TEXBIRDS
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1/17/19 10:44 am Mark and Joanie Hubinger <mjhubrr...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 17, 2019
1/17/19 7:41 am justin.bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Re: Subject: Bohemian Waxwing in Young County
1/17/19 7:31 am Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Rufous-backed Robin - yes
1/16/19 7:48 pm Lamont Brown <lamont...> [texbirds] Subject: Bohemian Waxwing in Young County
1/16/19 4:47 pm Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...> [texbirds] Ferruginous Hawk and 51 other species in an hour on King Ranch
1/16/19 10:01 am Vicki Simon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender vickisimon for DMARC) [texbirds] Get it before it's sold out
1/15/19 1:21 pm Dennis Shepler <dawgler...> [texbirds] Re: Rufous-backed Robin info (Uvalde County)
1/15/19 9:16 am Becky Reyes <breyes...> [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
1/15/19 7:31 am CAROL CULIN <culi...> [texbirds] Re: Rufous-backed Robin info (Uvalde County)
1/15/19 5:09 am Dennis Shepler <dawgler...> [texbirds] Rufous-backed Robin info (Uvalde County)
1/14/19 4:16 pm David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC) [texbirds] Baytown Nature Center Bird Count
1/14/19 2:56 pm Dennis Shepler <dawgler...> [texbirds] Rufous-backed Robin still present
1/14/19 6:58 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Fwd: Bohemian Waxwing in Young County
1/14/19 6:50 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Bohemian Waxwing in Young County
1/13/19 10:23 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] ***UNCHECKED*** Re: Fall 2018 Hummingbird Report from a Lubbock Yard
1/13/19 9:47 am Rex Stanford <calidris.bairdii...> [texbirds] CAUTION re. Old Port Isabel Road (Cameron Co.)
1/13/19 9:14 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] My 2019 Birding Games
1/13/19 8:59 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Fall 2018 Hummingbird Report from a Lubbock Yard
1/13/19 8:21 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] The 2018 Photographic Game - December Reprot
1/13/19 7:45 am Bryce Hardway <brycehardway21...> [texbirds] Rufous-backed Robin Uvalde, YES
1/12/19 9:40 pm <jkestner...> [texbirds] Nueces County Curlews
1/12/19 8:38 pm Patricia Wight <pcwight...> [texbirds] Re: Aransas NWR still open?
1/12/19 8:36 pm Erik Breden <erik.breden...> [texbirds] Winter Birds
1/12/19 4:00 pm Ian Layton <ilayton...> [texbirds] Bastrop County local interest
1/12/19 1:04 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Errors that crept into my CBC summaries
1/12/19 12:30 pm Danny Set <hlaas...> [texbirds] Re: Cypress Creek CBC Report
1/12/19 11:46 am Laura Paulson <laura...> [texbirds] Re: Salineno?
1/12/19 11:34 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] White River Lake CBC - Full Report
1/12/19 10:59 am Mark and Joanie Hubinger <mjhubrr...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 12, 2019
1/12/19 10:55 am Candy McNamee <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birdbug for DMARC) [texbirds] Rufous-backed Robin -Uvalde county ROAD 202
1/12/19 10:44 am Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: Estero Llano Grande State Park Birds
1/12/19 10:39 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Muleshoe NWR CBC - Full Report
1/12/19 10:20 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lubbock County CBC - Full Report
1/12/19 9:31 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lubbock Area Birding Summary for December - Long
1/12/19 9:18 am Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...> [texbirds] Re: Two other refuge questions
1/12/19 8:54 am Ed Hickl <elhickl...> [texbirds] Re: Two other refuge questions
1/12/19 6:45 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Two other refuge questions
1/11/19 8:29 pm Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...> [texbirds] request for Fall sightings for North American Birds
1/11/19 7:40 pm Bruce Sherman <brucesherman...> [texbirds] Aransas NWR still open?
1/11/19 4:58 pm Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 11, 2019
1/11/19 4:48 pm Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 11, 2019
1/11/19 2:15 pm Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC) [texbirds] Estero Llano Grande State Park Birds
1/11/19 1:34 pm Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...> [texbirds] 3 Dark Morph Harlan's Hawks in west Harris County
1/11/19 12:37 pm Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...> [texbirds] Cypress Creek CBC Report
1/11/19 10:20 am Mark and Joanie Hubinger <mjhubrr...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 11, 2019
1/11/19 10:08 am <rkostecke...> [texbirds] Re: Rufous Backed Robin still present this morning
1/11/19 8:12 am Robert Hardway <rhardway21...> [texbirds] Fwd: Rufous Backed Robin still present this morning
1/11/19 8:03 am Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC) [texbirds] Rufous Backed Robin still present this morning
1/11/19 7:01 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Re: Northern Goshawk - Palo Duro Canyon SP
1/11/19 6:56 am Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: Northern Goshawk - Palo Duro Canyon SP
1/11/19 5:35 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Northern Goshawk - Palo Duro Canyon SP
1/10/19 4:49 pm Ann Gardner <anngardner2009...> [texbirds] Re: texbirds Digest V8 #10
1/10/19 2:32 pm Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders...> [texbirds] Tyler State Park 1-10-2019
1/10/19 2:28 pm Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...> [texbirds] Kleb Woods Wednesday Afternoon Bird Program - January 16
1/10/19 11:26 am Mark and Joanie Hubinger <mjhubrr...> [texbirds] Santa Ana open!
1/9/19 10:14 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Glut of Common Loons, NO Pacific at Hubbard Creek Reservoir
1/9/19 9:15 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Purple Finches, north Austin
1/9/19 11:10 am Brian Sheehan <osuwildlifer...> [texbirds] Purple Finches in SW Austin
1/9/19 8:50 am brad Wier <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender bobby_wier for DMARC) [texbirds] Salineno?
1/8/19 4:41 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 1-8-19 American Woodcock@ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
1/8/19 3:45 pm John Blackwell <john.a.blackwell51...> [texbirds] Re: Purple Martins
1/8/19 2:31 pm Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: Purple Martins
1/8/19 2:15 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Purple Martins
1/8/19 1:56 pm Dan Smith <dan...> [texbirds] Re: Purple Martins
1/8/19 1:52 pm John Blackwell <john.a.blackwell51...> [texbirds] Purple Martins
1/7/19 8:39 pm David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Re: Matagorda County CBC challange
1/7/19 2:05 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Rufous-backed Robin CR 202 in Uvalde Co.
1/6/19 5:10 pm Dale Tilson <d.tilson...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto / Birding @ Aquarena Springs
1/6/19 3:04 pm Petra Hockey <phockey...> [texbirds] Blue Ross's Goose, "Prairie" Merlin along FM 2760, Calhoun Co.
1/6/19 2:53 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Correction to last post
1/6/19 2:51 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] CBC Challenge - My Wrinkle on Things
1/6/19 1:20 pm Brent Ortego <brentortego...> [texbirds] Matagorda County CBC challange
1/6/19 12:53 pm Bill Clark <raptours...> [texbirds] Re: Harlan's Hawk in Chambers County, two birds?
1/6/19 12:21 pm David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Harlan's Hawk in Chambers County, two birds?
1/6/19 10:28 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Thank you David
1/6/19 7:06 am Mark Welch <welch.mark3...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto / Birding @ Aquarena Springs
1/5/19 9:50 pm Kenny Anderson <kennya290...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto / Birding @ Aquarena Springs
1/5/19 9:35 pm Brian Sheehan <osuwildlifer...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto / Birding @ Aquarena Springs
1/5/19 8:25 pm Brian Sheehan <osuwildlifer...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto / Birding @ Aquarena Springs
1/5/19 6:48 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
1/5/19 5:13 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Little Gull and Fork-tailed Flycatcher adventure
1/5/19 2:01 pm <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender drbirdie for DMARC) [texbirds] TOS 2019 Alaska Trip Announcement
1/5/19 1:58 pm Bill <texaskingbird...> [texbirds] Texas CBC Challenge
1/5/19 5:31 am Bryce Hardway <brycehardway21...> [texbirds] Recap of 2018 Hardway Circle Game
1/4/19 5:53 pm David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Sandpiper from April
1/4/19 1:25 pm James Hailey <irasciblej...> [texbirds] fork-tailed Flycatcher
1/4/19 8:38 am Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: Mechanics of TEXBIRDS
1/4/19 7:19 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Re: Texas CBC Challenge
1/4/19 6:31 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Mechanics of TEXBIRDS
1/4/19 6:13 am Bob White <bobwhitebsacbc...> [texbirds] Re: Coordinates
1/4/19 5:49 am Bob White <bobwhitebsacbc...> [texbirds] Re: Coordinates
1/4/19 5:30 am James Hailey <irasciblej...> [texbirds] Coordinates
1/3/19 5:37 pm James Hailey <irasciblej...> [texbirds] White-wing Scoter
1/3/19 11:04 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] RFI updates on two rarities
1/3/19 10:27 am Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
1/3/19 10:12 am Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Re: To make Clay's point: Any news on Rufous-backed Robin?
1/3/19 9:28 am Gary Roberts <sgricr76...> [texbirds] Re: Texbirds is important
1/3/19 9:10 am L Markoff <canyoneagle...> [texbirds] Texbirds is important
1/3/19 8:12 am Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Re: To make Clay's point: Any news on Rufous-backed Robin?
1/3/19 7:51 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] To make Clay's point: Any news on Rufous-backed Robin?
1/3/19 7:09 am Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
1/3/19 7:03 am Bill <texaskingbird...> [texbirds] Time to bird 254 counties
1/3/19 6:40 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Fork-tailed Flycatcher in Van Zandt County
1/3/19 6:30 am Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: Naming David's New Challenge
1/3/19 6:26 am Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
1/2/19 2:50 pm <scott...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
1/2/19 2:38 pm Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
1/2/19 2:35 pm Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
1/2/19 1:07 pm David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
1/2/19 12:30 pm Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Texas stats
1/2/19 12:24 pm Chuck Carlson <carchuck...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
1/2/19 12:19 pm Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
1/2/19 11:31 am Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
1/2/19 10:54 am Mark Welch <welch.mark3...> [texbirds] Re: "David's Challenge"
1/2/19 10:45 am Joann E. Thompson <joann510...> [texbirds] "David's Challenge"
1/2/19 10:39 am Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
1/2/19 10:36 am Mark Welch <welch.mark3...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
1/2/19 10:17 am Mark Welch <welch.mark3...> [texbirds] Re: Contest Name
1/2/19 10:08 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
1/2/19 10:06 am Ray Porter <ray.porter314...> [texbirds] Name?
1/2/19 9:53 am Robert Friz <rnfriz...> [texbirds] Contest Name
1/2/19 9:41 am Robert Friz <rnfriz...> [texbirds] Contest Name
1/2/19 9:35 am Dan Smith <dan...> [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
1/2/19 9:35 am Susan Foster <idratherbebirding...> [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
1/2/19 9:28 am Lamont Brown <lamont...> [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
1/2/19 9:26 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
1/2/19 9:19 am Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
1/2/19 9:00 am Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
1/2/19 8:59 am Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
1/2/19 8:12 am Ray Porter <ray.porter314...> [texbirds] re The Full name to not be mentioned
1/2/19 7:54 am Robert & Linda Mace <rolin1965...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
1/2/19 7:45 am Robert Friz <rnfriz...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
1/2/19 7:43 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
1/2/19 7:42 am Steve Gast <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender segast23 for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
1/2/19 7:08 am Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: No random Politic
1/2/19 7:00 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
1/2/19 6:50 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Re: No random Politician references Please
1/2/19 6:44 am Robert Friz <rnfriz...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
1/2/19 6:39 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
1/2/19 6:29 am Michael Cooper <michael20212...> [texbirds] Political references
1/2/19 6:28 am Lamont Brown <lamont...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
1/2/19 12:08 am Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC) [texbirds] No random Politician references Please
1/1/19 7:28 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 12/31/18 species 67 @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
1/1/19 6:49 pm Bob White <bobwhitebsacbc...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
1/1/19 6:38 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
1/1/19 4:00 pm Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
1/1/19 1:29 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Re: Timberline Sparrow?
1/1/19 12:55 pm Dell Little <dellel1119...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
1/1/19 12:38 pm Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...> [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
1/1/19 12:07 pm David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] The Full Beto
1/1/19 12:02 pm Marj Swies <marjswies...> [texbirds] New year at Hornsby Bend treatment plant (Austin)
1/1/19 11:04 am Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...> [texbirds] Re: Rufous-backed Robin in Uvalde County
1/1/19 10:29 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Rufous-backed Robin in Uvalde County
1/1/19 9:03 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary is bustling with sparrows
1/1/19 8:00 am Mark Lockwood <mwlockwood402...> [texbirds] Re: Timberline Sparrow?
1/1/19 7:03 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Re: Not getting feed
12/31/18 6:00 pm Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] Re: Timberline Sparrow?
12/31/18 5:13 pm Michael Marsden <valleybirders...> [texbirds] Re: Timberline Sparrow?
12/31/18 4:22 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Timberline Sparrow?
12/31/18 3:53 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Timberline Sparrow?
12/31/18 8:24 am James Hailey <irasciblej...> [texbirds] Not getting feed
12/30/18 2:53 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from the White River Lake CBC
12/30/18 6:14 am Dan Smith <dan...> [texbirds] Re: Crested Caracara returns to Denton Co - a pair!
12/30/18 5:58 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] Monday @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
12/29/18 10:01 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Dusky Flycatcher, Musquiz Creek (Jeff Davis Co.)
12/29/18 7:55 pm Marilyn Turnage <marilynturnage...> [texbirds] Crested Caracara returns to Denton Co - a pair!
12/29/18 7:27 pm Nathaniel Nye <nathaniel.nye...> [texbirds] Bird-running and sparrows at Government Canyon SNA
12/29/18 10:13 am C M Prince <GoldwingerTX...> [texbirds] Smooth Sumac - Rhus glabra
12/29/18 9:58 am Dennis Shepler <dawgler...> [texbirds] Colorado County
12/29/18 9:06 am Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC) [texbirds] Bentsen-RGV SP
12/28/18 5:17 pm Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Jackson Calhoun Counties CBC on 12/27
12/28/18 11:44 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 12-28-18 Common Pauraque @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
12/27/18 2:37 pm Nathaniel Nye <nathaniel.nye...> [texbirds] Great Kiskadee - Castroville Regional Park, 27 Dec
12/26/18 9:31 am Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson...> [texbirds] Late report/Purple Finches, Brazos Co.
12/26/18 8:14 am Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: Christmas Morning Backyard Bird Count
12/25/18 8:56 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from trip to Floyd County yesterday
12/25/18 8:08 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] The 2018 Tri-County Competition - An eBird Perspective
12/25/18 7:58 am Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC) [texbirds] Christmas Morning Backyard Bird Count
12/25/18 7:58 am <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC) [texbirds] Old River Christmas CBC
12/25/18 7:40 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] The 2018 Tri-county Competition - December (final) Report
12/24/18 12:47 pm John Whittle <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender johnawhittle for DMARC) [texbirds] Sea Rim SP Christmas Count CANCELLED
12/24/18 11:51 am Lamont Brown <lamont...> [texbirds] Couch's Kingbird Denton Co Local interest
12/24/18 10:16 am Christian Walker <christian.walker...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Fort Mason City Park (HOTW 088), Dec 22, 2018
12/24/18 4:52 am C M Prince <GoldwingerTX...> [texbirds] Salineno
12/23/18 8:58 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from trip to Floyd County yesterday
12/23/18 6:56 am Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: Smith point whooping crane watch 2 birds
12/22/18 6:02 pm David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Fwd: Trinity River Christmas Bird Count is CANCELLED unless.....
12/22/18 5:10 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Re: Smith point whooping crane watch 2 birds
12/22/18 5:09 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Re: Smith point whooping crane watch 2 birds
12/22/18 4:58 pm Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] Re: Smith point whooping crane watch 2 birds
12/22/18 12:45 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith point whooping crane watch 2 birds
12/22/18 12:45 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Unending streams of hawks vultures and swallows at smith point
12/22/18 11:17 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Dec 22, 2018
12/21/18 6:06 pm Christian Walker <christian.walker...> [texbirds] Travis county Purple Finch and hybrid towhee
12/21/18 6:01 pm Christian Walker <christian.walker...> [texbirds] hybrid Gadwall x Mallard Village Creek Drying Beds
12/21/18 11:40 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Dec 21, 2018
12/21/18 9:08 am Bill Clark <raptours...> [texbirds] Re: Opinions on Harlen's Hawk at Anahuac NWR
12/21/18 8:32 am tony <hurricanetg...> [texbirds] Re: RFI Tony Gallucci Tropical Parula ID specialist
12/21/18 8:30 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] White River Lake CBC - Last Announcement
12/21/18 7:26 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Re: Bolivar Peninsula CBC preliminary results or Owl-la-paloza!
12/21/18 6:54 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Opinions on Harlen's Hawk at Anahuac NWR
12/21/18 6:39 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: Bolivar Peninsula CBC preliminary results or Owl-la-paloza!
12/20/18 6:40 pm David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Bolivar Peninsula CBC preliminary results or Owl-la-paloza!
12/20/18 6:26 pm Brent Ortego <brentortego...> [texbirds] Guadalupe River Delta CBC
12/20/18 5:25 pm Richard Gibbons <rgibbo3...> [texbirds] Re: RFI Tony Gallucci Tropical Parula ID specialist
12/20/18 3:11 pm Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: RFI Tony Gallucci Tropical Parula ID specialist
12/20/18 2:51 pm Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC) [texbirds] RFI Tony Gallucci Tropical Parula ID specialist
12/20/18 11:46 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Dec 20, 2018
12/19/18 9:58 am Mark and Joanie Hubinger <mjhubrr...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Dec 19, 2018
12/19/18 7:33 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Bolivar Peninsula CBC tomorrow 12/20/2018 (Anahuac NWR)
12/19/18 6:52 am Becky Reyes <breyes...> [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
12/19/18 6:11 am Mark and Joanie Hubinger <mjhubrr...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Dec 18, 2018
12/18/18 11:09 am Mark and Joanie Hubinger <mjhubrr...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Dec 18, 2018
12/18/18 9:13 am Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC) [texbirds] Unusual E.L. Moore (Houston) Parula still Present
 
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Date: 1/17/19 10:44 am
From: Mark and Joanie Hubinger <mjhubrr...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 17, 2019
Good afternoon Texbirders, we were joined by 5 for a walk in the refuge. A
pair of Green Kingfishers were at Pintail Lakes. At Willow Lakes we saw
several Soras, Marsh Wren and Cinnamon Teal. Along the Chachalaca Trail we
heard Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet. Come out for a walk in your national
wildlife refuge! Visitor Center open Thursday through Sunday with
Birdwalks 8:30AM and Birding Van Tours 1:30PM, through January.

Mark and Joanie Hubinger
USFWS Volunteers
Alamo, Texas

Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Jan 17, 2019 8:30 AM - 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Morning bird walk
72 species (+1 other taxa)

Blue-winged Teal 40
Cinnamon Teal 4
Northern Shoveler 8
Gadwall 4
Mottled Duck 10
Northern Pintail 35
Green-winged Teal 30
Plain Chachalaca 8
Least Grebe 3
Pied-billed Grebe 8
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 30
Common Ground-Dove 6
White-tipped Dove 2
Common Pauraque 1
Sora 3
American Coot 4
Black-necked Stilt 30
Least Sandpiper 20
Long-billed Dowitcher 20
Wilson's Snipe 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 10
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Neotropic Cormorant 4
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 2
Snowy Egret 1
Cattle Egret 1
White Ibis 6
Turkey Vulture 1
Harris's Hawk 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Green Kingfisher 2 Pair
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 6
Peregrine Falcon 1
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Vermilion Flycatcher 2
Great Kiskadee 12
Tropical Kingbird 1
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 2
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Green Jay (Green) 5
Tree Swallow 3
Black-crested Titmouse 8
Verdin 1
House Wren 3
Marsh Wren 1
Carolina Wren 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
Long-billed Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 5
American Pipit 1
American Goldfinch 3
Olive Sparrow 3
Savannah Sparrow 3
Western Meadowlark 6
Altamira Oriole 2
Red-winged Blackbird 25
Great-tailed Grackle 30
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 5
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 6
Black-throated Green Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 5

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Date: 1/17/19 7:41 am
From: justin.bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Subject: Bohemian Waxwing in Young County
I'm chasing from Austin now. Call or email if you're along the way and would like to carpool. Time is of the essence as this group of waxwings will most definitely move ahead of the cold front this Friday into Saturday.
Justin <Bosler512-534-9651justin.bosler...> 


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-------- Original message --------From: Lamont Brown <lamont...> Date: 1/16/19 9:47 PM (GMT-06:00) To: Texbirds <texbirds...> Subject: [texbirds] Subject: Bohemian Waxwing in Young County



Texbirders:
 
Bohemian Waxwing was in this same general location as I drove up about 8:15
this Wednesday morning 16 January.  Great find Scotty and thanks for the
post Justin.
 
When I arrived I spotted waxwings on FM 3003 in a tree some 2 or 3 houses
before getting to Leland Rd.  I got great binocular looks from inside the
car.  After confirming the BOWA was in the group, I got out to set up my
scope and spooked about 10-12 House Finches in a nearby tree, which spooked the
Waxwings.  They all flew West across 3003 and landed  behind the lone
white house on the West side.  I saw the Waxwings twice on the West side
over about an hour.  There is plenty of food around and this is a great new
to me, spot to bird in Young Co.  About a mile north of Leland Rd on 3003
is a gravel boat ramp, good for scoping the lake.
 
Suggestion for chasers:  Upon arriving turn left onto Leland Road and
search where all the players may be. Then move in more cautiously than I
did..  Leland is a gravel/dirt road and plenty of room to the side to park
and look around first.
 
Lamont Brown
Denton, TX
 Directions to its location from
Scotty:
It was on the west side of the lake on FM 3003. From FM 61 it was .45
of a
mile N. There is a road on the west side of 3003 called Leland Rd. It
was
right before you get to that road in a front yard across from Leland
Rd.
The location according to Google:  33.128717,
-98.636110

Scotty Lofland
 

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Date: 1/17/19 7:31 am
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Rufous-backed Robin - yes
Rufous-backed Robin was present from approx 8:45 to 9:00am, mainly on south side of CR 202 (Uvalde County) along east shore of Nueces River. Initially, flew into pecan tree north of CR 202 with 2 Kiskadees.

Good birding!
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Palacios

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Date: 1/16/19 7:48 pm
From: Lamont Brown <lamont...>
Subject: [texbirds] Subject: Bohemian Waxwing in Young County
Texbirders:

Bohemian Waxwing was in this same general location as I drove up about 8:15 this Wednesday morning 16 January. Great find Scotty and thanks for the post Justin.

When I arrived I spotted waxwings on FM 3003 in a tree some 2 or 3 houses before getting to Leland Rd. I got great binocular looks from inside the car. After confirming the BOWA was in the group, I got out to set up my scope and spooked about 10-12 House Finches in a nearby tree, which spooked the Waxwings. They all flew West across 3003 and landed behind the lone white house on the West side. I saw the Waxwings twice on the West side over about an hour. There is plenty of food around and this is a great new to me, spot to bird in Young Co. About a mile north of Leland Rd on 3003 is a gravel boat ramp, good for scoping the lake.

Suggestion for chasers: Upon arriving turn left onto Leland Road and search where all the players may be. Then move in more cautiously than I did.. Leland is a gravel/dirt road and plenty of room to the side to park and look around first.

Lamont Brown
Denton, TX

Directions to its location from Scotty:
It was on the west side of the lake on FM 3003. From FM 61 it was .45 of a
mile N. There is a road on the west side of 3003 called Leland Rd. It was
right before you get to that road in a front yard across from Leland Rd.
The location according to Google: 33.128717, -98.636110

Scotty Lofland
 

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Date: 1/16/19 4:47 pm
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...>
Subject: [texbirds] Ferruginous Hawk and 51 other species in an hour on King Ranch
Went out on a quick run to put feed at a feeding station. Took about an
hour, and had 52 species. Complete list at
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51748711

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

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

 

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Date: 1/16/19 10:01 am
From: Vicki Simon <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender vickisimon for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Get it before it's sold out
That's why everybody is crazy about this http://try.myfutureface.com <http://try.myfutureface.com/>





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Date: 1/15/19 1:21 pm
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Rufous-backed Robin info (Uvalde County)
Yes, it is.

On Tue, Jan 15, 2019 at 9:30 AM CAROL CULIN <culi...> wrote:

> Is this at the end of 202? Was just there but no one else is.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jan 15, 2019, at 7:08 AM, Dennis Shepler <dawgler...> wrote:
>
> Howdy Texbirders,
> Here is some info (with modifications) that I sent to another birder
> regarding the sighting and site of the robin yesterday.
> "Park. Walk down to the river. Turn left (in the downstream direction)
> and follow the trail that has been made by the birders traversing the
> area. Be careful. The vines (greenbriar) can trip you and have thorns, so
> go slowly. Many low branches to push through but you can do it. Do you
> have a walking stick? [for those who might be concerned about the rough
> ground] You will not have to enter the water. The large oaks can be seen
> a short distance along the trail [maybe 25 yards into the riparian
> growth]. Get under the oaks and bird that area. There are two trees that
> it seems to prefer and they both have small fruit on them. One is on the
> downriver side of the oaks [among the oaks] and the other is on the river
> bank near the oaks [close to the water. This is were the bird was found
> this morning [1/15] and my guess is that it will continue to utilize this
> food source.
> GPS Coordinates: 29.181122, -99.894632
> Linked (hope it works) are some photos of the bird feeding, so one can get
> an idea of the appearance of the fruit that the bird utilizes. Also, note
> the photo with the bird sitting quietly with it's back toward the observers.
> Additionally, thanks to Beth McBroom for locating the bird, yesterday, and
> congrats to Tripp.
> Good luck
> Dennis
> in the wilds of Houston
> Harris County
> Rufous-backed Robin info (Uvalde County)
> --
> W. Dennis Shepler
>
>

--
W. Dennis Shepler

 

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Date: 1/15/19 9:16 am
From: Becky Reyes <breyes...>
Subject: [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
Hi everyone!
It was a cold and drizzly morning during our bird walk but the kingfishers
did not let us down. 2 Green kingfishers were active by the canal area and
north pond. The Ring kingfisher likes to perch across the North pond
overlook. The interesting bird of the day was the female Summer tanager who
spent the day feeding from a large wasp nest. It is never a dull moment
watching birds:) Below is this morning's bird list.

Happy Birding !!


Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center, Hidalgo, Texas, US
Jan 15, 2019 8:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
41 species

Plain Chachalaca 3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 21
Eurasian Collared-Dove 2
Inca Dove 3
White-tipped Dove 1
Mourning Dove 5
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 1
American Coot 2
Anhinga 2
Neotropic Cormorant 34
Double-crested Cormorant 1
American White Pelican 5
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 4
Black-crowned Night-Heron 5
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
Osprey 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Ringed Kingfisher 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Green Kingfisher 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
Great Kiskadee 2
Tropical Kingbird 3
White-eyed Vireo 1
Green Jay 3
Black-crested Titmouse 1
House Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7
Clay-colored Thrush 1
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 9
Great-tailed Grackle 13
Orange-crowned Warbler 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Wilson's Warbler 5
Summer Tanager 1
Northern Cardinal 2

*Becky Reyes*
Naturalist Educator
Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center

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Date: 1/15/19 7:31 am
From: CAROL CULIN <culi...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Rufous-backed Robin info (Uvalde County)
Is this at the end of 202? Was just there but no one else is.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 15, 2019, at 7:08 AM, Dennis Shepler <dawgler...> wrote:
>
> Howdy Texbirders,
> Here is some info (with modifications) that I sent to another birder regarding the sighting and site of the robin yesterday.
> "Park. Walk down to the river. Turn left (in the downstream direction) and follow the trail that has been made by the birders traversing the area. Be careful. The vines (greenbriar) can trip you and have thorns, so go slowly. Many low branches to push through but you can do it. Do you have a walking stick? [for those who might be concerned about the rough ground] You will not have to enter the water. The large oaks can be seen a short distance along the trail [maybe 25 yards into the riparian growth]. Get under the oaks and bird that area. There are two trees that it seems to prefer and they both have small fruit on them. One is on the downriver side of the oaks [among the oaks] and the other is on the river bank near the oaks [close to the water. This is were the bird was found this morning [1/15] and my guess is that it will continue to utilize this food source.
> GPS Coordinates: 29.181122, -99.894632
> Linked (hope it works) are some photos of the bird feeding, so one can get an idea of the appearance of the fruit that the bird utilizes. Also, note the photo with the bird sitting quietly with it's back toward the observers.
> Additionally, thanks to Beth McBroom for locating the bird, yesterday, and congrats to Tripp.
> Good luck
> Dennis
> in the wilds of Houston
> Harris County
> Rufous-backed Robin info (Uvalde County)
> --
> W. Dennis Shepler

 

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Date: 1/15/19 5:09 am
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Rufous-backed Robin info (Uvalde County)
Howdy Texbirders,
Here is some info (with modifications) that I sent to another birder
regarding the sighting and site of the robin yesterday.
"Park. Walk down to the river. Turn left (in the downstream direction)
and follow the trail that has been made by the birders traversing the
area. Be careful. The vines (greenbriar) can trip you and have thorns, so
go slowly. Many low branches to push through but you can do it. Do you
have a walking stick? [for those who might be concerned about the rough
ground] You will not have to enter the water. The large oaks can be seen
a short distance along the trail [maybe 25 yards into the riparian
growth]. Get under the oaks and bird that area. There are two trees that
it seems to prefer and they both have small fruit on them. One is on the
downriver side of the oaks [among the oaks] and the other is on the river
bank near the oaks [close to the water. This is were the bird was found
this morning [1/15] and my guess is that it will continue to utilize this
food source.
GPS Coordinates: 29.181122, -99.894632
Linked (hope it works) are some photos of the bird feeding, so one can get
an idea of the appearance of the fruit that the bird utilizes. Also, note
the photo with the bird sitting quietly with it's back toward the observers.
Additionally, thanks to Beth McBroom for locating the bird, yesterday, and
congrats to Tripp.
Good luck
Dennis
in the wilds of Houston
Harris County
Rufous-backed Robin info (Uvalde County)
--
W. Dennis Shepler

 

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Date: 1/14/19 4:16 pm
From: David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Baytown Nature Center Bird Count
The next Baytown Nature Center Nird Count is Thursday Jan 17, 2019. We will meet just before 8:00 am in the parking lot just behind the entrance building.
David Hanson
281-813-2657
Baytown, Tx

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Date: 1/14/19 2:56 pm
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Rufous-backed Robin still present
Howdy Texbirders,
A cadre of five birders observed the very cooperative Rufous-backed Robin
from approximately 9:30 to 11am along the river bank about 50 yds south of
the road. Carefully, walk along the river bank and when you arrive at the
grove of large live oaks, wait quietly and watch for bird activity. The
bird feeds in two trees in that immediate area. Many photos taken and great
binoc views of the bird. Good luck to all who will chase this lovely bird.
I will post my coordinates for the bird later.
Dennis Shepler
In route between Uvalde and Houston

--
W. Dennis Shepler

 

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Date: 1/14/19 6:58 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: Bohemian Waxwing in Young County
Directions to its location from Scotty:

It was on the west side of the lake on FM 3003. From FM 61 it was .45 of a
mile N. There is a road on the west side of 3003 called Leland Rd. It was
right before you get to that road in a front yard across from Leland Rd.
The location according to Google: 33.128717, -98.636110

Scotty Lofland

On Mon, Jan 14, 2019 at 8:50 AM Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
wrote:

> Texbirds,
>
> I'm passing on a report from Scotty Lofland of a BOHEMIAN WAXWING at Lake
> Graham in Young County. Photos here:
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51648250
>
> Any additional information on the exact location would be appreciated.
>
> Good luck!
>
> Justin Bosler
> Austin, TX
>

 

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Date: 1/14/19 6:50 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Bohemian Waxwing in Young County
Texbirds,

I'm passing on a report from Scotty Lofland of a BOHEMIAN WAXWING at Lake
Graham in Young County. Photos here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51648250

Any additional information on the exact location would be appreciated.

Good luck!

Justin Bosler
Austin, TX

 

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Date: 1/13/19 10:23 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] ***UNCHECKED*** Re: Fall 2018 Hummingbird Report from a Lubbock Yard
Anthony and Texbirds,

Thanks for the summary from your patch in Lubbock. It is helpful in trying
to understand Archilochus species migration timing and patterns as well as
relative abundance. It would be nice to have some data from the lush and
well-planted Tech Terrace neighborhood. My observations of Archilochus
hummingbirds throughout the eastern Trans-Pecos and the South Plains of
Texas, in wild settings and at plantings/feeders, in early fall are
decidedly to the contrary. I have found that Ruby-throated Hummingbirds
outnumber Black-chinned Hummingbirds by September. In most cases, migrant
Ruby-throateds are replacing Black-chinneds that naturally depart their
breeding grounds by July and August. There are so few hummingbirds by
October that it is hard to begin to draw any conclusions.

I'd be curious to learn of what other birders and feeder watchers are
seeing with these two species in West and West-Central Texas.

Good birding,

Justin Bosler
Austin, TX

On Sun, Jan 13, 2019 at 10:59 AM Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
wrote:

> Greetings All:
>
> Lubbock generally has a fairly good fall hummingbird season
> (surprisingly good to a lot of folk who haven't lived here) and this
> can be boosted a bit by artful use of feeders, wildflower plantings,
> and provision of roosting trees.. With hummingbirds in mind I have
> planted liveoaks (which are migratory hummingbirds seem to favor for
> roosting), planted a mixture of lantana, salvia, and turk's-cap, and
> do my best to keep up with 6-8 hummingbird feeders throughout the fall
> season.
>
> A summary of this year's results would be average Black-chinned
> Hummingbird numbers, much better than average Ruby-throated
> Hummingbirds, and poor numbers of everything else (Rufous,
> Broad-tailed, and Calliope in poor numbers; Anna's not seen at all).
> Overall, therefore, diversity was quite poor an a day to day basis
> though I did a good job of keeping the feeders clean and full.
> Additionally, no hummingbirds made a wintering attempt in my yard this
> year and I usually have several who stick until the first major winter
> storm and have had, during a couple of mild winters, birds that made
> it all the way through!
>
> For those who are interested, the following is a daily summary from
> the first appearance of a non-Black-chinned Hummingbird through to the
> last sighting of any hummingbirds at all (coding a=adult, i=immature,
> f=female, m=male, BCHU=Black-chinned, RT=Ruby=throated,
> BT=Broad-tailed, RU=Rufous, and CA=Calliope) so, for example, 1 im
> BCHU = one immature male Black-chinned Hummingbird.
>
> 7/15/18 - 1 af BCHU, 1 im BCHU, 1 am RUHU
> 7/23/18 - 2 i BCHU, 1 am RUHU
>
> 8/3/18 - 1 af BCHU, 1 am BCHU
> 8/5/18 - 1 af BCHU, 1 i BCHU
> 8/10/18 - 1 af BCHU
> 8/14/18 - a af BCHU
> 8/18/18 - 1 i BCHU
> 8/19/18 - 2 i BCHU
> 8/20/18 - 1 i BCHU, 1 am RUHU
> 8/22/18 - 2 i BCHU
> 8/25/18 - 1 if BCHU, 1 im BCHU
> 8/26/18 - 2 im BCHU
> 8/27/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU, 1 af RUHU
> 8/28/18 - 2 im BCHU, 1 im RTHU, 1 am BTHU, 1 im RUHU, 1 af CAHU, 1 im CAHU
> 8/29/18 - 1 am BCHU, 1 im BCHU, 1 if RTHU, 1 im RTHU, 1 im CAHU
> 8/30/18 - 1 im BCHU, 1 af RTHU
> 8/31/18 - 1 im BCHU, 1 af RTHU, 1 im RUHU
>
> 9/1/18 - 2 im BCHU, 1 af RTHU
> 9/2/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
> 9/3/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU, 1 im RUHU
> 9/4/18 - 1 if BCHU, 1im BCHU
> 9/5/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU, 1 if RTHU
> 9/6/18 - 1 if BCHU, 1 im BCHU, 1 if RUHU
> 9/7/18 - 2 if BCHU, 1 im BCHU
> 9/8/18 - 1 if BCHU, 1 im BCHU
> 9/9/18 - 1 if BCHU, 1 im BCHU, 1 im RTHU
> 9/10/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU, 1 if RTHU, 1 im RTHU
> 9/11/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
> 9/12/18 - 2 if BCHU, 1 im BCHU, 1 if RTHU, 1 im RUHU
> 9/13/18 - 2 if BCHU, 3 im BCHU, 1 if RTHU
> 9/14/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
> 9/15/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
> 9/16/18 - 2 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
> 9/17/18 - 2 if BCHU, 1 im BCHU
> 9/18/18 - 1 if BCHU, 1 im BCHU
> 9/19/18 - 1 if BCHU, 1 im BCHU, 1 if RTHU
> 9/20/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
> 9/21/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
> 9/22/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
> 9/23/18 - 2 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
> 9/24/18 - 1 if BCHU, 1 im BCHU
> 9/25/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
> 9/26/18 - 2 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
> 9/27/18 - 2 if BCHU, 3 im BCHU
> 9/28/18 - 2 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
> 9/29/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
> 9/30/18 - 2 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
>
> 10/1/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
> 10/2/18 - 3 im BCHU
> 10/3/18 - 1 if BCHU, 3 im BCHU
> 10/4/18 - 2 im BCHU
> 10/5/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
> 10/6/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
> 10/7/18 - 2 im BCHU
> 10/8/18 - 2 im BCHU
> 10/9/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
> 10/10/18 - 2 if BCHU
> 10/11/18 - 2 if BCHU
> 10/12/18 - 2 if BCHU
> 10/13/18 - 2 if BCHU
> 10/14/18 - 2 if BCHU
>
> Anthony Hewetson, Lubbock
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Date: 1/13/19 9:47 am
From: Rex Stanford <calidris.bairdii...>
Subject: [texbirds] CAUTION re. Old Port Isabel Road (Cameron Co.)
I had the pleasure of being on the Aplomado-focused birding trip with Erik
Breden on Thursday, January 10, 2019 on Old Port Isabel Road (OPIR, Cameron
Co.). Erik's wonderful photos of our only sighted Aplomado Falcon on that
afternoon may be accessed via a link in his posting to TEXBIRDS (Sat, Jan
12, 10:36 PM).

The purpose of this communication is to alert those contemplating driving
that often-teacherous unpaved road, that the condition of OPIR was, in my
judgment, terrible on the occasion just mentioned. It was multiply and very
deeply rutted over most of its length from TX-100 (north end) to near
FM-511 (south end), but the south very few miles (perhaps 2 miles?) of that
route were in substantially better condition. [Driving from north, "south
very few miles" means approximately from near a south-end shooting range
entrance (east side), then crossing the roadroad track, and then on down to
FM-511. Over much of OPIR north of that segment, we found road conditions
that might easily damage the underside of many vehicles or could get one
stuck in very deep rutting, even though it seemed to be less than highly
muddy at most spots--but Erik's vigilant driving kept us out of testing the
dryness of the very deep rutting. Any substantial rain at all prior to any
grading of the road could get one stuck or the undercarriagle serious
damaged in one of the worst places to get stuck that I can imagine in this
area. I wonder what it would cost to get towed out of this place--if one
could at all, if it were wet?

I have traveled OPIR numerous times over the years, but I have 4-wheel
drive (as does Erik, but with a higher rise than my vehicle, so I am glad
we were not in mine). I have never seen the rutting of OPIR worse than
this. If it had been raining with these ruts, there almost certainly would
have been disaster.

If one wishes to go in search of Aplomado Falcon, my personal experience
(considerable on OPIR) is that the chance of seeing Aplomado Falcon is
higher in the south end than elsewhere (although I have seen it
occasionally in other OPIR areas).

I hope shortly to post my own photos and report to eBird in regard to this
OPIR Aplomado, but it seems a good idea to take time first with this
cautionary TEXBIRDS message.

An avian species beside Aplomado Falcon that we enjoyed this time along
OPIR were a total of perhaps 30 Long-billed Curlews cumulated across two
watery areas on the west side of OPIR, somnewhere along perhaps its
southmost third. We saw them in flight and landing.

Best wishes to all in winter birding.

Rex Stanford (Weslaco).

 

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Date: 1/13/19 9:14 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] My 2019 Birding Games
Greetings All:

There will be no completion with the fellows this year: instead, I
will be focusing on getting into the 700 club (700 lifers in the ABA
region) this year. I started at 670 on 1/1/19 and have already added
Little Gull and Fork-tailed Flycatcher (in Texas, David, so not
breaking the texbirds rules) - two down; twenty-eight to go. I think
the fellows have a similar goal but am not sure - I look forward to
seeing how they do.

I will be repeating the 2018 photographic game: photo-documenting my
yard, shooting for 40 species of butterfly, 0 species of amphibian, 2
species of reptile, 80 species of bird, and 4 species of mammal with
90% of the species seen recognizably photographed. I don't know if I
will make it but I sure hope I do better than last year and I will
share my results, as usual, on a monthly basis.

The other 'game' I will be going for this year is to get closer to
having my eBird life match my field notes life; specifically to get
closer to having all 254 Texas Counties eBirded to 100 species or
more. I have something along the lines of twenty years of field notes
not yet entered into eBird and am going to really put my back into
getting a significant chunk of this mass out of the way this year.

You won't be seeing as much of me on texbirds and leasbirds this year
but I will be out there, plugging away at all sorts of 'fun' chores.

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock.
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Date: 1/13/19 8:59 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fall 2018 Hummingbird Report from a Lubbock Yard
Greetings All:

Lubbock generally has a fairly good fall hummingbird season
(surprisingly good to a lot of folk who haven't lived here) and this
can be boosted a bit by artful use of feeders, wildflower plantings,
and provision of roosting trees.. With hummingbirds in mind I have
planted liveoaks (which are migratory hummingbirds seem to favor for
roosting), planted a mixture of lantana, salvia, and turk's-cap, and
do my best to keep up with 6-8 hummingbird feeders throughout the fall
season.

A summary of this year's results would be average Black-chinned
Hummingbird numbers, much better than average Ruby-throated
Hummingbirds, and poor numbers of everything else (Rufous,
Broad-tailed, and Calliope in poor numbers; Anna's not seen at all).
Overall, therefore, diversity was quite poor an a day to day basis
though I did a good job of keeping the feeders clean and full.
Additionally, no hummingbirds made a wintering attempt in my yard this
year and I usually have several who stick until the first major winter
storm and have had, during a couple of mild winters, birds that made
it all the way through!

For those who are interested, the following is a daily summary from
the first appearance of a non-Black-chinned Hummingbird through to the
last sighting of any hummingbirds at all (coding a=adult, i=immature,
f=female, m=male, BCHU=Black-chinned, RT=Ruby=throated,
BT=Broad-tailed, RU=Rufous, and CA=Calliope) so, for example, 1 im
BCHU = one immature male Black-chinned Hummingbird.

7/15/18 - 1 af BCHU, 1 im BCHU, 1 am RUHU
7/23/18 - 2 i BCHU, 1 am RUHU

8/3/18 - 1 af BCHU, 1 am BCHU
8/5/18 - 1 af BCHU, 1 i BCHU
8/10/18 - 1 af BCHU
8/14/18 - a af BCHU
8/18/18 - 1 i BCHU
8/19/18 - 2 i BCHU
8/20/18 - 1 i BCHU, 1 am RUHU
8/22/18 - 2 i BCHU
8/25/18 - 1 if BCHU, 1 im BCHU
8/26/18 - 2 im BCHU
8/27/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU, 1 af RUHU
8/28/18 - 2 im BCHU, 1 im RTHU, 1 am BTHU, 1 im RUHU, 1 af CAHU, 1 im CAHU
8/29/18 - 1 am BCHU, 1 im BCHU, 1 if RTHU, 1 im RTHU, 1 im CAHU
8/30/18 - 1 im BCHU, 1 af RTHU
8/31/18 - 1 im BCHU, 1 af RTHU, 1 im RUHU

9/1/18 - 2 im BCHU, 1 af RTHU
9/2/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
9/3/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU, 1 im RUHU
9/4/18 - 1 if BCHU, 1im BCHU
9/5/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU, 1 if RTHU
9/6/18 - 1 if BCHU, 1 im BCHU, 1 if RUHU
9/7/18 - 2 if BCHU, 1 im BCHU
9/8/18 - 1 if BCHU, 1 im BCHU
9/9/18 - 1 if BCHU, 1 im BCHU, 1 im RTHU
9/10/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU, 1 if RTHU, 1 im RTHU
9/11/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
9/12/18 - 2 if BCHU, 1 im BCHU, 1 if RTHU, 1 im RUHU
9/13/18 - 2 if BCHU, 3 im BCHU, 1 if RTHU
9/14/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
9/15/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
9/16/18 - 2 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
9/17/18 - 2 if BCHU, 1 im BCHU
9/18/18 - 1 if BCHU, 1 im BCHU
9/19/18 - 1 if BCHU, 1 im BCHU, 1 if RTHU
9/20/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
9/21/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
9/22/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
9/23/18 - 2 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
9/24/18 - 1 if BCHU, 1 im BCHU
9/25/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
9/26/18 - 2 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
9/27/18 - 2 if BCHU, 3 im BCHU
9/28/18 - 2 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
9/29/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
9/30/18 - 2 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU

10/1/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
10/2/18 - 3 im BCHU
10/3/18 - 1 if BCHU, 3 im BCHU
10/4/18 - 2 im BCHU
10/5/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
10/6/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
10/7/18 - 2 im BCHU
10/8/18 - 2 im BCHU
10/9/18 - 1 if BCHU, 2 im BCHU
10/10/18 - 2 if BCHU
10/11/18 - 2 if BCHU
10/12/18 - 2 if BCHU
10/13/18 - 2 if BCHU
10/14/18 - 2 if BCHU

Anthony Hewetson, Lubbock
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Date: 1/13/19 8:21 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] The 2018 Photographic Game - December Reprot
This is running a bit late - had a lot of CBC- and eBird-related
duties to get out of the way but here it is, the last report from my
2018 photographic game.

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 could rack up from my central Lubbock yard lsat year and,
accordingly, made photo-documenting my yard the photography game for
the year.

Given the habitat available at the site, my goals were pretty modest.
I shot for 40 butterfly species, 0 amphibian species, 2 reptile
species, 80 birds species, and 4 mammal species -of which I hoped to
photograph over 90%. This may not be as exciting as some of my
previous photographic games but it was certainly likely to be
hard-fought.

The results from the twelfth month were about as good as could be
expected - no new butterflies, no new herps, a few new birds, and no
new mammals - given the poor water year we have had in the region and
the law of diminishing returns. The highlight of the month was a
major snowfall that brought songbirds to my backyard feeders and a lot
of flyover geese.

During December I had 0 butterfly, 0 amphibian, 0 reptile, 21 bird,
and 1 mammal species in/over/from the year which brought me up to 35
butterfly, 0 amphibian, 2 reptile, 57 bird, and 4 mammal species for
the year - 87.5%, 100%, 100%, 71.25%, and 100% of my taxonomic goals.
Of the 98 species seen in 2018, I photographed 81 species (82.6531%).

I was a bit disappointed: just barely made three of my five taxonomic
goals and missed my photographic goal by a long shot. I have been
able, though, been able to console myself with the bourbon-based
winnings from my competition with two of my best buddies:)

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

Snow Goose*
Ross's Goose*
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Eurasian Collared Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Ring-billed Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Blue Jay
American Robin
Curve-billed Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Startling
House Sparrow
House Finch
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco*(y)
Red-winged Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle

Eastern Gray Squirrel

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock
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Date: 1/13/19 7:45 am
From: Bryce Hardway <brycehardway21...>
Subject: [texbirds] Rufous-backed Robin Uvalde, YES
Good morning all,

The Rufous-backed Robin is still present on county road 202. It’s just past
the parking lot, but before the river in the hackberries. In the company of
a Gray Catbird.

Good Birding,

Bryce Hardway
Lago Vista

 

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Date: 1/12/19 9:40 pm
From: <jkestner...>
Subject: [texbirds] Nueces County Curlews
On the way home today from a field trip to the very famous La Fruta Park near Mathis, Karen Smith and I found 50-plus Long-billed Curlews in a field of dry grass. They were preening and lolling around, quite well camouflaged by the brown grass. We both agreed we'd never seen so many of that species together, and particularly not in tall grass!

We had a lovely morning at La Fruta, with a calling Hermit Thrush among the usual winter species. Across the road, at Lake Corpus Christi State Park, we were treated to a brilliant Nashville Warbler and a Spotted Towhee, with male Northern Cardinals in every tree, as we ate our lunches al fresco in the warm winter sunshine.

Judy Kestner
Calallen (NW Corpus Christi)
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Date: 1/12/19 8:38 pm
From: Patricia Wight <pcwight...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Aransas NWR still open?
Yes, it's open. I didn't check to see if the restrooms were unlocked, but
there are porta-potties near the office and hopefully those are being
maintained by the company that provides them. There were just a few other
visitors.
Pat Wight
Rockport

On Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 9:40 PM Bruce Sherman <brucesherman...> wrote:

> In light of the current government shutdown, does anyone know whether or
> not Aransas NWR is open?
>
> Thanks for any replies.
>
> Bruce Sherman
> Rockport, TX
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Date: 1/12/19 8:36 pm
From: Erik Breden <erik.breden...>
Subject: [texbirds] Winter Birds
TexBirders,

Winter birding is beginning to pick up down here in the Rio Grande
Valley. A few afternoons and a few all day trips...and a few photos at:

www.otterside.com/winter2019/index.htm

Enjoy!

Erik Breden
Weslaco, Texas
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Date: 1/12/19 4:00 pm
From: Ian Layton <ilayton...>
Subject: [texbirds] Bastrop County local interest
Cindy and I went looking for the reported Say’s Phoebe and Prairie Falcon today. No luck on our target birds but we had a Zone-tailed Hawk (10:30 am) on Sayers Rd a mile or so past the Big Sandy Creek bridge.

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Date: 1/12/19 1:04 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Errors that crept into my CBC summaries
Greetings All:

As I entered my CBC data, checking it against my summaries, I noted
three errors.

On the Lubbock County CBC it was 11 Great Horned Owls - not 11 Eastern
Screech Owls.

I left out the Vermilion Flycatcher spotted by two keen-eyed birders
during the Muleshoe NWR CBC.

The total species for the White River Lake CBC was 107 - not 109.

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Date: 1/12/19 12:30 pm
From: Danny Set <hlaas...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Cypress Creek CBC Report


Just to piggy back on Fred's comments about the low numbers. Our section
of the Cypress Creek count here on the ranch was one of the ones that
dipped on bobwhite which we normally see. Five days after the count I
had 15 bobwhite in the garden. And saw them there the next two days in a
row. Should of staked out the yard.

Harvey Laas

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Date: 1/12/19 11:46 am
From: Laura Paulson <laura...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Salineno?
Hi Brad,
I was at Salineño asked me to post her reply since her attempt to do so
didn't go through. The river is running pretty high. Access is still fine
at Salineño and presumably is the same at Chapeno, though she knew of no
first-hand reports from visitors lately.

Laura Paulson
Weslaco, Texas

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wrote:

> In past visits to Salineno (and Chapeno) it’s been easy to launch kayaks
> from the beach into the Rio Grande for paddle birding in the river channel.
> Can recent visitors confirm whether this access has changed or been sealed
> off, or is it still possible? Not looking for political discourse, just a
> question about current conditions.
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Date: 1/12/19 11:34 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] White River Lake CBC - Full Report
Greetings All:

On 29 December 2018, twelve brave birders (Brandon Best, Justin
Bosler, Canyon Clark, Jeremy Clark, Manuel De Leon, Drew Harvey,
Anthony Hewetson, Ellen Hildebrandt, Phillip Kite, Rich Kostecke, Rob
Lee, Lena Zappia) checked out the truly chill (but pleasantly not
windy) conditions at White River Lake. All in all we racked up 109
species of birds (a genuinely low tally for the count) with numbers as
would be expected following a year of moderate drought with oddly
timed rains, poor seed and fruit crops, and low recruitment of prey
species. The exception to this songbird situation was sparrows with
numbers that were in good to very good numbers.

The list: numbers, species (abbreviated commentary where called for):

56 Greater White-fronted Geese (high numbers)
290 Cackling Geese
18 Canada Geese
2 Wood Ducks
2 Blue-winged Teals (unusual species, high numbers)
3 Northern Shovelers (low numbers)
44 Gadwalls
57 American Wigeons
16 Mallards
45 Northern Pintails
15 Green-winged Teals
7 Redheads
5 Ring-necked Ducks
2 Lesser Scaups
12 Buffleheads
1 male Common Goldenye (unusual species)
41 Hooded Mergansers
47 Common Mergansers (low numbers)
4 Northern Bobwhites
100 Wild Turkeys
2 Pied-billed Grebes
1 Eared Grebe
9 Rock Pigeons (unusual species - first in over ten years)
25 Eurasian Collared Doves
41 White-winged Doves (high numbers)
214 Mourning Doves
51 American Coots
215 Sandhill Cranes
1 Killdeer
1 Wilson's Snipe
2 Ring-billed Gulls (low numbers0
92 Double-crested Cormorants
18 Great Blue Herons
11 Northern Harriers
2 Cooper's Hawks
1 unidentified buteo
20 Red-tailed Hawks
1 Ferruginous Hawk
2 Barn Owls
5 Eastern Screech Owls
4 Great Horned Owls
3 Belted Kingfishers
38 Golden-fronted Woodpeckers
6 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers (high numbers)
42 Ladder-backed Woodpeckers
1 Downy Woodpecker
25 Northern Flickers
20 American Kestrels
3 Merlins (high numbers)
4 Eastern Phoebes
16 Loggerhead Shrikes
11 Blue Jays
13 Chihuahuan Ravens
10 Common Ravens
2 Horned Larks
25 Black-crested Titmice
5 Verdins
3 Bushtits (unusual species)
3 Red-breasted Nuthatches (high species)
1 Brown Creeper
3 Canyon Wrens (high numbers)
10 House Wrens (high numbers)
2 Winter Wrens
4 Marsh Wrens
3 Carolina Wrens
37 Bewick's Wrens
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
49 Ruby-crowned Kinglets (high numbers)
15 Eastern Bluebirds
137 Mountain Bluebirds
3 Hermit Thrushes
509 American Robins
7 Curve-billed Thrashers
7 Brown Thrashers
62 Northern Mockingbirds
116 European Starlings
125 Cedar Waxwings
47 House Finches
31 American Goldfinches
162 Spotted Towhees (high numbers)
1 Eastern x Spotted Towhee (unusual form)
4 Rufous-crowned Sparrows
2 American Tree Sparrows (unusual species)
66 Chipping Sparrows (high numbers)
156 Field Sparrows (high numbers)
14 Vesper Sparrows
15 Lark Buntings
95 Savannah Sparrows
1 Grasshopper Sparrow (unusual species)
3 LeConte's Sparrows (high numbers)
43 Fox Sparrows (high numbers)
440 Song Sparrows (high numbers)
69 Lincoln's Sparrows (high numbers)
14 Swamp Sparrows (high numbers)
5 White-throated Sparrows
13 Harris's Sparrows (high numbers)
961 White-crowned Sparrows
250 Dark-eyed Juncos
186 unidentified meadowlarks
2 Eastern Meadowlarks
70 Western Meadowlarks
500 unidentified blackbirds
432 Red-winged Blackbirds
138 Brown-headed Cowbirds
1 Rusty Blackbird (unusual species)
309 Brewer's Blackbirds
20 Great-tailed Grackles
2 Orange-crowned Warblers
9 Yellow-rumped Warblers
159 Northern Cardinals
45 Pyrrhuloxias (high numbers)

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Date: 1/12/19 10:59 am
From: Mark and Joanie Hubinger <mjhubrr...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 12, 2019
Good afternoon Texbirders, 12 people joined us for a walk today with
Groove-billed Anis and Hooded Orioles as our highlights.

Mark and Joanie Hubinger
USFWS Volunteers
Alamo, Texas
A



Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Jan 12, 2019 8:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Morning Bird Walk
71 species (+2 other taxa)

Blue-winged Teal 15
Cinnamon Teal 3
Northern Shoveler 15
Gadwall 10
Mottled Duck 16
Northern Pintail 35
Green-winged Teal 15
Least Grebe 4
Pied-billed Grebe 2
White-tipped Dove 2
Groove-billed Ani 5 Photo, 4 in a group seen from levee by VC, and 1
vocalizing in brush near culvert between Willow Lake 3 and 4
Common Pauraque 1
Sora 1
American Coot 2
Sandhill Crane 2
Black-necked Stilt 22
American Avocet 8
Stilt Sandpiper 4
Least Sandpiper 175
Long-billed Dowitcher 200 One huge flock, accuratel estimate
Wilson's Snipe 3
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 4
Neotropic Cormorant 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
American White Pelican 37
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 10
Snowy Egret 12
Little Blue Heron 1
Tricolored Heron 3
White Ibis 10
White-faced Ibis 1
Roseate Spoonbill 5
Turkey Vulture 2
White-tailed Kite 1
White-tailed Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3
Eastern Phoebe 3
Vermilion Flycatcher 2
Great Kiskadee 6
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 3
Green Jay 2
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Tree Swallow 50
Barn Swallow 1
Black-crested Titmouse 6
Verdin 1
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Long-billed Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 2
Olive Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 2
Western Meadowlark 6
Hooded Oriole 1 Male with deep orange “hood”, bold white upper wingbar
and smaller white lower wingbar. Came to orange at VC feeders with
Altamira Oriole for good size comparison
Altamira Oriole 3
new world oriole sp. 1 Probably female Hooded Oriole
Red-winged Blackbird 25
Great-tailed Grackle 2
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 5
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Northern Cardinal 3

 

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Date: 1/12/19 10:55 am
From: Candy McNamee <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birdbug for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Rufous-backed Robin -Uvalde county ROAD 202
Other birders and myself observed the Rufous-backed Robin a few times between 11:30am -12:30 in the oaks and vines, from the trail on the southeast side of the river. It seemed to be running in the company of a Catbird.

Best of luck.

Candy McNamee
Houston, TX
currently in Uvalde county
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Date: 1/12/19 10:44 am
From: Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Estero Llano Grande State Park Birds
Thanks. There was another couple birding with us when the falcon flew overhead. We got a great view of the bird.
GR

> On Jan 12, 2019, at 11:20 AM, Bert Wessling <bwessling...> wrote:
>
> Nice list! Aplomado Falcon might be a park first and Bullocks Oriole is pretty rare also.
>
> Bert Wessling
> San Juan
>
>> On Jan 11, 2019, at 4:14 PM, Gary Richards (Redacted sender "grcolts" for DMARC) <dmarc-noreply...> <mailto:<dmarc-noreply...>> wrote:
>>
>> Today, January 11, 2019 Christy and I recorded the following birds at Estero Llano Grande State Park…
>>
>> Mottled Duck
>> Blue-winged Teal
>> Cinnamon Teal
>> Northern Shoveler
>> Redhead
>> Plain Chachalaca
>> Least Grebe
>> Pied-billed Grebe
>> American White Pelican
>> Double-crested Cormorant
>> Anhinga
>> Great Blue Heron
>> Great Egret
>> Snowy Egret
>> Tricolored Heron
>> Cattle Egret
>> Black-crowned Night-Heron
>> Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
>> White Ibis
>> Turkey Vulture
>> White-tailed Kite
>> Harris's Hawk
>> Aplomado Falcon
>> Black-necked Stilt
>> American Avocet
>> Long-billed Dowitcher
>> Common Ground-Dove
>> White-tipped Dove
>> Common Pauraque
>> Buff-bellied Hummingbird
>> Ruby-throated Hummingbird
>> Golden-fronted Woodpecker
>> Tropical/Couch's Kingbird
>> Green Jay
>> Tree Swallow
>> Black-crested Titmouse
>> House Wren
>> Ruby-crowned Kinglet
>> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
>> Clay-colored Robin
>> Northern Mockingbird
>> Long-billed Thrasher
>> Curve-billed Thrasher
>> Orange-crowned Warbler
>> Yellow-rumped Warbler
>> Olive Sparrow
>> Savannah Sparrow
>> Northern Cardinal
>> Red-winged Blackbird
>> Great-tailed Grackle
>> Bullock's Oriole
>> House Sparrow
>>
>> Number of Species: 52
>>
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Date: 1/12/19 10:39 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Muleshoe NWR CBC - Full Report
Greetings All:

On 16 December 2018, seven brave birders (Canyon Clark, Jeremy Clark,
Anthony Hewetson, Phillip Kite, Rob Lee, Richard Redmond, Lena Zappia)
braved the chilly but pleasant conditions at Muleshoe NWR. All in all
we racked up 63 species of birds (at the low end of average for the
count) with numbers as would be expected for surprisingly good water
levels but poor seed, fruit, and prey crops.

The list: numbers, species (abbreviated commentary where called for):

1 Ross's Geese (unusual species)
12 Canada Geese
7 Northern Shovelers
3 American Wigeons
24 Mallards
400 Northern Pintails (high numbers)
27 Green-winged Teals
3 Redheads
1 Common Merganser (unusual species)
34 Northern Bobwhites
4 Eurasian Collared Doves
1 White-winged Dove (first ever record for the count)
89 Mourning Doves
1 Greater Roadrunner
1 Killdeer
1 Wilson's Snipe
11 Northern Harriers
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
2 Cooper's Hawks
2 unidentified buteos
7 Red-tailed Hawks
2 Ferruginous Hawks
1 Barn Owl
3 Great Horned Owls
3 Burrowing Owls
1 Long-eared Owl
2 Short-eared Owls
9 Ladder-backed Woodpeckers
5 Northern Flickers
12 American Kestrels
1 Merlin
1 Peregrine Falcon (unusual species)
2 Prairie Falcons
17 Loggerhead Shrikes
2 American Crows (unusual species)
10 Horned Larks
2 House Wrens (unusual species)
3 Marsh Wrens
5 Bewick's Wrens
Cactus Wren (count week)
7 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
1 Hermit Thrush (unusual species)
1 American Robin
8 Curve-billed Thrashers
8 European Starlings
5 House Sparrows
2 American Pipits
13 House Finches
2 Cassin's Finches (unusual species)
7 unidentified longspurs
33 Lapland Longspurs
5 Spotted Towhees
1 Rufous-crowned Sparrow (unusual species)
5 Vesper Sparrows
69 Savannah Sparrows
2 Fox Sparrows (unusual species)
47 Song Sparrows (high numbers)
2 Lincoln's Sparrows
2 Swamp Sparrows
356 White-crowned Sparrows
52 Dark-eyed Juncos
105 unidentified meadowlarks
8 Eastern Meadowlarks (high numbers)
11 Western Meadowlarks
16 Red-winged Blackbirds
72 Brewer's Blackbirds
1 Common Yellowthroat

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock
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Date: 1/12/19 10:20 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lubbock County CBC - Full Report
Greetings All:

On 15 December 2018, thirteen bold birders (Kathryn Brautigam, Canyon
Clark, Jeremy Clark, Anthony Hewetson, Ellen Hildebrandt, Barry Keith,
Peter Keyel, Phillip Kite, Rob Lee, Liam McGuire, Bobby Schat, William
Wenthe, Lena Zappia) braved the not-really-that-bad conditions of the
Lubbock County CBC. All in all we racked up 124 species of birds (at
the low end of average for the count) with numbers as would be
expected following a year of moderate drought with oddly timed rains,
poor seed and fruit crops, and low recruitment of prey species.

The list: numbers, species (abbreviated commentary where called for):

9 Snow Geese (low numbers)
11 Ross's Geese (low numbers)
10 Greater White-fronted Geese (low numbers)
14631 'white-cheeked' geese
7599 Cackling Geese
14532 Canada Geese
20 Wood Ducks
449 Northern Shovelers
289 Gadwalls
175 American Wigeons
1182 Mallards
16 Northern Pintails (low numbers)
92 Green-winged Teals
5 Canvasbacks (low numbers)
6 Redheads (low)
25 Ring-necked Ducks (low numbers)
12 Lesser Scaups (low numbers)
14 Buffleheads (low numbers)
5 Common Goldeneyes (inexplicably high numbers)
45 Hooded Mergansers
1 Red-breasted Merganser (unusual species)
394 Ruddy Ducks
31 Northern Bobwhites
8 Scaled Quails (high numbers)
2 Ring-necked Pheasants
22 Wild Turkeys (low numbers)
96 Pied-billed Grebes
2 Eared Grebes
1917 Rock Pigeons
2549 Eurasian Collared Doves
5 Inca Doves
604 White-winged Doves
631 Mourning Doves
3 Greater Roadrunners
1 Sora
359 American Coots
984 Sandhill Cranes (high numbers)
39 Killdeers
3 Wilson's Snipes
7 Lesser Yellowlegs (high numbers)
8 Greater Yellowlegs
745 Ring-billed Gulls
1 Herring Gull
115 Double-crested Cormorants
American Bittern (count week)
31 Great Blue Herons
13 Black-crowned Night Herons
1 Osprey (unusual species)
1 Bald Eagle (unusual species)
24 Northern Harriers
12 Sharp-shinned Hawks
9 Cooper's Hawks
2 Red-shouldered Hawks (unusual species and high numbers)
57 Red-tailed Hawks
3 Rough-legged Hawks
18 Ferruginous Hawks
6 Barn Owls
11 Eastern Screech Owls
16 Burrowing Owls
12 Belted Kingfishers
3 Golden-fronted Woodpeckers
3 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers
11 Ladder-backed Woodpeckers
37 Northern Flickers
33 American Kestrels
2 Merlins
3 Peregrine Falcons (high numbers)
3 Prairie Falcons
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Say's Phoebe (unusual species)
1 Loggerhead Shrike
137 Blue Jays (high numbers)
2 American Crows
2 Chihuahuan Ravens
98 Horned Larks
8 Black-crested Titmice
2 Verdins (unusual species)
4 Red-breasted Nuthatches
2 Brown Creepers
2 House Wrens
2 Winter Wrens
14 Marsh Wrens
1 Carolina Wren
8 Bewick's Wrens
46 Ruby-crowned Kinglets
2 Eastern Bluebirds
12 Western Bluebirds (high numbers)
4 Hermit Thrushes
328 American Robins
1 Gray Catbird (unusual species)
14 Curve-billed Thrashers
1 Brown Thrasher
35 Northern Mockingbirds
1731 European Starlings
36 Cedar Waxwings
400 House Sparrows
11 American Pipits
249 House Finches
5 Pine Siskins
2 Lesser Goldfinches
44 American Goldfinches
18 unidentified longspurs
23 McCown's Longspurs
14 Spotted Towhees
2 Rufous-crowned Sparrows
1 Field Sparrow
9 Vesper Sparrows
14 Lark Buntings
44 Savannah Sparrows
53 Song Sparrows (low numbers)
25 Lincoln's Sparrows
1 Swamp Sparrow (low numbers)
1 White-throated Sparrow
802 White-crowned Sparrows
155 Dark-eyed Juncos (low numbers)
1 Yellow-headed Blackbird
498 meadowlarks
3 Eastern Meadowlarks
96 Western Meadowlarks
870 unidentified blackbirds
10840 Red-winged Blackbirds
5518 Brown-headed Cowbirds
234 Brewer's Blackbirds
77 Common Grackles
3480 Great-tailed Grackles
3 Orange-crowned Warblers
151 Yellow-rumped Warblers (high numbers)
72 Northern Cardinals
2 Pyrrhuloxias

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock
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Date: 1/12/19 9:31 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lubbock Area Birding Summary for December - Long
Lubbock received 1.44 inches of rain during December, over twice as
much as the 0.70 inches expected for the month, bringing us up to
15.15 inches, a fair bit below the average annual total of 18.71
inches. The majority of this precipitation came in the form of a
massive snowstorm and gradual melt softened soils and recharged playas
a bit, while conditions overall remained rather mild, making for an
interesting mix of finally arriving winter birds and lingering fall
birds.

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 listservs can be reviewed in a timely fashion
and should appear.

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

Some Late Reports from November:

BALD EAGLE: 1 immature bird near Wilson (Lynn) on 11/30/18 (JB) - A
NICE ADDITION TO A GOOD SEASON FOR THE SPECIES.

EASTERN PHOEBE: 1 near Wilson (Lynn) on 11/30/18 (JB).

COMMON RAVEN: 1 near Wilson (Lynn) on 11/30/18 (JB) - PART OF THE
CONTINUING REBOUND OF THE SPECIES IN THE REGION.

HOUSE WREN: 1 near Wilson (Lynn) on 11/30/18 (JB) - RUNNING LATE
ENOUGH TO BE A POTENTIAL WINTERING BIRD.

And on to December:

SNOW GOOSE: Six reports of 1-2 birds, one report of 30 birds, one
report of 40 birds, one report of 356 birds, and a remarkable report
of 1430 birds in the region (Floyd, Lubbock) during the period (CC,
JCl, SC, AH, LM, NP, MR, BSc) - FINALLY ARRIVED AND, FOR A FEW DAYS AT
LEAST, IN GOOD NUMBERS.

ROSS'S GOOSE: Four reports of 1-11 birds, one report of 38 birds, and
one remarkable report of 270 birds in the region (Bailey, Floyd,
Lubbock) during the period (AH, PKi, RL, CR, FR) - FINALLY ARRIVED
AND, IN SOME SPOTS, IN GOOD NUMBERS.

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE:Three reports of 1-8 birds, three reports
of 12-20, one report of 56 birds, one report of 132 birds, one report
of 189 birds, and one report of 212 birds in the region (Crosby,
Floyd, Lubbock) during the period (JB, SC, MDL, AH, LM, MR) - FINALLY
ARRIVED AND IN REASONABLY GOOD NUMBERS.

WOOD DUCK: 4 at Buffalo Springs Lake (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (LM), 1
along the Canyon Lakes (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (PKi, BK, RL), 15 in west
Lubbock (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (BSc), and 2 along CR 405 (Dickens) on
12/29/18 (DH, AH) the only reports received - A TAD LOW.

BLUE-WINGED TEAL: 1 at Lake Alan Henry (Garza) on 12/21/18 (SK) and 1
female/1 male near White River (Crosby) on 21/29/18 (DH, AH) -
FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION IN WINTER; NOW FOUND ANNUALLY ALBEIT
IN SMALL NUMBERS.

CANVASBACK: Eight reports of 1-8 birds, one report of 14 birds, and
one report of 20 birds in the region (Floyd, Garza, Lubbock) during
the period (JaC, AH, SK, PKe, JM, DS, WW) - STILL A TAD LOW BUT GOOD
SCATTER.

REDHEAD: Ten reports of 1-6 birds and three reports of 12-22 birds in
the region (Bailey, Crosby, Dickens, Floyd, Lubbock) during the period
(JB, CC, JCl, MDL, DH, AH, EH, PKi, RL, JM, LZ) - GOOD NUMBERS AND
GOOD SCATTER.

COMMON GOLDENEYE: 1 female at Guy Park (Lubbock) on 12/11/18 (PKi), 1
female in northwest Lubbock (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (AH), 2 in south
Lubbock (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (EH, LZ), 1 in west Lubbock (Lubbock) on
12/15/18 (BSc), 1 female near South Plains (Floyd) on 12/22/18 (AH), 1
male near White River (Crosby) on 12/29/18 (DH, AH) - AN EXCELLENT
SEASON FOR THIS USUALLY HARD-TO-FIND SPECIES IN THE REGION.

COMMON MERGANSER: 1 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 12/16/18 (PKe, RL), 47
at White River Lake (Crosby) on 12/29/18 (JB, MDL, DH, AH, RL), and 33
at White River Lake (Crosby) on 12/30/18 (SB, AvH) - LOW NUMBERS;
WHITE RIVER LAKE IS OFTEN GOOD FOR TRIPLE DIGITS.

RED-BREASTED MERGANSER: 1 in west Lubbock (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (BSc)
the only report - A TAD LOW.

SCALED QUAIL: 8 at City Farms (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (AH) the only report - LOW.

RING-NECKED PHEASANT: 1 near Kitalou (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (AH) and 1
near Providence (Floyd) on 12/22/18 (AH) the only reports - LOW.

EARED GREBE: 1 at Buffalo Springs Lake (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (LM), 1
at the Lubbock Sewage Ponds (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (AH), and 1 at White
River Lake (Crosby) on 12/29/18 (DH, AH) the only reports - LOW.

INCA DOVE: 2 near City Farms (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (AH), 1 in east
Lubbock (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (PKe, WW), and 2 in south Lubbock
(Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (CC, JCl) - GOOD NUMBERS BY RECENT YEARS'
STANDARDS.

ROCK PIGEON: 9 near Kalgary (Crosby) on 12/29/18 (CC, JCl) _
NOTEWORTHY AS THE FIRST SIGHTING OF THE SPECIES ON THE WHITE RIVER
LAKE CBC IN OVER TEN YEARS!

WHITE-WINGED DOVE: 1 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 12/16/18 (LZ, RR) -
NOTEWORTHY AS THE FIRST SIGHTING EVER OF THE SPECIES DURING A MULESHOE
NWR CBC!

SORA: 2 along the Canyon Lake (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (BK, PKi, RL) the
only report - LOW.

AMERICAN AVOCET: 4 at McAlister Park (Lubbock) on 12/6/18 (JM) -
FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL IN DECEMBER, NOW CASUAL BUT AN EXCELLENT SIGHTING!

WILSON'S SNIPE: Five reports of 1-2 birds in the region (Bailey,
Dickens, Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (CC, JCL, MDL, DH, AH, BSc)
- VERY LOW NUMBERS BUT GOOD SCATTER.

SOLITARY SANDPIPER: 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 12/30/18 (SB,
AvH) - FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; NOW CLOSING ON ANNUAL.

GREATER YELLOWLEGS: Five reports of 1-3 birds in the region (Crosby,
Floyd, Lubbock) during the period (CC, JCl, AH, BK, PKi, RL) - VERY
LOW NUMBERS, POOR SCATTER.

LESSER YELLOWLEGS: 7 in west Lubbock (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (BSc) -
THOUGH QUITE RARE IN THE REGION DURING WINTER PROPER, SIGHTINGS HAVE
BEEN INCREASING IN RECENT YEARS.

HERRING FULL: 1 first winter bird along the Canyon Lakes (Lubbock) on
12/11/18 (DH) and 1 in west Lubbock (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (BSc) -
ABOUT AVERAGE BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS - A HUGE DECLINE FROM
HISTORICAL STANDARDS.

AMERICAN BITTERN: 1 at McAlister Park (Lubbock) on 12/16/18 (JaC) -
VERY RARE IN THE REGION AT ANY TIME; WINTER REPORTS ARE EVEN MORE
SCARCE.

GREAT EGRET: 2 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 12/12/18 (PKe) the
only report - LOW BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS.

SNOWY EGRET: 2 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 12/12/18 (PKe) and 1
at Guy Park (Lubbock) on 12/31/18 (BSc) the only reports - ABOUT
AVERAGE BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS.

BALD EAGLE: 1 adult near South Plains (Floyd) on 12/4/18 (JP), 1 adult
near South Plains (Floyd) on 12/9/18 (SC, MR), 1 immature on City
Farms (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (AH), and 1 adult at the Silver Falls Rest
Area (Crosby) on 12/27/18 (JCr) - A GOOD SEASON FOR THE SPECIES IN THE
REGION.

OSPREY: 1 in east Lubbock (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (PKe, WW) - FORMERLY
ACCIDENTAL IN THE REGION IN WINTER; NOW ANNUAL ALBEIT IN LOW NUMBERS.

RED-SHOULDERED HAWK: 1-2 birds at Clapp Park (Lubbock) throughout the
period (JC, DH, PKe, ML, DS, WW) and 1 at Buffalo Springs Lake
(Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (LM) - FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION, NOW AN
ANNUAL MIGRANT AND WINTER RESIDENT.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK: Seven reports of 1-2 birds in the region (Crosby,
Floyd, Lubbock) during the period (JaC, AH, LM, JM) - ABOUT AVERAGE
FOR THIS INCREASINGLY SCARCE WINTER RESIDENT.

GOLDEN EAGLE: 1 north of Dougherty (Floyd) on 12/24/18 (AH) the only
report - A TAD LOW.

LONG-EARED OWL: 1 at the Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 12/16/18 (PKi, RL)
the only report - LOW.

SHORT-EARED OWL: 2 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 12/16/18 (PKi, RL) the
only report - VERY LOW.

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER: Nine reports of single birds in the region
(Crosby, Dickens, Floyd, Lubbock) during the period (BB, JB, MDL, DH,
AH, EH, PKe, PKi, RK, RL, WW, LZ) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS RARE WINTER
RESIDENT.

DOWNY WOODPECKER: 1 at Plains Baptist Assembly (Floyd) on 12/22/18
(AH) and 1 along CR 405 (Dickens) on 12/29/18 (DH, AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE
FOR THIS EVEN MORE RARE WINTER RESIDENT.

PEREGRINE FALCON: 1-2 birds at the 50th x Indiana tower (Lubbock)
throughout the period (PKi, DS), 1 in east Lubbock (Lubbock) on
12/15/18 (PKe, WW), 1 in west Lubbock (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (BsC), and
1 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 12/16/18 (RR, LZ) - GOOD NUMBERS AND
SCATTER.

EASTERN PHOEBE: Six reports of 1-2 birds in the region (Crosby,
Dickens, Garza, Lubbock) during the period (JB, MDL, DH, AH, EH, SK,
PKi, RL, LM, LZ) - GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER GIVEN THE VERY POOR FALL
RECORD.

SAY'S PHOEBE: 1 near Kitalou (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (AH) and 2 at the
Plains Baptist Assembly (Floyd) on 12/22/18 (AH) the only reports -
LOW.

VERMILION FLYCATCHER: 1 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 12/16/18 (RR, LZ)
and 1 male in Tahoka (Lynn) on 12/30/18 (MDL) - FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO
THE REGION; NOW ANNUAL AND POTENTIALLY ENCOUNTERED ANY MONTH.

COMMON RAVEN: Ten reports of 1-4 birds in the region (Crosby, Dickens,
Floyd, Garza, Kent) during the period (JB, MDL, DH, AH, EH, SK, PKi,
RL, LZ) - GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER.

VERDIN: 1 along CR 245 (Crosby) on 12/29/18 (DH, AH) and 4 along CR
405 (Dickens) on 12/29/18 (DH, AH) - GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER BY
CURRENT STANDARDS.

BUSHTIT: 3 along CR 405 (Dickens) on 12/29/18 (DH, AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE
FOR THIS FORMERLY UNCOMMON, NOW ALMOST UNFINDABLE SPECIES IN THE
REGION.

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH: Seven reports of 1-2 birds in the region
(Crosby, Dickens, Floyd, Lubbock) during the period (JCr, SH, AH, BK,
PKi, RL, BSc) - AVERAGE NUMBERS BUT BETTER THAN AVERAGE SCATTER.

WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 12/5/18 (DH) the
only report - LOW.

BROWN CREEPER: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 12/9/18 (LZ), 2 in east
Lubbock (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (PKe, WW), 1 at White River Lake
(Crosby) on 12/29/18 (BB, RK), and 1 at Stanford Park (Yoakum) on
12/29/18 (GC) - LOW NUMBERS BUT GOOD SCATTER.

HOUSE WREN: 2 at the V8 Ranch (Lubbock) n 12/15/18 (LM), 1 at Muleshoe
NWR (Bailey) on 12/16/18 (RR, LZ), 1 at White River Lake (Lubbock) on
12/29/18 (BB, RK), 8 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1229/18 (JB, MDL,
RL), and 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 12/29/18 (EH, PKi, LZ) -
VERY GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER FOR A SPECIES ONCE CONSIDERED ACCIDENTAL
TO THE REGION IN WINTER.

WINTER WREN: 1 at Olive Street (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (AH), 1 at Plains
Baptist Assembly (Floyd) on 12/22/18 (AH) and 1 at White River Lake
(Crosby) on 12/29/18 (BB, RK) the only reports - LOW.

CACTUS WREN: 2 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 12/17/18 (LK) and 12/19/18
(LK) - ONCE CASUAL IN SOUTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF THE REGION; NOW
ACCIDENTAL - GREAT SIGHTINGS!

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER: 1 along Red Mud Road (Dickens) on 12/29/18 (DH,
AH) the only report - LOW.

GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET: 1 near Cedar Hill (Floyd) on 12/24/18 (AH) the
only report - VERY LOW.

EASTERN BLUEBIRD: 2 along the Canyon Lakes (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (BK,
PKi, RL) - THE ONLY REPORT ATOP THE CAPROCK ESCARPMENT.

WESTERN BLUEBIRD: 12 along the Canyon Lakes (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (BK,
PKi, RL) and 8 at the Sundown Golf Course (Hockley) on 12/25/18 (GD) -
A TAD LOW BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS.

MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD: 6 near Cedar Hill (Floyd) on 12/24/18 (AH), 2 near
Fairmont (Floyd) on 12/24/18 (AH), 9 near Flomot (Floyd) on 12/24/18
(AH), 18 near Gray Mule (Floyd) on 12/24/18 (AH), 4 near Johnfarris
(Floyd) on 12/24/18 (AH), 33 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 12/29/18
(JB, MDL, RL), 49 along CR 405 (Dickens) on 12/29/18 (DH, AH), 55
along Red Mud Road (Dickens) on 12/29/18 (DH, AH), and 19 at White
River Lake (Crosby) on 12/30/18 (SB, AvH) - THOUGH A BIT LATE TO
ARRIVE, NUMBERS TOWARDS THE END OF THE MONTH SUGGEST AN ONGOING
IRRUPTIVE EVENT.

TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE: 1 at Plains Baptist Assembly (Floyd) on 12/22/18
(AH), 1 near Gray Mule (Floyd) on 12/24/18 (AH), and 2 at Stanford
Park (Yoakum) on 12/29/18 (GC) - LOW NUMBERS BUT GOOD SCATTER.

HERMIT THRUSH: Sixteen reports of 1-2 birds in the region (Bailey,
Crosby, Dickens, Floyd, Lubbock) during the period (CC, JCl, JC, JCo,
DH, AH, EH, BK, PKi, ML, RL, JM, RR, LZ) - GOOD NUMBERS AND GOOD
SCATTER BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS.

GRAY CATBIRD: 1-2 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) throughout the period (JC,
JCo, DH, PKe, ML, JM, WW) - ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION IN WINTER; THIS
WINTER SAW RECORDS FROM OUR REGION AND FURTHER NORTH IN THE PANHANDLE
PROPER.

CEDAR WAXWING: Four reports of 5-10 birds, three reports of 17-21
birds, and one report of 125 birds in the region (Crosby, Floyd,
Lubbock, Yoakum) during the period (KB, JB, GC, MDL, DH, AH, PKe, RL,
BSc, WW) - GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER AFTER A VERY POOR FALL SEASON.

SPRAGUE'S PIPIT: 1 near Wilson (Lynn) on 12/28/18 (JB) - ACCIDENTAL TO
THE REGION IN WINTER.

CASSIN'S FINCH: 1 female at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 12/5/18 (DH) and 2
at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 12/16/18 (RR, LZ) - CURRENT STATUS IN THE
REGION POORLY UNDERSTOOD; UNTIL RECENT YEARS CONSIDERED ACCIDENTAL;
NOW KNOWN TO BE ANNUAL.

LESSER GOLDFINCH: 2 in east Lubbock (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (PKe, WW) -
FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION IN WINTER; NOW ANNUAL.

LAPLAND LONGSPUR: 33 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 12/16/18 (CC, JCl,
AH, RR, LZ), 4 at the CR 121 x FM 37 Playa (Floyd) on 12/22/18 (AH)
the only reports - LATE AND LOW.

CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR: 20 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa (Crosby)
on 12/22/18 (AH) and 12 near Gray Mule (Floyd) on 12/24/18 (AH) the
only reports - LATE AND VERY LOW.

MCCOWN'S LONGSPUR: 21 at City Farms (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (AH), 2 near
Kitalour (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (AH), 115 at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa
(Crosby) on 12/22/18 (AH), 3 near Dougherty (Floyd) on 12/22/18 (AH),
11 near Providence (Floyd) on 12/22/18 (AH), and 18 near Gray Mule
(Floyd) on 12/24/18 (AH) the only reports - GOOD SCATTER BUT LOW
NUMBERS.

EASTERN TOWHEE x SPOTTED TOWHEE: 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on
12/29/18 (BB, RK) - A RARE REPORT OF THIS HYBRID FOR THIS REGION.
INTERESTINGLY, 1-2 BIRDS WERE ALSO REPORTED FROM PALO DURO CANYON
STATE PARK DURING THE SEASON.

RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW: 1 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 12/16/18 (PKi,
RL) - EXTREMELY RARE, POSSIBLY ACCIDENTAL, IN OUR WESTERN COUNTIES - A
VERY EXCITING REPORT!

CHIPPING SPARROW: 20 at Lake Alan Henry (Kent) on 12/21/18 (SK), 2
along the White River (Crosby) on 12/29/18 (DH, AH), 3 at White River
Lake (Crosby) on 12/29/18 (BB, RK), 55 at White River Lake (Crosby) on
12/29/18 (JB, MDL, RL), and 6 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 12/29/18
(DH, AH) - VERY GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER; REFLECTIVE, I SUSPECT, OF
MILD CONDITIONS IN THE REGION SO FAR THIS WINTER.

AMERICAN TREE SPARROW: 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 12/29/18 (BB,
RK) and 1 elsewhere at White River Lake (Crosby) on 12/29/18 (JB, MDL,
RL) - GOOD NUMBERS BY CONTEMPORARY STANDARDS.

GRASSHOPPER SPARROW: 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 12/29/18 (JB,
MDL, RL) - VERY RARE IN THE REGION DURING WINTER.

LECONTE'S SPARROW: 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 12/29/18 (BB, RK)
and 2 elsewhere at White River Lake (Crosby) on 12/29/18 (JB, MDL, RL)
- VERY RARE IN THE REGION AT ANY SEASON.

FOX SPARROW: Twelve reports of 1-8 birds and one report of 17 birds in
the region (Bailey, Crosby, Dickens, Floyd, Lubbock) during the period
(BB, JB, JCo, MDL, DH, AH, EH, PKi, RK, RL, LZ) - GOOD NUMBERS AND
SCATTER; FORMERLY THESE NUMBERS WERE FAIRLY TYPICAL; OF LATE THE
SPECIES HAS BECOME MUCH MORE SCARCE.

WHITE-THROATED SPARROW: 1 at City Farms (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (AH), 2
near Fairmont (Floyd)on 12/24/18 (AH), 4 at White River Lake (Crosby)
on 12/29/18 (JB, MDL, RL), 1 along Red Mud Road (Dickens) on 12/29/18
(DH, AH), and 1 along CR 150 (Kent) on 12/30/18 (RK) - ABOUT AVERAGE
BY CURRENT YEARS' STANDARDS; HISTORICALLY MUCH MORE COMMON IN THE
REGION.

HARRIS'S SPARROW: 3 along CR 150 (Kent) on 12/28/18 (RK), 2 at White
River Lake (Crosby) on 12/29/18 (BB, RK), 6 at White River Lake
(Crosby) on 12/29/18 (JB, MDL, RL), 5 at White River Lake (Crosby) on
12/29/18 (EH, PKi, LZ), 2 along CR 150 (Kent) on 12/30/18 (RK), and 3
along FM 1083 (Kent) on 12/30/18 (RK) - GREAT NUMBERS AND SCATTER BY
CURRENT STANDARDS.

YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD: 1 at City Farms (Lubbock) on 12/15/18 (AH)
and 1 male near Dougherty (Floyd) on 1224/18 (AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR
THIS RARE WINTER LINGERER.

RUSTY BLACKBIRD: 1 male along CR 405 (Dickens) on 12/29/18 (DH, AH) -
FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; NOW KNOWN AS A RARE WINTER
RESIDENT.

BRONZED COWBIRD: 1 male at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 12/10/18 (JCo, WC)
- A VERY EXCITING REPORT; THE SPECIES FLIRTATION WITH WINTERING
CONTINUES.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER: Eight reports of single birds in the region
(Crosby, Dickens, Lamb, Lubbock) during the period (CC, JCl, GC, KD,
DH, AH, EH, BK, PKe, PKi, RL, WW, LZ) - GREAT NUMBERS AND GOOD SCATTER
BY RECENT WINTERS' STANDARDS.

NASHVILLE WARBLER: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 12/25/18 (JCr) -
ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION IN WINTER, WINTERING IS NOT UNPRECEDENTED AND
SEEMS RESTRICTED TO URBAN REFUGIA DURING MILD WINTERS.

COMMON YELLOWTHROAT: 1 male at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 12/16/18 (AH)
and 1 male at the CR 121 x FM 37 Playa (Floyd) on 12/24/18 (AH) the
only reports - LOW.

CAPE MAY WARBLER: 1 at the Littlefield Cemetery (Lamb) on 12/24/18
(GC, photographs) - ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; ONLY THE SECOND RECORD
FOR THE REGION - THE BIRD OF THE MONTH.

OBSERVERS: SB=Susan Bergeson, BB=Brandon Best, JB=Justin Bosler,
KB=Kathryn Brautigam, CC=Canyon Clark, JCl=Jeremy Clark, JC=Joe
Cochran, JCo=Jordan Cochran, WC=Whitney Cochran, SC=Sheridan Coffey,
GC=Greg Cook, JaC=Jack Cook, JCr=Jim Crites, MDL=Manuel De Leon,
KD=Ken Dixon, DH=Drew Harvey, AH=Anthony Hewetson, AvH=Aveline
Hewetson, EH=Ellen Hildebrandt, SK=Steve Kasper, BK=Barry Keith,
LK=Laurel Kersh, PKe=Peter Keyel, PKi=Phillip Kite, RK=Rich Kostecke,
ML=Mark Lee, RL=Rob Lee, LM=Liam McGuire, JM=Jennifer Miller, JP=John
Pike, RR=Richard Redmond, MR=Martin Reid, CR=Clarice Robertson,
FR=Floyd Robertson, BSc=Bobby Schat, DS=David Shelburne, WW=William
Wenthe, LZ=Lena Zappia.

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock
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Date: 1/12/19 9:18 am
From: Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Two other refuge questions
I know at Big Bend, I was there when the shutdown started and things were open, but the rangers said they would close as the bathrooms and trash became overwhelmed, which they were getting before we left and they blocked entrance into many areas. The trash was getting overwhelmed by the second day. People would pile trash by the can, but they got blown about—horrible situation. They also said they couldn’t answer the phones and the emergency switchboard was getting overwhelmed with people asking if they were open. Very difficult situation.

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 Jan 12, 2019, at 10:53 AM, Ed Hickl <elhickl...> wrote:
>
> Anuahac refuge has a Friends of Anuahac organization. Check out their Facebook page. There may be other Friends of groups for other parks and they may be able to provide updated news for their locations. Basically I am thinking from what I am reading many refuges are open to access but facilities like stores, offices and restrooms are not open and even locked. Brazoria I can't tell. So bring what you need, do personal needs before entering, and see what is there. Just got back from Calif and went to Joshua tree. It was open to traffic, but stores, campgrounds and some trail gates locked. However we did see many people walking on trails. The only problem was the lack of respect by a small group of people that went wild. Camping any where. Trashing up around them and just read that some Joshua trees were cut down. I hope that doesn’t happen often at all parks. More eyes and videos by visitors will help keep disrespecting our lands from happening as local rangers aren’t able
> and maybe help keep those might disrespect held accountable.
>
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Date: 1/12/19 8:54 am
From: Ed Hickl <elhickl...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Two other refuge questions
Anuahac refuge has a Friends of Anuahac organization. Check out their Facebook page. There may be other Friends of groups for other parks and they may be able to provide updated news for their locations. Basically I am thinking from what I am reading many refuges are open to access but facilities like stores, offices and restrooms are not open and even locked. Brazoria I can't tell. So bring what you need, do personal needs before entering, and see what is there. Just got back from Calif and went to Joshua tree. It was open to traffic, but stores, campgrounds and some trail gates locked. However we did see many people walking on trails. The only problem was the lack of respect by a small group of people that went wild. Camping any where. Trashing up around them and just read that some Joshua trees were cut down. I hope that doesn’t happen often at all parks. More eyes and videos by visitors will help keep disrespecting our lands from happening as local rangers aren’t able
and maybe help keep those might disrespect held accountable.

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Date: 1/12/19 6:45 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Two other refuge questions
Greetings All:

I am planning some side birding and butterflying trips during the
upcoming TOS meeting in Galveston and was wondering about the current
status of Anahuac and Brazoria National Wildlife Refuges. I've tried
to find information about both sites on line but the only thing that I
know for sure is that the websites are down and listed phone numbers
are unreachable - suggesting close to total closure.

Some sites on the internet, however, suggest that hunting is still
being permitted on various refuges, leasing one to wonder if other
activities are, in fact, allowed. No site I have found has expressly
addressed other activities such as birding.

As the internet has failed me in this pursuit for knowledge I am
appealing to the local knowledge of texbirders who live in that region
and might actually know what is going on.

Thank you; Anthony Hewtson
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Date: 1/11/19 8:29 pm
From: Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...>
Subject: [texbirds] request for Fall sightings for North American Birds
Texbirders,

A little over a month tardy getting this out...

Did you see anything really interesting this fall? Want us to mention it
in North American Birds?

The summer reporting season for North American Birds (NAB) started on
August 1st
and ended on November 30th. This is a plea/request for observers to submit
their interesting Texas sightings to us in preparation for the Texas
portion of the report.

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

https://www.aba.org/north-american-birds/

The fall season extends from 1 August to 30 November and we would like
to receive
your reports of interesting bird sightings for this period by no later than
January 31st. Please send your sightings DIRECTLY TO The SUB-REGIONAL
EDITOR listed below. Some of you might assume that a Texbirds post, or even
an eBird submission, will be picked up by your NAB sub-regional editor, and
will serve as your contribution. This is not necessarily the case. Not only
is it quite easy to miss a Texbirds post or eBird submission, we do NOT
always assume that sightings posted to those mediums are necessarily
intended by the observer as something that can or should be published in
North American Birds. Therefore, please report directly to the editor for
the area of your sighting, even if it is just as a carbon-copy (cc or bcc)
of a Texbirds report. Help us separate the wheat from the chaff by sending a
note to the proper editor below.

The names and e-mail addresses of each of Texas' North American Birds
sub-regional editors follows, along with the regions/counties that they
monitor and report on. We encourage you to send your seasonal sightings
and summaries to the appropriate one:

--
Eric Carpenter (<ecarpe...>)
Region(s): Central Texas and the eastern Trans-Pecos
Counties: Andrews, Bandera, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Borden, Brown, Burnet,
Caldwell, Callahan, Coke, Coleman, Comal, Comanche, Concho, Coryell,
Crockett, Dawson, DeWitt, Eastland, Ector, Edwards, Erath, Fisher, Gaines,
Gillespie, Glasscock, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hamilton, Hays, Howard, Irion,
Jones, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, Lampasas, Lavaca, Llano,
Martin, Mason, McCulloch, Medina, Menard, Midland, Mills, Mitchell, Nolan,
Reagan, Real, Runnels, San Saba, Schleicher, Scurry, Shackelford, Sterling,
Sutton, Taylor, Tom Green, Travis, Upton, Uvalde, Williamson, Wilson,
Reeves, Culberson, Brewster, Jeff Davis, Presidio, Terrell, Pecos, Loving,
Ward, Val Verde, Winkler, Crane
*URL for map of counties covered: https://tinyurl.com/yd9t2gyd

--
Bert Frenz (<bert2...>)
Region(s): Central Oaks and Prairies
Counties: Bastrop, Brazos, Burleson, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Grimes,
Lee, Leon, Limestone, Madison, McLennan, Milam, Navarro, Robertson,
Washington
*URL for map of counties covered: https://tinyurl.com/yb9kfshf

--
Anthony Hewetson (<fattonyonbirds...>)
Region(s): Northwest Texas/Panhandle
Counties: Armstrong, Bailey, Briscoe, Carson, Castro, Childress, Cochran,
Collingsworth, Cottle, Crosby, Dallam, Deaf Smith, Dickens, Donley, Floyd,
Foard, Garza, Gray, Hale, Hall, Hansford, Hardeman, Hartley, Haskell,
Hockley, Hutchinson, Kent, King, Knox, Lamb, Lipscomb, Lubbock, Lynn,
Moore, Motley, Ochiltree, Oldham, Parmer, Potter, Randall, Roberts,
Sherman, Stonewall, Swisher, Terry, Wheeler, Yoakum, Hemphill,
*URL for map of counties covered: https://tinyurl.com/y7xsdawp

--
Jim Paton (<jnpaton...>)
Region(s): El Paso valley
Counties:El Paso, Hudspeth
*URL for map of counties covered: https://tinyurl.com/y8dclyk8

--
Ross Rasmussen (<ross.rasmussen...>)
Region(s): North-central Texas
Counties: Archer, Baylor, Bosque, Clay, Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Delta,
Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hill, Hood, Hopkins, Hunt, Jack, Johnson,
Kaufman, Lamar, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rains, Rockwall, Somervell,
Stephens, Tarrant, Throckmorton, Van Zandt, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise, Wood,
Young
*URL for map of counties covered: https://tinyurl.com/yb5c3rcd

--
Willie Sekula (<williebird22...>)
Region(s): South Texas
Counties: Matagorda, Wharton, Maverick, Zavala, Frio, Atascosa, Live Oak,
Bee, Goliad, Victoria, Jackson, Calhoun, Refugio, Aransas, San Patricio,
Nueces, Jim Wells, McMullen, La Salle, Dimmit, Webb, Duval, Kleberg,
Kenedy, Brooks, Jim Hogg, Zapata, Starr, Hidalgo, Cameron, Willacy, Colorado
*URL for map of counties covered: https://tinyurl.com/yc2opsvp

--
Ron Weeks (<ronweeks...>)
Region(s): Upper Texas Coast
Counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris,
Jefferson, Liberty, Montgomery, Orange, Waller
*URL for map of counties covered: https://tinyurl.com/y962bkhz

--
David Wolf (<dewolfnac...>)
Region(s): East Texas
Counties: Anderson, Angelina, Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Franklin, Gregg,
Hardin, Harrison, Henderson, Houston, Jasper, Marion, Morris, Nacogdoches,
Newton, Panola, Polk, Red River, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto,
Shelby, Smith, Titus, Trinity, Tyler, Upshur, Walker
*URL for map of counties covered: https://tinyurl.com/y9nmn8uw


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

--Eric

--
Eric Carpenter
Austin

 

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Date: 1/11/19 7:40 pm
From: Bruce Sherman <brucesherman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Aransas NWR still open?
In light of the current government shutdown, does anyone know whether or not Aransas NWR is open?

Thanks for any replies.

Bruce Sherman
Rockport, TX

 

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Date: 1/11/19 4:58 pm
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 11, 2019
This list is from the first birding van tour, which allows birders to get into the lower reaches of the refuge. Several stops allow some walking, including the Jaguarundi Trail to the Rio Grande. The tours will continue Thursdays thru Sundays beginning at 1:30pm. Sign-up available in the Visitors Center.

John and Sue Ewan
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge.

Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Jan 11, 2019 1:33 PM - 3:44 PM
Protocol: Traveling
7.89 mile(s)
24 species

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 11
Common Ground-Dove 4
Greater Roadrunner 1
Great Egret 1
Cattle Egret 1
Turkey Vulture 8
Northern Harrier 1
Harris's Hawk 8
Gray Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Couch's Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 2
Green Jay 1
Tree Swallow 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Northern Mockingbird 3
Savannah Sparrow 10
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Red-winged Blackbird 5
Northern Cardinal 1

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Date: 1/11/19 4:48 pm
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 11, 2019
It was an exciting morning at Santa Ana NWR. Both Pintail and Willow Lakes are filled with birds, especially Pintail lots of shorebirds. However, the most exciting part of the morning was when a gentleman walked up and shared that he had seen a white owl, and something seemed to have flushed it. As the place was close to where we were on Willow Lake #3, we followed to where he remembered an owl. What we found was a Barn Owl being mobbed by Green Jays, and ANOTHER Barn Owl flushing. The owls went from tree to tree (Ebony trees) until we ran out of trail! What fun.
Walks continue Thursday thru Sunday at 8:30 am. Come join the fun.

John and Sue Ewan
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Jan 11, 2019 8:28 AM - 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.25 mile(s)
Comments: Morning bird walk
70 species

Blue-winged Teal 3
Cinnamon Teal 2
Northern Shoveler 6
Gadwall 8
Mottled Duck 8
Northern Pintail 3
Green-winged Teal 3
Plain Chachalaca 4
Least Grebe 5
Pied-billed Grebe 8
Common Ground-Dove 1
Mourning Dove 3
Sora 2
American Coot 1
Black-necked Stilt 40
American Avocet 7
Least Sandpiper 250
Long-billed Dowitcher 100
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 6
Neotropic Cormorant 3
American White Pelican 15
Great Egret 13
Snowy Egret 2
Little Blue Heron 1
Tricolored Heron 3
White Ibis 14
Roseate Spoonbill 9
Turkey Vulture 1
Northern Harrier 1
Harris's Hawk 2
Gray Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Barn Owl 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Green Kingfisher 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3
Merlin 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Vermilion Flycatcher 1
Great Kiskadee 5
White-eyed Vireo 3
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Green Jay 4
Tree Swallow 9
Black-crested Titmouse 5
Verdin 1
House Wren 5
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
Long-billed Thrasher 1
European Starling 1
Olive Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 2
Lincoln's Sparrow 4
Western Meadowlark 6
Altamira Oriole 2
Red-winged Blackbird 7
Great-tailed Grackle 6
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 6
Nashville Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2
Wilson's Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 2

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Date: 1/11/19 2:15 pm
From: Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Estero Llano Grande State Park Birds
Today, January 11, 2019 Christy and I recorded the following birds at Estero Llano Grande State Park…

Mottled Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Redhead
Plain Chachalaca
Least Grebe
Pied-billed Grebe
American White Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Anhinga
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Tricolored Heron
Cattle Egret
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron
White Ibis
Turkey Vulture
White-tailed Kite
Harris's Hawk
Aplomado Falcon
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Long-billed Dowitcher
Common Ground-Dove
White-tipped Dove
Common Pauraque
Buff-bellied Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird
Green Jay
Tree Swallow
Black-crested Titmouse
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Clay-colored Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Long-billed Thrasher
Curve-billed Thrasher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Olive Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Bullock's Oriole
House Sparrow

Number of Species: 52

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Date: 1/11/19 1:34 pm
From: Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] 3 Dark Morph Harlan's Hawks in west Harris County
While doing the annual mid-winter Bald Eagle survey, Megan Ahlgren and I found 3 different dark morph Harlan's Hawks along our 12-mile route.

The first was on Warren Ranch Rd just across from the entrance to the Mallard Crossing subdivision. The second was flying over Warren Ranch Lake (later seen near the intersection of Warren Ranch Rd and Jack Rd). The 3rd was a continuing bird near the intersection of Freeman Rd (aka FM 529) and Porter Rd, which was originally found on January 1.

We got photos of all 3, and Bill Clark confirmed the identification. It seems like a great winter for these birds!

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Hawk 1 - near Mallard Crossing

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Hawk 2 - near Warren Ranch Lake

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Hawk 3 - near FM 529 and Porter Rd


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

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner
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Date: 1/11/19 12:37 pm
From: Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] Cypress Creek CBC Report
In writing this report for the 43rd Cypress Creek CBC, a Dickens quote comes to mind. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Maybe that is a bit overdramatic, but there were high points and low points! The pre-dawn fog gave way to wonderful weather with cool pleasant temperatures, no wind, and a sunny morning. We had 73 observers in the field, many of which were of exceptional quality. We were honored to have Brent Ortego, editor for all Texas CBCs, among our ranks. The fall invasion of Purple Finches and Red-breasted Nuthatches gave us hope that these often missed northern invaders would be found on the count. The recovery of rodent populations following the successive floods of Tax Day, Memorial Day and Hurricane Harvey was an encouraging sign for Short-eared Owls. On count day, we were rewarded with all three species. Purple Finch, which was last seen on the 1993 count, exceeded all expectations with five parties reporting a new high of 28 birds. The previous record for Purple Finch was 16 birds in 1977.
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Purple Finch. Photo by Bob Honig.

A new species was added to the aggregate list, Brown Pelican. The bird was seen by Mike Austin and Tony Frank as it flew directly overhead at the KPC's Mary Manor reserve. Another excellent find was a single Common Goldeneye found at Live Oak Ranch. This species has not been seen on a count since 2008.

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Common Goldeneye. Photo by Joanna Willars.

High counts were obtained for several species. The most significant was Ring-necked Duck (1809) more than double the 1989 previous high count of 773. Considering most ducks and geese are 10% of what they were when the count started in the late 1970s, this duck high count is totally unexpected. Other high counts were White-winged Dove (146, previous 98), White Ibis (2928, double the previous high of 1257), Osprey (3, previous 2), Barred Owl (12, equals previous high), Couch's Kingbird (4, previous 3), White-eyed Vireo (9, previous 7), and Gray Catbird (16, previous 12). Quality birders turned up many low density, hard to get birds like Common Ground Dove, White-tailed Kite, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Couch's Kingbird, Sprague's Pipit, House Finch, Eastern Towhee, Dark-eyed Junco, Palm Warbler, and Wilson's Warbler.

However, water conditions were a bit too good. Every depression, stock pond and impoundment was bank full. The lack of mud and edges depressed shorebird and wader numbers. Geese and ducks were low, below the 5 year average and way below the count average. The exceptions were the previously mentioned high count for Ring-necked Duck as well as Northern Pintail (8426) which were above the long term average and more than four times above the 5 year average. Only one Northern Bobwhite was recorded for the count! The previous low count for this species was 7 birds in 1996. Sparrows were below average with the exception of Chipping Sparrow, which were well above average. We had some glaring misses: Ruddy Duck, Common Gallinule, Dunlin, Western Sandpiper, American Woodcock, Ring-billed Gull, Vermilion Flycatcher, and Bewick's Wren. A dozen other species that have been seen on about half of the previous counts were missed this year. We found 143 species, including a count week bird, and counted 63,038 total birds. Both numbers were below our 5 year average of 145 species and 66,631 individuals. Maybe next year we will have an even better "tale" to tell.


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

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner
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Date: 1/11/19 10:20 am
From: Mark and Joanie Hubinger <mjhubrr...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 11, 2019
Hi Texbirders, we were joined by a couple visiting the valley and one local
man for our program. 11 raptor species were observed and studied in flight
with great views of them! Visitor center at Santa Ana NWR open Thursday
through Sunday through the month of January. Come out and enjoy a birdwalk
or birding van tour at your NWR!

Mark and Joanie Hubinger
USFWS Volunteers
Alamo, Texas



Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Jan 11, 2019 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: From the tower...”Birds in Flight” Identification Program
35 species

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 71
Sora 1
Long-billed Dowitcher 100 Overhead estimate
Wilson's Snipe 6
American White Pelican 8
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 4
Little Blue Heron 1
Tricolored Heron 1
White Ibis 12
Roseate Spoonbill 9
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 20
Northern Harrier 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Northern) 2
Harris's Hawk 10
White-tailed Hawk 1
Gray Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
Crested Caracara 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Great Kiskadee 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Green Jay 1
Tree Swallow 3
Verdin 1
Carolina Wren 1
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Altamira Oriole 1
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Great-tailed Grackle X
Orange-crowned Warbler 1

 

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Date: 1/11/19 10:08 am
From: <rkostecke...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Rufous Backed Robin still present this morning
I viewed it off and on from about 1030 up til at least up to 1100. I had it on the north, upstream side in the riverside live oaks along the “trail”. That trail is likely to get more treacherous with the rain. After i lost sight of it, It flew south and others viewed it in the hackberries along the north side of the road before it apparently flew south of the road.

Rich
Austin, TX

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 11, 2019, at 10:02 AM, Berner Family (Redacted sender "jcazberner" for DMARC) <dmarc-noreply...> wrote:
>
> Texbirders:
> As you approach Nueces River from Uvalde robin on right North side (upstream side) of road medium height in trees. Twice visible About 20-40 yards in from road. Visible once from parking area and once from short slippery trail along east bank of river. Sometimes with a Long billed thrasher. Sometimes alone. Occasionally Makes short very high pitched short call note. Good Luck!
>
> John Berner
> W. Houston
>
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

 

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Date: 1/11/19 8:12 am
From: Robert Hardway <rhardway21...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: Rufous Backed Robin still present this morning
Thanks for the update John. Bryce and I will be chasing it this weekend.
Good birding!!!

Rob Hardway
Lago Vista

On Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 10:03 AM Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...>
wrote:

> Texbirders:
> As you approach Nueces River from Uvalde robin on right North side
> (upstream side) of road medium height in trees. Twice visible About 20-40
> yards in from road. Visible once from parking area and once from short
> slippery trail along east bank of river. Sometimes with a Long billed
> thrasher. Sometimes alone. Occasionally Makes short very high pitched short
> call note. Good Luck!
>
> John Berner
> W. Houston
>
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
> <https://overview.mail.yahoo.com/?.src=iOS>
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Date: 1/11/19 8:03 am
From: Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Rufous Backed Robin still present this morning
Texbirders: As you approach Nueces River from Uvalde robin on right North side (upstream side) of road medium height in trees. Twice visible About 20-40 yards in from road. Visible once from parking area and once from short slippery trail along east bank of river. Sometimes with a Long billed thrasher. Sometimes alone. Occasionally Makes short very high pitched short call note. Good Luck!
John BernerW. Houston


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Date: 1/11/19 7:01 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Northern Goshawk - Palo Duro Canyon SP
Texbirds,

That's at least 2 confirmed Northern Goshawks within the last month. The
first one was a flyover at Balmorhea Lake on 27 December. Please double
check your Cooper's Hawks and report here immediately if you discover a
suspected goshawk. Thank you!

On Fri, Jan 11, 2019 at 8:56 AM Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
wrote:

> Yep – the big white eye stripe is a pretty good field mark, but the
> clincher is the fine white edges between the dark and light tail bands.
>
>
>
> Great bird!
>
>
>
>
>
> Clay Taylor
>
> TOS Life Member
>
> Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
>
> <Clay.taylor...>
>
> 401-965-9064
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> *From:* <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:
> <texbirds-bounce...>] *On Behalf Of *David Sarkozi
> *Sent:* Friday, January 11, 2019 7:34 AM
> *To:* TexBirds <texbirds...>
> *Subject:* [texbirds] Northern Goshawk - Palo Duro Canyon SP
>
>
>
> Got an eBird alert on this:
>
>
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51529345
>
>
>
> Looks good for a juvenile Northern Goshawk at Palo Duro Canyon SP
>
>
>
> --
>
> David Sarkozi
> Houston, TX
> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
>

 

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Date: 1/11/19 6:56 am
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Northern Goshawk - Palo Duro Canyon SP
Yep – the big white eye stripe is a pretty good field mark, but the clincher is the fine white edges between the dark and light tail bands.

Great bird!


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
<Clay.taylor...><mailto:<Clay.taylor...>
401-965-9064



From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of David Sarkozi
Sent: Friday, January 11, 2019 7:34 AM
To: TexBirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Northern Goshawk - Palo Duro Canyon SP

Got an eBird alert on this:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51529345

Looks good for a juvenile Northern Goshawk at Palo Duro Canyon SP

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

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Date: 1/11/19 5:35 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Northern Goshawk - Palo Duro Canyon SP
Got an eBird alert on this:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51529345

Looks good for a juvenile Northern Goshawk at Palo Duro Canyon SP

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

 

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Date: 1/10/19 4:49 pm
From: Ann Gardner <anngardner2009...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: texbirds Digest V8 #10
Unsubscribe, please.

Ann Gardner

> On Jan 10, 2019, at 12:15 AM, FreeLists Mailing List Manager <ecartis...> wrote:
>
> texbirds Digest Thu, 10 Jan 2019 Volume: 08 Issue: 010
>
> In This Issue:
> [texbirds] Glut of Common Loons, NO Pacific at Hubbard Creek
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
> Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2019 00:14:45 -0600
> Subject: [texbirds] Glut of Common Loons, NO Pacific at Hubbard Creek Reservoir
>
> Texbirds,
> I was finally able to combine a work trip with a belated chase of a Pacific
> Loon that Martin Reid and Sheridan Coffey discovered at Hubbard Creek
> Reservoir (Stephens Co.) back on 24 December 2018.(see
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50925828).
>
> After about 1.5 hours of effort late this afternoon I failed to locate a
> Pacific Loon, but I did tally about two dozen loons, of which 18-20 were
> definitive Common Loons. The most exciting part of the evening was right
> around sunset when I was treated to abbreviated yodeling as they were
> gathering to roost for the night. It was a treat and a first for me in
> Texas. The audio recording can be found in the eBird checklist below:
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51514875
>
> Gone loon-y in Breckenridge, TX
> Justin Bosler
>
>
>
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>
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Date: 1/10/19 2:32 pm
From: Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tyler State Park 1-10-2019
Howdy All!

I birded the park late this morning and the birds were very cooperative. Blackjack trail still has Purple Finches including very inquisitive female Purple Finch that followed me for about a quarter of the trail. That are is also good for Fox Sparrow and Eastern Towhee. I haven't found any Spotted Towhees yet, but they are usually in that area. Another bird we will be looking for on this Saturday's bird tour is American Woodcock. We haven't found them yet, but I bet they are there. Lots of winter sparrows around the bird blind at Blackjack Nature Trail, but of course, I didn't have a camera.

The beaver pond on the lake trail is great for woodpeckers; Swamp, Lincoln's, and Song Sparrows; and Winter Wren. The spillway by the lake dam is good for winter sparrows including a LeConte's Sparrow that makes an appearance from time-to-time.

Come on out and join us this weekend: Saturday, January 12 at 8:15am for a birding tour of the park. We are meeting at the park headquarters and then birding in the park from the park's 15 passenger van. We will make stops at Blackjack Nature Trial, the beaver pond, the spillway, and possibly a section of perimeter fire break. The whole tour will take about two hours.

Here's today's list:


Tyler SP (PPW-E 065), Smith, Texas, US
Jan 10, 2019 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
48 species

Mallard 2
Pied-billed Grebe 6
Ring-billed Gull 7
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 6
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 3
Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
Downy Woodpecker 3
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Pileated Woodpecker 1
Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 4
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Phoebe 4
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 2
Carolina Chickadee 5
Tufted Titmouse 3
Red-breasted Nuthatch 2
White-breasted Nuthatch 4
Brown-headed Nuthatch 4
Brown Creeper 3
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Eastern Bluebird 8
Hermit Thrush 2
American Robin 50
Brown Thrasher 2
Cedar Waxwing 10
Purple Finch 3
Pine Siskin 6
American Goldfinch 14
Chipping Sparrow 15
Fox Sparrow 1
Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) 25
White-throated Sparrow 50
Song Sparrow 5
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 3
Eastern Towhee 2
Red-winged Blackbird 11
Common Grackle 5
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Pine Warbler 10
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 24
Northern Cardinal 7


Good birding,

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






 

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Date: 1/10/19 2:28 pm
From: Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] Kleb Woods Wednesday Afternoon Bird Program - January 16
Our first Wednesday afternoon birding program of 2019 will be on January 16 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM. The class will be about the biology of woodpeckers as well as their identification. Why don't woodpeckers get concussions...or do they? Why are sapsuckers poorly named? Learn the answers to these questions and more as we discuss many unique characteristics of this family of birds. We are delighted to have specimens on loan from Texas A&M's Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections. In addition to many of the woodpeckers you can see in Texas, we will also have a few specimens from farther afield.

We will have our regular Wednesday bird walk from 8:30 to 11:30 AM. You may want to bring muck boots in case the trails are still wet. After a break for lunch, we will meet in the auditorium for the program.

Also, save the date for our program on February 20 from 1:30 to 3:30 PM called Kendra and Megan's Accidental Big Year: A Comedy of Errors told through Terrible Photos.

We hope you will join us!

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: 1/10/19 11:26 am
From: Mark and Joanie Hubinger <mjhubrr...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana open!
Good afternoon, Texbirders,

This morning was the first day of a soft opening for Santa Ana
NWR programming for the month of January. All programs will occur on *Thursday
through Sunday*.

Activities include:

Bicycling: Sunrise thru Sunset

Van Tours of the Refuge: 9am and 11am

Bird Walks: 8:30a – noon

Bird Van Tours: 1:30 – 3:30pm

Birds in Flight Identification at the Tower: 8:30-11:30 Friday, January
11 only

Mark and Joanie Hubinger

John and Sue Ewan

Santa Ana NWR, USFWS Volunteers

 

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Date: 1/9/19 10:14 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Glut of Common Loons, NO Pacific at Hubbard Creek Reservoir
Texbirds,

I was finally able to combine a work trip with a belated chase of a Pacific
Loon that Martin Reid and Sheridan Coffey discovered at Hubbard Creek
Reservoir (Stephens Co.) back on 24 December 2018.(see
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50925828).

After about 1.5 hours of effort late this afternoon I failed to locate a
Pacific Loon, but I did tally about two dozen loons, of which 18-20 were
definitive Common Loons. The most exciting part of the evening was right
around sunset when I was treated to abbreviated yodeling as they were
gathering to roost for the night. It was a treat and a first for me in
Texas. The audio recording can be found in the eBird checklist below:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51514875

Gone loon-y in Breckenridge, TX
Justin Bosler

 

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Date: 1/9/19 9:15 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Purple Finches, north Austin
Texbirds,

Perched, site-faithful Purple Finches have been hard to come by so far this
winter in Central Texas, so I was very pleased to refind the flock of 5
originally reported by Mike Rogan at Yett Creek Neighborhood Park. On
Tuesday, 8 January, I stumbled across the silent group of finches in a
thicket of junipers by the swale at the east end of the park. An American
elm tree near this location may be their preferred wild food resource.

Good birding,
Justin Bosler
currently in Breckenridge, TX

 

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Date: 1/9/19 11:10 am
From: Brian Sheehan <osuwildlifer...>
Subject: [texbirds] Purple Finches in SW Austin

Hi Texbirders,

I was excited to find that a male Purple Finch joined the already-present female / 1st year male in my SW Austin front yard today. Photos can be found on the eBird posts below. I'll keep the feeders full!

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51498020
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51493702

Good birding all,
Brian Sheehan @ Austin, TX

 

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Date: 1/9/19 8:50 am
From: brad Wier <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender bobby_wier for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Salineno?
In past visits to Salineno (and Chapeno) it’s been easy to launch kayaks from the beach into the Rio Grande for paddle birding in the river channel. Can recent visitors confirm whether this access has changed or been sealed off, or is it still possible? Not looking for political discourse, just a question about current conditions.

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Date: 1/8/19 4:41 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 1-8-19 American Woodcock@ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
1-8-19 American Woodcock@ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary

I haven’t seen any Woodcock posts and we had one flushed today. The nice things with them is, sometimes you can refind them in the same area—it was near the Scout Bridge in the Old Growth Forest. One of these day, I will go out at dusk and discover their gatherings that a friend posts about each year.

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

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Date: 1/8/19 3:45 pm
From: John Blackwell <john.a.blackwell51...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Purple Martins
Is it likely that a scout would hang around? I'll keep checking and keep my
camera close.

John A. Blackwell

On Tue, Jan 8, 2019 at 4:14 PM Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> wrote:

> Though none are reported as yet from Texas, there are sightings from La.
> and Fl. You can follow the action/arrivals here: Its easier than Ebird
> though I am sure both differ in reports. This is mostly folks that have
> colonies reporting in.
> https://www.purplemartin.org/research/8/scout-arrival-study/
>
> On Tue, Jan 8, 2019 at 3:56 PM Dan Smith <dan...>
> wrote:
>
>> No, it is not too early. The males begin to show up in Texas in January.
>> I recall seeing one east of Austin on New Year’s Day some years ago.
>>
>> Good sighting.
>>
>> Dan Smith
>> <dan...>
>> 512-451-2632
>> http://www.wordsmithofaustin.com
>>
>> "Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not
>> constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their
>> gains.” Thomas Jefferson, 1814.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Jan 8, 2019, at 3:50 PM, John Blackwell <john.a.blackwell51...>
>> wrote:
>>
>> Is it too early for Purple martins in Colorado County? I saw what I
>> believed to be a swallow and it was grey breasted, but I was also looking
>> into today's grey sky from a good ways off.
>>
>> John A. Blackwell
>> Colorado County, Texas
>>
>>
>>
>
> --
>
> Brush Freeman
> <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/8/19 2:31 pm
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Purple Martins
Seems that every time I have stopped for a really early Purple Martin, they always turn out to be decoys. I hate those things.


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

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




From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Brush Freeman
Sent: Tuesday, January 08, 2019 4:14 PM
To: Dan Smith <dan...>
Cc: <john.a.blackwell51...>; Texbirds <Texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Purple Martins

Though none are reported as yet from Texas, there are sightings from La. and Fl. You can follow the action/arrivals here: Its easier than Ebird though I am sure both differ in reports. This is mostly folks that have colonies reporting in. https://www.purplemartin.org/research/8/scout-arrival-study/<https://smex12-5-en-ctp.trendmicro.com:443/wis/clicktime/v1/query?url=https%3a%2f%2fwww.purplemartin.org%2fresearch%2f8%2fscout%2darrival%2dstudy%2f&umid=56055290-8105-4b87-962d-28cd976b6ad1&auth=7ddbe8ec4830fa41299dbb3568e76a12df6048f9-e483195bd2638684852fff4e66dfbf7c10dc1a5c>

On Tue, Jan 8, 2019 at 3:56 PM Dan Smith <dan...><mailto:<dan...>> wrote:
No, it is not too early. The males begin to show up in Texas in January. I recall seeing one east of Austin on New Year’s Day some years ago.

Good sighting.

Dan Smith
<dan...><mailto:<dan...>
512-451-2632
http://www.wordsmithofaustin.com<https://smex12-5-en-ctp.trendmicro.com:443/wis/clicktime/v1/query?url=http%3a%2f%2fwww.wordsmithofaustin.com&umid=56055290-8105-4b87-962d-28cd976b6ad1&auth=7ddbe8ec4830fa41299dbb3568e76a12df6048f9-8c364f81faef1271a18ec268d06e9f1aa55389b7>

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




On Jan 8, 2019, at 3:50 PM, John Blackwell <john.a.blackwell51...><mailto:<john.a.blackwell51...>> wrote:

Is it too early for Purple martins in Colorado County? I saw what I believed to be a swallow and it was grey breasted, but I was also looking into today's grey sky from a good ways off.

John A. Blackwell
Colorado County, Texas



--

Brush Freeman
Utley & Cedar Park, Texas


 

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Date: 1/8/19 2:15 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Purple Martins
Though none are reported as yet from Texas, there are sightings from La.
and Fl. You can follow the action/arrivals here: Its easier than Ebird
though I am sure both differ in reports. This is mostly folks that have
colonies reporting in.
https://www.purplemartin.org/research/8/scout-arrival-study/

On Tue, Jan 8, 2019 at 3:56 PM Dan Smith <dan...> wrote:

> No, it is not too early. The males begin to show up in Texas in January. I
> recall seeing one east of Austin on New Year’s Day some years ago.
>
> Good sighting.
>
> Dan Smith
> <dan...>
> 512-451-2632
> http://www.wordsmithofaustin.com
>
> "Merchants have no country. The mere spot they stand on does not
> constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their
> gains.” Thomas Jefferson, 1814.
>
>
>
>
> On Jan 8, 2019, at 3:50 PM, John Blackwell <john.a.blackwell51...>
> wrote:
>
> Is it too early for Purple martins in Colorado County? I saw what I
> believed to be a swallow and it was grey breasted, but I was also looking
> into today's grey sky from a good ways off.
>
> John A. Blackwell
> Colorado County, Texas
>
>
>

--

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

 

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Date: 1/8/19 1:56 pm
From: Dan Smith <dan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Purple Martins
No, it is not too early. The males begin to show up in Texas in January. I recall seeing one east of Austin on New Year’s Day some years ago.

Good sighting.

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

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




> On Jan 8, 2019, at 3:50 PM, John Blackwell <john.a.blackwell51...> wrote:
>
> Is it too early for Purple martins in Colorado County? I saw what I believed to be a swallow and it was grey breasted, but I was also looking into today's grey sky from a good ways off.
>
> John A. Blackwell
> Colorado County, Texas


 

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Date: 1/8/19 1:52 pm
From: John Blackwell <john.a.blackwell51...>
Subject: [texbirds] Purple Martins
Is it too early for Purple martins in Colorado County? I saw what I
believed to be a swallow and it was grey breasted, but I was also looking
into today's grey sky from a good ways off.

John A. Blackwell
Colorado County, Texas

 

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Date: 1/7/19 8:39 pm
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Matagorda County CBC challange
On Sun, Jan 6, 2019 at 3:20 PM Brent Ortego <brentortego...> wrote:

> Matagorda County produced 237 species during one day with the help of 123
> birders during 352 party hours. The CBC is made up of 12 sections with
> each reporting their daily tally. In comparison I attended 12 counts with
> help most days from others in my party and managed to tally 215 species
> with 108 party-hours. Somewhat less productive than David Sarkozi's 2.7
> species per party-hour. Our efforts, I suspect, were not designed to
> maximize species diversity but to help the compiler in the best manner
> possible to achieve their goals.
>

Don't sell yourself short, you did achieve a number 90% of Matagorda County
with less than 1/3 of the party hours. More party hours produce more birds,
but it is an asymptote, you find fewer new birds per hour as the hours go
up.

Brent is also right, we all also bird as a team in a CBC, birding too get
some special species. For example my hours on the jetty on the Freeport
count are there to get just a handful of species, but they are often single
party birds. Its not uncommon to come off the jetty with just 20-25 species
for the day. Its not uncommon to need 3-4 hours of staring out to see just
to get a single Northern Gannet.

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

 

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Date: 1/7/19 2:05 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Rufous-backed Robin CR 202 in Uvalde Co.
Texbirds,

The RBRO continues today along the east bank of the Nueces River at the CR
202 crossing. It showed up at 2:15 PM about 100 yards south of the road in
a hackberry draped in greenbrier.

Good birding!

Justin Bosler
currently in Uvalde, TX

 

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Date: 1/6/19 5:10 pm
From: Dale Tilson <d.tilson...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto / Birding @ Aquarena Springs

On 1/5/2019 10:24 PM, Brian Sheehan wrote:
>
> Greetings all,
>
> I respectfully, yet wholeheartedly, disagree.  The mention of a
> person’s name in a posting, whether that person is political by
> occupation or not, does not automatically make the content of a
> posting affiliated with that person’s occupation.  How many counties
> in this state are named after people who have been in political
> offices at one time or another?  Should we also then ban any postings
> mentioning those county names?
>
> While we’re at it, this listserv is intended primarily for
> birding-related information, etc. Should we also ban any mention
> whatsoever of anything that isn’t 100% birding related?  I.E. “I was
> out birding, here’s my list of the 37 bird species I saw.  Strangely
> enough, I also saw a man on a horse playing guitar.”  BANNED.
>
I just want to say that I'd love to see a horse playing guitar, whether
there was a man on him or not...

Dale Tilson
Bastrop county


 

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Date: 1/6/19 3:04 pm
From: Petra Hockey <phockey...>
Subject: [texbirds] Blue Ross's Goose, "Prairie" Merlin along FM 2760, Calhoun Co.
TexBirders:

Getting back to birding notes after the heated discussions about the “Full Beto" challenge (I like the name and don’t mind using it).

On January 4 I returned to FM 2760 (the road between Magnolia Beach and Alamo Beach) in Calhoun Co. where I had seen a BLUE Ross's Goose the previous day hoping for photo opportunities. This turned out to be unsuccessful but I thought it worth a mention if anybody would like to work through this huge flock - rough guess of at least 2000 - of Snow and Ross's Geese. It is easy to pull off along this road. The traffic is very light. Scope is helpful. As a consolation prize we lucked into a beautiful "Prairie” Merlin (photos posted to facebook Texbirds and ebird). The pale blue-gray back glowed in the sunshine although it was quite shy when we stopped the car and flew further back into the field were photos just didn't do it justice. We saw it twice that day with several hours in between, so it seems to like the area. It deserves to be mentioned that the flock of white geese has a very high percentage of Ross's, maybe up to 50:50. Last year I found similarly Ross’s heavy flocks nearby with 2 BLUE Ross’s that cooperated for photos. Other birdy areas Tira Overstreet and I checked out that day were wetlands along HW 316 and the entire length of the TOS Sanctuary Magic Ridge. It was a spectacular day to be out birding.

Petra Hockey
Port O’Connor, Calhoun Co.





 

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Date: 1/6/19 2:53 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Correction to last post
Greetings All:

Of course I meant 110% NOT 1110%; even the most zealous of athletes
never promises more than 110% on camera:)

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock
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Date: 1/6/19 2:51 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] CBC Challenge - My Wrinkle on Things
Greetings All:

I participated in the three CBCs that I compile - all in the allegedly
dry, truly windswept, and not really birdless vicinity of Lubbock.

As there was no way I could compete with Matagorda County - a CBC I
participated in once and was blown away by - I decided to compete
against eBird. How well did I do against the cumulative December list
for Bailey, Crosby, Dickens, and Lubbock Counties (counties included
in my CBCs) from 1998 through 2018 (my era in the region).

Cumulatively, those four counties have racked up 221 species during
the Decembers between 1998 and 2018. My routes are pretty good (the
third best route on the Lubbock County CBC, the second best route on
the Muleshoe NWR CBC, and the best route on the White River Lake CBC)
and I tallied 92 species on the Lubbock County CBC on the 15th, added
three new species during the Muleshoe NWR CBC on the 16th, and added
twenty-four new species during the White River Lake CBC on the 29th -
bringing my CBC total for the year to 119.

Well, 119 divided into 221 is 53.8462% and I feel reasonably happy to
have done so well without even knowing what I was trying to do:)

My one person in three sections effort against Matador County's 123
person effort in twelve sections was only 119 out of 237 (50.2111%)
and, again, I feel pretty good. I've been practicing, keeping the
ankles loose and the eyeballs hydrated, ready to give 1110% to the
team, etc... and that ain't bad.

My favorite bird was one I didn't see: with a bit of a wave of Eastern
Towhees in the Panhandle Proper, I really enjoyed giving every Spotted
Towhee (the species that turned me into a birder by the by) seen
during the White River Lake CBC a thorough going over and learned a
bit about Spotted Towhee variation ... but I was not able to turn any
of them into a Spotted Towhee. Brandon Best and Rich Kostecke,
however, found a hybrid on their route so kudos to them!

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock
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Date: 1/6/19 1:20 pm
From: Brent Ortego <brentortego...>
Subject: [texbirds] Matagorda County CBC challange
I posted a friendly challenge before the season for birders to attend as many CBCs as possible and see how close they can come to the CBC in Matagorda County.

I gave it a shot and attended 12 CBCs with most within 110 miles of the Matagorda County CBC. I kept them close to not greatly go outside of ecoregion of Matagorda County.

I am sort of numb from getting up around 3 most mornings and driving roughly 100 miles to a count. Also feeling kind of strange just sitting at the desk watching feeders rather than being outside doing something.

Matagorda County produced 237 species during one day with the help of 123 birders during 352 party hours. The CBC is made up of 12 sections with each reporting their daily tally. In comparison I attended 12 counts with help most days from others in my party and managed to tally 215 species with 108 party-hours. Somewhat less productive than David Sarkozi's 2.7 species per party-hour. Our efforts, I suspect, were not designed to maximize species diversity but to help the compiler in the best manner possible to achieve their goals. I had Great assignments on some days where I was able to travel across most of the count circle and other days I was more focused on smaller areas. My daily production ranged from 45 species on the Kenedy County CBC to 135 on both the Matagorda and Guadalupe River Delta CBCs.

The quest was fun and increasingly points out to me how diverse the Texas coastal CBCs are.

I often wonder how did Matagorda County report 250 species in 2005 and can this be duplicated again. In planning to try to achieve this high species level you are hoping for about 10 irregularly occurring species which can be obtained on most years. However, the factor which gets the high species tally is finding almost all of the "regularly" occurring species. This requires planning, skill and some luck. Mad Island missed 25 species this year that had occurred with some regularity. Something to think about.

It was a Great CBC Season. I hope you enjoyed it.


Brent Ortego
Texas CBC Editor
Victoria, TX

 

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Date: 1/6/19 12:53 pm
From: Bill Clark <raptours...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Harlan's Hawk in Chambers County, two birds?
Hi David,

Indeed two birds. The top one is an adult and the bottom one is a
juvenile, both Harlan's.

Cheers,  Bill Clark

On 1/6/2019 2:20 PM, David Sarkozi wrote:
> Yesterday while birding Chambers County with John Berner, Drew
> Dickert, and David Hanson we found a Harlan's Hawk (Red-tailed Hawk)
> soaring over FM1941 right before the road turns east/west. This bird
> is 5.5 miles straight line from the Harlan's I found Dec 20th on the
> Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge Entrance Rd. Looking closely at my
> photos this could possibily be 2 different birds, the Jan 5 bird
> appears to have a significant amount of white in P10 (last primary on
> the wing). The Dec 20 bird which looks like it has a mostly dark P10
>
> IMG_9837-Edit.JPG
> IMG_9476-Edit.JPG
>
> --
> David Sarkozi
> Houston, TX
> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi

--
Bill Clark
Harlingen, Texas
956 364-0415 (Only one now, but a smart one)
What have you done for raptors today?



 

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Date: 1/6/19 12:21 pm
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Harlan's Hawk in Chambers County, two birds?
Yesterday while birding Chambers County with John Berner, Drew
Dickert, and David
Hanson we found a Harlan's Hawk (Red-tailed Hawk) soaring over FM1941 right
before the road turns east/west. This bird is 5.5 miles straight line from
the Harlan's I found Dec 20th on the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge
Entrance Rd. Looking closely at my photos this could possibily be 2
different birds, the Jan 5 bird appears to have a significant amount of
white in P10 (last primary on the wing). The Dec 20 bird which looks like
it has a mostly dark P10

[image: IMG_9837-Edit.JPG]
[image: IMG_9476-Edit.JPG]

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

 

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Date: 1/6/19 10:28 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Thank you David
FYI

Thanks to David for all he does! More later on David

I thought my note from last night went only to that person—I had deleted the other names that were attached

I have not said anything since the first day, other than my accidental post last night, in spite of being copied privately and also getting Texbirds posts. As I recall, I only posted the response and one comment, in spite of having others constantly bring me up

I have received a lot of email both directions, but I really don’t need that—we’ve had >35 people visit the last week and probably much more, but I don’t have time to grab the exact number—each of these have to go to the contact page for a visit and it takes me 5-8 min each to arrange these and I have a fast response, usually & we don’t have staff and don’t charge administrative salaries. Last year, we ended up spending 23K over donations to maintain Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary, but it is a labor of love and we enjoy sharing our paradise, within respectable limitations. We don’t even charge all that we could to the sanctuary, which we plan on protecting. We have to pay $15/hr to get maintained.

I love the people making fun of my list post—I thought you could bother to open the link and see the Vermillion Flycatcher, nuthatch, creeper, Grasshopper, Le’Conte’s, 67 species for the day and other good stuff, but no, you are bored. The purpose of posting is that you know what is out there and you can look yourself in your patch, or make arrangements to come here. We had 11 species of Sparrows yesterday and not that many out searching for that species.

This week has been very chaotic—we had a man knock on my private home door and walk in after knocking this week, plus we had a gentleman climb my fence and study the gate mechanism for 10 min and it ended up that he was on probation and home arrest and had numerous problems and record.

This week has been amazing with the two of us having 8 dr appts this week! At least the traffic was light with going to the medical center with school being out.

So, I’m sorry last nights post went out, but I still stand by liking a birding list being apolitical! You can call it anyone’s name that is in politics and I would have the same thoughts—I like the standards that David had maintained all this time and yes, he does a lot of work—I know, I’m admin of many things and it takes a lot of work and much behind the scene. Thank you David for all you do! It also takes a lot of time to share and I know how much time all this takes! Thanks again!

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: 1/6/19 7:06 am
From: Mark Welch <welch.mark3...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto / Birding @ Aquarena Springs
Hoot. I shouldn't report the Trumpeter Swan I just saw on Lake LBJ.

Just playing.
Mark in politically safe-sounding Dripping Springs

(PS-- swan was domesticated type..for real.)

On Sat, Jan 5, 2019 at 11:50 PM Kenny Anderson <kennya290...> wrote:

> Austin is a county just not the county you live in
>
> On Sat, Jan 5, 2019 at 11:35 PM Brian Sheehan <osuwildlifer...>
> wrote:
>
>> Apologies for the double-post. I feel like a bonehead. My wife, in her
>> infinite wisdom, pointed out that Austin isn’t a county. Whoops. Guess I
>> got so caught up in my bloviating that I forgot Austin was a city and not a
>> county. (And, while is spelled with an “h”.)
>>
>>
>>
>> So, to hopefully redeem myself somewhat, I’ll add that on Thursday, in
>> our front yard, we had a single Purple Finch amongst a few House Finches at
>> the front sunflower feeder. I had seen several eBird reports of them in
>> the Austin area over the past weeks and had been keeping my eyes open,
>> hoping that one might grace our feeders with a visit. (
>> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51262479) Sure enough, one showed up.
>> So, Austinites and those nearby, you might get lucky too!
>>
>>
>>
>> Brian Sheehan
>>
>> Austin, TX (Travis county)
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> *On
>> Behalf Of *Brian Sheehan
>> *Sent:* Saturday, January 5, 2019 10:24 PM
>> *To:* <texbirds...>
>> *Subject:* [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto / Birding @ Aquarena Springs
>>
>>
>>
>> Greetings all,
>>
>>
>>
>> I respectfully, yet wholeheartedly, disagree. The mention of a person’s
>> name in a posting, whether that person is political by occupation or not,
>> does not automatically make the content of a posting affiliated with that
>> person’s occupation. How many counties in this state are named after
>> people who have been in political offices at one time or another? Should
>> we also then ban any postings mentioning those county names?
>>
>>
>>
>> While we’re at it, this listserv is intended primarily for
>> birding-related information, etc. Should we also ban any mention
>> whatsoever of anything that isn’t 100% birding related? I.E. “I was out
>> birding, here’s my list of the 37 bird species I saw. Strangely enough, I
>> also saw a man on a horse playing guitar.” BANNED.
>>
>>
>>
>> He mentioned a political person’s name, for Pete’s sake. There was
>> absolutely no political bend to the post, as the poster and others have
>> affirmed over and over. (Side-note: I’m completely sure that over the
>> course of history, there’s been a politician by the name of Pete. Should
>> the expression be banned?)
>>
>>
>>
>> Also, when you say that you “thought we were stopping this”, why did you
>> choose to CC the TEXBirds listserv in your response? You took an email
>> that was intended for you only, and re-posted it to the listserv, thereby
>> re-igniting this discussion.
>>
>>
>>
>> I very much respect and appreciate you, Susan, and your efforts to make
>> an incredibly diverse and important area open to the public at significant
>> personal cost. So I hope that this isn’t taken personally. It simply was
>> not a political post in any way, in my opinion.
>>
>>
>>
>> Of birding-related note, the wife and I made it down to Aquarena Springs
>> in San Marcos today, and with it being our first time there we were both
>> pleasantly surprised. We did the glass-bottomed boat tour of Spring Lake
>> which was incredibly interesting and informative, while it also allowed for
>> a bit of birding by boat. Highlights from that trip were a gorgeous
>> Vermillion Flycatcher, multiple feisty Ruby-crowned Kinglets showing off
>> their namesake wile interacting with others, a Ringed Kingfisher, and the
>> overall very high activity level and numbers of most of the birds we saw.
>> The vulture and cormorant roosts were also impressive. A very birdy day,
>> for sure. Link to the full list on eBird is here:
>>
>> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51356021
>> <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fview%2Fchecklist%2FS51356021&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=UhTCIJS4x88p5mBYKUxBxH%2FHqYRhvmwHgO%2FOGAaenXs%3D&reserved=0>
>>
>>
>>
>> Good Birding all,
>>
>> Brian Sheehan
>>
>> Austin, TX (Oh, wait, maybe I shouldn’t post the county I’m from
>> considering Stephen F. Austin was, for parts of his life, a politician ;-)
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> *From:* <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> *On
>> Behalf Of *Susan Schaezler
>> *Sent:* Saturday, January 5, 2019 8:48 PM
>> *To:* <rjbandbab...>
>> *Cc:* TexBirds <texbirds...>
>> *Subject:* [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
>>
>>
>>
>> I thought we were stopping this—it is a political name and this has
>> always been a site wo politics—issues, yes, but David has kept it apolitical
>>
>>
>>
>> Using a name of any political name is political, whether I voted for them
>> or not!
>>
>>
>>
>> You have been asked to stop!!
>>
>>
>>
>> Susan Schaezler
>>
>> WarblerWoods.org
>> <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2FWarblerWoods.org&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=3eS%2FWu6yZay7md3KYOgeDIsfsxu%2BpuWA80ZnC%2FqD418%3D&reserved=0>
>> , http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
>> <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Febird%2Fhotspot%2FL213585%3Fyr%3Dcur&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=db7LVp%2FbFmz1d%2FMmrbo%2BGEmmqSc%2BbhLOoIJvAov15WQ%3D&reserved=0>
>>
>> 501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
>>
>> Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
>>
>> Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS
>>
>>
>> On Jan 5, 2019, at 5:22 PM, <rjbandbab...> <
>> <rjbandbab...> wrote:
>>
>> Come on Susan! How is that political? It's neither endorsement nor
>> indictment. Just a name, which all know was not chosen for political
>> reasons. Roger
>>
>>
>>
>> ---- Susan Schaezler <susan...> wrote:
>>
>> Just clarify the rules David—you said no political and you have used
>> political for your campaign—just let all of us know if you change the rules
>> and we will be fine and creative too. No, I’m not saying who I voted
>> for—just know David likes his rules
>>
>>
>>
>> Happy New Year everyone!
>>
>>
>>
>> Susan Schaezler
>>
>> WarblerWoods.org
>> <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2FWarblerWoods.org&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=3eS%2FWu6yZay7md3KYOgeDIsfsxu%2BpuWA80ZnC%2FqD418%3D&reserved=0>,
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
>> <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Febird%2Fhotspot%2FL213585%3Fyr%3Dcur&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=db7LVp%2FbFmz1d%2FMmrbo%2BGEmmqSc%2BbhLOoIJvAov15WQ%3D&reserved=0>
>>
>> 501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
>>
>> Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
>>
>> Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS
>>
>>
>>
>> On Jan 1, 2019, at 7:29 PM, Niki McDaniel <mcdbird...> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> This does not seem political to me. Seems more like a worthy goal!
>>
>>
>>
>> From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On
>> Behalf Of Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
>>
>> Sent: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 2:37 PM
>>
>> To: <david...>
>>
>> Cc: TexBirds <texbirds...>
>>
>> Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
>>
>>
>>
>> I thought we were supposed to be apolitical on this site? Please clarify
>> the rules for those that follow. I like the goal though!
>>
>>
>>
>> Susan Schaezler
>>
>> WarblerWoods.org
>> <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2FWarblerWoods.org&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=3eS%2FWu6yZay7md3KYOgeDIsfsxu%2BpuWA80ZnC%2FqD418%3D&reserved=0>,
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
>> <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Febird%2Fhotspot%2FL213585%3Fyr%3Dcur&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=db7LVp%2FbFmz1d%2FMmrbo%2BGEmmqSc%2BbhLOoIJvAov15WQ%3D&reserved=0>
>>
>> 501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
>>
>> Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
>>
>> Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS
>>
>>
>>
>> On Jan 1, 2019, at 2:06 PM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full
>> Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm
>> naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his
>> senate campaign.
>>
>>
>>
>> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most
>> Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because
>> I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people
>> I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a
>> number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>>
>>
>>
>> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in
>> Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year.
>> Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a
>> bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>>
>>
>>
>> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so
>> 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>>
>>
>>
>> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per
>> county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of
>> 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017
>> so maybe 10K is doable.
>>
>>
>>
>> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>>
>> David Sarkozi
>>
>> Houston, TX
>>
>> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
>>
>>
>>
>>

 

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Date: 1/5/19 9:50 pm
From: Kenny Anderson <kennya290...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto / Birding @ Aquarena Springs
Austin is a county just not the county you live in

On Sat, Jan 5, 2019 at 11:35 PM Brian Sheehan <osuwildlifer...>
wrote:

> Apologies for the double-post. I feel like a bonehead. My wife, in her
> infinite wisdom, pointed out that Austin isn’t a county. Whoops. Guess I
> got so caught up in my bloviating that I forgot Austin was a city and not a
> county. (And, while is spelled with an “h”.)
>
>
>
> So, to hopefully redeem myself somewhat, I’ll add that on Thursday, in our
> front yard, we had a single Purple Finch amongst a few House Finches at the
> front sunflower feeder. I had seen several eBird reports of them in the
> Austin area over the past weeks and had been keeping my eyes open, hoping
> that one might grace our feeders with a visit. (
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51262479) Sure enough, one showed up.
> So, Austinites and those nearby, you might get lucky too!
>
>
>
> Brian Sheehan
>
> Austin, TX (Travis county)
>
>
>
> *From:* <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> *On
> Behalf Of *Brian Sheehan
> *Sent:* Saturday, January 5, 2019 10:24 PM
> *To:* <texbirds...>
> *Subject:* [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto / Birding @ Aquarena Springs
>
>
>
> Greetings all,
>
>
>
> I respectfully, yet wholeheartedly, disagree. The mention of a person’s
> name in a posting, whether that person is political by occupation or not,
> does not automatically make the content of a posting affiliated with that
> person’s occupation. How many counties in this state are named after
> people who have been in political offices at one time or another? Should
> we also then ban any postings mentioning those county names?
>
>
>
> While we’re at it, this listserv is intended primarily for birding-related
> information, etc. Should we also ban any mention whatsoever of anything
> that isn’t 100% birding related? I.E. “I was out birding, here’s my list
> of the 37 bird species I saw. Strangely enough, I also saw a man on a
> horse playing guitar.” BANNED.
>
>
>
> He mentioned a political person’s name, for Pete’s sake. There was
> absolutely no political bend to the post, as the poster and others have
> affirmed over and over. (Side-note: I’m completely sure that over the
> course of history, there’s been a politician by the name of Pete. Should
> the expression be banned?)
>
>
>
> Also, when you say that you “thought we were stopping this”, why did you
> choose to CC the TEXBirds listserv in your response? You took an email
> that was intended for you only, and re-posted it to the listserv, thereby
> re-igniting this discussion.
>
>
>
> I very much respect and appreciate you, Susan, and your efforts to make an
> incredibly diverse and important area open to the public at significant
> personal cost. So I hope that this isn’t taken personally. It simply was
> not a political post in any way, in my opinion.
>
>
>
> Of birding-related note, the wife and I made it down to Aquarena Springs
> in San Marcos today, and with it being our first time there we were both
> pleasantly surprised. We did the glass-bottomed boat tour of Spring Lake
> which was incredibly interesting and informative, while it also allowed for
> a bit of birding by boat. Highlights from that trip were a gorgeous
> Vermillion Flycatcher, multiple feisty Ruby-crowned Kinglets showing off
> their namesake wile interacting with others, a Ringed Kingfisher, and the
> overall very high activity level and numbers of most of the birds we saw.
> The vulture and cormorant roosts were also impressive. A very birdy day,
> for sure. Link to the full list on eBird is here:
>
> https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51356021
> <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fview%2Fchecklist%2FS51356021&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=UhTCIJS4x88p5mBYKUxBxH%2FHqYRhvmwHgO%2FOGAaenXs%3D&reserved=0>
>
>
>
> Good Birding all,
>
> Brian Sheehan
>
> Austin, TX (Oh, wait, maybe I shouldn’t post the county I’m from
> considering Stephen F. Austin was, for parts of his life, a politician ;-)
>
>
>
>
>
> *From:* <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> *On
> Behalf Of *Susan Schaezler
> *Sent:* Saturday, January 5, 2019 8:48 PM
> *To:* <rjbandbab...>
> *Cc:* TexBirds <texbirds...>
> *Subject:* [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
>
>
>
> I thought we were stopping this—it is a political name and this has always
> been a site wo politics—issues, yes, but David has kept it apolitical
>
>
>
> Using a name of any political name is political, whether I voted for them
> or not!
>
>
>
> You have been asked to stop!!
>
>
>
> Susan Schaezler
>
> WarblerWoods.org
> <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2FWarblerWoods.org&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=3eS%2FWu6yZay7md3KYOgeDIsfsxu%2BpuWA80ZnC%2FqD418%3D&reserved=0>
> , http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
> <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Febird%2Fhotspot%2FL213585%3Fyr%3Dcur&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=db7LVp%2FbFmz1d%2FMmrbo%2BGEmmqSc%2BbhLOoIJvAov15WQ%3D&reserved=0>
>
> 501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
>
> Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
>
> Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS
>
>
> On Jan 5, 2019, at 5:22 PM, <rjbandbab...> <
> <rjbandbab...> wrote:
>
> Come on Susan! How is that political? It's neither endorsement nor
> indictment. Just a name, which all know was not chosen for political
> reasons. Roger
>
>
>
> ---- Susan Schaezler <susan...> wrote:
>
> Just clarify the rules David—you said no political and you have used
> political for your campaign—just let all of us know if you change the rules
> and we will be fine and creative too. No, I’m not saying who I voted
> for—just know David likes his rules
>
>
>
> Happy New Year everyone!
>
>
>
> Susan Schaezler
>
> WarblerWoods.org
> <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2FWarblerWoods.org&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=3eS%2FWu6yZay7md3KYOgeDIsfsxu%2BpuWA80ZnC%2FqD418%3D&reserved=0>,
> http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
> <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Febird%2Fhotspot%2FL213585%3Fyr%3Dcur&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=db7LVp%2FbFmz1d%2FMmrbo%2BGEmmqSc%2BbhLOoIJvAov15WQ%3D&reserved=0>
>
> 501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
>
> Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
>
> Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS
>
>
>
> On Jan 1, 2019, at 7:29 PM, Niki McDaniel <mcdbird...> wrote:
>
>
>
> This does not seem political to me. Seems more like a worthy goal!
>
>
>
> From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On
> Behalf Of Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
>
> Sent: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 2:37 PM
>
> To: <david...>
>
> Cc: TexBirds <texbirds...>
>
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
>
>
>
> I thought we were supposed to be apolitical on this site? Please clarify
> the rules for those that follow. I like the goal though!
>
>
>
> Susan Schaezler
>
> WarblerWoods.org
> <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2FWarblerWoods.org&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=3eS%2FWu6yZay7md3KYOgeDIsfsxu%2BpuWA80ZnC%2FqD418%3D&reserved=0>,
> http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
> <https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Febird%2Fhotspot%2FL213585%3Fyr%3Dcur&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=db7LVp%2FbFmz1d%2FMmrbo%2BGEmmqSc%2BbhLOoIJvAov15WQ%3D&reserved=0>
>
> 501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
>
> Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
>
> Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS
>
>
>
> On Jan 1, 2019, at 2:06 PM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>
>
>
> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto",
> or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming
> this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate
> campaign.
>
>
>
> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most
> Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because
> I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people
> I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a
> number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>
>
>
> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in
> Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year.
> Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a
> bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>
>
>
> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so
> 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>
>
>
> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per
> county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of
> 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017
> so maybe 10K is doable.
>
>
>
> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>
>
>
> --
>
> David Sarkozi
>
> Houston, TX
>
> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/5/19 9:35 pm
From: Brian Sheehan <osuwildlifer...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto / Birding @ Aquarena Springs
Apologies for the double-post. I feel like a bonehead. My wife, in her infinite wisdom, pointed out that Austin isn’t a county. Whoops. Guess I got so caught up in my bloviating that I forgot Austin was a city and not a county. (And, while is spelled with an “h”.)

So, to hopefully redeem myself somewhat, I’ll add that on Thursday, in our front yard, we had a single Purple Finch amongst a few House Finches at the front sunflower feeder. I had seen several eBird reports of them in the Austin area over the past weeks and had been keeping my eyes open, hoping that one might grace our feeders with a visit. (https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51262479) Sure enough, one showed up. So, Austinites and those nearby, you might get lucky too!

Brian Sheehan
Austin, TX (Travis county)

From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Brian Sheehan
Sent: Saturday, January 5, 2019 10:24 PM
To: <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto / Birding @ Aquarena Springs

Greetings all,

I respectfully, yet wholeheartedly, disagree. The mention of a person’s name in a posting, whether that person is political by occupation or not, does not automatically make the content of a posting affiliated with that person’s occupation. How many counties in this state are named after people who have been in political offices at one time or another? Should we also then ban any postings mentioning those county names?

While we’re at it, this listserv is intended primarily for birding-related information, etc. Should we also ban any mention whatsoever of anything that isn’t 100% birding related? I.E. “I was out birding, here’s my list of the 37 bird species I saw. Strangely enough, I also saw a man on a horse playing guitar.” BANNED.

He mentioned a political person’s name, for Pete’s sake. There was absolutely no political bend to the post, as the poster and others have affirmed over and over. (Side-note: I’m completely sure that over the course of history, there’s been a politician by the name of Pete. Should the expression be banned?)

Also, when you say that you “thought we were stopping this”, why did you choose to CC the TEXBirds listserv in your response? You took an email that was intended for you only, and re-posted it to the listserv, thereby re-igniting this discussion.

I very much respect and appreciate you, Susan, and your efforts to make an incredibly diverse and important area open to the public at significant personal cost. So I hope that this isn’t taken personally. It simply was not a political post in any way, in my opinion.

Of birding-related note, the wife and I made it down to Aquarena Springs in San Marcos today, and with it being our first time there we were both pleasantly surprised. We did the glass-bottomed boat tour of Spring Lake which was incredibly interesting and informative, while it also allowed for a bit of birding by boat. Highlights from that trip were a gorgeous Vermillion Flycatcher, multiple feisty Ruby-crowned Kinglets showing off their namesake wile interacting with others, a Ringed Kingfisher, and the overall very high activity level and numbers of most of the birds we saw. The vulture and cormorant roosts were also impressive. A very birdy day, for sure. Link to the full list on eBird is here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51356021<https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Fview%2Fchecklist%2FS51356021&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=UhTCIJS4x88p5mBYKUxBxH%2FHqYRhvmwHgO%2FOGAaenXs%3D&reserved=0>

Good Birding all,
Brian Sheehan
Austin, TX (Oh, wait, maybe I shouldn’t post the county I’m from considering Stephen F. Austin was, for parts of his life, a politician ;-)


From: <texbirds-bounce...><mailto:<texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...><mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>> On Behalf Of Susan Schaezler
Sent: Saturday, January 5, 2019 8:48 PM
To: <rjbandbab...><mailto:<rjbandbab...>
Cc: TexBirds <texbirds...><mailto:<texbirds...>>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto

I thought we were stopping this—it is a political name and this has always been a site wo politics—issues, yes, but David has kept it apolitical

Using a name of any political name is political, whether I voted for them or not!

You have been asked to stop!!

Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org<https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2FWarblerWoods.org&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=3eS%2FWu6yZay7md3KYOgeDIsfsxu%2BpuWA80ZnC%2FqD418%3D&reserved=0>, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur<https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Febird%2Fhotspot%2FL213585%3Fyr%3Dcur&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=db7LVp%2FbFmz1d%2FMmrbo%2BGEmmqSc%2BbhLOoIJvAov15WQ%3D&reserved=0>
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS

On Jan 5, 2019, at 5:22 PM, <rjbandbab...><mailto:<rjbandbab...>> <rjbandbab...><mailto:<rjbandbab...>> wrote:
Come on Susan! How is that political? It's neither endorsement nor indictment. Just a name, which all know was not chosen for political reasons. Roger



---- Susan Schaezler <susan...><mailto:<susan...>> wrote:
Just clarify the rules David—you said no political and you have used political for your campaign—just let all of us know if you change the rules and we will be fine and creative too. No, I’m not saying who I voted for—just know David likes his rules

Happy New Year everyone!

Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org<https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2FWarblerWoods.org&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=3eS%2FWu6yZay7md3KYOgeDIsfsxu%2BpuWA80ZnC%2FqD418%3D&reserved=0>, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur<https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Febird%2Fhotspot%2FL213585%3Fyr%3Dcur&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=db7LVp%2FbFmz1d%2FMmrbo%2BGEmmqSc%2BbhLOoIJvAov15WQ%3D&reserved=0>
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS

On Jan 1, 2019, at 7:29 PM, Niki McDaniel <mcdbird...><mailto:<mcdbird...>> wrote:

This does not seem political to me. Seems more like a worthy goal!

From: <texbirds-bounce...><mailto:<texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...><mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>> On Behalf Of Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Sent: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 2:37 PM
To: <david...><mailto:<david...>
Cc: TexBirds <texbirds...><mailto:<texbirds...>>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto

I thought we were supposed to be apolitical on this site? Please clarify the rules for those that follow. I like the goal though!

Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org<https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2FWarblerWoods.org&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=3eS%2FWu6yZay7md3KYOgeDIsfsxu%2BpuWA80ZnC%2FqD418%3D&reserved=0>, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur<https://eur01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Febird.org%2Febird%2Fhotspot%2FL213585%3Fyr%3Dcur&data=02%7C01%7C%7C3a9f29658633409b000e08d6738ef4f5%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C636823455170631967&sdata=db7LVp%2FbFmz1d%2FMmrbo%2BGEmmqSc%2BbhLOoIJvAov15WQ%3D&reserved=0>
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS

On Jan 1, 2019, at 2:06 PM, David Sarkozi <david...><mailto:<david...>> wrote:

My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate campaign.

Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a number up there near 10K for annual county ticks

I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year. Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a bird. Can;t let that happen again.

I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.

Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017 so maybe 10K is doable.

Anyone want to go birding in 2019?

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

 

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Date: 1/5/19 8:25 pm
From: Brian Sheehan <osuwildlifer...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto / Birding @ Aquarena Springs
Greetings all,

I respectfully, yet wholeheartedly, disagree. The mention of a person’s name in a posting, whether that person is political by occupation or not, does not automatically make the content of a posting affiliated with that person’s occupation. How many counties in this state are named after people who have been in political offices at one time or another? Should we also then ban any postings mentioning those county names?

While we’re at it, this listserv is intended primarily for birding-related information, etc. Should we also ban any mention whatsoever of anything that isn’t 100% birding related? I.E. “I was out birding, here’s my list of the 37 bird species I saw. Strangely enough, I also saw a man on a horse playing guitar.” BANNED.

He mentioned a political person’s name, for Pete’s sake. There was absolutely no political bend to the post, as the poster and others have affirmed over and over. (Side-note: I’m completely sure that over the course of history, there’s been a politician by the name of Pete. Should the expression be banned?)

Also, when you say that you “thought we were stopping this”, why did you choose to CC the TEXBirds listserv in your response? You took an email that was intended for you only, and re-posted it to the listserv, thereby re-igniting this discussion.

I very much respect and appreciate you, Susan, and your efforts to make an incredibly diverse and important area open to the public at significant personal cost. So I hope that this isn’t taken personally. It simply was not a political post in any way, in my opinion.

Of birding-related note, the wife and I made it down to Aquarena Springs in San Marcos today, and with it being our first time there we were both pleasantly surprised. We did the glass-bottomed boat tour of Spring Lake which was incredibly interesting and informative, while it also allowed for a bit of birding by boat. Highlights from that trip were a gorgeous Vermillion Flycatcher, multiple feisty Ruby-crowned Kinglets showing off their namesake wile interacting with others, a Ringed Kingfisher, and the overall very high activity level and numbers of most of the birds we saw. The vulture and cormorant roosts were also impressive. A very birdy day, for sure. Link to the full list on eBird is here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51356021

Good Birding all,
Brian Sheehan
Austin, TX (Oh, wait, maybe I shouldn’t post the county I’m from considering Stephen F. Austin was, for parts of his life, a politician ;-)


From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Susan Schaezler
Sent: Saturday, January 5, 2019 8:48 PM
To: <rjbandbab...>
Cc: TexBirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto

I thought we were stopping this—it is a political name and this has always been a site wo politics—issues, yes, but David has kept it apolitical

Using a name of any political name is political, whether I voted for them or not!

You have been asked to stop!!

Susan Schaezler
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On Jan 5, 2019, at 5:22 PM, <rjbandbab...><mailto:<rjbandbab...>> <rjbandbab...><mailto:<rjbandbab...>> wrote:
Come on Susan! How is that political? It's neither endorsement nor indictment. Just a name, which all know was not chosen for political reasons. Roger



---- Susan Schaezler <susan...><mailto:<susan...>> wrote:

Just clarify the rules David—you said no political and you have used political for your campaign—just let all of us know if you change the rules and we will be fine and creative too. No, I’m not saying who I voted for—just know David likes his rules

Happy New Year everyone!

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On Jan 1, 2019, at 7:29 PM, Niki McDaniel <mcdbird...><mailto:<mcdbird...>> wrote:

This does not seem political to me. Seems more like a worthy goal!

From: <texbirds-bounce...><mailto:<texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...><mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>> On Behalf Of Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Sent: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 2:37 PM
To: <david...><mailto:<david...>
Cc: TexBirds <texbirds...><mailto:<texbirds...>>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto

I thought we were supposed to be apolitical on this site? Please clarify the rules for those that follow. I like the goal though!

Susan Schaezler
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On Jan 1, 2019, at 2:06 PM, David Sarkozi <david...><mailto:<david...>> wrote:

My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate campaign.

Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a number up there near 10K for annual county ticks

I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year. Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a bird. Can;t let that happen again.

I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.

Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017 so maybe 10K is doable.

Anyone want to go birding in 2019?

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David Sarkozi
Houston, TX
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Date: 1/5/19 6:48 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
I thought we were stopping this—it is a political name and this has always been a site wo politics—issues, yes, but David has kept it apolitical

Using a name of any political name is political, whether I voted for them or not!

You have been asked to stop!!

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 Jan 5, 2019, at 5:22 PM, <rjbandbab...> <rjbandbab...> wrote:
>
> Come on Susan! How is that political? It's neither endorsement nor indictment. Just a name, which all know was not chosen for political reasons. Roger
>
>
>
> ---- Susan Schaezler <susan...> wrote:
>> Just clarify the rules David—you said no political and you have used political for your campaign—just let all of us know if you change the rules and we will be fine and creative too. No, I’m not saying who I voted for—just know David likes his rules
>>
>> Happy New Year everyone!
>>
>> 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 Jan 1, 2019, at 7:29 PM, Niki McDaniel <mcdbird...> wrote:
>>>
>>> This does not seem political to me. Seems more like a worthy goal!
>>>
>>> From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
>>> Sent: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 2:37 PM
>>> To: <david...>
>>> Cc: TexBirds <texbirds...>
>>> Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
>>>
>>> I thought we were supposed to be apolitical on this site? Please clarify the rules for those that follow. I like the goal though!
>>>
>>> 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 Jan 1, 2019, at 2:06 PM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>>>
>>> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate campaign.
>>>
>>> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>>>
>>> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year. Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>>>
>>> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>>>
>>> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017 so maybe 10K is doable.
>>>
>>> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>>>
>>> --
>>> David Sarkozi
>>> Houston, TX
>>> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
>

 

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Date: 1/5/19 5:13 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Little Gull and Fork-tailed Flycatcher adventure
Greetings All:

Yesterday, Drew Harvey and I launched ourselves (at about 4:30 AM)
towards northeast Texas in hopes of adding Little Gull to our life
lists and Fork-tailed Flycatcher to my ABA list. The Little Gull
qualifies as a nemesis bird for me as I had chased it five times
before without success.

We started at White Rock Lake where, after considerable time spent
scanning from the spillway, we caught unsatisfactory glimpses of what
was, by size, shape, and profile - a Little Gull. From noon or so we
stayed on it, with spotting scopes, as it flew amidst Bonaparte's and
Ring-billed Gulls until I satisfied myself that it was, however
aesthetically disappointing, a Little Gull - gosh it would have been
nice to pick up on more (any, really) plumage details!

By 2:00 we were at Arlington Lake, following up on a report of an
adult 'winter' Little Gull. It took us an hour but we found it -
visible against the tree line of a woodland across the lake from the
park on the southern end of the lake - and I was truly and most
sincerely happy with this one: a tiny gull with strikingly dark
underwings! ABA lifer 671, I think - taxonomic shifts make accurate
counts squiffy, and a happy end to a nemesis situation.

We returned to White Rock Lake, hoping for an assembly of gulls at the
spillway but water levels remained too high, with water gushing over
the spillway and preventing gulls from using it as a roost. We amused
ourselves with a passing Nutria and no fewer than three Spotted
Sandpipers - for a bit - and around 5:30 in the evening a large number
of the smaller gulls moved towards the spillway and worked the area
just above it for fish - including the submature (a term used by my an
ornithology professor of mine to settle the distinction between
immature and adult) Little Gull.

Confusiingly, the bird looked more like the bird photographed on
12/20/18 by Ben Sandifer (using Sibley as a guide - a first winter
bird) than the bird photographed on 12/31/18 by Chris Runk (using
Sibley as a guide - a second winter bird) with very thick, black inner
bars to the wing 'M' and almost entirely dark outer panes. Is it
possible that there are two Little Gulls present at this site?

The sixth time's the charm I guess ... and pays off twice.

It was too late, by a long shot, to try for the flycatcher so we had
an excellent dinner at a nearby Italian restaurant - which, thank you
restaurant folk, spoiled me a bit with free appetizers for being a
birthday boy - and then headed over for a very chilly night of winter
camping at Lake Tawakoni State Park.

We arose quite late (6:42 this morning), birded Hunt County a bit, and
then headed out for the Fork-tailed Flycatcher. This is not as much a
nemesis for me: I have seen the species before (in Belize) and I have
only chased it twice before but I was really hoping to pick up ABA
bird 672.

What do you know; the third time can be the charm as, rather late in
the morning, a stunningly obvious Fork-tailed Flycatcher showed up at
the approved site (Highway 47 - a ways north of Wills Point - just
south of FM 3849) and ten or so gathered birders enjoyed the bird for
about a half hour before heading our separate ways.

Drew and I were a bit tuckered out (possibly still a bit chilled from
a frigid night of tent camping) and beat feet to Lubbock.

What a great trip - thanks, Drew: a hard to spot nemesis bird for my
birthday and a hard to miss ABA addition chaser the day after.

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock
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Date: 1/5/19 2:01 pm
From: <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender drbirdie for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] TOS 2019 Alaska Trip Announcement
Hi Texbirders,


 
Now that CBC's and the holidays are behind us, it is time to turn our attention to spring and summer birding plans. 
The following is posted with permission of the listowner.
 

 
Texas Ornithological Society (TOS) returns to Alaska in 2019!

 

Byron Stone and Randy Pinkston will co-lead a birding trip for TOS members to Alaska from June 2 to June 16, 2019.

 

The trip largely follows the "Trip-of-a-Lifetime" itinerary pioneered by TOS Past-President Jim Hailey on his 11 trips to Alaska for TOS. Birding destinations will include Anchorage, 2 days in Barrow, 4 full days in Nome, 2 days in and near Denali Park, and a boat trip for near-shore pelagic birds out of Seward. The trip in summer of 2017, co-led by Jim Hailey and Byron Stone, including Randy Pinkston as a participant, encountered 174 bird species, including 20 species that are very hard to find anywhere in North America other than Alaska. A partial list of such specialty birds includes Arctic and Aleutian Terns, Harlequin Duck, Long-tailed Duck, Pacific Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Bristle-thighed Curlew, Arctic Warbler, Kittlitz's Murrelet and 9 other species of alcids, Eastern Yellow Wagtail and the amazing Bluethroat! And then there is the scenery - nothing like it in the lower 48. And mammals, including muskoxen and caribou. And the incomparable polygon tundra of Barrow. This is a rigorous birding trip, with long birding days and lots of travel. Much of the travel will be in isolated backcountry with no facilities. Much of the birding will be along gravel roads or improved trails, but a few locations will require hiking over uneven ground on steep hillsides in order to maximize the prospects for birds. The trip fee is $3,850 for TOS members and $3,950 for non-members (which includes a one-year TOS membership). That fee covers ground transport to birding locations in large vans or SUV's, airfare to and from Nome and Barrow, the fee for the Seward boat trip, a donation to TOS and the earnest efforts of the trip leaders to enable every participant to see every bird. Participants will be responsible for airfare to and from Anchorage, the cost of lodging and all meals. Single rooms will be available only in Anchorage and possibly Seward. Cost of meals and lodging averaged about $2200 per participant in 2017. 


 
The minimum number of participants is 9 and maximum is 12.

 

Initial payment due with registration is $1,925 ($1,975 for non-members), with final payment of $1,925 (members) or $1,975 (non-members) due on February 28, 2019. 


 
Alaska is not inexpensive to visit because of its size and remoteness, but this is a very cost-effective way to see almost all of the specialty birds of Alaska besides those that occur offshore or in the Aleutians or Pribilofs.


 
Link for registration is on the TOS “Events” page at http://texasbirds.org/events.php


 
Link to my Flikr album with photos of some of the locations and many of the birds encountered on the 2017 TOS trip is here


 
<https://www.flickr.com/photos/thedrbirdie/albums/72157682242991002>

 

If you have questions, please contact Byron Stone at DrbirdieATaolDOTcom


 
Good birding ya’ll,


 
Byron "Doc" Stone, Austin, Tx


 

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Date: 1/5/19 1:58 pm
From: Bill <texaskingbird...>
Subject: [texbirds] Texas CBC Challenge
David's reminder yesterday  of Brent's challenge got me to thinking. How
many species did I tally on the 5 CBCs in which I participated? I didn't
have any count with particularly his numbers and I only did 5 counts
rather than the 6 or 7 I have done in past years. I also stayed closer
to home rather than wandering all over the state.

So I tallied them up and came to 121 species with total count ticks of
266. Not close to David's 199 species. I expect Brent blew right past
his 230 species goal with 10 or more counts.

What was the best bird? The only write-up bird we had was the Burrowing
Owl on the Jackson-Calhoun count.

But looking at it from a different standpoint, I used the percent of
checklists that eBird shows on its Target List for Texas in a year.
Looking at it that way, the Attwater's Greater Prairie-chicken is 
reported on 0.05% of the checklists in the state. One of the benefits of
the Attwater NWR count is that toward the end of the day, you hop in a
van and the rangers drive you out to the prairie-chickens. But the
second best bird from this viewpoint was also on the Attwater count,
three Short-eared Owls that we saw on the ride out to the
prairie-chickens. These are 0.1 percenters.

The third rarest bird was Palm Warbler, actually seen on two counts, San
Bernard and Jackson-Calhoun. This is a 0.3 percenter.

My favorite bird on the counts was probably the Leconte's Sparrow. I saw
them on the Attwater and the Jackson-Calhoun counts, with great views on
both counts. But they were a lot easier to find at Attwater. In the
early morning they popped up right next to our refuge vehicle several
times. We didn't have to get out to find them. At the Formosa-Tejano
wetlands on the Jackson-Calhoun our section leader led us out into a
high grass prairie and spent about ten minutes before he was able to
coax one up where we could see it. LeConte's Sparrows are 0.4 percenters.

Bill Wright, Houston


 

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Date: 1/5/19 5:31 am
From: Bryce Hardway <brycehardway21...>
Subject: [texbirds] Recap of 2018 Hardway Circle Game
Good morning all!

I’m no Anthony Hewetson, but here’s a recap of the little challenge my dad
and I did inspired by the challenges him and Rich Kostecke have had in
years past! We drew a three mile radius around our “home bases”, his being
our house in Lago Vista, and mine being my campus, Texas Lutheran
University, in Seguin. I had the slight edge in riparian habitat, giving me
more migrants, however my dad had the wildcard, being the lake.

I did edge him out in the end, beating him 129-121, ultimately winning that
amazing breakfast at Taqueria Guadalajara in Cedar Park. I think part of
this had to do with the lake flooding this fall. The highlights for me were
a Zone-tailed Hawk and Brown Creeper on campus, Magnolia Warbler and
Louisiana Waterthrush at Riverview Park, a Merlin and Yellow-headed
Blackbird in the fields north of TLU and a Harris’s Hawk uptown.

My dad’s highlights were the resident pair of Rock Wrens at Greenshore
Park, a Louisiana Waterthrush also at Greenshore, White-rumped and Baird’s
Sandpiper at Arrowhead Park, Wood Duck (still have no idea how he pulled
that one out of Lago), Common Poorwill, and Marsh Wren.

We decided to do a Park vs Park battle this year. To make it interesting so
I can’t just camp at Riverview when I don’t have class, we’re limiting
ourselves to just one visit to these parks per month. We’re going to pit
his Lake Creek Trail vs my Riverview Park this year, most species wins a
case of brewski’s of the winner’s choice.

I’ll try to do a lot better of updating y’all on how this goes this year!
That chicken fajita omelet is going to taste so, so good tomorrow.

Good birding and Happy New Year!
Bryce Hardway
Lago Vista, TX

 

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Date: 1/4/19 5:53 pm
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Sandpiper from April
and now we return you to some birding chatter....

I was going through some photos tonight and found this photo I took April
8, 2018 at Searim State Park. I'd like some opinions on this bird. I seem
to recall just shooting pics of a bird at my feet and never really looking
at it. The bicolored bill has me intrigued. Pectoral being the most common
at that time, but this bird doesn't have a Pectoral feel to me, especially
the lack of a supercillium and well marked flanks. Thoughts?

[image: IMG_7435-Edit.JPG]
[image: IMG_7433-Edit.JPG]
[image: IMG_7431-Edit.JPG]

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

 

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Date: 1/4/19 1:25 pm
From: James Hailey <irasciblej...>
Subject: [texbirds] fork-tailed Flycatcher

Went for the flycatcher today. No luck please let me know if it is redound
Sent from my iPhone Jim Hailey
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Date: 1/4/19 8:38 am
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Mechanics of TEXBIRDS
Excellent! Thanks, David for the look behind the curtains. It is usually a thankless job.

BTW – do we have a “winnah” in the Name David’s Game search?

Good birding, all.


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
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From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of David Sarkozi
Sent: Friday, January 4, 2019 8:31 AM
To: TexBirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Mechanics of TEXBIRDS

This seems a good time to talk about how TEXBIRDS works "under the hood"

When you subscribe to TEXBIRDS all subscriptions are on moderation by default. This is to prevent spam and to prevent those who I have permanently moderated from joining the list and posting messages until I can take action.

Usually when I see your first post that conforms to the rules I take you off moderation. The two things I'm looking for in your post are 1) Is it about Texas birds or birding 2) did you finish your post with your name and location? By location I mean your "home base" not where you are right now. If you live in a location, even part time use it. If you are from say Houston but birding in the RGV you don't have to sign with "McAllen", you would use Houston. In the very original version of TEXBIRDS started by Ted Eubanks it was hosted by Audubon and Ted had everyone sign with the Audubon chapter they where affiliated with. When Audubon dropped the list and I moved it to another server I modified the rule because I wanted to know who was posting. If you pay attention to the email addresses you'll see a fair number of posters using a different name than their return address. Some are couples sharing an address, some are people using two different names.

I do allow you to post to the list without being subscribed. Those posts are always moderated.

A post can be approved for 48 hours after its posted. While I do my best to check them a couple of times a day, sometimes I get busy and don't get a chance to, especially when traveling. Then the post expires and I can't approve it. Unfortunately several of the most prolific posters to the list choose to not subscribe and read postings "a la carte" from one of the several archives. The best solution for people like that is to subscribe and set your subscription to vacation mode. You won't get all the email but you can be off moderation and post without moderation. An intermediate way to do it is to set your subscription to digest and get one email a day. You can read or delete it and still read from an archive if you want.

If your post expires and you are a subscriber, most often I go ahead and take your subscription off moderation anyway. most of the time I send a note letting you know. If you are a non subscriber and your posts expires, eh, I spend no time worrying about it since you didn't bother to subscribe.

Lately I've been approving posts without a proper signature just to generate traffic but I don't take them off moderation, this may be a mistake because I'm approving more and more and my emails explaining why I haven't taken you off moderation seem to be ignored. A simple signature setting on most emails would solve this problem for most people. Did you know you can change "sent from my iPhone" to something like "David Sarkozi, Houston, TX"?

I used to require plain text email because of problems with virus payloads being embedded in formatted email. Speaking with the admins at Freelists they don't feel like that's a problem anymore and I do allow formatted email now. It does cause more bounced email because formatting isn't always the same and several servers reject mail they think is improperly formatted.

If you bounce 10 messages in two weeks or 5 messages in a row you will be dropped automatically. Because volume has been low not many have been dropped lately, but the last 48 hours have weeded out a lot of old accounts that are bouncing.

If you need to subscribe you can at https://www.freelists.org/list/texbirds You can also access the archives there. These archives are the fastest since they are on the host server and the best way to see if your email is being distributed.

Since 2014 I can no longer subscribe you manually. I can go to the website and enter your email but you still have to respond to the confirmation email to be subscribed.

While the volume of TEXBIRDS is down, there are still 1809 subscribers to the list and it is still is an excellent platform to reach a lot of people. To those who bemoan the low volume, I say "Post Something!" I have had at least a half dozen very active birders mention how they wish more was posted, but none of those birders have posted in the last 6 months!

I'm happy to answer any questions, if its about your subscription personally, maybe best off the list, but if its a general question feel free to reply to the list, others likely have the same question.

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Date: 1/4/19 7:19 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Texas CBC Challenge
I kept track of my species during the CBC season (actually I guess there is
still a day to go!) I've had 199 species. I've done seven CBCs. Since a day
is only about 10.5 hours of day light I would guess my max party hours
would be no more than 73.5 making my species per party hour 2.7

So how many party hours did the Matagorda County CBC generate? what is the
species per party hour?

I've never thought the Matagorda County CBC totals where unexpected. Its a
transitional zone, it has a lot of fresh, salt, and brackish wetlands, It
doesn't loose much habitat to urbanization and most important it gets very
good coverage and generates a lot of party hours.

On Sat, Nov 24, 2018 at 5:46 PM Brent Ortego <brentortego...>
wrote:

> I am continuously being impressed with the Matagorda County CBC. It
> produces 230 species most years.
>
> How difficult is it for you to ID 230 species during the CBC season? How
> many CBCs would you have to attend to get to 230 species?
>
> I typically do not compile my daily checklists during the CBC season to
> calculate total species. I am going to compile the total species I
> reported during the 10+ counts I will attend this year. I suspect it will
> not be close to 230, but it will be fun trying.
>
> I hope you join me in trying to match Matagorda County and attend a few
> more CBCs along the way.
>
>
> Brent Ortego
> Victoria, TX
>


--
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Houston, TX
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Date: 1/4/19 6:31 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Mechanics of TEXBIRDS
This seems a good time to talk about how TEXBIRDS works "under the hood"

When you subscribe to TEXBIRDS all subscriptions are on moderation by
default. This is to prevent spam and to prevent those who I have
permanently moderated from joining the list and posting messages until I
can take action.

Usually when I see your first post that conforms to the rules I take you
off moderation. The two things I'm looking for in your post are 1) Is it
about Texas birds or birding 2) did you finish your post with your name and
location? By location I mean your "home base" not where you are right now.
If you live in a location, even part time use it. If you are from say
Houston but birding in the RGV you don't have to sign with "McAllen", you
would use Houston. In the very original version of TEXBIRDS started by Ted
Eubanks it was hosted by Audubon and Ted had everyone sign with the Audubon
chapter they where affiliated with. When Audubon dropped the list and I
moved it to another server I modified the rule because I wanted to know who
was posting. If you pay attention to the email addresses you'll see a fair
number of posters using a different name than their return address. Some
are couples sharing an address, some are people using two different names.

I do allow you to post to the list without being subscribed. Those posts
are always moderated.

A post can be approved for 48 hours after its posted. While I do my best to
check them a couple of times a day, sometimes I get busy and don't get a
chance to, especially when traveling. Then the post expires and I can't
approve it. Unfortunately several of the most prolific posters to the list
choose to not subscribe and read postings "a la carte" from one of the
several archives. The best solution for people like that is to subscribe
and set your subscription to vacation mode. You won't get all the email but
you can be off moderation and post without moderation. An intermediate way
to do it is to set your subscription to digest and get one email a day. You
can read or delete it and still read from an archive if you want.

If your post expires and you are a subscriber, most often I go ahead and
take your subscription off moderation anyway. most of the time I send a
note letting you know. If you are a non subscriber and your posts expires,
eh, I spend no time worrying about it since you didn't bother to subscribe.

Lately I've been approving posts without a proper signature just to
generate traffic but I don't take them off moderation, this may be a
mistake because I'm approving more and more and my emails explaining why I
haven't taken you off moderation seem to be ignored. A simple signature
setting on most emails would solve this problem for most people. Did you
know you can change "sent from my iPhone" to something like "David Sarkozi,
Houston, TX"?

I used to require plain text email because of problems with virus payloads
being embedded in formatted email. Speaking with the admins at Freelists
they don't feel like that's a problem anymore and I do allow formatted
email now. It does cause more bounced email because formatting isn't always
the same and several servers reject mail they think is improperly
formatted.

If you bounce 10 messages in two weeks or 5 messages in a row you will be
dropped automatically. Because volume has been low not many have been
dropped lately, but the last 48 hours have weeded out a lot of old accounts
that are bouncing.

If you need to subscribe you can at https://www.freelists.org/list/texbirds
You can also access the archives there. These archives are the fastest
since they are on the host server and the best way to see if your email is
being distributed.

Since 2014 I can no longer subscribe you manually. I can go to the website
and enter your email but you still have to respond to the confirmation
email to be subscribed.

While the volume of TEXBIRDS is down, there are still 1809 subscribers to
the list and it is still is an excellent platform to reach a lot of people.
To those who bemoan the low volume, I say "Post Something!" I have had at
least a half dozen very active birders mention how they wish more was
posted, but none of those birders have posted in the last 6 months!

I'm happy to answer any questions, if its about your subscription
personally, maybe best off the list, but if its a general question feel
free to reply to the list, others likely have the same question.

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

 

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Date: 1/4/19 6:13 am
From: Bob White <bobwhitebsacbc...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Coordinates
Sorry, I thought you were looking for the Rufous-backed Robin.

Try 32°44'01.4"N 95°59'44.6"W

Bob White
Jacksonville, TX

> On Jan 4, 2019, at 7:54 AM, James Hailey <irasciblej...> wrote:
>
> 29°10'54.6"N 99°53'40.4"W
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Date: 1/4/19 5:49 am
From: Bob White <bobwhitebsacbc...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Coordinates
Here’s what shows when you click on the map on the checklists within eBird:

29°10'54.6"N 99°53'40.4"W

Bob White
Jacksonville, TX

> On Jan 4, 2019, at 7:29 AM, James Hailey <irasciblej...> wrote:
>
> Does anyone have the coordinates for fork-tailed flycatcher near tawokani?
>
> Sent from my iPhone Jim Hailey
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Date: 1/4/19 5:30 am
From: James Hailey <irasciblej...>
Subject: [texbirds] Coordinates
Does anyone have the coordinates for fork-tailed flycatcher near tawokani?

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Date: 1/3/19 5:37 pm
From: James Hailey <irasciblej...>
Subject: [texbirds] White-wing Scoter
I photographed a white-wing scoter today from the dam at Lake of the Pines

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Date: 1/3/19 11:04 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] RFI updates on two rarities
I was thinking of trying, this weekend, for one of the Little Gulls
recently seen in the Dallas area and for the Fork-tailed Flycatcher
recently seen in Van Zandt County. Does anybody know if any of these
birds were seen today?

Thanks; Anthony Hewetson
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Date: 1/3/19 10:27 am
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
Actually, I did a quick search of my Inbox and found one from January, 2018 (Greater Pewee) and another from 12/2017 (sent by Dean Silvers).

I checked my file folder for TexBirds, did not find any others from Donna, but another from Dean (Galveston crows). However, I usually only save TexBirds e-mails that are of particular interest or significance to MY birding interests or needs. While it is interesting to hear about what is being seen in places like Houston (4 hour drive), Dallas – FW (6 hours), or John Groves’ wonderful sightings from El Paso (fugghetabout driving there!), a lot of time those e-mails are not saved.

Donna – keep on sending, please!


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
<Clay.taylor...><mailto:<Clay.taylor...>
401-965-9064



From: Mike Rickard [mailto:<mikearickard...>]
Sent: Thursday, January 3, 2019 11:35 AM
To: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>; TexBirds <texbirds...>
Subject: Re: [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game

I'm curious to know why Donna Silvers' emails to TexBirds were not posted. Clay Taylor's comments did not address this.

Mike Rickard
Mission TX


 

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Date: 1/3/19 10:12 am
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: To make Clay's point: Any news on Rufous-backed Robin?
Gotta get back to Palacios. Wind now at ~15mph along the River. Very slow except for raptors. Best bird for the morning was a Palm Warbler foraging low along the River. Also fun for me were Ringed Kingfisher, Black Phoebe and Black-throated Sparrow.

Leaving now, Robin-less.

Bob Friedrichs
Palacios bound

Sent from Bob's iPhone

> On Jan 3, 2019, at 10:12 AM, Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> wrote:
>
> Fred, et al.
>
> Saw on FB that it was missed yesterday.
>
> I arrived at the spot this morning at 7:15 and have not yet seen the Rufous-backed Robin. Other fun birds but not the Robin. Plan to give it a few more hours but wind is picking up now. Woods are getting quiet.
>
> Bob Friedrichs
> Palacios, currently in Uvalde
>
> Sent from Bob's iPhone
>
>> On Jan 3, 2019, at 9:50 AM, Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> wrote:
>>
>> Was the subject Robin see yesterday afternoon or this morning?
>>
>> Fred Collins, Director
>> Kleb Woods Nature Center
>> 20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
>> 281-357-5324
>>
>> Harris County Precinct 3
>> Steve Radack Commissioner
>> www.pct3.com
>>
>>

 

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Date: 1/3/19 9:28 am
From: Gary Roberts <sgricr76...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Texbirds is important
Hooraay for Lori!!
My wife, "Gene" and I volunteered at Bentsen Rio Grande State Park for over ten years every winter to do the daily bird walks and improve their birding program. After Alzheimer's affected Gene to where we could no longer participate, we are able to keep up with birding through David's good efforts. I cannot thank him enough for so generously providing this service for those of us that can no longer carry the scope and walk the trails.
For those of you that seek other sources for birding information--God's Speed!
For me, while Gene is resting, I enjoy checking in the see what is going on.

Heartfelt Thanks David!

Gary & "Gene" Roberts
Age 86 & Still 'Looking"
Austin, Texas
--------------------------------------------
On Thu, 1/3/19, L Markoff <canyoneagle...> wrote:

Subject: [texbirds] Texbirds is important
To: <Clay.Taylor...>, "'Donna Silvers'" <silvers713...>, <kbarnold2...>
Cc: <david...>, "'TexBirds'" <texbirds...>
Date: Thursday, January 3, 2019, 11:09 AM

Greetings, All.

In the early 2000s when I
still lived in Virginia a friend who birded Texas suggested
I check it out.  I joined Texbirds to find out more.  I
learned about Texas birds, but I also learned about the
important work that TOS (Texas Ornithological Society)
does.  Saving habitat by buying it made sense to me,
because habitat is what it is all about.  I became a life
member of TOS even before I moved to Texas.  I would have
never known about TOS without Texbirds.

I have always boycotted Facebook due to privacy
concerns.  If others choose to use it, fine, that is their
business, but I will not do so.  It saddened and frustrated
me to see Texbirds dwindle due to people moving to FB.  I
thank everyone who stuck with Texbirds, you people rock.

David, thank you for keeping
Texbirds going, you rock even more!  Btw, I vote for the
name TACO (Texas All County Ornithology) Challenge!

Also, having birded with David
a few times I have found him upbeat, humorous, and
definitely non-political.  He is really fun to bird with,
as is his super-nice wife, Donna. 

I am staying close to home right now due to
caring for my 91-year-old mom.  But someday I will be
birding in Texas again, and when I do, I will report my
findings on Texbirds.

Cheers everyone!

Lori Markoff
formerly Austin,
TX, currently, Eugene, OR, soon to be Citrus Heights, CA
(near Sacramento)


-----Original Message-----
From: <texbirds-bounce...>
[mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>]
On Behalf Of Clay Taylor
Sent: Thursday,
January 03, 2019 7:09 AM
To: Donna Silvers;
<kbarnold2...>
Cc: <david...>;
TexBirds
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The New
Name for David's Game

Hi Donna -

Please DO keep up with your posts about the
birds you are seeing or have seen, as there are many people
that will read them and profit from the knowledge -
especially from out of state.  Unfortunately, there is no
"Like Button" for a listserv post, so you cannot
quantify those readers.

The
truth is that TexBirds 2019 is a VASTLY different group than
was TexBirds 2004, and most of that has to do with the
proliferation bird sightings being reported to FaceBook,
Twitter, InstaGram, eBird, etc.  These outlets have
siphoned off the eyeballs and attention spans of birders
reporting, or searching for, field sightings on the TexBirds
listserv. 

15 years ago,
the presence of a rarity would be reported to TexBirds
within minutes of the sighting, and birders would
immediately be mobilizing.  The back-and-forth of messages
in the immediate hours and days following were great -
birders could live vicariously through the posts of people
like Martin Reid, Ron Weeks, and David Sarkozi. 

Last year on eBird, a birder
from out of state listed a Jabiru (with photos) in some
field near Victoria.  A different out-of-state birder saw
the eBird posting and contacted a TX birder that they knew,
asking about the status of the Jabiru.  Up to that point,
NOBODY on TexBirds (either the listserv or the FB page) had
a clue that the bird was there!  Houston, we have a
problem....

The end result
of this information evolution(exodus?) is that the TexBirds
ListServ has mostly become the playground of:
Out of state lurkers that are essentially
read-only to watch out for rarities (and these people are
probably migrating to those other sources, too)
Those that still like to report sightings and
updates to them (I admit that I am sorely lacking in this
category)
Those that like to write in-depth
field reports and op-ed pieces - Joe Kennedy, Rex Stanford,
Anthony Hewitt, to name a few that are ALWAYS entertaining
to read.
Occasional requests from
out-of-state birders about upcoming trips or field status of
current rarities
Birders commenting on
non-field-related topics like David's County Folly

Personally, I have been
slacking in posting to TexBirds in recent years, and my 2019
resolution is to post more general-interest missives to
TexBirds.  Oftentimes, the after-comments are usually more
fun than the original post.

Good birding, and keep on sending sightings!


Clay
Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
<Clay.taylor...>
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Date: 1/3/19 9:10 am
From: L Markoff <canyoneagle...>
Subject: [texbirds] Texbirds is important
Greetings, All.

In the early 2000s when I still lived in Virginia a friend who birded Texas suggested I check it out. I joined Texbirds to find out more. I learned about Texas birds, but I also learned about the important work that TOS (Texas Ornithological Society) does. Saving habitat by buying it made sense to me, because habitat is what it is all about. I became a life member of TOS even before I moved to Texas. I would have never known about TOS without Texbirds.

I have always boycotted Facebook due to privacy concerns. If others choose to use it, fine, that is their business, but I will not do so. It saddened and frustrated me to see Texbirds dwindle due to people moving to FB. I thank everyone who stuck with Texbirds, you people rock.

David, thank you for keeping Texbirds going, you rock even more! Btw, I vote for the name TACO (Texas All County Ornithology) Challenge!

Also, having birded with David a few times I have found him upbeat, humorous, and definitely non-political. He is really fun to bird with, as is his super-nice wife, Donna.

I am staying close to home right now due to caring for my 91-year-old mom. But someday I will be birding in Texas again, and when I do, I will report my findings on Texbirds.

Cheers everyone!

Lori Markoff
formerly Austin, TX, currently, Eugene, OR, soon to be Citrus Heights, CA (near Sacramento)


-----Original Message-----
From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Clay Taylor
Sent: Thursday, January 03, 2019 7:09 AM
To: Donna Silvers; <kbarnold2...>
Cc: <david...>; TexBirds
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game

Hi Donna -

Please DO keep up with your posts about the birds you are seeing or have seen, as there are many people that will read them and profit from the knowledge - especially from out of state. Unfortunately, there is no "Like Button" for a listserv post, so you cannot quantify those readers.

The truth is that TexBirds 2019 is a VASTLY different group than was TexBirds 2004, and most of that has to do with the proliferation bird sightings being reported to FaceBook, Twitter, InstaGram, eBird, etc. These outlets have siphoned off the eyeballs and attention spans of birders reporting, or searching for, field sightings on the TexBirds listserv.

15 years ago, the presence of a rarity would be reported to TexBirds within minutes of the sighting, and birders would immediately be mobilizing. The back-and-forth of messages in the immediate hours and days following were great - birders could live vicariously through the posts of people like Martin Reid, Ron Weeks, and David Sarkozi.

Last year on eBird, a birder from out of state listed a Jabiru (with photos) in some field near Victoria. A different out-of-state birder saw the eBird posting and contacted a TX birder that they knew, asking about the status of the Jabiru. Up to that point, NOBODY on TexBirds (either the listserv or the FB page) had a clue that the bird was there! Houston, we have a problem....

The end result of this information evolution(exodus?) is that the TexBirds ListServ has mostly become the playground of:
Out of state lurkers that are essentially read-only to watch out for rarities (and these people are probably migrating to those other sources, too)
Those that still like to report sightings and updates to them (I admit that I am sorely lacking in this category)
Those that like to write in-depth field reports and op-ed pieces - Joe Kennedy, Rex Stanford, Anthony Hewitt, to name a few that are ALWAYS entertaining to read.
Occasional requests from out-of-state birders about upcoming trips or field status of current rarities
Birders commenting on non-field-related topics like David's County Folly

Personally, I have been slacking in posting to TexBirds in recent years, and my 2019 resolution is to post more general-interest missives to TexBirds. Oftentimes, the after-comments are usually more fun than the original post.

Good birding, and keep on sending sightings!


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
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Date: 1/3/19 8:12 am
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: To make Clay's point: Any news on Rufous-backed Robin?
Fred, et al.

Saw on FB that it was missed yesterday.

I arrived at the spot this morning at 7:15 and have not yet seen the Rufous-backed Robin. Other fun birds but not the Robin. Plan to give it a few more hours but wind is picking up now. Woods are getting quiet.

Bob Friedrichs
Palacios, currently in Uvalde

Sent from Bob's iPhone

> On Jan 3, 2019, at 9:50 AM, Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> wrote:
>
> Was the subject Robin see yesterday afternoon or this morning?
>
> Fred Collins, Director
> Kleb Woods Nature Center
> 20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
> 281-357-5324
>
> Harris County Precinct 3
> Steve Radack Commissioner
> www.pct3.com
>
>

 

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Date: 1/3/19 7:51 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] To make Clay's point: Any news on Rufous-backed Robin?
Was the subject Robin see yesterday afternoon or this morning?

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

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



 

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Date: 1/3/19 7:09 am
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
Hi Donna -

Please DO keep up with your posts about the birds you are seeing or have seen, as there are many people that will read them and profit from the knowledge - especially from out of state. Unfortunately, there is no "Like Button" for a listserv post, so you cannot quantify those readers.

The truth is that TexBirds 2019 is a VASTLY different group than was TexBirds 2004, and most of that has to do with the proliferation bird sightings being reported to FaceBook, Twitter, InstaGram, eBird, etc. These outlets have siphoned off the eyeballs and attention spans of birders reporting, or searching for, field sightings on the TexBirds listserv.

15 years ago, the presence of a rarity would be reported to TexBirds within minutes of the sighting, and birders would immediately be mobilizing. The back-and-forth of messages in the immediate hours and days following were great - birders could live vicariously through the posts of people like Martin Reid, Ron Weeks, and David Sarkozi.

Last year on eBird, a birder from out of state listed a Jabiru (with photos) in some field near Victoria. A different out-of-state birder saw the eBird posting and contacted a TX birder that they knew, asking about the status of the Jabiru. Up to that point, NOBODY on TexBirds (either the listserv or the FB page) had a clue that the bird was there! Houston, we have a problem....

The end result of this information evolution(exodus?) is that the TexBirds ListServ has mostly become the playground of:
Out of state lurkers that are essentially read-only to watch out for rarities (and these people are probably migrating to those other sources, too)
Those that still like to report sightings and updates to them (I admit that I am sorely lacking in this category)
Those that like to write in-depth field reports and op-ed pieces - Joe Kennedy, Rex Stanford, Anthony Hewitt, to name a few that are ALWAYS entertaining to read.
Occasional requests from out-of-state birders about upcoming trips or field status of current rarities
Birders commenting on non-field-related topics like David's County Folly

Personally, I have been slacking in posting to TexBirds in recent years, and my 2019 resolution is to post more general-interest missives to TexBirds. Oftentimes, the after-comments are usually more fun than the original post.

Good birding, and keep on sending sightings!


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
<Clay.taylor...>
401-965-9064





-----Original Message-----
From: Donna Silvers [mailto:<silvers713...>]
Sent: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 5:29 PM
To: <kbarnold2...>
Cc: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>; <david...>; TexBirds <texbirds...>
Subject: Re: [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game

So, I send in numerous emails during the year concerning actual bird site alerts and they never get posted. Then I get 42 emails concerning the name of some quest. This makes lots of sense. Less birds, more whining!

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 2, 2019, at 4:34 PM, Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> wrote:
>
> Although I am envious of David’s 2019 quest, the name, David’s County
> Folly, seems most appropriate. 🤠👀
>
> Keith
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
>> On Jan 2, 2019, at 10:59 AM, Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> wrote:
>>
>> 365
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Date: 1/3/19 7:03 am
From: Bill <texaskingbird...>
Subject: [texbirds] Time to bird 254 counties
Texbirders,

I hope this discussion gets back to birding. Since I have birded all 254
counties, how long did it take me to visit all 254?

I did a quick check of my eBird county lists. Lynn County was the last
county for me to bird. I birded it on 5/28/2014. I birded the state park
in Fannin 4/20/2009. So it took me 5 years, 1 month, and 8 days to visit
and bird all 254 counties. Of course, birding all 254 counties was not a
high priority.

Bill Wright, Houston


 

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Date: 1/3/19 6:40 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fork-tailed Flycatcher in Van Zandt County
Texbirds,

At least one Fork-tailed Flycatcher remains in Texas after an epic fall
flight of this species, most if not all pertaining to reverse migrants of
the Mexican and Central American subspecies *monachus*. A co-worker of mine
had TWO on private land near Arroyo City in Cameron County on 19 December.
There are also two lingering in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. Remarkable!

Here are the details on the Van Zandt County bird from Ed Wetzel:

" FM 47 in Wills Point, Texas at 32°44′6″ N 95°59′60″ W
NOTE: Because of complaints from land owner and the neighbors, most people
were told to leave by the Wills Point Police Dept around 3 pm
I’m putting this out there as advisory."

Good birding!
Justin Bosler
Austin, TX

 

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Date: 1/3/19 6:30 am
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Naming David's New Challenge
Very cool. However, sounds like a S TX Law Firm based on Tancahua St. A little too stodgy.....

Keep 'em coming - this is fun!

Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
<Clay.taylor...>
401-965-9064



-----Original Message-----
From: Chuck Carlson [mailto:<carchuck...>]
Sent: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 2:23 PM
To: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Cc: <birdbooker...>; Mark Welch <welch.mark3...>; <bird.fried...>; <david...>; TexBirds <texbirds...>
Subject: Re: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto

When you alphabetize TX counties, a good option pops out

Anderson-Zavala Challenge

Chuck Carlson
Dallas

On Jan 2, 2019, at 1:30 PM, Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> wrote:

Ooohhhh......I like it! But I still like 254 Mockingbirds better....

CT

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Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto

HI:
How about: The Full Buteo. Wouldn't need to change that many letters.

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Date: 1/3/19 6:26 am
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
Oooohh, if done using a Tesla, it would be the Electric TACO!


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
<Clay.taylor...><mailto:<Clay.taylor...>
401-965-9064



From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Bob Friedrichs
Sent: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 2:19 PM
To: <david...>
Cc: Gary Seloff <gseloff...>; TexBirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game

Really like Clay’s idea if
The 🌮 TACO (Texas All-County Odyssey).
To add some texture it could be:

The Great TACO
The crispy TACO
The soft TACO (nah...)
The Taco al Carbon (if done by car)

Of course this would be the
Bird TACO
You could also have the
Fish TACO
Herp TACO
Insect TACO or more specifically
The ‘Fly TACO

Bob Friedrichs
Palacios


All would be great fun and impressive dedication.
Sent from Bob's iPhone

On Jan 2, 2019, at 11:23 AM, David Sarkozi <david...><mailto:<david...>> wrote:
Ok TACO is in the running

On Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 11:11 AM Gary Seloff <gseloff...><mailto:<gseloff...>> wrote:
TACO (Texas All County Ornithology) Challenge

Gary Seloff
Professional Acronymologist
Houston, Texas
________________________________


From: <texbirds-bounce...><mailto:<texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...><mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of David Sarkozi
Sent: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 9:42 AM
To: TexBirds <texbirds...><mailto:<texbirds...>>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto



Ok, put on your thinking caps, I challenge you to come up with a name for this endeavor that refers to visiting all 254 Texas counties. If one tickles my fancy I'll use it.



On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM David Sarkozi <david...><mailto:<david...>> wrote:

My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate campaign.



Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a number up there near 10K for annual county ticks



I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year. Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a bird. Can;t let that happen again.



I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.



Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017 so maybe 10K is doable.



Anyone want to go birding in 2019?



--

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





--

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


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Date: 1/2/19 2:50 pm
From: <scott...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto


Looks like the Full Beto got Trumped. ☹





From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of David Sarkozi
Sent: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 8:38 AM
To: TexBirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto



Look folks, I meant nothing political by my choice of names for the challenge. I simply named it for a PUBLIC FIGURE who very publicly bragged about visiting every county in Texas. When it was suggested to try it, that's what I immediately thought of. I am frankly totally mystified why it would raise any hackles owing to the fact that he lost?



On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM David Sarkozi <david...> <mailto:<david...> > wrote:

My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate campaign.



Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a number up there near 10K for annual county ticks



I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year. Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a bird. Can;t let that happen again.



I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.



Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017 so maybe 10K is doable.



Anyone want to go birding in 2019?



--

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






--

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


 

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Date: 1/2/19 2:38 pm
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
P.S. I’m not restricting David to 365 days to complete this quest.🦉

Keith

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 2, 2019, at 10:59 AM, Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> wrote:
>
> It needs to be informative yet concise (or at least easy to spell), and hopefully humorous.
>
> Nothing outstanding jumps out at me, but here are a few ideas – maybe one will serve to inspire a really good one…
>
> 254 in 365
> The TX County Quest
> The TX 254 Quest
> David’s County Quest 2019
> David’s County Folly 2019
> David is Not Home Today…
> Where in TX is David Sarkozi? (hmmm, doesn’t flow like “Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego?”)
> Where’s David? (he needs to wear a red and white striped shirt)
>
> Hey, he could also keep track of how many Whataburgers, Buc-ee’s, and Rudy’s BBQs he visits on the way. David – hit them up for coupons in exchange for Social Media mentions.
>
> At home in Corpus Christi,
>
>
> Clay Taylor
> TOS Life Member
> Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
> <Clay.taylor...>
> 401-965-9064
>
>
>
>
>
> From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of David Sarkozi
> Sent: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 9:42 AM
> To: TexBirds <texbirds...>
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
>
> Ok, put on your thinking caps, I challenge you to come up with a name for this endeavor that refers to visiting all 254 Texas counties. If one tickles my fancy I'll use it.
>
> On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate campaign.
>
> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>
> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year. Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>
> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>
> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017 so maybe 10K is doable.
>
> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>
> --
> 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: 1/2/19 2:35 pm
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
Although I am envious of David’s 2019 quest, the name, David’s County Folly, seems most appropriate. 🤠👀

Keith

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> On Jan 2, 2019, at 10:59 AM, Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> wrote:
>
> 365
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Date: 1/2/19 1:07 pm
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
On Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 2:19 PM Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> wrote:


> The crispy TACO
>

Only Birds observed at temperatures over 100 F

The Frozen Taco - Only Birds observed below 32 F

The Green Taco - Only Birds observed from a Prius or other high MPG vehicle

The TACO Truck - only birds observed from a pickup



>
> On Jan 2, 2019, at 11:23 AM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>
> Ok TACO is in the running
>
> On Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 11:11 AM Gary Seloff <gseloff...> wrote:
>
>> TACO (Texas All County Ornithology) Challenge
>>
>> Gary Seloff
>> Professional Acronymologist
>> Houston, Texas
>> ------------------------------
>>
>>
>> *From:* <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:
>> <texbirds-bounce...>] *On Behalf Of *David Sarkozi
>> *Sent:* Wednesday, January 2, 2019 9:42 AM
>> *To:* TexBirds <texbirds...>
>> *Subject:* [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
>>
>>
>>
>> Ok, put on your thinking caps, I challenge you to come up with a name for
>> this endeavor that refers to visiting all 254 Texas counties. If one
>> tickles my fancy I'll use it.
>>
>>
>>
>> On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>>
>> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full
>> Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm
>> naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his
>> senate campaign.
>>
>>
>>
>> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most
>> Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because
>> I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people
>> I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a
>> number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>>
>>
>>
>> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in
>> Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year.
>> Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a
>> bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>>
>>
>>
>> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so
>> 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>>
>>
>>
>> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per
>> county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of
>> 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017
>> so maybe 10K is doable.
>>
>>
>>
>> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>>
>> David Sarkozi
>> Houston, TX
>> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>>
>> David Sarkozi
>> Houston, TX
>> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
>>
>
>
> --
> 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: 1/2/19 12:30 pm
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Texas stats
In 2018, eBird had 549 species listed for Texas. As of January 1 of 2019, 311 species were seen on the first day of the year. I would say that this statistic and $5 will get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

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

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



 

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Date: 1/2/19 12:24 pm
From: Chuck Carlson <carchuck...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
When you alphabetize TX counties, a good option pops out

Anderson-Zavala Challenge

Chuck Carlson
Dallas

On Jan 2, 2019, at 1:30 PM, Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> wrote:

Ooohhhh......I like it! But I still like 254 Mockingbirds better....

CT

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Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto

HI:
How about: The Full Buteo. Wouldn't need to change that many letters.

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Date: 1/2/19 12:19 pm
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
Really like Clay’s idea if
The 🌮 TACO (Texas All-County Odyssey).
To add some texture it could be:

The Great TACO
The crispy TACO
The soft TACO (nah...)
The Taco al Carbon (if done by car)

Of course this would be the
Bird TACO
You could also have the
Fish TACO
Herp TACO
Insect TACO or more specifically
The ‘Fly TACO

Bob Friedrichs
Palacios


All would be great fun and impressive dedication.

Sent from Bob's iPhone

> On Jan 2, 2019, at 11:23 AM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>
> Ok TACO is in the running
>
>> On Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 11:11 AM Gary Seloff <gseloff...> wrote:
>> TACO (Texas All County Ornithology) Challenge
>>
>> Gary Seloff
>> Professional Acronymologist
>> Houston, Texas
>>
>>
>> From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of David Sarkozi
>> Sent: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 9:42 AM
>> To: TexBirds <texbirds...>
>> Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
>>
>> Ok, put on your thinking caps, I challenge you to come up with a name for this endeavor that refers to visiting all 254 Texas counties. If one tickles my fancy I'll use it.
>>
>> On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate campaign.
>>
>> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>>
>> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year. Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>>
>> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>>
>> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017 so maybe 10K is doable.
>>
>> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>>
>> --
>> David Sarkozi
>> Houston, TX
>> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
>>
>>
>> --
>> 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: 1/2/19 11:31 am
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
Ooohhhh......I like it! But I still like 254 Mockingbirds better....

CT

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Cc: <bird.fried...>; <david...>; TexBirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto

HI:
How about: The Full Buteo. Wouldn't need to change that many letters.

sincerely
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Date: 1/2/19 10:54 am
From: Mark Welch <welch.mark3...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: "David's Challenge"
joann...if you simply intended to say "Take time to bird"..., "Texas
Time" ..that totally nails all discussion here, MO. My vote for the 254
county travelogue.


Mark in Dripping


On Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 12:45 PM Joann E. Thompson <joann510...> wrote:

>
>
> Joann
> Take time to Bird

 

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Date: 1/2/19 10:45 am
From: Joann E. Thompson <joann510...>
Subject: [texbirds] "David's Challenge"


Joann
Take time to Bird
 

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Date: 1/2/19 10:39 am
From: Ian Paulsen <birdbooker...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
HI:
How about: The Full Buteo. Wouldn't need to change that many letters.

sincerely
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Date: 1/2/19 10:36 am
From: Mark Welch <welch.mark3...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
Jeepers...are we showing our age?


On Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 10:58 AM Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> wrote:

> Some additional ideas:
>
> The Whole Enchilada
>
> The (County) Works
>
> The All-in County Challenge
>
> The 254 County Stout (or IPA or Pilsner, etc)
>
> Bob Friedrichs
> Palacios
> Sent from Bob's iPhone
>
> On Jan 2, 2019, at 9:42 AM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>
> Ok, put on your thinking caps, I challenge you to come up with a name for
> this endeavor that refers to visiting all 254 Texas counties. If one
> tickles my fancy I'll use it.
>
> On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>
>> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full
>> Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm
>> naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his
>> senate campaign.
>>
>> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most
>> Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because
>> I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people
>> I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a
>> number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>>
>> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in
>> Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year.
>> Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a
>> bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>>
>> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so
>> 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>>
>> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per
>> county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of
>> 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017
>> so maybe 10K is doable.
>>
>> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>>
>> --
>> 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: 1/2/19 10:17 am
From: Mark Welch <welch.mark3...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Contest Name
Rest well. Bob. I did not see your post, so Big Bird Brother is watching.
(ctrl-alt-delete)

Beto...nice analogy, but does not= birds, their county voting registration
vacillates, with each weather system that blows through. Non-migratory
observations, like knowing who lives with you all year...a nice
illumination & data on a county by county basis. Exceptional notice posted
here of the tribes moving through are fun (where are the pine siskins?).
Those exceptional sightings...not considered rare & are simply seasonal,
not everyday, are neato. I.E.-- this week, I have seen a lot of critters
who signaled weather-on-the-way. (If I see juncos, I know to fire up the
chain saw.)

Be well.

Mark in Dripping.









On Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 11:41 AM Robert Friz <rnfriz...> wrote:

> I'd like to apologize to our friends on Texbirds for my comments regarding
> the contest name. My thoughts were sincere, but my approach was out of
> line, and I am very sorry.
>
> I really like the current activity on Texbirds, with a contest to name the
> contest. It will be fun to watch David's progress around the state, as we
> have done with his anthologies in the past -- whatever the name of the
> contest.
>
> I'm glad we are back to talking about birding!
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Bob Friz
> Leonard, Texas
>

 

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Date: 1/2/19 10:08 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
I like Lamont’s too. Ticks galore in all 254

For the math enthusiast:

Texas birders’ folly formula:
TBFF(365/254)=10,000


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

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




From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Susan Foster
Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2019 11:34 AM
To: <Clay.Taylor...>
Cc: <david...>; TexBirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game

Can we vote on Clay’s suggestions? 🤣
Susan Foster
Sent from my iPhone

On Jan 2, 2019, at 10:59 AM, Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...><mailto:<Clay.Taylor...>> wrote:
It needs to be informative yet concise (or at least easy to spell), and hopefully humorous.

Nothing outstanding jumps out at me, but here are a few ideas – maybe one will serve to inspire a really good one…

254 in 365
The TX County Quest
The TX 254 Quest
David’s County Quest 2019
David’s County Folly 2019
David is Not Home Today…
Where in TX is David Sarkozi? (hmmm, doesn’t flow like “Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego?”)
Where’s David? (he needs to wear a red and white striped shirt)

Hey, he could also keep track of how many Whataburgers, Buc-ee’s, and Rudy’s BBQs he visits on the way. David – hit them up for coupons in exchange for Social Media mentions.

At home in Corpus Christi,


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
<Clay.taylor...><mailto:<Clay.taylor...>
401-965-9064





From: <texbirds-bounce...><mailto:<texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of David Sarkozi
Sent: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 9:42 AM
To: TexBirds <texbirds...><mailto:<texbirds...>>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto

Ok, put on your thinking caps, I challenge you to come up with a name for this endeavor that refers to visiting all 254 Texas counties. If one tickles my fancy I'll use it.

On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM David Sarkozi <david...><mailto:<david...>> wrote:
My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate campaign.

Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a number up there near 10K for annual county ticks

I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year. Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a bird. Can;t let that happen again.

I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.

Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017 so maybe 10K is doable.

Anyone want to go birding in 2019?

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


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

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Date: 1/2/19 10:06 am
From: Ray Porter <ray.porter314...>
Subject: [texbirds] Name?
a lot of good possibilities ... something simple and based on proposer


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Date: 1/2/19 9:53 am
From: Robert Friz <rnfriz...>
Subject: [texbirds] Contest Name
One further thought -- I also apologize to David for my posting, as well as
to the Texbirds community. He does great work for our organization, and
took a good deal of flack today. I said to David privately that I was
sorry for the intensity of my Textbird post, but he deserves better.

Thanks for your efforts, David.

Bob Friz
Leonard, Texas

 

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Date: 1/2/19 9:41 am
From: Robert Friz <rnfriz...>
Subject: [texbirds] Contest Name
I'd like to apologize to our friends on Texbirds for my comments regarding
the contest name. My thoughts were sincere, but my approach was out of
line, and I am very sorry.

I really like the current activity on Texbirds, with a contest to name the
contest. It will be fun to watch David's progress around the state, as we
have done with his anthologies in the past -- whatever the name of the
contest.

I'm glad we are back to talking about birding!

Sincerely,

Bob Friz
Leonard, Texas

 

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Date: 1/2/19 9:35 am
From: Dan Smith <dan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
Delete “all” and it works, although it might just be a warning to use lots of repellant.

Dan Smith
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512-451-2632
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> On Jan 2, 2019, at 11:26 AM, Lamont Brown <lamont...> wrote:
>
> Ticks galore in all 254
>
>
> Lamont Brown
> in icy Denton


 

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Date: 1/2/19 9:35 am
From: Susan Foster <idratherbebirding...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
Can we vote on Clay’s suggestions? 🤣
Susan Foster

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 2, 2019, at 10:59 AM, Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> wrote:
>
> It needs to be informative yet concise (or at least easy to spell), and hopefully humorous.
>
> Nothing outstanding jumps out at me, but here are a few ideas – maybe one will serve to inspire a really good one…
>
> 254 in 365
> The TX County Quest
> The TX 254 Quest
> David’s County Quest 2019
> David’s County Folly 2019
> David is Not Home Today…
> Where in TX is David Sarkozi? (hmmm, doesn’t flow like “Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego?”)
> Where’s David? (he needs to wear a red and white striped shirt)
>
> Hey, he could also keep track of how many Whataburgers, Buc-ee’s, and Rudy’s BBQs he visits on the way. David – hit them up for coupons in exchange for Social Media mentions.
>
> At home in Corpus Christi,
>
>
> Clay Taylor
> TOS Life Member
> Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
> <Clay.taylor...>
> 401-965-9064
>
>
>
>
>
> From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of David Sarkozi
> Sent: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 9:42 AM
> To: TexBirds <texbirds...>
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
>
> Ok, put on your thinking caps, I challenge you to come up with a name for this endeavor that refers to visiting all 254 Texas counties. If one tickles my fancy I'll use it.
>
> On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate campaign.
>
> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>
> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year. Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>
> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>
> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017 so maybe 10K is doable.
>
> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>
> --
> 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: 1/2/19 9:28 am
From: Lamont Brown <lamont...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
Ticks galore in all 254


Lamont Brown
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Date: 1/2/19 9:26 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
Ok TACO is in the running

On Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 11:11 AM Gary Seloff <gseloff...> wrote:

> TACO (Texas All County Ornithology) Challenge
>
> Gary Seloff
> Professional Acronymologist
> Houston, Texas
> ------------------------------
>
>
> *From:* <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:
> <texbirds-bounce...>] *On Behalf Of *David Sarkozi
> *Sent:* Wednesday, January 2, 2019 9:42 AM
> *To:* TexBirds <texbirds...>
> *Subject:* [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
>
>
>
> Ok, put on your thinking caps, I challenge you to come up with a name for
> this endeavor that refers to visiting all 254 Texas counties. If one
> tickles my fancy I'll use it.
>
>
>
> On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>
> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto",
> or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming
> this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate
> campaign.
>
>
>
> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most
> Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because
> I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people
> I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a
> number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>
>
>
> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in
> Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year.
> Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a
> bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>
>
>
> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so
> 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>
>
>
> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per
> county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of
> 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017
> so maybe 10K is doable.
>
>
>
> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>
>
>
> --
>
> David Sarkozi
> Houston, TX
> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
>
>
>
>
>
> --
>
> 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: 1/2/19 9:19 am
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
Some more –

The TX All-County Challenge (AKA: on the road in TX)

Crossing TX 254

254 Mockingbirds in 2019!


- Clay




From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Clay Taylor
Sent: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 11:00 AM
To: <david...>; TexBirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game

It needs to be informative yet concise (or at least easy to spell), and hopefully humorous.

Nothing outstanding jumps out at me, but here are a few ideas – maybe one will serve to inspire a really good one…

254 in 365
The TX County Quest
The TX 254 Quest
David’s County Quest 2019
David’s County Folly 2019
David is Not Home Today…
Where in TX is David Sarkozi? (hmmm, doesn’t flow like “Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego?”)
Where’s David? (he needs to wear a red and white striped shirt)

Hey, he could also keep track of how many Whataburgers, Buc-ee’s, and Rudy’s BBQs he visits on the way. David – hit them up for coupons in exchange for Social Media mentions.

At home in Corpus Christi,


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
<Clay.taylor...><mailto:<Clay.taylor...>
401-965-9064





From: <texbirds-bounce...><mailto:<texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of David Sarkozi
Sent: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 9:42 AM
To: TexBirds <texbirds...><mailto:<texbirds...>>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto

Ok, put on your thinking caps, I challenge you to come up with a name for this endeavor that refers to visiting all 254 Texas counties. If one tickles my fancy I'll use it.

On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM David Sarkozi <david...><mailto:<david...>> wrote:
My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate campaign.

Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a number up there near 10K for annual county ticks

I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year. Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a bird. Can;t let that happen again.

I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.

Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017 so maybe 10K is doable.

Anyone want to go birding in 2019?

--
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: 1/2/19 9:00 am
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The New Name for David's Game
It needs to be informative yet concise (or at least easy to spell), and hopefully humorous.

Nothing outstanding jumps out at me, but here are a few ideas – maybe one will serve to inspire a really good one…

254 in 365
The TX County Quest
The TX 254 Quest
David’s County Quest 2019
David’s County Folly 2019
David is Not Home Today…
Where in TX is David Sarkozi? (hmmm, doesn’t flow like “Where in the World is Carmen SanDiego?”)
Where’s David? (he needs to wear a red and white striped shirt)

Hey, he could also keep track of how many Whataburgers, Buc-ee’s, and Rudy’s BBQs he visits on the way. David – hit them up for coupons in exchange for Social Media mentions.

At home in Corpus Christi,


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
<Clay.taylor...><mailto:<Clay.taylor...>
401-965-9064





From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of David Sarkozi
Sent: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 9:42 AM
To: TexBirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto

Ok, put on your thinking caps, I challenge you to come up with a name for this endeavor that refers to visiting all 254 Texas counties. If one tickles my fancy I'll use it.

On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM David Sarkozi <david...><mailto:<david...>> wrote:
My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate campaign.

Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a number up there near 10K for annual county ticks

I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year. Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a bird. Can;t let that happen again.

I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.

Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017 so maybe 10K is doable.

Anyone want to go birding in 2019?

--
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: 1/2/19 8:59 am
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
Some additional ideas:

The Whole Enchilada

The (County) Works

The All-in County Challenge

The 254 County Stout (or IPA or Pilsner, etc)

Bob Friedrichs
Palacios
Sent from Bob's iPhone

> On Jan 2, 2019, at 9:42 AM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>
> Ok, put on your thinking caps, I challenge you to come up with a name for this endeavor that refers to visiting all 254 Texas counties. If one tickles my fancy I'll use it.
>
>> On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate campaign.
>>
>> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>>
>> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year. Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>>
>> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>>
>> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017 so maybe 10K is doable.
>>
>> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>>
>> --
>> 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: 1/2/19 8:12 am
From: Ray Porter <ray.porter314...>
Subject: [texbirds] re The Full name to not be mentioned
2 cents


I am a little more than amazed so many were offended by the use of a
known politician's name in a non political way. I understood David's use
and had no one mentioned it, I would have never thought there was a
political connotation intended or unintended. It appeared to me to be a
simplification of many words to describe a project.


My first thought about the indignation was if there was a well known
birder who had previously completed such a project, then David could
have used that name. But it would appear by subsequent posts, there is
no such well known birder.


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Date: 1/2/19 7:54 am
From: Robert & Linda Mace <rolin1965...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
Surely there is a past birder who has done the same thing as far as
visiting all Teas counties, or at the very least, most of them. We get
enough political references on facebook and elsewhere without having to be
reminded here.

On Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 9:45 AM Robert Friz <rnfriz...> wrote:

> I like The Full Monte. Some might not have seen the movie, however.
> And some might have... LOL
>
> On Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 9:43 AM David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>
>> Ok, put on your thinking caps, I challenge you to come up with a name for
>> this endeavor that refers to visiting all 254 Texas counties. If one
>> tickles my fancy I'll use it.
>>
>> On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>>
>>> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full
>>> Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm
>>> naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his
>>> senate campaign.
>>>
>>> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most
>>> Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because
>>> I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people
>>> I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a
>>> number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>>>
>>> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding
>>> in Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the
>>> year. Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log
>>> a bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>>>
>>> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across,
>>> so 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>>>
>>> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per
>>> county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of
>>> 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017
>>> so maybe 10K is doable.
>>>
>>> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>>>
>>> --
>>> 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: 1/2/19 7:45 am
From: Robert Friz <rnfriz...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
I like The Full Monte. Some might not have seen the movie, however. And
some might have... LOL

On Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 9:43 AM David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:

> Ok, put on your thinking caps, I challenge you to come up with a name for
> this endeavor that refers to visiting all 254 Texas counties. If one
> tickles my fancy I'll use it.
>
> On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>
>> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full
>> Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm
>> naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his
>> senate campaign.
>>
>> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most
>> Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because
>> I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people
>> I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a
>> number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>>
>> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in
>> Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year.
>> Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a
>> bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>>
>> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so
>> 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>>
>> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per
>> county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of
>> 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017
>> so maybe 10K is doable.
>>
>> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>>
>> --
>> 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: 1/2/19 7:43 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
Ok, put on your thinking caps, I challenge you to come up with a name for
this endeavor that refers to visiting all 254 Texas counties. If one
tickles my fancy I'll use it.

On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:

> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto",
> or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming
> this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate
> campaign.
>
> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most
> Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because
> I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people
> I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a
> number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>
> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in
> Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year.
> Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a
> bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>
> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so
> 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>
> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per
> county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of
> 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017
> so maybe 10K is doable.
>
> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>
> --
> 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: 1/2/19 7:42 am
From: Steve Gast <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender segast23 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
Just change the name to The Full Monte and get on down the road - we have waaaay to much righteous indignation in the world to have it destroy the fun in birding.

Steve Gast
Houston TX

> On Jan 2, 2019, at 8:38 AM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>
> Look folks, I meant nothing political by my choice of names for the challenge. I simply named it for a PUBLIC FIGURE who very publicly bragged about visiting every county in Texas. When it was suggested to try it, that's what I immediately thought of. I am frankly totally mystified why it would raise any hackles owing to the fact that he lost?
>
>> On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate campaign.
>>
>> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>>
>> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year. Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>>
>> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>>
>> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017 so maybe 10K is doable.
>>
>> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>>
>> --
>> 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: 1/2/19 7:08 am
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: No random Politic
Ok, everyone – I get it. We can politicize anything nowadays and make it an issue.

Your point(s) are taken, David has apologized, and now can we move forward with bird stuff?

Happy birding in 2019,


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
<Clay.taylor...><mailto:<Clay.taylor...>
401-965-9064



From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of David Sarkozi
Sent: Wednesday, January 2, 2019 8:50 AM
To: <dmarc-noreply...>
Cc: Texbirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: No random Politician references Please

The name I chose was simply a tongue-in-cheek reference to a useless political stunt. My quest is much the same, fun to brag about but totally self serving and useless to most folks.

Its not a reference I would likely use after the initial announcement at all.

On Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 2:08 AM Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...><mailto:<dmarc-noreply...>> wrote:
Considering all the hopefully sober driving without fleeing accident scenes required to reach all 254 Texas Counties in 2019, a full Beto may not be the best plan.

This contrary political view is exactly why random politician names inserted inappropriately have no place in Texbirds. Neither Beto (nor our much more flawed Mr. Trump) is related to your 2019 personal county visiting goal David. Since Beto is considering running for President all references to him are by definition political.

Most of the internet and Facebook and Twitter is endlessly political squabbling even when irrelevant. Obviously politics affects birding and should be discussed when directly related (e.g. discussions of border walls in wildlife refuges, etc. , etc., but not inserted randomly in a 2019 county listing discussion.

count me out of Texbirds effective immediately if this keeps up.

John Berner
W. Houston



Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone<https://overview.mail.yahoo.com/?.src=iOS>


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

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Date: 1/2/19 7:00 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
Texbirds is about birds
You have maintained that

If you change, many care, not who you picked, but just invading bird-space with a political name

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 Jan 2, 2019, at 8:43 AM, Robert Friz <rnfriz...> wrote:
>
> David, the hackles are because the name is Inappropriate as I have pointed out to you privately. Whether he lost or not is immaterial. It is political precisely because you named it for a public (political) figure. Some of us seriously disagree with his politics, which is a secondary issue. How hard is that to understand?
>
> Bob
> Leonard Texas
>
>> On Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 8:39 AM David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>> Look folks, I meant nothing political by my choice of names for the challenge. I simply named it for a PUBLIC FIGURE who very publicly bragged about visiting every county in Texas. When it was suggested to try it, that's what I immediately thought of. I am frankly totally mystified why it would raise any hackles owing to the fact that he lost?
>>
>>> On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>>> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate campaign.
>>>
>>> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>>>
>>> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year. Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>>>
>>> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>>>
>>> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017 so maybe 10K is doable.
>>>
>>> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>>>
>>> --
>>> 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: 1/2/19 6:50 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: No random Politician references Please
The name I chose was simply a tongue-in-cheek reference to a useless
political stunt. My quest is much the same, fun to brag about but totally
self serving and useless to most folks.

Its not a reference I would likely use after the initial announcement at
all.

On Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 2:08 AM Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...>
wrote:

> Considering all the hopefully sober driving without fleeing accident
> scenes required to reach all 254 Texas Counties in 2019, a full Beto may
> not be the best plan.
>
> This contrary political view is exactly why random politician names
> inserted inappropriately have no place in Texbirds. Neither Beto (nor our
> much more flawed Mr. Trump) is related to your 2019 personal county
> visiting goal David. Since Beto is considering running for President all
> references to him are by definition political.
>
> Most of the internet and Facebook and Twitter is endlessly political
> squabbling even when irrelevant. Obviously politics affects birding and
> should be discussed when directly related (e.g. discussions of border walls
> in wildlife refuges, etc. , etc., but not inserted randomly in a 2019
> county listing discussion.
>
> count me out of Texbirds effective immediately if this keeps up.
>
> John Berner
> W. Houston
>
>
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
> <https://overview.mail.yahoo.com/?.src=iOS>
>


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

 

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Date: 1/2/19 6:44 am
From: Robert Friz <rnfriz...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
David, the hackles are because the name is Inappropriate as I have pointed
out to you privately. Whether he lost or not is immaterial. It is
political precisely because you named it for a public (political) figure.
Some of us seriously disagree with his politics, which is a secondary
issue. How hard is that to understand?

Bob
Leonard Texas

On Wed, Jan 2, 2019 at 8:39 AM David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:

> Look folks, I meant nothing political by my choice of names for the
> challenge. I simply named it for a PUBLIC FIGURE who very publicly bragged
> about visiting every county in Texas. When it was suggested to try it,
> that's what I immediately thought of. I am frankly totally mystified why it
> would raise any hackles owing to the fact that he lost?
>
> On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>
>> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full
>> Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm
>> naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his
>> senate campaign.
>>
>> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most
>> Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because
>> I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people
>> I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a
>> number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>>
>> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in
>> Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year.
>> Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a
>> bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>>
>> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so
>> 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>>
>> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per
>> county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of
>> 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017
>> so maybe 10K is doable.
>>
>> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>>
>> --
>> 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: 1/2/19 6:39 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
Look folks, I meant nothing political by my choice of names for the
challenge. I simply named it for a PUBLIC FIGURE who very publicly bragged
about visiting every county in Texas. When it was suggested to try it,
that's what I immediately thought of. I am frankly totally mystified why it
would raise any hackles owing to the fact that he lost?

On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 2:06 PM David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:

> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto",
> or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming
> this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate
> campaign.
>
> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most
> Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because
> I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people
> I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a
> number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>
> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in
> Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year.
> Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a
> bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>
> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so
> 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>
> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per
> county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of
> 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017
> so maybe 10K is doable.
>
> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>
> --
> 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: 1/2/19 6:29 am
From: Michael Cooper <michael20212...>
Subject: [texbirds] Political references
Thank You John Berner!

Michael Cooper
Kingwood

 

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Date: 1/2/19 6:28 am
From: Lamont Brown <lamont...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
As a lister I like the campaign.

But I agree with Susan the caption appears in the off-limit section. I can recall more than one factual political event or slogan that would have made a catchy birding campaign. Had such been used in the past I am guessing reprimand or likely review status would have followed for the one posting such. So I agree that clarification is needed for what appears to be a change in this aspect of Texbirds rules/protocols.

Lamont Brown
Denton, Texas


From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Date: Tue, 1 Jan 2019 14:06:19 -0600
Subject: [texbirds] The Full Beto

My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto",
or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming
this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate
campaign.
Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most Texas
County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because I've
no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people I
suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a number
up there near 10K for annual county ticks

I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in
Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year.
Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a
bird. Can;t let that happen again.

I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so
254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.

Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per
county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of
5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017
so maybe 10K is doable.

Anyone want to go birding in 2019?

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

 

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Date: 1/2/19 12:08 am
From: Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] No random Politician references Please
Considering all the hopefully sober driving without fleeing accident scenes required to reach all 254 Texas Counties in 2019, a full Beto may not be the best plan. 
This contrary political view is exactly why random politician names inserted inappropriately have no place in Texbirds. Neither Beto (nor our much more flawed Mr. Trump) is related to your 2019 personal county visiting goal David. Since Beto is considering running for President all references to him are by definition political.
Most of the internet and Facebook and Twitter is endlessly political squabbling even when irrelevant. Obviously politics affects birding and should be discussed when directly related (e.g. discussions of border walls in wildlife refuges, etc. , etc., but not inserted randomly in a 2019 county listing discussion.
count me out of Texbirds effective immediately if this keeps up.
John BernerW. Houston 



Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

 

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Date: 1/1/19 7:28 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 12/31/18 species 67 @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
12/31/18 species 67 @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary

Wow birds at the following link on New Year’s Day—67 species total and 62 from Ezekiel in 2 hr. 4 min. I know there are a lot of birds out there, but few have enough time to cover the habitat—the Heron Pond had some exceptional birds! Thanks for visiting! Today, out my window, I had a Brown Thrasher, 6 White-throated Sparrow, 2 Lincoln’s Sparrows, 2 House Finch in one 5 min look—very active out there!

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L213585

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: 1/1/19 6:49 pm
From: Bob White <bobwhitebsacbc...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
Isn’t it just a reference to the fact that Beto visited every single county during his campaign? That’s an admirable accomplishment. Most candidates hit as many as they can, forsaking the very remote and least populous ones. I didn’t view the reference as political, even f it was a politician.

Bob White

> On Jan 1, 2019, at 8:37 PM, Susan Schaezler <susan...> wrote:
>
> Just clarify the rules David—you said no political and you have used political for your campaign—just let all of us know if you change the rules and we will be fine and creative too. No, I’m not saying who I voted for—just know David likes his rules
>
> Happy New Year everyone!
>
> 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 Jan 1, 2019, at 7:29 PM, Niki McDaniel <mcdbird...> wrote:
>>
>> This does not seem political to me. Seems more like a worthy goal!
>>
>> From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
>> Sent: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 2:37 PM
>> To: <david...>
>> Cc: TexBirds <texbirds...>
>> Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
>>
>> I thought we were supposed to be apolitical on this site? Please clarify the rules for those that follow. I like the goal though!
>>
>> 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 Jan 1, 2019, at 2:06 PM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>>
>> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate campaign.
>>
>> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>>
>> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year. Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>>
>> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>>
>> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017 so maybe 10K is doable.
>>
>> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>>
>> --
>> David Sarkozi
>> Houston, TX
>> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi

 

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Date: 1/1/19 6:38 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
Just clarify the rules David—you said no political and you have used political for your campaign—just let all of us know if you change the rules and we will be fine and creative too. No, I’m not saying who I voted for—just know David likes his rules

Happy New Year everyone!

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 Jan 1, 2019, at 7:29 PM, Niki McDaniel <mcdbird...> wrote:
>
> This does not seem political to me. Seems more like a worthy goal!
>
> From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
> Sent: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 2:37 PM
> To: <david...>
> Cc: TexBirds <texbirds...>
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
>
> I thought we were supposed to be apolitical on this site? Please clarify the rules for those that follow. I like the goal though!
>
> 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 Jan 1, 2019, at 2:06 PM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>
> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate campaign.
>
> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>
> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year. Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>
> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>
> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017 so maybe 10K is doable.
>
> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>
> --
> David Sarkozi
> Houston, TX
> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi

 

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Date: 1/1/19 4:00 pm
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
David,
That’s an admirable goal. While you have calculated “cross county average” as 45 miles, there are a fair number of counties either much greater or much less than 45 miles. With careful planning, you should make your goals of at least 1 “tick” per county and more than 10,000 ticks.in your quest.
I look forward to your progress reports.
Keith

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 1, 2019, at 2:06 PM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>
> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate campaign.
>
> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>
> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year. Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>
> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>
> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017 so maybe 10K is doable.
>
> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>
> --
> David Sarkozi
> Houston, TX
> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
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Date: 1/1/19 1:29 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Timberline Sparrow?
Thanks, everyone! Sounds like HBW may be a little off on that, and that both subspecies could be involved here.



Happy New Year!



MB



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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



From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Mark Lockwood
Sent: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 9:59 AM
To: <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Timberline Sparrow?



Timberline Sparrow appears to be a rare to very rare migrant through the Trans-Pecos and probably the western Hill Country and South Texas Brushlands. The easternmost specimen is from Irion County. They may winter in very small numbers, but there is no documentation of that. Identification is difficult and may not be possible in most cases because of the overlap in character between nominate Brewer's and Timberline Sparrows. I have seen birds that favor Timberline Sparrows, but there is no way to be sure without a specimen.



Mark



Mark Lockwood

Alpine, Texas


 

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Date: 1/1/19 12:55 pm
From: Dell Little <dellel1119...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
How is David being political by stating a fact?

On Tue, Jan 1, 2019 at 2:37 PM Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <
<warblerwoods...> wrote:

> I thought we were supposed to be apolitical on this site? Please clarify
> the rules for those that follow. I like the goal though!
>
> 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 Jan 1, 2019, at 2:06 PM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>
> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto",
> or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming
> this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate
> campaign.
>
> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most
> Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because
> I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people
> I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a
> number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>
> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in
> Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year.
> Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a
> bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>
> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so
> 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>
> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per
> county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of
> 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017
> so maybe 10K is doable.
>
> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>
> --
> David Sarkozi
> Houston, TX
> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
>
>

 

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Date: 1/1/19 12:38 pm
From: Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: The Full Beto
I thought we were supposed to be apolitical on this site? Please clarify the rules for those that follow. I like the goal though!

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 Jan 1, 2019, at 2:06 PM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:
>
> My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto", or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate campaign.
>
> Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most Texas County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because I've no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people I suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a number up there near 10K for annual county ticks
>
> I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year. Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a bird. Can;t let that happen again.
>
> I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so 254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.
>
> Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of 5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017 so maybe 10K is doable.
>
> Anyone want to go birding in 2019?
>
> --
> David Sarkozi
> Houston, TX
> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi

 

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Date: 1/1/19 12:07 pm
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] The Full Beto
My personal challenge for 2019 birding will be to attempt "The Full Beto",
or to record at least 1 bird in each of Texas' 254 counties. I'm naming
this for Beto O'Rourke's feat of visiting all Texas counties for his senate
campaign.

Just to keep it interesting I'll also try and set a mark for the most Texas
County Ticks in a year. The Total County Ticks is interesting because I've
no idea what the mark to aim for is. I can think of a couple of people I
suspect have actually done a Full Beto and I'd guess they may have a number
up there near 10K for annual county ticks

I did the numbers for myself for 2017 a year with 45k miles of birding in
Texas, I had records in 150 counties and 5056 county ticks during the year.
Doing the numbers I saw counties I know I was in but just didn't log a
bird. Can;t let that happen again.

I recall I read somewhere that the average county was 60 miles across, so
254 x 60 = 15,240 miles minimum to hit all counties, completely doable.

Can I reach 10,000 county ticks? that would be just over 40 species per
county average. that sounds hard, there are surely going to be a lot of
5-10 bird counties. I did have 14 counties in excess of 100 species in 2017
so maybe 10K is doable.

Anyone want to go birding in 2019?

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

 

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Date: 1/1/19 12:02 pm
From: Marj Swies <marjswies...>
Subject: [texbirds] New year at Hornsby Bend treatment plant (Austin)
Had nice birds for first day of 2019. Blue gray gnatcatcher, yellow rump,
orange crown and Couch's kingbird were highlights. No scoters.

 

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Date: 1/1/19 11:04 am
From: Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Rufous-backed Robin in Uvalde County
I for one, don’t read all my news on Facebook, but I do post on all the listservs when I’m actively birding—it takes a lot of time to post to 3 listservs, Twitter & my Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary Facebook page, but people don’t read everywhere and there are a lot that don’t do facebook. It gets hectic during spring migration, but always important to share the info with others and they also have a chance to find the bird or look for it in their areas!

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 Jan 1, 2019, at 12:29 PM, Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> wrote:
>
> Texbirds,
>
> It's a new year and time to cultivate a renewed interest in and use of the Texbirds listserve. I will try my best to cross-post facebook rare bird alerts on the listserve as they occur. A lot of folks do not use facebook, regularly or ever, for that matter, and oftentimes you have to dig for information on various pages or groups once on there. Sharing is caring in 2019.
>
> From Tripp Davenport:
>
> " Rufous-backed Robin, Uvalde County, Tom Nunn Crossing Public Access Nueces River banks (end of county road 202) please respect private property and do not cross fences, bird is near river bank upstream from crossing feeding in hackberry trees, viewable from the gravel bank on the west side of the river."
> <image.png>
>
> Happy New Year!
>
> Justin Bosler
> Austin, TX

 

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Date: 1/1/19 10:29 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Rufous-backed Robin in Uvalde County
Texbirds,

It's a new year and time to cultivate a renewed interest in and use of the
Texbirds listserve. I will try my best to cross-post facebook rare bird
alerts on the listserve as they occur. A lot of folks do not use facebook,
regularly or ever, for that matter, and oftentimes you have to dig for
information on various pages or groups once on there. Sharing is caring in
2019.

From Tripp Davenport:

" Rufous-backed Robin, Uvalde County, Tom Nunn Crossing Public Access
Nueces River banks (end of county road 202) please respect private property
and do not cross fences, bird is near river bank upstream from crossing
feeding in hackberry trees, viewable from the gravel bank on the west side
of the river."
[image: image.png]

Happy New Year!

Justin Bosler
Austin, TX

 

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Date: 1/1/19 9:03 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary is bustling with sparrows
Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary is bustling with sparrows and White-crowned Sparrow are very numerous—we haven’t been out as much, but a Rose-breasted Grosbeak was reported in Dec and we usually have Black-headed Grosbeak wintering here, along with some of the top sparrows.

Visitation is through the following link and please follow the instructions and introduce yourself briefly if I don’t know you and pick a day and approximate time to expedite the process.

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

On windy days, you usually don’t feel the wind in the woods.

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: 1/1/19 8:00 am
From: Mark Lockwood <mwlockwood402...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Timberline Sparrow?
Timberline Sparrow appears to be a rare to very rare migrant through the
Trans-Pecos and probably the western Hill Country and South Texas
Brushlands. The easternmost specimen is from Irion County. They may
winter in very small numbers, but there is no documentation of that.
Identification is difficult and may not be possible in most cases because
of the overlap in character between nominate Brewer's and Timberline
Sparrows. I have seen birds that favor Timberline Sparrows, but there is no
way to be sure without a specimen.

Mark

Mark Lockwood
Alpine, Texas

 

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Date: 1/1/19 7:03 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Not getting feed
I've not heard of gmail putting TEXBIRDS into spam before. Have you tried
just going into your spam and making all the TEXBIRDS messages as "not
spam" and perhaps manually teaching gmail you want those? I suspect perhaps
you marked something from TEXBIRDS as spam is how it started.

Have others has messages going into spam?

On Mon, Dec 31, 2018 at 10:24 AM James Hailey <irasciblej...> wrote:

> David for some reason all the Texbirds postings go to spam. I have tried
> putting the domain in always receive Any suggestions
>
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>
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>
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>

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Houston, TX
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Date: 12/31/18 6:00 pm
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Timberline Sparrow?
Obviously, there is a conflict between Oberholser’s treatment of this species complex is significantly different from the account Mary Beth references. Sisley shows the breeding range of taverneri north of breweri; if this is accurate, than Oberholser’s treatment may be more accurate. These taxa are not easy to differentiate; I need to examine our series (all Trans Pecos, I think) more closely.

Keith Arnold
Bryan/TAMU-BRTC

Sent from my iPhone

> On Dec 31, 2018, at 7:12 PM, Michael Marsden <valleybirders...> wrote:
>
> As far as I know, there's never been a record of Timberline Sparrow in South Texas . All Oberholser's South Texas specimens and sightings were of the nominate subspecies, his only Texas records of taverneri being two specimens from the Trans-Pecos.
>
> Michael Marsden
>
>
>
> Virus-free. www.avast.com
>
>> On Mon, Dec 31, 2018 at 5:53 PM Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> wrote:
>> Hi, all!
>>
>>
>>
>> I was doing a little research on the Handbook of Birds of the World on-line site, and discovered that the race of Brewer’s Sparrow that gets into west Texas (and sometimes here in the Valley, I guess) is actually the Timberline Sparrow (Spizella breweri taverneri)! Apparently the nominate race doesn’t get any further west than central Arizona! Here’s what the site said for the nominate race: “S Canada (extreme S British Columbia, S Alberta and SW Saskatchewan) and W USA from E Montana, SW North Dakota and NE Colorado S to E & S California, S Nevada, C Arizona and NW New Mexico; non-breeding from S edge of breeding range S to NW & W Mexico (Baja California E to Coahuila, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, Guanajuato and Jalisco).”
>>
>>
>>
>> Here's the range for “Timberline” Sparrow: “SE Alaska and W Canada (SW Yukon and NW & SE British Columbia and W Alberta) and N USA (W Montana); non-breeding range SW USA (Arizona E to W Texas) and probably N Mexico.”
>>
>>
>>
>> Thoughts?
>>
>>
>>
>> Mary Beth Stowe
>>
>> Alamo, TX
>>
>> www.miriameaglemon.com
>>
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> Michael Marsden
> 956-276-4409
> San Benito, TX
>
> Virus-free. www.avast.com

 

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Date: 12/31/18 5:13 pm
From: Michael Marsden <valleybirders...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Timberline Sparrow?
As far as I know, there's never been a record of Timberline Sparrow in
South Texas . All Oberholser's South Texas specimens and sightings were of
the nominate subspecies, his only Texas records of* taverneri *being two
specimens from the Trans-Pecos.

Michael Marsden



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On Mon, Dec 31, 2018 at 5:53 PM Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
wrote:

> Hi, all!
>
>
>
> I was doing a little research on the Handbook of Birds of the World
> on-line site, and discovered that the race of Brewer’s Sparrow that gets
> into west Texas (and sometimes here in the Valley, I guess) is actually the
> Timberline Sparrow (Spizella breweri taverneri)! Apparently the nominate
> race doesn’t get any further west than central Arizona! Here’s what the
> site said for the nominate race: “S Canada (extreme S British Columbia,
> S Alberta and SW Saskatchewan) and W USA from E Montana, SW North Dakota
> and NE Colorado S to E & S California, S Nevada, C Arizona and NW New
> Mexico; non-breeding from S edge of breeding range S to NW & W Mexico (Baja
> California E to Coahuila, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, Guanajuato and
> Jalisco).”
>
>
>
> Here's the range for “Timberline” Sparrow: “SE Alaska and W Canada (SW
> Yukon and NW & SE British Columbia and W Alberta) and N USA (W Montana);
> non-breeding range SW USA (Arizona E to W Texas) and probably N Mexico.”
>
>
>
> Thoughts?
>
>
>
> Mary Beth Stowe
>
> Alamo, TX
>
> www.miriameaglemon.com
>
>
>


--
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956-276-4409
San Benito, TX

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Date: 12/31/18 4:22 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Timberline Sparrow?
You might check the TOS Handbook on this subspecies in Texas. It is more
than I want to transcribe . In general here is the short and easy range
wide. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timberline_sparrow

On Mon, Dec 31, 2018 at 5:53 PM Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
wrote:

> Hi, all!
>
>
>
> I was doing a little research on the Handbook of Birds of the World
> on-line site, and discovered that the race of Brewer’s Sparrow that gets
> into west Texas (and sometimes here in the Valley, I guess) is actually the
> Timberline Sparrow (Spizella breweri taverneri)! Apparently the nominate
> race doesn’t get any further west than central Arizona! Here’s what the
> site said for the nominate race: “S Canada (extreme S British Columbia,
> S Alberta and SW Saskatchewan) and W USA from E Montana, SW North Dakota
> and NE Colorado S to E & S California, S Nevada, C Arizona and NW New
> Mexico; non-breeding from S edge of breeding range S to NW & W Mexico (Baja
> California E to Coahuila, Nuevo León, San Luis Potosí, Guanajuato and
> Jalisco).”
>
>
>
> Here's the range for “Timberline” Sparrow: “SE Alaska and W Canada (SW
> Yukon and NW & SE British Columbia and W Alberta) and N USA (W Montana);
> non-breeding range SW USA (Arizona E to W Texas) and probably N Mexico.”
>
>
>
> Thoughts?
>
>
>
> Mary Beth Stowe
>
> Alamo, TX
>
> www.miriameaglemon.com
>
>
>


--

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

 

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Date: 12/31/18 3:53 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Timberline Sparrow?
Hi, all!



I was doing a little research on the Handbook of Birds of the World on-line
site, and discovered that the race of Brewers Sparrow that gets into west
Texas (and sometimes here in the Valley, I guess) is actually the Timberline
Sparrow (Spizella breweri taverneri)! Apparently the nominate race doesnt
get any further west than central Arizona! Heres what the site said for
the nominate race: S Canada (extreme S British Columbia, S Alberta and SW
Saskatchewan) and W USA from E Montana, SW North Dakota and NE Colorado S to
E & S California, S Nevada, C Arizona and NW New Mexico; non-breeding from S
edge of breeding range S to NW & W Mexico (Baja California E to Coahuila,
Nuevo Len, San Luis Potos, Guanajuato and Jalisco).



Here's the range for Timberline Sparrow: SE Alaska and W Canada (SW
Yukon and NW & SE British Columbia and W Alberta) and N USA (W Montana);
non-breeding range SW USA (Arizona E to W Texas) and probably N Mexico.



Thoughts?



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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




 

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Date: 12/31/18 8:24 am
From: James Hailey <irasciblej...>
Subject: [texbirds] Not getting feed
David for some reason all the Texbirds postings go to spam. I have tried putting the domain in always receive Any suggestions

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Date: 12/30/18 2:53 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from the White River Lake CBC
Greetings AllL:

Yesterday, twelve birders (Brandon Best, Justin Bosler, Canyon Clark,
Jeremy Clark, Manuel De Leon, Drew Harvey, Anthony Hewetson, Ellen
Hildebrandt, Phillip Kite, Rich Kostecke, Rob Lee, Lena Zappia) braved
the cold and covered the White River Lake CBC. I will post a full
report at some point but, for now, the highlights will have to
suffice. Amongst the 107 or so species seen during the count (at the
low end of average for this count), the following came across as
highlights.

Highlights from the Dickens County portion of the circle (all seen by
DH and AH) were 2 Wood Ducks along CR 405, 5 Redheads along CR 405, 1
Wilson's Snipe along CR 405, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker along CR 405,
1 Downy Woodpecker along CR 405, 1 Eastern Phoebe along Red Mud Road,
2 Common Ravens along CR 405, 1 Common Raven along Red Mud Road, 4
Verdins along CR 405, 3 Bushtits along CR 405, 2 Red-breasted
Nuthatches along Red Mud Road, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher along Red Mud
Road, 49 Mountain Bluebirds along CR 405, 55 Mountain Bluebirds along
Red Mud Road, 2 Hermit Thrushes along CR 405, 1 White-throated Sparrow
along Red Mud Road, 1 male Rusty Blackbird along CR 405, and 1
Orange-crowned Warbler along CR 405.

Highlights from the Crosby County portions of the circle were 56
Greater White-fronted Geese at White River Lake (JB, MDL, RL), 1
female and 1 male Blue-winged Teals near White River (DH, AH), 2
Redheads at White River Lake (JB, MDL, RL), 2 Redheads elsewhere at
White River Lake (PKi, EH, LZ), 1 male Common Goldeneye near White
River (DH, AH), 47 Common Mergansers at White River Lake (JB, MDL, DH,
AH, RL), 1 Eared Grebe at White River Lake (DH, HA), 9 Rock Pigeons
(the first for the count in over ten years) near Kalgary (JC, CC), 1
Ferruginous Hawk near Kalgary (JC, CC), 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in
the Great North Woods (RK, BB), 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at White
River Lake (JB, MDL, RL),1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at White River
Lake (PKi, EH, LZ), 2 Eastern Phoebes at White River Lake (JB, MDL,
RL), 1 Eastern Phoebe at White River Lake (PKi, EH, LZ), 3 Common
Ravens at White River Lake (JB, MDL, RL), 2 Common Ravens at White
River Lake (PKi, EH, LZ), 1 Verdin along CR 245 (DH, AH), 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch along CR 245 (DH, AH), 1 Brown Creeper in the
Great North Woods (RK, BB), 1 House Wren in the Great North Woods (RK,
BB), 8 House Wrens at White River Lake (JB, MDL, RL), 1 House Wren at
White River Lake (PKi, EH, LZ), 1 Winter Wren in the Great North Woods
(RK, BB), 33 Mountain Bluebirds at White River Lake (JB, MDL, RL), 1
Hermit Thrush at White River Lake (PKi, EH, LZ), 125 Cedar Waxwings at
White River Lake (JB, MDL, RL), 1 Eastern x Spotted Towhee in the
Great North Woods (RK, BB), 3 Chipping Sparrows in the Great North
Woods (RK, BB), 2 Chipping Sparrows on the White River (DH, AH), 55
Chipping Sparrows at White River Lake (BB, MDL, RL), 6 Chipping
Sparrows at White River Lake (DH, AH), 1 American Tree Sparrow in the
Great North Woods (RK, BB), 1 American Tree Sparrow at White River
Lake (JB, MDL, RL), 1 Grasshopper Sparrow at White River Lake (JB,
MDL, RL), 1 LeConte's Sparrow in the Great North Woods (RK, BB), 2
LeConte's Sparrow at White River Lake (JB, MDL, RL), 4 White-throated
Sparrows at White River Lake (JB, MDL, RL), 2 Harris's Sparrows in the
Great North Woods (RK, BB), 6 Harris's Sparrows at White River Lake
(JB, MDL, RL), 5 Harris's Sparrows at White River Lake (PKi, EH, LZ),
and 1 Orange-crowned Warbler at White River Lake (PKi, EH, LZ),

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock
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Date: 12/30/18 6:14 am
From: Dan Smith <dan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Crested Caracara returns to Denton Co - a pair!
When I started birding in the late 1970s, Austin was very nearly the northern limit of their range. Things are moving toward the poles, though, as the world warms up.

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

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




> On Dec 29, 2018, at 9:55 PM, Marilyn Turnage <marilynturnage...> wrote:
>
> We've been on the lookout for the Crested Caracara that was here last winter to come back, and sure enough, today (12/29/18) we spotted a pair of them by FM 1171 just east of HWY 377. One was sitting in a tree right by the road, and another was flying low and circling, interacting with the one in the tree.
>
> --- On Wed, 1/10/18, Marilyn Turnage <marilynturnage...> wrote:
>
>> From: Marilyn Turnage <marilynturnage...>
>> Subject: Crested Caracara in Denton Co
>> To: "Texbirds - Email" <texbirds...>
>> Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 9:30 AM
>>
>> There was a Crested Caracara flying over FM 1171 just west
>> of Hwy 377 on 1/9/18 at around 1:30 in
>> the afternoon. It was heading south. It may
>> be foraging in the area, or it may have been on a
>> beeline.
>> Marilyn
>> Turnage
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Date: 12/30/18 5:58 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Monday @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Monday @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary

It is Winter and we have to plan our outings—make sure you request ahead of time on visitation—it takes time to respond to the email—I’m fast, but sometimes I’m at appointments. Monday will be warm and wonderful for a Winter day and I know many will want to come. Follow the instructions below to make arrangements and please introduce yourself briefly, if I don’t know you.

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

The wildflowers are sprouting all over from the Wildflower project and delighted that a Pauraque was seen during the daytime a few days ago—lots of sparrows out there 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
 

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Date: 12/29/18 10:01 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Dusky Flycatcher, Musquiz Creek (Jeff Davis Co.)
Texbirds,

In case you're passing through the area on SH 118, I discovered a wintering
Dusky Flycatcher at Musquiz Creek on Thursday, 27 December. The coordinates
below are exactly where the bird was frequenting that afternoon. It spent a
lot of time between low perches and on the ground as it would sally to the
mud for flies.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51015045


[image: image.png]

Good birding!
Justin Bosler
currently in Lubbock, Texas

 

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Date: 12/29/18 7:55 pm
From: Marilyn Turnage <marilynturnage...>
Subject: [texbirds] Crested Caracara returns to Denton Co - a pair!
We've been on the lookout for the Crested Caracara that was here last winter to come back, and sure enough, today (12/29/18) we spotted a pair of them by FM 1171 just east of HWY 377. One was sitting in a tree right by the road, and another was flying low and circling, interacting with the one in the tree.

--- On Wed, 1/10/18, Marilyn Turnage <marilynturnage...> wrote:

> From: Marilyn Turnage <marilynturnage...>
> Subject: Crested Caracara in Denton Co
> To: "Texbirds - Email" <texbirds...>
> Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 9:30 AM
>  
> There was a Crested Caracara flying over FM 1171 just west
> of Hwy 377 on 1/9/18 at around 1:30 in
> the afternoon.  It was heading south.  It may
> be foraging in the area, or it may have been on a
> beeline. 
> Marilyn
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Date: 12/29/18 7:27 pm
From: Nathaniel Nye <nathaniel.nye...>
Subject: [texbirds] Bird-running and sparrows at Government Canyon SNA
I've always been a birder (dad taught me to bird since I could walk) and
I've always been a runner (elem & high school track, cross country,
military training) ... But surprisingly, only in the past couple years have
I started doing both at the same time. I've really enjoyed it, and highly
recommend it. In areas where birds are scarce or when you are just trying
to get to the "good spot", you can cover more ground faster. Binoculars (or
even a good monocular) are pretty light and easy to carry along. Of course
there are downsides to running while birding, and many have physical
limitations that prevent them from being able to, but it's definitely got
some advantages, especially if you enjoy running! I'm curious if anyone
else runs while birding (or birds while running!). I think it needs a
name... bird-running?

This morning I went "bird-running" at Government Canyon SNA, northwest of
San Antonio. Birds along the Discovery Trail and wooded parts of Savannah
Loop were sparse and I was covering ground quickly, but the open grassland
along Lytle's Loop was as birdy as I've ever seen it. I ran into several
large mixed flocks of sparrows and other passerines, almost dripping from
the trees, shrubs, and grasses. With all the bird activity, I ended up
covering only half a mile over the last hour of my outing (to save you the
math... That's slow!).

Highlights were stunning looks at a very cooperative Grasshopper Sparrow
that flushed up when I jogged by, and a short look at an immature Harris's
Sparrow. Ebird list below.

Good birding,
Nate Nye
San Antonio

Government Canyon SNA (HOTE 085)
Dec 29, 2018
9:00 AM
Traveling
4.00 miles
120 minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments:
Most birds were seen between trail markers 27 and 30 along Lytle's Loop,
but also ran half of Savannah Loop and Discovery Trail, but few birds
present in those areas.

2 Black Vulture
1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
2 American Kestrel
2 Eastern Phoebe
1 White-eyed Vireo
1 Hutton's Vireo
1 Carolina Chickadee
2 Black-crested Titmouse
1 Verdin
2 House Wren
3 Bewick's Wren
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
40 American Robin
2 Northern Mockingbird
10 Lesser Goldfinch
1 Grasshopper Sparrow
X Field Sparrow -- Many, abundant
10 White-crowned Sparrow -- 2 adults, rest immature
1 Harris's Sparrow - immature
X Vesper Sparrow -- Abundant
2 Song Sparrow
X Lincoln's Sparrow -- Abundant
1 Swamp Sparrow - several probables
8 Spotted Towhee
8 Northern Cardinal

Number of Taxa: 25

 

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Date: 12/29/18 10:13 am
From: C M Prince <GoldwingerTX...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smooth Sumac - Rhus glabra
Birds my wife and myself saw at Salineno preserve in Starr County
12/27/2018.

We was there around 8:45 AM till 10:15 AM



Altamira Oriole 1

Black-crested Titmouse 1

Green Jay 4

Red-winged Blackbird 50 + too many

Orange-crowned Warbler 3

Great Kiskadee 5



This is a fewest Birds we have ever seen here before.


C M Prince

Mission, TX

 

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Date: 12/29/18 9:58 am
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Colorado County
Howdy Texbirders,
It feel like the Panhandle out here this morning. Cold, windy, and a big
flock of longspurs on McDonald Road. Only Lapland so far. Will have to look
over my digiscope photos, later. General figity flock up and down. Hard to
get scope on them and added wind vibration. Many raptors, shorebirds,
geese, ducks, sparrows.
Good birding
Old Dawgler
--
W. Dennis Shepler

 

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Date: 12/29/18 9:06 am
From: Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Bentsen-RGV SP
Christy and I birded Bentsen RGV State Park yesterday, Dec. 28, 2018.

Here is the list of what we documented:

Plain Chachalaca
Pied-billed Grebe
Turkey Vulture
Cooper's Hawk
Harris's Hawk
Gray Hawk
Crested Caracara
Sandhill Crane
Spotted Sandpiper
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove
Common Ground-Dove
Ruddy Ground-Dove
White-tipped Dove
Buff-bellied Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Black Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe
Couch's Kingbird
White-eyed Vireo
Green Jay
Black-crested Titmouse
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Northern Mockingbird
Long-billed Thrasher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Olive Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Altamira Oriole
American Goldfinch
Blue Gray Gnatcatcher

Number of Species: 37

The ruddy ground dove was seen on the old RV camping loop. We had a chance to observe them close up…neither of us had ever seen a ruddy ground dove before. There were several common ground doves too. According to my Pertersen’s Bird Guide, it may have been what he called a western ruddy ground dove as it did not have the rusty color. We double checked the markings on the bird’s wing comparing it to the common ground dove. We are pretty sure, even though they are very rare in the park they were ruddy ground doves.
Has anyone else who has birded Bentsen seen these birds there? I just want to make sure we were not viewing some funky marked common ground dove.

Also, spotted a northern harrier just outside the park.

Cheers.

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Date: 12/28/18 5:17 pm
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Jackson Calhoun Counties CBC on 12/27
Texbirds:

Yesterday, we conducted the third running of the Jackson Calhoun Counties
CBC. After a bit of a wet start, skies dried and then cleared by about
10am. Light winds throughout the day contributed to good birding
conditions. We found many of our target species and finished with 192
species unofficially. This is our best showing so far.

Some of the better birds found on the CBC included Groove-billed Ani,
Burrowing Owl, Nighthawk sp., Painted Bunting and Lesser Goldfinch. Notable
misses included Black-necked Stilt, Black Skimmer, Tree Swallow,
Ash-throated Flycatcher and Indigo Bunting. We had a very good sparrow day
with 16 species reported and managed a clean sweep on owls with 6 species.

Many thanks to our 31 counters and section leaders who worked hard to find
many of our target species and some nice specialty birds. Thanks to our
primary sponsor, Formosa Plastics; they paid for a delicious BBQ dinner and
more importantly allow us access to their significant landholding in the
CBC circle. We continue to improve access to and coverage of the private
property in our circle. Please consider joining for this special count on
December 27, 2019.

Happy New Year and Good Birding!
Bob Friedrichs
Palacios

 

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Date: 12/28/18 11:44 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 12-28-18 Common Pauraque @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
12-28-18 Common Pauraque @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary

Janet Slover & friend from Austin flushed a Common Pauraque @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary, today! When we first had them, we documented them as resident here. Very nice bird—thanks Janet! Beautiful day for a hike!

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: 12/27/18 2:37 pm
From: Nathaniel Nye <nathaniel.nye...>
Subject: [texbirds] Great Kiskadee - Castroville Regional Park, 27 Dec
Hello,

This morning I went birding in Castroville (west of San Antonio) with my
11-yr old daughter Natalie, as well as my good friend Brady and his son
Matt (9).

Highlight was definitely a very cooperative and showy Great Kiskadee at the
back of the smaller (northernmost) pond at the sewage treatment facility.
My ebird list includes some photos, taken with my phone thru my
binoculars. There was also a Belted and Green Kingfisher at this same
pond.

Good birding,
Nate
San Antonio, TX


Castroville Regional Pk (HOTE 113), Medina, Texas, US
Dec 27, 2018 8:38 AM - 10:38 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
29 species

Least Grebe 1
Pied-billed Grebe 6
American Coot 4
Neotropic Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2
Black Vulture X
Turkey Vulture X
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Green Kingfisher 1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
Crested Caracara 1
Eastern Phoebe X
Great Kiskadee 1 Flew up to the top of a 20' tall deciduous tree, very
near where the stream empties into the back of the smaller (northern-most)
pond at the Castroville Sewage Treatment Pond (adjacent to Castroville
Regional Park), where it sat quite willingly for about 2 minutes before
flying to a nearby thicket of mesquite and brush where it disappeared. I
was able to get a few photos with my phone through my 12x42 binoculars.
Loggerhead Shrike X
Common Raven 1
Carolina Chickadee 3
Bewick's Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Hermit Thrush 1
Northern Mockingbird 3
European Starling 5
American Goldfinch 1
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Great-tailed Grackle X
Yellow-rumped Warbler X
Northern Cardinal X

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Date: 12/26/18 9:31 am
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson...>
Subject: [texbirds] Late report/Purple Finches, Brazos Co.
With some interest in Purple Finch sightings, I wanted to post this late
report of two immature/female Purple Finches (no adult males) at our
feeders on December 11th (along with House Finches), and they were only
there for the one day. Photos can be seen here:

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

Shirley and Dan Wilkerson
Kurten

 

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Date: 12/26/18 8:14 am
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Christmas Morning Backyard Bird Count
Excellent!

Merry Christmas (Count)!


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
<Clay.taylor...>
401-965-9064



-----Original Message-----
From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Gary Richards
Sent: Tuesday, December 25, 2018 9:57 AM
To: <texbirds...>
Cc: Gary Richards <grcolts...>
Subject: [texbirds] Christmas Morning Backyard Bird Count

Each year I do a Christmas Day Backyard Bird Count and this year (2018) I was in my new residence in Harlingen, Texas.
So, my birding list was a little different from previous years up north.
Plus, I got to see the waning full moon and a rainbow this morning.

Roseate Spoonbill-1
Rock Pigeon-23
White-winged Dove-11
Mourning Dove-5
Buff-bellied Hummingbird-3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird-1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker-4
Great Kiskadee-2
Loggerhead Shrike-2
Black-crested Titmouse-1
Northern Mockingbird-3
European Starling-11
Red-winged Blackbird-36
Great-tailed Grackle-10
House Sparrow-6

Number of Species: 15

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Date: 12/25/18 8:56 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from trip to Floyd County yesterday
Greetings All:

I visited Floyd County (for the last time in 2018 - I hope) yesterday
and managed to run across a few interesting critters, including 12
Greater White-fronted Geese near Floydada, 2 Canvasbacks north of
Dougherty, 12 Redheads near Dougherty, 6 Redheads north of Dougherty,
1 Greater Yellowlegs near Dougherty, 1 Rough-legged Hawk near South
Plains, 1 second year Golden Eagle north of Dougherty, 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker near Gray Mule, 3 Common Ravens near Cedar
Hill, 1 Common Raven near Gray Mule, 1 Golden-crowned Kinglet near
Cedar Hill, 2 Eastern Bluebirds near Gray Mule, 6 Mountain Bluebirds
near Cedar Hill, 2 Mountain Bluebirds near Fairmont, 9 Mountain
Bluebirds near Flomot, 18 Mountain Bluebirds near Gray Mule, 4
Mountain Bluebirds near Johnfarris, 1 Townsend's Solitaire near Gray
Mule, 1 Hermit Thrush at the Los Lingos Creek x FM 1065 crossing, 1
Hermit Thrush near Fairmont, 12 Chestnut-collared Longspurs near Gray
Mule, 18 McCown's Longspurs near Gray Mule, 2 White-throated Sparrows
near Fairmont, 1 male Yellow-headed Blackbird near Dougherty, and 1
male Common Yellowthroat at the CR 121 x FM 37 Playa.

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock
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Date: 12/25/18 8:08 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] The 2018 Tri-County Competition - An eBird Perspective
Greetings All:

With the competition completed and speaking strictly for myself I
would like to mention the value of our efforts in terms of eBird data
collection ... by highlighting the additions we made during our
oft-strenuous efforts.

Though we picked moderately well-birded counties our data, once
entered into eBird, filled in a surprising number of (often
surprising) holes in the data set.

Anthony Hewetson's efforts in Floyd County added (assuming all are
accepted by eBird) twenty-six species to the cumulative eBird list for
the county (Common Goldeneye, American Bittern, Osprey, Broad-winged
Hawk, Long-billed Curlew, Chuck-will's-widow, Rufous Hummingbird,
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Red-naped Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Least
Flycatcher, Vermilion Flycatcher, Cassin's Kingbird, Winter Wren,
Marsh Wren, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Townsend's Solitaire, Swainson's
Thrush, Gray Catbird, Green-tailed Towhee, Harris's Sparrow,
Yellow-breasted Chat, Northern Waterthrush, Nashville Warbler,
American Redstart, and Summer Tanager).

Interestingly enough, based on historical data and some ongoing shifts
in distribution) not one of these additions is truly noteworthy: the
only one that surprised me at all was the Vermilion Flycatcher ... and
it, based on the steady increase of records in the region over the
last decade, shouldn't have.

Brandon Best's efforts in Hill County added (assuming all are accepted
by eBird) twenty-six species to the cumulative eBird list for the
county (Common Ground Dove, Snowy Plover, Marbled Godwit,
Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Laughing Gull, Brown Pelican, Short-eared
Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Pileated Woodpecker, Olive-sided Flycatcher,
Say's Phoebe, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Black-capped Vireo, Blue-headed
Vireo, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Swainson's Thrush, Gray Catbird,
Grasshopper Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow, Worm-eating Warbler,
Tennessee Warbler, Northern Parula, Magnolia Warbler, Bay-breasted
Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, and Lazuli Bunting).

Some of these sightings seem very tasty to me but, after a hasty
review of the recent TOS handbook, only the Say's Phoebe and Lazuli
Bunting seem truly startling!

Rich Kostecke's effeorts in Lee County added (assuming all are
accepted by eBird) add ten species to the cumulative eBird list for
the county (American Golden Plover, Marbled Godwit, Buff-breasted
Sandpiper, Bonaparte's Gull, Laughing Gull, White-tailed Hawk,
Ferruginous Hawk, Willow Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, and
Bobolink).

Though I would love to get most of these birds in my region the only
one that seems startling, to me, is the one I am most likely to
encounter in my area - the Ferruginous Hawk!

I have no idea what the others felt was there most obvious miss but
for me, based on previous eBird data, I can't believe I missed
Semipalamated Sandpiper in Floyd County during 2018 - even in drought
conditions this is usually an easily encountered bird.

Great finds, stunning misses, thorough coverage of a given area over
the course of an entire year - what more could a data set ask for?

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock
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Date: 12/25/18 7:58 am
From: Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Christmas Morning Backyard Bird Count
Each year I do a Christmas Day Backyard Bird Count and this year (2018) I was in my new residence in Harlingen, Texas.
So, my birding list was a little different from previous years up north.
Plus, I got to see the waning full moon and a rainbow this morning.

Roseate Spoonbill-1
Rock Pigeon-23
White-winged Dove-11
Mourning Dove-5
Buff-bellied Hummingbird-3
Ruby-throated Hummingbird-1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker-4
Great Kiskadee-2
Loggerhead Shrike-2
Black-crested Titmouse-1
Northern Mockingbird-3
European Starling-11
Red-winged Blackbird-36
Great-tailed Grackle-10
House Sparrow-6

Number of Species: 15

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Date: 12/25/18 7:58 am
From: <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Old River Christmas CBC

The Old River CBC will be Dec 29th, 2018. See the attachment for details.Interested birders should meet at the corner of I-10 and Hi-61 on the South Side of the road by the McDonald's at 6:30 AM. The count dinner is at Tony's Bar-B-Que in Anahuac at 5:30 PM
David Hanson281-303-0166 home281-813-2657 cell
 

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Date: 12/25/18 7:40 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] The 2018 Tri-county Competition - December (final) 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 November: Anthony in the lead with 221
species (98.2222%), Brandon in second (barely) with 209 species
(90.8696%), and Rich in third (barely) with 227 species (90.4382%).

December was, law of diminishing returns in full effect, slow for all of us.

Mr. Best got in first, visiting Hill County on 12/1/18, and picking up
one species (Sedge Wren) moving up to 210 species (91.3034%),
strengthening his second place position a bit.

Mr. Kostecke answered by visiting Lee County on 12/2/18, picking up
three species (Prairie Falcon, Dark-eyed Junco, and American Woodcock)
moving up to 230 species and moving into second place with 91.6335%.

Rich got out to Lee County again on 12/9/18 and picked up one species
(Purple Finch) finishing off the year with 231 species (92.0219%),
firming up his second place position.

Brandon put in his final visit to Hill County on 12/15/18 picking up
one species (Pine Warbler) finishing off the year with 211 species
(91.7391%).

Mr. Hewetson boogied about Floyd County on 12/22/18, happy to -
finally - be feeling well enough (after a dismal November) to
participate and picked up two species (Ring-billed Gull and Common
Goldeneye) moving up to 223 species and 98.2222%.

After a day off to recover, Anthony paid his last visit to Floyd
County on 12/24/18 and picked up absolutely nothing new at all,
finishing off the year with 223 species (98.2222%).

In sum; AH in first with 223 species (98.2222%), RK in second with 231
species (92.0219%), and BB in third with 211 species (91.7391%).

A second post will be going out - shortly - putting our efforts into
some eBird context and explaining the value (aside from good-natured
competition) of our efforts.

Who knows what we will get up to 2019:)

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock
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Date: 12/24/18 12:47 pm
From: John Whittle <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender johnawhittle for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Sea Rim SP Christmas Count CANCELLED
With great regret, I have decided that the best course ofaction is to cancel the Sea Rim State Park Christmas Bird Count this year, scheduledfor December 27.   With the Government shut down, we do not have access andtransportation assistance for Texas Point or McFaddin NWRs, meaning very littleopportunity to cover any of the interior marshes and ponds. The weatherforecast for the Sabine Pass/Sea Rim area is for heavy rain from Wednesdayevening through Thursday morning, totaling about 1.8 inches, with winds of 20mph gusting to 30 mph during the night. Even if the exact timing of the forecastweather holds up and the rain tapers off after mid-morning, the after effectsof that much rain will be significant. The land areas will be very wet withwater standing in many places, likely further restricting access. The beach may wellnot be safely driven. In any case, an important time period for bird activityis the first few hours after dawn, and it currently seems that time period willnot be birdable. John A. Whittle Nederland, TexasCompiler, Sea Rim State Park CBC  
 

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Date: 12/24/18 11:51 am
From: Lamont Brown <lamont...>
Subject: [texbirds] Couch's Kingbird Denton Co Local interest
Denton County Listers,

For 3 weeks or more there has been a COKI at Stewart Creek Park on the SE of
Lake Lewisville, Denton, County. Late last week I was able to get over to
see it and notch Denton Co #306.

Below is the alert sent to me from eBird, which has a link to the map of
Stewart Creek Park if you are not familiar with it.

Merry Christmas all!

Lamont
Denton

-----Original Message-----
From: <ebird-alert...>
Sent: Thursday, December 13, 2018 6:44 PM


*** Species Summary:

Couch's Kingbird (Tyrannus couchii) (1)
- Reported Dec 13, 2018 09:13 by Winston Caillouet
- Lewisville Lake--Stewart Creek Park, Denton, Texas
- Map:
http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.0826323,-96.9202843&ll=33.0826323,-96.9202843
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50638208
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Observed flycatching near the colorful dumpster
storage structure (see pic below), the same area as observed on 12/11/2018."

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Date: 12/24/18 10:16 am
From: Christian Walker <christian.walker...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Fort Mason City Park (HOTW 088), Dec 22, 2018
Hey there,

See eBird checklists below. Saturday the Quicks and I had a good birding day out in Mason county with Greater White-fronted Geese flying over, lots of sparrows (crazy numbers along CR 152), Winter Wren, and some ducks including 3 Hooded Mergansers on a pond along 2618 I think.
Also I took the family out to St Edwards Park in NW Austin this morning and came across a Baltimore Oriole and a Gray Catbird.

Good birding,

Christian Walker
Irving TX, currently Austin
512 431 2495


St. Edwards Pk (NW Austin), Travis, Texas, US
Dec 24, 2018 8:28 AM - 9:53 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.992 mile(s)
Comments: Birding with the family. Mostly cloudy, calm, around 35 to 40°.
27 species

White-winged Dove 1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
American Crow 1
Carolina Chickadee 6
Black-crested Titmouse 6
House Wren 2
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 4
Bewick's Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Hermit Thrush 8
American Robin 15
Gray Catbird 1 Down by the river
Cedar Waxwing 20
House Finch 2
Pine Siskin 3
American Goldfinch 10
Chipping Sparrow 1
Fox Sparrow (Red) 10
White-throated Sparrow 15
Lincoln's Sparrow 4
Spotted Towhee 5
Baltimore Oriole 1 Imm female type. Thought it was BUOR at first because it had very gray flanks. But the wings were not particularly white and it had a darker crown and face. The breast was orangeish yellow as was the vent. It was right by the main entrance in a big feeding flock.
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 5
Northern Cardinal 20

View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50921936 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50921936>

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home <https://ebird.org/home>)

> Begin forwarded message:
>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - Fort Mason City Park (HOTW 088), Dec 22, 2018
> Date: December 24, 2018 at 12:12:49 PM CST
> To: <christian.walker...>
>
> Fort Mason City Park (HOTW 088), Mason, Texas, US
> Dec 22, 2018 9:43 AM - 11:48 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 4.064 mile(s)
> Comments: Clear 0-5 mph NW wind around 50 degrees
> 44 species (+2 other taxa)
>
> Greater White-fronted Goose 58 Counted exactly flying over. Calls heard, and then seen: speckled belly, orange bill and white front. Geese
> Northern Shoveler 2
> Gadwall 1
> Green-winged Teal 1
> Ring-necked Duck 30
> duck sp. 30
> White-winged Dove 2
> Black Vulture 10
> Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
> Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
> Downy Woodpecker 1 M
> Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
> Eastern Phoebe 4
> Carolina Chickadee 4
> Black-crested Titmouse 7
> Verdin 2
> House Wren 2
> Winter Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 5
> Bewick's Wren 3
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
> Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 7
> Eastern Bluebird 3
> Hermit Thrush 1
> Northern Mockingbird 2
> European Starling 3
> American Pipit 2
> Pine Siskin 1
> American Goldfinch 40
> Chipping Sparrow 8
> Field Sparrow 7
> White-crowned Sparrow 4
> Harris's Sparrow 1
> White-throated Sparrow 3
> Savannah Sparrow 6
> Song Sparrow 5
> Lincoln's Sparrow 10
> Spotted Towhee 4
> Western Meadowlark 1
> Eastern Meadowlark 1
> Western/Eastern Meadowlark 20
> Common Yellowthroat 1 Young male
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 16
> Northern Cardinal 18
> House Sparrow 30
>
> View this checklist online at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50864351
>
> This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (https://ebird.org/home)

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




 

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Date: 12/24/18 4:52 am
From: C M Prince <GoldwingerTX...>
Subject: [texbirds] Salineno
Will Salineno preserve in Starr County be open today and christmas?

C M Prince
Mission, TX

 

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Date: 12/23/18 8:58 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from trip to Floyd County yesterday
Greetings All:

Highlights from Crosby County - on the way back from Floyd County -
were 2 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Rough-legged Hawk, 20 Chestnut-collared
Longspurs, and 115 McCown's Longspurs at the CR 116 x FM 378 Playa.

Highlights from Floyd County included 356 Snow Geese near Dougherty, 2
Snow Geese near Floydada, 1 Snow Goose near Providence, 1430 Snow
Geese near South Plains, 38 Ross's Geese near Dougherty, 270 Ross's
Geese near South Plains, 189 Greater White-fronted Geese near
Dougherty, 14 Greater White-fronted Geese near Floydada, 132 Greater
White-fronted Geese near Providence, 212 Greater White-fronted Geese
near South Plains, 14 Canvasbacks at the Lockney WTP, 2 Canvasbacks
near Dougherty, 2 Canvasbacks near South Plains, 18 Redheads at the
Lockney WTP, 22 Redheads near Dougherty, 1 female Common Goldeneye
near South Plains, 1 Ring-necked Pheasant near Providence, 1 Greater
Yellowlegs at the CR 121 x FM 37 Playa, 2 Rough-legged Hawks near
Providence, 1 Downy Woodpecker at Plains Baptist Assembly, 2 Say's
Phoebes at Plains Baptist Assembly, 3 Common Ravens near Floydada, 1
Red-breasted Nuthatch at Plains Baptist Assembly, 1 Canyon Wren at
Plains Baptist Assembly, 1 Winter Wren at Plains Baptist Assembly, 1
Townsend's Solitaire at Plains Baptist Assembly, 1 Hermit Thrush at
Plains Baptist Assembly, 5 Cedar Waxwings at the FM 37 x White River
crossing, 4 Lapland Longspurs at the CR 121 x FM 37 Playa, 3 McCown's
Longspurs near Dougherty, 11 McCown's Longspurs near Providence, and 1
Fox Sparrow at Plains Baptist Assembly.

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock
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Date: 12/23/18 6:56 am
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Smith point whooping crane watch 2 birds
I was told that after they stopped the ultralight “escort service”, the Wisconsin young simply followed the adults to FL and back.


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
<Clay.taylor...><mailto:<Clay.taylor...>
401-965-9064



From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Joseph Kennedy
Sent: Saturday, December 22, 2018 7:10 PM
To: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Cc: 4 Texbirds Maillist <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Smith point whooping crane watch 2 birds

That is the LA birds raised young. Wisconsin birds have many young.

On Sat, Dec 22, 2018 at 5:08 PM Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...><mailto:<josephkennedy36...>> wrote:
Best I could tell is that they did not have the Louisiana banding and markers. They raised young this year but both seem to be adults. Another option is birds raised in the Wisconsin flock and ending up here as they are no longer taken south by ultra light.

On Sat, Dec 22, 2018 at 4:56 PM Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...><mailto:<kbarnold2...>> wrote:
The big question: are these birds from the LA eXperiment or from the TX flock?

Keith Arnold

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 14, 2018, at 11:58 AM, Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...><mailto:<josephkennedy36...>> wrote:
Heading north of texas city
--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
Josephkennedy36@gmail<mailto:<Josephkennedy36...>.com
--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
<Josephkennedy36...><mailto:<Josephkennedy36...>
--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 12/22/18 6:02 pm
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: Trinity River Christmas Bird Count is CANCELLED unless.....
FYI

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Marcus, Stuart <stuart_marcus...>
Date: Sat, Dec 22, 2018 at 6:57 PM
Subject: Trinity River Christmas Bird Count is CANCELLED unless.....
To: Stuart Marcus <stuart_marcus...>


The Trinity River CBC is cancelled this coming Dec 27 unless the govt is
reopened by Dec 26. Due to many areas in the count circle on refuge
property, I am unable to hold any events during the shutdown. Please watch
the news to see if the status changes. Also, spread the word about this
cancellation as I may not be checking email until Wednesday (26th) when I'm
required to come back into the office.

--
Stuart Marcus
Refuge Manager
Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge
936/336-9786

Facebook Page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Trinity-River-National-Wildlife-Refuge/178339332279191

Our Website: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/trinity_river/


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David Sarkozi
Houston, TX
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Date: 12/22/18 5:10 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Smith point whooping crane watch 2 birds
That is the LA birds raised young. Wisconsin birds have many young.

On Sat, Dec 22, 2018 at 5:08 PM Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
wrote:

> Best I could tell is that they did not have the Louisiana banding and
> markers. They raised young this year but both seem to be adults. Another
> option is birds raised in the Wisconsin flock and ending up here as they
> are no longer taken south by ultra light.
>
> On Sat, Dec 22, 2018 at 4:56 PM Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> wrote:
>
>> The big question: are these birds from the LA eXperiment or from the TX
>> flock?
>>
>> Keith Arnold
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On Nov 14, 2018, at 11:58 AM, Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
>> wrote:
>>
>> Heading north of texas city
>> --
>> Joseph C. Kennedy
>> on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
>> Josephkennedy36@gmail <Josephkennedy36...>.com
>>
>> --
> Joseph C. Kennedy
> on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
> <Josephkennedy36...>
>
--
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<Josephkennedy36...>

 

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Date: 12/22/18 5:09 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Smith point whooping crane watch 2 birds
Best I could tell is that they did not have the Louisiana banding and
markers. They raised young this year but both seem to be adults. Another
option is birds raised in the Wisconsin flock and ending up here as they
are no longer taken south by ultra light.

On Sat, Dec 22, 2018 at 4:56 PM Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> wrote:

> The big question: are these birds from the LA eXperiment or from the TX
> flock?
>
> Keith Arnold
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Nov 14, 2018, at 11:58 AM, Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
> wrote:
>
> Heading north of texas city
> --
> Joseph C. Kennedy
> on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
> Josephkennedy36@gmail <Josephkennedy36...>.com
>
> --
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
<Josephkennedy36...>

 

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Date: 12/22/18 4:58 pm
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Smith point whooping crane watch 2 birds
The big question: are these birds from the LA eXperiment or from the TX flock?

Keith Arnold

Sent from my iPhone

> On Nov 14, 2018, at 11:58 AM, Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> wrote:
>
> Heading north of texas city
> --
> Joseph C. Kennedy
> on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
> <Josephkennedy36...>

 

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Date: 12/22/18 12:45 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith point whooping crane watch 2 birds
Heading north of texas city
--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
<Josephkennedy36...>

 

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Date: 12/22/18 12:45 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Unending streams of hawks vultures and swallows at smith point
Hundreds and probably a couple thousand.
--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
<Josephkennedy36...>

 

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Date: 12/22/18 11:17 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Dec 22, 2018
Pintail Lakes were teeming with birds, and the special of the day were a pair of Fulvous Whistling-Ducks on Pintail #3. Next walk is scheduled after Christmas Day.
John and Sue Ewan, USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana NWR

Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Dec 22, 2018 8:29 AM - 12:08 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.88 mile(s)
59 species (+1 other taxa)

Fulvous Whistling-Duck 2
Blue-winged Teal 24
Cinnamon Teal 3
Northern Shoveler 4
Gadwall 5
Mottled Duck 12
Northern Pintail 25
Green-winged Teal 3
Ring-necked Duck 14
Bufflehead 5
Ruddy Duck 12
Plain Chachalaca 3
Least Grebe 3
Pied-billed Grebe 6
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 2
Common Ground-Dove 4
White-tipped Dove 4
Common Pauraque 1
Sora 4
American Coot 10
Black-necked Stilt 13
American Avocet 4
Killdeer 2
Least Sandpiper 11
Long-billed Dowitcher 65
Wilson's Snipe 1
Greater Yellowlegs 8
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Caspian Tern 2
Neotropic Cormorant 4
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 3
Tricolored Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 1
Harris's Hawk 5
Gray Hawk 1
Ringed Kingfisher 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 4
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Phoebe 4
Vermilion Flycatcher 4
Great Kiskadee 7
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird 4
White-eyed Vireo 3
Green Jay 7
House Wren 2 Heard only
Carolina Wren 1 Heard only
American Pipit 16
American Goldfinch 3
Savannah Sparrow 1
Great-tailed Grackle 25
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 4
Northern Cardinal 1
House Sparrow 3

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Date: 12/21/18 6:06 pm
From: Christian Walker <christian.walker...>
Subject: [texbirds] Travis county Purple Finch and hybrid towhee
Hi there,

I stopped by Great Hills Park in northern Travis County this morning and finally got my Travis county Purple Finch! This was one of my main goals this winter with the influx of PUFI into the south. It was flying overhead; I was able to hear its flight call.
I also had a very interesting female towhee that appears to be a hybrid Spotted x Eastern. See more details below in the eBird checklist. This bird was at the bottom of the hill just east of Floral Park Rd where it crosses the park.

Great Hills Park, Austin, Travis, Texas, US
Dec 21, 2018 7:18 AM - 7:48 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.235 mile(s)
Comments: Clear, calm, around 35°.
21 species (+1 other taxa)

White-winged Dove 4
Eastern Screech-Owl 1 Heard only, responding to whistle
Eastern Phoebe 2
Carolina Chickadee 2
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Hermit Thrush 1
American Robin 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
Cedar Waxwing 45
House Finch 4
Purple Finch 1 HO flyover distinctive ‘pit’ call
Pine Siskin 1
Lesser Goldfinch 1
American Goldfinch 5
White-throated Sparrow 9
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Spotted Towhee 2
Spotted x Eastern Towhee (hybrid) 1 Female. I thought it was a female eastern at first, because the left side had almost no white in the wing, except some spots on the tertials and the upper parts and head were a rich brown. Note there was not a white base to the primaries on this side. However, the mantle had faint streaking and when she turned and I saw the other side of her body on the right the wing had some spotting on the scapulars and greater coverts and a faint white check at the base of the primaries - not as large as it would be on EATO. Did not notice the iris color. Very weird bird especially with the asymmetrical feather pattern on the wings. Did not call. With a SPTO pair responding to EASO whistle.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Northern Cardinal 12
Christian Walker
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Date: 12/21/18 6:01 pm
From: Christian Walker <christian.walker...>
Subject: [texbirds] hybrid Gadwall x Mallard Village Creek Drying Beds
Hello,

I saw on ebird that a hybrid male Gadwall x Mallard was reported from Village Creek Drying Beds in Arlington today.
I was looking at the photos on Patrick Wallace’s checklist:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50850176
I think this could be the same male I saw back in November of 2015!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/131603967@N04/22306332803/in/dateposted-public/
How cool.

Christian Walker
Independent Adjuster
Irving, Texas
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Date: 12/21/18 11:40 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Dec 21, 2018
A terrific morning of birding! Highlights were the trifecta of Kingfishers, and great looks at each one of them. There were several flyovers, including immature Gray Hawks to a Roseate Spoonbill, Caspian Terns, and a great variety of shorebirds.
The normal schedule of walks is daily at 8:30am, except Sundays. No walks will be conducted on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Years Eve and New Years Day.
John and Sue Ewan, USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Dec 21, 2018 8:29 AM - 12:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.69 mile(s)
69 species (+1 other taxa)

Blue-winged Teal 3
Northern Shoveler 4
Gadwall 4
Mottled Duck 6
Northern Pintail 12
Green-winged Teal 2
Ring-necked Duck 6
Bufflehead 5
Ruddy Duck 14
Plain Chachalaca 5
Least Grebe 2
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Common Ground-Dove 1
White-tipped Dove 3
Common Pauraque 1
American Coot 4
Black-necked Stilt 5
American Avocet 3
Least Sandpiper 6
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 7
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Caspian Tern 2
Neotropic Cormorant 2
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Tricolored Heron 1
Roseate Spoonbill 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Northern Harrier 3
Harris's Hawk 1
Gray Hawk 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1 Heard only
Ringed Kingfisher 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 5
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 5
Vermilion Flycatcher 3
Ash-throated Flycatcher 1
Great Kiskadee 4
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 1
Green Jay 5
Tree Swallow 4
Barn Swallow 2
Black-crested Titmouse 2
Verdin 1
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Clay-colored Thrush 2
Long-billed Thrasher 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
American Pipit 9
House Finch 1 Streaks on breast beautiful red on upper
American Goldfinch 3
Olive Sparrow 1
Altamira Oriole 4
Red-winged Blackbird 8
Great-tailed Grackle 3
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 3
Northern Cardinal 1
House Sparrow 3

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Date: 12/21/18 9:08 am
From: Bill Clark <raptours...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Opinions on Harlen's Hawk at Anahuac NWR
Hi David,

Actually, there are two different birds. The middle one is an adult dark
Harlan's.

The other two are of a dark juvenile Harlan's.

Cheers, Bill

On 12/21/2018 8:53 AM, David Sarkozi wrote:
> This is a bird I had yesterday on the Bolivar Peninsula CBC at Anahuac
> NWR, just south of the canal that crosses the entrance road. Photos
> are not great because it was distant, but I'm thinking this is good
> for a Harlen's. I'd like some second opinions though.
>
> IMG_9466-Edit.JPG
> IMG_9447-Edit.JPG
> IMG_9476-Edit.JPG
> --
> David Sarkozi
> Houston, TX
> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi

--
Bill Clark
Harlingen, Texas
956 364-0415 (Only one now, but a smart one)
What have you done for raptors today?



 

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Date: 12/21/18 8:32 am
From: tony <hurricanetg...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: RFI Tony Gallucci Tropical Parula ID specialist
First, apologies, i don't check email very often, and am just now seeing both this thread, and John's original private message.

Fred is right. after finding what appeared to be a population of mixed birds on the Upper Devil's River, coupled with a number of observations i had earlier made on vegetational choices between Northern and Tropical type Parulas that were showing up in odd places, i did a pretty extensive rangewide analysis of phenotypic characters using extensive photos, and large series of skins from several collections.

When mapped out, these appeared to show a something of a cline in an arc from the Valley around through east Texas. The southern Balcones escarpment especially signals a a shift from one to the other pheontype, but mixed characters are still present either side of the line. Fred is right about the percentages, but i would caution that that was based on purely phenotypic characters, and some leeway must be allowed for variability in the parent types. Nevertheless it appeared that Texas was essentially a hybrid swarm. I had made arrangements with LSU to collect series of Parulas in order to do the DNA analysis necessary to prove/disprove this, but before we even got started a paper was published which essentially did the work of proving our hypothesis.

Based on the phenotypic characters i was using, typically the things addressed in the original emails, i would hesitate to label the bird at EL Moore, although i think it has a Tropical vibe.

I would also say that while i believe Texas is a large hybrid swarm (or intergrade zone depending on your view), things change, and rapidly sometimes, and my data only represents a moment in time, now two decades old . . . not to mention that a winter bird could have come from anywhere.

Song is something i remain very interested in. Dr. Ralph Moldenhauer, then of Sam Houston State U, published some outstanding papers on the songs of Parulas, which also spurred me to rethinking some of the hybridization question. Mainly that, i believe it is possible that the song we hear of Tropical Parulas in Texas is itself a phenotypically "hybrid" character. One only has to listen to songs of Tropical Parulas from the southern part of their range to be intrigued.


For those interested in delving further i am copying below the blogpost (minus extraneous commentary) to which John Berner referred. This is also buried somewhere in the TexBirds archives. It is the most extensive material i wrote in regards to this, largely because i pursued it no further after the other work was published. Also, directly below is a link to the online maps i was using at the time. i came up with more extensive maps in preparation for publication but never posted them, and am having trouble locating them now. They don't change what you essentially see on these maps however, just add more data points . . .


MAPS: http://seven-bulls-boy.tripod.com/id76.htm

MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2005
ENV: A note about Parulas

i wrote several folks offline about this situation, preferring to keep it there, but since it has boiled up on TexBirds i think it best to try some explanation here.

this is part of an ongoing research project so some of what's going on im keeping out of the public eye for proprietary reasons. however, i can basically explain what ive found and what isn't known. hopefully i will be publishing some of this in the next couple of years.

there are a number of records of Tropical Parulas from the Edwards Plateau dating back 30 years, as others have pointed out. in recent decades a number have been found at the Devil's River SNA as well.

as long ago as the 1970s, i began questioning reports of Northern Parulas on the Edwards Plateau based on heard-only records. the short explanation for this is that i thought i had detected a preference of nesting substrate of Tillandsia usneoides (Spanish Moss) for Northern Parulas and Tillandsia recurvata and Tillandsia baileyi (Ballmoss) for Tropical Parulas. Since Spanish Moss is scarce on the western plateau i surmised that perhaps Tropical Parulas were being passed over and identified as Northerns based on voice only.

i moved to the Edwards Plateau in the mid-1980s and began seeking some of the numerous reported breeding pops of Northern Parulas. i found them only in the eastern part near New Braunfels. i did find populations of Parulas to the west which i could not identify.

then, in 1999 i was scouting a portion of the Devil's River above the SNA and encountered singing parulas. not only did i find Tropicals, but also a number of intermediates. Erik Breden and i returned in 2000 and photographed and recorded several of these birds. we revisited this site several times over the next few years for the same purpose. based on my previous premise, i began examining records, and scouting locations, and looking at birds in more depth. i travelled the length of the state looking at populations.

from this work i created an index of "Northerness" and "Tropicalness" and began identifying birds based on this scale.

now, let me digress briefly. these are "phenotypic" characters. that means they are artifical characters that humans have sorted out as defning our idea of what Northern and Tropical Parulas "are". These characters may or may not be genetically accurate for determining which is which. thats to say, perhaps we have picked characters that dont really fit what the birds themselves are genetically made up of. (for similar confusions you might try checking out the archives of TexBirds, AZ/NM Birds and ID Frontiers for discussions on Pacific-Slope Flycatchers and Cassins Vireos).

what that means in a practical birding sense is that: A) rogue eye crescents (to pick an oft-cited example) may be genetically linked to "Northernness" and thus be an absolute indicator that an otherwise good-looking Tropical has Northern genes and is the result of hybridization (or introgression of subspecific isolates) somewhere along the line; or B) it may simply be within the range of variability of pure Tropicals, and thus a bird which otherwise looks Tropical probably is; or C) there are not two species involved but one, and they gradually change from one geographic area to another (clinal variation), and we're looking at quite a few Texas birds as being in this changing regime. the same thing could be said of any other of the characters that we ascribe to being either "Northern" or "Tropical."

the index i constructed used (originally) six characters that could be judged on a phenotypic basis as being either "Northern" or "Tropical". i eventually eliminated a character because it was almost impossible to determine on specimens. so, using five characters i "scored hundreds of photos, field observations, and specimens of Parulas from the southeast US around to northern South America.

i'll show you some of the results in a minute.

this will not be factually determined until DNA work is complete. i am cooperating with LSU in doing that work, which has not yet gotten off the ground, but i hope does soon.

here's some interesting twists for those who are unaware:

Dr. Ralph Moldenhauer, formerly of Sam Houston State U. had a special interest in Parulas and published that Texas "Tropical" Parulas had songs more similar to "Western" Northern Parulas than "Western" Northern Parulas did to "Eastern" Northern Parulas. [this portion edited after posting to correct a misconception].

those who have birded southern Mexico can attest that the voice of Tropical Parulas from Southern Mexico have a warbled, melodic song, significantly unlike our "Tropical" Parulas. i have been collecting songs of Tropical Parulas that are showing up as vagrants in Arizona and California, and at least one of those has this melodic-type song.

the key, from a birding standpoint is this. if you want to assure yourself of having seen a Tropical Parula (at least based on the current definition) you should take pains to observe one well, assuring yourself that all the fieldmarks are present is the key. even in summer, just hearing a Parula is no guarantee that it's a Tropical. and at this time of year, Northerns are passing through.
http://seven-bulls-boy.tripod.com/id76.htm

these maps are the inital construct from my project. i have additional data that has not yet been incorporated, but no data that changes any of the information here.

basically what youre seeing is that each circle represents a mean, an average, of all the specimens scored from a particular location. a solid white circle would represent a pure Tropical Parula in a phenotypic sense. a solid black circle would represent a pure Northern. the pie slices are indicative of the percentage of the phenotype of each species in that population (note that this is not a genetic percentage which a) we cant determine without DNA studies, and for which we have no understanding of whether or not one character may have a stronger phenotypic expression than another its just a measure of the outward characters we see in a population). you can see that far afield of the expected populations many birds may be showing characters that we have defined from the other species. so that in the Tennessee you can find birds with Tropical characters and in Venezuela you can find birds with Northern characters.

triangles represent either populations of which i know but havent yet visited; or populations that can be heard from a distance but cannot be approached close enough to determine. in some cases these have been determined by good observers to be either Tropical or Northern in character, but have not been scored for mapping purposes. FYI, the Travis and Bastrop County county birds are Northern types (Brush Freeman and photos by John Ingram), the Bandera and Edwards County birds are unknown (tg and Kelly Bryan), the Val Verde County birds are both (tg, Mark Lockwood, Kelly Bryan, John Karges), and all the remainder are Tropical types.

you will note that between the South Texas Plain and the East Texas Woodlands there is a basic changeover in more Tropical-looking birds and more Northern-looking birds; and a similar demarcation between western Edwards Plateau and East Texas Woodland birds.

the southern- and western-most Northern appearing birds occur in stands of Tillandsia usneoides (Spanish Moss) at Goliad State Park in Goliad County, and in Spanish Moss along the Guadalupe River at Hill Country State Natural Area on the Comal-Kendall County line. A population of Parulas in the westernmost known stand of Spanish Moss in western Bandera County has never been approachable close enough to observe. recordings are likewise indeterminate.

whether that invalidates the use of these characters for identification purposes or is indicative of hybridization/introgression is what we dont know, and wont know for some time.

some last notes, in response to previous posts:

it is clear now that the "normal" breeding ranges of Tropical and Northern Parulas are not thousands of miles apart. there is probably a continuous band of breeding Parulas along the Texas coastal plain, although there is certainly a sort of bottleneck there. Brush i think is right that the Sand Shield population is the largest. the Devils River population is rather dense but is limited to a narrow strip on the river, and for a short length of the river (at least as we know it now).

the ID Frontiers and Birdchat discussions are instructive. however, at that time there was little evidence of sympatric populations of birds that could be realistically described as pure Tropical and pure Northern. we have that now on the Devils River and associated drainages. the possibility/probability that the rogue eye-crescents are indicative of hybridization now legitimately presents itself. again, we wont know for sure until DNA work is complete. and i might remind that such characters might be the result of multiple generations thus the idea that a mixed nest is needed to prove such a situation is not true, although it would help.

im not sure the direction of an ice age comment but i suspect it may be in terms of incipient speciation in post-glaciation isolates. if so, its also possible that this speciation event is not complete, or that it is reversing due to the construction of hybrid habitats through the influence of man. thats probably another long dissertation.

as Stevan Hawkins has pointed out, theres probably a number of other populations that well be finding/learning about as we gain more access to the coastal plain just south of San Antonio, the same as what weve learned in recent years about Green Jays and Audubons Orioles (see recent discussions on those). i suspect well eventually fill in a lot of gaps for this bird. i dont recall but possibly Martin Reid has found these at Halff Bros. R.?
Chris Benesh wrote and questioned my description of California records of Tropical Parula. He is exactly right. It was a lapsus on my part, related to my receiving recordings of extralimital Northern Parulas from California. Sorry about that.

Note that some genetic work has already been completed and the authors (Lovette and Bermingham) suggest that Tropical and Northern Parulas are the same species.
https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/auk/v118n01/p00211-p00215.pdf

a large number of people over the years have contributed information or helped in the field on this, including: Erik Breden, Tim Brush, Kelly Bryan, Mark Lockwood, Chuck Sexton, Greg Lasley, Brush Freeman, Chris Sharpe, Barbara Bickel, John Maresh, Craig Farquhar, Dick Payne, Donna Dittmann, Steve Cardiff, Robb Brumfield, John Karges, John Arvin, Eric Carpenter, Stevan Hawkins, are who i remember right off, and im sure there are others, but im writing this from a location away from my notes.



tony g
hunt, tx, usa



NOTES ON IDENTIFYING TILLANDSIA and USNEA
I'm going to assume some familiarity with Spanish Moss (Tillandsia usneoides), the long pendulous gray "moss" that hangs from trees, usually in wetter areas and usually associated with oaks. This plant is an epiphyte, a member of the Bromeliad family (sometimes referred to as the Pineapple family), gaining all its nutrients from the air and rain. It is not a parasite, in that it sinks no roots into the tree to "steal" nutrients. It can damage trees however, by becoming so thick as to shade out sunlight, and sometimes becomes so thick that when wet it becomes heavy and breaks off twigs and small limbs. Some consider it a scourge and a spray has been developed to kill it. It is an ideal nesting material for Parulas since it is already pendulous and becomes thick in portions. Parulas burrow into thick mats of it and nest in the pseudo-cavity.

It is found throughout the south and in much of east Texas, though it can be local. South of the Houston area (and a line drawn west along I-10) the occurrence of this plant roughly shrinks to a narrow band along the coast, becoming more and more uncommon and local, until it shrinks from view in the King Ranch area. It appears again in the valley at least as far inland as Bentsen State Park. It is also found in Mexico south into South America.

Ballmoss (Tillandsia recurvata) is a cousin plant with a very different growth pattern. Instead of long pendulous strands (which are leaves) it forms compact tufts of short twisted leaves, rarely exceeding 2 inches in diameter for each plant. They are also epiphytic but not parasitic, though they do firmly attach themselves to bark. Usually associated with oaks as well. They can form dense colonies on limbs and do the shading and weight thing as well. The plant itself has always seemed marginal at best as nesting strata for Parulas, but in the last couple of years we have been finding more and more birds in stands of this. I'm trying to delineate what using this odd habitat fixture may be doing to influence populations of Parulas.

Ballmoss is apparently spreading north through Texas, but is most often associated with riparian woodlands in south Texas and with the Edwards Plateau. But it also occurs in the Trans-Pecos in spots, and overlaps Spanish Moss along the coast and up into the Blackland Prairie and Live Oak belts. It can be found west into Arizona, east into Louisiana, and is also in Florida; and occurs south through Mexico.

Bailey Ballmoss (Tillandsia baileyi) is a rare, rather restricted, species of larger Tillandsia that looks very much like T. recurvata but grows to five inches in diameter, when groups of the plant clump together. It gets larger south into Mexico. It is the only U.S. epiphytic bromeliad not found in Florida besides the common ballmoss and Spanish Moss. Currently in Texas it is known from only three counties -- Kenedy, Cameron and Willacy -- but also possibly occurs in Brooks, Kleberg, and Hidalgo. It's significance is that until the last three years, the only known nesting Tropical Parulas in Texas that were not in Spanish Moss, were in mixed T. baileyi/recurvata and thus we assumed there might be some correlation between the birds and Bailey Ballmoss. We now know that may not be the case.

There are, by the way, about six hundred species of Bromeliads in the genus Tillandsia, and Parulas down through South America may be utilizing other species in the group, though Spanish Moss seems uniquely suited for their purposes, and no other species of Tillandsia has that pendulous structure.

Usnea Lichens are not at all related to the above plants. In fact they are not technically plants at all but mixed growths of a fungus and an algae. There are many mixes of closely related lichens in this group, but the ones of interest are those that grow on smaller limbs of trees (often oaks) and become long and pendulous, similar in nature to Spanish Moss. In fact, that is how Spanish Moss gets its specific epithet usneoides (Usnea-like).

In the northeast, where Spanish Moss is lost (from not being as coldhardy), Usnea becomes the preferred nesting strata for Parulas.

In Texas pendulous Usnea is not very common or prevalent, but it does occur -- we have documented it in our research in at least Trinity, Washington, Newton and Jasper Counties. But in these places there is also abundant Spanish Moss. Our questions here are twofold: are there areas in Texas where Usnea occurs, but not Spanish Moss, and is it then occupied by Parulas; and in places where both "plants" occur, do Parulas sometimes utilize Usnea anyway. There is some evidence from Parula biologist Ralph Moldenhauer that they do. We have no idea how extensive the Texas range of these pendulous lichens may be.

Besides its pendulous nature, Usnea is fairly easy to identify. It is composed of "slivers" of forking matter radiating from plaques that often seem to grow right out of the bark of a tree. They really don't look plant-like at all when closely examined. The flattened "leaves" have no veins, are often pockmarked with what look like moon craters, may be fringed, and terminate in an array of oddball shapes, including little club shapes. The Tillandsia species' leaves are all consistent in shape and roughly in length -- the leaves curl, and have a grayish cast to them. When wet they are green. The Usnea "leaves" almost always have a seafoam green color to them, although they can range from dark green to gray to brown.



Some references:

Two Song Populations of the Northern Parula<http://elibrary.unm.edu/sora/Auk/v109n02/p0215-p0222.pdf> by Ralph Moldenhauer

Discrimination Between Regional Song Populations in the Northern Parula<http://elibrary.unm.edu/sora/Wilson/v108n02/p0335-p0341.pdf> by Daniel Regelski and Ralph Moldenhauer

Mitochondrial perspective on the phylogenetic relationships of the Parula Wood-warblers<http://www.findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qa3793/is_200101/ai_n8929294> by Irby J. Lovette and Eldredge Bermingham https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/journals/auk/v118n01/p00211-p00215.pdf

Moldenhauer, R. R., and D. J. Regelski. 1996. Northern Parula (Parula americana). In The birds of North America, No. 215 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). Philadelphia: The Academy of Natural Sciences; Washington, D. C.: The American Ornithologists' Union.

D. J. Regelski, D. J. and R. R. Moldenhauer. 1997. Tropical Parula (Parula pitiayumi). In The birds of North America, No. 293 (A. Poole and F. Gill, eds.). Philadelphia: The Academy of Natural Sciences; Washington, D. C.: The American Ornithologists' Union.


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From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> on behalf of Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2018 5:10 PM
To: Texbirds
Subject: [texbirds] Re: RFI Tony Gallucci Tropical Parula ID specialist


This has been thoroughly discussed in the past in Texbirds. Tony believes all Tropicals and Northerns are impure in Texas. I think he thought Tropicals in the Valley were 90 or 95 percent pure, their purity declining as you moved north to the King Ranch and hill Country. Northerns likewise were not pure at the Sabine, being 95% and declining as you moved south. So call a parula what you will in Texas.



Too much is made over this in my opinion. The bird at E L Moore is clearly a Tropical, yes it may have some northern genes. Many of us have Neanderthal genes but nobody is trying to call us that, well ???



I think Tonys paper was published. It was primarily based on song and not genetics.



Tony is normally responsive to email but a very busy man.





Fred Collins, Director

Kleb Woods Nature Center

20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377

281-357-5324



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Steve Radack Commissioner

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Texbirders:



Am seeking tropical Parula Vs Hybrid ID advice. I see from his blog page that Tony Gallucci has done a lot of work in this area. I have not received a response to my email to him from Tuesday. Offline can someone please share a phone number and better email for Tony to address below? Also if s texbirder knows a knowledgeable Tropical vs Hybrid Parula person instead can they also send me a phone number and email.



Hoping to have them review Dominics E L Moore photo from Monday. December 17



Thanks much!

John Berner....

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Date: 12/21/18 8:30 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] White River Lake CBC - Last Announcement
The White River Lake CBC will be held on Saturday, 29 December 2018.
We will meet at the White River Lake Marina at 7:30 AM, will bird
until 4:30, will meet up at the marina at 4:30, and will caravan back
to Lubbock where Jeremy Clark has, generously and wonderfully, offered
to host a potluck supper/countdown. I have enough folk, barely, to
cover the circle but would really love to have more counters - at any
skill level - for the routes on the east and west side of the lake.

Water levels have been good, this area actually did well over the
summer in terms of foliage and forage, and I think there is a narrow
chance that this count might top, for the first time, the Lubbock
County CBC in terms of species count!

At this point the following assignments have been made - things might
change a bit if I get more volunteers for the lake routs:

Team One - The North Woods - Rich Kostecke, Brandon Best
Team Two - The East - Anthony Hewetson
Team Three - The East Side of the Lake - Phillip Kite, Lena Zappia
Team Four - The West Side of the Lake - Justin Bosler, Ellen Hildebrandt
Team Five - The Southwest - Jeremy Clark, Canyon Clark

If you are interested in participating e-mail me at
<fattonybirds...> or call me at 806-252-1213.

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Date: 12/21/18 7:26 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Bolivar Peninsula CBC preliminary results or Owl-la-paloza!
No Purple Finches, yes to Red-breasted Nuthatch, but RBNU is not a write up
birds for this count, they are regular enough at High Island

On Fri, Dec 21, 2018 at 8:39 AM Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <
<FCollins...> wrote:

> Wow, that’s an astonishing list of rarities. Black Tern in late December!
> Nice to see the rodent population is recovered after Harvey and the Barn
> Owls are benefiting.
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> What about Red-breasted Nuthatch and Purple Finch?
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> *Fred Collins*, Director
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> Kleb Woods Nature Center
>
> 20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
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> 281-357-5324
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> Harris County Precinct 3
>
> *Steve Radack Commissioner*
>
> www.pct3.com
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> *From:* <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> *On
> Behalf Of *David Sarkozi
> *Sent:* Thursday, December 20, 2018 8:39 PM
> *To:* TexBirds <texbirds...>
> *Subject:* [texbirds] Bolivar Peninsula CBC preliminary results or
> Owl-la-paloza!
>
>
>
> The Bolivar Peninsula CBC was held today and in spite of the high winds
> during daylight hours we had a good preliminary count of 168 species.
>
>
>
> Some of the great birds reported today where:
>
>
>
> Sandhill Crane
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> Pomarine Jaeger
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> White-winged Scoter
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> Cackling Goose
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> Canada Goose
>
> Black Tern
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> Tennessee Warbler
>
> Swainson's Hawk
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> Least Flycatcher
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>
>
> For me the highlight was a record number of owls we found owling last
> night. From 3 am to 6:30 am we recorded an astounding 54, yes that
> FIFTY-FOUR Barn owls. We also recorded 5 Short-eared Owls and a single
> unidentified owl. We covered 32 miles and had 60 owls total for .53 owls
> per mile!
>
>
>
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> David Sarkozi
> Houston, TX
> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
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Date: 12/21/18 6:54 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Opinions on Harlen's Hawk at Anahuac NWR
This is a bird I had yesterday on the Bolivar Peninsula CBC at Anahuac NWR,
just south of the canal that crosses the entrance road. Photos are not
great because it was distant, but I'm thinking this is good for a Harlen's.
I'd like some second opinions though.

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Date: 12/21/18 6:39 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Bolivar Peninsula CBC preliminary results or Owl-la-paloza!
Wow, that’s an astonishing list of rarities. Black Tern in late December! Nice to see the rodent population is recovered after Harvey and the Barn Owls are benefiting.

What about Red-breasted Nuthatch and Purple Finch?


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

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




From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of David Sarkozi
Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2018 8:39 PM
To: TexBirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Bolivar Peninsula CBC preliminary results or Owl-la-paloza!

The Bolivar Peninsula CBC was held today and in spite of the high winds during daylight hours we had a good preliminary count of 168 species.

Some of the great birds reported today where:

Sandhill Crane
Pomarine Jaeger
White-winged Scoter
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Black Tern
Tennessee Warbler
Swainson's Hawk
Least Flycatcher

For me the highlight was a record number of owls we found owling last night. From 3 am to 6:30 am we recorded an astounding 54, yes that FIFTY-FOUR Barn owls. We also recorded 5 Short-eared Owls and a single unidentified owl. We covered 32 miles and had 60 owls total for .53 owls per mile!

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

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Date: 12/20/18 6:40 pm
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Bolivar Peninsula CBC preliminary results or Owl-la-paloza!
The Bolivar Peninsula CBC was held today and in spite of the high winds
during daylight hours we had a good preliminary count of 168 species.

Some of the great birds reported today where:

Sandhill Crane
Pomarine Jaeger
White-winged Scoter
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Black Tern
Tennessee Warbler
Swainson's Hawk
Least Flycatcher

For me the highlight was a record number of owls we found owling last
night. From 3 am to 6:30 am we recorded an astounding 54, yes that
FIFTY-FOUR Barn owls. We also recorded 5 Short-eared Owls and a single
unidentified owl. We covered 32 miles and had 60 owls total for .53 owls
per mile!

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

 

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Date: 12/20/18 6:26 pm
From: Brent Ortego <brentortego...>
Subject: [texbirds] Guadalupe River Delta CBC
The Guadalupe River Delta-McFaddin Family Ranches CBC was held today. 20+ mph winds occurred throughout out the day dramatically altering bird behavior and our ability to detect them.

198 species were reported at Count Down with 7 parties only submitting partial results.

Best birds were Wood Stork, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Ringed Kingfisher, Prothonotary Warbler and Dickcissel.


Final results will be posted when data entry is completed

Brent Ortego
Victoria, TX

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Date: 12/20/18 5:25 pm
From: Richard Gibbons <rgibbo3...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: RFI Tony Gallucci Tropical Parula ID specialist
Dear Texbirders,

I agree with Fred’s assessment. There is no way to know if this bird is a hybrid if the visible and audible traits are of the parent type, which this bird appears to have. One should assign to the obvious parent type and researchers can use the eBird data from a known hybrid zone with that in mind.

Richard Gibbons
Missouri City, Texas

> On Dec 20, 2018, at 5:10 PM, Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> wrote:
>
> This has been thoroughly discussed in the past in Texbirds. Tony believes all Tropicals and Northerns are impure in Texas. I think he thought Tropicals in the Valley were 90 or 95 percent pure, their purity declining as you moved north to the King Ranch and hill Country. Northerns likewise were not pure at the Sabine, being 95% and declining as you moved south. So call a parula what you will in Texas.
>
> Too much is made over this in my opinion. The bird at E L Moore is clearly a Tropical, yes it may have some northern genes. Many of us have Neanderthal genes but nobody is trying to call us that, well ???
>
> I think Tony’s paper was published. It was primarily based on song and not genetics.
>
> Tony is normally responsive to email but a very busy man.
>
>
> Fred Collins, Director
> Kleb Woods Nature Center
> 20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
> 281-357-5324
>
> Harris County Precinct 3
> Steve Radack Commissioner
> www.pct3.com
>
>
>
>
>
>
> From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Berner Family
> Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2018 4:51 PM
> To: Texbirds <texbirds...>
> Subject: [texbirds] RFI Tony Gallucci Tropical Parula ID specialist
>
> Texbirders:
>
> Am seeking tropical Parula Vs Hybrid ID advice. I see from his blog page that Tony Gallucci has done a lot of work in this area. I have not received a response to my email to him from Tuesday. Offline can someone please share a phone number and better email for Tony to address below? Also if s texbirder knows a knowledgeable Tropical vs Hybrid Parula person instead can they also send me a phone number and email.
>
> Hoping to have them review Dominic’s E L Moore photo from Monday. December 17
>
> Thanks much!
> John Berner....
> JCAZBerner at yahoo dot com
>
>
> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone

 

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Date: 12/20/18 3:11 pm
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: RFI Tony Gallucci Tropical Parula ID specialist
This has been thoroughly discussed in the past in Texbirds. Tony believes all Tropicals and Northerns are impure in Texas. I think he thought Tropicals in the Valley were 90 or 95 percent pure, their purity declining as you moved north to the King Ranch and hill Country. Northerns likewise were not pure at the Sabine, being 95% and declining as you moved south. So call a parula what you will in Texas.

Too much is made over this in my opinion. The bird at E L Moore is clearly a Tropical, yes it may have some northern genes. Many of us have Neanderthal genes but nobody is trying to call us that, well ???

I think Tony’s paper was published. It was primarily based on song and not genetics.

Tony is normally responsive to email but a very busy man.


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

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






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Sent: Thursday, December 20, 2018 4:51 PM
To: Texbirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] RFI Tony Gallucci Tropical Parula ID specialist

Texbirders:

Am seeking tropical Parula Vs Hybrid ID advice. I see from his blog page that Tony Gallucci has done a lot of work in this area. I have not received a response to my email to him from Tuesday. Offline can someone please share a phone number and better email for Tony to address below? Also if s texbirder knows a knowledgeable Tropical vs Hybrid Parula person instead can they also send me a phone number and email.

Hoping to have them review Dominic’s E L Moore photo from Monday. December 17

Thanks much!
John Berner....
JCAZBerner at yahoo dot com


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Date: 12/20/18 2:51 pm
From: Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] RFI Tony Gallucci Tropical Parula ID specialist
Texbirders:
Am seeking tropical Parula Vs Hybrid ID advice. I see from his blog page that Tony Gallucci has done a lot of work in this area. I have not received a response to my email to him from Tuesday. Offline can someone please share a phone number and better email for Tony to address below? Also if s texbirder knows a knowledgeable Tropical vs Hybrid Parula person instead can they also send me a phone number and email.
Hoping to have them review Dominic’s E L Moore photo from Monday. December 17
Thanks much!John Berner....JCAZBerner at yahoo dot com


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Date: 12/20/18 11:46 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Dec 20, 2018
It was a beautiful, although windy morning at Santa Ana. Sunshine on newly molted feathers was spectacular! We all enjoyed the Avocets, a beautiful Blue-headed Vireo, and the multiple flyover of a very well-colored Roseate Spoonbill was the perfect ending. Come join the fun daily at 8:30 except Sundays. There will be no walks on Christmas Eve nor Christmas Day.
John and Sue Ewan, volunteers
USFWS, Santa Ana NWR

Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Dec 20, 2018 8:30 AM - 12:29 PM
Protocol: Traveling
5.64 mile(s)
66 species (+1 other taxa)

Blue-winged Teal 33
Cinnamon Teal 3
Northern Shoveler 5
Gadwall 8
American Wigeon 1
Mottled Duck 6
Northern Pintail 5
Ring-necked Duck 24
Bufflehead 2
Ruddy Duck 15
Least Grebe 3
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Eurasian Collared-Dove 1
Common Ground-Dove 3
White-tipped Dove 2
Common Pauraque 1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 1
Sora 2
American Coot 4
Black-necked Stilt 25
American Avocet 4
Least Sandpiper 13
Long-billed Dowitcher 45
Wilson's Snipe 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Neotropic Cormorant 3
American White Pelican 15
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Tricolored Heron 1
Roseate Spoonbill 1
Turkey Vulture 3
Cooper's Hawk 1
Harris's Hawk 5
Gray Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 5
Peregrine Falcon 1
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 1
Eastern Phoebe 5
Vermilion Flycatcher 3
Great Kiskadee 6
Tropical Kingbird 1
Couch's Kingbird 1
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Green Jay 6
Tree Swallow 10
Black-crested Titmouse 6
House Wren 2
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Northern Mockingbird 1
American Pipit 3
Olive Sparrow 1
Savannah Sparrow 1
Altamira Oriole 2
Great-tailed Grackle 3
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 3
Nashville Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 8
Indigo Bunting 1

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Date: 12/19/18 9:58 am
From: Mark and Joanie Hubinger <mjhubrr...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Dec 19, 2018
Date: Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 11:51 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Dec 19, 2018

Another nice morning for a walk in the refuge! Joined by some folks fairly
new to birding and they added many of the south Texas specialties
as life birds. Birdwalks daily at 8:30AM except Sunday.

Mark and Joanie Hubinger
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana NWR
Alamo, Texas

Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Dec 19, 2018 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.2 mile(s)
Comments: Morning birdwalk to Chachalaca Trail and Willow Lakes
60 species (+1 other taxa)

Blue-winged Teal 40
Cinnamon Teal 2
Northern Shoveler 15
Gadwall 12
Mottled Duck 6
Northern Pintail 19
Green-winged Teal 1
Plain Chachalaca 4
Least Grebe 7
Pied-billed Grebe 4
White-tipped Dove 2
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 1
Sora 3
American Coot 10
Black-necked Stilt (Black-necked) 30
Killdeer 1
Long-billed Dowitcher 30
Wilson's Snipe 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 12
Lesser Yellowlegs 5
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 3
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Harris's Hawk 2
Gray Hawk 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 4
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 2
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Vermilion Flycatcher 2
Great Kiskadee 6
Tropical Kingbird 2
Couch's Kingbird 1
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 5
Green Jay (Green) 4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Tree Swallow 25
Bank Swallow 1 Continuing bird in Willow Lake #3. Smaller than other
nearby swallows. Brown with white underparts and dark band across chest
Barn Swallow 2
Black-crested Titmouse 4
Verdin 1
House Wren 3
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Olive Sparrow 2
Altamira Oriole 6
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Great-tailed Grackle 1
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 6
Northern Cardinal 2
House Sparrow 6

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Date: 12/19/18 7:33 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Bolivar Peninsula CBC tomorrow 12/20/2018 (Anahuac NWR)
Tomorrow (12/20/18) is the Bolivar Peninsula CBC and more birders are
always needed for covering Anahuac NWR. We will meet at the pavilion by the
restrooms at 7 am. We will have access to closed areas so this is a chance
to see some parts of the refuge you normally don't get to see, including
access to the new tracts on the entrance road. Bring a lunch and make a day
of it! I would like to know you are coming so we don't leave you behind,
but if you just show up at 7 am we will find a place for you to count. Play
hooky from work, you'll just be missing a lame potluck anyway. The plan is
a countdown dinner at AL-T's in Winnie about 5 pm.

--
David Sarkozi
Houston, TX
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Date: 12/19/18 6:52 am
From: Becky Reyes <breyes...>
Subject: [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
Hi everyone,
It was a somewhat chilly morning during yesterday morning's bird walk. The
grounds were active with Ruby-crowned kinglets, Wilson's warblers,
Orange-crowed warblers, and Blue-gray Gnat catchers. We had great views of
the Green kingfisher and Green heron, and the Black-crowned night herons.
At the feeders, there were Green jays, Inca doves, White-tipped doves,
Black-crested titmouse, Plain Chachalacas, and Northern cardinals. Below is
yesterday morning's bird list.

Happy Birding!!

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center, Hidalgo, Texas, US
Dec 18, 2018 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
39 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 4
Blue-winged Teal 3
Northern Shoveler 2
Ruddy Duck 2
Plain Chachalaca 3
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 17
Mourning Dove 1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 3
American Coot 4
Anhinga 4
Neotropic Cormorant 21
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 4
Green Heron 2
Black-crowned Night-Heron 10
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
Osprey 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Green Kingfisher 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
Great Kiskadee 4
Tropical Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 3
Green Jay 4
Black-crested Titmouse 2
House Wren 9
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Clay-colored Thrush 2
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 3
Great-tailed Grackle 12
Orange-crowned Warbler 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Wilson's Warbler 3
Northern Cardinal 2

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Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center


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Date: 12/19/18 6:11 am
From: Mark and Joanie Hubinger <mjhubrr...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Dec 18, 2018
Date: Wed, Dec 19, 2018 at 8:03 AM
Subject: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Dec 18, 2018

Good morning Texbirders, sorry for the late post, but thought it is worth
sending out as we encountered a Baltimore Oriole, rare for this site on our
afternoon walk. Photos may be seen on ebird.
Mark and Joanie Hubinger
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana NWR
Alamo, Texas

Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Dec 18, 2018 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.3 mile(s)
Comments: Out roving with our scope to tower and Pintail Lakes. 6
contacts made for information and bird ID help.
57 species (+1 other taxa)

Northern Shoveler 3
Mottled Duck 3
Northern Pintail 18
Ring-necked Duck 18
Bufflehead 3
Ruddy Duck 12
Least Grebe 1
Pied-billed Grebe 5
White-tipped Dove 3
Common Pauraque 1
Sora 1
American Coot 8
Black-necked Stilt (Black-necked) 1
American Avocet 2
Least Sandpiper 30
Wilson's Snipe 4
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Neotropic Cormorant 5
American White Pelican 13
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Tricolored Heron 1
Harris's Hawk 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Ringed Kingfisher 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Green Kingfisher 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 4
Peregrine Falcon 1
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 2 Together on service road to Pintail
Lakes
Eastern Phoebe 2
Vermilion Flycatcher 2
Great Kiskadee 6
Couch's Kingbird 2
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 2
Green Jay (Green) 2
Tree Swallow 15
Black-crested Titmouse 6
Verdin 1
House Wren (Northern) 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
American Pipit 10
American Goldfinch 3
Altamira Oriole 3
Baltimore Oriole 1 Appears to be first fall male, due to the darkish
crown, bright throat, bold upper wing bar, light streaking on back,
extensive white on primaries, dark parts of wing black as compared with
Hooded Oriole, and gray on flanks
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Great-tailed Grackle 3
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Nashville Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 7
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 4
Northern Cardinal 2

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Date: 12/18/18 11:09 am
From: Mark and Joanie Hubinger <mjhubrr...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Dec 18, 2018
Date: Tue, Dec 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Subject: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Dec 18, 2018

Good morning Texbirders, a group of 3 joined us for a walk. Even with a
cool, overcast morning they enjoyed seeing a good selection of south Texas
birds, many of them lifers! The mixed flocks of passerines picked up as
the sun came out. See our list below.
Birdwalks daily at 8:30AM except for Sunday.

Mark and Joanie Hubinger
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana NWR
Alamo, Texas



Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Dec 18, 2018 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: Chachalaca Trail to Willow Lakes, then tower area
51 species

Blue-winged Teal 15
Cinnamon Teal 3 1 male, 2 female together at Willow Lake #4
Northern Shoveler 20
Gadwall 10
American Wigeon 1
Northern Pintail 8
Plain Chachalaca 1
Least Grebe 3
Pied-billed Grebe 2
White-tipped Dove 3
Mourning Dove 1
Common Pauraque 1
Sora 3
Black-necked Stilt (Black-necked) 20
American Avocet 2 larger than nearby Black-necked Stilt, long upturned
bill, black and white wing pattern, white head/neck
Killdeer 4
Least Sandpiper 2
Solitary Sandpiper 1
American White Pelican 4
Great Egret 1
Green Kingfisher 1 female at Willow Lake #1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 1
Least Flycatcher 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Vermilion Flycatcher 1
Great Kiskadee 5
White-eyed Vireo 4
Green Jay (Green) 3
Tree Swallow 25
Barn Swallow (American) 1
Black-crested Titmouse 6
House Wren (Northern) 3
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1 Tiny, black stripes on face and yellow
central stripe on crown, dark through eye with no eyering as in
Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Continuing bird seen again just beyond culvert
between Willow Lakes #3 and #4 in mixed flock
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Long-billed Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 1
Olive Sparrow 1
Altamira Oriole 1
Red-winged Blackbird 15
Great-tailed Grackle 3
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 6
Northern Cardinal 5
Indigo Bunting 1
House Sparrow 4

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Date: 12/18/18 9:13 am
From: Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Unusual E.L. Moore (Houston) Parula still Present
Texbirders:
A Paula with essentially no eye arcs and extended yellow on chest which may be a Tropical x Northern Hybrid or possibly a Tropical Parula persists near the cabin backyard and nearby areas this morning. Would be interested in receiving more pictures of the side of the head including bill and Malar area and tail length. See recent ebird lists at the Edith L. Moore ebird hotspot for more details. Dominic Le Croissette first got good look and has best photograph so far of bird yesterday. More photos would be great. Bird likely present between creek large pine tree and Cabin area since Sunday.

Thanks muchJohn Berner jcazberner at yahoo dot comW. Houston 

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