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4/23/18 7:15 am Terry Woodward <woodwardtr...> [texbirds] Need some ID Help
4/23/18 6:00 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Warbler Pond hours this week
4/22/18 7:36 pm hoocooks4you <hoocooks4you...> [texbirds] A colorful afternoon at SPI
4/22/18 3:55 pm David McDonald <dkmmdpa...> [texbirds] Railly good day at Anahuac Saturday
4/22/18 8:36 am <nina...> [texbirds] WW Scoter off Pelican Island
4/22/18 7:43 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from Floyd County yesterday
4/21/18 9:30 pm Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12...> [texbirds] Small Crow over Lafitte's cove 4/21
4/21/18 7:53 pm Christine Turnbull <cbsturnbull...> [texbirds] Mitchell Lake April 20
4/21/18 4:49 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 4-20-18 TEN bunting @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
4/21/18 12:04 pm <jkestner...> [texbirds] RFI
4/21/18 10:45 am Christine Turnbull <cbsturnbull...> [texbirds] Pine Siskin at Falfurrias
4/20/18 8:56 pm Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson...> [texbirds] Black-whiskered Vireo at Sabine Woods
4/20/18 4:32 pm Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson...> [texbirds] Sabine Woods today 4/20
4/19/18 5:00 am Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...> [texbirds] Ferruginous Pygmy-owl, Tropical Parula and more at King RAnch
4/18/18 6:16 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Re: West wind fall out possible tomorrow
4/18/18 4:26 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Spectacular coastal birding today. Best at bolivar flats in years
4/18/18 2:23 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] West wind fall out possible tomorrow
4/18/18 10:22 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 4-18-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
4/18/18 7:59 am Robert Reeves <birder.reeves...> [texbirds] Re: Raven Nest Cam
4/17/18 9:43 pm Bruce Calder <calder.tx...> [texbirds] Raven Nest Cam
4/17/18 9:21 am Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog...> [texbirds] Sabine Woods 4/16
4/17/18 4:11 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Quintana to Texas City Yesterday, piping plovers and missing migrants
4/16/18 12:41 pm Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...> [texbirds] Morning at Norias
4/16/18 10:15 am Robert Reeves <birder.reeves...> [texbirds] Re: Common Grackles
4/15/18 6:37 pm Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog...> [texbirds] High Island Today
4/15/18 2:28 pm Joel Simon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender joel.simon44 for DMARC) [texbirds] Fw: Hummingbird Banding
4/15/18 2:24 pm Joel Simon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender joel.simon44 for DMARC) [texbirds] Hummingbird Banding
4/15/18 12:12 pm David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC) [texbirds] Baytown Nature Center Bird Count
4/15/18 12:03 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Northern Jacana, Corpus Christi - YES
4/15/18 7:59 am GCBO <sheath...> [texbirds] Tamaulipas Crow, Quintana jetty
4/15/18 6:43 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 4-15-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
4/14/18 8:03 pm Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog...> [texbirds] Fallout Reports?
4/14/18 12:53 pm Susan Yost <sdyost...> [texbirds] LLELA Second Saturday Bird walk
4/14/18 12:41 pm marlin andrus <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marconandrus for DMARC) [texbirds] RFI: Big Bend Birding
4/14/18 9:27 am John Arvin <jcarvin43...> [texbirds] Common Grackles
4/14/18 7:23 am Holly Platz <Holly.Platz...> [texbirds] South Llano River State Park birds, plus upcoming Bird Blind closures April 28th
4/13/18 7:08 pm Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: A Spring day in Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
4/13/18 7:02 pm Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] A Spring day in Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
4/13/18 6:17 pm Brian Sheehan <osuwildlifer...> [texbirds] RFI: Big Bend Birding
4/12/18 12:29 pm Gary Roberts <sgricr76...> [texbirds] Austin--Northwest Park Pond
4/12/18 6:40 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Tuesday pictures from Anahuac and the coast, gulls and terns and eagles
4/11/18 10:09 pm Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...> [texbirds] Re: Help with call
4/11/18 10:00 pm Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog...> [texbirds] Help with call
4/11/18 2:55 pm Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Eurasian Wigeon – status, correct eBird hotspot, parking guidance
4/11/18 2:07 pm Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Waller Co. Eurasian Wigeon – status, correct eBird hotspot, parking guidance
4/11/18 1:50 pm Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders...> [texbirds] Tyler State Park 4-10/11-2018
4/11/18 10:54 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] European Widgeon and grasspipers
4/11/18 9:29 am Shawn Hayes <hayessg...> [texbirds] New to Austin- Monk Parakeets
4/11/18 9:12 am Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...> [texbirds] Dreary but good birding day on the King Ranch
4/11/18 8:56 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 4-11-18 FOUR months Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
4/10/18 5:08 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Anahuac to texas city today, Iceland and glaucous gulls, warblers, terns and more
4/10/18 9:36 am Becky Reyes <breyes...> [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
4/10/18 9:01 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 4-10-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
4/10/18 8:55 am Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...> [texbirds] Warbler ID class at Kleb Woods tomorrow
4/10/18 7:06 am Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...> [texbirds] Re: texbirds Digest V7 #98
4/10/18 6:50 am Ray Hodson <rayroztwo...> [texbirds] Re: texbirds Digest V7 #98
4/9/18 10:49 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 4-9-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
4/8/18 4:40 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Warbler Woods Warblers
4/8/18 11:30 am Iris and Sonny Bratz <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender ibratz for DMARC) [texbirds] Waller Co Eurasian Wigeon
4/8/18 10:09 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Bolivar to the Coast on Wednesday, returning shorebirds, terns, whistling ducks and the lingering adult bald eagle.
4/7/18 10:09 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lubbock Area Birding Summary for March - Longish
4/7/18 10:07 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Re: 4-7-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
4/7/18 7:06 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 7-7-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
4/7/18 5:55 am Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...> [texbirds] 59 species on King Ranch
4/6/18 1:59 pm Gary Roberts <sgricr76...> [texbirds] Re: Dave Hedges
4/6/18 9:57 am Carolyndill <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender carolyn_dill for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: Eurasian Wigeon Waller County
4/6/18 9:18 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: Eurasian Wigeon Waller County
4/6/18 9:00 am Jack Evins <jcevins...> [texbirds] Re: Eurasian Wigeon Waller County
4/6/18 8:02 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Dave Hedges
4/6/18 6:40 am Shelly Plante <Shelly.Plante...> [texbirds] Birding Classic Conservation Grants due May 1st
4/5/18 6:19 pm Candy McNamee <birdbug62...> [texbirds] Re: Eurasian Wigeon Waller County
4/5/18 1:37 pm Shelly Plante <Shelly.Plante...> [texbirds] Funding Available for Bird Conservation Grants
4/5/18 1:28 pm David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Eurasian Wigeon Waller County
4/5/18 7:32 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 4-5-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
4/4/18 2:54 pm Shelly Plante <Shelly.Plante...> [texbirds] Conservation funding available: May 1 deadline
4/4/18 12:26 pm Shelly Plante <Shelly.Plante...> [texbirds] Funding Available for Bird Conservation Grants
4/4/18 8:21 am Joel Simon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender joel.simon44 for DMARC) [texbirds] Birdiest Festival in America
4/3/18 7:46 pm <mitch...> [texbirds] Lost Maples April 1
4/3/18 2:28 pm Lee Pasquali <l.pasquali.birds...> [texbirds] Polliwog Pond
4/3/18 11:31 am Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...> [texbirds] Seats available for Austin field trip
4/2/18 8:13 am Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] Gulls and MArtin Reid
4/1/18 5:01 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] The 2018 Tri-County Competition - March Report
4/1/18 5:00 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds]
4/1/18 4:00 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 4-1-18 FIVE Warbler sp @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
4/1/18 9:17 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Floyd County Highlights - Yesterday
4/1/18 8:35 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] The 2018 Photographic Game - March Report
4/1/18 7:48 am Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...> [texbirds] Good Friday on King Ranch
3/31/18 12:12 pm Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Mar 31, 2018
3/31/18 5:36 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 3-31-18 Pauraque, Chuck, Hutton’s Vireo @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
3/30/18 2:42 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 3-30-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
3/30/18 11:27 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Mar 30, 2018
3/30/18 9:59 am Shelly Plante <Shelly.Plante...> [texbirds] Birding Classic Registration Deadline: This Sunday!
3/29/18 2:52 pm Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders...> [texbirds] Tyler State Park 3/29/18
3/29/18 2:42 pm Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Purple Sandpiper - Yes
3/29/18 1:03 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 2018 Spring @ Warbler Woods changes
3/29/18 11:46 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Mar 29, 2018
3/27/18 9:45 am Becky Reyes <breyes...> [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
3/27/18 9:32 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 3-27-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
3/26/18 7:22 am Brent Ortego <brentortego...> [texbirds] Breeding Bird Survey Trends and Last Request for Volunteers
3/26/18 7:17 am Brent Ortego <brentortego...> [texbirds] Breeding Bird Survey Trends and Last Request for Volunteers
3/26/18 6:09 am Brent Ortego <brentortego...> [texbirds] Breeding Bird Survey Trends and Last Request for Volunteers
3/25/18 2:19 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from Floyd County - Yesterday
3/24/18 7:56 pm Virginia Drake <vadrake...> [texbirds] Eisenhower Park - San Antonio
3/24/18 4:16 pm Sebastian C <sc11birds...> [texbirds] Thank you for supporting The Texas Blue Jay Project Bird Field Guide Book Drive for Barrington Elementary School Students
3/24/18 2:49 pm Gary Roberts <sgricr76...> [texbirds] Austin's Northwest Park
3/24/18 11:32 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Mar 24, 2018
3/24/18 9:24 am Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Matagorda County - Oyster Lake - Local interest
3/24/18 8:03 am Bryce Hardway <brycehardway21...> [texbirds] Common Poorwill, Lago Vista
 
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Date: 4/23/18 7:15 am
From: Terry Woodward <woodwardtr...>
Subject: [texbirds] Need some ID Help
I had a flycatcher in yard yesterday and was fortunate to get a couple of
quick photos. It was lurking fairly high in the bushes but kept in the
thick stuff, just coming out to grab a passing insect. It was considerably
larger than a close by Hooded Warbler, pale yellow eye ring, distinct wing
bards and pale underside. I took it for an Arcadian but I'm not certain.
Knowing that there are plenty of experts out there, I am requesting any ID
assistance you would care to offer.
Photos are here: https://naturescope.smugmug.com/Nature/Odds/

Many thanks

Terry Woodward
Katy


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Date: 4/23/18 6:00 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Warbler Pond hours this week
Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary has been open, with Warbler Pond closed, except to volunteers and friends, but this week, it will be open to visitors certain hours. Please follow the instructions for visiting and introduce yourself if I don’t know you. You have to send requests via the contact form.
to visit: http://www.warblerwoods.org/visitor-instructions.html
I get large numbers of requests, so please follow directions—I don’t have time or energy to handle multiple communications & please don’t call, unless an emergency.
Monday 1230-330; Wednesday 12-3; Thursday 12-3; Friday 1000-130 for Warbler Pond, with permission. No standing tripods and need to sit at the blind. No children in the backyard during migration.

My chronic Trigeminal Neuralgia makes talking and facial gestures very painful and I feel the need to be social with visitors, so I’m left with problems when dealing with crowds. I had surgery the 13th, but didn’t get rid of my chronic acute pain. Don also has major health challenges. Please be helpful and thoughtful. This is our private property that we share with others and we actually spend a lot more than donations to be able to share with others. Please be respectful. We plan on protecting this precious property. Do not climb my gate when you didn’t make proper arrangements—we’ve had several do that this year!

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: 4/22/18 7:36 pm
From: hoocooks4you <hoocooks4you...>
Subject: [texbirds] A colorful afternoon at SPI
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Date: 4/22/18 3:55 pm
From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa...>
Subject: [texbirds] Railly good day at Anahuac Saturday
Hi texbirders
My birding friend from England and his family were here for their annual
visit for Spring Migration this weekend.

Despite no fallout, it was a wonderful time with some interesting birds.

King Rails were the highlight at Anahuac NWR. On the first leg of the
Shoveler Pond Loop, we had a pair on King Rails with 3 chicks at the bottom
of the embankment.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/167361564

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/167361555

and the black chick was my first ever sighting of a KR baby.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/167361556

We saw another single King Rail on the second leg of the loop and a 4th
adult with some chicks was along the boardwalk.

High Island did not have any noteworthy bird photos. However, we saw a pair
of snakes in a pond copulating. I think they are Green Water Snakes. One is
so much bigger than the other.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/167361561

We rode the ferry back to Galveston. LaFitte's Cove had this Glossy Ibis in
the pond by the gazebo.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/167361558

And a pair of proud Black-bellied Whistling Duck parents showed off their 9
babies..so amazingly cute.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/167361560

Good birding y'all

David McDonald
Friendswood TX


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Date: 4/22/18 8:36 am
From: <nina...>
Subject: [texbirds] WW Scoter off Pelican Island
We just saw a White-winged Scoter off the SW side of Pelican Island, Galveston County. It was flying and dove. Sadly our boat did not stop. Currently aboard the Seagull II, with Capt. Adam, liaison on a FeatherFest field trip to North Deer Island Rookery with Sid Steffens, Dennis Jones, Gay York, and Kristine Rivers.
Nina Rach

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Date: 4/22/18 7:43 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from Floyd County yesterday
Greetings All:
Drew Harvey and I spent eight hours in Floyd County yesterday - in hopes
(Drew's) that the front had brought significant rain and that some herps
would be up and (Anthony's) that the front had at least brought some
stalling winds into the region and that some birds would be down.

Things did not work out so well for Drew (too little rain, too chilly
throughout the day for herps) but went well for me (tasty migrants
everywhere). it should be noted, though, that the front did nothing for
the county's moisture levels - it is still down to one playa that is
holding water well and two sets of sewage ponds. Had there been more water
we might have had more shorebirds and might have made it to 120 species for
the day, instead of having to settle for a lowly 114!

Highlights included 6 Wood Ducks at the Gray Mule Cemetery, 5 Blue-winged
Teals at the FM 37 x FM 378 Playa, 9 Blue-winged Teals in Floydada, 1
Blue-winged Teal at the Gray Mule Cemetery, 12 Blue-winged Teals at the
Lockney WTP, 4 Blue-winged Teals near Cedar Hill, 2 Cinnamon Teals at the
Gray Mule Cemetery, 2 Redheads at the Lockney WTP, 1 Ring-necked Pheasant
at the Lockney Cemetery, 2 Ring-necked Pheasants north of Lockney, 1 feral
(and somewhat aggressive) Chicken (Red Jungle Fowl) at the Floydada
Cemetery - Niler Pyeatt has his Monk Parakeet in Hale County; now I have my
Feral Chicken in Floyd County - 1 Inca Dove near Lockney, 1 Black-necked
Stilt in Floydada, 14 Black-necked Stilts at the Lockney WTP, 1 American
Avocet at the FM 37 x FM 378 Playa, 1 American Avocet south of Lockney, 4
Baird's Sandpipers at the Lockney WTP, 9 Least Sandpipers near Cedar Hill,
2 Wilson's Snipes at the Gray Mule Cemetery, 1 Spotted Sandpiper near Gray
Mule, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs at the Lockney WTP, 1 Wilson's Phalarope at the
FM 37 x FM 378 Playa, 130+ Wilson's Phalaropes at the Lockney WTP, 1
Franklin's Gull at the Lockney WTP, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker near
Fairmont, 1 Eastern Phoebe at the Los Lingos Creek crossing of FM 1065, 1
Eastern Phoebe near Fairmont, 3 Say's Phoebes in the Gray Mule area, 1
Cassin's Kingbird seen by both of us* near Cedar Hill, 1 American Crow in
the Gray Mule area, 2 Common Ravens at Eagle's Hall Park, 1 Common Raven
near Cedar Hill, 1 Purple Martin in Allmon, 2 Tree Swallows in the Gray
Mule area, 11 Tree Swallows at the Lockney WTP, 1 Northern Rough-winged
Swallow at the Lockney WTP, 2 Bank Swallows at the Lockney WTP. 2 Cave
Swallows in the Gray Mule area, 1 Cave Swallow near Cedar Hill, 4 Bushtits
near Cedar Hill, 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch at FM 37 x FM 378, 1 Rock Wren at
the Lockney Cemetery, 1 Canyon Wren in the Gray Mule area, 1 House Wren in
Allmon, 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers at the Allmon Church Playa, 2 Blue-gray
Gnatcatchers at Eagle's Hall Park, 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers at FM 37 x FM
378, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at the Lockney Cemetery, 2 Blue-gray
Gnatcatchers near Fairmont, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher south of Lockney, 1
Swainson's Thrush at the Allmon Church Playa, 1 Swainson's Thrush at
Eagle's Hall Park, 1 Sage Thrasher north of Johnfarris, 56 Pine Siskins
near Fairmont, 1 Chippng Sparrow in Allmon, 6 Chipping Sparrows at Eagle's
Hall Park, 12 Chipping Sparrows east of South Plains, 12 Chipping Sparrows
in Floydada, 62 Chipping Sparrows in the Gray Mule area, 72 Chipping
Sparrows at the Lockney Cemetery, 21 Chipping Sparrows near Cedar Hill, 21
Chipping Sparrows near Fairmont, 90 Chipping Sparrows north of Johnfarris,
12 Chipping Sparrows in Sandhill, 24 Clay-colored Sparrows north of
Johnfarris, 7 Clay-colored Sparrows south of Lockney, 1 Brewer's Sparrow
south of Lockney, 1 Fox Sparrow north of Johnfarris, 5 male Yellow-headed
Blackbirds in Allmon, 4 male Yellow-headed Blackbirds east of South
Plains, 8male Yellow-headed Blackbirds at the Lockney WTP, 1 female
Yellow-headed Blackbird north of Johnfarris, 194 male Yellow-headed
Blackbirds south of Lockney, 1 male Bullock's Oriole at the Gray Mule
Cemetery, 1 Black-and-white Warbler at the Allmon Church Playa, 2
Black-and-white Warblers at Eagle's Hall Park, 2 Orange-crowned Warblers at
the Allmon Church Playa, 1 Nashville Warbler at the Allmon Church Playa, 1
Common Yellowthroat at the Allmon Church Playa, 1 Common Yellowthroat near
Cedar Hill, 4 Wilson's Warblers at the Allmon Church Playa, and 1 male Blue
Grosbeak north of Johnfarris.

We had kingbirds with bright yellow bellies strongly contrasting with dark
gray throats/breasts north of Johnfarris and at the Gray Mule Cemetery but
did not get adequate looks at the faces or tails. They were probably
Cassin's Kingbirds but will go into eBird as kingbird sp. This was the
only bird that both of us got great looks at - and could get on all four
confirmatory details (color of the underparts, contrast between the breast
and belly, white malar, and absence of white outer tail feathers) to make a
100% call.

Anthony Hewetson and Drew Harvey; Lubbock


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Date: 4/21/18 9:30 pm
From: Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12...>
Subject: [texbirds] Small Crow over Lafitte's cove 4/21
Today Jeff Sexton and I observed a crow headed west over Lafittes cove this
afternoon around 1800. It was very obvious that the bird was not an
American Crow based off size. It also did not fly like the typical Am.
crow; it had a more random and buoyant flight rather than the constant
paddle like strokes I'm used to seeing with Am. crows on the mainland. Wing
strokes were deep as well.
Unfortunately we never heard a sound out of th bird. Figures.

Based off ebird reports the last report for a Tamaulipas Crow was 4/15 just
west of Jamaica Beach. The last report for a fish crow was 1/22 at San Luis
Pass.

So million dollar question, what do you think we saw. I don't know field
marks other than call so I am looking for help. Pictures are attached.

Clayton, Linsey and Laiken Leopold
Texas City, Texas



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Date: 4/21/18 7:53 pm
From: Christine Turnbull <cbsturnbull...>
Subject: [texbirds] Mitchell Lake April 20
At Mitchell Lake Audubon in San Antonio, visiting MA birding friends and I experienced an incredible frontal system. Approximately 3000 swallows were out over the ponds, lake, roads and us foraging low on an abundance of insects. Birds were at eye level, revealing 6 species of swallows. Barn swallow was the most abundant. It was an absolute incredible experience. Friend had photos and video that will not be posted until after he returns to MA. This event happened most of the morning.
There were also a nice diversity of shorebirds that may have been influenced by the winds as well.
Cliff swallows flew directly towards us at eye level within 3 feet, as did the other species, making for great ID opportunities. Bank, Rough-winged, Tree, Barn, Cave, Cliff. We were mesmerized. My posts to SATX birds were unsuccessful that morning.

Ebird list will be later, and we are hard-pressed how to document this. May have to use the dreaded x for barn swallows.

Hudsonian Godwits, 60+ Wilson’s Phalaropes, Baird’s, singing Cassin’s sparrows, Dickcissel, Brown-crested and Ash- throated flycatchers etc etc.

94 species

Christine Turnbull



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Date: 4/21/18 4:49 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 4-20-18 TEN bunting @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
4-20-18 TEN bunting @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Paul, our volunteer feeder for the day had 10 Indigo Bunting & Painted Bunting today and Don also had the same total, but different mix of species at the Chat Pond today. Glad they are here and both species nest here, with small numbers of Indigo Bunting, but good numbers of Painted Bunting. Spring is fun! I still haven’t been able to bird much and Don has limited energy too. I’m tired of cold weather and we had threat of rain all day, but nothing measurable. I will try to go out in the cart tomorrow.

Warblers are all over the property and first thing, the best place is the Scout Pond Dam and the Huisache Trees, on the sunny side, where the bugs are more active and pleasing the warblers. Chat Pond is the best for buntings and we usually get Lazuli Buntings too. Thanks to all the visitors that help account for the birds. Lots of traveling birders right now. To visit, go to Warblerwoods.org and follow the instructions for visiting—please introduce yourself if I don’t know you.

Susan Schaezler
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Date: 4/21/18 12:04 pm
From: <jkestner...>
Subject: [texbirds] RFI
Hi all,

I am trying to update contact info for several TOS members. Any help is appreciated:
Phillip Crabill, Little Elm, TX
Michael Mathews, Lone Star, TX (note there is one "t" in the last name.)
Joan Harmon, Waco, TX (possibly now in Beaumont or Dallas)

Thank you!

Judy Kestner
TOS Membership Secretary
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Date: 4/21/18 10:45 am
From: Christine Turnbull <cbsturnbull...>
Subject: [texbirds] Pine Siskin at Falfurrias
34 Pine Siskin at Falfurrias Rest stop in Brooks County, TX. A lot of other activity as well. Ebird list and photos later.
Christine Turnbull
San Antonio

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Date: 4/20/18 8:56 pm
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson...>
Subject: [texbirds] Black-whiskered Vireo at Sabine Woods
Just noticed whiskers on one of Dan's vireo photos -- so make that
Black-whiskered Vireo today at Sabine Woods as well.
2 photos here:

http://www.bluemelon.com/caramia/recentimages#photo-6989642/T1024768

Dan and Shirley Wilkerson
Bryan


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Date: 4/20/18 4:32 pm
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson...>
Subject: [texbirds] Sabine Woods today 4/20
It was a very good day at Sabine Woods today. There were 21 warbler species
- real good numbers of Worm-eating Warbles, Ovenbirds, Hooded Warblers and
thrushes. Best birds were Golden-winged Warbler and Blue-winged Warbler. I
did not get to see the Golden-winged, but others did. At one point we came
upon a Prothonotary Warbler foraging on the ground, underneath grasses and
vines, that was unbelievably close and refused to be flushed. Must have
been absolutely worn out.
Shirley and Dan Wilkerson
Bryan


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Date: 4/19/18 5:00 am
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...>
Subject: [texbirds] Ferruginous Pygmy-owl, Tropical Parula and more at King RAnch
Eight of us saw 51 species on the King Ranch yesterday,including watching
Vermillion Flycatchers feeding young in the nest.. Full list at <
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44715834>
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Date: 4/18/18 6:16 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: West wind fall out possible tomorrow
There is one point to consider. I forecast a number of good days at High
Island last year and had several days with Zero warblers seen other than
residents. And my hawkwatch forecasts are better but there are duds.
The conditions have led to good birds in the past but the weather tonight
may not be a match. The tv said a front about 9 pm in the Houston area with
maybe some rain but it will reach the coast quite a bit later. the
northwest wind could reinforce the west wind component but when will it
change. Offshore rain will help drop gulf migrants who can move with the
west wind but will be drifting toward Louisiana. but those following around
the coast and then north can be pushed here.

Anyway, I will have to read about what is out there as 2 days in a row are
getting to be a little much and I would miss too many naps.


On Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 4:23 PM, Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
wrote:

> The good west wind last night and today could lead to a fallout of inland
> migrating birds. I have been lucky to have been in two of these events with
> the last having great sparrows, flycatchers etc that normally are migrating
> out toward the hill country. They do not need rain to stop as they gulf
> does that. If you are at Quintana for the dawn, you might try out on the
> jetty and see if birds are coming back in from the gulf.
>
> The last such fallout I remember had thousands of lark sparrows etc all
> over port bolivar with flocks of western kingbirds etc and then even more
> birds up along the road above and below sabine woods on the weekend. Others
> had swarms of birds on the west end of Galveston island but the woods at
> High Island did not have much but there were birds in Sabine.
>
> Many of the coastal migrants that we assume are basically gone north are
> still migrating further west in Texas as they are coming off the Mexican
> plateau where it is colder and they leave later.
>
> It is also a great chance to look for western strays like townsends and
> hermit warblers. Such an event gave a 3 hermit day way back 40 years ago.
>
> --
> Joseph C. Kennedy
> on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
> <Josephkennedy36...>
>



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Date: 4/18/18 4:26 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Spectacular coastal birding today. Best at bolivar flats in years
Took the sunrise ferry across to bolivar from Galveston. Not many birds
following it or on the return after lunch. The only white pelican of the
day was on the bolivar seawall though. Port Bolivar did have a couple of
belted kingfishers and some gull-billed terns picking up bugs from the loop
road.
Fort travis had 2 black-bellied plovers and starlings. Good habitat but
dry. Got out Retillon without much on the road but the beach was truly
great especially walking down past the bollards. Several good tern flocks
with a few gulls along the way. Arrived just after the tide turned so as I
was walking, the smaller shorebirds were sleeping behind the line of water
hyacinth roots and depressions.

Lots of piping and semipalmated plovers and some snowy plovers all in
pairs. Only 3 or 4 Wilson's plovers. Lots of sanderlings and western
sandpipers.

The flock of snowy and piping plovers were sleeping in the sand. Eventually
the stirred after I was past and headed down to the water to the west.
Instead of flying, the walked most of the way stopping in depressions on
the way. Hard to see bands as they were fluffed so the upper leg was hidden
even as they walked.

Tide started going out fast and lots of birds came to feed. And there was a
great flock of terns, mostly sandwich and forster's but common, black and
royal tossed in. Lots of laughing gulls but most of the bigger winter gulls
were gone.

A flock of female lesser scaup and one male were way down past the brown
pelicans. Then a large flock of blue-winged teal shot out from around the
bend toward the base of the jetty and one was hit from below by a
peregrine. I think that there was a second peregrine stirring there too.
Really disturbed the flocks and I lost count of the plovers and had to
start again. Many of the bigger birds left the area.

I stood in the same spot for over an hour and just let the birds walk up to
and past me. Sometime along the way lots more terns and pelicans were no
longer there.

Least terns were interesting. No sign on nesting or interest in nesting.
About 150 birds would sit and then swirl up out over the water and come
back about every 10 minutes or so.

Best counts of my favorite birds included

500+ black-bellied plovers
65 or 100+ piping plovers but I think the higher number is a double count.
Lots of banded birds with yellow, red, green and blue flags.
12 snowy plovers in pairs. Based on the paired birds on Follett's Island
Monday I think that they must pair here and leave together
500 or some such semipalmated plovers
200+ western willets with many in breeding plumage.
Lots of sanderlings, short-billed dowitchers with many in great breeding
plumage, least sandpipers, hundreds of dunlin.
Did not see an avocet or a semipalmated plover and only a couple of marbled
godwits.

Saw other people see a male bobolink in a little clump of marsh grass. Good
luck at the clump but the bird had snuck out.

Tried lots of places that had bobolinks in the past with no luck. Had a 1
golden plover bathing in a ditch.

Painted bunting in but had no dickcissels. Scissor-tailed flycatchers on
territory. Only 1 turkey vulture, 1 caracara, and 1 white-tailed kite for
the birds of prey.

Going most of the way east from Retillon on the beach maybe half way along
the large houses was a gull that I called a glaucous gull but I will need
to look at the pictures. It could be a partial albino with the back half
pure white but it was a white gull. Not the Iceland gull. Several odd
looking herring gulls but I did not take pictures as I am learning about
them.

Went out to east beach and found where the Bolivar birds went after the
peregrine episode. Maybe 7,000 mostly terns with skimmers and laughing
gulls way out toward the gulf inside the jetty. Something flew in from
further out the jetty and flushed every bird and I had a quick look a
jaeger. It appeared to light near the water in the middle of the flock but
I did not have any luck finding it again. No more alarms among the lesser
birds either.

No sign of nesting least terns on that side either and very few least terns.

Anyway it will be a day to remember. Especially after reading a note before
leaving the house about birding in the old home state of Iowa yesterday. To
quote roughly "Its a really nice day and most of the snow has melted just
in time for the next snow storm tomorrow". And looking at the radar, there
was really good snow too.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 4/18/18 2:23 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] West wind fall out possible tomorrow
The good west wind last night and today could lead to a fallout of inland
migrating birds. I have been lucky to have been in two of these events with
the last having great sparrows, flycatchers etc that normally are migrating
out toward the hill country. They do not need rain to stop as they gulf
does that. If you are at Quintana for the dawn, you might try out on the
jetty and see if birds are coming back in from the gulf.
The last such fallout I remember had thousands of lark sparrows etc all
over port bolivar with flocks of western kingbirds etc and then even more
birds up along the road above and below sabine woods on the weekend. Others
had swarms of birds on the west end of Galveston island but the woods at
High Island did not have much but there were birds in Sabine.

Many of the coastal migrants that we assume are basically gone north are
still migrating further west in Texas as they are coming off the Mexican
plateau where it is colder and they leave later.

It is also a great chance to look for western strays like townsends and
hermit warblers. Such an event gave a 3 hermit day way back 40 years ago.

--
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on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 4/18/18 10:22 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 4-18-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Golden-Crowned Sparrow seen daily at Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary, today by Julie, Cibolo/Schertz/TX
Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
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Date: 4/18/18 7:59 am
From: Robert Reeves <birder.reeves...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Raven Nest Cam
I had no idea ravens had moved into this part of town.
Robert Reeves
Pflugerville

On Tue, Apr 17, 2018 at 11:43 PM Bruce Calder <calder.tx...> wrote:

> Texbirders:
> A pair of common ravens have a nest with chicks on a building at the
> University of Texas J.J. Pickle Research Campus in north Austin, and so the
> Institute for Geophysics has posted a link to its new raven nest cam here:
>
> http://ig.utexas.edu/2018/04/13/watch-our-raven-camera/
>
> The video quality isn't the same level as the UT Tower peregrine web cam,
> but congratulations to them for going to the effort and for making it
> publicly accessible.
>
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Date: 4/17/18 9:43 pm
From: Bruce Calder <calder.tx...>
Subject: [texbirds] Raven Nest Cam
Texbirders:
A pair of common ravens have a nest with chicks on a building at the
University of Texas J.J. Pickle Research Campus in north Austin, and so the
Institute for Geophysics has posted a link to its new raven nest cam here:

http://ig.utexas.edu/2018/04/13/watch-our-raven-camera/

The video quality isn't the same level as the UT Tower peregrine web cam,
but congratulations to them for going to the effort and for making it
publicly accessible.

****************
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Austin, TX


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Date: 4/17/18 9:21 am
From: Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog...>
Subject: [texbirds] Sabine Woods 4/16
Decided to explore new areas yesterday and visited Texas Point NWR, Sabine Woods, and Sea Rim SP. Each one had a surprise and I can see why they are so highly spoken of.
Texas Point:
Just walked the short paved trail to the left but had a Black-and-White Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Hooded Warbler, Summer Tanager, Baltimore Orioles, Red-eyed Vireos, and White-eyed Vireos.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44643516

Sabine Woods:
There were two periods of quick warbler activity. One at the main drips and another on the trail between the main drip and parking lot. Highlights included Black-and-White Warblers, Black-throated Green Warbler, Hooded Warblers, Kentucky Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow-throated Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Ovenbird, Canada Warbler!!!, Blue Grosbeak, Painted and Indigo Bunting, Summer Tanagers, Warbling Vireo, Red-eyed Vireos, White-eyed Vireos, Gray-cheeked Thrush, and orioles. I did not see the Western Tanager, but it was around.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44642600

Sea Rim SP:
We took the long boardwalk at the end and it was a perfect evening. Dowitchers (mostly Long-billed) and a Least Sandpiper extremely close to the boardwalk. Waders and ducks were plenty as well as other shorebirds. Heard both Marsh and Sedge Wrens singing and both King and Clapper Rails calling. Lots of blue crabs swimming close by and a Boat-tailed Grackle catching fish from the boardwalk like a heron! We even had great looks at a Least Bittern and heard it sing!

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44649220

Happy birding everyone!

Jennifer Miller
Lubbock, TX

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Date: 4/17/18 4:11 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Quintana to Texas City Yesterday, piping plovers and missing migrants
Started the day by watching the sunrise on Bryan Beach. The tide was just
starting to drop so there was a good clear area to drive. Both entrances to
the beach were passable but the lagoon entrance road has a hole that will
swallow a car if it is filled with water.
I was able to get to Brazos Mouth but the part of the drive past the berm
is not going to last much longer as the beach erosion is ongoing. There is
only a small lane between the water and the old berm so a quick wind/tide
change would trap a driver against a 5 foot high sand wall. And lots of
debris too.

After the Galveston county bird show of recent weeks, the beach was really
empty. Basically 2 flyby terns. 8 laughing gulls but there were 4 lesser
black-backed gulls with 3 adults. Only a few shorebirds but there were
single whimbrel, piping plover and snowy plover. The snowy was very
territorial out by the water but there was no second bird. Small groups of
fulvous whistling ducks were coming in from the gulf. Only a few dozen
sanderlings and both willet types.

A single peregrine falcon was hunting. It kept lighting on the sand,
hopping a little and moving to a new spot to hop. Seemed to ignore a group
of sanderlings it moved from their roost.

The lagoons are very full with some coots and 4 ruddy ducks. The lagoon on
the hurricane levy also had a few coots and maybe a dozen ruddy ducks. 3
first year northern harriers were playing along the hurricane levee across
from the lagoon.

Not many land birds in any of the woods/salt cedar clumps. Chats were
chatting, parula, black-throated green and some orioles, buntings,
grosbeaks etc.

Walked the jetty and added semipalmated plover to my list of shorebirds way
out there. Good numbers of the usual feeding. The tern flock at the base
had a few pink bellied franklin's gulls.

Driving east, Follett's Island had lots of shorebirds scattered between
exit 1 and 5. The section with darker sand between exits 5 and 6 was
basically empty.

Had 53 piping plovers (3 banded) and 10 snowy plovers in pairs. Are going
to migrate together? Lots of sanderling. The birds were all spread out and
feeding by the water.

Dos Vacos was sort of empty and not a whole lot at Lafitte's although
indigo buntings were arriving from nearby areas. A good group of blue
grosbeaks was feeding on sandburs at San Luis Pass county park.

Went on up to the Texas City dike but the number and variety of birds from
the last couple of trips was way down. Skimmer and forster's tern numbers
up. No loons, grebes or ducks. Again, no one seemed to be catching fish and
no one cleaned or had recently cleaned fish so the beggars were elsewhere.

The brown pelicans were catching fish and had a good following of laughing
gulls trying to steal the catch. Those wanting pictures of gulls sitting on
pelicans would be rewarded.

My theory that all the missing migrants from the weekend front and rain
would be around today did not work out but it was a great day out anyway.

--
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on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 4/16/18 12:41 pm
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...>
Subject: [texbirds] Morning at Norias
Two of us spent the morning birding on the Norias division of the King
Ranch. Among the 41 species tallied were Northern Beardless Tyrannulet,
Tropical Parula, Ferruginous Pygmy-owl (2 seen, 2 more heard), and a heard
only Audubon's Oriole. Complete checklist at <
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44638351>
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Date: 4/16/18 10:15 am
From: Robert Reeves <birder.reeves...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Common Grackles
We had them during the same time frame (early March-mid- June) in our Wells
Branch (north Travis Co.) neighborhood every year. We moved to the NE side
of Pflugerville 6 years ago. I haven't seen them there.
Robert Reeves
Pflugerville

On Sat, Apr 14, 2018 at 11:27 AM John Arvin <jcarvin43...> wrote:

> For the one or two Texbirders who have a mild curiosity concerning Common
> Grackles in south central Texas I offer the following: Spring before last I
> was very surprised when Ron Weeks and I found a flock of 20 or so Common
> Grackles around a tank on a family (mine) ranch in western Jim Wells County
> in late April. I wasn't able to get there last spring but on Wednesday the
> 11th my buddies John Coons, Bret Whitney, Tom Wendt and Kathleen Collins
> and I found a loose flock of 15-18 grackles around another tank on the same
> ranch, They were flying in pairs and gave the appearance of being breeding
> birds.
> Last year on March 15 a group of 15-20 Common Grackles showed up at my
> feeders in southwest Travis County and at least some nested. They remainexd
> until mid June when the juveniles fledged. They disappeared until the exact
> same date this spring and I anticipate nesting again this year. I wonder
> where the are the rest of the year.
>
> jaa
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Date: 4/15/18 6:37 pm
From: Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog...>
Subject: [texbirds] High Island Today
Headed over to High Island this afternoon. I heard that the morning was quite active, but it had slowed down by afternoon. Only visited Boy Scout Woods and Hook Woods. Hook Woods was virtually birdless, but Boy Scout Woods had some nice goodies including both Waterthrushes, a male American Redstart, male Hooded Warblers, Tennessee Warblers, a Swainson’s Warbler!!!, and Wood Thrushes. Ran into Jim Crites (fellow Lubbockite) and had a great time birding with him for awhile. He even showed us a Common Nighthawk sleeping in a tree along the road!
Mid to late afternoon
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44615717

Evening
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44615628

Jennifer Miller
Lubbock, TX

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Date: 4/15/18 2:28 pm
From: Joel Simon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender joel.simon44 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Fw: Hummingbird Banding


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Subject: [texbirds] Hummingbird Banding

und.  The front came through on Friday night and the morning was downright cold as she started banding at 7:30.  And we had a lot more that showed up in the night.  Caught 9 in the first five minutes and kept Bron busy for the next two and a half hours.  The totals were 6 ruby-throats, 30 black-chins, and 2 buffy-bellies.Joel SimonOutside of Swinney Switch
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Bron Rorex came on Saturday to band hummers and the Simon compound.

The first sentence was left off the above message.Joel

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Date: 4/15/18 2:24 pm
From: Joel Simon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender joel.simon44 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Hummingbird Banding
und.  The front came through on Friday night and the morning was downright cold as she started banding at 7:30.  And we had a lot more that showed up in the night.  Caught 9 in the first five minutes and kept Bron busy for the next two and a half hours.  The totals were 6 ruby-throats, 30 black-chins, and 2 buffy-bellies.Joel SimonOutside of Swinney Switch
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Date: 4/15/18 12:12 pm
From: David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Baytown Nature Center Bird Count
The Baytown Nature Center Bird Count is being moved from next Thursday to Thursday April the 26th. Both Chuck Davis and I will be tied up leading trips at FeatherFest in Galveston next week.

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Date: 4/15/18 12:03 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Northern Jacana, Corpus Christi - YES
Dear Texbirds,
The adult Northern Jacana discovered yesterday by Bartley and Weeden
continues today at the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in
Corpus Christi (Nueces Co.). It was frequenting the west shore of Gator
Lake and was remarkably cooperative this morning.

Happy chasing!
Justin Bosler
currently in Raymondville, TX


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Date: 4/15/18 7:59 am
From: GCBO <sheath...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tamaulipas Crow, Quintana jetty
All,

There is currently a Tamaulipas Crow at the Quintana Jetty in Brazoria County.

Sue

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Date: 4/15/18 6:43 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 4-15-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Golden-Crowned Sparrow seen by Steve Glover @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary, 4-15-18, Cibolo/Schertz/TX
I’m still limiting visitation with my major surgery on Friday, plus surprised by out of state family that came in to help.

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: 4/14/18 8:03 pm
From: Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fallout Reports?
I haven't seen any reports about the possible fallout on the listserv. Did
anyone observe the possible fallout today? Went to Lafitte's in Galveston
this morning and it was slow. As far as songbird migrants go, only had a
Hooded Warbler, White-eyed Vireo, and Yellow-throated Vireo from a little
before 8 to 10:30am. Heard that some others had seen a Chat. There does
appear to be a Glossy Ibis in the ponds and there weren't many, but there
were some great shorebirds.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44559526

If anyone has a nice fallout this weekend, please keep us updated! Thanks!

Jennifer

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Date: 4/14/18 12:53 pm
From: Susan Yost <sdyost...>
Subject: [texbirds] LLELA Second Saturday Bird walk
With what seemed like hurricane force winds, 14 birders braved the elements to bird LLELA {Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Area} in Denton Co this morning. Highlights were of course the pair of majestic Bald Eagles, a surprise male Summer Tanager and a pair of Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and a pair [successful] fishing Belted Kingfishers. Little Blues are in and along with the Herons & Egrets they were all in their beautiful, long breeding plumages. And the swallows. Did I mention SWALLOWS? Estimates of 200 Barn, 230 Cliff, 87 Rough-wings and that count is likely on the low side. They were on the wires, in the trees, swooping the side of the dam and swaying over the waters. They obviously were staging and fattening up to travel farther north as none of us can remember seeing that many at one time at LLELA. Also the Franklin Gulls continuously flew overhead with estimates of 2,000 or more. There were still some straggler waterfowl, Coots, Gadwalls and BW Teal. Great compar
ison looks at Lesser {7} & Greater yellowlegs {3} feeding together plus a Spotted Sandpiper.

Join us next month, May 12, 7:30 am. Our spring /summers residents should be in by then!

Sue YOST~^/^~
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Date: 4/14/18 12:41 pm
From: marlin andrus <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marconandrus for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] RFI: Big Bend Birding
Brian,
Colima Warbler---pinacles trail chisos  mountains. 
Mexican jay--pine canyon, chisos mountains waste water plant walk, scattered around basin area.
Lucy's warbler-- past sighting at Cottonwood Campgrounds. 
Varied  hunting---sam nails ranch, Rio Grande village, maybe little early for it.
Green-tailed towhee--- Sam nails ranch, basin wwtp
Scaled quail --- throughout park lowlands 
Carson's sparrow---- recent sight at burro spring and in Terlingua.
Spragues pipit--?
Marlin Andrus Swisher County 

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Date: 4/14/18 9:27 am
From: John Arvin <jcarvin43...>
Subject: [texbirds] Common Grackles
For the one or two Texbirders who have a mild curiosity concerning Common
Grackles in south central Texas I offer the following: Spring before last I
was very surprised when Ron Weeks and I found a flock of 20 or so Common
Grackles around a tank on a family (mine) ranch in western Jim Wells County
in late April. I wasn't able to get there last spring but on Wednesday the
11th my buddies John Coons, Bret Whitney, Tom Wendt and Kathleen Collins
and I found a loose flock of 15-18 grackles around another tank on the same
ranch, They were flying in pairs and gave the appearance of being breeding
birds.
Last year on March 15 a group of 15-20 Common Grackles showed up at my
feeders in southwest Travis County and at least some nested. They remainexd
until mid June when the juveniles fledged. They disappeared until the exact
same date this spring and I anticipate nesting again this year. I wonder
where the are the rest of the year.

jaa


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Date: 4/14/18 7:23 am
From: Holly Platz <Holly.Platz...>
Subject: [texbirds] South Llano River State Park birds, plus upcoming Bird Blind closures April 28th
Good morning Texbirders,
Hope your migration is going well! It is in full swing here at South Llano River SP in Junction. Some highlights:


- Both Golden-cheeked Warblers and Black-capped Vireos are being seen, sometimes bathing at the bird blinds, and also out on the trails. The Golden-cheeked Warbler can best be spotted on its namesake trail between the trail split of Fawn Trail/Golden-cheeked Warbler Trail, to the Primitive Camping area. Black-capped Vireos are singing and can be spotted on the trail by Agarita Bird Blind, the blacktop road that runs behind this trail (both north and south of Agarita Trail), and around the Lora's Bird Blind.

- Painted Buntings have arrived, but slowly, with a few reports here and there. Indigo Buntings are back, as are Yellow-breasted Chats, Scott's Orioles, Summer Tanagers, and Ash-throated Flycatchers. Brown-crested Flycatcher, as well as Western Kingbird, were reported Tuesday by Rhandy Helton.

- A Lazuli Bunting was spotted around the beginning of the month but hasn't been reported since. I suspect more will be seen throughout the spring. Last year it was reported from beginning of April off and on through beginning of May.

- The Cassin's Finches that were first reported here end of January are still around, and have been seen at all 4 bird blinds.

I also wanted to let folks know that on Saturday, April 28th, the following bird blinds will be closed:
7:40 am to 9:30 am: Juniper and Acorn Blinds will be closed.
5:40 pm to 7:30 pm: Agarita and Lora's Blinds will be closed.
These blinds will be closed due to our Bird Photography Sessions as part of our 1st Annual South Llano River State Park Birding Festival. We appreciate your understanding, and hope that you will enjoy birding the other bird blinds during the short time that these are closed.


As always, you can see our upcoming bird walks (usually on Fridays in the spring, plus some weekend days) and other park events on our calendar: https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/south-llano-river/park_events


Thank you and good birding,


Holly Platz
Interpretive Ranger and Volunteer Coordinator
South Llano River State Park
1927 Park Road 73
Junction, TX 76849
(325) 446-3994
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Date: 4/13/18 7:08 pm
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: A Spring day in Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
Huh, I goofed this line up.....

" As we were setting up, a bird calling from one of the nearby yards triggered..."....a recognition from my trip last week to Costa Rica - a Clay-Colored Thrush was over there somewhere! I did not get a look at it, but hope that it stays here for a while!

Clay

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Subject: [texbirds] A Spring day in Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX

Hi all -
The day dawned warm, windy, and cloudy, but Bron Rorex had driven all the way from Rockport to band hummingbirds in my yard, so by golly, we would! The strong South winds of the past two days had swept many of the participants of Hummingbird Wars from Tuesday and Wednesday, but we still did well: Bron's first adult female Ruby-throated Hummingbird for the season, a handful of adult male Ruby-throats and Black-chinned, and a recaptured adult female Black-chinned that was banded here a few years ago. I am waiting to hear how long ago we first banded her.

As we were setting up, a bird calling from one of the nearby yards triggered

I then went over to the Hawk Watch Platform at Hazel Bazemore County park in the company of a mixed group of birding friends - New Hampshire, Ohio, and Washington state. Needless to say, Hazel did not disappoint. After I seeded the water drip area and changed the nectar in the hummer feeder, the regulars appeared: Green Jay, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Lincoln's and Olive Sparrows (the latter after a little coaxing - they were singing up a storm in the brush), the 4 Amigos (Inca, Mourning, White-winged, and White-tipped Doves all at once at the seed), as well as lots of Bronzed Cowbirds.

The only migrant warbler was a female Hooded Warbler that took a bath in the drip basin, but Orange-crowned, a flyby Myrtle, and Common Yellowthroats down by the ponds added to the warbler list.

The coolest thing at the Hawk Platform feeders were multiple Hooded Orioles - a few gorgeous males, one immature male, and probably at least two females. At one point, the immie male and a female were sharing a drink at the hummingbird feeder under the mesquite tree and Buffie came zooming in and shacked them out of there! We all got outstanding looks at the adult males as they teed up in the trees right in front of the platform. We also had a few Orchard Orioles, both male and female, but we did not get a Baltimore for the Oriole Trifecta. Bummer....

Down at the ponds, the American Avocets were numerous, and starting to look really pretty. Shorebirds were good - Least, Western, Spotted, Solitary, Pectoral, and 4 Stilt Sandpipers, Long-billed Dowitchers, both Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, a few Wilson's Snipe, Black-necked Stilts, and the omnipresent and noisy Killdeers. No Wilson's Phalaropes yet, but it can't be long now.... Marsh Wrens and Sedge Wrens were in the thick grasses / reeds, but the winds kept them out of view.

Raptors represented were Red-tailed, White-tailed, and Red-shouldered Hawks, Northern Harrier, and Crested Caracara, plus a Sharp-shinned Hawk that had buzzed my yard at 6:50am in pursuit of a loudly-protesting Starling. The only big group of migrants was all Franklin's Gulls - probably 120, swirling around in a big ball on high. Cool.....

Back home for the midday, answering e-mails and doing office work, with the occasional look outside - nothing special. Around evening, while watering the trees in the side yard (yeah, we could use some rain, SOON), a mass of swallows (100?..200?...no way to count) came swirling by at just over tree-level. I was expecting them to be Barn Swallows, but they were small, fast, and short-tailed - definitely not Tree Swallows, they looked like Bank Swallows! They were gone in a matter of seconds, but I want to be out there again tomorrow night to see if I can get a better look.

The yard was getting pretty dark when the Lesser Nighthawks came flitting in at treetop level - last bird of the day!

Hoping that the strong South winds die down a bit and give us a chance to get a few neotropical migrants on the weekend,






Clay Taylor
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Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
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Date: 4/13/18 7:02 pm
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] A Spring day in Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
Hi all -
The day dawned warm, windy, and cloudy, but Bron Rorex had driven all the way from Rockport to band hummingbirds in my yard, so by golly, we would! The strong South winds of the past two days had swept many of the participants of Hummingbird Wars from Tuesday and Wednesday, but we still did well: Bron's first adult female Ruby-throated Hummingbird for the season, a handful of adult male Ruby-throats and Black-chinned, and a recaptured adult female Black-chinned that was banded here a few years ago. I am waiting to hear how long ago we first banded her.

As we were setting up, a bird calling from one of the nearby yards triggered

I then went over to the Hawk Watch Platform at Hazel Bazemore County park in the company of a mixed group of birding friends - New Hampshire, Ohio, and Washington state. Needless to say, Hazel did not disappoint. After I seeded the water drip area and changed the nectar in the hummer feeder, the regulars appeared: Green Jay, Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Lincoln's and Olive Sparrows (the latter after a little coaxing - they were singing up a storm in the brush), the 4 Amigos (Inca, Mourning, White-winged, and White-tipped Doves all at once at the seed), as well as lots of Bronzed Cowbirds.

The only migrant warbler was a female Hooded Warbler that took a bath in the drip basin, but Orange-crowned, a flyby Myrtle, and Common Yellowthroats down by the ponds added to the warbler list.

The coolest thing at the Hawk Platform feeders were multiple Hooded Orioles - a few gorgeous males, one immature male, and probably at least two females. At one point, the immie male and a female were sharing a drink at the hummingbird feeder under the mesquite tree and Buffie came zooming in and shacked them out of there! We all got outstanding looks at the adult males as they teed up in the trees right in front of the platform. We also had a few Orchard Orioles, both male and female, but we did not get a Baltimore for the Oriole Trifecta. Bummer....

Down at the ponds, the American Avocets were numerous, and starting to look really pretty. Shorebirds were good - Least, Western, Spotted, Solitary, Pectoral, and 4 Stilt Sandpipers, Long-billed Dowitchers, both Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, a few Wilson's Snipe, Black-necked Stilts, and the omnipresent and noisy Killdeers. No Wilson's Phalaropes yet, but it can't be long now.... Marsh Wrens and Sedge Wrens were in the thick grasses / reeds, but the winds kept them out of view.

Raptors represented were Red-tailed, White-tailed, and Red-shouldered Hawks, Northern Harrier, and Crested Caracara, plus a Sharp-shinned Hawk that had buzzed my yard at 6:50am in pursuit of a loudly-protesting Starling. The only big group of migrants was all Franklin's Gulls - probably 120, swirling around in a big ball on high. Cool.....

Back home for the midday, answering e-mails and doing office work, with the occasional look outside - nothing special. Around evening, while watering the trees in the side yard (yeah, we could use some rain, SOON), a mass of swallows (100?..200?...no way to count) came swirling by at just over tree-level. I was expecting them to be Barn Swallows, but they were small, fast, and short-tailed - definitely not Tree Swallows, they looked like Bank Swallows! They were gone in a matter of seconds, but I want to be out there again tomorrow night to see if I can get a better look.

The yard was getting pretty dark when the Lesser Nighthawks came flitting in at treetop level - last bird of the day!

Hoping that the strong South winds die down a bit and give us a chance to get a few neotropical migrants on the weekend,






Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
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Date: 4/13/18 6:17 pm
From: Brian Sheehan <osuwildlifer...>
Subject: [texbirds] RFI: Big Bend Birding
Hello Texbirders,

The Wife (Charissa) and I are heading out to Big Bend Country for the first time tomorrow morning. We'll have several days there, and plan on doing plenty of birding. We would love to hear from any of you that have the scoop on birdy places not to miss, resources to access, or anything you think would be helpful to a couple of birders heading there without much any prior area experience. Thanks in advance for your input!

Possible off-the-top-of-my-head targets:
Colima Warbler (duh)
Mexican Jay
Sprague's Pipit
Lucy's Warbler
Varied Bunting
Green-tailed Towhee
Cassin's Sparrow
Scaled Quail

Brian & Charissa Sheehan @ Austin
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Date: 4/12/18 12:29 pm
From: Gary Roberts <sgricr76...>
Subject: [texbirds] Austin--Northwest Park Pond
The Green Herrons and Yellow Crowned Herrons are there again around the island. Yesterday afternoon (Wed.) we saw the arrival of a new pair of Wood Ducks. They were still there this morning. I expect that they will rest, feed and take a north bound wind again soon.

S. Gary & "Gene" Roberts
Austin, Texas
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Date: 4/12/18 6:40 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday pictures from Anahuac and the coast, gulls and terns and eagles
Had and early start at Anahuac and the fulvous whistling ducks were spread
out around shoveler pond. They were tipping up this morning but they are
good divers when food is in deeper water
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167290985

A couple of mallards are lingering but this one appears to have so domestic
genes

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167290989

Two pairs of killdeers were having a faceoff. It lasted at least 25
minutes. Mainly the 4 faced each other and mumbled. No displays of loud
calling

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167290987

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167290988

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167290986

Tree swallows were the commonest swallow with birds feeding just over the
roads or perched waiting for it to get a little warmer

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167290992

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167290993

The eagle tree had two bald eagles that morning whereas only one has been
there since the new year

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167290994

A couple of black terns had joined the really big least tern flock on the
beach at Bolivar

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167291000

A couple of snowy plovers remain and were with the piping plovers
sheltering behind clumps. Can't tell here but this is a bird banded in
Nebraska that has been in the area for 3 winters now. Had it when it first
arrived with a nest mate over on east beach.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167290999

The Iceland gull was on the bollards when I arrived but moved down a ways
while I was trying to fix a camera problem.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167291001

It moved again and possibly stole something from some willets but then got
into a big fight with both herring and ring-billed gulls and all headed
straight out into the gulf. Pictures of the fight were all of the other
gulls.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167291002

Local breeding and migrating terns are at the peak of their spring plumage
now. Some of the royal terns are developing red bills which leads to them
being called Caspian terns based on just the bill color. The tip of the
bill is not yellow though

Here are a couple showing differences in color

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167291008

And this bird has the reddest bill of the season so far. Note that the
color changes with the angle of looking and shows best from a little behind
the bird.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167291010

Sandwich terns are showing the best crests of the year

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167291014

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167291012

Both species are getting paired with royal terns ahead of the sandwich
terns with some mating being tried but not very well. But lots of strutting

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167291011

There are really lots and lots of terns and gulls both on the beach and
texas city dike and it takes a lot of work to find the odd birds. This one
was clearly not the usual seagull

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167291020

The glaucous gull was very tame as were all the birds on the dike as there
was little traffic. Pelicans were easily catching fish but the terns were
not feeding and the human fishermen were not getting anything and again, no
one was cleaning fish.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167291019

It is hard to get pictures of sitting gulls that are interesting

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167291029

But he did fluff feathers and move a couple of inches

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167291026

Thought I had another white gull when I first saw this bird but it turned
out to be a bleached bird and the darker feathers appeared from another
angle.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167291030

Eventually, looking at all the birds pays off but there will be days when
everyone is just a regular resident. And then when you think you have a
good bird, along comes a peregrine or caracara and everyone gets up and
moves around.

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on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 4/11/18 10:09 pm
From: Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Help with call
Jennifer,
It sounds good for Wood Thrush I think, quite similar to some of the
(background'ish) vocals/recording you've already associated on your
checklist with Wood Thrush. Some similar calls to listen to can be found
here:

https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Hylocichla-mustelina

--Eric

Eric Carpenter
Austin

On Wed, Apr 11, 2018 at 11:58 PM, Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog...>
> wrote:

> Hi all,
> I recorded a call this evening at Lafitte's Cove in Galveston. I saw the
> silhouette of a medium sized bird (Robin sized) in the area that I heard
> the call coming from, but I didn't actually see the bird before it flew. I
> have tried to match the call to what I did see and the closest I can come
> is a Summer Tanager, but I don't think its quite the right match. I have
> loaded the audio in my ebird list as Summer Tanager for now. If anyone can
> help me with a positive ID, I would really appreciate it!
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44482759
>
> Thanks,
> Jennifer
>
> --
> Jennifer Miller
> Lubbock, TX
>
> {o,o}
> /)_)
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Date: 4/11/18 10:00 pm
From: Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog...>
Subject: [texbirds] Help with call
Hi all,
I recorded a call this evening at Lafitte's Cove in Galveston. I saw the
silhouette of a medium sized bird (Robin sized) in the area that I heard
the call coming from, but I didn't actually see the bird before it flew. I
have tried to match the call to what I did see and the closest I can come
is a Summer Tanager, but I don't think its quite the right match. I have
loaded the audio in my ebird list as Summer Tanager for now. If anyone can
help me with a positive ID, I would really appreciate it!

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44482759

Thanks,
Jennifer

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Lubbock, TX

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Date: 4/11/18 2:55 pm
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Eurasian Wigeon – status, correct eBird hotspot, parking guidance
Posted at the request of Bob Honig and the KPC. Please see forward message.


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

Harris County Precinct 3
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From: Bob Honig for KPC [mailto:<bobhonig-kpc...>]
Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 3:33 PM
To: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [for Texbirds] Waller Co. Eurasian Wigeon status, correct eBird hotspot, parking guidance

Subject Waller Co. Eurasian Wigeon status, correct eBird hotspot, parking guidance

STATUS: As of 2:05pm today (Wednesday, April 11), the male Eurasian Wigeon is still present on the Katy Prairie Conservancy's (KPC's) Indiangrass Preserve, on the wetland pond south of Hebert Rd and west of Penick Rd, where it has been since April 5. Most consistent viewing continues to be from Hebert Rd approximately 0.2 mi west of Penick Rd. Sometimes you can see it from the adjacent KPC Indiangrass Preserve/Field Office entrance drive, but that's not always open (and the sun is in your eyes late in the day).

John Berner (Waller Co. eBird reviewer) just texted me, "91 Eurasian Wigeon checklists so far including one today. Most chased Waller County bird ever!"

CORRECT HOTSPOT: There continues to be confusion about which eBird hotspot to use for this location, as far as I know the only location where the bird has been seen. The correct hotspot is the one for the Indiangrass Preserve:
"Katy Prairie Conserv.--Indiangrass Preserve."
> Would those of you who used hotspots other than for Indiangrass Preserve (or GPS points not adjacent to or in the pond) change your checklist to the above hotspot. Many thanks.

In particular some observers have used the following hotspot which is north of Hebert Rd:
"Katy Prairie Conserv.--Hebert Reservoir (NW of Penick/Hebert rds.)."
Others have used
"Katy Prairie--Hebert rd.--W. of Pattison Rd." (technically not incorrect, but it would be great if all observations on KPC land were associated with a KPC hotspot).

PARKING GUIDANCE: When parking on the Hebert Rd roadside, please pull off the road so as not to impede traffic. Often there is very little traffic; but sometimes large farm equipment/trucks come by, and it does gut busier at times,. The roadside shoulders have tall grass growing on them, but absent any significant rain they are firm even though you can't see to the ground. Again, many thanks.

To learn more about KPC: www.katyprairie.org/.

Bob Honig
Waller Co., TX

Fred Collins, Director
Kleb Woods Nature Center
20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
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Date: 4/11/18 2:07 pm
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Waller Co. Eurasian Wigeon – status, correct eBird hotspot, parking guidance
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Date: 4/11/18 1:50 pm
From: Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tyler State Park 4-10/11-2018
Howdy All!
Yesterday was a little "birdier" than today. There's a pretty stout south wind today, but the birding is still good. Highlights of the past two days are Baltimore Oriole, Northern Parula, Hooded Warbler, and the return of our Yellow-throated Vireos, Orchard Orioles, and Summer Tanagers. I expect even more to show up after the next cold front on Friday.

Make sure to join us this Saturday, April 14th for our 8:00am Bird tour around the park. The weather should be great for new migrants to show up.

Tyler SP (PPW-E 065), Smith, Texas, US
Apr 10, 2018 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
55 species

Wood Duck 1
Mallard 3
Pied-billed Grebe 7
Black Vulture 5
Turkey Vulture 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Red-headed Woodpecker 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Pileated Woodpecker 3
Eastern Phoebe 3
Eastern Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 10
Yellow-throated Vireo 3
Red-eyed Vireo 6
Blue Jay 14
American Crow 2
Purple Martin 16
Barn Swallow 7
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 5
White-breasted Nuthatch 3
Brown-headed Nuthatch 6
Carolina Wren 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 15
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 20
Eastern Bluebird 8
Hermit Thrush 4
American Robin 10
Brown Thrasher 3
Northern Mockingbird 2
Common Yellowthroat 2
Hooded Warbler 1
Northern Parula 1
Pine Warbler 20
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 30
Chipping Sparrow 8
White-throated Sparrow 30
Swamp Sparrow 1
Spotted Towhee 1
Eastern Towhee 1
Summer Tanager 2
Northern Cardinal 15
Eastern Meadowlark 1
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Brown-headed Cowbird 5
Common Grackle 25
Pine Siskin 5
American Goldfinch 2


Good birding,

Boyd A. Sanders, BBA, CIG
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Date: 4/11/18 10:54 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] European Widgeon and grasspipers
The European Wigeon that is on the Katy Prairie Conservancy Hebert Road pond near Penick Rd continues through at least yesterday. It is distant and in the grass at the edge of the pond. It may require a scope and patience.
The bare field at Hebert Rd and Hwy 362 is holding a good number of American Plover and Buff-breasted Sandpipers. I estimated more than 200 of each yesterday afternoon. The field is being planted and the birds are most active near fresh earth work. There is a Merlin in the area and it works these birds so occasionally a flock of about 200 Buff-breasted are put up. They put on a great aerial show for a bit. There are scatterings of one to six Buff breasted across the field along with a big flock. Yesterday I had one Upland sandpiper in the field as well, they are usually in grassy pastures.

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Date: 4/11/18 9:29 am
From: Shawn Hayes <hayessg...>
Subject: [texbirds] New to Austin- Monk Parakeets
Hello Birders,
I’m new to the Austin area and only one year in Texas so I don’t really know what is expected where.

On that line, I have Monk Parakeets nesting in the cell tower by my apartment. The are behind Counter Cafe in the cell tower at 6th and Chicon.

I assume these are known to Austin borders. Just making certain as you know what they say about assuming...

Thanks and good birding.

Shawn Hayes, PhD
Eastside Birder, Austin, TX

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Date: 4/11/18 9:12 am
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...>
Subject: [texbirds] Dreary but good birding day on the King Ranch
In spite of the cold and drizzly day five of us had a pretty good day on
the King Ranch. Among the species seen were Audubon's Oriole, Tropical
Parula, Northern Beardless Tyranulet, Sprague's Pipit, and 2 Ferruginous
Pygmy-owls.
--
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TOS Life Member
Kingsville, TX

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Date: 4/11/18 8:56 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 4-11-18 FOUR months Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
4-11-18 FOUR months Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
The Golden-Crowned Sparrow has continued for 4 months now—very well-fed bird!

I’m off for my second infusion and then surgery—such fun! Don got his second prescription for his disease—insurance is being billed $17,143.00/month for this—truly amazing to me, but it is working and R & D isn’t cheap. Medical science is amazing.

Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
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Date: 4/10/18 5:08 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Anahuac to texas city today, Iceland and glaucous gulls, warblers, terns and more
A great day out on the UTC. Started at Anahuac at sunrise. Had a couple of
kestrels on the wires on the entrance road and a red-tailed hawk was
heading out to hunt. There were a couple of northern harriers, one hunting
and one probably migrating.
The birds of the area were the whimbrels heading inland from their roost
site down at the bay or coast. Lots of calling for the flight. More seen
later along 1985. Not much wet on 1985 but the rice fields are getting
ready for lots of birds including the best one from last season.

There were more savannah sparrows on the refuge today by a large margin
than on any other day since they arrived in the fall. Lots of tree swallows
flying and feeding along with barn swallows and one bank swallow. Several
American bitterns flew into shoveler pond to roost and a few purple
gallinules were in one corner. Lots of coots and gallinules along with now
2 male mallards. A few gadwall, both teal etc are lingering. Fulvous
whistling ducks are spreading out and some cattle egrets were migrating in.
East winds on the coast kept any sign of migrants along the beach
non-existent.

Good warblers in the revitalized willows with most northern parulas. Chats
and warbling vireos singing. Scattered parulas along the roads to the bay
too. yellow-billed cuckoos were in the webworms and calling.

The eagle tree on 1985 had 2 adult bald eagles this morning. Previously, I
have only had a single bird sitting but no sign of an eagle at Anahuac.

High Islans was birdy. Probably had more birds from the smith oaks parking
lot than I had on most trips last year when I had zero warbler days. Male
blackburnian was nice. Fair variety in spots but other spots empty.

Was commiserating the fact that I missed the Harris's hawk again but then
it was there and I had it in the binoculars for 3 seconds before it ducked
behind the tree line. Was looking across the non-rookery pond and the hawk
was up about at the end of the rookery dike and went out into the prairie
so it might have been seen from the highway.

Tried rollover pass but nothing was on the north side. They had cranes and
bulldozers moving dredge pipe on the south side so birding wasn't allowed.
but probably no goodies.

Bolivar flats was great. The Iceland gull was on one of the bollards when I
arrived. Got out in the water to take pictures but the camera had a
problem. Went back on dry land to fix it and the gull headed down the beach
to scavenge? from a group of willets. Then moved further down and joined 5
herring and ring-billed gulls. Great fight started between all and they
went straight out into the gulf not to return. Maybe going to the Galveston
jetty?

Wind had the shorebirds hunkered down again. Large influx of dunlin from
last week and they are starting to get brown backs and black bellies. One
gray knot flew by and later found 2 singles along the sand as we were
leaving. Something harassed the terns etc way down there and 8 more flew
over and went inland to the sand flats. 2 caracara were out there and many
shorebirds came back to the beach.

Great day for terns. Well over 500 least terns all along the way with maybe
than many past the bollards. They were very nervouse and swirled and moved.
Great flocks of sandwich terns everywhere with a lot fewer common terns. No
shortage of them but as many forster's and common today. Had no Caspian and
only 2 gull-billed terns. A couple of black terns were with the least terns
compared with only 1 a week ago so a 100% increase.

Still a nice flock of piping plover and 2 snowy plover. Only had a couple
of Wilson's in the hyacinth piles that scolded when I went by.

Crossing the ferry large numbers of gulls and terns followed and caught
lots of little fish the wake stirred up. Bread basically ignored even by
the laughing gulls.

The dike had lots of terns, again mainly sandwich but some royal and
forster's. More than I have seen in many years and thousands of birds.
Pelicans were catching food easily and then had laughing gulls trying to
steal the food. Had the only skimmers for the day in several flocks. One
flock of least terns on the sandbar where the flamingo waded were moved by
the rising tide and went elsewhere.

Only golden plovers for the day were out in the grassy area near the end of
the dike and could be seen from the parking lot at the very end of the dike.

Out near the end of the sand beach where there is a largish pond near the
road and orange barrels blocking an entrance, a glaucous gull was out by
the water. One herring gull not too far off but no other gulls near it.
This is just a bit before the last large boat launch.

And the rookery was great too. Common egret chicks are getting bigger but
the snowy egrets are having a problem as all the good spots are taken and
they can be pecked if they get too close to any of the already nesting
birds. Anhingas are nesting somewhere in the vicinity but I did not see a
nest.

Great day to be out.


Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 4/10/18 9:36 am
From: Becky Reyes <breyes...>
Subject: [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
Hi everyone,
It was a stormy bird walk today. We were still able to view the birds at
North Pond and half the grounds before the rain came in. I was not able to
check out South Pond today. We still had a good list of birds today. Keep
dry today, everyone.
Happy Birding!!


Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center, Hidalgo, Texas, US
Apr 10, 2018 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.25 mile(s)
33 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 5
Blue-winged Teal 2
Plain Chachalaca 4
Neotropic Cormorant 21
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 2
Snowy Egret 11
Cattle Egret 52
Black-crowned Night-Heron 3
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
American Coot 6
Forster's Tern 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
White-tipped Dove 2
Mourning Dove 3
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
Great Kiskadee 1
Couch's Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Green Jay 1
Purple Martin 5
Bank Swallow 9
Cave Swallow 15
Black-crested Titmouse 1
Clay-colored Thrush 2
Curve-billed Thrasher 1
Long-billed Thrasher 3
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 3
Olive Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 3
Great-tailed Grackle 9

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Date: 4/10/18 9:01 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 4-10-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
4-10-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow reported by volunteer Mary Ann @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary, Warblerwoods.org
He is most eager when food is first presented!

Warbler Pond is currently closed and limited to volunteers and close friends—you have to have permission to go here & I keep getting people walking past the closed sign on the ground and showing up. I hate to hurt feelings, but need to limit attendance in my backyard right now. Two procedures this week, plus major surgery. The few that refuse to follow procedures have lead to this. You have to realize that this is my home and I am sharing with you when I have you visit & like I say, we spend 14-18K/yr above donations to cover expenses. We are currently spending 300-840/week on labor to do the things needed for maintenance of Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary. We do not get help in expenses other than donations and those don’t cover expenses.


Susan Schaezler
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Date: 4/10/18 8:55 am
From: Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] Warbler ID class at Kleb Woods tomorrow
This is a reminder that Kleb Woods is having a Warbler identification class tomorrow, April 11th from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. We have specimens for most of the species you will find this spring, so you can see them up close and personal. We may also have a game or two for you to test your ID skills! Tomorrow is also our Wednesday bird walk from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Come for the bird walk, stay for the class!
We hope to see you all there.


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

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Steve Radack Commissioner
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Date: 4/10/18 7:06 am
From: Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: texbirds Digest V7 #98
Thanks everyone—the 5% have been ruining things for the 95% or great birders. I have never had such a run like this! We continue paying for help at $15/hr to do Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary chores—so much to do here and not enough volunteers to get it done. Our weekly expenditure has been running high to get things done.
Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS

> On Apr 10, 2018, at 8:49 AM, Ray Hodson <rayroztwo...> wrote:
>
> Dear Susan and Don,
>
> We are so sorry to hear your frustration with the world ofbirders that invade your home. We are especially concerned about your surgery. May this be the miracle you need!! We assume it is your continuing jaw pain. Blessings, blessings sent to you from beautiful East Texas. Please let us know how it turns out, you need to be able to enjoy the spring migration with the rest of us! Love to you both,
>
> Sent from my iPad
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>> On Apr 10, 2018, at 12:05 AM, FreeLists Mailing List Manager <ecartis...> wrote:
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>> texbirds Digest Mon, 09 Apr 2018 Volume: 07 Issue: 098
>>
>> In This Issue:
>> [texbirds] 4-9-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bir
>>
>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>>
>> From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
>> Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2018 12:48:10 -0500
>> Subject: [texbirds] 4-9-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuar
>>
>> 4-9-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
>> Thanks to our super volunteers the Kay’s, they reported the Golden-Crowned Sparrow that came running when they fed in the horrid cold weather.
>>
>> I also would like to share my frustration with people not following instructions for visiting. For example—got a phone call that wasn’t in my contacts, so it went to voicemail with my spam filter and I responded to the voicemail and sent visit info via text message, which I normally don’t do. I then get an email from the person and they have their email messed up on replying and it can’t get to them—the ending domain was missing. I then get an email from someone in their party that they will be at the gate at a certain time and send the code. I wrote and said this is my home and can you please introduce yourself. They then wrote another email from the contact form with essentially the same thing and still didn’t introduce themselves. Meanwhile, I’m busy with preregistration for surgery and other important stuff. I try to be patient and responsive, but this is something that happens constantly and I seriously can’t bird because of feeling dreadful and spendin
g
> a
>> ll my time responding to people multiple times that can’t follow instructions. These things are very problematic! I deal with so many requests/day and my energy is spent responding and not birding myself. I spent $2500. To set up the webpage awhile ago and with my slow internet, I haven’t been able to go in and edit stuff easily, but most of this stuff is easy and if they follow the instructions, it takes less steps, but they rarely do. I’m including the link to visiting.
>>
>> 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: 4/10/18 6:50 am
From: Ray Hodson <rayroztwo...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: texbirds Digest V7 #98
Dear Susan and Don,

We are so sorry to hear your frustration with the world ofbirders that invade your home. We are especially concerned about your surgery. May this be the miracle you need!! We assume it is your continuing jaw pain. Blessings, blessings sent to you from beautiful East Texas. Please let us know how it turns out, you need to be able to enjoy the spring migration with the rest of us! Love to you both,

Sent from my iPad

> On Apr 10, 2018, at 12:05 AM, FreeLists Mailing List Manager <ecartis...> wrote:
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> texbirds Digest Mon, 09 Apr 2018 Volume: 07 Issue: 098
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> In This Issue:
> [texbirds] 4-9-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bir
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
> Date: Mon, 9 Apr 2018 12:48:10 -0500
> Subject: [texbirds] 4-9-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuar
>
> 4-9-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
> Thanks to our super volunteers the Kay’s, they reported the Golden-Crowned Sparrow that came running when they fed in the horrid cold weather.
>
> I also would like to share my frustration with people not following instructions for visiting. For example—got a phone call that wasn’t in my contacts, so it went to voicemail with my spam filter and I responded to the voicemail and sent visit info via text message, which I normally don’t do. I then get an email from the person and they have their email messed up on replying and it can’t get to them—the ending domain was missing. I then get an email from someone in their party that they will be at the gate at a certain time and send the code. I wrote and said this is my home and can you please introduce yourself. They then wrote another email from the contact form with essentially the same thing and still didn’t introduce themselves. Meanwhile, I’m busy with preregistration for surgery and other important stuff. I try to be patient and responsive, but this is something that happens constantly and I seriously can’t bird because of feeling dreadful and spending
a
> ll my time responding to people multiple times that can’t follow instructions. These things are very problematic! I deal with so many requests/day and my energy is spent responding and not birding myself. I spent $2500. To set up the webpage awhile ago and with my slow internet, I haven’t been able to go in and edit stuff easily, but most of this stuff is easy and if they follow the instructions, it takes less steps, but they rarely do. I’m including the link to visiting.
>
> 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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>
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Date: 4/9/18 10:49 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 4-9-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
4-9-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Thanks to our super volunteers the Kay’s, they reported the Golden-Crowned Sparrow that came running when they fed in the horrid cold weather.

I also would like to share my frustration with people not following instructions for visiting. For example—got a phone call that wasn’t in my contacts, so it went to voicemail with my spam filter and I responded to the voicemail and sent visit info via text message, which I normally don’t do. I then get an email from the person and they have their email messed up on replying and it can’t get to them—the ending domain was missing. I then get an email from someone in their party that they will be at the gate at a certain time and send the code. I wrote and said this is my home and can you please introduce yourself. They then wrote another email from the contact form with essentially the same thing and still didn’t introduce themselves. Meanwhile, I’m busy with preregistration for surgery and other important stuff. I try to be patient and responsive, but this is something that happens constantly and I seriously can’t bird because of feeling dreadful and spending a
ll my time responding to people multiple times that can’t follow instructions. These things are very problematic! I deal with so many requests/day and my energy is spent responding and not birding myself. I spent $2500. To set up the webpage awhile ago and with my slow internet, I haven’t been able to go in and edit stuff easily, but most of this stuff is easy and if they follow the instructions, it takes less steps, but they rarely do. I’m including the link to visiting.

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

Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
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Date: 4/8/18 4:40 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Warbler Woods Warblers
Not all of the birds are being reported to ebird, so you don’t get a complete look by following the link in my signature line, which gives you the ebird data. Large flock of Orange-crowned Warbler & Nashville Warbler today & Black-throated-green Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler reported lately. I haven’t been out much, so not seeing much.
This week is full of medical procedures and major surgery, so I won’t be able to answer email quickly at times. We also had another gate climber that came to the door and rang the doorbell. Do you realize how alarming this is when you don’t hear a vehicle and someone is at the door and you live on acreage? It ended up being a birder that didn’t read their email with info on visiting, but seriously, please don’t climb my gate—you can contact me via email quickly, most of the time. For some reason, this has been the year of gate climbers. My info for visiting also includes best procedure for the gate. This is most alarming to me and my dogs, which are also startled and no one was expected late afternoon. Please!!!!

Susan Schaezler
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Date: 4/8/18 11:30 am
From: Iris and Sonny Bratz <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender ibratz for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Waller Co Eurasian Wigeon
The Eurasian Wigeon was seen this morning in Waller County at the same location (Indiangrass Preserve) off Hebert Road that it has been for the past four days. It was at the South end and requires a scope. It was swimming back and forth in plain view right next to the grass/weed line. Up the road a bit toward 362 there is a dirt field that had numerous Buff-breasted Sandpipers, American Golden Plovers, Baird's and Pectoral Sandpipers.

Sonny Bratz
Victoria

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Date: 4/8/18 10:09 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Bolivar to the Coast on Wednesday, returning shorebirds, terns, whistling ducks and the lingering adult bald eagle.
Started off on the sunrise ferry ride from Galveston to Bolivar but stayed
in the car as lots of water washing over the ferry and vehicles.
Poking around Port Bolivar in the gloom of a very cloudy morning found my
first whimbrel, pectoral sandpipers and spotted sandpipers of the spring.
They would be joined later by good numbers of other first of the season
shorebirds.

Fort Travis had a single golden plover and there were other scattered
plovers going up the peninsula.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167266992

And were sometimes mixed with black-bellied plovers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167266991

A few marbled godwits and short-billed dowitchers were at the puddles and
some of the godwits were developing orange bills for their breeding attire
and departure in the near future

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167266993

Retillon road was generally quiet in the gale and getting out to the beach
found most birds hunkered down behind cover and facing into the wind. Many
of the regulars had found shelter elsewhere. Many shorebirds were roosting
back inland from the beach both due to the wind and high tide covering much
of the feeding areas.

The wind was the best I have walked in for many years but early there was
no sand blowing as the rain had wetted everything enough. Later in the am,
going east, there were blowing sheets of sand as things dried out and the
birds there were all gone.

Tides had been higher on the sand than in recent weeks and much of the
water hyacinth root mats were moved down the beach or removed. The
remaining spots all had shorebirds hiding from the wind. American avocets
had a different take on shelter and formed a tight mass of birds facing
into the wind. It at least was good for the back birds. Periodically, the
front birds would walk around to the back or side of the flock. The area
where late nesting least terns used successfully last summer was flooded
but most of the area behind the barrier stayed dry this storm.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167266996

There were several large tern flocks along bolivar and each had different
mixes of species. Common terns and sandwich terns were the commonest in all
the flocks but the mix of adult and first year common terns fluctuated. A
week ago, there were only a few sandwich terns and many more royal terns.

One flock had a number of Bonaparte's gulls who are starting to get black
heads

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167266997

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167266998

This was the normal common tern pattern

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167267001

This common tern spent the morning biting other terns on the back end. I
watched it rapidly walk up to more than a dozen common, forster's, royal
and sandwich terns and bite them, not just peck. Here it gets ready to do a
sandwich tern. Never saw that before but terns will object to a nearby
bird etc.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167267005

Sandwich terns are starting to display

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167267006

And a fair number were getting a pink glow to the plumage. As usual, my
camera did not really want to show the pink. It must be a function of the
Nikon breed.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167267004

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167267003

Going up the beach found 4 gray red knots, stilt and solitary sandpipers
along the sand and ditches.

Stopped at the High Island woods and very few birds. Going across 1985 had
the very white Krider's hawk feeding way out in the great big field. Had a
snake which it left with after a number of grackles started harassing it.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167266985

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/167266986

Anahuac Refuge was well populated. Not too many birds around but a flock of
say 150 fulvous whistling ducks flew by. A male mallard with a curly tail
remained in the oyster bayou tract along with both teal, shoverlers,
gadwalls etc.

When I made the turn past the visitor center, all of the ibis and
dowitchers went up and flew around. No one seemed to be making passes but
when I got past the trees, the adult bald eagle that has been hanging
around was heading northwest.

And finally, a single broad-winged hawk was going east near white's park
and I-10.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 4/7/18 10:09 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lubbock Area Birding Summary for March - Longish
Lubbock received 0.87 inches of rain during March, a tad above the average
monthly total of 0.76 inches bringing us up to 1.05 inches for the year,
well below the year-to-date average of 1.97 inches. This may sound like a
rebound but, with almost no rain during the last quarter of 2017, close to
50% of my region remains in extreme drought and the remainder is in severe
drought Birding went as well as could be expected given the paucity of
standing water.
Regional summaries of eBird data can not be acquired in a timely fashion.
As a result, records submitted to eBird may not appear in this report.
Reports from the region that are submitted to the texbirds or leasbirds
listserve can be reviewed in a timely fashion and should appear.

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

Some February reports that came in late or that I missed:

COMMON RAVEN: 2 at Lake Alan Henry (garza) on 2/26/18 (SK) and 6 at Lake
Alan Henry (Kent) on 2/26/18 (SK).

PURPLE MARTIN: 2 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 2/27/18 9GJ, PJ).

FIELD SPARROW: 50 at Lake Alan Henry (Garza) on 2/26/18 (SK) - A HIGH
NUMBER FOR A SINGLE REPORT.

BLACK-THROATED SPARROW: 5 at Lake Alan Henry (Garza) on 2/26/18 (SK) - A
GOOD NUMBER AT OUR SOLE FAVORED BREEDING SITE FOR THE SPECIES.

And on to March:

WOOD DUCK: 17 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 3/3/18 (LM), 2 at Putt Putt
Playa (Lubbock) on 3/4/18 (LZ), and 2 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on
3/24/18 (PK) - LOW NUMBER OF REPORTS AND NUMBERS.

WATERFOWL: ALL OF OUR NORMAL WATERFOWL (GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, SNOW
GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, CANADA GOOSE, NORTHERN SHOVELER,
GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, MALLARD, NORTHERN PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL,
RING-NECKED DUCK, LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK)
WERE IN LOW NUMBERS THROUGHOUT THE PERIOD, SUGGESTING A DROUGHT-INDUCED
EARLY WITHDRAWAL FROM THE REGION.

BLUE-WINGED TEAL: 2 near Barwise (Hale) on 3/15/18 (DH), 2 at the FM 37 x
FM 378 Playa (Floyd) on 3/24/18 (AH), and 3 at Eagle's Hall Park (Floyd) on
3/31/18 (AH) the only reports - RIGHT ON TIME BUT A TAD LOW.

CINNAMON TEAL: 2 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 3/2/18 (LZ), 2 at Lake Alan Henry
(Garza) on 3/21/18 (SK), 1 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 3/22/18 (JC), 3 at FM
37 x FM 378 Playa (Floyd) on 3/24/18 (AH), 2 at the FM 37 x FM 378 Playa
(Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH), and 2 at the Lockney WTP (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH) -
RIGHT ON TIME BUT A TAD LOW.

CANVASBACK: 3 at the TTU WTP (Lubbock) on 3/4/18 (LZ) and 4 near South
Plains (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH) the only reports - LOW.

REDHEAD: 2 at the Lockney WTP (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH) the only report -
VERY LOW.

RING-NECKED PHEASANT: 2 near Petersburg (Hale) on 3/13/18 (JC), 1 near
Barwise (Hale) on 3/15/18 (DH), and 1 near New Moore (Lynn) on 3/22/18
(MDL) - LOW; THE LATTER IS THE FIRST REPORT OF THE SPECIES THIS FAR SOUTH
IN OUR REGION IN SOME TIME.

INCA DOVE: 2-3 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) through the period (LM), 1-3 in
a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) from 3/10/18 through 3/21/18 (CR, FR), and 1 in
Floydada (Floyd) n 3/24/18 (AH) - GOOD NUMBERS AND A GOOD NUMBER OF REPORTS
- A REBOUND IN THE REGION?

COMMON POORWILL: 1 near Post (Garza) on 3/15/18 (AH) - AN EARLY REPORT FOR
THE REGION.

BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD: 1 male near Lakeview (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH) -
RUNNING A BIT LATE AND A BIT LOW.

BLACK-NECKED STILT: 5 at Mae Simmons Park (Lubbock) on 3/22/18 (JC), 2 in
Floydada (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH), and 7 at the Lockney WTP (Floyd) on
3/31/18 (AH) - FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL THIS EARLY IN THE YEAR; NOW EXPECTED
DURING THE LATTER HALF OF MARCH.

AMERICAN AVOCET: 23 at McAlister Park (Lubbock) on 3/22/18 (LZ), 2 at Guy
Park (Lubbock) on 3/26/18 (JM), 3 at the FM 37 x FM 378 Playa (Floyd) on
3/31/18 (AH), 14 at the Lockney WTP (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH), 13 near Cedar
Hill (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH), and 4 near South Plains (Floyd) on 3/31/18
(AH) - FORMERLY RARE THIS EARLY IN THE YEAR; WE NOW EXPECT GOOD NUMBERS IN
THE LATTER HALF OF MARCH.

WILSON'S SNIPE: 2 at Eagle's Hall Park (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH) and 3 in
Floydada (Floyd) on 3/3/18 (AH) - LOW NUMBER OF REPORTS AND LOW NUMBERS.

LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER: 2 at Guy Park (Lubbock) on 3/26/18 (JM) and 2 in
Floydada (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH) - FORMERLY VERY RARE THIS EARLY IN THE
YEAR; NOW EXPECTED DURING THE LATTER HALF OF THE MONTH.

GREATER YELLOWLEGS: 9 in Floydada (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH) and 1 near Cedar
Hill (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH) the only reports - LOW.

FORSTER'S TERN: 5 south of Slaton (Lubbock) on 3/18/18 (AH) - A HIGH NUMBER
FOR A MARCH SIGHTING.

NEOTROPIC CORMORANT: 1 -2 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) throughout the
period (GB, PK, LM) - FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL IN THE REGION; PROBABLY A
PERMANENT RESIDENT, IN SMALL NUMBERS, IN OUR REGION.

GREAT EGRET: 1-2 at Leroy Elmore and Maxey Parks (Lubbock) through the
period (GB, AH), 1 at the Putt Putt Playa (Lubbock) on 3/4/18 (LZ), 1-2 at
Dupree Park (Lubbock) through the latter half of the period (AH), 1 in
Plainview (Hale) on 3/29/18 (NP), and 1 at the Floydada WTP (Floyd) on
3/31/18 (AH) - GOOD NUMBERS FOR THIS EARLY IN THE YEAR.

SNOWY EGRET: 1-2 at Leroy Elmore and Maxey Parks (Lubbock) through the
period (AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR OVERWINTERING BIRDS.

WHITE-FACED IBIS: 1 in Floydada (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH, photographs) -
EARLY.

TURKEY VULTURE: 3 at Lake Alan Henry (Garza, Kent) on 3/12/18 (SK) the
first report of the season - filled out the region quickly thereafter. -
FORMERLY FILLED OUT THE REGION IN APRIL; NOW EXPECTED TO FILL OUT THE AREA
BY THE END OF MARCH.

OSPREY: 1 west of Lubbock (Lubbock) on 3/12/18 (LS) and 1 at Lake Alan
Henry (Garza, Kent) on 3/21/18 (SK) - ABOUT AVERAGE; NUMBERS USUALLY PICK
UP IN APRIL.

WHITE-TAILED KITE: 2 in the region (site protected due to research
concerns) throughout the period (LM, m.ob., photographs) - A RARE BREEDER
IN THE REGION.

HARRIS'S HAWK: 1 in northwest Lubbock (Lubbock) on 3/28/18 (AH) - AN
INTERMITTENT BREEDER IN THE REGION.

SWAINSON'S HAWK: 1 in southwest Lubbock (Lubbock) on 3/22/18 (LZ), 1 south
of Lockney (Floyd) on 3/24/18 (AH), 1 in Floydad (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH), 1
near Allmon (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH), 2 near Fairmont (Floyd) on 3/31/18
(AH), and 3 at the White River crossing of FM 207 (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH) -
FORMERLY VERY RARE THIS EARLY IN THE YEAR; NOW EXPECT THEM TO FILL IN THE
REGION BY LATE MARCH.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK: 1 near Petersburg (Hale) on 3/13/18 (JM), 1 near
Plainview (Hale) on 3/13/18 (JM), 1 near Abernathy (Hale) on 3/17/18 (JB,
TB, LG, JH, DK, AO, SW), 1 near Petersburg (Hale) on 3/17/18 (JB, TB, LG,
JH, AO), and 2 near Spade (Hale) on 3/17/18 (JT) - GOOD NUMBER OF SIGHTINGS
AND GOOD NUMBERS FOR THIS LATE IN THE SEASON.

LONG-EARED OWL: 1 in Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 3/27/18 (DHa, JM, BS) and on
3/28/18 (LMa) - A GREAT SIGHTING OF A SPECIES THAT WAS NEARLY ABSENT FROM
OUR REGION DURING THE WINTER.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER: 1 in the Tech Terrace Neighborhood (Lubbock) on
3/21/18 (WW) - CASUAL, AT BEST, THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON.

GOLDEN-FRONTED WOODPECKER: 1 near Bledsoe (Cochran) on 3/26/18 (FC, DS) -
THIS IS QUITE FAR WEST FOR THE SPECIES IN THIS REGION.

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER: 1 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 3/18/18
(JB, TB, LG, DK, AO, JT, SW) and 1 west of Floydada (Floyd) on 3/24/18 (AH)
the only reports - A TAD LOW.

MERLIN: Five reports of single birds in the region (Cochran, Floyd, Hale,
Kent) during the period (TB, AH, SK, DK, DS, SW) - ABOUT AVERAGE.

PRAIRIE FALCON: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 3/31/18 (KH), 1 north of
Ralls (Crosby) on 3/31/18 (AH), and 1 north of Floydada (Floyd) on 3/31/18
(AH) - FORMERLY MORE COMMON THIS LATE IN THE SEASON.

EASTERN PHOEBE: Eight reports of 1-4 birds in the region (Floyd, Garza,
Kent) during the period (AH, SK) - ABOUT AVERAGE, THANKS TO REPORTS COMING
IN FROM LAKE ALAN HENRY.

SAY'S PHOEBE: 1 at Lake Alan Henry (Garza) on 3/21/18 (SK), 2 at Plains
Baptist Assembly (Floyd) on 3/24/18 (AH), 1 south of Lockney (Floyd) on
3/24/18 (AH), 1 south of Lehman (Cochran) on 3/25/18 (DS), and 1 at the
Lockney WTP (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH) - GOOD NUMBER OF REPORTS AND NUMBERS.

VERMILION FLYCATCHER: 1 male at Lake Alan Henry (Garza0 on 3/14/18 (SK), 1
male at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 3/18/18 (JB, TB, LG, DK, AO, JT,
SW), 1 female at Lake Alan Henry (Garza) on 3/21/18 (SK), 1 male at the
Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 3/21/18 (BS, photographs), and 1 male at
Plains Baptist Assembly (Floyd) on 3/24/18 (AH) - FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO
THE REGION; NOW ON THE VERGE OF BECOMING A PERMANENT, ALBEIT SCARCE,
RESIDENT.

ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER: 1 at Plains Baptist Assembly (Floyd) on 3/24/18
(AH) and 2 at the White River crossing of FM 207 (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH)
the only reports - RUNNING A BIT LATE THIS YEAR.

WESTERN KINGBIRD: NO REPORTS AT ALL - RUNNING LATE BY RECENT YEARS'
STANDARDS.

SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER: 1 near Justiceburg (Garza) on 3/18/18 (DK), 1 at
the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 3/28/18 (KH), 2 north of Ralls (Crosby) on
3/31/18 (AH), and 1 north of Lockney (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH) - RUNNING A
BIT LATE IN TERMS OF NUMBERS FILLING OUT.

COMMON RAVEN: Ten reports of 2-4 birds in the region (Floyd, Garza, Kent)
during the period (AH, SK, DK) - ABOUT AVERAGE - AFTER A SLOW WINTER.

PURPLE MARTIN: 8 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 3/13/18 (GJ, PJ) had
increased to 6 pairs by 3/24/18 (GJ, PJ), 4 at Plains Baptist Assembly
(Floyd) on 4/24/18 (AH), 1 in Crosbyton (Crosby) on 3/31/18 (AH), 8 at the
Lockney WTP (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH), and 32 near Lakeview (Floyd) on
3/31/18 (AH) - GOOD NUMBERS; HOPEFULLY THE DROUGHT WILL LIFT A BIT,
ALLOWING SUCCESSFUL BREEDING.

TREE SWALLOW: 3 at Tahoka Lake Pasture (Lynn) on 3/11/18 (DH, RS, DW, LW),
1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 3/18/18 (LM), and 7 at the Lockney WTP
(Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH) - GOOD NUMBER OF REPORTS FOR THIS EARLY IN THE
SEASON.

CLIFF SWALLOW: 1 at the Los Lingos Creek crossing of FM 1065 (Floyd) on
3/31/18 (AH) and 4 in Lubbock (Lubbock) on 3/31/18 (AH) - FORMERLY
ACCIDENTAL THIS EARLY IN THE YEAR; WE NOW EXPECT A FEW LATE MARCH RECORDS.

CAVE SWALLOW: 2 west of Floydada (Floyd) on 3/24/18 (AH) and 5 near
Lakeview (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH) - FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL THIS EARLY IN THE
YEAR; WE NOW EXPECT A FEW LATE MARCH RECORDS.

BARN SWALLOW: 1 over Lubbock (Lubbock) on 3/13/18 (GJ, PJ) the first report
of the season. Twelve reports of 2-8 birds in the region (Cochran, Floyd,
Hale, Lubbock) during the remainder of the period (DH, AH, LMa, LM, DS) -
GOOD NUMBERS FOR THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON.

VERDIN: 2 at Lake Alan Henry (Garza) on 3/14/18 (SK) the only report -
FORMERLY FAIRLY EASY TO FIND AS FAR WEST AS A LINE RUNNING FROM FLOYD TO
LUBBOCK TO LYNN COUNTIES; NOW QUITE RARE WEST OF A LINE RUNNING FROM MOTLEY
TO DICKENS TO GARZA COUNTIES.

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH: 1-3 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) through the
period (JB, TB, LG, DK, AO, JT, SW, LZ) - LOW NUMBERS GIVEN THE START WE
HAD TO THE WINTER SEASON.

ROCK WREN: 2 at Plains Baptist Assembly (Floyd) on 3/24/18 (AH) the only
report - LOW.

CANYON WREN: 2 at Plains Baptist Assembly (Floyd) on 3/24/18 (AH) and 1 at
the White River crossing of FM 207 (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH) - A BIT LOW.

HOUSE WREN: 1 in a Littlefield yard (Lamb) on 3/10/18 (AR) and 1 near
Fairmont (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH) the only reports - A BIT LOW.

WINTER WREN: 1 at Eagle's Hall Park (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH) the only report
- A TAD LOW.

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER: 1 at the Lubbock Cemetery (LubbocK) on 3/18/18 (DK)
- A TAD LOW; NUMBERS SHOULD PICK UP IN APRIL.

EASTERN BLUEBIRD: 4 at Plains Baptist Assembly (Floyd) on 3/24/18 (AH) the
only report - A TAD LOW.

WESTERN BLUEBIRD: 4 at Lake Alan Henry (Kent) on 3/14/18 (SK) - BLUEBIRD
DISTRIBUTION IS BECOMING INCREASINGLY ODD IN OUR REGION - THIS IS FAR SOUTH
AND EAST OF THE SPECIES' TYPICAL DISTRIBUTION IN THE REGION.

MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD: 8 at Lake Alan Henry (Garza) on 3/12/18 (SK), 3 near
Allmon (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH), and 2 at the Floydada Cemetery (Floyd) on
3/31/18 (AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THE WIND-DOWN FROM A GOODISH WINTER.

TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE: 1 in the Tech Terrace neighborhood (Lubbock) on
3/10/18 (WW) and on 3/22/18 (WW) and 1 at Plains Baptist Assembly (Floyd)
on 3/24/18 (AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE.

HERMIT THRUSH: 1 at Plains Baptist Assembly (Floyd) on 3/24/18 (AH) and 1
at Eagle's Hall Park (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH) the only reports - LOW.

SAGE THRASHER: 3 at Lake Alan Henry (Garza) on 3/2/18 (SK), 1 south of
Lehman (Cochran) on 3/245/18 (DS), 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 3/28/18
(KH) and on 3/31/18 (KH), and 1 near Fairmont (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH) -
GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER FOR THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON; WE USUALLY SEE A
PEAK IN APRIL.

CEDAR WAXWING: Thirty reports of 1-8 birds and six reports of 18-30 birds
in the region (Floyd, Lamb, Lubbock) during the period (JB, AC, LG, AH, EH,
DK, PK, LM, AO, ER, JT) - A VERY NICE PICKUP, IN TERMS OF SIGHTINGS AND
NUMBERS, AFTER A VERY POOR WINTER.

PURPLE FINCH: 1 female in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 3/31/18 (LM,
photographs) - CASUAL TO THE REGION - A GREAT SIGHTING!

RED CROSSBILL: 1-4 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 3/17/18 (PK) and
3/18/18 (JB, TB, LG, AO, SW) - PROBABLY THE END OF A VERY SOLID IRRUPTION
INTO THE REGION.

PINE SISKIN: Eighteen reports of 2-8 and sixteen reports of 14-30 birds in
the region (Cochran, Floyd, Lamb, Lubbock) during the period (AH, GJ, PJ,
LM, AR, DS) - GOOD NUMBERS BUT POOR SCATTER.

LESSER GOLDFINCH: 2 at the White River x FM 207 crossing (Floyd) on 3/31/18
(AH) the only report - RIGHT ON TIME FOR RETURNING BIRDS.

LAPLAND LONGSPUR: Seven reports of 1-7 birds (Hale, Lynn) during the period
(JB, TB, LG, DH, JH, AO, RS, JT, DW, LW) - GOOD SCATTER, ALBEIT LOW
NUMBERS, AFTER A PARTICULARLY POOR WINTER IN THE REGION.

CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR: Four reports of 4-10 birds, four reports of
11-20 birds, one report of 35 birds, and one report of 60 birds in the
region (Floyd, Hale, Lynn) during the period (JB, TB, LG, DH, AH, JH, KD,
AO, RS, DW, LW, SW) - GOOD SCATTER, ALBEIT LOW NUMBERS, AFTER A
PARTICULARLY POOR WINTER IN THE REGION.

MCCOWN'S LONGSPUR: NO REPORTS AT ALL - SURPRISING, GIVEN THE NUMBER OF
OTHER LONGSPURS DETECTED DURING THE PERIOD.

CASSIN'S SPAROW: 1 south of Lehman (Cochran) on 3/25/18 (DS) - RIGHT ON
TIME BUT A BIT LOW IN NUMBER THUS FAR.

CHIPPING SPARROW: 4 at Lake Alan Henry (Garza) on 3/12/18 (SK), 12-15 at
Lake Alan Henry (Garza) on 3/14/18 (SK), 3 at Lake Alan Henry (Kent) on
3/14/18 (SK), 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 3/31/18 (KH), and 2 near
Lakeview (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH) - RUNNING LATE AND RUNNING LOW.

CLAY-COLORED SPARROW: Single birds at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 3/5/18
(KH), 3/8/18 (KH), 3/15/18 (KH), and 3/17/18 (KH) and 1 at Plains Baptist
Assembly (Floyd) on 3/24/18 (AH) - RIGHT ON TIME BUT LOW IN NUMBERS THUS
FAR.

BREWER'S SPARROW: 1 south of Lehman (Cochran) on 3/25/18 (DS), and 2-3 at
the Himmel Farm (Crosby) from 3/28/18 through 3/31/18 (KH) - RIGHT ON TIME
AND GOOD NUMBERS.

GRASSHOPPER SPARROW: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on3/31/18 (KH) - RUNNING
LATE AND LOW.

SWAMP SPARROW: 1 at Plains Baptist Assembly (Floyd) on 3/24/18 (AH) the
only report - LOW NUMBERS; AN EARLY DEPARTURE FROM THE REGION IS SUGGESTED.

FOX SPARROW: 1 at Plains Baptist Assembly (Floyd) on 3/24/18 (AH) - LOW
NUMBERS; AN EARLY DEPARTURE FROM THE REGION IS SUGGESTED.

WHITE-THROATED SPARROW: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 3/24/18 (GJ, PJ)
the only sighting reported - LOW NUMBERS; AN EARLY DEPARTURE FROM THE
REGION IS SUGGESTED.

YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 3/17/18 (KH), 1
near Hale Center (Hale) on 3/17/18 (JB, TB, LG, JH, DK, JT, SW), and 1 near
South Plains (Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH) - GOOD SCATTER, ALBEIT LOW NUMBERS,
FOR EARLY SPRING.

BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER: 1 south of Lehman (Cochran) on 3/25/18 (DS) - AN
EARLY REPORT FOR THE REGION BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER: 2 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 3/18/18 (JB,
TB, LG, DK, AO, JT, SW) and 1 in the Tech Terrace neighborhood (Lubbock) on
3/22/18 (WW) - VERY LOW NUMBERS.

COMMON YELLOWTHROAT: 1 male at the Los Lingos Creek crossing of FM 1065
(Floyd) on 3/31/18 (AH) the only report - A TAD LOW.

OBSERVERS: GB=Grant Beauprez, JB=Jean Booth, TB=Till Burnett, FC=Fred
Collins, AC=Anita Cooper, JC=Jim Crites, MDL=Manuel De Leon, LG=Liz Garney,
DHa=Danny Hancock, DH=Drew Harvey, AH=Anthony Hewetson, EH=Ellen
Hildebrandt, KH=Kelly Himmel, JH=Joseph Hood, GJ=George Jury, PJ=Pat Jury,
SK=Stephen Kasper, DK=Delaney Kempf, PKe=Peter Keyel, LMa=Larry Mays,
LM=Liam McGuire, JM=Jennifer Miller, AO=Alice O'Donell, AR=Anona Roberts,
CR=Clarice Robertson, FR=Floyd Robertson, DS=Dennis Shepler, BS=Brad Shine,
LS=Leanna Smith, RS=Ray Steelman, JT=Jane Tillman, DW=Deb Wallace, LW=Lee
Wallace, WW=William Wenthe, SW=Sue Wright, LZ=Lena Zappia.

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 4/7/18 10:07 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: 4-7-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Obviously, my keyboard and fingers isn’t communicating at times—put this as July! I miss the old days with real keyboards—I work on an iPad Pro
Another cart with a flat tire! Also, Eagle Scout project starting to put a covered blind in at Thomas’ Meadow—it will be quite nice! The well bill for fixing the Old Barn well was only $800–luckily, $1500 pump was on warranty.

Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
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> On Apr 7, 2018, at 9:36 AM, Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> wrote:
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> Susan,
> Have I been asleep for 3 months- July 7th?😳
>
> Keith
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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>> On Apr 7, 2018, at 9:06 AM, Susan Schaezler <susan...> wrote:
>>
>> 7-7-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
>> Golden-Crowned Sparrow continues at Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
>> Been here since 12-11-17
>>
>> Susan Schaezler
>> WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
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Date: 4/7/18 7:06 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 7-7-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
7-7-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Golden-Crowned Sparrow continues at Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Been here since 12-11-17

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501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
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Date: 4/7/18 5:55 am
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...>
Subject: [texbirds] 59 species on King Ranch
A group of experienced birders recorded 59 species on the Norias division
of the King Ranch, including Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl, Northern
Beardless-Tyrannulet, Tropical Parula, and Audubon's Oriole. Complete
checklist at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44319794
--
Jim Sinclair (TX-ESA)
TOS Life Member
Kingsville, TX

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


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Date: 4/6/18 1:59 pm
From: Gary Roberts <sgricr76...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Dave Hedges
So sorry to hear about Dave Hedges. He and Linda were responsible for "Gene" and I taking over the Park Host duties at Bentsen Rio Grande State Park where we served for ten years. From there they moved to the Davis Mtn area and contined their great service. Linda, Our thoughts and paryers are good thoughts and prayers for you. We will always think fondly of our times together.

S. Gary & 'Gene" Roberts
Austin, Texas
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On Fri, 4/6/18, Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> wrote:

Subject: [texbirds] Dave Hedges
To: "<texbirds...>" <Texbirds...>
Date: Friday, April 6, 2018, 10:00 AM

...
  I am so saddened to hear of
Dave's passing this morning. His spirit will
always be in the Davis Mountains and
the preserve.  Thank you David and
bless you Linda.  Our thoughts are
with you during this very sad time for
you. We love you.
--
Brush Freeman
<http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
Utley & Cedar Park, Texas


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Date: 4/6/18 9:57 am
From: Carolyndill <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender carolyn_dill for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Eurasian Wigeon Waller County
The Euroasian Wigeon is still around. Must enter Katy Conservatory gravel road. Best to have a scope. Seen really well. Several birders here. Noon Friday.

Carolyn Dill
Formerly Houston
( and moving back !)



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> On Apr 6, 2018, at 10:59 AM, Jack Evins <jcevins...> wrote:
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> Any reports of this bird's persisting today?
> Jack Evins
> Galveston
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>> On Thu, Apr 5, 2018, 8:19 PM Candy McNamee <birdbug62...> wrote:
>>
>> The Wigeon was still present with other birders still watching it when I
>> left after 6pm.
>>
>> Candy McNamee
>> NW Houston
>>
>>
>>
>>> On Apr 5, 2018, at 3:27 PM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>>>
>>> I just got a call from John Berner of a Eurasian Wigeon at the pond near
>>> the Katy Prairie Conservacy Building on Hebert Road
>>> --
>>> David Sarkozi
>>> Houston, TX
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Date: 4/6/18 9:18 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Eurasian Wigeon Waller County
I have second hand information that the bird was present this morning but has flown off. I am not aware of it being relocated currently.


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

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner
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Cc: <david...>; Texbirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Eurasian Wigeon Waller County

Any reports of this bird's persisting today?
Jack Evins
Galveston

On Thu, Apr 5, 2018, 8:19 PM Candy McNamee <birdbug62...> wrote:

> The Wigeon was still present with other birders still watching it when
> I left after 6pm.
>
> Candy McNamee
> NW Houston
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>
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> > On Apr 5, 2018, at 3:27 PM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
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> > I just got a call from John Berner of a Eurasian Wigeon at the pond
> > near the Katy Prairie Conservacy Building on Hebert Road
> > --
> > David Sarkozi
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Date: 4/6/18 9:00 am
From: Jack Evins <jcevins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Eurasian Wigeon Waller County
Any reports of this bird's persisting today?
Jack Evins
Galveston

On Thu, Apr 5, 2018, 8:19 PM Candy McNamee <birdbug62...> wrote:

> The Wigeon was still present with other birders still watching it when I
> left after 6pm.
>
> Candy McNamee
> NW Houston
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> > On Apr 5, 2018, at 3:27 PM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
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> > I just got a call from John Berner of a Eurasian Wigeon at the pond near
> > the Katy Prairie Conservacy Building on Hebert Road
> > --
> > David Sarkozi
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Date: 4/6/18 8:02 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Dave Hedges
...
I am so saddened to hear of Dave's passing this morning. His spirit will
always be in the Davis Mountains and the preserve. Thank you David and
bless you Linda. Our thoughts are with you during this very sad time for
you. We love you.
--
Brush Freeman
<http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
Utley & Cedar Park, Texas


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Date: 4/6/18 6:40 am
From: Shelly Plante <Shelly.Plante...>
Subject: [texbirds] Birding Classic Conservation Grants due May 1st
Let me try this one more time by simply typing it all out. I hope it doesn't come up as crazy characters this time.
Do you have an avian habitat conservation, acquisition, or enhancement project to fund? Submit your project proposal now to be eligible for potential funding from the Great Texas Birding Classic (www.birdingclassic.org<http://www.birdingclassic.org>). Funds raised through this annual event fund projects throughout the state each year, with $918,500 in grants given to date!

Submit your project proposal form by May 1st for consideration by this year's winning teams. Visit Conservation Grants (www.tpwd.texas.gov/events/great-texas-birding-classic/prizes<http://www.tpwd.texas.gov/events/great-texas-birding-classic/prizes>) for project criteria, proposal forms, and a list of previously funded projects. Select winning teams choose which conservation projects are funded each year, and selected projects will be announced this July.

Proposal deadline is Tuesday, May 1, 2018!

If you have any questions about your proposal or the Birding Classic, feel free to email or call me.

Thanks,
Shelly
______________________
Shelly Plante
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Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept.
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Date: 4/5/18 6:19 pm
From: Candy McNamee <birdbug62...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Eurasian Wigeon Waller County
The Wigeon was still present with other birders still watching it when I left after 6pm.

Candy McNamee
NW Houston



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> --
> David Sarkozi
> Houston, TX
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Date: 4/5/18 1:37 pm
From: Shelly Plante <Shelly.Plante...>
Subject: [texbirds] Funding Available for Bird Conservation Grants
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Date: 4/5/18 1:28 pm
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Eurasian Wigeon Waller County
I just got a call from John Berner of a Eurasian Wigeon at the pond near
the Katy Prairie Conservacy Building on Hebert Road
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Houston, TX
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Date: 4/5/18 7:32 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 4-5-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Golden-Crowned Sparrow seen 4-5-18 by Susan & John Lowe @ @Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary, WarblerWoods.org, Cibolo:Schertz/Guadalupe, to visit: http://www.warblerwoods.org/visitor-instructions.html. Please follow directions if requesting a visit
I’m having surgery next week

Susan Schaezler
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Date: 4/4/18 2:54 pm
From: Shelly Plante <Shelly.Plante...>
Subject: [texbirds] Conservation funding available: May 1 deadline
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Date: 4/4/18 12:26 pm
From: Shelly Plante <Shelly.Plante...>
Subject: [texbirds] Funding Available for Bird Conservation Grants
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Date: 4/4/18 8:21 am
From: Joel Simon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender joel.simon44 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Birdiest Festival in America
For a complete list of field trips, talks,and events go to http://www.birdiestfestival.org./Like last year the King Ranch Norias Division will probably sell out, but there are still a few spots left.  In addition, there will be half day trip to the Laureles Division.  If youlike warblers, shorebirds, or hawks there is a trip for you.  This year we are also offering field trips, talks and workshops for photography.  Tour the Fennessey Ranch on a hay wagon or watch seabirds from a boat trip on the "Skimmer".  Come join us!!!Joel SimonEvent CoordinatorPosted with permission


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Date: 4/3/18 7:46 pm
From: <mitch...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lost Maples April 1
Hi all,

Just a quick note in case of interest.

Kathy and I did a few miles Lost Maples SNA on April 1,
no foolin'. Lots still not in yet of course, but pretty
birdy. Things we heard or saw were Audubon's Oriole,
White-tipped Dove, Olive Sparrow, maybe 10 Golden-cheeked
Warbler (seemed low) including one nice female, maybe 3
Black-capped Vireo up on top of bluffs over the main bigger
pond, a pair of Black-throated Sparrow up there too, Scott's
Oriole and the rest of the usual cast. Like Scrub-Jay,
Hutton's Vireo, Black-and-white Warbler and Louisiana
Waterthrush, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Canyon Wren, Common
Raven, only one Yellow-throated Vireo and one Summer
Tanager, more soon, a half-dozen singing male Yellow-
throated Warbler.

Around Utopia Scissor-tailed Flycatcher made it back
in modest numbers about April 1, Ruby-throated Hummer
on March 29, Bell's Vireo on the 31st. The occasional
Ringed or Green Kingfisher visits the park in town, a
calling Couch's Kingbird was in our yard Mar. 25.

Mitch

Mitch Heindel
Utopia
www.utopianature.com


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Date: 4/3/18 2:28 pm
From: Lee Pasquali <l.pasquali.birds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Polliwog Pond
Has anyone been to Polliwog Pond recently?
Are the trails passable?

Thanks for your response,
Lee Pasquali
North San Antonio


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Date: 4/3/18 11:31 am
From: Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] Seats available for Austin field trip
We have some seats available for the Kleb Woods birding bus trip to Austin to search of Golden-cheeked Warblers and other Hill Country birds. The trip is this Friday, April 6. You must be at least 50 years old to participate. If you are interested, please email <klebwoods...><mailto:<klebwoods...> or call 281-357-5324 as soon as possible. The trips are free, but you must bring your own lunch. Below are the details:
Please note the early departure for this trip!!!!

The bus will leave the Kleb Woods parking lot (20303 Draper Rd., Tomball, TX 77377) at 5:00 AM, so please arrive before then with enough time to use the restroom and get settled on the bus. It is recommended that you arrive no later than 4:30 AM. We will be headed to Austin to search for Golden-cheeked Warblers. Our first stop will be Emma Long Metropolitan Park. This is our best shot at finding our target species. Next, we will go to Commons Ford Ranch Metropolitan Park. Here you will have plenty of time to eat your picnic lunch and look for more birds. Keep your eye out for Ringed Kingfisher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay, Yellow-throated Warbler, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, and other Hill Country specialties. The bus will return to the Kleb Woods parking lot at 5:00 PM.

In addition to a lunch, drinks, and snacks, don't for get to bring comfortable clothing, hats, sunscreen, bug spray, binoculars, cameras, scopes, and your favorite field guide.


Thanks,

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

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



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Date: 4/2/18 8:13 am
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Gulls and MArtin Reid
This morning's issue of the Wall Street Journal sports an article about
gull identification on the front page. The very first birder quoted in the
article is Texan [transplanted from across the Pond] Martin Reid. Martin is
well-known for his obsession [and expertise] with gulls.
Keith Arnold
Bryan/TAMU


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Date: 4/1/18 5:01 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] The 2018 Tri-County Competition - March Report
This year the competition will feature three competitors and their counties
(Brandon Best with Hill County, Anthony Hewetson with Floyd County, and
Rich Kostecke with Lee County).
Again, we will be weighting our county totals to eBird county totals which,
at the end of 2017, stood at 225 species in Floyd County, 230 species in
Hill County, and 251 species in Lee County. Species added to the counties
during 2018 will not become a part of this weighting.

A change introduced this year - to make things fairer in terms of people's
work schedules - is that we only get two visits (to last no longer than one
day) to our counties per month.

The counties are close to each other in size and varieties of habitat
available with Hill County having the advantage of most permanent water,
Lee County having the advantage of a more southerly location, and Floyd
County having the advantage of a potentially better blend of eastern and
western species.

The results at the end of January: Anthony was ever so slightly in the lead
with 113 species (out of 225) or 50.2222%, Brandon was ever so slightly
behind with 113 species (out of 230) or 49.1304%, and Rich was a bit
further behind with 115 species (out of 251) or 45.8167%.

Rich made an early move in March adding Cooper's Hawk, Scissor-tailed
Flycatcher, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Greater Roadrunner, Bewick's Wren,
Sharp-shinned Hawk, Yellow-throated Vireo, and Northern Parula to his 2018
Lee County list on the 10th, moving up to 124 species (49.4024%), moving
briefly into second place.

This was clearly intolerable to Brandon and he went out on the 17th, adding
House Wren, White-eyed Vireo, Blue-winged Teal, Wild Turkey, Pine Siskin,
Tree Swallow, White-breasted Nuthatch, Neotropic Cormorant, Black-and-white
Warbler, Barn Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Baird's Sandpiper,
and Canyon Wren, rocking his total up to 126 species (54, 7826%) and
seizing the lead.

Anthony found this a bit perturbing and got out during the *morning *(mostly)
of the 24th and added Vermilion Flycatcher, Purple Martin, Turkey Vulture,
Clay-colored Sparrow, Barn Swallow, Canyon Towhee, Carolina Wren,
Ash-throated Flycatcher, Cave Swallow, Cinnamon Teal (wasn't that a hit by
Neil Young), Blue-winged Teal, Swainson's Hawk, and Inca Dove to his 2018
Floyd County list, bringing him up to 126 species (56.00000%).

Anthony's lead was short-lived (hours, maybe) as Brandon wrapped up his
second visit to Hill County of the month during the* afternoon* of the
24th, picking up Lark Sparrow, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Horned Lark,
American Golden Plover, Northern Parula, Merlin, Hairy Woodpecker, and
Cliff Swallow, bringing him up to 134 species (58.2609%) in Hill County for
2018.

Kostecke got out again on the 30th and added Wood Thrush, Purple Martin,
Swainson's Thrush, American Golden Plover, Red-eyed Vireo, Osprey, Tree
Swallow, Black-and-white Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Black-throated Green
Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Chimney Swift, and Canvasback to his 2018 Lee
County list, bringing him up to 137 species (54.5817%) and leaving him in
third place.

Anthony played it out until the bitter end, making his second visit on the
31st, a few days after the first significant rain in the region in
four-five months, and scored big with 'early' migrants: American Avocet,
Ruddy Duck, Tree Swallow, Black-necked Stilt, Yellow-headed Blackbird,
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Common Yellowthroat, Cliff Swallow, House Wren,
Sage Thrasher, Great Egret, Burrowing Owl, Black-chinned Hummingbird,
Chipping Sparrow, White-faced Ibis, Long-billed Dowitcher, Lesser
Goldfinch, and Cedar Waxwing, bringing him up to 144 species (64.0000%) and
putting him back, however unstably, in the lead.

To sum up: after all was said and done Anthony remained in first place with
144 species in Floyd County (64.0000%), Brandon remained in second place
with 134 species in Hill County (58.2609%), and Rich remained in third
place with 137 species in Lee County (54.5817%).

I think that Mr. Kostecke is keeping his powder dry and is going to unleash
a veritable MigrantNado at some point this year, but with slightly damp
conditions in Floyd County and the youngster pulling out all the stops in
Hill County, it might not be April. Some things I feel pretty confident
about; more fun in our respective counties for all three of us, more data
for eBird, and more reversals of fortune.

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 4/1/18 5:00 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds]
This year the competition will feature three competitors and their counties
(Brandon Best with Hill County, Anthony Hewetson with Floyd County, and
Rich Kostecke with Lee County).
Again, we will be weighting our county totals to eBird county totals which,
at the end of 2017, stood at 225 species in Floyd County, 230 species in
Hill County, and 251 species in Lee County. Species added to the counties
during 2018 will not become a part of this weighting.

A change introduced this year - to make things fairer in terms of people's
work schedules - is that we only get two visits (to last no longer than one
day) to our counties per month.

The counties are close to each other in size and varieties of habitat
available with Hill County having the advantage of most permanent water,
Lee County having the advantage of a more southerly location, and Floyd
County having the advantage of a potentially better blend of eastern and
western species.

The results at the end of January: Anthony was ever so slightly in the lead
with 113 species (out of 225) or 50.2222%, Brandon was ever so slightly
behind with 113 species (out of 230) or 49.1304%, and Rich was a bit
further behind with 115 species (out of 251) or 45.8167%.

Rich made an early move in March adding Cooper's Hawk, Scissor-tailed
Flycatcher, Barn Swallow, Cliff Swallow, Greater Roadrunner, Bewick's Wren,
Sharp-shinned Hawk, Yellow-throated Vireo, and Northern Parula to his 2018
Lee County list on the 10th, moving up to 124 species (49.4024%), moving
briefly into second place.

This was clearly intolerable to Brandon and he went out on the 17th, adding
House Wren, White-eyed Vireo, Blue-winged Teal, Wild Turkey, Pine Siskin,
Tree Swallow, White-breasted Nuthatch, Neotropic Cormorant, Black-and-white
Warbler, Barn Swallow, Northern Rough-winged Swallow, Baird's Sandpiper,
and Canyon Wren, rocking his total up to 126 species (54, 7826%) and
seizing the lead.

Anthony found this a bit perturbing and got out during the *morning *(mostly)
of the 24th and added Vermilion Flycatcher, Purple Martin, Turkey Vulture,
Clay-colored Sparrow, Barn Swallow, Canyon Towhee, Carolina Wren,
Ash-throated Flycatcher, Cave Swallow, Cinnamon Teal (wasn't that a hit by
Neil Young), Blue-winged Teal, Swainson's Hawk, and Inca Dove to his 2018
Floyd County list, bringing him up to 126 species (56.00000%).

Anthony's lead was short-lived (hours, maybe) as Brandon wrapped up his
second visit to Hill County of the month during the* afternoon* of the
24th, picking up Lark Sparrow, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Horned Lark,
American Golden Plover, Northern Parula, Merlin, Hairy Woodpecker, and
Cliff Swallow, bringing him up to 134 species (58.2609%) in Hill County for
2018.

Kostecke got out again on the 30th and added Wood Thrush, Purple Martin,
Swainson's Thrush, American Golden Plover, Red-eyed Vireo, Osprey, Tree
Swallow, Black-and-white Warbler, Hooded Warbler, Black-throated Green
Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Chimney Swift, and Canvasback to his 2018 Lee
County list, bringing him up to 137 species (54.5817%) and leaving him in
third place.

Anthony played it out until the bitter end, making his second visit on the
31st, a few days after the first significant rain in the region in
four-five months, and scored big with 'early' migrants: American Avocet,
Ruddy Duck, Tree Swallow, Black-necked Stilt, Yellow-headed Blackbird,
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, Common Yellowthroat, Cliff Swallow, House Wren,
Sage Thrasher, Great Egret, Burrowing Owl, Black-chinned Hummingbird,
Chipping Sparrow, White-faced Ibis, Long-billed Dowitcher, Lesser
Goldfinch, and Cedar Waxwing, bringing him up to 144 species (64.0000%) and
putting him back, however unstably, in the lead.

To sum up: after all was said and done Anthony remained in first place with
144 species in Floyd County (64.0000%), Brandon remained in second place
with 134 species in Hill County (58.2609%), and Rich remained in third
place with 137 species in Lee County (54.5817%).

I think that Mr. Kostecke is keeping his powder dry and is going to unleash
a veritable MigrantNado at some point this year, but with slightly damp
conditions in Floyd County and the youngster pulling out all the stops in
Hill County, it might not be April. Some things I feel pretty confident
about; more fun in our respective counties for all three of us, more data
for eBird, and more reversals of fortune.

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 4/1/18 4:00 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 4-1-18 FIVE Warbler sp @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
4-1-18 FIVE Warbler sp @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Golden-Crowned Sparrow, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler,Black-throated-green Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Nashville Warbler today

Happy Easter & Passover to all!

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: 4/1/18 9:17 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Floyd County Highlights - Yesterday
Greetings All:
I had a fantastic day in Floyd County yesterday with warm weather and
generally pleasant conditions following one, strong late month rain event
bringing on a fair number of what we used to call early migrants.

The highlights from Crosby County: 1 Prairie Falcon north of Ralls, 2
Scissor-tailed Flycatchers north of Ralls, and 1 Purple Martin in Crosbyton.

The sole highlight from Lubbock County: 4 Cliff Swallows under an overpass
on the eastern outskirts of town.

Floyd County highlights: 3 Blue-wnged Teals at Eagle's Hall Park, 2
Cinnamon Teals at the FM 37 x FM 378 Playa, 2 Cinnamon Teals at the Lockney
WTP, 4 Canvasbacks near South Plains, 2 Redheads at the Lockney WTP, 1
male Black-chinned Hummingbird near Lakeview, 2 Black-necked Stilts in
Floydada, 7 Black-necked Stilts at the Lockney WTP, 3 American Avocets at
the FM 37 x FM 378 Playa, 14 American Avocets at the Lockney WTP, 13
American Avocets near Cedar Hill, 4 American Avocets near South Plains, 2
Wilson's Snipes at Eagle's Hall Park, 3 Wilson's Snipes in Floydada, 2
Long-billed Dowitchers in Floydada, 9 Greater Yellowlegs in Floydada, 1
Greater Yellowlegs near Cedar Hill, 1 Great Egret at the Floydada WTP, 1
White-faced Ibis in Floydada, 2 Turkey Vultures at the Los Lingos x FM 1065
crossing, 2 Turkey Vultures near Fairmont, 1 Turkey Vulture near Gray Mule,
5 Turkey Vultures at the White River x 207 crossing, 1 Swainson's Hawks in
Floydada, 1 Swainson's Hawk near Allmon, 2 Swainson's Hawks near Fairmont,
3 Swainson's Hawks at the White River x 207 crossing, 1 Merlin near South
Plains, 1 Prairie Falcon north of Floydada, 2 Eastern Phoebes at the Los
Lingos x FM 1065 crossing, 2 Eastern Phoebes near Fairmont, 1 Say's Phoebe
at the Lockney WTP, 2 Ash-throated Flycatchers at the White River x 207
crossing, 1 Common Raven near South Plains, 8 Purple Martins at the
Lockney WTP, 32 Purple Martins near Lakeview, 7 Tree Swallows at the
Lockney WTP, 1 Cliff Swallow at the Los Lingos Creek x FM 1065 crossing, 5
Cave Swallows near Lakeview, 2 Barn Swallows at Eagle's Hall Park, 2 Barn
Swallows in Floydada, 4 Barn Swallows at the Lockney WTP, 1 Barn Swallow
near Cedar Hill, 1 Barn Swallow near South Plains, 1 Canyon Wren at the
White River x 207 crossing, 1 House Wren near Fairmont, 1 Winter Wren at
Eagle's Hall Park, 2 Mountain Bluebirds at the Floydada Cemetery, 3
Mountain Bluebirds near Allmon, 1 Sage Thrasher near Fairmont, 28 Cedar
Waxwings at the White River x 207 crossing, 2 Pine Siskins near Fairmont,
4 Pine Siskins at the White River x 207 crossing, 2 Lesser Goldfinches at
the White River x 207 crossing, 2 Chestnut-collared Longspurs near South
Plains, 1 Yellow-headed Blackbird near South Plains, and 1 Common
Yellowthroat at the Los Lingos Creek x FM 1065 crossing.

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 4/1/18 8:35 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] The 2018 Photographic Game - March Report
Finding myself beset with the need to paint the exterior of my house and
really work the yard back into shape, I decided to see what kind of numbers
I can rack up from my central Lubbock yard this year and, accordingly, have
made photo-documenting my yard my photography game for the year.
Given the habitat available at the site, my goals are going to be pretty
modest. I am shooting for 40 butterfly species, 0 amphibian species, 2
reptile species, 80 birds species, and 4 mammal species - of which I hope
to photograph over 90%. This may not be as exciting as some of my previous
photographic games but it will certainly be hard-fought.

The results from the drought-stricken third month were, again, rather
daunting. We had, towards the end of the month, one rain event and while it
was significant (.87 inches for Lubbock, 1.10 inches in my gauge) it had no
impact on my vegetation and the only thing blooming at the end of the month
were two of my three lilacs, one pincushion flower, and two just-planted
lantanas - no wildflowers at all - a first for March since I moved into the
house. This is bad news for the butterflies, reptiles, and rodents of my
yard. I had very little in the way of overflying waterbird during the month
and, for the first time in years, neither my resident pairs of
Black-chinned Hummingbirds nor my resident pair(s) of Western Kingbirds
showed up in March! I hope they show up in April.

The bottom line: I recently visited Rich Kostecke for a few days and, based
on what I saw in just a single day of off-handedly birding his yard, he
would be kicking my tush in a yard vs. yard competition this year - I think
I saw more species of bird in his yard in one day than I have seen
in/over/from my yard so far this year!

During March I had 5 butterfly, 18 bird, and 1 mammal species in/over/from
the yard - far below what is normal for March - putting me at 5 butterfly,
0 amphibian, 1 reptile, 23 bird, and 2 mammal species for the year - 12.5%,
100%, 50%, 28.75%, and 50% of my taxonomic goals. Of the 31 species seen
thus far this year I have photographs of only 25 (a mere 80.6452%) - I
really need some nectaring butterflies to boost the photographic percentage
as flyover butterflies and birds are very difficult to capture with my
non-SLR camera.

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

Funereal Duskywings* (flyby - couldn't get a shot)
Cabbage White*(y)
Sleepy Orange
Gray Hairstreak* (dropped in for a few seconds - was gone by the time I got
my camera)
American Lady*(y)

Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Ring-billed Gull
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Blue Jay
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
House Sparrow
House Finch
Lincoln's Sparrow*(y)
White-crowned Sparrow*(y)
Great-tailed Grackle

Eastern Gray Squirrel

Desperately hoping for more rain, blossoms, and critters; Anthony Hewetson;
Lubbock


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Date: 4/1/18 7:48 am
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...>
Subject: [texbirds] Good Friday on King Ranch
Had a great trip to the King Ranch Norias division. With several excellent
birders participating we recorded 68 species, including Ferruginous
Pygmy-owl, Tropical Parula, Northern Beardless Tyrannulet, Sprague's pipit,
and Audubon's Oriole (not all recorded the oriole). Complete checklist at <
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44149410>
--
Jim Sinclair (TX-ESA)
TOS Life Member
Kingsville, TX

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


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Date: 3/31/18 12:12 pm
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Mar 31, 2018
Afternoon Texbirders!
What a way to end a season. Eight excellent birders joined us for the morning walk all had fun finding and identifying species. We all worked together to prove, Oh, its just a wrong. Everyone got on a sparrow, and even with the scope, worked to ID a Grasshopper Sparrow, one we dont see here often. A good variety of shorebirds are still sticking around, but should be on their way soon. Lots of birds are nesting or building nests, including Great Kiskadee, Verdin, Indigo Bunting, Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet and Altamira Oriole we were thrilled to see many of those nests. Santa Ana NWR is an amazing place truly the jewel of the refuge system! What a great place to bird.
Hawk Watch continues daily till April 15, 8am 1pm. Dont miss the excitement of huge kettles soaring overhead.
John and Sue Ewan
USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Mar 31, 2018 8:16 AM - 1:11 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.36 mile(s)
Comments: Morning bird walk
72 species (+2 other taxa)

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 8
Fulvous Whistling-Duck 3
Blue-winged Teal 5
Cinnamon Teal 2
Northern Shoveler 11
Gadwall 19
American Wigeon 6
Mottled Duck 4
Green-winged Teal 3
Ruddy Duck 1
Plain Chachalaca 6
Least Grebe 3
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Neotropic Cormorant 3
Anhinga 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 3
Little Blue Heron 1
White Ibis 17
White-faced Ibis 12
Turkey Vulture 2
White-tailed Kite 1
Harris's Hawk 4
Broad-winged Hawk 1
Swainson's Hawk 2
American Coot 114
Black-necked Stilt 12
Killdeer 4
Western Sandpiper 3
Long-billed Dowitcher 5
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Solitary Sandpiper 2
Greater Yellowlegs 5
Lesser Yellowlegs 3
Gull-billed Tern 2
Inca Dove 2
Common Ground-Dove 2
White-tipped Dove 4
White-winged Dove 5
Mourning Dove 6
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 2
Belted Kingfisher 3
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 8
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 3
Great Kiskadee 4
Tropical Kingbird 4
Couch's Kingbird 10
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird 7
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1
White-eyed Vireo 2
Green Jay 4
Tree Swallow 2
Barn Swallow 2
Cave Swallow 2
Black-crested Titmouse 4
Verdin 1
Long-billed Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 3
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 2
Tropical Parula 1 Male continuing bird, no eye arcs
Northern/Tropical Parula 1 Heard only
Grasshopper Sparrow 1
Olive Sparrow 4
Savannah Sparrow 2
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 5
Indigo Bunting 1
Hooded Oriole 1
Altamira Oriole 3
Red-winged Blackbird 125
Great-tailed Grackle 5

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Date: 3/31/18 5:36 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 3-31-18 Pauraque, Chuck, Hutton’s Vireo @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
3-31-18 Pauraque, Chuck, Hutton’s Vireo @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Common Pauraques calling at night, along with Chuck-Will’s-Widow. Hutton’s Vireo are singing and calling all over the property.

Warblers are all over the property—look on the sunny side of a tree/vegetation, where the bugs are more active. Warblers tend to prefer Elm trees, which I assume is because they have more bugs and in the fields, they love the Huichache trees. The vegetation was cut back at Warbler Central weeks ago and things need to grow back before things get active there. I haven’t been able to bird much, but we’ve had reports of Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-and-white Warbler, Black-throated-green Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Pine Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Golden-cheeked Warbler(pass through). Water features are also a good place to stake out.

Warbler Woods runs 2-3 water wells to fill up the drips and ponds & electricity and repair of these is expensive. We had to have major repair this week on the Old Barn Well. Water is more important than food and wo this, you wouldn’t have so many birds! Your donations help pay for these things. We have constant small repairs on these things too!

You can click on the hyperlink below in blue and it will take you to Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary ebird reports.

Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
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Date: 3/30/18 2:42 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 3-30-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
3-30-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
The Golden-Crowned Sparrow continues @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary and has pleased most of our visitors & one also saw the Fox Sparrow—I assume at Scout Pond Dam

I want to request that people thank our volunteers that have taken on a day of the week to feed at Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary, which means we don’t have to worry about it then and they also find other problems while out. Thanks to all! One found the Old Barn water feature wasn’t working & that required a well repair and replaced parts by a Well guy. We also continue having young men working on different projects for $15/hr—we are very thankful that they are fixing things for all of us at Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary. We also had to pick up a months worth of bird seed that is gratefully donated by Thomas Moore Feed Co. One of the golf carts also broke and had to be retrieved and towed. It is never-ending chores here! Thank you to those that give the gift of time and/or funds

Susan Schaezler
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Date: 3/30/18 11:27 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Mar 30, 2018
Good afternoon, Texbirders,
Santa Ana was hopping today birds everywhere. We began at Pintail Lakes, that we might have an open sky when the hawks lifted off, and we were not disappointed a large kettle of Broad-winged Hawks soared over us, as well as a Swainsons Hawk, and we were able to get a good look at both Red-shouldered and Harriss Hawks. Though the Parula was illusive, with only a few fleeting glances, it was heard enough that we gave good chase. Northern Beardless-Tyrannulets showed up in their favorite trees, and we watched several Kiskadee nests being built. A unique sighting were all of the heron/egrets, especially Cattle Egrets. What fun.
Tomorrow is the last scheduled bird walk for this winter/spring season, leaving the Visitors Center at 8:30am. Hawk Watch continues daily till April 15, 8am 1pm. All are welcome to join the fun.
John and Sue Ewan
USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Mar 30, 2018 8:20 AM - 12:17 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.82 mile(s)
73 species (+2 other taxa)

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 12
Blue-winged Teal 11
Northern Shoveler 25
Gadwall 7
American Wigeon 2
Plain Chachalaca 4 Heard only
Northern Bobwhite 8
Least Grebe 3
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Neotropic Cormorant 1
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Anhinga 45
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 2
Snowy Egret 4
Little Blue Heron 3
Cattle Egret 4
White Ibis 1
White-faced Ibis 3
Roseate Spoonbill 2
Turkey Vulture 14
White-tailed Kite 1
Harris's Hawk 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 88
Swainson's Hawk 1
Sora 1
American Coot 28
Black-necked Stilt 2
Killdeer 4
Least Sandpiper 2
Western Sandpiper 9 Migration
Long-billed Dowitcher 3
Wilson's Snipe 1
Solitary Sandpiper 2
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Caspian Tern 1
White-tipped Dove 1
White-winged Dove 6
Mourning Dove 3
Eastern Screech-Owl (McCall's) 1
Black-chinned Hummingbird 1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 10
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
Peregrine Falcon 1
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 4
Great Kiskadee 4
Tropical Kingbird 3
Couch's Kingbird 7
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird 7
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 2
White-eyed Vireo 3
Green Jay 3
Purple Martin 2
Black-crested Titmouse 3
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Long-billed Thrasher 3
Northern Mockingbird 4
Common Yellowthroat 4
Northern/Tropical Parula 1
Olive Sparrow 5
Chipping Sparrow 2
Savannah Sparrow 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 6
Hooded Oriole 1
Altamira Oriole 2
Red-winged Blackbird 125
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Great-tailed Grackle 3

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Date: 3/30/18 9:59 am
From: Shelly Plante <Shelly.Plante...>
Subject: [texbirds] Birding Classic Registration Deadline: This Sunday!
Hi All - I wanted to send out a quick reminder that the Birding Classic registration deadline is this Sunday, April 1st. Two days left to get your team together and register to be a part of this fun spring event! Also, for anyone who mentors a youth birding team, I do have some funds from a great sponsor (TOS) available for a few more kid teams. If you have a Roughwings or Gliders team formed that could use this funding, please let me know asap so we can reserve registration fees for you. I have enough for 3 Roughwings teams or one Gliders team and one Roughwings team.
Tournament Dates: April 15 through May 15 (your choice of day).

Find all tournament details<https://tpwd.texas.gov/events/great-texas-birding-classic> online now:
* Which category is right for you?<http://tpwd.texas.gov/events/great-texas-birding-classic/tournament-categories-1>
* How do you register your team?<https://tpwd.texas.gov/events/great-texas-birding-classic/rules-and-registration>
* Advice and tips<https://tpwd.texas.gov/events/great-texas-birding-classic/tournament-advice> from previous winning teams
* Tournament rules<http://tpwd.texas.gov/events/great-texas-birding-classic/rules-and-registration/rules-and-regulations>

Registration fees and sponsorship dollars go toward Conservation Grants<http://tpwd.texas.gov/events/great-texas-birding-classic/prizes> for birding, nature tourism, and habitat restoration and enhancement projects throughout Texas. Select winning teams will help choose which projects are funded. The more teams that register, the more funds we can award!

Feel free to email or call if you have any questions. Hope you can join us this year!
Thanks,
Shelly
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Date: 3/29/18 2:52 pm
From: Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tyler State Park 3/29/18
Howdy All!
It was a good day for birds after yesterday's rain. Spring migrants are starting to show. The beaver pond on the lakeshore trial had Yellow-throated Vireo, Common Yellowthroat, Black-throated Green Warbler, and Broad-winged Hawk. The Blackjack Nature Trail had Black-throated Green, Yellow-throated Warbler, Black-and-White Warbler, and Spotted Towhee.

Join us for our bird walk this Saturday, March, 31st at 8am at the park headquarters for a bird tour of the park. Other 8am bird tour dates are April 14th and April 28th. Come on out and bird with us.

Tyler SP (PPW-E 065), Smith, Texas, US
Mar 29, 2018 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
55 species

Gadwall 2
Mallard 3
Pied-billed Grebe 5
Black Vulture 2
Turkey Vulture 5
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Broad-winged Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Mourning Dove 5
Belted Kingfisher 2
Red-headed Woodpecker 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker 5
Downy Woodpecker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 1
Pileated Woodpecker 2
Eastern Phoebe 3
White-eyed Vireo 6
Yellow-throated Vireo 2
Blue Jay 6
American Crow 2
Purple Martin 15
Carolina Chickadee 8
Tufted Titmouse 8
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Brown-headed Nuthatch 2
Brown Creeper 1
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 9
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 15
Eastern Bluebird 6
Hermit Thrush 8
American Robin 7
Brown Thrasher 2
Cedar Waxwing 6
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Pine Warbler 10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 14
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 3
Chipping Sparrow 20
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 9
White-throated Sparrow 30
Swamp Sparrow 2
Spotted Towhee 1
Eastern Towhee 3
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Brown-headed Cowbird 6
Common Grackle 35
Pine Siskin 9
American Goldfinch 16


Good birding,

Boyd A. Sanders, BBA, CIG
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Tyler State Park
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Date: 3/29/18 2:42 pm
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Purple Sandpiper - Yes
Texbirders:

Several people have asked if the Purple Sandpiper is still present in Point Comfort since there have been no eBird reports since Sunday. I drive over from Palacios to check and the answer is yes! I just spent about 15 minutes with the bird down toward the west end of the old Hwy 35 roadbed, perhaps 100 yards from the barricade (28.6615, -96.5812). But check the entire length of the old roadbed because the bird moves around. Also, please use the Point Comfort hot spot when you eBird your sighting. The eBird reviewer will thank you!

Good birding!
Bob Friedrichs

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Date: 3/29/18 1:03 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 2018 Spring @ Warbler Woods changes
2018 Spring @ Warbler Woods changes
The Golden-Crowned Sparrow continues since Dec. 11, 2017 and is seen daily.

As I’ve said, we’ve had so many discourteous people this year, climbing the locked gate when they can’t get in; arriving an hr before sunrise and showing up in my backyard wo permission or wherever; demanding entrance wo introducing themselves; using a camera with a long lens that was pointed to my sliding glass door on the back of my home/living room and repeated pictures; depositing your wife and kids to run in the backyard while you go bird & kids are kids and do kids things; being told you couldn’t visit due to rudeness and sneaking in with another person; driving past the kiosk and driving the property; causing problems with other visitors; etc. 95% of visitors are very nice, but there are a lot of people that make things difficult. 5 in one week really cause trouble.

I also get furious with people that can’t read—I have a detailed instructions on arranging a visit and it addresses everything that could possibly be necessary to a visit. I’m constantly getting people that can’t read or follow instructions, which lead to multiple communications with me, which takes all my time. I seriously have limited energy lately and can’t manage to get out to bird myself due to dealing with >200 communications/day! We are also on a slow internet—-they won’t bring dsl or other connections to us and I get people that want me to review their birds from their trips all over the states or people wanting a travelogue from me or a list of birds. I spend most of my day dealing with Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary stuff and I just don’t have enough time to keep up—I do the communicating and I just don’t have as much time as is needed and it keeps getting more demanding.

This is our private property and we are sharing with you since we have something precious here—please be respectful. We plan on protecting it and hope to find a final solution. We do not take a penny from Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary and no one funds it other than donations, which are usually 14-18k/year short of donations in covering stuff. We have a wonderful company that provides us 30-35# of seed daily, every day of the year! But seed is a small segment of our expenses. It actually cost us ~$10/person/visit with the expensive portapotti and numerous other expenses—we’ve spent many thousands the last few months with Spring prep and pay $15/hr to get stuff done and more for professional crews. We have to pay to get most of the maintenance done since there are never enough volunteers. We had 147 volunteers this weekend for a military group and when I asked for Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary volunteers to come and lead them to different areas of the property and leave the
m to do a work project, we only managed 12 volunteers. That is sad—we and others repeatedly requested help with this project, but could only get 12!! Another interesting stat—most of the volunteers are from local and not from Birding and Birders are most of the users? I always say that many of us can’t volunteer and do the work, but we sure can donate an hour of labor via paypal charity list with Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary on it.

So this year, Don’s health has been a major challenge, along with mine and I will be facing another major surgery soon. I have the backyard on permission only, but people can’t read that on the signin kiosk or their instruction sheet they get emailed when arranging a visit and show up back there. I also have birding friends with hurt feelings that I don’t let them in—nothing personal, but I just don’t feel like company at times. I have Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia and it is a chronic form and it hurts to talk or facial gestures and the reason I have lost so much weight to 1968 level. Having so many challenges and not being able to get people to help is so frustrating. I get so many phone calls and repeated calls from the same person and now, a spam blocker is enforce and stopping anyone not in my contacts. When I schedule someone to visit that follows directions, I have a 6 step copy and paste method to get things into everything, but too many don’t follow directio
ns and ask 5 M questions. I just can’t handle being a secretary all day and night and still have time to do stuff.

So, I’m a grump at times and I’ve included a link to my disease. Don’s Blood Cancer isn’t much more fun either! We need helpful, considerate people and I’m not going to put up with chaos. The backyard will not be open to the masses, unless I want to. We would have 50 people in my backyard in a day and at the end of the day, we would have ~$35. We aren’t after money, but we do need to pay expenses! I had to replace lots of stuff lately from overuse and we desperately need our benches replaced, which cost $80 in treated lumber.

http://www.aans.org/Patients/Neurosurgical-Conditions-and-Treatments/Trigeminal-Neuralgia

And please stop leaving things that Don has to clean up on.
We desperately need courteous birders, especially this year & sorry I feel the need to write this!

Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
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Date: 3/29/18 11:46 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Mar 29, 2018
Good afternoon, Texbirders,
It was a beautiful morning in Santa Ana NWR lots of birdsong and crisp blue skies. A pair of Northern Beardless Tyrannulets working on their nest was a real treat, as well as finding an active Kiskadee nest. While standing close to Willow Lake #3, we watched several Broad-winged Hawks and a Swainsons Hawk lift off to begin their migration right over our heads. A wide variety of shorebirds were evident on Willow as well, foraging as fast as possible for their continued migration north. And, finding the beautiful Tropical Parula was the icing on the cake!
Come join the fun walks continue through March, 8:30am. Hawk Watch is conducted on the levee daily through April 15.
John and Sue Ewan
USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Mar 29, 2018 8:19 AM - 12:17 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.48 mile(s)
60 species (+1 other taxa)

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 2
Blue-winged Teal 9
Cinnamon Teal 3
Northern Shoveler 15
Gadwall 2
American Wigeon 1
Mottled Duck 6
Plain Chachalaca 2
Least Grebe 3
Anhinga 1
Great Egret 1
Little Blue Heron 2
White Ibis 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Broad-winged Hawk 5
Swainson's Hawk 1
American Coot 1
Black-necked Stilt 3
Stilt Sandpiper 5
Least Sandpiper 1
Pectoral Sandpiper 2
Long-billed Dowitcher 17
Wilson's Snipe 4
Greater Yellowlegs 5
Lesser Yellowlegs 5
Inca Dove 1
White-tipped Dove 3
White-winged Dove 6
Mourning Dove 3
Eastern Screech-Owl (McCall's) 1
Black-chinned Hummingbird 2
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 17
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 3 2 seen near possible nest 1 heard only
Great Kiskadee 5
Tropical Kingbird 3
Couch's Kingbird 5
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird 10
White-eyed Vireo 2
Green Jay 6
Cave Swallow 6
Black-crested Titmouse 7
Verdin 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
Long-billed Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 5
European Starling 2
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Tropical Parula 1 Continuing bird, no eye arcs, Bright colors
Olive Sparrow 6
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 3
Hooded Oriole 1
Altamira Oriole 5
Red-winged Blackbird 125
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Great-tailed Grackle 6

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Date: 3/27/18 9:45 am
From: Becky Reyes <breyes...>
Subject: [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
Hi everyone,
I had another bird walk this morning and it turned out to be a good day
despite the wind. At North Pond, we spotted Forster's terns flying all
around. The canal trail on the East side of the canal was very active with
warblers. You really never know what you might find in that area. Its
always a great area to check out :). As for South Pond, the water is very
low and provides habitat for shorebirds. Below is this morning's bird list.


Happy Birding!!




Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center, Hidalgo, Texas, US
Mar 27, 2018 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
44 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 8
Blue-winged Teal 26
Northern Shoveler 6
Mottled Duck 1
Plain Chachalaca 4
Neotropic Cormorant 25
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 7
Cattle Egret 17
Green Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 3
American Coot 9
Black-necked Stilt 4
Killdeer 1
Least Sandpiper 17
Long-billed Dowitcher 2
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Forster's Tern 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5
Inca Dove 2
White-tipped Dove 2
Mourning Dove 3
Green Kingfisher 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 5
Great Kiskadee 3
White-eyed Vireo 2
Purple Martin 7
House Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Curve-billed Thrasher 1
Long-billed Thrasher 3
Northern Mockingbird 4
European Starling 2
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Wilson's Warbler 2
Olive Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 6
Red-winged Blackbird 33
Bronzed Cowbird 1
Great-tailed Grackle 9
Lesser Goldfinch 2

*Becky Reyes*

Naturalist Educator

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center



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Date: 3/27/18 9:32 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 3-27-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
3-27-18 Golden-Crowned Sparrow seen by Marilyn & Buffie @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary —seen each day
Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
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Date: 3/26/18 7:22 am
From: Brent Ortego <brentortego...>
Subject: [texbirds] Breeding Bird Survey Trends and Last Request for Volunteers
Received a note that my earlier post did not go through. 3rd Try.

For Texas Birders who have volunteered to participate in the USGS Breeding Bird Survey this year, mailing of route packets will begin the first week of April.

There still are 19 vacant routes and I am hoping to recruit a few more volunteers for this important survey. https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/

Vacant routes are listed at the end of this email


The Breeding Bird Survey is the main method which conservation groups use to monitor status of breeding birds across the United States. As an example, the Texas top 10 increasing breeding species and declining breeding species are listed below along with their annual rates of change.

INCREASING SPECIES
24.6% Eur. Collared-Dove (not surprising)
14.2% Cave Swallow
9.0% Couch's Kingbird
6.5% Black Vulture
5.8% Green Jay
5.7% Crested Caracara
5.7% Long-billed Thrasher
4.5% Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
4.4% White-winged Dove
3.8% Hooded Oriole

DECLINING SPECIES
-4.6% Mottled Duck
-4.5% Eastern Wood-Pewee
-3.9% Kentucky Warbler
-3.4% Orchard Oriole
-3.2% Acadian Flycatcher
-3.1% Chimney Swift
-3.1% Loggerhead Shrike
-3.1% House Sparrow
-3.0% Eastern Meadowlark
-2.9% Belted Kingfisher

Note: Northern Bobwhite does not make the list of Top 10 declining species. While the species has greatly declined in a number of counties, there are still counties with a large and vibrant population which buffers the state-wide rate of change which is -1.8%

SEE VACANT ROUTES BELOW

Brent Ortego
Texas Breeding Bird Survey Coordinator
Victoria, Texas





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WEST TEXAS


Route 099 Slaughter Hudspeth County
1968 2014; 27 years; 11-34 species, expect 30
Desert community

Route 418 Pumpville Val Verde County
2006 2012; 6 years; 39-45 species, expect 42
3 species of orioles


NORTHCENTRAL TEXAS

Route 078 Grayback Wilbarger County
1968 2012; 40 years; 22-47 species, expect low 40s
Good numbers of Bobwhite


CENTRAL TEXAS

Route 237 Carlos Brazos County
1993 2013; 19 years; 37-56 species; expect 40
4 species of warbler and 2 oriole species

Route 316 Leakey Real County
1994 2015; 15 years; 53-63 species; expect 58
9 species of flycatchers, Golden-cheeked Warbler

Route 353 Hawley Jones County
1994 2013; 18 years; 34-50 species; expect 45
Lots of Bobwhite


NORTHEAST TEXAS

Route 056 Morton Harrison County
1970 2012; 30 years; 40-76 species; expect mid 50s
13 species of warblers; historic Bachmans Sparrow site


Route 058 Athens Henderson County
1968 2016; 42 years; 47-77 species, expect mid 50s
9 species of warblers



SOUTHEAST TEXAS

Route 033 Livingston Polk
1969 2016; 47 years; 40-68 species, expect 50

Route 044 Diboll Angelina
1968 2016; 47 years; 38-72 species, expect 48
14 species of warblers including Swainsons Warbler
And Bachmans Sparrow

Route 334 Powell Park San Augustine County
1995 2015; 13 years; 45-56 species, expect 48
12 species of warblers

Route 904 Big Sandy BITH Polk
2015 2016; 2 years; 39-42 species
9 species of warblers including Swainsons Warbler

Route 905 Lance Rosier BITH Hardin
2014 2016; 48-50 species
7 species of warblers including Swainsons Warbler

Route 906 Neches BITH
2016; 54 years 5 species of warblers


COASTAL PRAIRIE

No vacancies!

SOUTH TEXAS

Route 118 Catarina 2 Dimmit County
2011-2014; 3 years; 53-61 species, expect 53
3 species of orioles and 4 species of caprimulgids

Route 204 Guerra Zapata County
1988 2013; 19 years; 32-58 species, expect mid 50s
4 species of orioles

Route 209 Encinal 2 La Salle County
2011 2016; 6 years; 59-67 species, expect 60 years
2 species of orioles and 4 species of Caprimulgid

Route 308 Three Rivers Live Oak County
1994 2015; 18 years; 41-65 species, expect 50
4 species of oriole, 10 species of flycatchers. Lots of Cassins Sparrow

Route 409 Millett La Salle County
2013 2017; 50-60 species, expect 55
3 species of Orioles, lots of quail


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Date: 3/26/18 7:17 am
From: Brent Ortego <brentortego...>
Subject: [texbirds] Breeding Bird Survey Trends and Last Request for Volunteers
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Date: 3/26/18 6:09 am
From: Brent Ortego <brentortego...>
Subject: [texbirds] Breeding Bird Survey Trends and Last Request for Volunteers
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Date: 3/25/18 2:19 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from Floyd County - Yesterday
Greetings All:
I spent several hours in Floyd County yesterday, picking up on early spring
migrants and mourning the loss of two more playas on my regular route. I
am, currently, down to one playa near the intersection of FM 37 and FM 378
and water treatment ponds in the western half of the county and I doubt
last night's drizzle did much to help!

Yesterday's sole Lubbock County highlight was a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
on the western outskirts of Idalou.

I didn't run across anything particularly notable during my crossings of
Crosby County.

Floyd County kicked out 2 Blue-winged Teals at the FM 37 x FM 378 Playa, 3
Cinnamon Teals at the FM 37 x Fm 378 Playa, 1 Inca Dove in Floydada, 7
Turkey Vultures at Plains Baptist Assembly, 1 Swainson's Hawk south of
Lockney, 1 Merlin west of Floydada, I Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Plains
Baptist Assembly, 2 Say's Phoebes at Plains Baptist Assembly, 1 Say's
Phoebe south of Lockney, 1 male Vermilion Flycatcher at Plains Baptist
Assembly, 1 Ash-throated Flycatcher at Plains Baptist Assembly, 2 Common
Ravens at the White River crossing of FM 207, 2 Purple Martins at Plains
Baptist Assembly, 2 Cave Swallows west of Floydada, 3 Barn Swallows north
of Floydada, 7 Barn Swallows at Plains Baptist Assembly, 4 Barn Swallows
west of Floydada, 2 Rock Wrens at Plains Baptist Assembly, 2 Canyon Wrens
at Plains Baptist Assembly, 4 Eastern Bluebirds at Plains Baptist Assembly,
1 Townsend's Solitaire at Plains Baptist Assembly, 1 Hermit Thrush at
Plains Baptist Assembly, 1 Clay-colored Sparrow at Plains Baptist Assembly,
1 Swamp Sparrow at Plains Baptist Assembly, and 1 Fox Sparrow at Plains
Baptist Assembly.

Not a bad day, given brutally drought-stricken conditions, with some
relatively early sightings.

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 3/24/18 7:56 pm
From: Virginia Drake <vadrake...>
Subject: [texbirds] Eisenhower Park - San Antonio
Pam Kelly and I hiked and birded at Eisenhower Park today.
We saw the Canyon Wren singing loudly around the large pavilion. I also
saw him last year about this time in same area.

On the Hillview Natural Trail we found the Golden-cheeked Warbler, Black &
White Warbler, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher and Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Also saw
White-eyed Vireo in picnic area.

I've never found the Golden-cheeked at Eisenhower until last spring. I'm
wondering how if other birders have seen him there.

We usually don't have a lot of luck at Eisenhower. Maybe that's changing!!
Last spring I had more sightings that usual.

Happy Birding!!

Virginia Drake
San Antonio


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Date: 3/24/18 4:16 pm
From: Sebastian C <sc11birds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Thank you for supporting The Texas Blue Jay Project Bird Field Guide Book Drive for Barrington Elementary School Students
Hello Fellow Texas Birders!
Many Thanks to all who donated their used or new bird field guide book(s)
to The Texas Blue Jay Project Bird Field Guide Book Drive for Barrington
Elementary Green Park School in NE Austin! You have inspired many new
future young birders by your contribution(s)!

Back in late February, I had sent out an email to fellow birders (TexBirds)
requesting used bird field guide books for The Barrington Elementary Green
Park School Celebration for March 24, 2018. I was overwhelmed by the
generous donations from all over Texas. *With your generous bird book
donation(s) , The Texas Blue Jay Project raised a total of 75 bird field
guide books for the students at Barrington Elementary School. Thank you to
all who made this happen for the kids! Special Thanks to The Rio Brazos
Audubon Society and Travis Audubon Society for their support!*

Today, I distributed the bird field guide books that you donated to
Barrington Elementary School students at the Barrington Elementary Green
Park School Celebration. Mrs. Sanchez, Barrington Elementary School
Principal, was overwhelmed with joy for her students that they will have
bird field guide books for their school classrooms, as well.

Thank you for bringing the joy of birding to future young birders!

Gone Texas Birding,
Sebastian Casarez
Hutto, Texas

The Texas Blue Jay Project
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Twitter: Texas Blue Jay Project @TXBLUJayProject


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Date: 3/24/18 2:49 pm
From: Gary Roberts <sgricr76...>
Subject: [texbirds] Austin's Northwest Park
Green Herrons are back at the pond for the first time. Also, had a fly-by of a Crested Cara Cara. Saw the Yellow Crowned Night Herron last week. Park looks green and great.

Enjoy Birding!

Gary & Gene Roberts
Austin, Tx
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Date: 3/24/18 11:32 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Mar 24, 2018
What a morning! We chose Willow Trail with the idea that hawks would probably lift off by mid-morning, and wed be at Pintail with open skies by then WRONG! We were barely mile up Willow Trail when the kettles began and we had to scramble to see them through the trees. The kettles were huge, mostly Broad-winged Hawks, a few Swainsons and some Turkey Vultures. What a view we could see the kettles swirl, then the streaming, counting them as they went by an amazing sight to behold.
However, the treetop levels were filled as well viewing both a Northern and several Tropical Parula, AND two Northern Beardless-Tyrannulets. The Tyrannulets were in trees filled with ball moss, where they have been seen nesting, and, we found an active Kiskadee nest. Spring truly has arrived!
Bird walks will be conducted through March on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 8:30am. The Hawk Watch continues on the levee daily from 8am 1pm. Everyone is welcome to join the fun!
John and Sue Ewan
USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Mar 24, 2018 8:11 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.47 mile(s)
62 species (+1 other taxa)

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 1
Blue-winged Teal 35
Cinnamon Teal 8
Northern Shoveler 25
Gadwall 15
American Wigeon 8
Mottled Duck 10
Plain Chachalaca 3
Least Grebe 6
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Anhinga 2
Great Egret 3
Little Blue Heron 1
White-faced Ibis 12
Turkey Vulture 352
Swallow-tailed Kite 1
Harris's Hawk 6
Broad-winged Hawk 550
Swainson's Hawk 14
Common Gallinule 1
American Coot 75
Black-necked Stilt 25
Killdeer 2
Long-billed Dowitcher 6
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 5
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
White-tipped Dove 3
Mourning Dove 2
Eastern Screech-Owl (McCall's) 1
Ringed Kingfisher 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 5
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 2
Great Kiskadee 4
Tropical Kingbird 7
Couch's Kingbird 12
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird 8
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 2
White-eyed Vireo 1
Green Jay 3
Tree Swallow 2
Black-crested Titmouse 8
Verdin 3 (2 Heard only)
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 7
Long-billed Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 3
Louisiana Waterthrush 1
Northern Parula 1
Tropical Parula 2 Male, no eye arcs, both singing at the same time in different directions
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Olive Sparrow 3
Lincoln's Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 9
Indigo Bunting 2 Females
Altamira Oriole 2
Red-winged Blackbird 75
Great-tailed Grackle 2
House Sparrow 3

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Date: 3/24/18 9:24 am
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Matagorda County - Oyster Lake - Local interest

This morning a single Whooping Crane was at Oyster Lake; usual spot east of road about 400 yards out.

Towards end of Oyster Lake Rd just before bridge are rice fields with water on them. Holding 200+ Pectoral Sandpipers and solid numbers of Am Golden-Plover and both Yellowlegs. Not a lot of diversity when I was there but who know....

Further up near Collegeport a nice flock and my FOS Chimney Swifts.

Good birding,
Bob Friedrichs
Palacios

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Date: 3/24/18 8:03 am
From: Bryce Hardway <brycehardway21...>
Subject: [texbirds] Common Poorwill, Lago Vista
Hey all!

Sorry this is a bit delayed but last week my dad and I heard at least 4 different and saw a single Common Poorwill in Lago Vista. We’ve heard them from the house before but finally decided to go out and look for It. Sure enough, there was one calling on the road as we flushed it over the car. We’ve had nights where we’ve had 4 different nightjars!

Good birding,

Bryce Hardway,
Seguin

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