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7 Mar Big Year Update, 289 Species [David Sarkozi ]
7 Mar Re: Granger, Williamson County [Brush Freeman ]
7 Mar Rusty Blackbirds at Santa Ana NWR ["" ]
7 Mar Painted Redstart continues at Brooks County Rest Area [Tim Brush ]
7 Mar Highlights from below Lake Six today [Anthony Hewetson ]
7 Mar Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Lubbock Cemetery - Today [Anthony Hewetson ]
7 Mar Highlights from Lake Six including Bronzed Cowbird - today [Anthony Hewetson ]
7 Mar Clapp Park highlights - today [Anthony Hewetson ]
7 Mar Port Aransas 3/7 [Jon McIntyre ]
7 Mar Granger, Williamson County [Laurie Foss ]
07 Mar American Golden-Plover [Marie Stewart ]
7 Mar Spring bird migration observed via NEXRAD radar ["John Arvin" ]
7 Mar Resaca de la Palma State Park - Saturday Bird Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
7 Mar Bastrop Co/E. Travis Co. [Brush Freeman ]
6 Mar Open Gate Dates for Bracken Cave Preserve ["Coco Brennan" ]
06 Mar Boerne City Lake Park [Brenda Prothro ]
6 Mar Blue Bunting - Bentsen - Yes ["Mary Gustafson" ]
6 Mar RBA - Lower Rio Grande Valley ["Mary Gustafson" ]
5 Mar Lubbock Area Birding Summary for February - longish [Anthony Hewetson ]
5 Mar Austin Area RBA [Nate McGowan ]
5 Mar Re: texbirds Digest V4 #65 [Jc dipper ]
6 Mar Re: Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds []
5 Mar Re: Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds [Jim Sinclair ]
5 Mar Re: Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds [Ervin Fleming ]
5 Mar Re: Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds ["Paul and Georgean Kyle" ]
5 Mar Re: Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds [Brush Freeman ]
5 Mar Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds [Jane F Tillman ]
5 Mar Re: Locations in Posts on TEXBIRDS ["L Markoff" ]
5 Mar Ruff at Anahauc NWR [David Sarkozi ]
5 Mar The Canyon Lakes of Lubbock - February Update [Anthony Hewetson ]
5 Mar Blue Bunting & HB Kite - Bentsen SP [Roy Rodriguez ]
5 Mar This year's competition with Rich Kostecke - February update [Anthony Hewetson ]
5 Mar Locations in Posts on TEXBIRDS [David Sarkozi ]
4 Mar Re: Black-chinned Hummingbird at Utopia ["Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" ]
4 Mar Re: Black-chinned Hummingbird at Utopia ["Richard Mooers" ]
04 Mar Black-chinned Hummingbird at Utopia []
4 Mar Bastrop Co (local) [Brush Freeman ]
4 Mar Big Year Update, Houston-Brunswick Lake Lesser Black-backed Gull and Pectoral Sandpiper [David Sarkozi ]
3 Mar Informal Century Club Field Trip [D D Currie ]
3 Mar Tuesday morning birding, Hagerman NWR. [Jack Chiles ]
3 Mar La Sal del Rey & Port Mansfield ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
3 Mar Rusty Blackbirds - Harris County- Sheldon Lake - Garrett Rd [Nina Rach ]
3 Mar Webberville, Utley (local stuff) [Brush Freeman ]
3 Mar Re: Replacement Sibley guide ["Rita Clements" ]
2 Mar Crownridge Canyon question (no sighting) [Kurt Frieders ]
2 Mar Corpus/Port Aransas 3/2 [Jon McIntyre ]
2 Mar Woodcock display... [Brush Freeman ]
2 Mar Fwd: eBird Trail Tracker Report - Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Mar 2, 2015 [Donna Kelly ]
2 Mar Highlights from Lubbock this morning [Anthony Hewetson ]
2 Mar More Lubbock highlights from yesterday [Anthony Hewetson ]
2 Mar Robins and waxwings in Lubbock [Anthony Hewetson ]
2 Mar Re: TOS East Texas Weekender [Laurie Foss ]
2 Mar Re: TOS East Texas Weekender [peter barnes ]
1 Mar Re: TOS East Texas Weekender [Christine Turnbull ]
1 Mar Re: TOS East Texas Weekender [Jan Maitlandj ]
1 Mar TOS East Texas Weekender [D D Currie ]
1 Mar RCWMA TOS Field Trip - Saturday [D D Currie ]
1 Mar TOS Smith county trips this weekend in north east Texas [peter barnes ]
1 Mar Fwd: eBird Trail Tracker Report - Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Mar 1, 2015 [Donna Kelly ]
1 Mar Red-naped Sapsucker Deussen Park [Michael Cooper ]
1 Mar Bentsen Bird Walk 3/1/15 [Hannah Buschert ]
1 Mar Lubbock highlights this morning [Anthony Hewetson ]
1 Mar Big Year Update [David Sarkozi ]
1 Mar Central Coast Birding Today, American Golden Plover et al ["Sheridan Coffey" ]
28 Feb Laredo birds of late [Holly Reinhard ]
28 Feb East Austin Couch's Kingbirds [Mollie Kloepper ]
28 Feb Waller Co. - Lesser Canada goose ["Harvey Laas" ]
28 Feb Fwd: eBird Trail Tracker Report - Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Feb 28, 2015 [Donna Kelly ]
28 Feb Osprey in Lubbock [Anthony Hewetson ]
28 Feb Clapp Park visit today [Anthony Hewetson ]
28 Feb Corpus Area 2/28 [Jon McIntyre ]
28 Feb San Antonio Audubon Phone message Feb 28 [Georgina Schwartz ]
27 Feb RCWMA TOS Field Trip [D D Currie ]
27 Feb Anahuac pictures from last week, say's phoebe, krider's and grebes etc [Joseph Kennedy ]
27 Feb Re: this pair showed up [Monte ]
27 Feb ID please [Monte ]

Subject: Big Year Update, 289 Species
From: David Sarkozi <david AT sarkozi.net>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 21:08:10 -0600
I added 6 species to my big year total today birding Ash Lake and
Anahauc NWR. I relocated the Ruff at Anahuac NWR and was successful at
Ash Lake for Glaucous Gull and Rusty Blackbird.

See the blog for details.

http://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2015/03/looking-for-needles-in-haystacks.html


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David Sarkozi
Houston, TX
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Subject: Re: Granger, Williamson County
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 20:07:25 -0600
>
I counted ~1820 +/- seen today over Utley by nightfall....More were heard
only.
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

On Sat, Mar 7, 2015 at 4:02 PM, Laurie Foss  wrote:

> Texbirders,
> Shelia Hargis and I made a quick trip to see the continuing Striped Sparrow
> in Granger. We saw it in the same place it was first described, in the
> company of White-throated Sparrows.
> While we were there we observed nearly 1,000 Sandhills Cranes in waves of
> flocks streaming north overhead.
> It was quite a satisfying hour or two!
> Laurie Foss
> Austin
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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds at Santa Ana NWR
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "lmj6464@aim.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 20:09:51 -0500
Dear Texbirders,
This morning a field trip of the Audubon Outdoor Club (of Corpus Christi) 
located two female Rusty Blackbirds at Santa Ana NWR. One was at Willow Lake 1 
and the other at Willow 2. 


Other birds of interest included (most along the Chachalaca Trail):

Broad-winged Hawk (imm)
N. Beardless Tyrranulet
Verdin
Clay-colored Thrush
Verdin
Yellow-throated Warbler
Bullock's Oriole (imm male)

There were also four Fulvous Whistling-Ducks at Pintail Lake 3.

Larry Jordan
Corpus Christ


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Subject: Painted Redstart continues at Brooks County Rest Area
From: Tim Brush <txbrush5 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 18:33:59 -0600
As of about 4:00 PM today, John and I saw the Painted Redstart in the
northernmost loop of the rest area--the last spot to check.
Regards,
Tim Brush
Edinburg, TX


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Subject: Highlights from below Lake Six today
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 17:50:41 -0600
Greetings All:
I spent close to two hours hiking from Lake Six to the oxbow a bit upstream
from East Loop 289, and back, this morning into afternoon.  I only spotted
nineteen species of bird but amongst these: 9 Sandhill Cranes (always nice
to have them inside the loop), 2 Eastern Phoebes, 1 Brown Creeper
(photographed), and 1 Winter Wren.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Lubbock Cemetery - Today
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 17:22:20 -0600
Greetings All:
I spent an hour at the Lubbock Cemetery this afternoon and could not find
any of the recently reported highlights - no Red-breasted Nuthatches, no
Golden-crowned Kinglets, and no bluebirds of any sort - but I did stumble
across a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Highlights from Lake Six including Bronzed Cowbird - today
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 17:15:17 -0600
Greetings All:
I birded Lake Six in Lubbock for well over an hour today, noting 32 species
including the following highlights: 4 Canvasbacks, 4 Common Mergansers, 1
Osprey, 1 Green-tailed Towhee (photographed), and 1 male Bronzed Cowbird
(photographed).

This is a record early date for Bronzed Cowbird in our region.  The
previous early date was 13 March 2012 in Littlefield.  Our current late
date is 18 October 2013 in Lubbock.  One can't help but wonder if a Bronzed
Cowbird won't, in the coming years, make an overwintering attempt?

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Clapp Park highlights - today
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:27:54 -0600
Greetings All:
I visited Clapp Park for two hours this morning and, for the first time
this year, it was kicking!

Highlights included 1 Blue-winged Teal, 1 Inca Dove, 2 Purple Martins
(circling high above, drifting gradually west-southwest), 1 Winter Wren, 1
male Eastern Bluebird, 8 Cedar Waxwings, 1 male Common Yellowthroat, 1
Swamp Sparrow, and 2 Pine Siskins.

Twelve of the forty-two species seen were new to the park for me this year
(Pied-billed Grebe, Ruddy Duck, Ring-necked Duck, American Kestrel,
Blue-winged Teal, Eastern Bluebird, Inca Dove, Curve-billed Thrasher,
Purple Martin, Double-crested Cormorant, Winter Wren, and Northern
Shoveler) which brings my 2015 bird list for Clapp Park up to 73 species.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Port Aransas 3/7
From: Jon McIntyre <mcintyrebirds AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:11:22 -0600
Some highlights around Port Aransas today:

Louisiana Waterthrush- Paradise Pond
"Red-Shafted" Northern Flicker- Paradise Pond
Pectoral Sandpiper- PA Birding Center
Franklin's Gull- PA Birding Center
7 Cinnamon Teal- PA Birding Center

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Subject: Granger, Williamson County
From: Laurie Foss <lauriefoss AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 16:02:09 -0600
Texbirders,
Shelia Hargis and I made a quick trip to see the continuing Striped Sparrow
in Granger. We saw it in the same place it was first described, in the
company of White-throated Sparrows.
While we were there we observed nearly 1,000 Sandhills Cranes in waves of
flocks streaming north overhead.
It was quite a satisfying hour or two!
Laurie Foss
Austin



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Subject: American Golden-Plover
From: Marie Stewart <littlebitrv AT fastmail.net>
Date: Sat, 07 Mar 2015 15:13:07 -0600
I want to thank Dan Jones for posting about the American Golden-Plover.  
I had been putting off going to the Progresso Sod Farms and with the 
weather people talking about possible rain in the next few days. I 
thought better go see what I could find before the roads get Muddy. I 
went after my trip to the Donna Res where I watched the Swallows while 
they sat or flew.  They have so much energy and their in flight beauty 
always makes me smile.

Back to the main reason for this email I did find the American 
Golden-Plover and got photos even as it was close to the road and with 
over 30 Killdeers. So when looking be sure to watch for the Killdeers. 
Here is a list of what I saw.

Progresso Sod Farms, Hidalgo, US-TX
Mar 7, 2015 9:10 AM - 11:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.5 mile(s)
17 species (+1 other taxa)

Northern Bobwhite  10
Great Egret  1
Turkey Vulture  30
White-tailed Kite  1
Northern Harrier  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-tailed Hawk  2
American Golden-Plover  1
Killdeer  33
Mourning Dove  1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  1
American Kestrel  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
Orange-crowned Warbler  2
Savannah Sparrow  25
Red-winged Blackbird  10
Western/Eastern Meadowlark  3
Great-tailed Grackle  10


Have a great time birding,
Marie Stewart
Alamo,Texas


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Subject: Spring bird migration observed via NEXRAD radar
From: "John Arvin" <jarvin AT gcbo.org>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:57:08 -0600
For the past 8 or 9 years I have observed spring bird migration in the 
western Gulf (Texas and Louisiana) and have posted my interpretations to 
the respective state listserves. I plan to do so again this spring. 
Additionally, as interesting radar displays become available I will post 
them to the Texas Bird Discussion group's Facebook page (with permission of 
the group moderator). Spring migration has already started but the traffic 
rate is still too low to provide meaningful data from NEXRAD radar. I will 
begin posting sometime around March 20th and continue through the second 
week of May. I hope you enjoy the radar observations and find them 
helpful.
  
 John C. Arvin
Research Associate
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
103 West Hwy 332
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
jarvin AT gcbo.org
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Austin, Texas



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Subject: Resaca de la Palma State Park - Saturday Bird Walk
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 13:56:34 -0600
This morning we chased warblers through the parking islands, down the back
stretch of the tram road, and walked the Ebony Trail.  The female
Black-throated Gray was showy and visible at every turn, as was a
Blue-headed Vireo.  The Tropical Parulas kept partly hidden behind
branches.  Probably both were present, but one stayed too deep in the tree
to confirm.  We only had brief Wow! glimpses of the male.  Two Nashville
Warblers were reported; very likely there were more.  A couple American
Goldfinch were seen and a White-tailed Kite did a very brief fly over.
Water levels are back up in the resaca.

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

*Nature Hike *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walk* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walk* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m..
*Night Hike* last Friday of the month (RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Thurs)  - small fee
*Nature Tram Rides*:  Wednesday thru Sunday
(Visitor Center closed Mon/Tues)
http://www.facebook.com/resacadelapalma

Blue-winged Teal  6
Plain Chachalaca  2     heard only
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Turkey Vulture  4
White-tailed Kite  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Inca Dove  7
White-tipped Dove  4
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  3
White-eyed Vireo  3
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Green Jay  25
Barn Swallow  6
Black-crested Titmouse  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  4
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  5
Curve-billed Thrasher  1
Long-billed Thrasher  5
Northern Mockingbird  8
Black-and-white Warbler  2
Orange-crowned Warbler  18
Nashville Warbler  2
Tropical Parula  1     continuing bird
Yellow-rumped Warbler  3
Black-throated Gray Warbler  1
Olive Sparrow  3
Lincoln's Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  35
Red-winged Blackbird  40
Great-tailed Grackle  5
Altamira Oriole  2
American Goldfinch  2


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Subject: Bastrop Co/E. Travis Co.
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 12:48:39 -0600
.
Today:  FOS N. Parula 1, and Black-and-white Warbler singing 1, singing
Vesper Sparrow, Sandhill Cranes, E. Towhee
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Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621.
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

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Subject: Open Gate Dates for Bracken Cave Preserve
From: "Coco Brennan" <brennrm AT gvtc.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 18:36:48 -0600
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On April 11 and April 21, Bat Conservation International will host open
gates (no fee) for birding at the Bracken Cave Preserve property in Comal
County. This area has recently been named an IBA by Audubon. We will have
signs posted on site to direct you to the parking area. You will need to
check in with us at the parking area and fill out a liability release form
and we will provide you with a trail map. The gate will be open from
6:45am-11am. If you plan to come, please email me and I will send you the
map and directions. Please be advised that this will not include the newly
purchased property, but there are several new and improved trails in the 700
acre-Bracken Cave Preserve that should provide everyone with a chance to get
great birds. Thank you!

 

Coco Brennan

Lindheimer Master Naturalists

 

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Subject: Boerne City Lake Park
From: Brenda Prothro <jipseez AT mac.com>
Date: Fri, 06 Mar 2015 18:57:43 -0600
Finally, a decent day to get out and go birding. Nothing spectacular at this 
quiet little park but it 

Is nice birding which should pick up over the next few weeks while we are here. 
Best birds were 

Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Eastern Phoebe, and Savannah Sparrows. They have done a 
lot of work 

On this park to make it good for birders as well as still fun for folks having 
a picnic. It is difficult 

To accommodate all groups.

Carol Ferguson & Brenda Prothro
RVers & Birders in Boerne, TX
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Subject: Blue Bunting - Bentsen - Yes
From: "Mary Gustafson" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "live4birds@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 14:43:59 -0500
The female Blue Bunting was photographed at the Green Jay Blind at Bentsen 
about an hour ago. This is the second time in three days for this location. 

 
Mary Gustafson
Mission, Texas
LRGV RBA - rgvbirds.BlogSpot.com 


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Subject: RBA - Lower Rio Grande Valley
From: "Mary Gustafson" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "live4birds@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 08:52:31 -0500
The LRGV RBA is updated on Thursday evenings at rgvbirds.blogspot.com unless I 
forget... with updates on rarities as needed. There are now two Blue Buntings 
in the valley! Learn more on the blog. 

 
Mary Gustafson
Mission, Texas


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Subject: Lubbock Area Birding Summary for February - longish
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 21:29:23 -0600
Despite only 0.66 inches of rain in February, a tad below the average
February tally of 0.71 inches, Lubbock remained well above average with
2.27 inches of rain total, well above the average year-to-date total of
1.21 inches.  The region remains in drought but conditions have been
favorable for more in the way of waterbirds than the last several winters.
I am unable to create a usable summary of eBird data of sightings in the
region during the period covered - IN THE AMOUNT OF TIME I HAVE AVAILABLE.
Comments at the end of each species summary have been adjusted, to the best
of my abilities, to reflect this reduction in reports.

As always, the county follows the site in ( ) and birds are mentioned by
virtue of rarity, atypical abundance, or atypical scarcity.

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE: 700 just south of Floydada (Floyd) on 2/7/15
(AH) and probably the same 'hundreds' just south of Floydada (Floyd) on
2/7/15 (JK, JM, CR, FR) - FEW REPORTS BUT VERY HIGH NUMBERS FOR THE REGION,
EVEN IF THESE WERE IT, BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS.

SNOW GOOSE: 1740 south of Floydada (Floyd) on 2/7/15 (AH) and hundreds
south of Floydada on 2/7/15 (JK, JM, CR, FR) - FEW REPORTS BY VERY HIGH
NUMBERS FOR THE REGION BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS.

ROSS'S GOOSE: 60 south of Floydada (Floyd) on 2/7/15 (AH) and hundreds
south of Floydada (Floyd) on 2/7/15 (JK, JM, CR, FR) - FEW REPORTS BY VERY
HIGH NUMBERS FOR THE REGION BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS.

WOOD DUCK: 5 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 2/6/15 (CC, CrC), 2 at
Ransom Lake (Lubbock) on 2/8/15 (NP), 14 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on
2/23/15 (JB), and 11 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 2/25/15 (AH) the
only reports - GOOD NUMBERS BUT LESS SCATTER THAN IN RECENT WINTERS.

GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, MALLARD, NORTHERN SHOVELER, NORTHERN PINTAIL,
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RING-NECKED DUCK, LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, HOODED
MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK - dabblers, divers, and other ducks in - BETTER
NUMBERS THAN RECENT WINTERS BUT NOT AS HIGH AS ONE WOULD EXPECT GIVEN THE
AMOUNT OF WATER IN THE REGION.

CANVASBACK: 3 at the TTU Sewage Ponds (Lubbock) on 2/6/15 (CC, CrC) the
only report - LOW NUMBER OF REPORTS AND LOW NUMBERS, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE
SPECIES ABUNDANCE IN JANUARY.

REDHEAD: No reports at all - RIDICULOUSLY LOW, GIVEN THE SPECIES ABUNDANCE
IN JANUARY.

GREATER SCAUP: 2 at Ransom Lake (Lubbock) on 2/6/15 (CC, CrC) the only
report - RARE OR, MORE LIKELY, UNDER-REPORTED IN THE REGION.

COMMON GOLDENEYE: 3 at Ransom Lake (Lubbock) on 2/6/15 (CC, CrC) and 2 at
the Plainview Duck Pond (Hale) on 2/7/15 (NP) the only reports - ABOUT
AVERAGE FOR THIS RARE WINTER RESIDENT.

COMMON MERGANSER: 6-7 at Lake Six (Lubbock) throughout the period (CC, CrC,
AH, PKe) and 30 at Ransom Lake (Lubbock) on 2/6/15 (CC, CrC) the only
reports - GOOD NUMBERS, POOR SCATTER.

RED-BREASTED MERGANSER: 1 female at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 2/23/15
(JB) and 2/25/13 (AH) the only reports - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR THIS VERY RARE
WINTER RESIDENT.

EARED GREBE: 2 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 2/14/15 (AH) the only report - LOW
NUMBERS AND POOR SCATTER.

NEOTROPIC CORMORANT: 1 at Leroy Elmore Park (Lubbock) on 2/23/15 (JB) and
2/25/15 (AH) - FORMERLY CONSIDERED ACCIDENTAL IN THE REGION; NOW CONSIDERED
AN ANNUAL VISITOR THOUGH ALMOST UNHEARD OF IN WINTER.

OSPREY: 1 at Mae Simmons Park (Lubbock) on 2/28/15 (CnC, JC, RL) - A VERY
RARE REPORT INDEED - THIS MAY BE THE FIRST INDIVIDUAL OF THIS SPECIES TO
SUCCESSFULLY OVERWINTER IN OUR REGION.

BALD EAGLE: 1 immature bird near Halfway (Hale) on 2/7/15 (NP) - FORMERLY
REGULAR IN THE REGION DURING WINTER; NOW VERY RARE THOUGH THIS HAS BEEN A
GOOD WINTER FOR BOTH EAGLES.

SORA: 1 at Lake Six (Lubbock) on 2/14/15 (Ah) the only report - ABOUT
AVERAGE; FEBRUARY IS THE LEANEST OF THE WINTER MONTHS FOR RAILS IN OUR
REGION.

COMMON CRANE: 1 in the vicinity of Muleshoe NWR (Bailey) from 2/1/15
through 2/16/15 (RA, JmB, SB, JB, MC, JF, GF, DG, KG, CG, DR, JR, AW, JW) -
A CONTINUATION OF THE FIRST DOCUMENTED RECORD FOR OUR REGION AND, IF
ACCEPTED, THE FIRST DOCUMENTED RECORD FOR TEXAS.

AMERICAN AVOCET: 2 just south of Floydada (Floyd) on 2/7/15 (AH) - A MAJOR
SURPRISE; ACCIDENTAL FOR THE REGION IN JANUARY AND FEBRUARY.

GREATER YELLOWLEGS: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 2/8/15 (AH) the only
report - LOW NUMBER OF REPORTS; VERY LOW NUMBERS.

WILSON'S SNIPE: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 2/8/15 (AH) the only report -
VERY LOW NUMBER OF REPORTS; ABSURDLY LOW NUMBERS.

LEWIS'S WOODPECKER: 1 remained near Shallowater (Lubbock) through at least
2/8/15 (CC, CrC, PKe) - ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; A CONTINUATION OF OUR 7th
RECORD!

YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 2/28/15 (AH) the
only report - LOW BUT LITTLE TIME WAS SPENT IN EASTERN COUNTIES WHERE THE
SPECIES IS MORE LIKELY TO BE ENCOUNTERED.

DOWNY WOODPECKER: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 2/8/15 (AH) - RARE THIS FAR
WEST INTO THE REGION; GENERALLY MORE LIKELY TO BE ENCOUNTERED ALONG OR EAST
OF THE CAPROCK ESCARPMENT.

MERLIN: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) from 2/3/15 through 2/5/15 (AH), 1 at
the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 2/8/15 (KH), 1 in a Littlefield yard (Lamb) on
2/28/15 (AR), and 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on on 2/28/15 (AH) the only
reports - A TAD LOW.

PEREGRINE FALCON: 1 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 2/14/15 (AH) the
only report - LOW, SOME OF THE GENERALLY FINDABLE TOWN BIRDS HAVE SEEMINGLY
DISAPPEARED THIS WINTER.

EASTERN PHOEBE: 2 below Lake Six (Lubbock) on 2/14/15 (AH) the only report
- A TAD LOW BUT, AGAIN, LITTLE OBSERVER EFFORT IN OUR EASTERN COUNTIES.

COMMON RAVEN: 1 at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 2/3/15 (KH) the only report
- VERY LOW BY RECENT YEARS' STANDARDS.

BUSHTIT: 4 at Dickens Springs (Dickens) on 2/7/15 (CC, CrC) the only report
- FORMERLY EASILY FOUND IN OUR EASTERN COUNTIES; NOW A GENUINE TREASURE
WHENE'ER ENCOUNTERED.

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH: 1 in the Whisperwood Neighborhood (Lubbock) on
2/3/15 (AH), 1 at Ransom Lake (Lubbock) on 2/14/15 (NP), and 1 at the
Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 2/14/15 (AH) - GOOD NUMBERS BY MOST WINTERS'
STANDARDS BUT A BIG DROP FROM JANUARY NUMBERS.

ROCK WREN: 2 at Dickens Springs (Dickens) on 2/7/15 (CC, CrC) the only
report - LOW.

CANYON WREN: 1 at Dickens Springs (Dickens) on 2/7/15 (CC, CrC) and 2 at
Ransom Lake (Lubbock) on 2/8/15 (NP) the only reports - A VERY RARE
RESIDENT IN THE REGION; THESE ARE TWO OF THE MOST DEPENDABLE SITES.

WINTER WREN: 1 at Dickens Springs (Dickens) on 2/7/15 (CC, CrC), 2 at
Aztlan Park (Lubbock) on 2/14/15 (AH), 1 below Lake Six (Lubbock) on
2/14/15 (AH), and 1 at Mae Simmons Park (Lubbock) on 2/28/15 (RL) - A GOOD
WINTER FOR THIS SPECIES IN OUR REGION AND, YES, WE ARE ALL LOOKING AND
LISTENING FOR A PACIFIC WREN AMIDST THE HERD.

CAROLINA WREN: present at Dickens Springs (Dickens) on 2/7/15 (CC, CrC) the
only report - LOW BY RECENT WINTERS' STANDARDS; THE SPREAD ATOP THE CAPROCK
SEEMS TO HAVE STALLED, MAYBE EVEN RETREATED.

GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET: 2 at the Lubbock Cemetery (Lubbock) on 2/14/15 (AH)
the only report - ABOUT AVERAGE BUT A BIG DROP FROM THE VERY GOOD NUMBERS
PRESENT IN JANUARY.

EASTERN BLUEBIRD: a smallish flock persisted at the Lubbock Cemetery
(Lubbock) through the first half of the period (CC, CrC, AH) - LOW, PERHAPS
EVEN VERY LOW, FOR OUR MOST CONSISTENT WINTERING BLUEBIRD.

MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD: 2 near Cedar Hill (Floyd) on 2/7/14 (AH) the only report
- LOW; DEFINITELY NOT AN IRRUPTIVE YEAR.

TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 2/9/15 (JB) the only
report - LOW FOR THIS RARE BUT GENERALLY FINDABLE WINTER VISITOR.

HERMIT THRUSH: 1 below Lake Six (Lubbock) on 2/14/15 (AH) and 1 at Clapp
Park (Lubbock) on 2/15/15 (AH) the only reports - LOW BY RECENT WINTERS'
STANDARDS; VERY LOW BY HISTORICAL STANDARDS.

LAPLAND LONGSPUR: 21 near Cedar Hill (Floyd) on 2/7/15 (AH) the only report
- LOW, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE NUMBERS AND SCATTER EVIDENT IN JANUARY.

MCCOWN'S LONGSPUR: 9 near Baptist Plains Assembly (Floyd) on 2/7/15 (AH)
the only report - LOW, ESPECIALLY GIVEN THE NUMBERS AND SCATTER EVIDENT IN
JANUARY.

CEDAR WAXWING: 17 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 2/7/15 (fide JCr), 19 at
Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 2/8/15 (AH), and 2 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on
2/28/15 (JCr, AH, WW) the only reports - LOW BY MOST YEARS' STANDARDS BUT
SUGGESTING A SLIGHT REBOUND OVER RECENT, DROUGHT-STRICKEN WINTERS.

ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) almost daily (KD) and
1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 2/15/15 (AH) the only reports - FORMERLY
COMMON ENOUGH IN WINTER TO NOT WARRANT REPORTING; VERY SCARCE THE LAST 4-5
WINTERS.

COMMON YELLOWTHROAT: 1 female at Aztlan Park (Lubbock) on 2/14/15 (AH), 1
male at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 2/15/15 (AH), and 1 male at a different
spot in Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 2/21/15 (AH) - ABOUT AVERAGE FOR DEEP
WINTER.

EASTERN TOWHEE: 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 2/9/15 (JCr) the only
report - VERY RARE AS A WINTER VISITOR TO OUR REGION; THIS WINTER HAS BEEN
FAIRLY SOLID.

CHIPPING SPARROW: 8 at Dickens Springs (Dickens) on 2/7/15 (CC, CrC) - A
VERY EXCITING REPORT; THIS SPECIES GENERALLY DISAPPEARS FROM THE REGION IN
FEBRUARY.

LINCOLN'S SPARROW:  Hard to find this winter; A STRONG MOVEMENT OF THIS
SPECIES WAS REPORTED BY SEVERAL OBSERVERS (JCr, TD, AH, GJ, PJ, JM, AR, TT)
during late month storms.

WHITE-THROATED SPARROW: 2 below Lake Six (Lubbock) on 2/14/15 (AH) the only
report ) LOW BUT LITTLE TIME WAS SPENT IN EASTERN COUNTIES WHERE THE
SPECIES IS MORE LIKELY TO BE SEEN.

DARK-EYED JUNCO:  Not particularly common this winter; A STRONG MOVEMENT OF
THIS SPECIES WAS REPORTED BY SEVERAL OBSERVERS (JCr, TD, AH, GJ, PJ, JM,
AR, TT) during late month storms.

NORTHERN CARDINAL:  Not terribly noteworthy but A STRONG MOVEMENT OF THIS
SPECIES WAS REPORTED BY SEVERAL OBSERVERS (JCr, TD, AH, GJ, PJ, JM, AR, TT)
during late month storms.

YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD: 3 male birds in a large blackbird flock near the
TTU farms (Lubbock) on 2/3/15 (AH) the only report - VERY RARE IN THE
DEPTHS OF WINTER.

RUSTY BLACKBIRD: 1 male at the Himmel Farm (Crosby) on 2/8/15 (KH) -
FORMERLY CONSIDERED ACCIDENTAL TO THE REGION; NOW KNOWN AS AN ANNUAL,
THOUGH VERY RARE, WINTER RESIDENT.

PINE SISKIN: 80 at Dickens Springs (Dickens) on 2/7/15 (CC, CrC), 4 at
Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 2/8/15 (AH), 18 at Wayland Baptist Assembly (Hale)
on 2/13/15 (NP), 1 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 2/16/15 (KD), 5 in a
Lubbock yard (Lubbock) from 2/26/15 thorugh 2/28/15 (GJ, PJ), 2 in a
Littlefield yard (Lamb) on 2/28/15 (AR), 8 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on
2/28/15 (TD), 3 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 2/28/15 (AH), 2 in a Lubbock
yard (Lubbock) on 2/28/15 JM), and 5 in a Lubbock yard (Lubbock) on 2/28/15
(TT) - NOT PARTICULARLY NOTEWORTHY BY HISTORICAL STANDARDS, THIS IS A VERY
STRONG SHOWING BY RECENT, DROUGHT-STRICKEN WINTERS' STANDARDS.

LESSER GOLDFINCH: 1 at Clapp Park (Lubbock) on 2/15/15 (AH) - VERY RARE IN
THE REGION DURING WINTER.

AMERICAN GOLDFINCH: Not terribly noteworthy but A STRONG MOVEMENT OF THIS
SPECIES WAS REPORTED BY SEVERAL OBSERVERS (JCr, TD, AH, GJ, PJ, JM, AR, TT)
during late month storms.

OBSERVERS: RA=Robert Ake, JeB=Jeremy Besette, SB=Susan Bonfiglio, JB=Justin
Bosler, CC=Cameron Carver, CrC=Craig Carver, CnC=Canyon Clark, JC=Jeremy
Clark, MC=Matt Clark, JCr=Jim Crites, KD=Ken Dixon, TmD=Tom Dolan, JF=Jane
Flo, GF=Gary Froelich, DG=Dan Gesualdo, KG=Karen Goetz, CG=Charles Grair,
AH=Anthony Hewetson, KH=Kelly Himmel, GJ=George Jury, PJ=Pat Jury,
PKe=Peter Keyel, JK=Jim Kringle, RL=Rob Lee, JM=Jennifer Miller, NP=Niler
Pyeatt, DR=Daniel Raleigh, AR=Anona Roberts, CR=Clarice Robertson, FR=Floyd
Robertson, JR=Jeff Rusinow, TT=Tess Trost, AW=Alan Wormington, JW=John
Whittle.

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Subject: Austin Area RBA
From: Nate McGowan <natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 20:23:20 -0600
This is the Austin Area Rare Bird Alert. This update is as of 3/5/2015.
Send interesting sightings, complete with species name, location, and
contact information to Nate McGowan at natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com.

-Exceptional birds in the circle-

A STRIPED SPARROW was photographed and audio recorded at CR 428 east of CR
361, *Williamson*, 1/11. The most recent positive report is from 3/3. This
is a potential first ABA record, although provenance has been questioned.

A WHOOPING CRANE continues to be seen at the Sore Finger Unit of Granger
Lake, *Williamson,* most recently 3/1.

-Rarities found this week-

A KRIDER'S RED-TAILED HAWK was seen in Northeast *Travis*, 2/28.

FRANKLIN'S GULLS were early this week, with sightings at Lady Bird Lake and
Hornsby Bend, *Travis, *3/1 and the Travis Co. 290 Landfill, *Travis*, 2/28.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was photographed at Warbler Woods, *Guadalupe*, 2/28.

A GREATER SCAUP was photographed near Granger Dam, *Williamson, *2/27.

A PYRRHULOXIA was reported from the Utley area, *Bastrop, *3/3.

RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were seen near the Utley area, *Bastrop*, 3/3.

-Continuing birds from previous weeks-

A CURVE-BILLED THRASHER continued at Reimer's Ranch Park, *Travis*, 3/1.

A BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER continued at John Stokes San Marcos River
Park, *Hays*, most recently 3/4.

An EASTERN TOWHEE continued at a private office complex in west *Travis*,
3/3.

A well photographed ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD continues at a private residence in
west Austin, *Travis*, 3/4. The bird has been present since at least
December.

Individual CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRDS continued on private property in New
Braunfels*, Comal*, 2/28 and a private residence in central Austin, *Travis*,
3/3. Both birds have been well photographed.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continued at CRs 428 and 361 in *Williamson*, 3/3.

A PYRRHULOXIA continued at McNeil and Merrytown Rds., *Travis*, 3/2. The
bird has been photographed.

An early BROAD-WINGED HAWK continued at Barkley Meadows, *Travis*, most
recently 2/28.

A GREAT KISKADEE continued at Berry Springs Park in Georgetown, *Williamson*,
3/2.

RUSTY BLACKBIRDS continued at Hornsby Bend, *Travis*, most recently 3/5.

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

Nate McGowan
Rare Bird Alert Compiler
Austin, TX


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Subject: Re: texbirds Digest V4 #65
From: Jc dipper <dipper2c AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:24:06 -0600
3-4-15 American Woodcock  AT Warbler Woods Sanctuary
Heard wing sounds and challenge calls near Chat Pond like on Cornell's
AllAboutBirds Sound id.
Eastern Phoebe last Week also heard at Chat Pond and its brown head seen.
(Susan had photo and view of white wing triangle at her house.)
like on Cornell's AllAboutBirds Sound id.
Cedar Waxwings were in much larger flocks today in New Braunfels.
Redheads are in most in-town ponds.
5 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were at Pond at Wald & Solms Rd.today, have
been seen in January, also  at that pond.


Julie Crouch
New Braunfels

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> texbirds Digest Wed, 04 Mar 2015        Volume: 04  Issue: 065
>
> In This Issue:
>                 [texbirds] Big Year Update, Houston-Brunswick Lake Lesser
> Bl
>                 [texbirds] Bastrop Co (local)
>                 [texbirds] Black-chinned Hummingbird at Utopia
>                 [texbirds] Re: Black-chinned Hummingbird at Utopia
>                 [texbirds] Re: Black-chinned Hummingbird at Utopia
>                 [texbirds] 3-4-15 American Woodcock  AT  Warbler Woods Bird
> San
>
> ----------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:45:11 -0600
> Subject: [texbirds] Big Year Update, Houston-Brunswick Lake Lesser
> Black-backed
> From: David Sarkozi 
>
> Was only able to bird about an hour on Sunday but I did pick up a Year
> Bird, Pectoral Sandpiper at the eBird Hotspot Brunswick Lakes. There
> was also a Lesser Black-backed Gull present for a new patch bird for
> me. The Pectoral Sandpipers brought my total to 283 for the year.
>
> Water levels at this rentention pond have dropped and there are a lot
> of shorebirds present. All day long there seem to be a good number of
> gulls present and they are circulation from some other site. I think
> perhaps they are moving back and forth from a landfill on Almeda Road
> about 5 miles away.
>
> See my blog,
> http://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2015/03/a-little-break-in-weather.html
>
> for details and a picture of the Lesser Black-backed Gull
>
> --
> David Sarkozi
> Houston, TX
> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 12:03:05 -0600
> Subject: [texbirds] Bastrop Co (local)
> From: Brush Freeman 
>
> No time to do another 'big" day like yesterday but visited a private prop.
> Continuing Chestnut Collared Longspurs and 2 Baird's Sandpipers, the later
> my FOS.  Watched a GB Heron eat what appeared to be an American Eel on the
> Colorado R.
> **********************************************************************
> Brush Freeman
> 503-551-5150 Cell
> 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
> http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:18:05 -0800
> From: mitch AT utopianature.com
> Subject: [texbirds] Black-chinned Hummingbird at Utopia
>
> Hi all,
>
> Saw my FOS male Black-chinned Hummingbird here this morning.
> Tomorrow morning it will wonder what the hurry was....
>
> Mitch Heindel
> Utopia
>
>
> ------------------------------
>
> From: "Richard Mooers" 
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Black-chinned Hummingbird at Utopia
> Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:31:59 -0600
>
> I'm new to the list and am enjoying it very much, but I need some help. I'm
> a winter Texan.  Postings would be more meaningful to me if there were some
> indication of the part of the state that is the source for sightings.
> Heaven forbid I should run to my Texas map!
>
> Dick Mooers, Port Aransas.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org]
> On Behalf Of mitch AT utopianature.com
> Sent: Wednesday, March 04, 2015 3:18 PM
> To: texbirds AT freelists.org
> Subject: [texbirds] Black-chinned Hummingbird at Utopia
>
> Hi all,
>
> Saw my FOS male Black-chinned Hummingbird here this morning.
> Tomorrow morning it will wonder what the hurry was....
>
> Mitch Heindel
> Utopia
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> From: "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" 
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Black-chinned Hummingbird at Utopia
> Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 22:20:36 +0000
>
> Richard. Welcome to Texas. Utopia is an actual Texas town, not just a
> Texan bragging.
>
>
> Fred Collins, Director
> Kleb Woods Nature Center
> 20303 Draper Road
> Tomball TX 77377
>
> Life member TOS and SWAN
> Advisrory Board Member HAS  and KPC
>
> Employee of
> Harris County Precinct 3
> Steve Radack Commissioner
> www.pct3.hctx.net
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org]
> On Behalf Of Richard Mooers
> Sent: Wednesday, March 04, 2015 3:32 PM
> To: Texbirds AT freelists.org
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Black-chinned Hummingbird at Utopia
>
> I'm new to the list and am enjoying it very much, but I need some help.
> I'm a winter Texan.  Postings would be more meaningful to me if there were
> some indication of the part of the state that is the source for sightings.
> Heaven forbid I should run to my Texas map!
>
> Dick Mooers, Port Aransas.
>
> -----Original Message-----
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> On Behalf Of mitch AT utopianature.com
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> Subject: [texbirds] Black-chinned Hummingbird at Utopia
>
> Hi all,
>
> Saw my FOS male Black-chinned Hummingbird here this morning.
> Tomorrow morning it will wonder what the hurry was....
>
> Mitch Heindel
> Utopia
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> From: Susan Schaezler 
> Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 20:54:08 -0600
> Subject: [texbirds] 3-4-15 American Woodcock  AT  Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
>
> 3-4-15 American Woodcock  AT  Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary
>
> Today, I heard an interesting call that Julie had heard earlier.  I just
> looked it up and it was an American Woodcock!  Most exciting!  The Harris's
> Sparrow and Eastern Towhee are being seen off and on.
>
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Subject: Re: Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds
From: <jkestner AT stx.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 1:55:09 +0000
Amen!

Judy Kestner
Corpus Christi

---- Jim Sinclair  wrote: 

=============
I think you should contribute more often.
On Mar 5, 2015 7:20 PM, "Ervin Fleming"  wrote:
> longish reply.............
> Since I don't contribute very often, I come from a photography and science
> background.
> If I may shed some light on motive... The cells of an organism need sugars
> to drive the cell processes. But the main job of most cells requires
> proteins to perform. Proteins break down into amino acids and are rebuilt
> into the specific proteins required by the cells. So atypical behaviors
> (like rainforest elephants eating cave dirt for salt missing in their diet)
> are based on diet deficiencies for the most part. Imbalances in diet
> through short term climate variations are a given and most critters have
> survival behaviors programmed in.  It's kinda neat when we get to see them
> at work.
> Apologies if this sounded a bit stiff or if everyone already knew this
> stuff. Mainly trying to keep it short.
> Tom Fleming
> Grand Prairie
>
> On Thursday, March 5, 2015 6:33 PM, Paul and Georgean Kyle <
> dwa AT austin.rr.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> When we were banding on a regular basis back in the 90s, we came upon a
> deer
> chewing on a bird in one of the mist nets.
>
> Paul
>
>
> Paul and Georgean Kyle
>
> Project Directors
> Chimney Swift Conservation Association
> www.ChimneySwifts.org
>
> Sanctuary Stewards
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Brush Freeman
> Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2015 6:06 PM
> To: jtillman AT utexas.edu
> Cc: texbirds AT freelists.org
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds
>
> They eat all the egg shells from compost heap.  part egg.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Mar 5, 2015, at 5:08 PM, Jane F Tillman  wrote:
> >
> > Received this from a friend, Marya Fowler, at the National Wildlife
> > Federation
> >
> 
http://io9.com/field-cameras-catch-deer-eating-birds-wait-why-do-deer-1689440870?utm_source=recirculation&utm_medium=recirculation&utm_campaign=wednesdayPM 

> >
> > Has any Texbirder observed this first hand? There are some videos on
> > YouTube and it is corroborated by the USGS with a quick Google search.
> >
> > Jane Tillman
> > Austin
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Subject: Re: Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 19:27:11 -0600
I think you should contribute more often.
On Mar 5, 2015 7:20 PM, "Ervin Fleming"  wrote:
> longish reply.............
> Since I don't contribute very often, I come from a photography and science
> background.
> If I may shed some light on motive... The cells of an organism need sugars
> to drive the cell processes. But the main job of most cells requires
> proteins to perform. Proteins break down into amino acids and are rebuilt
> into the specific proteins required by the cells. So atypical behaviors
> (like rainforest elephants eating cave dirt for salt missing in their diet)
> are based on diet deficiencies for the most part. Imbalances in diet
> through short term climate variations are a given and most critters have
> survival behaviors programmed in.  It's kinda neat when we get to see them
> at work.
> Apologies if this sounded a bit stiff or if everyone already knew this
> stuff. Mainly trying to keep it short.
> Tom Fleming
> Grand Prairie
>
> On Thursday, March 5, 2015 6:33 PM, Paul and Georgean Kyle <
> dwa AT austin.rr.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> When we were banding on a regular basis back in the 90s, we came upon a
> deer
> chewing on a bird in one of the mist nets.
>
> Paul
>
>
> Paul and Georgean Kyle
>
> Project Directors
> Chimney Swift Conservation Association
> www.ChimneySwifts.org
>
> Sanctuary Stewards
> Travis Audubon's Chaetura Canyon Sanctuary
> www.TravisAudubon.org
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Brush Freeman
> Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2015 6:06 PM
> To: jtillman AT utexas.edu
> Cc: texbirds AT freelists.org
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds
>
> They eat all the egg shells from compost heap.  part egg.
>
> Sent from my iPhone
>
> > On Mar 5, 2015, at 5:08 PM, Jane F Tillman  wrote:
> >
> > Received this from a friend, Marya Fowler, at the National Wildlife
> > Federation
> >
> 
http://io9.com/field-cameras-catch-deer-eating-birds-wait-why-do-deer-1689440870?utm_source=recirculation&utm_medium=recirculation&utm_campaign=wednesdayPM 

> >
> > Has any Texbirder observed this first hand? There are some videos on
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> >
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Subject: Re: Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds
From: Ervin Fleming <endersgt AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 17:13:24 -0800
longish reply.............
Since I don't contribute very often, I come from a photography and science 
background. 

If I may shed some light on motive... The cells of an organism need sugars to 
drive the cell processes. But the main job of most cells requires proteins to 
perform. Proteins break down into amino acids and are rebuilt into the specific 
proteins required by the cells. So atypical behaviors (like rainforest 
elephants eating cave dirt for salt missing in their diet) are based on diet 
deficiencies for the most part. Imbalances in diet through short term climate 
variations are a given and most critters have survival behaviors programmed in. 
It's kinda neat when we get to see them at work. 

Apologies if this sounded a bit stiff or if everyone already knew this stuff. 
Mainly trying to keep it short. 

Tom Fleming
Grand Prairie 

On Thursday, March 5, 2015 6:33 PM, Paul and Georgean Kyle  
wrote: 

  


When we were banding on a regular basis back in the 90s, we came upon a deer 
chewing on a bird in one of the mist nets.

Paul


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www.ChimneySwifts.org

Sanctuary Stewards
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www.TravisAudubon.org
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Subject: [texbirds] Re: Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds

They eat all the egg shells from compost heap.  part egg.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 5, 2015, at 5:08 PM, Jane F Tillman  wrote:
>
> Received this from a friend, Marya Fowler, at the National Wildlife
> Federation
> 
http://io9.com/field-cameras-catch-deer-eating-birds-wait-why-do-deer-1689440870?utm_source=recirculation&utm_medium=recirculation&utm_campaign=wednesdayPM 

>
> Has any Texbirder observed this first hand? There are some videos on
> YouTube and it is corroborated by the USGS with a quick Google search.
>
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Subject: Re: Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds
From: "Paul and Georgean Kyle" <dwa AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:32:27 -0600
When we were banding on a regular basis back in the 90s, we came upon a deer 
chewing on a bird in one of the mist nets.

Paul


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Sent: Thursday, March 05, 2015 6:06 PM
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Subject: [texbirds] Re: Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds

They eat all the egg shells from compost heap.  part egg.

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 5, 2015, at 5:08 PM, Jane F Tillman  wrote:
>
> Received this from a friend, Marya Fowler, at the National Wildlife
> Federation
> 
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Subject: Re: Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 18:06:28 -0600
They eat all the egg shells from compost heap.  part egg. 

Sent from my iPhone

> On Mar 5, 2015, at 5:08 PM, Jane F Tillman  wrote:
> 
> Received this from a friend, Marya Fowler, at the National Wildlife
> Federation
> 
http://io9.com/field-cameras-catch-deer-eating-birds-wait-why-do-deer-1689440870?utm_source=recirculation&utm_medium=recirculation&utm_campaign=wednesdayPM 

> 
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> YouTube and it is corroborated by the USGS with a quick Google search.
> 
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Subject: Field Cameras Catch Deer Eating Birds
From: Jane F Tillman <jtillman AT utexas.edu>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 17:08:30 -0600
Received this from a friend, Marya Fowler, at the National Wildlife
Federation

http://io9.com/field-cameras-catch-deer-eating-birds-wait-why-do-deer-1689440870?utm_source=recirculation&utm_medium=recirculation&utm_campaign=wednesdayPM 


Has any Texbirder observed this first hand? There are some videos on
YouTube and it is corroborated by the USGS with a quick Google search.

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Subject: Re: Locations in Posts on TEXBIRDS
From: "L Markoff" <canyoneagle AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:57:05 -0800
When I first got on Texbirds about 10 years ago I lived in Virginia. I knew 
nothing about the geography of Texas, so whenever someone posted from a town or 
county that I didn't recognize, I got out my map and looked it up. Later I 
discovered Google maps, and wow, that made learning even easier! I commuted to 
Texas for about 5 years before moving there in 2006. Before I moved to Oregon I 
did the same thing with the Oregon birding list, I looked up the places myself 
in order to learn them, something I continue to do. By actually looking up 
locations myself I learned the places in Texas and Oregon much better than if 
someone had simply told me. 


I did the same thing when I was learning about birds. From the time I got my 
first book about birds at age 10 I have always tried to figure out a bird on my 
own first because I found that I learned better that way. And now at age 59 I 
still think I learn best by puzzling over it myself first, before asking for 
help. Consider it brain exercise, eh? Have fun with it! :-) 


Lori Markoff
Eugene, OR (formerly Austin, TX)


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Subject: [texbirds] Locations in Posts on TEXBIRDS

Richard,

I do realize that Texas is a big place with lots of uncommon names, maybe some 
confusing ones like Paris, Palestine, Egypt, and China Grove (ode to the Dubbie 
Brothers inteneded). 


The TEXBIRDS rules require only identifying a place, county, town, etc. I don't 
think its too much to ask if someone is curious as to where a place is to look 
it up! Any of the popular mapping sites would work for that. 


It would just get crazy to ask for example you identify your location as Port 
Aransas, Central Texas Coastal barrier island. 




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Houston, TX
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> there were some indication of the part of the state that is the source for 
sightings. 

> Heaven forbid I should run to my Texas map!
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> Dick Mooers, Port Aransas.
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Subject: Ruff at Anahauc NWR
From: David Sarkozi <david AT sarkozi.net>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 16:01:51 -0600
I just got word from the management at Anahuac NWR that a Reeve
(Female Ruff) was located this morning across from the boardwalk
parking area on the west side of Shoveler Pond.

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Subject: The Canyon Lakes of Lubbock - February Update
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 14:01:55 -0600
Greeting All:
My second game for the year (competing only against my self-set goals) is
to see how many species of butterfly, amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal
I can find and photograph along Lubbock's Canyon Lakes - running from the
west loop to the east loop.

My goals for the year - 50 species of butterfly, 5 species of amphibian, 10
species of reptile, 200 species of bird, and 10 species of mammal - with
90%, overall, documented via photography.

February saw some progress with 3 species of butterfly, 0 species of
amphibian, 1 species of reptile, 54 species of bird, and 1 species of
mammal bringing my totals for the year up to 4 species of butterfly (8%), 0
species of amphibian (0%), 1 species of reptile (10%), 73 species of bird
(37%), and 2 species of mammal (20%) for 2015 of which 53 species have been
photographed (66%).

Things will hopefully pick up in March when butterflies (easily
photographed) start picking up.

The February list with new species denoted with an * and newly photographed
species denoted with a (y):

Orange Sulphur
Mourning Cloak *(y)
Goatweed Leafwing*

Red-eared Slider *(y)

Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Gadwall
Mallard
Northern Shoveler
Ring-necked Duck
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Ruddy Duck (y)
Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Sora *
American Coot
Ring-billed Gull
Herring Gull
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove (y)
White-winged Dove *(y)
Mourning Dove (y)
Barn Owl *
Belted Kingfisher
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Peregrine Falcon *
Prairie Falcon *
Eastern Phoebe
Blue Jay
Red-breasted Nuthatch *
Brown Creeper * (y)
Winter Wren *
Marsh Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet (y)
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird (y)
European Starling
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Song Sparrow (y)
Swamp Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco * (y)
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
House Finch (y)
House Sparrow

Black-tailed Prairie Dog

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Blue Bunting & HB Kite - Bentsen SP
From: Roy Rodriguez <Roy.Rodriguez AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 17:17:43 +0000
3-05-15
Hi TexBirders,

Good birding at Bentsen-RGV State Park continues - with regular sightings of 
resident birds and a couple of rarities. 


Blue Bunting
A female Blue Bunting was photographed yesterday (Mar 4) bathing at Green Jay 
Blind water feature, around 10:30 am. 


Hook-billed Kite:
A dark-morph individual continues its routine over Bentsen State Park HQ each 
morning around 9 am. It flies in a northwesterly direction, gaining altitude 
over the levee as it heads over the fields. 



Where to look for birds of interest at Bentsen RGVSP:

Parking lot and Park HQ/Store Gardens & Courtyard -
__Plain Chachalaca
__Greater Roadrunner
__Ruby-throated Hummingbird
__Black-chinned Hummingbird
__Buff-bellied Hummingbird
__Clay-colored Thrush
__Long-billed Thrasher
__Curve-billed Thrasher
__Olive Sparrow
__Lark Sparrow
__Altamira Oriole

Levee/canal right outside HQ/Park Store -
__Hook-billed Kite
__Green Kingfisher
__Ringed Kingfisher
__Black Phoebe
__Cave Swallow
__Long-billed Thrasher

Nature Center feeding stations -
__Plain Chachalaca
__White-tipped Dove
__Black-crested Titmouse
__Clay-colored Thrush
__Long-billed Thrasher
__Curve-billed Thrasher
__Green Jay
__Hooded Oriole
__Altamira Oriole

Kingfisher Overlook -
__Gray Hawk
__Ringed Kingfisher
__Green Kingfisher
__Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
__Cave Swallow

Green Jay Blind -
__Gray Hawk
__Plain Chachalaca
__White-tipped Dove
__Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
__Black-crested Titmouse
__Clay-colored Thrush
__Long-billed Thrasher
__Green Jay
__Olive Sparrow
__Lincoln's Sparrow
__Blue Bunting
__Hooded Oriole
__Altamira Oriole

Acacia Loop -
__Gray Hawk
__Plain Chachalaca
__White-tipped Dove
__Eastern Screech-Owl
__Common Pauraque
__Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet
__Black-crested Titmouse
__Verdin
__Olive Sparrow
__Black-headed Grosbeak
__Lazuli Bunting
__Indigo Bunting

Hawk Tower/Rio Grande Trail -
__Gray Hawk
__Greater Roadrunner
__Verdin
__Curve-billed Thrasher
__Lark Sparrow
__Pyrrhuloxia
__Indigo Bunting


Bird Feeding at Bentsen-RGV State Park

Every year, we have questions from visitors & birders about our feeding 
schedule. 


We have 10 feeding stations in the park, active from October to April.

Many folks believe we should feed birds year-round, but there are several 
reasons we do not feed in late spring or summer here at Bentsen: 



* There will be a regular drop in feeder activity as soon as our local breeding 
birds begin nesting and defending territories. When this happens, the numbers 
of local birds visiting our feeders will drop off considerably. 


* Many nesting birds will need protein (insects) or other natural foods and may 
not travel out of their way to seek feeders as they do in winter. 


* By March 15th, migrating Red-winged Blackbirds take over our feeding stations 
and promptly consume all available inventory. 


* By the end of March, Bronzed Cowbirds begin moving into the park. These nest 
parasites are not encouraged as they have been a major nuisance in recent 
years. 


We will continue feeding in the mornings, but will stop bird feeding in the 
afternoons on Sunday Mach 15. We plan to stop regular bird feeding on or near 
the last day of March except for the Nature Center and Bird Blinds. 


March 15 - No PM feeding
March 31 - End to regular feeding (except Nature Center and Bird Blinds)


Thank you.  Good Birding.

Roy at Bentsen


Roy J Rodriguez
Park Ranger I - Park Interpreter
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
World Birding Center
2800 S Bentsen Palm Drive
Mission, TX 78572
956-584-9156 ext 234
956-584-9126 fax
Roy.Rodriguez AT tpwd.texas.gov
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Subject: This year's competition with Rich Kostecke - February update
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 13:17:41 -0600
Greetings All:
This year's competition features Anthony Hewetson birding Clapp Park in
Lubbock against Rich Kostecke birding Devine Lake Park in the Austin area.
At the end of January young master Kostecke held a considerable lead with
65 species to Hewetson's 41.

Hewetson picked up some ground in February, adding 20 species to the Clapp
Park list for 2015, making it all the way up to 61 species - not quite
matching Kostecke's end of January total - yeesh!

Kostecke added a mere five species to his Devine Lake Park total, finishing
February off with 70 species.

While 70 to 61 is a lot better than 65 to 41, things are looking a bit grim
at the Clapp Park end of things.  It will be interesting to see what kind
of impact March has on the two totals.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Locations in Posts on TEXBIRDS
From: David Sarkozi <david AT sarkozi.net>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:10:22 -0600
Richard,

I do realize that Texas is a big place with lots of uncommon names,
maybe some confusing ones like Paris, Palestine, Egypt, and China
Grove (ode to the Dubbie Brothers inteneded).

The TEXBIRDS rules require only identifying a place, county, town,
etc. I don't think its too much to ask if someone is curious as to
where a place is to look it up! Any of the popular mapping sites would
work for that.

It would just get crazy to  ask for example you identify your location
as Port Aransas, Central Texas Coastal barrier island.



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Houston, TX
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> Heaven forbid I should run to my Texas map!
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Subject: Re: Black-chinned Hummingbird at Utopia
From: "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" <Fred_Collins AT hctx.net>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 22:20:36 +0000
Richard. Welcome to Texas. Utopia is an actual Texas town, not just a Texan 
bragging. 



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

Life member TOS and SWAN
Advisrory Board Member HAS  and KPC

Employee of
Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner
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I'm new to the list and am enjoying it very much, but I need some help. I'm a 
winter Texan. Postings would be more meaningful to me if there were some 
indication of the part of the state that is the source for sightings. 

Heaven forbid I should run to my Texas map!

Dick Mooers, Port Aransas.

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Subject: [texbirds] Black-chinned Hummingbird at Utopia

Hi all,

Saw my FOS male Black-chinned Hummingbird here this morning.
Tomorrow morning it will wonder what the hurry was....

Mitch Heindel
Utopia

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Subject: Re: Black-chinned Hummingbird at Utopia
From: "Richard Mooers" <rmooers AT twcny.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 15:31:59 -0600
I'm new to the list and am enjoying it very much, but I need some help. I'm
a winter Texan.  Postings would be more meaningful to me if there were some
indication of the part of the state that is the source for sightings.
Heaven forbid I should run to my Texas map!

Dick Mooers, Port Aransas.

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Subject: [texbirds] Black-chinned Hummingbird at Utopia

Hi all,

Saw my FOS male Black-chinned Hummingbird here this morning.
Tomorrow morning it will wonder what the hurry was....

Mitch Heindel
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Subject: Black-chinned Hummingbird at Utopia
From: mitch AT utopianature.com
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2015 13:18:05 -0800
Hi all,

Saw my FOS male Black-chinned Hummingbird here this morning.
Tomorrow morning it will wonder what the hurry was....

Mitch Heindel
Utopia

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Subject: Bastrop Co (local)
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 12:03:05 -0600
No time to do another 'big" day like yesterday but visited a private prop.
Continuing Chestnut Collared Longspurs and 2 Baird's Sandpipers, the later
my FOS.  Watched a GB Heron eat what appeared to be an American Eel on the
Colorado R.
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503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

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Subject: Big Year Update, Houston-Brunswick Lake Lesser Black-backed Gull and Pectoral Sandpiper
From: David Sarkozi <david AT sarkozi.net>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2015 11:45:11 -0600
Was only able to bird about an hour on Sunday but I did pick up a Year
Bird, Pectoral Sandpiper at the eBird Hotspot Brunswick Lakes. There
was also a Lesser Black-backed Gull present for a new patch bird for
me. The Pectoral Sandpipers brought my total to 283 for the year.

Water levels at this rentention pond have dropped and there are a lot
of shorebirds present. All day long there seem to be a good number of
gulls present and they are circulation from some other site. I think
perhaps they are moving back and forth from a landfill on Almeda Road
about 5 miles away.

See my blog, 
http://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2015/03/a-little-break-in-weather.html 


for details and a picture of the Lesser Black-backed Gull

-- 
David Sarkozi
Houston, TX
(713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
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Subject: Informal Century Club Field Trip
From: D D Currie <ddbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 19:58:37 -0600
To All:  The Pittsburg, Texas Chamber of Commerce is very interested in
attracting birders to Lake Bob Sandlin.  Interestingly, the are 4 small
counties in the vicinity of Lake Bob Sandlin including:  Camp, Morris,
Franklin and Titus.
Dell and I are going to hit these 4 counties over the weekend of March 14 &
15 as part of the Century Club birding.  If you would like to join us, we
plan on meeting at the Barefoot Bay Marina and Resort at 7:30am on
Saturday, March 14th.  The Pittsburg COC and the Marina will be providing
coffee and donuts for us birders on Saturday morning.  We will visit
locations noted as ebird hotspots and any other areas that look
interesting.  Sunday birding destinations will depend on how we do on
Saturday.

*County birding is somewhat random and fluid.  In other words.....we don't
totally know where we're going until we get there!*

Bring food, water, snacks, and 2-way radios if you want to participate.

*PLEASE RSVP TO ME BY WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND.*

Here is the location for Barefoot Bay Marina and Resort:
Barefoot Bay Marina and Resort

5244 FM 1520, Pittsburg, Texas 75686
We are located at the FM 1520 Bridge on Lake Bob Sandlin.  This is 4 miles
northwest of Pittsburg.

*903-856-3643 <903-856-3643>*
Info AT barefootbaymarina.com


D. D. Currie

TOS, Region 3 Director

817-919-8587


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Subject: Tuesday morning birding, Hagerman NWR.
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 18:24:37 -0600
Today we had a little break in the freezing temperatures but we had to contend 
with heavy fog. We wound up with a nice total of 69 species +2 other taxa 
without any views of the lake. It was an exciting day with Wood Ducks, Hooded 
Mergansers a Merlin and a Pileated Woodpecker at Deaver Pond. On farther down 
the road we saw a flock of 33 Wild Turkeys a group of wild hogs and a Greater 
Roadrunner. Upon exiting Meadow Pond Road we decided to go look for the 
Red-headed Woodpecker by the fishing hole On Big Mineral Creek and were 
successful. We turned around heading back to complete the day and found a Bald 
Eagle sitting in the big Cottonwood by the Big Mineral picnic area. 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S22160585
Jack Chiles, Texas Master Naturalist and volunteer Hagerman NWR.

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Subject: La Sal del Rey & Port Mansfield
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 17:44:30 -0600
Hi, all!
 

Pat Heirs, Gary Davidson, and I had a wonderful (albeit blustery and misty)
day Sunday exploring subject areas; my personal list was 118 (and the others
saw a couple more that I missed)!  Highlights included a Least Flycatcher
(different bird than the one you found, Dan! J), lots of Snipe, and several
species of sparrows, including Clay-colored, Grasshopper, and Vesper!  Full
trip report and pictures are here:

 

http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/2015%20Field%20Trips/March/La%20Sal%
20del%20Rey.html

 

.or here:

 

http://tinyurl.com/q4c2eaz

 

Enjoy!  MB

 

Mary Beth Stowe

McAllen, TX

miriameaglemon.com

 



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Subject: Rusty Blackbirds - Harris County- Sheldon Lake - Garrett Rd
From: Nina Rach <nrach AT autrevie.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 22:31:18 +0000 (UTC)
About 12:15 pm today, was very surprised to see and hear a mixed flock of 
blackbirds on the north side of Sheldon Lake. There were at least four Rusty 
Blackbirds, and many more Red-winged Blackbirds, in the flooded mixed forest on 
the north side of Garrett Road. I first heard them when I was parked in the 
pullout on the south side, just east of the bridge. I followed them for about 
15 minutes. Very vocal. 

Nina Rach
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Subject: Webberville, Utley (local stuff)
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 13:14:56 -0600
.
One of my birdiest days thus far this season..Many flocks of dense fog
emboldened passerines.  Franklin's Gull heard up in the soup.  A few
longspurs, Rusty Blackbirds, White-eyed and Blue-headed Vireos and a
Pyrrhuloxia..~69 species so far. Yard time now.
**********************************************************************
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503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

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Subject: Re: Replacement Sibley guide
From: "Rita Clements" <rclements001 AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:52:43 -0600
I got “the good one” today from Amazon (thru US Postal Service), Second 
Printing, July 2014. Thank goodness. 

 

I guess they learned from the mistake with sending Carolyn (and God knows who 
else) the old one. I bought the first one at a store (not even noticing the 
light print) so I didn’t get a refund from Barnes and Noble (and haven’t 
tried). 


 

Best of luck to everybody that hasn’t received the second printing yet.  

 

Rita Clements

Dale, Tx   (Bastrop County) 

512-940-4260 (cell)

 

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Sent: Monday, February 23, 2015 10:29 AM
To: rclements001 AT austin.rr.com
Subject: Re: [texbirds] Re: Replacement Sibley guide

 

Let us know when you get yours. I'm very curious. Since they're refunding my 
money I'm not going to buy a replacement until I actually see it in the store. 


 

 

-----Original Message-----
From: Rita Clements 
To: dkelly163 
Cc: dmarc-noreply ; TEXBIRDS 
 

Sent: Mon, Feb 23, 2015 7:53 am
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Replacement Sibley guide

I had a problem finding the reprint at barnes snd noble in austin but i havent
checked since about a month after the reprint had been done. 
 
I can only pray
they dont send me the wrong one from amazon 
 
 
Rita Clements
SW Bastrop
county
 
> On Feb 22, 2015, at 5:02 PM, Donna Kelly 
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> I've not had very good results trying to replace my copy of
Sibley. Can't
> go into all the details, life is too short. Glad that some
folks are
> getting good results.
> On Sun, Feb 22, 2015 at 4:37 PM, Redacted
sender carolynohl AT aol.com for
> DMARC  wrote:
> 
 
>> Well, now Amazon issued me a refund for my original purchase price and
>> 
sent me a return label for the one they just sent. So I can buy the
>> 
replacement of my choice. That's the plan anyway. I'm going to the
>> bookstore
and actually see it before I buy it.
>> 
>> Carolyn Ohl-Johnson
>> Big Bend
area
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
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>> To: TEXBIRDS

>> Sent: Sun, Feb 22, 2015 12:52 pm
>> Subject:
[texbirds] Replacement Sibley guide
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>> 
>> I was so excited open my
replacement guide from Amazon. To my horror, the
>> print was so pale I
couldn't read it. I checked the printing date and sure
>> enough, it's Mar
2014, the same as my previous one that I'm trying to
>> replace. So I have to
deal with it again. Getting tiresome. Just to let
>> everyone know. I'll keep
you updated.
>> 
>> Lucifer Hummingbirds are due to arrive any day now. My
earliest date for
>> one was Feb 24th.
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Carolyn
Ohl-Johnson
>> Big Bend area
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Subject: Crownridge Canyon question (no sighting)
From: Kurt Frieders <gwb_rules AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:54:57 -0800
I'm going to be staying in the River Walk area of San Antonio in mid-March with 
my family. We would like to try to see some Western-Scrub Jays while we are 
there. We are planning on visiting Friedrich, but I also have read a little 
about Crownridge Canyon. Both are fairly close to where we are staying. We'd 
appreciate any advice as to which is a more reliable place to see them. Also if 
you could give us any specific areas to look. Thanks in advance. I'm always 
happy to help anyone needing some Illinois birds. 

Kurt Frieders
Aurora, IL


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Subject: Corpus/Port Aransas 3/2
From: Jon McIntyre <mcintyrebirds AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 21:53:41 -0600
Highlights around Corpus and Port Aransas today:

Swallow-Tailed Kite (2)- near the Port Aransas Golf Course
Rusty Blackbird- same spot as yesterday on PR22.
Cinnamon Teal (3)- Port Aransas Birding Center
Yellow-Crowned Night-Heron- Paradise Pond
Pyrrhuloxia (3)- Packery Channel
Field Sparrow- Packery Channel

Jon McIntyre
Corpus Christi, TX

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Subject: Woodcock display...
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 19:30:44 -0600
>
  None on the precious few decent evenings in Utley since about mid-Feb.
Is it over for 2015 in Cen-Tex?  I sometimes have had them here until like
Mar. 8-10.  Don't have exact dates.  Nothing this eve.
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Trail Tracker Report - Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Mar 2, 2015
From: Donna Kelly <dkelly163 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 15:28:24 -0600
Another really dismal day, we toured the West Lake Road area again this
morning due to weather conditions.
Raptors were scarce and the lake was barely visible through the mist.
Highlight was an early migrating Louisiana Waterthrush.
Yellow-rumped Warblers were dripping from the mesquite.

Tours only continue through the end of March and beginning to fill up so
call for reservations. 956-748-3607 X111.
Tours Thursday - Monday 8:30 - 12, Friday at 1 PM alternating between Bahia
Grande and Laguna Atascosa.


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Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Cameron, US-TX
Mar 2, 2015 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: eBird Trail Tracker
45 species

Blue-winged Teal  9
Northern Shoveler  7
Bufflehead  3
Ruddy Duck  25
Northern Bobwhite  12
Pied-billed Grebe  59
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  1
Tricolored Heron  6
White Ibis  8
Turkey Vulture  4
Cooper's Hawk  1
White-tailed Hawk  2
Sora  2
Common Gallinule  1
American Coot  300
Long-billed Curlew  6
Forster's Tern  3
Common Ground-Dove  6
White-tipped Dove  1
Greater Roadrunner  1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  1
Crested Caracara  3
American Kestrel  3
Eastern Phoebe  3
Vermilion Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  7
Purple Martin  5
Barn Swallow  12
Cliff Swallow  12
Verdin  2
Cactus Wren  1
Curve-billed Thrasher  4
Long-billed Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  25
Louisiana Waterthrush  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  15
Savannah Sparrow  5
Lincoln's Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  6
Eastern Meadowlark  10
Great-tailed Grackle  5




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Home is where you park it!
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Subject: Highlights from Lubbock this morning
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:15:24 -0600
Greetings All:
When I arose this morning the birds barely let me get food in the feeders
before swarming me and as I left there were 2 Lincoln's Sparrows, 8 Pine
Siskins and 3 American Goldfinches (both of which are rarely seen in my
neighborhood) hitting the thistle/sunflower feeder.  I also had 4 Cedar
Waxwings (very rarely seen in my neighborhood) huddling in one of my very
small live oaks.

I spent a half hour at Whisperwood Pond (4th Street and Raleigh Avenue)
this morning with the following highlights: 2 Greater White-fronted Geese,
7 Snow Geese, 2 Ross's Geese, 4 Canvasbacks, 1 Redhead, and 45 Cedar
Waxwings.

The goose flock at this site has gone from a fairly even mix of Cackling
and Canada Geese during the week or so before the storm to an almost
entirely Cackling Goose flock this morning.

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Subject: More Lubbock highlights from yesterday
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:10:27 -0600
Greetings All:
Some highlights from Lubbock on 1 March 2015:

150+ Cedar Waxwings along Quaker Avenue between 4th Street and 19th Street
in the morning.

1 Lincoln's Sparrow (rare in my neighborhood), 2 Northern Cardinals (rare
in my neighborhood), 8 Pine Siskins, and 4 American Goldfinches (rare in my
neighborhood) at my feeders in the late morning.

1 Common Merganser, 1 Eared Grebe, and 32 Cedar Waxwings at Whisperwood
Pond in the afternoon.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Robins and waxwings in Lubbock
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 10:06:56 -0600
Greetings All:
Most of this winter has featured low numbers of American Robins and very
low numbers of Cedar Waxwings in the Lubbock area.

The latest weather system seems to have changed that.

Some of my numbers:

Yesterday morning along Quaker between 4th and 19th: 250+ American Robins
and 150+ Cedar Waxwings.

Yesterday afternoon at Whisperwood Pond: 62 American Robins and 32 Cedar
Waxwing.

Yesterday afternoon from one spot in the Whisperwood neighborhood: 240+
American Robins.

This morning at Whisperwood Pond: 80 American Robins and 45 Cedar Waxwings.

Other observers in the area noted large numbers of American Robins and
Cedar Waxwings coincident with this storm system.  Also noted: increasing
numbers of Lincoln's Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, Northern Cardinals, House
Finches, Pine Siskins, and American Goldfinches at local feeders over the
weekend - and at least one report of a Purple Finch in the Lubbock area!

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Re: TOS East Texas Weekender
From: Laurie Foss <lauriefoss AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 08:28:49 -0600
As a weekender participant, I will tell you that the entire weekend was fun
and very birdy. The cold and windy conditions were no deterrent to a bunch
of determined birders. For me, the day that I was scheduled to go on the
(cancelled) Lake Tawakani trip I went on a trip to Lake of the Pines
instead and had a terrific time with David Brotherton and his host of other
local leaders. It's hard not to have a great time seeing White-breasted and
Brown-headed Nuthatches, Red-headed and Downy Woodpeckers, numbers of
Common Goldeneyes and other east Texas specialties. I would like to add my
thanks to the Tyler Audubon members who worked so hard on our behalf, and
to DD Curry for conceiving the idea in the first place.
Laurie Foss
Austin

Laurie Foss
Austin, TX

On Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 7:46 AM, peter barnes  wrote:

> Thanks, D.D. In addition to the people D.D. mentioned, I would like to
> thank D.D. and Dell Little for leading the trip to Richland Creek WMA, and
> Richard Kinney and Ross Rasmussen, who volunteered to lead field trips to
> Lake Tawakoni, but were foiled by weather. Thanks also to Ann Bush, Janet
> and Ron Cook, Joe and Annie Marsey, Boyd Sanders and Dennis Scott, for
> leading participants to field trips and for answering questions at the
> hotel. We all appreciated that the participants were good humored and
> enthusiastic despite the weather and field trip cancellations. Finally,
> D.D. Currie deserves a round of applause for conceiving of the weekend and
> providing unflappable guidance before and during the event. It was fun to
> meet people from all over the state and we hope that you will come back and
> bird with us again.
> Peter Barnes
> Tyler
>
> On Sun, Mar 1, 2015 at 5:52 PM, D D Currie  wrote:
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> > Despite sleet, snow, ice, rain and cold temperatures, the East Texas
> > Adventure was a great success.  I want to especially thank Peter Barnes
> for
> > all his organizing and reorganizing of field trips to adjust for changing
> > weather conditions. A special thanks to Peter, Mike Bloodsworth and David
> > Brotherton for leading field trips. Also want to thank Tyler Audubon
> > participants for manning the registration/information tables at the hotel
> > and for providing escorts to and from the hotel to field trip locations.
> > All I heard was how helpful and friendly the Tyler Audubon group was to
> the
> > participants.
> > Thanks again!
> > D. D. Currie
> > Director
> > Region 3 Pineywoods
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Subject: Re: TOS East Texas Weekender
From: peter barnes <pbarnes123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Mar 2015 07:46:58 -0600
Thanks, D.D. In addition to the people D.D. mentioned, I would like to
thank D.D. and Dell Little for leading the trip to Richland Creek WMA, and
Richard Kinney and Ross Rasmussen, who volunteered to lead field trips to
Lake Tawakoni, but were foiled by weather. Thanks also to Ann Bush, Janet
and Ron Cook, Joe and Annie Marsey, Boyd Sanders and Dennis Scott, for
leading participants to field trips and for answering questions at the
hotel. We all appreciated that the participants were good humored and
enthusiastic despite the weather and field trip cancellations. Finally,
D.D. Currie deserves a round of applause for conceiving of the weekend and
providing unflappable guidance before and during the event. It was fun to
meet people from all over the state and we hope that you will come back and
bird with us again.
Peter Barnes
Tyler

On Sun, Mar 1, 2015 at 5:52 PM, D D Currie  wrote:

> Despite sleet, snow, ice, rain and cold temperatures, the East Texas
> Adventure was a great success.  I want to especially thank Peter Barnes for
> all his organizing and reorganizing of field trips to adjust for changing
> weather conditions. A special thanks to Peter, Mike Bloodsworth and David
> Brotherton for leading field trips. Also want to thank Tyler Audubon
> participants for manning the registration/information tables at the hotel
> and for providing escorts to and from the hotel to field trip locations.
> All I heard was how helpful and friendly the Tyler Audubon group was to the
> participants.
> Thanks again!
> D. D. Currie
> Director
> Region 3 Pineywoods
>
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Subject: Re: TOS East Texas Weekender
From: Christine Turnbull <cbsturnbull AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:42:13 -0600
Yes. Absolutely fantastic time. Thank you TOS, Tyler Audubon and all of the 
trip leaders. Despite the weather, it was a great time. Great trip leaders, 
great organizing. 

Christine Turnbull
San Antonio
 
> CC: texbirds AT freelists.org
> From: maitlandj AT flash.net
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: TOS East Texas Weekender
> Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:57:07 -0600
> To: ddbirder AT gmail.com
> 
> I agree. It was a great weekend of birding. Thanks to all who made it happen 
and to all who participated. 

> 
> Jan Maitland
> Red Oak, Tx
> 
> Sent from my iPod
> 
> On Mar 1, 2015, at 5:52 PM, D D Currie  wrote:
> 
> > Despite sleet, snow, ice, rain and cold temperatures, the East Texas
> > Adventure was a great success.  I want to especially thank Peter Barnes for
> > all his organizing and reorganizing of field trips to adjust for changing
> > weather conditions. A special thanks to Peter, Mike Bloodsworth and David
> > Brotherton for leading field trips. Also want to thank Tyler Audubon
> > participants for manning the registration/information tables at the hotel
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Subject: Re: TOS East Texas Weekender
From: Jan Maitlandj <maitlandj AT flash.net>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:57:07 -0600
I agree. It was a great weekend of birding. Thanks to all who made it happen 
and to all who participated. 


Jan Maitland
Red Oak, Tx

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> Despite sleet, snow, ice, rain and cold temperatures, the East Texas
> Adventure was a great success.  I want to especially thank Peter Barnes for
> all his organizing and reorganizing of field trips to adjust for changing
> weather conditions. A special thanks to Peter, Mike Bloodsworth and David
> Brotherton for leading field trips. Also want to thank Tyler Audubon
> participants for manning the registration/information tables at the hotel
> and for providing escorts to and from the hotel to field trip locations.
> All I heard was how helpful and friendly the Tyler Audubon group was to the
> participants.
> Thanks again!
> D. D. Currie
> Director
> Region 3 Pineywoods
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Subject: TOS East Texas Weekender
From: D D Currie <ddbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:52:54 -0600
Despite sleet, snow, ice, rain and cold temperatures, the East Texas
Adventure was a great success.  I want to especially thank Peter Barnes for
all his organizing and reorganizing of field trips to adjust for changing
weather conditions. A special thanks to Peter, Mike Bloodsworth and David
Brotherton for leading field trips. Also want to thank Tyler Audubon
participants for manning the registration/information tables at the hotel
and for providing escorts to and from the hotel to field trip locations.
All I heard was how helpful and friendly the Tyler Audubon group was to the
participants.
Thanks again!
D. D. Currie
Director
Region 3 Pineywoods


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Subject: RCWMA TOS Field Trip - Saturday
From: D D Currie <ddbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:43:26 -0600
Twelve more hardy souls braved cold temps and rain yesterday on our
Saturday TOS field trip to Richland Creek WMA.  We had 73 species.....three
species not seen on Friday included Black-crowned Night Heron, Tree Swallow
and Winter Wren.
Checklists included in this summary:
(1): Richland Crk WMA (S. Unit)(Freestone Co) PPW-W 019
Date: Feb 28, 2015, 8:00 AM
(2): Richland Creek WMA (N. Unit)(Freestone Co.)
Date: Feb 28, 2015, 7:38 AM
(3): Richland Crk WMA (N. Unit)(Navarro Co) PPW-W 019
Date: Feb 28, 2015, 10:50 AM

250 Gadwall -- (2),(3)
104 Mallard -- (1),(2),(3)
36 Blue-winged Teal -- (2),(3)
750 Northern Shoveler -- (2),(3)
800 Northern Pintail -- (2),(3)
250 Green-winged Teal -- (2),(3)
25 Canvasback -- (3)
4 Redhead -- (3)
8 Ring-necked Duck -- (3)
47 Lesser Scaup -- (2),(3)
12 Bufflehead -- (2)
1 Hooded Merganser -- (3)
325 Ruddy Duck -- (2),(3)
12 Pied-billed Grebe -- (2),(3)
37 Neotropic Cormorant -- (2),(3)
31 Double-crested Cormorant -- (1),(2),(3)
3 American White Pelican -- (3)
17 Great Blue Heron -- (1),(2),(3)
15 Great Egret -- (2),(3)
3 Snowy Egret -- (3)
1 Black-crowned Night-Heron -- (3)
9 White-faced Ibis -- (3)
7 Black Vulture -- (2),(3)
9 Turkey Vulture -- (1),(2),(3)
3 Northern Harrier -- (2),(3)
8 Bald Eagle -- (2),(3)
1 Red-shouldered Hawk -- (3)
4 Red-tailed Hawk -- (2),(3)
4 Virginia Rail -- (3)
2 Sora -- (3)
1 Common Gallinule -- (3)
1300 American Coot -- (2),(3)
2 Killdeer -- (2)
2 Greater Yellowlegs -- (2)
25 Least Sandpiper -- (2)
64 Long-billed Dowitcher -- (2)
26 Wilson's Snipe -- (3)
1 Bonaparte's Gull -- (2)
44 Ring-billed Gull -- (1),(2),(3)
10 Forster's Tern -- (2)
3 Mourning Dove -- (3)
3 Red-bellied Woodpecker -- (1),(3)
2 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker -- (1),(2)
2 Downy Woodpecker -- (2),(3)
5 Northern Flicker -- (1),(2)
1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) -- (2)
1 Pileated Woodpecker -- (1)
1 American Kestrel -- (3)
1 Peregrine Falcon -- (2)
2 Eastern Phoebe -- (2),(3)
19 American Crow -- (1),(2),(3)
1 Tree Swallow -- (2)
8 Cave Swallow -- (2)
10 Carolina Chickadee -- (1),(2),(3)
4 Tufted Titmouse -- (3)
1 Winter Wren -- (1)
6 Carolina Wren -- (1),(2),(3)
2 Hermit Thrush -- (1),(3)
4 American Robin -- (1)
1 Northern Mockingbird -- (2)
2 European Starling -- (2)
1 Common Yellowthroat -- (3)
215 Yellow-rumped Warbler -- (1),(2),(3)
1 Field Sparrow -- (1)
6 Vesper Sparrow -- (3)
40 Savannah Sparrow -- (2),(3)
3 Song Sparrow -- (1),(3)
6 Swamp Sparrow -- (3)
5 White-throated Sparrow -- (1)
21 Northern Cardinal -- (1),(2),(3)
150 Red-winged Blackbird -- (2),(3)
2 Western Meadowlark -- (2),(3)
26 Western/Eastern Meadowlark -- (2),(3)


D. D. Currie and Dell Little


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Subject: TOS Smith county trips this weekend in north east Texas
From: peter barnes <pbarnes123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 16:39:30 -0600
For the TOS weekender, we ran a Smith county hotspots trip, led by Mike
Bloodsworth on Friday and me on Saturday. Despite the cold and wind, we
tallied a good variety of 80+ species on each of the two  days. Highlights
were 12 species of ducks, 2 Canada Geese (still a novelty in Smith county)
on Saturday at Lago del Pino, 5 Bald Eagles on Friday (Camp Tyler, Lake
Tyler and Bellwood Lake), 2 Ospreys on Friday (Lake Tyler, Pleasure Acres
Lake), a Franklin's Gull on Friday (Bellwood Lake), 2 Red-headed Woodpecker
on Friday (Camp Tyler and Lake Tyler nearby), 1 Hairy Woodpecker on
Saturday (Camp Tyler), 4 Fish Crows on Friday (Camp Tyler), single Purple
Finches on Friday and Saturday (Camp Tyler), 5 Eastern, 2 Spotted and 2
hybrid Towhees on Saturday (Camp Tyler),
While scouting for the weekend on Thursday, Feb 26, I had 10 Neotropic
Cormorants perched on the dock at the Villages Marina on Lake Palestine,
and 100 Rusty Blackbirds in the woods near the Lake Tyler dam.

Peter Barnes,
Tyler


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Subject: Fwd: eBird Trail Tracker Report - Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Mar 1, 2015
From: Donna Kelly <dkelly163 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 15:53:08 -0600
Another dreary morning for the tour to West Lake Road but the birds were
moving and some were very vocal. The lake continues to be covered with
Coots and Ruddy Duck with massive rafts of Pied-billed Grebe. I only
counted the closest ones that were positively ID'd.
Bird tours only continue through March 30 and are beginning to fill up so
call for reservations. 956-748-3607 X111.
Tours Thursday - Monday 8:30 - 12, Friday at 1 PM alternating between Bahia
Grande and Laguna Atascosa.

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Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Cameron, US-TX
Mar 1, 2015 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: eBird Trail Tracker
Comments:     West Lake Road to Guzzler
61 species

Gadwall  4
American Wigeon  8
Blue-winged Teal  7
Northern Shoveler  8
Northern Pintail  1
Redhead  6
Lesser Scaup  12
Bufflehead  3
Ruddy Duck  18
Northern Bobwhite  7
Pied-billed Grebe  59
Neotropic Cormorant  1
Double-crested Cormorant  1
American White Pelican  14
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  4
Tricolored Heron  11
Black-crowned Night-Heron  1
White Ibis  13
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  4
Osprey  2
Northern Harrier  2
White-tailed Hawk  2
Sora  2
Common Gallinule  1
American Coot  350
Killdeer  3
Long-billed Curlew  7
Forster's Tern  4
Common Ground-Dove  7
White-tipped Dove  3
Greater Roadrunner  8
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  4
American Kestrel  1
Eastern Phoebe  2
Vermilion Flycatcher  2
Couch's Kingbird  2
White-eyed Vireo  11
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  10
Purple Martin  12
Tree Swallow  12
Barn Swallow  15
Verdin  2
Bewick's Wren  2
Cactus Wren  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
Curve-billed Thrasher  4
Long-billed Thrasher  9
Northern Mockingbird  39
Orange-crowned Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  4
Yellow-rumped Warbler  23
Olive Sparrow  4
Savannah Sparrow  6
Lincoln's Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  7
Pyrrhuloxia  1
Red-winged Blackbird  56
Eastern Meadowlark  17
Great-tailed Grackle  6




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Subject: Red-naped Sapsucker Deussen Park
From: Michael Cooper <michael20212 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 14:15:19 -0600
Surprised to find what I believe is another Harris County Red-naped
Sapsucker. Found at Alexander Deussen park. Bird was located in trees just
in front of the restroom closest to the boat ramp. The bird appears to be
an adult female. My experience with this bird is limited to the one seen at
Battleground, but everything appears right for red-naped. Bird was seen
today at 11:15. Any feedback appreciated.
Michael B Cooper
Kingwood, TX
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Subject: Bentsen Bird Walk 3/1/15
From: Hannah Buschert <Hannah.Buschert AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 19:49:52 +0000
Good afternoon,
We had a nice, cool day for a bird walk with tons of birds to see! We started 
off with some great birds at the Nature Center, Altamira Orioles, Clay-colored 
Thrush, and plenty of Green Jays. Not too much at the Resaca, so we headed 
towards the Kiskadee Blind, where we saw an Eastern Screech-Owl, Golden-fronted 
Woodpecker, and several Olive Sparrows. We finally saw a Lincoln's Sparrow at 
the Green Jay Blind, and more White-tipped Doves. On the ride around the park, 
we sat with a very bold Greater Roadrunner searching for food and had several 
Gray Hawks perching in trees. 

Species                                                 Count
Plain Chachalaca                               10
Double-crested Cormorant         2
Turkey Vulture                                  4
Gray Hawk                                          2
American Coot                                  1
Common Ground-Dove                3
White-tipped Dove                         12
White-winged Dove                       1
Mourning Dove                                1
Greater Roadrunner                       1
Eastern Screech-Owl                      1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker    2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker      1
Great Kiskadee                                 13
White-eyed Vireo                            1
Green Jay                                            8
Tree Swallow                                     2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher                   1
Clay-colored Thrush                        1
Northern Mockingbird                   1
Orange-crowned Warbler            5
Olive Sparrow                                    4
Lincoln's Sparrow                             3
Northern Cardinal                            8
Red-winged Blackbird                    15
Great-tailed Grackle                       18
Altamira Oriole                                  2
House Sparrow                                 19

Happy Birding!

Hannah Buschert
Park Ranger 1-Naturalist
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
2800 S Bentsen Palm Drive
Mission, Texas 78752
Hannah.Buschert AT tpwd.texas.gov
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Subject: Lubbock highlights this morning
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:37:30 -0600
Greetings All:
Though it is decidedly tricky to get around this morning, I did get out for
a few errands and a large, brownish gull at Leroy Elmore Park stalled me
for about a half hour.

In addition to the first cycle Herring Gull there were two other
highlights: 7 Wood Ducks and 1 Red-breasted Merganser (in the company of 2
Hooded Mergansers).  The number of cormorants is way down - from almost 100
the last time I looked to 2 - but duck diversity has picked up
considerably.  The increase in duck diversity is probably the result of
smaller playas with poorer circulation freezing over and consequent
searches for open water.

Though I did not stop, Maxey Park has some open water and might be good and
Whisperwood Pond was absolutely packed with waterfowl.  I may try to get a
handle on the Whisperwood Pond situation this afternoon - when things have
started thawing a bit.

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Subject: Big Year Update
From: David Sarkozi <david AT sarkozi.net>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:32:10 -0600
I'm back in the chase of the big year after being out of state for 2
weekends in a row. I netted 3 new ones Saturday to make the 282 mark.
Details in my blog at
http://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2015/03/back-in-saddle-again.html

-- 
David Sarkozi
Houston, TX
(713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
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Subject: Central Coast Birding Today, American Golden Plover et al
From: "Sheridan Coffey" <dmarc-noreply-modpost AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "sngcanary@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 03:49:19 +0000 (UTC)
Dear all,Martin Reid and I drove down to the coast around Corpus Christi, 
despite the rather miserable rainy weather. Luckily, it was not as cold as in 
San Antonio. Signs of spring are out there. 

We stopped on the way down in Live Oak County, where we had a flock of about 15 
Lark Buntings on the access road of I-37. Lark Buntings have been in short 
supply in our area this winter. There were a few Lark Sparrows and some Eastern 
Meadowlarks in the same flock, a bit of a theme. There were also a lot of 
Savannah Sparrows on the road edges. 

When we got to Odem Martin spotted a flock of white geese in a pasture on the 
south side of the highway. We had seen geese in this pasture in the past, but 
not in the last three years or so. We did a detour on County Rd 27 and ended up 
seeing over 500 Snow Geese and over 100 Ross's Geese. We also had two alternate 
plumaged Franklin's Gulls fly over, our first of the year. At the end of 27 we 
turned right on 54, where two dozen Northern Cardinals and several Pyrrhuloxias 
feeding together on the road. There was a female towhee that appeared to be a 
Spotted/Eastern hybrid, with very limited spotting on her back and a white 
patch at the base of the primaries. 

We then headed out to Padre Island, stopping at the Laguna, where we had huge 
flocks of Redheads. Large flocks continued all the way down to the National 
Seashore on Padre Island. We estimated over 25,000 birds! On the way south to 
the seashore, we ran into small groups of Purple Martins. I counted over fifty, 
just on this stretch of road. We had even more later, when we drove down 
Mustang Island and in Port Aransas. The beach had a few Herring Gulls and six 
Piping Plovers, along with a lot of Laughing Gulls, Royal Terns, Forster's 
Terns, etc. Visibility was extremely poor, so we decided the bird in the marsh 
areas. Right before we left the visitors center, an adult Peregrine barreled 
through, picking a fight with a male Harrier. We drove down Bird Basin Road, 
where we had an early American Golden Plover. There were also three Sprague's 
Pipit's on the road side at the end where the picnic tables are. A Barn and a 
Tree Swallow were resting in a bush, looking a bit bedraggled. 

We hit Port Aransas, which had a lot of birds, but nothing earth shattering. We 
did see a Solitary Sandpiper in a small pond by I-37 at mile marker 56, next to 
one of the gas stations. 

American Golden Plover (documentation shot, poor quality)
American Golden Plover,
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Subject: Laredo birds of late
From: Holly Reinhard <holly.reinhard AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 20:41:01 -0600
Hello birders,
Since our festival earlier this month, we've had some great birds around.
Here are some highlights:

- Carlos Escamilla found and photographed a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER at North
Central Park on February 15th. It has not been seen lately.

Lake Casa Blanca has been super birdy lately. This morning I had my FOS
FIELD SPARROW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER (seems very
early), and an AUDUBON'S ORIOLE. This is only the 2nd time I have ever seen
Audubon's Oriole at this park, in 2 years of working there, so it was a
great surprise.

The enormous flock of gulls remains at Lake Casa Blanca, with all but a few
being Ring-billed Gulls. There are a few Herrings mixed in, and another
1st-winter large gull that might be a Lesser Black-backed. It has a much
lighter grayish-white head than Herring (there's a 1st-winter Herring that
some out of state birders and I saw it with, so that was a good
comparison).

The two WESTERN GREBES continue at Lake Casa Blanca as well, still best
seen from Day Use Area G, looking northeast. They tend to hang out in the
reeds in front of the island.

White-collared Seedeaters are being found around the Laredo area, but are
still hit and miss since they haven't begun to sing yet.

Good birding,

Holly Reinhard
Laredo


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Subject: East Austin Couch's Kingbirds
From: Mollie Kloepper <mkloepper AT att.net>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:34:00 -0600
This afternoon east of Austin:
The pond at Walnut Creek Sewage plant had a lot of the common winter ducks.
At the pond at the entrance to Kipp school, two Couch's Kingbird's were 
hunting over the water.
At Hornsby Bend, the Barred Owl's were calling. We had a brief look at a 
Fox Sparrow beside the path between Lower Island View and Upper Island View.

Mollie and Pete Kloepper
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Subject: Waller Co. - Lesser Canada goose
From: "Harvey Laas" <hlaas AT consolidated.net>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 18:05:22 -0600
About 1:30pm today I found a white-cheeked goose among about 100 G.
white-fronted geese and around 2000 snows. The location is the intersection
of FM 359 and FM 529 in the NW quadrant.  I called John Berner because I
suspected it was Canada rather than cackling goose.  Spent an 1.5 hours
scoping it.  It appeared slightly larger than the white-fronted geese.  It
had a very long neck  and appeared to large for cackling.  Overall
appearance fit Lesser Canada Goose very well - subspecies parvipes.  Canada
goose has become next impossible to find in this neck of the woods.  
The fallow rice field across FM 529 from the geese had a few ducks,
dowitchers, greater yellowlegs and least sandpipers.

 

Harvey Laas

10 miles N of Brookshire

 

It's not quite Spring yet. Though I did hear a white-eyed vireo this
afternoon.



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Subject: Fwd: eBird Trail Tracker Report - Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Feb 28, 2015
From: Donna Kelly <dkelly163 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 17:20:48 -0600
Dismal weather for the tour to Bahia Grande this morning but shore birds
put on a magnificent show. The mud flats were black with birds and
multitudes more swirled in murmurations over the Laguna. We estimated
10,000 plus birds. Best guesses were a mix of Western and Semipalmated
Sandpiper with a large mass of Dowitchers - Long/short billed - based on
feeding behaviours.
Season drawing to a close at the end of March. Tours are beginning to fill
up so call for reservations. 956-748-3607 X111.
Tours Thursday - Monday 8:30 - 12, Friday at 1 PM alternating between Bahia
Grande and Laguna Atascosa.

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Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Cameron, US-TX
Feb 28, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: eBird Trail Tracker
Comments:     Bahia Grande Unit
Peeps - mix of Western and Semipalmated Sandpipers 10,000 plus
38 species (+1 other taxa)

Northern Pintail  60
Redhead  65
Northern Bobwhite  20
Double-crested Cormorant  11
American White Pelican  12
Brown Pelican  3
Great Blue Heron  8
Great Egret  6
Snowy Egret  2
Reddish Egret  3
Black Vulture  4
Osprey  2
Northern Harrier  4
Harris's Hawk  2
White-tailed Hawk  2
American Coot  5
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet  2
Long-billed Curlew  9
Short-billed/Long-billed Dowitcher  60
Forster's Tern  5
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  3
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  1
Crested Caracara  3
American Kestrel  1
Aplomado Falcon  1
Loggerhead Shrike  5
White-eyed Vireo  2
Horned Lark  12
Tree Swallow  40
Verdin  1
Bewick's Wren  3
Cactus Wren  1
Curve-billed Thrasher  7
Northern Mockingbird  14
Savannah Sparrow  11
Pyrrhuloxia  1
Eastern Meadowlark  27




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Subject: Osprey in Lubbock
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:43:32 -0600
Greetings All:
Jeremy and Canyon Clark reported an Osprey at Mae Simmons Park today - seen
while sledding at Lubbock's version of a ski resort:)

Anthony Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Clapp Park visit today
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:39:14 -0600
Greetings All:
Three of us (Jim Crites, William Wenthe, and myself) spent two hours at
Clapp Park (Lubbock) this afternoon. There was approximately five inches of
snow on the ground, the playa was iced over, and things were not anywhere
close to as warm as predicted. We spotted 21 species - highlights are in
bold.

1 Black-crowned Night Heron
1 Ring-billed Gull
9 Rock Pigeons
10 Eurasian Collared Doves
1 White-winged Dove
*1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker*
3 Blue Jays
13 American Robins
1 Northern Mockingbird
1 European Starling
*2 Cedar Waxwings*
1 Yellow-rumped Warbler
2 Spotted Towhees
31 Song Sparrows
1 Lincoln's Sparrow
1 Swamp Sparrow
1 Dark-eyed Junco
1 Red-winged Blackbird
12 Great-tailed Grackles
1 American Goldfinch
1 House Sparrow

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Corpus Area 2/28
From: Jon McIntyre <mcintyrebirds AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 15:11:34 -0600
Highlights around the Corpus Christi area today:

American Golden-Plover (Corpus Christi Landfill)
Lesser Black-Backed Gull (2 at Corpus Christi Landfill)
Sprague's Pipit (CR53)
Burrowing Owl
Aplomado Falcon (Hwy. 361 near Mustang Island SP)
Grasshopper Sparrow (2 in Flour Bluff)
Purple Martins (50+ along the coast)

Jon McIntyre
Corpus Christi, TX


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Subject: San Antonio Audubon Phone message Feb 28
From: Georgina Schwartz <gbird AT att.net>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:56:14 -0600
SAAS phone message February 28 3015
Telephone number 210-308-6788

Georgina Schwartz recording

Hello, this is the San Antonio Audubon Society with our

February 28 recording of recent bird sightings and an update

on coming activities.

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

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

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

repeat your phone number, please.

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

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

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

will be back.

You may also access our website at _www.saaudubon.org_ 
for more

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

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

some photos of interest.

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

them.

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

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

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

end of Brackenridge Park. The next one is this next Thursday, March 5

when the speaker will be Jessica Alderson , Urban Biologist with Texas

Parks and Wildlife. She will cover some of the challenges people face

when dealing with wildlife in the city. All are welcome.

The next outing will be to Metha Haggard's ranch in SW Bexar

county on Saturday March 7. We will meet at 8 AM. Call Metha

at 210.622.3886 for details. Bring snacks and water for this

walking around trip on her ranch.

On Sunday March 8 we will meet at Southwest High School at 8 AM.

Meet leader Helen Rejzek near the coach's office at the rear of

11914 Dragon Lane reached off Old Pearsall Rd south of the Medina River.

The next Beginner's walk is on Saturday, March 14 at the Judson Nature

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

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

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

the swimming pool.

On Tuesday, March 17 we will go to Max Starcke and Riverview Parks in

Seguin.Meet Sandi Wheeler in the Parking lot next to the big tanks in

Max Starcke Park at 8 AM  Reach this park off southbound TX123 at the

Guadalupe River. For info reach Sandi at wheels83 AT gmail.com 


Saturday March 21 we meet Coco Brennan at the Bracken Bat Cave

for birding at 8 AM. We will be expected to sign a liability release

form for them. Follow FM 3009 west from northbound I-35 through

Garden Ridge to the entrance just before Natural Bridge Caverns.

Info at Georgina at 210-342-2073. Lunch at a neighborhood restaurant.

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

will be on Tuesday, March 24, at 8 AM with Sandi Wheeler.

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

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

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

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

Call 210-628-1639 for more info.

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

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

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

Happy Birding!





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Subject: RCWMA TOS Field Trip
From: D D Currie <ddbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:14:27 -0600
On Friday, February 27, 2015 6:06 PM, D D Currie 
wrote:

As part of the TOS East Texas Adventure this weekend, 12 of us braved
sleet, snow and low temperatures at Richland Creek WMA today.  We ended the
day with 84 species.  Highlights included 1 Common Goldeneye, 3 Hooded
Mergansers, 31 White-faced Ibis, 11 Bald Eagles, 3 Virginia Rails, 1
Sora, 1 Common Gallinule, 2 Crested Caracaras, 1 Peregrine Falcon, 10 Cave
Swallows, and 1 Western Meadowlark (1 calling, but more in the flock).
Complete list as follows:


Checklists included in this summary:
(1): Richland Creek WMA (N. Unit)(Freestone Co.)
Date: Feb 27, 2015, 7:23 AM
(2): Richland Crk WMA (N. Unit)(Navarro Co) PPW-W 019
Date: Feb 27, 2015, 11:12 AM
(3): Richland Creek WMA (N. Unit)(Freestone Co.)
Date: Feb 27, 2015, 10:00 AM
(4): Richland Crk WMA (S. Unit)(Freestone Co) PPW-W 019
Date: Feb 27, 2015, 8:00 AM

1 Snow Goose -- (1)
12 Wood Duck -- (2),(4)
250 Gadwall -- (1),(2)
113 Mallard -- (1),(2),(4)
20 Blue-winged Teal -- (1),(2)
300 Northern Shoveler -- (1),(2)
1200 Northern Pintail -- (1),(2)
200 Green-winged Teal -- (1),(2)
20 Canvasback -- (2)
3 Redhead -- (1)
30 Ring-necked Duck -- (1),(2)
40 Lesser Scaup -- (1),(2)
11 Bufflehead -- (1)
1 Common Goldeneye -- (2)
3 Hooded Merganser -- (1),(4)
245 Ruddy Duck -- (1),(2)
16 Pied-billed Grebe -- (1),(2)
20 Neotropic Cormorant -- (1),(2)
30 Double-crested Cormorant -- (1),(2),(4)
24 American White Pelican -- (1),(2)
25 Great Blue Heron -- (1),(2)
22 Great Egret -- (1),(2)
4 Snowy Egret -- (2)
32 White-faced Ibis -- (2)
44 Black Vulture -- (2),(4)
26 Turkey Vulture -- (1),(2),(4)
5 Northern Harrier -- (1),(2)
11 Bald Eagle -- (1),(2),(4)
2 Red-shouldered Hawk -- (2),(4)
6 Red-tailed Hawk -- (1),(2)
3 Virginia Rail -- (2)
1 Sora -- (2)
1 Common Gallinule -- (2)
2000 American Coot -- (1),(2)
2 Killdeer -- (1)
1 Greater Yellowlegs -- (1)
80 Least Sandpiper -- (1)
22 Long-billed Dowitcher -- (1),(2)
12 Bonaparte's Gull -- (1)
27 Ring-billed Gull -- (1),(2)
10 Forster's Tern -- (1)
2 Mourning Dove -- (1),(2)
1 Belted Kingfisher -- (1)
5 Red-bellied Woodpecker -- (2),(4)
3 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker -- (2),(4)
3 Downy Woodpecker -- (2),(4)
7 Northern Flicker -- (4)
2 Northern Flicker (Red-shafted) (4)
1 Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) -- (2)
1 Pileated Woodpecker -- (2)
2 Crested Caracara -- (3)
1 American Kestrel -- (1)
1 Peregrine Falcon -- (2)
2 Eastern Phoebe -- (1),(2)
1 Loggerhead Shrike -- (1)
6 Blue Jay -- (2),(4)
25 American Crow -- (1),(2),(4)
10 Cave Swallow -- (1)
7 Carolina Chickadee -- (2),(4)
7 Tufted Titmouse -- (2),(4)
2 Marsh Wren -- (2)
12 Carolina Wren -- (2),(4)
1 Golden-crowned Kinglet -- (4)
4 Ruby-crowned Kinglet -- (2),(4)
3 Eastern Bluebird -- (4)
2 Hermit Thrush -- (4)
23 American Robin (2)
1  Northern Mockingbird (?)
15 Cedar Waxwing (?)
3 European Starling -- (4)
3 Common Yellowthroat -- (2)
370 Yellow-rumped Warbler -- (1),(2),(4)
14 Field Sparrow -- (2),(4)
16 Vesper Sparrow -- (2),(4)
28 Savannah Sparrow -- (1),(2)
12 Song Sparrow -- (2),(4)
7 Swamp Sparrow -- (2)
12 White-throated Sparrow -- (4)
5 White-crowned Sparrow -- (2)
8 Dark-eyed Junco -- (4)
23 Northern Cardinal -- (1),(2),(4)
360 Red-winged Blackbird -- (1),(2),(4)
1 Western Meadowlark -- (2)
20 Western/Eastern Meadowlark -- (2)
3 American Goldfinch -- (4)

D.D. Currie and Dell Little


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Subject: Anahuac pictures from last week, say's phoebe, krider's and grebes etc
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:07:41 -0600
The say's phoebe that has been wintering mainly just east of the Skillern
tract of Anahuac Refuge for the last 3 winters was traplining along the
fence row on the 18th. It fed very like a white-tailed kite; perching, then
flying out and hovering and then pouncing on prey on and in the ground.
Enlarge the bird a little and change the color a good bit and it and you
would have a great feeding kite on the fence.
Here it does a mystery bird pose

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198142

The phoebe followed the fence from its favorite corral for more than 1/2
miles before flying across the highway way back into the idle rice field.
Some of the prey was at least partially buried as the bird would have sand
on the bill when returning to the fence.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198141

Not the best plumage but the cold weather does not really seem to affect
its ground prey

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198143

Very close by, the krider's hawk from last winter perches on some of the
same poles this winter.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198134

And still has its pet phobia from last winter and always flees whenever a
port-a-potty truck comes by. Not sure where or why it learned that behavior
as other trucks do not disturb it

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198137

Ducks are scarce on shoveler pond for some reason and some lesser scaup
showed of the green sheen on their heads. At least it looked green when I
looked at them and is still green on the right bird for the camera

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198116

However they have a crest on the back of the head, a very small nail on the
bill and only half a wings worth of white striping

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198117

One pair of northern pintails has been in the same spot for more than a
month

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198120

Even when tipped up, even the female shows a nice pintail

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198121

Pied-billed grebes also have a pointed tail

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

Two or three actually had pied bills but the posing birds only had darker
colors there

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198127

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198129

Most of the white-faced ibis are just passing over but the birds around the
tour roads are starting to get pink faces but the knees were hidden.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/159198125

Another great day to be out.

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


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Subject: Re: this pair showed up
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 15:33:46 -0600
female - immature cowbirds they are by overwhelming consensus! :0   
thanks all who replied.
On 2/27/2015 2:53 PM, Monte wrote:
> https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8675/16639639146_e80eaaa505_o.jpg
> -- 
> Monte
> https://picasaweb.google.com/monte.phillips
> Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
> Mark Twain

-- 
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“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled 
long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer 
interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s 
simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. 
Once you give a charlatan power over you, you almost never get it back." - Carl 
Sagan 




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Subject: ID please
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:47:17 -0600
there appears to be a pair of these but am hesitant to call the ID. I 
left a sparrow in the pic for size comparison/color etc.
help much appreciated....again!  ;)
https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8675/16639639146_e80eaaa505_o.jpg

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"A word to the wise ain't necessary -- it's the stupid ones that need the 
advice" ~ Bill Cosby 


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