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Updated on Thursday, January 29 at 10:08 PM EST
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29 Jan Striped Sparrow today Jan 29 update. [Brush Freeman ]
29 Jan RBA - Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley - 1/29/2015 ["Mary Gustafson" ]
29 Jan Austin Area RBA [Nate McGowan ]
29 Jan Suggestions for High Island Area? [Mark Jarrett ]
29 Jan Tyler State Park 1-29-15 [Boyd Sanders ]
29 Jan Black-throated grey warbler- YES [Gary Richards ]
29 Jan Purple Martins back in Central Texas...Wooo whooo! [Brush Freeman ]
29 Jan Painted Red start still at Falfurrias rest stop ["" ]
29 Jan Brazoria County Tuesday: empty beaches and marshes [Joseph Kennedy ]
29 Jan Utley.... local "spring" stuff. [Brush Freeman ]
29 Jan Re: Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch ["Jeff Scott" ]
29 Jan Gray-crowned Yellowthroat YES ["" ]
29 Jan No Gray-crowned Yellowthroat, Tuesday (27th) afternoon and Wed (28th) morning ["paul sellin" ]
28 Jan Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch [Cameron Carver ]
28 Jan That Sparrow..an update today from Ira Sanders. [Brush Freeman ]
28 Jan Re: Pileated woodpecker-eastern Travis County-local interest [Dale Tilson ]
28 Jan Pileated woodpecker-eastern Travis County-local interest [Dale Tilson ]
28 Jan Re: Male Broad-billed Hummingbird in San Antonio [Reid Martin ]
28 Jan Greater Pewee ??? ["Alan Wormington" ]
28 Jan Crowding the sparrow and found glasses [Beth McBroom ]
27 Jan Striped Sparrow today yes. [Brush Freeman ]
27 Jan Common Crane search advice [Justin Bosler ]
27 Jan Re: Striped Sparrow RFI [Brush Freeman ]
27 Jan Re: NARBA archive link -- got it [Shirley Wilkerson ]
28 Jan Re: Striped Sparrow RFI ["Danielle Plumer" ]
27 Jan Re: Striped Sparrow RFI [Arman Moreno ]
27 Jan Re: Striped Sparrow RFI [Tim Fennell ]
27 Jan RFI: Striped Sparrow [Pat DeWenter ]
27 Jan Striped Sparrow RFI [Brush Freeman ]
27 Jan Re: What Subspecies is a Dark Morph Red-tailed Hawk? [Brian Sullivan ]
27 Jan Re: East Texas Weekender Reminder [D D Currie ]
27 Jan Re: What Subspecies is a Dark Morph Red-tailed Hawk? [David Sarkozi ]
27 Jan Re: What Subspecies is a Dark Morph Red-tailed Hawk? [Brian Sullivan ]
27 Jan Tuesday morning birding, Hagerman NWR [Jack Chiles ]
27 Jan Santa Ana NWR 27JAN2015 ["Raul Garza" ]
27 Jan testing [Dan Smith ]
27 Jan Red-tailed Hawk on Roof of Child-care Center next door - North Central Austin []
27 Jan East Texas Weekender Reminder [D D Currie ]
27 Jan Brown Thrasher and Fox Sparrows at Circle C [Christian Walker ]
27 Jan help needed - NARBA archive page [Shirley Wilkerson ]
27 Jan Re: FOS PM SEEN IN PEARLAND [Lorrie Lowrie ]
27 Jan Re: What Subspecies is a Dark Morph Red-tailed Hawk? [Robert Reeves ]
27 Jan Re: FOS PM SEEN IN PEARLAND [Clayton Leopold ]
27 Jan Gray-crowned Yellowthroat [John Yochum ]
27 Jan What Subspecies is a Dark Morph Red-tailed Hawk? [David Sarkozi ]
27 Jan Montezume Quail Edwards Co. [Brush Freeman ]
27 Jan Male Broad-billed Hummingbird in San Antonio [Reid Martin ]
26 Jan Black-throated Gray Warbler Hays county ["Jackson, Jeffrey R" ]
26 Jan Fwd: eBird Trail Tracker Report - Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Jan 26, 2015 [Donna Kelly ]
26 Jan Fwd: eBird Trail Tracker Report - Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Jan 26, 2015 [Donna Kelly ]
26 Jan RGV Birds: Gray-crowned Yellowthroat, Long-tailed Duck, Brushline Rd. Sparrows [Javier Gonzalez ]
26 Jan Crane and sparrow pictures from Austin and Colorado County [Joseph Kennedy ]
26 Jan (no subject) []
26 Jan RFI: Lesser Prairie Chicken Tours (Dick Wilberforce) in Lipscomb County [Adam Wood ]
26 Jan Big Year Update for Sunday 1/25/2015 [David Sarkozi ]
26 Jan Slow birding in Lubbock over the weekend [Anthony Hewetson ]
26 Jan Gray-crowned Yellowthroat Mon Jan 26th YES [Tiffany Kersten ]
26 Jan Saturday Update on my big year [David Sarkozi ]
26 Jan Brown Booby ["Faria, Eric W" ]
25 Jan FOS PM SEEN IN PEARLAND ["Mira M Pellerin" ]
25 Jan Male Broad-billed Hummingbird in San Antonio ["Sheridan Coffey" ]
26 Jan Re: Possible Thayer's/Iceland Gull - Fort Bend County [James Barnes ]
26 Jan Blue Bunting at Laguna Atascosa NWR [Donna Kelly ]
25 Jan Red-naped Sapsucker [Greg Page ]
25 Jan Rio Grande Village, Big Bend NP - 25 Jan 2015 [Mark Lockwood ]
25 Jan Gray-crowned Yellowthroat YES Sun PM [Tiffany Kersten ]
25 Jan Brunton binoculars for sale [Jason Leifester ]
25 Jan gray-crowned Yellowthroat [David Sarkozi ]
25 Jan Gray-crowned Yellowthroat YES [Tiffany Kersten ]
25 Jan Fwd: Gray- crowned Yellowthroat [Tim Brush ]
25 Jan Striped sparrow, Williamson County -- warning ["Danielle Plumer" ]
24 Jan Estero today ["" ]
24 Jan Common Crane, Muleshoe NWR [Justin Bosler ]
24 Jan Hagerman NWR [Dennis Shepler ]
24 Jan New Braunfel's Airport and Sequin River Road Birds [Gary Richards ]
24 Jan Attwater refuge to Stephen Austin State Park [Joseph Kennedy ]

Subject: Striped Sparrow today Jan 29 update.
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:37:58 -0600
.
Subject bird was seen today, Thurs Jan 29, by seven of seven birders
between 2:30 and 4:30pm.  We were all west of the No Dumping sign and
looking east with the sun behind us.  Bird was on the north side of road
approximately across from  the No Dumping sign.  We were about 150 ft back
and were using a scope and binoculars.  Bird was both on the road and in
the scrub/ small trees across from the No Dumping sign.  Excellent,
prolonged views by most, but all saw and identified the Striped Sparrow.
Good luck to your friends from Denver.
Wallace Lowry  Temple ,Texas
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120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
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Subject: RBA - Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley - 1/29/2015
From: "Mary Gustafson" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "live4birds@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 20:16:39 -0500
Check out the LRGV RBA at http:/rgvbirds.blogspot.com and watch for important 
updates on this site! The Gray-crowned Yellowthroat was seen today. 

 
Mary 
 
Mary Gustafson
Mission, Texas


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Subject: Austin Area RBA
From: Nate McGowan <natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:50:39 -0600
This is the Austin Area Rare Bird Alert. This update is as of 1/29/2015.
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. There have been positive reports daily through
1/26. This is a potential first ABA record, although provenance has been
questioned.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was a great find at Lake Creek Trail*, Williamson*, 1/18.
The bird was present and photographed for several hours before it flew
east. It is likely that the bird is still in the area.

The BROWN BOOBY at Windy Point on Lake Travis, *Travis*, was last reported
1/8.

More updates, positive or negative, are highly encouraged for these birds.

-Rarities found this week-

Two SURF SCOTERS were photographed on Belton Lake, *Bell*, 1/27.

A SAGE THRASHER was photographed Flying X Ranch, *Burnet*, 1/24.

A RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER was photographed at McKinney Falls State Park,
*Travis*, 1/24.

GREATER SCAUPS were seen at Meadow Lake in Round Rock, *Williamson*, 1/27
and CR 352 near Granger Lake, *Williamson*, 1/25.

A FERRUGINOUS HAWK was well described for Salt Lake, *Guadalupe*, 1/24.

Two HORNED GREBES were reported from Russell Park at Lake Georgetown,
*Williamson*, 1/24.

A NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was described from Platt Lane, *Travis,*
 1/25.

-Continuing birds from previous weeks-

A HEPATIC TANAGER continued at Canyon Lake Dam and Nature Trail, *Comal*,
1/24. This is an exceptional record for the area.

A CURVE-BILLED THRASHER continued at Reimer's Ranch, *Travis*, 1/25.

A SAGE THRASHER continued at  Devine Lake Park, *Williamson,* most recently
1/25. The bird has been well photographed.

A BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER continued at John Stokes San Marcos River
Park, *Hays*, most recently 1/29..

A SAY'S PHOEBE continued near Manor, *Travis*, 1/25.

A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE continued at Tejas Camp, *Williamson*, 1/25.

A well photographed ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD continues at a private residence in
west Austin, *Travis*, 1/24. The bird has been present since at least
December.

Individual CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRDS continued on private property in New
Braunfels*, Comal*, 1/24 and a private residence in central Austin, *Travis*,
1/28.

A WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH continued at Max Starke Park in Seguin,
*Guadalupe* 1/19.

A GREAT KISKADEE continued at Berry Springs Park in Georgetown, *Williamson*,
1/29.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continued near CR 428 at Granger Lake, *Williamson*,
1/28.

RUSTY BLACKBIRDS continued at Hornsby Bend, *Travis*, most recently 1/29.

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: Suggestions for High Island Area?
From: Mark Jarrett <majarrett AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:26:05 -0600
I am a novice birder living in Austin.  My brother (an avid birder living
in Athens, GA) is flying out today.  We are driving down to the coast this
evening and getting an early start.  We are planning on staying near
Wallisville.
Any recommendations on good spots to hit this time of year will be greatly
appreciated.

Big Thanks,

-- 
Mark Jarrett
512 656 0670   mobile


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Subject: Tyler State Park 1-29-15
From: Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 21:14:39 +0000
Howdy All!
I was able to make a quick turn around the park this morning in preparation for 
this Saturday's bird tour. Birds were singing all over, especially the Pine 
Warblers. Lots of Pine Siskins and American Goldfinch around the park too. The 
sighting of the day was the small murder of crows that were pestering a Great 
Horned Owl. 


Come on out this Saturday, January 31st at 8:15am and bird with us here at 
Tyler State Park. We will meet at the park headquarters and go birding in the 
park. 


Here's today's list:


American Wigeon  1

Mallard  6

Lesser Scaup  7

Pied-billed Grebe  8

Neotropic Cormorant  2

Black Vulture  5

Turkey Vulture  3

Red-shouldered Hawk  1

Red-tailed Hawk  1

Ring-billed Gull  5

Mourning Dove  3

Great Horned Owl  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  7

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  4

Downy Woodpecker  2

Hairy Woodpecker  2

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  5

Pileated Woodpecker  2

Eastern Phoebe  2

Blue Jay  14

American Crow  8

Carolina Chickadee  13

Tufted Titmouse  7

White-breasted Nuthatch  4

Brown-headed Nuthatch  6

Brown Creeper  6

House Wren  2

Winter Wren  1

Carolina Wren  9

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  3

Eastern Bluebird  10

Hermit Thrush  3

American Robin  5

Brown Thrasher  1

Northern Mockingbird  2

Pine Warbler  30

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  10

Eastern Towhee  3

Chipping Sparrow  30

Field Sparrow  2

Song Sparrow  10

Lincoln's Sparrow  4

White-throated Sparrow  40

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored)  12

Northern Cardinal  8

Red-winged Blackbird  7

Eastern Meadowlark  1

Pine Siskin  40

American Goldfinch  30


Good birding,

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

"Quando omni flunkus moritati (When all else fails, play dead)."- Red Green

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Subject: Black-throated grey warbler- YES
From: Gary Richards <grcolts AT me.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:58:40 -0600
Birded Stokes Park in San Marcos today (Jan. 29) and managed to see the 
black-throated grey warbler. The bird was across the river in a large tree. 

Other birds seen were the red-tailed hawk, Carolina wrens, Carolina chickadees, 
Turkey vultures, White-eye vireos, and yellow-rumped warblers. 


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Subject: Purple Martins back in Central Texas...Wooo whooo!
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:33:29 -0600
.
http://www.purplemartin.org/scoutreport/scout.php?Y=2015&S=TX
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120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
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Subject: Painted Red start still at Falfurrias rest stop
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "stenmead@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:22:54 -0500
Stennie meadours
Sanleon
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Subject: Brazoria County Tuesday: empty beaches and marshes
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:07:30 -0600
I did a tour of Brazoria county on Tuesday starting at San Bernard Refuge
without seeing many birds anywhere. Not even a lot of coot food for the
local eagles which were not seen. Black crowned night herons were feeding
and already have breeding plumes.
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158966565

And one bittern was beside the road

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158966566

The highlight was a single least grebe about half way down the leg of the
tour route past the observation deck. It smiled and then ducked down never
to be seen again.

A merlin went by the car in full hunting mode and showed how fast they can
really move but nobody flushed from the ditches for its breakfast.

Down on Quintana, the drive down to Brazosmouth was smooth and easy. On the
way down and back I had a total of 7 western willets and 10 sanderlings
plus maybe a dozen ring-billed gulls. At the river mouth there were more
birds including 11 lesser black-backed gulls (10 adult and 1 first year
bird). A few terns and gulls including young Caspian terns still begging
for food.

On the way back a group of small birds was catching flies on the beach but
all were American pipits and horned larks.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158966567

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158966568

I drove the beach going east from Surfside to access 7 and did not have
many more birds but a small group of snowy plovers had a banded bird

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158966573

A couple of American kestrels in Surfside did not flee when I stopped

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158966571

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158966570

And an osprey was feeding on a very dead fish that could be smelled at over
100 yards

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158966575

Not sure if it was just lazy or the extremely muddy water was making it
hard to find fresh prey.

Brazoria Refuge was wet but arriving after the school bus tours have
started is not the best of times to find birds near the road. But there
were coots

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158966576

And northern shovelers

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158966577

Who do tip-up like normal ducks

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158966578

The bus stopped next to an osprey perched on the platform where a couple or
roads meet and had to give all a great look at an osprey. Another kestrel
stayed put for me too

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158966579

I drove long stretches of beach and had almost no birds which is odd as the
habitat looked great. Normally there is a large roost of snowy plovers and
a few other birds on Bryan Beach but I found none of any species on the
whole stretch.

Spring migration was started though. A small stream of tree swallows was
heading east across Brazoria Refuge but included no other species.

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


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Subject: Utley.... local "spring" stuff.
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 10:52:21 -0600
.
This morning I heard Snow Geese going over the house but cloud cover fog
prevented me seeing them.  The local Pine Warblers are singing which is
always a sign they they are soon to leave here.  A pair of Pileateds are
really working a downed Post Oak log...Have been for a while.  Must be good
chow in there.  It is right on the ground.  Last night an invisible
Woodcock was doing its thing for a bit beginning at 6:46.  I toyed with one
of the resident screech owls.  Bluebirds still deciding on which house to
use as are the titmice.  Black Vultures appear to be interested, if not
already nesting, in the old deer blind behind the house...Very sneaky about
how they come and go.  Still have an occasional appearance by the
Black-and-white Warbler on the critter cams. A pair of foxes are also
making the rounds again.
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503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

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Subject: Re: Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch
From: "Jeff Scott" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jmscott7bird@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:28:59 -0600
Nice find on the Hairy. I birded the same park last Saturday and saw a Pileated 
Woodpecker there; first time to see one around Ray Roberts. 


Jeff Scott
Argyle
Denton County

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> On Jan 28, 2015, at 5:55 PM, Cameron Carver  wrote:
> 
> Greetings,
> I checked out Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch this afternoon
> looking for the recently reported Tundra Swans and White-winged Scoter. I
> did not locate either of those species, but managed a couple of good birds.
> 
> A Common Loon was close and called a couple of times. I noticed a loon
> preening about 300 meters out. I eventually got a good look at it and it
> was a Pacific Loon. There were at least three more Common Loons on the
> lake, too.
> 
> As I was scanning the lake, I heard a Hairy Woodpecker. I eventually
> flushed the bird from a nearby willow. This species is fairly common north
> along nearly the entirety of the Red River and tributaries. It also seems
> to be findable around the Elm Fork, too. Basically, this species isn't
> really that uncommon in the area in suitable habitat.
> 
> Cameron Carver
> All over the place, TX
> 
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Subject: Gray-crowned Yellowthroat YES
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "live4birds@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:21:22 -0600
The Gray-crowned Yellowthroat was calling and perceived in the open WAY WAY far 
away from any trail. Take the trail south past the pavilion and nearly to the 
next intersection. 


Mary Gustafson
Mission Texas

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Subject: No Gray-crowned Yellowthroat, Tuesday (27th) afternoon and Wed (28th) morning
From: "paul sellin" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "pjsellin@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:00:52 +0000 (UTC)
During my time on site (Tuesday, 12:40 pm to 5:40 pm and Wednesday 7:12 am to 
11:40 am) there were no sightings of the Gray-crowned Yellowthroat.  We 
thought that the bird was heard (single, two-note call) a few times in the area 
just east of the gazebo, and in the main viewing area, 50 yards south of the 
gazebo.  At least five birders were on-hand most of the time.  The most 
common bird seen in the targeted areas was Orange-crowned Warbler.  A male 
Common Yellowthroat was seen on and off near the gazebo.  The reported 
sighting for Tuesday morning may have been the latter bird. 

Thanks, John, at the park office for telling me about the Long-tailed Duck.  I 
saw it yesterday, the 28th, on a pond on the east side of FM 1015, about 2.9 
miles south of Hwy 490 (around 4 miles south of Lasara).  There is a good 
parking lot at the site.  A scope would be very helpful. 

Paul SellinSW Houston
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Subject: Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch
From: Cameron Carver <c.o.carver AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:55:55 -0600
Greetings,
I checked out Ray Roberts Lake State Park - Johnson Branch this afternoon
looking for the recently reported Tundra Swans and White-winged Scoter. I
did not locate either of those species, but managed a couple of good birds.

A Common Loon was close and called a couple of times. I noticed a loon
preening about 300 meters out. I eventually got a good look at it and it
was a Pacific Loon. There were at least three more Common Loons on the
lake, too.

As I was scanning the lake, I heard a Hairy Woodpecker. I eventually
flushed the bird from a nearby willow. This species is fairly common north
along nearly the entirety of the Red River and tributaries. It also seems
to be findable around the Elm Fork, too. Basically, this species isn't
really that uncommon in the area in suitable habitat.

Cameron Carver
All over the place, TX


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Subject: That Sparrow..an update today from Ira Sanders.
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 12:09:48 -0600
.
Hi
I saw your post on texbirds.
I am a Colorado birder and not on texbirds.
I thought maybe you would want to post that I saw the sparrow this morning
between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. and that there was no one else there besides me
until about 9:30. Apparently quite a difference from yesterday.
The bird was a little further east than what seems to be the usual area.
I did get a couple of pretty mediocre pictures.
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Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

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Subject: Re: Pileated woodpecker-eastern Travis County-local interest
From: Dale Tilson <d.tilson AT utexas.edu>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:22:56 -0600
Photo:
http://i57.tinypic.com/34i3g3m.jpg

Dale
On 1/28/2015 9:46 AM, Dale Tilson wrote:
> About 7:45 this morning, on Nez Perce Trace (Manor address) 100 yards 
> east of Gilbert Road. This is just south of the 130 toll road 
> intersection with FM 973.
>
> It's the furthest west I've ever seen one.  Your mileage may vary, of 
> course.
>
> Dale Tilson
> Western Bastrop County, off FM 969

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Subject: Pileated woodpecker-eastern Travis County-local interest
From: Dale Tilson <d.tilson AT utexas.edu>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 09:46:10 -0600
About 7:45 this morning, on Nez Perce Trace (Manor address) 100 yards 
east of Gilbert Road. This is just south of the 130 toll road 
intersection with FM 973.

It's the furthest west I've ever seen one.  Your mileage may vary, of 
course.

Dale Tilson
Western Bastrop County, off FM 969
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Subject: Re: Male Broad-billed Hummingbird in San Antonio
From: Reid Martin <upupa AT airmail.net>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:46:06 -0600
Dear All,
No sign of it since c.8.25 yesterday morning. It must have somewhere nearby 
that it prefers. I suspect that it may sometimes start the day at our feeder 
(but not this morning), then move to its preferred area when the weather is 
good. If it gets cold/wet it may visit us more often. It seems to delight in 
proving me wrong. Until/unless there is a more predictable pattern of behavior, 
we are going to resume normal life. If it reappears, we'll post here. 

Martin

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On Jan 27, 2015, at Jan 27, 8:24 AM, Reid Martin wrote:

> Dear all,
> On Sunday a male Broad-billed Hummingbird briefly visited our balcony flowers 
in NW San Antonio. We put out a feeder, and late yesterday it discovered it. 
This morning it has been present for almost an hour so far, perching nearby 
in-between visits to the feeder/flowers. There is a good likelihood that it 
will frequent our balcony area now that it uses the feeder, but that remains to 
be seen. 

> VISITATION: We live in a gated apartment complex near Fredericksburg Road and 
Wurzbach Rd in NW San Antonio. It is not somewhere that the public can wander 
around freely. The only way to see the bird at our home (a second-storey 
apartment) is from inside our living room. If youd like to try to see this 
bird, please contact us (see below) to discuss access. 

> Those on Facebook should private message me or Sheridan (but Ill have more 
opportunity for real-time replies). Those seeing this on a Listserv should 
email me (= reply to message). If you know our telephone numbers, message or 
call  again Ill be in a better position to answer quickly than would 
Sheridan. 

> 
> Martin and Sheridan.
> 
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> San Antonio
> www.martinreid.com
> 
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Greater Pewee ???
From: "Alan Wormington" <wormington AT juno.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:28:54 GMT
the Houston area? And if so, could you send me some fresh directions? I do not 
even know where Hornsby is located, so I am pretty "green" on this situation. 
much appreciated. Alan WormingtonLeamington, Ontario 

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Subject: Crowding the sparrow and found glasses
From: Beth McBroom <bethmcb AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:06:45 -0600
A similar thing to what Brush relayed happened last Friday.  A car was
parked (with people inside it) about 30 feet west of the no dumping sign
and the sparrow had not been seen.  The car moved to east of the sign, on
the other side of the road and farther away.  The bird popped out right
where the car had been within minutes of it moving.
By the way, I still have a pair of glasses someone lost at the sparrow spot
last Friday or before.  Contact me directly if they are yours.

Beth McBroom
Bethmcb AT gmail.com
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: "Brush Freeman" 
Date: Jan 27, 2015 10:41 PM
Subject: [texbirds] Striped Sparrow today yes.
To: "texbirds AT freelists.org" 
Cc:

.
>   From my facebook page.
> Caroline Callery and I, along with 3 others, saw the Striped Sparrow at
> 5:10 p.m. today where it fed on seed on the road until we left at 5:30 pm.
> It had not been seen all day from 8 am onwards, until its 5:10 appearance.
> One reason it didn't come out earlier may be that it came in from the north
> side of the road (directly across the road from the No Dumping sign)
> exactly where several people had been sitting throughout the afternoon.
> Those "close up" birders left at 5 pm, and the bird showed at 5:10. For the
> best chance to get it to come out into the open, it might be best if no one
> sits/stands closer than 100-120 feet east or west of the sign. Makes no
> difference if one is on the south or north side of the road, as long as
> everyone stays far enough away from the sign. Good luck!
> **********************************************************************
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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: Striped Sparrow today yes.
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 22:40:43 -0600
.
  From my facebook page.
Caroline Callery and I, along with 3 others, saw the Striped Sparrow at
5:10 p.m. today where it fed on seed on the road until we left at 5:30 pm.
It had not been seen all day from 8 am onwards, until its 5:10 appearance.
One reason it didn't come out earlier may be that it came in from the north
side of the road (directly across the road from the No Dumping sign)
exactly where several people had been sitting throughout the afternoon.
Those "close up" birders left at 5 pm, and the bird showed at 5:10. For the
best chance to get it to come out into the open, it might be best if no one
sits/stands closer than 100-120 feet east or west of the sign. Makes no
difference if one is on the south or north side of the road, as long as
everyone stays far enough away from the sign. Good luck!
**********************************************************************
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503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
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Subject: Common Crane search advice
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 21:04:30 -0600
Dear Texbirds,
It is suspected that the Common Crane is roosting on Goose Lake at Muleshoe
NWR, which is all but inaccessible to the public during the winter as a
means to limit disturbance to roosting cranes. However, the cranes roosting
on Goose Lake are heading NW at dawn to forage. The latest information I
have, regarding foraging locations, is from Buck Buchanan who followed the
cranes in that direction and found that they were headed to ag fields north
of FM 298 and west of FM 1731. Up until Sunday, large numbers of cranes
were heading well south of the refuge to foraging sites. That pattern has
changed. Nearly all are heading northwest or west. If I were to search for
the Common Crane, I would start at the junction of FM 298 and FM 1731 at
about 7:45-8:00 AM, watch for them to arrive from the east, and then work
my way north to Coyote Lake. And, if that's not productive, head back to
the junction and head west to Stegall. With a lot of patience and a little
good fortune, I suspect you'll have success.

Good birding,
Justin

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Subject: Re: Striped Sparrow RFI
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:52:30 -0600
Thanks Tim. et al...I have no plans on seeing this bird but it is still fun
to go to some zoos....I guess   Thanks on behalf of others for the
continuing updates.  Some are coming a very long way to see the bird.
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 8:02 PM, Tim Fennell  wrote:

> Brush,
>
> Good luck on this one! I took the long way home from work today and went
> by the Striped Sparrow spot about 3:15. What a zoo! Four cars were parked
> in the eastbound lane (nobody in them). Two barely had two wheels off the
> road and the other two were parked like they were in a driveway, completely
> blocking the eastbound lane! And on a curve! More cars and observers were
> further east. The Striped Sparrow might have had 50 yards of roadway to run
> the "gauntlet" between the observers. I turned around without stopping. I'd
> be surprised to hear that the bird was seen today (but hope it was). I
> won't be surprised if the Constables shut this one down. Thought about
> calling them myself. Incredible!
>
> Cheers,
> Tim Fennell
> Round Rock, TX (15 miles north of Austin)
>
> --------------------------------------------
> On Tue, 1/27/15, Brush Freeman  wrote:
>
>  Subject: [texbirds] Striped Sparrow RFI
>  To: "texbirds AT freelists.org" 
>  Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 6:19 PM
>
>  .
>  A very good friend is driving from the Denver area Thursday
>  specifically to
>  see the Striped Sparrow and can spend Friday and Saturday
>  there if need
>  be...Updates to here or the Texbirds FB. would be very much
>  appreciated as
>  to the bird's ongoing status.
>  **********************************************************************
>  Brush Freeman
>  503-551-5150 Cell
>  120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
>  http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
>  Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
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Subject: Re: NARBA archive link -- got it
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:51:37 -0600
Thanks everyone.  I got the info I needed.
Shirley Wilkerson
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Subject: Re: Striped Sparrow RFI
From: "Danielle Plumer" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "dcplumer@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:27:15 +0000 (UTC)
I was out there on Saturday and had a long chat with a guy who lives nearby (he 
sees the pileated woodpeckers regularly from his house). He expressed concern 
over the parking but was more concerned about people standing in the middle of 
the road on a blind curve (and setting up lawn chairs, apparently). He didn't 
seem angry, just curious about what we were looking at, but it wouldn't 
surprise me if someone does call the sheriff eventually. 

Danielle PlumerGeorgetown, TX
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Subject: Re: Striped Sparrow RFI
From: Arman Moreno <armanmoreno AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:17:13 -0600
Considering there's plenty of shoulder to park at the intersection of 431 &
428, that's very disappointing. Not a very far walk from there at all.
Arman

On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 8:02 PM, Tim Fennell  wrote:

> Brush,
>
> Good luck on this one! I took the long way home from work today and went
> by the Striped Sparrow spot about 3:15. What a zoo! Four cars were parked
> in the eastbound lane (nobody in them). Two barely had two wheels off the
> road and the other two were parked like they were in a driveway, completely
> blocking the eastbound lane! And on a curve! More cars and observers were
> further east. The Striped Sparrow might have had 50 yards of roadway to run
> the "gauntlet" between the observers. I turned around without stopping. I'd
> be surprised to hear that the bird was seen today (but hope it was). I
> won't be surprised if the Constables shut this one down. Thought about
> calling them myself. Incredible!
>
> Cheers,
> Tim Fennell
> Round Rock, TX (15 miles north of Austin)
>
> --------------------------------------------
> On Tue, 1/27/15, Brush Freeman  wrote:
>
>  Subject: [texbirds] Striped Sparrow RFI
>  To: "texbirds AT freelists.org" 
>  Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 6:19 PM
>
>  .
>  A very good friend is driving from the Denver area Thursday
>  specifically to
>  see the Striped Sparrow and can spend Friday and Saturday
>  there if need
>  be...Updates to here or the Texbirds FB. would be very much
>  appreciated as
>  to the bird's ongoing status.
>  **********************************************************************
>  Brush Freeman
>  503-551-5150 Cell
>  120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
>  http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
>  Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
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Subject: Re: Striped Sparrow RFI
From: Tim Fennell <tfennell AT flash.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:02:10 -0800
Brush,

Good luck on this one! I took the long way home from work today and went by the 
Striped Sparrow spot about 3:15. What a zoo! Four cars were parked in the 
eastbound lane (nobody in them). Two barely had two wheels off the road and the 
other two were parked like they were in a driveway, completely blocking the 
eastbound lane! And on a curve! More cars and observers were further east. The 
Striped Sparrow might have had 50 yards of roadway to run the "gauntlet" 
between the observers. I turned around without stopping. I'd be surprised to 
hear that the bird was seen today (but hope it was). I won't be surprised if 
the Constables shut this one down. Thought about calling them myself. 
Incredible! 


Cheers,
Tim Fennell
Round Rock, TX (15 miles north of Austin)

--------------------------------------------
On Tue, 1/27/15, Brush Freeman  wrote:

 Subject: [texbirds] Striped Sparrow RFI
 To: "texbirds AT freelists.org" 
 Date: Tuesday, January 27, 2015, 6:19 PM
 
 .
 A very good friend is driving from the Denver area Thursday
 specifically to
 see the Striped Sparrow and can spend Friday and Saturday
 there if need
 be...Updates to here or the Texbirds FB. would be very much
 appreciated as
 to the bird's ongoing status.
 **********************************************************************
 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: RFI: Striped Sparrow
From: Pat DeWenter <hoocooks4you AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 19:29:35 -0600
I will also be in Williamson Co. on Friday and would appreciate any
updates.  Is anyone still putting out seed?
Pat DeWenter
Weslaco/Hidalgo Co.

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Subject: Striped Sparrow RFI
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:19:19 -0600
.
A very good friend is driving from the Denver area Thursday specifically to
see the Striped Sparrow and can spend Friday and Saturday there if need
be...Updates to here or the Texbirds FB. would be very much appreciated as
to the bird's ongoing status.
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
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Subject: Re: What Subspecies is a Dark Morph Red-tailed Hawk?
From: Brian Sullivan <heraldpetrel AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:02:27 -0800
David
Yes, we have considered this. For morphs it gets complicated when you think
of the variation globally. Hard to standardize into discrete database
fields. We'll keep thinking about it, but it's not at the top of the list
of next developments. Photo upload to eBird is coming soon!

Brian

On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 2:59 PM, David Sarkozi  wrote:

> Brian, that's what I saw., since for Chamber's County it is a very
> unusual morph, I thought suggesting the observer re enter it with the
> correct subspecies and identify the morph in the details and embed the
> picture.
>
> Perhaps plumage variations could be done like breeding, oiled and
> age/sex details are handled. You could have boxes that, light, dark,
> pied, etc.
>
> On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 3:49 PM, Brian Sullivan 
> wrote:
> > David
> >
> > Harlan's Hawk is currently considered a subspecies of Red-tailed Hawk
> (Buteo
> > jamaicensis harlani), which occurs in a cline from light to dark. Morphs
> do
> > not follow taxonomic concepts, so these are unavailable in taxonomies. It
> > would be a good idea to figure out a way to record them in eBird though.
> >
> > Thanks
> >
> > Brian
> >
> > On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, David Sarkozi  wrote:
> >>
> >> Here is a question that I can't find in my field guides. What
> >> subspecies is a dark morph red-tailed hawk considered? I was reviewing
> >> a report of a Harlen's Hawk in eBird that turned out to be a Dark
> >> Morph. Since that isn't a subspecies, you can't list it as that in
> >> eBird, but thinking about it, what subspecies is it a part of?
> >>
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Subject: Re: East Texas Weekender Reminder
From: D D Currie <ddbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 17:07:14 -0600
The correct name for the hotel is:
Country Inn and Suites
6702 S. Broadway
Tyler, TX 75703
903-561-0863
On Jan 27, 2015 12:56 PM, "D D Currie"  wrote:

> Just a reminder......
>
> Tyler Audubon and TOS are sponsoring an East Texas Adventure on February
> 27 and 28, 2015.
>
> There will be no classes or meetings, just daily field trips. A block of
> rooms has been held at Comfort Inn & Suites located at 6702 Broadway Ave,
> Tyler, TX 75073 Phone: 903-561-0863
> 
 

> at a rate of $80 King or $90 2Queen/night.
>
> Check in will be conducted from  4-6 pm at the event hotel on Feb 26 and
> 27.
>
> The cost for the East Texas Adventure is $75/person.  There may
> be additional state park and Corps of Engineer park entry fees for some of
> the field trips that are not included in the event cost.  Trips are
> limited 15 participants.
>
> Participants can pick from four field trips each day as follows:
> 1) Richland Creek WMA, Freestone and Navarro counties, led by D.D.
> Currie and Dell Little, going from 7:30 am to approximately 3 pm. The trip
> will focus primarily on ducks and shorebirds, but wintering sparrows and
> other landbirds will also be seen. Participants need a limited public
> use permit to enter the WMA. Permits cost $12 and can be purchased from any
> location where hunting and fishing licenses are sold. Food and
> restrooms are not available in the WMA, so participants should be prepared.
>
> 2) Lake O' the Pines, Marion and Upshur counties, led by David
> Brotherton, going from 7:30 am to approximately 3 pm. The trip will
> focus primarily on ducks, loons and other waterbirds, with some piney woods
> birds in the parks around the lake.
> 3) Lake Tawakoni, Van Zandt, Hunt and Rains counties, led by Richard
> Kinney and/or Ross Rasmussen, going from 8 am to 2-3 pm. The trip will
> focus on ducks, loons and waterbirds, as well as a variety of wintering
> landbirds at Lake Tawakoni State Park. Participants will visit the Van
> Zandt county boat ramp, several marinas and Lake Tawakoni State Park.
> 4) Smith county hotspots, led by Mike Bloodsworth on Feb 27 and Peter
> Barnes on Feb 28. We will leave the conference hotel at 6:30 am and visit a
> variety of locations in Smith county, including Camp Tyler, the Lake Tyler
> dam, Pleasure Acres, fields and ponds south of Tyler, and Bellwood Lake.
> The trip will go as long as any participants are interested and can end in
> the late afternoon, looking for Sora and Virginia Rail at Bellwood Lake.
> Expect to see 60-80 species if we are not hampered by rain or high winds.
> To secure you spot for this event contact Jim Hailey at
> irasciblej AT gmail.com. Once you have made this contact and your spot
> confirmed please send a  check made out to  Jim Hailey at 110 Lavaca Lane,
> Georgetown, Texas 78628. Include your preference of which trip listing them
> in order of preference.  They will be filled on a first come first
> serve basis.
> Contact D. D. Currie at ddbirder AT gmail.com or 817-919-8587
> 
 

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Subject: Re: What Subspecies is a Dark Morph Red-tailed Hawk?
From: David Sarkozi <david AT sarkozi.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:59:26 -0600
Brian, that's what I saw., since for Chamber's County it is a very
unusual morph, I thought suggesting the observer re enter it with the
correct subspecies and identify the morph in the details and embed the
picture.

Perhaps plumage variations could be done like breeding, oiled and
age/sex details are handled. You could have boxes that, light, dark,
pied, etc.

On Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 3:49 PM, Brian Sullivan  wrote:
> David
>
> Harlan's Hawk is currently considered a subspecies of Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo
> jamaicensis harlani), which occurs in a cline from light to dark. Morphs do
> not follow taxonomic concepts, so these are unavailable in taxonomies. It
> would be a good idea to figure out a way to record them in eBird though.
>
> Thanks
>
> Brian
>
> On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, David Sarkozi  wrote:
>>
>> Here is a question that I can't find in my field guides. What
>> subspecies is a dark morph red-tailed hawk considered? I was reviewing
>> a report of a Harlen's Hawk in eBird that turned out to be a Dark
>> Morph. Since that isn't a subspecies, you can't list it as that in
>> eBird, but thinking about it, what subspecies is it a part of?
>>
>> --
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>> Houston, TX
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Subject: Re: What Subspecies is a Dark Morph Red-tailed Hawk?
From: Brian Sullivan <heraldpetrel AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:49:06 -0800
David
Harlan's Hawk is currently considered a subspecies of Red-tailed Hawk
(Buteo jamaicensis harlani), which occurs in a cline from light to dark.
Morphs do not follow taxonomic concepts, so these are unavailable in
taxonomies. It would be a good idea to figure out a way to record them in
eBird though.

Thanks

Brian

On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, David Sarkozi  wrote:

> Here is a question that I can't find in my field guides. What
> subspecies is a dark morph red-tailed hawk considered? I was reviewing
> a report of a Harlen's Hawk in eBird that turned out to be a Dark
> Morph. Since that isn't a subspecies, you can't list it as that in
> eBird, but thinking about it, what subspecies is it a part of?
>
> --
> David Sarkozi
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Subject: Tuesday morning birding, Hagerman NWR
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:58:01 -0600
Sunshine and calm winds made for great birding. At Meyer Branch, north of 
headquarters we saw Common Yellowthroats and Marsh Wren. On the road to Meadow 
Pond we saw a flock of approximately 30 Wild Turkeys. Found a Horned Grebe at 
Sandy Point and Eared Grebes at C pad. We also saw Eared Grebes, Canvasbacks 
and 49 Redheads there. On the lake at the bottom of the hill at Goode there 
were 6000 or more white geese at 1 p.m. We saw a Pileated Woodpecker on 
Oilfield Rd. We finished the day with 69 species +3 other taxa. 


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Subject: Santa Ana NWR 27JAN2015
From: "Raul Garza" <dmarc-noreply-modpost AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "raulgarzajr_80@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 20:07:34 +0000 (UTC)
Hello All, Went on a long hike this morning although birding was not my mission 
I still managed to create a list. Flushed out an Eastern Screech Owl as I was 
making my way down the tram tarmac. I heard some calls I was unfamiliar. I also 
had an early Orchard Oriole at the Visitor center feeding station feeding on 
the oranges shortly after arriving. Weather was very nice out and great for the 
birds! Hope to see you out on the trails soon! until then good birding to you 
all!! 

Santa Ana NWR, Hidalgo, US-TX
Jan 27, 2015 10:30 AM - 11:50 AM
Protocol: Traveling
4.7 mile(s)
44 species (+1 other taxa)
Plain Chachalaca  31
Turkey Vulture  9
Northern Harrier  1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Harris's Hawk  2
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Gray Hawk  4
Inca Dove  8
Common Ground-Dove  10
White-tipped Dove  11
White-winged Dove  4
Mourning Dove  2
Eastern Screech-Owl  1
Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird  1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  7
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  2
Crested Caracara  1
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet  2
Eastern Phoebe  1
Great Kiskadee  5
Tropical Kingbird  1
Couch's Kingbird  2
Loggerhead Shrike  1
White-eyed Vireo  5
Blue-headed Vireo  1
Green Jay  12
Black-crested Titmouse  3
House Wren  1
Carolina Wren  8
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Long-billed Thrasher  4
Northern Mockingbird  2
Orange-crowned Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
Olive Sparrow  9
Lincoln's Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  6
Red-winged Blackbird  47
Orchard Oriole  1    feeding on oranges at visitor center feeding station
Hooded Oriole  1    there have been 2 females one on chachalaca trail and 
one at the first tenth of a mile of willow lakes trail 

Altamira Oriole  4
Lesser Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  X

Raul Garza Park Ranger Santa Ana NWR3325 Green Jay Road.Alamo Texas 
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Subject: testing
From: Dan Smith <dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:37:14 -0600
Testing for posting issues. Apologies.
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Subject: Red-tailed Hawk on Roof of Child-care Center next door - North Central Austin
From: dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 14:21:44 -0500
I'm sitting here at my desk, and at this moment there is a Red-tailed Hawk 
perched on the roof of the child care center next door. Seems interested. This 
is not the first time it has visited that perch as I have seen it several times 
there before. Over the years it has appeared to me that raptors are becoming 
much more comfortable in town and in pretty close proximity to people out of 
doors. 


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Subject: East Texas Weekender Reminder
From: D D Currie <ddbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 12:56:00 -0600
Just a reminder......
Tyler Audubon and TOS are sponsoring an East Texas Adventure on February
27 and 28, 2015.

There will be no classes or meetings, just daily field trips. A block of
rooms has been held at Comfort Inn & Suites located at 6702 Broadway Ave,
Tyler, TX 75073 Phone: 903-561-0863

at a rate of $80 King or $90 2Queen/night.

Check in will be conducted from  4-6 pm at the event hotel on Feb 26 and 27.

The cost for the East Texas Adventure is $75/person.  There may
be additional state park and Corps of Engineer park entry fees for some of
the field trips that are not included in the event cost.  Trips are
limited 15 participants.

Participants can pick from four field trips each day as follows:
1) Richland Creek WMA, Freestone and Navarro counties, led by D.D.
Currie and Dell Little, going from 7:30 am to approximately 3 pm. The trip
will focus primarily on ducks and shorebirds, but wintering sparrows and
other landbirds will also be seen. Participants need a limited public
use permit to enter the WMA. Permits cost $12 and can be purchased from any
location where hunting and fishing licenses are sold. Food and
restrooms are not available in the WMA, so participants should be prepared.

2) Lake O' the Pines, Marion and Upshur counties, led by David
Brotherton, going from 7:30 am to approximately 3 pm. The trip will
focus primarily on ducks, loons and other waterbirds, with some piney woods
birds in the parks around the lake.
3) Lake Tawakoni, Van Zandt, Hunt and Rains counties, led by Richard
Kinney and/or Ross Rasmussen, going from 8 am to 2-3 pm. The trip will
focus on ducks, loons and waterbirds, as well as a variety of wintering
landbirds at Lake Tawakoni State Park. Participants will visit the Van
Zandt county boat ramp, several marinas and Lake Tawakoni State Park.
4) Smith county hotspots, led by Mike Bloodsworth on Feb 27 and Peter
Barnes on Feb 28. We will leave the conference hotel at 6:30 am and visit a
variety of locations in Smith county, including Camp Tyler, the Lake Tyler
dam, Pleasure Acres, fields and ponds south of Tyler, and Bellwood Lake.
The trip will go as long as any participants are interested and can end in
the late afternoon, looking for Sora and Virginia Rail at Bellwood Lake.
Expect to see 60-80 species if we are not hampered by rain or high winds.
To secure you spot for this event contact Jim Hailey at
irasciblej AT gmail.com. Once
you have made this contact and your spot confirmed please send a  check
made out to  Jim Hailey at 110 Lavaca Lane, Georgetown, Texas
78628. Include your preference of which trip listing them in order of
preference.  They will be filled on a first come first serve basis.
Contact D. D. Currie at ddbirder AT gmail.com or 817-919-8587

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Subject: Brown Thrasher and Fox Sparrows at Circle C
From: Christian Walker <christian.walker AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:32:11 -0600
At the park. All the way on the west end in the thickets by the lone soccer 
field. Circle C Ranch Park Austin TX. 

Good birding,
Christian Walker
Independent Adjuster
Austin, Texas
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Subject: help needed - NARBA archive page
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:12:08 -0600
The North American Rare Bird Alert website -- anyone have a working link to
the archives page?
Thanks,
Shirley Wilkerson
Bryan, TX


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Subject: Re: FOS PM SEEN IN PEARLAND
From: Lorrie Lowrie <lavit1422 AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:07:55 -0600
Purple Martin.

Sent from my iPad

On Jan 27, 2015, at 9:58 AM, Clayton Leopold  
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> Whats a PM?
> On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 6:39 PM, Mira M Pellerin <
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>> male PM's hanging around a multistory PM house near the intersection of
>> Bailey Rd (Cty. Rd. 101) and Harkey road.  First ones I have seen this
>> spring.
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Subject: Re: What Subspecies is a Dark Morph Red-tailed Hawk?
From: Robert Reeves <birder.reeves AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:05:11 -0600
I think that each subspecies can have dark and light morph individuals,
with quite a bit of variation among all plumages.
Check out the article at aba.org by Jerry Liguori and Brian Sullivan,
"Comparison of Harlan's with Western and Eastern Red-tailed Hawks." I
haven't read it, just now googled it, so I don't know if it will be helpful.

Robert Reeves
Pflugerville

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> Here is a question that I can't find in my field guides. What
> subspecies is a dark morph red-tailed hawk considered? I was reviewing
> a report of a Harlen's Hawk in eBird that turned out to be a Dark
> Morph. Since that isn't a subspecies, you can't list it as that in
> eBird, but thinking about it, what subspecies is it a part of?
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Subject: Re: FOS PM SEEN IN PEARLAND
From: Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:58:14 -0600
Whats a PM?
On Sun, Jan 25, 2015 at 6:39 PM, Mira M Pellerin <
dmarc-noreply-modpost AT freelists.org> wrote:

> I was riding as a passenger in a car today around 11 AM when I saw 2 adult
> male PM's hanging around a multistory PM house near the intersection of
> Bailey Rd (Cty. Rd. 101) and Harkey road.  First ones I have seen this
> spring.
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Subject: Gray-crowned Yellowthroat
From: John Yochum <John.Yochum AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:41:34 +0000
Park Host Sue Keefer and a small group of 25 just saw the Gray-crowned 
Yellowthroat (9:30am Tuesday January 27, 2015) in the usual spot. 

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Estero Llano Grande State Park
Weslaco TX
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Subject: What Subspecies is a Dark Morph Red-tailed Hawk?
From: David Sarkozi <david AT sarkozi.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:35:07 -0600
Here is a question that I can't find in my field guides. What
subspecies is a dark morph red-tailed hawk considered? I was reviewing
a report of a Harlen's Hawk in eBird that turned out to be a Dark
Morph. Since that isn't a subspecies, you can't list it as that in
eBird, but thinking about it, what subspecies is it a part of?

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Subject: Montezume Quail Edwards Co.
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:35:39 -0600
.
I had fair luck with them yesterday morning.  Most were heard only, some
quite vocal.. Two were seen briefly on the shoulder of the road.   All were
along RR 674.  All were in roughly a 10 mile stretch.  Here are two
locations  I did not have time to spend looking in earnest for them.
29.834 x -100.414   and  29.834 x-100.405
**********************************************************************
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Subject: Male Broad-billed Hummingbird in San Antonio
From: Reid Martin <upupa AT airmail.net>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 08:24:43 -0600
Dear all,
On Sunday a male Broad-billed Hummingbird briefly visited our balcony flowers 
in NW San Antonio. We put out a feeder, and late yesterday it discovered it. 
This morning it has been present for almost an hour so far, perching nearby 
in-between visits to the feeder/flowers. There is a good likelihood that it 
will frequent our balcony area now that it uses the feeder, but that remains to 
be seen. 

VISITATION: We live in a gated apartment complex near Fredericksburg Road and 
Wurzbach Rd in NW San Antonio. It is not somewhere that the public can wander 
around freely. The only way to see the bird at our home (a second-storey 
apartment) is from inside our living room. If youd like to try to see this 
bird, please contact us (see below) to discuss access. 

Those on Facebook should private message me or Sheridan (but Ill have more 
opportunity for real-time replies). Those seeing this on a Listserv should 
email me (= reply to message). If you know our telephone numbers, message or 
call  again Ill be in a better position to answer quickly than would 
Sheridan. 

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Subject: Black-throated Gray Warbler Hays county
From: "Jackson, Jeffrey R" <jrj78 AT txstate.edu>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 21:50:09 +0000
Hello everyone, 

Stopped at John Stokes Park in San Marcos on the way to campus and photographed 
a Black-throated Gray Warbler. Photos won't be posted until late tonight as I 
have classes until 9:20 pm. 


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Subject: Fwd: eBird Trail Tracker Report - Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Jan 26, 2015
From: Donna Kelly <dkelly163 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:07:04 -0600
Another beautiful day at Bahia Grande Unit of Laguna Atascosa NWR. Weather
was warm, winds were mild, and the water was a looking glass reflecting the
wispy clouds. Cassin's and Grasshopper Sparrows didn't disappoint the
photographers in the group. Cactus Wren, Curve-billed Thrasher, and
Bewick's Wren seem to be pair up and looking for nesting sites.
The flock of Greater Yellow-legs that dropped in were a welcome sight.
Tours are beginning to fill up so call for reservations. 956-748-3708 X111.
Tours Thursday - Monday 8:30 - 12 alternating between Bahia Grande and
Laguna Atascosa.


Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Cameron, US-TX
Jan 26, 2015 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: eBird Trail Tracker
Comments:     Bahia Grande Unit
45 species

Redhead  35
Northern Bobwhite  17
American White Pelican  26
Brown Pelican  4
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  4
Snowy Egret  2
Tricolored Heron  2
Reddish Egret  2
White Ibis  22
Roseate Spoonbill  1
Osprey  2
White-tailed Kite  2
Northern Harrier  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
White-tailed Hawk  3
American Avocet  6
Greater Yellowlegs  16
Willet  1
Long-billed Curlew  9
Caspian Tern  1
Forster's Tern  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  1
Crested Caracara  1
American Kestrel  4
Merlin  1
Eastern Phoebe  1
Loggerhead Shrike  2
White-eyed Vireo  3
Verdin  1
House Wren  1
Bewick's Wren  2
Cactus Wren  2
Curve-billed Thrasher  12
Northern Mockingbird  35
Orange-crowned Warbler  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
Cassin's Sparrow  2
Field Sparrow  1
Savannah Sparrow  35
Lincoln's Sparrow  2
Pyrrhuloxia  2
Eastern Meadowlark  29
Great-tailed Grackle  2




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Subject: Fwd: eBird Trail Tracker Report - Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Jan 26, 2015
From: Donna Kelly <dkelly163 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:01:26 -0600
A perfect Sunday morning for the birding tour to West Lake Road. We had
many keen eyes on board that were able to pick up some great finds,
including American Bittern, Virginia Rail, and Clapper Rail, Mottled Duck
and Least Grebe. No less than 5 alligators lazed among the myriads of
coots, redheads, and ruddy duck.
Tours are beginning to fill up so call for reservations. 956-748-3607 or
3608 x111
Tours Thursday - Monday alternating between Bahia Grande And Laguna
Atascosa

Laguna Atascosa NWR (LTC 024), Cameron, US-TX
Jan 25, 2015 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Protocol: eBird Trail Tracker
Comments:     Laguna Atascosa Unit
55 species

Greater White-fronted Goose  45
Gadwall  2
Mottled Duck  2
Blue-winged Teal  25
Northern Shoveler  15
Canvasback  5
Bufflehead  4
Ruddy Duck  204
Northern Bobwhite  26
Pied-billed Grebe  9
Double-crested Cormorant  6
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  6
Snowy Egret  3
Tricolored Heron  2
Green Heron  2
White Ibis  36
White-faced Ibis  17
Turkey Vulture  8
White-tailed Hawk  1
Clapper Rail  1
Virginia Rail  1
American Coot  200
Killdeer  1
Long-billed Curlew  49
Gull-billed Tern  2
Forster's Tern  4
Common Ground-Dove  10
Mourning Dove  2
Greater Roadrunner  3
Groove-billed Ani  1
Belted Kingfisher  2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  4
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  1
Crested Caracara  3
Eastern Phoebe  5
Vermilion Flycatcher  1
Great Kiskadee  1
Couch's Kingbird  15
White-eyed Vireo  5
Green Jay  4
Verdin  1
House Wren  1
Long-billed Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  40
European Starling  2
Orange-crowned Warbler  3
Nashville Warbler  1
Common Yellowthroat  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  4
Savannah Sparrow  4
Lincoln's Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  5
Eastern Meadowlark  13
Great-tailed Grackle  2




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Subject: RGV Birds: Gray-crowned Yellowthroat, Long-tailed Duck, Brushline Rd. Sparrows
From: Javier Gonzalez <javsterkayak7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 15:01:38 -0600
Hello Texbirders,
This morning I woke up a bit later than I wanted to and headed over to
Estero Llano SP with hopes of seeing the Gray-crowned Yellowthroat. I was
almost to Estero when I realized that I had forgotten my bins at home!! I
usually keep them in my truck, but I had birded the afternoon before and
I didn't remember that I had left them on the dining room table. There I go
all the way back home for them!

I finally made it to Estero at around 9:45am or so. I got word that the
bird hadn't been seen yet, so I slowly birded my way through the Tropical
Zone towards the stake-out spot. On the way I picked up a *Hermit Thrush*
trashing on the forest floor and a *Yellow-throated Warbler* messing around
in a palm tree.

I arrived at the *Gray-crowned Yellowthroat* stake-out spot where there was
lots of birders awaiting. One man had seen the bird jump into a close by
bush shortly before I got there. We waited about 10 minutes and at around
10:30am the bird jumped up out of the grass and into the bush. Suddenly, if
flew out the backside and onto a bare, young mesquite tree and gave the
crowd some great looks and photo ops at close range! I got there just in
time!!

Feeling lucky, I decided to head north on FM1015 to try to catch up with
the *Long-tailed Duck* that had been found over the weekend at the 1015
pond a couple of miles south of FM490. I found the duck in the very back of
the pond, but I didn't get very good looks since I don't own a scope.

Since I was already way out there I decided to head west on FM490 and check
out some spots on the way home. First, I stopped at the Hargill Playa to
try to find the reported Marbled Godwit, but I dipped on it. Didn't stick
around to bird the playa because a scope is almost a necessity there.

For my last stop I checked out a sparrow spot I had found during the last
CBC off of Brushline Rd. a couple of miles north of FM490. I arrived at
around noon thinking that I might've been a bit too late, but the birds
were still pretty active!
I managed *8 sparrow species* in the 30 minutes I was there! They included:
3 *White-crowned (immature), Vesper, Clay-colored, Lincoln's, Cassin's,
Lark, Savannah, and Grasshopper.* I also heard a *Great Horned Owl* hooting
from not too far.

It was a great morning with lots of Awesome birds!

Great birding to all,
Javi Gonzalez
San Juan, TX RGV


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Subject: Crane and sparrow pictures from Austin and Colorado County
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 14:49:30 -0600
Nothing makes for a great birding day than lots of sandhill cranes flying
around. During much of the day, cranes were in sight or sound. One large
flock of birds was disturbed by the duck hunting noise and did lots of
moving around.
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158934950

They flew back

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158934960

And forth

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158934958

In big flocks

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158934966

Landing and taking off

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158934970

I spent the early morning squeaking up stinkbirds at Attwater refuge. There
are lots of leconte's sparrows in the yellow and orange grass and in areas
with a mix of ragweed.

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158935049

If you can learn the "tic" call the leconte's makes, you can see lots. They
pop up to squeaking or pishing along with grasshopper sparrows. One or the
other was singing a little with just the buzzy part of the call.

Note how orange they are

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158935044

And the pattern on the back of the neck

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158935039

Field sparrows were in thickets

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158934973

I did not find any Harris's sparrows until I got north of Attwater on Cat
Spring road

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158934979

They were singing and calling in a flock of white-crowned sparrows and
really like the McCartney rose patches

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158934977

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158934978

There were vesper sparrows everywhere but the largest numbers were near the
Harris's sparrows and on Prairie Chicken road

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158934988

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158934986

Stephen F. Austin state park had some birds and lots of people. The trails
were closed due to the deluge but birds were around the picnic area. A pair
of red-shouldered hawks were very noisy; not due to spring but one had a
snake and would not share. A titmouse sang very like a black-crested; some
birds have some black in the crest.

A very large flock of chipping sparrows were feeding on the cedar elm seeds

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158935003

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158935001

There is lots of variation in the head patterns

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158934998

And lots of chance for study

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158934994

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158934993

Lots of birds around and it was great to be out when there was water
everywhere, lots of mud, ruts and relief from the drought. Trips to the
area in recent years had been plagued by blowing dust. Lots of
dust-proofing at least in this area.


-- 
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Subject: (no subject)
From: 7132541970 AT vzwpix.com
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:36:09 +0000
Male Red-naked Sapsucker still east of San Jacinto Monument in Houston just now
Mike Austin
Pearland

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Subject: RFI: Lesser Prairie Chicken Tours (Dick Wilberforce) in Lipscomb County
From: Adam Wood <birdsondabrain AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:38:45 -0600 (GMT-06:00)
Greetings Texbirders,

Does anybody have contact information for Dick Wilberforce or anybody else who 
may be running Lesser Prairie Chicken Tours this spring in Lipscomb County. I 
would like to try and see this species in Texas and see from ebird that a few 
birders got this species on Dick Wilberforce's lek. Please respond to me 
offline. Thank you. 



Adam Wood
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713-515-1692
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Subject: Big Year Update for Sunday 1/25/2015
From: David Sarkozi <david AT sarkozi.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:16:49 -0600
Sunday was a good day for my big year, had pushed the total to 253 for
the year. I was able to successfully chase the Gray-crowned
Yellowthroat and some other staked out birds.

See Sunday's blog entry at
http://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2015/01/the-first-chase.html



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Houston, TX
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Subject: Slow birding in Lubbock over the weekend
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 13:10:07 -0600
Greetings All:
I spent four hours birding the Canyon Lakes of Lubbock on Saturday,
locating only 40 species (60 would have been more typical for January) with
the following highlights: 1 Snow Goose, 1 Canvasback, and 1 Redhead at
Buddy Holly Park; 8 Redheads, 3 Common Mergansers, and 1 Eared Grebe at
Lake Six; 1 Eastern Phoebe and 1 Common Yellowthroat below Lake Six.

I spent 1.5 hours at Clapp Park on Sunday, locating only 20 species (given
that there is quite a bit of water present, 40 should have been attainable)
with the following highlights: 1 Eared Grebe and 1 Merln.

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Subject: Gray-crowned Yellowthroat Mon Jan 26th YES
From: Tiffany Kersten <tiffanykersten AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 11:01:27 -0600
The Gray-crowned Yellowthroat was refound at 10:30 this morning.
It was seen yesterday (Sunday) at 10:30, 2:00, and 5:40. The 2:00 and 5:40
sightings were reportedly extremely brief.

Tiffany L. Kersten
Mission, TX


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Subject: Saturday Update on my big year
From: David Sarkozi <david AT sarkozi.net>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:59:18 -0600
Below is my Saturday update of my big year, 232 species for the year
at the end of the day.Spent Saturday trying to pad the gull list at
Thompson's Bait Camp and Ash Lake, see the blog

http://davidsbigyear.blogspot.com/2015/01/gulls-gulls-gulls.html


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Houston, TX
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Subject: Brown Booby
From: "Faria, Eric W" <Eric.W.Faria AT Williams.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:25:54 -0600
I was fishing Trinity Bay today around some wells and platforms near Jack's 
pocket and I looked up and saw this Brown Booby just standing on a piling ten 
feet from me. I took this picture just with phone. 

Bird might be injured it was standing on one foot most of the time. I wonder if 
this is one of the birds that was at Baytown Nature Center. 


Eric Faria
Houston, TX


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Subject: FOS PM SEEN IN PEARLAND
From: "Mira M Pellerin" <dmarc-noreply-modpost AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mirampellerin@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:39:48 -0500
I was riding as a passenger in a car today around 11 AM when I saw 2 adult male 
PM's hanging around a multistory PM house near the intersection of Bailey Rd 
(Cty. Rd. 101) and Harkey road. First ones I have seen this spring. 


Mira M. Pellerin
Pearland


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Subject: Male Broad-billed Hummingbird in San Antonio
From: "Sheridan Coffey" <dmarc-noreply-modpost AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "sngcanary@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 19:02:22 +0000 (UTC)
Martin and I just had a male Broad-billed Hummingbird come in to shrimp plant 
on our balcony in NW San Antonio. It came in a couple of times in about a five 
minute period, but has not been back in about 15 minutes. I will update for any 
interested local birders if it returns. 

Regards, Sheridan Coffey
San Antonio, Tx
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Subject: Re: Possible Thayer's/Iceland Gull - Fort Bend County
From: James Barnes <txbarnowl AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 08:23:58 -0600
Yep, I hope you find it. A Thayer's would be very cool addition. Too bad I
missed the Smither's LBBG.
I definitely need to upgrade from my old Spacemaster.

Good luck



On Sat, Jan 24, 2015 at 1:53 PM, James Barnes  wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> At Davis Estates Rd this morning while I was scoping 3 - 1st winter
> Herrings. Another large gull flew into my view that was overall very pale,
> much lighter than the herring's. Underside of wings were also very pale.
> The upper side of the wings, scapulars and mantle were a uniform pale
> brown. The tail was also as pale (same shade of brown) as the body. Not the
> very dark wingtips and tails of the herring's. I was not able to relocate
> the bird.
>
> There was also two other gulls that were sized between the herring's and
> ring-bill's. I suspect they were lesser black-blacks, but other than
> judging by size, they were too far out to positively ID with my old 22x
> scope.
>
> Cheers!
>
> --
> James Barnes
> Missouri City, Fort Bend, Texas
> 713.306.0116
>



-- 
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Missouri City, Fort Bend, Texas


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Subject: Blue Bunting at Laguna Atascosa NWR
From: Donna Kelly <dkelly163 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:27:57 -0600
A male Blue Bunting was observed at Laguna Atascosa NWR on Saturday
Afternoon about 1:30 on the sidewalk leading from the visitor center to the
office. The same bird may have been seen by another visitor half an hour
earlier between the kiosk and the bird blind who reported a blue bird but
wasn't sure of the ID. While searching for the bird about 3:30 we had a
possible suspect skulking in the grass just past the alligator trough on
the Kiskadee Trail.
I apologize for the late report.

-- 
Donna Kelly, Resident RV volunteer
Home is where you park it!
Currently Laguna Atascosa NWR


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Subject: Red-naped Sapsucker
From: Greg Page <gregpage1465 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 18:30:49 -0600
I found a male Red-naped Sapsucker at San Jacinto Battleground in Houston
today. Last week a female was seen. I did not see the female but found a
male in the turn around/ parking area just SW of the monument.
Greg Page
Houston


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Subject: Rio Grande Village, Big Bend NP - 25 Jan 2015
From: Mark Lockwood <Mark.Lockwood AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:39:24 +0000
I birded Rio Grande Village today with a few nice finds. The best bird was a 
Long-billed Thrasher in the first 30 yards of the Rio Grande Village Nature 
Trail (so before the boardwalk). There were a number of species that are 
locally uncommon here as well. The highlights were: 

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 2
Northern (Yellow-shafted) Flicker - 1
Gray Flycatcher - 1
Blue-headed Vireo - 1 (presumably one of the birds present in Nov)
Cave Swallow - 11 (I suspect that these were migrants)
Black-tailed Gnatcatcher - 14
Brown Thrasher - 2
Long-billed Thrasher - 1
Crissal Thrasher - 2
Black-throated Gray Warbler - 1 (female)

I have places a couple of images of The Long-billed Thrasher and a couple of 
other images on my Flickr page (https://www.flickr.com/photos/70194759 AT N05/). 



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Alpine, Texas 79830


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Subject: Gray-crowned Yellowthroat YES Sun PM
From: Tiffany Kersten <tiffanykersten AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 14:04:37 -0600
Undetected from
11:00 to 2:00 but relocated at 2:00. 

Tiffany L. Kersten
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Subject: Brunton binoculars for sale
From: Jason Leifester <jasonleifester AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 13:11:18 -0600
Greetings.

I have the folliwng for sale.

Brunton Epoch 10.5X43 binoculars:

- waterproof, fogproof, rubber-armored;
- accessories: leather case, Neoprene strap, "bino gloves", tripod
adapter, and waterproof/airtight Pelican case;
- purchased new in May 2012;
- $600.

(The Pentax PF-80ED-A Angled Spotting Scope I listed in an earlier
post has been sold.)

Reasonable offers will be considered. Permission to post this was
granted by the list owner.

Jason Leifester
Elgin, TX
512-299-7655
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Subject: gray-crowned Yellowthroat
From: David Sarkozi <david AT sarkozi.net>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:36:27 -0600
The gray-crowned yellowthroAt was just seen
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Houston, TX
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Subject: Gray-crowned Yellowthroat YES
From: Tiffany Kersten <tiffanykersten AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 10:33:20 -0600
After searching since sunrise, was relocated at 10:25. 

Tiffany L. Kersten
Mission, TX
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Subject: Fwd: Gray- crowned Yellowthroat
From: Tim Brush <txbrush5 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 07:03:02 -0600
I was in the ever-changing group at Estero for a couple hours yesterday
afternoon. The Gray-crowned Yellowthroat was pretty cooperative most of the
time. It would forage out of sight in the tall grass and pop up every 10-15
minutes in bushes and small trees. Toward later afternoon, it was farther
from the trail and closer to the western edge of the open area. As others
have said, please check in at the park office for the latest details.
Here's hoping it will stick around!.
Best regards,
Tim Brush
Edinburg, TX
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Subject: [texbirds] Gray- crowned Yellowthroat
To: Texbirds 


A Gray-crowned Yellowthroat was found on the bird walk at Estero today
about 1030 AM.  It has been hard to relocate but has been in view for 30+
minutes beyond the pavilion at the far end of Ibis pond.   Photos have been
legion and excellent watch for later posts.

Remember to stay on trails!

Mary Gustafson
Mission Texas

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Subject: Striped sparrow, Williamson County -- warning
From: "Danielle Plumer" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "dcplumer@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 04:46:15 +0000 (UTC)
While out looking for the pileated and red-headed woodpeckers on CR 428 in 
Williamson County, near the spot where the striped sparrow has been seen, I had 
a chance to talk to a resident who wanted to know what we were looking at. He 
was very nice, but he expressed concern that birders were spreading themselves 
across the road (in lawnchairs, he said) on a blind curve. I thought I'd pass 
the warning on. Locals drive pretty darn fast on county roads. 

I heard a pileated woodpecker but never saw it, and I didn't even hear the 
red-headed woodpecker. All we found were about four downies and a red-bellied. 
And the striped sparrow, of course. 

Danielle Cunniff PlumerGeorgetown, TX

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Subject: Estero today
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Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 23:35:04 -0500
Howdy Texbirders,
 Our Saturday morning bird walk had about 30 people so we split into two 
groups, with Dean and myself leading one group and Steve and Susan, the other. 
Lots of great birds were seen with my group having about 70 species beginning 
on the deck and covering only the wetlands. Just as we were about to finish, a 
warbler size bird flew across in fornt of us and landed by the trail. Getting 
only a quick look, I knew this was not like a female Common Yellowthroat but 
thinking maybe, just maybe a Gray-crowned Yellowthroat. So Dean or one of the 
other men in the group ask if maybe they could get behind where the bird had 
dropped into the grasses and move the bird towards the group. I ask that if we 
could get a photo of this bird, we may have a really good chance of a rariety. 
Sure enough, the bird came up and started calling repeatedly and the cameras 
started clicking. YES, it was a Gray-crowned Yellowthroat, so put in to the 
rare bird alert here in the valley and people started coming 

 . It was seen again after 2 pm for many to get a new life bird for their list. 

 Tomorrow is our Sunday morning bird walk lead by Rick and May Snider and 
hopefully this bird will be a repeat. So come on down and remember------ 


 Bird for your health
 Forget your worries,
 You'll be happier.

 Huck Hutchens, Park Host, Estero Llano Grande SP
 Weslaco, TX.

 

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Subject: Common Crane, Muleshoe NWR
From: Justin Bosler <justin.bosler AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:22:06 -0600
Hello all,
Stephan Lorenz and Tony Frank located the Common Crane this morning in the
pastures off of CR 1243 near the south boundary of Muleshoe NWR and
subsequently observed it flying NW over Hwy. 214 at the entrance gate to
Paul's Lake. It is roosting on either Goose or Paul's Lake for the night,
with a significant number of cranes on both lakes.


Good birding,
Justin
Muleshoe NWR

-- 
Justin Bosler
​

Graduate Research Assistant
Dept. of Natural Resources Management
Texas Tech University
​Lubbock, TX, USA  ​79409
717-475-9998

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Subject: Hagerman NWR
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 20:18:31 -0600
Howdy Texbirders,
I will be up in North Texas on business tomorrow and plan to visit
Hagerman.  This will be my first time visiting the Refuge.  If anyone can
give me an idea as to the top spots to check, I would be very
appreciative.  You can send suggestions off line although there may be
other texbirders who would also like the info.
Dennis
West Houston
Harris County

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Subject: New Braunfel's Airport and Sequin River Road Birds
From: Gary Richards <grcolts AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 18:21:59 -0600
Wood Duck (Sequin)
Northern Shoveler
Northern Pintail
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Osprey
Northern Harrier
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Spotted Sandpiper
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove (Sequin)
Golden-fronted Woodpecker (Sequin)
Downy Woodpecker (Sequin)
American Crow
Carolina Chickadee (Sequin)
Tufted Titmouse (Sequin)
Carolina Wren (Sequin)
Eastern Bluebird
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler (Sequin)
Northern Cardinal (Sequin)
Red-winged Blackbird
Eastern Meadowlark
Western Meadowlark
Brewer's Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow (Sequin)


Number of Species: 31

Gary & Christy Schertz, TX
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Subject: Attwater refuge to Stephen Austin State Park
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 17:13:23 -0600
I got to he Attwater access road at sunrise having looked for owls without
any luck on the way there. Birds were scarce along the access roads until
the right turn where there were lots of sandhill cranes. The burned area on
the right did have lots of killdeers until they were moved by a pair of
harriers. 2 ground doves near the buildings were my first of the winter.
Once on the actual tour route there were lots of sparrows with savannah and
leconte's predominating. Actually had far more leconte's than grasshopper.
Watch for the yellowish/orange grass patches for the stinkbirds. The
largest number of sparrows was along the long west bound stretch but they
were on the sunny side.

There is lots of water and mud out there. Many areas are flooded and the
roads slippery. My best spots for western meadowlarks was a lake. Only one
good batch of geese braved the hunters but was way up past sky busting
range. Most were ross's geese. Lots of sandhill cranes everywhere.

The cemetery in Eagle Lake had 3 very noisy kiskadees and a flyover
ladder-backed woodpecker.

Some patches along cat spring road and prairie chicken road had Harris's
sparrows and lots of vesper sparrows. Hawks generally in short supply as
were yellow-rumps, kinglets etc.

Drought is gone in these parts with water everywhere. Not many birds but
lots of bird hunters out there. Some blinds are really too close to roads
so watch where you stop to scan as the "birds" may be made of plastic foam.
Lots of good habitat for mountain plover and longspurs but none seen or
heard and it is a little wet. Maybe when it dries a little. And a day
without large numbers of hunters.

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


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