Date: 8/1/20 8:14 am
From: G. Joan Holt <joanholt...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: texbirds Digest V9 #200
We have a ranch in Northern Duval County and have spent a lot of time here this year due to Covid 19. We have been seeing Blue-gray Gnatcachers regularly - in March, April, June and July. Usually see 1 or 2. They are regular winter birds usually coming in Aug or Sept.
Joan and Scott Holt

Joan

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texbirds Digest Thu, 30 Jul 2020 Volume: 09 Issue: 200

In This Issue:
[texbirds] Update on Red-billed Tropicbird
[texbirds] BG gnatcatcher
[texbirds] Re: Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
[texbirds] Re: Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
[texbirds] Re: Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
[texbirds] Re: Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
[texbirds] Re: Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

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From: Noreen Baker <gnbaker92...>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 00:34:00 -0500
Subject: [texbirds] Update on Red-billed Tropicbird

Texbirders,
As some of you may have seen from posts on other lists, my family and I
were in Port Aransas over the weekend and were fortunate to find a
Red-billed Tropicbird resting on the beach Sunday morning after
Hurricane Hanna had passed through the area. At the time I was not able to
post to Texbirds but contacted Eric Carpenter to get the word out in case
anyone else had the chance to try for the bird. I later learned that folks
who did come out were unable to refind it. As we left the beach, several
other folks had noticed the bird and at least one person was trying to
contact the local animal rescue facility in case the bird needed help. Out
of curiosity, I contacted the facility today to see if they had picked up
the bird, and if they had, to see how it was doing. The employee I spoke to
indicated that they had indeed received numerous calls about the bird but
were also unable to find it when they went out to look for it. They did
however speak to one lady who was keeping an eye on the bird who said it
had gotten up and was moving around a bit, and that at one point she was
distracted for a couple of minutes and when she looked back, it was gone.
So it seems like it was unhurt and as soon as it rested enough, it wasted
no time in heading back out to sea, which I was happy to hear. I did
eventually get the sighting in eBird with photos (link below in case anyone
is interested). I'm not sure about the age of the bird, but it appeared to
be somewhere between juvenile and adult.

https://ebird.org/tx/checklist/S71887452

Thanks,
Noreen Baker
Austin, TX



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From: "Curt Harwerth" <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 01:10:29 -0500
Subject: [texbirds] BG gnatcatcher

As this was a topic recently, I thought I would chime in. I’m in extreme North Bexar county. I keep monthly lists for my neighborhood for the last 3 years. I get them Sep and Oct and then March/April/May. I had one today. This is the first one I’ve seen in July in my area.
Curt Harwerth
San Antonio

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Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2020 23:59:35 +0000 (UTC)
From: "Barbara Pankratz" <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender "bbpankratz" for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

were easily 30+ gnatcatchers along the road and fence row. I had never seen anything like it, and contacted a local birder there asking about it. He said he too had seen it like that before and guesses it to be a pre-migration event. It was something to see!
Barbara Pankratz
On Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 01:02:57 PM CDT, Charmaine Ganson <cgtimes2...> wrote:

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We have them here in Leakey all year round and they breed here.


Charmaine Ganson

Leakey, TX



- From: Linda Valdez <ldvaldez@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: "texbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <texbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 28 Jul 2020 11:01:03 -0500

As I was getting dressed to go out this morning, I saw a very small bird that
was all gray with white outer-tail feathers. To me it looked like a Blue Gray
Gnatcatcher. I know we have them here in the Hill Country all winter, is it to
early for them to be here?
ldv
Linda D Valdez
ldvaldez@xxxxxxxxxxx





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From: Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 22:26:02 +0000

Can be migrants or maybe wandering birds this early. They do breed locally across STX and I gather more commonly in the Hill Country.
Tim Brush
Edinburg, TX
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Subject: [texbirds] Re: Blue Gray Gnatcatcher


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I had a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in my Corpus Christi yard on Monday afternoon � my First of Season. The interesting thing about the sighting was the BGGN was getting HAMMERED by a female Black-chinned Hummingbird, which chased it through the trees and bushes a good 20 feet. Hmmm�maybe I need to look for a hummingbird nest there�





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From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Linda Valdez
Sent: Tuesday, July 28, 2020 11:01 AM
To: <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Blue Gray Gnatcatcher



As I was getting dressed to go out this morning, I saw a very small bird that was all gray with white outer-tail feathers. To me it looked like a Blue Gray Gnatcatcher. I know we have them here in the Hill Country all winter, is it to early for them to be here?

ldv

Linda D Valdez

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From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 17:28:29 -0500
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

By the end of August there are good numbers of gnatcatchers migrating
through Smith Point at the hawk watch. One of the very first land bird
migrants that are out in the open.
On Tue, Jul 28, 2020 at 1:02 PM Charmaine Ganson <cgtimes2...>
wrote:

> We have them here in Leakey all year round and they breed here.
>
>
>
> Charmaine Ganson
>
> Leakey, TX
>
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>
> - *From*: Linda Valdez <ldvaldez@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> - *To*: "texbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <texbirds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> - *Date*: Tue, 28 Jul 2020 11:01:03 -0500
>
>
> As I was getting dressed to go out this morning, I saw a very small bird that
>
> was all gray with white outer-tail feathers. To me it looked like a Blue Gray
>
> Gnatcatcher. I know we have them here in the Hill Country all winter, is it to
> early for them to be here?
> ldv
> Linda D Valdez
> ldvaldez@xxxxxxxxxxx
>
>
>


--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
<Josephkennedy36...>




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From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
Date: Thu, 30 Jul 2020 17:31:01 -0500

I pulled up 22 yr of eBird public data from Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary and found unexpected results


Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS

> On Jul 28, 2020, at 11:19 AM, Dan Smith <dan...> wrote:
>
> The distribution map for Blue-gray Gnatcatcher in Birds of the World Online, shows the Hill Country to be within the species’ breeding range and year-round presence being just south of about San Antonio. I should think finding one in the area at just about any time is quite possible.
>
> Dan Smith
> <dan...>
> 512-451-2632
> http://www.wordsmithofaustin.com
>
> "Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.” Thomas Jefferson, 1814.
>
>
>
>
>> On Jul 28, 2020, at 11:01 AM, Linda Valdez <ldvaldez...> wrote:
>>
>> As I was getting dressed to go out this morning, I saw a very small bird that was all gray with white outer-tail feathers. To me it looked like a Blue Gray Gnatcatcher. I know we have them here in the Hill Country all winter, is it to early for them to be here?
>> ldv
>> Linda D Valdez
>> <ldvaldez...>
>>
>>
>>
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>


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Date: Fri, 31 Jul 2020 03:09:28 +0000 (UTC)
From: "Rhandy Helton" <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender "rjhelton" for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

I estimated 100 gnatcatchers yesterday on my ebird visit. Justin Bosler was passing through the area and he estimated 150. The fence line along the road into the Junction WTP was cleared a couple years ago but a large Pecan was left as were a couple of mesquites and acacia further down. These trees were loaded with gnatcatchers. I have noticed this phenomenon before, usually later in the summer. The ponds attract a multitude of small insect i.e. midges, gnats etc. as not much impounded water in Kimble County. I think the birds are getting fat before migrating out later. I don't see gnatcatchers here in winter. Yesterday I also had a Black-capped Vireo along the fence line and in the large pecan, and not exactly its habitat.
Rhandy J. HeltonJunction, Texas

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