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9/20/17 7:05 am David Hanson <davidhanson1952...> [texbirds] Baytown Nature enter Bird Count
9/20/17 4:45 am Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...> [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR
9/19/17 1:15 pm Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC) [texbirds] Migrants @ LaFitte's Cove, Galveston
9/19/17 10:47 am Becky Reyes <breyes...> [texbirds]
9/19/17 10:14 am Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...> [texbirds] 49 species on King Ranch in less than 2 hours
9/19/17 8:50 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lynn County highlights from Sunday + some Lubbock stuff
9/18/17 4:49 pm Robert Becker <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender robertjbecker for DMARC) [texbirds] Lafitte's Cove songbirds
9/17/17 4:47 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 9-17-17 Hutton's, Parula,Yellow,Wilson's,Red-eyed @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
9/17/17 12:38 pm Brent Ortego <brentortego...> [texbirds] buff-breasted sandpiper
9/17/17 7:33 am Barry S. Newberger <bnewberger...> [texbirds] Yellow-throated warbler
9/16/17 2:44 pm Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC) [texbirds] Fyi - Bridge washed out near Anahuac / Smith Point.
9/16/17 2:32 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Birder Patrol Trip Sept 23rd
9/16/17 2:25 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Sacahuistale Flats & Port Mansfield (Audubon's Orioles)
9/16/17 9:56 am Jane F Tillman <jtillman...> [texbirds] Question on access in Dallam County
9/16/17 8:32 am Barry S. Newberger <bnewberger...> [texbirds] Black-headed grosbeak and black-throated green warbler
9/16/17 8:30 am Bill Eisele <transportationbill...> [texbirds] MacGillivray's Warbler in Corpus Christi
9/16/17 8:28 am Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC) [texbirds] Fwd: Migrants this morning @ Smith Point Hawk Watch
9/16/17 6:49 am Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC) [texbirds] Migrants this morning @ Smith Point Hawk Watch
9/16/17 6:30 am Dennis Cooke <denniscooke...> [texbirds] lafitte cove in Galveston main drop now on
9/14/17 1:21 pm Donna Silvers <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender silvers713 for DMARC) [texbirds] Lafitte's Cove Thursday
9/14/17 12:35 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Montane Birds on the Move
9/14/17 6:56 am Becky Reyes <breyes...> [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center- Bird Walk 9-12-17
9/13/17 5:55 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Warbler Woods Open Gate
9/13/17 12:47 pm Barry S. Newberger <bnewberger...> [texbirds] Black-throated green warbler
9/13/17 6:48 am David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC) [texbirds] Drip at Lafittes Cove
9/13/17 5:12 am Donna Silvers <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender silvers713 for DMARC) [texbirds] Lafitte's Cove
9/13/17 5:12 am Jc dipper <dipper2c...> [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
9/13/17 5:11 am Tolbert Greenwood <tolbertgreenwood...> [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
9/13/17 5:11 am Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...> [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR.
9/12/17 11:41 am Jane F Tillman <jtillman...> [texbirds] Binocular retailers - online and brick and mortar suggestions
9/12/17 11:20 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Re: Request to post on TexBirds
9/12/17 10:11 am Judy Heffner <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender judyhef for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
9/12/17 10:08 am Joe Dorn <jbdvex...> [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
9/12/17 8:26 am Keith Hackland Innkeeper, Alamo Inn B&B <alamoinn...> <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender alamoinn for DMARC) [texbirds] Where to buy binoculars
9/12/17 6:02 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
9/12/17 4:54 am Dan Smith <dan...> [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
9/12/17 2:59 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
9/11/17 10:58 pm Tad Finnell <tadcipiter...> [texbirds] Re: RFI Lafitte's Cove - Galveston
9/11/17 6:56 pm Joann E. Thompson <joann510...> [texbirds] Binoculars
9/11/17 6:31 pm Fred Collins <fcndc...> [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
9/11/17 5:09 pm Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
9/11/17 4:58 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
9/11/17 3:22 pm Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...> [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
9/11/17 3:13 pm Carol <culi...> [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
9/11/17 3:10 pm Jane F Tillman <jtillman...> [texbirds] Where to buy binoculars
9/11/17 1:02 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from Tahoka Lake Pasture - Sunday
9/11/17 12:54 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from Crosby County - Saturday
9/11/17 7:59 am Joanne Kamo <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender joannekamo for DMARC) [texbirds] RFI Lafitte's Cove - Galveston
9/10/17 6:35 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 9-10-17 Scarlet Tanager @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
9/10/17 12:25 pm Susan Yost <sdyost...> [texbirds] LLELA bird walk results
9/10/17 8:25 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Utley Tx. Caracaras
9/10/17 8:16 am Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC) [texbirds] Swainson's hawk low over the tower.
9/10/17 7:34 am Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC) [texbirds] Mississippi Kites and Broad-winged @ Smith Point - close up!
9/9/17 3:05 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Laguna Seca Road & Sugarhouse Pond
9/9/17 7:27 am Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC) [texbirds] Hawks and MS Kites moving through...
9/9/17 5:27 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Warbler Observers needed @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
9/8/17 2:07 pm Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Hummingbird Festival will be held tomorrow Sept 9
9/8/17 11:47 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lubbock Area Birding Summary for August - Long
9/8/17 10:17 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Fall arrivals this AM.
9/8/17 5:45 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Ebird checklist @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary August & Sept
9/7/17 12:07 pm Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Re: CBC season is just around the corner
9/7/17 10:13 am Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC) [texbirds] Migrants @ Smith Point hawk watch tower
9/7/17 8:06 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 9-3-17 CERULEAN Warbler @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
9/7/17 6:01 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 9-6-17 species(36) @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
9/6/17 5:43 pm Brent Ortego <brentortego...> [texbirds] CBC season is just around the corner
9/6/17 12:53 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lynn and Lubbock County Highlights - Monday
9/6/17 12:32 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lynn County Highlights - Sunday
9/6/17 12:09 pm Tad Finnell <tadcipiter...> [texbirds] Harris' Hawk
9/5/17 2:24 pm Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...> [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR
9/5/17 8:45 am David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC) [texbirds] Harris's Hawk
9/4/17 9:00 am gh ldy <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender ghldy for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: texbirds Digest V6 #240
9/2/17 3:42 pm Susan Yost <sdyost...> [texbirds] New season of bird walks LLELA
9/2/17 3:32 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Cannon Road Loop
9/2/17 3:12 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] The Lynn County Photographic Game - August Report
9/2/17 2:39 pm Susan Yost <sdyost...> [texbirds] Denton Co LLELA
9/2/17 2:21 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] The Hewetson:Kostecke Competition - August Report
9/1/17 8:04 pm Susan Yost <sdyost...> [texbirds] helping TX Hummingbirds
9/1/17 6:13 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Crazy Awesome Day on South Padre!
9/1/17 3:36 pm David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC) [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch
9/1/17 8:02 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Crosby County Highlights from Sunday
9/1/17 7:34 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lynn County Highlights from Saturday
8/31/17 9:58 pm Arman Moreno <armanmorenobirds...> [texbirds] Austin Area Rare Bird Alert
8/31/17 5:59 pm Buck Buchanan <rcb722322...> [texbirds] Re: texbirds Digest V6 #236
8/31/17 1:58 pm Marj Swies <marjswies...> [texbirds] Re: Long-tailed Jaeger, Hornsby Bend (Travis Co.)
8/31/17 9:54 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Long-tailed Jaeger, Hornsby Bend (Travis Co.)
8/31/17 12:07 am Tad Finnell <tadcipiter...> [texbirds] Lafittes Cove 8/30/17
8/30/17 9:26 am Arman Moreno <armanmorenobirds...> [texbirds] Austin Area Rare Bird Alert - Hurricane Harvey Summary
8/29/17 1:57 pm <bertf...> [texbirds] Re: City of Mission passes resolution in opposition to the border wall
8/29/17 10:04 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Sabine's Gull, Lake Travis (Travis Co.)
8/28/17 7:37 pm Patricia Wight <pcwight...> [texbirds] Re: City of Mission passes resolution in opposition to the border wall
8/28/17 7:09 pm <jkestner...> [texbirds] Re: City of Mission passes resolution in opposition to the border wall
8/28/17 4:11 pm <bertf...> [texbirds] City of Mission passes resolution in opposition to the border wall
8/28/17 1:59 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Lake Walter E. Long (Decker L.) - SIX tern spp
8/28/17 10:20 am Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler...> [texbirds] Lake Walter E. Long (Decker L.) - SIX tern spp
8/28/17 9:06 am Laas Harvey <hlaas...> [texbirds] Waller Co. Frigatebird
8/28/17 8:06 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Eastern Kingbird 'Fallout' in Crosby County
8/27/17 5:36 pm Robert Becker <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender robertjbecker for DMARC) [texbirds] Lafitte's Cove
8/27/17 12:43 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Sooty Tern, Walter Long Lake (Travis Co.)
8/26/17 3:31 pm Yahoo Mail <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender ronweeks for DMARC) [texbirds] Sooty Tern and frigatebirds on Davis Estates Road in Fort Bend County
8/26/17 12:59 pm Sebastian C <sc11birds...> [texbirds] Wood Storks in Williamson County
8/26/17 11:50 am John O'Brien <j26.obrien...> [texbirds] Houston Frigatebirds
8/26/17 10:50 am Andrew <andydietrich10...> [texbirds] Re: Hummingbird this morning
8/26/17 9:41 am Charmaine Ganson <cgtimes2...> [texbirds] Frigatebird in Bear Creek Park
8/26/17 7:12 am Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC) [texbirds] Hummingbird this morning
8/25/17 4:34 pm Judy Kestner <jkestner...> [texbirds] Re: Hurricane
8/25/17 4:24 pm Ian Layton <ilayton...> [texbirds] Mississippi Kites - Bastrop Co.
8/25/17 3:47 pm Brent Ortego <brentortego...> [texbirds] Hurricane
8/25/17 12:15 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Bolivar pictures from Wednesday, baby least terns etc
8/25/17 12:09 pm Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: Make extra Hummingbird nectar while you still have power
8/25/17 9:33 am Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson...> [texbirds] Swainson's Hawks
8/25/17 8:46 am Dan Smith <dan...> [texbirds] Re: Make extra Hummingbird nectar while you still have power
8/25/17 8:12 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Corpus Christi live cam
8/25/17 7:01 am Susan Fortenberry <texas410...> [texbirds] Make extra Hummingbird nectar while you still have power
8/24/17 3:50 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Birder Patrol Trip Cancelled
8/24/17 12:55 pm Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] Hurricane
8/23/17 3:30 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Birding the coast in front of Harvey. high tide, low tide and wet
8/23/17 1:19 pm Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Tropical Storm Harvey may be affecting birds
8/23/17 1:14 pm Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: Utley
8/23/17 12:45 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Utley
8/23/17 11:47 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: Utley
8/23/17 7:23 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Utley
8/23/17 7:20 am Susan Orwig <sueorwig...> [texbirds] Re: Utley
8/23/17 6:56 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Utley
8/22/17 1:22 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Yard birding
8/22/17 1:13 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Pictures from the coast last week
8/22/17 11:04 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch Saturday
8/22/17 6:46 am Hannah Buschert <Hannah.Buschert...> [texbirds] (Houston-area) Upcoming birding events at Sheldon Lake SP
8/21/17 9:22 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lubbock highlights from Sunday
8/21/17 9:19 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from Lynn County - Saturday
 
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Date: 9/20/17 7:05 am
From: David Hanson <davidhanson1952...>
Subject: [texbirds] Baytown Nature enter Bird Count
The first bird count for the year will be tomorrow Sept 21 at 8:00AM. We
will meet in the parking lot behind 6the entrance building at or a little
before 8:00AM.
These bird counts will take place the third Thursday of each month
September through May at 8:00AM

David Hanson
FeatherFest 2017 Birding Program Leader
<dhanson139...>
<davidhanson1952...>
281-303-0166 hm
281-813-2657 cell


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Date: 9/20/17 4:45 am
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR
It was unseasonably warm but a breeze was blowing which helped to make it
not so uncomfortable. We started the day with a short walk on Harris Creek
Trail and across the creek in the dead trees there was a lot of activity.
As we were observing Eastern Bluebirds, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Downy
Woodpeckers, a Hairy Woodpecker, a Blue Grossbeak, an Indigo Bunting and
Red-bellied Woodpeckers a flock of about 25 Dickcissels flew into a tree,
undoubtedly migrating birds. We found a Hairy Woodpecker and a Northern
Flicker on the way to the Goode area along with Inca Doves and the usual
resident birds there. Silliman Marsh is getting low on water but we found
the Sora there, once again, feeding in the edge of the cattails on the west
side of the marsh. While there we had a flyby Northern Harrier. There
were also White-faced Ibis there and American Coots as well as 2 American
Avocets. When on the crossover between Tern and Egret pads we watched a
Bald Eagle soaring. There we also saw many Neotropic Cormorants, 90 in
total for the day. There was a flock of ducks, mostly Blue-winged
Teal across from the observation deck on Egret Pad. That was also a
productive area for shorebirds with Long-billed dowitchers, Stilt
Sandpipers, Black-bellied Plover, Pectoral Sandpipers, Wilson Snipes, Least
Sandpipers, Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs. There was one Solitary
Sandpiper in Muleshoe Marsh. The Black-crowned Night-Herons continue in
the cattails, near the main road, in Mineral Marsh. We found American
Kestrels and Loggerhead Shrikes on the roads west of the refuge. We
finished the day with 66 species.
http://ebird.org/ebird/iss/view/checklist/S39285319
Jack Chiles, Texas master naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR.

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Date: 9/19/17 1:15 pm
From: Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Migrants @ LaFitte's Cove, Galveston

Wilson's Warblers
Yellow Warblers
Worm-eating Warblers
Ovenbird (1)
Kentucky Warbler (1)
Black and White Warblers
Canada Warbler (1)
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
Baltimore Orioles
Painted Buntings
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Empids (Not sure which...)

Nina Sitra
@ LaFittes Cove, Galveston



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Date: 9/19/17 10:47 am
From: Becky Reyes <breyes...>
Subject: [texbirds]
Hi everyone,
Lots of birds to see this hot and humid morning. Ringed kingfishers and
Green kingfishers were active at north pond while the sounds on the grounds
were of chips and chirps from Yellow, Canada, and Wilson's warblers. Below
is today's bird list.

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center, Hidalgo, Texas, US
Sep 19, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
50 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 3
Plain Chachalaca 3
Neotropic Cormorant 20
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 2
Tricolored Heron 3
Cattle Egret 1
Green Heron 2
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2
Roseate Spoonbill 2
Turkey Vulture 1
Swainson's Hawk 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 4
Inca Dove 1
White-tipped Dove 1
White-winged Dove 1
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 8
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 7
Ringed Kingfisher 2
Green Kingfisher 3
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
Ash-throated Flycatcher 1
Great Kiskadee 6
Tropical Kingbird 3
Couch's Kingbird 2
Eastern Kingbird 1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1
Loggerhead Shrike 1
White-eyed Vireo 3
Warbling Vireo 1
Green Jay 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Clay-colored Thrush 5
Curve-billed Thrasher 3
Long-billed Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 8
Yellow Warbler 2
Canada Warbler 1
Wilson's Warbler 1
Olive Sparrow 1
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Baltimore Oriole 1
Great-tailed Grackle 9
Lesser Goldfinch 3
House Sparrow 3

*Becky Reyes*

Naturalist Educator

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center

PO Box 1079

714 Raul Longoria Rd

Edinburg, Texas 78540

956.381.9922 O 956.381-0715 F

<breyes...> <vguzman...>

*www.cityofedinburg.com <http://www.cityofedinburg.com/>*

*www.EdinburgWBC.org <http://www.edinburgwbc.org/>*


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Date: 9/19/17 10:14 am
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...>
Subject: [texbirds] 49 species on King Ranch in less than 2 hours
Spent a little less than 2 hours on the Santa Gertrudis division of the
King Ranch checking the status of water resources. Although birding was
secondary, I had 49 species. Of particular note were a Yellow-crowned
Night-heron and Short-billed Dowitcher - both rare at this location.
Complete checklist at <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39281511>

--
Jim Sinclair (TX-ESA)
TOS Life Member
Kingsville, TX

"The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of
thinking we were at when we created them." - Albert Einstein


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Date: 9/19/17 8:50 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lynn County highlights from Sunday + some Lubbock stuff
Greetings All:
On Sunday, I visited Tahoka Lake Pasture with Lena Zappia and we managed to
find quite a few goodies, including 2 Solitary Sandpipers, 1 Sharp-shinned
Hawk, 1 empid, 2 Least Flycatchers, 1 Cordilleran Flycatcher, 1 Eastern
Phoebe, 2 Bell's Vireos, 18 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 22 Cliff
Swallows, 2 House Wrens, 1 Marsh Wren, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1 Gray
Catbird, 2 Pine Siskins, 1 Yellow-breasted Chat, 2 male Yellow-headed
Blackbirds, 1 Tennessee Warbler, 2 male Common Yellowthroats, 3 Yellow
Warblers, and 5 Wilson's Warblers.

The day before I spotted my first Cooper's Hawk of the season in the
mulberry tree in my front yard in Lubbock.

Sunday evening I had an immature male Black-chinned Hummingbird sparring
with an adult female Calliope Hummingbird in my back yard, 7 Northern
Rough-winged Swallows and 4 Cliff Swallows over the yard in a gathering
storm (I often get swallows over my yard just before storms; rarely at any
other time), and an adult male Wilson's Warbler working over my liveoaks.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 9/18/17 4:49 pm
From: Robert Becker <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender robertjbecker for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Lafitte's Cove songbirds
Lafitte's Cove was quite active today with seven species of warblers, including Mourning, Kentucky, Worm-eating, Prairie, Wilson's, Yellow and Black-and-white. There also were White-eyed Vireos, Blue Jays, Red-shouldered Hawks and Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers. The songbirds gave great views at the newly-repaired water feature. Her are photos from the day (hoping this Flickr hyperlink works). If it doesn't, email me and I will send the link.
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Date: 9/17/17 4:47 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 9-17-17 Hutton's, Parula,Yellow,Wilson's,Red-eyed @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
9-17-17 Hutton's, Parula,Yellow,Wilson's,Red-eyed @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Migration continues to be most fun and great visitors. Not all the checklists entered, but we had ~40 species, with most of the time spent by visitors at the Warbler Pond. Hutton's Vireo, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Northern Parula, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Red-eyed Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat, Northern Bobwhite and friends. Pictures of most.

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: 9/17/17 12:38 pm
From: Brent Ortego <brentortego...>
Subject: [texbirds] buff-breasted sandpiper
Got away from hurricane cleanup on Saturday

Nice not having to cut and burn brush for a day


Gretchen from the FWS Corpus Christi office has asked for birders to look for banded Piping Plover in order to get some information on possible effects from the hurricanes. Took this opportunity for Dora Ann and I to do a little volunteer survey at Matagorda beach for pipers and to check on the unusually high numbers (500) of Buff-breasted Sandpipers Bob Friedrichs had reported in 2 fields near STP earlier in the week.


Left the house at 6 am and the first turf farms that were visible on the way to Matagorda were 3 near LaWard in Jackson County. They contained about 150 BBSA which is pretty good for those sites on this date. Tripped one eBird flag with the numbers.


Moving on to the Blessing area in Matagorda County, we checked 5 turf farms nearby. We found 500 BBSA with most being on a farm north of town on railroad avenue.


We next went to the farms near the STP nuclear plant and were pleased with a count of 1100 BBSA. It got a little crazy for a few minutes when our leisurely count was interrupted by a visit from a Cooper's Hawk. Birds scattered and we had to start counting over again.


Breaking away from looking at turf fields, we made it down to Matagorda beach by noon. Many birds were roosting within the signage installed by GCBO. We only found one Piping Plover and it was banded with a yellow flag indicating it came from the Great Plains. Scanned the relatively calm Gulf for 30 minutes and did not notice any foraging other than from Brown Pelicans.


Many white marsh birds were observed in the marshes bordering the river. We tallied 300 White Ibis, 300 Great Egrets and 600 Snowy Egrets.


We had time to check 3 more turf farms on the drive back towards Bay City before we needed to be back home to watch football games and found 700 more BBSA.


In summary, we found about 2500 BBSA in mid-September which is well past the expected peak fall migration in late August. This is a huge number for this date considering that we only checked a small portion of the turf farms in the area. Top counts by Bob and I during fall 2015 were 4,000 when we surveyed all of the turf fields in Matagorda, Wharton, Jackson, Victoria counties.


We had fun looking at lots of birds, but our team, LSU, played badly against Mississippi State.



Brent & Dora Ann

near Victoria, TX

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Date: 9/17/17 7:33 am
From: Barry S. Newberger <bnewberger...>
Subject: [texbirds] Yellow-throated warbler
Photographed a yellow-throated warbler bathing on our water feature in western Travis county yesterday about 3PM.
Barry Newberger


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Date: 9/16/17 2:44 pm
From: Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Fyi - Bridge washed out near Anahuac / Smith Point.

Headed back to Houston down 562 and was turned back by Anahuac Constable due to bridge being washed out (headed north on 562 before 61).

Had to turn around and take 2936 and up to 563 to I-10.

Nina Sitra


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Date: 9/16/17 2:32 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Birder Patrol Trip Sept 23rd
Hi, all!


This month's Birder Patrol trip will take place next Saturday, the 23rd,
where we'll visit Donna McCown's very birdy property; she's had parrots,
Gray Hawks, and any number of migrants show up, so who knows what we'll see?
We'll also visit Sugarhouse Pond in hopes that some of the recent rarities
(including Red-necked Phalarope) may still be around (and we might even find
something new)!



Meet at the Whataburger in La Feria at 7:30 (7:00 if you want to have
breakfast - several folks are going to do that, I hear :)) and we'll carpool
from there. Cost is $5.00 per person, and all proceeds go to support the
educational endeavors of the Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society.



See you there! MB



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 9/16/17 2:25 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Sacahuistale Flats & Port Mansfield (Audubon's Orioles)
Hi, all!


Road-birded SR 186 along Sacahuistale Flats this morning; best birds were
two singing Audubon's Orioles about 5.5 miles east of FM 1420. Was a good
morning for raptors with my FOS Kestrel, plus an immature Red-shouldered
Hawk, and Botteri's Sparrows were still singing, albeit just the sputtering
part, leaving off the bouncing ball part. Tons of swallows going through!
Also checked out Laguna Point Rec Area; best bird there was a Common Tern.
Fred Stone had a nice selection of shorebirds and larids in the wetlands
beyond the fence, and the Nature Trail was Deer City. Was surprised that
the only waders were Great Blue Herons!



A few pics can be seen on my Facebook page:



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



Bird List:



Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus

Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis

Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus

White-tailed Hawk Geranoaetus albicaudatus

Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus

Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus

Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola

Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus

Killdeer Charadrius vociferus

Willet Tringa semipalmata

Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda

Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Sanderling Calidris alba

Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla

Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri

Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus

Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla

Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis

Least Tern Sternula antillarum

Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia

Common Tern Sterna hirundo

Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri

Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus

Rock Pigeon Columba livia

Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto

White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica

Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

Inca Dove Columbina inca

Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina

White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi

Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris

Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons

Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris

Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway

American Kestrel Falco sparverius

Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus

Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus

Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus

Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus

Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus

White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus

Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas

Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris

Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis

Purple Martin Progne subis

Bank Swallow Riparia riparia

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva

Verdin Auriparus flaviceps

Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea

Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre

Long-billed Thrasher Toxostoma longirostre

Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia

Olive Sparrow Arremonops rufivirgatus

Botteri's Sparrow Peucaea botterii

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Dickcissel Spiza americana

Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna

Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus

Altamira Oriole Icterus gularis

Audubon's Oriole Icterus graduacauda

Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula

House Sparrow Passer domesticus



74 SPECIES



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 9/16/17 9:56 am
From: Jane F Tillman <jtillman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Question on access in Dallam County
HI, I am going to be up in Dallam County soon, and wondered if anyone had
info on access to the Cactus, TX wastewater treatment ponds, as well as the
pond/lake south of Cactus (just east of intersection of 281 and 287). Any
other good birding spots besides the Thompson Grove Campground/Picnic Area?
It appears the Dalhart wastewater treament ponds are off Ponderosa Lane in
NE Dalhart - productive and accessible? (I'm aware of Lake Rita Blanca
which is in Hartley county.)
Thanks so much for your help.
Jane Tillman
Austin


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Date: 9/16/17 8:32 am
From: Barry S. Newberger <bnewberger...>
Subject: [texbirds] Black-headed grosbeak and black-throated green warbler
A female black-headed grosbeak on the water feature in our back yard in western Travis county this afternoon about 5. Also a black-throated green warbler showed up about 6:30. Both photographed.
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Date: 9/16/17 8:30 am
From: Bill Eisele <transportationbill...>
Subject: [texbirds] MacGillivray's Warbler in Corpus Christi
Hi all,
Today I had a huge surprise in Blucher Park in downtown Corpus Christi.
At approximately 5:30 p.m. I spotted a MacGillivray's Warbler with Sandy
Dillard (of Bryan, TX).

The bird was unmistakable - a big warbler in the Mac/Mourning complex. We
both had great looks and saw the hood with slight white wash to throat.
Very definite white arcs above and below eyes. I'd suggest a 1st winter
female. The bird was found southwest of Marker 6 (Marker sign is near the
bridge) in understory of an isolated white blooming tree. Sorry, no
pictures. Of course I didn't have my camera.

We watched the bird for about a minute, but then it flew off (staying low,
of course). We thought we heard it again, but could not relocate the bird.

I would be curious to hear if anyone chases/relocates the bird. I may try
again tomorrow afternoon too.

Good birds,

Bill Eisele
College Station, TX


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Date: 9/16/17 8:28 am
From: Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: Migrants this morning @ Smith Point Hawk Watch
Yellow Warblers whizzing by the tower too.

Nina Sitra


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> Eastern Kingbirds
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
> Orchard Orioles
> Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
> Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
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> Lots of Painted Lady butterflies.
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> Very active this morning!
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Date: 9/16/17 6:49 am
From: Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Migrants this morning @ Smith Point Hawk Watch

Eastern Kingbirds
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Orchard Orioles
Blue-gray Gnatcatchers
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds

Lots of Painted Lady butterflies.

Very active this morning!

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Date: 9/16/17 6:30 am
From: Dennis Cooke <denniscooke...>
Subject: [texbirds] lafitte cove in Galveston main drop now on
After working every day since Harvey hit us, I needed a short break and birded a little bit this morning at lafitte cove.

I noticed the main drip was on but laying on the ground. After beating the bushes with a big stick for snakes l propped the drips up and used the only thing I had- duct tape. A little wire would help if you make it down here.

Duct tape is the fix all tape. It will mend everything but a broken heart!!

See you on the birding trail

Dennis Cooke
Dickinson tx





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Date: 9/14/17 1:21 pm
From: Donna Silvers <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender silvers713 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Lafitte's Cove Thursday
I left Lafitte's Cove a few minutes ago. Birds of note are:

Nashville Warblers (3)
Black & White Warblers (2)
Wilson's Warbler (1)
Yellow Warbler (1)
Orange Crowned Warblers (2)
Great Crested Flycatcher (1)
Yellow Bellied Flycatcher (1)
Blue Grosbeak (2)
Baltimore Orioles (6)

Dean Silvers
Jamaica Beach, Texas

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Date: 9/14/17 12:35 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Montane Birds on the Move
Texbirds,
There are early signs of a potential irruptive movement of montane birds
from the Rocky Mountains. Red-breasted Nuthatches have been the most
widespread and numerous thus far. However, Williamson's Sapsucker, Evening
Grosbeaks and Red Crossbills are also on the move. In addition to the
aforementioned species, this could be a good winter for locating a Clark's
Nutcracker or Black-billed Magpie in Texas. I'm looking forward to seeing
your reports. The Davis Mountains Preserve has an open weekend 8-10
December and 16-18 March 2018.

http://blog.aba.org/2017/09/happening-now-mountain-birds-on-the-move-but-how-extensively.html

Williamson's Sapsucker in Dell City, TX on 10 Sep:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39116625

https://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/texas/events/davis-mountains-2017-open-days.xml

​Good birding,
Justin Bosler
Austin, TX​

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Date: 9/14/17 6:56 am
From: Becky Reyes <breyes...>
Subject: [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center- Bird Walk 9-12-17
Hi everyone, we had a bird walk Tuesday, Sept.12th. The trees lining north
pond were full of yellow warblers and there are 2 Ringed kingfishers that
like to be out at North Pond. The canal overlook had the most activity of
birds. Below is Tuesday's morning bird list. Happy birding!
Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center, Hidalgo, Texas, US
Sep 12, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
51 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 2
Plain Chachalaca 7
Neotropic Cormorant 25
Anhinga 13
Great Blue Heron 5
Great Egret 4
Snowy Egret 4
Tricolored Heron 1
Green Heron 3
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 3
Turkey Vulture 1
Swainson's Hawk 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 8
Inca Dove 2
White-tipped Dove 3
White-winged Dove 1
Mourning Dove 3
Groove-billed Ani 5
Chimney Swift 2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 6
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 5
Ringed Kingfisher 2
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 5
Great Kiskadee 2
Couch's Kingbird 4
Western Kingbird 4
Eastern Kingbird 2
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 5
Loggerhead Shrike 2
White-eyed Vireo 3
Green Jay 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 5
Black-crested Titmouse 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Clay-colored Thrush 1
Curve-billed Thrasher 2
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 2
Yellow Warbler 4
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Dickcissel 2
Baltimore Oriole 9
Bronzed Cowbird 1
Great-tailed Grackle 6
Lesser Goldfinch 4
House Sparrow 3

*Becky Reyes*

Naturalist Educator

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center

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Date: 9/13/17 5:55 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Warbler Woods Open Gate
Texas Parks & Wildlife Birding Calendar 2017-18
Sept. 16: Open Gate @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
124 acres of Migration Stopover Habitat, with varied habitat, 292 species of birds and 40 species of Warblers, along with other wildlife all-time lists.
Please sign in and leave a list of what you find; no pets. No smoking
Host: Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Location: 19349 Old Wiederstein Rd., Cibolo, TX 78108
Overflow parking along far side of Old Wiederstein Rd
Time: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Fee: Free, donations appreciated
www.warblerwoods.org
https://tpwmagazine.com/archive/2017/birdcalendar/

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: 9/13/17 12:47 pm
From: Barry S. Newberger <bnewberger...>
Subject: [texbirds] Black-throated green warbler
Had a striking male black-throated green warbler visit the water feature in our back yard in western Travis county yesterday about 4:30.
Barry Newberger


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Date: 9/13/17 6:48 am
From: David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Drip at Lafittes Cove
Just so those who visit Lafittes Cove know the drips are off due to a bad water leak in the system. I do not know when repairs will happen.
David Hanson

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Date: 9/13/17 5:12 am
From: Donna Silvers <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender silvers713 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Lafitte's Cove
Lafitte's is very active right now. So far:

Yellow Warblers (2)
Wilson's Warblers (2)
Canada Warblers (3)
Least Flycatchers (3)
Brown Thrasher (1)
Blue Grosbeak (1)

And many Baltimore Orioles. Heading back in a few minutes.

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Jamaica Beach, Texas


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Date: 9/13/17 5:12 am
From: Jc dipper <dipper2c...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
If landsandsky does it carry the brand you pr fee, look at Portland Audubon
Society's stock and member of price.
I, too, had a very positive advice and offe to help from. landSeaAndSky.

Thanks, Clay and Fred !

Julie Crouch
New Braunfels

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texbirds Digest Mon, 11 Sep 2017 Volume: 06 Issue: 248

In This Issue:
[texbirds] RFI Lafitte's Cove - Galveston
[texbirds] Highlights from Crosby County - Saturday
[texbirds] Highlights from Tahoka Lake Pasture - Sunday
[texbirds] Where to buy binoculars
[texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
[texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
[texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
[texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
[texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
[texbirds] Binoculars

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Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2017 12:00:21 -0400
From: "Joanne Kamo" <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender
Subject: [texbirds] RFI Lafitte's Cove - Galveston

I stopped by Lafitte's Cove a few days ago and saw a few migrants. They
didn't stick around long, so I was wondering if there's anyone that can be
contacted to turn on the drip there, or are they supposed to be off during
the fall? All drips were off.

Thanks so much,
Joanne Kamo
Houston, TX




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From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 14:53:58 -0500
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from Crosby County - Saturday

Greetings All:
I spent ten hours in Crosby County on Saturday (a long visit to White River
Lake - followed by a lot of road birding) and kicked out quite a few
highlights (despite drying down conditions): 4 male Wood Ducks at White
River Lake, 16 Blue-winged Teals at the CR 189 x FM 193 Playa, 8
Blue-winged Teals at Crosbyton City Park, 20 Blue-winged Teals south of
Crosbyton, 1 Cinnamon Teal at the CR 189 x FM 193 Playa, 2 Cinnamon Teals
south of Ralls, 4 American Wigeons at the CR 189 x FM 193 Playa, 12
Redheads south of Lorenzo, 48 Black-necked Stilts at the CR 173 x FM 40
Playa, 4 Black-necked Stilts at Crosbyton City Park, 26 American Avocets at
the CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 22 American Avocets south of Ralls, 39 American
Avocets south of Ralls, 1 Semipalmated Plover at the CR 183 x FM 40 Playa,
4 Stilt Sandpipers south of Crosbyton, 20 Stilt Sandpipers south of Ralls,
25 Stilt Sandpipers south of Ralls, 1 Least Sandpiper at the CR 183 x FM 40
Playa, 2 Least Sandpipers south of Crosbyton, 2 Least Sandpipers south of
Ralls, 2 Least Sandpipers south of Ralls, 2 Pectoral Sandpipers south of
Crosbyton, 7 Semipalmated Sandpipers south of Crosbyton, 4 Western
Sandpipers at the CR 183 x FM 40 Playa, 3 Western Sandpipers south of
Crosbyton, 6 Long-billed Dowitchers south of Crosbyton, 6 Long-billed
Dowitchers south of Ralls, 26 Long-billed Dowitchers south of Ralls, 1
Wilson's Snipe south of Crosbyton, 1 Spotted Sandpiper at White River Lake,
2 Solitary Sandpipers south of Crosbyton, 28 Lesser Yellowlegs at the CR
173 x FM 40 Playa, 26 Lesser Yellowlegs at Crosbyton City Park, 37 Lesser
Yellowlegs south of Crosbyton, 45 Lesser Yellowlegs south of Ralls, 56
Lesser Yellowlegs south of Ralls, 18 Greater Yellowlegs at the CR 173 x FM
40 Playa, 21 Greater Yellowlegs at Crosbyton City Park, 14 Greater
Yellowlegs south of Crosbyton, 15 Greater Yellowlegs south of Ralls, 18
Greater Yellowlegs south of Ralls, 2 Greater Yellowlegs at White River
Lake, 18 Wilson's Phalaropes at the CR 183 x FM 40 Playa, 4 Wilson's
Phalaropes south of Crosbyton, 50 Wilson's Phalaropes south of Ralls, 14
Wilson's Phalaropes south of Ralls, 1 Great Egret at the CR 173 x FM 40
Playa, 1 Great Egret at White River Lake, 2 Snowy Egrets at the CR 173 x FM
40 Playa, 4 Snowy Egrets at Crosbyton City Park, 18 Cattle Egrets at the CR
173 x FM 40 Playa, 59 Cattle Egrets at Crosbyton City Park, 1 Green Heron
at White River Lake, 1 Yellow-crowned Night Heron at Ralls WTP, 2
White-faced Ibises at the CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 112 White-faced Ibises at
Crosbyton City Park, 29 White-faced Ibises south of Crosbyton, 2
White-faced Ibises south of Lorenzo, 10 White-faced Ibises south of Ralls,
2 White-faced Ibises south of Ralls, 4 adult Red-headed Woodpeckers at the
Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher in the woods north of
White River Lake (Great North Woods), 2 Western Wood Pewees in the Great
North Woods, 1 Willow Flycatcher at White River Lake, 1 Eastern Phoebe in
the Great North Woods, 1 Great Crested Flycatcher in the Great North Woods,
1 Warbling Vireo in the Great North Woods, 1 Common Raven at the CR 183 x
FM 40 Playa, 2 Common Ravens at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing, 2 Common
Ravens near Kalgary, 1 Common Raven south of Crosbyton, 5 Tree Swallows at
Crosbyton City Park, 4 Northern Rough-winged Swallows at Crosbyton City
Park, 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow in the Great North Woods, 4 Bank
Swallows at Crosbyton City Park, 1 *Carolina Chickadee* in the Great North
Woods, 4 Bushtits at the Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 2 Rock Wrens at the FM
193 x FM 651 crossing, 2 Canyon Wrens at Silver Falls Rest Area, 1 House
Wren in the Great North Woods, 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers at the Camp Rio
Blanca crossing, 7 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers in the Great North Woods, 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet in the Great North Woods, 2 Chipping Sparrows
southeast of Mt. Blanco, 2 Field Sparrows in the Great North Woods, 1
Field Sparrow at White River Lake, 2 Yellow-breasted Chats in the Great
North Woods, 1 Yellow-breasted Chat at White River Lake, 2 Yellow-headed
Blackbirds at the CR 189 x FM 193 Playa, 2 male Bronzed Cowbirds in the
Great North Woods, 1 male Bronzed Cowbird at White River Lake, 1 Northern
Waterthrush in the Great North Woods, 1 Nashville Warbler at the FM 193 x
FM 651 crossing, 1 Nashville Warbler at White River Lake, 1 female Common
Yellowthroat in the Great North Woods, 2 male Common Yellowthroats at White
River Lake, 1 Yellow Warbler at the Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 3 Yellow
Warblers at White River Lake, 1 Wilson's Warbler in the Great North Woods,
1 immature male *Lazuli Bunting* in the Great North Woods, 5 Indigo
Buntings in the Great North Woods, 2 Indigo Buntings at White River Lake, 1
immature male Summer Tanager at White River Lake, and 1 adult female
Western Tanager in the Great North Woods.

It was a pretty good day; Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson, Lubbock



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From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 15:01:54 -0500
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from Tahoka Lake Pasture - Sunday

Greetings All:
Drew Harvey and I visited Tahoka Lake Pasture (Lynn County) for several
hours yesterday morning.

Highlights included: 1 Upland Sandpiper (heard only - Drew), 2 Merlins, 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker, 1 Willow Flycatcher, 2 Least Flycatchers, 4
Ash-throated Flycatchers, 1 Great Crested Flycatcher, 2 Common Ravens, 1
Tree Swallow, 4 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 2 Cave Swallows, 1 House
Wren, 4 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Gray Catbirds (1
seen only - Anthony; 1 heard only - Drew), 1 Vesper Sparrow, 5
Yellow-breasted Chats, 1 Yellow-headed Blackbird, 1 female Orchard Oriole,
2 Nashville Warblers, 1 MacGillivray's Warbler, 4 Yellow Warblers, and 3
Wilson's Warblers.

It was a great morning; Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock



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From: Jane F Tillman <jtillman...>
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:09:11 -0500
Subject: [texbirds] Where to buy binoculars

I'd appreciate your help in giving suggestions on where new birders can
shop to get entry level binoculars - say in the $300 to $500 range.
My usual advice has been to point them to binocular reviews and then to
Eagle Optics, or to visit a birding festival where they can try them out.
Other suggestions have been Cabela's, REI or specialty bird product stores
but I never felt that those retailers' selections were comprehensive
enough. Now that Eagle Optics has changed directions and will no longer be
in online retail, what to do? See their story here
https://www.eagleoptics.com/

Has anyone had experience with Optics4Birding?
http://www.optics4birding.com/
It looks like they have an excellent selection.

Thanks for your help.
Jane Tillman
Austin

P.S. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are on the move in Austin. It is nice to have
such an apparently successful charismatic bird.



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From: Carol <culi...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:12:55 -0500

I've had luck with B&H photo and video or adorama.

> On Sep 11, 2017, at 5:09 PM, Jane F Tillman <jtillman...> wrote:
>
> I'd appreciate your help in giving suggestions on where new birders can
> shop to get entry level binoculars - say in the $300 to $500 range.
> My usual advice has been to point them to binocular reviews and then to
> Eagle Optics, or to visit a birding festival where they can try them out.
> Other suggestions have been Cabela's, REI or specialty bird product stores
> but I never felt that those retailers' selections were comprehensive
> enough. Now that Eagle Optics has changed directions and will no longer be
> in online retail, what to do? See their story here
> https://www.eagleoptics.com/
>
> Has anyone had experience with Optics4Birding?
> http://www.optics4birding.com/
> It looks like they have an excellent selection.
>
> Thanks for your help.
> Jane Tillman
> Austin
>
> P.S. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are on the move in Austin. It is nice to have
> such an apparently successful charismatic bird.
>
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From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...>
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:21:54 -0500
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars

Heh! I had just sent the same recommendation privately!
On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 5:12 PM, Carol <culi...> wrote:

> I've had luck with B&H photo and video or adorama.
>
> > On Sep 11, 2017, at 5:09 PM, Jane F Tillman <jtillman...> wrote:
> >
> > I'd appreciate your help in giving suggestions on where new birders can
> > shop to get entry level binoculars - say in the $300 to $500 range.
> > My usual advice has been to point them to binocular reviews and then to
> > Eagle Optics, or to visit a birding festival where they can try them
out.
> > Other suggestions have been Cabela's, REI or specialty bird product
> stores
> > but I never felt that those retailers' selections were comprehensive
> > enough. Now that Eagle Optics has changed directions and will no longer
> be
> > in online retail, what to do? See their story here
> > https://www.eagleoptics.com/
> >
> > Has anyone had experience with Optics4Birding?
> > http://www.optics4birding.com/
> > It looks like they have an excellent selection.
> >
> > Thanks for your help.
> > Jane Tillman
> > Austin
> >
> > P.S. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are on the move in Austin. It is nice to
have
> > such an apparently successful charismatic bird.
> >
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From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 18:57:34 -0500
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars

There are several web sites that rate binoculars in various price ranges.
You can take that to Amazon and there are good evaluations etc.
On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 5:21 PM, Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...>
wrote:

> Heh! I had just sent the same recommendation privately!
> On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 5:12 PM, Carol <culi...> wrote:
>
> > I've had luck with B&H photo and video or adorama.
> >
> > > On Sep 11, 2017, at 5:09 PM, Jane F Tillman <jtillman...>
> wrote:
> > >
> > > I'd appreciate your help in giving suggestions on where new birders
can
> > > shop to get entry level binoculars - say in the $300 to $500 range.
> > > My usual advice has been to point them to binocular reviews and then
to
> > > Eagle Optics, or to visit a birding festival where they can try them
> out.
> > > Other suggestions have been Cabela's, REI or specialty bird product
> > stores
> > > but I never felt that those retailers' selections were comprehensive
> > > enough. Now that Eagle Optics has changed directions and will no
longer
> > be
> > > in online retail, what to do? See their story here
> > > https://www.eagleoptics.com/
> > >
> > > Has anyone had experience with Optics4Birding?
> > > http://www.optics4birding.com/
> > > It looks like they have an excellent selection.
> > >
> > > Thanks for your help.
> > > Jane Tillman
> > > Austin
> > >
> > > P.S. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are on the move in Austin. It is nice to
> have
> > > such an apparently successful charismatic bird.
> > >
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From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:08:03 +0000

Hi all -
If you would like to keep your dollars within Texas, consider buying your
next binocular at Land, Sea, and Sky (aka Texas Nautical Repair) in Houston.

https://www.landseaskyco.com

(I hope that their store escaped the wrath of Harvey)

They are one of the top astronomy dealers in the country, and stock a great
selection of binoculars. They are the optics partner for Houston
Audubon, and support the High Island Spring Birding events.

They have been regularly appearing at the Galveston FeatherFest, and this
past year have been the primary optics seller at the HummerBird Festival in
Rockport, the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, the whooping Crane
Celebration in Port Aransas, and most recently at the West TX Hummingbird
Festival in Fort Davis.

Give them a call or check out their website - they have a great staff and I
love stopping at their store to play with the newest Astro scopes.


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Swarovski Optik N.A.
(Calallen) Corpus Christi, TX

Sent from my iPhone

On Sep 11, 2017, at 6:10 PM, Jane F Tillman <jtillman...><mailto:jt
<illman...>> wrote:

I'd appreciate your help in giving suggestions on where new birders can
shop to get entry level binoculars - say in the $300 to $500 range.
My usual advice has been to point them to binocular reviews and then to
Eagle Optics, or to visit a birding festival where they can try them out.
Other suggestions have been Cabela's, REI or specialty bird product stores
but I never felt that those retailers' selections were comprehensive
enough. Now that Eagle Optics has changed directions and will no longer be
in online retail, what to do? See their story here
https://www.eagleoptics.com/

Has anyone had experience with Optics4Birding?
http://www.optics4birding.com/
It looks like they have an excellent selection.

Thanks for your help.
Jane Tillman
Austin

P.S. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are on the move in Austin. It is nice to have
such an apparently successful charismatic bird.


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From: Fred Collins <fcndc...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 20:30:52 -0500

Every scope and pair of binoculars I ever purchased were at Land Sea and
Sky. My Dad bought me a spotting scope there in 1964. My wife and I bought
two new pairs of binoculars there recently. It's been a quality and
reliable supplier for three generations. My grandfather introduced me to
the owner in the 60s and I met an apprentice I would know for 50 years. He
became the owner and recently sold the business to the current owners. I
think they are as committed as Leslie was and I hope to someday buy my
grandchildren binoculars their should they want some.

I like to buy local but mostly I want to buy the best from the best. I know
they will always stand by what they sell.

Fred Collins
Sent from my iPhone

> On Sep 11, 2017, at 7:08 PM, Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
wrote:
>
> Hi all -
> If you would like to keep your dollars within Texas, consider buying your
next binocular at Land, Sea, and Sky (aka Texas Nautical Repair) in Houston.
>
> https://www.landseaskyco.com
>
> (I hope that their store escaped the wrath of Harvey)
>
> They are one of the top astronomy dealers in the country, and stock a
great selection of binoculars. They are the optics partner for Houston
Audubon, and support the High Island Spring Birding events.
>
> They have been regularly appearing at the Galveston FeatherFest, and this
past year have been the primary optics seller at the HummerBird Festival in
Rockport, the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, the whooping Crane
Celebration in Port Aransas, and most recently at the West TX Hummingbird
Festival in Fort Davis.
>
> Give them a call or check out their website - they have a great staff and
I love stopping at their store to play with the newest Astro scopes.
>
>
> Clay Taylor
> TOS Life Member
> Swarovski Optik N.A.
> (Calallen) Corpus Christi, TX
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Sep 11, 2017, at 6:10 PM, Jane F Tillman <jtillman...><mailto:jt
<illman...>> wrote:
>
> I'd appreciate your help in giving suggestions on where new birders can
> shop to get entry level binoculars - say in the $300 to $500 range.
> My usual advice has been to point them to binocular reviews and then to
> Eagle Optics, or to visit a birding festival where they can try them out.
> Other suggestions have been Cabela's, REI or specialty bird product stores
> but I never felt that those retailers' selections were comprehensive
> enough. Now that Eagle Optics has changed directions and will no longer be
> in online retail, what to do? See their story here
> https://www.eagleoptics.com/
>
> Has anyone had experience with Optics4Birding?
> http://www.optics4birding.com/
> It looks like they have an excellent selection.
>
> Thanks for your help.
> Jane Tillman
> Austin
>
> P.S. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are on the move in Austin. It is nice to have
> such an apparently successful charismatic bird.
>
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Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 20:55:27 -0500
Subject: [texbirds] Binoculars
From: "Joann E. Thompson" <joann510...>

I left my binoculars on my back porch. It rained! Land, Sea and Air
dried then out and fixed them up as goid as new. Fair price.
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SWHouston
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Date: 9/13/17 5:11 am
From: Tolbert Greenwood <tolbertgreenwood...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
It is sad to hear that Eagle is ceasing operation by end of the year. The
Eagle Optics 8 X 42 Ranger in the range of $300 to $400 is quite good for
the price. Tolbert Greenwood Fort Worth
On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 8:30 PM, Fred Collins <fcndc...> wrote:

> Every scope and pair of binoculars I ever purchased were at Land Sea and
> Sky. My Dad bought me a spotting scope there in 1964. My wife and I bought
> two new pairs of binoculars there recently. It's been a quality and
> reliable supplier for three generations. My grandfather introduced me to
> the owner in the 60s and I met an apprentice I would know for 50 years. He
> became the owner and recently sold the business to the current owners. I
> think they are as committed as Leslie was and I hope to someday buy my
> grandchildren binoculars their should they want some.
>
> I like to buy local but mostly I want to buy the best from the best. I
> know they will always stand by what they sell.
>
> Fred Collins
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Sep 11, 2017, at 7:08 PM, Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Hi all -
> > If you would like to keep your dollars within Texas, consider buying
> your next binocular at Land, Sea, and Sky (aka Texas Nautical Repair) in
> Houston.
> >
> > https://www.landseaskyco.com
> >
> > (I hope that their store escaped the wrath of Harvey)
> >
> > They are one of the top astronomy dealers in the country, and stock a
> great selection of binoculars. They are the optics partner for Houston
> Audubon, and support the High Island Spring Birding events.
> >
> > They have been regularly appearing at the Galveston FeatherFest, and
> this past year have been the primary optics seller at the HummerBird
> Festival in Rockport, the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, the whooping
> Crane Celebration in Port Aransas, and most recently at the West TX
> Hummingbird Festival in Fort Davis.
> >
> > Give them a call or check out their website - they have a great staff
> and I love stopping at their store to play with the newest Astro scopes.
> >
> >
> > Clay Taylor
> > TOS Life Member
> > Swarovski Optik N.A.
> > (Calallen) Corpus Christi, TX
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > On Sep 11, 2017, at 6:10 PM, Jane F Tillman <jtillman...><mailto:
> <jtillman...>> wrote:
> >
> > I'd appreciate your help in giving suggestions on where new birders can
> > shop to get entry level binoculars - say in the $300 to $500 range.
> > My usual advice has been to point them to binocular reviews and then to
> > Eagle Optics, or to visit a birding festival where they can try them out.
> > Other suggestions have been Cabela's, REI or specialty bird product
> stores
> > but I never felt that those retailers' selections were comprehensive
> > enough. Now that Eagle Optics has changed directions and will no longer
> be
> > in online retail, what to do? See their story here
> > https://www.eagleoptics.com/
> >
> > Has anyone had experience with Optics4Birding?
> > http://www.optics4birding.com/
> > It looks like they have an excellent selection.
> >
> > Thanks for your help.
> > Jane Tillman
> > Austin
> >
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> > such an apparently successful charismatic bird.
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Date: 9/13/17 5:11 am
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR.
On a cool mid September day we finished with 60 species. It was a very
enjoyable day. Passerines were scarce but there was an abundance of Egrets
and Herons. We found Green Herons at Meadow Pond. There was a Tricolored
Heron in Muleshoe Marsh. The two juvenile Brown Pelicans were still
present, sitting on a snag off the end of Plover Pad. We found a Sora
feeding amongst the cattails in Steedman Marsh along with White-faced Ibis,
Blue-winged Teals, Green-winged Teals, Mallards, Egrets and one each
Greater Yellowlegs and Long-billed Dowitcher. In the cattails in Mineral
Marsh we found 2 mature and 1 immature Black-crowned Night-Herons. We saw
Belted Kingfishers in Deaver Pond and Fisherman's Pond. On the road to
Sandy Point we had great looks at a Pileated Woodpecker sitting near the
top of a dead tree. We saw an early season Northern Harrier and a Northern
Flicker.
http://ebird.org/ebird/iss/view/checklist/S39146379
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Date: 9/12/17 11:41 am
From: Jane F Tillman <jtillman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Binocular retailers - online and brick and mortar suggestions
Thanks to all who responded. I have compiled suggestions and testimonials
below.
Jane Tillman
Austin
1. BH Photo and Video was recommended by several Texas birders.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/browse/optics/ci/978/N/4294541872

· I always found their prices to be competitive, and their service
to be excellent – *Kingsville birder*

· We’ve been very happy with B&H out of New York. Free shipping, no
tax and they have very competitive pricing. Very reliable. *Birders T&C S*

· I have used B&H for many years both as a professional and amateur
photographer for my photographer needs and have been 100% satisfied with
the prices and service... If I need new sporting optics, this is where I
would
go without hesitation.
*Belton birder *
Here’s a link to B&H and their Vortex selection:

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?atclkt_brand_name-
vortex&ci10&fctt_brand_name%7cvortex&N@83534123

2. Adorama was also given a positive review.

https://www.adorama.com/l/Binoculars-and-Scopes/Binoculars-and-Accessories/Binoculars


<https://www.adorama.com/l/Binoculars-and-Scopes/Binoculars-and-Accessories/Binoculars>

3. If you would like to keep your dollars within Texas, consider buying
your next binocular at Land, Sea, and Sky (aka Texas Nautical Repair) in
Houston. https://www.landseaskyco.com

· They are one of the top astronomy dealers in the country, and
stock a great selection of binoculars. They are the optics partner for
Houston Audubon, and support the High Island Spring Birding events. They
have been regularly appearing at the Galveston FeatherFest, and this past
year have been the primary optics seller at the HummerBird Festival in
Rockport, the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, the whooping Crane
Celebration in Port Aransas, and most recently at the West TX Hummingbird
Festival in Fort Davis. Give them a call or check out their website - they
have a great staff. – *Corpus birder*

· Every scope and pair of binoculars I ever purchased were at Land
Sea and Sky. My Dad bought me a spotting scope there in 1964. My wife and I
bought two new pairs of binoculars there recently. It's been a quality and
reliable supplier for three generations. My grandfather introduced me to
the owner in the 60s and I met an apprentice I would know for 50 years. He
became the owner and recently sold the business to the current owners. I
like to buy local but mostly I want to buy the best from the best. I know
they will always stand by what they sell. *Kingswood area birder*

· I left my binoculars on my back porch. It rained! Land, Sea
and Air dried then out and fixed them up as good as new. Fair price.
*SW Houston birder*

· I bought my first binoculars at Land, Sea and Sky and they made
an excellent recommendation. They also fixed them when they got wet in my
kayak. They were very helpful letting me try out diffent binos. I bought my
2nd pair from Optics 4 Birding and used their binocular scorecard to make a
selection-also worked well. Incidentally-both pairs of binos are Celestron
8 x 42's which are not a huge investment but work well. *Birder JH*



4. Bass ProShop has very good prices and selections – *Houston birder*


5. I’d look at the reviews, esp. Cornell’s, then contact the manufacturers
for a retail source, if they don’t sell retail themselves. – *Birder FO*


6. I always recommend birdwatching.com-a website/store owned by a couple
who are always helpful and provide reviews/recommendations for each price
range on their website. You can also call them and talk with one of them!
They use groups of birders to do their testing. No sales tax for
Texans. *Birder
SW*

7*. *If you're ever in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, the birder-friendly
Alamo Inn sells a nice selection of mid-range-priced bins by Alpen,
Opticron, and Brunton; they also sell Swarovski for a little more... ;-)
They can ship optics as well;* Valley birders*


*8. *I bought my 2nd pair from Optics 4 Birding *http://www.optics4birding.com/
<http://www.optics4birding.com/>*and used their binocular scorecard to make
a selection-also worked well. Incidentally-both pairs of binos are
Celestron 8 x 42's which are not a huge investment but work well. *Birder
JH*

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Date: 9/12/17 11:20 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Request to post on TexBirds
Yes feel free to post it. I don't see any reason your post would not
have gone through. You can post to TEXBIRDS without being subscribed
by sending the post to <texbirds...>

On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 12:09 PM, Nareff, Gretchen
<gretchen_nareff...> wrote:
> Hi David. I'm a biologist with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and we
> would like to get a message out to coastal birders. Biologists in the
> Carolinas and now Texas and Florida would like to know how Piping Plovers
> are responding to major hurricanes (Matthew, Harvey, and Irma). We want to
> ask birders and photographers to pay particular attention to any bands they
> see so that we can attempt to determine if the PIPL are dying (or at least
> disappearing) in the storms or if they're moving elsewhere for a period of
> time. They have such strong site fidelity so if we aren't observing banded
> birds on known territories, or if those birds are showing up at other
> beaches, this will help us understand their response. As always, bands
> should be reported to www.reportband.gov, but in this case, they can also be
> reported directly to me.
>
> I joined TexBirds when I moved to the state in January, but none of my posts
> ever went through so I unsubscribed. If I join again, could you approve me
> for posting or perhaps post the above message if you will allow it?
>
> Thanks so much,
>
> --
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> U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
>
> Physical address:
> 4444 Corona, Suite 215
> Corpus Christi, TX 78411
>
> Mailing address:
> PO Box 81468
> Corpus Christi, TX 78468-1468
> Office: 361-994-9005 ext. 242
> Work cell: 361-533-6053
>
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Date: 9/12/17 10:11 am
From: Judy Heffner <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender judyhef for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
nt recommendation. They also fixed them when they got wet in my kayak. They were very helpful letting me try out diffent binosI bought my 2nd pair from Optics 4 Birding and used their binocular scorecard to make a selection-also worked well.Incidentally-both pairs of binos are Celestron 8 x 42's which are not a huge investment but work well.
Judy HeffnerHumble
On Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 8:02:12 AM CDT, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:

They also do repairs of most brands and can turn things around pretty
fast, I've had several repairs done there.
On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 7:08 PM, Clay Taylor
<Clay.Taylor...> wrote:
> Hi all -
> If you would like to keep your dollars within Texas, consider buying your next binocular at Land, Sea, and Sky (aka Texas Nautical Repair) in Houston.
>
> https://www.landseaskyco.com
>
>  (I hope that their store escaped the wrath of Harvey)
>
> They are one of the top astronomy dealers in the country, and stock a great selection of binoculars.    They are the optics partner for Houston Audubon, and support the High Island Spring Birding events.
>
> They have been regularly appearing at the Galveston FeatherFest, and this past year have been the primary optics seller at the HummerBird Festival in Rockport, the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, the whooping Crane Celebration in Port Aransas, and most recently at the West TX Hummingbird Festival in Fort Davis.
>
> Give them a call or check out their website - they have a great staff and I love stopping at their store to play with the newest Astro scopes.
>
>
> Clay Taylor
> TOS Life Member
> Swarovski Optik N.A.
> (Calallen) Corpus Christi, TX
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Sep 11, 2017, at 6:10 PM, Jane F Tillman <jtillman...><mailto:<jtillman...>> wrote:
>
> I'd appreciate your help in giving suggestions on where new birders can
> shop to get entry level binoculars - say in the $300 to $500 range.
> My usual advice has been to point them to binocular reviews and then to
> Eagle Optics, or to visit a birding festival where they can try them out.
> Other suggestions have been Cabela's, REI or specialty bird product stores
> but I never felt that those retailers' selections were comprehensive
> enough. Now that Eagle Optics has changed directions and will no longer be
> in online retail, what to do? See their story here
> https://www.eagleoptics.com/
>
> Has anyone had experience with Optics4Birding?
> http://www.optics4birding.com/
> It looks like they have an excellent selection.
>
> Thanks for your help.
> Jane Tillman
> Austin
>
> P.S. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are on the move in Austin. It is nice to have
> such an apparently successful charismatic bird.
>
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Date: 9/12/17 10:08 am
From: Joe Dorn <jbdvex...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
I am a very sad Eagles Optics customer. I have four pairs of their branded
products and would continue to buy from them for sporting optics. I had to
send two pairs of binoculars in for repair and cleanup last year. They came
back like new at no cost to me....

I have used B&H for many years both as a professional and amateur
photographer for my photographer needs and have been 100% satisfied with the
prices and service... If I need new sporting optics, this is where I would
go without hesitation.

Joe B. Dorn, W5VEX

7969 West FM-93
Belton, Texas 76513

Home Phone: (254) 939-5918
Cell Phone: (254) 721-0829 (This phone is on only when I need it, which is
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Cc: <jtillman...>; <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars

Heh! I had just sent the same recommendation privately!
On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 5:12 PM, Carol <culi...> wrote:

> I've had luck with B&H photo and video or adorama.
>
> > On Sep 11, 2017, at 5:09 PM, Jane F Tillman <jtillman...> wrote:
> >
> > I'd appreciate your help in giving suggestions on where new birders
> > can shop to get entry level binoculars - say in the $300 to $500 range.
> > My usual advice has been to point them to binocular reviews and then
> > to Eagle Optics, or to visit a birding festival where they can try them
out.
> > Other suggestions have been Cabela's, REI or specialty bird product
> stores
> > but I never felt that those retailers' selections were comprehensive
> > enough. Now that Eagle Optics has changed directions and will no
> > longer
> be
> > in online retail, what to do? See their story here
> > https://www.eagleoptics.com/
> >
> > Has anyone had experience with Optics4Birding?
> > http://www.optics4birding.com/
> > It looks like they have an excellent selection.
> >
> > Thanks for your help.
> > Jane Tillman
> > Austin
> >
> > P.S. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are on the move in Austin. It is nice to
> > have such an apparently successful charismatic bird.
> >
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Date: 9/12/17 8:26 am
From: Keith Hackland Innkeeper, Alamo Inn B&B <alamoinn...> <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender alamoinn for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Where to buy binoculars
I have been following the discussion and specific suggestions of where to buy binoculars now that Eagle is closing. I have met the folks at Land and Sea. They are good people and they know optics.


For free advice on choosing binoculars wherever you decide to shop, call me any time. If you wish to stay in Texas and get the best prices Alamo Inn B&B, Gear & Tours are also optics dealers, offering three good brands of binoculars, from entry level to the very best. We are birders and understand birders needs. We ship for free. We support TOS.


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Date: 9/12/17 6:02 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
They also do repairs of most brands and can turn things around pretty
fast, I've had several repairs done there.

On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 7:08 PM, Clay Taylor
<Clay.Taylor...> wrote:
> Hi all -
> If you would like to keep your dollars within Texas, consider buying your next binocular at Land, Sea, and Sky (aka Texas Nautical Repair) in Houston.
>
> https://www.landseaskyco.com
>
> (I hope that their store escaped the wrath of Harvey)
>
> They are one of the top astronomy dealers in the country, and stock a great selection of binoculars. They are the optics partner for Houston Audubon, and support the High Island Spring Birding events.
>
> They have been regularly appearing at the Galveston FeatherFest, and this past year have been the primary optics seller at the HummerBird Festival in Rockport, the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, the whooping Crane Celebration in Port Aransas, and most recently at the West TX Hummingbird Festival in Fort Davis.
>
> Give them a call or check out their website - they have a great staff and I love stopping at their store to play with the newest Astro scopes.
>
>
> Clay Taylor
> TOS Life Member
> Swarovski Optik N.A.
> (Calallen) Corpus Christi, TX
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Sep 11, 2017, at 6:10 PM, Jane F Tillman <jtillman...><mailto:<jtillman...>> wrote:
>
> I'd appreciate your help in giving suggestions on where new birders can
> shop to get entry level binoculars - say in the $300 to $500 range.
> My usual advice has been to point them to binocular reviews and then to
> Eagle Optics, or to visit a birding festival where they can try them out.
> Other suggestions have been Cabela's, REI or specialty bird product stores
> but I never felt that those retailers' selections were comprehensive
> enough. Now that Eagle Optics has changed directions and will no longer be
> in online retail, what to do? See their story here
> https://www.eagleoptics.com/
>
> Has anyone had experience with Optics4Birding?
> http://www.optics4birding.com/
> It looks like they have an excellent selection.
>
> Thanks for your help.
> Jane Tillman
> Austin
>
> P.S. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are on the move in Austin. It is nice to have
> such an apparently successful charismatic bird.
>
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Date: 9/12/17 4:54 am
From: Dan Smith <dan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
So sad. I have always had excellent service from Eagle.
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> On Sep 11, 2017, at 6:57 PM, Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> wrote:
>
> There are several web sites that rate binoculars in various price ranges.
> You can take that to Amazon and there are good evaluations etc.
> On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 5:21 PM, Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...>
> wrote:
>
>> Heh! I had just sent the same recommendation privately!
>> On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 5:12 PM, Carol <culi...> wrote:
>>
>>> I've had luck with B&H photo and video or adorama.
>>>
>>>> On Sep 11, 2017, at 5:09 PM, Jane F Tillman <jtillman...>
>> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> I'd appreciate your help in giving suggestions on where new birders can
>>>> shop to get entry level binoculars - say in the $300 to $500 range.
>>>> My usual advice has been to point them to binocular reviews and then to
>>>> Eagle Optics, or to visit a birding festival where they can try them
>> out.
>>>> Other suggestions have been Cabela's, REI or specialty bird product
>>> stores
>>>> but I never felt that those retailers' selections were comprehensive
>>>> enough. Now that Eagle Optics has changed directions and will no longer
>>> be
>>>> in online retail, what to do? See their story here
>>>> https://www.eagleoptics.com/
>>>>
>>>> Has anyone had experience with Optics4Birding?
>>>> http://www.optics4birding.com/
>>>> It looks like they have an excellent selection.
>>>>
>>>> Thanks for your help.
>>>> Jane Tillman
>>>> Austin
>>>>
>>>> P.S. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are on the move in Austin. It is nice to
>> have
>>>> such an apparently successful charismatic bird.
>>>>
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Date: 9/12/17 2:59 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
And a good local shop with a very helpful owner is
One good tern in Alexandria VA. Ex bird photographer who can provide all
kinds of advice over the phone

http://onegoodtern.com/binoculars/2156266

I got my kowa scope and binoculars and camera setup from there way back
when.

On Tue, Sep 12, 2017 at 4:57 AM, Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
wrote:

> I got my d500 there as the local camera store had a waiting list that
> would take a good time to fill. Have checked some binoculars recommended by
> others there and they also have suggestions of similar products.
>
> On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 9:09 PM, Jane F Tillman <jtillman...>
> wrote:
>
>> Thanks, Joseph. I guess I had not considered buying from Amazon.
>> Jane
>>
>> On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 6:57 PM, Joseph Kennedy <
>> <josephkennedy36...> wrote:
>>
>>> There are several web sites that rate binoculars in various price
>>> ranges. You can take that to Amazon and there are good evaluations etc.
>>>
>>> On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 5:21 PM, Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...>
>>> wrote:
>>>
>>>> Heh! I had just sent the same recommendation privately!
>>>> On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 5:12 PM, Carol <culi...> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> > I've had luck with B&H photo and video or adorama.
>>>>
>>>> >
>>>> > > On Sep 11, 2017, at 5:09 PM, Jane F Tillman <jtillman...>
>>>> wrote:
>>>> > >
>>>> > > I'd appreciate your help in giving suggestions on where new birders
>>>> can
>>>> > > shop to get entry level binoculars - say in the $300 to $500 range.
>>>> > > My usual advice has been to point them to binocular reviews and
>>>> then to
>>>> > > Eagle Optics, or to visit a birding festival where they can try
>>>> them out.
>>>> > > Other suggestions have been Cabela's, REI or specialty bird product
>>>> > stores
>>>> > > but I never felt that those retailers' selections were comprehensive
>>>> > > enough. Now that Eagle Optics has changed directions and will no
>>>> longer
>>>> > be
>>>> > > in online retail, what to do? See their story here
>>>> > > https://www.eagleoptics.com/
>>>> > >
>>>> > > Has anyone had experience with Optics4Birding?
>>>> > > http://www.optics4birding.com/
>>>> > > It looks like they have an excellent selection.
>>>> > >
>>>> > > Thanks for your help.
>>>> > > Jane Tillman
>>>> > > Austin
>>>> > >
>>>> > > P.S. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are on the move in Austin. It is nice
>>>> to have
>>>> > > such an apparently successful charismatic bird.
>>>> > >
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Date: 9/11/17 10:58 pm
From: Tad Finnell <tadcipiter...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: RFI Lafitte's Cove - Galveston
On 9/10/2017 11:00 AM, Joanne Kamo (Redacted sender joannekamo for
DMARC) wrote:
> I stopped by Lafitte's Cove a few days ago and saw a few migrants. They didn't stick around long, so I was wondering if there's anyone that can be contacted to turn on the drip there, or are they supposed to be off during the fall? All drips were off.
>
> Thanks so much,
> Joanne Kamo
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I reported in a post a little more than a week ago that there seemed to be
a bad leak in the underground pipe feeding the sanctuary, and as a
result the
water has been turned off until the leak can be fixed. When that will be is
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Date: 9/11/17 6:56 pm
From: Joann E. Thompson <joann510...>
Subject: [texbirds] Binoculars
I left my binoculars on my back porch. It rained! Land, Sea and Air dried then out and fixed them up as goid as new. Fair price.
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Date: 9/11/17 6:31 pm
From: Fred Collins <fcndc...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
Every scope and pair of binoculars I ever purchased were at Land Sea and Sky. My Dad bought me a spotting scope there in 1964. My wife and I bought two new pairs of binoculars there recently. It's been a quality and reliable supplier for three generations. My grandfather introduced me to the owner in the 60s and I met an apprentice I would know for 50 years. He became the owner and recently sold the business to the current owners. I think they are as committed as Leslie was and I hope to someday buy my grandchildren binoculars their should they want some.

I like to buy local but mostly I want to buy the best from the best. I know they will always stand by what they sell.

Fred Collins
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> On Sep 11, 2017, at 7:08 PM, Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> wrote:
>
> Hi all -
> If you would like to keep your dollars within Texas, consider buying your next binocular at Land, Sea, and Sky (aka Texas Nautical Repair) in Houston.
>
> https://www.landseaskyco.com
>
> (I hope that their store escaped the wrath of Harvey)
>
> They are one of the top astronomy dealers in the country, and stock a great selection of binoculars. They are the optics partner for Houston Audubon, and support the High Island Spring Birding events.
>
> They have been regularly appearing at the Galveston FeatherFest, and this past year have been the primary optics seller at the HummerBird Festival in Rockport, the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, the whooping Crane Celebration in Port Aransas, and most recently at the West TX Hummingbird Festival in Fort Davis.
>
> Give them a call or check out their website - they have a great staff and I love stopping at their store to play with the newest Astro scopes.
>
>
> Clay Taylor
> TOS Life Member
> Swarovski Optik N.A.
> (Calallen) Corpus Christi, TX
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Sep 11, 2017, at 6:10 PM, Jane F Tillman <jtillman...><mailto:<jtillman...>> wrote:
>
> I'd appreciate your help in giving suggestions on where new birders can
> shop to get entry level binoculars - say in the $300 to $500 range.
> My usual advice has been to point them to binocular reviews and then to
> Eagle Optics, or to visit a birding festival where they can try them out.
> Other suggestions have been Cabela's, REI or specialty bird product stores
> but I never felt that those retailers' selections were comprehensive
> enough. Now that Eagle Optics has changed directions and will no longer be
> in online retail, what to do? See their story here
> https://www.eagleoptics.com/
>
> Has anyone had experience with Optics4Birding?
> http://www.optics4birding.com/
> It looks like they have an excellent selection.
>
> Thanks for your help.
> Jane Tillman
> Austin
>
> P.S. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are on the move in Austin. It is nice to have
> such an apparently successful charismatic bird.
>
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Date: 9/11/17 5:09 pm
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
Hi all -
If you would like to keep your dollars within Texas, consider buying your next binocular at Land, Sea, and Sky (aka Texas Nautical Repair) in Houston.

https://www.landseaskyco.com

(I hope that their store escaped the wrath of Harvey)

They are one of the top astronomy dealers in the country, and stock a great selection of binoculars. They are the optics partner for Houston Audubon, and support the High Island Spring Birding events.

They have been regularly appearing at the Galveston FeatherFest, and this past year have been the primary optics seller at the HummerBird Festival in Rockport, the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival, the whooping Crane Celebration in Port Aransas, and most recently at the West TX Hummingbird Festival in Fort Davis.

Give them a call or check out their website - they have a great staff and I love stopping at their store to play with the newest Astro scopes.


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(Calallen) Corpus Christi, TX

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On Sep 11, 2017, at 6:10 PM, Jane F Tillman <jtillman...><mailto:<jtillman...>> wrote:

I'd appreciate your help in giving suggestions on where new birders can
shop to get entry level binoculars - say in the $300 to $500 range.
My usual advice has been to point them to binocular reviews and then to
Eagle Optics, or to visit a birding festival where they can try them out.
Other suggestions have been Cabela's, REI or specialty bird product stores
but I never felt that those retailers' selections were comprehensive
enough. Now that Eagle Optics has changed directions and will no longer be
in online retail, what to do? See their story here
https://www.eagleoptics.com/

Has anyone had experience with Optics4Birding?
http://www.optics4birding.com/
It looks like they have an excellent selection.

Thanks for your help.
Jane Tillman
Austin

P.S. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are on the move in Austin. It is nice to have
such an apparently successful charismatic bird.


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Date: 9/11/17 4:58 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
There are several web sites that rate binoculars in various price ranges.
You can take that to Amazon and there are good evaluations etc.
On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 5:21 PM, Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...>
wrote:

> Heh! I had just sent the same recommendation privately!
> On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 5:12 PM, Carol <culi...> wrote:
>
> > I've had luck with B&H photo and video or adorama.
> >
> > > On Sep 11, 2017, at 5:09 PM, Jane F Tillman <jtillman...>
> wrote:
> > >
> > > I'd appreciate your help in giving suggestions on where new birders can
> > > shop to get entry level binoculars - say in the $300 to $500 range.
> > > My usual advice has been to point them to binocular reviews and then to
> > > Eagle Optics, or to visit a birding festival where they can try them
> out.
> > > Other suggestions have been Cabela's, REI or specialty bird product
> > stores
> > > but I never felt that those retailers' selections were comprehensive
> > > enough. Now that Eagle Optics has changed directions and will no longer
> > be
> > > in online retail, what to do? See their story here
> > > https://www.eagleoptics.com/
> > >
> > > Has anyone had experience with Optics4Birding?
> > > http://www.optics4birding.com/
> > > It looks like they have an excellent selection.
> > >
> > > Thanks for your help.
> > > Jane Tillman
> > > Austin
> > >
> > > P.S. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are on the move in Austin. It is nice to
> have
> > > such an apparently successful charismatic bird.
> > >
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Date: 9/11/17 3:22 pm
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
Heh! I had just sent the same recommendation privately!
On Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 5:12 PM, Carol <culi...> wrote:

> I've had luck with B&H photo and video or adorama.
>
> > On Sep 11, 2017, at 5:09 PM, Jane F Tillman <jtillman...> wrote:
> >
> > I'd appreciate your help in giving suggestions on where new birders can
> > shop to get entry level binoculars - say in the $300 to $500 range.
> > My usual advice has been to point them to binocular reviews and then to
> > Eagle Optics, or to visit a birding festival where they can try them out.
> > Other suggestions have been Cabela's, REI or specialty bird product
> stores
> > but I never felt that those retailers' selections were comprehensive
> > enough. Now that Eagle Optics has changed directions and will no longer
> be
> > in online retail, what to do? See their story here
> > https://www.eagleoptics.com/
> >
> > Has anyone had experience with Optics4Birding?
> > http://www.optics4birding.com/
> > It looks like they have an excellent selection.
> >
> > Thanks for your help.
> > Jane Tillman
> > Austin
> >
> > P.S. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are on the move in Austin. It is nice to have
> > such an apparently successful charismatic bird.
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Date: 9/11/17 3:13 pm
From: Carol <culi...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Where to buy binoculars
I've had luck with B&H photo and video or adorama.

> On Sep 11, 2017, at 5:09 PM, Jane F Tillman <jtillman...> wrote:
>
> I'd appreciate your help in giving suggestions on where new birders can
> shop to get entry level binoculars - say in the $300 to $500 range.
> My usual advice has been to point them to binocular reviews and then to
> Eagle Optics, or to visit a birding festival where they can try them out.
> Other suggestions have been Cabela's, REI or specialty bird product stores
> but I never felt that those retailers' selections were comprehensive
> enough. Now that Eagle Optics has changed directions and will no longer be
> in online retail, what to do? See their story here
> https://www.eagleoptics.com/
>
> Has anyone had experience with Optics4Birding?
> http://www.optics4birding.com/
> It looks like they have an excellent selection.
>
> Thanks for your help.
> Jane Tillman
> Austin
>
> P.S. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are on the move in Austin. It is nice to have
> such an apparently successful charismatic bird.
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Date: 9/11/17 3:10 pm
From: Jane F Tillman <jtillman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Where to buy binoculars
I'd appreciate your help in giving suggestions on where new birders can
shop to get entry level binoculars - say in the $300 to $500 range.
My usual advice has been to point them to binocular reviews and then to
Eagle Optics, or to visit a birding festival where they can try them out.
Other suggestions have been Cabela's, REI or specialty bird product stores
but I never felt that those retailers' selections were comprehensive
enough. Now that Eagle Optics has changed directions and will no longer be
in online retail, what to do? See their story here
https://www.eagleoptics.com/

Has anyone had experience with Optics4Birding?
http://www.optics4birding.com/
It looks like they have an excellent selection.

Thanks for your help.
Jane Tillman
Austin

P.S. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are on the move in Austin. It is nice to have
such an apparently successful charismatic bird.


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Date: 9/11/17 1:02 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from Tahoka Lake Pasture - Sunday
Greetings All:
Drew Harvey and I visited Tahoka Lake Pasture (Lynn County) for several
hours yesterday morning.

Highlights included: 1 Upland Sandpiper (heard only - Drew), 2 Merlins, 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker, 1 Willow Flycatcher, 2 Least Flycatchers, 4
Ash-throated Flycatchers, 1 Great Crested Flycatcher, 2 Common Ravens, 1
Tree Swallow, 4 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 2 Cave Swallows, 1 House
Wren, 4 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Gray Catbirds (1
seen only - Anthony; 1 heard only - Drew), 1 Vesper Sparrow, 5
Yellow-breasted Chats, 1 Yellow-headed Blackbird, 1 female Orchard Oriole,
2 Nashville Warblers, 1 MacGillivray's Warbler, 4 Yellow Warblers, and 3
Wilson's Warblers.

It was a great morning; Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 9/11/17 12:54 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from Crosby County - Saturday
Greetings All:
I spent ten hours in Crosby County on Saturday (a long visit to White River
Lake - followed by a lot of road birding) and kicked out quite a few
highlights (despite drying down conditions): 4 male Wood Ducks at White
River Lake, 16 Blue-winged Teals at the CR 189 x FM 193 Playa, 8
Blue-winged Teals at Crosbyton City Park, 20 Blue-winged Teals south of
Crosbyton, 1 Cinnamon Teal at the CR 189 x FM 193 Playa, 2 Cinnamon Teals
south of Ralls, 4 American Wigeons at the CR 189 x FM 193 Playa, 12
Redheads south of Lorenzo, 48 Black-necked Stilts at the CR 173 x FM 40
Playa, 4 Black-necked Stilts at Crosbyton City Park, 26 American Avocets at
the CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 22 American Avocets south of Ralls, 39 American
Avocets south of Ralls, 1 Semipalmated Plover at the CR 183 x FM 40 Playa,
4 Stilt Sandpipers south of Crosbyton, 20 Stilt Sandpipers south of Ralls,
25 Stilt Sandpipers south of Ralls, 1 Least Sandpiper at the CR 183 x FM 40
Playa, 2 Least Sandpipers south of Crosbyton, 2 Least Sandpipers south of
Ralls, 2 Least Sandpipers south of Ralls, 2 Pectoral Sandpipers south of
Crosbyton, 7 Semipalmated Sandpipers south of Crosbyton, 4 Western
Sandpipers at the CR 183 x FM 40 Playa, 3 Western Sandpipers south of
Crosbyton, 6 Long-billed Dowitchers south of Crosbyton, 6 Long-billed
Dowitchers south of Ralls, 26 Long-billed Dowitchers south of Ralls, 1
Wilson's Snipe south of Crosbyton, 1 Spotted Sandpiper at White River Lake,
2 Solitary Sandpipers south of Crosbyton, 28 Lesser Yellowlegs at the CR
173 x FM 40 Playa, 26 Lesser Yellowlegs at Crosbyton City Park, 37 Lesser
Yellowlegs south of Crosbyton, 45 Lesser Yellowlegs south of Ralls, 56
Lesser Yellowlegs south of Ralls, 18 Greater Yellowlegs at the CR 173 x FM
40 Playa, 21 Greater Yellowlegs at Crosbyton City Park, 14 Greater
Yellowlegs south of Crosbyton, 15 Greater Yellowlegs south of Ralls, 18
Greater Yellowlegs south of Ralls, 2 Greater Yellowlegs at White River
Lake, 18 Wilson's Phalaropes at the CR 183 x FM 40 Playa, 4 Wilson's
Phalaropes south of Crosbyton, 50 Wilson's Phalaropes south of Ralls, 14
Wilson's Phalaropes south of Ralls, 1 Great Egret at the CR 173 x FM 40
Playa, 1 Great Egret at White River Lake, 2 Snowy Egrets at the CR 173 x FM
40 Playa, 4 Snowy Egrets at Crosbyton City Park, 18 Cattle Egrets at the CR
173 x FM 40 Playa, 59 Cattle Egrets at Crosbyton City Park, 1 Green Heron
at White River Lake, 1 Yellow-crowned Night Heron at Ralls WTP, 2
White-faced Ibises at the CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 112 White-faced Ibises at
Crosbyton City Park, 29 White-faced Ibises south of Crosbyton, 2
White-faced Ibises south of Lorenzo, 10 White-faced Ibises south of Ralls,
2 White-faced Ibises south of Ralls, 4 adult Red-headed Woodpeckers at the
Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher in the woods north of
White River Lake (Great North Woods), 2 Western Wood Pewees in the Great
North Woods, 1 Willow Flycatcher at White River Lake, 1 Eastern Phoebe in
the Great North Woods, 1 Great Crested Flycatcher in the Great North Woods,
1 Warbling Vireo in the Great North Woods, 1 Common Raven at the CR 183 x
FM 40 Playa, 2 Common Ravens at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing, 2 Common
Ravens near Kalgary, 1 Common Raven south of Crosbyton, 5 Tree Swallows at
Crosbyton City Park, 4 Northern Rough-winged Swallows at Crosbyton City
Park, 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow in the Great North Woods, 4 Bank
Swallows at Crosbyton City Park, 1 *Carolina Chickadee* in the Great North
Woods, 4 Bushtits at the Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 2 Rock Wrens at the FM
193 x FM 651 crossing, 2 Canyon Wrens at Silver Falls Rest Area, 1 House
Wren in the Great North Woods, 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers at the Camp Rio
Blanca crossing, 7 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers in the Great North Woods, 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet in the Great North Woods, 2 Chipping Sparrows
southeast of Mt. Blanco, 2 Field Sparrows in the Great North Woods, 1
Field Sparrow at White River Lake, 2 Yellow-breasted Chats in the Great
North Woods, 1 Yellow-breasted Chat at White River Lake, 2 Yellow-headed
Blackbirds at the CR 189 x FM 193 Playa, 2 male Bronzed Cowbirds in the
Great North Woods, 1 male Bronzed Cowbird at White River Lake, 1 Northern
Waterthrush in the Great North Woods, 1 Nashville Warbler at the FM 193 x
FM 651 crossing, 1 Nashville Warbler at White River Lake, 1 female Common
Yellowthroat in the Great North Woods, 2 male Common Yellowthroats at White
River Lake, 1 Yellow Warbler at the Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 3 Yellow
Warblers at White River Lake, 1 Wilson's Warbler in the Great North Woods,
1 immature male *Lazuli Bunting* in the Great North Woods, 5 Indigo
Buntings in the Great North Woods, 2 Indigo Buntings at White River Lake, 1
immature male Summer Tanager at White River Lake, and 1 adult female
Western Tanager in the Great North Woods.

It was a pretty good day; Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson, Lubbock


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Date: 9/11/17 7:59 am
From: Joanne Kamo <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender joannekamo for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] RFI Lafitte's Cove - Galveston
I stopped by Lafitte's Cove a few days ago and saw a few migrants. They didn't stick around long, so I was wondering if there's anyone that can be contacted to turn on the drip there, or are they supposed to be off during the fall? All drips were off.

Thanks so much,
Joanne Kamo
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Date: 9/10/17 6:35 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 9-10-17 Scarlet Tanager @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
9-10-17 Scarlet Tanager @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Thanks to Edward Plumer for great photos of this beauty @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary today!

Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) (1)
- Reported Sep 10, 2017 09:18 by Edward Plumer
- Warbler Woods, Guadalupe, Texas
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q).609375,-98.2426827&ll).609375,-98.2426827
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39110617
- Comments: "Female. Smaller more symetrical bill than SUTA. No black eyeline and unbroken thin white eyering. Overall yellow with olive wash on uppers. Lemon yellow UT coverts. Dark olive wings with faint edging no wingbars. Photo to be added."

Susan Schaezler
Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz
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Date: 9/10/17 12:25 pm
From: Susan Yost <sdyost...>
Subject: [texbirds] LLELA bird walk results
Things were pretty quiet [34 species] at the Denton Co. Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area [LLELA] on Saturday. We had 28 participates, with half of those brand new to birding and LLELA!! Birds of the day were lots Eastern Kingbirds and Chimney Swifts, both scooping up those bugs before they head south. The Osprey and Belted Kingfisher showed up as did a few Orioles. A good teaching comparison of the adult Little Blue and the white immature Little Blue. There will be more comings and going by the next walk on October 14. Come and see what LLELA is al about!

Sue YOST ~^/^~
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Date: 9/10/17 8:25 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Utley Tx. Caracaras
...
87 caracaras counted between two locations and ~45 E.Kingbirds.
--

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Date: 9/10/17 8:16 am
From: Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Swainson's hawk low over the tower.

@ Smith Point Hawk Watch Tower

Nina Sitra


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Date: 9/10/17 7:34 am
From: Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Mississippi Kites and Broad-winged @ Smith Point - close up!

Snagging dragonflies, low and right over the tower!

Great fun watching!

Nina Sitra
Smith Point, TX


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Date: 9/9/17 3:05 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Laguna Seca Road & Sugarhouse Pond
Hi, all!


Surveyed Laguna Seca Road this morning, and then ran over to Sugarhouse Pond
to see if I could spot the Red-necked Phalarope, joined by Joyce Davidson. I
wouldn't be surprised if it was still there, but there were just so many
phalaropes WAAAAY out there that I just couldn't see them well. There were
oodles of other nice shorebirds there, though, and thankfully the turnstones
came wheeling in fairly close! A few pics can be seen on my Facebook page:



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



Oh, broke the streak - no Fuertes' Hawk this morning. :( Bird List:



Blue-winged Teal Anas discors

Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus

Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja

Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

White-tailed Hawk Geranoaetus albicaudatus

Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni

Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus

American Avocet Recurvirostra americana

Killdeer Charadrius vociferus

Upland Sandpiper Bartramia longicauda

Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus

Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla

Semipalmated Sandpiper Calidris pusilla

Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri

Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus scolopaceus

Wilson's Phalarope Phalaropus tricolor

Black Tern Chlidonias niger

Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto

White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica

Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

Inca Dove Columbina inca

Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina

Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus

Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons

Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris

Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway

Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens

Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus

Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus

Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus

White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus

Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas

Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris

Purple Martin Progne subis

Bank Swallow Riparia riparia

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota

Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva

Black-crested Titmouse Baeolophus atricristatus

Verdin Auriparus flaviceps

Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii

Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea

Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre

Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia

Olive Sparrow Arremonops rufivirgatus

Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Pyrrhuloxia Cardinalis sinuatus

Dickcissel Spiza americana

Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Bullock's Oriole Icterus bullockii

Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula

Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria

House Sparrow Passer domesticus



64 SPECIES



Enjoy! MB



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Alamo, TX

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Date: 9/9/17 7:27 am
From: Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Hawks and MS Kites moving through...
At Smith Point this morning!

Lots of MS Kites pushing through.


So far migrating:
Broad-wingeds
Mississippi Kites
Ospreys
Coopers

Nina Sitra



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Date: 9/9/17 5:27 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Warbler Observers needed @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Warbler Observers needed @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, especially, we need more observers @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
To arrange a visit, go to:

http://www.warblerwoods.org/visitor-instructions.html

Great birds coming through, but I have limited time to cover

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: 9/8/17 2:07 pm
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Hummingbird Festival will be held tomorrow Sept 9
We will have our 10th annual Kleb Woods Hummingbird Festival tomorrow, Sept 9 2017 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. It is free and all are welcome. Sumita Prasad will be banding hummingbirds. Mary Anne Weber of the Houston Audubon Society will be displaying her raptors which include several owls, a Mississippi Kite and a Swallow-tailed Kite. There are programs designed for children and many activities for them as well. The cool front has made for nice weather. It also moved out many hummingbirds on their way south, but there are still plenty to observe, photograph and hopefully band as well. No food or drinks are provided or sold. Bug spray is highly recommended!
Fred Collins, Director
Kleb Woods Nature Center
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Date: 9/8/17 11:47 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lubbock Area Birding Summary for August - Long
Lubbock received 4.85 inches of rain during August, well above the average
monthly total of total of 2.35 inches, bringing us up to 17.99 inches for
the year, even further above the average year-to-date total of 13.13
inches. Waterfowl and waders took advantage of the waters, with some
species arriving a tad 'early', though shorebirds seemed to drop off faster
than usual for fall migration. We also saw a slow but steady pickup of
migrant songbirds through the month, with a few more 'early' records
prominent.
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.

Late reports from July:

COMMON RAVEN: 1 near Enochs (Bailey) on 7/23/17 (DH) - WELL WEST OF TYPICAL
RANGE IN OUR REGION; POSSIBLY A ROCKY MOUNTAINS BIRD.

NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW: 3 near Enochs (Bailey) on 7/23/17 (DH).

And onto August:

CACKLING GOOSE: 1 at Crosbyton City Park (Crosby) throughout the period
(AH) and 3 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) throughout the period (BB, AH,
PKe) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR OUR 'SUMMERING' POPULATION.

CANADA GOOSE: No reports at all! LOW; WE GENERALLY HAVE SMALL NUMBERS AT
OUR IN-TOWN PLAYAS DURING MOST SUMMERS.

WOOD DUCK: 1 male at the CR Y x CR 20 Playa (Lynn) on 8/5/17 (AH), 6 first
year birds at the CR Y x CR 20 Playa (Lynn) on 8/19/17 (BB, AH), and 2 at
Camp Rio Blanca crossing (Crosby) on 8/27/17 (AH) - GOOD NUMBERS FOR THIS
EARLY IN THE SEASON.

BLUE-WINGED TEAL: Five reports of 3-8 birds, five reports of 18 to 80
birds, and 1 report of 106 birds in the region (Crosby, Lynn) during the
period (BB, AH) - GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER.

CINNAMON TEAL: Seven reports of 1-8 birds in the region (Crosby, Lynn)
during the period (BB, AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE; LOW CONSIDERING THE NUMBER OF
BLUE-WINGED TEALS ABOUT. I SUSPECT AN EARLY DEPARTURE OF BREEDERS FROM THE
REGION; IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF WE GET A MIGRATORY SPIKE IN FALL.

NORTHERN SHOVELER: Seven reports of 1-5 birds in the region (Crsoby, Lynn)
during the period (GC, SG, AH) - GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER FOR THIS EARLY IN
THE SEASON.

GADWALL: Nine reports of 2-7 birds in the region (Crosby, Lynn) during the
period (BB, GC, SG, AH) - GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER FOR THIS EARLY IN THE
SEASON.

AMERICAN WIGEON: 3 at the CR 189 x FM 193 Playa (Crosby) on 8/12/17 (AH), 2
at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa (Lynn) on 8/26/17 (AH), 2 at the Skeen Playa
(Lynn) on 8/26/17 (AH), and 2 at the CR 189 x FM 193 Playa (Crosby) on
8/27/17 (AH) - GOOD NUMBERS FOR AUGUST; THIS IS OUR LATEST-ARRIVING DABBLER.

NORTHERN PINTAIL: Eight reports of 1-6 birds in the region (Crosby, Lynn)
during the period (BB, GC, SG, AH) - GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER FOR THIS
EARLY IN THE SEASON.

GREEN-WINGED TEAL: Seven reports of 1-10 birds and three reports of 12-27
birds in the region (Crosby, Lynn) during the period (BB, GC, SG, AH) -
VERY GOOD NUMBERS AND GOOD SCATTER FOR THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON.

CANVASBACK: 1 at the CR 189 x FM 103 Playa (Crosby) on 8/12/17 (AH) the
only report - LOW.

REDHEAD: 10 at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) on 8/6/17 (GC, SG) and 18
at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) on 8/19/17 (BB, AH) - LOW NUMBERS AND
POOR SCATTER.

RUDDY DUCK: Five reports of 2-6 birds, one report of 13 birds, and one
report of 25 birds in the region (Crosby, Lynn) during the period (BB, GC,
SG, AH) - LOW NUMBERS, PARTICULARLY GIVEN THE AMOUNT OF WATER AVAILABLE.

SCALED QUAIL: 2 at the Sam Road x FM 3332 Playa (Lynn) on 8/26/17 (AH) the
only report - LOW.

RING-NECKED PHEASANT: 1 at the Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 8/12/17 (AH) the only
report - LOW BUT LITTLE EFFORT REPORTED FROM OUR NORTHERN TIER OF COUNTIES.

EARED GREBE: 1 at the CR Y x CR 20 Playa (Lynn) on 8/5/17 (AH), 32 at the
FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) on 8/5/17 (AH), 56 at the FM 1054 x FM 1313
Playa (Lynn) on 8/6/17 (GC, SG), 1 at the CR Y x CR 20 Playa (Lynn) on
8/19/17 (BB, AH), 90 at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) on 8/19/17 (BB,
AH), and 2 at the CR Y x CR 20 Playa (Lynn) on 8/26/17 (AH) - GOOD,
ACTUALLY GREAT, NUMBERS BUT VERY POOR SCATTER.

INCA DOVE: 1 at a homestead north of Crosbyton (Crosby) on 8/27/17 (AH) the
only report - BARELY HANGING ON IN THE REGION.

BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD: 2 immature birds in Tahoka (Lynn) on 8/5/17
(AH), 1 immature in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/6/17 (AH), a different
immature in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) from 8/11/17 through 8/13/17 (AH), 1
at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 8/13/17 (KH), and 1 adult female in Tahoka
(Lynn) on 8/19/17 (BB, AH) - A TAD LOW; THE SPECIES SEEMS TO HAVE PULLED
OUT, IN THE MAIN, A BIT EARLY THIS YEAR.

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD: 1 adult female in Tahoka (Lynn) on 8/5/17 (AH)
and 1 adult female at Camp Rio Blanca crossing (Crosby) on 8/12/17 (AH) the
only reports - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS, PROBABLY UNDER-REPORTED, MIGRANT.

BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD: 1 adult female in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on
8/5/17 and 8/6/17 (AH) the only report - LOW.

RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD: 1 adult male in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/6/17
(AH), 1 immature at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 8/10/17 (KH), 1 adult male
at the Silver Falls Rest Area (Crosby) on 8/12/17 (AH), and 1 adult female
in Crosbyton (Crosby) on 8/27/17 (AH) the only reports - A TAD LOW.

CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD: 1 adult male at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) from 8/8/17
through 8/10/17 (KH, photographs) - A GREAT SIGHTING FOR SO EARLY IN OUR
HUMMINGBIRD SEASON.

SORA: 1 at Cattleman's Feedlot (Lamb) on 8/20/17 (PKe) - ACCIDENTAL TO THE
REGION DURING SUMMER MONTHS ... THOUGH THE SPECIES HAS BRED IN THE REGION.

COMMON GALLINULE: 4 at the Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 8/12/17 (AH), 2 at the FM
1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Crosby) on 8/19/17 (BB, AH), and 2 at the Ralls WTP
(Crosby) on 8/27/17 (AH) - IT'S BEEN A GOOD YEAR FOR SIGHTINGS OF THIS
SPECIES AWAY FROM THE CANYON LAKES OF LUBBOCK.

BLACK-NECKED STILT: Eight reports of 1-10 birds, seven reports of 18-98
birds, and one report of 108 birds in the region (Crosby, Lynn) during the
period (BB, GC, SG, AH) - GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER; THE SPECIES HAD A GOOD
SUMMER IN THE REGION.

AMERICAN AVOCET: Eight reports of 1-10 birds, three reports of 12-21 birds,
and one report of 103 birds in the region (Crosby, Lubbock, Lynn) during
the period (GC, SG, AH, DH) - A TAD LOW, ACTUALLY, GIVEN THE ABUNDANCE OF
OFTEN CO-OCCURRING BLACK-NECKED STILTS.

SNOWY PLOVER: 8 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 8/5/17 (AH), 7 at Skeen Playa
(Lynn) on 8/19/17 (BB, AH), and 2 at Skeen Playa (Crosby) on 8/26/17 (AH)
the only reports - AFTER A GREAT BREEDING SEASON IN THE REGION, NUMBERS
DROPPING QUICKLY.

UPLAND SANDPIPER: Eight reports of 1-9 birds in the region (Crosby,
Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (BB, DH, AH, KH) - GOOD NUMBERS AND
SCATTER.

MARBLED GODWIT: 1 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 8/26/17 (AH, photographs) the
sole report - FORMERLY CONSIDERED CASUAL TO THE REGION; NOW KNOWN AS AN
ANNUAL, ALBEIT RARE, MIGRANT.

STILT SANDPIPER: Six reports of 1-8 birds and one report of 15 birds in the
region (Crosby, Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (BB, GC, SG, DH, AH) - LOW
NUMBERS, PARTICULARLY CONSIDERING THE NUMBERS SEEN AS EARLY PASSAGE BIRDS
IN JULY.

BAIRD'S SANDPIPER: Seven reports of 1-3 birds in the region (Crosby, Lynn)
during the period (BB, AH) - VERY LOW NUMBERS, PARTICULARLY CONSIDERING THE
NUMBERS SEEN AS EARLY PASSAGE BIRDS IN JULY.

LEAST SANDPIPER: Six reports of 2-6 birds in the region (Lubbock, Lynn)
during the period (BB, GC, SG, DH, AH) - VERY LOW NUMBERS, PARTICULARLY
CONSIDERING THE NUMBERS SEEN AS EARLY PASSAGE BIRDS IN JULY.

PECTORAL SANDPIPER: 1 south of Crosbyton (Crosby) on 8/2/17 (KH), 2 at the
CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa (Lynn) on 8/19/17 (BB, AH), 1 near Lakeview (Lynn) on
8/26/17 (AH), 1 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 8/26/17 (AH), and 1 at the CR 183
x FM 40 Playa (Crosby) on 8/27/17 (AH) - GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER FOR THIS
GENERALLY SCARCER PEOPLE.

SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER: 4 at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa (Lynn) on 8/19/17
(BB, AH), 14 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 8/19/17 (BB, AH), 7 at Skeen Playa
(Lynn) on 8/26/17 (AH), and 1 at the CR 183 x FM 40 Playa (Lynn) on 8/27/17
(AH) - VERY LOW NUMBERS, PARTICULARLY CONSIDERING THE NUMBERS SEEN AS EARLY
PASSAGE BIRDS IN JULY.

WESTERN SANDPIPER: Seven reports of 1-10 birds and one report of 11 birds
in the region (Crosby, Lubbock) during the period (BB, AH) - VERY LOW
NUMBERS, PARTICULARLY CONSIDERING THE NUMBERS SEEN AS EARLY PASSAGE BIRDS
IN JULY.

LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER: Nine reports of 1-8 birds, one report of 16 birds,
and one report of 28 birds in the region (Crosby, Lubbock, Lynn) during the
period (BB, GC, SG, AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE.

SPOTTED SANDPIPER: 1 near Wilson (Lynn) on 8/19/17 (BB, AH), 1 at
Cattleman's Feedlot (Lamb) on 8/20/17 (PKe), 1 at Leroy Elmore Park
(Lubbock) on 8/20/17 (BB, AH), and 2 at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa (Lynn) on
8/26/17 (AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS EARLY IN THIS SPECIES' SEASON.

SOLITARY SANDPIPER: Six reports of 1-2 birds in the region (Crosby, Lamb,
Lynn) during the period (AH, KH, PKe) - ABOUT AVERAGE.

LESSER YELLOWLEGS: Fourteen reports of 1-8 birds and one report of 24 birds
in the region (Crosby, Lynn) during the period (BB, GC, SG, AH, KH) - GOOD
NUMBERS AND SCATTER; THE SOLE SHOREBIRD SPECIES FOLLOWING THE FORMERLY
TYPICAL PATTERN OF JULY ARRIVAL AND AUGUST BUILDUP.

WILLET: 2 south of Crosbyton (Crosby) on 8/2/17 (KH), 2 near Idalou
(Lubbock) on 8/6/17 (GC, SG), 1 west of Lorenzo (Lubbock) on 8/6/17 (DH),
and 2 south of Lorenzo (Crosby) on 8/12/17 (AH) - FORMERLY CONSIDERED
CASUAL TO THE REGION; NOW A REGULARLY ENCOUNTERED MIGRANT.

GREATER YELLOWLEGS: Eleven reports of 1-5 birds and three reports of 11-17
birds in the region (Crosby, Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (BB, DH, AH,
KH) - ABOUT AVERAGE BUT NO REAL INCREASE OVER JULY NUMBERS.

WILSON'S PHALAROPE: Five reports of 1-3 birds, one report of 14 birds, and
one report of 21 birds in the region (Crosby, Lubbock, Lynn) during the
period (BB, DH, AH) - LOW NUMBERS, PARTICULARLY CONSIDERING THE GOOD
NUMBERS IN JULY.

BLACK TERN: Seven reports of 1-5 birds in the region (Crosby, Lynn) during
the period (BB, AH) - AVERAGE NUMBER OF REPORTS BUT LOW NUMBERS.

FORSTER'S TERN: 1 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 8/28/17 (AL) the only report so
far this season - LOW.

NEOTROPIC CORMORANT: 1-2 (an adult daily, an immature intermittently) at
Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) throughout the period (BB, GC, SG, AH, PKe,
PKi, LM, JM) - FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; NOW AN ANNUAL VISITOR AND
AN OCCASIONAL BREEDER.

DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT: up to 39 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock)
throughout the period (BB, GC, SG, AH, PKe, LM) up to 3 at the CR Y x CR 20
Playa (Lynn) throughout the period (BB, AH), up to 2 at the FM 1054 x FM
1313 Playa (Lynn) throughout the period (GC, SG, AH), and up to 1 at the
Skeen Playa (Lynn) throughout the period (BB, AH) - FORMERLY VERY RARE IN
THE REGION DURING SUMMER; NOW A REGULAR AND INCREASING RESIDENT AND BREEDER.

GREAT EGRET: Eighteen reports of 1-9 birds and three reports of 11-13 birds
scattered across eleven sites in the region (Crosby, Lubbock, Lynn) during
the period (BB, GC, SG, DH, AH, AvH, PKe, PKi, LM, JM, SP, TT) - GOOD
NUMBERS AND SCATTER, WITH THE EXPECTED POST-BREEDING BOUNCE IN THE REGION.

SNOWY EGRET: Eight reports so 1-7 birds, one report of 19 birds, four
reports of 50-73 birds, one report of 108 birds, and one report of 125
birds scattered across seven sites in the region (Crosby, Lubbock, Lynn) -
GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER, WITH THE EXPECTED POST-BREEDING BOUNCE IN THE
REGION.

LITTLE BLUE HERON: 1 immature at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 8/6/17 (GC,
SG) and 1 immature at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 8/20/17 (BB, AH) -
FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; NOW AN ANNUAL VISITOR DURING THE
POST-BREEDING SEASON.

TRICOLORED HERON: 1 adult at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) from 8/9/17
through 8/29/17 (DH, PKe, PKi, LM, JM) - FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION;
NOW CASUAL CLOSING ON ANNUAL AS A POST-BREEDING WANDERER.

CATTLE EGRET: Eight reports of 1-10 birds, nine reports of 19-46 birds, two
reports of 89-100 birds, three reports of 110 to 148 birds, and one report
of 200 birds scattered across sixteen sites in the region (Crosby, Lubbock,
Lynn) during the period (BB, GC, SG, DH, AH, PKe, LM, JM) - ABOUT AVERAGE;
NOT MUCH OF A POST-BREEDING SEASON BOUNCE AS OF YET.

GREEN HERON: 2 at Silver Falls Rest Area (Crosby) on 8/12/17 (AH), 1 at
Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 8/17/17 (LM), 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on
8/26/17 (SP, AvH, PKi, TT), and 1 at Lake Two (Lubbock) on 8/29/17 (PKi) -
EXTRAORDINARILY LOW NUMBERS; THIS SPECIES IS PUTTING IN A RECORD LOW
SHOWING THIS YEAR.

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON: 3 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 8/9/17
(DH), 2 at the CR 159 x FM 40 Playa (Crosby) on 8/12/17 (AH), and 3 at the
Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 8/27/17 (AH) - A GOOD SHOWING FOR SITES AWAY FROM THE
CANYON LAKES OF LUBBOCK.

WHITE IBIS: 1 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) from 8/10/17 through 8/17/17
(JM, PKe, LM) and 1 adult near the CR 189 x FM 193 Playa (Crosby) on
8/12/17 (AH) - ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; JULY SAW THE 4th RECORD OF THE
SPECIES IN THE REGION AND AUGUST BROUGHT US RECORDS 5 AND 6!

WHITE-FACED IBIS: Eight reports of 1-6 birds, four reports of 14-46 birds,
and four reports of 64-79 birds in the region (Crosby, Lubbock, Lynn)
during the period (BB, GC, SG, DH, AH, JM) - GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER; A
SLIGHT POST-BREEDING PERIOD BUMP.

NORTHERN HARRIER: 1 male at the CR Y x FM 3332 Playa (Lynn) on 8/19/17 (BB,
AH), 1 male at the CR 173 x FM 40 Playa (Crosby) On 8/27/17 (AH), and 2 at
Lubbock Lake Landmark (Lubbock) on 8/29/17 (PKi) the first of the season -
FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL IN LATE AUGUST; THIS IS NOW THE ANTICIPATED ARRIVAL
PERIOD.

COOPER'S HAWK: 1 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 8/29/17 (PKi) the first of the
season - RIGHT ON TIME.

HARRIS'S HAWK:1 immature bird near the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa (Lynn) on
8/19/17 (BB, AH) - QUITE POSSIBLY A PRODUCT OF THE PAIR THAT SPENT PART OF
THE SUMMER AT THE NEARBY CR EE WETLANDS.

FERRUGINOUS HAWK: 1 north of Crosbyton (Crosby) on 8/27/17 (AH) - FIGHT ON
TIME FOR A TYPICAL FIRST OF THE SEASON.

GOLDEN EAGLE: 1 near Amhert (Lamb) on 8/6/17 (DH) - FORMERLY VERY RARE IN
SUMMER; NOW CLOSER TO ACCIDENTAL DURING THE BREEDING SEASON.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER: 1 during a drizzly visit to the Camp Rio Blanca
crossing (Crosby) on 8/12/17 (AH), 6 adults/5 immatures during a sunny
visit to the same site (Crosby) on 8/27/17 (AH), and 2 adults at the FM 193
x FM 651 crossing (Crosby) on 8/27/17 - GOOD NUMBERS FOR THIS VERY RARE
BREEDER, STILL RESTRICTED TO OUR EASTERN COUNTIES.

DOWNY WOODPECKER: 1 at Camp Rio Blanca crossing (Crosby on 8/27/17 (AH) -
POSSIBLY A BREEDER AS ACCEPTABLE HABITAT IS PRESENT ALONG THE WHITE RIVER
DRAINAGE.

PEREGRINE FALCON: 1 at the CR Y x CR 20 Playa (Lynn) throughout the period
(BB, AH), 1 at Cattleman's Feedlot (Lamb) on 8/20/17 (PKe), and 1 near
Lakeview (Lynn) on 8/26/17 (AH) - VERY GOOD NUMBERS FOR THIS EARLY IN THE
SEASON.

OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER: Six reports of single birds in the region (Crosby,
Lynn) from 8/5/17 onward (BB, AH) - A TAD LOW.

WESTERN WOOD PEWEE: Five reports of single birds in the region (Crosby,
Lynn) during the period (BB, AH, KH) - LOW.

WILLOW FLYCATCHER: Eight reports of 1-2 birds in the region (Crosby, Lynn)
from 8/5/17 onward (BB, AH) - LOW.

LEAST FLYCATCHER: Eight reports of 1-3 birds in the region (Crosby, Lynn)
during the period (BB, AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE.

EASTERN PHOEBE: 1 at Camp Rio Blanca crossing (Crosby) on 8/12/17 (AH) the
only report - LOW; THE SPECIES SEEMS TO BE HAVING A TOUGH TIME OF IT IN THE
REGION THIS SUMMER - DESPITE GOOD WATER LEVELS IN THE RIPARIAN CORRIDORS.

VERMILION FLYCATCHER: 1 immature bird at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on
8/11/17 (JB, AsH) - FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; NOW AN ANNUAL
VISITOR THAT CAN POP UP ANY TIME OF YEAR.

EASTERN KINGBIRD: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 8/10/17 (KH), 2 at the
FM 193 x FM 651 crossing (Crosby) on 8/27/17 (AH), 1 north of Crosbyton
(Crosby) on 8/27/17 (AH), 1 at Silver Falls Rest Area (Crosby) on 8/27/17
(AH), 1 south of Crosbyton (Crosby) on 8/27/17 (AH), 2 southeast of Mt.
Blanco (Crosby) on 8/27/17 (AH), and 1 further southeast of Mt. Blanco
(Crosby) on 8/27/17 (AH) - VERY RARE IN THE REGION; THIS MAY BE THE LARGEST
NUMBER OF SIGHTINGS FOR A SINGLE MONTH ON RECORD FOR THE REGION.

BELL'S VIREO: 1 at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on 8/5/17 (AH), 2 at the FM
193 x FM 651 crossing (Crosby) on 8/12/17 (AH), and 1 at the CR 25 x FM
1054 Woodlot (Lynn) on 8/19/17 (BB, AH) - FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO THE
REGION; NOW AN EXPECTED BREEDER.

RED-EYED VIREO: 2 at Camp Rio Blanca crossing (Crosby) on 8/27/17 (AH) -
VERY RARE, CLOSE TO ACCIDENTAL, AS A MIGRANT. AS APPROPRIATE HABITAT IS
PRESENT ALONG THE WHITE RIVER CORRIDOR, BREEDING CAN'T BE RULED OUT.

WOODHOUSE'S SCRUB JAY: 1 at the Camp Rio Blanca crossing (Crosby) on
8/12/17 (AH) the only report - STATUS UNCERTAIN IN THE REGION; VERY FEW
CONTEMPORARY REPORTS.

COMMON RAVEN: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 8/10/17 (KH), 3 south of
Crosbyton (Crosby) on 8/12/17 (AH), 1 at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing
(Crosby) on 8/27/17 (AH), and 2 south of Crosbyton (Crosby) on 8/27/17 (AH)
- A TAD LOW.

TREE SWALLOW: Ten reports of 1-5 birds in the region (Crosby, Lubbock,
Lynn) during the period (BB, DH, AH, KH) - GOOD NUMBER OF SIGHTINGS;
AVERAGE NUMBERS.

NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS: Twelve reports of 1-10 birds, one report of
12 birds, and one report of 32 birds in the region (Crosby, Lynn) during
the period (BB, AH) - GOOD NUMBER OF SIGHTINGS; GOOD NUMBERS.

BANK SWALLOW: 4 at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) on 8/5/17 (AH), 2
west of Lorenzo (Lubbock) on 8/6/17 (DH), 1 at Camp Rio Blanca crossing
(Crosby) on 8/12/17 (AH), 4 at the CR Y x CR 20 Playa (Lynn) on 8/19/17
(BB, AH), 1 at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) on 8/19/17 (BB, AH), and
1 at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa (Lynn) on 8/26/17 (AH) - GOOD NUMBERS FOR SO
EARLY IN THE SEASON.

CAVE SWALLOW: Eight reports of 1-4 birds in the region (Crosby, Lubbock,
Lynn) during the period (BB, DH, AH) - NOTEWORTHILY LOW NUMBERS DUE, MOST
LIKELY, TO THE ALMOST COMPLETE LOSS OF ONE BREEDING CYCLE DUE TO HEAVY
RAINS THAT FLOODED SMALL CULVERTS THROUGHOUT THE REGION.

VERDIN: 2 at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on 8/5/17 (AH) - STATUS UNCERTAIN IN
THE REGION WITH RECORDS VERY SLOWLY INCREASING AFTER AN ALMOST COMPLETE
ABSENCE DURING THE WORST OF THE DROUGHT YEARS.

ROCK WREN: 2 at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing (Crosby) throughout the period
(AH) the only report - ABOUT AVERAGE BUT SOME EVIDENCE OF EARLY DISPERSAL
FROM THE REGION.

CANYON WREN: 1 at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing (Crosby) throughout the
period (AH) and 2 at Silver Falls Rest Area (Crosby) throughout the period
(AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS LOCALIZED BREEDER.

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER: 2 at the Camp Rio Blanca crossing (Crosby) on
8/12/17 (AH) the only report - VERY LOW; WE GENERALLY SEE A NICE MOVEMENT
OF THIS SPECIES DURING AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER.

SWAINSON'S THRUSH: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/8/17 (AH) and 1 at
the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing (Crosby) on 8/12/17 (AH) - LOW AND A TAD ON
THE EARLY SIDE; WE GENERALLY SEE A SPIKE IN LATE AUGUST.

BROWN THRASHER: 1 at the CR 25 x FM 1054 Woodlot (Lynn) on 8/5/17 (AH) -
THE ONLY REPORT FROM ATOP THE CAPROCK ESCARPMENT ... WHERE SIGHTINGS REMAIN
NOTEWORTHY.

LESSER GOLDFINCH: 1 at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on 8/26/17 (AH) the only
report - VERY LOW; CONSISTENT WITH A PATTERN OF NEAR ABSENCE THIS SUMMER
... FOR A SPECIES THAT IS GENERALLY RELATIVELY EASY TO FIND.

CHIPPING SPARROW: 2 at the CR 25 x FM 1054 Woodlot (Lynn) on 8/5/17 (AH), 1
in a Littlefield yard (Lamb) on 8/10/17 (AR), and 2 at the CR EE Wetlands
(Lynn) on 8/26/17 (AH) - LOW NUMBERS BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS AS THE
SPECIES USUALLY ARRIVES IN BETTER NUMBERS BY LATE AUUGST.

BLACK-THROATED SPARROW: 1 adult at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on 8/26/17
(AH) - AN IMMATURE WAS AT THE SAME SITE LAST MONTH; THIS MAY REPRESENT A
BIT OF AN EXPANSION, TO THE NORTHWEST, FOR BREEDING OF THIS SPECIES.

LARK BUNTING: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 8/13/17 (KH), 2 at the New
Moore Wetlands (Lynn) on 8/26/17 (AH), and 8 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on
8/26/17 (AH) - GIVEN THE NEAR ABSENCE OF THE SPECIES FROM THE REGION DURING
EARLIER MONTHS, THESE WERE MOST LIKELY ARRIVING MIGRANTS.

YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT: 3 at Camp Rio Blanca crossing (Crosby) on 8/12/17
(AH), 1 at Tahoka Lake Pasture (Lynn) on 8/19/17 (BB, AH), and 3 at the New
Moore Wetlands (Lynn) on 8/26/17 (AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR LINGERING
BREEDERS - NONE OF THESE ARE PROBABLE MIGRANTS.

YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD: 180 at the CR Y x CR 20 Playa (Lynn) on 8/5/17
(AH), 4 at the CR 189 x FM 193 Playa (Crosby) on 8/12/17 (AH), 1 south of
Crosbyton (Crosby) on 8/12/17 (AH), 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on
8/13/17 (KH), 4 at the CR Y x CR 20 Playa (Lynn) on 8/19/17 (BB, AH), and 4
at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 8/26/17 (AH) - GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER FOR THIS
EARLY IN THE FALL MOVEMENT.

BRONZED COWBIRD: up to 5 daily in a Littlefield yard (Lamb) from 8/1/17
through 8/10/17 (AR), 2 males at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on 8/5/17 (AH),
1 west of Lorenzo (Lubbock) on 8/6/17 (DH), and 1 male at the New Moore
Wetlands (Lynn) on 8/26/17 (AH) - A TAD LOW.

LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH: 1 at Camp Rio Blanca crossing (Crosby) on 8/12/17
(AH) the only report - A TAD LOW; WE GENERALLY GET A BIT MORE OF AN AUGUST
PUSH FROM THIS SPECIES.

COMMON YELLOWTHROAT: 1 at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on 8/5/17 (AH), 1 at
the Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 8/12/17 (AH), 1 at Silver Falls Rest Area
(Crosby) on 8/12/17 (AH), 1 at the CR Y x FM 3332 Playa (Lynn) on 8/19/17
(BB, AH), 2 at Tahoka Lake Pasture (Lynn) on 8/19/17 (BB, AH), 2 females
and 5 males at the New Moore Wetlands (Lynn) on 8/26/17 (AH), and 1 male at
the Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 8/27/17 (AH) - THOUGH THE SPECIES IS A KNOWN
BREEDER, THIS HAS BEEN A REMARKABLE SEASON FOR THE REGION IN TERMS OF BOTH
NUMBERS AND SCATTER.

AMERICAN REDSTART: 1 male southeast of Mt. Blanco (Crosby) on 8/27/17 (AH)
- ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON.

YELLOW WARBLER: 1 at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on 8/5/17 (AH), 1 at the CR
25 x FM 1054 Woodlot (Lynn) on 8/5/17 (AH), and 2 at the FM 2956 Playa
(Lynn) on 8/5/17 (AH) were the - FIRST OF THE SEASON - Thirteen additional
reports of 1-2 birds in the region (Crosby, Lubbock, Lynn) during the
remainder of the period (BB, AH) - GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER.

BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER: 1 in a Littlefield yard (Lamb) on 8/10/17 (AR)
- A FAIRLY EARLY REPORT OF AN RELATIVELY RARE MIGRANT - WHAT A GREAT
SIGHTING!

WILSON'S WARBLER: 1 in Tahoka (Lynn) on 8/18/17 (BB, AH) - A RELATIVELY
EARLY REPORT. MORE SURPRISING, THOUGH, WE HAD NO LATE AUGUST REPORTS!

BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK: 1 male in Tahoka (Lynn) on 8/19/17 (AH) - ABOUT
AVERAGE FOR AUGUST; THIS SPECIES USUALLY PEAKS IN SEPTEMBER.

INDIGO BUNTING: 1 male at Camp Rio Blanca crossing (Crosby) on 8/12/17 (AH)
and 1 immature male at Tahoka Lake Pasture (Lynn) on 8/19/17 (AH) the only
reports - A TAD ON THE LOW SIDE.

SUMMER TANAGER: 1 adult male at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on 8/26/17 (AH) -
ABOUT AVERAGE FOR AUGUST; THE RARE MIGRANT USUALLY PEAKS IN SEPTEMBER.

OBSERVERS:BB=Brandon Best, JB=Jeff Boatright, GC=Greg Cook, SG=Steve
Glover, DH=Drew Harvey, AH=Anthony Hewetson, AvH=Aveline Hewetson, KH=Kelly
Himmel, AsH=Ashley Hughes, PKe=Peter Keyel, PKi=Phillip Kite, AL=Alan
Livingston, LM=Liam McGuire, JM=Jennifer Miller, SP=Skyler Parks, AR=Anona
Roberts, TT=Tess Trost..

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 9/8/17 10:17 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fall arrivals this AM.
..
Leander. RCKI, Flicker, N. Shoveler, Am.Kestrel, orioles and a few
warblers.

--

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


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Date: 9/8/17 5:45 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Ebird checklist @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary August & Sept
Ebird checklist @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary August & Sept 2017
Interesting list of Fall birds @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary--not a lot of hours of birding in this, but still interesting data. Thanks ebird!

Ebird Sept. 2017 checklist as of first 7 days
http://ebird.org/ebird/printableList?regionCode=L213585&yr=cur&m=9

Ebird August 2017 checklist
http://ebird.org/ebird/printableList?regionCode=L213585&yr=cur&m=8


Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
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Date: 9/7/17 12:07 pm
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: CBC season is just around the corner
Brent,
Thanks for the ‘plug’ for the Jackson-Calhoun Counties CBC on Wednesday, December 27. There is a minor typo in my email address. Folks who would like to help with the Jackson-Calhoun CBC can email me at <bird.fried...>

Thanks very much!
Bob Friedrichs
Palacios

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From: Brent Ortego
Sent: Wednesday, September 6, 2017 7:43 PM
To: texbirds
Subject: [texbirds] CBC season is just around the corner

It is hard to be thinking about CBCs after all we have recently been through with Hurricane Harvey: health issues, destroyed/damaged homes and property, days without power, and extensive amount of work getting our lives back to "normal".

I will be completing my annual article next week on highest tallies of individual species within the United States. That is normally the trigger for me to send notices of CBC dates. The Annual CBC Edition will be sent out by Audubon in November.


The CBC season runs from 14 December thru 5 January.


14 December is Thursday and the Guadalupe River Delta - McFaddin Family Ranches is always held on the 1st Thursday


18 December is Monday and Matagorda County - Mad Island Marsh is always held on the 1st Monday


19 December - the 2nd running of the Powderhorn CBC will be held. You can contact the compiler Daniel Walker at <daniel.walker...>


27 December is the traditional date for the Jackson-Calhoun counties CBC. You can contact the compiler Bob Friedrichs at <bird.gried...>


28 December is the date for the Rockport CBC. You can contact the compiler Claudia Dorn at <catbirddorn...>


There are several groups across Texas who compile CBC dates. As soon as you establish the date for your count, share it with these groups so we all can schedule our holidays.


We will be using your CBC data to try to determine impacts of Hurricane Harvey and other factors affecting our avian community.


There is still much work to do to get back to "Normal" following Harvey. Good Luck and Take Care.



Brent Ortego


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Date: 9/7/17 10:13 am
From: Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Migrants @ Smith Point hawk watch tower

Baltimore oriole - 1m, 1f
Yellow Warblers
Blue-gray gnatcatchers
Empids
Olive-sided Flycatchers
Ruby-throated hummingbirds swarming the feeders

Nina Sitra
@ Smith Point, TX


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Date: 9/7/17 8:06 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 9-3-17 CERULEAN Warbler @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
9-3-17 CERULEAN Warbler @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Cerulean Warbler 9-3-17 by Lisa Young--love having pictures! Thanks Lisa!

36 species yesterday and lots of warblers today too! It's very, very active!




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Date: 9/7/17 6:01 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 9-6-17 species(36) @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
9-6-17 species(36) @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Yesterday was amazing and numbers are low and many birds not on this list--we through 3 cameras batteries. Need more observers, go here to make plans:
http://www.warblerwoods.org/visitor-instructions.html

We especially need help Sunday and Monday

Warbler Woods
Sep 6, 2017
8:33 AM
Stationary
320 Minutes
Comments: Warbler Pond didn't include several flycatchers

2 Black Vulture
1 Turkey Vulture
2 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Inca Dove
3 White-winged Dove
1 Greater Roadrunner
2 Chimney Swift
2 Ruby-throated Hummingbird
1 Black-chinned Hummingbird
4 Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird
2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
1 Least Flycatcher
2 Eastern Phoebe
2 White-eyed Vireo
1 Warbling Vireo
2 Carolina Chickadee
5 Black-crested Titmouse
2 Carolina Wren
1 Bewick's Wren
4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
2 Long-billed Thrasher
1 Northern Mockingbird
3 Black-and-white Warbler
1 Nashville Warbler
1 Mourning Warbler
11 Yellow Warbler
1 Canada Warbler
13 Wilson's Warbler -- Yes, they were everywhere and different plumage and seen in multiples--amazing day! I only count if I could see a difference from another
2 Summer Tanager
10 Northern Cardinal
1 Painted Bunting
1 Orchard Oriole
6 Baltimore Oriole
7 House Finch
8 Lesser Goldfinch
2 House Sparrow

Number of Taxa: 36


Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
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Date: 9/6/17 5:43 pm
From: Brent Ortego <brentortego...>
Subject: [texbirds] CBC season is just around the corner
It is hard to be thinking about CBCs after all we have recently been through with Hurricane Harvey: health issues, destroyed/damaged homes and property, days without power, and extensive amount of work getting our lives back to "normal".

I will be completing my annual article next week on highest tallies of individual species within the United States. That is normally the trigger for me to send notices of CBC dates. The Annual CBC Edition will be sent out by Audubon in November.


The CBC season runs from 14 December thru 5 January.


14 December is Thursday and the Guadalupe River Delta - McFaddin Family Ranches is always held on the 1st Thursday


18 December is Monday and Matagorda County - Mad Island Marsh is always held on the 1st Monday


19 December - the 2nd running of the Powderhorn CBC will be held. You can contact the compiler Daniel Walker at <daniel.walker...>


27 December is the traditional date for the Jackson-Calhoun counties CBC. You can contact the compiler Bob Friedrichs at <bird.gried...>


28 December is the date for the Rockport CBC. You can contact the compiler Claudia Dorn at <catbirddorn...>


There are several groups across Texas who compile CBC dates. As soon as you establish the date for your count, share it with these groups so we all can schedule our holidays.


We will be using your CBC data to try to determine impacts of Hurricane Harvey and other factors affecting our avian community.


There is still much work to do to get back to "Normal" following Harvey. Good Luck and Take Care.



Brent Ortego


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Date: 9/6/17 12:53 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lynn and Lubbock County Highlights - Monday
Greetings All:
I spent Monday morning revisiting Tahoka Lake Pasture (as the previous
day's afternoon visit had been hot and a bit disappointing) and the
Wolfforth Wetlands in Lubbock County.

The morning visit to Tahoka Lake Pasture was pretty good and highlights
included 3 Blue-winged Teals, 4 Least Sandpipers, 4 Semipalmated
Sandpipers, 11 Western Sandpipers, 1 Western Wood Pewee, 1 Least
Flycatcher, 1 Gray Flycatcher, 2 Ash-throated Flycatchers, 1 *Cassin's
Vireo*, 2 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 2 Cave Swallows, 1 Lesser
Goldfinch, 1 Vesper Sparrow, 4 Savannah Sparrows, 3 Yellow-breasted Chats,
2 Yellow-headed Blackbirds, 1 female Orchard Oriole, 1 MacGillivray's
Warbler, 2 Common Yellowthroats, 4 Yellow Warblers, 6 Wilson's Warblers,
and 1 immature male Indigo Bunting.

Highlights from the Wolfforth Wetlands: 4 Blue-winged Teals, 7 Lesser
Yellowlegs, 3 Greater Yellowlegs, 4 Wilson's Phalaropes, 1 Great Egret, 2
Snowy Egrets, 1 Green Heron, 67 White-faced Ibises, and 3 Yellow-headed
Blackbirds.

All in all, a good morning with some noteworthy additions to the Lynn
County list for 2017.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbcok


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Date: 9/6/17 12:32 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lynn County Highlights - Sunday
Greetings All:
I spent most of Sunday in Lynn County, searching, with limited success, for
songbird migrants.

Highlights included 2 Wood Ducks at FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 38 Blue-winged
Teals at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 4 Blue-winged Teals at FM 1054 x FM 1313
Playa, 52 Blue-winged Teals at Skeen Playa, 2 Cinnamon Teals at CR 28 x FM
1054 Playa, 3 Cinnamon Teals at FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 4 Cinnamon Teals
at Skeen Playa, 32 Redheads at FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 2 Scaled Quails at
CR EE Wetlands, 2 Eared Grebes at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 48 Eared Grebes at
FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 1 immature Black-chinned Hummingbird in Tahoka, 1
immature Black-chinned Hummingbird in Wilson, 1 immature male Rufous
Hummingbird at Tahoka Lake Pasture, 2 Common Gallinules at FM 1054 x FM
1313 Playa, 40 Black-necked Stilts at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 19
Black-necked Stilts at FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 66 Black-necked Stilts at
Skeen PLaya, 2 American Avocets at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 4 American
Avocets at FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 2 Snowy Plovers at Skeen Playa, 2 Snowy
Plovers at Tahoka Lake, 3 Stilt Sandpipers at Skeen Playa, 2 Baird's
Sandpipers at Skeen Playa, 1 Least Sandpiper at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 19
Least Sandpipers at Skeen Playa, 8 Least Sandpipers at Tahoka Lake, 3
Semipalmated Sandpipers at Skeen Playa, 6 Semipalmated Sandpipers at Tahoka
Lake, 3 Western Sandpipers at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 11 Western Sandpipers
at Skeen Playa, 11 Western Sandpipers at Tahoka Lake, 9 Long-billed
Dowitchers near Wilson, 1 Spotted Sandpiper at Skeen Playa, 1 Spotted
Sandpiper in Wilson, 1 Solitary Sandpiper at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 2
Lesser Yellowlegs at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa,. 5 Lesser Yellowlegs at FM 1054
x FM 1313 Playa, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs at Skeen Playa, 5 Lesser Yellowlegs
near Wilson, 4 Greater Yellowlegs at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 1 Greater
Yellowlegs at Skeen Playa, 4 Wilson-s Phalaropes at Skeen Playa, 1 Black
Tern at FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 1 Double-crested Cormorant at Skeen Playa,
3 Cattle Egrets in Wilson, 53 White-faced Ibises at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa,
18 White-faced Ibises at Skeen Playa, 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher at the
Tahoka Cemetery Complex, 1 Western Wood Pewee at FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 1
empid at the Tahoka Cemetery Complex, 1 Willow Flycatcher at CR EE
Wetlands, 1 Willow Flycatcher at Tahoka Lake Pasture, 1 Least Flycatcher at
Tahoka Cemetery Complex, 1 Ash-throated Flycatcher at Tahoka Lake Pasture,
2 *Eastern Kingbirds* at CR EE Wetlands, 2 Common Ravens at CR EE Wetlands,
2 Tree Swallows at FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 2 Northern Rough-winged
Swallows at CR EE Wetlands, 6 Northern Rough-winged Swallows at FM 1054 x
FM 1313 Playa, 4 Northern Rough-winged Swallows in Wilson, 2 Bank Swallows
at FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 1 House Wren at Tahoka Lake Pasture, 1
Swainson's Thrush at Tahoka Lake Pasture, 3 Yellow-breasted Chats at Tahoka
Lake Pasture, 5 Yellow-headed Blackbirds at FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 1
Yellow-headed Blackbird near Wilson, 1 female Orchard Oriole at CR EE
Wetlands, 1 male Bronzed Cowbird at Tahoka Lake Pasture, 1 MacGillivray's
Warbler at Tahoka Lake Pasture, 1 Common Yellowthroat at CR EE Wetlands, 2
Common Yellowthroats at Tahoka Lake Pasture, 1 Yellow Warbler at the Tahoka
Cemetery Complex, 3 Yellow Warblers at Tahoka Lake Pasture, 1 Wilson's
Warbler near Tahoka, 2 Wilson's Warblers at Tahoka Lake Pasture, and 1
first fall male Summer Tanager at Tahoka Lake Pasture.

It was a pretty good day but a good stalling system may be necessary to get
me to my goal of 200 species of bird in the county during 2017.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 9/6/17 12:09 pm
From: Tad Finnell <tadcipiter...>
Subject: [texbirds] Harris' Hawk
The David Hansen post about the Harris Hawk should have read
"Bob, Tad, Martin Hagne and I ..." as just having seen the Harris' Hawk.

Tad Finnell
Lake Jackson
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Date: 9/5/17 2:24 pm
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR
Summertime in North Central Texas has been great this year and it continues
not to disappoint. A cool Northeast breeze was blowing. Some of the
highlights were, very close up looks at one of our resident Bald Eagles
sitting on a power pole at the end of Egret Pad, which is one of its
favorite spots to hang out. Silliman Marsh was good with at least a couple
hundred Blue-winged Teal, 62 White-faced Ibis, some Northern Shovelers and
Pied Billed Grebes. We saw Red-shouldered Hawks at numerous places and a
soaring Swainson's Hawk out by the Oil Co. offices. What shorebirds there
were, were moving around a lot but we did manage to see 5 Semi-palmated
Plovers. a lone American Avocet, 4 Buff-breasted Sandpipers, one Upland
Sandpiper, a couple of Spotted Sandpipers and about 20 Least Sandpipers.
On the cross-over between Plover and Tern we saw 8 Least Terns, 3 of which
are this year's birds. Just before we got to Deaver Pond we saw an
Olive-sided Flycatcher perched at the top of a dead tree. We were able to
observe it flycatching for quite some time. We observed Yellow Warblers at
several locations. We saw a total of 6 Red-headed Woodpeckers, some at
Dead Woman Pond and some in the dead tree by the Big Mineral Creek bridge.
We observed 60 species of birds plus 2 Taxa on a delightful day.
http://ebird.org/ebird/iss/view/checklist/S39020110
Jack Chiles, Texas master naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR.

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Date: 9/5/17 8:45 am
From: David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Harris's Hawk
Bob, Tad,Arron and I just had a Harris's Hawk about ter minutes ago at the Smith Point Hawk Tower.

David Hanson

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Date: 9/4/17 9:00 am
From: gh ldy <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender ghldy for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: texbirds Digest V6 #240
Please remove <ghldy...> from your distribution list.  Ginger died 6/15/2016, but I know how much she enjoyed knowing of these bird sightings and other information y'all provided.  
On Sunday, September 3, 2017 12:06 AM, FreeLists Mailing List Manager <ecartis...> wrote:


texbirds Digest    Sat, 02 Sep 2017    Volume: 06  Issue: 240

In This Issue:
        [texbirds] The Hewetson:Kostecke Competition - August Report
        [texbirds] Denton Co LLELA
        [texbirds] The Lynn County Photographic Game - August Report
        [texbirds] Cannon Road Loop
        [texbirds] New season of bird walks  LLELA

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From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2017 16:20:40 -0500
Subject: [texbirds] The Hewetson:Kostecke Competition - August 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 besieged with work during August and made only one visit to
Fayette County during the month, adding not one bird to his list, leaving
him at 203 species of bird in Fayette County so far this year.  September
should be better - assuming he is able to get to his best spots.

I was able to get out to my county twice, adding three species during my
first visit (Louisiana Waterthrush, White Ibis, Ruby-throated Hummingbird)
and nothing whatsoever during the second, bringing me up to 230 species in
Crosby County so far this year.  I am waiting for migrant songbirds..

Weighted for eBird history, I have widened my tight lead a bit.  My 230 out
of 290 puts me at  79.3103% while Rich's 203 out of 264 puts him at
76.8940%.

I have a feeling it's all going to come down to what sort of fronts stall
what sort of birds in our two counties during the next two months.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock



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From: Susan Yost <sdyost...>
Subject: [texbirds] Denton Co LLELA
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2017 21:38:18 +0000

Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.
Had a Tri-colored Heron this morning just before the beaver pond, far in the pond near the power easement and metal dock.  Also Lots of Little Blues and Green Herons.  Sora was heard.

Sue YOST ~^/^~
LLELA
Highland Village
Denton Co.
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From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2017 17:09:39 -0500
Subject: [texbirds] The Lynn County Photographic Game - August 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.

I was able to put in two day-long visits to the county (nobody can say that
I don't play hard) and I did pretty well, noting 39 species of butterfly, 1
species of amphibian, 5 species of reptile, 124 species of bird, and 6
species of mammal during July, bringing me up to 52 species of butterfly,
10 species of amphibian, 12 species of reptile, 183 species of bird, and 11
species of mammal - moving the respective percentages up to 104%, 200%,
120%, 92%, and 110% - for the year..  Of the 268 species seen so far, I
have acquired identifiable photographs of 241 - making for a 89.92% 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) - I have not
arranged birds in the newest taxonomic order (courtesy of the AOU) as I
have not yet seen the new listing.

Common Checkered Skipper
Common Sootywings
Orange Skipperling
Sachem
Delaware Skipper*(y)
Black Swallowtail
Checkered White
Orange Sulphur
Southern Dogface
Cloudless Sulphur
Lyside Sulphur
Little Yellow*(y)
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur
Gray Hairstreak
Dusky-blue Groundstreak
Gray Hairstreak
Marine Blue
Western Pygmy Blue
Reakirt's Blue
American Snout
Hackberry Emperor
Tawny Emperor*(y)
Monarch
Queen
Variegated Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary*
Bordered Patch(y)
Phaon Crescent
Painted Crescent
Pearl Crescent
Gorgone Checkerspot
Common Mestra
Viceroy*(y)
Common Buckeye
Question Mark*(y)
Red Admiral
Painted Lady
American Lady
Goatweed Leafwing

Plains Leopard Frog

Red-eared Slider
Northern Earless Lizard
Texas Horned Lizard
Coachwhip
Gopher Snake

Wood Duck*(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
Chimney Swift
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird*(y)
Common Gallinule*(y)
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Snowy Plover
Killdeer
Upland Sandpiper
Marbled Godwit*(y)
Stilt Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Wilson's Phalarope
Black Tern
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
White-faced Ibis
Turkey Vulture
Mississippi Kite
Northern Harrier
Harris's Hawk
Swainson's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Barn Owl
Great Horned Owl
Burrowing Owl
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Olive-sided Flycatcher*(y)
Western Wood Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher*(y)
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Bell's Vireo
Blue Jay
Chihuahuan Raven
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Cave Swallow
Barn Swallow
Verdin
Bewick's Wren
American Robin
Curve-billed Thrasher
Brown Thrasher*
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
House Sparrow
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Canyon Towhee
Cassin's Sparrow
Chippng Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Black-throated Sparrow*
Lark Bunting
Grasshopper Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Pyrrhuloxia
Blue Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak*
Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting
Dickcissel(y)
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Bronzed Cowbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Bullock's Oriole

Black-tailed Jackrabbitl
Desert Cottontail
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Black-tailed Prairie Dog
Coyote
White-tailed Deer

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From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Cannon Road Loop
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2017 17:31:51 -0500

Hi, all!
This morning we poked around the Cannon Road Loop, with some great
grasspiper activity at the Weaver Road Sod Farms with both Buff-breasted and
Pectoral Sandpipers being highlights! Groove-billed Anis were a hit along
the NWR tracts, and we had a lovely Blue Grosbeak in one of the cotton
fields! Had a White-tailed Kite and a Wood Stork along Jimenez, and didn't
have enough time to thoroughly check Rangerville Resaca, but a bunch of
Stilt Sandpipers were nice.  Some pics are on my Facebook page:

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

Bird List:

  Mottled Duck                          Anas fulvigula

  Blue-winged Teal                      Anas discors

  Wood Stork                            Mycteria americana

  Snowy Egret                          Egretta thula

  Little Blue Heron                    Egretta caerulea

  White-faced Ibis                      Plegadis chihi

  Turkey Vulture                        Cathartes aura

  White-tailed Kite                    Elanus leucurus

  Swainson's Hawk                      Buteo swainsoni

  Common Gallinule                      Gallinula galeata

  Black-necked Stilt                    Himantopus mexicanus

  Killdeer                              Charadrius vociferus

  Lesser Yellowlegs                    Tringa flavipes

  Long-billed Curlew                    Numenius americanus

  Stilt Sandpiper                      Calidris himantopus

  Least Sandpiper                      Calidris minutilla

  Buff-breasted Sandpiper              Calidris subruficollis

  Pectoral Sandpiper                    Calidris melanotos

  Western Sandpiper                    Calidris mauri

  Laughing Gull                        Leucophaeus atricilla

  Rock Pigeon                          Columba livia

  Eurasian Collared-Dove                Streptopelia decaocto

  White-winged Dove                    Zenaida asiatica

  Mourning Dove                        Zenaida macroura

  Inca Dove                            Columbina inca

  Common Ground-Dove                    Columbina passerina

  White-tipped Dove                    Leptotila verreauxi

  Groove-billed Ani                    Crotophaga sulcirostris

  Golden-fronted Woodpecker            Melanerpes aurifrons

  Crested Caracara                      Caracara cheriway

  Eastern Wood-Pewee                    Contopus virens

  Brown-crested Flycatcher              Myiarchus tyrannulus

  Great Kiskadee                        Pitangus sulphuratus

  Tropical Kingbird                    Tyrannus melancholicus

  Couch's Kingbird                      Tyrannus couchii

  Loggerhead Shrike                    Lanius ludovicianus

  White-eyed Vireo                      Vireo griseus

  Bank Swallow                          Riparia riparia

  Barn Swallow                          Hirundo rustica

  Cave Swallow                          Petrochelidon fulva

  Black-crested Titmouse                Baeolophus atricristatus

  Bewick's Wren                        Thryomanes bewickii

  Clay-colored Thrush                  Turdus grayi

  Curve-billed Thrasher                Toxostoma curvirostre

  Long-billed Thrasher                  Toxostoma longirostre

  Northern Mockingbird                  Mimus polyglottos

  European Starling                    Sturnus vulgaris

  Common Yellowthroat                  Geothlypis trichas

  Yellow Warbler                        Setophaga petechia

  Olive Sparrow                        Arremonops rufivirgatus

  Northern Cardinal                    Cardinalis cardinalis

  Blue Grosbeak                        Passerina caerulea

  Dickcissel                            Spiza americana

  Red-winged Blackbird                  Agelaius phoeniceus

  Great-tailed Grackle                  Quiscalus mexicanus

  Lesser Goldfinch                      Spinus psaltria

  House Sparrow                        Passer domesticus



57 SPECIES



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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From: Susan Yost <sdyost...>
Subject: [texbirds] New season of bird walks  LLELA
Date: Sat, 2 Sep 2017 22:41:31 +0000

The first of the season monthly bird walk will be Saturday, September 9.  $5 per car.  Checklist and trail maps are available at the gatehouse.  Just ask when you pay.  Meet at the pavilion at 7:30AM.  Bring optics, field guide, water AND mosquito repellant.  Early birds may just get a glimpse of our Bald Eagles. [the 1st record of successful breeding of Bald Eagles at LLELA.]  Warblers are slowly making it in, Orioles are around, Scissortails, both kingbirds and lots of egrets and herons.  Come see what we can find!

Sue YOST ~^/^~
LLELA
Denton Co.
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Date: 9/2/17 3:42 pm
From: Susan Yost <sdyost...>
Subject: [texbirds] New season of bird walks LLELA
The first of the season monthly bird walk will be Saturday, September 9. $5 per car. Checklist and trail maps are available at the gatehouse. Just ask when you pay. Meet at the pavilion at 7:30AM. Bring optics, field guide, water AND mosquito repellant. Early birds may just get a glimpse of our Bald Eagles. [the 1st record of successful breeding of Bald Eagles at LLELA.] Warblers are slowly making it in, Orioles are around, Scissortails, both kingbirds and lots of egrets and herons. Come see what we can find!

Sue YOST ~^/^~
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Date: 9/2/17 3:32 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Cannon Road Loop
Hi, all!
This morning we poked around the Cannon Road Loop, with some great
grasspiper activity at the Weaver Road Sod Farms with both Buff-breasted and
Pectoral Sandpipers being highlights! Groove-billed Anis were a hit along
the NWR tracts, and we had a lovely Blue Grosbeak in one of the cotton
fields! Had a White-tailed Kite and a Wood Stork along Jimenez, and didn't
have enough time to thoroughly check Rangerville Resaca, but a bunch of
Stilt Sandpipers were nice. Some pics are on my Facebook page:

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

Bird List:

Mottled Duck Anas fulvigula

Blue-winged Teal Anas discors

Wood Stork Mycteria americana

Snowy Egret Egretta thula

Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea

White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus

Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni

Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata

Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus

Killdeer Charadrius vociferus

Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes

Long-billed Curlew Numenius americanus

Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus

Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla

Buff-breasted Sandpiper Calidris subruficollis

Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos

Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri

Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla

Rock Pigeon Columba livia

Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto

White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica

Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

Inca Dove Columbina inca

Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina

White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi

Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris

Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons

Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway

Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens

Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus

Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus

Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus

Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii

Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus

White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus

Bank Swallow Riparia riparia

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva

Black-crested Titmouse Baeolophus atricristatus

Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii

Clay-colored Thrush Turdus grayi

Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre

Long-billed Thrasher Toxostoma longirostre

Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas

Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia

Olive Sparrow Arremonops rufivirgatus

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea

Dickcissel Spiza americana

Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria

House Sparrow Passer domesticus



57 SPECIES



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 9/2/17 3:12 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] The Lynn County Photographic Game - August 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.

I was able to put in two day-long visits to the county (nobody can say that
I don't play hard) and I did pretty well, noting 39 species of butterfly, 1
species of amphibian, 5 species of reptile, 124 species of bird, and 6
species of mammal during July, bringing me up to 52 species of butterfly,
10 species of amphibian, 12 species of reptile, 183 species of bird, and 11
species of mammal - moving the respective percentages up to 104%, 200%,
120%, 92%, and 110% - for the year.. Of the 268 species seen so far, I
have acquired identifiable photographs of 241 - making for a 89.92% 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) - I have not
arranged birds in the newest taxonomic order (courtesy of the AOU) as I
have not yet seen the new listing.

Common Checkered Skipper
Common Sootywings
Orange Skipperling
Sachem
Delaware Skipper*(y)
Black Swallowtail
Checkered White
Orange Sulphur
Southern Dogface
Cloudless Sulphur
Lyside Sulphur
Little Yellow*(y)
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur
Gray Hairstreak
Dusky-blue Groundstreak
Gray Hairstreak
Marine Blue
Western Pygmy Blue
Reakirt's Blue
American Snout
Hackberry Emperor
Tawny Emperor*(y)
Monarch
Queen
Variegated Fritillary
Gulf Fritillary*
Bordered Patch(y)
Phaon Crescent
Painted Crescent
Pearl Crescent
Gorgone Checkerspot
Common Mestra
Viceroy*(y)
Common Buckeye
Question Mark*(y)
Red Admiral
Painted Lady
American Lady
Goatweed Leafwing

Plains Leopard Frog

Red-eared Slider
Northern Earless Lizard
Texas Horned Lizard
Coachwhip
Gopher Snake

Wood Duck*(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
Chimney Swift
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird*(y)
Common Gallinule*(y)
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Snowy Plover
Killdeer
Upland Sandpiper
Marbled Godwit*(y)
Stilt Sandpiper
Baird's Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Semipalmated Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs
Wilson's Phalarope
Black Tern
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
White-faced Ibis
Turkey Vulture
Mississippi Kite
Northern Harrier
Harris's Hawk
Swainson's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Barn Owl
Great Horned Owl
Burrowing Owl
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Peregrine Falcon
Olive-sided Flycatcher*(y)
Western Wood Pewee
Willow Flycatcher
Least Flycatcher*(y)
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Bell's Vireo
Blue Jay
Chihuahuan Raven
Horned Lark
Tree Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Bank Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Cave Swallow
Barn Swallow
Verdin
Bewick's Wren
American Robin
Curve-billed Thrasher
Brown Thrasher*
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
House Sparrow
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Yellow-breasted Chat
Canyon Towhee
Cassin's Sparrow
Chippng Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Black-throated Sparrow*
Lark Bunting
Grasshopper Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Pyrrhuloxia
Blue Grosbeak
Black-headed Grosbeak*
Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting
Dickcissel(y)
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Bronzed Cowbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Bullock's Oriole

Black-tailed Jackrabbitl
Desert Cottontail
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Black-tailed Prairie Dog
Coyote
White-tailed Deer

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 9/2/17 2:39 pm
From: Susan Yost <sdyost...>
Subject: [texbirds] Denton Co LLELA
Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.
Had a Tri-colored Heron this morning just before the beaver pond, far in the pond near the power easement and metal dock. Also Lots of Little Blues and Green Herons. Sora was heard.

Sue YOST ~^/^~
LLELA
Highland Village
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Date: 9/2/17 2:21 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] The Hewetson:Kostecke Competition - August 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 besieged with work during August and made only one visit to
Fayette County during the month, adding not one bird to his list, leaving
him at 203 species of bird in Fayette County so far this year. September
should be better - assuming he is able to get to his best spots.

I was able to get out to my county twice, adding three species during my
first visit (Louisiana Waterthrush, White Ibis, Ruby-throated Hummingbird)
and nothing whatsoever during the second, bringing me up to 230 species in
Crosby County so far this year. I am waiting for migrant songbirds..

Weighted for eBird history, I have widened my tight lead a bit. My 230 out
of 290 puts me at 79.3103% while Rich's 203 out of 264 puts him at
76.8940%.

I have a feeling it's all going to come down to what sort of fronts stall
what sort of birds in our two counties during the next two months.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 9/1/17 8:04 pm
From: Susan Yost <sdyost...>
Subject: [texbirds] helping TX Hummingbirds
ng to know what one can do to help the birds and habitat. Sue YOST ~^/^~ Denton County
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Rockport hosts a hummingbird festival every year in September. Not surprisingly, it has been cancelled this year. Millions of hummingbirds will migrate through Rockport over the next month, and a lot of their habitat has been destroyed. My friends, Kevin and Linda Pillow who own the Wild Birds Unlimited in Kerrville, have begun collecting donations to rebuild hummingbird habitat and provide sugar, feeders and ways to mount them to the residents there. I know there is a lot of need to help people, but wildlife can suffer just as much. Here is their Facebook page if you'd like to contact them about donating: https://www.facebook.com/wbukerrvilletx/
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Date: 9/1/17 6:13 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Crazy Awesome Day on South Padre!
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Hi, all!

We had an absolutely awesome day out at South Padre today with visiting
birders Firmin and Marie from San Antonio - the Flats were the best I've
ever seen, with ALL the expected plovers, six species of terns, lotza
shorebirds (including Red Knot - thanks for the head's up, Justin!) No
frigates, tho... :-( The Convention Center had a very cooperative
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and had great looks at a male Redstart. But what
happened at Sheepshead???!!! Almost everything on the north side was
stripped away! A juvie/female Vermilion Flycatcher sure liked it, though,
along with a handful of Baltimore Orioles! A quick stop at Tiocano Lake
added Wood Stork, Avocets, and Stilt Sandpipers to the day list. A few pics
are on my Facebook page:

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

Bird List:

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis

Mottled Duck Anas fulvigula

Blue-winged Teal Anas discors

Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps

Wood Stork Mycteria americana

Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis

Least Bittern Ixobrychus exilis

Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

Great Egret Ardea alba

Snowy Egret Egretta thula

Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea

Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor

Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

White Ibis Eudocimus albus

Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Osprey Pandion haliaetus

Clapper Rail Rallus longirostris

Common Gallinule Gallinula galeata

American Coot Fulica americana

Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus

American Avocet Recurvirostra americana

American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus

Black-bellied Plover Pluvialis squatarola

Snowy Plover Charadrius nivosus

Wilson's Plover Charadrius wilsonia

Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus

Piping Plover Charadrius melodus

Killdeer Charadrius vociferus

Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca

Willet Tringa semipalmata

Marbled Godwit Limosa fedoa

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Red Knot Calidris canutus

Stilt Sandpiper Calidris himantopus

Sanderling Calidris alba

Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla

Pectoral Sandpiper Calidris melanotos

Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri

Short-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus griseus

Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla

Least Tern Sternula antillarum

Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica

Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia

Black Tern Chlidonias niger

Common Tern Sterna hirundo

Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri

Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus

Sandwich Tern Thalasseus sandvicensis

Black Skimmer Rynchops niger

Rock Pigeon Columba livia

Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto

Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris

Lesser Nighthawk (at home) Chordeiles acutipennis

Chimney Swift Chaetura pelagica

Ruby-throated Hummingbird Archilochus colubris

Golden-fronted Woodpecker (at home) Melanerpes aurifrons

Eastern Wood-Pewee Contopus virens

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher Empidonax flaviventris

Alder Flycatcher Empidonax alnorum

Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus

Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus

Eastern Kingbird Tyrannus tyrannus

Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea

Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Northern Waterthrush Parkesia noveboracensis

Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas

American Redstart Setophaga ruticilla

Yellow Warbler Setophaga petechia

Wilson's Warbler Cardellina pusilla

Dickcissel Spiza americana

Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Orchard Oriole Icterus spurius

Baltimore Oriole Icterus galbula

House Sparrow (at home) Passer domesticus



84 SPECIES



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 9/1/17 3:36 pm
From: David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch
Bob and I made it through to the tower and where his trailer is normally parked. ( Bob is staying with us) FM562 is flooded still where Double Bayou goes under FM562. Its 8-10" deep and flowing quite fast over the road. It is passable in a truck or taller SUV. The rest of 562 is open. It looks like it might be another day or two at least before he can get back and running full time.
David Hanson
Chambers co

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Date: 9/1/17 8:02 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Crosby County Highlights from Sunday
Greetings All:
I spent a big chunk of Sunday in Crosby County where playas, save for those
along FM 40, seem to be drying down quickly.

There were some highlights, though, including the highest number of Eastern
Kingbirds I have ever seen in my region in a single day: 1 Cackling Goose
at Crosbyton City Park, 2 Wood Ducks at Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 3
Blue-winged Teals at CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 4 Blue-winged Teals at CR 189 x
FM 193 Playa, 80 Blue-winged Teals south of Crosbyton, 2 Cinnamon Teals at
CR 189 x FM 193 Playa, 2 Cinnamon Teals south of Crosbyton, 4 Northern
Shovelers at CR 189 x FM 193 Playa, 4 Northern Shovelers south of
Crosbyton, 2 Gadwalls at CR 189 x FM 193 Playa, 2 American Wigeons at CR
189 x FM 193 Playa, 3 Northern Pintails at CR 189 x FM 193 Playa, 3
Green-winged Teals at CR 189 x FM 193 Playa, 10 Green-winged Teals south of
Crosbyton, 4 Ruddy Ducks at CR 189 x FM 193 Playa, 1 *Inca Dove* north of
Crosbyton, 1 female Rufous Hummingbird in Crosbyton, 2 Common Gallinules at
Ralls WTP, 4 Black-necked Stilts at CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 2 Black-necked
Stilts at Crosbyton City Park, 103 American Avocets at CR 173 x FM 40
Playa, 8 American Avocets south of Ralls, 1 Upland Sandpipers south of
Crosbyton, 2 Stilt Sandpipers at CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 2 Baird's Sandpipers
at CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 1 Baird's Sandpiper at CR 183 x FM 40 Playa, 1
Pectoral Sandpiper at CR 183 x FM 40 Playa, 1 Semipalmated Sandpiper at CR
183 x FM 40 Playa, 4 Western Sandpipers at CR 183 x FM 40 Playa, 7
Long-billed Dowitchers at CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 2 Solitary Sandpipers at CR
173 x FM 40 Playa, 24 Lesser Yellowlegs at CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 2 Lesser
Yellowlegs at Crosbyton City Park, 13 Greater Yellowlegs at CR 173 x FM 40
Playa, 11 Greater Yellowlegs at Crosbyton City Park, 1 Wilson's Phalarope
at CR 183 x FM 40 Playa, 1 Black Tern south of Ralls, 2 Great Egrets at CR
173 x FM 40 Playa, 1 Great Egret south of Crosbyton, 3 Snowy Egrets at CR
173 x FM 40 Playa, 28 Cattle Egrets at CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 1 Cattle Egret
in Lorenzo, 3 Yellow-crowned Night Herons at Ralls WTP, 3 White-faced
Ibises at CR 173 x FM 40 PLaya, 64 White-faced Ibises at Crosbyton City
Park, 1 White-faced Ibis near Ralls, 1 Northern Harrier at CR 173 x FM 40
Playa, 1 Ferruginous Hawk north of Crosbyton, 2 adult Red-headed
Woodpeckers at FM 193 x FM 651 crossing, 6 adult/5 immature Red-headed
Woodpeckers at Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 1 Downy Woodpecker at Camp Rio
Blanca crossing, 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher at Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 1
Willow Flycatcher at Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 1 Least Flycatcher at FM 193
x FM 651 crossing, 2 *Eastern Kingbirds* at FM 193 x FM 651 crossing,
1 *Eastern
Kingbird* north of Crosbyton, 1 *Eastern Kingbird* at Silver Falls Rest
Area, 1 *Eastern Kingbird *south of Crosbyton, 2 *Eastern Kingbirds*
southeast of Mt. Blanco, 1 *Eastern Kingbird* well southeast of Mt. Blanco,
2 *Red-eyed Vireos *at Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 1 Common Raven at FM 193 x
FM 651 crossing, 2 Common Ravens south of Crosbyton, 2 Tree Swallows at CR
173 x FM 40 crossing, 2 Northern Rough-winged Swallows at Silver Falls Rest
Area, 2 Rock Wrens at FM 193 x FM 651 crossing, 2 Canyon Wrens at Silver
Falls Rest Area, 1 Common Yellowthroat at Ralls WTP, 1 male American
Redstart southeast of Mt. Blanco, 1 Yellow Warbler at Silver Falls Rest
Area, and 1 Yellow Warbler southeast of Mt. Blanco.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 9/1/17 7:34 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lynn County Highlights from Saturday
Greetings All:
I spent most of Saturday in Lynn County and, as usual for this time of
year, most of the highlights were water birds: wandering waders, passage
shorebirds, and early waterfowl.

Amidst the 100 species of bird tallied during my day, highlights were:36
Blue-winged Teals at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 106 Blue-winged Teals at Skeen
Playa, 2 Cinnamon Teals at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 8 Cinnamon Teals at Skeen
Playa, 5 Northern Shovelers at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 2 Northern Shovelers
at Skeen Playa, 4 Gadwalls at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 7 Gadwalls at Skeen
Playa, 2 American Wigeons at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 2 American Wigeons at
Skeen Playa, 2 Northern Pintails at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 5 Green-winged
Teals at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 27 Green-winged Teals at Skeen Playa, 4
Ruddy Ducks at Skeen Playa, 2 Scaled Quails at Sam Road x CR 3332 Playa, 2
Eared Grebes at CR Y x FM 3332 Playa, 18 Black-necked Stilts at CR 28 x FM
1054 Playa, 98 Black-necked Stilts at Skeen Playa, 8 American Avocets near
Lakeview, 2 Snowy Plovers at Skeen Playa, 1 *Marbled Godwit* at Skeen
Playa, 1 Stilt Sandpiper near Lakeview, 8 Stilt Sandpipers at Skeen Playa,
2 Baird's Sandpipers near Lakeview, 3 Baird's Sandpipers west of Tahoka, 2
Least Sandpipers near Lakeview, 4 Least Sandpipers at Skeen Playa, 3 Least
Sandpipers west of Tahoka, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper near Lakeview, 1 Pectoral
Sandpiper at Skeen Playa, 7 Semipalmated Sandpipers at Skeen Playa, 4
Western Sandpipers at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 1 Western Sandpiper near
Lakeview, 10 Western Sandpipers at Skeen Playa, 4 Western Sandpipers west
of Tahoka, 8 Long-billed Dowitchers at Skeen Playa, 2 Spotted Sandpipers at
CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 2 Solitary Sandpipers near Lakeview, 2 Lesser
Yellowlegs at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs near Lakeview, 8
Lesser Yellowlegs at Skeen Playa, 3 Greater Yellowlegs at Skeen Playa, 5
Greater Yellowlegs at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 4 Greater Yellowlegs near
Lakeview, 3 Greater Yellowlegs at Skeen Playa, 14 Wilson's Phalaropes at
Skeen Playa, 4 Black Terns at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 1 Double-crested
Cormorant at Skeen Playa, 1 Great Egret at Skeen Playa, 8 Cattle Egrets at
O'Donnell Playa, 14 White-faced Ibises at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 79
White-faced Ibises at Skeen Playa, 1 Peregrine Falcon near Lakeview, 1
Least Flycatcher at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 2 Tree Swallows at CR 28 x FM
1054 Playa, 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow at CR EE Wetlands, 12 Northern
Rough-winged Swallows at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 1 Bank Swallow at CR 28 x
FM 1054 Playa, 2 Cave Swallows at CR EE Wetlands, 2 Cave Swallows at CR 28
x FM 1054 Playa, 4 Cave Swallows in New Moore, 1 Lesser Goldfinch at CR EE
Wetlands, 2 Chipping Sparrows at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 1 adult *Black-throated
Sparow* at CR EE Wetlands, 2 Lark Buntings at CR EE Wetlands, 8 Lark
Buntings at CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 3 Yellow-breasted Chats at New Moore
Wetlands, 4 Yellow-headed Blackbirds at Skeen Playa, 1 male Bronzed Cowbird
at New Moore Wetlands, 2 female/5 male Common Yellowthroats at New Moore
Wetlands, 1 Yellow Warbler at CR 25 x FM 1054 Woodlot, 1 Yellow Warbler
near Frog Lake, and 1 male Summer Tanager at CR EE Wetlands.

A pretty good day in Lynn County!

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson, Lubbock


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Date: 8/31/17 9:58 pm
From: Arman Moreno <armanmorenobirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Austin Area Rare Bird Alert
This is the Austin Area Rare Bird Alert and has been updated through
8/31/2017. To report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, provide
recent sighting updates, or inquire about location details on birds listed
below, please send an email to <armanmorenobirds...> If submitting a
bird sighting, please include species name, location details, and contact
information.

-Rarities found this week-

A LONG-TAILED JAEGER was found at Hornsby Bend, Travis County, on 8/30 but
was only identified as a jaeger species. Positive ID was confirmed today,
8/31. The bird spent time on the eastern portion of Pond 2 but was also
seen on the west end as well. The bird continued through the evening. This
appears to be a 2nd county record, the first also from Hornsby in 1975.
**The roads around the ponds are narrow. As a courtesy to fellow birders,
please consider parking well off the road to allow others to pass.

An incredible amount of MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRDs were found throughout the
Austin Circle between 8/26 and 8/29. Birds were found in Travis,
Williamson, Hays, Burleson, Comal, Fayette and Llano Counties.

An adult SOOTY TERN was an fantastic find and was blown in from Hurricane
Harvey. The bird was at Decker Lake in Austin, Travis County from 8/27
through 8/28 but not seen since.

A SANDWICH TERN was an excellent spot at Decker Lake, Travis County, on
8/28. The bird was seen reliably in the morning and continued through the
early afternoon but was not seen again.

A juvenile SABINE'S GULL was found at Mansfield Dam Park on Lake Travis on
8/27 and continued through at least 8/30. The bird was reliably seen around
the jetty area on the north side of the park, past the boat ramp.

LEAST TERNs were found in good numbers throughout the area from 8/26-8/28.
The large numbers are likely attributed to Hurricane Harvey.

CASPIAN TERNs were also spotted at multiple lakes between 8/26-8/28.

ROYAL TERNs were found at Decker Lake (Travis), Granger Lake (Williamson),
and Lake Travis (Travis), Canyon Lake (Comal), Salt Lake Rd (Guadalupe) and
Belton Lake (Bell) between 8/27 and 8/28, pushed into our area by Harvey.
None of the birds continued past 8/28.

A WHITE-TAILED KITE was found at Mansfield Dam Park on Lake Travis, Travis
County, on 8/28. The bird has not been seen since.

A WHITE-TAILED HAWK was found near CR 232 and CR 266 in Hays County on 8/28.

A Juvenile SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was found at Barkley Meadows, Travis
County, on 8/25 and continued through 8/28.

A female LESSER NIGHTHAWK was photographed at Friendship Park on Granger
Lake, Williamson County, on 8/28.


-Continuing bird(s) from previous weeks-

A BROWN BOOBY was spotted at Canyon Lake, Comal County, on 8/27. This is
likely the same bird that was spotted at this location earlier this year.

Three LEAST GREBE continues in Williamson County through 8/28 off
Parksville Way and Fairweather Way.


Arman Moreno
Austin, TX

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*Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60-mile radius, centered on the
Capitol in downtown Austin. Bird sightings mentioned here have been
filtered and scrutinized by the compiler and are believed to be genuine.
Photo or audio documentation for species with challenging IDs will be
mentioned if they are known to exist. *


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Date: 8/31/17 5:59 pm
From: Buck Buchanan <rcb722322...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: texbirds Digest V6 #236
Here’s the report I mentioned -- from the birding hotline.

Buck

> On Aug 30, 2017, at 12:05 AM, FreeLists Mailing List Manager <ecartis...> wrote:
>
> texbirds Digest Tue, 29 Aug 2017 Volume: 06 Issue: 236
>
> In This Issue:
> [texbirds] Sabine's Gull, Lake Travis (Travis Co.)
> [texbirds] Re: City of Mission passes resolution in oppositi
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
> Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2017 12:04:04 -0500
> Subject: [texbirds] Sabine's Gull, Lake Travis (Travis Co.)
>
> Hello all,
> Arman Moreno discovered a juvenile Sabine's Gull on Sunday, 27 August, at
> Mansfield Dam Park on Lake Travis. Despite being very difficult to pin
> down, it continues today. It appeared this morning at 9:17 AM, from the
> west, and worked the cove to the west of the point for a few minutes before
> flying back west and out of sight. It appears to have a pattern for
> foraging along the south shore of the lake in the morning and evening, at
> which point it makes its way as far east as the Mansfield Dam. I believe it
> was observed last evening after 7:00 PM. So within the 9 o'clock and 7
> o'clock hour will be your best odds.
>
> Across the lake at Windy Pt., the 4 Common Terns were actively flying back
> and forth along the shoreline, though relatively high off of the water. No
> Royal or Least Terns were detected during my short visit.
>
> Happy chasing!
> Justin Bosler
> Austin, TX
>
> --
>
> [image: photo]
> *Justin Bosler*
> Wildlife Biologist
> 512-534-9651 | <justin.bosler...>
> Austin, TX 78735
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> From: <bertf...>
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: City of Mission passes resolution in opposition to the
> Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2017 15:56:24 -0500
>
> I received a number of positive comments about my post, so I thought I'd add
> a few more details. Mission is not the only border city with such a
> resolution. I've been told there will be 8+ more resolutions by
> mid-September. Here are some published stories of resolutions already
> passed:
> "Brownsville City Commission passes resolution against wall" --
> http://www.themonitor.com/news/article_5e19f3bc-772c-11e7-bd36-c330732a2fdb.
> html
> "Mission passes anti-border wall resolution"
> http://www.themonitor.com/news/article_352e6b4c-8c60-11e7-bec7-87a1ac16e685.
> html
> "El Paso City Council 'denounces' border wall"
> http://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/04/el-paso-city-counc
> il-denounces-border-wall/100028586/
> Eagle Pass City Council approves Resolution opposing President Trump's
> Border Wall Executive Order
> http://www.epbusinessjournal.com/2017/02/eagle-pass-city-council-approves-re
> solution-opposing-president-trumps-border-wall-executive-order/
> Hidalgo County Commissioners Pass Resolution Opposing The Construction of a
> Border Wall
> http://www.rgvproud.com/news/local-news/hidalgo-county-commissioners-pass-re
> solution-opposing-the-construction-of-a-border-wall/705145004
> If anyone wants to pass my comments on to other news agencies,
> organizations, or individuals, you have my permission.
> Bert Frenz
> Mission, TX 78572
> <Bert2...>
> www.bafrenz.com
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>]
> On Behalf Of <bertf...>
> Sent: Monday, August 28, 2017 6:11 PM
> To: <texbirds...>
> Subject: [texbirds] City of Mission passes resolution in opposition to the
> border wall
>
> Texbirders,
> This afternoon the City Council of Mission passed a strong resolution "in
> opposition of building border infrastructure, including walls, levees or
> fences along the US-Mexico border."
>
> My wife and I attended the city council meeting this afternoon. The entire
> 1-1/2 page resolution was read before the council voted their approval,
> followed by enthusiastic applause by a standing-room only crowd of
> supporters.
>
> I have a printed copy of the well-worded resolution. It especially
> highlights its opposition to the isolation of historic La Lomita Chapel and
> the loss of revenue from ecotourism from The National Butterfly Center, The
> World Birding Center Headquarters and Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park.
> It states that many Winter Texans choose Mission over other locations for
> its unique attractions (that is why our home is in Mission). It recognizes
> the potential loss of seasonal revenues and taxes generated by popular RV
> parks, restaurants and attractions south of the proposed Wall.
>
> The resolution further states that "additional border infrastructure would
> do nothing to improve the effectiveness of deterrence, security, or any
> other justification used for the construction of the wall." It states, "The
> allocated resources for the infrastructure would be better utilized by
> providing more cost effective methods of enforcing immigration policies,
> such as technology and additional personnel."
>
> The next paragraph surprised me because I was not aware of how much land was
> involved. The resolution states, "the proposed border wall will leave
> hundreds of thousands of acres of US land on the other side of the wall, .
> The border wall would cut off large swaths of land and divide
> privately-owned property ."
>
> In another paragraph, it states, "the wall would cause serious environmental
> damage to the ecosystem of the Rio Grande Valley by increasing emissions,
> cutting off natural water flows, and disturbing wildlife migration routes."
>
> The resolution passed unanimously.
>
> Bert Frenz
> Mission, TX
> <Bert2...>
> www.bafrenz.com
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> End of texbirds Digest V6 #236
> ******************************
>

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Date: 8/31/17 1:58 pm
From: Marj Swies <marjswies...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Long-tailed Jaeger, Hornsby Bend (Travis Co.)
Seen at 230 today SE corner of pond 2 hugging the pond edge.
On Aug 31, 2017 11:54 AM, "Justin Bosler" <justin.bosler...> wrote:

> Eric Carpenter discovered a juvenile Long-tailed Jaeger this morning in
> Pond 2 of Hornsby Bend. Still present.
> Good luck!
> Justin Bosler
> Austin, TX
>
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Date: 8/31/17 9:54 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Long-tailed Jaeger, Hornsby Bend (Travis Co.)
Eric Carpenter discovered a juvenile Long-tailed Jaeger this morning in
Pond 2 of Hornsby Bend. Still present.
Good luck!
Justin Bosler
Austin, TX


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Date: 8/31/17 12:07 am
From: Tad Finnell <tadcipiter...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lafittes Cove 8/30/17
Spent about two hours midday at Lafittes today, and was
pleasantly surprised at the number and variety of species.
The north winds haven't cleared the area out yet.
Black & White, Canada (2), Yellow-throated, Yellow, N. Parula,
American Redstart, and Hooded were the warblers seen.
There were at least two Cuckoos, Painted Buntings,
Gnatcatchers, and flycatchers in abundance, including
Least, Yellow-bellied, Alder, Peewee, and Ash-throated.
The Sanctuary looked great due to the fact that there had
been a huge amount of work done thinning the understory,
along with some restructuring of the viewing lanes at the
main water feature. The walkways showed signs of Harvey,
with lots of branches and leaves covering the pavement.
Those with knowledge of who maintains the Sanctuary
might pass on the fact (hopefully it is known about already)
that there is a bad break in the waterline beside the
sidewalk in the north loop of the figure 8 walkway, almost
directly across from the main water feature. There is a LOT
of water flowing!
Tad Finnell
Lake Jackson
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Date: 8/30/17 9:26 am
From: Arman Moreno <armanmorenobirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Austin Area Rare Bird Alert - Hurricane Harvey Summary
Texbirders,
The following is a summary of the coastal species associated with Hurricane
Harvey that have been found in Central Texas between 8/25 and 8/29/17.
Notable were the incredible number of MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRDS that were
pushed inland, with an estimated 58-68 birds seen within the Austin Circle
alone. Also notable was an adult SOOTY TERN in Austin, providing what
appears to be a 1st Travis County record. The only previous record from the
Austin Circle was from Bell County in September of 1998, a bird associated
with Tropical Storm Francis. Other rarities include SABINE'S GULL, ROYAL
and SANDWICH TERNS.

Below are the estimated totals per location across Central Texas of some of
the birds believed to be associated with Harvey. A sum of birds can be
found next to the species name. The dates of the sightings are also listed
next to each location. Where applicable, I've excluded birds that were
viewed from different parts of the same lake (i.e. Sabine's Gull viewed
from Windy Point and Mansfield Dam Park is probably the same bird). The
BROWN BOOBY is likely a continuing bird from earlier this year and not
storm-associated, but still notable.

Finally, while the storm provided many of us opportunities to observe
species we'd likely never see this far inland, my thoughts and well wishes
go out to our fellow birders along the coast, who continue to struggle with
the disastrous flooding and destruction. Many of us spend a great deal of
time along the coast in pursuit of birds and the images we're seeing
are unbelievable. I'm hoping that your families are safe and that damage to
property has been minimal.


MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD (58-68 total)
16 - Prairie Park, Lake Fayette, Fayette County (8/26)
15 - Walter E. Long Park, Decker Lake, Travis County (8/26- 8/29)
6-16 - Lakeway/Lake Travis, Travis County (8/27 - 8/28)
5 - Welch Park, Lake Somerville, Burleson County (8/26)
4 - Capital of Texas Highway, Travis County (8/26)
3 - Plum Creek Golf Course, Hays County (8/27)
3 - Llano County Park, Lake Buchanan (8/27)
2 - Granger Lake, Williamson County (8/27 - 8/28)
2 - Cranes Mill Park, Canyon Lake, Comal County (8/27)
1 - Toll 130 & FM 973 area, Travis County (8/26)
1 - Hwy 183 & Great Hills Trail, Travis County (8/27)

BROWN BOOBY (1)
1 - Overlook Park, Canyon Lake, Comal County (Likely continuing bird)

SABINE'S GULL (1)
1 - Mansfield Dam Park, Travis County (8/27 - 8/29)

Laughing Gull (7)
2 - Salt Lake, Guadalupe County (8/27)
2 - Granger Lake, Williamson County (8/28 - 8/29)
1 - Welch Park, Lake Somerville, Burleson County (8/26)
1 - Canyon Lake Park, Comal County (8/27)
1 - Walter E. Long Park, Decker Lake, Travis County (8/25)

SOOTY TERN (1)
1 - Walter E. Long Park, Decker Lake, Travis County (8/27 - 8/28)

SANDWICH TERN (1)
1 - Walter E. Long Park, Decker Lake, Travis County (8/28)

ROYAL TERN (13)
3 - Granger Lake, Williamson County (8/28)
2 - Temple Lake Park, Bell County (8/28)
2 - Canyon Lake Park, Comal County (8/27)
2 - Mansfield Dam Park, Travis County (8/27 - 8/28)
2 - Walter E. Long Park, Decker Lake, Travis County (8/27 - 8/28)
1 - Pace Bend Park, Travis County (8/28)
1 - Salt Lake Road, Guadalupe County (8/28)

Least Tern (34)
12 - Temple Lake Park, Bell County (8/26 - 8/28)
4 - Granger Lake, Williamson County (8/27 - 8/28)
2 - Welch Park, Lake Somerville, Burleson County (8/26)
2 - CR 232 & CR 266, Hays County (8/28)
2 - San Marcos Fish Hatchery, Hays County (8/28)
2 - Windy Point Park, Lake Travis, Travis County (8/27 - 8/28)
2 - Barkley Meadows, Travis County (8/26 - 8/28)
2 - Hornsby Bend, Travis County (8/28)
2 - Pace Bend Park, Travis County (8/27)
1 - Salt Lake Road, Guadalupe County (8/28)
1 - Lake Buchanan, Llano County (8/27)
1 - Walter E. Long Park, Decker Lake, Travis County (8/28)
1 - Lake Pflugerville, Travis County (8/28)

Common Tern (6)
4 - Windy Point Park, Lake Travis (8/28)
2 - Jones Brothers Park, Travis County (8/28)

Caspian Tern (3)
1 - Welch Park, Lake Somerville, Burleson County (8/26)
1 - Walter E. Long Park, Decker Lake, Travis County (8/27 - 8/28)
1 - Mansfield Dam Park, Travis County (8/28)

White-tailed Kite (1)
1 - Mansfield Dam Park, Travis County (8/28)

White-tailed Hawk (1)
1 - CR 232 & CR 266, Hays County (8/28)


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Date: 8/29/17 1:57 pm
From: <bertf...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: City of Mission passes resolution in opposition to the border wall
I received a number of positive comments about my post, so I thought I'd add
a few more details. Mission is not the only border city with such a
resolution. I've been told there will be 8+ more resolutions by
mid-September. Here are some published stories of resolutions already
passed:
"Brownsville City Commission passes resolution against wall" --
http://www.themonitor.com/news/article_5e19f3bc-772c-11e7-bd36-c330732a2fdb.
html
"Mission passes anti-border wall resolution"
http://www.themonitor.com/news/article_352e6b4c-8c60-11e7-bec7-87a1ac16e685.
html
"El Paso City Council 'denounces' border wall"
http://www.elpasotimes.com/story/news/politics/2017/04/04/el-paso-city-counc
il-denounces-border-wall/100028586/
Eagle Pass City Council approves Resolution opposing President Trump's
Border Wall Executive Order
http://www.epbusinessjournal.com/2017/02/eagle-pass-city-council-approves-re
solution-opposing-president-trumps-border-wall-executive-order/
Hidalgo County Commissioners Pass Resolution Opposing The Construction of a
Border Wall
http://www.rgvproud.com/news/local-news/hidalgo-county-commissioners-pass-re
solution-opposing-the-construction-of-a-border-wall/705145004
If anyone wants to pass my comments on to other news agencies,
organizations, or individuals, you have my permission.
Bert Frenz
Mission, TX 78572
<Bert2...>
www.bafrenz.com

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Subject: [texbirds] City of Mission passes resolution in opposition to the
border wall

Texbirders,
This afternoon the City Council of Mission passed a strong resolution "in
opposition of building border infrastructure, including walls, levees or
fences along the US-Mexico border."

My wife and I attended the city council meeting this afternoon. The entire
1-1/2 page resolution was read before the council voted their approval,
followed by enthusiastic applause by a standing-room only crowd of
supporters.

I have a printed copy of the well-worded resolution. It especially
highlights its opposition to the isolation of historic La Lomita Chapel and
the loss of revenue from ecotourism from The National Butterfly Center, The
World Birding Center Headquarters and Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park.
It states that many Winter Texans choose Mission over other locations for
its unique attractions (that is why our home is in Mission). It recognizes
the potential loss of seasonal revenues and taxes generated by popular RV
parks, restaurants and attractions south of the proposed Wall.

The resolution further states that "additional border infrastructure would
do nothing to improve the effectiveness of deterrence, security, or any
other justification used for the construction of the wall." It states, "The
allocated resources for the infrastructure would be better utilized by
providing more cost effective methods of enforcing immigration policies,
such as technology and additional personnel."

The next paragraph surprised me because I was not aware of how much land was
involved. The resolution states, "the proposed border wall will leave
hundreds of thousands of acres of US land on the other side of the wall, .
The border wall would cut off large swaths of land and divide
privately-owned property ."

In another paragraph, it states, "the wall would cause serious environmental
damage to the ecosystem of the Rio Grande Valley by increasing emissions,
cutting off natural water flows, and disturbing wildlife migration routes."

The resolution passed unanimously.

Bert Frenz
Mission, TX
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Date: 8/29/17 10:04 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Sabine's Gull, Lake Travis (Travis Co.)
Hello all,
Arman Moreno discovered a juvenile Sabine's Gull on Sunday, 27 August, at
Mansfield Dam Park on Lake Travis. Despite being very difficult to pin
down, it continues today. It appeared this morning at 9:17 AM, from the
west, and worked the cove to the west of the point for a few minutes before
flying back west and out of sight. It appears to have a pattern for
foraging along the south shore of the lake in the morning and evening, at
which point it makes its way as far east as the Mansfield Dam. I believe it
was observed last evening after 7:00 PM. So within the 9 o'clock and 7
o'clock hour will be your best odds.

Across the lake at Windy Pt., the 4 Common Terns were actively flying back
and forth along the shoreline, though relatively high off of the water. No
Royal or Least Terns were detected during my short visit.

Happy chasing!
Justin Bosler
Austin, TX

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Date: 8/28/17 7:37 pm
From: Patricia Wight <pcwight...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: City of Mission passes resolution in opposition to the border wall
Very glad to know this. Thank you for posting.
Pat Wight
Rockport
Temporarily in Alpine
On Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 9:10 PM <jkestner...> wrote:

> So very glad to read that -- thank you for sharing.
>
> Judy Kestner
> Corpus Christi
>
> ---- <bertf...> wrote:
>
> =============
> Texbirders,
> This afternoon the City Council of Mission passed a strong resolution "in
> opposition of building border infrastructure, including walls, levees or
> fences along the US-Mexico border."
>
> My wife and I attended the city council meeting this afternoon. The entire
> 1-1/2 page resolution was read before the council voted their approval,
> followed by enthusiastic applause by a standing-room only crowd of
> supporters.
>
> I have a printed copy of the well-worded resolution. It especially
> highlights its opposition to the isolation of historic La Lomita Chapel and
> the loss of revenue from ecotourism from The National Butterfly Center, The
> World Birding Center Headquarters and Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park.
> It states that many Winter Texans choose Mission over other locations for
> its unique attractions (that is why our home is in Mission). It recognizes
> the potential loss of seasonal revenues and taxes generated by popular RV
> parks, restaurants and attractions south of the proposed Wall.
>
> The resolution further states that "additional border infrastructure would
> do nothing to improve the effectiveness of deterrence, security, or any
> other justification used for the construction of the wall." It states,
> "The
> allocated resources for the infrastructure would be better utilized by
> providing more cost effective methods of enforcing immigration policies,
> such as technology and additional personnel."
>
> The next paragraph surprised me because I was not aware of how much land
> was
> involved. The resolution states, "the proposed border wall will leave
> hundreds of thousands of acres of US land on the other side of the wall, .
> The border wall would cut off large swaths of land and divide
> privately-owned property ."
>
> In another paragraph, it states, "the wall would cause serious
> environmental
> damage to the ecosystem of the Rio Grande Valley by increasing emissions,
> cutting off natural water flows, and disturbing wildlife migration routes."
>
> The resolution passed unanimously.
>
> Bert Frenz
>
> Mission, TX
>
> <Bert2...>
>
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Date: 8/28/17 7:09 pm
From: <jkestner...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: City of Mission passes resolution in opposition to the border wall
So very glad to read that -- thank you for sharing.

Judy Kestner
Corpus Christi

---- <bertf...> wrote:

=============
Texbirders,
This afternoon the City Council of Mission passed a strong resolution "in
opposition of building border infrastructure, including walls, levees or
fences along the US-Mexico border."

My wife and I attended the city council meeting this afternoon. The entire
1-1/2 page resolution was read before the council voted their approval,
followed by enthusiastic applause by a standing-room only crowd of
supporters.

I have a printed copy of the well-worded resolution. It especially
highlights its opposition to the isolation of historic La Lomita Chapel and
the loss of revenue from ecotourism from The National Butterfly Center, The
World Birding Center Headquarters and Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park.
It states that many Winter Texans choose Mission over other locations for
its unique attractions (that is why our home is in Mission). It recognizes
the potential loss of seasonal revenues and taxes generated by popular RV
parks, restaurants and attractions south of the proposed Wall.

The resolution further states that "additional border infrastructure would
do nothing to improve the effectiveness of deterrence, security, or any
other justification used for the construction of the wall." It states, "The
allocated resources for the infrastructure would be better utilized by
providing more cost effective methods of enforcing immigration policies,
such as technology and additional personnel."

The next paragraph surprised me because I was not aware of how much land was
involved. The resolution states, "the proposed border wall will leave
hundreds of thousands of acres of US land on the other side of the wall, .
The border wall would cut off large swaths of land and divide
privately-owned property ."

In another paragraph, it states, "the wall would cause serious environmental
damage to the ecosystem of the Rio Grande Valley by increasing emissions,
cutting off natural water flows, and disturbing wildlife migration routes."

The resolution passed unanimously.

Bert Frenz

Mission, TX

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Date: 8/28/17 4:11 pm
From: <bertf...>
Subject: [texbirds] City of Mission passes resolution in opposition to the border wall
Texbirders,
This afternoon the City Council of Mission passed a strong resolution "in
opposition of building border infrastructure, including walls, levees or
fences along the US-Mexico border."

My wife and I attended the city council meeting this afternoon. The entire
1-1/2 page resolution was read before the council voted their approval,
followed by enthusiastic applause by a standing-room only crowd of
supporters.

I have a printed copy of the well-worded resolution. It especially
highlights its opposition to the isolation of historic La Lomita Chapel and
the loss of revenue from ecotourism from The National Butterfly Center, The
World Birding Center Headquarters and Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park.
It states that many Winter Texans choose Mission over other locations for
its unique attractions (that is why our home is in Mission). It recognizes
the potential loss of seasonal revenues and taxes generated by popular RV
parks, restaurants and attractions south of the proposed Wall.

The resolution further states that "additional border infrastructure would
do nothing to improve the effectiveness of deterrence, security, or any
other justification used for the construction of the wall." It states, "The
allocated resources for the infrastructure would be better utilized by
providing more cost effective methods of enforcing immigration policies,
such as technology and additional personnel."

The next paragraph surprised me because I was not aware of how much land was
involved. The resolution states, "the proposed border wall will leave
hundreds of thousands of acres of US land on the other side of the wall, .
The border wall would cut off large swaths of land and divide
privately-owned property ."

In another paragraph, it states, "the wall would cause serious environmental
damage to the ecosystem of the Rio Grande Valley by increasing emissions,
cutting off natural water flows, and disturbing wildlife migration routes."

The resolution passed unanimously.

Bert Frenz

Mission, TX

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Date: 8/28/17 1:59 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Lake Walter E. Long (Decker L.) - SIX tern spp
2 Commons at Jonestown this AM with some BLTEs around 7:45-8
On Mon, Aug 28, 2017 at 12:19 PM, Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler...>
wrote:

> Texbirders,
>
> Along with 4 or more Mag. Frigatebirds, there is a collection of (at
> least) six species of terns being observed at Lake Long (a.k.a. Decker
> Lake) from the boat launch area. (9:45 - 11:45 a.m., and several birders
> still there when I left)
>
> Black Tern - 12+
> Forster’s Tern - 6 or so
> Royal Tern - 2 or 3
> Sooty Tern - 1 adult (very conspicuous)
> Sandwich Tern - 1 ad. seen several times
> Caspian Tern - 1 made one pass then ??
>
> We may be overlooking Common Tern but there were no obvious candidates.
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Date: 8/28/17 10:20 am
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lake Walter E. Long (Decker L.) - SIX tern spp
Texbirders,

Along with 4 or more Mag. Frigatebirds, there is a collection of (at least) six species of terns being observed at Lake Long (a.k.a. Decker Lake) from the boat launch area. (9:45 - 11:45 a.m., and several birders still there when I left)

Black Tern - 12+
Forster’s Tern - 6 or so
Royal Tern - 2 or 3
Sooty Tern - 1 adult (very conspicuous)
Sandwich Tern - 1 ad. seen several times
Caspian Tern - 1 made one pass then ??

We may be overlooking Common Tern but there were no obvious candidates.

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Date: 8/28/17 9:06 am
From: Laas Harvey <hlaas...>
Subject: [texbirds] Waller Co. Frigatebird
This morning at 9am I saw a juvenile magnificent frigatebird on FM 529 0.5 miles South of the intersection with FM 362. It was meandering North 50 feet off the ground along the tree line around a farmstead. At one point flew over a mixed flock of cattle egrets and little blue herons which scattered in fright. Afterwards had two black terns flying over my front pasture on my return home. My accursed namesake at least gave me a new county bird and a new property bird.

Harvey Laas
10 miles North of Brookshire
24 inches so far, when the cattle egrets take up residents in your yard it's too wet.

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Date: 8/28/17 8:06 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Eastern Kingbird 'Fallout' in Crosby County
Greetings All:
Eastern Kingbird is a rare migrant in most of my region and I generally
consider myself lucky to see one or two annually in the area.

Yesterday (28 August 2017) I saw eight! They were patchily distributed
throughout the county (1 was at Silver Falls Rest Area; 1 was along FM 28
north of Highway 82; 2 were along FM 193 between FM 28 and FM 651; 2 were
at the FM 193 x FM 651 junction; 1 was along FM 651 north of Crosbyton; 1
was along FM 651 south of Crosbyton).

This is a truly phenomenal number of Eastern Kingbirds for a single day in
Crosby County and I couldn't help but wonder (though I saw no other
evidence in the form of eastern migrants) if these were southbound migrants
shunted westward by the swirling air mass of Harvey. The outermost bands
of this system were, for a time, visible from the Crosby/ Dickens County
line: well organized bands of clouds coming from the east and then curving
to the south in the distance.

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Date: 8/27/17 5:36 pm
From: Robert Becker <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender robertjbecker for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Lafitte's Cove
Today I birded Lafitte's Cove in Galveston to see what migrants were grounded by Hurricane Harvey. Highlights included: Yellow Warbler (6); American Redstart (3); a striking male Hooded Warbler; three Gray Gnatcatchers, and a nicely-plumaged Worm-eating Warbler. I also had a Great-crested Flycatcher, one Least Flycatcher, one Alder flycatcher, and six empidomax flycatchers. The birds flew in the top canopy and were hard to get on.
Bob Becker, hunkered down in Galveston, Texas

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Date: 8/27/17 12:43 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Sooty Tern, Walter Long Lake (Travis Co.)
Adult Sooty Tern being viewed from boat launch with 4+ Magnificent
Frigatebirds.
Justin Bosler
Austin, TX


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Date: 8/26/17 3:31 pm
From: Yahoo Mail <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender ronweeks for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Sooty Tern and frigatebirds on Davis Estates Road in Fort Bend County
Birds are in lake across from landfill.

Ron Weeks
Lake Jackson

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Date: 8/26/17 12:59 pm
From: Sebastian C <sc11birds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Wood Storks in Williamson County
Hi, Texbirders,
Today I saw a flock of 10 Wood Storks in Thrall, Texas. One Wood Stork got
separated from the flock and headed NW.

Happy Birding,
Sebastian Casarez
Hutto, Texas


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Date: 8/26/17 11:50 am
From: John O'Brien <j26.obrien...>
Subject: [texbirds] Houston Frigatebirds
I saw a flock of at least 9 frigatebirds at Willow Waterhole in Houston around noon today. They were not visiting the waterhole, just flying by heading south. There may have been more but they were disappearing behind the trash mountain as I was counting them. I'm going to keep my eyes open at my yard for more flyovers.
John O'Brien
Houston, TX
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Date: 8/26/17 10:50 am
From: Andrew <andydietrich10...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Hummingbird this morning
Had mine out last night refilled this morning have had three or four for three days. Watching them buzzing around all morning. Bird seed in feeders drawing local birds. Peanut butter log being used.

Andy Dietrich
Pearland Tx.

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Date: 8/26/17 9:41 am
From: Charmaine Ganson <cgtimes2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Frigatebird in Bear Creek Park
Male Magnificent Frigatebird at 11:00 a.m. reported by Janet Landry in Bear
Creek Park, Houston, TX.

Charmaine Ganson

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Date: 8/26/17 7:12 am
From: Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Hummingbird this morning

I stepped outside a little while ago when rain had let up, and the first thing I heard was a Ruby-throated hummingbird.

I promptly put up feeders.

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Date: 8/25/17 4:34 pm
From: Judy Kestner <jkestner...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Hurricane
The grackles are flying in from the western parts of the area to roost. Will they go to the refineries or just to the Popeye's down the road?
In Calallen it is windy with light sprinkles but more to come I am sure!
Hummers scolded me when I took in their feeders. I felt so guilty...
Judy Kestner
Corpus Christi

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> Rain, sleet, shine or snow; does not mention hurricane; it needs to be added; received mail today
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> Birds are stacked on the Lee side of house looking for food; mostly Noca and indo
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> Hummers are hugging ground working flowers
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Date: 8/25/17 4:24 pm
From: Ian Layton <ilayton...>
Subject: [texbirds] Mississippi Kites - Bastrop Co.
A steady stream of MIKIs headed north over western Bastrop Co. ahead of leading edge of Harvey. 6:20 pm.

Ian Layton
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Date: 8/25/17 3:47 pm
From: Brent Ortego <brentortego...>
Subject: [texbirds] Hurricane
Rain, sleet, shine or snow; does not mention hurricane; it needs to be added; received mail today

Birds are stacked on the Lee side of house looking for food; mostly Noca and indo

Hummers are hugging ground working flowers

Brent Ortego
Victoria, tx

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Date: 8/25/17 12:15 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Bolivar pictures from Wednesday, baby least terns etc
Did the coast on Wednesday dodging rain. It was nice on bolivar flats after
waiting a bit. Nothing seemed to come out in the rain and no black rails
called.
The birds of the day were 8 young of the year least terns. 4 of them had
nested way down the flats and behind the barrier. They never look like they
can fly but do but are also happy to be fed. Tuesday had been the first day
that they were missing from the nest area.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166089407

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166089406

4 other terns were older and already well molting into winter plumage. They
flew and could also scold like the parents but were not tied to one area of
the flats. These could have been birds that Audubon showed on their
facebook page to celebrate the first chicks for the year after lots of high
tide events. Another week or so and most of the juvenile feathers will be
gone on these birds.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166089404

Another good bird for the flats was a young of the year Wilson's plover.
They are early molters but behind some of the other flat birds.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166089401

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166089402

The back view shows the molt best

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166089403

Even more interesting than the birds were the piles and windrows of
sauerkraut all over the beach. Thanks to Winnie, I was able to look up
sauerkraut bryozoans. They are a colonial animal and may or not be
introduced. Where the sun had cooked some they had a good odor. Birds did
not seem to use it like sargassum.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166089398

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166089397

Commonest shorebird for the day was western sandpiper

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166089399

And killdeer are out on the roads with nesting finished and no longer
having to be injured whenever a car comes by

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166089391

Large flocks of herons, egrets, ibis and spoonbills were feeding along
Retillon in the ponds and in the marsh. Both adult and young roseate
spoonbills

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166089392

Note that the bill has a dark mark on the tip (nail) which can help
identify them if you do not get a good look at the rest of the bird.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166089394

Have to wait to see what is happening to the birds for a few days according
to the forecast.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 8/25/17 12:09 pm
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Make extra Hummingbird nectar while you still have power
Dan is exactly right about the boiling.
We have and will have winds from the east and it will sway the feeders on the south side of the nature center which may empty them before the birds can drink them dry. We have installed several on the west porch protected from the wind and rain. We hope that will keep nectar available through the storm.

We have a lot more hummers the past couple of days, likely 30 here now, all Ruby-throats except for three Selasphorus female type birds. I would have expected a returning male by now but not yet.

One of the staff also reported a pewee calling a few minutes ago. Migrants are starting to stack up I think. They will likely continue to stack up until the forecasted cool front passes late next week.

Enjoy your hurricane party, keep serving those drinks for the hummers.


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

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Subject: [texbirds] Re: Make extra Hummingbird nectar while you still have power

All,
It is not really necessary to boil the water. With enough shaking or stirring, the sugar will dissolve.

Best,

Dan Smith
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> On Aug 25, 2017, at 9:00 AM, Susan Fortenberry <texas410...> wrote:
>
> Dear Fellow texbirders:
> Please make extra Hummingbird nectar while you still have power.
>
> The morning after Hurricane Ike hit, I saw several humming birds
> frantically searching my flower beds for nectar and I realized that
> the wind and rain had stripped the flowers/nectar from the plants.
>
> I was lucky enough to have the use of a propane grill and hurriedly
> boiled water and made several batches of nectar. I hung several
> feeders around my yard and hungry hummers and hungry bees quickly
> found the feeders. The hummers left one feeder alone and the bees took
> over that one. I had never seen bees swarming a feeder like that before.
>
> This time I have made extra nectar just in case we lose power.
>
> Hopefully Hurricane Harvey will not be as bad as predicted.
>
> Susan Fortenberry
> Sugar Land, TX
>
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Date: 8/25/17 9:33 am
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson...>
Subject: [texbirds] Swainson's Hawks
There were 40-50 in a recently cut hay field north of Lamesa on Hwy 137,
just past Co Rd J.
Shirley and Dan Wilkerson
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Date: 8/25/17 8:46 am
From: Dan Smith <dan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Make extra Hummingbird nectar while you still have power
All,
It is not really necessary to boil the water. With enough shaking or stirring, the sugar will dissolve.

Best,

Dan Smith
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> On Aug 25, 2017, at 9:00 AM, Susan Fortenberry <texas410...> wrote:
>
> Dear Fellow texbirders:
> Please make extra Hummingbird nectar while you still have power.
>
> The morning after Hurricane Ike hit, I saw several humming birds
> frantically searching my flower beds for nectar and I realized that the
> wind and rain had stripped the flowers/nectar from the plants.
>
> I was lucky enough to have the use of a propane grill and hurriedly boiled
> water and made several batches of nectar. I hung several feeders around my
> yard and hungry hummers and hungry bees quickly found the feeders. The
> hummers left one feeder alone and the bees took over that one. I had never
> seen bees swarming a feeder like that before.
>
> This time I have made extra nectar just in case we lose power.
>
> Hopefully Hurricane Harvey will not be as bad as predicted.
>
> Susan Fortenberry
> Sugar Land, TX
>
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Date: 8/25/17 8:12 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Corpus Christi live cam
Greetings All:
I have been watching, off and on, (as I prepare for a lecture) live cam
footage from a deck fronting a marsh in Corpus Christi and it is kind of
eerie. In that time not only have I seen no evidence of human movement
(though a housing development can be seen across the marsh) but I have seen
not a single bird in flight. I can't recall a time when I have stared at a
gulf coast skyline for this long and not seen a single bird moving through
my view.

Stay safe, folk.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 8/25/17 7:01 am
From: Susan Fortenberry <texas410...>
Subject: [texbirds] Make extra Hummingbird nectar while you still have power
Dear Fellow texbirders:
Please make extra Hummingbird nectar while you still have power.

The morning after Hurricane Ike hit, I saw several humming birds
frantically searching my flower beds for nectar and I realized that the
wind and rain had stripped the flowers/nectar from the plants.

I was lucky enough to have the use of a propane grill and hurriedly boiled
water and made several batches of nectar. I hung several feeders around my
yard and hungry hummers and hungry bees quickly found the feeders. The
hummers left one feeder alone and the bees took over that one. I had never
seen bees swarming a feeder like that before.

This time I have made extra nectar just in case we lose power.

Hopefully Hurricane Harvey will not be as bad as predicted.

Susan Fortenberry
Sugar Land, TX


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Date: 8/24/17 3:50 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Birder Patrol Trip Cancelled
Well, Hurricane Harvey rained on our parade this month, so stay safe
everyone!


MB



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Alamo, TX

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Date: 8/24/17 12:55 pm
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Hurricane
With the forecast of Hurricane Harvey to land somewhere between Houston and
Corpus Christi, the chances at good that we will see a number of
interesting seabirds along the coast and a number of unusual records for
coastal species inland. Hopefully, many of these unusual records will be
documented, but I would caution all of you to wait until Hurricane Harvey
has finally left [or become something much less] and flooding is not longer
a threat.
For those of you in the coastal areas thought to be subject to high storm
surges and heavy rains, stay safe and obey orders to evacuate.

Keith Arnold
Bryan/Texas A&M


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Date: 8/23/17 3:30 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Birding the coast in front of Harvey. high tide, low tide and wet
Started the day at east beach. Water was very high and not many birds
around the jetty. 4 little pop up showers off to the east coagulated and
headed my way with lots of lightning. Dropped lots of rain east of bolivar
flats. I fled and it rained off and on until about 10:15 when it turned
nice for my walk down bolivar flats. Commonest bird was least sandpiper and
good numbers across the bay too.
The ferry ride had good birds. Ignoring birds sitting at the landings, I
had 2 brown pelicans, 3 terns and 7 seagulls.

Tried to find migrants in port bolivar and saw one but it kept going.
Retillon Road had lots of egrets, ibis and spoonbills feeding happily. My
theory that thunder can set off black rails did not hold today.

Out on the beach I found 4 lesser black-backed gulls and 4 ring-billed
gulls to the east. 2 of the lesser black-backs were in full breeding
plumage and the others were the summering birds. All 4 of the ring-bills
were in high breeding plumage so they may be new arrivals.

Really good flats along the beach and even better down the way. But not
that many birds. Only a total of say 200 royal terns and laughing gulls and
not much else.

Like one day last year, there were large drifts of shed? crab legs and
claws. Also large amounts of an odd seaweed that looked like a ship dumped
a whole load of cooked sauerkraut. Have never seen it before and certainly
in large amounts.

Only a few plover around, maybe a dozen piping, 5 snowy and 12 Wilson's.
However, one of the Wilson's was a youngster and not too old. He could fly
but I thought that was iffy.

Found baby least terns. 4 youngsters still all tan but could fly. 4 older
youngsters that were molting into winter plumage and are about the age of
the photographed chick from a few weeks ago. But only 25 or so least terns
for the day compared to many hundred a week ago.

A new bird for the flats was a single Wilson's phalarope. They are scarce
out in the salt water and it was also my first of the fall. One of the
summering dunlins was still summering. Otherwise, lots of western
sandpipers, short-billed dowitchers, sanderlings and turnstones. Maybe 15
Caspian terns complained the whole time.

Bob road and yacht basin road had an osprey and not much else. Then a
deluge hit around rollover complete with stupendous waterspout. Lots of
thunder and lightning. more rain going north and along 1985 and then
another deluge going north to I10.

Hard to get home. I-10 blocked near loop 610 and already backed up into
Baytown. Still blocked as I write this. Looped down 330/146/610 etc. Then
610 down to 1 lane. Up 288 and a stall in the big merge area around
downtown. Great fun.

Nothing that looked like a storm brewing. I was down on Quintana and brazos
mouth a bit before Ike and you could sure tell that something was going to
happen. Birds seemed to know something too. Today just a day with a few
good pop-up storms and no special bird activity.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 8/23/17 1:19 pm
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tropical Storm Harvey may be affecting birds
Yes between the sagging cold front, the high pressure ridge in west Texas and the high pressure off to the east the tropical low is moving up to meet the front between the two highs. The central and upper coast will be drenched in a couple of days and the storm will probably wash out on the frontal line and give central and north Texas a drenching. I suspect the birds feel all of this and are moving to avoid it. We have had a couple of pulses of Ruby-throats this week. They don't seem to be staying but a few hours where most years they stay days. The next few days will be interesting wildlife watching for those who do not have to worry about their own homes and cars being flooded.
Good luck to all.


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20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
281-357-5324

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Steve Radack Commissioner
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Date: 8/23/17 1:14 pm
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Utley
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Date: 8/23/17 12:45 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Utley
::
Could be though I thought maybe because of the little cool front moving in.
All that activity this morning dried up around 9-9:30 and it became another
hot August morning. I knew nothing about the gulf stuff until around
noon today after hearing about it on radio as I was driving back to the
other place. We have had a bit of thunder well north of Austin this
afternoon.

On Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 1:46 PM, Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <
<FCollins...> wrote:

> I wonder if it has anything to do with the approaching tropical storm.
>
>
> Fred Collins, Director
> Kleb Woods Nature Center
> 20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
> 281-357-5324
>
> Harris County Precinct 3
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>
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> Sent: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 8:56 AM
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> Subject: [texbirds] Utley
>
> .
> Not sure if just local but have good numbers of Yellow Warblers and
> gnatcatchers moving thru this AM. An Olive-sided. Miss. Kites are lifting
> off from Wilbarger Ck. Have a small swarm of Ruby-throats. Something
> seems to be stirring up activity. Maybe just the date.
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Date: 8/23/17 11:47 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Utley
I wonder if it has anything to do with the approaching tropical storm.


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Subject: [texbirds] Utley

.
Not sure if just local but have good numbers of Yellow Warblers and gnatcatchers moving thru this AM. An Olive-sided. Miss. Kites are lifting off from Wilbarger Ck. Have a small swarm of Ruby-throats. Something seems to be stirring up activity. Maybe just the date.
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Date: 8/23/17 7:23 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Utley
Am. Redstart too.

On Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 9:20 AM Susan Orwig <sueorwig...> wrote:

> Pewee, Acadian, Yellow, gnatcatchers, Black-and-whites, BTGW, Rubies, and
> Rufous. Lots going on here in Houston this week.
> Sue Orwig
>
> On Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 8:55 AM, Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
> wrote:
>
>> .
>> Not sure if just local but have good numbers of Yellow Warblers and
>> gnatcatchers moving thru this AM. An Olive-sided. Miss. Kites are lifting
>> off from Wilbarger Ck. Have a small swarm of Ruby-throats. Something
>> seems to be stirring up activity. Maybe just the date.
>>
> --
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>> <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
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Date: 8/23/17 7:20 am
From: Susan Orwig <sueorwig...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Utley
Pewee, Acadian, Yellow, gnatcatchers, Black-and-whites, BTGW, Rubies, and
Rufous. Lots going on here in Houston this week.
Sue Orwig
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wrote:

> .
> Not sure if just local but have good numbers of Yellow Warblers and
> gnatcatchers moving thru this AM. An Olive-sided. Miss. Kites are lifting
> off from Wilbarger Ck. Have a small swarm of Ruby-throats. Something
> seems to be stirring up activity. Maybe just the date.
> --
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> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
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Date: 8/23/17 6:56 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Utley
.
Not sure if just local but have good numbers of Yellow Warblers and
gnatcatchers moving thru this AM. An Olive-sided. Miss. Kites are lifting
off from Wilbarger Ck. Have a small swarm of Ruby-throats. Something
seems to be stirring up activity. Maybe just the date.
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Date: 8/22/17 1:22 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Yard birding
Tried to test the effects of the eclipse on the local birds. They did quiet
down but they were rather quiet in the first place. But no one at the
feeders for a while including the squirrel people
Did take some pictures of the sun. You can see the progress of the eclipse
in shadows on the sidewalk as the sun shines through the leaves of a tree.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166071591

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166071594

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166071596

West nile virus has reappeared after an absence of a couple of years. All
of the blue jays in 2 of the 3 local clans died within a period of a week
or so. One was immune or not bitten and is trying to join another family
without any luck yet. All my tame birds went. I had hoped that they had
developed an immunity like a few do.

The cooper's hawks had a boy and a girl chick that are out feeding very
well. The young male comes by the feeder and gets house finch youngsters. I
see the parents when out walking early in the day.

The red-tailed hawks moved off with the chicks almost right away and have
stopped coming back. The Mississippi kite that ranged overhead about once a
week is not doing that either. So no hawks but someone sure scares the
doves every now and then.

Not a good year for chicks among the little birds other than house finches.
Chickadees and titmice had one early brood but not a second and no downy or
red-belly chicks. Squirrels had lots of youngsters so there is someone to
talk to.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 8/22/17 1:13 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Pictures from the coast last week
Started the day on Thursday taking the sunrise ferry across to Bolivar from
Galveston. Stopped to see if my friends of last winter were back and found
the newly returned black-bellied plover
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166069962

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166069961

Joined by least sandpipers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166069963

And a western willet molting into winter plumage in feather order and not
randomly like they normally do

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166069964

Looking at websites for unknown birds at this time of year, the commonest
species is the brown-headed cowbird

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166069966

They are in heavy molt into more adult feathering and there are lots of
pinfeathers sticking out everywhere

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166069970

Groups of feeding birds can easily be id'd by the tails of the feeding
birds sticking up in the air, very few birds do that as a group

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166069970

I have only seen 2 least tern chicks this summer. This one was from a
couple of weeks ago and a scan of about 600 least terns had no chicks of
the year that could fly

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166070023

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166070024

About 100 Wilson's plovers were out on the beach, most resting

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166070019

They got disturbed twice when each of the two crested caracaras out on the
beach looked for brunch

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166070011

The summering dunlin is fully molted and all new feathers. We rarely see
birds that look like this as very few summer and they molt on the nesting
grounds so have a few thousand miles of wear by the time the reach the UTC

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166070012

More and more spoonbills out on the beaches

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166070016

Younger pelicans are starting to get breeding plumage.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166069977

A magnificent frigatebird followed the ferry for a good ways

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166069984

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166069981

Lots of chance to see their aerial abilities

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166069979

East beach had a couple of lesser black-backed gulls

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166069987

The pool by the jetty had lots of trapped and dead fish resulting in lots
of piracy. One royal tern got a 3 inch fish and 14 other terns chased it.
Turnstones, sanderlings, piping plovers, and several species of herons all
fought for food that was readily available.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166069985

Least sandpipers did not stand a chance

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166069986

This piping plover was over on bolivar flats in April

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166069988

Lots of western sandpipers had arrived and not really molting yet

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166069989

Up on the Texas City Dike the other common bird that is a mystery bird at
this time of year is the European Starling. This one is molting into winter
and adult plumage

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166069995

Had my first young of the year peep in a puddle

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166069998

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166069997

And a fluffy snowy plover

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166070000

A great blue heron handled a large fish. The fish was still flopping when I
came by. It put it down and stabbed it several times

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166070001

And then had lots of trouble getting it off the bill. When dead or subdued,
it was down the hatch

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166070002

Which took quite a bit of work

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166070003

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166070004

And gravity finished the job

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166070006

Fewer birds than I thought were out there and the tides were out with the
southwest wind creating good habitat but the food was elsewhere.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 8/22/17 11:04 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch Saturday
Spent the day out at smith point and we had some birds including hawks and
really lots of blue-gray gnatcatchers.
The wind was still sort of southwest but was not a gale but did come up
later and the movement died.

Not sure of the exact count but we had

5 swallow-tailed kites
8 Mississippi kites
10 broad-winged hawks
5 swainson's hawks
26 night hawks
1 red-shouldered hawk

and local or non-moving 1 red-tailed hawk, 2 white-tailed hawks. 1 crested
caracara, turkey and black vultures and a couple more of the migrating
species.

With 5 swallow-tailed kites, it is hard to say that gnatcatchers were the
birds of the day but there were hundreds of them going by the tower and
crossing the bay starting early but a few still passing at the end of the
count. There would be spurts of 25-30 birds and then just a few and then
more spurts. When a couple of dozen stopped in a nearby tree, the local
chickadee people really objected. I counted spurts up to 50 and lots like
that. At least 750 and even 1,000 birds but I did not click them for a
formal count.

A few yellow warblers went by too as well as a few orchard orioles. One
dickcissel flock of 8 birds with maybe a total of 20. A flock of 13 eastern
kingbirds included 1 western kingbird. Good numbers of swallows in the am
with cliff swallows the commonest followed by barn swallows and purple
martins. Up to 3 hummingbirds fought over the feeders but seemed to move on
and be replaced a couple of hours later. Only heard upland sandpipers a
couple of times plus 2 groups of least sandpipers and one solitary
sandpiper.

A flock of wood storks was in a holding pattern just in front of the tower
for a couple of hours. Started with 10 birds and ended with 14. The little
round puffy clouds up there actually resulted from small thermals as the
storks would drift up into the clouds as did some of the hawks. Only a
couple of hundred white ibis passed during the day. 1 anhinga up there.

Smith point is one of the strongholds of olive-sided flycatchers during the
fall and a peak of 5 birds was seen at one time.

They have added a good number of frigatebird perches out on the oyster
leases to the west of the tower and some of the new ones can be seen from
the tower. Shortly after 7am, I counted 44 frigatebirds on the perches out
near Robbins Park and they were already playing musical perches. They did
not fly by the tower but were seen off and on way off to the north crossing
from Trinity to Galveston Bay. Lots of fishermen at the park and not many
shorebirds but good numbers of clapper rails and a few seaside sparrows.

Good north winds in the next few days should have lots of kites moving and
more and more hawks. But the 100% rainy weekend does not sound good.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 8/22/17 6:46 am
From: Hannah Buschert <Hannah.Buschert...>
Subject: [texbirds] (Houston-area) Upcoming birding events at Sheldon Lake SP
Good morning Texbirders,
Sheldon Lake State Park & Environmental Learning Center is hosting several birding activities this fall-please let me know if you are interested in joining in!

Hawk Watch-Join us in collecting valuable data on hawk populations as they migrate over the park. From atop the John Jacob Observation Tower, we are able to watch as hundreds of hawks make their way south. There will be a training THIS SATURDAY, August 26th from 9:00am-11:00am. The training is free, open to all, and we do not require a commitment to volunteer with the program.

Sheldon Lake SP Birding League-We will be hosting our second annual Birding League from September 23rd-October 23rd, with an information session on Saturday, September 16th. This fun, free, and friendly competition for teams of 2-5 participants to see how many birds they can spot within the park boundaries in a month. This is an excellent opportunity to meet other birders, have a good time, participate in some special events, and show off your birding prowess. Registration is due Friday, September 15th!!

Please let me know if you have any questions for either of these events or would like to register!

Happy Birding,

Hannah Buschert
Park Ranger II (Lead Interpreter)
Sheldon Lake State Park &
Environmental Learning Center
14140 Garrett Road
Houston, Texas 77044
(281) 456-2800 x232
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Date: 8/21/17 9:22 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lubbock highlights from Sunday
Greetings All:
Before Brandon Best headed home on Sunday we spent some time at Leroy
Elmore Park searching for some of the recent highlights from that hotspot.
We didn't get everything but we did note, as highlights, 1 Cackling Goose,
1 Spotted Sandpiper, 1 adult and 1 immature Neotropic Cormorant, 31
Double-crested Cormorants, 11 Great Egrets, 73 Snowy Egrets, 1 immature
Little Blue Heron, 89 Cattle Egrets, and 1 Yellow Warbler.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 8/21/17 9:19 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from Lynn County - Saturday
Greetings All:
On Saturday (19 August) I explored the eastern half of Lynn County with
Brandon Best during which time he boosted his county list over the 100
species mark and allowed me to enjoy some vicarious participation in a
Texas Century Club effort.

Birding was generally good and we pulled in a solid group of highlights
including 6 first fall Wood Ducks at the CR Y x CR 20 Playa, 20 Blue-winged
Teals at the CR Y x CR 20 Playa, 32 Blue-winged Teals at the CR 28 x FM
1054 Playa, 4 Blue-winged Teals at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 1 Cinnamon
Teal at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 4 Gadwalls at the CR Y x CR 20 Playa, 1
Gadwall at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 4 Northern Pintails at the CR Y x
CR 20 Playa, 2 Northern Pintails at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 3
Green-winged Teals at the CR Y x CR 20 Playa, 4 Green-winged Teals at the
CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 3 Green-winged Teals at Tahoka Lake Pasture, 18
Redheads at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 3 Ruddy Ducks at the CR Y x CR 20
Playa, 6 Ruddy Ducks at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 1 Eared Grebe at the
CR Y x CR 20 Playa, 90 Eared Grebes at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 1
female Black-chinned Hummingbird in Tahoka, *2 Common Gallinules *at the FM
1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 28 Black-necked Stilts at the CR Y x CR 20 Play, 2
Black-necked Stilts at the CR Y x FM 3332 Playa, 22 Black-necked Stilts at
the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 10 Black-necked Stilts at the FM 1054 x FM 1313
Playa, 7 Snowy Plovers at Skeen Playa, 7 Upland Sandpipers near the FM 1054
x FM 1313 Playa, 2 Stilt Sandpipers at Skeen Playa, 1 Baird's Sandpiper at
the CR Y x CR 20 Playa, 3 Baird's Sandpipers at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa,
1 Baird's Sandpiper at Skeen Playa, 6 Least Sandpipers at the CR 28 x FM
1054 Playa, 3 Least Sandpipers at Skeen Playa, 2 Pectoral Sandpipers at the
CR 28 x FM 1054 Plya, 4 Semipalmated Sandpipers at the CR 28 x FM 1054
Playa, 14 Semipalmated Sandpipers at Skeen Playa, 11 Western Sandpipers at
the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 7 Western Sandpipers at Skeen Playa, 1
Long-billed Dowitcher at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 1 Long-billed Dowitcher
at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 6 Long-billed Dowitchers at Skeen Playa, 1
Spotted Sandpiper near Wilson, 4 Lesser Yellowlegs at the CR 28 x FM 1054
Playa, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs at Skeen Playa, 1 Greater Yellowlegs at the CR Y
x CR 20 Playa, 1 Greater Yellowlegs at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 1
Wilson's Phalarope at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 21 Wilson's Phalaropes at
Skeen Playa, 2 Black Terns at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 5 Black Terns at
the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 3 Double-crested Cormorants at the CR Y x CR
20 Playa, 1 Double-crested Cormorant at Skeen Playa, 2 Great Egrets at the
CR Y x CR 20 Play, 1 Great Egret at Skeen Playa, 7 Snowy Egrets at the CR Y
x CR 20 Playa, 37 Cattle Egrets at the CR Y x CR 20 Playa, 2 Cattle Egrets
at Tahoka Lake Pasture, 19 White-faced Ibises at the CR Y x CR 20 Playa, 29
White-faced Ibises at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 78 White-faced Ibises at
Skeen Playa, 1 male Northern Harrier at the CR Y x FM 3332 Playa, 1
immature Harris's Hawk at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 1 Peregrine Falcon at
the CR Y x CR 20 Playa, 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher in Tahoka, 1 Olive-sided
Flycatcher at Tahoka Lake Pasture, 1 Western Wood Pewee at the CR 25 x FM
1054 Woodlot, 1 Western Wood Pewee at the CR EE Wetlands, 2 Willow
Flycatchers at the CR 25 x FM 1054 Woodlot, 1 Willow Flycatcher at the FM
2956 Playa, 1 Willow Flycatcher at Tahoka Lake Pasture, 1 Least Flycatcher
at the CR EE Wetlands, 2 Least Flycatchers at the CR 25 x FM 1054 Woodlot,
1 Least Flycatcher at the FM 2956 Playa, 1 Bell's Vireo at the CR 25 x FM
1054 Woodlot, 2 Tree Swallows at the CR X x CR 20 Playa, 1 Tree Swallow at
the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 2 Tree Swallows at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa,
32 Northern Rough-winged Swallows at the CR X x CR 20 Playa, 1 Northern
Rough-winged Swallow at the CR 25 x FM 1054 Playa, 7 Northern Rough-winged
Swallows at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 4 Bank Swallows at the CR X x CR 20
Playa, 1 Bank Swallow at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 1 Cave Swallow at the
CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 1 Yellow-breasted Chat at Tahoka Lake Pasture, 4
Yellow-headed Blackbirds at the CR Y x CR 20 Playa, 1 Common Yellowthroat
at the CR Y x FM 3332 Playa, 2 Common Yellowthroats at Tahoka Lake Pasture,
2 Yellow Warblers at the CR 25 x FM 1054 Woodlot, 1 Yellow Warbler at the
CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 1 Yellow Warbler at the FM 2956 Playa, 1 Yellow
Warbler in Tahoka, 1 WIlson's Warbler in Tahoka , 1 male Black-headed
Grosbeak in Tahoka, and 1 immature Indigo Bunting at Tahoka Lake Pasture.

It was a pretty good day:)

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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