip
> Leader of Bastrop County Audubon.  Below is a link to Roy's obituary from
> the Waco paper where he had recently moved with Pamela.  We miss him very
> much.
>
> Smallwood, Roy C.
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> Smallwood, Roy C.
> Roy C. Smallwood Aug. 20, 1952 - Oct. 29, 2014 Roy C. Smallwood 3rd, 62,
> died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, after a brief,
> courageous battl...
> View on www.wacotrib.com Preview by Yahoo
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> Mike Goebel
> Bastrop, TX
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Subject: MALE COOPER'S HAWK TAKES A PIGEON TO LUNCH?
From: "Mira M Pellerin" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mirampellerin@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:25:32 -0400
While riding as a passenger in a car today, I saw a male Cooper's Hawk take a 
pigeon out of a fairly large flock of pigeons around 12:20 PM today near the 
intersection of Beltway 8 East near the Almeda Road exit. It appeared to be 
having problems holding onto the pigeon, as it must have weighed more than the 
hawk did! But it did for as long as I could see it. 


Mira M. Pellerin
Pearland TX

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Subject: Prairie Falcon: Nueces County
From: Corey Lange <coreyjlange AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 15:50:41 -0500
Nate Huck and I found a Prairie Falcon resting on a telephone pole near the
Chapman Ranch corner in Nueces County, just south of Corpus Christi. My
eBird list has a map of it's exact location. Was still present when we left
it at 3 pm.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20394331

-- 
Corey Lange
Graduate Research Assistant
Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute
Texas A&M University Kingsville
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Subject: Dusky-capped Flycatcher - Pedernales Falls State Park - Friday 10/31/14
From: "Erik Huebner" <ehuebner AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:36:43 -0500
Texbirders,
 

The Dusky-capped Flycatcher being reported from Pedernales Falls State Park
was present this morning (10/31/14). I heard the bird calling periodically
from about 9:00 AM to 10:05 AM, with several visuals of bird between approx
9:30 AM and 10:05 AM. Another birder present, Bill Wright, and I observed
the bird across the park road form the bird blind driveway/parking area. The
bird was later on the same side of the road as the bird blind, but south of
the parking lot on a mowed grassy path. The bird was never in the bird blind
area proper during this time period.

 

Good luck!

Erik Huebner

Austin, TX



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Subject: Re: Houston RB Nuthatch (10/31)
From: Brian Watson <bdwatson AT clear.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:50:06 -0500
They are back at my house in Alvin again this year too. Year before last there 
were several who stayed very late into early summer. I love those little guys. 


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On Oct 31, 2014, at 11:32 AM, James Hinson  wrote:

> Dale Wolck, Howard Smith and I located an adult male Red-breasted Nuthatch 
this morning out in Bear Creek Park about 200 yards south of Restroom #9. 

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Subject: Arrivals
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:09:07 -0500
.
Finally had myself a small flock of flyover Pine Siskins and a nice flock
of Brewer's Blackbirds in Bastrop Co. this AM both FOF for me...  Also a
nice push of White-crowned Sparrows and a dozen pre-noon Sandhills going
over.
**********************************************************************
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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: Request for Information on Guadalupe River State Park
From: Rhett Wilkins <rhettwilkins AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 20:59:26 -0700
Hi Texbirds,
I'll be traveling to San Antonio from Oregon in the next week or so and my
only birding/photography opportunity will be at Guadalupe River State
Park.  Can anyone offer me a bit of info on how to bird this park most
efficiently?  With photos in mind, my primary targets are Eastern
Screech-Owl, Greater Roadrunner, and Northern Bobwhite.  Furthermore, if
anyone knows of a reliable Eastern Screech-Owl roost elsewhere in San
Antonio, I'd appreciate that information very much as owls are my primary
pursuit and photography subjects here in Oregon.

Please feel free to contact me offline at rhettwilkins AT gmail.com.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Rhett Wilkins
Portland, Oregon
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Subject: Houston RB Nuthatch (10/31)
From: James Hinson <jmhinson AT att.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 11:32:28 -0500
Dale Wolck, Howard Smith and I located an adult male Red-breasted Nuthatch this 
morning out in Bear Creek Park about 200 yards south of Restroom #9. 


Jim Hinson
Houston, Tx.

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Subject: Western Bluebirds at South Llano
From: "Rhandy Helton" <rjhelton AT verizon.net>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:52:47 -0500
I had 6 Western Bluebirds at South Llano River State Park in Junction this 
morning. That is, by far, the earliest I have ever recorded them. 

Rhandy J. Helton
Junction, Tx. 
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Subject: Lubbock Area Christmas Bird Counts - Second Announcement
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:40:27 -0500
Greetings All:
The Lubbock County CBC will be held on 20 December 2014.  Participants will
meet with their team leaders at 7:30 AM, teams will bird until 5:00 PM
(some teams will be birding for shorter periods of time), and folk will
meet up at my place for a potluck supper and countdown at 5:00 PM -
countdown to start promptly at 6:00 PM.  Each team will have an experienced
leader and birders of all ages and all experience levels are welcome AND
useful.  I need at least eight team leaders and am hoping to have an
average of three participants (or more) per team.  Currently I have:

Team 1 - Eastern edge & Ransom Lake - VACANT
Team 2 - City Farms - Anthony Hewetson
Team 3 - V8 Ranch and Buffalo Springs Lake - Cameron Carver, Craig Carver
Team 4 - The South - Tom Dolan
Team 5 - The Northwest Corner - Rob Lee
Team 6 - Canyon Lakes - Phillip Kite
Team 7 - In the Loop, East - William Wenthe, Janice Whittington
Team 8 - In the Loop, West - VACANT

The Muleshoe NWR CBC will be held on 21 December 2014.  Participants will
meet at Muleshoe NWR headquarters at 7:30 PM, teams will bird until about
noon, and folk will meet up back at headquarters for a potluck lunch and
countdown at noon.  I need at least four team leaders and, again, am hoping
for at least three participants per team.  Currently I have:

Team 1 - Paul's Lakes - Anthony Hewetson
Team 2 - HQ & White Lakes - Phillip Kite, Jim Crites
Team 3 - Goose Lakes and Rim - Cameron Carver, Craig Carver
Team 4 - Atop the Rim - Rob Lee, Tom Dolan

The White River Lake CBC will be held on 3 January 2015.  We meet up at the
White River Lake Marina at 7:30 AM, bird until 4:30 or so, and then have a
hot supper and countdown at the marina.  I need at least five team leaders
and really need at least two participants per team.  Currently I have:

Team 1 - The Eastern Edge - Anthony Hewetson
Team 2 - The Great White North - Rich Kostecke
Team 3 - The Lake, East Side - Phillip Kite
Team 4 - The Lake, West Side - Rob Lee
Team 5 - The Western Edge - VACANT

Every team will have an experienced leader and every team could use as many
eyes, ears, and hands as can be had.  Birders at all experience levels are
needed and birders at all experience levels will be, as mentioned before,
useful.

If you are interested in participating, let me know.  If you need more
information, let me know.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson
CBC Compiler
Lllano Estacado Audubon Society
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Subject: Merlin - NW San Antonio
From: Nathaniel Nye <nathaniel.nye AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 10:06:52 -0500
Good morning,
Just a half hour birding with my dad around the pond and jogging trails in
my neighborhood this morning produced a nice Merlin circling overhead,
among other expected birds.

Best,
Nate

Observer: NateNye
2014-10-31 07:50
San Antonio, 12891 West Fm 471
Protocol: Traveling
.5 Miles
30 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
    3    duck sp.
    1    Least Grebe
    4    Pied-billed Grebe
    1    Great Blue Heron
    1    American Coot
    1    Killdeer
    5    White-winged Dove
    1    Mourning Dove
    1    Golden-fronted Woodpecker
    1    Merlin
    3    Eastern Phoebe
    1    Common Raven
    1    Carolina Chickadee
    2    Black-crested Titmouse
    1    Verdin
    1    Carolina Wren
    1    House Wren
    1    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    3    Northern Mockingbird
    1    European Starling
    1    Lincoln's Sparrow
    2    White-crowned Sparrow
    4    Northern Cardinal
    1    Red-winged Blackbird
    4    Great-tailed Grackle
    4    Lesser Goldfinch

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http://birdseyebirding.com/)


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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/30/14) 211 raptors
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 07:34:05 -0500
Total Count: 211  

Broad-winged Hawk-145  

Red-tailed Hawk-1  

Sharp-shinned Hawk-2  

Turkey Vulture-45  

Black Vulture-17  

Peregrine Falcon-1  

   

Sue 
  
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Subject: Guadalupe Mountains Cassin's Finches
From: Chris Runk <c_runk AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 22:59:50 -0500
All: The finches were present following the passage of a cold front early this 
week. A small flock (2 adult males and 3 female plumage types) was just north 
of the RV campsites at Pine Springs on Tuesday, Oct 28. At least 4 CAFIs were 
found in The Bowl the next morning, Oct 29. 

However, none remained (at least below 8000 feet) after the south wind returned 
to the park on Wednesday afternoon. Instead, only multiple House Finches were 
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Subject: Re: Norias division of the King Ranch
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:37:46 -0500
Tom Langschied reminded me that I forgot Black-bellied Whistling-Duck,
Harris's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, American kestrel, and Crested Caracara,
Vermilion Flycatcher.
Been a bit frazzled this evening.

On Thu, Oct 30, 2014 at 4:33 PM, Jim Sinclair 
wrote:

> Went to the Norias division of the King Ranch today to do some trail
> maintenance, and to check the impact of the 10 inches of rain that division
> received a couple of months ago.
>
> There are more ephemeral ponds and wetlands with water than I have seen in
> a decade on that division.
>
> Although birding was incidental today, I recorded quite a variety of
> waterfowl and related while checking the water status of ponds.
> Additionally, one Ferruginous Pygmy-owl was seen, and another heard.  Also
> saw a Say's Phoebe and a Grooved-billed Ani.
>
> Species: 22
>
> NAME                       MIN CNT
> Blue-winged Teal           17
> Northern Shoveler          8
> Green-winged Teal          1
> Ruddy Duck                  18
> Wild Turkey                  10
> Least Grebe                   6
> Pied-billed Grebe           16
> Cattle Egret                   34
> Turkey Vulture                 1
> American Coot               10
> Mourning Dove               13
> Common Ground-Dove     2
> Groove-billed Ani              1
> Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl    2 (one heard only)
> Golden-fronted Woodpecker  1
> Say's Phoebe                   1
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  47
> Black-crested Titmouse     1
> Northern Mockingbird         1
> Sprague's Pipit                  3
> Savannah Sparrow           12
> Western Meadowlark        10
>
>
> --
> Jim Sinclair (TX-ESA)
> TOS Life Member
> Kingsville, TX
>
> "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of
> thinking we were at when we created them." - Albert Einstein
>



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TOS Life Member
Kingsville, TX

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Subject: LLELA BIG Sit; Denton Co
From: Susan Yost <sdyost AT asunnytexas.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:54:26 -0500
The LLELA BIG SIT scheduled for Nov. 1 has been cancelled.
We will have our regular 2nd Saturday bird walk Nov. 8th, 7:30 a.m. Join us and 
see what all LLELA has to offer. 

Sue YOST ~^/^~
Friends of LLELA member
Highland Village
Denton Co. 
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Subject: Ringed Kingfisher etc., Garner SP, 30 Oct
From: Nathaniel Nye <nathaniel.nye AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:51:28 -0500
Texbirders,
With my dad in town for a visit from Salt Lake City, we had the opportunity
to take my kids camping.  A friend recommended Garner SP AND since we love
canoeing, we decided to go there. Rented a couple canoes FROM Lackland and
headed out.  To be brief, it was a  absolutely beautiful morning and the
highlight bird of the trip was a female Ringed Kingfisher seen fishing near
the dam. Lifer for both my dad and I! She flew up and down the river a
couple times but seemed to be quite successfully fishing the river. A
Pyrrhuloxia and Vermilion Flycatcher were nice to see as well.

Observer: NateNye
2014-10-30 10:36
Garner SP (HOTW 033)
Protocol: Traveling
2 Miles
180 Minutes
Observers: 2
All birds reported? Yes
    1    Great Blue Heron
    3    Black Vulture
    3    Turkey Vulture
    1    American Coot
    6    Common Ground-Dove
    5    White-winged Dove
    10    Mourning Dove
    1    Ringed Kingfisher
    6    Golden-fronted Woodpecker
    2    Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    1    Northern Flicker
    1    Crested Caracara
    2    American Kestrel
    1    Empidonax sp.
    8    Eastern Phoebe
    1    Vermilion Flycatcher
    2    Common Raven
    4    Carolina Chickadee
    8    Black-crested Titmouse
    4    Carolina Wren
    2    Bewick's Wren
    1    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    2    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    4    Eastern Bluebird
    1    American Robin
    2    Northern Mockingbird
    6    Clay-colored Sparrow
    1    White-crowned Sparrow
    1    Dark-eyed Junco
    8    Northern Cardinal
    1    Pyrrhuloxia
    32    Great-tailed Grackle
    12    House Finch
    8    Lesser Goldfinch

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Nathaniel Nye
Ward Executive Secretary
Culebra Creek Ward
Cell: 614-598-9258


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Subject: Austin Area RBA
From: Nate McGowan <natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 17:12:11 -0500
The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society.
This update is as of 10/30/2014. Send interesting sightings, complete with
species name, location, and contact information to Nate McGowan at
natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com.
-Rarities found this week-

***A DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER was found at Pedernales Falls Sate Park,
*Blanco*, on 10/25, and was most recently seen 10/30. The bird is
frequenting the bird blind. This is an outstanding record in the state
outside of the Davis and Chisos mountains and the Lower Rio Grande
Valley.***

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was late at Pedernales State Park, *Blanco*, most
recently 10/28.

A WARBLING VIREO was late at Webberville Park, *Travis*, 10/29.

A PRAIRIE FALCON was reported from the Lexington area, *Lee*, 10/26.

A HUTTON'S VIREO was reported from Warbler Woods, *Guadalupe*, 10/27.

A NORTHERN PARULA was a good find this late at Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir,
*Bell*, 10/25.

A flyover UPLAND SANDPIPER was late from Windy Point on Lake Travis,
*Travis*, 10/26.

-Continuing birds from previous weeks-

The BROWN BOOBY continues at Windy Point on Lake Travis, *Travis*, most
recently 10/30. If you haven't seen this bird yet, you should probably make
that happen.

A COMMON LOON continued at Soil Conservation Service Site 2 Reservoir,
*Williamson*, 10/29.

The GREAT KISKADEE was still present at Berry Springs Park, *Williamson*,
10/28.

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

Nate McGowan
Rare Bird Alert Compiler
Austin, TX


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Subject: Armand Bayou CBC - Saturday, December 20, 2014
From: Martha <mhood85 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:36:35 -0500
Come for the birds, come for the fun, but just come! Volunteers are needed
in the field and in backyards for Armand Bayou's Christmas Bird Count which
includes areas of LaPorte, League City, Dickinson, Seabrook and Bacliff
(and lots of places in between, see *map* ). We
typically count around 150 species, and our success it due to our dedicated
counters! Our count circle has a variety of habitat, including pockets of
hardwood forests, grasslands, wetlands, and water (open bay and ponds). Our
unusual species have included Piping Plover, Virginia Rail, Hooded Warbler,
Rock Wren, Grasshopper Sparrow, Great Kiskadee, Green-tailed Towhee,
Broad-tailed Hummingbird and more! Last year we had our highest count of
the Bald Eagle, a bird which now has successfully nested in the area. We
meet at 6:30 AM at Armand Bayou Nature Center’s auditorium and will have
Tally Rally at a local restaurant afterwards. We will also be owling at
Armand Bayou Nature Center (5:00 AM-ish). Please contact Martha Hood at
*lazuli007 AT yahoo.com*  to register, get signed up for
an area and for further details. Also check out the Armand Bayou CBC
Facebook community page at *Armand Bayou CBC & Local Birding*
 (you don't need to have an
account). Thank you!
Martha Hood
Armand Bayou CBC, compiler

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Subject: Norias division of the King Ranch
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:33:37 -0500
Went to the Norias division of the King Ranch today to do some trail
maintenance, and to check the impact of the 10 inches of rain that division
received a couple of months ago.
There are more ephemeral ponds and wetlands with water than I have seen in
a decade on that division.

Although birding was incidental today, I recorded quite a variety of
waterfowl and related while checking the water status of ponds.
Additionally, one Ferruginous Pygmy-owl was seen, and another heard.  Also
saw a Say's Phoebe and a Grooved-billed Ani.

Species: 22

NAME                       MIN CNT
Blue-winged Teal           17
Northern Shoveler          8
Green-winged Teal          1
Ruddy Duck                  18
Wild Turkey                  10
Least Grebe                   6
Pied-billed Grebe           16
Cattle Egret                   34
Turkey Vulture                 1
American Coot               10
Mourning Dove               13
Common Ground-Dove     2
Groove-billed Ani              1
Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl    2 (one heard only)
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  1
Say's Phoebe                   1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  47
Black-crested Titmouse     1
Northern Mockingbird         1
Sprague's Pipit                  3
Savannah Sparrow           12
Western Meadowlark        10


-- 
Jim Sinclair (TX-ESA)
TOS Life Member
Kingsville, TX

"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of
thinking we were at when we created them." - Albert Einstein


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Subject: RBA: Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley - October 30, 2014
From: "Mary Gustafson" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "live4birds@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 16:21:12 -0400
Here comes the RGVBF! Wishing them a successful event starting next Wednesday! 

. 
* Texas 
* Lower Rio Grande Valley
* October 30, 2014
.                            
To report rare birds, e-mail rgvbirds AT hotmail.com(preferred) or call 
(956)584-2731 option 3. 

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

_____________________________________________________________
NOTE: The Salineno feedingstation reopens to birders this Saturday November 1. 
Be sure to thank Lois and Merle (and Jake)when you see them for their hard work 
in preparing the site and settingup! Audubon’s and Altamira Orioles 
arealready coming in to the feeding station. 

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

.
NOTE: Feeding has re-started forthe winter at Bentsen and Estero. Thebirds are 
starting to come in for the food, but natural food sources are stillgenerally 
plentiful. 

.
NOTE: State Park are changingover to winter hours in October (Bentsen, Resaca) 
and November 1 (Estero). In summer hours, offices and shops closedearly in the 
week, though the parks are OPEN – please use the ‘iron ranger’ toself 
register each day (even if you have a state park pass). See specific listings 
below underBentsen-Rio Grande Valley, Estero Llano Grande, and Resaca de la 
Palma. 

______________________________________________________________
Fall migration continues withhigh numbers of Turkey Vultures and winter 
arrivals. 

.
Our rare bird alert this week includes: 
.
+BROWN BOOBY 
+RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD 
Hook-billed Kite
Sabine’s Gull  
Selasphorous hummingbird 
Tropical Parula 
Mangrove [Yellow] Warbler  
Painted Redstart
.                                          
This is a general reminder that playing recordings is notallowed in Texas State 
Parks, federal properties, nor in many LRGV birdingsites. All State Park and 
National Wildlife Refuge visitors must stay ontrails. Thank you for not 
disturbing the wildlife or damaging the vegetation. 

.
The Valley from east to west.   
.
The October 25 pelagic had calm seas and excellentbirding including a 
+RED-BILLED TROPICBIRD and a +BROWN BOOBY welloffshore. An Audubon’s 
Shearwater wasdistant, but excellent views were had of Magnificent Frigatebird, 
Bridled Ternand Masked Booby. As the trip returnedto South Padre Island, an 
immature Sabine’s Gull (second county record) wasseen by a few leaders. 
Intrepidobservers were able to go out the jetty before dusk and relocate this 
stunninggull. On October 26 the Sabine’s Gulland a different +BROWN BOOBY 
from the one on the pelagic were seen from the BocaChica jetty (the south side 
of the inlet) but not relocated on October 27. 

. 
A Swainson’s Warbler was photographed at the SPIConvention Center on 10/26 
for the latest documented fall record. 

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

.
A Tropical Parula continues at Quinta Mazatlan through10/28. The bird is 
singing heartily andhas been found mostly in the eastern portion of the 
property. 

.
At Anzalduas County Park, both Hook-billed Kite (10/29)and Zone-tailed Hawk 
(10/27) were reported this week. Gray Hawk is a regularspecies at this 
location. 

.
Nearby at Bentsen, perhaps the same Zone-tailed Hawk asat Anzalduas was 
photographed over the park on Sunday 10/26. 

.
EXTRALIMITAL REPORTS 
.
The Painted Redstart returned to the Brooks County RestArea on US 281 south of 
Falfurrias on Saturday 9/20 and continues to 10/30. A Painted Redstart wintered 
at this site lastyear. 

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

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

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

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

. 
Updated FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL INFORMATION - FerruginousPygmy-Owls are present 
on the King Ranch, along with reliable Tropical Parulas(Norias Division only). 
This is the onlybreeding site for Tropical Parula in the LRGV most years. 
Contact 361-592-8055 or visit AT king-ranch.com for moreinformation. Tours are 
over (with theexception of the RGVBF) until spring 2015. The only tours that 
have a chance to find the owl are birding tours tothe Norias Division. Historic 
tours andbirding tours to Santa Gertrudis Division will not be able to find the 
owl asit does not occur near Kingsville. 

.
This spring and summer a pair of Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl withchicks entertained 
birders at San Miguelito Ranch (fee site), contact Letty at956-369-3118 or 
Buny55 AT aol.com. Otherprivate ranches are no longer open to birders or do not 
have accessiblepygmy-owls. This owl is very difficultto find at any other 
location at present and has not been seen or heard atBentsen-Rio Grande Valley 
State Park since the summer of 2010, when the parkwas inundated by the Rio 
Grande. 

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

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

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

 
UPDATE!
Bentsen-RGV State Park, open daily, first tram at 8:30AM. 
 
Camp Thicket (formerly Methodist Camp Thicket), Weslaco,group reservations 
(fee) only. ContactEstero Llano Grande State Park. 

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

 
UPDATE! 
Estero Llano Grande State Park, open daily; building/storeopen daily.  
 
Frontera Audubon Thicket, Weslaco, closed Sunday morningsand all day Mondays 
except by appointment; open Tues-Sat. 

 
Laguna Atascosa NWR – Bayside Drive closed to privatevehicles to protect 
ocelots. 

 
Los Ebanos Preserve, San Benito, Appointment ONLY;956-241-2494. 
 
McAllen Nature Center – OPEN Saturdays from 8-12 noon (andSunday?) Call 
956-681-3333 forinformation. 

 
Camp Thicket, Weslaco, group reservations (fee) only. Contact Estero Llano 
Grande StatePark. 

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

 
Resaca de la Palma State Park, open daily; building/storeclosed/no trams 
Monday-Tuesday, grounds open (self-pay station). 

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

 
Mary Gustafson
Mission, Texas

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Subject: Heard Museum Bird Banding Report, 10/29/14
From: Tom Heath <heathwtom AT netscape.net>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 13:58:33 -0400
The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, McKinney, TX
Bird Banding & Census Report
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014
Banding Team: Betty, Craig, Darlene, Denise, Janiece, Jennifer, Karen, and Tom 
(3 guest) 

  Total species banded - 9
  Total birds banded - 18
Blue Jay - 3
White-throated Sparrow - 2
Field Sparrow - 5
Fox Sparrow - 1
Northern Cardinal - 3
Orange-crowned Warbler - 1
Myrtle Warbler (Yellow-rumped) - 1
House Wren - 1 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
---------------------------
  Total species recaptured - 3 
  Total birds recaptured - 4 
Orange-crowned Warbler - 1 (Banded 10/15/2014)
Northern Mockingbird -1 (Banded 10/9/2014)
Northern Cardinal - 2 (Banded 11/7/2012, 5/1/2014)
---------------------------
 
Tom Heath, Plano


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Subject: Roy Smallwood
From: "Michael Goebel" <dmarc-noreply-modpost AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "micraygoe@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 07:44:22 -0700
Birder, teacher, and our friend Roy Smallwood passed yesterday morning. Roy was 
past President of Centex Audubon, as well as VP and Field Trip Leader of 
Bastrop County Audubon. Below is a link to Roy's obituary from the Waco paper 
where he had recently moved with Pamela. We miss him very much. 


Smallwood, Roy C.


 
  
 
 
 
 
 
Smallwood, Roy C.
Roy C. Smallwood Aug. 20, 1952 - Oct. 29, 2014 Roy C. Smallwood 3rd, 62, died 
peacefully at his home on Wednesday, October 29, 2014, after a brief, 
courageous battl... 

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Mike Goebel
Bastrop, TX

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Subject: Dusky-capped FC at Pedernales Falls Wed. PM
From: Dodge Engleman <dodgebirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 21:41:46 -0500
Lorna and I got a late start to Pedernales Falls SP this afternoon arriving
after 3:00.
The Dusky-capped FC had been reported at 10:30 in area of the blinds (in the
NW corner of the park).  Other posters had seen it around the trails just
south of the blinds in the scrub between the blinds and the road.

We saw it at 3:30 along the north-south fence line bordering the little
field north of the 'old' blind; again in same area but perched up in the
open on a snag by the trail at 3:55; and again at 4:15 working low in a
cluster of small trunks about 100 paces south of the parking lot. With all
three sightings we were alerted to its presence by its call and  heard it
call as well in the big tree just west of the entrance to the old blind.  I
suspect that it does cross the road as it flew in that direction after our
second sighting.

Not hearing it again after the 4:15 sighting we left about 5:00.

Dodge Engleman
San Antonio




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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/29/14) 203 raptors
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Thu, 30 Oct 2014 06:45:28 -0500
Total Count: 203  

Broad-winged Hawk-35  

Red-tailed Hawk-2  

Swainson's Hawk-5  

Sharp-shinned Hawk-1  

Cooper's Hawk-1  

Turkey Vulture-149  

Black Vulture-8  

American Kestrel-1  

Crested Caracara-1  

   

Sue 
  
 Susan A. Heath, Ph.D.
Avian Conservation Biologist
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
103 W. Hwy 332
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
979-480-0999
Join us in our quest to study and conserve birds and their habitat around the 
Gulf of Mexico. 

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Subject: Baytown N ature Center Brown Boobies
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "DHanson139@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 22:27:29 -0400
I thought I would just mention the 4 Brown Boobies are still present at the 
 Baytown Nature Center. They have been sitting on the fourth tower out from 
land  on San Jacinto Point. They are normally on the first full cross 
member from the water and will always be sitting looking into the wind. So 
today 

they were a  little harder to recognize because they had their backs to us. 
There has also  been a Reddish Egret using one of the two new tidal areas 
on the right as you go  in. Today there were a lot of peeps in the first 
tidal area with a lot of them being Least Sandpipers and others that with out a 

scope I did not even try to  ID. Tuesday I am pretty sure I saw a white 
morph down by the observation  mound.
 
The real resson for this email is if you want to see the Boobies  don't do 
it this coming Saturday. The Baytown Nature Center is holding  it's Nurture 
Nature Festival all day Saturday Nov 1 and the place will be  packed. It is 
a fun activity for the kids though.
 
 
David  Hanson
FeatherFest 2015 Birding Program  Leader
Baytown/Mont Belvieu Area
Chambers Co
Galveston Bay Area  Master Naturalist
TOS Member
281-303-0166 hm
281-813-2657  cell
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Subject: Final trip Report Oct 25 Texas Pelagic
From: "Garett Hodne" <garyhodne AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 19:02:26 -0500
Hi Texbirders, Seabirders and Pelagic fanatics,
 

The Background: Since Texas Pelagics started in 1992 there have only been 4
Texas Pelagic trips run in October.  And it had been 10 years since a Texas
Pelagic had been run in October, the last one being on 10/1/2004. On that
trip we found Texas' only accepted record of a South Polar Skua.  There have
however been 4 November trips since 2004.  The sparse pelagic coverage at
this time of year provides us with only limited data on what species could
be seen in the late fall in offshore Texas waters.  The primary reason that
more Texas Pelagics aren't run in the fall is that seas are often
uncooperative (code for too rough) during the fall, winter and spring
months, making a calm weather window tougher to encounter on an weekend
where the trips are planned way ahead of time.  

 

And this October proved no different.  All week long I watched the weather
forecasts with much trepidation.  First on Monday a disturbance in the Gulf
of Campeche formed and then developed into Tropical Depression  NINE on
Wednesday.  The forecasts still predicted it to calm down in the Gulf of
Mexico off of South Padre Island by Saturday as the depression was expected
to move east over Yucatan and then into the Caribbean by Thursday night. 

 

Fortunately this whole weather mess dissipated over Thursday night and by
Saturday at 4:00am the seas had really  improved.  It was dead calm on
Saturday morning  in the dark at the dock. As we cleared the jetties just
after 6 am it was probably as rough as we would see it all day. It was hard
to tell in the dark but seas were still in the 3 foot range. It continued to
calm down and by dawn we were cruising in calmer 2 foot seas. By the time we
reached the deepwater Gulf of Mexico seas were a nice and calm 1 to 2 foot
+, and the temp was a very balmy 76 degrees. I don't think I've been out on
a pelagic where the weather conditions we just so pleasant.  

 

By 9:00am we had seen 3 Magnificent Frigatebirds in addition to the usual
scattered Laughing Gulls and Royal Terns. The first and only shrimp boat on
the way out held a large pod of 30+ Pelagic Bottlenose Dolphins.  We reached
the shelf - slope break in very good time by 9:30am. Just an hour later and
now in  over 2,000 ft of water we set out the first of 2 chum slicks.
Shortly after we flushed our only shearwater of the day off the water, a
lone Audubon's Shearwater.  

 

After setting out the second mess of chum we were treated to the best
sighting of the day, an incoming Red-billed tropicbird. This cooperative
bird circled the boat at least 6 times giving everyone plenty of time for
photos and great looks, before finally giving up on us and flying away.  It
was a life bird for many people on board and the First RBTR we had seen in
Texas since 7/16/2011, and the 9th RBTR seen on Texas Pelagics.

 

We soon had the first of 3 Masked Boobies we would see for the day.  Monarch
Butterflies were very conspicuous over the gulf and we must have see
hundreds plying their way south to Mexico. 

 

As we cruised north towards the edge of a warm-core eddy we continued
passing very long lines of sargassum which had first been encountered since
reaching the shelf edge.  We eventually came upon the largest solid island
of sargassum I had ever seen. It was at least as big as two football fields
maybe bigger, and upon it were 4 Black terns and 1 Bridled Tern resting on
embedded flotsam. For some on board this was the best view they'd ever had
of a Bridled Tern since it was perched. 

 

After over 4 hours in pelagic waters as deep as 3,000 ft we needed to head
back in. We tried to string together as many shrimp boats as possible on the
route in to see if we could pick up come more pelagic species. As we
approached the second shrimper a larger brown bird flew out of the rigging,
a Brown Booby, in what is certainly the year of the Brown Booby in Texas.
Mary, always alert, soon started to chum and the Brown Booby came over along
with the Laughing Gulls to investigate and eat it's fill. At times it would
almost slap us in the face with it's webbed yellow feet.  This show
continued for a good 15 minutes until we decided we'd had enough and cruised
away.  

 

Somewhere in here a Pomarine Jaeger was seen, although I got only the report
as I didn't see it. We also had a few migrants, one was believed to be a
Common Yellowthroat. We continued to rack up Magnificent Frigatebirds and by
days end had seen 8. 

 

Finally as we approached the South Padre Island jetties a huge feeding
frenzy was happening. It looked as if it was pouring rain as so many
baitfish were jumping out of the water. The few fisherman in boats in the
midst of this frenzy appeared to be having no luck catching anything,  but
the thousand  Laughing Gulls, hundreds of brown Pelicans  and hundred Royal
and sandwich Terns were surely feasting on the bonanza. We cruised through
it very slowly looking closely for something unusual. It was litteraly a
blizzard of gulls and terns but Eric and Mary our sharp eyed leaders managed
to find a Sabine's Gull simultaneously and then just as quickly loose it in
the hoards of gulls. We slowly backed up towards the feeding frenzy and then
just as we gave up, Petra yelled that she found it briefly again. Well we
had run out of time and needed to head back to dock.  

 

I want to acknowledge the dedicated Trip Leaders who make these trips run
smoothly:  Brad McKinney, Eric Carpenter,  Mary Gustafson, Petra Hockey and
Randy Pinkston and also our excellent Captain Bobby, and Mates Harley and
Clay.  And thanks to all our enthusiastic participants. 

 Good Seabirding,

Gary Hodne

 

Ps. I hope to see you all out there next year.

 

We did not see a lot of numbers of birds but we wound up with a very good 8
pelagic species, including one big rarity and two other  good rarities.

 

8  PELAGIC SPECIES SEEN:

Magnificent Frigatebirds  - 8 

Audubon's Shearwater - 1

Red-billed Tropicbird - 1

Bridled Terns -2

Pomarine Jaeger - 1

Masked Booby - 3 

Brown Booby - 1

Sabine's Gull -1

 

OTHER SEABIRDS & MAMMALS:

Laughing Gull - 1176

Herring Gull - 2

Black Tern - 4 

Common Tern - 1

Forster's Tern - 50

Royal Tern - 115

Sandwich Tern - 206

Brown Pelican - 220

Pelagic Bottlenose Dolphin - 40+

 

MIGRANT LANDBIRDS:

Cattle Egret - 33

Common Yellowthroat - 1

American Coot - 1

Swallow Sp. - 2

Warbler Sp. - 1

 

BUGS:

Monarch Butterflies - 100+

 

 

If I missed anything let me know.



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Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:54:20 -0500
.
This morning there was a late western Warbling Vireo as well as my FOS Pine
Warbler away from the Lost Pines ....both responding to screech owl calls.
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Subject: Re: texbirds Digest V3 #309
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Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:47:19 -0500
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> On Oct 29, 2014, at 12:05 AM, FreeLists Mailing List Manager 
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> 
> texbirds Digest    Tue, 28 Oct 2014    Volume: 03  Issue: 309
> 
> In This Issue:
>        [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/25/14 & 10/27/14)
>        [texbirds] Wed, Oct 29th at Kleb Woods, Bird Walk and Bird T
>        [texbirds] Highlights from recent trip to east Texas - Lubbo
>        [texbirds] Highlights from recent trip to east Texas - east 
>        [texbirds] Highlights from recent trip to east Texas - Brazo
>        [texbirds] Highlights from recent trip to east Texas - Austi
>        [texbirds] Re: Dusky-capped Photographed at Ped. Falls SP
>        [texbirds] Tropical Kingbirds near Harlingen
>        [texbirds] NW San Antonio - FOS Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, et
>        [texbirds] Re: Dusky-capped Photographed at Ped. Falls SP
>        [texbirds] Re: Dusky-capped Photographed at Ped. Falls SP
>        [texbirds] Alaska 2015--June 4-17
>        [texbirds] Re: Dusky-capped Photographed at Ped. Falls SP
>        [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR.
> 
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
> 
> From: "Susan Heath" 
> Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/25/14 & 10/27/14)
> Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:09:11 -0500
> 
> 10-25: 67 Raptors  
> 
> Broad-winged-59  
> 
> Swainson's-1  
> 
> Sharpie-4  
> 
> Cooper's-1  
> 
> Kestrel-1  
> 
> White-tailed Hawk-1  
> 
> 10-27: 0!  
> 
> Bummer of a day on 10/27/14!  
> 
> 
> 
> Sue 
> 
> Susan A. Heath, Ph.D.
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> Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
> 103 W. Hwy 332
> Lake Jackson, TX 77566
> 979-480-0999
> Join us in our quest to study and conserve birds and their habitat around the 
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> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> From: "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" 
> Subject: [texbirds] Wed, Oct 29th at Kleb Woods, Bird Walk and Bird Talk
> Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:26:37 +0000
> 
> This Wednesday is our annual Halloween bird walk. Our special bird list 
includes things like Bloody-crowned Kinglet, Brown Slasher, Blood-bellied 
Woodpecker, and Great-horned Owloween. If you use the correct name, you get a 
treat ( a sweet jelly bean). If you make an error, you get a trick. A pick from 
a bag of good beans and some trick flavors including such delights as skunk 
spray, dog food and vomit. Maybe you would want to bring a canteen with you: 
full of Scope! The bird walk is from 8:30-11 AM. It is free, and all ages are 
welcome. Meet on the nature center front porch. 

> A few of us will try a new Mexican restaurant that our volunteer Jim Kelly 
raves about. He is a pretty good food critique so we have high expectations. 
You are welcome to join us for this "Dutch Treat" lunch. 

> 
> In the afternoon at 1:30 PM, we will have a bird program. This Wednesday's 
program is "Exploring unique birding places in Texas". I will talk about some 
of my favorite birding spots in the state, including some I have not yet 
visited. If you have a question about a spot you would like to visit, please 
come to the program and ask about it. I suspect if I don't know about the spot, 
someone in the audience will. The talk will include the birds I seek at these 
places and how difficult or easy the spot is to get to and bird in. Some 
require a long, strenuous hike and overnight camping, while others can be 
successfully birded from your car window. The program will last until about 3 
or 3:30. It is in the nature center auditorium. It is free and all ages are 
welcome. 

> 
> Hope to see you and I hope you have a very birdy Halloween.
> 
> 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
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:35:57 -0500
> Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from recent trip to east Texas - Lubbock to 
east 

> From: Anthony Hewetson 
> 
> Greetings All:
> On 16 October 2014 I made the long haul from Lubbock to Lake Bob Sandlin
> State Park in Titus County.  The following struck me as noteworthy though,
> given my relative unfamiliarity with some portions of Texas, the might be
> no big deal at all.
> 
> Crosby County: 36 Long-billed Dowitchers near Ralls, 10 Scissor-tailed
> Flycatchers near Crosbyton, and 1 Canyon Wren at Silver Falls Rest Area.
> 
> Dickens County: 1 Merlin in Dickens, 4 American Pipits just east of
> Dickens, and 3 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers well east of Dickens.
> 
> Baylor County: 1 Great Crested Flycatcher (heard and seen) in Seymour.
> 
> Young County: 1 Cedar Waxwing near Megargel.
> 
> Wise County: 1 Tree Swallow at Lake Bridgeport.
> 
> Collin County: 2 Cliff Swallows (heard and seen) near Princeton.
> 
> Hunt County:1 Broad-winged Hawk near Floyd.
> 
> Hopkins County: 32 Cedar Waxwings near Saltillo.
> 
> Franklin County: 1 White-eyed Vireo (heard and seen) near Hopewell.
> 
> Titus County: 1 American White Pelican and 1 Osprey at Lake Bob Sandlin
> State Park; the Titus County side so far as I could tell.
> 
> Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:54:50 -0500
> Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from recent trip to east Texas - east Texas 
days 

> From: Anthony Hewetson 
> 
> Greetings All:
> I wandered about east Texas on 17 October 2014 and from 20 October 2014
> through 24 October 2014 (the intervening days were spent in search of the
> Kiamichi Slimy Salamander in Arkansas with my brother).  Most of the birds
> that struck me as highlights fell into either the seemed a bit late
> category or seemed a bit out of habitat category.
> 
> HIGHLIGHTS FROM 17 OCTOBER 2014
> 
> Titus County: 1 Anhinga, 1 American White Pelican, 1 Osprey, 5 Franklin's
> Gulls, and 1 Common Yellowthroat at Lake Bob Sandlin State Park.
> 
> Camp County: 1 American White Pelican and 1 Franklin's Gull on the Camp
> County side of Lake Bob Sandlin.  Also 1 Osprey, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 1
> Black-throated Green Warbler, and 1 female Summer Tanager at Barefoot Bay
> (which now has a very nice nature trail; trailhead just west of the store).
> 
> HIGHLIGHTS FROM 20 OCTOBER 2014
> 
> Bowie County: 72 Canada Geese over west Texarkana.
> 
> Morris County: 1 Wilson's Warbler at White Oak Creek WMA.
> 
> Upshur County: 4 American White Pelicans, 1 Roseate Spoonbill, 1 Osprey,
> and 2 Black-throated Green Warblers at Cedar Springs Park.
> 
> HIGHLIGHTS FROM 21 OCTOBER 2014
> 
> Gregg County: 1 Red-headed Woodpecker and 1 Gray Catbird at Post Oak Union
> Cemetery.  Also 2 Chimney Swifts, 2 Blue-headed Vireos, and 1
> Black-and-white Warbler at Easton City Park.
> 
> Shelby County: 9 American White Pelicans, 1 Little Blue Heron, 1 Spotted
> Sandpiper, and 2 Red-cockaded Woodpeckers along CR 2700/FSR 126 north of
> Ragtown Recreation Area.  Also 58 American White Pelicans, 4 Wood Storks, 2
> Franklin's Gulls, 2 Blue-headed Vireos, and 1 Wilson's Warbler at Ragtown
> Recreation Area.  The Wood Storks were high, circling, and drifting
> southward along the river.
> 
> HIGHLIGHTS FROM 22 OCTOBER 2014
> 
> Sabine County: 42 American White Pelicans and 2 Franklin's Gulls at the end
> of Highway 276. Also 1 immature Broad-winged Hawk along Highway 21 just
> west of the store/marina/RV park.  Also 2 Sedge Wrens, 1 American Pipit, 1
> Common Yellowthroat, 1 Wilson's Warbler, and 2 House Finches at the
> 'Pendleton' store/marina.
> 
> San Augustine County: 1 Le Conte's Sparrow along Highway 21 just west of
> the Sabine/San Augustin County line.  Also 8 American White Pelicans, 1
> Osprey, 1 White-breasted Nuthatch, and 1 Sedge Wren at Powell Park.
> 
> HIGHLIGHTS FROM 23 OCTOBER 2014
> 
> San Augustine County: 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, and
> 19 Cedar Waxwings at Jackson Hill Park.
> 
> Trinity County: 1  Blue-headed Vireo and 1 Common Yellowthroat along County
> Line Road just south of the Trinity/Houston County line.
> 
> Houston County: 27 Cedar Waxwings in Crockett and 1 Sedge Wren at Houston
> County Lake.
> 
> HIGHLIGHTS FROM 24 OCTOBER 2014
> 
> Leon County: 1 Le Conte's Sparrow near Leona.  1 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Tree
> Swallow, 2 Barn Swallows, 2 Sedge Wrens, and 1 Common Yellowthroat at the
> wetlands along CR 2485 just north of OSR.  Also 1 immature Broad-winged
> Hawk, 9 American White Pelicans, 1 Osprey, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 3 Forster's
> Terns, and 1 Blue-headed Vireo at the Brazos River Authority Campground on
> the southeast shore of Lake Limestone.
> 
> Robertson County: 9 Wild Turkeys near Petteway (free ranging, appeared
> wild, I think coutable) and 1 Blue-headed Vireo at Hall's Lake.
> 
> Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:00:40 -0500
> Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from recent trip to east Texas - Brazos and 
Madi 

> From: Anthony Hewetson 
> 
> Greetings All:
> I spent 25 October 2014 exploring Brazos and Madison Counties with Rich
> Kostecke.
> 
> Brazos County highlights included 14 Redheads, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 1
> Wilson's Snipe (RK only), 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 2 American Pipits, and 1
> Black-throated Green Warbler (AH only) at Lake Bryan; 5 Canada Geese near
> Lake Bryan; 1 Dark-eyed Junco along Long Trestle Road (AH only).
> 
> Also heard along Long Trestle Road (well by RK who has the full use of both
> ears and heard poorly by AH who has lost quite a bit of hearing) a bitd
> that neither of us could convince ourselves was not a KENTUCKY WARBLER.
> 
> Madison County highlights included 3 Snowy Egrets, 1 Merlin, 2 Blue-headed
> Vireos, and 1 Nashville Warbler at Madisonville City Park (which has a
> fantastic and surprisingly long nature trail).
> 
> Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:03:46 -0500
> Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from recent trip to east Texas - Austin to 
Lubbo 

> From: Anthony Hewetson 
> 
> Greetings All:
> I spent 26 October 2014 making my way back to Lubbock from Austin.
> 
> Lampasas County highlights: 2 Canada Geese in Lampasas and 1 brillliant
> male Pyrrhuloxia near Lometa.
> 
> Mills County highlights: 7 Cedar Waxwings near Bozar and 1 American Pipit
> northwest of Mullin.
> 
> Brown County highlights: 1 Merlin near Early.
> 
> Taylor County highlights: 6 American White Pelicans on Lake Kirby.
> 
> Lubbock County highlights: 2 American Avocets and 1 Scissor-tailed
> Flycatcher in Slaton; 1 Snowy Egret at Leroy Elmore Park.
> 
> Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> From: "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" 
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Dusky-capped Photographed at Ped. Falls SP
> Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:05:49 +0000
> 
> Do you and Greg think this the western subspecies or the southern one?
> 
> 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 Chuck Sexton 

> Sent: Monday, October 27, 2014 3:34 PM
> To: TexBirds TexBirds Posting
> Subject: [texbirds] Dusky-capped Photographed at Ped. Falls SP
> 
> Greg Lasley and I finally got a 3- to 4-minute view of the Dusky-capped 
Flycatcher at the bird blinds at Pedernales Falls SP at 11:58 a.m. The bird 
called frequently during that short visit but would only call about every 10 to 
20 minutes when it was out of view. Based on the admittedly ventriloquil calls, 
I don’t think the bird ever strayed more than 50 to 100 yds from the blinds 
during our 2-1/2 hrs there. Greg’s photos today, and a link to Vincent 
O’Brien’s eBird checklist, can be found here: 

> http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1040872
> 
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> 
> Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:07:17 +0000
> From:  
> Subject: [texbirds] Tropical Kingbirds near Harlingen
> 
> 
> While at the Girl Scout camp in Bayview, TX (southeast of Harlingen) I had 
two Tropical Kingbirds calling in the trees. 

> 
> Also a row of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks on the fence by the resaca eyed 
me leerily in the dawn's early light and the Osprey that's always there was on 
the communications tower where it always is, making its funny call -- the 
eunuch of raptors! 

> 
> Judy Kestner
> Corpus Christi
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:22:44 -0500
> Subject: [texbirds] NW San Antonio - FOS Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, etc.
> From: Nathaniel Nye 
> 
> Hello,
> I took a few days of leave this week and between honey-do's I took a
> morning walk on the jogging trails around the greenbelt in my neighborhood
> (very close to Government Canyon SNA). Some interesting species including
> an immature Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a Least Grebe casually feeding in the
> weedy pond, a Ring-necked Duck that made several high-speed flyovers before
> deciding to land on the pond, a vocalizing Lesser Yellowlegs flew overhead,
> 2 Caracaras, and 3 species of wrens. Wild Turkey feathers on the ground.
> Saw what looked like a kingbird fly over but couldn't track it down.  Not
> too bad for the neighborhood trails!
> 
> Best,
> Nate Nye
> San Antonio, TX
> 
> Observer: NateNye
> 2014-10-28 09:00
> San Antonio, 12891 West Fm 471
> Protocol: Traveling
> 1.5 Miles
> 80 Minutes
> Observers: 1
> All birds reported? Yes
>    4    Green-winged Teal
>    1    Ring-necked Duck
>    1    Least Grebe
>    1    Cooper's Hawk
>    1    American Coot
>    1    Lesser Yellowlegs
>    6    White-winged Dove
>    15    Mourning Dove
>    2    Golden-fronted Woodpecker
>    1    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
>    3    Ladder-backed Woodpecker
>    2    Crested Caracara
>    1    American Kestrel
>    5    Eastern Phoebe
>    6    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
>    1    Loggerhead Shrike
>    3    White-eyed Vireo
>    2    Common Raven
>    8    Carolina Chickadee
>    8    Black-crested Titmouse
>    3    House Wren
>    1    Carolina Wren
>    1    Bewick's Wren
>    2    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
>    4    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
>    4    Northern Mockingbird
>    1    European Starling
>    1    Orange-crowned Warbler
>    15    Northern Cardinal
>    2    Red-winged Blackbird
>    1    Great-tailed Grackle
>    5    House Finch
>    25    Lesser Goldfinch
> 
> This report was created and sent using BirdsEye BirdLog (
> http://birdseyebirding.com/)
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> From: Mark Lockwood 
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Dusky-capped Photographed at Ped. Falls SP
> Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:23:21 +0000
> 
> Although it is often very difficult to identify many species at the 
subspecies level, my opinion is that this bird is _Myiarchus tuberculifer 
lawrencei_ based on the bright coloration of the bird. This is most obvious on 
the yellow underparts which are typically much paler in the western subspecies. 
There are a large number of subspecies of Dusky-capped Flycatcher and they seem 
fairly uniform vocally and I think that will not be helpful. 

> Mark
> 
> 
> Mark Lockwood
> Alpine, Texas 79830
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:06:28 -0500
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Dusky-capped Photographed at Ped. Falls SP
> From: Ronnie Kramer 
> 
> This morning the bird was heard by Jane Tillman and located by Terry
> Banks.  There were 5 or 6 people that got brief but good looks at the
> bird.  I have posted a few pics  here
> 
http://ronnielynnkramer.smugmug.com/Birds-by-Family-Group/Flycatchers/Duskycapped-Flycatcher 

> and will upload a few recordings of the vocalizations asap.
> The bird seems to be skulking low in the brush, not moving around very
> much, softly calling.  It is best located by listening to for the soft
> calls and then moving toward it slowly.  It was around for a good while,
> but hard to see, down in the brush.  It could be heard calling every 5 or
> 10 minutes, but you have to listen for it.
> 
> From the blinds there is a trail to the south.  The trail turns west and
> then splits with the main part of the trail turning south again.  The bird
> is hanging out in the brush between this trail and the road.  If you are
> stand where the trail splits (heading west along side a fence behind the
> blinds and corral, and south to the horse trail) then the bird was in the
> area to the south and east of you.
> 
> Thanks to all who have posted regarding this bird.
> 
> Ronnie Kramer
> Pedernales Falls SP
> Blanco County
> 
> On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM, Mark Lockwood > wrote:
> 
>> Although it is often very difficult to identify many species at the
>> subspecies level, my opinion is that this bird is _Myiarchus tuberculifer
>> lawrencei_ based on the bright coloration of the bird.  This is most
>> obvious on the yellow underparts which are typically much paler in the
>> western subspecies.  There are a large number of subspecies of Dusky-capped
>> Flycatcher and they seem fairly uniform vocally and I think that will not
>> be helpful.
>> Mark
>> 
>> 
>> Mark Lockwood
>> Alpine, Texas 79830
>> 
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> 
> From: "Jim Hailey" 
> Subject: [texbirds] Alaska 2015--June 4-17
> Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:35:17 -0500
> 
> Last call for  the Alaska TOS trip.  There are only two spots remaining.  So
> if you want this trip it's time to let me know.  Check out the TOS site
> www.texasbirds.org. for more information.
> 
> Jim Hailey, President
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> Georgetown, TX 78628
> Phone: 361-522-3522
> Email: irasciblej AT gmail.com
> Website: www.texasbirds.org
> 
> 
> 
> ------------------------------
> 
> Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:19:15 -0500
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Dusky-capped Photographed at Ped. Falls SP
> From: Ronnie Kramer 
> 
> http://www.xeno-canto.org/200277
> The xenon-canto site seems to have a few issues. The file has been uploaded
> but not sure if you can play it directly atm.  This page may work
> 
> 
http://www.xeno-canto.org/sounds/uploaded/CUPYVUEKFP/XC200277-Dusky-capped%20Flycatcher%20RK141028-17.mp3 

> 
> 
> On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 3:06 PM, Ronnie Kramer 
> wrote:
> 
>> This morning the bird was heard by Jane Tillman and located by Terry
>> Banks.  There were 5 or 6 people that got brief but good looks at the
>> bird.  I have posted a few pics  here
>> 
http://ronnielynnkramer.smugmug.com/Birds-by-Family-Group/Flycatchers/Duskycapped-Flycatcher 

>> and will upload a few recordings of the vocalizations asap.
>> 
>> The bird seems to be skulking low in the brush, not moving around very
>> much, softly calling.  It is best located by listening to for the soft
>> calls and then moving toward it slowly.  It was around for a good while,
>> but hard to see, down in the brush.  It could be heard calling every 5 or
>> 10 minutes, but you have to listen for it.
>> 
>> From the blinds there is a trail to the south.  The trail turns west and
>> then splits with the main part of the trail turning south again.  The bird
>> is hanging out in the brush between this trail and the road.  If you are
>> stand where the trail splits (heading west along side a fence behind the
>> blinds and corral, and south to the horse trail) then the bird was in the
>> area to the south and east of you.
>> 
>> Thanks to all who have posted regarding this bird.
>> 
>> Ronnie Kramer
>> Pedernales Falls SP
>> Blanco County
>> 
>> On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM, Mark Lockwood <
>> Mark.Lockwood AT tpwd.texas.gov> wrote:
>> 
>>> Although it is often very difficult to identify many species at the
>>> subspecies level, my opinion is that this bird is _Myiarchus tuberculifer
>>> lawrencei_ based on the bright coloration of the bird.  This is most
>>> obvious on the yellow underparts which are typically much paler in the
>>> western subspecies.  There are a large number of subspecies of Dusky-capped
>>> Flycatcher and they seem fairly uniform vocally and I think that will not
>>> be helpful.
>>> Mark
>>> 
>>> 
>>> Mark Lockwood
>>> Alpine, Texas 79830
>>> 
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> 
> From: Jack Chiles 
> Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR.
> Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:13:25 -0500
> 
> The north wind was blowing and lots of birds were arriving. It has been a 
long time since I have seen ducks in the numbers that were present today. There 
were at least 1,000 Northern Pintails and 1000 Redheads. There were probably 
6000 ducks which went unidentified because of distance and their being in the 
Smartweed. You need a good spotting scope if you want to try to identify them 
plus a lot of time. When we arrived at the bottom of the long hill at the Goode 
area which is one of the best places to view a lot of the birds we found a 
mature Bald Eagle feasting on a kill. We also saw Mallards, Northern Shovelers, 
Ring-necked Ducks, Ruddy Ducks there along with about 3,000 American Coots. The 
Roseate Spoonbill was still hanging out with a Great Egret at Dead Woman Pond. 
From the end of C pad which is about the only other place to get a view of the 
large numbers of ducks we saw at least 120 American Avocets and 48 Dowitchers, 
36 Least Sandpipers and Greater and Lesser Yel 

 lo
> wlegs. We found a Hairy Woodpecker at the entrance to the Goode area. 
American Wigeons and Gadwalls were seen in Mineral Marsh. We finished the day 
with 63 species + 4 other taxa. 

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Subject: Dusky-capped Flycatcher continues at Pedernales SP
From: Noreen Baker <gnbaker92 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 13:44:24 -0500
Texbirders,
Just a quick note to let those interested know that the flycatcher made an
appearance at 10:30 am in the same area where it was seen previously - the
bird blinds/butterfly garden.  It was vocalizing, out in the open and seen
well.

Happy birding,
Noreen Baker
Austin (Oak Hill), Tx


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Subject: Tyler State Park 10-28-14 more winter birds arriving
From: Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:45:13 +0000
Howdy All!
Made a quick turn around the park yesterday afternoon. The birds that will be 
spending the winter with us are arriving. White-throated Sparrows are showing 
up in big numbers. I had my FOF Brown Creeper American Goldfinch and Eastern 
Towhee. The surprise of the day was the small flock of Pintails checking out 
the lake. 


We are getting ready for our November bird walks here at Tyler SP. We will have 
a walk on November 8th (2 hours) and 15th (all morning). Both of these will 
start at 8:15 am. Make sure to save the date for Nov. 28th as we will have our 
7th annual "Walk off the Bird" Bird walk. We will bird all morning as a way to 
avoid that pesky Black Friday madness. 


Come on out and join us.


Tyler SP (PPW-E 065), Smith, US-TX

Oct 28, 2014 3:00 AM - 4:00 AM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

33 species



Northern Pintail  12

Pied-billed Grebe  3

Black Vulture  3

Turkey Vulture  1

Mourning Dove  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  3

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  2

Downy Woodpecker  1

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  5

Pileated Woodpecker  2

Eastern Phoebe  3

Blue Jay  15

American Crow  6

Carolina Chickadee  10

Tufted Titmouse  7

White-breasted Nuthatch  2

Brown Creeper  3

House Wren  1

Carolina Wren  6

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1

Eastern Bluebird  2

American Robin  20

Brown Thrasher  2

Northern Mockingbird  2

Orange-crowned Warbler  1

Pine Warbler  4

Eastern Towhee  1

Chipping Sparrow  6

Swamp Sparrow  2

White-throated Sparrow  20

Dark-eyed Junco  2

Northern Cardinal  5

American Goldfinch  1



Good birding,

Boyd A. Sanders, BBA, CIG
Master Interpreter/Exhibits Coordinator
Tyler State Park
(903)597-5338
Boyd.sanders AT tpwd.texas.gov

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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/28/14) 123 raptors
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 06:34:12 -0500
Total birds: 123  

Swainson's Hawk-3  

Sharp-shinned Hawk-1  

Turkey Vulture-108  

Black Vulture-4  

American Kestrel-4  

Peregrine Falcon-2  

Northern Harrier-1  

   

Sue 
  
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Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
103 W. Hwy 332
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
979-480-0999
Join us in our quest to study and conserve birds and their habitat around the 
Gulf of Mexico. 

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Subject: Dusky-capped Flycatcher seen late Tuesday 10/28
From: "Carlton Collier" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "sprtwalkr@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:00:22 -0400
I received from Colette and Paul Micalif?a call late yesterday evening 
requesting that I post?that the Dusky-capped Flycatcher was continuing to be 
heard and seen until a little before dark.? It was seen and photographed at the 
photo blinds in Pedenales Falls State Park near Johnson City west of Austin 

 
Carlton Collier
 Kenefick, Texas
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Subject: Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR.
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 19:13:25 -0500
The north wind was blowing and lots of birds were arriving. It has been a long 
time since I have seen ducks in the numbers that were present today. There were 
at least 1,000 Northern Pintails and 1000 Redheads. There were probably 6000 
ducks which went unidentified because of distance and their being in the 
Smartweed. You need a good spotting scope if you want to try to identify them 
plus a lot of time. When we arrived at the bottom of the long hill at the Goode 
area which is one of the best places to view a lot of the birds we found a 
mature Bald Eagle feasting on a kill. We also saw Mallards, Northern Shovelers, 
Ring-necked Ducks, Ruddy Ducks there along with about 3,000 American Coots. The 
Roseate Spoonbill was still hanging out with a Great Egret at Dead Woman Pond. 
From the end of C pad which is about the only other place to get a view of the 
large numbers of ducks we saw at least 120 American Avocets and 48 Dowitchers, 
36 Least Sandpipers and Greater and Lesser Yello 

 wlegs. We found a Hairy Woodpecker at the entrance to the Goode area. American 
Wigeons and Gadwalls were seen in Mineral Marsh. We finished the day with 63 
species + 4 other taxa. 

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Subject: Re: Dusky-capped Photographed at Ped. Falls SP
From: Ronnie Kramer <ronniekramer1964 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:19:15 -0500
http://www.xeno-canto.org/200277
The xenon-canto site seems to have a few issues. The file has been uploaded
but not sure if you can play it directly atm.  This page may work


http://www.xeno-canto.org/sounds/uploaded/CUPYVUEKFP/XC200277-Dusky-capped%20Flycatcher%20RK141028-17.mp3 



On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 3:06 PM, Ronnie Kramer 
wrote:

> This morning the bird was heard by Jane Tillman and located by Terry
> Banks.  There were 5 or 6 people that got brief but good looks at the
> bird.  I have posted a few pics  here
> 
http://ronnielynnkramer.smugmug.com/Birds-by-Family-Group/Flycatchers/Duskycapped-Flycatcher 

> and will upload a few recordings of the vocalizations asap.
>
> The bird seems to be skulking low in the brush, not moving around very
> much, softly calling.  It is best located by listening to for the soft
> calls and then moving toward it slowly.  It was around for a good while,
> but hard to see, down in the brush.  It could be heard calling every 5 or
> 10 minutes, but you have to listen for it.
>
> From the blinds there is a trail to the south.  The trail turns west and
> then splits with the main part of the trail turning south again.  The bird
> is hanging out in the brush between this trail and the road.  If you are
> stand where the trail splits (heading west along side a fence behind the
> blinds and corral, and south to the horse trail) then the bird was in the
> area to the south and east of you.
>
> Thanks to all who have posted regarding this bird.
>
> Ronnie Kramer
> Pedernales Falls SP
> Blanco County
>
> On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM, Mark Lockwood <
> Mark.Lockwood AT tpwd.texas.gov> wrote:
>
>> Although it is often very difficult to identify many species at the
>> subspecies level, my opinion is that this bird is _Myiarchus tuberculifer
>> lawrencei_ based on the bright coloration of the bird.  This is most
>> obvious on the yellow underparts which are typically much paler in the
>> western subspecies.  There are a large number of subspecies of Dusky-capped
>> Flycatcher and they seem fairly uniform vocally and I think that will not
>> be helpful.
>> Mark
>>
>>
>> Mark Lockwood
>> Alpine, Texas 79830
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Subject: Alaska 2015--June 4-17
From: "Jim Hailey" <irasciblej AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:35:17 -0500
Last call for  the Alaska TOS trip.  There are only two spots remaining.  So
if you want this trip it's time to let me know.  Check out the TOS site
www.texasbirds.org. for more information.

Jim Hailey, President
Texas Ornithological Society
110 Lavaca Lane
Georgetown, TX 78628
Phone: 361-522-3522
Email: irasciblej AT gmail.com
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Subject: Re: Dusky-capped Photographed at Ped. Falls SP
From: Ronnie Kramer <ronniekramer1964 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 15:06:28 -0500
This morning the bird was heard by Jane Tillman and located by Terry
Banks.  There were 5 or 6 people that got brief but good looks at the
bird.  I have posted a few pics  here

http://ronnielynnkramer.smugmug.com/Birds-by-Family-Group/Flycatchers/Duskycapped-Flycatcher 

and will upload a few recordings of the vocalizations asap.
The bird seems to be skulking low in the brush, not moving around very
much, softly calling.  It is best located by listening to for the soft
calls and then moving toward it slowly.  It was around for a good while,
but hard to see, down in the brush.  It could be heard calling every 5 or
10 minutes, but you have to listen for it.

From the blinds there is a trail to the south.  The trail turns west and
then splits with the main part of the trail turning south again.  The bird
is hanging out in the brush between this trail and the road.  If you are
stand where the trail splits (heading west along side a fence behind the
blinds and corral, and south to the horse trail) then the bird was in the
area to the south and east of you.

Thanks to all who have posted regarding this bird.

Ronnie Kramer
Pedernales Falls SP
Blanco County

On Tue, Oct 28, 2014 at 1:23 PM, Mark Lockwood  wrote:

> Although it is often very difficult to identify many species at the
> subspecies level, my opinion is that this bird is _Myiarchus tuberculifer
> lawrencei_ based on the bright coloration of the bird.  This is most
> obvious on the yellow underparts which are typically much paler in the
> western subspecies.  There are a large number of subspecies of Dusky-capped
> Flycatcher and they seem fairly uniform vocally and I think that will not
> be helpful.
> Mark
>
>
> Mark Lockwood
> Alpine, Texas 79830
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Subject: Re: Dusky-capped Photographed at Ped. Falls SP
From: Mark Lockwood <Mark.Lockwood AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 18:23:21 +0000
Although it is often very difficult to identify many species at the subspecies 
level, my opinion is that this bird is _Myiarchus tuberculifer lawrencei_ based 
on the bright coloration of the bird. This is most obvious on the yellow 
underparts which are typically much paler in the western subspecies. There are 
a large number of subspecies of Dusky-capped Flycatcher and they seem fairly 
uniform vocally and I think that will not be helpful. 

Mark


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Subject: NW San Antonio - FOS Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, etc.
From: Nathaniel Nye <nathaniel.nye AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:22:44 -0500
Hello,
I took a few days of leave this week and between honey-do's I took a
morning walk on the jogging trails around the greenbelt in my neighborhood
(very close to Government Canyon SNA). Some interesting species including
an immature Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, a Least Grebe casually feeding in the
weedy pond, a Ring-necked Duck that made several high-speed flyovers before
deciding to land on the pond, a vocalizing Lesser Yellowlegs flew overhead,
2 Caracaras, and 3 species of wrens. Wild Turkey feathers on the ground.
Saw what looked like a kingbird fly over but couldn't track it down.  Not
too bad for the neighborhood trails!

Best,
Nate Nye
San Antonio, TX

Observer: NateNye
2014-10-28 09:00
San Antonio, 12891 West Fm 471
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 Miles
80 Minutes
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
    4    Green-winged Teal
    1    Ring-necked Duck
    1    Least Grebe
    1    Cooper's Hawk
    1    American Coot
    1    Lesser Yellowlegs
    6    White-winged Dove
    15    Mourning Dove
    2    Golden-fronted Woodpecker
    1    Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
    3    Ladder-backed Woodpecker
    2    Crested Caracara
    1    American Kestrel
    5    Eastern Phoebe
    6    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    1    Loggerhead Shrike
    3    White-eyed Vireo
    2    Common Raven
    8    Carolina Chickadee
    8    Black-crested Titmouse
    3    House Wren
    1    Carolina Wren
    1    Bewick's Wren
    2    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
    4    Ruby-crowned Kinglet
    4    Northern Mockingbird
    1    European Starling
    1    Orange-crowned Warbler
    15    Northern Cardinal
    2    Red-winged Blackbird
    1    Great-tailed Grackle
    5    House Finch
    25    Lesser Goldfinch

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Subject: Tropical Kingbirds near Harlingen
From: <jkestner AT stx.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:07:17 +0000
While at the Girl Scout camp in Bayview, TX (southeast of Harlingen) I had two 
Tropical Kingbirds calling in the trees. 


Also a row of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks on the fence by the resaca eyed me 
leerily in the dawn's early light and the Osprey that's always there was on the 
communications tower where it always is, making its funny call -- the eunuch of 
raptors! 


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Corpus Christi
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Subject: Re: Dusky-capped Photographed at Ped. Falls SP
From: "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" <Fred_Collins AT hctx.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:05:49 +0000
Do you and Greg think this the western subspecies or the southern one?

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: [texbirds] Dusky-capped Photographed at Ped. Falls SP

Greg Lasley and I finally got a 3- to 4-minute view of the Dusky-capped 
Flycatcher at the bird blinds at Pedernales Falls SP at 11:58 a.m. The bird 
called frequently during that short visit but would only call about every 10 to 
20 minutes when it was out of view. Based on the admittedly ventriloquil calls, 
I don’t think the bird ever strayed more than 50 to 100 yds from the blinds 
during our 2-1/2 hrs there. Greg’s photos today, and a link to Vincent 
O’Brien’s eBird checklist, can be found here: 

http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1040872

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Subject: Highlights from recent trip to east Texas - Austin to Lubbock
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:03:46 -0500
Greetings All:
I spent 26 October 2014 making my way back to Lubbock from Austin.

Lampasas County highlights: 2 Canada Geese in Lampasas and 1 brillliant
male Pyrrhuloxia near Lometa.

Mills County highlights: 7 Cedar Waxwings near Bozar and 1 American Pipit
northwest of Mullin.

Brown County highlights: 1 Merlin near Early.

Taylor County highlights: 6 American White Pelicans on Lake Kirby.

Lubbock County highlights: 2 American Avocets and 1 Scissor-tailed
Flycatcher in Slaton; 1 Snowy Egret at Leroy Elmore Park.

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Subject: Highlights from recent trip to east Texas - Brazos and Madison County with Kostecke
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:00:40 -0500
Greetings All:
I spent 25 October 2014 exploring Brazos and Madison Counties with Rich
Kostecke.

Brazos County highlights included 14 Redheads, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 1
Wilson's Snipe (RK only), 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 2 American Pipits, and 1
Black-throated Green Warbler (AH only) at Lake Bryan; 5 Canada Geese near
Lake Bryan; 1 Dark-eyed Junco along Long Trestle Road (AH only).

Also heard along Long Trestle Road (well by RK who has the full use of both
ears and heard poorly by AH who has lost quite a bit of hearing) a bitd
that neither of us could convince ourselves was not a KENTUCKY WARBLER.

Madison County highlights included 3 Snowy Egrets, 1 Merlin, 2 Blue-headed
Vireos, and 1 Nashville Warbler at Madisonville City Park (which has a
fantastic and surprisingly long nature trail).

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Subject: Highlights from recent trip to east Texas - east Texas days
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:54:50 -0500
Greetings All:
I wandered about east Texas on 17 October 2014 and from 20 October 2014
through 24 October 2014 (the intervening days were spent in search of the
Kiamichi Slimy Salamander in Arkansas with my brother).  Most of the birds
that struck me as highlights fell into either the seemed a bit late
category or seemed a bit out of habitat category.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM 17 OCTOBER 2014

Titus County: 1 Anhinga, 1 American White Pelican, 1 Osprey, 5 Franklin's
Gulls, and 1 Common Yellowthroat at Lake Bob Sandlin State Park.

Camp County: 1 American White Pelican and 1 Franklin's Gull on the Camp
County side of Lake Bob Sandlin.  Also 1 Osprey, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 1
Black-throated Green Warbler, and 1 female Summer Tanager at Barefoot Bay
(which now has a very nice nature trail; trailhead just west of the store).

HIGHLIGHTS FROM 20 OCTOBER 2014

Bowie County: 72 Canada Geese over west Texarkana.

Morris County: 1 Wilson's Warbler at White Oak Creek WMA.

Upshur County: 4 American White Pelicans, 1 Roseate Spoonbill, 1 Osprey,
and 2 Black-throated Green Warblers at Cedar Springs Park.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM 21 OCTOBER 2014

Gregg County: 1 Red-headed Woodpecker and 1 Gray Catbird at Post Oak Union
Cemetery.  Also 2 Chimney Swifts, 2 Blue-headed Vireos, and 1
Black-and-white Warbler at Easton City Park.

Shelby County: 9 American White Pelicans, 1 Little Blue Heron, 1 Spotted
Sandpiper, and 2 Red-cockaded Woodpeckers along CR 2700/FSR 126 north of
Ragtown Recreation Area.  Also 58 American White Pelicans, 4 Wood Storks, 2
Franklin's Gulls, 2 Blue-headed Vireos, and 1 Wilson's Warbler at Ragtown
Recreation Area.  The Wood Storks were high, circling, and drifting
southward along the river.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM 22 OCTOBER 2014

Sabine County: 42 American White Pelicans and 2 Franklin's Gulls at the end
of Highway 276. Also 1 immature Broad-winged Hawk along Highway 21 just
west of the store/marina/RV park.  Also 2 Sedge Wrens, 1 American Pipit, 1
Common Yellowthroat, 1 Wilson's Warbler, and 2 House Finches at the
'Pendleton' store/marina.

San Augustine County: 1 Le Conte's Sparrow along Highway 21 just west of
the Sabine/San Augustin County line.  Also 8 American White Pelicans, 1
Osprey, 1 White-breasted Nuthatch, and 1 Sedge Wren at Powell Park.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM 23 OCTOBER 2014

San Augustine County: 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, and
19 Cedar Waxwings at Jackson Hill Park.

Trinity County: 1  Blue-headed Vireo and 1 Common Yellowthroat along County
Line Road just south of the Trinity/Houston County line.

Houston County: 27 Cedar Waxwings in Crockett and 1 Sedge Wren at Houston
County Lake.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM 24 OCTOBER 2014

Leon County: 1 Le Conte's Sparrow near Leona.  1 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Tree
Swallow, 2 Barn Swallows, 2 Sedge Wrens, and 1 Common Yellowthroat at the
wetlands along CR 2485 just north of OSR.  Also 1 immature Broad-winged
Hawk, 9 American White Pelicans, 1 Osprey, 1 Spotted Sandpiper, 3 Forster's
Terns, and 1 Blue-headed Vireo at the Brazos River Authority Campground on
the southeast shore of Lake Limestone.

Robertson County: 9 Wild Turkeys near Petteway (free ranging, appeared
wild, I think coutable) and 1 Blue-headed Vireo at Hall's Lake.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Highlights from recent trip to east Texas - Lubbock to east Texas
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 10:35:57 -0500
Greetings All:
On 16 October 2014 I made the long haul from Lubbock to Lake Bob Sandlin
State Park in Titus County.  The following struck me as noteworthy though,
given my relative unfamiliarity with some portions of Texas, the might be
no big deal at all.

Crosby County: 36 Long-billed Dowitchers near Ralls, 10 Scissor-tailed
Flycatchers near Crosbyton, and 1 Canyon Wren at Silver Falls Rest Area.

Dickens County: 1 Merlin in Dickens, 4 American Pipits just east of
Dickens, and 3 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers well east of Dickens.

Baylor County: 1 Great Crested Flycatcher (heard and seen) in Seymour.

Young County: 1 Cedar Waxwing near Megargel.

Wise County: 1 Tree Swallow at Lake Bridgeport.

Collin County: 2 Cliff Swallows (heard and seen) near Princeton.

Hunt County:1 Broad-winged Hawk near Floyd.

Hopkins County: 32 Cedar Waxwings near Saltillo.

Franklin County: 1 White-eyed Vireo (heard and seen) near Hopewell.

Titus County: 1 American White Pelican and 1 Osprey at Lake Bob Sandlin
State Park; the Titus County side so far as I could tell.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Wed, Oct 29th at Kleb Woods, Bird Walk and Bird Talk
From: "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" <Fred_Collins AT hctx.net>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:26:37 +0000
This Wednesday is our annual Halloween bird walk. Our special bird list 
includes things like Bloody-crowned Kinglet, Brown Slasher, Blood-bellied 
Woodpecker, and Great-horned Owloween. If you use the correct name, you get a 
treat ( a sweet jelly bean). If you make an error, you get a trick. A pick from 
a bag of good beans and some trick flavors including such delights as skunk 
spray, dog food and vomit. Maybe you would want to bring a canteen with you: 
full of Scope! The bird walk is from 8:30-11 AM. It is free, and all ages are 
welcome. Meet on the nature center front porch. 

A few of us will try a new Mexican restaurant that our volunteer Jim Kelly 
raves about. He is a pretty good food critique so we have high expectations. 
You are welcome to join us for this "Dutch Treat" lunch. 


In the afternoon at 1:30 PM, we will have a bird program. This Wednesday's 
program is "Exploring unique birding places in Texas". I will talk about some 
of my favorite birding spots in the state, including some I have not yet 
visited. If you have a question about a spot you would like to visit, please 
come to the program and ask about it. I suspect if I don't know about the spot, 
someone in the audience will. The talk will include the birds I seek at these 
places and how difficult or easy the spot is to get to and bird in. Some 
require a long, strenuous hike and overnight camping, while others can be 
successfully birded from your car window. The program will last until about 3 
or 3:30. It is in the nature center auditorium. It is free and all ages are 
welcome. 


Hope to see you and I hope you have a very birdy Halloween.

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: Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/25/14 & 10/27/14)
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2014 07:09:11 -0500
10-25: 67 Raptors  

Broad-winged-59  

Swainson's-1  

Sharpie-4  

Cooper's-1  

Kestrel-1  

White-tailed Hawk-1  

10-27: 0!  

Bummer of a day on 10/27/14!  

   

Sue 
  
 Susan A. Heath, Ph.D.
Avian Conservation Biologist
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
103 W. Hwy 332
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
979-480-0999
Join us in our quest to study and conserve birds and their habitat around the 
Gulf of Mexico. 

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Subject: Pelagic Trip photos
From: Greg Page <gregpage1465 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 20:05:27 -0500
We had another great pelagic trip. The Red-billed Tropicbird was the
highlight. It flew over the boat several times, giving everybody great
veiws. I was able to get a few decent photos
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregpage/15460270157/
There was a Bridled Tern perched on something floating in the water. This
was my best view of this species ever and the first time I have been able
to get photos.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregpage/15460514827/

We also had both Masked and Brown Boobies. This Brown Booby flew just a few
feet from us and was vocalizing. Mary was feeding it so it stayed with us a
long time.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregpage/15622815716/

I think there were about 3 Masked Boobies. This one circled over the boat
several times giving everybody great views.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregpage/15459867589/

I want to thank all the leaders, it was a great trip. Next years trips
should also be great.

Greg Page
Houston


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Subject: Dusky-capped Photographed at Ped. Falls SP
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:33:49 -0500
Greg Lasley and I finally got a 3- to 4-minute view of the Dusky-capped 
Flycatcher at the bird blinds at Pedernales Falls SP at 11:58 a.m. The bird 
called frequently during that short visit but would only call about every 10 to 
20 minutes when it was out of view. Based on the admittedly ventriloquil calls, 
I don’t think the bird ever strayed more than 50 to 100 yds from the blinds 
during our 2-1/2 hrs there. Greg’s photos today, and a link to Vincent 
O’Brien’s eBird checklist, can be found here: 

http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/1040872

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Subject: Re: Correction!! Houston CBC: Sunday, 12-14-14!
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "Stenmead@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 15:44:24 -0400
I apologize for the incorrect date!  And, thanks to John Berner for  
alerting me!  My mind reverted to the "old days" when the CBC started the  on 
Saturday of the second weekend in December.  Now there is a  standard set date 
from December 14 to January 5, which ever days these  dates fall on.
 
Stennie Meadours
San Leon 
 
 
In a message dated 10/27/2014 9:54:00 A.M. Central Daylight Time,  
dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org writes:
Dear  Texbirders,

The Houston CBC will be Saturday, December 13, 2014!   We are hoping  the 
Brown Boobies remain at the Baytown Nature Center,  which  is in the  count 
circle!  But even if they don't,  there are always delightful  surprises on 
this 
count!  Plus, it  is the first and oldest CBC in  Texas, established by the 
Houston  Outdoor Nature Club, Ornithology  Group.  Participate to honor our 
 
predecessors efforts.  I  will post more details soon.   This is a "Save 
the 
Date" notice!

Bird on!

Stennie  Meadours
San Leon
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Subject: Dusky-capped Flyc - Pedernales Falls SP
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:31:44 -0500
Greg Lasley and I are hearing the Dusky-capped around the newer bird blind as 
reported on eBird yesterday by Vincent O'Brien. Haven't seen bird yet. 


Chuck Sexton
Austin

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Subject: Prelminary Trip Report Oct 25, 2014 S Padre Island Texas Pelagic
From: Gary Hodne <garyhodne AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:03:26 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
 
Hi Texbirders, 

I want to get the trip list posted ASAP. I'll post the full report with all
the glorious details after I get home and have a bit of time. 

Briefly it was a beautiful day out on the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico seas were
a nice and calm 1 to 2 foot +, and the temp was a very balmy 82 degrees. I
don't think I've been out on a pelagic where the weather conditions we just
so pleasant.  

We did not see a lot of numbers of birds but we wound up with a very good 8
pelagic species, including one big rarity and two other  good rarities.
 
8 Pelagic Species Seen:
Magnificent Frigatebirds  - 8 
Audubon's Shearwater - 1
Red-billed Tropicbird - 1
Bridled Terns -2
Pomarine Jaeger - 1
Masked Booby - 3 
Brown Booby - 1
Sabine's Gull -1


good seabirding, 

Gary Hodne 

The Woodlands, TX 

www.TexasPelagics.com[1] 


  

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Subject: Houston CBC: Saturday, 12-13-14!
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "Stenmead@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:52:54 -0400
Dear Texbirders,
 
The Houston CBC will be Saturday, December 13, 2014!  We are hoping  the 
Brown Boobies remain at the Baytown Nature Center, which  is in the  count 
circle! But even if they don't, there are always delightful surprises on this 

count!  Plus, it is the first and oldest CBC in  Texas, established by the 
Houston Outdoor Nature Club, Ornithology  Group.  Participate to honor our 
predecessors efforts.  I  will post more details soon.  This is a "Save the 
Date" notice!
 
Bird on!
 
Stennie Meadours
San Leon
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Westgate south of Bus 83, Weslaco, Oct 26, 2014
From: Tim Brush <txbrush5 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:53:45 -0500
Westgate south of Bus 83, Weslaco, Hidalgo, US-TX
Oct 26, 2014 6:45 PM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments:     flocks of parrots seen while waiting in Walgreen's parking
lot along Bus. 83--we had just seen a couple Minnesota birders take off
from the parking lot in search of them
1 species
Red-crowned Parrot  115     flock ca. 80 at 6:45, then flock of 35 at
6:52--both toook off somewhere not far west of Westgate and headed
east--perhaps for Valley Nature Center area, where they often roost--heard
"daw daw daw" and were definitely Amazonas


Regards,
Tim Brush
Edinburg, TX

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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/26/14) 136 raptors
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 08:23:08 -0500
Things have slowed down considerably at Smith Point.

Broad-winged Hawk 88
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Mississippi Kite 1
Turkey Vulture 44
American Kestrel 1

Total-136

Susan A. Heath, PhD
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
103 Hwy 332 West
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
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Subject: Re: Swainson's Warbler: SPI Convention Center
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 07:49:01 -0500
Dick and I also saw the Swainson's, as well as a late Worm-eating Warbler,
under the palms at the convention center Thursday around 5 pm.  Glad to
hear at least one of the birds is still around.
Sherry Wilson


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Subject: LLELA Big Sit/Denton Co
From: Susan Yost <sdyost AT asunnytexas.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:44:48 -0500
Last call for Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Areas 1st BIG SIT, Nov. 
1st. 

Sue YOST ~^/^~
Friends of LLELA
BIG SIT committee
Register by October 30, 2014 to participate. Email the registration form to 
llelabigsit AT gmail.com. Please put "LLELA Big Sit" in your subject line. 

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


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


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Subject: LaFitte's Cove today - moribund
From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:26:21 -0500
Hi Texbirders,

I am afraid we have reached the end of fall migration and have to 
wait for winter birds to get some action at LaFitte's.

I spent 3 1/2 hours form 9 - 12:30 and had just 2 warblers.

A pair of Black-throated Greens... here is the 
male....http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/157993779

And a single Nashville....http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/157993807

There was one White-eyed Vireo.

A few winter birds...Ruby-crowned Kinglet, a pair of Northern 
Flickers and several BG Gnatcatchers.

The resident Thrashers were also present.

Other residents were Downy Woodpeckers, Cardinals, Blue Jays and Mockingbirds.

However, on the way to Galveston I did see my FOS White Pelicans. 4 
were in the marsh beside I-45 at Bayou Vista.

Good birding y'all.

david McDonald
Friendswood TX

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Subject: Swainson's Warbler: SPI Convention Center
From: Corey Lange <coreyjlange AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:03:02 -0500
I found a late Swainson's Warbler in the small tree thicket at the convention 
center today around 2 pm. 


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Subject: Sabine's Gull, Brown Booby at Boca Chica Jetty, 10/26/14
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "antshrike1@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 20:43:58 -0400
I found the first year Sabine's Gull seen by yesterday's pelagic trip and a 
first year Brown Booby at the Boca Chica Jetty this afternoon. This is the 
jetty visible across the water from the South Padre Island Jetty. It is 
accessed by driving FM 4 from Brownsville to Boca Chica Beach, turn left and 
drive five miles on the wet sand to the jetty. It was drivable in a regular car 
yesterday but this can change and keep an eye on the tides. The jetty is fairly 
easy to walk as jetties go. Viewing is better in the afternoon. Photos and 
report are on my blog. 



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Subject: Bar-tailed Godwit -- Yes at Oso Bay
From: "JeP" <jepbird AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 18:20:35 -0500
Bar-tailed Godwit was observed feeding with Marbled Godwits in shallow water at 
10:30-11:00AM today at Oso Bay. 

Best seen from southernmost trail on west edge of TAMU campus, on the near 
shore but looking SSW over sand and vegetation. 


4th tries a charm!

Jeff patterson
Austin
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Subject: Painted Redstart
From: Ian Layton <ilayton AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 15:13:51 -0500
Still present  AT  south end of Brooks County rest area as of 3 pm today

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Subject: Re: Birds in Caldwell County
From: Ronnie Kramer <ronniekramer1964 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 14:33:02 -0500
Hi Jane,
I have the same observation each year around October.  Birds seem to just
vanish from the yard.  I don't know if molting has much to do with it.  I
think there are more than a few factors at work.  Breeding migrants move
out, wintering migrants move in.  Resident breeders have been tied-down
until now and there are lots of juveniles that are just now ready to
explore.

One location may have had a  bad summer storm or other local weather that
resulted in lower numbers of successfully fledged young, while a nearby
area may be full overcrowded with juveniles (especially areas like my
backyard with the feeders).  Food resources change as well and young birds
as well as the adults that are no longer tied to feeding juveniles now have
the opportunity to "reorganize" (yes I'm a state worker).  They spend a lot
of time looking for areas that are not as crowded, have more food, etc.
Instead of breeding, migrating, molting, etc., that energy is now directed
into looking for greener pastures.  It's the annual scramble for better
position.

I also think the wintering migrants moving in have a bit to do with it.
E.g. I have Cooper's Hawk almost daily and Sharp-shinned once or twice a
week now. I have a feeling that these birds targeting high traffic areas
like my backyard have a bit to do with the residents reevaluating their
options.

Birds are currently 'available' as they roam around. They haven't formed
their winter habits and routines.  Instead of hanging around all day, they
move in and out all day long.  So make the backyard as appealing as
possible right now.  Birds are coming in but not staying more than a few
minites, so their seems to be fewer.  But they are setting their routine
for the next 4 or 5 months so now is the time for backyard birders to
'advertise' and 'sell' their location even if it seems like they are not
getting an immediate return on their investment.

That's my best guess anyway.

Ronnie Kramer
Austin.

On Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 9:15 AM, Jane F Tillman  wrote:

> Hi, I got this question and usually my answer is that there is plentiful
> food in the wild at this time of year, but the writer asked if fall molt
> has anything to do with birds abandoning her yard.
> I could use some help on whether molt contributes.
> Below is her question.
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> *I have a yard on a farm in Caldwell County that offers bird habitat all
> year round----cover, feed, water source, etc.  Having been an avid birder
> for years, I have noticed for several years now that there are periods of
> time lasting several weeks ( mid-October, 2014) where the birds simply
> disappear. Does the fall molt have anything to do with this? Where do they
> go?*
> Thanks so much for any insight.
> Jane Tillman
> Austin
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Subject: Harlingen Bird Festival & Ravens
From: Susan Schaezler <warblerwoods AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 26 Oct 2014 13:28:18 -0500
I'm looking forward to this years RGV Bird Festival and so thankful of all the 
volunteer hours that go into it, thank you! Don needs a ride from the Marriott 
Wed., Nov. 5th for the 5 am trip, if you are available. The Housesitter will be 
here. 


Now for Ravens, which have been around for awhile. Ebird got upset that I had 3 
Ravens and I found it strange that I had two on one transmission tower and one 
in another. We did hear them later, so the ID was good. Why did they have 
different towers? 


Hawks are causing chaos in the feeding areas, so mostly quiet there.

Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
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Subject: Sabine's Gull, South Padre Island this evening and glimpses of the SPI pelagic results
From: "Mary Gustafson" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "live4birds@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 23:33:34 -0400
An immature Sabine's Gull was found in a huge mass of feeding gulls, terns, and 
pelicans at the east (ocean/outer) end of the north jetty in Isla Blanca Park 
on South Padre Island this evening just before sunset. Initially spotted on the 
returning SPI pelagic trip (www.texaspelagics.com) but only seen by a few 
people, it was relocated from shore after the boat docked. 


The SPI pelagic trip was a great success with calm conditions, a Red-billed 
Tropicbird, and a Brown Booby at arms length. These birds were extremely 
confiding, watch the website for a trip report or join the Texas Pelagics 
Facebook page for photos and more. 


 
Mary Gustafson
Mission, Texas

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Subject: 4 BROWN BOOBIES SEEN TODAY AROUND 2:30 PM ON THE 3RD TOWER AT BNC
From: "Mira M Pellerin" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mirampellerin@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:24:27 -0400
I saw 4 brown boobies this afternoon at BNC . Thanks to the nice man with the 
spotting scope, I was able to confirm what I was seeing with my binoculars. 


We saw 2 adults and 2 immature birds, and we got to watch them flying around as 
well. One of the immature birds had at least 2 flight feathers missing from 
each wing, closer to the tip. 



There were also 2 maybe 3 Osprey, several brown Pelicans fishing, several 
cormorants, the majority of which appeared to be Neotropics, and also one 
Roseate Tern fly over. 





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Pearland, TX

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Subject: South Llano River SP
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:35:45 -0500
Got into Junction last night, so I was able to spend a couple of hours at
South Llano River and pad the trip list a little; best bird was a nice male
Nashville Warbler coming in to Aquirre (ap?) Blind (the one behind the
headquarters building).  Other nice trip birds included Carolina Chickadee
and Western Scrub Jay (and having missed that one last spring I was glad to
get it this time)!  Lots of Pine Siskins around.  A stag with a serious rack
broke up the Turkey Party across from the Headquarters building and then
looked my way as if to say, "Well, whaddaya think of THAT?" J
 

I'll send out a link when the pictures are processed and the website
updated, but it may be awhile.  Bird List:

 

  Northern Bobwhite                     Colinus virginianus

  Wild Turkey                           Meleagris gallopavo

  Great Blue Heron                      Ardea herodias

  Black Vulture                         Coragyps atratus

  Turkey Vulture                        Cathartes aura

  Harris's Hawk                         Parabuteo unicinctus

  Rock Pigeon                           Columba livia

  White-winged Dove                     Zenaida asiatica

  Mourning Dove                         Zenaida macroura

  Golden-fronted Woodpecker             Melanerpes aurifrons

  Ladder-backed Woodpecker              Picoides scalaris

  American Kestrel                      Falco sparverius

  Eastern Phoebe                        Sayornis phoebe

  Scissor-tailed Flycatcher             Tyrannus forficatus

  Western Scrub-Jay                     Aphelocoma californica

  Common Raven                          Corvus corax

  Carolina Chickadee                    Poecile carolinensis

  Black-crested Titmouse                Baeolophus atricristatus

  House Wren                            Troglodytes aedon

  Carolina Wren                         Thryothorus ludovicianus

  Bewick's Wren                         Thryomanes bewickii

  Cactus Wren                           Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

  Ruby-crowned Kinglet                  Regulus calendula

  Eastern Bluebird                      Sialia sialis

  Hermit Thrush                         Catharus guttatus

  Northern Mockingbird                  Mimus polyglottos

  Orange-crowned Warbler                Oreothlypis celata

  Nashville Warbler                     Oreothlypis ruficapilla

  Yellow-rumped Warbler                 Setophaga coronata

  Spotted Towhee                        Pipilo maculatus

  Chipping Sparrow                      Spizella passerina

  Field Sparrow                         Spizella pusilla

  Black-throated Sparrow                Amphispiza bilineata

  Northern Cardinal                     Cardinalis cardinalis

  Western Meadowlark                    Sturnella neglecta

  Great-tailed Grackle                  Quiscalus mexicanus

  House Finch                           Haemorhous mexicanus

  Pine Siskin                           Spinus pinus

  Lesser Goldfinch                      Spinus psaltria

  House Sparrow                         Passer domesticus

 

40 SPECIES

TOTAL FOR TRIP:  118 SPECIES

 

Mary Beth Stowe

McAllen, TX

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Subject: Shorebirds in southern Harris County
From: "John O'Brien" <j26.obrien AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:40:35 -0500
It has been quite a while since I last checked Brunswick Lakes in southern
Harris County.  I stopped by today in early afternoon and found excellent
shorebird habitat.  There are acres of weedy mudflats and shallow, weedy
water.  There were plenty of shorebirds present, including a couple of
Semipalmated Plovers, lots of Least and one Semipalmated Sandpiper, a few
Long-billed Dowitchers, both yellowlegs, and Spotted Sandpiper.  There are
probably more species, as I didn't have very much time to scan everything.
Also good for inland Houston area are a good number of Roseate Spoonbills
and White-faced Ibis.
Brunswick Lakes is located just north of Beltway 8 off Cullen Blvd.  There
are three decent vantage points: a park on the northeast corner of the lake
with a small parking lot on Brunswick Crossing Trace, just north Brunswick
Lake Ln (the entrance from Cullen); the dike along the north edge of the
lake from the same parking lot; a playground on Longmeadow on the west side
of the lake.  There is no parking lot there, but street parking seems to be
OK.  The Longmeadow vantage gave excellent viewing of extensive mudflats in
the afternoon light.

This spot will be worth checking frequently until it rains really heavily
again.

John O'Brien
Houston


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Subject: Panhandle Birding, Cassin' Finch, Palo Duro Canyon SP, 250OCT 2014
From: "Barrett Pierce" <bpierce AT riopetro.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:44:29 -0500
This morning the Cassin's Finch continued at the blind in PDC SP. A male and
two different females made brief appearances. A Nashville Warbler was also
present along with 3 White-throated Sparrows. I did not see the Common
Ground Dove.
 

A group of nine Mountain Bluebirds were present on top just beyond the
entrance gate. 

 

Barrett Pierce

 

Amarillo, TX 



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Subject: Port O'Connor/Guadalupe Delta
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:07:21 -0500
..
 Birded the above areas with a number of nice birds but nothing totally
unexpected.  The most unusual find we had was a White-tipped Dove on River
Road.  WTDOs are rare this far north along the gulf coast..
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Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

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Subject: Quinta Mazatlan Tropical Parula 10/25 YES
From: Tiffany Kersten <tiffanykersten AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:52:55 -0500
Singing just now at the amphitheater. 

Tiffany L. Kersten
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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/24/14) 139 raptors
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:58:46 -0500
The latest from Jason:  

Total: 139  

Black Vulture-3  

Turkey Vulture-34  

Northern Harrier-2  

Sharp-shinned Hawk-5  

Cooper's Hawk-8  

Broad-winged Hawk-77  

Red-tailed Hawk-2  

White-tailed Hawk-1  

Golden Eagle-1  

American Kestrel-5  

Peregrine Falcon-1  

blog post: http://smithpointhawkwatch.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/10-24-raptors/  

Sue 
  
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Avian Conservation Biologist
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
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Lake Jackson, TX 77566
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