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7/24/17 4:34 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Old Port Isabel Road & South Padre
7/24/17 7:20 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Pictures from last week, more shorebirds and terns
7/23/17 2:05 pm Rick Laughlin <richard.laughlin...> [texbirds] Elegant Tern- St. Joe's Island (north of Port Aransas)
7/22/17 8:34 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Re: Elegant Terns on North Padre Island - NO
7/22/17 8:26 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Re: Elegant Terns on North Padre Island - NO
7/22/17 1:30 pm Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] An email address
7/22/17 9:24 am Shelia Hargis <shelia.hargis...> [texbirds] Austin's Purple Martin Roost
7/22/17 8:14 am Gary Roberts <sgricr76...> [texbirds] Monk Parakeets in NW Austin
7/21/17 8:05 pm Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC) [texbirds] Phone Tree for Those searching for North Padre Elegant Tern Tomorrow
7/21/17 5:20 pm David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Big Year Blog Blog Update, 477 Species
7/21/17 4:00 pm Lamont Brown <lamont...> [texbirds] Peregrine Falcon South Denton
7/21/17 7:26 am Kevin Smith <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender kj-smith for DMARC) [texbirds] Roost rings E Texas and SW Louisiana.
7/21/17 4:54 am <jkestner...> [texbirds] Polliwog Ponds, Corpus Christi
7/20/17 5:29 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Galveston to Anahuac today, black rails, plovers, willets and hot nighthawks
7/20/17 3:05 pm Ken Hackman <khackman...> [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
7/20/17 1:58 pm Ken Hackman <khackman...> [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
7/20/17 1:54 pm Keith Hackland Innkeeper, Alamo Inn B&B <alamoinn...> <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender alamoinn for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
7/20/17 8:54 am Dan Smith <dan...> [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
7/20/17 8:43 am Keith Hackland Innkeeper, Alamo Inn B&B <alamoinn...> <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender alamoinn for DMARC) [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR & the wall
7/20/17 8:31 am Ross Silcock <silcock...> [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
7/20/17 8:21 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Fwd: texbirds: post needs approval
7/20/17 7:07 am <jkestner...> [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
7/19/17 2:29 pm Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
7/19/17 1:20 pm Cecilia-home <criley02...> [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
7/19/17 10:17 am Greg Lasley <glasley...> [texbirds] Elegant Terns on N. Padre
7/19/17 7:54 am Madeleine Sandefur <madi.s44...> [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
7/18/17 8:42 pm Martin Reid <upupa...> [texbirds] Elegant Terns on North Padre Island this afternoon
7/18/17 10:21 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lynn County Highlights from Sunday
7/18/17 10:16 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Crosby County Highlights from Sunday
7/17/17 2:12 pm Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: Western Kingbirds
7/17/17 9:18 am Keith Hackland Innkeeper, Alamo Inn B&B <alamoinn...> <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender alamoinn for DMARC) [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR and the wall
7/16/17 5:45 pm David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update 476 Species
7/16/17 12:59 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Mississippi Kite - Travis County
7/16/17 12:42 pm Jean Martin <jeanmartin...> [texbirds] Mississippi Kite - Travis County
7/16/17 11:42 am Tim Keitt <tkeitt...> [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
7/16/17 11:34 am Jc dipper <dipper2c...> [texbirds] Re: Central Texas breeding hummingbird RFI
7/16/17 11:33 am Kevin Morgan <cowboyinbrla...> [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
7/16/17 7:15 am Michael Marsden <valleybirders...> [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
7/15/17 9:07 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
7/15/17 8:27 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
7/15/17 8:00 pm Madeleine Sandefur <madi.s44...> [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
7/15/17 6:41 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
7/15/17 3:35 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Western Kingbirds
7/15/17 3:10 pm Anna Stalcup <ahstalcup...> [texbirds] Central Texas breeding hummingbird RFI
7/15/17 2:56 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Re: Western Kingbirds
7/15/17 2:13 pm Dan Smith <dan...> [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
7/15/17 1:41 pm Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...> [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
7/15/17 1:18 pm Gene Majors <genemajors...> [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
7/15/17 1:02 pm Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
7/15/17 9:55 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
7/15/17 9:36 am Dan Smith <dan...> [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
7/15/17 8:46 am <bertf...> [texbirds] Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
7/14/17 6:39 pm Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] Re: Western Kingbirds
7/14/17 2:36 pm <bertf...> [texbirds] Re: Central Texas breeding hummingbird RFI
7/14/17 2:32 pm Jane F Tillman <jtillman...> [texbirds] Neighborhood Birding Observations in Austin
7/14/17 2:11 pm <bertf...> [texbirds] Re: Central Texas breeding hummingbird RFI
7/14/17 2:04 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Black-chinned & Ruby throat overlap
7/14/17 1:58 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Black-chinned & Ruby throat overlap
7/14/17 12:40 pm Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> [texbirds] Re: Black-chinned & Ruby throat overlap
7/14/17 12:26 pm Matt Heindel <mtheindel...> [texbirds] Re: Black-chinned & Ruby throat overlap
7/14/17 9:52 am <jkestner...> [texbirds] Re: Western Kingbirds
7/14/17 9:04 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Western Kingbirds
7/14/17 8:24 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Central Texas breeding hummingbird RFI
7/14/17 7:52 am Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...> [texbirds] Re: Central Texas breeding hummingbird RFI
7/14/17 7:43 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Wednesday pictures from the coast
7/14/17 7:28 am <mitch...> [texbirds] Re: Central Texas breeding hummingbird RFI
7/14/17 6:32 am Jim Baines <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender job2458 for DMARC) [texbirds] Black-chinned & Ruby throat overlap
7/13/17 3:03 pm David Scott <scottrpts...> [texbirds] Probable Audubon's Oriole at South Llano River State Park
7/13/17 12:27 pm <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender drbirdie for DMARC) [texbirds] Central Texas breeding hummingbird RFI
7/12/17 11:46 am Liz Tomberlin <Liz.Tomberlin...> [texbirds] Promote Birding Events for Free in TPWD's Migration Calendar!
7/10/17 11:57 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?
7/10/17 11:51 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?
7/10/17 11:45 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?
7/10/17 11:35 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: Louise Gambill
7/10/17 11:19 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?
7/10/17 3:46 am Blaine Carnes <blainehcarnes...> [texbirds] Re: Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?
7/9/17 2:17 pm Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] Re: Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?
7/9/17 2:15 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from Lynn County - Yesterday
7/9/17 1:50 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lubbock Area Birding Summary for June - Longish
7/9/17 1:43 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?
7/9/17 8:54 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Louise Gambill
7/9/17 8:27 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Georgina Schwartz leading Fieldtrips! Thank you Georgina
7/9/17 7:51 am Charles W. Easley <cwebirds...> [texbirds] Re: Louise Gambill
7/8/17 5:16 pm Frank Bumgardner <fbumgardner...> [texbirds] Louise Gambill
7/8/17 2:59 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Pictures from the Coast Thursday, plovers, and a few other birds
7/8/17 11:00 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] La. Waterthrush leaving.
7/6/17 2:58 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Galveston to Anahuac today, plovers, willets and more
7/5/17 6:25 am Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...> [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR
7/4/17 9:54 am Virginia Drake <vadrake...> [texbirds] Re: Pictures from the coast Friday, returning shorebirds and summer birds
7/4/17 9:45 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Pictures from the coast Friday, returning shorebirds and summer birds
7/4/17 8:05 am <jkestner...> [texbirds] Monday in western Coastal Bend
7/3/17 12:04 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Crosby County Highlights - Sunday
7/3/17 11:43 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lynn County Highlights - Saturday
7/3/17 7:17 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 7-3-17 (3) Common Pauraque @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
7/2/17 7:43 am Ted Drozdowski <muddykayak...> [texbirds] Good Ellis County Marsh Pond off I-35E
7/1/17 11:42 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Leander Poorwill follow-up
7/1/17 11:25 am Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Laguna Seca Road
6/30/17 2:53 pm Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Wood Storks on the Katy Prairie
6/30/17 11:29 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Poorwill Leander
6/30/17 11:28 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] EBird creates checklists for hotspots!!
6/30/17 11:22 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 6-30-17 Yellow-crowned Night-heron @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
6/30/17 9:09 am <adpatton...> <adpatton...> [texbirds] Miss kites
6/30/17 9:05 am Sonny Bratz <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender ibratz for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: Mississippi Kite in Ganado
6/30/17 9:05 am Marj Swies <marjswies...> [texbirds] Re: Mississippi Kite in Ganado
6/30/17 8:48 am Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Mississippi Kite in Ganado
6/30/17 8:26 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] The Lynn County Photographic Game - June Report
6/30/17 8:01 am David McDonald <dkmmdpa...> [texbirds] Swainson's Hawk over Pasadena
6/30/17 8:01 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] The Hewetson:Kostecke Competition - June Report
6/29/17 5:19 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Yard Birding, Robins, Hawks, Munias and doves
6/28/17 9:45 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] S-bound Upland Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs (Lynn Co.)
6/28/17 7:57 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Leroy Elmore Park rookery count + 2 Neotropic Cormorants (Lubbock Co.)
6/27/17 3:18 pm Jack Chiles <chilesjack...> [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR
6/26/17 4:13 pm D D Currie <ddbirder...> [texbirds] Caldwell County Century Club Outing
6/26/17 2:26 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lynn County Highlights - yesterday
6/26/17 1:05 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from 2017 Chat Survey in Crosby County
 
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Date: 7/24/17 4:34 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Old Port Isabel Road & South Padre
Hi, all!


Took visiting birder/photographer Jack from Austin out to Old Port Isabel
and the Island today; White-tailed Hawks were very cooperative, but while we
saw the falcon he just whizzed by and didn't allow a picture. Both Cassin's
and Botteri's Sparrows were up singing, and on the Island we had lots of
waterbirds to photograph, including all four small plovers (Pipings in
breeding plumage yet)! Least Bitterns teased us by flying back and forth and
calling, but never came out for a shot. Still lots of babies around! A few
pictures are on my Facebook page:



https://www.facebook.com/marybeth.stowe



Bird List:



Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Mottled Duck

Northern Bobwhite

Pied-billed Grebe

Neotropic Cormorant

Brown Pelican

Least Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Tricolored Heron

Reddish Egret

Green Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

White Ibis

Roseate Spoonbill

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

Harris's Hawk

White-tailed Hawk

Clapper Rail

Common Gallinule

American Coot

Black-necked Stilt

Black-bellied Plover

Snowy Plover

Wilson's Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Piping Plover

Killdeer

Greater Yellowlegs

Willet

Lesser Yellowlegs

Long-billed Curlew

Marbled Godwit

Ruddy Turnstone

Stilt Sandpiper

Sanderling

Least Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Laughing Gull

Least Tern

Gull-billed Tern

Forster's Tern

Royal Tern

Sandwich Tern

Black Skimmer

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

White-winged Dove

Mourning Dove

Common Nighthawk

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Crested Caracara

Aplomado Falcon

Brown-crested Flycatcher

Great Kiskadee

Tropical Kingbird

Couch's Kingbird

Loggerhead Shrike

White-eyed Vireo

Purple Martin

Barn Swallow

Cliff Swallow

Verdin

Bewick's Wren

Cactus Wren

Curve-billed Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Olive Sparrow

Botteri's Sparrow

Cassin's Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Blue Grosbeak

Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Great-tailed Grackle

Bronzed Cowbird

Orchard Oriole

House Sparrow



83 SPECIES



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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





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Date: 7/24/17 7:20 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Pictures from last week, more shorebirds and terns
Started the day heading out to east beach at sunrise where is was 85
degrees with mist following a short rain and thunder in 3 directions. The
clouds offshore stayed there and eventually dissipated as did the inland
storms. So it got hotter. The birds did not seem to mind but land birds
sure got scarce after mid morning.
Young Caspian terns are showing up out on the beaches where their squealing
begging calls will be omnipresent until about Christmas and even later.
They beg while flying and sitting with the parents and alone.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165873903

A small group of marbled godwits was at fort travis. Note on the panting
bird the serrated beak that lets them pull stuff out of the ground better

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165873905

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165873908

The birds go into rapid heavy molt after reaching the coast and the new
feathers push the old ones up making the birds appear raggedy.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165873909

Some appear better than others.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165873906

Now that the scissor-tailed flycatchers have raised their young, they are
also molting. This one might even get a baldish head like a cardinal

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165873949

The summering dunlin is starting to molt into winter plumage. Normally we
do not see them molt as they do that before leaving the arctic unlike most
shorebirds that molt here or after arriving in south America

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165873950

A normal complement of long-billed curlews are already established on the
bolivar beaches

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165873951

Banded piping plovers from the upper Missouri are also arriving in numbers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165873952

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165873954

This bird was banded on bolivar flats back in 2012

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165873953

And snowy plovers are in too

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165873957

The western willets are molting

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165873958

All of the American oystercatchers I have seen this summer are at least in
their 3rd year based on the all red bill

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165873960

A newly arrived spotted sandpiper was eating mosquitoes which it picked off
the stalks. Look at the great number of the bugs. It will really be fun out
there after dark without any wind.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165873963

Lots of mosquitoes also went after the sandpiper which show up against the
plate

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165873964

The common nighthawks seemed all to be perched up high today to try and
keep cool. This bird at Anahuac dropped down to the road to scratch a great
itch. Had to back up to be able to get pictures

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165873969

But it got that done, sat a minute before going back up into the shade

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165873971

Another great day on the UTC.

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


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Date: 7/23/17 2:05 pm
From: Rick Laughlin <richard.laughlin...>
Subject: [texbirds] Elegant Tern- St. Joe's Island (north of Port Aransas)
Texbirders,
Elegant Tern- St. Joe's Island (north of the Port Aransas jetties)-
23July2017. We arrived on the island on the 11AM ferry from Fisherman's
Wharf. I struggled all day with the bright sunshine and see things clearly,
but after reviewing photos inside now, it's clear we had the ELTE at the
jetty initially. It flushed after just a few photos and I wasn't confident
in what I was seeing through bins or on the back of the camera. Without
size reference, I wasn't going to be quick to make the call. We caught up
with it several more times from 1-2 miles up island mixed in with many
other terns, which provided the size comparison we were looking for.

Photos are here:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/V8idG60TK2RGvBon2

Rick Laughlin
Corpus/Kingsville


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Date: 7/22/17 8:34 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Elegant Terns on North Padre Island - NO
Correction: Malaquite Campground, not Malachite


On Jul 18, 2017 10:43 PM, "Martin Reid" <upupa...> wrote:

Dear All,
Greg Lasley and Martin Reid found two Elegant Terns among the hundreds of
terns loafing on the beach c.6 miles south of Bob Hall Pier (thus in
Kleberg county), at 4pm this afternoon. We drove away from the birds at
5:15pm, but some people who looked much later did not re-find them.
Photos here:
http://www.martinreid.com/Main%20website/eleganttern.html <
http://www.martinreid.com/Main%20website/eleganttern.html>

Regards,
Martin Reid

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Martin Reid
San Antonio
www.martinreid.com <http://www.martinreid.com/>




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Date: 7/22/17 8:26 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Elegant Terns on North Padre Island - NO
Hello all,
There were several birders out looking for the Elegant Terns today and as
far as I know no one lucked into one. I personally covered the entire beach
by car and foot from Bob Hall Pier south to Malachite campground well
within Padre Island National Seashore (PINS). I also checked the Packery
Channel and jetties.

The only report from yesterday was highly misleading as there was a
discrepancy between the eBird checklist location (Nueces County) and where
the bird actually was located (about 7 mi. into Kleberg County and well
within PINS). That caused a lot of confusion among those of us searching
for it today.

There were hundreds of terns present but no significant concentrations
anywhere, even on the undisturbed (vehicle restricted) stretch of beach in
PINS from the south bollards to Malachite CG.

Good luck if you try for them tomorrow or this upcoming week.

Justin Bosler
currently driving back to Austin, TX

On Jul 18, 2017 10:43 PM, "Martin Reid" <upupa...> wrote:

Dear All,
Greg Lasley and Martin Reid found two Elegant Terns among the hundreds of
terns loafing on the beach c.6 miles south of Bob Hall Pier (thus in
Kleberg county), at 4pm this afternoon. We drove away from the birds at
5:15pm, but some people who looked much later did not re-find them.
Photos here:
http://www.martinreid.com/Main%20website/eleganttern.html <
http://www.martinreid.com/Main%20website/eleganttern.html>

Regards,
Martin Reid

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San Antonio
www.martinreid.com <http://www.martinreid.com/>




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Date: 7/22/17 1:30 pm
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] An email address
Does anyone have contact info for Matt White, especially an email address?

Keith Arnold
Bryan/TAMU

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Date: 7/22/17 9:24 am
From: Shelia Hargis <shelia.hargis...>
Subject: [texbirds] Austin's Purple Martin Roost
Austin's Purple Martin roost is well underway. This year the birds moved
once again but only a short distance from last year's roost. They are using
trees at the Texas Land & Cattle Restaurant (6007 N I-35, Austin, TX 78723)
and a tree a little further north in the Sunbelt Rental parking lot. These
locations are just southeast of the I-35/US Hwy 290 intersection.

Travis Audubon is hosting Purple Martin Parties again this summer and
Embassy Suites is allowing us to watch from the grassy area in their
parking lot where we held our parties last year. This is directly across
the street from Texas Land & Cattle. We've had a great turn-out so far. We
have three more parties scheduled, tonight and then next Friday and
Saturday nights. Come party with us! More details are available at
http://travisaudubon.org/purple-martin-parties.


Texas Land & Catlle and Habesha, the Ethiopian Restaurant are being
supportive of the birds. Please come early and support these restaurants
and thank them for hosting the roost this year. Texas Land & Cattle is
offering a free appetizer to each party who has dinner at their restaurant
and mentions that they are there for the Purple Martins. Habesha is
offering one or two free desserts to each party who dines at their
restaurant and specifically mentions that they are there for the Purple
Martins. Free food and thousands of Purple Martins - it doesn't get any
better than that!


I hope to see you at the roost!


Shelia Hargis

Board Member, Travis Audubon

President, Texas Ornithological Society


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Date: 7/22/17 8:14 am
From: Gary Roberts <sgricr76...>
Subject: [texbirds] Monk Parakeets in NW Austin
We have had three Monk Parakeets with multiple visit the last two days at our black oil sunflower feeders in our back yard. We have lived here for fifty years and this was a first time event for us. We live near the Mopac/183 interchange.

Enjoy Birding!!

S. Gary & Gene Roberts
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Date: 7/21/17 8:05 pm
From: Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Phone Tree for Those searching for North Padre Elegant Tern Tomorrow
Texbirders:
Three of us are heading down from Houston to look for the Elegant Tern tomorrow. (only Saturday June 22).........As there are miles of beach to cover thought it might be wise for those searching tomorrow to form a phone tree to text each other if/when somebody finds the Elegant Tern(s) so that news travels fast enough for others to also find it/them.........If you will be there Saturday, June 22 and are interested in sharing info,  Please text me once off-Texbirds at ............two-eight-one three-eight-oh nine-oh-seven-oh.......... when you arrive at the beach with your name and location........Text again if you spot the Elegant Tern(s)..........We will do these same things for anyone who texts us their name..........Thanks--see ya down there!........ -John BernerThe Berners
John, Cathy, Abby and Zach
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Date: 7/21/17 5:20 pm
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Big Year Blog Blog Update, 477 Species
Big year Blog Update, 477 Species and Elegant Tern.

https://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2017/07/a-day-at-beach.html

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Date: 7/21/17 4:00 pm
From: Lamont Brown <lamont...>
Subject: [texbirds] Peregrine Falcon South Denton
Texbirders:

A Peregrine Falcon at the bird bath in our back yard late this 101 degree
day. Great long looks - FOS and first in the yard, ever.

Lamont Brown
Denton, TX

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Date: 7/21/17 7:26 am
From: Kevin Smith <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender kj-smith for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Roost rings E Texas and SW Louisiana.
Checking the weather radar this morning I noted with interest three separate roost rings in the Houston to SW Louisiana region.  The "usual" ring centered near NW Houston's Willowbrook Mall where purple martins roost annually plus two additional, presumably also due to purple martins.  One is located near Beech Grove in east Tx (on 190 between Woodville and Jasper: 30.85 -94.18) and the other SE of Lake Charles (about 29.97 -92.92, Lacassine NWR). 
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Date: 7/21/17 4:54 am
From: <jkestner...>
Subject: [texbirds] Polliwog Ponds, Corpus Christi
Just a heads up that some kind of work is going on at Polliwog, with trucks and other vehicles driving in and out the west gate. If you planned to try birding there, I'd suggest you put it off till later.

I'll keep my eye on it.

Judy Kestner
Corpus Christi
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Date: 7/20/17 5:29 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Galveston to Anahuac today, black rails, plovers, willets and hot nighthawks
You can always tell when it really gets hot. The nighhawks all start
perching up on the power lines as even posts seem to warm. They were really
perching up today. Got down to east beach about sunrise and it was 85 with
a little mist, thunder and lots of humidity. There was a north wind for
most of the day but it did not help much as it was 95 when I left Anahuac.
Not many birds but a locally banded snowy plover was along the Roads. One
of the caracara people killed a laughing gull near the jetty and by the
time I walked back, it was plucked and it carried off the drumstick and
thigh. Two adults were perched on Baedeker when I went by but no sign of
the breakfast.

Ferry uneventful and unbirdful as was Port Bolivar. Some ponds were empty
as they were mowing the road edges. Another birder saw a harrier between
Port Bolivar and Retillon. Stopped at Fort Travis and found 9 tame marbled
godwits that were about done getting their bills into the drying grass. It
did not help that they were all panting too. All had pink bills and were
molting.

Went east on the beach first and found one of the lesser black-backed gulls
there. The other was seen when I did the trip again when leaving.

Lots of new western willets along the beach with most in groups of 5 or 8.
Way down on the flats I counted more than 85 without moving my head much.
Those are really new birds. Many more at all my stops. Last week still had
eastern willets at 3 stops. They were gone today at 2 of those stops and
only had them at one place I was sure of.

Lots of new plovers in on the flats. counted a dozen snowy plovers and
somewhere around 30 piping plovers. Most were down next to the large tern
flock and could not really be checked without panicking all the birds. When
I was back at the car they all went up but went right back down. Had my
first least sandpipers of the fall at all places I stopped. As usual, I had
trouble with some of them as their breeding plumage on arrival is so much
neater than when they left. A couple of semipalmated sandpipers too but
most of the peeps were westerns. A few sanderlings were back that
apparently did a little molting on the way or did it in a big hurry since
last week.

Still had one of the summering dunlins. The bird has a club foot which is
probably why he did not migrate.

Stopped on Retillon Road on the way out at 11:10 to rearrange a few things
in the car and had 3 adult black rails calling from different spots. There
was probably a mostly? grown youngster calling too as it had the same
quality as the adult but did not really know how to call right. I have
heard chicks peeping when separated from one parent by a road but this was
more of an adult call. Really good to have it so late in the morning.
Latest I did before way back in the spring was at 10:30.

Bob and Yacht Basin Roads had people and a single caracara really making a
mockingbird unhappy. If the mocker does the same to a cooper's hawk or
falcon, it will not make it any further.

Checked fresh water spots again for shorebirds and had none except for 1
least sandpiper and a couple of spotted sandpipers still with spots. Some
good habitat around but the birds are not using it. Rice is really looking
good and the grackles are starting to check it out. No cowbird flocks yet.
A couple of really late fields might be around for harvesting after some
rails arrive later in the fall but most looks to be early harvest one crop.

The least terns are mainly gone or elsewhere. Only had 6 at east beach and
only a small number at Bolivar flats although a couple may be trying
something but only 2 or 3 pairs. Beach keeps washing over and other birds
also affected with no Wilson's plovers chicks on the flats this year but a
few made it on east beach. Saw almost no Wilson's today anywhere.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 7/20/17 3:05 pm
From: Ken Hackman <khackman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
My apologies to the list. I was mid sentence when my phone rang and somehow when I answered the email went through.

My point was that with today's technology, gates could be outfitted with surveillance cameras that would be friendly to animal movement while alerting BP agents when humans are near. I'm not a fan of an extremely expensive wall that tunnels and ladders can easily overcome anyway.

Ken Hackman

Ken Hackman
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> On Jul 20, 2017, at 3:17 PM, Ken Hackman <khackman...> wrote:
>
> Having the gate open only during daylight hours prevents movement of ocelots and other nocturnal terrestrials. The wall needs to be kept open at the gates at all times. It would actually make sense with the technology available
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jul 20, 2017, at 9:06 AM, <jkestner...> <jkestner...> wrote:
>>
>> Good grief - our border with Mexico is about 1,950 miles long. At $7 million per mile that comes to $13,650,000,000, not including gates. I also imagine that putting a wall up in areas like Big Bend would cost much more than $7 million per mile.
>>
>> Why don't we just hire 182,000 agents at $75,000 per year to stand with binoculars every one-tenth of a mile? That makes just as much sense.
>>
>> Thirteen billion dollars -- imagine what our country could do with that....
>>
>> Judy Kestner
>> Corpus Christi
>>
>> ---- Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> wrote:
>>
>> =============
>> Madeleine et al.,
>> Yes, if the wall happens, it will be absolutely crucial to put pressure on to 1) have the gate open during daylight hours, when the refuge is open, and 2) allow USFWS access as needed before and after, so that they can have access as needed. I personally do not want a border wall and think the last place it should go in is at the refuge, not the first. But in my opinion, it would be better to have it on the levee, which is already cleared/disturbed, than clearing land to make a wall elsewhere.
>>
>> Best regards,
>> Tim Brush
>> Edinburg, TX
>>
>>
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Madeleine Sandefur
>> Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 9:54 AM
>> To: <alamoinn...>; <texbirds...>
>> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
>>
>> With all due respect to Keith, I would like to amplify a bit on his comments of yesterday with information I have solicited from a McAllen resident who has been intimately involved with the Border Wall issue for many years, going back to the first round of wall construction during the Bush administration.
>> He advises that in fact, border walls erected on levees are not more economical than regular border walls. The bollard-style border walls that were built in Cameron County averaged $7 million per mile, while the levee-border walls built in Hidalgo County averaged $12 million per mile. Also, whereas the existing levee-border walls were sold as repairing the IBWC levees, the levees that were not converted into border walls were repaired using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, so taxpayers would be spending millions of dollars to tear open and convert levees that we spent millions of dollars to repair just a few years ago.
>>
>> Regarding gates, about half of the gate-sized gaps in RGV border walls have had gates installed. There is one between the Old Hidalgo Pumphouse World Birding Center and the adjacent LRGV National Wildlife Refuge tract for example. He says he has gone there many, many times over the years, and it is never open, despite the fact that the "pedestrian walking trail" sign still points at it. Gates average $240,000 a piece, on top of the cost of the wall that they are in. The FY 2017 budget supplemental for DHS included funds to build gates in the remaining 35 gaps, and CBP officials have testified before congress that they plan to build 35 gates in the RGV. One of the remaining 35 gate-sized gaps in the border wall is the entrance to the Sabal Palms Audubon Sanctuary.
>>
>> As for clearing, CBP has said that they now want to create a 150 foot wide "enforcement zone" cleared of all vegetation on the south side of the border walls that currently cut through the LRGV NWR and, when they build it, Santa Ana's levee-border wall. Levee-border walls are even worse than regular bollard walls as far as terrestrial species such as ocelot are concerned. In addition to fragmenting habitat, they trap species when a given Refuge tract floods, as happened in 2010. But border walls are exempted from all state and federal laws, including the endangered species act, the migratory bird treaty act, etc.
>>

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Date: 7/20/17 1:58 pm
From: Ken Hackman <khackman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
Having the gate open only during daylight hours prevents movement of ocelots and other nocturnal terrestrials. The wall needs to be kept open at the gates at all times. It would actually make sense with the technology available

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 20, 2017, at 9:06 AM, <jkestner...> <jkestner...> wrote:
>
> Good grief - our border with Mexico is about 1,950 miles long. At $7 million per mile that comes to $13,650,000,000, not including gates. I also imagine that putting a wall up in areas like Big Bend would cost much more than $7 million per mile.
>
> Why don't we just hire 182,000 agents at $75,000 per year to stand with binoculars every one-tenth of a mile? That makes just as much sense.
>
> Thirteen billion dollars -- imagine what our country could do with that....
>
> Judy Kestner
> Corpus Christi
>
> ---- Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> wrote:
>
> =============
> Madeleine et al.,
> Yes, if the wall happens, it will be absolutely crucial to put pressure on to 1) have the gate open during daylight hours, when the refuge is open, and 2) allow USFWS access as needed before and after, so that they can have access as needed. I personally do not want a border wall and think the last place it should go in is at the refuge, not the first. But in my opinion, it would be better to have it on the levee, which is already cleared/disturbed, than clearing land to make a wall elsewhere.
>
> Best regards,
> Tim Brush
> Edinburg, TX
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Madeleine Sandefur
> Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 9:54 AM
> To: <alamoinn...>; <texbirds...>
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
>
> With all due respect to Keith, I would like to amplify a bit on his comments of yesterday with information I have solicited from a McAllen resident who has been intimately involved with the Border Wall issue for many years, going back to the first round of wall construction during the Bush administration.
> He advises that in fact, border walls erected on levees are not more economical than regular border walls. The bollard-style border walls that were built in Cameron County averaged $7 million per mile, while the levee-border walls built in Hidalgo County averaged $12 million per mile. Also, whereas the existing levee-border walls were sold as repairing the IBWC levees, the levees that were not converted into border walls were repaired using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, so taxpayers would be spending millions of dollars to tear open and convert levees that we spent millions of dollars to repair just a few years ago.
>
> Regarding gates, about half of the gate-sized gaps in RGV border walls have had gates installed. There is one between the Old Hidalgo Pumphouse World Birding Center and the adjacent LRGV National Wildlife Refuge tract for example. He says he has gone there many, many times over the years, and it is never open, despite the fact that the "pedestrian walking trail" sign still points at it. Gates average $240,000 a piece, on top of the cost of the wall that they are in. The FY 2017 budget supplemental for DHS included funds to build gates in the remaining 35 gaps, and CBP officials have testified before congress that they plan to build 35 gates in the RGV. One of the remaining 35 gate-sized gaps in the border wall is the entrance to the Sabal Palms Audubon Sanctuary.
>
> As for clearing, CBP has said that they now want to create a 150 foot wide "enforcement zone" cleared of all vegetation on the south side of the border walls that currently cut through the LRGV NWR and, when they build it, Santa Ana's levee-border wall. Levee-border walls are even worse than regular bollard walls as far as terrestrial species such as ocelot are concerned. In addition to fragmenting habitat, they trap species when a given Refuge tract floods, as happened in 2010. But border walls are exempted from all state and federal laws, including the endangered species act, the migratory bird treaty act, etc.
>
> This issue has, in fact, garnered national attention, as there was an article in yesterday’s Los Angeles TIMES (see https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.latimes.com%2Fnation%2Fla-na-texas-border-wall-20170717-story.html&data=02%7C01%<7Ctimothy.brush...>%7C9b2bb34f14814640eaf208d4ceb61e51%7C990436a687df491c91249afa91f88827%7C0%7C0%7C636360728971936403&sdata=3IOjphgcxB7grjJxfw%2BYJZ6RVUv4FYY06qisHMHZ%2FNE%3D&reserved=0). The last paragraph mentions the expected negative economic impact: “The Santa Ana refuge is home to 165,000 visitors a year, many birders from across the world. A 2011 study by Texas A&M University found that nature tourism in the Rio Grande Valley brought in $463 million a year. The biggest portion of that is from birding.”
>
> There are other means to control the border, which would be much less damaging and would keep these spots open to the public. As a birder friend of mine said, “the money required could be much more effectively spent on electronic surveillance systems and personnel on the ground. There is also a program of border patrol agents on horseback that is awesome in its effectiveness that needs to be expanded. Santa Ana has struggled to come back from the damage it sustained in the 2010 flood and must not be subjected to habitat destruction again for an unjustifiable reason, which I believe this proposed wall to be.”
>
> For my part, I will do my best to fight the closing off of three of our most treasured birding spots in the RGV: Santa Ana, Sabal Palm, and Bentsen.
>
> Madeleine Sandefur
> Laguna Vista
>
>
> Sent from Mail for Windows 10
>
> From: Keith Hackland Innkeeper, Alamo Inn B&B <alamoinn...>
> Sent: Monday, July 17, 2017 11:18 AM
> To: <texbirds...>
> Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR and the wall
>
> I am writing in support of Michael Marsden who provided very useful comments yesterday. This wall is a situation where cool heads will prevail and facts on the ground count. Politics at times obscures the facts on the ground. Since it started I have been a keen observer of the wall and its effects in the LRGV.
>
> There is an old levy probably completed in the 1950s or earlier, with a canal next to it, that run outside along the northern boundary of Santa Ana NWR, and between the visitor center area and the refuge proper. The road and walking path into Santa Ana NWR lead accross the levy.The agencies that maintain the levy do periodic maintenance on it, meaning that they clear it of trees and maintain grass on its sides. This serves sparrows and other seed eaters well. Several years ago the levy height was increased by four feet.
>
>
> This same levy runs on the northern boundary of Bentsen RGV State Park between it and the visitor center, and on the northern boundary of Sabal Palm Sanctuary between it and the visitor center.
>
>
> Where the wall has previously been built in the LRGV it has exclusively been built on the levy, for economic reasons (less costly), and due to very effective negotiation by the LRGV authorities to use the wall to strengthen the levy for flood control. Due to this fact very minimal vegetation has ever been removed in the wall sections built to date. The key is to keep it on the levy.
>
>
> The wall sections that exist are designed to push people crossing the river in desired directions, for example away from urban areas. There are openings for gates, but I am not aware of any gates that have been erected or are in use. Currently there is and always has been free movement through and around current wall sections. The wall does impact terrestrial wildlife and direct access to private land lying behind it. It has also reduced Border Patrol traffic on some of the lands along the river.
>
>
> This is a very emotional and political issue, and no more so than in the Valley amongst me and my neighbors here. I fully understand that. This is another fact in the situation that we respect.
>
>
> Keith Hackland
> Alamo, TX
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Date: 7/20/17 1:54 pm
From: Keith Hackland Innkeeper, Alamo Inn B&B <alamoinn...> <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender alamoinn for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
A Santa Ana gate, if they place one there, should be open 24/7.

The wall is proven to delay a fit person 18 seconds if they have climbing skills. I have seen video of folks climbing it. So the wall is largely a distraction.


How about we repair our immigration system and let folks cross at bridges with papers.

Keith


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-----Original Message-----
From: Ken Hackman <khackman...>
To: jkestner <jkestner...>
Cc: texbirds <texbirds...>; alamoinn <alamoinn...>; timothy.brush <timothy.brush...>; madi.s44 <madi.s44...>
Sent: Thu, Jul 20, 2017 3:17 pm
Subject: Re: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall

Having the gate open only during daylight hours prevents movement of ocelots and other nocturnal terrestrials. The wall needs to be kept open at the gates at all times. It would actually make sense with the technology available

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 20, 2017, at 9:06 AM, <jkestner...> <jkestner...> wrote:
>
> Good grief - our border with Mexico is about 1,950 miles long. At $7 million per mile that comes to $13,650,000,000, not including gates. I also imagine that putting a wall up in areas like Big Bend would cost much more than $7 million per mile.
>
> Why don't we just hire 182,000 agents at $75,000 per year to stand with binoculars every one-tenth of a mile? That makes just as much sense.
>
> Thirteen billion dollars -- imagine what our country could do with that....
>
> Judy Kestner
> Corpus Christi
>
> ---- Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> wrote:
>
> ============> Madeleine et al.,
> Yes, if the wall happens, it will be absolutely crucial to put pressure on to 1) have the gate open during daylight hours, when the refuge is open, and 2) allow USFWS access as needed before and after, so that they can have access as needed. I personally do not want a border wall and think the last place it should go in is at the refuge, not the first. But in my opinion, it would be better to have it on the levee, which is already cleared/disturbed, than clearing land to make a wall elsewhere.
>
> Best regards,
> Tim Brush
> Edinburg, TX
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Madeleine Sandefur
> Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 9:54 AM
> To: <alamoinn...>; <texbirds...>
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
>
> With all due respect to Keith, I would like to amplify a bit on his comments of yesterday with information I have solicited from a McAllen resident who has been intimately involved with the Border Wall issue for many years, going back to the first round of wall construction during the Bush administration.
> He advises that in fact, border walls erected on levees are not more economical than regular border walls. The bollard-style border walls that were built in Cameron County averaged $7 million per mile, while the levee-border walls built in Hidalgo County averaged $12 million per mile. Also, whereas the existing levee-border walls were sold as repairing the IBWC levees, the levees that were not converted into border walls were repaired using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, so taxpayers would be spending millions of dollars to tear open and convert levees that we spent millions of dollars to repair just a few years ago.
>
> Regarding gates, about half of the gate-sized gaps in RGV border walls have had gates installed. There is one between the Old Hidalgo Pumphouse World Birding Center and the adjacent LRGV National Wildlife Refuge tract for example. He says he has gone there many, many times over the years, and it is never open, despite the fact that the "pedestrian walking trail" sign still points at it. Gates average $240,000 a piece, on top of the cost of the wall that they are in. The FY 2017 budget supplemental for DHS included funds to build gates in the remaining 35 gaps, and CBP officials have testified before congress that they plan to build 35 gates in the RGV. One of the remaining 35 gate-sized gaps in the border wall is the entrance to the Sabal Palms Audubon Sanctuary.
>
> As for clearing, CBP has said that they now want to create a 150 foot wide "enforcement zone" cleared of all vegetation on the south side of the border walls that currently cut through the LRGV NWR and, when they build it, Santa Ana's levee-border wall. Levee-border walls are even worse than regular bollard walls as far as terrestrial species such as ocelot are concerned. In addition to fragmenting habitat, they trap species when a given Refuge tract floods, as happened in 2010. But border walls are exempted from all state and federal laws, including the endangered species act, the migratory bird treaty act, etc.
>
> This issue has, in fact, garnered national attention, as there was an article in yesterday’s Los Angeles TIMES (see https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.latimes.com%2Fnation%2Fla-na-texas-border-wall-20170717-story.html&data%7C01%<7Ctimothy.brush...>%7C9b2bb34f14814640eaf208d4ceb61e51%7C990436a687df491c91249afa91f88827%7C0%7C0%7C636360728971936403&sdata=3IOjphgcxB7grjJxfw%2BYJZ6RVUv4FYY06qisHMHZ%2FNE%3D&reserved=0). The last paragraph mentions the expected negative economic impact: “The Santa Ana refuge is home to 165,000 visitors a year, many birders from across the world. A 2011 study by Texas A&M University found that nature tourism in the Rio Grande Valley brought in $463 million a year. The biggest portion of that is from birding.”
>
> There are other means to control the border, which would be much less damaging and would keep these spots open to the public. As a birder friend of mine said, “the money required could be much more effectively spent on electronic surveillance systems and personnel on the ground. There is also a program of border patrol agents on horseback that is awesome in its effectiveness that needs to be expanded. Santa Ana has struggled to come back from the damage it sustained in the 2010 flood and must not be subjected to habitat destruction again for an unjustifiable reason, which I believe this proposed wall to be.”
>
> For my part, I will do my best to fight the closing off of three of our most treasured birding spots in the RGV: Santa Ana, Sabal Palm, and Bentsen.
>
> Madeleine Sandefur
> Laguna Vista
>
>
> Sent from Mail for Windows 10
>
> From: Keith Hackland Innkeeper, Alamo Inn B&B <alamoinn...>
> Sent: Monday, July 17, 2017 11:18 AM
> To: <texbirds...>
> Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR and the wall
>
> I am writing in support of Michael Marsden who provided very useful comments yesterday. This wall is a situation where cool heads will prevail and facts on the ground count. Politics at times obscures the facts on the ground. Since it started I have been a keen observer of the wall and its effects in the LRGV.
>
> There is an old levy probably completed in the 1950s or earlier, with a canal next to it, that run outside along the northern boundary of Santa Ana NWR, and between the visitor center area and the refuge proper. The road and walking path into Santa Ana NWR lead accross the levy.The agencies that maintain the levy do periodic maintenance on it, meaning that they clear it of trees and maintain grass on its sides. This serves sparrows and other seed eaters well. Several years ago the levy height was increased by four feet.
>
>
> This same levy runs on the northern boundary of Bentsen RGV State Park between it and the visitor center, and on the northern boundary of Sabal Palm Sanctuary between it and the visitor center.
>
>
> Where the wall has previously been built in the LRGV it has exclusively been built on the levy, for economic reasons (less costly), and due to very effective negotiation by the LRGV authorities to use the wall to strengthen the levy for flood control. Due to this fact very minimal vegetation has ever been removed in the wall sections built to date. The key is to keep it on the levy.
>
>
> The wall sections that exist are designed to push people crossing the river in desired directions, for example away from urban areas. There are openings for gates, but I am not aware of any gates that have been erected or are in use. Currently there is and always has been free movement through and around current wall sections. The wall does impact terrestrial wildlife and direct access to private land lying behind it. It has also reduced Border Patrol traffic on some of the lands along the river.
>
>
> This is a very emotional and political issue, and no more so than in the Valley amongst me and my neighbors here. I fully understand that. This is another fact in the situation that we respect.
>
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> Alamo, TX
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Date: 7/20/17 8:54 am
From: Dan Smith <dan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
Note that a wall in Big Bend, even with gates, would probably isolate the relatively new population of black bears in the park. This recovering population drifter up from Mexico a not terribly long ago, and would probably become extinct again without continued input from the south.
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> On Jul 20, 2017, at 10:20 AM, Ross Silcock <silcock...> wrote:
>
> Sounds like the ultimate Big Sit to me!
>
> Ross
>
> Ross Silcock
> Tabor, IA and Houston, TX
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of <jkestner...>
> Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2017 9:06 AM
> To: <texbirds...>; <alamoinn...>; <timothy.brush...>; <madi.s44...>
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
>
> Good grief - our border with Mexico is about 1,950 miles long. At $7 million per mile that comes to $13,650,000,000, not including gates. I also imagine that putting a wall up in areas like Big Bend would cost much more than $7 million per mile.
>
> Why don't we just hire 182,000 agents at $75,000 per year to stand with binoculars every one-tenth of a mile? That makes just as much sense.
>
> Thirteen billion dollars -- imagine what our country could do with that....
>
> Judy Kestner
> Corpus Christi
>
> ---- Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> wrote:
>
> ============> Madeleine et al.,
> Yes, if the wall happens, it will be absolutely crucial to put pressure on to 1) have the gate open during daylight hours, when the refuge is open, and 2) allow USFWS access as needed before and after, so that they can have access as needed. I personally do not want a border wall and think the last place it should go in is at the refuge, not the first. But in my opinion, it would be better to have it on the levee, which is already cleared/disturbed, than clearing land to make a wall elsewhere.
>
> Best regards,
> Tim Brush
> Edinburg, TX
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Madeleine Sandefur
> Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 9:54 AM
> To: <alamoinn...>; <texbirds...>
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
>
> With all due respect to Keith, I would like to amplify a bit on his comments of yesterday with information I have solicited from a McAllen resident who has been intimately involved with the Border Wall issue for many years, going back to the first round of wall construction during the Bush administration.
> He advises that in fact, border walls erected on levees are not more economical than regular border walls. The bollard-style border walls that were built in Cameron County averaged $7 million per mile, while the levee-border walls built in Hidalgo County averaged $12 million per mile. Also, whereas the existing levee-border walls were sold as repairing the IBWC levees, the levees that were not converted into border walls were repaired using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, so taxpayers would be spending millions of dollars to tear open and convert levees that we spent millions of dollars to repair just a few years ago.
>
> Regarding gates, about half of the gate-sized gaps in RGV border walls have had gates installed. There is one between the Old Hidalgo Pumphouse World Birding Center and the adjacent LRGV National Wildlife Refuge tract for example. He says he has gone there many, many times over the years, and it is never open, despite the fact that the "pedestrian walking trail" sign still points at it. Gates average $240,000 a piece, on top of the cost of the wall that they are in. The FY 2017 budget supplemental for DHS included funds to build gates in the remaining 35 gaps, and CBP officials have testified before congress that they plan to build 35 gates in the RGV. One of the remaining 35 gate-sized gaps in the border wall is the entrance to the Sabal Palms Audubon Sanctuary.
>
> As for clearing, CBP has said that they now want to create a 150 foot wide "enforcement zone" cleared of all vegetation on the south side of the border walls that currently cut through the LRGV NWR and, when they build it, Santa Ana's levee-border wall. Levee-border walls are even worse than regular bollard walls as far as terrestrial species such as ocelot are concerned. In addition to fragmenting habitat, they trap species when a given Refuge tract floods, as happened in 2010. But border walls are exempted from all state and federal laws, including the endangered species act, the migratory bird treaty act, etc.
>
> This issue has, in fact, garnered national attention, as there was an article in yesterday’s Los Angeles TIMES (see https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.latimes.com%2Fnation%2Fla-na-texas-border-wall-20170717-story.html&data%7C01%<7Ctimothy.brush...>%7C9b2bb34f14814640eaf208d4ceb61e51%7C990436a687df491c91249afa91f88827%7C0%7C0%7C636360728971936403&sdata=3IOjphgcxB7grjJxfw%2BYJZ6RVUv4FYY06qisHMHZ%2FNE%3D&reserved=0). The last paragraph mentions the expected negative economic impact: “The Santa Ana refuge is home to 165,000 visitors a year, many birders from across the world. A 2011 study by Texas A&M University found that nature tourism in the Rio Grande Valley brought in $463 million a year. The biggest portion of that is from birding.”
>
> There are other means to control the border, which would be much less damaging and would keep these spots open to the public. As a birder friend of mine said, “the money required could be much more effectively spent on electronic surveillance systems and personnel on the ground. There is also a program of border patrol agents on horseback that is awesome in its effectiveness that needs to be expanded. Santa Ana has struggled to come back from the damage it sustained in the 2010 flood and must not be subjected to habitat destruction again for an unjustifiable reason, which I believe this proposed wall to be.”
>
> For my part, I will do my best to fight the closing off of three of our most treasured birding spots in the RGV: Santa Ana, Sabal Palm, and Bentsen.
>
> Madeleine Sandefur
> Laguna Vista
>
>
> Sent from Mail for Windows 10
>
> From: Keith Hackland Innkeeper, Alamo Inn B&B <alamoinn...>
> Sent: Monday, July 17, 2017 11:18 AM
> To: <texbirds...>
> Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR and the wall
>
> I am writing in support of Michael Marsden who provided very useful comments yesterday. This wall is a situation where cool heads will prevail and facts on the ground count. Politics at times obscures the facts on the ground. Since it started I have been a keen observer of the wall and its effects in the LRGV.
>
> There is an old levy probably completed in the 1950s or earlier, with a canal next to it, that run outside along the northern boundary of Santa Ana NWR, and between the visitor center area and the refuge proper. The road and walking path into Santa Ana NWR lead accross the levy.The agencies that maintain the levy do periodic maintenance on it, meaning that they clear it of trees and maintain grass on its sides. This serves sparrows and other seed eaters well. Several years ago the levy height was increased by four feet.
>
>
> This same levy runs on the northern boundary of Bentsen RGV State Park between it and the visitor center, and on the northern boundary of Sabal Palm Sanctuary between it and the visitor center.
>
>
> Where the wall has previously been built in the LRGV it has exclusively been built on the levy, for economic reasons (less costly), and due to very effective negotiation by the LRGV authorities to use the wall to strengthen the levy for flood control. Due to this fact very minimal vegetation has ever been removed in the wall sections built to date. The key is to keep it on the levy.
>
>
> The wall sections that exist are designed to push people crossing the river in desired directions, for example away from urban areas. There are openings for gates, but I am not aware of any gates that have been erected or are in use. Currently there is and always has been free movement through and around current wall sections. The wall does impact terrestrial wildlife and direct access to private land lying behind it. It has also reduced Border Patrol traffic on some of the lands along the river.
>
>
> This is a very emotional and political issue, and no more so than in the Valley amongst me and my neighbors here. I fully understand that. This is another fact in the situation that we respect.
>
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Date: 7/20/17 8:43 am
From: Keith Hackland Innkeeper, Alamo Inn B&B <alamoinn...> <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender alamoinn for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR & the wall
It is good to hear from others on this issue. Thank you for caring about the Valley birds.

The value of birding (nature tourism) in the Valley at half a billion dollars a year, about 25% of our tourism dollars for the Valley, is critically important. I was one of those who helped initiate, set the parameters, and raise funds to pay for that study in 2011 by Texas A&M. Since 2002 my wife and I have spent part of every summer as volunteers in Europe promoting South Texas as a birding destination, with great results.


There are two key points here:


1. We must not kill nature tourism while we fight the wall.

We are killing nature tourism. Since this "news" hit I have received telephone calls from northern US states where people now believe that there are bulldozers cutting through the middle of Santa Ana and that the birds are leaving. When I go to the British Birdfair next month and run the South Texas Nature exhibit, promoting the Valley to birders, I shall hear the same complaint, "is there anywhere left in the Valley to bird watch?".
That is the power of the press, to depress nature tourism to the Valley. The same media keeps folks away from the Valley through the "Border Wars" series and news features saying that the our border is unsafe. Now birders and others are hearing through the old media and social media that Santa Ana is being wiped off the map.
At times I feel very alone out here telling folks the truth when people read something else in the press. People accept the press as gospel, and then ask me to justify and prove what I am saying. Those who speak to the press have a great responsibility, including my good friends in McAllen and in some of the local "groups" who are oft quoted and who, like myself, have been involved since day one.


2. When nature tourism declines, degradation of the habitat generally follows.
Without nature tourism, wild natural habitat has no value and is not guarded or conserved. I was raised in Africa and this is the story of African wildlife declining because of habitat degradation and poaching, which occurs when nature has no economic value to the government or to the governed. To improve our habitat one of the necessary ingredients is nature tourism.


Land acquisition.
Another necessary ingredient in conserving habitat and bird species is acquiring more land dedicated to conservation and opening it to birding. I have also worked on the forefront of land acquisition for fifteen years in South Texas, working with USF&WS and others in the field. This work continues, in many cases using the border wall and its damage as leverage to raise funds for land acquisition.
There is more than one way to fight the wall.


Let us not sacrifice the Valley's unique habitat and the wonderful birds it sustains, on the alter of politics, using the fuel of the media.


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Date: 7/20/17 8:31 am
From: Ross Silcock <silcock...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
Sounds like the ultimate Big Sit to me!

Ross

Ross Silcock
Tabor, IA and Houston, TX

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Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2017 9:06 AM
To: <texbirds...>; <alamoinn...>; <timothy.brush...>; <madi.s44...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall

Good grief - our border with Mexico is about 1,950 miles long. At $7 million per mile that comes to $13,650,000,000, not including gates. I also imagine that putting a wall up in areas like Big Bend would cost much more than $7 million per mile.

Why don't we just hire 182,000 agents at $75,000 per year to stand with binoculars every one-tenth of a mile? That makes just as much sense.

Thirteen billion dollars -- imagine what our country could do with that....

Judy Kestner
Corpus Christi

---- Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> wrote:

=============
Madeleine et al.,
Yes, if the wall happens, it will be absolutely crucial to put pressure on to 1) have the gate open during daylight hours, when the refuge is open, and 2) allow USFWS access as needed before and after, so that they can have access as needed. I personally do not want a border wall and think the last place it should go in is at the refuge, not the first. But in my opinion, it would be better to have it on the levee, which is already cleared/disturbed, than clearing land to make a wall elsewhere.

Best regards,
Tim Brush
Edinburg, TX



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Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 9:54 AM
To: <alamoinn...>; <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall

With all due respect to Keith, I would like to amplify a bit on his comments of yesterday with information I have solicited from a McAllen resident who has been intimately involved with the Border Wall issue for many years, going back to the first round of wall construction during the Bush administration.
He advises that in fact, border walls erected on levees are not more economical than regular border walls. The bollard-style border walls that were built in Cameron County averaged $7 million per mile, while the levee-border walls built in Hidalgo County averaged $12 million per mile. Also, whereas the existing levee-border walls were sold as repairing the IBWC levees, the levees that were not converted into border walls were repaired using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, so taxpayers would be spending millions of dollars to tear open and convert levees that we spent millions of dollars to repair just a few years ago.

Regarding gates, about half of the gate-sized gaps in RGV border walls have had gates installed. There is one between the Old Hidalgo Pumphouse World Birding Center and the adjacent LRGV National Wildlife Refuge tract for example. He says he has gone there many, many times over the years, and it is never open, despite the fact that the "pedestrian walking trail" sign still points at it. Gates average $240,000 a piece, on top of the cost of the wall that they are in. The FY 2017 budget supplemental for DHS included funds to build gates in the remaining 35 gaps, and CBP officials have testified before congress that they plan to build 35 gates in the RGV. One of the remaining 35 gate-sized gaps in the border wall is the entrance to the Sabal Palms Audubon Sanctuary.

As for clearing, CBP has said that they now want to create a 150 foot wide "enforcement zone" cleared of all vegetation on the south side of the border walls that currently cut through the LRGV NWR and, when they build it, Santa Ana's levee-border wall. Levee-border walls are even worse than regular bollard walls as far as terrestrial species such as ocelot are concerned. In addition to fragmenting habitat, they trap species when a given Refuge tract floods, as happened in 2010. But border walls are exempted from all state and federal laws, including the endangered species act, the migratory bird treaty act, etc.

This issue has, in fact, garnered national attention, as there was an article in yesterday’s Los Angeles TIMES (see https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.latimes.com%2Fnation%2Fla-na-texas-border-wall-20170717-story.html&data=02%7C01%<7Ctimothy.brush...>%7C9b2bb34f14814640eaf208d4ceb61e51%7C990436a687df491c91249afa91f88827%7C0%7C0%7C636360728971936403&sdata=3IOjphgcxB7grjJxfw%2BYJZ6RVUv4FYY06qisHMHZ%2FNE%3D&reserved=0). The last paragraph mentions the expected negative economic impact: “The Santa Ana refuge is home to 165,000 visitors a year, many birders from across the world. A 2011 study by Texas A&M University found that nature tourism in the Rio Grande Valley brought in $463 million a year. The biggest portion of that is from birding.”

There are other means to control the border, which would be much less damaging and would keep these spots open to the public. As a birder friend of mine said, “the money required could be much more effectively spent on electronic surveillance systems and personnel on the ground. There is also a program of border patrol agents on horseback that is awesome in its effectiveness that needs to be expanded. Santa Ana has struggled to come back from the damage it sustained in the 2010 flood and must not be subjected to habitat destruction again for an unjustifiable reason, which I believe this proposed wall to be.”

For my part, I will do my best to fight the closing off of three of our most treasured birding spots in the RGV: Santa Ana, Sabal Palm, and Bentsen.

Madeleine Sandefur
Laguna Vista


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From: Keith Hackland Innkeeper, Alamo Inn B&B <alamoinn...>
Sent: Monday, July 17, 2017 11:18 AM
To: <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR and the wall

I am writing in support of Michael Marsden who provided very useful comments yesterday. This wall is a situation where cool heads will prevail and facts on the ground count. Politics at times obscures the facts on the ground. Since it started I have been a keen observer of the wall and its effects in the LRGV.

There is an old levy probably completed in the 1950s or earlier, with a canal next to it, that run outside along the northern boundary of Santa Ana NWR, and between the visitor center area and the refuge proper. The road and walking path into Santa Ana NWR lead accross the levy.The agencies that maintain the levy do periodic maintenance on it, meaning that they clear it of trees and maintain grass on its sides. This serves sparrows and other seed eaters well. Several years ago the levy height was increased by four feet.


This same levy runs on the northern boundary of Bentsen RGV State Park between it and the visitor center, and on the northern boundary of Sabal Palm Sanctuary between it and the visitor center.


Where the wall has previously been built in the LRGV it has exclusively been built on the levy, for economic reasons (less costly), and due to very effective negotiation by the LRGV authorities to use the wall to strengthen the levy for flood control. Due to this fact very minimal vegetation has ever been removed in the wall sections built to date. The key is to keep it on the levy.


The wall sections that exist are designed to push people crossing the river in desired directions, for example away from urban areas. There are openings for gates, but I am not aware of any gates that have been erected or are in use. Currently there is and always has been free movement through and around current wall sections. The wall does impact terrestrial wildlife and direct access to private land lying behind it. It has also reduced Border Patrol traffic on some of the lands along the river.


This is a very emotional and political issue, and no more so than in the Valley amongst me and my neighbors here. I fully understand that. This is another fact in the situation that we respect.


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Alamo, TX



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The lake level is still above normal and there are no still no mudflats
which makes it difficult to find shorebirds. The only shorebirds today
were Killdeer, Spotted and Least Sandpipers. Some of the better sightings
of the day were a Tricolored Heron at the low water crossing north of
headquarters, several Wood Ducks, 15 Least Terns, a Barred Owl and 4 Barn
Owls. We saw a Hairy Woodpecker on the way to Goode. We saw 11 Blue-gray
Gnatcatchers. We found one Grasshopper Sparrow on Short Rd. Painted
Buntings were still singing all over the refuge. The Common Yellowthroat
was still singing from the top of a tall dead tree near the entrance to
Harris Creek Trail. We finished the day with 67 species.
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Jack Chiles, Texas master naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR

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Date: 7/20/17 7:07 am
From: <jkestner...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
Good grief - our border with Mexico is about 1,950 miles long. At $7 million per mile that comes to $13,650,000,000, not including gates. I also imagine that putting a wall up in areas like Big Bend would cost much more than $7 million per mile.

Why don't we just hire 182,000 agents at $75,000 per year to stand with binoculars every one-tenth of a mile? That makes just as much sense.

Thirteen billion dollars -- imagine what our country could do with that....

Judy Kestner
Corpus Christi

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Madeleine et al.,
Yes, if the wall happens, it will be absolutely crucial to put pressure on to 1) have the gate open during daylight hours, when the refuge is open, and 2) allow USFWS access as needed before and after, so that they can have access as needed. I personally do not want a border wall and think the last place it should go in is at the refuge, not the first. But in my opinion, it would be better to have it on the levee, which is already cleared/disturbed, than clearing land to make a wall elsewhere.

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Tim Brush
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Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall

With all due respect to Keith, I would like to amplify a bit on his comments of yesterday with information I have solicited from a McAllen resident who has been intimately involved with the Border Wall issue for many years, going back to the first round of wall construction during the Bush administration.
He advises that in fact, border walls erected on levees are not more economical than regular border walls.  The bollard-style border walls that were built in Cameron County averaged $7 million per mile, while the levee-border walls built in Hidalgo County averaged $12 million per mile.  Also, whereas the existing levee-border walls were sold as repairing the IBWC levees, the levees that were not converted into border walls were repaired using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, so taxpayers would be spending millions of dollars to tear open and convert levees that we spent millions of dollars to repair just a few years ago.

Regarding gates, about half of the gate-sized gaps in RGV border walls have had gates installed.  There is one between the Old Hidalgo Pumphouse World Birding Center and the adjacent LRGV National Wildlife Refuge tract for example.  He says he has gone there many, many times over the years, and it is never open, despite the fact that the "pedestrian walking trail" sign still points at it.  Gates average $240,000 a piece, on top of the cost of the wall that they are in.  The FY 2017 budget supplemental for DHS included funds to build gates in the remaining 35 gaps, and CBP officials have testified before congress that they plan to build 35 gates in the RGV.  One of the remaining 35 gate-sized gaps in the border wall is the entrance to the Sabal Palms Audubon Sanctuary.
 
As for clearing, CBP has said that they now want to create a 150 foot wide "enforcement zone" cleared of all vegetation on the south side of the border walls that currently cut through the LRGV NWR and, when they build it, Santa Ana's levee-border wall. Levee-border walls are even worse than regular bollard walls as far as terrestrial species such as ocelot are concerned.  In addition to fragmenting habitat, they trap species when a given Refuge tract floods, as happened in 2010.  But border walls are exempted from all state and federal laws, including the endangered species act, the migratory bird treaty act, etc.

This issue has, in fact, garnered national attention, as there was an article in yesterday’s Los Angeles TIMES (see https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.latimes.com%2Fnation%2Fla-na-texas-border-wall-20170717-story.html&data=02%7C01%<7Ctimothy.brush...>%7C9b2bb34f14814640eaf208d4ceb61e51%7C990436a687df491c91249afa91f88827%7C0%7C0%7C636360728971936403&sdata=3IOjphgcxB7grjJxfw%2BYJZ6RVUv4FYY06qisHMHZ%2FNE%3D&reserved=0). The last paragraph mentions the expected negative economic impact: “The Santa Ana refuge is home to 165,000 visitors a year, many birders from across the world. A 2011 study by Texas A&M University found that nature tourism in the Rio Grande Valley brought in $463 million a year. The biggest portion of that is from birding.”

There are other means to control the border, which would be much less damaging and would keep these spots open to the public. As a birder friend of mine said, “the money required could be much more effectively spent on electronic surveillance systems and personnel on the ground. There is also a program of border patrol agents on horseback that is awesome in its effectiveness that needs to be expanded. Santa Ana has struggled to come back from the damage it sustained in the 2010 flood and must not be subjected to habitat destruction again for an unjustifiable reason, which I believe this proposed wall to be.”

For my part, I will do my best to fight the closing off of three of our most treasured birding spots in the RGV: Santa Ana, Sabal Palm, and Bentsen.

Madeleine Sandefur
Laguna Vista


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From: Keith Hackland Innkeeper, Alamo Inn B&B <alamoinn...>
Sent: Monday, July 17, 2017 11:18 AM
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Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR and the wall

I am writing in support of Michael Marsden who provided very useful comments yesterday. This wall is a situation where cool heads will prevail and facts on the ground count. Politics at times obscures the facts on the ground. Since it started I have been a keen observer of the wall and its effects in the LRGV.

There is an old levy probably completed in the 1950s or earlier, with a canal next to it, that run outside along the northern boundary of Santa Ana NWR, and between the visitor center area and the refuge proper. The road and walking path into Santa Ana NWR lead accross the levy.The agencies that maintain the levy do periodic maintenance on it, meaning that they clear it of trees and maintain grass on its sides. This serves sparrows and other seed eaters well. Several years ago the levy height was increased by four feet.


This same levy runs on the northern boundary of Bentsen RGV State Park between it and the visitor center, and on the northern boundary of Sabal Palm Sanctuary between it and the visitor center.


Where the wall has previously been built in the LRGV it has exclusively been built on the levy, for economic reasons (less costly), and due to very effective negotiation by the LRGV authorities to use the wall to strengthen the levy for flood control. Due to this fact very minimal vegetation has ever been removed in the wall sections built to date. The key is to keep it on the levy.


The wall sections that exist are designed to push people crossing the river in desired directions, for example away from urban areas. There are openings for gates, but I am not aware of any gates that have been erected or are in use. Currently there is and always has been free movement through and around current wall sections. The wall does impact terrestrial wildlife and direct access to private land lying behind it. It has also reduced Border Patrol traffic on some of the lands along the river.


This is a very emotional and political issue, and no more so than in the Valley amongst me and my neighbors here. I fully understand that. This is another fact in the situation that we respect.


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Date: 7/19/17 2:29 pm
From: Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
Madeleine et al.,
Yes, if the wall happens, it will be absolutely crucial to put pressure on to 1) have the gate open during daylight hours, when the refuge is open, and 2) allow USFWS access as needed before and after, so that they can have access as needed. I personally do not want a border wall and think the last place it should go in is at the refuge, not the first. But in my opinion, it would be better to have it on the levee, which is already cleared/disturbed, than clearing land to make a wall elsewhere.

Best regards,
Tim Brush
Edinburg, TX



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Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 9:54 AM
To: <alamoinn...>; <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall

With all due respect to Keith, I would like to amplify a bit on his comments of yesterday with information I have solicited from a McAllen resident who has been intimately involved with the Border Wall issue for many years, going back to the first round of wall construction during the Bush administration.
He advises that in fact, border walls erected on levees are not more economical than regular border walls.  The bollard-style border walls that were built in Cameron County averaged $7 million per mile, while the levee-border walls built in Hidalgo County averaged $12 million per mile.  Also, whereas the existing levee-border walls were sold as repairing the IBWC levees, the levees that were not converted into border walls were repaired using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, so taxpayers would be spending millions of dollars to tear open and convert levees that we spent millions of dollars to repair just a few years ago.

Regarding gates, about half of the gate-sized gaps in RGV border walls have had gates installed.  There is one between the Old Hidalgo Pumphouse World Birding Center and the adjacent LRGV National Wildlife Refuge tract for example.  He says he has gone there many, many times over the years, and it is never open, despite the fact that the "pedestrian walking trail" sign still points at it.  Gates average $240,000 a piece, on top of the cost of the wall that they are in.  The FY 2017 budget supplemental for DHS included funds to build gates in the remaining 35 gaps, and CBP officials have testified before congress that they plan to build 35 gates in the RGV.  One of the remaining 35 gate-sized gaps in the border wall is the entrance to the Sabal Palms Audubon Sanctuary.
 
As for clearing, CBP has said that they now want to create a 150 foot wide "enforcement zone" cleared of all vegetation on the south side of the border walls that currently cut through the LRGV NWR and, when they build it, Santa Ana's levee-border wall. Levee-border walls are even worse than regular bollard walls as far as terrestrial species such as ocelot are concerned.  In addition to fragmenting habitat, they trap species when a given Refuge tract floods, as happened in 2010.  But border walls are exempted from all state and federal laws, including the endangered species act, the migratory bird treaty act, etc.

This issue has, in fact, garnered national attention, as there was an article in yesterday’s Los Angeles TIMES (see https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.latimes.com%2Fnation%2Fla-na-texas-border-wall-20170717-story.html&data=02%7C01%<7Ctimothy.brush...>%7C9b2bb34f14814640eaf208d4ceb61e51%7C990436a687df491c91249afa91f88827%7C0%7C0%7C636360728971936403&sdata=3IOjphgcxB7grjJxfw%2BYJZ6RVUv4FYY06qisHMHZ%2FNE%3D&reserved=0). The last paragraph mentions the expected negative economic impact: “The Santa Ana refuge is home to 165,000 visitors a year, many birders from across the world. A 2011 study by Texas A&M University found that nature tourism in the Rio Grande Valley brought in $463 million a year. The biggest portion of that is from birding.”

There are other means to control the border, which would be much less damaging and would keep these spots open to the public. As a birder friend of mine said, “the money required could be much more effectively spent on electronic surveillance systems and personnel on the ground. There is also a program of border patrol agents on horseback that is awesome in its effectiveness that needs to be expanded. Santa Ana has struggled to come back from the damage it sustained in the 2010 flood and must not be subjected to habitat destruction again for an unjustifiable reason, which I believe this proposed wall to be.”

For my part, I will do my best to fight the closing off of three of our most treasured birding spots in the RGV: Santa Ana, Sabal Palm, and Bentsen.

Madeleine Sandefur
Laguna Vista


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From: Keith Hackland Innkeeper, Alamo Inn B&B <alamoinn...>
Sent: Monday, July 17, 2017 11:18 AM
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Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR and the wall

I am writing in support of Michael Marsden who provided very useful comments yesterday. This wall is a situation where cool heads will prevail and facts on the ground count. Politics at times obscures the facts on the ground. Since it started I have been a keen observer of the wall and its effects in the LRGV.

There is an old levy probably completed in the 1950s or earlier, with a canal next to it, that run outside along the northern boundary of Santa Ana NWR, and between the visitor center area and the refuge proper. The road and walking path into Santa Ana NWR lead accross the levy.The agencies that maintain the levy do periodic maintenance on it, meaning that they clear it of trees and maintain grass on its sides. This serves sparrows and other seed eaters well. Several years ago the levy height was increased by four feet.


This same levy runs on the northern boundary of Bentsen RGV State Park between it and the visitor center, and on the northern boundary of Sabal Palm Sanctuary between it and the visitor center.


Where the wall has previously been built in the LRGV it has exclusively been built on the levy, for economic reasons (less costly), and due to very effective negotiation by the LRGV authorities to use the wall to strengthen the levy for flood control. Due to this fact very minimal vegetation has ever been removed in the wall sections built to date. The key is to keep it on the levy.


The wall sections that exist are designed to push people crossing the river in desired directions, for example away from urban areas. There are openings for gates, but I am not aware of any gates that have been erected or are in use. Currently there is and always has been free movement through and around current wall sections. The wall does impact terrestrial wildlife and direct access to private land lying behind it. It has also reduced Border Patrol traffic on some of the lands along the river.


This is a very emotional and political issue, and no more so than in the Valley amongst me and my neighbors here. I fully understand that. This is another fact in the situation that we respect.


Keith Hackland
Alamo, TX



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Date: 7/19/17 1:20 pm
From: Cecilia-home <criley02...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
Thank you Madeleine for this informative note. This issue should be looked at very carefully and we must all be very cautious with the various "stories" we are hearing. I am very skeptical of any information provided by anyone these days. Especially any information that downplays the negative wildlife impacts that will result from the completion of a massive wall system across our border with Mexico. Not to mention our birding access and the economic vitality of birding tourism.
Cecilia M Riley
Malcolm C Damuth Foundation, Board Member
Davis Mountains Hummingbird Celebration, Volunteer
Life is better with birds!



> On Jul 19, 2017, at 9:54 AM, Madeleine Sandefur <madi.s44...> wrote:
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> Madeleine

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Date: 7/19/17 10:17 am
From: Greg Lasley <glasley...>
Subject: [texbirds] Elegant Terns on N. Padre
Dear Friends:
I made a post to iNat with 20+ images of the Elegant Terns that Martin Reid and I discovered yesterday. I am not on facebook. If anyone is interested that iNat images may be seen at:
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/7118365 <http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/7118365>

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Date: 7/19/17 7:54 am
From: Madeleine Sandefur <madi.s44...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana NWR and the wall
With all due respect to Keith, I would like to amplify a bit on his comments of yesterday with information I have solicited from a McAllen resident who has been intimately involved with the Border Wall issue for many years, going back to the first round of wall construction during the Bush administration.
He advises that in fact, border walls erected on levees are not more economical than regular border walls.  The bollard-style border walls that were built in Cameron County averaged $7 million per mile, while the levee-border walls built in Hidalgo County averaged $12 million per mile.  Also, whereas the existing levee-border walls were sold as repairing the IBWC levees, the levees that were not converted into border walls were repaired using American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, so taxpayers would be spending millions of dollars to tear open and convert levees that we spent millions of dollars to repair just a few years ago.

Regarding gates, about half of the gate-sized gaps in RGV border walls have had gates installed.  There is one between the Old Hidalgo Pumphouse World Birding Center and the adjacent LRGV National Wildlife Refuge tract for example.  He says he has gone there many, many times over the years, and it is never open, despite the fact that the "pedestrian walking trail" sign still points at it.  Gates average $240,000 a piece, on top of the cost of the wall that they are in.  The FY 2017 budget supplemental for DHS included funds to build gates in the remaining 35 gaps, and CBP officials have testified before congress that they plan to build 35 gates in the RGV.  One of the remaining 35 gate-sized gaps in the border wall is the entrance to the Sabal Palms Audubon Sanctuary.
 
As for clearing, CBP has said that they now want to create a 150 foot wide "enforcement zone" cleared of all vegetation on the south side of the border walls that currently cut through the LRGV NWR and, when they build it, Santa Ana's levee-border wall. Levee-border walls are even worse than regular bollard walls as far as terrestrial species such as ocelot are concerned.  In addition to fragmenting habitat, they trap species when a given Refuge tract floods, as happened in 2010.  But border walls are exempted from all state and federal laws, including the endangered species act, the migratory bird treaty act, etc.

This issue has, in fact, garnered national attention, as there was an article in yesterday’s Los Angeles TIMES (see http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-texas-border-wall-20170717-story.html). The last paragraph mentions the expected negative economic impact: “The Santa Ana refuge is home to 165,000 visitors a year, many birders from across the world. A 2011 study by Texas A&M University found that nature tourism in the Rio Grande Valley brought in $463 million a year. The biggest portion of that is from birding.”

There are other means to control the border, which would be much less damaging and would keep these spots open to the public. As a birder friend of mine said, “the money required could be much more effectively spent on electronic surveillance systems and personnel on the ground. There is also a program of border patrol agents on horseback that is awesome in its effectiveness that needs to be expanded. Santa Ana has struggled to come back from the damage it sustained in the 2010 flood and must not be subjected to habitat destruction again for an unjustifiable reason, which I believe this proposed wall to be.”

For my part, I will do my best to fight the closing off of three of our most treasured birding spots in the RGV: Santa Ana, Sabal Palm, and Bentsen.

Madeleine Sandefur
Laguna Vista


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Sent: Monday, July 17, 2017 11:18 AM
To: <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR and the wall

I am writing in support of Michael Marsden who provided very useful comments yesterday. This wall is a situation where cool heads will prevail and facts on the ground count. Politics at times obscures the facts on the ground. Since it started I have been a keen observer of the wall and its effects in the LRGV.

There is an old levy probably completed in the 1950s or earlier, with a canal next to it, that run outside along the northern boundary of Santa Ana NWR, and between the visitor center area and the refuge proper. The road and walking path into Santa Ana NWR lead accross the levy.The agencies that maintain the levy do periodic maintenance on it, meaning that they clear it of trees and maintain grass on its sides. This serves sparrows and other seed eaters well. Several years ago the levy height was increased by four feet.


This same levy runs on the northern boundary of Bentsen RGV State Park between it and the visitor center, and on the northern boundary of Sabal Palm Sanctuary between it and the visitor center.


Where the wall has previously been built in the LRGV it has exclusively been built on the levy, for economic reasons (less costly), and due to very effective negotiation by the LRGV authorities to use the wall to strengthen the levy for flood control. Due to this fact very minimal vegetation has ever been removed in the wall sections built to date. The key is to keep it on the levy.


The wall sections that exist are designed to push people crossing the river in desired directions, for example away from urban areas. There are openings for gates, but I am not aware of any gates that have been erected or are in use. Currently there is and always has been free movement through and around current wall sections. The wall does impact terrestrial wildlife and direct access to private land lying behind it. It has also reduced Border Patrol traffic on some of the lands along the river.


This is a very emotional and political issue, and no more so than in the Valley amongst me and my neighbors here. I fully understand that. This is another fact in the situation that we respect.


Keith Hackland
Alamo, TX



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Date: 7/18/17 8:42 pm
From: Martin Reid <upupa...>
Subject: [texbirds] Elegant Terns on North Padre Island this afternoon
Dear All,
Greg Lasley and Martin Reid found two Elegant Terns among the hundreds of terns loafing on the beach c.6 miles south of Bob Hall Pier (thus in Kleberg county), at 4pm this afternoon. We drove away from the birds at 5:15pm, but some people who looked much later did not re-find them.
Photos here:
http://www.martinreid.com/Main%20website/eleganttern.html <http://www.martinreid.com/Main%20website/eleganttern.html>

Regards,
Martin Reid

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Date: 7/18/17 10:21 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lynn County Highlights from Sunday
Greetings All:
On Sunday evening (16 July) I herped Lynn County with Drew Harvey - from
7:20 until midnight!

All of the avian highlights came from our visit to Tahoka Lake and Tahoka
Lake Pasture with the lake kicking out 380 American Avocets, 2 Snowy
Plovers, 4 Long-billed Curlews, 360 small 'peeps', 40 Baird's Sandpipers,
and 120 Wilson's Phalaropes - and the pasture kicking out 1 Bell's Vireo, 2
Rock Wrens, 2 Common Yellowthroats, 7 Yellow-breasted Chats, and 1 male
Bronzed Cowbird.

The non-avian highlight of the evening: getting photographs of a wee,
little Great Plains Narrow-mouthed Toad: a species that is far more
frequently heard than seen.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 7/18/17 10:16 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Crosby County Highlights from Sunday
Greetings All:
I spent most of the day on Sunday (16 July) exploring Crosby County and
there was a lot of good stuff out there including:

*2 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks* well north of Crosbyton, 2 Cackling Geese
at Crosbyton City Park, 2 Gadwalls well north of Crosbyton, 4 Blue-winged
Teals well north of Crosbyton, 2 Cinnamon Teals well north of Crosbyton, 2
Northern Shovelers at the Ralls WTP, 1 Green-winged Teal at the CR 173 x FM
40 Playa, 2 Green-winged Teals south of Crosbyton, 2 Green-winged Teals
well north of Crosbyton, 2 Ring-necked Pheasants at the Ralls WTP, 1
Ring-necked Pheasant well north of Crosbyton,* 1 Sora* well north of
Crosbyton, 2 adult and 3 fledgling Common Gallinules at the Ralls WTP, 8
Black-necked Stilts at the CR 183 x FM 40 Playa, 32 Black-necked Stilts
north of Ralls, 4 Black-necked Stilts well north of Crosbyton, 12 American
Avocets at the CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 4 American Avocets at the CR 179 x FM
40 Playa, 14 American Avocets at the CR 183 x FM 40 Playa, 1 American
Avocet north or Ralls, 2 American Avocets south of Cone, 3 American Avocets
south of Crosbyton, 1 Upland Sandpiper at the CR 183 x FM 40 Playa, 1
Upland Sandpiper just north of Crosbyton, 2 Stilt Sandpipers north of
Ralls, 15 Baird's Sandpipers at the CR 183 x FM 40 Playa, 1 Baird's
Sandpiper north of Ralls, 1 Baird's Sandpiper south of Cone, 3 Least
Sandpipers at the CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 6 Least Sandpipers at the CR 183 x
FM 40 Playa, 16 Least Sandpipers north of Crosbyton, *2 Pectoral Sandpipers*
well north of Crosbyton, 2 Semipalmated Sandpipers at the CR 183 x FM 40
Playa, 2 Semipalmated Sandpipers north of Ralls, 7 Western Sandpipers at
the CR 183 x FM 40 Playa, 3 Western Sandpipers north of Ralls, 11
Long-billed Dowitchers at the CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 2 Long-billed
Dowitchers north of Ralls, 1 Spotted Sandpiper south of Cone, 1 Solitary
Sandpiper north of Ralls, 1 Greater Yellowlegs at the CR 183 x FM 40 Playa,
2 Greater Yellowlegs north of Ralls, 1 Greater Yellowlegs south of Cone, 18
Lesser Yellowlegs north of Ralls, 8 Wilson's Phalaropes north of Ralls, 2
Great Egrets south of Crosbyton, 1 Snowy Egret at Crosbyton City Park, 2
Cattle Egrets in Cap Rock, 168 Cattle Egrets south of Crosbyton, 2 Cattle
Egrets well north of Crosbyton, 1 Green Heron at the Ralls WTP, 1 Green
Heron well north of Crosbyton, 2 adult and 2 fledgling Yellow-crowned Night
Herons at the Ralls WTP, 2 White-faced Ibises in Cone, 5 White-faced Ibises
north of Ralls, 4 White-faced Ibises well north of Crosbyton, 2 Red-headed
Woodpeckers at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing, 2 adult and 3 fledgling
Red-headed Woodpeckers at the Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 2 Eastern Phoebes
at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing, a breeding pair of *Great Crested
Flycatchers *at the Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 1 Bell's Vireo at Camp Rio
Blanca crossing, 1 Woodhouse's Scrub Jay south of Cap Rock, 2 Common Ravens
at Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 2 Common Ravens at the CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 1
Common Raven south of Crosbyton, 2 Purple Martins in Cone, 2 Purple Martins
just north of Crosbyton, 14 Northern Rough-winged Swallows at the FM 193 x
FM 651 crossing, 4 Cave Swallows east of Cone, 3 Cave Swallows near Cap
Rock, 2 Cave Swallows well north of Crosbyton, 2 adult and 3 fledgling Rock
Wrens at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing, 2 adult and 2 fledgling Canyon Wrens
at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Camp Rio Blanca
crossing, 2 Eastern Bluebirds at Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 2 adult and 3
fledgling Common Yellowthroats at the Ralls WTP, 1 Yellow-breated Chat at
Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 3 Yellow-headed Blackbirds at the CR 173 x FM 40
Playa, 2 Yellow-headed Blackbirds near Cap Rock, 1 Yellow-headed Blackbird
north of Ralls, and 1 male Bronzed Cowbird south of Crosbyton.

The non-avian highlight of the day: driving west into the teeth of a
thunderstorm with torrential rain on the eastern outskirts of Lubbock -
it's always nice to get a free car wash and I love the smell of hard rain
on a hot day.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 7/17/17 2:12 pm
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Western Kingbirds
We have been doing an exotic bird June bus trip from Kleb for about 10 years in a row now and we always find multiple Western Kingbirds along power corridors within Houston and also at power plants when we visit them for Monk Parakeets. I have not noticed any change due to annual rainfall. I have noticed that at least 1/2 of the power transfer stations have neither kingbirds nor parakeets but I have also noticed that if there are parakeets there are also kingbirds.


Fred Collins, Director
Kleb Woods Nature Center
20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
281-357-5324

Harris County Precinct 3
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Sent: Saturday, July 15, 2017 4:56 PM
To: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Cc: Judy Kestner <jkestner...>; <texbirds...>; Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Western Kingbirds

The kingbirds were only along the transmission corridors combined with a drought year following a dry year. When it turned wet, the transmission line birds sort of died out and left birds at one of the big stations but they left too a year or so later. The main lines they used were along the RR tracks so there was a food corridor too. Now a freeway and no birds showed up during the big drought and dry summers. So it was likely the towers used for nesting and good grassy grasshopper habitat under them.
Maybe the wet years do not have the right sort of bugs. Some of the grasshopper/crickets etc need dry to nest successfully.
On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 8:38 PM, Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> wrote:

> Brush,
> Western Kingbirds began nesting on the A&M campus in 1970 and slowly
> built up in numbers; I believe they replaced the Scissor-tails that
> used to nest on campus. After a few years the birds began to also nest
> in adjacent neighborhoods, including what is known as "Northgate".
>
> I'll have to check through my records but they now nest around the
> north end of Bryan Municipal Lake [where I just completed 21 years of
> weekly surveys]. These birds also nest around the east end of
> "restaurant row" on University Dr.
>
> I don't know the complete extent of nesting in Bryan-College Station,
> but the center of abundance remains on campus.
>
> If I recall things correctly, in the Houston area, Western Kingbirds
> used transmission line corridors to spread out away from their
> original colonization.
>
> Keith
>
> On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 11:52 AM, <jkestner...> wrote:
>
> > It is a good year for Western Kingbirds -- Beeville is full of 'em.
> >
> > Judy Kestner
> > Calallen (NW Corpus christi)
> >
> > ---- Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> wrote:
> >
> > =============
> > .
> > I always love observing and listening to Western Kingbird and I have
> > been especially watching these kingbirds in Leander and Cedar Park
> > this
> season.
> > Of 7 breeding locations I have monitored all but 2 are in shopping
> > centers. As of this morning 5 pairs have completed nesting and have
> > left those nest sites completely....Another site has freshly fledged
> > birds
> still
> > in the general area.. In Leander I found the first mixed family
> > congregation of WKs numbering 14 that I could count along a stretch
> > of fence line.. This is what one would usually see a week or so
> > later and right before the big disappearing act in Cen-Tex. on Aug.
> > 8 (though there are lingering birds after that)....Will be curious
> > to see if the Aug. 8 deal advances this season.
> >
> > Hatch year birds are everywhere now and for some species the
> > breeding season is a wrap. Was at a small lake this AM and had 11
> > Green Herons...All but two where hatch year birds.
> >
> >
> > --
> >
> > Brush Freeman
> > <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
> > Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
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Date: 7/17/17 9:18 am
From: Keith Hackland Innkeeper, Alamo Inn B&B <alamoinn...> <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender alamoinn for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR and the wall
I am writing in support of Michael Marsden who provided very useful comments yesterday. This wall is a situation where cool heads will prevail and facts on the ground count. Politics at times obscures the facts on the ground. Since it started I have been a keen observer of the wall and its effects in the LRGV.

There is an old levy probably completed in the 1950s or earlier, with a canal next to it, that run outside along the northern boundary of Santa Ana NWR, and between the visitor center area and the refuge proper. The road and walking path into Santa Ana NWR lead accross the levy.The agencies that maintain the levy do periodic maintenance on it, meaning that they clear it of trees and maintain grass on its sides. This serves sparrows and other seed eaters well. Several years ago the levy height was increased by four feet.


This same levy runs on the northern boundary of Bentsen RGV State Park between it and the visitor center, and on the northern boundary of Sabal Palm Sanctuary between it and the visitor center.


Where the wall has previously been built in the LRGV it has exclusively been built on the levy, for economic reasons (less costly), and due to very effective negotiation by the LRGV authorities to use the wall to strengthen the levy for flood control. Due to this fact very minimal vegetation has ever been removed in the wall sections built to date. The key is to keep it on the levy.


The wall sections that exist are designed to push people crossing the river in desired directions, for example away from urban areas. There are openings for gates, but I am not aware of any gates that have been erected or are in use. Currently there is and always has been free movement through and around current wall sections. The wall does impact terrestrial wildlife and direct access to private land lying behind it. It has also reduced Border Patrol traffic on some of the lands along the river.


This is a very emotional and political issue, and no more so than in the Valley amongst me and my neighbors here. I fully understand that. This is another fact in the situation that we respect.


Keith Hackland
Alamo, TX



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Date: 7/16/17 5:45 pm
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update 476 Species
here is an update for last weekends trip to the Guadalupe Mountains
National Park taking me too 476 species for the year.

https://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2017/07/the-guads-part-1.html

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Date: 7/16/17 12:59 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Mississippi Kite - Travis County
That is great! We had a continuing MIKI, one of two,
at Webberville this AM which Ebird flags for Travis Co.
On Sun, Jul 16, 2017 at 2:42 PM Jean Martin <jeanmartin...>
wrote:

> Texbirders,
>
>
> I was surprised this morning to see an adult Mississippi Kite soaring low
> over a street in my neighborhood of NW Austin (a mile northeast of the
> Arboretum area). I feel confident about the identity of the kite, as I
> could see the dark gray trailing edges of the wings and dark undertail,
> with
> lighter gray underbody and leading edges of wings and lighter head. Also, I
> was birding in the Texas Panhandle for five days earlier this month and saw
> dozens of Mississippi Kites from various angles and distances. Since this
> isn't a species seen regularly in the county during summer, I checked the
> TOS Handbook of Texas Birds and found that Travis County is right on the
> edge of their breeding range.
>
>
>
> I checked eBird and noticed that Byron Stone reported having seen two adult
> MIKIs in the Northwest Hills area of Austin 4 days ago (7/12). The location
> where I spotted the one individual is about 3 miles NNE of the location
> Byron marked on the eBird map. So, Austin birders, keep your eyes open for
> these lovely kites.
>
>
>
> Jean Martin
>
> Austin
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Date: 7/16/17 12:42 pm
From: Jean Martin <jeanmartin...>
Subject: [texbirds] Mississippi Kite - Travis County
Texbirders,


I was surprised this morning to see an adult Mississippi Kite soaring low
over a street in my neighborhood of NW Austin (a mile northeast of the
Arboretum area). I feel confident about the identity of the kite, as I
could see the dark gray trailing edges of the wings and dark undertail, with
lighter gray underbody and leading edges of wings and lighter head. Also, I
was birding in the Texas Panhandle for five days earlier this month and saw
dozens of Mississippi Kites from various angles and distances. Since this
isn't a species seen regularly in the county during summer, I checked the
TOS Handbook of Texas Birds and found that Travis County is right on the
edge of their breeding range.



I checked eBird and noticed that Byron Stone reported having seen two adult
MIKIs in the Northwest Hills area of Austin 4 days ago (7/12). The location
where I spotted the one individual is about 3 miles NNE of the location
Byron marked on the eBird map. So, Austin birders, keep your eyes open for
these lovely kites.



Jean Martin

Austin



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Date: 7/16/17 11:42 am
From: Tim Keitt <tkeitt...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
http://www.keittlab.org/
On Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 3:17 PM, Gene Majors <genemajors...> wrote:

> Is an environmental impact study required?
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>

Unfortunately, the REAL ID act exempted border barrier construction from
any requirement of an environmental impact statement.

You can read a bit more here:
https://sites.cns.utexas.edu/sites/default/files/keittlab/files/usmex2011.pdf

Please call your representatives. It does make a difference.

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Austin


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Date: 7/16/17 11:34 am
From: Jc dipper <dipper2c...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Central Texas breeding hummingbird RFI
Not the County you asked about, but
In Comal County in New Braunfels
I have had RTHU and BCHU at my feeders since June.
I have not followed them to neighbor's oaks where they frequent to search
for nests.
I have seen both male RTHU and a very white bellied female with a different
green back color than BCHU that is probably RTHU as well.

In 2015 I also had RTHU throughout the summer visiting my feeders in town.

Julie Crouch
New Braunfels near Gruene


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Date: 7/16/17 11:33 am
From: Kevin Morgan <cowboyinbrla...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
>>Based on my experience with portions of the wall erected in Arizona and
Texas there is a) a 50-100 meter wide strip of land - on both sides of the
wall, when practiceable - cleared of vegetation and b) no access beyond the
wall<<

If I'm not mistaken, Sabal Palm Sanctuary is essentially completely on the
river side of the wall in Brownsville, and it is still accessible to the
public.

That is not to defend this travesty being proposed to cut through Santa Ana,
but it suggests that, at least in the past, some accommodations have
been/can be made for access to facilities on the river side.

Kevin Morgan

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Date: 7/16/17 7:15 am
From: Michael Marsden <valleybirders...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
This is being litigated at the moment. The Government is apparently
proposing to use the powers given it by the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (a law
passed, by the way, with the support of Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer)
to build the Santa Ana section of the wall. The Center for Biological
Diversity and Rep. Raul Graijalva (Dem - AZ) have already started a lawsuit
that would, if successful, require the Department of Homeland Security to
comply with the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act and
other environmental laws before carrying out work under the 2006 Act.
On issues such as this the CBD (www.biological diversity.org) is by far the
most effective organization in the country and merits the support of all
Texbirders who care for the environment.

Michael


On Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 3:17 PM, Gene Majors <genemajors...> wrote:

> Is an environmental impact study required?
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Jul 15, 2017, at 3:01 PM, Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
> wrote:
> >
> > This is of great concern to me, since it would greatly limit
> accessibility and would impact some habitat directly. I personally doubt it
> would destroy the refuge habitat, since as I understand it the wall would
> be built on the levee itself. For those not familiar, the levee/canal runs
> essentially on the north side of Santa Ana, although the refuge
> headquarters and some nice habitat is on the north side. So far I haven't
> seen anything about a general vegetation removal from this 2000 acre
> refuge--if anyone knows anything, I would be greatly interested.
> >
> > What I am really interested in/concerned about) is the plans (if any)
> for access by the public (and even perhaps refuge staff), since that could
> become a lot more difficult! Santa Ana is one of the few spots where one
> can see anything like the native Valley riparian woodland/wetland complex,
> and it is obviously visited in very large numbers of visiting
> birders/ecotourists as well as local residents and school groups.
> >
> > Again, I do not want to minimize the concern over this crown jewel and I
> am personally against a wall there--at the very least, it should be the
> last place to put a wall, not the first one in this new bout. I (and others
> I am sure) will be checking into it. If there was little or no access, it
> might destroy the functionality of the refuge.
> >
> > Regards,
> > Tim Brush
> > Edinburg, TX
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
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> > Sent: Saturday, July 15, 2017 10:46 AM
> > To: <texbirds...>
> > Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
> >
> > Headline: Trump Administration Preparing Texas Wildlife Refuge for
> First Border Wall Segment If the levee wall is constructed, it will
> essentially destroy the refuge, a federal official told the Observer.
> >
> > https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.
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Date: 7/15/17 9:07 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
Good luck with the protests - I had forgotten about the Sabal Palm property
- as I recall quite a bit of protest went into preserving that access - and
it worked:)
On Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 10:00 PM, Madeleine Sandefur <madi.s44...>
wrote:

> Anthony - there is already an example in Texas where access to the public
> IS allowed behind the wall: Sabal Palm Sanctuary in Brownsville. However,
> it may be that perhaps that is the exception, because I believe that is
> private property and not federal land.
>
> There are groups here in the RGV who are actively fighting this - there
> was a protest there today, for example. We can't lose Santa Ana -- the
> Winter Texans will riot!
>
> Madeleine Sandefur
> Laguna Vista
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> > On Jul 15, 2017, at 8:41 PM, Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Greetings Tim Brush:
> > Based on my experience with portions of the wall erected in Arizona and
> > Texas there is a) a 50-100 meter wide strip of land - on both sides of
> the
> > wall, when practiceable - cleared of vegetation and b) no access beyond
> the
> > wall. The land becomes, essentially, U.S. territory ceded to Mexico with
> > access limited to local landowners (sometimes) and federal law
> > enforcement. There are good stretches of birding in west Texas that have
> > already been stranded on the other side of existing stretches of the
> wall.
> >
> > National Wildlife Refuges and National Parks are going to be easier
> > pickings for the build the wall folk ... as the land is already in
> federal
> > hands; they don't have to worry about court cases as much when eminent
> > domain is not involved.
> >
> > It is possible, I suppose, that some kind of special access will be
> > arranged for this particular refuge but it wouldn't be consistent with
> > existing practice.
> >
> > On the positive side, the human footprint (assuming that The Border
> Patrol
> > does an effective job of policing the far side of the wall) might be
> > greatly reduced and the area beyond the wall might become better habitat
> > for wildlife.
> >
> > As somebody else put it, elections have consequences. As I will put it,
> > this particular consequence has slid under the radar.
> >
> > Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock
> >
> > On Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 3:01 PM, Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> This is of great concern to me, since it would greatly limit
> accessibility
> >> and would impact some habitat directly. I personally doubt it would
> destroy
> >> the refuge habitat, since as I understand it the wall would be built on
> the
> >> levee itself. For those not familiar, the levee/canal runs essentially
> on
> >> the north side of Santa Ana, although the refuge headquarters and some
> nice
> >> habitat is on the north side. So far I haven't seen anything about a
> >> general vegetation removal from this 2000 acre refuge--if anyone knows
> >> anything, I would be greatly interested.
> >>
> >> What I am really interested in/concerned about) is the plans (if any)
> for
> >> access by the public (and even perhaps refuge staff), since that could
> >> become a lot more difficult! Santa Ana is one of the few spots where one
> >> can see anything like the native Valley riparian woodland/wetland
> complex,
> >> and it is obviously visited in very large numbers of visiting
> >> birders/ecotourists as well as local residents and school groups.
> >>
> >> Again, I do not want to minimize the concern over this crown jewel and I
> >> am personally against a wall there--at the very least, it should be the
> >> last place to put a wall, not the first one in this new bout. I (and
> others
> >> I am sure) will be checking into it. If there was little or no access,
> it
> >> might destroy the functionality of the refuge.
> >>
> >> Regards,
> >> Tim Brush
> >> Edinburg, TX
> >>
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:texbirds-bounce@
> freelists.org]
> >> On Behalf Of <bertf...>
> >> Sent: Saturday, July 15, 2017 10:46 AM
> >> To: <texbirds...>
> >> Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
> >>
> >> Headline: Trump Administration Preparing Texas Wildlife Refuge for
> First
> >> Border Wall Segment If the levee wall is constructed, it will
> essentially
> >> destroy the refuge, a federal official told the Observer.
> >>
> >> https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.
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Date: 7/15/17 8:27 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
...
Thank you...This has become pretty heated on FB to the point some of the
best discussion and long running discourse was deleted by the list owner
due to a few trolls....It continues under another heading. Stand firm
there. The more that know the better...I am posting a few links to national
news sources in hope they will pick it up....I am sure you have done the
same.

On Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 10:00 PM, Madeleine Sandefur <madi.s44...>
wrote:

> Anthony - there is already an example in Texas where access to the public
> IS allowed behind the wall: Sabal Palm Sanctuary in Brownsville. However,
> it may be that perhaps that is the exception, because I believe that is
> private property and not federal land.
>
> There are groups here in the RGV who are actively fighting this - there
> was a protest there today, for example. We can't lose Santa Ana -- the
> Winter Texans will riot!
>
> Madeleine Sandefur
> Laguna Vista
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> > On Jul 15, 2017, at 8:41 PM, Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Greetings Tim Brush:
> > Based on my experience with portions of the wall erected in Arizona and
> > Texas there is a) a 50-100 meter wide strip of land - on both sides of
> the
> > wall, when practiceable - cleared of vegetation and b) no access beyond
> the
> > wall. The land becomes, essentially, U.S. territory ceded to Mexico with
> > access limited to local landowners (sometimes) and federal law
> > enforcement. There are good stretches of birding in west Texas that have
> > already been stranded on the other side of existing stretches of the
> wall.
> >
> > National Wildlife Refuges and National Parks are going to be easier
> > pickings for the build the wall folk ... as the land is already in
> federal
> > hands; they don't have to worry about court cases as much when eminent
> > domain is not involved.
> >
> > It is possible, I suppose, that some kind of special access will be
> > arranged for this particular refuge but it wouldn't be consistent with
> > existing practice.
> >
> > On the positive side, the human footprint (assuming that The Border
> Patrol
> > does an effective job of policing the far side of the wall) might be
> > greatly reduced and the area beyond the wall might become better habitat
> > for wildlife.
> >
> > As somebody else put it, elections have consequences. As I will put it,
> > this particular consequence has slid under the radar.
> >
> > Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock
> >
> > On Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 3:01 PM, Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> This is of great concern to me, since it would greatly limit
> accessibility
> >> and would impact some habitat directly. I personally doubt it would
> destroy
> >> the refuge habitat, since as I understand it the wall would be built on
> the
> >> levee itself. For those not familiar, the levee/canal runs essentially
> on
> >> the north side of Santa Ana, although the refuge headquarters and some
> nice
> >> habitat is on the north side. So far I haven't seen anything about a
> >> general vegetation removal from this 2000 acre refuge--if anyone knows
> >> anything, I would be greatly interested.
> >>
> >> What I am really interested in/concerned about) is the plans (if any)
> for
> >> access by the public (and even perhaps refuge staff), since that could
> >> become a lot more difficult! Santa Ana is one of the few spots where one
> >> can see anything like the native Valley riparian woodland/wetland
> complex,
> >> and it is obviously visited in very large numbers of visiting
> >> birders/ecotourists as well as local residents and school groups.
> >>
> >> Again, I do not want to minimize the concern over this crown jewel and I
> >> am personally against a wall there--at the very least, it should be the
> >> last place to put a wall, not the first one in this new bout. I (and
> others
> >> I am sure) will be checking into it. If there was little or no access,
> it
> >> might destroy the functionality of the refuge.
> >>
> >> Regards,
> >> Tim Brush
> >> Edinburg, TX
> >>
> >> -----Original Message-----
> >> From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:texbirds-bounce@
> freelists.org]
> >> On Behalf Of <bertf...>
> >> Sent: Saturday, July 15, 2017 10:46 AM
> >> To: <texbirds...>
> >> Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
> >>
> >> Headline: Trump Administration Preparing Texas Wildlife Refuge for
> First
> >> Border Wall Segment If the levee wall is constructed, it will
> essentially
> >> destroy the refuge, a federal official told the Observer.
> >>
> >> https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.
> >> texasobserver.org%2Ftrump-border-wall-texas-wildlife-
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Date: 7/15/17 8:00 pm
From: Madeleine Sandefur <madi.s44...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
Anthony - there is already an example in Texas where access to the public IS allowed behind the wall: Sabal Palm Sanctuary in Brownsville. However, it may be that perhaps that is the exception, because I believe that is private property and not federal land.

There are groups here in the RGV who are actively fighting this - there was a protest there today, for example. We can't lose Santa Ana -- the Winter Texans will riot!

Madeleine Sandefur
Laguna Vista

Sent from my iPad

> On Jul 15, 2017, at 8:41 PM, Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> wrote:
>
> Greetings Tim Brush:
> Based on my experience with portions of the wall erected in Arizona and
> Texas there is a) a 50-100 meter wide strip of land - on both sides of the
> wall, when practiceable - cleared of vegetation and b) no access beyond the
> wall. The land becomes, essentially, U.S. territory ceded to Mexico with
> access limited to local landowners (sometimes) and federal law
> enforcement. There are good stretches of birding in west Texas that have
> already been stranded on the other side of existing stretches of the wall.
>
> National Wildlife Refuges and National Parks are going to be easier
> pickings for the build the wall folk ... as the land is already in federal
> hands; they don't have to worry about court cases as much when eminent
> domain is not involved.
>
> It is possible, I suppose, that some kind of special access will be
> arranged for this particular refuge but it wouldn't be consistent with
> existing practice.
>
> On the positive side, the human footprint (assuming that The Border Patrol
> does an effective job of policing the far side of the wall) might be
> greatly reduced and the area beyond the wall might become better habitat
> for wildlife.
>
> As somebody else put it, elections have consequences. As I will put it,
> this particular consequence has slid under the radar.
>
> Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock
>
> On Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 3:01 PM, Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
> wrote:
>
>> This is of great concern to me, since it would greatly limit accessibility
>> and would impact some habitat directly. I personally doubt it would destroy
>> the refuge habitat, since as I understand it the wall would be built on the
>> levee itself. For those not familiar, the levee/canal runs essentially on
>> the north side of Santa Ana, although the refuge headquarters and some nice
>> habitat is on the north side. So far I haven't seen anything about a
>> general vegetation removal from this 2000 acre refuge--if anyone knows
>> anything, I would be greatly interested.
>>
>> What I am really interested in/concerned about) is the plans (if any) for
>> access by the public (and even perhaps refuge staff), since that could
>> become a lot more difficult! Santa Ana is one of the few spots where one
>> can see anything like the native Valley riparian woodland/wetland complex,
>> and it is obviously visited in very large numbers of visiting
>> birders/ecotourists as well as local residents and school groups.
>>
>> Again, I do not want to minimize the concern over this crown jewel and I
>> am personally against a wall there--at the very least, it should be the
>> last place to put a wall, not the first one in this new bout. I (and others
>> I am sure) will be checking into it. If there was little or no access, it
>> might destroy the functionality of the refuge.
>>
>> Regards,
>> Tim Brush
>> Edinburg, TX
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>]
>> On Behalf Of <bertf...>
>> Sent: Saturday, July 15, 2017 10:46 AM
>> To: <texbirds...>
>> Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
>>
>> Headline: Trump Administration Preparing Texas Wildlife Refuge for First
>> Border Wall Segment If the levee wall is constructed, it will essentially
>> destroy the refuge, a federal official told the Observer.
>>
>> https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.
>> texasobserver.org%2Ftrump-border-wall-texas-wildlife-
>> refuge-breaking%2F&data=02%7C01%<7Ctimothy.brush...>%
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Date: 7/15/17 6:41 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
Greetings Tim Brush:
Based on my experience with portions of the wall erected in Arizona and
Texas there is a) a 50-100 meter wide strip of land - on both sides of the
wall, when practiceable - cleared of vegetation and b) no access beyond the
wall. The land becomes, essentially, U.S. territory ceded to Mexico with
access limited to local landowners (sometimes) and federal law
enforcement. There are good stretches of birding in west Texas that have
already been stranded on the other side of existing stretches of the wall.

National Wildlife Refuges and National Parks are going to be easier
pickings for the build the wall folk ... as the land is already in federal
hands; they don't have to worry about court cases as much when eminent
domain is not involved.

It is possible, I suppose, that some kind of special access will be
arranged for this particular refuge but it wouldn't be consistent with
existing practice.

On the positive side, the human footprint (assuming that The Border Patrol
does an effective job of policing the far side of the wall) might be
greatly reduced and the area beyond the wall might become better habitat
for wildlife.

As somebody else put it, elections have consequences. As I will put it,
this particular consequence has slid under the radar.

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock

On Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 3:01 PM, Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
wrote:

> This is of great concern to me, since it would greatly limit accessibility
> and would impact some habitat directly. I personally doubt it would destroy
> the refuge habitat, since as I understand it the wall would be built on the
> levee itself. For those not familiar, the levee/canal runs essentially on
> the north side of Santa Ana, although the refuge headquarters and some nice
> habitat is on the north side. So far I haven't seen anything about a
> general vegetation removal from this 2000 acre refuge--if anyone knows
> anything, I would be greatly interested.
>
> What I am really interested in/concerned about) is the plans (if any) for
> access by the public (and even perhaps refuge staff), since that could
> become a lot more difficult! Santa Ana is one of the few spots where one
> can see anything like the native Valley riparian woodland/wetland complex,
> and it is obviously visited in very large numbers of visiting
> birders/ecotourists as well as local residents and school groups.
>
> Again, I do not want to minimize the concern over this crown jewel and I
> am personally against a wall there--at the very least, it should be the
> last place to put a wall, not the first one in this new bout. I (and others
> I am sure) will be checking into it. If there was little or no access, it
> might destroy the functionality of the refuge.
>
> Regards,
> Tim Brush
> Edinburg, TX
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>]
> On Behalf Of <bertf...>
> Sent: Saturday, July 15, 2017 10:46 AM
> To: <texbirds...>
> Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
>
> Headline: Trump Administration Preparing Texas Wildlife Refuge for First
> Border Wall Segment If the levee wall is constructed, it will essentially
> destroy the refuge, a federal official told the Observer.
>
> https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.
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Date: 7/15/17 3:35 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Western Kingbirds
Maybe why they so love HEB parking lots here.....Lights, insects,
action...? Plus we are further west I guess.
On Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 4:55 PM, Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
wrote:

> The kingbirds were only along the transmission corridors combined with a
> drought year following a dry year. When it turned wet, the transmission
> line birds sort of died out and left birds at one of the big stations but
> they left too a year or so later. The main lines they used were along the
> RR tracks so there was a food corridor too. Now a freeway and no birds
> showed up during the big drought and dry summers. So it was likely the
> towers used for nesting and good grassy grasshopper habitat under them.
> Maybe the wet years do not have the right sort of bugs. Some of the
> grasshopper/crickets etc need dry to nest successfully.
>
> On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 8:38 PM, Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> wrote:
>
>> Brush,
>> Western Kingbirds began nesting on the A&M campus in 1970 and slowly built
>> up in numbers; I believe they replaced the Scissor-tails that used to nest
>> on campus. After a few years the birds began to also nest in adjacent
>> neighborhoods, including what is known as "Northgate".
>>
>> I'll have to check through my records but they now nest around the north
>> end of Bryan Municipal Lake [where I just completed 21 years of weekly
>> surveys]. These birds also nest around the east end of "restaurant row" on
>> University Dr.
>>
>> I don't know the complete extent of nesting in Bryan-College Station, but
>> the center of abundance remains on campus.
>>
>> If I recall things correctly, in the Houston area, Western Kingbirds used
>> transmission line corridors to spread out away from their original
>> colonization.
>>
>> Keith
>>
>> On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 11:52 AM, <jkestner...> wrote:
>>
>> > It is a good year for Western Kingbirds -- Beeville is full of 'em.
>> >
>> > Judy Kestner
>> > Calallen (NW Corpus christi)
>> >
>> > ---- Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> wrote:
>> >
>> > =============
>> > .
>> > I always love observing and listening to Western Kingbird and I have
>> been
>> > especially watching these kingbirds in Leander and Cedar Park this
>> season.
>> > Of 7 breeding locations I have monitored all but 2 are in shopping
>> > centers. As of this morning 5 pairs have completed nesting and have
>> left
>> > those nest sites completely....Another site has freshly fledged birds
>> still
>> > in the general area.. In Leander I found the first mixed family
>> > congregation of WKs numbering 14 that I could count along a stretch of
>> > fence line.. This is what one would usually see a week or so later and
>> > right before the big disappearing act in Cen-Tex. on Aug. 8 (though
>> there
>> > are lingering birds after that)....Will be curious to see if the Aug. 8
>> > deal advances this season.
>> >
>> > Hatch year birds are everywhere now and for some species the breeding
>> > season is a wrap. Was at a small lake this AM and had 11 Green
>> > Herons...All but two where hatch year birds.
>> >
>> >
>> > --
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>> > <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
>> > Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
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Date: 7/15/17 3:10 pm
From: Anna Stalcup <ahstalcup...>
Subject: [texbirds] Central Texas breeding hummingbird RFI
Doc Stone,
Regarding breeding hummingbirds, I live in western Bastrop County (Cedar
Creek) and have been documenting the hummers in my yard for 5 years. I have
both black-chinned and ruby-throated hummingbirds throughout June and July.
I have more specific data if you are interested.
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Date: 7/15/17 2:56 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Western Kingbirds
The kingbirds were only along the transmission corridors combined with a
drought year following a dry year. When it turned wet, the transmission
line birds sort of died out and left birds at one of the big stations but
they left too a year or so later. The main lines they used were along the
RR tracks so there was a food corridor too. Now a freeway and no birds
showed up during the big drought and dry summers. So it was likely the
towers used for nesting and good grassy grasshopper habitat under them.
Maybe the wet years do not have the right sort of bugs. Some of the
grasshopper/crickets etc need dry to nest successfully.
On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 8:38 PM, Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> wrote:

> Brush,
> Western Kingbirds began nesting on the A&M campus in 1970 and slowly built
> up in numbers; I believe they replaced the Scissor-tails that used to nest
> on campus. After a few years the birds began to also nest in adjacent
> neighborhoods, including what is known as "Northgate".
>
> I'll have to check through my records but they now nest around the north
> end of Bryan Municipal Lake [where I just completed 21 years of weekly
> surveys]. These birds also nest around the east end of "restaurant row" on
> University Dr.
>
> I don't know the complete extent of nesting in Bryan-College Station, but
> the center of abundance remains on campus.
>
> If I recall things correctly, in the Houston area, Western Kingbirds used
> transmission line corridors to spread out away from their original
> colonization.
>
> Keith
>
> On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 11:52 AM, <jkestner...> wrote:
>
> > It is a good year for Western Kingbirds -- Beeville is full of 'em.
> >
> > Judy Kestner
> > Calallen (NW Corpus christi)
> >
> > ---- Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> wrote:
> >
> > =============
> > .
> > I always love observing and listening to Western Kingbird and I have been
> > especially watching these kingbirds in Leander and Cedar Park this
> season.
> > Of 7 breeding locations I have monitored all but 2 are in shopping
> > centers. As of this morning 5 pairs have completed nesting and have left
> > those nest sites completely....Another site has freshly fledged birds
> still
> > in the general area.. In Leander I found the first mixed family
> > congregation of WKs numbering 14 that I could count along a stretch of
> > fence line.. This is what one would usually see a week or so later and
> > right before the big disappearing act in Cen-Tex. on Aug. 8 (though there
> > are lingering birds after that)....Will be curious to see if the Aug. 8
> > deal advances this season.
> >
> > Hatch year birds are everywhere now and for some species the breeding
> > season is a wrap. Was at a small lake this AM and had 11 Green
> > Herons...All but two where hatch year birds.
> >
> >
> > --
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> > <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
> > Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
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Date: 7/15/17 2:13 pm
From: Dan Smith <dan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
Well said. As both wise and foolish men have noted of late, “Elections have consequences.” When are we going to stop electing the wreckers?
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> On Jul 15, 2017, at 11:53 AM, Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> wrote:
>
> .
> I truly feel awful about what folks 30 and younger being left with. So
> much vanishing so fast or just over-crowded to a point of uselessness.
> Over population greed, ignorance, and paranoia takes a heavy toll on a
> fragile planet.
>
> On Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 11:35 AM, Dan Smith <dan...>
> wrote:
>
>> Of course we already knew they would utterly disregard all environmental
>> and aesthetic considerations in building their damned wall.
>> Surely no one is surprised by this.
>>
>> Dan Smith
>> <dan...> <mailto:<dan...>
>> 512-451-2632
>> http://www.wordsmithofaustin.com <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 15, 2017, at 10:45 AM, <bertf...> <bertf...>
>> wrote:
>>>
>>> Headline: Trump Administration Preparing Texas Wildlife Refuge for
>> First Border Wall Segment
>>> If the levee wall is constructed, it will essentially destroy the
>> refuge, a federal official told the Observer.
>>>
>>> https://www.texasobserver.org/trump-border-wall-texas-
>> wildlife-refuge-breaking/
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Date: 7/15/17 1:41 pm
From: Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
Sadly, adding to the levee takes care of flooding and wo that protection, insurance increases and that is why local officials don't fight. If they put it there and don't destroy habitat and there is access, it might not be as dreadful, but sadly, access is too difficult with walls and gates.
Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
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> On Jul 15, 2017, at 3:01 PM, Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> wrote:
>
> This is of great concern to me, since it would greatly limit accessibility and would impact some habitat directly. I personally doubt it would destroy the refuge habitat, since as I understand it the wall would be built on the levee itself. For those not familiar, the levee/canal runs essentially on the north side of Santa Ana, although the refuge headquarters and some nice habitat is on the north side. So far I haven't seen anything about a general vegetation removal from this 2000 acre refuge--if anyone knows anything, I would be greatly interested.
>
> What I am really interested in/concerned about) is the plans (if any) for access by the public (and even perhaps refuge staff), since that could become a lot more difficult! Santa Ana is one of the few spots where one can see anything like the native Valley riparian woodland/wetland complex, and it is obviously visited in very large numbers of visiting birders/ecotourists as well as local residents and school groups.
>
> Again, I do not want to minimize the concern over this crown jewel and I am personally against a wall there--at the very least, it should be the last place to put a wall, not the first one in this new bout. I (and others I am sure) will be checking into it. If there was little or no access, it might destroy the functionality of the refuge.
>
> Regards,
> Tim Brush
> Edinburg, TX
>
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Date: 7/15/17 1:18 pm
From: Gene Majors <genemajors...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
Is an environmental impact study required?

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 15, 2017, at 3:01 PM, Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> wrote:
>
> This is of great concern to me, since it would greatly limit accessibility and would impact some habitat directly. I personally doubt it would destroy the refuge habitat, since as I understand it the wall would be built on the levee itself. For those not familiar, the levee/canal runs essentially on the north side of Santa Ana, although the refuge headquarters and some nice habitat is on the north side. So far I haven't seen anything about a general vegetation removal from this 2000 acre refuge--if anyone knows anything, I would be greatly interested.
>
> What I am really interested in/concerned about) is the plans (if any) for access by the public (and even perhaps refuge staff), since that could become a lot more difficult! Santa Ana is one of the few spots where one can see anything like the native Valley riparian woodland/wetland complex, and it is obviously visited in very large numbers of visiting birders/ecotourists as well as local residents and school groups.
>
> Again, I do not want to minimize the concern over this crown jewel and I am personally against a wall there--at the very least, it should be the last place to put a wall, not the first one in this new bout. I (and others I am sure) will be checking into it. If there was little or no access, it might destroy the functionality of the refuge.
>
> Regards,
> Tim Brush
> Edinburg, TX
>
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> Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
>
> Headline: Trump Administration Preparing Texas Wildlife Refuge for First Border Wall Segment If the levee wall is constructed, it will essentially destroy the refuge, a federal official told the Observer.
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Date: 7/15/17 1:02 pm
From: Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
This is of great concern to me, since it would greatly limit accessibility and would impact some habitat directly. I personally doubt it would destroy the refuge habitat, since as I understand it the wall would be built on the levee itself. For those not familiar, the levee/canal runs essentially on the north side of Santa Ana, although the refuge headquarters and some nice habitat is on the north side. So far I haven't seen anything about a general vegetation removal from this 2000 acre refuge--if anyone knows anything, I would be greatly interested.

What I am really interested in/concerned about) is the plans (if any) for access by the public (and even perhaps refuge staff), since that could become a lot more difficult! Santa Ana is one of the few spots where one can see anything like the native Valley riparian woodland/wetland complex, and it is obviously visited in very large numbers of visiting birders/ecotourists as well as local residents and school groups.

Again, I do not want to minimize the concern over this crown jewel and I am personally against a wall there--at the very least, it should be the last place to put a wall, not the first one in this new bout. I (and others I am sure) will be checking into it. If there was little or no access, it might destroy the functionality of the refuge.

Regards,
Tim Brush
Edinburg, TX

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Headline: Trump Administration Preparing Texas Wildlife Refuge for First Border Wall Segment If the levee wall is constructed, it will essentially destroy the refuge, a federal official told the Observer.

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Date: 7/15/17 9:55 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
.
I truly feel awful about what folks 30 and younger being left with. So
much vanishing so fast or just over-crowded to a point of uselessness.
Over population greed, ignorance, and paranoia takes a heavy toll on a
fragile planet.

On Sat, Jul 15, 2017 at 11:35 AM, Dan Smith <dan...>
wrote:

> Of course we already knew they would utterly disregard all environmental
> and aesthetic considerations in building their damned wall.
> Surely no one is surprised by this.
>
> Dan Smith
> <dan...> <mailto:<dan...>
> 512-451-2632
> http://www.wordsmithofaustin.com <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 15, 2017, at 10:45 AM, <bertf...> <bertf...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Headline: Trump Administration Preparing Texas Wildlife Refuge for
> First Border Wall Segment
> > If the levee wall is constructed, it will essentially destroy the
> refuge, a federal official told the Observer.
> >
> > https://www.texasobserver.org/trump-border-wall-texas-
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Date: 7/15/17 9:36 am
From: Dan Smith <dan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
Of course we already knew they would utterly disregard all environmental and aesthetic considerations in building their damned wall.
Surely no one is surprised by this.

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> On Jul 15, 2017, at 10:45 AM, <bertf...> <bertf...> wrote:
>
> Headline: Trump Administration Preparing Texas Wildlife Refuge for First Border Wall Segment
> If the levee wall is constructed, it will essentially destroy the refuge, a federal official told the Observer.
>
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Date: 7/15/17 8:46 am
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Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge may be in trouble
Headline: Trump Administration Preparing Texas Wildlife Refuge for First Border Wall Segment
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Date: 7/14/17 6:39 pm
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Western Kingbirds
Brush,
Western Kingbirds began nesting on the A&M campus in 1970 and slowly built
up in numbers; I believe they replaced the Scissor-tails that used to nest
on campus. After a few years the birds began to also nest in adjacent
neighborhoods, including what is known as "Northgate".

I'll have to check through my records but they now nest around the north
end of Bryan Municipal Lake [where I just completed 21 years of weekly
surveys]. These birds also nest around the east end of "restaurant row" on
University Dr.

I don't know the complete extent of nesting in Bryan-College Station, but
the center of abundance remains on campus.

If I recall things correctly, in the Houston area, Western Kingbirds used
transmission line corridors to spread out away from their original
colonization.

Keith

On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 11:52 AM, <jkestner...> wrote:

> It is a good year for Western Kingbirds -- Beeville is full of 'em.
>
> Judy Kestner
> Calallen (NW Corpus christi)
>
> ---- Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> wrote:
>
> =============
> .
> I always love observing and listening to Western Kingbird and I have been
> especially watching these kingbirds in Leander and Cedar Park this season.
> Of 7 breeding locations I have monitored all but 2 are in shopping
> centers. As of this morning 5 pairs have completed nesting and have left
> those nest sites completely....Another site has freshly fledged birds still
> in the general area.. In Leander I found the first mixed family
> congregation of WKs numbering 14 that I could count along a stretch of
> fence line.. This is what one would usually see a week or so later and
> right before the big disappearing act in Cen-Tex. on Aug. 8 (though there
> are lingering birds after that)....Will be curious to see if the Aug. 8
> deal advances this season.
>
> Hatch year birds are everywhere now and for some species the breeding
> season is a wrap. Was at a small lake this AM and had 11 Green
> Herons...All but two where hatch year birds.
>
>
> --
>
> Brush Freeman
> <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
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Date: 7/14/17 2:36 pm
From: <bertf...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Central Texas breeding hummingbird RFI
As a follow-up, a male BCHU was present in College Station from 11 Apr to 19
June 2013 and seen again 1 July 2013. It was seen by many observers on many
days and it was photographed 11 Apr and 30 Apr.
Bert Frenz
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Subject: [texbirds] Re: Central Texas breeding hummingbird RFI

Byron,
I have quite a lot of June sightings in my database.
RTHU: Austin, Bastrop, Bell, Brazos, Burleson, Falls, Freestone, Grimes,
Guadalupe, Hill, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Madison, McLennan, Robertson,
Walker, Waller, Washington.
BCHU: Bastrop, Brazos, Burleson, Dewitt, Guadalupe, Hamilton, Hill, Lee,
Limestone, McLennan, Milam, Travis, Williamson.
The ones with both RTHU and BCHU: Bastrop, Brazos, Burleson, Lee, Limestone,
McLennan.
Your question caused me to question whether BCHU is really present in Brazos
or Burleson in June and I intend to inquire about details for the few
reported sightings (6 Brazos, 1 Burleson). One report with photos is of a
BCHU present in College Station from 30 Apr to 1 June, but not mentioned
thereafter. I'll check on the other reports for details.
Bert Frenz
Oaks & Prairies of Texas
eBird reviewer, Central Brazos Valley
eBird reviewer, Belize
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Subject: [texbirds] Central Texas breeding hummingbird RFI

Hi Texbirders,
I volunteered to teach a class on hummingbirds for Travis Audubon Society
this summer, and as a result of preparing for that class I have become
interested in discerning the current line of demarcation between regular
breeding of our two Archilochus hummingbirds - Black-chinned and
Ruby-throated. I had a hard time finding Rubythroats in Travis County in
June, and I wondered what the situation is like nearby. I did find RTHU in
eastern Bastrop County in June, but it appears that the western half or
two-thirds of Bastrop County is Black-chinned territory.

So, if you live in Hays, Travis, Williamson, Bell, Gonzales, Milam, Brazos,
Ellis or Dallas Counties, or any counties adjacent to those counties, and
you are pretty sure that you had Ruby-throated Hummers breeding at your
place (or you have photographs of RTHU's in June), I would be interested in
hearing from you.


Regardless of where you live, if you are pretty sure that you had both
RTHU's and BCHU's at your place in the month of June, I would be interested
in hearing from you, especially if you have photographs of both species in
the month of June.


You can reply privately to me or post to the list-serve, as others may be
interested.


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Date: 7/14/17 2:32 pm
From: Jane F Tillman <jtillman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Neighborhood Birding Observations in Austin
Lately I have not been in the mood to drive anywhere to go birding, opting
to walk the neighborhood instead.
It has had some highlights such as today's giant rat snake up in a live
oak. I thought the birds were just making some odd gurgly noises, not like
the usual mobbing ruckus, and I almost passed by. I'm glad I stopped to
witness the snake heading down the tree imperceptibly slowly. A male
Northern Cardinal, a Downy Woodpecker, three House Sparrows and one
Carolina Wren were on hand. I expected that at least one of them would
strike the snake, but none did. See the cool snake here
https://flic.kr/p/WEVKio


This was in contrast to the raven vs mockingbird drama I watched a few days
ago. Ravens are uncommon in the neighborhood and not a welcome addition
according to mockers and gnatcatchers. The raven had a few feathers in its
bill, and I could not tell if it had just consumed a bird or maybe the
mockingbird had gotten a little too close. Anyway the mockingbird
physically attacked the raven until it vacated the premises. A local
Broad-winged Hawk also got a chilly reception a couple of days ago, but it
continues "pteeting" in the area.

Canyon Wrens were out today. I saw three and heard two others on my walk.
And there are four Western Kingbirds hanging around Stillhouse Hollow
Nature Preserve - three are fairly pale yellow, and perhaps fledged from a
closeby Randall's or HEB. They seem to be sticking together. Normally I
don't see kingbirds at the preserve.

Common Grackles have arrived in force. They used to show up in September,
but now do so in July. They and the Great-tailed Grackles, as well as the
raven, while it was here, are enjoying the many cicadas which occasionally
do get away.

I used to hear Cuckoos in the preserve and the neighborhood throughout the
breeding season, and pretty much had despaired of hearing them anymore. But
did hear one not too long ago so am more optimistic that they nested
locally.

Even though the birding is not earth-shattering, there is usually something
every day that grabs my attention.
I have found that dog-walkers and joggers are interested in what I am
seeing. It's great outreach to show them a photo of what I have just seen,
and fun too.
I did not linger at the snake spot though, as the homeowners there might
not have shared my interest...

Jane Tillman
NW Hills, Austin


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Date: 7/14/17 2:11 pm
From: <bertf...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Central Texas breeding hummingbird RFI
Byron,
I have quite a lot of June sightings in my database.
RTHU: Austin, Bastrop, Bell, Brazos, Burleson, Falls, Freestone, Grimes,
Guadalupe, Hill, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Madison, McLennan, Robertson,
Walker, Waller, Washington.
BCHU: Bastrop, Brazos, Burleson, Dewitt, Guadalupe, Hamilton, Hill, Lee,
Limestone, McLennan, Milam, Travis, Williamson.
The ones with both RTHU and BCHU: Bastrop, Brazos, Burleson, Lee, Limestone,
McLennan.
Your question caused me to question whether BCHU is really present in Brazos
or Burleson in June and I intend to inquire about details for the few
reported sightings (6 Brazos, 1 Burleson). One report with photos is of a
BCHU present in College Station from 30 Apr to 1 June, but not mentioned
thereafter. I'll check on the other reports for details.
Bert Frenz
Oaks & Prairies of Texas
eBird reviewer, Central Brazos Valley
eBird reviewer, Belize
NAB subregional editor, north-east Texas
<Bert2...>
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Subject: [texbirds] Central Texas breeding hummingbird RFI

Hi Texbirders,
I volunteered to teach a class on hummingbirds for Travis Audubon Society
this summer, and as a result of preparing for that class I have become
interested in discerning the current line of demarcation between regular
breeding of our two Archilochus hummingbirds - Black-chinned and
Ruby-throated. I had a hard time finding Rubythroats in Travis County in
June, and I wondered what the situation is like nearby. I did find RTHU in
eastern Bastrop County in June, but it appears that the western half or
two-thirds of Bastrop County is Black-chinned territory.

So, if you live in Hays, Travis, Williamson, Bell, Gonzales, Milam, Brazos,
Ellis or Dallas Counties, or any counties adjacent to those counties, and
you are pretty sure that you had Ruby-throated Hummers breeding at your
place (or you have photographs of RTHU's in June), I would be interested in
hearing from you.


Regardless of where you live, if you are pretty sure that you had both
RTHU's and BCHU's at your place in the month of June, I would be interested
in hearing from you, especially if you have photographs of both species in
the month of June.


You can reply privately to me or post to the list-serve, as others may be
interested.


Thanks in advance and good birding ya'll, Byron "Doc" Stone, Austin, Texas


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Date: 7/14/17 2:04 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Black-chinned & Ruby throat overlap
..
Matt: At the Utley place in Bastrop Co. after 30 years watching, the
Ruby-throats depart by Sept 26-29 including hatch year birds. If a hummer
shows up after that it is always of interest. Have not had enough BCs
there to know about their late dates and have not been in Cedar Park long
enough to have that figured out.

On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 2:39 PM, Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
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> I had a male Ruby-throated at Government Canyon near San Antonio on June
> 11.
> Tim Brush
> Edinburg, TX
>
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> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Black-chinned & Ruby throat overlap
>
> An angle on this comment that always interests me is the departures in
> fall of Black-chinned, since I see so many unlikely reports at a point when
> 99% of them are gone. With all the appropriate caveats, like outliers not
> following the rules, etc, BCHU migrate early. Adults where I live (north of
> San Antonio) start peeling away in early to mid August. My 4-6 ad males are
> usually down to 1 (or 2 if lucky) by Aug 15 and I have never had an ad male
> past August at my house. By early Sept, I am scrutinizing Archilochus to
> find an im BCHU. Im males are around regularly into Sept, in and around San
> Antonio (but outnumbered by RTHU) sometimes to or just past mid-Sept. Im
> males are easy to ID, given their partial gorgets, so it is no surprise
> that most records at that season are im males. And, no doubt an outlier
> will be available to break the rule, i.e. an adult male basking in Labor
> Day sun, but there is no doubt the majority of adult males are long gone by
> then.
> So in this area, any BC after mid Sept is worthy of scrutiny. Yes, we get
> the odd one even in winter; and, there are more lingering further south,
> west, and on the Gulf; but for this area and points further north and east,
> cautious identifications of these hummingbirds would be helpful in
> providing a better delineation of departure dates.
>
> Matt Heindel
> Fair Oaks Ranch, TX
>
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> > and have been observing both species in my back yard every year,
> > without fail, since 2007.
> > They usually arrive in late March, Black-chinned males show, up first
> > and usually depart in late September or early October. My observation
> > is that they return south just a day or two before a cold front comes in.
> >
> > These shots are on the same day at the same feeder. I’ve never seen
> > both species feeding at the same feeder at the same time. Of course,
> > I cannot readily ID the females, so I could be wrong on that.
> >
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Date: 7/14/17 1:58 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Black-chinned & Ruby throat overlap
..
Matt: At the Utley place in Bastrop Co. after 30 years watching, the
Ruby-throats depart by Sept 26-29 including hatch year birds. If a hummer
shows up after that it is always of interest. Have not had enough BCs
there to know about their late dates and have not been in Cedar Park long
enough to have that figured out.



On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 2:04 PM, Matt Heindel <mtheindel...> wrote:

> An angle on this comment that always interests me is the departures in fall
> of Black-chinned, since I see so many unlikely reports at a point when 99%
> of them are gone. With all the appropriate caveats, like outliers not
> following the rules, etc, BCHU migrate early. Adults where I live (north of
> San Antonio) start peeling away in early to mid August. My 4-6 ad males are
> usually down to 1 (or 2 if lucky) by Aug 15 and I have never had an ad male
> past August at my house. By early Sept, I am scrutinizing Archilochus to
> find an im BCHU. Im males are around regularly into Sept, in and around San
> Antonio (but outnumbered by RTHU) sometimes to or just past mid-Sept. Im
> males are easy to ID, given their partial gorgets, so it is no surprise
> that most records at that season are im males. And, no doubt an outlier
> will be available to break the rule, i.e. an adult male basking in Labor
> Day sun, but there is no doubt the majority of adult males are long gone by
> then.
> So in this area, any BC after mid Sept is worthy of scrutiny. Yes, we get
> the odd one even in winter; and, there are more lingering further south,
> west, and on the Gulf; but for this area and points further north and east,
> cautious identifications of these hummingbirds would be helpful in
> providing a better delineation of departure dates.
>
> Matt Heindel
> Fair Oaks Ranch, TX
>
> On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 8:31 AM, Jim Baines <dmarc-noreply...>
> wrote:
>
> > This is in response to a TEXBIRDS mail I read yesterday, but seem to have
> > “lost” overnight.
> > I live in Copperas Cove (Coryell County) (31 06’44.09” N 97 53’01.38”
> W)'
> > and have been observing both species in my back yard every year, without
> > fail, since 2007.
> > They usually arrive in late March, Black-chinned males show, up first and
> > usually depart in late September or early October. My observation is
> that
> > they return south just a day or two before a cold front comes in.
> >
> > These shots are on the same day at the same feeder. I’ve never seen both
> > species feeding at the same feeder at the same time. Of course, I cannot
> > readily ID the females, so I could be wrong on that.
> >
> >
> > Jim Baines
> > Copperas Cove
> > 254-681-7250
> > <job23458...>
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Date: 7/14/17 12:40 pm
From: Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Black-chinned & Ruby throat overlap
I had a male Ruby-throated at Government Canyon near San Antonio on June 11.
Tim Brush
Edinburg, TX

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Subject: [texbirds] Re: Black-chinned & Ruby throat overlap

An angle on this comment that always interests me is the departures in fall of Black-chinned, since I see so many unlikely reports at a point when 99% of them are gone. With all the appropriate caveats, like outliers not following the rules, etc, BCHU migrate early. Adults where I live (north of San Antonio) start peeling away in early to mid August. My 4-6 ad males are usually down to 1 (or 2 if lucky) by Aug 15 and I have never had an ad male past August at my house. By early Sept, I am scrutinizing Archilochus to find an im BCHU. Im males are around regularly into Sept, in and around San Antonio (but outnumbered by RTHU) sometimes to or just past mid-Sept. Im males are easy to ID, given their partial gorgets, so it is no surprise that most records at that season are im males. And, no doubt an outlier will be available to break the rule, i.e. an adult male basking in Labor Day sun, but there is no doubt the majority of adult males are long gone by then.
So in this area, any BC after mid Sept is worthy of scrutiny. Yes, we get the odd one even in winter; and, there are more lingering further south, west, and on the Gulf; but for this area and points further north and east, cautious identifications of these hummingbirds would be helpful in providing a better delineation of departure dates.

Matt Heindel
Fair Oaks Ranch, TX

On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 8:31 AM, Jim Baines <dmarc-noreply...>
wrote:

> This is in response to a TEXBIRDS mail I read yesterday, but seem to
> have “lost” overnight.
> I live in Copperas Cove (Coryell County) (31 06’44.09” N 97 53’01.38” W)'
> and have been observing both species in my back yard every year,
> without fail, since 2007.
> They usually arrive in late March, Black-chinned males show, up first
> and usually depart in late September or early October. My observation
> is that they return south just a day or two before a cold front comes in.
>
> These shots are on the same day at the same feeder. I’ve never seen
> both species feeding at the same feeder at the same time. Of course,
> I cannot readily ID the females, so I could be wrong on that.
>
>
> Jim Baines
> Copperas Cove
> 254-681-7250
> <job23458...>
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Date: 7/14/17 12:26 pm
From: Matt Heindel <mtheindel...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Black-chinned & Ruby throat overlap
An angle on this comment that always interests me is the departures in fall
of Black-chinned, since I see so many unlikely reports at a point when 99%
of them are gone. With all the appropriate caveats, like outliers not
following the rules, etc, BCHU migrate early. Adults where I live (north of
San Antonio) start peeling away in early to mid August. My 4-6 ad males are
usually down to 1 (or 2 if lucky) by Aug 15 and I have never had an ad male
past August at my house. By early Sept, I am scrutinizing Archilochus to
find an im BCHU. Im males are around regularly into Sept, in and around San
Antonio (but outnumbered by RTHU) sometimes to or just past mid-Sept. Im
males are easy to ID, given their partial gorgets, so it is no surprise
that most records at that season are im males. And, no doubt an outlier
will be available to break the rule, i.e. an adult male basking in Labor
Day sun, but there is no doubt the majority of adult males are long gone by
then.
So in this area, any BC after mid Sept is worthy of scrutiny. Yes, we get
the odd one even in winter; and, there are more lingering further south,
west, and on the Gulf; but for this area and points further north and east,
cautious identifications of these hummingbirds would be helpful in
providing a better delineation of departure dates.

Matt Heindel
Fair Oaks Ranch, TX

On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 8:31 AM, Jim Baines <dmarc-noreply...>
wrote:

> This is in response to a TEXBIRDS mail I read yesterday, but seem to have
> “lost” overnight.
> I live in Copperas Cove (Coryell County) (31 06’44.09” N 97 53’01.38” W)'
> and have been observing both species in my back yard every year, without
> fail, since 2007.
> They usually arrive in late March, Black-chinned males show, up first and
> usually depart in late September or early October. My observation is that
> they return south just a day or two before a cold front comes in.
>
> These shots are on the same day at the same feeder. I’ve never seen both
> species feeding at the same feeder at the same time. Of course, I cannot
> readily ID the females, so I could be wrong on that.
>
>
> Jim Baines
> Copperas Cove
> 254-681-7250
> <job23458...>
>
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Date: 7/14/17 9:52 am
From: <jkestner...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Western Kingbirds
It is a good year for Western Kingbirds -- Beeville is full of 'em.

Judy Kestner
Calallen (NW Corpus christi)

---- Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> wrote:

=============
.
I always love observing and listening to Western Kingbird and I have been
especially watching these kingbirds in Leander and Cedar Park this season.
Of 7 breeding locations I have monitored all but 2 are in shopping
centers. As of this morning 5 pairs have completed nesting and have left
those nest sites completely....Another site has freshly fledged birds still
in the general area.. In Leander I found the first mixed family
congregation of WKs numbering 14 that I could count along a stretch of
fence line.. This is what one would usually see a week or so later and
right before the big disappearing act in Cen-Tex. on Aug. 8 (though there
are lingering birds after that)....Will be curious to see if the Aug. 8
deal advances this season.

Hatch year birds are everywhere now and for some species the breeding
season is a wrap. Was at a small lake this AM and had 11 Green
Herons...All but two where hatch year birds.


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Date: 7/14/17 9:04 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Western Kingbirds
.
I always love observing and listening to Western Kingbird and I have been
especially watching these kingbirds in Leander and Cedar Park this season.
Of 7 breeding locations I have monitored all but 2 are in shopping
centers. As of this morning 5 pairs have completed nesting and have left
those nest sites completely....Another site has freshly fledged birds still
in the general area.. In Leander I found the first mixed family
congregation of WKs numbering 14 that I could count along a stretch of
fence line.. This is what one would usually see a week or so later and
right before the big disappearing act in Cen-Tex. on Aug. 8 (though there
are lingering birds after that)....Will be curious to see if the Aug. 8
deal advances this season.

Hatch year birds are everywhere now and for some species the breeding
season is a wrap. Was at a small lake this AM and had 11 Green
Herons...All but two where hatch year birds.


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Date: 7/14/17 8:24 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Central Texas breeding hummingbird RFI
On Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 9:51 AM, Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <
<warblerwoods...> wrote:
> We have nesting ruby-throat too
> 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 14, 2017, at 9:27 AM, <mitch...> wrote:
> >
> > Hi Doc,
> >
> > I don't think this alleged "line of demarcation" is such a
> > clearcut thing. :) I believe Ruby-throats nest here in
> > Utopia in April and May and then depart to nest in peak spring
> > somewhere likely far northward. Like Costa's nest in the low
> > deserts in Feb.-Apr. and then move to foothills to nest again,
> > in that peak spring.
> >
> > Ruby-throats are present here from early April to late May.
> > Males on territory guarding the same feeder, same bird.
> > With females present. They are not sight-seeing. Recall the
> > female with egg banded in Real Co. not too long ago. They
> > nest here, blow and go, like Costa's in the southwest. I have
> > a small number of June sightings, of females and juveniles.
> > Only rarely have I had a male stay to latest May, I'd have to
> > check for June, maybe one or two. But they are present nearly
> > 60 days (not a tourist or passage bird). Most pass through
> > quickly in a few weeks, but some arrive early and stay long, I
> > believe breeding, and then they continue on.
> >
> > I also think that once you get west of San Antonio and Austin
> > the data is so spotty as to be insufficient for much more than
> > hypothesizing about if something is here or not. You may be
> > able to get some sort of line for "primary" distribution, in that
> > area, but methinks absolute is not in the cards.
> >
> > Note that in 2003 a 12" long black and yellow bird, Audubon's
> > Oriole, was resident in the south central Edwards Plateau,
> > unknown to the birding community. Where hundreds to thousands
> > of birding tourists annually. The ranch wives knew, but birders
> > didn't. They were all told they were seeing Scott's Oriole,
> > by passing birders! :)
> >
> > Have a look at the SW corner of winter ranges mapped in the
> > standard field guides the last 5 decades for Pine Warbler and
> > Rusty Blackbird. None show them to be expected in Utopia in winter.
> > Both are regular. Once you get west of the major population
> > centers in central Texas, the maps get mighty weak mighty fast,
> > and might not be giving a very accurate idea all the time.
> > Even for common North American species. Coverage is closer to
> > spotty than thorough for about 98% of the Edwards Plateau. :)
> >
> > regards,
> > Mitch
> >
> > Mitch Heindel
> > Utopia
> > www.utopianature.com
> >
> >
> >> On 2017-07-13 12:26, <dmarc-noreply...> wrote:
> >> Hi Texbirders,
> >> I volunteered to teach a class on hummingbirds for Travis Audubon
> >> Society this summer, and as a result of preparing for that class I
> >> have become interested in discerning the current line of demarcation
> >> between regular breeding of our two Archilochus hummingbirds -
> >> Black-chinned and Ruby-throated. I had a hard time finding Rubythroats
> >> in Travis County in June, and I wondered what the situation is like
> >> nearby. I did find RTHU in eastern Bastrop County in June, but it
> >> appears that the western half or two-thirds of Bastrop County is
> >> Black-chinned territory.
> >>
> >> So, if you live in Hays, Travis, Williamson, Bell, Gonzales, Milam,
> >> Brazos, Ellis or Dallas Counties, or any counties adjacent to those
> >> counties, and you are pretty sure that you had Ruby-throated Hummers
> >> breeding at your place (or you have photographs of RTHU's in June), I
> >> would be interested in hearing from you.
> >>
> >>
> >> Regardless of where you live, if you are pretty sure that you had both
> >> RTHU's and BCHU's at your place in the month of June, I would be
> >> interested in hearing from you, especially if you have photographs of
> >> both species in the month of June.
> >>
> >>
> >> You can reply privately to me or post to the list-serve, as others may
> >> be interested.
> >>
> >>
> >> Thanks in advance and good birding ya'll,
> >> Byron "Doc" Stone, Austin, Texas
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>

Both breed commonly in Bastrop Co. especially in the western half. At the
Utley place it is usually Ruby-throats, except a couple of years ago the
Black-chinned had it covered... Black chins and Ruby-throats both can be
found locally as breeders as far east as Upton Delhi (Caldwell) and
Gonzales. Black Chins are the only hummingbird that I know of to breed in
Port O'Connor proper. There may be little to my observation, but
Ruby-throats seem to like it more wooded and perhaps mesic than BCs.


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Date: 7/14/17 7:52 am
From: Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Central Texas breeding hummingbird RFI
We have nesting ruby-throat too
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 14, 2017, at 9:27 AM, <mitch...> wrote:
>
> Hi Doc,
>
> I don't think this alleged "line of demarcation" is such a
> clearcut thing. :) I believe Ruby-throats nest here in
> Utopia in April and May and then depart to nest in peak spring
> somewhere likely far northward. Like Costa's nest in the low
> deserts in Feb.-Apr. and then move to foothills to nest again,
> in that peak spring.
>
> Ruby-throats are present here from early April to late May.
> Males on territory guarding the same feeder, same bird.
> With females present. They are not sight-seeing. Recall the
> female with egg banded in Real Co. not too long ago. They
> nest here, blow and go, like Costa's in the southwest. I have
> a small number of June sightings, of females and juveniles.
> Only rarely have I had a male stay to latest May, I'd have to
> check for June, maybe one or two. But they are present nearly
> 60 days (not a tourist or passage bird). Most pass through
> quickly in a few weeks, but some arrive early and stay long, I
> believe breeding, and then they continue on.
>
> I also think that once you get west of San Antonio and Austin
> the data is so spotty as to be insufficient for much more than
> hypothesizing about if something is here or not. You may be
> able to get some sort of line for "primary" distribution, in that
> area, but methinks absolute is not in the cards.
>
> Note that in 2003 a 12" long black and yellow bird, Audubon's
> Oriole, was resident in the south central Edwards Plateau,
> unknown to the birding community. Where hundreds to thousands
> of birding tourists annually. The ranch wives knew, but birders
> didn't. They were all told they were seeing Scott's Oriole,
> by passing birders! :)
>
> Have a look at the SW corner of winter ranges mapped in the
> standard field guides the last 5 decades for Pine Warbler and
> Rusty Blackbird. None show them to be expected in Utopia in winter.
> Both are regular. Once you get west of the major population
> centers in central Texas, the maps get mighty weak mighty fast,
> and might not be giving a very accurate idea all the time.
> Even for common North American species. Coverage is closer to
> spotty than thorough for about 98% of the Edwards Plateau. :)
>
> regards,
> Mitch
>
> Mitch Heindel
> Utopia
> www.utopianature.com
>
>
>> On 2017-07-13 12:26, <dmarc-noreply...> wrote:
>> Hi Texbirders,
>> I volunteered to teach a class on hummingbirds for Travis Audubon
>> Society this summer, and as a result of preparing for that class I
>> have become interested in discerning the current line of demarcation
>> between regular breeding of our two Archilochus hummingbirds -
>> Black-chinned and Ruby-throated. I had a hard time finding Rubythroats
>> in Travis County in June, and I wondered what the situation is like
>> nearby. I did find RTHU in eastern Bastrop County in June, but it
>> appears that the western half or two-thirds of Bastrop County is
>> Black-chinned territory.
>>
>> So, if you live in Hays, Travis, Williamson, Bell, Gonzales, Milam,
>> Brazos, Ellis or Dallas Counties, or any counties adjacent to those
>> counties, and you are pretty sure that you had Ruby-throated Hummers
>> breeding at your place (or you have photographs of RTHU's in June), I
>> would be interested in hearing from you.
>>
>>
>> Regardless of where you live, if you are pretty sure that you had both
>> RTHU's and BCHU's at your place in the month of June, I would be
>> interested in hearing from you, especially if you have photographs of
>> both species in the month of June.
>>
>>
>> You can reply privately to me or post to the list-serve, as others may
>> be interested.
>>
>>
>> Thanks in advance and good birding ya'll,
>> Byron "Doc" Stone, Austin, Texas
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Date: 7/14/17 7:43 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Wednesday pictures from the coast
Started out a little after sunrise on east beach of Galveston. Had to dodge
showers there and also until about noon on Bolivar. Not much happening on
east beach but there were 3 banded piping plover in all of which are repeat
birds. Several unbanded birds too. A few more Wilson's plovers but not the
flocks of last week and no banded birds.
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165825303

The tricolored herons are doing well feeding along the jetty

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165825307

The willet turnover appears complete except for the birds on yacht basin
road. Western birds are setting up territories which they do not do until
the eastern birds are gone. There are now western willets back from the
beaches like along Retillon Road where easterns owned the area just a
couple of weeks ago. There are still several pairs of eastern birds on
Yacht Basin Road, all of whom have flying young of the year chicks.

Most of the ferry ride to Bolivar had no gulls or terns following or
sitting on the boat. Again only 1 magnificent frigatebird was seen on the
ride.

There are pretty good numbers of rock pigeons in Port Bolivar but a
lightning hit just a couple of blocks away and the concomitant thunder
crack showed that there are really lots of them when they all took to the
air.

A young of the year yellow-crowned night heron was not phased by the bolt
and still has some down on top of its head

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165825306

The long legs help id it from the black-crowned youngsters

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165825308

Only 7 American avocets out on the flats today. All of them are rapidly
losing the chestnut color of their heads

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165825314

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165825315

One of the continuing dunlin was out there too

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165825316

The area now has most of its normal complement of long-billed curlews

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165825320

The two lesser black-backed gulls continue

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165825319

Had my first young of the year laughing gull on the beach. It acted normal
like the other gulls even though something had just chomped off one leg

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165825317

My first of the season young sandwich tern was also out there and more were
up the coast

The tide was high on arrival but starting to fall a little and birds were
coming in to feed as flats were bared. A couple of snowy plovers were
feeding on a big brine fly hatch

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165825321

The main number of new birds out there were about 250 western sandpipers.
Some were in really bright plumage and had me looking to see if they were
something else

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165825322

More western willets were there too and most had not started to drop their
feathers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165825324

Begging young royal terns were very common

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165825330

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165825331

And the first young of the year sandwich terns arrived a couple of weeks
later than the first royal chicks

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165825337

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165825334

Cliff swallows are molting heavily in preparation for their early
migration. Birds will be moving past smith point when the hawk watch starts
on August 1.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165825338

The tides had been high again and the couple of least tern eggs just laid
last week were washed away. Only a couple of apparent nesting attempts.
Have seen no chicks yet in the beach area. There are large numbers of terns
up near high island which if checked, may have a different result.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 7/14/17 7:28 am
From: <mitch...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Central Texas breeding hummingbird RFI
Hi Doc,

I don't think this alleged "line of demarcation" is such a
clearcut thing. :) I believe Ruby-throats nest here in
Utopia in April and May and then depart to nest in peak spring
somewhere likely far northward. Like Costa's nest in the low
deserts in Feb.-Apr. and then move to foothills to nest again,
in that peak spring.

Ruby-throats are present here from early April to late May.
Males on territory guarding the same feeder, same bird.
With females present. They are not sight-seeing. Recall the
female with egg banded in Real Co. not too long ago. They
nest here, blow and go, like Costa's in the southwest. I have
a small number of June sightings, of females and juveniles.
Only rarely have I had a male stay to latest May, I'd have to
check for June, maybe one or two. But they are present nearly
60 days (not a tourist or passage bird). Most pass through
quickly in a few weeks, but some arrive early and stay long, I
believe breeding, and then they continue on.

I also think that once you get west of San Antonio and Austin
the data is so spotty as to be insufficient for much more than
hypothesizing about if something is here or not. You may be
able to get some sort of line for "primary" distribution, in that
area, but methinks absolute is not in the cards.

Note that in 2003 a 12" long black and yellow bird, Audubon's
Oriole, was resident in the south central Edwards Plateau,
unknown to the birding community. Where hundreds to thousands
of birding tourists annually. The ranch wives knew, but birders
didn't. They were all told they were seeing Scott's Oriole,
by passing birders! :)

Have a look at the SW corner of winter ranges mapped in the
standard field guides the last 5 decades for Pine Warbler and
Rusty Blackbird. None show them to be expected in Utopia in winter.
Both are regular. Once you get west of the major population
centers in central Texas, the maps get mighty weak mighty fast,
and might not be giving a very accurate idea all the time.
Even for common North American species. Coverage is closer to
spotty than thorough for about 98% of the Edwards Plateau. :)

regards,
Mitch

Mitch Heindel
Utopia
www.utopianature.com


On 2017-07-13 12:26, <dmarc-noreply...> wrote:
> Hi Texbirders,
> I volunteered to teach a class on hummingbirds for Travis Audubon
> Society this summer, and as a result of preparing for that class I
> have become interested in discerning the current line of demarcation
> between regular breeding of our two Archilochus hummingbirds -
> Black-chinned and Ruby-throated. I had a hard time finding Rubythroats
> in Travis County in June, and I wondered what the situation is like
> nearby. I did find RTHU in eastern Bastrop County in June, but it
> appears that the western half or two-thirds of Bastrop County is
> Black-chinned territory.
>
> So, if you live in Hays, Travis, Williamson, Bell, Gonzales, Milam,
> Brazos, Ellis or Dallas Counties, or any counties adjacent to those
> counties, and you are pretty sure that you had Ruby-throated Hummers
> breeding at your place (or you have photographs of RTHU's in June), I
> would be interested in hearing from you.
>
>
> Regardless of where you live, if you are pretty sure that you had both
> RTHU's and BCHU's at your place in the month of June, I would be
> interested in hearing from you, especially if you have photographs of
> both species in the month of June.
>
>
> You can reply privately to me or post to the list-serve, as others may
> be interested.
>
>
> Thanks in advance and good birding ya'll,
> Byron "Doc" Stone, Austin, Texas
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Date: 7/14/17 6:32 am
From: Jim Baines <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender job2458 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Black-chinned & Ruby throat overlap
This is in response to a TEXBIRDS mail I read yesterday, but seem to have “lost” overnight.
I live in Copperas Cove (Coryell County) (31 06’44.09” N 97 53’01.38” W)' and have been observing both species in my back yard every year, without fail, since 2007.
They usually arrive in late March, Black-chinned males show, up first and usually depart in late September or early October. My observation is that they return south just a day or two before a cold front comes in.

These shots are on the same day at the same feeder. I’ve never seen both species feeding at the same feeder at the same time. Of course, I cannot readily ID the females, so I could be wrong on that.


Jim Baines
Copperas Cove
254-681-7250
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Date: 7/13/17 3:03 pm
From: David Scott <scottrpts...>
Subject: [texbirds] Probable Audubon's Oriole at South Llano River State Park
My wife and I were leaving South Llano River State Park this morning
(approximately 10:45 am) and we heard what was probably an Audubon's
Oriole. We heard the bird sing (no visual) near the entrance of the park -
just off of Highway 377 and where the road goes over the river. The song
was very distinct -- it was melodious and syrupy.
David Scott


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Date: 7/13/17 12:27 pm
From: <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender drbirdie for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Central Texas breeding hummingbird RFI
Hi Texbirders,
I volunteered to teach a class on hummingbirds for Travis Audubon Society this summer, and as a result of preparing for that class I have become interested in discerning the current line of demarcation between regular breeding of our two Archilochus hummingbirds - Black-chinned and Ruby-throated. I had a hard time finding Rubythroats in Travis County in June, and I wondered what the situation is like nearby. I did find RTHU in eastern Bastrop County in June, but it appears that the western half or two-thirds of Bastrop County is Black-chinned territory.

So, if you live in Hays, Travis, Williamson, Bell, Gonzales, Milam, Brazos, Ellis or Dallas Counties, or any counties adjacent to those counties, and you are pretty sure that you had Ruby-throated Hummers breeding at your place (or you have photographs of RTHU's in June), I would be interested in hearing from you.


Regardless of where you live, if you are pretty sure that you had both RTHU's and BCHU's at your place in the month of June, I would be interested in hearing from you, especially if you have photographs of both species in the month of June.


You can reply privately to me or post to the list-serve, as others may be interested.


Thanks in advance and good birding ya'll,
Byron "Doc" Stone, Austin, Texas


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Date: 7/12/17 11:46 am
From: Liz Tomberlin <Liz.Tomberlin...>
Subject: [texbirds] Promote Birding Events for Free in TPWD's Migration Calendar!
Promote your Organization's Birding Event for Free in the August/September Issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife Online Magazine!
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) offers you a free listing of birding events such as lectures, guided tours, birding festivals, photographic tours, regional bird counts and specialized birding workshops.

Birding events from August 1, 2017 - July 31, 2018 will be included.

PLEASE NOTE: State Parks and other TPWD facilities do not need to submit events for this calendar. There will be a paragraph at the beginning of the calendar linking to the TPWD online calendar to see all birding-related events offered by TPWD.

Submission deadline is Friday, July 28. Include all of the information below in your event listing and email it directly to <liz.tomberlin...><mailto:<liz.tomberlin...>.

Only events submitted in the following format will be included.

Contact Name of Submitter:
Contact Phone:
Contact Email:
Event Date:
Event Name:
Short Description of Birding Event (2 sentences or less):
Host Organization Name:
Location Where Event Takes Place:
Event Time:
Cost of Entry (if any):
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Date: 7/10/17 11:57 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?
Yes I knew they were host specific and I thought about the gulls when I saw your post referring to other water birds. I am guessing there is one for gulls but I sure cannot remember them. Maybe another gull bander will chime in eventually.
Fred

From: Brush Freeman [mailto:<brushfreeman...>]
Sent: Monday, July 10, 2017 1:44 PM
To: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...><mailto:<FCollins...>>
Cc: <blainehcarnes...><mailto:<blainehcarnes...>; <texbirds...><mailto:<texbirds...>
Subject: Re: [texbirds] Re: Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?

Fred...I was reading later that "flat flies" can have specific species they use as hosts...Ex. Frigatebirds and only frigatebirds have on type of fly and boobies have a different species....If so these two species of flies are found separately on those two genera even if both birds breed in the same colony/proximity.. I assume these particulars flies, especially in the case of boobies, are not adverse to a lot of dives into salt water...?

On Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 1:18 PM, Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...><mailto:<FCollins...>> wrote:
I recall the flies being on White-wings when I banded them in Mexico in the summer of 1969. Saw them regular there. I do not recall seeing them much after that although I have banded more than 10,000 birds personally. I cannot recall even one on the Laughing Gulls in Galveston Bay but we would move so quickly just slapping bands on chicks perhaps I just don't remember them. Then too, maybe they do not get on downy young. Or maybe they don't like all that salt and sand?

Fred Collins, Director
Kleb Woods Nature Center
20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
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Fred Collins, Director
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20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
281-357-5324

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Date: 7/10/17 11:51 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?
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Date: 7/10/17 11:45 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?
Fred...I was reading later that "flat flies" can have specific species they
use as hosts...Ex. Frigatebirds and only frigatebirds have on type of fly
and boobies have a different species....If so these two species of flies
are found separately on those two genera even if both birds breed in the
same colony/proximity.. I assume these particulars flies, especially in
the case of boobies, are not adverse to a lot of dives into salt water...?
On Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 1:18 PM, Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <
<FCollins...> wrote:

> I recall the flies being on White-wings when I banded them in Mexico in
> the summer of 1969. Saw them regular there. I do not recall seeing them
> much after that although I have banded more than 10,000 birds personally. I
> cannot recall even one on the Laughing Gulls in Galveston Bay but we would
> move so quickly just slapping bands on chicks perhaps I just don't remember
> them. Then too, maybe they do not get on downy young. Or maybe they don't
> like all that salt and sand?
>
> Fred Collins, Director
> Kleb Woods Nature Center
> 20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
> 281-357-5324
>
> Harris County Precinct 3
> Steve Radack Commissioner
> www.pct3.com
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>]
> On Behalf Of Blaine Carnes
> Sent: Monday, July 10, 2017 5:45 AM
> To: <texbirds...>
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?
>
> Somewhere around 20-25% of the individuals in most bird species seem to
> have Hippoboscid flies on them. There's a whole subfamily of the things
> that specializes on birds.
> Things like raptors tend to have more (presumably from a combination of
> bird size and an extra supply of blood) and swallows and flycatchers have
> none or almost none. I would guess that younger birds have a higher rate of
> fly parasitism than older birds, but it's not necessarily an easy thing to
> measure on a banding project due to the flies flying away.
>
> It doesn't seem to vary much by region--I've seen them on birds from
> boreal forest all the way down into the tropics--and I have yet to come
> across any banders that aren't familiar with "flat-flies".
>
> --Blaine Carnes
> Coppell
> Currently in Canada
>
>
>
> > From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
> > Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2017 15:42:06 -0500
> > Subject: [texbirds] Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?
> >
> > ...
> > Was watching a White-winged Dove sunning on the path out front under
> > a scorching sun. I noticed two small things moving on the wing and
> > left side of bird as it sunned. A brief look through bins caught one.
> > It appeared to be a Hippoboscid species but I am not aware of these
> > predating on White-winged Doves, though I know they frequent larger
> > colonial birds (pelicans, boobies, cormorants etc.) and I have seen
> > them on captive Columbids.
> > Is this something that banders and hunters of WWDOs encounter regularly?
> > --
> >
> > Brush Freeman
> > <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
> > Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
> >
> >
> >
> > ------------------------------
> >
> > From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
> > Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2017 16:17:00 -0500
> > Subject: [texbirds] Re: Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?
> >
> > Brush,
> > Hippoboscid flied do not discriminate by size. I'd have to look back
> > on my records, but I'm fairly certain that I've taken them from birds
> > smaller than a White-winged Dove.
> >
> > Keith
> >
>
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Date: 7/10/17 11:35 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Louise Gambill
Yes they were a delight and were the original rare bird report in the valley. We always hoped to run into them sooner than later during a trip. In fact, if we heard they were at a place we would go there just to find out the latest scoop. I sure miss those days. People telling people about birds instead of ebird, facebook, texbirds etc.

Fred Collins, Director
Kleb Woods Nature Center
20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
281-357-5324

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner
www.pct3.com




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From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Brush Freeman
Sent: Sunday, July 09, 2017 10:53 AM
To: Charles W. Easley <cwebirds...>
Cc: Frank Bumgardner <fbumgardner...>; <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Louise Gambill

Back in the day when I birded the valley more...It was hard not to run into Red and Louise somewhere and often at multiple places. They served as sort of bulletin board for what was around and who was birding in the valley..... Know I have many memories of them together down there and am sure many others do as well.
On Sun, Jul 9, 2017 at 9:50 AM, Charles W. Easley <cwebirds...> wrote:

> Lucky to have birded during the time they did in Texas. Louise was a
> sweet person and complimented Red always in their search for birds.
> Don’t remember seeing either one of them birding alone, they were
> always together, what a love story.
> Some of us older birders now beg the question? Which one of our friends,
> or us will be next?
> Texas birds and TEXAS BIRDERS, always #1.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Frank Bumgardner
> Sent: Saturday, July 08, 2017 7:14 PM
> To: '<texbirds...>'
> Subject: [texbirds] Louise Gambill
>
> It is great sorrow that we have lost a great lady of birding. She
> passed away peacefully on Thursday afternoon in Ohio. Her and Red were
> our best friends for over fifty years. We had great times together.
>
>
>
>
> Frank Bumgardner
>
> China Spring, TX
>
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Date: 7/10/17 11:19 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?
I recall the flies being on White-wings when I banded them in Mexico in the summer of 1969. Saw them regular there. I do not recall seeing them much after that although I have banded more than 10,000 birds personally. I cannot recall even one on the Laughing Gulls in Galveston Bay but we would move so quickly just slapping bands on chicks perhaps I just don't remember them. Then too, maybe they do not get on downy young. Or maybe they don't like all that salt and sand?

Fred Collins, Director
Kleb Woods Nature Center
20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
281-357-5324

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner
www.pct3.com




-----Original Message-----
From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Blaine Carnes
Sent: Monday, July 10, 2017 5:45 AM
To: <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?

Somewhere around 20-25% of the individuals in most bird species seem to have Hippoboscid flies on them. There's a whole subfamily of the things that specializes on birds.
Things like raptors tend to have more (presumably from a combination of bird size and an extra supply of blood) and swallows and flycatchers have none or almost none. I would guess that younger birds have a higher rate of fly parasitism than older birds, but it's not necessarily an easy thing to measure on a banding project due to the flies flying away.

It doesn't seem to vary much by region--I've seen them on birds from boreal forest all the way down into the tropics--and I have yet to come across any banders that aren't familiar with "flat-flies".

--Blaine Carnes
Coppell
Currently in Canada



> From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
> Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2017 15:42:06 -0500
> Subject: [texbirds] Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?
>
> ...
> Was watching a White-winged Dove sunning on the path out front under
> a scorching sun. I noticed two small things moving on the wing and
> left side of bird as it sunned. A brief look through bins caught one.
> It appeared to be a Hippoboscid species but I am not aware of these
> predating on White-winged Doves, though I know they frequent larger
> colonial birds (pelicans, boobies, cormorants etc.) and I have seen
> them on captive Columbids.
> Is this something that banders and hunters of WWDOs encounter regularly?
> --
>
> Brush Freeman
> <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
> Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2017 16:17:00 -0500
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?
>
> Brush,
> Hippoboscid flied do not discriminate by size. I'd have to look back
> on my records, but I'm fairly certain that I've taken them from birds
> smaller than a White-winged Dove.
>
> Keith
>


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Date: 7/10/17 3:46 am
From: Blaine Carnes <blainehcarnes...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?
Somewhere around 20-25% of the individuals in most bird species seem to
have Hippoboscid flies on them. There's a whole subfamily of the things
that specializes on birds.
Things like raptors tend to have more (presumably from a combination of
bird size and an extra supply of blood) and swallows and flycatchers have
none or almost none. I would guess that younger birds have a higher rate of
fly parasitism than older birds, but it's not necessarily an easy thing to
measure on a banding project due to the flies flying away.

It doesn't seem to vary much by region--I've seen them on birds from boreal
forest all the way down into the tropics--and I have yet to come across any
banders that aren't familiar with "flat-flies".

--Blaine Carnes
Coppell
Currently in Canada



> From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
> Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2017 15:42:06 -0500
> Subject: [texbirds] Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?
>
> ...
> Was watching a White-winged Dove sunning on the path out front under a
> scorching sun. I noticed two small things moving on the wing and left side
> of bird as it sunned. A brief look through bins caught one. It appeared to
> be a Hippoboscid species but I am not aware of these predating on
> White-winged Doves, though I know they frequent larger colonial birds
> (pelicans, boobies, cormorants etc.) and I have seen them on captive
> Columbids.
> Is this something that banders and hunters of WWDOs encounter regularly?
> --
>
> Brush Freeman
> <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
> Date: Sun, 9 Jul 2017 16:17:00 -0500
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?
>
> Brush,
> Hippoboscid flied do not discriminate by size. I'd have to look back on my
> records, but I'm fairly certain that I've taken them from birds smaller
> than a White-winged Dove.
>
> Keith
>


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Date: 7/9/17 2:17 pm
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?
Brush,
Hippoboscid flied do not discriminate by size. I'd have to look back on my
records, but I'm fairly certain that I've taken them from birds smaller
than a White-winged Dove.

Keith

On Sunday, July 9, 2017, Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> wrote:

> ...
> Was watching a White-winged Dove sunning on the path out front under a
> scorching sun. I noticed two small things moving on the wing and left side
> of bird as it sunned. A brief look through bins caught one. It appeared to
> be a Hippoboscid species but I am not aware of these predating on
> White-winged Doves, though I know they frequent larger colonial birds
> (pelicans, boobies, cormorants etc.) and I have seen them on captive
> Columbids.
> Is this something that banders and hunters of WWDOs encounter regularly?
> --
>
> Brush Freeman
> <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
>
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Date: 7/9/17 2:15 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from Lynn County - Yesterday
Greetings All:
I spent most of yesterday chasing critters in Lynn County - the
photographic highlight finally capturing an image of one of the dratted
Yellow-breast Chats at Tahoka Lake Pasture; the photographic lowlight
missing a gorgeous Giant Swallowtail as it blasted by at high speed and
disappeared into an across-a-fence soapberry/hackberry thicket. Can't get
'em all, I guess:)

Most of the morning was spent at Tahoka Lake Pasture/Tahoka Lake and the
rest of the day was spent wandering the rest of the county and highlights
included 28 Blue-winged Teals at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 1 Green-winged
Teal at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 2 Ruddy Ducks at Skeen Playa, 2 Scaled
Quails at the CR EE Wetlands, 3 Scaled Quails at the CR 25 x FM 1054
Woodlot, 2 Eared Grebes at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 8 Black-necked Stilts
at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 72 Black-necked Stilts at Skeen Playa, 10
Black-necked Stilts at Tahoka Lake, 2 Black-necked Stilts in Wilson, 2
American Avocets at the CR 25 x FM 1054 Playa, 6 American Avocets east of
West Point, 2 American Avocets near Lakeview, 4 American Avocets at Tahoka
Lake, 7 American Avocets west of Tahoka, 2 American Avocets in Wilson, 2
Snowy Plovers at Skeen Playa, 14 Snowy Plovers at Tahoka Lake, 3 Snowy
Plovers in Wilson, 2 Upland Sandpipers at Tahoka Lake Pasture, 12 Baird's
Sandpipers at Tahoka Lake, 3 Least Sandpipers near Lakeview, 8 Least
Sandpipers at Tahoka Lake, 2 Least Sandpipers west of Tahoka, 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper west of Tahoka, 6 Western Sandpipers west of Tahoka,
2 Greater Yellowlegs at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 5 Greater Yellowlegs at
Tahoka Lake, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 2 Lesser
Yellowlegs near Lakeview, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs at Tahoka Lake, 62 Wilson's
Phalaropes at Tahoka Lake, 1 Double-crested Cormorant at the FM 1054 x FM
1313 Playa, 2 Double-crested Cormorants at Skeen Playa, 1 Great Egret at
the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 2 Great Egrets at Skeen Playa, 3 Snowy Egrets
at Skeen Playa, 11 Cattle Egrets at the Sam Road x FM 3332 Playa, 1 Cattle
Egret at Skeen Playa, 2 White-faced Ibises at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 1
White-faced Ibis east of West Point, 4 White-faced Ibises at the FM 1054 x
FM 1313 Playa, 2 White-faced Ibises near Lakeview, 20 White-faced Ibises at
Skeen Playa, 3 White-faced Ibises at Tahoka Lake, 14 White-faced Ibises
west of Tahoka, 1 adult Harris's Hawk in southeast Lynn County, 1 Bell's
Vireo at the CR EE Wetlands, 2 Common Ravens near Grassland, 4 Purple
Martins at Tahoka Lake Pasture, 3 Northern Rough-winged Swallows at Tahoka
Lake Pasture, 4 Cave Swallows at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 6 Cave
Swallows west of Tahoka, 2 *Verdins* at Tahoka Lake Pasture, 1 male Common
Yellowthroat at Tahoka Lake Pasture, 2 singing adults and 2 adults tending
3 fledgling *Yellow-breasted Chats* at Tahoka Lake Pasture, a stunning (if
photographs pan out) female *Summer Tanager *at Tahoka Lake Pasture, 2 male
Yellow-headed Blackbirds at the CR 25 x FM 1054 Playa, 6 male Yellow-headed
Blackbirds at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 1 male Yellow-headed Blackbird at
the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, and 1 female and 9 male Yellow-headed
Blackbirds west of Tahoka.

Things are starting to pick up; Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 7/9/17 1:50 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lubbock Area Birding Summary for June - Longish
Lubbock received 1.63 inches of rain during the month, well below the
average June total of 2.98 inches, bringing us up to 7.30 inches for the
year, falling behind the average year-to-date total of 8.65 inches. The
heat continued throughout the month and the feeling of drought became
steadily stronger - water-loving birds were increasingly concentrated at
the remaining hotpots. The end of the month saw some southward-bound
shorebirds, waterfowl and waders were in good numbers - where they could be
found, and songbirds were, as is expected in June, pretty slow.
Regional summaries of eBird data can not be acquired in a timely fashion.
As a result, records submitted to eBird may not appear in this report.
Reports from the region that are submitted to the texbirds or leasbirds
listserve can be reviewed in a timely fashion and should appear.

As always, the county follows the site in ( ) and birds are mentioned by
virtue of rarity, atypical abundance, or atypical scarcity. Water
Treatment Ponds have come to feature so prominently in these reports that
they will, henceforth, be referred to as WTP.

CACKLING GOOSE:3 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) throughout the period (JB,
AH) the only reports - ACTUALLY KIND OF LOW; WE GENERALLY HAVE MORE
SUMMERING GEESE.

CANADA GOOSE: 1 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 6/4/17 (AH) the only
report - LOW.

WOOD DUCK: 1 at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) on 6/20/17 (JB) and 1
male north of Crosbyton (Crosby) on 6/24/17 (AH) - POSSIBLY SOUTH-BOUND
BIRDS; POSSIBLY ALMOST OVERLOOKED SUMMER LINGERERS.

GADWALL: 1 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 6/4/17 (AH), 2 east of Floydada (Floyd)
on 6/16/17 (AH), 2 northwest of Dougherty (Floyd) on 6/17/17 (AH), 5 at the
Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 6/19/17 (JB), and 4 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 6/25/17
(AH) - AVERAGE NUMBERS FOR THIS RARE BREEDER.

AMERICAN WIGEON: 2-3 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) throughout the period (JB, AH) -
VERY GOOD NUMBERS, CONSIDERING THIS IS GENERALLY NOT A SUMMERING SPECIES IN
THE REGION.

BLUE-WINGED TEAL: Eleven reports of 1-10 birds and one report of 12 birds
in the region (Crosby, Floyd, Lamb, Lynn) during the period (JB, AH, PKe) -
GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER.

CINNAMON TEAL: 2 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 6/19/17 (JB) and 4 at Skeen Playa
(Lynn) on 6/25/17 (AH) - LOW NUMBERS AND NO SCATTER.

NORTHERN SHOVELER:2 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 6/4/17 (AH), 2 at
Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 6/4/17 (AH), 2 south of Floydada (Floyd) on 6/16/17
(AH), 1 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 6/17/17 (PKe), and 3 at Skeen Playa (Lynn)
on 6/25/17 (AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS LOW-DENSITY BREEDER.

NORTHERN PINTAIL: 1 northwest of Dougherty (Floyd) on 6/16/17 (AH), 2
northwest of Dougherty (Floyd) on 6/17/17 (AH), 1 at the Sam Road Playa
(Lynn) on 6/25/17 (AH), and 3 near Tahoka (Lynn) on 6/28/17 (JB) - ABOUT
AVERAGE FOR THIS LOW-DENSITY BREEDER.

GREEN-WINGED TEAL: 2 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 6/4/17 (AH), 2 south of
Floydada (Floyd) on 6/16/17 (AH), 1 southwest of Dougherty (Floyd) on
6/16/17 (AH), 4 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 6/17/17 (PKe), 3 at Skeen Playa
(Lynn) on 6/19/17 (JB), and 2 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 6/25/17 (AH) - ABOUT
AVERAGE FOR THIS LOW-DENSITY BREEDER.

REDHEAD: 2 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 6/4/17 (AH), 2 south of Floydada
(Floyd) on 6/16/17 (AH), 2 further south of Floydada (Floyd) on 6/16/17
(AH), 3 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 6/19/17 (JB), and 24 at the FM 1054 x FM
1313 Playa (Lynn) on 6/20/17 (JB) - GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER AS GOOD AS
COULD BE EXPECTED GIVEN THE LIMITED AMOUNT OF WATER IN THE REGION.

RUDDY DUCK: 3 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 6/4/17 (AH), 5 at Skeen Playa (Lynn)
on 6/19/17 (JB), 42 at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) on 6/20/17 (JB),
and 6 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 6/25/17 (AH) - GOOD NUMBERS BUT POOR SCATTER.

SCALED QUAIL: Twenty-three reports of 1-4 birds in the region (Bailey,
Cochran, Garza, Lynn, Yoakum) during the period (JB, AH) - GOOD NUMBERS AND
SCATTER; AT LEAST ONE CRITTER SEEMS TO THINK THAT DROUGHT RECOVERY IS
ONGOING.

RING-NECKED PHEASANT: Eleven reports of 1-2 bird in the region (Cochran,
Crosby, Floyd, Lamb, Yoakum) during the period (AH) - GOOD NUMBERS AND
SCATTER.

EARED GREBE: 4 at the CR Y x FM 3332 Playa (Lynn) on 6/4/17 (AH), 112 at
the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) on 6/20/17 (JB), and 2 at the CR Y x FM
3332 Playa (Lynn) on 6/25/17 (AH) - FANTASTIC NUMBERS AND VERY POOR SCATTER.

INCA DOVE: 2 in Earth (Lamb) on 6/11/17 (AH) the only report - HANGING ON
DESPITE AN ABUNDANCE OF WHITE-WINGED DOVES IN THE COMMUNITY.

COMMON POORWILL: 1 at Frog Lake (Lynn) on 6/5/17 (DH, AH) and 1 at the
White River crossing of Highway 207 (Floyd) on 6/16/17 (AH) - THE FIRST
SIGHTING IS OF MORE INTEREST AS IT IS A VERY RARE SUMMER RECORD FROM THE
WESTERN PORTION OF OUR REGION.

CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW: 1 in the woodlands north of White River Lake (Crosby) -
ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS RARELY DETECTED, LOW-DENSITY BREEDER IN THE EASTERN
PORTION OF THE REGION.

VIRGINIA RAIL: 1 at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) on 6/20/17 (JB) -
LENT ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TO THE IDEA THAT THE SPECIES MIGHT HAVE BRED IN THE
REGION THIS YEAR.

BLACK-NECKED STILT: Seventeen reports of 1-10 birds, fiver reports of 11-50
birds, and one report of 68 birds in the region (Bailey, Crosby, Floyd,
Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (GB, JB, DHa, AH, PKe, DS) - GOOD
NUMBERS AND SCATTER FOR THIS RARE TO UNCOMMON BREEDER.

AMERICAN AVOCET: Twenty-one reports of 1-10 birds and one report of 182
birds in the region (Bailey, Crosby, Floyd, Lamb, Lynn, Terry) during the
period (GB, JB, AH, PKe) - MOST OF THESE REPORTS PROBABLY REPRESENT
BREEDING BIRDS; THE REPORT OF 182 BIRDS WAS MOST LIKELY A MIGRATORY
ASSEMBLAGE.

SNOWY PLOVER: 5-6 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) throughout the period (GB, JB),
up to 13 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) throughout the month (JB, AH, PKe), and 13
at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) on 6/20/17 (JB) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR
THIS RESTRICTED -TO-SALINAS BREEDER.

UPLAND SANDPIPER: 1 near Tahoka (Lynn) on 6/28/17 (JB) - MOST LIKELY A VERY
EARLY, SOUTHBOUND MIGRANT.

LONG-BILLED CURLEW: 10 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 6/29/17 (JB) - MOST
LIKELY EARLY AND SOUTHBOUND.

LEAST SANDPIPER: 1 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 6/25/17 (AH, photograph) - MOST
LIKELY AN EARLY AND SOUTHBOUND MIGRANT.

PECTORAL SANDPIPER: 2 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 6/3/17 (GB) - MOST LIKELY
LATE AND NORTHBOUND MIGRANTS - WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE ABOUT JUNE?

SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER: 5 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 6/3/17 (GB) - MOST
LIKELY LATE AND NORTHBOUND MIGRANTS.

GREATER YELLOWLEGS: Eight reports of 1-3 birds in the region (Crosby, Lynn)
during the latter half of the period (JB, AH, KH) - WITH A GAP IN THE FIRST
HALF OF THE MONTH, THESE BIRDS WERE MOST LIKELY ALL SOMEWHAT EARLY AND
SOUTHBOUND MIGRANTS.

LESSER YELLOWLEGS: 2 near Tahoka (Lynn) on 6/28/17 (JB) and 7 at Muleshoe
NWR (Bailey) on 6/29/17 (JB) - EARLY AND SOUTHBOUND.

WILSON'S PHALAROPE: 3 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 6/3/17 (GB) and 1 at
Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 6/29/17 (JB) - THE SPECIES IS A LOW-DENSITY
BREEDER IN THE REGION BUT THESE MAY HAVE BEEN, RESPECTIVELY, LATE,
NORTHBOUND AND EARLY, SOUTHBOUND MIGRANTS.

NEOTROPIC CORMORANT; 1 adult and 1 immature at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock)
on 6/28/17 (JB) - EVIDENCE OF ANOTHER BREEDING ATTEMPT AT THIS SITE - ONE
WONDERS WHERE THE OTHER ADULT IS.

DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT: up to 6 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) throughout
the period (JB, AH), up to 3 at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn)
throughout the period (JB, AH), and up to 9 at Skeen Playa (Lynn)
throughout the period (JB, AH, PKe) - FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION IN
SUMMER; NOW A KNOWN BREEDER AT SEVERAL SITES.

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN: 1 found dead at Maxey Park (Lubbock) on 6/7/17
(DG), 1 at the Shallowater WTP (Lubbock) on 6/11/17 (AH), and 4 at Dupree
Park (Lubbock) frm 6/24/17 through 6/26/17 (CR, FR, AH, PKe, photographs) -
A RARE VISITOR TO THE REGION; MOST SCARCE IN SUMMER.

GREAT EGRET: Seven reports of 1-4 birds and one report of 15 birds in the
region (Crosby, Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (JB, DH, AH, CR, FR) -
ABOUT AVERAGE FOR SUMMERING NUMBERS; THINGS MAY PICK UP DURING THE
POST-BREEDING WANDERING PERIOD.

SNOWY EGRET: Eleven reports of 1-10 birds, two reports of 11-25 birds, and
one report of 40 birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd, Lubbock, Lynn) during
the period (JB, DH, AH, PKe, GJ, DS) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR SUMMERING NUMBERS;
THINGS MAY PICK UP DURING THE POST-BREEDING WANDERING PERIOD.

CATTLE EGRET: Twelve reports of 1-10 birds, three reports of 11-25 birds,
one report of 30 birds, and one report of 200 birds in the region (Crosby,
Floyd, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (JB, DH, AH, PKe) - GOOD
NUMBERS AND SCATTER; HAS ALMOST REBOUNDED TO HISTORICAL LEVELS.

GREEN HERON: 1 at the Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 6/24/17 (AH) the only report -
THIS SPECIES HAS BECOME QUITE RARE IN THE REGION AWAY FROM THE CANYON LAKES
OF LUBBOCK.

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON: 2 east of Plains (Yoakum) on 6/15/17 (AH) -
GENERALLY NOT OF NOTE IN THE REGION BUT SIGHTINGS FROM YOAKUM COUNTY ARE
FEW.

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 6/3/17 (DS) and 2
north of Ralls (Crosby) on 6/24/17 (AH) the only reports away from the
Canyon Lakes of Lubbock - LIKE GREEN HERON, INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT TO FIND
IN THE REGION.

WHITE-FACED IBIS: Twelve reports of 1-10 birds, two reports of 11-50 birds,
and four reports of 51-100 birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd, Lamb,
Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (JB, AH, PKe, DS) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS
RARE TO UNCOMMON BREEDER.

GLOSSY x WHITE-FACED IBIS: 1 bird that looked good for this hybrid
combination was seen at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 6/19/17 (JB) - PROBABLY,
GIVEN THE LEVEL OF INTERBREEDING BETWEEN THE SPECIES, MORE COMMON IN OUR
REGION BUT EASILY OVERLOOKED.

HARRIS'S HAWK: 2 at a site in southeast Lynn County (Lynn) throughout the
period (JB, AH, photographs) - THE SPECIES OCCASIONALLY MAKES IT INTO THE
REGION AS A BREEDER.

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK: 2 adults, both carrying food items, in the woodlands
north of White River Lake (Crosby) on 6/24/17 (AH) - THE SPECIES
OCCASIONALLY PERSISTS IN THE REGION THROUGH THE BREEDING SEASON AND HAS
BRED AT THIS SITE BEFORE.

BROAD-WINGED HAWK: 1 well-described bird was seen in the Tech Terrace
Neighborhood (Lubbock) on 6/6/17 (WW) - EXTRAORDINARILY LATE FOR A MIGRANT.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER: 2 at the Camp Rio Blanca crossing (Crosby)
throughout the period (AH) - A VERY RARE BREEDER IN THE REGION; RESTRICTED
TO OUR EASTERN COUNTIES.

DOWNY WOODPECKER: 1 in the woodlands north of White River Lake (Crosby) on
6/24/17 (AH) - ANOTHER RARE BREEDER THAT IS RESTRICTED TO WOODED AREAS IN
OUR EASTERN COUNTIES.

WESTERN WOOD PEWEE: 1 Western Wood Pewee at the New Moore Wetlands (Lynn)
on 6/5/17 (DH, AH, photographs) - AN EXTRAORDINARILY LATE DATE FOR THIS
MIGRANT TO BE IN THE REGION.

SAY'S PHOEBE: 2 northwest of Dougherty (Floyd) on 6/17/17 (AH) and 1 at
Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 6/29/17 (JB) - ABOUT AVERAGE; NOTHING LIKE THE
OVER-THE-TOP BREEDING IN THE REGION SEEN LAST YEAR.

BELL'S VIREO: 1 near New Moore (Lynn) on 6/4/17 (AH), 1 south of Lorenzo
(Crosby) on 6/17/17 (ML), 3 singing males in the woods north of White River
Lake (Crosby) on 6/24/17 (AH), 2 adults and 3 fledglings at the CR EE
Wetlands (Lynn) on 6/25/17 (AH), and 1 at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on
6/30/17 (JB) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS RARE BREEDER BUT RECENTLY ESTABLISHED
IN THE REGION.

AMERICAN CROW: 3 east of Plains (Yoakum) on 6/15/17 (AH) - VERY RARE TO
THIS COUNTY; EVEN MORE RARE DURING THE SUMMER.

COMMON RAVEN: 2 north of Dougherty (Floyd) on 6/16/17 (AH), 2 northeast of
Floydada (Floyd) on 6/17/17 (AH), and 1 south of Crosbyton (Crosby) on
6/24/17 (AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THE BREEDING POPULATION; NUMBERS TEND TO
SURGE IN WINTER.

PURPLE MARTIN: Ten reports of 1-10 birds and three reports of 14-16 birds
in the region (Crosby, Floyd, Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (JB, AH) -
ABOUT AVERAGE; BIRDS AT KNOWN LOCALITIES IN DICKENS AND LUBBOCK COUNTY
REMAIN UNREPORTED.

CAVE SWALLOW: Eleven reports of 1-4 birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd,
Garza, Lamb, Lynn, Yoakum) during the period (AH) - THE SPECIES HAS ALMOST
OCCUPIED THE ENTIRE REGION ... THOUGH THE HEAVY RAINS AT THE END OF THE
MONTH WILL HAVE GIVEN MANY COLONIES PAUSE.

VERDIN: 2 near Post (Garza) on 6/30/17 (JB) and 3 at the CR EE Wetlands
(Lynn) on 6/30/17 (JB) - INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT TO FIND IN THE REGION - OUR
SOUTHEASTERN COUNTIES SEEM TO BE THE BEST BET.

ROCK WREN: 2 attending a nest at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing (Crosby)
through the period (AH) the only report - LOW.

CANYON WREN: 2 attending a nest at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing (Crosby)
throughout the period (AH) and 2 attending a nest at Silver Falls Rest Area
(Crosby) throughout the period (AH) the only reports - ABOUT AVERAGE.

CAROLINA WREN: 5 in the woods north of White River Lake (Crosby) on 6/24/17
(AH) the only report - LOW.

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER: 4 in the woods north of White River Lake (Crosby) on
6/24/17 (AH) the only report - LOW.

BLUEBIRD (EASTERN) - 2-4 immature bluebirds, probably Eastern Bluebirds, at
MacKenzie Park (Lubbock) on 6/14/17 (RL) - IT IS VERY RARE FOR THE SPECIES
TO BREED WEST OF THE MOTLEY/DICKENS/KENT TIER OF COUNTIES.

BROWN THRASHER: 2 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 6/29/17 (JB) - THE ONLY ATOP
THE CAPROCK REPORT FOR THE MONTH - LOW.

LESSER GOLDFINCH: 2 in O'Donnell (Lynn) on 6/4/17 (AH), 1 southwest of
Floydada (Floyd) on 6/16/17 (AH), 1 at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on 6/17/17
(PKe) and on 6/25/17 (AH) - LOW; THE SPECIES SEEMS TO BE DWINDLING IN THE
REGION OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS.

COMMON YELLOWTHROAT: 6 at the New Moore Wetlands (Lynn) on 6/5/17 (DH, AH),
1 male northeast of Floydada (Floyd) on 6/16/17 (AH), 1 female and 1 male
northeast of Floydada (Floyd) on 6/17/17 (AH), 1 at the CR EE Wetlands
(Lynn) on 6/17/17 (PKe), 2 at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) on 6/20/17
(JB), 1 male in the wooded area north of White River Lake (Crosby) on
6/24/17 (AH), 1 male at the Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 6/24/17 (AH), 2 males at
the CR Y x FM 3332 Playa (Lynn) on 6/25/17 (AH), and 3 males at the New
Moore Wetlands (Lynn) on 6/25/17 (AH) - FORMERLY CONSIDERED ACCIDENTAL TO
THE REGION IN SUMMER; NOW KNOWN AS A RARE BREEDER WHEREVER GOOD WETLANDS
CAN BE FOUND.

YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 6/1/17 (KD) - WAS A
VERY LATE MIGRANT. 57 in the woodlands north of White River Lake Crosby)
on 6/24/17 (AH) and 3 at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on 6/30/17 (JB) - ARE,
RESPECTIVELY, DEFINITE AND PROBABLE BREEDERS.

FIELD SPARROW: 11 in the fields north of White River Lake (Crosby) on
6/24/17 (AH) - THIS RECENTLY DISCOVERED BREEDING POPULATION - THE ONLY
KNOWN GROUP OF BREEDING FIELD SPARROWS IN THE REGION - CONTINUES STRONG.

VESPER SPARROW: 1 singing and acting territorial was seen north of
Dougherty (Floyd) on 6/17/17 (AH) - THE SPECIES IS A SPORADIC AND ULTRA-LOW
DENSITY BREEDER IN THE REGION AND I SUSPECT THIS WAS A BREEDING BIRD.

BLACK-THROATED SPARROW: 2 near Post (Garza) on 6/30/17 (JB) - A RARE
BREEDER IN THE REGION, APPARENTLY RESTRICTED TO GARZA AND KENT COUNTIES.

SUMMER TANAGER: 1 female carrying food and 1 male harassing a
Yellow-breasted Chat, separated from another by over a mile of good tanager
habitat in the woodlands north of White River Lake (Crosby) on 6/24/17 (AH)
- CONTINUED EVIDENCE OF RECENTLY NOTED BREEDING IN THE REGION.

INDIGO BUNTING: 5 females, 7 males, and 3 fledglings in the wooded area
north of White River Lake (Crosby) on 6/24/17 (AH) - THIS, THE REGION'S
MOST DEPENDABLE SITE FOR BREEDING INDIGO BUNTINGS, CONTINUES STRONG.

YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD: 1 male at the CR Y x FM 3332 Playa (Lynn) on
6/4/17 (AH), 1 female south of Floydada (Floyd) on 6/16/17 (AH), 2 males
southeast of Floydada (Floyd) on 6/16/17 (AH), 1 at the FM 1054 x FM 1313
Playa (Lynn) on 6/20/17 (JB), and 4 males at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa
(Lynn) on 6/25/17 (AH) - VERY GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER FOR JUNE.

BRONZED COWBIRD: 1 male near Circle (Lamb) on 6/11/17 (AH), 1 male near
Pleasant Valley (Lamb) on 6/11/17 (AH), 1 male in Lehman (Cochran) on
6/14/17 (AH), 1 male north of Plains (Cochran) on 6/14/17 (AH), 1 male
south of Floydada (Floyd) on 6/16/17 (AH), 1 male southwest of Floydada
(Floyd) on 6/16/17 (AH), 1 male east of Petersburg (Floyd) on 6/16/17 (AH),
1 female and 3 males in the woods north of White River Lake (Crosby) on
6/24/17 (AH), 1 male at White River Lake (Crosby) on 6/24/17 (AH), 3 at
Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 6/29/17 (JB), and 1 at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn)
on 6/30/17 (JB) - IT IS HARD TO BELIEVE THAT THE SPECIES WAS CONSIDERED
'ACCIDENTAL' A LITTLE OVER A DECADE AGO!

OBSERVERS: GB=Grant Beauprez, JB=Justin Bosler, KD=Ken Dixon, DG=Daniel
Greene, DHa=Danny Hancock, DH=Drew Harvey, AH=Anthony Hewetson, KH=Kelly
Himmel, GJ=George Jury, PJ=Pat Jury, PKe=Peter Keyel, RL=Rob Lee, ML=Mark
Lockwood, CR=Clarice Robertson, FR=Floyd Robertson, DS=David Shelburne, WW=
William Wenthe.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 7/9/17 1:43 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Hippoboscid flies on WWDOs..?
...
Was watching a White-winged Dove sunning on the path out front under a
scorching sun. I noticed two small things moving on the wing and left side
of bird as it sunned. A brief look through bins caught one. It appeared to
be a Hippoboscid species but I am not aware of these predating on
White-winged Doves, though I know they frequent larger colonial birds
(pelicans, boobies, cormorants etc.) and I have seen them on captive
Columbids.
Is this something that banders and hunters of WWDOs encounter regularly?
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Date: 7/9/17 8:54 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Louise Gambill
Back in the day when I birded the valley more...It was hard not to run into
Red and Louise somewhere and often at multiple places. They served as sort
of bulletin board for what was around and who was birding in the
valley..... Know I have many memories of them together down there and am
sure many others do as well.
On Sun, Jul 9, 2017 at 9:50 AM, Charles W. Easley <cwebirds...> wrote:

> Lucky to have birded during the time they did in Texas. Louise was a sweet
> person and complimented Red always in their search for birds.
> Don’t remember seeing either one of them birding alone, they were always
> together, what a love story.
> Some of us older birders now beg the question? Which one of our friends,
> or us will be next?
> Texas birds and TEXAS BIRDERS, always #1.
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> It is great sorrow that we have lost a great lady of birding. She passed
> away peacefully on Thursday afternoon in Ohio. Her and Red were our best
> friends for over fifty years. We had great times together.
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Date: 7/9/17 8:27 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Georgina Schwartz leading Fieldtrips! Thank you Georgina
I thought you might be interested in "Experienced bird-watchers encourage patience in newbies" from San Antonio Express-News:
http://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Experienced-bird-watchers-encourage-patience-in-11275203.php?t616c3cd0
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
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Date: 7/9/17 7:51 am
From: Charles W. Easley <cwebirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Louise Gambill
Lucky to have birded during the time they did in Texas. Louise was a sweet
person and complimented Red always in their search for birds.
Don’t remember seeing either one of them birding alone, they were always
together, what a love story.
Some of us older birders now beg the question? Which one of our friends,
or us will be next?
Texas birds and TEXAS BIRDERS, always #1.

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From: Frank Bumgardner
Sent: Saturday, July 08, 2017 7:14 PM
To: '<texbirds...>'
Subject: [texbirds] Louise Gambill

It is great sorrow that we have lost a great lady of birding. She passed
away peacefully on Thursday afternoon in Ohio. Her and Red were our best
friends for over fifty years. We had great times together.




Frank Bumgardner

China Spring, TX



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Date: 7/8/17 5:16 pm
From: Frank Bumgardner <fbumgardner...>
Subject: [texbirds] Louise Gambill
It is great sorrow that we have lost a great lady of birding. She passed
away peacefully on Thursday afternoon in Ohio. Her and Red were our best
friends for over fifty years. We had great times together.




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China Spring, TX



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Date: 7/8/17 2:59 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Pictures from the Coast Thursday, plovers, and a few other birds
The first piping plovers were back on east beach anyway. Did not see any
over on Bolivar. This bird was at the same spot last November and had been
banded as an adult in North Dakota
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165793693

This piping plover was very salt crusted both on the legs that often looked
pinkish and the feathers which were caked. Probably had been soaking to get
over the heat. I have seen whole groups spending lots of time half
underwater on hot days.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165793694

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165793695

As I mentioned, I had more Wilson's plovers flocked together Thursday than
any other day on the coast. Looking at some pictures of distant birds there
were a few young of the year and a couple of locally banded birds.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165793697

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165793698

A common nighthawk was also out on the flats there

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165793704

And a couple of least terns were thinking about nesting after being washed
out by the tropical system and the following high tides.

Spent lots of time looking at willets to see what happened to the missing
birds from a week earlier. They apparently left as they were still missing
this week. And more were gone.

This eastern was with a chick out on east beach. Looking at the base of the
bill from above, there was little pink but if you can see the underside of
the bill, I think it always shows a good pink color compared to the western
willets

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165793708

And this was the chick that was closely associated with the adult

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165793709

A western willet was already molting

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165793710

Wandering around bolivar found lots of people and fireworks remains from a
couple of days earlier and not many birds. The land birds were not singing
except for a few dickcissels

One of the 3 summering ospreys was eating

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165793716

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165793715

And some of the mottled ducks did not flee the celebration

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165793714

I was a little surprised by how few shorebirds were back on the flats but
one of the semi-tame long-billed curlews was at the same section of beach
as the last couple of years.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165793725

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165793724

I think that this is my first ever July breeding plumage dunlin as they
molt before starting south

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165793723

Newly arrived short-billed dowitchers do not molt until they get here and
then really start dropping feathers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165793727

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165793728

Western willets can come in all plumages from fresh breeding plumage to
winter plumage in non-breeding and maybe non-migrating birds

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165793749

But most of the birds yesterday were in fresh breeding plumage

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165793753

This bird has a few gray winter feathers coming in

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165793750

And this one more gray

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165793751

Others look rather bedraggled

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165793752

When I was at Anahuac, they were mowing the road to the boat ramp and had a
large flock of cattle egrets following right behind the mower. They were
joined by a single swainson's hawk that was getting lots to eat too. Almost
a complete lack of rats does not bode well for hawks this winter. But there
are good numbers of coyotes around which can get trapped out along the road
around shoveler pond giving good looks where they cannot get off to the
side. They had been out there two weeks running which is odd for what are
often nocturnal animals.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 7/8/17 11:00 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] La. Waterthrush leaving.
;
Cedar Park: Was repotting cacti around noon and needed to make a short
visit to nearby Hill Country Water Gardens and Nursery for more cacti
soil. There was a La. Waterthrush on the north side of the nursery where
all the fancy pools and water features are displayed/modeled (some are
killer nice)...It kept flying from one to another depending on where folks
passed closed. I'll take this as being a southbound or post breeding
individual on the roam.

Also saw a couple of unidentified hummers and the grackles are loving the
little artificial brooks etc.


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Date: 7/6/17 2:58 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Galveston to Anahuac today, plovers, willets and more
Started the day at east beach and there was a good beach for a change. Not
at the jetty but down the channel.
Very few new shorebird arrivals which was unusual but the plovers were
great.

The bird of the day was Wilson's plover with a total of 75 seen. There were
14 birds down the way where some pools had formed. A flock of 42 more flew
in from somewhere around the Lagoon? down there. They lighted for a minute
or two and then left for bolivar flats.

I found the flock which was resting together on the flats but only counted
41 birds. There were 17 more Wilson's there and a couple more on east beach
for a total of 71.

Had 3 piping plover for the first fall birds. One with a yellow flag was
from the upper Mississippi river and 2 unbanded birds.

Willets for the day were interesting. I really counted and surveyed lots of
territory that they like and most were willetless.

Until I got up by high island, all the eastern birds were family groups
that included flying and well feathered young of the year birds. Most roads
and areas I checked had no willets. Anahuac only had a couple. But western
willets are arriving with 18 on bolivar flats. Most of those were still in
full breeding plumage but a couple were rapidly shedding feathers.

The flats still had a gray red knot, breeding plumaged dunlin, 13 marbled
godwits with most having orange beaks, and several whimbrels. All the
sanderlings (40) were non-breeding.

Lots more royal and sandwich terns out on the beach and lots more young
royal terns. No young sandwich terns yet. A couple of least terns still are
thinking about nesting but more than have the least terns are non-breeding
first year birds. Only 7 avocets for the day.

the 2 lesser black-backed gulls continue and 2 herring and 3 ring-billed
gulls all have nice feathers. Have not seen a ratty or bleached gull for
several weeks.

Had 1 of the 3 summering bolivar ospreys but non-gull/shorebirds were hard
to find. One singing horned lark on east beach but none on bolivar after
the high water.

Inland, there is still good fresh water shorebird habitat without any
shorebirds. Shoveler pond at 1pm was really empty of birds other than the
rookery birds bringing food. They were mowing the road to the boat launch
and attracted many cattle egrets and a swainson's hawk. Looked for kites
again heading to I-10 but had none again.

Calendar says lots more shorebirds like least sandpipers should be here but
they are not where I have been.

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on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 7/5/17 6:25 am
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR
On a very pleasant day for early July we found 60 species of birds. The
story of the day was the appearance of the Least Terns. We had been seeing
very few up until Sunday. Late yesterday Mike Camerron came up and found a
flock of 25 Least Terns on C pad. Better yet he found a nest with an egg
in it. I contacted the refuge manager and she set the wheels in motion to
have C pad barricaded for the protection of the endangered interior Least
Terns. C pad is now barricaded and no one except authorized personnel will
be allowed access to that area. The tern and egg where still there along
with another tern apparently also with an egg. We also saw a lot of tern
activity on D pad and that area has also been shutdown to the public. It
seems to be very late for Least Terns to be nesting but I am happy to see
them back at the refuge. We are just hoping that we don't have enough of a
rise on the lake from the recent rains to flood them out. So far they have
ignored the platforms that were placed in the lake for them. A lot of the
area breeding birds are still singing. The Yellow-crowned Night-Herons are
still present at Deaver. The low water crossing north of headquarters was
open again but I don't know for how long. The much desired by
birders, Painted Buntings were abundant today.
http://ebird.org/ebird/iss/view/checklist/S37970101
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Date: 7/4/17 9:54 am
From: Virginia Drake <vadrake...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Pictures from the coast Friday, returning shorebirds and summer birds
I went to San Jose Island yesterday - just off of Port Aransas - and saw
several flocks of nonbreeding Black Terns. This is a life bird for me and
I was hesitant to call it. But the pictures I took are just like Sibley's
and your picture. Since my book says migrating, I wasn't sure. Maybe they
migrate soon.
Thanks for helping me confirm my ID.

This was my first trip to San Jose Island. Lots of shore birds and gulls.

Also saw a frigatebird flying over Salt Lake in Copano Bay area.

Virginia Drake (San Antonio)
at Rockport for a few days

On Tue, Jul 4, 2017 at 11:44 AM, Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
wrote:

> Started the day at east Beach on Galveston. Not many birds around and it
> appears that the least tern nesting there failed again this year and there
> have been no successful nests on Bolivar flats either. The tropical storm
> and following high tides was the 4th or 5th high water event to affect the
> nesting birds including Wilson's plovers, horned larks etc.
> Tides were high when I arrived especially as the latest beach replenishment
> effort to help the hotels really caused habitat loss at the jetty. Tides
> kept coming up with the wind all day but were down from the storm peaks.
> The outstanding beach creature for the day was tremendous numbers of hermit
> crabs trying to get back to the water. Surprisingly nothing was eating them
> as they are really liked by oystercatchers and gulls. Maybe they were
> overwhelmed and sated
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766756
>
> A single male magnificent frigatebird was the only one seen all day despite
> the great onshore winds that usually bring them into the bayfront.
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766757
>
> The rains brought a good number of newly arrived marbled godwits into Fort
> Travis. Just arrived as they still have perfect feathers
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766758
>
> The orange bill also says just arrived
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766762
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766764
>
> A bird that has been in a few days looks more like the heavily molting
> arrivals
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766765
>
> Newly arrived short-billed dowitchers were with the godwits but ran around
> a lot as their shorter bills had trouble getting the goodies the godwits
> found down deeper
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766767
>
> Out on the flats the only black terns were a small group of non-breeding
> birds
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766853
>
> They stayed when I walked down and when I came back
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766855
>
> They did a lot of wing stretching and bouncing up and down
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766851
>
> Most of the least terns that have been around all summer were elsewhere or
> gone. Without sargassum for the 3rd summer the non-breeding least, black
> and common terns are very scarce as they feed in the incoming sargassum
> mats inshore as well as out there. I did not find the site that forecasts
> the sargassum migration but the theory is that currents way out in the
> Antilles can take it up east of the us coast or into the gulf.
>
> The annual coconut migration does continue though. This one still has a
> little green and only very small barnacles.
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766860
>
> All the larger gulls out on the beach the last few weeks have had fairly
> good plumage and none of the really ratty birds have been around
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766862
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766864
>
> Good numbers of young royal terns were on the sand waiting to be fed but no
> sandwich tern chicks yet. The parents bringing food need to run a gauntlet
> of other terns gulls etc to get to the chicks. It gets exciting at times.
>
> I missed getting a picture of the great blue heron trying to snatch a fish
> out of a tern chick's mouth
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766893
>
> Two brown pelicans joined in the theft attempt and note the adult tern
> going after the heron
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766894
>
> The heron had a considerable problem for a bit
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766895
>
> The really young tern chicks have shorter bills that grow rapidly. Note the
> difference in the younger (left) terns
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766898
>
> The youngsters do fly well but do not fish
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766900
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766901
>
> More arriving short-billed dowitchers were on the beach
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766901
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766910
>
> They do keep track of who is overhead, in this case a pelican
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766911
>
> There was little feeding habitat for probers and the tide coming in had
> most of the birds leave to sleep/rest inland from the beach but two
> dowitchers were sleeping on the sand and never moved
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766908
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766903
>
> But they still watch
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766906
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766905
>
> Frenchtown, Bob and other roads had little habitat due to high water which
> in some cases had been over the roads
>
> A pair of crested caracara were still mating after sitting together on
> fence posts. Here a good look at the business end
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766959
>
> Great poses
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766964
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766961
>
> Still no sign of young eastern kingbirds but lots of young scissor-tails
> are flying around
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766968
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766966
>
> No shortage of bugs around
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766965
>
> A younger neotropic cormorant has gotten green eyes
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766972
>
> Like an adult
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766971
>
> And had trouble coughing up the cormorant equivalent of a hairball
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766970
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766969
>
> Lots more pictures can be browsed at
>
> http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/inbox
>
> --
> Joseph C. Kennedy
> on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
> <Josephkennedy36...>
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Date: 7/4/17 9:45 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Pictures from the coast Friday, returning shorebirds and summer birds
Started the day at east Beach on Galveston. Not many birds around and it
appears that the least tern nesting there failed again this year and there
have been no successful nests on Bolivar flats either. The tropical storm
and following high tides was the 4th or 5th high water event to affect the
nesting birds including Wilson's plovers, horned larks etc.
Tides were high when I arrived especially as the latest beach replenishment
effort to help the hotels really caused habitat loss at the jetty. Tides
kept coming up with the wind all day but were down from the storm peaks.
The outstanding beach creature for the day was tremendous numbers of hermit
crabs trying to get back to the water. Surprisingly nothing was eating them
as they are really liked by oystercatchers and gulls. Maybe they were
overwhelmed and sated

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766756

A single male magnificent frigatebird was the only one seen all day despite
the great onshore winds that usually bring them into the bayfront.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766757

The rains brought a good number of newly arrived marbled godwits into Fort
Travis. Just arrived as they still have perfect feathers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766758

The orange bill also says just arrived

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766762

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766764

A bird that has been in a few days looks more like the heavily molting
arrivals

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766765

Newly arrived short-billed dowitchers were with the godwits but ran around
a lot as their shorter bills had trouble getting the goodies the godwits
found down deeper

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766767

Out on the flats the only black terns were a small group of non-breeding
birds

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766853

They stayed when I walked down and when I came back

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766855

They did a lot of wing stretching and bouncing up and down

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766851

Most of the least terns that have been around all summer were elsewhere or
gone. Without sargassum for the 3rd summer the non-breeding least, black
and common terns are very scarce as they feed in the incoming sargassum
mats inshore as well as out there. I did not find the site that forecasts
the sargassum migration but the theory is that currents way out in the
Antilles can take it up east of the us coast or into the gulf.

The annual coconut migration does continue though. This one still has a
little green and only very small barnacles.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766860

All the larger gulls out on the beach the last few weeks have had fairly
good plumage and none of the really ratty birds have been around

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766862

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766864

Good numbers of young royal terns were on the sand waiting to be fed but no
sandwich tern chicks yet. The parents bringing food need to run a gauntlet
of other terns gulls etc to get to the chicks. It gets exciting at times.

I missed getting a picture of the great blue heron trying to snatch a fish
out of a tern chick's mouth

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766893

Two brown pelicans joined in the theft attempt and note the adult tern
going after the heron

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766894

The heron had a considerable problem for a bit

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766895

The really young tern chicks have shorter bills that grow rapidly. Note the
difference in the younger (left) terns

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766898

The youngsters do fly well but do not fish

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766900

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766901

More arriving short-billed dowitchers were on the beach

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766901

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766910

They do keep track of who is overhead, in this case a pelican

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766911

There was little feeding habitat for probers and the tide coming in had
most of the birds leave to sleep/rest inland from the beach but two
dowitchers were sleeping on the sand and never moved

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766908

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766903

But they still watch

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766906

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766905

Frenchtown, Bob and other roads had little habitat due to high water which
in some cases had been over the roads

A pair of crested caracara were still mating after sitting together on
fence posts. Here a good look at the business end

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766959

Great poses

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766964

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766961

Still no sign of young eastern kingbirds but lots of young scissor-tails
are flying around

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766968

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766966

No shortage of bugs around

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766965

A younger neotropic cormorant has gotten green eyes

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766972

Like an adult

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766971

And had trouble coughing up the cormorant equivalent of a hairball

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766970

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165766969

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http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/inbox

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on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 7/4/17 8:05 am
From: <jkestner...>
Subject: [texbirds] Monday in western Coastal Bend
Yesterday Juan Garcia and I wandered around Nueces and San Patricio Counties in the heat and humidity on a half-day birding expedition.

Arriving at the Robstown sod farm, a Long-billed Curlew flew over! Fulvous and Black-bellied Whistling Ducks enjoyed the irrigation run-off, along with Killdeer and Great-tailed Grackles. Best bird there, after the Curlew, was an immature White-tailed Hawk. When we left, it was walking around in the grass toward the back of the field.

After a quick pull-off on US 77 bordering the Nueces Delta Preserve (Cave Swallows, Forster's Terns) we went on to a rural road in Odem where I had seen Yellow-billed Cuckoos building a nest the evening before. We missed out on that family's project, but did have Brown-crested Flycatchers bringing breakfast to a brood in a hole at the top of a utility pole. Another two or three of the same species quarreled in the trees behind the pole. Northern Bobwhites called from just under our noses.

Next stop was a back road in Edroy, Texas -- Blue Grosbeak, Groove-billed Anis, Long-billed Thrashers and Dickcissels were counted there. As usual, there were many Black Vultures overhead - their secret clubhouse must be nearby....

We also observed some small birds entering at the bottom of a large stick nest on a high utility tower. Evidently the nest had served its purpose for whoever built it (hawk, caracara???) and the smaller birds were subleasing the basement apartment.

At the intersection of US 89 and 181, we enjoyed watching the swarming Cliff and Cave Swallows. They have a good-sized colony on the overpass, and a small pond supplies all the mosquitoes they need to survive, we reckoned (well, Juan reckoned, and I concurred with a slap of delayed recognition to the forehead).

Broke into a restaurant in Sinton for lunch (they kicked us out), tried to get BBQ at Sam's (closed on Mondays) and then almost passed up the Nueces Cafe but turned back and enjoyed my new favorite sandwich shop.

Judy Kestner
Calallen (NW Corpus Christi)


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Date: 7/3/17 12:04 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Crosby County Highlights - Sunday
Greetings All:
On Sunday, I spent most of the day checking out an even more flooded (than
Lynn) Crosby County, really having to take care on even paved roads in
low-lying spots where playas had filled and spilled. Toading/frogging was
awesome, butterflying was really good, and birding was pretty solid.

Highlights included: 2 Cackling Geese at Crosbyton City Park, 1 Canada
Goose at Crosbyton City Park, 2 Gadwalls well north of Crosbyton, 2
Blue-winged Teals at Crosbyton City Park, 4 Blue-winged Teals south of
Crosbyton, 2 Northern Pintails southeast of Mt. Blanco, 1 Canvasback north
of Lorenzo, *2 Common Gallinules* at Ralls WTP, 2 Black-necked Stilts north
of Ralls, 1 Black-necked Stilt well north of Crosbyton, 4 American Avocets
in Cone, 2 American Avocets just north of Crosbyton, 16 American Avocets
north of Ralls, 2 American Avocets south of Crosbyton, 2 Upland Sandpipers
well north of Crosbyton, 1 Greater Yellowlegs just north of Crosbyton, 1
Greater Yellowlegs north of Ralls, *1 Willet* well north of Crosbyton, 2
Lesser Yellowlegs north of Ralls, 1 Great Egret west of Crosbyton, 1 Snowy
Egret north of Lorenzo, 4 Snowy Egrets north of Ralls, 2 Snowy Egrets
southeast of Mt. Blanco, 1 Snowy Egret west of Crosbyton, 2 Cattle Egrets
at Crosbyton City Park, 7 Cattle Egrets north of Ralls, 1 Cattle Egret
well north of Crosbyton, 14 Cattle Egrets south of Ralls, 75 Cattle Egrets
southeast of Mt. Blanco, 1 White-faced Ibis at Crosbyton City Park, 1
White-faced Ibis south of Ralls, 3 White-faced Ibises southeast of Mt.
Blanco, 4 White-faced Ibises well north of Crosbyton, 2 Red-headed
Woodpeckers at Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers at FM 193
x FM 651 crossing, 1 Downy Woodpecker at Silver Falls Rest Area, 2 Eastern
Phoebes at Silver Falls Rest Area, 1 Common Raven at Silver Falls Rest
Area, 1 Purple Martin in Crosbyton, 12 Northern Rough-winged Swallows at FM
193 x FM 651 crossing, 2 Rock Wrens at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing, 2
Canyon Wrens at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing, 2 adult Canyon Wrens with 3
fledglings at Silver Falls Rest Area, 2 Cave Swallows south of Crosbyton, 2
Cave Swallows southeast of Mt. Blanco, 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers at Camp Rio
Blanca crossing, 1 Common Yellowthroat at Ralls WTP, 1 male Indigo Bunting
at Silver Falls Rest Area, 1 female and 2 male Yellow-headed Blackbirds at
Crosbyton City Park, and 1 male Yellow-headed Blackbird south of Crosbyton.

My favorite non-avian highlight - a tarantula walking directly into a mud
puddle, to the point where it was almost afloat, to snag and consume an
earthworm. This gets me one step closer to knowing the answer to the
ultimate question in biology: "Just what won't eat an earthworm?"

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 7/3/17 11:43 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lynn County Highlights - Saturday
Greetings All:
On Saturday, I spent most of the day checking out the impact of heavy rains
on the wildlife of Lynn County. Toading was absolutely splendid, the roads
were a bit, well, challenging at times, and birding was about average for
the first week of July.

Highlights included 2 Blue-winged Teals at Skeen Playa, 2 Cinnamon Teals at
Skeen Playa, 1 Northern Shoveler at Skeen Playa, 4 Canvasbacks at FM 1054 x
FM 1313 Playa, 6 Ruddy Ducks at CR Y x FM 3332 Playa, 2 Ruddy Ducks at
Skeen Playa, 2 Scaled Quails at Sam Road x FM 3332 Playa, 1 Eared Grebe at
CR Y x FM 3332 Playa, 4 Black-necked Stilts at CR Y x FM 3332 Playa, 2
Black-necked Stilts at FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 58 Black-necked Stilts at
Skeen Playa, 6 American Avocets near Lakeview, 4 American Avocets near West
Point, 2 American Avocets west of Tahoka, 12 Snowy Plovers at Skeen Playa,
2 Least Sandpipers at Skeen Playa, 1 Greater Yellowlegs in Grassland, 2
Greater Yellowlegs west of Tahoka, 1 Double-crested Cormorant at FM 1054 x
FM 1313 Playa, 2 Double-crested Cormorants at Skeen Playa, 1 Great Egret at
Skeen Playa, 2 Snowy Egrets at Skeen Playa, 1 Snowy Egret at the Tahoka
Cemetery Complex, 108 Cattle Egrets east of Wilson, 5 Cattle Egrets at
Skeen Playa, 1 Cattle Egret south of Tahoka, 12 White-faced Ibises at FM
1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 63 White-faced Ibises at Skeen Playa, 1 Bell's Vireo
south of Wilson, 1 Purple Martin in Tahoka, 2 Purple Martins in Wilson, 5
Cave Swallows near West Point, 8 Cave Swallows west of Tahoka, 1 Common
Yellowthroat at CR Y x FM 3332 Playa, 1 male Bronzed Cowbird south of
Wilson, 2 male Yellow-headed Blackbirds at FM 2956 Playa, 2 male
Yellow-headed Blackbirds near Lakeview, and 1 female Yellow-headed
Blackbird at Sam Road x FM 3332 Playa.

The non-avian highlight: a pair of devotedly amplectic New Mexico
Spadefoots photographed near West Point.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 7/3/17 7:17 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 7-3-17 (3) Common Pauraque @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
7-3-17 (3) Common Pauraque @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Birding early morning 7/3/17
I(Don) met Charlie Bostwick in the parking lot at 0530. As we headed down the driveway we heard a single distant note (p'weeer) of a Common Pauraque, our target bird for the morning. We continued to the corner of the field and waited for more activity. About 0540 we heard another single Pauraque song note from the same area, apparently along the far fence line, then another note from toward the parking lot, and a third note from down Night Jar Pass. We also heard brief warmup notes from two of the birds. About this same time we heard our first Chuck song and a distant Great-Horned Owl. We also had a Black-bellied Whistling Duck call and fly across the 1 st Field and a single Northern Bobwhite calling occasionally. By 0600 the night jars were through and the Cardinals had become noisier. White-eyed Vireos and a Bewick's Wren also sang for us.

This is the first time we have ever tried for Pauraques in the early morning. Friday I saw and heard (1 note) a Common Pauraque at 2100 while watching chimney swifts near the Scout Tower. That was only the second time this year we had heard a Pauraque, but they start calling later at night and we are normally in.

It would be a great time to try for Pauraque here @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary. We first reported them in 2005, but we were using avisys in our early days.

http://www.warblerwoods.org/contact-form.html

Susan Schaezler
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501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
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Date: 7/2/17 7:43 am
From: Ted Drozdowski <muddykayak...>
Subject: [texbirds] Good Ellis County Marsh Pond off I-35E
Hello,
A few years ago, Christian Walker discovered a Common Gallinule on a
pond close to I-35 in southern Ellis County. That pond is on the Rey Rosa
Ranch. The ranch is private and birding is from the road only, (directions
below.) This was a second ebird record for Ellis County. Pulich (1988)
does not list a record for COGA in his book, "The Birds of North Central
Texas." Interestingly enough, there are two records listed for Purple
Gallinule in Ellis County in Pulich (1988.)
I've been visiting this pond infrequently since then and have found a
gallinule or two about every time I visit during the summer months.
Today there was a COGA and five Anhingas, plus a Caracara and a
summering male Green-winged Teal.
The pond has a lot of vegetation growing on top of it and is quite
unique as far as known birding locations go in Ellis County, especially
away from the Trinity floodplain. The reason I bring this up is it's only
8/10 of a mile from I-35E in southern Ellis County near Italy. It's a very
convenient stop for birders traveling between Dallas and points south, who
might want to try to add a few birds to their century club lists. This pond
and line of dead trees has tons of potential.
Directions: Take the Derrs Chapel Road exit off I-35E near the town
of Italy. When you turn onto Derrs Chapel Road, make a note of your
odometer and head northwest for 8/10 of a mile. *Beware, there is a big dip
in the road @ .3 miles. The pond is on the south side of Derrs Chapel
Road. The road is lightly traveled and its a clear straight-away. I
actually park partially in the road on the right hand side of the road at
the top of a small rise. Only locals use this road and they usually slow
down to see what I'm doing. The pond is a good ways off, so a scope is
essential. There's another pond behind the first pond which contains a row
of dead trees. Carefully scan all these trees as there's always something
perched in there, and that's where the Anhingas and other waders can
usually be found, as well as raptors. There are many small trees partially
blocking the view of the pond, so walk west along the road about 150 feet
and you will eventually get vantage points on the whole pond which is quite
large. The ducks and marsh birds are most likely to be found on your far
right hand side of the pond, where the pond ducks back into the woods.
In winter, this pond can have quite a variety of ducks on it. The
pond also attracts shorebirds, but they can be hard to see due to the
vegetation.
Sometimes the gate leading down to the pond will be open. Please do
not trespass.
Good Birding,

Ted Drozdowski
Lake Waxahachie
Ellis County


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Date: 7/1/17 11:42 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Leander Poorwill follow-up
.
Following up on yesterday's find....Visited same location slothfully,
hoping to find nest. Without trespassing I retracted steps of yesterday 3x
but failed to flush bird or even see one lending more to my theory that
such birds are capable of moving young/nests as I knew pretty much where
the female came from within an approx. 30 x 50 sq. ft. area.

Blue Grosbeak was still present and singing. The other continuing
"rarities" were present in the area. Noted a large gathering of martins
in Leander....~270


--

Brush Freeman
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Utley & Cedar Park, Texas


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Date: 7/1/17 11:25 am
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Laguna Seca Road
Hi, all!


Joyce Davidson and I birded Laguna Seca Road this morning and had a nice
selection; probably the most exciting sighting was a Tarantula crossing the
road! Other highlights included a young Swainson's Hawk, courting and mating
Painted Buntings, a family of Bobwhite with fuzzy little babies :-), a
buzzing Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (rare in summer), and a "Fuertes'" Red-tailed
Hawk (he's usually somewhere along in there...)! A few pics are on my
Facebook page:



https://www.facebook.com/marybeth.stowe



eBird list:



Hidalgo Co.--Laguna Seca rd.

Jul 1, 2017

6:38 AM

Traveling

18.60 miles

255 Minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments: 82 to 94 degrees, mix of sun and clouds, slight breeze to breezy
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.2 Build 140



10 Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

52 Northern Bobwhite

4 Cattle Egret

10 Turkey Vulture

4 White-tailed Hawk

1 Swainson's Hawk -- Immature

1 Red-tailed Hawk (fuertesi) -- brown head and back w/ mottled scraps, clean
off-white breast, head looked entirely brown. Flew before I could get
documentation; known site for this bird, although is the first time I've had
it just south if FM 1017; usually hangs out near FM 490 and Laguna Seca Red.

1 Killdeer

5 Eurasian Collared-Dove

5 Common Ground-Dove

8 White-winged Dove

39 Mourning Dove

3 Greater Roadrunner

2 Yellow-billed Cuckoo

2 Common Nighthawk

8 Golden-fronted Woodpecker

3 Ladder-backed Woodpecker

5 Crested Caracara

8 Brown-crested Flycatcher

4 Great Kiskadee

3 Western Kingbird

17 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

2 Loggerhead Shrike

2 Green Jay

5 Purple Martin

3 Black-crested Titmouse

10 Verdin

9 Bewick's Wren

1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher -- Distinctive two-toned buzzy call; long, bicolored
tail; gray above, White below. Recording & photo to follow.

1 Curve-billed Thrasher

5 Long-billed Thrasher

13 Northern Mockingbird

16 European Starling

8 Cassin's Sparrow

8 Olive Sparrow

8 Lark Sparrow

27 Northern Cardinal

15 Pyrrhuloxia

6 Blue Grosbeak

25 Painted Bunting

8 Red-winged Blackbird

6 Eastern Meadowlark

25 Great-tailed Grackle

8 Bronzed Cowbird

7 Brown-headed Cowbird

1 Bullock's Oriole

15 House Sparrow



Number of Taxa: 47



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 6/30/17 2:53 pm
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Wood Storks on the Katy Prairie
This morning while driving to work I tarried for about 2 minutes on Hegar road and recorded the following birds.

30 Wood Stork
1 Neotropic Cormorant
6 Great Blue Heron
12 Great Egret
18 Snowy Egret
20 Roseate Spoonbill

This is a difficult place to pull off and can be very busy but not so much on weekends. Be careful. It is a reliable place for Wood Storks.

Fred Collins, Director
Kleb Woods Nature Center
20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
281-357-5324

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner
www.pct3.com


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Date: 6/30/17 11:29 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Poorwill Leander
.
June 30. Flushed a CPO this AM well inside of the Leander city limits in
an area yet to be destroyed. The animal was doing an very strange
distraction display...Not like nighthawks at all. Fluffing out its
feathers and "rolling" toward underside of a juniper with wings half opened.

Was botanizing at the time and did not catch it as it began this
distraction and had no time to get IPhone ready to video. Very odd
behavior . I looked at every inch of ground I could see from the other
side of an ancient barbed wire fence for eggs or young but could not detect
the cryptic things though there was some non-woody veg. that perhaps
blacked my vision and shaded the young/nest...... As it was hot and sunny
I left quickly to avoid allowing the eggs or young to overheat. I don't
provide nesting locations but may personally make a return trip alone to
see if I can detect any nest of young. I have had only a handful of
experiences with this bird in the county and this was for sure the best.

--

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<http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
Utley & Cedar Park, Texas


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Date: 6/30/17 11:28 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] EBird creates checklists for hotspots!!
EBird creates checklists for hotspots!! This is what it creates from this year ebird data for Warbler
Woods Bird Sanctuary. It's nicer online, but won't format properly to put here.
Waterfowl
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Gadwall
Grouse, Quail, and Allies
Northern Bobwhite
Cormorants and Anhingas
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelicans
American White Pelican
Herons, Ibis, and Allies
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
Vultures, Hawks, and Allies
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Mississippi Kite
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Accipiter sp.
Harris's Hawk
Red-shouldered Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk
Swainson's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk

Cranes
Sandhill Crane
Shorebirds
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers
Franklin's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Pigeons and Doves
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Inca Dove
Common Ground-Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Cuckoos
Greater Roadrunner
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Owls
Eastern Screech-Owl
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl
Nightjars
Lesser Nighthawk
Common Nighthawk
Common Pauraque
Common Poorwill
Chuck-will's-widow
Eastern Whip-poor-will
Swifts
Chimney Swift
Hummingbirds
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird
Woodpeckers
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Falcons and Caracaras
Crested Caracara
American Kestrel
Tyrant Flycatchers: Pewees, Kingbirds, and Allies
Eastern Wood-Pewee
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher
Acadian Flycatcher
Alder Flycatcher
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher
Empidonax sp.
Black Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatcher
Brown-crested Flycatcher
Great Kiskadee

Couch's Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Shrikes
Loggerhead Shrike
Vireos
White-eyed Vireo
Bell's Vireo
Hutton's Vireo
Blue-headed Vireo
Philadelphia Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Red-eyed Vireo
Jays, Magpies, Crows, and Ravens
Blue Jay
Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Martins and Swallows
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Bank Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Cave Swallow
Cliff/Cave Swallow
swallow sp.
Tits, Chickadees, and Titmice
Carolina Chickadee

Black-crested Titmouse
Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid)
Tufted/Black-crested Titmouse
Penduline-Tits and Long-tailed Tits
Verdin
Wrens
House Wren
Carolina Wren
Bewick's Wren
Gnatcatchers
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Kinglets
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Thrushes
Eastern Bluebird
Swainson's Thrush
Hermit Thrush
Wood Thrush
American Robin
Catbirds, Mockingbirds, and Thrashers
Gray Catbird
Brown Thrasher
Long-billed Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
Starlings and Mynas
European Starling
Waxwings
Cedar Waxwing
Wood-Warblers
Ovenbird
Worm-eating Warbler
Golden-winged Warbler
Blue-winged Warbler
Black-and-white Warbler
Tennessee Warbler
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
MacGillivray's Warbler
Mourning Warbler
Kentucky Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Hooded Warbler
American Redstart
Northern Parula
Magnolia Warbler
Bay-breasted Warbler
Blackburnian Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-sided Warbler
Pine Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Yellow-throated Warbler
Black-throated Green Warbler
Canada Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Sparrows and other Emberizids
Grasshopper Sparrow

Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Lark Bunting
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Harris's Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Spotted/Eastern Towhee (Rufous-sided Towhee)
Cardinals, Grosbeaks, and Allies
Summer Tanager
Scarlet Tanager
Western Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Pyrrhuloxia
Rose-breasted Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting
Dickcissel
Blackbirds
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark

Eastern Meadowlark
Western/Eastern Meadowlark
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Bronzed Cowbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
blackbird sp.
Finches, Euphonias, and Allies
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Old World Sparrows
House Sparrow
Others
passerine sp.
This field checklist was generated using eBird (ebird.org)

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
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Date: 6/30/17 11:22 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 6-30-17 Yellow-crowned Night-heron @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
6-30-17 Juvenile Yellow-crowned Night-heron @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
One of our favorite groups came today--Texas State University, Dr. Green's class was here from 630-930 a.m. It's always a delight to introduce more students to Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary and hope they contact us on the webpage and visit often! We always need volunteers too! Christina Farrell is the TA. Don fed the feeding areas, before they got there, so I included his birds too!

30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
1. Black-bellied Whistling Duck 3
2 Northern Bobwhite 2 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
3 Great Egret 1 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
4 Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
5 Black Vulture 2 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
6 Turkey Vulture 3 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
7 Red-shouldered Hawk 2 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
8 Inca Dove 1 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
9 White-winged Dove 7 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
10 Yellow-billed Cuckoo 1 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
11 Chimney Swift 8 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
12 Black-chinned Hummingbird 3 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
13 Crested Caracara 1 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
14 Eastern Phoebe 1 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
15 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
16 White-eyed Vireo 4 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
17 Purple Martin 4 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
18 Barn Swallow 3 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
19 Cliff Swallow 1 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
20 Carolina Chickadee 6 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
21 Black-crested Titmouse 4 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
22 Carolina Wren 7 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
23 Bewick's Wren 2 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
24 Northern Mockingbird 3 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
25 Summer Tanager 1 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
26 Northern Cardinal 8 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
27 Painted Bunting 3 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
28 Great-tailed Grackle 3 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
29 Brown-headed Cowbird 5 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
30 House Finch 2 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
31 Lesser Goldfinch 3 30 Jun 2017 Clay Green
32 Little Blue Heron 1 30 Jun 2017 Don Schaezler
33 Common Ground-Dove 4 30 Jun 2017 Don Schaezler
34 Mourning Dove 2 30 Jun 2017 Don Schaezler
Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird 2 30 Jun 2017 Don Schaezler
35 Western Kingbird 1 30 Jun 2017 Don Schaezler
Cliff/Cave Swallow 1 30 Jun 2017 Don Schaezler
36 Lark Sparrow 1 30 Jun 2017 Don Schaezler
37 House Sparrow 8 30 Jun 2017

Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
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Date: 6/30/17 9:09 am
From: <adpatton...> <adpatton...>
Subject: [texbirds] Miss kites
Large number of kites here in College Station last few weeks. Watched and photographed them catching dragon flies at Brison Park yesterday.

A. D. Patton
College Station

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Date: 6/30/17 9:05 am
From: Sonny Bratz <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender ibratz for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Mississippi Kite in Ganado
They nest in Victoria. I see them flying over my house almost every evening. Beautiful birds!

Sonny Bratz Victoria

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> On Jun 30, 2017, at 10:47 AM, Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> wrote:
>
> Hi all -
> While driving up to Houston on Wednesday morning, I had an adult Mississippi Kite fly fairly low across Rt 59, not too far east of Lake Texana in the area of Ganado, TX. Making the very broad assumption that this was a breeder (I would expect that the areas around the lake would be suitable) is this as far west / south as they go in Texas?
>
> I guess that I really need to buy a copy of the Handbook.....
>
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Date: 6/30/17 9:05 am
From: Marj Swies <marjswies...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Mississippi Kite in Ganado
We had a mississippi kite in liberty hill (Williamson County) on Wednesday
at 1869 and River Ranch. We thought ut a bit unusual but we weren't sure
about the summer range.
On Jun 30, 2017 10:48 AM, "Clay Taylor" <Clay.Taylor...>
wrote:

> Hi all -
> While driving up to Houston on Wednesday morning, I had an adult
> Mississippi Kite fly fairly low across Rt 59, not too far east of Lake
> Texana in the area of Ganado, TX. Making the very broad assumption that
> this was a breeder (I would expect that the areas around the lake would be
> suitable) is this as far west / south as they go in Texas?
>
> I guess that I really need to buy a copy of the Handbook.....
>
> Clay Taylor
> TOS Life Member
> Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
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Date: 6/30/17 8:48 am
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Mississippi Kite in Ganado
Hi all -
While driving up to Houston on Wednesday morning, I had an adult Mississippi Kite fly fairly low across Rt 59, not too far east of Lake Texana in the area of Ganado, TX. Making the very broad assumption that this was a breeder (I would expect that the areas around the lake would be suitable) is this as far west / south as they go in Texas?

I guess that I really need to buy a copy of the Handbook.....

Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
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Date: 6/30/17 8:26 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] The Lynn County Photographic Game - June 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.

Due to a harsh Breeding Bird Survey schedule I was only able to put in two
serious visits to the county during June but, given that, I did pretty
well, noting 31 species of butterfly, 7 species of amphibian, 4 species of
reptile, 86 species of bird, and 5 species of mammal, bringing me up to 38
species of butterfly, 9 species of amphibian, 8 species of reptile, 168
species of bird, and 9 species of mammal - moving the respective
percentages up to 76%, 180%, 80%, 84%, and 90%. Of the 232 species seen so
far, I acquired identifiable photographs of 211 - making for a 91% success
rate ... with most of the species missed either nocturnals or skittish
migrant songbirds (many of which will be easier to photograph during fall
migration).

And on with the list (* = new to the list, y = photographed)

Funereal Duskywings
Common Checkered Skipper
Common Sootywings
Sachem
Nysa Roadside Skipper
Pipevine Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail
Checkered White
Orange Sulphur
Southern Dogface
Lyside Sulphur
Mexican Yellow*(y)
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur
Gray Hairstreak
Marine Blue
Western Pygmy Blue
Reakirt's Blue
Queen
Variegated Fritillary
Vesta Crescent
Phaon Crescent
Painted Crescent
Pearl Crescent*(y)
Gorgone Checkerspot
Fulvia Checkerspot
Common Buckeye*(y)
Red Admiral
Painted Lady
American Lady*(y)
Goatweed Leafwing

Plains Spadefoot
New Mexico Spadefoot*(y)
Great Plains Toad
Texas Toad
Spotted Chorus Frog*
Great Plains Narrow-mouthed Toad*
Plains Leopard Frog

Ornate Box Turtle*(y)
Texas Horned Lizard
Six-lined Racerunner
Coachwhip*(y)


Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Redhead
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
Common Poorwill*
Black-chinned Hummingbird*
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Snowy Plover
Killdeer
Least Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Snowy Egret*(y)
Cattle Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
White-faced Ibis
Turkey Vulture
Mississippi Kite*(y)
Harris's Hawk
Swainson's Hawk
Barn Owl
Great Horned Owl
Burrowing Owl
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Western Wood Pewee
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Bell's Vireo(y)
Blue Jay
Chihuahuan Raven
Horned Lark
Purple Martin(y)
Cliff Swallow
Cave Swallow
Barn Swallow
Bewick's Wren
American Robin
Curve-billed Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
House Sparrow
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
Common Yellowthroat(y)
Canyon Towhee
Cassin's Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow*
Northern Cardinal
Pyrrhuloxia
Blue Grosbeak
Painted Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Bullock's Oriole

Pallid Bat
Black-tailed Jackrabbit
Desert Cottontail
Black-tailed Prairie Dog
Mule Deer

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 6/30/17 8:01 am
From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa...>
Subject: [texbirds] Swainson's Hawk over Pasadena
Hi Texbirders,
I saw my first Swainson's Hawk of summer soaring over my office when I got
to work this morning.

I only noticed it as it was being harassed by a Laughing Gull who was
squawking furiously while dive bombing the hawk.

Good birding

David McDonald
Friendswood TX


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Date: 6/30/17 8:01 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] The Hewetson:Kostecke Competition - June 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
contest.

Rich was only able to visit Fayette County once during the month and that
visit netted him a grand total of - wait for it - wait for it - one new
species (Bronzed Cowbird) bringing him up to 200 species in Fayette County
so far this year.

Thanks to a ridiculous Breeding Bird Survey schedule and some badly timed
poor weather I was, likewise, restricted to a single visit during June. I
did a wee bit better than Rich, though, managing to add four species
(Red-shouldered Hawk, Chuck-will's-widow, Summer Tanager, and Green Heron),
bringing me up to 221 species in Crosby County so far this year.

Weighted for eBird history, I have retaken the lead but it is a pretty fine
lead. My 221 out of 290 puts me at 76.21% while Rich's 200 out of 264
puts him at 75.76%. This is not what anybody would call a comfortable
lead:)

Both of us anticipate a more productive July (some returning shorebirds
that we have missed, post-breeding wanderers, in Rich's case a few breeding
species remaining to be found, in my case a few early songbird migrants)
and I think both of us hope to get in more visits than we managed in June.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 6/29/17 5:19 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Yard Birding, Robins, Hawks, Munias and doves
Not much happening around this summer. The red-tailed hawks chicks got out
of the nest and started yelling about 10 days ago. Then Tuesday one was
calling from the air and at least two youngsters moved much closer to me so
I can listen to them call all day. One of the blue jays is working on an
imitation but needs more practice. Have had cooper's a couple of times
while walking but no sign of the Mississippi kites.
No sign of west nile yet so the crow family is surviving as are lots of
blue jays with lots of young jays. Chickadee and titmouse youngsters out
and trying to feed themselves but still beg. Really lots of cardinal
chicks. The first brood males are getting red topknots. A couple of bald
ones too.

The single male bronzed cowbird from last summer that showed up in the area
a few months ago is around when I go walking but has not been at the feeder
again. The single common grackle of the last 8 summer/early falls is back.
Had 2 chicks 4 years ago but never a second bird until they flock up for
acorns in late fall.

The robin people appeared to be doing well but last Saturday a large number
of neighborhood birds turned up at puddles in my parking lot and then left.
One street still has a couple but no chicks again on my walking route. Go
around the corner or on the bayou and there have been a couple of chicks.
Closer into town robins are flighting out to the country like white-wings
in the morning and returning late in the evening often after sundown. But
most head for the rivers and berries.

Male white-winged doves continue to call from the trees around me and on my
walk but do not appear paired and no young. A mile down the street but in a
different soil type some nest and 2 miles down in a 3rd soil type lots
nest. And then come to my feeder.

For the last 2 years, I have had a king dove ruling my platform feeder and
balcony. He evicts any other dove and even blue jays but the cardinals and
munias ignore or threaten him. He physically knocks other doves off the
feeder or rail but when a dozen show up he is snowed under and they all eat
everything. But it is really a lot of work on his part.

Have the squirrel people on a schedule and they have learned to set their
clocks. The jays know the schedule too and with a little work I could feed
them by hand but its too hot to sit out there with them. Maybe come fall
but they lose the tameness really quickly especially if I shoo them from
the suet where they are not supposed to be.

Cardinals and house finches as well as house sparrows are working on the
3rd broods leaving me as the baby sitter for the earlier young. No young
woodpeckers yet.

There is still a pair of wood ducks go out to feed each am and great blue
herons and great egrets keep the toads and stranded fish in check so there
is lots going on. And just a month to the hawk watch.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 6/28/17 9:45 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] S-bound Upland Sandpiper, Lesser Yellowlegs (Lynn Co.)
Hello all,
One more quick report before it's old news. I had my first southbound
Upland Sandpiper and Lesser Yellowlegs (2) today near Tahoka, along with
several Greater Yellowlegs and one Least Sandpiper. The Greater Yellowlegs
have been trickling south since about mid-month, much earlier than the
first Lessers. Ironically, the most notable shorebirds today were observed
flying over barren, soon-to-be cotton, fields and not at area playas. The
playas were loaded with Black-necked Stilts and to a lesser extent Killdeer
and Snowy Plovers.

Good birding!
Justin Bosler
currently in Lubbock, TX


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Date: 6/28/17 7:57 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Leroy Elmore Park rookery count + 2 Neotropic Cormorants (Lubbock Co.)
Hello all,
Summer doldrums, you say? Nah. I don't think there is such a thing.

Tonight, 28 June, I made a point of taking an informal inventory of egrets
and herons nesting and roosting on the bald cypress island at Leroy Elmore
Park in Lubbock. I was a little surprised by the numbers of Snowy Egrets,
just about 40. Cattle Egrets are the most numerous species here and I sort
of lost count at about 200. There were a few stragglers coming in up
through 9:30 PM, though most were in by 9:00 PM. Others included about 15
Great Egrets and about 26 Black-crowned Night-Herons. No Great Blues or
stop-press rarities.

Among 8 total cormorants were an adult and immature Neotropic.

Three Mississippi Kites were diving for dragonflies just above the water
until after 9:15 PM. Pretty neat behavior and much later than I'd expect
them to be out.

There was little else of interest within Lubbock city limits this
afternoon/evening.

Keep cool and keep birdin',
Justin Bosler
currently in Lubbock, TX


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Date: 6/27/17 3:18 pm
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR
On a warm summer day we saw 65 bird species. Birds of note were 2 Wood Ducks on Tern Pad, 1 Northern Bobwhite on Wildlife Drive, 3 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons and 1 Black-crowned Night-Heron at Deaver Pond. We found a Grasshopper Sparrow on Short Road. Across the creek from the entrance to Harris Creek Trail there was a Common Yellowthroat singing from the top of a tall, dead tree. Prothonotary Warblers were still singing in a couple of places.
http://ebird.org/ebird/iss/view/checklist/S37834764
Jack Chiles, Texas master naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR.
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Date: 6/26/17 4:13 pm
From: D D Currie <ddbirder...>
Subject: [texbirds] Caldwell County Century Club Outing
Dell Little and I are going to Caldwell county Saturday July 1st to work on
our Century Club list. If you would like to join us, contact me at
<ddbirder...> and I will provide details. We will start early and
will go as long as temperatures permit.

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Date: 6/26/17 2:26 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lynn County Highlights - yesterday
Greetings All:
I spent most of yesterday chasing critters in Lynn County. Things were
starting to look a bit dry throughout the county (and I am hoping that
rains overnight improved the situation considerably) but the few remaining
wet spots had good birds and I ran across the following highlights: 4
Gadwalls at Skeen Playa, 2 American Wigeons at Skeen Playa, 2 Blue-winged
Teals at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 12 Blue-winged Teals at CR Y x FM 3332
Playa, 7 Blue-winged Teals at Skeen Playa, 4 Cinnamon Teals at Skeen Playa,
3 Northern Shovelers at Skeen Playa, 1 Northern Pintail at Sam Road x FM
3332 Playa, 2 Green-winged Teals at Skeen Playa, 4 Redheads at CR Y x FM
3332 Playa, 6 Ruddy Ducks at Skeen Playa, 1 Scaled Quail at the CR EE
Wetlands, 2 Scaled Quails at the Sam Road x FM 3332 Playa, 2 Eared Grebes
at the CR Y x FM 3332 Playa, 4 Black-necked Stilts at the CR 28 x FM 1054
Playa, 32 Black-necked Stilts at Skeen Playa, 4 American Avocets at FM 1054
x FM 1313 Playa, 2 American Avocets near O'Donnell, 6 American Avocets at
Skeen Playa, 13 Snowy Plovers at Skeen Playa, 1 Least Sandpiper at Skeen
Playa, 2 Greater Yellowlegs at Skeen Playa, 2 Double-crested Cormorants at
FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 5 Double-crested Cormorants at Skeen Playa, 2
Great Egrets at Skeen Plya, 1 Snowy Egret at Sam Road x FM 3332 Playa, 2
Snowy Egrets at Skeen Playa, 2 Cattle Egrets at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 1
Cattle Egret at Skeen Playa, 1 Cattle Egret in Tahoka, 22 White-faced
Ibises at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 52 White-faced Ibises at FM 1054 x FM 1313
Playa, 2 White-faced Ibises at Sam Road x FM 3332 Playa, 80 White-faced
Ibises at Skeen Playa, 1 Harris's Hawk at CR EE Wetlands, 2 adult and 3
immature Bell's Vireos at CR EE Wetlands, 2 Purple Martins near Lakeview, 8
Purple Martins near O'Donnell, 2 Purple Martins in O'Donnell, 2 Purple
Martins in Tahoka, 4 Cave Swallows at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 4 Cave
Swallows at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 1 Lesser Goldfinch at the CR EE
Wetlands, 2 male Common Yellowthroats at the CR Y x FM 3332 Playa, 3 male
Common Yellowthroats at the New Moore Wetlands, and 4 male Yellow-headed
Blackbirds at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa.

Not a bad day but I bet, given the widespread and heavy rains of last
night, the next visit will be even better.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 6/26/17 1:05 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from 2017 Chat Survey in Crosby County
Greetings All:
On Saturday (24 June), I spent the morning surveying chats (and other
birds) in the Great North Woods; the chunk of mixed riparian woodlands,
upland grasslands, and upland brushlands just north of White River Lake in
Crosby County. During my survey, I covered 5.86 miles (according to
GoogleEarch) on foot, surveying roughly one third to one half of the
available chat habitat and one eighth to one quarter of the available Field
Sparrow habitat. Counts were somewhat low but I fell that was entirely
explained by the unusually cool and overcast conditions.as habitat was in
great shape and there were plenty of young birds about.

A prologue from Lubbock County: 4 American White Pelicans at Dupree Park in
Lubbock - very early in the ayem.

Highlights seen during the morning's hike: 1 Chuck-will's-widow, 2 adult
Red-shouldered Hawks, 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers (harassing a Red-tailed
Hawk), 1 Downy Woodpecker, 3 Bell's Vireos (singing at widely separated
points), 5 Carolina Wrens, 4 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 1 male Common
Yellowthroat, 57 Yellow-breasted Chats, 11 Field Sparrows, 1 female and 1
male Summer Tanager (at widely separated points - the female carrying a
food item; the male harassing a Yellow-breasted Chat), 5 female/7 male/3
immature Indigo Buntings, and 1 female/3 male Bronzed Cowbirds.

Yellow-breasted Chat, Field Sparrow, and Indigo Bunting populations
continue to thrive at this site: definitive proof of breeding Summer
Tanagers remains elusive.

I spent the rest of the day chasing birds elsewhere in Crosby County and
ran across the following highlights: 1 male Wood Duck north of Crosbyton, 2
Blue-winged Teals north of Crosbyton, 1 Ring-necked Pheasant at the Ralls
WTP, 2 Black-necked Stilts just north of Crosbyton, 2 Black-necked Stilts
north of Crosbyton, 6 Black-necked Stilts north of Ralls, 4 Black-necked
Stilts at the Ralls WTP, 182 American Avocets north of Ralls, 3 American
Avocets south of Cone, 3 Greater Yellowlegs just north of Crosbyton, 1
Greater Yellowlegs north of Crosbyton, 1 Greater Yellowlegs north of Ralls,
1 Great Egret north of Ralls, 1 Great Egret at White River Lake, 12 Snowy
Egrets north of Ralls, 2 Cattle Egrets north of Crosbyton, 30 Cattle Egrets
north of Ralls, 1 Green Heron at the Ralls WTP, 2 Yellow-crowned Night
Herons north of Ralls, 1 White-faced Ibis east of Cone, 1 White-faced Ibis
north of Crosbyton, 58 White-faced Ibises north of Ralls, 9 White-faced
Ibises at the Ralls WTP, 1 Common Raven south of Crosbyton, 1 Purple Martin
in Lorenzo, 2 Purple Martins at the Ralls WTP, 8 Purple Martins at White
River Lake, 2 Cave Swallows south of Crosbyton, 2 Rock Wrens at the FM 193
x FM 651 canyon crossing, 1 Canyon Wren at the FM 193 x FM 651 canyon
crossing, 1 male Common Yellowthroat at the Ralls WTP, and 1 male Bronzed
Cowbird at White River Lake.

All in all, a pretty good day - with four species (Chuck-will's-widow,
Green Heron, Red-shouldered Hawk, Summer Tanager) added to my Crosby County
list for the year!

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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