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Antillean Siskin,©Barry Kent Mackay

19 Sep Nine Warblers Smith Co [Mike Bloodsworth ]
19 Sep Smith Point Hawk Watch Tuesday. Between the rain. [Joseph Kennedy ]
19 Sep Re: Bluebirds in Brazoria County [Joseph Kennedy ]
19 Sep Re: Bluebirds in Brazoria County ["" ]
19 Sep Re: Brown Booby on Lake Travis? [Randy Duncan ]
19 Sep Brown Booby speculation ["Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" ]
19 Sep S Padre Island Texas Pelagic Trip Saturday 9/20 openings ["Garett Hodne" ]
18 Sep Brown Booby on Lake Travis? [Beth McBroom ]
18 Sep Lewisville Lake Park ["Keith Lockhart" ]
18 Sep Bluebirds in Brazoria County [Cecilia-home ]
18 Sep NM Birding [Selena Caldera ]
18 Sep Austin Area RBA [Nate McGowan ]
18 Sep eBird Report - Kerrville- Guadalupe Park, Sep 18, 2014 []
18 Sep another Navarro County ["Sharon Lane" ]
18 Sep PEARLAND BIRDS SEEN THIS WEEK IN MY AREA ["Mira M Pellerin" ]
18 Sep Devine Lake WilliamsonCo. [Beth Duncan ]
18 Sep Birds at the Nature Discovery Center in Russ Pitman Park []
18 Sep Brown Booby still at Baytown Nature Center 7:44 David Hanson ["dhanson139 AT aol.com" ]
18 Sep Baytown Booby still there ["Michael Lindsey" ]
17 Sep Corpus Christi Hawkwatch... [Dane Ferrell ]
17 Sep Jaeger ["Mike Egar" ]
17 Sep The August Report for the 2014 Game - A Slightly Bigger Patch [Anthony Hewetson ]
17 Sep Chambers Co before the torrent [Michael Austin ]
17 Sep Resaca de la Palma SP - Kentucky, Worm-eating, Mourning & more - full tram road not accessible [Sherry Wilson ]
16 Sep Mini 'fallout' in my Lubbock yard [Anthony Hewetson ]
16 Sep Bird question ["Ray Porter" ]
16 Sep Re: Laredo birds of late, also request for Flycatcher ID (Traill's) [Holly Reinhard ]
16 Sep Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR. [Jack Chiles ]
16 Sep Re: Recent Hepatic Tanager reports []
16 Sep Brown Booby - Lake Travis - YES [Chuck Sexton ]
16 Sep Bird Calls With Cliff Shackelford - Tonight Sept 16 ["Les Stewart" ]
16 Sep Re: Recent Hepatic Tanager reports [Chuck Sexton ]
16 Sep Re: Laredo birds of late, also request for Flycatcher ID (Traill's) [Holly Reinhard ]
16 Sep hepatic tanager Smithville ["Ron Martin" ]
16 Sep Brown Booby still at Baytown Nature Center at 12:06. 3rd tower from BNC side this time David Hanson ["dhanson139 AT aol.com" ]
16 Sep Utley [Brush Freeman ]
16 Sep Hummingbirds in my Lubbock yard on Saturday [Anthony Hewetson ]
16 Sep Re: Laredo birds of late, also request for Flycatcher ID (Traill's) [Brush Freeman ]
15 Sep Re: Laredo birds of late, also request for Flycatcher ID (Traill's) [Sam Fason ]
15 Sep Re: Laredo birds of late, also request for Flycatcher ID (Traill's) [Brush Freeman ]
15 Sep Brown Booby - Baytown - distant photos [Shirley Wilkerson ]
15 Sep birding flooded fields in Calhoun Co. [Petra Hockey ]
15 Sep massed Western Sandpipers (09/14/14) on rain-flooded flats off TX-4 near Boca Chica ["Rex Stanford" ]
15 Sep Laredo birds of late, also request for Flycatcher ID (Traill's) [Holly Reinhard ]
15 Sep Bird Count at Baytown Nature Center 9/18/14 7AM ["" ]
15 Sep Brown booby baytown-YES [Clayton Leopold ]
15 Sep SPI (Cameron Co.) migrants on 14 Sep 2014 ["bradmckinney AT juno.com" ]
15 Sep Brown Booby [Shirley Wilkerson ]
15 Sep Smith point hawk watch yesterday [Joseph Kennedy ]
15 Sep Please Ignore Phishing Re: Very Urgent....John Schueler.....Help [David Sarkozi ]
15 Sep Re: Checklists and abundance codes [Jim Sinclair ]
15 Sep Brown Booby still at Baytown Nature Center 10:10 on 4th highline upright left side about 1/3 of the way up David Hanson ["dhanson139 AT aol.com" ]
15 Sep Re: Brown booby Baytown nature center [Clayton Leopold ]
14 Sep Fwd: Hepatic Tanager at Lost Maples 9-14-14 [Martin Hagne ]
14 Sep Re: Quintana Bird Sanctuary (Brazoria Co.) migrants today 8/14/2014 [Tad Finnell ]
14 Sep Lubbock Area Highlights - Today [Anthony Hewetson ]
14 Sep Re: Richland Creek WMA North Unit [D D Currie ]
14 Sep Quintana Bird Sanctuary (Brazoria Co.) migrants today 8/14/2014 [Cecilia-home ]
14 Sep Hepatic Tanager at Lost Maples 9-14-14 [Martin Hagne ]
14 Sep Richland Creek WMA North Unit [D D Currie ]
14 Sep Save The Date: Big Sit Richland Creek WMA North Unit [D D Currie ]
14 Sep NW Navarro County - Common Ground Dove ["Sharon Lane" ]
14 Sep No Subject [Louie Rivera ]
14 Sep McAllen Nature Center birding, Hidalgo Co. [Javier Gonzalez ]
14 Sep Re: Brown booby Baytown nature center [Chuck Davis ]
14 Sep Brown Booby now at Baytown Nature Center (Harris County) ["Berner Family" ]
14 Sep Brown booby Baytown nature center [Cin-Ty Lee ]
14 Sep Re: Checklists and abundance codes [Jim Sinclair ]
14 Sep Shipp Lake (local) [Philip Rostron ]
14 Sep Corpus Area - Black-billed Cuckoo and other migrants [Eric Stager ]
14 Sep Corpus Chrisi Bar-tailed - NO [Eric Stager ]
13 Sep SPHW 9/13/14 (264 raptors), Zone-tailed Hawk! ["Susan Heath" ]
13 Sep Re: Tyler SP 9-13-14 Cool cloudy day [Brush Freeman ]
13 Sep Bar-tailed Godwit [Tiffany Kersten ]
13 Sep Tyler SP 9-13-14 Cool cloudy day [Boyd Sanders ]
13 Sep Hidalgo County (Quinta Mazatlán & Old Hidalgo Pumphouse) [John Brush ]

Subject: Nine Warblers Smith Co
From: Mike Bloodsworth <bloodsworth AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:27:13 -0700
Nine warblers this morning in Smith Co. Nothing unexpected but nice to see some 
migrants. Also 3 Warbling Vireos 


Pleasant Acres Lake, Smith County, Texas, US ( Map )
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5Red-headed Woodpecker
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7Red-bellied Woodpecker
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2Downy Woodpecker
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2Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)
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8White-eyed Vireo
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9Blue Jay
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4American Crow
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8Carolina Chickadee
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7Tufted Titmouse
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1White-breasted Nuthatch
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6Carolina Wren
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7Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
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4Eastern Bluebird
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1Brown Thrasher
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1Northern Mockingbird
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2Nashville Warbler
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1Northern Parula
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2Yellow Warbler
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2Indigo Bunting
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1Baltimore Oriole 

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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch Tuesday. Between the rain.
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:39:09 -0500
Got down to smith point early and the moon and stars were shining until I
passed the 1985 intersection where one could see clouds starting to build
down on the bay. Horned owls were a little quiet. Big thunderheads off
toward Galveston and Texas City when I arrived. 24 oystercatchers roosting
and waiting for a handout. They left for other spots in small noisy groups
before 7:30. On the way down a cooper's hawk went over the free range
chickens but did not hunt but caused a great panic.
Robbins park had some tidal water but not many birds. A broad-wing was
perched on a power line looking soggy. A few blue grosbeaks, dickcissel and
gnatcatchers apparently roosted in the area. Lots of seaside sparrows were
sitting up in the very wet grass.

The storms slowly inched toward the point but collapsed in a nice wind
before bringing rain. Unfortunately new storms came up north and east of
the tower and lingered all day creating a wall keeping birds from reaching
the point and not many did. A couple of nice groups of Mississippi kites
passed by and included a single swallow-tailed kite. One group of miki
headed out across the bay toward downtown Galveston as rain blocked the
normal route toward Laporte.

There were a few broad-winged hawks about. Several (7) were roosting out in
the mottes that flushed out after lunch. One had a nice round circle in its
wing which a few birds have each year.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157448009

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157448006

During the day 2 high up least terns were going south. A small bird up high
was not a gnatcatcher but a kinglet sp?. Things got much slower later.

After 4, I went back to Robbins park and had 21 magnificent frigatebirds
hanging under an approaching thunderhead. As I watched birds started to
descend from the clouds as the thunder got closer until 88 birds were
circling. Then all went back up into the cloud. Lots of cloud to cloud
lightning but no fried birds fell out before I left. The last bird seen was
a spectacular young white-tailed hawk that was all black except for an
entirely white chest.

All day rain was moving north up trinity bay and I met it in Baytown on the
way home. Took over 3 hours to get home but I did have a big flock of
bronzed cowbirds in downtown Houston eating among the stalled cars.
Apparently lots of food is from cars.

Some nice bugs were about. A couple of oranges put out for orioles were
covered with figeater beetles which were absent in the last couple of
really dry years.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157448000

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157447997

The hummingbirds feeders attract more than hummingbirds; in this case
hummingbird feeders

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157448004

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157448002

At least the weather was better on the tower than during the last couple of
days. Watching Buffalo Bayou come up toward the garage but it looks fine
now unless a flash flood comes down from north of I-10 again.

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


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Subject: Re: Bluebirds in Brazoria County
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 14:19:54 -0500
Bluebirds can be very migratory and we have had flocks of over 100 at the
hawk watch tower toward late October and early November, usually with
robins. There is usually a good flock back on Gau Road well before flocks
come by the tower.
But they also flock up in the fall and join wandering groups of pine
warblers, yellow-rumped warblers and chipping sparrows which wander widely
and are common moving through the piney woods all winter.

Family groups get together and gradually start moving around but I have had
flocks show up in Whites Park by this time of year although only 1 or 2
pairs nest there. They are already with pine warblers in Bear Creek Park
too at least before the rain flooded the park.

On Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 9:17 PM, Cecilia-home 
wrote:

> Interesting sighting at Gulf Coast Bird Observatory today between heavy
> down pours a flock of 30+ Eastern Bluebirds zoomed into the the live oaks,
> fluttered about the power lines and chattered all the time. It was an
> obvious movement but I don't consider this species a migrant. Is that
> wrong? They were obviously flocking and moving together?  Is this specked
> normally migratory?
>
> Life is better with birds!
> Cecilia M Riley
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Subject: Re: Bluebirds in Brazoria County
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "stenmead@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:16:13 -0400
I had about 30 blue birds in my trees & on my porch a couple of years ago. I 
think it was during spring migration. I believe I posted the sightings to 
texbirds at the time. 


Stennie meadours
San leon
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Sent: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 09:18 PM
Subject: [texbirds] Bluebirds in Brazoria County



Interesting sighting at Gulf Coast Bird 
Observatory today between heavy down pours a flock of 30+ Eastern Bluebirds 
zoomed into the the live oaks, fluttered about the power lines and chattered 
all the time. It was an obvious movement but I don't consider this species a 
migrant. Is that wrong? They were obviously flocking and moving together? Is 
this specked normally migratory? 


Life is better with birds!
Cecilia M Riley
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
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Subject: Re: Brown Booby on Lake Travis?
From: Randy Duncan <osufight AT att.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 08:33:38 -0700
Randy Duncan
Leander TX


On Thursday, September 18, 2014 10:21 PM, Beth McBroom  
wrote: 

 


I'm thinking of searching for the Lake Travis Brown Booby tomorrow.  There
seem to be several reports of it being seen near the marina.  Has anyone
tried looking from the marina?  Is the marina accessible to the public?
Thanks for any information.
Beth McBroom


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Subject: Brown Booby speculation
From: "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" <Fred_Collins AT hctx.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:05:48 +0000
The recent plethora of Brown Booby reports from Texas have got me to 
prognosticating. I still recall rather vividly the winter of 04-05 when the 
Valley was a stir with all sorts of great birds. That year Elegant Trogon, 
White-throated Robin (Thrush), Crimson-collared Grosbeak, Blue Bunting and 
Golden-crowned warbler all put in appearances simultaneously. Clay-colored 
Robin (Thrush) was still something of a localized species but that year 
everywhere you chased a rarity you found a Clay-colored Robin (Thrush). Ever 
since that influx year, Clay-colored Thrush has been a regular bird at any of 
the Valley hot spots from Laredo to Brownsville. They are now a regular, 
widespread and common bird. 

I wonder if we will experience the same phenomena with the Brown Booby. 
Reviewing the past records is interesting. According to the TOS Handbook prior 
to 1987 there had only been 13 records for the species in Texas (not 
documented). Between 1988 and 2004 there were 19 records accepted by the Texas 
Bird Records Committee. Between 2004-2008 there were 12 records. When the 
latest TOS handbook (2014) went to press there were 37 documented records, 
including three specimens. Add the 13 pre-1987 undocumented records for a total 
of 50 records for the state in more than 100 years of records. 


A review of Texbirds turned up the following birds 2012: 4 birds (2 at inland 
locations), 2013: 4 birds, and 2014: 11 different locations and at Corpus 
multiple birds on some of the occurrences. These included 2 birds at between 
April and June, and 4-6 birds in August. There were also 2 birds in the August 
South Padre Pelagic trip. These Texbird records will not all be submitted to 
TBRC nor would they all be accepted if they were. But the observations clearly 
show this is a year far beyond any other in the state's ornithological history 
for Brown Booby. And the year still has an entire quarter to go. 


I wonder if next and subsequent years, Brown Booby will be a regular and common 
species along the Texas Coast, just like the Clay-colored Thrush became common 
in 2006. The future is oh, so interesting for Texas birders. 



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

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner


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Subject: S Padre Island Texas Pelagic Trip Saturday 9/20 openings
From: "Garett Hodne" <garyhodne AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 06:37:27 -0500
Hi Texbirders
I realize this is late notice but 2 recent cancellations have opened up 2
spaces on the boat for tomorrow. The weather is looking good with 2-3 foot
seas forecast. If you would like to join us please email me at garyhodne  AT 
earthlink.net or call me 281-684-5425.

Regards,

Gary Hodne

 

 



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Subject: Brown Booby on Lake Travis?
From: Beth McBroom <bethmcb AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:19:49 -0500
I'm thinking of searching for the Lake Travis Brown Booby tomorrow.  There
seem to be several reports of it being seen near the marina.  Has anyone
tried looking from the marina?  Is the marina accessible to the public?
 Thanks for any information.
Beth McBroom


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Subject: Lewisville Lake Park
From: "Keith Lockhart" <keithlockhart AT verizon.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:08:00 -0500
A quick drive thru the park today about noon turned up 8 Am Avocets, several
Baird's Sandpipers, and the big surprise - a Brown Pelican.
Keith Lockhart

Highland Village, TX



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Subject: Bluebirds in Brazoria County
From: Cecilia-home <criley02 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 21:17:05 -0500
Interesting sighting at Gulf Coast Bird Observatory today between heavy down 
pours a flock of 30+ Eastern Bluebirds zoomed into the the live oaks, fluttered 
about the power lines and chattered all the time. It was an obvious movement 
but I don't consider this species a migrant. Is that wrong? They were obviously 
flocking and moving together? Is this specked normally migratory? 


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Subject: NM Birding
From: Selena Caldera <selenacaldera AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:22:27 -0500
Hi, does anyone have any tips or suggestions for birding hot spots in November 
in New Mexico? I'll be in Albuquerque at the beginning of the month and plan to 
head up to Santa Fe to bird too--am considering also heading south to Bosque 
del Apache. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Best birding spots, 
friendly birding spots, all welcome :) 


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Subject: Austin Area RBA
From: Nate McGowan <natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:37:50 -0500
The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society.
This update is as of 9/18/2014. Send interesting sightings, complete with
species name, location, and contact information to Nate McGowan at
natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com.
-Rarities found this week-

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was photographed near Fort Hood, *Bell*, 9/11.

A FRANKLIN'S GULL and a RING-BILLED GULL were early at Windy Point on Lake
Travis, *Travis*, 9/12.

A group of four COMMON TERNS were seen at Windy Point, *Travis,* 9/12.

A BULLOCK'S ORIOLE was seen at Stillhouse Hollow, *Bell*, 9/13.

A CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER was photographed at Warbler Woods, *Guadalupe*,
9/17.

-Continuing birds from previous weeks-

The BROWN BOOBY continued at Windy Point on Lake Travis, *Travis*, most
recently 9/16.

REDDISH EGRETS continued at Longhorn Dam, *Travis*, 9/17 and Windy Point,
*Travis*, 9/13.

A BLACK PHOEBE continued at Barkley Meadows, *Travis*, 9/15.

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

Nate McGowan
Rare Bird Alert Compiler
Austin, TX


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Subject: eBird Report - Kerrville- Guadalupe Park, Sep 18, 2014
From: <jkessler AT ktc.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 18:31:48 -0500
This morning, 18 September, at 12:05 I was awakened by a Great Horned Owl 
calling from my back yard at 131 Homestead in Kerrville.  I got dressed, 
went outside, and listened to it call and  another Great Horned Owl call 
from the distance.  They were also calling in the area on the early morning 
of 17 September.

Kerrville- Guadalupe Park, Kerr, US-TX
Sep 18, 2014 11:15 AM - 12:25 PM
Protocol: Stationary
23 species (+1 other taxa)

Egyptian Goose  12
Mallard (Domestic type)  3
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Black Vulture  2
Turkey Vulture  4
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
American Avocet  9     These avocets have been appearing at this location 
most days for the past three or four weeks.
Killdeer  5
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Forster's Tern  1     Only one tern today.  Last week a flock of at least 
50 flew by this area.
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  20
Inca Dove  2
White-winged Dove  4
Mourning Dove  2
Eastern Phoebe  2
Blue Jay  1
Common Raven  1
Black-crested Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
Great-tailed Grackle  6
House Sparrow  X

James Kessler
Kerrville, TX
ABA and TOS life member 

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Subject: another Navarro County
From: "Sharon Lane" <sharon AT shadowmountainranch.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:31:53 -0500
Juvy male Ladder-backed Woodpecker.
 

Photos available.

 

Sharon Lane

NW Navarro County



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Subject: PEARLAND BIRDS SEEN THIS WEEK IN MY AREA
From: "Mira M Pellerin" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mirampellerin@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:35:30 -0400
While riding my trike or driving my car in the vicinity of FM 1128 and Cty. Rd 
101, here are the unusual birds that I have seen this week: 


Monday AM   ~ 5 AM;  Heard a flock of Greater Yellowlegs flying over head
Tuesday AM ~ 9 AM: saw an immature Wood Stork in the ditch along Cty. Rd. 101 
near the intersection with FM 1128 

Wednesday ~ 12 N: I saw my first yard HB: an immature male Ruby-throated.
Wednesday PM at ~ 6 PM: Saw a mature female Sharp shinned Hawk dive bombing a 
gray squirrel as it ran across the road in front of me. Was she trying for 
supper? She had two feathers missing from her tail. 



Mira M. Pellerin

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Subject: Devine Lake WilliamsonCo.
From: Beth Duncan <Beth.Duncan AT leanderisd.org>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:05:07 +0000
Lunch time today:
Lake has a little more water but still plenty of shore bird habitat. Oak 
canopies by the lake full of activity. I spied a Wilson's and Yellow Warbler 
and lots of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers. There was a White-faced Ibis on the lake 
and a Belted Kingfisher and the Red-shouldered Hawk is still hanging nearby. 
The flock of Teal (presumed Blue-winged) were on the far shore and there is a 
large number of Pied-billed Grebes (11). I have not seen the Tri-colored Heron 
since the cold front hit early this week. There was one Scissor-tailed 
Flycatcher, one Western Kingbird and one Great-crested Flycatcher. That's about 
all the time I had. The Summer Tanagers are still calling loudly throughout the 
park. 


Beth Duncan
Leander, TX Williamson, Co.


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Subject: Birds at the Nature Discovery Center in Russ Pitman Park
From: birds AT naturediscoverycenter.org
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:40:25 -0400 (EDT)
Hi everyone,
 
The rain has brought down some interesting fall migrants - and a variety of 1st 
fall plumage warblers. If you come out to the park today or tomorrow - bring 
boots! 



 
In a brief period between the rains this morning we had a small flock and some 
other birds: 

 
9/18/14 - AM
Eastern Wood-Pewee - 1
Red-eyed Vireo - 1
Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers - 6+
Tennessee Warbler - 1 - first fall male
Northern Parula - 1 - first fall female
Blackburnian W. - 1 first fall female
Canada W. - 1 First fall female
 
Yesterday's list 9/17/14 before & after rain:
Mississippi Kite - 1
Broad-winged Hawk - a kettle of 30+ (some were in & just above the trees ab 9 
am) 

Ruby-throated Hummer* - 4+
Olive-sided Flycatcher* - 1
Eastern Wood-Pewee* - 1
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - 1 - first fall male plumage
Red-eyed Vireo -1
Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers* - 10+
Tennessee W. - 1
Chestnut-sided W*. - 2 - first yr female plumage
Black & White W* - 2M & 1 F
Worm-eating W - 1-2
Canada W - 2
& the usual residents*
 
note: * indicates seen on the bird walk. Other birds seen before and/or after 
walk. 

 
Join our free Lunch with the Birds Walks, Wednesdays at noon, through Nov 5, 
2014 and monthly birdwalks in the winter. 


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


Mary Ann Beauchemin
Senior Naturalist
Nature Discovery Center 
mbeauch AT naturediscoverycenter.org 
713-667-6550 (phone) 
713-667-7654 (fax)

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Subject: Brown Booby still at Baytown Nature Center 7:44 David Hanson
From: "dhanson139 AT aol.com" <dmarc-noreply@freelists.org> (Redacted sender "dhanson139@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 07:47:00 -0500
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Subject: Baytown Booby still there
From: "Michael Lindsey" <m_lndsy AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2014 00:35:17 -0500
Checked out the Brown Booby this afternoon (Wed.) and it was on the third
tower as reported. 
Watched it fly off once to feed and return to the same tower. 

 

Thanks for all the reports.

 

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Pearland

 

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Subject: Corpus Christi Hawkwatch...
From: Dane Ferrell <daneferrell AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:48:40 -0400
Here are the migrating Raptor numbers for the 2014 Corpus Christi Hawkwatch at 
Hazel Bazemore County Park(through 09/17): 

Broad-winged Hawks   33,323
Mississippi Kites   18,962
Black Vultures   110
Ospreys   65
Swallow-tailed Kites   54
Swainson's Hawks   43
Peregrine Falcons   29
Unidentified Raptors   25
American Kestrels   22
Cooper's Hawks   17
Sharp-shinned Hawks   6
Merlins   5
White-tailed Hawks   5
Northern Harriers   3
Red-tailed Hawks   3
Bald Eagles   1
Red-shouldered Hawks   1
Turkey Vultures   1
White-tailed Kites   1
Zone-tailed Hawks   1
Total = 52,677
20,261 Raptors counted on 09/17(including 1 immature Swallow-tailed 
Kite)...Good start to Broad-winged season... 

Come out and see us - things are getting fun...
Hazel Rocks...
Dane Ferrell, Hawkwatch International
Corpus Christi Hawkwatch
Hazel Bazemore County Park
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Subject: Jaeger
From: "Mike Egar" <dmarc-noreply-modpost AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "swrsrch@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 14:10:10 -0500
Had a Parasitic Jaeger nimbly and agressively harassing terns over my head 
while I was surf fishing North Beach South Padre about 9:00 this morning. It 
continued on northward. 


Mike E
Corpus Christi

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Subject: The August Report for the 2014 Game - A Slightly Bigger Patch
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:34:53 -0500
Greetings All
This year's game, titled 'A Slightly Bigger Patch' is to see how many species
of butterfly, amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal I can find in my
home region.
The LEAS region includes fifteen counties (Bailey, Lamb, Hale, Floyd, Motley,
Cochran, Hockley, Lubbock, Crosby, Dickens, Yoakum,Terry, Lynn, Garza,
and Kent)
and, with portions of the region below and atop the Caprock Escarpment, offers 
a 

fairly wide variety of habitats.  My goals for the year are 75 species of
butterfly, 10 species of amphibian, 25 species of reptile, 300 species of bird,
and 25 species of mammal.

August was, as expected, even better than July and Imanaged to add a species or
quite a few species to several of the taxonomic categories I track with with
birds faring best this time around. All in all, I located 44 species of
butterfly, 3 species of amphibian, 13 species of reptile, 138 species of bird,
and 13 species of mammal during the month.
This brought the totals for the year up to 75 species of butterfly (100%), 12
species of amphibian (120%), 30 species of reptile (120%), 268 species of bird
(89%), and 36 species of mammal (144%).

As mentioned in a separate and earlier post, Rich Kostecke is still ahead of
me with 271 species of birds (to my 268) in his fifteen-county region and I
expect the situation to worsen even further as fall migration progresses.
Without further ado, the August list for the LEAS region - with new additions
*sked.

Funereal Duskywing
Common Checkered Skipper
Common Sootywing
Orange Skipperling
Fiery Skipper
Sachem
Southern Broken Dash*
Green Skipper*
Nysa Roadside Skipper
Dotted Roadside Skipper
Pipevine Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail
Cabbage White
Checkered White
Orange Sulphur
Southern Dogface
Cloudless Sulphur*
Lyside Sulphur
Little Yellow
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur
Gray Hairstreak
Marine Blue
Western Pygmy Blue
Reakirt's Blue
American Snout
Hackberry Emperor
Monarch
Queen
Gulf Fritillary
Variegated Fritillary
Bordered Patch
Phaon Crescent
Pearl Crescent
Common Mestra*
Common Buckeye
Question Mark
Mourning Cloak
Red Admiral
Painted Lady
West Coast Lady*
American Lady
Goatweed Leafwing
Common Wood Nymph

Great Plains Toad
Northern Cricket Frog
American Bullfrog

Common Snapping Turtle
Red-eared Slider
Yellow Mud Turtle
Spiny Soft-shelled Turtle
Eastern Fence Lizard
Texas Horned Lizard
Texas Spotted Whiptail
Plain-bellied Water Snake
Checkered Garter Snake
Eastern Hog-nosed Snake*
Coachwhip
Gopher Snake
Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake

Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Gadwall
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ruddy Duck
Scaled Quail
Northern Bobwhite
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Least Bittern
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron*
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
White-faced Ibis
Turkey Vulture
Mississippi Kite
Northern Harrier
Swainson's Hawk
Virginia Rail*
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Snowy Plover
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Upland Sandpiper
Long-billed Curlew
Stilt Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Wilson's Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope*
Least Tern*
Black Tern
Common Tern*
Forster's Tern
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Greater Roadrunner
Barn Owl
Great Horned Owl
Burrowing Owl
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird*
Rufous Hummingbird
Calliope Hummingbird*
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Prairie Falcon
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Western Wood Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Eastern Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatch
Western Kingbird
Eastern Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Bell's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Blue Jay
Chihuahuan Raven
Horned Lark
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Cave Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-crested Titmouse
Rock Wren
Carolina Wren
Bewick's Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Curve-billed Thrasher
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Northern Waterthrush
Black-and-white Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Cassin's Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Lark Bunting
Grasshopper Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Western Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting
Dickcissel
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Bronzed Cowbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Bullock's Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Black-tailed Jackrabbit
Eastern Cottontail
Desert Cottontail
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Fox Squirrel
Black-tailed Prairie Dog
Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel
North American Porcupine
Hispid Cotton Rat
Coyote
Striped Skunk
Raccoon
White-tailed Deer

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Chambers Co before the torrent
From: Michael Austin <mausti5 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:24:30 -0500
he rains arrived about 1030. Olive-sided, Least, & Yellow-bellied Flycatchers 
at Candy Abshire WMA on Smith Point, Red-headed Woodpecker at the corner of FM 
523 & 1985 and an early Merlin at Anahuac. 

 
Ruby-throated Hummingbird at the hawkwatch tower who couldn't decide what 
plumage he wanted to be in. Had molted most of the right half of the gorget, 
had some red spotting along the lower edge of the throat but still retained a 
full immature tail pattern. 

 
Mike Austin, 
Pearland
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Kentucky, Worm-eating, Mourning & more - full tram road not accessible
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:49:10 -0500
Warbler diversity was phenomenal this morning, with ten warbler species
including Kentucky, Worm-eating, Ovenbird, Northern Waterthrush, Mourning,
Black-&-white, American Redstart, Canada, Yellow and Yellow-breasted Chat.
There are a lot of woodland puddles and activity
​
​was ​
highest
​
​near wet​
areas.  Best
​
​spots​
- the parking area islands, the back end of the tram road where you start
seeing good puddles in the woods, Ebony Trail and boardwalk.

The tram road is under water in a couple spots.  In another
​
​few days
 the road should be dry and the tram running.  Meanwhile, the birds are
active and enjoying abundant insects, so don't let the lack of tram service
keep you away!

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

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

Plain Chachalaca  7
Little Blue Heron  6
Turkey Vulture  2
Inca Dove  1
White-tipped Dove  2
White-winged Dove  21
Mourning Dove  4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird  2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  5
Least Flycatcher  1
Empidonax sp.  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Brown-crested Flycatcher  4
Myiarchus sp.  1
Great Kiskadee  4
Couch's Kingbird  3
White-eyed Vireo  2
Green Jay  17
Barn Swallow  1
Black-crested Titmouse  6
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Long-billed Thrasher  5
Northern Mockingbird  4
Ovenbird  1
Worm-eating Warbler  1
Northern Waterthrush  2
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Mourning Warbler  1
Kentucky Warbler  1
American Redstart  1
Yellow Warbler  1
Canada Warbler  1
Yellow-breasted Chat  1
Olive Sparrow  6
Northern Cardinal  9
Painted Bunting  1
Great-tailed Grackle  3
Brown-headed Cowbird  1
Altamira Oriole  1
Baltimore Oriole  19

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Subject: Mini 'fallout' in my Lubbock yard
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:14:31 -0500
Greetings All:
Early this evening - as I prepared to go for my three mile walk ... just as
the rains started - I noted a lot of small birds in my backyard sunflower
patch.  I decided to put the walk off for a few minutes and join the cats
(strictly indoor) in a little birdwatching through the back window.

In just a few minutes I picked out 2 Orange-crowned Warblers, 1
MacGillivray's Warbler, 1 Wilson's Warbler, 1 Clay-colored Sparrow, and 1
Lincoln's Sparrows.  All of these are pretty good for my (very urban) yard
and I suspect birdier locations in the region might be quite exciting
tomorrow morning.

By the by, I did get my walk in - got thoroughly soaked and felt like I was
back in the beautiful Pacific Northwest:)

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Bird question
From: "Ray Porter" <ray.porter314 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:42:33 -0500
The other day I found an Empid, which I determined was probably either an 
Alder or Willow Flycatcher. It was not vocalizing, so I used a call 
recording to try and prompt the bird to respond. I first tried the Alder 
call several times, giving the bird time to respond between attempts, to 
which the bird completely ignored. I then tried the Willow call and the bird 
immediately came toward me, but did not vocalize.

The question is, did it mean something or should I send this to the bit 
bucket?


Ray Porter
Highlands, Texas 

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Subject: Re: Laredo birds of late, also request for Flycatcher ID (Traill's)
From: Holly Reinhard <holly.reinhard AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:23:29 -0500
I have gotten more discussion on this bird, and it has been identified as
an Eastern Wood-Pewee. Tony Leukering pointed out the bird's long primary
projections, extensive yellow mandible, and wide, obvious wing-bars, as Sam
Fason also mentioned.
Thank you all for your input on this! I appreciate the discussion and help
from all.

-Holly Reinhard

On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 12:41 PM, Holly Reinhard 
wrote:

> I had been wondering about Pewee, but the undertail coverts are so clear
> and white on this bird (vs. smudged in Pewee). And the throat and whole
> breast seemed so white, as well, compared to Pewee. Of course, different
> field guides show different characteristics--Sibley lists smudged undertail
> coverts as one field mark to distinguish Pewees from Empidonax flycatchers,
> and yet the illustrations in National Geographic show Pewee with perfectly
> white UTC. Also, the behavior of this bird, foraging and returning to
> branches 3 feet to 5 feet off the ground, seemed to be more consistent of
> Traill's. I do not claim to be an expert at flycatchers, though. I'd be
> interested to get more discussion on this bird.
>
> On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 12:26 AM, Brush Freeman 
> wrote:
>
>> oooh yeah ...I just looked at a couple of the first and the clear throat
>> etc....The later photos do show some long prim.s   Dirty job but someone
>> has to throw the first penny against the wall. :-)...So how does this rule
>> Western?...t...Soft parts don't mean squat in wood-pewees in Tx..
>>
>> **********************************************************************
>> Brush Freeman
>> 503-551-5150 Cell
>> 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
>> http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
>> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
>>
>> On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 12:10 AM, Sam Fason  wrote:
>>
>>> I think the unIDed Flycatcher looks more like an Eastern
>>> Wood-Pewee...the first pictures do look awfully Traill's-ish, partially
>>> because of what seems to be the lack of a crest, but the bird in profile
>>> shows extremely long primaries, much longer than I'd expect to see on a
>>> Traill's. The bird has a dusky "vest" as well, and the last two images show
>>> a much more typical Contopus like crest. Just my two cents.
>>> -Sam
>>>
>>> On Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 10:37 PM, Brush Freeman 
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> I should know better, but I think you have your ID spot on.
>>>> **********************************************************************
>>>> Brush Freeman
>>>> 503-551-5150 Cell
>>>> 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
>>>> http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
>>>> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
>>>>
>>>> On Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 7:16 PM, Holly Reinhard <
>>>> holly.reinhard AT gmail.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> > Hello TexBirders,
>>>> > It's been awhile since I posted, so I thought I'd mention what I've
>>>> seen
>>>> > lately in Laredo.
>>>> >
>>>> > Migration has begun! Yellow Warblers are everywhere, and so are
>>>> Blue-Gray
>>>> > Gnatcatchers.
>>>> >
>>>> > At Lake Casa Blanca State Park lately:
>>>> >
>>>> > - I seem to see an Osprey at the park every day now, and I suspect
>>>> more
>>>> > will be arriving very soon.
>>>> > - As mentioned, Yellow Warbler and Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers seem to be
>>>> > everywhere!
>>>> > - FOS Sora on Friday
>>>> > - Wilson's Warblers are coming in, too, though not near as numerous as
>>>> > Yellows
>>>> > - Lesser Nighthawk still around
>>>> > - I didn't get out on Sunday, but Carlos Escamilla, a professional
>>>> > photographer who is one of our local Audubon members, had Dickcissel
>>>> and
>>>> > Blue Grosbeak at the park Sunday (with terrific photos of both).
>>>> > - Scissor-tailed Flycatchers seem to be flocking up, or maybe just in
>>>> > family groups.
>>>> > - Least Sandpipers around the lake shoreline
>>>> > - a young Laughing Gull was around the shore last week. Haven't seen
>>>> any
>>>> > other gulls yet.
>>>> > - A few weeks ago I saw some Black Terns at Ranchito Road ponds and
>>>> later
>>>> > that week flying over the Lake. New species for me in this area!
>>>> > - The White-collared Seedeaters appear to have stopped singing for the
>>>> > season. I had not been out to the area in the park where they nest
>>>> for over
>>>> > a month, but on Friday I spent significant time there and did not
>>>> hear a
>>>> > peep. Last year they sang through the month of September, but maybe
>>>> they
>>>> > decided to call it quits earlier this year. I will post to TEXbirds
>>>> if I
>>>> > have any updates, but I think that they are done for the season, which
>>>> > means that they're back to their super elusive ways until spring.
>>>> >
>>>> > Ranchito Road pond adjacent to the park was getting very low on
>>>> water, but
>>>> > since we had a few very good rains the past few days, the water has
>>>> come
>>>> > up. The majority of the shorebird action seems to have happened about
>>>> a
>>>> > month ago, but there are still some shorebirds around.
>>>> >
>>>> > - 5 Black-necked Stilts on Friday
>>>> > - 1 Greater Yellowlegs on Friday
>>>> > - I saw Painted Buntings (3) on Friday, in the same location where
>>>> I'd seen
>>>> > them a few times over the past month or so. I think they nested in
>>>> this
>>>> > area. Friday I saw an adult female and two brown young-looking birds.
>>>> >
>>>> > ___
>>>> >
>>>> > I birded North Central Park for over 2 hours today, and despite the
>>>> fact
>>>> > that I hit it at 11 am, things were very active there. Of note:
>>>> > - Least and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers were both relatively common
>>>> > - Myiarchus flycatchers are still around, either Brown-crested or
>>>> > Great-crested. I did not get a good look at either of the two I had
>>>> today
>>>> > to determine which they were.
>>>> > - 1 American Redstart (I also had one at Lake Casa Blanca SP the
>>>> other day)
>>>> > - 1 YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, a first for me for the area!
>>>> > - 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher
>>>> > - 1 Eastern Kingbird (I also had one at LCB State Park this past week
>>>> too)
>>>> > - Vermilion Flycatchers are back!
>>>> > - 1 Baltimore Oriole
>>>> > - 3 Summer Tanagers
>>>> > - 3 Yellow-breasted Chats
>>>> >
>>>> > - I also had either a Willow or an Alder Flycatcher, and I am hoping
>>>> for
>>>> > opinions on this bird. It was foraging low to the ground, from 3 feet
>>>> to 5
>>>> > feet off the ground. It was not by the water per-say, but probably
>>>> only
>>>> > about 50 feet from the water as the Flycatcher flies. I don't know if
>>>> this
>>>> > species is identifiable without hearing it call (it was totally silent
>>>> > while I watched it), but I thought I'd give it a shot. Link to photos
>>>> is
>>>> > here:
>>>> > https://flic.kr/s/aHsk32V9rc
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> > A few weeks ago some friends and I had our FOS Orange-crowned Warbler
>>>> at
>>>> > North Central Park as well.
>>>> >
>>>> > Complete reports on eBird. Overall, the birds are definitely changing
>>>> up as
>>>> > summer (finally!) starts moving into fall.
>>>> >
>>>> >
>>>> > Good birding,
>>>> >
>>>> > Holly Reinhard
>>>> > Park Interpreter at Lake Casa Blanca State Park
>>>> > Laredo
>>>> >
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Subject: Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR.
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 16:37:00 -0500
We located 57 species today. We had a few more shorebirds than we have been 
getting lately but not up to expected numbers. 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19851973
Jack Chiles, Texas Master Naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR
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Subject: Re: Recent Hepatic Tanager reports
From: mitch AT utopianature.com
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:05:23 -0700
Hi all,

I just want to underscore Chuck's comment.  Many Summer Tanagers here 
around
Utopia show dark gray bills.  It is normal.  And as Chuck says generally
the improession one gets from books is that pale bill = Summer Tanager
and dark bill = Hepatic.  Which is false.  Often upon close scrutiny
many here will show a dark bill with pale horn along cutting edges of 
both
maxila and mandible.  But at any distance the bill looks all dark on
countless Summer Tanagers here.  It is a lead grayish color usually,
but pending light, may look black.

Mitch Heindel
Utopia


On 2014-09-16 11:57, Chuck Sexton wrote:
> TexBirders,
> 
> I hope that all the observers of the recent small spate of Hepatic
> Tanagers in CenTex are taking long looks at those birds.  While that
> species is known to be a rare fall/winter migrant/vagrant in this
> region, I just had an unnerving experience with a tanager at Longhorn
> Dam on Sunday, Sept. 14:
> 
> I studied a female/juvenile Summer Tanager at close range for about 30
> seconds which had an obvious dark bill.  The bill color was dark dusky
> gray-brown.  The length and shape of the bill was typical of Summer
> Tanager and too long for Hepatic.  The plumage was almost entirely
> dull yellow with no orange tones; yellow-olive on back and wings, with
> grayish tail.
> 
> None of the standard field guides mention the dark bills of juvenile
> Summer Tanagers, I believe.  Upon further research, I noted that
> Pyle’s “Identification Guide” does not mention anything about juvenile
> Summer Tanagers having anything but yellowish or horn colored bills,
> HOWEVER, the extensive descriptions in Oberholser’s “Bird Life of
> Texas” state that juvenile male and female Summer Tanager’s will have
> a bill which is “brownish to dark brown”.
> 
> The “dark” bill of Hepatic tanager is a distinctive blackish color
> which sometimes may have a bluish white base or lower mandible
> (breeding season?).  There are structural differences of Hepatic’s
> bill from Summer along with plumage differences.  Just noting a “black
> bill” on a yellowish tanager will be insufficient to confirm an
> out-of-range Hepatic Tanager.
> 
> Just sayin’…
> 
> Chuck Sexton
> Austin, TX
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Subject: Brown Booby - Lake Travis - YES
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:03:12 -0500
Four of us watched the Brown Booby from Bob Wentz Windy Point Park this morning 
at about 10 to 10:30 a.m. I didnt see the bird when I arrived at about 8:20 
a.m. The bird was in view for Joe Hood and Judy Bohm when I returned from a 
long hike around the peninsula. It came down the lake for a few minutes but 
never got closer than about 0.5 mi before returning up lake past the marina 
(1.5+ mi). 


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Subject: Bird Calls With Cliff Shackelford - Tonight Sept 16
From: "Les Stewart" <stewart54321 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 14:02:38 -0500
Airs Tuesday, September 16 at 6 p.m. Once again Ornithologist Cliff 
Shackelford, from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will take questions 
about all our feathered friends on "Bird Calls" from Red River Radio 
http://redriverradio.org/ . If you have a photo or the recorded sound of a bird 
that you'd like Cliff to research and identify for this show please send them 
to wbeckett AT lsus.edu and we'll ask Cliff to help identify the bird. We'll also 
post your photos and recorded sounds on our website after the show. 

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Subject: Re: Recent Hepatic Tanager reports
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 13:57:47 -0500
TexBirders,

I hope that all the observers of the recent small spate of Hepatic Tanagers in 
CenTex are taking long looks at those birds. While that species is known to be 
a rare fall/winter migrant/vagrant in this region, I just had an unnerving 
experience with a tanager at Longhorn Dam on Sunday, Sept. 14: 


I studied a female/juvenile Summer Tanager at close range for about 30 seconds 
which had an obvious dark bill. The bill color was dark dusky gray-brown. The 
length and shape of the bill was typical of Summer Tanager and too long for 
Hepatic. The plumage was almost entirely dull yellow with no orange tones; 
yellow-olive on back and wings, with grayish tail. 


None of the standard field guides mention the dark bills of juvenile Summer 
Tanagers, I believe. Upon further research, I noted that Pyles Identification 
Guide does not mention anything about juvenile Summer Tanagers having anything 
but yellowish or horn colored bills, HOWEVER, the extensive descriptions in 
Oberholsers Bird Life of Texas state that juvenile male and female Summer 
Tanagers will have a bill which is brownish to dark brown. 


The dark bill of Hepatic tanager is a distinctive blackish color which 
sometimes may have a bluish white base or lower mandible (breeding season?). 
There are structural differences of Hepatics bill from Summer along with 
plumage differences. Just noting a black bill on a yellowish tanager will be 
insufficient to confirm an out-of-range Hepatic Tanager. 


Just sayin

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Subject: Re: Laredo birds of late, also request for Flycatcher ID (Traill's)
From: Holly Reinhard <holly.reinhard AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:41:20 -0500
I had been wondering about Pewee, but the undertail coverts are so clear
and white on this bird (vs. smudged in Pewee). And the throat and whole
breast seemed so white, as well, compared to Pewee. Of course, different
field guides show different characteristics--Sibley lists smudged undertail
coverts as one field mark to distinguish Pewees from Empidonax flycatchers,
and yet the illustrations in National Geographic show Pewee with perfectly
white UTC. Also, the behavior of this bird, foraging and returning to
branches 3 feet to 5 feet off the ground, seemed to be more consistent of
Traill's. I do not claim to be an expert at flycatchers, though. I'd be
interested to get more discussion on this bird.
On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 12:26 AM, Brush Freeman 
wrote:

> oooh yeah ...I just looked at a couple of the first and the clear throat
> etc....The later photos do show some long prim.s   Dirty job but someone
> has to throw the first penny against the wall. :-)...So how does this rule
> Western?...t...Soft parts don't mean squat in wood-pewees in Tx..
>
> **********************************************************************
> Brush Freeman
> 503-551-5150 Cell
> 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
> http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
>
> On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 12:10 AM, Sam Fason  wrote:
>
>> I think the unIDed Flycatcher looks more like an Eastern Wood-Pewee...the
>> first pictures do look awfully Traill's-ish, partially because of what
>> seems to be the lack of a crest, but the bird in profile shows extremely
>> long primaries, much longer than I'd expect to see on a Traill's. The bird
>> has a dusky "vest" as well, and the last two images show a much more
>> typical Contopus like crest. Just my two cents.
>> -Sam
>>
>> On Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 10:37 PM, Brush Freeman 
>> wrote:
>>
>>> I should know better, but I think you have your ID spot on.
>>> **********************************************************************
>>> Brush Freeman
>>> 503-551-5150 Cell
>>> 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
>>> http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
>>> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
>>>
>>> On Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 7:16 PM, Holly Reinhard <
>>> holly.reinhard AT gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>> > Hello TexBirders,
>>> > It's been awhile since I posted, so I thought I'd mention what I've
>>> seen
>>> > lately in Laredo.
>>> >
>>> > Migration has begun! Yellow Warblers are everywhere, and so are
>>> Blue-Gray
>>> > Gnatcatchers.
>>> >
>>> > At Lake Casa Blanca State Park lately:
>>> >
>>> > - I seem to see an Osprey at the park every day now, and I suspect more
>>> > will be arriving very soon.
>>> > - As mentioned, Yellow Warbler and Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers seem to be
>>> > everywhere!
>>> > - FOS Sora on Friday
>>> > - Wilson's Warblers are coming in, too, though not near as numerous as
>>> > Yellows
>>> > - Lesser Nighthawk still around
>>> > - I didn't get out on Sunday, but Carlos Escamilla, a professional
>>> > photographer who is one of our local Audubon members, had Dickcissel
>>> and
>>> > Blue Grosbeak at the park Sunday (with terrific photos of both).
>>> > - Scissor-tailed Flycatchers seem to be flocking up, or maybe just in
>>> > family groups.
>>> > - Least Sandpipers around the lake shoreline
>>> > - a young Laughing Gull was around the shore last week. Haven't seen
>>> any
>>> > other gulls yet.
>>> > - A few weeks ago I saw some Black Terns at Ranchito Road ponds and
>>> later
>>> > that week flying over the Lake. New species for me in this area!
>>> > - The White-collared Seedeaters appear to have stopped singing for the
>>> > season. I had not been out to the area in the park where they nest for
>>> over
>>> > a month, but on Friday I spent significant time there and did not hear
>>> a
>>> > peep. Last year they sang through the month of September, but maybe
>>> they
>>> > decided to call it quits earlier this year. I will post to TEXbirds if
>>> I
>>> > have any updates, but I think that they are done for the season, which
>>> > means that they're back to their super elusive ways until spring.
>>> >
>>> > Ranchito Road pond adjacent to the park was getting very low on water,
>>> but
>>> > since we had a few very good rains the past few days, the water has
>>> come
>>> > up. The majority of the shorebird action seems to have happened about a
>>> > month ago, but there are still some shorebirds around.
>>> >
>>> > - 5 Black-necked Stilts on Friday
>>> > - 1 Greater Yellowlegs on Friday
>>> > - I saw Painted Buntings (3) on Friday, in the same location where I'd
>>> seen
>>> > them a few times over the past month or so. I think they nested in this
>>> > area. Friday I saw an adult female and two brown young-looking birds.
>>> >
>>> > ___
>>> >
>>> > I birded North Central Park for over 2 hours today, and despite the
>>> fact
>>> > that I hit it at 11 am, things were very active there. Of note:
>>> > - Least and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers were both relatively common
>>> > - Myiarchus flycatchers are still around, either Brown-crested or
>>> > Great-crested. I did not get a good look at either of the two I had
>>> today
>>> > to determine which they were.
>>> > - 1 American Redstart (I also had one at Lake Casa Blanca SP the other
>>> day)
>>> > - 1 YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, a first for me for the area!
>>> > - 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher
>>> > - 1 Eastern Kingbird (I also had one at LCB State Park this past week
>>> too)
>>> > - Vermilion Flycatchers are back!
>>> > - 1 Baltimore Oriole
>>> > - 3 Summer Tanagers
>>> > - 3 Yellow-breasted Chats
>>> >
>>> > - I also had either a Willow or an Alder Flycatcher, and I am hoping
>>> for
>>> > opinions on this bird. It was foraging low to the ground, from 3 feet
>>> to 5
>>> > feet off the ground. It was not by the water per-say, but probably only
>>> > about 50 feet from the water as the Flycatcher flies. I don't know if
>>> this
>>> > species is identifiable without hearing it call (it was totally silent
>>> > while I watched it), but I thought I'd give it a shot. Link to photos
>>> is
>>> > here:
>>> > https://flic.kr/s/aHsk32V9rc
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > A few weeks ago some friends and I had our FOS Orange-crowned Warbler
>>> at
>>> > North Central Park as well.
>>> >
>>> > Complete reports on eBird. Overall, the birds are definitely changing
>>> up as
>>> > summer (finally!) starts moving into fall.
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > Good birding,
>>> >
>>> > Holly Reinhard
>>> > Park Interpreter at Lake Casa Blanca State Park
>>> > Laredo
>>> >
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Subject: hepatic tanager Smithville
From: "Ron Martin" <rcarbonmart AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:00:25 -0500
Yesterday (15 Sep) I saw a hepatic tanager, female, in my backyard in
Smithville, Bastrop County.  I had a 10-minute view, unobstructed, at 15
feet.  Was flagged down on ebird.
 

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Smithville, TX



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Subject: Brown Booby still at Baytown Nature Center at 12:06. 3rd tower from BNC side this time David Hanson
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Subject: Utley
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:55:09 -0500
: Appears to be at least a fairly decent hawk migration day just
extrapolating from what I have seen from my place...I wonder if anyone is
following this on radar...I did not bird per se this AM as I was busy
cutting and burning Brush (and it really hurt) but even so had a nice
Canada and Wilson's Warbler, a couple of Nashvilles, gnatcatchers and
orioles going thru....and a Coral Snake!
**********************************************************************
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Subject: Hummingbirds in my Lubbock yard on Saturday
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 11:44:08 -0500
Greetings All:
One thing the new camera is useful for: taking lots of pictures of
hummingbirds at my feeder so I can tell, by looking closely at individual
variation, just how many hummingbirds are using my feeders.

On Saturday afternoon I had at least five hummingbirds at my two feeders:
an adult female Rufous, and immature male Rufous, and adult female
Black-chinned, and 2 immature Black-chinned.

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Subject: Re: Laredo birds of late, also request for Flycatcher ID (Traill's)
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Sep 2014 00:26:41 -0500
oooh yeah ...I just looked at a couple of the first and the clear throat
etc....The later photos do show some long prim.s   Dirty job but someone
has to throw the first penny against the wall. :-)...So how does this rule
Western?...t...Soft parts don't mean squat in wood-pewees in Tx..
**********************************************************************
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503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

On Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 12:10 AM, Sam Fason  wrote:

> I think the unIDed Flycatcher looks more like an Eastern Wood-Pewee...the
> first pictures do look awfully Traill's-ish, partially because of what
> seems to be the lack of a crest, but the bird in profile shows extremely
> long primaries, much longer than I'd expect to see on a Traill's. The bird
> has a dusky "vest" as well, and the last two images show a much more
> typical Contopus like crest. Just my two cents.
> -Sam
>
> On Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 10:37 PM, Brush Freeman 
> wrote:
>
>> I should know better, but I think you have your ID spot on.
>> **********************************************************************
>> Brush Freeman
>> 503-551-5150 Cell
>> 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
>> http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
>> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
>>
>> On Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 7:16 PM, Holly Reinhard > >
>> wrote:
>>
>> > Hello TexBirders,
>> > It's been awhile since I posted, so I thought I'd mention what I've seen
>> > lately in Laredo.
>> >
>> > Migration has begun! Yellow Warblers are everywhere, and so are
>> Blue-Gray
>> > Gnatcatchers.
>> >
>> > At Lake Casa Blanca State Park lately:
>> >
>> > - I seem to see an Osprey at the park every day now, and I suspect more
>> > will be arriving very soon.
>> > - As mentioned, Yellow Warbler and Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers seem to be
>> > everywhere!
>> > - FOS Sora on Friday
>> > - Wilson's Warblers are coming in, too, though not near as numerous as
>> > Yellows
>> > - Lesser Nighthawk still around
>> > - I didn't get out on Sunday, but Carlos Escamilla, a professional
>> > photographer who is one of our local Audubon members, had Dickcissel and
>> > Blue Grosbeak at the park Sunday (with terrific photos of both).
>> > - Scissor-tailed Flycatchers seem to be flocking up, or maybe just in
>> > family groups.
>> > - Least Sandpipers around the lake shoreline
>> > - a young Laughing Gull was around the shore last week. Haven't seen any
>> > other gulls yet.
>> > - A few weeks ago I saw some Black Terns at Ranchito Road ponds and
>> later
>> > that week flying over the Lake. New species for me in this area!
>> > - The White-collared Seedeaters appear to have stopped singing for the
>> > season. I had not been out to the area in the park where they nest for
>> over
>> > a month, but on Friday I spent significant time there and did not hear a
>> > peep. Last year they sang through the month of September, but maybe they
>> > decided to call it quits earlier this year. I will post to TEXbirds if I
>> > have any updates, but I think that they are done for the season, which
>> > means that they're back to their super elusive ways until spring.
>> >
>> > Ranchito Road pond adjacent to the park was getting very low on water,
>> but
>> > since we had a few very good rains the past few days, the water has come
>> > up. The majority of the shorebird action seems to have happened about a
>> > month ago, but there are still some shorebirds around.
>> >
>> > - 5 Black-necked Stilts on Friday
>> > - 1 Greater Yellowlegs on Friday
>> > - I saw Painted Buntings (3) on Friday, in the same location where I'd
>> seen
>> > them a few times over the past month or so. I think they nested in this
>> > area. Friday I saw an adult female and two brown young-looking birds.
>> >
>> > ___
>> >
>> > I birded North Central Park for over 2 hours today, and despite the fact
>> > that I hit it at 11 am, things were very active there. Of note:
>> > - Least and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers were both relatively common
>> > - Myiarchus flycatchers are still around, either Brown-crested or
>> > Great-crested. I did not get a good look at either of the two I had
>> today
>> > to determine which they were.
>> > - 1 American Redstart (I also had one at Lake Casa Blanca SP the other
>> day)
>> > - 1 YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, a first for me for the area!
>> > - 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher
>> > - 1 Eastern Kingbird (I also had one at LCB State Park this past week
>> too)
>> > - Vermilion Flycatchers are back!
>> > - 1 Baltimore Oriole
>> > - 3 Summer Tanagers
>> > - 3 Yellow-breasted Chats
>> >
>> > - I also had either a Willow or an Alder Flycatcher, and I am hoping for
>> > opinions on this bird. It was foraging low to the ground, from 3 feet
>> to 5
>> > feet off the ground. It was not by the water per-say, but probably only
>> > about 50 feet from the water as the Flycatcher flies. I don't know if
>> this
>> > species is identifiable without hearing it call (it was totally silent
>> > while I watched it), but I thought I'd give it a shot. Link to photos is
>> > here:
>> > https://flic.kr/s/aHsk32V9rc
>> >
>> >
>> > A few weeks ago some friends and I had our FOS Orange-crowned Warbler at
>> > North Central Park as well.
>> >
>> > Complete reports on eBird. Overall, the birds are definitely changing
>> up as
>> > summer (finally!) starts moving into fall.
>> >
>> >
>> > Good birding,
>> >
>> > Holly Reinhard
>> > Park Interpreter at Lake Casa Blanca State Park
>> > Laredo
>> >
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Subject: Re: Laredo birds of late, also request for Flycatcher ID (Traill's)
From: Sam Fason <scfason AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:10:33 -0600
I think the unIDed Flycatcher looks more like an Eastern Wood-Pewee...the
first pictures do look awfully Traill's-ish, partially because of what
seems to be the lack of a crest, but the bird in profile shows extremely
long primaries, much longer than I'd expect to see on a Traill's. The bird
has a dusky "vest" as well, and the last two images show a much more
typical Contopus like crest. Just my two cents.
-Sam
On Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 10:37 PM, Brush Freeman 
wrote:

> I should know better, but I think you have your ID spot on.
> **********************************************************************
> Brush Freeman
> 503-551-5150 Cell
> 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
> http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
>
> On Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 7:16 PM, Holly Reinhard 
> wrote:
>
> > Hello TexBirders,
> > It's been awhile since I posted, so I thought I'd mention what I've seen
> > lately in Laredo.
> >
> > Migration has begun! Yellow Warblers are everywhere, and so are Blue-Gray
> > Gnatcatchers.
> >
> > At Lake Casa Blanca State Park lately:
> >
> > - I seem to see an Osprey at the park every day now, and I suspect more
> > will be arriving very soon.
> > - As mentioned, Yellow Warbler and Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers seem to be
> > everywhere!
> > - FOS Sora on Friday
> > - Wilson's Warblers are coming in, too, though not near as numerous as
> > Yellows
> > - Lesser Nighthawk still around
> > - I didn't get out on Sunday, but Carlos Escamilla, a professional
> > photographer who is one of our local Audubon members, had Dickcissel and
> > Blue Grosbeak at the park Sunday (with terrific photos of both).
> > - Scissor-tailed Flycatchers seem to be flocking up, or maybe just in
> > family groups.
> > - Least Sandpipers around the lake shoreline
> > - a young Laughing Gull was around the shore last week. Haven't seen any
> > other gulls yet.
> > - A few weeks ago I saw some Black Terns at Ranchito Road ponds and later
> > that week flying over the Lake. New species for me in this area!
> > - The White-collared Seedeaters appear to have stopped singing for the
> > season. I had not been out to the area in the park where they nest for
> over
> > a month, but on Friday I spent significant time there and did not hear a
> > peep. Last year they sang through the month of September, but maybe they
> > decided to call it quits earlier this year. I will post to TEXbirds if I
> > have any updates, but I think that they are done for the season, which
> > means that they're back to their super elusive ways until spring.
> >
> > Ranchito Road pond adjacent to the park was getting very low on water,
> but
> > since we had a few very good rains the past few days, the water has come
> > up. The majority of the shorebird action seems to have happened about a
> > month ago, but there are still some shorebirds around.
> >
> > - 5 Black-necked Stilts on Friday
> > - 1 Greater Yellowlegs on Friday
> > - I saw Painted Buntings (3) on Friday, in the same location where I'd
> seen
> > them a few times over the past month or so. I think they nested in this
> > area. Friday I saw an adult female and two brown young-looking birds.
> >
> > ___
> >
> > I birded North Central Park for over 2 hours today, and despite the fact
> > that I hit it at 11 am, things were very active there. Of note:
> > - Least and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers were both relatively common
> > - Myiarchus flycatchers are still around, either Brown-crested or
> > Great-crested. I did not get a good look at either of the two I had today
> > to determine which they were.
> > - 1 American Redstart (I also had one at Lake Casa Blanca SP the other
> day)
> > - 1 YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, a first for me for the area!
> > - 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher
> > - 1 Eastern Kingbird (I also had one at LCB State Park this past week
> too)
> > - Vermilion Flycatchers are back!
> > - 1 Baltimore Oriole
> > - 3 Summer Tanagers
> > - 3 Yellow-breasted Chats
> >
> > - I also had either a Willow or an Alder Flycatcher, and I am hoping for
> > opinions on this bird. It was foraging low to the ground, from 3 feet to
> 5
> > feet off the ground. It was not by the water per-say, but probably only
> > about 50 feet from the water as the Flycatcher flies. I don't know if
> this
> > species is identifiable without hearing it call (it was totally silent
> > while I watched it), but I thought I'd give it a shot. Link to photos is
> > here:
> > https://flic.kr/s/aHsk32V9rc
> >
> >
> > A few weeks ago some friends and I had our FOS Orange-crowned Warbler at
> > North Central Park as well.
> >
> > Complete reports on eBird. Overall, the birds are definitely changing up
> as
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Subject: Re: Laredo birds of late, also request for Flycatcher ID (Traill's)
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:37:18 -0500
I should know better, but I think you have your ID spot on.
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On Mon, Sep 15, 2014 at 7:16 PM, Holly Reinhard 
wrote:

> Hello TexBirders,
> It's been awhile since I posted, so I thought I'd mention what I've seen
> lately in Laredo.
>
> Migration has begun! Yellow Warblers are everywhere, and so are Blue-Gray
> Gnatcatchers.
>
> At Lake Casa Blanca State Park lately:
>
> - I seem to see an Osprey at the park every day now, and I suspect more
> will be arriving very soon.
> - As mentioned, Yellow Warbler and Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers seem to be
> everywhere!
> - FOS Sora on Friday
> - Wilson's Warblers are coming in, too, though not near as numerous as
> Yellows
> - Lesser Nighthawk still around
> - I didn't get out on Sunday, but Carlos Escamilla, a professional
> photographer who is one of our local Audubon members, had Dickcissel and
> Blue Grosbeak at the park Sunday (with terrific photos of both).
> - Scissor-tailed Flycatchers seem to be flocking up, or maybe just in
> family groups.
> - Least Sandpipers around the lake shoreline
> - a young Laughing Gull was around the shore last week. Haven't seen any
> other gulls yet.
> - A few weeks ago I saw some Black Terns at Ranchito Road ponds and later
> that week flying over the Lake. New species for me in this area!
> - The White-collared Seedeaters appear to have stopped singing for the
> season. I had not been out to the area in the park where they nest for over
> a month, but on Friday I spent significant time there and did not hear a
> peep. Last year they sang through the month of September, but maybe they
> decided to call it quits earlier this year. I will post to TEXbirds if I
> have any updates, but I think that they are done for the season, which
> means that they're back to their super elusive ways until spring.
>
> Ranchito Road pond adjacent to the park was getting very low on water, but
> since we had a few very good rains the past few days, the water has come
> up. The majority of the shorebird action seems to have happened about a
> month ago, but there are still some shorebirds around.
>
> - 5 Black-necked Stilts on Friday
> - 1 Greater Yellowlegs on Friday
> - I saw Painted Buntings (3) on Friday, in the same location where I'd seen
> them a few times over the past month or so. I think they nested in this
> area. Friday I saw an adult female and two brown young-looking birds.
>
> ___
>
> I birded North Central Park for over 2 hours today, and despite the fact
> that I hit it at 11 am, things were very active there. Of note:
> - Least and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers were both relatively common
> - Myiarchus flycatchers are still around, either Brown-crested or
> Great-crested. I did not get a good look at either of the two I had today
> to determine which they were.
> - 1 American Redstart (I also had one at Lake Casa Blanca SP the other day)
> - 1 YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, a first for me for the area!
> - 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher
> - 1 Eastern Kingbird (I also had one at LCB State Park this past week too)
> - Vermilion Flycatchers are back!
> - 1 Baltimore Oriole
> - 3 Summer Tanagers
> - 3 Yellow-breasted Chats
>
> - I also had either a Willow or an Alder Flycatcher, and I am hoping for
> opinions on this bird. It was foraging low to the ground, from 3 feet to 5
> feet off the ground. It was not by the water per-say, but probably only
> about 50 feet from the water as the Flycatcher flies. I don't know if this
> species is identifiable without hearing it call (it was totally silent
> while I watched it), but I thought I'd give it a shot. Link to photos is
> here:
> https://flic.kr/s/aHsk32V9rc
>
>
> A few weeks ago some friends and I had our FOS Orange-crowned Warbler at
> North Central Park as well.
>
> Complete reports on eBird. Overall, the birds are definitely changing up as
> summer (finally!) starts moving into fall.
>
>
> Good birding,
>
> Holly Reinhard
> Park Interpreter at Lake Casa Blanca State Park
> Laredo
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Subject: Brown Booby - Baytown - distant photos
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:09:35 -0500
Two distant shots of the Brown Booby at Baytown Nature Center taken today
(Mon)  can be found here:
http://www.bluemelon.com/caramia/texasrarities#page-0/photo-5201246

Shirley Wilkerson
Bryan


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Subject: birding flooded fields in Calhoun Co.
From: Petra Hockey <phockey AT tisd.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:52:33 -0500
Texbirders,
I found good birding today on flooded fields and pastures along FM 1289 near HW 
238 in Calhoun County. A very wet stubble field hosted over 1000 mixed 
Black-bellied and Fulvous Whistling-Ducks, a flooded pasture was crawling with 
Wilson's Phalaropes (although many just barely peeked out between the grass), 
an old rice field from last year had some open water patches and lots of weeds 
with mixed shorebirds lots of Wilson's and ONE RED-NECKED Phalarope, dark ibis 
with several Glossies, 6 species of ducks. A hedgerow of Macartney rose was 
crawling with Dickcissels and some Soras were flushing out in front of a rice 
combine that was harvesting right close to the road. Would have stayed longer 
if I didn't have a critter riding with me in a carrier. 


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Subject: massed Western Sandpipers (09/14/14) on rain-flooded flats off TX-4 near Boca Chica
From: "Rex Stanford" <calidris AT mindspring.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:39:40 -0500
Yesterday (September 14, 2014), intrigued by what might have been the 
consequences for shorebirds and waders of the very recent substantial rains 
in south Texas and despite skies that often were threatening but actually 
were rainy only occasionally, we visited several locales from McAllen to 
Boca Chica Beach. We realized that the bad weather, both here and north of 
here, might have put a damper-pun intended-on southbound migration, we 
wanted, anyhow, to see what was and was not out there. Because there was 
substantial standing water and even flooding in many spots not traditionally 
attractive to birders, we made use of every opportunity to inspect flooded 
areas for whatever birds--duck, waders, and/or shorebirds--had found those 
spots useful.

The overall result was that yesterday was minimally productive of birds in 
such locales. We visited many of the sites we visit on our shorebird runs, 
but the results generally were very poor. As a last hope for something 
interesting we drove TX-4 from Brownsville to the Boca Chica beach, and it 
was along that highway that we came upon a very striking occurrence of 
WESTERN SANDPIPER, by far the largest aggregation of that species that we 
personally had experienced, and that species was the only shorebird of any 
genus present at that location. Here are some details.

As one travels east on TX-4, shortly before one reaches the westernmost end 
of the long (and, often, somewhat ephemeral) bay on the south side of TX-4 
that signals the approach to Boca Chica Beach, one sees on one's right 
(i.e., to the south) an unpaved road with a large house and several tall 
palms immediately to west of it. (This is the unpaved road east of which, 
near TX-4, birders from the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival a couple of 
years ago saw a Fork-tailed Flycatcher.) Yesterday, almost immediately after 
passing that side road, we noticed, south of TX-4 and adjacent to it, a very 
large rain-flooded area. It was covered with many dozens of small calidris 
sandpipers, so we immediately pulled to the side of the road to study them. 
They waded, often up to or very near their bellies, in the substantial 
rainwater, looking very erect and elegant with their largely medium-gray 
topsides, pure white undersides, and black legs, handsome birds who poked 
their long, evenly tapered, slightly droop-tipped, bills deeply into the 
water, sometimes submerging their heads up to above the eyes. Of those 
blackish legs often only the upper tibiae were visible above the water, and 
sometimes their bare parts were entirely beneath the water. These handsomely 
birds had nicely tapered bodies fronted by a substantially "chesty" front 
end, creating a strikingly athletic look, in the most appreciative sense of 
that word. Their black, evenly tapered and strikingly long bills brought an 
air of elegance to these refined, clean-looking birds.

Here were dozens and dozens of Western Sandpipers, often with neatly 
scalloped scapulars and wing coverts, and due to their numbers they easily 
could be viewed, simultaneously, from virtually from every angle and in 
every posture normal to them. Very important, these were not static 
photo-type images, but living, moving reality, the kind of dynamic scene 
that a lover of shorebirds deeply appreciates, one that lets the mind steep 
in the rich, full, behavioral panoply of the species' reality. What is more, 
species identification is far less likely to fail when the mind has been 
steeped in such a scenario. For us, it was a delectable treat, and we only 
wished that other birders could have been present to enjoy with us this 
richly informative scenario. We estimated roughly 120-140 of this species 
when we stopped in this area to study them as we headed east; on our 
westbound return, late in the afternoon, some of the group evidently had 
moved on-some of the species now were seen on the north side of the road in 
South Bay. Nonetheless, a single wide-angle photo of some of those on the 
south side disclosed 43 individuals, but did not cover quite a few who 
remained outside the camera's reach.

We recognized on site that the bills of these Western Sandpipers were long 
bills, even for this species, and that this group of them, on account of 
those long bills, arguably might have been composed largely, if not 
entirely, of females. Western Sandpiper females leave the breeding grounds 
prior to the males (and, hence, travel separately), and females of that 
species tend to winter farther south than the males (authoritative reference 
citations available on request).

Further east along TX-4, before reaching the gulf-side beach, we spotted and 
identified on the south-side beach only SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (1) and GREATER 
YELLOWLEGS (1). While parked at the entrance to Boca Chica Beach and viewing 
the beach we additionally found PIPING PLOVER (1, an attractive, topside 
very-light-gray ghost, very aggressive in driving away intruders and 
sometimes so speedy it could be hard to track), RUDDY TURNSTONE (1), and 
SANDERLING (several). We had found far more individual shorebirds and 
species along TX-4 on a visit only a week before.

In sum, we hit upon a superb day for Western Sandpipers, but a very poor day 
for shorebirds in general. We completed the day, though, elated at having 
seen by far the largest aggregation of this particular species that we ever 
had seen, all in one location and without other species anywhere around. 
These individuals were attractive and, as mentioned earlier, often had neat 
fringes on the topside feathers. Possibly they were juveniles, but seeing 
(and photographing) any rufous scapular color that might have been on these 
individuals (as on fresh juveniles of this species) was made problematic 
yesterday, thanks to a very overcast sky.

Wishing everyone the best of birding,
Rex and Birgit Stanford

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Subject: Laredo birds of late, also request for Flycatcher ID (Traill's)
From: Holly Reinhard <holly.reinhard AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:16:35 -0500
Hello TexBirders,
It's been awhile since I posted, so I thought I'd mention what I've seen
lately in Laredo.

Migration has begun! Yellow Warblers are everywhere, and so are Blue-Gray
Gnatcatchers.

At Lake Casa Blanca State Park lately:

- I seem to see an Osprey at the park every day now, and I suspect more
will be arriving very soon.
- As mentioned, Yellow Warbler and Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers seem to be
everywhere!
- FOS Sora on Friday
- Wilson's Warblers are coming in, too, though not near as numerous as
Yellows
- Lesser Nighthawk still around
- I didn't get out on Sunday, but Carlos Escamilla, a professional
photographer who is one of our local Audubon members, had Dickcissel and
Blue Grosbeak at the park Sunday (with terrific photos of both).
- Scissor-tailed Flycatchers seem to be flocking up, or maybe just in
family groups.
- Least Sandpipers around the lake shoreline
- a young Laughing Gull was around the shore last week. Haven't seen any
other gulls yet.
- A few weeks ago I saw some Black Terns at Ranchito Road ponds and later
that week flying over the Lake. New species for me in this area!
- The White-collared Seedeaters appear to have stopped singing for the
season. I had not been out to the area in the park where they nest for over
a month, but on Friday I spent significant time there and did not hear a
peep. Last year they sang through the month of September, but maybe they
decided to call it quits earlier this year. I will post to TEXbirds if I
have any updates, but I think that they are done for the season, which
means that they're back to their super elusive ways until spring.

Ranchito Road pond adjacent to the park was getting very low on water, but
since we had a few very good rains the past few days, the water has come
up. The majority of the shorebird action seems to have happened about a
month ago, but there are still some shorebirds around.

- 5 Black-necked Stilts on Friday
- 1 Greater Yellowlegs on Friday
- I saw Painted Buntings (3) on Friday, in the same location where I'd seen
them a few times over the past month or so. I think they nested in this
area. Friday I saw an adult female and two brown young-looking birds.

___

I birded North Central Park for over 2 hours today, and despite the fact
that I hit it at 11 am, things were very active there. Of note:
- Least and Yellow-bellied Flycatchers were both relatively common
- Myiarchus flycatchers are still around, either Brown-crested or
Great-crested. I did not get a good look at either of the two I had today
to determine which they were.
- 1 American Redstart (I also had one at Lake Casa Blanca SP the other day)
- 1 YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, a first for me for the area!
- 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher
- 1 Eastern Kingbird (I also had one at LCB State Park this past week too)
- Vermilion Flycatchers are back!
- 1 Baltimore Oriole
- 3 Summer Tanagers
- 3 Yellow-breasted Chats

- I also had either a Willow or an Alder Flycatcher, and I am hoping for
opinions on this bird. It was foraging low to the ground, from 3 feet to 5
feet off the ground. It was not by the water per-say, but probably only
about 50 feet from the water as the Flycatcher flies. I don't know if this
species is identifiable without hearing it call (it was totally silent
while I watched it), but I thought I'd give it a shot. Link to photos is
here:
https://flic.kr/s/aHsk32V9rc


A few weeks ago some friends and I had our FOS Orange-crowned Warbler at
North Central Park as well.

Complete reports on eBird. Overall, the birds are definitely changing up as
summer (finally!) starts moving into fall.


Good birding,

Holly Reinhard
Park Interpreter at Lake Casa Blanca State Park
Laredo


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Subject: Bird Count at Baytown Nature Center 9/18/14 7AM
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "DHanson139@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:51:20 -0400
We will hold our monthly bird count at the Baytown Nature Center Thursday  
morning 9/18/14 at 7AM. Remember there is a Brown Booby there right now so 
maybe  it will still be there Thursday. We will be looking for it. We will 
meet in the  parking area behind the entrance building and entrance for the 
count is free. 
 
 
 
David  Hanson
FeatherFest 2015 Birding Program  Leader
Baytown/Mont Belvieu Area
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Subject: Brown booby baytown-YES
From: Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 18:32:19 -0500
Easy find, sitting on the right leg of the 3rd tower.
-- 
Clayton & Linsey Leopold
Texas City


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Subject: SPI (Cameron Co.) migrants on 14 Sep 2014
From: "bradmckinney AT juno.com" <bradmckinney@juno.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 21:55:25 GMT
Good afternoon, Yesterday, I had 10 warblers between the South Padre Island 
Valley Land Fund Sheepshead woodlots and the Convention Center. Best warbler 
was Worm-eating, but most interesting was a first fall female Nashville Warbler 
that bore a striking resemblance to Virginia's Warbler. Try as I might, I could 
not turn the bird into the latter species. The underparts seemed good for 
Virginia's but there was no hiding the olive green wing coverts and flight 
feather edges. A few images of the bird can be seen at the link below. The bird 
preferred the SW corner between the boardwalk and the wooden benches. 
http://s1090.photobucket.com/user/bradmckinney/library/South%20Padre%20Island%20Convention%20Center%2014%20Sep%202014 
Thanks to Mary Gustafson for pointing me in the right direction with the ID. 
Warblers seen throughout the afternoon included: Worm-eating Warbler 
(1)Northern Waterthrush (3)Black-and-white Warbler (2)Nashville Warbler 
(1)Mourning Warbler (2)Hooded Warbler (1)A 

 merican Redstart (3)- all female plumagedYellow Warbler (14)Canada Warbler 
(2)Wilson's Warbler (4) There were also decent numbers of empids and Eastern 
Kingbirds, a couple of Great-crested Flycatchers, Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1), 
Summer Tanager (1), Indigo Bunting (1), and a Baltimore Oriole (1). Good 
birding!Brad McKinneyRancho Viejo 

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Subject: Brown Booby
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:45:55 -0500
still there was flying over the bay fishing, diving, last seen on 4th
tower.  Really need a spotting scope for this bird.
Dan and Shirley Wilkerson
Bryan


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Subject: Smith point hawk watch yesterday
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:22:33 -0500
With a forecast of north east winds and 75% sunshine I headed to smith
point for the promised stream of hawks and kites but found gloom and
drizzle on arrival. I did some horned owl counting and had 3 pairs hooting
before sunrise. I heard none on Saturday when the weather was a better.
An early arrival at the point has other advantages such as the inspiration
for the famous song "moon over laporte".

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157393142

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157393141

The tower got a good group watching for a repeat appearance of the first
ever zone-tailed hawk for the tower that had come by at noon on Friday. But
had to be content with just checking turkey vultures like this young of the
year bird.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157393144

Most of the birds around got up late but when the sun gave a short look
later but clouds came back and things got slow again. A group of
Mississippi kites had gone back and forth for several hours but ended up
catching dragonflies from the treetops of the east motte and begging to be
fed without luck

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157393143

The migrant of the day was the anhinga. A couple of large flocks passed
over a couple of times and finally one and then the other headed out over
the bay.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157393145

However, the approach of a much larger flock

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157393145

led one group and then the other to turn back and greet the new arrivals

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157393146

Everybody had lots of looks at the anhingas until they finally went off

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157393148

The Robbins Park area has dried and many of the birds have deserted for the
time being. It also appears that the pelicans, gulls, and terns are also
fishing elsewhere. There were enough new oystershells there so that the
scavengers had food and residents birds YM, YN, and YO were lined up in a
row despite coming from different sites and years. YM and YN are now best
buddies and YO is not a pariah anymore after being chased and bullied for
over a year.

I tried a number of side roads on the way home without any luck. But the
hawks will come.



-- 
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Subject: Please Ignore Phishing Re: Very Urgent....John Schueler.....Help
From: David Sarkozi <david AT sarkozi.net>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:09:41 -0500
This message is obviously

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inform you about my cousin's illness, The illness was diagnosed as Chronic 
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Subject: Re: Checklists and abundance codes
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:08:35 -0500
I have really appreciated the number of highly skilled and knowledgeable
folks who have responded to me privately.  Unexpectedly (for me), the
opinions expressed were quite diverse.  All were useful and educational.
Here are some of the results and private criticism of those results.

About the only thing that everyone seemed to agree on is that all species
known to have occurred on the site should be on the list - even accidentals.

Format:  I was a bit surprised by the variation of opinion on the basic
format.  The range of codes for abundance ranged from four to nine.
Frankly, I'm a bit skeptical that there is much utility (for a checklist)
in having abundance codes of:  Abundant, common, fairly common, uncommon,
fairly rare, rare, not seen every year, irruptive, accidental.

There were multiple suggestions for consistency of format across all
checklists.  I agree.  Any site specific oddities can be described in the
notes section.

Seasons:  There was also some disagreement about the seasons.  I suspect
that this disagreement may be partly related to the primary geographical
area that the person normally works in.

I am currently planning on handling this issue by using spring, summer,
fall, and winter on all the checklists, then defining the date range for
those periods in the header information for that location.

Frequency of Occurrence:  This is undoubtedly the area of greatest
disagreement.  I admit to still being puzzled by those who are adamant for
not basing frequency of occurrence on frequency of reporting.  (I'm not
including eBird reports in this - I never intended to go that route).

Here is the conundrum:  ALL distribution and frequency of occurrence
information is based upon reported data - by someone at some time. That
necessitates knowing WHO did the reporting, WHEN the reporting was done,
and what survey methodology was utilized.  So - when someone tells me that
I should use data set A instead of data set B, but can provide no
quantitative reason for that position, it puts me in a difficult spot.  I
will admit that, when unresolvable conflict exists, I will accept the
information in the latest edition of the TOS handbook.  (That reddish glow
is from Mark and Brush blushing!)

SEEN vs HEARD:  I think this one is easily handle by a suggestion I
received privately.  For those species that are more commonly heard than
seen, a simple symbol, such as * can be added to the name.  The same
technique could be applied to a number of factors utilizing a different
symbol, such as ~ for those species that are secretive.

This would allow the use of the actual abundance codes (if the validity can
be verified), while providing a better indication of the probability of
actually seeing the bird.

Comments?

On Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 5:38 PM, Jim Sinclair 
wrote:

> Abundance Codes
>
> Most of us are familiar with Abundance Codes on checklists.  The ABA
> publishes Abundance Codes for all species found in the ABA area, for
> example.
>
> Many site checklists also include abundance codes.
>
> Regardless of the application, virtually all checklists that include
> Abundance Codes assume that the code applies only to proper habitat and
> proper season for that species.
>
> Interpreting actual 'abundance' can be ambiguous, however.  It can be
> based upon actual numbers of a given species that are present, or it can be
> based upon the chances of actually seeing that species.  Although those two
> criteria are related, they are not synonymous.
>
> For example, Common Paraque (COPA) are, indeed, common in the LRGV in
> proper habitat and season.  But, should a birder expect to see it on most
> trips to the Valley?  no, it is not to be expected on most trips. (Unless
> of course, they go to Estero Llano, where the staff usually has one or more
> staked out!).
>
> Conversely, the Tropical Parula (TRPA) is considered rare, yet is seen on
> most tours to the Norias Division of the King Ranch - again because a few
> individuals are "staked out".
>
> I'm working pro bono on an ecotourism program for a major organization
> that has multiple sites.  Part of the project involves creating checklists,
> and I want to standardize the format across all sites.
>
> Currently, I plan to use codes to represent the chance of seeing a
> particular species (in season and in habitat) rather than the actual
> abundance.
>
> Under the criteria above the COPA would be listed as expected on fewer
> than half the trips, while TRPA would be listed as being seen on most trips.
>
> Offline feedback appreciated.
>
> --
> 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: Brown Booby still at Baytown Nature Center 10:10 on 4th highline upright left side about 1/3 of the way up David Hanson
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Subject: Re: Brown booby Baytown nature center
From: Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Sep 2014 10:17:10 -0500
Has anyone relocated the booby today, or plans to try for it today? Jeff
sexton and I plan to try for it this afternoon.
On Sunday, September 14, 2014, Chuck Davis  wrote:

> I finally refound the Brown Booby at 12:40 pm, but not on the transmission
> towers. It was fishing and diving out over the Bay, to the right of the
> towers as you look from San Jacinto Point.
> Chuck Davis
> La Porte
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Subject: Fwd: Hepatic Tanager at Lost Maples 9-14-14
From: Martin Hagne <martinhagne AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 21:33:53 -0500
Looks like the first message was butchered somehow. Trying again. 
Richard Redmond and I had a female Hepatic Tanager today at Lost Maples SP. It 
was up by campground C. We first heard it, and honestly couldn't recognize the 
call. Richard first spotted it and it was only 10-12 feet away with great looks 
for 1-2 minutes. That black bill is a giveaway! Possibly a new county record? 

> 
> Other nice birds today included a Philadelphia Vireo and Green Kingfisher. 
Have not seen that kingfisher in that place for a few years. Used to be quite 
common in that spot. 

> 
>> Martin Hagne
>> Bandera, TX
> 
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what we refused to destroy." -John Sawhill 

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Subject: Re: Quintana Bird Sanctuary (Brazoria Co.) migrants today 8/14/2014
From: Tad Finnell <tadcipiter AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 22:01:05 -0500
On 9/14/2014 6:13 PM, Cecilia-home wrote:
> After escaping the formidable forest Mosquitos at GCBO decided to try my luck 
at Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary. Mike Gray and I were happy to find good 
numbers of migrants which I list below. Two best birds for me were Canada 
Warbler-a handsomely plumaged adult, and an Olive-sided Flycatcher both of 
which I had missed in the spring. 

>
> Pretty good numbers for one hour at this tiny plot of coastal habitat:
> Warblers: Wilson's (1), Canada (3), Blackburnian (2), Black-throated Green 
(1), Tennessee (3), Nashville (2), Yellow (4) and 

> Green Heron (1), Baltimore Oriole (6), Ruby-throated Hummingbird (3), Eastern 
Wood Pewee (4), Indigo Bunting (2), Blue Grosbeak (1), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 
(3), Red-eyed Vireo (4), Philadelphia Vireo (1), Eastern Kingbird (6), 
Olive-sided Flycatcher (1), and 2 Empidonax sp. 

>
> Life is better with birds!
> Cecilia M Riley
> Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
> Lake Jackson, TX
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    Sue Heath and I also journeyed to Quintana between 3:00 and 5:00 
today, but we
were not trying to escape the mosquitoes as much as try to refind the 
Bell's Vireo
reported by Joe Fischer on ebird earlier in the day. We were 
unsuccessful, but were
pleasantly amazed at the numbers of birds foraging thru the sanctuary, 
seeing much
of what Cecilia has reported. I was most amazed at the warblers, though. 
Sue and I saw
9 species! In addition to what Cecilia listed, with the exception of 
Nashville, we also saw
Mourning, Blue-winged, and 2 first year Magnolias. It was an amazing 
afternoon, and
may well be worth checking out tomorrow morning.
                       Tad Finnell
                     Lake Jackson, Brazoria Co.
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Subject: Lubbock Area Highlights - Today
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:36:39 -0500
Greetings All:
I spent the morning checking our four (very soggy) local hotspots.

A half hour at MacKenzie Park kicked out 23 species including 2 Snowy
Egrets, 1 Osprey, 4 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, and 1 Wilson's Warbler.

Forty minutes along Lake Six kicked out 33 species including  1 Pied-billed
Grebe (hard to come by of late), 2 Snowy Egrets, 1 Osprey, 2 Common
Gallinules, 6 Black Terns, 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo (which nearly became
roadkill when it flew directly in front of a speeding SUV), 2 Willow
Flycatchers, 1 Least Flycatcher, 1 (somewhat late) Ash-throated Flycatcher,
9 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 1 Tree Swallow, 1 Verdin, 1 Nashville
Warbler, and 2 Wilson's Warblers.

Forty-five minutes below Lake Six kicked out a mere 18 species including 3
Snowy Egrets, 1 Least Flycatcher, 1 Rock Wren, 1 Carolina Wren, and 1
Wilson's Warbler.

Despite a dispiriting lack of migrant songbirds I decided to try one more
spot - the ever dependable Clapp Park.

It paid off!

Two hours at Clapp Park produced 38 species including  1 Pied-billed Grebe
(hard to come by of late), 4 Black-necked Stilts, 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher,
2 Least Flycatchers, 1 Warbling Vireo, 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 2
House Wrens, 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 1 Northern Waterthrush, 4 Nashville
Warblers, 1 male Common Yellowthroat, 2 Yellow Warblers, 1 fall 'western'
PALM WARBLER, 1 adult male CANADA WARBLER, and 17 Wilson's Warblers.

Approximately forty shots of the Canada Warbler with my new camera produced
three images (head, throat, and undertail) that could be used to make a
good composite ... and one image that captured the bird, somewhat fuzzily,
in all its glory.  It is going to take me a while to get good at taking
pictures of twitchy dicky birds in lush foliage.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Re: Richland Creek WMA North Unit
From: D D Currie <ddbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 19:23:44 -0500
Should mention that the WMA has teal hunts going Sept 13-28 one half hour
before sunrise until noon. Other hunts are scheduled in October, November
and December.
Go to TPWD, hunting, region 6 to see details of various hunting seasons
there.

D D
Dell and I birded Richland Creek WMA North Unit today and ran into Martin
Mattingly and Michael Francis.  We had a great study of swallows with 7
species found in one tree in Freestone County:  Barn, Bank, Tree, Cliff,
Cave, Northern-rough Wing, and Purple Martin.  There were approximately
2000 swallows across the WMA with most being Barn and Tree.

The sheer number of waders has dropped dramatically since our last visit.
Today, the White Ibis numbers were competing with White-faced Ibis
numbers.....both in the 200 - 300 range across the WMA.  We had 14 Roseate
Spoonbills in the rookery.  There was also a high number of Black Terns
- estimated at approximately 200+ between the 2 counties.

We had a pocket of Yellow and Wilson's Warblers mixed with some lingering
Dickcissels. Also had an adult Bald Eagle and 4 distance Mississippi Kites
on the Freestone side.

See my other email about the upcoming Big Sit to this great place.

D.D. Currie
Arlington, TX


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Subject: Quintana Bird Sanctuary (Brazoria Co.) migrants today 8/14/2014
From: Cecilia-home <criley02 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:13:11 -0500
After escaping the formidable forest Mosquitos at GCBO decided to try my luck 
at Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary. Mike Gray and I were happy to find good 
numbers of migrants which I list below. Two best birds for me were Canada 
Warbler-a handsomely plumaged adult, and an Olive-sided Flycatcher both of 
which I had missed in the spring. 


Pretty good numbers for one hour at this tiny plot of coastal habitat:
Warblers: Wilson's (1), Canada (3), Blackburnian (2), Black-throated Green (1), 
Tennessee (3), Nashville (2), Yellow (4) and 

Green Heron (1), Baltimore Oriole (6), Ruby-throated Hummingbird (3), Eastern 
Wood Pewee (4), Indigo Bunting (2), Blue Grosbeak (1), Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 
(3), Red-eyed Vireo (4), Philadelphia Vireo (1), Eastern Kingbird (6), 
Olive-sided Flycatcher (1), and 2 Empidonax sp. 


Life is better with birds!
Cecilia M Riley
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
Lake Jackson, TX

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Subject: Hepatic Tanager at Lost Maples 9-14-14
From: Martin Hagne <martinhagne AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:28:28 -0500
ze the call. Richard first spotted it and it was only 10-12 feet away with 
great looks for 1-2 minutes. That black bill is a giveaway! Possibly a new 
county record? 

Other nice birds today included a Philadelphia Vireo and Green Kingfisher. Have 
not seen that kingfisher in that place for a few years. Used to be quite common 
in that spot. 


> Martin Hagne
> Bandera, TX 

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what we refused to destroy." -John Sawhill 


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Subject: Richland Creek WMA North Unit
From: D D Currie <ddbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:46:10 -0500
Dell and I birded Richland Creek WMA North Unit today and ran into Martin
Mattingly and Michael Francis.  We had a great study of swallows with 7
species found in one tree in Freestone County:  Barn, Bank, Tree, Cliff,
Cave, Northern-rough Wing, and Purple Martin.  There were approximately
2000 swallows across the WMA with most being Barn and Tree.
The sheer number of waders has dropped dramatically since our last visit.
Today, the White Ibis numbers were competing with White-faced Ibis
numbers.....both in the 200 - 300 range across the WMA.  We had 14 Roseate
Spoonbills in the rookery.  There was also a high number of Black Terns
- estimated at approximately 200+ between the 2 counties.

We had a pocket of Yellow and Wilson's Warblers mixed with some lingering
Dickcissels. Also had an adult Bald Eagle and 4 distance Mississippi Kites
on the Freestone side.

See my other email about the upcoming Big Sit to this great place.

D.D. Currie
Arlington, TX


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Subject: Save The Date: Big Sit Richland Creek WMA North Unit
From: D D Currie <ddbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 17:30:30 -0500
Dell and I are holding the 2nd Annual Big Sit at Richland Creek WMA North
Unit on October 11th (rain date October 12th).  We'll be starting at 4am
and will go until we can't go no more.   The North Unit is located
approximately 25 miles east of Corsicana off of HWY 287 just east of FM 488.
Last year, we had great fun in the form of a herd of feral hogs, mosquitos
the size of B-2 bombers, great swarms of gnats, thunderstorms, high
winds, lightning, water moccasins, AND.....the very good company of some
fine birders, and some really great birds.  Despite all that (or because of
all that??), our team came in 6th across the U.S. for highest number of
species seen (82). It was quite a memorable experience and really was a lot
of fun!

We will be posting more details after we nail down our location within the
WMA.

Just a reminder:  you will need a Limited Public Use Permit to enter
the WMA.  They can be purchased anywhere you can buy a hunting or fishing
license for $12 or can be purchased online at:
http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/licenses/online_sales/  for an
additional $5 handling fee.  The permit number is 175.

If you want to participate, PLEASE NOTE:  there are no restrooms at the
WMA,but plenty of trees and bushes. There is also a convenience store 6
miles down the road in Cayuga that makes some great breakfast sandwiches.
Suggest bringing a chair, water/drinks, food, sunscreen, bug spray, hat,
rain gear, flashlight if coming at 4am.  Be prepared for changing weather
conditions.  If you get bored with the Big Sit, there are 2500 acres within
the WMA you can bird.

If you are interested, please let me know, especially if you are coming at
4am.

More info to come......

D. D. Currie


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Subject: NW Navarro County - Common Ground Dove
From: "Sharon Lane" <sharon AT shadowmountainranch.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 16:13:22 -0500
I was finally able to photograph the "smallish" dove I have been seeing. It
has been here at least a week.
 

Common Ground-Dove.

 

Photos available.

 

Sharon Lane

NW Navarro County



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Subject: No Subject
From: Louie Rivera <louie1979klr AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:44:32 -0500
Rivera Residence, Hidalgo, US-TX
Sep 14, 2014 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
16 species
Turkey Vulture  1
Killdeer  1
Inca Dove  1
White-winged Dove  2
Common Nighthawk  6     Very active
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  3
Couch's Kingbird  4
Barn Swallow  12
Cactus Wren  2
Curve-billed Thrasher  3
Yellow Warbler  1
Lark Sparrow  1
Pyrrhuloxia  2
Great-tailed Grackle  8
Baltimore Oriole  2
House Sparrow  10


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Subject: McAllen Nature Center birding, Hidalgo Co.
From: Javier Gonzalez <javsterkayak7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:10:51 -0500
Hello, Texbirders
Did some birding this crisp morning at the McAllen Nature Center and had a
great time! The park offers some nice open areas and a lengthy trail of
mature native habitat. Lots of good birds out there with a mix of RGV
specialties and migrants with 6 warbler species seen.

Current temporary seasonal hours: Sat.-Sun. from 8:00am-12:00pm. Really
worth checking out!

It's really lush in there after all these rains we've been getting. If you
plan to go soon it's best to take some rain boots and some bug spray.

This is an underbirded park with lots of potential, it could use some more
ebird lists and great bird finds!

Great birding to all,

Javi Gonzalez, San Juan TX


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McAllen Nature Center (LTC 065), Hidalgo, US-TX
Sep 14, 2014 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     First cold front of the season. Really nice fresh weather
with overcast skies.
50 species (+3 other taxa)

Plain Chachalaca  5
Great Blue Heron  1
Snowy Egret  1
Green Heron  1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Harris's Hawk  1
Inca Dove  1
Common Ground-Dove  5
White-tipped Dove  3
White-winged Dove  15
Mourning Dove  7
Groove-billed Ani  3
Common Pauraque  3
Chimney Swift  8
Ringed Kingfisher  1     On canal pipe
Green Kingfisher  1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  8
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  2
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Willow Flycatcher  1     seen and heard giving "wit" call
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  1
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Brown-crested Flycatcher  2
Great Kiskadee  4
Tropical Kingbird  1     HO
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird  1
Eastern Kingbird  1
White-eyed Vireo  3
Green Jay  2
Bank Swallow  2
Cave Swallow  8
swallow sp.  20
Cactus Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Clay-colored Thrush  5     Quite a few in different parts of the park
Curve-billed Thrasher  4
Long-billed Thrasher  3
Northern Mockingbird  12
European Starling  4
Black-and-white Warbler  3
Mourning Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  4
Canada Warbler  1
Wilson's Warbler  3
Yellow-breasted Chat  4
Olive Sparrow  5
Northern Cardinal  4
Dickcissel  2
Great-tailed Grackle  10
Baltimore Oriole  8
Lesser Goldfinch  10
House Sparrow  3

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Subject: Re: Brown booby Baytown nature center
From: Chuck Davis <chuck AT rolloverpass.org>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 12:53:30 -0500
I finally refound the Brown Booby at 12:40 pm, but not on the transmission
towers. It was fishing and diving out over the Bay, to the right of the
towers as you look from San Jacinto Point.
Chuck Davis
La Porte


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Subject: Brown Booby now at Baytown Nature Center (Harris County)
From: "Berner Family" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jcazberner@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:52:22 -0700
Cin-ty Lee texted me. Go to the peninusla with the paved road-straight in from 
entrance. Look along the power towers crossing the bay. Third power tower from 
the point. There should be quite a few brown pelicans as well. 

 John B
The Berners
John, Cathy, Abby and Zach

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Subject: Brown booby Baytown nature center
From: Cin-Ty Lee <cintylee AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 11:19:13 -0500
Brown booby adult. Baytown nature center in Harris county. Seen from the point. 
On the concrete pad of the power towers. Third one from point. Cin-Ty 


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Subject: Re: Checklists and abundance codes
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:41:49 -0500
Well, I continue to be beat up privately about not labeling the Common
Paraque 'common'.   I respect all of the 'beaters', and several of them are
friends.
Again, I want to put this in context.

A checklist is not typically intended to represent the biological status of
the population.  A checklist is intended to reflect how often the species
is reported on visits.

I just looked at the 30 most recent checklists posted on Ebird for Bentsen
SP.  Out of the 30 submitted checklists, the Paraque was recorded two times.

During the 21 tours I was on to the Norias division of the King Ranch this
past spring/summer season, we found the Tropical Parula on 19 of them,
sometimes multiple individuals at different locations on the same tour.

I do not present the above as an argument or rebuttal, but merely to point
out the difficulties of developing a checklist that meets the needs of the
majority of the users.  I'm still open to input.  The input to date has all
been helpful.  One person has suggested two separate lists - at least for
some sites.

On Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 6:45 PM, Jim Sinclair 
wrote:

> I received some thoughtful input regarding the Paraque.  While it is true
> that they can commonly be heard at dawn and dusk, the checklists I will be
> creating will emphasize seeing the bird.
>
> Also many sites around the state are not open at dawn and dusk.  The notes
> regarding owls will be similar.
>
> On Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 5:38 PM, Jim Sinclair 
> wrote:
>
>> Abundance Codes
>>
>> Most of us are familiar with Abundance Codes on checklists.  The ABA
>> publishes Abundance Codes for all species found in the ABA area, for
>> example.
>>
>> Many site checklists also include abundance codes.
>>
>> Regardless of the application, virtually all checklists that include
>> Abundance Codes assume that the code applies only to proper habitat and
>> proper season for that species.
>>
>> Interpreting actual 'abundance' can be ambiguous, however.  It can be
>> based upon actual numbers of a given species that are present, or it can be
>> based upon the chances of actually seeing that species.  Although those two
>> criteria are related, they are not synonymous.
>>
>> For example, Common Paraque (COPA) are, indeed, common in the LRGV in
>> proper habitat and season.  But, should a birder expect to see it on most
>> trips to the Valley?  no, it is not to be expected on most trips. (Unless
>> of course, they go to Estero Llano, where the staff usually has one or more
>> staked out!).
>>
>> Conversely, the Tropical Parula (TRPA) is considered rare, yet is seen on
>> most tours to the Norias Division of the King Ranch - again because a few
>> individuals are "staked out".
>>
>> I'm working pro bono on an ecotourism program for a major organization
>> that has multiple sites.  Part of the project involves creating checklists,
>> and I want to standardize the format across all sites.
>>
>> Currently, I plan to use codes to represent the chance of seeing a
>> particular species (in season and in habitat) rather than the actual
>> abundance.
>>
>> Under the criteria above the COPA would be listed as expected on fewer
>> than half the trips, while TRPA would be listed as being seen on most trips.
>>
>> Offline feedback appreciated.
>>
>> --
>> 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
>>
>
>
>
> --
> 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: Shipp Lake (local)
From: Philip Rostron <philiprostron AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:17:37 -0500
Still some water remains but the Wood Storks have apparently dispersed.
Despite lots of nice looking mud very few shorebirds.
Only birds of note were :
White Ibis - 5 imm.
Black-necked Stilt (surprisingly uncommon in the county)
female Yellow-headed Blackbird

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Subject: Corpus Area - Black-billed Cuckoo and other migrants
From: Eric Stager <estager AT utexas.edu>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 07:02:25 -0500
The Travis Audubon shorebird class spent Saturday birding the Corpus area.
The highlight was a nice Black-billed Cuckoo at the Port Aransas Birding
Center, spotted by Mark Wilson and seen by most of the group, along the
trail between the boardwalk and parking area. Also a Yellow-throated
Warbler and several Yellows here.
At Paradise Pond we found several empids including a calling Acadian,
Olive-sided Flycatcher, Am. Redstart, Mourning Warbler, and N. Waterthrush.

Eric Stager
Austin


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Subject: Corpus Chrisi Bar-tailed - NO
From: Eric Stager <estager AT utexas.edu>
Date: Sun, 14 Sep 2014 06:11:52 -0500
Our group from Travis Audubon looked for the Bar-tailed Godwit at Oso Bay
on Saturday morning and again in the evening, with no success.
Eric Stager
Austin


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Subject: SPHW 9/13/14 (264 raptors), Zone-tailed Hawk!
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:53:12 -0500

TexBirders,   
 Today was a banner day at Smith Point. Broad-wings and Mississippi Kites 
picked up a bit but a young Zone-tailed Hawk (first ever for Smith Point) that 
sailed by just before noon stole the show. I wish I'd been there! Tomorrow 
could be a great day as the cold front will likely bring lots of passerines and 
raptors to the point. 


Broad-winged Hawk-100  

Swainson's Hawk-1  

Sharp-shinned Hawk-1  

Cooper's Hawk-3  

ZONE-TAILED HAWK-1  

Mississippi Kite-152  

American Kestrel-2  

Merlin-2  

Osprey-1  

Northern Harrier-1  

The Blog post:  

http://smithpointhawkwatch.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/zone-tailed-hawk/  

   

Sue 
  
 Susan A. Heath, Ph.D.
Avian Conservation Biologist
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
103 W. Hwy 332
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
979-480-0999
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Subject: Re: Tyler SP 9-13-14 Cool cloudy day
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 17:01:27 -0500
Boyd.  I studied a empid this AM that I did not call but I was sure
wondering if it might have been ACFL tho looks were all to brief.  Seemed
to be in immaculate fresh plumage as well.  It did not call.  Seems late.
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

On Sat, Sep 13, 2014 at 4:51 PM, Boyd Sanders 
wrote:

> Howdy All!
> Fell off the edge of the earth, but now I'm back.  I didn't have a birding
> program but was able to get out a little.  The birding near the beaver pond
> was the best area. An Acadian Flycatcher and a Black-throated Green were at
> that location. The Acadian was in bright plumage, a very pretty little
> bird. The fact that it called greatly helped out the ID.
>
> Blackjack Nature Trail was covered in Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Downy
> Woodpeckers. There were a couple of Hairy's calling in that area too.
> All-in-all not a bad group of birds for a very quick turn around the park.
>
> Here's the list:
>
>
> Tyler SP (PPW-E 065), Smith, US-TX
>
> Sep 13, 2014 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
>
> Protocol: Traveling
>
> 3.0 mile(s)
>
> 22 species
>
>
>
> Turkey Vulture  2
>
> Spotted Sandpiper  1
>
> Mourning Dove  2
>
> Belted Kingfisher  1
>
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  3
>
> Downy Woodpecker  3
>
> Hairy Woodpecker  1
>
> Pileated Woodpecker  2
>
> Acadian Flycatcher  1
>
> Eastern Phoebe  1
>
> Great Crested Flycatcher  1
>
> White-eyed Vireo  2
>
> Blue Jay  2
>
> Carolina Chickadee  5
>
> Tufted Titmouse  9
>
> White-breasted Nuthatch  2
>
> Carolina Wren  6
>
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
>
> Eastern Bluebird  2
>
> Pine Warbler  2
>
> Black-throated Green Warbler  1
>
> Northern Cardinal  4
>
>
>
>
>
> Good birding,
>
> Boyd A. Sanders, BBA, CIG
> Interpreter/Exhibits Coordinator
> Tyler State Park
> (903)597-5338
> Boyd.sanders AT tpwd.texas.gov
>
> "Quando omni flunkus moritati (When all else fails, play dead)."- Red Green
>
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Subject: Bar-tailed Godwit
From: Tiffany Kersten <tiffanykersten AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 16:58:23 -0500
I have not heard of any positive nor negative reports of the bar-tailed
godwit since it was last reported on September 4th.
Compiled rio grande valley rare bird info (from Facebook, Texbirds, NARBA,
and emails to the RGV Rare Bird Alert, etc) + extralimital exceptional
reports (such as bar-tailed godwit) are updated as often as possible and
can be found at http://rgvbirds.blogspot.com/

Good birding,

Tiffany L. Kersten
Mission, TX


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Subject: Tyler SP 9-13-14 Cool cloudy day
From: Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 21:51:16 +0000
Howdy All!
Fell off the edge of the earth, but now I'm back. I didn't have a birding 
program but was able to get out a little. The birding near the beaver pond was 
the best area. An Acadian Flycatcher and a Black-throated Green were at that 
location. The Acadian was in bright plumage, a very pretty little bird. The 
fact that it called greatly helped out the ID. 


Blackjack Nature Trail was covered in Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Downy 
Woodpeckers. There were a couple of Hairy's calling in that area too. 
All-in-all not a bad group of birds for a very quick turn around the park. 


Here's the list:


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

Sep 13, 2014 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Protocol: Traveling

3.0 mile(s)

22 species



Turkey Vulture  2

Spotted Sandpiper  1

Mourning Dove  2

Belted Kingfisher  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  3

Downy Woodpecker  3

Hairy Woodpecker  1

Pileated Woodpecker  2

Acadian Flycatcher  1

Eastern Phoebe  1

Great Crested Flycatcher  1

White-eyed Vireo  2

Blue Jay  2

Carolina Chickadee  5

Tufted Titmouse  9

White-breasted Nuthatch  2

Carolina Wren  6

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4

Eastern Bluebird  2

Pine Warbler  2

Black-throated Green Warbler  1

Northern Cardinal  4





Good birding,

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

"Quando omni flunkus moritati (When all else fails, play dead)."- Red Green



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Subject: Hidalgo County (Quinta Mazatlán & Old Hidalgo Pumphouse)
From: John Brush <jsbrush10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 13:35:14 -0500
Went birding on this gray, wet Lower Rio Grande Valley morning hoping to
catch some good migrants. There were a few around (Canada, Wilson's,
& Yellow Warblers, along with Yellow-breasted Chat and American
Redstart) but it mostly ended up being the regular cadre of birds for the
parks.
Pictures and lists on my blog (

http://olivaceousj.wordpress.com/2014/09/13/quinta-mazatlan-old-hidalgo-pumphouse-hidalgo-county-9132014/ 

).
-- 
John Brush
Edinburg, TX


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