Date: 7/21/20 11:30 am
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: probable Blue-and-white Swallow, Hidalgo County
Just heard from Dan Jones: he’s closing his yard due to the shelter-in-place order. Would be nice if the bird hung around until August 6th (when the order is lifted)!



MB



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

<http://www.miriameaglemon.com> www.miriameaglemon.com



From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Brush Freeman
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 1:13 PM
To: <justin.bosler...>
Cc: 4 Texbirds Maillist <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: probable Blue-and-white Swallow, Hidalgo County



Cool. Been years since I have seen them, but see nothing to argue with regarding the find.. Definitely not a Mangrove IMHO though we need one of those too. :-) Great find Dan!



On Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 1:06 PM Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> <mailto:<justin.bosler...> > wrote:

Texbirds,



In the checklist below, you'll find the latest photos of the swallow from this morning. It was seen up until 8:30 AM (according to Justin LeClaire). The dainty size and blackish vent/crissum are indicative of Blue-and-white Swallow and rule out Tachycineta swallows, Tree and Mangrove among others. Dan Jones obtained flight photos that might show feather wear and molt or the lack of molt (which is to be expected on an Austral species in July and can help in subspecific ID) along with underwing plumage and tail shape. It's suspected to be the highly migratory southern race, Pygochelidon cyanoleuca patagonica



https://ebird.org/checklist/S71693627



Best regards,



Justin Bosler

Austin, Texas



On Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 12:26 PM Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <Fred.Collins...> <mailto:<Fred.Collins...> > wrote:

Thanks for that. I was not aware of those restrictions. Too bad, not often a swallow will stay put.



Thanks,



Fred



From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> <mailto:<justin.bosler...> >
Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2020 12:16 PM
To: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <Fred.Collins...> <mailto:<Fred.Collins...> >
Cc: 4 Texbirds Maillist <texbirds...> <mailto:<texbirds...> >
Subject: Re: [texbirds] Any word on the Blue and White Swallow?



Hi Fred,



Thanks for creating an email thread regarding this very remarkable find, if proven to be a Blue-and-white Swallow of South American origin. Yes, it was seen by multiple birders this morning. The location is a private community so a lot of us are waiting to hear whether public access will be granted and how that will work given a number of complications, most notably a shelter-in-place order in Hidalgo County.



Standing by,



Justin Bosler

Austin, Texas



On Tue, Jul 21, 2020 at 12:09 PM Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <Fred.Collins...> <mailto:<Fred.Collins...> > wrote:

Any more on this bird today?



Fred Collins

Director, Kleb Woods Nature Preserve

20303 Draper Road

Tomball, Texas 77377



Commissioner Steve Radack

Precinct 3, Harris County

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Brush Freeman

Utley & Cedar Park, Texas





 
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