Date: 1/3/19 9:28 am
From: Gary Roberts <sgricr76...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Texbirds is important
Hooraay for Lori!!
My wife, "Gene" and I volunteered at Bentsen Rio Grande State Park for over ten years every winter to do the daily bird walks and improve their birding program. After Alzheimer's affected Gene to where we could no longer participate, we are able to keep up with birding through David's good efforts. I cannot thank him enough for so generously providing this service for those of us that can no longer carry the scope and walk the trails.
For those of you that seek other sources for birding information--God's Speed!
For me, while Gene is resting, I enjoy checking in the see what is going on.

Heartfelt Thanks David!

Gary & "Gene" Roberts
Age 86 & Still 'Looking"
Austin, Texas
On Thu, 1/3/19, L Markoff <canyoneagle...> wrote:

Subject: [texbirds] Texbirds is important
To: <Clay.Taylor...>, "'Donna Silvers'" <silvers713...>, <kbarnold2...>
Cc: <david...>, "'TexBirds'" <texbirds...>
Date: Thursday, January 3, 2019, 11:09 AM

Greetings, All.

In the early 2000s when I
still lived in Virginia a friend who birded Texas suggested
I check it out.  I joined Texbirds to find out more.  I
learned about Texas birds, but I also learned about the
important work that TOS (Texas Ornithological Society)
does.  Saving habitat by buying it made sense to me,
because habitat is what it is all about.  I became a life
member of TOS even before I moved to Texas.  I would have
never known about TOS without Texbirds.

I have always boycotted Facebook due to privacy
concerns.  If others choose to use it, fine, that is their
business, but I will not do so.  It saddened and frustrated
me to see Texbirds dwindle due to people moving to FB.  I
thank everyone who stuck with Texbirds, you people rock.

David, thank you for keeping
Texbirds going, you rock even more!  Btw, I vote for the
name TACO (Texas All County Ornithology) Challenge!

Also, having birded with David
a few times I have found him upbeat, humorous, and
definitely non-political.  He is really fun to bird with,
as is his super-nice wife, Donna. 

I am staying close to home right now due to
caring for my 91-year-old mom.  But someday I will be
birding in Texas again, and when I do, I will report my
findings on Texbirds.

Cheers everyone!

Lori Markoff
formerly Austin,
TX, currently, Eugene, OR, soon to be Citrus Heights, CA
(near Sacramento)

-----Original Message-----
From: <texbirds-bounce...>
On Behalf Of Clay Taylor
Sent: Thursday,
January 03, 2019 7:09 AM
To: Donna Silvers;
Cc: <david...>;
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The New
Name for David's Game

Hi Donna -

Please DO keep up with your posts about the
birds you are seeing or have seen, as there are many people
that will read them and profit from the knowledge -
especially from out of state.  Unfortunately, there is no
"Like Button" for a listserv post, so you cannot
quantify those readers.

truth is that TexBirds 2019 is a VASTLY different group than
was TexBirds 2004, and most of that has to do with the
proliferation bird sightings being reported to FaceBook,
Twitter, InstaGram, eBird, etc.  These outlets have
siphoned off the eyeballs and attention spans of birders
reporting, or searching for, field sightings on the TexBirds

15 years ago,
the presence of a rarity would be reported to TexBirds
within minutes of the sighting, and birders would
immediately be mobilizing.  The back-and-forth of messages
in the immediate hours and days following were great -
birders could live vicariously through the posts of people
like Martin Reid, Ron Weeks, and David Sarkozi. 

Last year on eBird, a birder
from out of state listed a Jabiru (with photos) in some
field near Victoria.  A different out-of-state birder saw
the eBird posting and contacted a TX birder that they knew,
asking about the status of the Jabiru.  Up to that point,
NOBODY on TexBirds (either the listserv or the FB page) had
a clue that the bird was there!  Houston, we have a

The end result
of this information evolution(exodus?) is that the TexBirds
ListServ has mostly become the playground of:
Out of state lurkers that are essentially
read-only to watch out for rarities (and these people are
probably migrating to those other sources, too)
Those that still like to report sightings and
updates to them (I admit that I am sorely lacking in this
Those that like to write in-depth
field reports and op-ed pieces - Joe Kennedy, Rex Stanford,
Anthony Hewitt, to name a few that are ALWAYS entertaining
to read.
Occasional requests from
out-of-state birders about upcoming trips or field status of
current rarities
Birders commenting on
non-field-related topics like David's County Folly

Personally, I have been
slacking in posting to TexBirds in recent years, and my 2019
resolution is to post more general-interest missives to
TexBirds.  Oftentimes, the after-comments are usually more
fun than the original post.

Good birding, and keep on sending sightings!

TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX

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