TEXBIRDS
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9/18/18 10:42 am Becky Reyes <breyes...> [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
9/17/18 12:22 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk watch Sunday Lots of hawks and eagles
9/17/18 7:50 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Re: Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis
9/15/18 3:50 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lubbock Area Birding Summary for August - Long
9/15/18 3:37 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds]
9/15/18 8:13 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Re: Carolyn Ohl's need for a new water tank
9/15/18 7:44 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Re: Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis
9/15/18 7:08 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Re: Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis
9/15/18 5:35 am Lamont Brown <lamont...> [texbirds] Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis
9/15/18 4:02 am Lamont Brown <lamont...> [texbirds] Big As Texas eBird Counties update
9/14/18 7:20 am Dell Little <dellel1119...> [texbirds] Big As Texas eBird Counties update.
9/13/18 6:25 pm Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog...> [texbirds] Lubbock - Common Tern at Leroy Elmore Park
9/13/18 11:49 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis
9/13/18 11:21 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis
9/13/18 11:18 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis
9/13/18 11:00 am justin.bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Re: Peregrine and Prairie Falcon
9/13/18 7:33 am Richard Harman <rharmanintx...> [texbirds] Wood Storks in Eastern Travis County
9/13/18 7:23 am Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...> [texbirds] Re: Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis
9/13/18 6:40 am Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...> [texbirds] Re: Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis
9/13/18 6:18 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lubbock highlights yesterday
9/13/18 5:11 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis
9/12/18 5:54 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Red Knot remains in Lubbock
9/12/18 1:05 pm Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...> [texbirds] Fall birding and nature programs at Kleb Woods
9/12/18 6:30 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from trip to Floyd County on Saturday
9/11/18 6:49 pm Christian Walker <christian.walker...> [texbirds] Wise County - Yellow-throated Warbler
9/11/18 12:17 pm David Hanson <davidhanson1952...> [texbirds] Baytown Nature Center Bird Count
9/11/18 9:02 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Leander
9/10/18 7:04 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Red Knot, Lubbock
9/10/18 4:48 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch Saturday
9/10/18 3:53 pm Dell Little <dellel1119...> [texbirds] Re: Mexican Ducks in South Plains
9/10/18 12:37 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Mexican Ducks in South Plains
9/10/18 12:25 pm Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...> [texbirds] Six Ferruginous Pygmy-owls on King Ranch
9/9/18 10:31 am Janet Rathjen <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender j.rathjen for DMARC) [texbirds] Brown Boobies -Baytown
9/9/18 6:05 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Jenna Welch I-20 Preserve CLOSED
9/8/18 7:01 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 9-8-18 MacGillivray’s Warbler @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
9/8/18 6:58 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Juvenile ARCTIC TERN, no jaeger
9/8/18 5:27 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Migrating Birds increase the next few days!
9/7/18 8:21 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] LONG-TAILED JAEGER, SABINE'S GULL, probable Arctic Tern - Imperial Reservoir (Pecos Co.)
9/6/18 5:35 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Painted Bunting 9-6-18 @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary by Dina
9/5/18 9:07 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Fwd: Yellow-green Vireo, Marathon (Brewster Co.)
9/5/18 8:53 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Fwd: Yellow-green Vireo, Marathon (Brewster Co.)
9/5/18 3:17 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Fwd: Yellow-green Vireo, Marathon (Brewster Co.)
9/5/18 2:02 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Fwd: Yellow-green Vireo, Marathon (Brewster Co.)
9/5/18 12:35 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Yellow-green Vireo, Marathon (Brewster Co.)
9/4/18 2:01 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Sept. Warblers @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
9/4/18 9:01 am Becky Reyes <breyes...> [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
9/3/18 1:05 pm Christian Walker <christian.walker...> [texbirds] Southside WTP Restricted Access - Violet-green Swallow
9/3/18 12:57 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Re: Smith Point VFD fish and oyster fry
9/3/18 12:17 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith Point VFD fish and oyster fry
9/3/18 12:14 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch Saturday
9/2/18 6:17 pm Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC) [texbirds] Fort Bend County Ringed Kingfisher (first in ebird since 1989)
9/2/18 11:47 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] The 2018 Tri-County Competition - August Report
9/2/18 11:23 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] The 2018 Photographic Game - August Report
9/1/18 1:23 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Hutton’s Vireo @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
9/1/18 12:52 pm David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Brown Booby Survey October 13-14, 2018
9/1/18 9:49 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Re: BLOT offer on eBay
8/31/18 10:17 pm Rex Stanford <calidris.bairdii...> [texbirds] more on Wood Storks at Adams Garden Reservoir (08 /31/18)
8/31/18 9:38 pm John and Glennah Trochet <trochetj...> [texbirds] BLOT offer on eBay
8/31/18 5:30 pm Rex Stanford <calidris.bairdii...> [texbirds] Adams Garden Reservoir (08/31/18) (Cameron Co.): hundreds of Wood Storkss!
8/29/18 4:26 pm Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC) [texbirds] Young Reddish Egret West Houston
8/29/18 12:52 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 8-29-18 Catbird,Hutton’s,Redstart @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
8/28/18 11:05 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] East Beach, Bolivar and Anahuac pictures from last week
8/28/18 9:50 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch Saturday
8/26/18 2:48 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Need Monday & Wednesday Observers @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
8/26/18 7:55 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from Floyd County yesterday
8/26/18 7:14 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from Crosby County yesterday
8/26/18 7:09 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] The Leroy Elmore Rookery in Lubbock - WOW!
8/23/18 11:37 am Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...> [texbirds] Kleb Woods bus trip tomorrow - seats available
8/22/18 11:17 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Kites
8/21/18 3:38 am Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: Amazin’ Mississippi Kites
8/20/18 7:53 pm Andrew <andydietrich10...> [texbirds] Re: Amazin’ Mississippi Kites
8/20/18 6:24 pm Iris and Sonny Bratz <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender ibratz for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: Amazin’ Mississippi Kites
8/20/18 5:47 pm <jkestner...> [texbirds] Re: Amazin’ Mississippi Kites
8/20/18 4:55 pm Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC) [texbirds] Amazin’ Mississippi Kites
8/20/18 3:44 pm Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog...> [texbirds] Re: Possible Connecticut Warbler, Plano (Collin Co.)
8/20/18 3:18 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Re: Possible Connecticut Warbler, Plano (Collin Co.)
8/20/18 3:17 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Re: Possible Connecticut Warbler, Plano (Collin Co.)
8/20/18 3:09 pm Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: Possible Connecticut Warbler, Plano (Collin Co.)
8/20/18 2:37 pm Joe and Renee Fischer <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender fischer13 for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: Possible Connecticut Warbler, Plano (Collin Co.)
8/20/18 2:25 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Possible Connecticut Warbler, Plano (Collin Co.)
8/20/18 1:26 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Swallow-tailed Kite
8/20/18 10:06 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Swallow-tailed Kite
8/19/18 6:06 pm Garett Hodne <garyhodne...> [texbirds] September 22 S Padre Island Texas Pelagic Update
 
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Date: 9/18/18 10:42 am
From: Becky Reyes <breyes...>
Subject: [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
Hi everyone,
This morning was a very birdie morning. Two hungry Ospreys were on the
search for food and entertained us with their diving display. Birds large
and small were active in the gardens. A few warblers were spotted as well
and 3 very colorful male Baltimore orioles. At South Pond, the
Black-bellied whistling ducks and Black-necked stilts can be seen. Below is
this morning's bird list.

Happy Birding!

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center, Hidalgo, Texas, US
Sep 18, 2018 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
56 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 3
Plain Chachalaca 7
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 9
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
Inca Dove 2
White-tipped Dove 2
White-winged Dove 3
Mourning Dove 5
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 6
Black-necked Stilt 4
Killdeer 1
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Neotropic Cormorant 4
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 6
Snowy Egret 8
Tricolored Heron 1
Cattle Egret 2
Green Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 4
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
Osprey 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Green Kingfisher 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Great Kiskadee 3
Couch's Kingbird 7
Eastern Kingbird 1
Loggerhead Shrike 1
White-eyed Vireo 2
Green Jay 2
Barn Swallow 1
Black-crested Titmouse 2
Carolina Wren 1
Clay-colored Thrush 3
Curve-billed Thrasher 2
Long-billed Thrasher 3
Northern Mockingbird 6
European Starling 3
Lesser Goldfinch 4
Olive Sparrow 3
Lark Sparrow 1
Yellow-breasted Chat 1
Orchard Oriole 2
Baltimore Oriole 4
Great-tailed Grackle 10
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 3
Northern Cardinal 3
Painted Bunting 2
Dickcissel 2
House Sparrow 2

*Becky Reyes*

Naturalist Educator

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center

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Date: 9/17/18 12:22 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk watch Sunday Lots of hawks and eagles
Like an adult Harris's hawk and 3rd year bald eagle and say 1700 counted
birds.

Most were up high and in the pm in clear blue and hard to see.

Started the day at dawn exploring for land and water birds and any hawks
spending the night. Had one broad-winged hawk that was just around the
corner from the tower catching bugs on the ground. Got him damp and
mosquito bitten. Kept having to shake his wings and move perches when the
bugs got too bad.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168133476

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168133474

Several dickcissel flocks moving around that had a indigo bunting or two
with them. Blue grosbeaks in sunflower patches. All the local hawks were
gone except for an osprey trying to avoid mosquitoes way out on the dock.
Pelicans on post in close had lots of mosquitoes. Maybe a dozen
frigatebirds on their perches out in the bay.

A couple came by the tower

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168133467

And needless to say the mosquitoes were spectacular and even got me a few
times up on top of the tower.

Had maybe 50+ dickcissels from the tower plus some blue grosbeaks, pewees,
Baltimore oriole, indigo bunting etc but not a whole lot of land birds. A
yellow-breasted chat chatted a few times and then came out in the open.
Plenty of hummingbirds. An empidonax. Up to 8 olive-sided flycatchers
including some perched close to each other.

Side note, olive-sided flycatchers eat the wings of the dragonflies with no
effort to remove them unlike most birds including the kites and hawks.

Lots of swallows again. Had my first tree swallows of the season on wires
out Hawkins Camp Road right after sunrise. Cliff still in large numbers
with a couple of groups of around 500 eating stuff up there with barn
swallows. Still purple martins but not as many as recent week ends.

Highlight of the day was the Harris's hawk that gave a long pass. Bob had a
quick view of one that dove into the northwest motte and was not seen to
come out but probably did.

For the 3rd trip in a row, an American kestrel really showed its dislike of
other birds up in the air. A very light colored adult red-tailed hawk was
new for the area and the old standby's were absent again. A third year?
bald eagle went by. Several ospreys and peregrine falcons confirmed it was
time for fall migration. Two red-shouldered hawks were counted passing
together and the lead bird met the kestrel close up.

The day started with a 100+ group of Mississippi kites and ended with
similar groups.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168133470

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168133469

Even in kettles, they will grab dragonflies

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168133472

Another short distance migrant was the alligator returning to the pond from
the bay

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168133465

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168133466

Which makes a very good reason to keep on the mowed paths if going out into
the mottes.

Surprisingly, with all the water around, there were no snakes or turtles on
the road. One largish shoal of young mullet migrated past the tower
accompanied by pelicans but no boobies. But they will come.

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

 

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Date: 9/17/18 7:50 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis
About $4,000 came in over the weekend bring the total to $13,735 as I write
this. Even better a birder and dealer for rain storage tanks has stepped up
with sweetheart deal on a 65,000 gallon tank that reduces the cost to
$23,500 making the balance needed just under $10,000 now! Now I know lots
of organizations have visited as a group over the years. If ten of those
groups each gave $1000 the goal would be met! Maybe some of the big groups
could give $1500 and some of the smaller $500. I'm sure there are twenty
groups who could give $500 each. Birding groups, tour companies I know they
are out there. Many have asked if they can send a donation via check and
the answer is yes, you can send donations directly to Carolyn Ohl-Johnson,
807 W Ft Davis Ave Alpine, TX 79830. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could
wrap this up this week and maybe Carolyn could store some of this years
rains?

On Thu, Sep 13, 2018 at 7:10 AM David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:

> This has come to my attention and I think it deserves support. Many of you
> know and have visited Carolyn Ohl
> <https://www.facebook.com/carolyn.ohl?fref=mentions&hc_location=group>'s
> Christmas Mountains Oasis near Big Bend. Hundreds maybe thousands have
> visited and like me got there life Lucifer Hummingbird there. Its also
> perhaps the best place in Texas to see Varied Buntings in my opinion. Lets
> make this happen in short order, please consider supporting this. There are
> 1785 subscribers to this group, if each and every one gave just over $16.81
> each the goal would be met. Carolyn has been more than generous sharing
> with us, lets return the favor.
>
> see https://www.gofundme.com/m8seh-need-water-storage-tank
>
> --
> David Sarkozi
> Houston, TX
> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
>


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

 

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Date: 9/15/18 3:50 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lubbock Area Birding Summary for August - Long
Lubbock received 1.25 inches of rain during August, way below the the
average August total of 2.35 inches bringing us up to 5.73 inches for
the year, increasingly far behind the year-to-date average of 13.03
inches. Though parts of the region look surprisingly lush, playas are
in poor shape and the region remains deeply in drought.

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.

CACKLING GOOSE: 1-3 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) throughout the
period ( JB, DH, AH), 2-3 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) throughout the
period (AH), and 7 at Whisperwood Pond (Lubbock) throughout the period
(AH, GJ) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR OUR SUMMERING POPULATION.

CANADA GOOSE: 2 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) throughout the period
(DH, AH), 3-5 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) throughout the period (AH), and
11 at Whsiperwood Pond (Lubbock) throughout the period (AH, GJ) -
ABOUT AVERAGE FOR OUR SUMMERING POPULATION.

BLUE-WINGED TEAL: Eight reports of 1-6 birds, three reports of 12-23
birds, and one report of 50 birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd, Hale,
Lubbock) during the period (AH, PKe, JK, LM, JM, NP) - DECENT NUMBERS
WHERE WATER REMAINS, LOW NUMBERS OVERALL.

CINNAMON TEAL: 6 at the FM 378 x FM 786 Playa (Floyd) on 8/11/18 (AH)
and 4 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/25/18 (AH) - VERY LOW
NUMBERS AND VERY LOW NUMBER OF SIGHTINGS.

NORTHERN SHOVELER: Eight reports of 1-9 birds and one report of 60
birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd, Hale, Lubbock) during the period
(JC, AH, JK, LM, JM, NP) - DECENT NUMBERS WHERE WATER REMAINS; LOW
NUMBERS OVERALL.

GADWALL: 2 at the FM 378 x FM 788 Playa (Floyd) on 8/11/18 (AH), 4 at
the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/25/18 (AH), and 1 at the CR
116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/26/18 (JK, JM) - LOW NUMBERS AND VERY
LOW NUMBER OF SIGHTINGS.

NORTHERN PINTAIL: 5 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/25/18
(AH) and 130 at the same site (Crosby) on 8/26/18 (JK, JM) -
GOODNUMBERS BUT THE POOREST SCATTER POSSIBLE.

GREEN-WINGED TEAL: 5 at the CR 121 x FM 37 Playa (Floyd) on 8/11/18
(AH), 4 at the FM 378 x FM 788 Playa (Floyd) on 8/11/18 (AH), 15 at
the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/25/18 (AH), 1 at the CR 121 x
FM 37 Playa (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH), and 28 at the CR 116 x FM 378
Playa (Crosby) on 8/26/18 (JK, JM) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS EARLY IN
THE SEASON.

REDHEAD: 5 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/25/18 (AH) the
only sighting - VERY LOW.

RUDDY DUCK: 12 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/25/18 (AH) -
LOW NUMBERS AND POOR SCATTER.

RING-NECKED PHEASANT: 1 below Lake Six (Lubbock) on 8/25/18 (LM) -
VERY LOW NUMBERS BUT ALMOST NO EFFORT REPORTED FROM FAVORABLE HABITAT.

INCA DOVE: 1 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) on 8/4/18 (LM) and 1 in a Lubbock
yard (Lubbock) on 8/7/18 (AH) the only reports - STATUS UNCERTAIN BUT
SEEMINGLY SHAKY.

YELOW-BILLED CUCKOO: Only four reports of single birds received from
the region (Floyd) during the period (AH) - DROUGHT YEARS ARE ALWAYS
TOUGH ON THIS SPECIES AND THIS SEEMS TO BE THE CASE THIS YEAR.

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/14/18
(LM), 1 immature male in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/28/18 (AH), 1
immature female and 1 immature male in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on
8/29/18 (AH), 1 adult female in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/30/18
(AH), and 1 adult female in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/31/18 (AH) -
AN UNUSUALLY GOOD SEASON FOR THE SPECIES IN THE REGION.

BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/4/18 and
8/5/18 (LM) and 1 adult male in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/26/18
(AH) - A TAD LOW.

RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/4/18 (LM), 2 in
a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/5/18 (LM), 1 male in Cone (Crosby) on
8/11/18 (AH), 1 adult female in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/18/18
(AH), 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/18/18 (LM), 1 in a Lubbock
yard (Lubbock) on 8/24/18 (LM), 1 adult female at the White River x FM
37 crossing (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH), 2 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on
8/25/18 (LM), 1 immature male in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/28/18
(AH), and 1 immature male in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/31/18 (AH)
- GOOD NUMBERS AND DECENT SCATTER.

CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD: 1 adult female in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on
8/27/18 (AH, photographs), 1 adult female and 1 immature male in a
Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/28/18 (AH), and 1 immature male in a
Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/29/18 (AH) - POOR NUMBERS, ALMOST NO
SCATTER THUS FAR THIS SEASON.

VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRD: 1 well-described adult at an undisclosed
location in Lubbock (Lubbock) on 8/30/18 (AB, AvH) - WITH ONLY ONE
PREVIOUS RECORD IN THE REGION (AND ONE ADDITIONAL RECORD FROM THE
PANHANDLE PROPER), THIS WAS A VERY EXCITING SIGHTING.

VIRGINIA RAIL: 1 at the CR 121 x FM 37 Playa (Floyd) on 8/11/18 (AH)
the only report thus far - A TAD LOW.

COMMON GALLINULE: 1 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 8/5/18 (AH) the only report - LOW.

BLACK-NECKED STILT: Ten reports of 2-9 birds, one report of 21 birds,
and one report of 24 birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd, Hale,
Lubbock) during the period (JC, AH, LM, NP) - LOW NUMBERS AND POOR
SCATTER CONSISTENT WITH REDUCED AMOUNT OF STANDING WATER IN THE
REGION.

AMERICAN AVOCET: Seven reports of 1-7 birds, one report of 13 birds,
one report of 30 birds, and one report of 36 birds in the region
(Crosby, Floyd, Lubbock) during the period (AH, JK, LM, JM) - LOW
NUMBERS AND POOR SCATTER.

SEMIPALMATED PLOVER: 1 at the CR 116 x FM 37 Playa (Floyd) on 8/25/18
(AH) the only report - VERY LOW.

UPLAND SANDPIPER: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 8/3/18 (KH), 2 at
the FM 378 x FM 788 Playa (Floyd) on 8/11/18 (AH), 4 near Wilson
(Lynn) on 8/22/18 (JB), and 1 near Providence (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH)
the only reports - LOW BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS.

LONG-BILLED CURLEW: 8 near Wilson (Lynn) on 8/22/18 (JB) the only
report - VERY LOW.

STILT SANDPIPER: 6 at the FM 378 x FM 788 Playa (Floyd) on 8/11/18
(AH), 54 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/25/18 (AH), and 7
at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/26/18 (JK, JM) the only
reports - LOW NUMBERS AND SCATTER.

BAIRD'S SANDPIPER: Three reports of 1-2 birds, one report of 16
birds,and three reports of 26-36 birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd,
Lubbock) during the period (JC, AH, JK, LM, JM) - LOW NUMBERS AND POO SCATTER.

LEAST SANDPIPER: 2 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) on 8/4/18 (AH), 1 at
McAlister Park (Lubbock) on 8/5/18 (LM), 16 near Aiken (Floyd) on
8/11/18 (AH), and 18 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/25/18
(AH) the only reports received - VERY LOW NUMBERS.

PECTORAL SANDPIPER: 2 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/25/18
(AH) the only report received - LOW.

SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER: 6 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on
8/25/18 (AH) the only report received - LOW.

WESTERN SANDPIPER: 3 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) on 8/4/18 (AH), 1 at
McAlister Park (Lubbock) on 8/5/18 (LM), 4 at the FM 378 x FM 788
Playa (Floyd) on 8/11/18 (AH), 4 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby)
on 8/25/18 (AH), and 1 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on
8/26/18 (JK, JM) the only reports received - VERY LOW.

LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER: One report of 5 birds and four reports of 18-29
birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd, Hale) during the period (AH, JK,
JM, NP) the only reports - VERY LOW NUMBERS.

SPOTTED SANDPIPER: Nine reports of 1-7 birds in the region (Floyd,
Hale, Lubbock) during the period (SH, AH, LM, NP) - DECENT NUMBERS AND
SCATTER FOR A SHOREBIRD SPECIES THAT FAVORS STEEP OR ROCKY SHORES AT
HUMANKIND-MAINTAINED WATER SITES.

SOLITARY SANDPIPER: 1 at the CR 121 x FM 37 Playa (Floyd) on 8/11/18
(AH) the only report - LOW.

LESSER YELLOWLEGS: Four reports of 1-3 bids, one report of 11 birds,
and one report of 33 birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd, Lubbock)
during the period (JC, AH, JK, JM) - LOW NUMBERS AND POOR SCATTER.

GREATER YELLOWLEGS: Ten reports of 1-5 birds and one report of 17
birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd, Lubbock) during the period (JC,
AH, JK, LM, JM) - LOW NUMBERS AND POOR SCATTER.

WILSON'S PHALAROPE: Six reports of 1-9 birds and one report of 14
birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd, Lubbock) during the period (JC,
AH, JK, LM, JM) - VERY LOW NUMBERS AND VERY POOR SCATTER.

LEAST TERN: 1 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) on 8/4/18 (AH) - FORMERLY
CONSIDERED ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; NOW KNOWN AS AN ANNUAL MIGRANT.

BLACK TERN: 2 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 8/2/18 (AH) and 1 at
the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/25/18 (AH) the only reports
received - LOW NUMBERS AND POOR SCATTER.

FORSTER'S TERN: 1 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) on 8/5/18 (AH) the only
report - VERY LOW NUMBERS AND ALMOST NO SCATTER.

NEOTROPIC CORMORANT: Up to 11 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) including
at least three immature birds throughout the period (JB, DHa, DH, AH,
GK, JK, LM, JM) - FORMERLY CONSIDERED ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; NOW
KNOWN AS AN ANNUAL VISITOR AND AN OCCASIONAL BREEDER - THIS IS A
RECORD NUMBER, THOUGH.

DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT: Up to 103 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock)
throughout the period (JB, DH, AH, JK, LM, JM) - EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD
NUMBERS FOR SUMMER.

LEAST BITTERN: 1 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 8/11/18 (PKe) - A RARE
BREEDER IN THE REGION - ONLY RECORDED AT THIS SITE TO DATE.

GREAT EGRET: Up to 3 at Lake Six (Lubbock) throughout the period (PKe,
LM), up to 21 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) throughout the period
(JB, DH, AH, JK, LM, JM), up to 3 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) throughout
the period (AH), 1 in Crosbyton (Crosby) on 8/11/18 (AH), and 1 at the
Floydada WTP (Floyd) on 8/11/18 (AH) - SURPRISINGLY GOOD NUMBERS GIVEN
THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS THOUGH SCATTER IS A BIT LOW.

SNOWY EGRET: Up to 2 along the Canyon Lakes (Lubbock) throughout the
period (DHa, PKe, LM), up to 4 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) during the
period (AH, LMp to 100 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) throughout the
period (JB, AH, DH, JK, LM, JM), and 2 at McAlister Park (Lubbock) on
8/4/18 (LM) - GOOD NUMBERS; VERY POOR SCATTER.

CATTLE EGRET: Seven reports of 1-9 birds, five reports of 21-94 birds,
one report of 584 birds, and one report of 600 birds in the region
(Crosby, Floyd, Lubbock) during the period (JB, JC, DH, AH, KH, JK,
LM, JM) - GOOD NUMBERS BUT POOR SCATTER.

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON: 1 along the Canyon Lakes (Lubbock)
throughout the period (DHa, LM) and 12 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa
(Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH) the only reports - VERY LOW AND VERY POOR
SCATTER.

WHITE-FACED IBIS: Six reports of 2-6 birds and two reports of 13-14
birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd, Hale, Lubbock) during the period
(JB, JC, AH, JK, LM, JM, NP) - VERY LOW NUMBERS AND POOR SCATTER.

OSPREY: 1 at Earl Crow Park (Lubbock) on 8/10/18 (DHa) and 1 at
Whisperwood Pond (Lubbock) on 8/12/18 (AH) - EARLY REPORTS.

NORTHERN HARRIER: 1 near Aiken (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH), 1 at the CR
116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/26/18 (JK, JM), and 1 at the CR 116 x
FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/27/18 (JC) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR CONTEMPORARY
ARRIVAL TIMES.

COOPER'S HAWK: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 8/3/18 (KH), 1 at
Eagle's Hall Park (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH), and 1 below Lake Six
(Lubbock) on 8/25/18 (LM) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON.

BROAD-WINGED HAWK: 1 at Tech Terrace Park (Lubbock) on 8/24/18 (WW) -
ONE OF THE EARLIER REPORTS ON RECORD FOR THE REGION.

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK: 1 at Eagle's Hall Park (Floyd) on 8/11/18 (AH), 1
below Lake Six (Lubbock) on 8/25/18 (PKi), and 1 at Clapp Park
(Lubbock) on 8/29/18 (BS) - FAIRLY EARLY IN THE SEASON FOR SO MANY
REPORTS.

MERLIN: 1 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/27/18 (JC) - FAIRLY EARLY.

PEREGRINE FALCON: 1 over a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/25/18 (LM) and
1 over a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/27/18 and 8/28/18 (AH) - SOME
FAIRLY EARLY REPORTS.

OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER: 1 near Wilson (Lynn) on 8/22/18 (JB), 1 at the
White River x FM 207 crossing (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH), and 1 below
Lake Six (Lubbock) on 8/25/18 (LM) - LOW NUMBERS BUT RIGHT ON TIME.

WESTERN WOOD PEWEE: 2 at the Allmon Church Playa (Floyd) on 8/25/18
(AH), 2 east of Allmon (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH), 1 below Lake Six
(Lubbock) on 8/25/18 (LM), and 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on
8/27/18 (AH) - LOW NUMBERS BUT RIGHT ON TIME.

WILLOW FLYCATCHER: Five reports of 1-3 birds in the region (Floyd,
Lubbock) during the period (AH, LM) - ABOUT AVERAGE.

LEAST FLYCATCHER: Fiver reports of 1-2 birds in the region (Floyd,
Lubbock) during the period (AH, GJ, PJ, LM0 - ABOUT AVERAGE.

VERMILION FLYCATCHER: 1 near Wilson (Lynn) on 8/22/18 (JB) - FORMERLY
ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; NOW ENCOUNTERED ALMOST MONTHLY.

BELL'S VIREO: 1 at the White River x FM 37 crossing (Floyd) on
8/11/18(AH) and 1 at the White River x FM 37 crossing (Floyd) on
8/25/18 (AH) - A TAD LOW ALL THINGS CONSIDERED BUT LITTLE EFFORT WAS
REPORTED FROM FAVORABLE SITES.

WARBLING VIREO: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/28/18 (AH) - A BIT
ON THE EARLY SIDE.

PURPLE MARTIN: 1 immature bird at the Allmon Woodlot (Floyd) on
8/25/18 (AH) - FORMERLY FAIRLY COMMON INTO AUGUST BUT NOW RATHER RARE
THIS LATE IN THE SEASON.

TREE SWALLOW: Six reports of 1-7 birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd,
Lynn) during the period (JB, AH, JK, JM) - GOOD NUMBER OF REPORTS BUT
LOW NUMBERS.

NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW: Four reports of 4-7 birds and one
report of 59 birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd) during the period
(AH) the only reports received - VERY LOW.

BANK SWALLOW: Seven reports of 1-6 birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd,
Lubbock) during the period (AH, LM) the only reports received - LOW.

CAVE SWALLOW: Five reports of 2-6 birds in the region (Floyd) during
the period (AH) the only reports received - VERY LOW.

CAROLINA WREN: 1 below Lake Six (Lubbock) on 8/25/18 (LM) - HARD TO
FIND ATOP THE CAPROCK ESCARPMENT IN DROUGHT YEARS.

HOUSE WREN: 1 at the Allmon Woodlot (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH) and 2 at
Eagle's Hall Park (Floyud) on 8/25/18 (AH) - VERY LOW NUMBERS; AUGUST
IS USUALLY A PEAK MONTH.

CACTUS WREN: 1 in Yellowhouse Canyon (Lubbock) on 8/21/18 (JL) -
FORMERLY FAIRLY REGULAR IN THE REGION; NOW CASUAL AT BEST,
PARTICULARLY THIS FAR NORTH IN THE REGION.

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER: 1 at the White River x FM 37 crossing (Floyd)
on 8/11/18 (AH), 2 at the Allmon Church Playa (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH),
and 1 at Eagle's Hall Park (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH) - LOW NUMBERS;
AUGUST IS USUALLY A PEAK MONTH THE SPECIES IN THE REGION.

AMERICAN GOLDFINCH: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 8/2/18 (PKe) - A TAD EARLY.

CHIPPING SPARROW: 2 at the White River x FM 37 crossing (Floyd) on
8/25/18 (AH) - ALSO A TAD ON THE EARLY SIDE.

YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD: 1 near Aiken (Floyd) n 8/25/18 (AH) the only
report - VERY LOW.

BRONZED COWBIRD: 1 male at Maxey Park (Lubbock) on 8/5/18 (AH) and 2
males at Eagle's Hall Park (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH) the only reports -
FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; THESE WOULD, NOW, REPRESENT LOW
NUMBERS.

NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH: 1 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 8/25/18 (AH)
- A BIT ON THE EARLY SIDE.

BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER: 1 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 8/19/18
(DH, AH) and 1 at Eagle's Hall Park (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH) - MORE
MIGRANTS ON THE EARLY SIDE.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/20/18 (GJ,
PJ) and 1 at the White River x FM 37 crossing (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH)
- THESE ARE NORMAL PASSAGE DATES FOR WESTERN FORMS OF THE SPECIES.

COMMON YELLOWTHROAT: 1 male at the CR 121 x FM 37 Playa (Floyd) on
8/11/18 (AH), 1 female at the White River x FM 37 crossing (Floyd) on
8/11/18 (AH),and 1 below Lake Six (Lubbock) on 8/25/18 (LM) the only
reports - A TAD LOW; PROBABLY REFLECTIVE OF THE DROUGHT.

YELLOW WARBLER: 3 at Eagle's Hall Park (Floyd) on 8/11/18 (AH) and 1
at the White River x FM 37 crossing (Floyd) on 8/11/18 (AH) the
firstof the season and only reports before mid-month - A TAD EARLY..
Subsequently seven reports of 1-3 birds in the region (Floyd, Lubbock)
during the period (DH, AH, PKi, SP) - DURING A MORE NORMAL PART OF THEPERIOD.

WILSON'S WARBLER: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/11/18 (GJ), 1 at
the Allmon Church Playa (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH), and 1 at Clapp Park
(Lubbock) on 8/29/18 (BS) - FORMERLY UNEXPECTED THIS EARLY IN THE
SEASON; NOW FAIRLY REGULAR IN AUGUST.

WESTERN TANAGER: 1 male at the Allmon Woodlot (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH)
and 1 female and 1 male at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 8/25/18
(PKi) - GOOD NUMBERS FOR SO EARLY IN THE SEASON.

LAZULI BUNTING: 1 female at the Allmon Woodlot (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH)
- RIGHT ON TIME; WE SHOULD SEE A FEW MORE IN SEPTEMBER.

OBSERVERS: AB=Anonymous Birder, JB=Justin Bosler, JC=Jim Crites,
DHa=Danny Hancock, DH=Drew Harvey, AH=Anthony Hewetson, AvH=Aveline
Hewetson, KH=Kelly Himmel, GJ=George Jury, PJ=Pat Jury, GK=Glenda
Kelly, PKe=Peter Keyel, PKi=Phillip Kite, JK=Jim Kringle, JL=James
Leatherwood, LM=Liam McGuire, JM=Jennifer Miller, SP=Skyler Park,
NP=Niler Pyeatt, BS=Brad Shine, WW=William Wenthe.

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock
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Date: 9/15/18 3:37 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds]
Lubbock received 1.25 inches of rain during August, way below the the
average August total of 2.35 inches bringing us up to 5.73 inches for
the year, increasingly far behind the year-to-date average of 13.03
inches. Though parts of the region look surprisingly lush, playas are
in poor shape and the region remains deeply in drought.

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.

CACKLING GOOSE: 1-3 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) throughout the
period ( JB, DH, AH), 2-3 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) throughout the
period (AH), and 7 at Whisperwood Pond (Lubbock) throughout the period
(AH, GJ) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR OUR SUMMERING POPULATION.

CANADA GOOSE: 2 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) throughout the period
(DH, AH), 3-5 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) throughout the period (AH), and
11 at Whsiperwood Pond (Lubbock) throughout the period (AH, GJ) -
ABOUT AVERAGE FOR OUR SUMMERING POPULATION.

BLUE-WINGED TEAL: Eight reports of 1-6 birds, three reports of 12-23
birds, and one report of 50 birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd, Hale,
Lubbock) during the period (AH, PKe, JK, LM, JM, NP) - DECENT NUMBERS
WHERE WATER REMAINS, LOW NUMBERS OVERALL.

CINNAMON TEAL: 6 at the FM 378 x FM 786 Playa (Floyd) on 8/11/18 (AH)
and 4 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/25/18 (AH) - VERY LOW
NUMBERS AND VERY LOW NUMBER OF SIGHTINGS.

NORTHERN SHOVELER: Eight reports of 1-9 birds and one report of 60
birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd, Hale, Lubbock) during the period
(JC, AH, JK, LM, JM, NP) - DECENT NUMBERS WHERE WATER REMAINS; LOW
NUMBERS OVERALL.

GADWALL: 2 at the FM 378 x FM 788 Playa (Floyd) on 8/11/18 (AH), 4 at
the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/25/18 (AH), and 1 at the CR
116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/26/18 (JK, JM) - LOW NUMBERS AND VERY
LOW NUMBER OF SIGHTINGS.

NORTHERN PINTAIL: 5 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/25/18
(AH) and 130 at the same site (Crosby) on 8/26/18 (JK, JM) - GOOD
NUMBERS BUT THE POOREST SCATTER POSSIBLE.

GREEN-WINGED TEAL: 5 at the CR 121 x FM 37 Playa (Floyd) on 8/11/18
(AH), 4 at the FM 378 x FM 788 Playa (Floyd) on 8/11/18 (AH), 15 at
the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/25/18 (AH), 1 at the CR 121 x
FM 37 Playa (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH), and 28 at the CR 116 x FM 378
Playa (Crosby) on 8/26/18 (JK, JM) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS EARLY IN
THE SEASON.

REDHEAD: 5 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/25/18 (AH) the
only sighting - VERY LOW.

RUDDY DUCK: 12 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/25/18 (AH) -
LOW NUMBERS AND POOR SCATTER.

RING-NECKED PHEASANT: 1 below Lake Six (Lubbock) on 8/25/18 (LM) -
VERY LOW NUMBERS BUT ALMOST NO EFFORT REPORTED FROM FAVORABLE HABITAT.

INCA DOVE: 1 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) on 8/4/18 (LM) and 1 in a Lubbock
yard (Lubbock) on 8/7/18 (AH) the only reports - STATUS UNCERTAIN BUT
SEEMINGLY SHAKY.

YELOW-BILLED CUCKOO: Only four reports of single birds received from
the region (Floyd) during the period (AH) - DROUGHT YEARS ARE ALWAYS
TOUGH ON THIS SPECIES AND THIS SEEMS TO BE THE CASE THIS YEAR.

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/14/18
(LM), 1 immature male in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/28/18 (AH), 1
immature female and 1 immature male in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on
8/29/18 (AH), 1 adult female in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/30/18
(AH), and 1 adult female in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/31/18 (AH) -
AN UNUSUALLY GOOD SEASON FOR THE SPECIES IN THE REGION.

BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/4/18 and
8/5/18 (LM) and 1 adult male in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/26/18
(AH) - A TAD LOW.

RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/4/18 (LM), 2 in
a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/5/18 (LM), 1 male in Cone (Crosby) on
8/11/18 (AH), 1 adult female in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/18/18
(AH), 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/18/18 (LM), 1 in a Lubbock
yard (Lubbock) on 8/24/18 (LM), 1 adult female at the White River x FM
37 crossing (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH), 2 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on
8/25/18 (LM), 1 immature male in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/28/18
(AH), and 1 immature male in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/31/18 (AH)
- GOOD NUMBERS AND DECENT SCATTER.

CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD: 1 adult female in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on
8/27/18 (AH, photographs), 1 adult female and 1 immature male in a
Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/28/18 (AH), and 1 immature male in a
Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/29/18 (AH) - POOR NUMBERS, ALMOST NO
SCATTER THUS FAR THIS SEASON.

VIOLET-CROWNED HUMMINGBIRD: 1 well-described adult at an undisclosed
location in Lubbock (Lubbock) on 8/30/18 (AB, AvH) - WITH ONLY ONE
PREVIOUS RECORD IN THE REGION (AND ONE ADDITIONAL RECORD FROM THE
PANHANDLE PROPER), THIS WAS A VERY EXCITING SIGHTING.

VIRGINIA RAIL: 1 at the CR 121 x FM 37 Playa (Floyd) on 8/11/18 (AH)
the only report thus far - A TAD LOW.

COMMON GALLINULE: 1 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 8/5/18 (AH) the only report - LOW.

BLACK-NECKED STILT: Ten reports of 2-9 birds, one report of 21 birds,
and one report of 24 birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd, Hale,
Lubbock) during the period (JC, AH, LM, NP) - LOW NUMBERS AND POOR
SCATTER CONSISTENT WITH REDUCED AMOUNT OF STANDING WATER IN THE
REGION.

AMERICAN AVOCET: Seven reports of 1-7 birds, one report of 13 birds,
one report of 30 birds, and one report of 36 birds in the region
(Crosby, Floyd, Lubbock) during the period (AH, JK, LM, JM) - LOW
NUMBERS AND POOR SCATTER.

SEMIPALMATED PLOVER: 1 at the CR 116 x FM 37 Playa (Floyd) on 8/25/18
(AH) the only report - VERY LOW.

UPLAND SANDPIPER: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 8/3/18 (KH), 2 at
the FM 378 x FM 788 Playa (Floyd) on 8/11/18 (AH), 4 near Wilson
(Lynn) on 8/22/18 (JB), and 1 near Providence (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH)
the only reports - LOW BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS.

LONG-BILLED CURLEW: 8 near Wilson (Lynn) on 8/22/18 (JB) the only
report - VERY LOW.

STILT SANDPIPER: 6 at the FM 378 x FM 788 Playa (Floyd) on 8/11/18
(AH), 54 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/25/18 (AH), and 7
at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/26/18 (JK, JM) the only
reports - LOW NUMBERS AND SCATTER.

BAIRD'S SANDPIPER: Three reports of 1-2 birds, one report of 16 birds,
and three reports of 26-36 birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd,
Lubbock) during the period (JC, AH, JK, LM, JM) - LOW NUMBERS AND POOR
SCATTER.

LEAST SANDPIPER: 2 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) on 8/4/18 (AH), 1 at
McAlister Park (Lubbock) on 8/5/18 (LM), 16 near Aiken (Floyd) on
8/11/18 (AH), and 18 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/25/18
(AH) the only reports received - VERY LOW NUMBERS.

PECTORAL SANDPIPER: 2 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/25/18
(AH) the only report received - LOW.

SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER: 6 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on
8/25/18 (AH) the only report received - LOW.

WESTERN SANDPIPER: 3 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) on 8/4/18 (AH), 1 at
McAlister Park (Lubbock) on 8/5/18 (LM), 4 at the FM 378 x FM 788
Playa (Floyd) on 8/11/18 (AH), 4 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby)
on 8/25/18 (AH), and 1 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on
8/26/18 (JK, JM) the only reports received - VERY LOW.

LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER: One report of 5 birds and four reports of 18-29
birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd, Hale) during the period (AH, JK,
JM, NP) the only reports - VERY LOW NUMBERS.

SPOTTED SANDPIPER: Nine reports of 1-7 birds in the region (Floyd,
Hale, Lubbock) during the period (SH, AH, LM, NP) - DECENT NUMBERS AND
SCATTER FOR A SHOREBIRD SPECIES THAT FAVORS STEEP OR ROCKY SHORES AT
HUMANKIND-MAINTAINED WATER SITES.

SOLITARY SANDPIPER: 1 at the CR 121 x FM 37 Playa (Floyd) on 8/11/18
(AH) the only report - LOW.

LESSER YELLOWLEGS: Four reports of 1-3 bids, one report of 11 birds,
and one report of 33 birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd, Lubbock)
during the period (JC, AH, JK, JM) - LOW NUMBERS AND POOR SCATTER.

GREATER YELLOWLEGS: Ten reports of 1-5 birds and one report of 17
birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd, Lubbock) during the period (JC,
AH, JK, LM, JM) - LOW NUMBERS AND POOR SCATTER.

WILSON'S PHALAROPE: Six reports of 1-9 birds and one report of 14
birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd, Lubbock) during the period (JC,
AH, JK, LM, JM) - VERY LOW NUMBERS AND VERY POOR SCATTER.

LEAST TERN: 1 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) on 8/4/18 (AH) - FORMERLY
CONSIDERED ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; NOW KNOWN AS AN ANNUAL MIGRANT.

BLACK TERN: 2 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 8/2/18 (AH) and 1 at
the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/25/18 (AH) the only reports
received - LOW NUMBERS AND POOR SCATTER.

FORSTER'S TERN: 1 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) on 8/5/18 (AH) the only
report - VERY LOW NUMBERS AND ALMOST NO SCATTER.

NEOTROPIC CORMORANT: Up to 11 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) including
at least three immature birds throughout the period (JB, DHa, DH, AH,
GK, JK, LM, JM) - FORMERLY CONSIDERED ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; NOW
KNOWN AS AN ANNUAL VISITOR AND AN OCCASIONAL BREEDER - THIS IS A
RECORD NUMBER, THOUGH.

DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT: Up to 103 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock)
throughout the period (JB, DH, AH, JK, LM, JM) - EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD
NUMBERS FOR SUMMER.

LEAST BITTERN: 1 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 8/11/18 (PKe) - A RARE
BREEDER IN THE REGION - ONLY RECORDED AT THIS SITE TO DATE.

GREAT EGRET: Up to 3 at Lake Six (Lubbock) throughout the period (PKe,
LM), up to 21 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) throughout the period
(JB, DH, AH, JK, LM, JM), up to 3 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) throughout
the period (AH), 1 in Crosbyton (Crosby) on 8/11/18 (AH), and 1 at the
Floydada WTP (Floyd) on 8/11/18 (AH) - SURPRISINGLY GOOD NUMBERS GIVEN
THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS THOUGH SCATTER IS A BIT LOW.

SNOWY EGRET: Up to 2 along the Canyon Lakes (Lubbock) throughout the
period (DHa, PKe, LM), up to 4 at Maxey Park (Lubbock) during the
period (AH, LMp to 100 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) throughout the
period (JB, AH, DH, JK, LM, JM), and 2 at McAlister Park (Lubbock) on
8/4/18 (LM) - GOOD NUMBERS; VERY POOR SCATTER.

CATTLE EGRET: Seven reports of 1-9 birds, five reports of 21-94 birds,
one report of 584 birds, and one report of 600 birds in the region
(Crosby, Floyd, Lubbock) during the period (JB, JC, DH, AH, KH, JK,
LM, JM) - GOOD NUMBERS BUT POOR SCATTER.

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON: 1 along the Canyon Lakes (Lubbock)
throughout the period (DHa, LM) and 12 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa
(Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH) the only reports - VERY LOW AND VERY POOR
SCATTER.

WHITE-FACED IBIS: Six reports of 2-6 birds and two reports of 13-14
birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd, Hale, Lubbock) during the period
(JB, JC, AH, JK, LM, JM, NP) - VERY LOW NUMBERS AND POOR SCATTER.

OSPREY: 1 at Earl Crow Park (Lubbock) on 8/10/18 (DHa) and 1 at
Whisperwood Pond (Lubbock) on 8/12/18 (AH) - EARLY REPORTS.

NORTHERN HARRIER: 1 near Aiken (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH), 1 at the CR
116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/26/18 (JK, JM), and 1 at the CR 116 x
FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/27/18 (JC) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR CONTEMPORARY
ARRIVAL TIMES.

COOPER'S HAWK: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 8/3/18 (KH), 1 at
Eagle's Hall Park (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH), and 1 below Lake Six
(Lubbock) on 8/25/18 (LM) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS EARLY IN THE
SEASON.

BROAD-WINGED HAWK: 1 at Tech Terrace Park (Lubbock) on 8/24/18 (WW) -
ONE OF THE EARLIER REPORTS ON RECORD FOR THE REGION.

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK: 1 at Eagle's Hall Park (Floyd) on 8/11/18 (AH), 1
below Lake Six (Lubbock) on 8/25/18 (PKi), and 1 at Clapp Park
(Lubbock) on 8/29/18 (BS) - FAIRLY EARLY IN THE SEASON FOR SO MANY
REPORTS.

MERLIN: 1 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby) on 8/27/18 (JC) - FAIRLY EARLY.

PEREGRINE FALCON: 1 over a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/25/18 (LM) and
1 over a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/27/18 and 8/28/18 (AH) - SOME
FAIRLY EARLY REPORTS.

OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER: 1 near Wilson (Lynn) on 8/22/18 (JB), 1 at the
White River x FM 207 crossing (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH), and 1 below
Lake Six (Lubbock) on 8/25/18 (LM) - LOW NUMBERS BUT RIGHT ON TIME.

WESTERN WOOD PEWEE: 2 at the Allmon Church Playa (Floyd) on 8/25/18
(AH), 2 east of Allmon (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH), 1 below Lake Six
(Lubbock) on 8/25/18 (LM), and 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on
8/27/18 (AH) - LOW NUMBERS BUT RIGHT ON TIME.

WILLOW FLYCATCHER: Five reports of 1-3 birds in the region (Floyd,
Lubbock) during the period (AH, LM) - ABOUT AVERAGE.

LEAST FLYCATCHER: Fiver reports of 1-2 birds in the region (Floyd,
Lubbock) during the period (AH, GJ, PJ, LM0 - ABOUT AVERAGE.

VERMILION FLYCATCHER: 1 near Wilson (Lynn) on 8/22/18 (JB) - FORMERLY
ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; NO ENCOUNTED ALMOST MONTHLY.

BELL'S VIREO: 1 at the White River x FM 37 crossing (Floyd) on 8/11/18
(AH) and 1 at the White River x FM 37 crossing (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH)
- A TAD LOW ALL THINGS CONSIDERED BUT LITTLE EFFORT WAS REPORTED FROM
FAVORABLE SITES.

WARBLING VIREO: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/28/18 (AH) - A BIT
ON THE EARLY SIDE.

PURPLE MARTIN: 1 immature bird at the Allmon Woodlot (Floyd) on
8/25/18 (AH) - FORMERLY FAIRLY COMMON INTO AUGUST BUT NOW RATHER RARE
THIS LATE IN THE SEASON.

TREE SWALLOW: Six reports of 1-7 birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd,
Lynn) during the period (JB, AH, JK, JM) - GOOD NUMBER OF REPORTS BUT
LOW NUMBERS.

NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW: Four reports of 4-7 birds and one
report of 59 birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd) during the period
(AH) the only reports received - VERY LOW.

BANK SWALLOW: Seven reports of 1-6 birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd,
Lubbock) during the period (AH, LM) the only reports received - LOW.

CAVE SWALLOW: Five reports of 2-6 birds in the region (Floyd) during
the period (AH) the only reports received - VERY LOW.

CAROLINA WREN: 1 below Lake Six (Lubbock) on 8/25/18 (LM) - HARD TO
FIND ATOP THE CAPROCK ESCARPMENT IN DROUGHT YEARS.

HOUSE WREN: 1 at the Allmon Woodlot (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH) and 2 at
Eagle's Hall Park (Floyud) on 8/25/18 (AH) - VERY LOW NUMBERS; AUGUST
IS USUALLY A PEAK MONTH.

CACTUS WREN: 1 in Yellowhouse Canyon (Lubbock) on 8/21/18 (JL) -
FORMERLY FAIRLY REGULAR IN THE REGION; NOW CASUAL AT BEST,
PARTICULARLY THIS FAR NORTH IN THE REGION.

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER: 1 at the White River x FM 37 crossing (Floyd)
on 8/11/18 (AH), 2 at the Allmon Church Playa (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH),
and 1 at Eagle's Hall Park (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH) - LOW NUMBERS;
AUGUST IS USUALLY A PEAK MONTH THE SPECIES IN THE REGION.

AMERICAN GOLDFINCH: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 8/2/18 (PKe) - A TAD EARLY.

CHIPPING SPARROW: 2 at the White River x FM 37 crossing (Floyd) on
8/25/18 (AH) - ALSO A TAD ON THE EARLY SIDE.

YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD: 1 near Aiken (Floyd) n 8/25/18 (AH) the only
report - VERY LOW.

BRONZED COWBIRD: 1 male at Maxey Park (Lubbock) on 8/5/18 (AH) and 2
males at Eagle's Hall Park (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH) the only reports -
FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; THESE WOULD, NOW, REPRESENT LOW
NUMBERS.

NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH: 1 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 8/25/18 (AH)
- A BIT ON THE EARLY SIDE.

BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER: 1 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 8/19/18
(DH, AH) and 1 at Eagle's Hall Park (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH) - MORE
MIGRANTS ON THE EARLY SIDE.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/20/18 (GJ,
PJ) and 1 at the White River x FM 37 crossing (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH)
- THESE ARE NORMAL PASSAGE DATES FOR WESTERN FORMS OF THE SPECIES.

COMMON YELLOWTHROAT: 1 male at the CR 121 x FM 37 Playa (Floyd) on
8/11/18 (AH), 1 female at the White River x FM 37 crossing (Floyd) on
8/11/18 (AH),and 1 below Lake Six (Lubbock) on 8/25/18 (LM) the only
reports - A TAD LOW; PROBABLY REFLECTIVE OF THE DROUGHT.

YELLOW WARBLER: 3 at Eagle's Hall Park (Floyd) on 8/11/18 (AH) and 1
at the White River x FM 37 crossing (Floyd) on 8/11/18 (AH) the first
of the season and only reports before mid-month - A TAD EARLY..
Subsequently seven reports of 1-3 birds in the region (Floyd, Lubbock)
during the period (DH, AH, PKi, SP) - DURING A MORE NORMAL PART OF THE
PERIOD.

WILSON'S WARBLER: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 8/11/18 (GJ), 1 at
the Allmon Church Playa (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH), and 1 at Clapp Park
(Lubbock) on 8/29/18 (BS) - FORMERLY UNEXPECTED THIS EARLY IN THE
SEASON; NOW FAIRLY REGULAR IN AUGUST.

WESTERN TANAGER: 1 male at the Allmon Woodlot (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH)
and 1 female and 1 male at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 8/25/18
(PKi) - GOOD NUMBERS FOR SO EARLY IN THE SEASON.

LAZULI BUNTING: 1 female at the Allmon Woodlot (Floyd) on 8/25/18 (AH)
- RIGHT ON TIME; WE SHOULD SEE A FEW MORE IN SEPTEMBER.

OBSERVERS: AB=Anonymous Birder, JB=Justin Bosler, JC=Jim Crites,
DHa=Danny Hancock, DH=Drew Harvey, AH=Anthony Hewetson, AvH=Aveline
Hewetson, KH=Kelly Himmel, GJ=George Jury, PJ=Pat Jury, GK=Glenda
Kelly, PKe=Peter Keyel, PKi=Phillip Kite, JK=Jim Kringle, JL=James
Leatherwood, LM=Liam McGuire, JM=Jennifer Miller, SP=Skyler Park,
NP=Niler Pyeatt, BS=Brad Shine, WW=William Wenthe.

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Date: 9/15/18 8:13 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Carolyn Ohl's need for a new water tank
Gael and others,

TEXBIRDS posts are archived in several websites like the ABA Birding News,
Surfbirds, etc. so it gets exposure there. I have been working social media
pretty hard and its been shared on many of the Texas birding Facebook
groups and pages. In all its been shared more than 200 times on Facebook
alone. I have also tweeted it out on twitter. The algorithms of how things
are presented to you on various social media aren't public but shares and
retweets certainly help make sure it gets maximum exposure. Please do share
the GoFundMe campaign on social media and on any email lists you are on
where appropriate.

Would be great to get it some wider exposure outside of Texas. I know some
tour companies take groups there and it would be great if those companies
shared it with their networks.

Why not suggest to your local birding groups you might belong to that they
make a donation? I speak to a lot of groups and many do make donations to
causes like this.

On Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 6:37 PM <gagsimons...> wrote:

> Hi, David,
>
> Are there any other ways to get the information out that Carolyn needs a
> new water tank in order to have enough water to keep Christmas Mountains
> Oasis from going dry?
>
> A friend asked me this question. Other websites that might not use
> TEXBIRDS?
>
> The gofundme is doing a good job. Thank you for starting that.
> https://www.gofundme.com/m8seh-need-water-storage-tank
>
> Gael Simons
>
>
> --
David Sarkozi
Houston, TX
(713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi

 

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Date: 9/15/18 7:44 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis
Well we didn't make $10,000 by midnight, but a surge of several generous
donations in the last two hours has it close at $9,743. 170 people have
donated, I dare say many more than have been to the CMO and could donate.
There is no site like it in West Texas and it might just dry up and blow
away if this project doesn't happen. NPR often says things like "for the
cost of a venti coffee at Starbucks..." That's not a very Texas way to say
it so let me translate for you. If everyone gave the cost of the new DQ $4
burger and Blizzard deal we would reach the goal.

I like Susan Schaezler's way of thinking about it. Think about it like
this. Why not donate the cost of a tank of gas and bird on foot near your
home for the next week. Then the donation doesn't cost you anything in the
end and you save about 300 pounds of CO2 emissions adding extra value to
your donation.

On Sat, Sep 15, 2018 at 9:08 AM Susan Schaezler <susan...> wrote:

> I would like to suggest that maybe people donate:
> 5% of the cost of their binoculars, scopes, tripods, camera gear to this
> Or 1% of the cost of travel to birding sites to this project
>
> Right now, she is way behind on paying for this project—even if you
> haven’t been there, think of it as saving important stopover habitat for
> wildlife in a water-scarce land.
>
> And so many more that are needing funds—I know that we personally pay
> 60-70% of the cost to have WW open to people over donations and I bet
> Carolyn pays more, especially when you factor in the gas she uses to go to
> meet people at her place.
>
> Carolyn—can you also provide an address for people wanting to donate
> directly to you and as I recall, you got your 501 (C) (3) too?
>
> 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 Sep 13, 2018, at 7:10 AM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>
> This has come to my attention and I think it deserves support. Many of you
> know and have visited Carolyn Ohl
> <https://www.facebook.com/carolyn.ohl?fref=mentions&hc_location=group>'s
> Christmas Mountains Oasis near Big Bend. Hundreds maybe thousands have
> visited and like me got there life Lucifer Hummingbird there. Its also
> perhaps the best place in Texas to see Varied Buntings in my opinion. Lets
> make this happen in short order, please consider supporting this. There are
> 1785 subscribers to this group, if each and every one gave just over $16.81
> each the goal would be met. Carolyn has been more than generous sharing
> with us, lets return the favor.
>
> see https://www.gofundme.com/m8seh-need-water-storage-tank
>
> --
> David Sarkozi
> Houston, TX
> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
>
>

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

 

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Date: 9/15/18 7:08 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis
I would like to suggest that maybe people donate:
5% of the cost of their binoculars, scopes, tripods, camera gear to this
Or 1% of the cost of travel to birding sites to this project

Right now, she is way behind on paying for this project—even if you haven’t been there, think of it as saving important stopover habitat for wildlife in a water-scarce land.

And so many more that are needing funds—I know that we personally pay 60-70% of the cost to have WW open to people over donations and I bet Carolyn pays more, especially when you factor in the gas she uses to go to meet people at her place.

Carolyn—can you also provide an address for people wanting to donate directly to you and as I recall, you got your 501 (C) (3) too?

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 Sep 13, 2018, at 7:10 AM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>
> This has come to my attention and I think it deserves support. Many of you know and have visited Carolyn Ohl's Christmas Mountains Oasis near Big Bend. Hundreds maybe thousands have visited and like me got there life Lucifer Hummingbird there. Its also perhaps the best place in Texas to see Varied Buntings in my opinion. Lets make this happen in short order, please consider supporting this. There are 1785 subscribers to this group, if each and every one gave just over $16.81 each the goal would be met. Carolyn has been more than generous sharing with us, lets return the favor.
>
> see https://www.gofundme.com/m8seh-need-water-storage-tank
>
> --
> David Sarkozi
> Houston, TX
> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi

 

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Date: 9/15/18 5:35 am
From: Lamont Brown <lamont...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis
Thank you David, for bringing this to our attention.

Not only is this a worthwhile project on its own, but it gave someone like me any opportunity to give in Memory of Brady Surber, who went to school in Alpine and thoroughly loved being at CMO with Carolyn.

Lamont Brown
Denton, Texas

This has come to my attention and I think it deserves support. Many of you
know and have visited Carolyn Ohl
< https://www.facebook.com/carolyn.ohl?fref=mentions&hc_location=group>'s
Christmas Mountains Oasis near Big Bend. Hundreds maybe thousands have
visited and like me got there life Lucifer Hummingbird there. Its also
perhaps the best place in Texas to see Varied Buntings in my opinion. Lets
make this happen in short order, please consider supporting this. There are
1785 subscribers to this group, if each and every one gave just over $16.81
each the goal would be met. Carolyn has been more than generous sharing
with us, lets return the favor.

see https://www.gofundme.com/m8seh-need-water-storage-tank

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

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Date: 9/15/18 4:02 am
From: Lamont Brown <lamont...>
Subject: [texbirds] Big As Texas eBird Counties update
Tremendous job Dell! Thanks.

Lamont Brown
Denton, Texas

From: Dell Little <dellel1119...>
Date: Fri, 14 Sep 2018 09:16:34 -0500
Subject: [texbirds] Big As Texas eBird Counties update.

Big As Texas eBird Counties -
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cqQfIJt0afFB_C-_P8OUHOTmzgSCSrns4sUBERrvQSI/edit?usp=sharing
A “Big As Texas eBird Counties” spreadsheet update before the fall migrants
really kick in. This update revealed the issues with eBird’s choice to
split the Mexican Duck from the Mallard. Originally there were only 3
counties needed for Mallard. Now there are 30. In these 27 counties Mallard
records were automatically shifted to Mallard/Mexican Duck statis. Blanco,
Brooks, Brown, Concho, Crane, Crockett, Edwards, Gillespie, Guadalupe,
Irion, Karnes, Kerr, Llano, Mason, Maverick, McCulloch, Medina, Menard,
Mills, Reagan, Real, San Saba, Sutton, Wilson, Winkler, Zapata, Zavala. I
assume it’s up to users to update their validated checklists to “fix” these
records. That is if full Mallard species, were encountered.
Again this spreadsheet is only a representation of eBird public records. If
you have species in counties that aren’t represented here, then the
checklists they are on are not validated. Possibly due to county-wide lists
which are automatically invalidated, or rare species that didn’t pass the
review process due to lack of documentation.
If you have a google account, this checklist can be saved to your
docs.google.com. This document will be used for future updates. The 4th row
of each county column will show the last update for that county. The 2nd
tab shows species that needs 1 - 5 counties to be seen in all 254. Greater
Roadrunner was added as now 5 counties more are needed. I left the Mallard
on there with the above mentioned counties in white. The 3rd tab shows
county rankings and leaders. Texas Century Club page has been updated as
well. (yeah I rank just about everything).


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Date: 9/14/18 7:20 am
From: Dell Little <dellel1119...>
Subject: [texbirds] Big As Texas eBird Counties update.
Big As Texas eBird Counties -
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cqQfIJt0afFB_C-_P8OUHOTmzgSCSrns4sUBERrvQSI/edit?usp=sharing

A “Big As Texas eBird Counties” spreadsheet update before the fall migrants
really kick in. This update revealed the issues with eBird’s choice to
split the Mexican Duck from the Mallard. Originally there were only 3
counties needed for Mallard. Now there are 30. In these 27 counties Mallard
records were automatically shifted to Mallard/Mexican Duck statis. Blanco,
Brooks, Brown, Concho, Crane, Crockett, Edwards, Gillespie, Guadalupe,
Irion, Karnes, Kerr, Llano, Mason, Maverick, McCulloch, Medina, Menard,
Mills, Reagan, Real, San Saba, Sutton, Wilson, Winkler, Zapata, Zavala. I
assume it’s up to users to update their validated checklists to “fix” these
records. That is if full Mallard species, were encountered.
Again this spreadsheet is only a representation of eBird public records. If
you have species in counties that aren’t represented here, then the
checklists they are on are not validated. Possibly due to county-wide lists
which are automatically invalidated, or rare species that didn’t pass the
review process due to lack of documentation.
If you have a google account, this checklist can be saved to your
docs.google.com. This document will be used for future updates. The 4th row
of each county column will show the last update for that county. The 2nd
tab shows species that needs 1 - 5 counties to be seen in all 254. Greater
Roadrunner was added as now 5 counties more are needed. I left the Mallard
on there with the above mentioned counties in white. The 3rd tab shows
county rankings and leaders. Texas Century Club page has been updated as
well. (yeah I rank just about everything).

 

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Date: 9/13/18 6:25 pm
From: Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lubbock - Common Tern at Leroy Elmore Park
There was a Common Tern at Leroy Elmore Park this evening. It is transitioning into nonbreeding plumage and is almost done. It was flushed shortly after I arrived and didn’t really return until it was almost dark. The rest of the list is below.

Leroy Elmore Park
Sep 13, 2018
6:30 PM
Traveling
0.05 miles
103 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: With Jan Jannett. Colleen and Geraldo Martin were already here and joined us for a bit. Sunny with no clouds and a light breeze. Low 80’s to high 70’s. Fixed distance from .11 Would have been stationary, but saw the tern in front of my car when I pulled up and wouldn’t have been able to see from where we were standing.
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.7.4 Build 36

35 Graylag Goose (Domestic type)
1 Muscovy Duck (Domestic type)
12 duck sp.
3 Neotropic Cormorant -- Adults with breeding plumes. All were in breeding plumage and had white plumes on the sides of their heads, but 2 were going back and forth with their bills acting like a begging juvenile being fed by an adult. Didn’t appear to actually feed the other though. The one consistently pestered the other.
36 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Blue Heron
6 Great Egret
16 Snowy Egret
160 Cattle Egret
2 Black-crowned Night-Heron -- Juvenile and adult
3 White-faced Ibis
42 Turkey Vulture
3 American Coot
1 Common Tern -- Short, orange legs. Orange bill with black tip and black is extending back along very top of bill. Dark carpal bar with white above the carpal bar, wings longer than tail. White forehead with black nape and extending to include the eye. Light gray back and wing except for the carpal bar. Some black tail or wings when folded. In flight, underwing was fairly light and upper tail was gray towards the terminal end, white underneath. Upperwing light gray in flight., and underside appeared white. Tail was splayed and not really forked. Saw with tail unsplayed in flight and it was forked. Hanging out on the west shore (parking lot side) until flushed by someone walking the shore. Seemed to start to fish near the island, but never hit the water. Disappeared for a good while and started flying around again at dusk. Almost looked like it was looking for a place to land on the island.
2 Eurasian Collared-Dove
1 Mourning Dove
1 Belted Kingfisher -- Looked like a male in flight. Never set down or called.
1 Barn Swallow
1 European Starling
40 Great-tailed Grackle

Number of Taxa: 20


Jennifer Miller
Lubbock, TX

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Date: 9/13/18 11:49 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis
None. Harris County is 600 miles east of Christmas Mountain Oasis. CMO is in Brewster County which has a population of a little over 9000 people and includes Big Bend State Park and Big Bend National Park. Carolyn’s project needs to be funded by birders who appreciate the wonderful resource she built with her private funds, sweat, and tears, which she so generously shares free of charge to all visitors that seek out her tiny oasis in a vast desert.


Fred Collins, Director
Kleb Woods Nature Center
20303 Draper Road
Tomball TX 77377

Life member TOS and SWAN
Advisrory Board Member HAS and KPC

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



From: WES BIGGS <birdsatfnt...>
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2018 1:26 PM
To: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>; <david...>; TexBirds <texbirds...>
Subject: Re: [texbirds] Re: Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis

Hi All,

Is it possible to get the county to kick in? How many dollars have been spent in Harris County over the years by people going to this great birding site?

Wes Biggs
Sebring, Florida

On Thursday, September 13, 2018 2:18 PM, "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" <FCollins...><mailto:<FCollins...>> wrote:

This is great David. Thanks for sharing. This project is long overdue. I hope she is able to raise all the money.


Fred Collins, Director
Kleb Woods Nature Center
20303 Draper Road
Tomball TX 77377

Life member TOS and SWAN
Advisrory Board Member HAS and KPC

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



From: <texbirds-bounce...><mailto:<texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...><mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>> On Behalf Of David Sarkozi
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2018 7:11 AM
To: TexBirds <texbirds...><mailto:<texbirds...>>
Subject: [texbirds] Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis

This has come to my attention and I think it deserves support. Many of you know and have visited Carolyn Ohl<https://www.facebook.com/carolyn.ohl?fref=mentions&hc_location=group>'s Christmas Mountains Oasis near Big Bend. Hundreds maybe thousands have visited and like me got there life Lucifer Hummingbird there. Its also perhaps the best place in Texas to see Varied Buntings in my opinion. Lets make this happen in short order, please consider supporting this. There are 1785 subscribers to this group, if each and every one gave just over $16.81 each the goal would be met. Carolyn has been more than generous sharing with us, lets return the favor.

see https://www.gofundme.com/m8seh-need-water-storage-tank

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

 

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Date: 9/13/18 11:21 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis
I had no problem. You can reduce the charge to 10% but someone has to pay for the Go Fund me service. I am sure you can send the money directly to Carolyn. I suggest you make a small donation on the Go fund me site and share it with your network, then mail her your real donation directly. That way you get more bang for your bucks.


Fred Collins, Director
Kleb Woods Nature Center
20303 Draper Road
Tomball TX 77377

Life member TOS and SWAN
Advisrory Board Member HAS and KPC

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



From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2018 8:40 AM
To: <david...>
Cc: TexBirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis

I tried to donate, but it wouldn’t let me finish my donation for the final amount & it also added $15 onto my $100 donation—is there a 15% service fee—I can send the money directly to Caroline?
Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org<https://smex12-5-en-ctp.trendmicro.com:443/wis/clicktime/v1/query?url=http%3a%2f%2fWarblerWoods.org&umid=2a9e0344-fe64-4a65-93f9-3da35cb95d85&auth=1f23e45a92d8f8e4ef680dfa1a0d34f038f534d5-ce22656c6285641cbabe2c360d59f90414114b88>, 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 Sep 13, 2018, at 7:10 AM, David Sarkozi <david...><mailto:<david...>> wrote:
This has come to my attention and I think it deserves support. Many of you know and have visited Carolyn Ohl<https://www.facebook.com/carolyn.ohl?fref=mentions&hc_location=group>'s Christmas Mountains Oasis near Big Bend. Hundreds maybe thousands have visited and like me got there life Lucifer Hummingbird there. Its also perhaps the best place in Texas to see Varied Buntings in my opinion. Lets make this happen in short order, please consider supporting this. There are 1785 subscribers to this group, if each and every one gave just over $16.81 each the goal would be met. Carolyn has been more than generous sharing with us, lets return the favor.

see https://www.gofundme.com/m8seh-need-water-storage-tank

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

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Date: 9/13/18 11:18 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis
This is great David. Thanks for sharing. This project is long overdue. I hope she is able to raise all the money.


Fred Collins, Director
Kleb Woods Nature Center
20303 Draper Road
Tomball TX 77377

Life member TOS and SWAN
Advisrory Board Member HAS and KPC

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



From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of David Sarkozi
Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2018 7:11 AM
To: TexBirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis

This has come to my attention and I think it deserves support. Many of you know and have visited Carolyn Ohl<https://www.facebook.com/carolyn.ohl?fref=mentions&hc_location=group>'s Christmas Mountains Oasis near Big Bend. Hundreds maybe thousands have visited and like me got there life Lucifer Hummingbird there. Its also perhaps the best place in Texas to see Varied Buntings in my opinion. Lets make this happen in short order, please consider supporting this. There are 1785 subscribers to this group, if each and every one gave just over $16.81 each the goal would be met. Carolyn has been more than generous sharing with us, lets return the favor.

see https://www.gofundme.com/m8seh-need-water-storage-tank

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

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Date: 9/13/18 11:00 am
From: justin.bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Peregrine and Prairie Falcon
The 103rd and Slide Playa also had an adult Peregrine Falcon eyeing the waterbirds from the utility poles on 10 September, though Prairie is a much better falcon for interior Lubbock. 
I also had an adult Prairie Falcon at point-blank range on Gray Road in Borden County. This is about as early as you'd expect a migrant in the southern tier of the region.
Bird on!Justin Boslercurrently on I-20E heading to Venice, LA for a pelagic


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> Date: 9/13/18 8:15 AM (GMT-06:00) To: <texbirds...>, <leasbirds...>, Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> Subject: [texbirds] Lubbock highlights yesterday
Greetings All:
Aside from the Red Knot, the playa near 103rd Street and Slide Avenue also sported the following highlights: 14 Blue-winged Teals, 2 Cinnamon Teals, 7 Black-necked Stilts, 1 American Avocet, 3 Pectoral Sandpipers, 3 Spotted Sandpipers, 3 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Snowy Egret, and 1 Prairie Falcon.
I also spotted a Plain-bellied Water Snake swimming from the east shore to the willow island.  The willow stands at this site should be excellent for migrant songbirds and should be looked over by anybody heading out to look for the knot.
Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock
 

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Date: 9/13/18 7:33 am
From: Richard Harman <rharmanintx...>
Subject: [texbirds] Wood Storks in Eastern Travis County
Driving to work heading north along Blake Manor Rd in far eastern Travis
County, twelve Wood Storks flew low over the road this morning.

Richard Harman
Elgin, TX

 

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Date: 9/13/18 7:23 am
From: Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis
Thanks—I actually tried to approve that too and it wouldn’t let me click the last button—that was my problem—I will try on something other than my ipad later—thanks to all—Caroline deserves our support and as I recall, she is a 501 (C)(3) too

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 Sep 13, 2018, at 9:10 AM, Alton Patton <adewittpatton...> wrote:
>
> Susan
> Hi. The Go Fund Me site lets you add a tip to the site if you want. That must be where the extra $15 came from. You can choose the amount. Try again.
> Dee
>
> Get Outlook for Android
>
> From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> on behalf of Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...>
> Sent: Thursday, September 13, 2018 8:39:32 AM
> To: <david...>
> Cc: TexBirds
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis
>
> I tried to donate, but it wouldn’t let me finish my donation for the final amount & it also added $15 onto my $100 donation—is there a 15% service fee—I can send the money directly to Caroline?
>
> 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 Sep 13, 2018, at 7:10 AM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>
>> This has come to my attention and I think it deserves support. Many of you know and have visited Carolyn Ohl's Christmas Mountains Oasis near Big Bend. Hundreds maybe thousands have visited and like me got there life Lucifer Hummingbird there. Its also perhaps the best place in Texas to see Varied Buntings in my opinion. Lets make this happen in short order, please consider supporting this. There are 1785 subscribers to this group, if each and every one gave just over $16.81 each the goal would be met. Carolyn has been more than generous sharing with us, lets return the favor.
>>
>> see https://www.gofundme.com/m8seh-need-water-storage-tank
>>
>> --
>> David Sarkozi
>> Houston, TX
>> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi

 

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Date: 9/13/18 6:40 am
From: Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis
I tried to donate, but it wouldn’t let me finish my donation for the final amount & it also added $15 onto my $100 donation—is there a 15% service fee—I can send the money directly to Caroline?

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 Sep 13, 2018, at 7:10 AM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>
> This has come to my attention and I think it deserves support. Many of you know and have visited Carolyn Ohl's Christmas Mountains Oasis near Big Bend. Hundreds maybe thousands have visited and like me got there life Lucifer Hummingbird there. Its also perhaps the best place in Texas to see Varied Buntings in my opinion. Lets make this happen in short order, please consider supporting this. There are 1785 subscribers to this group, if each and every one gave just over $16.81 each the goal would be met. Carolyn has been more than generous sharing with us, lets return the favor.
>
> see https://www.gofundme.com/m8seh-need-water-storage-tank
>
> --
> David Sarkozi
> Houston, TX
> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi

 

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Date: 9/13/18 6:18 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lubbock highlights yesterday
Greetings All:

Aside from the Red Knot, the playa near 103rd Street and Slide Avenue also
sported the following highlights: 14 Blue-winged Teals, 2 Cinnamon Teals, 7
Black-necked Stilts, 1 American Avocet, 3 Pectoral Sandpipers, 3 Spotted
Sandpipers, 3 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Snowy Egret, and 1 Prairie Falcon.

I also spotted a Plain-bellied Water Snake swimming from the east shore to
the willow island. The willow stands at this site should be excellent for
migrant songbirds and should be looked over by anybody heading out to look
for the knot.

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock

 

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Date: 9/13/18 5:11 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fund Raiser for the Christmas Mountain Oasis
This has come to my attention and I think it deserves support. Many of you
know and have visited Carolyn Ohl
<https://www.facebook.com/carolyn.ohl?fref=mentions&hc_location=group>'s
Christmas Mountains Oasis near Big Bend. Hundreds maybe thousands have
visited and like me got there life Lucifer Hummingbird there. Its also
perhaps the best place in Texas to see Varied Buntings in my opinion. Lets
make this happen in short order, please consider supporting this. There are
1785 subscribers to this group, if each and every one gave just over $16.81
each the goal would be met. Carolyn has been more than generous sharing
with us, lets return the favor.

see https://www.gofundme.com/m8seh-need-water-storage-tank

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

 

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Date: 9/12/18 5:54 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Red Knot remains in Lubbock
Greetings All:

This afternoon, Jan Jannett, Jennifer Miller, and I observed the continuing
Red Knot at the 103rd Street x Slide Playa. It was viewed from 4:30 to
5:15 and was best seen from the alley just west of the playa (accessible
from Chicago Avenue) as it was on the bank closest to this alley. Local
landowners are aware of the bird and visiting birders and have, thus far,
been quite friendly.

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock

 

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Date: 9/12/18 1:05 pm
From: Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fall birding and nature programs at Kleb Woods
In addition to our weekly bird walks (Wednesdays from 8:30 to 11:30 AM) and first Saturday bird walks (8:00 to 10:00 AM), Kleb Woods will have several birding programs and bus trips this fall. Some presentations will have guest speakers, and all programs are free.


* Saturday, September 15 (10:30 AM-noon) - Kleb Woods Native Plant Walk

Join plant expert Paul Roling to learn about the native plants at Kleb Woods. In addition to identifying the plants, you can photograph them, learn about their unique structures, and discover their many uses.

* Wednesday, September 19 (1:30-3:00 PM) - Kleb Woods Native Plant Walk

Join plant expert Charles Peterson to learn about the native plants at Kleb Woods. In addition to identifying the plants, you can photograph them, learn about their unique structures, and discover their many uses.

* Wednesday, September 26 (1:30-3:30 PM) - The Great State of Texas Big Year by David Sarkozi

A Travelogue of 45,000 miles of birding and 504 species of birds in 2017 in Texas. Mysterious benefactors, epic hikes, poison oak, and blown out knees. It's all in a Great State of Texas Big Year.

* Friday, September 28 (6-8 PM) - Houston Audubon's Swift Night Out

The program will start with a presentation about Chimney Swifts by Mary Anne Weber and Pam Smolen. Then, help us count Chimney Swifts as they enter the tower to roost.

* Friday, September 28 (7 AM -7 PM) - Senior Birding Bus Trip

Formosa Tejano Wetlands and Calhoun County (participants must be at least 50 years old and registration is required)

* Friday, October 5 (noon -11 PM) - Senior Birding Bus Trip

Quintana and a presentation by Kevin Karlson at the GCBO (participants must be at least 50 years old and registration is required)

* Wednesday, October 17 (1:30-3:00 PM) - Kleb Woods Native Plant Walk

Join plant expert Charles Peterson to learn about the native plants at Kleb Woods. In addition to identifying the plants, you can photograph them, learn about their unique structures, and discover their many uses.

* Saturday, October 20 (10:30 AM-noon) - Kleb Woods Native Plant Walk

Join plant expert Paul Roling to learn about the native plants at Kleb Woods. In addition to identifying the plants, you can photograph them, learn about their unique structures, and discover their many uses.

* Wednesday, October 24 (1:30-3:30 PM) - Three Blondes Go to Africa: Individual Perspectives on Birding the Sub-Sahara by Dennis Shepler, BeaAnn Kelly, and Kendra Kocab

Presenters will share their experiences and photos. Dennis (a former blonde) was recently in South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. BeaAnn will talk about her trip to Kenya. Kendra visited South Africa during her 2014 quest to see 1000 species of birds in a year.

* Wednesday, November 9 (7 AM-7 PM) - Senior Birding Bus Trip

Sabine Woods and Sea Rim State Park (participants must be at least 50 years old and registration is required)

* November 14 (1:30-3:30 PM) - Duck Identification Class

Kleb Woods staff will present this class about identifying ducks. We will have specimens on loan from the Texas A&M Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections.

* December 5 (1:30-3:30 PM) - Christmas Bird Counts, Then and Now by Fred Collins

Fred's "Birding Then and Now" program with Bob Honig was so popular that he was inspired to do another one. This time, Fred will be talking about how Christmas Bird Counts have changed over the last 50 years that he's been participating in them.

* December 7 (7 AM-7 PM) - Senior Birding Bus Trip
Aransas for Whooping Cranes (participants must be at least 50 years old and registration is required)


We hope you are able to participate in some or all of these programs.


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

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







 

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Date: 9/12/18 6:30 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from trip to Floyd County on Saturday
Greetings All:

It has taken me a while to get to this but here are the highlights from my
Saturday (9/8/11) visit to Floyd County. With inches of rain in the
Lubbock area during the previous week, I was hoping for some standing water
in Floyd County and a good selection of waterbirds. Evidently, the rain
that made it to Floyd County was relatively sparse and there was almost no
standing water and very few waterfowl, shorebirds, or waders.

Incidental highlights from Lubbock County: 1 Osprey at MacKenzie Park and 1
overflying sapsucker near Idalou.

Incidental highlights from Crosby County: 2 Blue-winged Teals, 2 Cinnamon
Teals, 3 American Wigeons, 4 Black-necked Stilts, 12 American Avocets, 40
Stilt Sandpipers, 1 Pectoral Sandpiper, 8 Long-billed Dowitchers, 14 Lesser
Yellowlegs, 8 Greater Yellowlegs, and 4 Yellow-headed Blackbirds at the CR
116 x FM 378 Playa.

Highlights from Floyd County: 2 Blue-winged Teals at the CR 121 x FM 37
Playa, 1 Blue-winged Teal near Aiken, 2 Cinnamon Teals near Aiken, 2
Yellow-billed Cuckoos at Eagle's Hall Park, 1 Black-necked Stilt near
Aiken, 2 American Avocets near Aiken, 1 Greater Yellowlegs near Aiken, 14
Cattle Egrets near Aiken, 56 Cattle Egrets in Lockney, 18 Cattle Egrets
near Lone Star, 1 Yellow-crowned Night Heron at the CR 121 x FM 37 Playa, 2
White-faced Ibises at the CR 121 x FM 37 Playa, 2 White-faced Ibises in
Lockney, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk near Lockney, 1 adult Red-shouldered Hawk at
Plains Baptist Assembly, 1 Prairie Falcon at the Allmon Church Playa, 1
Olive-sided Flycatcher at the Allmon Woodlot, 2 Olive-sided Flycatchers at
the White River x FM 207 crossing, 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher at the White
River x FM 378 crossing, 1 Western Wood Pewee at the White River x FM 297
crossing, 1 Willow Flycatcher at the Allmon Church Playa, 1 Willow
Flycatcher at the Allmon Woodlot, 1 Least Flycatcher near Providence, 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallows east of Allmon, 7 Northern Rough-winged
Swallows at the White River x FM 37 crossing, 2 Northern Rough-winged
Swallows at the White River x FM 378 crossing, 2 Cave Swallows near
Lockney, 12 Cave Swallows at the White River x FM 378 crossing, 2 Canyon
Wrens at the White River x FM 207 crossing, 1 House Wren at Eagle's Hall
Park, 1 House Wren near Providence, 1 House Wren at Plains Baptist
Assembly, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Plains Baptist Assembly, 1 Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher at the White River x FM 37 crossing, 2 Eastern Bluebirds at
Plains Baptist Assembly, 1 Swainson's Thrush at Eagle's Hall Park, 1
Swainson's Thrush at the White River x FM 207 crossing, 1 Gray Catbird at
Plains Baptist Assembly, 2 Brown Thrashers at Eagle's Hall Park, 1 Cedar
Waxwing at Eagle's Hall Park, 4 Vesper Sparrows in Allmon, 1 Vesper Sparrow
at Plains Baptist Assembly, 1 Northern Waterthrush at the Allmon Woodlot, 1
Northern Waterthrush at Eagle's Hall Park, 1 Northern Waterthrush at Plains
Baptist Assembly, 1 Northern Waterthrush at the White River x FM 37
crossing, 1 Northern Waterthrush at the White River x FM 207 crossing, 1
Orange-crowned Warbler at the Allmon Church Playa, 1 Nashville Warbler at
Plains Baptist Assembly, 1 Common Yellowthroat at the CR 121 x FM 37 Playa,
1 male Common Yellowthroat at Eagle's Hall Park, 1 American Redstart at the
Allmon Woodlot, 4 Yellow Warblers at Eagle's Hall Park, 1 Yellow Warbler at
Plains Baptist Assembly, 1 Wilson's Warbler at the Allmon Woodlot, 2
Wilson's Warbler near Providence, 2 Wilson's Warblers at Plains Baptist
Assembly, 1 immature female Lazuli Bunting at the Allmon Woodlot, 1
immature male Indigo Bunting at Eagle's Hall Park, and 1 immature Indigo
Bunting at Plains Baptist Assembly.

It was a pretty good day, given the lack of water, but I only added one
species to my Floyd County list for the year - Gray Catbird!

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock

 

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Date: 9/11/18 6:49 pm
From: Christian Walker <christian.walker...>
Subject: [texbirds] Wise County - Yellow-throated Warbler
Hey there,

Had an adult Yellow-throated Warbler as well as good numbers of migrants around the Paradise area in Wise county this morning. May be a first county record?
Also had some shorebirds, 2 Hairy Woodpeckers, and 1 Red-headed Woodpecker at Wise County Park.

See checklist below.

Good birding,

CW

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Paradise Area, Wise Co, Sep 11, 2018
> Date: September 11, 2018 at 8:41:43 PM CDT
> To: <christian.walker...>
>
> Paradise Area, Wise Co, Wise, Texas, US
> Sep 11, 2018 7:28 AM - 10:12 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 10.069 mile(s)
> Comments: Overcast, calm, around 70°. Occasionally a very light drizzle.
> 53 species (+3 other taxa)
>
> Eurasian Collared-Dove 5
> White-winged Dove 1
> Mourning Dove 10
> Killdeer 10
> Stilt Sandpiper 1 Imm
> Least Sandpiper 40
> Greater Yellowlegs 1
> Great Blue Heron 3
> Great Egret 1
> Snowy Egret 2
> Cattle Egret 14
> Black Vulture 1
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1
> Broad-winged Hawk 1 Imm
> Red-tailed Hawk 1
> Belted Kingfisher 3
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 8
> Downy Woodpecker 5
> Hairy Woodpecker 2 2 seen briefly noting longer bill. In direct comparison with DOWO. Heard sharp peek call. Recorded. In willows on 3523 by L bends.
> Olive-sided Flycatcher 1
> Least Flycatcher 1
> Empidonax sp. 2
> Eastern Phoebe 6
> Great Crested Flycatcher 3
> Eastern Kingbird 1
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 7
> White-eyed Vireo 9
> Bell's Vireo 3
> Blue-headed Vireo 1
> Red-eyed Vireo 1
> Blue Jay 3
> American Crow 8
> swallow sp. 8
> Carolina Chickadee 24
> Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid) 12 Looked like TUTI but with brownish black front bleeding brown into white pores and some black flecks in crest
> Carolina Wren 11
> Bewick's Wren 4
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 13
> Eastern Bluebird 13
> American Robin 1
> Northern Mockingbird 3
> European Starling 25
> Lark Sparrow 3
> Orchard Oriole 2 F
> Baltimore Oriole 2 2 m
> Brown-headed Cowbird 3
> Black-and-white Warbler 1 Imm f
> Yellow Warbler 24
> Yellow-throated Warbler 1 Bright yellow throat, upper breast, and supraloral. Black border to edge of throat. Bold black streaking on flanks white wingbars. Slightly longer bill. Bold white arc on side of neck/just posterior to auriculars. On top of cypress call quiet tsip reminiscent of BTNW. In willows on 3523 by L bends.
> Wilson's Warbler 9
> Summer Tanager 5
> Northern Cardinal 20
> Blue Grosbeak 1
> Dickcissel 7
> House Sparrow 15
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48436214
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

Christian Walker
Independent Adjuster
Irving, Texas
(512) 431-2495




 

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Date: 9/11/18 12:17 pm
From: David Hanson <davidhanson1952...>
Subject: [texbirds] Baytown Nature Center Bird Count
The first Baytown Nature Center Bird count for the fall will be held
Thursday Sept 20. We will begin behind the entrance building at 8:00 am.
The bird counts for the winter will be each third Thursday of each month
except for the December count which be held the day of the Houston
Christmas Count.

David Hanson
<dhanson139...>
<davidhanson1952...>
281-303-0166 hm
281-813-2657 cell

 

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Date: 9/11/18 9:02 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Leander
Large numbers of raptors over Leander right now.
--

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

 

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Date: 9/10/18 7:04 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Red Knot, Lubbock
Texbirds,

Jennifer Miller found a juvenile Red Knot earlier today at the large playa
south of 103rd St. and west of Slide Rd. in Lubbock (Lubbock County).
Fortunately, it was still there late this evening, foraging along the north
edge of the playa and favoring the west end of this stretch. Great bird for
the region!

Good birding!
Justin Bosler
currently in Lubbock, TX

 

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Date: 9/10/18 4:48 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch Saturday
Rather a quiet day at the hawk watch. Did not see the first turkey vulture
until 10:40 and there was very little variety in the migrants. And with the
exception of a couple of species, very few migrants.

Spent time going back and forth on Hawkins Camp Road twice before going to
the tower and some of the other roads. Had one gnatcatcher. Lots of
swallows with bank swallow the commonest.

There were 30 plus a couple behind trees of magnificent frigatebirds out on
their perches in the bay but we saw only a single from the tower. A nice
bunch of shorebirds were in Robbins Park bathing including black-bellied
plover

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168096072

least sandpiper

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168096074

semipalmated plover

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168096075

White ibis flocks were going by most of the day. For some reason this
youngster seemed much bigger than the adults through the binoculars. I
marked down 360 but may have skipped some small groups.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168096076

Had 166 eastern kingbirds mostly in 2 large morning groups and another in
the afternoon. Most passed on as only a couple were out Hawkins camp road
after the count.

Only a couple dozen or so gnatcatchers and heard a single orchard oriole
and no warblers. There was a good south wind but no rain at the tower or
even nearby.

Saw lots of cooper's hawks but most were the local birds up in the air
going nowhere. An early apparent migrant came back a bit later but a couple
seemed to go all the way. A few broad-winged hawks. One adult bald eagle
way out there at the limit of my vision and it went further out of my
vision.

The last hour had a few small groups of Mississippi kites up high and not
lingering.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168096077

One swallow-tailed kite earlier and then one late circled around and ate a
couple of dragonflies before heading across the bay. Its path would have
taken in about half way out the texas city dike.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168096166

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168096167

Hummingbirds put on a great show and emptied the feeders. They really fed
and I cannot really find much in the way of flowers out there for them to
use

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168096155

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168096150

Lots of long drinking and ignoring the others

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168096152

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168096153

And some were interested in people watching

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168096151

Swallows put on a great show. The stream continued all day with birds going
by out front and also coming over the tower and going across toward texas
city. For the 3rd weekend, there were lots of purple martins going by with
300-400 birds all told. At the other end of the scale was a single chimney
swift. Had no nighthawks.

Commonest swallow continues to be cliff swallows with barn maybe 20% fewer.
Bank swallows came in batches. Bank swallows at the point are commoner out
toward robbins park as they seem to cut away from Galveston bay a little
sooner than the cliff swallows. Almost all went across the bay as only a
dozen were on the wires where large swarms can be roosting by the time the
hawkwatch ends.

And there have been no migrating black swallowtails this fall which usually
go by all during August.

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

 

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Date: 9/10/18 3:53 pm
From: Dell Little <dellel1119...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Mexican Ducks in South Plains
Great find. BTW, you can get a copy of the TOS Handbook at Amazon for
kindle.

On Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 2:36 PM Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
wrote:

> Texbirds,
>
> I don't have the TOS Handbook in front of me or Texas Waterfowl by
> Lockwood and Johnson, but I'd posit that seemingly pure Mexican Ducks are
> rare but regular (perhaps even scarce or uncommon) wanderers to the South
> Plains, at any season though detected with greater frequency in the summer
> and fall. I documented this nice male yesterday in O'Donnell (Lynn County).
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48396402
>
> Please share any observations or photos of your Mexican Ducks away from
> Deep South Texas and the Rio Grande corridor.
>
> Thank you and good birding!
>
> Justin Bosler
> currently in Garza County
>
>

 

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Date: 9/10/18 12:37 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Mexican Ducks in South Plains
Texbirds,

I don't have the TOS Handbook in front of me or Texas Waterfowl by Lockwood
and Johnson, but I'd posit that seemingly pure Mexican Ducks are rare but
regular (perhaps even scarce or uncommon) wanderers to the South Plains, at
any season though detected with greater frequency in the summer and fall. I
documented this nice male yesterday in O'Donnell (Lynn County).

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48396402

Please share any observations or photos of your Mexican Ducks away from
Deep South Texas and the Rio Grande corridor.

Thank you and good birding!

Justin Bosler
currently in Garza County

 

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Date: 9/10/18 12:25 pm
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...>
Subject: [texbirds] Six Ferruginous Pygmy-owls on King Ranch
Barbara Rapstein and I spent about four hours scouting the Norias divison
of the King Ranch preparing for a private tour next week. highlights
included hearing six Ferruginous Pygmy-owls, and having three cuckoo
species in the same binocular view.

Full list of 51 species at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48419895

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

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

 

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Date: 9/9/18 10:31 am
From: Janet Rathjen <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender j.rathjen for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Brown Boobies -Baytown

Adam Wood and I just found four Brown Boobies on the power towers between Baytown Nature Center and the Crosby-Lynchburg Ferry Road north of the ferry.

Janet Rathjen
Houston, TX

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Date: 9/9/18 6:05 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Jenna Welch I-20 Preserve CLOSED
Due to high water. I'd appreciate such heads up posts more often on
Texbirds.

Thank you!
Justin Bosler
currently in Midland, TX

 

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Date: 9/8/18 7:01 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 9-8-18 MacGillivray’s Warbler @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
9-8-18 MacGillivray’s Warbler @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary

Beautiful male, black lores connecting @ Scout Pond Dam

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

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Date: 9/8/18 6:58 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Juvenile ARCTIC TERN, no jaeger
Texbirds,

After about an hour of scanning I finally relocated the juvenile ARCTIC
TERN. Tough conditions for photos with steady rain and very low light.

Sabine's and Laughing Gulls continue as well.

I'm on the east shore. Nice close looks at dark and white morph Reddish
Egrets this morning, too.

Justin Bosler
currently at Imperial Reservoir

 

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Date: 9/8/18 5:27 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Migrating Birds increase the next few days!
Exciting forecast of heavy migration the next few days—make sure to go and bird soon!

http://birdcast.info/

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

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Date: 9/7/18 8:21 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] LONG-TAILED JAEGER, SABINE'S GULL, probable Arctic Tern - Imperial Reservoir (Pecos Co.)
Texbirds,

The soaking rains throughout West Texas shut down any chance at work this
afternoon, so I decided to get to Imperial Reservoir ASAP for a Worlds
Shorebirds Day shorebird count. Needless to say, it was a pretty magical
experience, even if it was light on shorebird diversity.

Both the adult SABINE'S and juvenile Laughing Gull are still present,
nearly a month later! There were hundreds of Black Terns to sort through,
with no fewer than 300, in total. Mixed in with the Black Terns was a
probable second-cycle ARCTIC TERN. It was a small, compact Sterna tern with
bouyant flight on shallow wing beats and I could make out the translucent
secondaries from the distance. I believe it had a relatively extensive
black cap but couldn't be sure on a moving bird at such a great distance.

Separately from the Black Terns were a couple Forster's, 2-3 Common and 3-4
late-lingering Least Terns. There was a slightly larger tern that I believe
was a Thalasseus species but it kept its distance and I couldn't even make
out the color of the bill. I will likely return tomorrow to hopefully
relocate this one.

And last but certainly not least was a juvenile LONG-TAILED JAEGER that
dropped in later in the evening, harassed the Black Terns some before
resting on the water for a prolonged period of time. It went to roost in
the growing raft of Eared Grebes towards the south-eastern area of the
reservoir. It'll be there in the morning if you can get there early enough.

Just when I thought it couldn't get any better...it did in a big way.

Good birding!
Justin Bosler
currently in Ft. Stockton, TX

 

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Date: 9/6/18 5:35 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Painted Bunting 9-6-18 @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary by Dina
Painted Bunting 9-6-18 @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary by Dina
Her picture is at the following link—congratulations on a late pabu!

https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/113834051

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

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Date: 9/5/18 9:07 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fwd: Yellow-green Vireo, Marathon (Brewster Co.)
..
can't...:-)

On Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 10:51 PM, Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
wrote:

>
> ..
> Besides, I can think of little that is more exasperating than trying to
> pin down/see a REVI or YGVI in a 100' tall Cottonwood in even a slight
> breeze....:-)
>
> On Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 5:16 PM, Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
> wrote:
>
>> ...
>>
>> That is a great find...I think this has the potential to be one of the
>> most overlooked species in Texas. As far as the Handbook (2014)
>> goes......"There are isolated summer and fall records westward from
>> (eastward?) from Big Bend, Brewster County and northward to to Frio and
>> Travis Co.s."
>>
>> On Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 4:01 PM, Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> From Kelly Bryan:
>>>
>>> There are five records from Brewster County, all from Big Bend National
>>> Park. This includes one specimen from 13 July 1972. Sight records include
>>> the months from April through September by the likes of Mark Tuttle, Mark
>>> Flippo and Greg Lasley. This would be the first record for Brewster County
>>> away from BBNP.
>>>
>>> Justin Bosler
>>> Austin, TX
>>>
>>> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
>>> From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
>>> Date: Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 2:34 PM
>>> Subject: Yellow-green Vireo, Marathon (Brewster Co.)
>>> To: 4 Texbirds Maillist <texbirds...>
>>>
>>>
>>> Texbirds,
>>>
>>> This is likely a first record for Brewster County, and perhaps the
>>> Trans-Pecos (I don't have the TOS Handbook with me). Just a heads up in
>>> case birders aren't receiving eBird rarity alerts.
>>>
>>> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48309086
>>>
>>> Good birding!
>>> Justin Bosler
>>> Austin, TX
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>
>>
>> --
>>
>> Brush Freeman
>> <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
>> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>
> --
>
> Brush Freeman
> <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
>
>
>
>


--

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

 

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Date: 9/5/18 8:53 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fwd: Yellow-green Vireo, Marathon (Brewster Co.)
..
Besides, I can think of little that is more exasperating than trying to pin
down/see a REVI or YGVI in a 100' tall Cottonwood in even a slight
breeze....:-)

On Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 5:16 PM, Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
wrote:

> ...
>
> That is a great find...I think this has the potential to be one of the
> most overlooked species in Texas. As far as the Handbook (2014)
> goes......"There are isolated summer and fall records westward from
> (eastward?) from Big Bend, Brewster County and northward to to Frio and
> Travis Co.s."
>
> On Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 4:01 PM, Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
> wrote:
>
>> From Kelly Bryan:
>>
>> There are five records from Brewster County, all from Big Bend National
>> Park. This includes one specimen from 13 July 1972. Sight records include
>> the months from April through September by the likes of Mark Tuttle, Mark
>> Flippo and Greg Lasley. This would be the first record for Brewster County
>> away from BBNP.
>>
>> Justin Bosler
>> Austin, TX
>>
>> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
>> From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
>> Date: Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 2:34 PM
>> Subject: Yellow-green Vireo, Marathon (Brewster Co.)
>> To: 4 Texbirds Maillist <texbirds...>
>>
>>
>> Texbirds,
>>
>> This is likely a first record for Brewster County, and perhaps the
>> Trans-Pecos (I don't have the TOS Handbook with me). Just a heads up in
>> case birders aren't receiving eBird rarity alerts.
>>
>> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48309086
>>
>> Good birding!
>> Justin Bosler
>> Austin, TX
>>
>>
>>
>
>
> --
>
> Brush Freeman
> <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
>
>
>
>


--

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

 

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Date: 9/5/18 3:17 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Fwd: Yellow-green Vireo, Marathon (Brewster Co.)
...

That is a great find...I think this has the potential to be one of the most
overlooked species in Texas. As far as the Handbook (2014)
goes......"There are isolated summer and fall records westward from
(eastward?) from Big Bend, Brewster County and northward to to Frio and
Travis Co.s."

On Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 4:01 PM, Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
wrote:

> From Kelly Bryan:
>
> There are five records from Brewster County, all from Big Bend National
> Park. This includes one specimen from 13 July 1972. Sight records include
> the months from April through September by the likes of Mark Tuttle, Mark
> Flippo and Greg Lasley. This would be the first record for Brewster County
> away from BBNP.
>
> Justin Bosler
> Austin, TX
>
> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
> From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
> Date: Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 2:34 PM
> Subject: Yellow-green Vireo, Marathon (Brewster Co.)
> To: 4 Texbirds Maillist <texbirds...>
>
>
> Texbirds,
>
> This is likely a first record for Brewster County, and perhaps the
> Trans-Pecos (I don't have the TOS Handbook with me). Just a heads up in
> case birders aren't receiving eBird rarity alerts.
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48309086
>
> Good birding!
> Justin Bosler
> Austin, TX
>
>
>


--

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

 

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Date: 9/5/18 2:02 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: Yellow-green Vireo, Marathon (Brewster Co.)
From Kelly Bryan:

There are five records from Brewster County, all from Big Bend National
Park. This includes one specimen from 13 July 1972. Sight records include
the months from April through September by the likes of Mark Tuttle, Mark
Flippo and Greg Lasley. This would be the first record for Brewster County
away from BBNP.

Justin Bosler
Austin, TX

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Date: Wed, Sep 5, 2018 at 2:34 PM
Subject: Yellow-green Vireo, Marathon (Brewster Co.)
To: 4 Texbirds Maillist <texbirds...>


Texbirds,

This is likely a first record for Brewster County, and perhaps the
Trans-Pecos (I don't have the TOS Handbook with me). Just a heads up in
case birders aren't receiving eBird rarity alerts.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48309086

Good birding!
Justin Bosler
Austin, TX

 

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Date: 9/5/18 12:35 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Yellow-green Vireo, Marathon (Brewster Co.)
Texbirds,

This is likely a first record for Brewster County, and perhaps the
Trans-Pecos (I don't have the TOS Handbook with me). Just a heads up in
case birders aren't receiving eBird rarity alerts.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48309086

Good birding!
Justin Bosler
Austin, TX

 

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Date: 9/4/18 2:01 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Sept. Warblers @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Sept. Warblers @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary

We’ve had Yellow Warbler, Ovenbird, Wilson’s Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow-breasted Chat @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary in the past few days. We also had one of the biggest, most honorable Birders here Sunday, Richard Crossley, which was such a honor and delightful to talk to! We get to meet the neatest people here!

We also need observers Wed & Thur, if you can help out at especially the Scout Pond Dam and Warbler Pond. Covered blind at the Scout Pond Dam and shady yard and ergonomic chairs at the Warbler Pond. If you can help, email me at <warblerwoods...> to get info on a visit and if I don’t know you, please introduce yourself.

We finally got rain—1.2” & we are so grateful!

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

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Date: 9/4/18 9:01 am
From: Becky Reyes <breyes...>
Subject: [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
Hello everyone!
Today was our first bird walk for the year. We are seeing lots of juvenile
residents birds such as the Clay-colored thrush, Black-bellied whistling
ducks, Black-crested titmouse, Plain chachalacas,and Olive sparrow. The
Ringed kingfishers and Green kingfishers can be seen from our North
Overlook while at South Pond, there are many birds to see at the shore.
Below is this morning's bird list.

Our birds walks will be every Tuesday at 8:30 am.

Happy Birding!

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center, Hidalgo, Texas, US
Sep 4, 2018 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
49 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, 6 adults and 15 ducklings overall
Plain Chachalaca 4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 8
White-tipped Dove 1
White-winged Dove 10
Mourning Dove 2
Chimney Swift 1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 7
Black-necked Stilt 3
Killdeer 2
Least Sandpiper 7
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Neotropic Cormorant 15
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 9
Snowy Egret 13
Tricolored Heron 1
Cattle Egret 5
Green Heron 2
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
Ringed Kingfisher 1
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Great Kiskadee 5
Tropical Kingbird 2
Couch's Kingbird 4
Eastern Kingbird 3
White-eyed Vireo 3
Green Jay 2
Cave Swallow 4
Black-crested Titmouse 2
Carolina Wren 1
Clay-colored Thrush 6
Curve-billed Thrasher 1
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 5
Lesser Goldfinch 6
Olive Sparrow 4
Orchard Oriole 5
Great-tailed Grackle 11
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 1
Yellow Warbler 4
Northern Cardinal 2
Painted Bunting 1
House Sparrow 7

*Becky Reyes*

Naturalist Educator

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center

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Date: 9/3/18 1:05 pm
From: Christian Walker <christian.walker...>
Subject: [texbirds] Southside WTP Restricted Access - Violet-green Swallow
Went down to Southside this morning with my friend Andrew Szemborski. Saw the continuing Greater White-fronted Goose and good looks at both ibis species. Some shorebirds were in, including beautifully-plumaged immature Lesser Yellowlegs, Spotted Sandpipers, Least Sandpipers, and Semipalmated Sandpipers. Caspian Tern flyover was good too.
On the way out we stopped by the NE side of Lake C to check out a flock of swallows - I was hoping to finally find my long overdue Dallas county Tree Swallow. Got really good looks at several Cave Swallows, plenty Bank Swallows, and lots of Barn and Cliff, and some Purple Martins and swifts. As I was tracking birds with my binoculars, I ended up on a young or dull female Violet-green Swallow. I managed to get Andrew on it too, and other birders were able to see it throughout the day I think.
Immediately noticed the bright white sides of rump almost meeting on top of the rump, and in the next few minutes I saw the messy white face with white over the eye, and a bronzy coloration on the upper sides. The bird was in molt, and small, about the size of a Bank Swallow.

Got a Tree Swallow immature a few minutes later. Who would’ve thought I’d get a Dallas Co VGSW before a TRES. Crazy…
Also tried really hard to find a Northern Rough-winged Swallow but no luck. Would’ve been cool to see all the 8 regular-occurring N Am swallows.

See checklist below!

Good birding,

Christian Walker
Independent Adjuster
Irving, Texas
(512) 431-2495



Southside WWTP (Dallas Co.), Dallas, Texas, US
Sep 3, 2018 7:45 AM - 10:48 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.86 mile(s)
Comments: Overcast, 5 to 10 mph south wind, around 75°. Some light drizzle, at times a little heavier, and sometimes no rain at all.
56 species

Greater White-fronted Goose 1 Continuing
Canada Goose 75
Wood Duck 1
Blue-winged Teal 5
Mallard 50
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 20
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
White-winged Dove 1
Mourning Dove 25
Chimney Swift 10
Black-necked Stilt 6
Killdeer 50
Upland Sandpiper 2
Least Sandpiper 15
Semipalmated Sandpiper 2
Wilson's Phalarope 4
Spotted Sandpiper 4
Lesser Yellowlegs 4
Caspian Tern 1 Slow fly over. Large red bill full black cap. Large tern. Noticeable black wedges on primaries
Black Tern 4
Neotropic Cormorant 6
Great Blue Heron 4
Great Egret 5
Snowy Egret 30
Little Blue Heron 2
Tricolored Heron 1
Cattle Egret 10
White Ibis 30
White-faced Ibis 17
Turkey Vulture 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Red-bellied Woodpecker 1
Crested Caracara 1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 15
Blue Jay 1
American Crow 10
Purple Martin 75
Tree Swallow 1 Imm with black cap and just a little bit of white coming up the front side of the rump by the wing.
Violet-green Swallow 1 Small BANS-sized swallow. White below, white wrapping all the way up on rump with only thin dark band separating each side. Bronzy on upperparts. Messy face pattern with some white obvious above the eye. In molt in wing feathers. No bright green or violet colors. Flying in swallow flock
Bank Swallow 30 Yup
Barn Swallow 100
Cliff Swallow 20
Cave Swallow 4 Petrochelidons with pale buffy throats
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 200
Lark Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 3
Great-tailed Grackle 2
Yellow Warbler (Northern) 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Blue Grosbeak 2 F
Indigo Bunting 1
Dickcissel 6

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48265311 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48265311>

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Date: 9/3/18 12:57 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Smith Point VFD fish and oyster fry
The date is February 16, 2019, next year, in the early spring.

On Mon, Sep 3, 2018 at 2:15 PM Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
wrote:

> The Saturday of Labor day weekend is the traditional date for the
> Volunteer Fire department fish fry which gave a great opportunity to bird
> and eat.
>
> The date has been moved so mark your calendars for the Saturday of
> Presidents Day weekend or February 16, 2018 for a day of birding and good
> food for a good cause.
>
> --
> Joseph C. Kennedy
> on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
> <Josephkennedy36...>
>


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

 

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Date: 9/3/18 12:17 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point VFD fish and oyster fry
The Saturday of Labor day weekend is the traditional date for the Volunteer
Fire department fish fry which gave a great opportunity to bird and eat.

The date has been moved so mark your calendars for the Saturday of
Presidents Day weekend or February 16, 2018 for a day of birding and good
food for a good cause.

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

 

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Date: 9/3/18 12:14 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch Saturday
It was a damp sort of day down at Smith Point. I arrived right at sunrise
and it had just stopped raining. Birded a little and got to a tower. Small
storm popped up on Bolivar but stayed there and grew in a line to the
tower. Rained out finally but another did the same thing just to the east
and stayed out there for hours. It did clear eventually but stayed raining
not for off from where the hawks and other birds fly from. Some clouds were
so low they were raining without showing on the radar on the way home.

Did have some hawks. Between the two rains, 4 red-tailed hawks were up on
wires drying off. One was a resident, one a returning bird that spent all
last season out on Hawkins Camp road, one a bird that arrived a couple of
weeks ago and came by the tower and a new bird. Red-tails are not moving as
one things of flocks or kettles of migrants up there but birds are moving
around coming from who knows where.

Hawk feathers are not very waterproof and they stay wet after the rain, dew
or fog

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168066529

Need lots of preening and drying. The belly band on this resident bird is
prominent when the feathers are fluffed but not really apparent when it is
flying

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168066532

And the base half of the tail is almost unmarked and light colored

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168066526

A Mississippi kite was on the wires just off a bit and trying to get dry

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168066520

The first American kestrel of the season arrived and spent a good bit of
time harassing a local cooper's hawk and then did a couple of dives on a
red-shouldered hawk.

Its a good year for crested caracara in the area and 5 came in late in the
day and ended up down on the beach by the tower. They did lots of calling
and were joined by a snowy egret with unknown results.

Some swallows were going by up high. Most were barn swallows and bank
swallows. Still some cliff swallows and purple martins. Not like last week
when there was a large group of 2-300 purple martins.

There were termites or ants up there and they were fed on by laughing gulls
and a single black tern.

Land birds included migrating blue-gray gnatcatchers and heard only blue
grosbeak, yellow-breasted chat and a seen orchard oriole. Did not have any
olive-sided flycatchers. One alder flycatcher out Hawkins Camp road.

The hummingbirds put on a great show especially after the sun came out.
Birds arrived and drank for long periods.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168066664

They tended to ignore the harassing and chasing and later in the pm
concentrated on one feeder.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168066672

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168066671

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168066668

Some smiled for the camera

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168066667

The feeders give a good chance to id an unusual hummer. Some strays have
certain wing and tail feathers that are particular to the species but all
these seemed to be ruby-throats.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168066666

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168066665

And some hummers always have to be a little aggressive

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168066674

Young mullet are migrating out of the bay but not in large shoals. They
were concentrating some near Robbins Park and the pelicans would
periodically find a concentration. Many terns, mainly sandwich, were
gathering in the parking lot during the rain when not boaters were about.
Many had brought fish with them which they held but did not eat.

The bay continues to have very few birds but singles of the terns went by.
A couple of magnificent frigatebirds were seen but none were roosting on
their perches. There is a new oil facility to the northwest of Robbins Park
which has small railings which may attract roosting birds so it is worth a
look.

Need to have it stop raining. It is possible that Wednesday andor Thursday
could be good for kites etc if the tropical system stays far enough north
and east. There will be descending and dry air coming out of it with a
northeast wind that can push birds to the point. Once upon a time in the
past there was a spectacular migration there of hawks, flycatchers,
swallows etc with another storm going inland over toward New Orleans.

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

 

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Date: 9/2/18 6:17 pm
From: Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Fort Bend County Ringed Kingfisher (first in ebird since 1989)
Texbirders:
Richard Gibbons had a Ringed Kingfisher fly over while bicycling in Sienna Plantation area of Fort Bend County near Sawmill Lake (oxbow) this morning. I Searched that lake thoroughly without success this afternoon. However, finally refound the Ringed Kingfisher this afternoon on a different although nearby waterbody--from the Deer Crossing rd bridge over Oyster Creek. Also seen nearby on Waterlakes rd on phone wires near a bridge over a side creek/ditch that connects to Oyster Creek. 
Mark Scheuerman then came and photographed it. Ron Weeks also came even later and had to walk almost a mile of the oxbow but also finally re found and photographed it. Note Ron also photographed a female Belted in same area. SoRinged apparently  ranges over 3/4 mile or so from the part of Oyster Creek near Scanlan Trace E. rd. behind houses (private property do not trespass) all the way to across from Ridge Point High School, plus earlier on Saw Mill Lake. Bird was definitely brick red under tail on the vent (can see red from the back when it wags its tail perched unlike the white vent of a male ringed) so presumed female but nobody seems to have gotten a great look at the top of the breast or underwing coverts where the genders also differ. Look for the large size, huge partly yellow bill and brick red chest belly vent. Bird is silent sometimes but other times makes the lower machine gun rattle characteristic of Ringed.
John BernerW. Houston.
Note no previous ebird records for Ringed Kingfisher in Harris or Waller Counties. Last Fort Bend County ebird record October-December 1989. More recent Ringed sightings in Montgomery (2014, 2016) and Brazoria County (2008).

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Date: 9/2/18 11:47 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] The 2018 Tri-County Competition - August Report
Greetings All:

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 July: Anthony had a fairly solid lead with 206
species (out of 225) or 91.5556%, Brandon moved into second place with 191
species (out of 230 species) or 83.0434%, and Rich dropped into third
place with 208 species (out of 251) or 82.8685%.

August proved to be tougher than any of us truly expected.

Rich started the month with a visit to Lee County on 8/4/18 picking up five
species (Black-bellied Plover, American Avocet, Semipalmated Sandpiper,
Buff-breasted Sandpiper, and Black Tern) bringing him up to 213 species
(84.8606%).

Anthony got out on 8/11/18 and picked up Virginia Rail and Red-shouldered
Hawk, bringing him up to 208 species (92.4444%).

Brandon got out to Hill County on 8/17/18 picking up White-faced Ibis,
Semipalmated Sandpiper, American Avocet, and Snowy Plover, bringing him up
to 195 species (84.7826%).

Mr. Kostecke revisited Lee County on 8/19/18 picking up Reddish Egret and
Semipalmated Plover, bringing him up to 215 species (85.6574%)

Mr. Hewetson made his way to Floyd County on 8/25/18 picking up Rufous
Hummingbird and Lazuli Bunting, bringing him up to 210 species (93.3333%).

Mr. Best paid his second visit to Hill County on 8/26/18, adding
Black-capped Vireo, Bank Swallow, Marbled Godwit, and Western Sandpiper to
his list, bringing him up to 199 species (86.5217%).

To sum up: after all was said and done Anthony remained in first place with
210 species in Floyd County (93.3333%), Brandon remained in second place
with 199 species (86.5217%), and Rich remained in third place with 215
species (85.6574%).

September will be crucial for all three of us - as this is the month when
the oft-protracted fall migration of songbirds kicks in and we could all
add quite a few species; some of which might be genuinely exciting.

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock

 

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Date: 9/2/18 11:23 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] The 2018 Photographic Game - August Report
Greetings All:

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 eighth month were improved a bit by the influx of two
heavy rains, some flowers, some butterflies, and some hummingbirds. I even
had a couple of nifty early songbird migrants.

During August I had 15 butterfly, 2 reptile, 28 birds, and 4 mammal species
in/over/from the yard - well below what is normal for the month but a vast
improvement over July - putting me at 26 butterfly, 0 amphibian, 2 reptile,
45 bird, and 4 mammal species for the year - 65%, 100%, 100%, 56.25%, and
100% of my taxonomic goals. Of the 77 species seen thus far this year I
have photographs of 67 (87.013%).

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

Funereal Duskywings
Common Checkered Skipper
Common Sootywings*(y)
Orange Skipperling*(y)
Fiery Skipper*(y)
Sachem
Cabbage White
Sleepy Orange
Gray Hairstreak
Marine Blue
Western Pygmy Blue*(y)
Reakirt's Blue
American Snout(y)
Monarch*(y)
Queen

Ornate Box Turtle
Mediterranean Gecko

Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Chimney Swift
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird*(y)
Broad-tailed Hummingbird*
Rufous Hummingbird*
Calliope Hummingbird*(y)
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Great Blue Heron*(y)
Turkey Vulture
Mississippi Kite
Peregrine Falcon*(y)
Budgerigar*(y)
Western Wood Pewee*(y)
Western Kingbird
Warbling Vireo*(y)
Blue Jay
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Startling
House Sparrow
House Finch
Great-tailed Grackle
Northern Cardinal

Eastern Gray Squirrel
North American Deermouse*(y)
House Mouse
Feral Cat*(y)

Some of these goals are looking pretty far away now;
Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock

 

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Date: 9/1/18 1:23 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Hutton’s Vireo @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Hutton’s Vireo @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary

The Hutton’s Vireo are being more cooperative and calling and being seen lately! Warblers are moving through and Yellow-breasted Chat arrived today to join others. Hutton’s Vireo are resident at Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary and don’t trigger the rba anymore. We are in Guadalupe County, near IH 35 and the first documented nesting Hutton’s Vireo east of IH 35 in the country.

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

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Date: 9/1/18 12:52 pm
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Brown Booby Survey October 13-14, 2018
Here is the promised Brown Booby Survey (Oct 13-14, 2018) signup. This list
of lakes is based on the TPWD fishing lakes so I believe all of these have
some public access. Please contact me if you are willing to survey one or
more of these lakes on that weekend. There is no reason why multiple people
can not survey the same lake. The amount of access will vary by lake and
some lakes maybe so low they aren't worth the trouble. I think we should do
our best to check all the lakes over 10,000 acres in red, and the next
priority those over 5000 acres. Many of these lakes get little coverage by
birders and I suspect some interesting things besides Brown Bobbies could
turn up. Enter your birding during the survey into eBird. I have not yet
completed looking up the counties but will get it done soon.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1OYoeScLYzw8HzgoIUX1gB8Gmb8aGtS1s0d69LgXXHHk/edit?usp=sharing


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

 

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Date: 9/1/18 9:49 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: BLOT offer on eBay
That's about the going rate, sets have come down in price a lot in recent
years, there are a couple of set on abebooks.com also right now for about
that price. I have a set and still use it quite a bit.

On Fri, Aug 31, 2018 at 11:38 PM John and Glennah Trochet <
<trochetj...> wrote:

> Dear TexBirders,
>
> On the off chance that acquiring Oberholser and Kinkaid's 1974 classic
> book, *The Bird Life of Texas*, may be of interest to some among the
> readership, I call attention to the following eBay listing:
>
>
> https://www.ebay.com/itm/Corrie-Herring-Hooks-The-Bird-Life-of-Texas-2VOL-by-Harry-C-Oberholser-1974/132738893494?epid=1223927&hash=item1ee7dac6b6:g:2vgAAOSwvRlbbYer
>
> At $60.00/OBO, it seems reasonably priced. I have no stake in this sale.
>
> Sincerely,
> John Trochet
> Sacramento, California
>
>

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

 

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Date: 8/31/18 10:17 pm
From: Rex Stanford <calidris.bairdii...>
Subject: [texbirds] more on Wood Storks at Adams Garden Reservoir (08 /31/18)
I have just finished reviewing my dozens of photos of Wood Storks taken
this afternoon (08/31/18) at Adams Garden Reservoice (Cameron Co.). The
photos support the impression of hundreds of these storks being present,
but they do not show all of the storks present. Exactly the number present,
though--beyond possibly around 300 to 400 individuals--now seems to me hard
to estimate with any sense of precision. Examining the photos, I began to
wonder whether in the case of some of the more distant observations, my
impression of numerosity (i.e., 600, possibly more) might have been
somewhat overestimated thanks to the birds' reflections in the water in
certain of the photos. So, I feel sure of hundreds of that species, but I
cannot with a sense of certainty put a clear upper end on numerosity; I
think the more conservative estimate mentioned above might be closer to the
mark than my original 600 or so. My wife, Birgit, on the other hand, whose
eyesight in regard to distant objects often bests my own, says she favors
my original, larger estimate. As I said in the earlier communication, we
did not do a systematic count. What I am sure of is that the number present
was utterly amazing, in the hundreds, and that it went far beyond the
number of this species that either of us has ever seen before at a single
site on a given day. -- Rex Stanford

 

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Date: 8/31/18 9:38 pm
From: John and Glennah Trochet <trochetj...>
Subject: [texbirds] BLOT offer on eBay
Dear TexBirders,

On the off chance that acquiring Oberholser and Kinkaid's 1974 classic
book, *The Bird Life of Texas*, may be of interest to some among the
readership, I call attention to the following eBay listing:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Corrie-Herring-Hooks-The-Bird-Life-of-Texas-2VOL-by-Harry-C-Oberholser-1974/132738893494?epid=1223927&hash=item1ee7dac6b6:g:2vgAAOSwvRlbbYer

At $60.00/OBO, it seems reasonably priced. I have no stake in this sale.

Sincerely,
John Trochet
Sacramento, California

 

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Date: 8/31/18 5:30 pm
From: Rex Stanford <calidris.bairdii...>
Subject: [texbirds] Adams Garden Reservoir (08/31/18) (Cameron Co.): hundreds of Wood Storkss!
This afternoon (Friday, 08/31/31) between roughly 3:30 and 4:10 PM my wife
(Birgit) and I (Rex) observed and I photographed an astonishing aggregation
of hundreds of Wood Storks at the Adams Garden Reservoir (Cameron Co.). We
did not do a systematic count--busy with photographing this spectacle--but
I estimate at least 600 of this species, and I tend to think that could be
a substantial underestimate.

We entered the berm at the northwest corner and drove the unpaved road (or
vehicular path) thereon southward, exiting at the southwest corner. Large
aggregations of Wood Storks could be seen from every vantage point along
the road, generally in long lines visible all the way to the southern edge
of the reservoir, near which was a large one. I obtained many photos for
the purpose of documenting what was for us, by a huge margin, the largest
aggregation of this species we ever have encountered. I hope to file a
report on this to eBird along with documentary photos, as soon as I can get
them onto my computer from the camera.

Just east of that reservoir we birded Weaver Road (between Hwy. 800 an
Jimenez Road) between about 2:45 and 3:15 PM. This area is east of the
aforementioned reservoir. Our most exciting find there was Upland
Sandpiper, of which we saw seven widespread along the fields, three of
which were in one loose group.

Birgit joins me in wishing everyone the best of fall-migration birding,
Rex Stanford.

 

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Date: 8/29/18 4:26 pm
From: Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Young Reddish Egret West Houston
Texbirders:
The young reddish egret found by Greg Page continues now on Langham Creek. Unusual species for inland Western Houston. Visible from patio of “The Bayou Sports Bar” so you can add it to your “life list while at a bar” if you like. Also the other 3 white egret species and 3 herons visible from the same spot . For non drinkers also visible from Addicks Satsuma road bridge upstream (west).Thanks to Greg P and Drew D
John B
W. Houston
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Date: 8/29/18 12:52 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 8-29-18 Catbird,Hutton’s,Redstart @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
8-29-18 Catbird,Hutton’s,Redstart @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary

Exciting birds today
Gray Catbird
Hutton’s Vireo
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Lark Sparrow
Orchard Oriole
Yellow Warbler
American Redstart
Summer Tanager
Painted Bunting
30 Neotropic Coumarants
Plus more—fun day and thanks for the observers!
It’s Fall Migration—get out while you can still get exciting birds!
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: 8/28/18 11:05 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] East Beach, Bolivar and Anahuac pictures from last week
Started the day out on east beach which was rather quiet. Only a group of
20 royal terns and some laughing gulls were out by the waters edge. Twenty
was a good number as the same number of least terns and black terns flew in
from the gulf to rest.

A few plovers and sandpipers were around including my first of the season
young piping plovers and least sandpipers.

Had my first no-tailed grackles of the season

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029357

Note the heads look like molting cardinals too. This one has one tail
feather left to lose

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029356

With the drought along the coast continuing, the mottled ducks are
gathering in the remaining wet areas

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029361

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029360

The same areas have good numbers of yellow-crowned night herons

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029363

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029362

Across the bay, the tamish whimbrels was back at the bollards scavenging
and eating baby crabs. There was a considerable changeover in birds out
there from a week ago.

Several young of the year piping plovers were out as well as a young snowy
plover. The number of Wilson's plovers was down to about 50. Maybe 20 snowy
plovers and 40 piping plovers were around. The tide was low but rising and
not a large number of shorebirds. Still a nice mix of species.

The large number of least terns was down to about 300 but 500 black terns
was the most I have seen in the recent sargassum-short years. Groups came
in and out from the gulf but were not feeding inshore. Did not see any
forster's, common, or sandwich terns on the flats but the Caspian terns
(25) continue and can be heard from afar. Only 100 or so royal terns

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029405

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029407

Most of the black terns have lost or have lost their black feathers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029408

I heard a splat type of noise overhead and a Caspian tern flopped down on
the sand right in front of me. It tried getting up a couple of times but
had more incentive when it realized it was next to me and took off

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029410

A common egret has been fishing near the bollards for several weeks. When
it catches a fish, it brings it onto the sand to whack and then swallow

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029412

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029413

Nice groups of piping plovers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029415

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029416

I had a banded (locally?) Wilson's plover but it sat down in a depression
and all I saw after that was its head.

The young of the year piping plovers know how to catch worms as well as the
adults

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029470

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029466

Lots more should be arriving or passing through over the next few weeks and
some can be found in odd spots around the bay like Robbins Park

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029475

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029469

Returning ruddy turnstones are still in breeding plumage but quickly molt

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029477

The horned larks are still enjoying the seeds out there but there were only
25 brown pelicans in the area.

Most of shoveler pond at Anahuac Refuge is dry with water remaining in
spots and the ditch beside the road. The good shorebird area from the
previous Saturday was dry.

There are still many young cattle egrets standing around the nest and edge.
They have fuzzy heads

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029343

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029342

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029340

I did not see any adults arriving with food so they need to get out there
and find their own fairly soon

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029337

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168029338

Bugs are not bad as long as you do not get out there into the grass etc and
stir them up.

Again, no migrant landbirds where I stopped and no migrant hawks either.
Did have the summering ospreys on their spots but no new arrivals.

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

 

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Date: 8/28/18 9:50 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch Saturday
Spent the day at the Smith Point tower on Saturday. Did a several loops out
Hawkins Camp Road too. Not a whole lot of hawks flying down to the bay on
the southeast wind but later in the pm two swallow-tailed kites made my
season by coming all the way in, circling the tower several times as they
scarfed dragonflies on the wing and then heading over the bay. A total of 6
for the day.

Great looks top and bottom

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168028700

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168028693

It was not a good dragonfly migration day otherwise, they might have stayed
longer. For those familiar with the tower this picture shows the views all
had

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168028696

One of the birds had a tail problem

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168028697

And about the closest

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168028699

Coming in

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168028692

Local cooper's hawks made lots of passes by and around the tower especially
in the pm

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168028623

The first cooper's acted like a migrant but was headed back to the east
motte just a few minutes later. Several other local hawks also up and about.

Early in the day before the count started a family group of 4 crested
caracara were feeding in sight of the tower and another was out near
Robbins Park.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168028625

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168028626

Lots of bowing and calling as the family moved around

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168028627

Local red-tail and swainson's hawks were out there too

A good group of at least 25 black vultures were out in front of the tower
and up high most of the day but did not attract many other hawks. Often the
vulture kettles bring in other birds

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168028620

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168028621

The young turkey vulture that apparently fledged in the east motte returned
to its trees several times during the day

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168028619

Land birds were not abundant but flocks of 27 and 22 orchard orioles made
short stops before heading out

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168028618

Had 5 olive-sided flycatchers at one time and 6 for the day

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/168028617

Only a few gnatcatchers for the tower area but could be seen or heard
during much of the day. Did not hear any dickcissels or upland sandpipers
which should have been going by.

The feeders had a number of hummingbirds including a young male(?)
black-chinned hummingbird early in the day but I could not find it later. A
couple of hummers did head across the bay with the gnatcatchers.

A couple singing white-eyed vireos were different compared to recent visits
but only a couple of yellow warblers chipped.

The surprise for the day was no Mississippi kites.

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

 

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Date: 8/26/18 2:48 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Need Monday & Wednesday Observers @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Need Monday & Wednesday Observers @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary

It’s heavy into Fall Migration and every day is most fun—most of the great action starts >10 a.m. at Warbler Pond and earlier, the action is at the Scout Pond Dam & Chat Pond. If you can enjoy Fall Migration, let me know! I can make arrangements to get you through the gate.

http://birdcast.info/

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: 8/26/18 7:55 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from Floyd County yesterday
Greetings All:

I spent a big chunk of time in Floyd County yesterday, looking for water
(mostly without success) and stumbling across the following highlights: 3
Blue-winged Teals at the CR 121 x FM 37 Playa, 4 Blue-winged Teals near
Aiken, 1 Green-winged Teal at the CR 121 x FM 37 Playa, 1 Yellow-billed
Cuckoo at the Allmon Church Playa, 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo at Eagle's Hall
Park, 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo at the White River x FM 37 crossing, 1 female
Rufous Hummingbird at the White River x FM 37 crossing, 3 Black-necked
Stilts near Aiken, 1 American Avocet in Floydada, 6 American Avocets at the
Lockney WTP, 1 Upland Sandpiper near Providence, 1 Baird's Sandpiper at the
Lockney WTP, 2 Spotted Sandpipers at the Lockney WTP, 3 Greater Yellowlegs
at the CR 121 x FM 37 Playa, 24 Cattle Egrets at the Lockney WTP, 6 Cattle
Egrets near Aiken, 1 Northern Harrier near Aiken, 1 Cooper's Hawk at
Eagle's Hall Park, 1 Olive-sided Flycatcher at the White River x FM 207
crossing, 2 Western Wood Pewees at the Allmon Church Playa, 2 Western Wood
Pewees east of Allmon, 1 Willow Flycatcher at the Allmon Church Playa, 1
Willow Flycatcher east of Allmon, 3 Willow Flycatchers at the White River x
FM 37 crossing, 2 Least Flycatchers east of Allmon, 1 Bell's Vireo at the
White River x FM 37 crossing, 1 immature Purple Martin east of Allmon, 2
Tree Swallows east of Allmon, 7 Tree Swallows at the Lockney WTP, 4
Northern Rough-winged Swallows at the CR 121 x FM 37 Playa, 5 Northern
Rough-winged Swallow east of Allmon, 7 Northern Rough-winged Swallows at
the Lockney WTP, 2 Bank Swallows at the CR 121 x FM 37 Playa, 6 Bank
Swallows east of Allmon, 6 Bank Swallows at the Lockney WTP, 4 Cave
Swallows at the CR 121 x FM 37 Playa, 2 Cave Swallows at the Lockney WTP, 2
Cave Swallows near Aiken, 3 Cave Swallows near Providence, 2 House Wrens at
Eagle's Hall Park, 1 House Wren east of Allmon, 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers at
the Allmon Church Playa, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Eagle's Hall Park, 2
Chipping Sparrows at the White River x FM 37 crossing, 1 Yellow-headed
Blackbird near Aiken, 2 male Bronzed Cowbirds at Eagle's Hall Park, 1
Black-and-white Warbler at Eagle's Hall Park, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler at
the White River x FM 37 crossing, 1 Yellow Warbler at the Allmon Church
Playa, 2 Yellow Warblers east of Allmon, 1 Yellow Warbler at the White
River x FM 37 crossing, 1 Yellow-rumped Warbler at the Allmon Church Playa,
1 Wilson's Warbler at the Allmon Church Playa, 1 adult male Western Tanager
east of Allmon, and 1 adult female Lazuli Bunting east of Allmon.

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock

 

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Date: 8/26/18 7:14 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from Crosby County yesterday
Greetings All:

I spent close to an hour surveying the playa at the intersection of CR 116
and FM 378 (in northwest Crosby County) - where I found several species I
needed for my Floyd County game just 0.56 miles outside of Floyd County:)

Playa highlights included 50 blue-winged Teals, 4 Cinnamon Teals, 60
Northern Shovelers, 4 Gadwalls, 5 Northern Pintails, 15 Green-winged Teals,
5 Redheads, 12 Ruddy Ducks, 24 Black-necked Stilts, 13 American Avocets, 1
Semipalmated Plover, 54 Stilt Sandpipers, 31 Baird's Sandpipers, 18 Least
Sandpipers, 2 Pectoral Sandpipers, 6 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 4 Western
Sandpipers, 120 peeps at unworkable distance, 29 Long-billed Dowitchers, 33
Lesser Yellowlegs, 17 Greater Yellowlegs, 9 Wilson's Phalaropes, 1 Black
Tern, 2 Yellow-crowned Night Herons, 6 White-faced Ibises, 7 Tree Swallows,
4 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, and 2 Bank Swallows.

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock

 

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Date: 8/26/18 7:09 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] The Leroy Elmore Rookery in Lubbock - WOW!
Greetings All:
Thanks to a tip from Justin Bosler regarding large numbers of Neotropic
Cormorants at Leroy Elmore Park in Lubbock I found myself watching the
filling of the rookery - last night from 7:30 to almost 9:00 - with
Jennifer (Bob) and Jim (Bob). We counted what was there when we arrived
and carefully tracked incoming birds to come up with some surprisingly high
tallies.

The highlights for the three of us were 1 Cackling Goose, 20 Great Egrets,
61 Snowy Egrets, 584 (not a typo - 584) Cattle Egrets, 9 Neotropic
Cormorants (three groups of two adults and on fledgling), 103
Double-crested Cormorants, and 14 White-faced Ibises.

I also picked up an American Avocet and a Northern Waterthrush - the former
diving into a gaggle of geese; the latter working the rocks on the island.

We also saw a large bat - the first I have seen in urban Lubbock in several
years - and a fairly spectacular moonrise.

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock

 

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Date: 8/23/18 11:37 am
From: Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] Kleb Woods bus trip tomorrow - seats available
We currently have 15 seats available on our senior birding bus trip tomorrow, August 24. Participants must be 50 years or older to sign up. You may sign up yourself plus one guest. Please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to sign up. If it is after 5 PM, you can just show up in the morning and we will fill the seats on a first come first served basis. Details for the trip are below:

The bus will leave the Kleb Woods parking lot (20303 Draper Rd, Tomball, TX 77377) at 7:00 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 6:30 AM. We will first head to Lake Somerville. We do not have any specific target species, but we may see some fall migrants. Lunch will be at the Longhorn Tavern Steakhouse, which also has a large selection of fresh baked pies! After lunch we will visit the Biodiversity Research & Teaching Collections at Texas A&M. We will spend a couple of hours there, mostly looking at their bird collections. Depending on how much time we have in the afternoon, we may also do some bird watching at a park in Bryan. The bus will return to the Kleb Woods parking lot at 7:00 PM.

In addition to money for lunch, don't forget to bring comfortable clothes, hats, sunscreen, bug spray, binoculars, cameras, scopes, and your favorite field guide.

Thanks,

Megan Ahlgren, Naturalist
Kleb Woods Nature Center
20303 Draper Rd. Tomball TX 77377
(281) 357-5324
Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack, Commissioner
www.pct3.com/parks/kleb-park/<http://www.pct3.com/parks/kleb-park/>


 

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Date: 8/22/18 11:17 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Kites
...
Around 10:20 we (Diane Sherrill, Bill Car & myself) arrived at one of my
birding locations in the Leander area and immediately had Mississippi Kites
swarming over the parking lot. We went out to where we had a broader view
and had kites from horizon to horizon in a stream. They stopped and milled
over the lake catching and eating dragonflies so it was hard to get a count
but a conservative est. might be from between 2-300 birds they continued to
pass overhead and heading south for as long as we were there (50 min.s). A
number were calling. The is the same location where a Swallow-tailed Kite
was seen though none of those today. My wife had seen a long string of
kites in Liberty Hill about 1.5 hr.s earlier which is due north,so these
were likely the same birds...Winds were very light from the SE. Pictures
to be posted elsewhere. Just a heads up for the Corpus counters.

--

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

 

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Date: 8/21/18 3:38 am
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Amazin’ Mississippi Kites
They were deciding where to set down for the evening. The next morning at 8:30am or so, you then go down to the river and watch the fly-out.

Another one of the reasons that I love living in Corpus Christi....


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
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The other evening as I sat on my back patio, between 60 and 80 Mississippi Kites soared, tilted and floated above my house and neighborhood for a good 15 minutes. They flew down toward the Nueces River, then back, then they flew south, then streamed back again. It was quite magical -- the cats, however, were not interested.
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Date: 8/20/18 7:53 pm
From: Andrew <andydietrich10...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Amazin’ Mississippi Kites
I have had 1 to 3 adults around my West Oaks neighborhood in Pearland for last several months. Today I had seven in kettle above house which included two juveniles. Never seen kettle before here in twenty years. One thing different this year is the late number of cicadas in the area and noise can be overwhelming. I thing I notice with kettle over head no cicada noise or birds moving.
Great thrill to have kettle over house for the first time

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Date: 8/20/18 6:24 pm
From: Iris and Sonny Bratz <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender ibratz for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Amazin’ Mississippi Kites
I have 6-8 every evening soaring in my backyard

Sonny Bratz
Victoria

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> Texbirders:
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> I feel that it has been an amazin’ summer for seeing and hearing Mississippi Kites in Texas. Have encountered them 32 times through today in 13 counties—far more than usual. Also have had them breeding at my house in West Houston for the first time.
>
> Has anybody else experienced an abundance of Mississippi kites in 2018?
>
> Thanks
> John Berner
> W. Houston/ Katy
>
>
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Date: 8/20/18 5:47 pm
From: <jkestner...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Amazin’ Mississippi Kites
The other evening as I sat on my back patio, between 60 and 80 Mississippi Kites soared, tilted and floated above my house and neighborhood for a good 15 minutes. They flew down toward the Nueces River, then back, then they flew south, then streamed back again. It was quite magical -- the cats, however, were not interested.
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Subject: [texbirds] Amazin’ Mississippi Kites
Texbirders: 
I feel that it has been an amazin’ summer for seeing and hearing Mississippi Kites in Texas. Have encountered them 32 times through today in 13 counties—far more than usual. Also have had them breeding at my house in West Houston for the first time.
Has anybody else experienced an abundance of Mississippi kites in 2018?
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Date: 8/20/18 3:44 pm
From: Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Possible Connecticut Warbler, Plano (Collin Co.)
Why a Connecticut Warbler and not a Mourning Warbler? Is the eyering too complete for a Mourning? Merlin/Cornell has some pics of Mourning Warblers with fairly complete eyerings that are just broken at the front of the eye like this one.

I’ve never seen either species, but want to be prepared when I do! Thanks for any info!

Jennifer

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Lubbock, TX

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> On Aug 20, 2018, at 4:24 PM, Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> wrote:
>
> https://ebird.org/tx/view/checklist/S47959317
>
> Without seeing the undertail coverts I'd lean first-fall Connecticut Warbler based on other salient field marks. I would chase if I were closer to DFW.
>
> Good birding!
> Justin Bosler
> currently in Wilson, TX
>

 

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Date: 8/20/18 3:18 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Possible Connecticut Warbler, Plano (Collin Co.)
The link:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S31310606

JB

On Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 5:16 PM Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> wrote:

> My mistake regarding the age. I thought the recs looked juvenile-like but
> I may be mistaken. Either way, it's a female-type, non-adult male. For
> context, here's one from NE Oklahoma from late August 2016.
>
> We should be discussing the significance of the record and not the age,
> but I digress.
>
> Thanks for the report, Peter, if you are out there in Texbirds-land.
>
> Justin Bosler
> currently in Wilson, TX
>
> On Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 5:08 PM Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
> wrote:
>
>> All -
>>
>> If you go through lots of CT Warb images, that’s more like an adult
>> female, which makes more sense given the seasonality. The immies never
>> went through New England until late Sept / Oct., while adults were mid to
>> late-August.
>>
>> A dead ringer for the bird I had in my yard a few years ago.
>>
>> Clay Taylor
>> TOS Life Member
>> Swarovski Optik N.A.
>> (Calallen) Corpus Christi, TX
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On Aug 20, 2018, at 5:25 PM, Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
>> wrote:
>>
>> https://ebird.org/tx/view/checklist/S47959317
>>
>> Without seeing the undertail coverts I'd lean first-fall Connecticut
>> Warbler based on other salient field marks. I would chase if I were closer
>> to DFW.
>>
>> Good birding!
>> Justin Bosler
>> currently in Wilson, TX
>>
>>

 

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Date: 8/20/18 3:17 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Possible Connecticut Warbler, Plano (Collin Co.)
My mistake regarding the age. I thought the recs looked juvenile-like but I
may be mistaken. Either way, it's a female-type, non-adult male. For
context, here's one from NE Oklahoma from late August 2016.

We should be discussing the significance of the record and not the age, but
I digress.

Thanks for the report, Peter, if you are out there in Texbirds-land.

Justin Bosler
currently in Wilson, TX

On Mon, Aug 20, 2018, 5:08 PM Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
wrote:

> All -
>
> If you go through lots of CT Warb images, that’s more like an adult
> female, which makes more sense given the seasonality. The immies never
> went through New England until late Sept / Oct., while adults were mid to
> late-August.
>
> A dead ringer for the bird I had in my yard a few years ago.
>
> Clay Taylor
> TOS Life Member
> Swarovski Optik N.A.
> (Calallen) Corpus Christi, TX
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Aug 20, 2018, at 5:25 PM, Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
> wrote:
>
> https://ebird.org/tx/view/checklist/S47959317
>
> Without seeing the undertail coverts I'd lean first-fall Connecticut
> Warbler based on other salient field marks. I would chase if I were closer
> to DFW.
>
> Good birding!
> Justin Bosler
> currently in Wilson, TX
>
>

 

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Date: 8/20/18 3:09 pm
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Possible Connecticut Warbler, Plano (Collin Co.)
All -

If you go through lots of CT Warb images, that's more like an adult female, which makes more sense given the seasonality. The immies never went through New England until late Sept / Oct., while adults were mid to late-August.

A dead ringer for the bird I had in my yard a few years ago.

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

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On Aug 20, 2018, at 5:25 PM, Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...><mailto:<justin.bosler...>> wrote:

https://ebird.org/tx/view/checklist/S47959317

Without seeing the undertail coverts I'd lean first-fall Connecticut Warbler based on other salient field marks. I would chase if I were closer to DFW.

Good birding!
Justin Bosler
currently in Wilson, TX


 

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Date: 8/20/18 2:37 pm
From: Joe and Renee Fischer <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender fischer13 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Possible Connecticut Warbler, Plano (Collin Co.)
I thought a juvenile Connecticut tends to have a drab yellow olive colored head? Joe Fischer
http://www.pbase.com/joe_e_fischer


From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
To: 4 Texbirds Maillist <texbirds...>
Sent: Monday, August 20, 2018 4:25 PM
Subject: [texbirds] Possible Connecticut Warbler, Plano (Collin Co.)

https://ebird.org/tx/view/checklist/S47959317
Without seeing the undertail coverts I'd lean first-fall Connecticut Warbler based on other salient field marks. I would chase if I were closer to DFW.
Good birding!Justin Bosler currently in Wilson, TX



 

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Date: 8/20/18 2:25 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Possible Connecticut Warbler, Plano (Collin Co.)
https://ebird.org/tx/view/checklist/S47959317

Without seeing the undertail coverts I'd lean first-fall Connecticut
Warbler based on other salient field marks. I would chase if I were closer
to DFW.

Good birding!
Justin Bosler
currently in Wilson, TX

 

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Date: 8/20/18 1:26 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Swallow-tailed Kite
.

Correction...Should be STKI in second sentence...Forgot to mention a L.B.
Curlew as well.

On Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 12:04 PM, Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
wrote:

> ...
> This morning around 10:20 I was at one of my usual Leander area birding
> locations and while panning the skies with my scope spotted a STKI about
> 3/4-1 mi. out. Also had around 14-16 Mississippi Kites and 2 possible
> Broad-wingeds but they were too far out to be sure. For me personally
> this represents the furthermost north and west SWKI I have in the world.
> Nothing else of note.
>
> --
>
> Brush Freeman
> <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
>
>
>
>


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

 

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Date: 8/20/18 10:06 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Swallow-tailed Kite
...
This morning around 10:20 I was at one of my usual Leander area birding
locations and while panning the skies with my scope spotted a STKI about
3/4-1 mi. out. Also had around 14-16 Mississippi Kites and 2 possible
Broad-wingeds but they were too far out to be sure. For me personally
this represents the furthermost north and west SWKI I have in the world.
Nothing else of note.

--

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

 

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Date: 8/19/18 6:06 pm
From: Garett Hodne <garyhodne...>
Subject: [texbirds] September 22 S Padre Island Texas Pelagic Update
Hi Seabirders and Texbirders,

Only a few spaces remain on the September 22 South Padre Island Texas
Pelagic. I already have 34 people signed up and only need 5 more people to
make this trip go, so it would be a shame if we don't make it. I know there
are at least that many more people who've expressed an interest in going and
said "the check is in the mail" but I'm still waiting. (You know who you are
since I've bcc'd you.) The deadline for filling this trip is about September
9th but after September 1st the price to register is increased by $50.00 to
$195.00, so don't delay and sign up now!



September has always been a great month for Texas Pelagics. On average
September Texas Pelagics yield a greater number of seabird species than
other months and more than 1 Texas review species per trip. Many great
rarities have been found in September as well including: Yellow-nosed
Albatross, Red-billed Tropicbird, Sooty Shearwater, Manx Shearwater,
Red-necked Phalarope, Brown Booby and Brown Noddy.



All the information you need to know for registering can be found here:
http://texaspelagics.com/2018-texas-pelagics-schedule/

I hope you'll join us for what could be a great adventure.

Good seabirding,

Gary Hodne



Garett 'Gary' Hodne



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

281-684-5425






 

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