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18 Dec RBA: Texas - Lower Rio Grande Valley - December 18, 2014 ["Mary Gustafson" ]
18 Dec some thoughts on identifying American Black Ducks and Mottled Ducks on the Gulf coast [C-T Lee ]
18 Dec Austin Area RBA [Nate McGowan ]
18 Dec Wichita Falls CBC December 20 [Penny Miller ]
18 Dec Texas city kittiwake NO [Clayton Leopold ]
18 Dec Biking for Birds [Susan Foster ]
18 Dec Flamingo pair location [Clayton Leopold ]
17 Dec A Tale of 3 Jaegers (long, but not as long as Dickens) [Clay Taylor ]
17 Dec Attwater NWR Vicinity - Lapland Longspurs and Ferruginous Hawk [John Tharp ]
17 Dec Re: Rusty Blackbirds [Michael Cooper ]
17 Dec Re: Rusty Blackbirds [Corey Lange ]
17 Dec Lesser Black-backed Gull [Lynn Lasswell ]
17 Dec Re: Rusty Blackbirds [Clayton Leopold ]
17 Dec Bolivar Peninsula CBC Tomorrow [David Sarkozi ]
17 Dec Trumpeter Swan - yes ["Florence H. King" ]
17 Dec Texas City Dike [Carolyn Dill ]
17 Dec Santa Ana NWR CBC 20Dec14 3 days away ["Raul Garza" ]
17 Dec Sandhills & Meadowlarks S central Parker County [Mt Woman ]
17 Dec migration inquiry [Ervin Fleming ]
17 Dec GCBO Raptor Rodeo ["Susan Heath" ]
17 Dec Weslaco CBC 12/30 --*CHANGE* to *POTLUCK* [John Yochum ]
17 Dec Fwd: clay-colored thrush ["Mary Gustafson" ]
17 Dec Re: Harris County Great Black-backed and three Thayer's Gulls, Surf Scoter [James Barnes ]
17 Dec Montgomery County Trumpeter Swan yesterday ["" ]
16 Dec Rusty Blackbirds [Michael Cooper ]
16 Dec Buffalo Bayou CBC: Saturday, December 27th. [Adam Wood ]
17 Dec Common Crane in Texas -did not find [Ed Hickl ]
17 Dec Houston CBC 2014 Preliminary Results ["" ]
16 Dec Fwd: Black-legged Kittiwake and Mountain Plover right now on UTC ["" ]
16 Dec Harris County Great Black-backed and three Thayer's Gulls, Surf Scoter [C-T Lee ]
16 Dec Re: Considering a TEXBIRDS rule change, your feedback is wanted [Connie Madia ]
16 Dec Tuesday morning birding, Hagerman NWR [Jack Chiles ]
16 Dec Houston CBC 2014 Preliminary Results ["" ]
16 Dec Love Creek CBC - Thursday, December 18th, 2014 [Martin Hagne ]
16 Dec Purple Gallinule - Late Report [Reid & Pam Allen ]
15 Dec La Sal Vieja CBC (Dec. 19th) This Friday! ["Jd Cortez" ]
16 Dec Re: La Sal Vieja CBC (Dec. 19th) This Friday! ["Jd Cortez" ]
16 Dec Freeport CBC: Sunday, December 21, 2014: Quintana Section: Second Call [Adam Wood ]
16 Dec Trumpeter Swan at The Woodlands- Lakeside Park - NO for Monday ["Rita Clements" ]
16 Dec Matagorda County - Mad Island Marsh Christmas Bird Count [Brent Ortego ]
15 Dec Mourning Dove with White Tail [Les Wolf ]
15 Dec 12-14-14Report of Franklin Gull at Thompson's Bait Camp HarrisCty? ["" ]
15 Dec Re: Anahuac NWR today [David McDonald ]
14 Dec A bit more (Lat Long) onTabb's Bay (Harris) Great Black-Backed Gull photos ["Berner Family" ]
14 Dec Common Crane Thoughts about the Search Area around Muleshoe NWR ["Garett Hodne" ]
14 Dec details on Great Black-backed Gull in Harris County, Houston Ship Channel [C-T Lee ]
14 Dec Anahuac NWR today - great raptors and ducks [David McDonald ]
14 Dec Pyrrhuloxia at Reimer's Ranch Green Kingfisher at Palmetto SP [Christian Walker ]
14 Dec Brazos Bend SP - December 14th [John Tharp ]
14 Dec Possible Mountain Plover [Donna Kelly ]
14 Dec Verdict seems to be in...Wilson's Warbler, and Merlin (prairie) [Monte ]
14 Dec Groove billed ani and northern parula at Laguna Atascosa NWR [Laguna Atascosa ]
14 Dec Raptor experts...help! please [Monte ]
14 Dec Great black backed gull Harris county [Cin-Ty Lee ]
14 Dec need ID w/pic also got a Peregrine finally [Monte ]
14 Dec Kayak needed in Port Lavaca [Joe Fischer ]
13 Dec Final Travis Audubon Sparrow Class field trip today to Commons Ford Park - 12 sparrow species ["" ]
13 Dec Woodlands Trumpeter Swan RFI ["" ]
13 Dec Re: better photos of King Ranch dilute plumage Harris's Hawk [Jim Sinclair ]
13 Dec Galveston County today [David McDonald ]
13 Dec Hummer excitement [Susan Schaezler ]
13 Dec Ringed Kingfisher at Mankin's Crossing, Williamson Co. 12/13/14 (local interest) [Tim Fennell ]
13 Dec better photos of King Ranch dilute plumage Harris's Hawk [Jim Sinclair ]
13 Dec Sparrow Road Route ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
13 Dec Common Crane near Sudan (Lamb Co.) []
13 Dec Greater Pewee, Bear Creek Park, west Harris County [Dennis Shepler ]
13 Dec Resaca de la Palma SP - Saturday Bird Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
13 Dec Lubbock Area Birding Summary for November - longish [Anthony Hewetson ]
13 Dec Sabal and Counting crimson-collared grosbeak on feeder ca ["" ]
13 Dec Dallas Little Gull [Chris Runk ]
13 Dec Trumpeter Swan Yes [Nate McGowan ]
12 Dec No Common Crane found today [Garett Hodne ]
12 Dec Cooper's hawk grabbed a rat on the sabal palm cam [Joseph Kennedy ]
12 Dec Re: Counting crimson-collared grosbeak on feeder cam [Brush Freeman ]
12 Dec Counting crimson-collared grosbeak on feeder cam [Joseph Kennedy ]
12 Dec Tundra Swans in Matagorda County - No ["Bird.fried" ]

Subject: RBA: Texas - Lower Rio Grande Valley - December 18, 2014
From: "Mary Gustafson" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "live4birds@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:01:45 -0500
The Rare Bird Alert for the Lower Rio Grande Valley is posted, and it includes 
a list of 2014/2015 holiday closures. Check it out as always at 
http://rgvbirds.blogspot.com with RBA's on Thursdays and updates as needed. 

 
Mary Gustafson
Mission, Texas


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Subject: some thoughts on identifying American Black Ducks and Mottled Ducks on the Gulf coast
From: C-T Lee <cintylee AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:43:07 -0600
Hi there,
with all the discussion recently on identifying American Black and Mottled
Ducks, I thought I'd lay out some of my thoughts.  This is, I think, one of
the most notorious identification challenges on the Gulf coast because many
of our Mottled Ducks can be quite dark.  There have been numerous times
when I myself have gotten excited over an odd duck only to realize that it
was a dark Mottled.
Some discussion of "old" and "new" field marks are here


http://downtoearthquestions.blogspot.com/2014/12/notes-on-separating-mottled-and.html 


I discuss the supraloral contrast that David Sarkozi alluded to in one of
his posts.

C-T Lee
Houston


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Subject: Austin Area RBA
From: Nate McGowan <natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 17:06:29 -0600
The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society.
This update is as of 12/18/2014. Send interesting sightings, complete with
species name, location, and contact information to Nate McGowan at
natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com.
-Exceptional birds in the circle-

The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at Pedernales Falls State Park, *Blanco*, was
last reported 11/30, with a negative report from 12/5.

The BROWN BOOBY at Windy Point on Lake Travis, *Travis*, was last reported
12/10.

More updates, positive or negative, are highly encouraged for both of these
birds.

-Rarities found this week-

A CURVE-BILLED THRASHER, a PYRRHULOXIA, and a ZONE-TAILED HAWK were
reported from the Balcones Canyonlands CBC, 12/15.

A PURPLE FINCH was photographed at Bastrop State Park, *Bastrop*, 12/12.

A CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD was photographed at a private residence in New
Braunfels, *Comal*, most recently 12/17.

A WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH was photographed at a private residence in
Austin, *Travis*, 12/15.

RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen at Hornsby Bend, *Travis*, most recently 12/15
and at a private residence, *Travis*, 12/17.

PYRRHULOXIAS were photographed at Platt Lane, *Travis*, 12/13 and in
*Bell* county,
12/12.

NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS were reported from Hornsby Bend, *Travis*,
12/13 and Roy Guerrero Park in Austin, *Travis*, 12/14.

AN EASTERN TOWHEE was reported from Reimer's Ranch, *Travis*, 12/13.

A GREATER SCAUP was photographed in *Williamson* county, 12/13.

-Continuing birds from previous weeks-

A PYRRHULOXIA continued at Reimer's Ranch, *Travis*, most recently 12/14.

A PALM WARBLER continued at Commons Ford, *Travis*, 12/14.

A GREAT KISKADEE continued at Berry Springs Park in Georgetown, *Williamson*,
12/16.

-CBC Information-

Austin CBC
Saturday, Dec. 20.
www.austincbc.com
austincbc AT gmail.com

Bastrop CBC
Thursday, Jan. 1
www.bastropcbc.com
bastroptxcbc AT gmail.com

Bell County CBC
Saturday, Dec. 20
thos.robbins AT sbcglobal.net

Burnet County CBC
Friday, Jan. 2
sammyenmike AT yahoo.com


Lost Pines CBC
Sunday, Dec. 21

http://www.visitlostpines.com/Hyatt-Lost-Pines/Activities/Christmas-bird-count.aspx 


New Braunfels CBC
Sunday, Jan. 4
dipper2c AT gmail.com 

Palmetto State Park CBC
Saturday, Jan. 3
dwayne_rogers AT comcast.net



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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Austin, TX


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Subject: Wichita Falls CBC December 20
From: Penny Miller <txbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:42:02 -0600
Contact Terry McKee (dgm59 AT aol.com) or Penny Miller (txbirds AT gmail.com) if
interested in taking part.
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Wichita Falls, TX
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Subject: Texas city kittiwake NO
From: Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:00:16 -0600
Sorry a little late... I made it to the dike at 1630 yesterday and stayed
till dark. No sign of the kittiwake, bonapartes gull, lesser-blacked gull
or pacific loon, all birds I still need for the year and only 5 miles from
my house.
I saw what I think is the questionable thayers gull. It had a black eye and
smaller bill and body. An adult winter herring gull was next to it for
comparison. Is there a 100% diagnostic for this species? I'm not great with
gulls to begin with.

Plus how does everyone keep finding these lesser-black blacks! I cannot
seem to pick one out, I'm just saying!


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Texas City


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Subject: Biking for Birds
From: Susan Foster <pfoster1 AT stx.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 11:29:07 -0600
Dorian Anderson, who is doing a nation-wide big year by bike, is looking for 
lodging in Lake Jackson and/or Freeport for the next few days. He will be 
around the area today through Monday (December 18-22). You can contact him via 
his bikingforbirds.blogspot.com. 


Susan Foster
Aransas County

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Subject: Flamingo pair location
From: Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 08:40:10 -0600
Howdy texbirders,
I saw the report that the flamingo pair was in Rio Lagartos biopreserve in
the Yucatan. Whenever you click on the map link though, it takes you to cox
bay. Can anyone clarify this as I was planning on making a trip to try for
these birds.


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Texas City


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Subject: A Tale of 3 Jaegers (long, but not as long as Dickens)
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor AT swarovskioptik.us>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 22:46:17 -0500
It was the best of birding, it was the worst of birding.....
Day 1 - Ok, nothing that dramatic. On Sunday, 12/14/14, I was covering the 
southern tip of Mustang Island for the Flour Bluff CBC, which included driving 
the beach (lots o' fishermen and surfers), stomping the flats to the west of 
the highway, and sitting atop the dunes watching the Gulf for passing birdlife. 
The tip of the Packery Channel jetty was 600 yards away, and the water's edge 
was 130 yards from me (I had a laser rangefinder binocular with me). Directly 
out about 700 yards from me was a change in the color of the water, and that's 
where the gulls and terns seemed to be feeding more frequently. 


I sat on the dune top for about 4.5 hours, from roughly 10:30 am to 3:00pm, and 
the wind off the Gulf deposited a few pounds of sand on me and my optical gear. 
Ugh. Also "ugh" was the lack of numbers of birds flying offshore - WAAAY down 
from previous CBCs. 


About 11:25 am I finally spotted two Northern Gannets about 800 yards from me 
and slowly moving south. They stopped to do some active plunge-diving, and I 
tried unsuccessfully to make them into a more exotic form of sulid, but they 
stubbornly kept being gannets. As I was watching one of the gannets, a smaller, 
dark bird flew past, also heading south, and so low to the water's surface that 
it was disappearing behind the wave. My first hopeful thought was 
"shearwater!", but I quickly saw the swept-back pointy wings, the high uptake 
on the flap, and the all-dark body with longish tail. "OK, a jaeger - great!" 


I will state here and now that when I first see a jaeger, Parasitic is my 
"default jaeger" - I have seen hundreds of them, mere dozens of Pomerines, and 
only 3 Long-tailed in my life (all offshore on TX pelagics). I start there and 
prove / disprove that ID before setting out on more exotic species. 


This bird was flying fast and direct, and I was bothered by not seeing any 
dramatic wing-flash from the inner primaries. It was pretty slim, too, but that 
did not register until it gained altitude and went after a Royal Tern. Holy Cow 
- the tern was bigger than the jaeger! 


Suddenly the slim build, longish tail, and the size comparison clicked - this 
was a Long-tailed Jaeger!!! It suddenly wheeled up and around in a 270-degree 
turn and went down on the water, evidently retrieving whatever the tern had 
dropped in order to save itself from an aerial beat-down. The jaeger then 
popped up in the air, glided a few feet, and landed on the water again. Did I 
mention that there were surfers that day? The water surface was very rough, and 
as I was scrambling for the camera I never saw the bird again. Dang. 


About an hour later, I saw another jaeger - this one was a definite Parasitic, 
light morph, with a bright wing flash both on top and under the wing as it 
flew. I did not get any pictures, as it was heading away very quickly, and by 
the time I got the scope pointed it was gone. Double Dang! 


Day 2 - Monday was the Port Aransas CBC, so I sat for 6 hours at the tip of the 
South Jetty, straining hard to find species that in previous years were 
abundant: Bonaparte's Gulls (300+ in 2013, 3 in 2014), Common Loons (10+ in 
2013, NONE in 2014), ducks (hundreds passing in 2013, 11 in 1024). 


It was a very interesting gannet day, however, with 18 total sighted: a group 
of 5 (including an adult) flying North, and 13 flying South (all immatures, 
never more than 2 together). 


At 11:45 am I was on the cell phone trying to help a customer figure out his 
digiscoping problem when a Parasitic Jaeger appeared about 500 - 600 yards away 
- a classic light-morph Parasitic, chasing Laughing Gulls. Since I was on the 
phone, I could not grab the camera and scope. Dang. After the previous day's 
failure to photograph either of those birds, I really wanted to document at 
least ONE. 


At 2:34pm, I spotted another jaeger, this one all-dark, closer than the first 
one (400 - 500 yards) and heading North. I got on it with the scope and Pentax 
K3 and shot images as it swooped and banked. It had a pretty good underwing 
flash, but almost none from above, and the body looked pretty plump. It then 
buzzed a Herring Gull sitting on the water, and the darned thing was as large 
as, and possibly bigger than, the gull! A Pomerine Jaeger? Really? While I was 
ready to accept (with a few personal reservations about seasonality and 
location) the previous day's Long-tailed Jaeger, I was doubting my own 
observation here. I guess that I was not expecting to see a Pomerine so far 
south. 


Back at Scott & Joan Holt's house for the CBC Compilation that evening, I had 
grabbed a few Seabirds books and then fired up the camera to review the images. 
My shots came out fairly well, and in 3 or 4 instances they were spot-on for 
the Pomerine Jaeger images in the "Peterson Reference Guide to Seawatching - 
Eastern Waterbirds in Flight" by Ken Beherens and former Texan Cameron Cox. 
After announcing the sightings at the compilation, Tony Amos remarked that the 
jaeger MOST frequently received at the ARK (Animal Rehabilitation Keep) there 
at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute was in fact Pomerine! Go 
figure! 


By the way, I think that the jaeger treatments by Cox & Behrens are outstanding 
- they go a long way toward simplifying what can be a difficult group to ID 
(individuals of which have sparked some rather contentious disagreements 
amongst experienced birders). 


Day 3 - Today (Wednesday, 12/17) we did the Aransas CBC aboard the Skimmer tour 
boat, and while we did not see any jaegers (Long-tailed Duck, yes!), Captain 
Tommy Moore related that about 5 years ago they saw and photographed a 
Long-tailed Jaeger from the Skimmer! Ok, so it was not as implausible a 
sighting as I had thought. 


In the end of this birding story, I learned a bunch of new stuff about jaegers, 
jaegers in TX, and Texas birding, and unlike Dickens nobody got his head 
chopped off. Well, actually, I guess I will have to wait until my write-up gets 
past Brent...... ;-) 


Good birding, all,


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
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Subject: Attwater NWR Vicinity - Lapland Longspurs and Ferruginous Hawk
From: John Tharp <jlt290 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 21:15:46 -0600
Good evening,
Spent the day birding with Dennis Shepler and Rachel Wrenn in the vicinity
of Attwater NWR for the CBC. We were responsible for area 5 which is mostly
off the refuge just to the south. Great day of birding with the best birds
in our section being:

Lapland Longspur: a large flock of approximately 295 feeding in the fields
between Beal and Spalinger Roads just north of 1093. This is in the same
general area that I located last years flock. A scope is needed for good
views but calling and flying birds are pretty easy to find with a little
patience.

Ferruginous Hawk: one individual hanging around the northern half or so of
Spalinger Road.

Also noteworthy is the large number of shorebirds and raptors in the area.
Complete list in ebird can be found here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20941302


Good birding,

John Tharp
Norman, OK


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Subject: Re: Rusty Blackbirds
From: Michael Cooper <michael20212 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:39:24 -0800
Went back Monday with camera, but no luck relocating Blackbirds. The marsh
area is fairly deep, so it could be tough.  Gary Benderim had a group of 40
last winter, but not sure how often he saw them. The birds I saw had their
winter plumage, so they were easy to id. I'm going back on Friday if it
doesn't rain. Will keep you updated.
Hey Clayton, met you at Sabine Woods this fall. (Black-throated Blue
Warbler)
Take care,
Michael B Cooper
Kingwood

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Subject: Re: Rusty Blackbirds
From: Corey Lange <coreyjlange AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 18:04:39 -0600
I searched for them today during the mid morning and did not see them. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 17, 2014, at 5:35 PM, Clayton Leopold  
wrote: 

> 
> Are they reliable at this sight? This would be a life bird for me if I saw
> one.
> On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Michael Cooper 
> wrote:
> 
>> Hello Birders,
>> The Rusty Blackbirds have returned to Lone Star College Kingwood-The
>> Lowlands. Saw three males and three females about 100 yards past the last
>> boardwalk. This is on the Evans Gully Trail. Gary Binderim found these
>> birds last winter in the same area. The marsh area towards the back of
>> trail seems to provide the perfect habitat. Found on Sunday.
>> Michael B Cooper
>> Kingwood
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Subject: Lesser Black-backed Gull
From: Lynn Lasswell <lynn2207 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:38:36 -0600
Port Aransas beach Marker 62 at 4:30 this afternoon.
Thanks to those reporting this bird.

Joan and Lynn Lasswell
San Antonio TX

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Subject: Re: Rusty Blackbirds
From: Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:35:06 -0600
Are they reliable at this sight? This would be a life bird for me if I saw
one.
On Tuesday, December 16, 2014, Michael Cooper 
wrote:

> Hello Birders,
> The Rusty Blackbirds have returned to Lone Star College Kingwood-The
> Lowlands. Saw three males and three females about 100 yards past the last
> boardwalk. This is on the Evans Gully Trail. Gary Binderim found these
> birds last winter in the same area. The marsh area towards the back of
> trail seems to provide the perfect habitat. Found on Sunday.
> Michael B Cooper
> Kingwood
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Subject: Bolivar Peninsula CBC Tomorrow
From: David Sarkozi <david AT sarkozi.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 17:22:33 -0600
The Bolivar Peninsula CBC is tomorrow December 18, 2015. We could
still use more help with the Anahuac NWR section of the CBC. This is a
great chance to see some of the closed areas of the refuge.

If you would like to help, please meet at the Visitor Station on the
main part of the refuge at 7 am.

-- 
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Houston, TX
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Subject: Trumpeter Swan - yes
From: "Florence H. King" <flo.h.king AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:38:34 -0600
The Trumpeter Swan in The Woodlands continues to be seen.  It was observed
this afternoon about 3:30-4:00 p.m. by a local resident and a birder from
Weslaco.   (It appears to be staying primarily at the western end of the
lake and at times "hides" behind some vegetation and/or around the bend.)
 

Flo King

The Woodlands



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Subject: Texas City Dike
From: Carolyn Dill <carolyn_dill AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:43:11 -0800
Nix on the kittwake but maybe it was off to feed. Did find about 20-25 plovers, 
most were snowy plovers, on the biggest sand beach of the dike. 

Four buffleheads and one eared grebe, at least three common loons. At end of 
Skyline road, found a Pacific Loon. This spot can be place of occasional scoter 
which is why I checked it out. Scotless today. 

I don't post on ebirds so don't look for the info there.

Carolyn Dill
Houston

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Subject: Santa Ana NWR CBC 20Dec14 3 days away
From: "Raul Garza" <dmarc-noreply-modpost AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "raulgarzajr_80@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:27:05 +0000 (UTC)
Hello and Good Morning to you all!
Park Ranger Raul Garza Jr. this years compiler here chiming in as a
reminder that we will be hosting our count on December 20th 2014.  Only 3 days 
away, still in need of a few more volunteers.  Birders at all levels of 
experience are welcome to sign up! We have 10 sections to cover including 
areas in McAllen, Pharr, San Juan, Alamo, Hidalgo, Kelly 

Brush Wildlife Mgmt. Area, and Santa Ana NWR. Countdown dinner will be held
at the Refuge visitors center  AT  5:30pm. With your help we can make this
years count a success!  Signing up is easy and you can do so by sending me
an email with your name, level of experience and contact info. and/or
calling me. Contact info: 956-784-7500/7501
Raul_Garza AT fws.gov
Hope to see you soon!! until then good birding!!

Many Thanks in advance!!!

-- 
Raul Garza Jr
Park Ranger
Santa Ana NWR
3325 Green Jay Rd
Alamo, Texas 78516

“If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than
contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of
technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the
beginning, not just after we got through with it.”
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Subject: Sandhills & Meadowlarks S central Parker County
From: Mt Woman <mtwoman55 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 12:15:21 -0600
Yesterday and the day before, we observed several large groups of Sandhill 
Cranes flying south. My father has lived here 20+ years and has never observed 
them doing so this late. 

Also, we have a large flock of Meadowlarks here....also later than usual.
Tzila DuenzlHorseshoe Bend Airpark, S Central Parker County, Weatherford, Texas
 		 	   		  
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Subject: migration inquiry
From: Ervin Fleming <endersgt AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:41:23 -0800
Since late summer, there has been a distinct fall off in wading birds and 
waterfowl populations here in the North Central Tx area. I mainly work Joe Pool 
(Grand Prairie), Lake Whitney (Hillsboro) and Lake Cleburne. 

The migration in 2013 had high populations in these areas. Far lower this year. 
I'm not sure the drought is the complete explanation. There are still plenty of 
fish for the waders and shallow water for the ducks etc. Are the migration 
corridors flexible from year to year? 

Tom Fleming
Grand Prairie

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Subject: GCBO Raptor Rodeo
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 11:28:39 -0600
TexBirders,

GCBO is once again holding our Raptor Rodeo event to raise money for the
Smith Point Hawk Watch. We have expanded the timeframe from January 15
through February 28 and are now having 5 regional tournaments. There are no
age restrictions for participation so come on out and have a fun day
counting raptors with your kids, grandkids or anyone who loves raptors as
much as you do. Last year the winner counted 387 raptors in one day! For
more information check our website:

http://www.gcbo.org/html/RaptorRodeoFlyer.pdf

Sue

Susan A. Heath, PhD
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
103 Hwy 332 West
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
979-480-0999
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Subject: Weslaco CBC 12/30 --*CHANGE* to *POTLUCK*
From: John Yochum <John.Yochum AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 15:33:16 +0000
Weslaco Christmas Bird Count
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Consider this your formal invitation to participate in the annual nationwide 
traditional bird count, tallying as many birds as possible within a 15 mile 
diameter circle including the park. Teams of participants may opt for a few 
hours, counting an all-day marathon or anything in between. Bring your 
binoculars, guidebook, snacks and water. 

* Meet at Estero Llano Grande at 6:30am for assignments * On your own for 
lunch. If only counting for a half-day, please return packet to Estero front 
desk when finished. 

***IN THE PAST** WE HAVE MET for a free count-down burger and hotdog dinner at 
Estero Llano Grande State Park WBC at more or less 5:30pm where we talk about 
what's been seen, eat some food, enjoy each other's company and turn in our 
packets, with rare bird forms filled out. UNFORTUNATELY THIS YEAR WE WILL HAVE 
TO CHANGE TO A *POTLUCK* get-together. I apologize for any inconvenience this 
new arrangement may cause. 

* There is no participation fee this year for any CBC


John Yochum
Park Naturalist
Estero Llano Grande State Park
Weslaco TX
956-565-3919

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Subject: Fwd: clay-colored thrush
From: "Mary Gustafson" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "live4birds@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:21:30 -0500
I was asked by the observer why this didn't appear on TEXBIRDS. I am therefore 
forwarding it. 

 
Note: I don't forward every bird report I receive to TEXBIRDS. See 
rgvbirds.blogspot.com for the weekly RBA and daily updates as warranted. 

 
 
Mary Gustafson, Mission TX 
         




         
          
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 Date: Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 11:50 AM           
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From 8-9.30 AM this morning we saw a clay-colored thrush (have photos) at the 
south end of the the rest area 8 miles south of Falfurrias, Texas. It was in 
the trees, not on the ground, the times that we saw it. 

              
 We are on the road and I can't figure out how to email Texbirds. Please 
forward this message if you're willing. 

 Also present at the south end was a mixed flock that included the previously 
reported painted redstart (it was vocal at times) a yellow-throated warbler, 
and a few Audubon's warblers among the myrtles. 

              
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Subject: Re: Harris County Great Black-backed and three Thayer's Gulls, Surf Scoter
From: James Barnes <txbarnowl AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:01:13 -0600
Hello C-T,
I worked area 7 of the Houston CBC and was scoping out the gulls in Ijams
lake at water oak gully, just north of the dump off 1405. Chambers county
side. I was looking over all the ring-bills and laughing's, and found a 1st
winter brown gull, that when he stretched his wings, I caught a flash of
pale wing linings and my first thought was thayer's. But with my 22x scope
and at that distance, I didn't want to call it. I didn't see a herring's in
the flock for any comparisons.

James Barnes
Missouri City, Fort Bend, TX

On Tue, Dec 16, 2014 at 6:38 PM, C-T Lee  wrote:
>
> Hi there
> spent a quick 2 hours at the end of Tri-city road in the SE corner of
> Harris County, beginning at Thompson Bait Camp and then going over to Ash
> Lake, which is the estuary separating the Tri-city peninsula from the big
> dumpsite.  To get here, instead of veering right from Tri-City to the
> Thompson Bait camp, continue on to the end of the Tri-city.  Tri-city road
> dead ends, but DO NOT drive all the way to the end because there are
> hundreds of nails strewn on the ground.  I would park just beyond the Y
> intersection and then walk to the end. From there, you can scope out the
> estuary and the dumpsite.  There are tens of thousands of gulls and many
> rest in the estuary, giving you a chance to study them. You still need a
> high powered scope.  My experience is that the gulls rest here only on
> weekdays when the dump is operating. On weekends, the gulls go elsewhere.
> Anyway, at about 2 PM, the Great Black-backed Gull was circling around the
> Thompson Bait camp docks. I never saw it land.  It flew southeast towards
> the dump.
>
> I then went to scan the dump and the estuary (half of the estuary is in
> Harris county).  I was not able to refind the GBBG, but I came upon TWO
> first winter Thayer's Gulls.
>
> details and photos here
>
> 
http://downtoearthquestions.blogspot.com/2014/12/thayers-gulls-and-surf-scoter-in-harris.html 

>
> There was also a Surf Scoter
>
> Afterwards, I went back to Thompson Bait camp and found a 2nd winter
> Thayer's Gull.
>
> at least 15 Lesser Black backed Gulls were around too
>
> C-T Lee
> Houston
>
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Subject: Montgomery County Trumpeter Swan yesterday
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "drbirdie@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 09:53:07 -0500
Hi All,
I was able to see and photograph the juvenile Trumpeter Swan at Lakeside Park 
in Montgomery County yesterday morning, Tuesday December 16, 2014. This small, 
birdy park is on Alden Bridge Drive about 15 minutes west of IH 45 in the 
Woodlands, Tx. An inconspicuous sign marks the entrance just east of an 
elementary school on the south side of Alden Bridge Drive. 


I posted several photos of the bird on my Flickr page, and attached several of 
them to my eBird checklist. 






I got to the park at about 9 am, met Jean Drummond, who was also there to 
photograph the bird. We soon spotted the bird on the far west shore of the lake 
and it swam slowly closer to us, allowing good photo opportunities. I then ran 
into Larry Carpenter, who has been keeping tabs on this bird in one of his 
regular birding haunts. Larry then kindly led me around the trails a bit to see 
a few more birds. 



Good birding ya'll,
Byron Stone, Austin

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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds
From: Michael Cooper <michael20212 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 21:13:06 -0800
Hello Birders,
The Rusty Blackbirds have returned to Lone Star College Kingwood-The
Lowlands. Saw three males and three females about 100 yards past the last
boardwalk. This is on the Evans Gully Trail. Gary Binderim found these
birds last winter in the same area. The marsh area towards the back of
trail seems to provide the perfect habitat. Found on Sunday.
Michael B Cooper
Kingwood

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Subject: Buffalo Bayou CBC: Saturday, December 27th.
From: Adam Wood <birdsondabrain AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:12:39 -0600 (GMT-06:00)
Greetings Texbirders,

Hi, my name is Adam Wood and I am the Compiler for the Buffalo Bayou CBC in 
Houston, Tx. This years' count is going to be on Saturday, December 27th. I 
hope most locales in the Houston Area will participate in the count this year 
and any out of towners that are in town for the Holiday are welcome to join in 
the fun as well. 


The Buffalo Bayou Christmas Bird Count was first held in 1978 and is now in its 
38th year. It was established to document the birds on the west side of 
Houston, a part of the city containing a verity of habitats for an urban count 
that is subject to fairly rapid residential and commercial development. On the 
first count in 1978, 90 species were observed. Last year this count produced 
126 species of birds and over the last ten years this count has averaged around 
123 species with a high count of 136 species. It is possible to see up to 15 
species of sparrows on this count, including the elusive Henslow’s and 
Grasshopper Sparrows. Other “Special Birds” seen over the last five years 
have included: hooded merganser, merlin, peregrine falcon, solitary sandpiper, 
American woodcock, common ground-dove, greater pewee, western kingbird, 
red-breasted nuthatch, eastern towhee, green-tailed towhee, rusty blackbird, 
purple finch and pine siskin. This count is one of the most popular 

 in Texas; we would like you to join in the fun and help us eclipse the high 
count of 136 species. 


The Buffalo Bayou CBC is centered at the Houston Audubon Society's Edith L. 
Moore Sanctuary. It extends from Memorial Park on the east to beyond Highway 6 
on the west; from the Southwest Freeway at West Belt on the south to FM 529 
near Jersey Village on the north. This area includes sizable chunks of 
excellent habitat: Houston Arboretum and Nature Center(HANC), Memorial Park, 
Art Storey Park, Addicks & Barker Reservoirs, Bear Creek Park, Edith L. Moore 
Sanctuary and Buffalo Bayou. 


This count is open to birders of all skill levels. The 15-mile diameter count 
circle has been divided into 8 areas: Addicks Reservoir/Bear Creek Park, Little 
Gems/North Area, Barker Reservoir North Area, Barker Reservoir South Area, 
Central Corridor Area, HANC/Memorial Park Area, Southwest Area and 
South/Southeast Area. Each area will be lead by an experienced birder that is 
familiar with that area. 

The count will run from 6:30 am to 6:30 pm when all participants will assemble 
at Sweet Tomatoes for the countdown dinner where you will get the opportunity 
to share your days’ birding stories with your fellow birders and hear what 
species each area was able to find as we find out what the totally tally for 
the count will be. A very nice way to rap up a long day of birding. 


There are two ways to help with the Buffalo Bayou CBC on December 27, 2014:

Be a Field Observer - Join one of the teams in the field that survey various 
sites within the count circle. You can bird for all or part of the day. 


Be a Feeder/Yard Watcher - Because so much of the Buffalo Bayou CBC area is 
residential, Feeder Watchers (those who stay at home and observe their feeder, 
yard and/or neighborhood) are extremely important to the count and greatly 
increase the efficiency of the count by observing species that otherwise would 
not be seen, such as hummingbirds. Feeder Watchers don't pay a participation 
fee and submitting your observations is easy via an on-line data form 
accessible on the website. 


For more information on the Buffalo Bayou CBC, please contact organizer Adam 
Wood at birdsondabrain AT earthlink.net or via phone at 713-515-1692. 




Adam Wood
birdsondabrain AT earthlink.net
713-515-1692
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Subject: Common Crane in Texas -did not find
From: Ed Hickl <ehickl AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 05:13:44 -0700
Made the trip with Barbara Hickl, Bernice Hotman and Donna Rybiski to the 
Muleshoe/Sudan area for the Common Crane starting Monday Dec 15. After 
searching thru lots of Sandhill Cranes we did not find the bird so we decided 
to go with percentages (smaller search area and more recent reported sighting) 
and went for the Roswell, NM bird. Ran into a couple of guys from Arizona (Mike 
and Larry), traded phone numbers and on Tuesday (Dec 16) they found the bird 
however it was chased off just moments before we arrived. Bummer! Lots of big 
vehicles travel the roads keep the cranes worry. However after lunch Bernice 
found the bird among 1700 Sandhill Cranes in another nearby location. Yeah for 
Bernice. It definitely helps to have multiple eyes to find this birds, lots of 
patience and help from others with sharing of information. 


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Subject: Houston CBC 2014 Preliminary Results
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "Stenmead@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 00:42:39 -0500
Houston CBC leaders and participants, many returning and some new, had good 
 weather and excellent results on count day, Sunday, 12-14-2014! 
 
Many of the rarities are documented with photographs and I've received good 
 field notes for the others! Thank you all for an excellent birding effort! 
One  area report is being mailed to me.   


The Houston CBC species count clearly demonstrates the bird conservation  
value of high quality habitat preserves and patches in urban areas. Good work 
 all!
 

Hope to see you next year!
 


166 species were reported at the count down dinner with 151 expected  
species, including Boat-tailed Grackles!
 

Rarities included:
 

Rufus Hummingbird
Winter Wren
Great-Black Backed Gull
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-tailed Kite
Harris Sparrow
Virginia Rail
Orchard Oriole
Vermillion Flycatcher
American Woodcock
American Redstart
Wilson's Warbler
Scaly Breasted Munia
Hairy Woodpecker 
 

Stennie Meadours
San Leon
 

ps And for count week on 12-15-2014 at the Baytown Nature Center a Nelson's 
 Sparrow!
 
Also Cin-Ty reported a Surf Scoter, Lesser Black-backed Gull and 3 Thayer's 
 gull from Thompson Bait Camp on Tri City Beach Rd., Baytown today  
12-16-2014


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Subject: Fwd: Black-legged Kittiwake and Mountain Plover right now on UTC
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "live4birds@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 23:22:35 -0600
Sorry completely forgot to forward this email from Mark Bartosik with his 
stunning photos of these two birds. 

Mary Gustafson
Mission Texas

(Stupid Spell Check and Auto Correct Provided by iPhone)

Begin forwarded message:

> From: MBB22222 AT aol.com
> Date: December 15, 2014 at 9:45:08 PM CST
> To: live4birds AT aol.com
> Subject: Black-legged Kittiwake and Mountain Plover right now on UTC
> 
> Hi Mary
>  
> Perhaps you are interested to spread the news (I already told you that I 
cannot post anymore) - quite interesting pair showed up on UTC last weekend 
(Sunday to be exact). I do not mind if you post locations - BTW photos are GPS 
tagged - love this new gadget. (Cut). 

> HY Black-legged Kittiwake on Texas City Dike (unfortunately with swallowed 
fish line so who knows how long is going last) 

> 
>  http://www.pbase.com/mbb/image/158543351
> http://www.pbase.com/mbb/image/158543349
> 
> Mountain Plover on Bolivar Peninsula - seems to stay all day long foraging in 
intertidal zone and on or above whack line on the beach - interesting behaviors 
and little off as winter location goes. I am interested to confirm its age if 
somebody has experience in this species. 

> 
>  http://www.pbase.com/mbb/image/158543494
> http://www.pbase.com/mbb/image/158543495
> http://www.pbase.com/mbb/image/158543496
> http://www.pbase.com/mbb/image/158543497
> http://www.pbase.com/mbb/image/158543498
> http://www.pbase.com/mbb/image/158543499
> http://www.pbase.com/mbb/image/158543500
> 
> video
> http://youtu.be/dlB8UPRi21I
> 
> On the other hand I have no clue how and why I got myself into the plovers 
... 

> 
> but they are cute and there are not too many left ... This year, so far, I 
documented about 60 banded PIPL in two counties, about twice that many 
re-sightings ... Have great cooperation with people who band them so there are 
many interesting potentials to study individual birds in the field - they have 
them only for short part of the year and I for many more months. 

> 
> Mark
> 
>  

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Subject: Harris County Great Black-backed and three Thayer's Gulls, Surf Scoter
From: C-T Lee <cintylee AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 18:38:38 -0600
Hi there
spent a quick 2 hours at the end of Tri-city road in the SE corner of
Harris County, beginning at Thompson Bait Camp and then going over to Ash
Lake, which is the estuary separating the Tri-city peninsula from the big
dumpsite.  To get here, instead of veering right from Tri-City to the
Thompson Bait camp, continue on to the end of the Tri-city.  Tri-city road
dead ends, but DO NOT drive all the way to the end because there are
hundreds of nails strewn on the ground.  I would park just beyond the Y
intersection and then walk to the end. From there, you can scope out the
estuary and the dumpsite.  There are tens of thousands of gulls and many
rest in the estuary, giving you a chance to study them. You still need a
high powered scope.  My experience is that the gulls rest here only on
weekdays when the dump is operating. On weekends, the gulls go elsewhere.
Anyway, at about 2 PM, the Great Black-backed Gull was circling around the
Thompson Bait camp docks. I never saw it land.  It flew southeast towards
the dump.

I then went to scan the dump and the estuary (half of the estuary is in
Harris county).  I was not able to refind the GBBG, but I came upon TWO
first winter Thayer's Gulls.

details and photos here

http://downtoearthquestions.blogspot.com/2014/12/thayers-gulls-and-surf-scoter-in-harris.html 


There was also a Surf Scoter

Afterwards, I went back to Thompson Bait camp and found a 2nd winter
Thayer's Gull.

at least 15 Lesser Black backed Gulls were around too

C-T Lee
Houston


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Subject: Re: Considering a TEXBIRDS rule change, your feedback is wanted
From: Connie Madia <cm4thebirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 15:44:30 -0600
Hi, David.
I'm really late to the dance on this but my thought is that for me, a new
Texan, knowing where people are from helps me figure out where the place
they are reporting about.  Not everyone puts the address of the birding
location and sometimes just uses abbreviations.

We also have many folks from out of state who use this list to plan birding
trips.

I understand your frustration.  I'd vote to remind people occasionally to
put their city and county at the bottom.  It can certainly be automatically
added to the signature line.

Thanks for all you do.

"To be a better birder, be better to birders."  Rachel Holzman

Connie Madia
Birder and Half-time RVer
June-September: Camp host, Indian Creek Campground
September-November: Camp host, Mammoth Campground
Yellowstone National Park
November-May: Kyle, TX




On Mon, Dec 1, 2014 at 2:13 PM, David Sarkozi  wrote:
>
> I'm considering getting rid of the requirement that you end your
> message with both your full name and location. I would drop the
> requirement for the location. A lot of people have been leaving out
> the location and for sure the earth has not stopped spinning and there
> are still birds to see.
>
> While it has some value I think with knowing where people are from in
> putting a sighting in context and to separate two people with similar
> names it has just become pain to try police if its not adding value
> for the majority of readers.
>
> Most of the people that post are reasonably well known so the context
> thing isn't that big a deal. If you think you're being confused with
> someone else you can certainly put your location in your signature.
>
> I will certainly keep the requirement to sign with your full name
> because so many people don't have their name in there email address.
>
> So what do you think, does the location add value to you?
>
>
>
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> Houston, TX
> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
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Subject: Tuesday morning birding, Hagerman NWR
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 14:33:04 -0600
On a breezy, chilly but sunny day we found 69 species +4 other taxa. We found 
one group of 8 Pine Siskins. There are still a lot of ducks and geese.This 
Saturday is our CBC so if anyone wants to participate we meet at headquarters 
at 7 a.m.. 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20927698
Jack Chiles, Texas Master Naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR

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Subject: Houston CBC 2014 Preliminary Results
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "Stenmead@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:57:24 -0500
Houston CBC leaders and participants, many returning and some new, had good 
 weather and excellent results on count day, Sunday, 12-14-2014!  
 
Many of the rarities are documented with photographs and I've received good 
 field notes for the others!  Thank you all for an excellent birding  
effort! One area report is being mailed to me. David Sarkozi will do all the 

compiling this year.  
The Houston CBC species count  clearly demonstrates the bird  conservation 
value of high quality habitat preserves and patches in urban  areas. Good 
work all!
 
Hope to see you next year!

 
166 species were reported at the count down dinner with 151 expected  
species, including Boat-tailed Grackle!
 
Rarities included:
 
Rufus Hummingbird
Winter Wren
Great-Black Backed Gull
Red-breasted Nuthatch
White-tailed Kite
Harris Sparrow
Virginia Rail
Orchard Oriole
Vermillion Flycatcher
American Woodcock
American Redstart
Wilson's Warbler
Scaly Breasted Munia
Hairy Woodpecker (still need notes)
 
Stennie Meadours
San Leon
 
And for count week on 12-15-2014 at the Baytown Nature Center a Nelson's  
Sparrow!

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Subject: Love Creek CBC - Thursday, December 18th, 2014
From: Martin Hagne <martinhagne AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:42:50 -0600
> The Love Creek Christmas Bird Count in Bandera County is set for Thursday, 
December 18th, 2014. 

>>> Last years count was the counts first time and it was a success as we 
broke 100 species and found birds such as Townsends Solitaire! We hope 
everyone involved will sign up to count again. We had about 20 private ranch 
properties open their gates last year, and are working to recruit even more 
this year. As we expand our coverage area, additional team leaders are needed 
to survey these new ranches. We may be making a few adjustments on leader 
placement as we gain access to new properties, but we are going to try and 
place team leaders from last year on the same properties to facilitate 
familiarity with the sites as we continue this event into the future. 

>>>  
>>> This CBC is a pretty long with some strenuous terrain, often away from any 
improvements. We start around sunup and go until close to sundown. But the 
opportunity to bird the canyon lands of the Texas Hill Country on private 
ranches is a great experience. A free count down dinner will follow that 
evening. 

>>>  
>>> Specific information and details for the day (meeting time, location, etc) 
will be sent out if you sign up, but we meet at TNCs Love Creek Preserve west 
of Medina, before daylight. 

>>>  
>>> Please contact Martin Hagne martinhagne AT sbcglobal.net of Rebecca Flack 
rflack AT tnc.org if you are interested in assisting us with the 2014 count, 
especially if youre willing to lead a team! If you know of other qualified 
birders who might be interested in serving as a team leader, please feel free 
to extend this invitation on to them. 

>>>  
>>> Thanks,
>>> Martin Hagne
>>> Bandera, Tx
>>> 
>>> "In the end, our society will be defined not only by what we created, but 
by what we refused to destroy." -John Sawhill 

>>> 
>>> 
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>>> 
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Subject: Purple Gallinule - Late Report
From: Reid & Pam Allen <2birders AT hickorytech.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:54:25 -0600
Just getting set-up here on South Padre Island.  Yesterday, at the 
Convention Center boardwalk, the immature Purple Gallinule was sunning 
itself in the open along the boardwalk between the two east pools.
A Neotropic Cormorant was also seen at the bay end of the boardwalk -- 
our first on the island.

Reid & Pam Allen
South Padre Island, Texas
West Des Moines, Iowa


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Subject: La Sal Vieja CBC (Dec. 19th) This Friday!
From: "Jd Cortez" <dmarc-noreply-modpost AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jorgedcortez@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:10:05 +0000 (UTC)
  Please join us on December 19th (Friday) for the La Sal Vieja CBC. The count 
is located in the salt lakes area of the Rio Grande Valley. 

The La Sal Vieja CBC is located in the salt lakes area of the Rio Grande 
Valley. The count normally averages about 165 species. The count circle has 
large areas of USFWS tracts which are hard to access by the public. 

December 19, 2014 (Friday)
Everyone is welcome! Novice to experts...locals to out of towners...To 
participate please contact J.D. Cortez via jorgedcortez AT yahoo.com to register. 

Meet at the intersection of FM88 and FM186 at 6:30 am for assignments. Bring 
your sack lunch, and if you wish meet at 12:00 noon at Delta Lake County Park. 
A countdown dinner will be held (Alameda Mexican restaurant) in Elsa around 
5:30 pm. 

Thank you,J.D. Cortez
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Subject: Re: La Sal Vieja CBC (Dec. 19th) This Friday!
From: "Jd Cortez" <dmarc-noreply-modpost AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jorgedcortez@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 06:50:27 +0000 (UTC)
      From: Jd Cortez 
 To: "texbirds AT freelists.org"  
 Sent: Monday, December 15, 2014 12:10 PM
 Subject: La Sal Vieja CBC (Dec. 19th) This Friday!
   
  Please join us on December 19th (Friday) for the La Sal Vieja CBC. The count 
is located in the salt lakes area of the Rio Grande Valley. 

The La Sal Vieja CBC is located in the salt lakes area of the Rio Grande 
Valley. The count normally averages about 165 species. The count circle has 
large areas of USFWS tracts which are hard to access by the public. 

December 19, 2014 (Friday)
Everyone is welcome! Novice to experts...locals to out of towners...To 
participate please contact J.D. Cortez via jorgedcortez AT yahoo.com to register. 

Meet at the intersection of FM88 and FM186 at 6:30 am for assignments. Bring 
your sack lunch, and if you wish meet at 12:00 noon at Delta Lake County Park. 
A countdown dinner will be held (Alameda Mexican restaurant) in Elsa around 
5:30 pm. 

Thank you,J.D. Cortez

  
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Subject: Freeport CBC: Sunday, December 21, 2014: Quintana Section: Second Call
From: Adam Wood <birdsondabrain AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 09:48:36 -0600 (GMT-06:00)
Greetings Texbirders,

Hi, my name is Adam Wood and I am once again heading up the effort in the 
Quintana Section of the Freeport CBC this year and I am still looking for 
additional counters to help me cover the area. This area includes: 


•The Jetty, where a good pelagic bird is always a possibility to go with the 
usual Surf Scoters and Northern Gannets, 

•The Neotropical Bird Sanctuary where a good lingering neotropical migrant 
warbler is sometimes found or an extralimital Groove-billed Ani, 

•The base of the jetty has been good a turning up an odd gull or two like 
Great Black-backed and Glaucous in recent years with a potential for Thayer's 
or California Gulls, 

•There are also lots of water impounds that always hold a good variety of 
ducks and grebes including a Horned or two. 

 
So if I have peaked your interest and this area sounds interesting to you I 
hope some of you all can make the count this year as it promises to be a good 
one. The date of the count is Sunday, December 21, 2014 and the plan will be to 
meet at the Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary at 7:00 AM and break into teams 
from there. If you need directions on how to get there please let me know and I 
will provide them to you. If anybody has any questions please let me know. 
Please respond to this email if you plan to participate in this area this year. 
So I may keep track of how many counters I have. Thank you. 



Adam Wood
birdsondabrain AT earthlink.net
713-515-1692
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Subject: Trumpeter Swan at The Woodlands- Lakeside Park - NO for Monday
From: "Rita Clements" <rclements001 AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 08:25:20 -0600
I went Monday, only for about 30 minutes to an hour about 3:00 and didn't
see it.
 

Rita Clements

Dale, Tx   (Bastrop County) 

512-940-4260 (cell)

 



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Subject: Matagorda County - Mad Island Marsh Christmas Bird Count
From: Brent Ortego <brentortego AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:14:13 -0600
Our team of very dedicated birders completed the 22nd running of the Matagorda 
County - Mad Island Marsh CBC yesterday (15 December). Weather was hot (high of 
77) with light winds and habitats were filled with millions of mosquitoes. It 
was a really challenging day to be birding. 

 

236 species were reported at the Count Down which was held at the Wadsworth 
Community Center. 


 

Rarities were:

 

Tundra Swan

Long-tailed Duck

Brown Booby

Pacific Loon

Prairie Falcon (2 groups)

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Black Tern (2 groups)

Pomarine Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger

Lesser Nighthawk

Hairy Woodpecker

Brown-crested Flycatcher

Blue-winged Warbler

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Western Tanager (2 groups)

Bullock's Oriole

 

After 24 years of compiling this count and producing 342 species before this 
count, the results continue to amaze me. 


 

We would like to thank the many birders who helped out, the 26 landowners which 
provided access to their property, our sponsors and lastly the Matagorda County 
Birding Nature Center who facilitated hosting the event. 


 

Brent Ortego

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Victoria, Texas
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Mourning Dove with White Tail
From: Les Wolf <leswolfie52 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 18:44:40 -0600
Hi Texbirders,
I thought I would post a pic of this dove I saw on my patio today.

Les Wolf
leswolfie52 AT gmail.com

Meyerland
Houston Texas

https://www.flickr.com/photos/110260652 AT N04/15846073887/

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Subject: 12-14-14Report of Franklin Gull at Thompson's Bait Camp HarrisCty?
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "Stenmead@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 14:16:44 -0500
Texbirders,
 
There was a verbal report of a Franklin or Bonaparte's Gull at  Thompson's 
Bait Camp on Galveston Bay in Harris County, while looking for the  Great 
Black-Backed Gull reported on the Houston CBC, on 12-14-14.
 
I am requesting that the person who reported  this gull at  Thompson's Bait 
Camp will contact me or David Sarkozi to report this gull  as it will be 
one more species for the Houston CBC.
 
Thank you!
 
Stennie Meadours (stenmead AT aol.com)
San Leon
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Subject: Re: Anahuac NWR today
From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Dec 2014 07:52:52 -0600
Hi Texbirders,
To follow up on yesterdays post, Joe Kennedy emailed me how to ID the 
Scaup in flight which is what they mostly did.

"Watch for the white wing stripe. Only the inner half on lesser and 
most of the way out on greater. Not just a lighter color but the true 
white stripe."

So I will be sure to check that out next visit. It might be helpful 
for others, that is why my repost.

The only notable passerines were 3 adult White-crowned Sparrows near 
the visitor center...   http://www.pbase.com/image/158538791

And 1 Yellow-headed Blackbird in the huge flock of red-winged at 
Shoveler Pond. I wasn't able to get a photo before it dropped down 
into the reeds.

David McDonald
Friendswood TX


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Subject: A bit more (Lat Long) onTabb's Bay (Harris) Great Black-Backed Gull photos
From: "Berner Family" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jcazberner@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 20:12:27 -0800
Texbirders: 

Referencing Cin-ty's post from earlier today.

Have uploaded two of my photos and two from Drew Dickert's video to an ebird 
checklist 


http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20906531


if that doesn't work try this link (and the three preceding photos)


http://s1376.photobucket.com/user/jcazberner/media/P1000951_zps80258bf2.jpg.html 



Cin-ty Lee plans to post much more about the bird (including his photos) at his 
blog. 


John Berner
W. Houston

Bird seen at 29.682321, -94.936371 Lat/Long on pier next to tied up rusty 
green-hulled boat "Jehovah Jireh" mid- morning. 



I would park and scope/binoc from the parking lot at Thompson's Bait camp

221 Thompson Ln
Baytown, TX 77523
29.681971, -94.936332

Please buy something inside the minimally stocked store (soda? or water?)--as 
this is a business not a park. 



Letha Slagel reports re-finding the bird at 3:12PM this afternoon


The Berners
John, Cathy, Abby and Zach
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Subject: Common Crane Thoughts about the Search Area around Muleshoe NWR
From: "Garett Hodne" <garyhodne AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 20:58:18 -0600
Hi Texbirders,
I just returned from a 4 day jaunt out to the Muleshoe vicinity and then
onto Roswell, NM to search for the Common Crane(s).  As I had posted on
Friday night I spent most of  Friday searching in the vicinity of Bula 9
miles SW of Muleshoe as the crane flies. To repeat that earlier email "There
were several thousands of cranes scattered mostly in the vicinity of Bula
until about 2pm when they all mysteriously lifted off en masse and headed
east. I needed gas so I drove east to Littlefield on FM54 at 2:15." 

 

This huge group of cranes that took off from fields just north of Bula and
then flew to the east north of FM 54 was certainly the same group of many
thousands of Sandhills I saw landing 30 minutes later on a large lake just
north of FM54 halfway between Bula and Littlefield. This group were roosting
there on Friday afternoon from about 3:00 until at least 3:30pm . The
distance between take-off in Bula and the lake is about 7 miles as the crane
flies.  When I made it back to the vicinity of Bula at 3:45 I couldn't find
a crane anywhere and I searched from south of Bula to as far north as FM298
on CR3397 a distance of 10 miles. I had reports from the refuge proper that
there were no cranes there either. So I had presumed that most of the cranes
were still on the lake where I had last seen them. 

 

When Justin Bosler reported the Common Crane on a Playa SW of Sudan (CR65 N
of CR298) on Saturday I had the idea to measure the area of reported
sightings for where the Common Crane has been found in the past.  That playa
is 4 miles farther east and north from the area I had searched on Friday.
NARBA has a map of sighting locations on Google Maps and an almost daily
recounting of where the Common Crane has been sighted, when it is reported. 

 

Drawing a polygon around the area of all the sightings and including the
lake off FM54, where I could have been roosting(?),  I came up with a search
area of 288 square miles!   Now factor in that somewhat more than 10,000
Sandhill Cranes are in vicinity and I think you can appreciate the magnitude
of the difficulty in finding the Common Crane without some good idea of
where it is most likely to be found to narrow down your search. My advice to
anyone going out there is to enlist the help of several groups to search and
vastly improve your odds. 

 

By comparison the area of Common Crane sightings southeast of Roswell New
Mexico using the same criteria as above is only about 18 square miles. I
could easily drive all those roads in that area more than once during the
daylight hours.  And BTW I did find the Common Crane in New Mexico!

Gary Hodne

Now back home, the Woodlands, TX

 

 



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Subject: details on Great Black-backed Gull in Harris County, Houston Ship Channel
From: C-T Lee <cintylee AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:36:16 -0600
in case any one needs this for their Harris County list....
details on the first winter Great Black-backed Gull at Thompson's Fish Camp
south of baytown in Harris County (near end of Tri city road).  This bird
was discovered on the CBC with John Berner, Drew Dickert, Detao He and two
biologists from USFW and the Port Authority.  We found the bird from the
boat, but the bird can be easily seen from shore.

photos here on my blog:


http://downtoearthquestions.blogspot.com/2014/12/great-black-backed-gull-harris-county-tx.html 


Drew and John also took photos.

If you want to get here by car, take Hwy 146 east from the La Porte area
(east of Houston). Cross the Fred Hartman Bridge and get of on 146
business, which is the first exit after you cross the bridge. Continue east
until you hit 99 and go right.  Just afterwards, turn right (south) on to
Tri-city Beach Road (FM 2354). Take this road almost all the way down to
the end, veering right on Simms Road to Thompson Fishing Camp.  There's a
parking lot but stay clear of the boat ramp and the areas where boaters
park.

The bird was seen sitting on wood pylons between the Fishing camp office
and the first pier-like structure to the north, so if you go to the north
side of the Fishing camp, you should be able to see the area with your
naked eye.  A scope of course would be helpful.

As for us, we came about the bird as our boat was skirting the shoreline,
approximately 200 yards out.  We noticed about 40-50 Herring Gulls loafing
on the wooden structures.  I noticed there was a slightly larger, juvenile
type gull with a white head and an all dark heavy bill, but the sun was in
our eyes, so it was difficult to tell what it was.  I knew it was something
different.  The all dark bill made me think Lesser Black-backed, but the
bird was slightly larger than the Herring Gulls and its bill was more
massive.  I got everyone onto the bird. I suggested Great Black-backed, but
was unsure because of the bad lighting.  Everyone else was also unsure, so
we decided to turn the boat around and try to position ourselves with the
sun behind our back.  As we got closer, it was becoming clearer that this
was not a Herring or a Lesser Black-backed Gull.  The bird was in its first
calendar year because most of its feathers were still juvenal feathers.
The mantle and coverts from a distance had a contrasty black-and-white
checkerboard appearance due to the feathers having dark, almost black
centers, but broad, very crisp, immaculate white feather edges.  The
tertials were solid black, but tipped with immaculate white.  The blacks
tertials contrasted with the mantle and covert feathers.  The primaries
were black.  Head was whitish, contrasting with the dark mantle.  But the
area around the eyes were dusky.  Underparts were also whitish, though
upper sides to flanks were marked with a few dusky feathers.  Legs were
pink.  Tail and rump were white, with a very black narrow distal tail band.

We flushed the bird twice. The first time, it flew off and circled around
for about 2 minutes before landing back onto the pylons.  The second time,
it flew off into the bay and circled around, but we didn't stick around to
wait for it to land. During flight, the upper parts were dark and the head
was white.  Primaries were black, showing only minor contrast with the
browner upperparts.  Unlike Herring Gull, I could see no hint of a pale
panel in the inner primaries.  The bright white rump and tail was also
evident, along with the contrasting terminal black band on tail.  All of
these features were seen by all observers.

 I suspect the bird is hanging out with the Herring Gulls and is probably
here because of the dump.  My guess is that if you were to look for this
bird on a weekday, you might want to try the estuary area by the dump,
which you can see from the end of Tricity road (be careful of nails at the
very end of the road).  The dump does not operate during the weekends, so
perhaps these gulls roost around the Fish camp on weekends, but I'm not
sure.

best
CT LEE
Houston


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Subject: Anahuac NWR today - great raptors and ducks
From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:27:56 -0600
Hi Texbirders,

I decided to try my luck at my favorite birding location...Anahuac

The raptors were great..the usual Kestrel, Red-tailed Hawk, and 
White-tailed Kite were seen.
I had seen Joe Kennedy's report of all the Bald Eagles harassing the 
amazing flock of Snow Geese, so I wanted to check that area out.
After missing the eagles the first trip around Shoveler Pond, I 
watched a Caracara flying behind the flock of geese and saw an eagle 
on the ground.
Eventually I found three juvie eagles on the ground. So how can you find them?

Go to the boardwalk and park. Look beyond the flock of geese straight 
out for a huge bird in the 
grass....   http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158533360
Also scan the mounds of dirt behind all along that leg of the drive 
as there was another one sitting 
up...   http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158533359

Also there were 6 Caracaras waiting for the left 
overs....    http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158533366

To complete the hat trick there, a Harrier was also dining on 
something feathered in the same 
area...     http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158533367

An Osprey was on a sign on the 3rd leg of the loop and allowed me to 
get within 25 feet for an uncropped 
photo...   http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158533365

In addition, a Cooper's Hawk flew over 3 times near the visitor's center.

Lots of ducks were present with the expected Mallard, Shoveler, 
Gadwall, Blue-winged Teal, Northern Pintail. There were numerous 
Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, but missed on Fulvous. and Green-winged Teal
Relatively uncommon ones were Ring-necked 
Duck..   http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158533369
Canvasback at least 3 in Shoveler 
pond...  http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158533361
And unusual to see a pair of Greater White-fronted Geese on the loop 
drive...      http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158533362

The flock of Ruddy Ducks are so cute. They are very tiny and I have 
had an opportunity to study them for the first time.
The male with the white face seems to be getting his blue bill 
started...   http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158533370
Mostly they don't have their tails up, but this one did and he has 
bare quills at the terminal. He needs to molt new tail 
feathers...  http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158533368
Around noon, on my third pass, most of the flock were sleeping, and 
mostly they sleep with their tails 
up...    http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158533371

Joe Kennedy had also reported Greater Scaup in the ditch at Shoveler 
Pond. I saw a lot of Scaup, but they were skittish and didn't allow 
you to park beside them to photo.
All the half dozen or so I could see were all Lesser 
Scaup.....    http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158533363
So how does one tell the difference as head color is futile. The head 
shape is important as in Sibley, but another very important field 
mark is the 'nail' on the bill.
The nail is the small black area on the tip of the bill. On the 
Lesser, it is narrow and just in the center. See Advanced Birding by 
Kaufmnan for details of this.
Here is one from today showing the 
nail....  http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158533364

I haven't seen Greater in Texas, so here is a Greater Scaup from 
California showing the central nail is wider, and the black extends 
laterally along the bill.....    http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/93867186

Additionally, the volunteer (Norm) saw a pair of Hooded Mergansers today.

Altogether a great birding day.

David McDonald
Friendswood TX

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Subject: Pyrrhuloxia at Reimer's Ranch Green Kingfisher at Palmetto SP
From: Christian Walker <christian.walker AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 17:53:03 -0600
Pyrrho was on Friday and kingfisher was this morning. 
Good birding,

Christian Walker
Independent Adjuster
Austin, Texas
(512) 431-2495



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Subject: Brazos Bend SP - December 14th
From: John Tharp <jlt290 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 16:55:44 -0600
Evening all,
Rachel and I are back in Houston for a few days and spent the morning
birding Brazos Bend SP with Dennis Shepler. It was a nice morning to be out
with plenty of activity. The most noteworthy sightings were all at or near
40 Acre Lake and included a Least Grebe, a group of more than 70 Tree
Swallows (and one northern rough-winged), and two cooperative American
Bitterns. One of the Bitterns actually offered up quite the sight by eating
a blackbird. Plenty of smaller birds around as well with a few wilson's
warblers, gnatcatchers, blue headed and white eyed vireos, and many of the
usual suspects. The full list of 63 species can be found on ebird at this
link: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20902531


Good birding,
John Tharp
Norman, OK


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Subject: Possible Mountain Plover
From: Donna Kelly <dkelly163 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 13:15:16 -0600
Observed a possible Mountain plover at Bolivar Flats yesterday afternoon.
Bird was reported to us at Anahuac NWR on Friday afternoon so we went
looking specifically for an unusual plover.
Bird had a pale brownish overall color on head and back with white
underparts with faint eyeline. Black bill and gray legs. By the time I
picked up my camera the bird had evaporated.

If anyone goes looking, keep your eyes peeled for this mystery, too.

-- 
Donna Kelly
Home is where you park it!


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Subject: Verdict seems to be in...Wilson's Warbler, and Merlin (prairie)
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 12:00:24 -0600
Thank you ALL who responded.  This has been a great learning experience, 
especially the Merlin.  It didn't look like the others I have seen in 
this area.  Thanks to John Groves who ID'd it as a 'prairie', and not 
the more common(in my area) 'taiga'.

Monte
Tx City
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Subject: Groove billed ani and northern parula at Laguna Atascosa NWR
From: Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:22:33 -0600
The groove billed ani was reported Friday 12/12 along the entrance road
south of the visitor center.
The northern parula was reported at the water trough on the Kiskadee Trail
12/13.

Many thousands of waterfowl are present on Pelican Lake, Laguna Madre and
Laguna Atascosa.  We've had nearly 20 inches of rain since September and
most of our water bodies are full.

Pelican Lake is a 2 mile walk from the visitor center.

Tram tours of the Bayside Drive are offered Thurs - Sun from 9 - 12 and 1 -
4.

Our main phone line is down.  Please contact us at 956-748-3608 ext 111.

Marion Mason, Ranger
Laguna Atascosa NWR
Los Fresnos, TX


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Subject: Raptor experts...help! please
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 11:00:01 -0600
Some have questioned with good argument that my 'Peregrine' may not be 
so pereginish as I thought.  Would greatly appreciate raptor 
afficionados opinon.  I have posted a couple more pics at this link
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123354783 AT N05/sets/72157649339931819/

monte
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Subject: Great black backed gull Harris county
From: Cin-Ty Lee <cintylee AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 09:41:02 -0600
John Berner, drew and I just had a great black backed gull. Thomson's bait 
camp. First winter bird. Far southeast Harris county. Look east to piers and 
boats. It flew off but appears to be hanging out with the herring gulls and is 
circling around. 

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Subject: need ID w/pic also got a Peregrine finally
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 09:11:24 -0600
first can someone ID this bird.  It has shown up this past week with 
some Yellow-rumps.  I think it is a Wilson's Warbler because of the 
cap(which is barely visible in one of the pics.  Very poor shot because 
of extremely low light conditions, right at dawn.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123354783 AT N05/sets/72157649339931819/

...and Saturday finally got our Peregine.  Off of FM2004 at the Brazoria 
NWR turnoff.  There were also about 20 Sandhills (guess Tony up in 
Lubbock has them penned in up there.  A very few Snows, and a medium 
sized flock of Redheads(~100).

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-0pisPIdJ-Do/VIyjdGLwCwI/AAAAAAAAE6s/xXZzxL1vtTw/s800/IMG_9181-peregrin.jpg 


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Subject: Kayak needed in Port Lavaca
From: Joe Fischer <fischer13 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2014 07:32:33 -0600
Texbirders, Dorian Anderson is looking to make a kayak run for the Flamingos in 
Cox Bay. The best days would either be Tuesday or Wednesday depending upon the 
wind. I have offered my kayaks for this trip, but can't be there until Friday 
or Saturday and a mid week run will save him a lot of miles on the bike. 


If you are not familiar with Dorians historic ride, just google "biking for 
birds" as he is now beyond 600 species ytd. 


Should be able to offer something, just let me know and I will put you in touch 
with Dorian. 


Joe Fischer
Friendswood, TX
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Subject: Final Travis Audubon Sparrow Class field trip today to Commons Ford Park - 12 sparrow species
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "drbirdie@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 22:59:53 -0500
Hi Texbirders,
I led nine eager Sparrowhawks today on the fourth and final field trip for the 
2014 Travis Audubon Sparrow Identification Class. 

Today's destination was the meadow at Commons Ford Park where the native 
prairie has been magnificently restored by Ed Fair's Commons Ford Prairie 
Restoration Organization. Timely rains have resulted in chest-high Little 
Bluestem in many parts of the meadow, and a lush growth of several dozen other 
native grasses and forbs. The birds are there, too. Highlights of our day 
included a small flock of LeConte's Sparrows foraging together, accompanied by 
at least 3 Grasshopper Sparrows, several Meadowlarks, and a couple of Sedge 
Wrens which were viewed by all in the group. 

The Grasshopper Sparrows were the 18th native sparrow species encountered by 
participants cumulatively on our four trips. 

The only two regularly-occurring Austin-area winter sparrows that we missed 
were Black-throated Sparrow and Eastern Towhee. 

Sparrowman was pleased, but he's hoping for a 20-sparrow day at SparrowFest in 
early February. 



It was a good day to be a Sparrowhawk.



A copy of my eBird checklist for the morning follows:



Commons Ford Pk, Travis, US-TX
Dec 13, 2014 7:15 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Final Travis Audubon Sparrow Class Field Trip. Overcast until late 

morning, no wind, temperature very mild, high 50's to start.
41 species (+1 other taxa)

Double-crested Cormorant  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
White-winged Dove  60
Eastern Screech-Owl  1     Heard-only, near house.
Belted Kingfisher  1     Heard-only.
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  2
Eastern Phoebe  9
American Crow  3
Carolina Chickadee  3
Black-crested Titmouse  7
Canyon Wren  1     At the barn.
House Wren  1     Near the river.
Sedge Wren  2     Small, short-billed wren in dense native bunch-grasses on 
restored prairie meadow. Pale brown overall, with pale supercilium and pale 
brown crown with fine white streaks. Giving distinctive dry chid-dit calls. 
Seen 

well by entire group.
Carolina Wren  4
Bewick's Wren  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  6
Eastern Bluebird  7
Northern Mockingbird  6
European Starling  35
American Pipit  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  15
Spotted Towhee  4
Rufous-crowned Sparrow  1     Heard-only.
Chipping Sparrow  12
Field Sparrow  20
Vesper Sparrow  8
Savannah Sparrow  10
Grasshopper Sparrow  3
Le Conte's Sparrow  5
Fox Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  12
Lincoln's Sparrow  3
White-throated Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  15
Red-winged Blackbird  20
Western/Eastern Meadowlark  4
Great-tailed Grackle  35
Pine Siskin  1
Lesser Goldfinch  7
American Goldfinch  8


Good birding ya'll,
Byron Stone, Austin

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Subject: Woodlands Trumpeter Swan RFI
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "drbirdie@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 22:37:04 -0500
Hi All,
I hear that the juvenile Trumpeter Swan was flushed this evening from the lake 
where it has been feeding for the past few days. 

I was hoping to drive out early tomorrow (Sunday) to try to see the bird, so 
would appreciate any reports, positive or negative, from Texbirders who try to 
see the bird tomorrow morning. 

Thanks in advance,
Byron Stone, Austin
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Subject: Re: better photos of King Ranch dilute plumage Harris's Hawk
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:48:22 -0600
Some folks have privately questioned my Semi-palmated Sandpiper sighting.
That's fine, I don't blame them, and I certainly am not insisting that my
ID was correct.  But I thought I would at least share my thought processes,
so that others may learn (including the horrible mistake I made of not
taking a picture).
The bird was feeding at the edge of the water.  When I first looked at it,
it did not register what it was.  I even told the other folks that I was
puzzled.  But - I DID know several things that it was not.

I see hundreds of Western and Least Sandpipers, and immediately dismissed
those possibilities.  I also regularly see solitary and spotted, and
dismissed those.  Baird's and White-rumped were also quickly dismissed.

We were discussing what it might be, and I was mentally going through the
list of smaller sandpipers, and regularly saying why I didn't think it
wasn't such and such.  I didn't even think of Semi-palmated until another
birder, looking through the field guide, mentioned it.  As soon as he did,
it clicked.

About the lack of a photo.  I'm embarrassed that I didn't even think of
it.  The rarity didn't occur to me until later.



On Sat, Dec 13, 2014 at 4:22 PM, Jim Sinclair 
wrote:
>
> Spent the morning on the Santa Gertrudis division and the afternoon on the
> Laureles division.
>
> Got some better photos of the dilute plumage Harris's Hawk I reported a
> couple of weeks back.
>
> <
> 
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B14si0zJLG-QVWx1UndQb1ZrUzA&usp=sharing 

> >
>
> Among the 72 total species were one Burrowing Owl, two Sprague's Pipits,
> eight species of raptor, and - strangest of all - a Semi-palmated
> Sandpiper.  I had one in November over ten years ago, but never in December.
>
> --
> 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: Galveston County today
From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 18:31:07 -0600
Hi Texbirders,

It was a wonderful day to go birding in Galveston.

I started alt LaFitte's Cove. It was failry quiet.

I found Eastern Phoebe, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher, 
several Myrtle Warblers and a female plumaged hummer, I presume most 
likely a Black-chinned at this time of year. I wasn't able to get a 
photo of it.

There were about 6 Loggerhead Shrikes, the most I have seen there.

There was one fall straggler..a White-eyed 
Vireo..   http://www.pbase.com/image/158521357

The ponds had Mottled Duck, Blue-winged and Green-winged Teals, 
Shovelers and a Coot

A single female Bufflehead was 
present...  http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158521364

Always nice to see was a single 
Spoonbill...   http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158521354

Settegast Road had a Red-tailed Hawk, American Kestrel, only 1 
sparrow, a Savannah, and this Loggerhead Shrike who let me get his 
photo from very close.    http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158521358
It was nice to get him on a branch instead of the wires. Also a 
Belted Kingfisher was by the pond.

8 Mile Road had a small flock of yellowlegs, mostly greater. An 
Osprey was fishing over the flooded field 1/2 way down. Don't know 
what he would catch in 3" of water?
There was a flock of 1/2 dozen Sandhill Crane as well.

Then I went to the Texas City Dike. I found only 1 duck, a female 
Bufflehead and no grebes.

However a few American Oystercatchers stole the show. They are such 
colorful birds.

Here is an adult with his feathers 
fluffed....   http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158521351

And here I think a neat photo with a wave breaking in front of 
him...   http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158521350

He was with this juvie. Notice the dark tip of the 
bill.....   http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158521349

Lots of pelicans were hanging out where the fishermen were cleaning 
their catch. Further on I saw this pelican with a pink throat. When I 
looked with binos, his throat is engorged with a huge fish he is 
trying to swallow. I haven't seen this before in all my years. I 
didn't know whether to go and perform a Heimlich procedure on him to 
dislodge it.     http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158521352

The gull flocks consisted of Laughing, Ring-billed and a few Herring. 
This Laughing Gull appeared to have a broken wing he was 
dragging.    http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158521353

Terns were just Forster's and a few Royals. This juvie Royal is 
molting to adult, but still has gray on wings and mud spattered 
orange legs    http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158521355

There were only a 3 species of sandpipers. Here is western 
Willet....   http://www.pbase.com/image/158521407

and Ruddy Turnstone...   http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158521356

And my FOS Sanderling...   http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158521365

Good birding

David McDonald
Friendswood TX

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Subject: Hummer excitement
From: Susan Schaezler <warblerwoods AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:32:14 -0600
https://www.facebook.com/groups/556275767741678/permalink/819561978079721/
Julie Crouch posted about this beauty at someone's home in New Braunfels and 
Nancy Norman got the picture. It is at a non birder home, sadly. Also 
Black-chinned 


Susan Schaezler
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501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS
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Subject: Ringed Kingfisher at Mankin's Crossing, Williamson Co. 12/13/14 (local interest)
From: Tim Fennell <tfennell AT flash.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 14:22:39 -0800
On the way home from birding Granger Lake today, I made a quick stop at 
Mankin's Crossing (the old low water crossing on the San Gabriel River along 
HWY 29 between Granger Lake and Georgetown) and photographed a female Ringed 
Kingfisher on the upstream side of the crossing. Considering a Green Kingfisher 
was reported on eBird about a mile upstream from here a couple of weeks ago, it 
may be possible (with great luck!) to see all three regularly occurring 
U.S.Kingfishers at this location right now. 


Highlights from Granger Lake included:
Great Scaup  1 (female type on CR 352 pond)
Eared Grebe 58 (From the dam. Largest concentration I have ever seen on the 
lake.) 

Burrowing Owl  3     (CR 352, CR 356, FM 971)
Spotted Towhee  2     (San Gabriel WMA)
Chipping Sparrow  1     (San Gabriel WMA)
Vesper Sparrow  6
Savannah Sparrow  30
Le Conte's Sparrow  1     (San Gabriel WMA)
Fox Sparrow  22     (8 in one tree in San Gabriel WMA, most singing)
Song Sparrow  8     (San Gabriel WMA)
Lincoln's Sparrow  2     (San Gabriel WMA)
Swamp Sparrow  1     (San Gabriel WMA)
White-throated Sparrow  6     (San Gabriel WMA)
Harris's Sparrow  12     (San Gabriel WMA)
White-crowned Sparrow  2     (San Gabriel WMA)

Cheers,
Tim Fennell
Round Rock, TX (15 miles north of Austin)

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Subject: better photos of King Ranch dilute plumage Harris's Hawk
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:22:28 -0600
Spent the morning on the Santa Gertrudis division and the afternoon on the
Laureles division.
Got some better photos of the dilute plumage Harris's Hawk I reported a
couple of weeks back.

<
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B14si0zJLG-QVWx1UndQb1ZrUzA&usp=sharing
>

Among the 72 total species were one Burrowing Owl, two Sprague's Pipits,
eight species of raptor, and - strangest of all - a Semi-palmated
Sandpiper.  I had one in November over ten years ago, but never in December.

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

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Subject: Sparrow Road Route
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 16:12:15 -0600
Hi, all!
 

Sparrow Road lived up to its name this morning:  Pat Heirs and I did the
route following paved FM 2221 north from La Joya, then continuing on dirt
Jara Chinas and poking along Mile 14 and up to FM 490.  We had eight species
of sparrows with a ninth Spizella (we dipped on Lark Bunting - usually this
route is a shoe-in for them.).  But we did pick up three Black-throated
Sparrows, four Grasshoppers (along the paved portion next to that big
field), several Cassin's, and a White-crowned, which was new for my route
list.  A couple of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers showed up along the paved
portion, and raptors were in good form with White-tailed, Red-tailed,
Harris', Caracaras, Harriers, and Kestrels, plus a possible young
Red-shouldered on the way home.  I showed Pat the fine art of messin' with
Roadrunners J and the barren fields that looked good for nothing hid lots of
Horned Larks.  At the north end of the route (where I usually get absolutely
nothing), we spooked tons of White-fronted Geese!  We had also seen hundreds
of Snows in the distance earlier on the road, but we couldn't find where
they may have landed.  We ended the route with three flyover Sandhill
Cranes, so that rounded out the "Winter Big Boys" trifecta.

 

Pictures and one recording are here:

 

http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/2014%20Field%20Trips/December/Sparro
w%20Road%20Route.html

 

or here:

 

http://tinyurl.com/orf2qpf

 

Bird List (Pat did an EBird list.):

 

  Greater White-fronted Goose           Anser albifrons

  Snow Goose                            Chen caerulescens

  Northern Bobwhite                     Colinus virginianus

  Northern Harrier                      Circus cyaneus

  Harris's Hawk                         Parabuteo unicinctus

  White-tailed Hawk                     Geranoaetus albicaudatus

  Red-tailed Hawk                       Buteo jamaicensis

  Sandhill Crane                        Grus canadensis

  Rock Pigeon                           Columba livia

  Mourning Dove                         Zenaida macroura

  Common Ground-Dove                    Columbina passerina

  Greater Roadrunner                    Geococcyx californianus

  Golden-fronted Woodpecker             Melanerpes aurifrons

  Ladder-backed Woodpecker              Picoides scalaris

  Crested Caracara                      Caracara cheriway

  American Kestrel                      Falco sparverius

  Eastern Phoebe                        Sayornis phoebe

  Great Kiskadee                        Pitangus sulphuratus

  Scissor-tailed Flycatcher             Tyrannus forficatus

  Loggerhead Shrike                     Lanius ludovicianus

  White-eyed Vireo                      Vireo griseus

  Green Jay                             Cyanocorax yncas

  Horned Lark                           Eremophila alpestris

  Verdin                                Auriparus flaviceps

  House Wren                            Troglodytes aedon

  Bewick's Wren                         Thryomanes bewickii

  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher                 Polioptila caerulea

  Curve-billed Thrasher                 Toxostoma curvirostre

  Northern Mockingbird                  Mimus polyglottos

  European Starling                     Sturnus vulgaris

  American Pipit                        Anthus rubescens

  Orange-crowned Warbler                Oreothlypis celata

  Cassin's Sparrow                      Peucaea cassinii

  Vesper Sparrow                        Pooecetes gramineus

  Lark Sparrow                          Chondestes grammacus

  Black-throated Sparrow                Amphispiza bilineata

  Savannah Sparrow                      Passerculus sandwichensis

  Grasshopper Sparrow                   Ammodramus savannarum

  Lincoln's Sparrow                     Melospiza lincolnii

  White-crowned Sparrow                 Zonotrichia leucophrys

  Northern Cardinal                     Cardinalis cardinalis

  Pyrrhuloxia                           Cardinalis sinuatus

  Red-winged Blackbird                  Agelaius phoeniceus

  Eastern Meadowlark                    Sturnella magna

  Western Meadowlark                    Sturnella neglecta

  Great-tailed Grackle                  Quiscalus mexicanus

  Lesser Goldfinch                      Spinus psaltria

  American Goldfinch                    Spinus tristis

  House Sparrow                         Passer domesticus

 

49 SPECIES

 

Mary Beth Stowe

McAllen, TX

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Subject: Common Crane near Sudan (Lamb Co.)
From: justin.bosler AT gmail.com
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 14:42:32 -0600
Hello all,

I left the Common Crane with about 10,000 Sandhill Cranes at a playa lake west 
of CR 65 and north of CR 238 several miles southwest of Sudan about an hour 
ago. There was a juvenile Golden Eagle harassing them, but they stayed put. 
Work duties kept me from posting more promptly, so please forgive my 
belatedness. 


Good luck,
Justin Bosler

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Subject: Greater Pewee, Bear Creek Park, west Harris County
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 13:14:10 -0600
Howdy Texbirders,
Just to let all know that the Greater Pewee was found by Fred Collins this
morning morning (east of Restroom 9) .  Photographed by Randy Pinkston and
me.  Still a wonderful bird to observe on the UTC.
Have a very Merry CBC Season.
Dennis
West Houston
Harris County
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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Saturday Bird Walk
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 12:39:00 -0600
​This morning we saw one (or perhaps both) of the immature Gray Hawks in
flight and later perched between the first and second tram road bridges.
Immature Red-shouldered and Coopers​
​ were seen from the South Mexican Olive deck.  Harris's Hawks were over
the trees beyond the grasslands​
​​
​.  Hunter's Lane still had a couple very muddy spots yesterday so we
didn't venture out to the south resaca this morning.  The trail should be
fine in a couple days.
​
  Sherry Wilson
Resident Park Host
Resaca de la Palma State Park
956-350-2920

*Nature Hike *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walk* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walk* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m..
*Night Hike* last Friday of the month (RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Thurs)  - small fee
*Nature Tram Rides*:  Wednesday thru Sunday
(Visitor Center closed Mon/Tues)
http://www.facebook.com/resacadelapalma

Gadwall  3
Mottled Duck  14
Blue-winged Teal  6
Plain Chachalaca  4     heard only
Pied-billed Grebe  1
American White Pelican 8
Turkey Vulture  9
Cooper's Hawk  1
Harris's Hawk  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Gray Hawk  1
Inca Dove  5
White-tipped Dove  4
Mourning Dove  2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Kiskadee  11
Couch's Kingbird  10
White-eyed Vireo  5
Green Jay  30
Black-crested Titmouse  4
House Wren  2
Carolina Wren  3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Long-billed Thrasher  3
Northern Mockingbird  4
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Olive Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  7
Great-tailed Grackle  5
Altamira Oriole  3
House Sparrow  2

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Subject: Lubbock Area Birding Summary for November - longish
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 11:22:48 -0600
With 2.95 inches of rain in November, well above the average November total
of 0.71 inches, Lubbock moved a little more above average for the year with
22.17 inches of rain compared to the average year-to-date total of 18.01
inches.  The region remains in drought but there is more water about than
there has been for several years and winter waterbirds were starting to
fill in a bit by the end of the month.
I was unable to create a usable summary of eBird data of sighting in the
region for the time period covered - IN THE AMOUNT OF TIME I HAVE TO
PREPARE THIS REPORT.  Comments at the end of each sighting summary have
been adjusted, to the best of my abilities, to reflect this reduction in
reports.  I did, for the Common Crane, acquire as many eBird records as I
could.

As always, the county follows the site in ( ) and birds are mentioned by
virtue of rarity, atypical abundance, or atypical scarcity.

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: 2 at Earl Crow Park (Lubbock) on 11/15/14 (AH)
and on 11/18/14 (PKi) the only reports received - A BIT LATE AND A BIT LOW.

ROSS'S GOOSE: 5 at Earl Crow Park (Lubbock) on 11/15/14 (AH) and 1 at Lake
Two (Lubbock) on 11/17/14 (PKi) the only reports received - A BIT LATE AND
A BIT LOW.

CACKLING GOOSE: 11 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 11/8/14 (AH, PKi) stood
out from other reports - RARELY SEEN AT THIS LOCATION.

WOOD DUCK: 1-2 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) through the period (AH), 1-8 at
Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) through the period (AH, PKi), and 1 at White
River Lake (Crosby) on 11/8/15 (AH, PKi) the only reports received - THEY
WERE ON TIME THIS YEAR BUT NUMBERS REMAIN A BIT LOW.

GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, MALLARD, NORTHERN SHOVELER, NORTHERN PINTAIL,
GREEN-WINTED TEAL - Dabblers were present in average to good numbers at
most wet sites in the region - A DEFINITE IMPROVEMENT OVER RECENT,
DROUGHT-STRICKEN YEARS.

CANVASBACK: 19 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 11/8/14 (AH, PKi), 5 at Lake
Two (Lubbock) on 11/13/14 (PKi), 2 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 11/15/14
(AH), 2 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 11/15/14 (AH), and 1 at Lake Six (Lubbock)
on 11/22/14 (PKi) - ABOUT AVERAGE; AN IMPROVEMENT OVER RECENT YEARS.

REDHEAD: 2 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 11/8/14 (AH, PKi), 12 at Lake
Two (Lubbock) on 11/13/14 (PKi), 4 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 11/15/14 (AH),
2 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 11/21/14 (AH, JO, DSa), and 6 at Clapp Park
(Lubbock) on 11/22/14 (TmD, TnD, AH, EH, JJ, JK, JM, JW) - ABOUT AVERAGE;
AN IMPROVEMENT OVER RECENT YEARS.

RING-NECKED DUCK: 210 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 11/8/14 (AH, PKi) is
noteworthy in that it is - A VERY HIGH NUMBER FOR THIS SITE THIS EARLY IN
THE YEAR.

GREATER SCAUP: 1 male at White Rive Lake (Crosby) on 11/8/14 (AH, PKi) and
1 at Lake Two (Lubbock) on 11/13/14 (PKi) - FAIRLY GOOD FOR THIS PROBABLY
UNDER-REPORTED SPECIES THIS EARLY IN THE YEAR.

LESSER SCAUP: Good numbers present in appropriate habitat; AN IMPROVEMENT
OVER THE RECENT, DROUGHT-STRICKEN YEARS.

BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER: Present, in poor to good numbers at several
sites in the region; NO REAL IMPROVEMENT OVER RECENT YEARS.

COMMON MERGANSER: 3 at McAlister Park (Lubbock) on 11/20/14 (PKi), 6-7 at
Lake Six (Lubbock) from 11/22/14 to the end fo the month (PKi, JO, DSa) -
GOOD, BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS, FOR THIS EARLY IN THE YEAR.

RED-BREASTED MERGANSER: 2 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 11/13/14 (PKi), 1 at
Lake Six (Lubbock) on 11/15/14 (AH), and 1 at Andrews Park (Lubbock) on
11/18/14 (PKi) - GOOD, BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS, FOR THIS EARLY IN THE
YEAR.

SCALED QUAIL: 5-20 daily in Yellowhouse Canyon (Lubbock) through the period
(JL) and 16 in (Bailey) on 11/14/14 (MDL) the only reports received - HARD
TO INTERPRET; ONE NEWLY REPORTED SITE MAY BE SUGGESTING AN ILLUSORY REBOUND
FOR THIS NOW HARD TO FIND SPECIES.

RING-NECKED PHEASANT: 2 females at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 11/10/14
(KH), 2 males at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 11/23/14 (KH), and 4 at the
Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 11/28/14 (KH) the only reports - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR
THIS INCREASINGLY HARD TO FIND SPECIES.

WIILD TURKEY: 4-9 along the Canyon Lakes (Lubbock) during several visits
throughout the period (PKi) - NOTEWORTHY BECAUSE MOVEMENT UP THE CANYON
LAKES MAY SUGGEST A REBOUND TO THE SPECIES FORMER IN-TOWN PREVALENCE.

HORNED GREBE: 1 probable bird at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 11/14/14 (PKi) was
seen at closer distance on 11/15/14 (AH); another single, probably the same
bird, was seen on Lake Six (Lubbock) on 11/22/14 (PKi) - RIGHT ON TIME AND
IN THE LOW NUMBERS WE EXPECT THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON; IT WILL BE
INTERESTING TO SEE IF THEY SHOW UP AT THEIR TYPICAL SITES DURING THE CBCs.

EARED GREBE: 2 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 11/13/14 (PKi) increased to 11 at
Lake Six (Lubbock) on 11/14/14 (PKi) and 11/15/14 (AH), and dropped to 4 at
Lake Six (Lubbock) by 11/22/14 (PKi); also 1 at Andrews Park (Lubbock) on
11/18/14 (PKi), and 1 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) from 11/23/14 through
11/29/14 (AH) - VERY GOOD BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS.

WESTERN GREBE: 1 at Andrews Park (Lubbock) on 11/14/14 (PKi), on 11/15/14
(AH, photographs), on 11/16/14 (JM), and on 11/17/14 (GJ, PJ) the only
report received so far - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS RARE WINTER VISITOR.

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN: 1 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) from 11/18/14
through 11/24/14 (CC, AH, JM, CR, FR), 1 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on
11/18/14 (JB), and 7 at McAlister Park (Lubbock) on 11/20/14 (PKi) - VERY
GOOD NUMBERS FOR THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON.

GREAT EGRET: 3 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 11/8/14 (AH, PKi), 1 at
Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 11/8/14 (AH, PKi), and 1 at Dupree Park
(Lubbock) on 11/15/14 (AH) the only reports - A FAIRLY THOROUGH PULLOUT BY
THE END OF THE MONTH, OVERWINTERING ATTEMPTS SEEM UNLIKELY.

SNOWY EGRET: 2-3 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) through the period (AH,
PKi), 2 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) through the period (AH), 1 at MacKenzie
Park (Lubbock) on 11/11/14 (PKi), 2 at Dupree Park (Lubbock) on 11/15/14
(AH), 1 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 11/15/14 (AH), and 1 at Dupree Park
(Lubbock) on 11/20/14 (GJ, PJ) - GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER; THE POTENTIAL
FOR OVERWINTERING ATTEMPTS IS STRONG IN THESE JEDI.

CATTLE EGRET: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 11/14/14 (KH) - A VERY LATE
REPORT FOR THE REGION; CASUAL, AT BEST, IN NOVEMBER.

TRICOLORED HERON: 1 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 11/21/14 (CR, FR) -
ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION AND A VERY LATE REPORT.

WHITE-FACED IBIS: 15 near Lorenzo (Crosby) on 11/18/14 (KH) - ALSO CASUAL,
AT BEST, THIS LATE IN THE YEAR - A LATE REPORT AND HIGH NUMBERS FOR A LATE
REPORT.

OSPREY: 1-2 along the Canyon Lakes (Lubbock) throughout the period (AH,
PKi) the only reports received - LATE BY HISTORICAL STANDARDS;ABOUT AVERAGE
BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS,

BALD EAGLE: 1 adult near Woodrow (Lubbock) on 11/1/14 (MDL) and 1 immature
at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 11/21/124 (EC, FC, AC, JF, AH, GM, JO, JP, DSa,
DSh, DSt, RW, photographs) - CASUAL, AT BEST, IN THE REGION DURING RECENT
DECADES - TWO REPORTS IN A SINGLE MONTH IS EXCELLENT.

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK: 1 below Lake Six (Lubbock) on 11/22/14 (PKi, JO, DSa)
- FORMERLY CONSIDERED MIGRATORY THROUGH THE REGION; NOW A CASUAL RESIDENT
AND A LOW-DENSITY WINTER RESIDENT.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK: 1 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 11/21/14 (JB) and 1 near
Muleshoe (Bailey) on 11/22/14 (JG, MR, SV) the only reports - ON TIME THIS
YEAR BUT A BIT LOW IN NUMBERS SO FAR.

GOLDEN EAGLE: 1 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 11/22/14 (JG, MR, SV) and 1
near Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 11/28/14 (CaT) the only reports - ON TIME AND
GOOD NUMBERS SO FAR THIS FALL/WINTER.

SORA: 1 at Mae Simmons Park (Lubbock) on 11/15/14 (AH) the only report -
LOW; ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE AMOUNT OF GOOD HABITAT IN THE REGION THIS YEAR.

COMMON GALLINULE: 2 at Mae Simmons Park drifting to Lake Six (Lubbock) on
11/15/14 (AH) the only report - THE SINGLE SITE KNOWN TO SUPPORT PERMANENT
RESIDENTS IN THE REGION.

COMMON CRANE: 1-2 birds seen at or near Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) from 11/18/14
(JB) through 11/30/14 (CA, JBl, DB, JB, EB, SCa, EC, CC, CrC, RC, SCo, FC,
GC, MC, AC, MD, CEa, CEb, WE, SE, DE, EFD, JF, JG, MG, DnH, DvH, DHw, TH,
NH, AHe, AH, PH, JH, DJ, TK, PKe, PKi, CL, BM, MM, TM, CM, GM, AM, BNe,
BNi, JO, KO, JP, BP, MR, CLR, RBR, SR, CR, FR, CRu, DSa, JSb, JSc, RS, DSh,
KS,DSt, BS, WS, ET, WT, ClT, MT, ST, CaT, BT, AT, SV, RW, EW - 14 observers
omitted on request, an estimated 550+ observers did not report their
sightings to the listservs or to eBird) - THE FIRST DOCUMENTED RECORD FOR
OUR REGION AND, IF ACCEPTED BY THE TBRC, THE FIRST RECORD FOR THE STATE OF
TEXAS - THE BIRD OF THE YEAR AND OUR REGION'S FIRST ADDITION TO THE STATE
LIST SINCE THE GYRFALCON OF AGES AND AGES AGO.

AMERICAN AVOCET: 18-24 south of Crosbyton (Crosby) on 11/8/14 (AH, PKi) and
1 at Buddy Holly Park (Lubbock) on 11/17/14 (PKi) - LATE REPORTS; THE FIRST
PARTICULARLY NOTABLE DUE TO HIGH NUMBERS.

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER: 5 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 11/3/14 (JB) -
ACCIDENTAL THIS LATE IN THE YEAR; ONE OF A PLETHORA OF LATE SHOREBIRD
REPORTS FOR THE MONTH.

SNOWY PLOVER: 14 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 11/3/14 (JB) - ACCIDENTAL THIS
LATE IN THE YEAR.

GREATER YELLOWLEGS: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 11/6/14 (KH), 3-5
south of Crosbyton (Crosby) on 11/8/14 (AH, PKi), 1 at MacKenzie Park
(Lubbock) on 11/15/14 (AH), 2 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 11/19/14 (KH),
1 at Dupree Park (Lubbock) on 11/20/14 (GJ, PJ), and 1 at the HImmel Farm
(Crosby) on 11/29/14 (KH) - ABOUT AVERAGE BY HISTORICAL STANDARDS; AN
IMPROVEMENT OVER RECENT, DROUGHT-STRICKEN YEARS.

LESSER YELLOWLEGS: 3 south of Crosbyton (Crosby) on 11/8/14 (AH, PKi) the
only report - VERY RARE THIS LATE IN THE SEASON; AVERAGE.

LONG-BILLED CURLEW: 6 at City Farms (Lubbock) on 11/8/14 (AH, PKi) the only
report - LOW BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS BUT OBSERVER EFFORT IN APPROPRIATE
HABITAT WAS ALSO LOW.

SANDERLING: 1 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 11/3/14 (JB) - CASUAL IN THE
REGION EVEN DURING MIGRATION; THIS IS A VERY LATE REPORT.

PECTORAL SANDPIPER: 1 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) from 11/19/14 through
11/25/14 (DB, JB, EC, FC, JF, AH, GM, JO, JP, BP, DSa, DSh, DSt, RW) - THE
FIRST NOVEMBER RECORD FOR THE SPECIES IN THE REGION; NICE TO HAVE TWO
MEMBERS OF THE TBRC AS OBSERVERS!

LEAST SANDPIPER: 11 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 11/6/14 (KH), 69 south
of Crosbyton (Crosby) on 11/8/14 (AH, PKi), 6 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on
11/14/14 (WW) and on 11/15/14 (AH), 3 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 11/17/14
(PKi), 6-8 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 11/21/14 (DB, JB, EC, FC, JF, AH,
GM, JO, JP, BP, DSa, DSh, DSt, RW), and 2 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on
11/23/14 (AH) - A VERY HIGH NUMBER OF REPORTS FOR THIS LATE IN THE SEASON
AND UNUSUALLY LARGE NUMBERS - GENERALY A RARE WINTER LINGERER.

BAIRD'S SANDPIPER: 1 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 11/19/14 (DB, JB, BP) and
on 11/25/14 (JB) - ANOTHER VERY LATE, ALMOST EXTRAORDINARILY SO, REPORT.

SEMIPALMATED/WESTERN SANDPIPER: 25 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 11/6/14
(KH) - ANOTHER VERY LATE, ALMOST EXTRAORDINARILY SO, REPORT.

WESTERN SANDPIPER: 3 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 11/43/14 (JB) - CASUAL, AT
BEST, THIS LATE IN THE SEASON THOUGH SOME HAVE LINGERED THROUGH THE WINTER
IN THE PAST.

DUNLIN: 1 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 11/3/14 (JB) - CASUAL, AT BEST, IN
THE REGION DURING MIGRATION, THIS IS ANOTHER VERY LATE REPORT FOR THE
REGION.

WILSON'S SNIPE: Four reports of 1-8 birds in the region (Bailey, Crosby,
Lubbock) during the period (AH, PKi) - LOW NUMBER OF REPORTS AND LOW
NUMBERS OVERALL DESPITE A VERY GOOD OCTOBER FOR THE SPECIES AND PLENTIFUL
HABITAT.

WILSON'S PHALAROPE: 6 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 11/3/14 (JB), 1 south of
Crosbyton (Crosby) on 11/8/14 (AH, PKi), and 1 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on
11/19/14 (DB, JB, BP) - VERY GOOD FOR THIS LATE IN THE SEASON BY RECENT
YEARS' STANDARDS; HISTORICALLY, SMALL NUMBERS HAVE WINTERED IN THE REGION.

BONAPARTE'S GULL: 1 at Buddy Holly Park (Lubbock) on 11/11/14 (PKi), 1 at
Lake Six (Lubbock) on 11/11/14 (PKi), and 4 at Buddy Holly Park (Lubbock)on
11/17/14 (PKi) - CASUAL, AT BEST, IN OUR REGION AFTER FALL MIGRATION.

RING-BILLED GULL: 32 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 11/8/14 (AH, PKi) - A
HIGH NUMBER FOR THIS LOCATION.  2 at Bull Lake (Lamb) on 11/21/14 (AH) - AN
UNUSUAL LOCATION.

HERRING GULL: 1 adult winter bird at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on
11/22/14 (CC), 1 somewhat more typical adult winter bird at Leroy Elmore
Park (Lubbock) on 11/29/14 (AH) - GOOD BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS; THIS
SPECIES IS BECOMING HARD TO FIND IN THE REGON.

INCA DOVE: 2 at Buddy Holly Park (Lubbock) on 11/15/14 (AH) the only report
received - YIKES!

LEWIS'S WOODPECKER: a near Shallowater (Lubbock) on 11/26/14 (DP,
photographs) was relocated on 11/30/14 (AH, PKe, PKi, photographs) -
ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; ONE OF A HANDFUL OF REPORTS IN THE LAST TWO
DECADES.

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER: 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 11/8/14 (AH,
PKi), 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 11/15/14 (AH), and 1 at the Lubbock
Cemetery from 11/21/14 (PKi) to 11/22/14 (AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS RARE
WINTER RESIDENT.

MERLIN: 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 11/8/14 (AH, PKi), 1 at Clapp
Park (Lubbock) on 11/15/14 (AH), and 1 at Tech Terrace Park (Lubbock) on
11/27/14 (WW) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS RARE WINTER RESIDENT.

PEREGRINE FALCON: 1 on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) throughout the period
(AH), 1 using the water tower at 50th and Indiana in Lubbock (Lubbock) as a
perch throughout the period (AH), and 1 at Earl Crow Park (Lubbock) on
11/15/14 (AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS CITY-LOVING, WINTER RESIDENT.

SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER: 1 east of Post (Garza) on 11/11/14 (JSc) - A
VERY LATE REPORT FOR OUR REGION THOUGH THE SITE IS BELOW THE CAPROCK,
FAVORING LINGERING FLYCATCHERS.

COMMON RAVEN: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 11/5/14 (KH) and 2-5 west of
White River Lake (Crosby) on 11/8/14 (AH, PKi) the only reports - A TAD LOW
BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS.

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 11/2/14 (KD), 1 in
the same yard (Lubbock) on 11/5/14 (KD), 1 at MacKenzie Park (Lubbock) on
11/15/14 (AH), 1 in a different Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 11/22/14 (DH),
and at least 8 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 11/22/14 (AH, PKi, JO,
DSa, photographs) - THE ONSLAUGHT CONTINUES!

HOUSE WREN: 1 at MacKenzie Park (Lubbock) on 11/15/14 (AH) the only report
- A TAD LOW.

WINTER WREN: 2 at MacKenzie Park (Lubbock) on 11/15/14 (AH) and 2 below
Lake Six (Lubbock) on 11/22/14 (PKi, JO, DSa) - A TAD HIGH FOR THIS EARLY
IN THE SEASON.

CAROLINA WREN: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 11/16/14 (RL) the only atop
the Caprock report received - A TAD LOW.

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER: 1 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 11/22/14 (AH,
PKi) the only report - LOW.

GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET: At least 6 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on
11/22/14 (AH, PKi, JO, DSa) the only report - GOOD NUMBERS FOR THIS EARLY
IN THE SEASON BUT NO SPREAD AT ALL.

EASTERN BLUEBIRD: 2 at MacKenzie Park (Lubbock) on 11/15/14 (AH) and at
least 4 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 11/22/14 (AH, PKi, JO, DSa,
photographs) the only reports - A TAD LOW BUT LITTLE EFFORT IN THE EASTERN
COUNTIES DURING THE MONTH.

WESTERN BLUEBIRD: At least 8 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 11/22/14
(AH, PKi, JO, DSa, photographs) with a few lingering at the site through
the end of the month (m.ob) - GOOD NUMBERS FOR SO EARLY IN THE SEASON EVEN
IF AN IRRUPTIVE EVENT IS UNDERWAY; RARELY SEEN MINGLING WITH EASTERN
BLUEBIRDS IN THE REGION.

CEDAR WAXWING: 7 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 11/21/14 (PKi) had
increased to 25 on 11/22/14 (AH, PKi, JO, DSa) the only reports received -
LOW.

LAPLAND LONGSPUR: 1 at the 156x209 Playa (Crosby) on 11/14/14 (KH0 and 3 at
Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 11/22/14 (JG, CRu, SV) the only reports received -
ABOUT AVERAGE BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS.

CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR: 25 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 11/19/14
(KH), 3 near Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 11/21/14 (AH, JP), and 3 near
Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 11/22/14 (JG, SV) the only reports received -
ABOUT AVERAGE BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS.

MCCOWN'S LONGSPUR: 1 near Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 11/21/14 (AH) and a
flock near Muleshoe (Bailey) on 11/22/14 (JG, SV) the only reports - A TAD
LOW, GIVEN THE PRESENCE OF OTHER LONGSPUR SPECIES.

NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH: 1 in (Bailey) on 11/14/14 (MDL) - ACCIDENTAL IN THE
REGION BEYOND OCTOBER; OUR FIRST NOVEMBER RECORD!

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER: 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 11/8/14 (AH,
PKi), 1 at MacKenzie Park (Lubbock) on 11/15/14 (AH), 1 near Needmore
(Bailey) on 11/21/14 (AH), 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 11/22/14 (DH),
and at least 8 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 11/22/14 (AH, PKi, JO,
DSa) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS RARE TO UNCOMMON WINTER RESIDENT.

COMMON YELLOWTHROAT: 1 at Mae Simmons Park (Lubbock) on 11/15/14 (AH) the
only report - A TAD LOW BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS.

PINE WARBLER: 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 11/8/14 (AH, PKi) -
SOMEWHERE BETWEEN CASUAL AND ANNUAL AS A WINTER VISITOR TO THE REGION.

CHIPPING SPARROW: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 11/7/14 (KH) and 1 at
the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 11/22/14 (AH) the only reports - A TAD
LOW.

GRASSHOPPER SPARROW: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 11/19/14 (KH) the
only report - SOMEWHERE BETWEEN CASUAL AND ANNUAL AS A RARE WINTER RESIDENT.

SWAMP SPARROW: 2 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 11/8/14 (AH, PKi), 1 at
Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 11/15/14 (AH), 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on
11/19/14 (KH), and 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 11/22/14 (AH) the only
reports - RUNNING A BIT LATE THIS YEAR AND NOT IN EXPECTED NUMBERS AS OF
YET.

RED CROSSBILL: 3 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 11/22/14 (AH) and one
other observation of a single bird at the same site later in the month -
IRRUPTIVE TO THE REGION, GENERALLY IN GOOD FINCH YEARS - WE WILL SEE WHAT
KIND OF YEAR THIS IS AS WINTER PROGRESSES.

CASSIN'S FINCH: 1 male at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 11/3/14 (KH), 1
probable at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 11/21/14 (PKi), up to 2
females and 2 males at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 11/22/14 (AH, PKi,
JO, DSa, photographs), several additional observations of 1-3 birds at the
Lubbock Cemetery through 11/28/14 (m.ob.)  - VERY GOOD NUMBERS AND EARLY IN
THE SEASON BY EVEN OUR BEST IRRUPTIVE YEARS' STANDARDS; PART OF THE
MOVEMENT THROUGH TEXAS NOTED BY NUMEROUS OBSERVERS.

PINE SISKIN: 2 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 11/15/14 (AH) and 7 at the Himmel
Farm (Crosby) on 11/29/14 (KH) the only reports received - LOW, ESPECIALLY
GIVEN THE NUMBERS OF OTHER FINCHES AND GOLDFINCHES ALREADY REPORTED.

EVENING GROSBEAK: 1 male at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 11/30/14 (MG,
TK) - SOMETIMES, THOUGH NOT ALWAYS, COINCIDENT WITH OTHER FINCHES DURING
SIGNIFICANT IRRUPTIVE EVENTS IN THE REGION.

OBSERVERS:  CA=Charley Amos, JBl=Joe Blackburn, DB=Devin Bosler, JB=Justin
Bosler, EB=Erik Bruhnke, SCa=Skip Cantrell, EC=Eric Carpenter, CC=Cameron
Carver, CrC= Craig Carver, RC= Roger Clark, SCo=Sheridan Coffey, FC=Fred
Collins, GC=Greg Cook, MC=Mel Cooksey, AC=Anita Cooper, MDL=Manuel De Leon,
KD=Ken Dixon, TmD=Tom Dolan, TnD=Toni Dolan, MD=Mick Dreibelbis, CEa=Chris
Easley, CEb=Chris Eberly, WE= Wyatt Egelhoff, SE=Shelli Elerbe, DE=Dodge
Engelman, EFD=Elizabeth Farley-Dawson, JF=Joe Fischer, JG=John Groves,
MG=Mary Gustofson, DH=Danny Hancock, DnH=Dan Hanson, DvH=David Hanson,
DHw=Dave Hawksworth, TH=Tome Heisey, NH=Nancy Hetrick, AHe=Anthony Henehan,
AH=Anthony Hewetson, EH=Ellen Hildebrandt, KH=Kelly Himmerl, PH=Petra
Hockey, JH=John Houle, JJ=Jan Jannett, DJ=Dan Jones, GJ=George Jury, PJ=Pat
Jury, TK=Tiffany Kersten, PKe= Peter Keyel, PKi=Phillip Kite, JK=Jim
Kringle, CL=Corey Lange, JL=James Leatherwood, RL=Rob Lee, BM=Beth McBroom,
MM=Mark McDermott, TM=Todd McGrath, CM=Candy McNamee, GM=Greg Miller,
JM=Jennifer Miller, AM=Arman Moreno, BNe=Bret Newton, BNi=Bob Nieman,
JO=John O'Brien, KO=Kyle O'Haver, JP=Jay Packer, DP=Danny Pickens,
BP=Barrett Pierce, MR=Martin Reid, CLR=Carol Lynn Richardson, RBR=R. Bruce
Richardson, SR=Sue Riffe, CR=Clarice Robertson, FR=Floyd Robertson,
CRu=Christopher Rustay, DSa=David Sarkozi, JSb=Joanna Sblendorio, JSc=Jason
Scott, RS=Ryan Shaw, DSh=Dennis Shepler, KS=Kelly Smith, DSt=David
Steckoll, BS=Byron Stone, WS=William Sutton, ET=Ellen Tarbox, WT=William
Tarbox, ClT=Clay Taylor, MT=Margo Taylor, ST=Samuel Taylor, CaT=Carol
Thompson, BT=Barbara Tompkins, AT=Ashley Tubbs, SV=Steve Vinson, RW=Ron
Weeks, WW=William Wenthe, EW=Ed Wetzel, JW=Janice Whittington.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Sabal and Counting crimson-collared grosbeak on feeder ca
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "live4birds@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:51:48 -0600
I birded Sabal Palm this morning more to look for the Magnolia Warbler found 
yesterday by Dorian Anderson. I found that bird near where he had it at the 
south end of the trail across the dam at the resaca (Vireo Lane). For me it was 
actually a bit east on the narrower trail that goes around the upper end of the 
resaca. 


I have not yet detected a Crimson-collared Grosbeak at the feeder. I will point 
out that the feeder cam when "live" has a red box stating that the bottom right 
of the screen. When the Internet is down a series of "greatest hits" are 
streamed which may show birds from other winters or other seasons. 


Mary Gustafson
Mission Texas

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> On Dec 12, 2014, at 2:25 PM, Joseph Kennedy  
wrote: 

> 
> A few days ago I was watching the sabal palm feeder cam
> http://sabalpalmsanctuary.org/feedercam/
> 
> When a female or young crimson-collared grosbeak came to the water feature
> below the leftmost tube feeder. Have not seen any reports of the bird and
> was wandering if there were any physical sightings.
> 
> Was going to report it at the time but forgot. It was in mid-morning and
> now only green jays are about along with a bunrabbit.
> 
> -- 
> Joseph C. Kennedy
> on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
> Josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com
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Subject: Dallas Little Gull
From: Chris Runk <c_runk AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 09:12:10 -0600
All: Pretty much a regular up here in North Central Texas, an adult LIGU has 
arrived at White Rock Lake. It appeared with a flock of ~100 Bonapartes Gulls 
as they landed on the spillway at about 08:30 this AM. The bird should be 
visible in flight afternoons from the lakes west side and mornings from the 
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Subject: Trumpeter Swan Yes
From: Nate McGowan <natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 13 Dec 2014 08:38:02 -0600
The Trumpeter Swan is present at Lakeside Park in The Woodlands, Saturday
12/13, 8:30 am.


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Rare Bird Alert Compiler
Austin, TX


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Subject: No Common Crane found today
From: Garett Hodne <garyhodne AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 18:56:15 -0700
I searched alone most of the day from 10 am while it was still foggy until 4:30 
and had no luck finding the common Crane, the proverbial needle in a haystack. 
There were several thousands of cranes scattered mostly in the vicinity of Bula 
until about 2pm when they all mysteriously lifted off en masse and headed east. 
I needed gas so I drove east to Littlefield on FM54 at 2:15. 

 About halfway between Bula & Littlefield on the North side of FM54 is a large 
lake where I relocated several thousands of cranes coming in to roost. They 
were still there at 3:15 when I returned. 


Unfortunately the distance is too great (over 1/2 mile) and the heat distortion 
too bad to make out any details on individual cranes. 


When I returned to the Bula area I couldn't find a single crane anywhere. 
Another person from PA reported toe that there were also none at the Refuge as 
of 4pm. 


Shortly after that I left. 

Gary Hodne 
Currently in Roswell to look for the NM Common crane tomorrow 

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Subject: Cooper's hawk grabbed a rat on the sabal palm cam
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 16:07:05 -0600
and is eating it but another hawk up above was annoying it and it finally
left. Good reason for no birds in the feeder with two hawks perched just
above. Lots of opportunity to learn the calls.
-- 
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Subject: Re: Counting crimson-collared grosbeak on feeder cam
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:32:38 -0600
As a big time critter cam person,  In fact about to check my SK cards for
the past 24 hr.s...I asked this question before and apparently if the
location is known and recognizable, such rare finds are TBRC worthy even if
no one ever saw the bird in person....Did I get that right?  This was in
conversation that also involved radio tagged birds etc.   I am sure it is
in the archives somewhere.
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On Fri, Dec 12, 2014 at 2:25 PM, Joseph Kennedy 
wrote:
>
> A few days ago I was watching the sabal palm feeder cam
> http://sabalpalmsanctuary.org/feedercam/
>
> When a female or young crimson-collared grosbeak came to the water feature
> below the leftmost tube feeder. Have not seen any reports of the bird and
> was wandering if there were any physical sightings.
>
> Was going to report it at the time but forgot. It was in mid-morning and
> now only green jays are about along with a bunrabbit.
>
> --
> Joseph C. Kennedy
> on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
> Josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com
>
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Subject: Counting crimson-collared grosbeak on feeder cam
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 14:25:44 -0600
A few days ago I was watching the sabal palm feeder cam
http://sabalpalmsanctuary.org/feedercam/

When a female or young crimson-collared grosbeak came to the water feature
below the leftmost tube feeder. Have not seen any reports of the bird and
was wandering if there were any physical sightings.

Was going to report it at the time but forgot. It was in mid-morning and
now only green jays are about along with a bunrabbit.

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


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Subject: Tundra Swans in Matagorda County - No
From: "Bird.fried" <bird.fried AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:04:40 -0600
I was out birding the western roads of Matagorda County this morning with 
DeLaine Briscoe and Harry Forbes. We check on the 2 immature Tundra Swans 
reported on this listserv by Ron Weeks on November 28. The birds had been seen 
at the end of CR 393 in Matagorda County. This morning they were no shows. I 
also checked for them last Saturday and did not find them. I suspect they are 
still in the area but in another flooded field, not visible from a public road. 
I'll check back periodically and let folks know if the birds reappear near 
public access. 


Good birding,
Bob Friedrichs
Palacios

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