TEXBIRDS
Received From Subject
2/22/17 5:25 pm Jon McIntyre <mcintyrebirds...> [texbirds] Coastal Bend/Valley 2/18-2/21
2/22/17 3:04 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Hargill Hooded Merganser and Say's Phoebe; Delta Lake Yellow Warbler
2/22/17 2:44 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Old Port Isabel & SPI
2/22/17 2:35 pm Tom Langschied <TLangschied...> [texbirds] King Ranch birds Santa Gertrudis div. - Kleberg county - 02/22/17
2/22/17 11:27 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 22, 2017
2/22/17 8:15 am Rick Steenberg <rick.steenberg...> [texbirds] Golden-crowned Warbler
2/21/17 7:06 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Barn Owl
2/21/17 3:48 pm WINSTON E & LINDA CAILLOUET <lincwinc...> [texbirds] Bird song encountered Feb. 21, 2017
2/21/17 11:35 am Laura Paulson <laura...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 21, 2017
2/21/17 7:29 am Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...> [texbirds] FIXED! - eBird settings for many Texas counties accidentally messed up (no longer an issue)
2/20/17 5:14 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Salineno and the National Butterfly Center
2/20/17 4:43 pm Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...> [texbirds] eBird settings for many Texas counties accidentally messed up - patience please
2/20/17 2:02 pm Gary Richards <grcolts...> [texbirds] Sam Houston National Forest Birds
2/20/17 12:39 pm Laura Paulson <laura...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 20, 2017
2/20/17 10:37 am Marj Swies <marjswies...> [texbirds] Short eared owls part 2
2/20/17 10:32 am Marj Swies <marjswies...> [texbirds] Short eared owls
2/20/17 7:43 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Crosby County highlights - yesterday
2/20/17 7:36 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] FOS: Barn Swallow
2/19/17 9:25 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] FOS Gnatcatcher
2/19/17 4:37 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Chasing Birds around Santa Ana and Bentsen
2/19/17 2:08 pm Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...> [texbirds] Windy day at Norias division of King Ranch
2/19/17 11:38 am Laura Paulson <laura...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 19, 2017
2/19/17 9:35 am Chris Easley <dmeguy...> [texbirds] Golden-crowned Warbler - YES!!
2/19/17 7:43 am Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC) [texbirds] Sugar Land Grooved-Billed Ani still present
2/19/17 6:46 am David McDonald <dkmmdpa...> [texbirds] West Galveston Island Saturday
2/18/17 4:53 pm Brenda Prothro <jipseez...> [texbirds] Devine Lake
2/18/17 4:36 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Cooper's
2/18/17 4:35 pm Keith Hackland Innkeeper, Alamo Inn B&B <alamoinn...> <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender alamoinn for DMARC) [texbirds] LRGV up river
2/18/17 4:28 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Re: Cooper's
2/18/17 4:24 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Rose-throated Becard Still Here
2/18/17 4:14 pm Paul and Georgean Kyle <dwa...> [texbirds] Sandhill cranes
2/18/17 4:00 pm Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] Re: Cooper's
2/18/17 12:40 pm Laura Paulson <laura...> [texbirds] Re: South Texas seeing sick bird behavior?
2/18/17 12:04 pm Laura Paulson <laura...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 18, 2017
2/18/17 12:00 pm Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...> [texbirds] South Texas seeing sick bird behavior?
2/18/17 11:51 am Dan Smith <dan...> [texbirds] Re: Cooper's
2/18/17 11:40 am Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...> [texbirds] Laguna Atascosa NWR 2/18/2017
2/18/17 11:01 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Cooper's
2/18/17 10:25 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Wilson's Phalaropes, Lynn Co.
2/18/17 6:31 am Janice Houghton <jyhoughton...> [texbirds] Robins
2/18/17 3:53 am Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Birder Patrol Trip - Saturday the 25th
2/17/17 5:36 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Galveston to Texas City Wednesday, Owl and shorebirds
2/17/17 2:08 pm Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...> [texbirds] Re: Messaging
2/17/17 1:07 pm Judith Williamson <jjwmson...> [texbirds] Messaging
2/17/17 12:10 pm Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...> [texbirds] Laguna Atascosa NWR Bird List 2/17/17
2/17/17 11:56 am Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Estero Llano Grande & National Butterfly Center
2/17/17 11:34 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 17, 2017
2/17/17 6:08 am Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...> [texbirds] Great Backyard Bird Count starts today - expect some eBird alerts/rarities
2/17/17 5:59 am Dane Ferrell <daneferrell...> [texbirds] Northern Harrier...
2/17/17 5:16 am Bird.fried <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Matagorda Bay Birdfest
2/16/17 9:15 pm Arman Moreno <armanmorenobirds...> [texbirds] Austin Area Rare Bird Alert
2/16/17 4:35 pm Tim Fennell <tfennell...> [texbirds] Granger Mountain Plovers (and other birds) 2/16/17
2/16/17 2:31 pm Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] February 16, 2017
2/16/17 2:22 pm Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...> [texbirds] Laguna Atascosa NWR Bird Tour 2/16/17
2/16/17 2:11 pm Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 16, 2017
2/16/17 1:41 pm Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...> [texbirds] Kleb Woods upcoming bird programs
2/16/17 1:28 pm M. L. Johnson <824mlj...> [texbirds] Long-eared Owl(s) in Clay County
2/16/17 8:53 am David Hanson <davidhanson1952...> [texbirds] Groove-billed Ani at Baytown Nature Center
2/16/17 7:01 am Susan Heath <sheath...> [texbirds] possible Fork-tailed Flycatcher
2/15/17 5:23 pm <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender DHanson139 for DMARC) [texbirds] Baytown Nature Center Bird Count 2-16-17
2/15/17 1:29 pm Bill <texaskingbird...> [texbirds] Baytown Nature Center monthly walk?
2/15/17 11:39 am Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Frontera Audubon and Valley Nature Center
2/15/17 11:37 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 15, 2017
2/15/17 11:14 am <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender drbirdie for DMARC) [texbirds] Roberts County Rough-legs - at least 3 remain as of last weekend - photos of these and some other cool birds and other critters
2/14/17 1:15 pm Jim Hailey <irasciblej...> [texbirds] Florida & Alaska TOS trips
2/14/17 11:39 am Laura Paulson <laura...> [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird Walk time change on Thursday
2/14/17 11:34 am Laura Paulson <laura...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 14, 2017
2/14/17 10:27 am Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] La Sal del Rey Blog Report
2/14/17 8:51 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Golden-crowned Warbler (Refugio) and Black-throated Blue Warbler (Bexar)
2/14/17 6:28 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Killdeer, signs of spring.
2/13/17 6:14 pm Susan Yost <sdyost...> [texbirds] LLELA bird walk results
2/13/17 2:19 pm Susan Yost <sdyost...> [texbirds] results of LLELA walk, Denton Co.
2/13/17 11:05 am Laura Paulson <laura...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 13, 2017
2/12/17 5:43 pm Tim Fennell <tfennell...> [texbirds] Lake Buchanan (Llano Co.) 2/12/17: White-faced Ibises
2/12/17 4:13 pm Brent Ortego <brentortego...> [texbirds] Breeding Bird Survey Volunteer Request 2
2/12/17 1:30 pm David McDonald <dkmmdpa...> [texbirds] Good weekend Birds
2/12/17 11:54 am Laura Paulson <laura...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 12, 2017
2/11/17 6:29 pm Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Corpus Christi area notes
2/11/17 6:02 pm Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 11, 2017
2/11/17 6:01 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from Crosby County - Today
2/11/17 1:29 pm Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...> [texbirds] Laguna Atascosa NWR Bird Tour 2/11/2017
2/11/17 12:57 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Say's Phoebe Near Rio Beef Feedyard
2/11/17 12:27 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] FW: eBird -- Sabal Palm Sanctuary (LTC 042) -- Feb 11, 2017
2/11/17 11:04 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 11, 2017
2/10/17 12:39 pm Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...> [texbirds] Laguna Atascosa NWR Bird Tour 2/10/17
2/10/17 11:31 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 10, 2017
2/10/17 8:20 am Brian Sheehan <osuwildlifer...> [texbirds] eBird report: Black-throated Blue in San Antonio
2/9/17 1:48 pm Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...> [texbirds] Laguna Atascosa NWR Bird Tour 2/9/2017
2/9/17 11:42 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 9, 2017
2/9/17 11:06 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lubbock Area Birding Summary for January - Longish
2/9/17 10:25 am Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Golden-crowned Warbler in Refugio
2/9/17 5:53 am Brent Ortego <brentortego...> [texbirds] Whooping Cranes and Falcon Point Ranch
2/8/17 6:32 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Olivia, Calhoun County - Anis and Long-billed Thrashers
2/8/17 6:18 pm Bird.fried <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Olivia, Calhoun County - Anis and Long-billed Thrashers
2/8/17 11:58 am Dennis Shepler <dawgler...> [texbirds] Texas City Dike this morning 2/8 local interest.
2/8/17 11:30 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 8, 2017
2/8/17 8:09 am Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...> [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR.
2/8/17 8:09 am Allen <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender allenreyer for DMARC) [texbirds] Colorado County
2/7/17 1:47 pm <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender drbirdie for DMARC) [texbirds] SparrowFest report for Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 18 sparrow species and some other notable birds, too
2/7/17 11:46 am Laura Paulson <laura...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 7, 2017
2/7/17 11:09 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from Lynn County - Sunday
2/7/17 10:02 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lynn County Photographic Game - January Report
2/7/17 9:38 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] The Hewetson:Kostecke Competition - January Report
2/6/17 5:33 pm Susan Yost <sdyost...> [texbirds] 2nd Saturday bird walk @ LLELA; Denton Co.
2/6/17 11:45 am Laura Paulson <laura...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 6, 2017
2/6/17 7:41 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Brazoria county last Tuesday and empty beaches
2/6/17 7:25 am Janice Houghton <jyhoughton...> [texbirds] F. Pyrrhuloxia in N. Colorado Co.
2/6/17 7:22 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Anahuac to texas city last month pictures, owly and gull with ringed bill
2/5/17 4:31 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 2-5-17 Fox Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
2/5/17 11:28 am Laura Paulson <laura...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 5, 2017
2/5/17 8:09 am <txmotmot...> [texbirds] Broad-tailed Hummingbird
2/4/17 2:25 pm Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] LRGV Mountain Bluebirds
2/4/17 1:24 pm David Scott <scottrpts...> [texbirds] Purple Martins in College Station
2/4/17 12:13 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Green-tailed Towhee - Yturrias
2/4/17 10:16 am Mark and Joanie Hubinger <mjhubrr...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 4, 2017
2/3/17 11:47 am Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...> [texbirds] Laguna Atascosa NWR Bird Tour 2/3/2017
2/3/17 11:46 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 3, 2017
2/3/17 11:21 am C M Prince <GoldwingerTX...> [texbirds] Re: Western Tanager in Sugar Land 77479
2/3/17 10:48 am Jamie <j.c.fairchild...> [texbirds] Western Tanager in Sugar Land 77479
2/3/17 6:57 am Jim Hailey <irasciblej...> [texbirds] TOS spring trips
2/2/17 10:49 pm Erik Breden <erik.breden...> [texbirds] Testing a Camera at Estero Llano Grande SP
2/2/17 9:05 pm Arman Moreno <armanmorenobirds...> [texbirds] Austin Area Rare Bird Alert
2/2/17 4:03 pm Linda <lbarrett10...> [texbirds] Re: American Goldfinch
2/2/17 1:46 pm Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...> [texbirds] MacGillivray's Warbler at LANWR
2/2/17 1:44 pm Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...> [texbirds] Laguna Atascosa NWR Bird Tour 2/2/2017
2/2/17 11:34 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 2, 2017
2/2/17 8:57 am Joann E. Thompson <joann510...> [texbirds] American Goldfinch
2/2/17 8:02 am Randy Duncan <osufight...> [texbirds] Williamson Co.- Zone Tailed Hawk
2/1/17 5:33 pm Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson...> [texbirds] Raptors - Robertson Co. - Sat and Sun
2/1/17 11:36 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 1, 2017
1/31/17 5:07 pm Bob White <bobwhitebsacbc...> [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf
1/31/17 2:17 pm C M Prince <GoldwingerTX...> [texbirds] {texbirds} Bird ID
1/31/17 2:12 pm Ray Porter <ray.porter314...> [texbirds] wolf
1/31/17 1:36 pm Jack Chiles <chilesjack...> [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR.
1/31/17 1:17 pm Brent Ortego <brentortego...> [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf
1/31/17 12:35 pm Rick Steenberg <rick.steenberg...> [texbirds] Red Wolf
1/31/17 12:17 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf
1/31/17 11:19 am Laura Paulson <laura...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 31, 2017
1/31/17 10:08 am Ray Porter <ray.porter314...> [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf
1/31/17 9:11 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf
1/31/17 9:08 am Ray Porter <ray.porter314...> [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf
1/31/17 6:43 am Brent Ortego <brentortego...> [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf
1/31/17 6:39 am tony <hurricanetg...> [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf
1/31/17 6:34 am Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12...> [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf
1/31/17 6:31 am Ray Porter <ray.porter314...> [texbirds] Harris County TX wolf
1/31/17 6:28 am Leslie Linehan <linehanla...> [texbirds] molt timing in Selasphorus hummingbirds?
1/30/17 9:42 pm Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC) [texbirds] Orange-cheeked Waxbills--Now Displayed in Harris County ebird
1/30/17 5:49 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 1-30-17 Black-headed Grosbeak returns @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
1/30/17 5:18 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from Lynn County on 29 January 2017
1/30/17 5:15 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from Crosby County on 28 January 2017
1/30/17 5:04 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from Lynn County on 22 January 2017
1/30/17 5:00 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from my region on way to/from TOS meeting
1/30/17 4:19 pm Brent Ortego <brentortego...> [texbirds] Breeding Bird Survey Volunteer Request-1
1/30/17 12:30 pm Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: Orange-cheeked waxbill
1/30/17 11:23 am Laura Paulson <laura...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 30, 2017
1/30/17 5:46 am Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12...> [texbirds] Orange-cheeked waxbill
1/29/17 6:19 pm Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: Houston Greater Pewee's (1/29)
1/29/17 2:02 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Birder Patrol Report
1/29/17 11:57 am Laura Paulson <laura...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 29, 2017
1/29/17 11:22 am Charles W. Easley <cwebirds...> [texbirds] Re: Houston Greater Pewee's (1/29)
1/29/17 11:16 am Sonny Bratz <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender ibratz for DMARC) [texbirds] Refugio Co Golden Crowned Warbler 1/29/17
1/29/17 10:58 am James Hinson <jmhinson...> [texbirds] Houston Greater Pewee's (1/29)
1/29/17 6:01 am Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...> [texbirds] Laguna Atascosa NWR Bird Tour 1/27/2017
1/28/17 9:36 pm David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update 290 species, 48 Sagebrush Sparrows
1/28/17 1:25 pm Mt Woman <mtwoman55...> [texbirds] Crested Caracara in S Parker County today
1/28/17 12:14 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Anahuac to the Texas City Dike Thursday
1/28/17 12:10 pm Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Edinburg Scenic Wetlands WBC (LTC 061), Jan 28, 2017
1/28/17 11:08 am Mark and Joanie Hubinger <mjhubrr...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 28, 2017
1/28/17 10:02 am Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12...> [texbirds] Golden-crowned Warbler
1/27/17 7:02 pm David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Big Year Update, 282 species Baird's Sparrow and Lewis's Woodpecker
1/27/17 11:45 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 27, 2017
1/27/17 7:19 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 1-27-19 Black-headed Grosbeak @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
1/27/17 6:40 am Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...> [texbirds] Laguna Atascosa NWR Bird Tour 1/26/2017
1/27/17 4:24 am Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Birder Patrol Update
1/26/17 8:58 pm Arman Moreno <armanmorenobirds...> [texbirds] Austin Area Rare Bird Alert
1/26/17 2:23 pm Robert Becker <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender robertjbecker for DMARC) [texbirds] Golden-crowned Warbler
1/26/17 12:54 pm Susan Foster <idratherbebirding...> [texbirds] Re: Golden-crowned Warbler in Refugio
1/26/17 12:39 pm Laura Baker <lolabe11...> [texbirds] Re: Golden-crowned Warbler in Refugio
1/26/17 12:21 pm Laura Baker <lolabe11...> [texbirds] Re: Golden-crowned Warbler in Refugio
1/26/17 11:59 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Spring stuff Jan. 26, Leander
1/26/17 11:43 am HARRY FORBES <hforbes...> [texbirds] Golden-crowned Warbler in Refugio
1/26/17 11:34 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 26, 2017
1/26/17 8:12 am Jim Hailey <irasciblej...> [texbirds] Florida and Alaska Trips
1/26/17 7:51 am Tiffany Kersten <tiffanykersten...> [texbirds] McAllen Nature Center
1/26/17 7:32 am Shelly Plante <Shelly.Plante...> [texbirds] Birding Classic registration now open!
1/25/17 5:16 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Hidalgo County Target Hunting
1/25/17 4:51 pm Petra Hockey <phockey...> [texbirds] Birding on Matagorda Island - 2 days, different locations
1/25/17 2:16 pm HARRY FORBES <hforbes...> [texbirds] FOS Purple Martin
1/25/17 2:03 pm HARRY FORBES <hforbes...> [texbirds] FOS Purple Martin
1/25/17 11:05 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 25, 2017
1/24/17 4:48 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Amazon Kingfisher - NO
1/24/17 3:13 pm peter barnes <pbarnes123...> [texbirds] Re: 20 sparrow species yesterday, Monday Jan 23, 2017, in Central Texas (Austin area)
1/24/17 3:00 pm Jack Chiles <chilesjack...> [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR.
1/24/17 2:22 pm <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender drbirdie for DMARC) [texbirds] 20 sparrow species yesterday, Monday Jan 23, 2017, in Central Texas (Austin area)
1/24/17 11:19 am Laura Paulson <laura...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 24, 2017
1/24/17 8:37 am Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC) [texbirds] Harris Harlequin actually was Mandarin Duck
1/24/17 7:04 am Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...> [texbirds] Bear Creek Bird Walk this Thursday
1/24/17 7:00 am James Hinson <jmhinson...> [texbirds] Houston Greater Pewee (1/24)
1/24/17 3:51 am Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Birder Patrol Update
1/23/17 3:52 pm Ed Hickl <elhickl...> [texbirds] Re: eBird alert for Harlequin Duck in Harris Co.
1/23/17 2:42 pm Steve Gast <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender segast23 for DMARC) [texbirds] eBird alert for Harlequin Duck in Harris Co.
1/23/17 1:24 pm Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...> [texbirds] Cedar Waxwings at Laguna Atacosa NWR
1/23/17 11:38 am Laura Paulson <laura...> [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 23, 2017
 
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Date: 2/22/17 5:25 pm
From: Jon McIntyre <mcintyrebirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Coastal Bend/Valley 2/18-2/21
I took visiting birders Mike and Michelle Zito from New York birding for a day around the Coastal Bend and 3 days in the valley. See a complete list of birds we saw with info on the "better birds".

1. Black-Bellied Whistling-Duck
2. Gadwall
3. Mottled Duck
4. Blue-Winged Teal
5. Cinnamon Teal- Estero Llano Grande SP
6. Green-Winged Teal
7. Northern Shoveler
8. Redhead
9. Ring-Necked Duck
10. Lesser Scaup
11. Red-Breasted Merganser
12. Ruddy Duck
13. Plain Chachalaca
14. Wild Turkey
15. Northern Bobwhite
16. Least Grebe
17. Pied-Billed Grebe
18. Eared Grebe
19. American White Pelican
20. Brown Pelican
21. Neotropic Cormorant
22. Double-Crested Cormorant
23. Great Blue Heron
24. Great Egret
25. Snowy Egret
26. Little Blue Heron
27. Tricolored Heron
28. Reddish Egret
29. Cattle Egret
30. Black-Crowned Night-Heron
31. Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron
32. White Ibis
33. White-Faced Ibis
34. Roseate Spoonbill
35. Black Vulture
36. Turkey Vulture
37. Osprey
38. White-Tailed Kite
39. Sharp-Shinned Hawk
40. Cooper's Hawk
41. Harris's Hawk
42. Red-Shouldered Hawk
43. White-Tailed Hawk
44. Red-Tailed Hawk
45. Crested Caracara
46. American Kestrel
47. Merlin
48. Aplomado Falcon- Old Port Isabel Rd.
49. Peregrine Falcon
50. King Rail- Tiocano Lake
51. Sora
52. Common Gallinule
53. American Coot
54. Sandhill Crane
55. Black-Bellied Plover
56. Semipalmated Plover
57. Killdeer
58. American Oysertcatcher
59. Black-Necked Stilt
60. American Avocet
61. Greater Yellowlegs
62. Lesser Yellowlegs
63. Willet
64. Spotted Sandpiper
65. Long-Billed Curlew
66. Marbled Godwit
67. Ruddy Turnstone
68. Sanderling
69. Least Sandpiper
70. Dunlin
71. Short-Billed Dowitcher
72. Long-Billed Dowitcher
73. Wilson's Snipe
74. Laughing Gull
75. Ring-Billed Gull
76. Herring Gull
77. Caspian Tern
78. Royal Tern
79. Forster's Tern
80. Rock Pigeon
81. Red-Billed Pigeon- 7 at Salineno
82. Eurasian Collared-Dove
83. White-Winged Dove
84. Mourning Dove
85. Inca Dove
86. Common Ground-Dove
87. White-Tipped Dove
88. Monk Parakeet- Hidalgo
89. Green Parakeet- Brownsville
90. Red-Crowned Parrot- Brownsville
91. Red-Lored Parrot- Brownsville
92. White-Fronted Parrot- Brownsville
93. Yellow-Headed Parrot- Brownsville
94. Greater Roadrunner
95. Burrowing Owl- Refugio/Nueces counties
96. Barred Owl- Lions Park- Refugio
97. Common Pauraque
98. Broad-Billed Hummingbird- Fulton
99. Buff-Bellied Hummingbird
100. Ruby-Throated Hummingbird
101. Black-Chinned Hummingbird- Estero Llano Grande SP
102. Ringed Kingfisher- Salineno
103. Belted Kingfisher
104. Green Kingfisher- Salineno/Hidalgo Pumphouse/Tiocano Lake
105. Golden-Fronted Woodpecker
106. Ladder-Backed Woodpecker
107. Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker
108. Black Phoebe- Hidalgo Pumphouse
109. Eastern Phoebe
110. Vermilion Flycatcher
111. Great Kiskadee
112. Tropical Kingbird- Hidalgo Pumphouse
113. Couch's Kingbird
114. Loggerhead Shrike
115. White-Eyed Vireo
116. Blue-Headed Vireo
117. Green Jay
118. Chihuahuan Raven- Salineno
119. Purple Martin
120. Tree Swallow
121. Northern Rough-Winged Swallow
122. Cave Swallow
123. Barn Swallow
124. Black-Crested Titmouse
125. Verdin- CR239 Jim Wells county
126. Cactus Wren- CR239 Jim Wells county
127. Carolina Wren
128. Bewick's Wren
129. House Wren
130. Marsh Wren
131. Sedge Wren
132. Ruby-Crowned Kinglet
133. Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher
134. Black-Tailed Gnatcatcher- Salineno Dump Rd.
135. Eastern Bluebird
136. Clay-Colored Thrush
137. Northern Mockingbird
138. Long-Billed Thrasher
139. Curve-Billed Thrasher
140. European Starling
141. American Pipit
142. Sprague's Pipit- Nueces county roads
143. Orange-Crowned Warbler
144. Tropical Parula- Lions Park- Refugio
145. Yellow-Rumped Warbler
146. Black-Throated Gray Warbler- Anzalduas Park
147. Black-and-White Warbler
148. Common Yellowthroat
149. Wilson's Warbler
150. Olive Sparrow
151. Cassin's Sparrow- CR239 Jim Wells county
152. Chipping Sparrow
153. Black-Throated Sparrow- CR239 Jim Wells county
154. Savannah Sparrow
155. Grasshopper Sparrow- Santa Ana NWR
156. Lincoln's Sparrow
157. Swamp Sparrow
158. White-Crowned Sparrow
159. Northern Cardinal
160. Pyrrhuloxia
161. Red-Winged Blackbird
162. Eastern Meadowlark
163. Western Meadowlark
164. Yellow-Headed Blackbird- Progresso
165. Brewer's Blackbird
166. Great-Tailed Grackle
167. Bronzed Cowbird
168. Brown-Headed Cowbird
169. Hooded Oriole- Bentsen SP
170. Altamira Oriole
171. Audubon's Oriole- Salineno
172. House Finch- Anzalduas Park
173. Lesser Goldfinch
174. House Sparrow

Jon McIntyre
Corpus Christi, TX


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Date: 2/22/17 3:04 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Hargill Hooded Merganser and Say's Phoebe; Delta Lake Yellow Warbler
Hi, all!


Today was Ken's clean-up day, starting with a long-shot dawn watch at the
FM1015 Pond in hopes of flyover geese - nada. :-( But a visit to Delta Lake
Park hit pay dirt with a flyover Ringed Kingfisher and a great but brief
look at a Swamp Sparrow and a wintering Yellow Warbler! Picked up the Snowy
Plover at Hargill Playa along with a female Hooded Merganser as a highlight
(plus a Say's Phoebe driving in and a Great Horned Owl that flew by and
landed in broad daylight), and finally bagged his Vesper Sparrow on
Brushline Road! Three mediocre pictures are on my Facebook page (both the
sparrows woulda been cracking had they sat still.):



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Bird List:



Gadwall

Mottled Duck

Northern Shoveler

Hooded Merganser

Northern Bobwhite

Least Grebe

Neotropic Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Anhinga

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Roseate Spoonbill

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

Northern Harrier

Harris's Hawk

White-tailed Hawk

Sandhill Crane

Black-necked Stilt

Snowy Plover

Killdeer

Greater Yellowlegs

Lesser Yellowlegs

Least Sandpiper

Caspian Tern

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

White-winged Dove

Mourning Dove

Greater Roadrunner

Great Horned Owl

Ringed Kingfisher

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Crested Caracara

American Kestrel

Eastern Phoebe

Say's Phoebe

Great Kiskadee

Couch's Kingbird

Loggerhead Shrike

White-eyed Vireo

Green Jay

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Barn Swallow

Black-crested Titmouse

Verdin

House Wren

Marsh Wren

Bewick's Wren

Cactus Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Curve-billed Thrasher

Long-billed Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

American Pipit

Orange-crowned Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Cassin's Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Lincoln's Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Pyrrhuloxia

Red-winged Blackbird

Western Meadowlark

Great-tailed Grackle

House Sparrow



75 SPECIES



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 2/22/17 2:44 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Old Port Isabel & SPI
Hi, all!


Didn't have time to post the pictures from yesterday's trip to Cameron
County, but it was a whirlwind with wonderful birds! Started off with a bang
when Ken spotted his life Aplomado Falcon on a pole on Old Port Isabel, and
further down the road we bagged Long-billed Curlew for his list, and at
least heard a King Rail! The Flats at South Padre were a blast; we dipped on
the target Snowy and Piping Plovers, but had great looks at Short-billed
Dowitchers, Western Sandpipers, a Gull-billed Tern, and other shorebirds and
larids (and we thought we dipped on Sandwich Tern until I found one in the
background of a Ring-billed Gull picture... :-/ )! Heard a Least Bittern on
the boardwalk, but not a Clapper Rail (a first), so we then blasted down to
Boca Chica with no plovers but tons of cute little Sanderlings! A few
pictures are posted on my Facebook page (please note that by the time you
read this, today's trip pictures may pop up first.)



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Bird List:



Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Mottled Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Redhead

Red-breasted Merganser

Common Loon

Pied-billed Grebe

Double-crested Cormorant

American White Pelican

Brown Pelican

Least Bittern

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Reddish Egret

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

White Ibis

Roseate Spoonbill

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

White-tailed Kite

Harris's Hawk

White-tailed Hawk

King Rail

Sora

Common Gallinule

American Coot

Black-necked Stilt

American Oystercatcher

Black-bellied Plover

Semipalmated Plover

Killdeer

Greater Yellowlegs

Willet

Long-billed Curlew

Ruddy Turnstone

Sanderling

Western Sandpiper

Short-billed Dowitcher

Laughing Gull

Ring-billed Gull

Herring Gull

Gull-billed Tern

Caspian Tern

Forster's Tern

Royal Tern

Black Skimmer

Rock Pigeon

Belted Kingfisher

Crested Caracara

American Kestrel

Aplomado Falcon

Eastern Phoebe

Great Kiskadee

Loggerhead Shrike

White-eyed Vireo

Chihuahuan Raven

Barn Swallow

Marsh Wren

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Northern Waterthrush

Common Yellowthroat

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Cassin's Sparrow

Swamp Sparrow

Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Great-tailed Grackle

House Sparrow



73 SPECIES



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 2/22/17 2:35 pm
From: Tom Langschied <TLangschied...>
Subject: [texbirds] King Ranch birds Santa Gertrudis div. - Kleberg county - 02/22/17
Texbirders,
Today, myself and 8 others were out birding on the Santa Gertrudis division of King Ranch (Kleberg Co.) for about 4.5 hours and found 64 species. What a pleasant morning to be out since the winds were light and temperatures were fairly cool during the earlier part of the day. Many birds were singing or calling and it sure sounded like spring has arrived here in South Texas. There were also a few male turkeys seen fanning their tails going through their practice routine for the upcoming breeding season. The lighting must have been just right when watching those gobblers as the iridescence and colors seen were nothing short of incredible. Two additional highlights for me were a pair of Audubon's orioles that were seen near a remote bird feeding station on the ranch and a bobcat that was spotted moving along a fence line bordering the road. I believe we interrupted it as it was trying to sneak up on some ducks at one of the nearby water tanks.
Further below is a complete list of the birds we encountered.

Take care and good birding,
Tom Langschied
Kingsville, TX


Birds seen on the Santa Gertrudis div, King Ranch - 02/22/17

1. Gadwall 40

2. Blue-winged Teal 15

3. Cinnamon Teal 5

4. Northern Shoveler 12

5. Green-winged Teal 1

6. Redhead 1

7. Ring-necked Duck 2

8. Northern Bobwhite 6

9. Wild Turkey 28

10. Least Grebe 7

11. Neotropic Cormorant 1

12. Double-crested Cormorant 5

13. Anhinga 2

14. Great Blue Heron 3

15. Great Egret 4

16. Snowy Egret 4

17. Cattle Egret 2

18. White Ibis 2

19. Turkey Vulture 25

20. Northern Harrier 1

21. Harris's Hawk 2

22. White-tailed Hawk 1

23. Red-tailed Hawk 1

24. Sandhill Crane 12

25. Killdeer 9

26. Spotted Sandpiper 1

27. Greater Yellowlegs 2

28. Rock Pigeon 6

29. White-tipped Dove 3

30. Mourning Dove 15

31. Greater Roadrunner 2

32. Belted Kingfisher 1

33. Golden-fronted Woodpecker 3

34. Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2

35. Crested Caracara 12

36. American Kestrel 4

37. Eastern Phoebe 2

38. Vermilion Flycatcher 5

39. Great Kiskadee 4

40. Couch's Kingbird 3

41. Loggerhead Shrike 2

42. Green Jay 8

43. Black-crested Titmouse 2

44. House Wren 1

45. Bewick's Wren 3

46. Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1

47. Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1

48. Curve-billed Thrasher 4

49. Long-billed Thrasher 2

50. Northern Mockingbird 8

51. European Starling 10

52. Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1

53. Grasshopper Sparrow 1

54. Olive Sparrow 2

55. Savannah Sparrow 20

56. Lincoln's Sparrow 1

57. Northern Cardinal 6

58. Pyrrhuloxia 4

59. Red-winged Blackbird 18

60. Western Meadowlark 35

61. Eastern Meadowlark 2

62. Great-tailed Grackle 40

63. Brown-headed Cowbird 6

64. Audubon's Oriole 2




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Date: 2/22/17 11:27 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 22, 2017
Good afternoon birders,
It was an enthusiastic group who birded this morning - blue skies and very slight breeze made the birds come alive. The Chachalaca trail was filled with bird song, and even beginning birders got to see lots of new species. The Sedge Wren was visible for several long minutes and many folks saw it clearly though the scope. Other wrens plus good sighting of warblers kept us on our toes.
Come join the fun. Bird walks leave the Visitor's Center daily at 8:30 am.
John and Sue Ewan
USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana NWR



Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US Feb 22, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:12 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.25 mile(s)
Comments: Morning bird walk
60 species (+1 other taxa)

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 6
Gadwall 6
Blue-winged Teal 17
Northern Shoveler 28
Green-winged Teal 6
Plain Chachalaca 3
Least Grebe 7
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Neotropic Cormorant 2
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 2
Tricolored Heron 3
White Ibis 3
White-faced Ibis 4
Turkey Vulture 32
Harris's Hawk 1
White-tailed Hawk 2
Virginia Rail 1 Heard only
Sora 1 Heard only
American Coot 25
Black-necked Stilt 32
American Avocet 1
Wilson's Snipe 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Inca Dove 4
White-tipped Dove 2
Eastern Screech-Owl 1 Heard only
Common Pauraque 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
Crested Caracara 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Great Kiskadee 9
White-eyed Vireo 3
Green Jay 3
Black-crested Titmouse 4
Sedge Wren 1
Marsh Wren 1
Carolina Wren 2
Bewick's Wren 2
wren sp. 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 11
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Long-billed Thrasher 2
European Starling 20
Orange-crowned Warbler 5
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 4
Tropical Parula 1 Continuing bird
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 6
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Olive Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 75
Altamira Oriole 3

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Date: 2/22/17 8:15 am
From: Rick Steenberg <rick.steenberg...>
Subject: [texbirds] Golden-crowned Warbler
Golden-crowned Warbler observed at 9:40-9:50 am 02/22/17 at Lions Park, Refugio, TX. 15-25 ft due west of "owl" tree (large live oak, south of dam on west side of dam) foraging low to 10 ft high. In close proximity of Wilson's and Black and White Warbers.

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Date: 2/21/17 7:06 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Barn Owl
At c8:50PM I walk outside at our town place and had a Barn Owl calling
reatedly....Just about the last bird after Prairie Chicken I would have
expected in this ultra suburban area....I get them every year at the rural
Utley location. And we have what seems to be a resident Barred Owl in the
larger neighborhood that is heard almost daily.... I just can not imagine
where a Barn Owl could exist/roost around this part of Cedar
Park/Leander. It is the first Barn Owl I have ever heard/seen in
Williamson Co. away from an old Granger Lk. area and that was a couple of
decades ago I think.
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Brush Freeman
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Date: 2/21/17 3:48 pm
From: WINSTON E & LINDA CAILLOUET <lincwinc...>
Subject: [texbirds] Bird song encountered Feb. 21, 2017
g.  I can send a copy of the recording if anyone wants to try and id the bird for me.  Thanks
Winston CaillouetFrisco, TX
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Date: 2/21/17 11:35 am
From: Laura Paulson <laura...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 21, 2017
Hi Texbirders,
Today's walk started out fabulous with nice looks at a Northern Beardless
Tyrannulet and stunning, repeated views of Altamira Orioles. It ended
pretty sweet too with an absolutely gorgeous, calling adult Gray Hawk. I
think everyone was glad they came. I know we were!
Walks leave from the Visitor Center at 8:30am every day of the week. Come
one, come all!

Steve and Laura Paulson
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, Texas



Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Feb 21, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Clear. Calm to light breeze. 68-84 degrees.
61 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis) 19
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 15
Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) 12
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 20
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 25
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 20
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 5
Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) 15
Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) 10
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 6
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 3
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 3
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 2
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 6
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) 4
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 20
Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) 3
White-tailed Hawk (Geranoaetus albicaudatus) 2
Gray Hawk (Buteo plagiatus) 1
Sora (Porzana carolina) 2
American Coot (Fulica americana) 30
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 40
Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) 5
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 40
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 1
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 15
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 2
Inca Dove (Columbina inca) 1 heard only
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 1
Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) 1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia yucatanensis) 1
Ringed Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata) 1 distant, fishing over far
end of Pintail and then perched up in scope
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 2 Pintail and Willow each had
their own male
Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) 1 female at Pintail 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 8
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 4
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet (Camptostoma imberbe) 2 Nice looks at
one on Chachalaca Trail. Another calling near Pintail Lakes trailhead and
tour road.
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 4
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) 12
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 6 Eyes on two together. Others heard
only. Probably a low count.
Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) 2
Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 6
Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) 3 Brief glimpses of one. Others heard
only.
Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis) 1 heard only in usual spot
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 1 heard only
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2 heard only
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1
Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre) 2 Both singing. One seen
as well.
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1 heard only
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 4
Olive Sparrow (Arremonops rufivirgatus) 1 heard only
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2 more singing
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 40
Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) 3
Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) 4
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 1 heard only
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 5

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Date: 2/21/17 7:29 am
From: Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...>
Subject: [texbirds] FIXED! - eBird settings for many Texas counties accidentally messed up (no longer an issue)
This issue should be resolved now - the settings for rare birds, etc should
be back to their correct values now. If you have any issues with new eBird
checklists submitted after this morning where normal counts of common birds
are being flagged as 'rare', let me know.
--Eric

Eric Carpenter
Austin

On Mon, Feb 20, 2017 at 6:42 PM, Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...> wrote:

> Attention eBird users,
>
> It looks like many Texas counties had their eBird settings accidentally
> altered today. What this means is that you may enter a checklist with
> (multiple) bird species flagged as "rare" that are not really rare at all
> for that area. We are well aware of the issue and are working to get it
> corrected. Please have a little patience as we work through this and
> hopefully have it resolved in the next day or two. I'll send a follow up
> when things are back to normal.
>
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Date: 2/20/17 5:14 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Salineno and the National Butterfly Center
Hi, all!


Today Ken and I headed up to Salineno in hopes of Audubon's Oriole, Ringed
Kingfisher, and White-collared Seedeater as the main targets; got great
looks at the first, a fleeting look at the second, and dipped totally on the
third, but we made up for it with great butterfly action at both Falcon
State Park and the National Butterfly Center, with highlights including
Zilpa Longtail and the continuing Chestnut Crescents and Double-dotted
Skippers. Oh, and a distant Red-billed Pigeon was a nice bonus, too! :-)
Ken really wanted to see a Zebra, and many cooperated! A few pictures can
be seen on my Facebook page:



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Bird List (feel like I should include a butter list, too.):



Gadwall

Plain Chachalaca

Pied-billed Grebe

Neotropic Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

Killdeer

Spotted Sandpiper

Rock Pigeon

Red-billed Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

White-winged Dove

Mourning Dove

Inca Dove

Common Ground-Dove

Greater Roadrunner

Ringed Kingfisher

Green Kingfisher

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Crested Caracara

American Kestrel

Eastern Phoebe

Vermilion Flycatcher

Great Kiskadee

Loggerhead Shrike

White-eyed Vireo

Green Jay

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Black-crested Titmouse

Verdin

House Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Long-billed Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Orange-crowned Warbler

Olive Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Pyrrhuloxia

Red-winged Blackbird

Western Meadowlark

Great-tailed Grackle

Altamira Oriole

Audubon's Oriole

Lesser Goldfinch

House Sparrow



52 SPECIES



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 2/20/17 4:43 pm
From: Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...>
Subject: [texbirds] eBird settings for many Texas counties accidentally messed up - patience please
Attention eBird users,
It looks like many Texas counties had their eBird settings accidentally
altered today. What this means is that you may enter a checklist with
(multiple) bird species flagged as "rare" that are not really rare at all
for that area. We are well aware of the issue and are working to get it
corrected. Please have a little patience as we work through this and
hopefully have it resolved in the next day or two. I'll send a follow up
when things are back to normal.

--
Eric Carpenter
Austin


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Date: 2/20/17 2:02 pm
From: Gary Richards <grcolts...>
Subject: [texbirds] Sam Houston National Forest Birds
Birds seen in the Sam Houston National Forest February 16, 17, 18 2017

Blue-winged Teal
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Accipiter sp.
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Killdeer
Ring-billed Gull
Mourning Dove
Barred Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Pileated Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
White-eyed Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
American Robin
Gray Catbird
Cedar Waxwing
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
House Sparrow

Number of Species: 39

Gary Richards
Schertz, TX
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Date: 2/20/17 12:39 pm
From: Laura Paulson <laura...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 20, 2017
Hi Texbirders,
Only a few visitors braved this morning's rain and mud but wow, were we
rewarded! We found the Tropical Parula in the parking lot with its usual
mixed flock including Black-and-white Warbler and Blue-headed Vireo. Where
yesterday was peaceful, today was decidedly not. Plain Chachalacas were in
rare form, singing in the rain from the tops of trees for much of the
morning. Kiskadees never did quiet down. The cacophony was mind-boggling at
times. Lengthy unobstructed looks at a calling Sedge Wren with another
responding nearby, and the best sparrow morning of the season made Pintail
Lakes worth the truly awful mud we had to deal with.
Come see what tomorrow will bring. Volunteer guided walks leave from the
front of the Visitor Center at 8:30 am every day of the week.

Laura and Steve Paulson
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana NWR
Alamo, Texas

Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Feb 20, 2017 8:30 AM - 1:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Light rain, clearing to mostly sunny. 66-72 degrees.
75 species (+3 other taxa)

Gadwall (Anas strepera) 40
Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) 5
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 25
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) 1
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 20
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 20
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 5
Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) 40
Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) 9
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 4
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) 2
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 6
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 3
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 4
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) 3
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 20
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) 4
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) 1 heard only
Sora (Porzana carolina) 2
American Coot (Fulica americana) 20
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 30
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 6
Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) 4
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 50
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 60
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 6
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 2
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 10
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 2
Inca Dove (Columbina inca) 3
White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi) 4
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 4
Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) 2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 2 both male, one at Pintail and
one at Willow
Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) 2 both female, one at
Pintail 3 and the other at Pintail 4, flying to Pintail 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 5
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 6 Most heard only, one
female seen
Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway) 2
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet (Camptostoma imberbe) 1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 5
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) 20
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus/couchii) 2 Most
likely Couch's as two have been in this spot recently though today these
two were not vocalizing.
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 8 all heard only but they were
singing everywhere
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 1
Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) 6
Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) 4
Cave Swallow (Petrochelidon fulva) 2
Cliff/Cave Swallow (Petrochelidon pyrrhonota/fulva) 1
swallow sp. (Hirundinidae sp.) 40
Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 6 a couple seen,
others heard
Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) 1 heard only
Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis) 2 In the usual spot at Pintail 5
but BEST LOOKS EVER. One perched up, unobstructed and calling, for minutes,
second one responding nearby.
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 4 heard only
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2
Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre) 2
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 12
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 1
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 10
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) 1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 5 some were singing
Tropical Parula (Setophaga pitiayumi) 1 Small warbler, yellow throat,
white belly and distinct white wing bars, all dark face. In the company of
its usual mixed flock in front parking lot.
Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) 1 Maybe two
Olive Sparrow (Arremonops rufivirgatus) 3 Two seen and the third one
was singing
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 2
Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 1
Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) 4
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2 singing
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 70
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) 4
Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) 10
Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) 4 One seen by entire group, perched
up and singing. Two pair seen by part of the group that returned early, may
have included the first bird seen.

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Date: 2/20/17 10:37 am
From: Marj Swies <marjswies...>
Subject: [texbirds] Short eared owls part 2
Important tip - don't text on gravel roads. Had 2 short eared on fence
posts about 15 minutes ago. Thought the day was dreary enough that they'd
be out now. Also 1/2 dozen n harriers.
Thanks for instructions Florence. You were exactly right.

Marj swies
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Date: 2/20/17 10:32 am
From: Marj Swies <marjswies...>
Subject: [texbirds] Short eared owls
Rain is over. We stopped at Gonzal

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Date: 2/20/17 7:43 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Crosby County highlights - yesterday
Greetings All:
I decided to see what kind of damage I could do to my Crosby County list in
just an afternoon with no time at/near White River Lake so I spent close to
five hours wandering about the northern half of the county.

Highlights included 110 Greater White-fronted Geese east of Crosbyton, 280
Snow Geese east of Crosbyton, 26 Ross's Geese east of Crosbyton, 2
Canvasback near Ralls, 1 Ring-necked Pheasant near Cone, 1 Sora at Silver
Falls Rest Area, 2 Wilson's Snipes in Crosbyton, 1 Greater Yellowlegs near
Cone, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs at Crosbyton City Park (*photographs*), 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at FM 2951 x White River, 1 Downy Woodpecker at FM
2951 x White River, 1 Merlin near Cone, 1 Eastern Phoebe at Silver Falls
Rest Area, 3 Common Ravens in Rio Blanca Canyon, 1 Brown Creeper at Silver
Falls Rest Area, 2 Rock Wrens at the FM 193 x FM 651 canyon crossing, 2
Canyon Wrens at Silver Falls Rest Area, 1 Carolina Wren at FM 2591 x White
River, 2 female and 3 male Mountain Bluebirds at FM 2591 x White River, 1
male Common Yellowthroat at Silver Falls Rest Area, and 1 Fox Sparrow at
Silver Falls Rest Area.

All in all, I racked up 77 species of birds - in less than five hours -
without taking recourse to White River Lake.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 2/20/17 7:36 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] FOS: Barn Swallow
The last two years Barn Swallows have returned to my porch at home in Waller County on March 10 and 11. This year one is almost a month early first present to my knowledge on Sat Feb 18 when it flushed from a nest on the back porch a good bit after dusk. . I checked last night and one was sitting on a nest from last year on Sunday Feb 19th as well. I have yet to see them flying about during the day in spite of being out on the property a good bit both days but at least one is already roosting nightly on the porch.
Fred Collins, Director
Kleb Woods Nature Center
20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
281-357-5324

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner
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Date: 2/19/17 9:25 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] FOS Gnatcatcher
.
Today I found a BG Gnatcatcher at a place I bird pretty often in Leander so
am figuring it is a new show...Don't know if it is a early migrant or maybe
wintered elsewhere nearby The local Martins are back at least in small
numbers and have been for at least a week....Lots of great really early
stuff, but mostly not bird related.

--

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Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
503-551-5150


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Date: 2/19/17 4:37 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Chasing Birds around Santa Ana and Bentsen
Hi, all!


Took Ken to Santa Ana this morning in hopes of bagging the Virginia Rails;
we heard three, but they never showed... :-( The wind was kicking up pretty
good, but we DID see several life birds for him, including a lovely
White-tailed Kite, four White Ibis sailing in, and a nice group of Stilt
Sandpipers. A visit to Bentsen to feeder-hop produced a fabulous look at a
Clay-colored Thrush, and some coveted Cave Swallows flew overhead! By then
it was too hot to walk anymore, so we zipped up Wallace Road in hopes of
some sparrows and got a Yellow Warbler to come in! (There IS water in those
wetlands, BTW...) Some pics are on my Facebook page:



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Bird List:



Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Gadwall

American Wigeon

Mottled Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Cinnamon Teal

Northern Shoveler

Green-winged Teal

Ruddy Duck

Plain Chachalaca

Least Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Neotropic Cormorant

American White Pelican

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

White Ibis

White-faced Ibis

Turkey Vulture

White-tailed Kite

Harris's Hawk

White-tailed Hawk

Red-shouldered Hawk

Virginia Rail

Sora

American Coot

Black-necked Stilt

Killdeer

Spotted Sandpiper

Greater Yellowlegs

Stilt Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Long-billed Dowitcher

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Mourning Dove

White-tipped Dove

Belted Kingfisher

Green Kingfisher

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Crested Caracara

American Kestrel

Green Parakeet

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet

Black Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Great Kiskadee

Couch's Kingbird

Loggerhead Shrike

White-eyed Vireo

Green Jay

Cave Swallow

Black-crested Titmouse

Verdin

House Wren

Marsh Wren

Carolina Wren

Bewick's Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Clay-colored Thrush

Curve-billed Thrasher

Long-billed Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

American Pipit

Orange-crowned Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Yellow Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Olive Sparrow

Lark Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

Great-tailed Grackle

Altamira Oriole

Lesser Goldfinch

House Sparrow



82 SPECIES



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 2/19/17 2:08 pm
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...>
Subject: [texbirds] Windy day at Norias division of King Ranch
Seven of us spent the morning and early afternoon birding on the Norias
division of the King Ranch. In spite of the wind we managed 42 species,
including Ferruginous Pygmy-owl, Audubon's Oriole, Sprague's Pipit, and
eight raptor species. Complete list at
<http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34526647>

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

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


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Date: 2/19/17 11:38 am
From: Laura Paulson <laura...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 19, 2017
Hi Texbirders,
It was peaceful out there in the refuge ... maybe a little too peaceful as
rising water levels in the resacas moved water birds around and the wind
kept the passerines hidden. Still a great way to spend a morning. It was a
pelican show both on land and water. Lots of waders and shorebirds to sort
through. A Verdin ended out walk on a high note as it gave lengthy looks to
a participant who had it as a target bird.
Guided walks leave from the Visitor Center at 8:30am every day. See you
here!

Laura and Steve Paulson
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, Texas


Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Feb 19, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Partly cloudy, humid, breezy. 73-89 degrees.
62 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis) 8
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 2
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 1
Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) 8
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 25
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 25
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 20
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 6
Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) 8
Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) 8
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 3
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) 2
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) 1
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 24
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 4
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 6
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 3
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 6
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) 4
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 12
Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) 4
White-tailed Hawk (Geranoaetus albicaudatus) 2
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) 2 heard only simultaneously from
opposite ends of same area
Sora (Porzana carolina) 2 heard only in two different ponds
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 20
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 50
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) 1
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 17
Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) 20
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 60
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 50
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 3
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 15
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 2
Inca Dove (Columbina inca) 4
Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina) 4
Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) 1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia yucatanensis) 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 6 all heard only
Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway) 1
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet (Camptostoma imberbe) 1 heard only,
distant
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) 12
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 6 all heard only except for one
Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) 4
Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 2
Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) 1
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1 heard only
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 2 heard only
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2 heard only
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2
Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre) 2
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 3
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 60
Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) 2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 4

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Date: 2/19/17 9:35 am
From: Chris Easley <dmeguy...>
Subject: [texbirds] Golden-crowned Warbler - YES!!
Golden-crowned Warbler still present at Shelley-Lyons Park in Refugio. Seen
around 11:15 this am by at least 15 birders.
Chris Easley
Keene, TX


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Date: 2/19/17 7:43 am
From: Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Sugar Land Grooved-Billed Ani still present

Texbirders: Ft Bend County's first(?) groove billed ani persists for a third
day near/on the large island in the lake in Memorial Park (Sugar Land). At
8:45[1] it was on the west side of the island and on the west edge of mowed
area both of which are near the aeromotor windmill. Ani is missing its tail
feathers but can fly ok.
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Date: 2/19/17 6:46 am
From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa...>
Subject: [texbirds] West Galveston Island Saturday
Hi Texbirders
I had not seen any reports from LaFitte's Cove in a long time, so decided
to give it a shot yesterday and see if any good birds were wintering there.

The woods were very quiet except for the usual Cardinals. However, I heard
a small woodpecker drumming when I entered the woods and I assumed it was
the male downy. But when I located the bird across from the main drip, it
was the famous Ladder-backed/Downy hybrid female. I do not know how long
these small woodpeckers live, but if this is still the same bird, she is at
least 10 years old as I first saw her at Thanksgiving in 2006. Maybe an
offspring?? But it was good to see her again. If the same bird, she has
survived Hurricane Ike, drought and everyting else.

http://www.pbase.com/image/164993991

The male Downy was seen a little ways off.

There were no wintering birds that I saw in woods but I may have missed a
couple of things.

The ponds had a large number of Green-winged Teal, in fact more than I have
ever seen at LaFitte's Cove. There were also some Shovelers and this
beautiful pair of Buffleheads.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/164993992

In the pond across from the parking lot was a single spoonbill and several
White Ibis.

A couple of Nutria were in the pond off the boardwalk

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/164993993

A pair of resident Loggerhead Shrikes were around the gazebo.

Settegast Road had a Cooper's Hawk on top of power poles and he was being
harassed by the White-tailed Kites.

8 Mile road had a large number of White Ibis by the ponds with a couple of
dark ibis mixed in.

On 'Rail' Road 1/2 dozen Yellow-crowned Night-Herons were at the edge of
the reeds.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/164993994

At the end of the road, a single male Red-breasted Merganser was feeding.

The piers were covered with Laughing Gulls and Willets, but I did not see
any oystercatchers among them.

For me the highlight of the day was seeing my old friend the hybrid
woodpecker again.

Good birding,

David McDonald
Friendswood texas


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Date: 2/18/17 4:53 pm
From: Brenda Prothro <jipseez...>
Subject: [texbirds] Devine Lake
Beautiful day! We enjoyed birding out at Devine Lake in Leander, Tx. Nothing unusual.
Lots of ducks but didn't have the scope so can't be specific.

Carol Ferguson & Brenda Prothro
Austin

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Date: 2/18/17 4:36 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Cooper's
Ah yes...We have a nightly Barred Owl in the Cedar Park BY too....Also
critter cam at the Utley place catches them every other night or so at
water.
On Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 6:27 PM, Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
wrote:

> And my male cooper's hawk has been up doing territorial soaring for about
> 10 days. Sadly that keeps him away from the newly returned horde of
> white-winged doves on the feeder but at some point he will get after them
> again. There has been a sharp-shin around for a couple of months once a
> week or so for the first time in years. And the barred owls are really into
> hooting up a storm day and night.
>
> On Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 6:00 PM, Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> wrote:
>
>> Brush,
>> Last Sunday, I had a Red-shouldered Hawk in aerial display near Country
>> Club Lake in Bryan.
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> > On Feb 18, 2017, at 1:50 PM, Dan Smith <dan...>
>> wrote:
>> >
>> > I’ve been noticing whitings and grackles doing mating calls and
>> displays for about 3 weeks now. Spring springs earlier all the time.
>> > 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 Feb 18, 2017, at 1:00 PM, Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
>> wrote:
>> >>
>> >> ..
>> >> Should be an interesting spring/summer for the neighborhood
>> White-wings.
>> >> Just saw a Cooper's going into a clump of Live oaks just down the
>> street
>> >> with nest material. Seems a bit early but I guess not.
>> >>
>> >> --
>> >>
>> >> Brush Freeman
>> >> Biospatialservices.com
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>> >> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
>> >> 503-551-5150
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Date: 2/18/17 4:35 pm
From: Keith Hackland Innkeeper, Alamo Inn B&B <alamoinn...> <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender alamoinn for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] LRGV up river
Enjoyed a day out on Friday with Ken from Alaska.


Traffic was slow due to volume and it took us almost two hours to Salineno.



Between Roma and Salineno on the highway we had a beautiful adult White-tailed Hawk soaring with its wings and tail fully open. What a great sight.


Salineno - the feeders were busy (Altamira Oriole, Audubon's Oriole, Green Jay, Great Kiskadee, Long-billed Thrasher, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Long-billed Thrasher, White-tipped Dove, Sharp-shinned Hawk etc) with a bonus Anhinga fly over. Good views of Red-bill Pigeons in trees on the island visible from boat ramp. Others birders saw Gray Hawk and Zone-tailed Hawk. No White-collared Seedeater.


Dump road and Falcon State Park were quiet at 11:15 am.


Falcon State Park - at one of the travel trailers they are feeding and watering. As we ate lunch our sightings included Cat Bird, Olive Sparrow, and Common Ground-dove. They report Black-throated Sparrow and Groove-billed Ani some days.


San Ygnacio - watched a Road Runner forage close to us for some time. No seedeaters. Not much activity at about 2:30 pm.


Roma Bluffs - stopped here on the return trip. A flock of some 65 Green Parakeets flew over us and the deck about 4 pm and headed accross the river into Mexico. Nothing else remarkable.


All the areas we visited were very dry.

Keith Hackland
Alamo, TX







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Date: 2/18/17 4:28 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Cooper's
And my male cooper's hawk has been up doing territorial soaring for about
10 days. Sadly that keeps him away from the newly returned horde of
white-winged doves on the feeder but at some point he will get after them
again. There has been a sharp-shin around for a couple of months once a
week or so for the first time in years. And the barred owls are really into
hooting up a storm day and night.
On Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 6:00 PM, Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> wrote:

> Brush,
> Last Sunday, I had a Red-shouldered Hawk in aerial display near Country
> Club Lake in Bryan.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Feb 18, 2017, at 1:50 PM, Dan Smith <dan...>
> wrote:
> >
> > I’ve been noticing whitings and grackles doing mating calls and displays
> for about 3 weeks now. Spring springs earlier all the time.
> > 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 Feb 18, 2017, at 1:00 PM, Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
> wrote:
> >>
> >> ..
> >> Should be an interesting spring/summer for the neighborhood
> White-wings.
> >> Just saw a Cooper's going into a clump of Live oaks just down the street
> >> with nest material. Seems a bit early but I guess not.
> >>
> >> --
> >>
> >> Brush Freeman
> >> Biospatialservices.com
> >> <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
> >> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
> >> 503-551-5150
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Date: 2/18/17 4:24 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Rose-throated Becard Still Here
Hi, all!


Took visiting birder Ken around south Hidalgo County today; highlights
included the continuing Rose-throated Becard at Estero along with a male
Chestnut Crescent. Bronzed Cowbirds and Yellow-headed Blackbirds at the
silos were good, picked up the Buff-bellied Hummer at Santa Ana and Monk
Parakeets in Hidalgo, and while it was too hot to do much birding at
Anzalduas, we did manage brief looks at the Sprague's Pipit and a Green
Kingfisher. A few pictures can be seen on my Facebook page:



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



Bird List:



Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Gadwall

Mottled Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Cinnamon Teal

Northern Shoveler

Northern Pintail

Green-winged Teal

Plain Chachalaca

Least Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe

Neotropic Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Green Heron

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

White-faced Ibis

Roseate Spoonbill

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

Northern Harrier

White-tailed Hawk

Red-tailed Hawk

Common Gallinule

American Coot

American Avocet

Killdeer

Spotted Sandpiper

Least Sandpiper

Long-billed Dowitcher

Rock Pigeon

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Mourning Dove

White-tipped Dove

Common Pauraque

Buff-bellied Hummingbird

Green Kingfisher

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Crested Caracara

American Kestrel

Monk Parakeet

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet

Black Phoebe

Eastern Phoebe

Vermilion Flycatcher

Great Kiskadee

Tropical Kingbird

Couch's Kingbird

Rose-throated Becard

White-eyed Vireo

Green Jay

Horned Lark

Black-crested Titmouse

House Wren

Carolina Wren

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Eastern Bluebird

Clay-colored Thrush

Curve-billed Thrasher

Long-billed Thrasher

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Sprague's Pipit

Orange-crowned Warbler

Common Yellowthroat

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Olive Sparrow

Savannah Sparrow

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

Western Meadowlark

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Great-tailed Grackle

Bronzed Cowbird

Brown-headed Cowbird

House Finch

Lesser Goldfinch

House Sparrow



82 SPECIES



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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





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Date: 2/18/17 4:14 pm
From: Paul and Georgean Kyle <dwa...>
Subject: [texbirds] Sandhill cranes
Greetings,

This afternoon we heard and then saw ~ 100 Sandhill Cranes flying northward
up Lake Austin and over Mansfield Dam in northwest Travis County. Spring is
here.

Paul and Georgean Kyle

Project Directors
Chimney Swift Conservation Association
www.ChimneySwifts.org

Sanctuary Stewards
Travis Audubon's Chaetura Canyon Sanctuary
www.TravisAudubon.org
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From: Keith Arnold
Sent: Saturday, February 18, 2017 6:00 PM
To: <dan...>
Cc: <brushfreeman...> ; <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Cooper's

Brush,
Last Sunday, I had a Red-shouldered Hawk in aerial display near Country Club
Lake in Bryan.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 18, 2017, at 1:50 PM, Dan Smith <dan...> wrote:
>
> I’ve been noticing whitings and grackles doing mating calls and displays
> for about 3 weeks now. Spring springs earlier all the time.
> 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 Feb 18, 2017, at 1:00 PM, Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
>> wrote:
>>
>> ..
>> Should be an interesting spring/summer for the neighborhood White-wings.
>> Just saw a Cooper's going into a clump of Live oaks just down the street
>> with nest material. Seems a bit early but I guess not.
>>
>> --
>>
>> Brush Freeman
>> Biospatialservices.com
>> <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
>> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
>> 503-551-5150
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Date: 2/18/17 4:00 pm
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Cooper's
Brush,
Last Sunday, I had a Red-shouldered Hawk in aerial display near Country Club Lake in Bryan.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Feb 18, 2017, at 1:50 PM, Dan Smith <dan...> wrote:
>
> I’ve been noticing whitings and grackles doing mating calls and displays for about 3 weeks now. Spring springs earlier all the time.
> 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 Feb 18, 2017, at 1:00 PM, Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> wrote:
>>
>> ..
>> Should be an interesting spring/summer for the neighborhood White-wings.
>> Just saw a Cooper's going into a clump of Live oaks just down the street
>> with nest material. Seems a bit early but I guess not.
>>
>> --
>>
>> Brush Freeman
>> Biospatialservices.com
>> <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
>> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
>> 503-551-5150
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Date: 2/18/17 12:40 pm
From: Laura Paulson <laura...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: South Texas seeing sick bird behavior?
Hi Hailey,
Last week visitors started reporting dead blackbirds on Alamo Road near
some kind of a grain elevator. We heard reports of dozens and hundreds,
depending on the reporter. It took us a couple of days to go look for
ourselves but when we did, we found remains of a couple dozen still in the
road. They did not appear to have been scavenged by vultures and the reason
for their sudden death was not apparent. One dead blackbird was found near
the Visitor Center the same day the die-off happened.
Laura Paulson
Santa Ana NWR Volunteer

On Sat, Feb 18, 2017 at 1:59 PM, Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...>
wrote:

> Hey everyone,
> Being here at the Laguna Atascosa Refuge every day, we see a lot of
> different animals and different behavior. Something that has been happening
> for several weeks is an occurrence of sick and dying blackbirds- only a
> handful, but enough to make it seem unusual. On one day a few weeks ago we
> found three dead blackbirds in the same area, untouched by predators. Today
> we noticed a cowbird acting in the same strange way: not flying, walking
> around the feeding areas for water and food. Several people commented on
> his "sick" behavior.
>
> Is anyone else in the area seeing this?
>
> --
> Hailey Brown
> Intern, Visitor Services
> Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
> Los Fresnos, TX
> www.fws.gov/refuge/laguna_atascosa
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Date: 2/18/17 12:04 pm
From: Laura Paulson <laura...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 18, 2017
Hi Texbirders,
It was another wonderful morning to spend sharing Santa Ana birds with
people. From beginners to experts, we had a nice group of folks and most
people got life birds with everyone helping everyone else out. While one
part of the group was seeing their first Common Pauraques, the other part
was treated to a flyover of 26 Anhingas. Another highlight was watching a
Peregrine Falcon stoop on a gorgeous male Northern Harrier. All around, it
was just plain fun. Join us for a walk. Meet at the Visitor Center at 8:30
am, any day of the week.
Steve and Laura Paulson
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, Texas


Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Feb 18, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.8 mile(s)
Comments: Foggy start, clearing and becoming warm. Mid 70s to mid 80s.
62 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis) 6
Gadwall (Anas strepera) 20
Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) 6
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 30
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 20
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 15
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 2
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 6
Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) 4
Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) 18
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 1
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) 2
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) 26 Circling over far end of Willow 4. 24
were in one group and the other two were with a kettle of Turkey Vultures.
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 36 22 were on water
or logs at Pintail 3. Others were circling high in the sky; seen from
Pintail 2.
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 7
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 4
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 3
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 2
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) 5
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 50
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1
Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) 5
White-tailed Hawk (Geranoaetus albicaudatus) 1
Sora (Porzana carolina) 2 one seen, one heard only
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) 2
American Coot (Fulica americana) 25
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 25
American Avocet (Recurvirostra americana) 1
Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) 1
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 50
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 60
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 1
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 1 heard only
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 10
Inca Dove (Columbina inca) 3
White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi) 4
Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) 2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 1
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet (Camptostoma imberbe) 2
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2
Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) 1
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) 15
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 6 eyes on three of them, others heard
only
Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) 4
Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 1
Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) 2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2 heard only
Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 1 heard only
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 1
Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre) 2 heard only
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 6
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 6
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 60
Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) 2
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 3

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Date: 2/18/17 12:00 pm
From: Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...>
Subject: [texbirds] South Texas seeing sick bird behavior?
Hey everyone,
Being here at the Laguna Atascosa Refuge every day, we see a lot of
different animals and different behavior. Something that has been happening
for several weeks is an occurrence of sick and dying blackbirds- only a
handful, but enough to make it seem unusual. On one day a few weeks ago we
found three dead blackbirds in the same area, untouched by predators. Today
we noticed a cowbird acting in the same strange way: not flying, walking
around the feeding areas for water and food. Several people commented on
his "sick" behavior.

Is anyone else in the area seeing this?

--
Hailey Brown
Intern, Visitor Services
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Los Fresnos, TX
www.fws.gov/refuge/laguna_atascosa


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Date: 2/18/17 11:51 am
From: Dan Smith <dan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Cooper's
I’ve been noticing whitings and grackles doing mating calls and displays for about 3 weeks now. Spring springs earlier all the time.
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 Feb 18, 2017, at 1:00 PM, Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> wrote:
>
> ..
> Should be an interesting spring/summer for the neighborhood White-wings.
> Just saw a Cooper's going into a clump of Live oaks just down the street
> with nest material. Seems a bit early but I guess not.
>
> --
>
> Brush Freeman
> Biospatialservices.com
> <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
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Date: 2/18/17 11:40 am
From: Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...>
Subject: [texbirds] Laguna Atascosa NWR 2/18/2017
An excellent tour today! The tour got a view of a pair of aplomado falcons,
who sat beautiful for quite a while so everyone could get a good look.
We're still seeing snow geese (including the blue goose) and sandhill
cranes on and around the lake, but they are headed North soon! Come join us
for a bird tour before migration is over!
Our bird and habitat tours will continue now through March, every Thursday,
Friday, and Saturday.

If interested in making a reservation for one of our bird tours or for more
information, call the Visitor Center at (956) 748-3607 ex. 111, or get more
information on our website at http://tinyurl.com/zfq3gyo

Laguna Atascosa
Bill and Judy Lubben
Feb 18, 2017
8:20 AM
Traveling
18.00 miles
265 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

100 Snow Goose
4 Gadwall
3 Blue-winged Teal
6 Northern Shoveler
76 Northern Pintail
12 Ruddy Duck
2 Plain Chachalaca
3 Northern Bobwhite
6 Pied-billed Grebe
12 Double-crested Cormorant
8 Great Blue Heron
3 Great Egret
2 Snowy Egret
7 Little Blue Heron
2 Tricolored Heron
2 Reddish Egret
17 White Ibis
15 Roseate Spoonbill
2 Black Vulture
5 Turkey Vulture
2 Osprey
3 Northern Harrier
6 Harris's Hawk
125 American Coot
65 Sandhill Crane
6 Killdeer
14 Long-billed Curlew
16 Least Sandpiper
1 Lesser Yellowlegs
11 Forster's Tern
1 White-tipped Dove
3 Greater Roadrunner
3 Belted Kingfisher
2 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
5 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
8 Crested Caracara
5 American Kestrel
2 Aplomado Falcon
1 Eastern Phoebe
2 Great Kiskadee
1 Tropical/Couch's Kingbird
1 Loggerhead Shrike
32 swallow sp.
9 Northern Mockingbird
1 Orange-crowned Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
4 Savannah Sparrow
3 Northern Cardinal
3 Red-winged Blackbird
26 Eastern Meadowlark
3 Great-tailed Grackle

Number of Taxa: 51

--
Hailey Brown
Intern, Visitor Services
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Los Fresnos, TX
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Date: 2/18/17 11:01 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Cooper's
..
Should be an interesting spring/summer for the neighborhood White-wings.
Just saw a Cooper's going into a clump of Live oaks just down the street
with nest material. Seems a bit early but I guess not.

--

Brush Freeman
Biospatialservices.com
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Date: 2/18/17 10:25 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Wilson's Phalaropes, Lynn Co.
Hello all,
I think Fred Collins hit the nail on the head when he declared it spring
earlier in the week. Geese and cranes appear to be thinning out
substantially and shorebird migration has commenced. Believe it or not, I
had 9 (NINE!) northbound Wilson's Phalaropes at Redhead Playa just south of
Tahoka yesterday, 17 February. All 9 were in non-breeding plumage. Byron
Stone had 1 nearby on 12 Feb that I assumed may have wintered in the
region, but who knows, that might just be the earliest-ever spring bird for
the region.

Fortunately I have been able to combine work and play and have been GBBCing
like a mad man the first 2 days of the period, and will continue. I've had
a number of noteworthy sightings and may have a chance to summarize them
once it's all over.

Happy counting!
Justin Bosler
currently near Post, TX


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Date: 2/18/17 6:31 am
From: Janice Houghton <jyhoughton...>
Subject: [texbirds] Robins


Robins are here again this morning!! Had a bunch in yard and pasture around the house yesterday morning but not in the numbers there used to be...they have been noticeably absent for years!


Janice Houghton
N. Colorado County
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Date: 2/18/17 3:53 am
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Birder Patrol Trip - Saturday the 25th
Hi, all!


This month's Birder Patrol trip will be a little different: we'll be
road-birding a new route in northern Hidalgo County that will run from US
281 (I-69C) to the little village of Puerto Rico on the Starr County line.
Most of the route is paved with a wide shoulder, but the habitat will be
pretty consistently thornscrub and some grassland and ag fields until we get
to the dirt portion, where in the past I've logged lots of Roadrunners and
even Turkeys! But be advised that there are no restrooms or eating
establishments along the route. So those with a sense of exploration (and
patience) are encouraged to join us!



Meet at the Flying J rest stop at the intersection of I-69C and Monte Cristo
in Edinburg, on the northeast corner at 6:45. Cost is $5.00 per person, and
all proceeds support the educational endeavors of Arroyo Colorado Audubon!



See you there,



MB



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 2/17/17 5:36 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Galveston to Texas City Wednesday, Owl and shorebirds
Did the loop around the east bay Saturday with a sunrise arrival at
shoveler pond. Went around a couple of times. Rather quiet but more ibis
and herons starting to hang around the reed bed where they have nested
during the last two summers.
At least 3 paired groups of fulvous whistling ducks were out of season and
I only found one small flock of black-bellied whistling ducks. Good numbers
of dabbling ducks and a couple of ring-necked and ruddy ducks. Lots of
coots and gallinules.

A nice flock of geese was using the oyster bayou tract. They were annoyed
once and lifted off but it was not serious.

Had 3 cooper's, 3 harriers, 2 red-tailed hawks and 2 peregrine falcons and
a merlin.

The burrowing owl was out sunning and its fried the snipe was sitting
nearby. This is the 3rd time I have seen the snipe near the owl and a 4th
time when the snipe was in water next to the hole. Very odd pair of birds.

The water at rollover was way out there and no flow. No birds. Drove
beaches in crystal beach and there were no birds.

Went out on bolivar flats where there was a vast mostly dry flat. The
floods and freeze had moved a large mat of hyacinths over the sand and also
moved in some really soft mud out in the water.

Lots of birds were way down there. Good numbers of small plovers,
sanderling, dunlin and dowitchers with a few other birds. Only a small
group of royal terns and ring-billed and laughing gulls. An osprey passed
over a couple of times and put up most of the birds. Many of the birds were
around the corner heading back toward the base of the jetty. It is a really
long walk out there.

My surprise of the day was good numbers of Wilson's plovers, some of which
were paired and a couple even scolded me like it was June. Not something I
usually here way out on the water.

The deeper mats had lots of resting and feeding least sandpipers as well as
a few pipits and horned larks. The larks were mainly near the bollards and
have not paired off yet.

Stopped on 61st street to look for loons etc but found none.

The dike was very quiet on the way out with only a group of a dozen eared
grebes working the rocks past the second fish cleaning station on the east
side. Very few gulls and terns out on the beach or end.

Coming back almost at the end of the dike, there was a good flock of eared
grebes and about 50 Bonaparte's gulls feeding along the edge. The gulls
kept diving just in front of the grebes and all were very noisy. Only found
a single male red-breasted merganser and 2 loons way out there. Not much
breeding plumage on the grebes so far but the eyes are nice and red.

There were lots of people fishing but very few or no people catching fish.
Same at rollover where one of the fishermen said it was dead without any
hardheads biting and thus no herons or egrets begging. Only a handful of
brown pelicans for the day so there is a general shortage of things to eat.

But half the gulls following the ferry have black heads and some showed red
on the bill so spring is coming. But a royal tern chick was still begging
for food.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 2/17/17 2:08 pm
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Messaging
Hi, Judith!
One of the quirks with texbirds freelist is that you will not see your
original post unless someone responds to it, as I just did for your post.
You also note that this is the second note I sent to you. The first one
went only to you, and the next also went to texbirds.

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Date: 2/17/17 1:07 pm
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Subject: [texbirds] Messaging
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Date: 2/17/17 12:10 pm
From: Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...>
Subject: [texbirds] Laguna Atascosa NWR Bird List 2/17/17
We sure are enjoying spring over here at Laguna! The weather is amazing and
the birds are plentiful.
Our bird and habitat tours will continue now through March, every Thursday,
Friday, and Saturday.

If interested in making a reservation for one of our bird tours or for more
information, call the Visitor Center at (956) 748-3607 ex. 111, or get more
information on our website at http://tinyurl.com/zfq3gyo

Laguna Atascosa
Bill and Judy Lubben
Feb 17, 2017
8:15 AM
Traveling
18.00 miles
250 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Laguna Atascosa
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

45 Snow Goose
3 Mottled Duck
2 Lesser Scaup
210 Ruddy Duck
1 Plain Chachalaca
6 Northern Bobwhite
7 Pied-billed Grebe
3 Neotropic Cormorant
11 Double-crested Cormorant
17 American White Pelican
4 Great Blue Heron
5 Great Egret
5 Snowy Egret
12 Little Blue Heron
6 Tricolored Heron
6 White Ibis
2 White-faced Ibis
17 Roseate Spoonbill
7 Turkey Vulture
1 Osprey
2 White-tailed Kite
8 Northern Harrier
5 Harris's Hawk
124 American Coot
6 Black-necked Stilt
6 American Avocet
13 Killdeer
2 Whimbrel
21 Long-billed Curlew
36 Long-billed Dowitcher
4 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Lesser Yellowlegs
1 Caspian Tern
8 Forster's Tern
1 White-tipped Dove
4 Belted Kingfisher
9 Crested Caracara
2 American Kestrel
1 Great Kiskadee
1 Loggerhead Shrike
26 Northern Mockingbird
5 Savannah Sparrow
2 Northern Cardinal
2 Red-winged Blackbird
44 Eastern Meadowlark
2 Great-tailed Grackle

Number of Taxa: 46

--
Hailey Brown
Intern, Visitor Services
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Los Fresnos, TX
www.fws.gov/refuge/laguna_atascosa


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Date: 2/17/17 11:56 am
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Estero Llano Grande & National Butterfly Center
Hi, all!


Took visiting birders Murray, Linda, and Robert out looking for lifers
(their first trip to Texas :) ) focusing on Estero and later to the NBC for
the feeders and butters. We missed the Varied Bunting at the NBC by
minutes, but we nabbed the Rose-throated Becard (and Linda was able to
photograph it), and at NBC got to see one of the reported Chestnut Crescents
and Double-dotted Skipper! Some photos can be seen on my Facebook page:



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



Bird List:



Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis

Gadwall Anas strepera

Mottled Duck Anas fulvigula

Blue-winged Teal Anas discors

Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera

Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata

Northern Pintail Anas acuta

Green-winged Teal Anas crecca

Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula

Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus

Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus

Anhinga Anhinga anhinga

Snowy Egret Egretta thula

Little Blue Heron Egretta caerulea

Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor

Green Heron Butorides virescens

Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea

White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi

Roseate Spoonbill Platalea ajaja

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

American Coot Fulica americana

Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus

Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius

Least Sandpiper Calidris minutilla

Rock Pigeon Columba livia

Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto

White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica

Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina

White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi

Common Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis

Rufous Hummingbird Selasphorus rufus

Buff-bellied Hummingbird Amazilia yucatanensis

Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius

Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris

Red-crowned Parrot Amazona viridigenalis

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma imberbe

Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans

Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus

Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus

Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii

Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae

White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus

Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas

Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis

Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor

Black-crested Titmouse Baeolophus atricristatus

House Wren Troglodytes aedon

Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea

Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula

Clay-colored Thrush Turdus grayi

Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre

Long-billed Thrasher Toxostoma longirostre

Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia

Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata

Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas

Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata

Wilson's Warbler Cardellina pusilla

Olive Sparrow Arremonops rufivirgatus

Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta

Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Altamira Oriole Icterus gularis

Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria

House Sparrow Passer domesticus



73 SPECIES



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 2/17/17 11:34 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 17, 2017
Good afternoon birders,
What a beautiful day for a bird walk! Water is being added to Willow Lakes, making it even better for the waterfowl. The Virginia Rail and Sora are still being seen regularly at the eastern end of Pintail Lake #5. Pintail Lake #3 is filled with shorebirds and waders - a real treat.
Walks begin daily at 8:30 am at the Visitor's Center. Join the fun.
John and Sue Ewan
USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana NWR



Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US Feb 17, 2017 8:31 AM - 12:31 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
Comments: Morning bird walk
62 species

Gadwall 15
Mottled Duck 4
Blue-winged Teal 7
Northern Shoveler 26
Green-winged Teal 8
Ruddy Duck 6
Plain Chachalaca 9
Least Grebe 11
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Neotropic Cormorant 2
Double-crested Cormorant 1
American White Pelican 6
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 2
Tricolored Heron 2
White Ibis 4
White-faced Ibis 6
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 11
Harris's Hawk 6
White-tailed Hawk 6
Virginia Rail 1
Sora 4 3 seen 1 heard only
American Coot 25
Black-necked Stilt 3
American Avocet 1
Stilt Sandpiper 3
Least Sandpiper 28
Long-billed Dowitcher 35
Wilson's Snipe 2
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 7
Lesser Yellowlegs 4
Inca Dove 9
White-tipped Dove 4
Mourning Dove 1
Common Pauraque 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 5
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3
Merlin 1
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 1 Heard only
Eastern Phoebe 4
Vermilion Flycatcher 1
Great Kiskadee 15
White-eyed Vireo 3
Green Jay 6
Black-crested Titmouse 7
House Wren 1
Marsh Wren 2
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Long-billed Thrasher 2
European Starling 15
Orange-crowned Warbler 5
Common Yellowthroat 3
Olive Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 125
Altamira Oriole 2
House Sparrow 5

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34425235

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)


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Date: 2/17/17 6:08 am
From: Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Great Backyard Bird Count starts today - expect some eBird alerts/rarities
As some of you may know, the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) starts today
(Feb 17th) and goes through Monday (Feb 20th). Folks that participate in
this event include some less experienced birdwatchers and their sightings
go into eBird. Thus, we often get a rise in unusual reports/alerts in
eBird on GBBC weekend every year and I expect this year to be no
different. You may want to take this into account when you get alerts or
see unusual birds reported the next few days. I wouldn't get overly
excited about a lot of sightings until you see they are confirmed by an
eBird reviewer.
--
Eric Carpenter
Austin


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Date: 2/17/17 5:59 am
From: Dane Ferrell <daneferrell...>
Subject: [texbirds] Northern Harrier...
Hello All,

Yesterday (02/16), I had a stunning adult male Northern Harrier at the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve. Also seen was a Sharp-shinned Hawk, Osprey with fish, Sandhill Cranes, Orange-crowned Warbler, Lincoln's and Savanna h Sparrows. Other Birds seen within the past week at the Oso Preserve include Groove-billed Ani , Long-billed Thrasher, Crested Caracara, and Common Ground-Dove.


Please join us this Saturday (02/18) at the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve as we participate in the 20th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, from 9am to 12 pm. Activities include a guided Birdwalk at 9am, a Bird Nature Craft at 10:30am, and a Peregrine Falcon Presentation at 11:30am. Of course, we will be counting Birds as well! A full schedule of events can be found at osopreserve.com


Admission is free, all are welcome, so please come and join us!


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Corpus Christi, Texas





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Date: 2/17/17 5:16 am
From: Bird.fried <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Matagorda Bay Birdfest
Texbirds:
Just a reminder that this weekend Palacios with host the first ever Matagorda Bay Birdfest at the Thibodeaux building (entrance on Bay St) of the Texas Baptist Encampment. We start at 9am on Saturday (18th) with speakers, then a bird parade and raptor demonstration, followed by bird tours. Some of the activities are full and there is still plenty to do. Check out all the fun at matagordabaybirdfest.org

Thanks very much and hope to see you there!
Bob Friedrichs
Palacios

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Date: 2/16/17 9:15 pm
From: Arman Moreno <armanmorenobirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Austin Area Rare Bird Alert
This is the Austin Area Rare Bird Alert and has been updated through
2/16/2017. To report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, provide
recent sighting updates, or inquire about location details on birds listed
below, please send an email to <armanmorenobirds...> If submitting a
bird sighting, please include species name, location details, and contact
information.

-Rarities found this week-

A YELLOW RAIL was a very nice Central Texas find, seen briefly along
the western
border of the wetland marsh of Slough Pond, Bell County, on 2/5. This is on
the east side of the levee on the far side of the main lake. The wetland
border contains dense grass right up to the water's edge. The bird
flushed briefly and despite effort, was not relocated.

Three WHITE-FACED IBIS were photographed at Lake Buchanan, Llano County, on
2/12. The birds were located near the inlet on FM 261. While not entirely
rare in our area, this is out of range this early in the year.

A SAY'S PHOEBE was found off Harry Lind Rd about 0.4 miles south of the
junction of Harry Lind Rd and Lund Carlson in NE Travis County on 2/12.

A HUTTON'S VIREO was photographed on the Ridgeline Trail of Balcones
Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge, Travis County, on 2/11.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was found at Warbler Woods, Guadalupe County, on
2/12. This is out of range for this early in the year.


-Continuing bird(s) from previous week-

A COMMON MERGANSER continues through 2/13 in the NE portion of Pace Bend
Park. Look for the signs indicating Mudd Cove/Mesquite Point. The bird has
been hanging around Hagwood Cove all the way into Mudd Cove near the
campground areas and all the way down to Tournament Point.

A LEAST GREBE was reported from Park View Park in Marble Falls, Burnet
County, on 1/30 and continues through 2/12. The park is located NE of town
near the intersection of Mormon Mill Rd & Park Ridge Dr and was last
spotted at the south end of the pond.

A ZONE-TAILED HAWK continues at Booty's Road Park south of Lake Georgetown
Dam, Williamson County, on 2/11. The bird continues to perch along the San
Gabriel River across from the star-gazing area.

A male BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD continues at a private residence in SW
Austin, Travis, on 2/14. Another bird continues at a private residence in
Williamson County, most recently reported on 2/12.

A male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD continues at a private residence in New
Braunfels, Comal County, through 2/11. A BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD continues
at the same residence on 2/11.

Up to two VERMILLION FLYCATCHERs continue at Pace Bend Park, Travis, near
Mudd Cove/Mesquite Point, most recently on 2/13. Another male
was photographed at Refuge Headquarters of Balcones Canyonlands NWR, Travis
County, on 2/16.

Three GREAT KISKADEEs continue at a private residence off Dickerson Rd in
Caldwell County on 2/11.

A BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK continues at Warbler Woods in Guadalupe County,
last reported on 2/16.


Arman Moreno
Austin, TX

_________________________________________________________________

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


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Date: 2/16/17 4:35 pm
From: Tim Fennell <tfennell...>
Subject: [texbirds] Granger Mountain Plovers (and other birds) 2/16/17
Texbirders,

I birded the Granger area today and the highlight was watching a flock of calling Mountain Plovers fly back-and-forth over a field for at least 15 minutes before they disappeared over a rise. If you've ever observed this species in flight, you know why Peter Matthiessen titled his book on shorebirds "The Windbirds" (Great read if you've never read it).

Other highlights included a Pileated Woodpecker, a Gray Catbird, and McCown's Longspurs. The list, some details and some photos are at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34409684

Cheers,
Tim Fennell
Round Rock, TX (15 miles north of Austin)

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Date: 2/16/17 2:31 pm
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] February 16, 2017
Good afternoon birders,
The walk was shorter today, only covering Pintail trail, but with great birders, sunshine and virtually no wind, it was pretty amazing. The highlight was to be able to watch two Virginia Rails interacting, as well as two Soras and two Wilson's Snipes all in the same small area, and the birds seemed willing to stay in view as long as we were willing to watch. Incredible.
Daily bird walks leave the Santa Ana Visitor's Center at 8:30am. Come and join the fun.
John and Sue Ewan
USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Feb 16, 2017 8:32 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.25 mile(s)
Comments: Morning bird walk
60 species

Mottled Duck 4
Blue-winged Teal 12
Northern Shoveler 10
Green-winged Teal 8
Plain Chachalaca 5
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Neotropic Cormorant 3
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 4
Tricolored Heron 1
White Ibis 3
White-faced Ibis 2
White-tailed Kite 1
Harris's Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Virginia Rail 2
Sora 3 2 seen and 1 heard only
Common Gallinule 1
American Coot 5
Black-necked Stilt 15
Killdeer 3
Stilt Sandpiper 2
Least Sandpiper 28
Long-billed Dowitcher 25
Wilson's Snipe 2
Greater Yellowlegs 4
Lesser Yellowlegs 3
Inca Dove 2
White-tipped Dove 1
White-winged Dove 1
Mourning Dove 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 4
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
Crested Caracara 3
Eastern Phoebe 4
Great Kiskadee 13
Couch's Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 2
Green Jay 4
Tree Swallow 7
Cave Swallow 6
Sedge Wren 1
Marsh Wren 3
Carolina Wren 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 15
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 5
Olive Sparrow 3 Heard only
Savannah Sparrow 1
Swamp Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 125
Western Meadowlark 1
Eastern Meadowlark 2
Great-tailed Grackle 3
Altamira Oriole 4

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Date: 2/16/17 2:22 pm
From: Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...>
Subject: [texbirds] Laguna Atascosa NWR Bird Tour 2/16/17
A wonderfully cool day for birding! We saw a lot of birds on and around the
lake today. It was excellent. Will you join us for next time?
Our bird and habitat tours will continue now through March, every Thursday,
Friday, and Saturday.

If interested in making a reservation for one of our bird tours or for more
information, call the Visitor Center at (956) 748-3607 ex. 111, or get more
information on our website at http://tinyurl.com/zfq3gyo

Laguna Atascosa
Bill and Judy Lubben
Feb 16, 2017
8:25 AM
Traveling
18.00 miles
245 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Laguna Atascosa NER morning bird tour
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

4 Snow Goose
2 Blue-winged Teal
11 Northern Shoveler
25 Ruddy Duck
6 Plain Chachalaca
11 Pied-billed Grebe
10 Double-crested Cormorant
45 American White Pelican
4 Great Blue Heron
6 Great Egret
2 Snowy Egret
11 Little Blue Heron
2 Tricolored Heron
2 Reddish Egret
4 Black-crowned Night-Heron
2 White Ibis
12 Roseate Spoonbill
3 Black Vulture
7 Turkey Vulture
1 Osprey
2 Northern Harrier
9 Harris's Hawk
110 American Coot
3 Black-necked Stilt
20 American Avocet
1 Killdeer
31 Long-billed Curlew
12 Least Sandpiper
26 Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher
1 Spotted Sandpiper
2 Willet
3 Lesser Yellowlegs
8 Forster's Tern
1 Ringed Kingfisher
2 Belted Kingfisher
1 Green Kingfisher
1 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
6 Crested Caracara
1 American Kestrel
1 Merlin
3 Great Kiskadee
3 Green Jay
1 Long-billed Thrasher
11 Northern Mockingbird
5 Yellow-rumped Warbler
3 Savannah Sparrow
3 Northern Cardinal
2 Red-winged Blackbird
25 Eastern Meadowlark
22 Great-tailed Grackle

Number of Taxa: 51
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Intern, Visitor Services
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Los Fresnos, TX
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Date: 2/16/17 2:11 pm
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 16, 2017
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Date: 2/16/17 1:41 pm
From: Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] Kleb Woods upcoming bird programs
This Wednesday, February 22, we will have our regular weekly bird walk from 8:30 AM until 11:30 AM. After a break for lunch, we will have a class on birding the Katy Prairie in spring from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM. This class is the third in a 4-part series presented by Fred Collins. Incorporating both park and roadside birding is necessary to fully appreciate this unique habitat, and it can be difficult to navigate at first. The last class in the series will be on May 24 about birding the prairie in the summer.
On Thursday, February 23, we will have our monthly Bear Creek bird walk from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM. Meet at the intersection of Golbow Dr. and Koch Ln. We will try once again for that pesky Greater Pewee as well as other wintering birds. You may prefer to arrive earlier as the bird activity seems to be slowing down around 9:00 AM.

We hope to see you all there.

Kendra Kocab
Naturalist: Kleb Woods Nature Center
Commissioner Steve Radack
Harris County Precinct 3
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Date: 2/16/17 1:28 pm
From: M. L. Johnson <824mlj...>
Subject: [texbirds] Long-eared Owl(s) in Clay County
Since February 11th several Long-eared Owls have been roosting in a live oak
tree at Lake Arrowhead State Park, Clay County (see postings on Facebook).
The tree is directly behind the park headquarters building where you pay
your entrance fee. Park staff can point it out. There have been as many as
5 seen at one time. This morning (2/16) there were definitely 3 and possibly
4 owls in the tree. Three-four owls seen at 09:00am and 2 seen at 11:00am.


Mary Lee Johnson

Tarrant County



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Date: 2/16/17 8:53 am
From: David Hanson <davidhanson1952...>
Subject: [texbirds] Groove-billed Ani at Baytown Nature Center
Groove-billed Ani at Baytown Nature Center. Left side of Tracey's
Boardwalk. That's right where you start walking to go to Wooster Point
David Hanson


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Date: 2/16/17 7:01 am
From: Susan Heath <sheath...>
Subject: [texbirds] possible Fork-tailed Flycatcher
TexBirders,

I just received an unconfirmed report of a possible Fork-tailed Flycatcher
on SH 146 just north of the Texas City Prairie Preserve on the preserve side
of the road. It was perched on a bush alongside the road. If anyone is in
that area, you might go check it out.

Sue

Susan A. Heath, PhD
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
299 Hwy 332 West
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
979-480-0999
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Date: 2/15/17 5:23 pm
From: <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender DHanson139 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Baytown Nature Center Bird Count 2-16-17
I know this is late notice but the Baytown Nature Center Bird Count is
tomorrow 2/16/17 at 8:00 AM. We will meet behind the entrance Building.

Remember these bird counts take place Every month September through May on
the third Thursday of the month.

David Hanson
281-813-2657 cell
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Date: 2/15/17 1:29 pm
From: Bill <texaskingbird...>
Subject: [texbirds] Baytown Nature Center monthly walk?
Is the bird walk tomorrow or next week?
Bill Wright

Houston



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Date: 2/15/17 11:39 am
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Frontera Audubon and Valley Nature Center
Hi, all!


Birded Frontera Audubon Thicket and Valley Nature Center today; nothing out
of the ordinary, but had nice looks at Clay-colored Thrushes and "listens"
to a couple of Wilson's Warblers at VNC. Big excitement was a big female
Cooper's Hawk that made a couple of passes at a pair of Belted Kingfishers
at Frontera! Despite the cold weather there were a few butterflies flying as
well. Some pictures can be seen on my Facebook page:



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



Bird List:



Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis

Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula

American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Great Egret Ardea alba

White Ibis Eudocimus albus

Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii

Inca Dove Columbina inca

White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi

Buff-bellied Hummingbird Amazilia yucatanensis

Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon

Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons

Green Parakeet Aratinga holochlora

Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus

Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus

White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus

Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas

Black-crested Titmouse Baeolophus atricristatus

Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea

Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula

Clay-colored Thrush Turdus grayi

Long-billed Thrasher Toxostoma longirostre

Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata

Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata

Wilson's Warbler Cardellina pusilla

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

House Sparrow Passer domesticus



32 SPECIES



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 2/15/17 11:37 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 15, 2017
Good afternoon birders,
With the cooler weather, it was a perfect morning to bird Santa Ana NWR. The Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet stayed in sight for everyone to get a good look while birding the Chachalaca Trail. Out at Pintail Lakes, two Soras were in view for almost a minute and there were quick glances at a Virginia Rail.
Join us for a daily bird walk, leaving the Visitor's Center at 8:30 am. Thursday's walk, 2/16/17, will be short - only 2 hours, due to a volunteer meeting.
John and Sue Ewan
USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana NWR



Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US Feb 15, 2017 8:24 AM - 12:27 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
Comments: Morning bird walk
57 species

Gadwall 15
Mottled Duck 4
Blue-winged Teal 19
Cinnamon Teal 1
Northern Shoveler 35
Northern Pintail 4
Green-winged Teal 5
Ruddy Duck 6
Plain Chachalaca 2
Least Grebe 6
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Neotropic Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 2
Tricolored Heron 2
Green Heron 1
White Ibis 1
White-faced Ibis 4
Turkey Vulture 4
Harris's Hawk 3
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Virginia Rail 1
Sora 2
Common Gallinule 1
American Coot 45
Black-necked Stilt 25
American Avocet 1
Killdeer 4
Least Sandpiper 12
Long-billed Dowitcher 25
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 7
Lesser Yellowlegs 3
Common Pauraque 1
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 4
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 2
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Great Kiskadee 12
White-eyed Vireo 6
Green Jay 6
Tree Swallow 9
Cave Swallow 4
Black-crested Titmouse 2
House Wren 1
Marsh Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
European Starling 18
Orange-crowned Warbler 6
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 125
House Sparrow 3

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Date: 2/15/17 11:14 am
From: <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender drbirdie for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Roberts County Rough-legs - at least 3 remain as of last weekend - photos of these and some other cool birds and other critters
Hi Texbirders,
I was finally able to visit the area of the eastern Panhandle between Pampa and Miami (pronounced "My-amuh" by the locals) where Justin Bosler found 22 Rough-legged Hawks in early December 2016. During a day and a half of extensive searching, I was able to find "only" 3 Rough-legs, a light-morph adult, a darker bird that I still think is a light-morph, and a beautiful adult male dark-morph that was so black that I thought he was a raven when I first spied him perched on a fencepost. Remarkably, I was able to photograph all 3 birds (and 1 other Rough-leg that I found in Swisher County on the way up). I have posted photos of these birds (and a few others) in a Flickr album here:

<https://www.flickr.com/photos/thedrbirdie/albums/72157678791256800/with/32784699761/>


The dark-morph male was the real prize I had hoped for, but my photos of that bird are not that great.
This photo, though, does give a glimpse of the neat black-and-white banding on the tail:


<https://www.flickr.com/photos/thedrbirdie/32868087156/in/dateposted-public/>


This photo gives an idea of how black the bird is:


<https://www.flickr.com/photos/thedrbirdie/32865879186/in/dateposted-public/>


This light-morph bird (an adult male, I believe) gave me the best show:


<https://www.flickr.com/photos/thedrbirdie/32063707314/in/dateposted-public/>


This third RLHA looks a lot like the other light-morph, but really is different, and was photographed in a different location, along the Miami Mail Route Rd.
It was in Roberts County, but I wonder if it was the same bird reported a week or so earlier by David Sarkozi in Gray County along the same road?
I think it is a heavily-marked light morph adult, but I could be mistaken.


<https://www.flickr.com/photos/thedrbirdie/32093713083/in/dateposted-public/>


This is a very similar-looking bird that I photographed Saturday morning in Swisher County southeast of Happy, the Town without a Frown:


<https://www.flickr.com/photos/thedrbirdie/32066376884/in/dateposted-public/>


My favorite photo was of this adult female Northern Harrier in Swisher County not far from where I found the RLHA:


<https://www.flickr.com/photos/thedrbirdie/32468220820/in/dateposted-public/>


I also had 1 adult Golden Eagle near Miami in Roberts County. I will add this photo to the album later, but it was characteristically (for me at least) taken at a great distance.


I also had the good fortune to find 2 adult Ferruginous Hawks, the Regal Buteo, 1 in Roberts County just north of the Gray County line, and 1 in the town of Tulia, in Swisher County.


Roberts County FEHA:


<https://www.flickr.com/photos/thedrbirdie/32526122620/in/dateposted-public/>


and the bird in Tulia, which flew almost directly over me on the northeast side of town:


<https://www.flickr.com/photos/thedrbirdie/32782376321/in/dateposted-public/>


Other highlights which I haven't added to the album yet included a large mule deer buck and a huge white-tail buck in Roberts County (photos later), a Wilson's Phalarope (!) at or near Skeen Playa in Lynn County on Sunday Feb 12, 5 Western Bluebirds north of Mertzon in Irion County on Sunday afternoon (photos later), pretty good sparrow action in and around Mertzon, and Cinnamon Teal in multiple locations, including 12 in one group at Concho Springs in Eden, Concho County.


The weather was unbelievably warm for most of the trip. My car's thermometer registered 93 degrees on Friday afternoon northeast of Pampa and 86 degrees the following day. My cousin in Tulia grilled steaks outside on a pleasant spring-like evening Saturday. Then the front came through Saturday night and the wind was blowing most of the day Sunday at near-gale-force.


So, I didn't hit the Rough-leg jackpot quite like Justin did in early December, but 4 Rough-legs in 2 days in two counties in Texas is still pretty sweet.


Good birding ya'll,
Byron "Doc" Stone, Austin
























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Date: 2/14/17 1:15 pm
From: Jim Hailey <irasciblej...>
Subject: [texbirds] Florida & Alaska TOS trips
The TOS trip to Florida (April 22-30) has openings for one male participant
to share a room and a couple. Please check out the information about this
trip at texasbirds.org under the events tab. If interested register and
please let me know you have done so.


And there are still several spots remaining on the Alaska trip (June 3-18)
which Byron Stone and I are co-leading. You can find out information at the
same location as above. Registration for this trip will close on April 1 so
please register soon if you want to be included.



Jim Hailey

Past Presdient TOS

110 Lavaca Lane

Georgetown, TX 78628

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Date: 2/14/17 11:39 am
From: Laura Paulson <laura...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird Walk time change on Thursday
Whoops ... hit "send" before finishing today's bird walk report. Still
wanted to say ...
Guided bird walks leave from the front of the Visitor Center every day of
the week at 8:30am. Tomorrow's walk will last all morning as usual but
Thursday's will only be from 8:30-10:30 am due to a volunteer meeting.

Steve and Laura Paulson
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, Texas


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Date: 2/14/17 11:34 am
From: Laura Paulson <laura...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 14, 2017
Hi Texbirders,
A cold front blew in and dropped temperatures just before our walk started.
No doubt the birds were still there but they weren't showing themselves
much. Notable exceptions were the Harris's Hawks who didn't seem fazed by
the weather change at all. At one point we had six in view simultaneously
and we watched them carry them nesting material into a new location. Often
hard to see, today we got eyes on three White-eyed Vireos at one time. Go
figure that!

Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Feb 14, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: A cold front blew in just before the walk started, making it
cool and windy. Limited the walk to sheltered areas due to the wind.
37 species

Gadwall (Anas strepera) 35
Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) 8
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 30
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) 1
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 25
Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) 6
Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) 10
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 2
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 5
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 2 One seen taking a Red-winged
Blackbird at the Visitor Center feeding station. Possibly same one seen
near VC on our return. Second one seen near Photo Blind.
White-tailed Hawk (Geranoaetus albicaudatus) 1 Very distant
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) 1
White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi) 1
Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 1
Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway) 1
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet (Camptostoma imberbe) 2 heard only
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) 8
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 3 Had eyes on these, all in same
spot. Heard additional ones elsewhere.
Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) 6
Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 6
Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) 1 This one seen, at least two more heard.
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2
Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre) 3
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 1
Olive Sparrow (Arremonops rufivirgatus) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 50
Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) 1 heard only
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 6

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Date: 2/14/17 10:27 am
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] La Sal del Rey Blog Report
Hi, all!


Barry wrote a terrific blog about our adventure last Friday up to La Sal;
you can read it on our Alamo Inn blog page:



http://alamoinn1.blogspot.com/2017/02/21017-last-friday-i-took-visiting.html



Enjoy! MB



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 2/14/17 8:51 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Golden-crowned Warbler (Refugio) and Black-throated Blue Warbler (Bexar)
Hello all,
For those who don't keep a close eye on eBird or local email lists, I
thought that I'd provide an update on the two aforementioned species. It
was a good day to take a little detour on my way to work ;-)

Morning thru early afternoon, the adult male Black-throated Blue Warbler
continued behind the greenhouse on Pecan Grove Dr. at 29.3793, -98.4216,
which is accessed via the Southside Lions Park Trailhead in se. San
Antonio. Park at the trailhead and cross Salado Creek. Turn right onto the
dirt path and follow it to the above coordinates.

The adult Golden-crowned Warbler was loosely associating with the mixed
species flock of passerines at Lions / Shelley Park, in Refugio, between
the spillway and Kingfisher Pt. in the afternoon. It was seen by all
present between about 4:00 and 4:30 PM. The adult male Tropical Parula was
also in this same area.

Good birding!
Justin Bosler
currently in Galveston, TX


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Date: 2/14/17 6:28 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Killdeer, signs of spring.
Laura noted a flock of Killdeer at Santa Ana NWR yesterday. Sunday with temperatures in the 80s, I had a pair on my entrance road where they usually nest. Then yesterday afternoon when I got home there was a tight flock of 16 that flushed from my road and flew out and landed in a far pasture. They remained a tight flock and seemed more interested in resting than actively foraging. Spring has sprung and with the cold front today acting much more like a spring front than a winter one, I conclude that spring is here and migration has begun.
Fred Collins, Director
Kleb Woods Nature Center
20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
281-357-5324

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner
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Date: 2/13/17 6:14 pm
From: Susan Yost <sdyost...>
Subject: [texbirds] LLELA bird walk results
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Date: 2/13/17 2:19 pm
From: Susan Yost <sdyost...>
Subject: [texbirds] results of LLELA walk, Denton Co.
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Date: 2/13/17 11:05 am
From: Laura Paulson <laura...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 13, 2017
Dear Texbirders,
Once again this beautiful refuge offered up its treasures. Our walk started
off with over 30 Killdeer flying above us in a large, noisy group. Massing
for migration? Maybe? Falcons are always a favorite and we had Crested
Caracara and Peregrine Falcon at Pintail Lakes and a Merlin at Willow
Lakes. The Virginia Rail and Sora showed themselves again today as well.
Bird walks leave from the Visitor Center at 8:30 am every day of the week.
Come join us!

Steve and Laura Paulson
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, Texas


Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Feb 13, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: mid 70s-80s, partly cloudy, light breeze
61 species

Gadwall (Anas strepera) 30
Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) 8
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 35
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) 1
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 25
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 5
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 7
Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) 7
Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) 8
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 5
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 3
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 2
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 3
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 3
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) 6
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 2
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 20
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) 5
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) 1
Sora (Porzana carolina) 1
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) 1
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 20
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 30 circling overhead on a big, loud
flock
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 20
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 40
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 2
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) 1
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 4
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 1
Inca Dove (Columbina inca) 2
White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi) 3
Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) 1
Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 4 all heard only
Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway) 1
Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet (Camptostoma imberbe) 2 heard only
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 3
Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) 1
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) 15
Couch's Kingbird (Tyrannus couchii) 1
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 4 heard only
Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) 2
Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 8
Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) 2 heard only
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2 heard only
Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 1 heard only
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 20
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 200
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) 4
Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) 7
Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) 1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 3

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Date: 2/12/17 5:43 pm
From: Tim Fennell <tfennell...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lake Buchanan (Llano Co.) 2/12/17: White-faced Ibises
Texbirders,

I spent almost six hours birding the western shore of Lake Buchanan in Llano County today and the most unusual species of the 83 species recorded was White-faced Ibis, with three individuals feeding in a shallow arm of the lake on FM 261. This may be the first documented sighting of this species in February on the Edwards Plateau. If anybody knows of any records of this species on the northern plateau in February (or even the winter months), I would appreciate a note. I have recorded White-faced Ibises on Lake Buchanan on seven previous dates, all between 7/28 and 10/16 (and all but one during the 2011-2012 drought). Lake Buchanan levels are currently as high I ever remember them. The complete list with some photos is at: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34330781

Cheers,
Tim Fennell
Round Rock, TX (15 miles north of Austin)
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Date: 2/12/17 4:13 pm
From: Brent Ortego <brentortego...>
Subject: [texbirds] Breeding Bird Survey Volunteer Request 2
Thanks to the 5 people who stepped up and volunteered to run a route.
I can understand the difficulty of running routes in the Trans Pecos and the Panhandle due to the remoteness of the routes.

However, there are several routes near populated areas where distance is less of an excuse.

If you want to help monitor breeding birds, consider the vacant routes posted below.

Thanks

Brent Ortego
Texas Breeding Bird Survey Coordinator
Victoria, TX

BREEDING BIRD SURVEY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

This is my annual request for volunteer sign-up to conduct roadside breeding bird surveys (BBS) in Texas during 2017. There are 1 vacancies in the Panhandle, 3 in West Texas, 4 in North Central Texas, 1 in Central Texas, 2 in Northeast Texas, 3 in Southeast Texas, and 3 in South Texas. Read below for more details.

For those not familiar with the survey methodology, the BBS is the National Survey which is the primary source for breeding bird population trends in the nation. This survey has about 3000 randomly located routes across the United States. Each route is 24.5 miles long with 50 stops spaced 0.5 miles apart. At each stop during a 3 minute period, the observer tallies all birds seen within mile and all birds heard. The route lasts from 30 minutes before sunrise until you finish which is normally about 11 a.m. The route needs to be run ONCE each year during the months of May or June; exact dates vary with each route. It might require a pre-survey scouting trip just to familiarize yourself with the route, and a little paper/computer work after the route is done. The observer needs to be able to identify most of the birds along the route by call and all by sight. Along routes in agricultural areas, this might only mean about 20 species by call, but in more complex forested areas i
t might mean 70 species.

National and local conservation organizations regularly use BBS data (see www.stateofthebirds.org) in their analysis. They focus very strongly on breeding bird population trends generated by YOUR DATA, and also used bird density data extensively. Partners In Flight has developed models to estimate breeding density and distribution for all species they are tracking with BBS data. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has used the data when they developed a statewide conservation plan for birds (see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/pwd_pl_w7000_1187a/) . Conservation Joint Ventures across the nation regularly use BBS data as they implement their new All Birds management goals. It has been very satisfying seeing the product of our works being used to influence national and local decisions on avian conservation.

Texas has 196 BBS routes and 17 vacancies. The National Office has started listing routes as vacant when they have not received data from a volunteer for two years. If you see your route listed as vacant, check your files and resubmit your data because the National Office has not received it.

This seems like a lot of routes, but it is not for a state our size. Due to the variability of the data, we are trying to run at least 14 routes per ecological area and there are 10 ecological areas in Texas. This should provide us a statistically valid sample of population trends of birds breeding near highways. We are getting close to obtaining this sample size in every bird region. We always have problems getting qualified birders to do routes in the more rural parts of the State. While there are plenty of good birders in Texas, the birders are concentrated in urban areas and the birds are spread throughout the State causing logistics problems of running routes in remote parts of the Texas. A classic example is West Texas and the Panhandle, lots of country and few birders.

When you volunteer, I will need your NAME, MAILING ADDRESS, E-MAIL, TELEPHONE NUMBER and ROUTE of interest.

I am listing below vacant routes by geographic areas. Species data for each route can be obtained at the link = https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/RouteMap/Map.cfm. Those areas with the largest numbers of vacancies are the areas needing the most help. If you are interesting in helping, or would like more information, reply to this e-mail.
BBS - USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center<https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/RouteMap/Map.cfm>
www.pwrc.usgs.gov
The North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) is a large-scale, long-term monitoring program designed to track the status and trends of North American bird populations.



PANHANDLE

Route 100 Channing Hartley County

WEST TEXAS

Route 394 Pecos Reeves County
Route 395 Van Horn Culberson County
Route 418 Pumpville Val Verde County


NORTHCENTRAL TEXAS

Route 063 Weatherford Parker County
Route 078 Grayback Wilbarger County
Route 350 Willis Point Van Zandt
Route 361 Megargel Archer County

CENTRAL TEXAS

Route 353 Hawley Jones County

NORTHEAST TEXAS

Route 056 Morton Harrison County
Route 058 Athens Henderson County


SOUTHEAST TEXAS

Route 322 Union Hill Walker County
Route 334 Powell Park San Augustine County
Route 906 Neches Hardin County


COASTAL PRAIRIE

No Vacancies!

SOUTH TEXAS

Route 005 Kingsville Kleberg
Route 019 La Pryor Zavalla County
Route 204 Guerra Zapata County





https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/RouteMap/Map.cfm location of route maps
BBS - USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center<https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/RouteMap/Map.cfm>
www.pwrc.usgs.gov
The North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) is a large-scale, long-term monitoring program designed to track the status and trends of North American bird populations.



https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBS/PublicDataInterface/index.cfm?fuseaction=PublicDataInterface.viewPublic raw data online retrieval system link provides location of species totals by route by year. Explore US Results and Analysis tab.

https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBS/learning/ BBS Methods
BBS - Learning Tools - Patuxent Wildlife Research Center<https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBS/learning/>
www.pwrc.usgs.gov
The North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) is a large-scale, long-term monitoring program designed to track the status and trends of North American bird populations.



Brent Ortego
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Victoria, TX



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Date: 2/12/17 1:30 pm
From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa...>
Subject: [texbirds] Good weekend Birds
Hi Texbirders,
I finally had a chance to get out in the field this weekend, but yesterday
at home, the Buff-bellied Hummingbird put in an appearance in my yard for
about the 4th time this winter and I got my first photo of him.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/164965897

After reading Joe Kennedy's report of the Burrowing Owl at Anahuac, I had
to check it out.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/164965896

There were a couple of nice ducks. This male Ring-necked Duck was standing
up and allowed to see his underside.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/164965898

And there were 4 nice male Cinnamon Teal.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/164965899

The most interesting bird was this very leucistic funky looking American
Coot.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/164965900

Earlier I had him standing preening and he has a lot of white underneath as
well.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/164965901

Good birding y'all

David McDonald
Friendswood TX


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Date: 2/12/17 11:54 am
From: Laura Paulson <laura...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 12, 2017
Hi Texbirders,
It was a really fun walk with skilled birders, some of who were new to the
Valley. One couple got 22 life birds! Another guy got 10. Can't even say
how fun it is to share these moments in time!
Soras and Virginia Rails gave us a special treat today... two of each, out
in the open, for several minutes. Crazy good! Over by the towers we found
an agitated bunch of birds, including Green Jays, Altamira Oriole,
Kiskadee, and a couple of Long-billed Thrashers. Clearly they were not
happy about something. One of our participants is a herp guy and he went
over to look at what the ruckus was all about. Sure enough, a young Indigo
Snake was slithering around under the tree! While we were peering at it,
Steve yells "Falcon" and now we have a problem ... should we look down at
the snake or up at the Peregrine? (My kind of problem!)

That's just the kind of day it was. You too can have this much fun. Walks
leave from the Visitor Center at 8:30 am every day of the week.

Laura and Steve Paulson
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, Texas

Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Feb 12, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:20 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Breezy and warm, 71-83 degrees range.
55 species (+1 other taxa)

Gadwall (Anas strepera) 15
Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) 6
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 35
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 30
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 15
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 5
Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) 8
Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) 6
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 2
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) 2
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 2
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 3
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 2
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) 2
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1
Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) 2
White-tailed Hawk (Geranoaetus albicaudatus) 2
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) 2 Extended views of Virginias and
Soras at the same time.
Sora (Porzana carolina) 3 One heard only but extended views of the
other two at the same time.
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 25
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 22
Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) 2
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 40
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 6
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 1
Inca Dove (Columbina inca) 2
White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi) 2
Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) 1
hummingbird sp. (Trochilidae sp.) 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 6 some heard only
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 2 Two falcons, one at Pintail and
one at Willow, verified photographically as different. One also seen on the
water tower outside the refuge though it may have been one of the other
birds.
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet (Camptostoma imberbe) 2 Silent bird
seen, very low ... at times below knee level, near trail hub. Another heard
only near towers.
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 4
Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) 1
Couch's Kingbird (Tyrannus couchii) 2
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 7 all heard only, everywhere we went.
Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) 4
Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 4
Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) 2 heard only
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 1 heard only
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 6 all heard only but in
multiple places. at times males calling, females answering.
Bewick's Wren (Thryomanes bewickii) 1 heard only
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2
Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre) 2
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 1
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 4
Olive Sparrow (Arremonops rufivirgatus) 5 one at Pintail 2 was singing
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 200
Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) 3
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 1 One seen at Pintail. More heard
at Willow from Chachalaca Trail.

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Date: 2/11/17 6:29 pm
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Corpus Christi area notes
Hi all -
After being on the road for much of January and early Feb., it was nice to be able to spend time around the yard during the past few days.

The lousy sparrow year continues, with only a handful of Chipping Sparrows in the yard, and NO Lincoln's Sparrow - might be the first winter since I moved here in 2008 without a resident Lincoln's. Bummer....

The wintering regulars include the Lean, Mean, Gleaning Machine (the male Orange-crowned Warbler that is constantly attacking my dining room window), a few Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and Myrtle Warblers, as well as at least two House Wrens, Eastern Phoebes (one was giving the full call today), and an American Kestrel in the fields behind the house.

The usual mess of doves are keeping the Cooper's Hawks and Sharpies exercised - lots of Eurasian Collared, White-winged, and Incas at any given time, plus a few scattered Mourning. The hawk contingent looks to be 1 Sharpie and 2 Cooper's, ages and sexes TBD, but I need more sightings to be sure.

Yesterday a really good-looking Western Tanager (1st-year male, I think) popped in by the back feeders but was gone by the time I returned with the scope and camera. Darn. I really tried to make it into a Flame-colored, but it was definitely a Western - only my second one for the Yard List. Double-darn!

BTW - the Yard List is holding at 241.

Today was notable in that I heard and then saw my FOS Purple Martins, so I hustled and put up the Martin House. They never actually nest this early, but I did not want to seem like a poor host....

There were two hummingbirds chasing each other around in the morning - one perched briefly and looked like it was a Ruby-throated, but I will defer making the ID until I either get a better look or diagnostic photos.

Up in Swinney Switch / George West, the Bald Eagles seem to have babies in the nest, as an adult was standing in the nest and doing stuff with its head and beak before it hopped up onto its perch. Joel and Vicki Simon said that they usually get their first glimpses of the nestlings right around now, so maybe this week after the (promised) rains the little ones will show themselves. We tried to get photos of the nest framed against yesterday's moonrise (while the moon was in a penumbral eclipse), but there was too much haze on the horizon. Dang. Of course, tonight's eastern horizon was clear, and the moonrise was beautiful. Just a day late....

Good birding,


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
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Date: 2/11/17 6:02 pm
From: Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 11, 2017
Nice but quite breezy walk at Santa Ana Refuge this morning.
Regards and good birding,
Tim Brush
Edinburg, TX
________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US Feb 11, 2017 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Subtropical Ornithology class and me--sunny, windy and warm--Willow Lake, Tree Tower, Pintail Lake, river trail and back via tour road--most lake section either dry or quite full--most shorebirds on Pintail 2
56 species (+2 other taxa)

Gadwall 8
Mottled Duck 7
Blue-winged Teal 20
Cinnamon Teal 1 male on Willow Lake
Northern Shoveler 25
Green-winged Teal 8
Ruddy Duck 3
Plain Chachalaca 2
Least Grebe 6 in tight group on Willow 3
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Neotropic Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 2
Snowy Egret 4
Tricolored Heron 2
White-faced Ibis 2
Turkey Vulture 20
Cooper's Hawk 1
Harris's Hawk 2 pair along tour road by Willow 1 and Treet Tower
White-tailed Hawk 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Virginia Rail 1 heard only--Pintail
Sora 2 heard only--Pintail
American Coot 8
Black-necked Stilt 20
Killdeer 2
Least Sandpiper 3
Long-billed Dowitcher 80
Greater Yellowlegs 9
White-tipped Dove 1
Mourning Dove 3
Ringed Kingfisher 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3
American Kestrel 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
falcon sp. 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Vermilion Flycatcher 1
Great Kiskadee 10
White-eyed Vireo 5 singing males--saw 2
Green Jay 3 vis. ctr. area early
swallow sp. 6
Black-crested Titmouse 2
Carolina Wren 2 unseen singing males
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Common Starling 15 on communciations tower early
Orange-crowned Warbler 3
Common Yellowthroat 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 120
Great-tailed Grackle 2
Altamira Oriole 1 subadult near vis. ctr. early
Lesser Goldfinch 1 heard only

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Date: 2/11/17 6:01 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from Crosby County - Today
Greetings All:
I spent most of the daylight hours in Crosby County today - with the
exception of time getting to and from Crosby County and the delight that is
having my tire replaced after hitting a piece of construction debris on the
loop in Lubbock.

I had at least 103 species during the day. I think that, with effort, a
hundred species day could be had in Crosby County during any month of the
year except June (when we are down to resident breeders - with almost no
migrant action).

In contrast, I think it would be hard, most months, to get a hundred
species month in Lynn County; site of my other game for the year.

Highlights included 2 Greater White-fronted Geese in Crosbyton, 8
Canvasbacks at White River Lake, 4 Redheads at White River Lake, 22 Common
Mergansers at White River Lake, 1 Eared Grebe at White River Lake, 2
Western Grebes at White River Lake, 3 Least Sandpipers east of Cone, 2
Wilson's Snipes south of Crosbyton, 1 Spotted Sandpiper at White River
Lake, 1 Greater Yellowlegs east of Cone, 2 Greater Yellowlegs at White
River Lake, 1 adult winter Herring Gull at White River Lake, 1
Black-crowned Night Heron at White River Lake, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
in the woods north of White River Lake (Great North Woods), 1 Downy
Woodpecker in the Great North Woods, 1 Merlin south of Crosbyton, 1 Eastern
Phoebe at the FM 2591 crossing of White River, 2 Common Ravens south of
Crosbyton, 2 Brown Creepers in the Great North Woods, 1 Brown Creeper at
the FM 2591 crossing of White River, 1 Rock Wren south of Crosbyton, 1
Canyon Wren at the FM 193 x FM 651 canyon crossing, 1 Winter Wren in the
Great North Woods, 2 Golden-crowned Kinglets in the Great North Woods, 2
Eastern Bluebirds in the Great North Woods, 1 Hermit Thrush in the Great
North Woods, 4 Cedar Waxwings in the Great North Woods, 2 American Pipits
east of Cone, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler in the Great North Woods, 1 male
Common Yellowthroat at the Rall's WTP, 1 Swamp Sparrow in the Great North
Woods, 7 Fox Sparrows in the Great North Woods, 3 Fox Sparrows at White
River Lake, and 2 Common Grackles in Crosbyton.

Not a bad day; Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 2/11/17 1:29 pm
From: Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...>
Subject: [texbirds] Laguna Atascosa NWR Bird Tour 2/11/2017
Great day for birding with a great group!
Our bird and habitat tours will continue now through March, every Thursday,
Friday, and Saturday.

If interested in making a reservation for one of our bird tours or for more
information, call the Visitor Center at (956) 748-3607 ex. 111, or get more
information on our website at http://tinyurl.com/zfq3gyo

Laguna Atascosa
Bill and Judy Lubben
Feb 11, 2017
8:25 AM
Traveling
18.00 miles
231 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Laguna Atascosa NWR morning bird tour
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

4 Greater White-fronted Goose
125 Snow Goose
3 Mottled Duck
7 Northern Shoveler
38 Northern Pintail
2 Lesser Scaup
53 Ruddy Duck
6 Northern Bobwhite
12 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Double-crested Cormorant
16 American White Pelican
5 Great Blue Heron
4 Snowy Egret
18 Little Blue Heron
4 Tricolored Heron
1 Reddish Egret
1 White Ibis
4 White-faced Ibis
7 Roseate Spoonbill
2 Black Vulture
11 Turkey Vulture
1 White-tailed Kite
5 Northern Harrier
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
95 American Coot
2 Sandhill Crane
2 Black-necked Stilt
4 Killdeer
22 Long-billed Curlew
1 Least Sandpiper
24 Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher
3 Lesser Yellowlegs
2 Ring-billed Gull
5 Lesser Black-backed Gull
1 Caspian Tern
15 Forster's Tern
1 Greater Roadrunner
1 Ringed Kingfisher
3 Belted Kingfisher
2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
9 Crested Caracara
4 American Kestrel
1 Eastern Phoebe
1 Great Kiskadee
1 White-eyed Vireo
4 Horned Lark
1 American Robin
27 Northern Mockingbird
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
6 Savannah Sparrow
6 Red-winged Blackbird
6 Eastern Meadowlark
4 Great-tailed Grackle

Number of Taxa: 53

--
Hailey Brown
Intern, Visitor Services
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Los Fresnos, TX
www.fws.gov/refuge/laguna_atascosa


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Date: 2/11/17 12:57 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Say's Phoebe Near Rio Beef Feedyard
Hi, all!


While taking visiting birder Barry around the La Sal del Rey area, we
refound the previously reported Say's Phoebe near Rio Beef Feedyard (there
were probably Brewer's Blackbirds in with the mob by the cattle, but were
too far away to tell). We also had three different groups of Turkeys along
the route, one consisting of at least two adults and a bunch of half grown
youngsters! Had great looks at the usual suspects along this route:
Pyrrhuloxia, Caracara, White-tailed Hawk, Sandhill Cranes, and a brief look
at a Roadrunner! Best sparrow was a White-crowned early on, and a Hermit
Thrush at the pond at the north end of Brushline was nice, too! I knew that
FWS had purchased a big hunk of land in the area to add to the LRGV NWR
tract, and we happened to stumble upon it as we headed north on Jesus Maria
road! We ended the day at the Trenton/10th Green Parakeet roost. Some
pictures can be seen on my Facebook page:



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



Bird List:



Gadwall Anas strepera

Mottled Duck Anas fulvigula

Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata

Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus

Wild Turkey Meleagris gallopavo

American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Great Egret Ardea alba

Snowy Egret Egretta thula

Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus

White-tailed Hawk Geranoaetus albicaudatus

Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus

Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

Sandhill Crane Grus canadensis

Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca

Rock Pigeon Columba livia

Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina

Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus

Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons

Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris

Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway

American Kestrel Falco sparverius

Green Parakeet Aratinga holochlora

Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

Say's Phoebe Sayornis saya

Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus

Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii

Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus

White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus

Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas

Black-crested Titmouse Baeolophus atricristatus

Verdin Auriparus flaviceps

House Wren Troglodytes aedon

Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii

Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea

Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula

Hermit Thrush Catharus guttatus

Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre

Long-billed Thrasher Toxostoma longirostre

Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata

Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas

Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata

Olive Sparrow Arremonops rufivirgatus

Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus

Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus

Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis

White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Pyrrhuloxia Cardinalis sinuatus

Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna

Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta

Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

House Sparrow Passer domesticus



58 SPECIES



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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





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Date: 2/11/17 12:27 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird -- Sabal Palm Sanctuary (LTC 042) -- Feb 11, 2017
Hi, all! Spent the morning sheltered from the wind at Sabal Palm Sanctuary
just enjoying the trails and seeing/hearing whatever happened to be around;
my favorites included a big flock of Chihuahuan Ravens making their way
overhead at the Rabb House, and a perky little Black-throated Green Warbler
in the woods (and it IS a lovely woods)! Chachalacas were chorusing, a
couple of Long-billed Thrashers were having a territorial dispute, and
interestingly Black Vultures were new for my Sabal Palm list! The feeders
were rather quiet as apparently a "predator" of some kind had just moved
through. No butterflies of note due to the wind, but I hadn't seen a
Dusky-blue Groundstreak in a while, so that was nice!

Mary Beth Stowe
Alamo, TX
www.miriameaglemon.com

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From: Mary Beth Stowe [mailto:<mbstowe...>]
Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2017 10:20 AM
To: <mbstowe...>
Subject: eBird -- Sabal Palm Sanctuary (LTC 042) -- Feb 11, 2017

Sabal Palm Sanctuary (LTC 042)
Feb 11, 2017
6:42 AM
Traveling
3.00 miles
207 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: 73 degrees, mostly sunny, breezy Submitted from eBird for iOS,
version 1.4.2 Build 114

11 Gadwall
4 Blue-winged Teal
1 Northern Shoveler
7 Plain Chachalaca
8 Least Grebe
1 Pied-billed Grebe
1 Neotropic Cormorant
8 Black Vulture
61 Turkey Vulture
1 Gray Hawk
11 American Coot
9 White-tipped Dove
3 Buff-bellied Hummingbird
1 Green Kingfisher
8 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
4 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
1 Eastern Phoebe
9 Great Kiskadee
4 Couch's Kingbird
6 White-eyed Vireo
17 Green Jay
15 Chihuahuan Raven
9 Black-crested Titmouse
1 Verdin
2 House Wren
14 Carolina Wren
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Gray Catbird
5 Long-billed Thrasher
7 Orange-crowned Warbler
3 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 Black-throated Green Warbler
1 Wilson's Warbler
15 Olive Sparrow
14 Northern Cardinal
1 Lesser Goldfinch

Number of Taxa: 38


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Date: 2/11/17 11:04 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 11, 2017
Good afternoon birders!
What a beautiful morning for a bird walk. Joining us today was a 7-year-old with her own binoculars, along with her mom. This little one was our spotter, finding some wonderful birds and keeping us all on our toes. Another new birder found a Harris's Hawk for the first time. What fun on these walks. Walks leave the Visitor's Center daily at 8:30 am.
Note: The walk this Thursday, February 16, will be shortened to 2 hours, starting at 8:30, but finished by 10:30 am.
John and Sue Ewan
USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana NWR



Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US Feb 11, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:06 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.25 mile(s)
Comments: Morning bird walk
47 species

Gadwall 12
Mottled Duck 15
Blue-winged Teal 12
Northern Shoveler 26
Northern Pintail 2
Green-winged Teal 10
Least Grebe 4
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Neotropic Cormorant 3
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 4
Tricolored Heron 4
White Ibis 1
White-faced Ibis 3
Turkey Vulture 16
Harris's Hawk 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 23
Black-necked Stilt 24
Killdeer 4
Long-billed Dowitcher 55
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Inca Dove 1
White-tipped Dove 2
Common Pauraque 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Vermilion Flycatcher 1
Great Kiskadee 5
Couch's Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 4
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Green Jay 6
Black-crested Titmouse 3
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8
Long-billed Thrasher 1
European Starling 25
Nashville Warbler 3
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 75
Great-tailed Grackle 1
House Sparrow 5

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Date: 2/10/17 12:39 pm
From: Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...>
Subject: [texbirds] Laguna Atascosa NWR Bird Tour 2/10/17
Did anyone else notice the mockingbirds all over the place this morning?
Usually we see one or two during a tour, but today we saw at least a dozen!
They were calling and chasing each other- must be springtime!
Our bird and habitat tours will continue now through March, every Thursday,
Friday, and Saturday. There is LIMITED SEATING, so please call to make sure
your seat is saved.

If interested in making a reservation for one of our bird tours or for more
information, call the Visitor Center at (956) 748-3607 ex. 111, or get more
information on our website at http://tinyurl.com/zfq3gyo


Laguna Atascosa
Feb 10, 2017
8:15 AM
Traveling
18.00 miles
245 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Laguna Atascosa NWR morning bird tour
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

31 Snow Goose
12 Blue-winged Teal
56 Northern Shoveler
2 Lesser Scaup
76 Ruddy Duck
4 Northern Bobwhite
17 Pied-billed Grebe
14 Double-crested Cormorant
13 American White Pelican
5 Great Blue Heron
4 Great Egret
16 Little Blue Heron
2 Reddish Egret
4 White Ibis
7 Roseate Spoonbill
9 Turkey Vulture
1 Osprey
2 Northern Harrier
14 Harris's Hawk
2 White-tailed Hawk
175 American Coot
10 Black-necked Stilt
2 Killdeer
49 Long-billed Curlew
35 Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher
3 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Lesser Yellowlegs -- M
2 Caspian Tern
25 Forster's Tern
3 Belted Kingfisher
2 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
13 Crested Caracara
4 American Kestrel
2 Eastern Phoebe
4 Great Kiskadee
1 Loggerhead Shrike
2 White-eyed Vireo
1 Long-billed Thrasher
12 Northern Mockingbird
7 Savannah Sparrow
1 Northern Cardinal
6 Red-winged Blackbird
40 Eastern Meadowlark
21 Great-tailed Grackle

Number of Taxa: 45

--
Hailey Brown
Intern, Visitor Services
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Los Fresnos, TX
www.fws.gov/refuge/laguna_atascosa


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Date: 2/10/17 11:31 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 10, 2017
Good afternoon birders,
Another wonderful morning of birding Santa Ana. We encountered several flocks of passerines in the thorn-scrub, one included a Northern Parula. However, the overhead action heated up in the wide-open spaces above Pintail Lakes. Even with the low ceilings, hawks flew in lazy circles as if it were a sunny morning, some so high that none of us could ID as they flew in and out of the low clouds. We did observe two Sharpies mobbing a larger raptor - could we be seeing the beginning of migration?
Come join the fun on one of the daily bird walks - leaves the Visitor's Center at 8:30 am.
John and Sue Ewan
USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana NWR

Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US Feb 10, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:18 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.25 mile(s)
Comments: Morning bird walk
66 species (+1 other taxa)

Gadwall 16
Mottled Duck 4
Blue-winged Teal 15
Northern Shoveler 30
Northern Pintail 9
Green-winged Teal 12
Ruddy Duck 4
Plain Chachalaca 4
Northern Bobwhite 15
Least Grebe 12
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Neotropic Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 2
Snowy Egret 3
Tricolored Heron 1
White Ibis 1
White-faced Ibis 4
Black Vulture 1
Turkey Vulture 9
Osprey 1
White-tailed Kite 2
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Harris's Hawk 5
White-tailed Hawk 1
hawk sp. 1
Sora 1 Heard only
Common Gallinule 1
American Coot 25
Black-necked Stilt 3
Killdeer 2
Stilt Sandpiper 2
Least Sandpiper 13
Long-billed Dowitcher 35
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Greater Yellowlegs 8
Lesser Yellowlegs 10
Inca Dove 2
White-tipped Dove 1
Common Pauraque 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 5
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 5
Eastern Phoebe 5
Vermilion Flycatcher 1
Great Kiskadee 13
Loggerhead Shrike 1
White-eyed Vireo 2
Green Jay 2
Black-crested Titmouse 5
Verdin 1
Marsh Wren 1
Carolina Wren 2
Bewick's Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Long-billed Thrasher 5
European Starling 35
Orange-crowned Warbler 10
Northern Parula 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 3
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 75
Eastern Meadowlark 2
Great-tailed Grackle 1
Altamira Oriole 6

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Date: 2/10/17 8:20 am
From: Brian Sheehan <osuwildlifer...>
Subject: [texbirds] eBird report: Black-throated Blue in San Antonio
Hello Texbirders,
I went yesterday to look for the Black-throated Blue mentioned in the eBird reports below, but was unsuccessful in finding this lifer. I dont think I was looking in the right area. Does anyone have more specific information about the location? Looking on Google Maps, theres a Pecan Grove Drive (not Road) off of the Southeast side of the park. But the part of Salado Creek that is closest to that street is not shown as being inside the actual park area. Is there a trail that goes to the location where the bird has been hanging out?

GPS coordinates of the actual spot would be really appreciated!

Thanks,
Brian Sheehan @ Austin


Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 09, 2017 16:25 by dodge engleman
- San Antonio--Southside Lions Pk (HOTE 099), Bexar, Texas
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q).3866998,-98.4281445&ll).3866998,-98.4281445
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34271024
- Comments: "Found the male at the known spot along Salado Creek on the south side of the park. We found it after about 20 min. of waiting and saw it three more times for a total of about 5 minutes viewing in the 30 minutes at the site.
White below with a sharply demarcated black throat, grayish blue on upperparts with a bright white speculum at the base of the primaries. Not vocalizing. Did not go into the canopy; favored larger branches, and appeared to me flycatching more than gleaning."

Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 09, 2017 17:23 by Willie Sekula
- San Antonio--Southside Lions Pk East, Bexar, Texas
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q).3847927,-98.419733&ll).3847927,-98.419733
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34267613
- Comments: "Continuing male seen four times for a total of five minutes. "

Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 09, 2017 09:30 by Brittney Hoch
- San Antonio--Southside Lions Pk East, Bexar, Texas
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q).3847927,-98.419733&ll).3847927,-98.419733
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34259120
- Comments: "Male, across creek behind houses on Pecan Grove Rd. Pictures to come"


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Date: 2/9/17 1:48 pm
From: Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...>
Subject: [texbirds] Laguna Atascosa NWR Bird Tour 2/9/2017
Our bird and habitat tours will continue now through March, every Thursday,
Friday, and Saturday.
They fill up fast! Call soon for a reservation!!
If interested in making a reservation for one of our bird tours or for more
information, call the Visitor Center at (956) 748-3607 ex. 111, or get more
information on our website at http://tinyurl.com/zfq3gyo

Laguna Atascosa
Feb 9, 2017
8:15 AM
Traveling
18.00 miles
270 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Laguna Atascosa NWR morning bird tour
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

178 Snow Goose
2 Blue-winged Teal
77 Northern Shoveler
25 Northern Pintail
45 Ruddy Duck
10 Northern Bobwhite
3 Pied-billed Grebe
5 Double-crested Cormorant
13 American White Pelican
5 Great Blue Heron
9 Great Egret
6 Snowy Egret
15 Little Blue Heron
1 Tricolored Heron
4 White Ibis
1 Roseate Spoonbill
1 Black Vulture
6 Turkey Vulture
1 Osprey
2 Northern Harrier
6 Harris's Hawk
1 Common Gallinule
65 American Coot
2 Killdeer
16 Long-billed Curlew
27 Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher
1 Spotted Sandpiper
3 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Lesser Yellowlegs
3 Ring-billed Gull
1 Caspian Tern
9 Forster's Tern
1 Belted Kingfisher
2 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
8 Crested Caracara
4 American Kestrel
1 Eastern Phoebe
2 Great Kiskadee
1 Tropical/Couch's Kingbird
13 Northern Mockingbird
12 Savannah Sparrow
5 Eastern Meadowlark
1 Great-tailed Grackle

Number of Taxa: 43

--
Hailey Brown
Intern, Visitor Services
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Los Fresnos, TX
www.fws.gov/refuge/laguna_atascosa


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Date: 2/9/17 11:42 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 9, 2017
Good afternoon birders,
A terrific group of enthusiastic folks joined the bird walk this morning, and many saw birds they had never seen before! With the blue skies and sunshine, the insects became active and so did the birds - good looks at Vermillion Flycatcher, Blue-headed Vireo and two Long-billed Thrashers put on a concert for us. Out on the lakes, the Coots seem to be beginning to build nest platforms - yes, spring is in the air!
Come join the bird walk - daily at 8:30 am at the Visitor's Center.
John and Sue Ewan
USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana NWR


Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US Feb 9, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:52 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Morning bird walk
58 species

Gadwall 18
Mottled Duck 4
Blue-winged Teal 15
Cinnamon Teal 1
Northern Shoveler 35
Northern Pintail 3
Ruddy Duck 3
Plain Chachalaca 3
Least Grebe 9
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Neotropic Cormorant 3
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 2
Tricolored Heron 1
White Ibis 1
White-faced Ibis 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Harris's Hawk 6
Zone-tailed Hawk 1
Virginia Rail 1
Sora 1
American Coot 45
Black-necked Stilt 24
Least Sandpiper 6
Long-billed Dowitcher 35
Inca Dove 4
White-tipped Dove 1
Common Pauraque 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Vermilion Flycatcher 2
Great Kiskadee 10
Couch's Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 3
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Green Jay 2
Tree Swallow 13
Cave Swallow 2
Black-crested Titmouse 4
Marsh Wren 1
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Long-billed Thrasher 2
European Starling 20
Orange-crowned Warbler 7
Nashville Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 3
Swamp Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 4
Red-winged Blackbird 50
House Sparrow 12

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Date: 2/9/17 11:06 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lubbock Area Birding Summary for January - Longish
Lubbock received 2.03 inches of rain during the month, well above the
January average of 0.50 inches. Unseasonably mild weather persisted
through the month and quite a few highlights are of species persisting
unusually late into the winter. On the other hand, a lot of 'winter' birds
still have not arrived in normal numbers.
Regional summaries of eBird data can not be acquired in a timely fashion.
As a result, records submitted to eBird may not appear in this report.
Reports from the region that are submitted to the texbirds or leasbirds
listserve can be reviewed in a timely fashion and should appear.

As always, the county follows the site in ( ) and birds are mentioned by
virtue of rarity, atypical abundance, or atypical scarcity.

A late report from December:

TUNDRA SWAN; 6 near Grassland, Lynn on 12/21/16 (MDL, photographs) - VERY
RARE TO THE REGION; GENERALLY AS A WINTER VISITOR.

On to January:

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: Seven reports of 1-10 birds, one report of 62
birds, and one report of 105 birds in the region (Crosby, Lubbock, Lynn)
during the period (JB, MC, NC, AH, PKe) - LATE TO ARRIVE THIS YEAR; STILL
NOT UP TO PEAK NUMBERS.

SNOW GOOSE: Two reports of 1-10 birds, three reports of 11-100 birds, one
report of 320 birds, and one report of 560 birds in the region (Crosby,
Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (JB, MC, NC, AH) - LATE TO ARRIVE THIS
YEAR; FINALLY APPROACHING NORMAL NUMBERS.

ROSS'S GOOSE: 60 near Wilson (Lynn) on 1/1/17 (AH), 2 at White River Lake
(Crosby) on 1/8/17 (MC, NC, AH), 2 near Bole's Lake Road (Lubbock) on
1/16/17 (JB), and 20 at the Becton Cemetery Playa (Lubbock) on 1/27/17 (JB)
- LATE TO ARRIVE THIS YEAR; NOT AT NORMAL NUMBERS AS OF YET.

TUNDRA SWAN: 2 flying over Lubbock (Lubbock) on 1/18/17 (AH) bringing the
winter season up to three reports of, most likely different, groups - A
VERY RARE WINTER VISITOR DOING WELL IN THE REGION THIS YEAR.

WOOD DUCK: 18-19 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) through the period (AH, JM)
and 2 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/28/17 (AH) the only reports -
ANOTHER SPECIES THAT WAS LATE TO ARRIVE AND - STILL - LOW IN NUMBER.

BLUE-WINGED TEAL: 1 near Bole's Lake Road (Lubbock) on 1/16/17 (JB) -
FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL IN THE WINTER; NOW ANNUAL ALBEIT VERY RARE..

CINNAMON TEAL: 1 at MacKenzie Park (Lubbock) on 1/20/17 (WW) - FORMERLY
ACCIDENTAL IN THE WINTER; NOW ANNUAL ALBEIT VERY RARE.

CANVASBACK: Four reports of 1-10 birds and three reports of 11-25 birds in
the region (Bailey, Crosby, Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (CA, MA, JB,
MC, NC, AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS NOW UNCOMMON WINTER VISITOR.

REDHEAD: Six reports of 1-12 birds in the region (Bailey, Cochran, Crosby,
Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (CA, MA, MC, NC, DH, AH, JM) - GOOD
SCATTER BUT LOW NUMBERS FOR THIS INCREASINGLY SCARCE WINTER VISITOR.

COMMON GOLDENEYE: 3 males at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/8/17 (MC, NC,
AH) the only report - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS RARE VISITOR TO THE REGION'S
DEEP LAKES.

COMMON MERGANSER: 2 females and 8 males at Lakeridge Golf Course (Lubbock)
on 1/1/17 (AH), 50 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/8/17 (MC, NC, AH), 4
at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/28/17 (AH), 1 female at Huneke Park
(Lubbock) on 1/28/17 (JM), 1 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 1/29/17 (JM), and 1
at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 1/31/17 (DHa, photoraphs) - A LITTLE
ABOVE AVERAGE FOR THIS LATE IN THE SEASON - THE SPECIES USUALLY SEEMS TO
PEAK IN DECEMBER.

SCALED QUAIL: 17 at Canyon Valley (Crosby) on 1/8/17 (MC, NC, AH) and 24
near Post (Garza) on 1/30/17 (JB) - GOOD NUMBERS; LOW SCATTER PROBABLY
EXPLAINED BY LACK OF OBSERVER EFFORT IN STRONGHOLD COUNTIES.

RING-NECKED PHEASANT: 5 near Seth Ward (Hale) on 1/1/17 (NP) the only
report - A TAD LOW BUT LITTLE EFFORT IN OUR NORTHERN AND WESTERN COUNTIES
DURING THE MONTH.

HORNED GREBE: 4 remained at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/8/17 (MC, NC,
AH) - A VERY RARE WINTER VISITOR TO THE REGION.

EARED GREBE: 3 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/8/17 (MC, NC, AH), 2 near
Bole's Lake Road (Lubbock) on 1/16/17 (JB), and 2 at White River Lake
(Crosby) on 1/28/17 (AH) the only reports - IF ANYTHING, ESPECIALLY GIVEN
THE OVERALL ABUNDANCE OF GREBES THIS WINTER, A TAD LOW.

WESTERN GREBE: 4 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/8/17 (MC, NC, AH,
photographs) and 3 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/28/17 (AH) - ABOUT
AVERAGE FOR THIS RARE WINTER VISITOR.

CLARK'S GREBE: 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/8/17 (MS, NC, AH,
photographs) and on 1/28/17 (AH, photographs) - FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO THE
REGION: NOW, MOST LIKELY DUE TO INCREASED OBSERVER SKILL, MORE PROPERLY
VIEWED AS CASUAL.

WHOOPING CRANE: 1 adult just east of O'Donnell (Lynn) on 1/22/17 (AH,
photographs) - ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION - ONE OF A HANDFUL OF RECORDS AND
ONLY THE SECOND WINTER RECORD FOR THE REGION.

LEAST SANDPIPER: 3 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/28/17 (AH) and 14 at
Frog (Frost) Lake (Lynn) on 1/29/17 (AH, photographs) the only reports - A
TAD LOW, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE CONTINUING MILD CONDITIONS.

WILSON'S SNIPE: 1 at MacKenzie Park (Lubbock) on 1/20/17 (WW) and 2 south
of Crosbyton (Crosby) on 1/29/17 (AH) the only report - VERY LOW; THIS
SPECIES HAS YET TO REACH NORMAL NUMBERS THIS WINTER.

GREATER YELLOWLEGS: 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/8/17 (MC, NC, AH)
and on 1/28/17 (AH) and 1 at Frog (Frost) Lake (Lynn) on 1/29/17 (AH,
photographs) the only reports - VERY LOW NUMBERS, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE
CONTINUING MILD CONDITIONS.

BONAPARTE'S GULL:2 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/8/17 (MC, NC, AH) the
only report - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS VERY RARE WINTER RESIDENT.

HERRING GULL: 1 adult winter bird at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/8/17
(MC, NC, AH, photographs) and1 first winter bird at Leroy Elmore Park
(Lubbock) on 1/11/17 (DH, AH) the only reports - LOW BY HISTORICAL
STANDARDS; AVERAGE BY CONTEMPORARY STANDARDS.

GREAT EGRET: 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) through the period (MC, NC,
AH), 1 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) through the period (AH, Pke), 1 at
Stone Lake (Lubbock) through the period (AH) - MOST OF OUR 'WINTERING'
EGRETS ARE CHASED OUT BY THE FIRST LONG COLD SPELLS; WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY
LONG COLD SPELLS.

SNOWY EGRET: 2 at various parks in central Lubbock (Lubbock) through the
period (AH) - MOST OF OUR 'WINTERING' EGRETS ARE CHASED OUT BY THE FIRST
LONG COLD SPELLS; WE HAVEN'T HAD ANY LONG COLD SPELLS.

BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON:1 first year bird at the Tahoka Cemetery Complex
(Lynn) on 1/29/17 (AH) - VERY RARE IN THE WINTER SAVE FOR A POPULATION THAT
LINGERS ALONG THE CANYON LAKES OF LUBBOCK.

BALD EAGLE: 1 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 1/22/17 (CA, MA) the only report
- FORMERLY A RARE WINTER VISITOR; CLOSER, THESE DAYS, TO CASUAL.

OSPREY: 1 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 1/10/17 (JM) and 1 at the Ashe
Avenue Playa (Lubbock) on 1/19/17 (AZ) - FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL IN EARLY
WINTER; NOW ANNUAL WITH INCREASING ATTEMPTS AT FULL OVERWINTERING.

HARRIS'S HAWK: 2 near Afton (Dickens) on 1/27/17 (JS) and on 1/30/17 (JS) -
THIS SPECIES HAS AN ODD STATUS IN THE REGION: IT IS, FOR THE MOST PART, A
CASUAL VISITOR WITH NO PARTICULAR SEASONALITY BUT OCCASIONALLY BREEDS,
SOMETIMES IN SURPRISINGLY LARGE NUMBERS.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK: 1 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 1/8/17 (PKe) -
THOUGH THE SPECIES IS IN GOOD NUMBERS IN THE NORTHERN PANHANDLE, VERY FEW
HAVE MADE IT TO OUR REGION THIS WINTER.

SHORT-EARED OWL: 1 near Seth Ward (Hale) on 1/1/17 (NP) the only report -
LOW NUMBERS; ESPECIALLY GIVEN LAST WINTER'S IRRUPTION AND LAST MONTH'S
RELATIVELY GOOD NUMBERS.

RED-BELLIED WOODPECKER: 1 along Canyon Valley Road (Crosby) on 1/8/17 (MC,
NC, AH) - A RARE VISITOR, GENERALLY TO OUR EASTERN COUNTIES, BUT SEEMS TO
BE INCREASING OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS AS DROUGHT RECOVERY CONTINUES FOR OUR
WOODLANDS.

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCK: 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) through the period
(MC, NC, AH) and 1 at MacKenzie Park (Lubbock) on 1/29/17 (RL) the only
reports - ABOUT AVERAGE - QUITE THE DOWNTURN FROM LAST WINTER'S
MEGA-IRRUPTION!

MERLIN: Five reports of single birds in the region (Crosby, Lubbock, Lynn)
during the period (JB, MC, NC, AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS RARE TO
UNCOMMON WINTER VISITOR.

PEREGRINE FALCON: I received no reports from the region - THIS IS UNUSUAL
AS LUBBOCK, ITSELF, USUALLY SUPPORTS SEVERAL WINTERING BIRDS.

MONK PARAKEET: 1 (with a "monstrous nest") at Wayland Baptist University
(Hale) through the period (NP) - THE LONELIEST QUAKER IN THE LEAS IS HOPING
FOR A LITTLE LOVE:)

EASTERN PHOEBE:1 at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) on 1/22/17 (CA, MA) and 1 near
Afton (Dickens) on 1/27/16 (JS) and 1/30/17 (JS) the only reports - VERY
LOW./

COMMON RAVEN: Ten reports of 1-6 birds in the region (Crosby, Garza,
Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (JB, MC, NC, DH, AH) - THIS IS ABOUT
AVERAGE AND REFLECTS BETTER COVERAGE, THIS YEAR, OF THE PORTION OF OUR
REGION ALONG AND BELOW THE CAPROCK ESCARPMENT.

BUSHTIT: 8 near White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/8/17 (MC, NC, AH) and 4 at
Lamb County Sandhills Historical Marker (Lamb) on 1/31/17 (JF, DS) - THE
FORMER REPORT IS ABOUT AVERAGE FOR A GOOD YEAR; THE LATTER REPORT IS
EXTRAORDINARY - MUCH FURTHER WEST THAN ANY RECENT SIGHTINGS IN THE REGION.

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH: 2 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/28/17 (AH) the
only report - LOW.

WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH: 1 at MacKenzie Park (Lubbock) on 1/25/17 (AZ,
photographs) - A VERY RARE WINTER VISITOR TO THE REGION.

BROWN CREEPER: 1 at MacKenzie Park (Lubbock) on 1/25/17 (AZ, photographs),
1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/28/17 (AH), and 1 near Afton (Dickens)
on 1/30/17 (JS) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS RARE WINTER VISITOR.

ROCK WREN: 1 at the FM 193 x FM 651 canyon crossing (Crosby) throughout the
period (MC, NC, AH) the only report - LOW.

CANYON WREN: 2 at Silver Falls Rest Area (Crosby) on 1/8/17 (MC, NC, AH)
and 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/8/17 (AH) the only reports - LOW,
GIVEN THE COVERAGE DEVOTED TO OUR EASTERN COUNTIES DURING THE MONTH.

WINTER WREN: 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/28/17 (AH) the only report
- LOW; ONE OF OUR WINTERING SPECIES THAT SEEMS NOT TO HAVE ARRIVED.

CAROLINA WREN: 1 at MacKenzie Park (Lubbock) on 1/25/17 (AZ, photographs)
and 2 at Mae Simmons Park (Lubbock) on 1/29/17 (RL) - THE ONLY ABOVE THE
CAPROCK ESCARPMENT REPORTS; A TAD LOW.

GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET: 4 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/28/17 (AH) and
1 at Lamb County Sandhills Historical Marker (Hale) on 1/31/17 (JF, DS) the
only reports received - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS RARE WINTER VISITOR.

EASTERN BLUEBIRD: 12 near Kalgary (Crosby) on 1/8/17 (MC, NC, AH), 3 near
Crosbyton (Crosby) on 1/28/17 (AH), 17 near White River Lake (Crosby) on
1/28/17 (AH), 2 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 1/29/17 (JM) and up to 12 at
MacKenzie Park (Lubbock) on 1/30/17 and 1/31/17 (RL) - GOOD NUMBERS AND
SCATTER.

WESTERN BLUEBIRD: 5 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 1/8/17 (PKe) and
11 near Post (Garza) on 1/18/17 (JB) - GOOD NUMBERS, ODDLY EAST FOR THE
REGION.

MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD: 9 near Canyon Valley (Crosby) on 1/8/17 (MC, NC, AH), 1
near Post (Garza) on 1/18/17 (JB), 2 near White River Lake (Crosby) on
1/28/17 (AH), and 25 near Post (Garza) on 1/30/17 (JB) the only reports -
ABOUT AVERAGE FOR A NON-IRRUPTIVE WINTER.

HERMIT THRUSH: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 1/7/17 (DH, AH, m.ob.), 1 at
White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/8/17 (MC, NC, AH), and 1 at the FM 193 x FM
651 Canyon crossing (Crosby) on 1/28/17 (AH) the only reports - VERY LOW;
ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE CONTINUING MILD CONDITIONS.

BROWN THRASHER: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 1/7/17 (DH, AH, m.ob.) and on
1/28/17 (DH, SP, KW) - THE ONLY ATOP THE CAPROCK ESCARPMENT REPORTS.

SAGE THRASHER:1 at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on 1/29/17 (AH), 11 near Post
(Garza) on 1/30/17 (JB), and 1 near Grassland (Lynn) on 1/31/17 (JB) -
THANKS TO THE ONE REPORT, A STARTLINGLY HIGH NUMBER FOR JANUARY.

CEDAR WAXWING: Four reports of 1-10 birds, and three reports of 30-50 birds
in the region (Dickens, Garza, Lubbock) during the period (JB, DH, PKe, JM,
SP, JS, TT, KW) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR A NON-IRRUPTIVE YEAR.

PINE SISKIN: 2 near Canyon Valley (Crosby) on 1/8/17 (MC, NC, AH) the only
report - EXTRAORDINARILY LOW - ANOTHER WINTER BIRD NOT YET ARRIVED?

CHESTNUT-COLLARED LONGSPUR: 27 near Seth Ward (Hale) on 1/1/17 (NP) the
only report - EXTRAORDINARILY LOW - ANOTHER WINTER BIRD NOT YET ARRIVED?

MCCOWN'S LONGSPUR: 8 near Seth Ward (Hale) on 1/1/17 (NP), 14 at the Becton
Cemetery Playa (Lubbock) on 1/27/17 (JB) and 3 near Cone (Crosby) on
1/28/17 (AH) the only reports - EXTRAORDINARILY LOW - ANOTHER WINTER BIRD
NOT YET ARRIVED?

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER: 1 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 1/8/17
(PKe), 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/28/17 (AH), and 1 in a Lubbock
yard (Lubbock) on 1/29/17 (CR, FR, GS, LS) the only reports - VERY LOW BY
HISTORICAL STANDARDS BUT ABOUT AVERAGE FOR RECENT YEARS.

COMMON YELLOWTHROAT: 1 at Silver Falls Rest Area (Crosby) on 1/8/17 (MC,
NC, AH) the only report - LOW.

CHIPPING SPARROW: 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/28/17 (AH) the only
report - A BIT LOW; THE SPECIES HAS BEEN WINTERING, IN LARGER NUMBERS THAN
THIS, DURING MILD YEARS.

LE CONTE'S SPARROW: 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/8/17 (MC, NC, AH) -
A RARE AND HIGHLY LOCALIZED WINTER VISITOR TO THE REGION; THE GRASSLANDS
ALONG THE NORTHWEST ARM OF THE LAKE HAVE BEEN ONE OF THE BETTER SITES.

SWAMP SPARROW: 1 near Tahoka (Lynn) on 1/17/17 (JB), 1 near Ralls (Crosby)
on 1/28/17 (AH), and 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/28/17 (AH) - VERY
LOW NUMBERS; JUST NOT DOWN SO FAR THIS WINTER>

FOX SPARROW: 1 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/8/17 (MC, NC, AH), 1 at
the FM 193 x FM 651 Canyon crossing (Crosby) on 1/28/17 (AH), and 6 at
White River Lake (Crosby) on 1/28/17 (AH) - GOOD NUMBERS BELOW THE CAPROCK
ESCARPMENT BUT LITTLE EVIDENCE OF THE SPECIES ATOP THE ROCK YET THIS WINTER.

WHITE-THROATED SPARROW: 1 near Grassland (Lynn) on 1/7/17 (MC, AH) the only
report - VERY LOW; JUST NOT DOWN THIS WINTER.

HARRIS'S SPARROW: 1 near Afton (Dickens) on 1/30/17 (JS) the only report -
VERY LOW; JUST NOT DOWN THIS WINTER>

OBSERVERS: CA=Connie Andrus, MA=Marlin Andrus, JB=Justin Bosler, MC=Martin
Campbell, NC=Nathan Campbell, MDL=Manuel De Leon, JF=Joe Fischer, DHa=Danny
Hancock, DH=Drew Harvey, AH=Anthony Hewetson, PKe=Peter Keyel, RL=Rob Lee,
JM=Jennifer Miller, SP=Skyler Park, NP=Niler Pyeatt, CR=Clarice Robertson,
FR=Floyd Robertson, DS=David Sarkozi, JS=Jonathan Schmitt, GS=Geral Skoog,
LS=Liz Skoog, TT=Tess Trost, KW=Katheryn Watson, WW=William Wenthe,
AZ=Angelina Zappia.

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Date: 2/9/17 10:25 am
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Golden-crowned Warbler in Refugio

The continuing Golden-crowned warbler was present at 11:30am today at the Shelly/Lions Park in Refugio. The bird was foraging at 3-4 ft in a mixed flock about 75 yards downstream of Kingfisher Pt. The bird was seen and/or heard earlier by several other birders....but not all. About a dozen other birders here on this gorgeous morning.

The continuing Tropical Parula was also reported by other birders but I did not see it. Seems to be a good year for these birds with 3-4 other reports around the state.

Thanks!
Bob Friedrichs
Palacios

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Date: 2/9/17 5:53 am
From: Brent Ortego <brentortego...>
Subject: [texbirds] Whooping Cranes and Falcon Point Ranch
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34251115

Made another trip to Falcon Point Ranch yesterday afternoon.


I have visited this ranch 3 other times in the morning and have a general idea of location of Whooping Crane foraging territories. I wanted to check out late afternoon usage on this trip.


Falcon Point Ranch is one of three private ranches which borders the Welder Flats Coastal Preserve south of Seadrift in Calhoun County. Welder Falts has been known to winter Whooping Cranes for decades. Last winter while conducting Piping Plover surveys and also during a tour for the San Antonio Bay Partnership, we counted a maximum of 27 Whooping Cranes on the Welder Flats complex.


We had at least 9 during this trip. One pair with young was in the SW corner, one single was by itself and 5 others were near the property line during the heat of the day. At about 5 pm, several cranes left the border with the neighbors and spread out over the tidal marsh portion of the ranch to forage before roosting. I could view this activity from on top of the high spoil compartment levee on the ranch.


Also spent about 1/2 hour trying to solicit call back from Black Rails from 4:30 to 5:00 pm. I did not get any response but it is a little early in the year and somewhat early in the day to be trying. The ranch has extensive areas of Gulf Cord Grass flats which look very suitable for Black and Yellow Rails.


Did not spend any time working passerines and the checklist attached documents this.



Brent Ortego

Victoria, TX


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Date: 2/8/17 6:32 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Olivia, Calhoun County - Anis and Long-billed Thrashers
Those Thrashers have been there a long time...At least since the early
90's...It amazed me. Never had a Curved-billed there tho. The Anis in
Feb is cool tho There is a house near there that has palms, and every
winter for a while had YTWAs....But I can not remember where that house is
but near the little park I think.
On Wed, Feb 8, 2017 at 8:18 PM, Bird.fried <bird.fried...> wrote:

> Texbirds:
>
> After being away from the great state of Texas for a while, I was anxious
> to bird my patch again. This morning in thick coastal fog, I birded the
> Olivia and Port Alto areas. Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were calling in
> the fog and I managed to coax a Le Conte's Sparrow from suitable habitat.
>
> Things were a bit slow until about 9am when the fog started to burn off.
> The most surprising thing to me were the large number of Long-billed
> Thrashers singing from the scrub. I saw and/or heard no less than 11
> Long-billed Thrashers along a 4 mile stretch of CR305 and CR314E. I knew
> these birds were in the area but had no idea their concentration was quite
> this high. Also of interest, were two Groove-billed Anis near the Olivia
> cemetery at the intersection of CR314E and CR 317.
>
> The bay overlook held most of the expected species though of interest to
> me was a single Black Skimmer and Sandwich Tern.
>
> Good birding!
> Bob Friedrichs
> Palacios
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Date: 2/8/17 6:18 pm
From: Bird.fried <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Olivia, Calhoun County - Anis and Long-billed Thrashers
Texbirds:

After being away from the great state of Texas for a while, I was anxious to bird my patch again. This morning in thick coastal fog, I birded the Olivia and Port Alto areas. Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were calling in the fog and I managed to coax a Le Conte's Sparrow from suitable habitat.

Things were a bit slow until about 9am when the fog started to burn off. The most surprising thing to me were the large number of Long-billed Thrashers singing from the scrub. I saw and/or heard no less than 11 Long-billed Thrashers along a 4 mile stretch of CR305 and CR314E. I knew these birds were in the area but had no idea their concentration was quite this high. Also of interest, were two Groove-billed Anis near the Olivia cemetery at the intersection of CR314E and CR 317.

The bay overlook held most of the expected species though of interest to me was a single Black Skimmer and Sandwich Tern.

Good birding!
Bob Friedrichs
Palacios

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Date: 2/8/17 11:58 am
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Texas City Dike this morning 2/8 local interest.
Howdy Texbirders,
I spent the morning on the TC Dike and Skyline Drive. Large flocks of
Eared Grebes (as usual), Red-breasted Mergansers (more than I saw when I
was there a few weeks ago), and a wonderful showing of Bonaparte's Gulls
working the flocks of grebes and mergansers. Of note were two Horned
Grebes about a half mile down Skyline Drive in the Bay.
I sure hope everyone can get out and bird during our lovely UTC spring. : )
Dennis
West Houston
Harris County
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Date: 2/8/17 11:30 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 8, 2017
Good afternoon birders,
Though the morning began overcast and very quiet, we got a great look at a Clay-colored Thrush before we left the dry thorn-scrub. Out at Pintail Lakes, the wonderful group of birders on the walk were treated to great views of two Virginia Rails, and a Sora, as well as extended opportunities to watch both a Ringed and Green Kingfisher hover and catch prey, with a quick look at a Belted Kingfisher. What a treat to see them all.
Bird walks are offered daily at 8:30, leaving from the Visitor's Center. Come join us.
John and Sue Ewan
USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge



Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US Feb 8, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:16 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.5 mile(s)
Comments: Morning bird walk
59 species

Gadwall 12
Mottled Duck 4
Blue-winged Teal 12
Cinnamon Teal 1
Northern Shoveler 45
Northern Pintail 2
Green-winged Teal 6
Ruddy Duck 2
Plain Chachalaca 6
Least Grebe 12
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 1
Tricolored Heron 5
White Ibis 3
White-faced Ibis 5
Black Vulture 3
Turkey Vulture 11
Harris's Hawk 2
Zone-tailed Hawk 1
Virginia Rail 2
Sora 2
Common Gallinule 1
American Coot 35
Black-necked Stilt 6
Killdeer 15 Fly over
Least Sandpiper 25
Long-billed Dowitcher 55
Wilson's Snipe 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Inca Dove 2
White-tipped Dove 2
Common Pauraque 1
Ringed Kingfisher 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
Merlin 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Great Kiskadee 11
Couch's Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 3
Green Jay 5
Tree Swallow 3
Black-crested Titmouse 2
Marsh Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
Bewick's Wren 1
Clay-colored Thrush 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 45
Savannah Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird 70
Great-tailed Grackle 2
Altamira Oriole 4
House Sparrow 20

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Date: 2/8/17 8:09 am
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR.
Today was a great day of birding. We saw a Mountain Bluebird which was only the second sighting on the refuge ever. For the rest of the group it was a life bird. This bird was discovered by Ross Rassmussen at the end of January. He located it on Short Rd., the same place one was seen in March of 1991. I saw the one in 1991 along with a lot of other North Central Texas birders. There were still at least 5000 White Geese. We finally saw the Greater White-fronted Goose that has been hanging around. The large pond near the Hagerman Cemetery was good for ducks with, Canvasbacks, Wigeons, Lesser Scaups, Redheads, Ring-necked Ducks, Gadwalls and Northern Shovelers. We saw a total of 81 Wilson's Snipe and we saw Long-billed Dowitchers, Greater Yellowlegs and Least Sandpipers in the same area off the end of Tern Pad. We saw Purple Finches at a feeder on Short Rd. We finished the day with 78 species.
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Date: 2/8/17 8:09 am
From: Allen <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender allenreyer for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Colorado County
Saw a Green Kingfisher at Cumings Creek in Colorado County this afternoon. Nice seeing one this Far East. Did not see one here last year, but did three years ago.

Al Reyer
Columbus, TX & Bellevue, NE

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Date: 2/7/17 1:47 pm
From: <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender drbirdie for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] SparrowFest report for Saturday, February 4, 2017 - 18 sparrow species and some other notable birds, too
Hi All,

The 12th Annual SparrowFest was conducted Saturday February 4, 2017 at Balcones Canyonlands NWR west of Austin, and it was a great success! The weather was appropriately (seasonably) cool, with a daytime high of about 48 degrees, with almost no wind. The abundance and variety of sparrows and other birds was very good, as it has been for most of this winter in central Texas. We had 35 participants and I believe that every single one of them had excellent scope or up-close views of LeConte's Sparrows and Grasshopper Sparrows, and of the 3 "western specialties that we look for here - Canyon Towhee, Black-throated and Rufous-crowned Sparrow. The cumulative sparrow list for all field trips was 18 species, all but 2 of the 20 regularly-occurring sparrows of central Texas. We missed Swamp Sparrow, as we often do on the dry upland portions of the eastern Edwards Plateau that we bird during SparrowFest. We also mostly missed Eastern Towhee, the least common of our 20 regular winter sparrows.
My afternoon trip to Simons Tract had a female hybrid Eastern x Spotted that got Sparrowman very excited for a bit, as the bird had no white edges to the scapulars, but then we noticed small white spots on the wing coverts, indicating a hybrid bird. Dang!


Besides the sparrows, we had some other avian highlights, including 2 or possibly 3 Sage Thrashers in two locations on three different trips, 2 Sedge Wrens on Bill Reiner's afternoon Flying X trip, which participants watched taking leaf baths in a brief, light rain, and woodcocks on three different trips, including one bird that Jeff Patterson found in leaf litter at the Johnson Tract where we had heard another bird fly away, and briefly seen another bird scuttle away through the understory looking like a tan rat skimming over the dead leaves. Jeff was able to tell me where to look for the woodcock's black eyeball, and once I spotted that, we were able to get the entire rest of the group on the bird. That was pretty special!


As usual, SparrowFest participants were able to bird portions of the refuge that are not usually open to the public. Besides Cow Creek Road, none of the refuge tracts mentioned in this report are typically open to the public.


Many thanks to Jane Brunclik and her crew of volunteers with Friends of Balcones Canyonlands NWR, who churned out hot coffee and tea in the morning, and a hearty lunch of stew and salad, and then baked potatoes to go along with the evening sparrow countdown.


And thanks as always to my outstanding co-leaders, Jeff "Towhee Boy" Patterson, Randy "Pink-note" Pinkston and Bill "Spizella" Reiner, each of whom is a gifted naturalist and tour leader. I am blessed to have such great help.


These are difficult times for wildlife, for national wildlife refuges and for friends organizations, so please consider donating time, money or other resources to a wildlife refuge or friends organization near you. And I'll give you a little hint - we plan to do SparrowFest again next year, probably on February 3, 2018, and if you join Friends of Balcones NWR <https://www.friendsofbalcones.org> you will be among the first to get notice and to have a chance to register for next year's event. SparrowFest sells out every year (it's not "huge" but it is popular) well in advance of the event, so if you want to participate next year, it will help to have advance notice of registration.


An annotated birdlist follows:



Gadwall - 1 - Pond near Johnson tract
Ring-necked Duck - 25 - Pond near Johnson tract
Wild Turkey - 1 - Johnson tract afternoon trip
Double-crested Cormorant - 4 - pond along Hopewell Cemetery Rd
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1 - near Johnson Tract, and 1 heard at Peaceful Springs
Red-tailed Hawk - a pair at Simons and at least 1 at Johnson tract
Crested Caracara - 4 - 2 along Cow Creek Rd and 2 in afternoon at Simons tract. Uncommon but regular on eastern Edwards Plateau
American Kestrel - multiple locations
Killdeer - a few
American Woodcock - 4 - 1 at Peaceful Springs seen only by 1 participant, and at least 3 birds at Johnson tract
Eurasian Collared-Dove - 2 - Johnson tract. Possibly the first ever for SparrowFest
White-winged Dove - a few
Mourning Dove - less common than usual this winter
Greater Roadrunner - 1
Eastern Screech-Owl - 1 - a real one, heard at Johnson tract in afternoon
Great Horned Owl
Barred Owl - 1 - Possibly one heard in morning at Johnson tract
Red-bellied Woodpecker - This area is at the east / west dividing line between Red-bellied and Golden-fronted Woodpeckers
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe - small numbers on most field trips
Loggerhead Shrike - 1 - reported by one vehicle at Johnson Tract
Blue-headed Vireo - 1 - Peaceful Springs. This bird is uncommon in winter on the eastern Plateau
Western Scrub-Jay - 1 - (Woodhouse's Scrub Jay) reported by 1 or 2 trips
American Crow - small numbers. This area is an east / west dividing line between American Crow and Common Raven
Carolina Chickadee
Black-crested Titmouse
Verdin - 1 - Flying X morning trip
Canyon Wren - 1 - Flying X
Carolina Wren
Bewick's Wren
House Wren - small numbers
Sedge Wren - 2 - afternoon at Flying X
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Hermit Thrush - small numbers
American Robin - Thousands
Northern Mockingbird
Sage Thrasher - 3 - 2 birds on Simons Tract and 1 found by Randy Pinkston along the airstrip at the Flying X
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler - This is the only warbler typically seen in mid-winter at SparrowFest. Yellow-rumped Warblers are uncommon and limited to wet areas.
Spotted Towhee
Eastern Towhee - 1 - female hybrid Eastern x Spotted on afternoon trip to Simons
Canyon Towhee - 4 - 3 birds at Flying X and 1 at Peaceful Springs
Rufous-crowned Sparrow - Flying X, Simons and Peaceful Springs
Chipping Sparrow - a few, Johnson and Cow Creek Rd
Field Sparrow - not as numerous as usual, but seen on most trips
Vesper Sparrow - not as numerous as usual, but seen on most trips
Lark Sparrow - 2 small groups found only by Randy Pinkston's afternoon Cow Creek Rd trip
Black-throated Sparrow - 7 - Flying X, Simons and Peaceful Springs
Savannah Sparrow - not as numerous as usual, but seen on most trips
Grasshopper Sparrow - 30 - good numbers this year, and seen well by all trip participants
Le Conte's Sparrow - 40 - good numbers this year, and seen well by all trip participants
Fox Sparrow - Good numbers at Peaceful Springs, and 1 on morning trip to Johnson Tract
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow - lower numbers than usual
White-throated Sparrow - small numbers at Johnson Tract and at least one on Cow Creek Rd
Harris's Sparrow - most trips had this bird, which is often uncommon on the eastern plateau
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco - 3 - 1 on my morning trip to Simons and 2 on Randy's Cow Creek Rd trip
Northern Cardinal
Eastern Meadowlark - singing in morning at Flying X
Western Meadowlark - singing in morning at Flying X
House Finch - Small numbers on two trips
Lesser Goldfinch - Peaceful Springs
American Goldfinch - Cow Creek Rd



56 species, not counting the possible Barred Owl


It was a good day to be a Sparrowhawk!
Good birding ya'll,
Sparrowman

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Date: 2/7/17 11:46 am
From: Laura Paulson <laura...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 7, 2017
Dear Texbirders,
Despite the good species count on today's walk, the highlight was once
again the people. From beginners to experts, we had a good group. It was
inspiring and humbling to learn, at the end of our miles-long walk, that
one of our participants, who is just now taking up birding as an interest,
is 92 years old. Wow. Just wow. Two of our best spots of the day were made
by participants as well ... a Merlin perched on a snag by the towers and an
Indigo Snake off the trail at Willow Lakes.
Please join one of our guided walks. Meet at the Visitor Center any day of
the week at 8:30 am.

Laura and Steve Paulson
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, Texas


Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Feb 7, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:25 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Mostly sunny, 70-80 degrees.
74 species (+2 other taxa)

Gadwall (Anas strepera) 10
Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) 4
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 20
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 20
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 15
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) 1
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 5
Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) 2
Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) 12
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 5
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) 2
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 4
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 2
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 3
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 1
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) 2
Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) 2
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 20
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 1
Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) 3
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) 1 heard only
Sora (Porzana carolina) 1 heard only
American Coot (Fulica americana) 25
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 15
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 7
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 21
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 50
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 1
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 2
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 5
White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi) 2
Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) 1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 4
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 6
Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway) 1
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
Merlin (Falco columbarius) 1
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet (Camptostoma imberbe) 2
Empidonax sp. (Empidonax sp.) 1 We had good looks but it was silent.
Bill seemed too long for a Least and appeared all orange from the angle we
were seeing it at, did not have a big-headed look. Eye ring was narrow and
complete. Primary projection seemed short. Earlier in the walk (on the way
out and this was on the way back) but not too far away from where this bird
was seen, a participant asked if we had Willow Flycatchers here because she
thought she heard one. Hmmmm....
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 3
Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) 1
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) 12
Couch's Kingbird (Tyrannus couchii) 1
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 10 We got eyes on two but they were
singing everywhere we went.
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 1
Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) 4
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 10
Cave Swallow (Petrochelidon fulva) 2
swallow sp. (Hirundinidae sp.) 20
Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 8
Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) 3
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 6 all heard only
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 3
Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre) 4 Eyes on one, others
heard only.
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 2
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 1
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 6
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 2
Olive Sparrow (Arremonops rufivirgatus) 1
Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 200
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) 2
Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) 4 one seen, others heard only
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 6

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Date: 2/7/17 11:09 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from Lynn County - Sunday
Greetings All:
This past Sunday, I spent a big chunk of the day exploring the eastern half
of Lynn County, awestruck by the unseasonably warm temperatures and
enjoying flowers, butterflies, and quite a few birds.

Highlights included 2 Greater White-fronted Geese in O'Donnell, 4
Canvasbacks at Redhead Playa, 5 Canvasbacks at Skeen Playa, 6 Redheads at
Redhead Playa, 3 Eared Grebes at Redhead Playa, 2 Eared Grebes at Skeen
Playa, 3 Greater Yellowlegs just south of Tahoka, 1 Golden-fronted
Woodpecker (hard to find atop the caprock escarpment) in Grassland, 1 Say's
Phoebe in Grassland, 2 Common Ravens just east of O'Donnell, and 7 American
Pipits in Grassland.

Some incidental highlights in Lubbock included: 4 Wood Ducks at Leroy
Elmore Park, 1 Great Egret at Ashe Avenue Playa, 1 Snowy Egret at Leroy
Elmore Park, and 1 Osprey at Ashe Avenue Playa.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 2/7/17 10:02 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lynn County Photographic Game - January Report
Greetings All:
In compliance with Drew Harvey's request that I focus on a county lacking
herp records, I am going to be working Lynn County (the county just to the
south of Lubbock County) for critters and photographs of critters in 2017.

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

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

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

Over the course of January I paid four visits to what I, increasingly,
realized was an intensely agriculturalized county (brutally so). Given the
habitat, I did surprisingly well, in my opinion, for January, picking up 4
species of butterfly, 0 species of amphibian, 1 species of reptile, 69
species of bird, and 2 species of mammal - moving the respective
percentages up to 8%, 0%, 10%, 35%, and 20% for the year so far. Of the 76
species seen, I acquired acceptable photographs of 70, meeting that
particular goal, so far, with a 92% success rate. Given the turn to drier
conditions, February looks to be slow.

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

Checkered White*(y)
Orange Sulphur*(y)
Southern Dogface*(y)
Dainty Sulphur*(y)

Red-eared Slider*(y)

Greater White-fronted Goose*(y)
Snow Goose*(y)
Ross's Goose*(y)
Cackling Goose*(y)
Canada Goose*(y)
Gadwall*(y)
Mallard*(y)
Northern Shoveler*(y)
Northern Pintail*(y)
Green-winged Teal*(y)
Canvasback*(y)
Redhead*(y)
Ring-necked Duck*(y)
Lesser Scaup*(y)
Bufflehead*(y)
Ruddy Duck*(y)
Northern Bobwhite*
Pied-billed Grebe*(y)
Rock PIgeon*(y)
Eurasian Collared Dove*(y)
White-winged Dove*(Y)
Mourning Dove*(y)
Greater Roadrunner*(y)
American Coot*(y)
Sandhill Crane*(y)
Whooping Crane*(y)
Killdeer*(y)
Least Sandpiper*(y)
Greater Yellowlegs*(y)
Great Blue Heron*(y)
Black-crowned Night Heron*(y)
Northern Harrier*(y)
Sharp-shinned Hawk*
Cooper's Hawk*(y)
Red-tailed Hawk*(y)
Ferruginous Hawk*(y)
Great Horned Owl*
Burrowing Owl*(y)
Northern Flicker*(y)
American Kestrel*(y)
Merlin*(y)
Prairie Falcon*(y)
Loggerhead Shrike*(y)
Blue Jay*(y)
American Crow*(y)
Chihuahuan Raven*(y)
Common Raven*(y)
Horned Lark*(y)
Marsh Wren*
Ruby-crowned Kinglet*(y)
American Robin*(y)
Curve-billed Thrasher*
Sage Thrasher*(y)
European Starling*(y)
House Sparrow*(y)
House Finch*(y)
American Goldfinch*(y)
Savannah Sparrow*(y)
Song Sparrow*(y)
LIncoln's Sparrow*(y)
White-throated Sparrow*
White-crowned Sparrow*(y)
Dark-eyed Junco*(y)
Northern Cardinal*(y)
Red-winged Blackbird*(y)
Western Meadowlark*(y)
Brewer's Blackbird*(y)
Great-tailed Grackle*(y)
Brown-headed Cowbird*(y)

Eastern Cottontail*(y)
Black-tailed Prairie Dog*(y)

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 2/7/17 9:38 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] The Hewetson:Kostecke Competition - January Report
Greetings All:
This year's competition finds Rich Kostecke working over 960 square miles
of Fayette County as Anthony Hewetson flails away at 902 square miles of
Crosby County. Both counties have a nice mix of habitats, though
Kostecke's is a bit less agricultural and a bit more wooded and watered.
On the other hand, Hewetson has some nice canyon cuts and, possibly, a
better selection of grasslands. To make things a bit more fair this year
lists are going to be weighted using the cumulative eBird total of ABA
countable for both birds as reported by 31 December 2016. That means that
Rich's efforts will be divided into a total of 264 species for Fayette
County whereas Anthony's efforts will be divided into a total of 290
species for Crosby County. Species we add to the county lists during 2017s
will not cause these totals to go up: 264 and 290 remain fixed.

The results for January are in. Rich paid three visits to his county in
January, racking up 105 species, weighting in at 40%. Anthony paid two
visits to his county in January, racking up 117 species, weighting in at
40%. If one wishes to quibble, Hewetson holds the narrowest of leads with
40.34% to Kostecke's 39.77% - hopefully things will spread out a bit as the
game goes on and we won't have to resort to numbers beyond the decimal
point:)

Many folk may want to stop reading at this point but, in response to
requests from previous years, I will list all of the birds that we have had
to date. Species seen by only one person, so far, are in *bold* with
A=Anthony Hewetson and R=Rich Kostecke.


*Greater White-fronted Goose (A)*

*Snow Goose (A)*

*Ross's Goose (A)*

*Cackling Goose (A)*
*Canada Goose (A)*
Wood Duck (A, R)
Gadwall (A, R)
American Wigeon (A, R)
Mallard (A, R)
*Blue-winged Teal (R)*
Northern Shoveler (A, R)
Northern Pintail (A, R)
Green-winged Teal (A, R)
Canvasback (A, R)
Redhead (A, R)
Ring-necked Duck (A, R)
Lesser Scaup (A, R)
Bufflehead (A, R)

*Common Goldeneye (A)*

*Hooded Merganser (A)*
*Common Merganser (A)*
Ruddy Duck (A, R)

*Northern Bobwhite (A)*
*Scaled Quail (A)*
Wild Turkey (A, R)
Pied-billed Grebe (A, R)
*Horned Grebe (A)*
Eared Grebe (A, R)

*Western Grebe (A)*
*Clark's Grebe (A)*
Rock Pigeon (A, R)
Eurasian Collared Dove (A, R)
White-winged Dove (A, R)
Mourning Dove (A, R)
*Greater Roadrunner (A)*
American Coot (A, R)
Sandhill Crane (A, R)
Killdeer (A, R)
Least Sandpiper (A, R)
Wiklson's Snipe (A, R)
*Spotted Sandpiper (R)*
Greater Yellowlegs (A, R)
*Bonaparte's Gull (A)*
Ring-billed Gull (A, R)
*Herring Gull (A)*
Neotropic Cormorant (R)
Double-crested Cormorant (A, R)
Anhinga (R)
American White Pelican (R)
Great Blue Heron (A, R)
Great Egret (A, R)

*Black-crowned Night Heron (R)*

*Black Vulture (R)*

*Turkey Vulture (R)*
*Osprey (R)*
Northern Harrier (A, R)
*Sharp-shinned Hawk (A)*
Cooper's Hawk (A, R)
*Bald Eagle (R)*
*Red-shouldered Hawk (R)*
Red-tailed Hawk (A, R)

*Ferruginous Hawk (A)*

*Barn Owl (A)*

*Great Horned Owl (A)*
*Barred Owl (R)*
Belted Kingfisher (A, R)
*Golden-fronted Woodpecker (A)*
Red-bellied Woodpecker (A, R)
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (A, R)
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (A, R)
*Downy Woodpecker (R)*
Northern Flicker (A, R)

*Pileated Woodpecker (R)*
*Crested Caracara (R)*
American Kestrel (A, R)

*Merlin (A)*

*Peregrine Falcon (R)*
*Eastern Phoebe (R)*
Loggerhead Shrike (A, R)

*White-eyed Vireo (R)*
*Blue-headed Vireo (R)*
Blue Jay (A, R)
American Crow (A, R)

*Chihuahuan Raven (A)*

*Common Raven (A)*

*Horned Lark (A)*

*Cave Swallow (R)*

*Carolina Chickadee (R)*

*Tufted Titmouse (R)*

*Black-crested Titmouse (A)*

*Bushtit (A)*

*Red-breasted Nuthatch (A)*

*Brown Creeper (A)*

*Rock Wren (A)*

*Canyon Wren (A)*

*House Wren (R)*
*Winter Wren (A)*
Marsh Wren (A, R)
*Carolina Wren (R)*
Bewick's Wren (A, R)
Golden-crowned KInglet (A, R)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (A, R)
Eastern Bluebird (A, R)
*Mountain Bluebird (A)*
Hermit Thrush (A, R)
American Robin (A, R)

*Curve-billed Thrasher (A)*
*Brown Thrasher (A)*
Northern Mockingbird (A, R)
European Starling (A, R)
*Cedar Waxwing (R)*
House Sparrow (A, R)
American Pipit (A, R)
House Finch (A, R)
*PIne Siskin (A)*
American Goldfinch (A, R)
*McCown's Longspur (A)*
Orange-crowned Warbler (A, R)
Common Yellowthroat (A, R)
*Pine Warbler (R)*
Yellow-rumped Warbler (A, R)
*Spotted Towhee (A)*
*Rufous-crowned Sparrow (A)*
*Canyon Towhee (A)*
Chipping Sparrow (A, R)
Field Sparrow (A, R)
Vesper Sparrow (A, R)
Lark Sparrow (A, R)
Savannah Sparrow (A, R)

*Grasshopper Sparrow (R)*
*Le Conte's Sparrow (A)*
Song Sparrow (A, R)
Lincoln's Sparrow (A, R)
Swamp Sparrow (A, R)
Fox Sparrow (A, R)
*White-throated Sparrow (R)*
White-crowned Sparrow (A, R)
*Dark-eyed Junco (A)*
Northern Cardinal (A, R)
Pyrrhuloxia (A, R)
Red-winged Blackbird (A, R)
Eastern Meadowlark (A, R)
Western Meadowlark (A, R)
Brewer's Blackbird (A, R)

*Common Grackle (R)*
*Great-tailed Grackle (A)*
Brown-headed Cowbird (A, R)

I suspect February will see some consolidation of winter species and
residents - as both competitor have a few holes to fill in the above list.
Kostecke will probably start to see the influx of spring bird towards the
end of February (swallows and such) while Anthony is hoping to see the
arrival of some winter species by the end of February (a Harris's or
White-throated Sparrow would be nice). This looks to be a fun competition
and eBird might just have a better handle on both counties by the end of
the year.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 2/6/17 5:33 pm
From: Susan Yost <sdyost...>
Subject: [texbirds] 2nd Saturday bird walk @ LLELA; Denton Co.
This Saturday, Feb. 11 will be another guided bird walk at LLELA, Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, Denton Co.
$5 per car entrance fee at the gate house. [bird checklist available @ the gatehouse]
Meet at the pavilion @ 7:30 am.
ages 10 and up.
Bring binoculars and water.
Dress in layers as it’s always cooler by the lake but warms up throughout the morning.
Forecast is warm and windy. We likely will walk the Bittern Marsh trail to have some protection from the wind.

Who knows what the winds will blow in this week?

Sue YOST
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Date: 2/6/17 11:45 am
From: Laura Paulson <laura...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 6, 2017
Hello Texbirders,
Today was warm and windy and the birds made us work to see them. Three
things stand out: 1) the people... what a wonderful bunch of folks to spend
a morning with, 2) the Swainson's Hawk that flew over us at Willow Lakes
... special for here and beautiful, 3) the crazy mixed flock that was
screaming about something we couldn't see, right at the very end of our
walk.... Black-crested Titmice, Orange-crowned Warblers, Blue-Gray
Gnatcatchers, White-eyed Vireo, Nashville Warbler and a stunning male
Buff-bellied Hummingbird. They were in such a tight little group that
sometimes five or six would be in binoculars at once.
Bird walks leave from the Visitor Center every day at 8:30 am. Please join
us.

Steve and Laura Paulson
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, Texas


Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Feb 6, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: Warm and windy. 70-78 degrees.
62 species

Gadwall (Anas strepera) 10
Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) 6
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 30
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera) 1
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 20
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 20
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 6
Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) 2 more heard
Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) 4
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 6
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) 2
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) 1
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 2
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 3
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 1
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) 3
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 6
Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) 3
Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) 1 Wings distinctly longer and more
slender than White-tailed Hawk. Dark hood, light body, dark trailing edge
to wings, black terminal tail band.
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) 2
American Coot (Fulica americana) 25
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 6
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 3
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 12
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 50
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 2
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 5
White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi) 1
Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) 2
Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) 1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird (Amazilia yucatanensis) 1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 3 only one seen, others
heard only
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet (Camptostoma imberbe) 1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2
Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) 1
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) 4
Couch's Kingbird (Tyrannus couchii) 2
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 5
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 1
Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) 3
Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 6
Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) 2 one heard only, the second was heard
and briefly seen
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 4 heard only
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 3
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 8
American Pipit (Anthus rubescens) 50 Possibly a Sprague's mixed in.
Photos taken. Found in the bare agricultural field adjacent to the refuge
entrance.
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 1
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 10
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) 1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1
Olive Sparrow (Arremonops rufivirgatus) 3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 3
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 60
Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) 2 more heard
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 2

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Date: 2/6/17 7:41 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Brazoria county last Tuesday and empty beaches
Started the day at sunrise on the moccasin pond loop. All the area inside
the loop road was burned fairly recently so there was a lack of birds that
need cover. And the area that is usually a lake is a marsh.
But I did get a nemesis bird when a sora rail flew across the ditch into a
little clump of reeds. Waited for it to come out which it never did but a
Virginia rail ran into the patch and never came out either. First Virginia
in a year or more. Good flock of geese in the burn area and a couple of
sandhill cranes.

Bobcat woods had a towhee and a singing black and white bird with another
warbler across the water singing weet-weet-weet but never seen. The
wetlands had coots and a few ducks.

Headed on down to Quintana and out to the beach. Drove down to Brazos mouth
and had a total of 7 ring-billed gulls, 1 lesser black-backed gull and 9
great-tailed grackles. 0 terns and 0 sandpipers and 0 plovers. There was a
little group of 40 gulls including another lesser black-backed, 1 royal
tern, 1 willet, 1 black-bellied plover and 7 sanderlings on the brazos
beach. Emptiest beach ever in Texas

Note that the driving way down to the river mouth is getting much narrower
and there are clay areas exposed where you used to drive that have recently
bogged down vehicles. Two pickup trucks were bogged down at the entrance
from the bridge to the beach and were being towed. And the alternate
entrance through the lagoon has a large and deep sink hole almost closing
that road.

Neotropic had yellow-rumped warblers and a large hawk at the back drip but
no early migrants and no martins at the houses there or elsewhere.

Walked out to the end of the jetty and had a total of 3 brown pelicans and
zero shorebirds, 1 grackle, and 1 laughing gull. A small group of laughing,
ring-billed and herring gulls, royal and forsters terns and sanderling at
the base of the jetty on the beach.

On up to Brazoria refuge where there wasn't anything of note. And around
the road to see if the black-tailed godwit was back. They are preparing the
area for rice so it may return later in the season.

As with most of my trips recently, I saw no rats. They had been very common
earlier in the year but the series of flooding rains apparently knocked the
population down. And so the lack of hawks has a reason. There are almost no
harriers where there should be lots on the refuges and coast and many fewer
red-tails etc. But reading there are lots further north where there is good
food and good weather.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 2/6/17 7:25 am
From: Janice Houghton <jyhoughton...>
Subject: [texbirds] F. Pyrrhuloxia in N. Colorado Co.
I just watched a female Pyrrhuloxia foraging on my patio for 10+ minutes, first ever seen on this property!
Janice Houghton
N. Colorado Co. TX
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Date: 2/6/17 7:22 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Anahuac to texas city last month pictures, owly and gull with ringed bill
Did a loop around the bay from Anahuac refuge to the texas city dike last
month. Started at Anahuac at sunrise and a good wind out of the north. kept
land birds down but geese moving around. The burrowing owl was out sunning
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/164919028

He enjoyed the sun but not the wind. Twice stood up on the rock to get the
full sun but the wind ruffled the back feathers and down he went. Was alert
and looking for goodies walking around and turned his head to the right and
left

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/164919027

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/164919023

A lot of the shovelers are still in molt

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/164919022

When I was in California over the holidays, almost all of the shovelers
there were fully molted

Five little nutrias were out on shoveler pond for breakfast

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/164919020

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/164919019

Common loons arrive on the coast in late fall still in breeding plumage.
Then they molt and are flightless. And are still flightless now

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/164919015

An adult herring gull on the texas city dike was showing off all its field
marks

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/164919018

Another herring gull had an improperly colored bill. More like a
ring-billed gull both with the oranger color and ring. Younger birds have a
ring but adults should not

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/164919017

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/164919016

No other odd gulls were seen and most of the birds from previous trips were
elsewhere.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 2/5/17 4:31 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 2-5-17 Fox Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
2-5-17 Fox Sparrow @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Quick hike before the game and Don got a Fox Sparrow!

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: 2/5/17 11:28 am
From: Laura Paulson <laura...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 5, 2017
Hello Texbirders,
For a walk that started out foggy and slow, it sure did turn out great. We
searched the front area for the Tropical Parula with no luck but did get a
Yellow-throated Warbler and a Gray Hawk for our efforts. We had a good
variety of raptors ... always a happy thing ... but no doubt-about-it, the
highlight of the walk was when a Sora we had been watching walked into the
cattails and right where it disappeared, out walked a Virginia Rail.
Presto, chango! It was magic!
Bird walks leave from the front of the Visitor Center at 8:30am every day.
See you here!

Steve and Laura Paulson
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, Texas

Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Feb 5, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Foggy start, warm, clearing quickly with a light breeze.
68 species (+1 other taxa)

Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) 6
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 12
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 20
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 8
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 6
Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) 6 six seen, many more heard from
inside the vegetation.
Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) 2
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 6
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) 2
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 2
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 1
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 3
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 1
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) 3
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 1
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 2
Sharp-shinned/Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter striatus/cooperii) 1
Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) 7
White-tailed Hawk (Geranoaetus albicaudatus) 1
Gray Hawk (Buteo plagiatus) 1
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) 1
Sora (Porzana carolina) 1
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 4
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 15
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 12
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 6
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 54
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 3
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 3
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 10
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) 4
Inca Dove (Columbina inca) 2
White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi) 3
Ringed Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata) 1 heard only coming from the
direction of the river while standing between Pintail 1 and 2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 6 all heard only
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 2
Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) 1
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) 12
Couch's Kingbird (Tyrannus couchii) 2
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 4 all heard only
Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) 4
Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 3
Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) 2 heard only
Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis) 1 Probably two. One bird chased
the other across the trail from "the sedge wren spot" at Pintail Lakes to
the other side; one giving a chit chit call as they went.
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 3
Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre) 3 two heard only, the
other one perched high singing away while we watched and listened.
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 12
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 4
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1
Yellow-throated Warbler (Setophaga dominica) 1 Seen along front road
and parking area moving from palm tree to palm tree.
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 4
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 200
Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) 6
Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) 5
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 6

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Date: 2/5/17 8:09 am
From: <txmotmot...>
Subject: [texbirds] Broad-tailed Hummingbird
Is this bird on private property, Steven? If so, can I get permission and directions to find it?
Thanks,
Karen


Broad-tailed Hummingbird (Selasphorus platycercus) (1)
- Reported Feb 04, 2017 07:30 by Steven McDonald
- 78729 Austin, Williamson, Texas
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z&q0.45255,-97.770744&ll0.45255,-97.770744
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S34160050
- Comments: "<a href="http://s36.photobucket.com/user/skm0308/media/BT14_zps5brtal8g.jpg.html"><img src="http://i36.photobucket.com/albums/e41/skm0308/BT14_zps5brtal8g.jpg" alt=" photo BT14_zps5brtal8g.jpg" /></a>"

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Date: 2/4/17 2:25 pm
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] LRGV Mountain Bluebirds
After a flurry of emails, I think I now have the "story" for documented [I
mean photo or specimen, although a few species may be documented with
vocalization recordings] records for the Lower Rio Grande region.
Hidalgo county:
Anzualduas County Park, Feb. 13 - Feb. 23, 2011 or later[and 1st LRGV
regional record]. I do not know who discovered this bird.
Santa Ana NWR, Dec. 14, 2011 - Mar. 8, 2012. A pair discovered by Carolyn
Sternberg; the male apparently was not seen after Dec. [date?]
"San Juan", Jan. 4 - Jan. 19, 2017 [last date?], discovered by Joannie
Hubinger.

Cameron county:
"San Juan", Dec. 28, 2011 - Jan. 1, 2012, discovered by Mark and Joannie
Hubinger; on Dec. 29, both a male and female were present [*fide* Bert
Wessling]. The locations of these birds and the 2017 birds are less than a
mile apart.

If anyone has knowledge of other documented [as described above] of
Mountain Bluebirds in the LRGV, please let me know.

Keith Arnold
Bryan/TAMU


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Date: 2/4/17 1:24 pm
From: David Scott <scottrpts...>
Subject: [texbirds] Purple Martins in College Station
Each month the Rio Brazos Audubon Society (Bryan/College Station) holds a
free bird walk we call Birding 101. This morning participants saw
approximately two dozen Purple Martins at Finfeather Lake in Bryan. This
was the earliest I have seen this species since I started keeping records.
Finfeather Lake is home to many wintering ducks, particularly Buffleheads.
I'm estimating that we saw about 80 Bufflehead this morning.

David Scott
College Station


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Date: 2/4/17 12:13 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Green-tailed Towhee - Yturrias
Hi, all!


Birded Pipeline Road this morning in Starr County, then went up the road
that abuts the Yturrias Tract as far as I felt comfortable taking the car
(about three miles up); was cold and foggy but thankfully not raining!
Highlights by far were the sparrows: Green-tailed Towhee calling on
"Yturrias Road", along with some Spizella sparrows (I've posted one picture
as a quiz bird), several Vespers and Lark Sparrows, a few Lincoln's,
Cassin's, and Blackthroats, a couple of Whitecrowns, and tons of Savannas
(all along both roads). There were also tons of Brewer's Blackbirds along
Pipeline Road near a cattle ranch (along with tons of cowbirds and
Redwings), and EBird flagged the seven Long-billed Curlews I had along the
north end of Pipeline in the ag fields! Some pictures are on my Facebook
page:



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



Bird List:



Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus

Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus

White-tailed Hawk Geranoaetus albicaudatus

Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

Killdeer Charadrius vociferus

Rock Pigeon Columba livia

Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto

Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

Common Ground-Dove Columbina passerina

Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus

Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons

Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris

Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway

American Kestrel Falco sparverius

Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus

White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus

Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris

Black-crested Titmouse Baeolophus atricristatus

Verdin Auriparus flaviceps

House Wren Troglodytes aedon

Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii

Cactus Wren Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea

Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula

Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre

Long-billed Thrasher Toxostoma longirostre

Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata

Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata

Olive Sparrow Arremonops rufivirgatus

Green-tailed Towhee Pipilo chlorurus

Cassin's Sparrow Peucaea cassinii

Chipping Sparrow Spizella passerina

Vesper Sparrow Pooecetes gramineus

Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus

Black-throated Sparrow Amphispiza bilineata

Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis

Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii

White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Pyrrhuloxia Cardinalis sinuatus

Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna

Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta

Brewer's Blackbird Euphagus cyanocephalus

Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus

Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater

House Sparrow Passer domesticus



53 SPECIES







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Alamo, TX

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Date: 2/4/17 10:16 am
From: Mark and Joanie Hubinger <mjhubrr...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 4, 2017
Good morning Texbirders...Great group of 11 joined us for our last birdwalk
of the season :( With the muddy conditions, decided not to go out to
Pintail Lakes, but enjoyed the waterfowl and mixed flocks around Willow
Lakes. Some new birders saw several "life" birds today among our south
Texas specialties: Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet. Common Pauraque, Green
Kingfisher by the levy, and Olive Sparrow.
Birdwalks will continue daily at 8:30AM. Join Laura & Steve Paulson or Sue
& John Ewan and enjoy your National Wildlife Refuge. It's been a pleasure!

Mark & Joanie Hubinger
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana NWR
Alamo, Texas





Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Feb 4, 2017 8:30 AM - 11:40 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Morning Bird Walk...Headquarters Pond, Parking lot area,
Willow lakes & Chachalaca trails
54 species

Gadwall 25
Mottled Duck 3
Blue-winged Teal 40
Cinnamon Teal 1
Northern Shoveler 25
Northern Pintail 3
Ring-necked Duck 2
Plain Chachalaca 10
Least Grebe 15
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Harris's Hawk 4
American Coot 25
Black-necked Stilt 12
Killdeer 8
Least Sandpiper 4
Long-billed Dowitcher 7
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Inca Dove 1
White-tipped Dove 3
Common Pauraque 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 8
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3
American Kestrel 1
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 2
Eastern Phoebe 3
Great Kiskadee 10
Couch's Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 4
Green Jay 8
Cave Swallow 12
Black-crested Titmouse 6
Verdin 2
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 4
Bewick's Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6
Long-billed Thrasher 3
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 12
Orange-crowned Warbler 12
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 3
Northern Parula 1
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-throated Warbler 1 parking lot
Olive Sparrow 4
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 100
Great-tailed Grackle 3
Altamira Oriole 5

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Date: 2/3/17 11:47 am
From: Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...>
Subject: [texbirds] Laguna Atascosa NWR Bird Tour 2/3/2017
Another great day birding!
Our bird and habitat tours will continue now through March, every Thursday,
Friday, and Saturday. Our bird tours are offered ONLY in the morning on
those days, and only by reservation.

We are also now offering a tour of the Bahia Grande area of the refuge,
which focuses on giving information about the large restoration project
that has been underway in the past few years.

If interested in making a reservation for one of our bird tours or for
more information
on any of the tours, call the Visitor Center at (956) 748-3607 ex. 111, or
get more information on our website at http://tinyurl.com/zfq3gyo

Laguna Atascosa
Bill and Judy Lubben
Feb 3, 2017
8:39 AM
Traveling
17.00 miles
240 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Laguna Atascosa NWR Morning Bird Tour
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

4 Gadwall
6 Blue-winged Teal
125 Northern Shoveler
200 Northern Pintail
2 Lesser Scaup
1 Bufflehead
4 Ruddy Duck
18 Northern Bobwhite
1 Wild Turkey
2 Least Grebe
18 Pied-billed Grebe
6 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Anhinga
15 American White Pelican
3 Great Egret
6 Snowy Egret
12 Little Blue Heron
6 Tricolored Heron
2 Reddish Egret
3 White Ibis
3 White-faced Ibis
25 Roseate Spoonbill
5 Turkey Vulture
1 White-tailed Kite
2 Northern Harrier
14 Harris's Hawk
3 Red-tailed Hawk
55 American Coot
6 Black-necked Stilt
4 American Avocet
2 Killdeer
2 Long-billed Curlew
3 Stilt Sandpiper
76 Long-billed Dowitcher
13 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Lesser Yellowlegs
3 Ring-billed Gull
3 Caspian Tern
2 Belted Kingfisher
1 Green Kingfisher
6 Crested Caracara
1 Eastern Phoebe
4 Great Kiskadee
2 Tropical/Couch's Kingbird
1 Green Jay
1 Northern Mockingbird
1 European Starling
1 Cassin's Sparrow
2 Savannah Sparrow
3 Red-winged Blackbird
3 Eastern Meadowlark
5 Great-tailed Grackle

Number of Taxa: 52

--
Hailey Brown
Intern, Visitor Services
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Los Fresnos, TX
www.fws.gov/refuge/laguna_atascosa


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Date: 2/3/17 11:46 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 3, 2017
Good afternoon, birders!
Santa Ana NWR was calm and peaceful this morning, UNTIL a few peaks of sunlight appeared to light the birds on fire! Small flocks seemed to explode from the thicket as the insects rose in the warm sun. It was great fun to try to keep up with them!
Out at Pintail Lakes, a Merlin gave us a thrill swooping over the lake, causing all the shorebirds to flatten into the water, and a Black-bellied Whistling Duck, as well as Green and Belted Kingfishers gave us great views. Bird walks leave the Visitor's Center daily at 8:30 am - everyone is welcome.
John and Sue Ewan
USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana NWR


Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US Feb 3, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:14 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.75 mile(s)
Comments: Morning bird walk
62 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 1
Gadwall 25
Mottled Duck 5
Blue-winged Teal 17
Northern Pintail 4
Green-winged Teal 6
Ring-necked Duck 2
Ruddy Duck 4
Plain Chachalaca 6
Least Grebe 7
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Neotropic Cormorant 3
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 2
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 2
Tricolored Heron 3
White Ibis 1
White-faced Ibis 1
Turkey Vulture 5
Cooper's Hawk 3
Harris's Hawk 9
American Coot 15
Black-necked Stilt 9
Killdeer 4
Least Sandpiper 2
Long-billed Dowitcher 17
Greater Yellowlegs 6
Lesser Yellowlegs 3
Inca Dove 2
White-tipped Dove 2
Common Pauraque 2
Belted Kingfisher 2
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
Merlin 1
Eastern Phoebe 4
Great Kiskadee 9
Couch's Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 3
Green Jay 2
Tree Swallow 5
Black-crested Titmouse 7
House Wren 1
Marsh Wren 1
Carolina Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Long-billed Thrasher 1
European Starling 50
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Nashville Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 4
Savannah Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 75
Great-tailed Grackle 2
Altamira Oriole 1

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Date: 2/3/17 11:21 am
From: C M Prince <GoldwingerTX...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Western Tanager in Sugar Land 77479
I have had the Western Tanager male at my feeder every day this week.
He is here morning, noon and around 4:30 PM everyday.

I have many pictures of him.

C M Prince
Pearland, TX

On Fri, Feb 3, 2017 at 12:47 PM, Jamie <j.c.fairchild...> wrote:

> I looked out my back window at my bird bath and saw this amaz= ing bright
> yellow bird with black wings and orange above and below his bill= looking
> straight at me. I never saw anything like him. I didn'= t know what he
> was. I took a good lo0k and ran to get a camera. &nbsp= ;Of course, when I
> returned with camera in hand, he was gone. He was = larger than the
> finches,warblers, titmice, and chickadees that I am accust= omed to seeing
> inmy yard on a daily basis. At first, all I could com= e up with as I
> tickedthrough what I know in my head was an oriole, but I'v= e never seen
> an
> oriole with that orange face - and his bill was not so long= and sharp. I
> entered the observation in Merlin to help me with id, b= ut it didn't give
> meanything that looked like my bird. So, I pulled = my Sibley off the
> shelf,and found the Western Tanager, male in non-breedin= g plumage - he
> looks exactly like my bird. I tried to enter in= eBird, but it won't let
> me
> submit a "rare" bird. I'm not really sure= where to go from here. I went
> and scrubbed out my birdbath, and fill= ed it with fresh water, hoping to
> entice. LOL!
> Jamie
>
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Date: 2/3/17 10:48 am
From: Jamie <j.c.fairchild...>
Subject: [texbirds] Western Tanager in Sugar Land 77479
I looked out my back window at my bird bath and saw this amaz= ing bright
yellow bird with black wings and orange above and below his bill= looking
straight at me. I never saw anything like him. I didn'= t know what he
was. I took a good lo0k and ran to get a camera. &nbsp= ;Of course, when I
returned with camera in hand, he was gone. He was = larger than the
finches,warblers, titmice, and chickadees that I am accust= omed to seeing
inmy yard on a daily basis. At first, all I could com= e up with as I
tickedthrough what I know in my head was an oriole, but I'v= e never seen an
oriole with that orange face - and his bill was not so long= and sharp. I
entered the observation in Merlin to help me with id, b= ut it didn't give
meanything that looked like my bird. So, I pulled = my Sibley off the
shelf,and found the Western Tanager, male in non-breedin= g plumage - he
looks exactly like my bird. I tried to enter in= eBird, but it won't let me
submit a "rare" bird. I'm not really sure= where to go from here. I went
and scrubbed out my birdbath, and fill= ed it with fresh water, hoping to
entice. LOL!
Jamie


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Date: 2/3/17 6:57 am
From: Jim Hailey <irasciblej...>
Subject: [texbirds] TOS spring trips
If you are interested in visiting southern Florida and a day trip to the
Tortugas please check out the TOS trip from April 22-30. This is a first
time trip for TOS. There is also my final trip to Alaska this year June
3-18 which will be co-led by current TOS president Byron Stone. Both trips
still have limited openings. You can find all the information at
www.texasbirds.org <http://www.texasbirds.org> under the events tab. Check
it out and contact me if you have any additional questions.


Jim Hailey

Past Presdient TOS

110 Lavaca Lane

Georgetown, TX 78628

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Date: 2/2/17 10:49 pm
From: Erik Breden <erik.breden...>
Subject: [texbirds] Testing a Camera at Estero Llano Grande SP
Texbirders,

Today (Thursday February 2nd) Rex Stanford and I birded Estero Llano
Grande State Park and the farmlands around the McCook area. I was mostly
interested in testing a new camera body, so it was not a rigorous bird
outing.

We did see a few good birds: a Say's Phoebe on the fencelines at the NW
corner of the Hargill Playa, a pair of Greater Roadrunners gathering
sticks for a nest, and a very funny Red-tailed Hawk - funny looking, not
telling jokes 8^).

A few photos, including comparison shots of the cameras can be seen at:

www.otterside.com/winter2017

For you "camera buffs", here is what I was testing...I purchased a Nikon
1 V3 4/3 mirrorless camera and the adapter which allows it to be used
with my regular Nikon lenses. I am taking a trip to China in the spring,
primarily for shorebirds, and I wanted some extra telephoto capability.
The camera performed well against my D7100, although it is perhaps a
little soft and seems to have a slight bluish cast. Overall, however, I
was very satisfied with the results. The Nikon 1 has a 2.7 magnification
factor instead of the normal 1.5 factor of the D7100.

Take a look at the comparison photos, which were taken under harsh
lighting conditions.

Enjoy!

Erik Breden
Weslaco, Texas
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Date: 2/2/17 9:05 pm
From: Arman Moreno <armanmorenobirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Austin Area Rare Bird Alert
This is the Austin Area Rare Bird Alert and has been updated through
2/2/2017. To report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, provide
recent sighting updates, or inquire about location details on birds listed
below, please send an email to <armanmorenobirds...> If submitting a
bird sighting, please include species name, location details, and contact
information.

-Rarities found this week-

A LEAST GREBE was reported from Park View Park in Marble Falls, Burnet
County, on 1/30 and continues through 2/2. The park is located NE of town
near the intersection of Mormon Mill Rd & Park Ridge Dr and was last
spotted at the south end of the pond.

A FERRUGINOUS HAWK was photographed off of CR 232 between US 183 and TX
2091, south of Palmetto State Park in Gonzales County on 1/27. This is the
same stretch of road that also recently produced a Prairie Falcon.

A male RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER was photographed at Joshua Springs Park north of
Boerne in Kendall County on 2/1. The park is right off of Interstate 10 at
the intersection of Ragsdale.


-Continuing bird(s) from previous week-

A COMMON MERGANSER continues through 2/2 in the NE portion of Pace Bend
Park. Look for the signs indicating Mudd Cove/Mesquite Point. The bird has
been hanging around Hagwood Cove all the way into Mudd Cove near the
campground areas but was most recently reported near Tournament Point. The
Williamson County bird continues at Tejas Camp on 1/28.

Two LEAST GREBES continue in Cedar Park, Williamson County, at a small
retention pond off Parksville Way, most recently on 1/29.

An adult WHITE-TAILED HAWK continues in Hays County SE of San Marcos on
1/30. The bird has been spotted along Old Bastrop Rd but most recently was
reported off Redwood Rd. The bird moves around the immediate area a bit so
best bet is likely to drive the roads around the area while keeping an eye
for perched and soaring raptors.

A ZONE-TAILED HAWK continues at Booty's Road Park south of Lake Georgetown
Dam, Williamson County, on 2/2. The bird was perched along the San Gabriel
River across from the star-gazing area.

A male BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD continues at a private residence in SW
Austin, Travis, on 2/1. Another bird continues at a private residence in
Williamson County, most recently reported on 1/29.

A male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD continues at a private residence in New
Braunfels, Comal County, through 1/28.

Up to four VERMILLION FLYCATCHERs continue at Pace Bend Park, Travis, near
Mudd Cove/Mesquite Point, most recently on 2/2.

Two COUCH'S KINGBIRDs continue near a small pond off Hwy 71 just east of
the town of La Grange, Fayette County, on 1/29.This is on the south side of
the highway before crossing the Colorado River into town.

At least one GREAT KISKADEE continues at a private residence off Dickerson
Rd in Caldwell County on 2/1.

A WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH continues its extended stay at Riverview Park
in Seguin, Guadalupe County, on 1/29. This is near the intersection of S
Austin St and River Dr right along the Guadalupe River.

A BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK continues at Warbler Woods in Guadalupe County,
last reported on 2/1.

A male SCOTT'S ORIOLE continues at a private property in Bastrop County,
just north of Lake Bastrop and is being seen daily, last reported on 1/27.


Arman Moreno
Austin, TX

_________________________________________________________________

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


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Date: 2/2/17 4:03 pm
From: Linda <lbarrett10...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: American Goldfinch
We first noticed them about a week ago. This morning hundreds of Cedar Waxwings also made an appearance.

Linda Barrett
SW Houston

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> Joann Thompson
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Date: 2/2/17 1:46 pm
From: Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...>
Subject: [texbirds] MacGillivray's Warbler at LANWR
Rare Bird!
MacGillivray's Warbler seen just this morning at the Laguna Atascosa
National Wildlife Refuge near Los Fresnos. It was seen in the morning and
in the afternoon at the bird photo blind near the Visitor Center.

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Intern, Visitor Services
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Los Fresnos, TX
www.fws.gov/refuge/laguna_atascosa


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Date: 2/2/17 1:44 pm
From: Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...>
Subject: [texbirds] Laguna Atascosa NWR Bird Tour 2/2/2017
Hey everyone! (How is it already February?) Had another fabulous day
birding here at Laguna! We also saw quite a few birds on our habitat tours
this morning and afternoon, including an aplomado falcon both times. They
also saw one on the birding tour! For an endangered species, they sure
aren't shy.
Our bird and habitat tours will continue now through March, every Thursday,
Friday, and Saturday.

If interested in making a reservation for one of our bird tours or for more
information, call the Visitor Center at (956) 748-3607 ex. 111, or get more
information on our website at http://tinyurl.com/zfq3gyo

Laguna Atascosa
Bill and Judy Lubben
Feb 2, 2017
8:20 AM
Traveling
18.00 miles
245 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Laguna Atascosa NWR morning bird tour
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

2 Greater White-fronted Goose
65 Snow Goose
2 American Wigeon
5 Mottled Duck
2 Blue-winged Teal
37 Northern Shoveler
250 Northern Pintail
1 Plain Chachalaca
26 Northern Bobwhite
2 Pied-billed Grebe
3 Eared Grebe
7 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Anhinga
26 American White Pelican
5 Great Blue Heron
6 Great Egret
7 Snowy Egret
3 Little Blue Heron
6 Tricolored Heron
2 Reddish Egret
2 White Ibis
1 White-faced Ibis
3 Roseate Spoonbill
2 Black Vulture
3 Turkey Vulture
2 Osprey
1 White-tailed Kite
3 Northern Harrier
2 Harris's Hawk
3 White-tailed Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
2 Common Gallinule
221 American Coot
3 Sandhill Crane
9 Black-necked Stilt
8 Killdeer
21 Long-billed Curlew
5 Marbled Godwit
15 Long-billed Dowitcher
1 Wilson's Snipe
3 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Lesser Yellowlegs
5 Ring-billed Gull
3 Caspian Tern
2 Forster's Tern
2 Greater Roadrunner
1 Belted Kingfisher
1 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
11 Crested Caracara
3 American Kestrel
1 Merlin
1 Aplomado Falcon
2 Vermilion Flycatcher
2 Great Kiskadee
21 Northern Mockingbird
2 Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 Savannah Sparrow
4 Northern Cardinal
1 Pyrrhuloxia
32 Red-winged Blackbird
5 Eastern Meadowlark

Number of Taxa: 61

--
Hailey Brown
Intern, Visitor Services
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Los Fresnos, TX
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Date: 2/2/17 11:34 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 2, 2017
Good afternoon birders
A lovely walk this morning at Santa Ana NWR. Seven Harris's Hawks were observed in the air all at one time - what a treat, especially for new-to-Texas birders. Come join the fun - walks daily leaving the Visitor's Center at 8:30 am.
John and Sue Ewan
USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana NWR



Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US Feb 2, 2017 8:31 AM - 12:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.75 mile(s)
Comments: Morning bird walk
61 species

Gadwall 11
Mottled Duck 8
Blue-winged Teal 12
Cinnamon Teal 1
Northern Shoveler 30
Northern Pintail 4
Green-winged Teal 10
Ring-necked Duck 2
Ruddy Duck 6
Least Grebe 5
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Neotropic Cormorant 5
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 4
Tricolored Heron 2
White Ibis 3
White-faced Ibis 3
Turkey Vulture 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Harris's Hawk 7
Virginia Rail 1 Heard only
Sora 1 Heard only
American Coot 35
Black-necked Stilt 18
Killdeer 3
Long-billed Dowitcher 42
Spotted Sandpiper 4
Greater Yellowlegs 4
Lesser Yellowlegs 1
Inca Dove 4
White-tipped Dove 1
Mourning Dove 2
Common Pauraque 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 4
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 2 Heard only
Eastern Phoebe 4
Vermilion Flycatcher 1
Great Kiskadee 8
Couch's Kingbird 4
White-eyed Vireo 4
Green Jay 7
Black-crested Titmouse 5
Marsh Wren 1
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Clay-colored Thrush 1
Long-billed Thrasher 3 Heard only
Northern Mockingbird 2
European Starling 14
Orange-crowned Warbler 5
Common Yellowthroat 3
Olive Sparrow 3
Savannah Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 50
Altamira Oriole 3
House Sparrow 12

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Date: 2/2/17 8:57 am
From: Joann E. Thompson <joann510...>
Subject: [texbirds] American Goldfinch
I just had my first of rhe entire season. I yse to have 60 - 70 per dsy
Joann Thompson
SWHOUSTON
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Date: 2/2/17 8:02 am
From: Randy Duncan <osufight...>
Subject: [texbirds] Williamson Co.- Zone Tailed Hawk
     Took a little hike during lunch break yesterday 2/1/17 and refound the Zone Tail on Booty's Park trail below Georgetown Dam. It remained perched directly across the river from the Star Gazing circle maybe a half mile from the parking lot. (Thanks to Tim Fennell for the precise location!) A easy find for a new Wilco bird for me.
Randy DuncanLeander TX
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Date: 2/1/17 5:33 pm
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson...>
Subject: [texbirds] Raptors - Robertson Co. - Sat and Sun
Had some good raptors in Robertson County on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Last week, I saw what I thought were two adult White-tailed Hawks along the
tracks over Hwy 50 near the Hwy 6 by-pass. Well, must have been, as we saw
a 1st yr White-tailed this time.


Of note, a Krider's Hawk, an immature White-tailed Hawk, and a Leucistic
Red-tailed (almost albino, but not quite), a Bald Eagle, and about 4
Harlan's Hawks at various places throughout the Brazos River bottom.



Also had 2 Long-billed Curlews, along with Least Sandpipers, Snipe,
Yellowlegs, and hundreds and hundreds of Killdeer in the flooded, but
drying up fields.


Photos here:

http://www.bluemelon.com/caramia/raptorsrobertsoncountyjan2829-17#page-0


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Date: 2/1/17 11:36 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Feb 1, 2017
Good afternoon birders!
This morning's walk was great fun, especially for several participants who are new to Valley birding, seeing their first Verdin, Black-crested Titmouse, Green Jay, Ruddy Duck, Inca Dove and Common Pauraque. What fun to share these specialties.
Bird walks begin daily at the Santa Ana NWR Visitor's Center at 8:30 am. What a lovely place to view the natural beauty of the Rio Grande Valley.
John and Sue Ewan
USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US Feb 1, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:27 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.75 mile(s)
Comments: Morning bird walk
55 species

Gadwall 12
Mottled Duck 6
Blue-winged Teal 15
Cinnamon Teal 1
Northern Shoveler 15
Green-winged Teal 14
Ring-necked Duck 2
Ruddy Duck 5
Plain Chachalaca 4
Least Grebe 4
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Neotropic Cormorant 4
Great Egret 2
Snowy Egret 3
Tricolored Heron 4
White Ibis 4
White-faced Ibis 5
Turkey Vulture 3
Osprey 2
Harris's Hawk 5
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 25
Black-necked Stilt 9
Killdeer 1
Stilt Sandpiper 1
Long-billed Dowitcher 40
Spotted Sandpiper 3
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Inca Dove 1
Mourning Dove 1
Common Pauraque 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 4
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 5
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 1 Heard only
Eastern Phoebe 3
Great Kiskadee 4
White-eyed Vireo 2
Green Jay 7
Black-crested Titmouse 7
Verdin 1
Carolina Wren 2
Bewick's Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
European Starling 6
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1
Olive Sparrow 2
Savannah Sparrow 2
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 155
House Sparrow 4

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Date: 1/31/17 5:07 pm
From: Bob White <bobwhitebsacbc...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf
I am sorry to have caused all this confusion. It appears that Muffin and Mr. Big Stuff jumped the fence again and are on the loose. Don't worry. They're really friendly. Anyone who sees them would be doing me a favor if you could call me and let me know where they are. Better yet, load them in your car and bring them back to me. They're suckers for Snausages. Muffin is the larger one (I know - the smaller one is Mr. Big Stuff).

Bob White
Spring, TX

> On Jan 31, 2017, at 11:07 AM, Ray Porter <ray.porter314...> wrote:
>
> About 6 months ago I talked to a man who spent a lot of time along the San Jacinto River bottom and he told me he had seen a wolf (larger than a coyote and not a dog).
> I was told by photographer, these animals walked slowly across the road ignoring the photographer.
>
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Date: 1/31/17 2:17 pm
From: C M Prince <GoldwingerTX...>
Subject: [texbirds] {texbirds} Bird ID
I have this bird visiting my feeder for the past two days.
In Pearland, TX off 16730 CR-127.
Could it be a Western Tanager?






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Date: 1/31/17 2:12 pm
From: Ray Porter <ray.porter314...>
Subject: [texbirds] wolf
Hey ... thanks guys for all the input. I am still looking for bigfoot and the boggy creek monster.

Ray Porter
Highlands, Texas
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Date: 1/31/17 1:36 pm
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR.
It was a very nice day for the last day of a January. We finished the morning with 80 species. There were no geese when we started the day but we saw about 7000 white geese at the end of the census. Sparrow numbers were very low. We got a couple of Purple Finches at a feeder on the west side of the refuge. We found one group of 17 Neotropic Cormorants near the end of Tern Pad. We saw 31 Wilson's Snipe a specie that had been difficult to find the last few weeks. There was a Winter Wren near the entrance to Meadow Pond Rd. No Bald Eagles were seen today and I feel that they are finally incubating eggs. Duck numbers seemed to be down. We did find a Great Egret at Meadow Pond.
http://ebird.org/ebird/iss/view/checklist/S34074111
Jack Chiles, Texas master naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR.
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Date: 1/31/17 1:17 pm
From: Brent Ortego <brentortego...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf
Dennis Russell was one of the leading researchers on Red Wolf during the 1970's. I pasted below an abstract of a paper he wrote regarding surveys conducted in Texas. Much of this research went undetected because the public was not very aware of its status at the time. Working with TPWD since 1982, we received reports of Red Wolves every year, but none were ever confirmed. Coyote cross with a large dog can resemble a wolf.

There undoubtedly like most species had a few which lingered, but in this situation it was a biology and numbers game working against the wolf. Animals needed to breed and the most likely mates were expanding populations of coyotes and dogs. In a very quick period, the genes of the few that escaped trapping would have been diluted by interbreeding with other species.


Dennis Russell. 1971. Distribution And Relative Density Of The Red Wolf In Texas. Proc. Annu. Conf. SE Assoc. Fish and Wildlife Agencies 25:131-137


Summer and winter transects were run throughout the range of the red wolf (Canis rufus) along the Texas Gulf Coast utilizing a handcranked siren to elicit howling. The red wolf could be distinguished from the coyote (C. latram) by its patterns of vocalization. Slight confusion was caused by wolves which, located close to the siren barked like domestic dogs. No significant differences were detected between the effectiveness of the technique in winter or summer or between two or four-mile spacings of the howling posts along transects. Heavy fog did cause a significant decrease in the number of responses and high winds probably limited the effectiveness of the technique. Many areas thought to be occupied by red wolves were found to contain only coyotes. The coyote appears to be expanding its range into the marshes and coastal prairies which are the last stronghold of the red wolf. Isolated wolf populations were located in Harris and Brazoria Counties along with the major population grou
ping in Liberty, Chambers and Jefferson Counties. Highest densities of wolves are found on the prairie. There appears to be no genetic linkage between Texas and Louisiana populations because of a canid-free zone surrounding Lake Sabine. Populations of wolves appear to be rapidly disappearing and without rapid protection and aid it is likely that the species will become extinct in the wild within the decade.


Brent Ortego
Victoria, TX

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Subject: Re: [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf

I have seen red wolves twice, both just across the border in Louisiana. One young animal was caught after the youngsters were flooded out of a culvert at Gum Cove Louisiana. That animal eventually went into a zoo breeding programs. The mother abandoned them after the lair flooded.

About the same time I had a female with young in a long cleared area near the Audubon sanctuary west of holly beach Louisiana. The young were in aa dense rose thicket and the mother walked around the thicket a couple of times giving good views. The id was by a group of mammal experts from Missouri that had studied the wolves.

Somewhere, I should have slides of both animals.

Just after I moved to Texas, the Houston Post had an article about wolves howling south of town but within sight of the Houston skyline. Apparently in the Brazos bottoms? but it did not state that they were present at the time of the article.

In early 1984, I was on a large ranch again on the brazos just north of 290 where the owner claimed to have a couple of wolves. Trying to remember, It was probably a couple of years before that that he had seen them near his cows. Between his property and his neighbors, there was probably several thousand acres of scrubland and thickets. I met him years later and the animals were long gone but lots of coyotes around which he said were not common when he had wolves.




On Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 8:42 AM, Brent Ortego <brentortego...><mailto:<brentortego...>> wrote:
The last pure Red Wolves were reported to have been trapped and placed into a captive breeding program during the 1970's. Since the species was low in numbers and readily interbred with coyotes and dogs, it is believed that any individuals which escaped capture would have genetically been bred out of existence.

https://www.fws.gov/redwolf/redwolfrecovery.html


Brent Ortego

Victoria, TX

[https://www.fws.gov/redwolf/Images/ARWCP1.JPG]<https://www.fws.gov/redwolf/redwolfrecovery.html>

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Subject: [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf

I think they are considered extirpated. Could have been coyote alpha males
howling.
On Jan 31, 2017 8:31 AM, "Ray Porter" <ray.porter314...><mailto:<ray.porter314...>> wrote:

> Are there Red Wolves in Harris County? If yes, there may be a pair at San
> Jacinto State Park.
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Date: 1/31/17 12:35 pm
From: Rick Steenberg <rick.steenberg...>
Subject: [texbirds] Red Wolf
An article from the NYT. July 27, 2016, by Carl Zimmer indicates that DNA studies have demonstrated that the Red Wolf was/is never a true species but a hybrid Gray Wolf/Coyote. Don't know if the DNA study is the final word but I would guess that more work will be done. The article states that; about 50,000 years ago there was a split in the genomes; one route lead to the Gray Wolf and the other to the Coyote.
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Date: 1/31/17 12:17 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf
I have seen red wolves twice, both just across the border in Louisiana. One
young animal was caught after the youngsters were flooded out of a culvert
at Gum Cove Louisiana. That animal eventually went into a zoo breeding
programs. The mother abandoned them after the lair flooded.
About the same time I had a female with young in a long cleared area near
the Audubon sanctuary west of holly beach Louisiana. The young were in aa
dense rose thicket and the mother walked around the thicket a couple of
times giving good views. The id was by a group of mammal experts from
Missouri that had studied the wolves.

Somewhere, I should have slides of both animals.

Just after I moved to Texas, the Houston Post had an article about wolves
howling south of town but within sight of the Houston skyline. Apparently
in the Brazos bottoms? but it did not state that they were present at the
time of the article.

In early 1984, I was on a large ranch again on the brazos just north of
290 where the owner claimed to have a couple of wolves. Trying to remember,
It was probably a couple of years before that that he had seen them near
his cows. Between his property and his neighbors, there was probably
several thousand acres of scrubland and thickets. I met him years later and
the animals were long gone but lots of coyotes around which he said were
not common when he had wolves.




On Tue, Jan 31, 2017 at 8:42 AM, Brent Ortego <brentortego...>
wrote:

> The last pure Red Wolves were reported to have been trapped and placed
> into a captive breeding program during the 1970's. Since the species was
> low in numbers and readily interbred with coyotes and dogs, it is believed
> that any individuals which escaped capture would have genetically been bred
> out of existence.
>
> https://www.fws.gov/redwolf/redwolfrecovery.html
>
>
> Brent Ortego
>
> Victoria, TX
>
> [https://www.fws.gov/redwolf/Images/ARWCP1.JPG]<https://
> www.fws.gov/redwolf/redwolfrecovery.html>
>
> Recovery Efforts | Red Wolf Recovery Program<https://www.fws.gov/
> redwolf/redwolfrecovery.html>
> www.fws.gov
> With the red wolf being one of the world's most endangered wild canids, it
> was imperative for the United States to create a recovery program.
>
>
>
>
>
> ________________________________
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> Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 8:32 AM
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> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf
>
> I think they are considered extirpated. Could have been coyote alpha males
> howling.
> On Jan 31, 2017 8:31 AM, "Ray Porter" <ray.porter314...> wrote:
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> > Are there Red Wolves in Harris County? If yes, there may be a pair at San
> > Jacinto State Park.
> >
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Date: 1/31/17 11:19 am
From: Laura Paulson <laura...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 31, 2017
Hi Texbirders,
Twenty-six of us headed out into the refuge for our morning walk and once
again we had the trifecta of kingfishers! This time a female Ringed
Kingfisher got us started out right. We found her perched on the wire over
the canal just behind the Visitor Center. The past few days have brought
sightings of a male but this was our first female. Nice to know they are
both around! Another highlight featured a species we almost always see ...
Harris's Hawks ... but today nest building was in process while our group
looked on. Such a privilege to witness. One of our participant's target
species was actually not a bird but an Indigo Snake and, happily, one
graced us with its presence.
Every day is different. Come join us for a guided bird walk any day of the
week. Meet at the Visitor Center at 8:30 am.

Steve and Laura Paulson
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, Texas

Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Jan 31, 2017 8:15 AM - 12:15 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: 50-77 degrees. Sunny. Breeze picked up as the morning
progressed.
53 species (+2 other taxa)

Gadwall (Anas strepera) 20
Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) 2
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 35
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 15
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 2
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 15
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 5
Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) 11
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 5
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) 5
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 4
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 2
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 3
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 20
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) 6
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 4
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 2
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1
Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) 4
White-tailed Hawk (Geranoaetus albicaudatus) 2
American Coot (Fulica americana) 25
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 25
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 20
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 35
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 3
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 10
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 1
White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi) 5
Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) 2
Ringed Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata) 1 Female perched on wire over
canal behind Visitor Center
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 4
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 6
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 4
Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) 1
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) 10
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 2 heard only
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 1
Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) 5
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 3
swallow sp. (Hirundinidae sp.) 15
Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 4
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 4
Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre) 1
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 4
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 60
Western/Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta/magna) 4
Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) 1 heard only
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 2

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Date: 1/31/17 10:08 am
From: Ray Porter <ray.porter314...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf
Yes I have heard stories about the dark, long tailed cats in the East Texas
river bottoms for 50 years. I wonder if someone has heard or seen
Ivory-billed WP's as well.

Ray Porter
Highlands, TX

-----Original Message-----
From: Brush Freeman
Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 11:10 AM
To: <ray.porter314...>
Cc: <texbirds...>
Subject: Re: [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf

And there black panthers up near Vernon :-)

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 31, 2017, at 11:07 AM, "Ray Porter" <ray.porter314...>
> wrote:
>
> About 6 months ago I talked to a man who spent a lot of time along the San
> Jacinto River bottom and he told me he had seen a wolf (larger than a
> coyote and not a dog).
> I was told by photographer, these animals walked slowly across the road
> ignoring the photographer.
>
> http://s1238.photobucket.com/user/rporter314/media/IMG_1305_zps5aocf8q2.jpg.html
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Date: 1/31/17 9:11 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf
And there black panthers up near Vernon :-)

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 31, 2017, at 11:07 AM, "Ray Porter" <ray.porter314...> wrote:
>
> About 6 months ago I talked to a man who spent a lot of time along the San Jacinto River bottom and he told me he had seen a wolf (larger than a coyote and not a dog).
> I was told by photographer, these animals walked slowly across the road ignoring the photographer.
>
> http://s1238.photobucket.com/user/rporter314/media/IMG_1305_zps5aocf8q2.jpg.html
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Date: 1/31/17 9:08 am
From: Ray Porter <ray.porter314...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf
About 6 months ago I talked to a man who spent a lot of time along the San Jacinto River bottom and he told me he had seen a wolf (larger than a coyote and not a dog).
I was told by photographer, these animals walked slowly across the road ignoring the photographer.

http://s1238.photobucket.com/user/rporter314/media/IMG_1305_zps5aocf8q2.jpg.html

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Date: 1/31/17 6:43 am
From: Brent Ortego <brentortego...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf
The last pure Red Wolves were reported to have been trapped and placed into a captive breeding program during the 1970's. Since the species was low in numbers and readily interbred with coyotes and dogs, it is believed that any individuals which escaped capture would have genetically been bred out of existence.

https://www.fws.gov/redwolf/redwolfrecovery.html


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Sent: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 8:32 AM
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Subject: [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf

I think they are considered extirpated. Could have been coyote alpha males
howling.
On Jan 31, 2017 8:31 AM, "Ray Porter" <ray.porter314...> wrote:

> Are there Red Wolves in Harris County? If yes, there may be a pair at San
> Jacinto State Park.
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> Ray Porter
> Highlands, TX
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Date: 1/31/17 6:39 am
From: tony <hurricanetg...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf

Technically no. I was doing research at the Anahuac NWR and San Bernard NWR in the mid-70s when the last pure wolves were trapped out and put into a breeding program. Genetic swamping with Coyotes was the proximal cause of their demise. There are undoubtedly remnant Red Wolf genes in the Coyote genepool of southeast Texas, although by now, they are many generations removed. Here is an article that details some of this, there are more extensive articles out there if you want to use Google.

http://tpwmagazine.com/archive/2012/dec/LLL_redwolf/
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Subject: [texbirds] Harris County TX wolf

Are there Red Wolves in Harris County? If yes, there may be a pair at San Jacinto State Park.

Ray Porter
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Date: 1/31/17 6:34 am
From: Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Harris County TX wolf
I think they are considered extirpated. Could have been coyote alpha males
howling.
On Jan 31, 2017 8:31 AM, "Ray Porter" <ray.porter314...> wrote:

> Are there Red Wolves in Harris County? If yes, there may be a pair at San
> Jacinto State Park.
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Date: 1/31/17 6:31 am
From: Ray Porter <ray.porter314...>
Subject: [texbirds] Harris County TX wolf
Are there Red Wolves in Harris County? If yes, there may be a pair at San Jacinto State Park.

Ray Porter
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Date: 1/31/17 6:28 am
From: Leslie Linehan <linehanla...>
Subject: [texbirds] molt timing in Selasphorus hummingbirds?
Does anyone know if the timing of molt from immature to adult is different
for Allen's vs Rufous Hummingbirds? I have an immature Selasphorus that I
strongly suspect is an Allen's. I've had really good looks at his tail, but
have not been able to capture a diagnostic photo.


About two weeks ago, he began to acquire wing whistle. Over the course of
several days, it developed into a sound that is subtly different than
Rufous-slightly higher pitched, more musical, and not as loud in volume as a
typical male Rufous. He now has acquired almost all of his adult gorget
feathers. It seems to me that this is early compared to immature Rufous
that I have had overwinter. In fact, most of my immature male Rufous-types,
identified by red back feathers, have departed before acquiring their full
adult plumage.



I'm just wondering if molt timing could confirm an individual bird's
identity.



Leslie Linehan

southern tip of Blanco Co

near the Highway 281/FM306 intersection

~40 miles north of San Antonio

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Date: 1/30/17 9:42 pm
From: Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Orange-cheeked Waxbills--Now Displayed in Harris County ebird
 Texbirders:
Thanks Clayton and Fred for your posts.
In 2016, Cornell sent out a minimum list of exotics that they wanted displayed in Texas to encourage observers to track them. For species beyond those on that list (like Orange-cheeked Waxbills), Cornell lets the various ebird reviewers for the various parts of  a region (in Texas it's a good sized group of people) collectively decide what species to show and what to not show (with the goal of some regional consistency). 
I agree with Fred that it's generally better to display more rather than less--however there are some who have concerns with this approach. All valid records entered are preserved in ebird regardless if they are displayed or not--but displaying encourages more people to enter sightings--as Fred points out.
 I sent a note to the Texas ebird reviewers after seeing Fred's post--the consensus received is to add Orange-cheeked Waxbill to the display in Harris County ebird. 
Thus, 61 previous Harris County Orange-cheeked Waxbill observations that were previously only stored internally in ebird database are set to be viewable--they should display by early tomorrow--and the species has also been added to the Harris County filter.
Thanks again to those who continue to submit their observations to ebird!
John BernerW. Houston
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Date: 1/30/17 5:49 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 1-30-17 Black-headed Grosbeak returns @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
1-30-17 Black-headed Grosbeak returns @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
The Black-headed Grosbeaks have returned--male Friday, before we left town and female today. Harris's Sparrow also and this weekend, LeConte's Sparrow too. Don is getting ~7 species of sparrows in a short time lately.

We were at my 8 yr old's International Gymnastics Meet, so no pictures until we returned. This is where we were--amazing what an 8 yr old can do! https://www.facebook.com/michael.schaezler/posts/10155066570029189

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: 1/30/17 5:18 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from Lynn County on 29 January 2017
Greetings All:
I spent close to seven hours scouring Lynn County yesterday, found an
exciting new wetlands (new to me, anyway) and surprisingly few birds.

Highlights included 2 Greater White-fronted Geese in O'Donnell, 4
Canvasbacks at Skeen Playa, 14 Least Sandpipers at Frog (or Frost, if you
prefer) Lake, 1 Greater Yellowlegs at Frog (Frost) Lake, 1 Black-crowned
Night Heron at the Tahoka Cemetery Complex, and 1 Sage Thrasher at the
County Road EE Wetlands.

I am hoping that things will pick up in Lynn County when/if more rains
arrive and things start greening up. It is looking to be a much harder nut
to crack than was Hockley County.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 1/30/17 5:15 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from Crosby County on 28 January 2017
Greetings All:
I spent about 8 hours in Crosby County on Saturday, trying to keep up with
Rich Kostecke's rampages in Fayette County.

Highlights included 10 Greater White-fronted Geese near Cone, 4 Greater
White-fronted Geese near Ralls, 1 Snow Goose near Ralls, 2 Wood Ducks at
White River Lake, 1 Canvasback south of Crosbyton, 4 Common Mergansers at
White River Lake, 2 Eared Grebes at White River Lake, 3 Western Grebes at
White River Lake, a continuing Clark's Grebe at White River Lake, 3 Least
Sandpipers at White River Lake, 2 Wilson's Snipes south of Crosbyton, 1
Greater Yellowlegs at White River Lake, 1 Great Egret at White River Lake,
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at White River Lake, 1 Merlin at White River
Lake, 1 Common Raven at the 193 x 651 canyon crossing, 1 Common Raven west
of White River Lake, 1 Common Raven at White River Lake, 2 Red-breasted
Nuthatches in the woods north of White River Lake, 1 Brown Creeper at White
River Lake, 1 Rock Wren at the 193 x 651 canyon crossing, 1 Winter Wren in
the woods north of White River Lake, 4 Golden-crowned Kinglets at White
River Lake, 3 Eastern Bluebirds south of Crosbyton, 17 Eastern Bluebirds
west of White River Lake, 2 Eastern Bluebirds at White River Lake, 2
Mountain Bluebirds west of White River Lake, 1 Hermit Thrush at the 193 x
651 canyon crossing, 3 McCown's Longspurs near Cone, 1 Orange-crowned
Warbler at White River Lake, 1 Chipping Sparrow at White River Lake, 1
Swamp Sparrow near Ralls, 1 Swamp Sparrow at White River Lake, 1 Fox
Sparrow at the 193 x 651 canyon crossing, 5 Fox Sparrows at White River
Lake, and 1 Fox Sparrow in the woods north of White River Lake.

A teaser: Rich Kostecke and I are done with our counties for January ...
and we are very, very close.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 1/30/17 5:04 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from Lynn County on 22 January 2017
Greetings All:
As many of you may recall I had a 'momentary lapse of reason' with cranes
on 22 January. The photographs (available on eBird) made it clear that I
had seen an adult Whooping Crane just east of O'Donnell. Given recent
history, this is, arguably, even better than a Common Crane for our region
in winter:)

Other highlights for the day included 17 Snow Geese north of O'Donnell, 24
Canvasbacks at Skeen Playa, 1 Merlin near Wilson, and 1 Common Raven just
east of O'Donnell.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 1/30/17 5:00 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from my region on way to/from TOS meeting
Greetings All:
I am slowly catching up on things and realized, much to my chagrin, that I
have not posted any highlights for some time.

On 11 January 2017 Drew Harvey and I made our way towards McAllen.
Highlights from our area included 1 first winter Herring Gull at Leroy
Elmore Park (Lubbock County) and 2 Common Ravens near Skeen Playa (Lynn
County).

On 16 January 2017 we made our way back into the region - after pausing a
bit to get Drew over 100 in Maverick County. Highlights from our area
included nothing whatsoever! I just wanted to let you folks know that I
occasionally have a 'no highlights' bout of birding in my region.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 1/30/17 4:19 pm
From: Brent Ortego <brentortego...>
Subject: [texbirds] Breeding Bird Survey Volunteer Request-1
BREEDING BIRD SURVEY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
This is my annual request for volunteer sign-up to conduct roadside breeding bird surveys (BBS) in Texas during 2017. There are 3 vacancies in the Panhandle, 5 in West Texas, 3 in North Central Texas, 3 in Central Texas, 1 in Northeast Texas, 3 in Southeast Texas, and 3 in South Texas. Read below for more details.

For those not familiar with the survey methodology, the BBS is the National Survey which is the primary source for breeding bird population trends in the nation. This survey has about 3000 randomly located routes across the United States. Each route is 24.5 miles long with 50 stops spaced 0.5 miles apart. At each stop during a 3 minute period, the observer tallies all birds seen within mile and all birds heard. The route lasts from 30 minutes before sunrise until you finish which is normally about 11 a.m. The route needs to be run ONCE each year during the months of May or June; exact dates vary with each route. It might require a pre-survey scouting trip just to familiarize yourself with the route, and a little paper/computer work after the route is done. The observer needs to be able to identify most of the birds along the route by call and all by sight. Along routes in agricultural areas, this might only mean about 20 species by call, but in more complex forested areas i
t might mean 70 species.

National and local conservation organizations regularly use BBS data (see www.stateofthebirds.org) in their analysis. They focus very strongly on breeding bird population trends generated by YOUR DATA, and also used bird density data extensively. Partners In Flight has developed models to estimate breeding density and distribution for all species they are tracking with BBS data. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has used the data when they developed a statewide conservation plan for birds (see http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/pwd_pl_w7000_1187a/) . Conservation Joint Ventures across the nation regularly use BBS data as they implement their new All Birds management goals. It has been very satisfying seeing the product of our works being used to influence national and local decisions on avian conservation.

Texas has 196 BBS routes and 21 vacancies. The National Office has started listing routes as vacant when they have not received data from a volunteer for two years. If you see your route listed as vacant, check your files and resubmit your data because the National Office has not received it.

This seems like a lot of routes, but it is not for a state our size. Due to the variability of the data, we are trying to run at least 14 routes per ecological area and there are 10 ecological areas in Texas. This should provide us a statistically valid sample of population trends of birds breeding near highways. We are getting close to obtaining this sample size in every bird region. We always have problems getting qualified birders to do routes in the more rural parts of the State. While there are plenty of good birders in Texas, the birders are concentrated in urban areas and the birds are spread throughout the State causing logistics problems of running routes in remote parts of the Texas. A classic example is West Texas and the Panhandle, lots of country and few birders.

When you volunteer, I will need your NAME, MAILING ADDRESS, E-MAIL, TELEPHONE NUMBER and ROUTE of interest.

I am listing below vacant routes by geographic areas. Species data for each route can be obtained at the link = https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/RouteMap/Map.cfm. Those areas with the largest numbers of vacancies are the areas needing the most help. If you are interesting in helping, or would like more information, reply to this e-mail.
BBS - USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center<https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/RouteMap/Map.cfm>
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The North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) is a large-scale, long-term monitoring program designed to track the status and trends of North American bird populations.



PANHANDLE

Route 095 Clarendon Donley County
Route 100 Channing Hartley County
Route 107 Hackberry Cottle County

WEST TEXAS

Route 111 Girvin Pecos County
Route 391 Marfa Presidio County
Route 394 Pecos Reeves County
Route 395 Van Horn Culberson County
Route 418 Pumpville Val Verde County


NORTHCENTRAL TEXAS

Route 063 Weatherford Parker County
Route 078 Grayback Wilbarger County
Route 361 Megargel Archer County

CENTRAL TEXAS

Route 042 Harper Gillespie County
Route 353 Hawley Jones County
Route 438 Comanche Comanche County


NORTHEAST TEXAS

Route 056 Morton Harrison County


SOUTHEAST TEXAS

Route 322 Union Hill Walker County
Route 334 Powell Park San Augustine County
Route 906 Neches Hardin County


COASTAL PRAIRIE

No Vacancies!

SOUTH TEXAS

Route 005 Kingsville Kleberg
Route 019 La Pryor Zavalla County
Route 204 Guerra Zapata County





https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/RouteMap/Map.cfm location of route maps
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www.pwrc.usgs.gov
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https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBS/PublicDataInterface/index.cfm?fuseaction=PublicDataInterface.viewPublic raw data online retrieval system link provides location of species totals by route by year. Explore US Results and Analysis tab.

https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBS/learning/ BBS Methods
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www.pwrc.usgs.gov
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Brent Ortego
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Date: 1/30/17 12:30 pm
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Orange-cheeked waxbill
Clayton and Linsey,

You do have the correct species. As to why they are no longer displayed on eBird perhaps John Berner will answer in time. In checking it appears that most of the exotics are missing except those that are thought to reproduce annually in the area.

I find this disturbing since it makes it difficult to learn about the release rate or release sequence for these birds if reports are not easily seen. The Asian community has a tradition of animal release. Since there is a large Asian community in SW Houston we find most of the exotic finches in this area. As to exactly when they are released or if it corresponds with religious events or is personally based I have yet to learn. Finches are sometimes released at weddings. Guest are given a small box with a finch inside and at the appropriate time the birds are released. A large wedding may release 100 birds at one moment. Last year Mary Ann Weber of the Houston Audubon Society found 20 Orange-cheeked Waxbills and many individuals of two species of Munia at Bishop Fierenza Park on Eldridge Road on Feb 24. I suggest others look for the species there about that date and we might learn if that was a onetime event or an annual release date. The more inexpensive finches are the ones used in
this practice but interestingly the inexpensive Society Finches are seldom if ever encountered. This species is a domestic one with poor survival skills. Apparently if they are part of the release they soon fall prey to predators. The Orange-cheeked Waxbill seems linked to areas with more tall grass wetlands.


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

Harris County Precinct 3
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From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Clayton Leopold
Sent: Monday, January 30, 2017 7:46 AM
To: <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Orange-cheeked waxbill

Does anyone know why the Houston Orange-cheeked Waxbill sightings were taken off e-bird? Was I mistaken thinking that they were even on there?
Maybe I have the wrong species?
I was looking to go see a group today and I can't find a single sighting anymore of their current locations. I do know where a few flocks used to be but it has been a while.

--
Clayton & Linsey Leopold
Texas City


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Date: 1/30/17 11:23 am
From: Laura Paulson <laura...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 30, 2017
Oh my, it was a fabulous day to be birding the Refuge. We had eyes on the
Tropical Parula before the walk even got officially started but it was
cooperative and everyone got looks as they showed up. And it was our first
time this season for the trifecta of kingfishers, Green, Belted and
Ringed!! The Ringed Kingfisher, the Tropical Parula and the Verdin were
lifers for folks on the walk. What a blast to share that! Another group
taking a van tour through the refuge also sighted an Ash-throated
Flycatcher out at Pintail Lakes. Good to know it is still around.
Guided walks leave from the Visitor Center every morning at 8:30 am. We
hope you'll join us!

Steve and Laura Paulson
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, Texas


Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Jan 30, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Cool 53 degree start, warming quickly up to 77 degrees.
Sunny, calm.
63 species (+1 other taxa)

Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 8
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 12
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 6
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 6
Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) 14
Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) 1
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 3
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) 5
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 4
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 2
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 2
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 6
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) 6
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) 1
Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) 5
White-tailed Hawk (Geranoaetus albicaudatus) 1 very distant
Sora (Porzana carolina) 1
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 10
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 20
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 1
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 3
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 2
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 3
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 8
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 1
White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi) 4
Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) 1
Ringed Kingfisher (Megaceryle torquata) 1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) 3
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 5
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 6
Crested Caracara (Caracara cheriway) 1
Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) 1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 5
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) 20
flycatcher sp. (Tyrannidae sp.) (Tyrannidae sp.) 1 Possible Least
along the Pintail Lakes trail
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 2
Blue-headed Vireo (Vireo solitarius) 1
Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) 6
Cave Swallow (Petrochelidon fulva) 20
Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 4
Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) 2
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 1 heard only
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2
Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre) 12
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 1
Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) 1
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 10
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 2
Tropical Parula (Setophaga pitiayumi) 1 Continuing bird near Visitor
Center. Small, yellow throat, white belly and wing bars, dark face. Seen by
the whole group before the walk officially even got started.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 3
Olive Sparrow (Arremonops rufivirgatus) 2
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 1
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 60
Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) 2
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 1
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/
checklist/S34051201

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Date: 1/30/17 5:46 am
From: Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12...>
Subject: [texbirds] Orange-cheeked waxbill
Does anyone know why the Houston Orange-cheeked Waxbill sightings were
taken off e-bird? Was I mistaken thinking that they were even on there?
Maybe I have the wrong species?
I was looking to go see a group today and I can't find a single sighting
anymore of their current locations. I do know where a few flocks used to be
but it has been a while.

--
Clayton & Linsey Leopold
Texas City


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Date: 1/29/17 6:19 pm
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Houston Greater Pewee's (1/29)
Aw, it's simple - they like TX BBQ!

Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
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To: <jmhinson...>; TEXBIRDS <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Houston Greater Pewee's (1/29)

This brings up the statement, about the Golden Crowned Warbler. Someone posted "he's back". Did the bird ever leave? Did he over winter, over summer?
And if he left and returned, where did he go back to, Mexico, Central
America?? Good work and details on the (2) Greater Pewee's
in Houston.

Charles Easley
Cleburne, Texas


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Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2017 12:54 PM
To: TEXBIRDS
Subject: [texbirds] Houston Greater Pewee's (1/29)

Texbirders

Today was the day that two groups of area birders set out to prove the theory of the existence of possibly 2 Greater Pewee's here in the Houston area. One group started at sunrise out in Bear Creek Park, and simultaneously the other out at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 2 1/2-3 miles away.
The Pewee out at Bear Creek appeared at 7:24 AM near Restroom #9. While we kept vigil on that bird, at 7:37 AM, the group out at Memorial Oaks called and said they were on the other. Seems quite extraordinary to me, considering this is the 5th year in a row we've had at least one of this species here. I believe that something my be evolving with the range of this species.

Jim Hinson
Houston, Tx.
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Date: 1/29/17 2:02 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Birder Patrol Report
Hi, all! The following report is from Norma:


Seven brave souls met for the Saturday Birder Patrol and in spite of cold
winds had a great day of birding. Norma Friedrich led the trip which
resulted in lifers for some of the guest birders.



After introductions all around the troupe moved on to the La Feria Nature
Park. There we braved the cold and wind for a short walk around the front
pond hoping for a king rail. We had to settle for two green herons, two
white-tailed kites and an aerial stream of 34 white pelicans.



Deciding to strictly car bird after that excursion we proceeded to the
Kansas City Road ponds and the Sugar Mill ponds finding the usual ducks,
egrets and herons. After discovering that 4 in the group had not been to
Delta Lakes Park we headed that direction. Norma spotted a Merlin on a clump
in a pasture and did a quick turn around in time for all to view it take
flight.



Both sides of Delta Lake were productive, on the West side of 88 the lake
was shallow with lots of shorebirds. The highlight in the Park were 4
individual male vermilion flycatchers and a female. These were one of the
four life birds ticked for visiting birder Leigh Baker.



But we didn't stop there, we continued up Rio Beef Road for a dose of
pyrrhuloxia, cardinals, OC and YR warblers, blue-gray gnatcatchers, green
jays and titmice. Unfortunately the target Brewer's blackbird was not seen.
Five of the group returned via Raymondville stopping at The Boot Company for
lunch.



57 Birds seen for the morning. Not bad for car birding!



Gadwall

Mottled Duck

Blue-winged Teal

Northern Shoveler

Northern Pintail

Redhead

Ruddy Duck

Pied-billed Grebe

Neotropic Cormorant

Double-crested Cormorant

Anhinga

American White Pelican

Great Blue Heron

Great Egret

Snowy Egret

Little Blue Heron

Tricolored Heron

Cattle Egret

Green Heron

White Ibis

White-faced Ibis

Roseate Spoonbill

Black Vulture

Turkey Vulture

Osprey

White-tailed Kite

White-tailed Hawk

Northern Harrier

American Coot

Sandhill Crane

Killdeer

Least Sandpiper

Western Sandpiper

Long-billed Dowitcher

Laughing Gull

Caspian Tern

Eurasian Collared-Dove

Mourning Dove

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Belted Kingfisher

Eastern Phoebe

Couch's Kingbird

Loggerhead Shrike

Green Jay

Purple Martin

Tree Swallow

Black-crested Titmouse

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Northern Mockingbird

European Starling

Orange-crowned Warbler

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Red-winged Blackbird

Eastern Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark

Great-tailed Grackle

House Sparrow



Norma Friedrich

President

Arroyo Colorado Audubon Society

PO Box 531582

Harlingen, TX 78553

361-676-6416



FIND US ON FACEBOOK!





Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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





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Date: 1/29/17 11:57 am
From: Laura Paulson <laura...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 29, 2017
Hi Texbirders,
We started by heading out to Pintail Lakes and we never made it anywhere
else. We spent a little extra time following up on a reported Ringed
Kingfisher at the river overlook ... a special thing as they have been in
short supply this year. Though we did not relocate it, we were rewarded in
other ways, including White-tailed Hawks, Harris's Hawks, a young Gray
Hawk, a Northern Harrier and a flock of circling White Pelicans. We did
have at least three different Green Kingfishers and two Belted Kingfishers.
Right at the end of the walk, as we strolled behind the Visitor Center, we
heard and saw a Northern Beardless Tyrannulet and everyone commented on
what a perfect way to end the walk that was. And then... drum roll, please
... the Tropical Parula showed up too. Woo hoo!
Guided bird walks leave from the Visitor Center at 8:30 am every day. We
hope you'll join us!

Steve and Laura Paulson
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, Texas


Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Jan 29, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:40 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments: Mostly sunny, 41-70 degrees.
67 species (+3 other taxa)

Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 6
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 10
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 8
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 3
Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) 15 Most of them heard only from near
the photo blind. They were quite agitated as if a hawk had just flown
through.
Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) 2
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 5
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) 3
American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos) 8 Circling overhead
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 2
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 2
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 2
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 9
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) 6
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2
Northern Harrier (Circus cyaneus) 1
Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) 2
Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) 2
White-tailed Hawk (Geranoaetus albicaudatus) 2
Gray Hawk (Buteo plagiatus) 1 immature
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) 2 heard only, one called and the other
responded
Sora (Porzana carolina) 1 heard only
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 10
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 15
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 6
Least Sandpiper (Calidris minutilla) 20
Long-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus scolopaceus) 2
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 3
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 3
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 5
Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca/flavipes) 10
Caspian Tern (Hydroprogne caspia) 1
White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi) 3
Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) 1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 2
Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) 3
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 4
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet (Camptostoma imberbe) 2 one heard only
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 4
Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) 1
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) 16
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 2
Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) 6
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 4
Cave Swallow (Petrochelidon fulva) 6
swallow sp. (Hirundinidae sp.) 25
Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 4
Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) 1 heard only
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2
Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre) 2 heard only
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 2
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 16
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 6
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) 1
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 4
Tropical Parula (Setophaga pitiayumi) 1 Continuing. Seen behind
Visitor Center. Small warbler, bright yellow throat, white belly and wing
bars, all dark face, greenish back.
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 3
Olive Sparrow (Arremonops rufivirgatus) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 2 heard only, singing
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 170
Western/Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta/magna) 3
Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) 6
Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) 2 heard only
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 4

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Date: 1/29/17 11:22 am
From: Charles W. Easley <cwebirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Houston Greater Pewee's (1/29)
This brings up the statement, about the Golden Crowned Warbler. Someone
posted "he's back". Did the bird ever leave? Did he over winter, over
summer?
And if he left and returned, where did he go back to, Mexico, Central
America?? Good work and details on the (2) Greater Pewee's
in Houston.

Charles Easley
Cleburne, Texas


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From: James Hinson
Sent: Sunday, January 29, 2017 12:54 PM
To: TEXBIRDS
Subject: [texbirds] Houston Greater Pewee's (1/29)

Texbirders

Today was the day that two groups of area birders set out to prove the
theory of the existence of possibly 2 Greater Pewee's here in the Houston
area. One group started at sunrise out in Bear Creek Park, and
simultaneously the other out at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 2 1/2-3 miles away.
The Pewee out at Bear Creek appeared at 7:24 AM near Restroom #9. While we
kept vigil on that bird, at 7:37 AM, the group out at Memorial Oaks called
and said they were on the other. Seems quite extraordinary to me,
considering this is the 5th year in a row we've had at least one of this
species here. I believe that something my be evolving with the range of this
species.

Jim Hinson
Houston, Tx.
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Date: 1/29/17 11:16 am
From: Sonny Bratz <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender ibratz for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Refugio Co Golden Crowned Warbler 1/29/17
I saw the Golden Crowned Warbler at 11:05 this morning. It was in the area to the left of the Kingfisher Point sign across the pavement in the thicket. It was near a very large tree with roots around the bottom. It foraged 3 to 6 feet of the ground. Other rarities seen include Tropical Parula, Louisiana Waterthrush, Black-headed Grosbeak, and a White-tipped Dove was heard calling in the area behind the oxbow in the creek. Great morning in this special park

Sonny Bratz
Victoria

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Date: 1/29/17 10:58 am
From: James Hinson <jmhinson...>
Subject: [texbirds] Houston Greater Pewee's (1/29)
Texbirders

Today was the day that two groups of area birders set out to prove the theory of the existence of possibly 2 Greater Pewee's here in the Houston area. One group started at sunrise out in Bear Creek Park, and simultaneously the other out at Memorial Oaks Cemetery, 2 1/2-3 miles away. The Pewee out at Bear Creek appeared at 7:24 AM near Restroom #9. While we kept vigil on that bird, at 7:37 AM, the group out at Memorial Oaks called and said they were on the other. Seems quite extraordinary to me, considering this is the 5th year in a row we've had at least one of this species here. I believe that something my be evolving with the range of this species.

Jim Hinson
Houston, Tx.
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Date: 1/29/17 6:01 am
From: Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...>
Subject: [texbirds] Laguna Atascosa NWR Bird Tour 1/27/2017
Friday was a slower day for birding, (we got fewer total species), but a
huge highlight was seeing not one but TWO Aplomado Falcons!
So join us! Our bird and habitat tours will continue now through March,
every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

If interested in making a reservation for one of our bird tours or for more
information, call the Visitor Center at (956) 748-3607 ex. 111, or get more
information on our website at http://tinyurl.com/zfq3gyo

US-TX-Los Fresnos-Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge -Bahia Grande
Unit
Bill and Judy Lubben
Jan 27, 2017
8:24 AM
Traveling
41.00 miles
206 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Laguna Atascosa NWR Bahia Grande Unit
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

8 Northern Pintail
45 Redhead
5 Northern Bobwhite
3 Neotropic Cormorant
5 Double-crested Cormorant
79 American White Pelican
2 Brown Pelican
3 Great Blue Heron
7 Great Egret
4 Snowy Egret
3 Little Blue Heron
3 Tricolored Heron
3 Reddish Egret
3 Turkey Vulture
2 White-tailed Kite
1 Northern Harrier
5 Harris's Hawk
3 White-tailed Hawk
21 Long-billed Curlew
2 Solitary Sandpiper
3 Willet
5 Caspian Tern
15 Forster's Tern
1 Crested Caracara
3 American Kestrel
2 Aplomado Falcon
2 Couch's Kingbird
2 Loggerhead Shrike
14 Horned Lark
5 Northern Mockingbird
7 Savannah Sparrow
125 Red-winged Blackbird
15 Eastern Meadowlark
26 Great-tailed Grackle

Number of Taxa: 34

--
Hailey Brown
Intern, Visitor Services
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Los Fresnos, TX
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Date: 1/28/17 9:36 pm
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update 290 species, 48 Sagebrush Sparrows
Big Year Blog update, 290 species. We had an incredible 48 Sagebrush
Sparrows today!

http://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2017/01/bushels-of-sagebrush-sparrows.html

--
David Sarkozi
Houston, TX
(713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
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Date: 1/28/17 1:25 pm
From: Mt Woman <mtwoman55...>
Subject: [texbirds] Crested Caracara in S Parker County today
Saw it along Bethel/1884, almost to Tin Top Road, in a field with cattle.
You can see it here: http://www.pbase.com/mtwoman/crested_caracara_2

Photos are not crisp; was shooting back over my shoulder from inside my car on the side of the road past it.


Tzila "Z" Duenzl

S Parker County, Texas

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Date: 1/28/17 12:14 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Anahuac to the Texas City Dike Thursday
I did the loop around the bay on Thursday starting at Anahuac a bit after
sunrise after a detour caused by I-10 being blocked east of 610. Did not
miss very much.
Lots of birds in parts of Shoveler Pond and other parts rather empty. Was
in California for the holidays and again noted how the shovelers there are
further along in molt than birds in Texas. Would have noted the same thing
for ruddy ducks if there had been any ruddy ducks for the day.

For the 5th year in a row, an immature cooper's hawk has established a
territory at Anahuac using the same posts as a perch and fleeing the car to
the same spot. Not quite sure how the hawk remembers where to sit and react
each year.

Some signs of spring were the singing pied-billed grebes who are getting
pied-bills and great blue herons with new long plumes. Some laughing gulls
have almost all black heads.

Spent a good bit of time with the burrowing owl waiting for him to do
something. He did turn his head to the right and then the left but when he
stood up on the stone to get more sun, the wind ruffled his feathers and he
retreated down to the hole. A snipe was a couple of feet away.

A nice gentleman was bumping hawks along 1985 and a bald eagle went across
at speed heading for a goose flock. Earlier, an eagle had harassed a goose
flock way off from frozen point.

The big flock of geese are along 124 about 1 mile north of the intracoastal
bridge on the west side where it is not good to stop. The cross further
north commemorates a car that parked and then hit by another passing on the
right shoulder.

The water was way off in the distance at Rollover and too much sand was
blowing for a nice walk on the flats so I took the ferry across. No sign of
the booby or large flock of pelicans on the Galveston side.

They have done a very nice job in making a viewing/fishing access on 61st
street. Pulled in on the north side and a group of loons were on the south
side. Moved over there and the loons were steaming west at speed. All
seemed to be common. And one horned grebe. But a great improvement over the
old parking lots that were often closed since Ike. Some loons east of 61st
too.

On up to the texas city dike and found lots of mud. An odd adult herring?
gull at the first fish cleaning station had a bill of a ring-billed gull
(orange with a full ring) but was otherwise a herring gull with pink legs
and light eye. No other odd gulls and no shorebirds or good wet spots. 3
pairs of American oystercatchers were paired.

going out the dike, only had one loon but coming back boat and barge
traffic moved birds out from the refinery area. Two dense groups of eared
grebes and a loose flock of some 300+ red-breasted mergansers were the most
I have ever seen in one group. The mergansers at the back kept flying over
the group to feed in front. Loons also came out and were scattered all
along the dike and all appeared to be common.

Lots of missing birds as there were only 2 royal terns with the more common
forster's.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 1/28/17 12:10 pm
From: Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Edinburg Scenic Wetlands WBC (LTC 061), Jan 28, 2017
Chilly but nice birding at Edinburg World Birding Center and part of the adjacent municipal park. Brown Pelican definitely unexpected!
Regards,
Tim Brush
Edinburg, TX


Edinburg Scenic Wetlands WBC (LTC 061), Hidalgo, Texas, US Jan 28, 2017 7:50 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments: with Subtropical Ornithology class--butterfly garden area, north pond, south pond and serpentine lake in municipal park--overcast, low 50s, N 5-10+ but no rain
52 species (+2 other taxa)

Muscovy Duck (Domestic type) 3
Gadwall 2
Mallard 1 one green-headed male with domestic "blends"
Mallard (Domestic type) 6
Blue-winged Teal 3
Northern Shoveler 12
Lesser Scaup 18
Plain Chachalaca 3 sw corner, butterfly garden
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Neotropic Cormorant 22
Double-crested Cormorant 6
Anhinga 1 female
American White Pelican 8
Brown Pelican 1 brownish pelican--2nd-yeard bird, dull brownish gray all over, obvious pelican bill and body shape, slightly smaller than American White Pelicans it was accompanying on north pond
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 2
Snowy Egret 5
Tricolored Heron 2
Cattle Egret 5
Green Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Osprey 1
Common Gallinule 1
American Coot 15
Least Sandpiper 7
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Inca Dove 8
White-tipped Dove 1 quick look
Mourning Dove 6
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 1
Ringed Kingfisher 1 male
Green Kingfisher 2 male on serpentine lake, female on north pond
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1 drilling into mesquite near pavilion in municipal park--seemed to be transitional between juv. and adult female
Great Kiskadee 3
Loggerhead Shrike 1
White-eyed Vireo 1 unseen singing male
Green Jay 2 sw corner of butterfly garde
Black-crested Titmouse 1 singing male in butterfly garden entrance area
House Wren 1
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher 3
Curve-billed Thrasher 2
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 6
Common Starling 5
American Pipit 4
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 1 heard only--south pond
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 1 in mesquite with sapsucker--checking sap holes after it moved
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Great-tailed Grackle 45
House Sparrow 4

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Date: 1/28/17 11:08 am
From: Mark and Joanie Hubinger <mjhubrr...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 28, 2017
Good afternoon Texbirders...Anytime your birdwalk starts out with a
Tropical Parula is a good day. Despite the weather forcast, a few hardy
birders came out to join us and we were rewarded with 9 warblers on our
count!!! Very birdy around the Willow Lakes Trail system, so with 4 hours
in, we never made it out to Pintail Lakes. See our list below.
Giving our last "Birding Adventures - Panama" program today in the Santa
Ana NWR Auditorium at 2:00PM.

Mark & Joanie Hubinger
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana NWR
Alamo, Texas


Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Jan 28, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
Comments: Morning Bird Walk...only Chachalaca and Willow Lakes trails
64 species

Gadwall 60
Mottled Duck 3
Blue-winged Teal 12
Cinnamon Teal 1
Northern Shoveler 25
Northern Pintail 6
Green-winged Teal 15
Ring-necked Duck 2
Plain Chachalaca 1
Least Grebe 6
Great Blue Heron 1
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Harris's Hawk 4
Common Gallinule 1
American Coot 25
Black-necked Stilt 15
Killdeer 6
Wilson's Snipe 1
Greater Yellowlegs 1
Inca Dove 5
White-tipped Dove 3
Common Pauraque 2
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 4
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 2 heard
Eastern Phoebe 3
Vermilion Flycatcher 1
Great Kiskadee 8
Couch's Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 3
Blue-headed Vireo 2
Green Jay 5
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Black-crested Titmouse 6
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 6
Bewick's Wren 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 4
Clay-colored Thrush 2
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 4
European Starling 6
Black-and-white Warbler 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 8
Nashville Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 4
Northern Parula 1
Tropical Parula 1 continuing bird, dark mask with no eye-arcs, bright
yellow breast, seen in parking lot, then butterfly garde
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 3
Black-throated Gray Warbler 1
Olive Sparrow 1
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 60
Great-tailed Grackle 2
Altamira Oriole 1
Lesser Goldfinch 2

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Date: 1/28/17 10:02 am
From: Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12...>
Subject: [texbirds] Golden-crowned Warbler
I was in Fulton at daybreak to see the Broad-billed Hummingbird, and he
showed up for about 5 minutes. Having bagged that bird quickly, I headed to
Refugio with more than expected time to find the Warbler.
I took 35 to FM 774, although it was not the best of roads it yielded
numerous wildlife. Along the road I saw probably 40 whitetail, many
raptors, coyote, and a wild hog eating on a dead cow. If you are into
photography, it may be worth checking out, most animals were led than 60
feet away.

I was not able to locate, along with many other biders, the Golden-crowned
Warbler. I tried for roughly 3 hours in the drizzle. I had another
obligation to make so I was forced to leave at 11, by then the sun was
coming out and birds began moving. Probably would be a good bet that it'll
be out this afternoon.


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Date: 1/27/17 7:02 pm
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Big Year Update, 282 species Baird's Sparrow and Lewis's Woodpecker
Big Year Blog Update for my first two days in West Texas, 282 species,
added Lewis's Woodpecker and Baird's Sparrow.

http://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2017/01/the-amazing-pink-bellied-woodpecker.html

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David Sarkozi
Houston, TX
(713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
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Date: 1/27/17 11:45 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 27, 2017
Good morning birders!
What a lovely morning for a bird walk. Sunny, warming temperatures energized the insects, which brought the birds. A pair of female Ring-necked Ducks were a new addition to Willow Lakes, and out at Pintail Lakes, mixed Ibis flocks and multiple sightings of male and female Belted and Green Kingfishers were thrilling. Bird Walks leave daily from the Visitor's Center at 8:30 am.
John and Sue Ewan
USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana NWR


Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US Jan 27, 2017 8:31 AM - 12:45 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Morning bird walk
65 species

Gadwall 15
Mottled Duck 4
Blue-winged Teal 14
Northern Shoveler 35
Northern Pintail 4
Ring-necked Duck 2
Lesser Scaup 1
Ruddy Duck 1
Plain Chachalaca 19
Least Grebe 17
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Neotropic Cormorant 1
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Great Egret 2
Snowy Egret 1
Tricolored Heron 2
White Ibis 14
White-faced Ibis 6
Roseate Spoonbill 4
Turkey Vulture 3
White-tailed Kite 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Harris's Hawk 4
White-tailed Hawk 1
Sora 1
American Coot 15
Black-necked Stilt 12
Killdeer 9 Fly over
Least Sandpiper 12
Spotted Sandpiper 4
Greater Yellowlegs 4
Lesser Yellowlegs 9
Inca Dove 4
White-tipped Dove 6
White-winged Dove 2
Common Pauraque 2
Belted Kingfisher 2
Green Kingfisher 3
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 5
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 1 Heard only
Eastern Phoebe 1
Vermilion Flycatcher 1
Great Kiskadee 15
Couch's Kingbird 5
White-eyed Vireo 7
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Green Jay 3
Tree Swallow 11
Cave Swallow 6
Black-crested Titmouse 5
Verdin 1
Marsh Wren 1
Carolina Wren 5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 5
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Clay-colored Thrush 1
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 5
Nashville Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 2
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 152
House Sparrow 5

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Date: 1/27/17 7:19 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 1-27-19 Black-headed Grosbeak @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Don got a lousy photo for proof of life, male Black-headed Grosbeak at Thomas' Meadow at Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary , Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe WarblerWoods.org
Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org
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: 1/27/17 6:40 am
From: Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...>
Subject: [texbirds] Laguna Atascosa NWR Bird Tour 1/26/2017
Lots of amazing birds on our tour yesterday! We saw buffleheads, roseate
spoonbills, and even a sprague's pipit! A special treat was the red-tailed
hawk, which isn't seen too often in this area.
Our bird and habitat tours will continue now through March, every Thursday,
Friday, and Saturday.

If interested in making a reservation for one of our bird tours or for more
information, call the Visitor Center at (956) 748-3607 ex. 111, or get more
information on our website at http://tinyurl.com/zfq3gyo

Laguna Atascosa
Jan 26, 2017
8:15 AM
Traveling
10.00 miles
257 Minutes
All birds reported? Yes
Comments: Laguna Atascosa NWR Morning bird tour
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.4.2 Build 114

9 Snow Goose
2 Gadwall
8 Blue-winged Teal
46 Northern Shoveler
76 Northern Pintail
1 Canvasback
5 Bufflehead
14 Ruddy Duck
4 Northern Bobwhite
3 Least Grebe
6 Pied-billed Grebe
1 Double-crested Cormorant
19 American White Pelican
5 Great Blue Heron
4 Great Egret
7 Snowy Egret
11 Little Blue Heron
6 Tricolored Heron
1 Reddish Egret
24 White Ibis
9 White-faced Ibis
25 Roseate Spoonbill
8 Turkey Vulture
4 Northern Harrier
4 Harris's Hawk
2 White-tailed Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
81 American Coot
2 American Avocet
4 Killdeer
4 Whimbrel
32 Long-billed Curlew
3 Stilt Sandpiper
156 Long-billed Dowitcher
1 Spotted Sandpiper
5 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Ring-billed Gull
4 Gull-billed Tern
6 Forster's Tern
26 White-tipped Dove
2 Belted Kingfisher
2 Green Kingfisher
1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
18 Crested Caracara
3 American Kestrel
1 Eastern Phoebe
6 Great Kiskadee
2 Couch's Kingbird
1 Loggerhead Shrike
19 Horned Lark
10 Northern Mockingbird
1 Sprague's Pipit
1 Savannah Sparrow
8 Eastern Meadowlark
14 Great-tailed Grackle

Number of Taxa: 55

--
Hailey Brown
Intern, Visitor Services
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Los Fresnos, TX
www.fws.gov/refuge/laguna_atascosa


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Date: 1/27/17 4:24 am
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Birder Patrol Update
Hi, all!


Well, it's borderline: forecast tomorrow calls for a 60% chance of rain and
a high of 55 - sounds pretty miserable, but for those who still want to
brave it, we're still a go! If it's actually raining when we meet at the La
Feria Whataburger at 7:30, we may make a command decision to cancel then,
but we'll play it by ear.



MB



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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





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Date: 1/26/17 8:58 pm
From: Arman Moreno <armanmorenobirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Austin Area Rare Bird Alert
This is the Austin Area Rare Bird Alert and has been updated through
1/26/2017. To report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, provide
recent sighting updates, or inquire about location details on birds listed
below, please send an email to <armanmorenobirds...> If submitting a
bird sighting, please include species name, location details, and contact
information.

-Rarities found this week-

A VARIED THRUSH was described from Pace Bend Park in West Travis County on
1/26. The bird was observed near a Live Oak behind the restrooms in
Thrasher Cove but was only observed briefly and not relocated. This is the
first turnout on the left as you enter the park. The bird is not yet
confirmed and any follow up would be appreciated.

Yet another COMMON MERGANSER was discovered in the Austin Circle, this time
at Stillhouse Hollow Lake in Bell County on 1/25. The bird was last
observed near the pavilion about .25 miles west near the beach area.

A ZONE-TAILED HAWK was photographed flying right over the San Marcos
Convention Center in Hays County on 1/24. Another ZTHA was photographed
flying over a private residence just east of Commons Ford Park in SW
Austin, Travis, on 1/25.

A PRAIRIE FALCON was photographed off of CR 232 between US 183 and TX 2091,
south of Palmetto State Park in Gonzales County on 1/21.

A male RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER was photographed at Lockhart State Park,
Caldwell County, near the recreation hall on 1/21.


-Continuing bird(s) from previous week-

A COMMON MERGANSER continues through 1/24 in the NE portion of Pace Bend
Park. Look for the signs indicating Mudd Cove/Mesquite Point. The bird has
been hanging around Hagwood Cove all the way into Mudd Cove near the
campground areas.

Two LEAST GREBES continue in Cedar Park, Williamson County, at a small
retention pond off Parksville Way, most recently on 1/21.

A ZONE-TAILED HAWK continues at Booty's Road Park south of Lake Georgetown
Dam, Williamson County, on 1/20. The bird was perched along the San Gabriel
River across from the star-gazing area.

A male BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD continues at a private residence in SW
Austin, Travis, on 1/26 and also at another residence in South Austin on
1/21. Another bird continues at a private residence in Williamson County,
most recently reported on 1/22.

At least two VERMILLION FLYCATCHERs continue at Pace Bend Park, Travis,
near Mudd Cove/Mesquite Point, most recently on 1/25. Another bird
continues at Decker Lake (Walter E. Long) on 1/21.

At least one GREAT KISKADEE continues at a private residence off Dickerson
Rd in Caldwell County on 1/21. The long-staying bird at Berry Springs Park
in Williamson County continues through 1/20.

A male SCOTT'S ORIOLE continues at a private property in Bastrop County,
just north of Lake Bastrop and is being seen daily, last reported on 1/24.


Arman Moreno
Austin, TX

_________________________________________________________________

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


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Date: 1/26/17 2:23 pm
From: Robert Becker <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender robertjbecker for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Golden-crowned Warbler
Today i saw the Golden-crowned Warbler and a Tropical Parula at Lions/Shelly Park in Refugio. I will post photos later on Facebook. About 10 of us saw the GCW at about 1 pm alongside the creek in the park.
Bob BeckerVictoria (soon to be Galveston)


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Date: 1/26/17 12:54 pm
From: Susan Foster <idratherbebirding...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Golden-crowned Warbler in Refugio
Sign up for eBird needs or rare bird alerts for any area of your choosing.
Susan Foster

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 26, 2017, at 2:20 PM, Laura Baker <lolabe11...> wrote:
>
> So am I suppose to check Ebird each day? How do I find the information that is relevant to me? Will Ebird email me on all the unusual birds in my area? Oh my oh my, the world is a changing!
>
> Laurie Baker
> Bridge City, TX
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
>> On Jan 26, 2017, at 1:42 PM, HARRY FORBES <hforbes...> wrote:
>>
>> First of all, I have not been to Refugio so have not yet seen subject bird in person.
>> A good friend asked me this morning if I had tried for the Golden-crowned Warbler seen during the day yesterday at Lion's/Shelley Park in Refugio. Sincere none of the viewers saw fit to post it to Texbirds, I didn't even know it was there. I had to go to Ebird to get the details.
>> So, this is for all Texbirders who still think Texbirds is relevant and should be used for unusual sightings. Subject bird was seen by several observers yesterday....and I would assume it's still there.
>> Last year, one was present there for several days, so it isn't entirely unexpected.
>> Harry Forbes (San Antonio and Port Alto)
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Date: 1/26/17 12:39 pm
From: Laura Baker <lolabe11...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Golden-crowned Warbler in Refugio
Nina,
Well, thank you! I did not know that. I will do both. God knows I can use all the help I can get.

Laurie Baker
Bridge City

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 26, 2017, at 2:24 PM, Nina Rach <nrach...> wrote:
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> Laurie,
>
> Yes, if you sign up for Alerts, you can receive them for whatever counties or states you want, wither immediately or in a daily digest.
> You can choose between rarities or your particular needs (for monthly, yearly, or life lists). These are emailed to you, free, and are very convenient.
>
> Nina Rach, Cornell '83
> Houston
>
>
> From: Laura Baker <lolabe11...>
> To: <hforbes...>; <texbirds...>
> Sent: Thursday, January 26, 2017 2:20 PM
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Golden-crowned Warbler in Refugio
>
> So am I suppose to check Ebird each day? How do I find the information that is relevant to me? Will Ebird email me on all the unusual birds in my area? Oh my oh my, the world is a changing!
>
> Laurie Baker
> Bridge City, TX
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> > On Jan 26, 2017, at 1:42 PM, HARRY FORBES <hforbes...> wrote:
> >
> > First of all, I have not been to Refugio so have not yet seen subject bird in person.
> > A good friend asked me this morning if I had tried for the Golden-crowned Warbler seen during the day yesterday at Lion's/Shelley Park in Refugio. Sincere none of the viewers saw fit to post it to Texbirds, I didn't even know it was there. I had to go to Ebird to get the details.
> > So, this is for all Texbirders who still think Texbirds is relevant and should be used for unusual sightings. Subject bird was seen by several observers yesterday....and I would assume it's still there.
> > Last year, one was present there for several days, so it isn't entirely unexpected.
> > Harry Forbes (San Antonio and Port Alto)
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Date: 1/26/17 12:21 pm
From: Laura Baker <lolabe11...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Golden-crowned Warbler in Refugio
So am I suppose to check Ebird each day? How do I find the information that is relevant to me? Will Ebird email me on all the unusual birds in my area? Oh my oh my, the world is a changing!

Laurie Baker
Bridge City, TX

Sent from my iPad

> On Jan 26, 2017, at 1:42 PM, HARRY FORBES <hforbes...> wrote:
>
> First of all, I have not been to Refugio so have not yet seen subject bird in person.
> A good friend asked me this morning if I had tried for the Golden-crowned Warbler seen during the day yesterday at Lion's/Shelley Park in Refugio. Sincere none of the viewers saw fit to post it to Texbirds, I didn't even know it was there. I had to go to Ebird to get the details.
> So, this is for all Texbirders who still think Texbirds is relevant and should be used for unusual sightings. Subject bird was seen by several observers yesterday....and I would assume it's still there.
> Last year, one was present there for several days, so it isn't entirely unexpected.
> Harry Forbes (San Antonio and Port Alto)
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Date: 1/26/17 11:59 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Spring stuff Jan. 26, Leander
.
In Leander there were perhaps as many as 120 swallows, all presumed Cave
Swallows feeding over Soil Conservation Res. No. 2.

While I have yet to see a Purple Martin, at least two mockingbirds have
geared up for their return.

Our male Golden-fronted (Golden-bellied) Woodpecker has and continues to
work on a new cavity....Cavity is already deep enough for him to disappear
in to.

2 flocks totaling maybe 110 mostly white geese passed over, to the NE 1n
what I assume migration.

--

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Biospatialservices.com
<http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
503-551-5150


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Date: 1/26/17 11:43 am
From: HARRY FORBES <hforbes...>
Subject: [texbirds] Golden-crowned Warbler in Refugio
First of all, I have not been to Refugio so have not yet seen subject bird in person.
A good friend asked me this morning if I had tried for the Golden-crowned Warbler seen during the day yesterday at Lion's/Shelley Park in Refugio.  Since none of the viewers saw fit to post it to Texbirds, I didn't even know it was there.  I had to go to Ebird to get the details.
So, this is for all Texbirders who still think Texbirds is relevant and should be used for unusual sightings.   Subject bird was seen by several observers yesterday....and I would assume it's still there.
Last year, one was present there for several days, so it isn't entirely unexpected.
Harry Forbes (San Antonio and Port Alto)
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Date: 1/26/17 11:34 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 26, 2017
Good Afternoon, birders,
Santa Ana was beautiful this morning! Cool morning sunshine warmed the air and foraging began as soon as the walk started at 8:30. Orange-crowned Warblers and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers seemed to be everywhere, keeping us glued to the trail, where we teased out a Nashville Warbler and Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet. Out on the ponds, everyone was treated to close views of shorebirds, while several hawks soared overhead. What a lovely day.
John and Sue Ewan
USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana NWR



Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US Jan 26, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:17 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.75 mile(s)
Comments: Morning bird walk
60 species (+2 other taxa)

Gadwall 5
Mottled Duck 4
Blue-winged Teal 12
Cinnamon Teal 1
Northern Shoveler 9
Northern Pintail 3
Green-winged Teal 7
Lesser Scaup 1
Ruddy Duck 3
Plain Chachalaca 15
Least Grebe 11
Pied-billed Grebe 3
Neotropic Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
White Ibis 5
White-faced Ibis 4
White-tailed Kite 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Harris's Hawk 2
hawk sp. 1
Sora 2 Heard only
American Coot 25
Black-necked Stilt 18
Killdeer 2
Least Sandpiper 4
Wilson's Snipe 1
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Solitary Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 3
Lesser Yellowlegs 4
Inca Dove 3
White-tipped Dove 1
White-winged Dove 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 7
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 8
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 1
Eastern Phoebe 8
Great Kiskadee 5
Couch's Kingbird 1
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 5
Green Jay 3
Tree Swallow 1
Black-crested Titmouse 4
Marsh Wren 1
Carolina Wren 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 11
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 5
Clay-colored Thrush 1
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
European Starling 12
Orange-crowned Warbler 16
Nashville Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 125
Altamira Oriole 1
House Sparrow 4

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Date: 1/26/17 8:12 am
From: Jim Hailey <irasciblej...>
Subject: [texbirds] Florida and Alaska Trips
Check out these two TOS trips at www.texasbirds.org
<http://www.texasbirds.org> under events. Both trips have openings. Both
are great trips.


Jim Hailey

Past Presdient TOS

110 Lavaca Lane

Georgetown, TX 78628

512-818-1138





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Date: 1/26/17 7:51 am
From: Tiffany Kersten <tiffanykersten...>
Subject: [texbirds] McAllen Nature Center
The Audubon's Oriole continues to delight visitors, giving great looks at
the feeding station. We also have hooded and altimiras visiting our small
urban site. A summer tanager paid a quick visit to the feeding station
yesterday morning during the weekly Bird & Nature Walk, and a green
kingfisher and vermilion flycatcher were present at the southeast corner of
our park, near the canal. About 110 red-crowned parrots also flew over our
site yesterday around 8 am, as well as our daily visits from our resident
Harris's Hawks.
We're open 8 am to sunset (currently 6 pm) daily, now through May. We'll
close in the event of steady rain.



Tiffany L. Kersten
Mission, TX


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Date: 1/26/17 7:32 am
From: Shelly Plante <Shelly.Plante...>
Subject: [texbirds] Birding Classic registration now open!
It's time to invite your friends, family, fellow bird or nature club members, and colleagues to be a part of your team for the 2017 Birding Classic! Join more than 100 teams competing all over the state and enjoy one of the best experiences in Texas: spring bird migration.
Tournament Dates: April 15 through May 15 (your choice of day).

Novice birders, expert listers, and everyone in between are welcome! There are many categories to choose from based on your birding ability and region of the state. From half day or full day to full week tournaments, there's something for everyone.

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Date: 1/25/17 5:16 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Hidalgo County Target Hunting
Hi, all!


Well, today was a little more productive, and we found Steve and Marion all
their targets! :-) Highlights included the continuing Rose-throated Becard,
Clay-colored Thrush, the Pauraque pair, and a White-tipped Dove (all at
Estero), McAllen Nature Center's Audubon's Oriole (and the leucistic
Cardinal), and Anzalduas' Sprague's Pipits! We spent the rest of the
afternoon chilling at Bentsen's feeders (but not before getting excited over
a "rare" butterfly that turned out to be an Orange Satyr Moth...)! A few
pics are on my Facebook page:



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Bird List:



Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis

"Mexican" Duck Anas platyrhynchos diazi

Mottled Duck Anas fulvigula

Blue-winged Teal Anas discors

Cinnamon Teal Anas cyanoptera

Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata

Northern Pintail Anas acuta

Green-winged Teal Anas crecca

Ring-necked Duck Aythya collaris

Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula

Least Grebe Tachybaptus dominicus

Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps

Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Anhinga Anhinga anhinga

Great Egret Ardea alba

Snowy Egret Egretta thula

Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor

Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Osprey Pandion haliaetus

White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus

Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii

White-tailed Hawk Geranoaetus albicaudatus

American Coot Fulica americana

Killdeer Charadrius vociferus

Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius

Rock Pigeon Columba livia

Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

Inca Dove Columbina inca

White-tipped Dove Leptotila verreauxi

Common Pauraque Nyctidromus albicollis

Black-chinned Hummingbird Archilochus alexandri

Buff-bellied Hummingbird Amazilia yucatanensis

Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana

Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker Sphyrapicus varius

Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris

Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway

American Kestrel Falco sparverius

Green Parakeet Aratinga holochlora

Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans

Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus

Rose-throated Becard Pachyramphus aglaiae

Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas

Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor

Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva

Black-crested Titmouse Baeolophus atricristatus

Verdin Auriparus flaviceps

House Wren Troglodytes aedon

Carolina Wren Thryothorus ludovicianus

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea

Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula

Clay-colored Thrush Turdus grayi

Curve-billed Thrasher Toxostoma curvirostre

Long-billed Thrasher Toxostoma longirostre

Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

American Pipit Anthus rubescens

Sprague's Pipit Anthus spragueii

Black-and-white Warbler Mniotilta varia

Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata

Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata

Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Pyrrhuloxia Cardinalis sinuatus

Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna

Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta

Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus

Altamira Oriole Icterus gularis

Audubon's Oriole Icterus graduacauda

House Sparrow Passer domesticus



74 SPECIES



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Date: 1/25/17 4:51 pm
From: Petra Hockey <phockey...>
Subject: [texbirds] Birding on Matagorda Island - 2 days, different locations
Texbirders:
This is a copy and paste of 2 posts to facebook Texbirds. Photos and maps can be seen there.

On Monday I birded on Matagorda Island from about 10:30am - 3pm. Had the trails all to myself. The route I took that day was not my usual one but I wanted to check a marsh for NELSON'S SPARROWS that had them in the past. It can be muddy on high to regular tides but on Monday the extremely low tide made it possible to traverse the old roadbed mostly dry footed. I only found 1-2 Nelson's and believe that the encroachment of black mangrove has something to do with the low numbers. The beautiful day was made even more special by a flock of 4 GROOVE-BILLED ANIS, an unexpected find at this time of year and especially after such a hard freeze earlier. A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was a good find in Calhoun Co. on a barrier island. Cute LECONTE'S SPARROWS are always a favorite of mine and actually set up long enough to snap a photo. The attached Google Earth jpg shows the route for that day. Route and report from Tuesday's trip to follow …

On Tuesday I birded on Matagorda Island from about 10am - 2:30pm. I wanted to check one of my favorite spots for winter residents and scope out the "birdability" for spring migration. The location is called the "North Salt Cedars", a group of salt cedars and increasingly numerous toothache trees, baccharis bushes, etc. that surround a couple of old bomb craters and cover some sand dunes. They are the only group of trees growing on sand dunes on the island and are therefore visible for arriving spring migrants from a long way. I have had High Island-like birding in that area more than once - thus my love for this spot. It is a bit difficult to reach and requires a boat from either of the access spots: 4.5 miles per foot or bike from the old airbase along the North Rd. or a much shorter but cross country treck from Sunday Beach to the top of the dune where the North Rd. ends (see map).
Birding was good despite the less than ideal time of day. Some additional tracks cut through the vegetation by TPWD personnel to aid with access for hunting helped to reduce the need for bushwhacking (see map). A very pale KRIDER'S and very dark HARLAN'S spanned the spectrum of Red-tailed Hawk colors. Several PALM WARBLERS (photo) were all the bright yellow Eastern birds. A BROWN THRASHER was uncommon for the island, 4 NORTHERN FLICKERS in loose association were a surprise but not as heart stopping as the big covey of N. Bobwhites that exploded from nearly underfoot. Best bird of the day required a bit of patience and tracking and was challenging to photograph .. an EMPIDONAX flycatcher with bright olive-green upper and quite yellow underparts. I have my thoughts about the ID but would like to hear from other experienced birders what your take on it is. Check out the photos. Do not attempt bushwhacking in this area without good snake guards.

Petra Hockey
Port O’Connor, Calhoun Co.
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Date: 1/25/17 2:16 pm
From: HARRY FORBES <hforbes...>
Subject: [texbirds] FOS Purple Martin
is again....and hopefully this won't happen again.
This PM, I saw the FOS Purple Martin atop one of my martin poles in Port Alto on Carancahua Bay in Calhoun County.  It is a bit earlier than usual, as they normally arrive the first week in February.
Harry Forbes (San Antonio and Port Alto)
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Date: 1/25/17 2:03 pm
From: HARRY FORBES <hforbes...>
Subject: [texbirds] FOS Purple Martin
rive in early February here. 
Harry Forbes (San Antonio and Port Alto)
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Date: 1/25/17 11:05 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] FW: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 25, 2017
Good afternoon.
This morning's walk was delightful for a group of recreational birders from a local winter Texan park. While in the dry thorn-scrub of the Chachalaca trail, everyone got to see several Altamira Orioles, Green Jays, Kiskadees, Golden-fronted Woodpeckers - all of the charismatic mega-fauna! What a treat to see so many bright colorful birds in one area. Out on Pintail Lakes, a Merlin gave us good looks. HOWEVER, when a White-tailed Kite flew by, the dog-fight was on, and one did not need binoculars to view the back-and-forth. It was terrific.
One does not need to be an excellent birder to have a great time at Santa Ana NWR. Join volunteers for a walk every day leaving the visitor's center at 8:30 am.
John and Sue Ewan
USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana NWR

Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US Jan 25, 2017 8:30 AM - 11:59 AM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Morning bird walk
46 species

Gadwall 5
Blue-winged Teal 5
Northern Shoveler 12
Northern Pintail 1
Lesser Scaup 1
Ruddy Duck 1
Plain Chachalaca 10
Least Grebe 3
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Neotropic Cormorant 75 Flyover
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Tricolored Heron 2
White Ibis 9
White-faced Ibis 4
Turkey Vulture 2
White-tailed Kite 1
Harris's Hawk 3
American Coot 35
Black-necked Stilt 18
Stilt Sandpiper 2
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 4
Lesser Yellowlegs 4
Common Pauraque 2
Belted Kingfisher 2
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3
Merlin 1
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 2
Eastern Phoebe 4
Great Kiskadee 5
Couch's Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Green Jay 11
Black-crested Titmouse 3
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 5
Northern Cardinal 1
Red-winged Blackbird 75
Altamira Oriole 6
House Sparrow 5

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Date: 1/24/17 4:48 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Amazon Kingfisher - NO
Hi, all!


Took visiting birders Steve and Marion to Laredo for a shot at the Amazon
Kingfisher, which sadly was a no-show, although a female Green got us going
a couple of times! We walked down that nice caliche road off Eagle Pass
Road and at least HEARD a seedeater, but never was able to pull one out
either there or at Zecate Creek. The most exciting sighting wasn't a bird
at all, but a female Filagree Skimmer at Zecate! Marion spotted a Merlin
and a couple of other things I put in brackets.



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Bird List:



Gadwall Anas strepera

"Mexican Duck" Anas platyrhynchos diazi

Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps

Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus

Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

Great Egret Ardea alba

Snowy Egret Egretta thula

Green Heron Butorides virescens

Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax

Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Osprey Pandion haliaetus

Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii

Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus

Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

American Coot Fulica americana

Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius

Rock Pigeon Columba livia

Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto

Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

Inca Dove Columbina inca

Ringed Kingfisher Megaceryle torquata

Green Kingfisher Chloroceryle americana

Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons

Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris

Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway

[Merlin]

American Kestrel Falco sparverius

Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans

Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus

Couch's Kingbird Tyrannus couchii

White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus

[Loggerhead Shrike]

[Green Jay]

Chihuahuan Raven Corvus cryptoleucus

Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx serripennis

Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva

Verdin Auriparus flaviceps

House Wren Troglodytes aedon

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea

Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula

Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata

Common Yellowthroat Geothlypis trichas

Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga coronata

White-collared Seedeater Sporophila torqueola

Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta

Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus

House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus

House Sparrow Passer domesticus



51 SPECIES (54 with the additions)



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Alamo, TX

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Date: 1/24/17 3:13 pm
From: peter barnes <pbarnes123...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: 20 sparrow species yesterday, Monday Jan 23, 2017, in Central Texas (Austin area)
Impressive accomplishment, Byron! Sounds like a field trip for a 2018 TOS
meeting!
Peter Barnes
Tyler

On Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Redacted sender drbirdie for DMARC <
<dmarc-noreply...> wrote:

> Hi Texbirders,
> Yesterday was an absolutely glorious day to be outside in central Texas
> and I was able to finally accomplish a long-cherished private goal of
> seeing all 20 regularly-occurring winter sparrow species of central Texas
> in a single calendar day.
> I didn't start the day with that in mind, but was headed over to Alligator
> Prairie, a private property in southwestern Milam County, to try to
> photograph an American Woodcock which had been observed on the Granger CBC
> 3 weeks previously. No luck photographing the woodcock, but we had such an
> abundance and variety of sparrows, that I was up to 15 species before the
> morning was over, including several of the harder ones (Eastern Towhee,
> Grasshopper, LeConte's and Swamp Sparrow), and I couldn't help thinking,
> "this might be the day for 20."
> Fortunately I had no pressing work obligations, so after a brief stop at
> the office and then home for lunch, I headed out to Pace Bend Park in
> western Travis County to see if I could find Lark and Chipping Sparrow and
> the 3 "plateau specialties," Black-throated and Rufous-crowned Sparrows and
> Canyon Towhee.
> A pair of Canyon Towhees and a Black-throated Sparrow obliged at the first
> stop, and then I started to sweat, wondering if I would be able to find the
> others before darkness intervened. Finally, I found a cooperative pair of
> RC Sparrows, so was up to 18 for the day, which I have done on several
> occasions. I knew there were a couple of small flocks of Lark Sparrows out
> here this winter, but they move around a bit, so I wasn't sure I could get
> them, and on my last trip here in early December I had seen exactly 1
> Chipping Sparrow in 4 hours, so I knew they weren't guaranteed.
> Finally, I pushed and owl-whistled a small flock of birds and in came a
> small band of Larkies for #19.
> And then I spotted not one, but two first-winter Chipping Sparrows for my
> 20th sparrow species of the day.
> Mission accomplished!
>
> I have had 19 sparrow species in a single day on at least 2 occasions over
> the last decade, but never before have I had 20.
> Following is the sparrow list for the day, and mention of whether I was
> able to photograph it or not (I think I got 10 species photographed, but I
> wasn't really trying early on).
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> Grasshopper Sparrow - 2 Milam
> LeConte's Sparrow - 1 (ph) Milam
> Chipping Sparrow - 2 (ph) Travis
> Field Sparrow - 8 Milam
> Black-throated Sparrow - 4 (ph) Travis
> Lark Sparrow - 6 (ph) Travis
> Fox Sparrow - 1 (ph) Milam
> Dark-eyed Junco - 2 (ph) Milam
> White-crowned Sparrow - 7 Milam
> White-throated Sparrow - 25+ Milam
> Harris's Sparrow - 3 Milam
> Vesper Sparrow - 4 Milam
> Savannah Sparrow - 75+, county roads in Milam and Williamson
> Song Sparrow - 22 (ph) Milam
> Lincoln's Sparrow - 10 (ph) both locations
> Swamp Sparrow - 2 Milam
> Canyon Towhee - 9 (ph) Travis
> Rufous-crowned Sparrow - 3 (ph) Travis
> Spotted Towhee - 3 both locations
> Eastern Towhee - 2 (ph) Milam
>
>
> Many thanks to Nancy Webber for allowing access to her property in Milam
> County.
> It was a great day to be a Sparrowhawk!
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Date: 1/24/17 3:00 pm
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR.
Today's specie count was 81, down 9 species from last week. One of the reasons was a lack of shorebirds because of a lack of mud flats. White geese were extremely abundant with a conservative estimate of over 7000. Duck numbers were fair with 11 species noted. The female Bald Eagle afforded our group and others closeup looks. The Bald Eagles have become quite the attraction at the refuge. Enjoy while you can because I suspect they will be incubating eggs very soon. Then they will be less visible. American Kestrels are abundant with a total of 10 for the day. Before we left headquarters, in the morning,
there was a Red-headed Woodpecker in one of the Oaks in front of headquarters very busy with the acorns. We all got great closeup looks. We found 10 species of winter sparrows. Area ponds adjoining the refuge are good places to see Redheads and Scaups. Look at the cormorants closely because there are Neotropic Cormorants as well as Double-crested Cormorants. Also look at the meadowlarks closely because they are mixed flocks this time of year with both Eastern and Western Meadowlarks. Best way to make a positive ID is to hear them sing.
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Jack Chiles, Texas master naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR.
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Date: 1/24/17 2:22 pm
From: <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender drbirdie for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] 20 sparrow species yesterday, Monday Jan 23, 2017, in Central Texas (Austin area)
Hi Texbirders,
Yesterday was an absolutely glorious day to be outside in central Texas and I was able to finally accomplish a long-cherished private goal of seeing all 20 regularly-occurring winter sparrow species of central Texas in a single calendar day.
I didn't start the day with that in mind, but was headed over to Alligator Prairie, a private property in southwestern Milam County, to try to photograph an American Woodcock which had been observed on the Granger CBC 3 weeks previously. No luck photographing the woodcock, but we had such an abundance and variety of sparrows, that I was up to 15 species before the morning was over, including several of the harder ones (Eastern Towhee, Grasshopper, LeConte's and Swamp Sparrow), and I couldn't help thinking, "this might be the day for 20."
Fortunately I had no pressing work obligations, so after a brief stop at the office and then home for lunch, I headed out to Pace Bend Park in western Travis County to see if I could find Lark and Chipping Sparrow and the 3 "plateau specialties," Black-throated and Rufous-crowned Sparrows and Canyon Towhee.
A pair of Canyon Towhees and a Black-throated Sparrow obliged at the first stop, and then I started to sweat, wondering if I would be able to find the others before darkness intervened. Finally, I found a cooperative pair of RC Sparrows, so was up to 18 for the day, which I have done on several occasions. I knew there were a couple of small flocks of Lark Sparrows out here this winter, but they move around a bit, so I wasn't sure I could get them, and on my last trip here in early December I had seen exactly 1 Chipping Sparrow in 4 hours, so I knew they weren't guaranteed.
Finally, I pushed and owl-whistled a small flock of birds and in came a small band of Larkies for #19.
And then I spotted not one, but two first-winter Chipping Sparrows for my 20th sparrow species of the day.
Mission accomplished!

I have had 19 sparrow species in a single day on at least 2 occasions over the last decade, but never before have I had 20.
Following is the sparrow list for the day, and mention of whether I was able to photograph it or not (I think I got 10 species photographed, but I wasn't really trying early on).


Grasshopper Sparrow - 2 Milam
LeConte's Sparrow - 1 (ph) Milam
Chipping Sparrow - 2 (ph) Travis
Field Sparrow - 8 Milam
Black-throated Sparrow - 4 (ph) Travis
Lark Sparrow - 6 (ph) Travis
Fox Sparrow - 1 (ph) Milam
Dark-eyed Junco - 2 (ph) Milam
White-crowned Sparrow - 7 Milam
White-throated Sparrow - 25+ Milam
Harris's Sparrow - 3 Milam
Vesper Sparrow - 4 Milam
Savannah Sparrow - 75+, county roads in Milam and Williamson
Song Sparrow - 22 (ph) Milam
Lincoln's Sparrow - 10 (ph) both locations
Swamp Sparrow - 2 Milam
Canyon Towhee - 9 (ph) Travis
Rufous-crowned Sparrow - 3 (ph) Travis
Spotted Towhee - 3 both locations
Eastern Towhee - 2 (ph) Milam


Many thanks to Nancy Webber for allowing access to her property in Milam County.
It was a great day to be a Sparrowhawk!
Byron Stone, Austin









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Date: 1/24/17 11:19 am
From: Laura Paulson <laura...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 24, 2017
Hi Texbirders,
Today's wind definitely affected our ability to see birds and many of the
ones we did see were uncharacteristically low to the ground. An
Ash-throated Flycatcher on the Pintail Lakes service road was a walk
highlight. Good looks at Verdin helped end the walk on a high note ... and
it was a life bird for at least one of our group. An Indigo Snake and an
active Mexican Honey Wasp nest were special treats too.
Guided bird walks leave from the Visitor Center at 8:30 am every day. Come
join the fun!

Steve and Laura Paulson
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, Texas

Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Jan 24, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:10 PM
Protocol: Traveling
3.0 mile(s)
Comments: Sunny. Very windy. 61 to 85 degrees.
50 species (+3 other taxa)

Gadwall (Anas strepera) 20
American Wigeon (Anas americana) 2
Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) 8
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 20
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 30
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta) 6
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 15
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 1
Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) 1
Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) 10
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 4
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 2
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 2
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 6
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) 6
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 12
Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) 1
Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) 6
hawk sp. (Accipitridae sp. (hawk sp.)) 1 Probably the immature
Red-shouldered that we saw in the same area yesterday but we only got a
glimpse today.
Sora (Porzana carolina) 1 heard only
American Coot (Fulica americana) 25
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 22
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 5
White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi) 3
Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) 2
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 6
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 5
Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) 1
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) 6
Couch's Kingbird (Tyrannus couchii) 1
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 2
Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) 9
Tree Swallow (Tachycineta bicolor) 2
Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 5
Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) 2
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 3
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 6
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 8
Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata) 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 1
Olive Sparrow (Arremonops rufivirgatus) 1
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 5
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 60
Western/Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella neglecta/magna) 1
Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) 1
Lesser Goldfinch (Spinus psaltria) 2 Heard only. Probably more.
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 2

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Date: 1/24/17 8:37 am
From: Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Harris Harlequin actually was Mandarin Duck
Texbirders:
Nina Rach made a typo and entered Harlequin Duck instead of Mandarin Duck. As Harris County ebird reviewer I blocked it and sent her a note and she apologized and corrected it. Unfortunately, as ebird alert is instantaneous, folks get an immediate rarity email . Due to the large volume of Harris County ebirders in this 4.5 million person county unfortunately I would say about once a month in Harris County we get a report entered incorrectly. Thus some caution is needed before immediately following up on exceedingly rare birds. John BernerThe Berners
John, Cathy, Abby and Zach
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Date: 1/24/17 7:04 am
From: Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] Bear Creek Bird Walk this Thursday
The first Bear Creek bird walk of 2017 will be this Thursday, January 26 from 8:30-10:00 AM. We will meet at the intersection of Golbow and Koch.
You will probably want rain/muck boots!

We will be looking for the Greater Pewee (reported today), Purple Finch (last reported 1/15), Western Tanager (last reported 1/15), and other winter residents.

We hope to see you there!

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


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Date: 1/24/17 7:00 am
From: James Hinson <jmhinson...>
Subject: [texbirds] Houston Greater Pewee (1/24)
The Greater Pewee out in Bear Creek Park is present behind Restroom #9 as of 8:45 AM.

Jim Hinson
Houston, Tx.

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Date: 1/24/17 3:51 am
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Birder Patrol Update
Hi, all!


It's still a ways off, but as a head's up, there's an 80% chance of rain on
Saturday, which if it holds, will cancel the trip. I'll be watching the
weather reports, and if it's still 70% or greater by Friday, I'll send out a
post officially cancelling the trip.



MB



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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





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Date: 1/23/17 3:52 pm
From: Ed Hickl <elhickl...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: eBird alert for Harlequin Duck in Harris Co.
I think there was a miscommunication going on. Nina Rach entered an e-bird checklist that she saw some Mandarin Ducks and Swans at the Lakes at Eldridge. She even had photos her checklist. Nice find Nina. But on Facebook there was a question about where are the Harlequin Ducks before she got the checklist. That may the reason of the confusion. I went to check out the ducks there but found out that the lakes just north of Bear Creek park in west Houston are in a gated community. When we went to the main subdivision entrance the attendant would not let us enter after we request we want to look for birds at their lakes/pond. Since we did not know anyone in that subdivision we were turned away. If there are actual sighting of a Harlequin I’d like to hear about it.

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Date: 1/23/17 2:42 pm
From: Steve Gast <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender segast23 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] eBird alert for Harlequin Duck in Harris Co.
I don't see this on the eBird site although I see it in an alert I got this morning.

Anyone know what is going on with this sighting?

Steve Gast
Houston, Texas
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Date: 1/23/17 1:24 pm
From: Laguna Atascosa <laguna.atascosa...>
Subject: [texbirds] Cedar Waxwings at Laguna Atacosa NWR
Hi everyone!
Just wanted to shout out the news that six cedar waxwings were seen near
the visitor center today. We haven't seen cedar waxwings on the refuge
since last spring (according to eBird), so we are excited to welcome them
back!

--
Hailey Brown
Intern, Visitor Services
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
Los Fresnos, TX
www.fws.gov/refuge/laguna_atascosa


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Date: 1/23/17 11:38 am
From: Laura Paulson <laura...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: eBird Report - Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Jan 23, 2017
Dear Texbirders,
We had so much fun birding our way to Pintail Lakes this morning that we
ran out of time and didn't get to bird along Willow Lakes. We did make it
out to the Rio Grande overlook on the Pintail Lakes trail, where we were
rewarded for our efforts with two Groove-billed Anis with two Altamira
Orioles. You won't see them on the list below because although we invited
them over to our side, they stayed firmly put in Mexico. Eight Anhingas
circling overhead were another highlight of the walk. We didn't get eyes on
them but we heard the unmistakable sound of Cedar Waxwings as we returned
to the Visitor Center, a little late but very happy.
Guided bird walks leave from the Santa Ana Visitor Center at 8:30 am every
morning. Come join us!

Steve and Laura Paulson
USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, Texas


Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059), Hidalgo, Texas, US
Jan 23, 2017 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments: Sunny, calm, 61-79 degrees. Two Groove-billed Anis and 2
additional Altamira Orioles also seen on this walk but they were on the
Mexico side of the river.
71 species (+3 other taxa)

American Wigeon (Anas americana) 2
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors) 10
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata) 12
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) 3
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis) 1
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis) 2
Plain Chachalaca (Ortalis vetula) 22
Least Grebe (Tachybaptus dominicus) 2
Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) 5
Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) 2
Double-crested Cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus) 1
Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) 8
Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias) 1
Great Egret (Ardea alba) 1
Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) 1
Tricolored Heron (Egretta tricolor) 1
White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) 3
White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) 17
Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) 2
Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) 1
White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus) 1
Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) 3
White-tailed Hawk (Geranoaetus albicaudatus) 1
Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) 1
Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) 1 heard only
Sora (Porzana carolina) 1
Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) 1
American Coot (Fulica americana) 12
Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) 15
Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) 4
Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) 3
Spotted Sandpiper (Actitis macularius) 2
Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) 1
Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) 1
Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) 3
Inca Dove (Columbina inca) 2
White-tipped Dove (Leptotila verreauxi) 6
Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) 1
Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) 1
Green Kingfisher (Chloroceryle americana) 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Melanerpes aurifrons) 2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker (Picoides scalaris) 6
American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) 1
Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) 6
Great Kiskadee (Pitangus sulphuratus) 12
Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) 1
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus/couchii) 2
White-eyed Vireo (Vireo griseus) 3
Green Jay (Cyanocorax yncas) 6
swallow sp. (Hirundinidae sp.) 8
Black-crested Titmouse (Baeolophus atricristatus) 8
Verdin (Auriparus flaviceps) 2 heard only
House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) 1
Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustris) 1
Carolina Wren (Thryothorus ludovicianus) 3 heard only
wren sp. (Troglodytidae sp.) 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) 10
Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) 2
Clay-colored Thrush (Turdus grayi) 1 heard only
Long-billed Thrasher (Toxostoma longirostre) 4 2 heard only, 2 briefly
seen
Northern Mockingbird (Mimus polyglottos) 4
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris) 1
Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) 1 heard only from levee by Visitor
Center
Orange-crowned Warbler (Oreothlypis celata) 6
Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas) 4
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) (Setophaga coronata coronata) 2
Savannah Sparrow (Passerculus sandwichensis) 2
Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) 3
Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) 4
Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus) 70
Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) 2
Great-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus mexicanus) 1
Altamira Oriole (Icterus gularis) 5
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus) 2

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