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19 Apr Fw: Orange Variant Scarlet Tanager ["Alan Wormington" ]
18 Apr Re: Orange Variant Scarlet Tanager [Clay Taylor ]
18 Apr Lewis's Woodpecker [Corey Lange ]
18 Apr Wednesday pictures, shorebirds, terns, glaucous gull, blue grosbeak and more [Joseph Kennedy ]
18 Apr Orange Variant Scarlet Tanager [Greg Page ]
18 Apr Franklin County Birding Opportunity May 2 thru May 4, 2014 []
18 Apr Long-tailed Duck Richland Creek WMA North Unit [Dell Little ]
18 Apr Worm-eating warbler - Harris County ["Faria, Eric W" ]
18 Apr Re Prairie Merlin [Greg Page ]
18 Apr Prairie Merlin? [Greg Page ]
18 Apr Iceland and Glaucous Gulls [Philip Rostron ]
18 Apr Bastrop Co. - 4/18 supplement [Chuck Sexton ]
18 Apr Bastrop Co. (mostly) - 4/18 [Chuck Sexton ]
18 Apr rice field being flushed in Calhoun Co. [Petra Hockey ]
18 Apr Baytown Natu8re Center Bird Count 4/16/14 []
18 Apr Long-tailed Duck @ Richland Creek WMA [torchbct AT aol.com ]
18 Apr observation of bird migration using weather forecasting technology, 4/18 ["John Arvin" ]
18 Apr 17-Apr-14 afternoon at San Luis Pass [paul sellin ]
18 Apr Birding Classic: Conservation Grant Proposals due May 1st [Shelly Plante ]
18 Apr Utopia Birds [Judy Bailey ]
18 Apr Iceland Gull at San Luis Pass and Glaucaus Gull at Texes City Dike 4/17/14 []
18 Apr Lost Maples State Natural Area birds last Sunday (April 13) []
17 Apr More Information on the Iceland Gull [Ron Weeks ]
17 Apr West Texas [Dennis Shepler ]
17 Apr Flight Shots of the San Luis Pass Iceland Gull [Ron Weeks ]
17 Apr Sal del Rey, Hargill, Delta Lake, 4/17/14 []
17 Apr TOS Hill Country "Weekender" report from April 12 - 13, Uvalde and Real Counties []
17 Apr Neotropic migrants washing ashore? [David Vannoy ]
17 Apr Probably not a Lesser Prairie Chicken [Shirley Wilkerson ]
17 Apr Re: RFI: Swallow-tailed Kites Liberty Dayton area [David Vannoy ]
17 Apr observation of bird migration using weather forecasting technology, 4/17 ["John Arvin" ]
17 Apr Response and info on the banded Piping Plover [Monte ]
17 Apr RBA - Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley - April 17, 2014 [Mary Gustafson ]
17 Apr Ringed Kingfisher, Ingram, TX [Chuck Carlson ]
17 Apr Bastrop S. P. Western Tanager (Local interest) [Brush Freeman ]
17 Apr Re: eBird patch question [David Sarkozi ]
17 Apr Two For Three On White-winged Gulls at San Luis Pass [Ron Weeks ]
17 Apr Osprey in Lubbock [Anthony Hewetson ]
17 Apr Re: RFI: hummingbird courtship display ["Bert Frenz" ]
17 Apr Re: Texbirds going to Junk or Promotions [Bob White ]
17 Apr RFI: hummingbird courtship display ["Bert Frenz" ]
17 Apr Re: Texbirds going to Junk or Promotions [Joseph Kennedy ]
17 Apr Texbirds going to Junk or Promotions [Susan Schaezler ]
17 Apr Traveling west [Dennis Shepler ]
16 Apr Concan Birds [Judy Bailey ]
16 Apr Re: RFI: Swallow-tailed Kites Liberty Dayton area [Barbara Tilton ]
16 Apr Iceland Gull Photo [Ron Weeks ]
16 Apr Re: Dove ID help []
16 Apr eBird patch question []
16 Apr Anahuac to Texas City Dike today, 400 whimbrels, hudsonian godwit, baby eagle, glaucous gull etc etc [Joseph Kennedy ]
16 Apr Bastrop County - Franklin's Gulls [Ian Layton ]
16 Apr RFI: Swallow-tailed Kites Liberty Dayton area [peter barnes ]
16 Apr South Padre Island yesterday [Pat DeWenter ]
16 Apr Iceland Gull at San Luis Pass [Ron Weeks ]
16 Apr observation of bird migration using weather forecasting technology, 4/16 ["John Arvin" ]
16 Apr Re: Flamingo pair in Freeport/Surfside Beach ["Nick Mirro" ]
16 Apr Re: Help with Dove ID [Robert Reeves ]
16 Apr Re: Help with Dove ID [Robert Reeves ]
16 Apr Re: Help with Dove ID [Robert Reeves ]
16 Apr Help with Dove ID []
16 Apr Re: Flamingo pair in Freeport/Surfside Beach []
16 Apr Century Day? and Port A/ CC 4/15 report [Randy Duncan ]
16 Apr Re: Flamingo pair in Freeport/Surfside Beach [Petra Hockey ]
16 Apr Summer Tanager, McKinney ["Irma" ]
16 Apr Nelsons sparrow [Jean Greenhalgh ]
16 Apr The 2014 Game - March in The LEAS Region [Anthony Hewetson ]
15 Apr Flamingo pair in Freeport/Surfside Beach ["Nick Mirro" ]
15 Apr Wind and current map [Clay Taylor ]
15 Apr Birding at COTA - springtime [Clay Taylor ]
15 Apr Canada and Townsend's warblers, and good SPI birding [Robert Becker ]
15 Apr Red-headed Woodpecker at South Padre Island, 4/15/14 []
15 Apr Dark morph Broad-winged Hawk over Central Austin [Arman Moreno ]
15 Apr update on hummingbird ID from earlier today [Monte ]
15 Apr Tropical Kingbirds, Tropical Parula, and Botteri's Sparrows at King Ranch Norias Division, 04/14/14 [Tom Langschied ]
15 Apr Red-headed Woodpecker SPI and a reminder on ethics [Mary Gustafson ]
15 Apr IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD (PEARLAND) [Mira M Pellerin ]

Subject: Fw: Orange Variant Scarlet Tanager
From: "Alan Wormington" <wormington AT juno.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:39:53 GMT
Such birds suffer (?) from xanthochromism, which is excess yellow pigmentation 
in the feathers. Depending on how strong it is, it creates the "orange" variant 
or the extreme "yellow" variant in Scarlet Tanagers (and other species) on rare 
occasions. 


Alan Wormington
Leamington, Ontario



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From: Greg Page 
To: texbirds AT freelists.org
Subject: [texbirds] Orange Variant Scarlet Tanager
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:33:17 -0500

At Lafitte's Cove yesterday there was an orange variant Scarlet Tanager. I
have never seen one this bright orange.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregpage/13929446713/
A bathing Wood Thrush stayed out in the open for a few minuets. I later
heard one singing softly.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregpage/13929430555/

A colorful Tennessee Warbler also came to the drip.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregpage/13906249102/

There were many Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, a Northern
Waterthrush, American Redstart and Indigo Buntings. And the Merlin I posted
about earlier perched in the open for several minuets. I've only recieved a
couple of replies about the Merlin, I am leaning towards Prairie. If you
have an opinion please tell my why you think it is a Taiga or Prairie.

Greg Page
Houston


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Subject: Re: Orange Variant Scarlet Tanager
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor AT swarovskioptik.us>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:22:28 -0400
Greg et al -

Years ago at Pt. Pelee National Park in Ontario, Canada, we were treated to one 
of their legendary tanager fallouts. One of the birds was lemon yellow, with 
all of the correct black markings. It was freaking out the birders. Somewhere I 
have a slide of the bird. Would love to see another one of those. 


Clay Taylor
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us

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> On Apr 18, 2014, at 7:34 PM, "Greg Page"  wrote:
> 
> At Lafitte's Cove yesterday there was an orange variant Scarlet Tanager. I
> have never seen one this bright orange.
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregpage/13929446713/
> A bathing Wood Thrush stayed out in the open for a few minuets. I later
> heard one singing softly.
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregpage/13929430555/
> 
> A colorful Tennessee Warbler also came to the drip.
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregpage/13906249102/
> 
> There were many Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, a Northern
> Waterthrush, American Redstart and Indigo Buntings. And the Merlin I posted
> about earlier perched in the open for several minuets. I've only recieved a
> couple of replies about the Merlin, I am leaning towards Prairie. If you
> have an opinion please tell my why you think it is a Taiga or Prairie.
> 
> Greg Page
> Houston
> 
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Subject: Lewis's Woodpecker
From: Corey Lange <coreyjlange AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:57:48 -0500
The Lewis's Woodpecker was still present this evening at 7 PM. This is at the 
location near Burnet Texas. It was flying in between a few of the dead trees 
along the lakeshore. 


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Subject: Wednesday pictures, shorebirds, terns, glaucous gull, blue grosbeak and more
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:54:15 -0500
Going around the bay clockwise, I found the boat-tailed grackles at Anahuac
busy with spring things. Females were carrying large bill-fuls of material
into the cane while the males were sitting around skypointing. Here 2 males
sat close together and pointed at the same time but only one sang.
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155278891

And singing

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155278894

Just around the corner on 1985 a flooding rice field had a shorebird
bonanza including my first of the spring hudsonian godwit which was also my
earliest ever

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155278895

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155278896

A grassy area further down toward 124 had upland sandpipers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155278906

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155278902

A wet spot had long-billed dowitchers on Bolivar

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155278908

And a yard had a blue grosbeak for a lawn ornament

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155278925

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155278926

Too close for pictures much of the time but a great chance to watch it feed
on seeds and insects

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155278920

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155278921

It would take a lot of fiddler crab babies like this one to feed a
long-billed curlew

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155278997

All the plover at Rollover Pass were eating worms

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155279000

And a look at the semipalmated feet

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155278999

Black-bellied plover were eating the same worms

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155279008

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155279006

But are normally warier than the small plover but the worm bonanza brought
them in close

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155279007

A Piping plover was catching the same worms. This piping really disliked 2
semipalmated plovers and chased them off repeatedly

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155279040

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155279038

This bird has a numbered flag instead of the usual multiple colored bands
and is easier to check out

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155279036

With a single USFW band on the other leg

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155279035

Lesser yellowlegs can also dig in for worms

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155279315

But normally pick daintily from on top

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155279317

Down the road a bit, a black-bellied plover also got a worm or vice versa.
In this case the worm could really pull back

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155279321

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155279320

But it went down fine

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155279322

The ferry ride had laughing gulls

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155279398

and herring gulls

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155279401

Up on the newly opened Texas City Dike, a first year glaucous gull was back
on its usual perch of past years. How 1st year birds know to pick this post
instead of the others is a mystery unless there is a sign in gullese.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155279622

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155279620

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155279621

A single eared grebe was the only one seen and there were no ducks or loons

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155281322

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155281315

The herring gulls had lots of variation and some of them should have been
other species, especially like this bird.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155281328

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155281324

Forster's terns were mainly in breeding plumage or mostly there but some
were not going to breed this year

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155281396

They and the other terns were preening but also eating a lot of feathers
they pulled out

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155281394

Only a few common terns were present

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155281400

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155281398

And often hid among the larger terns

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155281399

Many of the royal terns were paired but not really excited about it in
contrast to the sandwich terns. Note the usual orange bills.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155281406

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155281404

Among the orange billed birds, I found a single red-billed royal tern. A
few are around each spring

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155281411

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155281410

Lots of sandwich terns all along the dike and had the usual black bills
with a yellow tip

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155281436

One bird though had some yellow at the base of the bill

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155281442

Lots of dancing and strutting lead by the tern with pink

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155281453

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155281455

In one case anyway, all the posturing by this group led to a dread by the
entire flock

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155281460

All these pictures and many more can be browsed at

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/inbox


-- 
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
Josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com


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Subject: Orange Variant Scarlet Tanager
From: Greg Page <gregpage1465 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:33:17 -0500
At Lafitte's Cove yesterday there was an orange variant Scarlet Tanager. I
have never seen one this bright orange.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregpage/13929446713/
A bathing Wood Thrush stayed out in the open for a few minuets. I later
heard one singing softly.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregpage/13929430555/

A colorful Tennessee Warbler also came to the drip.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregpage/13906249102/

There were many Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, a Northern
Waterthrush, American Redstart and Indigo Buntings. And the Merlin I posted
about earlier perched in the open for several minuets. I've only recieved a
couple of replies about the Merlin, I am leaning towards Prairie. If you
have an opinion please tell my why you think it is a Taiga or Prairie.

Greg Page
Houston


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Subject: Franklin County Birding Opportunity May 2 thru May 4, 2014
From: drbirdie AT aol.com
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:29:18 -0400 (EDT)
Hi All,
I was invited to participate in the first-ever Prairies and Pineywoods Birdfest 
in Mt. Vernon, Tx May 2, 3 and 4 (two weekends hence). 

This festival is sponsored by the Franklin County Historical Association, which 
operates "five historical centers and a nature preserve," 
(see). 

The festival will be centered in Mt. Vernon, which is in Franklin County, a 
lightly-birded county in northeast Texas. 

Lake Bob Sandlin is in Franklin County.
I understand that spaces are still available on their birding field trips, 
which will feature locations like Lake Bob Sandlin, which is a state park, but 
also Daphne Prairie, which is a privately-held, never-plowed native prairie 
featuring some of the largest mima mounds in the state. 

It sounds like the festival might be a good way to get an introduction to 
birding in the area, get a few piney woods specialties like Brown-headed 
Nuthatch and breeding warblers, and maybe work on your Franklin County bird 
list. 

They will also have award-winning nature photographer Noppadol Paothong as 
their keynote speaker. Mr. Paothong's special interest is native grouse, and 
the "festival bird" is the Prairie Chicken, once abundant in the area, but 
long-since extirpated (so, listers don't get your hopes up for that one). 

I look forward to participating in the festival and doing a couple of days of 
pineywoods birding May 3rd and 4th. 

If you are tired of mosquitoes on the coast and the peak of migration in your 
area is over at the end of April, check out the Birding Mt Vernon website and 
consider heading up to Franklin County the first weekend in May. 

Good birding ya'll,
Byron Stone, Austin

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Subject: Long-tailed Duck Richland Creek WMA North Unit
From: Dell Little <dellel1119 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:38:19 -0500
D D Currie, Brandon Thurston and I Started the day at 4am and covered
Henderson, Anderson, Navarro, and Freestone counties. We had a possible
first county record Long-tailed Duck in cell 12 at Richland Creek WMA north
unit - Freestone County at approx. 11:15. It appeared to be a male
transitioning to breeding plumage. Brandon got great photos. Also had a
calling male Yellow-headed Blackbird which is rare for the area.
Tried for King Rail with no luck. Did have Sora and Virginia Rail, though.

We also birded Gus Engling WMA and had at least 5 Swainson's Warblers, 2
Yellow-throated Warblers, 1 Louisiana Waterthrush, 2 Common Gallinule.

Had FOS Great-crested Flycatcher (Anderson county) and Painted Bunting
(Anderson and Freestone).

Have at least 2 male Ruby-throated Hummingbirds  exhaustively displaying in
Henderson county.

Tallied over 100 species for the day.

Dell Little


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Subject: Worm-eating warbler - Harris County
From: "Faria, Eric W" <Eric.W.Faria AT Williams.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:35:35 -0500
Birded Bear Creek park this morning on the equestrian trail. Lots of Indigo 
Buntings, Nashville Warblers and White-Eyed & Red-Eyed Vireos. 

Also saw one Yellow-rumped, one Black-throated Green and one Worm-eating 
warbler. 


Worm-eating was right before the first bridge from the trail head.

Eric Faria
Houston, TX

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Subject: Re Prairie Merlin
From: Greg Page <gregpage1465 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:27:09 -0500
I forgot the link to the photo on the last post.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregpage/13904513922/

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Subject: Prairie Merlin?
From: Greg Page <gregpage1465 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:16:19 -0500
I saw this Merlin at Lafitte's Cove yesterday. This might just be a Taiga
but it looks pale to me, so I would like to hear some opinions on the
subspecies of this bird. It was cloudy and the picture is overexposed, but
the colors of the bird came out very close to what I saw.
Greg Page
Houston


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Subject: Iceland and Glaucous Gulls
From: Philip Rostron <philiprostron AT earthlink.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:47:49 -0500
The presumed 1st year Iceland Gull (certainly looks like that to me) 
still present at San Luis Pass on the bayside this morning but flew a 
long way off shortly after first light (before 7am).   The 1st year 
Glaucous Gull flew in to the same area a short while later.
No info on later sightings as we left the area before it returned.
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Subject: Bastrop Co. - 4/18 supplement
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:44:39 -0500
Forgot to mention: Dickcissels arrived (e.g. on Loop Road) in their usual 
ear-splitting numbers (my FOS). Probably 100+ heard, mainly in pastures 
overgrown with thistle. 


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Subject: Bastrop Co. (mostly) - 4/18
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 15:32:29 -0500
TexBirders,

I wandered around to several areas of Bastrop County today, sampling a variety 
of habitats. Passerine migration was minimal but other stuff was present to 
make the day interesting. I spent time at Colorado River Refuge (CRR); searched 
for Brushs Western Tanager in Bastrop SP off Harmon Road (no-show); birded 
Alum Creek, Shipp Lake, Loop Road, and finally lower Old Sayers Road. 
Highlights included: 


Broad-winged and Swainsons Hawks - small handfuls over river and pastureland, 
on the move. 

Amer. Golden-Plover - 15 winter-pumaged on lower-most open pasture on Old 
Sayers Road. 

Upland Sandpiper - 72 scattered in pastures inside Loop Road (mostly along NW 
segment). 

Common Ground-Dove - 2 at Harmon Rd X Park Rd 1C.
Pileated Woodpecker - vociferous at CRR near E end and towards Quesadilla 
Cliff; also at Bastrop SP off Harmon Rd. 

Couchs Kingbird - 1 heard only along rivers edge at CRR (near Paddle Trail 
put-in). 

American Pipit - unexpected flock of 35 on lower Old Sayers Rd.
Prothonotary Warbler - 1 singing at CRR near E trail head.
Louisiana Waterthrush - 1 singing (on territory?) on Alum Creek at Park Rd 1C.
Baltimore Oriole & Blue Grosbeak - my FOS at CRR

On the way home in mid-afternoon, there was a noisy flight of 400+ Franklins 
Gulls stopping briefly to rest (and bathe?) at Lake Pflugerville. 


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Subject: rice field being flushed in Calhoun Co.
From: Petra Hockey <phockey AT tisd.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:13:30 -0500
TexBirders,

a big rice field on FM 1289 close to the HW 238 intersection is being flushed. 
The water started entering in the back yesterday morning and as of noon today 
the compartments in the front, next to the road, are still dry. The field has 
already attracted high numbers of birds although the viewing was much less than 
ideal due to the strong heat waves. I believe this will be better tomorrow. 
A.m. watching is best since the sun is behind your back. 


There were lots of plegadis ibis and on 2 I was able to spot the powder blue 
facial markings of Glossy. No doubt there are more. In an hour, under the 
already mentioned poor viewing conditions, 15 species of shorebirds were 
spotted including hundreds of Buff-breasted Sandpipers, many Wilson's 
Phalaropes, and at least 1 Hudsonian Godwit. No small shorebirds or plovers 
were present but that might well change overnight. A couple of Yellow-headed 
Blackbirds and some ridiculously pink Franklin's Gulls were a nice bonus. 


The birds should be close to the road by tomorrow a.m. and I plan to check them 
out again. FM 1289 has just received a nice shoulder so you can set the scope 
up next to the road without hindering traffic or endangering yourself. 


Petra Hockey
Port O'Connor, Calhoun Co.


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Subject: Baytown Natu8re Center Bird Count 4/16/14
From: DHanson139 AT aol.com
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 13:22:39 -0400 (EDT)
Here are the results from the Baytown Nature Center Bird Count for this  
Month. We had one mystery bird we are calling a Solitary Sandpiper until 
someone who knows shorebirds better can tell us otherwise. I am attaching a 
link 

to our  web site with two pictures and maybe someone can help. The bird was 
about  Solitary Sandpiper size and it is not a Least Sandpiper.  
 
I would like to remind everyone the bird count next month will resume on  
the third Thursday of each month. Starting in June we will start at 7 AM to 
beat  the heat but next month is still 8AM.
 
http://smu.gs/1leqmf4
 
       76 species  total      2 Black-bellied Whistling-Duck Dendrocygna 
autumnalis  9 Gadwall Anas  strepera  2 American Wigeon Anas americana  35 
Blue-winged Teal Anas discors  4 Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus podiceps  45 
Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax  brasilianus  3 Double-crested Cormorant 
Phalacrocorax auritus 127 American White Pelican Pelecanus erythrorhynchos 17 

Brown Pelican Pelecanus occidentalis  5 Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias  10 
Great Egret Ardea alba  11 Snowy Egret Egretta thula  14 Little Blue Heron 
Egretta caerulea  6 Tricolored Heron Egretta tricolor  1 Cattle Egret 
Bubulcus ibis 2 Black-crowned Night-Heron Nycticorax nycticorax 10 
Yellow-crowned 

Night-Heron Nyctanassa violacea  25 White Ibis Eudocimus albus  1 Roseate 
Spoonbill Platalea ajaja  1 Black Vulture Coragyps atratus  2 Osprey Pandion  
haliaetus  1 Sharp-shinned Hawk Accipiter striatus  1 Bald Eagle Haliaeetus 
leucocephalus  1 Broad-winged Hawk Buteo platypterus  3 Clapper Rail Rallus 
longirostris  1 Sora Porzana  carolina  4 Black-necked Stilt Himantopus 
mexicanus 4 Semipalmated Plover Charadrius semipalmatus 7 Killdeer Charadrius 

vociferus  3 Spotted Sandpiper Actitis macularius  1 Solitary Sandpiper 
Tringa solitaria  1 Greater Yellowlegs Tringa melanoleuca  5 Willet Tringa  
semipalmata  3 Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes  60 Least Sandpiper Calidris 
minutilla  3 Western Sandpiper Calidris mauri  8 Long-billed Dowitcher 
Limnodromus scolopaceus  3 Wilson's Snipe Gallinago delicata  12 Laughing Gull 
Leucophaeus atricilla  1 Least Tern Sternula antillarum  5 Forster's Tern 
Sterna forsteri  6 Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus  3 Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) 
Columba livia (Domestic  type)  11 White-winged Dove Zenaida asiatica  2 
Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura  2 Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon  2 
Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes carolinus 1 Downy Woodpecker Picoides 
pubescens 

1 Crested Caracara Caracara cheriway  3 Scissor-tailed Flycatcher Tyrannus 
forficatus  1 White-eyed Vireo Vireo griseus  3 Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata  
12 Northern Rough-winged Swallow Stelgidopteryx  serripennis  1 Purple 
Martin Progne subis 5 Tree Swallow Tachycineta bicolor 31 Barn Swallow Hirundo 

rustica  1 Cliff Swallow Petrochelidon pyrrhonota  1 Cave Swallow 
Petrochelidon fulva 3 Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris 4 Carolina Wren 
Thryothorus 

ludovicianus  1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula  2 Eastern Bluebird 
Sialia sialis  2 Brown Thrasher Toxostoma rufum  9 Northern Mockingbird Mimus 
polyglottos  5 European Starling Sturnus vulgaris  19 Cedar Waxwing 
Bombycilla cedrorum 4 Savannah Sparrow Passerculus sandwichensis 2 
White-crowned 

Sparrow Zonotrichia leucophrys  12 Northern Cardinal Cardinalis cardinalis  
X Indigo Bunting Passerina cyanea  8 Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius 
phoeniceus 2 Common Grackle Quiscalus quiscula 4 Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus 

mexicanus  5 Brown-headed Cowbird Molothrus ater  2 Orchard Oriole Icterus 
spurius  5 House Sparrow Passer  domesticus
 
 
David  Hanson
Baytown/Mont Belvieu Area
Chambers County
Galveston Bay Area  Master Naturalist
TOS Member
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Subject: Long-tailed Duck @ Richland Creek WMA
From: torchbct AT aol.com <torchbct@aol.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:30:38 GMT


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Subject: observation of bird migration using weather forecasting technology, 4/18
From: "John Arvin" <jarvin AT gcbo.org>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 10:22:06 -0500
The Wind Map (http://earth.nullschool.net ) shows a very tight low pressure 
center just off the mouths of the Mississippi River. This is causing a wind 
field from NE to SW over the northern Gulf, not a particularly auspicious 
situation for trans-Gulf migration but an interesting one. I am waiting to 
see what this does to migrating birds like everyone else because it is a 
somewhat unusual scenario. The pressure gradient at New Orleans is tight 
due to the closeness of the low making for a brisk breeze ENE at 23 
slacking to N at 2 knots and ESE at 3 at Brownsville and Corpus 
respectively. It is quite rare to see upper air currents at such low 
velocities on the southern Texas coast. It would appear that birds might be 
deflected from the northern Gulf coast to southern Texas but the wind 
speeds make that theory iffy. We must wait and see. Whatever happens it 
will be interesting.
John C. Arvin
 Research Associate
 Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
 103 West Hwy 332
 Lake Jackson, TX 77566
 jarvin AT gcbo.org
 www.gcbo.org

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Subject: 17-Apr-14 afternoon at San Luis Pass
From: paul sellin <pjsellin AT yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 08:07:40 -0700 (PDT)
Birded the Surfside side of San Luis Pass yesterday, Thursday,in the strong, 
gusty winds. Light rain, no sun, no "white-winged" Gulls from 12:15 pm to 7:45 
pm. 


Consolation prize late in the daywas what I believe is a second summerLesser 
Black-backed Gull with Herring Gulls andin flight. Comments welcome. See the 
now first five photos inthe Flickr album (formerly "set") called Spring 
2014at: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/43703131 AT N05/sets/72157642960094904/

Thank you, Jim, for sharing your find, and re-finds and in-depth, informative 
postings by Ron. 


Paul Sellin
SW Houston
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Subject: Birding Classic: Conservation Grant Proposals due May 1st
From: Shelly Plante <Shelly.Plante AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:54:41 +0000
Great Texas Birding Classic: Conservation Grant Proposals Due May 1st
Have a great potential avian habitat conservation project to fund? Submit your 
form by May 1st for consideration by winning teams. Find out more online: 

Visit Conservation Grants 
(http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/events/great-texas-birding-classic/prizes) for 
project criteria and proposal forms. 


Learn who is participating in this year's Birding Classic:
Team listings 
(http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/events/great-texas-birding-classic/2014%20Team%20Listings) 
now posted! The 18th Annual Great Texas Birding Classic is bigger than ever 
with 81 teams competing throughout the state. 


Remember: Conservation Grant Proposal deadline is Thursday, May 1st, 2014 by 
9am! 


Contact me by phone (512-389-4500) or email 
(shelly.plante AT tpwd.texas.gov) if you have 
any questions about your proposal or the Birding Classic. 


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Subject: Utopia Birds
From: Judy Bailey <jubailey AT ista-na.com>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 07:18:54 -0500
Last evening we had 2 Indigo Buntings and a Blue Grosbeak at the feeders. Then 
we watched a White Crowned Sparrow sitting in a bush - his back to us. The bird 
books don't do this bird justice. His lower back looked almost like a brown 
butterfly, with this strange white and black head on top. My camera of course 
was in the house, so we just sat and looked. Beautiful. 

We stopped at the Cibolo Nature Center in Boerne after a trip to San Antonio 
yesterday. Highlights at the water drip were a Summer Tanager, White Throated 
sparrow, Nashville Warbler, and Northern Parula. 


Judy Bailey
Utopia, TX






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Subject: Iceland Gull at San Luis Pass and Glaucaus Gull at Texes City Dike 4/17/14
From: DHanson139 AT aol.com
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:34:58 -0400 (EDT)
I ran into Ron Weeks at San Luis Pass and he pointed out the proposed  
Iceland Gull sitting by itself. The bird was still at the very tip of the Sand 

Spit that is just to the right of the toll bridge all the way down by the 
water  at the pass. The bird had been closer in but flew down a little over a 
45  minutes time period. Scott Buckle came and saw it and then we ran to 
check out the rumored Glaucus Gull at the Texas City Dike. We found it sitting 

right at  dark right where the shell spit runs out away from the dike right 
by the base.  No luck on the Thayers at SLP.
 
The Black Scoter is from the North Getty last Monday the 14th.
 
http://smu.gs/1jaW7yB
 
The light was horrible by the way!
 
David  Hanson
Baytown/Mont Belvieu Area
Chambers County
Galveston Bay Area  Master Naturalist
TOS Member
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Subject: Lost Maples State Natural Area birds last Sunday (April 13)
From: drbirdie AT aol.com
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:02:53 -0400 (EDT)
Hi All,
I stopped in at Lost Maples SNA in Bandera County on Sunday afternoon en route 
back to Austin from co-leading the TOS Hill Country birding weekend in Uvalde. 

My main objective was to see and perhaps photograph the pair of White-tipped 
Doves that have been hanging around one of the feeders. 

Within minutes of arriving at the bird observation blind and feeding station 
beside the parking lot for the east trailhead, I was startled by the booming 
"Hoo-hoo-oo" of a White-tipped Dove. It must have been singing from the tin 
roof of the bird blind. I couldn't see the bird, but I saw another WTDO in the 
low, dead branches of a small cedar tree near the blind. This non-singing bird 
was preening nonchalantly, but it soon dropped to the ground and started 
walking around under the cedar tree. Almost immediately, the other bird landed 
near it and started chasing the presumed female WTDO, posturing and making 
additional vocalizations. I got a few photos of each bird and then the presumed 
female flew off into the brush. 

I left the blind shortly thereafter, but could hear the male singing again 
during a couple of return trips to the parking lot. 

All of this was between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.
A birder from Alaska told me he had seen a male and female Lazuli Bunting at 
the feeders at the birding host's campsite (near the maintenance area). So I 
went back to those feeders, and saw and photographed a male Lazuli Bunting 
there. Also had a Yellow-throated Warbler stop in briefly for suet. A birding 
couple from Ontario later told me that they had seen three Lazuli Buntings at 
that feeding station (!). 

Also had a Scott's Oriole and a couple of flyover Swainson's Hawks.
The birding hosts were not in, but the written list from their bird walk on 
Saturday morning had an asterisk beside Painted Redstart (!). My written list 
would have an asterisk beside that bird, too. 

No mention of where they saw it.
It seems to be a Lazuli Bunting type of spring on the plateau this year, so 
keep your eyes peeled. 

I've also gotten a credible report of White-tipped Doves singing at Trapp 
Spring in Kerr WMA in Kerr County, so they appear to be establishing a foothold 
in the southern plateau. 

If anyone relocates the Painted Redstart at Lost Maples, I sure would like to 
hear about it. 

Good birding ya'll,
Byron Stone, Austin
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Subject: More Information on the Iceland Gull
From: Ron Weeks <ronweeks AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:19:53 -0700 (PDT)
TexBirders,

Getting lots of comments and questions on what I believe to be an Iceland Gull 
at San Luis Pass. Be aware as with any rare gull there are strong opinions 
from experienced birders that the bird is an Iceland Gull andothersthat feel 
just as strongly that it is a very worn Thayer's Gull. Both Jim Stevenson (the 
original finder) and I have documented the bird well and I am content to let 
the TBRC "do its job" in sorting it out - not an easy job in cases such as this 
one. There is a reason why this "species pair" is considered by many to be 
conspecific. 


It is a cool bird either way and many have asked for more directions. I have 
seen the bird in at least four different locations spread in a 180 swath 
extending from the point (corner) on the beach side to the mirror image on the 
bay side. It all depends on where the tides/wind put the roosting gulls. 
Getting to these spots is tricky in a two-wheel drive vehicle as the sand 
drifts into soft piles. Have seen two cars mired in the sand over the past two 
days. The maze of roads on the beach side can generally get you out to where 
one can see the gull roost. I just feel my way out and sometimes just park 
close and walk. I bummed rides with three other vehicles today alone as I 
don't have a "sand" vehicle. A vehicle does allow you to get closer to the 
gulls - thanks to Carlton Collier for helping me get my best shots today. 


The gull seems to move around a lot in the morning and loaf in the late 
afternoon and evening.Tomorrows wind suggest the gulls will be pushed up again 
and I would guess ifpresent it not be far from the bridge. I would check the 
bay side first. Perhaps the best advice is to look where the other birders are 
:). 


Good luck,

RonWeeks
Lake Jackson
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Subject: West Texas
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:02:05 -0500
Howdy Texbirders,
Good birds today were a large flock (87) of Franklin's Gulls at Lake
Balmorhea.  Two Montezuma Quail (calling), and Cassin's Vireo (finally) at
Aguja Canyon.  Two Montezuma Quail crossing the road near Prude Ranch
(photographed https://www.flickr.com/photos/olddawgler/).  Two
Black-chinned Sparrows at Madera Canyon (photo of one).  And, at 7:17 this
evening, a Common Black Hawk south of Ft. Davis carrying recently captured
prey.  And, so many other great birds; some new for the year.  Off to the
Christmas Mountain Oasis tomorrow.
Great birding to everyone.
Dennis
Alpine
ps sad to see the damage done by feral hogs at the Lawrence E. Woods picnic
area.  I fear what might happen to the Montezuma Quail nests.
-- 
W. Dennis Shepler

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Subject: Flight Shots of the San Luis Pass Iceland Gull
From: Ron Weeks <ronweeks AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:31:56 -0700 (PDT)
TexBirders,

Got some decent shots this afternoon of the bird in flight.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/58107870 AT N07/

The bird was still there late this afternoon.

Good gulling,

Ron Weeks
Lake Jackson
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Subject: Sal del Rey, Hargill, Delta Lake, 4/17/14
From: antshrike1 AT aol.com
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 20:14:51 -0400 (EDT)
This morning I headed up north of Weslaco to see what was going on.

Sal del Rey - I walked in from Brushline Road and saw a strutting Tom Turkey, 
two Bobwhites, and heard singing Cassin's Sparrow and Painted Bunting along 
with the usual stuff. At the lake the water is going down and salt is 
precipitating into a salty slush along the shore. Only birds on the water were 
two Blue-winged Teal, five Northern Shovelers and 65 Wilson's Phalaropes. I 
didn't see any Snowy Plovers. 



Hargill - The playa at 1st and Lincoln has plenty of water. Notable was a 
Wilson's Plover, four Snowy Plovers and six Least Terns. The cattle pens playa 
is dry. 



Delta Lake - Water on the west side has dropped enough to create a narrow shore 
on its east side. Here were 90 Long-billed Dowitchers, three Pectoral 
Sandpipers, 60 Least Sandpipers, two Spotted Sandpipers, Killdeer, a Sora and 
Black-necked Stilts. On the lake were three Least Terns and a surprise early 
BlackTern. If the water continues to drop there should be some great 
shorebirding in the coming days. 



Dan Jones, Wesalco

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Subject: TOS Hill Country "Weekender" report from April 12 - 13, Uvalde and Real Counties
From: drbirdie AT aol.com
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 19:44:40 -0400 (EDT)
Hi Texbirders,
I helped co-lead the TOS Hill Country "Weekender" based in Uvalde, Tx last 
weekend, Saturday and Sunday, April 12 & 13, 2014. 

We had about 20 participants from all over the state and even from out of 
state, and everyone seemed to have a pretty good time. 

We enjoyed good weather, great birds and lots of capable leadership.
Birding highlights among the approximately 118 species seen collectively by 
trip leaders and participants were numerous, and included great views of 
Zone-tailed Hawk, 6 species of vireos including Black-capped and Hutton's 
Vireos, scope views of singing Golden-cheeked Warbler for everyone in the 
group, and lots of other great plateau specialties including Vermilion 
Flycatcher, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Louisiana Waterthrush, Yellow-throated 
Warbler and Rufous-crowned Sparrow. Additionally, we had a bonus sighting of 2 
lingering Townsend's Solitaires on private property in Real County, and some of 
the group on Sunday observed a male Lazuli Bunting coming to the feeder at 
Cabin #61 at Neal's. 

There was good food to be had at several restaurants in Uvalde. And the Holiday 
Inn was comfortable and the staff were courteous and helpful. 


Many thanks to Tripp Davenport of Uvalde, who arranged access to a couple of 
private properties, helped lead trips both days, and shared his expert 
knowledge of local birds. Thanks also to Bob Rasa of Uvalde, who also helped 
lead groups and identify birds both days and helped the Sunday morning group in 
Concan get on just about every specialty bird that could be had there, 
including a Tropical Parula seen by some in the group. Thanks also to Gil 
Eckrich of Belton for sharing many wonderful bird images that I used during the 
presentation Friday evening (which you can probably still view on his webpage 
at geckrich DOT COM). Thanks to Tony Gallucci of Kerrville for sharing with me 
his wealth of knowledge of breeding bird distribution on the plateau. Finally, 
many thanks to current TOS President Jim Hailey for planning and organizing the 
event. 



An annotated birdlist follows.


Birdlist from TOS Hill Country "Weekender" in Uvalde, Tx (Uvalde & Real 
Counties) April 12 & 13, 2014 




Black-bellied Whistling-Duck
Wood Duck - 1 - CS (Cook's Slough, Uvalde)
Gadwall - 1 - CS
Blue-winged Teal - CS and Deep Creek Ranch (Uvalde Co.)
Northern Shoveler - CS
Green-winged Teal - CS
Bufflehead - 2 - a lingering pair at Cook's Slough
Ruddy Duck - CS
Northern Bobwhite - 2 - Deep Creek Ranch, Uvalde Co.
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret - CS
Black-crowned Night-Heron - CS
Black Vulture - many
Turkey Vulture - many
White-tailed Kite - 1 Concan
Cooper's Hawk - 1 - Real Co., and at least 1, Uvalde Co.
Red-shouldered Hawk - 1 or 2
Swainson's Hawk - 2 - Real Co. (uncommon in this location)
Zone-tailed Hawk - 2 - Real Co. and the Sunday group at Concan may have also 
had one 

Crested Caracara - Uvalde area
Merlin - 1 - scope views for a few in the group at Deep Creek Ranch, Uvalde Co.
American Coot - CS
Killdeer - Uvalde
Spotted Sandpiper - 2 - Real Co.
Eurasian Collared-Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove
Greater Roadrunner - 1 each, Real and Uvalde Co's.
Barn Owl - 1 - Deep Creek Ranch, Uvalde Co.
Lesser Nighthawk - 1 - Deep Creek Ranch, Uvalde Co., seen in flight and heard 
trilling 

Common Pauraque - 1 - reported by one participant at Ft. Inge
Common Poorwill - DCR
Chuck-will's-widow - DCR
Chimney Swift - Uvalde
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 2 males, Deep Creek Ranch, Uvalde Co.
Black-chinned Hummingbird - many
Green Kingfisher - 1 - Real, and 1 - CS
Golden-fronted Woodpecker - several
Ladder-backed Woodpecker - several
Acadian Flycatcher - 1 - heard-only by tour leader, private property, Real Co.
Eastern Phoebe - quite a few
Vermilion Flycatcher - pair in Real Co. seen by some; several in Uvalde Co.
Ash-throated Flycatcher - quite a few
Brown-crested Flycatcher - 4 - CS
Great Kiskadee - 1 or 2, CS
Couch's Kingbird - CS and Uvalde
Western Kingbird - Uvalde
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
White-eyed Vireo - several
Bell's Vireo - Concan and Ft Inge
Black-capped Vireo - 1 - Real Co., and 1 seen well by group Sunday in Concan
Yellow-throated Vireo
Hutton's Vireo - 1 - Real Co., and 1 seen well by group Sunday in Concan
Red-eyed Vireo - 1 - heard-only by tour leader, Real o.
Green Jay - 1 - h.o., CS
Western Scrub-Jay - 1 - Concan
Common Raven
Purple Martin - Uvalde Co.
Northern Rough-winged Swallow - Real Co.
Cliff Swallow
Cave Swallow - surely someone had some, but I did not have for sure in either 
county 

Barn Swallow
Carolina Chickadee
Black-crested Titmouse
Verdin - Uvalde Co.
Cactus Wren - Uvalde (behind motel)
Canyon Wren - several
Carolina Wren - many
Bewick's Wren - many
House Wren - Uvalde Co.
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1 - CS; 1 - Concan
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - many
Eastern Bluebird - a few
Townsend's Solitaire - 2 - seen well by almost everyone, private property, Real 
Co. 

Northern Mockingbird - quite a few
Long-billed Thrasher - Ft Inge, and Deep Creek Rnch, Uvalde Co.
European Starling
Cedar Waxwing - hundreds
Orange-crowned Warbler - still quite common in Real Co.
Nashville Warbler - a few, each county
Northern Parula - 1 - Concan, seen by most
Tropical Parula - 1 - seen by some of group Sunday in Concan
Yellow-rumped Warbler - a few each county
Golden-cheeked Warbler - seen well by all participants, both Real and Uvalde 
Counties 

Yellow-throated Warbler - many seen and heard in both Real and Uvalde Co.'s
Black-and-white Warbler - quite a few
Louisiana Waterthrush - 1 heard and seen by some in group on private property, 
Real Co. 

Common Yellowthroat - 2 or 3 - CS
Yellow-breasted Chat - at least one
Summer Tanager - many, both counties
Olive Sparrow - CS and Concan
Spotted Towhee - several in Real Co.
Canyon Towhee - seen by a few in Real Co.
Cassin's Sparrow - 1 heard singing, CS
Rufous-crowned Sparrow - multiple, both counties
Chipping Sparrow - many, some singing
Clay-colored Sparrow - Ft Inge
Vesper Sparrow - 1 - Real Co.
Lark Sparrow - many
Black-throated Sparrow - 1 - Concan; 1 - Deep Creek Rnch, Uv. co.
Grasshopper Sparrow - 1 - Concan, and probably heard singing on Deep Creek Rnch
Lincoln's Sparrow - several
White-crowned Sparrow - 1 adult, Real Co., several in Uvalde Co.
Northern Cardinal - lots
Pyrrhuloxia - 2 - pair seen by tour leader at Ft Inge
Lazuli Bunting - 1 male coming to feeder at Cabin #61 at Neal's on Sunday 
afternoon 

Red-winged Blackbird
Yellow-headed Blackbird - 2 -CS
Great-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole - at least 1 - Uvalde
Hooded Oriole - 1 or more - Uvalde; 1 - Concan
Bullock's Oriole - 1 - Ft Inge
Scott's Oriole - 2 or 3 - Real Co.
House Finch - both counties
Lesser Goldfinch - both counties
House Sparrow - Uvalde Co.


It was a great weekend to be birding on the southern edge of the Edwards 
Plateau. 

Byron Stone, Austin




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Subject: Neotropic migrants washing ashore?
From: David Vannoy <davannoy AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:18:43 -0500
There was a significant fallout that occurred along the coast (High Island)
Monday evening due to the front and there were reports of migrants arriving
at very low altitudes. Just over the waves at times. A few were spotted
going into the water, but most seemed to be making it safely. It seemed
that the birds should have departed from Mexico again on Monday evening as
the front had yet to arrive there by dusk. I did not see the birds arrive
in the same numbers on Tuesday evening. The ones that did choose to make
the crossing beginning at dusk on Monday would have flown against
significant north winds for most of the journey.
Has anyone noted dead birds washing ashore along the upper coast? Maybe the
birds didn't depart in the same numbers as previously because they could
sense the coming front?

David Vannoy
Chambers County


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Subject: Probably not a Lesser Prairie Chicken
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 18:06:54 -0500
Two knowledgeable folks looked at my one and only very bad photo of what we
thought was Lesser Prairie Chicken.  Both think it was probably a female
Ring-necked Pheasant.

Shirley Wilkerson
Bryan, TX


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Subject: Re: RFI: Swallow-tailed Kites Liberty Dayton area
From: David Vannoy <davannoy AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:00:41 -0500
I saw a pair of Swallow-tailed kites circling in Anahuac just north of Fort
Anahuac Park last week. I saw a pair in the same vicinity for most of the
summer last year as well. Might check along the pumping station canal on
HWY 61. Figured I would let you know since traveling north from somewhere
along the coast.
David Vannoy
Chambers County


Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:35:18 -0500
Subject: [texbirds] RFI: Swallow-tailed Kites Liberty Dayton area
From: peter barnes 

Have Swallow-tailed Kites been seen on or near US Hwy 90 between Dayton and
Liberty or elsewhere in Liberty county recently? I don't see any reports on
ebird but was considering taking this route back from the coast to Tyler. I
would appreciate any positive or negative reports. Thanks.
Peter Barnes
Tyler


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Subject: observation of bird migration using weather forecasting technology, 4/17
From: "John Arvin" <jarvin AT gcbo.org>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:44:07 -0500
Upper winds are SE across the western Gulf coast in the 15 knot range. 
Light flights of trans-Gulf migrants are visible just off the coast at 
Brownsville, Corpus, Houston, and way west of Lake Charles where much of 
the flight may be obscured by precipitation echoes, and New Orleans where 
incoming birds are coming from the SE across the Chandeleurs and the Houma 
area. There are widely scattered showers all along the coast which may 
influence arriving migrants to land on the coast.
John C. Arvin
 Research Associate
 Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
 103 West Hwy 332
 Lake Jackson, TX 77566
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Subject: Response and info on the banded Piping Plover
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:22:25 -0500
That was quick!

Got a response back already on that Plover:
"it looks like it is green or black over yellow on the lower left leg 
and on the right leg, a flag on the upper part and yellow over black on 
the lower part. Does that sound right to you?

If so, assuming either black or green on the lower left leg, we can 
narrow it down to 2 birds. They were both banded in June 2013 on Lake 
Sakakawea, North Dakota. "

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TX City
  When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear.
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Subject: RBA - Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley - April 17, 2014
From: Mary Gustafson <live4birds AT aol.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:17:36 -0400 (EDT)
. 
* Texas 
* Lower Rio Grande Valley
* April 17, 2014
.
To report rare birds, e-mail rgvbirds AT hotmail.com(preferred) or call 
(956)584-2731 option 3. 

.
Updates can be seen on the web athttp://rgvbirds.blogspot.com
. 
Capitalized birds marked with a + are Review Species forTexas. Please send 
sightings/photographs to the Texas Bird Records Committee:ecarpeATgmail.com. 

_____________________________________________________________
NOTE: McAllen Botanical Gardens– open Saturday mornings ONLY from 8-12. This 
site had been closed to the public for some time, let’s gobirding! Find it on 
the south side ofBusiness 83 between Ware and Bentsen Rds. 

.
NOTE: The Bayside Drive at Laguna Atascosa is closed toprivate vehicles to 
protect ocelots. This area is covered by refuge tours. All other portions of 
Laguna are OPEN asnormal! Private vehicles can driveto Osprey Overlook, and 
there are 50 miles of hiking and biking trails. 

______________________________________________________________
.
Franklin’s Gulls are movingnorth along the Laguna Madre, and raptors are 
streaming by across thevalley. A nice variety of land birds andgrasspipers are 
still migrating as well. The first Cerulean Warbler arrived onSPI, along with 
the first Canada. 

.
Olive Sparrows and NorthernCardinals have fledged young; Elf Owls and Great 
Kiskadees are incubating, andAltamira Orioles are nest building. 

.
Our rare bird alert this week includes: 
.
Common Black-Hawk 
Red-headed Woodpecker 
Mangrove [Yellow] Warbler 
Townsend’s Warbler 
Lark Bunting
.
This is a general reminder that playing recordings is notallowed in Texas State 
Parks, federal properties, nor in many LRGV birdingsites. All State Park and 
National Wildlife Refuge visitors must stay ontrails. Thank you for not 
disturbing the wildlife or damaging the vegetation. 

.
The Valley from east to west.   
.
Warbler migration continues with small fall outs ofmigrants moving north into 
severe weather and grounding out on the coast. Migrants arrive exhausted (if 
they arrive atall) and require water and rest to recover. If they have been 
burning fat reserves to reach shore on a north wind,fresh water can be more 
critical to their survival than food. 

. 
At South Padre Island, a Red-headed Woodpecker was agreat find on Sheepshead on 
4/15. It hasbeen traveling around the island, arriving at the Convention Center 
today(4/17). A Townsend’s Warbler has been present at theConvention Center 
since 4/11. 

.
Mangrove Warbler, a well-marked subspecies of YellowWarbler that may be 
distinct enough to warrant full species status, can be seenby contacting the 
Sealife Center at (956) 299-1957. 

.
Black Phoebes are at the UTB campus and Hugh RamseyNature Park. They are 
restricted in range in Cameron County. 

.
A Common Black-Hawk was well photographed at the SantaAna NWR Hawk Watch on 
4/3. No additionalreports. 

.
PARROT REPORT
Red-crowned Parrots are sometimes seen in the areas ofQuinta Mazatlan in 
McAllen, Valley Nature Center in Weslaco in the evening,Calvary Baptist Church 
in Harlingen (1815 N 7th Street). Brownsville’s OliveiraPark (Los Ebanos 
Road/El Paso Road across from Pace High School) hasRed-crowned Parrots as well, 
mingling at dusk with escaped Yellow-headed,White-fronted, Lilac-crowned and 
Red-lored Parrots. Red-crowned Parrots andGreen Parakeets are seen in urban 
areas irregularly all over the Valley. 

.
Green Parakeets can be seen staging in McAllen near 10thand Dove in the evening 
(at the Loew’s fountain on warm evenings), sometimeswinging a few blocks over 
to Nolana x McColl. Watch for a couple of MitredParakeets that sometimes mingle 
with them. There is another staging area in Mission on the north expressway. 

.
In Hidalgo, at 5th and Gardenia near the HidalgoPumphouse World Birding Center, 
a few Monk Parakeets have taken up residencebuilding nests on telephone poles, 
keeping company with an escaped Rose-ringedParakeet. These birds have been 
present since winter 2010. 

.
WHITE-COLLARED SEEDEATER INFORMATION - Most sites forWhite-collared Seedeaters 
are in Zapata and Webb counties. Information isprovided as a service to 
visiting birders. Sites to check include the SanYgnacio County Park/Seedeater 
Sanctuary at the foot of Washington Street in SanYgnacio, the Raptor Trail at 
the west end of San Ygnacio, the library pond inZapata, and Laredo's Las Palmas 
Trail, North Central and Father McNaboe Park. Access to La Laja Ranch, also a 
Seedeatersite, is by advance reservations only. E-mail the owner at 
Edward.herbst ATatt.net. This is a fee site. White-collared Seedeaters are 
singing in mid-April to May, which makesthem muck easier to locate! 

. 
Updated FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL INFORMATION - FerruginousPygmy-Owls are present 
on the King Ranch (Norias Division only). Recent reports include a pair from 
SanMiguelito Ranch (fee site), contact Letty at 956-369-3118 or Buny55 AT aol.com. 
Other private ranches are no longer open tobirders or do not have accessible 
pygmy-owls. This owl is very difficult to find at any other location at present 
andhas not been seen or heard at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park since 
thesummer of 2010, when the park was inundated by the Rio Grande. 

.
Seehttp://rgvbirds.blogspot.com/p/ferruginous-pygmy-owl-sites.html for 
moreinformation. 

.
Directions are provided only for sites not included inthe ABA Birders' Guide to 
the Rio Grande Valley or the Birders' Guide to theTexas Coast. These guides are 
indispensable for visiting birders. 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Site Closures: 
 
Allen Williams Wildscape, Pharr, open by appointmentONLY; Call or text 
956-460-9864. 

 
Bentsen-RGV State Park, open 7 days until June; firsttram at 8:30 AM. 
 
Edinburg Scenic Wetlands World Birding Center, buildingand grounds closed on 
Sundays. 

 
Estero Llano Grande State Park, building/store open 7days.  
 
Frontera Audubon Thicket, Weslaco, closed Sunday morningsand all day Mondays 
except by appointment; open Tues-Sat. 

 
Laguna Atascosa NWR – Bayside Drive closed to privatevehicles to protect 
ocelots. 

 
Los Ebanos Preserve, San Benito, Appointment ONLY;956-241-2494. 
 
McAllen Botanical Garden – OPEN Saturdays from 8-12 noon.
 
Methodist Camp Thicket, Weslaco, group reservations (fee)only. Contact Estero 
LlanoGrande State Park. 

 
Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, closed Sundays and Mondays. 
 
Resaca de la Palma State Park, building/store closed/notrams Monday-Wednesday 
starting June 1, grounds open (self-pay station). 

 
Salineno –feeding station is open, porta-potty inplace!  CLOSING MARCH 23.  
 
Santa Ana NWR- closed to bicycles 
 
Valley Nature Center, Weslaco, closed Sunday mornings andMondays


Mary Gustafson
Mission, Texas

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Subject: Ringed Kingfisher, Ingram, TX
From: Chuck Carlson <carchuck AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:00:51 -0500
Seen yesterday at about 11 a.m. below the L. Ingram dam where new bridge 
pilings are in place but no new bridge yet. Exact GPS location posted to ebird. 
Here is pic. 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/j6q6vrxrjwpz1qg/IMG_3030.jpg

Chuck Carlson
Dallas, TX
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Subject: Bastrop S. P. Western Tanager (Local interest)
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 11:32:51 -0500
The above found singing in Bastrop S. P this morning from the NORTH trail
head west of Harmon Rd.  Best found by listening for its song (has pauses
like Y. T. Vireo).  Be aware I had like 18-19 Summer Tanagers this morning
in the park, sometimes 3 heard at a single stop..  GPS Cord.s if you want
to Google Earth location are 30 06' 22.75" X -097 15' 22.49".  This portion
of the park is open for trail users.
Other birds of interest, to me at least...Singing Kentucky Warbler, a pair
of Mississippi Kites, singing Chuck-will's-Widow (6:38AM), Clay-colored
Sparrows, Indigos. E. Kingbirds etc.

**********************************************************************
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: Re: eBird patch question
From: David Sarkozi <david AT sarkozi.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 10:07:01 -0500
Dan,

I don't think there is a way to do this directly through eBird, you've
have to create a patch with all your birding sites in all 4 county,
Not really practical


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


On Wed, Apr 16, 2014 at 8:12 PM,   wrote:
> Is it possible on eBird to create a patch but not make it public? I would 
like to keep track of the species I have seen in the four counties of the Rio 
Grande Valley. But that's way too large an area to be considered a patch and I 
wouldn't want it to be the top patch on eBird ahead of true patches like Don 
Roberson's or Ned Brinkley's. Actually an entire county should not be 
considered a patch but I see people do it. Or is there any way to make a list 
from more than one location without declaring it a patch? 

>
> Dan Jones, Weslaco
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Subject: Two For Three On White-winged Gulls at San Luis Pass
From: Ron Weeks <ronweeks AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:04:45 -0700 (PDT)
TexBirders,

The Iceland Gull was seenat dawn this morning but tricky after that. First 
cycle Glaucous wasnear the bridge, but no sign of the first cycle Thayer's 
photographed yesterday. Water was up from last night (high tide at 0730 and 
south winds)and only abouta 100 big gullson the exposed flats. 


Ron Weeks
Lake Jackson
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Subject: Osprey in Lubbock
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:43:06 -0500
Greetings All:
One of my favorite things about birding is that one can 'do it' in almost
any environment and, if the bird is big enough, bare-eyed.

Yesterday evening (5:35 PM), whilst stopped at the intersection of 4th
Street and Quaker Avenue, I watched a stunningly beautiful Osprey drift
slowly over the intersection.  It was most likely in transit from
Whisperwood Pond to the TTU Sewage Ponds and, whatever its origin or
destination, it was a startling contrast with the Black-tailed
Jackrabbit-dotted agricultural 'wasteland' to my left and the
mesquite-dotted grassland to my right.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Re: RFI: hummingbird courtship display
From: "Bert Frenz" <bertf AT bafrenz.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:29:18 -0500
I received several responses to my question, suggesting Black-chinned,
Ruby-throated, Rufous and Allen's Hummingbirds.  Also, I was reminded that
Peterson's old book shows display flight patterns, but I am traveling and do
not have my copies of Peterson's books with me.
I looked up Black-chinned on the Internet and it describes its display as
"He courts his female with a dazzling aerial display involving a
pendulum-like flight pattern."  And, in another source, "During courtship
and territorial defense, males display by diving 66-100 feet."  Elsewhere it
is described as "A male executes a series of U-shaped swoops where he passes
close to the female at the bottom of his arc."
On the other hand, Broad-tailed Hummingbird displays are described as
"Courtship display flights in wide U-shapes are common."  Also, "When male
Broad-tailed Hummingbirds are courting, they climb to great heights, hover,
loudly trill their wings, and dive down to the females again in spectacular
displays."
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds display is described as "Males give a courtship
display to females that enter their territory, making a looping, U-shaped
dive starting from as high as 50 feet above the female. If the female
perches, the male shifts to making fast side-to-side flights while facing
her."
Rufous Hummingbird flight is described as "The male rufous hummingbird
performs a display flight as part of courtship, calling while flying in a
steep oval or in the shape of a 'J'. If the female perches, the male may fly
in a series of horizontal figure-eights."
Allen's is described as "The courtship flight of the male Allen's
Hummingbird is a frantic back and forth flight arc of about 25 feet (7.5 m)
similar to the motion of a swinging pendulum, followed by a high-speed dive
from about 100 feet (30 m)."
So far, I am leaning toward Black-chinned as what I saw, but will do more
research and am open to more suggestions.
Bert

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Subject: [texbirds] RFI: hummingbird courtship display

Does any species of hummingbird do the wide U-shaped courtship display other
than Broad-tailed Hummingbird?
On April 15 at Blucher Park, Corpus Christi, our birding group witnessed a
hummingbird courtship display.  Just above the treetops, the hummingbird
repeatedly flew high, rocketed downward and propelled upward in a wide U.
It did this with amazing speed and constant repetition.  It was as if the
hummiingbird was stuck in one loop of a giant roller coaster.
I could not visually identify the hummer.  Is this behavior unique to
Broad-tailed Hummingbird?
Bert
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Subject: Re: Texbirds going to Junk or Promotions
From: Bob White <glqman AT yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:22:14 -0500
If gmail works like yahoo mail, and I'm pretty sure it does, you can set up a 
filter. Look for options or set-up. One choice should be filters. Add one that 
says if subject line includes Texbirds place the message in your Inbox. 


-Bob White
 Spring, TX

On Apr 17, 2014, at 5:28 AM, Susan Schaezler  wrote:

> Texbirds in Junk or Promotions folders lately and I rarely look, is there a 
solution ? I go in and manually tell it to go to the inbox, but continues in 
large numbers 

> I have iOS, a friend has the same problem with a PC
> 
> Chucks most noisy this morning, want to mate and have babies before the next 
full moon for plentiful insects 

> 
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Subject: RFI: hummingbird courtship display
From: "Bert Frenz" <bertf AT bafrenz.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:02:07 -0500
Does any species of hummingbird do the wide U-shaped courtship display other
than Broad-tailed Hummingbird?
On April 15 at Blucher Park, Corpus Christi, our birding group witnessed a
hummingbird courtship display.  Just above the treetops, the hummingbird
repeatedly flew high, rocketed downward and propelled upward in a wide U.
It did this with amazing speed and constant repetition.  It was as if the
hummiingbird was stuck in one loop of a giant roller coaster.

I could not visually identify the hummer.  Is this behavior unique to
Broad-tailed Hummingbird?

Bert

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Subject: Re: Texbirds going to Junk or Promotions
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:59:57 -0500
this is a function of the ongoing problem with Yahoo's change in procedure
that is requiring most listserve managers to cancel the ability of yahoo
mail users to post to the lists. This includes mailers that have private
appearing (non-yahoo) addresses. Other mail providers like gmail honor the
yahoo stuff but may or may not restrict the mail in the manner that yahoo
does. In other words, if you spam from yahoo, gmail considers you a spammer
too but may not treat you in the same manner as yahoo does.
 The settings of texbirds itself can also do things. One list I am on
unsubscribed most users as they received the yahoo marked mail.

Google is doing the same thing to me and it started on the day that yahoo
did its thing.



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> Texbirds in Junk or Promotions folders lately and I rarely look, is there
> a solution ?  I go in and manually tell it to go to the inbox, but
> continues in large numbers
> I have iOS, a friend has the same problem with a PC
>
> Chucks most noisy this morning, want to mate and have babies before the
> next full moon for plentiful insects
>
> Susan Schaezler
> Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
> 501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz
> Texas Land Steward Winner
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Subject: Texbirds going to Junk or Promotions
From: Susan Schaezler <warblerwoods AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 05:28:53 -0500
Texbirds in Junk or Promotions folders lately and I rarely look, is there a 
solution ? I go in and manually tell it to go to the inbox, but continues in 
large numbers 

I have iOS, a friend has the same problem with a PC

Chucks most noisy this morning, want to mate and have babies before the next 
full moon for plentiful insects 


Susan Schaezler
Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz
Texas Land Steward Winner

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Subject: Traveling west
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:17:40 -0500
Howdy Texbirders,
I missed Zone-tailed Hawk in Junction, but was pleasantly surprised to find
one over the canyon at the Fort Lancaster Overlook.  The Gray Vireo was was
there and vocalizing within a few yards of me.  All the usual suspects have
been seen as I travel westward.  Wonderful birding.
Kind regards to all,
Dennis Shepler
Fort Stockton
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Subject: Concan Birds
From: Judy Bailey <jubailey AT ista-na.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:42:08 -0500
We birded behind the Neal's store at the cattle guard and saw some great birds 
in 15 minutes. 

Painted Bunting - beautiful male
Black Throated Sparrow
Vermilion Flycatcher male and female nesting
Canyon Towhee
Hermit Thrush
Bewick's Wren
Clay-colored Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
10+ House Finches - very red
Lesser GoldFinch
Cardinal

Then went to the Bat flight and watched a Red-Tailed Hawk have appetizers. A 
Canyon Wren stole the Bat show and posed and sang for the crowd. 





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Subject: Re: RFI: Swallow-tailed Kites Liberty Dayton area
From: Barbara Tilton <bjtilton2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 22:04:28 -0500
We saw 2 Swallow-tailed Kites between Dayton & Liberty on Sunday.  These
are the only ones I have seen there this spring.
Barbara Tilton
Liberty County
On Apr 16, 2014 6:36 PM, "peter barnes"  wrote:

> Have Swallow-tailed Kites been seen on or near US Hwy 90 between Dayton and
> Liberty or elsewhere in Liberty county recently? I don't see any reports on
> ebird but was considering taking this route back from the coast to Tyler. I
> would appreciate any positive or negative reports. Thanks.
> Peter Barnes
> Tyler
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Subject: Iceland Gull Photo
From: Ron Weeks <ronweeks AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:53:05 -0700 (PDT)
TexBirders,

A photograph taken by Jim Stevenson of what we believe to bean Iceland Gull 
can be found at the following link to my fledgling Flickr site. 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/58107870 AT N07/

Jim found the bird this morning and showed it to me late this afternoon. Have 
not gotten the specialty guides out yet to go through this one feather by 
feather, but I think it is a strong enough candidate to post. Encouraged Jim 
to take some flight shots as these light gulls are so affected by wear this 
time of year (Alan Wormington correctly cautioned me tonight about this) that 
it makes things tricky. But the structure, size and plumage sure look good. 


The bird was found on the beach side of the pass in the morning. when I called 
Jim at 4PM he did not have it. But he did have a Thayer's Gull. By the time I 
got there the Iceland was back and allowed very close approach. Jim has many 
more photos which I have not yet seen. While trying to refind the Thayer's, I 
found a large flock of about 500 large gulls on the bay side. Towards dusk I 
found the Iceland there along with 4 Lesser-backed Gulls. 


Will be back in the morning with my camera.

Ron Weeks
Lake Jackson
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Subject: Re: Dove ID help
From: Mntncougar AT aol.com
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:16:45 -0400 (EDT)
 
Thank you all so much for the quick responses. The opinion was  unanimous 
that it was an Inca Dove. That's what I'd hoped for and what I  thought, but 
with the view I got of it I just wasn't sure. 
 
Don Morgan
visiting from Ct, currently in San  Benito


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Subject: eBird patch question
From: antshrike1 AT aol.com
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:12:21 -0400 (EDT)
Is it possible on eBird to create a patch but not make it public? I would like 
to keep track of the species I have seen in the four counties of the Rio Grande 
Valley. But that's way too large an area to be considered a patch and I 
wouldn't want it to be the top patch on eBird ahead of true patches like Don 
Roberson's or Ned Brinkley's. Actually an entire county should not be 
considered a patch but I see people do it. Or is there any way to make a list 
from more than one location without declaring it a patch? 


Dan Jones, Weslaco

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Subject: Anahuac to Texas City Dike today, 400 whimbrels, hudsonian godwit, baby eagle, glaucous gull etc etc
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:36:34 -0500
I did the loop around the bay today and good birds all day. Started on
Fairview for grasspipers but the were missing. Instead had whimbrels which
were around most stops during the day. A rice field will be ready for
flooding fairly soon.
Cliff and Cave swallows at their traditional sites in good numbers.

Headed to the main Anahuac and about the first bird seen was a young of the
year bald eagle going by to the south as I headed to Shoveler Pond. For
several years I have thought that eagles were nesting west of 521 somewhere
near Doubly Bayou. I saw young of previous years and adults commuting
between the area and Anahuac all winter and this youngster could be from
there.

There is lots of water on the refuge and really lots of singing marsh wrens
and sedge wrens where it is dryer. Stopped to watch a yellowthroat and a
closer bittern finally erupted from about 10 feet away. Also had a couple
of least bitterns but no purple gallinules yet. Cattle egrets were moving
up from the coast.

Leaving the refuge, there are rice fields with and without water from the
refuge entrance all the way to Pear Orchard Road and continuing north on
Pear Orchard. The bonanza was the large area just east of the bayou that is
about a mile or so east of the main Anahuac entrance.

My first hudsonian godwit there was in perfect plumage and at least 400
whimbrels were scattered over the area with more unseen birds that
occasionally erupted in the back. Lots of variety with pectoral sandpipers
the most common along with both yellowlegs. There were large patches of
dowitchers, stilt sandpipers etc. Not too many peeps. But really a show
unlike any I have seen in a couple of years. Fields are in different states
and so should have birds for weeks to come.

Headed to high island and had nice birds in patches but there was no huge
fallout but good looks at variety. Would have spent more time but decided
to do waterbirds for the rest of the day.

Rollover pass and some side roads had good birds. Had great fun at the pass
watching a banded piping plover really beat up 2 semipalmated plover
repeatedly. They were getting lots and lots of worms and were joined by
black-bellied plovers, turnstones, sanderlings etc. Lots of other birds out
a ways but no where the distance that they have been on all the north winds
this winter. A little more wind will move them right in.

The beaches in Crystal beach had lots of traffic recently and not many
birds. Not much at Bolivar without a long walk and wade. Was going to do
the jetty but the area was full, again with birds way out there.

Headed up to the Texas City Dike which was re-opened earlier in the week.
Had really lots of birds. The number of terns etc is perhaps 10 times what
I have seen on recent trips. Did a lot of looking for oiled birds and only
saw a 1.5 inch patch in the center of a laughing gulls breast. Did not see
any other gulls and terns with any sign of oil but pelicans with black
bellies could not be checked. There were only a couple of areas which
showed evidence of equipment use, digging etc. The fishermen were happily
fishing but no one was cleaning their catch.

A first year glaucous gull was on the same post at the first bait station
where he begged food for much of the winter 2 years ago. The plumage looked
about as ragged as it did then. Tried for other good gulls but struck out.
Lots of laughing, then maybe 100 herring gulls in all plumages and only 20
ring-billed gulls. On all my recent trips herring outnumbered ring-bills by
many times.

Terns were abundant with maybe 70% sandwich terns and 25% forster's terns.
I did get 3 common terns and perhaps 25 royal terns. There were at least
3,000 or more terns along the length of the dike. Lots of courtship and
mating. There was a large group of least terns out on the sand spit a short
bit out on the dike but they did not hang around and were not seen anywhere
else or when I was leaving.

I lost a couple of hours just watching the show. Periodically, large flocks
would have a dread, circle up high but just come back and land in the same
spot. Dreads made it easy to spot the common terns as they did not join the
party. Not sure if the show will continue after news of the dike opening
spreads especially with the easter weekend almost here. Sort of like many
days there pre-Ike only with even more numbers of birds but fewer species.

Only had a single eared grebe and no loons or ducks. Only a couple of
cormorants but no shortage of pelicans feeding all over. Every pelican was
accompanied by at least one laughing gull that sat on the pelicans head or
back following every dive. Anyone wanting pictures would have a field day.
Birding is great around Houston.

-- 
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Subject: Bastrop County - Franklin's Gulls
From: Ian Layton <ilayton AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:41:54 -0500
Just had a large flock (150-200) of Franklin's Gull pass overhead headed north. 


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Subject: RFI: Swallow-tailed Kites Liberty Dayton area
From: peter barnes <pbarnes123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:35:18 -0500
Have Swallow-tailed Kites been seen on or near US Hwy 90 between Dayton and
Liberty or elsewhere in Liberty county recently? I don't see any reports on
ebird but was considering taking this route back from the coast to Tyler. I
would appreciate any positive or negative reports. Thanks.
Peter Barnes
Tyler


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Subject: South Padre Island yesterday
From: Pat DeWenter <hoocooks4you AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 18:23:43 -0500
As the strong north winds buffeted the island, many birds were migrating,
although not a big fallout.
The highlights of the day starting out about 8:00 a.m. were flocks of
approximately 150 Mississippi Kites flying over for about 30 minutes, also
thousands of Franklin's Gulls throughout the morning.
I saw 15 species of warblers, and the Black-throated Greens dominated the
wood lots.  There were also a good number of Northern Parulas.  Saw a
Townsend's Warbler and Canada Warbler close up and personal at the
Convention Center.  A male Cerulean Warbler was a treat at the Sheepshead
lots.  There were a good number of Painted Buntings and Indigo Buntings,
also several Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and a Blue Grosbeak present at
Sheepshead.  There were many Baltimore and Orchard Orioles at both
locations.

And I did get to see the Red-headed Woodpecker on the street just north of
Sheepshead.

All the birds were actively feeding which I love to see instead of stressed
out on the ground.
Pat DeWenter
Weslaco/Hidalgo Co.


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Subject: Iceland Gull at San Luis Pass
From: Ron Weeks <ronweeks AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:57:25 -0500
Pics later but what looks to be a first cycle Iceland was photographed by Jim 
Stevenson this morning. He showed me the bird this afternoon. Smaller than 
Herring with small bill pigeon head and very white overall. Primaries are worn 
but can't imagine Thayer's being this white overall. 


Ron Weeks
Lake Jackson

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Subject: observation of bird migration using weather forecasting technology, 4/16
From: "John Arvin" <jarvin AT gcbo.org>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:01:51 -0500
The upper level winds taken at 7:00 CDT by radiosonde ("weather balloon") 
for three western Gulf weather stations (New Orleans was unaccountably 
missing) were uniformly N below 15 knots. The wind map showed NE wind flow 
from LA to the lower Texas coast.Having said that, there is little 
indication of trans-Gulf migration. Over the coastal plain there appear to 
be a cluster of flocks of medium-sized birds (raptors or gulls?) W and SW 
of Corpus Christi. I see little else on the move.
John C. Arvin
 Research Associate
 Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
 103 West Hwy 332
 Lake Jackson, TX 77566
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Subject: Re: Flamingo pair in Freeport/Surfside Beach
From: "Nick Mirro" <nickmirro AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:43:05 -0500
Hi texbirders.  As the reporter of the flamingos in Surfside Beach, I can
happily confirm with 100% certainty that they were not spoonbills and that
they were flamingos.  The bill shape was easy to see and the long flamingo
legs and general shape was unmistakable.  This was a very, very easy call.
Hope they're here to stay and that some photos are taken!  Here's a little
extra info.
 

-----

 

Hi Bob,

 

The pair appeared evenly and richly colored like the one on the left.  That
was my view but I just confirmed this with Phoebe.  I sent her your photo of
the mis-matched pair and asked her to say how the colors of ones we saw
compared.  She said they both looked strongly colored like the one on the
left, though there could have been a slight difference in shade.  She said
they were definitely not like the pair in your photo.  We did not notice leg
bands, though we were not looking for them.  They were in view for about 30
seconds, starting at 100 feet until they were gone.

 

Thanks for asking.  I didn't know about the Texas rare bird alert until you
emailed.

 

Nick

Dallas

 

-----

 

And to Susan Walters in Dallas who suggested that I join and post to
texbirds, here was my more heartfelt reply.

 

 

Hi Susan.  Thanks for suggesting texbirds!  I posted for the first time last
night and got a message from Bob Friedrichs this morning.  How exciting!
I'm trying to provide calm and objective sighting info but really want to
just post, "Man you should have been there!  Unfreakin' believable!!!  :-)

 

Nick

 

 



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Subject: Re: Help with Dove ID
From: Robert Reeves <birder.reeves AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:13:44 -0500
send those.  Dark edging on dorsal and ventral feathers.
Robert Reeves
Austin

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Robert Reeves  wrote:

> Sorry, didn't mean to semd
>
> On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Robert Reeves 
> 

> wrote:
>
>> Inca...longer, squared off tail and dark edgings
>>
>> On Wednesday, April 16, 2014,  wrote:
>>
>>> Can someone tell me whether this is an Inca Dove or a Common  Ground
>>> dove.
>>> Can't tell from the picture but it appeared  very small.  It was sitting
>>> on
>>> a wire on the Bentzen entrance road. I have enhanced it  somewhat for
>>> clarity but tried not to otherwise change it. I have seen Inca  Doves in
>>> the past
>>> but so far unable to find one this year, unless this one  passes muster.
>>>
>>> https://www.dropbox.com/s/mq58wrjuqixs3f5/IMG_9955.JPG
>>>
>>> I have other pictures but they are all basically the  same.
>>>
>>> Thanks, Don Morgan
>>> visiting from  Connecticut
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Subject: Re: Help with Dove ID
From: Robert Reeves <birder.reeves AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:12:30 -0500
Sorry, didn't mean to semd
On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Robert Reeves  wrote:

> Inca...longer, squared off tail and dark edgings
>
> On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 
> 

> wrote:
>
>> Can someone tell me whether this is an Inca Dove or a Common  Ground dove.
>> Can't tell from the picture but it appeared  very small.  It was sitting
>> on
>> a wire on the Bentzen entrance road. I have enhanced it  somewhat for
>> clarity but tried not to otherwise change it. I have seen Inca  Doves in
>> the past
>> but so far unable to find one this year, unless this one  passes muster.
>>
>> https://www.dropbox.com/s/mq58wrjuqixs3f5/IMG_9955.JPG
>>
>> I have other pictures but they are all basically the  same.
>>
>> Thanks, Don Morgan
>> visiting from  Connecticut
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Subject: Re: Help with Dove ID
From: Robert Reeves <birder.reeves AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:12:03 -0500
Inca...longer, squared off tail and dark edgings
On Wednesday, April 16, 2014,  wrote:

> Can someone tell me whether this is an Inca Dove or a Common  Ground dove.
> Can't tell from the picture but it appeared  very small.  It was sitting on
> a wire on the Bentzen entrance road. I have enhanced it  somewhat for
> clarity but tried not to otherwise change it. I have seen Inca  Doves in
> the past
> but so far unable to find one this year, unless this one  passes muster.
>
> https://www.dropbox.com/s/mq58wrjuqixs3f5/IMG_9955.JPG
>
> I have other pictures but they are all basically the  same.
>
> Thanks, Don Morgan
> visiting from  Connecticut
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Subject: Help with Dove ID
From: Mntncougar AT aol.com
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:03:57 -0400 (EDT)
Can someone tell me whether this is an Inca Dove or a Common  Ground dove. 
Can't tell from the picture but it appeared  very small.  It was sitting on 
a wire on the Bentzen entrance road. I have enhanced it  somewhat for 
clarity but tried not to otherwise change it. I have seen Inca Doves in the 
past 

but so far unable to find one this year, unless this one  passes muster.
 
https://www.dropbox.com/s/mq58wrjuqixs3f5/IMG_9955.JPG
 
I have other pictures but they are all basically the  same.
 
Thanks, Don Morgan
visiting from  Connecticut
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Subject: Re: Flamingo pair in Freeport/Surfside Beach
From: Stenmead AT aol.com
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:02:56 -0400 (EDT)
Dr. Rodrigo Migoya and Mrs. Xiomara Galvez with Ninos y Crias headquartered 
 in Merida were in the Galveston/Houston area from 4/10 to 4/15 giving  
presentations on their education and flamingo conservation efforts in the  
Yucatan. In Dr. Migoya's presentation to Houston Audubon he pointed out that a 

flamingo banded by NyC ,"HDNT", that has been on the Texas/ Louisiana  
coast is the most reported banded flamingo on ebird of all the   banded 
flamingos.  
 
In support of Petra Hockey's request, please do look for a band, and do  
report them on ebird, even without seeing the band, with details separating 
them  from spoonbills.
 
I hope they stay healthy and in sight!
 
Stennie Meadours
San Leon
 
 
In a message dated 4/16/2014 12:16:24 P.M. Central Daylight Time,  
phockey AT tisd.net writes:
TexBirders,
reports of flamingo sightings have popped up all  over the place in the 
last couple of weeks. 

On 4/3/2014 two visitors  from Massachusetts reported a pair to e-bird from 
Whitmire Lake which is  located in the closed unit of the Aransas NWR in 
Calhoun Co. I was told the  sighting was flagged but have not heard about any 
additional details supplied  to corroborate it.

On 4/13/2014 two flamingos were reportedly seen by a  Brian Cochran along 
HW 185 between Tivoli and Port Lavaca. A message about  this sighting with no 
more details than this had been left with David Sikes,  the outdoors writer 
of the Corpus Christi Caller Times. 

The date of  this Texbirds report (4/10) falls right in the middle of the 
other 2 reports.  

Either, there are a whole lot of flamingos in Texas right now, or our  
mis-matched pair is getting around a lot, or some identifications are in error. 

The lack of detail regarding all sightings makes it hard to judge the  
merits. 

I would encourage anybody who sees flamingos in Texas to check  them out 
carefully for bands or a lack thereof and to include in the report  what field 
marks were seen that separate the flamino(s) from the Roseate  Spoonbill. 
Maybe we can pin down their location again soon.

Petra  Hockey
Port O'Connor, Calhoun Co. 


> Subject: Flamingo pair  in Freeport/Surfside Beach
> Date: Wed Apr 16 2014 7:10 am
> From:  nickmirro AT gmail.com 
> This past Thursday (4/10) at around 4 in the  afternoon, Phoebe and 
clearly I
> 
> saw a pair of flamingos take  flight.  At the closest, we may have been 
100
> 
> feet from  them.  At the time I didn’t know how to tell the species apart.
>  
> They took off from the intercostal channel on the west side of the  
Surfside
> 
> Beach bridge (332), heading south towards the  beach.  They were strongly
> 
> colored and looked healthy.  More graceful and beautiful than I imagined 
:-)
> 
> 
>  
> 
> 
> We were just arriving for a 3 day weekend at  Brazoria and San Bernard.  
We
> 
> stayed at the Cedar Sands  Motel ½ mile from the sighting but didn’t see 
them
> 
>  again.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
>  Nick Mirro
> 
> 
> 
> Dallas, TX
> 
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Subject: Century Day? and Port A/ CC 4/15 report
From: Randy Duncan <osufight AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 10:23:18 -0700 (PDT)
 Seems I read somewhere a while back that a 100 species day was a goal that 
less than 1% of borders ever achieve... or maybe I dreamed up this stat on my 
own???We got 102 yesterday on our PA/CC loop. My daughters first century day! 
(Hoping this doesn't start a firestorm on the evils of traveling and listing 
birds!!! - I will drive to the coast for migration and I will list.) 

Left Leander at 4am... back home at 9pm, 8 hrs of driving in between...5 tired 
happy birders at the end. No specific chasing birds, no beach, just our 
favorite places. 


Highlights--
Paradise pond... a single Yellow Warbler, 3 Rose breasted Grosbeaks. Lots of 
Indigos and a few Painted Buntings. 

Turnbull.... Single gorgeous Male Blackburnian. Summer Tanagers
Hans Suter... Black Skimmers, Worm Eating Warbler (lifer two weeks ago now 
reduced to maybe the 6th best bird of the day!) 

Blucher.... a Early season Canada Warbler. Swainsons Warbler (my first since 3 
years ago when I walked by a bunch of people around what I thought was a 
Bewicks wren, when a great birder told me "It's a Swainsons Warbler, one of the 
hardest to find"!). FOS Chuck's will widow. 


Interestingly no Hooded W or N Parula all day... were everywhere three weeks 
ago! 


Randy Duncan Leander, TX
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Subject: Re: Flamingo pair in Freeport/Surfside Beach
From: Petra Hockey <phockey AT tisd.net>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:15:25 -0500
TexBirders,
reports of flamingo sightings have popped up all over the place in the last 
couple of weeks. 


On 4/3/2014 two visitors from Massachusetts reported a pair to e-bird from 
Whitmire Lake which is located in the closed unit of the Aransas NWR in Calhoun 
Co. I was told the sighting was flagged but have not heard about any additional 
details supplied to corroborate it. 


On 4/13/2014 two flamingos were reportedly seen by a Brian Cochran along HW 185 
between Tivoli and Port Lavaca. A message about this sighting with no more 
details than this had been left with David Sikes, the outdoors writer of the 
Corpus Christi Caller Times. 


The date of this Texbirds report (4/10) falls right in the middle of the other 
2 reports. 


Either, there are a whole lot of flamingos in Texas right now, or our 
mis-matched pair is getting around a lot, or some identifications are in error. 
The lack of detail regarding all sightings makes it hard to judge the merits. 


I would encourage anybody who sees flamingos in Texas to check them out 
carefully for bands or a lack thereof and to include in the report what field 
marks were seen that separate the flamino(s) from the Roseate Spoonbill. Maybe 
we can pin down their location again soon. 


Petra Hockey
Port O'Connor, Calhoun Co. 


> Subject: Flamingo pair in Freeport/Surfside Beach
> Date: Wed Apr 16 2014 7:10 am
> From: nickmirro AT gmail.com 
> This past Thursday (4/10) at around 4 in the afternoon, Phoebe and clearly I
> 
> saw a pair of flamingos take flight.  At the closest, we may have been 100
> 
> feet from them.  At the time I didnt know how to tell the species apart.
> 
> They took off from the intercostal channel on the west side of the Surfside
> 
> Beach bridge (332), heading south towards the beach.  They were strongly
> 
> colored and looked healthy. More graceful and beautiful than I imagined :-)
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> We were just arriving for a 3 day weekend at Brazoria and San Bernard.  We
> 
> stayed at the Cedar Sands Motel  mile from the sighting but didnt see them
> 
> again.
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> Nick Mirro
> 
> 
> 
> Dallas, TX
> 
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Subject: Summer Tanager, McKinney
From: "Irma" <txirma AT tx.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:38:23 -0500
There was a beautiful female Summer Tanager in my backyard in McKinney, 20 
miles north of Dallas, this morning. 

Irma Eisthen
McKinney
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Subject: Nelsons sparrow
From: Jean Greenhalgh <jeanbrit01 AT yahoo.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:56:38 -0700 (PDT)
Many thanks to all the leaders of the FeatherFest trips I went on.

Special thanks to Skip Almoney for finding the very cooperative Nelson's 
Sparrow at Frenchtown Road on Friday. Also thanks to the totally fearless 
Clapper Rail on 8 Mile Road. I hope it doesn't get killed while wandering 
across the road. 


Jean Greenhalgh
Richmond, TX



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Subject: The 2014 Game - March in The LEAS Region
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2014 09:17:21 -0500
Greetings All:
This year's game, titled 'A Slightly Bigger Patch' is to see how many
species of butterfly, amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal I can find in my
home region.  The LEAS region includes fifteen counties (Bailey, Lamb,
Hale, Floyd, Motley, Cochran, Hockley, Lubbock, Crosby, Dickens, Yoakum,
Terry, Lynn, Garza, and Kent) and, with portions of the region below and
atop the Caprock Escarpment, offers a fairly wide variety of habitats.  My
goals for the year are 75 species of butterfly, 10 species of amphibian, 25
species of reptile, 300 species of bird, and 25 species of mammal.  Due to
ongoing and brutal drought, March was not the big improvement over February
that I had hoped but I did get out and about a bit, found a few new spots
in what I thought was a well-covered patch, and added a few critters.  All
in all, I spotted 14 species of butterfly, 1 species of amphibian, 4
species of reptile, 138 species of bird, and 9 species of mammal during the
month bringing the year's total up to 15 species of butterfly (20%), 2
species of amphibian (20%), 4 species of reptile (16%), 167 species of bird
(56%), and 14 species of mammal (56%).

As mentioned in a separate and earlier post, Rich Kostecke is still
whupping my butt (196 bird species to 167 bird species) in our regional
competition and I will continue to track and post that savaging
separately.  Without further ado, the March list for the LEAS region - with
new additions *sked.

Common Checkered Skipper
Cabbage White
Checkered White
Orange Sulphur
Southern Dogface*
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur
Gray Hairstreak
Variegated Fritillary*
Question Mark
Mourning Cloak
Red Admiral
Painted Lady
Goatweed Leafwing*

American Bullfrog

Common Snapping Turtle*
Red-eared Slider
Spiny Soft-shelled Turtle*
Eastern Fence Lizard*

Snow Goose
Ross's Goose
Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Trumpeter Swan
Wood Duck
Gadwall
American Wigeon
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Green-winged Teal
Canvasback
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Bufflehead
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Scaled Quail*
Northern Bobwhite
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Snowy Egret*
Green Heron*
Black-crowned Night Heron
Turkey Vulture*
Northern Harrier
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Swainson's Hawk*
Red-tailed Hawk
Ferruginous Hawk
Sora*
Common Gallinule*
American Coots
Sandhill Crane
Black-necked Stilt*
American Avocet*
Killdeer
Greater Yellowlegs
Lesser Yellowlegs*
Long-billed Curlew*
Least Sandpiper
Long-billed Dowitcher*
Bonaparte's Gull*
Franklin's Gull*
Laughing Gull*
Ring-billed Gull
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove*
Greater Roadrunner
Barn Owl
Great Horned Owl
Long-eared Owl*
Burrowing Owl
Black-chinned Hummingbird*
Belted Kingfisher
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Merlin
Peregrine Falcon
Prairie Falcon
Say's Phoebe
Eastern Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher*
Western Kingbird*
Loggerhead Shrike
Blue Jay
American Crow
Chihuahuan Raven
Horned Lark
Purple Martin
Cliff Swallow*
Barn Swallow*
Mountain Chickadee*
Black-crested Titmouse
Verdin
Bushtit*
Brown Creeper*
Rock Wren
Winter Wren*
Marsh Wren
Carolina Wren
Bewick's Wren
Cactus Wren*
Golden-crowned Kinglet*
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird
Western Bluebird*
Mountain Bluebird
Townsend's Solitaire
American Robin
Curve-billed Thrasher
Brown Thrasher
Sage Thrasher*
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
American Pipit
Phainopepla*
Orange-crowned Warbler
Common Yellowthroat*
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Canyon Towhee
Field Sparrow
Vesper Sparrow
Lark Bunting
Savannah Sparrow
Fox Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Whtie-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Pyrrhuloxia
Eastern Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Black-tailed Jackrabbit
Desert Cottontail
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Eastern Fox Squirrel
Black-tailed Prairie Dog
Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel*
Striped Skunk
White-tailed Deer
Mule Deer

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Flamingo pair in Freeport/Surfside Beach
From: "Nick Mirro" <nickmirro AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:08:47 -0500
This past Thursday (4/10) at around 4 in the afternoon, Phoebe and clearly I
saw a pair of flamingos take flight.  At the closest, we may have been 100
feet from them.  At the time I didnt know how to tell the species apart.
They took off from the intercostal channel on the west side of the Surfside
Beach bridge (332), heading south towards the beach.  They were strongly
colored and looked healthy. More graceful and beautiful than I imagined :-)
 

We were just arriving for a 3 day weekend at Brazoria and San Bernard.  We
stayed at the Cedar Sands Motel  mile from the sighting but didnt see them
again.

 

Nick Mirro

Dallas, TX


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Subject: Wind and current map
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor AT swarovskioptik.us>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:49:28 -0400
Hi all -
Greg (Big Year) Miller and I went to Cotton's BBQ for dinner, and he repaid me 
by showing me a website that displays amazing animated wind direction maps: 


www.earth.nullschool.net

You can choose different altitudes, look at cloud cover, and even track ocean 
currents. Right now there is a big southerly flow going from the TX coast all 
the way to the Yucatan, but the really cool graphic is on the front boundary 
just off the east coast of the US - what an interface! 


Boy, I wish we had that resource back when I used to band hawks!


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
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Subject: Birding at COTA - springtime
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor AT swarovskioptik.us>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:37:26 -0400
Hi all -
In addition to giving digiscoping workshops at Warbler Woods last weekend, I 
managed to sneak up to Elroy to watch the Moto GP (motorcycle races) at the 
Circuit of the Americas race track. This was my first time there in the spring, 
and it was very flowery and pretty birdy! The Bluebonnets were gorgeous all 
around the track, and I saw about a dozen butterfly species without even 
trying. 


The "best" bird I had was a singing Grasshopper Sparrow in the big 
flower-filled field immediately adjacent to Parking Lot T. He was singing a 
lot, but would not tee-up, so it took me a while to spot him as he shifted 
position in the field. While I was watching for him, I heard Upland Sandpiper 
call from above, and then a few minutes later four Uppies dropped down into the 
middle of the field, immediately swallowed up by the grasses and flowers. 


There were scads of Savannah Sparrows all around the perimeter of the track in 
the General Admission area, and I saw what looked like a Vesper Sparrow flying 
away. American Pipits were usually heard on the wing, as were Lesser Goldfinch 
and House Finches. Two years ago at the F1 race we were entertained by a 
Red-tailed Hawk that perched on the guardrails of the track as the cars whizzed 
by, but none this year. However, I did see a nice adult Swainson's Hawk 
cruising about. Vultures were omnipresent. 


The most frequent bird sighting was Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - there were 
dozens of them swooping about. Some were doing courtship or territorial 
flights, others seemed to be moving about in little groups. I looked hard for a 
little black & white one, but no joy there. 


COTA has a couple of fenced-off areas with signage proclaiming "Blackland 
Prairie Restoration Area", and they were very lush. One also has a pond - 
likely man-made. I did not see or hear any significant species in them, but it 
was nice to see that they resisted the urge to fill in and pave those areas. 


I do not know if the management at COTA has any contact with the local bird or 
conservation groups, but it would be nice to hear that they did. I would like 
to go up and bird the whole facility sometime. 



Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
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Subject: Canada and Townsend's warblers, and good SPI birding
From: Robert Becker <robertjbecker AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:15:44 -0700 (PDT)
We didn't get a fallout on SPI today, but we had a nice variety of birds. Best 
for me were the male Canada Warbler and Townsend's Warbler, both in breeding 
plumage. There also were good numbers of Indigo and Painted Buntings, Blue 
Grosbeaks, Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, and Baltimore and Orchard Orioles. 


Photo highlights are here, in the first two rows:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/13451078 AT N03/sets/72157643481594863/


Bob Becker
Rancho Viejo
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Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker at South Padre Island, 4/15/14
From: antshrike1 AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 22:14:07 -0400 (EDT)
This afternoon Brad McKinney found a stonkin' Red-headed Woodpecker in the 
Australian Pines at the Sheepshead lot on south Padre Island. We followed it 
over to the next street to the north and got some photos. The Townsend's 
Warbler continues at the Convention Center along with an early Canada Warbler. 
A Cerulean Warbler and a Cape May Warbler were reported at Sheepshead. I had my 
first Acadian Flycatcher for the spring on Campeche. Several thousand 
Franklin's Gulls made for quite a spectacle behind the Convention Center. 
Photos and a list are on my blog. 


http://antshrike.blogspot.com/2014/04/red-headed-woodpecker-at-spi-41514.html


Dan Jones, Welsaco

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Subject: Dark morph Broad-winged Hawk over Central Austin
From: Arman Moreno <armanmoreno AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:40:30 -0500
At around 6:20pm this evening, I observed a dark morph Broad-winged Hawk
flying north over West Bouldin Creek Greenbelt in Central Austin. The bird
was quite high and appeared very small but details can be made out in the
attached photo. I've never seen a dark morph so it was quite a treat.I know
they only represent a small portion of the total population and am not sure
if they are observed regularly during spring migration, especially this far
west.
Arman Moreno
Austin, TX

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Subject: update on hummingbird ID from earlier today
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:13:11 -0500
The 'fluffy' one is very likely, maybe assuredly, a female ruby Throat.  
HOWEVER!  That one feeding on the honeysuckle in the bushes has more 
characteristics of a sub-adult male Anna's than it has a RT female.  I 
went back through the shots and discovered I had shot them in 
AutoWhiteBalance mode, which is fine generally, but not so good in mixed 
light conditions.  Set them to shade and voila' the colors suddenly 
became what I observed.  I posted these additions and corrections on the 
previous lnk site:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/123354783 AT N05/

The Anna's is not a super rare bird in Region * and has been reported 
several times in Harris county only 45 miles or so away.  I await 
further viewpoints.  ;)

-- 
Monte Phillips
Tx City

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know and then stop. 

Mark Twain

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Subject: Tropical Kingbirds, Tropical Parula, and Botteri's Sparrows at King Ranch Norias Division, 04/14/14
From: Tom Langschied <TLangschied AT king-ranch.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:57:34 +0000
Yesterday, I birded the Norias Division (Kenedy Co.) of King Ranch with Tom 
Hince and several others. Tom's (not mine) sharp ears picked up the first 
confirmed Tropical Kingbird found on King Ranch. Once we located it, we 
realized there was a pair. This is a species I have looked (or listened) for 
over the past 20 + years on the King Ranch. These birds were found near the 
headquarters of this division which is a location that I have long felt would 
be good for this species. I hope they continue to linger in the area. 

Tom also located the first Botteri's Sparrow of the season on the Norias 
Division. We later found at least two more singing males and at one location 
where we had a singing Botteri's on one side of the road and a singing Cassin's 
Sparrow on the other side each no more 30 yards from the road. Very cool! 

Other highlights included a Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl (seen holding a mouse), 
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet (4), and Tropical Parula (2 males seen, one other 
heard), and Audubon's Oriole (brief glimpse). The number of grasshopper 
Sparrows singing in some of the pastures was also quite remarkable. 

All in all a very special day at Norias. For a full list of the 68 species 
noted during that outing see below. 


Take care and good birding,

Tom Langschied
Kingsville, TX


Birds noted on the Norias Div., King Ranch - 04/14/14
1.       Northern Bobwhite  7
2.       Wild Turkey  8
3.       Black Vulture  9
4.       Turkey Vulture  13
5.       Mississippi Kite  3
6.       Northern Harrier  2
7.       Swainson's Hawk  12
8.       Red-tailed Hawk  2
9.       Upland Sandpiper  6
10.   Whimbrel  13
11.   Gull-billed Tern  2
12.   Rock Pigeon  4
13.   Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
14.   White-winged Dove  1
15.   Mourning Dove  30
16.   Common Ground-Dove  9
17.   White-tipped Dove  1
18.   Greater Roadrunner  1
19.   Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl  1
20.   Chimney Swift  3
21.   Buff-bellied Hummingbird  3
22.   Golden-fronted Woodpecker  4
23.   Ladder-backed Woodpecker  3
24.   Crested Caracara  1
25.   Merlin  1
26.   Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet  4
27.   Vermilion Flycatcher  5
28.   Brown-crested Flycatcher  8
29.   Great Kiskadee  3
30.   Tropical Kingbird  2     Heard and photographed.
31.   Couch's Kingbird  12
32.   Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  10
33.   Loggerhead Shrike  2
34.   Blue-headed Vireo  1
35.   Green Jay  5
36.   Northern Rough-winged Swallow  8
37.   Barn Swallow  12
38.   Cliff Swallow  6
39.   Cave Swallow  1
40.   Black-crested Titmouse  4
41.   Bewick's Wren  2
42.   Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
43.   Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
44.   Curve-billed Thrasher  2
45.   Long-billed Thrasher  1
46.   Northern Mockingbird  18
47.   Northern Parula  1
48.   Tropical Parula  3
49.   Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
50.   Botteri's Sparrow  3
51.   Cassin's Sparrow  2
52.   Field Sparrow  2
53.   Vesper Sparrow  1
54.   Lark Sparrow  6
55.   Savannah Sparrow  12
56.   Grasshopper Sparrow  14     Many seen & heard singing.
57.   Lincoln's Sparrow  2
58.   Summer Tanager  3
59.   Northern Cardinal  5
60.   Pyrrhuloxia  1
61.   Eastern Meadowlark  8
62.   Great-tailed Grackle  19
63.   Bronzed Cowbird  4
64.   Brown-headed Cowbird  9
65.   Hooded Oriole  12
66.   Audubon's Oriole  1
67.   Lesser Goldfinch  3
68.   House Sparrow  6


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Subject: Red-headed Woodpecker SPI and a reminder on ethics
From: Mary Gustafson <live4birds AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:42:44 -0400 (EDT)
Hi all! 

A Red-headed Woodpecker was found today on South Padre Island at the Sheepshead 
lots. The bird is moving around on adjacent streets. 


The mass of birders on SPI expecting a fallout has caused some locals to call 
me and ask me directly to "do something" about birder behavior. A reminder of 
the ABA code of birding ethics http://www.aba.org/about/ethics.html seems to be 
in order. 


I was also asked specifically to post on TEXBIRDS a reminder to stay out of 
private property, which means to bird from the sidewalk or curb. Lots without 
houses are private property and should not be entered without the owner's 
permission. 


Please all, respect the birds, the locals, and each other.  

In general, it sounds like more birders than birds at the Convention Center, 
with an early Canada, an Acadian Fly, while the star of the show at Sheepshead 
was the male Cerulean. Regular species included Indigo and Painted Bunting, 
Blue Grosbeak, Orchard and Baltimore Oriole, and streams of Franklin's Gulls. 


I did not head over today, having far too much work (and too many travel 
plans). 


Thanks

Mary Gustafson
Mission, Texas

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Subject: IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD (PEARLAND)
From: Mira M Pellerin <mirampellerin AT aol.com>
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:26:19 -0400 (EDT)
I rode my trike around my neighborhood this afternoon and found the FOS 
neighborhood male scissor-tailed flycatcher, a female Cooper's Hawk pursuing a 
Blue Jay through the trees, and an American Crow's nest with 3 fledglings 
hanging around the nest. I know that we have local crows in this area, because 
I see them year round, but this is the first nest that I have found. 


And, yes, there was an Am. Crow on the Cooper's hawk's tail as it was chasing 
the Blue Jay. The Jay escaped from the Cooper's Hawk, due in part, at least, to 
the loudly calling Crow. 



Mira M. Pellerin

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