TEXBIRDS
Received From Subject
11/30/20 8:20 am bjtilton2 <bjtilton2...> [texbirds] Re: Common redpolls at smith point
11/30/20 5:51 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Common redpolls at smith point
11/29/20 7:08 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Nov Rufous Hummingbird continues @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
11/29/20 4:55 pm Susan Foster <idratherbebirding...> [texbirds] Re: Elegant Trogon at Estero Llano Grande SP continues
11/29/20 9:31 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Elegant Trogon at Estero Llano Grande SP continues
11/26/20 1:45 pm Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC) [texbirds] Home Thanksgiving Day Bird Count
11/26/20 1:35 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] The Eagle has landed ... or something
11/26/20 11:49 am Philip Rostron <philiprostron...> [texbirds] Travis/Bastrop Say's Phoebe
11/25/20 1:07 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Thank you to EBird reviewers
11/24/20 12:04 pm David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC) [texbirds] Broad-billed Hummingbitd
11/24/20 6:34 am Blaine Carnes <blainehcarnes...> [texbirds] Re: texbirds Digest V9 #305
11/23/20 9:55 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Re: Harlan's Hawks in King and Stonewall Counties
11/23/20 7:51 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Harlan's Hawks in King and Stonewall Counties
11/22/20 3:15 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Western passerines
11/18/20 11:11 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <Fred.Collins...> [texbirds] Re: Night Migration
11/18/20 10:18 am Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...> [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR 11-17-20
11/18/20 6:53 am paul sellin <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender pjsellin for DMARC) [texbirds] Nov 16, a.m. Ruddy Ground-Dove at Bentsen-RGV SP
11/17/20 7:01 pm Nina Rach <gulfcoastbirder...> [texbirds] Black-throated Gray - Estero Llano
11/17/20 11:26 am Becky Reyes <breyes...> [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
11/17/20 8:44 am Dell Little <dellel1119...> [texbirds] Big as Texas eBird spreadsheet updated
11/17/20 7:28 am Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC) [texbirds] Night Migration
11/16/20 6:46 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Exotic Species and eBird
11/16/20 6:01 pm David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC) [texbirds] Baytown Nature Center Bird Count
11/16/20 12:24 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: ABA Countable Introduced Species in Texas
11/16/20 12:21 pm <fcndc...> [texbirds] Re: ABA Countable Introduced Species in Texas
11/16/20 12:20 pm <bertf...> [texbirds] Re: ABA Countable Introduced Species in Texas
11/16/20 12:04 pm Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...> [texbirds] Re: ABA Countable Introduced Species in Texas
11/16/20 6:44 am Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> [texbirds] Re: Fred Gelhbach
11/16/20 6:29 am Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Ruddy Ground-Dove at Bentsen
11/16/20 1:21 am Dan Smith <dan...> [texbirds] Re: ABA Countable Introduced Species in Texas
11/15/20 10:02 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: ABA Countable Introduced Species in Texas
11/15/20 9:14 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] ABA Countable Introduced Species in Texas
11/15/20 9:28 am <fbumgardner...> [texbirds] Re: Fred Gelhbach
11/15/20 9:08 am <bertf...> [texbirds] Re: Fred Gelhbach
11/15/20 8:55 am Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] Re: Fred Gelhbach
11/15/20 8:54 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Anahuac to Texas City Thursday
11/15/20 8:08 am Dell Little <dellel1119...> [texbirds] Re: Fred Gelhbach
11/14/20 9:36 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Fred Gelhbach
11/14/20 1:59 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lubbock Area Birding Summary for October - Very Long
11/13/20 7:18 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 11-13-20 Prairie Falcon @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
11/12/20 5:51 pm Letha S <letha.slagle...> [texbirds] Re: Strange crane Harris Co.
11/12/20 4:53 pm David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Re: Fork-tailed Flycatcher
11/12/20 4:51 pm David <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender ddbrdfrd for DMARC) [texbirds] Strange crane Harris Co.
11/12/20 11:32 am Mark Lockwood <mwlockwood402...> [texbirds] White River Lake, Crosby Co - 12 Nov 2020
11/12/20 9:06 am Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Re: Fork-tailed Flycatcher
11/11/20 9:46 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Horned Grebe, Winters Reservoir (Runnels Co.)
11/11/20 7:17 pm <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender ddbrdfrd for DMARC) [texbirds] Pacific-slope Flycatcher
11/11/20 2:03 pm Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...> [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR, 11-10-20
11/11/20 1:54 pm Berri Moffett <berrimoffett...> [texbirds] Strange crane Harris Co.
11/11/20 12:21 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Cape May Warbler, Sweetwater (Nolan Co.)
11/11/20 11:56 am Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Fork-tailed Flycatcher
11/11/20 6:11 am John Blackwell <john.a.blackwell51...> [texbirds] Sandhills and Franklin's gulls
11/10/20 4:08 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 11-10-20 Nashville Warbler, Golden-crowned Kinglet @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
11/10/20 12:05 pm Becky Reyes <breyes...> [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
11/10/20 5:21 am T. David Griffith <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tdavidg for DMARC) [texbirds] First Rufous Hummingbird Near Blessing
11/8/20 7:06 pm Lois Hughes <loisnjake...> [texbirds] Re: Salineno
11/8/20 2:55 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Re: Salineno
11/8/20 2:27 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Weird Wilson's Snipe/Merlin event
11/8/20 1:35 pm Lois Hughes <loisnjake...> [texbirds] Re: Salineno
11/8/20 1:14 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch Saturday and older pictures
11/8/20 12:33 pm Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> [texbirds] Re: Salineno
11/7/20 7:06 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 11-7-20 (29 species @ Old Barn Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
11/7/20 2:53 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Red Phalarope, Rio Bosque Wetlands (El Paso Co.)
11/6/20 4:39 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 11-6-20 (2)Broad-tailed Hummingbird & Rufous Hummingbird @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
11/6/20 2:54 pm Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> [texbirds] Re: Salineno
11/6/20 9:46 am C M Prince <GoldwingerTX...> [texbirds] Salineno
11/5/20 7:33 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 11-5-20 Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
11/5/20 7:06 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <Fred.Collins...> [texbirds] Rails and rice harvest
11/4/20 5:36 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 11-4-20 Broad-tailed H + Pileated @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
11/4/20 5:11 pm Javier Gonzalez <javsterkayak7...> [texbirds] Blue Bunting at South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center
11/4/20 11:59 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch Saturday
11/4/20 11:23 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Magnificent Frigatebird, Twin Buttes (Tom Green Co.)
11/4/20 10:31 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Coastal birding yesterday, big flocks and missing birds
11/4/20 9:52 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Rare western hummingbirds in Austin (Travis Co.)
11/3/20 9:02 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 11-3-20 Eastern Towhee @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
11/3/20 5:42 pm Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...> [texbirds] Weekly bird census, Hagerman NWR, 11-03-20
11/3/20 3:31 pm David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Fox ("Slate-colored") Sparrow
11/2/20 3:34 pm Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: South Padre Island Birds-Nov.2, 2020
11/2/20 2:34 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Re: South Padre Island Birds-Nov.2, 2020
11/2/20 2:00 pm Andy Dietrich <andydietrich10...> [texbirds] Pearland WWT ponds
11/2/20 1:45 pm Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <Fred.Collins...> [texbirds] Re: South Padre Island Birds-Nov.2, 2020
11/2/20 1:05 pm Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC) [texbirds] South Padre Island Birds-Nov.2, 2020
11/2/20 12:16 pm justin.bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Re: El Paso area reservoirs - No Trespassing
11/2/20 10:51 am Jim Paton <jnpaton...> [texbirds] El Paso area reservoirs - No Trespassing
11/2/20 9:36 am Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...> [texbirds] Weekly bird census, Hagerman NWR, 10-29-20
11/1/20 6:53 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 11-1-20 EBird Checklists 9862 @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
11/1/20 1:34 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] 2020 Photographic Game - October Report
10/31/20 8:16 pm Gary Yoder <geycal...> [texbirds] Prairie warbler at Rice University
10/31/20 5:29 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 10-31-20 (45) species @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
10/31/20 10:10 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith Point hawk watch yesterday hawks and migrants
10/31/20 10:03 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] 2020 eBird Game - October Report - of Interest to TCC/eBird Folk
10/31/20 7:52 am Judy Kestner <jkestner...> [texbirds] Re: Only small crows allowed
10/31/20 7:50 am Jack Evins <jcevins...> [texbirds] Re: Only small crows allowed
10/31/20 4:25 am Dan Smith <dan...> [texbirds] Only small crows allowed
 
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Date: 11/30/20 8:20 am
From: bjtilton2 <bjtilton2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Common redpolls at smith point
Has anyone been down to look for the Redpolls?Barbara TiltonLiberty County
-------- Original message --------From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> Date: 11/30/20 7:51 AM (GMT-06:00) To: 4 Texbirds Maillist <texbirds...> Subject: [texbirds] Common redpolls at smith point 11 at intersection of smith point and plummer camp road left with goldfinches-- Joseph C. Kennedyon Buffalo Bayou in West <HoustonJosephkennedy36...>
 

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Date: 11/30/20 5:51 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Common redpolls at smith point
11 at intersection of smith point and plummer camp road left with
goldfinches--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
<Josephkennedy36...>

 

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Date: 11/29/20 7:08 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Nov Rufous Hummingbird continues @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Nov Rufous Hummingbird continues @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary

“Scruffy” the shaggy male Rufous Hummingbird continues @ the Old Barn and I hope he makes it into Dec. We also had 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets there today and consistently, we get 25-30 species of birds there. Thomas’ Meadow is also great and we had a Pine Warbler several times that I had reports from there and you can also get Yellow-rumped Warbler & Orange-crowned Warbler there. Don was in the Old Growth Forest Saturday and a mob of birds were fussing at him and he estimated 50 birds were in the area & keep in mind, he is an engineer and very good at estimating. I had been skipping the forest areas, but I guess I need to go back. It was sprinkling that day, but in the Old Growth Forest area, little moisture reached the ground.

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: 11/29/20 4:55 pm
From: Susan Foster <idratherbebirding...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Elegant Trogon at Estero Llano Grande SP continues
We had the trogon about 12:30 on the Green Jay Trail. We could see the picnic table through the foliage where we had the bird perched in a tree.
Susan Foster


Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 29, 2020, at 11:31 AM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>
> 
> John Berner reports the Elegant Trogon today at 11L15 am on Ebony Rd in the Tropical Zone (11/29/2020)
>
>
> --
> David Sarkozi
> Houston, TX
> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
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Date: 11/29/20 9:31 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Elegant Trogon at Estero Llano Grande SP continues
John Berner reports the Elegant Trogon today at 11L15 am on Ebony Rd in the
Tropical Zone (11/29/2020)


--
David Sarkozi
Houston, TX
(713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi

 

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Date: 11/26/20 1:45 pm
From: Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Home Thanksgiving Day Bird Count
This is our home Thanksgiving Day bird count from Harlingen, Texas on Nov. 26, 2020…

Double-crested Cormorant - 11
Great Blue Heron - 1
Great Egret - 11
Snowy Egret - 4
White Ibis - 2
Turkey Vulture - 1
Cooper's Hawk
Crested Caracara - 1
Laughing Gull - 11
White-winged Dove - 11
Mourning Dove - 5
Green Parakeet - 16
Red-crowned Parrot - 70
Golden-fronted Woodpecker - 2
Eastern Phoebe - 1
Great Kiskadee - 1
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird - 2
Black-crested Titmouse - 3
Ruby Crowned Kinglet - 1
Northern Mockingbird - 4
Curve-billed Thrasher - 1
European Starling - 6
Orange-crowned Warbler - 3
Lark Sparrow - 3
Red-winged Blackbird - 6
Great-tailed Grackle - 31
House Sparrow - 5

Number of Species: 27

Gary & Christy Richards
Harlingen, Texas
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Date: 11/26/20 1:35 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] The Eagle has landed ... or something
Greetings All:

I will post my usual update at the beginning of December but I feel
good and wanted to let those following my eBird efforts know that ...
I have finished entering my historical data. All of my birding from
the late 1970s to last week's efforts is in!

I guess it's time to go birding!!

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock
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Date: 11/26/20 11:49 am
From: Philip Rostron <philiprostron...>
Subject: [texbirds] Travis/Bastrop Say's Phoebe
On County Line Rd north of Elgin between Lund and Lund-Carlson Rds.  In both counties!

Phil (Smithville).
 

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Date: 11/25/20 1:07 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Thank you to EBird reviewers
I would like to thank all EBird reviewers for all their work to keep our records right and the tons of questions they have to deal with—thanks to all! It is a lot of work and we all wish we had more time to bird and not spend in front of the screen.

I would also like to thank Matt Boone, who was our Guadalupe County reviewer and retired, thank you for your years of help, we will miss you! Eric Carpenter will be taking over our birds for now.

I currently have the Rufous Hummingbird showing up as rare, but is here at Old Barn and with this crazy year, no telling when he will leave, so this is an example of what shows up in the EBird reviewer every day and it doesn’t show in the public records until the reviewer approves the bird or changes it’s classification.

Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary will be open this week for people that arrange for a visit at the following link, please introduce yourself if I don’t know you.
http://www.warblerwoods.org/visitor-instructions.html

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: 11/24/20 12:04 pm
From: David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Broad-billed Hummingbitd
My wife just ran in and got me up because we now have a male Broad-billed Humming ID’d here at our house. It adds to the two different Rufous/Allen’s and female Black-chinned Hummingbirds here at our house.
David Hanson
Baytown/Mont Belvieu

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Date: 11/24/20 6:34 am
From: Blaine Carnes <blainehcarnes...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: texbirds Digest V9 #305
I feel the need here to point out that the most recent proposal to split
Harlan's Hawk from Red-tailed Hawk was unanimously rejected by the AOS
classification committee. Also, there was a fairly lengthy comment written
by a number of very experienced raptor researchers and submitted to the
classification committee in response to that 2018 proposal, which is
unusual.

The proposal and the paper it was based on were absolutely fascinating
reads, and left me with a much better grasp of how to look at Red-tail
subspecies in the field, but there doesn't seem to be a chance of this
being a split at any point in the foreseeable future. Among numerous other
issues, there appears to be a high rate of hybridization between Harlan's
and other Red-tail forms on the breeding grounds in Canada, which is backed
by a genetic study and field observations. Overall it seems like an
incredibly messy taxonomic situation.

Harlan's are still one of the best-looking North American raptors, but
don't expect them to be considered as a full species anytime soon.

Anyone interested in reading more can find the AOS committee vote here:
https://americanornithology.org/nacc/current-prior-proposals/2019-proposals/comments-2019-a/#2019-A-2

And the proposal and comment on it here (proposal starts on page 7, comment
on page 15)
https://americanornithology.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/2019-A.pdf

--Blaine Carnes
Coppell:

On Tue, Nov 24, 2020 at 12:06 AM FreeLists Mailing List Manager <
<ecartis...> wrote:

> texbirds Digest Mon, 23 Nov 2020 Volume: 09 Issue: 305
>
> In This Issue:
> [texbirds] Harlan's Hawks in King and Stonewall Counties
> [texbirds] Re: Harlan's Hawks in King and Stonewall
> Counties
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
> Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:50:41 -0600
> Subject: [texbirds] Harlan's Hawks in King and Stonewall Counties
>
> Texbirds,
> Although not rare, it's still exciting to see blackish adult Harlan's Hawks
> across a broad longitudinal swath of north Texas. Unlike other subspecies
> of Red-tailed Hawks, they are almost always found in very close proximity
> to wetlands or other bodies of water. While traveling home from fieldwork
> on 19 November, I encountered two separate adults along US 83 between
> Guthrie in King County and Aspermont in Stonewall County, respectively. I
> managed to obtain photos of both individuals but the one just south of
> Guthrie was fairly obliging, as you can see at the link below. Both
> individuals had extensively white to grayish tails and the white spectacles
> often seen in dark morphs.
>
> https://ebird.org/tx/checklist/S76482001
>
> Good birding,
>
> Justin Bosler
> Austin, Texas
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
> Date: Mon, 23 Nov 2020 11:53:56 -0600
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Harlan's Hawks in King and Stonewall Counties
>
> Texbirds,
> It would be remiss of me if I didn't convey the real possibility of
> Harlan's Hawk being split from Red-tailed Hawk someday in the near future
> as a biologically distinct taxon through allopatric speciation
> (geographically isolated populations of a species becoming two new species
> over time). I know that Texas raptor expert, Bill Clark, has worked on this
> conundrum over the years. I encourage everyone to try and document the ones
> that you observe in the field to gain a better understanding of their
> winter status and distribution. While they don't appear to be as numerous
> as dark morphs in Texas, there are light-morph Harlan's Hawks that are not
> as easy to separate from other light Red-tailed Hawks in the field without
> close study. There could be some cryptic identification bias at play, but,
> overall, I do suspect them to be less numerous than dark morphs in Texas.
>
> Justin Bosler
> Austin, Texas
>
> On Mon, Nov 23, 2020 at 9:50 AM Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
> wrote:
>
> > Texbirds,
> >
> > Although not rare, it's still exciting to see blackish adult Harlan's
> > Hawks across a broad longitudinal swath of north Texas. Unlike
> > other subspecies of Red-tailed Hawks, they are almost always found in
> very
> > close proximity to wetlands or other bodies of water. While traveling
> home
> > from fieldwork on 19 November, I encountered two separate adults along US
> > 83 between Guthrie in King County and Aspermont in Stonewall County,
> > respectively. I managed to obtain photos of both individuals but the one
> > just south of Guthrie was fairly obliging, as you can see at the link
> > below. Both individuals had extensively white to grayish tails and the
> > white spectacles often seen in dark morphs.
> >
> > https://ebird.org/tx/checklist/S76482001
> >
> > Good birding,
> >
> > Justin Bosler
> > Austin, Texas
> >
>
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> End of texbirds Digest V9 #305
> ******************************
>
>

 

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Date: 11/23/20 9:55 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Harlan's Hawks in King and Stonewall Counties
Texbirds,

It would be remiss of me if I didn't convey the real possibility of
Harlan's Hawk being split from Red-tailed Hawk someday in the near future
as a biologically distinct taxon through allopatric speciation
(geographically isolated populations of a species becoming two new species
over time). I know that Texas raptor expert, Bill Clark, has worked on this
conundrum over the years. I encourage everyone to try and document the ones
that you observe in the field to gain a better understanding of their
winter status and distribution. While they don't appear to be as numerous
as dark morphs in Texas, there are light-morph Harlan's Hawks that are not
as easy to separate from other light Red-tailed Hawks in the field without
close study. There could be some cryptic identification bias at play, but,
overall, I do suspect them to be less numerous than dark morphs in Texas.

Justin Bosler
Austin, Texas

On Mon, Nov 23, 2020 at 9:50 AM Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
wrote:

> Texbirds,
>
> Although not rare, it's still exciting to see blackish adult Harlan's
> Hawks across a broad longitudinal swath of north Texas. Unlike
> other subspecies of Red-tailed Hawks, they are almost always found in very
> close proximity to wetlands or other bodies of water. While traveling home
> from fieldwork on 19 November, I encountered two separate adults along US
> 83 between Guthrie in King County and Aspermont in Stonewall County,
> respectively. I managed to obtain photos of both individuals but the one
> just south of Guthrie was fairly obliging, as you can see at the link
> below. Both individuals had extensively white to grayish tails and the
> white spectacles often seen in dark morphs.
>
> https://ebird.org/tx/checklist/S76482001
>
> Good birding,
>
> Justin Bosler
> Austin, Texas
>

 

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Date: 11/23/20 7:51 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Harlan's Hawks in King and Stonewall Counties
Texbirds,

Although not rare, it's still exciting to see blackish adult Harlan's Hawks
across a broad longitudinal swath of north Texas. Unlike other subspecies
of Red-tailed Hawks, they are almost always found in very close proximity
to wetlands or other bodies of water. While traveling home from fieldwork
on 19 November, I encountered two separate adults along US 83 between
Guthrie in King County and Aspermont in Stonewall County, respectively. I
managed to obtain photos of both individuals but the one just south of
Guthrie was fairly obliging, as you can see at the link below. Both
individuals had extensively white to grayish tails and the white spectacles
often seen in dark morphs.

https://ebird.org/tx/checklist/S76482001

Good birding,

Justin Bosler
Austin, Texas

 

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Date: 11/22/20 3:15 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Western passerines
Brewer's Sparrow invasion in Cen-Tex. Over the last week at least 4 BRSP's
have been documented in Travis & Williamson Co. and there are likely more.
This is unprecedented as far as I know going back and perhaps some of the
Clay-coloreds being reported are of that species as well. In Wilco there is
a bountiful supply of the three bluebird species, a few less Sage
Thrashers,(I can think of 5-6) lots of Lark Buntings a few Green-tailed
Towhees, Selaphorus hummers, etc. For sure there is a western influence.
Also, loads of siskins and I know of at least two Purple Finches documented
in the last week. I know I am forgetting something and am likely
under-countings as I can't keep up it on a county by county level beyond
this portion of the region..
11


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Date: 11/18/20 11:11 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <Fred.Collins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Night Migration
Most small and solitary birds migrate at night.


Fred Collins
Director, Kleb Woods Nature Preserve
20303 Draper Road
Tomball, Texas 77377

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



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I have a question…last night and early this morning while outside watching the Leonids meteor shower, I noticed Ibis flying from north to south. They came in pairs or small groups over about an hour or so. So, do Ibis migrate at night or just moving around from one location to another. Since they were coming from north and flying south I am assuming they were migrating?

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Date: 11/18/20 10:18 am
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR 11-17-20
The weather for today's bird census was perfect. The lake looked like glass
when we started. When we turned onto Plover pad we saw 9 Buffleheads
including 3 males. There were a lot of Gulls and Double-crested Cormorants
off the end of Plover. There was also a flock of American White Pelicans
resting there. When we ventured down Tern pad we were surprised to find a
couple of Rusty Blackbirds feeding at the edge of the water. There were
still some Long-billed Dowitchers and a Dunlin in Steedman Marsh. As we
ventured down Meadow Pond road we found Purple Finches along with Pine
Siskins, American Goldfinches, Dark-eyed Juncos and American Robins bathing
in a pool by the second bridge. There were many Gadwalls and American
Coots at Meadow Pond. Just past Meadow Pond we found a flock of Cedar
Waxwings. We saw very few sparrows today and I am hopeful that the
numbers increase soon. We saw more than 4500 white geese and more than
half of them were Ross's Geese. We saw a Richardson's subspecies of the
Canada Goose mixed in with a flock of white geese. I suspect this goose has
been reported as a Cackling Goose but this goose had a squarish head and
light colored breast. We found 4 Horned Grebes off the end of Sandy Point.
Northern Shovelers, Northern Pintails, Green-winged Teal and Gadwalls were
plentiful. EBird is being upgraded so there will be no attached list today.
Jack Chiles, Texas master naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR.

 

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Date: 11/18/20 6:53 am
From: paul sellin <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender pjsellin for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Nov 16, a.m. Ruddy Ground-Dove at Bentsen-RGV SP
Texbirders,On Monday morning at 7:30 a.m., I saw a male Ruddy Ground-Dove with Incas near the top of the multi-trunked tree that you can see through the window just behind the main desk area at the Bentsen Visitor's Center.  I later saw a Ruddy Ground-Dove and Incas above and behind the La Familia Feeder #1 area about 1/8 mile south of the Visitor's Center around 8:05 a.m.  The doves stayed in the trees while I was there.  The Park is allowing you to pay your fee at the sliding glass window on the east side of the Visitor's Center on your way out since the Center doesn't open until around 8:30 a.m.  My eBird report with photos will be entered tomorrow.Off topic:  I was the first visitor to Salineno feeding station on Monday around 10:40 a.m.  The same friendly couple is hosting and doing a great job.  Many species seen.  The site will not be sold, for now.  Remember to put some money in the "kitty."Paul Sellinnear Ingram, TX
 

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Date: 11/17/20 7:01 pm
From: Nina Rach <gulfcoastbirder...>
Subject: [texbirds] Black-throated Gray - Estero Llano
Nothing quite like a quick trip to the Rio Grande Valley - with the eBird
servers down.
1 - Orphanage Road ponds, off 77, near Sebastian, have lots of water,
wading birds, ducks, and particularly enigmatic Least Grebe families.
Cameron County.
2 - Estero Llano Grande SP - early afternoon in the tropical zone -
Black-throated Gray Warbler! But no sign of the Dusky-capped Flycatcher.
Hidalgo County.
3- Bentsen SP - Ruddy Ground Dove is said to appear at 8:00am feedings.
Perhaps tomorrow.

Nina Rach
Houston

 

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Date: 11/17/20 11:26 am
From: Becky Reyes <breyes...>
Subject: [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
Hi everyone,
It was a beautiful morning to be out birding. At North Pond, the American
White Pelicans swam in a large group of around 140 on the search for fish.
The Belted and Ringed kingfishers flew around North Pond making noise
while both Double-crested and neotropic Cormorants perched at the tops of
trees along the pond. The Green Kingfishers were spotted at the canal and
North Pond. A few migrating ducks have made their way to South Pond. Below
is this morning's bird list.

Happy Birding!

Mottled Duck 2
Northern Shovelers 4
Ruddy Duck 1
Plain Chachalaca 3
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Rock Pigeon 25
Inca Dove 3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 4
Neotropic Cormorant 23
Double-crested Cormorant
American White Pelican 140+
Great Egret 10
Snowy Egret 17
Tricolored Heron 1
Cattle Egret 4
Black-crowned Night Heron 2
Yellow-crowned Night Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 70
Osprey 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Ringed Kingfisher 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Green Kingfisher 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Great Kiskadee 3
Couch's Kingbird 3
White-eyed Vireo 2
Green Jay 6
Black-crested Titmouse 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 12
Clay-colored Thrush 5
House Wren 9
Curve-billed Thrasher 2
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 7
Olive Sparrow 2
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Great-tailed Grackle 27
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Tennessee Warbler 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler 8
Wilson's Warbler 2
Northern Cardinal 5

*Becky Reyes*

Interpretive Naturalist

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center


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Date: 11/17/20 8:44 am
From: Dell Little <dellel1119...>
Subject: [texbirds] Big as Texas eBird spreadsheet updated
I got the "Big As Texas eBird Counties" updated just before the eBird
shutdown. If you want to check out the status of eBird species in each
county. Column D has links to maps that show the distribution of each
species. The 2nd tab on the bottom shows birds where there are 4 or less
counties left. The 3rd tab isn't updated. (so ignore it)

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cqQfIJt0afFB_C-_P8OUHOTmzgSCSrns4sUBERrvQSI/edit?usp=sharing

Happy eBird nerding while eBird's resetting.

Dell Little
Fort Davis, TX

 

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Date: 11/17/20 7:28 am
From: Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Night Migration
I have a question…last night and early this morning while outside watching the Leonids meteor shower, I noticed Ibis flying from north to south. They came in pairs or small groups over about an hour or so. So, do Ibis migrate at night or just moving around from one location to another. Since they were coming from north and flying south I am assuming they were migrating?

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Date: 11/16/20 6:46 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Exotic Species and eBird
Texbirds,

eBird makes it clear in the "Help Center/FAQ" that escaped zoo or farm
birds are NOT to be included in eBird checklists when known to be from said
zoo or game bird farm. If you're birding adjacent to a game bird farm and
you happen to see a free roaming Ring-necked Pheasant or Chukar, for
example, it is explicitly clear that that bird should not be included in
your eBird submission. By all means, include a note about that observation
in your checklist notes (it's always good to document what's encountered in
the field). This differs from free-flying waterfowl, for example, that
cannot be traced to a known breeder or source, i.e. Ferruginous Duck on
Lake Travis in Travis County (present for several years now) and Ringed
Teal at Tyrell Park in Jefferson County (spring-fall 2018). While highly
unlikely, these species could, in all reality, be wild birds; however,
captive provenance cannot be ruled out with any confidence, so they're
ultimately left in the "gray" area of acceptance. Regardless, it's
important to track these unique observations in case a pattern of wild
occurrence can be established over time.

Also, to eBird reviewers, make sure that you include Swan Goose (Domestic)
and other domestic-type exotic waterfowl on your county checklist filters.
Domesticated Swan Geese are widely kept in captivity and often become
locally established at city parks. While migratory within their narrow
range in Asia, the species is not recognized as a vagrant and does not
freely cross the Pacific Ocean. Moreover, phenotype (physical appearance)
often displays signs of domestication (odd plumage, mis-shaped body, etc.).

eBird Help Center:
https://support.ebird.org/en/support/solutions/articles/48000795623-ebird-rules-and-best-practices#Include-in-your-list

Good birding,

Justin Bosler
Santa Rosa, New Mexico

 

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Date: 11/16/20 6:01 pm
From: David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Baytown Nature Center Bird Count
November Baytown Nature Center bird count is this Thursday Nov 19th. We will meet behind the Entrance building just before 8:00am. As usual the entrance fee is waived for those who volunteer for the count

David Hanson
281-813-2657

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Date: 11/16/20 12:24 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: ABA Countable Introduced Species in Texas
Yall forgetting about the peacocks at Mayfield Park?..:-) Jim Sinclair
once told me there was a feral breeding population at the King Ranch
Hdq.s....Not sure if that population is still extant. Hear they can be
troublesome in Calif. (don't take me too seriously here)


On Mon, Nov 16, 2020 at 2:04 PM Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...> wrote:

> Mute Swans have certainly been around for decades in and around Town
> Lake/Lady Bird Lake in Austin. Still, I am guessing the stable number only
> gets as high as 6 (SIX) birds. If you look at eBird, you will see reports
> up and down the Colorado River and perhaps assume that there are large
> numbers but if you dig into the numbers and look at sightings on a
> daily/monthly basis, I think you could conclude that these reports are all
> the same family of birds foraging up and down the river/lake. There are
> occasionally reports of 8 or 10 and when there are comments with those
> sightings, they usually indicate recently hatched cygnets, which I
> speculate become part of the food chain or otherwise perish within the
> first few months. Perhaps someone has done a formal census on these and I
> am way off base but after 30-40+ years and a population at/near 10 birds or
> less seems to be forever on the edge of disappearing if in fact they aren't
> being supplemented already. I have zero heartburn about anyone wanting to
> count these birds but would be curious to know/learn if there is indeed a
> real population of them in Austin to the point where someone could document
> (peer-reviewed or not) criteria 3,4,5 and 7 are clearly being met.
>
> --Eric
>
> Eric Carpenter
> Dripping Springs, Texas
>
> On Mon, Nov 16, 2020 at 3:20 AM Dan Smith <dan...>
> wrote:
>
>> Mute swans have been resident on Lady Bird Lake for a good bit longer
>> than 15 years. So if that’s the criterion, I don’t see a problem.
>>
>> Dan Smith
>> <dan...>
>> 512-451-2632
>> http://www.wordsmithofaustin.com
>>
>> "Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not
>> constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their
>> gains.” Thomas Jefferson, 1814.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Nov 15, 2020, at 11:13 PM, Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
>> wrote:
>>
>> Texbirds,
>>
>> The American Birding Association's Recording Standards and Ethics
>> Committee (RSEC) has recently published an annotated list of Introduced
>> Species that appear on the *ABA Checklist,* and where in the ABA Area
>> those populations are considered countable based on evidence that they have
>> been present for at least 15 years (as of 2020) and appear to meet the
>> other criteria for being considered established.
>>
>> You can read more at the following link:
>> https://www.aba.org/aba-area-introduced-species/
>>
>> I was surprised to see that Mute Swans in the Austin area were listed as
>> "countable." That seems like a stretch to me but I'm not very familiar
>> with their history in the area. Three more expected species with
>> established populations included Egyptian Goose in Central Texas (perhaps
>> soon to be statewide), and Red-vented Bulbul and Scaly-breasted Munia in
>> the Houston area.
>>
>> Good birding,
>>
>> Justin Bosler
>> Santa Rosa, New Mexico
>>
>>
>

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

 

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Date: 11/16/20 12:21 pm
From: <fcndc...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: ABA Countable Introduced Species in Texas
Since Mute Swans are long-lived in the wild to 19 in captivity to 30 and beyond I think the small population coupled with one old but productive pair is scant evidence of established populations. In the NW Harris and Waller county area a fairly robust population of 20-30 birds has all but disappeared in the last ten years. Break up old established pairs and the population crashes.

Fred Collins
Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 16, 2020, at 2:04 PM, Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...> wrote:
>
> 
> Mute Swans have certainly been around for decades in and around Town Lake/Lady Bird Lake in Austin. Still, I am guessing the stable number only gets as high as 6 (SIX) birds. If you look at eBird, you will see reports up and down the Colorado River and perhaps assume that there are large numbers but if you dig into the numbers and look at sightings on a daily/monthly basis, I think you could conclude that these reports are all the same family of birds foraging up and down the river/lake. There are occasionally reports of 8 or 10 and when there are comments with those sightings, they usually indicate recently hatched cygnets, which I speculate become part of the food chain or otherwise perish within the first few months. Perhaps someone has done a formal census on these and I am way off base but after 30-40+ years and a population at/near 10 birds or less seems to be forever on the edge of disappearing if in fact they aren't being supplemented already. I have zero heartburn about anyone wanting to count these birds but would be curious to know/learn if there is indeed a real population of them in Austin to the point where someone could document (peer-reviewed or not) criteria 3,4,5 and 7 are clearly being met.
>
> --Eric
>
> Eric Carpenter
> Dripping Springs, Texas
>
>> On Mon, Nov 16, 2020 at 3:20 AM Dan Smith <dan...> wrote:
>> Mute swans have been resident on Lady Bird Lake for a good bit longer than 15 years. So if that’s the criterion, I don’t see a problem.
>>
>> Dan Smith
>> <dan...>
>> 512-451-2632
>> http://www.wordsmithofaustin.com
>>
>> "Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.” Thomas Jefferson, 1814.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>> On Nov 15, 2020, at 11:13 PM, Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Texbirds,
>>>
>>> The American Birding Association's Recording Standards and Ethics Committee (RSEC) has recently published an annotated list of Introduced Species that appear on the ABA Checklist, and where in the ABA Area those populations are considered countable based on evidence that they have been present for at least 15 years (as of 2020) and appear to meet the other criteria for being considered established.
>>>
>>> You can read more at the following link: https://www.aba.org/aba-area-introduced-species/
>>>
>>> I was surprised to see that Mute Swans in the Austin area were listed as "countable." That seems like a stretch to me but I'm not very familiar with their history in the area. Three more expected species with established populations included Egyptian Goose in Central Texas (perhaps soon to be statewide), and Red-vented Bulbul and Scaly-breasted Munia in the Houston area.
>>>
>>> Good birding,
>>>
>>> Justin Bosler
>>> Santa Rosa, New Mexico
>
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Date: 11/16/20 12:20 pm
From: <bertf...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: ABA Countable Introduced Species in Texas
Here is more about the history of the Austin Mute Swans, taken from an article I wrote.

“Mute Swans were introduced to the United States in the late 19th century. The first record of one in the Region was at Austin in March 1986 (AB, 1987). The next record was not until 2 May 1994 (Pete Fisher) at Wild Basin Preserve. The next year one was seen at Hornsby Bend in November and December (Rob Fergus, Greg Lasley) and four were counted on the 16 Dec 1995 Austin CBC. These were probably part of the five pairs introduced to Town Lake in 1995 as a gift to a local businessman with an office near the Congress Avenue bridge. In fall of 2003, Jeff Mundy reported that the Mute Swans on Town Lake had successfully reproduced for the past five years in a row. Predators or other mishaps take many of the young, as the total flock remained in the single digits. After the 2004 breeding season, Mundy did an impromptu count and located seven adults and four juveniles and suggested there could be more found if he had circled the whole lake. In 2005 (Janet Giles), three pairs had offspring, one, two and three each and by mid-July they were quite large. Although isolated pairs or groups were reproducing, the small population was not considered self-sustaining. Yet, in 2020, pairs continued to be reported along the Colorado River.”

Bert Frenz

Oaks & Prairies of Texas

eBird reviewer, Central Prairie of Texas

eBird reviewer, Belize

NAB subregional editor, Central Oaks & Prairies of Texas

<mailto:<Bert2...> <Bert2...>

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





From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Eric Carpenter
Sent: Monday, November 16, 2020 2:03 PM
To: Texbirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: ABA Countable Introduced Species in Texas



Mute Swans have certainly been around for decades in and around Town Lake/Lady Bird Lake in Austin. Still, I am guessing the stable number only gets as high as 6 (SIX) birds. If you look at eBird, you will see reports up and down the Colorado River and perhaps assume that there are large numbers but if you dig into the numbers and look at sightings on a daily/monthly basis, I think you could conclude that these reports are all the same family of birds foraging up and down the river/lake. There are occasionally reports of 8 or 10 and when there are comments with those sightings, they usually indicate recently hatched cygnets, which I speculate become part of the food chain or otherwise perish within the first few months. Perhaps someone has done a formal census on these and I am way off base but after 30-40+ years and a population at/near 10 birds or less seems to be forever on the edge of disappearing if in fact they aren't being supplemented already. I have zero heartburn about anyone wanting to count these birds but would be curious to know/learn if there is indeed a real population of them in Austin to the point where someone could document (peer-reviewed or not) criteria 3,4,5 and 7 are clearly being met.



--Eric



Eric Carpenter

Dripping Springs, Texas



On Mon, Nov 16, 2020 at 3:20 AM Dan Smith <dan...> <mailto:<dan...> > wrote:

Mute swans have been resident on Lady Bird Lake for a good bit longer than 15 years. So if that’s the criterion, I don’t see a problem.



Dan Smith

<dan...> <mailto:<dan...>

512-451-2632

http://www.wordsmithofaustin.com



"Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.” Thomas Jefferson, 1814.









On Nov 15, 2020, at 11:13 PM, Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> <mailto:<justin.bosler...> > wrote:



Texbirds,



The American Birding Association's Recording Standards and Ethics Committee (RSEC) has recently published an annotated list of Introduced Species that appear on the ABA Checklist, and where in the ABA Area those populations are considered countable based on evidence that they have been present for at least 15 years (as of 2020) and appear to meet the other criteria for being considered established.



You can read more at the following link: https://www.aba.org/aba-area-introduced-species/



I was surprised to see that Mute Swans in the Austin area were listed as "countable." That seems like a stretch to me but I'm not very familiar with their history in the area. Three more expected species with established populations included Egyptian Goose in Central Texas (perhaps soon to be statewide), and Red-vented Bulbul and Scaly-breasted Munia in the Houston area.



Good birding,



Justin Bosler

Santa Rosa, New Mexico




 

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Date: 11/16/20 12:04 pm
From: Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: ABA Countable Introduced Species in Texas
Mute Swans have certainly been around for decades in and around Town
Lake/Lady Bird Lake in Austin. Still, I am guessing the stable number only
gets as high as 6 (SIX) birds. If you look at eBird, you will see reports
up and down the Colorado River and perhaps assume that there are large
numbers but if you dig into the numbers and look at sightings on a
daily/monthly basis, I think you could conclude that these reports are all
the same family of birds foraging up and down the river/lake. There are
occasionally reports of 8 or 10 and when there are comments with those
sightings, they usually indicate recently hatched cygnets, which I
speculate become part of the food chain or otherwise perish within the
first few months. Perhaps someone has done a formal census on these and I
am way off base but after 30-40+ years and a population at/near 10 birds or
less seems to be forever on the edge of disappearing if in fact they aren't
being supplemented already. I have zero heartburn about anyone wanting to
count these birds but would be curious to know/learn if there is indeed a
real population of them in Austin to the point where someone could document
(peer-reviewed or not) criteria 3,4,5 and 7 are clearly being met.

--Eric

Eric Carpenter
Dripping Springs, Texas

On Mon, Nov 16, 2020 at 3:20 AM Dan Smith <dan...> wrote:

> Mute swans have been resident on Lady Bird Lake for a good bit longer than
> 15 years. So if that’s the criterion, I don’t see a problem.
>
> Dan Smith
> <dan...>
> 512-451-2632
> http://www.wordsmithofaustin.com
>
> "Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not
> constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their
> gains.” Thomas Jefferson, 1814.
>
>
>
>
> On Nov 15, 2020, at 11:13 PM, Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
> wrote:
>
> Texbirds,
>
> The American Birding Association's Recording Standards and Ethics
> Committee (RSEC) has recently published an annotated list of Introduced
> Species that appear on the *ABA Checklist,* and where in the ABA Area
> those populations are considered countable based on evidence that they have
> been present for at least 15 years (as of 2020) and appear to meet the
> other criteria for being considered established.
>
> You can read more at the following link:
> https://www.aba.org/aba-area-introduced-species/
>
> I was surprised to see that Mute Swans in the Austin area were listed as
> "countable." That seems like a stretch to me but I'm not very familiar
> with their history in the area. Three more expected species with
> established populations included Egyptian Goose in Central Texas (perhaps
> soon to be statewide), and Red-vented Bulbul and Scaly-breasted Munia in
> the Houston area.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Justin Bosler
> Santa Rosa, New Mexico
>
>

 

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Date: 11/16/20 6:44 am
From: Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fred Gelhbach
I am sorry to hear this. I have learned so much about birds from him over the years--mainly through his books and articles! I think I only met him once, for a very brief time, when he visited the Valley for a bird meeting in the 1990s or maybe early 2000s. He and his students did some very important work on birds of riparian forests of the Valley and the Rio Corona (one of the next major rivers south of the Rio Grande). He had and still has a big influence on my own research. Lately, I have enjoyed reading his Eastern Screech-Owl book, as I am more aware of their presence in Valley cities.
Texas is too big a state and my work prevented me from spending time in person. Condolences to the Texas ornithological community and to his family.
Best regards,
Tim Brush
Edinburg, TX

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Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fred Gelhbach


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A significant loss to Texas and conservation. I met Fred in graduate school in the early '60's at the University of Michigan. It was a delight upon my sojourn at A&M in 1966 to discover that Fred was a faculty member at Baylor University.

Keith

On Sun, Nov 15, 2020 at 10:08 AM Dell Little <dellel1119...><mailto:<dellel1119...>> wrote:
Sorry to hear this. Fred Gelbach was one of the first Names I remember hearing related to birds. When I was 8, We dropped my dad and brother off at Dallas Baptist University in the dark morning as they loaded onto a bus with the Dallas Audubon heading to Arizona. I remember being upset I wasnt going. All I heard from my older brother when he came back was about Fred Gelbach and the owls. I think I met him soon after that trip. Non the less I met him again in Ft. Davis with Kelly Bryan in 2003. I wonderful influence on our early family birding life.

On Sat, Nov 14, 2020 at 11:35 PM Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...><mailto:<brushfreeman...>> wrote:
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Utley & Cedar Park, Texas




 

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Date: 11/16/20 6:29 am
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Ruddy Ground-Dove at Bentsen
The Ruddy Ground-Dove continues this morning in a Mesquite Tree at feeder #1 In Bentsen Rio Grande SP. Found yesterday by Jessica Tanguma.

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Date: 11/16/20 1:21 am
From: Dan Smith <dan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: ABA Countable Introduced Species in Texas
Mute swans have been resident on Lady Bird Lake for a good bit longer than 15 years. So if that’s the criterion, I don’t see a problem.

Dan Smith
<dan...> <mailto:<dan...>
512-451-2632
http://www.wordsmithofaustin.com <http://www.wordsmithofaustin.com/>

"Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.” Thomas Jefferson, 1814.




> On Nov 15, 2020, at 11:13 PM, Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> wrote:
>
> Texbirds,
>
> The American Birding Association's Recording Standards and Ethics Committee (RSEC) has recently published an annotated list of Introduced Species that appear on the ABA Checklist, and where in the ABA Area those populations are considered countable based on evidence that they have been present for at least 15 years (as of 2020) and appear to meet the other criteria for being considered established.
>
> You can read more at the following link: https://www.aba.org/aba-area-introduced-species/ <https://www.aba.org/aba-area-introduced-species/>
>
> I was surprised to see that Mute Swans in the Austin area were listed as "countable." That seems like a stretch to me but I'm not very familiar with their history in the area. Three more expected species with established populations included Egyptian Goose in Central Texas (perhaps soon to be statewide), and Red-vented Bulbul and Scaly-breasted Munia in the Houston area.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Justin Bosler
> Santa Rosa, New Mexico


 

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Date: 11/15/20 10:02 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: ABA Countable Introduced Species in Texas
Yep, there is that silly ABA "countable" again..

On Sun, Nov 15, 2020 at 11:14 PM Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
wrote:

> Texbirds,
>
> The American Birding Association's Recording Standards and Ethics
> Committee (RSEC) has recently published an annotated list of Introduced
> Species that appear on the *ABA Checklist,* and where in the ABA Area
> those populations are considered countable based on evidence that they have
> been present for at least 15 years (as of 2020) and appear to meet the
> other criteria for being considered established.
>
> You can read more at the following link:
> https://www.aba.org/aba-area-introduced-species/
>
> I was surprised to see that Mute Swans in the Austin area were listed as
> "countable." That seems like a stretch to me but I'm not very familiar
> with their history in the area. Three more expected species with
> established populations included Egyptian Goose in Central Texas (perhaps
> soon to be statewide), and Red-vented Bulbul and Scaly-breasted Munia in
> the Houston area.
>
> Good birding,
>
> Justin Bosler
> Santa Rosa, New Mexico
>


--

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

 

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Date: 11/15/20 9:14 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] ABA Countable Introduced Species in Texas
Texbirds,

The American Birding Association's Recording Standards and Ethics Committee
(RSEC) has recently published an annotated list of Introduced Species that
appear on the *ABA Checklist,* and where in the ABA Area those populations
are considered countable based on evidence that they have been present for
at least 15 years (as of 2020) and appear to meet the other criteria for
being considered established.

You can read more at the following link:
https://www.aba.org/aba-area-introduced-species/

I was surprised to see that Mute Swans in the Austin area were listed as
"countable." That seems like a stretch to me but I'm not very familiar
with their history in the area. Three more expected species with
established populations included Egyptian Goose in Central Texas (perhaps
soon to be statewide), and Red-vented Bulbul and Scaly-breasted Munia in
the Houston area.

Good birding,

Justin Bosler
Santa Rosa, New Mexico

 

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Date: 11/15/20 9:28 am
From: <fbumgardner...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fred Gelhbach
Bert
Fred is a great loss. I enjoyed all the time that I spent with him. He
was a dear friend for over thirty years. My heart goes out to Nancy,
Frank BumgardnerChina Spring, TX

-----------------------------------------From: <bertf...>
To: " "'Dell Little"
Cc: "Ray Little", " "'Terry Little", " "'Brush Freeman", " "
Sent: Sunday November 15 2020 12:08:27PM
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fred Gelhbach

Although I never met Fred In person, we communicated by e-mail, first
when I asked him about nesting Mississippi Kites and I was writing an
article for Texas Birds. I thought of him just a few days ago when I
had a question about something he wrote in Messages from the Wild. I
guess I won’t have that chance now. I recommend his 2002 Messages
book, a harbinger of the effects of climate change on nature.

Bert Frenz

Oaks & Prairies of Texas

eBird reviewer, Central Prairie of Texas

eBird reviewer, Belize

NAB subregional editor, Central Oaks & Prairies of Texas

<Bert2...> [1]

www.bafrenz.com [2]

FROM: <texbirds-bounce...> ON BEHALF OF Keith Arnold
SENT: Sunday, November 15, 2020 10:54 AM
TO: Dell Little
CC: Ray Little ; Terry Little ; Brush Freeman ; <Texbirds...>
SUBJECT: [texbirds] Re: Fred Gelhbach

A significant loss to Texas and conservation. I met Fred in graduate
school in the early '60's at the University of Michigan. It was a
delight upon my sojourn at A&M in 1966 to discover that Fred was a
faculty member at Baylor University.

Keith

On Sun, Nov 15, 2020 at 10:08 AM Dell Little wrote:

Sorry to hear this. Fred Gelbach was one of the first “Names” I
remember hearing related to birds. When I was 8, We dropped my dad and
brother off at Dallas Baptist University in the dark morning as they
loaded onto a bus with the Dallas Audubon heading to Arizona. I
remember being upset I wasn’t going. All I heard from my older
brother when he came back was about Fred Gelbach and the owls. I think
I met him soon after that trip. Non the less I met him again in Ft.
Davis with Kelly Bryan in 2003. I wonderful influence on our early
family birding life.

On Sat, Nov 14, 2020 at 11:35 PM Brush Freeman wrote:


[5]https://wacotrib.com/news/local/education/baylor-prof-fred-gehlbach-last-of-old-time-naturalists-dies-at-85/article_8310e980-2478-11eb-a35d-1bdd6e4ea422.html?fbclid=IwAR2O0p_37GlAgL5xH6rVVQl6LaQ9q3Zjcuo1a6NEpdbtD11IPAq_ICcMP1Y
[6]

Brush Freeman

Utley & Cedar Park, Texas



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Date: 11/15/20 9:08 am
From: <bertf...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fred Gelhbach
Although I never met Fred In person, we communicated by e-mail, first when I asked him about nesting Mississippi Kites and I was writing an article for Texas Birds. I thought of him just a few days ago when I had a question about something he wrote in Messages from the Wild. I guess I won’t have that chance now. I recommend his 2002 Messages book, a harbinger of the effects of climate change on nature.

Bert Frenz

Oaks & Prairies of Texas

eBird reviewer, Central Prairie of Texas

eBird reviewer, Belize

NAB subregional editor, Central Oaks & Prairies of Texas

<mailto:<Bert2...> <Bert2...>

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



From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Keith Arnold
Sent: Sunday, November 15, 2020 10:54 AM
To: Dell Little <dellel1119...>
Cc: Ray Little <raylittle1923...>; Terry Little <terrylittle49...>; Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>; <Texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fred Gelhbach



A significant loss to Texas and conservation. I met Fred in graduate school in the early '60's at the University of Michigan. It was a delight upon my sojourn at A&M in 1966 to discover that Fred was a faculty member at Baylor University.



Keith



On Sun, Nov 15, 2020 at 10:08 AM Dell Little <dellel1119...> <mailto:<dellel1119...> > wrote:

Sorry to hear this. Fred Gelbach was one of the first “Names” I remember hearing related to birds. When I was 8, We dropped my dad and brother off at Dallas Baptist University in the dark morning as they loaded onto a bus with the Dallas Audubon heading to Arizona. I remember being upset I wasn’t going. All I heard from my older brother when he came back was about Fred Gelbach and the owls. I think I met him soon after that trip. Non the less I met him again in Ft. Davis with Kelly Bryan in 2003. I wonderful influence on our early family birding life.



On Sat, Nov 14, 2020 at 11:35 PM Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> <mailto:<brushfreeman...> > wrote:

https://wacotrib.com/news/local/education/baylor-prof-fred-gehlbach-last-of-old-time-naturalists-dies-at-85/article_8310e980-2478-11eb-a35d-1bdd6e4ea422.html?fbclid=IwAR2O0p_37GlAgL5xH6rVVQl6LaQ9q3Zjcuo1a6NEpdbtD11IPAq_ICcMP1Y




Brush Freeman

Utley & Cedar Park, Texas





 

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Date: 11/15/20 8:55 am
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fred Gelhbach
A significant loss to Texas and conservation. I met Fred in graduate school
in the early '60's at the University of Michigan. It was a delight upon my
sojourn at A&M in 1966 to discover that Fred was a faculty member at Baylor
University.

Keith

On Sun, Nov 15, 2020 at 10:08 AM Dell Little <dellel1119...> wrote:

> Sorry to hear this. Fred Gelbach was one of the first “Names” I remember
> hearing related to birds. When I was 8, We dropped my dad and brother off
> at Dallas Baptist University in the dark morning as they loaded onto a bus
> with the Dallas Audubon heading to Arizona. I remember being upset I wasn’t
> going. All I heard from my older brother when he came back was about Fred
> Gelbach and the owls. I think I met him soon after that trip. Non the less
> I met him again in Ft. Davis with Kelly Bryan in 2003. I wonderful
> influence on our early family birding life.
>
> On Sat, Nov 14, 2020 at 11:35 PM Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
> wrote:
>
>>
>> https://wacotrib.com/news/local/education/baylor-prof-fred-gehlbach-last-of-old-time-naturalists-dies-at-85/article_8310e980-2478-11eb-a35d-1bdd6e4ea422.html?fbclid=IwAR2O0p_37GlAgL5xH6rVVQl6LaQ9q3Zjcuo1a6NEpdbtD11IPAq_ICcMP1Y
>>
>>
>> --
>>
>> Brush Freeman
>> <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
>> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
>>
>>
>>
>>

 

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Date: 11/15/20 8:54 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Anahuac to Texas City Thursday
Started the day at Anahuac Refuge to see the sunrise. The bird of the day
at shoveler pond was the large groups of black-bellied whistling ducks
coming into the area after feeding outside. Hundreds in the sky at one time
but I found no fulvous unlike this time in prior years. Not a whole lot of
ducks in yet and those there were very wary, even the grinners. A few ruddy
ducks and ring-necked ducks were the only diving ducks

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216607

A few cattle egrets were around the edge

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216604

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216602

And the only dark ibis I saw was a glossy ibis. Not sure where all the
birds heading east over smith point were Thursday as I did not see any in
the rice fields along 1985. The area is well stocked with coots and the
common gallinules are doing well too. Only heard a single clapper rail. A
good swarm of tree swallows left the roost in the reeds.

1985 had one field being disked and attendant crested caracara and a flock
of 200+ killdeer.

A northern harrier kept pouncing and getting some sort of small tidbits
which it ate on the ground. But lots of them

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216606

Drove lots of beaches without a whole lot of birds other than sanderlings
feeding in the new debris washing in. Waves from Eta packed a good punch
and the occasional sneaker wave hit the tops of my boots and really moved
the birds around. The mud/sand feeding areas were all under water.

The american avocet flock was doing whirl feeding

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216610

And occasionally put their heads up

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216609

Most sanderlings were feeding in the surf but a few were napping with
dunlin and western sandpipers joining the flock

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216626

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216625

Most of the plover out there were snowy plovers

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216630

But a few semipalmated and piping were feeding too. Piping plovers were
mainly spread out where waves were breaking on really wet sand while the
snowy fed more by grabbing goodies on the surface. Like the last several
years, snowy plovers outnumbered the pipings unlike further in the past.

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216627

The western willets were mainly sleeping

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216631

But ruddy turnstones were working the debris piles

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216624

A greater yellowlegs was catchng minnows trapped in a pool

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216613

A single red knot, now gray, was also doing the debris clumps

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216617

I could not see what he was catching but it was black and small

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216620

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216622

Persistence paid off

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216619

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216623

The big new migrant since my last trip was ring-billed gulls with several
hundred newly arrived. Only found a single franklin's gull but there were
8 lesser black-backed gulls and a good mix of herring gulls in varied
plumages.

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216615

Headed up to the texas city dike which still has large numbers of
fisherment etc. Only brown pelicans were feeding at the cleaning station
with the usual white pelicans missing. 2 american oystercatchers were also
benefitting.

I had my only sandwich terns for the day

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216639

For some reason a number of young of the year royal terns had started
begging again so the flock sounded like July

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216633

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216635

All my recent trips had very few shorebirds as tides had washed the sand
smooth. Today there was a good bit of the specialized dike habitat and so
good numbers of roosting plovers and shorebirds. They are not present
unless the owners of the big pickups have been out spinning their tires and
creating pits of roosting out of the wind

One area had about 15 snowy plovers

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216642

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216643

With other plovers nearby and more alert

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216641

A couple of piping plovers are more unusual on the dike

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216632

Western sandpipers also use the ruts

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216638

As do sanderlings

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216637

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171216636

Even though in the 80's the birds are a lot like winter but without many of
the loons, grebes etc arriving yet. Hopefully a couple of good cold fronts
will send them this was along with sparrows.

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

 

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Date: 11/15/20 8:08 am
From: Dell Little <dellel1119...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fred Gelhbach
Sorry to hear this. Fred Gelbach was one of the first “Names” I remember
hearing related to birds. When I was 8, We dropped my dad and brother off
at Dallas Baptist University in the dark morning as they loaded onto a bus
with the Dallas Audubon heading to Arizona. I remember being upset I wasn’t
going. All I heard from my older brother when he came back was about Fred
Gelbach and the owls. I think I met him soon after that trip. Non the less
I met him again in Ft. Davis with Kelly Bryan in 2003. I wonderful
influence on our early family birding life.

On Sat, Nov 14, 2020 at 11:35 PM Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
wrote:

>
> https://wacotrib.com/news/local/education/baylor-prof-fred-gehlbach-last-of-old-time-naturalists-dies-at-85/article_8310e980-2478-11eb-a35d-1bdd6e4ea422.html?fbclid=IwAR2O0p_37GlAgL5xH6rVVQl6LaQ9q3Zjcuo1a6NEpdbtD11IPAq_ICcMP1Y
>
>
> --
>
> Brush Freeman
> <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 11/14/20 9:36 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fred Gelhbach
https://wacotrib.com/news/local/education/baylor-prof-fred-gehlbach-last-of-old-time-naturalists-dies-at-85/article_8310e980-2478-11eb-a35d-1bdd6e4ea422.html?fbclid=IwAR2O0p_37GlAgL5xH6rVVQl6LaQ9q3Zjcuo1a6NEpdbtD11IPAq_ICcMP1Y

--

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

 

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Date: 11/14/20 1:59 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lubbock Area Birding Summary for October - Very Long
Lubbock received 0.78 inches of rain during October, way below the
expected total for the month of 1.93 inches, with 11.39 inches of rain
for the year, far below the expected year-to-date total of 17.51
inches. Water levels continued to decline throughout the region
which, as expected, led to a concentration of waterbirds at the few
remaining, mostly urban, wetlands. The unusually strong and
protracted movement of migrants, many western, became even stronger
and more protracted. This continued to be most pronounced for western
hummingbirds and songbirds, suggesting that birds might have been
moving in from the drought- and fire-stricken west. The latter
circumstances might provoke an aberrant irruptive event as opposed the
more typical irruptive events (movement of northern songbirds into the
region across a broad swath of taxa).

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.

SNOW GOOSE: 1 in Bailey County (Bailey) on 10/27/20 (fide MDL), 2 at
Lake Six (Lubbock) on 10/27/20 (JM, BSh) and 10/28/20 (JoC) – LATE AND
VERY LOW.

ROSS’S GOOSE: 1 at McAlister Park (Lubbock) on 10/24/20 (JB), 23 at
Lake Six (Lubbock) on 10/27/20 (JM, BSh), 1 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) on
10/27/20 and 10/28/20 (GK), and 3 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 10/28/20
(JoC) – RIGHT ON TIME BUT A LITTLE LOW.

WOOD DUCK: Fourteen reports of 1-9 birds in the region (Hale, Lubbock,
Yoakum) throughout the period (JB, CC, JoC, JrC, WC, GC, JCr, SG, AH,
GK, PKe, PKi, BSc, CFRT, WW, LZ) – GOOD NUMBER OF SIGHTINGS BUT
NUMBERS SOMEWHAT LOW.

BLUE-WINGED TEAL: 20 at Yoakum County Park (Yoakum) on 10/5/20 (CFRT),
2 at Yoakum County Park (Yoakum) on 10/12/20 (CFRT), 9 at Buddy Holly
Park (Lubbock) on 10/13/20 (BSc), 9 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 10/13/20
(PKe), and 3 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 10/30/20 (PKi) – ABOUT AVERAGE;
IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE IF ANY MAKE IT TO CBC SEASON THIS YEAR.

CINNAMON TEAL: 1 male at MacKenzie Park (Lubbock)o n 10/29/20 (AH) the
only report – A PRETTY EARLY DEPARTURE.

MEXICAN DUCK: 1 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) from 10/22/20 through
10/28/20 (PKe, CC, JoC, JrC, WC, JCr, JM, NP, BSh) – A BIT OF AN
ENIGMA IN THE REGION; THE RECENT SPLIT MIGHT YIELD MORE INTEREST IN
CLOSE SCRUTINY OF THE REGION’S MALLARDS.

CANVASBACK: 1-6 at Lake Six (Lubbock) from 10/27/20 through 10/28/20
(JoC, JrC, WC, JCr, PKi, JM, BSh), 6 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) on
10/28/20 (JCr), 30 at McAlister Park (Lubbock) on 10/28/20 (JM), 1 at
Andrews Park (Lubbock) on 10/29/20 (AH), 1 at Dupree Park (Lubbock) on
10/29/20 (JM), and 2 at Dupree Park (Lubbock) on 10/30/20 (JoC) –
RIGHT ON TIME AND GOOD NUMBERS FOR THIS EARLY.

REDHEAD: 7 at Aztlan Park (Lubbock) on 10/16/20 (BSc) the first of the
season. Eight reports of 2-9 bird, one report of 25 birds, one report
of 30 birds, one report of 60 birds, and a stunning report of 100
birds in the region (Hale, Lubbock) during the remainder of the period
(JB, JoC, JCr, AH, PKi, JM, BSh, LZ) – RIGHT ON TIME AND VERY GOOD
NUMBERS.

RING-NECKED DUCK: 1 at the Airport Playa (Lubbock) on 10/20/20 (LZ)
the first of the season. Filled in rather slowly during the remainder
of the period – RUNNING A LITTLE LATE AND IN RATHER LOW NUMBERS;
SURPRISING GIVEN THE SHOW THAT CANVASBACK AND REDHEADS WERE PUTTING
ON.

SURF SCOTER: 1 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 10/27/20 (JCr, PKi, JM, BSh,
photographs) – ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; A CANDIDATE FOR BIRD OF THE
MONTH.

HOODED MERGANSER: 1 at the Division Street Playa in Slaton (Lubbock)
on 10/18/20 (LZ) was the first apparent migrant of the season. Filled
in rather rapidly during the remainder of the period – RIGHT ON TIME
AND GOOD NUMBERS.

SCALED QUAIL: Two reports of bids from a south Lubbock yard (Lubbock)
during the period the only reports – LOW BUT LITTLE EFFORT REPORTED
FROM THE BEST COUNTIES FOR THE SPECIES.

RING-NECKED PHEASANT: 3 near Olton (Lamb) on 10/17/20 (NP) and 1 near
the Lubbock Airport (Lubbock) on 10/20/20 (LZ) the only reports – LOW
BUT LITTLE EFFORT REPORTED FROM OUR NORTHERN TIER OF COUNTIES.

EARED GREBE: 1-2 at/near Lake Six (Lubbock) from 10/27/20 through
10/31/20 (JoC, JrC, WC, AH, PKi, JM, BSh), 2 at Lake Two (Lubbock) on
10/28/20 (PKi), 1 at MacKenzie Park (Lubbock) from 10/28/20 through
10/29/20 (PKi, AH), 3 at McAlister Park (Lubbock) on 10/28/20 (JM), 2
at Andrews Park (Lubbock) on 10/29/20 (AH), and 1-2 at Leroy Elmore
Park (Lubbock) from 10/29/20 through 10/30/20 (AH, DHa, WW) – RIGHT ON
TIME, GOOD NUMBERS, AND GOOD SCATTER WITHIN LUBBOCK COUNTY.

WESTERN GREBE: 1 at Stone Lake (Lubbock) from 10/20/20 through
10/31/20 (PKi, JB, HB, CC, JrC, WC, PKe, JM, KM, CR, FR, BSc) – ABOUT
AVERAGE FOR THIS RARE WINTER VISITOR.

INCA DOVE: 2 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/26/20 (CR, FR) and 3 in
a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/27/20 (NN) the only reports – BARELY
HANGING ON.

COMMON NIGHTHAWK: 37 over Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 10/5/20 (AH) the
highest number reported during the first half of the month, 2-3 at
Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 10/20/20 (JM, BSh) the latest report of the
season – ABOUT AVERAGE BY CONTEMPORARY STANDARDS.

COMMON POORWILL: 1-2 on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) from 10/1/20
through 10/20/20 (JCr, AH, JM, KM, BSh), 2 at Tahoka Lake Pasture
(Lynn) on 10/10/20 (LEAS trip), and 1 at Aztlan Park (Lubbock) on
10/16/20 (BSc) – ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS SKULKY MIGRANT.

CHIIMNEY SWIFT: 3-5 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 10/5/20 (AH,BSh) and 2
over a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/7/20 (AH) the only reports – AN
EARLY DEPARTURE AND VERY LOW NUMBERS; USUALLY IN GOOD NUMBERS DURING
THE FIRST WEEK OF OCTOBER AND GENERALLY FINDABLE INTO MID-MONTH.

BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/3/20
(JCr) the only report – AN EARLY DEPARTURE – IN RECENT YEARS HAS BEEN
PERSISITING, IN DECENT NUMBERS, INTO LATE OCTOBER.

BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD: 1 probable female in a Lubbock yard
(Lubbock) from 10/1/20 through 10/3/20 (AH), an obvious immature male
at the same yard (Lubbock) on 10/6/20 (AH), 2 probable females in the
same yard (Lubbock) on 10/7/20 (AH) one of which persisted through
10/14/20 (AH), 1 in another Lubbock yard (Lubbock) from 10/8/20
through 10/12/20 (JCr), and 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) from
10/19/2- through 10/23/20 (JCr) – REMARKABLY LATE RECORDS FOR THIS
SPECIES IN THE REGION; PART OF THE WESTERN AND PROTRACTED FLAVOR OF
THIS YEAR’S FALL MIGRATION.

ANNA’S HUMMINGBIRD: 1 immature male in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock)
throughout the period (JCr) and one female in another Lubbock yard
(Lubbock) from 10/18/20 through the end of the period (LH) – THOUGH IT
MAY SEEM SURPRISING TO HAVE TWO OF THIS VERY RARE SPECIES IN THE
REGION AT THE SAME TIME IT IS A) PART OF THE PATTERN OF WESTERN
HUMMINGBIRD POPPING UP IN THE REGION AND B) THE THIRD MOST LIKELY
SPECIES TO WINTER IN THE REGION.

RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) from 10/1/20 through
10/4/20 (JCr), 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/10/20 (JCr), 1 at
Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 10/14/20 (PKe), one in a Lubbock yard
(Lubbock) from 10/16/20 through 10/30/20 (JCr), and 1 immature male in
a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/16/20 (AH) – A GOOD NUMBER OF REPORTS
FOR THE SEASON; WESTERN AND PROTRACTED AGAIN BUT THIS IS THE MOST
LIKELY WINTERING SPECIES FOR THE REGION.

SORA: 1 at Yoakum County Park (Yoakum) on 10/8/20 (CFRT), 3 at Tahoka
Lake Pasture (Lynn) on 10/10/20 (LEAS Trip), 1 in south Lubbock
(Lubbock) on 10/18/20 (ME), and 2 at MacKenzie Park (Lubbock) on
10/29/20 (AH) the only reports received – ABOUT AVERAGE.

SANDHILL CRANE: Reports trickled in during late September and poured
in during October with the best numbers reported 3000 east of Lorenzo
(Crosby) on 10/26/20 (GK) – THE SAME PATTERN WAS OBERVED IN THE
NORTHERN PANHANDLE AND WAS PART OF AN EARLY MOVEMENT OF THE SPECIES,
IN GOOD NUMBERS, INTO THE REGION.

BLACK-NECKED STILT: 1 at the Division Street Play in Slaton (Lubbock)
on 10/4/20 (LZ) and 10/18/20 (LZ) the only report – LOW NUMBER OF
REPORTS AND NUMBERS BY RECENT YEARS’ STANDARDS.

AMERICAN AVOCET: Eight reports of 2-8 birds at various sites in
(Lubbock) during the period (JoC, JCr, DH, AH, JM, LZ) – ABOUT AVERAGE
BUT, UNLESS WE GET SOME WATER, THINGS ARE LOOKING GRIM FOR TALLYING
THIS SPECIES ON THE CBCs.

AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER: An unusually pale and open-faced bird was at
Maxey Park (Lubbock) on 10/28/20 (JCr, GK) and 10/29/20 (JoC, DH, AH)
but the presence of a very long primary projection ruled out other
pluvialid plovers – A VERY RARE MIGRANT TO THE REGION AND A FAIRLY
LATE DATE.

BAIRD’S SANDPIPER: 8 at McAlister Park (Lubbock) on 10/2/20 (JM) –
GOOD NUMBERS AND A LATE DATE.

LEAST SANDPIPER: Twelve reports of 1-6 birds, one report of 14 birds,
and one report of 36 birds at various sites in (Lubbock) during the
period (JB, JoC, JrC, WC, JCr, DH, AH, JM, BSc, BSh, LZ) – GOOD
NUMBER OF REPORTS AND GOOD NUMBERS FOR THIS LATE IN THE PERIOD.

SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER: 1 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) on 10/22/20 (JrC,
WC, photographs) – A VERY LATE REPORT FOR THIS SPECIES IN THE REGION –
PHOTOGRAPHS WERE DEFINITIVE IN CLINCHING THE IDENTIFICATION.

LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER: Nine reports of 1-10 bird in the region (Floyd,
Lubbock) during the period (JB, JrC, WC, JCr, AH, GK, PKi, LZ) – ABOUT
AVERAGE FOR THIS LATE IN THE SEASON.

WILSON’S SNIPE: Ten reports of 1-4 birds (Lubbock, Lynn, Yoakum)
during the period (JoC, JrC, DH, AH, GK, PKi, LEAS trip, CFRT) – ABOUT
AVERAGE FOR THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON.

SPOTTED SANDPIPER: 1 at Stone Lake (Lubbock) on 10/24/20 (JB) and 1 at
Maxey Park (Lubbock) on 10/29/20 (JoC, AH) the only reports – VERY
LOW.

SOLITARY SANDPIPER: 1 at Yoakum County Park (Yoakum) on 10/1/20 (CFRT)
and 10/5/20 (CFRT) – RUNNING LATE AND AN ODDLY WESTERN LOCATION FOR
OUR REGION.

LESSER YELLOWLEGS: 1 below Lake Six (Lubbock)on 10/26/20 (DH) and 1 at
Dupree Park (Lubbock) on 10/31/20 (BSh) the only reports – LOW.

GREATER YELLOWLEGS: Sixteen reports of 1-6 birds, one report of 12
birds, and one report of 14 birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd,
Lubbock) during the period (JB, JoC, JrC, WC, JCr, AH, PKe, PKi, JM,
BSh, LZ) – AN AVERAGE NUMBER OF REPORTS BUT OVERALL NUMBERS SOMEWHAT
LOW.

BONAPARTE’S GULL: 1-2 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 10/28/20 (JoC, JrC, WC,
JCr) and 1 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) on 10/29/20 (JoC, DH, AH) – RUNNING
A TAD EARLY; GENERALLY MORE OF A TRUE WINTER VISITOR.

FRANKLIN’S GULL: 1 over a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/21/20 (AH), 1
at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 10/26/20 (BSh), and 1 at McAlister
Park (Lubbock) on 10/28/20 (JM) – AN AVERAGE NUMBER OF REPORTS BUT LOW
NUMBERS.

RING-BILLED GULL: 4 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 10/23/20 (JCr)
the first reported – filled in fairly quicker thereafter – RIGHT ON
TIME; NUMBERS BUILDING A LITTLE MORE QUICKLY THAN USUAL BY RECENT
YEARS’ STANDARDS.

HERRING GULL: 1 first winter bird near Wolfforth (Lubbock) on 10/25/20
(JrC, WC), 2-3 first winter birds at Dupree Park (Lubbock) from
10/29/20 through 10/31/20 (JM, JoC, JrC, WC, PKe, CR, FR, BSc, BSh) –
VERY EARLY, BY CONTEMPORARY STANDARDS, AND GOOD NUMBERS.

FORSTER’S TERN: 1 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 10/19/20 (GK) the only
report – VERY LOW.

NEOTROPIC CORMORANT: 1 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on from 10/23/20
through the end of the period (JrC, WC, JCr, AH) the only reports
received – WENT FROM ACCIDENTAL TO THIS IS A LOW NUMBER IN JUST OVER A
DECADE!

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN: 1 covering the Dupree Park, Leroy Elmore Park,
Maxey Park triangle (Lubbock) from 10/28/20 through 10/31/20 (JCr,
JoC, DHa, DH, AH, GK, NN) – ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS RARITY OF ALL
SEASONS.

GREAT EGRET: Sixteen reports of 1-4 birds at various sites in
(Lubbock) during the period (CC, JoC, JrC, WC, AH, PKe, JM, NP, BSs,
BSh) – FORMERLY FAIRLY RARE IN OCTOBER; THIS IS NOW AN AVERAGE
SHOWING.

SNOWY EGRET: Eight reports of 1-2 birds at various sites in (Lubbock)
during the period (AH, GK, PKe, PKi, JM, BSc) – FORMERLY FAIRLY RARE
IN OCTOBER; THIS IS NOW A BELOW AVERAGE SHOWING.

CATTLE EGRET: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 10/20/20 (BSh) and 3 at
Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 10/28/20 (BSh) the only reports – VERY
LOW.

TURKEY VULTURE: Not nearly as many reports in October as is usual and
numbers seemed low – AN EARLY AND RATHER THOROUGH DEPARTURE.

OSPREY: Six reports of single birds at various sites in (Lubbock)
during the period (JoC, JrC, WC, AH, PKe) – ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THE
COUNTY.

BALD EAGLE: 1 immature bird over Dupree Park (Lubbock) on 10/30/20
(JoC, photographs) – FORMERLY REGULAR IN THE REGION FROM LATE FALL
THROUGH EARLY SPRING; NOW QUITE RARE.

HARRIS’S HAWK: 1 at the TTU HSC Fields (Lubbock) on 10/25/20 (JrC, WC)
a continuing bird – RARE BUT IRRUPTIVE TO THE REGION.

BROAD-WINGED HAWK: 1 at Yellowhouse Canyon (Lubbock) on 10/9/20 (JCr)
the only report – LOW; WE USUALLY HAVE A FEW REPORTS IN OCTOBER.

FLAMMULATED OWL: 1 brought into the South Plains Wildlife
Rehabilitation Center from (Lubbock) on 10/14/20 (fide BSh) and 1
brought into the SPWRC (Lubbock) on10/25/20 (fide GB) – ACCIDENTAL TO
THE REGION WITH A SOMEWHAT IRRUPTIVE PATTERN IN YEARS WHERE CONDITIONS
ARE TOUGH TO THE NORTHWEST OF THE REGION.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER: 1 near Whisperwood Pond (Lubbock) on 10/19/20
(PKe) – VERY RARE THIS FAR WEST IN THE REGION; FAILRY REGULAR IN OUR
EASTERN TIER OF COUNTIES.

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER: Six reports of single birds in the region
(Crosby, Dickens, Lubbock) during the period (JoC, JCr, AH, PKe, PKi,
CL, BSh) – ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS EARLY IN THIS WINTER VISITOR’S
SEASON.

RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 10/6/20 (AH), 1-4 at
the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) from 10/9/20 through 10/13/20 (DH, CC,
JoC, JRC, WC, PKe, JK, JM), 1 on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) on
10/14/20 (AH), and 1 at Aztlan Park (Lubbock) on 10/15/20 (BSh) – GOOD
NUMBER OF REPORTS AND GOOD NUMBERS FOR THIS RARE FALL MIGRANT.

WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKER: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/19/20
(JCr) – ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION – A HALF DOZEN RECORDS FOR THE ENTIRE
REGION – ANOTHER CANDIDATE FOR BIRD OF THE MONTH.

DOWNY WOODPECKER: 1 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) from 10/10/20
through 10/13/20 (DH, PKe, PKi, JM) and 1 -2 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on
10/30/20 (PKi) – SOME EARLY REPORTS.

PEREGRINE FALCON: Five reports of single birds at various sites in
(Lubbock) during the period (JCr, AH, JM, WW) – ABOUT AVERAGE FOR A
GOOD YEAR.

PRAIRIE FALCON: Four reports of 1-2 birds in the region (Crosby,
Lubbock) during the period (JrC, JCr, PKi) – ABOUT AVERAGE FOR A GOOD
YEAR.

SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER: 11 at Tahoka Lake Pasture (Lynn) on
10/10/20 (LEAS trip) the high from the first half of the month and 1
at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 10/13/20 (JM) the last report
received – DEPARTED A LITTLE EARLY THIS YEAR.

OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER: 1 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 10/9/20
(DH) – A RATHER LATE REPORT; MIGRATION VERY PROTRACTED THIS YEAR.

WESTERN WOOD PEWEE: 1 at Aztlan Park (Lubbock) on 10/7/20 (JCr) – A
RATHER LATE REPOR; MIGRATION VERY PROTRACTED THIS YEAR.

LEAST FLYCATCHER: 1 near Muleshoe (Bialey) on 10/10/20 (DT) – RUNNING
A TAD LATE.

HAMMOND’S FLYCATCHER: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 10/5/20 (AH, BSh,
photographs) – RUNNING A TAD LATE BUT THE SPECIES IS ONE OF THREE
(HAMMOND’S, GRAY, and CORDILLERAN) EMPIDS THAT TRENDS LATE.

CORDILLERAN FLYCATCHER: 1 at the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) on 10/2/20 –
RUNNING A TAD LATE BUT THE SPECIES IS ONE OF THREE (HAMMOND’S, GRAY,
and CORDILLERAN) EMPIDS THAT TRENDS LATE.

BLACK PHOEBE: 1 at MacKenzie Park (Lubbock) from 10/4/20 (BK) through
10/16/20 (RL), 1 at Aztlan Park (Lubbock) from 10/8/20 (BSh) through
10/16/20 (BSc), and 1 below Lake Six (Lubbock) from 10/26/20 (DH)
through 10/31/20 (JM, BSh) – A REMARKABLE NUMBER OF REPORTS IF NOT THE
SAME BIRD; QUITE THE MOVER IF THE SAME BIRD – FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO
THE REGION; NOW ANNUAL.

EASTERN PHOEBE: Nine reports of 1-3 birds in the region (Dickens,
Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (JrC, WC, JCr, AH, GK, PKe, LEAS
trip, JM, BSc) – GOOD NUMBER OF REPORTS AND GOOD NUMBERS.

SAY’S PHOEBE: Four reports of single birds in the region (Lamb,
Lubbock) during the period (AH, PKe, NP, LZ) – A TAD LOW; OCTOBER IS
GENERALLY A PEAK MONTH OF MOVEMENT FOR THIS SPECIES.

BLUE-HEADED VIREO: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) from 10/16/20 through
10/19/20 (JrC), 1 at the Plainview Apartments Playa (Hale) on 10/17/20
(NP), 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/17/20 (JCr), and 1 at Aztlan
Park (Lubbock) on 10/14/20 (PKi) – GOOD NUMBERS; THIS IS THE
‘SOLITARY’ VIREO MOST LIKELY TO OVERWINTER IN THE REGION.

PLUMBEOUS VIREO: 1 at the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock0 on 10/14/20 (AH) –
A RATHER LATE REPORT; MORE OF THE PROTRACTED MIGRATION.

RED-EYED VIREO: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) from 10/7/20 through
10/11/20 (KD) and 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/22/20 (JCr,
photographs) – REMARKABLY LATE REPORTS; THE LATTER STUNNINGLY LATE!

WARBLING VIREO: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 10/6/20 (AH) – ABOUT
AVERAGE FOR A LATE DATE BY RECENT YEARS’ STANDARDS.

TREE SWALLOW: 1 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 10/3/20 (PKi) the only report
– LOW; THE SPECIES USUALLY MIGRATES THROUGH THE REGION WELL INTO
OCTOBER.

BARN SWALLOW: 3 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 10/17/20 (AH), 2
over a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/18/20 (AH), 5 near New Deal
(Lubbock) on 10/20/20 (LZ), and 5 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 10/29/20
(AH) the reports from the latter half of the month – ALL RATHER LATE;
THE SPECIES IS EDGING TOWARDS PERSISTENCE INTO NOVEMBER.

BUSHTIT: 1-2 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) from 10/9/20 through
10/10/20 (DH, CC, JoC, JrC, WC) and 5 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on
10/18/20 (PKe) – FORMERLY REGULAR IF RARE THIS FAR WEST INTO THE
REGION; BECAME VERY SCARCE FOR ROUGHLY A DECADE; MAY BE ON THE
REBOUND.

VERDIN: Four reports of 1-2 birds in the Lake Six area (Lubbock) from
10/14/20 through 10/29/20 (PKi, JrC, WH, DH, AH) – FORMERLY UNCOMMON
THIS FAR WEST INTO THE REGION; BECAME VERY SCARCE FOR ROUGHLY A
DECADE; MAY BE ON THE REBOUND.

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH: Eighteen reports of 1-2 birds in the region
(Bailey, Lubbock, Yoakum) during the period (JCr, KD, DH, AH, GJ, PKe,
BSh, DT, CFRT) – VERY GOOD NUMBER OF REPORTS AND GOOD NUMBERS – THIS
MAY BE A TYPICAL IRRUPTIVE EVENT OR AN ABBERANT IRRUPTIVE EVENT.

ROCK WREN: Six reports of 1-2 birds at varous sites in (Lubbock)
during the period (JoC, AH, GK, KM) – A TAD LOW; WE TYPICALLY SEE A
REAL SPIKE IN ROCK WREN SIGHTINGS IN OCTOBER.

HOUSE WREN: Thirteen reports of 1-2 birds at various sites in
(Lubbock) during the period (CC, JrC, WC, JCr, DH, AH, PKe, JM, KM,
BSh) – ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THE REGION AS A WHOLE; PRETTY GOOD NUMBER OF
REPORTS AND NUMBERS FOR A SINGLE COUNTY.

WINTER WREN: 1 below Lake Six (Lubbock) from 10/30/20 through 10/31/20
(PKi, JM, BSh) – ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON.

CAROLINA WREN: 2 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock)on 10/9/20 (DH), 1
at Tahoka Lake Pasture (Lynn) on 10/10/20 (LEAS trip), 1 at Aztlan
Park (Lubbock) on 10/15/20 (BSh), and 1 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on
10/17/20 (JrC, WC) – A GOOD NUMBER OF ATOP THE CAPROCK ESCARPMENT
REPORTS.

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER: Four reports of single birds in the region
(Floyd, Lubbock) during the period (DH, AH, PKi, DT) – LOW; WE USUALLY
SEE A PEAK FOR THIS SPECIES IN OCTOBER.

EASTERN BLUEBIRD: 6 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 10/9/20 (DH),
4 at Yellowhouse Canyon (Lubbock) on 10/9/20 (JCr), 3 at the Lubbock
Cemetery (Lubbock) on 10/14/20 (DH), 1 at Lake Six (Lubbock)on
10/27/20 (JM), and 1 at Yoakum County Park (Yoakum) on 10/31/20 (GC,
SG) – AVERAGE NUMBER BUT VERY GOOD SCATTER; HARD TO INTERPRET WITHOUT
MORE SIGHTINGS.

WESTERN BLUEBIRD: 1-6 birds at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) from
10/9/20 (DH) through the end of the period (JoC, JrC, WC, DH, PKe,
PKi, JM) and 6 at Yoakum County Park (Yoakum) on 10/31/20 (GC, SG) –
THERE IS A SMALL IRRUPTIVE EVENT TO THE NORTH; IT WILL BE INTERESTING
TO SEE HOW THE LEAS REGION DOES THIS YEAR – ALL OF THESE SIGHTING ARE
SOMEWHAT EARLY.

MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD: 2-5 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) from 10/10/20
through 10/17/20 (CC, JoC, JrC, WC, DH, JK, JM), 5 near Afton
(Dickens) on 10/24/20 (PKi), 1 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 10/28/20
(JCr), and 1 at Yoakum County Park (Yoakum) on 10/31/20 (GC, SG) –
THERE IS A LARGE IRRUPTIVE EVENT TO THE NORTH; IT WILL BE INTERESTING
TO SEE WHAT SPILLS OVER INTO OUR REGION.

TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE: Sixteen reports of 1-3 birds in the region
(Crosby, Floyd, Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (JoC, JRC, WC, KD,
DH, AH, PKe, PKi, JK, LEAS trip, ML, JM, KM, BSc, BSh) – VERY GOOD
NUMBER OF REPORTS, NUMBERS, AND SCATTER FOR SO EARLY IN THE SEASON.

SWAINSON’S THRUSH: 1 near Crosbyton (Crosby) on 10/3/20 (CL), 1 at
Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 10/5/20 (AH), and 1 near Muleshoe (Bailey) on
10/10/20 (DT) – ABOUT AVERAGE; THE LAST REPORT RUNNING A BIT LATE.

HERMIT THRUSH: Fifty-nine reports of 1-6 birds in the region (Crosby,
Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Yoakum) during the period (JBu, CC, JrC, WC, GC,
JCr, KD, SG, DH, AH, GJ, PKe, PKi, LEAS trip, ML, JM, KM, NP, BSc,
BSh, CFRT) – AFTER A VERY POOR SEPTEMBER SHOWING, OCTOBER WAS AMAZING
FOR THIS SPECIES WITH UNUSUALLY HIGH NUMBERS PRESENT ALL THE WAY TO
THE END OF THE PERIOD.

GRAY CATBIRD: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) from 10/5/20 through 10/12/20
(AH, PKe, ZS), 1 on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) on 10/5/20 (AH), and
1 in (Lubbock)on 10/19/20 (GJ) the only reports – A BIT ON THE LOW
SIDE.

BROWN THRASHER: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) from 10/1/20 through
10/3/20 (KD), 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/3/20 (JCr), 1 in a
Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/10/20 (KD), and 1 in a Lubbock yard
(Lubbock) on 10/29/20 (JCr) – THE ONLY ATOP THE CAPROCK REPORTS
RECEIVED.

SAGE THRASHER: 1 at Tahoka Lake Pasture (Lynn) on 10/10/20 (LEAS trip)
and 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/17/20 (JM) the only reports
received – VERY LOW; WE USUALLY SEE A SPIKE FOR THIS SPECIES IN
OCTOBER.

CEDAR WAXWING: Six reports of 1-3 birds and one report of 14 birds at
various sites in (Lubbock) during the period (KD, DH, AH, PKi) –
RUNNING A TAD EARLY BUT NOT STARTLINGLY SO.

PURPLE FINCH: 1 female in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/18/20 (JCr,
photographs) – VERY RARE WINTER VISITOR.

PINE SISKIN: Twenty-six reports of 1-10 birds and eight reports of
12-20 birds in the region (Dickens, Hale, Lubbock, Lynn) during the
period (JB, JoC, JrC, WC, JCr, DH, AH, PKe, PKi, LEAS trip, NP, BSh,
LZ) – VERY GOOD NUMBER OF REPORTS AND GOOD NUMBERS; THIS SEEMS TO BE A
TYPICAL IRRUPTIVE EVENT SPREAD ACROSS THE TWO WINTERING GOLDFINCHES.

LESSER GOLDFINCH: Fifteen reports of 1-10 birds and one report of 12
birds in the region (Dickens, Lubbock) during the period (JCr, AH,
PKi) – VERY GOOD NUMBER OF REPORTS AND VERY GOOD NUMBERS FOR THIS
SUMMERING GOLDFINCH.

AMERICAN GOLDFINCH: Fifteen reports of 1-7 birds and one report of 19
birds in the region (Hale, Lubbock) during the period (JBu, JrC, WC,
JCr, PKe, JM, NP, BSh) ) – VERY GOOD NUMBER OF REPORTS AND GOOD
NUMBERS; THIS SEEMS TO BE A TYPICAL IRRUPTIVE EVENT SPREAD ACROSS THE
TWO WINTERING GOLDFINCHES.

SPRAGUE’S PIPIT: 1 at Yoakum County Park (Yoakum) on 10/31/20 (GC, SG)
– A VERY RARE OR UNDER-REPORTED FALL MIGRANT IN THE REGION.

LAPLAND LONGSPUR: 22 near Olton (Lamb) on 10/17/20 (NP) the first of
the season - RUNNING A BIT EARLY BY RECENT YEARS’ STANDARDS.

CASSIN’S SPARROW: 1 on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) on 10/14/20 (AH)
the only report – A TAD LOW AND AN ODDLY URBAN SITE.

GRASSHOPPER SPARROW: 1 persisted on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock)
through 10/20/20 (JCr, AH, PKe, JM, CR, FR, BSh) – NOW RUNNING A BIT
LATE AND PERSISTING AT AN UNUSUALLY URBAN SITE FOR THE SPECIES.

CHIPPING SPARROW: Forty reports of 1-10 birds, one report of 12 birds,
and one report of 20 birds in the region (Crosby, Hale, Lamb, Lubbock,
Yoakum) during the period (CC, JoC, JrC, WC, GC, JCr, KD, SG, DH, AH,
PKe, PKi, JK, ML, JM, NP, BSc, BSh, TT) – THOUGH THE SPECIES OUTSHONE
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW DURING THIS MONTH, THE OVERALL FLAVOR OF THIS
FALL’S SPIZELLA MIGRATION WAS CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.

CLAY-COLORED SPARROW: Thirty-seven reports of 1-10 birds, one report
of 13 birds, and one report of 16 birds in the region (Lamb, Lubbock)
during the period (CC, JoC, JrC, WC, JCr, DH, AH, PKe, PKi, JM,NP,
BSc, BSh) – THOUGH CHIPPING SPARROW OOUTSHONE CLAY-COLORED SPARROW
DURING THIS MONTH, THE OVERALL FLAVOR OF THIS YEAR’S SPIZELLA
MIGRATION WAS CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.

FOX SPARROW: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) from 10/20/20 through 10/21/20
(JrC, PKe, JM, BSh) the only sightings – GOOD FOR THE MONTH BUT, GIVEN
THE MOVEMENT OF SIMILAR SPECIES INTO THE REGION, SURPRISINGLY LOW.

DARK-EYED JUNCO and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW: Though not noteworthy for
the month – THE LARGE NUMBERS PRESENT EARLY IN THE MONTH AND THE GOOD
BUILDUP THROUGH THE MONTH WERE VERY GOOD CONSIDERING RECENT YEARS’
POOR PERFORMANCE.

HARRIS’S SPARROW: 1 in Yellowhouse Canyon (Lubbock) on 10/9/20 (JCr) –
GOOD FOR THE MONTH BUT, GIVEN THE MOVEMENT OF SIMILAR SPECIES INTO THE
REGION, SURPRISINGLY LOW.

WHITE-THROATED SPARROW: Forty reports of 1-5 birds scattered across
twelve sites in (Lubbock) and one site in (Lynn) from 10/1/20 through
10/31/20 (CC, JoC, JrC, WC, JCr, DH, AH, GK, PKe, PKi, LEAS trip, JM,
KM, BSc, BSh) – ARRIVED EARLY AND PERSISTED, THROUGHOUT THE PERIOD, IN
UNUSUALLY GOOD NUMBERS FOR THIS EARLY IN THE YEAR – AN ARGUMENT FOR A
TYPICAL IRRUPTIVE YEAR FOR SONGBIRDS.

SONG SPARROW: 1 on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) on 10/1/20 (JCr) the
first of the season – ARRIVED EARLY AND FILLED IN RATHER WELL.

LINCOLN’S SPARROW: Present in good numbers throughout the period – A
PERSISTENTLY STRONG MOVEMENT OF THE SPECIES THRUGH AND INTO THE
REGION.

GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE: Nine reports of 1-2 birds scattered across three
sites in (Lubbock) during the period (AH, PKe, JM, BSh) – A TAD BETTER
THAN AVERAGE.

SPOTTED TOWHEE: Thirty-two reports of 1-4 birds in the region (Crosby,
Hockley, Lubbock) during the period (JoC, JrC, WC, JCr, KD, AH, PKe,
ML, JM, CHr, BSh, KS) – VERY HIGH NUMBER OF REPORTS AND VERY GOOD
NUMBERS FOR THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON – ANOTHER ARGUMENT FOR A TYPICAL
IRRUPTIVE SONGBIRD YEAR.

YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT: The bird on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock)
persisted through 10/18/20 (CC, JrC, WC, JCr, AH, PKe, JM, KM, BSh) –
A SURPRISINGLY LATE REPORT FOR THIS SPECIES; NICELY ILLUSTRATED THE
PERSISTENCE OF SUMMER WELL INTO FALL THIS YEAR.

ORCHARD ORIOLE: 1 on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) on 10/4/20 (JrC, WC)
and 10/5/20 (PKe) – A REMARKABLY LATE REPORT.

BALTIMORE ORIOLE: 1 immature male on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) on
10/7/20 (AH) – A VERY LATE RECORD FOR THE REGION AND A REMINDER THAT
LATE SEASON ORIOLES NEED TO BE LOOKED AT CAREFULLY.

BRONZED COWBIRD: 1 male in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/16/20 (JrC,
WC) – ANOTHER LATE REPORT.

BREWER’S BLACKBIRD: 3 on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) on 10/15/20
(AH), 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/16/20 (JrC, WC), 14 near
Olton (Lamb) on 10/17/20 (NP), 10 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on
10/24/20 (KD), and 5 near Wolfforth (Lubbock) on 10/25/20 (JrC, WC) –
ABOUT AVERAGE BY HISTORICAL STANDARDS; RUNNING A TAD EARLY BY
CONTEMPORARY STANDARDS.

OVENBIRD: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) from 10/19/20 (JrC, WC, JCr, PKe,
JM, BSh) through 10/21/20 (JBu, JrC, PKe, JM, BSh) – A REMARKABLY LATE
RECORD; ONE OF THE MOST NOTABLE OF OUR PROTRACTED FALL MIGRATION THIS
YEAR.

BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER: 1 on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) on 10/5/20
(AH) – ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THE FIRST WEEK OF OCTOBER.

TENNESSEE WARBLER: 1 at Wayland Baptist University (Hale) on 10/15/20
(NP) and 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/16/20 (KD) – IT WOULD BE
REMARKABLE TO HAVE ONE RECORD LATE DATE FOR THIS SPECIES; THIS YEAR WE
GOT TWO!

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER: Sixty-four reports of 1-8 birds scattered
across one site in (Hockley) and roughly a dozen sites in (Lubbock)
during the period (CC, JrC, WC, JCr, KD, AH, GK, PKe, PKi, JK, JM,NP,
BSc, BSh) – EXTRAORDINARILY GOOD NUMBER OF REPORTS AND VERY GOOD
NUMBERS; HOPEFULLY SOME OF THESE BIRDS WILL PERSIST INTO THE CBC
SEASON.

NASHVILLE WARBLER: Nineteen reports of 1-3 birds at various sites in
(Lubbock) during the first half of the month (JCr, KD, AH, PKe, PKi,
JM, BSh), 1 on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) on 10/16/20 (AH, JM), 1 at
the Plainview Apartments Playa (Hale) on 10/17/20 (NP), 2 on the TTU
HSC Campus (Lubbock) on 10/18/20 (JM), 1 at the Lockwood Farm (Crosby)
on 10/19/20 (ML), 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 10/19/20 (PKe), 1 in a
Lubbock yard (Lubbock) from 10/19/20 through 10/20/20 (KD), and 1 on
the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) on 10/20/20 (AH) – A VERY SURPRISING
NUMBER OF REPORTS DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE MONTH; A STUNNING
NUMBER OF REPORTS DURING THE SECOND HALF OF THE MONTH.

COMMON YELLOWTHROAT: Ten reports of 1-4 birds at various sites in
(Lubbock) during the period (KD, AH) – GOOD NUMBERS FOR THE MONTH;
PROBABLY A MIX OF MIGRANTS AND BIRDS THAT WILL, WEATHER CONDITIONS
ALLOWING, WINTER IN THE REGION.

NOTHERN PARULA: 1 at the Lockwood Farm (Crosby) on 10/19/20 (ML) – A
VERY LATE REPORT.

YELLOW WARBLER: 1 on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) from 10/1/20 through
10/2/20 (AH) – LATE REPORTS.

BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 10/5/20 (JM,
BSh), 1 on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) on 10/5/20 (JM) – WERE RUNNING
A TAD LATE. 1 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 10/13/20 (JM) and
1 that persisted on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) from 10/13/20 through
10/15/20 (PKe, CC, JrC, WC, JCr, DH, AH, PKe), and 1 at Silver Falls
Rest Area (Crosby) on 10/24/20 (PKi) – WERE ALL STUNNINGLY LATE! ALL
WERE EXAMPLES OF OUR WESTERN-FLAVORED, PROTRACTED SONGBIRD MIGRATION
THIS FALL.

TOWNSEND’S WARBLER: 1 on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) from 10/1/20
through 10/2/20 (JCr, Ah, BSh), 1 at Yoakum County Park (Yoakum) on
10/1/20 (CFRT), 2 at Yoakum County Park (Yoakum) on 10/5/20 (CFRT), 1
at Yoakum County Park (Yoakum) on 10/8/20 (CFRT), 1 in Yellowhouse
Canyon (Lubbock) on 10/9/20 (JCr), 2 near Muleshoe (Bailey) on
10/10/20 (DT), 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 10/12/20 (PKe), 2 at
Yoakum County Park (Yoakum) on 10/12/20 (CFRT), 1 at Buddy Holly Park
(Lubbock) on 10/13/20 (BSc), 1 on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) on
10/14/20 (AH), 1 at Aztlan Park (Lubbock) on 10/15/20 (BSh), 1 at
Buddy Holly Park (Lubbock) on 10/15/20 (BSc), 1 on the TTU HSC Campus
(Lubbock) on 10/20/20 (AH), 1 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on
10/24/20 (PKe), and 1 on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) on 10/25/20 (AH)
– THE RECORDS FROM THE FIRST WEEK OF THE MONTH ARE ALL NOTABLE; THE
NUMBER OF RECORDS AND NUMBERS FROM THE REMAINDER OF THE PERIOD WERE
TRULY STARTLING – WESTERN AND PROTRACTED.

WILSON’S WARBLER: Twelve reports of 1-4 birds in the region (Lubbock,
Yoakum) during the first week of the month (JCr, KD, AH, PKe, JM, BSh,
CFRT), 1 at Yoakum County Park (Yoakum) on 10/8/20 (CFRT), 2 in a
Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/9/20 (KD), 1 at Yoakum County Park
(Yoakum) on 10/12/20 (CFRT), 1 on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) on
10/14/20 (AH), and 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/17/20 (AH) –
THE REPORTS FROM THE FIRST WEEK WERE NOTEWORTHY; THE NUMBER OF REPORTS
FROM THE REMAINDER OF THE MONTH WAS REMARKABLE!

SUMMER TANAGER: 1 on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) from 10/24/20
through 10/25/20 (JoC, BSc) – AN EXTRAORDINARILY LATE REPORT.

WESTERN TANAGER: 2 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/3/20 (JCr) and 1
at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 10/12/20 (JoC) – VERY LATE
REPORTS.

BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK: 1 in Yellowhouse Canyon (Lubbock) on 10/9/20
(JCr) and 1 on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) on 10/23/20 (PKe) – THE
FIRST REPORT WAS LATE BUT (AND I KNOW THIS IS STARTING TO GET
REPETITIVE) THE LATTER REPORT WAS STARTLING!

ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK: 1 on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) on 10/25/20
(JrC, WC, JCr, BSc) – ANOTHER INCREDIBLY LATE REPORT.

INDIGO BUNTING: 1 on the TTU HSC Campus (Lubbock) on 10/1/20 (JCr, AH)
– LATE BUT NOT STUNNINGLY SO.

PAINTED BUNTING: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/11/20 (KD) and 1
at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 10/13/20 (JrC) – BOTH ARE REMARKABLY LATE
REPORTS.

DICKCISSEL: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 10/6/20 (AH) – THE LAST
SPECIES FOR THE REPORT AND ANOTHER VERY LATE REPORT FOR THE REGION.

OBSERVERS: GB=Gail Barnes, JB=Justin Bosler, JBu=Joel Buford, HB=Holly
Bundock, CC=Cathy Cochran, JoC=Joe Cochran, JrC=Jordan Cochran,
WC=Whitney Cochran, GC=Greg Cook, JCr=Jim Crites, MDL=Manuel De Leon,
KD=Ken Dixon, ME=Matt Ewing, SG=Steve Glover, LY=Lyle Hale, DHa=Danny
Hancock, DH=Drew Harvey, AH=Anthony Hewetson, GJ=George Jury, PJ=Pat
Jury, BK=Barry Keith, GK=Glenda Kelly, PKe=Peter Keyel, PKi=Phillip
Kite, JK=Jim Kringle, LEAS Trip (June Azua, Joe Cochran, Jordan
Cochran, Whitney Cochran, Jim Crites, Manuel De Leon, Olivia Goodrie,
Joe Heppert, Kathy Heppert, Kippi Hopper, Greg Joiner, Barry Ketih,
Glenda Kelly, Phillip Kite, Rob Lee, Cienna Lyon, Dana McKay, Steve
McKay, Matt Olsen, Gloria Praskeva, Clarice Robertson, Floyd
Robertson, Matty Ryan, Pam Ryan, Charlotte Sanders, Brad Shine, Matt
Smith, Gary Strickland, Lena Zappia), RL=Rob Lee, ML=Mark Lockwood,
CL-Cienna Lyon, JM=Jennifer Miller, KM=Kassie Moore, NN=Nancy Neill,
NP=Niler Pyeatt, CR=Clarice Robertson, FR=Floyd Robertson,
ChR=Chritopher Robinson, BSc=Bobby Schat, ZS=Zachary Schwab, BSh=Brad
Shine, KS=Kimberlee Stevens, DT-Diane Thomas, CFRT=Carlos Fernandez
Ramirez Torres, TT=Tess Trost, LZ= Lena Zappia.

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock
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Date: 11/13/20 7:18 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 11-13-20 Prairie Falcon @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
11-13-20 Prairie Falcon @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary By Don

Flushed from a perch near the pump house at the Old Barn. Flew away very fast. Only it’s upper side was visible: solid dark brown. Tail somewhat shorter than Cooper’s Hawk and wings longer and pointed, but overall size about the same. No hint of white feathers at base of tail.

Dark-eyed Junco also @ Old Barn, along with other sparrows

Susan Schaezler
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Date: 11/12/20 5:51 pm
From: Letha S <letha.slagle...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Strange crane Harris Co.
Me too. I was there late this morning.
No crane present now.

On Thu, Nov 12, 2020, 6:51 PM David <dmarc-noreply-modpost...>
wrote:

> Texbirders,
>
> I spent an hour this morning, Thursday 12 November looking for the
> reported Hooded Crane at Arthur Storey Park in Harris County with no
> success.
>
> David Bradford
> Houston
>
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> > On Nov 11, 2020, at 3:54 PM, Berri Moffett <berrimoffett...>
> wrote:
> >
> > It’s a long shot with no pictures but a caller to Houston Audubon
> reported a Hooded Crane at Arthur Storey Park on Brays Bayou in Houston
> yesterday around 3pm. The caller saw the Hooded Crane in Tennessee some
> years ago, so felt sure of the ID.
> > I know it’s likely to be a mistaken ID or maybe even a captive escaped
> bird, but if anyone is in the area you might want to check it out.
> >
> > I have the reporter’s info if you email <info...>
> >
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Date: 11/12/20 4:53 pm
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fork-tailed Flycatcher
I looked as much as I could south of US59 and had not luck locating the
bird in the direction it was reported flying too

On Thu, Nov 12, 2020 at 11:06 AM Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
wrote:

> Negative reports from this morning. Apparently the FTFL left at first
> light.
>
> Bob Friedrichs
> Palacios
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> > On Nov 11, 2020, at 1:55 PM, Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
> wrote:
> >
> > A male Fork-tailed Flycatcher now in Jackson County along FM 234 just
> north of Hwy 59 at 28.9383, - 96.7381.
> >
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Date: 11/12/20 4:51 pm
From: David <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender ddbrdfrd for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Strange crane Harris Co.
Texbirders,

I spent an hour this morning, Thursday 12 November looking for the reported Hooded Crane at Arthur Storey Park in Harris County with no success.

David Bradford
Houston

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> On Nov 11, 2020, at 3:54 PM, Berri Moffett <berrimoffett...> wrote:
>
> It’s a long shot with no pictures but a caller to Houston Audubon reported a Hooded Crane at Arthur Storey Park on Brays Bayou in Houston yesterday around 3pm. The caller saw the Hooded Crane in Tennessee some years ago, so felt sure of the ID.
> I know it’s likely to be a mistaken ID or maybe even a captive escaped bird, but if anyone is in the area you might want to check it out.
>
> I have the reporter’s info if you email <info...>
>
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Date: 11/12/20 11:32 am
From: Mark Lockwood <mwlockwood402...>
Subject: [texbirds] White River Lake, Crosby Co - 12 Nov 2020
I spent a very enjoyable morning birding around White RIver Lake. THe
weather was perfect and there were quite a lot of birds arounds the lake.
By far the most unexpected was a juvenile Reddish Egret. I believe that it
is a first county record and possibly only the second from the South Plains
region. Highlights included:

Wood Duck - 6
Canvasback - 6
Redhead - 39
Hooded Merganser - 1
Red-breasted Merganser - 3 (all female/first-winter birds)
Western Grebe - 6
American Avocet - 1
Reddish Egret - 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 1
Brown Thrasher - 2
Mountain Bluebird - 3

I placed photos of the egret and Western Grebes on my Flickr page for those
who are interested.

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

Mark Lockwood
Lorenzo, Texas

 

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Date: 11/12/20 9:06 am
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Negative reports from this morning. Apparently the FTFL left at first light.

Bob Friedrichs
Palacios

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> On Nov 11, 2020, at 1:55 PM, Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> wrote:
>
> A male Fork-tailed Flycatcher now in Jackson County along FM 234 just north of Hwy 59 at 28.9383, - 96.7381.
>
> Bob Friedrichs
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Date: 11/11/20 9:46 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Horned Grebe, Winters Reservoir (Runnels Co.)
Texbirds,

An afternoon stop at Winters and Elm Creek Reservoirs yielded a surprise
Horned Grebe with a raft of mixed diving ducks (and confused Snow Goose) on
the Winters Reservoir side (or N of the dam). There was also a Common Loon
on the Elm Creek side. Overall, I identified about 50 species in one hour
mid-afternoon. Another underrated and way under-birded piece of Texas.

We land-locked southerners rarely cross paths with a Horned Grebe in fall/
winter, so it was a real treat.

Good birding,
Justin Bosler
Austin, Texas

 

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Date: 11/11/20 7:17 pm
From: <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender ddbrdfrd for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Texbirders,
I met Willie Sekulla and Kim Garwood today Wednesday 11 November at 10:30am at Veterans Memorial Park in Falls City in Karnes County. Willie was able relocate one of the flycatchers about 40 yards up river in dense vegetation. 
Once entering the small park walk toward the river and walk to the right once at the river, parallel the river along the poorly defined "trail". 
One bird was seen as you first approach the river by an individual that was already present when we arrived.  We had to amble upriver for about 40 or 50 yards where Willie located the Pacific-slope Flycatcher actively feeding.
David BradfordHouston
 

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Date: 11/11/20 2:03 pm
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR, 11-10-20
Today was another census with a lot of bird activity. The road to Meadow
Pond was especially good. Our best find was a total of 15 Purple Finches
and most of them were near the long bridge. Pine Siskins are easy to find
and we wound up with 31 for the day. The white geese are here in good
numbers now and we saw an estimated 2000 in a flock on the lake. There were
lots of American White Pelicans flying on the thermals in many areas and a
large flock was resting off the end of Plover Pad. Duck numbers and
species were good with 6 Wood Ducks, 113 Northern Shovelers, 116 Gadwall,
3 American Wigeons, 44 Mallards, 120 Northern Pintails,141 Green-winged
Teal, 37 Redheads, 25 Lesser Scaup and 32 Ruddy Ducks. There was still a
Black-bellied Plover hanging around as well as 52 Long-billed Dowitchers,10
Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs, 1 Stilt Sandpiper, 68 Least
Sandpipers and 53 Killdeer. We finished the day with 82 species.
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Date: 11/11/20 1:54 pm
From: Berri Moffett <berrimoffett...>
Subject: [texbirds] Strange crane Harris Co.
It’s a long shot with no pictures but a caller to Houston Audubon reported a Hooded Crane at Arthur Storey Park on Brays Bayou in Houston yesterday around 3pm. The caller saw the Hooded Crane in Tennessee some years ago, so felt sure of the ID.
I know it’s likely to be a mistaken ID or maybe even a captive escaped bird, but if anyone is in the area you might want to check it out.

I have the reporter’s info if you email <info...>

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Date: 11/11/20 12:21 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Cape May Warbler, Sweetwater (Nolan Co.)
Texbirds,

There's a male Cape May Warbler in the row of junipers on Lakewood St. at
Santa Fe Lake in Sweetwater. It's loosely associating with a few
Yellow-rumpeds.

Good birding!

Justin Bosler
Runnels County, Texas

 

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Date: 11/11/20 11:56 am
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fork-tailed Flycatcher
A male Fork-tailed Flycatcher now in Jackson County along FM 234 just north of Hwy 59 at 28.9383, - 96.7381.

Bob Friedrichs
Palacios

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Date: 11/11/20 6:11 am
From: John Blackwell <john.a.blackwell51...>
Subject: [texbirds] Sandhills and Franklin's gulls
Several groups of sandhill cranes and what I think are Franklin's gulks
passing over this morning in NE Colorado county. Lots of warbler sized
birds flying with a few landing as well. No good looks but light brown
heavily streaked flanks and light breast. Maybe yellow rumps.


John A. Blackwell
Columbus, Tx. Colorado County

 

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Date: 11/10/20 4:08 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 11-10-20 Nashville Warbler, Golden-crowned Kinglet @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
11-10-20 Nashville Warbler, Golden-crowned Kinglet @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary

Nashville Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Rufous Hummingbird for highlights. I had 23 species at Old Barn in ~hr.

Susan Schaezler
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Date: 11/10/20 12:05 pm
From: Becky Reyes <breyes...>
Subject: [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
Hi everyone,
It was a nice morning during our bird walk today. The weather was not too
hot or too cold. The bird feeders were active with Buff-bellied
Hummingbirds, Green Jays, Black-crested titmouse, and many Inca Doves. At
North pond, the Belted Kingfisher and Green Kingfisher were spotted and 2
Ringed kingfishers were sounding their calls and flying around the canal
area. South Pond was a favorite to several American white pelicans. Below
is this morning's bird list.

Happy Birding!

Plain Chachalaca 3

Pied-billed Grebe 2

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 15

Inca Dove 9

Mourning Dove 1

Buff-bellied Hummingbird 4

Killdeer 1

Anhinga 1

Neotropic Cormorant 34

Double-crested Cormorant 12

American White Pelican 45

Great Blue Heron 2

Great Egret 5

Snowy Egret 7

Tricolored Heron 1

Cattle Egret 2

Black-crowned Night-Heron 2

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1

Ringed Kingfisher 2

Belted Kingfisher 2

Green Kingfisher 1

Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2

Great Kiskadee 2

White-eyed Vireo 1

Green Jay 2

Black-crested Titmouse 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6

House Wren 3

Gray Catbird 1

Curve-billed Thrasher 1

Long-billed Thrasher 2

Northern Mockingbird 8

Clay-colored Thrush 3

House Sparrow 1

Olive Sparrow 2

Red-winged Blackbird 3

Great-tailed Grackle 25

Orange-crowned Warbler 2

Common Yellowthroat 1

Northern Parula 1

Black-throated Green Warbler 1

Wilson's Warbler 2

Northern Cardinal 5

*Becky Reyes*

Interpretive Naturalist

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center


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Date: 11/10/20 5:21 am
From: T. David Griffith <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender tdavidg for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] First Rufous Hummingbird Near Blessing
Just saw our first Rufous Hummingbird down here in Matagorda County, 3
miles east of Blessing.  It was on a shrimp plant in our hummingbird garden.

Don't know if others have already seen them.  I have been busy so have
not been really watching for any visitors from up north.

T. David Griffith
Blessing



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Date: 11/8/20 7:06 pm
From: Lois Hughes <loisnjake...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Salineno
Thanks Mary Beth, the one time I didn’t proofread 🥴.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 8, 2020, at 4:54 PM, Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> wrote:
>
> 
> She means “Chapeno” (gotta love auto spell correct… ;-)
>
> So glad you guys are back! See you soon!
>
> MB
>
> Mary Beth Stowe
> Alamo, TX
> www.miriameaglemon.com
>
> From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Lois Hughes
> Sent: Sunday, November 8, 2020 3:34 PM
> To: <timothy.brush...>
> Cc: TexBirds <texbirds...>
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Salineno
>
> Hi Tim,
> “Salineno Wildlife Preserve” now says Open. Our hours are 8-4 seven days a week, no exceptions until we hear otherwise.
>
> Chaperone:
> We’ve heard from birders this season that they camped there for a fee and kayaked there. They said no one was feeding the birds. You can continue a short distance past their driveway and turn right on a gravel lane that’s steep but do-able and goes directly to the river. It’s a favorite put-in place for boaters and offers a birding view of the river and nearby island.
>
> Lois Hughes
> USFWS Volunteer
> Salineno
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>
> On Nov 8, 2020, at 2:33 PM, Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> wrote:
>
> 
> For those who haven't visited Salineno: It is definitely worthwhile visiting the bird-feeding area and also birding along the river (there is a wide trail). Both are good areas for Audubon's Oriole and other hard-to-find birds, and it's easy to get good photos at the bird feeders.
> Regards,
> Tim Brush
> Edinburg
> Has anyone out there birded nearby Chapeno recently? If so, is there still a place to patk and pay? eBird report of a Hook-billed Kite there this fall.
> From: Wayne Williams <lodnek...>
> Sent: Saturday, November 7, 2020 6:58 PM
> To: Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
> Subject: Re: [texbirds] Re: Salineno
>
> External Mail
>
> This email originated outside of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
> Please exercise caution when clicking on links or opening attachments.
>
> My mistake. There is no website. Maybe this will help some folks. 😊
>
> Wayne
>
> <image0.jpeg>
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone 11
>
>
> On Nov 7, 2020, at 6:26 PM, Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> wrote:
>
> 
> maybe folks would like the website address.
> From: Wayne Williams <lodnek...>
> Sent: Friday, November 6, 2020 5:08 PM
> To: Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
> Cc: TexBirds <texbirds...>; <goldwingerTX...> <goldwingerTX...>
> Subject: Re: [texbirds] Re: Salineno
>
> External Mail
>
> This email originated outside of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
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>
> The website says yes. 😊
>
> 8a-4p
>
> Wayne
>
> Sent from my iPhone 11
>
>
> On Nov 6, 2020, at 4:54 PM, Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> wrote:
>
> 
>
> Yes, I am informed that it is open and burds are being fed.
> Regards,
> Tim Brush
> Edinburg, TX
> From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> on behalf of C M Prince <GoldwingerTX...>
> Sent: Friday, November 6, 2020 11:45 AM
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> Subject: [texbirds] Salineno
>
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> Is Salineno open now to see birds?
>
> C M Prince
> Mission, TX

 

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Date: 11/8/20 2:55 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Salineno
She means “Chapeno” (gotta love auto spell correct… ;-)



So glad you guys are back! See you soon!



MB



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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



From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Lois Hughes
Sent: Sunday, November 8, 2020 3:34 PM
To: <timothy.brush...>
Cc: TexBirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Salineno



Hi Tim,

“Salineno Wildlife Preserve” now says Open. Our hours are 8-4 seven days a week, no exceptions until we hear otherwise.



Chaperone:

We’ve heard from birders this season that they camped there for a fee and kayaked there. They said no one was feeding the birds. You can continue a short distance past their driveway and turn right on a gravel lane that’s steep but do-able and goes directly to the river. It’s a favorite put-in place for boaters and offers a birding view of the river and nearby island.



Lois Hughes

USFWS Volunteer

Salineno

Sent from my iPhone





On Nov 8, 2020, at 2:33 PM, Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> <mailto:<timothy.brush...> > wrote:



For those who haven't visited Salineno: It is definitely worthwhile visiting the bird-feeding area and also birding along the river (there is a wide trail). Both are good areas for Audubon's Oriole and other hard-to-find birds, and it's easy to get good photos at the bird feeders.

Regards,

Tim Brush

Edinburg

Has anyone out there birded nearby Chapeno recently? If so, is there still a place to patk and pay? eBird report of a Hook-billed Kite there this fall.

_____

From: Wayne Williams <lodnek...> <mailto:<lodnek...> >
Sent: Saturday, November 7, 2020 6:58 PM
To: Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> <mailto:<timothy.brush...> >
Subject: Re: [texbirds] Re: Salineno



External Mail

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My mistake. There is no website. Maybe this will help some folks. 😊



Wayne



<image0.jpeg>



Sent from my iPhone 11





On Nov 7, 2020, at 6:26 PM, Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> <mailto:<timothy.brush...> > wrote:



maybe folks would like the website address.

_____

From: Wayne Williams <lodnek...> <mailto:<lodnek...> >
Sent: Friday, November 6, 2020 5:08 PM
To: Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> <mailto:<timothy.brush...> >
Cc: TexBirds <texbirds...> <mailto:<texbirds...> >; <goldwingerTX...> <mailto:<goldwingerTX...> <goldwingerTX...> <mailto:<goldwingerTX...> >
Subject: Re: [texbirds] Re: Salineno



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The website says yes. 😊



8a-4p



Wayne

Sent from my iPhone 11





On Nov 6, 2020, at 4:54 PM, Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> <mailto:<timothy.brush...> > wrote:





Yes, I am informed that it is open and burds are being fed.

Regards,

Tim Brush

Edinburg, TX

_____

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Sent: Friday, November 6, 2020 11:45 AM
To: TexBirds <texbirds...> <mailto:<texbirds...> >
Subject: [texbirds] Salineno



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Date: 11/8/20 2:27 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Weird Wilson's Snipe/Merlin event
Greetings All:

As most of you know I have been spending a lot of time in my yard this
year, trying to build a really solid (by urban Lubbock standards) yard
list for the year.

This afternoon - at about 2:15 or so a Wilson's Snipe tore over the
yard, twisting and turning - proceeding from southwest to northeast,
with a Merlin on its tail. The snipe was a first for my yard and the
closest sites it could have come from are Maxey Park (0.57 miles to
the northeast), some industrial ponds (0.78 miles to the northwest) or
Dupree Park (1.23 miles to the southwest). I doubt that a Merlin
would pursue a Wilson's Snipe any of these distances without something
horrible happening to the prey or the predator giving up. My best
guess is that the Wilson's Snipe was in transit from one wetland to
the other and simply got picked up by the Merlin as it flew by.

In any event, a strange afternoon sighting for my urban Lubbock yard.

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Date: 11/8/20 1:35 pm
From: Lois Hughes <loisnjake...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Salineno
Hi Tim,
“Salineno Wildlife Preserve” now says Open. Our hours are 8-4 seven days a week, no exceptions until we hear otherwise.

Chaperone:
We’ve heard from birders this season that they camped there for a fee and kayaked there. They said no one was feeding the birds. You can continue a short distance past their driveway and turn right on a gravel lane that’s steep but do-able and goes directly to the river. It’s a favorite put-in place for boaters and offers a birding view of the river and nearby island.

Lois Hughes
USFWS Volunteer
Salineno

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 8, 2020, at 2:33 PM, Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> wrote:
>
> 
> For those who haven't visited Salineno: It is definitely worthwhile visiting the bird-feeding area and also birding along the river (there is a wide trail). Both are good areas for Audubon's Oriole and other hard-to-find birds, and it's easy to get good photos at the bird feeders.
> Regards,
> Tim Brush
> Edinburg
> Has anyone out there birded nearby Chapeno recently? If so, is there still a place to patk and pay? eBird report of a Hook-billed Kite there this fall.
> From: Wayne Williams <lodnek...>
> Sent: Saturday, November 7, 2020 6:58 PM
> To: Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
> Subject: Re: [texbirds] Re: Salineno
>
> External Mail
>
> This email originated outside of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
> Please exercise caution when clicking on links or opening attachments.
>
> My mistake. There is no website. Maybe this will help some folks. 😊
>
> Wayne
>
> <image0.jpeg>
>
>
> Sent from my iPhone 11
>
>>> On Nov 7, 2020, at 6:26 PM, Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> wrote:
>>>
>> 
>> maybe folks would like the website address.
>> From: Wayne Williams <lodnek...>
>> Sent: Friday, November 6, 2020 5:08 PM
>> To: Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
>> Cc: TexBirds <texbirds...>; <goldwingerTX...> <goldwingerTX...>
>> Subject: Re: [texbirds] Re: Salineno
>>
>> External Mail
>>
>> This email originated outside of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
>> Please exercise caution when clicking on links or opening attachments.
>>
>> The website says yes. 😊
>>
>> 8a-4p
>>
>> Wayne
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone 11
>>
>>> On Nov 6, 2020, at 4:54 PM, Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> wrote:
>>>
>>> 
>>>
>>> Yes, I am informed that it is open and burds are being fed.
>>> Regards,
>>> Tim Brush
>>> Edinburg, TX
>>> From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> on behalf of C M Prince <GoldwingerTX...>
>>> Sent: Friday, November 6, 2020 11:45 AM
>>> To: TexBirds <texbirds...>
>>> Subject: [texbirds] Salineno
>>>
>>> External Mail
>>>
>>> This email originated outside of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
>>> Please exercise caution when clicking on links or opening attachments.
>>>
>>> Is Salineno open now to see birds?
>>>
>>> C M Prince
>>> Mission, TX

 

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Date: 11/8/20 1:14 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch Saturday and older pictures
Did the smith point hawk watch saturday and did not have a whole lot of
hawks to watch. The wind was good for part of the day down at the tower but
it tried several different directions as the day went on. Clouds up at hawk
level stayed out of the north with some clouds that the turkey vultures
could hide in to hinder counting.

Very slow much of the time but one spurt with 90 turkey vultures and a few
hawks to add to the list. Single broad-winged hawks went by low but in a
hurry, 4 ospreys up high including a noisy bird and 2 at one time. The
red-tailed hawks were all very distinctive.

One osprey was agressively attacked by a turkey vulture and then a second
vulture joined the diving and swooping with the osprey heading across the
bay. Later we were watching a bird up high that may have been a cooper's
hawk suddenly dive straight down without any brakes or change of course
into the east motte. Like a peregrine or a short-tailed hawk after a bird.
The diver never came up. Maybe the best stoop I have seen into woods anyway.

Few other water birds with 20 or so white pelicans, fewer white ibis and
one flock of pintails.

Several hermit thrushes were calling from around the tower for the first of
the fall. Another FOF were the eastern goldfinches but only a couple of
pine siskins. 3 Song sparrows were in the same spot as last fall. One nice
group of eastern bluebirds went over lower down and crossed the bay. No
hummingbirds.

One merlin out hawkins camp road was feeding on a small brown bird. It took
the bird to the top of a nearby tree and was attacked by the local
loggerhead shrike and headed off toward the oyster plant with lunch.

A few pictures from a week earlier include a hunting cooper's hawk

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171201840

And a sunning bird

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171201841

A large flock of cormorants passed the tower but did not stop

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171201842

This northern mockingbird owns the strip of brush between the parking lot
and bay and really chases off all birds that might eat fruit

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171201843

Red-tailed hawks will be one of the common migrants for the rest of the
month if there is ever a good lasting north wind

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171201845

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171201846

This is about or just past the peak of the local swainson hawk movement

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171201851

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171201849

It helps to have a bird with a feather problem or odd plumage like this
swainson's to tell if they are repeat visitors in a group of hawks or
vultures as swainson's are often with turkey vultures.

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171201847

There is a tree swallow swarm near the tower again this year. They were
resting on the wires just west of smith point road yesterday before
swarming. These birds were working on the mosquitoes starting to fly as it
warmed up

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171201855

Turkey vultures are the commonest migrant now. One of the most quoted field
marks to id a distant vulture is that a vulture has a small head compared
to say eagles etc. Or the bird read too much Washington Irving.

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171201861

A young of the year vulture is starting to get a red head but still has
lighter feather edgings on the back

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171201859

I take lots of pictures of vultures way up there hoping to find a bird with
a wing tag. This bird has what appears to be a GPS tracker attached. Now I
have to find out who is tracking him.

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171201857

The white pelican is as much a master of the air as the vultures but the
flock reacts as a bird rather than the more random evolutions of a vulture
flock. A slow start to the pelican movement this year but recently there
have been good numbers

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171201863

More pictures at

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/2020_hawk_watch

Click on one and then use the right of left arrows to see the rest.

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

 

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Date: 11/8/20 12:33 pm
From: Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Salineno
For those who haven't visited Salineno: It is definitely worthwhile visiting the bird-feeding area and also birding along the river (there is a wide trail). Both are good areas for Audubon's Oriole and other hard-to-find birds, and it's easy to get good photos at the bird feeders.
Regards,
Tim Brush
Edinburg
Has anyone out there birded nearby Chapeno recently? If so, is there still a place to patk and pay? eBird report of a Hook-billed Kite there this fall.
________________________________
From: Wayne Williams <lodnek...>
Sent: Saturday, November 7, 2020 6:58 PM
To: Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
Subject: Re: [texbirds] Re: Salineno


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My mistake. There is no website. Maybe this will help some folks. 😊

Wayne

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maybe folks would like the website address.
________________________________
From: Wayne Williams <lodnek...>
Sent: Friday, November 6, 2020 5:08 PM
To: Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
Cc: TexBirds <texbirds...>; <goldwingerTX...> <goldwingerTX...>
Subject: Re: [texbirds] Re: Salineno


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The website says yes. 😊

8a-4p

Wayne

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On Nov 6, 2020, at 4:54 PM, Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> wrote:



Yes, I am informed that it is open and burds are being fed.
Regards,
Tim Brush
Edinburg, TX
________________________________
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Sent: Friday, November 6, 2020 11:45 AM
To: TexBirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Salineno


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Date: 11/7/20 7:06 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 11-7-20 (29 species @ Old Barn Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
11-7-20 (29 species @ Old Barn Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary

It was slow at the Old Barn today, but we got to 29 species while sitting at that one location! The Broad-tailed Hummingbird wasn’t there, but a pretty male Rufous Hummingbird has joined the scraggly one. No, we are sure that we had 2 Broad-tailed Hummingbird yesterday, they were large and the rufous was small and 3 of us saw the 3 birds at the same time, so no confusion. We had Nashville Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler today and a good showing of sparrows there, along with other birds. Lots of visitors today!

Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
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Date: 11/7/20 2:53 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Red Phalarope, Rio Bosque Wetlands (El Paso Co.)
Texbirds,

It appears as though Peter Holder of El Paso documented a first-winter RED
PHALAROPE in the canal at Rio Bosque Wetlands in El Paso earlier today. He
just uploaded photos onto facebook where the only shorebird he noticed was
a phalarope swimming in the canal. Pretty incredible!

Good luck chasing!

Justin Bosler
Austin, Texas

 

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Date: 11/6/20 4:39 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 11-6-20 (2)Broad-tailed Hummingbird & Rufous Hummingbird @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
11-6-20 (2)Broad-tailed Hummingbird & Rufous Hummingbird @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary

Today three of us were birding at the Old Barn and had 2 Broad-tailed Hummingbird and a Rufous Hummingbird at the same time. The second Broad-tailed Hummingbird was browner and had a smaller gorget. They keep shuttling in and out. Lucy has the best pictures and I’m eager for her to attach to her checklist, which will be tonight.

Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
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Date: 11/6/20 2:54 pm
From: Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Salineno

Yes, I am informed that it is open and burds are being fed.
Regards,
Tim Brush
Edinburg, TX
________________________________
From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> on behalf of C M Prince <GoldwingerTX...>
Sent: Friday, November 6, 2020 11:45 AM
To: TexBirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Salineno


External Mail

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Is Salineno open now to see birds?

C M Prince
Mission, TX

 

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Date: 11/6/20 9:46 am
From: C M Prince <GoldwingerTX...>
Subject: [texbirds] Salineno
Is Salineno open now to see birds?

C M Prince
Mission, TX

 

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Date: 11/5/20 7:33 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 11-5-20 Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
11-5-20 Broad-tailed Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary

We have never had a hummingbird feeder up at the Old Barn, but added one yesterday and managed a Broad-tailed Hummingbird, which came back today, along with a Rufous Hummingbird! It is amazing what you get when you put a feeder up! Things are quite dry out there and the Rufous Hummingbird was exhausted and shaggy when he arrived and he drank and drank and sat there for >10 min. Hopefully, he has what he needs and we have plenty of bugs for them still.

Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
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Date: 11/5/20 7:06 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <Fred.Collins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Rails and rice harvest
I checked fields in southern Waller County yesterday and caught a harvest on Neuman Road. I watched from when they started right about noon until they finished the field about 4. I had 1 Am. Bittern, 7 Virginia, 312 Sora (yes 312) and 3 Yellow Rails. That same crew will cut rice along Hwy 362 south of Morton Road today. That field appears rather dry so may not be so productive. Other rice is being harvested north of McGregor but too far from the road to observe. That grower has field that are viewable from McGregor and Hwy 362 north of Newman which I am sure he will get to soon. Those fields are laser leveled and never hold much water for rails but there is so much rice there it always produces something.

Rice harvest is a quick business. They start at noon when the dew has completely dried off the rice and harvest often into darkness until dew fall. Now is the time.


Fred Collins
Director, Kleb Woods Nature Preserve
20303 Draper Road
Tomball, Texas 77377

Commissioner Steve Radack
Precinct 3, Harris County
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Date: 11/4/20 5:36 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 11-4-20 Broad-tailed H + Pileated @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
11-4-20 Broad-tailed H + Pileated @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary

Sandi heard the Pileated Woodpecker today, which was nice
I had a Broad-tailed Hummingbird today @ a feeding station



Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
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Date: 11/4/20 5:11 pm
From: Javier Gonzalez <javsterkayak7...>
Subject: [texbirds] Blue Bunting at South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center
Hello Texbirders,

I was stunned to find a female Blue Bunting in the gardens of the South
Padre Island Birding & Nature Center this morning. The bird fed calmly in
the garden beds around the visitor center and several local birders were
able to observe it well. Seems like there's a new big surprise in the
gardens every week this past month!

Photos of the bunting in my eBird list:
https://ebird.org/checklist/S75835164

Best of life and birding,
Javi Gonzalez

 

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Date: 11/4/20 11:59 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch Saturday
It was a really nice day at the hawkwatch Saturday with not many hawks but
they came back and forth many times and often in close. Some of the
vultures tried to go out but always chickened out. Even a bald eagle headed
over the water and returned despite the good wind.

A brown booby early on made my day. Spotted it heading east well out there
and by the time it was even with the tower it could have been anything of
that nature. Have been looking for many years without a hint. A really
large flock of double-crested cormorants also passed the tower going the
other way but much closer. And pelicans were eating all day off the tower
with good results.

Several good flocks of white pelicans but only one small group of white
ibis. 3 sandhill cranes way off. One little group of anhinga and then a
larger one. Pine siskins were overhead off and on and several groups of
eastern bluebirds up high but one came over lower down later in the day.

A few scissor-tailed flycatchers and eastern phoebes around. Tree swallows
were the common swallow and swarmed out in front for a bit. A few barn and
fewer rough-winged swallows joined them.

The young male black-chinned and rufous hummingbirds were gone but a female
black-chinned showed up near the end of the watch.

Turkey vultures were the commonest bird up there followed by numbers of
swainson's hawks. Still broad-winged hawks around and several distinctive
red-tailed hawks. Northern harriers, sharp-shinned hawks and cooper's hawks
were moving all day. Some cooper's were going back and forth but I did not
keep track of backs versus forths which would give a better count perhaps.

Really good day to get to know the hawks. And a good day to learn to look
for key marks like broken or missing feathers to let you know the bird is a
repeat. Or the red-tailed hawk with a really white back that gave a look
and was gone. A day like Saturday is whiy one goes to smith point in
addition to the days when the skies swarm with birds. And some of the best
days with large hawks and vultures are still to come unless all the storms
messed that schedule up too.

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

 

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Date: 11/4/20 11:23 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Magnificent Frigatebird, Twin Buttes (Tom Green Co.)
Texbirds,

Haller is reporting an adult female Magnificent Frigatebird this morning, 4
November, at Twin Buttes Reservoir in San Angelo (Tom Green Co.). It may
still be around if you're in the area.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S75820057?fbclid=IwAR278JlwB6Q304tjk-LOqDeoECo96GBvv0QcYpPDsUfQf27bvmniJqDLoP0

Good birding,

Justin Bosler
Austin, Texas

 

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Date: 11/4/20 10:31 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Coastal birding yesterday, big flocks and missing birds
Did my usual spots on the coast with a few other stops yesterday starting
at east beach on galveston at sunrise. The tide was low from all the
northish winds and going down but not many birds around. I counted 20
sanderlings, 2 willets, 3 each ruddy turnstones and black-bellied plover
walking the area. There was a group of gulls and terns on the new island
out in the sun that had gulls and terns and 2 flocks of sleeping peeps? You
would need a good scope and a pm sun to check them. No bird whatever in the
parking lot.

Waiting for the ferry, there were siskins overhead and a cooper's hawk
hunting. Frenchtown road again had no edge in the am.

Some avian predator had done on number on Fort Travis which had a few
grackles. The starlings and cowbirds were balled up zooming around and the
killdeer were zipping around yelling. Did not see who did the fly over.

Driving beaches on Bolivar there were almost no birds with single piping
and snowy plovers and 2 each turnstones and willets. I did look at several
gulls that appeared different but all were the usual herring gulls. Had
zero laughing gulls along the beach.

Walking down the flats past the bollards, there were lots of birds and few
birds.

2 brown pelicans flew in and a single flyby would be missing many friends.
Only 3 white white pelicans. 1 reddish egret with 2 more flybys. Only 2 or
3 peeps. Dunlin were scattered around but there was really lots of habitat
as you could walk most of the way to the jetty and a good way to the marsh
area you see from the webcam

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171190948

Scattered marbled godwits were feeding on land and in the water

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171190949

However, there were a couple thousand black skimmers and several times more
american avocets. The skimmers and avocets periodically erupted for at
least to me unknown reasons. The skimmers were in one flock

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171190946

The avocets were everywhere sleeping and feeding

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171190944

In small groups and large flocks

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171190945

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171190947

Marbled godwits were feeding on land and in the water

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171190949

Spotted sandpiper on the way in

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171190952

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171190953

Just a few caspian terns. This youngster was heading for a parent with a
fish

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171190950

I finally found a bunch of small plovers down in the area where the jeep
sank into the mud many years ago. Mud kept me at a distance without a long
detour. The really low tied made the walk around the area about 3 miles
without the detour. Mud is not as bad as a couple of years ago as sand has
washed in on top of the boot-sucking bottom.

Tried a few side roads and found lots of pine siskins in Kona Kai which is
on the road to the yacht basin. Tried to find some in port bolivar without
luck but there were 15 american oystercatchers on the frenchtown road reefs
which were emerging from the high tide for the first time I have seen since
way back in the summer.

Stopped at the dike and there were 3 white and 8 brown pelicans doing well
at the first fish cleaning stating. Really lots of people fishing and most
of the birds of the last few trips were absent. Still had the only common
tern of the trip and the only 2 lesser black-backed gulls.

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171190957

Both younger and older brown pelicans were begging or sated

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171190954

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171190955

And a white pelican

The most interesting bird was a dwarf laughing gull. Every couple of years
I find one and spend lots of time trying to make it into something good.
This one was alone but maybe 20% smaller than its friends that rested
together. No comparison shots. The bill looked really small but is
proportional.

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171190960

https://pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/171190959

Only one northern harrier on the day.

It really was a winter beach.

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

 

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Date: 11/4/20 9:52 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Rare western hummingbirds in Austin (Travis Co.)
Texbirds,

A potential first Travis County Broad-BILLED Hummingbird was discovered at
a Great Hills (NW Austin) residence on 29 October. It was confirmed and
made public yesterday morning, 3 November, by Jane Tillman. The bird has
been extremely unreliable in the yard, usually only making an
appearance early in the morning and perhaps once again in the afternoon
(4:00 PM or later). With this bluebird weather of late, the area's
wintering hummingbirds have a glut of wild and cultivated sources of nectar
and protein so expecting it to return to a feeder or the lovely shrimp
plant during the day is a very long shot.

This morning, 4 November, I decided to wander the neighborhood in search of
flowering plants and hummingbird feeders after missing the first and only
observation of the Broad-billed (BBIH - four-letter code) at about 7:22 AM.
In this pursuit, I discovered a female-type Broad-TAILED Hummingbird (BTHU)
at a flowering cenizo at the east end of Sierra Grande Dr. It was actively
defending the Texas Sage from a small flock of House Sparrows and other
finches that would pass by.

An eBird hotspot with the approximate location is being established, to
help consolidate observations and help visiting birders find the location.

Good birding,
Justin Bosler
Austin, Texas

 

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Date: 11/3/20 9:02 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 11-3-20 Eastern Towhee @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
11-3-20 Eastern Towhee @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary

Eastern Towhee at the Scout Pond Dam, on the brush pile today, plus Eastern Screech Owl was back.



Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
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Date: 11/3/20 5:42 pm
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...>
Subject: [texbirds] Weekly bird census, Hagerman NWR, 11-03-20
Today was a beautiful November day, just about perfect for doing the
census. We started the day on Raasch Trail and found 34 species in about
30 minutes. Some of the birds seen there were Pine Siskins,(a good year so
far for Pine Siskins), a Pileated Woodpecker, the first of four for the
day, Lincoln's Sparrows, Song Sparrows, White-throated Sparrows and
White-crowned Sparrows. When we ventured down Wildlife Drive we found a
flock of about 1600 Snow and Ross's Geese. Then as we looked towards the
sandbars off of the end of Plover Pad we observed an amazing sight, an
estimated 12,000 Franklin Gulls. The air was filled with gulls as well as
the nearby sandbars. When we went to the end of Plover to observe the
gulls we found an immature Bald Eagle perched on a dead tree and later in
the day saw one of the mature Bald Eagles perched on the same tree. The
Red-headed Woodpeckers are still at Deaver Pond. On the road to Meadow Pond
we observed a lot of American Robins feeding in the weeds and the woods. We
also saw another nice flock of Pine Siskins. There are still a few
shorebirds present with 8 species spotted today, among which were 3
Black-bellied Plovers, Stilt Sandpipers, a couple of Pectoral Sandpipers,
Wilson's Snipes and Greater Yellowlegs. There was a good number of ducks
in the marshes and some rafts of ducks on the lake. We saw 3 Eared Grebes.
We finished the day with 80 species.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S75796053
Jack Chiles, Texas master naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR

 

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Date: 11/3/20 3:31 pm
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fox ("Slate-colored") Sparrow
Saturday (Oct 31, 2020) I and John O'Brien chased the Yellow-eyed Junco in
El Paso. While waiting for the Junco to appear (which didn't take 15
minutes!) There were two Fox Sparrows present. After a conversation with Eric
Carpenter on Sunday he asked if they were the Slate-colored subspecies that
the TBRC reviews. After reviewing the photos I believe they are indeed that
subspecies. I've already sent in my TBRC report, three review species day!

I'm surprised the TBRC website only lists 1 previous report, making it
statistically more rare that either Yellow-billed Loon and the Yellow-eyed
Junco I saw that day.

--
David Sarkozi
Houston, TX
(713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi

 

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Date: 11/2/20 3:34 pm
From: Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: South Padre Island Birds-Nov.2, 2020
Yes…typo or wishful thinking one of the two. The blue-gray gnatcatcher was the one seen not the black-tailed.
Sorry.

GQR

> On Nov 2, 2020, at 4:33 PM, Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> wrote:
>
> I'll bet it was a typo - Blue-grays were all over the place there today...
>
> Mary Beth Stowe
> Alamo, TX
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>
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>
> Black-tailed Gnatcatcher on the Barrier Island is a most unusual record.
> EBird only shows one other record, that from La Pesca in Mexico.
>
>
> Fred Collins
> Director, Kleb Woods Nature Preserve
> 20303 Draper Road
> Tomball, Texas 77377
>
> Commissioner Steve Radack
> Precinct 3, Harris County
> www.pct3.com
>
>
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> Subject: [texbirds] South Padre Island Birds-Nov.2, 2020
>
>
> Birds seen November 2, 2020 on South Padre Island (SPI) Texas:
> Observers: Gary & Christy Richards
>
> Mottled Duck
> Pied-billed Grebe
> Double-crested Cormorant
> Least Bittern
> Great Egret
> Snowy Egret
> Little Blue Heron
> Great Blue Heron
> Tricolored Heron
> White Ibis
> Turkey Vulture
> Osprey
> Cooper's Hawk
> Common Moorhen
> American Coot
> Black-necked Stilt
> Willet
> Long-billed Curlew
> Ruddy Turnstone
> Sanderling
> Laughing Gull
> Forster's Tern
> Royal Tern
> White-winged Dove
> Mourning Dove
> Buff-bellied Hummingbird
> Ruby-throated Hummingbird
> Rufous Hummingbird
> Eastern Phoebe
> Great Kiskadee
> Tropical/Couch's Kingbird
> Sedge Wren
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet
> Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
> Hermit Thrush
> American Robin
> Gray Catbird
> Northern Mockingbird
> Yellow-rumped Warbler
> American Redstart
> Wilson's Warbler
> White-throated Sparrow
> Indigo Bunting
> Red-winged Blackbird
> Great-tailed Grackle
> Orchard Oriole
> House Sparrow
>
> Number of Species: 47
>
> Gary Richards
> Harlingen, TX
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Date: 11/2/20 2:34 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: South Padre Island Birds-Nov.2, 2020
I'll bet it was a typo - Blue-grays were all over the place there today...

Mary Beth Stowe
Alamo, TX
www.miriameaglemon.com

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Subject: [texbirds] Re: South Padre Island Birds-Nov.2, 2020

Black-tailed Gnatcatcher on the Barrier Island is a most unusual record.
EBird only shows one other record, that from La Pesca in Mexico.


Fred Collins
Director, Kleb Woods Nature Preserve
20303 Draper Road
Tomball, Texas 77377

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



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Subject: [texbirds] South Padre Island Birds-Nov.2, 2020


Birds seen November 2, 2020 on South Padre Island (SPI) Texas:
Observers: Gary & Christy Richards

Mottled Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Least Bittern
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
White Ibis
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Cooper's Hawk
Common Moorhen
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
Willet
Long-billed Curlew
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Laughing Gull
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Buff-bellied Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Eastern Phoebe
Great Kiskadee
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird
Sedge Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Redstart
Wilson's Warbler
White-throated Sparrow
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Orchard Oriole
House Sparrow

Number of Species: 47

Gary Richards
Harlingen, TX
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Date: 11/2/20 2:00 pm
From: Andy Dietrich <andydietrich10...>
Subject: [texbirds] Pearland WWT ponds
I was on my jog around the ponds off Magnolia Saturday and saw numerous
cormorants, Great Egrets (5), one Osprey, three Snowy Egrets, three Great
Blue Herons, One Tri-colored Heron and FOF White Pelicans (2). Today on my
jog besides the regulars egrets, herons and cormorants I saw FOF Bald Eagle
south of the ponds in its favorite resting place in the Sycamore Tree
behind the church. There are now six White Pelicans and Osprey still
circling the ponds.

Andy Dietrich
Pearland

 

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Date: 11/2/20 1:45 pm
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <Fred.Collins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: South Padre Island Birds-Nov.2, 2020
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher on the Barrier Island is a most unusual record. EBird only shows one other record, that from La Pesca in Mexico.


Fred Collins
Director, Kleb Woods Nature Preserve
20303 Draper Road
Tomball, Texas 77377

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



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Sent: Monday, November 2, 2020 3:05 PM
To: <texbirds...>
Cc: Gary Richards <grcolts...>
Subject: [texbirds] South Padre Island Birds-Nov.2, 2020


Birds seen November 2, 2020 on South Padre Island (SPI) Texas:
Observers: Gary & Christy Richards

Mottled Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Least Bittern
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
White Ibis
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Cooper's Hawk
Common Moorhen
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
Willet
Long-billed Curlew
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Laughing Gull
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Buff-bellied Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Eastern Phoebe
Great Kiskadee
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird
Sedge Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Redstart
Wilson's Warbler
White-throated Sparrow
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Orchard Oriole
House Sparrow

Number of Species: 47

Gary Richards
Harlingen, TX
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Date: 11/2/20 1:05 pm
From: Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] South Padre Island Birds-Nov.2, 2020

Birds seen November 2, 2020 on South Padre Island (SPI) Texas:
Observers: Gary & Christy Richards

Mottled Duck
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Least Bittern
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Great Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
White Ibis
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Cooper's Hawk
Common Moorhen
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
Willet
Long-billed Curlew
Ruddy Turnstone
Sanderling
Laughing Gull
Forster's Tern
Royal Tern
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Buff-bellied Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Eastern Phoebe
Great Kiskadee
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird
Sedge Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Northern Mockingbird
Yellow-rumped Warbler
American Redstart
Wilson's Warbler
White-throated Sparrow
Indigo Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Orchard Oriole
House Sparrow

Number of Species: 47

Gary Richards
Harlingen, TX
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Date: 11/2/20 12:16 pm
From: justin.bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: El Paso area reservoirs - No Trespassing

Hi Jim,How can birders apply for these exclusive permits? During the pandemic and under most circumstances, we can't expect a permit holder to accompany us when we're passing through the area. Also, are there any recommendations regarding vantage points from public roads?Thank you!Justin Bosler Austin, TexasSent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Jim Paton <jnpaton...> Date: 11/2/20 12:51 PM (GMT-06:00) To: texbirds list <texbirds...> Subject: [texbirds] El Paso area reservoirs - No Trespassing Texbirders - With the influx of visiting birders looking for the Yellow-eyed Junco in El Paso I thought I would preemptively issue a reminder re the private nature of the three local reservoirs. The three - Tornillo in El Paso County, and McNary and Ft. Hancock in Hudspeth County - are private and off-limits to visiting birders. Despite what old birdfinding guides may say, the situation changed dramatically five or six years ago and the local water district cut off all access. Only through some effort was access granted again to a SMALL NUMBER OF LOCAL BIRDERS WHO HOLD PERMITS. These hard-earned permits could be cancelled at any time, denying access to a treasure local birders have enjoyed for decades. It is also made very clear on ebird that these sites are private-permission required. Without a permit in hand you are trespassing. Think about your favorite local spot - how would you like it if visitors, each passing through maybe once or twice a year, fouled things up for you? Thank you to all of you who have not trespassed.Jim PatonEl Paso
 

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Date: 11/2/20 10:51 am
From: Jim Paton <jnpaton...>
Subject: [texbirds] El Paso area reservoirs - No Trespassing
Texbirders - With the influx of visiting birders looking for the Yellow-eyed Junco in El Paso I thought I would preemptively issue a reminder re the private nature of the three local reservoirs. The three - Tornillo in El Paso County, and McNary and Ft. Hancock in Hudspeth County - are private and off-limits to visiting birders. Despite what old birdfinding guides may say, the situation changed dramatically five or six years ago and the local water district cut off all access. Only through some effort was access granted again to a SMALL NUMBER OF LOCAL BIRDERS WHO HOLD PERMITS. These hard-earned permits could be cancelled at any time, denying access to a treasure local birders have enjoyed for decades. It is also made very clear on ebird that these sites are private-permission required. Without a permit in hand you are trespassing. Think about your favorite local spot - how would you like it if visitors, each passing through maybe once or twice a year, fouled things up for you? Thank you to all of you who have not trespassed.
Jim PatonEl Paso
 

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Date: 11/2/20 9:36 am
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...>
Subject: [texbirds] Weekly bird census, Hagerman NWR, 10-29-20
I did the bird census a couple of days later this week because of the rainy
conditions early in the week. It was very chilly, with a strong northerly
wind blowing as I headed out to do the survey. There was a lot of bird
movement but many of the birds were very restless. The lake is still way
below normal and a lot of the birds have to be observed at a long
distance. White geese are arriving, among them, the predominant species is
Ross's Geese. Some of the planted wheat has emerged but a lot has not as we
had quite a dry period just after the wheat was planted. Only time will
tell how much will emerge but hopefully with the recent rains the wheat
situation will improve. The marshes are in good shape as water was pumped
into them last week and the rain topped them off nicely. A good number of
duck species have arrived and are continuing to arrive. American White
Pelicans are still coming thru and you will see them resting and feeding if
you visit the refuge. Along with the pelicans are a large number of
Franklin Gulls and a few Ring-billed Gulls. There has been an Eared Grebe
hanging out in Mineral Marsh near the observation platform. I observed an
immature Bald Eagle flying around and later it was on a sandbar at the end
of Plover pad eating a fish. Due to the strong winds I was only able to
locate one species of sparrows, a couple of White-throated Sparrows just
past Meadow Pond. Smaller birds were very hard to find due to the wind,
but I did observe a large flock of approximately 90 Pine Siskins in a
puddle in the road just past Deaver Pond. They have been observed in that
area several times recently. There are still some shorebirds around and I
found a flock of 9 Dunlin and a flock of 40 American Avocets. If you go to
the refuge it is well worth your time to go down most of the pad roads as
many of the birds I saw were in the secluded bays.I finished the day with
61 species.
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Jack Chiles, Texas master naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR.

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Date: 11/1/20 6:53 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 11-1-20 EBird Checklists 9862 @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
11-1-20 EBird Checklists 9862 @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary

I didn’t realize we were near 10,000 checklists @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary, until Paul told me—we are at 9862!! Not long until we hit 10K and probably 2020!

We also had Alyssia & Kris birding today and I saw 2 Red-breasted Nuthatch and 2 Hutton’s Vireo on their list, most excited to see those birds—I haven’t been in their area lately.

38 species total for today—thanks to all visitors and many weren’t ebirders

Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
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Date: 11/1/20 1:34 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] 2020 Photographic Game - October Report
Greetings All:

I'm going to give it one more try: while polishing off the historical
data for eBird I'm going to take it easy and try, once more, to have a
good year in the yard, shooting for 40 species of butterfly, 0 species
of amphibian (should be able to achieve that goal:)), 2 species of
reptile, 80 species of bird, and 4 species of mammal - with at least
90% of the critters seen photographed.

Next year, by gosh and by golly, I will do something different:)

October continued, until the end of the month, brutally dry and
unseasonably warm - and then, for three days, did a u-turn into
brutally cold and unseasonably ice-bound and snow-covered - before
returning to unseasonably warm and dry - endless summer followed by
three days of winter followed by a return to summer. Butterflying was
very poor for October (generally one of our better months) and birding
was only a little bit better but I did benefit from a lot of one-fers
(Phaon and Pearl Crescent, for instance, are generally quite common
from spring through fall - I got my first and only individual of both
species in my yard - finally this month; a singly, out of range Tailed
Orange stayed at my sunflowers for three days; a lone Franklin's Gull
flew over one day and my only Yellow-rumped Warbler, so far this year,
visited a pecan tree - for about five minutes).

During October I managed to spot 22 species of butterfly, 0 species of
amphibian, one species of reptile, 46 species of bird, and 3 species
of mammal, bringing me up to 42 species of butterfly, 0 species of
amphibian, 1 species of reptile, 79 species of bird, and 4 species of
mammal - 105%, 100%, 50%, 98.75%, and 100% of my taxonomic goals. Of
the one hundred and twenty-six species seen so far this year, I have
photographs of one hundred and fourteen (90.47%).

November should be interesting, given the odd movement of birds into
the region this year, but - thanks to the brutality of our one freeze
this year - I will probably add nothing in the way of butterflies and
I am giving up on getting my second reptile: my Ornate Box Turtles
won't be seen until next year, assuming they have survived. I am
within a single species of my goal for birds, though, and really think
I've got a chance at that!

The October list follows, coded as *= new, (y) = photographed:

Common Checkered Skipper
Fiery Skipper
Sachem
Eufala Skipper*(y)
Orange Sulphur
Southern Dogface
Cloudless Sulphur
Little Yellow*(y)
Tailed Orange*(y)
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur
Gray Hairstreak
Western Pygmy Blue
Reakirt's Blue
American Snout
Monarch
Queen
Phaon Crescent*(y)
Pearl Crescent*(y)
Red Admiral
Painted Lady
American Lady

Mediterranean Gecko

Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Sandhill Crane
Farnklin's Gull*
Ring-billed Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Turkey Vulture
Sharp-shinned Hawk*(y)
Cooper's Hawk*(y)
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Flicker*(y)
Eastern Phoebe*(y)
Blue Jay
American Crow
Hermit Thrush*(y)
American Robin
Curve-billed Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
House Sparrow
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
Chipping Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
White-crowned Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Song Sparrow*
Lincoln's Sparrow
Spotted Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird*(y)
Great-tailed Grackle
Orange-crowned Warbler*(y)
Yellow-rumped Warbler*(y)
Wilson's Warbler
Northern Cardinal

Eastern Gray Squirrel
House Mouse
Feral Cat

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock
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Date: 10/31/20 8:16 pm
From: Gary Yoder <geycal...>
Subject: [texbirds] Prairie warbler at Rice University
Can someone describe where the Prairie warbler has been seen at Rice
University (e.g. Harris Gully?) for someone not familiar not familiar with
the campus?



Thanks,

Gary Yoder

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Date: 10/31/20 5:29 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 10-31-20 (45) species @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
10-31-20 (45) species @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary

Comal County birding group came and had 34 species of birds, plus 17 species after lunch, plus we ended up with 45 species for the day, with one being reviewed from another birder. Thanks to all that came—very busy and fun.

7 species of sparrows
Others: Eastern Screech Owl, Blue-headed Vireo, Loggerhead Shrike, Long-billed Thrasher, Orange-crowned Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, one more warbler, Pine Siskin.

Visits arranged @ Warblerwoods.org

Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
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Date: 10/31/20 10:10 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point hawk watch yesterday hawks and migrants
Spent the day at smith point yesterday with a drive out Hawkins Camp road
and some of the other local side roads. Relatively few birds about. Land
birds on fences etc included eastern phoebe and savannah sparrows. About
200 white pelicans were spooked from a pond near the spoonbill RV and
headed toward the tower. Only single northern harrier and american kestrel
and a couple of cooper's hawk.

One of the cooper's served as my beater when it dove into the small woods
near the subdivision and chased out 50 robins, a single cedar waxwing and a
few pine siskins. Later in the day pine siskins were zeeeeing over the
tower up at a good altitude. One robin gave alarm calls near the pond for a
bit.

Other new birds at the tower were a sprague's pipit that circled the tower
a couple of times but I never saw it. The young male black-chinned
hummingbird continues and is growing more gorget feathers most on one side
and on top. Other glowed through the old feathers. Only a couple of
butterbutts.

Water birds inlcuded a couple hundred white pelicans and the anhinga flock
that is lingering. 3 lesser scaup were alone but several large flocks went
over out near Robbins Park. A herring gull was a change from the laughing
gulls.

The main migrant over the tower were turkey vultures that probably did not
leave the area. Once they got up fairly high and ventured over the water
but immediatly turned around and came back. Maybe the scattered
broad-winged hawks (100) did the same. The tower reported 6 bald eagles and
I had another that came down trinity bay and crossed over the the west
side. Maybe a couple of other distant birds too so it is a good eagle year.
But only bald eagles.

Still both accipiters but up high. Same with northern harriers and a few
red-tails one of which had a krider's tail but never turned around for a
better view. The red-tails and swainson's hawks had varied plumage making
sure there was not double counting.

As usual the forecast of a nice north wind lasted a little before the wind
turned around. Maybe good thermals acted locally as a sea breeze producer.
However, the stacks in Texas City also switched to a new wind an hour
later. The storms have made the weather and my hawk forecasts really weird
all season but maybe stronged november fronts will do better.

And there is hope for some of the good hawks making it to smith point as
counts up north are having records of roughlegs, goshawks, golden eagles
etc. And they will certainly want to come down to the tower for the better
weather as they may already be tired of the snow up north.

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

 

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Date: 10/31/20 10:03 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] 2020 eBird Game - October Report - of Interest to TCC/eBird Folk
Greetings All:

This is probably only of interest to folk who are interested in the
Texas Century Club and/or obsessed with eBird. In other words: if you
aren't interested in this sort of stuff feel free to hit the delete
button.

This is the second year of, hopefully, a two year project so I am
going to hit the reset button a wee bit. Though I have seen over 100
species in all 36 Oregon and all 254 Texas counties, I am way behind
on entering my historical data into eBird and at the beginning of
January of 2019, with 221 months of data not yet entered into eBird,
had but 14 Oregon and 71 Texas counties over 100 in eBird.

During 2019 I entered almost all of my Oregon data (still had October
1996 through December 1997) but finished off my OCC game with at least
100 species in all 36 counties ... and I made serious headway with the
Texas data (still had February of 2005 through December of 2011 to
go), getting up to 130 counties with over 100 species on my eBird list.

In January I entered six months of historical data (October 1996
through December 1996 and February 2005 through April 2005) as well as
January itself, bringing me down to 92 months of un-entered historical
data. In February I entered twelve months of historical data (January
through April of 1997 and May through December of 2005) as well as
February itself, getting down to 80 months of un-entered historical
data. In March I entered fifteen months of historical data (May 1997
through December 1997 and January 2006 through July of 2006) as well
as March itself, getting down to 65 months of un-entered historical
data. In April I entered eight months of historical data (August 2006
through March 2007) as well as April itself, getting down to 57 months
of un-entered historical data. In May I entered 10 months of
historical data (April 2007 through December 2001 and January of
2011*) as well as May itself, getting down to 47 months of un-entered
historical data. In June I entered eleven months of historical data
(January through November of 2008) as well as June itself, getting
down to 36 months of un-entered historical data. In July I entered
twelve months of historical data (December 2008 through November of
2009) as well as July itself, getting down to 24 months of un-entered
historical data. In August I entered seven months of historical data
(December 2009 through June 2010) as well as August itself, getting
down to 17 months of un-entered historical data. In September I
entered five months of historical data (July 2010 through November
2010) as well as Sepember, getting down to 12 months of un-entered
historical data.

In October, with classes full on, I barely managed to enter six months
of historical data (December of 2010, February of 2011 through June of
2011) as well as October itself, getting down to six months of
un-entered historical data. With two trips to the Panhandle proper
and a lengthy trip to Junction by way of Arkadelphia, Arkansas
(really, chunks of east and central Texas were on the way from Lubbock
to Junction), I managed to add twenty-two counties (Angelina, Archer,
Cass, Colllingsworth, Donley, Fannin, Hansford, Harrison, Houston,
Kinney, Lamar, Lipscomb, Marion, Moore, Nacogdoches, Panola, Roberts,
Rusk, San Saba, Sherman, Sutton, Wheeler) to my eBirded TCC list,
bringing me up to 241 eBirded to TCC status

My November efforts will depend, in various ways, upon the impact of
COVID-19 on my work schedule but I am pretty sure I will be done with
the historical data by the end of the month. Then I can work on my
duties as an eBird reviewer as, evidently, I have a lot of filters
that need adjusting:)

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock
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Date: 10/31/20 7:52 am
From: Judy Kestner <jkestner...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Only small crows allowed
That damn CORVID virus!!

Judy Kestner
Calallen (NW Corpus Christi)

-----------------------------------------From: "Dan Smith"
To: "texbirds"
Cc:
Sent: Saturday October 31 2020 6:25:15AM
Subject: [texbirds] Only small crows allowed

I just got up and turned on my TV, which came up to MSNBC. The banner
at the bottom of the screen said,
TRUMP CAMPAIGNS IN MINNESOTA, TAKES SHOT AT GOVERNOR FOR LIMITING CROW
SIZE AT RALLY

Dan <Smithdan...> [1]512-451-2632
[2]http://www.wordsmithofaustin.com [3]
"Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not
constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their
gains.” Thomas Jefferson, 1814.



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Date: 10/31/20 7:50 am
From: Jack Evins <jcevins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Only small crows allowed
On a related note, this personal story:

My dad was a career Texas game warden from the late '40s to late '70s.
While stationed in Midland around 1950, a local paper interviewed him about
the unusually large congregations of cowbirds the area had been
experiencing. When the story appeared in the paper, they quote him as
referring to "crow birds." He said he had a hard time living that down
among the other wardens and state biologists that he worked with.

Jack Evins
Galveston

On Sat, Oct 31, 2020 at 6:25 AM Dan Smith <dan...> wrote:

> I just got up and turned on my TV, which came up to MSNBC. The banner at
> the bottom of the screen said,
>
> TRUMP CAMPAIGNS IN MINNESOTA, TAKES SHOT AT GOVERNOR FOR LIMITING CROW
> SIZE AT RALLY
>
>
> Dan Smith
> <dan...>
> 512-451-2632
> http://www.wordsmithofaustin.com
>
> "Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not
> constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their
> gains.” Thomas Jefferson, 1814.
>
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 10/31/20 4:25 am
From: Dan Smith <dan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Only small crows allowed
I just got up and turned on my TV, which came up to MSNBC. The banner at the bottom of the screen said,

TRUMP CAMPAIGNS IN MINNESOTA, TAKES SHOT AT GOVERNOR FOR LIMITING CROW SIZE AT RALLY


Dan Smith
<dan...> <mailto:<dan...>
512-451-2632
http://www.wordsmithofaustin.com <http://www.wordsmithofaustin.com/>

"Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.” Thomas Jefferson, 1814.





 

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