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1/23/20 10:45 am JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...> [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird Walk Thurs. 1/23/2020
1/23/20 2:12 am Holly Platz <hollylplatz...> [texbirds] For sale: camera lens and cameras
1/22/20 1:53 pm Boyd Sanders <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender Boyd.Sanders for DMARC) [texbirds] Tyler SP 1-22-2020 Iceland Gull
1/22/20 10:52 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] Santa Ana morning bird walk, January 22, 2020
1/22/20 10:26 am <bertf...> [texbirds] Re: Mountain Plover in Burleson County, Say's Phoebe in Brazos County
1/22/20 10:22 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Re: Mountain Plover in Burleson County, Say's Phoebe in Brazos County
1/22/20 10:04 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: Mountain Plover in Burleson County, Say's Phoebe in Brazos County
1/22/20 9:57 am Ross Silcock <silcock...> [texbirds] Access etc
1/22/20 8:56 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Mountain Plover in Burleson County, Say's Phoebe in Brazos County
1/21/20 6:26 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 1-21-20 Audubon’s Oriole @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
1/21/20 5:45 pm Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...> [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR 01-21-20
1/21/20 5:13 pm Bryan Stone <brston73...> [texbirds] Re: texbirds Digest V9 #18
1/21/20 1:07 pm Becky Reyes <breyes...> [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
1/21/20 11:38 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] Santa Ana morning bird walk, January 21, 2020
1/20/20 8:37 pm pjsellin <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender pjsellin for DMARC) [texbirds] RNGR--negative
1/20/20 11:54 am Walker Christian <christian.icapadjuster...> [texbirds] NC TX birding - Glaucous Gull, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Rusty Blackbird
1/20/20 11:46 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] Santa Ana morning bird walk, January 20, 2020
1/20/20 11:40 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Fwd: Red-necked Grebe, Hubbard Creek Lake (Stephens Co.)
1/19/20 5:59 pm sdyost <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender sdyost for DMARC) [texbirds] Banded kestrals program
1/19/20 3:08 pm Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] say's Phoebe
1/18/20 11:04 am JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...> [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird Walk 1/18/2020
1/18/20 7:33 am Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...> [texbirds] 1-18-20 Sunday sun @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
1/17/20 1:16 pm Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC) [texbirds] Hilltop Gardens & Vicinity Birds
1/17/20 11:33 am JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...> [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird Walk 1/17/2020
1/17/20 7:14 am Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC) [texbirds] Mew Gull found at 8:30
1/16/20 3:40 pm Lamont Brown <lamont...> [texbirds] Glaucous Gull Denton Co
1/16/20 12:56 pm <Denniscooke...> <denniscooke...> [texbirds] Mew gull continues Port Aransas 2 PM today
1/16/20 11:03 am JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...> [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR birdwalk 1/16/2020
1/16/20 8:15 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Austin Area Rare Bird Alert for 1/15/2020
1/16/20 6:41 am Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...> [texbirds] Re: Hawk ID
1/15/20 7:55 pm Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC) [texbirds] Harris County Birders Select Best Local Birds (FYI only)
1/15/20 5:18 pm Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics
1/15/20 4:24 pm Susan Schaezler <susan...> [texbirds] 1-15-20 Whip-poor-will @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
1/15/20 4:21 pm C M Prince <GoldwingerTX...> [texbirds] Hawk ID
1/15/20 11:30 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge morning bird walk, January 15, 2020
1/15/20 11:15 am Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...> [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics
1/15/20 11:10 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] Re: FOS PUMA
1/15/20 10:50 am Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...> [texbirds] FOS PUMA
1/15/20 10:44 am Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...> [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics
1/15/20 10:23 am Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <Fred.Collins...> [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics
1/15/20 10:13 am Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...> [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics
1/15/20 10:02 am Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...> [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics
1/15/20 9:48 am Troy Hibbitts <alterna2627...> [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics
1/15/20 8:02 am Troy Hibbitts <alterna2627...> [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics
1/15/20 7:47 am Troy Hibbitts <alterna2627...> [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics
1/15/20 7:01 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Red-necked Grebe, Hubbard Creek Lake (Stephens Co.)
1/15/20 7:01 am Jack Chiles <dmarc-noreply-outsider...> (Redacted sender chilesjack for DMARC) [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR, 01-14-20
1/15/20 6:43 am Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Austin Burrowing Owl and eBird
1/14/20 11:52 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird Walk, January 14, 2020
1/14/20 6:17 am Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...> [texbirds] TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics
1/13/20 1:05 pm Judy Kestner <jkestner...> [texbirds] Need an address
1/13/20 11:53 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] Santa Ana morning bird walk, January 13, 2020
1/11/20 11:24 am JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...> [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR bird walk 1/11/2020
1/10/20 11:39 am JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...> [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR bird walk 1/10/2020
1/9/20 2:39 pm Kay Zagst <kay.zagst...> [texbirds] Kirby Lake, Jay Packer and a Taylor County Big Year
1/9/20 2:32 pm Petra Hockey <phockey...> [texbirds] Anna's Hummingbird in Port O'Connor, Calhoun Co.
1/9/20 12:03 pm Shelly Plante <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender Shelly.Plante for DMARC) [texbirds] 2020 Birding Classic registration now open!
1/9/20 11:43 am Joe <joehearn...> [texbirds] Sun Rise crossing of Sandhill Crain from mainland to Galveston
1/9/20 10:53 am JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...> [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR Bird walk Jan 9, 2020
1/8/20 11:03 pm Jamie <j.c.fairchild...> [texbirds] Re: Crocheted rescue nests
1/8/20 7:28 pm John Blackwell <john.a.blackwell51...> [texbirds] Crocheted Rescue Nests
1/8/20 11:40 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird walk, January 8, 2020
1/7/20 4:46 pm Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: National Butterfly Center Birds
1/7/20 4:39 pm Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC) [texbirds] National Butterfly Center Birds
1/7/20 4:28 pm Jack Chiles <dmarc-noreply-outsider...> (Redacted sender chilesjack for DMARC) [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR, 01-07-20
1/7/20 12:32 pm Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird Walk, January 7, 2020
1/7/20 10:39 am Becky Reyes <breyes...> [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
1/7/20 7:08 am James Hinson <jmhinson...> [texbirds] Katy Prairie Prairie Warbler
1/6/20 4:45 pm Dell Little <dellel1119...> [texbirds] Texas Century Club: Greg Cooks takes down all 254.
1/6/20 11:10 am Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird Walk, January 6, 2020
1/5/20 6:39 pm Petra Hockey <phockey...> [texbirds] Matagorda County Birding Nature Center, Bay City
1/5/20 1:30 pm Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <klebwoods...> [texbirds] Gull ID Program
1/4/20 11:54 am JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...> [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR bird walk 1/4/2020
1/3/20 7:10 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Burrowing Owl, Austin (Travis Co.)
1/3/20 12:38 pm Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] Removing a name
1/3/20 11:58 am Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] Snowy Owl pellets
1/3/20 10:31 am JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...> [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird Walk 1/3/2020
1/3/20 8:14 am Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC) [texbirds] Reminder: Houston Area Birders Celebrating 2019 Local Birding: Choose the Best Bird! SAT JAN 11 3PM Edith L Moore Nature Sanctuary
1/2/20 6:44 pm Richard H <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender richardhermosillo4 for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: RFI Texas Counties
1/2/20 2:14 pm Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <Fred.Collins...> [texbirds] Cypress Creek preliminary results
1/2/20 1:08 pm Dell Little <dellel1119...> [texbirds] Re: RFI Texas Counties
1/2/20 9:53 am Jack Chiles <dmarc-noreply-outsider...> (Redacted sender chilesjack for DMARC) [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR
1/2/20 6:31 am Dell Little <dellel1119...> [texbirds] RFI Texas Counties
1/1/20 5:13 pm Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird Walk, January 1, 2020
1/1/20 8:58 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] 2019 Photographic Game - December Report
1/1/20 8:23 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] 2019 eBird Game - December Report - of Interest to TCC/eBird Folk
12/31/19 12:08 pm Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird Walk, December 31, 2019
12/31/19 11:10 am Becky Reyes <breyes...> [texbirds] Edinburg World Birdng Center
12/30/19 2:11 pm JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...> [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR 12/30/2019
12/30/19 9:27 am Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...> [texbirds] White River Lake CBC highlights
12/29/19 12:51 pm Judy Kestner <jkestner...> [texbirds] RFI
12/28/19 5:34 pm justin.bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] Re: ID- Please
12/28/19 5:02 pm C M Prince <GoldwingerTX...> [texbirds] ID- Please
12/28/19 10:58 am JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...> [texbirds] Bird Walk Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge Dec 28, 2019
12/27/19 3:14 pm JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...> [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR bird walk 12/27/2019
12/26/19 6:26 pm Ron Huebner <feralbirder...> [texbirds] Re: NO Eurasian Wigeon, Balmorhea (Reeves Co.)
12/26/19 5:33 pm Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> [texbirds] NO Eurasian Wigeon, Balmorhea (Reeves Co.)
12/26/19 2:19 pm James Hailey <irasciblej...> [texbirds] HESP
12/26/19 10:47 am JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...> [texbirds] Bird Walk Dec 26, 2019
12/25/19 3:31 pm Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC) [texbirds] Christmas BackYard Bird Observations
12/25/19 9:54 am LMarkoff <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender canyoneagle for DMARC) [texbirds] Re: Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR 12-24-19
12/25/19 7:13 am Jack Chiles <dmarc-noreply-outsider...> (Redacted sender chilesjack for DMARC) [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR 12-24-19
12/24/19 5:39 pm Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...> [texbirds] A contact
12/24/19 2:13 pm Rick Laughlin <richard.laughlin...> [texbirds] Aransas NWR CBC
12/24/19 2:07 pm Sue Ewan <ewans...> [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird Walk, December 24, 2019
12/24/19 7:50 am Susan Heath <sheath...> [texbirds] banded Loggerhead Shrikes
 
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Date: 1/23/20 10:45 am
From: JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird Walk Thurs. 1/23/2020
Turned out to be a beautiful day on the refuge. Enjoyed watching warblers wake up as sun broke through fog. Come join us daily at 8:30am except sundays.

JoAnn & Max USFWS Volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Alamo US-TX
Jan 23, 2020 8:36 AM
54 species (+1 other taxa)

Blue-winged Teal 6
Cinnamon Teal 2
Northern Shoveler 8
Gadwall 10
Mottled Duck 2
Northern Pintail 4
Lesser Scaup 1
Bufflehead 2
Plain Chachalaca 4
Least Grebe 4
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Inca Dove 1
White-tipped Dove 1
American Coot 10
Black-necked Stilt 6
Killdeer 2
Long-billed Dowitcher 2
Wilson's Snipe 4
Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs 4
Neotropic Cormorant 3
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 3
White Ibis 6
White-faced Ibis 6
Turkey Vulture 2
Northern Harrier 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk 1
Harris's Hawk 2
Gray Hawk 1
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Eastern Phoebe 4
Vermilion Flycatcher 4
Great Kiskadee 8
White-eyed Vireo 2
Loggerhead Shrike 1
Green Jay 6
Black-crested Titmouse 2
Verdin 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
House Wren 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
House Sparrow 2
Olive Sparrow 1
Altamira Oriole 2
Red-winged Blackbird 10
Great-tailed Grackle 10
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 2


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Date: 1/23/20 2:12 am
From: Holly Platz <hollylplatz...>
Subject: [texbirds] For sale: camera lens and cameras
Hi TexBirders,

I was surprised with a new camera setup over the holidays, and have decided to part with a few things I no longer use. I have attached links with better descriptions than I can provide.
Sigma 100-400 for canon EF can also work on Sony E with an adapter. $525
Includes Tripod mount and UV filter that have been on it since new.
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/used/1321312/sigma_100_400mm_f_5_6_3_dg_os.html

Sigma MC-11 adapter EF to E, $125
Allows lens to work as native lens on sony.

Sony HX400v Camera $225
Great little camera with 50X zoom. Includes 2 batteries and charger.
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1029524-REG/sony_dsc_hx400_b_dsc_hx400_digital_camera.html

Fujifilm HX20 EXR $100
Good starter camera with 30x zoom
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/749739-REG/Fujifilm_16113421_Finepix_HS20EXR_Digital_Camera.html

Please reply off-line if interested, either via email or text/call: 210-709-2607.

Thank you for looking, and thank you David for letting me post this.

Good birding,

Holly Platz
San Antonio


 

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Date: 1/22/20 1:53 pm
From: Boyd Sanders <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender Boyd.Sanders for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Tyler SP 1-22-2020 Iceland Gull
Howdy All!

Had a bit of a shocker this morning during a brief let up in the rain. A light-colored adult Iceland Gull mixed in a flock of four Ring-billed Gulls. They were flying at tree-top level on the eastside of the state park lake and over the beaver pond where they made a slow circle and then continued to the northeast. The Iceland Gull was noticeably larger than the ring-bills, but lacked the large features of a Glaucous or Herring Gull. The upper-wing was a very pale gray with all white wingtips. No trace of black or gray in the tips. The underwing was all-white. It had a clear white nape with only a little streaking behind the eye giving the appearance of a light-gray spot. The bill was yellow and didn't appear heavy like a Glaucous or a Herring Gull.

The rest of the trip around the park yielded lots of small birds feeding in the roadway. Lots of Juncos, Chipping Sparrows and Pine Warblers. Song, Lincoln's, and Swamp Sparrows a very cooperative near the beaver pond.

And then the rain started to get heavy again.


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


 

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Date: 1/22/20 10:52 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana morning bird walk, January 22, 2020
Good morning, Texbirders,
Lots of folk spent the morning on the tower watching for the Hook-billed Kite. Willow Lakes revealed some interesting species.
Come join the fun! Bird walks are conducted daily (except Sunday) beginning at 8:30am.
John and Sue Ewan, USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, TX


CHECKLIST S63667844
Wed 22 Jan 2020 8:16 AM
Santa Ana NWR--Willow Lakes Hidalgo County, Texas, United States
John and Sue Ewan
Traveling Complete 3 hr, 26 min 2.35 mi
Submitted from eBird Android, version 2.0.6
50 Species observed
8 Blue-winged Teal
11 Northern Shoveler
4 Gadwall
2 Mexican Duck
21 Northern Pintail
20 Green-winged Teal
2 Plain Chachalaca
17 Least Grebe
2 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
2 Inca Dove
3 White-tipped Dove
1 White-winged Dove
1 Sora
1 Common Gallinule
5 American Coot
19 Black-necked Stilt
40 Long-billed Dowitcher
10 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Lesser Yellowlegs
21 White Ibis
22 White-faced Ibis
7 Turkey Vulture
1 White-tailed Kite
1 Northern Harrier
Male
3 Harris's Hawk
2 White-tailed Hawk
1 Gray Hawk
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
2 Ringed Kingfisher
6 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
1 American Kestrel
1 Peregrine Falcon
13 Great Kiskadee
1 Tropical Kingbird
4 Green Jay
3 Black-crested Titmouse
2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
5 Tree Swallow
3 Cave Swallow
3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 Carolina Wren
2 Long-billed Thrasher
1 Hooded Oriole
Two white wing bars smaller than the other Oriole at feeders
2 Altamira Oriole
135 Red-winged Blackbird
2 Orange-crowned Warbler
1 Northern Cardinal


 

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Date: 1/22/20 10:26 am
From: <bertf...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Mountain Plover in Burleson County, Say's Phoebe in Brazos County
Brush, et al.,

At the TOS meeting I said the Mountain Plover was a new county record for Burleson. After I got home I checked my database. I was wrong, it is the second record. The first record for Burleson was 27 Dec 2011, photographed and deposited as TPRF#3061. There are two other records for the Central Brazos Valley, one of which I mentioned at the meeting. That was in Lee County 14 Dec 2000. There is also one record for Washington County, 31 Mar 2001.

Justin is correct on which counties are included in the Central Brazos Valley. We sometimes include Waller County, or at least the northwestern portion of the county. There are four Waller records, but I think they were more in the coastal prairies portion of the county.

Bert Frenz

Oaks & Prairies of Texas

eBird reviewer, Central Prairie of Texas

eBird reviewer, Belize

NAB subregional editor, Central Oaks & Prairies of Texas

<mailto:<Bert2...> <Bert2...>

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







From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Brush Freeman
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 12:02 PM
To: <justin.bosler...>
Cc: <brston73...>; <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Mountain Plover in Burleson County, Say's Phoebe in Brazos County



Interesting that is a first for Burleson given the numbers found over the years in Bastrop , Travis, Williamson etc. What are the 10 counties in that checklist? I am familiar with the TPWD " Oaks and Prairies and Osage Plains of Texas" (I wrote it :-)



On Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 10:55 AM Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> wrote:

Hi Byron and Texbirds,



I would assume Dr. Arnold already replied to your message. The Say's Phoebe was in southern Brazos County, on private land.



Also, quite incredibly, a Mountain Plover has been present at the Horizon Turf Farm in Burleson County since 17 January. It is the first record for the county and only the 2nd for the Oaks and Prairies, 10-county checklist area. Great bird!



Best birding,

Justin Bosler

Austin, Texas



On Tue, Jan 21, 2020 at 7:13 PM Bryan Stone <brston73...> wrote:

Say's Phoebe - which county? There have been several in McLennan County, including photos by me.

Bryan Stone

-----Original Message-----
From: FreeLists Mailing List Manager <ecartis...>
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2020 12:06 AM
To: texbirds digest users <ecartis...>
Subject: texbirds Digest V9 #18

texbirds Digest Sun, 19 Jan 2020 Volume: 09 Issue: 018

In This Issue:
[texbirds] say's Phoebe
[texbirds] Banded kestrals program

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From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2020 17:07:26 -0600
Subject: [texbirds] say's Phoebe

Great excitement with the discovery of a Say's Phoebe on the Moore f arm last Friday on a TOS field trip. We thought it to be the first documented record for the county. Today, will perusing my downloads, I found a single image of a Say's Phoebe taken at Allen Farm in 29 December 2011 by Brian Tarbox.
Keith Arnold


------------------------------

End of texbirds Digest V9 #18
*****************************






--



Brush Freeman

Utley & Cedar Park, Texas





 

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Date: 1/22/20 10:22 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Mountain Plover in Burleson County, Say's Phoebe in Brazos County
Hi Brush,

I believe they are Brazos, Burleson, Falls, Grimes, McLennan, Milam, Lee,
Leon, Robertson, and Washington. But Bert also includes Bastrop and Fayette
in his bird records project.

Justin Bosler
Austin, Texas

On Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 12:03 PM Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
wrote:

> Interesting that is a first for Burleson given the numbers found over the
> years in Bastrop , Travis, Williamson etc. What are the 10 counties in
> that checklist? I am familiar with the TPWD " Oaks and Prairies and Osage
> Plains of Texas" (I wrote it :-)
>
> On Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 10:55 AM Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
> wrote:
>
>> Hi Byron and Texbirds,
>>
>> I would assume Dr. Arnold already replied to your message. The Say's
>> Phoebe was in southern Brazos County, on private land.
>>
>> Also, quite incredibly, a Mountain Plover has been present at the Horizon
>> Turf Farm in Burleson County since 17 January. It is the first record for
>> the county and only the 2nd for the Oaks and Prairies, 10-county checklist
>> area. Great bird!
>>
>> Best birding,
>> Justin Bosler
>> Austin, Texas
>>
>> On Tue, Jan 21, 2020 at 7:13 PM Bryan Stone <brston73...> wrote:
>>
>>> Say's Phoebe - which county? There have been several in McLennan
>>> County, including photos by me.
>>>
>>> Bryan Stone
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: FreeLists Mailing List Manager <ecartis...>
>>> Sent: Monday, January 20, 2020 12:06 AM
>>> To: texbirds digest users <ecartis...>
>>> Subject: texbirds Digest V9 #18
>>>
>>> texbirds Digest Sun, 19 Jan 2020 Volume: 09 Issue: 018
>>>
>>> In This Issue:
>>> [texbirds] say's Phoebe
>>> [texbirds] Banded kestrals program
>>>
>>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>>>
>>> From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
>>> Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2020 17:07:26 -0600
>>> Subject: [texbirds] say's Phoebe
>>>
>>> Great excitement with the discovery of a Say's Phoebe on the Moore f arm
>>> last Friday on a TOS field trip. We thought it to be the first documented
>>> record for the county. Today, will perusing my downloads, I found a single
>>> image of a Say's Phoebe taken at Allen Farm in 29 December 2011 by Brian
>>> Tarbox.
>>> Keith Arnold
>>>
>>>
>>> ------------------------------
>>>
>>> End of texbirds Digest V9 #18
>>> *****************************
>>>
>>>
>
> --
>
> Brush Freeman
> <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
>
>
>
>

 

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Date: 1/22/20 10:04 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Mountain Plover in Burleson County, Say's Phoebe in Brazos County
Interesting that is a first for Burleson given the numbers found over the
years in Bastrop , Travis, Williamson etc. What are the 10 counties in
that checklist? I am familiar with the TPWD " Oaks and Prairies and Osage
Plains of Texas" (I wrote it :-)

On Wed, Jan 22, 2020 at 10:55 AM Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
wrote:

> Hi Byron and Texbirds,
>
> I would assume Dr. Arnold already replied to your message. The Say's
> Phoebe was in southern Brazos County, on private land.
>
> Also, quite incredibly, a Mountain Plover has been present at the Horizon
> Turf Farm in Burleson County since 17 January. It is the first record for
> the county and only the 2nd for the Oaks and Prairies, 10-county checklist
> area. Great bird!
>
> Best birding,
> Justin Bosler
> Austin, Texas
>
> On Tue, Jan 21, 2020 at 7:13 PM Bryan Stone <brston73...> wrote:
>
>> Say's Phoebe - which county? There have been several in McLennan County,
>> including photos by me.
>>
>> Bryan Stone
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: FreeLists Mailing List Manager <ecartis...>
>> Sent: Monday, January 20, 2020 12:06 AM
>> To: texbirds digest users <ecartis...>
>> Subject: texbirds Digest V9 #18
>>
>> texbirds Digest Sun, 19 Jan 2020 Volume: 09 Issue: 018
>>
>> In This Issue:
>> [texbirds] say's Phoebe
>> [texbirds] Banded kestrals program
>>
>> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>>
>> From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
>> Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2020 17:07:26 -0600
>> Subject: [texbirds] say's Phoebe
>>
>> Great excitement with the discovery of a Say's Phoebe on the Moore f arm
>> last Friday on a TOS field trip. We thought it to be the first documented
>> record for the county. Today, will perusing my downloads, I found a single
>> image of a Say's Phoebe taken at Allen Farm in 29 December 2011 by Brian
>> Tarbox.
>> Keith Arnold
>>
>>
>> ------------------------------
>>
>> End of texbirds Digest V9 #18
>> *****************************
>>
>>

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

 

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Date: 1/22/20 9:57 am
From: Ross Silcock <silcock...>
Subject: [texbirds] Access etc

Hi,

I'm a visiting birder from Iowa, about to become a resident in the Champions area nw Houston. I see on the eBird alerts that some interesting birds are being reported at private residences. I totally understand privacy concerns, but would really appreciate if someone could contact me offline to let me know if there is a possibility of access to these private locations. I don't know any local birders personally although have "bumped into" a few in the last couple years, especially on the enjoyable field trips run by Kleb Woods, and would like to get to know more. I have an eBird profile at https://ebird.org/profile/NDExNTk/US-NE.

Ross

Ross Silcock
eBird reviewer for bits of Nebraska
Seasonal Reports Compiler, Nebraska Bird Review
Co-Author Birds of Nebraska- Online
https://birds.outdoornebraska.gov/


 

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Date: 1/22/20 8:56 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Mountain Plover in Burleson County, Say's Phoebe in Brazos County
Hi Byron and Texbirds,

I would assume Dr. Arnold already replied to your message. The Say's Phoebe
was in southern Brazos County, on private land.

Also, quite incredibly, a Mountain Plover has been present at the Horizon
Turf Farm in Burleson County since 17 January. It is the first record for
the county and only the 2nd for the Oaks and Prairies, 10-county checklist
area. Great bird!

Best birding,
Justin Bosler
Austin, Texas

On Tue, Jan 21, 2020 at 7:13 PM Bryan Stone <brston73...> wrote:

> Say's Phoebe - which county? There have been several in McLennan County,
> including photos by me.
>
> Bryan Stone
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: FreeLists Mailing List Manager <ecartis...>
> Sent: Monday, January 20, 2020 12:06 AM
> To: texbirds digest users <ecartis...>
> Subject: texbirds Digest V9 #18
>
> texbirds Digest Sun, 19 Jan 2020 Volume: 09 Issue: 018
>
> In This Issue:
> [texbirds] say's Phoebe
> [texbirds] Banded kestrals program
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
> Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2020 17:07:26 -0600
> Subject: [texbirds] say's Phoebe
>
> Great excitement with the discovery of a Say's Phoebe on the Moore f arm
> last Friday on a TOS field trip. We thought it to be the first documented
> record for the county. Today, will perusing my downloads, I found a single
> image of a Say's Phoebe taken at Allen Farm in 29 December 2011 by Brian
> Tarbox.
> Keith Arnold
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> End of texbirds Digest V9 #18
> *****************************
>
>

 

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Date: 1/21/20 6:26 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 1-21-20 Audubon’s Oriole @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
1-21-20 Audubon’s Oriole @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary

https://ebird.org/checklist/S63645806

Paul Bogumil had Audubon’s Oriole @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary, with a lovely picture, which is embedded in the above checklist. Thanks Paul! We also had Orange-crowned Warbler, Pine Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler today @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary.

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

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Date: 1/21/20 5:45 pm
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack995...>
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR 01-21-20
It was a cold morning, starting out below freezing. We started the day
with a short walk down Harris Creek Trail and soon found a Spotted Towhee
but other that that it was not very productive. We then continued down
Wildlife Drive and soon found an American Bittern sitting very near the
road to Plover Pad. There were a lot of Forster's Terns and Ring-billed
Gulls sitting on the crossover between Plover and Tern Pads. There were
many ducks in the marshes especially, Northern Pintails and Green-winged
Teals. In the woods near Meadow Pond we saw 20 White-winged Doves. We
normally don't see many White-winged Doves on the refuge. We saw 42 Great
Egrets today, quite unusual for this time of year. We found 4 Red-headed
Woodpeckers at Deaver Pond. Sparrow numbers were good with a total of 25
Field Sparrows, 7 first of year Vesper Sparrows on Short Road, 37 Harris's
Sparrow(on the road to Meadow Pond) and a good number of species of other
sparrows but the Fox Sparrows remain hard to find. One of our group saw an
American Woodcock on Bennett when he was coming in this morning so a couple
of us went out late this afternoon and found one at the same location near
the refuge sign coming into the refuge from the southeast corner. We
finished the day with 73 species.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S63637697
Jack Chiles, Texas master naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR.

 

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Date: 1/21/20 5:13 pm
From: Bryan Stone <brston73...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: texbirds Digest V9 #18
Say's Phoebe - which county? There have been several in McLennan County, including photos by me.

Bryan Stone

-----Original Message-----
From: FreeLists Mailing List Manager <ecartis...>
Sent: Monday, January 20, 2020 12:06 AM
To: texbirds digest users <ecartis...>
Subject: texbirds Digest V9 #18

texbirds Digest Sun, 19 Jan 2020 Volume: 09 Issue: 018

In This Issue:
[texbirds] say's Phoebe
[texbirds] Banded kestrals program

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From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Date: Sun, 19 Jan 2020 17:07:26 -0600
Subject: [texbirds] say's Phoebe

Great excitement with the discovery of a Say's Phoebe on the Moore f arm last Friday on a TOS field trip. We thought it to be the first documented record for the county. Today, will perusing my downloads, I found a single image of a Say's Phoebe taken at Allen Farm in 29 December 2011 by Brian Tarbox.
Keith Arnold



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Subject: [texbirds] Banded kestrals program

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Date: 1/21/20 1:07 pm
From: Becky Reyes <breyes...>
Subject: [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
Hi everyone,

It was nice weather for our bird walk this morning. The sun came out to
warm the grounds up a bit and the birds started to be more active. All
three Kingfishers were seen today at North Pond. Lots of birds were spotted
around the canal overlook such as Buff-bellied Hummingbird, Yellow-rumped
warbler, Orange-crowned Warbler, Black-crested Titmouse, Wilson's Warbler,
and more... South Pond has the ducks and scaups. One Greater Scaup was seen
hanging out with a group of Lesser Scaup. Below is this morning's bird list.



Happy Birding !!



Blue-winged Teal 7

Northern Shoveler 2

Mottled Duck 8

Greater Scaup 1

Lesser Scaup 4

Ruddy Duck 2

Plain Chachalaca 11

Least Grebe 2

Pied-billed Grebe 5

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 10

Inca Dove 2

Mourning Dove 4

Buff-bellied Hummingbird 2

American Coot 5

Spotted Sandpiper 1

Anhinga 2

Neotropic Cormorant 78

Double-crested Cormorant 2

American White Pelican 4

Great Blue Heron 1

Great Egret 3

Snowy Egret 3

Cattle Egret 2

Black-crowned Night-Heron 6

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2

Osprey 2

Ringed Kingfisher 1

Belted Kingfisher 2

Green Kingfisher 3

Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1

Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1

Great Kiskadee 3

White-eyed Vireo 4

Black-crested Titmouse 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 8

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4

House Wren 1

Long-billed Thrasher 5

Northern Mockingbird 2

Lesser Goldfinch 7

Olive Sparrow 1

Lincoln's Sparrow 1

Great-tailed Grackle 11

Orange-crowned Warbler 6

Common Yellowthroat 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler 8

*Becky Reyes*

Interpretive Naturalist

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center


PO Box 1079

714 Raul Longoria Rd

Edinburg, Texas 78540

956.381.9922 O 956.381-0175 F

<breyes...>

www.cityofedinburg.com
www.EdinburgWBC.org

follow us:
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Date: 1/21/20 11:38 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana morning bird walk, January 21, 2020
Good morning, Texbirders,
Though the morning was cloudy and a bit cool, some lovely birds were available for viewing what fun!
Come join the fun! Bird walks are conducted daily (except Sunday) beginning at 8:30am.
John and Sue Ewan, USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, TX


CHECKLIST S63632843
Tue 21 Jan 2020 8:15 AM
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059) Hidalgo County, Texas, United States
John and Sue Ewan
Traveling Complete 4 hr, 21 min 4.6 mi
Submitted from eBird Android, version 2.0.6
63 Species observed
6 Blue-winged Teal
8 Cinnamon Teal
25 Northern Shoveler
42 Gadwall
2 Mexican Duck
16 Mottled Duck
7 Northern Pintail
1 Mallard x Northern Pintail (hybrid)
Continuing bird in Pintail #3
5 Green-winged Teal
2 Lesser Scaup
3 Bufflehead
3 Plain Chachalaca
4 Least Grebe
6 Pied-billed Grebe
2 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
2 Inca Dove
5 White-tipped Dove
3 Mourning Dove
1 Common Pauraque
63 American Coot
18 Black-necked Stilt
3 Least Sandpiper
7 Wilson's Snipe
3 Greater Yellowlegs
6 Neotropic Cormorant
6 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Great Blue Heron
2 Great Egret
3 Snowy Egret
5 White Ibis
25 White-faced Ibis
1 Roseate Spoonbill
7 Turkey Vulture
3 Harris's Hawk
2 Gray Hawk
1 hawk sp.
1 Ringed Kingfisher
1 Green Kingfisher
3 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
2 American Kestrel
2 Eastern Phoebe
5 Vermilion Flycatcher
10 Great Kiskadee
1 Tropical Kingbird
2 Tropical/Couch's Kingbird
1 White-eyed Vireo
1 Loggerhead Shrike
12 Green Jay
2 Black-crested Titmouse
3 Tree Swallow
2 Cave Swallow
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
3 House Wren
1 Carolina Wren
2 Long-billed Thrasher
2 Northern Mockingbird
2 Olive Sparrow
2 Savannah Sparrow
4 Altamira Oriole
75 Red-winged Blackbird
5 Great-tailed Grackle
4 Orange-crowned Warbler
1 Nashville Warbler
4 Northern Cardinal


 

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Date: 1/20/20 8:37 pm
From: pjsellin <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender pjsellin for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] RNGR--negative
Texbirders,Re: RNGR. Negative results after searching on Sunday afternoon and early evening, 19-Jan.  Negative results after searches around sunrise and around 4 pm, Monday, 20-Jan. Searched mostly at or near origin location. eBird reports to follow. Paul SellinKerrville
 

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Date: 1/20/20 11:54 am
From: Walker Christian <christian.icapadjuster...>
Subject: [texbirds] NC TX birding - Glaucous Gull, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Rusty Blackbird
Hi there,

Jay and Amy Packer came through DFW and we got to go birding yesterday.
There are a bunch of good birds up here right now, and we got to see two of
them, the Glaucous Gull at Lake Lewisville and the male Black-throated Blue
Warbler in Richardson. Both of these were state birds for me.
The rest of the day was spent doing county birding. We got both the Packers
over 100 in Collin County, highlights being Bald Eagle at Lake Lavon and
White-breasted Nuthatch at Woodruff Park.
Then we headed up for a few hours at the end of the day to very south west
Fannin county and got 10 new county birds for me to get up to 88 and 48
brand new county birds for the Packers. Highlight up here was definitely
the pair of Rusty Blackbirds with a big flock of red-wings found by Jay.

Good birding,
Christian Walker
Irving, TX
--
Christian Walker
512 431 2495
<christian.icapadjuster...>

 

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Date: 1/20/20 11:46 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana morning bird walk, January 20, 2020
Good morning, Texbirders,
It was a beautiful morning on the refuge a few flowers are blooming. A wonderful group enjoyed a delightful morning together- both male and female Green Kingfisher, as well as several White-tailed Kites overhead were highlights .
Come join the fun! Bird walks are conducted daily (except Sunday) beginning at 8:30am.
John and Sue Ewan, USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, TX

CHECKLIST S63595869
Mon 20 Jan 2020 8:25 AM
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059) Hidalgo County, Texas, United States
John and Sue Ewan
Traveling Complete 4 hr, 21 min 4.2 mi
Morning bird walk
Submitted from eBird Android, version 2.0.6
66 Species observed
5 Blue-winged Teal
4 Cinnamon Teal
17 Northern Shoveler
42 Gadwall
2 Mottled Duck
7 Northern Pintail
1 Mallard x Northern Pintail (hybrid)
Continuing bird on Pintail #3
4 Green-winged Teal
2 Lesser Scaup
2 Bufflehead
7 Least Grebe
2 Pied-billed Grebe
11 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
2 Inca Dove
3 White-tipped Dove
4 Mourning Dove
1 Sora
36 American Coot
17 Black-necked Stilt
1 Least Sandpiper
6 Long-billed Dowitcher
4 Wilson's Snipe
1 Spotted Sandpiper
2 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Lesser Yellowlegs
1 Anhinga
2 Neotropic Cormorant
3 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Great Blue Heron
1 Great Egret
5 Snowy Egret
1 White Ibis
18 White-faced Ibis
3 Roseate Spoonbill
1 Osprey
3 White-tailed Kite
4 Harris's Hawk
1 Gray Hawk
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Belted Kingfisher
3 Green Kingfisher
4 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
1 American Kestrel
2 Eastern Phoebe
4 Vermilion Flycatcher
9 Great Kiskadee
1 Tropical Kingbird
2 Tropical/Couch's Kingbird
1 White-eyed Vireo
1 Loggerhead Shrike
9 Green Jay
2 Black-crested Titmouse
3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
2 Tree Swallow
2 Cave Swallow
3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 Carolina Wren
5 House Sparrow
1 Olive Sparrow
2 Altamira Oriole
125 Red-winged Blackbird
7 Great-tailed Grackle
5 Orange-crowned Warbler
2 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Yellow-throated Warbler
2 Northern Cardinal


 

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Date: 1/20/20 11:40 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Fwd: Red-necked Grebe, Hubbard Creek Lake (Stephens Co.)
Texbirds,

I know of a couple of birders who have searched for the Red-necked Grebe
without any success. Please report both negative and positive attempts for
this bird if you try for it.

Thank you!
Justin Bosler
Austin, Texas

---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Date: Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 8:59 AM
Subject: Red-necked Grebe, Hubbard Creek Lake (Stephens Co.)
To: 4 Texbirds Maillist <texbirds...>


Texbirds,

A well-documented RED-NECKED GREBE from Hubbard Creek Lake, near boat ramp
and campground, in Breckenridge (Stephens County) from yesterday, 14
January 2020:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S63385946

It's been at least 5 years since one was documented in the state (per
eBird).

Good luck!

Justin Bosler
Austin, Texas

 

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Date: 1/19/20 5:59 pm
From: sdyost <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender sdyost for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Banded kestrals program
The following is a {Facebook} request for banded kestrals. Just in case someone of this listserve spots one.
Sue YOST
Denton County

[UNT Raptor Research](https://www.facebook.com/UNTRaptorResearch/?__tn__=kC-y.g&eid=ARAGGv3w1F9qGEhjeVSSXDZDGo9El4Q2v_qQbMm7HpAV_DNuc52htMJgyyscb_UDPS28W3rMXr3dqX9K&hc_ref=ARTXjSxpREHjZ72OjsDZ3KIjrPRwOkIj-AaMSYm8C6WthgLnh4d2FicuZfSHWpCsKyo&ref=nf_target&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARBvUULNJPg6nsYQvIqJYpctVE6UDgOZXjRFDYnQKRE3GxsB09uaR_Lzd-k8GIHyOoOUsoa63YNAx0Sjtyd_X3qQ6zRikiumaH763DaOgMB-ONgRJ6ZUouZNUQxtYXHUb89oGqoLbKf7fVAD-hcHN_WPyoji5xZKeMABIKgvu0rjvmUtIxeUIPiFOqDOQ02bClfV-0WCR4IsFqvGVwivrSnjEz6NKh8pfKUPhezbKGpr0PFJq3vGRprhPYEf9EQdMG9lM465lfWDo1NuBXLeTO_Yq1jz-vNLwuxkxY4-giitsFCuVYcR1hhPMJjfQmZ60NBraWaQ6EoZAyEzSmui07aZha01Gwr8mgEPcEuu9MkmtXANWm3rKTNh6j2Eib55ac_GuUvp3nqG6c2MOloC0TO-ypC3BKDgFYsWEFINzPOtBpY0CHsQfK_vWA5VPb0k4SN3j-_sEAv3LbDMFeEIwRUcDHmCIY4xPp98wJ7eIlH7M1t7GHeq1noBvf5fcLYnEBzVOEw) is with [Katie Ceynar](https://www.facebook.com/ktceynar?__tn__=lC-y.g&eid=ARDOeSFqeAL0QsciJzW-R4Wk4LLgJ3n6Djh9_QJdCYqcvRFkfJNk5vx3x-Gx3j4cysVGQuCLin4eTTbf&hc_ref=ARTXjSxpREHjZ72OjsDZ3KIjrPRwOkIj-AaMSYm8C6WthgLnh4d2FicuZfSHWpCsKyo&ref=nf_target&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARBvUULNJPg6nsYQvIqJYpctVE6UDgOZXjRFDYnQKRE3GxsB09uaR_Lzd-k8GIHyOoOUsoa63YNAx0Sjtyd_X3qQ6zRikiumaH763DaOgMB-ONgRJ6ZUouZNUQxtYXHUb89oGqoLbKf7fVAD-hcHN_WPyoji5xZKeMABIKgvu0rjvmUtIxeUIPiFOqDOQ02bClfV-0WCR4IsFqvGVwivrSnjEz6NKh8pfKUPhezbKGpr0PFJq3vGRprhPYEf9EQdMG9lM465lfWDo1NuBXLeTO_Yq1jz-vNLwuxkxY4-giitsFCuVYcR1hhPMJjfQmZ60NBraWaQ6EoZAyEzSmui07aZha01Gwr8mgEPcEuu9MkmtXANWm3rKTNh6j2Eib55ac_GuUvp3nqG6c2MOloC0TO-ypC3BKDgFYsWEFINzPOtBpY0CHsQfK_vWA5VPb0k4SN3j-_sEAv3LbDMFeEIwRUcDHmCIY4xPp98wJ7eIlH7M1t7GHeq1noBvf5fcLYnEBzVOEw) and [Kelsey Biles](https://www.facebook.com/kelsey.hester.75?__tn__=lC-y.g&eid=ARAiXV5JV1d2a5cVWjwJbPVgUqPYqs8myYH95TZ2NB-zOwRcZKK3PkL04HQ-9AmIu0HntBPw20_4NPSg&hc_ref=ARTXjSxpREHjZ72OjsDZ3KIjrPRwOkIj-AaMSYm8C6WthgLnh4d2FicuZfSHWpCsKyo&ref=nf_target&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARBvUULNJPg6nsYQvIqJYpctVE6UDgOZXjRFDYnQKRE3GxsB09uaR_Lzd-k8GIHyOoOUsoa63YNAx0Sjtyd_X3qQ6zRikiumaH763DaOgMB-ONgRJ6ZUouZNUQxtYXHUb89oGqoLbKf7fVAD-hcHN_WPyoji5xZKeMABIKgvu0rjvmUtIxeUIPiFOqDOQ02bClfV-0WCR4IsFqvGVwivrSnjEz6NKh8pfKUPhezbKGpr0PFJq3vGRprhPYEf9EQdMG9lM465lfWDo1NuBXLeTO_Yq1jz-vNLwuxkxY4-giitsFCuVYcR1hhPMJjfQmZ60NBraWaQ6EoZAyEzSmui07aZha01Gwr8mgEPcEuu9MkmtXANWm3rKTNh6j2Eib55ac_GuUvp3nqG6c2MOloC0TO-ypC3BKDgFYsWEFINzPOtBpY0CHsQfK_vWA5VPb0k4SN3j-_sEAv3LbDMFeEIwRUcDHmCIY4xPp98wJ7eIlH7M1t7GHeq1noBvf5fcLYnEBzVOEw).
[3 hrs](https://www.facebook.com/UNTRaptorResearch/posts/744146896079889?__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARBvUULNJPg6nsYQvIqJYpctVE6UDgOZXjRFDYnQKRE3GxsB09uaR_Lzd-k8GIHyOoOUsoa63YNAx0Sjtyd_X3qQ6zRikiumaH763DaOgMB-ONgRJ6ZUouZNUQxtYXHUb89oGqoLbKf7fVAD-hcHN_WPyoji5xZKeMABIKgvu0rjvmUtIxeUIPiFOqDOQ02bClfV-0WCR4IsFqvGVwivrSnjEz6NKh8pfKUPhezbKGpr0PFJq3vGRprhPYEf9EQdMG9lM465lfWDo1NuBXLeTO_Yq1jz-vNLwuxkxY4-giitsFCuVYcR1hhPMJjfQmZ60NBraWaQ6EoZAyEzSmui07aZha01Gwr8mgEPcEuu9MkmtXANWm3rKTNh6j2Eib55ac_GuUvp3nqG6c2MOloC0TO-ypC3BKDgFYsWEFINzPOtBpY0CHsQfK_vWA5VPb0k4SN3j-_sEAv3LbDMFeEIwRUcDHmCIY4xPp98wJ7eIlH7M1t7GHeq1noBvf5fcLYnEBzVOEw&__tn__=-y.g) ·

Do you bird or live in Central Texas? If so, be on the lookout for banded American Kestrels! In partnership with [The Peregrine Fund](https://www.facebook.com/ThePeregrineFund/?__tn__=K-y.g&eid=ARDNP6XMpqfLaXkIEZPJnlWs9XnHzBOaguiZjnUexrpFX_PvqEsHgKtDOUGR4d035Wbk7V1hIM3DSioJ&fref=mentions&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARBvUULNJPg6nsYQvIqJYpctVE6UDgOZXjRFDYnQKRE3GxsB09uaR_Lzd-k8GIHyOoOUsoa63YNAx0Sjtyd_X3qQ6zRikiumaH763DaOgMB-ONgRJ6ZUouZNUQxtYXHUb89oGqoLbKf7fVAD-hcHN_WPyoji5xZKeMABIKgvu0rjvmUtIxeUIPiFOqDOQ02bClfV-0WCR4IsFqvGVwivrSnjEz6NKh8pfKUPhezbKGpr0PFJq3vGRprhPYEf9EQdMG9lM465lfWDo1NuBXLeTO_Yq1jz-vNLwuxkxY4-giitsFCuVYcR1hhPMJjfQmZ60NBraWaQ6EoZAyEzSmui07aZha01Gwr8mgEPcEuu9MkmtXANWm3rKTNh6j2Eib55ac_GuUvp3nqG6c2MOloC0TO-ypC3BKDgFYsWEFINzPOtBpY0CHsQfK_vWA5VPb0k4SN3j-_sEAv3LbDMFeEIwRUcDHmCIY4xPp98wJ7eIlH7M1t7GHeq1noBvf5fcLYnEBzVOEw), UNT researchers spent 10 days banding 40 American Kestrels across Blanco, Gillespie, Llano, Kerr, and Kendall County. Of those 40, 20 kestrels received GPS trackers! Let us know if you come across a kestrel with a dye mark or a red band!

You may also spot some of our kestrels in Denton County, where we have similarly marked and banded more than 150 birds over the last 4 years.
 

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Date: 1/19/20 3:08 pm
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] say's Phoebe
Great excitement with the discovery of a Say's Phoebe on the Moore f arm
last Friday on a TOS field trip. We thought it to be the first documented
record for the county. Today, will perusing my downloads, I found a single
image of a Say's Phoebe taken at Allen Farm in 29 December 2011 by Brian
Tarbox.

Keith Arnold

 

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Date: 1/18/20 11:04 am
From: JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird Walk 1/18/2020
Little wind, sunshine, no rain as expected, great fun birding. Passed by some who reported great views of Hook-billed Kite at top of Tower and Willow Lakes covered overlook.
Come join us daily at 8:30 AM except Sundays.
JoAnn & Max, USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

Jan 18, 2020 8:30am
46 species
Blue-winged Teal 4
Cinnamon Teal 2
Northern Shoveler 8
Gadwall 10
Mottled Duck 3
Northern Pintail 5
Least Grebe 4
Pied-billed Grebe 1
Inca Dove 6
Mourning Dove 2
Common Pauraque 1
American Coot 10
Black-necked Stilt 10
Killdeer 1
Long-billed Dowitcher 8
Wilson's Snipe 6
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Greater Yellowlegs 4
Neotropic Cormorant 1
Great Egret 4
Snowy Egret 4
White Ibis 10
White-faced Ibis 10
Northern Harrier 1
Harris's Hawk 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Eastern Screech-Owl 1
Ringed Kingfisher 1
Green Kingfisher 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Eastern Phoebe 4
Vermilion Flycatcher 4
Great Kiskadee 8
White-eyed Vireo 3
Loggerhead Shrike 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
Long-billed Thrasher 2
Altamira Oriole 2
Red-winged Blackbird 14
Great-tailed Grackle 12
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 1
Turkey Vulture



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Date: 1/18/20 7:33 am
From: Warblers Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary <warblerwoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] 1-18-20 Sunday sun @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
1-18-20 Sunday sun @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary

Sunday the sun will show itself and if you want to visit Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary, get your requests in so I can process them, we live here, so with a busy road, the gate is closed and you need instructions to get through the gate. Instructions will follow.

Verdin have been showing themselves more lately towards the Old Barn. Good shows of sparrows at the Old Barn, Thomas’ Meadow, Chat Pond and the fields, especially the far-side of the 2nd Field. The Scout Pond Dam is always productive early and we used to get out at sunup and have breakfast there and get a good list, before heading to the field in Grasshopper Sparrow and LeConte’s Sparrow search. Warblers are scattered about and water sources are good places to look. We had a Whip-poor-will this week too on the far fenceline. With our health challenges, we haven’t been out much. I don’t have the Warbler Pond open, since it is usually a hawk spa and I don’t go there either.

Visitor instructions Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
http://www.warblerwoods.org/visitor-instructions.html

1. Please briefly introduce yourself to help expedite, if I don’t know you, one sentence
2. We only schedule a week out, unless a group
3. Pick a day and approximate time of visit to expedite
4. Use the contact form
5. You have to make a request each time, or at the time of first note


Susan Schaezler, 501(c)(3), WWBS. 26-1378231
WarblerWoods.org, http://ebird.org/ebird/hotspot/L213585?yr=cur
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS
 

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Date: 1/17/20 1:16 pm
From: Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Hilltop Gardens & Vicinity Birds
Birds seen at and in the vicinity of Hilltop Gardens
Hilltop Gardens is located at 100 Lee Ln., Lyford, Texas.
It is a botanical garden in Hildalgo County, Texas

Snow Goose
Blue-winged Teal
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Redhead
Double-crested Cormorant
NeoTropical Cormorant
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Northern Harrier
White-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Greater Yellowlegs
Mourning Dove
Buff-bellied Hummingbird
*Rufous Hummingbird (Hilltop Gardens)
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Eastern Phoebe
Vermilion Flycatcher
Great Kiskadee
Couch's Kingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Green Jay
Tree Swallow
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Northern Mockingbird
Long-billed Thrasher
Curve-billed Thrasher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Northern Cardinal
Great-tailed Grackle
Altamira Oriole

Number of Species: 33


Gary & Christy Richards
Harlingen, Texas
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Date: 1/17/20 11:33 am
From: JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird Walk 1/17/2020
Happy Friday. Good birding morning on the refuge. Come join us daily at 8:30 am, except Sundays.
JoAnn & Max, USFWS volunteers

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Jan 17, 2020 8:25 AM
50 species (+3 other taxa)

Blue-winged Teal 6
Cinnamon Teal 4
Northern Shoveler 8
Gadwall 8
Mottled Duck 2
Green-winged Teal 4
Redhead 1
Lesser Scaup 1
Bufflehead 1
Ruddy Duck 1
Least Grebe 6
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Inca Dove 1
White-tipped Dove 1
White-winged Dove 1
Mourning Dove 4
Common Pauraque 1
American Coot 10
Black-necked Stilt 35
Long-billed Dowitcher 25
Wilson's Snipe 8
Spotted Sandpiper 2
Greater/Lesser Yellowlegs 10
Great Egret 2
Snowy Egret 1
White Ibis 8
White-faced Ibis 8
Turkey Vulture 1
White-tailed Kite 2
Northern Harrier 1
Harris's Hawk 3
Gray Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 4
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 2
Eastern Phoebe 1
Vermilion Flycatcher 2
Great Kiskadee 6
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird 1
Loggerhead Shrike 2
Green Jay 6
Black-crested Titmouse 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Tree Swallow 2
European Starling 6
Northern Mockingbird 1
Western/Eastern Meadowlark 2
Altamira Oriole 2
Red-winged Blackbird 20
Great-tailed Grackle 6
Orange-crowned Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 2
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Date: 1/17/20 7:14 am
From: Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Mew Gull found at 8:30
Texbirders:Did not see the gull 7-8:30 but spotted it the agitating tanks near the water sprayer. Need to be on top of viewing platform and get as high as possible to see. Still present at 9.moved to the highest furthest south back railing of plant where it was eating something and easier to see. Several folks photographed. Ron Weeks got at least one decent flight shot. 

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Date: 1/16/20 3:40 pm
From: Lamont Brown <lamont...>
Subject: [texbirds] Glaucous Gull Denton Co
No Texas Listers:

A Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) continues near East Hill Park, (East side of Lake Lewisville) Denton, Co. The bird was first reported some 10 days ago, or more, by Winston Caillouet. Nice find Winston.

Winston has 3 or 4 eBird listings of the bird over the last few days. Winston’s pics from today are quite good, easily showing 3 of the 4 key ID characteristics. I was out yesterday to tick it myself.

The general location is near the marina that is between Stewart Creek Park and East Hill Park.

Good birding
Lamont Brown
DFW
 

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Date: 1/16/20 12:56 pm
From: <Denniscooke...> <denniscooke...>
Subject: [texbirds] Mew gull continues Port Aransas 2 PM today

I got to the leonabelle turnbull center at 1:50 today. Not seeing the bird on the water or small island in front of the observation tower, I decided to check the waste water treatment tank directly behind the tower where it had been seen. I was able to see it’s head and beak good enough to I’d the bird.
About 2:15 it flew out in front of the tower about 50 yards out on the water bathing near other gulls, it then lit on the small island about 30 yards in front of the tower, preening for awhile.
About 2:30 it flew over the tower and back into the treatment tank where it was when I left.

Dennis Cooke

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Date: 1/16/20 11:03 am
From: JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR birdwalk 1/16/2020
Another wonderful morning with kingfisher trifecta and many other beautiful birds. Come join us every day at 8:30 am except Sunday.
JoAnn & Max USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

Jan 16, 2020 8:25 AM
54 species (+1 other taxa)

Blue-winged Teal 4
Cinnamon Teal 4
Northern Shoveler 8
Gadwall 12
Mottled Duck 4
Northern Pintail 4
Mallard x Northern Pintail (hybrid) 1 Continuing bird on Pintail #3
Green-winged Teal 2
Bufflehead 2
Ruddy Duck 2
Plain Chachalaca 6
Least Grebe 6
Pied-billed Grebe 3
White-tipped Dove 1
Common Pauraque 1
American Coot 12
Black-necked Stilt 12
Wilson's Snipe 6
Greater Yellowlegs 8
Neotropic Cormorant 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret (American) 2
White-faced Ibis 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Osprey 1
White-tailed Kite 1
Harris's Hawk 3
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Ringed Kingfisher 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Green Kingfisher 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3
American Kestrel 2
Peregrine Falcon 1
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Vermilion Flycatcher 3
Great Kiskadee 6
Couch's Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 4
Loggerhead Shrike 1
Green Jay 7
Black-crested Titmouse 4
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 2
Tree Swallow 4
Cave Swallow 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
European Starling 1
Clay-colored Thrush 2
Olive Sparrow 2
Great-tailed Grackle 6
Orange-crowned Warbler 4
Northern Cardinal 1


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Date: 1/16/20 8:15 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Austin Area Rare Bird Alert for 1/15/2020
Dear Texbirds,


This is the Austin Area Rare Bird Alert for the weeks of 1/01/2019
through 1/15/2020.
To report rare or unusual bird sightings in the Austin area, provide recent
sighting updates, or inquire about location details on birds listed below,
please send an email to *<justin.bosler...> <justin.bosler...>*.
If submitting a bird sighting, please include species name, location
details, and contact information. County names below appear in italics.
Abbreviations are as follows: SP = State Park; NWR = National Wildlife
Refuge; NHP = National Historic Park; WMA = Wildlife Management Area; SH =
State Highway; CR = County Road; WTP = Wastewater Treatment Plant.



Rare in winter, a young male GREATER SCAUP has been present at Devine Lake
in Leander, *Williamson*, since at least 1/06 and was reported as recently
as 1/15.



On 1/07, a pair of COMMON GOLDENEYES were reported from Friendship Park at
Granger Lake, *Williamson*.



An ANHINGA, scarce in winter, was soaring over the quarry off of FM 973,
*Travis*, on 1/05.



An AMERICAN BITTERN resurfaced at the ponds at the Southeast Greenway in
Mueller, *Travis*, on 1/10. It is likely the same bird reported from that
location in late December.



A GREEN HERON was photographed at Brushy Creek Lake Park in Cedar Park,
*Williamson*, on 1/12.



As many as TWO first basic WESTERN SANDPIPERS are attempting to overwinter
with the hundreds of Least Sandpipers at Hornsby Bend WTP in *Travis*
through 11/29.



A rare AMERICAN BITTERN was reported from Laguna Gloria on Lake Austin,
*Travis*, on 11/24.



A ZONE-TAILED HAWK was described flying along the Colorado River across
from Mary Quinlan Park, *Travis*, on 1/13. Another one was photographed on
1/15 at Hornsby Bend WTP, *Travis*.



An adult WHITE-TAILED HAWK continues in the Granger Lake area, *Williamson*,
as of 1/05.



Austin’s most-sought-after bird this month has been a BURROWING OWL that
has taken up residence in a rock pile in the development adjacent to the
Southeast Greenway in Mueller, *Travis*. It was discovered in mid- to late
December and continued thru 1/15.



One male RINGED KINGFISHER was well seen on the Monthly Colorado River
Survey in the Utley area, *Bastrop*, on 1/04. RINGED KINGFISHER has also
been reported from Mankin’s Crossing in *Williamson*, with no recent
sighting information.



A very rare RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER, an apparent adult female, was discovered
on private property in far northern *Travis* on 10/19 and continued through
at least 1/07. Please reply to this email for information regarding access.



A PRAIRIE FALCON was described from Old Sayers Road, *Bastrop*, on 1/11.
Details mention the McCall Ranch gate and east side of road.



The now-resident BLACK PHOEBE continued at Hamilton Pool, *Travis*, through
1/14.



The most recent report of the returning SAY’S PHOEBE at Lakeway City Park,
*Travis*, was on 1/02.



Two immature male VERMILION FLYCATCHERS have been present at the north end
of Pond 3 at Hornsby Bend WTP, *Travis*, since 11/22 and continued through
1/14.



A GREAT KISKADEE was once again reported from private property in *Caldwell
*on 1/05.



COUCH’S KINGBIRDS have been reported from Fairview Cemetery and downtown
Smithville in *Bastrop* early this month, with the latest report on 1/15.



A very rare WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH was described from the feeding station
at Lake Bastrop SP, *Bastrop*, on 1/07.



A rare wintering GRAY CATBIRD was reported from Legacy Hills Park,
*Williamson*, on 1/12.



An immature GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE continues at the St. Andrew’s Episcopal
School Nature Trail, *Travis*, as of 1/14.



As many as 12 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS have been well-documented at Hornsby Bend
WTP, *Travis*, thru 1/15.



A single male BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER is wintering at Hornsby Bend WTP,
*Travis*, with reports thru 1/12. A report of two at that location was
likely in error.



A remarkably rare CAPE MAY WARBLER was discovered at Aquarena Springs in
San Marcos, *Hays*, on 1/07 and continued thru 1/14.



A wandering male PYRRHULOXIA was discovered at Hornsby Bend WTP, *Travis,*
on 11/21 and continued through at least 1/11. Another PYRRHULOXIA was
discovered at Blanco Shoals Natural Area, Hays, earlier in the month and
continued thru 1/14. *Bastrop* also picked one up at Shipp/ Stagners Lake
on 1/04.


Justin Bosler

Austin, Texas

 

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Date: 1/16/20 6:41 am
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Hawk ID
Nice photo.

Speckled belly-band = Red-tailed Hawk.

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

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> On Jan 15, 2020, at 6:21 PM, C M Prince <GoldwingerTX...> wrote:
>
> 
> Help with ID Please
> Photo taken two miles north from Bentsen Palm State Park at
> Green Gate Grove
>
> <Hawk-ID.jpg>
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> C M Prince
> Palmview, TX
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Date: 1/15/20 7:55 pm
From: Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Harris County Birders Select Best Local Birds (FYI only)

Texbirders- a lively group of fifty-one local birders met at Edith L Moore Nature Sanctuary last Saturday and voted (using a Gold-Silver-bronze method for 1st, 2nd, 3rd) to select what we felt were the best recent local birds.
The following "ducky" trophies were presented (shoutout to David Heinicke for his previous original design idea for the trophies we made for this event)
2017 Harris County Best Bird: Sabine's Gull--Elisabeth & Elisha Hehir (a.k.a. the Gemini Twins)2018 Harris County Best Bird:  Flammulated Owl--Sue Orwig2019 Best Harris County Big Year: Stuart Nelson2019 Harris County Best Bird: Red Phalarope--Nicholas Demaio2019 Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary Best Bird: Tropical Parula--Dominic Le Croissette
Thanks to all who attended and brought food and drink!
Special Thanks to Houston Audubon's Mary Anne Weber for sharing the stunning rehab Barn owl and Great Horned Owl.Special Thanks also to  Houston Audubon and Tim White and  Lauren Miheli who were present and hosted us at the cabin.Lastly special thanks to our organizing committee co-members Drew Dickert and Letha Slagel plus expert vote counters Steve Gast and Tim White for a successful event.
We are contemplating a second annual event to be held around the same time in January, 2021 to pick 2020 birds. Please go out and find some rare Harris County birds in 2020 and join us then to celebrate them!
John BernerW. Houston


 

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Date: 1/15/20 5:18 pm
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics
The documentation for Red-crowned Parrot was thorough and well organized. I do not, however, recall if there was a published paper.

Keith Arnold

Sent from my iPhone

> On Jan 15, 2020, at 1:15 PM, Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...> wrote:
>
> 
> Thanks, Fred. This is exactly the sort of information that we are looking to have DOCUMENTED and PUBLISHED. When it comes to both exotics and to reviewing records of rare birds, the TBRC looks at DOCUMENTATION and not just anecdotal comments/observations. For those folks living in the Houston area that might see exotics on a daily or regular basis, it might only be a matter of getting this information DOCUMENTED and done so in a more or less permanent way (a PUBLISHED paper rather than notes/comments on ephemeral platforms like Texbirds or Facebook).
>
> As an example, I suspect there are many folks that regularly see Red-vented Bulbul and assume that they are established and question why they are not considered as such. As someone who has birded a pretty fair amount in Texas for 40+ years and has never seen (and perhaps never will see) even one Red-vented Bulbul in the state, out of sight is out of mind for me. I can go looking in eBird and see a lot of reports of the bulbul in the Houston area but as for as how far along they are to meeting the criteria to be established, it is hard for me to ascertain that from just looking at eBird along with hearing anecdotal reports of numbers and breeding that is not included in eBird. As I mentioned in a previous note, Dr. Brooks has some papers (which I encourage you all to read along with the Pranty paper on Egyptian Geese in Florida) that are definitely great documentation starting points for a few of the candidate species.
>
> --Eric
>
>> On Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 12:22 PM Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <Fred.Collins...> wrote:
>> I am pretty sure Egyptian Geese meet the 15 year requirement at least in the Hill Country. I am pretty sure but not positive that they have bred in Bear Creek Park off and on for more than 15 years also. I’ll see if I can confirm that from notes when I started working in the parks department in 2002. Dan Brooks has published some information about Egyptian Geese in Texas. Not sure if it was a peer reviewed journal or not.
>>
>>
>>
>> Red-vented Bulbul have been present in the Heights since 1958, first published record. Houston Audubon’s annual census will be doing the 5th annual one on June 6, 2020 in case you would like to help. Each year we detect a larger number of birds but are still trying to document the entire range. In 2018 we documented over 100 birds in a single day, all pairs or family groups. They are spreading to Brazoria and Fort Bend County. The expansion seems to primarily occurred beyond the Houston Heights area since 2010. We have published an article about the Bulbul census in the Texas Bird Annual. I plan on putting an article in the Texas Bulletin following the 2020 census. Dan Brooks has published an article about the bulbuls in Houston in a peer reviewed journal.
>>
>>
>>
>> Scaly-breasted Munia is close to if not exceeding 15 years. It breeds widely across the area and is spreading into other counties. Dan Brooks will soon or has published an article about them recently in a peer reviewed journal. Birds observed have a high incidence of first year birds indication a healthy population. These birds number in the 100s if not thousands.
>>
>>
>>
>> I think all three of these birds are firmly established it’s just a matter of individuals to work on various facets documenting the birds biology and population and publishing that information in a peer reviewed journal. Putting observations into ebird are important. Researchers have access to those observations, but those alone will not meet the criteria.
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Fred Collins
>>
>> Director, Kleb Woods Nature Preserve
>>
>> 20303 Draper Road
>>
>> Tomball, Texas 77377
>>
>>
>>
>> Commissioner Steve Radack
>>
>> Precinct 3, Harris County
>>
>> www.pct3.com
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Troy Hibbitts
>> Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 11:48 AM
>> To: Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...>
>> Cc: Texbirds <texbirds...>
>> Subject: [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics
>>
>>
>>
>> at minimum, it would answer folk's questions as to "why isn't [species in Q] considered 'established' in Texas despite its [apparent] abundance". E.g.
>>
>> Egyptian Goose - does not meet 15 year criteria
>>
>> Red-vented Bulbul - does not meet 15 year criteria
>>
>> White-crowned Parrot - no evidence of breeding, very small population size
>>
>>
>>
>> And I agree that TBRC should not be concerned with "countability" or not, but rather the documentation of Texas' avifauna. As such, these established/near established exotics constitute a greater percentage of Texas' wild birds than do vagrants such Bare-throated Tiger Herons (2 records - ever). That said, I have no issue with the criteria used to determine if such exotics are "established" - I think that those are fine (more or less - you've got to have a cut off somewhere), only that I think it would be useful to include such common species which are [apparently] in the process of becoming established on a list of exotics where folks could see where they fail to meet the TBRC criteria for establishment.
>>
>>
>>
>> Troy
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 11:24:18 AM CST, Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...> wrote:
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> Troy,
>>
>>
>>
>> The TBRC can certainly put together a list of commonly seen/reported exotics that are not currently on the state list but am unsure of the purpose of having a scorecard for each. The type of documentation that we are looking for I feel is beyond an "easy" button/online form for submittal of minimal details and separate, perhaps unrelated observations but rather a comprehensive written report from individuals or groups that have really looked at and reviewed sightings over a period of years. eBird already serves as a place to enter your observations and I would encourage folks to do so there. In areas where some TX exotics appear to be thriving, these observations are validated like any other sighting and are visible on eBird maps just like native species entered there.
>>
>>
>>
>> As examples of the sort of documentation that would be useful, here is what I think was the bulk of what was presented for establishing Egyptian Goose in Florida (and thus the ABA):
>>
>>
>>
>> https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_42-3p91-107.pdf
>>
>>
>>
>> Here in Texas, Dr. Dan Brooks has made some headway on documentation including an article in the TOS Bulletin on Egyptian Goose status (search for "Egyptian Geese" to find the article):
>>
>>
>>
>> http://www.texasbirds.org/publications/bulletins/bulletin_vol_49_1_and_2.pdf
>>
>>
>>
>> He also has other published works and other projects on the topic of exotics which you can find here (and go look at the "Publications" section):
>>
>>
>>
>> http://www.hmns.org/exhibits/curators/daniel-m-brooks-ph-d/texas-invasive-bird-project/
>>
>>
>>
>> I do agree that having a specific group tasked with researching/collecting data is a great idea as I find the effort involved could easily consume any single individual's free time. I don't really see why that needs to be the TBRC as there is very little (and none required) overlap in interest in those that are interested/selected to be on the committee and those that have an interest in exotics. With the current make-up of the committee, I don't see any member jumping at the chance to commit more time to something that they perhaps have only limited interest in and perhaps never or only rarely see. I think it would be perfect if interested individual(s) work with either TOS or a group like Houston Audubon (where the bulk of the exotics and interest is coming from) to form and run such a group if there is indeed enough interest to do so. I think the TBRC would be happy to give guidance to such a group if needed to make sure that the data being collected is the kind of data that we are looking for.
>>
>>
>>
>> As far as considering certain species Extirpated or not after a rapid decline years or decades (anyone seen Spotted Dove in California lately?) later, there was verbiage in the ABA's criteria on this topic that I didn't mention on our new webpage. Such species (native or exotics) that become Extirpated remain on the Texas State List with a notation for that. I guess at one point there was some issue with ABA countability for extirpated exotics but this is not a topic of concern for the TBRC since the Texas State List is not focused on countability or not.
>>
>>
>>
>> --Eric
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>>
>> Eric Carpenter
>>
>> Secretary, TBRC
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> Eric Carpenter
> Dripping Springs, TX

 

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Date: 1/15/20 4:24 pm
From: Susan Schaezler <susan...>
Subject: [texbirds] 1-15-20 Whip-poor-will @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
1-15-20 Whip-poor-will @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary

Here’s Don’s comments on the Whip-poor-will @ Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary today

“ Flushed from the ground when my Golden Retriever saw or smelled it. It fluttered up and into brush a few ft off the ground. Very rapid wingbeat, with no sound. The bird flushed a second time and moved perhaps 10-12 ft away and several ft higher. It was about the same length as a Northern Cardinal with a fairly long tail. It appeared to be solid gray. It was in a very tangled area of vegetation. I could not locate it with binoculars when it was perched”

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

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Date: 1/15/20 4:21 pm
From: C M Prince <GoldwingerTX...>
Subject: [texbirds] Hawk ID
Help with ID Please
Photo taken two miles north from Bentsen Palm State Park at
Green Gate Grove

[image: Hawk-ID.jpg]

C M Prince
Palmview, TX

 

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Date: 1/15/20 11:30 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge morning bird walk, January 15, 2020
Good morning, Texbirders,
It was an amazing morning at the refuge the kingfishers were out in abundance several Belted Kingfishers put on quite a show over Willow Lakes, diving at each other and keeping the air filled with their rattle. The Ringed Kingfisher caught a fish, then perched within easy range for all to see! What a treat.
Come join the fun! Bird walks are conducted daily (except Sunday) beginning at 8:30am.
John and Sue Ewan, USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, TX

CHECKLIST S63421170
Wed 15 Jan 2020 8:13 AM
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059) Hidalgo County, Texas, United States
John and Sue Ewan
Traveling Complete 3 hr, 57 min 3.11 mi
Morning bird walk
Submitted from eBird Android, version 2.0.6
63 Species observed
3 Blue-winged Teal
2 Cinnamon Teal
35 Northern Shoveler
66 Gadwall
13 Mottled Duck
3 Northern Pintail
1 Mallard x Northern Pintail (hybrid)
Continuing bird on Pintail #3
2 Green-winged Teal
2 Bufflehead
4 Plain Chachalaca
2 Least Grebe
28 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
3 Inca Dove
1 White-tipped Dove
3 White-winged Dove
2 Mourning Dove
1 Common Pauraque
1 Sora
86 American Coot
22 Black-necked Stilt
3 Killdeer
1 Long-billed Curlew
13 Wilson's Snipe
5 Greater Yellowlegs
2 Lesser Yellowlegs
1 Neotropic Cormorant
1 Double-crested Cormorant
3 Great Blue Heron
1 Great Egret
6 Snowy Egret
37 White Ibis
38 White-faced Ibis
2 Roseate Spoonbill
4 Turkey Vulture
1 Northern Harrier
2 Harris's Hawk
1 White-tailed Hawk
1 Gray Hawk
1 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Ringed Kingfisher
4 Belted Kingfisher
4 Green Kingfisher
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
6 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
3 American Kestrel
1 Peregrine Falcon
1 Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
3 Eastern Phoebe
4 Vermilion Flycatcher
12 Great Kiskadee
2 Loggerhead Shrike
5 Green Jay
4 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
1 Tree Swallow
1 Cave Swallow
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
2 Western Meadowlark
2 Altamira Oriole
168 Red-winged Blackbird
6 Great-tailed Grackle
1 Black-and-white Warbler
2 Orange-crowned Warbler
4 Northern Cardinal


 

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Date: 1/15/20 11:15 am
From: Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics
Thanks, Fred. This is exactly the sort of information that we are looking
to have DOCUMENTED and PUBLISHED. When it comes to both exotics and to
reviewing records of rare birds, the TBRC looks at DOCUMENTATION and not
just anecdotal comments/observations. For those folks living in the
Houston area that might see exotics on a daily or regular basis, it might
only be a matter of getting this information DOCUMENTED and done so in a
more or less permanent way (a PUBLISHED paper rather than notes/comments on
ephemeral platforms like Texbirds or Facebook).

As an example, I suspect there are many folks that regularly see Red-vented
Bulbul and assume that they are established and question why they are not
considered as such. As someone who has birded a pretty fair amount in
Texas for 40+ years and has never seen (and perhaps never will see) even
one Red-vented Bulbul in the state, out of sight is out of mind for me. I
can go looking in eBird and see a lot of reports of the bulbul in the
Houston area but as for as how far along they are to meeting the
criteria to be established, it is hard for me to ascertain that from just
looking at eBird along with hearing anecdotal reports of numbers and
breeding that is not included in eBird. As I mentioned in a previous note,
Dr. Brooks has some papers (which I encourage you all to read along with
the Pranty paper on Egyptian Geese in Florida) that are definitely great
documentation starting points for a few of the candidate species.

--Eric

On Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 12:22 PM Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <
<Fred.Collins...> wrote:

> I am pretty sure Egyptian Geese meet the 15 year requirement at least in
> the Hill Country. I am pretty sure but not positive that they have bred in
> Bear Creek Park off and on for more than 15 years also. I’ll see if I can
> confirm that from notes when I started working in the parks department in
> 2002. Dan Brooks has published some information about Egyptian Geese in
> Texas. Not sure if it was a peer reviewed journal or not.
>
>
>
> Red-vented Bulbul have been present in the Heights since 1958, first
> published record. Houston Audubon’s annual census will be doing the 5th
> annual one on June 6, 2020 in case you would like to help. Each year we
> detect a larger number of birds but are still trying to document the entire
> range. In 2018 we documented over 100 birds in a single day, all pairs or
> family groups. They are spreading to Brazoria and Fort Bend County. The
> expansion seems to primarily occurred beyond the Houston Heights area since
> 2010. We have published an article about the Bulbul census in the Texas
> Bird Annual. I plan on putting an article in the Texas Bulletin following
> the 2020 census. Dan Brooks has published an article about the bulbuls in
> Houston in a peer reviewed journal.
>
>
>
> Scaly-breasted Munia is close to if not exceeding 15 years. It breeds
> widely across the area and is spreading into other counties. Dan Brooks
> will soon or has published an article about them recently in a peer
> reviewed journal. Birds observed have a high incidence of first year birds
> indication a healthy population. These birds number in the 100s if not
> thousands.
>
>
>
> I think all three of these birds are firmly established it’s just a matter
> of individuals to work on various facets documenting the birds biology and
> population and publishing that information in a peer reviewed journal.
> Putting observations into ebird are important. Researchers have access to
> those observations, but those alone will not meet the criteria.
>
>
>
>
>
> *Fred Collins*
>
> Director, Kleb Woods Nature Preserve
>
> 20303 Draper Road
>
> Tomball, Texas 77377
>
>
>
> *Commissioner Steve Radack*
>
> Precinct 3, Harris County
>
> www.pct3.com
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> *From:* <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> *On
> Behalf Of *Troy Hibbitts
> *Sent:* Wednesday, January 15, 2020 11:48 AM
> *To:* Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...>
> *Cc:* Texbirds <texbirds...>
> *Subject:* [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment
> of Exotics
>
>
>
> at minimum, it would answer folk's questions as to "why isn't [species in
> Q] considered 'established' in Texas despite its [apparent] abundance".
> E.g.
>
> Egyptian Goose - does not meet 15 year criteria
>
> Red-vented Bulbul - does not meet 15 year criteria
>
> White-crowned Parrot - no evidence of breeding, very small population size
>
>
>
> And I agree that TBRC should not be concerned with "countability" or not,
> but rather the documentation of Texas' avifauna. As such, these
> established/near established exotics constitute a greater percentage of
> Texas' wild birds than do vagrants such Bare-throated Tiger Herons (2
> records - ever). That said, I have no issue with the criteria used to
> determine if such exotics are "established" - I think that those are fine
> (more or less - you've got to have a cut off somewhere), only that I think
> it would be useful to include such common species which are [apparently] in
> the process of becoming established on a list of exotics where folks could
> see where they fail to meet the TBRC criteria for establishment.
>
>
>
> Troy
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
> On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 11:24:18 AM CST, Eric Carpenter <
> <ecarpe...> wrote:
>
>
>
>
>
> Troy,
>
>
>
> The TBRC can certainly put together a list of commonly seen/reported
> exotics that are not currently on the state list but am unsure of the
> purpose of having a scorecard for each. The type of documentation that we
> are looking for I feel is beyond an "easy" button/online form for submittal
> of minimal details and separate, perhaps unrelated observations but rather
> a comprehensive written report from individuals or groups that have really
> looked at and reviewed sightings over a period of years. eBird already
> serves as a place to enter your observations and I would encourage folks to
> do so there. In areas where some TX exotics appear to be thriving, these
> observations are validated like any other sighting and are visible on eBird
> maps just like native species entered there.
>
>
>
> As examples of the sort of documentation that would be useful, here is
> what I think was the bulk of what was presented for establishing Egyptian
> Goose in Florida (and thus the ABA):
>
>
>
> https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_42-3p91-107.pdf
> <https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsora.unm.edu%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2FFFN_42-3p91-107.pdf&data=02%7C01%<7Cfred.collins...>%7Cdb853543ae1940968e6808d799e3221c%7C0d9bc79c581b4477acf78d70dd3e555a%7C0%7C1%7C637147073127102014&sdata=QOeARa%2B%2FRK4GFGf0CtJ5vETIEsSTbFABDRrp%2F4D5Ix4%3D&reserved=0>
>
>
>
> Here in Texas, Dr. Dan Brooks has made some headway on documentation
> including an article in the TOS Bulletin on Egyptian Goose status (search
> for "Egyptian Geese" to find the article):
>
>
>
>
> http://www.texasbirds.org/publications/bulletins/bulletin_vol_49_1_and_2.pdf
> <https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.texasbirds.org%2Fpublications%2Fbulletins%2Fbulletin_vol_49_1_and_2.pdf&data=02%7C01%<7Cfred.collins...>%7Cdb853543ae1940968e6808d799e3221c%7C0d9bc79c581b4477acf78d70dd3e555a%7C0%7C1%7C637147073127111968&sdata=r25eTaL4jhnorDm4BntQQlEjS7wbA9csLfcbGVFWfm0%3D&reserved=0>
>
>
>
> He also has other published works and other projects on the topic of
> exotics which you can find here (and go look at the "Publications" section):
>
>
>
>
> http://www.hmns.org/exhibits/curators/daniel-m-brooks-ph-d/texas-invasive-bird-project/
> <https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hmns.org%2Fexhibits%2Fcurators%2Fdaniel-m-brooks-ph-d%2Ftexas-invasive-bird-project%2F&data=02%7C01%<7Cfred.collins...>%7Cdb853543ae1940968e6808d799e3221c%7C0d9bc79c581b4477acf78d70dd3e555a%7C0%7C1%7C637147073127111968&sdata=zmqYqRe%2FCKxZqlzPqW9HGArYKxLco%2FA1WhYgKZVOQIo%3D&reserved=0>
>
>
>
> I do agree that having a specific group tasked with researching/collecting
> data is a great idea as I find the effort involved could easily consume any
> single individual's free time. I don't really see why that needs to be
> the TBRC as there is very little (and none required) overlap in interest in
> those that are interested/selected to be on the committee and those that
> have an interest in exotics. With the current make-up of the committee, I
> don't see any member jumping at the chance to commit more time to something
> that they perhaps have only limited interest in and perhaps never or only
> rarely see. I think it would be perfect if interested individual(s) work
> with either TOS or a group like Houston Audubon (where the bulk of the
> exotics and interest is coming from) to form and run such a group if there
> is indeed enough interest to do so. I think the TBRC would be happy to
> give guidance to such a group if needed to make sure that the data being
> collected is the kind of data that we are looking for.
>
>
>
> As far as considering certain species Extirpated or not after a rapid
> decline years or decades (anyone seen Spotted Dove in California lately?)
> later, there was verbiage in the ABA's criteria on this topic that I didn't
> mention on our new webpage. Such species (native or exotics) that become
> Extirpated remain on the Texas State List with a notation for that. I
> guess at one point there was some issue with ABA countability for
> extirpated exotics but this is not a topic of concern for the TBRC since
> the Texas State List is not focused on countability or not.
>
>
>
> --Eric
>
>
>
> --
>
> Eric Carpenter
>
> Secretary, TBRC
>
>
>
>
>
>
>


--
Eric Carpenter
Dripping Springs, TX

 

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Date: 1/15/20 11:10 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: FOS PUMA
Citing : https://www.purplemartin.org/research/8/scout-arrival-study/

On Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 12:49 PM Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
wrote:

> Texas first Purple Martin of 2020 appeared in Corpus Christi yesterday
> Jan.14.
>
> --
>
> Brush Freeman
> <http://www.biospatialsevices.com>
> Utley & Cedar Park, Texas
>
>
>
>

--

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

 

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Date: 1/15/20 10:50 am
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman...>
Subject: [texbirds] FOS PUMA
Texas first Purple Martin of 2020 appeared in Corpus Christi yesterday
Jan.14.

--

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

 

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Date: 1/15/20 10:44 am
From: Timothy Brush <timothy.brush...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics
Yes, I agree that someone like Dan documenting/publishing species statuses is the way to go.
Best regards,
Tim Brush
Edinburg, TX

From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 12:22 PM
To: <alterna2627...>; Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...>
Cc: Texbirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics

I am pretty sure Egyptian Geese meet the 15 year requirement at least in the Hill Country. I am pretty sure but not positive that they have bred in Bear Creek Park off and on for more than 15 years also. I’ll see if I can confirm that from notes when I started working in the parks department in 2002. Dan Brooks has published some information about Egyptian Geese in Texas. Not sure if it was a peer reviewed journal or not.

Red-vented Bulbul have been present in the Heights since 1958, first published record. Houston Audubon’s annual census will be doing the 5th annual one on June 6, 2020 in case you would like to help. Each year we detect a larger number of birds but are still trying to document the entire range. In 2018 we documented over 100 birds in a single day, all pairs or family groups. They are spreading to Brazoria and Fort Bend County. The expansion seems to primarily occurred beyond the Houston Heights area since 2010. We have published an article about the Bulbul census in the Texas Bird Annual. I plan on putting an article in the Texas Bulletin following the 2020 census. Dan Brooks has published an article about the bulbuls in Houston in a peer reviewed journal.

Scaly-breasted Munia is close to if not exceeding 15 years. It breeds widely across the area and is spreading into other counties. Dan Brooks will soon or has published an article about them recently in a peer reviewed journal. Birds observed have a high incidence of first year birds indication a healthy population. These birds number in the 100s if not thousands.

I think all three of these birds are firmly established it’s just a matter of individuals to work on various facets documenting the birds biology and population and publishing that information in a peer reviewed journal. Putting observations into ebird are important. Researchers have access to those observations, but those alone will not meet the criteria.


Fred Collins
Director, Kleb Woods Nature Preserve
20303 Draper Road
Tomball, Texas 77377

Commissioner Steve Radack
Precinct 3, Harris County
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From: <texbirds-bounce...><mailto:<texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...><mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>> On Behalf Of Troy Hibbitts
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 11:48 AM
To: Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...><mailto:<ecarpe...>>
Cc: Texbirds <texbirds...><mailto:<texbirds...>>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics

at minimum, it would answer folk's questions as to "why isn't [species in Q] considered 'established' in Texas despite its [apparent] abundance". E.g.

Egyptian Goose - does not meet 15 year criteria
Red-vented Bulbul - does not meet 15 year criteria
White-crowned Parrot - no evidence of breeding, very small population size

And I agree that TBRC should not be concerned with "countability" or not, but rather the documentation of Texas' avifauna. As such, these established/near established exotics constitute a greater percentage of Texas' wild birds than do vagrants such Bare-throated Tiger Herons (2 records - ever). That said, I have no issue with the criteria used to determine if such exotics are "established" - I think that those are fine (more or less - you've got to have a cut off somewhere), only that I think it would be useful to include such common species which are [apparently] in the process of becoming established on a list of exotics where folks could see where they fail to meet the TBRC criteria for establishment.

Troy



On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 11:24:18 AM CST, Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...><mailto:<ecarpe...>> wrote:


Troy,

The TBRC can certainly put together a list of commonly seen/reported exotics that are not currently on the state list but am unsure of the purpose of having a scorecard for each. The type of documentation that we are looking for I feel is beyond an "easy" button/online form for submittal of minimal details and separate, perhaps unrelated observations but rather a comprehensive written report from individuals or groups that have really looked at and reviewed sightings over a period of years. eBird already serves as a place to enter your observations and I would encourage folks to do so there. In areas where some TX exotics appear to be thriving, these observations are validated like any other sighting and are visible on eBird maps just like native species entered there.

As examples of the sort of documentation that would be useful, here is what I think was the bulk of what was presented for establishing Egyptian Goose in Florida (and thus the ABA):

https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_42-3p91-107.pdf<https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsora.unm.edu%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2FFFN_42-3p91-107.pdf&data=02%7C01%<7Ctimothy.brush...>%7C7177cf8479a341bdbf0408d799e7ff29%7C990436a687df491c91249afa91f88827%7C0%7C1%7C637147094017201175&sdata=vVv2%2FcX4V%2BmershzRDWt7iCOjBWULBb3SXOmYqA4o6g%3D&reserved=0>

Here in Texas, Dr. Dan Brooks has made some headway on documentation including an article in the TOS Bulletin on Egyptian Goose status (search for "Egyptian Geese" to find the article):

http://www.texasbirds.org/publications/bulletins/bulletin_vol_49_1_and_2.pdf<https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.texasbirds.org%2Fpublications%2Fbulletins%2Fbulletin_vol_49_1_and_2.pdf&data=02%7C01%<7Ctimothy.brush...>%7C7177cf8479a341bdbf0408d799e7ff29%7C990436a687df491c91249afa91f88827%7C0%7C1%7C637147094017211168&sdata=lk8dHls9OKRg4FMGm2%2Bqxr8s6SyTniV05yGygVGvkeY%3D&reserved=0>

He also has other published works and other projects on the topic of exotics which you can find here (and go look at the "Publications" section):

http://www.hmns.org/exhibits/curators/daniel-m-brooks-ph-d/texas-invasive-bird-project/<https://nam01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hmns.org%2Fexhibits%2Fcurators%2Fdaniel-m-brooks-ph-d%2Ftexas-invasive-bird-project%2F&data=02%7C01%<7Ctimothy.brush...>%7C7177cf8479a341bdbf0408d799e7ff29%7C990436a687df491c91249afa91f88827%7C0%7C1%7C637147094017211168&sdata=e5FFi8uRgCzLDnxCnV0PSJ7ymy2qs7HrPeV5OneHpXk%3D&reserved=0>

I do agree that having a specific group tasked with researching/collecting data is a great idea as I find the effort involved could easily consume any single individual's free time. I don't really see why that needs to be the TBRC as there is very little (and none required) overlap in interest in those that are interested/selected to be on the committee and those that have an interest in exotics. With the current make-up of the committee, I don't see any member jumping at the chance to commit more time to something that they perhaps have only limited interest in and perhaps never or only rarely see. I think it would be perfect if interested individual(s) work with either TOS or a group like Houston Audubon (where the bulk of the exotics and interest is coming from) to form and run such a group if there is indeed enough interest to do so. I think the TBRC would be happy to give guidance to such a group if needed to make sure that the data being collected is the kind of data that we are looking for.

As far as considering certain species Extirpated or not after a rapid decline years or decades (anyone seen Spotted Dove in California lately?) later, there was verbiage in the ABA's criteria on this topic that I didn't mention on our new webpage. Such species (native or exotics) that become Extirpated remain on the Texas State List with a notation for that. I guess at one point there was some issue with ABA countability for extirpated exotics but this is not a topic of concern for the TBRC since the Texas State List is not focused on countability or not.

--Eric

--
Eric Carpenter
Secretary, TBRC



 

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Date: 1/15/20 10:23 am
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <Fred.Collins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics
I am pretty sure Egyptian Geese meet the 15 year requirement at least in the Hill Country. I am pretty sure but not positive that they have bred in Bear Creek Park off and on for more than 15 years also. I’ll see if I can confirm that from notes when I started working in the parks department in 2002. Dan Brooks has published some information about Egyptian Geese in Texas. Not sure if it was a peer reviewed journal or not.

Red-vented Bulbul have been present in the Heights since 1958, first published record. Houston Audubon’s annual census will be doing the 5th annual one on June 6, 2020 in case you would like to help. Each year we detect a larger number of birds but are still trying to document the entire range. In 2018 we documented over 100 birds in a single day, all pairs or family groups. They are spreading to Brazoria and Fort Bend County. The expansion seems to primarily occurred beyond the Houston Heights area since 2010. We have published an article about the Bulbul census in the Texas Bird Annual. I plan on putting an article in the Texas Bulletin following the 2020 census. Dan Brooks has published an article about the bulbuls in Houston in a peer reviewed journal.

Scaly-breasted Munia is close to if not exceeding 15 years. It breeds widely across the area and is spreading into other counties. Dan Brooks will soon or has published an article about them recently in a peer reviewed journal. Birds observed have a high incidence of first year birds indication a healthy population. These birds number in the 100s if not thousands.

I think all three of these birds are firmly established it’s just a matter of individuals to work on various facets documenting the birds biology and population and publishing that information in a peer reviewed journal. Putting observations into ebird are important. Researchers have access to those observations, but those alone will not meet the criteria.


Fred Collins
Director, Kleb Woods Nature Preserve
20303 Draper Road
Tomball, Texas 77377

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



From: <texbirds-bounce...> <texbirds-bounce...> On Behalf Of Troy Hibbitts
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 11:48 AM
To: Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...>
Cc: Texbirds <texbirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics

at minimum, it would answer folk's questions as to "why isn't [species in Q] considered 'established' in Texas despite its [apparent] abundance". E.g.

Egyptian Goose - does not meet 15 year criteria
Red-vented Bulbul - does not meet 15 year criteria
White-crowned Parrot - no evidence of breeding, very small population size

And I agree that TBRC should not be concerned with "countability" or not, but rather the documentation of Texas' avifauna. As such, these established/near established exotics constitute a greater percentage of Texas' wild birds than do vagrants such Bare-throated Tiger Herons (2 records - ever). That said, I have no issue with the criteria used to determine if such exotics are "established" - I think that those are fine (more or less - you've got to have a cut off somewhere), only that I think it would be useful to include such common species which are [apparently] in the process of becoming established on a list of exotics where folks could see where they fail to meet the TBRC criteria for establishment.

Troy



On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 11:24:18 AM CST, Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...><mailto:<ecarpe...>> wrote:


Troy,

The TBRC can certainly put together a list of commonly seen/reported exotics that are not currently on the state list but am unsure of the purpose of having a scorecard for each. The type of documentation that we are looking for I feel is beyond an "easy" button/online form for submittal of minimal details and separate, perhaps unrelated observations but rather a comprehensive written report from individuals or groups that have really looked at and reviewed sightings over a period of years. eBird already serves as a place to enter your observations and I would encourage folks to do so there. In areas where some TX exotics appear to be thriving, these observations are validated like any other sighting and are visible on eBird maps just like native species entered there.

As examples of the sort of documentation that would be useful, here is what I think was the bulk of what was presented for establishing Egyptian Goose in Florida (and thus the ABA):

https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_42-3p91-107.pdf<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fsora.unm.edu%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2FFFN_42-3p91-107.pdf&data=02%7C01%<7Cfred.collins...>%7Cdb853543ae1940968e6808d799e3221c%7C0d9bc79c581b4477acf78d70dd3e555a%7C0%7C1%7C637147073127102014&sdata=QOeARa%2B%2FRK4GFGf0CtJ5vETIEsSTbFABDRrp%2F4D5Ix4%3D&reserved=0>

Here in Texas, Dr. Dan Brooks has made some headway on documentation including an article in the TOS Bulletin on Egyptian Goose status (search for "Egyptian Geese" to find the article):

http://www.texasbirds.org/publications/bulletins/bulletin_vol_49_1_and_2.pdf<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.texasbirds.org%2Fpublications%2Fbulletins%2Fbulletin_vol_49_1_and_2.pdf&data=02%7C01%<7Cfred.collins...>%7Cdb853543ae1940968e6808d799e3221c%7C0d9bc79c581b4477acf78d70dd3e555a%7C0%7C1%7C637147073127111968&sdata=r25eTaL4jhnorDm4BntQQlEjS7wbA9csLfcbGVFWfm0%3D&reserved=0>

He also has other published works and other projects on the topic of exotics which you can find here (and go look at the "Publications" section):

http://www.hmns.org/exhibits/curators/daniel-m-brooks-ph-d/texas-invasive-bird-project/<https://gcc01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hmns.org%2Fexhibits%2Fcurators%2Fdaniel-m-brooks-ph-d%2Ftexas-invasive-bird-project%2F&data=02%7C01%<7Cfred.collins...>%7Cdb853543ae1940968e6808d799e3221c%7C0d9bc79c581b4477acf78d70dd3e555a%7C0%7C1%7C637147073127111968&sdata=zmqYqRe%2FCKxZqlzPqW9HGArYKxLco%2FA1WhYgKZVOQIo%3D&reserved=0>

I do agree that having a specific group tasked with researching/collecting data is a great idea as I find the effort involved could easily consume any single individual's free time. I don't really see why that needs to be the TBRC as there is very little (and none required) overlap in interest in those that are interested/selected to be on the committee and those that have an interest in exotics. With the current make-up of the committee, I don't see any member jumping at the chance to commit more time to something that they perhaps have only limited interest in and perhaps never or only rarely see. I think it would be perfect if interested individual(s) work with either TOS or a group like Houston Audubon (where the bulk of the exotics and interest is coming from) to form and run such a group if there is indeed enough interest to do so. I think the TBRC would be happy to give guidance to such a group if needed to make sure that the data being collected is the kind of data that we are looking for.

As far as considering certain species Extirpated or not after a rapid decline years or decades (anyone seen Spotted Dove in California lately?) later, there was verbiage in the ABA's criteria on this topic that I didn't mention on our new webpage. Such species (native or exotics) that become Extirpated remain on the Texas State List with a notation for that. I guess at one point there was some issue with ABA countability for extirpated exotics but this is not a topic of concern for the TBRC since the Texas State List is not focused on countability or not.

--Eric

--
Eric Carpenter
Secretary, TBRC



 

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Date: 1/15/20 10:13 am
From: Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics
Troy,

Your TBRC endorsed scorecard idea implies that each of these species have
already been reviewed (partially) by the committee and there is criteria
which we all agree has already been met (and no longer needs to be
proven/documented). Outside of photo documentation of all the candidate
species, I am unaware of any species that would get an
obvious unanimous agreement/endorsement for ANY of criteria items 2 through
8. If any particular interested group wants to keep their own scorecard,
they certainly can but we are looking for this data to be presented as a
whole.

--Eric


On Wed, Jan 15, 2020 at 11:47 AM Troy Hibbitts <alterna2627...> wrote:

> at minimum, it would answer folk's questions as to "why isn't [species in
> Q] considered 'established' in Texas despite its [apparent] abundance".
> E.g.
>
> Egyptian Goose - does not meet 15 year criteria
> Red-vented Bulbul - does not meet 15 year criteria
> White-crowned Parrot - no evidence of breeding, very small population size
>
> And I agree that TBRC should not be concerned with "countability" or not,
> but rather the documentation of Texas' avifauna. As such, these
> established/near established exotics constitute a greater percentage of
> Texas' wild birds than do vagrants such Bare-throated Tiger Herons (2
> records - ever). That said, I have no issue with the criteria used to
> determine if such exotics are "established" - I think that those are fine
> (more or less - you've got to have a cut off somewhere), only that I think
> it would be useful to include such common species which are [apparently] in
> the process of becoming established on a list of exotics where folks could
> see where they fail to meet the TBRC criteria for establishment.
>
> Troy
>
>
>
> On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 11:24:18 AM CST, Eric Carpenter <
> <ecarpe...> wrote:
>
>
> Troy,
>
> The TBRC can certainly put together a list of commonly seen/reported
> exotics that are not currently on the state list but am unsure of the
> purpose of having a scorecard for each. The type of documentation that we
> are looking for I feel is beyond an "easy" button/online form for submittal
> of minimal details and separate, perhaps unrelated observations but rather
> a comprehensive written report from individuals or groups that have really
> looked at and reviewed sightings over a period of years. eBird already
> serves as a place to enter your observations and I would encourage folks to
> do so there. In areas where some TX exotics appear to be thriving, these
> observations are validated like any other sighting and are visible on eBird
> maps just like native species entered there.
>
> As examples of the sort of documentation that would be useful, here is
> what I think was the bulk of what was presented for establishing Egyptian
> Goose in Florida (and thus the ABA):
>
> https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_42-3p91-107.pdf
>
> Here in Texas, Dr. Dan Brooks has made some headway on documentation
> including an article in the TOS Bulletin on Egyptian Goose status (search
> for "Egyptian Geese" to find the article):
>
>
> http://www.texasbirds.org/publications/bulletins/bulletin_vol_49_1_and_2.pdf
>
> He also has other published works and other projects on the topic of
> exotics which you can find here (and go look at the "Publications" section):
>
>
> http://www.hmns.org/exhibits/curators/daniel-m-brooks-ph-d/texas-invasive-bird-project/
>
> I do agree that having a specific group tasked with researching/collecting
> data is a great idea as I find the effort involved could easily consume any
> single individual's free time. I don't really see why that needs to be
> the TBRC as there is very little (and none required) overlap in interest in
> those that are interested/selected to be on the committee and those that
> have an interest in exotics. With the current make-up of the committee, I
> don't see any member jumping at the chance to commit more time to something
> that they perhaps have only limited interest in and perhaps never or only
> rarely see. I think it would be perfect if interested individual(s) work
> with either TOS or a group like Houston Audubon (where the bulk of the
> exotics and interest is coming from) to form and run such a group if there
> is indeed enough interest to do so. I think the TBRC would be happy to
> give guidance to such a group if needed to make sure that the data being
> collected is the kind of data that we are looking for.
>
> As far as considering certain species Extirpated or not after a rapid
> decline years or decades (anyone seen Spotted Dove in California lately?)
> later, there was verbiage in the ABA's criteria on this topic that I didn't
> mention on our new webpage. Such species (native or exotics) that become
> Extirpated remain on the Texas State List with a notation for that. I
> guess at one point there was some issue with ABA countability for
> extirpated exotics but this is not a topic of concern for the TBRC since
> the Texas State List is not focused on countability or not.
>
> --Eric
>
> --
> Eric Carpenter
> Secretary, TBRC
>
>
>
>

--
Eric Carpenter
Dripping Springs, TX

 

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Date: 1/15/20 10:02 am
From: Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics
Troy,

The TBRC can certainly put together a list of commonly seen/reported
exotics that are not currently on the state list but am unsure of the
purpose of having a scorecard for each. The type of documentation that we
are looking for I feel is beyond an "easy" button/online form for submittal
of minimal details and separate, perhaps unrelated observations but rather
a comprehensive written report from individuals or groups that have really
looked at and reviewed sightings over a period of years. eBird already
serves as a place to enter your observations and I would encourage folks to
do so there. In areas where some TX exotics appear to be thriving, these
observations are validated like any other sighting and are visible on eBird
maps just like native species entered there.

As examples of the sort of documentation that would be useful, here is what
I think was the bulk of what was presented for establishing Egyptian Goose
in Florida (and thus the ABA):

https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_42-3p91-107.pdf

Here in Texas, Dr. Dan Brooks has made some headway on documentation
including an article in the TOS Bulletin on Egyptian Goose status (search
for "Egyptian Geese" to find the article):


http://www.texasbirds.org/publications/bulletins/bulletin_vol_49_1_and_2.pdf

He also has other published works and other projects on the topic of
exotics which you can find here (and go look at the "Publications" section):


http://www.hmns.org/exhibits/curators/daniel-m-brooks-ph-d/texas-invasive-bird-project/

I do agree that having a specific group tasked with researching/collecting
data is a great idea as I find the effort involved could easily consume any
single individual's free time. I don't really see why that needs to be
the TBRC as there is very little (and none required) overlap in interest in
those that are interested/selected to be on the committee and those that
have an interest in exotics. With the current make-up of the committee, I
don't see any member jumping at the chance to commit more time to something
that they perhaps have only limited interest in and perhaps never or only
rarely see. I think it would be perfect if interested individual(s) work
with either TOS or a group like Houston Audubon (where the bulk of the
exotics and interest is coming from) to form and run such a group if there
is indeed enough interest to do so. I think the TBRC would be happy to
give guidance to such a group if needed to make sure that the data being
collected is the kind of data that we are looking for.

As far as considering certain species Extirpated or not after a rapid
decline years or decades (anyone seen Spotted Dove in California lately?)
later, there was verbiage in the ABA's criteria on this topic that I didn't
mention on our new webpage. Such species (native or exotics) that become
Extirpated remain on the Texas State List with a notation for that. I
guess at one point there was some issue with ABA countability for
extirpated exotics but this is not a topic of concern for the TBRC since
the Texas State List is not focused on countability or not.

--Eric

--
Eric Carpenter
Secretary, TBRC

 

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Date: 1/15/20 9:48 am
From: Troy Hibbitts <alterna2627...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics
at minimum, it would answer folk's questions as to "why isn't [species in Q] considered 'established' in Texas despite its [apparent] abundance".  E.g.

Egyptian Goose - does not meet 15 year criteriaRed-vented Bulbul - does not meet 15 year criteriaWhite-crowned Parrot - no evidence of breeding, very small population size
And I agree that TBRC should not be concerned with "countability" or not, but rather the documentation of Texas' avifauna.  As such, these established/near established exotics constitute a greater percentage of Texas' wild birds than do vagrants such Bare-throated Tiger Herons (2 records - ever).  That said, I have no issue with the criteria used to determine if such exotics are "established" - I think that those are fine (more or less - you've got to have a cut off somewhere), only that I think it would be useful to include such common species which are [apparently] in the process of becoming established on a list of exotics where folks could see where they fail to meet the TBRC criteria for establishment.
Troy


On Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 11:24:18 AM CST, Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...> wrote:

Troy,
The TBRC can certainly put together a list of commonly seen/reported exotics that are not currently on the state list but am unsure of the purpose of having a scorecard for each.  The type of documentation that we are looking for I feel is beyond an "easy" button/online form for submittal of minimal details and separate, perhaps unrelated observations but rather a comprehensive written report from individuals or groups that have really looked at and reviewed sightings over a period of years.  eBird already serves as a place to enter your observations and I would encourage folks to do so there.  In areas where some TX exotics appear to be thriving, these observations are validated like any other sighting and are visible on eBird maps just like native species entered there.
As examples of the sort of documentation that would be useful, here is what I think was the bulk of what was presented for establishing Egyptian Goose in Florida (and thus the ABA):
   https://sora.unm.edu/sites/default/files/FFN_42-3p91-107.pdf
Here in Texas, Dr. Dan Brooks has made some headway on documentation including an article in the TOS Bulletin on Egyptian Goose status (search for "Egyptian Geese" to find the article):
    http://www.texasbirds.org/publications/bulletins/bulletin_vol_49_1_and_2.pdf
He also has other published works and other projects on the topic of exotics which you can find here (and go look at the "Publications" section):
    http://www.hmns.org/exhibits/curators/daniel-m-brooks-ph-d/texas-invasive-bird-project/
I do agree that having a specific group tasked with researching/collecting data is a great idea as I find the effort involved could easily consume any single individual's free time.   I don't really see why that needs to be the TBRC as there is very little (and none required) overlap in interest in those that are interested/selected to be on the committee and those that have an interest in exotics.   With the current make-up of the committee, I don't see any member jumping at the chance to commit more time to something that they perhaps have only limited interest in and perhaps never or only rarely see.   I think it would be perfect if interested individual(s) work with either TOS or a group like Houston Audubon (where the bulk of the exotics and interest is coming from) to form and run such a group if there is indeed enough interest to do so.  I think the TBRC would be happy to give guidance to such a group if needed to make sure that the data being collected is the kind of data that we are looking for.
As far as considering certain species Extirpated or not after a rapid decline years or decades (anyone seen Spotted Dove in California lately?) later, there was verbiage in the ABA's criteria on this topic that I didn't mention on our new webpage.  Such species (native or exotics) that become Extirpated remain on the Texas State List with a notation for that.  I guess at one point there was some issue with ABA countability for extirpated exotics but this is not a topic of concern for the TBRC since the Texas State List is not focused on countability or not.
--Eric

--
Eric CarpenterSecretary,  TBRC



 

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Date: 1/15/20 8:02 am
From: Troy Hibbitts <alterna2627...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics
one other thing comes to mind - 

A formal documentation form that allows folks to provide information on these exotics seems seems warranted.  Given that this is a more complicated problem than simply documenting a single vagrant/review species record, I wouldn't suggest a simple on-line form, but rather something more generic.  E.g.

Species:

Criteria (1-7) addressed:


Documentation:

Which might come out as:

Species:  Red-vented Bulbul
Criteria (1-7) addressed:  (5) Evidence of Reproduction

Documentation:  

(obviously, this will be the bulk of such a report)
various reports (eBird/otherwise) documenting successful reproduction

Troy
 

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Date: 1/15/20 7:47 am
From: Troy Hibbitts <alterna2627...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics
One aspect of this that doesn't sit all that well with me is when populations have been present for years and are thus "accepted" but which are declining to the point that their extirpation seems imminent (e.g. Eurasian Skylarks in Vancouver, Red-whiskered Bulbuls in Miami) vs populations which haven't met the "15 year criteria" which are clearly expanding their range and populations (e.g. Egyptian Geese, Red-vented Bulbuls, Scaly-breasted Munias in Texas).

I think that state records committees (or a subcommittee charged with tracking exotics) should maintain a list of all documented exotics which can be reviewed as to how/why they meet or fail to meet the 7 criteria outlined.  E.g.

Egyptian Goose (6 or 7 criteria met):
1) photo documented2) contiguous populations present3) control programs unlikely to succeed due to large extant population4) large population5) ample reproduction evident6) not present for 15 years7) not dependent on human intervention
White-crowned Parrot (3 of 7 criteria met)
1) photo documented2) populations not contiguous3) no control programs4) population small, presumably less than . . . 5) no/scant evidence of reproduction6) not present for 15 years7) not dependent on human intervention
Yes, that's more work for state records committees, but it would provide a resource that would be useful for birders both in understanding why a common exotic is not on the state list AND so that such birders could provide/accumulate necessary documentation.
Troy

From: Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...>
Date: Tue, 14 Jan 2020 08:15:49 -0600
Subject: [texbirds] TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics

Why is Egyptian Goose (or insert another one of your favorite
exotic/introduced species) not on the state list for Texas? The TBRC,
designated keepers of this state list, has long answered that question with
a response about the need to document that the species is established but
we had fallen behind in publishing the exact details of what that really
means.
So, we have created a page on our website that covers this topic as it
addresses the criteria for determining if/when a species is considered
established and thus a species that could be put on the state list. Read
all about it here:


https://www.texasbirdrecordscommittee.org/home/criteria-for-determining-establishment-of-exotics?fbclid=IwAR2vxVG4Xmr1FdU6xaHx5SKY85k_BPIcydHMEsPPEAFrFNNcguGsk9ev31M

--Eric

Eric Carpenter
Secretary, Texas Bird Records Committee
<ecarpe...>




 

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Date: 1/15/20 7:01 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Red-necked Grebe, Hubbard Creek Lake (Stephens Co.)
Texbirds,

A well-documented RED-NECKED GREBE from Hubbard Creek Lake, near boat ramp
and campground, in Breckenridge (Stephens County) from yesterday, 14
January 2020:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S63385946

It's been at least 5 years since one was documented in the state (per
eBird).

Good luck!

Justin Bosler
Austin, Texas

 

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Date: 1/15/20 7:01 am
From: Jack Chiles <dmarc-noreply-outsider...> (Redacted sender chilesjack for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR, 01-14-20
Today was a cool calm day with intermittent clouds and sunshine and the birds were very active. Some of the more interesting finds of the day were a couple of Horned Grebes off the end of Sandy Point. While we were watching them they took flight which is something that we don't often see, Horned Grebes in flight. We saw 4 Horned Larks at Goose Point and they were very near to Wildlife Dr. affording us excellent views. We don't often see Horned Larks on the refuge due to lack of suitable habitat. Harris's Sparrows were numerous with a count of 90 for the day. We found Eastern and Spotted Towhees near the entrance to Harris Creek Trail by the visitor center and near the large culvert near the crossover from C pad to Sandy Point Rd. We saw a total of 7 Towhees. We saw a Winter Wren on the road to Sandy. We found Ring-necked Ducks and Hooded Mergansers on a pond on Short Rd. Near the end of the day we saw over 9000 Snow and Ross's Geese on the lake near Goose Point and on Goose Poi
nt. There were lots of gulls out on the lake. We finished the day with 82 species.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S63398458
Jack Chiles, Texas Master Naturalist, and volunteer, Hagerman NWR
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Date: 1/15/20 6:43 am
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Austin Burrowing Owl and eBird
Texbirds,

If you've chased the Burrowing Owl in the Mueller neighborhood and
submitted a checklist to eBird, PLEASE consider merging your personal
location with the newly created "stakeout Burrowing Owl, Mueller
(2019-2020)" hotspot that John Berner so helpfully established. This
hotspot is intended for checklists that include the Burrowing Owl only or
birds seen from the construction site. If you observed the owl and then
birded the ponds at the Southeast Greenway, please retain your checklist
under that particular hotspot.

Steps:
1) Find your checklist
2) Click on "Edit location" next to current location name
3) Choose a nearby location on map
4) Click on the desired location and select "Continue"

https://ebird.org/submit/map

Thanks for your assistance in keeping the eBird output maps "clean" and
easily searchable.

Good birding!
Justin Bosler
Austin, Texas

 

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Date: 1/14/20 11:52 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird Walk, January 14, 2020
Good morning, Texbirders,
Getting warm these past few days, and the birds are enjoying the extra water in the Resacas. Interesting birds today.
Come join the fun! Bird walks are conducted daily (except Sunday) beginning at 8:30am.
John and Sue Ewan, USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, TX


CHECKLIST S63392038
Tue 14 Jan 2020 8:19 AM
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059) Hidalgo County, Texas, United States
John and Sue Ewan
Traveling Complete 4 hr, 18 min 3.95 mi
Morning Bird Walk
Submitted from eBird Android, version 2.0.6
67 Species observed
4 Snow Goose
1 Muscovy Duck (Domestic type)
4 Blue-winged Teal
3 Cinnamon Teal
33 Northern Shoveler
47 Gadwall
6 Mottled Duck
11 Northern Pintail
1 Mallard x Northern Pintail (hybrid)
Continuing bird on Pintail lake #3
15 Green-winged Teal
2 Bufflehead
12 Plain Chachalaca
10 Least Grebe
5 Pied-billed Grebe
96 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
8 Mourning Dove
1 Greater Roadrunner
1 Common Pauraque
1 Sora
1 Common Gallinule
135 American Coot
23 Black-necked Stilt
4 American Avocet
2 Killdeer
9 Long-billed Dowitcher
14 Wilson's Snipe
1 Spotted Sandpiper
5 Greater Yellowlegs
2 Lesser Yellowlegs
2 Neotropic Cormorant
4 Double-crested Cormorant
3 American White Pelican
4 Great Egret
5 Snowy Egret
29 White Ibis
38 White-faced Ibis
9 Turkey Vulture
2 Northern Harrier
1 Cooper's Hawk
6 Harris's Hawk
1 Gray Hawk
2 Red-shouldered Hawk
1 Ringed Kingfisher
2 Belted Kingfisher
3 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
1 American Kestrel
1 Peregrine Falcon
1 Black Phoebe
4 Eastern Phoebe
3 Vermilion Flycatcher
3 Great Kiskadee
2 White-eyed Vireo
1 Loggerhead Shrike
9 Green Jay
3 Black-crested Titmouse
1 Tree Swallow
3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 House Wren
3 Long-billed Thrasher
2 Northern Mockingbird
1 Clay-colored Thrush
11 House Sparrow
1 Olive Sparrow
3 Savannah Sparrow
3 Altamira Oriole
125 Red-winged Blackbird
15 Great-tailed Grackle
4 Orange-crowned Warbler
3 Northern Cardinal


 

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Date: 1/14/20 6:17 am
From: Eric Carpenter <ecarpe...>
Subject: [texbirds] TBRC - Criteria for Determining Establishment of Exotics
Why is Egyptian Goose (or insert another one of your favorite
exotic/introduced species) not on the state list for Texas? The TBRC,
designated keepers of this state list, has long answered that question with
a response about the need to document that the species is established but
we had fallen behind in publishing the exact details of what that really
means.

So, we have created a page on our website that covers this topic as it
addresses the criteria for determining if/when a species is considered
established and thus a species that could be put on the state list. Read
all about it here:


https://www.texasbirdrecordscommittee.org/home/criteria-for-determining-establishment-of-exotics?fbclid=IwAR2vxVG4Xmr1FdU6xaHx5SKY85k_BPIcydHMEsPPEAFrFNNcguGsk9ev31M

--Eric

Eric Carpenter
Secretary, Texas Bird Records Committee
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Date: 1/13/20 1:05 pm
From: Judy Kestner <jkestner...>
Subject: [texbirds] Need an address


If anyone knows of a forwarding address for Philip and Karen Beekman,
would you please contact me? I have returned mail intended for them.

Judy Kestner

TOS Membership Services


 

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Date: 1/13/20 11:53 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana morning bird walk, January 13, 2020
Good morning, Texbirders,
It was a beautiful morning on the refuge a wonderful group enjoyed a delightful morning together. The ponds are filling, so lots of wading bird activity, and the kingfishers were fun to watch. Also good hawk action.
Come join the fun! Bird walks are conducted daily (except Sunday) beginning at 8:30am.
John and Sue Ewan, USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, TX

CHECKLIST S63360358
Mon 13 Jan 2020 8:17 AM
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059) Hidalgo County, Texas, United States
John and Sue Ewan
Traveling Complete 4 hr, 9 min 3.22 mi
Submitted from eBird Android, version 2.0.6
77 Species observed
3 Blue-winged Teal
3 Cinnamon Teal
41 Northern Shoveler
65 Gadwall
10 Mottled Duck
3 Northern Pintail
1 Mallard x Northern Pintail (hybrid)
Continuing bird in Pintail #3
2 Green-winged Teal
3 Lesser Scaup
2 Bufflehead
1 Ruddy Duck
3 Least Grebe
5 Pied-billed Grebe
37 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
2 Inca Dove
1 White-tipped Dove
1 Sora
45 American Coot
23 Black-necked Stilt
4 American Avocet
4 Killdeer
11 Least Sandpiper
16 Long-billed Dowitcher
1 Wilson's Snipe
8 Greater Yellowlegs
4 Lesser Yellowlegs
4 Neotropic Cormorant
5 Double-crested Cormorant
2 Great Blue Heron
1 Great Egret
6 Snowy Egret
45 White Ibis
30 White-faced Ibis
3 Roseate Spoonbill
2 Turkey Vulture
1 Osprey
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk
1 Cooper's Hawk
1 Harris's Hawk
1 Gray Hawk
1 Ringed Kingfisher
2 Green Kingfisher
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
9 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
3 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
1 Crested Caracara
1 American Kestrel
2 Peregrine Falcon
2 Eastern Phoebe
4 Vermilion Flycatcher
6 Great Kiskadee
6 White-eyed Vireo
2 Loggerhead Shrike
9 Green Jay
7 Black-crested Titmouse
1 Verdin
2 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
4 Tree Swallow
1 Barn Swallow
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
4 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
2 House Wren
3 Carolina Wren
4 Long-billed Thrasher
2 Northern Mockingbird
1 Lesser Goldfinch
1 Olive Sparrow
1 Chipping Sparrow
1 Savannah Sparrow
1 Western Meadowlark
8 Altamira Oriole
125 Red-winged Blackbird
19 Great-tailed Grackle
3 Black-and-white Warbler
7 Orange-crowned Warbler
3 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow-throated Warbler
4 Northern Cardinal


 

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Date: 1/11/20 11:24 am
From: JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR bird walk 1/11/2020
After yesterday’s windy day, today’s birding and weather was enjoyed by all. Difficult to find but with persistence and some luck, we spotted the American Woodcock. Exciting. Come join us daily at 8:30 AM except on Sundays.
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
JoAnn and Max USFWS volunteers

Jan 11, 2020 8:45 AM - 12:45 PM
60 species (+1 other taxa)

Blue-winged Teal 4
Cinnamon Teal 2
Northern Shoveler 6
Gadwall 6
Mottled Duck 2
Northern Pintail 1
Green-winged Teal 2
Redhead 1
Bufflehead 2
Ruddy Duck 1
Plain Chachalaca 2
Least Grebe 1
Pied-billed Grebe 1
White-tipped Dove 1
American Coot 1
Black-necked Stilt 1
American Avocet 1
Least Sandpiper 4
Long-billed Dowitcher 6
American Woodcock 1 In wooded area near water. Dark stripes down back, Orange belly, long bill. Reported by others earlier today.
Wilson's Snipe 2
Greater Yellowlegs 4
Lesser Yellowlegs 4
Caspian Tern 2
Neotropic Cormorant 3
Double-crested Cormorant 3
American White Pelican 5
Great Egret 2
Snowy Egret 2
White Ibis 6
White-faced Ibis 6
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 1
Harris's Hawk 2
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Green Kingfisher 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 4
American Kestrel 1
Black Phoebe 1
Eastern Phoebe 1
Vermilion Flycatcher 1
Great Kiskadee 4
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Loggerhead Shrike 1
Green Jay 4
Black-crested Titmouse 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
House Sparrow 1
Olive Sparrow 2
Altamira Oriole 1
Red-winged Blackbird 2
Great-tailed Grackle 2
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Common Yellowthroat 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 1



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Date: 1/10/20 11:39 am
From: JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR bird walk 1/10/2020
Today with crazy winds and over 25 crazy birders (love them all!) Lots of raptors over pintail lakes, such fun. Come join us daily at 8:30 am except on sundays.
JoAnn and Max USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

Jan 10, 2020 8:26 AM

63 species (+1 other taxa)

Blue-winged Teal 6
Cinnamon Teal 3
Northern Shoveler 35
Gadwall 25
Mexican Duck 2
Mottled Duck 5
Northern Pintail 5
Bufflehead 2
Ruddy Duck 2
Plain Chachalaca 4
Least Grebe 8
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 25
Mourning Dove 3
Common Pauraque 1
American Coot 65
Black-necked Stilt 7
American Avocet 1
Wilson's Snipe 2
Neotropic Cormorant 3
Double-crested Cormorant 3
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 1
Snowy Egret 3
White Ibis 13
White-faced Ibis 21
Turkey Vulture 10
Osprey 1
Harris's Hawk 3
White-tailed Hawk 1
Gray Hawk 2 1 flying and 1juvinile
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Green Kingfisher 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 4
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Peregrine Falcon 1
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 1 Heard only
Eastern Phoebe 1
Vermilion Flycatcher 1
Great Kiskadee 7
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Loggerhead Shrike 1
Green Jay 6
Black-crested Titmouse 3
Verdin 1
Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
Tree Swallow 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 2
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Olive Sparrow 2
Savannah Sparrow (Savannah) 1
Yellow-headed Blackbird 1
Altamira Oriole 4
Red-winged Blackbird 125
Great-tailed Grackle 6
Black-and-white Warbler 1
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Northern Cardinal 2

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Date: 1/9/20 2:39 pm
From: Kay Zagst <kay.zagst...>
Subject: [texbirds] Kirby Lake, Jay Packer and a Taylor County Big Year
Hi, TexBirders,



I wanted to say thanks to David Sarkozi for making sure we knew about Jay
Taylor's Big Year Effort in Taylor County that is also a fundraiser for the
Kirby Lake Nature Park..



If you haven't seen David's earlier email, I've appended it below.



Jay finished up his big year with an amazing 289 species...



That's 289 species in one-just one-West Texas, mostly-desert-scrub,
no-large-bodies-of-salt-water-county in one year!!



If one donates just 10 cents per species, that's only a $28.90 donation...



If one pledged 20 cents per species, that's only $57.80 in support of Jay,
his efforts and the nature park...



It's easy to make a pledge-one doesn't even have to create an account..
https://bigyear.reporternews.com/



Jay's blog is interesting, well written, informative, educational and with
great visuals with all the photographs.



I wanted to put out a Gentle Reminder, after the crunch time of Christmas
Bird Counts and other things related to the holiday season..



There's still time to pledge and support his effort!!



Hope you will!!



Kay Zagst





From David Sarkozi:



Some may not be away of Jay Packer's Taylor County Big Year (Abilene). Jay
had a Ferruginous Hawk today for county bird 289 this year. While Taylor
County does have two good size lakes, Kirby Lake and Lake Abilene, that's a
really remarkable total for that part of Texas. How has he done this? By
birding every single day, and I mean he has not skipped a single day this
year!



I write this because 290 species seems like a very real possibility with 10
days to go in the year. This month alone he has added Hutton's Vireo,
Crested Caracara, Le Conte's Sparrow, Red-headed Woodpecker, Green-tailed
Towhee and Ferruginous Hawk.



Jay is doing this to raise money for the Kirby Lake Nature Park. To date,
close to $8,000 has been pledged. I think if a lot of people from TEXBIRDS
went to his blog and made a pledge, $10,000 is possible. With all versions
of TEXBIRDS reaching more than 8,000 people, I think we should shoot for
pledging $15,000 total for the nature park. If each person that this
potentially reaches pledged just a penny a bird, that would be $23,120. If
each pledged a dime a bird, that would be $230,000!



Why does this matter? Because it would tell the city fathers who run the
nature park that there are people who really care about these things in
Texas and show we believe they can have something special in Abilene.



Go to https://bigyear.reporternews.com/ to read about the big year and to
make a pledge.



I've had the great fun of birding with Jay two days this year and I'm
planning to be there for the finale on December 31. Please take a few
minutes to check out Jay's blog and consider a donation.






 

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Date: 1/9/20 2:32 pm
From: Petra Hockey <phockey...>
Subject: [texbirds] Anna's Hummingbird in Port O'Connor, Calhoun Co.
Texbirders,

after a flurry of hummers in early winter (late Nov., early Dec.; all late Ruby-throated migrants) our backyard feeders had no activity at all until 5 days ago. The new arrival looked a bit chunky and I had my suspicions but only in the last couple of days have I been able to get some photos that show the telltale fieldmarks of the female Anna's. The white over the eye, the grayish sides with green speckling, the red spots concentrated in the middle of the throat. I also managed a (not so great) shot that nevertheless shows how the inner primaries of Anna's are not as narrow as they would be on a Ruby-throated. And to top it off, this bird responded vigorously to a Xenocanto recording of Anna's flight calls interacting at flowers. It appeared out of nowhere and hoovered just a couple of yards in front of our upstairs window looking for the rival.

Photos can be seen on facebook Texbirds and Costal Bend Birding.

Petra Hockey
Port O’Connor, Calhoun Co.


 

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Date: 1/9/20 12:03 pm
From: Shelly Plante <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender Shelly.Plante for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] 2020 Birding Classic registration now open!
Make plans now to be one of the more than 100 teams participating all over the state and enjoy one of the best experiences in Texas: spring bird migration. Gather your friends, family, fellow bird or nature club members, and colleagues to join your team for the 24th Annual Birding Classic!

Tournament Dates: April 15 through May 15, 2020 (your choice of day)
Register and find more Information online: www.birdingclassic.org<http://www.birdingclassic.org>
Registration deadline: April 1, 2020

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

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

All event participants receive t-shirts with the official 2020 artwork of American Avocets, by Craig Farquhar.

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

If you have any questions about the event, feel free to reach out to me directly!

Thanks,
Shelly
______________________
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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department-HQ
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Office: 512-389-4500
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Date: 1/9/20 11:43 am
From: Joe <joehearn...>
Subject: [texbirds] Sun Rise crossing of Sandhill Crain from mainland to Galveston
My wife and I recently birded the west end of Galveston Island and 
located two small flocks of Sandhill Crane foraging on the bay side of
SH257.

Further research indicates that the cranes roost on the mainland and
then cross over the bay to island feeding grounds at sunrise each day.
Could anyone who has experienced this sunrise crossing help me with an
address or GPS location to aid in witnessing this phenomena. I have
condo reservations for Jan 29 & 30.

Thanks for any helpful info or suggestions in advance,

Joe Hearn



 

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Date: 1/9/20 10:53 am
From: JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR Bird walk Jan 9, 2020
Nice blustery day on refuge with trifecta for Kingfishers: Ringed, Belted and Green. Come join us daily at 8:30 AM except sundays.

JoAnn and Max, USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge

>
> Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Alamo
> Jan 9, 2020 8:44 AM
> 51 species
>
> Blue-winged Teal 2
> Cinnamon Teal 2
> Northern Shoveler 2
> Gadwall 6
> Mottled Duck 2
> Northern Pintail 2
> Green-winged Teal 2
> Redhead 1
> Lesser Scaup 1
> Bufflehead 2
> Ruddy Duck 1
> Plain Chachalaca 4
> Least Grebe 4
> Pied-billed Grebe 2
> Inca Dove 6
> White-tipped Dove 2
> American Coot 6
> Black-necked Stilt 5
> Least Sandpiper 8
> Long-billed Dowitcher 10
> Greater Yellowlegs 4
> Lesser Yellowlegs 2
> Neotropic Cormorant 4
> Double-crested Cormorant 2
> Great Blue Heron 1
> Great Egret 2
> Snowy Egret 4
> White Ibis 8
> White-faced Ibis 8
> Turkey Vulture 1
> Osprey 2
> Harris's Hawk 3
> Ringed Kingfisher 1
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Green Kingfisher 1
> Golden-fronted Woodpecker 2
> American Kestrel 1
> Eastern Phoebe 1
> Vermilion Flycatcher 1
> Great Kiskadee 2
> Green Jay 2
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 4
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> House Sparrow 2
> Altamira Oriole 2
> Red-winged Blackbird 21
> Great-tailed Grackle 5
> Orange-crowned Warbler 2
> Northern Cardinal 1
>
>


 

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Date: 1/8/20 11:03 pm
From: Jamie <j.c.fairchild...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Crocheted rescue nests
In response to John Blackwell (original post below), I Googled Wildlife
Rescue Nests and found this organization:
https://wildliferescuenests.weebly.com/
I frankly never heard of this before, but I enjoy crochet, and I would
love to use my skills to help out wildlife in rehab. This looks like
a great group who is well organized and they provide nests to
rehabbers around the world. Thanks for this great suggestion. I'm
excited to get started.
Jamie FairchildFort Bend County, TX

From: John Blackwell <john.a.blackwell51...>
Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2020 21:26:31 -0600
Subject: [texbirds] Crocheted Rescue Nests

Are any of you familiar with crocheted rescue nests for birds and other
small animals? I crochet and would be interested in making some for any
re-habers that could use them.
--
John A. Blackwell
Colorado County, Texas


Jamie



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Date: 1/8/20 7:28 pm
From: John Blackwell <john.a.blackwell51...>
Subject: [texbirds] Crocheted Rescue Nests
Are any of you familiar with crocheted rescue nests for birds and other
small animals? I crochet and would be interested in making some for any
re-habers that could use them.

--
John A. Blackwell
Colorado County, Texas

 

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Date: 1/8/20 11:40 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird walk, January 8, 2020
Good morning, Texbirders,
Lots of eyes = lots of birds! Fourteen of us had a great time finding birds.
Come join the fun! Bird walks are conducted daily (except Sunday) beginning at 8:30am.
John and Sue Ewan, USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, TX


CHECKLIST S63173088
Wed 8 Jan 2020 8:17 AM
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059) Hidalgo County, Texas, United States
John and Sue Ewan
Traveling Complete 4 hr, 21 min 2.66 mi
Submitted from eBird Android, version 2.0.6
81 Species observed
1 Muscovy Duck (Domestic type)
3 Blue-winged Teal
3 Cinnamon Teal
18 Northern Shoveler
25 Gadwall
12 Mottled Duck
9 Northern Pintail
1 Mallard x Northern Pintail (hybrid)
Continuing bird on Pintail 3
2 Green-winged Teal
1 Redhead
2 Lesser Scaup
3 Plain Chachalaca
3 Least Grebe
2 Pied-billed Grebe
15 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
3 Inca Dove
3 White-tipped Dove
2 Mourning Dove
1 Buff-bellied Hummingbird
66 American Coot
18 Black-necked Stilt
2 American Avocet
2 Killdeer
12 Least Sandpiper
30 Long-billed Dowitcher
2 Wilson's Snipe
6 Greater Yellowlegs
3 Lesser Yellowlegs
2 Neotropic Cormorant
6 Double-crested Cormorant
4 Great Egret
3 Snowy Egret
4 White Ibis
22 White-faced Ibis
4 Roseate Spoonbill
2 Turkey Vulture
1 Osprey
4 Harris's Hawk
1 White-tailed Hawk
1 Gray Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Ringed Kingfisher
1 Belted Kingfisher
2 Green Kingfisher
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
4 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
4 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
2 American Kestrel
3 Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
1 Eastern Phoebe
3 Vermilion Flycatcher
10 Great Kiskadee
1 Tropical Kingbird
1 Tropical/Couch's Kingbird
1 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
2 White-eyed Vireo
2 Loggerhead Shrike
12 Green Jay
4 Black-crested Titmouse
2 Verdin
3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
6 Tree Swallow
3 Bank Swallow
Small, buffy with necklace
2 Cave Swallow
2 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
1 House Wren
1 Marsh Wren
3 Carolina Wren
3 Long-billed Thrasher
2 Northern Mockingbird
1 Clay-colored Thrush
5 House Sparrow
8 Olive Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
3 Altamira Oriole
35 Red-winged Blackbird
8 Great-tailed Grackle
1 Black-and-white Warbler
9 Orange-crowned Warbler
1 Nashville Warbler
2 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow-throated Warbler
4 Northern Cardinal


 

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Date: 1/7/20 4:46 pm
From: Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: National Butterfly Center Birds
Opps…shoud be rock pigeon not rock dove! :)

GR

> On Jan 7, 2020, at 6:38 PM, Gary Richards <grcolts...> wrote:
>
> January 7, 2020
> National Butterfly Center
> Mission, Texas
>
> Plain Chachalaca
> American White Pelican
> Gray Hawk
> White-tipped Dove
> Eastern Screech-Owl
> Golden-fronted Woodpecker
> Ladder-backed Woodpecker
> Great Kiskadee
> White-eyed Vireo
> Green Jay
> Black-crested Titmouse
> House Wren
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet
> Clay-colored Robin
> Northern Mockingbird
> Long-billed Thrasher
> Orange-crowned Warbler
> Wilson's Warbler
> Lark Sparrow
> Northern Cardinal
> Red-winged Blackbird
> Great-tailed Grackle
> Altamira Oriole
> Rock Dove
>
> Number of Species: 24
>
>
> Gary & Christy Richards

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Date: 1/7/20 4:39 pm
From: Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] National Butterfly Center Birds
January 7, 2020
National Butterfly Center
Mission, Texas

Plain Chachalaca
American White Pelican
Gray Hawk
White-tipped Dove
Eastern Screech-Owl
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Great Kiskadee
White-eyed Vireo
Green Jay
Black-crested Titmouse
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Clay-colored Robin
Northern Mockingbird
Long-billed Thrasher
Orange-crowned Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Lark Sparrow
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Altamira Oriole
Rock Dove

Number of Species: 24


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Date: 1/7/20 4:28 pm
From: Jack Chiles <dmarc-noreply-outsider...> (Redacted sender chilesjack for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR, 01-07-20
Today was a cool calm day and unusual for early January. We started the day looking for some of the exotic gull species that have been seen on the refuge in the last week but were not successful in finding them, only many Ring-billed Gulls, and a few Herring Gulls and Bonaparte's Gulls. We took a walk at the end of the road past Meadow Pond approaching Big Mineral Creek and were rewarded with a couple of Pine Siskins. The ducks were numerous and we finally found 4 Canvasbacks way out in the lake off of Sandy Point. While there we spotted one of the Bald Eagles sitting in a tree on the shoreline across the lake north of Sandy. We also found 2 Horned Grebes there. There are still a lot of white geese on the refuge. They are coming and going all the time, probably going out to neighboring fields where there is more to eat. There were 14 Buffleheads and a couple of Hooded Mergansers in Mineral Marsh. We saw a nice male Common Yellowthroat in Taylor Marsh. We finished the day with 80
species.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S63140023
Jack Chiles, Texas master naturalist and volunteer at Hagerman NWR.
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Date: 1/7/20 12:32 pm
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird Walk, January 7, 2020
Good morning, Texbirders,
It was a beautiful morning on the refuge. A wonderful group enjoyed a delightful morning together.
Come join the fun! Bird walks are conducted daily (except Sunday) beginning at 8:30am.
John and Sue Ewan, USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, TX


CHECKLIST S63133706
Tue 7 Jan 2020 8:30 AM
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059) Hidalgo County, Texas, United States
John and Sue Ewan
Traveling Complete 3 hr, 40 min 2.54 mi
Submitted from eBird Android, version 2.0.6
62 Species observed
3 Blue-winged Teal
2 Cinnamon Teal
35 Northern Shoveler
16 Gadwall
10 Mottled Duck
3 Northern Pintail
1 Mallard x Northern Pintail (hybrid)
Continuing bird on Pintail lakes #3
4 Green-winged Teal
2 Bufflehead
1 Ruddy Duck
4 Least Grebe
3 Pied-billed Grebe
42 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
7 Inca Dove
8 White-tipped Dove
1 Mourning Dove
65 American Coot
14 Black-necked Stilt
2 American Avocet
14 Least Sandpiper
12 Long-billed Dowitcher
3 Wilson's Snipe
1 Spotted Sandpiper
5 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Neotropic Cormorant
4 Double-crested Cormorant
2 American White Pelican
1 Great Blue Heron
3 Great Egret
1 Snowy Egret
5 White Ibis
12 White-faced Ibis
1 Turkey Vulture
1 Osprey
1 Harris's Hawk
1 Gray Hawk
1 Eastern Screech-Owl
1 Belted Kingfisher
Heard only
5 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
3 American Kestrel
4 Eastern Phoebe
3 Vermilion Flycatcher
1 Ash-throated Flycatcher
15 Great Kiskadee
1 Tropical/Couch's Kingbird
1 White-eyed Vireo
2 Loggerhead Shrike
6 Green Jay
3 Black-crested Titmouse
2 Tree Swallow
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
3 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
2 Carolina Wren
2 Clay-colored Thrush
2 Olive Sparrow
2 Western Meadowlark
4 Altamira Oriole
75 Red-winged Blackbird
4 Great-tailed Grackle
9 Orange-crowned Warbler
2 Common Yellowthroat
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
1 Northern Cardinal


 

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Date: 1/7/20 10:39 am
From: Becky Reyes <breyes...>
Subject: [texbirds] Edinburg World Birding Center
Hi everyone,
Its always a fun bird walk when there are a lot of small birds moving
through the trees which is what we experience. Even though most of those
birds were Yellow-rumped Warblers, it was always nice to get better views
each time we saw one. The Green Kingfisher spent its time on the low
branches at the Canal and one was spotted on low branches at South Pond.
The Ringed was chattering loudly but stayed low too due to the light wind
blowing. All talk but no show.:) There have been different ducks showing up
at South Pond which is always worth visiting sometimes the teals are there,
then sometimes Ring-necked Ducks, Ruddy Ducks and Lesser scaups. Below is
this morning's bird list.


Happy Birding!!


Northern Shoveler 1

Gadwall 2

Mottled Duck 6

Ring-necked Duck 3

Lesser Scaup 5

Ruddy Duck 2

Plain Chachalaca 10

Pied-billed Grebe 4

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 5

Inca Dove 2

Buff-bellied Hummingbird 1

American Coot 2

Killdeer 1

Least Sandpiper 3

Anhinga 4

Neotropic Cormorant 68

Double-crested Cormorant 11

American White Pelican 3

Great Blue Heron 3

Great Egret 4

Snowy Egret 3

Tricolored Heron 1

Cattle Egret 28

Black-crowned Night-Heron 8

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2

Red-tailed Hawk 1

Ringed Kingfisher 1

Belted Kingfisher 2

Green Kingfisher 2

Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1

Great Kiskadee 3

Tropical Kingbird 1

White-eyed Vireo 1

Black-crested Titmouse 2

Verdin 1

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 10

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 8

House Wren 2

European Starling 7

Curve-billed Thrasher 1

Long-billed Thrasher 4

Northern Mockingbird 2

Lesser Goldfinch 6

Olive Sparrow 1

Lincoln's Sparrow 1

Great-tailed Grackle 2

Orange-crowned Warbler 4

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 11

Wilson's Warbler 2

Northern Cardinal 5



*Becky Reyes*

Naturalist Educator

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center


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Date: 1/7/20 7:08 am
From: James Hinson <jmhinson...>
Subject: [texbirds] Katy Prairie Prairie Warbler

For those interested, the Prairie Warbler has returned to Longenbaugh and Porter Road at the bridge. Chris Hammond and I are looking at it as we speak.

Jim Hinson
Houston, Tx.

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Date: 1/6/20 4:45 pm
From: Dell Little <dellel1119...>
Subject: [texbirds] Texas Century Club: Greg Cooks takes down all 254.
For those that don't spend much to any time on our Facebook pages. I
thought I'd pass this along to those who are involved or thought about
being involved in the Texas Century Club. The 2nd Texas birder to take it
to the ultimate. All 254 counties. Greg Cook finally finished it on January
1st in Winkler County. Congratulations Greg!!
https://www.facebook.com/groups/texascenturyclub/permalink/2533294213556971/

 

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Date: 1/6/20 11:10 am
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird Walk, January 6, 2020
Good morning, Texbirders,
It was a beautiful morning on the refuge lots of good birds including a pair of Northern Beardless-Tyrannulets, that gave us some good long looks.
Come join the fun! Bird walks are conducted daily (except Sunday) beginning at 8:30am.
John and Sue Ewan, USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, TX

CHECKLIST S63096789
Mon 6 Jan 2020 8:25 AM
Santa Ana NWR (LTC 059) Hidalgo County, Texas, United States
John and Sue Ewan
Traveling Complete 3 hr, 21 min 2.83 mi
Submitted from eBird Android, version 2.0.6
63 Species observed
4 Blue-winged Teal
2 Cinnamon Teal
48 Northern Shoveler
15 Gadwall
1 Mexican Duck
6 Mottled Duck
11 Northern Pintail
1 Mallard x Northern Pintail (hybrid)
continuing bird on Pintail lake 3
3 Green-winged Teal
4 Lesser Scaup
2 Bufflehead
2 Plain Chachalaca
13 Least Grebe
5 Pied-billed Grebe
37 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
6 Inca Dove
7 White-tipped Dove
1 Mourning Dove
44 American Coot
26 Black-necked Stilt
17 Least Sandpiper
1 Wilson's Snipe
1 Spotted Sandpiper
8 Greater Yellowlegs
4 Lesser Yellowlegs
4 Neotropic Cormorant
3 Double-crested Cormorant
1 American White Pelican
2 Great Egret
1 Snowy Egret
8 White Ibis
15 White-faced Ibis
3 Roseate Spoonbill
5 Turkey Vulture
1 Osprey
2 Harris's Hawk
1 Gray Hawk
7 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
2 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
1 Peregrine Falcon
2 Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
1 Black Phoebe
3 Eastern Phoebe
2 Vermilion Flycatcher
8 Great Kiskadee
2 Tropical/Couch's Kingbird
1 Loggerhead Shrike
9 Green Jay
4 Black-crested Titmouse
4 Tree Swallow
6 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
6 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
5 Carolina Wren
1 Long-billed Thrasher
1 Northern Mockingbird
5 House Sparrow
1 Olive Sparrow
4 Eastern Meadowlark
1 Hooded Oriole
Small oriole with white wing bars continuing bird
4 Altamira Oriole
75 Red-winged Blackbird
10 Great-tailed Grackle
1 Black-and-white Warbler
2 Orange-crowned Warbler
1 Northern Cardinal



 

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Date: 1/5/20 6:39 pm
From: Petra Hockey <phockey...>
Subject: [texbirds] Matagorda County Birding Nature Center, Bay City
Texbirders,

we had some fun and productive hours of birding at the Matagorda County Birding Nature Center in Bay City on Saturday, 4 January despite not getting there until about noon. Highlight without a doubt were 2 Rusty Blackbirds. Those piercing pale eyes and that mottled brown body sure stood out. Many birds, 2 Palm Warblers among them, were feeding on the ground in those parts of the slough that were mostly dry but still damp and covered with duckweed. Had a total of 7 warbler species (2 Wilson’s, 1 Black-and-white, Pine, Palm plus the expected ones). A Green Kingfisher was working the little creek on both sides of the bridge and a Winter Wren scurried about in the same area. Found an Indigo Bunting close to the silos and a good variety of sparrows throughout albeit in low numbers. A Gray Catbird perched like a little ornament on top of the mostly dry water feature at the back end pond that had quite a few birds coming in for a drink on this bluebird day. Saw the adult Bald Eagle perch
in the tree with the big nest across the river. An imposing sight.

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Date: 1/5/20 1:30 pm
From: Kleb Woods (Commissioner Pct. 3) <klebwoods...>
Subject: [texbirds] Gull ID Program
Texbirders,

We will no longer be having the Gull Identification Program at Thompson's Bait Camp in Baytown on January 8.

For more information please call or email Kleb Woods at (281) 357-5324 or <klebwoods...><mailto:<klebwoods...>.

Thanks,

Megan Ahlgren, Naturalist
Kleb Woods Nature Center
20303 Draper Rd. Tomball TX 77377
(281) 357-5324
Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack, Commissioner
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Date: 1/4/20 11:54 am
From: JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR bird walk 1/4/2020
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Alamo, TX
Jan 4, 2020 8:29 AM

Blue skies, cool weather, great birding this AM. Various hawks and Roseate Spoonbill seen today. Fun group of birders also. Come join us daily at 8:30, except Sundays.
Max and JoAnn USFWS volunteers

56 species (+2 other taxa)
Blue-winged Teal 4
Cinnamon Teal 1
Northern Shoveler 6
Gadwall 6
Northern Pintail 6
Green-winged Teal 2
Redhead 2
Lesser Scaup 1
Bufflehead 2
Plain Chachalaca 6
Least Grebe 2
Pied-billed Grebe 4
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 10
Inca Dove 2
White-winged Dove 2
Mourning Dove 1
American Coot 8
Black-necked Stilt 8
Least Sandpiper 8
Long-billed Dowitcher 4
Greater Yellowlegs 4
Lesser Yellowlegs 5
cormorant sp. 2
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 3
Snowy Egret 2
White Ibis 6
White-faced Ibis 8
Roseate Spoonbill 1
Turkey Vulture 2
Osprey 2
Cooper's Hawk 1
Harris's Hawk 2
Gray Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Ringed Kingfisher 1
Green Kingfisher 2
American Kestrel 1
Black Phoebe 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Vermilion Flycatcher 3
Great Kiskadee 6
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird 2
White-eyed Vireo 1
Loggerhead Shrike 2
Green Jay 6
Black-crested Titmouse 2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 4
Carolina Wren 1
Curve-billed Thrasher 2
Northern Mockingbird 2
House Sparrow 2
Red-winged Blackbird 4
Brown-headed Cowbird 1
Great-tailed Grackle 4
Orange-crowned Warbler 4
Northern Cardinal 2


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Date: 1/3/20 7:10 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Burrowing Owl, Austin (Travis Co.)
Texbirds,

This past week, Cathy Schneider, alerted Travis Audubon to a Burrowing Owl
that has set up a winter territory in the new Mueller housing development
project off of Manor Road. The exact location is in the open space north of
the Southeast Greenway ponds, east of Tilley Street and south of Zach Scott
Street. It has taken up residence in the extracted rocks that have been
piled up on the west side of the dirt "dome." We're hoping there are no
immediate plans for a contractor to haul off these rocks. They've been
there for weeks (or months?). In the meantime, it would be nice to set up
some kind of barrier with a 25-50 meter buffer from the rock pile to
minimize disturbance from construction workers, dog walkers, playful kids,
etc.

In sharing this unusual and sensitive observation, I expect everyone to
respect the owl's space, give it plenty of distance and avoid disturbing it
during the day as it rests (alarming or spooking it -- erect posture and
any sort of barking vocalization means you're too close!). Like most owls,
Burrowing Owls hunt predominantly at night.

Many thanks to Cathy and her husband, both of whom joined Travis Audubon
this week! Perhaps this Burrowing Owl will be their most memorable spark
bird.

Good birding!
Justin Bosler
Austin, Texas

 

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Date: 1/3/20 12:38 pm
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Removing a name

David Sarkozi:

Please contact me; your name is apparently not in my contact list.

Keith
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Date: 1/3/20 11:58 am
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] Snowy Owl pellets
Will the person who sent me the only (2) pellents recovered from last year’s Snowy Owl invasion please contact me at this email address: <kbarnold2...>

Keith Arnold

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Date: 1/3/20 10:31 am
From: JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird Walk 1/3/2020
Another great birding day at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. Come join us at 8:30 daily (except sundays) for our bird walk.
Max and JoAnn USFWS volunteers

Jan 3, 2020 8:28 AM
63 species (+1 other taxa)

Blue-winged Teal 4
Cinnamon Teal 2
Northern Shoveler 8
Gadwall 6
Mottled Duck 2
Northern Pintail 10
Green-winged Teal 2
Redhead 2
Bufflehead 2
Ruddy Duck 1
Plain Chachalaca 4
Least Grebe 4
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 6
White-winged Dove 1
Mourning Dove 1
Common Pauraque 1
American Coot 10
Black-necked Stilt 6
Least Sandpiper 6
Long-billed Dowitcher 6
Wilson's Snipe 6
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Greater Yellowlegs 4
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Neotropic Cormorant 2
Double-crested Cormorant 10
American White Pelican 6
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret 2
Snowy Egret 2
White Ibis 6
White-faced Ibis 6
Turkey Vulture 2
Northern Harrier 1
Harris's Hawk 2
Red-tailed Hawk 1
Green Kingfisher 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 3
Peregrine Falcon 1
Black Phoebe 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Vermilion Flycatcher 4
Great Kiskadee 6
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird 1
White-eyed Vireo 1
Loggerhead Shrike 1
Green Jay 4
Black-crested Titmouse 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Carolina Wren 1
Long-billed Thrasher 1
Northern Mockingbird 2
Olive Sparrow 2
Altamira Oriole 2
Red-winged Blackbird 8
Great-tailed Grackle 6
Orange-crowned Warbler 4
Common Yellowthroat 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Northern Cardinal 2



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Date: 1/3/20 8:14 am
From: Berner Family <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender jcazberner for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Reminder: Houston Area Birders Celebrating 2019 Local Birding: Choose the Best Bird! SAT JAN 11 3PM Edith L Moore Nature Sanctuary
Houston Area Birders
Celebrating 2019 Local Birding: Choose the Best Bird!

Join us for a fun afternoon 3 PM - 5 PM on Saturday January 11 at Houston Audubon's Edith L Moore Nature Sanctuary cabin to celebrate the great birds seen at ELMNS and in Harris County in 2019 and mingle with your fellow local birders.

Help us vote at the event to choose

1) the best bird observed at ELMNS in 2019

2) Best bird observed in Harris County in 2019 

3) Best Bird observed in Harris County in 2018

4) Best Bird observed in Harris County in 2017

5) Best 2019 Harris County Big Year

Small fun trophies will be presented based on the voted results.

Who Needs an "Oscar"--LOL Maybe a "Ducky" will soon be the more coveted award?!?

Some amazing birds have been seen locally during 2019 including a Red Phalarope,  Long-eared Owl, a Green Jay, a Plumbeous Vireo and many others--some of which were enjoyed by many local birders.

ELMNS featured such unusual 2019 birds as Tropical Parula, Eastern Whip-poor-will, Black-billed Cuckoo, Merlin and Purple Finch.

Houston Audubon's own Mary Ann Weber will be bringing rehab owls to this event!

***Special thanks also to Houston Audubon for use of the cabin for this event!!

A separate Owl Prowl event is also planned at E L Moore at 6PM following this event--requires separate signup on HAS website.

Not required, but Please sign up to bring something (light snacks and beverages will be served).
RSVP to JCAZBERNER at YAHOO dot COM or through our signupgenius page. 

Please Join Us. Hope to see you there!
Date: 01/11/2020 (Sat.)

Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm CST

Location: Edith L Moore Nature Sanctuary Cabin

The Berners
John, Cathy, Abby and Zach

 

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Date: 1/2/20 6:44 pm
From: Richard H <dmarc-noreply-modpost...> (Redacted sender richardhermosillo4 for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: RFI Texas Counties
I felt Martin county was under birded. It was tough to break 100 species there but i eventually got to 144. New eBird hotspots were added in that county about a year ago. Go there and you should get a variety of birds. Take a 4 wheel drive or a high clearance vehicle as some spots are very sandy. I was stuck out there once.

I also intend to bird every county in Texas. I hope to find magpies in the area near Dalhart, Tx

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On Jan 2, 2020, at 8:30 AM, Dell Little <dellel1119...> wrote:

To all Texas county birding enthusiasts.

I am beginning to gather birding details for Texas counties. Obviously, I will need help from the community. In return, I will post any information I receive to the Texas Century Club website: www.texascenturyclub.org. I’ll give full credit for any contributions. My main focus for now is the more obscure Texas counties.

Let’s start with Lipscomb County, possibly the furthest geographically from most of us. It is located in the northeast corner of the panhandle. On eBird it has the lowest count of total species and checklists. There are 3 hotspots listed, but eBird as no details about hotspots. If you’ve visited Lipscomb County and remember any details of existing hotspots or any other place with varying habitats, or “good roads” so to speak, this would be useful. Photos of habitat or entrances, parking or trails can help as well.

Also, if you have any info for any county or location you feel is under birded, or just lacks detailed information that could be helpful, send it my way. I’ll make it available as soon as I can. You can find an example of a well put together document by Peter Keyel on 12 panhandle counties here: http://texascenturyclub.org/index.php?title=County_Listing_Guide_in_the_Southern_High_Plains

Thanks to all of you.

Dell.


 

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Date: 1/2/20 2:14 pm
From: Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3) <Fred.Collins...>
Subject: [texbirds] Cypress Creek preliminary results
Dear Texbirders,

We held the 44th annual Cypress Creek CBC (AKA Katy Prairie) yesterday on January 1. About 88 observers reported 147 species to the countdown dinner tally. A good total for our count, our 5 year average is 142 species. We missed Roseate Spoonbill, seen the day before (during the count week). So our total now stands at 148, which ties our third highest count. Our "write in" species were Greater Scaup (Brent Ortego), Prairie Warbler (Megan Ahlgren, discovered on the 31st by Jim Hinson), Say's Phoebe (Jim Hinson relocated the bird for my party which I originally found on Dec. 16), and Green Heron (Mark Pearson).

If you were out birding on January 1st or within three days either side you may have seen a bird we missed. Or you may see one or more of these in the circle this coming Saturday which is the end of the count period for the count. If so please let me know.

Relatively common birds missed on the count:

Black-bellied Whistling Duck
Canada Goose
Canvasback (they were a no show at Paul Rushing Park on count day!)
Bufflehead
Any grebe other than Pied-billed
Any rail other than Sora
Common Gallinule
Black-necked Stilt
Spotted Sandpiper
Little Blue Heron
Tricolored Heron
White-tailed Kite
Red-headed Woodpecker
Peregrine
Tree or Cave Swallow
Brown Creeper
Pine Siskin
Dark-eyed Junco
Wilson's Warbler


Fred Collins
Director, Kleb Woods Nature Preserve
20303 Draper Road
Tomball, Texas 77377

Commissioner Steve Radack
Precinct 3, Harris County
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Date: 1/2/20 1:08 pm
From: Dell Little <dellel1119...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: RFI Texas Counties
Thank you! Thanks, I can put that, but any water locations or details on
the hotspots is really what I'm looking for.


On Thu, Jan 2, 2020 at 2:45 PM Richard H <richardhermosillo4...>
wrote:

> I felt Martin county was under birded. It was tough to break 100 species
> there but i eventually got to 144. New eBird hotspots were added in that
> county about a year ago. Go there and you should get a variety of birds.
> Take a 4 wheel drive or a high clearance vehicle as some spots are very
> sandy. I was stuck out there once.
>
> I also intend to bird every county in Texas. I hope to find magpies in the
> area near Dalhart, Tx
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> On Jan 2, 2020, at 8:30 AM, Dell Little <dellel1119...> wrote:
>
> To all Texas county birding enthusiasts.
>
> I am beginning to gather birding details for Texas counties. Obviously, I
> will need help from the community. In return, I will post any information I
> receive to the Texas Century Club website: www.texascenturyclub.org. I’ll
> give full credit for any contributions. My main focus for now is the more
> obscure Texas counties.
>
> Let’s start with Lipscomb County, possibly the furthest geographically
> from most of us. It is located in the northeast corner of the panhandle. On
> eBird it has the lowest count of total species and checklists. There are 3
> hotspots listed, but eBird as no details about hotspots. If you’ve visited
> Lipscomb County and remember any details of existing hotspots or any other
> place with varying habitats, or “good roads” so to speak, this would be
> useful. Photos of habitat or entrances, parking or trails can help as well.
>
> Also, if you have any info for any county or location you feel is under
> birded, or just lacks detailed information that could be helpful, send it
> my way. I’ll make it available as soon as I can. You can find an example of
> a well put together document by Peter Keyel on 12 panhandle counties here:
> http://texascenturyclub.org/index.php?title=County_Listing_Guide_in_the_Southern_High_Plains
>
> Thanks to all of you.
>
> Dell.
>
>

 

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Date: 1/2/20 9:53 am
From: Jack Chiles <dmarc-noreply-outsider...> (Redacted sender chilesjack for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR
Today was chilly, around freezing at the beginning with a light breeze. There were lots of white geese present today. We estimated there were about 6500 geese including a pretty even mix of Snow Geese and Ross's Geese. Ross's Geese numbers have been steadily increasing the last several years. There was a good number of duck species, notably 263 Northern Pintails, 235 Green-winged Teal, 11 Bufflehead and 3 Wood Ducks. We found a Horned Grebe off the end of Sandy Point and 2 Hooded Mergansers on a small pond by Hagerman Cemetery. There were large numbers of Ring-billed Gulls, a few Herring Gulls and a Bonaparte's Gull. There were also large numbers of Double-crested Cormorants. We found Red-headed Woodpeckers at both Deaver and Dead Woman's Pond. We saw a Pileated Woodpecker on the cut thru from C pad to Sandy Point Road. The best bird of the day was also the last species we saw for the day, a Crested Caracara near the north low water crossing. We finished the day with 82 species.
I would like to wish everyone that reads this post a Happy New Year and a prosperous 2020.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S62815384
Jack Chiles, Texas master naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR
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Date: 1/2/20 6:31 am
From: Dell Little <dellel1119...>
Subject: [texbirds] RFI Texas Counties
To all Texas county birding enthusiasts.

I am beginning to gather birding details for Texas counties. Obviously, I
will need help from the community. In return, I will post any information I
receive to the Texas Century Club website: www.texascenturyclub.org. I’ll
give full credit for any contributions. My main focus for now is the more
obscure Texas counties.

Let’s start with Lipscomb County, possibly the furthest geographically from
most of us. It is located in the northeast corner of the panhandle. On
eBird it has the lowest count of total species and checklists. There are 3
hotspots listed, but eBird as no details about hotspots. If you’ve visited
Lipscomb County and remember any details of existing hotspots or any other
place with varying habitats, or “good roads” so to speak, this would be
useful. Photos of habitat or entrances, parking or trails can help as well.

Also, if you have any info for any county or location you feel is under
birded, or just lacks detailed information that could be helpful, send it
my way. I’ll make it available as soon as I can. You can find an example of
a well put together document by Peter Keyel on 12 panhandle counties here:
http://texascenturyclub.org/index.php?title=County_Listing_Guide_in_the_Southern_High_Plains

Thanks to all of you.

Dell.

 

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Date: 1/1/20 5:13 pm
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird Walk, January 1, 2020
Good morning, Texbirders,
Though a rainy morning, on just the Chacha trail, the birds were most cooperative. The quiet of the woods was delightful.
Come join the fun! Bird walks are conducted daily (except Sunday) beginning at 8:30am.
John and Sue Ewan, USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, TX

CHECKLIST S62846084
Wed 1 Jan 2020 8:33 AM
Santa Ana NWR--Willow Lakes Hidalgo County, Texas, United States
John and Sue Ewan
Traveling Complete 1 hr, 13 min 1.27 mi
Submitted from eBird Android, version 2.0.6
36 Species observed
4 Blue-winged Teal
16 Northern Shoveler
17 Gadwall
2 Mottled Duck
14 Northern Pintail
1 Green-winged Teal
11 Plain Chachalaca
3 Least Grebe
1 Pied-billed Grebe
7 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
3 Inca Dove
3 White-tipped Dove
1 Sora
1 Common Gallinule
6 American Coot
9 Black-necked Stilt
1 Greater Yellowlegs
1 Great Blue Heron
1 Great Egret
15 White Ibis
3 White-faced Ibis
6 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
3 Great Kiskadee
5 Green Jay
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
2 Carolina Wren
3 European Starling
1 Long-billed Thrasher
1 Northern Mockingbird
2 House Sparrow
1 Olive Sparrow
2 Altamira Oriole
10 Red-winged Blackbird
2 Orange-crowned Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
2 Northern Cardinal

 

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Date: 1/1/20 8:58 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] 2019 Photographic Game - December Report
Greetings All:

In hopes that we couldn't possibly have two miserably dry, birdless,
and butterflyless years in a row and in hopes of a) getting that
danged painting done and b) getting more of my historical data entered
into eBird I decided to repeat my attempt to document 40 butterfly, 0
amphibian, 2 reptile, 80 bird, and 4 mammal species - with 90% of the
species seen/heard photographed as well.

Considering the year as a whole, I was both right and wrong about the
weather. We did get quite a bit of rain but it fell at weird times of
the year leading to a good year for butterflies but a poor year for
birds (particularly migrants and overflying waterfowl, shorebirds, and
waders.

December was alright: I managed 3 species of butterfly, 0 species of
amphibian, 0 species of reptile, 29 species of bird, and 1 species of
mammal during the month. I had three new birds (Ferruginous Hawk,
Northern Flicker, and Hermit Thrush) but only got pictures of one of
the three. For the year, my December efforts got me up to 40 species
of butterfly, 0 species of amphibian, 2 species of reptile, 59 species
of bird, and 5 species of mammal reaching 100%, 100%, 100%, 73.75%,
and 125% of my taxonomic goals for the year. Of the 106 species
recorded during the year, I photographed 88, putting me at 83.02% in
terms of my photographic goal.

I suspect I am going to take one more whack at this during 2020 as I
still have to focus on finishing off the historical eBird data entry
and painting the house - don't ask how little painting I got done -
but I did get my windows repaired:)

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

Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur
Gray Hairstreak

Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Ring-billed Gull
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Egret
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk*(y)
Northern Flicker*
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Blue Jay
Hermit Thrush*
American Robin
Curve-billed Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
House Sparrow
House Finch
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Red-winged Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Northern Cardinal

Eastern Gray Squirrel

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock
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Date: 1/1/20 8:23 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] 2019 eBird Game - December Report - of Interest to TCC/eBird Folk
This is probably only of interest to folk who are interested in the
Texas Century Club and/or obsessed with eBird. In other words: if you
aren't interested in this sort of stuff feel free to hit the delete
button.

Though I have seen over 100 species in all 36 Oregon and all 254 Texas
counties, I am way behind on entering my historical data into eBird
and at the beginning of January of 2019 had but 14 Oregon and 71 Texas
counties over 100 in eBird. With this in mind and with various Texas
eBird reviewers breathing down my neck, one of my ongoing 2019 games
is a concerted effort to get the data in. With 221 months worth of
un-entered data at the beginning of the year (January-April of 1992,
July 1992 through December of 1997, and January of 2000 through
December of 2011) I really had my work cut out for me and, considering
that I still work full-time, decided to set myself a pace of six
months data entered per month - making this a three year project
assuming I can keep up that sort of pace.

I entered seven months in January, as well as January itself, getting
me down to 214 months of un-entered eBird data. I entered eighteen
months in February, as well as February itself, getting me down to 196
months of un-entered eBird data I entered thirteen months in March, as
well as March itself, getting me down to 182 months of un entered
eBird data, I entered ten months in April, as well as April itself,
getting me down to 172 months of un-entered eBird data as I hit May, I
entered ten months of data during May (October of 1993 through
February of 1994 and December of 2001 through April of 2002), as well
as May itself, getting me down to 162 months of un-entered data as I
hit June, I entered six months in June (March through May of 1994 and
May through July of 2002), as well as June itself, getting down to 156
months of un-entered eBird data, I entered twelve months in July
(June through December of 1994 and August through December of 2002) as
well as July itself, getting down to 144 months left of un-entered
eBird data, I entered seven months in August (January 1995 though
April of 1995 and January of 2003 through March of 2003) as well as
August itself getting down to 137 months of un-entered eBird data, I
entered six months in September (May 1995 through July 1995 and April
2003 through June 2003) as well as September itself, getting down to
131 months of un-entered eBird data, and I entered six months of data
in October (August 1995 though October 1995 and July 2003 through
September 2003) as well as October itself, getting down to 125 months
of in-entered eBird data, and I entered fifteen months of data
(November 1995 through June 1996 and October 2003 through April 2004)
as well as November itself, getting down to 110 month of in-entered
eBird data.

I also did pretty well in December (with more days of not being
allowed to drive - after the second eye was done and holiday time) and
I entered twelve months of data (July 1996 through September 1996 and
May 2004 through January 2005) as well as December itself, getting
down to 98 months of un-entered eBird data - well ahead of the
schedule I set for myself at the beginning of the year.

With all 36 of my Oregon counties cleared, the 1996 data only served
as padding for my OCC. On the Texas side of things, though, I added
seven counties (Crane, Ector, Jeff Davis, Loving, Midland, Ward, and
Winkler), putting me at 130 out of 254 Texas counties eBirded to TCC
standards.

Due to a better understanding of eBird 'rules' regarding what to enter
and what not to enter under 'traveling' vs. 'historical' the remainder
of the months should actually go somewhat more quickly and there is a
real chance that I will finish off my entire backlog of 98 un-entered
months (October 1996 through December 1997 and February 2005 through
December 2011) during the course of 2020.

Then I can get back to obsessive birding instead of obsessive eBirding:)

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock
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Date: 12/31/19 12:08 pm
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird Walk, December 31, 2019
Good morning, Texbirders,
It was a beautiful morning on the refuge last day of the year and some interesting birds!
Come join the fun! Bird walks are conducted daily (except Sunday) beginning at 8:30am.
John and Sue Ewan, USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, TX

CHECKLIST S62811273
Tue 31 Dec 2019 8:23 AM
Santa Ana NWR--Pintail Lakes Trail Hidalgo County, Texas, United States
John and Sue Ewan
Traveling Complete 3 hr, 18 min 2.22 mi
Submitted from eBird Android, version 2.0.6
58 Species observed
5 Blue-winged Teal
15 Northern Shoveler
16 Gadwall
4 Mottled Duck
1 Mallard x Northern Pintail (hybrid)
continuing bird on Pintail 3
2 Bufflehead
3 Least Grebe
4 Pied-billed Grebe
18 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
2 Inca Dove
4 White-tipped Dove
1 White-winged Dove
35 American Coot
17 Black-necked Stilt
8 Killdeer
5 Stilt Sandpiper
12 Least Sandpiper
7 Long-billed Dowitcher
18 Wilson's Snipe
6 Greater Yellowlegs
2 Lesser Yellowlegs
3 Neotropic Cormorant
2 Double-crested Cormorant
1 Great Blue Heron
3 Great Egret
1 Snowy Egret
11 White Ibis
9 White-faced Ibis
1 Turkey Vulture
1 Osprey
1 Northern Harrier
1 Cooper's Hawk
3 Harris's Hawk
1 White-tailed Hawk
1 Green Kingfisher
8 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
1 Ladder-backed Woodpecker
1 American Kestrel
1 Black Phoebe
1 Eastern Phoebe
3 Vermilion Flycatcher
1 Ash-throated Flycatcher
7 Great Kiskadee
1 Tropical Kingbird
1 Loggerhead Shrike
10 Green Jay
4 Tree Swallow
1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
1 Carolina Wren
18 European Starling
1 Long-billed Thrasher
4 House Sparrow
2 Eastern Meadowlark
6 Altamira Oriole
75 Red-winged Blackbird
14 Great-tailed Grackle
5 Orange-crowned Warbler
1 Common Yellowthroat
2 Northern Cardinal



 

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Date: 12/31/19 11:10 am
From: Becky Reyes <breyes...>
Subject: [texbirds] Edinburg World Birdng Center
Hi everyone,
It was a fun bird walk today. All three kingfishers were spotted many
times. The Ringed Kingfisher was flying all around North Pond while the
Belted presented its graceful hover and dive display. The Green Kingfisher
was also at North Pond; however the views of the Green Kingfisher was at
the canal where the feeders are at. Many ducks today at South Pond as well.
It was a great bird walk to end the year:)
Below is this morning's bird list.

Happy Birding and Happy New Year!!


Blue-winged Teal 6

Northern Shoveler 27

Mottled Duck 7

Green-winged Teal 4

Ruddy Duck 2

Plain Chachalaca 2

Least Grebe 3

Pied-billed Grebe 4

Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 7

Inca Dove 2

American Coot 15

Black-necked Stilt 3

Spotted Sandpiper 1

Anhinga 4

Neotropic Cormorant 78

Double-crested Cormorant 12

American White Pelican 15

Great Blue Heron 3

Great Egret 7

Snowy Egret 6

Cattle Egret 2

Green Heron 1

Black-crowned Night-Heron 5

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron 2

Osprey 1

Ringed Kingfisher 1

Belted Kingfisher 1

Green Kingfisher 3

Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1

Great Kiskadee 2

White-eyed Vireo 3

Green Jay 2

Black-crested Titmouse 2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet 6

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 3

House Wren 5

Curve-billed Thrasher 1

Long-billed Thrasher 3

Northern Mockingbird 2

Lesser Goldfinch 3

Olive Sparrow 1

Great-tailed Grackle 7

Black-and-white Warbler 2

Orange-crowned Warbler 2

Northern Parula 1

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle) 2

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon's) 3

Wilson's Warbler 1

Northern Cardinal 4

*Becky Reyes*

Naturalist Educator

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands & World Birding Center


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Date: 12/30/19 2:11 pm
From: JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR 12/30/2019
Still have one day left to finish your year. Come join us for Bird walk every morning at 8:30 AM, including New Years Day (sorry, none on Sunday’s)
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Alamo US-TX
JoAnn and Max USFWS volunteers

Dec 30, 2019 8:31 AM - 12:44 PM
53 species (+1 other taxa)

Blue-winged Teal 4
Northern Shoveler 4
Gadwall 6
Mottled Duck 2
Northern Pintail 4
Green-winged Teal 1
Ruddy Duck 1
Plain Chachalaca 1
Least Grebe 6
Pied-billed Grebe 4
White-tipped Dove 1
American Coot 12
Black-necked Stilt 14
Least Sandpiper 4
Long-billed Dowitcher 1
Wilson's Snipe 1
Greater Yellowlegs 4
Lesser Yellowlegs 2
Caspian Tern 1
Neotropic Cormorant 2
Great Egret 2
Snowy Egret 2
White Ibis 14
White-faced Ibis 8
Turkey Vulture 1
Osprey 2
Harris's Hawk 3
Gray Hawk 1
Eastern Screech-Owl 1
Belted Kingfisher 1
Green Kingfisher 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Black Phoebe 1
Eastern Phoebe 2
Vermilion Flycatcher 1
Great Kiskadee 6
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird 1
Loggerhead Shrike 1
Green Jay 6
Black-crested Titmouse 2
Tree Swallow 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
House Wren 1
Carolina Wren 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
Olive Sparrow 1
Altamira Oriole 4
Red-winged Blackbird 8
Great-tailed Grackle 6
Orange-crowned Warbler 2 III
Northern Cardinal 2




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Date: 12/30/19 9:27 am
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds...>
Subject: [texbirds] White River Lake CBC highlights
The White River Lake CBC was held on 28 December 2019. We had eleven
participants (BB=Brandon Best, JCl= Jeremy Clark, JCr=Jm Crites,
MDL=Manuel De Leon, DH=Drew Harvey, AH=Anthony Hewetson, JJ=Jan
Jannett, BK=Barry Keith, PKi=Phillip Kite, RK=Rich Kostecke, Rob
Lee).

We had 110 species - which was about average - but numbers were, for
the most part low. It still seems as though winter has yet to arrive,
a recent burn on the north end of the lake has taken out quite a bit
of songbird habitat (but it should be pretty good when the habitat
recovers), and recent rains cost a couple of us access to some spots
but ... everybody seemed to have a pretty good time.

Highlights were: (CR=Crosby County, DI=Dickens County):

3 Snow Geese at White River Lake (PKi, JCl, MDL - CR)
2 Snow Geese north of White River Lake (RK, BB - CR)
4 Ross's Geese north of White River Lake (RK, BB - CR)
2 Redheads near White River (AH - CR)
7 Common Mergansers at White River Lake (DH, BK, RL -CR)
1 Common Merganser at White River Lake (PKi, JCl, MDL - CR)
6 Common Mergansers north of White River Lake (RK, BB - CR)
1 Virginia Rail near White River (AH - CR)
1 Wilson's Snip near White River (AH - CR)
2 Greater Yellowlegs near White River (AH- CR)
1 Bonaparte's Gull at White River Lake (DH, BK, RL -CR)
1 Bald Eagle at White River Lake (DH, BK, RL - CR)
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker near Kalgary (JCr, JJ - CR)
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker along North Red Mud Road (AH - DI)
1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker along South Red Mud Road (AH - DI)
1 Downy Woodpecker at White River Lake (PKi, JCl, MDL - CR)
1 Downy Woodpecker north of White River Lake (RK, BB - CR)
1 Eastern Phoebe at White River Lake (DH, BK, RL - CR)
1 Eastern Phoebe along South Red Mud Road (AH - DI)
2 Common Ravens at White River Lake (DH, BK, RL - CR)
4 Common Ravens at White River Lake (PKi, JCl, MDL - CR)
54 Common Ravens near Kalgary (JCr, JJ - CR)
1 Common Raven near White River (AH - CR)
1 Common Raven along North Red Mud Road (AH - DI)
1 Carolina Chickadee at White River Lake (PKi, JCl, MDL - CR)
2 Verdins near White River (AH - CR)
2 Verdins along North Red Mud Road (AH - DI)
2 Bushtits along North Red Mud Road (AH - DI)
1 Brown Creeper along South Red Mud Road (AH - DI)
1 Rock Wren at White River Lake (DH, BK, RL - CR)
2 Rock Wrens south of White River Lake (AH - CR)
1 Canyon Wren south of White River Lake (AH - CR)
2 House Wrens north of White River Lake (RK, BB - CR)
1 Winter Wren along South Red Mud Road (AH - DI)
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet along North Red Mud Road (AH - DI)
16 Eastern Bluebirds at White River Lake (PKi, JCl, MDL - CR)
17 Eastern Bluebirds near Kalgary (JCr, JJ - CR)
15 Western Bluebirds near Kalgary (JCr, JJ - CR)
1 Mountain Bluebird at White River Lake (PKi, JCl, MDL - CR)
2 Mountain Bluebird near Kalgary (JCr, JJ - CR)
2 Chipping Sparrows along North Red Mud Road (AH - DI)
1 Harris's Sparrow along North Red Mud Road (AH - DI)
1 White-throated Sparrow north of White River Lake (RK, BB - CR)
1 Orange-crowned Warbler at White River Lake (DH, BK, RL - CR)
2 Orange-crowned Warblers north of White River Lake (RK, BB - CR)

Anthony Hewetson, Lubbock
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Date: 12/29/19 12:51 pm
From: Judy Kestner <jkestner...>
Subject: [texbirds] RFI


I'm looking for an address for RM and Jan Woolheater. Their TOS paper
newsletter was returned as not deliverable as addressed. The address I
have is in Georgetown.

Thanks.

Judy Kestner

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Date: 12/28/19 5:34 pm
From: justin.bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: ID- Please
Hi C M,Young male Western Tanager. It's been highly celebrated as it's apparently only a 2nd state record for Delaware.Good birding!Justin Bosler Alpine, Texas Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: C M Prince <GoldwingerTX...> Date: 12/28/19 7:02 PM (GMT-06:00) To: TexBirds <texbirds...> Subject: [texbirds] ID- Please Help with ID for this birdPhoto at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge C M PrincePearland, TX
 

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Date: 12/28/19 5:02 pm
From: C M Prince <GoldwingerTX...>
Subject: [texbirds] ID- Please
Help with ID for this bird
Photo at Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

[image: t1-623876-weta198_msh.jpg]

C M Prince
Pearland, TX

 

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Date: 12/28/19 10:58 am
From: JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...>
Subject: [texbirds] Bird Walk Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge Dec 28, 2019
Windy but warm morning. Excited birders spotting lifer’s. Come join us daily at 8:30 AM except for Sunday’s.
Max and JoAnn volunteers USFWS

>
> Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Alamo US-TX
> Dec 28, 2019
> 50 species (+2 other taxa)
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck 3
> Blue-winged Teal 4
> Northern Shoveler 5
> Gadwall 10
> Mottled Duck 2
> Northern Pintail 4
> Green-winged Teal 4
> Bufflehead 4
> Ruddy Duck 1
> Plain Chachalaca 4
> Least Grebe 3
> Pied-billed Grebe 2
> White-tipped Dove 3
> White-winged Dove 1
> Common Pauraque 1
> American Coot 8
> Black-necked Stilt 10
> Least Sandpiper 6
> Wilson's Snipe 2
> Greater Yellowlegs 4
> Lesser Yellowlegs 2
> Great Egret 2
> Snowy Egret 2
> White Ibis 12
> White-faced Ibis 6
> Turkey Vulture 2
> Osprey 2
> Northern Harrier 2
> Harris's Hawk 1
> Red-shouldered Hawk 1
> Ringed Kingfisher 1
> Green Kingfisher 1
> Eastern Phoebe 2
> Vermilion Flycatcher 2
> Great Kiskadee 8
> Tropical/Couch's Kingbird 2
> Loggerhead Shrike 2
> Green Jay 4
> Black-crested Titmouse 2
> swallow sp. 2
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 2
> House Wren 1
> Northern Mockingbird 1
> Clay-colored Thrush 1
> Olive Sparrow 1
> Altamira Oriole 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 14
> Great-tailed Grackle 6
> Orange-crowned Warbler 2
> Crimson-collared Grosbeak 1 continuing sighting
> Northern Cardinal 2
>
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Date: 12/27/19 3:14 pm
From: JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana NWR bird walk 12/27/2019
Hello to all Birders,
Today was a beautiful day with birds, birders and great weather.
Come join us daily (not on Sunday) for bird walks at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, 8:30 AM
JoAnn and Max, USFWS volunteers

Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Alamo US-TX
Dec 27, 2019
50 species

Blue-winged Teal 8
Northern Shoveler 4
Gadwall 12
Mottled Duck 2
Northern Pintail 4
Green-winged Teal 2
Ruddy Duck 2
Plain Chachalaca 4
Least Grebe 6
Pied-billed Grebe 2
Inca Dove 1
White-tipped Dove 1
White-winged Dove 1
American Coot 10
Black-necked Stilt 7
Least Sandpiper 8
Wilson's Snipe 6
Greater Yellowlegs 10
Lesser Yellowlegs 6
Neotropic Cormorant 1
Great Blue Heron 1
Great Egret (American) 1
Snowy Egret 2
White Ibis 12
White-faced Ibis 10
Northern Harrier 2
Harris's Hawk 1
Red-shouldered Hawk 1
Belted Kingfisher 2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
American Kestrel 1
Black Phoebe 1
Eastern Phoebe 3
Vermilion Flycatcher 2
Great Kiskadee 6
Green Jay 5
Black-crested Titmouse 4
Verdin 1
Tree Swallow 4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Northern Mockingbird 1
House Sparrow 2
Hooded Oriole 1 Continued viewing
Red-winged Blackbird 14
Great-tailed Grackle 6
Common Yellowthroat 1
Crimson-collared Grosbeak 1 Continued viewing
Northern Cardinal 1



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Date: 12/26/19 6:26 pm
From: Ron Huebner <feralbirder...>
Subject: [texbirds] Re: NO Eurasian Wigeon, Balmorhea (Reeves Co.)
Hope to be there Monday afternoon. Any suggestions would be appreciated by
those with experience in the area.

On Thu, Dec 26, 2019, 7:33 PM Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...> wrote:

> Texbirds,
>
> Only about 10 American Wigeons and few other waterfowl midday at Balmorhea
> Lake. Not the best time to be there for waterfowl but figured I'd give it a
> shot as I am in Alpine for Christmas. From the previous reports it appears
> as though late afternoon is when the wigeon arrive before heading to roost
> elsewhere.
>
> Good luck!
> Justin Bosler
> Alpine, Texas
>

 

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Date: 12/26/19 5:33 pm
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler...>
Subject: [texbirds] NO Eurasian Wigeon, Balmorhea (Reeves Co.)
Texbirds,

Only about 10 American Wigeons and few other waterfowl midday at Balmorhea
Lake. Not the best time to be there for waterfowl but figured I'd give it a
shot as I am in Alpine for Christmas. From the previous reports it appears
as though late afternoon is when the wigeon arrive before heading to roost
elsewhere.

Good luck!
Justin Bosler
Alpine, Texas

 

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Date: 12/26/19 2:19 pm
From: James Hailey <irasciblej...>
Subject: [texbirds] HESP

Can someone provide me with where exactly the Henslo’s is being seen
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Date: 12/26/19 10:47 am
From: JoAnn Soeder <joannsoeder...>
Subject: [texbirds] Bird Walk Dec 26, 2019
Good day,
Beautiful day to birdwatch after a few days of too much intake. Great group of birders and friends.
Come join our daily birdwalk, except Sunday, at 8:30 AM. New Years Day walk at 8:30 am also.
Max and JoAnn, USFWS volunteers
>
> Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge, Alamo US-TX
Pintail lakes Trail
> Dec 26, 2019
> 52 species (+2 other taxa)
>
> Blue-winged Teal 8
> Cinnamon Teal 1
> Northern Shoveler 7
> Gadwall 6
> Gadwall x Mallard (hybrid) 1 Reported 2 days ago. Coloration of both.
> Mottled Duck 6
> Green-winged Teal 1 Mom
> Ruddy Duck 2
> Least Grebe 3
> Pied-billed Grebe 2
> Inca Dove 3
> White-tipped Dove 2
> White-winged Dove 2
> Greater Roadrunner 1
> American Coot 10
> Black-necked Stilt 12
> Least Sandpiper 10
> Long-billed Dowitcher 4
> Wilson's Snipe 6
> Greater Yellowlegs 6
> Lesser Yellowlegs 4
> Great Blue Heron 2
> Great Egret 2
> Snowy Egret 1
> White-faced Ibis 8
> Turkey Vulture 2
> Osprey 2
> Northern Harrier 1
> Harris's Hawk 1
> Belted Kingfisher 1
> Golden-fronted Woodpecker 1
> Ladder-backed Woodpecker 1
> Black Phoebe 1
> Eastern Phoebe 3
> Vermilion Flycatcher 2
> Great Kiskadee 6
> Tropical Kingbird 1
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher 1
> Loggerhead Shrike 1
> Green Jay 8
> Black-crested Titmouse 2
> Northern Rough-winged Swallow 1
> Tree Swallow 2
> Bank Swallow 1 White throat, brown chest band
> Cliff/Cave Swallow 1
> House Sparrow 4
> Olive Sparrow 1
> Savannah Sparrow 1
> Eastern Meadowlark 1
> Altamira Oriole 1
> Red-winged Blackbird 14
> Great-tailed Grackle 10
> Common Yellowthroat 1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler 2
> Northern Cardinal 1
>


 

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Date: 12/25/19 3:31 pm
From: Gary Richards <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender grcolts for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Christmas BackYard Bird Observations
Had 13 different bird species viewed from our backyard (Harlingen, TX) today…

M & F Verdins
2 Tree Swallows
Cooper’s Hawk
Curved Biiled Thrasher
Inca Dove
Black-crested titmice
Golden-fronted WP’s
Black Vulture and Turkey Vulture fly-overs
Great-tailed grackles
Buff-bellied hummingbird
2 White-ibis (fly-overs)
House sparrows

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Date: 12/25/19 9:54 am
From: LMarkoff <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender canyoneagle for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR 12-24-19
Please pardon me posting this here, but Jack's email address is redacted, so can't email him privately.

Jack, thank you for your posts, I read every one of them. And I still hope to get to Hagerman some day!

Best wishes to you, and to everyone on Texbirds!

Lori Markoff
Citrus Heights, CA (formerly Austin, TX)

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From: <texbirds-bounce...> [mailto:<texbirds-bounce...>] On Behalf Of Jack Chiles (Redacted sender "chilesjack" for DMARC)
Sent: Tuesday, December 24, 2019 6:53 PM
To: Texbirds
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR 12-24-19

The morning started out calm and was a beautiful day for late December. As a follow up to the Christmas Bird Count which was held last Saturday we had a list of birds that we needed for the CBC count week. We were fortunate to find six additional species to add to the CBC count week total bringing the total to 126 species which is very good. There were still around 4000 white geese present on the refuge. There were lots of ducks feeding in the marshes among which were 352 Northern Pintails and 230 Green-winged Teal. There were 13 Buffleheads and a pair of Common Goldeneyes in Mineral Marsh. We found a Horned Grebe off the end of Sandy Point. We saw almost 2000 Ring-billed Gulls and 5 Herring Gulls. We also saw over 500 Double-Crested Cormorants and 1 Neotropic Cormorant. We finished the day with 70 species. I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and thank each and every one of you that read my posts faithfully.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S62593675

Jack Chiles, Texas Master naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR.


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Date: 12/25/19 7:13 am
From: Jack Chiles <dmarc-noreply-outsider...> (Redacted sender chilesjack for DMARC)
Subject: [texbirds] Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR 12-24-19
The morning started out calm and was a beautiful day for late December. As a follow up to the Christmas Bird Count which was held last Saturday we had a list of birds that we needed for the CBC count week. We were fortunate to find six additional species to add to the CBC count week total bringing the total to 126 species which is very good. There were still around 4000 white geese present on the refuge. There were lots of ducks feeding in the marshes among which were 352 Northern Pintails and 230 Green-winged Teal. There were 13 Buffleheads and a pair of Common Goldeneyes in Mineral Marsh. We found a Horned Grebe off the end of Sandy Point. We saw almost 2000 Ring-billed Gulls and 5 Herring Gulls. We also saw over 500 Double-Crested Cormorants and 1 Neotropic Cormorant. We finished the day with 70 species. I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and thank each and every one of you that read my posts faithfully.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S62593675
Jack Chiles, Texas Master naturalist and volunteer, Hagerman NWR.
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Date: 12/24/19 5:39 pm
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2...>
Subject: [texbirds] A contact
I need an email address for Craig Farquhar.

Keith Arnold

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Date: 12/24/19 2:13 pm
From: Rick Laughlin <richard.laughlin...>
Subject: [texbirds] Aransas NWR CBC
TEXBIRDers,

I wanted to send out a preliminary total for the Aransas NWR CBC held last
Friday 20Dec. This year our preliminary total has surpassed the previous
two years post-Harvey: 154 species with 10 sp. This is up from 145 in 2018
and 135 in 2017. This compares favorably with the 20yr average of 159
species.

This year certainly proved the adage "bad weather brings good birds."
Amongst our rare birds and write ups:

FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER at HQ and found for the next several days near the
entrance (and ultimately in the road before the entrance; first report for
the count)
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER at the fishing pier picnic area (first since
1991)
PALM WARBLER on the Tatton Unit (first since 2000)
LEAST TERN in St Charles Bay (first since 1974)
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER on the way out to Matagorda Island (first since 2001)

We also benefitted from birders visiting during count week and reporting
their sightings to Ebird. Thanks to everyone that came out before and after
the count!
GROOVE-BILLED ANI from the Rail Trail on 17Dec (first since 1997)
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT from 23Dec
WINTER WREN from 22Dec
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER from 22Dec
BONAPARTE'S GULL from 22Dec
VIRGINIA RAIL from 23Dec

Thanks again for everyone that came out to help with the count, especially
those that went out in the boats, and thanks to the Aransas NWR Staff for
help with scheduling and driving. It's great to have such excellent access
to the private area of the Refuge- it really benefits the count!

Rick Laughlin
Corpus Christi, TX

 

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Date: 12/24/19 2:07 pm
From: Sue Ewan <ewans...>
Subject: [texbirds] Santa Ana Bird Walk, December 24, 2019
Good morning, Texbirders,
Perfect day, even saw a fog-bow at the beginning. Lots of active birds.
Come join the fun! Bird walks are conducted daily (except Sunday) beginning at 8:30am. New Yearss Day walk at 8:30 am.
John and Sue Ewan, USFWS volunteers
Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge
Alamo, TX

CHECKLIST S62592021
Tue 24 Dec 2019 8:20 AM
Santa Ana NWR--Pintail Lakes Trail Hidalgo County, Texas, United States
John and Sue Ewan
Traveling Complete 4 hr, 20 min 2.79 mi
Submitted from eBird Android, version 2.0.6
70 Species observed
8 Blue-winged Teal
6 Northern Shoveler
3 Gadwall
1 Gadwall x Mallard (hybrid)
Coloration of both
16 Mottled Duck
5 Green-winged Teal
2 Bufflehead
4 Ruddy Duck
1 Plain Chachalaca
6 Least Grebe
3 Pied-billed Grebe
11 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)
7 Inca Dove
4 White-tipped Dove
3 White-winged Dove
1 Common Pauraque
75 American Coot
6 Black-necked Stilt
1 Killdeer
6 Least Sandpiper
7 Long-billed Dowitcher
4 Wilson's Snipe
8 Greater Yellowlegs
5 Lesser Yellowlegs
2 Caspian Tern
3 Anhinga
3 Neotropic Cormorant
2 Great Egret
1 Snowy Egret
1 Tricolored Heron
5 White Ibis
6 White-faced Ibis
1 Roseate Spoonbill
1 Osprey
6 Turkey Vulture
1 Northern Harrier
2 Cooper's Hawk
5 Harris's Hawk
1 Gray Hawk
1 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Eastern Screech-Owl
1 Ringed Kingfisher
Heard only
1 Green Kingfisher
1 Golden-fronted Woodpecker
1 Peregrine Falcon
1 Black Phoebe
4 Eastern Phoebe
2 Vermilion Flycatcher
1 Tropical/Couch's Kingbird
1 Loggerhead Shrike
8 Green Jay
2 Black-crested Titmouse
2 Verdin
Heard only
3 Northern Rough-winged Swallow
1 Tree Swallow
1 Bank Swallow
Black necklace white underside dark above
2 Cave Swallow
3 Ruby-crowned Kinglet
5 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
2 Carolina Wren
1 Long-billed Thrasher
2 Northern Mockingbird
5 House Sparrow
3 Olive Sparrow
1 Western Meadowlark
4 Altamira Oriole
65 Red-winged Blackbird
2 Great-tailed Grackle
2 Black-and-white Warbler
7 Orange-crowned Warbler
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)
1 Northern Cardinal



 

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Date: 12/24/19 7:50 am
From: Susan Heath <sheath...>
Subject: [texbirds] banded Loggerhead Shrikes
Texbirders,



Biologists from the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory and the Texas Midcoast NWR
Complex are banding Loggerhead Shrikes for a new study aimed at determining
habitat partitioning differences between migrant and resident shrikes during
winter along the Texas coast. Banded shrikes will have two color bands on
the left leg and a color band and a metal band on the right leg. Some are
receiving transmitters and the antenna can be seen hanging out behind the
bird if the bird has a transmitter. Note that it is often not possible to
see all the color bands as shrikes like to sit down over their legs. The
antenna is usually easy to see though. This project will last for four
winters (this being the first). This winter we have banded four shrikes in
the area around Brazoria NWR (one on the tour loop, one on CR 208, and two
in the neighborhood along Bastrop Bayou across from Demi John) and five
shrikes in the Sargent area (one on Sargent Ranch Road, two on Heron Street,
one in the neighborhood along CR 201 and one near the GIWW. We have received
a lot of reports through the Bird Banding Lab for the shrike along the tour
loop at Brazoria NWR so I figured I'd pass the word along to everyone to
look for the others. If you see one, you can report it to the BBL or to me
directly. We would very much appreciate a lat/long for your sighting as we
can use this data to determine territory size. We will be rotating banding
sites each winter so I will post an update with the banding sites for next
year. Thanks much for your help!



Sue



Susan A. Heath PhD

Director of Conservation Research

Gulf Coast Bird Observatory

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