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11/19/18 10:00 am David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC) [texbirds] Old River Christmas Count
11/19/18 8:04 am Petra Hockey <phockey...> [texbirds] Subject: Boat-tailed Grackle (alabamensis) in Port O'Connor and Ibis
11/18/18 4:04 pm <fcndc...> [texbirds] Re: Boat-tailed Grackle (alabamensis) in Port O'Connor and Ibis
11/18/18 3:17 pm Laurie Foss <lauriefoss...> [texbirds] FOS in Burnet County
11/18/18 11:52 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Boat-tailed Grackle (alabamensis) in Port O'Connor and Ibis
11/18/18 11:20 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Attwater Refuge and and nearby areas Friday
11/18/18 10:38 am David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC) [texbirds] Bells Vireo
11/18/18 10:08 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Magic Ridge/Port O'Connor Nov. 15-16
11/18/18 9:28 am David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC) [texbirds] Bells Vireo
11/18/18 7:13 am <fcndc...> [texbirds] Fork-tailed Flycatcher, yes 9 AM
11/17/18 5:25 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] ***UNCHECKED*** RE: Roadside Hawk - November 17th
11/17/18 4:48 pm Erik Breden <erik.breden...> [texbirds] Roadside Hawk - November 17th
11/17/18 2:56 pm Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog...> [texbirds] Lubbock - Guy Park Mexican x Mallard and Common Goldeneye
11/17/18 2:38 pm Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog...> [texbirds] Lubbock - Guy Park Mexican x Mallard and Common Goldeneye
11/17/18 9:58 am John Faber <jrfabertx...> [texbirds] Re: Fork-tailed Flycatcher- Fort Bend County
11/17/18 6:43 am Todd McGrath <skua...> [texbirds] Bell’s Vireo Anahuac - Willows Trail
11/17/18 5:54 am Bradford Lirette <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender lirettb for DMARC) [texbirds] Fork-tailed Flycatcher- Fort Bend County
11/17/18 5:38 am Dan Smith <dan...> [texbirds] Great Horned Owl
11/16/18 3:48 pm <jkestner...> [texbirds] Vultures on the move
11/16/18 2:26 pm Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders...> [texbirds] Tyler State Park 11-16-2018: Purple Finches and LeConte's Sparrow & Bird Tour tomorrow
11/16/18 2:14 pm Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Jackson Calhoun Counties CBC on Thursday, December 27
11/16/18 11:59 am Christian Walker <christian.walker...> [texbirds] Purple Finches, Fannin County
11/16/18 11:04 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Tundra Swan GONE
11/16/18 10:14 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Tundra Swan near Post (Garza Co.)
11/16/18 10:01 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Lesser Black-backed Gull in Lubbock
11/15/18 7:31 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Lesser Black-backed, California Gulls in LUBBOCK
11/14/18 4:59 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith Point hawk watch addendum
11/14/18 4:45 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch today, more kettles, more records and whooping cranes whooping
11/14/18 8:01 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Green Jay
11/13/18 3:54 pm Richard Harman <rharmanintx...> [texbirds] With the cold front - Hooded Mergansers - Bastrop County
11/13/18 12:33 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lubbock Area CBCs - Second Announcement
11/13/18 9:02 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith Point pictures from Wednesday
11/13/18 8:00 am James Hinson <jmhinson...> [texbirds] Houston Purple Finches (11/13)
11/13/18 4:52 am <jkestner...> [texbirds] Jim Wells County on sunday
11/12/18 3:22 pm <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC) [texbirds] Baytown Nature Center Bird Count 11/15/18
11/12/18 2:07 pm Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...> [texbirds] Duck Identification class this Wednesday- 11/14
11/12/18 9:19 am Brent Ortego <brentortego...> [texbirds] Matagorda County - Mad Island Marsh CBC
11/11/18 8:49 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Record setting day at smith point, lots of hawks and eagles
11/10/18 8:33 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Golden and bald eagles and hundreds of broad-wings at dmith point hawk watch
11/9/18 2:50 pm Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders...> [texbirds] Tyler State Park Nov. 8 & 9 and Nov. 10 bird tour
11/9/18 11:44 am Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Varied Thrush - No
11/8/18 6:27 pm Brent Ortego <brentortego...> [texbirds] Help needed for Guadalupe Delta CBC
11/8/18 8:51 am justin.bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Varied Thrush YES
11/8/18 8:00 am Letha Slagle <letha.slagle...> [texbirds] Re: Varied Thrush at the National Butterfly Center in the Valley
11/7/18 8:57 pm Erik Breden <erik.breden...> [texbirds] Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival
11/7/18 8:15 pm Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson...> [texbirds] Black-thtroated Gray Warblers - late report
11/7/18 10:14 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Hawks over west houston
11/7/18 7:13 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: Varied Thrush at the National Butterfly Center in the Valley
11/6/18 7:19 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Re: IH 37 closed before Corpus/Harlingen Bird Festival
11/6/18 4:45 pm Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson...> [texbirds] Re: Juvenile humm - possible Black-chinned / not, its a Ruby
11/6/18 2:38 pm Brent Ortego <brentortego...> [texbirds] New CBC at Lake Proctor
11/6/18 12:24 pm Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson...> [texbirds] Juvenile hummingbird - possible Black-chinned
11/6/18 11:42 am Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...> [texbirds] IH 37 closed before Corpus/Harlingen Bird Festival
11/6/18 11:31 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Varied Thrush at the National Butterfly Center in the Valley
11/6/18 10:47 am Becky Reyes <breyes...> [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
11/6/18 10:46 am Gary Roberts <sgricr76...> [texbirds] Austin Yard Birds
11/6/18 7:01 am Mary Ann Melton <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender mammelton50 for DMARC) [texbirds] Missing Texbird digests
11/5/18 1:02 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith point vulture watch saturday
11/5/18 8:47 am Mark Lockwood <mwlockwood402...> [texbirds] Rio Grande Village - 3 November
11/5/18 5:48 am Paul Randall <paul.ecclesia...> [texbirds] Houston Peregrine Falcon
11/1/18 11:15 am Jane F Tillman <jtillman...> [texbirds] Non-native plants in gardens reduce chickadee reproductive success
10/30/18 4:00 pm <mitch...> [texbirds] 4 Robins, a Waxwing, and a Nuthatch
10/30/18 2:12 pm Becky Reyes <breyes...> [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
10/29/18 12:24 pm Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson...> [texbirds] Eyes to the Skies - Sandhills
10/29/18 11:47 am Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...> [texbirds] Clay Colored Thrush and 62 other species on Santa Gertrudis Division of King Ranch
10/29/18 8:11 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch Saturday; not many migrating birds
10/29/18 7:52 am Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...> [texbirds] Kleb Woods Halloween Bird Walk - 10/31
10/28/18 8:17 pm Christine Turnbull <cbsturnbull...> [texbirds] Western Gull - no
10/28/18 7:48 pm James Hinson <jmhinson...> [texbirds] Houston Red-breasted Nuthatches (10/28)
10/28/18 7:40 pm James Hinson <jmhinson...> [texbirds] Houston Red-breasted Nuthatches (10/18)
10/28/18 5:34 pm Christian Walker <christian.walker...> [texbirds] Sprague's Pipits
10/27/18 5:50 pm Mark Lockwood <mwlockwood402...> [texbirds] Balmorhea Lake - 27 October 2018
10/27/18 2:41 pm Arman <armanmoreno...> [texbirds] Re: Western Gull just flew across to Aransas County
10/27/18 10:08 am Gene Majors <genemajors...> [texbirds] Red-breasted Nuthatch
10/27/18 7:26 am Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC) [texbirds] Western Gull just flew across to Aransas County
10/27/18 7:03 am Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC) [texbirds] S. Padre Island
10/26/18 7:42 pm <mitch...> [texbirds] Re: Western Gull, Port Aransas Jetty
10/26/18 5:19 pm <denniscooke...> [texbirds] Re: Western Gull, Port Aransas Jetty
10/26/18 4:48 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Re: Western Gull, Port Aransas Jetty
10/26/18 7:46 am Joe Dorn <jbdvex...> [texbirds] Re: Chipping Sparrows arrived
10/26/18 7:09 am Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson...> [texbirds] Chipping Sparrows arrived
10/26/18 6:30 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch Pictures
10/25/18 7:11 pm <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC) [texbirds] Old River bhristmas Bird Count 12/29/18
10/25/18 4:54 pm Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Re: Western Gull, Port Aransas Jetty
10/25/18 2:22 pm Andrew M. Orgill <aorgill...> [texbirds] Western Gull, Port Aransas Jetty
10/24/18 8:39 pm Birding Center Naturalist <naturalist...> [texbirds] South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center Fall Out!
10/24/18 9:14 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Fork-tailed Flycatcher YES
10/23/18 9:57 pm Andrew M. Orgill <aorgill...> [texbirds] FTFL-No & SPI Birding
10/23/18 5:38 pm Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Turf Farm Shorebirding - Matagorda County
10/23/18 4:58 pm Ron Weeks <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender ronweeks for DMARC) [texbirds] San Bernard NWR Christmas Bird Count Friday December 14th
10/22/18 2:14 pm Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> [texbirds] FT Fly - Yes
10/22/18 10:48 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Blk.-headed Grosbeak (very local interest)
10/22/18 10:21 am Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...> [texbirds] Re: Blk.-headed Grosbeak (very local interest)
10/22/18 9:53 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Blk.-headed Grosbeak (very local interest)
10/22/18 7:11 am John Ebner <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender john.ebner for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: Amazing vulture and raptor migration in Nueces & Jim Wells Co this am
10/21/18 10:27 pm Noreen Baker <gnbaker92...> [texbirds] Re: Amazing vulture and raptor migration in Nueces & Jim Wells Co this am
10/21/18 2:10 pm Dennis Cooke <denniscooke...> [texbirds] Re: Houston Red-breasted Nuthatch (10/21)
10/21/18 2:05 pm John Arvin <jcarvin43...> [texbirds] Re: Houston Red-breasted Nuthatch (10/21)
10/21/18 10:35 am James Hinson <jmhinson...> [texbirds] Houston Red-breasted Nuthatch (10/21)
10/21/18 10:19 am Tom Langschied <TLangschied...> [texbirds] Amazing vulture and raptor migration in Nueces & Jim Wells Co this am
10/20/18 4:16 pm <jkestner...> [texbirds] Black-billed Cuckoo at Blucher Park
10/20/18 11:51 am Bruce Sherman <brucesherman...> [texbirds] Salineno
10/20/18 10:42 am Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog...> [texbirds] RFI Lubbock Common Poorwill
 
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Date: 11/19/18 10:00 am
From: David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Old River Christmas Count
The Old River CBC is Dec 29, 2019. More details later.

David Hanson

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Date: 11/19/18 8:04 am
From: Petra Hockey <phockey...>
Subject: [texbirds] Subject: Boat-tailed Grackle (alabamensis) in Port O'Connor and Ibis
Texbirders:

The bird I identified as a Boat-tailed Grackle with a pale yellow eye was seen on 26 October at the south jetties , Port Aransas, Nueces County (not Aransas NWR?). While watching the Western Gull it hopped onto the bed of our pick-up truck and vocalized loudly with the typical Boat-tailed calls. It stayed for a while which allowed me to take a pretty good photo through the tinted back window of the truck. It later hopped back down and in the company of several Great-tailed Grackles stood out by the rounded head, blue-green gloss on body feathers and different call notes.

I did initially post it on e-bird with the best photo where it justifiably elicited a “special details needed” response, which I supplied. Boat-tailed Grackles are in general rare in this county and the ebird reviewer suggested I change my sighting to Boat-tailed/Great-tailed instead due to the unprecedented case of a yellow-eyed Boat-tailed and the difficulties an acceptance as pure Boat-tailed would cause in the future reviewing process. Since I didn’t want to cause any such difficulties and did not think a Boat-tailed/Great-tailed identification would do this individual justice I opted to take it off ebird entirely.

Petra Hockey
Port O’Connor, TX





> From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> <mailto:<brushfreeman...>>
> Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2018 13:51:05 -0600
> Subject: [texbirds] Boat-tailed Grackle (alabamensis) in Port O'Connor and Ibis
>
> On the late afternoon of the 15th we had a yellow-eyed BTGR adult male in
> sparkling fresh plumage in direct comparison with a male Great-tailed next
> to it. It may well have been of the subspecies present further east on
> the gulf coast (MS-FL). We had scope views of the animal and its bright
> eyes. Petra Hockey said she also had one at Aransas NWR (?) as well and
> got photos I think (?) The occurrence of these two possibilities may be
> of scattering birds in response to hurricane Mitchell,...Just a guess.
> At Magic Ridge we had dark ibis streaming south along the bay shore. I did
> not try to get an accurate count but estimate at least 600 or so. all seen
> were heading south, I saw none heading north. Petra or the others may have
> a more accurate estimate of birds.
>
> -- Brush Freeman

 

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Date: 11/18/18 4:04 pm
From: <fcndc...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Boat-tailed Grackle (alabamensis) in Port O'Connor and Ibis
I see yellow eyed Boat-tails every few years in the Anahuac and Sabine area. I think they are just a low frequency phenotype in the population in Texas. Although I don’t recall seeing them say 20 years ago but within the last 10 for sure.

Fred Collins
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> On Nov 18, 2018, at 1:51 PM, Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> wrote:
>
> On the late afternoon of the 15th we had a yellow-eyed BTGR adult male in sparkling fresh plumage in direct comparison with a male Great-tailed next to it. It may well have been of the subspecies present further east on the gulf coast (MS-FL). We had scope views of the animal and its bright eyes. Petra Hockey said she also had one at Aransas NWR (?) as well and got photos I think (?) The occurrence of these two possibilities may be of scattering birds in response to hurricane Mitchell,...Just a guess.
>
> At Magic Ridge we had dark ibis streaming south along the bay shore. I did not try to get an accurate count but estimate at least 600 or so. all seen were heading south, I saw none heading north. Petra or the others may have a more accurate estimate of birds.
>
> -- Brush Freeman
> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
>
>
>
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Date: 11/18/18 3:17 pm
From: Laurie Foss <lauriefoss...>
Subject: [texbirds] FOS in Burnet County
Texbirders,
I spent most of my cold day in Spicewood watching my feeders. I was
rewarded with FOS American Goldfinch and Pine Siskin.

Laurie Foss
Spicewood
--
Laurie Foss
Spicewood, TX

 

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Date: 11/18/18 11:52 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Boat-tailed Grackle (alabamensis) in Port O'Connor and Ibis
On the late afternoon of the 15th we had a yellow-eyed BTGR adult male in
sparkling fresh plumage in direct comparison with a male Great-tailed next
to it. It may well have been of the subspecies present further east on
the gulf coast (MS-FL). We had scope views of the animal and its bright
eyes. Petra Hockey said she also had one at Aransas NWR (?) as well and
got photos I think (?) The occurrence of these two possibilities may be
of scattering birds in response to hurricane Mitchell,...Just a guess.

At Magic Ridge we had dark ibis streaming south along the bay shore. I did
not try to get an accurate count but estimate at least 600 or so. all seen
were heading south, I saw none heading north. Petra or the others may have
a more accurate estimate of birds.

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

 

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Date: 11/18/18 11:20 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Attwater Refuge and and nearby areas Friday
Got out to the refuge for sunrise. Did not see any owls along the way. Had
a good list of sparrows but missed quite a few expected birds and not any
more western strays that can be found. The recent west winds did not carry
any of the expected strays.

Best bird of the day was a violet-green swallow with its tufts tufted out
that flew by near the end of the tour loop after it had warmed up a bit.

Generally birds were scarce and scattered. Many long stretches of road did
not have even a single savannah sparrow although the habitat looked good.

Lark sparrows near the office. Two patches with leconte's sparrows. Vesper
sparrows on the tour loop. A single clay-colored sparrow popped up on a
fence on cat spring road.

The path to the water blind had good birds with song, Lincoln's, swamp
sparrows etc. And some of the only white-crowned sparrows of the day.

One flock of western meadowlarks just after the tour loop turned back east
but none singing.

Only one flock of white-fronted geese for the day and just 8 sandhill
cranes calling from a recently mowed field.

Good day for cooper's hawks which were perhaps the commonest hawk. All were
sitting and hunting. Several white-tailed hawks and some red-tailed hawks
including one all dark bird that flew by. Crested caracara were doing well
but almost no vultures about and little road kill to attract them except
for a deer hung up on a fence.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 11/18/18 10:38 am
From: David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Bells Vireo
The Vireo and other birds were just past where the concrete willows trail comes back together continuing West. I pushed them up

David Hanson

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Date: 11/18/18 10:08 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Magic Ridge/Port O'Connor Nov. 15-16
Birded with Ladd and Petra Hockey and my wife Diane Sherrill. Good birds
on the Ridge, Both Black-billed and Yellow-billed Cuckoos, Tenn. Warbler,
4 Blk-throated Greens, Chestnut-sided, Indigo Buntings etc. At the
Hockey's house there was an adult male R-b Grosbeak and a female Summer
Tanager.eating Monarch Butterflies with relish...So much for Monarchs being
distasteful. Elsewhere in town Am. Redstart Magnolia Warbler. Likely
forgetting good stuff. Petra put photos on some of the finds on Ebird and
I will put some of her's on Inat. as I did not take any.photos...... --

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

 

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Date: 11/18/18 9:28 am
From: David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Bells Vireo
Just got a quick look at the Bells Vireo. It’s traveling with Blue Gray Gnatcatchers, Kingsley’s and a Palm Warbler.
David Hanson

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Date: 11/18/18 7:13 am
From: <fcndc...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fork-tailed Flycatcher, yes 9 AM
Beard Rd in Fort Bend County.

Fred Collins
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Date: 11/17/18 5:25 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] ***UNCHECKED*** RE: Roadside Hawk - November 17th
Hi, all,

We, too, saw the bird this morning (along with many others), but later were told that that road is technically off limits and not open to the public, as it's F&W land.

Mary Beth Stowe
Alamo, TX
www.miriameaglemon.com

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From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Erik Breden
Sent: Saturday, November 17, 2018 6:48 PM
To: TexBirds ListServer <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Roadside Hawk - November 17th

TexBirders,

Rex Stanford and I chased the juvenile Roadside Hawk discovered during the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. It was at one of its regular perches, a dead treetop behind the Border Patrol's Horse Barn on the road between the National Butterfly Center and Bentsen Rio Grande State Park in Mission, Texas.

The horse barn is on the south side of this road. As you drive in on the driveway road, park near the garbage dumpster and look for the dead snag at about 10 o'clock (using the nose of the car as 12 o'clock).

We saw it at about 11am. Others had seen it there and also flying around the levee area a little further south throughout the morning.

Just after passing the entrance for the horse barn (going west), the road swings to the left and comes very close to the levee. You can access the road along/below the levee here to explore the area if the bird is not at the horse barn. Please do not go up onto the levee, however, as the Border Patrol will probably come after you. They don't like folks driving "on" the levees.

Photos can be seen at:

www.otterside.com/fall2018/index.htm (scroll down to the bottom)

Enjoy!

Erik Breden
Weslaco, Texas
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Date: 11/17/18 4:48 pm
From: Erik Breden <erik.breden...>
Subject: [texbirds] Roadside Hawk - November 17th
TexBirders,

Rex Stanford and I chased the juvenile Roadside Hawk discovered during
the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival. It was at one of its regular
perches, a dead treetop behind the Border Patrol's Horse Barn on the
road between the National Butterfly Center and Bentsen Rio Grande State
Park in Mission, Texas.

The horse barn is on the south side of this road. As you drive in on the
driveway road, park near the garbage dumpster and look for the dead snag
at about 10 o'clock (using the nose of the car as 12 o'clock).

We saw it at about 11am. Others had seen it there and also flying around
the levee area a little further south throughout the morning.

Just after passing the entrance for the horse barn (going west), the
road swings to the left and comes very close to the levee. You can
access the road along/below the levee here to explore the area if the
bird is not at the horse barn. Please do not go up onto the levee,
however, as the Border Patrol will probably come after you. They don't
like folks driving "on" the levees.

Photos can be seen at:

www.otterside.com/fall2018/index.htm  (scroll down to the bottom)

Enjoy!

Erik Breden
Weslaco, Texas
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Date: 11/17/18 2:56 pm
From: Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lubbock - Guy Park Mexican x Mallard and Common Goldeneye
Small correction: Great-tailed not Long-tailed Grackles! Hahaha! Guess my brain was too cold!

Jennifer Miller
Lubbock, TX

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> On Nov 17, 2018, at 4:36 PM, Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog...> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> I spent a good bit of time at Charles A. Guy Park today finding and watching Peter Keyel’s Mexican Duck. I believe it is a Mexican x Mallard hybrid based on two observations: 1. It’s crown appeared to have some green in it (this stood out from the eyeline and other head colors) and 2. I got lucky and it took a quick bath. When it spread its wings, it had wide white edges on either side of its speculum. I do not have much experience with Mexican Mallards and I may be wrong, but I think the wide white speculum edges in particular points to a hybrid. Helping to rule out a Mottled Duck, there was no visible black on its gape and while its body was darker than the female Mallards, it wasn’t as dark as a Mottled in comparison. I don’t think straight Mexican Ducks have green on their crowns, but I’m not certain about this. I would love feedback from anyone with more experience. I also thought it strange that some of the female Mallards appeared to have a bit of a green hue to their crowns but others did not. I have never noticed this before. Does this happen sometimes? Was it just the light and angle combined with wet heads?
>
> The female Common Goldeneye is also still here. Full list below (I forgot to add the Eurasian-collared Doves and Long-tailed Grackles.)
>
> Guy Park, Lubbock
> Nov 17, 2018
> 2:38 PM
> Traveling
> 0.40 miles
> 99 Minutes
> All birds reported? Yes
> Comments: Overcast with occasional weak sun. Windy with gusts and cold in the mid to low 40’s. Fixed distance from .46
> Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.8.2 Build 15
>
> 100 Cackling Goose
> 20 Canada Goose
> 50 Cackling/Canada Goose
> 9 Northern Shoveler -- Male and female
> 1 Gadwall -- Male
> 30 American Wigeon -- Male and female
> 30 Mallard -- Male and female
> 1 Mallard x Mexican Duck (hybrid) -- Spent a good 30 minutes watching this duck with a handful of good looks. Male. Dark crown with some green extending the length of the crown and down part of the back of the head (interestingly, nearby females also appeared to have some dark green in their crowns), dark eyeline, pale head and neck contrasted with body, bright yellow bill with a black tip, no visible black gape. I have never noticed females having dark green in their crowns before. Maybe it was just the lighting. At times though, the probable hybrid in question even had some iridescence to its crown. Head and neck did appear streaked. Gray streaked chest. Body was darker than nearby female Mallards. Feathers appeared to be dark on the inside with dark caramel edgings. Nearby female mallards had caramel middles, then medium brown, then caramel outer edges. At one point, it took a quick bath and had a purple speculum with wide white borders on either side. While swimming, upper tail was quite dark. Orange legs. This duck was slightly larger than the nearby female mallards and engaged with some courting with one of them. Saw the duck in both weak sun and overcast lighting. Found it in the smaller playa (east side) in the southeast corner where a little open water starts to be visible. Stayed in the grasses and reeds and frequently disappeared into them or was too close to the edge to be seen from the road.
> 7 Northern Pintail -- Male and female
> 16 Green-winged Teal -- Male and female
> 2 Canvasback -- Male and female
> 20 Redhead -- Male and female
> 20 Ring-necked Duck -- Male and female
> 4 Lesser Scaup -- 2 male and 2 female. Don’t get to see these often and especially not close. Bills are fairly small and male bills are almost bluish with black outlines.
> 1 Common Goldeneye -- Small duck riding low on the water. Dark brown sloping head, black bill, yellow eye, mostly gray but gray and white mottled body, white stomach and undertail coverts. Gray was more solid on upper back than sides. I think the white triangle on the top of the bill that I saw was reflection. Got much closer this time and the top of bill and forehead appeared white every time it came up and I saw any of the front of its head. Flared it’s tail widely on each dive. At the north end of the western playa (big one) by the submerged grasses. Not with the Lesser Scaup this time.
> 10 Ruddy Duck -- Male and female
> 8 American Coot
> 1 Great Blue Heron
>
> Number of Taxa: 18
>
> Jennifer
>
> Jennifer Miller
> Lubbock, TX
>
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Date: 11/17/18 2:38 pm
From: Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lubbock - Guy Park Mexican x Mallard and Common Goldeneye
Hi all,

I spent a good bit of time at Charles A. Guy Park today finding and watching Peter Keyel’s Mexican Duck. I believe it is a Mexican x Mallard hybrid based on two observations: 1. It’s crown appeared to have some green in it (this stood out from the eyeline and other head colors) and 2. I got lucky and it took a quick bath. When it spread its wings, it had wide white edges on either side of its speculum. I do not have much experience with Mexican Mallards and I may be wrong, but I think the wide white speculum edges in particular points to a hybrid. Helping to rule out a Mottled Duck, there was no visible black on its gape and while its body was darker than the female Mallards, it wasn’t as dark as a Mottled in comparison. I don’t think straight Mexican Ducks have green on their crowns, but I’m not certain about this. I would love feedback from anyone with more experience. I also thought it strange that some of the female Mallards appeared to have a bit of a green hue to their crowns but others did not. I have never noticed this before. Does this happen sometimes? Was it just the light and angle combined with wet heads?

The female Common Goldeneye is also still here. Full list below (I forgot to add the Eurasian-collared Doves and Long-tailed Grackles.)

Guy Park, Lubbock
Nov 17, 2018
2:38 PM
Traveling
0.40 miles
99 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Overcast with occasional weak sun. Windy with gusts and cold in the mid to low 40’s. Fixed distance from .46
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.8.2 Build 15

100 Cackling Goose
20 Canada Goose
50 Cackling/Canada Goose
9 Northern Shoveler -- Male and female
1 Gadwall -- Male
30 American Wigeon -- Male and female
30 Mallard -- Male and female
1 Mallard x Mexican Duck (hybrid) -- Spent a good 30 minutes watching this duck with a handful of good looks. Male. Dark crown with some green extending the length of the crown and down part of the back of the head (interestingly, nearby females also appeared to have some dark green in their crowns), dark eyeline, pale head and neck contrasted with body, bright yellow bill with a black tip, no visible black gape. I have never noticed females having dark green in their crowns before. Maybe it was just the lighting. At times though, the probable hybrid in question even had some iridescence to its crown. Head and neck did appear streaked. Gray streaked chest. Body was darker than nearby female Mallards. Feathers appeared to be dark on the inside with dark caramel edgings. Nearby female mallards had caramel middles, then medium brown, then caramel outer edges. At one point, it took a quick bath and had a purple speculum with wide white borders on either side. While swimming, upper tail was quite dark. Orange legs. This duck was slightly larger than the nearby female mallards and engaged with some courting with one of them. Saw the duck in both weak sun and overcast lighting. Found it in the smaller playa (east side) in the southeast corner where a little open water starts to be visible. Stayed in the grasses and reeds and frequently disappeared into them or was too close to the edge to be seen from the road.
7 Northern Pintail -- Male and female
16 Green-winged Teal -- Male and female
2 Canvasback -- Male and female
20 Redhead -- Male and female
20 Ring-necked Duck -- Male and female
4 Lesser Scaup -- 2 male and 2 female. Don’t get to see these often and especially not close. Bills are fairly small and male bills are almost bluish with black outlines.
1 Common Goldeneye -- Small duck riding low on the water. Dark brown sloping head, black bill, yellow eye, mostly gray but gray and white mottled body, white stomach and undertail coverts. Gray was more solid on upper back than sides. I think the white triangle on the top of the bill that I saw was reflection. Got much closer this time and the top of bill and forehead appeared white every time it came up and I saw any of the front of its head. Flared it’s tail widely on each dive. At the north end of the western playa (big one) by the submerged grasses. Not with the Lesser Scaup this time.
10 Ruddy Duck -- Male and female
8 American Coot
1 Great Blue Heron

Number of Taxa: 18

Jennifer

Jennifer Miller
Lubbock, TX

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Date: 11/17/18 9:58 am
From: John Faber <jrfabertx...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fork-tailed Flycatcher- Fort Bend County
Fork-tailed flycatcher is still here at original location, offering
wonderful views at it flycatches right from the roadway. Ebird postings
available.

On Sat, Nov 17, 2018 at 7:53 AM Bradford Lirette <
<dmarc-noreply...> wrote:

> Ron Weeks called me with a Fork-tailed Flycatcher in Fort Bend County.
>
>
> Address pin
>
> 11438 Beard Rd
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=11438+Beard+Rd+%0D%0A+Guy,+TX+77444+%0D%0A+United+States&entry=gmail&source=g>
>
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=11438+Beard+Rd+%0D%0A+Guy,+TX+77444+%0D%0A+United+States&entry=gmail&source=g>
>
> Guy, TX
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=11438+Beard+Rd+%0D%0A+Guy,+TX+77444+%0D%0A+United+States&entry=gmail&source=g>
> 77444
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=11438+Beard+Rd+%0D%0A+Guy,+TX+77444+%0D%0A+United+States&entry=gmail&source=g>
>
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=11438+Beard+Rd+%0D%0A+Guy,+TX+77444+%0D%0A+United+States&entry=gmail&source=g>
>
> United States
> <https://maps.google.com/?q=11438+Beard+Rd+%0D%0A+Guy,+TX+77444+%0D%0A+United+States&entry=gmail&source=g>
>
> Brad Lirette
> Pearland, Texas
>

 

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Date: 11/17/18 6:43 am
From: Todd McGrath <skua...>
Subject: [texbirds] Bell’s Vireo Anahuac - Willows Trail
I had a bright Bells Vireo on the Willows Trail about 75 yards in from the Visitors area at Anahuac NWR. The bird was in a mixed flock that included a variety of kinglets and one male Northern Parula. The bird responded with a scolding call when I pished. Bird was seen well, but didnt stay around long enough for photos. The flock moved back away from the trail a bit, but still in the area. Good birding

Todd McGrath
The Woodlands, TX

 

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Date: 11/17/18 5:54 am
From: Bradford Lirette <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender lirettb for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Fork-tailed Flycatcher- Fort Bend County
Ron Weeks called me with a Fork-tailed Flycatcher in Fort Bend County.

Address pin
11438 Beard Rd
Guy, TX 77444
United States

Brad Lirette
Pearland, Texas
 

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Date: 11/17/18 5:38 am
From: Dan Smith <dan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Great Horned Owl
The last two mornings about 1:00 am, I have awakened to the gentle Hoo Hoooo Hoooo Hoooo of a Great Horned Owl. I am in the Brentwood neighborhood near the intersection of Burnet Road and Justin Lane in north central Austin. I have occasionally seen them when out walking in the early evening. It is fascinating how such a fearsome predator can have such a gentle call. And, it is comforting that at least this species and screech owls have adapted so well to urban life. No doubt the GRHOs will contribute to resolving Austin’s Chihuahua problem. ;-)

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Date: 11/16/18 3:48 pm
From: <jkestner...>
Subject: [texbirds] Vultures on the move
Too bad the hawk watch at Hazel Bazemore has wrapped up. On my way from Beeville to Sinton, on Hwys. 181 and 77, I encountered a couple of flocks of Turkey Vultures and Black Vultures flying south. They were not kettling, and looked like they had a purpose in life, a goal to achieve, someplace to be. I counted about 50 TuVu and maybe half that of BlVu.

Adios y buen viaje!

Judy Kestner
Calallen (NW Corpus Christi)
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Date: 11/16/18 2:26 pm
From: Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tyler State Park 11-16-2018: Purple Finches and LeConte's Sparrow & Bird Tour tomorrow
Howdy All!

Lots of birds in the park this week. Scouting for this weekend's bird tour didn't disappoint this morning. Blackjack Nature Trail has been good for Purple Finch, especially in the large ash tree on the south side of the trail. The beaver pond is good for Swamp and Lincoln's Sparrow, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Winter Wren, and the Pileated Woodpeckers are excavating a hole in a snag near the lakeshore trial. A LeConte's Sparrow continues at the brush pile on the emergency spillway near the lake dam. A Bald Eagle made lazy circles over the lake this morning. I'm hoping it will hang around for a while.

If you're in the Tyler area, come on out to the Tyler State Park Bird Tour in the morning, Nov. 17 at 8:15am. We are going to visit the locations mentioned above. Meet at the park's headquarters building and we'll do a little birding.

Here's today's list:

Tyler SP (PPW-E 065), Smith, Texas, US
Nov 16, 2018 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
50 species

Mallard 2
Green-winged Teal (American) 2
Pied-billed Grebe 5
Mourning Dove 2
Great Egret 1
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 7
Cooper's Hawk 1
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
Eastern Phoebe 4
Blue Jay 10
American Crow 4
Carolina Chickadee 6
Tufted Titmouse 5
Red-breasted Nuthatch 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Brown-headed Nuthatch 3
Brown Creeper 3
House Wren 2
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Eastern Bluebird 8
Hermit Thrush 5
American Robin 50
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 8
Purple Finch 1
American Goldfinch 10
Chipping Sparrow 50
Field Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 20
White-throated Sparrow 50
LeConte's Sparrow 1
Song Sparrow 5
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 2
Eastern Towhee 1
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 20
Northern Cardinal 7

Good Birding,

Boyd Sanders
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Tyler State Park
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Date: 11/16/18 2:14 pm
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Jackson Calhoun Counties CBC on Thursday, December 27
Texbirders:

Please consider joining us for the 3rd running of the Jackson Calhoun Counties CBC on Thursday, December 27.

Most sections meet at 6:30am on count day. The circle, centered at Weedhaven just east of Point Comfort, includes the Formosa Tejano Wetlands, Carancuhua and Lavaca Bays, the communities of Point Comfort and Olivia, ALCOA and Calhoun Port Authority as well as tracks of thorn scrub, riparian, ag and ranch lands. This diverse habitat contributed to us tallying 173 species in 2017, despite some very challenging weather conditions. This species total was good enough to rank our CBC 5th in Texas.

We will tally species seen during the day at about 5:30pm and host a catered BBQ meal at the Formosa facility. All counters are invited!

We look forward to another successful count this year and hope that you can join us. If interested, then please contact me at <bird.fried...> We have some new and exciting as well as tried-n-true sections needing your expertise and your energy!

Thanks!
Bob Friedrichs
Palacios
Jackson Calhoun Counties CBC, compiler

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Date: 11/16/18 11:59 am
From: Christian Walker <christian.walker...>
Subject: [texbirds] Purple Finches, Fannin County
Hey there,

I was up in western Fannin county yesterday morning in the cold. Had at least 4 Purple Finches along the creek on CR 4300 east of Whitewright. Check out the checklist.

509–1231 County Road 4300, Whitewright US-TX (33.5000,-96.3495), Fannin, Texas, US
Nov 15, 2018 8:18 AM - 9:28 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.502 mile(s)
Comments: Clear, calm, around 35°. Birded 4300, and 4305
44 species (+2 other taxa)

Canada Goose 10
Ring-necked Duck 3
Greater Roadrunner 1 Sunning in a pasture
Killdeer 31
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 6
Turkey Vulture 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 4
Downy Woodpecker 3
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 4
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
American Crow 11
Carolina Chickadee 9
Tufted Titmouse 1
White-breasted Nuthatch 1
Brown Creeper 2
Carolina Wren 5
Bewick's Wren 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 20
American Robin 150
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 4
European Starling 300
American Pipit 2
Cedar Waxwing 1
Purple Finch 4 May have been more. 3 females seen well. CR 4300
American Goldfinch 6
Chipping Sparrow 1
Field Sparrow 4
Fox Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 30
White-throated Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 2
Swamp Sparrow 2
Western/Eastern Meadowlark 2
Red-winged Blackbird 60
Common Grackle 2
blackbird sp. 440 10x10 count
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 35
Northern Cardinal 16
Christian Walker
Independent Adjuster
Irving, Texas
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Date: 11/16/18 11:04 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tundra Swan GONE
Texbirds,

Well, I probably saved some people from chasing by not posting the exact
location. It flew off due south at 12:42 pm. It would be worthwhile
checking big playas to the south and west in Lynn County. It may choose to
stay on the caprock where there are plenty of playas filled to the brim.

Good luck!

Justin Bosler
currently in Garza County, TX

 

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Date: 11/16/18 10:14 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tundra Swan near Post (Garza Co.)
Texbirds,

I am currently watching the most graceful adult TUNDRA SWAN on a playa near
Post in western Garza County. Please private message me for location
information. I DO NOT want any hunters getting any devious ideas.

Good birding!
Justin Bosler
currently in Garza County, TX

 

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Date: 11/16/18 10:01 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lesser Black-backed Gull in Lubbock
Texbirds,

The adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was present this morning but the
immature California Gull was not, at least not present between 7:00 and
7:20 AM, when most of the gulls had departed for the day. I will check back
this evening after work. I hope this gull roost persists into the winter.
With some turnover, it could produce some otherwise hard-to-come-by larids
for the area.

Happy Gulling while it lasts!

Justin Bosler
currently in Garza County, TX

 

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Date: 11/15/18 7:31 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lesser Black-backed, California Gulls in LUBBOCK
Dear Texbirds,

Amazingly, I happened to arrive back in Lubbock this evening with just
enough light to spy hundreds of gulls roosting on the playa lake at
McAlister Park in west Lubbock. Needless to say, I had to get closer to
investigate with what little light remained.

Much to my surprise, among the 800-900+ Ring-billed Gulls was a basic adult
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a first-winter CALIFORNIA GULL. The former
possibly a first for Lubbock County (at least for eBird). Still, with 2
mega-rare gulls, I was only able to tally 3 larids.

I will be back at first light for photos. I know that the ringbills usually
depart their night roosts early but I hope they'll still be on the water at
7:00-7:30 AM.

Good birding!
Justin Bosler
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Date: 11/14/18 4:59 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point hawk watch addendum
We had another dark phase red-tailed hawk.

And a kettle of great blue herons.

Almost all of the pelicans were out of the area as were the gulls and
terns. The oyster season has started so fresh oysters should be available
at the plant and the shells should start attracting shorebirds to Robbins
Park. Wind and hawks kept the area empty today.

Lots of mud out in front of the tower but no shorebirds all day.

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

 

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Date: 11/14/18 4:45 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch today, more kettles, more records and whooping cranes whooping
Did the smith point hawk watch today after getting a late start due to a
closed interstate and a police action on the round-about route.

Heard odd calls that sounded crane like and Bob spotted 2 adult whooping
cranes whooping it up as they headed across the bay. First ones I have ever
seen away from their usual wintering grounds.

It was a spectacular day at the tower although the change in the wind later
in the pm slowed things down a bit with only 160 turkey vultures in the
last group.

Birds were going by and over almost all day. A slow time would last 2 or 3
minutes.

Had 700 plus broad-winged hawks and a last group of over 250 could have
been new or already counted birds and would have beaten the old record from
Saturday.

Over 1,000 turkey vultures and the 60+? red-tailed hawks also said the
record for any one day count over the years.

A couple of red-shouldered hawks, a peregrine falcon, northern harriers ,
cooper's hawks, sharp-shinned hawks and a couple of kestrels kept things
moving up there.

The usual water birds continued with wood storks, anhingas, white ibis and
white pelicans.

Swallows continued with the bulk seen in large flocks of 500-1,000 birds.
Maybe 7 of these. And there were individual swallows still going by the
tower.

Heard a couple of hermit thrushes and a song sparrow for my first for the
fall. Flocks of goldfinches without any siskins wandering around. Heard a
couple of bluebirds and American pipits.

Walked out to the northwest motte and found 2 spotted towhees in the same
spot where a couple were 4 years ago. Only a couple of yellow-rumped and
orange-crowned warblers. No scissor-tails but a few eastern phoebes.

For the second year in a row the end of the count and the days right after
the end have been spectacular.

It was a little cold on the tower with strong wind but the temperature was
only 37. Good sleet yesterday in Anahuac. Stayed cold all day. Tomorrow may
be colder according to the TV.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 11/14/18 8:01 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Green Jay
We had one north of Concrete in DeWitt Co. (?) this AM fly over 183. A bit
north for one.
--

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Utley & Cedar Park, Texas

 

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Date: 11/13/18 3:54 pm
From: Richard Harman <rharmanintx...>
Subject: [texbirds] With the cold front - Hooded Mergansers - Bastrop County
At least 18 Hooded Mergansers as dusk came on a stock pond between Elgin
and Bastrop off Lower Elgin Rd. Quite a sight!

Richard Harman
Nr Bastrop and Utley, TX

 

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Date: 11/13/18 12:33 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lubbock Area CBCs - Second Announcement
Greetings All:

After three weeks in Australia I thought that I would jump right back
on this horse but a truly nasty flu has taken me out for the last few
days. Better late than never I suppose.

The Lubbock County CBC will be held on Saturday, 15 December 2018.
Teams will gather at 7:30 AM, at sites pre-determined by area leaders,
and we will gather for a countdown/potluck supper at the compiler's
house at 5:00 PM. I would like to have at least 24 counters, 8 of
whom must be willing to be area leaders. So far I have made the
following assignments:

Team One - The Northeast/Ransom Lake - Kathryn Brautigam
Team Two - The V8 Ranch/Buffalo Springs Lake - Liam McGuire
Team Three - City Farms and environs - Anthony Hewetson
Team Four - The South - VACANT
Team Five - The Northwest - VACANT
Team Six - The Canyon Lakes - VACANT
Team Seven - East Lubbock - William Wenthe
Team Eight - West Lubbock - Bobby Schat

The Muleshoe NWR CBC will be held on Sunday, 16 December 2018. We
will gather at the residential area at 7:30 AM, will bird until about
noon, and will then return to the residential area for a
countdown/potluck lunch. I would like to have at least 12 counters, 4
of whom must be willing to be area leaders. So far I have made the
following assignments:

Team One - Paul's Lakes - Anthony Hewetson
Team Two - Goose Lakes and Rim - VACANT
Team Three - Headquarters and White Lakes - Richard Redmond
Team Four - Atop the Rim - VACANT

The White River Lake CBC will be held on Saturday, 29 December 2018.
We will meet at the White River Lake Marina at 7:30 AM, will bird
until close to 5:00, and will then return to a yet to be determined
site in Lubbock for, you guessed it, another countdown/potluck meal.
I would like to have at least 15 counters, 5 of whom must be willing
to be area leaders. So far I have made the following assignments:

Team One - The Great White North - Rich Kostecke
Team Two - The East - Anthony Hewetson
Team Three - The East Side of the Lake - VACANT
Team Four - The West Side of the Lake - VACANT
Team Five - The Southwest - VACANT

If you are interested in participating in one (or more) of these
counts, please let me know as soon as is possible. I can be contacted
via e-mail at <fattonybirds...> or via phone at 806-252-1213.
We have had an interesting year, weather-wise, and any of the three
counts could turn up some really good birds.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock
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Date: 11/13/18 9:02 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point pictures from Wednesday
A great record setting day for the hawk watch. The number of broad-winged
hawks counted was greater than the total for all of November by 2 or 3
times or even more. Several different eagles going by plumage. Red-tailed
hawks were the bird of the day in the area and at the tower and the 24
counted tied the record. If we had been able to mark birds as they went by,
we probably would have had a higher official count.

There were at least 2 dark broad-winged hawks in the area. This bird out by
Robbins Park was a little more speckled than the bird that came by the
tower a couple of times.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397644

This was the tower bird

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397670

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397669

There were light colored birds too. This was on the pole just on the edge
of the wildlife area and could be seen from the tower

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397659

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397661

And had a very white tail

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397663

He came by the tower later and a lighter bird but with a more distinct
belly band perched in the northeast motte.

This bird kited next to the tower.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397673

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397675

this bird headed out over the bay and got more than half way across. About
15 minutes later he was back

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397664

Lots of great action shots in the wind

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397665

In contrast to the broad-wings that were way up there, most of the
red-tails were down low and came right over the tower

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397667

Unlike the smaller hawks they did not actively dive on other birds

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397651

But lots of good looks

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397649

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397648

A few broad-wings were down lower

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397643

An early morning bald eagle was out near Robbins Park and put the feeding
pelicans and cormorants to flight.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397637

It went down out by the shore and I did not see any sign that it caught
anything but there could have been dead fish from the feeding frenzy over
the migrating schools of fish

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397638

An older bird went well out over the bay but came back by the tower later

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397639

And this youngster also head across but came back

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397641

And early morning flock of wood storks went by Robbins Park

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397634

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397633

Double-crested cormorant flocks flew to where the pelicans found the
migrating fish

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397633

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397631

The little group of scissor-tailed flycatchers continued

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397630

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168397629

Ten years ago or even later, numbers of broad-winged hawks at this time of
year would be unheard of. Now there have been numbers even later than this
for 2 years in a row. It will be interesting to see what is behind the
front and if it actually clears out the birds.

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

 

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Date: 11/13/18 8:00 am
From: James Hinson <jmhinson...>
Subject: [texbirds] Houston Purple Finches (11/13)
Just found 1 male and 2 female Purple Finches out in Bear Creek Park at the corner of Brandt and Sullins Way.

Jim Hinson
Houston,Tx.

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Date: 11/13/18 4:52 am
From: <jkestner...>
Subject: [texbirds] Jim Wells County on sunday
On Sunday I birded the area around Sandia, north of Alice in Jim Wells County.

The fields were full of Savannah Sparrows, which is a great contrast to recent years when they have been relatively scarce during our local CBCs. Meadowlarks were also plentiful, along with Cattle Egrets, but no Sandhill Cranes or Black-bellied Whistling Ducks (yet) in the large numbers I've seen out there in the past.

I also had a mystery hawk. It was a large buteo-type bird perched next to the road in a tree. It was all dark, with yellow cere and legs, a spot of white on the throat, and one that was visible between the shoulder blades as it preened. I took my eyes off it for a few seconds and it had disappeared. No white underneath anywhere, and I did not see any stripes on the tail at all.

Looking forward to a good winter birding season, with all the water that has fallen from the skies lately!

Judy Kestner
Calallen (NW Corpus Christi)
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Date: 11/12/18 3:22 pm
From: <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Baytown Nature Center Bird Count 11/15/18

The next Baytown  Nature Center Bird Count is this Thursday morning at 8:00 AM. We will meet in the parking lot behind the entrance building a little before 8:00. As usual the entrance fee is waived for the participants.
David Hanson281-813-2657 cell
 

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Date: 11/12/18 2:07 pm
From: Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] Duck Identification class this Wednesday- 11/14
We are having a duck identification class at Kleb Woods this Wednesday, November 14 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. We will have duck specimens on loan from the Texas A&M Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections. This will be an excellent opportunity to see some identification features up close and directly compare similar species. Ducks are beginning to arrive for the winter, so this is a great time to hone your skills.

As always. we will start Wednesday morning with a bird walk from 8:30 to 11:30 AM. After a break for lunch, the duck program will begin at 1:30 PM.

We hope to see you all there!

Kendra Kocab, Naturalist
Kleb Woods Nature Center
Tomball, TX
281-357-5324

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner
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Date: 11/12/18 9:19 am
From: Brent Ortego <brentortego...>
Subject: [texbirds] Matagorda County - Mad Island Marsh CBC
Monday 17th December

We have been fortunate to be Number 1 in the Nation for over a decade. Bad weather last year provided for poor results. We topped San Diego by only 3 species. We are planning to do much better this year.

Birders who plan to attend that have participated in past years contact your section leader. I will be asking them how many new birders they need after Thanksgiving.

If you have not attended this CBC and would like to join, email me and I will look for a suitable section. I am expecting vacancies in the riparian forest of Selkirk Island and LyondellBasell properties, brushlands of the Old Gulf property, in the vicinity of Matagorda, and the beaches and marshes near the mouth of the Colorado River.

Until I hear from the section leaders, possibly all sections.


Brent Ortego

 

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Date: 11/11/18 8:49 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Record setting day at smith point, lots of hawks and eagles
The north wind brought lots of hawks to smith point with several records
set.

About 900 broad-winged hawks were counted and other groups were not as they
could have been repeat visitors. There are records for 16 years of counts
and the total yesterday was almost triple the number seen on the total of
any of the 16 November days.

Red-tailed hawks tied a November record for any day of official counts.

Birds were in the air all day with no more than 300 broad-wings in sight at
any one time. There were way fewer turkey vultures than expected but
several bald eagles and the first of the season adult? golden eagle kept
things exciting.

There were a couple of dark red-tails and a couple of krider's red-tails
around. One trip out Hawkins camp road in mid morning had a dark and light
red-tail among 20 or so total red-tails on the trip. 2 merlins out there
were not seen at the tower nor were there any peregrine's but the
pugnacious American kestrels continued to bully other birds.

One of the broad-winged hawks had a radio antenna sticking out by the tail.

More cooper's than sharp-shinned hawks. Had an osprey, several swainson's
hawks but only a couple of northern harriers.

There was a substantial fish migration occurring in the bay that was
followed by both white and brown pelicans and large groups of
double-crested cormorants. One of the bald eagles greatly interrupted the
feeding frenzy near Robbins Park early.

The usual waterbirds were seen with a flock of 15 wood storks near the park
early and one bird up with the hawks. A couple of anhingas and only a
couple of white-faced ibis.

Swallows passed by in spurts with most rough-winged but some tree and barn.
A flock of 30 eastern bluebirds gave good views and a few pine siskins were
up with the goldfinch flocks. Surprisingly there were no American robins.
Very few yellow-rumped warblers but had my first of the fall white-throated
sparrow singing.

A vesper sparrow was at the corner where you turn onto Hawkins camp road
during the am. The lingering group of scissor-tailed flycatchers was still
lingering.

The wind kept the land birds down. Probably had a couple of nelson's
sparrow out near robbins park mainly as they were not seaside sparrows but
they could have been one of the other stinkbirds out of habitat.

Last week of the count coming up and the forecast is for good hawk flying
weather but strong winds and freezing temperatures make the tower a cool
place so plan accordingly.

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

 

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Date: 11/10/18 8:33 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Golden and bald eagles and hundreds of broad-wings at dmith point hawk watch
--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
<Josephkennedy36...>

 

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Date: 11/9/18 2:50 pm
From: Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tyler State Park Nov. 8 & 9 and Nov. 10 bird tour
Howdy All!

Winter birds are here. Just like several areas of Texas, we are getting our fair share of Red-breasted Nuthatches all over the park. Yesterday was very productive with a White-crowned Sparrow, unusual for us, hanging out with Song and Lincoln's Sparrows at our spillway. A single LeConte's Sparrow was the highlight of the day. It was also on the dam with the other species.

Today's best was a Purple Finch at the Blackjack Nature Trail.

Come on out and bird with us Nov. 10 at 8:15 am and see what else we can find. Meet at the park headquarters building and we will hop in the park's van and tour the park.

Here's the bird list:

Tyler SP (PPW-E 065), Smith, Texas, US
Nov 8, 2018 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
32 species

Pied-billed Grebe 7
Mourning Dove 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 2
Downy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 5
Eastern Phoebe 2
Blue Jay 6
Carolina Chickadee 9
Tufted Titmouse 5
Red-breasted Nuthatch 3
White-breasted Nuthatch 2
Brown-headed Nuthatch 3
Brown Creeper 6
Carolina Wren 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 1
Hermit Thrush 3
Brown Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
Chipping Sparrow 30
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 10
White-throated Sparrow 4
Song Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 1
Pine Warbler 10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 30
Northern Cardinal 5


Good birding,

Boyd Sanders
Park Interpreter
Tyler State Park
(903)597-5338



 

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Date: 11/9/18 11:44 am
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Varied Thrush - No
The Varied Thrush at the National Butterfly Center was a ‘no show’ this morning (Nov 9). However there was a report and photos (not me) of a Roadside Hawk there this morning.

Good luck to others who chase these great birds.

Bob Friedrichs
Palacios

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Date: 11/8/18 6:27 pm
From: Brent Ortego <brentortego...>
Subject: [texbirds] Help needed for Guadalupe Delta CBC
The Guadalupe River Delta CBC located in Calhoun, Refugio & Victoria Counties at the mouth of this historic river places in the Top 5 CBCs in the Nation each year (210+ species). We lack birders to cover thousands of acres of riparian forest within 4 ranches bordering the Guadalupe or San Antonio Rivers.

The count will be held on Thursday 20 December.

These working ranches have either dirt or gravel roads that traverse most of the habitats. It is expected that birders will spend at least half of their time walking in the woods, rather than just birding from the edge of a vehicle.

Let me know if you can help.

If I don't know you, I need you to answer:

Rate yourself as a birder - above average, average, below average

Are you willing to walk for hours away from your vehicle?

Do you need to be assigned to bird with somebody or can you bird by yourself or with friends that will accompany you.

Hope to hear from you. A map will be provided and general birding guidelines will be provided for each ranch.


Brent Ortego
Victoria, TX

 

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Date: 11/8/18 8:51 am
From: justin.bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Varied Thrush YES

Texbirds,
The female-type Varied Thrush continues this morning at the south most feeding station at the National Butterfly Center in Mission (Hidalgo Co).
Good luck! 
Justin Bosler currently in Edinburg, TX

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Date: 11/8/18 8:00 am
From: Letha Slagle <letha.slagle...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Varied Thrush at the National Butterfly Center in the Valley
Are there any repeat sightings of the varied thrush this morning?

On Wed, Nov 7, 2018, 9:13 AM Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <
<FCollins...> wrote:

> A report on Facebook this morning said that the bird showed sporadically
> throughout yesterday and is present this morning Nov 7.
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> *Fred Collins*, Director
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> Kleb Woods Nature Center
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> 20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
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> 281-357-5324
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> Harris County Precinct 3
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> *Steve Radack Commissioner*
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> *From:* <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> *On
> Behalf Of *Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)
> *Sent:* Tuesday, November 06, 2018 1:31 PM
> *To:* <texbirds...>
> *Subject:* [texbirds] Varied Thrush at the National Butterfly Center in
> the Valley
>
>
>
> Posted moments ago on Facebook “Texas Chase Birds”
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> *Fred Collins*, Director
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> Kleb Woods Nature Center
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> 20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
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> 281-357-5324
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> Harris County Precinct 3
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> *Steve Radack Commissioner*
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Date: 11/7/18 8:57 pm
From: Erik Breden <erik.breden...>
Subject: [texbirds] Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival
TexBirders,

The Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival kicked off today (Wednesday
November 7th). I drove a small group of photographers out to the Martin
Ranch Refuge northwest of McAllen. Lots of Caracaras, and smaller
numbers of Harris's Hawks, Black and Turkey Vultures, and other
non-raptor birds.

Photos are up at:

www.otterside.com/fall2018/index.htm

We had a great time and shot lots of photos.

Enjoy!

Erik Breden
Weslaco, Texas
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Date: 11/7/18 8:15 pm
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson...>
Subject: [texbirds] Black-thtroated Gray Warblers - late report
While looking for butterflies in the valley this past weekend, we had two
Black-throated Gray Warblers at the Old Hidalgo Pumphouse on Sunday,
November 4th. They were in the stream in the back part of the park, along
with several Audubon Warblers, and Orange-crowned Warblers.

Three photos, beginning here:

http://www.bluemelon.com/caramia/recentimages#photo-8151591

Shirley Wilkerson
Kurten, Brazos County

 

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Date: 11/7/18 10:14 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Hawks over west houston
Just spent a little time out watching the robin swarm the bay tree for the
first time this fall. They have not been around until now so new arrivals
or local birds coming back for homeland food.

While out, a good number of hawks were up there. Most were broad-winged
hawks but a cooper's, red-tailed, and turkey vulture too. They were at
different altitudes and appeared to be going up so it may have been a late
liftoff or else there was food around where they spent the night. They
appeared to come from the northeast, circle some and then head southeast.
Most were already way up there but not as high as they often are at the
hawk watch.

Black-throated green, pine and yellow-rumped warblers too. Most feeder
birds still off elsewhere.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 11/7/18 7:13 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Varied Thrush at the National Butterfly Center in the Valley
A report on Facebook this morning said that the bird showed sporadically throughout yesterday and is present this morning Nov 7.


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

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner
www.pct3.com<http://www.pct3.com/>






From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)
Sent: Tuesday, November 06, 2018 1:31 PM
To: <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Varied Thrush at the National Butterfly Center in the Valley

Posted moments ago on Facebook "Texas Chase Birds"

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

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner
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Date: 11/6/18 7:19 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: IH 37 closed before Corpus/Harlingen Bird Festival
It was closed close to Corpus and you couldn’t get across the Nueces River and we were taken on a wild journey through small towns and horrible traffic all over—all southbound traffic was detoured and it took us 6.5 hr to get from San Antonio to Harlingen! The freeway was closed ~8 hrs and reopened at 2 pm, but we were out on the detours at that time! There was no warning beforehand.

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

> On Nov 6, 2018, at 8:46 PM, Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> wrote:
>
> Where is it closed? I looked on drivetexas.org and couldn't see any closure.
> From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> on behalf of Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...>
> Sent: Tuesday, November 6, 2018 1:41:44 PM
> Subject: [texbirds] IH 37 closed before Corpus/Harlingen Bird Festival
>
> IH 37 closed to Corpus and hard to get across river—take you cross country and doesn’t go anywhere
>
> Susan Schaezler
> WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
> 501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
> Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
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Date: 11/6/18 4:45 pm
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Juvenile humm - possible Black-chinned / not, its a Ruby
Several have informed me that it is a Ruby-throated juvenile female. I
forgot Black-chinned have the club-shaped P-10. Several other marks
identified it as well. Thanks everyone for your very insightful help.

Shirley



On Tue, Nov 6, 2018 at 2:23 PM Shirley Wilkerson <
<shirley.wilkerson...> wrote:

> I am guessing this hummingbird has a gray enough cap to be a juvenile
> Black-chinned?
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Date: 11/6/18 2:38 pm
From: Brent Ortego <brentortego...>
Subject: [texbirds] New CBC at Lake Proctor
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is going to start a new CBC at Comanche which includes their facility on Lake Proctor. <Kyle.J.Watter...> 254-879-2424 is the contact.



Brent Ortego
Texas CBC Editor
Victoria, TX

 

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Date: 11/6/18 12:24 pm
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson...>
Subject: [texbirds] Juvenile hummingbird - possible Black-chinned
I am guessing this hummingbird has a gray enough cap to be a juvenile
Black-chinned?

http://www.bluemelon.com/caramia/recentimages#page-0

Shirley Wilkerson
Brazos County
Kurten, TX

 

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Date: 11/6/18 11:42 am
From: Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] IH 37 closed before Corpus/Harlingen Bird Festival
IH 37 closed to Corpus and hard to get across river—take you cross country and doesn’t go anywhere

Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
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Date: 11/6/18 11:31 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Varied Thrush at the National Butterfly Center in the Valley
Posted moments ago on Facebook "Texas Chase Birds"

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

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner
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Date: 11/6/18 10:47 am
From: Becky Reyes <breyes...>
Subject: [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
Hi everyone,
On this morning's bird walk, we spotted all three Kingfishers at North
Pond. The ducks are starting to arrive at South Pond across the street.
The gardens are still active with Buff-bellied Hummingbirds. Below is this
morning's bird list.

Happy Birding!!

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center, Hidalgo, Texas, US
Nov 6, 2018 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
53 species

Blue-winged Teal 3
Northern Shoveler 1
Ruddy Duck 1
Plain Chachalaca 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 100
Inca Dove 2
White-tipped Dove 1
White-winged Dove 1
Mourning Dove 2
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 4
Black-necked Stilt 2
Killdeer 1
Anhinga 4
Neotropic Cormorant 70
Double-crested Cormorant 11
American White Pelican 45
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 6
Tricolored Heron 1
Cattle Egret 1
Green Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 3
Osprey 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Ringed Kingfisher 1
Belted Kingfisher 3
Green Kingfisher 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
Great Kiskadee 5
White-eyed Vireo 1
Warbling Vireo 1
Green Jay 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Black-crested Titmouse 3
House Wren 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Clay-colored Thrush 1
Gray Catbird 1
Curve-billed Thrasher 2
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 7
European Starling 2
Lesser Goldfinch 1
Olive Sparrow 1
Great-tailed Grackle 25
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Wilson's Warbler 3
Northern Cardinal 2
House Sparrow 2

*Becky Reyes*

Naturalist Educator

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center

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Date: 11/6/18 10:46 am
From: Gary Roberts <sgricr76...>
Subject: [texbirds] Austin Yard Birds
AS the fog lifted this am we had a yard full of birds.  Two Red Breasted Nuthatches, Four Inca Dove (Rare now days ), about a dozen Robins along with the usual "neighbors".
Enjoy Birding!
Gary & Gene RobertsNear 183 & MopacAustin, Texas
 

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Date: 11/6/18 7:01 am
From: Mary Ann Melton <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender mammelton50 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Missing Texbird digests
The last digest I received was Digest V7 #282 from October 28th.

I am wondering what happened.

Would someone forward me the missing digests?

Thanks,
Mary Ann Melton
Hutto Texas
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Date: 11/5/18 1:02 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith point vulture watch saturday
Did the smith point hawk watch on Saturday and basically watched vultures
all day. The same group of vultures. In the am they hung out west of the
tower and then after lunch moved to the east where they spent several hours
just hanging out in the south wind and occasionally swirling off a bit but
always back.

It was a very slow day in the area with most of the migrants of recent
weeks gone. A few eastern phoebes and crested flycatchers were on the wires
and sedge wrens and swamp sparrows called. Saw 2 savannah sparrows.

The good birds of the day was a flock of about 600 franklin's gulls that
flew right over the tower apparently coming from Bolivar and heading due
west. Two flocks of pintails and a group of cormorants were moving too.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168363523

Migrant turkey vultures act differently than local birds in big groups.
They are in a formation of sorts

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168363512

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168363513

And not in a swirl like the summer birds looking for road kill

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168363522

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168363514

At one point, it seemed that a lot of the birds coming close to the tower
were young of the year. A good look at the pictures showed that it was the
same bird with a bad toe. Maybe one of the local chicks from the east motte?

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168363519

In any event it shows the brown edgings on the upper feathers, the even
secondary feathers without broken and missing feathers and the still
blackish head although it is showing some red.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168363517

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168363520

The good wind and gusts helped the acrobatics

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168363515

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168363521

More vulture pictures at

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/2018_hawk_watch

There were two hummingbirds present and of course with 2 feeders they did a
lot of fighting especially after they were well fed. One female each
ruby-throated and black-chinned.

3 eastern bluebirds went by the tower and earlier, I had one out Hawkins
camp road. Only 4 semipalmated plovers roosting at Robbins Park

Hawks included a few sharp-shinned and cooper's hawks, a single peregrine
falcon the quickly left and a late in the day swainson's hawk that hung
around. Several broad-winged hawks wandered early and then went to eat or
get out by another route. One or two American kestrels have claimed the
area around the tower and do lots of calling. A good alarm bird when there
are other hawks.

Not much time left and the front for tomorrow has already vanished but the
one toward the end of the week is forecast to be a good one but with lots
of rain after it first goes by. Not good for hawks but there is always hope
that it clears.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 11/5/18 8:47 am
From: Mark Lockwood <mwlockwood402...>
Subject: [texbirds] Rio Grande Village - 3 November
This is a late report, but there is a Least Grebe on the ponds at Daniels
Ranch in Rio Grande Village in Big Bend National Park. While still rare in
the Trans-Pecos, Least Grebes are showing up with increasing frequency and
these ponds are a place where individuals have been found several times.
Highlights of the day included:

Least Grebe - 1
Sora - 4 (Rio Grande Nature Trail wetlands)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 40 (astounding number)
Nashville Warbler - 1

I placed images of the grebe and sapsucker on my Flickr page.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/70194759@N05/


Mark Lockwood
Alpine, Texas

 

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Date: 11/5/18 5:48 am
From: Paul Randall <paul.ecclesia...>
Subject: [texbirds] Houston Peregrine Falcon
Just got a good look at a peregrine falcon near the top of the Huntingdon Tower at San Felipe and Kirby. Perched on the west side of the building about nine windows from the top. I have seen them on this building in previous winters, though not for the last couple years.

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Date: 11/1/18 11:15 am
From: Jane F Tillman <jtillman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Non-native plants in gardens reduce chickadee reproductive success
Hi, Texbirders. I thought some of you may be interested in these two
articles on benefits of native plants over exotics.
Maybe this is not as exciting as Flammulated Owls or Western Gulls, but on
a slow news day, take a look!

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181023130340.htm
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ecologists-have-simple-request-homeownersplant-native-180970655/

The Native Plant Society of Texas recently created and rolled out a Native
Landscapes for Birds class to encourage homeowners to plant natives.
http://public.ntmn.org/archives/event/native-landscape-certification-program-6
The plan is to offer the classes around the state. Before the participant
can take this class, they do have to take a Level 1 class that goes into
depth on the value of native plants to ecosystems and they are exposed to
45 plants that do well in their region. Learn more at
https://npsot.org/wp/nlcp/

Jane Tillman
Austin

 

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Date: 10/30/18 4:00 pm
From: <mitch...>
Subject: [texbirds] 4 Robins, a Waxwing, and a Nuthatch

Stop me if you heard this one... so some Robins, a Waxwing,
and a Nuthatch stop in a tree...

Our big pecan pulled in a sign or three of winter on the horizon
in the last couple days. Yesterday four FOS Robin and one FOS
Waxwing were in it, and a juniper with berries adjacent to yard.
Today a FOS Red-breasted Nuthatch yanked away briefly, enough to get
my attention and for me to see it. Good thing I was out on the porch
putting new line on the whacker. It split when I got back out with
camera. RBNuts are less than annual here, so always a good bird.
Methinks this next front has birds on it.

Mitch Heindel
Utopia

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Date: 10/30/18 2:12 pm
From: Becky Reyes <breyes...>
Subject: [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
Hi everyone, It was a good morning for a bird walk today. The kingfishers
were spotted at North Pond and the grounds were active with many
hummingbirds feeding on the turkscap flowers. Below is this morning's bird
list.
Happy Birding!!

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center, Hidalgo, Texas, US
Oct 30, 2018 8:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
53 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 10
Blue-winged Teal 3
Plain Chachalaca 4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
Inca Dove 2
White-winged Dove 2
Mourning Dove 1
Chimney Swift 5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 5
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 3
Killdeer 1
Anhinga 1
Neotropic Cormorant 8
American White Pelican 30
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 5
Tricolored Heron 1
Green Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 3
Osprey 2
Ringed Kingfisher 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
Eastern Wood-Pewee 1
Great Kiskadee 2
White-eyed Vireo 1
Green Jay 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 5
Barn Swallow 2
Black-crested Titmouse 2
House Wren 3
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Clay-colored Thrush 1
Gray Catbird 2
Curve-billed Thrasher 1
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 5
Lesser Goldfinch 2
Olive Sparrow 3
Altamira Oriole 1
Red-winged Blackbird 14
Great-tailed Grackle 6
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Wilson's Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 2
House Sparrow 2

*Becky Reyes*

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Date: 10/29/18 12:24 pm
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson...>
Subject: [texbirds] Eyes to the Skies - Sandhills
Have had several smaller groups flying over all day -- just now, 4 small
groups in about 5 minutes, each about 25 to 30 per group, with the largest
having about 40.

Shirley and Dan Wilkerson
Kurten

 

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Date: 10/29/18 11:47 am
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...>
Subject: [texbirds] Clay Colored Thrush and 62 other species on Santa Gertrudis Division of King Ranch
We had our first CCTH on Santa Gertrudis in several years, and it was in
the same location! (No, probably not the same bird). Observed 62
additional species, including Ringed Kingfisher.

Complete checklist at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49543018

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

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thinking we were at when we created them." - Albert Einstein

 

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Date: 10/29/18 8:11 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch Saturday; not many migrating birds
Spent the day at Smith Point on Saturday. Started with fog early in the
morning for several hours near the point. Did not see much other than what
was on the road trying to stay dry. Worked the area for a good bit until
the fog started to lift.

Lots of savannah sparrows were in and there were swamp and Lincoln's
sparrows sitting up and calling

Good numbers of sedge wrens too along with marsh wrens out of habitat.
House wrens scolding at most stops

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168328574

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168328573

Eastern phoebes have arrived in good numbers and were arguing over who
owned that bit of fence or tree

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168328572

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168328571

A group of scissor-tailed flycatchers out Hawkins Camp Road had my only
western kingbird for the fall. It was easy to see as the fog and early
sunrise created a halo around the bird

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168328570

A couple of hawks, red-tailed and broad-winged were sitting up and trying
to get dry

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168328577

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168328576

As a result of the damp, hawks did not start moving until after 10 when
vultures and broad-wings started soaring. None appeared to go anywhere and
they wandered around for several hours with the flock gradually growing as
new birds arrived at the point. We sort of picked new flocks by the company
they kept like one group of vultures and broad-wings had 4 swainson's hawks
with it which had not been around previously.

A bald eagle did fly by and a good way out over the bay but then turned
around and came back. A few of the 2 accipiters did pass over along with a
few of other species.

About 2 pm, the vultures and broad-wings started to settle in for the day
with many dropping into the east motte. Some stopped elsewhere for a bit
and then moved to the east motte.

Found a picture of a dark red-tailed hawk that went by with turkey vultures
when they were settling in. Did not see it as a different bird when at the
tower and the picture was not very good. I take lots of vulture pictures to
try and find wing tags on the migrants. They are doing some at hawk
mountain and in Saskatchewan to see who goes way down to the amazon.

A kestrel got very upset with a perched cooper's hawk but the hawk stayed
put and ignored the kestrel.

Had wood storks, white pelicans, white-fronted and snow geese with some
sandhill cranes for other big birds up there. Still a fair swallow stream
by and in front of the tower with rough-winged the dominant bird with some
tree and barn too. A large flock of tree swallows apparently spent the
night at the sewage pond but left a bit after sunrise after sitting on the
wires for a bit of talking.

A front is due in the area mid-week which can provide momentum for hawks to
reach the tower. As well as other migrants with possible strays with the
on/off westerly winds.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 10/29/18 7:52 am
From: Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] Kleb Woods Halloween Bird Walk - 10/31
Our annual Halloween bird walk at Kleb Woods is this Wednesday from 8:30 to 11:30 AM. The walk actually falls on October 31 this year, and it is sure to be frighteningly fun! Victims participants must identify birds using their Halloween names instead of their common names. If a participant is heard using the incorrect name, they must draw a jellybean from Kendra's trick or treat bag. Some jellybeans are tasty treats, while others are nasty tricks. Since every jellybean color has both a good and a bad flavor, there is no way to know what one will taste like until it is too late!

I am attaching images of the front and back of the bird list, so you can practice beforehand. If you can't see them and would like a copy emailed to you, let me know!

Kendra Kocab, Naturalist
Kleb Woods Nature Center
Tomball, TX
281-357-5324

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Date: 10/28/18 8:17 pm
From: Christine Turnbull <cbsturnbull...>
Subject: [texbirds] Western Gull - no
Just an FYI - A group spent the day near the Port Aransas Jetty, communicating with someone searching on the north side of the jetty and periodically driving south checking. No positive reports for the Western Gull from those of us there today.
Christine Turnbull

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Date: 10/28/18 7:48 pm
From: James Hinson <jmhinson...>
Subject: [texbirds] Houston Red-breasted Nuthatches (10/28)
Drew Dickert and I were able to locate 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches this morning out in Bear Creek Park. Check the area between and around Restrooms #10 and the southside of Restroom #12. Look's like Red-headed Woodpecker's might spend the winter this year. No sign of Greater Pewee.

Jim Hinson
Houston,Tx.
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Date: 10/28/18 7:40 pm
From: James Hinson <jmhinson...>
Subject: [texbirds] Houston Red-breasted Nuthatches (10/18)
Jim Hinson
Houston,Tx.
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Date: 10/28/18 5:34 pm
From: Christian Walker <christian.walker...>
Subject: [texbirds] Sprague's Pipits
Hey,

I had 3 different observations of Sprague’s Pipits the past couple of days, two flying over together in Troy TX, one in Fredericksburg, and 1 more in south Gillespie County on the way to San Antonio.

If you know their distinctive flight call, late October/early November are usually good days to find them anywhere in the center part of the state. And then again in March when they’re on their way back north.




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Irving, Texas
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Date: 10/27/18 5:50 pm
From: Mark Lockwood <mwlockwood402...>
Subject: [texbirds] Balmorhea Lake - 27 October 2018
I birdied around Balmorhea Lake today. The lake is coming up after being
very low earlier in the fall. The unexpected October rains and the end of
the irrigation season certainly contributes to the change. The best birds
of the day was an apparent California Gull and a Black-bellied Plover.
There were hundreds of dabbling ducks on the lake. Highlights included

Snow Goose - 5
Ross's Goose - 1
American White Pelican - 16
American Avocet - 1
Black-bellied Plover - 1
Franklin's Gull - 5
California Gull - 1

I have placed images of the plover and gulls on my Flickr page for those
interested.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/70194759@N05/



Mark Lockwood

Alpine, Texas

 

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Date: 10/27/18 2:41 pm
From: Arman <armanmoreno...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Western Gull just flew across to Aransas County
Western Gull finally showed back up at 4:25pm, same location near base of the South Jetty in Port Aransas.

Arman Moreno

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> On Oct 27, 2018, at 9:25 AM, Berner Family (Redacted sender "jcazberner" for DMARC) <dmarc-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Texbirders:
> At 9:17AM the Western Gull flew out of the pond at the base of the Port A Jetty (Nueces Co.) It flew across the channel over the breakwater heading for the beach in Aransas County visible a few hundred yards away (St. Joseph’s Island?)
>
> John Berner
> Aransas Pass
>
>
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Date: 10/27/18 10:08 am
From: Gene Majors <genemajors...>
Subject: [texbirds] Red-breasted Nuthatch
Heard yesterday morning and seen this morning at 11:45 am coming head first down the trunk of a nearby live oak tree.

Gene Majors
San Marcos

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Date: 10/27/18 7:26 am
From: Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Western Gull just flew across to Aransas County
Texbirders:At 9:17AM the Western Gull flew out of the pond at the base of the Port A Jetty (Nueces Co.) It flew across the channel over the breakwater heading for the beach in Aransas County visible a few hundred yards away (St. Joseph’s Island?)
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Date: 10/27/18 7:03 am
From: Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] S. Padre Island
Yesterday, Friday Oct. 26, 2018 we birded South Padre Island and came came up with a bird list of 61 species and two alligators.
Birds were basically resident and migratory birds. Nothing out of the ordinary.

On the way to the island, we tried to locate the fork-tailed flycatcher but did not succeed. We did see many scissor-tailed birds though.

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Date: 10/26/18 7:42 pm
From: <mitch...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Western Gull, Port Aransas Jetty

Just wanted to comment on the tameness of the Western Gull regarding
people
and traffic... It could be from L.A. If you drive by it and fire a
couple
shots and it doesn't flush, it probably is...

Mitch Heindel
Utopia


On 2018-10-25 16:54, Bob Friedrichs wrote:
it was not
> at all concerned about the fishermen on the jetties or cars driving
> back and forth.
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Date: 10/26/18 5:19 pm
From: <denniscooke...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Western Gull, Port Aransas Jetty
Justin,


A few of us had the same experience early this morning with the western flying south down the beach about 200 yards and sitting on the beach.

Came back pretty quick though. Surprising how much traffic this bird tolerated this morning and comfortable too.


Dennis Cooke









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From: Justin Bosler
Sent: ‎Friday‎, ‎October‎ ‎26‎, ‎2018 ‎6‎:‎47‎ ‎PM
To: Texbirds





Texbirds,



I just spent the afternoon with the WESTERN GULL and company. It's a very accommodating bird as long as people aren't intentionally flushing the birds around, which happens fairly frequently.




The good news is that it seems comfortable there, always returning to the tidal pool by the base of the jetty. I just set up shop there for about 3 hours. When it did fly off it went just a short ways south on the beach, and never going beyond the pier.




A great diversity of larids visits the tidal pool throughout the day, with at least 6 Lesser black-backed Gulls and no less than two dozen Herring Gulls. Two surprise birds were a BARN OWL riding a tanker ship and a unhealthy juvenile Baird's Sandpiper arriving late to the pool.




Good luck chasing!

Justin Bosler

currently in Calallen, TX



On Thu, Oct 25, 2018, 6:54 PM Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> wrote:


Andrew,

Awesome bird!!!! And very cooperative as you say. Thanks for finding and reporting!

When I was there it was really working over a Gafftop Catfish carcass near the lagoon and aggressively defending its meal from HEGUs. Then it took a bath and preened. Like the other Gulls and Terns it was not at all concerned about the fishermen on the jetties or cars driving back and forth. Still present at 6:45pm.

Bob Friedrichs
Palacios

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> On Oct 25, 2018, at 4:21 PM, Andrew M. Orgill <aorgill...> wrote:
>
> Just before 1:00 today, I found an interesting 2cy gull at the Port Aransas South Jetty. Extensively photographed and Martin Reid and Willie Sekula agree it is a Western Gull. The bird did not seem terrible skittish and seems totally chase-able. Will upload photos to ebird and Texbirds Facebook group tonight.
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Date: 10/26/18 4:48 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Western Gull, Port Aransas Jetty
Texbirds,

I just spent the afternoon with the WESTERN GULL and company. It's a very
accommodating bird as long as people aren't intentionally flushing the
birds around, which happens fairly frequently.

The good news is that it seems comfortable there, always returning to the
tidal pool by the base of the jetty. I just set up shop there for about 3
hours. When it did fly off it went just a short ways south on the beach,
and never going beyond the pier.

A great diversity of larids visits the tidal pool throughout the day, with
at least 6 Lesser black-backed Gulls and no less than two dozen Herring
Gulls. Two surprise birds were a BARN OWL riding a tanker ship and a
unhealthy juvenile Baird's Sandpiper arriving late to the pool.

Good luck chasing!
Justin Bosler
currently in Calallen, TX

On Thu, Oct 25, 2018, 6:54 PM Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> wrote:

> Andrew,
>
> Awesome bird!!!! And very cooperative as you say. Thanks for finding and
> reporting!
>
> When I was there it was really working over a Gafftop Catfish carcass near
> the lagoon and aggressively defending its meal from HEGUs. Then it took a
> bath and preened. Like the other Gulls and Terns it was not at all
> concerned about the fishermen on the jetties or cars driving back and
> forth. Still present at 6:45pm.
>
> Bob Friedrichs
> Palacios
>
> Sent from Bob's iPhone
>
> > On Oct 25, 2018, at 4:21 PM, Andrew M. Orgill <aorgill...>
> wrote:
> >
> > Just before 1:00 today, I found an interesting 2cy gull at the Port
> Aransas South Jetty. Extensively photographed and Martin Reid and Willie
> Sekula agree it is a Western Gull. The bird did not seem terrible skittish
> and seems totally chase-able. Will upload photos to ebird and Texbirds
> Facebook group tonight.
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Date: 10/26/18 7:46 am
From: Joe Dorn <jbdvex...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Chipping Sparrows arrived
We had our first Chipper and a White Throat two days ago. We are surrounded by Belton but still country…





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Sent: Friday, October 26, 2018 09:09
To: <brazosaudubon...>; texbirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Chipping Sparrows arrived



First of season at my feeders this morning.



Shirley Wilkerson

Kurten, Brazos County


 

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Date: 10/26/18 7:09 am
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson...>
Subject: [texbirds] Chipping Sparrows arrived
First of season at my feeders this morning.

Shirley Wilkerson
Kurten, Brazos County

 

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Date: 10/26/18 6:30 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch Pictures
Did the hawk watch on Sunday at Smith point and have added a few pictures
from previous trips to the tower.

Sunday was an odd day. I got down to the area at sunrise and looked for
hawks out Hawkins Camp Road and nuthatches in the town pine trees. Got good
looks at the peacocks with the males now having 10 inch tails.

Did not find any migrant hawks and got to the tower about 8:30 with good
numbers of broad-winged hawks in the air well before the normal lift off
time. They were joined by some turkey vultures and swainson's hawks along
with both accipiters. Merlin, osprey, wood stork and white pelicans added
to the mix.

The flight pattern was odd. One kettle of about 190 broad-wings came in
normally from the northeast but other birds seemed to be coming down
trinity bay, trying to cross and then moving back toward the tower and away
from the water. Then they headed back to the west.

Tried to follow them about 10:30 to see if they were crossing out there and
again did not see hawks. Back at the tower the hawks had vanished for the
day but singles and little groups were still up there. Had over 1,000
broad-wings for the day which would have been very unusual for the time of
the month not very long ago.

The trip out Hawkins Camp did have a big bird that seemed to be migrating
east.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168306182

A single wood stork made several passes over the tower. The bird had a
serious accident with its primary wing feathers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168306188

The gusty winds affected the flight mode of this swainson's hawk

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168306183

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168306184

A cooper's hawk was feeding along Hawkins Camp Road

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168306177

Several magnificent frigatebirds were on their perches out toward Robbins
park but none were seen from the tower during the day

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168306172

white pelicans

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168306168

and anhingas are still moving through

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168306167

A bald eagle caught up with migrating turkey vultures and caught the
attention of the vulture

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168306164

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168306165

Merlins are often perched on tree stubs or power lines in the area

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168306157

The scissor-tailed flycatcher migration and concentration at smith point is
one of the great shows later in the hawk watch

Adults are brightly colored and have really long tails

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168306160

But the young of the year birds are much plainer

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168306163

Lots more hawk watch pictures at

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/2018_hawk_watch

Some of the best birds of the season may still be coming through over the
next few weeks. Smaller numbers but hopefully better quality.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 10/25/18 7:11 pm
From: <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Old River bhristmas Bird Count 12/29/18
Chuck, Stuart, Paul and I have looked at the CBC's in our area and have decided that 12/29/18 will be the day for the Old River Christmas Bird Count for 2018.That date is a Saturday which brings up a problem with the count down dinner. I don't believe there is any way we can do it at Iguana Joe's with the crowds. We will figure something out between now and then and will send that out.

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Date: 10/25/18 4:54 pm
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Western Gull, Port Aransas Jetty
Andrew,

Awesome bird!!!! And very cooperative as you say. Thanks for finding and reporting!

When I was there it was really working over a Gafftop Catfish carcass near the lagoon and aggressively defending its meal from HEGUs. Then it took a bath and preened. Like the other Gulls and Terns it was not at all concerned about the fishermen on the jetties or cars driving back and forth. Still present at 6:45pm.

Bob Friedrichs
Palacios

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> On Oct 25, 2018, at 4:21 PM, Andrew M. Orgill <aorgill...> wrote:
>
> Just before 1:00 today, I found an interesting 2cy gull at the Port Aransas South Jetty. Extensively photographed and Martin Reid and Willie Sekula agree it is a Western Gull. The bird did not seem terrible skittish and seems totally chase-able. Will upload photos to ebird and Texbirds Facebook group tonight.
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Date: 10/25/18 2:22 pm
From: Andrew M. Orgill <aorgill...>
Subject: [texbirds] Western Gull, Port Aransas Jetty
Just before 1:00 today, I found an interesting 2cy gull at the Port
Aransas South Jetty. Extensively photographed and Martin Reid and
Willie Sekula agree it is a Western Gull. The bird did not seem
terrible skittish and seems totally chase-able. Will upload photos to
ebird and Texbirds Facebook group tonight.

 

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Date: 10/24/18 8:39 pm
From: Birding Center Naturalist <naturalist...>
Subject: [texbirds] South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center Fall Out!
Hello Texbirders,

The yesterday 10/23 and today 10/24 have been incredible. Birds fell out
all over South Padre Island with the cold front and were everywhere you
looked. I had to watch my step a couple of times and even had to step on
the brakes when i was pulling into the SPI Birding & Nature Center this
morning because birds were literally all over the driveway. All types of
warblers have been feeding down on the lawn looking for cold bugs along
with buntings, grosbeaks, and thrushes. I spent most of my day birding at
the SPI Birding & Nature Center and had some of the best birding i've had
there!

A memorable and beautiful scene was a field of of flowering yellow Seaside
Goldenrod and purple Texas Palafoxia mixed with Coastal Bluestem that was
full of birds. Indigo Buntings, some Painted Buntings, lots of Common
Yellowthroats, some Tennessee Warblers, a Bay-breasted Warbler and a Palm
Warbler all feeding in the field and picking bugs and seeds and sharing the
flowers with Monarch butterflies.
It was a sight that painted a gorgeous fall STX coastal scenery.

Highlights from the SPI Birding & Nature Center:

-20 warbler species - large numbers of Common Yellowthroats, American
Redstarts, and Magnolia Warblers. Also of note - Pine, Blackburnian, Palm,
Bay-breasted, Blue-winged

-Some northern birds - Brown Thrasher, White-throated Sparrow

-Lots of buntings - Indigo and Painted.

-5 Vireo species - Red-eyed, Philadelphia, Yellow-throated, White-eyed,
Blue-headed

-Thrushes - Catbirds, Swainson's, Wood Thrush

I tallied 90 bird species between the two days. Such amazing birding and i
enjoyed every second. The birds didn't seem excessively tired and all
seemed well.

Best of fall birding,
Javi Gonzalez
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Date: 10/24/18 9:14 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fork-tailed Flycatcher YES
Casey Weissburg reports the FTFL at the same location this morning.
Observed in both the fallow field to the east and grassy pasture to the
west.

Good birding!
Justin Bosler
currently in Wilson, TX

 

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Date: 10/23/18 9:57 pm
From: Andrew M. Orgill <aorgill...>
Subject: [texbirds] FTFL-No & SPI Birding
Made a trip down to South Padre Island after lunch today. Tried on the
way for the Fork-tailed Flycatcher on Circle X Road in Rio Hondo.
Several other people were there and had been waiting for quite some
time. While I was there only 2 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers were
present, so I guess it's possible the large group including the FTFL
has moved on. Did have a nice adult White-tailed Kite perched on the
utility line though! Checked every STFL between there and Port Isabel
with no luck, but Scissor-taileds were abundant.
Birded the Valley Fund Lots and the Convention Center on SPI and ended
up with 17 warbler species including: Ovenbird (2), Worm-eating
Warbler (1), Northern Waterthrush (2), Black-and-white Warbler (6),
Tennessee Warbler (4), Nashville Warbler (1), Common Yellowthroat
(11), Hooded Warbler (4), American Redstart (24), Northern Parula (1),
Magnolia Warbler (10), Bay-breasted Warbler (1), Blackburnian Warbler
(2), Palm Warbler (1), Yellow-throated Warbler (1), Black-throated
Green Warbler (5), and Wilson's Warbler (3). Had 2 tanager species:
Summer (2) and Scarlet (1). Rose-breasted Grosbeak (3). Buntings were
abundant: counted 39 Indigo Buntings in total but likely many more and
picked out at least 2 female-type Painted Buntings. No luck making
anything into a Lazuli. White-eyed, Red-eyed, and Philadelphia Vireos
were all represented but I know others saw Yellow-throated as well. A
Wood Thrush was enjoying the drip. A cooperative Yellow-billed Cuckoo
perched along the boardwalk and an Eastern Whip-poor-will flushed from
a dense patch within the parking circle and glided over towards the
Birding and Nature Center. Also had my first of fall American Wigeon.
Eastern Wood-Pewees were around in good numbers and the Gray
Flycatcher first seen this morning by Dan Jones showed well at the
Valley Fund Lots.
Definitely one of the best fall migration days I have ever seen.
Andrew OrgillCorpus Christi TX

 

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Date: 10/23/18 5:38 pm
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Turf Farm Shorebirding - Matagorda County
The heavy rains this morning created some nice shorebird habitat at a
couple of the MatCo turf farms. There were over 1000 of the more expected
shorebirds between the Saha (Bieri Rd) and Hanson (CRC383) Turf Farms. The
more interesting birds included:

Saha Turf - Buff-breasted Sandpipers (3) and American Golden-Plover (1)
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49406755

Hanson Turf - Sprague's Pipit (my FoF)
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49407723

Good birding!
Bob Friedrichs
Palacios

 

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Date: 10/23/18 4:58 pm
From: Ron Weeks <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender ronweeks for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] San Bernard NWR Christmas Bird Count Friday December 14th
TexBirders,
This year the San Bernard NWR CBC will be on Friday, December 14th.  Details follow and can be also be found on the Houston Audubon website.  We meet the morning of the count at 6:30AM at the refuge headquarters on CR306.
Ron WeeksLake Jackson
San Bernard NWR (TXSB)This unique count provides opportunities to bird areas of the refuge not normally open to the public, including the Bludworth tract along Cocklebur Slough and the nearby McNeill tract which boasts the official state champion Live Oak. Also open for counters is the state's Nannie Stringfellow Wildlife Management Area. We have rail buggy slots open for those hoping to see Yellow and possibly even Black Rails. We will have our historic chefs, Ron Bisbee and Marty Cornell, heading up the team cooking the famous countdown dinner of seafood gumbo! Although this count still provides the small count atmosphere, it has plenty of big count diversity with 190 or more species most years. Contact the co-compilers Ron Weeks (<ronweeks...> or phone evenings 979-299-0066) and Jennifer Wilson (<jennifer_wilson...> or phone daytime 979-964-4011) to sign up.
 

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Date: 10/22/18 2:14 pm
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] FT Fly - Yes
The Fork-tailed Flycatcher is still present in the usual spot at 4 pm this afternoon.

Bob Friedrichs
Palacios

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Date: 10/22/18 10:48 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Blk.-headed Grosbeak (very local interest)
Hope it sticks around too...I don't think I've seen one in Wilco before but
maybe.

On Mon, Oct 22, 2018 at 12:21 PM Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <
<warblerwoods...> wrote:

> Tell them to come here—they stayed during the winter for several years at
> Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary! One stayed until May one year—I think first
> seen Oct/Nov
>
> Susan Schaezler
> WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
> 501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
> Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
> Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS
>
> On Oct 22, 2018, at 11:52 AM, Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
> wrote:
>
> Nice male on North Brushy Creek trail between ACC and Cap-metro Station in
> Leander. Lots of sparrows and finches also. Elsewhere this AM, 3 early
> Cedar Waxwings and a R-s Flicker.
>
> --
>
> Brush Freeman
> <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
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Date: 10/22/18 10:21 am
From: Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Blk.-headed Grosbeak (very local interest)
Tell them to come here—they stayed during the winter for several years at Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary! One stayed until May one year—I think first seen Oct/Nov

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

> On Oct 22, 2018, at 11:52 AM, Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> wrote:
>
> Nice male on North Brushy Creek trail between ACC and Cap-metro Station in Leander. Lots of sparrows and finches also. Elsewhere this AM, 3 early Cedar Waxwings and a R-s Flicker.
>
> --
>
> Brush Freeman
> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
>
>
>

 

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Date: 10/22/18 9:53 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Blk.-headed Grosbeak (very local interest)
Nice male on North Brushy Creek trail between ACC and Cap-metro Station in
Leander. Lots of sparrows and finches also. Elsewhere this AM, 3 early
Cedar Waxwings and a R-s Flicker.

--

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Utley & Cedar Park, Texas

 

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Date: 10/22/18 7:11 am
From: John Ebner <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender john.ebner for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Amazing vulture and raptor migration in Nueces & Jim Wells Co this am
We were driving from Mission to Corpus yesterday and noticed the same thing. Fifteen to twenty kettles (some as large as 100 but probably more above the low ceiling). Total of about 1500 to 1700, mostly Broadwings and Swainsons.
John Ebner
Mission ( currently in Orlando, FL)

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On Oct 22, 2018, at 1:26 AM, Noreen Baker <gnbaker92...> wrote:

Same here in Austin. I had numerous migrants this afternoon over the yard. Between about 2:30 and 6 pm, I had right at 1000 Turkey Vultures including one large stream of 852 birds. Other migrants included Swainson's and Sharp-shinned Hawks, American Kestrels, Sandhill Cranes, American White Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorants, and one Anhinga. It was a good day to not be at work!

Noreen Baker
Austin (Oak Hill), TX

> On Sun, Oct 21, 2018 at 12:19 PM Tom Langschied <TLangschied...> wrote:
>
>
> TexBirders,
> After I left Kingsville earlier this am and heading to Lake Findley near Alice (Jim Wells Co) I stopped numerous times along the way to scan the many kettles (hundreds of birds total) of Turkey Vultures plus a scattering of Swainsons, Broad-winged, Coopers & Sharp-shinned Hawks. Unfortunately Lake Findley is closed because of flooding but I’m here currently watching at the gate and more mixed kettles are passing over including about 50 Greater White-fronted Geese. Pretty amazing morning for me, just wish the park was open.
>
> Good birding,
> Tom Langschied
> Currently north of Alice
>
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Date: 10/21/18 10:27 pm
From: Noreen Baker <gnbaker92...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Amazing vulture and raptor migration in Nueces & Jim Wells Co this am
Same here in Austin. I had numerous migrants this afternoon over the yard.
Between about 2:30 and 6 pm, I had right at 1000 Turkey Vultures including
one large stream of 852 birds. Other migrants included Swainson's and
Sharp-shinned Hawks, American Kestrels, Sandhill Cranes, American White
Pelicans, Double-crested Cormorants, and one Anhinga. It was a good day to
not be at work!

Noreen Baker
Austin (Oak Hill), TX

On Sun, Oct 21, 2018 at 12:19 PM Tom Langschied <TLangschied...>
wrote:

>
>
> TexBirders,
> After I left Kingsville earlier this am and heading to Lake Findley near
> Alice (Jim Wells Co) I stopped numerous times along the way to scan the
> many kettles (hundreds of birds total) of Turkey Vultures plus a scattering
> of Swainsons, Broad-winged, Coopers & Sharp-shinned Hawks. Unfortunately
> Lake Findley is closed because of flooding but I’m here currently watching
> at the gate and more mixed kettles are passing over including about 50
> Greater White-fronted Geese. Pretty amazing morning for me, just wish the
> park was open.
>
> Good birding,
> Tom Langschied
> Currently north of Alice
>
>
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Date: 10/21/18 2:10 pm
From: Dennis Cooke <denniscooke...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Houston Red-breasted Nuthatch (10/21)
Interesting. I have birded heavily in Galveston County the last 5 years and just had the first red-breasted nuthatch for Galveston County in Lafitte Cove this morning, finally!


Dennis Cooke
Dickinson, Tx


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From: John Arvin
Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2018 4:05 PM
To: <jmhinson...>
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Subject: [texbirds] Re: Houston Red-breasted Nuthatch (10/21)

'This is a major flight year for Red-breasted Nuthatch throughout the eastern U.S,

On Sun, Oct 21, 2018 at 12:35 PM James Hinson <jmhinson...> wrote:
Found a female Red-breasted Nuthatch this morning out in Bear Creek Park in the area between Restroom #9 and Restroom #12. Also saw a flycatcher of some sort on the south side of Restroom #9. Couldn't ID it. Only saw it briefly, and was prevented from getting better looks as there was much water between me and the bird. It was on the larger side, bigger than empid, olive in color.  Looked to be a pewee.

Jim Hinson
Houston, Tx.
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Date: 10/21/18 2:05 pm
From: John Arvin <jcarvin43...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Houston Red-breasted Nuthatch (10/21)
'This is a major flight year for Red-breasted Nuthatch throughout the
eastern U.S,

On Sun, Oct 21, 2018 at 12:35 PM James Hinson <jmhinson...> wrote:

> Found a female Red-breasted Nuthatch this morning out in Bear Creek Park
> in the area between Restroom #9 and Restroom #12. Also saw a flycatcher of
> some sort on the south side of Restroom #9. Couldn't ID it. Only saw it
> briefly, and was prevented from getting better looks as there was much
> water between me and the bird. It was on the larger side, bigger than
> empid, olive in color. Looked to be a pewee.
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Date: 10/21/18 10:35 am
From: James Hinson <jmhinson...>
Subject: [texbirds] Houston Red-breasted Nuthatch (10/21)
Found a female Red-breasted Nuthatch this morning out in Bear Creek Park in the area between Restroom #9 and Restroom #12. Also saw a flycatcher of some sort on the south side of Restroom #9. Couldn't ID it. Only saw it briefly, and was prevented from getting better looks as there was much water between me and the bird. It was on the larger side, bigger than empid, olive in color. Looked to be a pewee.

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Houston, Tx.
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Date: 10/21/18 10:19 am
From: Tom Langschied <TLangschied...>
Subject: [texbirds] Amazing vulture and raptor migration in Nueces & Jim Wells Co this am


TexBirders,
After I left Kingsville earlier this am and heading to Lake Findley near Alice (Jim Wells Co) I stopped numerous times along the way to scan the many kettles (hundreds of birds total) of Turkey Vultures plus a scattering of Swainsons, Broad-winged, Coopers & Sharp-shinned Hawks. Unfortunately Lake Findley is closed because of flooding but I’m here currently watching at the gate and more mixed kettles are passing over including about 50 Greater White-fronted Geese. Pretty amazing morning for me, just wish the park was open.

Good birding,
Tom Langschied
Currently north of Alice



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Date: 10/20/18 4:16 pm
From: <jkestner...>
Subject: [texbirds] Black-billed Cuckoo at Blucher Park
Ana Novak and I birded Blucher Park this afternoon, and among the throngs of warblers and hummers, we located a Black-billed Cuckoo there. It was down the hill from the library, near the concrete slab by the creek. We tried to take a photo of that cuckoo with a cell phone and binoculars, but we ended up with a photo of two other cuckoos (Ana had the camera turned toward us....)

Judy Kestner
Calallen (NW Corpus Christi)
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Date: 10/20/18 11:51 am
From: Bruce Sherman <brucesherman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Salineno
Anybody know if the bird feeding/watching area at Salineno is in operation yet?
Thanks.

Bruce Sherman
Rockport, TX

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Date: 10/20/18 10:42 am
From: Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog...>
Subject: [texbirds] RFI Lubbock Common Poorwill
Does anyone know anything about the Common Poorwill found at Clapp Park in Lubbock by Mark Lee this morning? If it is roosting and can be found again, it would be a lifer for me. Thanks for any info!

Jennifer

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