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6/22/17 11:37 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Re: Varied thrush
6/22/17 10:45 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Tuesday pictures, baby terns, lingering and arriving shorebirds etc
6/22/17 10:11 am Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Corpus Christi yard report
6/22/17 8:50 am Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson...> [texbirds] nesting Summer Tanager Brazos County
6/22/17 8:41 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] West Texas Reservoirs and Playas
6/22/17 7:14 am Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12...> [texbirds] Varied thrush
6/21/17 12:09 pm Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...> [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR.
6/21/17 9:52 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] East Beach to Anahuac yesterday, returning shorebirds and baby terns
6/21/17 9:12 am Robert Becker <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender robertjbecker for DMARC) [texbirds] flooding at Galveston Island
6/20/17 4:38 pm Lamont Brown <lamont...> [texbirds] Millers Creek Res Closed Baylor Co
6/19/17 4:04 pm Rita Clements <rclements001...> [texbirds] Exuse the bad picture but I think I..
6/19/17 6:34 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Floydada BBS - 17 June 2017 - Full Report
6/18/17 12:19 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Dougherty BBS - 16 June 2017 - Full Report
6/18/17 11:42 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Plains II BBS - 15 June 2017 - Full Report
6/18/17 7:29 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Plains I BBS - 14 June 2017 - Full Report
6/18/17 7:09 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Circle BBS - 11 June 2017 - Full Report
6/18/17 6:48 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Post BBS - 27 May 2017 - Full Report
6/17/17 3:13 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from the Floydada BBS - Today
6/17/17 12:17 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Pipeline Road & Yturrias Tract
6/17/17 2:44 am Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] This Month's Birder Patrol
6/16/17 3:55 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Pictures from Wednesday, young birds, water birds, shorebirds and a Anahuac? rail
6/16/17 1:52 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from the Dougherty BBS - Today
6/16/17 8:51 am Jane F Tillman <jtillman...> [texbirds] Question about breeding Ospreys
6/16/17 8:19 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Yellow Warbler Cedar Park
6/16/17 6:04 am Les Wolf <leswolfie52...> [texbirds] Bald eagle
6/15/17 7:46 pm Mira M Pellerin <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender mirampellerin for DMARC) [texbirds] SWALLOW TAILED KITE SEEN IN CLEAR LAKE ON SUNDAY AM AT PENN HILLS DRIVE AND DIANA LANE.
6/15/17 7:45 pm Richard <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender rdkrsh for DMARC) [texbirds] Wood Storks at Richland Creek WMA
6/15/17 1:36 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from Plains I BBS - Today
6/15/17 3:58 am Dell Little <dellel1119...> [texbirds] Re: Bev Clauser, longtime wildlife rehabilitator and Ft Worth Audubon member
6/14/17 6:30 pm Bill <texaskingbird...> [texbirds] Reddish Egret in Waller County
6/14/17 6:29 pm <jkestner...> [texbirds] Kingsville birds
6/14/17 5:17 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Anahuac to Galveston today, baby birds, shorebirds and another black rail
6/14/17 4:47 pm JimJones <jjones4fwas...> [texbirds] Bev Clauser, longtime wildlife rehabilitator and Ft Worth Audubon member
6/14/17 1:16 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from the Plains II Breeding Bird Survey
6/14/17 8:40 am Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...> [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR
6/13/17 6:53 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from Circle Breeding Bird Survey - Sunday
6/13/17 5:30 am John Bartos <jbartos76...> [texbirds] Re: Birding at High Island and Bolivar Peninsula to improve
6/12/17 4:32 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Ebird's new illustrated checklist for Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
6/12/17 12:19 pm Stephen Gast <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender segast23 for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: Birding at High Island and Bolivar Peninsula to improve
6/12/17 11:26 am Judy Kestner <jkestner...> [texbirds] Re: Birding at High Island and Bolivar Peninsula to improve
6/12/17 11:10 am Stephen Gast <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender segast23 for DMARC) [texbirds] Birding at High Island and Bolivar Peninsula to improve
6/12/17 8:56 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Re: Texas Pelagics 2017 Schedule Update.
6/11/17 6:14 pm David McDonald <dkmmdpa...> [texbirds] 4 MIKIs
6/11/17 5:51 pm David McDonald <dkmmdpa...> [texbirds] 4 Mississippi Kites
6/10/17 3:29 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lubbock Area Birding Summary for May - Long
6/10/17 12:53 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] La Sal del Rey
6/10/17 12:49 pm Garett Hodne <garyhodne...> [texbirds] Texas Pelagics 2017 Schedule Update.
6/9/17 1:59 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Pictures from Wednesday, more shorebirds, herons etc
6/9/17 5:07 am Susan Yost <sdyost...> [texbirds] LLELA monthly bird walk
6/8/17 4:31 pm Mark Lockwood <Mark.Lockwood...> [texbirds] Bishop Wetlands, Presidio - 8 June 2017
6/8/17 3:40 pm Arman Moreno <armanmorenobirds...> [texbirds] Austin Area Rare Bird Alert
6/8/17 8:21 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Coastal birding yesterday, shorebirds, terns and herons
6/7/17 4:14 pm Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...> [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR
6/7/17 9:44 am Robert Becker <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender robertjbecker for DMARC) [texbirds] Black Rails and Seaside Sparrows at Anahuac NWR
6/6/17 3:21 pm Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...> [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR
6/5/17 7:44 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from Lynn County - Sunday
6/5/17 7:23 am Shelly Plante <Shelly.Plante...> [texbirds] 2017 Birding Classic final results
6/4/17 8:30 pm Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...> [texbirds] request for spring sightings for North American Birds
6/4/17 7:56 am Bob White <bobwhitebsacbc...> [texbirds] Re: 2017 Birding Classic final results
6/4/17 7:39 am Shelly Plante <Shelly.Plante...> [texbirds] 2017 Birding Classic final results
6/3/17 12:42 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Sacahuistale Flats & Port Mansfield
6/3/17 10:01 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update 471 species
6/3/17 8:32 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] The Lynn County Photographic Game - May Report
6/3/17 8:30 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds]
6/3/17 7:54 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] The Kostecke Competition - May Report
6/2/17 6:40 pm Bill <texaskingbird...> [texbirds] idea for a new type of "Texas Century Club challenge"
6/2/17 12:41 pm Susan Yost <sdyost...> [texbirds] LLELA monthly bird walk
6/2/17 12:23 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] least grebe and shorebird pictures from Wednesday
6/2/17 7:50 am Lamont Brown <lamont...> [texbirds] Congrats to Bill Wright an idea for a new type of Century Club
6/2/17 2:38 am Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: FW: Congrats to Bill Wright and an idea for a new type of "Texas Species Century Club"
6/1/17 8:46 pm Bradford Lirette <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender lirettb for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: Congrats to Bill Wright and an idea for a new type of "Texas Species Century Club"
6/1/17 7:09 pm Mark and Brenda Steuer <steuers...> [texbirds] Re: Congrats to Bill Wright and an idea for a new type of "Texas Species Century Club"
6/1/17 6:31 pm <jkestner...> [texbirds] Re: Congrats to Bill Wright and an idea for a new type of "Texas Species Century Club"
6/1/17 2:46 pm Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] FW: Congrats to Bill Wright and an idea for a new type of "Texas Species Century Club"
6/1/17 2:45 pm Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: Congrats to Bill Wright and an idea for a new type of "Texas Species Century Club"
6/1/17 2:32 pm Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC) [texbirds] Congrats to Bill Wright and an idea for a new type of "Texas Species Century Club"
6/1/17 11:57 am Mary McCarley <marymccarley...> [texbirds] Golden- cheeked Warbler Fledglings
6/1/17 8:15 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Coastal birding yesterday, least grebe and shorebirds
6/1/17 7:15 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: 100 counties with 100+ species
5/31/17 7:35 pm Lamont Brown <lamont...> [texbirds] Clarification: Hwy 281 Rest Stop water on, Redstart possibility and many fledglings
5/31/17 7:09 pm Lamont Brown <lamont...> [texbirds] Hwy 281 Rest Stop water on, Redstart possibility and many fledglings
5/31/17 5:42 pm Bird.fried <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Re: 100 counties with 100+ species
5/31/17 5:22 pm Bill <texaskingbird...> [texbirds] 100 counties with 100+ species
5/31/17 6:40 am Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...> [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR
5/31/17 6:16 am Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...> [texbirds] Kleb Woods summer bird walks
5/30/17 2:34 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] red-necked phalarope, surf scoter shorebirds and seagull pictures from Wednesday
5/30/17 1:29 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Pictures from Thursday hawks, ibis, ducks etc
5/30/17 12:14 pm Gary Hodne <garyhodne...> [texbirds] 2017 Texas Pelagics Schedule and Sign-up Soon!
5/30/17 8:52 am JimJones <jjones4fwas...> [texbirds] Field Trip Report for FWAS visit to International IBA on Chalk Mountain, Erath County
5/30/17 7:11 am Thomas Langschied <tlangschied...> [texbirds] Red-eyed vireo and Am Redstart in Kingsville
5/29/17 11:50 am Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Blog Links
5/29/17 7:31 am Mary Gustafson <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender live4birds for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: Contacting David Rosenbaum about Brown Noddy
5/28/17 4:40 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Interesting Grackle Behavior
5/28/17 3:26 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] A few Crosby and Lynn County highlights from yesterday
5/28/17 3:21 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from Post Breeding Bird Survey - yesterday
5/28/17 2:43 pm Jane F Tillman <jtillman...> [texbirds] Interesting Grackle Behavior
5/28/17 2:01 pm Lora <lorarend...> [texbirds] Re: [SATXbirds] Bird call help [1 Attachment]
5/28/17 1:07 pm Lora Render <lorarend...> [texbirds] Bird call help
5/28/17 11:30 am Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Updated Birder Patrol Report :-P
5/28/17 11:26 am Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Birder Patrol Trip Report
5/28/17 8:32 am Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...> [texbirds] Re: Contacting David Rosenbaum about Brown Noddy
5/28/17 8:02 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Contacting David Rosenbaum about Brown Noddy
5/27/17 5:48 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 5-27-17 McGillivray's Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
5/27/17 1:02 pm Rhandy Helton <rjhelton...> [texbirds] Varied Bunting, Zone-tailed Hawk in Junction
5/27/17 10:05 am Scott Kiester <skiester2...> [texbirds] Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center Denton Co.
5/27/17 8:48 am Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Pictures from Adventures with John
5/26/17 7:11 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Estero Llano Grande, Frontera, & La Sal Viejas
5/26/17 7:57 am Dale Ohl <lsdolls...> [texbirds] Thanks to all: Barred Owl discussion
5/26/17 7:55 am Dale Ohl <lsdolls...> [texbirds] Re: Barred Owl discussion
5/26/17 7:39 am Dale Ohl <lsdolls...> [texbirds] Re: Barred Owl discussion
5/26/17 6:48 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] McGillivray's Warbler May 25 & 26 @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
5/25/17 7:17 pm David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update, 469 species
5/25/17 5:51 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Scolding House Sparrows get no attention
5/25/17 5:35 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Scolding House Sparrows get no attention
5/25/17 1:00 pm Patricia Wight <pcwight...> [texbirds] Re: Barred Owl discussion
5/25/17 12:54 pm Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] Re: Barred Owl discussion
5/25/17 11:21 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Barred Owl discussion
5/25/17 10:06 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: Barred Owl discussion
5/25/17 9:40 am Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: Barred Owl discussion
5/25/17 9:32 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 5-25-17 McGillivray's Warbler @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
5/25/17 9:23 am Robert Becker <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender robertjbecker for DMARC) [texbirds] Barred Owl discussion
5/25/17 8:34 am Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Pictures from South Padre Yesterday
5/25/17 7:52 am Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] Re: Barred Owls in the Trans-Pecos
5/24/17 6:12 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] South Padre Island - Yellow-green Vireo
5/24/17 5:48 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Nice day on the UTC, red-necked phalarope, surf scoter, baby black rails, odd seagulls
5/24/17 3:47 pm Cecilia-home <criley02...> [texbirds] Re: Big Bend Area 5/19-22
5/24/17 3:38 pm Jon McIntyre <mcintyrebirds...> [texbirds] Big Bend Area 5/19-22
5/24/17 12:20 pm SeEttaM . <seettam...> [texbirds] Re: Yellow-green Vireo, Sheepshead lot SPI
5/24/17 12:07 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Crosby County highlights - Sunday
5/24/17 11:22 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lynn County highlights from Saturday
5/24/17 11:09 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from some night driving - 19 May 2017
5/24/17 8:48 am SeEttaM . <seettam...> [texbirds] Re: Yellow-green Vireo, Sheepshead lot SPI
5/24/17 7:06 am MARTIN HAGNE <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender martinhagne for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: Left Sibley's guide @ Quintana this afternoon.
5/24/17 6:08 am Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC) [texbirds] Yellow Green Vireo @ Quintana
5/24/17 4:57 am Steve Gast <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender segast23 for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: Birds of Big Bend
5/24/17 4:51 am Steve Gast <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender segast23 for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: Birds of Big Bend
5/23/17 8:37 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Re: "Fall" migration is already underway: Long-billed Curlew
5/23/17 8:27 pm Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: Barred Owls in the Trans-Pecos
5/23/17 8:17 pm Kelly Bryan <kelly.b.bryan...> [texbirds] Re: Barred Owls in the Trans-Pecos
5/23/17 7:50 pm justin.bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Re: "Fall" migration is already underway: Long-billed Curlew
5/23/17 7:40 pm justin.bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Re: "Fall" migration is already underway: Long-billed Curlew
5/23/17 7:30 pm Fred Collins <fcndc...> [texbirds] Re: Barred Owls in the Trans-Pecos
5/23/17 7:12 pm Dale Ohl <lsdolls...> [texbirds] Barred Owls in the Trans-Pecos
5/23/17 6:03 pm David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update, 466 Texas Birds
5/23/17 5:57 pm Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC) [texbirds] Left Sibley's guide @ Quintana this afternoon.
5/23/17 3:58 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Birds of Big Bend
5/23/17 3:52 pm Joe Fischer <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender fischer13 for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: Birds of Big Bend
5/23/17 3:50 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: "Fall" migration is already underway: Long-billed Curlew
5/23/17 3:31 pm Charles W. Easley <cwebirds...> [texbirds] Re: Birds of Big Bend
5/23/17 3:24 pm Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] Re: "Fall" migration is already underway: Long-billed Curlew
5/23/17 3:16 pm Cameron Carver <c.o.carver...> [texbirds] Re: "Fall" migration is already underway: Long-billed Curlew
5/23/17 3:13 pm Tom Langschied <TLangschied...> [texbirds] Blue Jay at Norias division of King Ranch - 05/19
5/23/17 1:02 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Yellow-green Vireo, Sheepshead lot SPI
5/23/17 12:59 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] "Fall" migration is already underway: Long-billed Curlew
5/23/17 12:34 pm Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC) [texbirds] Cedar Waxwings @ Quintana
5/23/17 9:34 am Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC) [texbirds] Yellow-bellied Flycatcher @ Quintana
5/23/17 9:14 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Dusky-capped Flycatcher Big Bend NP
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5/23/17 8:34 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: Birds of Big Bend
 
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Date: 6/22/17 11:37 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Varied thrush
Hi Clayton,
As far as I know the Varied Thrush has not been relocated since Sunday
evening, 18 June. That's all I know. I cannot speak to whether the location
is open to the public for chasing, or just waiting and hoping. I, too,
would be interested in learning more.

Good birding!
Justin Bosler
Austin, TX

On Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 9:13 AM, Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12...>
> wrote:

> Does anyone have any info on the varied thrush in Canyon, Texas? Is it
> chaseable/still being seen?
> Clayton, Linsey and Laiken Leopold
> Texas City, Texas
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Date: 6/22/17 10:45 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday pictures, baby terns, lingering and arriving shorebirds etc
Not much to photograph at east beach but I had my first frigatebirds on the
ferry ride across to Bolivar
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703798

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703797

The two summering ospreys on Bolivar are still summering

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703800

The white-tailed kites have chicks out of the nest

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703802

The eastern willets have not had many chicks yet this year in places I go
but there are some and they are still territorial and up on the fenceposts
looking for interlopers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703922

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703921

Bolivar flats had more western willets than past weeks but all were
probably non-migrants arriving from other places due to the higher tides

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703925

The port bolivar black-crowned night heron rookery is going again after Ike
and more birds are out feeding but I have seen no chicks yet

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703796

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703795

My first royal tern chick of the season was out on bolivar flats. the chick
saw a parent or heard it and called which led nearby adult royal terns to
charge in to try and get the fish when delivered

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703887

Running did not help as more adults got hungry

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703888

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703889

The parent stayed up in the air and junior waited

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703890

And all turned out well

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703891

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703892

A Caspian tern chick had the same problem but with ring-billed gulls

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703883

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703884

The chick dropped the fish

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703885

But with a great splash recovered it and swallowed

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703886

Reddish, snowy and great egrets were out feeding in the shallows along with
tricolored herons

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703919

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703917

A lesser black-backed gull joined the ring-billed gulls in trying to steal
from terns and then they stole from each other

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703930

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703931

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703932

Marbled godwits are returning to the coast with a nice flock already in

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703941

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703943

The orange bill fades to pink with a few days of arrival

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703940

The winter plumage dunlin continues

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703938

The 3 summering red knots are now all gray

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703944

I put this bird down as a western sandpiper but it might be a semipalmated
but I never heard any calling while I was there and quite a few westerns
are around

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703951

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703952

This bird is a western with only one used leg. The toes of the other leg
can be seen but when the bird moved and flew a little it only used one leg

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703953

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703954

The single white-rumped sandpiper is still around

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703955

A banded Wilson's plover and 3 other plovers were clustered around a least
terns nest close to the water and within a foot of the tide a week ago. The
tv from the peninsula is not encouraging that the nest made it. I should
have hatched by the end of this week

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703956

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703958

Most of the regular shorebirds out there sort of ignore fishermen returning
to their cars from out in the gulf. Some walk or run a little but some do
not even get up to what would create panic at other sites. The American
oystercatchers do not follow that norm and always fly some but do not go
far.

If you are set up out there, you can let the fishermen act as beaters to
bring the birds close to you as long as you do not move

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165703927

Great day out on the beach

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Joseph C. Kennedy
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Date: 6/22/17 10:11 am
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Corpus Christi yard report
Hi all -
Yep, it is hot out there - Corpus Christi set a new daily record high yesterday at 102, breaking the old record by FIVE degrees, and it does not look like TS Cindy will be bringing us anything more than high tides on Mustang and North Padre Islands. Need rain....

That said, I am finally back home for a stretch, and have been able to get in a little time working the yard. The Purple Martins seem to have been pretty productive this year, as adults and babies are filling the airspace at all times. There are nesting WW and Inca doves through the yard - how they can actually incubate eggs and raise babies on those pathetic excuses for nest structures is beyond me.

While Couch's Kingbird is the yard-resident, I do get Western Kingbirds that visit, and the other day I had a great look as a completely-silent kingbird that had a Jimmy Durante honker and a noticeably-forked brownish tail. It never called, and the camera was in the house, but I am certain that it was my second yard-look at a Tropical Kingbird. The habitat at Pax Corpus Christi (my backyard neighbor) is perfect for them.

The Lesser Nighthawks come buzzing through the yard every evening about 20 minutes after sunset, oftentimes below treetop level, giving brief but excellent looks. While I am sure that Common Nighthawks nest atop the roof of nearby Calallen High School, I do not see them all that often in the skies above the house.

Last week I did hear a calling Yellow-billed Cuckoo, but only the one time.

Also last week, I almost stepped on a 24" rattlesnake, but it kindly warned me not to. Yipes! It then took refuge under a bush, so I could not try to relocate it. I have not seen it again - a good thing, because Debbie was not thrilled to hear about the sighting.

This morning was especially nice with two notable sightings:


1) An Olive Sparrow was actively singing in the thicket by the martin house, which is well into the property. It sang repeatedly in a few locations before heading back toward the ravine. I typically hear them singing in the ravine, and only on a few occasions do they venture across the road into my yard. That was really cool - hoping that they might eventually nest in the yard!

2) At 8:24am, I was trimming a mesquite tree when I heard a very odd call from above me - a short, loud yelp, kind of high-pitched. In the second or two that it took to look up and find the bird, my brain was racing to identify it - it was not a raptor or a shorebird, nor any kind of gull or tern. This was going to be fun!
I stepped out from under the tree, and about 40 feet up was an immature Yellow-crowned Night Heron, obviously looking for Mommy, and shouting "Ma!....Ma!....Ma!....where are you?.....come get me!...." It circled the neighborhood for a while, possibly going down in the retention pond in PaxCC.

Hmmm...time to re-stock the hummer feeders and see what shows up...

Good birding,

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Date: 6/22/17 8:50 am
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson...>
Subject: [texbirds] nesting Summer Tanager Brazos County
We had a Summer Tanager male singing his heart out every day during the
spring. He finally attracted a mate, and she was seen gathering nesting
material on June 4th and 5th. No singing after that sighting. Found their
nest on our property on June 16th. It is about 25 feet up in a dense
bough of oak. We heard the Summer Tanager male about a week ago singing
his regular song, though not singing as constantly as in the spring. We
hear him almost daily now, both with short song phrases, and the
pit-ti-tuck call. I was expecting the nest to be more prominently built on
a horizontal branch, not so secluded. Wondering why he is singing now with
her on the nest.
Five photos here, including one with the nest site marked showing how high
up it is.

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

The White-breasted Nuthatches are calling all over the trees again, and
seen almost daily after being hard to find for a week or two. May be the
young birds. Not sure.

A brown headed cowbird hatched out of our wren nest. The mother wren
pushed two cowbird eggs out of the nest, to the side, but one cowbird baby
egg must have remained down in the clutch and hatched. He/she crawled
out to the edge of the flower pot, as it outgrew the nest in no time. At
least three baby wrens are still in the nest.

I am hoping a Cowbird I saw on the highline wire close to the Tanager nest
did not parasitize it.

Shirley Wilkerson
Kurten/Brazos Co


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Date: 6/22/17 8:41 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] West Texas Reservoirs and Playas
Hello all,
Just because it's June and the weather has gotten hotter doesn't mean the
birds have gone into hiding or have moved on. Varied Thrush in Canyon is a
good case in point. I've spend the last 5 days running BBS routes, working
and birding, as time permits, across West Texas and the South Plains and
there was plenty to see and get excited about.

Until my recently adopted Girvin BBS route dropped me in Imperial, Texas,
I had never even known about the incredible oasis that is Imperial
Reservoir. Rarity magnet. Though formerly a privately owned and operated
park, it is now defunct and access is limited to the outside perimeter. The
reservoir is just east of Hwy. 18 between Fort Stockton and Monahans in
Pecos County. I scanned the reservoir and shorelines for nearly 1.5 hours
on Saturday, 17 June, afternoon, in temperatures climbing into the low 100s
and was surprised by what I found and had a hard time walking away (and not
because of the crippling heat). My primary targets were terns, specifically
Arctic, and gulls, and even shorebirds:

Laughing Gull, 2 (ad. and 2nd cycle)
Franklin's Gull, 4
Ring-billed Gull, 6
Least Tern, 2+
Snowy Plover, 24+
Greater Yellowlegs, 3 (S-bound)

There were also several Double-crested Cormorants and a Neotropic.

Red Bluff Reservoir, later that afternoon, was less exciting. I stuck to
the south shore area, entirely in Reeves County, and spent about an hour
trying to tern...err..turn a solitary Least Tern into an Arctic but to no
avail. I also had a small group of 13 Black Terns that made a single pass
across the lake before disappearing to the north. A lone Ring-billed Gull
was hanging around the lake-goers waiting for handouts. That was about it
for water birds. Mildly disappointing. I wish I had more time to explore
but volunteer duties were calling. I soon hurried off to set up the brand
new Pecos BBS route, beginning near Mentone, in 112-113 degree
temperatures. It hit 114-115 by the time I reached Pecos closer to 6 PM.

On Sunday afternoon, 18 June, I made the long run from my work duties near
Garden City to Balmorhea to, once again, search high and low for terns and
gulls. A single Least Tern was good to see but that's where the fun
stopped. Three Northern Pintails, 2 Gadwalls and 1 Am. Wigeon were
notables. Three more southbound Greater Yellowlegs were also noted.

More BBSing and work on Monday, 19 June. A stop at Skeen Playa in Lynn
County yielded a hybrid Glossy x White-faced Ibis among 90 plus
White-faced, loads of Black-necked Stilts (85 by my count), and about a
dozen Snowy Plovers. Young stilts and plovers were encouraging to see at
this location. A mystery shorebird that somehow got away before I could
swing around onto Hwy. 87 South to take a closer look had the vibe of a
Ruff; long-legged, hunch-backed, and relatively short-billed . I even
returned that evening to have another look but nothing. One of many that
get away...

On Tuesday, 20 June, there was more Lynn County work to do. At the FM 1054
x FM 1313 playa I found a drake Wood Duck, one Greater Yellowlegs, and a
brazen Virginia Rail darting out from the cattails onto exposed mud. The
adult Common Gallinule from 31 May did not make an appearance from the
cattails and I assume it may have moved on. Pretty exciting stuff by local
standards.

And, finally, yesterday, 21 June, after sampling the much-dreaded Tenmile
BBS route near Lamesa I was on my way home. Thanks to a relatively dry
spring, I only had soft sand to deal with this year, so that was much
appreciated. I suppose my best bird on the route was a singing
Black-throated Sparrow.

On my way back to Austin I made a quick stop at O.C. Fisher Reservoir at
San Angelo State Park. Again, searching for vagrant waterbirds. There were
no fewer than 6 Least Terns, presumably nesting on the caliche island near
the middle of the reservoir, and at least 3 Ring-billed Gulls. Perhaps the
biggest surprise was an adult Osprey, adding to a rash of summer season
sightings across west-central Texas.

Texas has so much to offer. We are truly blessed.

Good birding!
Justin Bosler
Austin, TX


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Date: 6/22/17 7:14 am
From: Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12...>
Subject: [texbirds] Varied thrush
Does anyone have any info on the varied thrush in Canyon, Texas? Is it
chaseable/still being seen?
Clayton, Linsey and Laiken Leopold
Texas City, Texas


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Date: 6/21/17 12:09 pm
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR.
On a morning that was nice for this time of year we tallied 62 species of
birds. We saw a first of year bird for us, a Black-crowned Night-Heron
along with 2 Yellow-crowned Night-Herons at Deaver Pond. We saw a couple
of Belted Kingfishers at Meadow Pond. Once again we heard Summer Tanagers
singing in several places. We saw a mature Bald Eagle at Sandy Point. We
checked the Greater Roadrunner nest at Sandy Point and found it vacant, but
much to our delight we found the just fledged roadrunners going around with
their parents begging for food. We were glad to see that all was well with
them. On the west side of the refuge we saw a couple of American
Kestrels. We saw lots of fledged Cliff Swallows in several different
locations along Wildlife Drive. We watched some Scissor-tailed Flycatchers
feeding some newly hatched young, and when the young opened their beaks
begging for food you could see the bright orange lining of their mouths.
One of the early arrivers of our group saw 16 Wild Turkeys coming into the
refuge.
http://ebird.org/ebird/iss/view/checklist/S37703854
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Date: 6/21/17 9:52 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] East Beach to Anahuac yesterday, returning shorebirds and baby terns
Started the day off and watched the sunrise at east beach on Galveston and
walked down Galveston Roads to where it turns back toward Baedeker road.
Had 9 sanderlings and 9 ruddy turnstones for my shorebird count. Water was
up to the grass again near the jetty but that is due to the excess sand
removed for the hotels' benefit and then rapid erosion of the visible sand.
Only a few gulls and terns around.
Had a really well plumaged peregrine stump-falcon that I walked a good ways
to photograph only to discover that it would not fly.

The day was windy all day but the tide not quite as high as last week. The
water in the last 2 weeks washed over the 124/82 connection at high island
and more of the concrete barriers were toppled or moved. Several spots
where the wave just wash across the road. The experts piled some sand in
one of the worst spots but the tide had not started up and the wind was
along and into the shore. Not a good sign. But they do plan to maybe start
doing something about it in 2018 or later unless something delays the
repair further.

I had thought that the wind would have magnificent frigatebirds moving into
the bay and onshore. I did have 2 on the ferry ride to bolivar which were
my first of the season. Sort of puny compared to the 1,000 frigatebirds
that moved up the Mississippi river yesterday to the French quarter in New
Orleans. Neat video on the Louisiana birding facebook page.

Not a whole lot of change out on the flats from last week. But I did have
my first young of the year Caspian tern which was fed by a parent and did
not get robbed by 2 breeding plumage ring-billed gulls. The first young
royal tern was almost robbed but by other royal terns.

Least terns have several eggs but the tide a week ago came within a foot.
Quite a few are setting up nesting and some may have eggs in the debris
from last Tuesday's tide. All the nests are likely gone with a 4 foot tide
rise forecast as well as strong winds that will come onshore by Friday.

Shorebirds have started to arrive with 23 marbled godwits on the beach with
quite a few still having orange bills which will fade in a week or so. They
are already losing feathers. Also 3 long-billed curlews are back which act
like old timers based on sites and actions.

Holding over from previous weeks are the 3 red knots which are now all
gray, the winter plumage dunlin (the breeding plumage birds were gone and 1
white-rumped sandpiper. Increased numbers of birds included 35 ruddy
turnstones, 40 sanderlings including 1 breeding plumage bird, 5 western
willets in gray, 10 western sandpipers which may not have been the birds of
either of the last 2 weeks, and 20 short-billed dowitchers. 4 unbanded
American oystercatchers were new for the area.

The rest of the trip was a little anti-climactic with lots of people and
beach cleaning along the water and high water in places like Frenchtown and
bob road. The ospreys still are summering but the seaside sparrows were
down in the grass out of the wind.

Anahuac was very quiet around lunchtime with even the gallinules under
cover.

There is quite a bit of good habitat for any summering grasspipers or
freshwater shorebirds. I have not found any of the birds this year that
sometimes summer including, both yellowlegs, spotted sandpiper, pectoral
sandpiper, baird's sandpiper, least sandpiper, stilt sandpiper and Wilson's
phalarope. Some years there is little habitat as things grow so well here
but a few birds can linger.

For those heading to Anahuac, there are newly planted and flooded rice
fields just south of the highway 62/65 stop sign on the left just past the
stop sign. Nothing but ibis and stilts yesterday and there are some new
fields at Skillern and elsewhere. So there will be some late rice harvests
in the area come yellow rail time and may have good birds in the next few
days too. Big shorebird migration will start in another week or so.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 6/21/17 9:12 am
From: Robert Becker <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender robertjbecker for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] flooding at Galveston Island
Unusually high tides whipped up by Tropical Storm Cindy have inundated much of the bay side of Galveston Island State Park. On a visit this morning I found most of the Clapper Rail trail underwater, in addition to much of the entrance road to that section of the park. The water had formed a shallow tidal lake extending from the bay side all the way to the first observation tower. This is not good for the ground nesting birds there, which include Black Rail, Clapper Rail, Black-necked Stilt, heron and egret species, and Least Terns, among others. Species that are into their second nesting cycle, or late breeders, will be affected.
There were large numbers of herons and egrets clustered on high ground, two Common Nights Hawks were on a dry part of the road, and terns and gulls had gathered at the edge of flooded road areas.
All in all, a distressing sight. I was glad to be driving a Jeep SUV as I made my way  through the flooded areas of the park. Park employees closed off access to the bay side before 9 a.m. this morning.

Bob Becker, Galveston

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Date: 6/20/17 4:38 pm
From: Lamont Brown <lamont...>
Subject: [texbirds] Millers Creek Res Closed Baylor Co
After finishing my Haskell BBS I went the back roads that Greg Cook showed
me some 7-8 years ago, using CR 191 in Throckmorton Co to get to Millers
Lake Reservoir, which is in the extreme SW corner of Baylor Co. At the
large cattle guard on FM 1608 there were multiple signs stating the lake
closed. It will be closed through June 24th in the event anyone was headed
there before this date!

Got a number of nice species on several Baylor Co CRs, but the show stopper
was a mom and baby Greater Roadrunner.

Lamont Brown
Denton

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Date: 6/19/17 4:04 pm
From: Rita Clements <rclements001...>
Subject: [texbirds] Exuse the bad picture but I think I..
Saw a white ibis at Trigg Lake about 5:00 today.


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Date: 6/19/17 6:34 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Floydada BBS - 17 June 2017 - Full Report
Greetings All:
I made the right call to take time off to get my remaining four BBSs done
... as yesterday would have been one weekend day lost and one never wants
to count on the last weekend of the period (it is too close to the start of
our 'monsoon' season.

At any rate, I completed the Floydada BBS on 17 June 2017 - though a few
patches of dirt road were either sticky or rutted from the rains that had
fallen earlier in the week. This route starts at a point north of Floydada
runs east almost to the Floyd/Motley County line, turns south along FM 28,
and then turns west - back towards Floydada - on FM 232.

Conditions were lush and enough time had elapsed since the last set of
rains for a rebound in playa activity, making for good butterfly and herp
diversity though numbers still seem a tad low. Birds and mammals were
everywhere - with the highlight being a Vesper Sparrow, in high breeding
plumage, vigorously singing from atop a fence line.

All in all, I tallied:

1 Juvenal's Duskywings
2 Orange Skipperlings
4 Sachems
5 Black Swallowtails
51 Checkered Whites
10 Orange Sulphurs
1 Southern Dogface
1 Lyside Sulphur
1 Sleepy Orange
4 Dainty Sulphurs
2 Monarchs
2 Queens
1 Variegated Fritillary
3 Bordered Patches
1 Vesta Crescent
2 Phaon Crescents
2 Pearl Crescents
1 Common Buckeye
1 Red Admiral
1 Goatweed Leafwing

hundreds of toads/toadlets in playas
hundreds of spadefoots/spadefootlets in playas
2 Plains Leopard Frogs

2 Gopher Snakes
1 Prairie Rattlesnake

2 Gadwalls
5 Mallards
2 Northern Pintails
28 Northern Bobwhites
4 Ring-necked Pheasants
1 Pied-billed Grebe
1 Eurasian Collared Dove
89 Mourning Doves
9 Common Nighthawks
5 American Coots
2 Black-necked Stilts
8 American Avocets
8 Killdeers
1 Great Blue Heron
2 Cattle Egrets
3 Black-crowned Night Herons
2 White-faced Ibises
7 Swainson's Hawks
11 Burrowing Owls
2 Say's Phoebes
59 Western Kingbirds
7 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers
1 Loggerhead Shrike
5 Chihuahuan Ravens
2 Common Ravens
65 Horned Larks
6 Cliff Swallows
5 Cave Swallows
28 Barn Swallows
1 Bewick's Wren
1 Curve-billed Thrasher
6 Northern Mockingbirds
9 House Sparrows
1 House Finch
2 Common Yellowthroats
12 Cassin's Sparrows
1 Vesper Sparrow
22 Lark Sparrows
40 Grasshopper Sparrows
3 Blue Grosbeaks
38 Dickcissels
91 Red-winged Blackbirds
5 Eastern Meadowlarks
78 Western Meadowlarks
3 Common Grackles
31 Great-tailed Grackles
1 Brown-headed Cowbird
3 Bullock's Orioles

17 Black-tailed Jackrabbits
9 Desert Cottontails
10 Black-tailed Prairie Dogs
1 Hispid Cotton Rat
1 Coyote

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 6/18/17 12:19 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Dougherty BBS - 16 June 2017 - Full Report
Greetings All:
The third day of the BBS marathon was under way dark and early (an eighty
minute drive to the first point - so, so early I rose).

This was a risky one as rains had fallen, patchily, throughout Floyd County
recently enough that the dirt roads traversed by the Dougherty BBS route
could easily be thrashed enough for a long enough stretch to make it
necessary to try again. The route runs from a point just south of
Dougherty westward to a point southwest of Floydada - almost crossing the
entire county ... and almost certainly traversing the position of the dry
line during the recent rain events.

I lucked out and was able to run the whole route though I had to stop a
couple of times to fill in ruts left by farm vehicles crossing dirt roads
(I can straddle ruts running along a road but can't jump perpendicular
ditches left by the big tractors) and really had to take care on the washed
out CR 121 as it traverses the White River.

This route had quite a bit of standing water but, due to the timing of
rains this year, not a ton of water-loving critters. It was the first BBS
I ran this year that performed well across taxa, though, and I was happy to
- finally - have some nifty butterflies and herps.

All in all, I tallied:

1 Common Checkered Skipper
2 Nysa Roadside Skippers
1 Pipevine Swallowtail
4 Black Swallowtails
14 Checkered Whites
3 Orange Sulphurs
4 Southern Dogfaces
2 Lyside Sulphurs
1 Sleepy Orange
1 Gray Hairstreak
2 Reakirt's Blues
1 Hackberry Emperor
2 Queens
2 Variegated Fritillaries
2 Pearl Crescents
1 Viceroy
1 Question Mark
1 Painted Lady

2 Great Plains Toads
4 Northern Cricket Frogs

1 Yellow Mud Turtle
2 Checkered Garter Snakes

6 Mallards
5 Blue-winged Teals
2 Northern Shovelers
1 Northern Pintail
3 Green-winged Teals
2 Redheads
20 Northern Bobwhites
1 Ring-necked Pheasant
4 Eurasian Collared Doves
54 Mourning Doves
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
2 Greater Roadrunners
2 Common Nighthawks
4 Black-necked Stilts
16 American Avocets
20 Killdeers
1 Great Blue Heron
23 Cattle Egrets
4 Black-crowned Night Herons
2 White-faced Ibises
7 Turkey Vultures
2 Mississippi Kites
10 Swainson's Hawks
9 Burrowing Owls
2 Golden-fronted Woodpeckers
2 Northern Flickers
4 American Kestrels
2 Ash-throated Flycatchers
95 Western Kingbirds
10 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers
84 Horned Larks
18 Purple Martins
9 Barn Swallows
2 American Robins
11 Northern Mockingbirds
15 House Sparrows
1 Lesser Goldfinch
9 Cassin's Sparrows
19 Lark Sparrows
13 Grasshopper Sparrows
1 Northern cardinal
1 Blue Grosbeak
3 Painted Buntings
15 Dickcissels
152 Red-winged Blackbirds
4 Eastern Meadowlarks
48 Western Meadowlarks
3 Yellow-headed Blackbirds
5 Common Grackles
20 Great-tailed Grackles
4 male Bronzed Cowbirds
3 Brown-headed Cowbirds
1 Orchard Oriole
8 Bullock's Orioles

12 Black-tailed Jackrabbits
2 Eastern Cottontails
4 Desert Cottontails
12 Black-tailed Prairie Dogs
1 Merriam's Pocket Mouse
1 Hispid Cotton Rat
1 Striped Skunk

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 6/18/17 11:42 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Plains II BBS - 15 June 2017 - Full Report
Greetings All:
The second day of my four-day BBS marathon broke early and favorably with
regards to weather.

I completed the Plains II BBS - entirely (despite some county:county
conflict) within Yoakum County - on 15 June 2017. The Plains II routes
starts at a point north of Plains, runs east to the Yoakum/Terry County
line, turns south to run along a disputed (in terms of neither county wants
to maintain this dune-threatened stretch of road) County Line Road, ending
well to the southeast of Plains.

The route showed much evidence of early and deep rains (surprisingly good
crops - leading to rarely-noted-on-this-route American Crows: they do fancy
corn, I think) followed be much dryness (relatively few butterflies and
herps) but, given that this is generally, my worst route - in terms of
diversity and abundance - I was fairly happy with the day's list.

All in all, I tallied:

1 Common Checkered Skipper
1 Common Sootywings
1 Black Swallowtail
51 Checkered Whites
2 Orange Sulphurs
1 Southern Dogface
1 Sleepy Orange
2 Reakirt's Blues
1 Gulf Fritillary
1 Variegated Fritillary
1 Common Buckeye

14 Northern Bobwhites
3 Scaled Quails
1 Ring-necked Pheasant
38 Rock Pigeons
4 Eurasian Collared Doves
68 Mourning Doves
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
3 Common Nighthawks
2 Black-crowned Night Herons
12 Swainson's Hawks
5 Burrowing Owls
3 American Kestrels
1 Ash-throated Flycatcher
108 Western Kingbirds
6 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers
1 Loggerhead Shrike
3 American Crows
11 Chihuahuan Ravens
66 Horned Larks
6 Cliff Swallows
2 Cave Swallows
11 Barn Swallows
5 Northern Mockingbirds
4 House Sparrows
1 House Finch
12 Cassin's Sparrows
11 Lark Sparrows
1 Blue Grosbeak
1 Dickcissel
8 Red-winged Blackbirds
2 Eastern Meadowlarks
27 Western Meadowlarks
55 Great-tailed Grackles
3 Bullock's Orioles

1 Black-tailed Jackrabbit
2 Desert Cottontails
1 Coyote
2 Pronghorns

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 6/18/17 7:29 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Plains I BBS - 14 June 2017 - Full Report
Greetings All:
With only two weekends left in the month and four surveys to go, I was
starting to get a bit anxious*. The rains that fell throughout the region
across the 11th/12th really made me wonder a bit so I mapped the rains,
decided that two routes (Plains i and Plains II) would be dry enough - if
no more rains fell - to start on Wednesday, one might be dry enough
(Dougherty) to get done on Friday, and the one that had been hit the
hardest (Floydada) might by dry enough to get done on Saturday. I didn't
want to count on having all four weekend dates be workable, so I took three
days of vacation time and dug in - what could be more fun than getting up
at 4:00 in the morning four days in a row, eh?

*As events are continuing, I was right to be nervous - I would not have
been able to get a survey done today due to high winds.

Accordingly, on 14 June 2017, I completed the Plains I BBS - straddling
Yoakum and Cochran Counties. This route starts at a point north of Plain
and runs, generally northward - with a few deviations east or west as
needed - to a point west of Lehman. The first nine points are in Yoakum
County; the last 41 points are in Cochran County. I separate the two
chunks out for eBird but not for these reports. Conditions were lusher
than has been typical during the last few years, a few chunks of road were
a bit sticky (or rutted by farm and oilfield equipment) but doable, and
critters were about what I was coming to expect for a year where rains and
wildflowers had peaked a bit early - short on butterflies and herps; big on
birds and mammals.

All in all, I tallied:

29 Checkered Whites
2 Orange Sulphurs
2 Sleepy Oranges
3 Marine Blues
2 Western Pygmy Blues
14 Reakirt's Blues
3 Variegated Fritillaries

2 Side-blotched Lizards
1 Texas Horned Lizard

45 Northern Bobwhites
27 Scaled Quails
3 Ring-necked Pheasants
10 Rock Pigeons
14 Eurasian Collared Doves
65 Mourning Doves
1 Greater Roadrunner
4 Common Nighthawks
6 Swainson's Hawks
31 Burrowing Owls
1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
7 American Kestrels
2 Ash-throated Flycatchers
93 Western Kingbirds
5 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers
2 Loggerhead Shrikes
5 Chihuahuan Ravens
11 Horned Larks
3 Cliff Swallows
14 Barn Swallows
1 Bewick's Wren
3 Curve-billed Thrashers
22 Northern Mockingbirds
6 European Starlings
5 House Sparrows
28 Cassin's Sparrows
15 Lark Sparrows
2 Grasshopper Sparrows
7 Blue Grosbeaks
2 Dickcissels
1 Eastern Meadowlark
38 Western Meadowlarks
4 Common Grackles
3 Great-tailed Grackels
1 male Bronzed Cowbird
3 Brown-headed Cowbirds
18 Bullock's Orioles

6 Black-tailed Jackrabbits
15 Desert Cottontails
54 Black-tailed Prairie Dogs
5 Spotted Ground Squirrels
1 Coyote
4 Pronghorns
3 Mule Deers

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 6/18/17 7:09 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Circle BBS - 11 June 2017 - Full Report
Greetings All:
After losing the 28th of May to high winds and the weekend of the 4th/5th
of June to rains heavy enough to make the region's dirt roads
non-negotiable, I was able to get out and do another route.

On 11 June 2017, I completed the Circle BBS - entirely within Lamb County.
This route starts in Circle, runs westward south of Springlake to a point
just south of Earth, turns north and runs to a point just north of Earth,
and then bends west to run almost to the Lamb/Bailey County line. Recent
rains had left some standing water and, though butterflies and herps were a
bit less abundant and diverse than expected, birds and mammals were loving
the generally damp and lush conditions and I generated a surprisingly good
list for June.

All in all, I tallied:

2 Common Sootywings
75 Checkered Whites
6 Orange Sulphurs
2 Southern Dogfaces
3 Sleepy Oranges
1 Dainty Sulphur
1 Bordered Patch

1 Ornate Box Turtle
1 Yellow Mud Turtle
1 Checkered Garter Snake
1 Prairie Rattlesnake

2 Blue-winged Teals
20 Northern Bobwhites
3 Ring-necked Pheasants
2 Rock Pigeons
32 Eurasian Collared Doves
2 Inca Doves
3 White-winged Doves
151 Mourning Doves
1 Greater Roadrunner
4 Common Nighthawks
2 Chimney Swifts
2 Black-necked Stilts
6 American Avocets
10 Killdeers
5 Cattle Egrets
2 Black-crowned Night Herons
2 White-faced Ibises
4 Swainson's Hawks
3 Barn Owls
2 Burrowing Owls
2 American Kestrels
1 Ash-throated Flycatcher
207 Western Kingbirds
7 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers
1 Loggerhead Shrike
1 Blue Jay
2 Chihuahuan Ravens
77 Horned Larks
2 Cliff Swallows
2 Cave Swallows
52 Barn Swallows
7 American Robins
1 Curve-billed Thrasher
13 Northern Mockingbirds
15 European Starlings
80 House Sparrows
3 House Finches
30 Cassin's Sparrows
43 Lark Sparrows
18 Grasshopper Sparrows
14 Blue Grosbeaks
5 Dickcissels
35 Red-winged Blackbirds
3 Eastern Meadowlarks
106 Western Meadowlarks
6 Common Grackles
118 Great-tailed Grackles
2 male Bronzed Cowbirds
3 Brown-headed Cowbirds
12 Bullock's Orioles

31 Black-tailed Jackrabbits
9 Desert Cottontails
1 Hispid Cotton Rat
1 Coyote
2 Striped Skunks

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 6/18/17 6:48 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Post BBS - 27 May 2017 - Full Report
Greetings All:
As promised, I am - finally - getting around to posting the full reports
from the six Breeding Bird Surveys I cover in my region.

On 27 May 2017, I completed the Post BBS - entirely within Garza County.
This route starts west of Post, runs eastward to Post, then bends northeast
and continues along FM 651 to the Salt Fork of the Brazos River.
Conditions were generally lush but, due to the early timing of this
spring's rains, there was very little standing water and things were,
across all taxa, surprisingly slow in terms of both diversity and
abundance. I had the feeling, throughout the morning, that I had missed
'the peark' this year.

All in all, I tallied:

2 Outis Skippers
1 Common Checkered Skipper
2 Checkered Whites
12 Orange Sulphurs
12 Southern Dogfaces
3 Lyside Sulphurs
1 Little Yellow
2 Sleepy Oranges
1 Variegated Fritillary
2 Bordered Patches

1 Red-eared Slider
2 Texas Horned Lizards
1 Western Hog-nosed Snake

41 Northern Bobwhites
10 Scaled Quails
10 Rock Pigeons
14 Eurasian Collared Doves
11 White-winged Doves
64 Mourning Doves
1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo
3 Greater Roadrunners
5 Common Nighthawks
4 Chimney Swifts
1 Black-chinned Hummingbird
6 Killdeers
1 Double-crested Cormorant
5 Turkey Vultures
6 Mississippi Kites
4 Golden-fronted Woodpeckers
1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
1 American Kestrel
8 Ash-throated Flycatchers
64 Western Kingbirds
26 Scissor-tailed Flycatchers
1 Loggerhead Shrike
1 Bell's Vireo
1 Common Raven
17 Horned Larks
3 Purple Martins
4 Northern Rough-winged Swallows
306 Cliff Swallows
25 Cave Swallows
12 Barn Swallows
1 Verdin
1 Curve-billed Thrasher
25 Northern Mockingbirds
18 European Starlings
39 House Sparrows
3 House Finches
7 Cassin's Sparrows
18 Lark Sparrows
1 Grasshopper Sparrow
5 Northern Cardinals
3 Pyrrhuloxias
3 Blue Grosbeaks
5 Painted Buntings
4 Dickcissels
11 Red-winged Blackbirds
1 Eastern Meadowlark
9 Western Meadowlarks
13 Common Grackles
39 Great-tailed Grackles
2 Bronzed Cowbirds
7 Brown-headed Cowbirds
1 Orchard Oriole
2 Bullock's Orioles

6 Desert Cottontails
1 Plains Pocket Mouse
1 Coyote
1 White-tailed Deer

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 6/17/17 3:13 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from the Floydada BBS - Today
Greetings All:
I got the last one done for the year - yay!

The Floydada BBS routes starts at a point north of Floydada, runs east
towards the Floyd/Motley County line, hooks south to end at a point north
of Dougherty, and then curves westward to end at a point east of Floydada.
I will post a full report - at some point when I have the energy (it's 111
degrees outside!) but wanted to get the highlights out in a timely
fashion. Sightings are listed in the order encountered along the route.

There were no highlights on the way over.

The route, itself, kicked out 1 Ring-necked Pheasant north of Floydada, 2
Ring-necked Pheasants north of Floydada, 2 Cave Swallows northeast of
Floydada, 1 Ring-necked Pheasant northeast of Floydada, 2 Common Ravens
northeast of Floydada, a pair of nesting Common Yellowthroats at the
Windfarm Pond, 2 American Avocets northwest of Dougherty, 2 Say's Phoebes
northwest of Floydada*, 1 Vesper Sparrow (a very rare breeder this far
south) north of Dougherty was seen well and heard well, 2 American Avocets,
2 Cattle Egrets, and 2 Cave Swallows north of Dougherty, 2 White-faced
Ibises north of Dougherty, 2 Gadwalls and 1 Cave Swallow northwest of
Dougherty, and 2 Northern Pintails, 2 Black-necked Stilts and 4 American
Avocets east of Floydada.

*The abandoned homestead that the Say's Phoebes have been using as a
nesting site for the last three years has been razed - they are making do
with a brand new shed that has been erected in its place. A bit of a
downgrade, if you ask me.

On the way home there was a playa near Lakeview with 2 Blue-winged Teals
and 2 American Avocets as well as a going homestead with 16+ Purple Martins
- all in Floyd County.

Passing through Crosby County I spotted a Rock Wren at the FM 193 x FM 651
crossing; 4 Black-necked Stilts and 8 American Avocets north of Crosbyton;
1 Snowy Egret and 3 Cattle Egrets east of Ralls.

All in all a good day to count birds early and hide in an air-conditioned
structure the rest of the day:)

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 6/17/17 12:17 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Pipeline Road & Yturrias Tract
Hi, all!


Birded Pipeline Road and the Yturrias Tract this morning; most exciting bird
was a Chihuahuan Raven about a mile south of FM490 on Pipeline! (Photo on
Ebird for proof - too lousy to post on FB... :-P) Also had some Turkeys,
which is always fun, along with one or more Swainson's Hawks. Lots of
Painted Buntings, but couldn't find any Varied at Yturrias (just did the
nature trail) and thought I was gonna totally dip on Roadrunner until one
exploded from the side of the trail! Some pics are here:



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



Bird List was kinda meager at 49 species, but had some nice quality; the
raven was flagged by Ebird:



Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis

Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus

Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus

White-tailed Hawk Geranoaetus albicaudatus

Swainson's Hawk Buteo swainsoni

Killdeer Charadrius vociferus

Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto

White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica

Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

Inca Dove Columbina inca

Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina

Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus

Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons

Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris

Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway

Ash-throated Flycatcher Myiarchus cinerascens

Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus

Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus

Western Kingbird Tyrannus verticalis

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus

White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus

Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas

Chihuahuan Raven Corvus cryptoleucus

Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris

Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva

Black-crested Titmouse Baeolophus atricristatus

Verdin Auriparus flaviceps

Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii

Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre

Long-billed Thrasher Toxostoma longirostre

Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

Olive Sparrow Arremonops rufivirgatus

Cassin's Sparrow Peucaea cassinii

Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus

Black-throated Sparrow Amphispiza bilineata

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Pyrrhuloxia Cardinalis sinuatus

Painted Bunting Passerina ciris

Dickcissel Spiza americana

Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna

Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus

Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater

Bullock's Oriole Icterus bullockii

House Sparrow Passer domesticus



49 SPECIES



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 6/17/17 2:44 am
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] This Month's Birder Patrol
Hi, all!


This month's Birder Patrol trip will take place next Saturday, the 24th, and
we'll be headed to the Inn at Chachalaca Bend to explore their wonderful
grounds and trails! Meet at the Jack in the Box at 77 and Ed Carey in
Harlingen at 7:30, or if you happen to live closer to the Inn (which is
northeast of Los Fresnos), you can meet us there at 8:00, as this is a
walk-in site. If we have time afterwards (and it's not too hot) we may
explore some nearby hotspots (no pun intended).



As of right now there's a 60% chance of rain on Saturday; if this rises to
70% or greater by Friday, I'll send out an announcement cancelling the trip.



Cost is $5.00 per person, and all proceeds go to the educational endeavors
of the Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society.



See you there! MB



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 6/16/17 3:55 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Pictures from Wednesday, young birds, water birds, shorebirds and a Anahuac? rail
Started the trip at Anahuac. Most of the rookery birds were not out feeding
yet. Good numbers of neotropic cormorants were sitting up in the sun
showing their bright green eyes
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654419

The young of the year are now out with the older birds. They have dark
eyes, less color on the bill, neater and browner and no sign of white
around the bill

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654422

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654414

This rail was very much a king rail while calling for a while. However it
maybe looks more like a clapper rail. It was on the clapper side of
crossover road rather on the king rail side. but the water is subject to
changes in the area due to tides and rain. And of course it could cross the
road and be in the other habitat. Some seaside sparrows are on the king
rail side but are not up to shoveler pond latitude this year.

Lots of seaside sparrows were up singing but no sign of the youngsters yet.
They seem a little later than some of the local birds perhaps needing more
spring growth out in the marsh

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654404

Red-winged blackbirds were singing

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654400

and chasing cowbirds which are out in the marsh too

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654401

The alternate singing dickcissels seem to be spreading a little out into
traditional-singing dickcissel territory with the traditional birds moving
out

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654395

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654397

Good numbers of forster's terns at shoveler pond but most were in a large
group. Bright orange feet and bills are diagnostic

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654426

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654425

A good string of reddish egrets were feeding in most tidal flows and cuts
along the beach

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654720

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654717

Plumes on a snowy egret survived the nesting season while those on the
reddish egret were very raggedy

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654723

And nice yellow feet

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654722

An adult yellow-crowned night heron has a dirty bill from poking into crab
holes after crabs

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654727

This yellow-crown youngster was just out of the nest and still has baby
feathers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654728

Note the two tone wing pattern on birds of this age. When in flight, they
can look very much like an American bittern flying away with the two tone
wings

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654729

Last week, there were lots of coconuts migrating onto the beaches. This
week there was only a single one that had lost many of its barnacles. And
there was no new debris of sargassum or hyacinth on the beaches this week.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654713

A reddish egret out on bolivar flats appeared to have a white back end

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654913

Very different look when it flew

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654914

Lots of fish to eat; notice all the fish fleeing the two reddish egrets

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654915

Most of the bolivar shorebirds were sleeping back inland but some were
starting to arrive with the slowly falling tide like this marbled godwit

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654905

The little group of 5 dunlin still continue

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654902

All of the black terns out on the flats were non-breeding birds and all of
the black breeding birds were elsewhere or up north

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654898

A dunlin photobombed my attempt to photograph semipalmated plovers several
times

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654919

The flock of western sandpipers that flew in were different than the flock
from last week as they were still more in breeding plumage

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654922

A good number of least terns in non-breeding plumage were over on east beach

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654938

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654940

They have better carpal bars than common terns

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654944

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654943

Several Wilson's plovers feeding in the same area

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654946

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165654947

Another nice day on the coast.

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


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Date: 6/16/17 1:52 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from the Dougherty BBS - Today
Greetings All:
Today I completed the first of my Floyd County BBS routes (and all
highlights seen were in Floyd County): the Dougherty BBS. This route
starts just south of Dougherty, runs west passing south of Floydada, takes
a hook south across the White River Canyon (always an interesting road
after the spring rains), and then bends west again, ending close to FM 54
just east of the Hale/Floyd County line. A full report will be posted
later but I wanted to get some highlights out today.

On the way over I almost ran over a Common Poorwill on Highway 207 where it
crosses the White River.

Along the route (with birds listed in order of appearance): 4 American
Avocets just southwest of Dougherty, 2 Black-necked Stilts and 2
White-faced Ibises further west, 1 Green-winged Teal further west, 1
Northern Pintail further west, 2 Black-necked Stilts and 2 American Avocets
southeast of Floydada, 16 Purple Martins south-southeast of Floydada, 1
Ring-necked Pheasant and 2 male Yellow-headed Blackbirds a bit further
west, 5 Blue-winged Teals, 2 Northern Shovelers, 2 Green-winged Teals, 2
Redheads, 4 American Avocets, 2 Purple Martins and 1 female Yellow-headed
Blackbird south of Floydada, 23 Cattle Egrets and 1 male Bronzed Cowbird
southwest of Floydada, 1 Lesser Goldfinch near the White River crossing of
CR 121, and 1 male Bronzed Cowbird at the very last stop.

With heavy rains in the Floydada area early in the month, there was a good
chance that my second BBS route would still be non-navigable ... so I
headed back up to Floydada to attempt a pre-run. I had 2 Cave Swallows
near the intersection of FM 54 and CR 81. At playas just south of Floydada
I tallied 2 Redheads, 1 Black-necked Stilt, 2 American Avocets, 1 Snowy
Egret, 19 Cattle Egrets, and 2 White-faced Ibises. In Floydada I lucked
into 4 Purple Martins.

The Floydada BBS route starts at a point north of Floydada, runs west to FM
28, hooks south on FM 28, and then heads back towards Floydada. I cruised
the routes as fast as conditions allowed and, though some spots were a bit
tacky, I should - given no rains tonight - be able to complete the route
tomorrow. Some birds noted along the way: 1 male Common Yellowthroat
singing at Windfarm Pond, 2 American Avocets, 1 White-faced Ibis, and 2
Common Ravens along CR 200 as it closes in on FM 28, and 2 Gadwalls on a
playa by the side of CR 232 a tad west of FM 28.

The last highlight of the visit to Floyd County: 2 Blue-winged Teals on a
roadside pond east of Floydada.

Not a bad day - I sure hope that I can knock my last survey out tomorrow -
will be keeping an eye on the doppler the rest of the day:)

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 6/16/17 8:51 am
From: Jane F Tillman <jtillman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Question about breeding Ospreys
This week I gave a talk for a gardening club that is on a hilltop at Lake
Travis just up from Hippie Hollow. The neighborhood is surrounded by
Balcones Canyonlands Preserve land. They have Painted Buntings coming to
feeders, see Golden-cheeked Warblers fairly often and have had Black-capped
Vireos in the past.
The hostess has lots of hummingbird feeders and many Black-chinned.
Interestingly, she mentioned that she also occasionally gets a really big
hummer- hmm. Now she is going to try to get photos. Stay tuned.

At the talk I also got a report of ospreys nesting at Lake Travis (Travis
County), from someone who lives on the lake.

The TOS Handbook mentions other areas where they are uncommon breeders,
like the upper Texas Coast.

We have lots of summer records of Osprey here in Austin (sightings taper
off in June and July) but I thought they were non-breeders. Is this an
unusual record? If so, I will try to document it.

Thanks.
Jane Tillman
Austin


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Date: 6/16/17 8:19 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Yellow Warbler Cedar Park
....
This morn I found an adult male YEWA in the willows on the small creek by
Costco. Windy an tough to keep up with.
--

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


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Date: 6/16/17 6:04 am
From: Les Wolf <leswolfie52...>
Subject: [texbirds] Bald eagle
I have a bald eagle being buzzed by a broadwing hawk in Meyerland. Near Beechnut & S. Rice

Les Wolf
Houston TX

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Date: 6/15/17 7:46 pm
From: Mira M Pellerin <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender mirampellerin for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] SWALLOW TAILED KITE SEEN IN CLEAR LAKE ON SUNDAY AM AT PENN HILLS DRIVE AND DIANA LANE.
Sorry to be so late, but I thought that I was still subscribed to Texbirds.
So here it goes again, I saw a swallow tailed kite at the intersection of Penn Hills Dr. and Diana Ln in Clear Lake last Sunday am. It was perched in the top a of a large tree, (possibly an oak tree). My friend, who was driving the car, saw it take off and immediately asked me what kind of bird it was, as he couldn't remember seeing one like it in the vicinity before. I was shocked when I saw it fly over th car!



If anyone lives near the intersection of Penn Hills and Pineloch, be on the look out for evidence of a nesting pair in that vicinity! Also near the intersection of Pineloch

and Space Center BLVD!


Mira M. Pellerin


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Date: 6/15/17 7:45 pm
From: Richard <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender rdkrsh for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Wood Storks at Richland Creek WMA
Pat Isaacson and I had a great bird birding day at Richland Creek WMA. we saw over 300 Word Storks. The things became trash birds. 3 Roseate Spoonbills 2 adults 1 Immature , 2 Least Terns, 14 Black-necked Stilts, 100 White Ibis, just 3 White-faced Ibis, 10 Common Gallinules, 1 Purple Gallinule . No Least Bitterns, Tricolored Herons or Black-crowned Night Herons



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Date: 6/15/17 1:36 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from Plains I BBS - Today
Greetings All:
I knocked out my second Breeding Bird Survey in the vicinity of Plains this
morning. This one starts at a point northeast of Plains runs generally
eastward to the Yoakum/Terry County line and then straggles southward along
roads that seem, at times, to be contested territory for the two counties,
and finishes at a point south-southeast of Plains. As far as google earth
and eBird are concerned the route is, in its entirety, in Yoakum County.

This is generally a very dry count but early season rains have made for
rather spectacular crops (both in terms of wildflowers and of things that
farmers plant), leading to some unexpectedly southern sightings of American
Crows. This route generally supports, in the way of galliforms, only
Northern Bobwhite but, perhaps due to the lushness of crops, I encountered
both Scaled Quails and a Ring-necked Pheasant.

Highlights were: 1 Ring-necked Pheasant northeast of Plains, 2
Black-crowned Night Herons northeast of Plains, 1 Scaled Quail northeast of
Plains, 1 American Crow northeast of Plains, 2 more American Crows
east-northeast of Plains, 2 Cave Swallows east of Plains, 1 Scaled Quail
east of Plains, and 1 Scaled Quail southeast of Plains.

I had not highlights on the way over in the darkness and the only highlight
on the way back was a pair of American Avocets on/at a nest at the Tokio
Playa in Terry County.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 6/15/17 3:58 am
From: Dell Little <dellel1119...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Bev Clauser, longtime wildlife rehabilitator and Ft Worth Audubon member
Thank you Jim for letting us know. Bev and Lee have always been so gracious
to us all for opening up their ranch in Chalk Mountain, and so instrumental
in keeping the local region land owners aware of the habitat they have and
must preserve for Black-capped Vireo and Golden-cheeked Warbler. D.D and I
always enjoyed visiting with them as they led us and our birding friends
around these properties to find these rare birds so close to the Metroplex.
We will miss Bev greatly, My best thoughts to Lee and the rest of the
family.
Dell Little
New Braunfels

On Wed, Jun 14, 2017 at 6:46 PM, JimJones <jjones4fwas...> wrote:

> Hello,
>
>
> I am sharing news that Bev Clauser of Erath County passed away on Monday,
> June 14, 2017. I am hoping this note will reach some of the TexBird
> community who knew Bev and her husband Lee.
>
>
>
> Bev and Lee have been longtime members of Ft. Worth Audubon (FWAS) but are
> better known to many outside of the Fort Worth birding community for their
> volunteer wildlife rehabilitation activities. One friend told me how Bev
> would never turn away any bird species that was hurt. After retirement in
> the mid-1990s, they moved to Longhollow Ranch in Erath County. Bev shared a
> story about getting a call from the folks who purchased their Fort Worth
> home to ask why strangers continued to leave a shoebox with an injured
> animal on their front porch.
>
>
>
> From the very start, Bev and Lee opened their Longhollow Ranch home and
> welcomed birders to visit their property and the nearby Brown property
> about
> 12 miles west of Glen Rose. With Lee's help, FWAS and Audubon Texas was
> able
> to register the Brown property registered as a Global Important Bird Area
> for the Golden-cheek Warblers and Black-capped Vireos nesting there. I have
> lead TOS Winter Meeting fieldtrips to Longhollow Ranch, and I continue a
> yearly FWAS springtime visit for over 15 years. Bev would often come up to
> the little cabin on their property after our morning birding adventure to
> share lunch and stories of what she has recently seen on the ranch and made
> us all feel welcomed by her warm hospitality. Bev was most concerned for
> how
> few Loggerhead Shrikes were being seen near their home and would ask every
> year if we are seeing a decrease of shrikes in other areas.
>
>
>
> When Lee called me this morning he told me there will not be a funeral or
> memorial service. Lee asked that I tell folks who wish to make a
> remembrance
> donation in Bev's name to please make a gift to the:
>
> Hico Activity Center, Attn: Jill Campbell, Director, 411 N. Mesquite St.,
> Hico, TX 76457
>
> Make the check payable to the Hico Activity Center.
>
>
>
> If you would like to contact Lee, please send me an email off-list and I
> will share his mailing address and contact information.
>
>
>
> Jim Jones
>
> Ft Worth Audubon Board Member
>
> Bedford, TX
>
>
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Date: 6/14/17 6:30 pm
From: Bill <texaskingbird...>
Subject: [texbirds] Reddish Egret in Waller County
John Berner alerted me this evening of a sighting of a juvenile Reddish
Egret at the Indiangrass Preserve of the Katy Prairie Conservancy in
Waller County. This is on Hebert Road (probably address 31950), just
west of Pattison Road. It was doing its Reddish Egret cavortive dance in
the pond to the left of the entrance gate and road. I have posted photos
on my eBird checklist. The bird was visible from Hebert Road. It was the
first bird I saw when I pulled up to the gate and was identifiable
because of its actions before I even picked up my binoculars.
Bill Wright, Houston, Texas



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Date: 6/14/17 6:29 pm
From: <jkestner...>
Subject: [texbirds] Kingsville birds
Yesterday I met up with a birding friend from California at the Dick Kleberg Park in Kingsville, about 30 miles south of Corpus Christi.

He had seen orioles in the park on several occasions, and so we looked for them and found a pair of Bullock's Orioles flying back and forth across the Sta. Gertrudis Creek. The male often sat up at the top of a tree surveying his kingdom, but we did not see whether they were tending to a nest.

I realized that I had never really heard a Bullock's vocalizing and was surprised at the similarity of their call to the voice of the park superintendent (aka Northern Mockingbird).

The park was very birdy - several Green Herons (one with feet the color of flames in a campfire) flew up and down the creek, Painted Buntings called, two or three Brown-crested Flycatchers were very "whitty" and two Common Ground Doves foraged almost at our feet.

We went to lunch and, passing by his old homestead in town, found a bright male Hooded Oriole in a dead tree behind the place.

On my way home, a Swainson's Hawk floated over a field next to the road.

Judy Kestner
Corpus Christi
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Date: 6/14/17 5:17 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Anahuac to Galveston today, baby birds, shorebirds and another black rail
Started the day just after sunrise at Anahuac refuge.
On the way down, had a Fuertes type red-tailed hawk at the stop sign where
562 and 62 meet. Anahuac had lots of some birds and seemed to be missing
what should be common birds.

Did 2 loops around shoveler pond and the marsh wrens are doing very well.
Common gallinules have many chicks. No purple gallinule chicks and one
coot. Lots of noisy boat-tailed grackle chicks are fledging. Also new
chicks of willets and older chicks of black-necked stilts. Young neotropic
cormorants and yellow-crowned night herons are on their own.

There are about 40 forster's terns around shoveler pond with most sitting
in a pulloff doing the bring a fish bit. Bobwhite was calling for my second
for the year and I got a quick look

Black rail calling down near frozen point about 75% of the way from the
burrowing owl spot and the end of the road. It was on the north side in the
heavier vegetation. Lots of seaside sparrows singing.

least bitterns were scarce as were orchard orioles in most of the refuge.
Catbird singing for a bit. It is still hard to get used to large numbers of
mourning doves out in the marsh. Again, the only dickcissels were the
alternate singing birds; all of the regular song group left the area.

Tides were very high and pushing at the edge of the parking lot at rollover
with no birds. 2 ospreys on the way down to the flats.

Tide high at the flats with almost no shorebirds as the feeding areas were
under deeper water. A few birds started coming from the roost back inland
but it would be another hour or so standing around so I did not wait. The
horned larks down that way are carrying food.

There were the remaining 5 dunlins including my latest ever breeding
plumage dunlins, 1 red knot, 5 black-bellied plover, 1 white-rumped
sandpiper, 10 western sandpipers, 10 sanderling, 2 marbled godwit, 4
semipalmated plovers, 1 Wilson's plover, 4 short-billed dowitchers, and 25
avocets. About as low numbers as I have seen for the area. Have no idea how
many other birds were roosting and waiting for the magic signal that the
tide is going down.

Does anyone know how they know the tide is going down, since tides are so
irregular here and the wind was keeping it from going out. A clock in the
brain would have had all the birds out to feed but no feeding grounds.

Ferry took a long time as the start of extra boats is delayed and more and
more people have the special go to the front of the line passes. Almost
only laughing gulls and rock pigeons on the boats with the grackles absent.

East beach had little but the wet spots had 45 American avocets and 10
western willets plus more horned larks. Wilson's plover chicks are off on
their own. 2 Caspian terns were playing bring me a fish game and 2 others
tried to get the fish but true love won. Had a frigatebird off the jetty
for my first of the summer in the area although the wind was great for good
numbers. Horses and birds do not mix.

There are more non-breeding black and least terns around and still no new
sargassum. Need lots of weed on the beaches for the birds to use.

Sort of getting a little slow out there but a couple more weeks will have
returning shorebirds.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 6/14/17 4:47 pm
From: JimJones <jjones4fwas...>
Subject: [texbirds] Bev Clauser, longtime wildlife rehabilitator and Ft Worth Audubon member
Hello,


I am sharing news that Bev Clauser of Erath County passed away on Monday,
June 14, 2017. I am hoping this note will reach some of the TexBird
community who knew Bev and her husband Lee.



Bev and Lee have been longtime members of Ft. Worth Audubon (FWAS) but are
better known to many outside of the Fort Worth birding community for their
volunteer wildlife rehabilitation activities. One friend told me how Bev
would never turn away any bird species that was hurt. After retirement in
the mid-1990s, they moved to Longhollow Ranch in Erath County. Bev shared a
story about getting a call from the folks who purchased their Fort Worth
home to ask why strangers continued to leave a shoebox with an injured
animal on their front porch.



From the very start, Bev and Lee opened their Longhollow Ranch home and
welcomed birders to visit their property and the nearby Brown property about
12 miles west of Glen Rose. With Lee's help, FWAS and Audubon Texas was able
to register the Brown property registered as a Global Important Bird Area
for the Golden-cheek Warblers and Black-capped Vireos nesting there. I have
lead TOS Winter Meeting fieldtrips to Longhollow Ranch, and I continue a
yearly FWAS springtime visit for over 15 years. Bev would often come up to
the little cabin on their property after our morning birding adventure to
share lunch and stories of what she has recently seen on the ranch and made
us all feel welcomed by her warm hospitality. Bev was most concerned for how
few Loggerhead Shrikes were being seen near their home and would ask every
year if we are seeing a decrease of shrikes in other areas.



When Lee called me this morning he told me there will not be a funeral or
memorial service. Lee asked that I tell folks who wish to make a remembrance
donation in Bev's name to please make a gift to the:

Hico Activity Center, Attn: Jill Campbell, Director, 411 N. Mesquite St.,
Hico, TX 76457

Make the check payable to the Hico Activity Center.



If you would like to contact Lee, please send me an email off-list and I
will share his mailing address and contact information.



Jim Jones

Ft Worth Audubon Board Member

Bedford, TX



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Date: 6/14/17 1:16 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from the Plains II Breeding Bird Survey
Greetings All:
With four BBSs left to go, several weekend days lost to adverse winds or
rains, and no guarantee that the remaining four weekend days remaining
would be any better, I am taking a little vacation time to knock them off
during what is anticipated to be a straight shot of four dry and relatively
wind-free days.

I started out this morning with the Plains II survey which stars in Yoakum
County, at a point north of Plains, and continues, generally northward into
Cochran County, to a point west of Lehman. I will put out a full report -
eventually - but decided to throw some highlights out while they were still
fresh in my heart.

I had no avian highlights on the way over though I was heartened to see a
live American Badger crossing a dirt road (I have seen several dead ones
this year; a live one was a bit of a relief).

Yoakum County highlights were - running northward along the route: 1 Scaled
Quail, 2 Scaled Quails, 2 Scaled Quails, 1 Scaled Quail, 1 Ring-necked
Pheasant, 1 Scaled Quail, and 4 Scaled Quails.

Cochran County highlights were - running northward along the route: 2
Ring-necked Pheasants, 1 Scaled Quail, 1 Scaled Quail, 2 Scaled Quails, 1
Scaled Quails, 3 Scaled Quails, 4 Scaled Quails, 1 male Bronzed Cowbird, 2
Scaled Quails, and 2 Scaled Quails.

The sole highlight on the way home: 1 male Bronzed Cowbird in Lehman
(Cochran County).

To folk wondering why Scaled Quails, seemingly common along this route,
would be considered a highlight, a reminder that the species declined
precipitously during the drought and is still in recovery. There were
years where finding just a few along this route was considered a joyous
experience; tagging almost thirty was wondrous!

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 6/14/17 8:40 am
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR
We started the day out with a walk down Harris Creek Trail. It was muggy
but with a south breeze blowing it felt pretty good. There we saw Painted
Buntings and Indigo Buntings on their nesting territory. We also saw
Red-headed Woodpeckers in the dead trees across the creek near the trail
head. From there we continued on to Meadow Pond Rd. and found a Belted
Kingfisher, a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Mississippi Kites and Great
Egrets at Deaver Pond. We then continued on down Meadow Pond Rd. and found
one of four singing Summer Tanagers near the bridge over the creek. When
we arrived at Meadow Pond the American Lotus were flowering in all their
glory. This in itself was worth the trip. When we went on the road to
Sandy Point we saw one of eight Greater Roadrunners for the day. We also
found a Roadrunner nest with two young roadrunners in it. This was the
first time many of us had ever seen a Roadrunner nest. It was up about 8
to 10 feet in an Oak Tree. We finished the day with 62 species.
http://ebird.org/ebird/iss/view/checklist/S37572211
Jack Chiles, Texas master naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR.

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Date: 6/13/17 6:53 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from Circle Breeding Bird Survey - Sunday
Greetings All:
On Sunday, 11 June, I ran the Circle BBS. I will post a full report at a
later date but some highlights seem in order - all birds reported were in
Lamb County: 2 Blue-winged Teals at the playa just north of Earth, 1
Ring-necked Pheasant near Circle, 1 Ring-necked Pheasant near Springlake, 1
Ring-necked Pheasant south of Pleasant Valley, 2 Inca Doves in Earth, 2
Black-necked Stilts at the playa just north of Earth, 6 American Avocets at
the playa just north of Earth, 5 Cattle Egrets in a flooded canal northeast
of Earth, 2 White-faced Ibises at the playa just north of earth, 2 Cave
Swallows southwest of Pleasant Valley, 1 male Bronzed Cowbird near Circle,
and 1 male Bronzed Cowbird southeast of Pleasant Valley.

I had no avian highlights on the way out to the count or on the way home
though I was happy to find a few Soapberry Hairstreaks in the soapberry
grove at Lamb County Sandhills Historical Marker.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 6/13/17 5:30 am
From: John Bartos <jbartos76...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Birding at High Island and Bolivar Peninsula to improve
If you click on the link, HAS has made it quick and easy to give a comment
of support for this project.
http://houstonaudubon.org/conservation/bolivar-trail.html
Thanks for helping with this and thanks to Steve for alerting Texbirds to
it.

John Bartos
Houston

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On Behalf Of Stephen Gast (Redacted sender "segast23" for DMARC)
Sent: Monday, June 12, 2017 1:46 PM
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Cc: Texbirds Posts <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Birding at High Island and Bolivar Peninsula to
improve

Please note that Houston Audubon has yet to receive any funds and needs
the support of birders and others to assure the award (per the Audubon
website) . .  Steve GastHouston, <Texassegast23...> 
From: Judy Kestner <jkestner...>
To: <dmarc-noreply-modpost...>
Cc: Texbirds Posts <texbirds...>
Sent: Monday, June 12, 2017 1:27 PM
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Birding at High Island and Bolivar Peninsula to
improve

Indian Point in the Corpus Christi area was also a recipient of BP funds
Judy Kestner Corpus Christi

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> On Jun 12, 2017, at 1:08 PM, Stephen Gast (Redacted sender "segast23" for
DMARC) <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> wrote:
>
> Great news for Houston Audubon and friends on the Bolivar Peninsula. 
Through the monies available from the BP Macondo oil spill Houston Audubon
is on a short list of entities to receive significant funding to enhance
habitat and wildlife viewer access at almost all of the conservation
properties in East Galveston County. Bad news is they need to reduce the
list of recipients by about 5 to 10%.
> Board walks across marshes, towers, platforms and bridges as well as
parking areas and trails for Houston Audubon sites would be supported if the
grant award is approved. The Texas birding community is in a great position
to be the beneficiary of these funds although it is not yet guaranteed.
> If you want to see more about the possible future enhancements and
improved access that might happen go to:
> http://houstonaudubon.org/conservation/bolivar-trail.html
> Public comments are being solicited and significant support form the
birding and environmental community can and will make a difference in
whether Houston Audubon gets approval.
> Please everyone (everyone) go to this site and follow directions there to
post a comment in support of this investment. We can make a difference
collectively for some of our favorite sites (and even a couple we haven't
been able to get to yet) if we can convince authorities that this is a great
way to spend these dollars.
> Thanks to Texbirds for enabling this communication. Steve
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Date: 6/12/17 4:32 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Ebird's new illustrated checklist for Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Ebird's new illustrated checklist for Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
I hope this shows up for you--most nice!
http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585/media?yr=all&m=

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

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Date: 6/12/17 12:19 pm
From: Stephen Gast <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender segast23 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Birding at High Island and Bolivar Peninsula to improve
Please note that Houston Audubon has yet to receive any funds and needs the support of birders and others to assure the award (per the Audubon website) . .  Steve GastHouston, <Texassegast23...> 
From: Judy Kestner <jkestner...>
To: <dmarc-noreply-modpost...>
Cc: Texbirds Posts <texbirds...>
Sent: Monday, June 12, 2017 1:27 PM
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Birding at High Island and Bolivar Peninsula to improve

Indian Point in the Corpus Christi area was also a recipient of BP funds
Judy Kestner
Corpus Christi

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jun 12, 2017, at 1:08 PM, Stephen Gast (Redacted sender "segast23" for DMARC) <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> wrote:
>
> Great news for Houston Audubon and friends on the Bolivar Peninsula.  Through the monies available from the BP Macondo oil spill Houston Audubon is on a short list of entities to receive significant funding to enhance habitat and wildlife viewer access at almost all of the conservation properties in East Galveston County. Bad news is they need to reduce the list of recipients by about 5 to 10%.
> Board walks across marshes, towers, platforms and bridges as well as parking areas and trails for Houston Audubon sites would be supported if the grant award is approved. The Texas birding community is in a great position to be the beneficiary of these funds although it is not yet guaranteed.
> If you want to see more about the possible future enhancements and improved access that might happen go to:
> http://houstonaudubon.org/conservation/bolivar-trail.html
> Public comments are being solicited and significant support form the birding and environmental community can and will make a difference in whether Houston Audubon gets approval.
> Please everyone (everyone) go to this site and follow directions there to post a comment in support of this investment. We can make a difference collectively for some of our favorite sites (and even a couple we haven't been able to get to yet) if we can convince authorities that this is a great way to spend these dollars.
> Thanks to Texbirds for enabling this communication. 
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Date: 6/12/17 11:26 am
From: Judy Kestner <jkestner...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Birding at High Island and Bolivar Peninsula to improve
Indian Point in the Corpus Christi area was also a recipient of BP funds
Judy Kestner
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> On Jun 12, 2017, at 1:08 PM, Stephen Gast (Redacted sender "segast23" for DMARC) <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> wrote:
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> Great news for Houston Audubon and friends on the Bolivar Peninsula. Through the monies available from the BP Macondo oil spill Houston Audubon is on a short list of entities to receive significant funding to enhance habitat and wildlife viewer access at almost all of the conservation properties in East Galveston County. Bad news is they need to reduce the list of recipients by about 5 to 10%.
> Board walks across marshes, towers, platforms and bridges as well as parking areas and trails for Houston Audubon sites would be supported if the grant award is approved. The Texas birding community is in a great position to be the beneficiary of these funds although it is not yet guaranteed.
> If you want to see more about the possible future enhancements and improved access that might happen go to:
> http://houstonaudubon.org/conservation/bolivar-trail.html
> Public comments are being solicited and significant support form the birding and environmental community can and will make a difference in whether Houston Audubon gets approval.
> Please everyone (everyone) go to this site and follow directions there to post a comment in support of this investment. We can make a difference collectively for some of our favorite sites (and even a couple we haven't been able to get to yet) if we can convince authorities that this is a great way to spend these dollars.
> Thanks to Texbirds for enabling this communication.
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Date: 6/12/17 11:10 am
From: Stephen Gast <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender segast23 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Birding at High Island and Bolivar Peninsula to improve
Great news for Houston Audubon and friends on the Bolivar Peninsula.  Through the monies available from the BP Macondo oil spill Houston Audubon is on a short list of entities to receive significant funding to enhance habitat and wildlife viewer access at almost all of the conservation properties in East Galveston County. Bad news is they need to reduce the list of recipients by about 5 to 10%.
Board walks across marshes, towers, platforms and bridges as well as parking areas and trails for Houston Audubon sites would be supported if the grant award is approved. The Texas birding community is in a great position to be the beneficiary of these funds although it is not yet guaranteed.
If you want to see more about the possible future enhancements and improved access that might happen go to:
http://houstonaudubon.org/conservation/bolivar-trail.html
Public comments are being solicited and significant support form the birding and environmental community can and will make a difference in whether Houston Audubon gets approval.
Please everyone (everyone) go to this site and follow directions there to post a comment in support of this investment. We can make a difference collectively for some of our favorite sites (and even a couple we haven't been able to get to yet) if we can convince authorities that this is a great way to spend these dollars.
Thanks to Texbirds for enabling this communication.  
Steve GastHouston, <Texassegast23...> 
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Date: 6/12/17 8:56 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Texas Pelagics 2017 Schedule Update.
Hello all,

I, too, am surprised by the lack of interest in Texas pelagics this year.
What's going on?! In my limited experience (off Louisiana), July is
arguably the best month of the year offshore. Most of the true pelagic
species that spend their non-breeding season in the Gulf Stream of the
Atlantic Ocean also venture into the northern Gulf of Mexico from late
spring to summer and peak in abundance in July and August. July is an
excellent time for storm-petrels, in particular, (Wilson's in greatest
abundance in June-July off Louisiana) as well as shearwaters, specifically
Audubon's and Cory's, but also Sooty. Recently, June has been THE month for
discovering a wayward Sooty Shearwater in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
Although Texas now has about 18 accepted records, many of which have
occurred in late spring-summer, Louisiana recorded its first-ever on 18
June 2014. Just last week, Colette Micallef (a Texas Pelagic veteran)
photographed this Sooty Shearwater (
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S37484733) in extreme w. Florida. If
there are any guarantees to be made for seeing multiple pelagic species in
a day and enough of them to keep it interesting, it would be a mid-summer
pelagic. Migration timing and pesky frontal systems make late summer and
fall pelagics much more unpredictable. Of course, anything is possible
offshore at this season and that's what makes these trips so exciting!

I hope to see some of you out there this summer!

Good birding,
Justin Bosler
Austin, TX

On Sat, Jun 10, 2017 at 2:48 PM, Garett Hodne <garyhodne...> wrote:
>
>
>
> Registrations for this year's Texas Pelagics trips have been very slow so
> far this year. I guess I need to do a lot more reminding our seabirding
> enthusiasts that the time is at hand to make your plans for this summer's
> Texas Pelagics trips. At this point we are however far too undersubscribed
> to be able to run the July 22nd Texas Pelagic that was planned from Port
> Aransas, so this trip has been cancelled. I have also decided to make the
> August 26th trip from South Padre Island a 12 hour trip instead of a 16
> hour
> adventure.
>
>
>
> Here is the revised 2017 schedule: If you sign-up soon the "Early Bird
> Discount" is still available for the September trips.
>
>
>
> DATE HOURS PORT and BOAT
> REGULAR FARE
>
> Saturday, August 12, 2017 16 Port Aransas
> -Kingfisher $ 250
>
> Saturday, August 26, 2017 12 South Padre Island -
> OSPREY $ 200
>
> Saturday, September 16, 2017 16 Port Aransas -Kingfisher
> $ 250
>
> Saturday, September 30, 2017 12 South Padre Island -
> OSPREY
> $ 200
>
>
>
> WHY GO ON A TEXAS PELAGIC? Short answer - they are a lot of FUN!!
>
> If you talk to any of the Texas Pelagic leaders and regulars they'll
> probably tell you some of the most amazing bird and wildlife encounters
> they've ever had in the state of Texas occurred on a Texas Pelagic. Our
> experiences from 2015 and 2016 indicate that with more frequent coverage by
> pelagic trips we are much more likely to have a few exceptional Pelagic
> birding days in the season. This is probably due improving our odds of
> hitting favorable current, wind and sea conditions for seabirds that occur
> every so often in the deep Gulf off South Padre.
>
>
>
> If you've never been on a Texas Pelagic this is the year you should try one
> or two. If it's been a long time since you've been on a Texas Pelagic come
> back this year and see how much fun they can be. If you're afraid of
> seasickness try using the Transderm Scop patch (prescription needed) and
> enjoy a day at sea with our great pelagic leaders and groups. These trips
> are also a great way to spend a hot summer weekend out birding where it is
> definitely cooler offshore than it is onshore. If you're still unconvinced
> check out the testimonials from our participants and leaders here:
> <http://texaspelagics.com/testimonials/>
> http://texaspelagics.com/testimonials/
>
>
>
> WHAT TO EXPECT TEXAS PELAGIC?
>
> SEABIRDS: If you've never been on any Pelagic birding trip than you will
> certainly see a few life birds. Or if you've never been on a Texas Pelagic
> than you can expect to see a few new birds for your Texas Life List. The
> seabirds we seek to find are typically never seen from shore and except for
> their nesting grounds on remote oceanic islands, they spend their entire
> lives far out at sea, usually beyond the edge of the continental shelf. For
> a state with the tropical Gulf of Mexico for Pelagic Birding, Texas has
> amassed a respectable list of Pelagic species over the years. Here is a
> list
> of the regular Pelagic Seabirds we encounter annually in good numbers
> though
> not necessarily all of these species on every trip.
>
> 1. Cory's (Scopoli's) Shearwater
>
> 2. Cory's (borealis) Shearwater
>
> 3. Audubon's Shearwater
>
> 4. Leach's Storm-Petrel
>
> 5. Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
>
> 6. Magnificent Frigatebird
>
> 7. Masked Booby
>
> 8. Sooty Tern
>
> 9. Bridled Tern
>
> 10. Pomarine Jaeger
>
> 11. Parasitic Jaeger
>
>
>
> In addition we frequently see a nice seabird rarity for Texas. All of these
> species in the list below, except one, have been seen on a Texas Pelagic.
>
> 1. Yellow-nosed Albatross - (once)
>
> 2. Black-capped Petrel
>
> 3. Great Shearwater - (almost annually)
>
> 4. Sooty Shearwater
>
> 5. Manx Shearwater
>
> 6. Wilson's Storm-Petrel - (not yet)
>
> 7. Red-billed Tropicbird
>
> 8. Brown Booby - (lately more than annually)
>
> 9. Northern Gannet (rare on Texas Pelagics because we don't go in the
> winter)
>
> 10. Red-necked Phalarope
>
> 11. Red Phalarope
>
> 12. Black-legged Kittiwake
>
> 13. Sabine's Gull
>
> 14. Brown Noddy
>
> 15. Arctic Tern
>
> 16. South Polar Skua - (once)
>
> 17. Long-tailed Jaeger
>
> A full rundown of the species list for Offshore Texas Pelagics can be found
> at: http://texaspelagics.com/pelagic-sea-birds/tx-seabirds/ . The links
> on
> this page will take you to detailed report pages listing the Seasonal
> Occurrence and Geographic Distribution for most of the seabirds seen in
> offshore Texas
>
> Even though the warm tropical waters of the Gulf of Mexico are not as
> productive as the waters off of Cape Hatteras or California we can still on
> occasion get a nice number of seabirds. Multiple trips over the last few
> years have seen over one hundred seabirds of up to 10 species.
>
>
>
>
>
> MARINE MAMMALS: In addition to the seabirds there is always the possibility
> of Marine Mammals and fish to observe. It is the very rare trip that
> doesn't
> have some sightings of marine mammals. Dolphins of some species are seen on
> nearly every trip. Whales of some species are seen on about a third of
> Texas
> Pelagics trips. Sperm Whales have been sighted on 4 separate trips over the
> last 3 years, again on about one-third of the Texas Pelagic trips. Here is
> the complete list of marine mammals encounter on Texas Pelagics over the
> years.
>
> 1. Bryde's Whale
>
> 2. Atlantic Spotted Dolphin
>
> 3. Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
>
> 4. Clymene Dolphin
>
> 5. Spinner Dolphin
>
> 6. Rough-Toothed Dolphin
>
> 7. Bottlenose Dolphin - PELAGIC
>
> 8. Bottlenose Dolphin - INSHORE
>
> 9. Risso's Dolphin / Grampus
>
> 10. Short-Finned Pilot Whale
>
> 11. Melon-headed Whale
>
> 12. Sperm Whale
>
> 13. Pygmy/Dwarf Sperm Whale
>
> 14. Cuvier's Beaked Whale
>
>
>
> WHALE SHARKS, FISH and OTHER MARINE LIFE: And if the seabirds or marine
> mammals aren't enough to get you excited maybe Whale Sharks, tuna schools,
> other large sharks, sea turtles, various billfish and flying fish all of
> which are frequently seen would get you excited. We have had frequent
> encounters with Whale Sharks, like the August 2011 trip where an absolutely
> monstrous Whale Shark actually bumped into the boat. Check out the photos
> of
> it about half-way through the slide-show from that trip at:
> <http://www.texaspelagics.com/trips/20110827/index.html>
> http://www.texaspelagics.com/trips/20110827/index.html
>
>
>
> AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT FARES:
>
> These are NON-PROFIT trips that I am organizing and running. So maybe I'm
> crazy, but it's a labor of love. All our leaders pay a slightly discounted
> fare as well. I have struggled to break-even on these trips over the last
> two years because Osprey significantly increased their charter costs and
> the
> charter costs from Port Aransas are even higher. In 2015 and 2016 I priced
> the participant fares such that I needed to have the maximum number of
> participants on all trips just to break even on the charter cost. It turned
> out this was an unsustainable pricing model as I ended 2016 with almost an
> $800 personal loss. I cannot afford to personally subsidize these pelagic
> trips. For 2017 I am trying a different pricing model. I have priced the
> participant fares so the trips will break even with about 5 participants
> less than the maximum number the boat will hold. This gives me a little bit
> of breathing room. If the trip gets SOLD-OUT my plan is to offer modest
> refunds to all participants based on the fare they paid. People who sign-up
> early and pay the discounted fares will get proportionately larger refunds.
>
>
>
> Leaders for these trips will include Brad McKinney, Dwight Peake, Eric
> Carpenter, John O'Brien, Mary Gustafson, Petra Hockey, Randy Pinkston,
> Arman
> Moreno and myself. Each of these leaders are passionate about Texas
> Pelagics and have more experience on them than anyone else in the offshore
> Texas Gulf of Mexico. They all work hard not only to find the birds but
> also
> to make sure everyone else gets to see them well and enjoy their time at
> sea. These trips are also very educational with the excellent commentary
> provided by our leaders.
>
>
>
> More information on these trips and on Texas Pelagics (including photos
> from
> previous trips and what species can be expected) can be found at this
> informative website:
>
> <http://www.texaspelagics.com/> http://www.texaspelagics.com/
>
>
>
> Also there is a Facebook page for Texas Pelagics.
>
> <https://www.facebook.com/pages/Texas-Pelagics/173057036078295?ref=hl>
> https://www.facebook.com/pages/Texas-Pelagics/173057036078295?ref=hl
>
>
>
> And a Facebook group for Texas Pelagics.
>
> <https://www.facebook.com/groups/219671194850690/>
> https://www.facebook.com/groups/219671194850690/
>
>
>
> Please check these out for more information as well.
>
>
>
> I hope you'll join us.
>
> Gary Hodne
>
> The Woodlands, Texas
>
>
>
> Garett 'Gary' Hodne
>
>
>
> www.TexasPelagics.com <http://www.TexasPelagics.com>
>
> 281-684-5425
>
>
>
>
>
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Date: 6/11/17 6:14 pm
From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa...>
Subject: [texbirds] 4 MIKIs
Sorry for any confusion, these birds are in my back yard!!!!!!!!!!!!
David McDonald
Friendswood TX


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Date: 6/11/17 5:51 pm
From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa...>
Subject: [texbirds] 4 Mississippi Kites
Hi Texbirders,
I was working in my yard today and had the pleasure of watching the MIKIs
flying around and the pair landing in the dead tree where I had
photographed them earlier.

However to my amazement a third bird was soaring around with 2 perched in
the tree. I rushed in to get my camera and when I went back out, there were
4 birds in the tree and obviously all were 'Happy Together' to quote the
Turtles.

You may I posted photos last autumn of 2 babies being fed in a big pine
tree in my yard. I do not know MIKI family dynamics, but could this be the
same 4 birds?

Here is the pic from a small camera to get them all in the photo.
2 are obvious on the left, and on the right are 2 more above each other.

http://www.pbase.com/image/165627915

What a special occasion!

David McDonald
Friendswood TX


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Date: 6/10/17 3:29 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lubbock Area Birding Summary for May - Long
Lubbock received 0.58 inches of rain during the month, well below the
average May total of 2.31 inches, bringing us up to 5.67 inches for the
year, pretty much at the average year-to-date total of 5.66 inches. Things
started to heat up during the month and there was a feeling of drought
about the region by the end of the month, concentrating water-loving birds
nicely at the remaining playas and lakes. Shorebird migration was
surprisingly early this year - with the bulk of our migrants through the
region by the end of April - May was slow. Songbird migration was, as has
been the pattern for several springs in a row, better for migrants than for
birders with few stalling frontal systems bringing birds into view.
Regional summaries of eBird data can not be acquired in a timely fashion.
As a result, records submitted to eBird may not appear in this report.
Reports from the region that are submitted to the texbirds or leasbirds
listserve can be reviewed in a timely fashion and should appear.

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

*A Late Report from April:*

BROAD-WINGED HAWK: 1 in southeast Lubbock (Lubbock) on 4/14/17 (PKi) - ONE
OF ONLY TWO REPORTS FROM APRIL - LOW.

*And on to May:*

BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK: 5 at the Plainview Duck Pond (Hale) on 5/2/17
(NP, KS) dwindled to 2 at the Plainview Duck Pond (Hale) on 5/21/17 (PKe) -
FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; THEN ANNUAL BUT RARE; NOW ANNUAL AND
INCREASINGLY COMMON.

CACKLING GOOSE: 3 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 5/2/17 (JB), 4 at Maxey
Park (Lubbock) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG, KHe), and 13 at the Plainview Duck
Pond (Hale) on 5/21/17 (PKe) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR OUR 'SUMMERING' POPULATION.

CANADA GOOSE: 3 in Slaton (Lubbock) on 5/3/17 (DH, AH) and 1 at Maxey Park
(Lubbock) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG, KHe) the only reports - LOW NUMBERS;
GENERALLY QUITE A FEW MORE PERSISTING IN AND THROUGH SUMMER.

WOOD DUCK: 1 at the CR 20 x CR Y Playa (Lynn) on 5/30/17 (JB) the only
report - VERY LOW.

GADWALL: 3 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 5/1/17 (KH), 5 at Tahoka Lake
(Lynn) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG, KHe), 2 southeast of Mt. Blanco (Crosby) on
5/13/17 (AH), 2 at the FM 2956 Playa (Lynn) on 5/14/17 (AH), and 12 at the
CR 20 x CR Y Playa (Lynn) on 5/30/17 (JB) - GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER FOR
LATE SPRING.

AMERICAN WIGEON: 6 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 5/1/17 (KH), 2 at the FM
2956 Playa (Lynn) on 5/14/17 (AH), and 2 at the CR 20 x CR Y Playa (Lynn)
on 5/30/17 (JB) - GOOD NUMBERS FOR THIS LATE IN THE SEASON.

BLUE-WINGED TEAL: Fifteen reports of 1-10 birds, one report of 16 birds,
and one report of 170 birds in the region (Bailey, Crosby, Hale, Lynn,
Motley) during the period (JB, KB, GC, TE, CF, SG, DG, DA, KHe, AH, AvH,
KH, PKi, SP, NP, PR, KS, TT) - INCREDIBLE NUMBERS AND EXCELLENT SCATTER -
THE BEST MAY OF THE DECADE FOR THIS SPECIES.

CINNAMON TEAL: 4 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 5/1/17 (KH), 1 at Muleshoe
NWR (Bailey) on 5/5/17 (TE), and 2 at Tahoka Lake (Lynn) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB,
DG, KHe) the only reports - LOW NUMBERS, PARTICULARLY CONSIDERING THE
ABUNDANCE OF OUR OTHER SUMMERING TEAL.

NORTHERN SHOVELER: Eleven reports of 1-10 birds and one report of 50 birds
in the region (Bailey, Crosby, Floyd, Hale, Lynn) during the period (JB,
KB, GC, TE, CR, SG, DG, KHe, AH, NP, KS) - GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER FOR
THIS LATE IN THE PERIOD.

NORTHERN PINTAIL: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 5/1/17 (KH) and 5 at the
CR 20 x CR Y Playa (Lynn) on 5/30/17 (JB) - A TAD ON THE LOW SIDE.

GREEN-WINGED TEAL: 30 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 5/1/17 (K), 2 at
Tahoka Lake (Lynn) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG, KHe), 2 at the FM 2956 Playa
(Lynn) on 5/20/17 (JB), and 6 at the CR 20 x CR Y Playa (Lynn) on 5/30/17
(JB) the only reports - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS LATE IN THE SEASON.

CANVASBACK: 2 near Floydada (Floyd) on 5/13/17 (GC, CF, SG) and 4 at the FM
1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) on 5/20/17 (AH) the only reports - ABOUT
AVERAGE FOR THIS RARE BREEDER.

REDHEAD: 2 at Tahoka Lake (Lynn) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG, KHe), 2 southeast
of Mt. Blanco (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH), 1 near Floydada (Floyd) on 5/13/17
(GC, CF, SG), 2 South of Crosbyton (Crosby) on 5/27/17 (AH), and 4 at
Redhead Playa (Lynn) on 5/27/17 (DH, AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS RARE
BREEDER.

LESSER SCAUP: 1 at Tahoka Lake (Lynn) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG, KHe) - BEST
DUCK OF THE MONTH; A FAIRLY LATE REPORT.

RUDDY DUCK: 4 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 5/14/17 (AH) and 8 at the CR 20 x CR
Y Playa (Lynn) on 5/30/17 (JB) the only reports - LOW NUMBERS.

SCALED QUAIL: Ten reports of 1-10 birds in the region (Bailey, Crosby,
Garza, Lynn) during the period (JB, KB, TE, DG, DH, KHe, AH, KW) - A NICE
BOUNCE UP FROM APRIL NUMBERS, REFLECTING BETTER COVERAGE OF APPROPRIATE
HABITAT.

RING-NECKED PHEASANT: 1 at the Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH) and
5/21/17 (AH) the only reports - LOW.

EARED GREBE: 1 at Tahoka Lake (Lynn) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG, KHe), 3 at the
CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa (Lynn) on 5/14/17 (AH), 1 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on
5/14/17 (AH), 4 at Redhead Playa (Lynn) on 5/27/17 (DH, AH), 2 at the CR 20
x CR Y Playa (Lynn) on 5/30/17 (JB), and 4 at the CR Y x FM 3332 Playa
(Lynn) on 5/31/17 (DG, DH, AH) - GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER; COULD BE SOME
BREEDING IN THE REGION THIS YEAR.

INCA DOVE: 2 at the Camp Rio Blanco crossing (Crosby) on 5/13/7 (AH) the
only report - HOLDING ON - IN SOME OF THE NIFTIEST PLACES.

YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO: 2 at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing (Crosby) on 5/13/17
(AH) the first report of the season and the only report in the first half
of the month - ARRIVING A TAD LATE THIS YEAR; LOW NUMBERS THUS FAR.

COMMON POORWILL: 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG, KHe)
and one along CR EE (Lynn) on 5/31/17 (DH) the only reports of the month -
LOW.

VIRGINIA RAIL: 2 at the Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH), 1 at the CR EE
Wetlands (Lynn) on 5/20/17 (JB, AH), and one at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn)
on 5/31/17 (AH) - SOME OF THESE REPORTS RUNNING RATHER LATE IN THE SEASON,
SITES SHOULD BE MONITORED IN JUNE TO DOCUMENT POSSIBLE BREEDING.

SORA: 1 at the Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH) the only report - A TAD
LOW.

SANDHILL CRANE: 1 at Tahoka Lake (Lynn) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG, KHe) -
THOUGH NOT UNPRECEDENTED, THIS IS A LATE SIGHTING FOR THE REGION.

BLACK-NECKED STILT: Fourteen reports of 1-10 birds and four report of 11-20
birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd, Garza, Hale, Lynn) during the period
(JB, KB, GC, CF, SG, DH, KHe, AH, KH, PKe, NP, KS, KW) - GOOD NUMBERS AND
SCATTER.

AMERICAN AVOCET: Five reports of 1-10 birds, four reports of 11-25 birds,
and four reports of 26-58 birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd, Lynn) during
the period (JB, KB, GC, CF, SG, KHe, AH, KH, KW) - AVERAGE NUMBER AND
SCATTER FOR THIS UNCOMMON TO COMMON BREEDING SPECIES.

SNOWY PLOVER: 4 at Tahoka Lake (Lynn) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG, KHe) and 6 at
Tahoka Lake (Lynn) on 5/20/17 (AH) - A TAD LOW BUT POOR COVERAGE OF BEST
SITES.

SEMIPALMATED PLOVER: 1 at Tahoka Lake (Lynn) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG, KHe) -
ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS RARE MIGRANT.

UPLAND SANDPIPER: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 5/1/17 (KH) the only
report - LOW.

STILT SANDPIPER: 4 southeast of Mt. Blanco (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH) and
60-100 at the FM 2956 Playa (Lynn) on 5/20/17 (JB, AH) the only reports - A
TAD LOW; MIGRATION WAS EARLY AND FAST FOR THIS SPECIES.

BAIRD'S SANDPIPER: 1 at Tahoka Lake (Lynn) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG, KHe) and
2 near Floydada (Floyd) on 5/13/17 (GC, CF, SG) the only reports - VERY
LOW; MIGRATION WAS EARLY AND FAST FOR THIS SPECIES AS WELL.

LEAST SANDPIPER: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 5/1/17 (KH) the only
report - SURPRISINGLY LOW; ANOTHER PEEP THAT FINISHED EARLY AND FINISHED
FAST.

WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER: 10 near Tahoka (Lynn) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG, KHe),
3 southeast of Mt. Blanco (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH), 15 near Floydada
(Floyd) on 5/13/17 (GC, CF, SG), and 1 at the FM 2956 Playa (Lynn) on
5/20/17 (JB) - GOOD NUMBERS BUT MOVEMENT OF THIS SPECIES WAS OVER A TAD
EARLY THIS YEAR.

SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER: 2 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 5/5/17 (TE) the only
report - SURPRISINGLY LOW; ANOTHER PEEP THAT WAS EARLY AND QUICK TO PASS
THROUGH THE REGION.

WESTERN SANDPIPER: 2 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 5/5/17 (TE) and 10 near
Tahoka (Lynn) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG, KHe) - LOW; EARLY AND QUICK.

LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER: Two reports of 1-10 birds and four reports of 11-18
birds in the region (Bailey, Crosby, Lynn) during the period (JB, TE, AH,
KH) the only reports - LOW.

SPOTTED SANDPIPER: 3 at the Plainview Duck Pond (Hale) on 5/2/17 (NP, KS),
2 at Tahoka Lake Pasture (Lynn) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG, KHe), 2 near
Floydada (Floyd) on 5/13/17 (GC, CF, SG), and 1 at the Matador WTP (Motley)
on 5/13/17 (GC, CF, SG) the only reports - A TAD LOW.

SOLITARY SANDPIPER: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 5/1/17 (KH) and 1 at
the Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH) the only reports - LOW; ANOTHER
EARLY FINISHER.

GREATER YELLOWLEGS: Five reports of 1-3 birds in the region (Bailey,
Crosby, Lynn) during the period (KB, TE, DG, AH, KH, KW) the only reports -
VERY LOW.

WILLET: 2 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 5/1/17 (KH) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR
THIS RARE MIGRANT.

LESSER YELLOWLEGS: 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG,
KHe) and 1 near Floydada (Floyd) on 5/13/17 (GC, CF, SG) the only reports -
VERY LOW.

WILSON'S PHALAROPE: Three reports of 1-10 birds, seven reports of 11-50
birds, and one report of 75 birds in the region (Bailey, Crosby, Floyd,
Lynn) during the period (JB, KB, GC, TE, CF, SG, DG, KHe, AH, KH, KW) - A
TAD LOW.

FRANKLIN'S GULL: 15 in Slaton (Lubbock) on 5/3/17 (DH, AH) the only report
- GOOD NUMBERS FOR A SINGLE REPORT; FEWER THAN NORMAL REPORTS.

RING-BILLED GULL: 2 near Tahoka (Lynn) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG, KHe) the only
report - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS LATE IN THE SEASON.

BLACK TERN: 1 near Tahoka (Lynn) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG, KHe), 2 southeast
of Mt. Blanco (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH), 2 at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa
(Lynn) on 5/14/17 (AH), 2 at the Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 5/21/17 (AH), and 1
at Redhead Playa (Lynn) on 5/27/17 (DH, AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE.

FORSTER'S TERN: 1 at Stone Lake (Lubbock) on 5/3/17 (DH, AH) and 1 at White
River Lake (Crosby) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG, KHe) the only reports - A TAD
LOW.

NEOTROPIC CORMORANT: 1 at Leroy Elmore Park or nearby Stone Lake (Lubbock)
throughout the period (JB, AH, JO) - A CONTINUING, IF INTERMITTENT, VISITOR
TO THE SITE.

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN: 54 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 5/16/17 (TE) - A
VERY GOOD NUMBER FOR A SINGLE SIGHTING IN OUR REGION.

GREAT EGRET: Eight reports of 1-2 birds in the region (Crosby, Lubbock,
Lynn) during the period (JB, DH, AH, GJ, PJ) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS EARLY
IN THE SEASON.

SNOWY EGRET: Eight reports of 1-9 birds in the region (Crosby, Lubbock,
Lynn) during the period (JB, KB, DG, DH, KHe, AH, AvH, GJ, PJ, PKi, SP, PR,
TT, KW) - A TAD LOW.

CATTLE EGRET: Five reports of 1-10 birds and five reports of 11-50 birds in
the region (Crosby, Floyd, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley) during the period
(JB,GC,CF, SG, AH, KH) - ABOUT AVERAGE.

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON: 1 at the Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 5/21/17 (AH) and
2 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 5/27/17 (SP, AvH, PKi, PR, TT) the only
reports away from Lubbock's Canyon Lakes - LOW.

WHITE-FACED IBIS: Four reports of 1-10 birds and five reports of 11-50
birds in the region (Crosby, Hale, Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (JB,
KB, DG, DH, KHe, AH, KH, NP, KS, KW) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THE START OF THE
BREEDING SEASON.

MISSISSIPPI KITE: 3 in the Tech Terrace Neighborhood (Lubbock) on 5/3/17
(WW) and 2 at the White River x Highway 207 crossing (Floyd) on 5/7/17
(PKe) - THE FIRST OF THE SEASON; RUNNING A TAD LATE THIS YEAR.

COOPER'S HAWK: 1 near Post (Garza) on 5/3/17 (DH, AH) - RUNNING A TAD LATE,
ESPECIALLY FOR SO FAR SOUTH IN THE REGION.

HARRIS'S HAWK: 1-2 at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) through the period (JB, DG,
DH, AH, photographs) - FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; NOW KNOWN AS A
RARE AND PATCHILY DISTRIBUTED BREEDER.

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK: 1 at the Matador WTP (Motley) on 5/13/17 (GC, CF, SG)
the only report - A TAD LOW.

BROAD-WINGED HAWK: 1 at the Camp Rio Blanco crossing (Crosby) on 5/21/17
(AH) the only report of the month - LOW.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER: 1 at the White River x Highway 207 crossing (Floyd)
on 5/7/17 (PKe) and 2 at the Camp Rio Blanco crossing (Crosby) from 5/13/17
to the end of the period (AH, photographs) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS RARE
BREEDER, FOUND ONLY IN OUR EASTERN COUNTIES.

RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: 1 at the Plainview Apartments Playa (Hale) on
5/21/17 (PKe) and 5/22/17 (NP) - VERY RARE THIS FAR WEST INTO OUR REGION.

PEREGRINE FALCON: 1 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 5/5/17 (TE) the only report
- RUNNING A TAD LATE; HAS BRED AT THIS SITE.

MONK PARAKEET: 1 at Wayland Baptist University (Hale) on 5/21/17 (PKe) -
THIS UN-PARTNERED BIRD HAS NOW BUILT TWO SUBSTANTIAL NESTS.

OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER: 1 at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing (Crosby) on
5/13/17 (AH) the only report of the entire season - ABSURDLY LOW.

WESTERN WOOD PEWEE: 1 at the FM 2956 Playa (Lynn) on 5/14/17 (AH), 1 at
Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 5/16/17 (TE), 1 at the CR 25 x FM 1054 woodlot
(Lynn) on 5/19/17 (DH, AH), 1 at Tahoka Lake Pasture (Lynn) on 5/20/17
(AH), and 1 at the Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 5/21/17 (AH) the only reports -
VERY LOW.

EASTERN WOOD PEWEE: 1 singing bird at the Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 5/13/17
(AH) - ESSENTIALLY ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; REPORTS ONLY ACCEPTED IF THE
BIRD WAS HEARD.

WILLOW FLYCATCHER: 1 at the CR 25 x FM 1054 woodlot (Lynn) on 5/14/17 (AH)
and 2 at Silver Falls Rest Area (Crosby) on 5/21/17 (AH) the only reports -
ABSURDLY LOW.

LEAST FLYCATCHER: 1 at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing (Crosby) on 5/13/17
(AH) the only report - ABSURDLY LOW.

DUSKY FLYCATCHER: 1 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 5/16/17 (TE) - FORMERLY
CONSIDERED ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; NOW KNOWN AS A RARE BUT ANNUAL MIGRANT.

EASTERN PHOEBE: Five reports of 1-3 birds in the region (Crosby) during the
period (DB, DG, KHe, AH, KW) - A BIT LOW, ESPECIALLY GIVEN GOOD COVERAGE OF
PREFERRED HABITAT.

GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER: 1-2 birds at Camp Rio Blanco crossing (Crosby)
from 5/13/17 onward (AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS RARE BREEDER, RESTRICTED
TO WOODED AREAS IN OUR EASTERN COUNTIES.

EASTERN KINGBIRD: 1 southeast of Mt. Blanco (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH) the
only report - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS RARE SPRING OVERSPILL AND EVEN RARER
BREEDER.

BELL'S VIREO: 1 at the Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH), 1 at the CR EE
Wetlands (Lynn) on 5/14/17 (AH), 1 at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on 5/20/17
(AH), 1 in Post (Garza) on 5/27/17 (AH), and 1 at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn)
on 5/31/17 - FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; SLOWLY BUT SURELY MOVING
INTO THE REGION AS THE BREEDER.

WARBLING VIREO: 1 at the Camp Rio Blanco crossing (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH)
the only report - A TAD LOW.

RED-EYED VIREO: 1 singing bird at the Camp Rio Blanco crossing (Crosby) on
5/21/17 (AH) - A VERY RARE MIGRANT THROUGH OUR REGION.

COMMON RAVEN: Nine reports of 1-4 birds in the region (Crosby, Garza, Lynn)
during the period (JB, DH, AH, KH) - FORMERLY VERY RARE IN THE REGION; NOW
A REGULAR PRESENCE IN ALL OF THE COUNTIES WITH CAPROCK ESCARPMENT HABITAT.

PURPLE MARTIN: Seven reports of 2-10 birds in the region (Crosby, Garza,
Hale, Motley) during the period (KB, GC, CF, SG, DG, AH, KHe, PKe, NP) -
ABOUT AVERAGE; BIRDS AT KNOWN COLONIES IN DICKENS, LUBBOCK, AND LYNN COUNTY
WERE UNREPORTED.

TREE SWALLOW: 2 southeast of Mt. Blanco (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH) were -
RUNNING A TAD LATE.

NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW: Five reports of 3-6 birds in the region
(Bailey, Crosby, Garza) during the period (TE, AH) the only reports -
PASSAGE BIRDS MOVED THROUGH EARLY; THESE BIRDS WERE ALL REPORTED FROM
BREEDING SITES.

BANK SWALLOW: 3 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 5/5/17 (TE) the only report
from the month - A TAD LOW.

CAVE SWALLOW: Ten reports of 2-8 birds in the region (Crosby, Garza, Lynn)
during the period (AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS RECENTLY ESTABLISHED
BREEDER IN THE REGION.

VERDIN: 1 northeast of Post (Garza) on 5/27/17 (AH) and 2 south of
Grassland (Lynn) on 5/31/17 (JB) the only reports - FORMERLY MUCH MORE
COMMON IN THE REGION; NOW QUITE SCARCE.

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 5/14/17 (DH) was -
RUNNING MORE THAN A BIT LATE.

ROCK WREN: 2 at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing (Crosby) through the month
(AH) the only reports - A TAD LOW.

CANYON WREN: 1-2 at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing (Crosby) through the month
(AH) and 2 at Silver Falls Rest Area (Crosby) through the month (AH) the
only reports - A TAD LOW.

HOUSE WREN: 1 at the Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH) and 1 at Muleshoe
NWR (Bailey) on 5/16/17 (TE) the only reports - A VERY POOR FINISH TO AN
UNUSUALLY POOR SEASON FOR THIS SPECIES AS A MIGRANT THROUGH THE REGION.

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER: 3 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB,
DG, KHe) the only report - VERY LOW; THERE WAS NO MIGRATORY PEAK TO BE
DETECTED THIS SPRING.

EASTERN BLUEBIRD: 4 at the Highway 207 crossing of the White River (Floyd)
on 5/7/17 (PKe) the only report - LOW.

SWAINSON'S THRUSH: 1 at the Camp Rio Blanco crossing (Crosby) on 5/13/17
(AH), 1 at Crosbyton City Park (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH), and 2 at Clapp
Park (Lubbock) on 5/27/17 (SP, AvH, PKi, PR, TT) the only reports - A TAD
LOW.

HERMIT THRUSH: 1 at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH)
the only report - VERY LOW; A WEIRD PERFORMANCE FROM THE THRUSHES THIS YEAR
WITH SWAINSON'S OUTSHOWING HERMIT THRUSH THROUGHOUT.

WOOD THRUSH: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 5/20/17 (JM, photographs) -
THE SONGBIRD OF THE MONTH - ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; THE 19th RECORD FOR
THE LEAS REGION!

GRAY CATBIRD: 1 at the Camp Rio Blanco crossing (Crosby) on 5/21/17 (AH)
the only report - VERY LOW; ONLY TWO REPORTS FOR THE WHOLE SEASON!

BROWN THRASHER: 2 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 5/16/17 (TE) - THE ONLY
REPORT FROM ATOP THE CAPROCK ESCARPMENT.

CEDAR WAXWING: 8 at the Camp Rio Blanco crossing (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH),
16 at the Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH), 2 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on
5/16/17 (TE), and 11 at the Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH) - ABOUT
AVERAGE FOR THE TAIL END OF THE SPRING PASSAGE.

AMERICAN PIPIT: 3 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 5/5/17 (TE) were - RUNNING A
BIT LATE.

LESSER GOLDFINCH: 1 at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa (Lynn) on 5/20/17 (AH) and
1 southeast of Mt. Blanco (Crosby) on 5/21/17 (AH) - LOW THUS FAR THIS
BREEDING SEASON.

AMERICAN GOLDFINCH: 10 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 5/7/17 (KW,KB, DG,
KHe) and 1 at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on 5/20/17 (JB, AH) the only
reports - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THE MONTH OF FINAL DEPARTURES.

NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH: 1 at Silver Falls Rest Area (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH)
and 1 at Camp Rio Blanco crossing (Crosby) on 5/21/17 (AH) the only reports
for the entire season - VERY LOW

BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER: 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB,
DG, KHe), 1 at the Camp Rio Blanco crossing (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH), and 1
at Tahoka Lake Pasture (Lynn) on 5/20/17 (AH) the only reports - ABOUT
AVERAGE.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 5/1/17 (KH) and 1
at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 5/27/17 (SP, AvH, PKi, PR, TT) - A TAD LOW, WITH
THE LATTER REPORT A BIT LATE FOR THE SPECIES TO PERSIST IN THE REGION.

NASHVILLE WARBLER: Seven reports of single birds in the region (Crosby,
Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (KD, DH, AH, AvH, SP, PR, TT) - A TAD LOW.

MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER: 1 in Crosbyton (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH) and 2 at
Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 5/16/17 (TE) the only reports - VERY LOW.

COMMON YELLOWTHROAT: 1 male at the Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH), 2 at
the FM 2956 Playa (Lynn) on 5/20/17 (JB), 1 at Silver Falls Rest Area
(Crosby) on 5/21/17 (AH), 3 at the CR Y x FM 3332 Playa (Lynn) on 5/31/17
(DG, DH, AH), and 4 at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on 5/31/17 (DG, DH, AH) -
GOOD NUMBERS, GOOD SCATTER, AND ALL AT KNOWN OR POTENTIAL BREEDING SITES.

AMERICAN REDSTART: 1 at the CR 25 x FM 1054 woodlot (Lynn) on 5/14/17 (AH)
and 1 at the Camp Rio Blanco crossing (Crosby) on 5/21/17 (AH) the only
reports - LOW.

YELLOW WARBLER: Nine reports of 1-5 birds in the region (Crosby, Lubbock,
Lynn) during the period (KB, DG, DH, KHe, AH, AvH, PKi, SP, PR, TT, KW) the
only reports - RATHER LOW NUMBERS FOLLOWING EVEN LOWER NUMBERS IN APRIL.

YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER: 1 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 5/16/17 (TE) and 1 at
Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 5/27/17 (SP, AvH, PKi, PR, TT) the only reports
past mid-month - A TAD LOW.

WILSON's WARBLER: 1 at the CR 25 x FM 1054 woodlot (Lynn)on 5/20/17 (AH), 1
at the Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 5/21/17 (AH), and 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on
5/27/17 (SP, AvH, PKi, PR, TT) - ABSURDLY LOW NUMBERS FOR THIS, TYPICALLY
OUR MOST COMMON SPRING WARBLER.

YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT: 6 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG,
KHe) and 1 at the Camp Rio Blanco crossing (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH) the
only report - A TAD LOW; IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT THE SUMMER
SURVEY AT WHITE RIVER LAKE TURNS UP.

CHIPPING SPARROW: Eight reports of 1-2 birds in the region (Bailey, Crosby,
Floyd, Lynn) during the period (KB, TE, DG, KHe, AH, KH, PKe, KW) - VERY
LOW NUMBERS FOLLOWING A FAIRLY SOLID APRIL MOVEMENT; AN EARLY MOVEMENT?

CLAY-COLORED SPARROW: Five reports of 1-9 birds in the region (Bailey,
Crosby, Lynn) during the period (KB, TE, DG, KHe, AH, KH, KW) - LOW NUMBERS
FOLLOWING AN AVERAGE MOVEMENT IN APRIL.

BREWER'S SPARROW: 1 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 5/5/17 (TE) - THE ONLY
REPORT FOR THE ENTIRE SEASON; EXTRAORDINARILY LOW BY RECENT YEARS'
STANDARDS.

FIELD SPARROW: 6 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG, KHe)
the only report - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS, OUR ONLY, BREEDING SITE.

VESPER SPARROW: 11 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 5/1/17 (KH) were -
RUNNING A TAD LATE.

BLACK-THROATED SPARROW: 1 near Post (Garza) on 5/31/17 (JB) - ABOUT AVERAGE
FOR A SPECIES RESTRICTED TO OUR SOUTH CENTRAL COUNTIES.

LARK BUNTING: 38 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 5/5/17 (TE) - A LARGE NUMBER
FOR A SINGLE SIGHTING THIS LATE IN THE SEASON.

SAVANNAH SPARROW: 3 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 5/1/17 (KH) were -
RUNNING A TAD LATE.

SONG SPARROW: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 5/1/17 (KH) and 1 at Tahoka
Lake Pasture (Lynn) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG, KHe) - NOT BAD FOR THIS LATE IN
THE SEASON.

LINCOLN'S SPARROW: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 5/30/17 (GJ, PJ) - THE
ONLY REPORT FROM THE LATTER HALF OF THE PERIOD WHICH IS CONSIDERED A BIT
LATE.

WESTERN TANAGER: 1 female at the Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH) and 1
at the FM 2956 Playa (Lynn) on 5/20/17 (JB) the only reports - A TAD LOW.

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK: 1 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 5/16/17 (TE) - THE
ONLY REPORT FOR THE ENTIRE SEASON; LOW.

BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK - NONE REPORTED DURING THE ENTIRE SEASON - VERY LOW.

INDIGO BUNTING: 4 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 5/7/17 (KW, KB, DG, KHe),
1 male at the Camp Rio Blanco crossing (Crosby) on 5/13/17 (AH), and 1 at
Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 5/16/17 (TE) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS UNCOMMON
MIGRANT AND RARE BREEDER.

YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD: Four reports of 1-4 birds, one report of 16 birds,
and one report of 30 birds in the region (Crosby, Lynn) during the period
(JB, KB, DG, KHe, AH, KH, KW) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS RARE TO UNCOMMON
MIGRANT.

BRONZED COWBIRD: 2 male northeast of Post (Garza) on 5/27/17 (AH) the only
report - VERY LOW BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS.

ORCHARD ORIOLE: 2 males in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 5/3/17 (AH) and 1 at
the Highway 207 crossing of White River (Floyd) on 5/7/17 (PKe) - THE ONLY
REPORTS FROM THE FIRST HALF OF THE PERIOD; A TAD LATE TO ARRIVE THIS YEAR.

OBSERVERS: JB=Justin Bosler, KB=Kathryn Brautigam, GC=Greg Cook, KD=Ken
Dixon, TE=Theodore Emery, CF=Caleb Frome, SG=Steven Glover, DG=Daniel
Greene, DH=Drew Harvey, KHe=Kristen Heath, AH=Anthony Hewetson, AvH=Aveline
Hewetson, KH=Kelly Himmel, GJ=George Jury, PJ=Pat Jury, PKe=Peter Keyel,
PKi=Phillip Kite, JM=Jennifer Miller, JO=Jean Olson, SP=Skyler Parks,
NP=Niler Pyeatt, PR=Paula Richardson, KS=Kevin Sweeney, TT=Tess Trost,
WW=William Wenthe.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 6/10/17 12:53 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] La Sal del Rey
Hi, all!


With the discovery of a Ferruginous Pygmy Owl along the La Sal del Rey Route
(specifically Brushline Road north of SR 186), decided to road-bird the
whole route, which is one of my favorites, anyway! Couldn't find the owl,
:( but had some nice birds, including a yelling White-tailed Hawk and
singing Pyrrhuloxia, recordings of which have been posted to Xeno-Canto.
Most unusual birds were an adult and immature Red-tailed Hawk along Jesus
Maria Road!



Some pics and a video of the hawk are on my Facebook page:



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



EBird list:



LRGV NWR--La Sal del Rey (LTC 005)

Jun 10, 2017

6:36 AM

Traveling

20.60 miles

292 Minutes

All birds reported? Yes

Comments: 71 to 89 degrees, sunny to mix of sun and clouds, calm to breezy.

Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.5.0 Build 136



12 Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

49 Northern Bobwhite

2 Snowy Egret

2 Cattle Egret

2 Black Vulture

11 Turkey Vulture

1 Cooper's Hawk

4 Harris's Hawk

2 White-tailed Hawk

2 Red-tailed Hawk -- Large buteo, dull mottled brown above, pale below with
brown streaking around belly area; pale underwings with brown pitagials.
Tail was dull brown; probably a youngster. Rusty-tailed adult showed up
half mile north. Along north section of Jesus Maria Road.

3 Black-necked Stilt

2 Killdeer

4 Eurasian Collared-Dove

2 Inca Dove

8 Common Ground-Dove

6 White-tipped Dove

83 Mourning Dove

1 Groove-billed Ani

9 Greater Roadrunner

9 Yellow-billed Cuckoo

4 Common Nighthawk

22 Golden-fronted Woodpecker

8 Ladder-backed Woodpecker

7 Crested Caracara

20 Brown-crested Flycatcher

12 Great Kiskadee

11 Couch's Kingbird

2 Tropical/Couch's Kingbird

5 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

1 White-eyed Vireo

4 Green Jay

1 Black-crested Titmouse

23 Verdin

18 Bewick's Wren

6 Cactus Wren

1 Curve-billed Thrasher

12 Long-billed Thrasher

48 Northern Mockingbird

1 Common Yellowthroat

8 Cassin's Sparrow

21 Olive Sparrow

1 Black-throated Sparrow

4 Lark Sparrow

3 Summer Tanager

21 Northern Cardinal

11 Pyrrhuloxia

9 Northern Cardinal/Pyrrhuloxia

3 Blue Grosbeak

16 Painted Bunting

1 Dickcissel

25 Red-winged Blackbird

1 Eastern Meadowlark

16 Great-tailed Grackle

10 Bronzed Cowbird

8 Brown-headed Cowbird

3 Bronzed/Brown-headed Cowbird

1 Hooded Oriole

1 Lesser Goldfinch

6 House Sparrow



Number of Taxa: 59





Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 6/10/17 12:49 pm
From: Garett Hodne <garyhodne...>
Subject: [texbirds] Texas Pelagics 2017 Schedule Update.
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Hi Texbirders and Pelagic Fanatics,



Registrations for this year's Texas Pelagics trips have been very slow so
far this year. I guess I need to do a lot more reminding our seabirding
enthusiasts that the time is at hand to make your plans for this summer's
Texas Pelagics trips. At this point we are however far too undersubscribed
to be able to run the July 22nd Texas Pelagic that was planned from Port
Aransas, so this trip has been cancelled. I have also decided to make the
August 26th trip from South Padre Island a 12 hour trip instead of a 16 hour
adventure.



Here is the revised 2017 schedule: If you sign-up soon the "Early Bird
Discount" is still available for the September trips.



DATE HOURS PORT and BOAT
REGULAR FARE

Saturday, August 12, 2017 16 Port Aransas
-Kingfisher $ 250

Saturday, August 26, 2017 12 South Padre Island -
OSPREY $ 200

Saturday, September 16, 2017 16 Port Aransas -Kingfisher
$ 250

Saturday, September 30, 2017 12 South Padre Island - OSPREY
$ 200



WHY GO ON A TEXAS PELAGIC? Short answer - they are a lot of FUN!!

If you talk to any of the Texas Pelagic leaders and regulars they'll
probably tell you some of the most amazing bird and wildlife encounters
they've ever had in the state of Texas occurred on a Texas Pelagic. Our
experiences from 2015 and 2016 indicate that with more frequent coverage by
pelagic trips we are much more likely to have a few exceptional Pelagic
birding days in the season. This is probably due improving our odds of
hitting favorable current, wind and sea conditions for seabirds that occur
every so often in the deep Gulf off South Padre.



If you've never been on a Texas Pelagic this is the year you should try one
or two. If it's been a long time since you've been on a Texas Pelagic come
back this year and see how much fun they can be. If you're afraid of
seasickness try using the Transderm Scop patch (prescription needed) and
enjoy a day at sea with our great pelagic leaders and groups. These trips
are also a great way to spend a hot summer weekend out birding where it is
definitely cooler offshore than it is onshore. If you're still unconvinced
check out the testimonials from our participants and leaders here:
<http://texaspelagics.com/testimonials/>
http://texaspelagics.com/testimonials/



WHAT TO EXPECT TEXAS PELAGIC?

SEABIRDS: If you've never been on any Pelagic birding trip than you will
certainly see a few life birds. Or if you've never been on a Texas Pelagic
than you can expect to see a few new birds for your Texas Life List. The
seabirds we seek to find are typically never seen from shore and except for
their nesting grounds on remote oceanic islands, they spend their entire
lives far out at sea, usually beyond the edge of the continental shelf. For
a state with the tropical Gulf of Mexico for Pelagic Birding, Texas has
amassed a respectable list of Pelagic species over the years. Here is a list
of the regular Pelagic Seabirds we encounter annually in good numbers though
not necessarily all of these species on every trip.

1. Cory's (Scopoli's) Shearwater

2. Cory's (borealis) Shearwater

3. Audubon's Shearwater

4. Leach's Storm-Petrel

5. Band-rumped Storm-Petrel

6. Magnificent Frigatebird

7. Masked Booby

8. Sooty Tern

9. Bridled Tern

10. Pomarine Jaeger

11. Parasitic Jaeger



In addition we frequently see a nice seabird rarity for Texas. All of these
species in the list below, except one, have been seen on a Texas Pelagic.

1. Yellow-nosed Albatross - (once)

2. Black-capped Petrel

3. Great Shearwater - (almost annually)

4. Sooty Shearwater

5. Manx Shearwater

6. Wilson's Storm-Petrel - (not yet)

7. Red-billed Tropicbird

8. Brown Booby - (lately more than annually)

9. Northern Gannet (rare on Texas Pelagics because we don't go in the
winter)

10. Red-necked Phalarope

11. Red Phalarope

12. Black-legged Kittiwake

13. Sabine's Gull

14. Brown Noddy

15. Arctic Tern

16. South Polar Skua - (once)

17. Long-tailed Jaeger

A full rundown of the species list for Offshore Texas Pelagics can be found
at: http://texaspelagics.com/pelagic-sea-birds/tx-seabirds/ . The links on
this page will take you to detailed report pages listing the Seasonal
Occurrence and Geographic Distribution for most of the seabirds seen in
offshore Texas

Even though the warm tropical waters of the Gulf of Mexico are not as
productive as the waters off of Cape Hatteras or California we can still on
occasion get a nice number of seabirds. Multiple trips over the last few
years have seen over one hundred seabirds of up to 10 species.





MARINE MAMMALS: In addition to the seabirds there is always the possibility
of Marine Mammals and fish to observe. It is the very rare trip that doesn't
have some sightings of marine mammals. Dolphins of some species are seen on
nearly every trip. Whales of some species are seen on about a third of Texas
Pelagics trips. Sperm Whales have been sighted on 4 separate trips over the
last 3 years, again on about one-third of the Texas Pelagic trips. Here is
the complete list of marine mammals encounter on Texas Pelagics over the
years.

1. Bryde's Whale

2. Atlantic Spotted Dolphin

3. Pantropical Spotted Dolphin

4. Clymene Dolphin

5. Spinner Dolphin

6. Rough-Toothed Dolphin

7. Bottlenose Dolphin - PELAGIC

8. Bottlenose Dolphin - INSHORE

9. Risso's Dolphin / Grampus

10. Short-Finned Pilot Whale

11. Melon-headed Whale

12. Sperm Whale

13. Pygmy/Dwarf Sperm Whale

14. Cuvier's Beaked Whale



WHALE SHARKS, FISH and OTHER MARINE LIFE: And if the seabirds or marine
mammals aren't enough to get you excited maybe Whale Sharks, tuna schools,
other large sharks, sea turtles, various billfish and flying fish all of
which are frequently seen would get you excited. We have had frequent
encounters with Whale Sharks, like the August 2011 trip where an absolutely
monstrous Whale Shark actually bumped into the boat. Check out the photos of
it about half-way through the slide-show from that trip at:
<http://www.texaspelagics.com/trips/20110827/index.html>
http://www.texaspelagics.com/trips/20110827/index.html



AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT FARES:

These are NON-PROFIT trips that I am organizing and running. So maybe I'm
crazy, but it's a labor of love. All our leaders pay a slightly discounted
fare as well. I have struggled to break-even on these trips over the last
two years because Osprey significantly increased their charter costs and the
charter costs from Port Aransas are even higher. In 2015 and 2016 I priced
the participant fares such that I needed to have the maximum number of
participants on all trips just to break even on the charter cost. It turned
out this was an unsustainable pricing model as I ended 2016 with almost an
$800 personal loss. I cannot afford to personally subsidize these pelagic
trips. For 2017 I am trying a different pricing model. I have priced the
participant fares so the trips will break even with about 5 participants
less than the maximum number the boat will hold. This gives me a little bit
of breathing room. If the trip gets SOLD-OUT my plan is to offer modest
refunds to all participants based on the fare they paid. People who sign-up
early and pay the discounted fares will get proportionately larger refunds.



Leaders for these trips will include Brad McKinney, Dwight Peake, Eric
Carpenter, John O'Brien, Mary Gustafson, Petra Hockey, Randy Pinkston, Arman
Moreno and myself. Each of these leaders are passionate about Texas
Pelagics and have more experience on them than anyone else in the offshore
Texas Gulf of Mexico. They all work hard not only to find the birds but also
to make sure everyone else gets to see them well and enjoy their time at
sea. These trips are also very educational with the excellent commentary
provided by our leaders.



More information on these trips and on Texas Pelagics (including photos from
previous trips and what species can be expected) can be found at this
informative website:

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



Also there is a Facebook page for Texas Pelagics.

<https://www.facebook.com/pages/Texas-Pelagics/173057036078295?ref=hl>
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Texas-Pelagics/173057036078295?ref=hl



And a Facebook group for Texas Pelagics.

<https://www.facebook.com/groups/219671194850690/>
https://www.facebook.com/groups/219671194850690/



Please check these out for more information as well.



I hope you'll join us.

Gary Hodne

The Woodlands, Texas



Garett 'Gary' Hodne



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

281-684-5425








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Date: 6/9/17 1:59 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Pictures from Wednesday, more shorebirds, herons etc
Did the early ferry ride and had good numbers of royal terns followed the
boat across
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165605804

The pair of horned larks on Retillon was active

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165605803

A winter plumage dunlin was one of the first birds on the flats

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165606359

The summer ring-billed gull was there

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165606360

Good numbers of semipalmated plovers were roosting

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165606361

And one not so neat

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165606362

semipalmated sandpipers were the common peep

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165606364

but a flock of western sandpipers flew in

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165606368

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165606369

American avocets were eating tiny shrimp up the beach

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165606525

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165606524

eastern willets are doing very well and on all of the fenceposts

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165606527

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165606532

The swainson's hawks continue

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165606675

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165606678

Black-crowned night herons make good scavengers as well as predators at the
nests of other herons. here one stalks a very dead fish being worked on by
a laughing gull

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165608251

Nice yellow feet

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165608254

But it was too dead

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165608253

He did beg from fishermen

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165608256

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165608255

A really good look at the bird and plume

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165608258

A single plume remains on the bird

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165608259

Over the years, the white phase reddish egrets are increasing as a percent
of the reddish egret population

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165608260

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165608261

And snowy egrets also mooch

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165610660

And American avocets are also in the area

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165610659

The tricolored heron uses a different strategy to stalk prey compared to
the reddish egret that runs around

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165610670

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165610661

The system works

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165610663

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165610664

But fish do not go down tail first

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165610665

Do some flipping

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165610666

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165610667

And down the hatch

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165610668

Young brown pelicans were feeding in the channel and catching infinite
large fish which the humans were not catching.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165610860

The just make a scoop

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165610858

Start letting the water out of the pouch

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165610863

Draining. and this is where the laughing gulls sitting on a pelicans head
get a chance

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165610864

Make sure the fish is in position

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165610865

and down it goes

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165610866

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165610870

Back on Retillon road a passing northern harrier drew the attention of a
local white-tailed kite

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165610872

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165610873

The winter plumage dunlin was stretching

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165611148

Still 3 breeding plumage birds

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165611152

Red knots are one of the shorebirds that shake weeds to dislodge prey like
the ruddy turnstone also do. The 3 summering birds are losing their few
reddish feathers.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165611154

Some summer plumaged ruddy turnstones remain

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165611155

Almost all of the short-billed dowitchers are in winter plumage

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165611158

but a few have so brighter feathers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165611159

the semipalmated sandpipers show off their semipalmations

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165611179

Most of the feeding on the beach is by picking food

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165611178

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165611170

Learn the calls of the peeps which are distinctive and it is easier to sort
them out

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165611177

White-rumped sandpipers normally are in fresh water but lingering birds are
on the beach

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165611189

And get down in there more than the semipalmateds

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165611191

But their squeak like a mouse call says look at me

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165611194

A forster's tern had most of its tail missing

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165611203

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165611204

Royal terns often eat long fish which lets you see what they are eating.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165611207

And are already molting out of their breeding head feathers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165611206

Lots of good birds out there.

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


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Date: 6/9/17 5:07 am
From: Susan Yost <sdyost...>
Subject: [texbirds] LLELA monthly bird walk


Sent from my iPhone
>
> Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area [LLELA]; Denton Co. will be hosting the last bird walk for the season. {We start back up in September}.
> Join us to see some of our resident birdsWhite-eyed Vireos, Painted and Indigo Buntings, Dickcissels, Eastern & Western Kingbirds, Hawks, Osprey, flycatchers, swallows, egrets and herons. Perhaps we will even catch a glimpse of our Bald Eagles! Plus the wildflowers are in bloom bringing butterflies and dragonflies galore!]
> June 10
> 7:30am meet at the pavilion
> $5 per car.
> Checklists at the gate house.
> Come and see what LLELA is all about!
>
> Sue YOST
> Keith Lockhart
> LLELA Bird Guides
>
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Date: 6/8/17 4:31 pm
From: Mark Lockwood <Mark.Lockwood...>
Subject: [texbirds] Bishop Wetlands, Presidio - 8 June 2017
Karl and Eileen Flocke alerted me to the presence of three Least Grebes at the B.J. Bishop Wetlands that are located just east of Presidio. I visited the site this morning and easily located the Least Grebes among other interesting birds. I had visited the site on 13-14 May where there were a number of birds that are very rare breeders in the southern Trans-Pecos present, so I was also interested in checking on the presence of those birds. Most of them continue to be present. Highlights included:

Gadwall 1 (lingering male)
Mexican Duck 6
Blue-winged Teal 2 (both males)
Northern Shoveler 1
Green-winged Teal 4
Ruddy Duck 8 (one active nest and three displaying males)
Gambels Quail 30+ (including three pairs with young)
Least Grebe 3 (first county record to my knowledge)
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Common Gallinule 4
American Coot 14 (one active nest visible)
Black-necked Stilt 4 (no nesting activity detected)
Common Yellowthroat 7
Yellow-headed Blackbird 2 (lingering females)

The growth in the population of Gambels Quail over the past three to five years is astounding and has come with a significant range expansion in Presidio County. This rapid expansion has made the map in the Handbook of Texas Birds obsolete for this county. I had singing Marsh Wrens in May, but did not detect any today. I have placed a few images from this morning on my Flickr page for those interested.

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

Mark


Mark Lockwood
402 E. Harret Ave.
Alpine, Texas 79830
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Date: 6/8/17 3:40 pm
From: Arman Moreno <armanmorenobirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Austin Area Rare Bird Alert
This is the Austin Area Rare Bird Alert and has been updated through
6/8/2017. To report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, provide
recent sighting updates, or inquire about location details on birds listed
below, please send an email to <armanmorenobirds...> If submitting a
bird sighting, please include species name, location details, and contact
information.

-Rarities found this week-

A BROWN BOOBY was spotted from Overlook Park near the Canyon Lake Dam in
Canyon Lake, Comal County, on 6/7, continuing through today. From
Interstate 35, take Hwy 306 west to S Access Rd, then proceed to Corps of
Engineers Rd. The bird has been spotted perched on top of the control tower
near the spillway. Mornings are apparently the best opportunity for
viewing. Interestingly, this is the same location where a Brown Booby spent
some time in the fall of 2012. Additionally in 2016, another bird was
picked up from an RV Park near Wimberley, just to the north, and taken to a
rehabilitation center where it later died.

A COMMON LOON was a nice late spring record, observed at Stillhouse Park on
Stillhouse Hollow Lake, Bell County, on 6/2.

A PURPLE GALLINULE was a really nice find at Hornsby Bend, Travis County,
on 5/21. The bird was seen at Pond 3, just west of the main ponds. It
remained until at least 5/24, but has not been reported since.

A BUFF-BELLIED HUMMINGBIRD showed up at a private residence in Hays county
on 6/3.

A GREAT KISKADEE was photographed at Circle Acres, Travis County, on 6/5.
This location is near Roy Guerrero Park, north of the ACC Riverside Campus.


-Continuing bird(s) from previous week-

At least one LEAST GREBE continues in Williamson County through 6/3 off
Parksville Way and Fairweather Way.


Arman Moreno
Austin, TX

_________________________________________________________________

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


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Date: 6/8/17 8:21 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Coastal birding yesterday, shorebirds, terns and herons
Spent yesterday on the coast with most of the time on the bolivar peninsula.
The ferry ride over had lots of terns and gulls flying behind the boat. The
trip back after lunch only had a few gulls riding the boat.

Did bolivar flats twice. Early and around 11 pm. The tide was coming in a
little early but was going out at 11. Birds were different as most were
resting on the first trip but feeding on the second. Birds were arriving to
feed when I left the first time. Some resting birds left to feed elsewhere.
Maybe a total of about 300 shorebirds plus 100 avocets for the day which is
good for June. Numbers will drop a bit as some of the peeps move north a
ways or go back to the wintering area but non-breeding birds start arriving
by the end of June.

About 40 semipalmated plovers are summering on the flats which is about
normal. They do trade across to east beach. The 3 not very red knots appear
to be summering as they are losing the red they had to become gray knots
but have an unusual cast to the plumage.

40 sanderlings are around and one flock was made up of colorful birds while
the rest were white car birds. 25 short-billed dowitchers mainly fed
elsewhere. 10 western willets are the summering group which is quite low.
The small group of dunlin are also lingering with the 4 breeding and 1
winter plumaged birds.

Maybe 100 peeps around. A flock of 20+ all western sandpipers came in early
but most are semipalmated sandpipers which are still territorial. The later
trip had several white-rumped sandpipers feeding in what looked like a mud
flat due to the old sargassum. There was no new sargassum due to the north
winds.

But the annual coconut migration has begun. All of them were covered with
full grown barnacles which would indicate they were long in the water for
their trip.

Only 1 Wilson's plover for the day as there had been another high tide. A
couple of the 60 or so least terns were trying to nest but using sites out
near the water and far from the fenced area. One egg was in some debris
that was deposited in the last 2-3 days.

The swainson's hawk remains on territory and I assume the mate is sitting
as she has not been seen with the other.

A northern harrier flew by Retillon seemingly as a late migrant. I followed
it a bit and it kept going and I have seen none for weeks. It was harassed
while near Retillon but willets, scissor-tailed flycatchers, a white-tailed
kite and a white ibis. Not fun to be a hawk out there at this time of year.

Rollover pass had high water and 42 white pelicans out on the island where
they appeared to want to nest in past years. The young of the year brown
pelican young were feeding well in the pass with some adults and did not
have to fly to scoop up lots of goodies. A good number of herons were
scrounging food. There were about 100 American avocets and a couple of
marbled godwits out on the close in island.

East beach was rather empty of birds as birds and horseback rides do not
mix well. The texas city dike was loaded with people, both swimmers,
bathers and people tied to the fishing tournament. Very few people cleaning
fish and few birds. Lingerers through last week were not lingering any more.

The good breeze all day kept the 90 degrees out on the flats from feeling
like summer but the north wind is going to vanish for several months some
day soon. Did check a few migrant spots with no migrants apparent.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 6/7/17 4:14 pm
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR
The lake has started to recede, which is good news for the Cliff Swallows
that are nesting under the first bridge on Wildlife Dr. But the lake is
still too high to have any habitat for shorebirds. Killdeer were the only
shorebirds that we saw. Early on we saw 3 young Barn Owls in a Nest Box
which was a treat for our group. When we were on the way to Meadow Pond we
saw a bird in a small puddle on the road. We stopped and much to our
surprise it was a Louisiana Waterthrush, a bird that you don't often see
and especially not out in the open. It was very interested in a large green
leaf that was in the puddle. The leaf probably had some kind of insects on
it. We saw one of the mature Bald Eagles flying by while we were at the
Big Mineral Picnic Area, along with a Mississippi Kite. As we were going
down Wildlife Drive we heard a Northern Bobwhite calling. It is great to
hear them calling on the refuge after several years of not hearing any on
Wildlife Dr. There were about 60 American White Pelicans spread out over
the lake. We saw a couple of Least Terns but no indications that they are
trying to nest. Two nest platforms have been placed on the lake for the
Least Terns in hopes that they will use them for nesting so that they are
less susceptible to predators. One is located between C and D Pads and the
other is located between E and F Pads. We saw two Barred Owls, One while
on the way to Meadow Pond and one on the Harris Creek Trail. We finished
the day with 63 species. http://ebird.org/ebird/iss/view/checklist/S37425821
Jack Chiles, Texas master naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR.

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Date: 6/7/17 9:44 am
From: Robert Becker <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender robertjbecker for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Black Rails and Seaside Sparrows at Anahuac NWR
I spent a productive morning at Anahuac NWR yesterday. I found my target Seaside Sparrows (~6), and 3 or 4 calling Black Rails. The birds were at Frozen Point, in the salt marsh. I had found singing Seaside Sparrows at this same site two years ago, in May. I did not see King Rails or Purple Gallinules, my other targets, on this visit. I had a crisp male Orchard Oriole on the road out of the marsh. Common Nighthawks and Marsh Wrens were plentiful.
The Black Rails had two different calls, something I had noticed also in the rail population at Galveston Island State Park when I first heard them calling in late February. Some of the Anahuac birds called the expected three-note ki-ki doo, ki-ki doo. But others called a four-note variation--ki ki-ki doo, ki ki-ki doo. There was a slight pause between the first and second notes, which made it distinctive.

Bob Becker, Galveston





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Date: 6/6/17 3:21 pm
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR
The lake has started to recede, which is good news for the Cliff Swallows
that are nesting under the first bridge on Wildlife Dr. But the lake is
still too high to have any habitat for shorebirds. Killdeer were the only
shorebirds that we saw. Early on we saw 3 young Barn Owls in a Nest Box
which was a treat for our group. When we were on the way to Meadow Pond we
saw a bird in a small puddle on the road. We stopped and much to our
surprise it was a Louisiana Waterthrush a bird that you don't often see and
especially not out in the open. It was very interested in a large green
leaf that was in the puddle. The leaf probably had some kind of insects on
it. We saw one of the mature Bald Eagles flying by while we were at the
Big MIneral Picnic Area, along with a Mississippi Kite. As we were going
down Wildlife Drive we heard a Northern Bobwhite calling. It is great to
hear them calling on the refuge after several years of not hearing any on
Wildlife Dr. There were about 60 American White Pelicans spread out over
the lake. We saw a couple of Least Terns but no indications that they are
trying to nest. Two nest platforms have been placed on the lake for the
Least Terns in hopes that they will use them for nesting, so that they are
less susceptible to predators. One is located between C and D Pads and the
other is located between E and F Pads. We saw two Barred Owls, One
while on the way to Meadow Pond and one on the Harris Creek Trail. We
finished the day with 63 species.
http://ebird.org/ebird/iss/view/checklist/S37425821
.Jack Chiles, Texas master naturalist and volunteer at Hagerman NWR.

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Date: 6/5/17 7:44 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from Lynn County - Sunday
Greetings All:
I watched, in amazement, as storms hit each of my remaining Breeding Bird
Survey areas on Friday night and Saturday, making all five routes
undriveable for at least a week. The single most challenging aspect of my
BBS routes is that our soft-soil, dirt roads are rendered non-navigable by
rains: each quarter inch of rain equals roughly a day of drying down before
these roads can be attempted. I spend a lot of time watching the weather
channel this time of year.

That certainly freed up my weekend a bit and I spent Saturday catching up
on field notes and yard work. By Sunday I was a tad restless and decided
to see what kind of damage I could do, from paved roads, in rain-swept Lynn
County.

Roadside flooding ranged from mild to entertaining and birds were active
throughout the morning and early afternoon, taking advantage of soft soils
and stirred up prey items, and I spotted quite a few goodies including 1
Gadwall at Skeen Playa, 3 American Wigeons at Skeen Playa, 4 Blue-winged
Teals at Skeen Playa, 2 Northern Shovelers at Skeen Playa, 2 Green-winged
Teals at Skeen Playa, 2 Redheads at Skeen Playa, 3 Ruddy Ducks at Skeen
Playa, 1 Scaled Quail near Draw, 1 Scaled Quail near West Point, 2 Eared
Grebes at the CR Y x FM 3332 Playa, 4 Black-necked Stilts at the CR Y x FM
3332 Playa, 34 Black-necked Stilts at Skeen Playa, 2 American Avocets at
Skeen Playa, 2 Snowy Plovers at Skeen Playa, 9 Double-crested Cormorants at
Skeen Playa, 1 Snowy Egret at Skeen Playa, 1 White-faced Ibis at the CR Y x
FM 3332 Playa, 5 White-faced Ibises at Skeen Playa, 1 Bell's Vireo near New
Moore, 14 Purple Martins in O'Donnell, 2 Cave Swallows in New Moore, 2 Cave
Swallows near West Point, 2 Lesser Goldfinches in O'Donnell, 1 Canyon
Towhee at Frog (Frost) Lake, 2 Pyrrhuloxias near Frog (Frost) Lake, and 1
Yellow-headed Blackbird at the CR Y x FM 3332 Playa.

On the way home I stopped at Leroy Elmore Park in Lubbock (Lubbock County)
where highlights included 3 Cackling Geese, 1 Canada Goose, 2 Northern
Shovelers, 3 Double-crested Cormorants, 1 Great Egret, 4 Snowy Egrets, and
7 Cattle Egrets.

All in all, a very good showing for a day in June (my region's slowest
month); Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson, Lubbock


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Date: 6/5/17 7:23 am
From: Shelly Plante <Shelly.Plante...>
Subject: [texbirds] 2017 Birding Classic final results
The official team standings are now posted on the Birding Classic website<http://tpwd.texas.gov/events/great-texas-birding-classic/winnersreports/2017-final-results.pdf?utm_campaign=govdelivery-email&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery> (http://tpwd.texas.gov/events/great-texas-birding-classic/winnersreports/2017-final-results.pdf). Thanks to all who made it out to the Awards Ceremonies in San Antonio and Houston yesterday and to our Awards Ceremony sponsor Audubon Texas. This year was a fantastic success and we could not have done it without all of the wonderful participants, team sponsors, and event sponsors.
Mark your calendars for next year's event: April 1st registration deadline, April 15-May 15 tournament (choose your day). Hope to see you next year!

Shelly
______________________
Shelly Plante
Nature Tourism Manager
Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.
4200 Smith School Rd., Austin, TX 78744
Phone: 512-389-4500
Mobile: 512-241-9163


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Date: 6/4/17 8:30 pm
From: Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...>
Subject: [texbirds] request for spring sightings for North American Birds
Texbirders,
Did you see anything really interesting this spring? Want us to mention it
in North American Birds?

The spring reporting season for North American Birds (NAB) started on March
1st and ended last week on May 31st. This is a plea/request for observers
to submit their interesting Texas sightings to us in preparation for the
Texas portion of the report.

NAB is published four times a year by the American Birding Association and
contains seasonal sightings/summaries for just about all regions of North
America, including Canada, the US, Mexico as well as central America and
some of the Caribbean islands. More information about NAB can be found at:

http://publications.aba.org/north-american-birds/

The spring season extends from 1 March to 31 May and we would like to receive
your reports of interesting bird sightings for this period by no later than
June 15th. Please send your sightings DIRECTLY TO The SUB-REGIONAL EDITOR
listed below. Some of you might assume that a Texbirds post, or even an
eBird submission, will be picked up by your NAB sub-regional editor, and
will serve as your contribution. This is not necessarily the case. Not only
is it quite easy to miss a Texbirds post or eBird submission, we do NOT
always assume that sightings posted to those mediums are necessarily
intended by the observer as something that can or should be published in
North American Birds. Therefore, please report directly to the editor for
the area of your sighting, even if it is just as a carbon-copy (cc or bcc)
of a Texbirds report. Help us separate the wheat from the chaff by sending a
note to the proper editor below.

Thanks to Bert Frenz, there is a listing of the Texas counties included for
each of the reporting sub-regions at:

http://www.bafrenz.com/birds/NAB.htm

The names, addresses, and e-mail addresses of each of Texas' North American
Birds sub-regional editors follows. We encourage you to send your seasonal
sightings and summaries to the appropriate one:


Trans-Pecos (east of Hudspeth County): Eric Carpenter, 4710 Canyonwood
Drive, Austin, TX 78735.

email: <ecarpe...>

El Paso and Hudspeth Counties: Jim Paton, 4325 Boy Scout Lane, El Paso, TX
79922

Email: <jnpaton...>

South Texas: Willie Sekula 7063 Co. Rd. 228, Falls City, TX 78113-2627.

email: <wsekula...>

East Texas: Bert Frenz 221 Rainbow Dr., #12190, Livingston, TX 77399-2021.

email: <bert2...>

Central Texas: Eric Carpenter 4710 Canyonwood Drive, Austin, TX 78735.

email: <ecarpe...>

Northwest Texas (Panhandle, South Plains): Anthony Hewetson 4407 36th St.,
Lubbock TX 79414.

email: <fattonybirds...>

Upper Texas Coast: Ron Weeks 110 Indian Warrior, Lake Jackson, TX 77566

email: <ronweeks...>

North-central Texas: Ross Rasmussen 1325 S. Goliad St. Apt. 1302, Rockwall,
TX 75087-4669.

email: <ross.rasmussen...>

We are encouraging everyone to join us in the process of sharing your
experiences
and sightings from your area. You may contribute something of lasting
value; information which we may have missed without your help.

--Eric

Eric Carpenter
Austin


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Date: 6/4/17 7:56 am
From: Bob White <bobwhitebsacbc...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: 2017 Birding Classic final results
That message looks like gibberish to me. If it does to anyone else, I found the results here:
http://tpwd.texas.gov/events/great-texas-birding-classic/winnersreports/2017-final-results.pdf

Bob White
Spring, TX

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Date: 6/4/17 7:39 am
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Subject: [texbirds] 2017 Birding Classic final results
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Date: 6/3/17 12:42 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Sacahuistale Flats & Port Mansfield
Hi, all!


Birded Sacahuistale Flats and Port Mansfield this morning, and realized it's
been awhile since I've been there: that new Laguna Point Rec Area is great
(they even have a bathroom)! Nothing out of the ordinary but picked up
route targets like Cassin's and Botteri's Sparrows, Altamira and Hooded
Orioles, Wild Turkey, and of course gobs of White-tailed Deer! :) Common
Nighthawks were all over, even up to the end of the route in mid-morning! A
special treat was having a pair of Yellow-billed Cuckoos fly across the
road! The Oystercatcher at Laguna Point was my first for Port Mansfield. A
few pics are on my Facebook page:



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



Bird List:



Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis

Fulvous Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna bicolor

Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus

Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis

Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

Snowy Egret Egretta thula

Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor

Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

White Ibis Eudocimus albus

Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja

Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus

Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus

American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus

Killdeer Charadrius vociferus

Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca

Willet Tringa semipalmata

Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres

Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla

Least Tern Sternula antillarum

Forster's Tern Sterna forsteri

Black Skimmer Rynchops niger

Rock Pigeon Columba livia

Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto

White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica

Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

Inca Dove Columbina inca

Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina

Yellow-billed Cuckoo Coccyzus americanus

Groove-billed Ani Crotophaga sulcirostris

Common Nighthawk Chordeiles minor

Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons

Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris

Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway

Brown-crested Flycatcher Myiarchus tyrannulus

Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus

Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus

Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus

White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus

Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas

Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris

Purple Martin Progne subis

Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica

Verdin Auriparus flaviceps

Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii

Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre

Long-billed Thrasher Toxostoma longirostre

Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Olive Sparrow Arremonops rufivirgatus

Botteri's Sparrow Peucaea botterii

Cassin's Sparrow Peucaea cassinii

Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Blue Grosbeak Passerina caerulea

Painted Bunting Passerina ciris

Dickcissel Spiza americana

Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna

Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus

Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater

Hooded Oriole Icterus cucullatus

Bullock's Oriole Icterus bullockii

Altamira Oriole Icterus gularis

House Sparrow Passer domesticus



71 SPECIES



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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





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Date: 6/3/17 10:01 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update 471 species
Headed to South Texas to pick off a couple of the remaining south
Texas Birds I need, see the Blog update taking me to 471 species and
24.7K miles!

http://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2017/06/que-cara-cara.html

--
David Sarkozi
Houston, TX
(713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
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Date: 6/3/17 8:32 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] The Lynn County Photographic Game - May Report
Greetings All:
In compliance with Drew Harvey's request that I focus on a county lacking
herp records, I am going to be working Lynn County (the county just to the
south of Lubbock County) for critters and photographs of critters in 2017.

Lynn County is somewhat similar to Hockley County - lots of cropland,
almost no public land - but is different in one critical regard: there is
no publicly accessible permanent water. This doesn't mean that Lynn County
is dry, necessarily, but it does mean that my success with water-loving
species, from spadefoots to sandpipers, is going to be very dependent on
seasonal rainfall.

Stated numerical goals are, because of this, borderline hallucinatory.

That said, I will stick with goals of 50 species of butterfly, 5 species of
amphibian, 10 species of reptile, 200 species of bird, and 10 species of
mammal seen in Lynn County during 2017. As in 2016, I will also have the
goal of photographing at least 90% of the species seen.

I visited the county several times during the month and, thankfully, some
warm rains finally showed up towards the end of the month, easing my
worries about amphibians and reptiles. All in all I picked up 24 species of
butterfly, 6 species of amphibian, 5 species of reptile, 88 species of
bird, and 7 species of mammal, bringing me up to 34 species of butterfly, 6
species of amphibian, 6 species of reptile, 163 species of bird, and 9
species of mammal - moving the respective percentages up to 68%, 120%, 60%,
82%, and 90%. Of the 218 species seen so far, I acquired identifiable
photographs of 199 - making for a 91% success rate ... with most of the
species missed either nocturnals or skittish migrant songbirds (many of
which will be easier to photograph during fall migration).

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

Common Checkered Skipper
Common Sootywings
Orange Skipperling
Dotted Roadside Skipper
Pipevine Swallowtail
Checkered White
Orange Sulphur
Southern Dogface
Lyside Sulphur
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur
Gray Hairstreak
Marine Blue
Western Pygmy Blue
Reakirt's Blue
Monarch
Queen*(y)
Variegated Fritillary
Vesta Crescent
Gorgone Checkerspot
Fulvia Checkerspot*(y)
Red Admiral
Painted Lady

Plains Spadefoot*(y)
Couch's Spadefoot*(y)
Great Plains Toad*(y)
Texas Toad*(y)
Northern Cricket Frog
Plains Leopard Frog

Northern Earless Lizard*(y)
Texas Horned Lizard*(y)
Six-lined Racerunner*(y)
Eastern Glossy Snake*(y)
Prairie Rattlesnake*(y)


Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Canvasback
Redhead
Bufflehead
Ruddy Duck
Northern Bobwhite
Scaled Quail
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo*(y)
Greater Roadrunner
Common Nighthawk*(y)
Virginia Rail
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Snowy Plover
Killdeer
Stilt Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Phalarope
Black Tern*(y)
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Cattle Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
White-faced Ibis
Turkey Vulture
Harris's Hawk*(y)
Swainson's Hawk
Barn Owl(y)
Great Horned Owl
Burrowing Owl
Golden-fronted Woodpecker(y)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Western Wood Pewee*(y)
Willow Flycatcher*(y)
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Bell's Vireo
Chihuahuan Raven
Horned Lark
Cliff Swallow
Cave Swallow
Barn Swallow
Bewick's Wren
American Robin
Curve-billed Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
House Sparrow
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Black-and-white Warbler*
Nashville Warbler*
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart*(y)
Yellow Warbler(y)
Wilson's Warbler*(y)
Canyon Towhee
Cassin's Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Pyrrhuloxia
Blue Grosbeak
Painted Bunting*(y)
Dickcissel*
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole*(y)
Bullock's Oriole

Pallid Bat*
Black-tailed Jackrabbit(y)
Eastern Cottontail
Desert Cottontail
Coyote
Striped Skunk*(y)
White-tailed Deer

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 6/3/17 8:30 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds]
Greetings All:
In compliance with Drew Harvey's request that I focus on a county lacking
herp records, I am going to be working Lynn County (the county just to the
south of Lubbock County) for critters and photographs of critters in 2017.

Lynn County is somewhat similar to Hockley County - lots of cropland,
almost no public land - but is different in one critical regard: there is
no publicly accessible permanent water. This doesn't mean that Lynn County
is dry, necessarily, but it does mean that my success with water-loving
species, from spadefoots to sandpipers, is going to be very dependent on
seasonal rainfall.

Stated numerical goals are, because of this, borderline hallucinatory.

That said, I will stick with goals of 50 species of butterfly, 5 species of
amphibian, 10 species of reptile, 200 species of bird, and 10 species of
mammal seen in Lynn County during 2017. As in 2016, I will also have the
goal of photographing at least 90% of the species seen.

I visited the county several times during the month and, thankfully, some
warm rains finally showed up towards the end of the month, easing my
worries about amphibians and reptiles. All in all I picked up 24 species of
butterfly, 6 species of amphibian, 5 species of reptile, 88 species of
bird, and 7 species of mammal, bringing me up to 34 species of butterfly, 6
species of amphibian, 6 species of reptile, 163 species of bird, and 9
species of mammal - moving the respective percentages up to 68%, 120%, 60%,
82%, and 90%. Of the 218 species seen so far, I acquired identifiable
photographs of 199 - making for a 91% success rate ... with most of the
species missed either nocturnals or skittish migrant songbirds (many of
which will be easier to photograph during fall migration).

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

Common Checkered Skipper
Common Sootywings
Orange Skipperling
Dotted Roadside Skipper
Pipevine Swallowtail
Checkered White
Orange Sulphur
Southern Dogface
Lyside Sulphur
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur
Gray Hairstreak
Marine Blue
Western Pygmy Blue
Reakirt's Blue
Monarch
Queen*(y)
Variegated Fritillary
Vesta Crescent
Gorgone Checkerspot
Fulvia Checkerspot*(y)
Red Admiral
Painted Lady

Plains Spadefoot*(y)
Couch's Spadefoot*(y)
Great Plains Toad*(y)
Texas Toad*(y)
Northern Cricket Frog
Plains Leopard Frog

Northern Earless Lizard*(y)
Texas Horned Lizard*(y)
Six-lined Racerunner*(y)
Eastern Glossy Snake*(y)
Prairie Rattlesnake*(y)


Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Canvasback
Redhead
Bufflehead
Ruddy Duck
Northern Bobwhite
Scaled Quail
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo*(y)
Greater Roadrunner
Common Nighthawk*(y)
Virginia Rail
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Snowy Plover
Killdeer
Stilt Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Phalarope
Black Tern*(y)
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Cattle Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
White-faced Ibis
Turkey Vulture
Harris's Hawk*(y)
Swainson's Hawk
Barn Owl(y)
Great Horned Owl
Burrowing Owl
Golden-fronted Woodpecker(y)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
American Kestrel
Western Wood Pewee*(y)
Willow Flycatcher*(y)
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Western Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Bell's Vireo
Chihuahuan Raven
Horned Lark
Cliff Swallow
Cave Swallow
Barn Swallow
Bewick's Wren
American Robin
Curve-billed Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
House Sparrow
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Black-and-white Warbler*
Nashville Warbler*
Common Yellowthroat
American Redstart*(y)
Yellow Warbler(y)
Wilson's Warbler*(y)
Canyon Towhee
Cassin's Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Pyrrhuloxia
Blue Grosbeak
Painted Bunting*(y)
Dickcissel*
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole*(y)
Bullock's Oriole

Pallid Bat*
Black-tailed Jackrabbit(y)
Eastern Cottontail
Desert Cottontail
Coyote
Striped Skunk*(y)
White-tailed Deer

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubboc


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Date: 6/3/17 7:54 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] The Kostecke Competition - May Report
Greetings All:
This year's competition finds Rich Kostecke working over 960 square miles
of Fayette County as Anthony Hewetson flails away at 902 square miles of
Crosby County. Both counties have a nice mix of habitats, though
Kostecke's is a bit less agricultural and a bit more wooded and watered.
On the other hand, Hewetson has some nice canyon cuts and, possibly, a
better selection of grasslands. To make things a bit more fair this year
lists are going to be weighted using the cumulative eBird total of ABA
countable birds as reported by 31 December 2016. That means that Rich's
efforts will be divided into a total of 264 species for Fayette County
whereas Anthony's efforts will be divided into a total of 290 species for
Crosby County. Species we add to the county lists during 2017 will not
cause these totals to go up: 264 and 290 remain fixed for purposes of the
contest.

Rich visited Fayette County on three occasions and added 28 species to his
list (Eastern Screech Owl, Great Horned Owl, Common Nighthawk,
Chuck-will's-widow, Yellow Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Orchard Oriole,
Common Ground Dove, Alder Flycatcher, Blue Grosbeak, Swainson's Thrush,
Ovenbird, Mourning Warbler, White-rumped Sandpiper, Blackburnian Warbler,
Black-throated Green Warbler, Canada Warbler, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Gray
Catbird, Great Kiskadee, Roseate Spoonbill, Hudsonian Godwit, Red-headed
Woodpecker, Glossy Ibis, Caspian Tern, Black Tern, American Redstart, and
Magnolia Warbler), bringing him up to 199 species in Fayette County so far
this year.

Thanks to the TOS meeting (which kept me out of the region one weekend) and
an injury of the lateral malleolar sort (which prevented me from driving
during another), I was only able to visit Crosby County twice during the
month but I made the visits count, adding 34 species (Blue Grosbeak,
Western Tanager, Dickcissel, House Wren, Solitary Sandpiper, Orchard
Oriole, Bell's Vireo, Virginia Rail, MacGillivray's Warbler, Mississippi
Kite, Swainson's Thrush, Common Nighthawk, Black-and-white Warbler, Great
Crested Flycatcher, Red-headed Woodpecker, Warbling Vireo, Yellow-headed
Blackbird, Tree Swallow, Stilt Sandpiper, Eastern Kingbird, Least
Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Cuckoo, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Eastern Wood
Pewee, Western Wood Pewee, Yellow-crowned Night Heron, Wilson's Warbler,
Red-eyed Vireo, American Redstart, Northern Waterthrush, Gray Catbird,
Broad-winged Hawk, Willow Flycatcher, and Lesser Goldfinch), bringing me up
to 217 species in Crosby County so far this year.

Weighted for eBird history that puts Kostecke at just a hair over 75% and
Hewetson at just a hair under 75% with Kostecke maintaining the sort of
lead normally seen only at track events:)

June will be slow for us as a) we both have tons of professional
obligations during the month that keep us from going where we want to go
and b) we are down to the few breeding birds we have missed and a few of
the earlier post-breeding wanderers.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 6/2/17 6:40 pm
From: Bill <texaskingbird...>
Subject: [texbirds] idea for a new type of "Texas Century Club challenge"
With John's new suggestion, I did a quicky count on my database. I have
33 species seen in 100 counties. Another 27 in 75-99 counties and 41 in
50-74 counties. So I have seen 101 species in 50 or more counties. Is
that halfway? Betty keeps suggesting I bird closer to home.
Mourning Dove in 200 counties. Turkey Vulture in 198. Northern
Mockingbird in 193. House Sparrow in 192. Great-tailed Grackle in 190.
Eurasian Collared-Dove and Northern Cardinal in 161.

Bill Wright

Houston



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Date: 6/2/17 12:41 pm
From: Susan Yost <sdyost...>
Subject: [texbirds] LLELA monthly bird walk
Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area [LLELA]; Denton Co. will be hosting the last bird walk for the season. {We start back up in September}.
Join us to see some of our resident birds…White-eyed Vireos, Painted and Indigo Buntings, Dickcissels, Eastern & Western Kingbirds, Hawks, Osprey, flycatchers, swallows, egrets and herons. Perhaps we will even catch a glimpse of our Bald Eagles! Plus the wildflowers are in bloom bringing butterflies and dragonflies galore!]
June 10
7:30am meet at the pavilion
$5 per car.
Checklists at the gate house.
Come and see what LLELA is all about!

Sue YOST
Keith Lockhart
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Date: 6/2/17 12:23 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] least grebe and shorebird pictures from Wednesday
The best bird of the day was a very young least grebe in the pond on the
east side of Retillon Road as I was leaving the second time. Its nice to
have notes on your windshield about good birds.
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570911

He was very tame and liked to be squeaked at and often was too close for
pictures

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570910

He did not call but gave a little peep call now and then

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570902

Not sure if he could fly a long way but many of the ponds including the
pond he was in were dry earlier in the spring.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570904

Still some shorebirds out on the flats but not a whole lot. Maybe avocets
outnumber everyone else but they do wander and were not around on my first
trip but were napping on the second trip down the beach

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570744

A small group of dunlin remain and stayed together

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570751

Or tried to show how tall they were

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570750

A total of 3 not so red red knots were around

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570802

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570800

This turnstone has been around for a while

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570804

No really colored sanderlings were present but some still had a little color

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570806

Semipalmated plovers usually summer in small numbers and birds were on the
flats, east beach and rollover pass

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570808

There were several peeps feeding and napping. I put all down as
semipalmated sandpipers but a couple could be westerns. Will look at the
pictures again in a few days

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570863

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570861

Several appeared different depending on whether there was a cloud or not

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570864

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570858

Reddish egrets demand sole ownership of much of the flats while the great
and snowy egrets feed more politely

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570803

The tricolored herons also did not play well together and also terrorized a
yellow-crowned night heron

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570849

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570852

Further east on Bolivar an osprey was eating its usual mullet

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570798

Several royal terns were following the ferry on the way back to Galveston

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570735

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570734

New sargassum was arriving near the jetty on east beach Galveston and used
by many birds including Wilson's plovers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570732

and snowy plovers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570731

Caspian terns can be heard from a long way off and often are noisy

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570729

The summering red-breasted merganser on the texas city dike was preening.
It continues to fade from week to week

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570724

And spends much of the time wishing it had migrated with the other
mergansers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570725

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165570727

All the pictures can be browsed at

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

Click on on and use the right and left arrow keys to browse all.

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


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Date: 6/2/17 7:50 am
From: Lamont Brown <lamont...>
Subject: [texbirds] Congrats to Bill Wright an idea for a new type of Century Club
Congratulations Bill,

Welcome to the club!

Lamont Brown
Denton, TX Currently Houston

PS I like John Berner's and Fred Collin's suggestions, especially the
insanity club!



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Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 7:22 PM
To: <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] 100 counties with 100+ species

Ninety-seven months ago, when I started the Texas Century Club challenge at
age 70, I did not know if my health would last long enough or even if I
would live long enough to make. But thanks to the Lord and a lot of helpful
birders, yesterday, I finished up county #100, Grayson County.
I have uploaded a map showing the 100 counties to the Texas Century Club
facebook page. I have tallied a total of 420 different species in the
100 counties, and 10,438 county ticks. 97 of the counties are contiguous,
stretching along I-10 from Orange to Kendall; along US90 west to Val Verde.
along US59 from Webb to Nacogdoches, and 15 out of the 19 counties I35
traverses. The non-contiguous counties are Brewster, Kimble and Harrison.
The closest county to my home in Houston in which I have not seen 100 or
more species is Newton, a county that could get more birder attention. I
have birded all 254 counties in Texas.

Seen in all 100 counties were: Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Mourning Dove,
Northern Mockingbird, and Northern Cardinal. The duck seen in the most
counties was Gadwall in 87; Pied-billed Grebe in 89; Double-crested
Cormorant in 90; Great Blue Heron in 98; Red-tailed Hawk in 97; American
Coot in 90; Killdeer in 97; Ring-billed Gull in 66; Yellow-billed Cuckoo in
60 and Greater Roadrunner in only 42; Red-bellied Woodpecker in 72; Eastern
Phoebe in 91; Loggerhead Shrike in 86; White-eyed Vireo in 85; Blue Jay in
77; American Crow in 75; Barn Swallow in 91; Carolina Wren in 92;
Ruby-crowned Kinglet in 92; Eastern Bluebird in 83; European Starling in
every county except Starr; Yellow-rumped Warbler in 93; and as Steve Gross
told us at the west Houston TOS meeting 11 out of 10 sparrows you see are
Savannahs -- I saw Savannah Sparrows in 83 of the counties; Great-tailed
grackle in 95 counties; American Goldfinch in 69; and finally House Sparrow
in 98 (no HOSP in Kenedy or McMullen).

I have enjoyed birding in a lot of unique places in Texas.

Bill Wright, Houston



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Date: 6/2/17 2:38 am
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: FW: Congrats to Bill Wright and an idea for a new type of "Texas Species Century Club"
....as in Albert Einstein's definition of insanity "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results."

254 times, to be exact.....

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

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> On Jun 1, 2017, at 11:46 PM, Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> wrote:
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> I've been inspired by Bill, Bob, Jim, John and others. How about the same 10 species in all 254 Counties. We could call it the insanity club ;-)
>
> Fred Collins, Director
> Kleb Woods Nature Center
> 20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
> 281-357-5324
>
> Harris County Precinct 3
> Steve Radack Commissioner
> www.pct3.com
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> Sent: Thursday, June 01, 2017 4:32 PM
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> Subject: [texbirds] Congrats to Bill Wright and an idea for a new type of "Texas Species Century Club"
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> Texbirders:
> Congrats to Bill Wright in reaching his target of 100 birds in 100 counties! I had a proposal for a different sort of Texas Century Club challenge that birders may want to try to undertake. The goal would be to see the same 100 species of birds in at least 100 of Texas's 254 counties.
> You would try to see....1) Turkey Vulture in 100 different Texas counties;..............2) Black Vulture in 100 different Texas counties--need not necessarily be seen in the same 100 counties as where you saw the Turkey Vultures;.....3) Northern Mockingbird; .... Etc...................Could be lots of fun! It also might extend ebird data coverage for some species into some new lesser-birded counties. You could choose whichever 100 species you wanted to chase and change the list of species as you went as long as you ended up with 100 different Texas county sightings for each of 100 species chosen.
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Date: 6/1/17 8:46 pm
From: Bradford Lirette <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender lirettb for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Congrats to Bill Wright and an idea for a new type of "Texas Species Century Club"
Texbirders,

This is an amazing achievement by Bill Wright (Congrats Bill!) The suggestion of the same 100 birds in a 100 counties would be in the same category as Anthony Hewetson's 100 birds in all 254 counties and Ron Week's 10 counties with 300 birds in my opinion. What I have learned in my county listing is bird distribution. The further I am removed from my home "habitat" the less I know about where to find the birds. This is especially true in the less birded counties. This requires me to be diligent in my identification and it's why I use the ebird app. I have found that when the "details required" box pops up, I need to pay more attention. If you're looking for county challenges consider 200 birds in a county. This looks easier than it should and will definitely challenge one's knowledge of bird distribution.
Good birding!
Brad Lirette
Pearland, Texas

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Date: 6/1/17 7:09 pm
From: Mark and Brenda Steuer <steuers...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Congrats to Bill Wright and an idea for a new type of "Texas Species Century Club"

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On Thursday, June 1, 2017, 8:31 PM, <jkestner...> wrote:

Quiz:  Who can name the bird found throughout every state, except Hawaii and Alaska (where it is found in the southern parts of the state), in all seasons of the year? 

Judy Kestner
Corpus Christi

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============Texbirders:
Congrats to Bill Wright in  reaching his target of 100 birds in 100 counties! I had a proposal for a different sort of Texas Century Club challenge that birders may want to try to undertake. The goal would be to see the same 100 species of birds in at least 100 of Texas's 254 counties.
You would try to see....1) Turkey Vulture in 100 different Texas counties;..............2) Black Vulture in 100 different Texas counties--need not necessarily be seen in the same 100 counties as where you saw the Turkey Vultures;.....3) Northern Mockingbird; .... Etc...................Could be lots of fun! It also might extend ebird data coverage for some species into some new lesser-birded counties. You could choose whichever 100 species you wanted to chase and change the list of species as you went as long as you ended up with 100 different Texas county sightings for each of 100 species chosen.
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Date: 6/1/17 6:31 pm
From: <jkestner...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Congrats to Bill Wright and an idea for a new type of "Texas Species Century Club"
Quiz: Who can name the bird found throughout every state, except Hawaii and Alaska (where it is found in the southern parts of the state), in all seasons of the year?

Judy Kestner
Corpus Christi

---- Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> wrote:

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Texbirders:
Congrats to Bill Wright in  reaching his target of 100 birds in 100 counties! I had a proposal for a different sort of Texas Century Club challenge that birders may want to try to undertake. The goal would be to see the same 100 species of birds in at least 100 of Texas's 254 counties.
You would try to see....1) Turkey Vulture in 100 different Texas counties;..............2) Black Vulture in 100 different Texas counties--need not necessarily be seen in the same 100 counties as where you saw the Turkey Vultures;.....3) Northern Mockingbird; .... Etc...................Could be lots of fun! It also might extend ebird data coverage for some species into some new lesser-birded counties. You could choose whichever 100 species you wanted to chase and change the list of species as you went as long as you ended up with 100 different Texas county sightings for each of 100 species chosen.
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Date: 6/1/17 2:46 pm
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: Congrats to Bill Wright and an idea for a new type of "Texas Species Century Club"
I've been inspired by Bill, Bob, Jim, John and others. How about the same 10 species in all 254 Counties. We could call it the insanity club ;-)

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

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





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Subject: [texbirds] Congrats to Bill Wright and an idea for a new type of "Texas Species Century Club"

Texbirders:
Congrats to Bill Wright in  reaching his target of 100 birds in 100 counties! I had a proposal for a different sort of Texas Century Club challenge that birders may want to try to undertake. The goal would be to see the same 100 species of birds in at least 100 of Texas's 254 counties.
You would try to see....1) Turkey Vulture in 100 different Texas counties;..............2) Black Vulture in 100 different Texas counties--need not necessarily be seen in the same 100 counties as where you saw the Turkey Vultures;.....3) Northern Mockingbird; .... Etc...................Could be lots of fun! It also might extend ebird data coverage for some species into some new lesser-birded counties. You could choose whichever 100 species you wanted to chase and change the list of species as you went as long as you ended up with 100 different Texas county sightings for each of 100 species chosen.
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Date: 6/1/17 2:45 pm
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Congrats to Bill Wright and an idea for a new type of "Texas Species Century Club"
I've been inspired by John, Bill and others. How about the same 10 species in all 254 Counties. We could call it the insanity club ;-)

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

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





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Sent: Thursday, June 01, 2017 4:32 PM
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Subject: [texbirds] Congrats to Bill Wright and an idea for a new type of "Texas Species Century Club"

Texbirders:
Congrats to Bill Wright in  reaching his target of 100 birds in 100 counties! I had a proposal for a different sort of Texas Century Club challenge that birders may want to try to undertake. The goal would be to see the same 100 species of birds in at least 100 of Texas's 254 counties.
You would try to see....1) Turkey Vulture in 100 different Texas counties;..............2) Black Vulture in 100 different Texas counties--need not necessarily be seen in the same 100 counties as where you saw the Turkey Vultures;.....3) Northern Mockingbird; .... Etc...................Could be lots of fun! It also might extend ebird data coverage for some species into some new lesser-birded counties. You could choose whichever 100 species you wanted to chase and change the list of species as you went as long as you ended up with 100 different Texas county sightings for each of 100 species chosen.
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Date: 6/1/17 2:32 pm
From: Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Congrats to Bill Wright and an idea for a new type of "Texas Species Century Club"
Texbirders:
Congrats to Bill Wright in  reaching his target of 100 birds in 100 counties! I had a proposal for a different sort of Texas Century Club challenge that birders may want to try to undertake. The goal would be to see the same 100 species of birds in at least 100 of Texas's 254 counties.
You would try to see....1) Turkey Vulture in 100 different Texas counties;..............2) Black Vulture in 100 different Texas counties--need not necessarily be seen in the same 100 counties as where you saw the Turkey Vultures;.....3) Northern Mockingbird; .... Etc...................Could be lots of fun! It also might extend ebird data coverage for some species into some new lesser-birded counties. You could choose whichever 100 species you wanted to chase and change the list of species as you went as long as you ended up with 100 different Texas county sightings for each of 100 species chosen.
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Date: 6/1/17 11:57 am
From: Mary McCarley <marymccarley...>
Subject: [texbirds] Golden- cheeked Warbler Fledglings
I was very excited today to notice a golden- cheeked warbler in my yard
today. After grabbing my binoculars and camera, I was able to tell it
was a fledgling. Then I noticed a second one. They were in my yard at
least an hour foraging and staying together. Occasionally one would
chase the other. I also got to enjoy a lively black-and-white warbler
among the other usual suspects.


Mary McCarley
Leander, TX
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Date: 6/1/17 8:15 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Coastal birding yesterday, least grebe and shorebirds
Did the coast yesterday starting with an early ferry ride across to
Bolivar. Not many birds followed on this trip or the return trip at midday.
There were a few non-breeding royal terns near the Galveston side coming
back. The area missed most of the rain during the last week and roadside
puddles, fort travis etc were bone dry but areas affected by high tides
were brimful. East beach at Galveston had lots of erosion and you have to
get up into the grass which is covered with old foam to avoid wading and
there is a steep step up. The water was also in the small tern nesting area
on the right as you go into the jetty parking area. Horses are walking down
the bay shore which the birds do not like.
Going down the beach to the bollards there were a few sanderling, one
western willet and some turnstones. The beach has been washed again and
there were only a few least terns about. Most of the least terns sitting
further east were gone too. Maybe too many weekend visitors as there were
lots of tracks down past the bollards including large dogs.

The tide was coming in and had covered much of the area the terns and
shorebirds use to rest/roost. It continued rising as I watched and many
birds left. There was used sargassum along the way that came in some time
ago, washed out and was returning as piles. Most shorebirds were feeding in
it.

Had 1 not so red knot, 3 western willet, 19 sanderlings, 4 black-bellied
plover, 2 semipalmated plover, 7 ruddy turnstone, 7 semipalmated and 1
western sandpiper, and a few avocets.

Going back down the tide was higher and the walk much shorter than recent
weeks. More birds with a couple dozen peeps, and 3 not so red knots. About
40 avocets settling in to nap but when a few feeders found goodies many
would go out and feed abit before returning to rest. Maybe a dozen
ring-billed gulls and 1 herring gull.

Chatted with another birder on Retillon on the way in and was left a note
about a least grebe on the east side pond on Retillon. It was rather tame
and a very young bird but no sign of parents. Will have to check other
ponds for them but have had no sign. They seem to be increasing with the
years. And there is a lot of territory that is not accessible up in
Chambers county and Galveston county.

The dead tree used by the swainson's hawks was occupied by an osprey and
one swainson's was hunting maybe a mile further east. Another osprey was
near rollover pass which had almost no birds.

About mid day, east beach had incoming sargassum, a snowy plover and
several Wilson's plovers but no youngsters out on the edge. No black or
common terns. When I arrived, a large group of large terns and pelicans was
out in the middle of the tern nesting area but when I looked from the ship
channel, they were all gone and I did not see them go or any reason for
their leaving. Laughing gulls really liked the sargassum and the western
willets can pick up large clumps and shake to see who falls out.

Ended up on the texas city dike and found fewer birds than almost any trip.
The female red-breasted merganser is still lingering and is learning why
mergansers fly north for the summer. Bleaching more every week too. 2
turnstones were the only shorebirds.

Ended the trip with a fly in front of the car cooper's hawk at beltway 8
and Briarforest.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 6/1/17 7:15 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: 100 counties with 100+ species
Congratulations Bill. What a great story and what a fun accomplishment. I hope to bird all 254 counties when I retire and also read a historical marker in each one as well. Maybe I should start a list of birds seen while stopped at historical markers? Maybe I too will join the century club while in the process.

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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From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Bill
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 7:22 PM
To: <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] 100 counties with 100+ species

Ninety-seven months ago, when I started the Texas Century Club challenge at age 70, I did not know if my health would last long enough or even if I would live long enough to make. But thanks to the Lord and a lot of helpful birders, yesterday, I finished up county #100, Grayson County.
I have uploaded a map showing the 100 counties to the Texas Century Club facebook page. I have tallied a total of 420 different species in the
100 counties, and 10,438 county ticks. 97 of the counties are contiguous, stretching along I-10 from Orange to Kendall; along US90 west to Val Verde. along US59 from Webb to Nacogdoches, and 15 out of the 19 counties I35 traverses. The non-contiguous counties are Brewster, Kimble and Harrison. The closest county to my home in Houston in which I have not seen 100 or more species is Newton, a county that could get more birder attention. I have birded all 254 counties in Texas.

Seen in all 100 counties were: Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Mourning Dove, Northern Mockingbird, and Northern Cardinal. The duck seen in the most counties was Gadwall in 87; Pied-billed Grebe in 89; Double-crested Cormorant in 90; Great Blue Heron in 98; Red-tailed Hawk in 97; American Coot in 90; Killdeer in 97; Ring-billed Gull in 66; Yellow-billed Cuckoo in 60 and Greater Roadrunner in only 42; Red-bellied Woodpecker in 72; Eastern Phoebe in 91; Loggerhead Shrike in 86; White-eyed Vireo in 85; Blue Jay in 77; American Crow in 75; Barn Swallow in 91; Carolina Wren in 92; Ruby-crowned Kinglet in 92; Eastern Bluebird in 83; European Starling in every county except Starr; Yellow-rumped Warbler in 93; and as Steve Gross told us at the west Houston TOS meeting 11 out of 10 sparrows you see are Savannahs -- I saw Savannah Sparrows in 83 of the counties; Great-tailed grackle in 95 counties; American Goldfinch in 69; and finally House Sparrow in 98 (no HOSP in Kenedy or McMullen).

I have enjoyed birding in a lot of unique places in Texas.

Bill Wright, Houston



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Date: 5/31/17 7:35 pm
From: Lamont Brown <lamont...>
Subject: [texbirds] Clarification: Hwy 281 Rest Stop water on, Redstart possibility and many fledglings
Clarification, I was talking about American Redstart and did confuse the
dialogue with reference to Painted Redstart some 3 or 4 years ago.

Lamont

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From: Lamont Brown
Sent: Wednesday, May 31, 2017 9:08 PM
To: Texbirds
Subject: Hwy 281 Rest Stop water on, Redstart possibility and many
fledglings

Buoyed by Tom Langschied’s American Redstart in Kingsville recently, this
Wednesday A.M. I decided to make my 3rd stop at the Hwy 281 Rest Area in the
last week in hopes that an American Redstart could be found.

First, and thankfully, the water was turned on today and the small pool was
full. Not so on my two stops last week. I asked an attendant and the
water will remain on for the summer. The north area, by the pool is where I
saw the previous AMRE some 3-4 times over a couple of years, the last of
which was 2014. Today I heard what I’m 90% sure was an AMRE, but never did
see it. The song was coming from the trees north of the pool on the north
side. I had a NY AMRE song on my Sibley app which I played once in the
car - while similar, the two songs, the one on the app and what I heard were
not identical. And there was at least the normal amount of truck noise
from the road. Therefore I did not tick this one. If you are headed north
on 281 it is worth a stop to check this out. I would not make a special
trip just to look for the bird, unless of course you wish to lunch in
Falfurrias.

I had two new birds for that rest area, Eastern Bluebird and F/o BB
Whistling Ducks.

With fledglings: the Bluebirds, two pair of Green Jays, two pair of
Golden-fronted Woodpeckers, BC Titmice and Brown-crested Flycatcher. The
resident Hooded Orioles and a Summer Tanager are always a good show.

Lamont Brown
Denton, Texas but Victoria tonight

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Date: 5/31/17 7:09 pm
From: Lamont Brown <lamont...>
Subject: [texbirds] Hwy 281 Rest Stop water on, Redstart possibility and many fledglings
Buoyed by Tom Langschied’s American Redstart in Kingsville recently, this
Wednesday A.M. I decided to make my 3rd stop at the Hwy 281 Rest Area in the
last week in hopes that an American Redstart could be found.

First, and thankfully, the water was turned on today and the small pool was
full. Not so on my two stops last week. I asked an attendant and the
water will remain on for the summer. The north area, by the pool is where I
saw the previous AMRE some 3-4 times over a couple of years, the last of
which was 2014. Today I heard what I’m 90% sure was an AMRE, but never did
see it. The song was coming from the trees north of the pool on the north
side. I had a NY AMRE song on my Sibley app which I played once in the
car - while similar, the two songs, the one on the app and what I heard were
not identical. And there was at least the normal amount of truck noise
from the road. Therefore I did not tick this one. If you are headed north
on 281 it is worth a stop to check this out. I would not make a special
trip just to look for the bird, unless of course you wish to lunch in
Falfurrias.

I had two new birds for that rest area, Eastern Bluebird and F/o BB
Whistling Ducks.

With fledglings: the Bluebirds, two pair of Green Jays, two pair of
Golden-fronted Woodpeckers, BC Titmice and Brown-crested Flycatcher. The
resident Hooded Orioles and a Summer Tanager are always a good show.

Lamont Brown
Denton, Texas but Victoria tonight

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Date: 5/31/17 5:42 pm
From: Bird.fried <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: 100 counties with 100+ species
Bill,

Congratulations on completing your Texas Century Club challenge! That is quite an accomplishment and it is an elite club of which I am not yet a member. Thanks also for sharing some of your journey and observations. I enjoyed reading your post and I'm sure there are other very interesting stories you could share from your adventures.

Bob Friedrichs
Palacios

Sent from my iPad

> On May 31, 2017, at 8:21 PM, Bill <texaskingbird...> wrote:
>
> Ninety-seven months ago, when I started the Texas Century Club challenge
> at age 70, I did not know if my health would last long enough or even if
> I would live long enough to make. But thanks to the Lord and a lot of
> helpful birders, yesterday, I finished up county #100, Grayson County.
> I have uploaded a map showing the 100 counties to the Texas Century Club
> facebook page. I have tallied a total of 420 different species in the
> 100 counties, and 10,438 county ticks. 97 of the counties are
> contiguous, stretching along I-10 from Orange to Kendall; along US90
> west to Val Verde. along US59 from Webb to Nacogdoches, and 15 out of
> the 19 counties I35 traverses. The non-contiguous counties are Brewster,
> Kimble and Harrison. The closest county to my home in Houston in which I
> have not seen 100 or more species is Newton, a county that could get
> more birder attention. I have birded all 254 counties in Texas.
>
> Seen in all 100 counties were: Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Mourning
> Dove, Northern Mockingbird, and Northern Cardinal. The duck seen in the
> most counties was Gadwall in 87; Pied-billed Grebe in 89; Double-crested
> Cormorant in 90; Great Blue Heron in 98; Red-tailed Hawk in 97; American
> Coot in 90; Killdeer in 97; Ring-billed Gull in 66; Yellow-billed Cuckoo
> in 60 and Greater Roadrunner in only 42; Red-bellied Woodpecker in 72;
> Eastern Phoebe in 91; Loggerhead Shrike in 86; White-eyed Vireo in 85;
> Blue Jay in 77; American Crow in 75; Barn Swallow in 91; Carolina Wren
> in 92; Ruby-crowned Kinglet in 92; Eastern Bluebird in 83; European
> Starling in every county except Starr; Yellow-rumped Warbler in 93; and
> as Steve Gross told us at the west Houston TOS meeting 11 out of 10
> sparrows you see are Savannahs -- I saw Savannah Sparrows in 83 of the
> counties; Great-tailed grackle in 95 counties; American Goldfinch in 69;
> and finally House Sparrow in 98 (no HOSP in Kenedy or McMullen).
>
> I have enjoyed birding in a lot of unique places in Texas.
>
> Bill Wright, Houston
>
>
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Date: 5/31/17 5:22 pm
From: Bill <texaskingbird...>
Subject: [texbirds] 100 counties with 100+ species
Ninety-seven months ago, when I started the Texas Century Club challenge
at age 70, I did not know if my health would last long enough or even if
I would live long enough to make. But thanks to the Lord and a lot of
helpful birders, yesterday, I finished up county #100, Grayson County.
I have uploaded a map showing the 100 counties to the Texas Century Club
facebook page. I have tallied a total of 420 different species in the
100 counties, and 10,438 county ticks. 97 of the counties are
contiguous, stretching along I-10 from Orange to Kendall; along US90
west to Val Verde. along US59 from Webb to Nacogdoches, and 15 out of
the 19 counties I35 traverses. The non-contiguous counties are Brewster,
Kimble and Harrison. The closest county to my home in Houston in which I
have not seen 100 or more species is Newton, a county that could get
more birder attention. I have birded all 254 counties in Texas.

Seen in all 100 counties were: Turkey Vulture, Black Vulture, Mourning
Dove, Northern Mockingbird, and Northern Cardinal. The duck seen in the
most counties was Gadwall in 87; Pied-billed Grebe in 89; Double-crested
Cormorant in 90; Great Blue Heron in 98; Red-tailed Hawk in 97; American
Coot in 90; Killdeer in 97; Ring-billed Gull in 66; Yellow-billed Cuckoo
in 60 and Greater Roadrunner in only 42; Red-bellied Woodpecker in 72;
Eastern Phoebe in 91; Loggerhead Shrike in 86; White-eyed Vireo in 85;
Blue Jay in 77; American Crow in 75; Barn Swallow in 91; Carolina Wren
in 92; Ruby-crowned Kinglet in 92; Eastern Bluebird in 83; European
Starling in every county except Starr; Yellow-rumped Warbler in 93; and
as Steve Gross told us at the west Houston TOS meeting 11 out of 10
sparrows you see are Savannahs -- I saw Savannah Sparrows in 83 of the
counties; Great-tailed grackle in 95 counties; American Goldfinch in 69;
and finally House Sparrow in 98 (no HOSP in Kenedy or McMullen).

I have enjoyed birding in a lot of unique places in Texas.

Bill Wright, Houston



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Date: 5/31/17 6:40 am
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR
Lake Texoma is above normal so we had to make some detours on our bird
census. The low water crossing north of headquarters is under water so we
went to the Goode Area via Terry Ln. There were no mudflats so the only
shorebirds we got were Killdeer. Some note worthy sightings were a
Tricolored Heron near the first bridge on Wildlife Dr., a
Black-and-white-Warbler and a Hairy Woodpecker at the Goode area, a total
of 11 Red-shouldered Hawks spread out over the refuge and a couple of
Yellow-crowned Night-Herons at Deaver Pond. We had extremely close up
views of a Grasshopper Sparrow with a Katydid in its beak. We finished
the day with 68 species.
http://ebird.org/ebird/iss/view/checklist/S37268349
Jack Chiles, Texas master naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR.

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Date: 5/31/17 6:16 am
From: Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] Kleb Woods summer bird walks
It's that time of year again! In order to combat the heat, Kleb Woods weekly bird walks will start earlier for the summer. From June 3 to August 30, bird walks will be from 8 AM to 10 AM every Wednesday, and the 1st Saturday of every month. Meet us at the nature center. In the summer, we often spend a little time identifying insects and plants as well as birds!
As with all programs at Kleb Woods, bird walks are free and are open to all ages and skill levels.

Kendra Kocab
Naturalist: Kleb Woods Nature Center
Commissioner Steve Radack
Harris County Precinct 3
www.pct3.com/parks/kleb-park/<http://www.pct3.com/parks/kleb-park/>






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Date: 5/30/17 2:34 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] red-necked phalarope, surf scoter shorebirds and seagull pictures from Wednesday
Took the early ferry across the bay and had little due to the high wind and
spray. The rains had filled all the ponds in port bolivar leaving no edge.
There was still no wet areas at Fort Travis as the rain soaked in. A few
birds feeding around the jetty base.
Headed out Retillon Road but had no calling black rails. Clapper rails were
out and some young were almost half grown.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538873

They were feeding themselves and preening

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538875

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538878

The first bird out by the beach was an interesting seagull. Took lots of
pictures as usual and found out that it was just another herring gull for
the list of birds that could have been something else

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538889

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538891

A lesser black-backed gull was bathing in the surf

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538892

A single franklin's gull was way down the flats

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538888

A pair of shovelers was also way down around the bend

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538894

A mottled duck was in a puddle by the beach

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538893

Still bright colored sanderlings along the water

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538895

Almost all the peeps were semipalmated sandpipers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538900

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538898

This one looked a little different

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538901

Several male horned larks were up skylarking. One Wilson's phalarope flew
in and a single marbled godwit slept. Still avocets but just 17 with more
up at rollover. A few more Caspian terns out on the beach and there are
still a few whimbrels scattered about.

A surf scoter was standing in the surf just up the beach

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538903

Showed off its big feet

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538907

It kept turning around between bouts of preening

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538909

This stretch of beach seems a favorite of surf scoters in late spring/early
summer. This bird seems to be in better feather than some.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538905

A little further east, a red-necked phalarope was feeding in the runoff
from the cut.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538935

The red-neck is very apparent as are the back stripes

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538936

The bulldozer cleaning the beach gradually moved the birds away and was
getting very close to my car so I sort of had to leave

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538934

Makes a good mystery bird

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538927

And a tail pattern

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538923

Its a small bird and looks smaller than a sanderling

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538922

The phalarope and sanderlings were catching tiny shrimp washing out of the
marsh. The phalarope could swim and was doing better at the catching.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538920

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538918

Further up the peninsula a small group of white rumped sandpipers were
feeding

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538948

They were eating very tiny things washed up on the sand

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538951

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538949

They were in varied plumages

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538958

They never really gave a good look at the white rump

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538954

The texas city dike had a male and female red-breasted merganser

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538976

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538975

Least terns were bathing

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538978

Lots of flapping

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538980

And then preening

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165538984

Lots fewer birds out on the beach compared to a week ago but still fair
variety and some good ones.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 5/30/17 1:29 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Pictures from Thursday hawks, ibis, ducks etc
After lots of days at the coast with shorebirds, I thought that I would do
the inland shorebirds with Anahuac and the rice fields the place to find
them. For the day I had eastern willet, black-necked stilt and killdeer and
no other shorebirds at all. Great rice and lots of water and spots where
birds should be but the good rain on the coast missed the inland.
Had a swainson's hawk preening and sitting for a long visit

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532474

Cleaned feathers one at a time

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532472

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532470

The feet are designed to catch goodies

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532466

and long poses

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532459

After many years of hearing about glossy ibis at the refuge, I finally
found one showing all the field marks. Actually it was feeding all the time
and the best look was at the computer when I got home

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532438

But the bluish legs without red knees and the face pattern broken at the
back had all the marks.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532436

And the gloss appeared redder than on the white-faced but I only had
non-breeding white-faces in the same light

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532441

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532435

this was a younger white-faced ibis with greener gloss but that could be an
age thing

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532434

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532432

Seaside sparrows were down near the bay but not sitting up in the wind

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532429

Purple gallinules are having a very good year at the refuge but no sign of
youngsters yet. Did have a single common gallinule chick

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532427

The very long toes let them walk where others cannot go

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532423

One can spend unlimited time with the gallinules as they feed

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532427

Little blue herons fledged last year are starting to turn blue

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532420

The blue feathers seem to grow in sort of randomly

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532418

Lots of fulvous whistling ducks all around shoveler pond

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532409

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532405

Many black-bellied whistling ducks too

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532404

And they did lots of photo-bombing

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532403

Blue-winged teal pairs are lingering and they may nest too

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532379

There were several black-necked stilt nests way out in shoveler pond

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532381

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532380

Eastern kingbirds are doing well at the refuge

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532386

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532384

And find nesting spots in very small shrubs etc

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532389

Alligators were sunning

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532375

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532377

Other birds seen were young of the year great blue herons. The rookery is
doing well with cattle egrets carrying sticks and lots of dark ibis going
back and forth. Later in the day, the ibis were flighting off to the
flooded rice fields. A female red-breasted merganser was down by the bay.

Dickcissel numbers were down except for the alternate singing birds. Also
down were orchard oriole, common nighthawk and pied-billed grebe.

Went down to Smith Point and found a western kingbird near where the
couch's nested for several years with an osprey en route. They were
breaking off green branches last August so one needs to watch for signs of
nesting.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532355

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532352

Have not been finding frigatebirds along the coast but they are at Smith
Point where they will be around for the hawk watch

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532350

And for hawk watch fans, the local zebra has moved and is not resident in
the field just across from the turn off the hawk watch

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/165532349

Oak Island had rough-winged swallows.

Fort Anahuac Park had a red-headed woodpecker.

Tried to find signs of swallow-tailed kites where they have been seen in
recent years but had no luck again. But a great day.

--
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on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 5/30/17 12:14 pm
From: Gary Hodne <garyhodne...>
Subject: [texbirds] 2017 Texas Pelagics Schedule and Sign-up Soon!
Hi Texbirders and Pelagic Fanatics,


Now that spring migration is over and the summer doldrums for land birding
are about to begin the best birding thing to do in Texas is to take a Texas
Pelagic and enjoy some fantastic offshore birds and marine wildlife. Unlike
land birding the best time for Teas Pelagics is during the summer months.
Our first Texas Pelagic is now less than 2 months away on July 22nd. And
there is no better way to spend a summer Saturday than offshore onboard a
Texas Pelagic trip from Port Aransas or South Padre Island with us enjoying
the sea breezes far offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.



Reservations are open and we still haven't yet heard from a large number of
our regular Texas Pelagics participants. I imagine they've just been too
busy out birding to plan too far ahead and haven't yet thought about what
they're going to do during the long boring summer. Here is a brief outline
of this summer's 5 planned Texas Pelagics:



Saturday, July 22, 2017 Port Aransas -Kingfisher

Saturday, August 12, 2017 Port Aransas -Kingfisher

Saturday, August 26, 2017 South Padre Island - OSPREY

Saturday, September 16, 2017 Port Aransas -Kingfisher

Saturday, September 30, 2017 South Padre Island - OSPREY



All the details can be found here on my website:

http://texaspelagics.com/2017-schedule/



We are now running more trips from Port Aransas because our regular boat on
South Padre Island is no longer available for pelagic charters during the
height of the summer tourist season. But this may actually be a good thing
because we suspect the pelagic birding is actually better on average
offshore from Port Aransas than it is from South Padre. Certainly the July
23rd, 2016 trip from Port Aransas was fantastic, with 10 seabird species
seen and over 100 individual seabirds. So we have very high hopes for this
year's 3 trips from Port A, where will get a good sampling of each month of
the prime pelagic season, July, August and September.



Remember please don't wait until the last minute to sign-up for a trip. I
need to commit to the charter cost one month prior to the trip date or
release the boat if we don't have enough participants. And if you sign-up
early enough you're eligible for a discounted fare.



The word is getting out that Texas Pelagics can offer a fantastic birding
and overall wildlife experience. There is really nothing else like it in
Texas. It's not just a day of birding, it is a birding adventure!



All the details on the trips and how to sign-up can be found on my website
here: http://texaspelagics.com

Good seabirding,

Gary Hodne





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Date: 5/30/17 8:52 am
From: JimJones <jjones4fwas...>
Subject: [texbirds] Field Trip Report for FWAS visit to International IBA on Chalk Mountain, Erath County
Here is the eBird report for Ft. Worth Audubon's annual Memorial Day weekend
field trip to the Brown Property, a privately owned 325-acre identified
Global IBA on Chalk Mountain in eastern Erath County (11 miles west of Glen
Rose.)
On previous visits this late in May we had plenty of views of Golden-cheek
Warbler adults being chased about by their fledglings, while Black-capped
Vireos were harder to find as they were on nest. This year was the opposite
as far as views. The warblers were only observed higher up the hillsides on
short flights while the vireo males were singing and defending territories.

The group only birded the back side of the property. The heat has finally
arrived in north Texas and folks were happy when I asked if 3 hours was
enough. Or they just agreed as I had started to stumble after taking a
little too much cough medicine.

Jim Jones

Ft Worth Audubon



eBird Report for May 27, 2017:

Brown IBA Property (Chalk mountain), Erath county, Texas, US

Start & End times: 8:00 AM - 11:45 AM Protocol: Traveling: 3.0
mile(s)

Comments:

Annual Ft. Worth Audubon Memorial Day weekend fieldtrip to the Global IBA
Brown property on Chalk Mountain in Erath County, TX.

Targeted birds: Golden-cheeked Warbler, Black-capped Vireo, Ash-throated
Flycatcher.

Trip leader: Jim Jones; Attendees: T. Haase, B. Utley, M. Utley, B.
Rozanski, C. Thompson, V. Moore, B. Moore, D. Percy, A, Brochu, A. Richards,
J. Gollihugh, Y. Clifton, M. Petrick, F. Edwards, J. Edwards, C. Strauss, B.
Lawrence, C. Lawrence.

Weather: at start 82 degrees (F) some sun / mostly cloudy, at finish 93
degrees (F).

Some wind up to 10 mph; Visibility: excellent



40 species (+2 other taxa)

Great Blue Heron - 2

Great Egret - 3

Black Vulture - 3

Turkey Vulture - 5

Mississippi Kite - 2

Red-tailed Hawk - 1

White-winged Dove - 7

Mourning Dove - 5

Greater Roadrunner - 2

Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 1

Black-chinned Hummingbird - 2

hummingbird sp. - 3

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2

Downy Woodpecker - 1

Ash-throated Flycatcher - 2

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - 4

Black-capped Vireo - 5 (GPS Locations for property owner's IBA report
form: )

Male: Lat: N32? 10' 9.6" Long: W97? 54' 56.0"; observed, singing,
territorial defense

Male: Lat: N32? 10' 8.2" Long: W97? 55' 0.0"; observed, singing,
territorial defense

Male: Lat: N32? 10' 10.2" Long: W97? 55' 52.2"; observed, singing,
territorial defense

Female: Lat: N32? 10' 10.2" Long: W97? 55' 52.2"; observed briefly as it
flew into area where nest was reported.

Male: Lat: N32? 10' 1.1" Long: W97? 54' 47.5"; not seen, heard singing

White-eyed Vireo - 8

Bell's Vireo - 1

Blue Jay - 2

American Crow - 5

Purple Martin - 3

Barn Swallow - 2

Carolina Chickadee - 5

Tufted Titmouse - 1

Black-crested Titmouse - 4

Carolina Wren - 2

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 5

Eastern Bluebird - 6

Brown Thrasher - 1

Northern Mockingbird - 2

Black-and-white Warbler - 2

Golden-cheeked Warbler - 3 (GPS Locations for property owner's IBA
report form:)

1. GCWA: Lat: N32? 10' 4.0" Long: W97? 55' 1.5"; observed flying in
known nesting area

2. GCWA: Lat: N32? 10' 9.1" Long: W97? 55' 1.3"; observed flying

3. GCWA: Lat: N32? 10' 9.3" Long: W97? 54' 50.5"; observed flying

Field Sparrow - 1

Lark Sparrow - 3

Rufous-crowned Sparrow - 2

sparrow sp. - 3

Summer Tanager - 2

Northern Cardinal - 14

Indigo Bunting - 1

Painted Bunting - 3

Brown-headed Cowbird - 3



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Date: 5/30/17 7:11 am
From: Thomas Langschied <tlangschied...>
Subject: [texbirds] Red-eyed vireo and Am Redstart in Kingsville
TexBirders,
Earlier this afternoon I was surprised to hear a red-eyed vireo singing outside in my front yard here in Kingsville (Kleberg Co.). I eventually made visual contact with it, but prior to seeing it I also found a female American redstart flitting in the same tree. Nice to see a couple of passerine migrants in late May.

Good birding,
Tom Langschied
Kingsville, TX

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Date: 5/29/17 11:50 am
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Blog Links
Hi, all!


Just finished up the blogs covering John's visit to South Texas (minus the
Birder Patrol trip):



http://alamoinn1.blogspot.com/2017/05/one-last-migration-fix.html



http://alamoinn1.blogspot.com/2017/05/cool-birding-in-heat.html



Enjoy! MB



Mary Beth Stowe

Birding Guide/Administrative Assistant

Alamo Inn B&B Gear & Tours

Alamo, TX

http://alamoinnbnb.com/index.html

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Date: 5/29/17 7:31 am
From: Mary Gustafson <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender live4birds for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Contacting David Rosenbaum about Brown Noddy
The plotted location was south of the jetty at the Port Mansfield cut, a long run in a four wheel drive vehicle north from South Padre Island (and not always passable), or accessible by boat. I've emailed David R. about the report. Any updates will be posted at
http://rgvbirds.blogspot.com/2017/05/noddy-at-port-mansfield-cut-527-and.html



Mary Gustafson
Mission, Texas
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Sent: Sun, May 28, 2017 10:32 am
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Contacting David Rosenbaum about Brown Noddy

I'm sure several would like that info!
On Sun, May 28, 2017 at 10:01 AM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:

> Does anyone know how to get in touch with David Rosenbaum? he posted a
> Brown Noddy to eBird in Willacy County yesterday (with photos) and I'm
> trying to determine of this bird is chase-able.
>
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Date: 5/28/17 4:40 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Interesting Grackle Behavior
.....
While I have not seen the video, there are numerous examples of this or
similar behavior in birds but I can not postulate on this instance. Glenn
Perrigo documented male Bronzed Cowbids trying to mate with a road killed
female. Petra Hockey and I documened a Mexican Jay killing a mature bird
of the same species...etc. figure one just had to be there to know on
this.
On Sun, May 28, 2017 at 4:42 PM Jane F Tillman <jtillman...> wrote:

> Jim Spencer, an Austin KXAN weather forecaster, sent this video to me from
> a listener. She relates that several birds jumped on the chest of a dying
> or dead grackle in the HEB parking lot, attempting what she called CPR.
> (CPR is probably going much too far...)
> My husband researched it and said there were lots of theories, like
> grieving (hmm) or possibly just trying to get a reaction from the dying
> bird.
>
> I'd like your opinion on what was really going on.
>
> Thanks.
> Jane Tillman
> Austin
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Date: 5/28/17 3:26 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] A few Crosby and Lynn County highlights from yesterday
Greetings All:
After completing the Post Breeding Bird Survey I swung home by way of
Crosby County (don't worry Rich - it did me no good at all) snagging 2
Eastern Phoebes, 1 Common Raven, and 2 Pyrrhuloxias near Kalgary as well as
4 Blue-winged Teals and 2 Redheads south of Crosbyton.

Much later in the day, Drew Harvey and I visited Lynn County (evening/night
driving for herps) and stumbled across a few more interesting birds (in
addition to adding a Striped Skunk to my year list for the county -
WooHoo!) including 2 Scaled Quails and 5 Black-necked Stilts at Sam Road
Playa as well as 2 Blue-winged Teals, 4 Redheads, 4 Eared Grebes, and 1
Black Tern at Redhead Playa.

Not a bad day - June feels like it is going to be slow, though.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 5/28/17 3:21 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from Post Breeding Bird Survey - yesterday
Greetings All:
I completed my first of six Breeding Bird Surveys yesterday. The Post
route is in Garza County and runs from roughly ten miles west of Post to
roughly fourteen miles northeast of Post - on a route paralleling Highway
380 into town and then on FM 651 out of town.

Things were slow (due to relatively dry conditions and on ongoing heat
wave) but I did manage a few highlights including 1 Scaled Quail well west
of Post, 4 Cave Swallows well west of post, 9 Scaled Quails west of Post, 4
Cave Swallows west of Post, 4 Northern Rough-winged Swallows just west of
Post, 8 Cave Swallows just west of Post, 1 Bell's Vireo on the western edge
of town, 1 Pyrrhuloxia on the western edge of town, 3 Purple Martins over
Post, 5 Cave Swallows just northeast of Post, 2 Cave Swallows further
northeast of Post, 1 Verdin even further northeast of Post, 2 Cave Swallows
still further northeast of Post, 2 male Bronzed Cowbirds still and still
further northeast of Post, and 1 Common Raven quite near the end of the
route.

A full report will be posted when I gather together enough energy to pull
together all fifty stops.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 5/28/17 2:43 pm
From: Jane F Tillman <jtillman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Interesting Grackle Behavior
Jim Spencer, an Austin KXAN weather forecaster, sent this video to me from
a listener. She relates that several birds jumped on the chest of a dying
or dead grackle in the HEB parking lot, attempting what she called CPR.
(CPR is probably going much too far...)
My husband researched it and said there were lots of theories, like
grieving (hmm) or possibly just trying to get a reaction from the dying
bird.

I'd like your opinion on what was really going on.

Thanks.
Jane Tillman
Austin

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Date: 5/28/17 2:01 pm
From: Lora <lorarend...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: [SATXbirds] Bird call help [1 Attachment]
Hello everyone,
I just received confirmation on the what I thought was a bird call, thanks
Eric! It was a Rock Squirrel, we just recently started noticing this cute
little guy hanging around the yard.LOL!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Lora Render

NC San Antonio



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Date: 5/28/17 1:07 pm
From: Lora Render <lorarend...>
Subject: [texbirds] Bird call help
Hi everyone,
I need help with a unfamiliar bird call, any help would be greatly appreciated!
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Date: 5/28/17 11:30 am
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Updated Birder Patrol Report :-P
Ooops - jumped the gun sending the last one out - here's the "real" one,
again submitted by Pat Heirs. :-/


The Birder Patrol Field Trip Saturday morning, May 27th, was special.



Thanks to the efforts of Baceliza, 12 fellow birders were able to enjoy a
morning of "historic" Texas Ranch scenery and birds courtesy of Betty Perez
and The Perez Ranch in western Hidalgo County.



Our first bird was an Eastern Screech Owl who greeted us upon arrival. Betty
took the group on a walking/birding tour while two of us remained near the
ranch. Everyone had good views of a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher along with
Bewick's Wren, Great Kiskadees, Lark Sparrows, and several other residents.



We then piled into a ranch truck and smaller vehicles for the 2000 acre side
where we drove a narrow road thru friendly "cattle" territory and rich
brush, thorn scrub habitat. Our visiting English birder got his life Wild
Turkeys, Roadrunners, and Swainson's Hawk among many other species.



It was a lovely morning spent "off-the-beaten-path".



Come join us on a future Birder Patrol Field trip held the 4th Saturday of
every month except December.



Meeting site and time are posted on Texbirds the third Saturday.



$5 donation supports the educational efforts of ACAS (Arroyo Colorado
Audubon Society) based in Cameron County.





Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 5/28/17 11:26 am
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Birder Patrol Trip Report
Hi, all!


Since I wasn't on the trip, Pat Heirs kindly submits the following report:



"The Birder Patrol Field Trip this morning, May 27th, was special.



Thanks to the efforts of Baceliza Monroe, 12 fellow birders were able to
enjoy a morning of 'historic' Texas Ranch scenery and birds courtesy of
Betty Perez and The Perez Ranch in western Hidalgo County.



Our first bird was an Eastern Screech Owl who greeted us upon arrival. Betty
took the group on a walking tour around her sorghum crops fields where she
explained to us how she is establishing corridors between the planted fields
to aid in the prevention of soil erosion while establishing native habitat
for wildlife. While on our walk we saw Lark Sparrows, Cattle Egrets,
Crested Caracaras, and heard a Cassin's Sparrow singing. We also got great
looks at a Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and Bewick's Wren when we returned to
the ranch house.



We then loaded up into several vehicles and headed out across her ranch
where a herd of cattle kept us company. It was quite an adventure to drive
through the cattle while looking for birds. We found several groups of Wild
Turkeys and saw Least and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, along with Western
Kingbirds to name a few. The highlight of the trip was seeing two baby
Lesser Nighthawks on the road."





Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 5/28/17 8:32 am
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Contacting David Rosenbaum about Brown Noddy
I'm sure several would like that info!
On Sun, May 28, 2017 at 10:01 AM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:

> Does anyone know how to get in touch with David Rosenbaum? he posted a
> Brown Noddy to eBird in Willacy County yesterday (with photos) and I'm
> trying to determine of this bird is chase-able.
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Date: 5/28/17 8:02 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Contacting David Rosenbaum about Brown Noddy
Does anyone know how to get in touch with David Rosenbaum? he posted a
Brown Noddy to eBird in Willacy County yesterday (with photos) and I'm
trying to determine of this bird is chase-able.

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Date: 5/27/17 5:48 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 5-27-17 McGillivray's Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
5-27-17 McGillivray's Warbler, Mourning Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Reported today from all the reports--never boring!

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Date: 5/27/17 1:02 pm
From: Rhandy Helton <rjhelton...>
Subject: [texbirds] Varied Bunting, Zone-tailed Hawk in Junction
I had both today in Junction. The male Varied Bunting was observed on Easter Pageant Hill this morning at 30', singing away and I believe with family down below in the bushes. The male was certainly preoccupied with what was below him. And, lots of baby bird noise on the hill.Then, just after lunch a low soaring Zone-tailed Hawk, being harassed by Cliff Swallows, over the North Llano River Bridge in town near the Dairy Queen. I see this species here many times during the summer. Yellow-headed Blackbirds (4) and 2 Baird's Sandpipers at Junction WTP this morning. White-rumped Sandpipers (6-8), Stilt Sandpipers (2), Pectoral Sandpipers (2), Wilson's Phalarope (25) and a single Lesser Yellowleg at Junction WTP mid-week. Just in the last 10 days the city has been pumping water into the previously dry sludge pond. I talked to the city (over a month ago) to see if they could moisten up the dry pond and they fixed the pump. Derek Muschalek and I had the mid-week shorebirds on one of the fron
t ponds right in a corner wading/swimming (phalaropes) on a little bit of exposed shoreline. These species would not have been visible from the main road into the facility.

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Date: 5/27/17 10:05 am
From: Scott Kiester <skiester2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center Denton Co.
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Just a quick note,



On the monthly walk at CCNHC this morning we saw either 4 or 5 (depending on
who was counting) prothonotaries. Go down to the pond on the Wetlands Trail.
You'll hear them singing when your close, just as you get to the water scan
the snags in the shallows and the willows on the dry side of the dam. We had
great views of two at a time on the snags. Definitely worth the walk.



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Date: 5/27/17 8:48 am
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Pictures from Adventures with John
Hi, all!


Just got the pictures from yesterday's excursion to Estero, Frontera, and La
Sal Viejas up on my Facebook page, and I may have forgotten to post that I
also had the pics from South Padre up there, too, but at any rate,
everything can be seen on my Facebook page, even though you may need to
scroll down a bit for the SPI pics:



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Date: 5/26/17 7:11 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Estero Llano Grande, Frontera, & La Sal Viejas
Hi, all!


Took visiting birder John from Britain out for a second day, which we split
up because of the heat advisory, and it was actually quite pleasant in the
afternoon! At Estero we picked up Stilt Sandpiper, Buff-bellied
Hummingbird, Green Parakeet, Purple Martin, both thrashers, and Dickcissel
for his life list, and at Frontera we added Beardless Tyrannulet, the
titmouse, and Olive Sparrow (we heard the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher but
never saw it.). For the afternoon shift we hit La Sal Viejas, and life
birds included White-faced Ibis (better looks, anyway), Cactus Wren, Verdin,
Pyrrhuloxia, Bobwhite, Lark Sparrows, and the real highlight - a nice
Black-throated Sparrow! With both excursions we ended up with 78 species
for the day. Bird List:



Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Plain Chachalaca

Northern Bobwhite

Neotropic Cormorant

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Tricolored Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

White Ibis

White-faced Ibis

Turkey Vulture

Common Gallinule

Black-necked Stilt

Killdeer

Stilt Sandpiper

Gull-billed Tern

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

White-winged Dove

Mourning Dove

Inca Dove

Common Ground-Dove

White-tipped Dove

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Groove-billed Ani

Lesser Nighthawk

Common Nighthawk

Chimney Swift

Buff-bellied Hummingbird

Green Kingfisher

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Crested Caracara

Green Parakeet

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

"Traill's" Flycatcher

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Brown-crested Flycatcher

Great Kiskadee

Tropical Kingbird

Couch's Kingbird

Eastern Kingbird

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

White-eyed Vireo

Green Jay

Horned Lark

Purple Martin

Cave Swallow

Black-crested Titmouse

Verdin

Carolina Wren

Bewick's Wren

Cactus Wren

Clay-colored Thrush

Curve-billed Thrasher

Long-billed Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Northern Waterthrush

Olive Sparrow

Cassin's Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Black-throated Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Pyrrhuloxia

Painted Bunting

Dickcissel

Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Great-tailed Grackle

Bronzed Cowbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

Lesser Goldfinch

House Sparrow



78 SPECIES



Mary Beth Stowe

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Date: 5/26/17 7:57 am
From: Dale Ohl <lsdolls...>
Subject: [texbirds] Thanks to all: Barred Owl discussion
Hi all, I really appreciated all the comments. It's TexBirds at its best!
Thank you all.
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Date: 5/26/17 7:55 am
From: Dale Ohl <lsdolls...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Barred Owl discussion
Hi all, I really appreciated all the comments. It's TexBirds at its best!
Thank you all.
Dale
On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 2:59 PM, Patricia Wight <pcwight...> wrote:

> Bob,
> Your post sparked a very interesting discussion, and I'm sure I'm not the
> only one who read each post to follow and learn. One of these days, I hope
> to find an Elf Owl at Cottonwood.
> Pat Wight
> Rockport
> On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 2:54 PM Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> wrote:
>
> > No need to be sorry, Bob. Kelly's input was worth it.
> >
> > Keith
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > > On May 25, 2017, at 11:22 AM, Robert Becker (Redacted sender
> > "robertjbecker" for DMARC) <dmarc-noreply...> wrote:
> > >
> > > I am sorry to have kicked off the Barred Owl discussion. I heard the
> owl
> > hooting (no visual), and I have to conclude I misidentified the bird as a
> > Barred Owl; it more likely was a Great Horned. It did not say "Who cooks
> > for you?"
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Date: 5/26/17 7:39 am
From: Dale Ohl <lsdolls...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Barred Owl discussion
Hi all, I really appreciated all the comments. It's TexBirds at its best!
Thank you all.
Dale
On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 2:59 PM, Patricia Wight <pcwight...> wrote:

> Bob,
> Your post sparked a very interesting discussion, and I'm sure I'm not the
> only one who read each post to follow and learn. One of these days, I hope
> to find an Elf Owl at Cottonwood.
> Pat Wight
> Rockport
> On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 2:54 PM Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> wrote:
>
> > No need to be sorry, Bob. Kelly's input was worth it.
> >
> > Keith
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > > On May 25, 2017, at 11:22 AM, Robert Becker (Redacted sender
> > "robertjbecker" for DMARC) <dmarc-noreply...> wrote:
> > >
> > > I am sorry to have kicked off the Barred Owl discussion. I heard the
> owl
> > hooting (no visual), and I have to conclude I misidentified the bird as a
> > Barred Owl; it more likely was a Great Horned. It did not say "Who cooks
> > for you?"
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Date: 5/26/17 6:48 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] McGillivray's Warbler May 25 & 26 @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
McGillivray's Warbler May 25 & 26 @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
McGillivray's Warbler May 25 & 26th @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary , Cibolo/Schertz, Warblerwoods.org, Susan Schaezler

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Date: 5/25/17 7:17 pm
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update, 469 species
Just back from my West Texas Trip, a total of 469 species, twelve year
birds and one a lifer!

see the Blog at http://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2017/05/hummer-hummer-owl.html


for my non-review need list for the big year see
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Date: 5/25/17 5:51 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Scolding House Sparrows get no attention
>
..........though it is possible, even likely, these two Old World species
have had interactions for thousands of years if not longer....?

On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 7:34 PM, Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
wrote:

> .........
>
> Well I learned something new today as usual. Sitting on the front porch
> watching Chickadees, titmice, House Finches and House Sparrows at the
> feeders and not really thinking about it, when two adult male HOSPs started
> chattering up a storm. Did not really think anything of it at the time,
> but after a bit saw why they were. They were alarmed by the neighbor's
> gray striped cat that was hiding in salvia unseen by me. The other part of
> this observation was that the native birds paid no heed whatsoever and may
> not have understood HOSP language. I know that had the wren or the
> titmouse verbally latched on the threat, there would have been a lot more
> interest between species.
>
> --
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Date: 5/25/17 5:35 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Scolding House Sparrows get no attention
.........
Well I learned something new today as usual. Sitting on the front porch
watching Chickadees, titmice, House Finches and House Sparrows at the
feeders and not really thinking about it, when two adult male HOSPs started
chattering up a storm. Did not really think anything of it at the time,
but after a bit saw why they were. They were alarmed by the neighbor's
gray striped cat that was hiding in salvia unseen by me. The other part of
this observation was that the native birds paid no heed whatsoever and may
not have understood HOSP language. I know that had the wren or the
titmouse verbally latched on the threat, there would have been a lot more
interest between species.

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Date: 5/25/17 1:00 pm
From: Patricia Wight <pcwight...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Barred Owl discussion
Bob,
Your post sparked a very interesting discussion, and I'm sure I'm not the
only one who read each post to follow and learn. One of these days, I hope
to find an Elf Owl at Cottonwood.
Pat Wight
Rockport
On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 2:54 PM Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> wrote:

> No need to be sorry, Bob. Kelly's input was worth it.
>
> Keith
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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> > On May 25, 2017, at 11:22 AM, Robert Becker (Redacted sender
> "robertjbecker" for DMARC) <dmarc-noreply...> wrote:
> >
> > I am sorry to have kicked off the Barred Owl discussion. I heard the owl
> hooting (no visual), and I have to conclude I misidentified the bird as a
> Barred Owl; it more likely was a Great Horned. It did not say "Who cooks
> for you?"
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Date: 5/25/17 12:54 pm
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Barred Owl discussion
No need to be sorry, Bob. Kelly's input was worth it.

Keith

Sent from my iPhone

> On May 25, 2017, at 11:22 AM, Robert Becker (Redacted sender "robertjbecker" for DMARC) <dmarc-noreply...> wrote:
>
> I am sorry to have kicked off the Barred Owl discussion. I heard the owl hooting (no visual), and I have to conclude I misidentified the bird as a Barred Owl; it more likely was a Great Horned. It did not say "Who cooks for you?"
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Date: 5/25/17 11:21 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Barred Owl discussion
'
I think it was in 1994-1995 that Petra Hockey and I had a brown-eyed owl in
Santa Ana NWR on the river trail. We reported it as Barred. Naturally
that was questioned as well, but can assure all, as can Petra, it had brown
eyes at the min. :-)

On Thu, May 25, 2017 at 12:04 PM, Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <
<FCollins...> wrote:

> No need to feel bad about it Bob, we all enjoyed the discussion and I
> learned a lot about Spotted Owl vagrancy in the Trans-Pecos thanks to Dale
> and Kelly.
>
> And of course we all fanaticize about a Texas Wood Owl.
>
>
> Fred Collins, Director
> Kleb Woods Nature Center
> 20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
> 281-357-5324
>
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>
> I am sorry to have kicked off the Barred Owl discussion. I heard the owl
> hooting (no visual), and I have to conclude I misidentified the bird as a
> Barred Owl; it more likely was a Great Horned. It did not say "Who cooks
> for you?"
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Date: 5/25/17 10:06 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Barred Owl discussion
No need to feel bad about it Bob, we all enjoyed the discussion and I learned a lot about Spotted Owl vagrancy in the Trans-Pecos thanks to Dale and Kelly.

And of course we all fanaticize about a Texas Wood Owl.


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Subject: [texbirds] Barred Owl discussion

I am sorry to have kicked off the Barred Owl discussion. I heard the owl hooting (no visual), and I have to conclude I misidentified the bird as a Barred Owl; it more likely was a Great Horned. It did  not say "Who cooks for you?"
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Date: 5/25/17 9:40 am
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Barred Owl discussion
That's OK, Bob, it was a fun discussion! Thanks for clarifying the record.


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I am sorry to have kicked off the Barred Owl discussion. I heard the owl hooting (no visual), and I have to conclude I misidentified the bird as a Barred Owl; it more likely was a Great Horned. It did  not say "Who cooks for you?"
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Date: 5/25/17 9:32 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 5-25-17 McGillivray's Warbler @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
5-25-17 McGillivray's Warbler @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
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Date: 5/25/17 9:23 am
From: Robert Becker <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender robertjbecker for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Barred Owl discussion
I am sorry to have kicked off the Barred Owl discussion. I heard the owl hooting (no visual), and I have to conclude I misidentified the bird as a Barred Owl; it more likely was a Great Horned. It did  not say "Who cooks for you?"
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Date: 5/25/17 8:34 am
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Pictures from South Padre Yesterday
Hi, all!


Just finished processing the pictures from yesterday; unfortunately the good
songbirds didn't come out, but the "big guys" were more than cooperative!
Here's the link:



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



One correction: at looking at the pics of that distant "Baird's Sandpiper",
I think it was actually a Semipalmated. :-P (Goes to show how hard it can
be to judge size.)



Enjoy! MB



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 5/25/17 7:52 am
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Barred Owls in the Trans-Pecos
An interesting discussion from Clay. However, as I suggested in my earlier
email, Spotted Owl seems more likely and fits the brief description given
by Dale. Kelly's discussion clinches it for me: Spotted Owl [Of course, we
never will know, will we?].
Keith Arnold
Bryan/TAMU

On Tue, May 23, 2017 at 10:26 PM, Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
> wrote:

> Dale et al -
> A different "spin" on your Lake Balmorhea owl report, as well as the
> Cottonwood Campground report. (BTW - did I miss any further details from
> Mr. Backer as to the ID details for the Barred Owl - seen, heard, etc.?)
>
> Why not Mottled Owl?
>
> Preposterous, right? Maybe not.
>
> OK, so Sungrebe and Wood-Rail have occurred at Bosque del Apache NWR in
> New Mexico. Nobody knows how or why. I did a quick check of range maps
> and used Google Earth to draw the direct line from their northernmost range
> point to BdA NWR. The Sungrebe was about 850 miles north of its range, and
> the Wood Rail was 700+ miles. That's a fer piece to travel over a LOT of
> purely WRONG habitat.
>
> Now, we know that Mottled Owl has been recorded at Bentsen Rio Grande
> State Park, and one map shows its range in Mexico to be pretty close to the
> LRGV border. From that spot to Lake Balmorhea is almost exactly 500 miles.
>
> While your Balmorhea owl could indeed have been a wayward Barred from the
> East , or Spotted from the Northwest (the Guads are 100 miles away) or even
> due West in Mexico, I think that Mottled is certainly not out of the realm
> of possibility, especially with the Sungrebe and Wood Rail as examples of
> even more extreme (and bizarre) wanderings through that region.
>
> Ditto the flight lines to Cottonwood - 200 miles flying south for Spotted
> from the Guads, 350 miles flying west for Barred from Lake Corpus Christi,
> OR 400 miles north for Mottled and DURING SPRING MIGRATION.
>
> Food for thought.....
>
> David, are you still in the Park?
>
>
> Clay Taylor
> TOS Life Member
> Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
> <Clay.taylor...>
> 401-965-9064
>
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>]
> On Behalf Of Fred Collins
> Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:30 PM
> To: <lsdolls...>
> Cc: TexBirds Posting Email <texbirds...>
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Barred Owls in the Trans-Pecos
>
> I agree Dale it's possible. You and Carolyn may have seen one as well. But
> a Mottled Owl has no ear tufts and brown eyes and is equally close. It
> might find Trans Pecos environs more like home than a Barred would. Either
> way, such owls should not be so easily dismissed.
>
> Fred Collins
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On May 23, 2017, at 9:11 PM, Dale Ohl <lsdolls...> wrote:
> >
> > Tex-Birders: I read with interest comments about Robert Becker's
> > sighting for Cottonwood Campground regarding the Barred Owl.
> > I would like to mention another undocumented sighting in the late 1990's
> > at Lake Balmorhea. I either no longer have the notes on the sighting
> or
> > have them buried somewhere.
> > Carolyn Ohl (my SIL and long-time birding accomplice) and I spent many
> > days birding BBNP and up to Lake Balmorhea. One day we went to L.B.
> > (Lake Balmorhea). We were working our way entirely around the lake
> > which could be done there at that time (not sure you can now.) We
> > stopped the car what would be on the south side of the canal in a low
> > lying dry 'creek bed', it's actually a little peninsula of land but
> > it would be wet when the lake had more water in it. I don't know if
> that area has been accessible often
> > or not, but it was then. There was an owl perched about 2/3 up in a
> tree
> > on a limb overlooking the dry 'creek bed' and started flying towards
> > us. It had no ear tufts but had dark eyes. It flew down fairly low
> > next to the car and we immediately id' it as a barred owl.
> > I could not see ear tufts, and it definitely had dark eyes, and it
> > was in exactly the habitat I had seen barred owls the years we lived in
> Iowa and
> > east Texas. I used to see them along creeks in Iowa near our house,
> > perched about 2/3 up a tree on a limb overlooking a pasture. It was a
> no
> > brainer for me to agree with Carolyn it was a Barred Owl.
> >
> > When it was mentioned to very experienced Trans-Pecos birders, we were
> > told the same, there are no records for Barred Owls in the
> > Trans-Pecos, and intimated therefore it couldn't be one. However, to
> > this day, we know what we saw. Lots of birds show up in places 'where
> they have never been
> > documented' before. So who knows? Maybe tomorrow someone with a
> camera
> > or audio equipment will document a Barred Owl at Cottonwood. Wouldn't
> > that be great? Just because it wasn't documented, doesn't mean it
> wasn't there.
> >
> > ​​Dale Ohl
> > Canton TX
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Date: 5/24/17 6:12 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] South Padre Island - Yellow-green Vireo
Hi, all!


Took visiting birder John from Britain over to the Island today in hopes of
getting some migrants; the big highlight was the continuing Yellow-green
Vireo at Sheepshead! We bagged Aplomado Falcon on the way in along SR 100,
but other highlights included a male Golden-winged Warbler at the Convention
Centre, a 1st-year Mourning Warbler also at Sheepshead, Black and Common
Terns on the Flats, and a Yellow-billed Cuckoo at the Birding Center! Got
some nice open country birds along Old Port Isabel Road, and wrapped up with
92 species for the day. Bird List:



Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Mottled Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Northern Bobwhite

Neotropic Cormorant

Brown Pelican

Least Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Reddish Egret

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

White Ibis

White-faced Ibis

Roseate Spoonbill

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

Harris's Hawk

White-tailed Hawk

Clapper Rail

Common Gallinule

American Coot

Black-necked Stilt

Black-bellied Plover

Wilson's Plover

Killdeer

Spotted Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs

Willet

Marbled Godwit

Ruddy Turnstone

Sanderling

Dunlin

Baird's Sandpiper

White-rumped Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Laughing Gull

Least Tern

Caspian Tern

Black Tern

Common Tern

Royal Tern

Sandwich Tern

Black Skimmer

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Mourning Dove

Inca Dove

Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Lesser Nighthawk

Common Nighthawk

Chimney Swift

Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Buff-bellied Hummingbird

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Crested Caracara

Aplomado Falcon

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Brown-crested Flycatcher

Eastern Kingbird

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

White-eyed Vireo

Red-eyed Vireo

Yellow-green Vireo

Chihuahuan Raven

Horned Lark

Barn Swallow

Verdin

Bewick's Wren

Cactus Wren

Gray Catbird

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Cedar Waxwing

Golden-winged Warbler

Mourning Warbler

American Redstart

Magnolia Warbler

Yellow Warbler

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Black-throated Green Warbler

Cassin's Sparrow

Indigo Bunting

Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Great-tailed Grackle

Brown-headed Cowbird

House Sparrow



92 SPECIES



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Date: 5/24/17 5:48 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Nice day on the UTC, red-necked phalarope, surf scoter, baby black rails, odd seagulls
Did the coastal strip from bolivar to east beach and the texas city dike
today. Lots of nice birds. And it was wet out there. Most spots had water
that have been dry for a long time and there was a lack of edge. And not
many birds at the new water. Wind was like a march cold front but died down
a little later in the day but crossing the early ferry was wet and choppy
and not many birds.
Not many birds in Port Bolivar either as Frenchtown road water was up to
the pavement and had been over the road. And other ponds were full too.

The tide during the last week and swept all over the sand at Bolivar Flats
past the bollards all the way into the vegetation line. The least terns and
Wilson's plovers that returned after the last washout were washed out
again. Tide was way out and the birds were way down there. Lots of one of a
kind like marbled godwit, Wilson's phalarope, red knot, franklin's gull
etc. 2 short-billed dowitchers. One sandpiper flew by with a white rump and
what looked like a curved bill. But a very distant picture showed a short
straight bill but it got the adrenalin moving.

Still good numbers of sanderlings and dunlin along with ruddy turnstones
and semipalmated sandpipers. A few gulls getting more on the mangy side. A
dark-eyed gull of un-decided nature was right where Retillon ends out on
the beach and a lesser black-backed gull was just a bit away towards the
bollards at a dead fish. 17 avocets remain. A big jump in Caspian terns;
the continuing youngster of last year plus a pair and 2 single adults.
Gull-billed terns crab catching inland from the beach.

Driving out Retillon, several black rails called. Stopped and listened and
had chicks peeping with one of the callers not far from the road. But of
course they did not come out. Walking down the beach a good ways past the
bollards had another black rail calling back in the vegetation. Have had
more black rails along Retillon Road this spring than all the others I have
ever seen or heard.

Young clapper rails also out and about as are young willets. Several pairs
of horned larks up singing

Drove east from Retillon road and had a female surf scoter on the beach.
Then there was a good flock of shorebirds feeding in the cut which was
running deep. Went around to Magnolia road and found the birds which
including a female red-necked phalarope in great plumage which I think was
my first for Texas. Bulldozer arrived to clean the beach and destroyed the
habitat too.

The pair of swainson's hawks is still on territory. Bob road was full of
water and not many birds. Yacht basin road had good water but no birds. Had
my only semipalmated plover with the sandpipers of the same name and my
only white-rumped sandpipers at rollover pass. Baby willets at many spots
all more than a few days old. one brood maybe half grown.

Stopped at east beach and the parking lot was basically flooded with great
habitat but only a couple of laughing gulls. More horned larks. And a
yellow-billed cuckoo came in off the gulf and another headed west from
Galveston roads. Not many birds.

Texas city dike was also quiet although the rain etc had created nice water
areas. Did have several unbanded American oystercatchers and the continuing
male red-breasted merganser and a female plumaged bird that might be a male
with a plumage problem. Both not in the best of plumage but fly well.
Almost no terns and no gulls other than laughing.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 5/24/17 3:47 pm
From: Cecilia-home <criley02...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Big Bend Area 5/19-22
Nice list Jon. Here did y'all find the Common Ground Dove? Still looking for it myself.
Cecilia M Riley
Malcolm C Damuth Foundation, Board Member
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> On May 24, 2017, at 5:37 PM, Jon McIntyre <mcintyrebirds...> wrote:
>
> I took a couple visiting birders to Big Bend May 19-22. We mostly birded the national park but did venture to the Davis Mountains for a half of a day and a little birding in Presidio county. Here is a complete list of birds we saw.
>
> 1. Gadwall (Lajitas)
> 2. Mexican Mallard
> 3. Blue-Winged Teal
> 4. Northern Shoveler
> 5. Ruddy Duck
> 6. Wild Turkey
> 7. Scaled Quail
> 8. Gambel's Quail (60+ just west of Lajitas)
> 9. Great Blue Heron
> 10. Green Heron
> 11. Black-Crowned Night-Heron
> 12. Black Vulture
> 13. Turkey Vulture
> 14. Common Black-Hawk (Rio Grande Village)
> 15. Swainson's Hawk
> 16. Zone-Tailed Hawk (Rio Grande Village/Pinnacles Trail)
> 17. Red-Tailed Hawk
> 18. Golden Eagle (Marathon Prairie Dog Town)
> 19. American Kestrel
> 20. Peregrine Falcon
> 21. American Coot
> 22. Rock Pigeon
> 23. Eurasian Collared-Dove
> 24. White-Winged Dove
> 25. Mourning Dove
> 26. Inca Dove
> 27. Common Ground-Dove
> 28. Greater Roadrunner
> 29. Western Screech-Owl
> 30. Lesser Nighthawk
> 31. White-Throated Swift (Pinnacles Trail)
> 32. Black-Chinned Hummingbird
> 33. Golden-Fronted Woodpecker
> 34. Ladder-Backed Woodpecker
> 35. Acorn Woodpecker
> 36. Olive-Sided Flycatcher
> 37. Western Wood-Pewee
> 38. Hammond's Flycatcher (Window Trail)
> I took a couple visiting birders to Big Bend May 19-22. We mostly birded the national park but did venture to the Davis Mountains for a half of a day and a little birding in Presidio county. Here is a complete list of birds we saw.
>
> 1. Gadwall (Lajitas)
> 2. Mexican Mallard
> 3. Blue-Winged Teal
> 4. Northern Shoveler
> 5. Ruddy Duck
> 6. Wild Turkey
> 7. Scaled Quail
> 8. Gambel's Quail (60+ just west of Lajitas)
> 9. Great Blue Heron
> 10. Green Heron
> 11. Black-Crowned Night-Heron
> 12. Black Vulture
> 13. Turkey Vulture
> 14. Common Black-Hawk (Rio Grande Village)
> 15. Swainson's Hawk
> 16. Zone-Tailed Hawk (Rio Grande Village/Pinnacles Trail)
> 17. Red-Tailed Hawk
> 18. Golden Eagle (Marathon Prairie Dog Town)
> 19. American Kestrel
> 20. Peregrine Falcon
> 21. American Coot
> 22. Rock Pigeon
> 23. Eurasian Collared-Dove
> 24. White-Winged Dove
> 25. Mourning Dove
> 26. Inca Dove
> 27. Common Ground-Dove
> 28. Greater Roadrunner
> 29. Western Screech-Owl
> 30. Lesser Nighthawk
> 31. White-Throated Swift (Pinnacles Trail)
> 32. Black-Chinned Hummingbird
> 33. Golden-Fronted Woodpecker
> 34. Ladder-Backed Woodpecker
> 35. Acorn Woodpecker
> 36. Olive-Sided Flycatcher
> 37. Western Wood-Pewee
> 38. Hammond's Flycatcher (Window Trail)
> 39. Cordilleran Flycatcher (Pinnacles Trail)
> 40. Black Phoebe
> 41. Say's Phoebe
> 42. Vermilion Flycatcher
> 43. Ash-Throated Flycatcher
> 44. Brown-Crested Flycatcher (Rio Grande Village)
> 45. Western Kingbird
> 46. Cassin's Kingbird
> 47. Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher
> 48. Loggerhead Shrike
> 49. Bell's Vireo
> 50. Gray Vireo (Blue Creek Trail)
> 51. Cassin's Vireo (Sam Nail Ranch)
> 52. Hutton's Vireo (Boot Springs)
> 53. Mexican Jay
> 54. Chihuahuan Raven
> 55. Common Raven
> 56. Bank Swallow (Rio Grande Village)
> 57. Cliff Swallow
> 58. Cave Swallow
> 59. Barn Swallow
> 60. Black-Crested Titmouse
> 61. Verdin
> 62. Bushtit
> 63. Cactus Wren
> 64. Canyon Wren
> 65. Bewick's Wren
> 66. Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
> 67. Black-Tailed Gnatcatcher
> 68. Hermit Thrush
> 69. Northern Mockingbird
> 70. Curve-Billed Thrasher
> 71. Crissal Thrasher (Pinnacles Trail)
> 72. European Starling
> 73. Phainopepla (Davis Mtns SP)
> 74. Colima Warbler (Pinnacles Trail/Boot Springs)
> 75. Lucy's Warbler (Cottonwood Campground/Lajitas)
> 76. Yellow Warbler
> 77. Yellow-Rumped Warbler
> 78. MacGillivray's Warbler (Blue Creek Trail)
> 79. Common Yellowthroat
> 80. Wilson's Warbler
> 81. Painted Redstart (Boot Springs)
> 82. Yellow-Breasted Chat
> 83. Hepatic Tanager (Basin/Pinnacles Trail)
> 84. Summer Tanager
> 85. Western Tanager
> 86. Spotted Towhee
> 87. Canyon Towhee
> 88. Cassin's Sparrow (Marathon)
> 89. Rufous-Crowned Sparrow
> 90. Lark Sparrow
> 91. Black-Throated Sparrow
> 92. White-Crowned Sparrow
> 93. Northern Cardinal
> 94. Pyrrhuloxia
> 95. Black-Headed Grosbeak
> 96. Blue Grosbeak
> 97. Indigo Bunting
> 98. Varied Bunting (Blue Creek Trail/Basin)
> 99. Painted Bunting
> 100. Red-Winged Blackbird
> 101. Western Meadowlark
> 102. Great-Tailed Grackle
> 103. Bronzed Cowbird
> 104. Brown-Headed Cowbird
> 105. Orchard Oriole
> 106. Scott's Oriole
> 107. House Finch
> 108. Pine Siskin
> 109. Lesser Goldfinch
> 110. House Sparrow
>
> Jon McIntyre
> Corpus Christi, TX
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Date: 5/24/17 3:38 pm
From: Jon McIntyre <mcintyrebirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Big Bend Area 5/19-22
I took a couple visiting birders to Big Bend May 19-22. We mostly birded the national park but did venture to the Davis Mountains for a half of a day and a little birding in Presidio county. Here is a complete list of birds we saw.

1. Gadwall (Lajitas)
2. Mexican Mallard
3. Blue-Winged Teal
4. Northern Shoveler
5. Ruddy Duck
6. Wild Turkey
7. Scaled Quail
8. Gambel's Quail (60+ just west of Lajitas)
9. Great Blue Heron
10. Green Heron
11. Black-Crowned Night-Heron
12. Black Vulture
13. Turkey Vulture
14. Common Black-Hawk (Rio Grande Village)
15. Swainson's Hawk
16. Zone-Tailed Hawk (Rio Grande Village/Pinnacles Trail)
17. Red-Tailed Hawk
18. Golden Eagle (Marathon Prairie Dog Town)
19. American Kestrel
20. Peregrine Falcon
21. American Coot
22. Rock Pigeon
23. Eurasian Collared-Dove
24. White-Winged Dove
25. Mourning Dove
26. Inca Dove
27. Common Ground-Dove
28. Greater Roadrunner
29. Western Screech-Owl
30. Lesser Nighthawk
31. White-Throated Swift (Pinnacles Trail)
32. Black-Chinned Hummingbird
33. Golden-Fronted Woodpecker
34. Ladder-Backed Woodpecker
35. Acorn Woodpecker
36. Olive-Sided Flycatcher
37. Western Wood-Pewee
38. Hammond's Flycatcher (Window Trail)
39. Cordilleran Flycatcher (Pinnacles Trail)
40. Black Phoebe
41. Say's Phoebe
42. Vermilion Flycatcher
43. Ash-Throated Flycatcher
44. Brown-Crested Flycatcher (Rio Grande Village)
45. Western Kingbird
46. Cassin's Kingbird
47. Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher
48. Loggerhead Shrike
49. Bell's Vireo
50. Gray Vireo (Blue Creek Trail)
51. Cassin's Vireo (Sam Nail Ranch)
52. Hutton's Vireo (Boot Springs)
53. Mexican Jay
54. Chihuahuan Raven
55. Common Raven
56. Bank Swallow (Rio Grande Village)
57. Cliff Swallow
58. Cave Swallow
59. Barn Swallow
60. Black-Crested Titmouse
61. Verdin
62. Bushtit
63. Cactus Wren
64. Canyon Wren
65. Bewick's Wren
66. Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
67. Black-Tailed Gnatcatcher
68. Hermit Thrush
69. Northern Mockingbird
70. Curve-Billed Thrasher
71. Crissal Thrasher (Pinnacles Trail)
72. European Starling
73. Phainopepla (Davis Mtns SP)
74. Colima Warbler (Pinnacles Trail/Boot Springs)
75. Lucy's Warbler (Cottonwood Campground/Lajitas)
76. Yellow Warbler
77. Yellow-Rumped Warbler
78. MacGillivray's Warbler (Blue Creek Trail)
79. Common Yellowthroat
80. Wilson's Warbler
81. Painted Redstart (Boot Springs)
82. Yellow-Breasted Chat
83. Hepatic Tanager (Basin/Pinnacles Trail)
84. Summer Tanager
85. Western Tanager
86. Spotted Towhee
87. Canyon Towhee
88. Cassin's Sparrow (Marathon)
89. Rufous-Crowned Sparrow
90. Lark Sparrow
91. Black-Throated Sparrow
92. White-Crowned Sparrow
93. Northern Cardinal
94. Pyrrhuloxia
95. Black-Headed Grosbeak
96. Blue Grosbeak
97. Indigo Bunting
98. Varied Bunting (Blue Creek Trail/Basin)
99. Painted Bunting
100. Red-Winged Blackbird
101. Western Meadowlark
102. Great-Tailed Grackle
103. Bronzed Cowbird
104. Brown-Headed Cowbird
105. Orchard Oriole
106. Scott's Oriole
107. House Finch
108. Pine Siskin
109. Lesser Goldfinch
110. House Sparrow

Jon McIntyre
Corpus Christi, TX


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Date: 5/24/17 12:20 pm
From: SeEttaM . <seettam...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Yellow-green Vireo, Sheepshead lot SPI
Yellow-green Video has put a good show 3 times this afternoon at Sheepshead
on South Padre Island. Also reports it showed here this morning.
SeEtta Moss
Currently in Pharr
http://BirdsAndNature.blogspot.com

On May 24, 2017 10:47 AM, "SeEttaM ." <seettam...> wrote:

> Fortunately I was on my way to South Padre Island yesterday in tine to
> spot the bird which is a lifer for me. I got a few reasonable photos of it
> that I have uploaded to my Birds and Nature blog at http://BirdsAndNature.
> blogspot.com . I haven't heard if it has been seen today.
>
> Also have some pics of 3 W. Screech-Owls getting some free air just
> outside of nest holes in one tree. As usual having a great time busting in
> the LEG.
>
> SeEtta Moss
> Currently in Pharr
> http://birdsandnature.blogspot.com
>
>
> On May 23, 2017 3:02 PM, "Justin Bosler" <justin.bosler...> wrote:
>
>> Hello all,
>> There's currently a Yellow-green Vireo at the Valley Land Fund lot on
>> Sheepshead St.
>>
>> Good luck!
>> Justin Bosler
>> currently on South Padre Island, TX
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Date: 5/24/17 12:07 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Crosby County highlights - Sunday
Greetings All:
I spent all of Sunday morning cruising about Crosby County, seeking
migrants.

I started at the Ralls WTP where highlights included 1 Blue-winged Teal, 1
Ring-necked Pheasant, 4 Black-necked Stilts, 2 Black Terns, 1
Yellow-crowned Night Heron, 6 White-faced Ibises, 1 Western Wood Pewee, 1
Purple Martin, 11 Cedar Waxwings, and 1 Wilson's Warbler.

I spotted 2 Northern Shovelers at Crosbyton City Park.

I then moseyed on over to the Camp Rio Blanca river crossing where
highlights included 1 Broad-winged Hawk, 2 Red-headed Woodpeckers, 2
Eastern Phoebes, 1 Great Crested Flycatcher, *a singing Red-eyed Vireo*, 4
Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 1 Gray Catbird, 1 Northern Waterthrush, and
1 American Redstart.

I picked up 2 Eastern Phoebes, 1 Willow Flycatcher, 4 Northern Rough-winged
Swallows, 2 Canyon Wrens, 1 Common Yellowthroat, and 1 Yellow Warbler at
Silver Falls Rest Area.

Various wet spots along FM 193, between FM 28 and FM 651, kicked out 2
Blue-winged Teals, 12 American Avocets, 5 Wilson's Phalaropes, 11 Cattle
Egrets, 1 Common Raven, 1 Lesser Goldfinch, and 4 Yellow-headed Blackbirds.

I ended up at the canyon crossing of FM 193 and FM 651 where, before the
escalating winds drove me home, I picked up 2 Rock Wrens, 1 Canyon Wren,
and 1 Nashville Warbler.

Not incredible but not bad for late May.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 5/24/17 11:22 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lynn County highlights from Saturday
Greetings All:
Appetite whetted by the night drive before, I spent most of 20 May 2017
wandering about Lynn County.

Highlights included 4 Blue-winged Teals at the FM 2956 Playa, 2 Northern
Shovelers at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 4 Canvasbacks at the the FM 1054
x FM 1313 Playa, 8 Scaled Quails at the CR 25 x FM 1054 Woodlot, 3
Yellow-billed Cuckoos at Tahaka Lake Pasture, 1 Virginia Rail at the CR EE
Wetlands, 2 Black-necked Stilts at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 6
Black-necked Stilts at the FM 2956 Playa, 2 Black-necked Stilts at Tahoka
Lake Pasture, 2 American Avocets at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 4 American
Avocets at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 6 Snowy Plovers at Tahoka Lake, 60
Stilt Sandpipers at the FM 2956 Playa, 12 Long-billed Dowitchers at the FM
2956 Playa, 50 Wilson's Phalaropes at the FM 2956 Playa, 2 Black Terns at
the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 28 Cattle Egrets at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa,
1 Harris's Hawk in southeast Lynn County, 1 Western Wood Pewee at Tahoka
Lake Pasture, 1 Bell's Vireo at the CR EE Wetlands, 2 Cave Swallows at the
FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 1 Cave Swallow near Tahoka, 2 Cave Swallows at
Tahoka Lake Pasture, 1 Lesser Goldfinch at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 1
American Goldfinch at the CR EE Wetlands, 1 Black-and-white Warbler at
Tahoka Lake Pasture, 1 Nashville Warbler at the CR 25 x FM 1054 Woodlot, 2
Yellow Warblers at the CR 25 x FM 1054 Woodlot, 3 Yellow Warblers at Tahoka
Lake Pasture, 1 Wilson's Warbler at the CR 25 x FM 1054 Woodlot, 2 Canyon
Towhees at Tahoka Lake Pasture, and 1 Chipping Sparrow at Tahoka Lake
Pasture.

Not bad for a day late in the migratory season; Anthony 'Fat Tony'
Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 5/24/17 11:09 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from some night driving - 19 May 2017
Greetings All:
I spent about five hours driving the roads of Lynn County with Drew
Harvey. The trip highlights were Plains Spadefoots, Northern Earless
Lizard, Glossy Snakes, Prairie Rattlesnakes, and a Pallid Bat.

We also noted a few birds, including 1 Scaled Quail and 1 Western Wood
Pewee a the CR 25 x FM 1054 Woodlot as well as 1 Harris's Hawk in southeast
Lynn County.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 5/24/17 8:48 am
From: SeEttaM . <seettam...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Yellow-green Vireo, Sheepshead lot SPI
Fortunately I was on my way to South Padre Island yesterday in tine to spot
the bird which is a lifer for me. I got a few reasonable photos of it that
I have uploaded to my Birds and Nature blog at
http://BirdsAndNature.blogspot.com . I haven't heard if it has been seen
today.
Also have some pics of 3 W. Screech-Owls getting some free air just outside
of nest holes in one tree. As usual having a great time busting in the LEG.

SeEtta Moss
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> Hello all,
> There's currently a Yellow-green Vireo at the Valley Land Fund lot on
> Sheepshead St.
>
> Good luck!
> Justin Bosler
> currently on South Padre Island, TX
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Date: 5/24/17 7:06 am
From: MARTIN HAGNE <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender martinhagne for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Left Sibley's guide @ Quintana this afternoon.
David was in touch with me about the Sibley. I texted you privately Nina.

Martin Hagne
Lake Jackson, Tx

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> On May 23, 2017, at 7:56 PM, Nina S (Redacted sender "birds.nina" for DMARC) <dmarc-noreply...> wrote:
>
> @ David S. from Austin (you know who you are) -- I'm sure it's your field guide since I was talking with you this afternoon and we were looking at it.
>
> A friend texted me that he has it.
>
> Pls reply to this email to see how to get it back to you.
>
> Else I'll see if I can dig up a Travis Audubon contact, if I don't hear from you.
>
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Date: 5/24/17 6:08 am
From: Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Yellow Green Vireo @ Quintana

In the Oak to right of entrance, is where I found it.

Nina Sitra


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Date: 5/24/17 4:57 am
From: Steve Gast <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender segast23 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Birds of Big Bend
Oops. Thought this was someone reviewing an eBIRD report of mine but see it is not me. Sorry.

Steve Gast
Houston TX

> On May 23, 2017, at 11:50 AM, Steve Gast <segast23...> wrote:
>
> Gotta check that. I am away from house right now but I think I hit the wrong button. Must be a Great Horned Owl.
>
> Will check and verify but I doubt it.
>
> Steve Gast
> Houston TX
>
>> On May 23, 2017, at 10:34 AM, Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> wrote:
>>
>> Barred Owl at Cottonwood Campground? !!
>>
>> Did you hear or see it? Did you get a recording or photo? There is no previous record west of the Pecos.
>>
>> It is a great find.
>>
>> 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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>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Robert Becker
>> Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 7:24 PM
>> To: Texbirds <texbirds...>
>> Subject: [texbirds] Birds of Big Bend
>>
>> I birded Big Bend National Park from May 14 to May 18. Here is what I saw, arranged by location within the park.
>> Rio Grande Village. Common Black-Hawk (2), White-throated Swift, Vermillion Flycatcher (4), Bell's Vireo (6+). Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Roadrunner (3), Summer Tanager (2), Blue Grosbeak, Wilson's Warbler, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler, Cassin's Kingbird, Eastern Wood-Peewee.
>> Cottonwood Campground. Lucy's Warbler (3), Gray Hawk, Vermillion Flycatcher (4), Barred Owl, Black Phoebe (4), Summer Tanager, Yellow-rumped Warbler (6), Black-tailed Gnatcatcher,.
>> Sam Nail Ranch. Varied Bunting, Nashville Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Crissal Thrasher, Summer Tanager, Gray Vireo, Verdin, Plumbeous Vireo.
>> Pinnacles Trail. Western Tanager, Summer Tanager, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Acorn Woodpecker (3), Bushtit, Black-crested Titmouse (3), Townsend's Warbler, Colima Warbler (calling), 2), Spotted towhee (3), Mexican Jay (~10), Western Wood-peewee.
>> Basin, water treatment plant. Varied Bunting (3), Cactus Wren (5), Blue-throated Hummingbird (2), Black-chinned Sparrow.
>> Park roads, Terlingua, S.R. 118. Scaled Quail. Black-throated sparrow (4), Burrowing Owl (2), Great Horned Owl, Common Nighthawk (3).
>> Bob Becker, Galveston
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Date: 5/24/17 4:51 am
From: Steve Gast <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender segast23 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Birds of Big Bend
Gotta check that. I am away from house right now but I think I hit the wrong button. Must be a Great Horned Owl.

Will check and verify but I doubt it.

Steve Gast
Houston TX

> On May 23, 2017, at 10:34 AM, Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> wrote:
>
> Barred Owl at Cottonwood Campground? !!
>
> Did you hear or see it? Did you get a recording or photo? There is no previous record west of the Pecos.
>
> It is a great find.
>
> Fred Collins, Director
> Kleb Woods Nature Center
> 20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
> 281-357-5324
>
> Harris County Precinct 3
> Steve Radack Commissioner
> www.pct3.com
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Robert Becker
> Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 7:24 PM
> To: Texbirds <texbirds...>
> Subject: [texbirds] Birds of Big Bend
>
> I birded Big Bend National Park from May 14 to May 18. Here is what I saw, arranged by location within the park.
> Rio Grande Village. Common Black-Hawk (2), White-throated Swift, Vermillion Flycatcher (4), Bell's Vireo (6+). Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Roadrunner (3), Summer Tanager (2), Blue Grosbeak, Wilson's Warbler, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler, Cassin's Kingbird, Eastern Wood-Peewee.
> Cottonwood Campground. Lucy's Warbler (3), Gray Hawk, Vermillion Flycatcher (4), Barred Owl, Black Phoebe (4), Summer Tanager, Yellow-rumped Warbler (6), Black-tailed Gnatcatcher,.
> Sam Nail Ranch. Varied Bunting, Nashville Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Crissal Thrasher, Summer Tanager, Gray Vireo, Verdin, Plumbeous Vireo.
> Pinnacles Trail. Western Tanager, Summer Tanager, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Acorn Woodpecker (3), Bushtit, Black-crested Titmouse (3), Townsend's Warbler, Colima Warbler (calling), 2), Spotted towhee (3), Mexican Jay (~10), Western Wood-peewee.
> Basin, water treatment plant. Varied Bunting (3), Cactus Wren (5), Blue-throated Hummingbird (2), Black-chinned Sparrow.
> Park roads, Terlingua, S.R. 118. Scaled Quail. Black-throated sparrow (4), Burrowing Owl (2), Great Horned Owl, Common Nighthawk (3).
> Bob Becker, Galveston
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Date: 5/23/17 8:37 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: "Fall" migration is already underway: Long-billed Curlew
Hi Dr. Arnold,
Yes, I am aware of breeding records for the Panhandle. However, they are
not known to breed on the South Plains. Much to my surprise, there is a
marked difference in the ecology of the two regions, which I think has
something to do with the land use practices and annual precipitation. Any
Southern High Plains experts are welcome to chime in and set me straight.

Good birding!
Justin Bosler
currently on SPI, TX

On May 23, 2017 2:58 PM, "Justin Bosler" <justin.bosler...> wrote:

> Hello, all!
>
> Well, we're still one month away from summer but "fall" migration has
> commenced, for at least one species. I had my first southbound Long-billed
> Curlew on top of the caprock in Garza County on Sunday, 21 May. They are a
> very early spring migrant and early fall migrant but this individual may
> represent a failed breeder as it's a touch on the early side. I'm unaware
> of birds attempting to over-summer in the region.
>
> Good birding!
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> currently in Brownsville, TX
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Date: 5/23/17 8:27 pm
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Barred Owls in the Trans-Pecos
Dale et al -
A different "spin" on your Lake Balmorhea owl report, as well as the Cottonwood Campground report. (BTW - did I miss any further details from Mr. Backer as to the ID details for the Barred Owl - seen, heard, etc.?)

Why not Mottled Owl?

Preposterous, right? Maybe not.

OK, so Sungrebe and Wood-Rail have occurred at Bosque del Apache NWR in New Mexico. Nobody knows how or why. I did a quick check of range maps and used Google Earth to draw the direct line from their northernmost range point to BdA NWR. The Sungrebe was about 850 miles north of its range, and the Wood Rail was 700+ miles. That's a fer piece to travel over a LOT of purely WRONG habitat.

Now, we know that Mottled Owl has been recorded at Bentsen Rio Grande State Park, and one map shows its range in Mexico to be pretty close to the LRGV border. From that spot to Lake Balmorhea is almost exactly 500 miles.

While your Balmorhea owl could indeed have been a wayward Barred from the East , or Spotted from the Northwest (the Guads are 100 miles away) or even due West in Mexico, I think that Mottled is certainly not out of the realm of possibility, especially with the Sungrebe and Wood Rail as examples of even more extreme (and bizarre) wanderings through that region.

Ditto the flight lines to Cottonwood - 200 miles flying south for Spotted from the Guads, 350 miles flying west for Barred from Lake Corpus Christi, OR 400 miles north for Mottled and DURING SPRING MIGRATION.

Food for thought.....

David, are you still in the Park?


Clay Taylor
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Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 9:30 PM
To: <lsdolls...>
Cc: TexBirds Posting Email <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Barred Owls in the Trans-Pecos

I agree Dale it's possible. You and Carolyn may have seen one as well. But a Mottled Owl has no ear tufts and brown eyes and is equally close. It might find Trans Pecos environs more like home than a Barred would. Either way, such owls should not be so easily dismissed.

Fred Collins
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> On May 23, 2017, at 9:11 PM, Dale Ohl <lsdolls...> wrote:
>
> Tex-Birders: I read with interest comments about Robert Becker's
> sighting for Cottonwood Campground regarding the Barred Owl.
> I would like to mention another undocumented sighting in the late 1990's
> at Lake Balmorhea. I either no longer have the notes on the sighting or
> have them buried somewhere.
> Carolyn Ohl (my SIL and long-time birding accomplice) and I spent many
> days birding BBNP and up to Lake Balmorhea. One day we went to L.B.
> (Lake Balmorhea). We were working our way entirely around the lake
> which could be done there at that time (not sure you can now.) We
> stopped the car what would be on the south side of the canal in a low
> lying dry 'creek bed', it's actually a little peninsula of land but
> it would be wet when the lake had more water in it. I don't know if that area has been accessible often
> or not, but it was then. There was an owl perched about 2/3 up in a tree
> on a limb overlooking the dry 'creek bed' and started flying towards
> us. It had no ear tufts but had dark eyes. It flew down fairly low
> next to the car and we immediately id' it as a barred owl.
> I could not see ear tufts, and it definitely had dark eyes, and it
> was in exactly the habitat I had seen barred owls the years we lived in Iowa and
> east Texas. I used to see them along creeks in Iowa near our house,
> perched about 2/3 up a tree on a limb overlooking a pasture. It was a no
> brainer for me to agree with Carolyn it was a Barred Owl.
>
> When it was mentioned to very experienced Trans-Pecos birders, we were
> told the same, there are no records for Barred Owls in the
> Trans-Pecos, and intimated therefore it couldn't be one. However, to
> this day, we know what we saw. Lots of birds show up in places 'where they have never been
> documented' before. So who knows? Maybe tomorrow someone with a camera
> or audio equipment will document a Barred Owl at Cottonwood. Wouldn't
> that be great? Just because it wasn't documented, doesn't mean it wasn't there.
>
> ​​Dale Ohl
> Canton TX
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Date: 5/23/17 8:17 pm
From: Kelly Bryan <kelly.b.bryan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Barred Owls in the Trans-Pecos
Dale,
Please recall that after the observation of that owl by you and Carolyn at
Lake Balmorhea, we discussed it in detail. I pointed out the fact that the
probability it may have been a Spotted Owl instead of a Barred Owl was
perhaps much more likely. It is a well known fact that Spotted Owls move
seasonally from higher elevations where they are rare breeders in both the
Guadalupe and the Davis Mountains, to foothills habitat for the winter. It
would not be unreasonable for a Spotted Owl to move from the northeastern
portions of the Davis Mountains to Lake Balmorhea and its salt cedar
thickets. This would be a movement of less than 15 miles compared to the
distance from Independence Creek on the Pecos River to Lake Balmorhea,
approximately 120 miles, even farther to the Devil's River riparian
corridor where they are uncommon.

Also, most Texas birders are likely unaware that Spotted Owl was reported,
I think more than once, by Bonnie McKinney at Black Gap WMA & vicinity
during the years that she was living there. These birds likely originated
from the Del Carmens in Coahuila, Mexico. One record was of a bird sitting
in the middle of the La Linda highway at night. Alas, these records were
also undocumented.

Hope his information helps Texbirds readers understand this discussion. KBB

On Tue, May 23, 2017 at 9:29 PM, Fred Collins <fcndc...> wrote:

> I agree Dale it's possible. You and Carolyn may have seen one as well. But
> a Mottled Owl has no ear tufts and brown eyes and is equally close. It
> might find Trans Pecos environs more like home than a Barred would. Either
> way, such owls should not be so easily dismissed.
>
> Fred Collins
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On May 23, 2017, at 9:11 PM, Dale Ohl <lsdolls...> wrote:
> >
> > Tex-Birders: I read with interest comments about Robert Becker's
> sighting
> > for Cottonwood Campground regarding the Barred Owl.
> > I would like to mention another undocumented sighting in the late 1990's
> > at Lake Balmorhea. I either no longer have the notes on the sighting
> or
> > have them buried somewhere.
> > Carolyn Ohl (my SIL and long-time birding accomplice) and I spent many
> days
> > birding BBNP and up to Lake Balmorhea. One day we went to L.B. (Lake
> > Balmorhea). We were working our way entirely around the lake which could
> be
> > done there at that time (not sure you can now.) We stopped the car what
> > would be on the south side of the canal in a low lying dry 'creek bed',
> > it's actually a little peninsula of land but it would be wet when the
> lake
> > had more water in it. I don't know if that area has been accessible
> often
> > or not, but it was then. There was an owl perched about 2/3 up in a
> tree
> > on a limb overlooking the dry 'creek bed' and started flying towards us.
> It
> > had no ear tufts but had dark eyes. It flew down fairly low next to the
> > car and we immediately id' it as a barred owl.
> > I could not see ear tufts, and it definitely had dark eyes, and it was
> in
> > exactly the habitat I had seen barred owls the years we lived in Iowa and
> > east Texas. I used to see them along creeks in Iowa near our house,
> > perched about 2/3 up a tree on a limb overlooking a pasture. It was a
> no
> > brainer for me to agree with Carolyn it was a Barred Owl.
> >
> > When it was mentioned to very experienced Trans-Pecos birders, we were
> told
> > the same, there are no records for Barred Owls in the Trans-Pecos, and
> > intimated therefore it couldn't be one. However, to this day, we know
> what
> > we saw. Lots of birds show up in places 'where they have never been
> > documented' before. So who knows? Maybe tomorrow someone with a
> camera
> > or audio equipment will document a Barred Owl at Cottonwood. Wouldn't
> that
> > be great? Just because it wasn't documented, doesn't mean it wasn't
> there.
> >
> > ​​Dale Ohl
> > Canton TX
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Date: 5/23/17 7:50 pm
From: justin.bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: "Fall" migration is already underway: Long-billed Curlew

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Date: 5/23/17 7:40 pm
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Subject: [texbirds] Re: "Fall" migration is already underway: Long-billed Curlew
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Date: 5/23/17 7:30 pm
From: Fred Collins <fcndc...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Barred Owls in the Trans-Pecos
I agree Dale it's possible. You and Carolyn may have seen one as well. But a Mottled Owl has no ear tufts and brown eyes and is equally close. It might find Trans Pecos environs more like home than a Barred would. Either way, such owls should not be so easily dismissed.

Fred Collins
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> On May 23, 2017, at 9:11 PM, Dale Ohl <lsdolls...> wrote:
>
> Tex-Birders: I read with interest comments about Robert Becker's sighting
> for Cottonwood Campground regarding the Barred Owl.
> I would like to mention another undocumented sighting in the late 1990's
> at Lake Balmorhea. I either no longer have the notes on the sighting or
> have them buried somewhere.
> Carolyn Ohl (my SIL and long-time birding accomplice) and I spent many days
> birding BBNP and up to Lake Balmorhea. One day we went to L.B. (Lake
> Balmorhea). We were working our way entirely around the lake which could be
> done there at that time (not sure you can now.) We stopped the car what
> would be on the south side of the canal in a low lying dry 'creek bed',
> it's actually a little peninsula of land but it would be wet when the lake
> had more water in it. I don't know if that area has been accessible often
> or not, but it was then. There was an owl perched about 2/3 up in a tree
> on a limb overlooking the dry 'creek bed' and started flying towards us. It
> had no ear tufts but had dark eyes. It flew down fairly low next to the
> car and we immediately id' it as a barred owl.
> I could not see ear tufts, and it definitely had dark eyes, and it was in
> exactly the habitat I had seen barred owls the years we lived in Iowa and
> east Texas. I used to see them along creeks in Iowa near our house,
> perched about 2/3 up a tree on a limb overlooking a pasture. It was a no
> brainer for me to agree with Carolyn it was a Barred Owl.
>
> When it was mentioned to very experienced Trans-Pecos birders, we were told
> the same, there are no records for Barred Owls in the Trans-Pecos, and
> intimated therefore it couldn't be one. However, to this day, we know what
> we saw. Lots of birds show up in places 'where they have never been
> documented' before. So who knows? Maybe tomorrow someone with a camera
> or audio equipment will document a Barred Owl at Cottonwood. Wouldn't that
> be great? Just because it wasn't documented, doesn't mean it wasn't there.
>
> ​​Dale Ohl
> Canton TX
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Date: 5/23/17 7:12 pm
From: Dale Ohl <lsdolls...>
Subject: [texbirds] Barred Owls in the Trans-Pecos
Tex-Birders: I read with interest comments about Robert Becker's sighting
for Cottonwood Campground regarding the Barred Owl.
I would like to mention another undocumented sighting in the late 1990's
at Lake Balmorhea. I either no longer have the notes on the sighting or
have them buried somewhere.
Carolyn Ohl (my SIL and long-time birding accomplice) and I spent many days
birding BBNP and up to Lake Balmorhea. One day we went to L.B. (Lake
Balmorhea). We were working our way entirely around the lake which could be
done there at that time (not sure you can now.) We stopped the car what
would be on the south side of the canal in a low lying dry 'creek bed',
it's actually a little peninsula of land but it would be wet when the lake
had more water in it. I don't know if that area has been accessible often
or not, but it was then. There was an owl perched about 2/3 up in a tree
on a limb overlooking the dry 'creek bed' and started flying towards us. It
had no ear tufts but had dark eyes. It flew down fairly low next to the
car and we immediately id' it as a barred owl.
I could not see ear tufts, and it definitely had dark eyes, and it was in
exactly the habitat I had seen barred owls the years we lived in Iowa and
east Texas. I used to see them along creeks in Iowa near our house,
perched about 2/3 up a tree on a limb overlooking a pasture. It was a no
brainer for me to agree with Carolyn it was a Barred Owl.

When it was mentioned to very experienced Trans-Pecos birders, we were told
the same, there are no records for Barred Owls in the Trans-Pecos, and
intimated therefore it couldn't be one. However, to this day, we know what
we saw. Lots of birds show up in places 'where they have never been
documented' before. So who knows? Maybe tomorrow someone with a camera
or audio equipment will document a Barred Owl at Cottonwood. Wouldn't that
be great? Just because it wasn't documented, doesn't mean it wasn't there.

​​Dale Ohl
Canton TX

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Date: 5/23/17 6:03 pm
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update, 466 Texas Birds
Big Bend National Park was good to me with nine year birds in the last
24 hours. See the blog for details

http://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2017/05/the-boot.html

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Date: 5/23/17 5:57 pm
From: Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Left Sibley's guide @ Quintana this afternoon.
@ David S. from Austin (you know who you are) -- I'm sure it's your field guide since I was talking with you this afternoon and we were looking at it.

A friend texted me that he has it.

Pls reply to this email to see how to get it back to you.

Else I'll see if I can dig up a Travis Audubon contact, if I don't hear from you.

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Date: 5/23/17 3:58 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Birds of Big Bend
Perhaps a wayward Mottled ? :-)
On Tue, May 23, 2017 at 5:51 PM, Joe Fischer <dmarc-noreply...>
wrote:

> I would like to see how the breeding pair of Great Horned owls at
> Cottonwood campground invited a Barred owl to the party. That would be
> interesting. I think we can conclude an ID error. It happens to all of us
> at times.
>
> Joe Fischer
> http://www.pbase.com/joe_e_fischer
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On May 23, 2017, at 5:30 PM, Charles W. Easley <cwebirds...> wrote:
> >
> > Very surprised at this record. Barred Owl in Big Bend? I know of no
> > records for this owl in the Trans Pecos area.
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)
> > Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 10:34 AM
> > To: Texbirds
> > Subject: [texbirds] Birds of Big Bend
> >
> > Barred Owl at Cottonwood Campground? !!
> >
> > Did you hear or see it? Did you get a recording or photo? There is no
> > previous record west of the Pecos.
> >
> > It is a great find.
> >
> > Fred Collins, Director
> > Kleb Woods Nature Center
> > 20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
> > 281-357-5324
> >
> > Harris County Precinct 3
> > Steve Radack Commissioner
> > www.pct3.com
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:texbirds-bounce@
> freelists.org]
> > On Behalf Of Robert Becker
> > Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 7:24 PM
> > To: Texbirds <texbirds...>
> > Subject: [texbirds] Birds of Big Bend
> >
> > I birded Big Bend National Park from May 14 to May 18. Here is what I
> saw,
> > arranged by location within the park.
> > Rio Grande Village. Common Black-Hawk (2), White-throated Swift,
> Vermillion
> > Flycatcher (4), Bell's Vireo (6+). Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Roadrunner
> (3),
> > Summer Tanager (2), Blue Grosbeak, Wilson's Warbler, Ash-throated
> > Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler, Cassin's Kingbird, Eastern Wood-Peewee.
> > Cottonwood Campground. Lucy's Warbler (3), Gray Hawk, Vermillion
> Flycatcher
> > (4), Barred Owl, Black Phoebe (4), Summer Tanager, Yellow-rumped Warbler
> > (6), Black-tailed Gnatcatcher,.
> > Sam Nail Ranch. Varied Bunting, Nashville Warbler, Wilson's Warbler,
> Yellow
> > Warbler, Crissal Thrasher, Summer Tanager, Gray Vireo, Verdin, Plumbeous
> > Vireo.
> > Pinnacles Trail. Western Tanager, Summer Tanager, Black-tailed
> Gnatcatcher,
> > Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Acorn Woodpecker (3), Bushtit, Black-crested
> Titmouse
> > (3), Townsend's Warbler, Colima Warbler (calling), 2), Spotted towhee
> (3),
> > Mexican Jay (~10), Western Wood-peewee.
> > Basin, water treatment plant. Varied Bunting (3), Cactus Wren (5),
> > Blue-throated Hummingbird (2), Black-chinned Sparrow.
> > Park roads, Terlingua, S.R. 118. Scaled Quail. Black-throated sparrow
> (4),
> > Burrowing Owl (2), Great Horned Owl, Common Nighthawk (3).
> > Bob Becker, Galveston
> >
> >
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Date: 5/23/17 3:52 pm
From: Joe Fischer <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender fischer13 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Birds of Big Bend
I would like to see how the breeding pair of Great Horned owls at Cottonwood campground invited a Barred owl to the party. That would be interesting. I think we can conclude an ID error. It happens to all of us at times.

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> On May 23, 2017, at 5:30 PM, Charles W. Easley <cwebirds...> wrote:
>
> Very surprised at this record. Barred Owl in Big Bend? I know of no
> records for this owl in the Trans Pecos area.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)
> Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 10:34 AM
> To: Texbirds
> Subject: [texbirds] Birds of Big Bend
>
> Barred Owl at Cottonwood Campground? !!
>
> Did you hear or see it? Did you get a recording or photo? There is no
> previous record west of the Pecos.
>
> It is a great find.
>
> Fred Collins, Director
> Kleb Woods Nature Center
> 20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
> 281-357-5324
>
> Harris County Precinct 3
> Steve Radack Commissioner
> www.pct3.com
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>]
> On Behalf Of Robert Becker
> Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 7:24 PM
> To: Texbirds <texbirds...>
> Subject: [texbirds] Birds of Big Bend
>
> I birded Big Bend National Park from May 14 to May 18. Here is what I saw,
> arranged by location within the park.
> Rio Grande Village. Common Black-Hawk (2), White-throated Swift, Vermillion
> Flycatcher (4), Bell's Vireo (6+). Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Roadrunner (3),
> Summer Tanager (2), Blue Grosbeak, Wilson's Warbler, Ash-throated
> Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler, Cassin's Kingbird, Eastern Wood-Peewee.
> Cottonwood Campground. Lucy's Warbler (3), Gray Hawk, Vermillion Flycatcher
> (4), Barred Owl, Black Phoebe (4), Summer Tanager, Yellow-rumped Warbler
> (6), Black-tailed Gnatcatcher,.
> Sam Nail Ranch. Varied Bunting, Nashville Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow
> Warbler, Crissal Thrasher, Summer Tanager, Gray Vireo, Verdin, Plumbeous
> Vireo.
> Pinnacles Trail. Western Tanager, Summer Tanager, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher,
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Acorn Woodpecker (3), Bushtit, Black-crested Titmouse
> (3), Townsend's Warbler, Colima Warbler (calling), 2), Spotted towhee (3),
> Mexican Jay (~10), Western Wood-peewee.
> Basin, water treatment plant. Varied Bunting (3), Cactus Wren (5),
> Blue-throated Hummingbird (2), Black-chinned Sparrow.
> Park roads, Terlingua, S.R. 118. Scaled Quail. Black-throated sparrow (4),
> Burrowing Owl (2), Great Horned Owl, Common Nighthawk (3).
> Bob Becker, Galveston
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Date: 5/23/17 3:50 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: "Fall" migration is already underway: Long-billed Curlew
See TOS Handbook, Syffret, Oberholser, etc. "locally common summer
residents in NW panhandle" etc.
On Tue, May 23, 2017 at 5:23 PM, Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> wrote:

> I need to check, but I think there has been breeding reported from the
> Panhandle region in years past.
> Keith Arnold
> Bryan/TAMU
>
> On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, Cameron Carver <c.o.carver...> wrote:
>
> > There are currently a few Long-billed Curlew lingering at Hackberry Flats
> > in OK (only a few miles from Texas). There are also records of birds on
> the
> > coast this year into the middle of the month. While it is certainly
> > possible that this is a southbound bird, I would not make this assumption
> > without more substantial evidence.
> >
> > Cameron Carver
> > OKC, OK
> >
> > Sent from my iPhone
> >
> > > On May 23, 2017, at 14:58, Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
> > <javascript:;>> wrote:
> > >
> > > Hello, all!
> > > Well, we're still one month away from summer but "fall" migration has
> > > commenced, for at least one species. I had my first southbound
> > Long-billed
> > > Curlew on top of the caprock in Garza County on Sunday, 21 May. They
> are
> > a
> > > very early spring migrant and early fall migrant but this individual
> may
> > > represent a failed breeder as it's a touch on the early side. I'm
> unaware
> > > of birds attempting to over-summer in the region.
> > >
> > > Good birding!
> > > Justin Bosler
> > > currently in Brownsville, TX
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Date: 5/23/17 3:31 pm
From: Charles W. Easley <cwebirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Birds of Big Bend
Very surprised at this record. Barred Owl in Big Bend? I know of no
records for this owl in the Trans Pecos area.

-----Original Message-----
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)
Sent: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 10:34 AM
To: Texbirds
Subject: [texbirds] Birds of Big Bend

Barred Owl at Cottonwood Campground? !!

Did you hear or see it? Did you get a recording or photo? There is no
previous record west of the Pecos.

It is a great find.

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

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

-----Original Message-----
From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>]
On Behalf Of Robert Becker
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 7:24 PM
To: Texbirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Birds of Big Bend

I birded Big Bend National Park from May 14 to May 18. Here is what I saw,
arranged by location within the park.
Rio Grande Village. Common Black-Hawk (2), White-throated Swift, Vermillion
Flycatcher (4), Bell's Vireo (6+). Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Roadrunner (3),
Summer Tanager (2), Blue Grosbeak, Wilson's Warbler, Ash-throated
Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler, Cassin's Kingbird, Eastern Wood-Peewee.
Cottonwood Campground. Lucy's Warbler (3), Gray Hawk, Vermillion Flycatcher
(4), Barred Owl, Black Phoebe (4), Summer Tanager, Yellow-rumped Warbler
(6), Black-tailed Gnatcatcher,.
Sam Nail Ranch. Varied Bunting, Nashville Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow
Warbler, Crissal Thrasher, Summer Tanager, Gray Vireo, Verdin, Plumbeous
Vireo.
Pinnacles Trail. Western Tanager, Summer Tanager, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher,
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Acorn Woodpecker (3), Bushtit, Black-crested Titmouse
(3), Townsend's Warbler, Colima Warbler (calling), 2), Spotted towhee (3),
Mexican Jay (~10), Western Wood-peewee.
Basin, water treatment plant. Varied Bunting (3), Cactus Wren (5),
Blue-throated Hummingbird (2), Black-chinned Sparrow.
Park roads, Terlingua, S.R. 118. Scaled Quail. Black-throated sparrow (4),
Burrowing Owl (2), Great Horned Owl, Common Nighthawk (3).
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Date: 5/23/17 3:24 pm
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: "Fall" migration is already underway: Long-billed Curlew
I need to check, but I think there has been breeding reported from the
Panhandle region in years past.
Keith Arnold
Bryan/TAMU

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, Cameron Carver <c.o.carver...> wrote:

> There are currently a few Long-billed Curlew lingering at Hackberry Flats
> in OK (only a few miles from Texas). There are also records of birds on the
> coast this year into the middle of the month. While it is certainly
> possible that this is a southbound bird, I would not make this assumption
> without more substantial evidence.
>
> Cameron Carver
> OKC, OK
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On May 23, 2017, at 14:58, Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
> <javascript:;>> wrote:
> >
> > Hello, all!
> > Well, we're still one month away from summer but "fall" migration has
> > commenced, for at least one species. I had my first southbound
> Long-billed
> > Curlew on top of the caprock in Garza County on Sunday, 21 May. They are
> a
> > very early spring migrant and early fall migrant but this individual may
> > represent a failed breeder as it's a touch on the early side. I'm unaware
> > of birds attempting to over-summer in the region.
> >
> > Good birding!
> > Justin Bosler
> > currently in Brownsville, TX
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Date: 5/23/17 3:16 pm
From: Cameron Carver <c.o.carver...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: "Fall" migration is already underway: Long-billed Curlew
There are currently a few Long-billed Curlew lingering at Hackberry Flats in OK (only a few miles from Texas). There are also records of birds on the coast this year into the middle of the month. While it is certainly possible that this is a southbound bird, I would not make this assumption without more substantial evidence.

Cameron Carver
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> On May 23, 2017, at 14:58, Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> wrote:
>
> Hello, all!
> Well, we're still one month away from summer but "fall" migration has
> commenced, for at least one species. I had my first southbound Long-billed
> Curlew on top of the caprock in Garza County on Sunday, 21 May. They are a
> very early spring migrant and early fall migrant but this individual may
> represent a failed breeder as it's a touch on the early side. I'm unaware
> of birds attempting to over-summer in the region.
>
> Good birding!
> Justin Bosler
> currently in Brownsville, TX
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Date: 5/23/17 3:13 pm
From: Tom Langschied <TLangschied...>
Subject: [texbirds] Blue Jay at Norias division of King Ranch - 05/19
Texbirders,
This weekend I received a picture of a Blue Jay found on Friday at the Norias divison of King Ranch in Kenedy county. Its actual location was in the very southeastern corner of Kenedy county. A very intriguing and special find for this part of South Texas. It will be interesting to see if this bird continues in the area, since this area is dominated by oaks there should be plenty habitat for it. This is the first record of Blue Jay I know of this species on King Ranch in the past 25 years. I had expected to eventually have a Blue Jay on one of the northern divisions of King Ranch in the fall or winter, but an occurrence in May on the most southern area is particularly surprising.
I checked the location today with no sign of the jay and I talked to the workers who originally spotted it and they said they had not seen it since Friday. Those birding Port Mansfield or Laguna Atascosa should keep an eye out for this errant jay as those areas are several miles due south of who may be heading that way.

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Date: 5/23/17 1:02 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Yellow-green Vireo, Sheepshead lot SPI
Hello all,
There's currently a Yellow-green Vireo at the Valley Land Fund lot on
Sheepshead St.

Good luck!
Justin Bosler
currently on South Padre Island, TX


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Date: 5/23/17 12:59 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] "Fall" migration is already underway: Long-billed Curlew
Hello, all!
Well, we're still one month away from summer but "fall" migration has
commenced, for at least one species. I had my first southbound Long-billed
Curlew on top of the caprock in Garza County on Sunday, 21 May. They are a
very early spring migrant and early fall migrant but this individual may
represent a failed breeder as it's a touch on the early side. I'm unaware
of birds attempting to over-summer in the region.

Good birding!
Justin Bosler
currently in Brownsville, TX


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Date: 5/23/17 12:34 pm
From: Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Cedar Waxwings @ Quintana

Nina Sitra


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Date: 5/23/17 9:34 am
From: Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Yellow-bellied Flycatcher @ Quintana

Tad F and I saw it.

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Date: 5/23/17 9:14 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Dusky-capped Flycatcher Big Bend NP
Last night at Boot Canyon in Big Bend NP I had a Dusky-capped Flycatcher
calling between sites BC2 and BC3. I never could get eyes on it but it
called for about 10 minutes at 8pm and briefly at dawn and 8 am as I was
leaving this morning. At least two Painted Redstarts are also present in
that same area. I did not hear or see either bird around the Springs and
the cabin, I think it's best to look on the trail between campsites.

David Sarkozi

Houston, TX
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Date: 5/23/17 8:35 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Birds of Big Bend
Barred Owl at Cottonwood Campground? !!

Did you hear or see it? Did you get a recording or photo? There is no previous record west of the Pecos.

It is a great find.

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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From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Robert Becker
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 7:24 PM
To: Texbirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Birds of Big Bend

I birded Big Bend National Park from May 14 to May 18. Here is what I saw, arranged by location within the park.
Rio Grande Village. Common Black-Hawk (2), White-throated Swift, Vermillion Flycatcher (4), Bell's Vireo (6+). Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Roadrunner (3), Summer Tanager (2), Blue Grosbeak, Wilson's Warbler, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler, Cassin's Kingbird, Eastern Wood-Peewee.
Cottonwood Campground. Lucy's Warbler (3), Gray Hawk, Vermillion Flycatcher (4), Barred Owl, Black Phoebe (4), Summer Tanager, Yellow-rumped Warbler (6), Black-tailed Gnatcatcher,.
Sam Nail Ranch. Varied Bunting, Nashville Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Crissal Thrasher, Summer Tanager, Gray Vireo, Verdin, Plumbeous Vireo.
Pinnacles Trail. Western Tanager, Summer Tanager, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Acorn Woodpecker (3), Bushtit, Black-crested Titmouse (3), Townsend's Warbler, Colima Warbler (calling), 2), Spotted towhee (3), Mexican Jay (~10), Western Wood-peewee.
Basin, water treatment plant. Varied Bunting (3), Cactus Wren (5), Blue-throated Hummingbird (2), Black-chinned Sparrow.
Park roads, Terlingua, S.R. 118. Scaled Quail. Black-throated sparrow (4), Burrowing Owl (2), Great Horned Owl, Common Nighthawk (3).
Bob Becker, Galveston




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Date: 5/23/17 8:34 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Birds of Big Bend
Barred Owl at Cottonwood Campground? !!

Did you hear or see it? Did you get a recording or photo? There is no previous record west of the Pecos.

It is a great find.

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

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

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From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Robert Becker
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2017 7:24 PM
To: Texbirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Birds of Big Bend

I birded Big Bend National Park from May 14 to May 18. Here is what I saw, arranged by location within the park.
Rio Grande Village. Common Black-Hawk (2), White-throated Swift, Vermillion Flycatcher (4), Bell's Vireo (6+). Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Roadrunner (3), Summer Tanager (2), Blue Grosbeak, Wilson's Warbler, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Yellow Warbler, Cassin's Kingbird, Eastern Wood-Peewee.
Cottonwood Campground. Lucy's Warbler (3), Gray Hawk, Vermillion Flycatcher (4), Barred Owl, Black Phoebe (4), Summer Tanager, Yellow-rumped Warbler (6), Black-tailed Gnatcatcher,.
Sam Nail Ranch. Varied Bunting, Nashville Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Crissal Thrasher, Summer Tanager, Gray Vireo, Verdin, Plumbeous Vireo.
Pinnacles Trail. Western Tanager, Summer Tanager, Black-tailed Gnatcatcher, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Acorn Woodpecker (3), Bushtit, Black-crested Titmouse (3), Townsend's Warbler, Colima Warbler (calling), 2), Spotted towhee (3), Mexican Jay (~10), Western Wood-peewee.
Basin, water treatment plant. Varied Bunting (3), Cactus Wren (5), Blue-throated Hummingbird (2), Black-chinned Sparrow.
Park roads, Terlingua, S.R. 118. Scaled Quail. Black-throated sparrow (4), Burrowing Owl (2), Great Horned Owl, Common Nighthawk (3).
Bob Becker, Galveston




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