Date: 1/6/19 7:06 am
From: Mark Welch <welch.mark3...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto / Birding @ Aquarena Springs
Hoot. I shouldn't report the Trumpeter Swan I just saw on Lake LBJ.

Just playing.
Mark in politically safe-sounding Dripping Springs

(PS-- swan was domesticated type..for real.)

On Sat, Jan 5, 2019 at 11:50 PM Kenny Anderson <kennya290...> wrote:

> Austin is a county just not the county you live in
>
> On Sat, Jan 5, 2019 at 11:35 PM Brian Sheehan <osuwildlifer...>
> wrote:
>
>> Apologies for the double-post. I feel like a bonehead. My wife, in her
>> infinite wisdom, pointed out that Austin isn’t a county. Whoops. Guess I
>> got so caught up in my bloviating that I forgot Austin was a city and not a
>> county. (And, while is spelled with an “h”.)
>>
>>
>>
>> So, to hopefully redeem myself somewhat, I’ll add that on Thursday, in
>> our front yard, we had a single Purple Finch amongst a few House Finches at
>> the front sunflower feeder. I had seen several eBird reports of them in
>> the Austin area over the past weeks and had been keeping my eyes open,
>> hoping that one might grace our feeders with a visit. (
>> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51262479) Sure enough, one showed up.
>> So, Austinites and those nearby, you might get lucky too!
>>
>>
>>
>> Brian Sheehan
>>
>> Austin, TX (Travis county)
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> *On
>> Behalf Of *Brian Sheehan
>> *Sent:* Saturday, January 5, 2019 10:24 PM
>> *To:* <texbirds...>
>> *Subject:* [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto / Birding @ Aquarena Springs
>>
>>
>>
>> Greetings all,
>>
>>
>>
>> I respectfully, yet wholeheartedly, disagree. The mention of a person’s
>> name in a posting, whether that person is political by occupation or not,
>> does not automatically make the content of a posting affiliated with that
>> person’s occupation. How many counties in this state are named after
>> people who have been in political offices at one time or another? Should
>> we also then ban any postings mentioning those county names?
>>
>>
>>
>> While we’re at it, this listserv is intended primarily for
>> birding-related information, etc. Should we also ban any mention
>> whatsoever of anything that isn’t 100% birding related? I.E. “I was out
>> birding, here’s my list of the 37 bird species I saw. Strangely enough, I
>> also saw a man on a horse playing guitar.” BANNED.
>>
>>
>>
>> He mentioned a political person’s name, for Pete’s sake. There was
>> absolutely no political bend to the post, as the poster and others have
>> affirmed over and over. (Side-note: I’m completely sure that over the
>> course of history, there’s been a politician by the name of Pete. Should
>> the expression be banned?)
>>
>>
>>
>> Also, when you say that you “thought we were stopping this”, why did you
>> choose to CC the TEXBirds listserv in your response? You took an email
>> that was intended for you only, and re-posted it to the listserv, thereby
>> re-igniting this discussion.
>>
>>
>>
>> I very much respect and appreciate you, Susan, and your efforts to make
>> an incredibly diverse and important area open to the public at significant
>> personal cost. So I hope that this isn’t taken personally. It simply was
>> not a political post in any way, in my opinion.
>>
>>
>>
>> Of birding-related note, the wife and I made it down to Aquarena Springs
>> in San Marcos today, and with it being our first time there we were both
>> pleasantly surprised. We did the glass-bottomed boat tour of Spring Lake
>> which was incredibly interesting and informative, while it also allowed for
>> a bit of birding by boat. Highlights from that trip were a gorgeous
>> Vermillion Flycatcher, multiple feisty Ruby-crowned Kinglets showing off
>> their namesake wile interacting with others, a Ringed Kingfisher, and the
>> overall very high activity level and numbers of most of the birds we saw.
>> The vulture and cormorant roosts were also impressive. A very birdy day,
>> for sure. Link to the full list on eBird is here:
>>
>> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51356021
>> <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fview%2Fchecklist%2FS51356021&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=UhTCIJS4x88p5mBYKUxBxH%2FHqYRhvmwHgO%2FOGAaenXs%3D&reserved=0>
>>
>>
>>
>> Good Birding all,
>>
>> Brian Sheehan
>>
>> Austin, TX (Oh, wait, maybe I shouldn’t post the county I’m from
>> considering Stephen F. Austin was, for parts of his life, a politician ;-)
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> *On
>> Behalf Of *Susan Schaezler
>> *Sent:* Saturday, January 5, 2019 8:48 PM
>> *To:* <rjbandbab...>
>> *Cc:* TexBirds <texbirds...>
>> *Subject:* [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
>>
>>
>>
>> I thought we were stopping this—it is a political name and this has
>> always been a site wo politics—issues, yes, but David has kept it apolitical
>>
>>
>>
>> Using a name of any political name is political, whether I voted for them
>> or not!
>>
>>
>>
>> You have been asked to stop!!
>>
>>
>>
>> Susan Schaezler
>>
>> WarblerWoods.org
>> <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2FWarblerWoods.org&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=3eS%2FWu6yZay7md3KYOgeDIsfsxu%2BpuWA80ZnC%2FqD418%3D&reserved=0>
>> , http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
>> <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Febird%2Fhotspot%2FL213585%3Fyr%3Dcur&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=db7LVp%2FbFmz1d%2FMmrbo%2BGEmmqSc%2BbhLOoIJvAov15WQ%3D&reserved=0>
>>
>> 501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
>>
>> Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
>>
>> Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS
>>
>>
>> On Jan 5, 2019, at 5:22 PM, <rjbandbab...> <
>> <rjbandbab...> wrote:
>>
>> Come on Susan! How is that political? It's neither endorsement nor
>> indictment. Just a name, which all know was not chosen for political
>> reasons. Roger
>>
>>
>>
>> ---- Susan Schaezler <susan...> wrote:
>>
>> Just clarify the rules David—you said no political and you have used
>> political for your campaign—just let all of us know if you change the rules
>> and we will be fine and creative too. No, I’m not saying who I voted
>> for—just know David likes his rules
>>
>>
>>
>> Happy New Year everyone!
>>
>>
>>
>> Susan Schaezler
>>
>> WarblerWoods.org
>> <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2FWarblerWoods.org&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=3eS%2FWu6yZay7md3KYOgeDIsfsxu%2BpuWA80ZnC%2FqD418%3D&reserved=0>,
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
>> <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Febird%2Fhotspot%2FL213585%3Fyr%3Dcur&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=db7LVp%2FbFmz1d%2FMmrbo%2BGEmmqSc%2BbhLOoIJvAov15WQ%3D&reserved=0>
>>
>> 501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
>>
>> Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
>>
>> Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS
>>
>>
>>
>> On Jan 1, 2019, at 7:29 PM, Niki McDaniel <mcdbird...> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> This does not seem political to me. Seems more like a worthy goal!
>>
>>
>>
>> From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On
>> Behalf Of Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
>>
>> Sent: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 2:37 PM
>>
>> To: <david...>
>>
>> Cc: TexBirds <texbirds...>
>>
>> Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
>>
>>
>>
>> I thought we were supposed to be apolitical on this site? Please clarify
>> the rules for those that follow. I like the goal though!
>>
>>
>>
>> Susan Schaezler
>>
>> WarblerWoods.org
>> <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2FWarblerWoods.org&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=3eS%2FWu6yZay7md3KYOgeDIsfsxu%2BpuWA80ZnC%2FqD418%3D&reserved=0>,
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
>> <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Febird%2Fhotspot%2FL213585%3Fyr%3Dcur&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=db7LVp%2FbFmz1d%2FMmrbo%2BGEmmqSc%2BbhLOoIJvAov15WQ%3D&reserved=0>
>>
>> 501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
>>
>> Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
>>
>> Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS
>>
>>
>>
>> On Jan 1, 2019, at 2:06 PM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full
>> Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm
>> naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his
>> senate campaign.
>>
>>
>>
>> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most
>> Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because
>> I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people
>> I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a
>> number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>>
>>
>>
>> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in
>> Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year.
>> Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a
>> bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>>
>>
>>
>> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so
>> 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>>
>>
>>
>> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per
>> county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of
>> 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017
>> so maybe 10K is doable.
>>
>>
>>
>> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>>
>> David Sarkozi
>>
>> Houston, TX
>>
>> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
>>
>>
>>
>>

 
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