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California Gnatcatcher,©David Sibley

23 Nov Mountain Bluebird in Jefferson County [steve mayes ]
22 Nov Mountain Bluebird and Couch's Kingbird West Jefferson Co [HS Mail ]
22 Nov Western Grebe at Lake O' the Pines, Marion county [peter barnes ]
23 Nov Zone-tailed Hawk at Rancho Viejo (Cameron) ["bradmckinney AT juno.com" ]
22 Nov Pictures from the Star County Trip ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
22 Nov Might make it to 300 yet [Anthony Hewetson ]
22 Nov Virginia Rail photobombs Travis Audubon Sparrow Class field trip today, Saturday November 22, 2014 ["" ]
22 Nov Starr County Highlights ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
22 Nov Request for Common Crane observer information [Anthony Hewetson ]
22 Nov Highlights from Common Crane trip - yesterday [Anthony Hewetson ]
22 Nov Common Crane YES!! [Chris Easley ]
22 Nov Lubbock Cemetery Highlights - Including Cassin's Finches [Anthony Hewetson ]
22 Nov LEAS Field Trip to Clapp Park, Lubbock - Today [Anthony Hewetson ]
22 Nov Baytown Nature Center Bird Count Results ["" ]
21 Nov Common Crane Locations to date - Bald Eagle at MNWR [Anthony Hewetson ]
21 Nov Common Crane just telocated [David Sarkozi ]
21 Nov White-tailed hawk and other pictures from the Katy Prairie [Joseph Kennedy ]
21 Nov Re: Western Grebes at Meadow Lake, Round Rock (Local interest) ["Rich Kostecke" ]
21 Nov Rainy Tyler SP 11-21-14 [Boyd Sanders ]
21 Nov Western Grebes at Meadow Lake, Round Rock (Local interest) [Tim Fennell ]
21 Nov Rosanky, Hill's Prairie areas, Bastrop County [Brush Freeman ]
21 Nov Cassin's vs. Purple Finch [Keith Arnold ]
21 Nov Re: West-most birds in Texas ["" ]
21 Nov Re: West-most birds in Texas ["" ]
21 Nov West-most birds in Texas [Chuck Sexton ]
20 Nov Austin Area RBA [Nate McGowan ]
20 Nov more on Rosy finch [Greg Lasley ]
20 Nov Common Crane or chimeric crane [Bruce Sherman ]
21 Nov From: vadrake@gmail.com ["vadrake AT gmail.com" ]
20 Nov rosy finch in Dalhart [Greg Lasley ]
20 Nov Common Crane or Chimeric Crane? ["" ]
20 Nov Red-necked Grebe, Imperial Reservoir ["Heidi AT BBNP" ]
20 Nov Common Crane relocated at MNWR [Anthony Hewetson ]
20 Nov Fwd: eBird Report - Blanco SP & Nature Trail, Nov 20, 2014 [Georgina Schwartz ]
20 Nov Attention Texas science teachers ["Bron Rorex" ]
20 Nov Re: Common Crane at Muleshoe NWR []
20 Nov Cypress Creek/Katy prairie CBC will be Jan 1, 2015 ["Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" ]
20 Nov Continuing Surf Scoter at Mitchell Lake - San Antonio [Willie Sekula ]
20 Nov Common Raven in Bastrop Co. Nov. 20 [Brush Freeman ]
20 Nov Openings for Duluth and Alaska ["Jim Hailey" ]
19 Nov Muleshoe NWR Sightings (Common Crane - NO) [Justin Bosler ]
19 Nov Chambers Co Area 11/19/14 ["" ]
19 Nov Red Crossbill in Van Horn [Chuck Sexton ]
19 Nov Resaca de la Palma SP - Cassin's Finch no, Tropical Parula, Black-throated Grey yes [Sherry Wilson ]
19 Nov Possible Scoter [Ray Porter ]
19 Nov Highlands Reservoir [Ray Porter ]
19 Nov Re: Common Crane in Tx [Chuck Sexton ]
19 Nov Great Kiskadee Still at Berry Springs []
18 Nov Re: Common Crane at Muleshoe NWR [Justin Bosler ]
19 Nov Re: Common Crane at Muleshoe NWR [Mark Lockwood ]
18 Nov Fwd: Common Crane photos [Anthony Hewetson ]
18 Nov Sal del Rey, Delta Lake, 11/18/14 ["" ]
18 Nov Re: Common Crane at Muleshoe NWR [Clay Taylor ]
18 Nov Katy Prairie today, flocks of white-tailed hawks [Joseph Kennedy ]
18 Nov Brown Boobies at Baytown Nature Center NO ["" ]
18 Nov Berry Springs Harris Sparrows-- Williamson Co [Randy Duncan ]
18 Nov Tuesday morning birding at Hagerman NWR. [Jack Chiles ]
18 Nov Re: Common Crane at Muleshoe NWR [Brush Freeman ]
18 Nov Common Crane at Muleshoe NWR [Anthony Hewetson ]
18 Nov FOF Fox Sparrow 1, Utley place...That's it. [Brush Freeman ]
18 Nov Resaca de la Palma SP - Cassin's no - Black-throated Gray yes [Sherry Wilson ]
18 Nov Cave Swallows and Lark Bunting at King Ranch - Monday, 11/17/14 [Tom Langschied ]
18 Nov Brazos Bend CBC Saturday, December 20th [Justin Bower ]
18 Nov Re: Green Parakeets in McAllen [David Sarkozi ]
17 Nov Green Parakeets in McAllen [Joan Hill ]
17 Nov Murder amid Mexican Jay groups.( OSI to some) [Brush Freeman ]
17 Nov Re: Cassin's Finch in TX - CALL [Brush Freeman ]
17 Nov Re: Cassin's Finch in TX - CALL [Brush Freeman ]
17 Nov Re: Cassin's Finch in TX - CALL []
17 Nov FOS Sedge Wren, San Juan, Hidalgo Co. [Javier ]
17 Nov Re: Cassin's Finch in TX [Clay Taylor ]
17 Nov Re: Cassin's Finch in TX ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
17 Nov Re: Cassin's Finch in TX [Clay Taylor ]
17 Nov Re: More on Cassin's Finch [Robert Becker ]
17 Nov More on Cassin's Finch [Robert Becker ]
17 Nov Quintana Section of the Freeport CBC: A Call for Counters [Adam Wood ]

Subject: Mountain Bluebird in Jefferson County
From: steve mayes <sgmayes AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:38:53 +0000
 
We found a Mountain Bluebird (appears to be a first year male) on the Golden 
Triangle Audubon Society's field trip to western Jefferson county today. The 
bird was foraging along a fence line on McDermand Road about 1/4 mile north of 
the intersection with Lawhon Road. The bird was in the area of a large white 
pipeline with an orange sign next to it that has the number "19" on it. The 
bird was first discovered before lunch but we came back later and the bird was 
still present in the same location around 4pm. 

For those who don't know the area, McDermand Road runs between Hwy 90 and FM 
365 and comes off (south) of Hwy 90 just east of the town of Nome. 

If you are coming to the area for the bluebird, also be aware that we later 
found a Couch's Kingbird on Lawhon Road east of Green Pond Gully and 1000 - 
2000 Sandhill Cranes in the general area, mostly around the Willis Road/Johnson 
Road area. 

 
Good luck if you go looking!
 
Steve Mayes
Nederland, TX
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Mountain Bluebird and Couch's Kingbird West Jefferson Co
From: HS Mail <hstewartmail AT gt.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:26:41 -0600
URL’s to photos of a Mountain Bluebird and a Couch’s Kingbird observed today 
are included, as per Dr. John Whittle’s highlights below for the Golden 
Triangle Audubon Society field trip to West Jefferson County. 

Photos of Mountain Bluebird:

http://hstewart.smugmug.com/Nature/Field-Trips/FT-West-Jefferson-County-11221/i-wQ5rQ4G 


http://hstewart.smugmug.com/Nature/Field-Trips/FT-West-Jefferson-County-11221/i-PGpSb9F 


Photos of Couch’s Kingbird:

http://hstewart.smugmug.com/Nature/Field-Trips/FT-West-Jefferson-County-11221/i-JqkmX7z 


http://hstewart.smugmug.com/Nature/Field-Trips/FT-West-Jefferson-County-11221/i-mvsJhW6 



Golden Triangle Audubon Bird Alert – 22 November 2014 - John A. Whittle
 
"The Golden Triangle Audubon Filed trip to west Jefferson County today (Sat 22 
Nov) was highly successful. Here are the highlights, all of which have some 
possibility of still being close to where we saw them in the next day or so. 

 
At least 1,000 Sandhill Cranes were feeding in the area bounded by Johnson Road 
(on the east and south), League and Old League Road (on the south and west), 
FM1406 (on the northwest), and FM365 (on the northeast). They were best 
observed from Johnson Road, west of the 90 deg turn on Johnson at Heisig Road. 
Small groups of cranes were in the air most of the time we were there. The 
center of this area is approx. 29.94N, 94.38W. 

 
The find of the day was a first year Mountain Bluebird, found by John Haynes 
and Steve Mayes flycatching from the fence wires on McDermand Road about 3 
miles South of US90. The exact location can be recognized by a white Sunoco 
pipeline crossing the ditch on the west side of the road, with a tall yellow 
pipeline marker with the number 19 on it. This location is south of the power 
line crossing and 1/4 mile north of the junction with Lawhon Road. The bird was 
actively flycatching from the fence wires and the pipeline marker. This is the 
first known record of this species in Jefferson County. Location was approx. 
30.04343N, 94.371010W. 

 
Two adult and one immature Bald Eagle were south of Lawhon Road at Greenpond 
Road, on the levee south of that junction. They could be seen from the bridge 
on Lawhon Road that crosses to newly widened Greenpond Gully. Thanks to 
Christine Sliva for her eagle-eyes in spotting these birds. The eagles appeared 
to be surveying the ducks in the shallow ponds east of that levee. Location was 
approximately 30.0002N 94.2997W. 

 
A Couch's Kingbird (verified by response to a taped call) was flycatching on 
Lawhon Road, very approximately 3 miles east of South China Road (or 1.1 miles 
east of Greenpond Road). The bird was flycatching from perches on both sides of 
Lawhon Road. Location was very approximately 30.0006N 94.2813W". 



Harlan Stewart
Nederland
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Subject: Western Grebe at Lake O' the Pines, Marion county
From: peter barnes <pbarnes123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:53:33 -0600
The Tyler Audubon Society and NETFO had a field trip to Lake O' the Pines,
visiting Lakeside Park, Tejas Point, Pop's Landing (all in Marion county)
and Cedar Spring Park and the Hwy 155 boatramp (both in Upshur county). It
was initially cool and cloudy, then sunny and very pleasant.
A Western Grebe was seen near the dam at Lakeside Park. Duck numbers on the
lake were small, but we tallied 13 expected species. Approximately 25
Common Loons were observed, mostly at Lakeside Park, but we could not turn
any of them into Pacific or Red-throated Loons. Thanks to Mike Dillon for
taking us around.

Peter Barnes
Tyler


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Subject: Zone-tailed Hawk at Rancho Viejo (Cameron)
From: "bradmckinney AT juno.com" <bradmckinney@juno.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:47:17 GMT
Good evening, Had a surprise Zone-tailed Hawk flyover at Rancho Viejo this 
afternoon. Soaring over the main resaca near clubhouse before drifting 
northward. A couple of photos at the link below: 
http://s1090.photobucket.com/user/bradmckinney/media/ZTHA9RV22Nov2014_zps65ff6d6e.jpg.html 
Wishing all a happy winter season, Brad McKinneyRancho Viejo 

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Subject: Pictures from the Star County Trip
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:45:08 -0600
Hi, all!
 

Pictures are up, and comments on the Canada Goose are welcome:  it was
definitely one of the smaller races, but it didn't have the head/bill
structure of a Cackling.

 

http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/2014%20Field%20Trips/November/Starr%
20County.html

 

or here:

 

http://tinyurl.com/ol25387

 

Enjoy,

 

MB

 

Mary Beth Stowe

McAllen, TX

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Subject: Might make it to 300 yet
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:37:26 -0600
Greetings All:
An update for my part in the region vs. region competition with Rich
Kostecke.  My stated goal for the year was 300 species of birds.  At the
end of October I was at 286 and getting fourteen more looked pretty iffy.
I just got done wading through the interesting events of the last two
weeks, however, and realized that I am now at 294 (assuming that the TBRC
rules favorably on the Common Crane I will consider it my answer to Rich
Kostecke's attempt at pelagic birding in central Texas).

November has kicked out Greater Scaup, Pine Warbler, Western Grebe, Horned
Grebe, Bald Eagle, Common Crane, Cassin's Finch, and Red Crossbill - an
astonishing number of additions for so late in the year.

I still have the sneaking suspicion that Rich is going to luck into a
staggering series of winter wonders in the Austin area but, who knows, he
might not.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Virginia Rail photobombs Travis Audubon Sparrow Class field trip today, Saturday November 22, 2014
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "drbirdie@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:05:53 -0500
Hi Texbirders & Sparrowhawks,
As late as last night, optimistic weather models forecast the rain in central 
Texas to start falling in earnest today after 12 noon. 

The optimistic models were wrong.
Between episodes of intermittent heavy rain, 8 intrepid Sparrowhawks from the 
Travis Audubon Society Sparrow Identfication Class slogged through portions of 
Hays and Guadalupe Counties in south central Texas from 7:45 a.m. to 12 noon 
today and recorded 12 sparrow species, 9 of which were seen by all or almost 
all participants. 

Our first stop was Aquarena Springs in San Marcos, where we found several Swamp 
Sparrows down in the cattails, allowing almost everyone in the group to get 
good looks. The star of the show, however, was a Virginia Rail that walked 
furtively near the edge of the cattails, and then scampered across a small 
opening, allowing brief but good looks for all. Sparrowman was amazed! 

We also had a couple of wet Couch's Kingbirds perched in a pecan tree near the 
parking area. 



We then headed down to Warbler Woods, where Susan Schaezler had confidently 
assured me that the rain was not going to start up again until 1 p.m. Wrong 
again! We slogged through wet fields chasing elusive LeConte's Sparrows which 
absolutely refused to land in any of the nearby wet bushes. So we had to be 
content with multiple close views of LeConte's Sparrows in flight. We did get 
pretty good looks at several Vesper Sparrows and at a Lincoln's Sparrow perched 
in a small tree near Scout Pond. The covered blind at Scout Pond offered a 
slightly drier vantage point from which we ventured out during brief lulls in 
the rain to try for LeConte's Sparrows. 



Don then cheerfully led us through wet, muddy paths to the covered blind at 
Chat Pond, beside which several seed feeders are stationed. When the downpour 
subsided temporarily, we were finally able to observe several sparrow species 
feeding on the wet ground below the feeders, including Chipping, Lincoln's and 
White-throated Sparrows. We also had a Common Ground Dove come in briefly with 
a bunch of Incas. 



Just before the rain started up in earnest again, we headed back to the house 
and the dry interiors of our vehicles. 



Many thanks to Don and Susan Schaezler for allowing us to visit their beautiful 
property, which is going to be made even more beautiful by all this rain. 



Our merry band of Sparrowhawks had 9 sparrow species today (not counting 3 more 
detected only by Sparrowman). 

Two of these nine, Swamp and White-throated Sparrow, were not encountered on 
our first field trip, and another, LeConte's Sparrow, was not viewed well by 
most field trip participants on our first trip. So we have now encountered 15 
of the 20 regularly-occurring winter sparrow species on our first two field 
trips. 



A birdlist for today follows:



Pied-billed Grebe - 3
Double-crested Cormorant - 2
Great Blue Heron - 1
Black Vulture - 45
Turkey Vulture - 14
American Kestrel - 1
White-winged Dove - 55
Mourning Dove - 45
Inca Dove - 7
Common Ground-Dove - 1
Eastern Screech-Owl - 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker - 2 - Aquarena
Ladder-backed Woodpecker - 1 - WW
Eastern Phoebe - 2
Couch's Kingbird - 2 - Aquarena
Black-crested Titmouse - 1 - WW
Carolina Wren - 3
Northern Mockingbird - 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 2 Aq
Chipping Sparrow - 15 WW
Field Sparrow - 2 - Not seen by rest of group
Vesper Sparrow - 4 - WW
Lark Sparrow - 1 WW
Savannah Sparrow - 7 WW
Grasshopper Sparrow - 1 - Aquarena - not seen by rest of group
Le Conte's Sparrow - 3 - WW
Song Sparrow - 1 - WW - Not seen by rest of group
Lincoln's Sparrow - 3 WW
Swamp Sparrow - 3 - Aquarena
White-throated Sparrow - 2 - WW
White-crowned Sparrow - 5 WW
Northern Cardinal - 3
House Sparrow - 15 - WW



Despite the rain, it was a good day to be a Sparrowhawk!
Byron Stone, Austin


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Subject: Starr County Highlights
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:24:59 -0600
Hi, all!
 

Just a quick note to report the highlights from the Birder Patrol trip:  a
pair of Wood Ducks flying over at Salineno, and the immature Reddish Egret
that's evidently been hanging around there on and off.  At Falcon SP
eagle-eyed Ralph Peterson spotted a Canada Goose along the shoreline as you
drive down the dirt track next to the boat ramp, and follow it until it
looks like you're about to drive into the lake; it was on the left on the
far side of the little inlet.  Based on the size we're guessing a
Lesser-definitely not one of the big Canadas.

 

More later, along with pictures!  My bird list below:

 

Canada Goose                          Branta canadensis

  Wood Duck                             Aix sponsa

  Mottled Duck                          Anas fulvigula

  Northern Shoveler                     Anas clypeata

  Ring-necked Duck                      Aythya collaris

  Ruddy Duck                            Oxyura jamaicensis

  Plain Chachalaca                      Ortalis vetula

  Northern Bobwhite                     Colinus virginianus

  Pied-billed Grebe                     Podilymbus podiceps

  Neotropic Cormorant                   Phalacrocorax brasilianus

  Double-crested Cormorant              Phalacrocorax auritus

  American White Pelican                Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

  Great Blue Heron                      Ardea herodias

  Great Egret                           Ardea alba

  Snowy Egret                           Egretta thula

  Reddish Egret                         Egretta rufescens

  Cattle Egret                          Bubulcus ibis

  Black Vulture                         Coragyps atratus

  Turkey Vulture                        Cathartes aura

  Osprey                                Pandion haliaetus

  Northern Harrier                      Circus cyaneus

  Sharp-shinned Hawk                    Accipiter striatus

  Cooper's Hawk                         Accipiter cooperii

  Harris's Hawk                         Parabuteo unicinctus

  Red-shouldered Hawk                   Buteo lineatus

  American Coot                         Fulica americana

  Killdeer                              Charadrius vociferus

  Spotted Sandpiper                     Actitis macularius

  Ring-billed Gull                      Larus delawarensis

  Forster's Tern                        Sterna forsteri

  Rock Pigeon                           Columba livia

  Eurasian Collared-Dove                Streptopelia decaocto

  White-winged Dove                     Zenaida asiatica

  Mourning Dove                         Zenaida macroura

  Common Ground-Dove                    Columbina passerina

  White-tipped Dove                     Leptotila verreauxi

  Greater Roadrunner                    Geococcyx californianus

  Ringed Kingfisher                     Megaceryle torquata

  Golden-fronted Woodpecker             Melanerpes aurifrons

  Ladder-backed Woodpecker              Picoides scalaris

  Crested Caracara                      Caracara cheriway

  Eastern Phoebe                        Sayornis phoebe

  Vermilion Flycatcher                  Pyrocephalus rubinus

  Great Kiskadee                        Pitangus sulphuratus

  Loggerhead Shrike                     Lanius ludovicianus

  White-eyed Vireo                      Vireo griseus

  Green Jay                             Cyanocorax yncas

  Black-crested Titmouse                Baeolophus atricristatus

  Verdin                                Auriparus flaviceps

  House Wren                            Troglodytes aedon

  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher                 Polioptila caerulea

  Curve-billed Thrasher                 Toxostoma curvirostre

  Long-billed Thrasher                  Toxostoma longirostre

  Northern Mockingbird                  Mimus polyglottos

  Orange-crowned Warbler                Oreothlypis celata

  Yellow-rumped Warbler                 Setophaga coronata

  Lark Sparrow                          Chondestes grammacus

  Northern Cardinal                     Cardinalis cardinalis

  Pyrrhuloxia                           Cardinalis sinuatus

  Red-winged Blackbird                  Agelaius phoeniceus

  Eastern Meadowlark                    Sturnella magna

  Western Meadowlark                    Sturnella neglecta

  Great-tailed Grackle                  Quiscalus mexicanus

  Brown-headed Cowbird                  Molothrus ater

  Altamira Oriole                       Icterus gularis

  House Sparrow                         Passer domesticus

 

66 SPECIES

 

 

MB

 

Mary Beth Stowe

McAllen, TX

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Subject: Request for Common Crane observer information
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:45:02 -0600
Greetings All:
One of the things that the Llano Estacado Audubon Society tries to do is
demonstrate the value of watchable wildlife to local authorities.

Towards that end, I would like to keep track of the number of birders who
make the journey to Bailey County to see the Common Crane.   All I really
need is name and city traveled from.  If folk want to include information
about nights spent in motels/hotels, meals purchased, and gas bought
locally that would be great.

Something along the lines of:

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock; one tank of gas; hosted two birders resulting in
three meals purchased locally.

No names (or other confidential information) will be shared.  I just want
to be able to say something along the lines of XXXX birders came to see
this bird, these birders came from the following cities, etc...

Way back when the Gyrfalcon was found, we estimated that between 1800 and
3600 birders came to see the bird during its stay - and this information
has helped us in talks with city staff.  We would like to do a better job
this time.

My thanks to all who assist in this endeavor; Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson,
Lubbock


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Subject: Highlights from Common Crane trip - yesterday
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:33:43 -0600
Greetings All:
Yesterday I headed on over to Bailey County to look for, with a
surprisingly large group of far-flung Texas birders, the Common Crane.

My only highlight on the way over was 2 Ring-billed Gulls at Bull Lake in
Lamb County - noteworthy as gulls rarely stray into our western counties.

From 9:50 to 12:05 a largish group of us stared at the cranes west of CR
3397 (a few miles south of FM 298).  The Crane was not seen.  Highlights
for me along this road were: 2 Snow Geese, 3 Chestnut-collared Longspurs, 1
McCown's Longspur, and 1 Orange-crowned Warbler.

Then, from 12:05 to 5:00, an even larger group stared endlessly at the
cranes (and other birds) at Paul's Lake.  This did not produce The Crane
but we did see 2 Redheads, 1 first winter (in my opinion) Bald Eagle, 1
very late Pectoral Sandpiper, 6 Least Sandpipers, and 1 American Pipit.  I
think we averaged eleven people present through the whole five hour period
- a whole lot of effort for a dip!

Then, at about 5:00 we got a call and were told that The Crane was with a
largish group of cranes along CR 1181 about a mile east of Highway 214 (1
mile north of Needmore).  Mere minutes later scopes and birders were loaded
into vehicles and vehicles were hurtling towards Needmore.

From 5:05 until it was too dark to see at least fourteen birders (some from
as far away as the Houston area)  got acceptable looks at a Common Crane.
It provided good views of both right and left side of the neck and head and
certainly appeared to be plumaged identically on both sides to me.  There
was also nothing that suggested to me that the bird was anything but pure
Common Crane.

I can't even begin to imagine what the folk in the farmhouse just down the
road made of all this hullabaloo!!

I believe that other folk have submitted decent photographs of the bird;
the committee will make of this bird what it will.

Much thanks to Justin Bosler for getting the word out about this bird - he
was promised quite a few beers as farewells were said.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Common Crane YES!!
From: Chris Easley <dmeguy AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:24:53 -0600
Common Crane seen today around 2:30 in the playa on County Road 1181 a
couple of hundred yards East of 214. About 40 birders were there.
Chris Easley
Keene, TX (currently in the Panhandle)


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Subject: Lubbock Cemetery Highlights - Including Cassin's Finches
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:14:05 -0600
Greetings All:
After I led the LEAS field trip I wandered on over to the Lubbock Cemetery
where Phillip Kite, John O'Brien, and David Sarkozi were looking at
Cassin's Finches!

From 10:35 to 1:20 I worked the cemetery (part of the time with PK, JO, and
DS) and my highlights are listed below.  In parentheses I note whether or
not species were seen by the others - numbers probably varied from person
to person so I am reporting mine.

1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (AH)
8 Red-breasted Nuthatches (all)
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (AH, PK)
6 Golden-crowned Kinglets (all)
4 Eastern Bluebirds (all)
8 Western Bluebirds (all)
25 Cedar Waxwings (all)
4 Orange-crowned Warblers (all)
1 Chipping Sparrow (AH)
3 Red Crossbills (AH only - flyover and call notes - 2 red, 1 yellow)
4 Cassin's Finches (all - 2 females and 2 males - pictures of most, if not
all, were obtained by several observers).

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Subject: LEAS Field Trip to Clapp Park, Lubbock - Today
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:07:49 -0600
Greetings All:

I led, for the most part, a Llano Estacado Audubon Society field trip to
Clapp Park in Lubbock this morning.  Attending were Tom Dolan, Toni Dolan,
Ellen Hildebrandt, Jan Jannett, Jim Kringle, Jennifer Miller, and Janice
Whittington.  Songbirds got short shrift as the group mostly worked on
getting solid on both female and male plumage on all the ducks seen.  The
group managed to get eyes on the following from 8:00 to 10:00.  It was a
good morning and everybody appeared to have a good time.

6 Cackling Geese
219 Canada Geese
1 Wood Duck
21 Gadwalls
68 American Wigeons
238 Mallards
1 Mexican Mallard x Mallard hybrid
4 Northern Shovelers
27 Northern Pintails
6 Redheads
5 Ring-necked Ducks
4 Lesser Scaups
3 Buffleheads
2 Ruddy Ducks
2 Pied-billed Grebes
17 American Coots
26 Rock Pigeons
14 Eurasian Collared Doves
2 White-winged Doves
1 Mourning Dove
1 American Kestrel
1 Merlin
3 Marsh Wrens
6 Song Sparrows
1 Swamp Sparrow
2 Red-winged Blackbirds
1 meadowlark
4 Great-tailed Grackles
1 Eastern Gray Squirrel

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Subject: Baytown Nature Center Bird Count Results
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "DHanson139@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:52:26 -0500
Below is the checklist from the Baytown Nature Center Bird Count on  
11/20/14. The things that jumped out at us were the large number of House Wrens 

and the lower number of Carolina Wrens than usual. Dove numbers were way down 
 and Shorebirds up. 35 was the largest number of Semi-palmated Plovers I 
have  ever seen there. Also Pelicans of both species and Pied-billed Grebes 
were both  low. Both Reddish Egrets were still present with one red and one 
white. One  Nelson's Sparrow was present on the boardwalk across the marshy 
area found by  Ray Porters group. Jan and I had jumped that bird a week or so 
ago and at the  time I was pretty sure it was the Nelson's but did not get a 
good enough look at  it to be sure.
 
 
       67 species  total      8 Gadwall Anas strepera  6 Mallard Anas 
platyrhynchos 16 Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata 14 Hooded Merganser Lophodytes 

 cucullatus  1 Common Loon Gavia immer  5 Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus  
podiceps  3 Double crested  Cormorant  11 Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax  
brasilianus  18 Brown Pelican Pelecanus  occidentalis  1 American White  
Pelican  6 Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias  8 Great Egret Ardea alba  5 Snowy 
Egret Egretta thula  2 Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens  5 White Ibis Eudocimus 
albus  5 White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi  1 Black Vulture Coragyps atratus  
3 Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura  3 Osprey Pandion haliaetus  1 Northern 
Harrier Circus cyaneus 1 Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus 1 Red-tailed Hawk 

Buteo jamaicensis  3 Clapper Rail Rallus crepitans  3 American Avocet 
Recurvirostra  americana  35 Semipalmated Plover Charadrius  semipalmatus  11 
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus  3 Spotted Sandpiper Actitis  macularius  3 
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa  melanoleuca  1 Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes  8 
Dunlin Calidris alpina  25 Least Sandpiper Calidris  minutilla  25 Western 
Sandpiper Calidris mauri  1 Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus  scolopaceus  24 
Laughing Gull Leucophaeus  atricilla  6 Ring-billed Gull Larus  delawarensis  
1 Forsters Tern  2 Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus  8 Rock Pigeon (Feral 
Pigeon)  Columba livia (Feral  Pigeon)  9 Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura  3 
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon  3 Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes  
carolinus  1 Downy Woodpecker Picoides  pubescens  5 Eastern Phoebe Sayornis 
phoebe  12 Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata  1 Tree Swallow  4 Cave Swallow 
Petrochelidon  fulva  2 Carolina Chickadee Poecile  carolinensis  6 House Wren 
Troglodytes aedon  12 Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris  5 Carolina Wren 
Thryothorus  ludovicianus  5 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila  caerulea  2 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula 15 Northern Mockingbird Mimus 
polyglottos 50 

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris  1 Common  Yellowthroat  3 Orange-crowned 
Warbler Oreothlypis  celata  1 Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga  coronata  2 
Savannah Sparrow Passerculus  sandwichensis  1 Nelson's  Sparrow  4 Seaside 
Sparrow Ammodramus  maritimus  11 Swamp Sparrow Melospiza  georgiana  2 
White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia  leucophrys  2 Northern Cardinal Cardinalis  
cardinalis  250 Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius  phoeniceus  2 Common Grackle 
Quiscalus  quiscula  13 Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus  mexicanus  7 House 
Sparrow Passer  domesticus 
David  Hanson
FeatherFest 2015 Birding Program  Leader
Baytown/Mont Belvieu Area
Chambers County
Galveston Bay  Area Master Naturalist
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Subject: Common Crane Locations to date - Bald Eagle at MNWR
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:56:21 -0600
Greetings All:
The Common Crane has - thus far - been seen with Sandhill Cranes at Goose
Lake (Muleshoe NWR), Paul's Lake (Muleshoe NWR), CR3397 a few miles south
of FM 298 (the only place along this road with cranes feeding in the
morning - can't miss 'em), and roughly 1 mile east of Highway 214 on CR
1181 (the turnoff is about a mile north of Needmore).  All locations - thus
far - are in Bailey County but the bird is clearly ranging about a bit with
its favored flock of Sandhill Cranes.

It was last seen at the CR 1181 site - by fourteen birders - from roughly
5:00 to too dark to see well.

Also of note: a not-adult Bald Eagle harassing the cranes at Paul's Lake.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Common Crane just telocated
From: David Sarkozi <david AT sarkozi.net>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:22:11 -0600
The Common Crane was just located on CR1181 about 1 mile north of Needmore
on FM214. Look south just past the first house
David Sarkozi
Houston, TX


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Subject: White-tailed hawk and other pictures from the Katy Prairie
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:18:31 -0600
The large flock of white-tailed hawks working over the mower in a field in
northern waller county was by far the most I have seen in the area. Lots of
plumage variation with most of the birds not in full breeding plumage. I
have seen 5 or so in the past when the field was mowed but I have no idea
as to how this many hawks knew that mowing was going on. A fire creates a
smoke stream way up there that calls hawks but a mower leaves no sign.
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305504

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305502

Some came too close to check me out

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305500

Lots of variation in body colors

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305496

and amount of white in the face

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305494

When hunting, they hovered a lot and kept the landing gear down

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305492

Everything I saw caught was rats

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305491

Great look at how the wing parts work

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305490

This bird could be spotted from a great distance

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305482

Lots of threatening

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305477

Hawks chased caracara

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305433

and caracara chased hawks

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305431

9 birds in this group included a turkey vulture and a caracara

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305429

Lots of hawks together

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305430

Turkey vultures worked the area for dead rats but one grabbed a live one. 9
white-tailed hawks show up way behind this vulture

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305420

Black vultures were not in the field but at a dead bunrabbit around the
corner

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305415

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305414

And were joined by a caracara

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305412

An eastern meadowlark posed and dzrrted

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305411

very clear demarcation between the throat and malar so maybe a female adult
bird?

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305410

Lots more white-tailed hawk pictures at

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

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


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Subject: Re: Western Grebes at Meadow Lake, Round Rock (Local interest)
From: "Rich Kostecke" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "rkost73@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:55:38 +0000 (UTC)
The Western Grebes were still present as of 3:15pm.  I was able to view them 
from both the north and south parks on Meadow Lake, but had better views from 
the north. 

Rich Richard Kostecke, Ph.D.
The Nature Conservancy
318 Congress Ave., Austin, Texas 78701Email: rkost73 AT yahoo.com or 
rkostecke AT tnc.org  

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 Subject: [texbirds] Western Grebes at Meadow Lake, Round Rock (Local interest)
   
A quick check of Meadow Lake in Round Rock at about 12:30 pm today produced 
four Western Grebes among the 1000+ waterbirds (of at least 12 species) present 
on the lake. 

Cheers,
Tim Fennell
Round Rock, TX
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Subject: Rainy Tyler SP 11-21-14
From: Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:57:34 +0000
Howdy All!
After the ran let up this morning the park was very birdy. I wish that I had 
more time to see what is moving, but alas I must work. Surprise for the morning 
were three Common Goldeneye on the lake this morning. They may be a new bird 
for my park list. Purple Finches continue at the Blackjack Nature Trail. Today 
there were 10 feeding in an Eastern Red cedar. Hopefully, the weather will 
cooperate and the birding will be awesome in the morning. That's right, I have 
changed the schedule for tomorrow to include an 8:15am bird walk. (I think that 
the astronomy program is out.) We will meet at the park HQ on November 22nd. 


Also, if you are looking for something to do for Black Friday that doesn't 
include the insanity of shopping then join us here at Tyler State Park for our 
7th Annual "Walk Off the Bird" bird walk. We will spend all morning birding and 
trying to get the new high count for that day. 


Here's the list:


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

Nov 21, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling

3.0 mile(s)

38 species (+1 other taxa)



Wood Duck  5

Gadwall  2

American Wigeon  1

Mallard  4

Mallard (Domestic type)  5

Common Goldeneye  3

Ruddy Duck  1

Pied-billed Grebe  6

Black Vulture  3

Turkey Vulture  6

Belted Kingfisher  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1

Downy Woodpecker  1

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1

Pileated Woodpecker  2

Eastern Phoebe  1

Blue Jay  4

American Crow  9

Carolina Chickadee  10

Tufted Titmouse  6

White-breasted Nuthatch  1

Brown Creeper  3

Carolina Wren  2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2

Eastern Bluebird  2

American Robin  100

Northern Mockingbird  1

Cedar Waxwing  20

Pine Warbler  5

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  3

Chipping Sparrow  5

Song Sparrow  1

Lincoln's Sparrow  2

White-throated Sparrow  15

Northern Cardinal  4

Red-winged Blackbird  20

Purple Finch 10 4 males, 6 females. thicker bodied and shorter tailed than 
House finch. Males rosy red and females had white eyebrow above and behind eye. 


American Goldfinch  6

Good birding,

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

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Subject: Western Grebes at Meadow Lake, Round Rock (Local interest)
From: Tim Fennell <tfennell AT flash.net>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:40:07 -0800
A quick check of Meadow Lake in Round Rock at about 12:30 pm today produced 
four Western Grebes among the 1000+ waterbirds (of at least 12 species) present 
on the lake. 


Cheers,
Tim Fennell
Round Rock, TX
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Subject: Rosanky, Hill's Prairie areas, Bastrop County
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:13:52 -0600
.
Perfect birding conditions this morning.  Passerines quite easy to
attract.  Highlights.
Mixed flyover geese flock with only two white geese.
Hooded Mergansers 3
Red-napped X Yellow-bellied Sap. male 1
Merlin 1
Scissortails 5
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 1
More sparrow than you could shake a stick at.
Am. Goldfinches 8  my FOF
**********************************************************************
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Subject: Cassin's vs. Purple Finch
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:38:17 -0600
Something about the available photos for the Cameron county bird bothered
me. Indeed, I ID'd the bird as a Purple Finch in my response to Mary Beth.
Yet, most responders suggested that this female bird was a Cassin's Finch.
So, I looked at female specimens of these two species in our collections: 4
Cassin's and 14 Purple Finches.  Here are the results:
Exposed culmen [measurement of bill length] - CF 13.3-13.6mm, with an
outlier of 11.0; PF 11.0-12.1mm, with an outlier of 8.9

Tail extension past wings -CF 15.9-25.3mm; PF 20.6-40.8 [highly variable,
depending on the "make" of the skin, but generally, CF has a longer wing
than PF [1 PF lacked a tail].

White superviliary "patch" [subjective, but seems reliable] barely
perceptible [= category 1] in 3 of the 4 CF, 1 category 2; PF  1 category
1, 1 category 2, 1 category 2/3, 3 category 3, 5 category 3/4. 4 category 4.

No PF had an eye ring and 2 of the 4 CF had weak eye tings.

All 4 CF had a whitish appearance around the base of the bill, but so did 5
of the PF

The bill length and exposed tail length support CF, but the superciliary
"patch" supports PF. The eye ring and white around the base of the bill
seem inconclusive. The width and length of ventral striping is highly
variable in PF

I'll let Texbirders draw their own conclusions.

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Subject: Re: West-most birds in Texas
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jgstudio@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:06:25 -0500
My wink-wink didn't go through.
John Groves

 

 

 

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Chuck et al
 I think I've got a trump card. A couple of years ago we had a Lewis's 
Woodpecker RIGHT up against the state line north and west of where you were in 
Vinton TX. This was reported on TexBirds. 


John Groves
El Paso

 

 

 

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Subject: [texbirds] West-most birds in Texas


Just some geographical avian trivia: I just spotted 3 Great-tailed Grackles, 4 

Brewer's Blackbirds, and 1 Eur. Collared Dove on Gardner Drive in Canutillo, 
TX, 


at the NM state line.  I almost guarantee that these are the westernmost birds 
at this moment in Texas and probably the W-most ever reported on TexBirds.

Yes, I'm thrilled too.  ;-)

Chuck Sexton
Canitillo, TX

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Subject: Re: West-most birds in Texas
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Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:58:30 -0500
Chuck et al
 I think I've got a trump card. A couple of years ago we had a Lewis's 
Woodpecker RIGHT up against the state line north and west of where you were in 
Vinton TX. This was reported on TexBirds. 



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Subject: [texbirds] West-most birds in Texas


Just some geographical avian trivia: I just spotted 3 Great-tailed Grackles, 4 

Brewer's Blackbirds, and 1 Eur. Collared Dove on Gardner Drive in Canutillo, 
TX, 

at the NM state line.  I almost guarantee that these are the westernmost birds 
at this moment in Texas and probably the W-most ever reported on TexBirds.

Yes, I'm thrilled too.  ;-)

Chuck Sexton
Canitillo, TX

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Subject: West-most birds in Texas
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:17:39 -0700
Just some geographical avian trivia: I just spotted 3 Great-tailed Grackles, 4 
Brewer's Blackbirds, and 1 Eur. Collared Dove on Gardner Drive in Canutillo, 
TX, at the NM state line. I almost guarantee that these are the westernmost 
birds at this moment in Texas and probably the W-most ever reported on 
TexBirds. 


Yes, I'm thrilled too.  ;-)

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Subject: Austin Area RBA
From: Nate McGowan <natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:15:55 -0600
The Austin Area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society.
This update is as of 11/20/2014. Send interesting sightings, complete with
species name, location, and contact information to Nate McGowan at
natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com.
-Exceptional birds in the circle-

The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at Pedernales Falls State Park, *Blanco*, was
last reported 11/11. More updates, positive or negative, are highly
encouraged.

The BROWN BOOBY continued at Windy Point on Lake Travis, *Travis*, most
recently 11/16.

-Rarities found this week-

A PURPLE FINCH was described from Hornsby Bend, *Travis*, 11/15. If you
photographed this bird, please get in touch with me.

There have been multiple sightings of HUTTON'S VIREOS on a private tract of
Balcones Canyonlands NWR. These birds are not chaseable; this is just a
reminder to check those Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was seen at Friendship Park at Granger Lake,
*Williamson*, 11/15.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen on private property near Bee Caves, *Travis*,
11/14.

A BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER was late at Hornsby Bend, 11/16.

-Continuing birds from previous weeks-

The CURVE-BILLED THRASHER continued at Reimer's Ranch, *Travis*, 11/16.

The GREAT KISKADEE continued at Berry Springs Park in Georgetown,
*Williamson*, most recently 11/20.

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

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Subject: more on Rosy finch
From: Greg Lasley <glasley AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:12:20 -0600
More info on the rosy finch location. Stewart Lane runs east off of Hwy 87 at:
36.3348
-102.9632
This is just a few miles (3 or 4) south of Texline, Texas.

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Subject: Common Crane or chimeric crane
From: Bruce Sherman <brucesherman AT msn.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 20:31:51 -0600
It took me a while to figure out what "chimeric" means. As best as I can 
understand it's something like a hybrid - but not exactly. 


Maybe this will shed some light on the subject. Here's a link (found on the 
internet, not my photo) to a photo of a Common Crane X Hooded Crane hybrid in 
S. Korea: http://www.netfugl.dk/pictures.php?id=showpicture&picture_id687. The 
hybrid in the picture sure does look like Justin's picture that shows the right 
side of the mystery crane's head and neck. 


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Subject: From: vadrake@gmail.com
From: "vadrake AT gmail.com" <vadrake@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 02:47:29 +0100
Hello texbirds


http://ishaansohi.com/got.php?pretty=x3sfm57tukfaygcu8


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Subject: rosy finch in Dalhart
From: Greg Lasley <glasley AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:40:25 -0600
I received word that David and Luanne Brotherton photographed a rosy-finch 
north of Dalhart, TX about 3:45 p.m. today , November 20. The location is off 
of Hwy 87 in Dallam Co., south of Texline on a road called Stewart Lane which 
runs east off hwy 87. About 1.5 miles down the road in a small set of trees on 
the left. That is all I have. I was sent photos. Definitely a Rosy Finch and 
best I can tell an immature Gray-crowned. I believe the photos and info were 
also sent to Eric Carpenter. No other info at present. 


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Subject: Common Crane or Chimeric Crane?
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "drbirdie@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:04:49 -0500
Hi Texbirders,
Kudos to Justin Bosler for finding an unusual crane up at Muleshoe NWR.
One feature of his photos, though, gives me pause.
The first photo, showing the left side of the bird's head and neck,
<https://www.flickr.com/photos/jboslerbirds/15821481571/in/photostream/>

?looks pretty good for Common Crane, with pale bill, red forecrown, white side 
of the face and neck and dark gray / black down the lower side of the neck. 


The second photo, however, which shows the right side of the bird's head and 
neck, 


<https://www.flickr.com/photos/jboslerbirds/15638192537/in/photostream/>

shows the entire side of the head and neck as white, without the dark gray / 
black on the underside of the neck. 

That does NOT look so good for Common Crane in my opinion, and I am having a 
hard time attributing this merely to glare or lighting. 

I am pretty sure that I am not the only observer who has noticed this 
assymetry, but I haven't seen any mention of it in the Texbirds thread so far, 
so I wanted to "put it out there" for whatever it is worth. 


Common Crane does hybridize fairly regularly with Hooded Crane, and some of the 
hybrids look a bit like the appearance of this bird in the second photo. 


Perhaps new observers will obtain better photos that can clarify or settle the 
issue on this particular bird. 

Based on what I can see in Justin's initial photos, I think it would be pretty 
important to get good photos showing the right side of this bird's head and 
neck. 

Decent flight photos might also resolve the issue.

Regardless of the exact identity of the bird, it is quite a find.
Sincerely,
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Subject: Red-necked Grebe, Imperial Reservoir
From: "Heidi AT BBNP" <heidi@bigbendnature.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:03:37 -0500
Via Sean Fitzgerald:

Ad rngr from se side looking north, imperial reservoir, pecos co

viewed from these coordinates 31.26421, -102.84553

He also noted Fanklin's Gull. Heck of a trip - also had Brewster Co LeConte's 
Sparrow a few days back! 


-h
(It is snowing like mad in MI)


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Subject: Common Crane relocated at MNWR
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:19:47 -0600
Greetings All:
I just got off the phone with Justin Bosler.  The Common Crane was, as we
spoke, at Paul's Lake at Muleshoe NWR.  This is the lake on the east side
of the refuge and is the major gathering site for cranes at the refuge.

The bird was seen, at about 10:30 the morning, off the refuge - somewhere
along 3397 - a north-south running road several miles east of the refuge,
best accessed from FM 298.  Folk looking for the bird should be aware that
cranes move about eastern Bailey County a fair bit during the day and focus
their efforts on the refuge at peak gathering times.

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Blanco SP & Nature Trail, Nov 20, 2014
From: Georgina Schwartz <gbird AT att.net>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 15:09:54 -0600
Thanks to all who joined us this AM at Blanco State Park
It poured rain on us on the way back to San Antonio, but the morning was 
great.
Starting out with a merlin picking feathers out of its breakfast while 
sitting on a pole for all to see and including a caracara which Shirley 
said was the first she had seen at the park.
Lunch at the Redbud Cafe was great, too
Many thanks to Shirley Winslow for her excellent leadership
Georgina Schwartz
If you were expecting a "shared" list and didn't get it,please contact me

Blanco SP  &  Nature Trail, Blanco, US-TX
Nov 20, 2014 8:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
29 species (+1 other taxa)

Egyptian Goose  2    Seen in company of 1 domestic muscovy in the River
Muscovy Duck (Domestic type)  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Great Blue Heron  1
Black Vulture  2
Inca Dove  5
White-winged Dove  24
Barred Owl  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  2
Crested Caracara  1
Merlin  1
Eastern Phoebe  3
Blue Jay  2
Carolina Chickadee  4
Black-crested Titmouse  4
Carolina Wren  3
Bewick's Wren  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3
Northern Mockingbird  2
European Starling  8
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2     myrtles
Savannah Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
Lincoln's Sparrow  2
White-crowned Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  10
House Finch  2
House Sparrow  12

View this checklist online at 
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Subject: Attention Texas science teachers
From: "Bron Rorex" <bron AT rorexusa.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 14:53:44 -0600
This Saturday, November 22 at 1pm in Dallas Martha McLeod (Fulton Learning
Center science teacher, member of the National Teaching Hall of Fame & TOS
member) will be conducting a TOS-sponsored workshop at CAST (Conference of
the Advancement of Science Teaching) at Hotel Anatole.
 

Her workshop title is "Birding 101 - How to get a youth birding program
started at your school".  Her workshop will target the upper level
elementary campus but would be helpful for all science teachers interested
in developing a birding program in their schools.

 

Martha has developed a successful program of very enthusiastic young birders
at her school all of whom look forward to competing in the Great Texas
Birding Classic Roughwing division of the birding competition annually.  She
will share  suggestions of how to begin and create a basic birding program
for your students.

 

Shelly Plante, TPWD Nature Tourism manager and coordinator of the GTBC will
be present at the workshop.

 

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Subject: Re: Common Crane at Muleshoe NWR
From: justin.bosler AT gmail.com
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:04:53 -0600
Dan Jones refound the Common Crane late this morning off of FM 3397 east of the 
refuge. Take FM 298 east out of Needmore and then take FM 3397 south and look 
for Sandhills! 


Justin Bosler
Levelland, TX 

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> On Nov 19, 2014, at 6:59 AM, Mark Lockwood  
wrote: 

> 
> This is a long overdue discovery in Texas. The birds that have been found in 
Nebraska, and there have been several records, mostly likely wintered in Texas 
or ne Mexico. The only previous sighting is from Terry County in 1979. I have 
never doubted that sighting, but unfortunately there is no documentation to 
support it. 

> Mark
> 
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Subject: Cypress Creek/Katy prairie CBC will be Jan 1, 2015
From: "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" <Fred_Collins AT hctx.net>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 18:24:11 +0000
Please save the date and plan to attend the Cypress Creek/ Katy Prairie 
Christmas Bird Count on January 1, 2015. This count has access to 10,000s acres 
of private land including much of that held by the Katy Prairie Conservancy. 
Further details will be posted around the first of December. 

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

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner
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Subject: Continuing Surf Scoter at Mitchell Lake - San Antonio
From: Willie Sekula <williebird22 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:32:10 -0600
Derek Muschalek reports that the Surf Scoter was in Basin 3 at Mitchell Lake 
this morning. 


Willie Sekula
Falls City

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Subject: Common Raven in Bastrop Co. Nov. 20
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:08:33 -0600
....
  I know this is a gimme bird just 35-40 miles to the NW, but they are very
rare in Bastrop Co.  In more than 3 decades I have seen very few...  The
bird was being chased by two crows.  Thus the size difference was obvious.
It was heading south toward McKinney Roughs from 969 last I saw it.
**********************************************************************
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503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
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Subject: Openings for Duluth and Alaska
From: "Jim Hailey" <irasciblej AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 10:25:55 -0600
Due to some extenuating circumstance some have dropped from these two trips.
Information can be found on at www.texasbirds.org under field trips.  There
is one opening on the Duluth Owl trip and two on the Alaska trip.  Contact
me if you are interested.

Jim Hailey, President
Texas Ornithological Society
110 Lavaca Lane
Georgetown, TX 78628
Phone: 361-522-3522
Email: irasciblej AT gmail.com
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Subject: Muleshoe NWR Sightings (Common Crane - NO)
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 23:24:01 -0600
Hello all,
Unfortunately, there were no confirmed sightings of the Common Crane at
Muleshoe NWR today. However, I along with others will keep searching
tomorrow and through the weekend.  I will add that the most productive
foraging fields currently are north of the refuge. Some of the winter wheat
and harvested maize fields off of FM 298 and connecting county roads would
be worth focusing on in addition to fields off of FM 2487 and in the
vicinity of Baileyboro, including Baileyboro Lake.

This afternoon, Barrett Pierce, Devin Bosler and I were surprised to find
the continuing juvenile Pectoral Sandpiper (from 13 Nov) and new arrivals,
a juvenile Baird's Sandpiper with a first-basic Wilson's Phalarope, on the
north shore of Lower Paul's Lake. The American White Pelican from
yesterday, however, was not seen today.

Good birding,
Justin

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Subject: Chambers Co Area 11/19/14
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "DHanson139@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 20:02:32 -0500
Jan and I ran to Smith Point this afternoon  and checked out the ponds  on 
the side of the road on the way. At the last stock tank before you get to 
the  pond in town there were several Savanah Sparrows, one Vesper and one  
Clay-colored Sparrow. The Last one was a new Chambers co bird for me. At 
Robbins Park we met Jason who has been counting hawks all fall and helped us 
find 

a Red  Knot on one of the shell spits across the boat cut. He had found 
this bird  yesterday right by the boat ramp. This was also a new Chambers Co 
bird for me.  At ANWR we found two Vermillion Flycatchers at the entrance and 
lots of ducks in  Shoveler Pond including Ruddy, Gadwall, one Canvasback, 
and lots of both  Whistling ducks.
 
Back on the flooded area past Jackson Woodlot there were around 1200 Snow  
Geese, lots of Green-winged Teal, N Pintails and a juvie Bald Eagle that got 
the  geese quite excited for a few minutes. There were also a lot of 
Savanah  Sparrows all down the sides of the road.
 
Down FM 1985 towards Pear Orchard there was what I believe was a  
White-tailed Hawk. A juvenile bird that looked very large sitting on it's fence 
post. 

 
 
David  Hanson
FeatherFest 2015 Birding Program  Leader
Baytown/Mont Belvieu Area
Chambers Co
Galveston Bay Area  Master Naturalist
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Subject: Red Crossbill in Van Horn
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:18:48 -0600
The cemetery here in Van Horn on Wed afternoon is pretty slow but I just had a 
female Red Crossbill hanging out with some House Finches. Also had a 
Red-breasted Nuthatch which would be a little more expected. 


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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Cassin's Finch no, Tropical Parula, Black-throated Grey yes
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:03:31 -0600
​No finch again today, but there were quite a few warblers behind the
visitor center late morning, including a Tropical Parula (Dick got a few
photos).  The Black-throated Grey has been less reclusive and is being seen
regularly near the visitor center or parking island trees.​
​Sherry Wilson
Park Host​

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Subject: Possible Scoter
From: Ray Porter <ray.porter314 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:49:40 -0600
If you see a bird which looks like a scoter then i guess it was, but if 
you do not see a bird which looks like a scoter then it was wishful 
thinking on my part




http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/ff500/rporter314/Mystery%20Birds/Scoterposs_zps4d3ee43a.jpg 




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Subject: Highlands Reservoir
From: Ray Porter <ray.porter314 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:37:45 -0600
I have been looking out for the return of the Geese which normally takes 
up residence in the reservoir. At 10am, no Geese, so I went to the other 
side of the reservoir to find the American Bittern. I felt a little 
sorry as I almost stepped on him. His disguise was perfect.

By 11am, the first gaggle of geese (I went to Baytown Lee and we were 
the fighting ganders) made their appearance, so I headed back. I was 
looking for the chinstrap birds and did not find any, but did see a 
couple of Ross' as they were coming in for landing, in what appeared to 
be a seemingly unending sequence of flying wedges. I was hoping some 
cranes may have spent the night with them where they roosted by no such 
luck, today.

However, I did see what appeared to be a scoter.  Dark brown all over, 
smaller than the surrounding geese, large scoter styled bill, and a 
light (whitish) patch in auricular area. What I did not see was a white 
vertical at the bill or a white wing bar. I think the bill on the Surf 
Scoter is larger at base than White-winged Scoter and at 1/2 a mile or 
more that would be the only thing selling me on Surf Scoter.

Ray Porter
Highlands, Texas
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Subject: Re: Common Crane in Tx
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:37:54 -0600
TexBirders--

There is actually one previous published report of Common Crane in Texas. It 
was published in a small journal--Texas J of Science or something like that. 
That was decades ago and the record has not been accepted by the TBRC. That was 
in the High Plains somewhere. I'm on the road at the moment and don't have 
access to refs. 


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Subject: Great Kiskadee Still at Berry Springs
From: <txmotmot AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:21:47 -0600
At 10:00 a.m. we heard the kiskadee calling at the east end of the dam, then 
walked down the trail toward the creek, and he was sitting at eye level in the 
brushy vines on the dam side of the trail. He flew over our heads, called from 
a bare tree, then flew right back toward the east end of the dam and dropped 
into the viney area. Nine of us watched him for a good 10 minutes and he was 
very vocal. Such a surprise that he’s still here! 

Karen McBride
Georgetown
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Subject: Re: Common Crane at Muleshoe NWR
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:53:16 -0600
Hello all,
At 3:25 PM this afternoon, 18 November, I discovered an apparent pure adult
COMMON CRANE associating with roughly 4,000 Sandhill Cranes at the
northeastern edge of Goose Lake at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey Co.). The Common
Crane loafed, preened, and even played (albeit aggressively) with a few of
the Sandhills over the next hour until it flew off to forage with a good
portion of the Sandhills at approximately 4:30 PM. Fortunately, it stayed
near the periphery of the flock, wading in the shallow water, allowing me
to obtain distant yet identifiable digiscoped photos.  I suspect that it
will return to Goose or Paul's Lake to loaf in the afternoons. Paul's Lake
has a fantastic observation platform for crane viewing. The public access
to Goose Lake, however, is a bit more restrictive. I would like to set up
group visits to the latter location should 1) the crane establish a
predictable routine and 2) if I can secure the necessary permission from
the very amicable refuge manager, Mr. Jude Smith. So, please, stay tuned...

Photos here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jboslerbirds/15821481571/in/photostream/

If you decide to make the trip to see this bird, PLEASE respect all posted
boundaries on the refuge. I ask that you please respect the tens of
thousands of cranes that utilize the refuge for roosting and loafing. It is
also imperative that you respect private land boundaries off of the refuge
as well. In fact, I personally would like to discourage birders from
chasing foraging cranes around the landscape. Not only would this have a
negative impact on my current research, it will also cause a significant
disturbance to the foraging cranes. As a little background information:
just this month, I started conducting research on the wintering ecology of
the Mid-Continent Population of Sandhill Cranes on the South Plains as a
graduate student under Dr. Blake Grisham and Dr. Warren Conway at Texas
Tech University.

Good birding,
Justin



On Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 6:32 PM, Clay Taylor 
wrote:

> Hi All -
>
> Ok, so the Simons and I are on the way to Bosque del Apache in NM for the
> bird festival, but we are already plotting our route to Muleshoe on Monday.
>
> As for the Common Crane, my only NA one was along the Platte River in
> Kearney, Nebraska, in company with 200k Sandhill Cranes.   The bird was
> eventually nicknamed "Waldo" because picking a single Common Crane out of a
> flock of 10,000 to 20,000 in a cornfield was, well, you get it......
>
> Point is, that sighting and subsequent Common Crane sightings there in the
> following years were accepted as wild - the bird did not have any zoo or
> game farm bands, and it was associating with the Sandhill subspecies that
> flies from Nebraska to breeding grounds in Siberia.
>
> Hope it stays!!!!
>
> Clay Taylor
> Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
> Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> > On Nov 18, 2014, at 3:37 PM, Anthony Hewetson 
> wrote:
> >
> > Greetings All:
> > I just received word from Justin Bosler that he has discovered a Common
> > Crane at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey County).  The bird is currently at the
> > eastern end of Goose Lake and is associated with a largish flock of
> > Sandhill Cranes.  Justin is off to grab his digital camera in hopes that
> he
> > can digiscope a picture.
> >
> > The only Common Crane I have ever seen was a bird in the Pacific
> Northwest
> > that was, I believe, deemed to be of unknown provenance and I don't know
> > what is thought of the birds seen in the plains states during the last
> > decade or so.  The bird may well be 'uncountable' but Justin wanted me to
> > put the word out.
> >
> > Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock
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Subject: Re: Common Crane at Muleshoe NWR
From: Mark Lockwood <Mark.Lockwood AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:59:05 +0000
This is a long overdue discovery in Texas. The birds that have been found in 
Nebraska, and there have been several records, mostly likely wintered in Texas 
or ne Mexico. The only previous sighting is from Terry County in 1979. I have 
never doubted that sighting, but unfortunately there is no documentation to 
support it. 

Mark


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Subject: Fwd: Common Crane photos
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 20:57:21 -0600
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Justin Bosler 
Date: Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 8:55 PM
Subject: Fwd: Common Crane photos
To: Anthony Hewetson 


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Justin Bosler 
Date: Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 7:58 PM
Subject: Common Crane photos
To: "Grisham, Blake" , "Collins, Dan" <
dan_collins AT fws.gov>, Steven Rimer , Melanie Hartman <
melanie_hartman AT fws.gov>, "Smith, Jude" ,
glenda_copley AT fws.gov


At 3:25 PM this afternoon, I discovered an apparent pure adult Common Crane
associating with roughly 4,000 Sandhill Cranes on Goose Lake at Muleshoe
NWR. It didn't appear to have any leg bands, so I'm leaning wild origin,
which isn't all that surprising given the number of Lessers in the area
from summering locales in Siberia. However, pending acceptance from the
TBRC, it will be a first state record for Texas! For now I have posted 2
photos on my Flickr page.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jboslerbirds/15821481571/in/photostream/

Justin

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Graduate Research Assistant
Dept. of Natural Resources Management
Texas Tech University
​Lubbock, TX, USA  ​79409
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Subject: Sal del Rey, Delta Lake, 11/18/14
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "antshrike1@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:56:22 -0500
The fall rains have certainly improved birding in Hidalgo County. Good stuff at 
Sal del Rey included 20 Snowy Plovers, 85 Wilson's Phalaropes and 50 Western 
Sandpipers. The west side of Delta Lake is low making for some good mudflats 
and an estimated 500 shorebirds. Best was a Dunlin. There were also plenty of 
White Pelicans and comorants and Laughing, Ring-billed and Franklin's Gulls. 


There is good water along Brushline Road between TX 186 and FM 490 and plenty 
of birds. On a RGV Bird Festival trip we had lots of sparrows along Brushline 
north of TX 186. The playas at Hargill have lots of water and birds but I 
didn't keep a list. Today's lists for Sal del Rey and Delta Lake are on my 
blog. 



http://antshrike.blogspot.com/2014/11/sal-del-rey-delta-lake-111814.html


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Subject: Re: Common Crane at Muleshoe NWR
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor AT swarovskioptik.us>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 19:32:19 -0500
Hi All -

Ok, so the Simons and I are on the way to Bosque del Apache in NM for the bird 
festival, but we are already plotting our route to Muleshoe on Monday. 


As for the Common Crane, my only NA one was along the Platte River in Kearney, 
Nebraska, in company with 200k Sandhill Cranes. The bird was eventually 
nicknamed "Waldo" because picking a single Common Crane out of a flock of 
10,000 to 20,000 in a cornfield was, well, you get it...... 


Point is, that sighting and subsequent Common Crane sightings there in the 
following years were accepted as wild - the bird did not have any zoo or game 
farm bands, and it was associating with the Sandhill subspecies that flies from 
Nebraska to breeding grounds in Siberia. 


Hope it stays!!!!

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

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> On Nov 18, 2014, at 3:37 PM, Anthony Hewetson  wrote:
> 
> Greetings All:
> I just received word from Justin Bosler that he has discovered a Common
> Crane at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey County).  The bird is currently at the
> eastern end of Goose Lake and is associated with a largish flock of
> Sandhill Cranes.  Justin is off to grab his digital camera in hopes that he
> can digiscope a picture.
> 
> The only Common Crane I have ever seen was a bird in the Pacific Northwest
> that was, I believe, deemed to be of unknown provenance and I don't know
> what is thought of the birds seen in the plains states during the last
> decade or so.  The bird may well be 'uncountable' but Justin wanted me to
> put the word out.
> 
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Subject: Katy Prairie today, flocks of white-tailed hawks
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:26:58 -0600
Spent the morning on the katy prairie before dawn on Porter Road to see if
the short-eared owls were back. Not much there and the parade of gravel
trucks was going well before sunrise. Little other birds either with the
harrier and meadowlark roosts not present.
A few Harris's sparrows and white-crowned sparrows were east on
Longenbaugh. Very little else in the park, or going way west into Waller
County. Not much there either except for some western meadowlarks on
Pennick north of the Creek and around the corner to the east where it ends.

The highlight of the day were 30-35 white-tailed hawks feeding over a
mowing operation in the big field at the southwest corner of Blinka and
Baethe. 10 or so crested caracara and a few turkey vultures joined in.
Several sandhill cranes kept coming back but the mower kept them from
landing.

Lots of mice and rats taken and lots of chasing and screaming. I had 24
flying hawks in one binocular view and 10 flying birds in one photograph.
More on the ground and some left in chases or with large prey. But the 30
plus were in sight at one time in the air. Much of the field over the hill
could not be seen. Lots of opportunity to learn the calls of the
white-tails and caracaras as they chased, fought and soared.

Very much downhill after that and almost no birds seen on the rest of the
trip. But the hawks sure made it a day.

-- 
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Subject: Brown Boobies at Baytown Nature Center NO
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "DHanson139@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:19:44 -0500
I spent a few minutes this afternoon after teaching my 5th grade class  
looking for any of the Brown Boobies at the Baytown Nature Center. I did not  
find any of the previous 5 that had been there. I scoped the towers and the 
all  of the bay and there were no sign of them.
 
The 2 Reddish Egrets(1red,1 white) were both still there and put on a  show 
for part of my class. The new tidal flat just created on the right side of  
the road had 25-30 Semipalmated Plovers , Least Sandpipers, and some 
Dunlins. A little furthur down was one lone Am. Avocet and 4 Greater 
Yellowlegs. 

Lots of  Pied-billed Grebes in the bay.
 
 
 
David  Hanson
FeatherFest 2015 Birding Program  Leader
Baytown/Mont Belvieu Area
Chambers County
Galveston Bay  Area Master Naturalist
TOS Member
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Subject: Berry Springs Harris Sparrows-- Williamson Co
From: Randy Duncan <osufight AT att.net>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 14:58:45 -0800
I took my lunch to Berry Springs park today. For a change I ignored the trees 
and lake and went chasing Sparrows. Had 5 Harris Sparrows mixed in with White 
Crown flocks along the upper fence line up the hill from the prairie area 
(their usual park location). Seemed a little early to me this year. 

 Also White throats. Vesper. Lincoln. Song. Savannah. and a single Field 
Sparrow made for a good break from slinging chicken! 

Randy Duncan
Leander TX

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Subject: Tuesday morning birding at Hagerman NWR.
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:12:56 -0600
It was an exciting morning at the refuge with an abundance of birds.
Our morning started out viewing over 5000 white geese grazing on the field 
north of headquarters. Then we continued on to the Goode area where we first 
spotted an immature Bald Eagle with its' morning catch. Then we sat up scopes 
at the bottom of the hill and observed many species of ducks. Included in the 
ducks were 159 Canvasbacks, 4 Buffleheads, 2 Ruddy Ducks and100 Hooded 
Mergansers, lots of Northern Pintails which we estimated at the end of the day 
at 5000 or more. We saw 1 Horned Grebe there. Near C pad 36 American White 
Pelicans were hanging out. Also there we saw 24 Greater White-fronted Geese. On 
Bennett Lane west of the Big Mineral Picnic Area we found a Hairy Woodpecker. 
In the vicinity of Short Rd. we found 3 Loggerhead Shrikes. We saw a good 
number of Eastern Bluebirds at different locations on the refuge. North of the 
low water crossing north of headquarters we saw a male Spotted Towhee. Just 
past Deaver pond we saw Vesper Sparrows and farther down the road we 

 saw Fox Sparrows. In Mineral Marsh we had closeup looks at a mature 
Black-crowned Night-Heron. Near the end of the census we stopped at the end of 
C pad we were afforded views of an incredible number of ducks the majority 
being Northern Pintails. Also there was a mature Bald Eagle perched on a log. 
He later took flight and circled in front of us. We finished the day with 71 
species plus 3 other taxa. 


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Subject: Re: Common Crane at Muleshoe NWR
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:38:12 -0600
Whoa!!!!  Very cool if so!
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On Tue, Nov 18, 2014 at 3:36 PM, Anthony Hewetson 
wrote:

> Greetings All:
> I just received word from Justin Bosler that he has discovered a Common
> Crane at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey County).  The bird is currently at the
> eastern end of Goose Lake and is associated with a largish flock of
> Sandhill Cranes.  Justin is off to grab his digital camera in hopes that he
> can digiscope a picture.
>
> The only Common Crane I have ever seen was a bird in the Pacific Northwest
> that was, I believe, deemed to be of unknown provenance and I don't know
> what is thought of the birds seen in the plains states during the last
> decade or so.  The bird may well be 'uncountable' but Justin wanted me to
> put the word out.
>
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Subject: Common Crane at Muleshoe NWR
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:36:08 -0600
Greetings All:
I just received word from Justin Bosler that he has discovered a Common
Crane at Muleshoe NWR (Bailey County).  The bird is currently at the
eastern end of Goose Lake and is associated with a largish flock of
Sandhill Cranes.  Justin is off to grab his digital camera in hopes that he
can digiscope a picture.

The only Common Crane I have ever seen was a bird in the Pacific Northwest
that was, I believe, deemed to be of unknown provenance and I don't know
what is thought of the birds seen in the plains states during the last
decade or so.  The bird may well be 'uncountable' but Justin wanted me to
put the word out.

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Subject: FOF Fox Sparrow 1, Utley place...That's it.
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:29:31 -0600
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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Cassin's no - Black-throated Gray yes
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:52:36 -0600
Black-throated Gray Warbler yes!  Cassin's Finch no.  At least no finch
while I was putting out feed 7:45 to 8:15 or so and checking back around
12:15, when I heard, then saw, the Black-throated Gray as it moved from an
Ebony on the right of the visitor center to the back of the building.
Sherry Wilson
Resident Park Host
Resaca de la Palma State Park
956-350-2920

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*Bird Walk* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walk* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m..
*Night Hike* last Friday of the month (RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Thurs)  - small fee
*Nature Tram Rides*:  Wednesday thru Sunday
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Subject: Cave Swallows and Lark Bunting at King Ranch - Monday, 11/17/14
From: Tom Langschied <TLangschied AT king-ranch.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:02:54 +0000
TexBirders,
Yesterday, I was unable to relocate the Ferruginous Hawk and Audubon's Oriole 
found on Saturday, but did find a nice flock of Cave Swallows (16) and a lone 
Lark Bunting on the Santa Gertrudis Div. of King Ranch in Kleberg County. Also 
had quite a few more Scissor-tailed Flycatchers (17) than I had on Saturday. 
Given the many full to half-full ponds and water tanks on this part of the 
ranch we are also finding quite a few Vermilion Flycatchers (9) as well. 
Further below is a full list of the birds found during the 4.5 hours birding on 
the Santa Gertrudis Div. 

Good birding,
Tom Langschied
Kingsville, TX



Birds found on Santa Gertrudis Div., King Ranch on 11/17/14

1.       Gadwall  35

2.       Blue-winged Teal  12

3.       Northern Shoveler  45

4.       Green-winged Teal  8

5.       Redhead  10

6.       Ring-necked Duck  1

7.       Lesser Scaup  8

8.       Ruddy Duck  30

9.       Wild Turkey  7

10.   Least Grebe  8

11.   Pied-billed Grebe  18

12.   Neotropic Cormorant  4

13.   Double-crested Cormorant  3

14.   Great Blue Heron  2

15.   Great Egret  1

16.   Cattle Egret  35

17.   White-faced Ibis  1

18.   Black Vulture  8

19.   Turkey Vulture  9

20.   Northern Harrier  3

21.   Cooper's Hawk  1

22.   White-tailed Hawk  1

23.   Red-shouldered Hawk  2

24.   Red-tailed Hawk  4

25.   Common Gallinule  1

26.   American Coot  30

27.   Sandhill Crane  18

28.   Black-necked Stilt  16

29.   Killdeer  6

30.   Greater Yellowlegs  1

31.   Wilson's Snipe  3

32.   Rock Pigeon  30

33.   Common Ground-Dove  2

34.   White-tipped Dove  1

35.   Mourning Dove  25

36.   Golden-fronted Woodpecker  3

37.   Ladder-backed Woodpecker  1

38.   Crested Caracara  5

39.   American Kestrel  19

40.   Eastern Phoebe  16

41.   Vermilion Flycatcher  9

42.   Great Kiskadee  3

43.   Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  17

44.   Loggerhead Shrike  16

45.   Green Jay  8

46.   Tree Swallow  7

47.   Barn Swallow  1

48.   Cave Swallow  16

49.   Black-crested Titmouse  2

50.   Eastern Bluebird  4

51.   Curve-billed Thrasher  1

52.   Northern Mockingbird  14

53.   European Starling  3

54.   Olive Sparrow  2

55.   Vesper Sparrow  1

56.   Lark Bunting  1

57.   Savannah Sparrow  20

58.   Northern Cardinal  3

59.   Red-winged Blackbird  10

60.   Western Meadowlark  60

61.   Brewer's Blackbird  4

62.   Great-tailed Grackle  130

63.   Brown-headed Cowbird  13


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Subject: Brazos Bend CBC Saturday, December 20th
From: Justin Bower <justinbower AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 08:52:15 -0600
We are excited to be gearing up for another great year on the Brazos Bend
Christmas Bird Count. This Count just keeps getting better each year!
The Count will be held on Saturday, December 20 in and around Brazos Bend
State Park. All of the details can be perused at www.brazosbendcbc.com. We
welcome birders of all skill levels, no experience needed. You can register
online and we'll contact you with your assignment.

There are a broad range of habitats and opportunities available for those
interested. Whether you love the Park or want to get out on some private
lands and try your luck, and whether you want to tough it out all day or
just for a few hours, we've got a spot for you.

Most importantly, the Count will be followed by our world-famous BBQ Count
Dinner that evening, thanks to the generosity of NRG Energy W.A. Parish and
the Pecan Bend subdivision.  Top off on steaming hot BBQ and good company
at the end of a chilly day in the field as we count down the species seen.
You may even join the lucky few who have held within their hands the
coveted Big Bird Award.

 I hope you'll consider coming out and joining us for our 30th anniversary
Count; it promises to be a great one. Please stop by www.brazosbendcbc.com
to register or email me at justinbower AT gmail.com.

Justin Bower
Houston

p.s. you can also join us on Facebook
, if that's your thing!


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Subject: Re: Green Parakeets in McAllen
From: David Sarkozi <david AT sarkozi.net>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 07:58:01 -0600
The actual roost is somewhere inside the residential neighborhoods,
but you can see them in numbers at 10th and Dove in McAllen starting
around 5:00 and then they all tuck in for the night about 5:45 pm. You
can seem them often coming into the fountain in front of the Lowes
there. It's actually quit a spectacle if you've never gone to see it.

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

On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 10:30 PM, Joan Hill  wrote:
> Does anyone know the current location of the nighttime roost of the green 
parakeets in McAllen TX? 

> Thanks,
> Joan HIll
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Subject: Green Parakeets in McAllen
From: Joan Hill <jhill003 AT charter.net>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:30:47 -0600
Does anyone know the current location of the nighttime roost of the green 
parakeets in McAllen TX? 

Thanks,
Joan HIll

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Subject: Murder amid Mexican Jay groups.( OSI to some)
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 22:39:43 -0600
.
   For the 2 people that wanted the short article mentioned 4-5 or months
ago...I finally did stumble upon it but can not recall your addys so if you
are reading, I can scan it in for you and send.  Sorry for the long delay.
Or if you have it, go to the former Texas Birds Magazine (TOS), Spring-
Summer 2000, Vol 1, No. 1 pg. 42-43, two photos. I am horrible about
keeping reminders organized and not even sure I am on the right forum here.
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Subject: Re: Cassin's Finch in TX - CALL
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:05:48 -0600
........................
I forgot stupid freelists thing cuts off the first sentence ....again  But
also an addendum.

Mitch et al...In late 1995 in Ft. Davis, Petra Hockey and I (likely Kelly
and others too) had all 3 Haemorhous (formerly Carpodacus ) finches.  The
Purples, 2-3, were maybe of the western race (?) but at that time I was
ignorant of the subspecies.  Those birds (PUFIs) were in cottonwoods on
Limpia Creek near where the Black Hawks nested. We had them elsewhere in
the state.  Cassin's were right in town with the distinct calls which has
faded in my head.... In addition to the above 3 finches we racked up
Evening Grosbeaks, along with the Goldfinches, Red Crossbills and
Siskins.   It was a pretty good visit then.  It will be very hard to repeat
in 2-3 days in one general area....I'm pretty sure I/we will not be doing
that again.





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> Mitch et al...In late 1995 in Ft. Davis, Petra Hockey and I (likely Kelly
> and others too) had all 3 Haemorhous (formerly Carpodacus ) finches.  The
> Purples, 2-3, were maybe of the western race (?) but at that time I was
> ignorant of the subspecies.  Those birds (PUFIs) were in cottonwoods on
> Limpia Creek near where the Black Hawks nested. We had them elsewhere in
> the state.  Cassin's were right in town with the distinct calls which has
> faded in my head.... In addition to the above 3 finches we racked up
> Evening Grosbeaks, along with the Goldfinches and Siskins.   It was a
> pretty good visit then.  It will be very hard to repeat in 2-3 days in one
> area....I'm pretty sure I/we will not be doing that again.
>
> **********************************************************************
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> 503-551-5150 Cell
> 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
> http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
>
> On Mon, Nov 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM,  wrote:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> I typically hear three notes in a connected series from Cassin's Finch.
>> "Gid-dy-up" or somesuch.  Sort of like the musical Chestnut-collared
>> Longspur call (not the rattle).  In other words nothing like the single
>> note widely seperated flat unmusical pit - - - - -  pit  of a Purple
>> Finch.
>>
>> BTW my one Cassin's Finch record from here was in ....   November.
>> Heard first, then seen, then digiscoped.
>>
>> Mitch Heindel
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Subject: Re: Cassin's Finch in TX - CALL
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:01:32 -0600
Mitch et al...In late 1995 in Ft. Davis, Petra Hockey and I (likely Kelly
and others too) had all 3 Haemorhous (formerly Carpodacus ) finches.  The
Purples, 2-3, were maybe of the western race (?) but at that time I was
ignorant of the subspecies.  Those birds (PUFIs) were in cottonwoods on
Limpia Creek near where the Black Hawks nested. We had them elsewhere in
the state.  Cassin's were right in town with the distinct calls which has
faded in my head.... In addition to the above 3 finches we racked up
Evening Grosbeaks, along with the Goldfinches and Siskins.   It was a
pretty good visit then.  It will be very hard to repeat in 2-3 days in one
area....I'm pretty sure I/we will not be doing that again.
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503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

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> Hi all,
>
> I typically hear three notes in a connected series from Cassin's Finch.
> "Gid-dy-up" or somesuch.  Sort of like the musical Chestnut-collared
> Longspur call (not the rattle).  In other words nothing like the single
> note widely seperated flat unmusical pit - - - - -  pit  of a Purple
> Finch.
>
> BTW my one Cassin's Finch record from here was in ....   November.
> Heard first, then seen, then digiscoped.
>
> Mitch Heindel
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Subject: Re: Cassin's Finch in TX - CALL
From: mitch AT utopianature.com
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:42:49 -0800
Hi all,

I typically hear three notes in a connected series from Cassin's Finch.
"Gid-dy-up" or somesuch.  Sort of like the musical Chestnut-collared
Longspur call (not the rattle).  In other words nothing like the single
note widely seperated flat unmusical pit - - - - -  pit  of a Purple 
Finch.

BTW my one Cassin's Finch record from here was in ....   November.
Heard first, then seen, then digiscoped.

Mitch Heindel
Utopia
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Subject: FOS Sedge Wren, San Juan, Hidalgo Co.
From: Javier <javsterkayak7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:00:54 -0600
I had my FOS Sedge Wren this afternoon at my neighborhood field. Good to see 
them back again for another winter. I did a quick eBird search and saw a few 
reports of them from the recent RGV Birding Fest, but all were from Cameron Co. 
with the the exception of a couple of reports from Estero Llano Grande SP. 


Best of fall/winter birding,
-Javi Gonzalez
  San Juan, Hidalgo Co. 


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Subject: Re: Cassin's Finch in TX
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor AT swarovskioptik.us>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:41:34 -0500
MBS - thanks! Does Cassin's have as deeply-notched tail as Purple? I got off my 
butt and checked Sibley, and he does not compare tail notches, which is always 
a great way to separate Purple from House. He does note the different flight 
calls. 


For those of you that have never birded with Mary Beth, her hearing acuity and 
knowledge of bird sounds is "expert level", so that is a great piece of 
information. 


So, now when you see a plump finch flying by, listen for Captain Hook's Croc or 
the Dukes of Hazard! 



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


 

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From: Mary Beth Stowe [mailto:mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com] 
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:33 PM
To: Clay Taylor; robertjbecker AT sbcglobal.net; 'texbirds'
Subject: RE: [texbirds] Re: Cassin's Finch in TX

Hi, Clay (and all)!

The most distinctive flight call I remember from the mountains of California 
and elsewhere was an almost Cockatiel-like "WHEEE-oo!" 


Mary Beth Stowe
McAllen, TX
miriameaglemon.com


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On Behalf Of Clay Taylor
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:29 PM
To: robertjbecker AT sbcglobal.net; texbirds
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Cassin's Finch in TX

Hi all - 

Given that there are now multiple sightings in TX, it might not be a bad idea 
to scrutinize ALL "Purple Finches" currently being seen in TX, 

regardless of where you are.   Hey, Acorn Woodpecker on the Bolivar
Peninsula?    Tree Sparrow at Sabine Pass?   Maybe those Houston-area PUFIs
are really Cassin's!

While I have seen Cassin's Finches in the Western US on about 7 or 8 different 
occasions, I do not remember ever seeing them in the company of 

and made a direct comparison to Purple Finches.   Having grown up in the
Northeast, I am VERY familiar with Purple, as the novice birders were
forever trying to turn House into Purple.   

What I do not know is whether the flight vocalizations differ between
Cassin's and Purple.   Purple is instantly identifiable in flight, as they
make a constant "tick....tick....tick" call.   I will always remember a
birder characterizing them as "the flying clock", and I used to joke that 
Captain Hook hated Purple finches. 


So, does anybody have a comment on Cassin's Finch flight vocalization - like 
Purple, different from Purple, or do they fly silently like Pine Grosbeaks? 


You KNOW that I will be listening in my yard tomorrow morning.


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



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On Behalf Of Robert Becker
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 5:29 PM
To: texbirds
Subject: [texbirds] More on Cassin's Finch

I found the Cassin's Finch at 1:45 p.m. today at Resaca de la Palma State Park. 
Actually, I didn't have to "find" it. It flew in to the feeders in back of the 
park headquarters just after I got there and proceeded to chow down on seed on 
the ground with some Inca and Common Ground Doves. It stayed in sight for about 
10 minutes. Thank you Sherry and Dick Wilson and Mary Beth Stowe for their 
initial reports of this bird on Sunday. 

The bird is shy, and is being seen sporadically. Early mornings may be best, 
when Sherry puts out the bird seed at 8-8:15 a.m. or so. 


A photo of the finch is here, along with a few others from Resaca and Palo Alto 
yesterday and today: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/13451078 AT N03/sets/72157649012672712/

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Subject: Re: Cassin's Finch in TX
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 18:33:00 -0600
Hi, Clay (and all)!

The most distinctive flight call I remember from the mountains of California
and elsewhere was an almost Cockatiel-like "WHEEE-oo!"

Mary Beth Stowe
McAllen, TX
miriameaglemon.com


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On Behalf Of Clay Taylor
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 6:29 PM
To: robertjbecker AT sbcglobal.net; texbirds
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Cassin's Finch in TX

Hi all - 

Given that there are now multiple sightings in TX, it might not be a bad
idea to scrutinize ALL "Purple Finches" currently being seen in TX,
regardless of where you are.   Hey, Acorn Woodpecker on the Bolivar
Peninsula?    Tree Sparrow at Sabine Pass?   Maybe those Houston-area PUFIs
are really Cassin's!

While I have seen Cassin's Finches in the Western US on about 7 or 8
different occasions, I do not remember ever seeing them in the company of
and made a direct comparison to Purple Finches.   Having grown up in the
Northeast, I am VERY familiar with Purple, as the novice birders were
forever trying to turn House into Purple.   

What I do not know is whether the flight vocalizations differ between
Cassin's and Purple.   Purple is instantly identifiable in flight, as they
make a constant "tick....tick....tick" call.   I will always remember a
birder characterizing them as "the flying clock", and I used to joke that
Captain Hook hated Purple finches.

So, does anybody have a comment on Cassin's Finch flight vocalization - like
Purple, different from Purple, or do they fly silently like Pine Grosbeaks?

You KNOW that I will be listening in my yard tomorrow morning.


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



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From: texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org]
On Behalf Of Robert Becker
Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 5:29 PM
To: texbirds
Subject: [texbirds] More on Cassin's Finch

I found the Cassin's Finch at 1:45 p.m. today at Resaca de la Palma State
Park. Actually, I didn't have to "find" it. It flew in to the feeders in
back of the park headquarters just after I got there and proceeded to chow
down on seed on the ground with some Inca and Common Ground Doves. It stayed
in sight for about 10 minutes. Thank you Sherry and Dick Wilson and Mary
Beth Stowe for their initial reports of this bird on Sunday.
The bird is shy, and is being seen sporadically. Early mornings may be best,
when Sherry puts out the bird seed at 8-8:15 a.m. or so.

A photo of the finch is here, along with a few others from Resaca and Palo
Alto yesterday and today:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/13451078 AT N03/sets/72157649012672712/

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Subject: Re: Cassin's Finch in TX
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor AT swarovskioptik.us>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 19:28:37 -0500
Hi all - 

Given that there are now multiple sightings in TX, it might not be a bad idea 
to scrutinize ALL "Purple Finches" currently being seen in TX, regardless of 
where you are. Hey, Acorn Woodpecker on the Bolivar Peninsula? Tree Sparrow at 
Sabine Pass? Maybe those Houston-area PUFIs are really Cassin's! 


While I have seen Cassin's Finches in the Western US on about 7 or 8 different 
occasions, I do not remember ever seeing them in the company of and made a 
direct comparison to Purple Finches. Having grown up in the Northeast, I am 
VERY familiar with Purple, as the novice birders were forever trying to turn 
House into Purple. 


What I do not know is whether the flight vocalizations differ between Cassin's 
and Purple. Purple is instantly identifiable in flight, as they make a constant 
"tick....tick....tick" call. I will always remember a birder characterizing 
them as "the flying clock", and I used to joke that Captain Hook hated Purple 
finches. 


So, does anybody have a comment on Cassin's Finch flight vocalization - like 
Purple, different from Purple, or do they fly silently like Pine Grosbeaks? 


You KNOW that I will be listening in my yard tomorrow morning.


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



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From: texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of Robert Becker 

Sent: Monday, November 17, 2014 5:29 PM
To: texbirds
Subject: [texbirds] More on Cassin's Finch

I found the Cassin's Finch at 1:45 p.m. today at Resaca de la Palma State Park. 
Actually, I didn't have to "find" it. It flew in to the feeders in back of the 
park headquarters just after I got there and proceeded to chow down on seed on 
the ground with some Inca and Common Ground Doves. It stayed in sight for about 
10 minutes. Thank you Sherry and Dick Wilson and Mary Beth Stowe for their 
initial reports of this bird on Sunday. 

The bird is shy, and is being seen sporadically. Early mornings may be best, 
when Sherry puts out the bird seed at 8-8:15 a.m. or so. 


A photo of the finch is here, along with a few others from Resaca and Palo Alto 
yesterday and today: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/13451078 AT N03/sets/72157649012672712/

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Subject: Re: More on Cassin's Finch
From: Robert Becker <robertjbecker AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:25:45 -0800
Keith,
 
I thought it was a Purple Finch when I first looked at my photos. The culmen, 
however, is straight, unlike that of the Purple Finch. Do the two species 
hybridize? 

 
Bob 

On Monday, November 17, 2014 5:29 PM, Robert Becker 
 wrote: 

  


I found the Cassin's Finch at 1:45 p.m. today at Resaca de la Palma State Park. 
Actually, I didn't have to "find" it. It flew in to the feeders in back of the 
park headquarters just after I got there and proceeded to chow down on seed on 
the ground with some Inca and Common Ground Doves. It stayed in sight for about 
10 minutes. Thank you Sherry and Dick Wilson and Mary Beth Stowe for their 
initial reports of this bird on Sunday. 


The bird is shy, and is being seen sporadically. Early mornings may be best, 
when Sherry puts out the bird seed at 8-8:15 a.m. or so. 


A photo of the finch is here, along with a few others from Resaca and Palo Alto 
yesterday and today: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/13451078 AT N03/sets/72157649012672712/

Bob Becker
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Subject: More on Cassin's Finch
From: Robert Becker <robertjbecker AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:29:02 -0800
I found the Cassin's Finch at 1:45 p.m. today at Resaca de la Palma State Park. 
Actually, I didn't have to "find" it. It flew in to the feeders in back of the 
park headquarters just after I got there and proceeded to chow down on seed on 
the ground with some Inca and Common Ground Doves. It stayed in sight for about 
10 minutes. Thank you Sherry and Dick Wilson and Mary Beth Stowe for their 
initial reports of this bird on Sunday. 

The bird is shy, and is being seen sporadically. Early mornings may be best, 
when Sherry puts out the bird seed at 8-8:15 a.m. or so. 


A photo of the finch is here, along with a few others from Resaca and Palo Alto 
yesterday and today: 


https://www.flickr.com/photos/13451078 AT N03/sets/72157649012672712/

Bob Becker
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Subject: Quintana Section of the Freeport CBC: A Call for Counters
From: Adam Wood <birdsondabrain AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:52:14 -0600 (GMT-06:00)
 
Greetings TexBirders, 

Hi, my name is Adam Wood and I = am once again heading up the effort in the
Quintana Section of the Freeport= CBC this year and I am looking for
additional counters to help me cover th= e area. This area includes: 
  * The Jetty, where a good pelagic bird is always a possibility to go with=
the usual Surf Scoters and Northern Gannets, 
  * The Neotropical Bird Sanctuary where a good lingering neotropical migra=
nt warbler is sometimes found or an extralimital Groove-billed Ani, 
  * The base of the jetty has been good a turning up an odd gull or two lik=
e Great Black-backed and Glaucous in recent years with a potential for Thay=
er's or California Gulls, 
  * There are also lots of water impounds that always hold a good variety o=
f ducks and grebes including a Horned or two. 


So if I have peaked your interest and this area sounds interes= ting to you
Ihope some of you all can make the count this year as it promi= ses to be a
good one. The date of the count is Sunday, December 21, 2014 an= d the plan
will be to meet at the Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary at 7:= 00 AM and
break into teams from there. If you need directions on how to get= there
please let me know and I will provide them to you. If anybody has an= y
questions please let me know. Please respond to this email if you plan to=
participate in this area this year. So I may keep track of how many counte=
rs I have. Thank you. 


Adam Wood
birdsondabrain AT earthlink.net= 
713-515-1692

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