TEXBIRDS
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11/19/17 8:36 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith point hawk watch
11/19/17 6:45 am Huck Hutchens <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender imhuck3 for DMARC) [texbirds] Red-naped Sapsucker
11/19/17 6:18 am Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 11-18-17 Warbler Woods property birds/Don
11/19/17 5:25 am Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC) [texbirds] Harris/Galveston/Chambers county Kemah Boardwalk 7:17
11/18/17 9:08 pm Fred Collins <fcndc...> [texbirds] Re: [texbirds] Sabine’s Gull
11/18/17 4:01 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 11-18-17 Hutton, GCKinglet @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
11/18/17 11:18 am Hannah Buschert <Hannah.Buschert...> [texbirds] Sheldon Lake State Park Bird Walk
11/18/17 5:56 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Sabine's Gull from Kemah Boardwalk
11/18/17 5:32 am Dennis Shepler <dawgler...> [texbirds] Sabine’s Gull
11/18/17 3:21 am Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Birder Patrol Trip Next Saturday 25 NOV
11/17/17 2:48 pm Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders...> [texbirds] Tyler State Park 11-17-2017
11/17/17 9:05 am MARTIN HAGNE <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender martinhagne for DMARC) [texbirds] GCBO Experience Auction to help Bird Conservation
11/15/17 8:15 pm Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Barred Owl
11/15/17 5:49 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Bird Hop Around Hidalgo County
11/15/17 3:23 pm David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Big Year Targets
11/15/17 9:54 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] It's beginning to feel a lot like crossbills
11/15/17 5:39 am Gary Richards <grcolts...> [texbirds] Crescent Bend Nature Park Birds-Nov. 14, 2017
11/15/17 5:08 am Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...> [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR.
11/14/17 1:53 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith Point hawk watch last Thursday eagles and broad-wings
11/14/17 1:36 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk watch Saturday, almost season end but still good birds
11/14/17 9:12 am Becky Reyes <breyes...> [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
11/13/17 8:41 pm Erik Breden <erik.breden...> [texbirds] RGVBF Photography Trip to Martin Ranch Refuge
11/13/17 2:36 pm Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Tamaulipas Crow
11/13/17 11:41 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update - Hook-billed Kite makes 493
11/13/17 11:15 am Kelly Bryan <kelly.b.bryan...> [texbirds] Re: Gray-headed Junco
11/13/17 9:55 am Frank Bumgardner <fbumgardner...> [texbirds] Gray-headed Junco
11/13/17 7:15 am <mitch...> [texbirds] Red Crossbills
11/12/17 9:36 pm Joseph Hood <jhood001...> [texbirds] Red Crossbills in Hood County near Cowboy Court on TX-144
11/12/17 5:33 pm Christine Turnbull <cbsturnbull...> [texbirds] Crow
11/12/17 3:03 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lubbock Area Birding Summary for October - Long
11/12/17 10:53 am Susan Foster <idratherbebirding...> [texbirds] Long-tailed Duck Riviera Yes
11/12/17 8:33 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Red Crossbill Search in Crosby County
11/12/17 8:02 am Rex Stanford <calidris.bairdii...> [texbirds] Yesterday (11/11/17) 5 Tamaulipas Crows Brownsville landfill
11/11/17 6:54 pm Thompson, Dr. Carol <CTHOMPSON...> [texbirds] North-Central Texas birders needed
11/11/17 4:19 pm Patricia Peacock <joepatricia.peacock...> [texbirds] Re: North-Central Texas birders needed
11/11/17 4:14 pm Thompson, Dr. Carol <CTHOMPSON...> [texbirds] North-Central Texas birders needed
11/11/17 12:27 pm David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update - Tamaulipas Crow
11/11/17 10:48 am Susan Foster <idratherbebirding...> [texbirds] Tamaulipas Crow - Yes
11/11/17 9:49 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith point hawk watch
11/11/17 7:02 am David Hanson <davidhanson1952...> [texbirds] Baytown Nature Center Bird Count for November 11/16/2017
11/11/17 6:55 am David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC) [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch
11/11/17 5:21 am Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC) [texbirds] Tamaulipas Crow spotted at 7:15am
11/10/17 10:17 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Bald Eagle, Great White Heron, Cameron Co.
11/10/17 6:41 am David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC) [texbirds] Golden Eagle
11/9/17 7:05 pm Nic <cinrac...> [texbirds] Re: Bell county whooping cranes
11/9/17 6:29 pm Ron Weeks <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender ronweeks for DMARC) [texbirds] San Bernard NWR Christmas Bird Count Friday December 15th 2017
11/9/17 4:33 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith Point hawk watch today, 5 eagles, Harris's hawk, dark broad-wing, 7 white-tailed hawks, vultures and monarchs and hawk death spin
11/9/17 2:15 pm Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders...> [texbirds] Tyler State Park Nov. 7 & 9
11/9/17 11:17 am Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC) [texbirds] Fwd: Hawks and butterflies @ Smith Point Hawk Watch
11/9/17 10:54 am Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC) [texbirds] Hawks and butterflies @ Smith Point Hawk Watch
11/9/17 7:35 am Christian Walker <christian.walker...> [texbirds] Birding up to Dallas yesterday 11/8/17, Grimes and Montgomery Counties
11/8/17 6:35 pm Nic <cinrac...> [texbirds] Bell county whooping cranes
11/8/17 8:32 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith Point hawk watch a week ago and the golden eagle
11/8/17 7:14 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch Saturday
11/7/17 7:22 pm Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...> [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR
11/7/17 11:28 am Rex Stanford <calidris.bairdii...> [texbirds] unsuccessful search (11/06/17) re. SPI Tamaulipas Crow
11/7/17 10:32 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Red Crossbill Year
11/7/17 10:14 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Red Crossbills from my Lubbock yard
11/7/17 9:50 am Becky Reyes <breyes...> [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
11/6/17 6:06 pm <jkestner...> [texbirds] Re: Owl at the Moon and the Generation Gap
11/6/17 5:06 pm Jane F Tillman <jtillman...> [texbirds] Owl at the Moon and the Generation Gap
11/6/17 2:05 pm Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: Big Year Blog Update
11/6/17 11:56 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Re: Big Year Blog Update
11/6/17 6:37 am Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> [texbirds] Re: Tamaulipas Crow
11/6/17 5:33 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Big year Blog Update, Greater Prairie-Chicken makes 492
11/6/17 5:31 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update, Greater Prairie-Chicken makes 492
11/6/17 4:47 am Delaney Kempf <1flyingfrog2...> [texbirds] Fwd: Hornsby Surf Scoter
11/6/17 4:42 am Chuck Berthoud <cbpabirds...> [texbirds] November eBird challenge
11/5/17 6:57 pm Susan Yost <sdyost...> [texbirds] LLELA 2nd Saturday Bird Walk, Denton Co
11/5/17 3:53 pm Michael Goebel <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender micraygoe for DMARC) [texbirds] Hornsby Surf Scoter
11/5/17 3:53 pm Mary Gustafson, Bird Guide <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender live4birds for DMARC) [texbirds] Tamaulipas Crow
11/5/17 12:29 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from Lynn County - Yesterday
11/5/17 12:16 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] The Lynn County Photographic Game - October Report
11/5/17 12:02 pm Susan Yost <sdyost...> [texbirds] LLELA 2nd Saturday Bird Walk, Denton Co
11/5/17 11:04 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] The Hewetson:Kostecke Competition - October Report
11/5/17 6:01 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update
11/4/17 4:42 pm Scotty Lofland <scotty76308...> [texbirds] Wichita Co. Bald Eagle and Harris's Hawk
11/4/17 2:44 pm <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender drbirdie for DMARC) [texbirds] Travis Audubon Sparrowhawks class first field trip report - Saturday November 4, 2017, Pace Bend Park, Travis County
11/4/17 11:49 am Brooke Nicotra <brookenicotra...> [texbirds] Surf scoter, Hornsby Bend, Austin
11/2/17 6:20 pm marlin andrus <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marconandrus for DMARC) [texbirds] Re Rufous-backed Robin
11/2/17 6:14 pm marlin andrus <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marconandrus for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: Rufous-backed Robin
11/2/17 10:02 am Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12...> [texbirds] Spotting scope information and Personal best year
11/2/17 9:52 am Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...> [texbirds] Kleb Wood bus trip tomorrow
11/2/17 7:51 am Paul Brick <pbrick...> [texbirds] Bald Eagle pair at Pedernales SP over river on 10/30 and 31
11/1/17 1:37 pm Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Halloween Bird Walk List - 11/1
11/1/17 10:09 am Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Jackson-Calhoun Counties CBC - December 27
11/1/17 10:00 am Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Victoria CBC - Saturday, December 23
11/1/17 9:36 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lubbock Area Christmas Bird Counts - Second Announcement
11/1/17 9:19 am Dell Little <dellel1119...> [texbirds] Re: Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog
11/1/17 9:08 am Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] Re: Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog
11/1/17 7:42 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] eBird Report - Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary--17th Str. Jetty, Oct 31, 2017
10/31/17 9:56 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] 200+/- Pine Siskins, Upton Co.
10/31/17 9:30 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Michael Marsden contact
10/31/17 6:31 pm Brent Ortego <brentortego...> [texbirds] CBCs just around the corner
10/31/17 5:06 pm Jack Chiles <dmarc-noreply-outsider...> (Redacted sender chilesjack for DMARC) [texbirds] Fw: Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR.
10/31/17 5:04 pm Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...> [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR.
10/31/17 4:39 pm Jay Wilbur <jwilbur...> [texbirds] Re: Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog
10/31/17 4:32 pm Fred Collins <fcndc...> [texbirds] Re: Grebe and frog interaction
10/31/17 3:46 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Grebe and frog interaction
10/31/17 3:17 pm John and Glennah Trochet <trochetj...> [texbirds] Re: Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog
10/31/17 3:00 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from Austin to Lubbock on Monday
10/31/17 2:51 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Highlights from Lubbock to Austin on Friday
10/31/17 11:42 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog
10/31/17 10:37 am John and Glennah Trochet <trochetj...> [texbirds] Re: Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog
10/31/17 8:22 am Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] Re: Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog
10/31/17 6:35 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Re: Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog
10/30/17 8:43 pm Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog
10/30/17 7:49 pm Iris and Sonny Bratz <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender ibratz for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: Tropical Parula at Matagorda County Birding Nature Center
10/30/17 5:59 pm Andy Dietrich <andydietrich10...> [texbirds] Birding Pearland Waste Water Plant
10/30/17 4:10 pm Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> [texbirds] Tropical Parula at Matagorda County Birding Nature Center
10/30/17 2:56 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch Sunday, 2 golden eagle day and the Harris's hawk etc
10/30/17 2:38 pm Lamont Brown <lamont...> [texbirds] Robertson Co Century Club Notes n Updates
10/29/17 11:17 pm Christian Walker <christian.walker...> [texbirds] Rufous-backed Robin Palo Duro Canyon SP
10/29/17 7:50 pm marlin andrus <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marconandrus for DMARC) [texbirds] Rufous-backed Robin
10/29/17 7:08 pm Barret Pierce <bpierce...> [texbirds] Re: Rufous-backed Robin
10/29/17 6:55 pm David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update Part 3 of 3, 491 Species
10/29/17 5:57 pm Susan Strasevicz <susanstrasevicz...> [texbirds] Re: Rufous-backed Robin
10/29/17 1:21 pm David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update Part 2 of 3, 490 Species
10/29/17 9:24 am marlin andrus <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marconandrus for DMARC) [texbirds] Rufous-backed Robin
10/29/17 8:48 am Donna Silvers <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender silvers713 for DMARC) [texbirds] Lafitte's Cove, Galveston
10/29/17 8:46 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Rufous-baked Robin at Palo Duro
10/29/17 8:10 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith point hawk watch
10/28/17 6:06 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Glorious day at smith point hawk watch
10/28/17 12:47 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith point hawk watch
10/28/17 11:46 am David Sarkozi <david...> [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update, Part 1 of 3 for West Texas 489 Species
10/28/17 11:14 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith point hawk watch
10/28/17 11:05 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] October 20-22 Pelagic birds off Port Aransas
10/28/17 9:34 am Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith point hawk watch
10/28/17 9:20 am Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC) [texbirds] Golden & Bald Eagles @ Smith Point Hawk Watch.
10/28/17 6:10 am Steve Gast <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender segast23 for DMARC) [texbirds] Rice harvest at Katy Prairie
10/27/17 2:10 pm Petra Hockey <phockey...> [texbirds] Guadalupe Mts. NP birding 22-25 Oct. 2017
10/27/17 1:50 pm Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: Red-breasted Nuthatch
10/27/17 12:19 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith Point hawk watch Tuesday Pictures
10/27/17 8:09 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Rice harvest at Katy Prairie
10/27/17 5:08 am Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Birder Patrol Trip Tomorrow CANCELLED
10/26/17 7:12 pm <mitch...> [texbirds] Re: Red-breasted Nuthatch
10/26/17 5:35 pm Fred Collins <fcndc...> [texbirds] Fwd: Katy Prairie Conservancy Rice Harvest - rails?
10/26/17 1:21 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Re: Red-breasted Nuthatch
10/26/17 12:42 pm Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: Red-breasted Nuthatch
10/26/17 11:15 am Rhandy Helton <rjhelton...> [texbirds] Red-breasted Nuthatch
10/26/17 10:34 am Bryce Hardway <brycehardway21...> [texbirds] Zone-tailed Hawk, Texas Lutheran University, Seguin
10/25/17 8:13 am Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC) [texbirds] Sparrows @ Smith Point Hawk Watch
10/23/17 4:56 pm Sheryl Travis <sheryltravis...> [texbirds] Titus County - White Pelicans and Cormorants
10/23/17 12:56 pm Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...> [texbirds] Kleb Halloween Bird Walk
10/23/17 7:52 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Oops
10/23/17 7:51 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Crosby County Highlights from Sunday - All Three Bluebirds
10/23/17 7:27 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] Lynn County Highlights - Saturday - Bluebirds Galore
10/22/17 1:28 pm Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...> [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch yesterday.
10/21/17 7:04 am Susan Strasevicz <susanstrasevicz...> [texbirds] Clyde Calliope Hummingbird
10/21/17 4:57 am Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...> [texbirds] Birder Patrol Trip, Saturday Oct. 28
10/20/17 6:18 am marlin andrus <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marconandrus for DMARC) [texbirds] Red-breasted Nuthatch
 
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Date: 11/19/17 8:36 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith point hawk watch
Several hundred hawks and vultures cranes storks bluebird robins bald
eagles etc.
--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
<Josephkennedy36...>

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Date: 11/19/17 6:45 am
From: Huck Hutchens <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender imhuck3 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Red-naped Sapsucker
Hi All,
I went looking for the Red-naped Sapsucker that Roy R. reported yesterday at Bentsen SP and found it by the boat ramp after hearing the tapping in a Mesquite Tree within 30 yards of the boat ramp. I got several photos showing the red nape. Bird on my friends😀.

Huck Hutchens
Weslaco, TX.

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Date: 11/19/17 6:18 am
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 11-18-17 Warbler Woods property birds/Don
11-18-17 Warbler Woods property birds/Don
I had questions about lack of sparrows on my list yesterday—that list was from my recliner in the backyard only—20 species. Here is Don’s list from a quick feeding of the birds yesterday—there are more, if you have the time to roam. Alyssia and friends are out today, along with our new volunteer feeder and we will get more!



Sat Nov 18, 2017 7:30 AM

Protocol:

Traveling
Party Size:1
Duration:2 hour(s)
Distance:1.522 mile(s)
Observers:Don Schaezler
Comments:N/A
Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.6.25
Species
17 species total

9
Black Vulture
2
Crested Caracara
3
Eastern Phoebe
1
White-eyed Vireo
3
Carolina Chickadee
3
Black-crested Titmouse
1
House Wren
3
Carolina Wren
1
Bewick's Wren
1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2
Chipping Sparrow
1
White-crowned Sparrow
1
White-throated Sparrow
1
Lincoln's Sparrow
2
Spotted Towhee
25
Northern Cardinal
3
House 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: 11/19/17 5:25 am
From: Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Harris/Galveston/Chambers county Kemah Boardwalk 7:17
Sabine's gull still here . At 7:17am Just passed through all 3 Counties near the Landry s Restaurant outdoor seating and the rocky point with the wood pilings at the Harris end of the channel. Dress warmly! Blowing hard and 52 degrees.John Berner.

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Date: 11/18/17 9:08 pm
From: Fred Collins <fcndc...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: [texbirds] Sabine’s Gull
The bird was extremely cooperative all afternoon along the boardwalk and observed well. Many took pictures and video with cell phones.

Fred Collins
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> On Nov 18, 2017, at 7:32 AM, Dennis Shepler <dawgler...> wrote:
>
> Present this morning in Kema at end of boardwalk. Flying in and out of
> channel.
> Dennis
> --
> W. Dennis Shepler
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Date: 11/18/17 4:01 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 11-18-17 Hutton, GCKinglet @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
11-18-17 Hutton, GCKinglet @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
Great birds today—first time I had been out there for a good while—it is mostly a HawkSpa in the winter, but I chased them off today!

Warbler Woods, Guadalupe, Texas, US
Nov 18, 2017 10:14 AM - 12:16 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments: Warbler Pond
20 species

Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
White-eyed Vireo 3
Hutton's Vireo 1
Blue-headed Vireo 1
Carolina Chickadee 4
Black-crested Titmouse 6
Carolina Wren 5
Golden-crowned Kinglet 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 3
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 5
Yellow-rumped Warbler 4
Chipping Sparrow 3
Northern Cardinal 7
House Finch 2
Pine Siskin 1
Lesser Goldfinch 2

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40573801

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Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS
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Date: 11/18/17 11:18 am
From: Hannah Buschert <Hannah.Buschert...>
Subject: [texbirds] Sheldon Lake State Park Bird Walk
We had a wonderful bird walk this morning down the south loop trail, swamp rabbit, and then continued out to the sod field. The persisting Great Kiskadee and Least Grebes made an appearance towards the back ponds on the south side. It was really windy up at the John Jacob Observation Tower, but we were able to spot cormorants and coots on Sheldon Lake. The forest was alive with Yellow-rumped Warblers and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers!
We will be having more bird walks in December and January-including our annual "Kick off your bird list" first day hike on January 1, 2018! Check out our Facebook and website for more.

Hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving!

Species Count
Blue-winged Teal 1
Mallard 7
Least Grebe 2
Pied-billed Grebe 20
Neotropic Cormorant 25
Anhinga 3
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 15
White Ibis 2
Black Vulture 10
Turkey Vulture 15
Osprey 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Common Gallinule 2
American Coot 75
Greater Yellowlegs 2
Mourning Dove 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Downy Woodpecker 1
Crested Caracara 2
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Great Kiskadee 1
Blue Jay 7
American Crow 3
Tree Swallow 1
Sedge Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 12
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Eastern Bluebird 2
American Robin 3
Gray Catbird 1
Brown Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 4
Common Yellowthroat 1
Pine Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 32
Northern Cardinal 3
Eastern Meadowlark 8
Red-winged Blackbird 17
Great-tailed Grackle 1

Happy Birding!

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Sheldon Lake State Park &
Environmental Learning Center
14140 Garrett Road
Houston, Texas 77044
(281) 456-2800 x232
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Date: 11/18/17 5:56 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Sabine's Gull from Kemah Boardwalk
Note me report but I say this in eBird this morning, a Sabine's Gull
was reported yesterday from the Kemah Boardwalk. It could be a
chase-able Bird

here is the eBird checklist with photo

https://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40559225


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Houston, TX
(713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
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Date: 11/18/17 5:32 am
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Sabine’s Gull
Present this morning in Kema at end of boardwalk. Flying in and out of
channel.
Dennis
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Date: 11/18/17 3:21 am
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Birder Patrol Trip Next Saturday 25 NOV
Hi, all!


This month's Birder Patrol trip will center around the neighborhoods of
Edinburg where there's a local population of Blue Jays (which can be hard to
find, but that's the thrill of the chase)! We'll also visit a private yard
with a butterfly garden that's been quite active lately.



The meeting place is the Academy Store's parking lot off Trenton and US 281
(towards the south end, further from the actual store) at 7:30 (there's a
nearby Starbucks in case anyone needs coffee or a restroom). Cost is $5.00
with the proceeds going to the educational endeavors of the Arroyo Colorado
Audubon Society.



See you there!



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 11/17/17 2:48 pm
From: Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tyler State Park 11-17-2017
Howdy All!
Birding around Tyler State Park has been good the past couple of days, even in the wind. Yesterday, we had Purple Finches in the large ash tree behind the park headquarters. Today it was two Red-breasted Nuthatches by the southwest corner of the lake.

Come on out and join us tomorrow morning at 8:15 am by the park headquarters and we'll go do some birding before the cold front hits. We'll bird the eastern side of the park looking for woodpeckers, Brown-headed Nuthatches, and a possible American Woodcock. We will go by the Blackjack Nature Trail for woodcock, wintering sparrows, and Purple Finch, and then the Southside Day-use area and lake dam for woodland birds and sparrows along the dam.

Good birding,

Boyd A. Sanders, BBA, CIG
Master Interpreter/Exhibits Coordinator
Tyler State Park
(903)597-5338
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Date: 11/17/17 9:05 am
From: MARTIN HAGNE <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender martinhagne for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] GCBO Experience Auction to help Bird Conservation
This has been cleared with the Admin.

The Gulf Coast Bird Observatory's annual Experiences Auction opens TOMORROW, Saturday, Nov 17, at 12:00 noon!
Bid online for your chance to win incredible experiences from birding trips, photography sessions, tropical lodge stays, wine tastings, and more!

Browse the experiences here:
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and start bidding tomorrow for your chance to win!

(All auction proceeds go directly to bird conservation, and the GCBO is a non-profit 501c3 organization)This has been cleared with Admin.


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Date: 11/15/17 8:15 pm
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Barred Owl
.
We have one Barred Owl (at least) at the Cedar Park/Leander place at
unpredictable times, even mid-day.. It is very vocal and has been here for
a good while. Damn near tame bird. We have a old power pole in the back
yard. Blue Jay and WWDOs feathers below it. A fav perch. Around 8:40
PM this evening I noted Owl Man up there with prey and a few feathers
drifting down against cloudy but city nocturnally lit sky. WWDO,
dinner.. Diane sees the Cooper's/Sharpie hunting early almost every
morning before I get up and about but sometimes me too. . Pretty quiet
yard otherwise for non-predators, IE passerines, Its an area filled with
avian terror...Virtually silent much of the time. Can't even lure WWDO's
and House Sparrows to feeders. Mockers stay in our very dense rose or
Possumhaw trees.

--

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


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Date: 11/15/17 5:49 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Bird Hop Around Hidalgo County
Hi, all!


Took visiting birders Ara and Don around Hidalgo County today; the best
sighting wasn't even a bird, but a Gray Fox along Sparrow Road! Other
highlights included Sprague's Pipit and Zone-tailed Hawk at Anzalduas County
Park. Full narrative will be posted later, but for right now a link to some
Facebook pics is below, plus the bird list.



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



Greater White-fronted Goose Anser albifrons

Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula

Northern Bobwhite Colinus virginianus

Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax brasilianus

American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

Great Egret Ardea alba

Snowy Egret Egretta thula

Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Osprey Pandion haliaetus

White-tailed Kite Elanus leucurus

Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus

Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii

Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus

White-tailed Hawk Geranoaetus albicaudatus

Gray Hawk Buteo plagiatus

Zone-tailed Hawk Buteo albonotatus

Red-tailed Hawk Buteo jamaicensis

American Coot Fulica americana

Killdeer Charadrius vociferus

Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius

Rock Pigeon Columba livia

Eurasian Collared-Dove Streptopelia decaocto

White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica

Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

Inca Dove Columbina inca

Buff-bellied Hummingbird Amazilia yucatanensis

Ringed Kingfisher Megaceryle torquata

Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon

Golden-fronted Woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons

Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris

Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway

American Kestrel Falco sparverius

Monk Parakeet Myiopsitta monachus

Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet Camptostoma imberbe

Black Phoebe Sayornis nigricans

Eastern Phoebe Sayornis phoebe

Vermilion Flycatcher Pyrocephalus rubinus

Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus

Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus forficatus

Loggerhead Shrike Lanius ludovicianus

White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus

Green Jay Cyanocorax yncas

Horned Lark Eremophila alpestris

Cave Swallow Petrochelidon fulva

Black-crested Titmouse Baeolophus atricristatus

Verdin Auriparus flaviceps

House Wren Troglodytes aedon

Bewick's Wren Thryomanes bewickii

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila caerulea

Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula

Long-billed Thrasher Toxostoma longirostre

Northern Mockingbird Mimus polyglottos

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Sprague's Pipit Anthus spragueii

Orange-crowned Warbler Oreothlypis celata

Cassin's Sparrow Peucaea cassinii

Lark Sparrow Chondestes grammacus

Black-throated Sparrow Amphispiza bilineata

Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis

Lincoln's Sparrow Melospiza lincolnii

Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis

Pyrrhuloxia Cardinalis sinuatus

Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna

Western Meadowlark Sturnella neglecta

Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus

Altamira Oriole Icterus gularis

House Finch Haemorhous mexicanus

Lesser Goldfinch Spinus psaltria

House Sparrow Passer domesticus



72 SPECIES



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 11/15/17 3:23 pm
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Big Year Targets
There is not much left on the plate for me in a Texas Big Year. By my
count there are only six non-review species that I have a realistic
chance for. Here are my thoughts on finding them and I welcome your
input on these and speculative species.

Tundra Swan - The Nov-Dec records of Tundra Swan are pretty random
north of a diagonal line from about Palacious to Midland. When I was
in the panhandle two weeks ago there were a lot of playa's with a lot
of water. My gut instinct is there is one in the panhandle waiting to
be discovered. Realistic is one will be discovered on a CBC somewhere.

American Woodcock - This is the easiest one left I think and I will be
checking known sites in the Houston area for them. If you know of a
site where they are found within in 2 hours of Houston let me know.

Pomarine Jaeger - Somewhere one the coast is reasonable and will just
have to put in the time, especially watching shrimp boats from the
Bolivar Peninsula

Parasitic Jaeger - same as above

Little Gull - The DFW area seems to be a Nov-Dec hotspot for Little
Gull but any concentration of Bonaparte's Gulls should checked.

Lapland Longspur - Hopefully some will be found in the Granger area,
else I'll be hunting for them in the Panhandle.

Review Species worth looking for

Brant - Could occur anywhere are are white-cheeked geese, but If I
have to look, the panhandle is the place

Purple Sandpiper - There is a good cluster of records on the Upper
Texas Coast, I've been walking jetties looking.

Black-legged Kittiwake - would likely be in the same places as a Little Gull

Pinyon Jay - Pinyon Jay is going to happen, they are popping not far
from Texas now Texline, Dalhart, or El Paso are my guesses

Clark's Nutcracker - One has already been reported from the South Rim
in Big Bend NP, there is a recent report in Kansas way out of range.
They could pop up any where though

Black-billed Magpie - They are being reported in Oklahoma and Kansas,
this looks like the year for them. It will be somewhere in the
Panhandle

Bohemian Waxwing - this just feels like the year

Crimson-collared Grosbeak - With Tamaulipas Crow in the RGV, seems
likely there will be a Grosbeak this year.

White-winged Crossbill - They are already in Iowa and with the Red
Crossbill invasion going on it seems like a good bet to look for them
this year.

Common Redpoll - It seems logical with Red Crossbills and Even
Grosbeak already in the state other Northern Finches will follow.
Someone will find one at a feeder I hope.

--
David Sarkozi
Houston, TX
(713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
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Date: 11/15/17 9:54 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] It's beginning to feel a lot like crossbills
Greetings All:
As eBird compilers catch up with reports it is beginning to look more and
more like a true Red Crossbill year with reports as follows (number,
county, date) with each line representing a unique site. I mean no offense
by leaving out far West Texas (which has had a lot sightings as well) but
Red Crossbills are far more regular there and may not be as suggestive of a
true irruptive event.

5, Mitchell, 10/22/17
1, Crosby, 10/28/17
20, Denton, 10/28/17
1, Bexar, 10/31/17
1, Travis, 10/31/17
17-19, Lubbock, 11/4/17-11/5/17 (two reports - same site)
10, Lubbock, 11/5/17
2, Lubbock, 11/7/17
12-14, Lubbock, 11/8/17-11/10/17 (two reports - same site)
11, Crosby, 11/11/17
23, Hood, 11/11/17
2, Crosby, 11/12/17

and

8, just across the border in Texas County, Oklahoma (the closest a report
has come to being, amazingly enough, in the Panhandle Proper of Texas.

The last Red Crossbill irruption in my region was in 2007/2008 and peaked
in December/January. With any luck, our state CBC compiler will have an
inbox full of crossbill reports this year:)

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 11/15/17 5:39 am
From: Gary Richards <grcolts...>
Subject: [texbirds] Crescent Bend Nature Park Birds-Nov. 14, 2017
CBNP-Birds seen while hiking…November 14, 2017

Turkey Vulture
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
White-winged Dove
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Eastern Phoebe
Western Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Blue Jay
Carolina Chickadee
Black-crested Titmouse
Carolina Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Chipping Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow
Northern Cardinal

Number of Species: 28

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Date: 11/15/17 5:08 am
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR.
The day started out cloudy and drizzly but by mid morning the sun was
beginning to break through the clouds. White geese are here now in large
numbers, approximately 6000. There is plenty of wheat for them to eat, so
they should be around for quite a while. At Dead Woman Pond we observed a
Merlin and also found a Pileated Woodpecker. While there we also saw
several Red-tailed Hawks and found at least a dozen before we completed the
count. That was without going out west of the refuge where we usually see
more. Franklin's Gulls were observed in large numbers sitting and flying
over the lake. We found eleven species of sparrows but could not locate a
Swamp Sparrow. It is getting dry on the refuge so there is not a lot of
water standing in low areas. They were pumping water into some of the
marshes today which will help quite a bit. Killdeer is the only shorebird
we saw but our species count was quite good, finishing the day with 78
species.
http://ebird.org/ebird/iss/view/checklist/S40505795
Jack Chiles, Texas master naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR

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Date: 11/14/17 1:53 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point hawk watch last Thursday eagles and broad-wings
With a date well into November and within a week of the end of the count,
Bob totaled over 350 broad-winged hawks over and by the tower. My biggest
kettle was 44 birds.
Started the day out Hawkins camp road and had 15 sharp-shinned, 2 cooper's,
5 red-tailed, 1 white-tailed, 1 swainson's, 3 harriers who were harassed by
the local white-tailed kite and a kestrel. Most did not go by the tower.

Then things really picked up. Had 5 bald eagles with varied plumage. The
two early white-headed birds never slowed down.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574634

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574635

One was darker

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574642

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574639

A harrier made a pass at one of the eagles and then came back and whapped
it on the back

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574644

A trip out Hawkins camp at late am had 5 white-tailed hawks. and an adult
went by the tower.

A Harris's hawk kept up the record for the birds this fall

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574624

The tower had northern harriers too

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574626

And the red-tailed hawks were well marked today

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574629

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574628

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574627

One small flock of franklin's gulls were my only ones of the fall. Joined
by cranes, anhingas, and geese.

Big flocks of vultures were around too that merged, split and went back and
forth. Most were gone by the end of the day.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574611

I did find a roost site just east of whitehead's house that had lots of the
Saturday birds going down late in the pm.

More like a day earlier in October.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 11/14/17 1:36 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk watch Saturday, almost season end but still good birds
Spent the last Saturday of the hawk watch at smith point. It was a lot
slower than Thursday but still had good birds.
First bird seen was a Harris's hawk on a pole next to the sewage plant just
out Hawkins Camp road. Got past it and when the sun came up went back but
it was gone and not to be found. That bird or another Harris's later went
by the tower.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574655

Had 2 male northern harriers moving out together and they were escorted on
their way by the resident white-tailed kite. There continues to be a good
migration of harriers by the point. They are late this year as numbers were
low earlier in their season

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574657

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574658

A vermilion flycatcher was on the wire right where you turn left on the
dirt road. Cooper's hawks were also going by and a small flock of
semipalmated plovers was at their roost in the park.

Ducks were moving and a flock of 80 red-breasted mergansers lit in front of
the tower just before I arrived. A few more went by during the morning.
Gadwalls and pintails went overhead. It was the best day of my season for
white pelicans with many flocks.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574660

Large flocks of sandhill cranes and geese, mainly snows were going by too.
My first of the season American goldfinches were singing perchickory
overhead early and later a flock of siskins went over. Had a single
scissor-tailed flycatcher out Hawkins camp late in the day on the way home.
And anhingas were up with the turkey vultures.

The number of turkey vultures was way down with a peak count of 24 until
late in the day when another group boiled in to join the 24 bringing the
kettle to 89 turkey vultures. A few black vultures joined in the movement

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574650

It was a good eagle day. Bob counted 6 and I had 2 others away from the
tower. A golden eagle with no white in the wing or tail was way way out
there. Bob got it in the scope and luckily had a swainson's hawk go by to
verify the size of the eagle.

Both sharp-shinned and cooper's hawks were going by and hunting.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574654

Accipiter's can also have bad wings like vultures and buteos

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574653

Red-tailed hawks were the birds of the day. 3 birds had spectacular white
tails and put on a great show

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574702

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574701

This bird had some stripes on the white with a little color and a full crop

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574706

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574707

Others were more normal

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574705

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574710

And a nice tail with belly stripes

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166574711

Also lots of monarch butterflies and dragonflies were moving too.

The wind shift really got the bugs and tree swallows heading south. No barn
swallows but a few rough-winged swallows were still moving.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 11/14/17 9:12 am
From: Becky Reyes <breyes...>
Subject: [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
Hi everyone,
It was a great day for a bird walk. We had 43 Anhinga perched at our North
Pond and they were on tops of trees drying their wings. All three
Kingfishers can still be found and our North Pond as well. Don't forget to
check our South pond. A lot of migrating ducks prefer that pond and if the
water is low, it attracts shorebirds. Below is today's bird list.
Happy Birding!

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center, Hidalgo, Texas, US
Nov 14, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
44 species

Blue-winged Teal 1
Lesser Scaup 6
Plain Chachalaca 4
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Neotropic Cormorant 20
Double-crested Cormorant 1
Anhinga 43
American White Pelican 8
Great Blue Heron 3
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 10
Tricolored Heron 1
Cattle Egret 1
Green Heron 1
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2
Osprey 1
American Coot 7
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 11
Inca Dove 1
Mourning Dove 1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 2
Ringed Kingfisher 2
Belted Kingfisher 1
Green Kingfisher 3
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
Crested Caracara 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
White-eyed Vireo 5
Green Jay 1
Black-crested Titmouse 1
House Wren 6
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8
Clay-colored Thrush 2
Curve-billed Thrasher 2
Long-billed Thrasher 4
European Starling 6
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 7
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 2
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Great-tailed Grackle 12
House Sparrow 2


*Becky Reyes*

Naturalist Educator

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center

PO Box 1079

714 Raul Longoria Rd

Edinburg, Texas 78540

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Date: 11/13/17 8:41 pm
From: Erik Breden <erik.breden...>
Subject: [texbirds] RGVBF Photography Trip to Martin Ranch Refuge
TexBirders,

On Sunday November 12th I drove folks out to the Martin Ranch Refuge on
one of the RGVBF Photo Tours. Had a great time, and saw lots of Crested
Caracaras, Harris's Hawks, Javelinas, and butterflies.

Photos from the trip are at:

www.otterside.com/fall2017

Further afield...my wife and I took a trip to China in May. Lots of
shorebirds and others at:

www.otterside.com/China

Enjoy!

Erik Breden
Weslaco, Texas
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Date: 11/13/17 2:36 pm
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tamaulipas Crow
Hi, all!


Jeff Bouton spotted one of the Tamaulipas Crows that showed up at the
Brownsville Dump during the Festival; some pics are on my Facebook page:



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Bird List:



Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna autumnalis

Plain Chachalaca Ortalis vetula

Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis

Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias

Great Egret Ardea alba

Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis

Black Vulture Coragyps atratus

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Harris's Hawk Parabuteo unicinctus

White-tailed Hawk Geranoaetus albicaudatus

Black-necked Stilt Himantopus mexicanus

Killdeer Charadrius vociferus

Willet Tringa semipalmata

Laughing Gull Leucophaeus atricilla

Ring-billed Gull Larus delawarensis

Herring Gull Larus argentatus

Rock Pigeon Columba livia

Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura

Ladder-backed Woodpecker Picoides scalaris

Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway

Merlin Falco columbarius

Great Kiskadee Pitangus sulphuratus

Tropical Kingbird Tyrannus melancholicus

Tamaulipas Crow Corvus imparatus

Chihuahuan Raven Corvus cryptoleucus

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris

Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius phoeniceus

Eastern Meadowlark Sturnella magna

Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus mexicanus

Bronzed Cowbird Molothrus aeneus

Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater



31 SPECIES



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 11/13/17 11:41 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update - Hook-billed Kite makes 493
Big Year Blog Update, finally getting Hook-billed Kite makes 493

https://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2017/11/hook-me-up.html

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Date: 11/13/17 11:15 am
From: Kelly Bryan <kelly.b.bryan...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Gray-headed Junco
Frank and all,
There is a large influx of juncos in the Davis Mountains this winter.
Birders should, as you suggest, keep an eye out for the different races.
Especially, the "Red-backed" Gray-headed Junco race *dorsalis. *This is
the breeding bird in the Guadalupe Mountains and they normally do not
migrate. They are in the Davis Mountains this winter along with most of
the other races. The best field mark is the distinctly bi-colored bill
such as that found in Yellow-eyed Junco. KBB

On Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 11:54 AM, Frank Bumgardner <fbumgardner...>
wrote:

> All
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> We do need to keep sharp eyes on our search for western species and forms
> this winter. At 11:15 hours today I had a Gray-headed form of Dark-eyed
> junco in my backyard in China Spring. This may be a great year for western
> species. First I have had closer than Colorado.
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Date: 11/13/17 9:55 am
From: Frank Bumgardner <fbumgardner...>
Subject: [texbirds] Gray-headed Junco
All


We do need to keep sharp eyes on our search for western species and forms
this winter. At 11:15 hours today I had a Gray-headed form of Dark-eyed
junco in my backyard in China Spring. This may be a great year for western
species. First I have had closer than Colorado.



Frank Bumgardner

China Spring, TX



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Date: 11/13/17 7:15 am
From: <mitch...>
Subject: [texbirds] Red Crossbills
Hi all,

Just to chime in with some jips of my own...

I heard a flock of Red Crossbill Saturday late morning
overhead somewhere up in the fog-mist. I did not see them.
They circled over the house a full minute, seemingly a bit
disoriented in the near-zero visibility, incessantly calling.
It was a fair number of them, based on prior experience I
would say at least a dozen probably way more.

Sunday I checked a couple local pine trees I am on a first
name basis with, and saw cones but no crossbills.

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Date: 11/12/17 9:36 pm
From: Joseph Hood <jhood001...>
Subject: [texbirds] Red Crossbills in Hood County near Cowboy Court on TX-144
Cowboy Court across TX-144 from Midway RV Park and Storage in Hood County,
Texas on the afternoon of 11-12-2017. Many thanks to Ed Wetzel and Greg Cook
for alerting us in regard to the presence of these birds that are usually
very uncommon in Texas.


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Austin, TX



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Date: 11/12/17 5:33 pm
From: Christine Turnbull <cbsturnbull...>
Subject: [texbirds] Crow
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Date: 11/12/17 3:03 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lubbock Area Birding Summary for October - Long
Lubbock received 0.50 inches of rain during October, well below the average
monthly total of total of 1.70 inches, bringing us up to 21.95 inches for
the year, still well below the average year-to-date total of 17.40
inches. Weather was generally pleasant through the month, with only one
migrant-stalling storm system, and highlights were mostly early waterfowl,
late shorebirds, and a spate of migrants.
Regional summaries of eBird data can not be acquired in a timely fashion.
As a result, records submitted to eBird may not appear in this report.
Reports from the region that are submitted to the texbirds or leasbirds
listserve can be reviewed in a timely fashion and should appear.

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

BLACK-BELLIED WHISTLING DUCK: 4 at the Plainview Duck Pond (Hale) on
10/4/17 (CA, MA) and 6 at the Plainview Duck Pond (Hale) on 10/13/17 (NP) -
FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; NOW ANNUAL BUT SPOTTY.

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: 1 in Slaton (Lubbock) on 10/15/17 (AL) and 1
at McCullough Park (Lubbock) on 10/29/17 (AL) the first reports of the
season - VERY RARE THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON.

WOOD DUCK: 2 at Camp Rio Blanca crossing (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (AH), 1 male
at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa (Lynn) on 10/15/17 (AH), 4 at Clapp Park
(Lubbock) on 10/16/17 (AL), 3 males at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on
10/18/17 (GK), 1 at Morton City Park (Cochran) on 10/21/17 (DHw), and 7 at
Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 10/28/17 (SP, AvH, PKi, PR) - A STRONG SHOWING FOR
THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON.

BLUE-WINGED TEAL: Fourteen reports of 1-10 birds, twelve reports of 11-25
birds, one report of 26 birds, one reports of 186 birds, and one report of
225 birds in the region (Crosby, Hale, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley) during the
period (JA, GC, SG, AH, AL, NP) - A VERY STRONG SHOWING FOR THIS LATE IN
THE SEASON; THE STRONGEST I CAN RECALL FOR AN OCTOBER.

CINNAMON TEAL: Ten reports of 1-4 birds in the region (Crosby, Hale, Lynn,
Motley) during the period (JA, GC, CG, AH, NP) - VERY GOOD SHOWING FOR THIS
LATE IN THE SEASON.

CANVASBACK: 4 at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) on 10/15/17 (AH), 12 at
the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) on 10/21/17 (AH), 2 west of Cone
(Crosby) on 10/22/17 (AH), and 1 near Plainview (Hale) on 10/22/17 (NP) -
ABOUT AVERAGE; NUMBERS SHOULD RAMP UP INTO WINTER.

REDHEAD: Seven reports of 1-8 birds, three reports of 18-21 birds, and one
report of 38 birds in the region (Crosby, Lubbock, Lynn) during the period
(DHa, AH) - GOOD NUMBERS FOR SO EARLY IN THE SEASON.

RING-NECKED DUCK: 2 south of Ralls (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (AH), 4 at the CR Y
x FM 3332 Playa (Lynn) on 10/7/17 (AH), 22 at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa
(Lynn) on 10/15/17 (AH), and 18 at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) on
10/21/17 (AH) - A BIT SLOW TO ARRIVE THIS YEAR BUT NUMBERS BUILDING QUICKLY.

LESSER SCAUP: 2 at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) on 10/15/17 (AH), 1
at the Plainview Duck Pond (Hale) on 10/18/17 (NP), and 2 at the FM 1054 x
FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) - ABOUT AVERAGE.

BUFFLEHEAD: 4 at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) on 10/15/17 (AH) -
CASUAL FOR OCTOBER AND MID-OCTOBER IS ESPECIALLY EARLY.

SCALED QUAIL: 2 in Yellowhouse Canyon (Lubbock) on 10/7/17 (DH) - LOW
NUMBERS BUT A RELIABLE SITE FOR THE ONE SIGHTING.

RING-NECKED PHEASANT: 2 females east of Estacado (Crosby) on 10/22/17 (AH)
the only report - A TAD LOW BUT LITTLE EFFORT IN OUR NORTHERN COUNTIES
REPORTED.

EARED GREBE: 9 at the CR Y x FM 3332 Playa (Lynn) on 10/7/17 (AH), 10 at
the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) on 10/15/17 (AH), 2 at the CR 28 x FM
1054 Playa (Lynn) on 10/21/17 (AH), 10 at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa
(Lynn) on 10/21/17 (AH), and 4 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 10/21/17 (AH) - A
GOOD SHOWING EVEN IF LIMITED TO ONE COUNTY.

INCA DOVE: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 10/8/17 (DS) the only report for
the month - ONE CAN ONLY WONDER HOW SUCH A LOW-DENSITY POPULATION IS
HANGING ON.

COMMON NIGHTHAWK: 1 south of Crosbyton (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (AH), 1 near
Wilson (Lynn) on 10/8/17 (AH), and 1 at the Lakeside Playa (Hale) on
10/12/17 (NP) the only reports - AN EARLY DEPARTURE AND VERY LOW NUMBERS.

COMMON POORWILL: 1 in Yellowhouse Canyon (Lubbock) on 10/7/17 (DH), 1 in
Lubbock (Lubbock) on 10/16/17 (GJ), and 1 at MacKenzie Park (Lubbock) on
10/22/17 (DHw) - ABOUT AVERAGE.

BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD: 2 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (KH), 3
in a Littlefield yard (Lamb) from 10/1/17-10/7/17 (AR), 1 immature male in
a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) from 10/1/17-10/2/17 (AH), 2 immature males and 1
immature female in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/3/17 (AH), a different
immature male in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) from 10/4/17-10/8/17 (AH), a
different immature male in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) from 10/9/17-10/10/17
(AH), a different immature male in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) from
13/17-10/14/17 (AH), and 1 immature male at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on
10/28/17 (SP, AvH, PKi, PR) - DOCUMENTED IN DETAIL TO DEMONSTRATE HOW
STRONG THIS SPECIES' MOVEMENT CAN BE IN OCTOBER.

RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD: 1 adult female in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on
10/5/17 (AH) and 1 adult female in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/10/17
(AH) - A TAD LOW, ACTUALLY, GIVEN RECENT YEARS' DATA.

RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD: 1 immature male in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/1/17
(AH), 1 immature female in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) from 10/7/17-10/8/17
(AH), 1 immature female at the FM 2956 Playa (Lynn) on 10/7/17 (AH), 1
immature male in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) from 10/13/17-10/14/17 (AH), and
1 immature male at White River Lake (Crosby) on 10/14/17 (AH) - ABOUT
AVERAGE; THIS IS OUR SECOND MOST COMMON FALL MIGRANT HUMMINGBIRD.

BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD: 1 at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing (Crosby) on
10/1/17 (AH) the only report - LOW.

CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD: 1 immature female in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) from
10/3/17-10/4/17 (AH) the only report - LOW.

VIRGINIA RAIL: 1 south of Crosbyton (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (AH), 1 at the New
Moore Wetlands (Lynn) on 10/7/17 (AH), 1 at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on
10/15/17 (AH), and 1 at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on 10/21/17 (AH) - ABOUT
AVERAGE GIVEN LIMITED REPORTING.

SORA: 3 at the CR 422 Pond (Motley) on 10/1/17 (JA, GC, SG) the only report
- LOW, ESPECIALLY GIVEN GOOD COVERAGE OF APPROPRIATE HABITAT IN OTHER
COUNTIES.

COMMON GALLINULE: 2 at the Ralls WTP (Crosby) on 10/14/17 (AH) - CONTINUING
BIRDS AT THIS NOT GENERALLY USED SITE.

BLACK-NECKED STILT: NO REPORTS RECEIVED - BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS, AN
UNUSUALLY EARLY AND SHARP DEPARTURE.

AMERICAN AVOCET: Ten reports of 2-7 birds, three reports of 14-20 birds,
one report of 39 birds, one report of 47 birds, and two reports of 62 birds
in the region (Crosby, Lynn, Motley) during the period (JA, GC, SG, AH) -
TYPICAL OF THE INCREASINGLY STRONG PERFORMANCE OF THIS SPECIES AS A FALL
LINGERER.

BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER: 1 at the CR 183 x FM 40 Playa (Crosby) on 10/1/17
(AH) had become 10 at the same site on 10/14/17 (AH) - THE FIRST SIGHTING
WAS ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THE REGION BUT THE SECOND SIGHTING WAS A RECORD
NUMBER FOR A SINGLE SIGHTING.

SNOWY PLOVER: 6 at Tahoka Lake (Lynn) on 10/8/17 (AH) - VERY RARE THIS LATE
IN THE SEASON BUT THIS IS A FAVORED WINTERING SITE.

SEMIPALMATED PLOVER: 1 at the CR 183 x FM 40 Playa (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (AH)
- VERY RARE THIS LATE IN THE SEASON.

LONG-BILLED CURLEW: 1 at the CR 422 Pond (Motley) on 10/1/17 (JA, GC, SG),
1 in Yellowhouse Canyon (Lubbock) on 10/7/17 (DH), 1 at the CR 183 x FM 40
Playa (Crosby) on 10/14/17 (AH), 2 at Crosbyton City Park (Crosby) on
10/14/17 (AH), and 4 at the CR 183 x FM 40 Playa (Crosby) on 10/22/17 (AH)
- A TAD LOW AS OF YET.

UNIDENTIFIED 'PEEPS': 140 at Tahoka Lake (Lynn) on 10/8/17 (AH), 120 at the
CR 183 x FM 40 Playa (Crosby) on 10/14/17 (AH), 40 at the FM 1054 x FM 1313
Playa (Lynn) on 10/15/17 (AH), 120 at the Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 10/15/17
(AH), and 60 at the Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 10/21/17 (AH) - UNUSUALLY LATE
FOR THIS MANY SMALL SANDPIPERS TO STILL BE IN THE REGION.

STILT SANDPIPER: 2 at the Plainview Duck Pond (Hale) on 10/1/17 (NP) -
RUNNING A TAD LATE.

BAIRD'S SANDPIPER: 2 at the Plainview Duck Pond (Hale) on 10/1/17 (NP) and
1 at the CR 183 x FM 40 Playa (Crosby) on 10/14/17 (AH) - BOTH REPORTS
RUNNING A TAD LATE, THE LATTER PARTICULARLY SO.

LEAST SANDPIPER: Eight reports of 1-6 birds, one report of 28 birds, one
report of 98 birds, one report of 99 birds, and one report of 152 birds in
the region (Crosby, Hale, Lynn, Motley) during the period (JA, GC, SG, AH,
NP) - SURPRISINGLY GOOD NUMBER FOR THIS LATE IN THE SHOREBIRD SEASON.

WESTERN SANDPIPER: 8 at Tahoka Lake (Lynn) on 10/8/17 (AH), 7 at the CR 183
x FM 40 Playa (Crosby) on 10/14/17 (AH), 7 at the Skeen Playa (Lynn) on
10/15/17 (AH), 2 at the Plainview Duck Pond (Hale) on 10/18/17 (NP), and 12
at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 10/21/17 (AH) - VERY LATE IN THE SEASON FOR THIS
MANY REPORTS OF THIS MANY BIRDS.

LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER: Four reports of 2-6 birds, four reports of 12 to 31
birds, and one report of 86 birds in the region (Crosby, Hale, Lynn,
Motley) during the period (JA, GC, SG, AH, NP) - GOOD NUMBERS FOR THIS LATE
IN THE SEASON.

WILSON'S SNIPE: Ten reports of 1-5 birds and one report of 11 birds in the
region (Crosby, Hale, Lynn) during the period (AH, NP) - GOOD NUMBERS,
GIVEN THIS SPECIES' LATE-ARRIVING HABITS, FOR THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON.

SPOTTED SANDPIPER: 1 at the Tahoka Cemetery Complex (Lynn) on 10/7/17 (AH),
1 at Tahoka Lake Pasture (Lynn) on 10/8/17 (AH), 2 at the CR 173 x FM 40
Playa (Crosby) on 10/22/17 (AH), and 1 west of Cone (Crosby) on 10/22/17
(AH) the only reports - A TAD LOW, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE STRONG PERFORMANCE
OF OTHER SHOREBIRDS.

SOLITARY SANDPIPER: 1 at the Plainview Duck Pond (Hale) on 10/1/17 (NP) and
1 at the New Moore Wetlands (Lynn) on 10/7/17 (AH) - A TAD LOW GIVEN RECENT
YEARS' DATA.

LESSER YELLOWLEGS: Fourteen reports of 1-10 birds, three reports of 14-22
birds, and one report of 45 birds in the region (Crosby, Hale, Lynn) during
the period (AH, NP) - VERY GOOD NUMBERS FOR THIS LATE IN THE SEASON.

GREATER YELLOWLEGS: Twenty reports of 1-8 birds, four reports of 11-25
birds, and one report of 27 birds in the region (Crosby, Dickens, Hale,
Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (JA, GC, SG, AH, NP, LZ) - VERY GOOD
NUMBERS FOR THIS LATE IN THE SEASON

WILSON'S PHALAROPE: 3 at Crosbyton City Park (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (AH), 12
at Tahoka Lake (Lynn) on 10/8/17 (AH), 2 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 10/15/17
(AH), 110 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 10/21/17 (AH), 5 at the CR 173 x FM 40
Playa (Crosby) on 10/22/17 (AH), and 1 west of Cone (Crosby) on 10/22/17
(AH) - GREAT NUMBER OF REPORTS AND GOOD NUMBERS FOR OCTOBER.

FRANKLIN'S GULL: 3 at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) on 10/21/17 (AH)
and 2 at the CR 173 x FM 40 Playa (Crosby) on 10/22/17 (AH) - LOW.

RING-BILLED GULL: 2 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 10/27/17 (AH) had
grown to 12 at the same site on 10/30/17 (AH) - FORMERLY FAIRLY NORMAL IN
OCTOBER; THESE NOW CONSTITUTE SOMEWHAT EARLY ARRIVALS.

FORSTER'S TERN: 1 at Whiteflat Lake (Motley) on 10/1/17 (JA, GC, SG) the
only report - VERY LOW.

NEOTROPIC CORMORANT: 1 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 10/14/17 (PKe) the
only report - FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL; NOW KNOWN AS ANNUAL VISITORS AND
PERSISTING LATER INTO EACH YEAR.

AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN: 54 over Crosbyton (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (AH), 80 at
Whiteflat Lake (Motley) on 10/8/17 (JA, GC, SG), 2 in Slaton (Lubbock) on
10/15/17 (AL), 1 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 10/17/17 (GK), and 1 at
McCullough Park (Lubbock) on 10/17/17 (DHa) - GREAT NUMBER OF REPORTS AND
EXTRAORDINARY NUMBERS FOR THE REGION AT ANY TIME OF THE YEAR.

GREAT EGRET: Six reports of single birds at six sites in the region
(Crosby, Lubbock, Motley) during the period (JA, GC, SG, DH, AH, GJ, PJ) -
ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS LATE IN THE SEASON; IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE
HOW MANY ATTEMPT WINTERING.

SNOWY EGRET: Six reports of 1-5 birds at four sites in the region (Lubbock,
Lynn, Motley) during the period (JA, GC, SG, AH, GJ, PJ, PKe) - A TAD LOW
FOR OCTOBER; IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE HOW MANY ATTEMPT WINTERING.

CATTLE EGRET: 17 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (KH), 1 at the CR
422 Pond (Motley)on 10/1/17 (JA, GC, SG), 7 in Yellowhouse Canyon (Lubbock)
on 10/7/17 (DH), 2 at Tahoka Lake (Lynn) on 10/8/17 (AH), and 1 at
Crosbyton City Park (Crosby) on 10/14/17 (AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS LATE
IN THE SEASON.

WHITE-FACED IBIS: 153 at Crosbyton City Park (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (AH), 15
at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (KH), and ten reports of 1-7 birds
in the region (Crosby, Lynn, Motley) during the remainder of the period
(JA, GC, SG, AH) - INCREDIBLE NUMBERS FOR THIS LATE IN THE SEASON AND
SURPRISING NUMBER OF REPORTS THROUGH THE END OF THE PERIOD.

TURKEY VULTURE: 6 at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on 10/15/17 (AH), 1 near
West Point (Lynn) on 10/15/17 (AH), 1 at Bole's Lake (Lubbock) on 10/17/17
(PKi), and 1 at McCullough Park (Lubbock) on 10/24/17 (DHa) - A FAIRLY
EARLY AND THOROUGH DEPARTURE WITH NO LARGE KETTLES DETECTED IN LATE OCTOBER.

OSPREY: Seven reports of 1-4 birds in the region (Crosby, Hale, Lubbock)
during the period (AH, GJ, PJ, NP, CR, FR) - GOOD NUMBER OF SIGHTINGS AND
GREAT NUMBERS.

MISSISSIPPI KITE: 5 at Camp Rio Blanca crossing (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (AH)
the only report for the month - AN EARLY AND THOROUGH DEPARTURE FROM THE
REGION.

BALD EAGLE: 1 adult bird near the Lubbock stockyard (Lubbock) on 10/27/17
(AH) - FAIRLY EARLY FOR A REPORT IN THE REGION.

BROAD-WINGED HAWK: 1 west of White River Lake (Crosby) on 10/14/17 (AH) and
1 at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on 10/15/17 (AH) the only reports - VERY
LOW, COMPLETING A VERY POOR SEASON FOR THE SPECIES IN THE REGION.

SWAINSON'S HAWK: 1 southeast of Mt. Blanco (Crosby) on 10/22/17 (AH) the
only report from the latter half of the month - A TAD LOW.

ACORN WOODPECKER: 1 at Dickens Springs (Dickens) on 10/1/17 (JA, GC, SG) -
ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION, PROBABLY THE BIRD OF THE MONTH; OUR 5th RECORD.

RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER: 1 south of Cap Rock (Crosby) on 10/22/17 (AH) the only
report this fall - LOW.

DOWNY WOODPECKER: 1 at Silver Falls Rest Area (Crosby) on 10/22/17 (AH) the
only report so far this fall - A TAD LOW.

MERLIN: Eight reports of single birds in the region (Crosby, Hale, Lubbock,
Lynn, Motley) during the period (JA, GC, SG, DH, AH, NP) - GOOD NUMBERS FOR
THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON.

PEREGRINE FALCON: 1 south of Ralls (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (AH), 1 at the TTU
HSC Campus (Lubbock) on 10/3/17 (AH), 1 at the FM 2956 Playa (Lynn) on
10/7/17 (AH), 1 at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) on 10/15/17 (AH), and
1 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 10/21/17 (AH) - GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER FOR
THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON.

PRAIRIE FALCON: 1 southeast of Mt. Blanco (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (AH), 1 near
New Deal (Lubbock) on 10/1/17 (AK), 1 southeast of Mt. Blanco (Crosby) on
10/22/17 (AH), and 1 near Plainview (Hale) on 10/22/17 (NP) - GOOD NUMBERS
FOR THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON.

MONK PARAKEET: 1 persists at Wayland Baptist University (Hale) on 10/11/17
(NP) - IF THIS BIRD EVER FINDS A PARTNER, NOT UNPRECEDENTED FOR THE SPECIES
IN OUR REGION, THINGS COULD GET INTERESTING.

OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER: 1 at Silver Falls Rest Area (Crosby) on 10/1/17
(AH) and 1 at Swenson Park (Dickens) on 10/1/17 (JA, GC, SG) - ABOUT
AVERAGE FOR THIS LATE IN THE SEASON.

WESTERN WOOD PEWEE: 1 at Dickens Springs (Dickens) on 10/1/17 (JA, GC, SG)
- LATE IN THE SEASON.

LEAST FLYCATCHER: 1 at Camp Rio Blanca crossing (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (AH)
and 1 at Swenson Park (Dickens) on 10/1/17 (JA, GC, SG) - A TAD LATE IN THE
SEASON.

SAY'S PHOEBE: Seven reports of 1-2 birds in the region (Crosby, Lubbock,
Lynn) during the period (DH, AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS RARE FALL
MIGRANT/WINTER RESIDENT.

EASTERN PHOEBE: Ten reports of 1-2 birds in the region (Crosby, Dickens,
Lynn) during the period (JA, GC, SG, AH, LZ) - GOOD NUMBER OF REPORTS AND
GOOD NUMBERS, REFLECTING RELATIVELY WET CONDITIONS IN THE REGION.

VERMILION FLYCATCHER: 1 adult male at the Tahoka Cemetery Complex (Lynn) on
10/7/17 (AH) - FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; NOW KNOWN AS AN ANNUAL
VISITOR WITH NO APPARENT SEASONALITY.

ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER: 1 near Whiteflat (Motley) on 10/1/17 (JA, GC, SG)
- VERY LATE; ONE OF A MERE HANDFUL OF OCTOBER REPORTS FOR THE REGION.

CASSIN'S KINGBIRD: 1 southeast of Mt. Blanco (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (AH,
photographs), 1 near Narcisso (Motley) on 10/1/17 (JA, GC, SG), 1 in
Yellowhouse Canyon (Lubbock) on 10/7/17 (DH), 1 at the CR EE Wetlands
(Lynn) on 10/7/17 (AH, photographs), 1 near New Moore (Lynn) on 10/7/17
(AH, photographs), 1 at the New Moore Wetlands (Lynn) on 10/7/17 (AH), and
2 at the Caprock Canyons Trailway (Floyd) on 10/26/17 (BP) - WHILE THE
SPECIES IS A REGULAR FALL MIGRANT THIS WAS AN UNUSUALLY GOOD MOVEMENT.

SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER: Eight reports of 1--3 birds and one report of 11
birds in the region (Crosby, Lynn) during the latter half of the period
(AH, LZ) - FORMERLY RARE THIS LATE IN THE SEASON; NOW REGULARLY ENCOUNTERED
IN EVEN LATE OCTOBER.

BLUE-HEADED VIREO: 1 at Camp Rio Blanca crossing (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (AH)
and 1 at Silver Falls Rest Area (Crosby) on 10/22/17 (AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE
FOR THIS RARE FALL VISITOR.

WARBLING VIREO: 3 at the Spur Rest Area (Dickens) on 10/1/17 (JA, GC, SG)
and 2 at Swenson Park (Dickens) on 10/1/17 (JA, GC, SG) - GOOD NUMBERS FOR
THIS INCREASINGLY DIFFICULT TO FIND MIGRANT.

WOODHOUSE'S SCRUB JAY: 4 at Dickens Springs (Dickens) on 10/1/17 (JA, GC,
SG) and 1 south of Cap Rock (Crosby) on 10/22/17 (AH) - FORMERLY UNCOMMON
IN THE REGION; NOW RARE WITH EVERY REPORT OF NOTE.

COMMON RAVEN: Ten reports of 1-3 birds in the region (Crosby, Lubbock,
Lynn) during the period (DH, AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THE RAMP UP FROM FALL
TO WINTER.

TREE SWALLLOW: 3 at White River Lake (Crosby) on 10/14/17 (AH) the only
report from the month - VERY LOW.

NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW: 2 in Yellowhouse Canyon (Lubbock) on 10/7/17
(DH), 4 at the Kalgary Wetlands (Crosby) on 10/14/17 (AH), and 1 south of
Ralls (Crosby) on 10/14/17 (AH) the only reports - A TAD ON THE LOW SIDE.

BANK SWALLOW: 2 at the Silver Falls Rest Area (Crosby) n 10/1/17 (AH) the
only report from the month - LOW.

CLIFF SWALLOW: 2 at the CR Y x FM 3332 Playa (Lynn) on 10/7/17 (AH) the
only report - VERY LOW.

CAVE SWALLOW: 2 at Tahoka Lake Pasture (Lynn) on 10/8/17 (AH) the only
report - LOW.

BARN SWALLOW: 5 at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa (Lynn) on 10/21/17 (AH), 30 at
the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa (Lynn) on 10/21/17 (AH), 12 in Grassland (Lynn)
on 10/21/17 (AH), and 4 in Tahoka (Lynn) on 10/21/17 (AH) the only reports
from the latter half of the month - VERY LOW.

BLACK-CRESTED TITMOUSE: 1 in Yellowhouse Canyon (Lubbock) on 10/7/17 (DH) -
FORMERLY UNCOMMON IN THE REGION; THIS IS THE WESTERNMOST REPORT IN SOME
TIME.

BUSHTIT: 15 at Dickens Springs (Dickens) on 10/1/17 (JA, GC, SG) the only
report - FORMERLY UNCOMMON IN OUR EASTERN COUNTIES; NOW EXTREMELY DIFFICULT
TO FIND.

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH: Sixteen reports of 1-3 birds from thirteen sites
scattered across the region (Bailey, Crosby, Garza, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn)
during the period (JA, GC, KD, SG, DH, DHw, AH, PKi, CL, RL, AL, AR) - A
RARE MIGRANT/WINTER VISITOR TO THE REGION - THIS CONSTITUTES AN IRRUPTIVE
EVENT.

BROWN CREEPER: 1 at Camp Rio Blanca crossing (Crosby) on 10/22/17 (AH) the
only report - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS EARLY IN THE SEASON.

ROCK WREN: 1-2 at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing (Crosby) throughout the
period (AH), 1 in Yellowhouse Canyon (Lubbock) on 10/7/17 (DH), 1 near
O'Donnell (Lynn) on 10/7/17 (AH) - A TAD LOW GIVEN THAT WE USUALLY SEE A
MIGRATORY BURST DURING OCTOBER.

CANYON WREN: 1-2 at Silver Falls Rest Area (Crosby) throughout the period
(AH), 1 at Dickens Springs (Dickens) on 10/1/17 (JA, GC, SG), 1 in
Yellowhouse Canyon (Lubbock) on 10/7/17 (DH), and 1 at the Caprock Canyons
Trailway (Floyd) on 10/26/17 (BP) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS RARE RESIDENT.

HOUSE WREN: Twelve reports of 1-2 birds in the region (Crosby, Dickens,
Lynn, Motley) during the period (JA, GC, SG, AH, LZ) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR
THIS SPECIES' OCTOBER PEAK IN THE REGION.

CACTUS WREN: 1 at the UMC Campus (Lubbock) on 10/4/17 (GJ) - FORMERLY
UNCOMMON IN OUR SOUTHERN COUNTIES; NOW CLOSING IN ON ACCIDENTAL.

BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER: Eleven reports of 1-2 birds in the region (Bailey,
Crosby, Dickens, Hale, Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (JA, GC, SG, DH,
AH, NP) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS SPECIES' OCTOBER PEAK IN THE REGION.

EASTERN BLUEBIRD: 8 at Swenson Park (Dickens) on 10/1/17 (JA, GC, SG), 2 at
Camp Rio Blanca crossing (Crosby) on 10/22/17 (AH), and 2 at Caprock
Canyons Trailway (Floyd) on 10/26/17 (BP) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS UNCOMMON
WINTER RESIDENT.

WESTERN BLUEBIRD: 3 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 10/17/17 (PKi), 6
at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 10/20/17 (KH), 4 at the Cochran County Golf
Course (Cochran) on 10/21/17 (DHw), 2 in Grassland (Lynn) on 10/21/17 (AH),
5 at the Tahoka Cemetery Complex (Lynn) on 10/21/17 (AH), 2 in West Point
(Lynn) on 10/21/17 (AH), and 2 just east of Cone (Crosby) on 10/22/17 (AH)
- A RARE WINTER VISITOR; THIS SEEMS LIKE THE START OF AN IRRUPTIVE EVENT.

MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD: Nine reports of 1-9 birds in the region (Crosby, Garza,
Lynn) during the period (AH) - GOOD NUMBER OF REPORTS AND NUMBERS FOR THIS
EARLY IN THE SEASON.

SWAINSON'S THRUSH: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/24/17 (KD) the only
report - A TAD LOW.

HERMIT THRUSH: Eleven reports of single birds in the region (Crosby,
Dickens, Hale, Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (KD, AH, NP, LZ) - GOOD
SCATTER BUT LOW NUMBERS SO FAR THIS SEASON.

GRAY CATBIRD: 1 near Frog Lake (Lynn) on 10/7/17 (AH) the only report -
EXTRAORDINARILY LOW.

BROWN THRASHER: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 10/16/17 (AL) - THE ONLY
REPORT FROM ATOP THE CAPROCK ESCARPMENT.

SAGE THRASHER: 1 at Lubbock Lake Landmark (Lubbock) on 10/12/17 (JC) the
only report so far this season - VERY LOW.

CEDAR WAXWING: 12 at Silver Falls Rest Area (Crosby) on10/1/17 (AH) the
only report so far this season - LOW.

EVENING GROSBEAK; 1 male at a feeder in Littlefield (Lamb) on 10/28/17 (AR)
- FORMERLY CASUAL TO THE REGION; NOW ACCIDENTAL.

PINE SISKIN: Seven reports of 1-8 birds and three reports of 13-18 birds in
the region (Cochran, Crosby, Floyd, Garza, Lynn) during the period (DHw,
AH, KH, BP) - A GOOD START; NUMBERS SHOULD PICK UP IN NOVEMBER - IF THIS
IS, INDEED, A FINCH YEAR.

LESSER GOLDFINCH: 1 in Swenson Park (Dickens) on 10/1/17 (JA, GC, SG), 1 at
the Tahoka Cemetery Complex (Lynn) on 10/21/17 (AH), and 1 in West Point
(Lynn) on 10/21/17 (AH) - FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL THIS LATE IN THE SEASON; WE
NOW EXPECT A FEW REPORTS INTO LATE FALL AND EARLY WINTER.

AMERICAN GOLDFINCH: 4 in Grassland (Lynn) on 10/21/17 (AH), 2 at the Tahoka
Cemetery Complex (Lynn) on 10/21/17 (AH), 2 in Cone (Crosby) on 10/22/17
(AH), and 2 west of Cone (Crosby) on 10/22/17 (AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS
EARLY IN THE SEASON.

RED CROSSBILL: 1 yellow individual at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 1028/17
(KH) - IRRUPTIVE TO THE REGION; THIS SHOULD BE THE PRECURSOR TO A LARGER
EVENT.

CASSIN'S SPARROW: 1 at the New Moore Wetlands (Lynn) on 10/7/17 (AH) the
only report from the month - AN EARLY AND, EVIDENTLY, THOROUGH DEPARTURE
FROM THE REGION.

CHIPPING SPARROW: Fourteen reports of 1-8 birds in the region (Bailey,
Crosby, Dickens, Hale, Lynn) during the period (JA, GC, SG, DHw, AH, KH,
NP) - LOW NUMBER OF REPORTS AND EXTRAORDINARILY LOW NUMBERS - A BAD FINISH
TO A BAD SEASON FOR THIS SPECIES IN OUR AREA.

CLAY-COLORED SPARROW: Ten reports of 1-8 birds in the region (Crosby,
Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (KD, DH, AH) - LOW NUMBER OF REPORTS AND
EXTRAORDINARILY LOW NUMBERS - A BAD FINISH TO A BAD SEASON FOR THIS SPECIES
IN OUR AREA.

FIELD SPARROW: Seven reports of 1-4 birds in the region (Crosby, Lynn)
during the period (AH) - RIGHT ON TIME BUT NUMBERS REMAIN LOW.

BLACK-THROATED SPARROW: 1 near Roaring Springs (Motley) on 10/1/17 (JA, GC,
SG) - FORMERLY UNCOMMON IN OUR SOUTHERN COUNTIES; NOW VERY RARE AND THIS IS
A STARTLING REPORT FROM ONE OF OUR NORTHERN COUNTIES.

SONG SPARROW: 1 at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on 10/15/17 (AH) the first of
the season - RIGHT ON TIME BUT LOW NUMBERS EVEN AT THE END OF THE PERIOD.

WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW: 9 at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on 10/7/17 (AH), 3
near Frog Lake (Lynn) on 10/7/17 (AH), 6 near New Moore (Lynn) on 10/7/17
(AH), 2 near Wilson (Lynn) on 10/7/17 (AH), 9 at the New Moore Wetlands
(Lynn) on 10/7/17 (AH), 2 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 10/7/17 (AH), and 4 at
the Tahoka Cemetery Complex (Lynn) on 10/7/17 (AH) the first of the season
- RIGHT ON TIME AND FILLED IN QUICKLY THEREAFTER.

YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD: 7 at the CR 179 x FM 40 Playa, 1 at the Himmel
Farm (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (KH), 38 at the CR 422 Pond (Motley) on 10/1/17
(JA, GC, SG), 3 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 10/3/17 (KH), 37 at the
Yellowhouse Canyon (Lubbock) on 10/7/17 (DH), 2 at O'Donnell Playa (Lynn)
on 10/7/17 (AH), and 2 at Skeen Playa (Lynn) on 10/15/17 (AH) - GOOD
NUMBERS AND SCATTER FOR THIS LATE IN THE SEASON.

BALTIMORE ORIOLE: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) from 10/1/17-10/2/17 (KH) -
FORMERLY ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; NOW CONSIDERED ANNUAL AS A POST-BREEDING
WANDERER.

BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER: 1 at the Spur Rest Area (Dickens) on 10/1/17 (JA,
GC, SG) - LOW.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER: Seventeen reports of 1-7 birds and one report of 13
birds in the region (Crosby, Dickens, Lynn) during the period (JA, GC, SG,
AH, KH) - GOOD NUMBERS AND SCATTER.

NASHVILLE WARBLER: Eight reports of 1-6 birds in the region (Crosby,
Dickens, Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (JA, GC, SG, DH, AH) - ABOUT
AVERAGE FOR THIS UNCOMMON MIGRANT; SOME REPORTS TRENDED A BIT LATER THAN
USUAL.

MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER: Five reports of 1-2 birds in the region (Crosby,
Hale, Lynn) during the period (AH, NP) - LOW NUMBERS; WE GENERALLY SEE A
PEAK IN OCTOBER AND THIS YEAR'S PEAK, IF YOU WANT TO CALL IT THAT, WAS IN
SEPTEMBER.

COMMON YELLOWTHROAT: 4 at Swenson Park (Dickens) on 10/1/17 (JA, GC, SG), 2
adult males and 1 immature male at the New Moore Wetlands (Lynn) on 10/7/17
(AH), 2 at Tahoka Lake Pasture (Lynn) on 10/8/17 (AH), 2 at the CR EE
Wetlands (Lynn) on 10/15/17 (AH), and 1 at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on
10/21/17 (AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE AND MOST WERE PROBABLY AT SITES WHERE THE
SPECIES IS NOW A PERMANENT RESIDENT.

AMERICAN REDSTART: 1 female in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 10/1/17 (WW) -
RUNNING A TAD LATE.

YELLOW WARBLER: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (KH), 1 at the CR
343 x HIghway 70 Ponds (Dickens) on 10/1/17 (JA, GC, SG), 1 at Himmel Farm
on 10/2/17 and on 10/3/17 (KH) - ALL RUNNING A TAD LATE FOR THE REGION.

BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER: 2 at Dickens Springs (Dickens) on 10/1/17 (JA,
GC, SG) - A LATE REPORT OF A VERY RARE MIGRANT.

WILSON'S WARBLER: Twenty reports of 1-3 birds in the region (Bailey,
Crosby, Dickens, Hale, Lubbock, Lynn) during the period (JA, GC, SG, DH,
DHw, AH, NP, WW) - GOOD SCATTER, AVERAGE NUMBERS FOR THIS LATE IN THE
SEASON.

BLUE GROSBEAK: 1 immature bird north of Crosbyton (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (AH)
and 1 female at the CR EE Wetlands (Lynn) on 10/7/17 (AH) the last reports
of the season - AN EARLY AND THROUGH DEPARTURE FROM THE REGION.

INDIGO BUNTING: 1 immature north of Crosbyton (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (AH), 1
immature south of Crosbyton (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (AH), 1 immature south of
Lorenzo (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (AH), and 1 female in Yellowhouse Canyon
(Lubbock) on 10/7/17 (DH) - GOOD NUMBERS FOR THIS LATE IN THE SEASON.

DICKCISSEL: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (KH), 2 immatures
north of Crosbyton (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (AH), and 1 immature southeast of
Mt. Blanco (Crosby) on 10/1/17 (AH) - RUNNING A TAD LATE.

WESTERN TANAGER: 1 immature male at Silver Falls Rest Area (Crosby) on
10/1/17 (AH) and 1 immature female near O'Donnell (Lynn) on 10/7/17 (AH) -
LIKE MAN OTHER SONGBIRDS THIS YEAR, RUNNING A BIT LATE.

OBSERVERS JA=John Allendorf, CA=Connie Andrus, MA=Marlin Andrus, GC=Greg
Cook, JC=Jim Crites, KD=Ken Dixon, SG=Steve Glover, DHa=Danny Hancock,
DH=Drew Harvey, DHw=Dave Hawksworth, AH=Anthony Hewetson, AvH=Aveline
Hewetson, KH=Kelly Himmel, GJ=George Jury, PJ=Pat Jury, AK=Andrew Kasner,
GK=Glenda Kelly, PKe=Peter Keyel, PKi=Phillip Kite, CL=Carol Lee, RL=Rob
Lee, AL=Alan Livingston, BP=Barbara Pankratz, SP=Skyler Parks, NP=Niler
Pyeatt, PR=Paula Richardson, AR=Anona Roberts, CR=Clarice Roberts, FR=Floyd
Robertson, DS=David Shelburne, WW=William Wenthe, LZ=Lena Zappia.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 11/12/17 10:53 am
From: Susan Foster <idratherbebirding...>
Subject: [texbirds] Long-tailed Duck Riviera Yes
Still present at 12:15 pm. Thanks Willie.
Susan Foster
Currently in Riviera

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Date: 11/12/17 8:33 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Red Crossbill Search in Crosby County
Greetings All:
I visited Crosby county for about six hours yesterday with a simple goal:
to visit very stand of conifers in the county until I found some Red
Crossbills and then to go home. Regrettably for Rich Kostecke it took
longer than I expected and I added more than one species to my year list
for the county before I found the target species.

As crossbills are birds of cemeteries, towns, and farmsteads with
cone-bearing coniferous windbreaks during their rare irruptions into our
region, this was an oddly focused visit. I drove the roads of Lorenzo and
visited the cemetery, I drove the roads of Ralls and visited the cemetery,
I drove the roads of Crosbyton and visited the cemetery, I spent some time
at Camp Rio Blanca crossing as the ranch has some decent conifers, I drove
from farmstead to farmstead in the northeastern portion of the county as
these farmsteads have some of the nicer windbreaks, and I finished up with
a patch to patch search of FM 40 before, a little after one, discovering a
flock of rowdy cone-crunchers at the farmstead near the intersection of FM
40 and FM 207.

Unfortunately for Rich, I also had White-throated Sparrow at the Lorenzo
Cemetery, Townsend's Solitaires at Camp Rio Blanca crossing, and Bald Eagle
near Broadway (and, yes, there is a crossing designated as the town of
Broadway in northeast Crosby County).

All in all, highlights were 3 Greater White-fronted Geese at the CR 179 x
FM 40 Playa, 2 Blue-winged Teals south of Crosbyton, 1 male Ring-necked
Pheasan near Broadway, 2 Inca Doves at the Crosbyton Cemetery, 36
Long-billed Dowitchers at Crosbyton City Park, 2 Wilson's Snipes south of
Ralls, 1 Spotted Sandpiper south of Ralls, 4 Lesser Yellowlegs at Crosbyton
City Park, 12 Greater Yellowlegs at Crosbyton City Park, 1 second year Bald
Eagle near Broadway, 3 Eastern Screech Owls at Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 1 Eastern Phoebe at
Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 2 Common Ravens at Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 2
Common Ravens near Broadway, 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch at the Lorenzo
Cemetery, 1 Winter Wren at Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 1 Golden-crowned
Kinglet at the Ralls Cemetery, 6 Eastern Bluebirds at Camp Rio Blanca
crossing, 2 Western Bluebirds at the Lorenzo Cemetery, 14 Mountain
Bluebirds at Camp Rio Blanca crossing, 2 Townsend's Solitaires at Camp Rio
Blanca crossing, 1 Hermit Thrush at Camp Rio Blanca crossing, *11 Red
Crossbills* (7 red, 4 yellow) south of Ralls, 3 Pine Siskins at the Ralls
Cemetery, 1 white-striped White-Throated Sparrow at the Ralls Cemetery, and
1 Orange-crowned Warbler at the Ralls Cemetery.

It was a pretty good day and it was nice to see a patch of truly wintry
birds about *but* this is not a particularly strong invasion of Red
Crossbills to the region - as of yet. During our last invasion (in 2008) I
was able, for instance, to add the species to three counties in a single
day - with much less effort. It is early yet, though, and reports continue
to trickle in: it is possible that the event will intensify by the time
true winter rolls around.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 11/12/17 8:02 am
From: Rex Stanford <calidris.bairdii...>
Subject: [texbirds] Yesterday (11/11/17) 5 Tamaulipas Crows Brownsville landfill
Thanks to the Berner family’s posting early yesterday (11/11/17) I later
that day visited the Brownsville landfill in search of the Tamaulipas Crows
that had been reported there during the birding festival in Harlingen. My
stay was from about 12:30 -2:30 PM. The single Tamaulipas Crow that was
known to be present when I arrived eluded me despite the kind and assiduous
efforts of another birder (from the festival) to get me on it. A break in
the clouds and a freshened wind seemed to get the bird into flight and it
departed before the kind gentleman could get me on it. I scanned the area
for some time after that and did spot a single Tamaulipas Crow sitting out
of a projecting piece of debris and fairly regularly voiced what would
appear (by visual only, given the distance) its typical short
frog-croak-like “song.” (I had recently seen a video on e-Bird from some
years ago in which one of this species emitted its song and there was
audio; this single “singing” bird yesterday paced its vocalizations as the
species should and the duration of the presumably croak-like emission
seemed just right—not to mention the physical features of the bird from
bill to tail. This was gratifying, but not fully satisfying because this
individual took flight before I could get photos.

I waited what seemed a long while before one birder driving by and then
another from the festival dashed up and alerted me of the presence of five
(!) of this species foraging near the base of the tall yellow-pole
chain-link fence some distance up the road, and he very kindly guided me to
the best viewing location and pointed out that these crows were foraging
not far from the fence to the right of a yellow pole with some red (rust, I
think) on its lower segment. How can you beat that for help?! As a
consequence of this help I watched and photographed this amazingly large
group of the species from 1:38-1:50 PM, according to the electronic time
stamp on my photos. One of my photos shows all five of the species, but one
of the individuals tended to stay a bit distant from the others much of the
time, so most of my photos documented just four of the species. High-power
telephoto does not have a wide angle. I was able to get a brief video
showing Tamaulipas Crows both in flight and sitting.


The Tamaulipas Crows seemed remarkably unshakeable from their busy
foraging. Numerous times the many hundreds (thousands?) of Laughing Gulls
took flight, usually seemingly due to a heavy earth-moving machine being
too close for comfort, but the five crows generally stayed in the same area
with only slight movements on such occasions of gull flight.


The crows aside, a deeply inspiring element of the day for me was that two
other birders would go far out of their way, trekking through the wet,
mucky, rain-slicked road to get to me and try to get me on this welcome
returning species. That level of kindness will long be remembered. There
had been only two other vehicles visible along the road in the area when I
arrived. By the time I left I estimated at least twenty vehicles were
there. So, the day went well relative to the desired species, and it was
gratifying to see so many happy birders and to be able to help some of them
get on the crows and to share my scope with some who had only binoculars.


Just as I was getting into my vehicle and had tucked away my camera in
back, one of the newly arriving visitors stopped to ask me if I could
confirm what he felt sure was a single Tamaulipas Crow perched less than
one hundred feet away atop of small white sign. Sure enough! It was that,
but I was unable to retrieve my camera in time to image its sitting atop
that pole facing us! That is what I got for ignoring a cardinal rule of
birding: Don’t put the vital equipment too far away before you leave a
productive site!


Wishing everyone the best of birding,
Rex Stanford (Weslaco)

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Date: 11/11/17 6:54 pm
From: Thompson, Dr. Carol <CTHOMPSON...>
Subject: [texbirds] North-Central Texas birders needed
Don't know happened. Try again


The Prairie Oaks Master Naturalists are sponsoring a first ever CBC in Erath county. Not an official one, just to see if it can be done. Many of the participants will be fledgling birders and we could use the help of a few more experienced folks to help some of the groups. We are planning the count for Sunday, Dec 17. I have a count circle set-up with fairly large areas right now. A lot will be done from driving surveys, but we do have access to Tarleton and A&M ranches and farms. So if you can spend some time with us on Sunday morning or afternoon, please email me or call. If we get enough people out who knows what can be found.

Carol Thompson
Stephenville, TX
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Date: 11/11/17 4:19 pm
From: Patricia Peacock <joepatricia.peacock...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: North-Central Texas birders needed
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Date: 11/11/17 4:14 pm
From: Thompson, Dr. Carol <CTHOMPSON...>
Subject: [texbirds] North-Central Texas birders needed
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Date: 11/11/17 12:27 pm
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update - Tamaulipas Crow
Lastist Big Year Blog Update chasing Tamaulipas Crow!

https://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2017/11/to-dump-to-dump-to-dump-dump-dump.html

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Houston, TX
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Date: 11/11/17 10:48 am
From: Susan Foster <idratherbebirding...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tamaulipas Crow - Yes
Seen at 12:15 by a multitude of birders, festival goers and day-trippers like myself. Excellent directions by John Berner. Park at orange cones. One Crow was on wooden section and then flew to the yellow pipe. Others said there were two crows, but I only ever saw one. Great to see Dorian Anderson, Alberto, and Tiffany Kersten. Birds galore.

Susan Foster
Currently at the Brownsville dump!


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Date: 11/11/17 9:49 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith point hawk watch
Adultish golden eagle, 5 + 2 non tower bald eagles, harris' hawk. Slow day.
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on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 11/11/17 7:02 am
From: David Hanson <davidhanson1952...>
Subject: [texbirds] Baytown Nature Center Bird Count for November 11/16/2017
The next Baytown Nature Center Bird Count for November is Nov, 16, 2017 and
will start at 8:00 AM. We will as always meet in the parking area behind
the entrance building. Entry for the count is free of charge. Please try to
be there a little early so we can get started on time.
David Hanson
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Date: 11/11/17 6:55 am
From: David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch
Jan and I spent the day at Smith Point at the tower yesterday. It was good timing on the front as we had 3 Bald Eagles, 1 Golden Eagle, 1 Harris's Hawk and at least some of all the regulars including, Broad-winged, White-tailed, Red-tailed, Red-shouldered, Cooper's, and Sharp-shinned Hawks.
On a different note if you like Butterflies there were lots of Monarchs going by the Tower and hundreds of them down at the Robbins Park boat ramp. Walk the shoreline around and they were flying around and hanging all over the flowers along the shore.
David Hanson

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Date: 11/11/17 5:21 am
From: Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Tamaulipas Crow spotted at 7:15am
Two observers One bird On the top of the yellow pipe fence at landfill. Next to 4 wooden fence sections. View from top of trash hill. Park near orange cones

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Date: 11/10/17 10:17 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Bald Eagle, Great White Heron, Cameron Co.
Texbirds,
Yesterday afternoon, 9 November, I lucked into a juvenile Bald Eagle at
Tiocano Lake just south of Santa Rosa (or west of Harlingen). The Lower Rio
Grande Valley usually records about one Bald Eagle every fall, likely
overshooting more suitable wintering locales to the north. This one seemed
to be heading back north in a correcting flight.

I hadn't heard about the adult Great White Heron at Adolph Thomae Jr.
County Park in Arroyo City prior to this week, but apparently it's been
there for some time?? I had the pleasure of locating it this morning on the
bank of the Arroyo Colorado opposite the main boat launch, which is about
1.3 miles from the entrance gate. It is the most dominant heron out there,
easily chasing Great Blues and Great Egrets from its favored fishing holes.

Oh, and supposedly there are some small, long-tailed, glossy blue crows
back at the City of Brownsville Landfill. But I will leave it up to the
lucky folks who've seen them report them.

Good birding!
Justin Bosler
currently in Houston, TX


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Date: 11/10/17 6:41 am
From: David Hanson <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender dhanson139 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Golden Eagle
Golden Eagle currently being seen at Smith Point Hawk Tower
David Hanson

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Date: 11/9/17 7:05 pm
From: Nic <cinrac...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Bell county whooping cranes
http://ebird.org/ebird/tx/view/checklist/S40378274
https://goo.gl/maps/CdzPDdeuTcH2

The weather seemed to be holding them last night. Not sure if they will be there this AM or stay long if they are.

Nic Webster
Temple, Texas


> On Nov 8, 2017, at 20:52, Chriss Echlin <chriss.echlin...> wrote:
>
> Where is this mapwise?
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>
> Cheers,
> Chriss Echlin
> 512-525-4957
>
>> On Wed, Nov 8, 2017 at 4:37 PM, Nic <cinrac...> wrote:
>> Randy Pinkston found two whooping Cranes at Slough pond in bell county. As of right now (1636) they are still there and have been since before noon today Wednesday November 8th.
>>
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Date: 11/9/17 6:29 pm
From: Ron Weeks <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender ronweeks for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] San Bernard NWR Christmas Bird Count Friday December 15th 2017
The San Bernard NWR Christmas Bird Count will be conducted on Friday December 15th this year.  This unique count provides opportunities to bird areas of the refuge not normally open to the public, including the Bludworth tract along Cocklebur 
Slough and the nearby McNeill tract which boasts the official state champion Live Oak. Also open for counters is the state's Nannie Stringfellow Wildlife Management Area. We have rail buggy slots open for those hoping to see Yellow and possibly even Black Rails. 
This count also claims some of the best hospitality around with the refuge staff providing an air boat, rail buggy, and 
4WD trucks. We will have our historic chefs, Ron Bisbee and Marty Cornell, heading up the team cooking the famous countdown dinner of seafood gumbo!  Although this count still provides the small count atmosphere, it has plenty of big count diversity with 190 or more species most years. Contact the co-compilers Ron Weeks (<ronweeks...>) or phone evenings 979-299-0066) and Jennifer Wilson (<jennifer_wilson...> or phone daytime 979-964-4011) to sign up.

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Date: 11/9/17 4:33 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point hawk watch today, 5 eagles, Harris's hawk, dark broad-wing, 7 white-tailed hawks, vultures and monarchs and hawk death spin
A great day at the tower and Hawkins camp road today after a gloomy start.
I was out Hawkins camp road a bit after sunrise and had 15 sharp-shinned,
2,cooper's, 5 red-tailed, 1 adult white-tailed, 5 harriers, 1 kestrel and
1 swainson's hawk. The local white-tailed kite escorted each harrier out of
its territory.

Another pass through the area in late morning had 2 young white-tailed
hawks near robbins park plus 3 more young birds each in a group of
vultures. The early bird had been an adult and an older bird was at the
tower for my count of 7 for the day.

The tower watch was a little slow until the clouds started to break and
then things never slowed down until I left.

The real excitement of the day came at the end when 2 hawks up high
apparently locked talons and spun down to the ground. Like courting eagles
but much faster spin and drop. Eventually we went out near the northeast
motte and got within a few yards of where the birds were. Never saw them
until they moved. The top bird was a young broad-wing that tried to tow the
underbird, a young swainson's hawk away. Failing that it flew into the
motte and later away.

The young swainson's had been plucked of lots of feathers and flew off
poorly and perched in a pine tree where it was sitting when I left. Did not
think to take pictures of the spin and they were too close on the ground
even if they were not down in the grass.

The/an adult Harris's hawk flew past off to the north. 2 white headed bald
eagles together were followed by 3 singles, each with distinct plumage.

The dark broad-wing made a couple of passes way up there. Had well over 100
broad-wings for the day with my best kettle count of 44. Getting real late
for such numbers. Swainson's hawks were in most vulture and hawk groups in
many colors.

Several hundred turkey vultures were about in big and small and merging and
splitting kettles and skeins. Some tried crossing the bay at the tower but
seemed to chicken out even though they made it a long way out. Did see
eagles, harriers and cooper's crossing.

A small flock of franklin's gulls early. Flocks of snow, white fronted and
ross's geese. 1 ross's in a snow goose flock and then a line of 8 or so
with a lone noisy snow goose youngster trying to join the group. A single
and 1 or 2 kettles of anhingas and nice flocks of sandhill cranes were up
with the hawks. And white pelicans too. The anhingas and pelicans joined
the vulture/hawk kettles. Lots of scaup flocks just before the clouds were
breaking. A pair of wood ducks not up high came off the bay.

Noisy sedge wrens around the tower all day. A red-breasted nuthatch tooted
a couple of times. A couple of eastern bluebirds calling overhead in the pm
could not be found in the blue sky as is often the case. My first of the
season and still no robins or waxwings.

Several scissor-tailed flycatchers went by and more out Hawkins camp road.
only a couple of eastern phoebes and I did not find a single savannah
sparrow despite several drives in perfect habitat. A seaside sparrow near
robbins park was the first I found since the flood.

Lighter winds are due tomorrow and not as northerly but should still bring
birds down to smith point. Only 6 days to go before the end of the season.
And then 8-1/2 months until next season starts and the migration cycle
begins again.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 11/9/17 2:15 pm
From: Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tyler State Park Nov. 7 & 9
Howdy All!
Tyler State park has been really birdy all week. Lots of winter resident species coming in. Highlights of the past few days are American Woodcock, Winter Wrens, Northern Harriers, and all the woodpeckers. Brown-headed Nuthatches have been busy and easy to find also.

This Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8:15 am, we are meeting at the park headquarters for a birding tour of the park. We will try the locations that have been the best over the past few days and look for any target birds folks might have. The tour takes a couple of hours and we should make stops in 3 or 4 locations. Come on out and do a little birding with us.

Good Birding,

Boyd A. Sanders, BBA, CIG
Master Interpreter/Exhibits Coordinator
Tyler State Park
(903)597-5338
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"Quando omni flunkus moritati (When all else fails, play dead)."- Red Green

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Date: 11/9/17 11:17 am
From: Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: Hawks and butterflies @ Smith Point Hawk Watch
Also many geese (mostly snow and ross’s)and Sandhill cranes.

Nina Sitra

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> Date: November 9, 2017 at 12:49:40 PM CST
> To: <texbirds...>
> Subject: [texbirds] Hawks and butterflies @ Smith Point Hawk Watch
> Reply-To: <dmarc-noreply...>
>
>
> Besides many Broadwings, Red-tails, Swainsons, White-tailed hawks, and both vultures, also had 2 Bald Eagles, and thousands of Monarch butterflies, including some Gulf Fritillaries crossing the bay.
>
> Nina Sitra
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Date: 11/9/17 10:54 am
From: Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Hawks and butterflies @ Smith Point Hawk Watch

Besides many Broadwings, Red-tails, Swainsons, White-tailed hawks, and both vultures, also had 2 Bald Eagles, and thousands of Monarch butterflies, including some Gulf Fritillaries crossing the bay.

Nina Sitra

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Date: 11/9/17 7:35 am
From: Christian Walker <christian.walker...>
Subject: [texbirds] Birding up to Dallas yesterday 11/8/17, Grimes and Montgomery Counties
Hey there,
I mosied my way back up to Dallas from the Katy area yesterday. Birded in N Harris County, multiple areas in Montgomery County (up through Magnolia, a few areas on the west side of Lake Conroe, and the western part of the Sam Houston NF), and then in a quick loop on CR 232 on the SE side of Shiro in Grimes County. At this point it really started raining so I quit birding and finished the drive.
Highlights are as follows:
N Harris County: nothing other than a Crested Caracara.
Montgomery County: many many Pine Warblers, immature Bald Eagle and Osprey at Lake Conroe, a large flock of birds (mainly Pine Warblers) foraging in mature pine forest along Hidden Forest Road in the national forest that included family flock of Brown-headed Nuthatches and Red-cockaded Woodpeckers. Also had Eastern Towhee here.
Grimes County: CR 232 was incredibly birdy. I only birded four miles of this county road loop, but stopped 8-10 times because of bird activity. Whistled up 4-5 large congregations of winter and resident birds. Highlights included 2 different Brown Thrashers, a bobcat, Winter Wren, Gray Catbird, 5 House Wrens, a Fox Sparrow, and a western Palm Warbler. This last was a sweet bird for me, I haven’t seen one in Texas for a long time.

See the Grimes county list below. See https://www.flickr.com/photos/131603967@N04/? for photos.

Good birding,

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

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>
> From: <ebird-checklist...>
> Subject: eBird Report - SE Shiro Grimes County, Nov 8, 2017
> Date: November 9, 2017 at 9:21:10 AM CST
> To: <christian.walker...>
>
> SE Shiro Grimes County, Grimes, Texas, US
> Nov 8, 2017 12:08 PM - 1:12 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 4.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Great looks at a bobcat too. Pretty much did a loop on the SE side of town on 232. Made 4-5 stops and whistled. Overcast, 0 to 5 mph north wind, around 50°. Started drizzling more heavily at around one.
> 38 species (+2 other taxa)
>
> Black Vulture 15
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Killdeer 3
> Mourning Dove 9
> Red-bellied Woodpecker 3
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 4
> Downy Woodpecker 4
> Northern Flicker 1
> Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) 2
> Pileated Woodpecker 2
> American Kestrel 6
> Eastern Phoebe 8
> Blue Jay 2
> American Crow 5
> Carolina Chickadee 6
> Tufted Titmouse 3
> House Wren 5 Counted individually
> Winter Wren 1
> Carolina Wren 6
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8
> Eastern Bluebird 7
> Hermit Thrush 8
> American Robin 70
> Gray Catbird 1
> Brown Thrasher 2
> Northern Mockingbird 2
> European Starling 2
> Orange-crowned Warbler 3
> Palm Warbler (Western) 1 On 232 at the bend just after intersecting with 233. Very weedy habitat with lots of young hackberries and dead ragweeds. Was doing a screech owl whistle, and it was watching an OCWA but Was hearing a different warbler chip call note. Sounded a bit like a PIWA. The bird had a rusty brown cap, eyeline emphasizing white eye arcs, thin dark lateral throat stripe, with some streaking on the flanks and chest, bright yellow vent. White patches in tail. Not very active like a kinglet would be, just sat on branches quietly and wagged it’s tail a little bit. Got pictures
> Pine Warbler 1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2
> Chipping Sparrow 10
> Fox Sparrow 1 Did not see well. Large sparrow with flock of WTSP responding to screech owl whistle. Same place that I saw the palm warbler. Saw bright orange rust streaking below, especially the chevron shaped wide malar. Heard it’s smack call too
> White-throated Sparrow 15
> Lincoln's Sparrow 1
> Eastern Towhee 1
> Northern Cardinal 14
> Eastern Meadowlark 1
> blackbird sp. 1
>
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Date: 11/8/17 6:35 pm
From: Nic <cinrac...>
Subject: [texbirds] Bell county whooping cranes
Randy Pinkston found two whooping Cranes at Slough pond in bell county. As of right now (1636) they are still there and have been since before noon today Wednesday November 8th.

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Date: 11/8/17 8:32 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point hawk watch a week ago and the golden eagle
The highlight of the day and season was a very cooperative golden eagle
that came by and over the tower several times during the middle of the day
before heading off to the north. It perched for a second twice in the
northwest motte and then again for about an hour. The same bird or one with
similar plumage made a low pass on sunday behind the trees, not to be seen
again. But a different golden eagle took off from the motte and motored away
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166519912

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166496184

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166496183

The Saturday bird had big white patches patches on top of the wings

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166496178

while the sunday bird did not have the top of the wing patches

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166488049

The bird also appeared to be hunting while out in front of the tower

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166496182

But in any event, it put on a great show

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166496174

Four bald eagles added to the list for the day

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166496042

The krider's type red-tailed hawk continued but is getting wary after being
bumped a lot from its favorite power poles

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166496035

Western meadowlarks made what seems an annual influx with migrant flocks
around the sewage plant or heading across the bay in the area of the park

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166496029

And another chutting bird from Sunday

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166488023

An interesting sight was a flock of mixed white-fronted geese and sandhill
cranes going over the tower

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166496027

Not much more time for the hawk watch but the front today should have birds
today and tomorrow. And there may be north winds again on either sunday or
Monday or some other time depending on which weatherman is looked at last.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 11/8/17 7:14 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch Saturday
Headed down to Smith Point on the last day of daylight savings time. Ran
into fog once I was east of Houston and it continued for most of the way
down to the point.
That actually is good for hawks as they tend to get a little soggy. I think
that their feathers absorb moisture which is why they then sit up and sun
bath on such days or after drizzle and rain. The fact they often roost in
the open also leads to soggy feathers.

Two young of the year white-tailed hawks were perched and drying while
there was still a little fog around. The all dark bird has the same plumage
as a bird that has been around the area for a couple of weeks but the bird
with the white face patches is new to me.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166519937

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166519938

Kites are early hunters and can be up before sunrise but after a snack may
go back to the perch after a period of kiting. This bird has been on the
same section of power lines for several weeks and was busy kiting early

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166519940

But perched

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166519941

And then sat and sunned

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166519942

It was a good day for northern harriers going by the tower and also heading
across the bay. All were brown birds until a gray ghost went by late in the
count period.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166519933

A sharp-shinned hawk was finishing breakfast very early.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166519961

Apparently it spent a lot of time with the local peacock flock

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166519954

But was preening each tail feather

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166519955

It spent a lot of time looking for migrants but they were scarce except for
the swallows

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166519955

It also spent a lot of time checking to see if there was any food left
among its toes.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166519964

My first impression was that the hawk was offering me the wishbone

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166519965

The day started with 5 turkey vultures going by the tower. A bit later they
were well out over Trinity bay following the islands near Robbins Park.
They joined with a group of white pelicans soaring nearby but returned to
land when the pelicans landed on the sandbar

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166519935

Eventually, a couple hundred vultures gathered in the area a periodically
sat nearby or kettled but all were gone late in the day.

Savannah sparrows were the common sparrow on the local fences

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166519931

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166519928

Most of the swallows did not appear to be migrating Saturday but were
feeding around the area. Early in the am, about 4-600 birds were on the
wires along Hawkins Camp road with almost all tree swallows.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166519922

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166519920

They would swirl out and then return to perch side by side with lots of
preening

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166519916

A surprising number were barn swallows considering the late date but only
one rough-winged swallow was with the group

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166519914

Later in the day, more rough-winged swallows did move past the tower as
well as a single cliff swallow. Almost all were elsewhere when I left and
none were roosting in the usual places.

One of the more unusual birds in the smith point area is the house sparrow
but this single bird has been around lately.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166519912

The turkey vulture kettles almost always had other hawks using the same
thermals so check all groups at this time of year for good migrants and
even out of area birds.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 11/7/17 7:22 pm
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR
The story of the day was the arrival of the white geese in increasing
numbers. We estimated that there were at least 1000 Snow Geese and 1000
Ross's Geese with more arriving each day. On our way to the Goode Area we
had great looks at a Red-shafted Northern Flicker. Flickers were numerous
today. Ducks are arriving in good numbers but can be difficult to see at
times because of the vegetation. We saw nearly 300 Northern Pintails, 160
Gadwalls, 127 Mallards, 64 Northern Shovelers, 43 Green-winged Teal, 21
Canvasbacks, 4 American Wigeons, 4 Redheads and 3 Wood Ducks. We saw the
resident pair of Bald Eagles and had great close up looks at Lucy. There
was also a 2 year old Bald Eagle flying around. The road to Meadow Pond
was good for sparrows and we saw our first of season Fox Sparrows. We also
found an Orange-crowned Warbler near Deaver Pond. We finished the day with
a 4 Pileated Woodpeckers. Our species count for the day was 74.
http://ebird.org/ebird/iss/view/checklist/S40365776
Jack Chiles, Texas master naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR.

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Date: 11/7/17 11:28 am
From: Rex Stanford <calidris.bairdii...>
Subject: [texbirds] unsuccessful search (11/06/17) re. SPI Tamaulipas Crow
Yesterday (Monday, 11/06/17) my wife (Birgit) and I visited SPI and sought
the the Tamaulipas Crow that had been seen and photographed there on Sunday
(11/05/17). We did a fairly extensive search (Convention Center, including
its boardwalk; Park Road 100 between that area and the last bayside flats
before Isla Blanca Park (where we drove out a bit the bay); and bayside
flats behind the store just north of IBC (site last reported to my
knowledge on preceding day), all to no avail relative to the Tamualipas
Crow.
We also birded Hwy. 4 (Boca Chica Blvd.) out to its juncture with the beach
but did not find the Tamaulipas Crow. We did not drive the beach as the
conditions would have been very favorable to getting stuck. We saw no other
vehicles on the beach there yesterday in either direction.

In general, birding was for us very unrewarding yesterday in the general
area, and does not merit discussion here.

Let me emphasize that this failure to find the desired bird does not
demonstrate that it had left the area, and even if it had, it might return.
I report this failure-to-find because it can be important to let people
know that one did not find a much-desired species such as this, despite a
diligent search. I suggest that anyone who seriously searches a given area
and does not find a previously documented rarity such as this would be
doing the birding community a favor by reporting that fact. Continued
failures would provide a much better indication that the bird may have left
the area. Of course, I hope anyone finding this bird might report the find
both to eBird and to TEXBIRDS.

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Date: 11/7/17 10:32 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Red Crossbill Year
Greetings All:
I know that most of you are already on top of this but, for those who
aren't, this looks to be a good fall/winter to keep an eye on the conifers
in your area. Away from the normal strongholds for Red Crossbill in west
Texas proper, there have already been sightings in (moving from west to
east as I drift southward through eBird records) Lubbock, Crosby, Denton,
Mitchell, Bexar, and Travis Counties.

If this persists into winter (and, with the way crossbills wander, anything
is possible) I hope to have the species on all three of the Lubbock area
CBCs I compile - not to mention my hopes for getting the species for both
counties in which I am playing games this year.

We are also experiencing a strong movement of Western Bluebirds into my
region and I have had one report of an Evening Grosbeak. This seems to
suggest a displacement of western birds into the region - and who knows
what wonders might wonder into west Texas and the Panhandle as the season
progresses.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 11/7/17 10:14 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Red Crossbills from my Lubbock yard
Greetings All:
This morning, as I filled the feeders, I noted two large finches in my
neighbor's stand of pine trees. I quickly got the glasses on them and was
rewarded with good views of two, male Red Crossbills! I have had the
species in my yard - at my tray feeder - on one previous occasion in over
ten years.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson


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Date: 11/7/17 9:50 am
From: Becky Reyes <breyes...>
Subject: [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
Hi everyone, we had a bird walk this morning and a Zone-tailed Hawk was
flying over and headed south. All three kingfishers can be viewed at the
North Pond overlook. Migrating duck are starting to arrive at South Pond.
Along the canal trail, there was lots of bird movement. Below is this
morning's bird list.
Happy Birding!!

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center, Hidalgo, Texas, US
Nov 7, 2017 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
48 species

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 5
Northern Shoveler 5
Green-winged Teal 3
Plain Chachalaca 3
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Neotropic Cormorant 40
Anhinga 3
American White Pelican 10
Great Blue Heron 1
Snowy Egret 15
Tricolored Heron 1
Cattle Egret 10
Black-crowned Night-Heron 2
Turkey Vulture 7
Osprey 1
Cooper's Hawk 1
Zone-tailed Hawk 1 Flying over, long tail with wide white band
American Coot 3
Least Sandpiper 12
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 18
Inca Dove 2
Mourning Dove 2
Buff-bellied Hummingbird 5
Ringed Kingfisher 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
Great Kiskadee 2
Tropical Kingbird 3
Couch's Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 4
Green Jay 3
Black-crested Titmouse 1
House Wren 5
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Clay-colored Thrush 1
Curve-billed Thrasher 2
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 4
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Hooded Warbler 1
Wilson's Warbler 2
Northern Cardinal 3
Red-winged Blackbird 1
Bronzed Cowbird 1
Great-tailed Grackle 5
House Sparrow 2

*Becky Reyes*

Naturalist Educator

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands and World Birding Center

PO Box 1079

714 Raul Longoria Rd

Edinburg, Texas 78540

956.381.9922 O 956.381-0715 F

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Date: 11/6/17 6:06 pm
From: <jkestner...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Owl at the Moon and the Generation Gap
Or hone your French accent...?

We heard no owls this weekend either, during a camp out on Lake Mathis. Maybe the birds are too busy wooing each other.

Judy Kestner
Corpus Christi

---- Jane F Tillman <jtillman...> wrote:

=============
Last night the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin Area Wildlife
Rehabilitation and Travis Audubon had a neat event that might be copied
elsewhere.
From 6-630 folks got to try a beer made by Blue Owl Brewery here in town-
this appealed to a younger demographic that we don't often see at birdy
events, then Ed Sones of Wildlife Rehab gave an excellent presentation with
his education owls, and last we had a walk in the moonlit gardens at the
center, looking and listening. Alas, the owls were quiet, but everyone had
a fun time. Athena, the resident Great Horned, had been quite cooperative
earlier in the week.

Twice in the past week I have had to explain that Travis Audubon does not
have any connection with the German road system. These were 20-30
something males. One was very perplexed last night. The other just
diligently wrote down autobahn as part of my contact info. I need to hone
my JJ Audubon talking points.

Jane Tillman
Austin


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Date: 11/6/17 5:06 pm
From: Jane F Tillman <jtillman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Owl at the Moon and the Generation Gap
Last night the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Austin Area Wildlife
Rehabilitation and Travis Audubon had a neat event that might be copied
elsewhere.
From 6-630 folks got to try a beer made by Blue Owl Brewery here in town-
this appealed to a younger demographic that we don't often see at birdy
events, then Ed Sones of Wildlife Rehab gave an excellent presentation with
his education owls, and last we had a walk in the moonlit gardens at the
center, looking and listening. Alas, the owls were quiet, but everyone had
a fun time. Athena, the resident Great Horned, had been quite cooperative
earlier in the week.

Twice in the past week I have had to explain that Travis Audubon does not
have any connection with the German road system. These were 20-30
something males. One was very perplexed last night. The other just
diligently wrote down autobahn as part of my contact info. I need to hone
my JJ Audubon talking points.

Jane Tillman
Austin


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Date: 11/6/17 2:05 pm
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Big Year Blog Update
David -
Based on the photo of it standing on the beach, I think your bird is FAR too large and bulky for a Heermann's Gull - they are more reminiscent of a Laughing Gull in overall size and silhouette.

Justin's comments sound reasonable as to Herring / Iceland, but I would like to see more photos before I venture a guess.


Clay Taylor
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(Calallen) Corpus Christi, TX

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On Nov 6, 2017, at 1:56 PM, Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...><mailto:<justin.bosler...>> wrote:

Hi David,
I wanted to comment on your dark, juvenile gull from Bolivar Flats. Based
on what can be ascertained from the photos, it appears to be a juvenile
Herring Gull or Iceland Gull (Thayer's). The white feathering around the
base of the bill, the entirely black bill and silvery sheen of the ventral
primaries rule out juvenile Heermann's Gull. Based on the daintier size and
the pale flight feathers you could make a case for juvenile Iceland Gull
(Thayer's) though I'd be cautious without a prolonged study or better
photos.

Good gulling and jaegering!
Justin Bosler
Austin, TX

On Sun, Nov 5, 2017 at 8:00 AM, David Sarkozi <david...><mailto:<david...>> wrote:

Big Year Blog Update, no new birds but an encounter with a very
interesting bird that could have perhaps been a juvenile Heermann's
Gull, see the blog for some poor photos.

https://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2017/11/what-was-that.html


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Date: 11/6/17 11:56 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Big Year Blog Update
Hi David,
I wanted to comment on your dark, juvenile gull from Bolivar Flats. Based
on what can be ascertained from the photos, it appears to be a juvenile
Herring Gull or Iceland Gull (Thayer's). The white feathering around the
base of the bill, the entirely black bill and silvery sheen of the ventral
primaries rule out juvenile Heermann's Gull. Based on the daintier size and
the pale flight feathers you could make a case for juvenile Iceland Gull
(Thayer's) though I'd be cautious without a prolonged study or better
photos.

Good gulling and jaegering!
Justin Bosler
Austin, TX

On Sun, Nov 5, 2017 at 8:00 AM, David Sarkozi <david...> wrote:

> Big Year Blog Update, no new birds but an encounter with a very
> interesting bird that could have perhaps been a juvenile Heermann's
> Gull, see the blog for some poor photos.
>
> https://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2017/11/what-was-that.html
>
>
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Date: 11/6/17 6:37 am
From: Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Tamaulipas Crow
Just a thought--if these are birds had wandered up from Mexico, they might not be totally tied in to landfills (which are of course very worthwhile to check). Coastal areas such as river mouths and small inhabited areas might also attract them--thinking of places like Kopernik Shores on the road to Boca Chica and the Port Isabel/Laguna Heights area. Nice to know there will be lots of eyes checking many areas starting later this week!

Regards,
Tim Brush
Edinburg, TX


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Subject: [texbirds] Tamaulipas Crow

Dave Irons and Shawneen Finnegan had 2 crows fly south over them at the South Padre Is Convention Center. They went south to near the bridge and they flew by again allowing pictures. The crows continued south.

Perhaps the Tamaulipas Crow population is increasing again. Needless to say many former Crow spots are being checked out. The island (and offshore) were not traditional locations when the species was regular in Texas.

This is a TBRC review species.

Mary Gustafson
Bird Guide
Mission Texas
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Date: 11/6/17 5:33 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Big year Blog Update, Greater Prairie-Chicken makes 492
Greater Prairie-Chicken makes 492 species for the year, only 30 more
to tie the record for Texas. I have 11 more on the non-review list, at
least 3 of those are not realistic anymore. So that means I need 22
review species to pop up before the end of the year, going to be
tough!

Here is the blog link

https://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2017/11/here-chickie-chickie-chickie.html

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Date: 11/6/17 5:31 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update, Greater Prairie-Chicken makes 492
Greater Prairie-Chicken makes 492 species for the year, only 30 more
to tie the record for Texas. I have 11 more on the non-review list, at
least 3 of those are not realistic anymore. So that means I need 22
review species to pop up before the end of the year, going to be
tough!

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Date: 11/6/17 4:47 am
From: Delaney Kempf <1flyingfrog2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: Hornsby Surf Scoter
The Surf Scoter was found again at 10:45 on the far side of pond 2. Also present was a partial leucitic female Northern Shovler, brilliant male Hooded Merganser, and dozens of other waterfowl. The Surf Scoter seemed to associate with mixed flocks of Coots and Ruddies, and was prone to flush and fly for long distances.
Delaney Kempf

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> Bird was present on pond 2 this morning. We watched it for about 40 minutes, then at 8:38 am it took off and flew south. Not respotted as of 10:15 am.
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Date: 11/6/17 4:42 am
From: Chuck Berthoud <cbpabirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] November eBird challenge
Hello Tex Birders,
This month's Challenge is simple: submit 3 checklists a day. The more
days you generate 3 checklists the more chances to win. In addition
every eligible checklist submitted this month gives you a chance to get
free access to the Cornell Lab's Bird Academy online course “Be a Better
Birder: Duck and waterfowl identification”.
One of Cornell Lab's goals with these Challenges is to make better
birders who can provide better information to their data base. This is
in contrast to our natural tendency to make us better listers. eBirders
who are concerned with their numbers have lots of metrics automatically
provided to them in their My eBird account. This month's Challenge is a
simple way of getting us to think about how we could alter our tendency
to lump all of our sightings into a single checklist. Reasons for
starting a new checklist are:

1.

entering a new habitat; 2. exceeding 5 miles on a traveling count;
3.exceeding 30 meters on a stationary count (or converting to a
traveling count); 4. creating a string of 5 minute point counts
along a road or trail, a minimum of 0.5 miles apart; 5.creating area
counts of at least 20 minutes each; 6.creating an incidental count
when birding is not your primary purpose

For further information read “How to Make Your Checklists More Valuable”
in the “Building Your eBird Skills” Help section.

Good birding,

Chuck Berthoud, wintering in Huntsville

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Date: 11/5/17 6:57 pm
From: Susan Yost <sdyost...>
Subject: [texbirds] LLELA 2nd Saturday Bird Walk, Denton Co
Join Keith Lockhart as he leads the Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Areas [LLELA] monthly bird walk.
> Saturday, November 11, 7:30am; meet at the pavilion. $5 per car; pay at the gatehouse. After the walk, stop in and visit the new LLELA Information Center, where you can get a checklist, trail maps and discover what all LLELA has to offer.
>
> Migrants are slowly moving in and with the latest cold front arriving mid week it should make for an interesting walk. Maybe the pair of Bald Eagles will even give us a show!!
>
> Keith Lockhart
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Date: 11/5/17 3:53 pm
From: Michael Goebel <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender micraygoe for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Hornsby Surf Scoter
Bird was present on pond 2 this morning. We watched it for about 40 minutes, then at 8:38 am it took off and flew south. Not respotted as of 10:15 am.  
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Date: 11/5/17 3:53 pm
From: Mary Gustafson, Bird Guide <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender live4birds for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Tamaulipas Crow
Dave Irons and Shawneen Finnegan had 2 crows fly south over them at the South Padre Is Convention Center. They went south to near the bridge and they flew by again allowing pictures. The crows continued south.

Perhaps the Tamaulipas Crow population is increasing again. Needless to say many former Crow spots are being checked out. The island (and offshore) were not traditional locations when the species was regular in Texas.

This is a TBRC review species.

Mary Gustafson
Bird Guide
Mission Texas
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Date: 11/5/17 12:29 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from Lynn County - Yesterday
Greetings All:
I spent most of yesterday chasing critters in Lynn County - where things
have slowed down a bit as migrants fade and as we await the arrival of
winter species.

Highlights included 55 Greater White-fronted Geese at the O'Donnell Playa,
2 Blue-winged Teals at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 2 Blue-winged Teals at
the O'Donnell Playa, 11 Canvasbacks at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 3
Canvasbacks at Skeen Playa, 33 Redheads at the CR Y x FM 3332 Playa, 10
Redheads at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 2 Eared Grebes at the CR Y x FM 3332
Playa, 3 Eared Grebes at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 1 Sora at the New Moore
Wetlands, 10 American Avocets at the O'Donnell Playa, 60 Least Sandpipers
at Skeen Playa, 32 Long-billed Dowitchers at the O'Donnell Playa, 41
Long-billed Dowitchers at Skeen Playa, 4 Wilson's Snipes at the O'Donnell
Playa, 1 Spotted Sandpiper at the O'Donnell Playa, 5 Lesser Yellowlegs at
the O'Donnell Playa, 7 Lesser Yellowlegs at Skeen Playa, 1 Greater
Yellowlegs at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 9 Greater Yellowlegs at the
O'Donnell Playa, 6 Greater Yellowlegs at Skeen Playa, 54 Wilson's
Phalaropes at Skeen Playa, 2 Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers at the CR EE
Wetlands, 1 Eastern Phoebe at the New Moore Wetlands, 1 Say's Phoebe west
of Tahoka, 1 Mountain Bluebird near Petty, 2 Brown Thrashers at the New
Moore Wetlands, 2 American Pipits in Grassland, 6 Yellow-headed Blackbirds
at Skeen Playa, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler at the CR EE Wetlands, 1
Orange-crowned Warbler at the New Moore Wetlands, and 2 male Common
Yellowthroats at the New Moore Wetlands.

Looking forward to the Winter Wrens; Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson, Lubbock


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Date: 11/5/17 12:16 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] The Lynn County Photographic Game - October 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.

Attempting to catch migrants at the right time called for several morning
or day-long visits and I did very well, noting 40 species of butterfly, 2
species of amphibian, 8 species of reptile, 132 species of bird, and 10
species of mammal during July, bringing me up to 55 species of butterfly,
10 species of amphibian, 14 species of reptile, 210 species of bird, and 14
species of mammal - moving the respective percentages up to 110%, 200%,
140%, 105%, and 140% - for the year.. Of the 303 species seen so far, I
have acquired identifiable photographs of 274 - making for a 90.43% success
rate ... with most of the species missed either nocturnals or skittish
migrant songbirds (many of which will be easier to photograph during fall
migration).

And on with the list (* = new to the list, y = photographed) - arranged, I
think, in the new AOU order.

Common Checkered Skipper
Common Sootywings
Orange Skipperling
Fiery Skipper
Sachem
Eufala Skipper
Black Swallowtail
Cabbage White
Checkered White
Orange Sulphur
Southern Dogface
Cloudless Sulphur
Lyside Sulphur
Little Yellow
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur
Gray Hairstreak
Dusky-blue Groundstreak
Western Pygmy Blue
Reakirt's Blue
American Snout
Hackberry Emperor
Tawny Emperor
Monarch
Queen
Gulf Fritillary
Variegated Fritillary
Bordered Patch
Phaon Crescent
Painted Crescent
Pearl Crescent
Texas Crescent
Gorgone Checkerspot
Common Mestra
Viceroy
Common Buckeye
Red Admiral
Painted Lady
American Lady
Goatweed Leafwing

Great Plains Narrow-mouthed Toad
Plains Leopard Frog

Red-eared Slider
Ornate Box Turtle
Prairie Lizard
Texas Horned Lizard
Checkered Garter Snake
Coachwhip
Gopher Snake
Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake*(y)

Wood Duck
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Redhead
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Ruddy Duck
Northern Bobwhite
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Greater Roadrunner
Common Nighthawk
Rufous Hummingbird
Virginia Rail
American Coot
Sandhill Crane
American Avocet
Snowy Plover
Killdeer
Least Sandpiper
Western Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher
Wilson's Snipe
Spotted Sandpiper
Solitary Sandpiper
Lesser Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs
Wilson's Phalarope
Franklin's Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
Black-crowned Night Heron
White-faced Ibis
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk(y)
Cooper's Hawk
Broad-winged Hawk*
Swainson's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Ferrugiinous Hawk
Barn Owl
Great Horned Owl
Burrowing Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Say's Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher*
Cassin's Kingbird*(y)
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Blue Jay
American Crow
Chihuahuan Raven
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Cliff Swallow
Cave Swallow
Barn Swallow
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Rock Wren
House Wren
Marsh Wren
Bewick's Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Western Bluebird*(y)
Mountain Bluebird*(y)
Hermit Thrush*(y)
American Robin
Gary Catbird
Curve-billed Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
House Sparrow
American Pipit
House Finch
Pine Siskin
Lesser Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Spotted Towhee
Canyon Towhee
Cassin's Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Clay-colored Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Lark Bunting
Savannah Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Red-winged Blackbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
MacGillivray's Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Northern Cardinal
Pyrrhuloxia
Blue Grosbeak
Western Tanager(y)

Black-tailed Jackrabbit
Eastern Cottontail
Desert Cottontail
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Black-tailed Prairie Dog
North American Porcupine
Hispid Cotton Rat
Coyote
Striped Skunk
Mule Deer

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 11/5/17 12:02 pm
From: Susan Yost <sdyost...>
Subject: [texbirds] LLELA 2nd Saturday Bird Walk, Denton Co
Join Keith Lockhart as he leads the Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Areas [LLELA] monthly bird walk.
Saturday, November 11, 7:30am; meet at the pavilion. $5 per car; pay at the gatehouse. After the walk, stop in and visit the new LLELA Information Center, where you can get a checklist, trail maps and discover what all LLELA has to offer.

Migrants are slowly moving in and with the latest cold front arriving mid week it should make for an interesting walk. Maybe the pair of Bald Eagles will even give us a show!!

Keith Lockhart
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Date: 11/5/17 11:04 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] The Hewetson:Kostecke Competition - October 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 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 2017 will not
cause these totals to go up: 264 and 290 remain fixed for purposes of the
contest.

Rich worked Fayette County hard during October (I know how hard he is
working as I was with him on one of these outings last weekend - and I'm
still tired) to far less avail than seems possible, adding only four
species (Merlin, Zone-tailed Hawk, Vermilion Flycatcher, Winter Wren) to
his list during the month, putting him at 212 species of bird in Fayette
County so far this year.

I was able to get out to my county three times during October, adding four
species during my first visit (Black-bellied Plover, Cassin's Kingbird,
Broad-tailed Hummingbird, American White Pelican), zero species during my
second visit, and three species during the third visit (Red-naped
Sapsucker, Franklin's Gull, Western Bluebird), bringing me up to 241
species in Crosby County so far this year.

Weighted for eBird history, my tight lead remains tight. My 241 out of 290
puts me at 83.1034% while Rich's 212 out of 264 puts him at 80.3030%.

Based on the number of 'expected' possibilities, I strongly suspect that
Rich can outscore me during the rest of the year but I don't know if he can
catch up. We are also seeing a slight movement in some irruptive species
(such as Evening Grosbeak and Red Crossbill) which might give me a bit more
than 'expected' species.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 11/5/17 6:01 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update
Big Year Blog Update, no new birds but an encounter with a very
interesting bird that could have perhaps been a juvenile Heermann's
Gull, see the blog for some poor photos.

https://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2017/11/what-was-that.html


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David Sarkozi
Houston, TX
(713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
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Date: 11/4/17 4:42 pm
From: Scotty Lofland <scotty76308...>
Subject: [texbirds] Wichita Co. Bald Eagle and Harris's Hawk
Lake Iowa Park (Middle Lake), Wichita, Texas, US
Nov 4, 2017 11:00 AM - 11:45 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
12 species
Pied-billed Grebe 100
Neotropic Cormorant 19
Double-crested Cormorant 200
American White Pelican 100
Harris's Hawk 1 Seen well perched from 20 yds. Dark bird, rusty
scapulars obvious, white undertail coverts visible when perched. Also
bright yellow cere stood out. Sat for 30 sec to a minute and took flight
and flew right past me. In flight rusty scapulars obvious as well has
white upper tail and large black band. I have seen these hawks before and
100% sure on id.
Red-tailed Hawk 2
White-winged Dove 1
Loggerhead Shrike 1
American Crow 1
Eastern Bluebird 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
White-crowned Sparrow 3


North Fork Buffalo Creek Reservoir (Wichita Co.) , Wichita, Texas, US
Nov 4, 2017 7:15 AM - 10:55 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
46 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose 4
Northern Shoveler 20
Gadwall 14
American Wigeon 2
Mallard 18
Green-winged Teal 8
Ruddy Duck 20
Northern Bobwhite 1
Pied-billed Grebe 100 Conservative count
Horned Grebe 1
Neotropic Cormorant 6
Double-crested Cormorant 1000 Conservative count
American White Pelican 100
Great Blue Heron 6
Great Egret 4
Black-crowned Night-Heron 3
Northern Harrier 2
Bald Eagle 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
American Coot 100
Sandhill Crane X Heard
Killdeer 3
Ring-billed Gull 1000
Belted Kingfisher 2
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Blue Jay 2
House Wren 2
Winter Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Brown Thrasher 1
White-crowned Sparrow 2
Vesper Sparrow 4
Savannah Sparrow 5
Song Sparrow 4
Lincoln's Sparrow 1
Spotted Towhee 2
Northern Cardinal 4
Western Meadowlark 2 Heard
Eastern Meadowlark 1 Heard
Western/Eastern Meadowlark 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Common Grackle 2
Great-tailed Grackle 2
American Goldfinch 1

Scotty Lofland
Archer City, TX


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Date: 11/4/17 2:44 pm
From: <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender drbirdie for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Travis Audubon Sparrowhawks class first field trip report - Saturday November 4, 2017, Pace Bend Park, Travis County
Hi Texbirders,
10 enthusiastic sparrhowhawks joined me this morning for our first sparrow class field trip for 2017. Despite the abnormally warm early November weather (about 74 degrees at 8 a.m.) we had a successful trip to Pace Bend Park in western Travis County. Highlights of our 36-or-so species were 10 sparrow species, including the 3 hoped-for plateau specialties (Canyon Towhee, Rufous-crowned Sparrow and Black-throated Sparrow) and a few nice bonus birds, including a Verdin seen well by the entire group. And one participant briefly saw a hummingbird species and another briefly saw a yellow-bellied flycatcher, but was unable to tell whether it was a kingbird or a Myiarchus sp. After I heard about the flycatcher, I tried to relocate it, but was unsuccessful.

There were a lot of campers at the park today, probably in part because of the balmy weather.


The biggest miss for the morning was Lark Sparrow, which is usually present somewhere at Pace Bend. This species is not confined to the Edward's Plateau, but in winter in central Texas, it is more easily found on the plateau than in areas to the east.


Trip list for Pace Bend Park - Saturday November 4, 2017 Sparrowhawks class field trip



Turkey Vulture - 1
Osprey - 1
Red-tailed Hawk - 1
American Kestrel - 2
American Coot - 7
Mourning Dove - 1
Eastern Screech-Owl - 1 - heard-only by me
Hummingbird sp. - 1 - seen by Suzie
Ladder-backed Woodpecker - 1 - heard
Myiarchus Flycatcher sp. - 1 - or yellow-bellied kingbird, seen by T Jay
Loggerhead Shrike - 1
Blue-headed Vireo - 1
Western Scrub-Jay - 12 - Woodhouse's Scrub-Jay
Carolina Chickadee - 2
Black-crested Titmouse - 7
Verdin - 1 - seen by all
Canyon Wren - 2 heard, 1 of them seen
Carolina Wren - 3
Bewick's Wren - 7
House Wren - 7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 12
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 2
Northern Mockingbird - 4
Orange-crowned Warbler - 9
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 2 - Myrtle Warblers
Spotted Towhee - 6
Canyon Towhee - 4
Rufous-crowned Sparrow - 2 - 1 or 2
Chipping Sparrow - 6
Vesper Sparrow - 5
Black-throated Sparrow - 5 - in 4 locations
Savannah Sparrow - 5
Song Sparrow - 2 - Only seen by a couple of participants
Lincoln's Sparrow - 6
Dark-eyed Junco - 3 - slate-colored
Northern Cardinal - 15
House Finch - 1



BTW, I have a Flickr album online which is intended as a study guide. It is titled "Sparrowman's Sparrows of Central Texas," and features photos of each of our 20 regularly-occurring winter sparrow species (plus a few more) with captions describing key identification points.


The link to that album is here <https://www.flickr.com/photos/thedrbirdie/albums/72157650140830408>


You can also navigate to flickr.com/photos/thedrbirdie
and search for albums or other images.


I hope the rest of your weekend is excellent.
And for sparrows' sake, let's hope for a few more good fall cold fronts before too long.


Good birding ya'll,
Sparrowman, Austin, Tx




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Date: 11/4/17 11:49 am
From: Brooke Nicotra <brookenicotra...>
Subject: [texbirds] Surf scoter, Hornsby Bend, Austin
Dusky black duck, larger than surrounding ducks. Perhaps slight orange on
large straight beak coming directly from forehead. Two white spots on face,
one diagonal behind bill, one horizontal nearer back of head. In largest
pond, in middle of large mixed flock. Will send photo to eBird when
possible, as photo on my camera.
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Brooke Nicotra
Kingwood, Texas, USA

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Date: 11/2/17 6:20 pm
From: marlin andrus <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marconandrus for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re Rufous-backed Robin
After reading Eric Carpenters reply on last post, sounds like it was the original sighting. Sorry 
Marlin Andrus Swisher County 
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Date: 11/2/17 6:14 pm
From: marlin andrus <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marconandrus for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Rufous-backed Robin
Bird at Palo Duro Canyon State Park was sighted again and posted on Texas Chase Birds.
Marlin Andrus Swisher County 
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Date: 11/2/17 10:02 am
From: Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12...>
Subject: [texbirds] Spotting scope information and Personal best year
Good morning Tex-birders. I am writing seeking advice on a spotting scope.
I am looking for a scope that is good for shorebirding/gulling and just
general long range sighting. Low light capabilities would be a plus.Weight
isn't too much of a concern but it would be nice if it wasn't the heaviest
thing I own. If you have a scope you really like or have suggestions for
what to look for in a scope I would appreciate any information! If you are
looking to part ways with a scope I'd also love to make a deal with you!

On another note; in 2014 Jeff Sexton and I did a 400 bird year with the
target obviously being to see 400 species that year. I came up short at
399, which was still a great accomplishment considering it was was my first
full year of birding since I had picked up the hobby. I owe many of those
birds to great friends that I have made through the hobby and I hope there
are many more to come! Dennis Shepler, Jeff Sexton and Richard Leibler have
been invaluable mentors to my learning! After watching David with his two
big years, it has been inspiring and I have been wanting another crack at
the 400 number and then some.

So 2018 will not be a big year but a personal best year. The main
difference being is that I won't be chasing birds outside an afternoons
drive; unless it is a mega rarity and it is close to a gurantee as it can
get. It will be a case by case decision. I will position myself in the best
areas at the peak times but other than that there will be no extra trips.
Realistically I see two to three west Texas trips (but I'll gladly make
more if needed), at least one north Texas trip, two south Texas trips and
maybe two north east Texas trips. My two biggest hurdles will be juggling
my new-ish job and my, by then, 10 month old daughter. I know there will be
plenty of times that I will be changing a diaper while a rare bird flits
around giving everyone the best views of their life. I am OK with this and
in fact I look forward to taking this opportunity to spend the most time I
can taking her with me. At four months she witnessed one of the best
fallout's I've ever seen at Lafitte's Cove, so I think she can handle the
trips to come.

I have considered blogging the coming year so you can follow along, but we
will see on that. As far as the trips go, I would love to have any willing
companions for these trips. Disclaimer: I bird sunrise to sunset most
trips, and I do alot of night driving to save time. I have just started a
new job and I have limited days off that I can take. I definitely move at a
fast pace but I do always make sure to find time to appreciate the
habitats. Anyways even if your interest isn't birding and you want to see
other parts of the state. I'll post here when I have a trip planned.

It would also be super helpful if you happen to know connections to bird
hot spots, or find a rarity ahead of the e-bird report, or just have a
place to stay along the way. Anyways more details to come concerning my
personal best year! Get excited for Christmas Bird Counts!

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Clayton & Linsey Leopold
Texas City


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Date: 11/2/17 9:52 am
From: Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <KlebWoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] Kleb Wood bus trip tomorrow
There are still about 10 seats available on the Kleb Woods birding bus trip tomorrow, November 3. The trip is 7 AM to 7 PM. We will be travelling to Mitchell Lake near San Antonio. Please note there will be long stretches between restroom breaks (up to 2 hours) AND a lot of continuous walking (at least 2 miles or a little more) on this trip. Also, participants need to bring $5 cash per person for the entrance fee. Please bring a sack lunch as well.
If you are at least 50 years old and are interested in going on the trip, please email <klebwoods...><mailto:<klebwoods...> or call 281-357-5324 before 5 PM today. You are also welcome to just show up at Kleb Woods in the morning. Seats will first go to those who called/emailed to sign up, then first come, first served.

Thanks,

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

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner
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Date: 11/2/17 7:51 am
From: Paul Brick <pbrick...>
Subject: [texbirds] Bald Eagle pair at Pedernales SP over river on 10/30 and 31
We didn't get any photos of the adult pair over the river between the Falls
and Trammel crossing but saw them two days in a row. Soaring new turkey
vultures but on their own. Someone also wrote in the bird blind book that a
bald eagle was perched on a tree as she parked to go to the blind on Tuesday
morning, 10/31.


Paul Brick

Austin, Texas





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Date: 11/1/17 1:37 pm
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Halloween Bird Walk List - 11/1
We had our annual Halloween bird walk this morning at Kleb Woods Nature Center, a day late but not a jelly bean short. The rules of the walk are that you have to use the proper Halloween bird name from our special list. If you slip up and use a normal name you have to take a jelly bean from Kendra Kocab's evil bag. All the colors of beans come in two flavors, for instance a yellow is either buttered popcorn or barf, a brown one, chocolate pudding or dog do do. It was a quiet walk as always, everyone measuring their words. In spite of being careful almost everyone eventually had a jelly bean or two. It was a fun day. The highlights were the ducks, Deadwoods and Entrails. The day's list follows:
3- Black-disembodied Whistling-Duck
2- Deadwood Duck
1- Northern Entrail
1- Grave Boo Heron
1- Grave Egret
1- Turkey Vulture
1- Blood-shouldered Haunt
3- KILLdeer
1- Dial M for Mourning Dove
1- Great Horned Howl
5- Blood-bellied Woodpecker
1- Yellow-bellied Bloodsucker
3- Frowny Woodpecker
1- Northern Tricker
6- Eastern Phobia
15- Boo Jay
2- American Scarecrow
9- Swallow sp.
6- Scarolina Chickadee
8- Haunted House Wren
3- Wicked Wren
3- Sledge Wren
5- Scarolina Wren
2- Blue-gray Body-snatcher
4- Golden-crowned Killingit
8- Bloody-crowned Killingit
6- Eastern Boobird
5- Hermit Munster Thrush
1- Black Cat Bird
3- Northern Shockingbird
2- Brown Slasher
2- Pumpkin-crowned Warbler
4- Pine Box Warbler
1- Killson's Warbler
12- HELL-o-rumped Warbler
3- Chipping Scarrow
5- Fright-throated Scarrow
12- Northern Cannibal
1- Indigo Haunting
19- Scary-breasted Munia

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: 11/1/17 10:09 am
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Jackson-Calhoun Counties CBC - December 27
Texbirds:
The second running of the Jackson-Calhoun Counties CBC will be Wednesday, December 27. Last year we tallied 186 species with our best bird (as voted by section leaders) being a Long-tailed Duck. This species total was good enough to place us 4th in Texas behind Matagorda, Guadalupe Delta and Freeport CBCs.

The count circle straddles the Jackson and Calhoun County line in the Midcoast section of our state. It is centered near the community of Weedhaven, which is just east of the town of Port Lavaca and Point Comfort. The circle includes bay and estuarine habitat along the Lavaca River and Carancuhua River watersheds as well as riparian areas along Cox Creek and Keller Creek. Good portions of the circle include pasture and crop land, some limited thorn scrub and some feeder-watch opportunities in the town of Point Comfort. There should be good birding on the Formosa Plastics and ALCOA properties near Point Comfort and of course on the Tejano Wetland near the town of La Ward. To join us this year, please contact me at <bird.fried...> or 925-998-7052.

Thanks!
Bob Friedrichs
Palacios
Compiler, Jackson-Calhoun Counties CBC

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Date: 11/1/17 10:00 am
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Victoria CBC - Saturday, December 23
Texbirds:
Saturday, December 23, 2017 will be the 40th anniversary of the Victoria CBC! Please join us.

The count is open to all participants regardless of skill level. It includes Riverside Park, Saxet Lakes, most of Victoria proper and multiple private ranches west and north of town. The CBC circle is in a transition zone between post oak savannah, coastal prairies and South Texas brush lands and as such provides nice habitat and thus species diversity. If you would like to participate, please contact me at 925-998-7052 or at <bird.fried...>

Thanks very much!
Bob Friedrichs
Compiler, Victoria CBC

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Date: 11/1/17 9:36 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lubbock Area Christmas Bird Counts - Second Announcement
Greetings All:
The Lubbock County CBC will be held on Saturday, 16 December 2017. We meet
with group leaders (at times and sites arranged shortly before the county),
bird until 5:00, and then meet up for a potluck supper at the compilers
house. I would like to have at least 24 counters, 8 of whom must be
willing to be area leaders. So far I have:
Team 1 - Ransom Lake and vicinity - Kathryn Brautigam
Team 2 - Lubbock WTP and vicinity - Anthony Hewetson
Team 3 - V8 Ranch and vicinity - Drew Harvey
Team 4 - southwest - VACANT
Team 5 - northwest - Rob Lee
Team 6 - Canyon Lakes - VACANT
Team 7 - East Lubbock - Lena Zappia, Skyler Parks
Team 8 - West Lubbock - Jim Crites, Jan Jannett

The Muleshoe NWR CBC will be held on Sunday, 17 December 2017. This is an
area-restricted count (we cover only the refuge). We meet at refuge
headquarters at 7:30 AM, bird until lunch time, and then eat a potluck
lunch (hopefully at the refuge residence). I would like to have at least 12
counters, 4 of whom must be willing to be area leaders. So far I have:
Team 1 - Paul's Lake and vicinity - Anthony Hewetson
Team 2 - Headquarters, White Lake, and vicinity - Kathryn Brautigam, Drew
Harvey
Team 3 - Goose Lakes and Rim - Jim Crites. Lena Zappia
Team 4 - The northern highlands - Rob Lee
'
The White River Lake CBC will be held on Saturday, 30 December 2017. We
meet at the White River Lake Marina at 7:30, bird until 4:30 or so, and
then head back to Lubbock for a potluck supper. I would like to have at
least 15 counters, 5 of whom must be willing to be area leaders. So far I
have:
Team 1 - Eastern portion - Anthony Hewetson
Team 2 - Southwestern portion - Rob Lee
Team 3 - The Great North Woods - RIch Kostecke, Brandon Best
Team 4 - East Lake - Drew Harvey, Lena Zappia
Team 5 - West Lake - Jim Crites

If you are interested in participating in one (or more) of these counts,
please let me know as soon as is possible. I can be contacted via e-mail
at <fattonybirds...> or via phone at 806-252-1213 <(806)%20252-1213>.
We have had a very wet year and conditions have been incredibly mild: I
have every reason to anticipate fantastic birding conditions and good birds
this winter.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 11/1/17 9:19 am
From: Dell Little <dellel1119...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog
I could see Anthony's point. In keeping with the theme of the season. If I
and my "friend" were zombies fighting over a dead body, and I pulled an arm
off in doing so. I could look like we were working together.
On Wed, Nov 1, 2017 at 11:07 AM, Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> wrote:

> I think that the most interesting about the original report, as someone
> noted, is the cooperative effort by the two grebes.
>
> Keith Arnold
> Bryan/TAMU
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Oct 31, 2017, at 6:38 PM, Jay Wilbur <jwilbur...> wrote:
> >
> > I once got to watch a PBGR dispatch a frog. Not sure if it was an
> American Bullfrog, but it did seem a rather ambitious meal to me at the
> time. One of my photos is at
> >
> >
> > http://jaysplanet.info/BIRDS/portfpbgr.htm
> >
> > Scroll down to the fifth photo on this page if you are interested.
> >
> > Jay Wilbur
> > Las Cruces, NM
> >
> >
> > On Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:42:36 -0500, Anthony Hewetson wrote:
> >
> > Greetings All:
> > This might not be that unusual but I had a first for me - at the
> > Justiceburg Rest Area (Garza County) this afternoon: a pair of
> Pied-billled
> > Grebes dismantling and eating an American Bullfrog. The death of the
> frog
> > took about ten minutes - though I left before the grisly tableaux had
> > attained completion - but the grebes were definitely dining on the frog
> by
> > the time I left.
> >
> > I stopped at the rest area (to look for sparrows) and heard an American
> > Bullfrog in distress. Scanning the pond, I spotted a Pied-billed Grebe
> > with a firm grip on the frog as another Pied-billed Grebe repeatedly
> > attacked and eventually dismembered the frog. I know that Pied-billed
> > Grebes are known to dine on amphibians but this is the first time I have
> > seen a joint attack on an adult bullfrog.
> >
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Date: 11/1/17 9:08 am
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog
I think that the most interesting about the original report, as someone noted, is the cooperative effort by the two grebes.

Keith Arnold
Bryan/TAMU

Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 31, 2017, at 6:38 PM, Jay Wilbur <jwilbur...> wrote:
>
> I once got to watch a PBGR dispatch a frog. Not sure if it was an American Bullfrog, but it did seem a rather ambitious meal to me at the time. One of my photos is at
>
>
> http://jaysplanet.info/BIRDS/portfpbgr.htm
>
> Scroll down to the fifth photo on this page if you are interested.
>
> Jay Wilbur
> Las Cruces, NM
>
>
> On Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:42:36 -0500, Anthony Hewetson wrote:
>
> Greetings All:
> This might not be that unusual but I had a first for me - at the
> Justiceburg Rest Area (Garza County) this afternoon: a pair of Pied-billled
> Grebes dismantling and eating an American Bullfrog. The death of the frog
> took about ten minutes - though I left before the grisly tableaux had
> attained completion - but the grebes were definitely dining on the frog by
> the time I left.
>
> I stopped at the rest area (to look for sparrows) and heard an American
> Bullfrog in distress. Scanning the pond, I spotted a Pied-billed Grebe
> with a firm grip on the frog as another Pied-billed Grebe repeatedly
> attacked and eventually dismembered the frog. I know that Pied-billed
> Grebes are known to dine on amphibians but this is the first time I have
> seen a joint attack on an adult bullfrog.
>
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Date: 11/1/17 7:42 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] eBird Report - Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary--17th Str. Jetty, Oct 31, 2017
The next two months I think will actually be very busy for me and my
Big Year. I still need Pomarine and Parasitic Jaeger and Purple
Sandpiper is a decent chance review species to look for on the UTC,
and no reason not to look for Surfbird and Wanderling Tattler at the
same time time. I walked both the Brazoria County jetties on Monday
and decided to try the North Jetty on the Bolivar Peninsula. I had
visions of making it to the cut in the jetty but only made it 1.6
miles out on the jetty before weather turned me back. No rockpipers.
But I had an intriguing very dark bird that could have been a jaeger.

Notable was the numbers of Nelson's Sparrows I pished up where the
marsh meets the jetty. This is only about a half mile out on the jetty
and many posed for good photos as I pished.

I've not checked 3 miles of jetty this week and will likely do it
again next week.

Bolivar Flats Shorebird Sanctuary--17th Str. Jetty, Galveston, Texas, US
Oct 31, 2017 10:25 AM - 11:51 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.6 mile(s)
34 species

Neotropic Cormorant 11
Double-crested Cormorant 5
American White Pelican 37
Brown Pelican 4
Great Blue Heron 8
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 7
Reddish Egret 5
White Ibis 3
Northern Harrier 1
American Avocet 400
American Oystercatcher 1
Semipalmated Plover 20
Piping Plover 1
Marbled Godwit 29
Ruddy Turnstone 19
Sanderling 2
Dunlin 2
Least Sandpiper 4
Western Sandpiper 17
Short-billed Dowitcher 11
Long-billed Dowitcher 1
Greater Yellowlegs 10
Willet 56
Lesser Yellowlegs 5
Laughing Gull 60
Ring-billed Gull 2
Herring Gull 1
Forster's Tern 4
Sandwich Tern 1
Black Skimmer 40
Nelson's Sparrow 8
Seaside Sparrow 10
Great-tailed Grackle 1

View this checklist online at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S40239601

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


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David Sarkozi
Houston, TX
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Date: 10/31/17 9:56 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] 200+/- Pine Siskins, Upton Co.
Texbirds,
There was a flock of about 200 Pine Siskins in the desert scrub on CR 220
just southeast of Rankin this afternoon, 31 October. I'm pretty sure it was
the largest flock I've ever seen in Texas and they were foraging on seed
heads near the ground that I'll have to investigate further when I'm not in
such a rush. This was my first big flock away from the Guadalupe Mountains
so far this fall.

Now patiently waiting for 2 to 3 types of Red Crossbills...

Good birding!
Justin Bosler
currently in Big Lake, TX


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Date: 10/31/17 9:30 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Michael Marsden contact
​Texbirds,
I'm looking for an email address or phone number for Michael Marsden. The
one I have in my address book must be out of commission. ​I apologize for
clogging up the email list with such a request.

Thanks!
Justin Bosler
currently in Big Lake, TX

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Date: 10/31/17 6:31 pm
From: Brent Ortego <brentortego...>
Subject: [texbirds] CBCs just around the corner
Audubon is expected to distribute the results of the CBCs in the next few days.

Last season we had record breaking warm weather, and sparse numbers of sparrows and woodland passerines. Rarities were found in the usual places, and a new species for the CBCs, Amazon Kingfisher, was reported at Laredo.


Be sure to read my article in the CBC edition and click on the link to the pdf to see the excellent photos submitted by birders.


What will this season bring? Montane invasion in West Texas might expand eastward. Will there be a northern invasion of the south? Will Passerines linger in unusual numbers? Will we discover a new species for Texas? Will Texas continue its national dominance of CBCs? Your efforts will produce the story of the season.


I encourage birders to make a special effort to survey the coastal CBCs impacted by Hurricane Harvey to get a measure of the damage by this devastating storm.


This is the 25th year for the Matagorda County - Mad Island Marsh CBC. You are invited to attend the count and make it very special as we attempt to be Number One the most times of any CBC in the country. This count will have a 25th anniversary celebration in February. Stay tuned for more information.



Brent Ortego

Victoria, TX




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Date: 10/31/17 5:06 pm
From: Jack Chiles <dmarc-noreply-outsider...> (Redacted sender chilesjack for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Fw: Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR.


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To: Texbirds <texbirds...>; Jack Chiles <chilesjack...>
Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 5:18 PM
Subject: Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR.

On a day that a new norther had recently arrived it was cloudy and chilly, but good for birding.  Lots of birds continue arriving from the north.  Thousands of ducks were in rafts on the lake and the sad part was that they were too far out to identify very many of the species. We also saw a couple of flights of American White Pelicans overhead.  The two immature Brown Pelicans are still present. There were lots of gulls flying over the lake.  On the road to Meadow Pond we found quite a few species of sparrows, including Vesper, Harris's, White-crowned, Chipping, White-throated, Lincoln's, Savannah, Field and Song Sparrows,  We also saw a flock of first of season Dark-eyed Juncos and a Towhee.  There was a great look at a Pileated Woodpecker at Meadow Pond as well as Hermit Thrushes and American Robins.  There are lots of Northern Harriers, and Red-tailed Hawks. One of the Red-tailed Hawks was an almost black immature western Red-tail. We saw a nice mixed  flock of Ross's and
Snow Geese along with a flock of 60 Greater White-fronted Geese.  Both resident Bald Eagles were seen. We finished the day with 75 species.
http://ebird.org/ebird/iss/view/checklist/S40232479
Jack Chiles, Texas master naturalist, and volunteer at Hagerman NWR.



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Date: 10/31/17 5:04 pm
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR.
On a day that a new norther had arrived it was cloudy and chilly, but good
for birding. Lots of birds continue arriving from the north. Thousands of
duck were in rafts on the lake and the sad part was that they were too far
out to identify very many of the species. We also saw a couple of flight of
American White Pelicans overhead. The two immature Brown Pelicans are
still present. There were lots of gulls flying over the lake. On the road
to Meadow Pond we found quite a few species of sparrows, including Vesper,
Harris's, White-crowned, Chipping, White-throated, Lincoln's, Savannah,
Field and Song Sparrows, We also saw a flock of first of season Dark-eyed
Juncos and a Towhee. There was a great look at a Pileated Woodpecker at
Meadow Pond as well as Hermit Thrushes and American Robins. There are lots
of Northern Harriers, and Red-tailed Hawks. One of the Red-tailed Hawks was
an almost black immature western Red-tail. We saw a nice mixed flock of
Ross's and Snow Geese along with a flock of 60 Greater White-fronted
Geese. Both resident Bald Eagles were seen. We finished the day with 75
species.

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Date: 10/31/17 4:39 pm
From: Jay Wilbur <jwilbur...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog
I once got to watch a PBGR dispatch a frog. Not sure if it was an American Bullfrog, but it did seem a rather ambitious meal to me at the time. One of my photos is at


http://jaysplanet.info/BIRDS/portfpbgr.htm

Scroll down to the fifth photo on this page if you are interested.

Jay Wilbur
Las Cruces, NM
 

On Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:42:36 -0500, Anthony Hewetson wrote:

Greetings All:
This might not be that unusual but I had a first for me - at the
Justiceburg Rest Area (Garza County) this afternoon: a pair of Pied-billled
Grebes dismantling and eating an American Bullfrog. The death of the frog
took about ten minutes - though I left before the grisly tableaux had
attained completion - but the grebes were definitely dining on the frog by
the time I left.

I stopped at the rest area (to look for sparrows) and heard an American
Bullfrog in distress. Scanning the pond, I spotted a Pied-billed Grebe
with a firm grip on the frog as another Pied-billed Grebe repeatedly
attacked and eventually dismembered the frog. I know that Pied-billed
Grebes are known to dine on amphibians but this is the first time I have
seen a joint attack on an adult bullfrog.


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Date: 10/31/17 4:32 pm
From: Fred Collins <fcndc...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Grebe and frog interaction
Aw your no fun, it's Halloween.

Fred Collins
Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 31, 2017, at 5:45 PM, Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> wrote:
>
> Greetings All;
> I don't know that this is worth this much fuss - just thought it was
> interesting.
>
> I have seen Pied-billed Grebes deal with fairly large fish - generally by
> dragging it about and tearing at it until it gives up the ghost, the
> American Bullfrog was probably pretty close to torpid (given recent cold
> fronts) and incapable of putting up much of a fight (its struggles were
> pretty much of the vocal variety - admittedly, some sounds I have never
> heard from the species). I suspect the first grebe grabbed a yummy frog -
> with no idea of its size - and the second one may not have been so much
> cooperating with it in dismembering the frog as trying to wrest it away. I
> wish I had some pictures of the interaction but it was all over in a matter
> of minutes and, even had I rushed to the car to get the camera, I wouldn't
> have gotten any shots. By the time the grebes made it behind some foliage,
> the frog was a mess - at least one front leg torn off, the other most
> likely dislocated, the hind legs feebly kicking. I have been bit by
> Pied-billed Grebes before and they have sharp beaks and a pretty good grip:
> I'd be willing to bet they finished the frog off.
>
> Bottom line: given what I have seen from grebes before this wasn't so much
> cooperative feeding behavior as it was attempted kleptoparasitism. Grebes
> fight over food items pretty frequently and this was very consistent with
> that behavior.
>
> Whatever it was, it was a first for me but if you critter long enough you
> will see new things now and then.
>
> Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock
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Date: 10/31/17 3:46 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Grebe and frog interaction
Greetings All;
I don't know that this is worth this much fuss - just thought it was
interesting.

I have seen Pied-billed Grebes deal with fairly large fish - generally by
dragging it about and tearing at it until it gives up the ghost, the
American Bullfrog was probably pretty close to torpid (given recent cold
fronts) and incapable of putting up much of a fight (its struggles were
pretty much of the vocal variety - admittedly, some sounds I have never
heard from the species). I suspect the first grebe grabbed a yummy frog -
with no idea of its size - and the second one may not have been so much
cooperating with it in dismembering the frog as trying to wrest it away. I
wish I had some pictures of the interaction but it was all over in a matter
of minutes and, even had I rushed to the car to get the camera, I wouldn't
have gotten any shots. By the time the grebes made it behind some foliage,
the frog was a mess - at least one front leg torn off, the other most
likely dislocated, the hind legs feebly kicking. I have been bit by
Pied-billed Grebes before and they have sharp beaks and a pretty good grip:
I'd be willing to bet they finished the frog off.

Bottom line: given what I have seen from grebes before this wasn't so much
cooperative feeding behavior as it was attempted kleptoparasitism. Grebes
fight over food items pretty frequently and this was very consistent with
that behavior.

Whatever it was, it was a first for me but if you critter long enough you
will see new things now and then.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 10/31/17 3:17 pm
From: John and Glennah Trochet <trochetj...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog
If I recall correctly, grebes are near the flamingoes and New World vultures
are near Accipitriformes birds of prey.

Best,
John Trochet



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From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) [mailto:<FCollins...>]
Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 11:42 AM
To: John and Glennah Trochet; <kbarnold2...>
Cc: <fattonybirds...>; <texbirds...>; <leasbirds...>
Subject: RE: [texbirds] Re: Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog

This is not simply having bull frogs or frogs in the diet, it's the butchery
behavior that is so unusual in my opinion and requires two birds, so its
paired or social butchery. What a great Halloween topic for Texbirds.

I have watched my chicken flock eat small rabbits and rats in this fashion.
One bird would probably never manage. I have often seen Black Vultures do
this as well. In the new phylogeny, how close are grebes to vultures now?


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

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner
www.pct3.hctx.net




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From: John and Glennah Trochet [mailto:<trochetj...>]
Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 12:36 PM
To: <kbarnold2...>; Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)
<FCollins...>
Cc: <fattonybirds...>; <texbirds...>; <leasbirds...>
Subject: RE: [texbirds] Re: Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog

Dear TexBirders,

Another source for diet items is the pertinent volume of Arthur Cleveland
Bent's series, Life Histories of North American Birds. The series began in
1919 with Life Histories of North American Diving Birds and ended in 1968
with Life Histories of North American Cardinals, Grosbeaks, Buntings,
Towhees, Finches, Sparrows and Allies, the last volumes completed after
Bent's death. On several occasions, I have found this source to have more
detailed information on diet than the more recent series, Birds of North
America Life Histories for the 21st Century (1992 to 2007). But the account
of pied-billed grebe occurs in the 1919 volume, and the diet accounts got
more detailed as the series progressed. The "small frogs" are not
enumerated by Bent.

Best,
John Trochet
Sacramento, California


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From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>]
On Behalf Of Keith Arnold
Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 8:22 AM
To: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)
Cc: <fattonybirds...>; <texbirds...>; <leasbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog

A most unusual event and not likely documented; you might check Oberholser's
BLOT for bullfrogs as foot iterms of Pied-billed Grebes.
Keith Arnold

On Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 8:34 AM, Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <
<FCollins...> wrote:

> That is a great observation Anthony. Pictures? I wonder if such a
> thing has ever been documented?
>
>
> Fred Collins, Director
> Kleb Woods Nature Center
> 20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
> 281-357-5324
>
> Harris County Precinct 3
> Steve Radack Commissioner
> www.pct3.com
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <texbirds-bounce...>
> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>]
> On Behalf Of Anthony Hewetson
> Sent: Monday, October 30, 2017 10:43 PM
> To: <texbirds...>; <leasbirds...>; Anthony Hewetson
> < <fattonybirds...>
> Subject: [texbirds] Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog
>
> Greetings All:
> This might not be that unusual but I had a first for me - at the
> Justiceburg Rest Area (Garza County) this afternoon: a pair of
> Pied-billled Grebes dismantling and eating an American Bullfrog. The
> death of the frog took about ten minutes - though I left before the
> grisly tableaux had attained completion - but the grebes were
> definitely dining on the frog by the time I left.
>
> I stopped at the rest area (to look for sparrows) and heard an
> American Bullfrog in distress. Scanning the pond, I spotted a
> Pied-billed Grebe with a firm grip on the frog as another Pied-billed
> Grebe repeatedly attacked and eventually dismembered the frog. I know
> that Pied-billed Grebes are known to dine on amphibians but this is
> the first time I have seen a joint attack on an adult bullfrog.
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Date: 10/31/17 3:00 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from Austin to Lubbock on Monday
Greetings All:
I made the return trip to Lubbock on Monday under much better conditions:
warmer, sunnier, less windy, and good birding all the way.

Burnet County: 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch, 1 Brown
Creeper, and 1 Winter Wren at Mesquite Creek.

Lampasas County: 3 Canvasbacks, 2 Eared Grebes, 5 Forster's Terns, and 1
Osprey at Lometa Reservoir.

Mills County: 5 Pine Siskins in Goldthwaite.

Brown County: 8 Cedar Waxwings and 7 Pine Siskins in Brownwood; 1
Swsinson's Hawk north of Brownwood.

Taylor County: 2 Canvasbacks, 1 Eared Grebe, 5 Least Sandpipers, 1 Greater
Yellowlegs, 7 Franklin's Gulls, 2 Forster's Terns, 1 Sora, 16 American
White Pelicans, *1 American Bittern*, 1 Great Egret, 2 Snowy Egrets, 2
White-faced Ibises, 1 Osprey, 1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, 1 Say's Phoebe,
and 4 Pine Siskins at Lake Kirby.

Scurry County: 1 Prairie Falcon near Snyder.

Garza County: 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch and 4 Pine Siskins at the Justiceburg
Rest Area; 1 Mountain Bluebird near Southland.

Lubbock County: 12 Ring-billed Gulls and 1 Snowy Egret at Leroy Elmore Park.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 10/31/17 2:51 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Highlights from Lubbock to Austin on Friday
Greetings All:
I made my way from Lubbock to Austin on Friday - through, by Texas
standards, bad conditions - cold, overcast, windy and poor birding all the
way.

Highlights included:

Lubbock County: 2 Ring-billed Gulls, 1 Great Egret, 2 Snowy Egrets at Leroy
Elmore Park - 1 adult Bald Eagle near the Lubbock stockyards.

Garza County: 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch at the Justiceburg Rest Area; 1
Mountain Bluebird near Post.

Scurry County: 1 Merlin near Snyder.

Nolan County: 1 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher near Roscoe.

Taylor County: 1 Peregrine Falcon at Kirby Lake; 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
and 40 Cedar Waxwings at the rest area south of Abilene.

Brown County: 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch at the rest area just west of
Brownwood; 4 Cedar Waxwings near Early.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 10/31/17 11:42 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog
This is not simply having bull frogs or frogs in the diet, it's the butchery behavior that is so unusual in my opinion and requires two birds, so its paired or social butchery. What a great Halloween topic for Texbirds.

I have watched my chicken flock eat small rabbits and rats in this fashion. One bird would probably never manage. I have often seen Black Vultures do this as well. In the new phylogeny, how close are grebes to vultures now?


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

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From: John and Glennah Trochet [mailto:<trochetj...>]
Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 12:36 PM
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Cc: <fattonybirds...>; <texbirds...>; <leasbirds...>
Subject: RE: [texbirds] Re: Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog

Dear TexBirders,

Another source for diet items is the pertinent volume of Arthur Cleveland Bent's series, Life Histories of North American Birds. The series began in
1919 with Life Histories of North American Diving Birds and ended in 1968 with Life Histories of North American Cardinals, Grosbeaks, Buntings, Towhees, Finches, Sparrows and Allies, the last volumes completed after Bent's death. On several occasions, I have found this source to have more detailed information on diet than the more recent series, Birds of North America Life Histories for the 21st Century (1992 to 2007). But the account of pied-billed grebe occurs in the 1919 volume, and the diet accounts got more detailed as the series progressed. The "small frogs" are not enumerated by Bent.

Best,
John Trochet
Sacramento, California


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On Behalf Of Keith Arnold
Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 8:22 AM
To: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)
Cc: <fattonybirds...>; <texbirds...>; <leasbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog

A most unusual event and not likely documented; you might check Oberholser's BLOT for bullfrogs as foot iterms of Pied-billed Grebes.
Keith Arnold

On Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 8:34 AM, Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) < <FCollins...> wrote:

> That is a great observation Anthony. Pictures? I wonder if such a
> thing has ever been documented?
>
>
> Fred Collins, Director
> Kleb Woods Nature Center
> 20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
> 281-357-5324
>
> Harris County Precinct 3
> Steve Radack Commissioner
> www.pct3.com
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <texbirds-bounce...>
> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>]
> On Behalf Of Anthony Hewetson
> Sent: Monday, October 30, 2017 10:43 PM
> To: <texbirds...>; <leasbirds...>; Anthony Hewetson
> < <fattonybirds...>
> Subject: [texbirds] Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog
>
> Greetings All:
> This might not be that unusual but I had a first for me - at the
> Justiceburg Rest Area (Garza County) this afternoon: a pair of
> Pied-billled Grebes dismantling and eating an American Bullfrog. The
> death of the frog took about ten minutes - though I left before the
> grisly tableaux had attained completion - but the grebes were
> definitely dining on the frog by the time I left.
>
> I stopped at the rest area (to look for sparrows) and heard an
> American Bullfrog in distress. Scanning the pond, I spotted a
> Pied-billed Grebe with a firm grip on the frog as another Pied-billed
> Grebe repeatedly attacked and eventually dismembered the frog. I know
> that Pied-billed Grebes are known to dine on amphibians but this is
> the first time I have seen a joint attack on an adult bullfrog.
>
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Date: 10/31/17 10:37 am
From: John and Glennah Trochet <trochetj...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog
Dear TexBirders,

Another source for diet items is the pertinent volume of Arthur Cleveland
Bent's series, Life Histories of North American Birds. The series began in
1919 with Life Histories of North American Diving Birds and ended in 1968
with Life Histories of North American Cardinals, Grosbeaks, Buntings,
Towhees, Finches, Sparrows and Allies, the last volumes completed after
Bent's death. On several occasions, I have found this source to have more
detailed information on diet than the more recent series, Birds of North
America Life Histories for the 21st Century (1992 to 2007). But the account
of pied-billed grebe occurs in the 1919 volume, and the diet accounts got
more detailed as the series progressed. The "small frogs" are not
enumerated by Bent.

Best,
John Trochet
Sacramento, California


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From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>]
On Behalf Of Keith Arnold
Sent: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 8:22 AM
To: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)
Cc: <fattonybirds...>; <texbirds...>; <leasbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog

A most unusual event and not likely documented; you might check Oberholser's
BLOT for bullfrogs as foot iterms of Pied-billed Grebes.
Keith Arnold

On Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 8:34 AM, Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <
<FCollins...> wrote:

> That is a great observation Anthony. Pictures? I wonder if such a
> thing has ever been documented?
>
>
> Fred Collins, Director
> Kleb Woods Nature Center
> 20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
> 281-357-5324
>
> Harris County Precinct 3
> Steve Radack Commissioner
> www.pct3.com
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <texbirds-bounce...>
> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>]
> On Behalf Of Anthony Hewetson
> Sent: Monday, October 30, 2017 10:43 PM
> To: <texbirds...>; <leasbirds...>; Anthony Hewetson
> < <fattonybirds...>
> Subject: [texbirds] Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog
>
> Greetings All:
> This might not be that unusual but I had a first for me - at the
> Justiceburg Rest Area (Garza County) this afternoon: a pair of
> Pied-billled Grebes dismantling and eating an American Bullfrog. The
> death of the frog took about ten minutes - though I left before the
> grisly tableaux had attained completion - but the grebes were
> definitely dining on the frog by the time I left.
>
> I stopped at the rest area (to look for sparrows) and heard an
> American Bullfrog in distress. Scanning the pond, I spotted a
> Pied-billed Grebe with a firm grip on the frog as another Pied-billed
> Grebe repeatedly attacked and eventually dismembered the frog. I know
> that Pied-billed Grebes are known to dine on amphibians but this is
> the first time I have seen a joint attack on an adult bullfrog.
>
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Date: 10/31/17 8:22 am
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog
A most unusual event and not likely documented; you might check
Oberholser's BLOT for bullfrogs as foot iterms of Pied-billed Grebes.
Keith Arnold

On Tue, Oct 31, 2017 at 8:34 AM, Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <
<FCollins...> wrote:

> That is a great observation Anthony. Pictures? I wonder if such a thing
> has ever been documented?
>
>
> Fred Collins, Director
> Kleb Woods Nature Center
> 20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
> 281-357-5324
>
> Harris County Precinct 3
> Steve Radack Commissioner
> www.pct3.com
>
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>]
> On Behalf Of Anthony Hewetson
> Sent: Monday, October 30, 2017 10:43 PM
> To: <texbirds...>; <leasbirds...>; Anthony Hewetson <
> <fattonybirds...>
> Subject: [texbirds] Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog
>
> Greetings All:
> This might not be that unusual but I had a first for me - at the
> Justiceburg Rest Area (Garza County) this afternoon: a pair of Pied-billled
> Grebes dismantling and eating an American Bullfrog. The death of the frog
> took about ten minutes - though I left before the grisly tableaux had
> attained completion - but the grebes were definitely dining on the frog by
> the time I left.
>
> I stopped at the rest area (to look for sparrows) and heard an American
> Bullfrog in distress. Scanning the pond, I spotted a Pied-billed Grebe
> with a firm grip on the frog as another Pied-billed Grebe repeatedly
> attacked and eventually dismembered the frog. I know that Pied-billed
> Grebes are known to dine on amphibians but this is the first time I have
> seen a joint attack on an adult bullfrog.
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Date: 10/31/17 6:35 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog
That is a great observation Anthony. Pictures? I wonder if such a thing has ever been documented?


Fred Collins, Director
Kleb Woods Nature Center
20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
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Harris County Precinct 3
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Subject: [texbirds] Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog

Greetings All:
This might not be that unusual but I had a first for me - at the Justiceburg Rest Area (Garza County) this afternoon: a pair of Pied-billled Grebes dismantling and eating an American Bullfrog. The death of the frog took about ten minutes - though I left before the grisly tableaux had attained completion - but the grebes were definitely dining on the frog by the time I left.

I stopped at the rest area (to look for sparrows) and heard an American Bullfrog in distress. Scanning the pond, I spotted a Pied-billed Grebe with a firm grip on the frog as another Pied-billed Grebe repeatedly attacked and eventually dismembered the frog. I know that Pied-billed Grebes are known to dine on amphibians but this is the first time I have seen a joint attack on an adult bullfrog.


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Date: 10/30/17 8:43 pm
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Pied-billed Grebe vs. American Bullfrog
Greetings All:
This might not be that unusual but I had a first for me - at the
Justiceburg Rest Area (Garza County) this afternoon: a pair of Pied-billled
Grebes dismantling and eating an American Bullfrog. The death of the frog
took about ten minutes - though I left before the grisly tableaux had
attained completion - but the grebes were definitely dining on the frog by
the time I left.

I stopped at the rest area (to look for sparrows) and heard an American
Bullfrog in distress. Scanning the pond, I spotted a Pied-billed Grebe
with a firm grip on the frog as another Pied-billed Grebe repeatedly
attacked and eventually dismembered the frog. I know that Pied-billed
Grebes are known to dine on amphibians but this is the first time I have
seen a joint attack on an adult bullfrog.


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Date: 10/30/17 7:49 pm
From: Iris and Sonny Bratz <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender ibratz for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Tropical Parula at Matagorda County Birding Nature Center


Sent from my iPad

> On Oct 30, 2017, at 6:09 PM, Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...> wrote:
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> Texbirds:
>
> This morning there was a female/immature Tropical Parula at the Matagorda County Birding Nature Center just west of Bay City on Hwy 35. The bird was foraging in a tree on the south side of the main building, near the butterfly garden there. The bird could not be relocated for photos shortly after the original sighting.
>
> Also present at the park were Black-throated Green, Nashville, Orange-crowned, Yellow-rumped and Wilson’s Warblers. A flock of 43 Anhingas kettled over the park at about 10:30 and a Barred Owl was somewhat cooperative above the creek that runs along the east side of the property.
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> Good birding!
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Date: 10/30/17 5:59 pm
From: Andy Dietrich <andydietrich10...>
Subject: [texbirds] Birding Pearland Waste Water Plant
I walked around the ponds to look for the wood storks and was not successful at 4 pm. I did see an adult Bald Eagle in the large sycamore tree south of the WWT pond. There were also 35 Great Egrets, 25 Snowy Egrets, 25 White Ibis, 2 Great Blue Herons,2 Little Blue Herons, 1 Tricolored Heron along with single Rosette Spoonbill. There was well over a hundred cormorants in the ponds and 2 mottled ducks. This was most activity I had observed in a while.


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Date: 10/30/17 4:10 pm
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tropical Parula at Matagorda County Birding Nature Center
Texbirds:

This morning there was a female/immature Tropical Parula at the Matagorda County Birding Nature Center just west of Bay City on Hwy 35. The bird was foraging in a tree on the south side of the main building, near the butterfly garden there. The bird could not be relocated for photos shortly after the original sighting.

Also present at the park were Black-throated Green, Nashville, Orange-crowned, Yellow-rumped and Wilson’s Warblers. A flock of 43 Anhingas kettled over the park at about 10:30 and a Barred Owl was somewhat cooperative above the creek that runs along the east side of the property.

Good birding!
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Date: 10/30/17 2:56 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch Sunday, 2 golden eagle day and the Harris's hawk etc
Headed back to Smith Point Sunday after the really great day on Saturday.
Frost was on the grass up near I10 after starting south.
The wind was still northish and it started off good. For those that know
the area, there were 9 adult female cooper's hawks perched along fence
posts between the oyster plant and Hawkins camp road with more out toward
the park and other nearby roads for a total of about 20 with only 1 a young
of the year bird. They were probably birds that arrived Saturday and were
hunting before leaving

The single young cooper's had a good hide-out to hunt from

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166488028

Whereas a hunting broad-wing was in the open

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166488027

Not as many land birds as I expected but there was a western meadowlark on
a fence post near the sewage pond where they seem to appear each year
saying chup. Probably one yesterday too. Siskin overhead at the tower and a
few sparrows and warblers. Lots of monarch butterflies going by and many
smaller bugs along the parking lot flowers etc. But it was the best eastern
phoebe day of the season but only a small number of scissor-tailed
flycatchers with the roost apparently empty or the birds stayed in bed
later due to the cold and came out after I passed.

And the meadowlark

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166488025

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166488020

Hawks were a little slow but about lift-off time, some broad-wings etc
started to get up. Then a golden eagle lifted off? from the motte and put
on a good show out in front of the tower before leaving to the north. Had
almost no white on top of the wings unlike the Saturday bird so was a new
bird for the season. The Saturday bird or one marked similarly made a pass
behind the mottes but stayed down low and left so there were two golden
eagles for the day.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166488049

And the underwing white patches were smaller and a different shape and
there was less white in the tail. An older and molting bird?

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166488050

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166488048

Eventually the turkey vultures started to gather and attracted other birds
including the adult Harris's hawk, red-tailed hawks and a white-tailed
hawk. Two osprey's ended my stay and most other hawks were seen. But they
were up high as were the geese, cranes and anhingas. White pelicans were up
high and a few down lower too. The bay stays empty of most birds.

Did have a pass over loon out at the park early.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 10/30/17 2:38 pm
From: Lamont Brown <lamont...>
Subject: [texbirds] Robertson Co Century Club Notes n Updates
Sorry for belated post, but primarily giving notes about productive and
not-so-productive locations in Robertson County. Last Tuesday after
business in Limestone Co, I spent the balance of Tuesday and most of
Wednesday trying to finish Century Club in Robertson Co.

Best spot: The Old Hearne Road; off Hwy 6 south of Hearne (with an Auto
dealership on the corner). This is nice mixture of habitat with stock
tanks, cane (4 Wrens) hedge rows; open pasture land and farms. I employed
a modified BBS strategy of stopping about every 1/4 of a mile. I covered 5
miles and got 31 species on this road. Seven Killdeer and a sandpiper at
the first stock tank within sight of Hwy 6. [This road is reminiscent of
the Bastrop Co back roads Brush showed us at a TOS meeting a few years ago.]

Best water: the 4-5 small lakes on CR 50 SW of Hearne near the intersection
of HWY 79. Teals, Widgeons Gr Yellowlegs, Neotropic Cormorants and within
two miles many plowed fields.

Had 34 fly-over Sandhill Cranes at the Hearne Airport.

Worked CR 979 West of Calvert to Milam Co line = dead; About halfway CR 116
goes north toward the Sterling Cemetery - don't bother unless you need a
shrike as cemetery is overgrown and looks like it has been for the last 27
years.

All of the above was Wednesday the nice sunny day after gale-force winds on
Tuesday. On Tuesday I first tried anything and everything around the
southern portion of Lake Limestone in the NE corner of Robertson Co. NE of
the Seale community CR 477 goes toward the Lake. CR 477 terminates at a T
with both arms of the T going to water. At this junction I had the only
passerine, a Wilson's Warbler -which I'm sure had just blown in from 2
states north at that moment, as everything else was likely tethered to a
huge tree that I never found! Taking the road to the right yielded a DC
Cormorant. There is little to no view of the water unless someone is
outside and one can ask permission to walk private property to the water.
Taking the T to the left yielded no species.

I'm sure the +/- 35 mph wind had much to do with it, but virtually no birds
on any of the CRs between there and the hotel in College Station, including
Round Prairie, Bald Prairie, Petteway, Nesbitt, Franklin and Eliott.

So if you are thinking Century Club in Robertson Co it is doable. Hope this
may help some.

Lamont Brown
Denton

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Date: 10/29/17 11:17 pm
From: Christian Walker <christian.walker...>
Subject: [texbirds] Rufous-backed Robin Palo Duro Canyon SP
Hello,
As reported by others, I found a Rufous-backed Robin while camping with friends Pius Kweon, Matthew Melendez, and Adam Brill in Palo Duro Canyon SP on Saturday.
At about noon we stopped by the bird blind/feeding station in the park. I walked up and started chatting with a photographer when I noticed a thrush drinking water from behind the water feature. As I put my bins on it I realized it was a Rufous-backed Robin, complete with bright orange bill and eyering, white throat with bold dark streaking, and rufous-orange back and belly. I quickly pointed it out to the photographer, Mark, and asked him to take some pictures of that particular bird. It soon hopped back into the cedars behind the water feature, so I ran back and grabbed my phone and friends. We came back and staked it out, and about 20 minutes later I saw the robin again about 10 feet back in the cedars, on the ground. It hopped back to the water feature and started drinking again, staying for about a minute.
When we got out of the canyon (and back to cell-phone service) I texted a few people to get the word out.
We tried again to see the bird today, but were unsuccessful during a 20 minute vigil around 1230.
I am trying to get some of the photographs from Mark (he took a bunch of really good ones) but I will post my own iPhone pics sooner or later to eBird and flickr. Will also send documentation to TBRC.
Good luck if you go try to see it. Very excited to have found this rarity - definitely the huge bird highlight of the bachelor party/camping trip for Pius!!

Good birding,

Christian Walker
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Irving, Texas
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Date: 10/29/17 7:50 pm
From: marlin andrus <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marconandrus for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Rufous-backed Robin
No luck after 5 hours of finding the bird at Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Most time spent at bird feeding station.
Marlin Andrus Swisher County 
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Date: 10/29/17 7:08 pm
From: Barret Pierce <bpierce...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Rufous-backed Robin
Several birders looked for the RBRO this afternoon with no success as far as I know. Several of us will be looking for it tomorrow morning.

Barrett Pierce

Amarillo TX

> On Oct 29, 2017, at 7:57 PM, Susan Strasevicz <susanstrasevicz...> wrote:
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> Any reports of the Rufous-backed Robin today? Want to chase it tomorrow.
> Thanks,
> Susan Strasevicz
> South Padre Island
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>> Sighted yesterday at Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Going today to chase it. Any new info. please post.
>> Thanks,Marlin Andrus Swisher County
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Date: 10/29/17 6:55 pm
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update Part 3 of 3, 491 Species
Big Year Blog Update 491 species with Evening Grosbeak,

https://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2017/10/an-evening-with-mr-h.html

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Date: 10/29/17 5:57 pm
From: Susan Strasevicz <susanstrasevicz...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Rufous-backed Robin
Any reports of the Rufous-backed Robin today? Want to chase it tomorrow.
Thanks,
Susan Strasevicz
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Date: 10/29/17 1:21 pm
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update Part 2 of 3, 490 Species
Big Year Blog Update bring me to 490 species for the year.

https://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2017/10/at-any-costas.html

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Date: 10/29/17 9:24 am
From: marlin andrus <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marconandrus for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Rufous-backed Robin
Sighted yesterday at Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Going today to chase it. Any new info. please post. 
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Date: 10/29/17 8:48 am
From: Donna Silvers <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender silvers713 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Lafitte's Cove, Galveston
Many Kinglets at Lafitte's this morning, both Ruby and Golden Crowned. Also:

Indigo Bunting Female
Northern Parulas (2)
Blue Gray Gnatcatchers (4 at least)
Blue Headed Vireo
Eastern Phoebe
Downey Woodpecker
Ladder Backed Woodpecker Female

Heading back shortly with the camera.

Dean Silvers
Jamaica Beach, Texas

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Date: 10/29/17 8:46 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Rufous-baked Robin at Palo Duro
If anyone looks for and especially if they locate the Rufous-backed
Robin reported by Christian Walker via eBird at Palo Duro could they
call or text me? Good chance I will chase it tomorrow

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Date: 10/29/17 8:10 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith point hawk watch
A second golden eagle jus took off? From the motte snd headed toward
Anahuac.
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Date: 10/28/17 6:06 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Glorious day at smith point hawk watch
Just some highlights for the day
Cold. Windy but great birds. almost no land birds but a siskin did go
overhead.

4 bald eagles from 3 age classes.

1 young golden eagle that stayed for several hours with several passes.
Last seen heading in the direction of Anahuac.

3 different Harris's hawks. 2 adults with one have a somewhat dirty white
tail, at least dark quills showing and a young of the year bird. Two seen
at one time.

Maybe 400 or so broad-winged hawks including the dark phase bird that is
hanging around all week.

At least 600 turkey vultures as I counted that many birds twice but more
birds came and went but the big flock was spectacular.

Quite a few red-tailed hawks including 3 krider's including an almost pure
white bird high overhead that shone in the sun. The bird that has been
around for 10 days is still around.

Not sure on the count but many colors and perhaps 75 or more swainson's
hawks.

Many northern harriers. I had 9 out on Hawkins camp road before going to
the tower and more were out there all during the day as well as going over
the tower including several gray ghosts.

A late osprey added to the list and a caracara on Hawkins camp was an early
bird.

Lots of swallows early were getting out of town with the cold. Most still
rough-wings with tree and a few barns.

A notable flock of water birds was a mix-up of sandhill cranes and
white-fronted geese migrating together. Very interesting discussion among
them as they went over the tower. More flocks of each and 2 snow geese in
one of the flocks.

Birds all day and hundreds in view at many times.

And adult and young white-tailed hawks added to the mix and an early
white-tailed kite was out Hawkins camp at sunrise.

Did add 2 eastern phoebes to my fall count and a few scissor-tails. But the
wind kept land birds down low.

Lots of people saw some really great birds. The forecast for tomorrow may
be good part of the day with a continuing north wind but it is supposed to
switch to southwest later which keeps birds away from the tower unless
there are good thermals. But a lot of today's birds will still be around at
least early in the day.

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Date: 10/28/17 12:47 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith point hawk watch
4th bald eagle, 3rd harris's hawk snd geese snd cranes.
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Date: 10/28/17 11:46 am
From: David Sarkozi <david...>
Subject: [texbirds] Big Year Blog Update, Part 1 of 3 for West Texas 489 Species
Bob Friedrichs and I made a swing through West Texas this past week.
We had a great trip logging 133 species in three days.

This first of three reports covers Guadalupe Mountains and Red Bluff
Reservoir and Sabine's Gull brings me to 489 species.

https://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2017/10/prospecting-for-gull-gold.html

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Date: 10/28/17 11:14 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith point hawk watch
3rd bald eagle,2nd harris's hawk, 600 vulture kettle plus almost pure white
kriders hawk of 3 kriders.
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Date: 10/28/17 11:05 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] October 20-22 Pelagic birds off Port Aransas
Texbirds,

Although belated on this forum, I had shared this post on the Texas
Pelagics Facebook page last Monday and meant to share it on Texbirds
earlier in the week. Needless to say, nothing mega and nothing stop-press
by Texas standards. IF I could have confirmed the species of large,
white-rumped storm-petrel -- by observing it for a slightly extended period
through bins as opposed to frantically trying to locate the thing between
waves with my camera's viewfinder -- then that would have been the sole
highlight. Chalk it up as a Band-rumped/Leach's Storm-Petrel (nonbreeding
LHSP may be more likely this late in the season but any storm-petrel is
RARE by Sep-Oct). The trip confirmed my beliefs that pelagics are at least
90% luck, 8-9% location and about 1-2% skill.


As implied above, the results from the 60-hour pelagic fishing safari
aboard the MV "La Pesca" were mixed. Overall, I'd say it was a major
disappointment due in part to the lack of pelagic birds but also the timing
of the cold front which hit us hard before we reached the continental shelf
edge (and the approximate location of the South Polar Skua on last
weekend's trip) on the return leg yesterday. I was stuck in the cabin for
3+ hours through some of the best waters, as 10-12 foot waves tossed us like
a toy boat. A 36-hour trip would have been ideal for this past weekend. I
have GPS coordinates for all pelagic observations. Those coordinates as
well as photos will be provided in eBird reports.


Highlights:

-- 3 subadult to adult Masked Boobies (no Brown offshore)
-- 1 immature Brown Booby at tip of Port Aransas south jetty (22 Oct)
-- 5-6 Audubon's Shearwaters in very deep water
-- 2 Cory's Shearwaters in shelf or shelf edge waters
-- 1 Leach's/Band-rumped Storm-Petrel in deep water
-- at least 1 Bridled Tern on flotsam
-- several Black Terns among a fair number of distant pelagic terns on the
way out on 20 Oct
-- at least 2 Common/ Arctic Terns
-- 22-23+ mostly juvenile Peregrine Falcons between Shell (Perdido) and
Exxon Mobil semi-submersible rigs
-- 1 Osprey (Exxon Mobil rig)
-- 1 Cattle Egret
-- 2 Barn Swallows
-- 1 Mourning Dove desperately seeking our protection from Peregrine
onslaught (no bird PEFA sized and smaller is safe out there)
-- 1 male Common Yellowthroat


Take home message: the 36-hour safari trip that Dolphin Docks, or any
comparable fishing charter, offers may be worth the cost. The 60-hour trip
spends TOO much time in unproductive, deep water well off of the
continental shelf and DOES NOT make the trip back to the shelf to bottom
fish between nights at the semi-submersible drilling rigs.


Good birding!

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Austin, TX


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Date: 10/28/17 9:34 am
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith point hawk watch
Golden and bald eagles young harriss hawk dark broad eing plus hordes of
ordinary stuff
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Date: 10/28/17 9:20 am
From: Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Golden & Bald Eagles @ Smith Point Hawk Watch.

A few mins ago, first Golden appeared (and currently perched somewhere on backside of west mitre).

Then Bald Eagle appeared.

Nina Sitra
@ SPHW

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Date: 10/28/17 6:10 am
From: Steve Gast <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender segast23 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Rice harvest at Katy Prairie
>>>>> Starting around noon today Friday, Oct 27, will be the harvesting of an 80 acre tract of rice on the Nelson Farms Preserve of the Katy Prairie Conservancy.. Harvesting will commence after sun dries dew sufficiently to allow finishing of this tract. It is possible that harvest could be delayed if sufficient drying does not occur.
>>>>>
>>>>> Access is south off of Sharp Road in westernmost Harris County. You will need to park in vicinity of barns approx. 1/2 mile south of Sharp Road. You must meet a KPC representative upon arrival (likely to be Bob Honig, Wes Newman or myself) and sign in on a liability release form, and follow his or her instructions. Park well away from any farm machinery activity areas. After parking you may need to walk 200-300 yards farther south from the parking area and farm buildings into the rice harvest area where you will find KPC representative and the viewing area.
>>>>>
>>>>> Do not block or restrict any farm roads when parking and when walking stay well away from any machinery. Please seek KPC representative immediately upon arrival.
>>>>>
>>>>> Two years ago several Yellow Rails, up to 50 Sora, and a couple of King Rails were seen in this area.
>>>>>
>>>>> Good birding!
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Houston, Texas

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Date: 10/27/17 2:10 pm
From: Petra Hockey <phockey...>
Subject: [texbirds] Guadalupe Mts. NP birding 22-25 Oct. 2017
Texbirders,

Came back last night from a fantastic 5 day (2 travel days w/birding stops) birding trip with my friend Tira to the Guadalupe Mts. NP. We camped in Pine Springs and found the bird activity in all visited locations to be excellent (Lake Balmorhea, Pine Springs area, Frijole Ranch w/Manzanita and Smith Springs, McKittrick Canyon up to Grotto and Hunter’s Cabin, HW 62 and road up to Dell City, HW 54 north of Van Horn).

Weather was perfect and in general the number of species normally found at higher elevations of the park was excellent at the visited locations. Steller’s Jays were everywhere in good numbers.

Highlights for the Frijole loop (with springs) were Lewis’s Woodpecker, multiple Cassin’s Finch sightings of perched and fly-over groups, Juniper Titmouse (3), Red Crossbill (1 perched at Manzanita Springs 3’ above the ground), Golden-crowned-Kinglet (2) and Brown Creeper (1) at Smith’s Springs (rare on park bird checklist), a Rock Squirrel with cheeks so stuffed it looked like a cobra and a nice herd of javelinas with little ones next to the moms. The parade of jays (Woodhouse and Steller’s) flying back and forth to the oak trees at the ranch house was truly impressive.

Our hike into McKittrick Canyon netted us a grand slam of western nuthatches although the Pymgy were heard only and only detected when they flew off a tall Ponderosa Pine up canyon. Best bird of the trip for me, unfortunately also heard only, was a Northern Pygmy-Owl calling for an extended period from across the canyon. We marked the location with a rock cairn. It is between the Pratt Cabin and the Grotto, 150 paces past the large decayed fallen log on the right side of the trail. The cairn location is right where 2 rows of large rocks, 3’ apart, serve to slow the running water when it rains. Bigtooth maple leafs have started turning blazing colors.

Birding HW 62 between the park boundary and the Dell City turnoff was rewarding with many big sparrow flocks. Sifting through the abundant White-crowned and Chippings we found several Clay-colored, Brewers and Grasshoppers as well as a few Green-tailed Towhees and Lark Buntings. A probable Sage Thrasher flew by. Scaled Quail were in big coveys. The sagebrush flats south of Dell City had many mixed sparrow flocks with numerous Sagebrush Sparrows. Several groups of Sandhill Cranes crossed the mountains, calling constantly.

On the way in, Lake Balmorhea was lively with lots of Western and Clark’s Grebes, many ducks, Common Tern (1), Herring Gull (1 juv.) and an adult California Gull in a flock of Ring-billeds. Virginia Rails were calling from the wetlands below the dam.
On the way home a Golden Eagle topped off the trip along HW 54 north of Van Horn.

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Port O’Connor, Calhoun Co.




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Date: 10/27/17 1:50 pm
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Red-breasted Nuthatch
Thanks to all! Certainly different than Purple Finch. I will be listening to the skies.
BTW - a quick internet search on Cassin's flight call yielded nothing, not even on Xeno-canto. Huh....

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

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On Oct 26, 2017, at 1:20 PM, Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...><mailto:<justin.bosler...>> wrote:

Clay,

It's a lot different. It's a clear, disyllabic whistle and sounds like "cheer-up." The tonal quality is sort of similar to that of the Crissal Thrasher call note that I hear all the time where I work.

Happy finching!

Justin Bosler
currently in Upton County, TX

On Oct 26, 2017 2:42 PM, "Clay Taylor" <Clay.Taylor...><mailto:<Clay.Taylor...>> wrote:
Hmmm.... good point about the finches, Rhandy. Is it different than the "tick, tick, tick" of a Purple Finch? I will have to check on that.
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On Oct 26, 2017, at 11:15 AM, Rhandy Helton <rjhelton...><mailto:<rjhelton...><mailto:<rjhelton...><mailto:<rjhelton...>>> wrote:

A single bird, calling and observed close, at the South Llano River State Park in Junction (Kimble County) this morning across the road from the 1st bird blind as you drive into the park. Pine Siskins are also present and seem to be increasing in number. Brisk cold front expected tomorrow, and with forecast freezing temps in Junction area, hopefully will push more stuff down. And, with recent reports of Cassin's Finch in west Texas mountains and exorbitant numbers in SE Arizona mountains(250 in the Chiricahua's) I've been listening on ipod to the flight call of that species.

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Junction, Texas


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Date: 10/27/17 12:19 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point hawk watch Tuesday Pictures
The great north wind had lots of hawks, vultures, geese and land birds
going by the tower. It was one of those days you could count a single dark
broad-winged hawk or wood stork once or many times as they went over the
tower on several occasions. A good mix of hawks including bald eagle,
merlin, and the regular broad-wings, swainson's, cooper's and sharp-shinned
with harriers added in the pm.
Got down to the area late due to a slow start and then spent a good deal of
time behind an escorted school bus for several miles with lots of stops.

A heavy land bird migration was occurring out toward Robbins Park with
flocks departing over the bay. Good flocks of meadowlarks, savannah
sparrows and yellow-rumped warblers were the main movers. Most were gone at
mid-morning. Cooper's hawks were enjoying the flight and one caught a
sparrow as I watched.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166466619

Scissor-tailed flycatchers spent the night in the area but most left later
in the day

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166466624

Many flocks of geese over the tower and park. 2 ross's geese early, one
flock of snow geese late and at least a couple of thousand white-fronted
geese all day. One flock had 200 and another 2-3 times that.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166466629

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166466632

A single wood stork went back and forth, often with turkey vultures

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166466637

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166466642

The resident Harris's hawk passed by off to the north. Still have not found
where he lives.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166466655

Northern harriers often pass by in twos or threes

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166466656

Turkey vultures will be one of the common migrants now until the end of the
count

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166466660

One of the hunting cooper's hawks along Hawkins Camp Road

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166466739

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166466737

Regular plumaged broad-winged hawks were in sight all day

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166466878

The single dark broad-winged hawk showed up mid day and was still around
late in the pm

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166466840

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166466841

On one pass, it grabbed for a dragonfly but I could not tell if it succeeded

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166466844

Lots of swainson's hawks all day with many variations of color and age

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166466665

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166466669

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166466672

The front passing right now should bring in could birds over the weekend
especially on Saturday as the wind may die or shift by Sunday. But maybe
cold. Tuesday they missed the temp by 15 degrees so one can hope for a warm
north wind. It is coming up on the peak period for golden eagles,
ferruginous hawk and other goodies. Sadly there is little sign of a goshawk
invasion again this year but one can only hope.

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Date: 10/27/17 8:09 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Rice harvest at Katy Prairie
Subject: Rice harvest at Katy Prairie
Starting around noon today Friday, Oct 27, will be the harvesting of an 80 acre tract of rice on the Nelson Farms Preserve of the Katy Prairie Conservancy.. Harvesting will commence after sun dries dew sufficiently to allow finishing of this tract. It is possible that harvest could be delayed if sufficient drying does not occur.
Access is south off of Sharp Road in westernmost Harris County. You will need to park in vicinity of barns approx. 1/2 mile south of Sharp Road. You must meet a KPC representative upon arrival (likely to be Bob Honig, Wes Newman or myself) and sign in on a liability release form, and follow his or her instructions. Park well away from any farm machinery activity areas. After parking you may need to walk 200-300 yards farther south from the parking area and farm buildings into the rice harvest area where you will find KPC representative and the viewing area.

Do not block or restrict any farm roads when parking and when walking stay well away from any machinery.. Please seek KPC representative immediately upon arrival.

Two years ago several Yellow Rails, up to 50 Sora, and a couple of King Rails were seen in this area.

Good birding!

Steve Gast
Houston, Texas


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Date: 10/27/17 5:08 am
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Birder Patrol Trip Tomorrow CANCELLED
Hello All,
The Birder Patrol trip scheduled for this Saturday, October 28th is being
cancelled due to forecast inclement weather.

We will re-schedule a visit to this wonderful birding site for a future
date.

Stay warm! The Birder Patrol



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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Date: 10/26/17 7:12 pm
From: <mitch...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Red-breasted Nuthatch

My take on the usual Cassin's Finch call is gid-dy-up.

Say it fast like you do to your horse. Giddyup!

Three syllables, somewhat musical, upbeat, unique.

Mitch Heindel
Utopia


On 2017-10-26 12:41, Clay Taylor wrote:
> Hmmm.... good point about the finches, Rhandy. Is it different than
> the "tick, tick, tick" of a Purple Finch? I will have to check on
> that.
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Date: 10/26/17 5:35 pm
From: Fred Collins <fcndc...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: Katy Prairie Conservancy Rice Harvest - rails?

>>
>> Starting around 4 pm until sunset today, Thursday, Oct 26th, will be the harvesting of an 80 acre tract of rice on the Nelson Farms Preserve of the Katy Prairie Conservancy. Harvesting will continue tomorrow (Friday) after sun dries dew sufficiently to allow finishing of this tract.
>>
>> Access is south off of Sharp Road in westernmost Harris County. You will need to park in vicinity of barns approx. 1/2 mile south of Sharp Road. You must meet a KPC representative upon arrival (likely to be Bob Honig, Wes Newman or myself) and sign in and follow his or her instructions. Park well away from any farm machinery activity areas. After parking you will likely need to walk 200-300 yards farther south from the parking area and farm buildings into the rice harvest area where you will find KPC representative and the viewing area.
>>
>> Do not block or restrict any farm roads when parking and when walking stay well away from any machinery. Please seek KPC representative immediately upon arrival.
>>
>> Two years ago several Yellow Rails, up to 50 Sora, and a couple of King Rails were seen in this area.
>>
>> Good birding!
>>
>> Steve Gast
>> Houston, Texas
>>
>>> On Oct 16, 2017, at 10:10 PM, Steve Gast <segast23...> wrote:
>>>
>>> Within the next three to seven days a tract of rice will be harvested on Katy Prairie Conservancy's Nelson Farms tract. There is a possibility for the public to view this event. If this becomes possible we will announce it on Texbirds.
>>>
>>> This tract has produced yellow, king and sora, but not black to my knowledge.
>>>
>>> We will have maybe a 24 to 48 hour notice from the rice farmer and access will depend on availability of KPC staff or trained volunteers to shepherd the access. Stay tuned.
>>>
>>> Steve Gast
>>> Houston TX
>>>
>>>> On Oct 16, 2017, at 7:54 PM, Fred Collins <fcndc...> wrote:
>>>>
>>>> I described the technique in the recent Texas Bird Annual. I also happened to check the fields at FM 529 and FM 359 today, I asked one of the farmers hands when he thought they would harvest and he thought about a month. The fields south of I10 are usually a week or two earlier.
>>>>
>>>> Fred Collins
>>>> At home on the prairie
>>>> Waller, Texas
>>>> Sent from my iPhone
>>>>
>>>>> On Oct 16, 2017, at 6:45 PM, Christian Walker <christian.walker...> wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>> Hey there,
>>>>> I am currently living/working in the Katy area, and was hoping to possibly see a Black Rail and other rails flushed by rice harvesting efforts.
>>>>> Do Black Rails even use rice fields as habitat?
>>>>> I understand the second harvest is underway. Does anyone have any recommendation for how to go about making this possibility become a reality? Correct me if I’m wrong, but I imagine the technique involves driving around looking for fields being harvested, posting up, and scoping for any flushed birds…
>>>>> Does anyone have any reliable locations where I might try to find rice being harvested and hopefully see a Black Rail?
>>>>>
>>>>> Let me know, thanks.
>>>>>
>>>>> Christian Walker
>>>>> Independent Adjuster
>>>>> Irving, Texas - currently Katy
>>>>> (512) 431-2495
>>>>>
>>>>>
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Date: 10/26/17 1:21 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Red-breasted Nuthatch
Clay,
It's a lot different. It's a clear, disyllabic whistle and sounds like
"cheer-up." The tonal quality is sort of similar to that of the Crissal
Thrasher call note that I hear all the time where I work.

Happy finching!

Justin Bosler
currently in Upton County, TX

On Oct 26, 2017 2:42 PM, "Clay Taylor" <Clay.Taylor...>
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> Hmmm.... good point about the finches, Rhandy. Is it different than the
> "tick, tick, tick" of a Purple Finch? I will have to check on that.
> Clay Taylor
> TOS Life Member
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> (Calallen) Corpus Christi, TX
>
> Sent from my iPhone
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> On Oct 26, 2017, at 11:15 AM, Rhandy Helton <rjhelton...><mailto:r
> <jhelton...>> wrote:
>
> A single bird, calling and observed close, at the South Llano River State
> Park in Junction (Kimble County) this morning across the road from the 1st
> bird blind as you drive into the park. Pine Siskins are also present and
> seem to be increasing in number. Brisk cold front expected tomorrow, and
> with forecast freezing temps in Junction area, hopefully will push more
> stuff down. And, with recent reports of Cassin's Finch in west Texas
> mountains and exorbitant numbers in SE Arizona mountains(250 in the
> Chiricahua's) I've been listening on ipod to the flight call of that
> species.
>
> Rhandy J. Helton
> Junction, Texas
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Date: 10/26/17 12:42 pm
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Red-breasted Nuthatch
Hmmm.... good point about the finches, Rhandy. Is it different than the "tick, tick, tick" of a Purple Finch? I will have to check on that.
Clay Taylor
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(Calallen) Corpus Christi, TX

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On Oct 26, 2017, at 11:15 AM, Rhandy Helton <rjhelton...><mailto:<rjhelton...>> wrote:

A single bird, calling and observed close, at the South Llano River State Park in Junction (Kimble County) this morning across the road from the 1st bird blind as you drive into the park. Pine Siskins are also present and seem to be increasing in number. Brisk cold front expected tomorrow, and with forecast freezing temps in Junction area, hopefully will push more stuff down. And, with recent reports of Cassin's Finch in west Texas mountains and exorbitant numbers in SE Arizona mountains(250 in the Chiricahua's) I've been listening on ipod to the flight call of that species.

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Junction, Texas


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Date: 10/26/17 11:15 am
From: Rhandy Helton <rjhelton...>
Subject: [texbirds] Red-breasted Nuthatch
A single bird, calling and observed close, at the South Llano River State Park in Junction (Kimble County) this morning across the road from the 1st bird blind as you drive into the park. Pine Siskins are also present and seem to be increasing in number. Brisk cold front expected tomorrow, and with forecast freezing temps in Junction area, hopefully will push more stuff down. And, with recent reports of Cassin's Finch in west Texas mountains and exorbitant numbers in SE Arizona mountains(250 in the Chiricahua's) I've been listening on ipod to the flight call of that species.

Rhandy J. Helton
Junction, Texas


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Date: 10/26/17 10:34 am
From: Bryce Hardway <brycehardway21...>
Subject: [texbirds] Zone-tailed Hawk, Texas Lutheran University, Seguin
Hey all!

I just had a Zone-tailed Hawk fly right over me on the way to class. It had the unmistakable yellow cere and the banded tail. Flew no higher than 25-30 feet over me. I even had a non birding buddy confirm that he saw the tail band too. I’d say that’s a pretty good reason to almost be late to class!

Good birding!

Bryce Hardway
Seguin, Texas

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Date: 10/25/17 8:13 am
From: Nina S <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender birds.nina for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Sparrows @ Smith Point Hawk Watch

Just got a Le Conte’s in the field near the east motte.

Also:
Swamp
Lincoln’s

Other:
Scissor-tailed flycatchers
E Phoebes
RC Kinglets

Very birdy today plus the hawk movement, as well as Greater White-fronted geese, a few Snow geese, some Sandhill cranes.

Fun!

Nina Sitra
@ Smith Point


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Date: 10/23/17 4:56 pm
From: Sheryl Travis <sheryltravis...>
Subject: [texbirds] Titus County - White Pelicans and Cormorants
I was out on a county road just outside of Mt. Pleasant this afternoon,
and saw at least 100 White Pelicans flying low overhead. Four of them
landed in a large pond, but the rest continued south. There were also
about 100 Cormorants perched in the trees around the same pond.
Sheryl Travis
(Park Host at Brazos Bend State Park-set to reopen Nov. 7)

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Date: 10/23/17 12:56 pm
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <FCollins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Kleb Halloween Bird Walk
Our annual Halloween bird walk is a little over a week away. It will be on Wednesday, November 1, from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM. If you have never participated before, here is how it works:
All of the birds we regularly see this time of year have been given a Halloween bird name (e.g. Blue Jays are "Boo Jays", Brown Thrashers are "Brown Slashers", etc). When someone sees a bird (or even talks about a bird), they must use the Halloween name. If they forget, they will draw from the Trick-or-Treat bag of jellybeans. Some jelly beans are yummy, regular flavors, while others are not so tasty. I would be happy to send you a PDF file of the special Halloween bird list if you want to study beforehand and we will have the lists available on the day of the walk. If you forget a bird's designated Halloween name, you are welcome to come up with your own on the spot to avoid the jellybeans!

Costumes are encouraged!

We hope to see you all on November 1!

P.S. I am always updating and improving this list, so all suggestions are welcome!


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Kleb Woods Nature Center
281-357-5324

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Date: 10/23/17 7:52 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Oops
In my post regarding Crosby County I made an error. I did NOT get all
three target species.

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Date: 10/23/17 7:51 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Crosby County Highlights from Sunday - All Three Bluebirds
Greetings All:
I spent most of Sunday in Crosby County. I had three target species in
mind - Western Bluebird, Townsend's Solitaire, Sage Thrasher - as these
seemed reasonable additions to my 2017 list for the county. I did get all
three target species but I did get three additional species for the county
during the day (in *bold* in the list).

Also of note: persistence of large numbers of lingering shorebirds, a few
late songbird migrants, and bluebirds!

Highlights included 6 Blue-winged Teals at the CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 4
Blue-winged Teals at the CR 179 x FM 40 Playa, 10 Blue-winged Teals south
of Crosbyton, 2 Cinnamon Teals at the CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 2 Canvasbacks
west of Cone, 8 Redheads at the CR 179 x FM 40 Playa, 2 female Ring-necked
Pheasants just east of Estacado, 62 American Avocets at the CR 173 x FM 40
Playa, 5 American Avocets at the CR 179 x FM 40 Playa, 4 Long-billed
Curlews at the CR 183 x FM 40 Playa, 28 Least Sandpipers at the CR 179 x FM
40 Playa, 86 Long-billed Dowitchers at the CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 11
Wilson's Snipes at the CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 2 Wilson's Snipes south of
Crosbyton, 2 Spotted Sandpipers at the CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 1 Spotted
Sandpiper west of Cone, 45 Lesser Yellowlegs at the CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 4
Lesser Yellowlegs at the CR 179 x FM 40 Playa, 16 Lesser Yellowlegs at
Crosbyton City Park, 3 Lesser Yellowlegs south of Ralls, 24 Greater
Yellowlegs at the CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 2 Greater Yellowlegs at the CR 179
x FM 40 Playa, 27 Greater Yellowlegs at Crosbyton City Park, 2 Greater
Yellowlegs south of Ralls, 5 Wilson's Phalaropes at the CR 173 x FM 40
Playa, 1 Wilson's Phalarope west of Cone, *2 Franklin's Gulls* at the CR
173 x FM 40 Playa, 2 White-faced Ibises south of Crosbyton, 1 Swainson's
Hawk southeast of Mt. Blanco, *1 male Red-naped Sapsucker* south of Cap
Rock, 1 Downy Woodpecker at Silver Falls Rest Area, 1 Merlin west of Cone,
1 Prairie Falcon southeast of Mt. Blanco, 1 Say's Phoebe at the Crosbyton
Cemetery, 1 Eastern Phoebe at the Camp Rio Blanco crossing, 2 Eastern
Phoebes at Silver Falls Rest Area, 1 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at the Camp
Rio Blanco crossing, 1 Scissor-tailed Flycatcherr at the CR 173 x FM 40
Playa, 1 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher south of Cap Rock, 11 Scissor-tailed
Flycatchers south of Crosbyton, 1 *singing* Blue-headed Vireo at Silver
Falls Rest Area, 1 Woodhouse's Scrub Jay south of Cap Rock, 1 Common Raven
at the CR 173 x FM 40 Playa, 2 Common Ravens at Silver Falls Rest Area, 2
Common Ravens south of Cap Rock, 1 Brown Creeper at Camp Rio Blanco
crossing, 2 Rock Wrens at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing, 2 Canyon Wrens at
Silver Falls Rest Area, 1 House Wren at the FM 193 x FM 651 crossing, 1
House Wren at Silver Falls Rest Area, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at the Camp
Rio Blanco crossing, 2 Eastern Bluebirds at the Camp Rio Blanco crossing, *2
Western Bluebirds* just east of Cone, 8 Mountain Bluebirds south of Cap
Rock, 1 Hermit Thrush at the Camp Rio Blanco crossing, 3 Pine Siskins at
the CR 183 x FM 40 Playa, 2 American Goldfinches in Cone, 2 American
Goldfinches west of Cone, 6 Chipping Sparrows just east of Estacado, 6
Chipping Sparrows southeast of Mt. Blanco, 2 Clay-colored Sparrows just
east of Estacado, 2 Field Sparrows, just east of Estacado, 1 Orange-crowned
Warbler at the Camp Rio Blanco crossing, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler at the FM
193 x FM 651 crossing, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler just east of Estacado, 1
Orange-crowned Warbler south of Caprock, a stunning male Nashville Warbler
south of Crosbyton, and 1 female Wilson's Warbler southeast of Mt. Blanco.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 10/23/17 7:27 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Lynn County Highlights - Saturday - Bluebirds Galore
Greetings All:
I spent most of Saturday chasing birds across Lynn County, still working to
get the percentage photographed up on my annual game. With continuing mild
weather and some playas still holding water, the day ended up being a
combination of shorebirds in unusually good numbers for so late in the
season and, by my region's standards, lots of bluebirds.

Highlights included 2 Blue-winged Teals at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 14
Blue-winged Teals at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 5 Blue-winged Teals at
Skeen Playa, 2 Cinnamon Teals at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 2 Cinnamon
Teals at Skeen Playa, 12 Canvasbacks at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 4
Redheads at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 21 Redheads at the FM 1054 x FM 1313
Playa, 4 Redheads at Skeen Playa, 18 Ring-necked Ducks at the FM 1054 x FM
1313 Playa, 2 Lesser Scaups at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 2 Eared Grebes
at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 10 Eared Grebes at the FM 1054 x FM 1313
Playa, 4 Eared Grebes at Skeen Playa, 1 Virginia Rail at the CR EE
Wetlands, 2 American Avocets at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 60 'peeps' at
Skeen Playa, 2 Least Sandpipers at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 110 Least
Sandpipers at Skeen Playa, 12 Western Sandpipers at Skeen Playa, 6
Long-billed Dowitchers at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 12 Long-billed
Dowitchers at O'Donnell Playa, 4 Wilson's Snipes in Grassland, 5 Wilson's
Snipes at O'Donnell Playa, 2 Lesser Yellowlegs at O'Donnell Playa, 22
Lesser Yellowlegs at Skeen Playa, 2 Greater Yellowlegs at the FM 1054 x FM
1313 Playa, 11 Greater Yellowlegs at O'Donnell Playa, 25 Greater Yellowlegs
at Skeen Playa, 3 Franklin's Gulls at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 7
White-faced Ibises at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 5 White-faced Ibises at
Skeen Playa, 1 Merlin in Grassland, 1 Peregrine Falcon at Skeen Playa, 1
Say's Phoebe in Grassland, 1 Eastern Phoebe at the FM 3332 x Sam Road
Playa, 1 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 2
Scissor-tailed Flycatchers in West Point, 5 Barn Swallows at the CR 28 x FM
1054 Playa, 30 Barn Swallows at the FM 1054 x FM 1313 Playa, 12 Barn
Swallows in Grassland, 4 Barn Swallows in Tahoka, 1 Red-breasted Nuthatch
in West Point, 1 House Wren at the Tahoka Cemetery Complex, *2 Western
Bluebirds* in Grassland, *5 Western Bluebirds* at the Tahoka Cemetery
Complex, *2 Western Bluebird*s in West Point, 3 Mountain Bluebirds in
Grassland, 2 Mountain Bluebirds at the Tahoka Cemetery Complex, 3 Mountain
Bluebirds in West Point, 1 Hermit Thrush at the CR 28 x FM 1054 Playa, 1
Hermit Thrush at the FM 29556 Playa, 18 Pine Siskins in Grassland, 8 Pine
Siskins at the Tahoka Cemetery Complex, 1 Lesser Goldfinch at the Tahoka
Cemetery Complex, 1 Lesser Goldfinch in West Point, 4 American Goldfinches
in Grassland, 2 American Goldfinches at the Tahoka Cemetery Complex, 2
Chipping Sparrows in Tahoka, 4 Dark-eyed Juncos in West Point, 1
Orange-crowned Warbler at the Tahoka Cemetery Complex, 1 Common
Yellowthroat at the CR EE Wetlands, and 1 Wilson's Warbler at the FM 2956
Playa.

We are seeing a larger than average movement of Red-breasted Nuthatches for
this early in the season and a much larger than average movement of Western
Bluebirds into the region. The latter movement is often coincident with a
strong movement of Townsend's Solitaire and Sage Thrasher ... though there
is little sign of that as yet.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Date: 10/22/17 1:28 pm
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36...>
Subject: [texbirds] Smith Point Hawk Watch yesterday.
Not many hawks and not many other birds.
The winds were sort of east when I arrived but got stronger and more
southerly as the day went on. That blows the birds away from the tower. We
did have a few accipiters and a broad-wing that came close and I had my
first full male northern harrier for the day.

A spurt over a couple of minutes had more than a third of the birds as a
little kettle went off to the west well out there. A couple of peregrines
were nice.

It really rained a lot on Friday and the ditches were full. Took a side
trip through metropolitan Smith Point and had 10 still damp peacocks.
Several broad-winged hawks were in town, probably arriving on Thursday, and
were eating small frogs or 3 bite meals from the edge of flooded ditches.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166439680

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166439679

They lifted off after a bit and were seen from the tower. My friend the
American kestrel was traplining along the highway next to Hawkins camp road
on one trip. He and I have agreed that if I can take a few pictures I will
then leave and he will not flee like most kestrels

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166439665

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166439662

A neatly patterned red-tailed hawk actually migrated west along the whole
length of Hawkins camp road from by the sewage plant to the old spoonbill
site

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166439661

this broad-wing was the only bird I got a picture of from the tower

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166439660

The water was over the pavement again down near the park and deep on the
dirt road.

Went and checked in mid pm and a lark sparrow flushed from the road close
to the tower and perched on the fence. They are there every year about this
time but have not nested for several years. Heard Lincoln's and swamp
sparrow and sedge wrens away from the tower.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166439652

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166439651

Swallow numbers were way down too and most did not appear to be going
anywhere but gathered for the good mosquito and ephemera bugs and perched
and preened on the wires. A number of tree and a few barn swallows were
also around

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166439658

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166439659

Going along with scarcity of common hawk watch birds, I had 2 scissor-tails
and 5 eastern phoebes in the area and 3 gnatcatchers but did hear a
Virginia rail. Frigatebirds still around (3).

There is a good crop of yaupon and related plants in the area and they are
guarded by mockingbirds. The back stretch of candy abshier along plummer
camp road in town has a great hedge and can have good strange birds. Watch
for mockers fighting with interlopers.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166439655

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/166439653

The front has cleared Houston and now it is clear in Smith Point. The
forecast for north winds for several days should have a good push of hawks.
And it is getting to be eagle time and ferruginous hawk time too. Note that
a birders posted pictures of a zone-tailed hawk that was at the San Jacinto
Monument on Monday which with a really good telescope could almost be seen
from the tower. And for turkey vulture fans, there are lots of them waiting
to move further east and north of smith point. Watch for wing tags on the
vultures from places like hawk mountain and Saskatchewan. Try to read the
number too.

--
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Date: 10/21/17 7:04 am
From: Susan Strasevicz <susanstrasevicz...>
Subject: [texbirds] Clyde Calliope Hummingbird
Hello Texbirders,
I have seen Clyde the Calliope reported in Comal County for several years
and it appears it is at a private residence. Does anyone know if it is
possible for others to see it? I'm not sure how to contact the owner or if
it is even possible. It would be a life bird and one I have tried many
times to see!

Thanks for any help you can give.

Best,
Susan Strasevicz
South Padre Island

--

*Susan Strasevicz,*Broker, CRS, ABR, GRI

*Cell: 956-457-1890*


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Date: 10/21/17 4:57 am
From: Mary Beth Stowe <mbstowe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Birder Patrol Trip, Saturday Oct. 28
Hi, all!


On Saturday, October 28th, the Birder Patrol will be making a return visit
to a private residence at the Progresso Lakes in Hidalgo County. (During
Hawk migration, the owner counted in excess of 30,000 Turkey Vultures and
18,000 Broad-winged Hawks from his property.)

There will be two meeting sites for carpooling: the Stripes gas station
located at the corner of FM 1015 and Military Highway (Hwy 281) south of
Weslaco will be the final gathering site at 7:45 AM. Folks closer to
Harlingen can meet at the AT&T parking lot at the corner of Bass Pro Drive
and West Harrison, and plan to leave that site to meet the other group NLT
7:15. There are some chairs at the residence, but bringing your own may be
helpful.



The fee of $5.00 supports the Arroyo Colorado Audubon educational programs.
Hope to see you on the 28th.



Mary Beth Stowe

Alamo, TX

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





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Date: 10/20/17 6:18 am
From: marlin andrus <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender marconandrus for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Red-breasted Nuthatch
A first for us in Swisher County. Link below for photo.
Marlin and Connie Andrus.
Kress, Texas 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S39992511

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