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Indian Skimmer,©Tony Disley

25 Oct 4 BROWN BOOBIES SEEN TODAY AROUND 2:30 PM ON THE 3RD TOWER AT BNC ["Mira M Pellerin" ]
25 Oct South Llano River SP ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
25 Oct Shorebirds in southern Harris County ["John O'Brien" ]
25 Oct Panhandle Birding, Cassin' Finch, Palo Duro Canyon SP, 250OCT 2014 ["Barrett Pierce" ]
25 Oct Port O'Connor/Guadalupe Delta [Brush Freeman ]
25 Oct Quinta Mazatlan Tropical Parula 10/25 YES [Tiffany Kersten ]
25 Oct Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/24/14) 139 raptors ["Susan Heath" ]
25 Oct Calhoun County - Magnolia rice fields and Magic Ridge ["Bird.fried" ]
24 Oct Re: Calhoun County Scott's Oriole? [Brush Freeman ]
24 Oct Calhoun County Scott's Oriole? ["Rich Kostecke" ]
24 Oct Quinta Mazatlan Tropical Parula YES 10/24 [Tiffany Kersten ]
24 Oct Brown Booby & Reddish Egret - Baytown Nature Center [Dwayne Litteer ]
24 Oct San Antonio Audubon Society phone message Oct 23 [Georgina Schwartz ]
24 Oct Goldens Eagle at Smith Point hawk tower. Circling with TV. David Hanson ["dhanson139 AT aol.com" ]
24 Oct Smith Point hawk bonanza pictures from Sunday [Joseph Kennedy ]
24 Oct Re: Tejas Camp & Berry Springs [Robert Reeves ]
24 Oct Re: Tejas Camp & Berry Springs [Randy Duncan ]
24 Oct Tejas Camp & Berry Springs ["Jim Hailey" ]
23 Oct Austin Area RBA [Nate McGowan ]
23 Oct McClellan Creek NG & Caprock Canyon SP (and more Sprague's) ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
23 Oct LRGV RBA posted and THANK YOU ["Mary Gustafson" ]
23 Oct Re: Difficult farewell ["Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" ]
23 Oct Houston Greater Pewee (10/23) [James Hinson ]
22 Oct Re: Now 4 Brown Booby still at Baytown Nature Center. Had just spotted the 2 juvie and the the 2 adults flew in just below them and to their right. 4th tower from BNC land [Richard Harman ]
22 Oct Re: Heard Museum Bird Banding/Census report, 10/22/2014 [Brush Freeman ]
22 Oct Re: Heard Museum Bird Banding/Census report, 10/22/2014 [Brush Freeman ]
22 Oct Heard Museum Bird Banding/Census report, 10/22/2014 [Tom Heath ]
22 Oct Palo Duro Canyon SP & McClellan Creek NG ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
22 Oct Two adult Brown Booby - Baytown Nature Center [DLLitteer ]
22 Oct Tropical Parula at Quinta Mazatlan YES 10/22 [Tiffany Kersten ]
22 Oct Now 4 Brown Booby still at Baytown Nature Center. Had just spotted the 2 juvie and the the 2 adults flew in just below them and to their right. 4th tower from BNC land ["dhanson139 AT aol.com" ]
22 Oct Tyler State Park 10-22-14 [Boyd Sanders ]
22 Oct 57 species in 2 hours on King Ranch [Jim Sinclair ]
22 Oct Greater Pewee @ bear creek? ["" ]
22 Oct Smith Point Hawkwatch 10/21/14 [Tad Finnell ]
22 Oct Birds in Caldwell County [Jane F Tillman ]
21 Oct Utley Sandhills [Brush Freeman ]
21 Oct Smith Point Hawkwatch 10/21/14 [Tad Finnell ]
21 Oct Buffalo Lake Sapsucker ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
21 Oct Buffalo Lake NWR & Palo Duro Canyon SP ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
21 Oct Baytown Nature Center - 4 Brown Boobies [Bob Friedrichs ]
21 Oct Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR [Jack Chiles ]
21 Oct Tropical Parula, Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen YES [Tiffany Kersten ]
21 Oct Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/20/14) 10,557 raptors ["Susan Heath" ]
21 Oct BBS and CBC product [Brent Ortego ]
20 Oct Palo Duro Canyon Birds [Cameron Carver ]
20 Oct Re: New camera and first bird found [Susan Schaezler ]
20 Oct Re: New camera and first bird found [Clay Taylor ]
20 Oct Muleshoe NWR ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
20 Oct New camera and first bird found [Bill Wright ]
20 Oct Berry Springs Kiskadee [Brush Freeman ]
20 Oct Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Morning Birds & Water Update [Sherry Wilson ]
20 Oct Re: FOS White -throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, and Dark-eyed Junco ["Charles W. Easley" ]
20 Oct Smith point hawk watch broad-wings and dark broad-wings [Joseph Kennedy ]
20 Oct Re: Audubon's Warbler [Ronnie Kramer ]
20 Oct FOS White -throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, and Dark-eyed Junco ["Frank Bumgardner" ]
20 Oct Re: New foraging maneuver by Great Egret -- Reply []
20 Oct Re: Oporornis warbler at LaFitte's Cove [David McDonald ]
20 Oct Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/19/14) 24,123 raptors ["Susan Heath" ]
19 Oct Three Brown Boobies at Baytown Nature Center today, 10-19-2014 ["" ]
19 Oct Spectacular morning at Smith Point Hawk Watch today, 10-19-2014 ["" ]
19 Oct Sheldon Lake new road [Greg Page ]
19 Oct Colorado Lake SP & Muleshoe NWR ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
19 Oct Re: Audubon's Warbler []
19 Oct Re: Oporornis warbler at LaFitte's Cove today - ID help please []
19 Oct Oporornis warbler at LaFitte's Cove today - ID help please [David McDonald ]
19 Oct Morning Migration [Gary Richards ]
19 Oct Audubon's Warbler [Brush Freeman ]
19 Oct Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/18/14) 26,213 raptors ["Susan Heath" ]
18 Oct Great morning at Smith Point; great day on Bolivar Peninsula ["Doc" ]
18 Oct Painted Redstart @ Falfurrias ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
18 Oct NEW SOUND FROM A NO. MOCKINGBIRD THIS AM, AND AN UNKNOWN BIRD SEEN YESTERDAY AM IN PEARLAND ["Mira M Pellerin" ]
18 Oct Webberville Kiskadee (local interest) [Brush Freeman ]
18 Oct Tropical Parula Quinta Mazatlan, McAlllen, YES 10-18 [Tiffany Kersten ]
18 Oct Brown Booby - Windy Point/Travis County [Ed Fair ]
18 Oct Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/17/14) 14,864 raptors! ["Susan Heath" ]

Subject: 4 BROWN BOOBIES SEEN TODAY AROUND 2:30 PM ON THE 3RD TOWER AT BNC
From: "Mira M Pellerin" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mirampellerin@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 20:24:27 -0400
I saw 4 brown boobies this afternoon at BNC . Thanks to the nice man with the 
spotting scope, I was able to confirm what I was seeing with my binoculars. 


We saw 2 adults and 2 immature birds, and we got to watch them flying around as 
well. One of the immature birds had at least 2 flight feathers missing from 
each wing, closer to the tip. 



There were also 2 maybe 3 Osprey, several brown Pelicans fishing, several 
cormorants, the majority of which appeared to be Neotropics, and also one 
Roseate Tern fly over. 





Mira M. Pellerin

Pearland, TX

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Subject: South Llano River SP
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:35:45 -0500
Got into Junction last night, so I was able to spend a couple of hours at
South Llano River and pad the trip list a little; best bird was a nice male
Nashville Warbler coming in to Aquirre (ap?) Blind (the one behind the
headquarters building).  Other nice trip birds included Carolina Chickadee
and Western Scrub Jay (and having missed that one last spring I was glad to
get it this time)!  Lots of Pine Siskins around.  A stag with a serious rack
broke up the Turkey Party across from the Headquarters building and then
looked my way as if to say, "Well, whaddaya think of THAT?" J
 

I'll send out a link when the pictures are processed and the website
updated, but it may be awhile.  Bird List:

 

  Northern Bobwhite                     Colinus virginianus

  Wild Turkey                           Meleagris gallopavo

  Great Blue Heron                      Ardea herodias

  Black Vulture                         Coragyps atratus

  Turkey Vulture                        Cathartes aura

  Harris's Hawk                         Parabuteo unicinctus

  Rock Pigeon                           Columba livia

  White-winged Dove                     Zenaida asiatica

  Mourning Dove                         Zenaida macroura

  Golden-fronted Woodpecker             Melanerpes aurifrons

  Ladder-backed Woodpecker              Picoides scalaris

  American Kestrel                      Falco sparverius

  Eastern Phoebe                        Sayornis phoebe

  Scissor-tailed Flycatcher             Tyrannus forficatus

  Western Scrub-Jay                     Aphelocoma californica

  Common Raven                          Corvus corax

  Carolina Chickadee                    Poecile carolinensis

  Black-crested Titmouse                Baeolophus atricristatus

  House Wren                            Troglodytes aedon

  Carolina Wren                         Thryothorus ludovicianus

  Bewick's Wren                         Thryomanes bewickii

  Cactus Wren                           Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

  Ruby-crowned Kinglet                  Regulus calendula

  Eastern Bluebird                      Sialia sialis

  Hermit Thrush                         Catharus guttatus

  Northern Mockingbird                  Mimus polyglottos

  Orange-crowned Warbler                Oreothlypis celata

  Nashville Warbler                     Oreothlypis ruficapilla

  Yellow-rumped Warbler                 Setophaga coronata

  Spotted Towhee                        Pipilo maculatus

  Chipping Sparrow                      Spizella passerina

  Field Sparrow                         Spizella pusilla

  Black-throated Sparrow                Amphispiza bilineata

  Northern Cardinal                     Cardinalis cardinalis

  Western Meadowlark                    Sturnella neglecta

  Great-tailed Grackle                  Quiscalus mexicanus

  House Finch                           Haemorhous mexicanus

  Pine Siskin                           Spinus pinus

  Lesser Goldfinch                      Spinus psaltria

  House Sparrow                         Passer domesticus

 

40 SPECIES

TOTAL FOR TRIP:  118 SPECIES

 

Mary Beth Stowe

McAllen, TX

miriameaglemon.com

 



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Subject: Shorebirds in southern Harris County
From: "John O'Brien" <j26.obrien AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:40:35 -0500
It has been quite a while since I last checked Brunswick Lakes in southern
Harris County.  I stopped by today in early afternoon and found excellent
shorebird habitat.  There are acres of weedy mudflats and shallow, weedy
water.  There were plenty of shorebirds present, including a couple of
Semipalmated Plovers, lots of Least and one Semipalmated Sandpiper, a few
Long-billed Dowitchers, both yellowlegs, and Spotted Sandpiper.  There are
probably more species, as I didn't have very much time to scan everything.
Also good for inland Houston area are a good number of Roseate Spoonbills
and White-faced Ibis.
Brunswick Lakes is located just north of Beltway 8 off Cullen Blvd.  There
are three decent vantage points: a park on the northeast corner of the lake
with a small parking lot on Brunswick Crossing Trace, just north Brunswick
Lake Ln (the entrance from Cullen); the dike along the north edge of the
lake from the same parking lot; a playground on Longmeadow on the west side
of the lake.  There is no parking lot there, but street parking seems to be
OK.  The Longmeadow vantage gave excellent viewing of extensive mudflats in
the afternoon light.

This spot will be worth checking frequently until it rains really heavily
again.

John O'Brien
Houston


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Subject: Panhandle Birding, Cassin' Finch, Palo Duro Canyon SP, 250OCT 2014
From: "Barrett Pierce" <bpierce AT riopetro.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:44:29 -0500
This morning the Cassin's Finch continued at the blind in PDC SP. A male and
two different females made brief appearances. A Nashville Warbler was also
present along with 3 White-throated Sparrows. I did not see the Common
Ground Dove.
 

A group of nine Mountain Bluebirds were present on top just beyond the
entrance gate. 

 

Barrett Pierce

 

Amarillo, TX 



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Subject: Port O'Connor/Guadalupe Delta
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 15:07:21 -0500
..
 Birded the above areas with a number of nice birds but nothing totally
unexpected.  The most unusual find we had was a White-tipped Dove on River
Road.  WTDOs are rare this far north along the gulf coast..
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

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Subject: Quinta Mazatlan Tropical Parula 10/25 YES
From: Tiffany Kersten <tiffanykersten AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 09:52:55 -0500
Singing just now at the amphitheater. 

Tiffany L. Kersten
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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/24/14) 139 raptors
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:58:46 -0500
The latest from Jason:  

Total: 139  

Black Vulture-3  

Turkey Vulture-34  

Northern Harrier-2  

Sharp-shinned Hawk-5  

Cooper's Hawk-8  

Broad-winged Hawk-77  

Red-tailed Hawk-2  

White-tailed Hawk-1  

Golden Eagle-1  

American Kestrel-5  

Peregrine Falcon-1  

blog post: http://smithpointhawkwatch.wordpress.com/2014/10/24/10-24-raptors/  

Sue 
  
 Susan A. Heath, Ph.D.
Avian Conservation Biologist
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
103 W. Hwy 332
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
979-480-0999
Join us in our quest to study and conserve birds and their habitat around the 
Gulf of Mexico. 

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Subject: Calhoun County - Magnolia rice fields and Magic Ridge
From: "Bird.fried" <bird.fried AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 06:41:09 -0500
Texbirders:

Yesterday morning I visited the Magnolia area rice fields and Magic Ridge areas 
in Calhoun County. The rice fields are fairly dry and weedy and held 1000's of 
Red-winged Blackbirds and Brown-headed Cowbirds. I was able to pick one male 
Yellow-headed Blackbird out of the masses. There were also good numbers of both 
GT and BT Grackles. In the community Magnolia, there were 6 Bronzed Cowbirds. 


At Magic Ridge, there was a Nashville Warbler (plus 2 other species) and a 
fly-over Merlin. Not terribly birdy here, though surprisingly, still lots of 
mosquitos. Also scattered about, had my FOF Dunlin, Savannah Sparrow, Sandhills 
Cranes and Speckled-bellies. 


The weather is absolutely fantastic this weekend; get outside for some birding 
and to boost your vitamin D levels. 


Regards,
Bob Friedrichs
Palacios/Houston

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Subject: Re: Calhoun County Scott's Oriole?
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 23:17:00 -0500
.
Rich. That would be a new species for the county. I am in POC now iffen your 
still down here. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Oct 24, 2014, at 10:20 PM, "Rich Kostecke"  
(Redacted sender "rkost73 AT yahoo.com" for DMARC) wrote: 

> 
> 
> On October 21st, I was on the Powderhorn Ranch in Calhoun County 
> (immediately north of Port O'Connor) and photographed an odd oriole.  I 
> am thinking it is a first fall female Scott's Oriole.  A photo can be 
> seen athttps://www.flickr.com/photos/kostecke/14999347094/in/photostream/. 
Any thoughts? 

> 
> Other than the oriole, we only had a few other of what I would consider 
> notables.  We had 2 Common Pauraque on the 21st, and 3 on the 22nd.  I 
> also observed them on the ranch earlier in the summer and I suspect they 
breed there. On the 22nd, a Harris's Hawk was observed. Otherwise, we only 
found a few lingering Neotropical migrants and the winter birds 

> have not yet arrived in full force.
> 
> Rich
> 
> Richard Kostecke, Ph.D.
> The Nature Conservancy
> 318 Congress Ave., Austin, Texas 78701
> Email: rkost73 AT yahoo.com or rkostecke AT tnc.org
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Subject: Calhoun County Scott's Oriole?
From: "Rich Kostecke" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "rkost73@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 20:20:39 -0700
On October 21st, I was on the Powderhorn Ranch in Calhoun County 
(immediately north of Port O'Connor) and photographed an odd oriole.  I 
am thinking it is a first fall female Scott's Oriole.  A photo can be 
seen athttps://www.flickr.com/photos/kostecke/14999347094/in/photostream/. Any 
thoughts? 


Other than the oriole, we only had a few other of what I would consider 
notables.  We had 2 Common Pauraque on the 21st, and 3 on the 22nd.  I 
also observed them on the ranch earlier in the summer and I suspect they breed 
there. On the 22nd, a Harris's Hawk was observed. Otherwise, we only found a 
few lingering Neotropical migrants and the winter birds 

have not yet arrived in full force.

Rich
 
Richard Kostecke, Ph.D.
The Nature Conservancy
318 Congress Ave., Austin, Texas 78701
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Subject: Quinta Mazatlan Tropical Parula YES 10/24
From: Tiffany Kersten <tiffanykersten AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:11:42 -0500
Still here, still singing, still by amphitheater. Other birds of note
include wood thrush and summer tanager and a possible Bell's vireo.

Tiffany L. Kersten
Mission, TX
www.branttours.com


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Subject: Brown Booby & Reddish Egret - Baytown Nature Center
From: Dwayne Litteer <DLLitteer AT comcast.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 13:01:47 -0500
4 Brown Boobies roosting close together on 4th tower. 2 adults & 2 juvenile. 
Have all 4 in same scope view now. 

2 Reddish Egret in new wetlands area along road into park. One is white morph 
and one is dark morph. 


Dwayne Litteer 
DLLitteer AT comcast.net
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Subject: San Antonio Audubon Society phone message Oct 23
From: Georgina Schwartz <gbird AT att.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:50:47 -0500
SAAS phone message October 23, 2014
Telephone number 210-308-6788

Georgina Schwartz recording


Hello, this is the San Antonio Audubon Society with our

October 23 recording of recent bird sightings and an update

on coming activities.

If you just want to leave a message or report a bird sighting, you

may do so at any time by pressing 5 on your touch-tone phone

and recording after the beep. Just be sure to add your name and

repeat your phone number, please.


We do not rescue baby or crippled birds. Call Wildlife Rescue and

Rehabilitation at 830-336-2725 for assistance. For owls or hawks

call Last Chance Forever at 210-499-4080. In most cases the parents

will be back.


You may also access our website at _www.saaudubon.org 
_for more

information about the club, a membership form, directions to the

birding places, a complete list of the birds of Bexar County, and

some photos of interest.


And thank you for reporting your birds to this tape so others can find

them.


The San Antonio Audubon society has been a birding, education, and

conservation club since 1954. We meet regularly on the first Thursday

of each month at 7 PM at The First Tee at 915 E Mulberry at the south

end of Brackenridge Park. The next one is our annual banquet which

will be at the San Antonio zoo on TUESDAY November 4. The speakers

will be Daniel and Carol Adams and the price will be $22.

Call Patsy Inglet for details at 210-698-8445.


Saturday, November 1, we are meeting leader Bill Zwartjes in the large

parking lot at the entrance to Calaveras Lake Park at 8 AM. We will have

access to the natural area which is gated. Bring water, snacks, and lunch.

Time permitting, we will bird at Braunig lake, too.


The next Beginner's walk is on Saturday, November 8 at the Judson Nature

Traisl in Alamo Heights at 8 AM. From the 5900 block of Broadway, turn

west on Ogden and go to the stop sign at Greeley Street. Turn left and 
go one

block to Viesca Street. Turn right and go the parking lot on the left 
before

the swimming pool.


The next trip to the Crescent Bend Nature Park in northeast Bexar County

will be on Tuesday, November 18, at 8 AM with Sandi Wheeler.


And on Thursday November 20 we will be at the Blanco State Park at 89:30 
AM .


There will be bird walks at the Mitchell Lake Audubon Center on the south

side of San Antonio each Sunday and on the 2^nd Tuesday at 8 AM. Exit south

loop 410 at exit 46, Moursund Rd, and go south 0.7 mile to the gate on 
the left.

This place is now open every day except Monday from 8 to 4 for a small fee.

Call 210-628-1639 for more info.


Everyone is welcome at our activities and you don't have to be a member to

participate. If you would like more information or membership in our group,

just leave your name and phone number and someone will return your call.


Happy Birding!





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Subject: Goldens Eagle at Smith Point hawk tower. Circling with TV. David Hanson
From: "dhanson139 AT aol.com" <dmarc-noreply@freelists.org> (Redacted sender "dhanson139@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:04:16 -0500
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Subject: Smith Point hawk bonanza pictures from Sunday
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:09:06 -0500
The highlight of the day besides the almost 25,000 ordinary broad-winged
hawks way late in the season were the dark phase broad-winged hawks. I was
able to have the 2 color forms pose together for young of the year
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157904255

But the adult dark bird stayed with a young light bird

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157904253

There were several in sight at a time early in the day but many of the
later birds were really too far off to pick out goodies

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157904249

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157904229

the dark birds really do stick out

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157904242

And there can be more than one in sight at a time

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157904233

Being a broad-wing is not all fun and migrating. This bird was heading
toward the tower when a cooper's hawk hit it square in the back. There is
lots of near misses at times but not that many actual hits

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157904119

the tower is a great place to see all parts of the hawks from the bottom

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157904114

And the top

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157904117

And birds are perched and feeding in the mottes

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157904106

Adult birds are usually not common late in the season but sunday had lots
of them

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157904103

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157904099

Hawks that had roosted near the tower were up early

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157904085

Joined growing flocks

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157904088

Birds started to arrive from the north

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157904086

Until the sky was filled with hawks kettling up higher

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157904092

And Higher

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157904094

A white-tailed hawk was hunting among the todo

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157903925

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157903927

As were cooper's hawks

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157903922

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157903920

the swallow migrant of the day was rough-winged swallow. On my way home
large numbers were on the power lines near each wet spot where they also fed

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157903890

the other predator of smith point are the many loggerhead shrikes. This
early bird was cleaning out its pantry from an earlier day

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157903886

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157903889

A couple of weeks ago I was watching for flycatchers on the fence as I was
driving out at mid-day when I caught sight of something with a ringed tail
vanishing into the grass ahead of me. Stopped to check

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157903883

And found this youngster out in the dry sandy terrain

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157903884

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/157903885

All the pictures for the day can be browsed at

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/2014_hawk_watch

-- 
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Subject: Re: Tejas Camp & Berry Springs
From: Robert Reeves <birder.reeves AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 10:04:43 -0500
I had White-crowned, White-throated, Vesper, Savannah, Lincoln's, and
Spotted Towhee at City of Austin Indiangrass Sanctuary yesterday.  Didn't
get LeConte's, which was common there 2001-2003 when we did the Project
Prairie Birds study.  It may be a bit early for them.  I'm co-leading a TAS
field trip there on Nov. 8; maybe some will have arrived by then.
Robert Reeves
Pflugerville

On Friday, October 24, 2014, Randy Duncan  wrote:

> I am trying the same!. Went out to Doeskin Ranch Wednesday thinking it
> would be hopping with sparrows. Found one Lincolns. A couple Rufous Crowns
> were cool, but I think they are there year round. Redheads have arrived at
> Devine Lake.... anyway been great weather to be out and about.
> Randy Duncan
> Leander TX
>
>
> On Friday, October 24, 2014 9:20 AM, Jim Hailey  > wrote:
>
>
>
> Yesterday I went to Tejas Camp here in Georgetown to see if the wintering
> sparrows had arrived.  The answer is no. I completely struck out there.
> After an hour of quiet I decided to head to Berry Springs Park to try and
> locate the Kiskadee.  Struck out again.  Besides the usual birds present
> there at Berry Spring, the only wintering species I found were a couple of
> Ruby-crowned Kinglets and a single flicker.  Rather disappointing morning
> but I guess I am trying to push it.
>
> Jim Hailey, President
> Texas Ornithological Society
> 110 Lavaca Lane
> Georgetown, TX 78628
> Phone: 361-522-3522
> Email: irasciblej AT gmail.com 
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Subject: Re: Tejas Camp & Berry Springs
From: Randy Duncan <osufight AT att.net>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 07:57:47 -0700
I am trying the same!. Went out to Doeskin Ranch Wednesday thinking it would be 
hopping with sparrows. Found one Lincolns. A couple Rufous Crowns were cool, 
but I think they are there year round. Redheads have arrived at Devine Lake.... 
anyway been great weather to be out and about. 

Randy Duncan 
Leander TX


On Friday, October 24, 2014 9:20 AM, Jim Hailey  wrote:
 


Yesterday I went to Tejas Camp here in Georgetown to see if the wintering
sparrows had arrived.  The answer is no. I completely struck out there.
After an hour of quiet I decided to head to Berry Springs Park to try and
locate the Kiskadee.  Struck out again.  Besides the usual birds present
there at Berry Spring, the only wintering species I found were a couple of
Ruby-crowned Kinglets and a single flicker.  Rather disappointing morning
but I guess I am trying to push it.

Jim Hailey, President
Texas Ornithological Society
110 Lavaca Lane
Georgetown, TX 78628
Phone: 361-522-3522
Email: irasciblej AT gmail.com
Website: www.texasbirds.org


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Subject: Tejas Camp & Berry Springs
From: "Jim Hailey" <irasciblej AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:19:44 -0500
Yesterday I went to Tejas Camp here in Georgetown to see if the wintering
sparrows had arrived.  The answer is no. I completely struck out there.
After an hour of quiet I decided to head to Berry Springs Park to try and
locate the Kiskadee.  Struck out again.  Besides the usual birds present
there at Berry Spring, the only wintering species I found were a couple of
Ruby-crowned Kinglets and a single flicker.  Rather disappointing morning
but I guess I am trying to push it.

Jim Hailey, President
Texas Ornithological Society
110 Lavaca Lane
Georgetown, TX 78628
Phone: 361-522-3522
Email: irasciblej AT gmail.com
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Subject: Austin Area RBA
From: Nate McGowan <natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 19:29:21 -0500
The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society.
This update is as of 10/23/2014. Send interesting sightings, complete with
species name, location, and contact information to Nate McGowan at
natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com.
-Rarities found this week-

A late EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE was described from Reimer's Ranch, *Travis*,
10/18.

A MISSISSIPPI KITE was late over Lake Austin, *Travis*, 10/19.

A SAY'S PHOEBE was reported from Warbler Woods, *Guadalupe*, 10/18.

A GREAT KISKADEE was reported for a private residence in Bastrop, *Bastrop*,
10/18.

A ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was reported from Warbler Woods, *Guadalupe*,
10/18.

-Continuing birds from previous weeks-

The BROWN BOOBY at Windy Point on Lake Travis, *Travis*, was seen again on
10/18.

The GREAT KISKADEE continued at Berry Springs Park in Georgetown,
*Williamson*, most recently 10/21.

A COMMON LOON continued at Soil Conservation Service Site #2 in Leander,
*Williamson*, most recently 10/23.

Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centered on the
Capitol in downtown Austin. Bird sightings mentioned here have been
filtered and scrutinized by the compiler and are believed to be genuine.
When documentation or photographs were provided, that is mentioned along
with the other information about the bird(s) being seen. For questions or
updates about birds mentioned here, or to report rare or unusual bird
sightings in the Austin area, please send an email to
natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com.

Nate McGowan
Rare Bird Alert Compiler
Austin, TX


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Subject: McClellan Creek NG & Caprock Canyon SP (and more Sprague's)
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 18:20:23 -0500
Hi, all!
 

Cameron's gonna get sick of me J, but I had two more Sprague's Pipits along
Schaffer Road off FM 2477 and SR 70, just west of the National Grasslands,
and this time they flew low enough overhead to actually see:  short-tailed
and dumpy, making that robust (for a pipit) PIKE-it! call.  The habitat
where I've been encountering these things looks perfectly fine for Sprague's
Pipit (they're fairly easy to get in the LRGV if you know what to listen
for), and as I told Cameron, I'd bet dollars to donuts that if more people
really learned that call and started surveying these areas on a regular
basis, you'd start recording more of them.  Cornell has a terrific sample of
their call, as I don't recall the call note being on any of the commercially
available CD's (I don't know if this link will take you to the specific
recording, but on the Sprague's Pipit page, it's #2.)

 

http://macaulaylibrary.org/search?location_id=

&location_type_id=&location=&recordist_id=&recordist=&catalogs=&behavior=&be
havior_id=&tab=audio-list&taxon_id=11992966&taxon_rank_id=67&taxon=spragues+
pipit

 

Had a woodpecker bonanza at McClellan Creek, adding Hairy, Downy, and
Red-bellied to the list!  Had an "Oregon" Junco at a little overlook along
2477, and some Pine Siskins were also new for the trip.  Eastern Bluebirds
were all over, as were Horned Larks and Western Meadowlarks along the length
of 2477.

 

Scouted Caprock Canyon after that, but on the way checked out Greenbelt
Reservoir and added some nice trip birds, including Osprey, Great Egret,
Double-crested Cormorant, and Mallard.  Passed a little farm pond further
south that added a few things for the day.  The drive down SR 70 was
absolutely spectacular, as was the state park; when I wasn't stopping every
five feet taking pictures I managed to add Field Sparrow to the trip list,
and down by the new blind logged a Solitary Sandpiper on a post.  Can't wait
to "properly" bird this place tomorrow!

 

Bird List:

 

  Gadwall                               Anas strepera

  American Wigeon                       Anas americana

  Mallard                               Anas platyrhynchos

  Northern Shoveler                     Anas clypeata

  Northern Pintail                      Anas acuta

  Redhead                               Aythya americana

  Northern Bobwhite                     Colinus virginianus

  Pied-billed Grebe                     Podilymbus podiceps

  Double-crested Cormorant              Phalacrocorax auritus

  American White Pelican                Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

  Great Blue Heron                      Ardea herodias

  Great Egret                           Ardea alba

  Osprey                                Pandion haliaetus

  Northern Harrier                      Circus cyaneus

  Red-tailed Hawk                       Buteo jamaicensis

  Solitary Sandpiper                    Tringa solitaria

  Greater Yellowlegs                    Tringa melanoleuca

  Rock Pigeon                           Columba livia

  Eurasian Collared-Dove                Streptopelia decaocto

  Mourning Dove                         Zenaida macroura

  Greater Roadrunner                    Geococcyx californianus

  Red-bellied Woodpecker                Melanerpes carolinus

  Ladder-backed Woodpecker              Picoides scalaris

  Downy Woodpecker                      Picoides pubescens

  Hairy Woodpecker                      Picoides villosus

  Northern Flicker                      Colaptes auratus

  American Kestrel                      Falco sparverius

  Scissor-tailed Flycatcher             Tyrannus forficatus

  American Crow                         Corvus brachyrhynchos

  Horned Lark                           Eremophila alpestris

  Rock Wren                             Salpinctes obsoletus

  Bewick's Wren                         Thryomanes bewickii

  Eastern Bluebird                      Sialia sialis

  American Robin                        Turdus migratorius

  European Starling                     Sturnus vulgaris

  Sprague's Pipit                       Anthus spragueii

  Yellow-rumped Warbler                 Setophaga coronata

  Chipping Sparrow                      Spizella passerina

  Field Sparrow                         Spizella pusilla

  Song Sparrow                          Melospiza melodia

  Lincoln's Sparrow                     Melospiza lincolnii

  White-crowned Sparrow                 Zonotrichia leucophrys

  Dark-eyed Junco                       Junco hyemalis

  Northern Cardinal                     Cardinalis cardinalis

  Red-winged Blackbird                  Agelaius phoeniceus

  Eastern Meadowlark                    Sturnella magna

  Western Meadowlark                    Sturnella neglecta

  Brewer's Blackbird                    Euphagus cyanocephalus

  Common Grackle                        Quiscalus quiscula

  House Finch                           Haemorhous mexicanus

  Pine Siskin                           Spinus pinus

  House Sparrow                         Passer domesticus

 

52 SPECIES

SO FAR:  108 SPECIES

 

Mary Beth Stowe

McAllen, TX

miriameaglemon.com

 



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Subject: LRGV RBA posted and THANK YOU
From: "Mary Gustafson" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "live4birds@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:35:42 -0400
Hi all, I posted an updated Rare Bird Alert to rgvbirds.blogspot.com as I do 
each and every Thursday... other than the past month! Thanks to Tiffany Kersten 
of Quinta Mazatlan for updating the RBA in my absence, and thanks to John 
Yochum of Estero Llano Grande State Park for recording the RBA each week! 

 
Mary Gustafson
Mission, Texas

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Subject: Re: Difficult farewell
From: "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" <Fred_Collins AT hctx.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 21:03:06 +0000
Many people describe west Texas as an empty place. While birders do not agree 
with that assessment I can unequivocally state that west Texas is indeed an 
emptier place without you there Heidi. 


You will still be in my and many other Texbirders hearts wherever you stray. 
Keep warm and I am sure we will welcome you home someday. 



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

Life member TOS and SWAN
Advisrory Board Member HAS  and KPC

Employee of
Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner
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From: texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of H Trudell 

Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2014 3:17 PM
To: Texbirds
Subject: [texbirds] Difficult farewell

Oh, Texbirds. I don't even know where to start. 
I love y'all. 

Since 1998, Texbirds has been my primary learning curve (outside of Nat Geo, 
Peterson's, the joy of the first Sibley) and it has been wonderful: I have made 
horrible IDs and had my  AT $$ handed to me by folks far more knowledgable than I 
(and I learned), and i have enjoyed reading the steady flow of posts from Ave A 
and Joseph Kennedy and established brains who have cycled through various 
levels of posting involvement... Curmudgeons and whippersnappers alike, 
Texbirds has been an extended family of sorts. Thank you. For the friendships 
and gentle rivalries, for the mentors and the CBCs, for news and vicarious 
living... Thank you. 


As a native Texan with fierce loyalty to my birding turf and community, it has 
been an agonizing decision, but I have moved to Michigan. It's cold, but the 
people are friendly. It's just not home. I do hope to keep in touch with folks 
- always open for questions about my former turf, but it looks like this move 
is indefinite. 


Best,
-h

Heidi Trudell
Formerly of Houston, Alamo, Abilene, Waco, Marathon, aaaand now Ypsilanti, MI


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Subject: Houston Greater Pewee (10/23)
From: James Hinson <jmhinson AT att.net>
Date: Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:57:35 -0700
Dale Wolck, Rick Wilson and I located the Greater Pewee in Bear Creek Park this 
morning with little effort between Restroom #9 and Restroom #10. We also found 
a female Vermilion Flycatcher about 100 yds. west of Pavilion #5 (the Merlin 
area). This is probably the same bird that's wintered there the previous 2 yrs. 
Also of interest, are the large amount of House Finches in the park this year. 

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Houston, Tx.


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Subject: Re: Now 4 Brown Booby still at Baytown Nature Center. Had just spotted the 2 juvie and the the 2 adults flew in just below them and to their right. 4th tower from BNC land
From: Richard Harman <rharmanintx AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:19:08 -0400
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Subject: Re: Heard Museum Bird Banding/Census report, 10/22/2014
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:15:11 -0500
.
Wow!!...I don't think have never seen an October Fox Sparrow in Texas!


**********************************************************************
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503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

On Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 7:14 PM, Brush Freeman 
wrote:

> Wow!!...I have never seen an October Fox Sparrow in Texas!
>
> **********************************************************************
> Brush Freeman
> 503-551-5150 Cell
> 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
> http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
>
> On Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 7:11 PM, Tom Heath  wrote:
>
>> The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, McKinney, TX
>> Bird Banding & Census Report
>> Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
>> Banding Team: Craig, Darlene, Denise, Janiece, Jennifer, Judy, Karen, Tom
>> and (2 guest and AP Environmental
>> Science Class from Wiley High School)
>>
>>   Total species banded - 11
>>   Total birds banded - 15
>>
>> Eastern Phoebe - 1
>> Blue Jay - 1
>> White-throated Sparrow - 2
>> Lincoln's Sparrow - 1
>> Fox Sparrow - 1
>> Northern Cardinal - 2
>> Nashville Warbler - 3
>> Northern Mockingbird - 1
>> Carolina Chickadee - 1
>> Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
>> Hermit Thrush - 1
>> ---------------------------
>>
>>   Total species recaptured - 5
>>   Total birds recaptured - 6
>>
>> Downy Woodpecker - 1 (Banded 9/9/2013)
>> Carolina Wren - 1 (Banded 9/9/2013)
>> Tufted Titmouse - 1 (Banded 9/28/2011)
>> Carolina Chickadee - 2 (Banded 10/2/2013, 10/1/2014)
>> Hermit Thrush -1 (Banded 11/7/2012)
>> ---------------------------
>>
>> Georgette's census
>> Heard Nat. Sci. Mus.& Wildlife Sanct, Collin, US-TX
>> Oct 22, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
>> Protocol: Traveling 3.0 miles
>> 38 species
>>
>> Great Blue Heron  1
>> Great Egret  1
>> Snowy Egret  1
>> Black Vulture  5
>> Turkey Vulture  61
>> Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
>> Cooper's Hawk  2
>> Red-shouldered Hawk  3
>> Swainson's Hawk  1
>> Red-tailed Hawk  1
>> Killdeer  2
>> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  9
>> White-winged Dove  1
>> Mourning Dove  8
>> Barred Owl  1
>> Belted Kingfisher  1
>> Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
>> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
>> Downy Woodpecker  2
>> Northern Flicker  4
>> Eastern Phoebe  4
>> Blue Jay  14
>> American Crow  6
>> Carolina Chickadee  5
>> Tufted Titmouse  2
>> Carolina Wren  7
>> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5
>> Eastern Bluebird  10
>> Hermit Thrush  2
>> American Robin  6
>> Northern Mockingbird  5
>> Nashville Warbler  1
>> Fox Sparrow (Red)  1    This bird was caught by the Heard bird banders.
>> It had heavy red streaks on the
>> breast, gray on the nape as well as above the eye.  The wings were red
>> with two white wing bars.
>> Song Sparrow  1
>> White-throated Sparrow  3
>> Northern Cardinal  8
>> Red-winged Blackbird  3
>> House Finch  2
>> View this checklist online at
>> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20307060
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>>
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Subject: Re: Heard Museum Bird Banding/Census report, 10/22/2014
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:14:12 -0500
Wow!!...I have never seen an October Fox Sparrow in Texas!
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

On Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 7:11 PM, Tom Heath  wrote:

> The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, McKinney, TX
> Bird Banding & Census Report
> Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014
> Banding Team: Craig, Darlene, Denise, Janiece, Jennifer, Judy, Karen, Tom
> and (2 guest and AP Environmental
> Science Class from Wiley High School)
>
>   Total species banded - 11
>   Total birds banded - 15
>
> Eastern Phoebe - 1
> Blue Jay - 1
> White-throated Sparrow - 2
> Lincoln's Sparrow - 1
> Fox Sparrow - 1
> Northern Cardinal - 2
> Nashville Warbler - 3
> Northern Mockingbird - 1
> Carolina Chickadee - 1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1
> Hermit Thrush - 1
> ---------------------------
>
>   Total species recaptured - 5
>   Total birds recaptured - 6
>
> Downy Woodpecker - 1 (Banded 9/9/2013)
> Carolina Wren - 1 (Banded 9/9/2013)
> Tufted Titmouse - 1 (Banded 9/28/2011)
> Carolina Chickadee - 2 (Banded 10/2/2013, 10/1/2014)
> Hermit Thrush -1 (Banded 11/7/2012)
> ---------------------------
>
> Georgette's census
> Heard Nat. Sci. Mus.& Wildlife Sanct, Collin, US-TX
> Oct 22, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
> Protocol: Traveling 3.0 miles
> 38 species
>
> Great Blue Heron  1
> Great Egret  1
> Snowy Egret  1
> Black Vulture  5
> Turkey Vulture  61
> Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
> Cooper's Hawk  2
> Red-shouldered Hawk  3
> Swainson's Hawk  1
> Red-tailed Hawk  1
> Killdeer  2
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  9
> White-winged Dove  1
> Mourning Dove  8
> Barred Owl  1
> Belted Kingfisher  1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
> Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  2
> Northern Flicker  4
> Eastern Phoebe  4
> Blue Jay  14
> American Crow  6
> Carolina Chickadee  5
> Tufted Titmouse  2
> Carolina Wren  7
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5
> Eastern Bluebird  10
> Hermit Thrush  2
> American Robin  6
> Northern Mockingbird  5
> Nashville Warbler  1
> Fox Sparrow (Red)  1    This bird was caught by the Heard bird banders.
> It had heavy red streaks on the
> breast, gray on the nape as well as above the eye.  The wings were red
> with two white wing bars.
> Song Sparrow  1
> White-throated Sparrow  3
> Northern Cardinal  8
> Red-winged Blackbird  3
> House Finch  2
> View this checklist online at
> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20307060
> ---------------------------
>
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Subject: Heard Museum Bird Banding/Census report, 10/22/2014
From: Tom Heath <heathwtom AT netscape.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 20:11:04 -0400
The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, McKinney, TX   
Bird Banding & Census Report   
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014   
Banding Team: Craig, Darlene, Denise, Janiece, Jennifer, Judy, Karen, Tom and 
(2 guest and AP Environmental 

Science Class from Wiley High School)

  Total species banded - 11 
  Total birds banded - 15 

Eastern Phoebe - 1 
Blue Jay - 1 
White-throated Sparrow - 2 
Lincoln's Sparrow - 1 
Fox Sparrow - 1 
Northern Cardinal - 2 
Nashville Warbler - 3 
Northern Mockingbird - 1 
Carolina Chickadee - 1 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1 
Hermit Thrush - 1 
---------------------------

  Total species recaptured - 5 
  Total birds recaptured - 6 

Downy Woodpecker - 1 (Banded 9/9/2013)
Carolina Wren - 1 (Banded 9/9/2013)
Tufted Titmouse - 1 (Banded 9/28/2011)
Carolina Chickadee - 2 (Banded 10/2/2013, 10/1/2014)
Hermit Thrush -1 (Banded 11/7/2012)
---------------------------

Georgette's census
Heard Nat. Sci. Mus.& Wildlife Sanct, Collin, US-TX
Oct 22, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling 3.0 miles
38 species

Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  1
Snowy Egret  1
Black Vulture  5
Turkey Vulture  61
Sharp-shinned Hawk  1
Cooper's Hawk  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  3
Swainson's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Killdeer  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  9
White-winged Dove  1
Mourning Dove  8
Barred Owl  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  6
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Downy Woodpecker  2
Northern Flicker  4
Eastern Phoebe  4
Blue Jay  14
American Crow  6
Carolina Chickadee  5
Tufted Titmouse  2
Carolina Wren  7
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5
Eastern Bluebird  10
Hermit Thrush  2
American Robin  6
Northern Mockingbird  5
Nashville Warbler  1
Fox Sparrow (Red) 1 This bird was caught by the Heard bird banders. It had 
heavy red streaks on the 

breast, gray on the nape as well as above the eye. The wings were red with two 
white wing bars. 

Song Sparrow  1
White-throated Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  8
Red-winged Blackbird  3
House Finch  2
View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20307060 

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Subject: Palo Duro Canyon SP & McClellan Creek NG
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 17:50:30 -0500
Hi, all!
 

I really thought it was gonna be a bust this morning, as it was raining
steadily from daybreak to about 11:20, so needless to say not much was
calling at the "stops" (for the longest time I had only logged one flicker
and one White-crowned Sparrow) and I wasn't gonna get out in that stuff!
But the rain lightened up a bit at the Mesquite Campground, and as a result
the birds started calling and coming out:  best was four Turkeys wandering
about, with three kinds of wrens calling at the same time (always fun to get
Rock and Canyon, both singing when the rain slowed).  A huge flock of Robins
were aroused by my pishing, along with Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Titmice, a
Spotted Towhee, and a Brown Thrasher.

 

The rain finally quit long enough for me to hit the blind again, where the
only new trip bird to show up were a pair of White-winged Doves.  No
Cassin's Finches, but there were some pretty rosy-looking House Finches
there that got my juices going for a minute!  Heading up the hill a couple
of stops added a couple of junco flocks, and I know I'm gonna get another
note from Cameron ;-) as while parked along the edge of the Group Pavilion
parking area peering down the canyon and listening, a very obvious low
"honking" croak came drifting up the canyon-sure sounded like Common Raven
to me!  As an aside, on the way to I-40, what I thought was a large hawk at
first turned out to be a very long-billed raven, who also "honked" when he
took off (shoulda turned on the recorder rather than the camera.).  There
was also a nice little wetland along this road (FM 1151) where I picked up a
handful of water birds for the day (the Canada Geese were flying over the
hotel in Canyon last night after I did the list.).  

 

Just did a scouting trip at McClellan Creek for tomorrow, which looks like
it has interesting potential, especially the length of FM 2477.

 

Bird List:

 

  Canada Goose                          Branta canadensis

  Blue-winged Teal                      Anas discors

  Northern Shoveler                     Anas clypeata

  Wild Turkey                           Meleagris gallopavo

  Red-tailed Hawk                       Buteo jamaicensis

  Ferruginous Hawk                      Buteo regalis

  American Avocet                       Recurvirostra americana

  Killdeer                              Charadrius vociferus

  Greater Yellowlegs                    Tringa melanoleuca

  Wilson's Snipe                        Gallinago delicata

  Eurasian Collared-Dove                Streptopelia decaocto

  White-winged Dove                     Zenaida asiatica

  Mourning Dove                         Zenaida macroura

  Golden-fronted Woodpecker             Melanerpes aurifrons

  Ladder-backed Woodpecker              Picoides scalaris

  Northern Flicker                      Colaptes auratus

  American Kestrel                      Falco sparverius

  Blue Jay                              Cyanocitta cristata

  Common Raven                          Corvus corax

  Horned Lark                           Eremophila alpestris

  Black-crested Titmouse                Baeolophus atricristatus

  Rock Wren                             Salpinctes obsoletus

  Canyon Wren                           Catherpes mexicanus

  Carolina Wren                         Thryothorus ludovicianus

  Bewick's Wren                         Thryomanes bewickii

  Ruby-crowned Kinglet                  Regulus calendula

  American Robin                        Turdus migratorius

  Brown Thrasher                        Toxostoma rufum

  Northern Mockingbird                  Mimus polyglottos

  European Starling                     Sturnus vulgaris

  Orange-crowned Warbler                Oreothlypis celata

  Yellow-rumped Warbler                 Setophaga coronata

  Spotted Towhee                        Pipilo maculatus

  Vesper Sparrow                        Pooecetes gramineus

  Lincoln's Sparrow                     Melospiza lincolnii

  White-throated Sparrow                Zonotrichia albicollis

  White-crowned Sparrow                 Zonotrichia leucophrys

  Dark-eyed Junco                       Junco hyemalis

  Northern Cardinal                     Cardinalis cardinalis

  Red-winged Blackbird                  Agelaius phoeniceus

  Eastern Meadowlark                    Sturnella magna

  Western Meadowlark                    Sturnella neglecta

  House Finch                           Haemorhous mexicanus

  House Sparrow                         Passer domesticus

 

44 SPECIES

SO FAR:  98 SPECIES

 

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Subject: Two adult Brown Booby - Baytown Nature Center
From: DLLitteer <dllitteer AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 22:23:21 +0000 (UTC)
I saw two adult Brown Boobies at the Baytown Nature Center this morning
about10:45.  One was on the 3rd tower and the other was on the 4th tower.  I
could see the yellow beaks, yellow feet and bright white belly on both
birds.  Because of my angle I had both birds in my scope view at the same
time.    I did not have the time to search for the juvenile boobies.  
I tried sending this earlier on cell phone, but it did not go through.  

Dwayne Litteer
Baytown, TX 

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Subject: Tropical Parula at Quinta Mazatlan YES 10/22
From: Tiffany Kersten <tiffanykersten AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 14:27:41 -0500
Still singing away near the house around 11 am today. We are open until 8
am to 7 pm on Thursday.
Tiffany L. Kersten
Mission, TX
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Subject: Now 4 Brown Booby still at Baytown Nature Center. Had just spotted the 2 juvie and the the 2 adults flew in just below them and to their right. 4th tower from BNC land
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Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 13:33:52 -0500
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Subject: Tyler State Park 10-22-14
From: Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 16:46:22 +0000
Howdy All!
It seems like our winter birds started arriving last night. All of the sudden 
we have Swamp, White-throated, and Song Sparrows; Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 
Chipping Sparrows and Winter and House Wren. I went out about the same time 
yesterday and didn't see these birds. Most of them were at the Blackjack Nature 
Trail area. The Chippies were moving through the brush there until the 
Sharp-shinned Hawk ruined their party. Great looks at one of the prettiest 
Pileateds I have ever seen too. Of course I was there with no camera. The 
surprise sighting was a first winter female Prairie Warbler in the small trees 
along the forest edge on the nature trail. 


Here's the list:


Tyler SP (PPW-E 065), Smith, US-TX

Oct 22, 2014 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Protocol: Traveling

3.0 mile(s)

34 species



Pied-billed Grebe  3

Black Vulture  3

Turkey Vulture  2

Sharp-shinned Hawk  1

Mourning Dove  3

Belted Kingfisher  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  2

Downy Woodpecker  2

Hairy Woodpecker  1

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  3

Pileated Woodpecker  2

Eastern Phoebe  5

Blue Jay  7

American Crow  5

Carolina Chickadee  7

Tufted Titmouse  4

White-breasted Nuthatch  2

Brown-headed Nuthatch  2

House Wren  2

Winter Wren  1

Carolina Wren  6

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  10

Eastern Bluebird  5

Brown Thrasher  3

Northern Mockingbird  4

Orange-crowned Warbler  1

Pine Warbler  10

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1

Prairie Warbler 1 1st winter female. Gray crown, dark line below eye, plain 
greenish back, yellow underneath with light streaking on the sides and white on 
the outer tail feathers. In second growth succession between pine-oak forest 
and post oak savannah. 


Chipping Sparrow  20

Song Sparrow  1

Swamp Sparrow  1

White-throated Sparrow  10

Northern Cardinal  9

Good birding,

Boyd A. Sanders, BBA, CIG
Master Interpreter/Exhibits Coordinator
Tyler State Park
(903)597-5338
Boyd.sanders AT tpwd.texas.gov

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Subject: 57 species in 2 hours on King Ranch
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:08:31 -0500
I was checking on water resources on the Santa Gertrudis division of the
King Ranch this morning.  Birding was secondary, but I still managed 57
species in two hours, including eight raptor species.
Only waterfowl were Black-bellied Whistling-ducks.  One notable miss was
Northern Cardinal, which is usually pretty common.

Full list:

Species: 57 - Subspecies: 0 - Forms: 57
Total Records: 57

NAME                          MIN CNT
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  8
Least Grebe                          1
Pied-billed Grebe                   5
Anhinga                                1
Great Egret                           3
Cattle Egret                           8
Green Heron                          1
Black Vulture                       25
Turkey Vulture                       6
Northern Harrier                     2
Cooper's Hawk                      2
Harris's Hawk                       1
Red-shouldered Hawk            2
White-tailed Hawk                 1
Common Gallinule                 1
American Coot                      2
Killdeer                                 2
Spotted Sandpiper                 2
Rock Pigeon                         7
Eurasian Collared-Dove          2
White-winged Dove                4
Mourning Dove                   100+
Inca Dove                              1
Common Ground-Dove            8
Black-chinned Hummingbird     1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird         1
Belted Kingfisher                    1
Green Kingfisher                     1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker     3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker      1
Crested Caracara                   11
American Kestrel                    4
Peregrine Falcon                     1
Eastern Phoebe                      5
Vermilion Flycatcher                1
Great Kiskadee                       2
Couch's Kingbird                     1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher      100+
Loggerhead Shrike                  6
Green Jay                              4
Cave Swallow                       10
Black-crested Titmouse          1
Northern Mockingbird              3
Curve-billed Thrasher               2
European Starling                 10
Vesper Sparrow                     1
Lark Sparrow                         5
Savannah Sparrow                 4
Lincoln's Sparrow                  1
Pyrrhuloxia                           1
Red-winged Blackbird          50
Western Meadowlark            100+
Brewer's Blackbird                 3
Great-tailed Grackle          100+
Bronzed Cowbird                   3
Brown-headed Cowbird          6
House Sparrow                      4

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

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


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Subject: Greater Pewee @ bear creek?
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Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 11:49:31 -0400
Texbirders 
Where has the greater Pewee been seen at bear creek park?

Thank you!

Stennie meadours
Sanleon
Currently at bear creek
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Subject: Smith Point Hawkwatch 10/21/14
From: Tad Finnell <tadcipiter AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:25:04 -0500
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Subject: Birds in Caldwell County
From: Jane F Tillman <jtillman AT utexas.edu>
Date: Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:15:46 -0500
Hi, I got this question and usually my answer is that there is plentiful
food in the wild at this time of year, but the writer asked if fall molt
has anything to do with birds abandoning her yard.
I could use some help on whether molt contributes.
Below is her question.





*I have a yard on a farm in Caldwell County that offers bird habitat all
year round----cover, feed, water source, etc.  Having been an avid birder
for years, I have noticed for several years now that there are periods of
time lasting several weeks ( mid-October, 2014) where the birds simply
disappear. Does the fall molt have anything to do with this? Where do they
go?*
Thanks so much for any insight.
Jane Tillman
Austin


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Subject: Utley Sandhills
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:55:53 -0500
.
This evening as the sun was setting, a couple of flocks of Sandhills came
in low to land in nearby fields....This should signal the start of the big
push south (I hope) though I have had an earlier flock....Had high hopes
for the critter cam photos after a couple days when I saw an Orange-crowned
and a Nashville come into water...........Alas when I left on Saturday I
found I did not switch the blasted thing on even though I put a cleared SK
card into it and saw a Spotted Towhee before I left that I was sure would
get its selfie..
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

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Subject: Smith Point Hawkwatch 10/21/14
From: Tad Finnell <tadcipiter AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:39:09 -0500
    I just got home from the hawkwatch and wanted to get this posted
before it got too late for the early to bedders. About 3:30 this afternoon
a couple thousand hawks kettled halfway between the Tower and the Point
very high, then turned and headed inland. I'm going out on a limb and 
predict
that they will be back in the morning, so any of you who have missed the 
show
and want to see the birds, this might be your last chance. You should be 
there
by 9:00 am. I'll post later with more details of today, which included 
522 raptors,
about 325 Broad-wings.
    Tad Finnell
   Lake Jackson
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Subject: Buffalo Lake Sapsucker
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:38:01 -0500
Hi, again,
 

I was able to photograph the immature sapsucker I had, in case anyone's
interested in trying to rule out Red-naped; the lighting wasn't the best, so
it might be hard to tell.

 

Thanks,

 

MB

 

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McAllen, TX

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Subject: Buffalo Lake NWR & Palo Duro Canyon SP
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 19:26:12 -0500
Hi, all!
 

If anyone has to see a Western Meadowlark or they're gonna die, this is the
place to go; the singing was incredible!  Besides the meadowlarks things
were actually rather quiet, but the most action was at the blind at the lake
where I added Marsh Wren, Common Grackle, and what I'm assuming was a young
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker to the trip list, plus another flyover Sprague's
Pipit.  The Birding Trail down by the canyon just past the entrance was
lovely, and while Chihuahuan Raven is supposedly the only ravens to show up
here, I had a pair croaking that sounded more like Common to me (in fact,
when I compared my recording to the recording on the Cornell Arizona CDs,
they matched pretty closely; certainly didn't sound like any Chihuahuans I'm
familiar with).

 

Did a reconnaissance trip to Palo Duro Canyon afterwards, and besides
gawking at the scenery, had a ball shooting the birds at the blind; I see
where Cameron Carver had some Cassin's Finches there yesterday, so I'll need
to scrutinize the House Finches more carefully tomorrow, but my personal
favorite visitors were the White-throated Sparrow and Brown Thrasher!  Oh,
and as an added bonus, a big flock of Canada Geese flew right past my hotel
window about five minutes ago! J

 

Bird List:

 

  Blue-winged Teal                      Anas discors

  Northern Shoveler                     Anas clypeata

  Green-winged Teal                     Anas crecca

  Northern Bobwhite                     Colinus virginianus

  Great Blue Heron                      Ardea herodias

  Sharp-shinned Hawk                    Accipiter striatus

  Red-tailed Hawk                       Buteo jamaicensis

  Killdeer                              Charadrius vociferus

  Greater Yellowlegs                    Tringa melanoleuca

  Rock Pigeon

  Mourning Dove                         Zenaida macroura

  Golden-fronted Woodpecker             Melanerpes aurifrons

  Yellow-bellied Sapsucker              Sphyrapicus varius

  Ladder-backed Woodpecker              Picoides scalaris

  Northern Flicker                      Colaptes auratus

  American Kestrel                      Falco sparverius

  Loggerhead Shrike                     Lanius ludovicianus

  Blue Jay                              Cyanocitta cristata

  American Crow                         Corvus brachyrhynchos

  Common Raven                          Corvus corax

  Horned Lark                           Eremophila alpestris

  Black-crested Titmouse                Baeolophus atricristatus

  Rock Wren                             Salpinctes obsoletus

  Marsh Wren                            Cistothorus palustris

  Ruby-crowned Kinglet                  Regulus calendula

  American Robin                        Turdus migratorius

  Brown Thrasher                        Toxostoma rufum

  Northern Mockingbird                  Mimus polyglottos

  European Starling                     Sturnus vulgaris

  Sprague's Pipit                       Anthus spragueii

  Orange-crowned Warbler                Oreothlypis celata

  Yellow-rumped Warbler                 Setophaga coronata

  Spotted Towhee                        Pipilo maculatus

  Savannah Sparrow                      Passerculus sandwichensis

  White-throated Sparrow                Zonotrichia albicollis

  White-crowned Sparrow                 Zonotrichia leucophrys

  Northern Cardinal                     Cardinalis cardinalis

  Western Meadowlark                    Sturnella neglecta

  Common Grackle                        Quiscalus quiscula

  House Finch                           Haemorhous mexicanus

  American Goldfinch                    Spinus tristis

 

41 SPECIES

So far:  90 SPECIES

 

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McAllen, TX

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Subject: Baytown Nature Center - 4 Brown Boobies
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:32:30 -0500
Texbirders:
At 1pm this afternoon, there were 4 Brown Boobies resting on tower #4 at
the Baytown Nature Center.  There was a nice adult bird with a striking
yellow bill, brown breast and upper parts and a bright white belly.  There
were also 3 much more drab brown birds in immature plumage with bills thick
at the base.  All birds were resting or preening together on the second
crossbar of tower #4.  A scope was defintely required; too far for photos.
Apparently yet another immature bird has joined the 3 birds reported on
Sunday by Byron, Laurie and Shelia.  Pretty incredible!

BTW, the Baytown Nature Center is a great birding location.  While it was a
bit hot today at 1pm for passerines to be very active, the site has great
habitat and the bird lists provided by David and Chuck on a regular basis
confirm the presence of good birds.  Give it a try. Well worth the $3
admission.

Good birding!
Bob Friedrichs
Houston / Palacios


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Subject: Tuesday morning bird census, Hagerman NWR
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 16:15:35 -0500
It was a beautiful still day for birding. We tallied 68 species + 3 other taxa. 
Bird of the day was a Roseate Spoonbill at Dead Woman Pond. We were able to 
count over 800 Northern Pintails. The distant Smartweed was full of ducks but 
they were too distant to ID most. We estimated there were at least 3000 ducks. 
Ducks we were able to ID were Gadwall, American Wigeon, Mallard, Northern 
Shoveler, Green-winged Teal and Redhead. Yellow-rumped Warblers 

were present along with a Nashville a Warbler or two. Winter sparrows are 
starting to arrive. We saw Song Sparrows, White-throated and White-crowned. 
Merlin was seen again at Dead Woman Pond. 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20298142
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Subject: Tropical Parula, Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen YES
From: Tiffany Kersten <tiffanykersten AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 09:09:24 -0500
Still happily singing away in our courtyard area just now.
Tiffany L. Kersten
Mission, TX


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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/20/14) 10,557 raptors
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:41:01 -0500
Well folks, in the course of seven days we've gone from the worst season
ever at Smith Point to being on the verge of breaking the all-time total for
both Broad-wings and the count as a whole. Amazing how quickly things can
turn around.

Count for 10/20/14, total 10,557
Black Vulture 4
Turkey Vulture 90
Bald Eagle 1
Northern Harrier 5
Sharp-shinned Hawk 12
Cooper's Hawk 36
Broad-winged Hawk 10,390
Swainson's Hawk 10
American Kestrel 8
Mississippi Kite 1

Jason has suddenly lost cell service out there so I don't know how
frequently we will be able to post the totals in the next few days, but
we'll do our best.

Sue

Susan A. Heath, PhD
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
103 Hwy 332 West
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
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Subject: BBS and CBC product
From: Brent Ortego <brentortego AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2014 06:36:29 -0500
I would like to again thank the many volunteers who participate in Breeding 
Bird Surveys, Christmas Bird Counts, Colonial Waterbird Surveys, etc. You might 
get a thank you when you complete your survey and turn in your data, but we 
really do not thank you enough. Your data are used and the surveys do not 
disappear after your monthly newsletter is published or the CBC annual report 
comes out. The data are stored in databases and are repeatedly referenced as 
conservationists try to assess the status of birds. The longer the survey has 
been conducted the better. The four mostly referenced in Texas are Christmas 
Bird Counts which go back to 1900, Breeding Bird Surveys which started in 1967 
and organized Colonial Waterbird Counts which begun in 1973. 

 

One of the products of much of your efforts is "The State of the Birds 2014" 
www.stateofthebirds.org. It was produced by the North American Bird 
Conservation Initiative using your data. 


 

Check it out. It shows that Hawaiian Forest and Oceanic birds has the greatest 
percentage of species on national watch lists. These are followed by Shorebirds 
and Aridland birds having roughly 50 percent of their species being on a 
watchlist. 


 

 

Brent Ortego

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Victoria, TX

 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Palo Duro Canyon Birds
From: Cameron Carver <c.o.carver AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:17:55 -0500
Greetings,

I spent a few hours this afternoon birding Palo Duro Canyon. I spent much of 
that time sitting at the blind waiting for the continuing Cassin's Finches. I 
briefly viewed and photographed the male. A photo is posted on Facebook 
Texbirds. 


A Gray Catbird entertained me while I was waiting.

Upon leaving the canyon I checked nearby roads for Mountain Bluebirds. I found 
a flock of about 25. 


I've seen some reports of Mountain Chickadee in lower elevation. I wonder what 
else could be visiting the panhandle soon? 


Local birders - look out for Flammulated Owl. Several reports from plains 
regions in the last two days. And one just turned up at the south plains rehab 
center - trying to track down the origin of the bird. 


Cameron Carver
Lubbock, TX

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Subject: Re: New camera and first bird found
From: Susan Schaezler <warblerwoods AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:10:20 -0500
This is the Canon SX 60, with 65x optical zoom now. It seems slower than my 50x 
optical, but I only had a few days to play with it. Small and fits in my bag! 


Susan Schaezler
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> On Oct 20, 2014, at 8:28 PM, Bill Wright  wrote:
> 
> A few weeks ago, I was at the Wednesday morning bird walk at Kleb Woods. 
> We were hearing a Marsh Wren in the distance. A lady walked up to us 
> with a camera and showed us this photo of the wren. The wren was about 
> 75 feet away on the other side of the pond. Great photo and the camera 
> did not have what I call a howitzer lens. I asked her what kind of zoom 
> it had? She responded 50x. I asked if that was an optical zoom and she 
> showed me the label on the side. When I got home I looked up the camera.
> 
> Then I found that a updated version was being released October 20 with a 
> 65x optical zoom. After some more research, I ordered one. It arrived 
> today. After trying to decipher the instructions, I walked outside to 
> find a bird. This hawk cooperatively flew up to the top of an electrical 
> tower 300 feet away fro our house.
> 
> I posted two photos on Flicker.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Am I correct that this is a Sharp-shinned Hawk? The end of the tail 
> looks more square to me than rounded. I saw this hawk or another 
> accipiter the other day and when it flew the wings were pushed forward.
> 
> Bill Wright
> Houston, TX
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Subject: Re: New camera and first bird found
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor AT swarovskioptik.us>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:08:41 -0400
Hi Bill - 

It is an adult Cooper's Hawk. The dark cap forms a "beret" on a Coop, while an 
adult Sharpie wears a dark hoodie like Bill Belichick. Coop has a smooth, 
continuous profile from crown to beak, while the Sharpie silhouette has a 
pronounced forehead and a "Notch" at the bill. 


As for the Super Zoom cameras - the 65x is the ratio of the ENTIRE zoom range, 
which starts in Wide Angle (negative magnification) and ends at the telephoto 
setting. So, I am guessing that your camera is a Canon SX60, which has the 35mm 
equivalent of a 21 - 1365mm lens. 


That's pretty impressive, but also realize that in 35mm camera terms (where 
50mm is 1x, 100mm = 2x, etc.), a 1365mm lens gives you a little more than 27x 
maximum from naked eye viewing. Like I said, that is impressive, and if it were 
not for the camera's built-in Image Stabilization, it would be very difficult 
to get sharp images at that magnification. 


Oh yes, do NOT go into Digital Zoom - that will likely hurt the image quality 
if afterward you want to zoom in for fine details. 


Have fun with it!  


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us 



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Subject: [texbirds] New camera and first bird found

A few weeks ago, I was at the Wednesday morning bird walk at Kleb Woods. 
We were hearing a Marsh Wren in the distance. A lady walked up to us with a 
camera and showed us this photo of the wren. The wren was about 

75 feet away on the other side of the pond. Great photo and the camera did not 
have what I call a howitzer lens. I asked her what kind of zoom it had? She 
responded 50x. I asked if that was an optical zoom and she showed me the label 
on the side. When I got home I looked up the camera. 


Then I found that a updated version was being released October 20 with a 65x 
optical zoom. After some more research, I ordered one. It arrived today. After 
trying to decipher the instructions, I walked outside to find a bird. This hawk 
cooperatively flew up to the top of an electrical tower 300 feet away fro our 
house. 


I posted two photos on Flicker.





Am I correct that this is a Sharp-shinned Hawk? The end of the tail looks more 
square to me than rounded. I saw this hawk or another accipiter the other day 
and when it flew the wings were pushed forward. 


Bill Wright
Houston, TX
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Subject: Muleshoe NWR
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:49:13 -0500
Hi, all!
 

Started out foggy but turned into an absolutely beautiful day, complete with
mosquitoes up at Buffalo Lake! :-P  Highlights included a variety of
sparrows including Lark Buntings, Vespers, and a Cassin's that EBird
flagged!  Three Chestnut-collared Longspurs bounced by along CR 149, and had
a dark morph Ferruginous Hawk at the intersection with FM 298.  EBird also
flagged a flyover Sprague's Pipit along SR 214.  Paul's Lake had a Prairie
Falcon and a Burrowing Owl in the Prairie Dog town.  Even Song Sparrow,
Crow, and Spotted Towhee were fun to get!

 

Bird List:

 

  Blue-winged Teal                      Anas discors

  Northern Shoveler                     Anas clypeata

  Northern Bobwhite                     Colinus virginianus

  Pied-billed Grebe                     Podilymbus podiceps

  Northern Harrier                      Circus cyaneus

  Red-tailed Hawk

  Ferruginous Hawk                      Buteo regalis

  American Coot                         Fulica americana

  Sandhill Crane                        Grus canadensis

  American Avocet                       Recurvirostra americana

  Killdeer                              Charadrius vociferus

  Rock Pigeon                           Columba livia

  Eurasian Collared-Dove                Streptopelia decaocto

  Mourning Dove                         Zenaida macroura

  Burrowing Owl                         Athene cunicularia

  Ladder-backed Woodpecker              Picoides scalaris

  Northern Flicker                      Colaptes auratus

  American Kestrel                      Falco sparverius

  Prairie Falcon                        Falco mexicanus

  Eastern Phoebe                        Sayornis phoebe

  Loggerhead Shrike                     Lanius ludovicianus

  American Crow                         Corvus brachyrhynchos

  Horned Lark                           Eremophila alpestris

  Curve-billed Thrasher                 Toxostoma curvirostre

  European Starling                     Sturnus vulgaris

  Sprague's Pipit                       Anthus spragueii

  Chestnut-collared Longspur            Calcarius ornatus

  Spotted Towhee                        Pipilo maculatus

  Cassin's Sparrow                      Peucaea cassinii

  Chipping Sparrow                      Spizella passerina

  Vesper Sparrow                        Pooecetes gramineus

  Lark Bunting                          Calamospiza melanocorys

  Savannah Sparrow                      Passerculus sandwichensis

  Song Sparrow                          Melospiza melodia

  Lincoln's Sparrow                     Melospiza lincolnii

  White-crowned Sparrow                 Zonotrichia leucophrys

  Eastern Meadowlark                    Sturnella magna

  Western Meadowlark                    Sturnella neglecta

  Brewer's Blackbird                    Euphagus cyanocephalus

  Great-tailed Grackle                  Quiscalus mexicanus

  House Finch                           Haemorhous mexicanus

  House Sparrow                         Passer domesticus

 

42 SPECIES

 

 

Mary Beth Stowe

McAllen, TX

miriameaglemon.com

 



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Subject: New camera and first bird found
From: Bill Wright <wmewrght AT hal-pc.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:28:40 -0500
A few weeks ago, I was at the Wednesday morning bird walk at Kleb Woods. 
We were hearing a Marsh Wren in the distance. A lady walked up to us 
with a camera and showed us this photo of the wren. The wren was about 
75 feet away on the other side of the pond. Great photo and the camera 
did not have what I call a howitzer lens. I asked her what kind of zoom 
it had? She responded 50x. I asked if that was an optical zoom and she 
showed me the label on the side. When I got home I looked up the camera.

Then I found that a updated version was being released October 20 with a 
65x optical zoom. After some more research, I ordered one. It arrived 
today. After trying to decipher the instructions, I walked outside to 
find a bird. This hawk cooperatively flew up to the top of an electrical 
tower 300 feet away fro our house.

I posted two photos on Flicker.





Am I correct that this is a Sharp-shinned Hawk? The end of the tail 
looks more square to me than rounded. I saw this hawk or another 
accipiter the other day and when it flew the wings were pushed forward.

Bill Wright
Houston, TX
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Subject: Berry Springs Kiskadee
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:31:56 -0500
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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Sunday Morning Birds & Water Update
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:03:55 -0500
After a rainy but busy Saturday morning indoors, I decided to get out for a
few hours on Sunday.  Several warblers, Nashville and Black-&-white, were
in the parking island trees - often an active area.  Water birds were all
at the Hunter's Lane resaca, with a colorful Roseate Spoonbill in with the
White Ibis and a Green Kingfisher working the closest pool.
Around 11:30 this morning water started flowing into the resaca from the
north end (Ebony Deck) and should continue moving for a day or two.

Sherry Wilson
Resident Park Host
Resaca de la Palma State Park
956-350-2920

*Nature Hike *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walk* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walk* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m..
*Night Hike* last Friday of the month (RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Thurs)  - small fee
*Nature Tram Rides*:  Wednesday thru Sunday
(Visitor Center closed Mon/Tues)
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Mottled Duck  14
Blue-winged Teal  80
Plain Chachalaca  3
Pied-billed Grebe  3
Neotropic Cormorant  2
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  7
Little Blue Heron  5
Tricolored Heron  1
White Ibis  34
Roseate Spoonbill  1
Turkey Vulture  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Broad-winged Hawk  1
American Coot  1
Inca Dove  7
White-tipped Dove  1
White-winged Dove  6
Mourning Dove  2
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird  2
Green Kingfisher  1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  1
Great Kiskadee  4
Couch's Kingbird  4
White-eyed Vireo  2
Green Jay  19
Barn Swallow  8
Cave Swallow  5
Carolina Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Long-billed Thrasher  6
Northern Mockingbird  4
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Nashville Warbler  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Indigo Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  32
Great-tailed Grackle  18
Brown-headed Cowbird  7
Altamira Oriole  2


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Subject: Re: FOS White -throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, and Dark-eyed Junco
From: "Charles W. Easley" <cwebirds AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:17:37 -0500
Lincoln's Sparrow  FOS  this AM in yard.

Cleburne, Texas
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Subject: [texbirds] FOS White -throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, and 
Dark-eyed Junco

This morning at daybreak Jeanette and I had our FOS White-throated Sparrow
(2)in the backyard, a little while later they were joined by a Lincoln's
Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored). Also in the small flock were
Clay-colored Sparrows and a Brown Thrasher.




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Subject: Smith point hawk watch broad-wings and dark broad-wings
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 10:16:01 -0500
I made it down to the hawk watch early on Sunday before sunrise. As I was
passing Frankland road north of town, numbers of broad-winged hawks were up
in the air at 7:15. This area is a traditional roosting site for hawks that
arrive in the area late in the day but normally they are up much later when
the thermals start up.
More hawks were up in the air down near the tower and some were already out
along Hawkins Camp Road. So maybe 500 hawks before sunrise.

The early liftoff continued and huge numbers were up and about way before
any self-respecting broad-wing should be flying. A good northeast winds
gave them enough lift to move and gather. Several set down in the mottes
while numbers grew. I went out to try for land bird migrants in the
northwest motte and found only a few birds. Perhaps 15+ broad-winged hawks,
3 cooper's hawks and 2 great horned owls sitting in the woods kept birds
down and quiet. Several more cooper's, several sharp-shinned hawks and 1
merlin also headed through the woods along with lots of broad-wings.

I spent the next hour or so at the edge of the woods just watching the
parade of broad-wings just overhead. Kettles and sheets going north and
south, east and west, splitting and joining and always more birds coming
from way off north. I had either 6 or 7 dark phase broad-winged hawks here
including one really neat adult bird. Almost all dark birds I have seen in
past years have been young of the year.

Most broad-wings that show up later are also young of the year but the herd
today included a large portion of adults compared to past late swarms where
an adult is remarkable.

Somewhere around this time I lost complete track of how many hawks were
going and coming and never did get oriented as to which kettles were new
and which were repeats. It is really hard work to count in such conditions
and really is not compatible with watching and enjoying the birds which is
what I did today.

Back at the tower a great sheet of birds went overhead including 15 dark
broad-wings which may or may not have included the birds from earlier in
the day. This was the biggest number of birds I have ever seen at one time
at the point. As was mentioned, Saturdays total of 26,000 broad-wings was
the 3rd best day ever. I was present for the other 2 great days and this
one flock which was close in and in great light greatly outdid in numbers
anything from those 2 days. The total for Sunday was a piddling 24,000
birds with 87,000 total broad-wings in the last 5 days.

Sort of moves the season from about the worst ever to one of the best.
However, counts of other hawks for the day was miniscule but 3 bald eagles
were nice. This is the start of the swainson's hawk peak but there were
only a dozen plus but 2 or 4 were dark birds. There was a very nice younger
white-tailed hawk and a red-tailed hawk. There are land birds around but I
could not find many. Some of the cooper's hawks did find birds and had full
crops when they went over.

When I went north from town around 4:30 I looked for hawks going to roost
or still up in the air. A few birds were down along Frankland but not any
north of there. No birds were going to roost around Double Bayou or White's
park which had numbers going to roost on Tuesday.

One day like this can sure make up for many 0 and 2 bird days.



-- 
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Subject: Re: Audubon's Warbler
From: Ronnie Kramer <ronniekramer1964 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:54:10 -0500
Not in the immediate area.  But I had an Audubon's at Falfurrias and
another at Warbler Woods both on the 10th.  And yet no Myrtles for me so
far this year.
~ronnie kramer
austin

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> .
> This AM on my walkabout in Utley, I heard and saw an Audubon's
> Warbler....Heck I have yet so see a Myrtle around here.  Has anyone else in
> this region seen an Audubon"s already? More fuel for the western species
> theory this fall?
> Also had a unidentified Oriole, probably Baltimore a non-adult male type
>
> Mrs. Possum here strayed across the road one to many times so there was a
> nice collection of vultures and Caracaras down at the end of my road.
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Subject: FOS White -throated Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, and Dark-eyed Junco
From: "Frank Bumgardner" <fbumgardner AT hot.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:52:58 -0500
This morning at daybreak Jeanette and I had our FOS White-throated Sparrow
(2)in the backyard, a little while later they were joined by a Lincoln's
Sparrow and Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored). Also in the small flock were
Clay-colored Sparrows and a Brown Thrasher.
 

 

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Subject: Re: New foraging maneuver by Great Egret -- Reply
From: <jkestner AT stx.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 14:41:56 +0000
OMG - the Wood Stork I observed at Tule Lake was only using its left wing to 
canopy-feed! It was in the late morning, and the bird was walking toward the 
sun, if that has any bearing on this behavior. 


Judy Kestner
Corpus Christi

---- Ray Porter  wrote: 

=============
additional comments: once earlier this year at Baytown Nature Center, I 
observed similar behavior. There was a stiff wind however in the middle 
of the channel there was an exultation of maybe 20-30 egrets (Great and 
Snowy) hovering and dipping.

This may be appear related but does anyone have any idea if birds have 
the quality of handedness? A month or so ago, I observed three Wood 
Storks feeding, and each showed a variation of the Reddish Egrets 
umbrella technique by using only one wing, the left. Invariably when I 
have observed Snowys and Tricolors doing the same, they use both wings 
as do the Reddish. This may be even stranger when one considers that 
Tricolors are herons. Would this be common for a behavioral trait to 
cross species boundaries?

Ray Porter
highlands, Texas
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Subject: Re: Oporornis warbler at LaFitte's Cove
From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:47:56 -0500
Thanks to all who replied. The bird is a 1st winter Mourning Warbler 
based on yellow throat and yellow supraloral marks.

Without a camera to photo the bird, I never would have definitely 
known what it was. I have never seen any of these warblers in 1st 
winter plumage.

By the way..other birds at LaFitte's were Nashville, Tennessee, 
Black-throated Green and Northern Parula warblers
White-eyed Vireo, FOS Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Brown Thrasher

David McDonald
Friendswood TX

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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/19/14) 24,123 raptors
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Oct 2014 07:10:56 -0500
The latest from Jason:  

10/19/14: 24,123 Raptors!!!  

Black Vulture-3  

Turkey Vulture-91  

Osprey-1  

Bald Eagle-3  

Northern Harrier-17  

Sharp-shinned Hawk-8  

Cooper's Hawk-13  

Broad-winged Hawk-23,963 (at least 19 dark morph)  

Red-tailed Hawk-1  

Swainson's Hawk-16  

American Kestrel-6  

Mississippi Kite-1  

blog post: http://smithpointhawkwatch.wordpress.com/2014/10/19/5th-and-2nd/  

  
  
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Subject: Three Brown Boobies at Baytown Nature Center today, 10-19-2014
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "drbirdie@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:29:15 -0400
Hi Texbirders,
Shelia Hargis, Laurie Foss and I stopped at Baytown Nature Center this 
afternoon between 2:30 and 3:30 to try to find the previously-reported Brown 
Boobies. I was pleased with myself when I found the adult perched on one of the 
large metal electrical transmission towers in the water, but was shocked a few 
minutes later when Shelia shouted to me that there were 3 birds. Sure enough, 
after something caused the adult booby and its coterie of cormorants and brown 
pelicans to fly off briefly and then return to their perches on the 
transmission towers, there were 2 juvenile Brown Boobies perched on the same 
beam near the adult booby. From what I recall, an adult and a juvenile Brown 
Booby have been previously reported from this location, but today there were 
three birds. Photos were taken. 

We dipped on the Vermilion Flycatcher that Chuck Davis reported from the road 
near Egret Tidal Flats pond a couple of days ago, but Laurie alertly spotted a 
white-morph Reddish Egret feeding in shallow water on the bay side of the road 
in the same location. 

Good birding ya'll,
Byron Stone, Austin
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Subject: Spectacular morning at Smith Point Hawk Watch today, 10-19-2014
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Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 22:19:16 -0400
Hi Texbirders,
Yesterday was a great morning at Smith Point but this morning was stupefyingly 
spectacular! 

As we drove into Smith Point about 8:30 a.m., there were already scores, 
perhaps hundreds of Broad-winged Hawks circling low over roads, fields and 
trees. Numbers increased rapidly, and by 9 a.m. there were a thousand or more 
birds circling low over the trees and near the observation platform, drifting 
toward the west in the brisk northeast breeze. Some of our group watched from 
the tower, and some of us watched from near the trees to the west as the birds 
circled up and drifted away, only to be replaced by new birds lifting off from 
the trees or coming in from the north. The views were jaw-dropping and the 
numbers were mind-boggling, especially when seen at such close range. 

The broad-wings were joined by good numbers of Sharp-shinned and Cooper's 
Hawks, and by a few Swainson's Hawks. 

There were also small numbers of kestrels and harriers though out the morning, 
and another juvie White-tailed Hawk. 

The main lift-off this morning was over by about 0945, but large numbers of 
birds continued to appear throughout the morning, as multiple large kettles 
materialized from high in the sky to the north and the east. Our group 
estimated 14,000 Broad-wings had come through by noon, but I don't know what 
the official count was. 

In addition to the Broad-wings, we had lots of great looks at juvie Coops and 
Sharpies, and at adult and a few subadult Swainson's Hawks. 

And remarkable numbers of dark-morph Broad-winged Hawks. We had multiple 
kettles containing multiple dark-morph broadies, with at least two kettles 
containing 4 or more. Joe Kennedy said he counted 14 dark-morphs in one large 
kettle. It was amazing! 

And just before we left at about 12:30, Jason alerted me to the presence of two 
Bald Eagles coming in with another high-altitude kettle of Broad-wings. A nice 
way for us to leave the platform. 

If you can get yourself out there early tomorrow, I suspect there will be at 
least one more good lift-off, as new birds appeared to be coming in almost 
nonstop today. 

It was a great couple of mornings to be hawk-watching at Smith Point.
Good birding ya'll,
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Subject: Sheldon Lake new road
From: Greg Page <gregpage1465 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 20:08:37 -0500
According to the Sheldon Lake State Park facebook page they are supposed to
open the new road into the park on Monday. The entrance is off of Garrett
Road. They are also building a boardwalk with blinds through the grasslands
and wetlands. This has been a good birding area in the past.
Greg Page
Houston


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Subject: Colorado Lake SP & Muleshoe NWR
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 19:36:08 -0500
Hi, all!
 

Today's highlight was getting to see birding buddy Kyle O'Haver at Colorado
Lake SP! J  Lots of White Pelicans and ducks, and a Roadrunner to boot.
Best bird of the day was a lovely Ferruginous Hawk on the way to Muleshoe;
didn't know it was banded until I looked at the pictures!  Sandhill Cranes
were flocking in good numbers, and a "Red-shafted" Flicker bouncing around
the headquarters building was nice.  Figured out a 20-mile driving route, so
am looking forward to doing a BBS-style survey tomorrow morning!

 

Bird List:

 

  Gadwall                               Anas strepera

  American Wigeon                       Anas americana

  Northern Pintail                      Anas acuta

  Redhead                               Aythya americana

  Lesser Scaup                          Aythya affinis

  Ruddy Duck                            Oxyura jamaicensis

  Pied-billed Grebe                     Podilymbus podiceps

  Eared Grebe                           Podiceps nigricollis

  American White Pelican                Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

  Great Blue Heron                      Ardea herodias

  Cattle Egret                          Bubulcus ibis

  Black-crowned Night-Heron             Nycticorax nycticorax

  Turkey Vulture                        Cathartes aura

  Sharp-shinned Hawk                    Accipiter striatus

  Northern Harrier

  Red-tailed Hawk                       Buteo jamaicensis

  Ferruginous Hawk                      Buteo regalis

  American Coot                         Fulica americana

  Sandhill Crane                        Grus canadensis

  Killdeer                              Charadrius vociferus

  Least Sandpiper                       Calidris minutilla

  Rock Pigeon                           Columba livia

  Eurasian Collared-Dove                Streptopelia decaocto

  Mourning Dove                         Zenaida macroura

  Greater Roadrunner                    Geococcyx californianus

  Great Horned Owl                      Bubo virginianus

  Belted Kingfisher                     Megaceryle alcyon

  Northern Flicker                      Colaptes auratus

  American Kestrel                      Falco sparverius

  Scissor-tailed Flycatcher             Tyrannus forficatus

  Blue Jay                              Cyanocitta cristata

  Horned Lark                           Eremophila alpestris

  Bewick's Wren                         Thryomanes bewickii

  Curve-billed Thrasher                 Toxostoma curvirostre

  Northern Mockingbird                  Mimus polyglottos

  European Starling                     Sturnus vulgaris

  American Pipit                        Anthus rubescens

  Northern Cardinal                     Cardinalis cardinalis

  Eastern Meadowlark                    Sturnella magna

  Western Meadowlark                    Sturnella neglecta

  Great-tailed Grackle                  Quiscalus mexicanus

  House Finch                           Haemorhous mexicanus

  House Sparrow                         Passer domesticus

 

43 SPECIES

So Far:  54 Species

 

Mary Beth Stowe

McAllen, TX

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Subject: Re: Audubon's Warbler
From: mitch AT utopianature.com
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:44:49 -0700
A way out west here on the 99 line at Utopia the first fall 
Yellow-rumped warblers
are always Audubon's, preceeding Myrtle on average by a couple weeks, 
often three.
I have not had a Myrtle yet, but we have just entered their normal 
arrival window.
I have had more Audubon's this fall than any prior so far (n~11).  
Normally we would
have a couple per week since the last week of September, Myrtle showing 
in mid-October.
Besides well over a dozen Audubon's in the last three weeks, I saw my 
first-ever
large (over 20 birds) homogenous (from a Yellow-rump perspective) flock 
of Audubon's
Warbler here in 11 years, last weekend.  I worked them long and hard for 
a Myrtle and
nary a proper chip or chinstrap was seen or heard.  One Western Palm was 
amongst them,
which is my first Oct. passage Palm Warbler here, and quite noteworthy 
hereabouts.
Hard to believe a flock of Audubon's Warbler could be so significant, 
but these are
the things micro-scale birding reveal.  This is a clear and 
unprecedented incursion here.
Our normal ratio in winter is 89.+% Myrtle, 10% Audubon's, and almost 1% 
detectable
hybrids.  Spring stays fairly near that, and once Myrtle get here in 
fall that is
about normal, but until they do, it is all Audubon's, and generally 
never more than
a few, most often singles on the early dates.

Mitch Heindel
Utopia

On 2014-10-19 08:41, Brush Freeman wrote:
> .
> This AM on my walkabout in Utley, I heard and saw an Audubon's
> Warbler....Heck I have yet so see a Myrtle around here.  Has anyone 
> else in
> this region seen an Audubon"s already? More fuel for the western 
> species
> theory this fall?

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Subject: Re: Oporornis warbler at LaFitte's Cove today - ID help please
From: mitch AT utopianature.com
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:30:12 -0700
Hi all,

This looks like an immature male Mourning Warbler to me.
The narrowly broken eye-ring fore and aft are quite typical,
and Connecticut does not show this feature.  The brightness
of yellow underparts, as well as yellow in throat also are
characters of Mourning Warbler.

Mitch Heindel
Utopia,

> It looks like a juvie. The eyering is not quite complete.
> 
> The very long undertail coverts are supposedly diagnostic for 
> Connecticut.
> 
> Obviously the most likely would be Mourning, but those undertail
> coverts are really long for a Mourning.
> 
> Any thoughts anyone? Thanks

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Subject: Oporornis warbler at LaFitte's Cove today - ID help please
From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:38:32 -0500
Hi Texbirders,

I was at LaFitte's Cove from 10 - 12:30 today.

There were 2 other birders there who talked about 2 possible 
sightings of Connecticut Warblers in the last 3 weeks at LaFitte's. 
Only 1 person got photos and apparently no one has seen them to confirm.

About 10 minutes later this bird appeared at the drip. It was 
obviously an oporornis with the grayish hood and breast band. But 
which one..Mourning, Connecticut or McGillivray's?

Here is the bird in side 
view............     http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/157882864

And another showing very long undertail 
coverts.......    http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/157882865

This one shows gray brown 
hood......   http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/157882867

and this one shows a complete band across the 
breast.......       http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/157882869

It looks like a juvie. The eyering is not quite complete.

The very long undertail coverts are supposedly diagnostic for Connecticut.

Obviously the most likely would be Mourning, but those undertail 
coverts are really long for a Mourning.

Any thoughts anyone? Thanks

David McDonald
Friendswood TX

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Subject: Morning Migration
From: Gary Richards <grcolts AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:01:43 -0500
This morning was a good day for hawk migration. I spotted several kettles of 
Mississippi kites, Cooper’s, etc. 

Also, thousands of Monarch butterflies are flying high in the sky moving south.
A good morning for nature observing!

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Subject: Audubon's Warbler
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 10:41:00 -0500
.
This AM on my walkabout in Utley, I heard and saw an Audubon's
Warbler....Heck I have yet so see a Myrtle around here.  Has anyone else in
this region seen an Audubon"s already? More fuel for the western species
theory this fall?
Also had a unidentified Oriole, probably Baltimore a non-adult male type

Mrs. Possum here strayed across the road one to many times so there was a
nice collection of vultures and Caracaras down at the end of my road.
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas


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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/18/14) 26,213 raptors
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2014 09:36:43 -0500
10/18/14 Count: 26,213 Raptors!!!  

Black Vulture-11  

Turkey Vulture-42  

Osprey-1  

Bald Eagle-4  

Northern Harrier-14  

Sharp-shinned Hawk-12  

Cooper's Hawk-13  

Red-shouldered Hawk-1  

Broad-winged Hawk-26,093 (at least 19 dark morph)  

Red-tailed Hawk-1  

Swainson's Hawk-12  

American Kestrel-6  

Mississippi Kite-1  

Unknown Falcon-1  

Unknown Raptor-1  

Currently 4th best season, 3rd best Broad-winged/raptor day ever, tied for 2nd 
best Bald Eagle day ever. Amazing. More tomorrow. 

  
 Susan A. Heath, Ph.D.
Avian Conservation Biologist
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
103 W. Hwy 332
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
979-480-0999
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Subject: Great morning at Smith Point; great day on Bolivar Peninsula
From: "Doc" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "drbirdie@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 19:40:13 -0500
Hi Texbirders,
Twenty-two members of the Travis Audubon Raptorology class joined me today for 
a trip that included 4 hours on the observation tower at Smith Point followed 
by stops at Robbins Park, then Anahuac NWR, and finally Rollover Pass. 

Highlights of the 85 or so species we saw today included a fantastic liftoff of 
several thousand Broadwinged Hawks, some quite low over the tower and including 
at least 10 dark-morphs; a good flight of both sharpies and coops, some quite 
low, a juvie White-tailed Hawk that fooled some of us initially with its pale 
tail shining thru a bit pinkish in the morning backlight; several Chambers 
County American Oystercatchers at Robbins Park; more Oystercatchers and a ton 
of other shorebirds, gulls and terns in awesome late afternoon light on an 
outgoing tide at Rollover Pass; a flock of 55+ Franklin's Gulls mixed in with 
tons of Laughers, a few juvie Herring and at least one RB Gull at Rollover; the 
Black Skimmers at Rollover; and a male and female Vermilion Flycatcher at the 
visitor center at Anahuac NWR, plus both Whistling Ducks and 3 juvie Purple 
Gallinules at Shoveler Pond. 

We had great weather and great company.
Many thanks to Jason, the official counter at Smith Point, for enduring our 
questions, misidentications, and other intrusions with patience, good humor and 
helpful information. 

With any luck, most of us will be back at the tower again tomorrow 
morning for a little more of that Smith Point magic.
It was a good day to be a raptorologist.
Good birding ya'll,
Byron Stone, Austin
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Subject: Painted Redstart @ Falfurrias
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 17:53:47 -0500
Hi all,
 

Headed north to explore the lower Panhandle today, but couldn't resist a
stop at the Falfurrias Rest Stop to try for the Painted Redstart, and he's
still there, singing away, along with an Eastern Bluebird and Summer
Tanager, which rounded out the colors!  Padded the list with some unexpected
Valley birds, as I really didn't plan to stop there today but I got
impulsive. J  Got turned around in Ballinger so I'm in Coleman right now.

 

Bird List:

 

  Black Vulture                         Coragyps atratus

  Turkey Vulture                        Cathartes aura

  Harris's Hawk                         Parabuteo unicinctus

  Red-tailed Hawk                       Buteo jamaicensis

  Rock Pigeon                           Columba livia

  Eurasian Collared-Dove                Streptopelia decaocto

  Mourning Dove                         Zenaida macroura

  Golden-fronted Woodpecker             Melanerpes aurifrons

  Crested Caracara                      Caracara cheriway

  American Kestrel                      Falco sparverius

  Eastern Phoebe                        Sayornis phoebe

  Great Kiskadee                        Pitangus sulphuratus

  Couch's Kingbird                      Tyrannus couchii

  Scissor-tailed Flycatcher             Tyrannus forficatus

  Green Jay                             Cyanocorax yncas

  Eastern Bluebird                      Sialia sialis

  Northern Mockingbird                  Mimus polyglottos

  European Starling                     Sturnus vulgaris

  Yellow-rumped Warbler                 Setophaga coronata

  Painted Redstart                      Myioborus pictus

  Summer Tanager                        Piranga rubra

  Great-tailed Grackle                  Quiscalus mexicanus

  House Sparrow                         Passer domesticus

 

23 SPECIES

 

 

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McAllen, TX

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Subject: NEW SOUND FROM A NO. MOCKINGBIRD THIS AM, AND AN UNKNOWN BIRD SEEN YESTERDAY AM IN PEARLAND
From: "Mira M Pellerin" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mirampellerin@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:41:47 -0400
While walking out to my newspaper box at 7 AM today, I heard what sounded like 
a Black Bellied Whistling Duck in a tree in my neighbors yard across the 
street, until the bird changed it's tune, into a typical mocker's call. I have 
never heard a mockingbird sound like a duck, let alone this duck, before! 


Yesterday AM while riding my trike down my street in the predawn darkness ( 
around 6:15 AM), I saw a tall, long legged bird, about the size and coloration 
of an Am. Bittern, run across the road in front of me about 30 feet away. It 
hopped over a small ditch then continued its peculiar gliding run across a 
front yard, then around the corner of the house. It held it's head almost 
straight up, with it's light colored bill pointing skyward! It was dim light, 
but the impression that I got was"'Am. Bittern"! 



When got past the house, I saw the bird rapidly moving, still with it's head 
held straight up, in the back yard, then it disappeared into the shadows of a 
large wooden fence. I never saw it again. How neat it was to see it, whatever 
it was! 



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Subject: Webberville Kiskadee (local interest)
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 12:29:38 -0500
.
Webberville Area (Local) A heard only Kiskadee is just downstream of Big
Webberville Park and just across county line in Bastrop Co. at the end of
River Terrace Rd. Turn off 969 on Lazy River Rd then left on on River
Terrace and go all the way to the end loop The bird sounds to be on the
river...There is a white mobile home that is fence and a woodland meadow to
the west...Best heard from here. I did not stay long on account of
dogs.....This could be a returning fall bird as they seem to like this area.
Also 9+ late Chimney Swifts, and a FOS Swamp Sparrow in the Webberville
area.
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503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

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Subject: Tropical Parula Quinta Mazatlan, McAlllen, YES 10-18
From: Tiffany Kersten <tiffanykersten AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:43:48 -0500
The continuing tropical parula has been giving lots of birders great views
this morning. It was a life bird for many on our guided bird walk this
morning!
Our grounds are open until 5 pm today. We are closed Sundays and Mondays.

Tiffany L. Kersten
Mission, TX


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Subject: Brown Booby - Windy Point/Travis County
From: Ed Fair <ezflaw AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 11:41:42 -0500
The adult Brown Booby was seen again at Windy Point from about 8:30 AM to 9:00 
AM this morning. It was diving around the point and gliding out in various 
directions until it disappeared up the lake toward the Marina. The bird had not 
been reported in eBird since 9/24. 

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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch (10/17/14) 14,864 raptors!
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 06:53:23 -0500
Today's Count: 14,864 Raptors!  

Turkey Vulture-444  

Northern Harrier-22  

Sharp-shinned Hawk-47  

Cooper's Hawk-11  

Broad-winged Hawk-14,316 (at least 2 dark morph)  

Red-tailed Hawk-1  

Swainson's Hawk-6  

American Kestrel-13  

Peregrine Falcon-2  

Mississippi Kite-2  

blog post: 
http://smithpointhawkwatch.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/continuation-of-the-incredible/ 

  
 Susan A. Heath, Ph.D.
Avian Conservation Biologist
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
103 W. Hwy 332
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
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