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texbirds Digest    Sat, 02 Sep 2017    Volume: 06  Issue: 240

In This Issue:
        [texbirds] The Hewetson:Kostecke Competition - August Report
        [texbirds] Denton Co LLELA
        [texbirds] The Lynn County Photographic Game - August Report
        [texbirds] Cannon Road Loop
        [texbirds] New season of bird walks  LLELA


From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2017 16:20:40 -0500
Subject: [texbirds] The Hewetson:Kostecke Competition - August Report

Greetings All:
This year's competition finds Rich Kostecke working over 960 square miles
of Fayette County as Anthony Hewetson flails away at 902 square miles of
Crosby County.  Both counties have a nice mix of habitats, though
Kostecke's is a bit less agricultural and a bit more wooded and watered.
On the other hand, Hewetson has some nice canyon cuts and, possibly, a
better selection of grasslands.  To make things a bit more fair this year
lists are going to be weighted using the cumulative eBird total of ABA
countable birds as reported by 31 December 2016.  That means that Rich's
efforts will be divided into a total of 264 species for Fayette County
whereas Anthony's efforts will be divided into a total of 290 species for
Crosby County.  Species we add to the county lists during 2017 will not
cause these totals to go up: 264 and 290 remain fixed for purposes of the

Rich was besieged with work during August and made only one visit to
Fayette County during the month, adding not one bird to his list, leaving
him at 203 species of bird in Fayette County so far this year.  September
should be better - assuming he is able to get to his best spots.

I was able to get out to my county twice, adding three species during my
first visit (Louisiana Waterthrush, White Ibis, Ruby-throated Hummingbird)
and nothing whatsoever during the second, bringing me up to 230 species in
Crosby County so far this year.  I am waiting for migrant songbirds..

Weighted for eBird history, I have widened my tight lead a bit.  My 230 out
of 290 puts me at  79.3103% while Rich's 203 out of 264 puts him at

I have a feeling it's all going to come down to what sort of fronts stall
what sort of birds in our two counties during the next two months.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


From: Susan Yost <sdyost...>
Subject: [texbirds] Denton Co LLELA
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2017 21:38:18 +0000

Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.
Had a Tri-colored Heron this morning just before the beaver pond, far in the pond near the power easement and metal dock.  Also Lots of Little Blues and Green Herons.  Sora was heard.

Sue YOST ~^/^~
Highland Village
Denton Co.

From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2017 17:09:39 -0500
Subject: [texbirds] The Lynn County Photographic Game - August Report

Greetings All:
In compliance with Drew Harvey's request that I focus on a county lacking
herp records, I am going to be working Lynn County (the county just to the
south of Lubbock County) for critters and photographs of critters in 2017.

Lynn County is somewhat similar to Hockley County - lots of cropland,
almost no public land - but is different in one critical regard: there is
no publicly accessible permanent water.  This doesn't mean that Lynn County
is dry, necessarily, but it does mean that my success with water-loving
species, from spadefoots to sandpipers, is going to be very dependent on
seasonal rainfall.

Stated numerical goals are, because of this, borderline hallucinatory.

That said, I will stick with goals of 50 species of butterfly, 5 species of
amphibian, 10 species of reptile, 200 species of bird, and 10 species of
mammal seen in Lynn County during 2017.  As in 2016, I will also have the
goal of photographing at least 90% of the species seen.

I was able to put in two day-long visits to the county (nobody can say that
I don't play hard) and I did pretty well, noting 39 species of butterfly, 1
species of amphibian, 5 species of reptile, 124 species of bird, and 6
species of mammal during July, bringing me up to 52 species of butterfly,
10 species of amphibian, 12 species of reptile, 183 species of bird, and 11
species of mammal - moving the respective percentages up to 104%, 200%,
120%, 92%, and 110% - for the year..  Of the 268 species seen so far, I
have acquired identifiable photographs of 241 - making for a 89.92% success
rate ... with most of the species missed either nocturnals or skittish
migrant songbirds (many of which will be easier to photograph during fall

And on with the list (* = new to the list, y = photographed) - I have not
arranged birds in the newest taxonomic order (courtesy of the AOU) as I
have not yet seen the new listing.

Common Checkered Skipper
Common Sootywings
Orange Skipperling
Delaware Skipper*(y)
Black Swallowtail
Checkered White
Orange Sulphur
Southern Dogface
Cloudless Sulphur
Lyside Sulphur
Little Yellow*(y)
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur
Gray Hairstreak
Dusky-blue Groundstreak
Gray Hairstreak
Marine Blue
Western Pygmy Blue
Reakirt's Blue
American Snout
Hackberry Emperor
Tawny Emperor*(y)
Variegated Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary*
Bordered Patch(y)
Phaon Crescent
Painted Crescent
Pearl Crescent
Gorgone Checkerspot
Common Mestra
Common Buckeye
Question Mark*(y)
Red Admiral
Painted Lady
American Lady
Goatweed Leafwing

Plains Leopard Frog

Red-eared Slider
Northern Earless Lizard
Texas Horned Lizard
Gopher Snake

Wood Duck*(y)
American Wigeon
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Ruddy Duck
Northern Bobwhite
Scaled Quail
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Greater Roadrunner
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird*(y)
Common Gallinule*(y)
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Snowy Plover
Upland Sandpiper
Marbled Godwit*(y)
Stilt Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Wilson's Phalarope
Black Tern
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
White-faced Ibis
Turkey Vulture
Mississippi Kite
Northern Harrier
Harris's Hawk
Swainson's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Barn Owl
Great Horned Owl
Burrowing Owl
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Olive-sided Flycatcher*(y)
Western Wood Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher*(y)
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Bell's Vireo
Blue Jay
Chihuahuan Raven
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Cave Swallow
Barn Swallow
Bewick's Wren
American Robin
Curve-billed Thrasher
Brown Thrasher*
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
House Sparrow
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Canyon Towhee
Cassin's Sparrow
Chippng Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Black-throated Sparrow*
Lark Bunting
Grasshopper Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Blue Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak*
Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Bronzed Cowbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Bullock's Oriole

Black-tailed Jackrabbitl
Desert Cottontail
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Black-tailed Prairie Dog
White-tailed Deer

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Cannon Road Loop
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2017 17:31:51 -0500

Hi, all!
This morning we poked around the Cannon Road Loop, with some great
grasspiper activity at the Weaver Road Sod Farms with both Buff-breasted and
Pectoral Sandpipers being highlights! Groove-billed Anis were a hit along
the NWR tracts, and we had a lovely Blue Grosbeak in one of the cotton
fields! Had a White-tailed Kite and a Wood Stork along Jimenez, and didn't
have enough time to thoroughly check Rangerville Resaca, but a bunch of
Stilt Sandpipers were nice.  Some pics are on my Facebook page:

Bird List:

  Mottled Duck                          Anas fulvigula

  Blue-winged Teal                      Anas discors

  Wood Stork                            Mycteria americana

  Snowy Egret                          Egretta thula

  Little Blue Heron                    Egretta caerulea

  White-faced Ibis                      Plegadis chihi

  Turkey Vulture                        Cathartes aura

  White-tailed Kite                    Elanus leucurus

  Swainson's Hawk                      Buteo swainsoni

  Common Gallinule                      Gallinula galeata

  Black-necked Stilt                    Himantopus mexicanus

  Killdeer                              Charadrius vociferus

  Lesser Yellowlegs                    Tringa flavipes

  Long-billed Curlew                    Numenius americanus

  Stilt Sandpiper                      Calidris himantopus

  Least Sandpiper                      Calidris minutilla

  Buff-breasted Sandpiper              Calidris subruficollis

  Pectoral Sandpiper                    Calidris melanotos

  Western Sandpiper                    Calidris mauri

  Laughing Gull                        Leucophaeus atricilla

  Rock Pigeon                          Columba livia

  Eurasian Collared-Dove                Streptopelia decaocto

  White-winged Dove                    Zenaida asiatica

  Mourning Dove                        Zenaida macroura

  Inca Dove                            Columbina inca

  Common Ground-Dove                    Columbina passerina

  White-tipped Dove                    Leptotila verreauxi

  Groove-billed Ani                    Crotophaga sulcirostris

  Golden-fronted Woodpecker            Melanerpes aurifrons

  Crested Caracara                      Caracara cheriway

  Eastern Wood-Pewee                    Contopus virens

  Brown-crested Flycatcher              Myiarchus tyrannulus

  Great Kiskadee                        Pitangus sulphuratus

  Tropical Kingbird                    Tyrannus melancholicus

  Couch's Kingbird                      Tyrannus couchii

  Loggerhead Shrike                    Lanius ludovicianus

  White-eyed Vireo                      Vireo griseus

  Bank Swallow                          Riparia riparia

  Barn Swallow                          Hirundo rustica

  Cave Swallow                          Petrochelidon fulva

  Black-crested Titmouse                Baeolophus atricristatus

  Bewick's Wren                        Thryomanes bewickii

  Clay-colored Thrush                  Turdus grayi

  Curve-billed Thrasher                Toxostoma curvirostre

  Long-billed Thrasher                  Toxostoma longirostre

  Northern Mockingbird                  Mimus polyglottos

  European Starling                    Sturnus vulgaris

  Common Yellowthroat                  Geothlypis trichas

  Yellow Warbler                        Setophaga petechia

  Olive Sparrow                        Arremonops rufivirgatus

  Northern Cardinal                    Cardinalis cardinalis

  Blue Grosbeak                        Passerina caerulea

  Dickcissel                            Spiza americana

  Red-winged Blackbird                  Agelaius phoeniceus

  Great-tailed Grackle                  Quiscalus mexicanus

  Lesser Goldfinch                      Spinus psaltria

  House Sparrow                        Passer domesticus


Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX <>


From: Susan Yost <sdyost...>
Subject: [texbirds] New season of bird walks  LLELA
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2017 22:41:31 +0000

The first of the season monthly bird walk will be Saturday, September 9.  $5 per car.  Checklist and trail maps are available at the gatehouse.  Just ask when you pay.  Meet at the pavilion at 7:30AM.  Bring optics, field guide, water AND mosquito repellant.  Early birds may just get a glimpse of our Bald Eagles. [the 1st record of successful breeding of Bald Eagles at LLELA.]  Warblers are slowly making it in, Orioles are around, Scissortails, both kingbirds and lots of egrets and herons.  Come see what we can find!

Sue YOST ~^/^~
Denton Co.

End of texbirds Digest V6 #240

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