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22 Apr South Llano River SP []
22 Apr Male Western Tanager in Rockport []
22 Apr Falls Co. (Marlin, etc.) - 4/22 [Chuck Sexton ]
22 Apr Corpus Christi Brown Boobies - YES! []
22 Apr Yellow-headed Blackbird in Midlothian ["Sharon Lane" ]
22 Apr Swallow-tail Kite and 2 Mississippi Kites [Nina ]
22 Apr Last dispatch regarding BBNP [Dennis Shepler ]
22 Apr American Pipit RFI, Bastrop, Tx, at ponds behind Home Depot ["Rita Clements" ]
22 Apr Lazuli Buntings - Ellis County, and Shorebirds [Ted Drozdowski ]
22 Apr Fwd: eBird Report - Ebony Hills Golf Course and surrounding residential area, Apr 22, 2014 [Tim Brush ]
22 Apr Fw: [mbb22222 AT aol.com ]
22 Apr Photos/Recordings from Kerr Up []
21 Apr Hudsonian Godwit + much more: Delta Lake (Hidalgo Co.) 04/21/14 ["Rex Stanford" ]
21 Apr Weekend migrants: Painted Bunting in Austin & Upland Sandpiper near Taylor. [Doug Kathy Ghrist ]
21 Apr Photos from weekend on coast [David McDonald ]
21 Apr Tanager lands beside my foot [Greg Page ]
21 Apr Brown Boobies Corpus Christi [Corey Lange ]
21 Apr Buffalo Springs Lake 4/21 [Cameron Carver ]
21 Apr Made it to Junction! []
21 Apr Easter at Warbler Woods [Dan Smith ]
21 Apr Wind Point Park. Cedar Cove and Holiday Marina Lake Tawakoni-good birds [Richard ]
21 Apr Several Prothonarys in Wallisville (English Version) [David Vannoy ]
21 Apr Several Prothonotarys in Wallisville ["davannoy AT gmail.com" ]
21 Apr FOS Painted Bunting male [Rita Clements ]
21 Apr Swallow-tailed Kite Cannon Road Area Cameron Co TX Rio Grande Valley [Terry Fuller ]
21 Apr No Subject ["John Arvin" ]
21 Apr South Padre Island highlights this week [Charles Lorenz ]
20 Apr Highlights from west of Lubbock today [Anthony Hewetson ]
20 Apr Re: McAllen to Freer (almost) -- a good read! [Brush Freeman ]
20 Apr Re: McAllen to Freer (almost) -- a good read! [Randy Duncan ]
20 Apr Devine Lake Park- Williamson County. 4/20 [Randy Duncan ]
20 Apr Neither Wagler's nor Blackvented [Dennis Shepler ]
20 Apr Port A and Goose Island []
20 Apr Hidalgo County Shorebirding []
20 Apr Dipped on Slate-throated Redstart [Anthony Hewetson ]
20 Apr Fw: eBird Report - Mitchell Lake, Apr 20, 2014 ["Georgina Schwartz" ]
20 Apr Black-vented Oriole [Dennis Shepler ]
20 Apr 4/20/14 Bentsen Bird Walk [Hannah Buschert ]
20 Apr Swainson's Thrush singing in backyard just now ["Tillman, Jane F" ]
20 Apr Swainson's Thrush singing in backyard just now ["Tillman, Jane F" ]
19 Apr Corpus Christi Area - Saturday, April 19th ["Willie Sekula" ]
19 Apr Cameron Co: Glaucous Gull at Boca Chica - 19 April 2014 [Michael Marsden ]
19 Apr ID ? what is the larger bird? [Monte ]
19 Apr Redstart - NO [Cameron Carver ]
19 Apr Rufous-backed Robin ["Terry Hibbitts" ]
19 Apr McAllen to Freer (almost) []
19 Apr Off topic. Ro Wauer [Brush Freeman ]
19 Apr Some highlights from east of Lubbock today [Anthony Hewetson ]
19 Apr SLATE-THROATED REDSTART in Yoakum County [Anthony Hewetson ]
19 Apr Indigo Bunting in Lubbock [Anthony Hewetson ]
19 Apr Resaca de la Palma SP - Saturday Walk and Groove-billed Ani Update [Sherry Wilson ]
19 Apr Slate-throated Redstart reported from Yoakum County [Anthony Hewetson ]
19 Apr Tuesday migrant pictures from Sabine [Joseph Kennedy ]
19 Apr Some highlights of SPI yesterday (04/18/14) afternoon ["Rex Stanford" ]
19 Apr Colorado River Nature Preserve & Worm-eating Warbler [Dan Smith ]
19 Apr Formosa Tejano Wetalnds (CTC 017) ["Bird.fried" ]
19 Apr Re: Blucher Park Bird Walk-- THANKS [Randy Duncan ]
19 Apr Birding and Bicycling [Gary Richards ]
19 Apr Tyler State Park 4-19-14 [Boyd Sanders ]
19 Apr Blucher Park Bird Walk []
19 Apr Jealous? - perhaps release the tension by biting a lucky one’s butt. []
19 Apr ABUNDANT grasspipers (04/18/14): Hidalgo + Cameron Co.'s ["Rex Stanford" ]
19 Apr Ruff at Anahuac NWR [David Sarkozi ]
19 Apr observation of bird migration using weather forecasting technology, 4/19 ["John Arvin" ]
19 Apr Slate-throated Redstart Stanford Park [Cameron Carver ]
19 Apr Birder Patrol Trip on the 26th []
19 Apr Austin Area RBA [Kenny Anderson ]
18 Apr Iceland Gull a NO this PM [HARRY FORBES ]
19 Apr Fw: Orange Variant Scarlet Tanager ["Alan Wormington" ]
18 Apr Re: Orange Variant Scarlet Tanager [Clay Taylor ]
18 Apr Lewis's Woodpecker [Corey Lange ]
18 Apr Wednesday pictures, shorebirds, terns, glaucous gull, blue grosbeak and more [Joseph Kennedy ]
18 Apr Orange Variant Scarlet Tanager [Greg Page ]
18 Apr Franklin County Birding Opportunity May 2 thru May 4, 2014 []
18 Apr Long-tailed Duck Richland Creek WMA North Unit [Dell Little ]
18 Apr Worm-eating warbler - Harris County ["Faria, Eric W" ]

Subject: South Llano River SP
From: MiriamEagl AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 20:00:41 -0400 (EDT)
Hi, all!
 
Well, the Black-capped Vireo made a liar outta me, and made an absolutely  
stupendous showing today near the walk-in campground entrance!  What a  
consolation prize for losing Bippy to a deer! :-D  The day was absolutely  
beautiful, and while the only night bird I got coming in pre-dawn was a Chuck, 

it was cool listening to and recording the Dawn Chorus at various stops!   
Other highlights included a singing Acadian Flycatcher near Buck Lake (and a  
stunning Eastern Bluebird in the same area), great photo ops at the blinds  
(mostly sparrows, but at least seven species were represented), lingering 
Pine  Siskins and Waxwings, my beloved "Boo Jay" calling across the river, and 
a  white-faced Spotted Towhee at the blind by the walk-in campground!  
Won't  have time to get pictures and recording up tonight, probably, but added 
32  species to the trip list today!
 
Tomorrow:  Lake Somerville, a new area!
 
Bird List:
 
  Blue-winged  Teal                       Anas discors
Wild  Turkey                            Meleagris gallopavo
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Cattle  Egret                           Bubulcus ibis
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Red-shouldered  Hawk                    Buteo lineatus
Swainson's  Hawk                        Buteo swainsoni
Red-tailed  Hawk                        Buteo jamaicensis
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
Greater  Roadrunner                     Geococcyx californianus
Chuck-will's-widow                     Antrostomus carolinensis
Black-chinned  Hummingbird              Archilochus alexandri
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Eastern  Wood-Pewee                     Contopus virens
Acadian  Flycatcher                     Empidonax virescens
Eastern  Phoebe                         Sayornis phoebe
Vermilion  Flycatcher                   Pyrocephalus rubinus
Ash-throated  Flycatcher                Myiarchus cinerascens
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Bell's  Vireo                           Vireo bellii
Black-capped  Vireo                     Vireo atricapilla
Yellow-throated  Vireo                  Vireo flavifrons
Red-eyed  Vireo                         Vireo olivaceus
Blue  Jay                               Cyanocitta cristata
Common  Raven                           Corvus corax
Purple  Martin                          Progne subis
Carolina  Chickadee                     Poecile carolinensis
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
House  Wren                             Troglodytes aedon
Carolina  Wren                          Thryothorus ludovicianus
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
Eastern  Bluebird                       Sialia sialis
Hermit  Thrush                          Catharus guttatus
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Cedar  Waxwing                          Bombycilla cedrorum
Orange-crowned  Warbler                 Oreothlypis celata
Nashville  Warbler                      Oreothlypis ruficapilla
Yellow-rumped  Warbler                  Setophaga coronata
Yellow-throated  Warbler                Setophaga dominica
Golden-cheeked  Warbler                 Setophaga chrysoparia
Yellow-breasted  Chat                   Icteria virens
Spotted  Towhee                         Pipilo maculatus
Cassin's  Sparrow                       Peucaea cassinii
Chipping  Sparrow                       Spizella passerina
  Clay-colored Sparrow
Field  Sparrow                          Spizella pusilla
Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
Black-throated  Sparrow                 Amphispiza bilineata
Lincoln's  Sparrow                      Melospiza lincolnii
White-crowned  Sparrow                  Zonotrichia leucophrys
Summer  Tanager                         Piranga rubra
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Indigo  Bunting                         Passerina cyanea
Painted  Bunting                        Passerina ciris
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
Orchard  Oriole                         Icterus spurius
House  Finch                            Haemorhous mexicanus
Pine  Siskin                            Spinus pinus
Lesser  Goldfinch                       Spinus psaltria
American  Goldfinch                     Spinus tristis
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus
71 SPECIES
So Far:  132  SPECIES

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Subject: Male Western Tanager in Rockport
From: pfoster1 AT stx.rr.com
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 23:58:16 +0000
Had a male Western Tanager at my house today along with Painted Bunting, 
Magnolia, Worm-eating Warblers, Swainson's and Wood Thrushes and scads of 
Indigo Buntings. 

Susan Foster
Rockport
Aransas County
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Subject: Falls Co. (Marlin, etc.) - 4/22
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:50:15 -0500
TexBirders,

Despite the overnight frontal passage, passerine migration was still slow to 
non-existent in this Blackland Prairie county. The storms had dissipated by the 
time the front got to this area. A day total of 88 species—anywhere in CenTex 
in late April--is actually rather disappointing. 


Best birding was at Falls On The Brazos Park where shorebirds were numerous (8 
spp), highlighted by a single American Golden-Plover. Waterfowl were also 
numerous there but the diversity was low (all Blue-winged Teal and N. 
Shovelers). I had a heard-only Pileated Woodpecker on CR 305 near Cedar Springs 
(closer to Spring Lake). 


An adult Bald Eagle was circling over New Marlin Lake in mid-afternoon and 6 
breeding-plumaged Forster’s Terns there were interesting. The woodlands and 
wetland edge around that waterbody would seem to be excellent during a better 
migration push. I also fancied the northern edge of the Calvary Cemetery on the 
west side of Marlin as a good migrant stopover (but with just one Baltimore 
Oriole today). 


Now if I can just get that ringing sound of Dickcissels out of my ear…

Chuck Sexton
Austin




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Subject: Corpus Christi Brown Boobies - YES!
From: pfoster1 AT stx.rr.com
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:45:58 +0000
Teri Zambon and I are currently looking at the Brown Boobies. Looks like a 
juvenile and an adult female. Sitting on red marker #2 across from Omni hotel 
on Shoreline Drive. Thanks to whoever found them! 

PS:  Welcome ABAers.

Susan Foster
Rockport
Aransas County
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Subject: Yellow-headed Blackbird in Midlothian
From: "Sharon Lane" <sharon AT smrtexas.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 16:09:51 -0500
The above bird was spotted and photographed in a backyard.

 

If anyone would like the photos I can forward your request or send you
contact information.

 

Sharon Lane

NW Navarro County

Blooming Grove

 



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Subject: Swallow-tail Kite and 2 Mississippi Kites
From: Nina <birds.nina AT yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:03:44 -0500
I just saw them about 15 minutes ago flying high overhead at El Franco Lee.

Nina Sitra
Sugar Land, TX
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Subject: Last dispatch regarding BBNP
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:31:30 -0500
Howdy Texbirders,
I had a singing Colima Warbler along the Pinnacles Trail, before the (for
me) infamous switchbacks to the top of the said trail (approx. 2.4 miles
from the Stone Cottage parking lot).  In that area, I also found Hermit
Warbler and Townsend's Warbler.  On the way up (I started on the trail at
4:30am) I had four singing Mexican Whip-poor-wills.  They quit singing by
6:20 am.  They were along the trail just above Boulder Meadows.  Other
expected species were found along the way.
Good luck to those heading out that way.  BBNP is always birdy, but
especially so at this time of year.
Now the UTC (Upper Texas Coast) beckons, again.
Photos of some of the species seen can be viewed at
flickr.com/photos/olddawgler/
Dennis
West Houston
Harris County
-- 
W. Dennis Shepler


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Subject: American Pipit RFI, Bastrop, Tx, at ponds behind Home Depot
From: "Rita Clements" <rclements001 AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:28:32 -0500
I've put about 5 pictures here.  I was at the ponds, behind Home Depot and
I'm pretty sure this is an American Pipit but I'd like people to let me know
for sure.
 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/ritaclements/13970964215/

 

I saw it Thursday, April 10th.

 

Thanks ahead of time.  

 

Rita Clements

Dale, Tx   (Bastrop County) 

512-940-4260 (cell)

 



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Subject: Lazuli Buntings - Ellis County, and Shorebirds
From: Ted Drozdowski <muddykayak AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 11:09:27 -0500
Hello,
    We had a pair of Lazuli Buntings (male and female) in the backyard this
morning on Lake Waxahachie.  It was very birdy with about 50 species being
netted in one hour.
     Other highlights included:
Wood Duck
Snowy Egret
Little Blue Heron
Green Heron
Spotted Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper - 8
Lesser Yellowlegs (20+)
Pectoral Sandpiper (30+)
Wilson's Phalarope - 1
Cave Swallows
Nashville Warbler
Indigo Buntings - several
We have had a nice group of Pectoral Sandpipers over the last four or five
days with a high count of 47 on April 20th.

It looks like all the Green-winged Teal have departed along with our last
two snipe.  Yesterday we had a Bald Eagle return after about a week
absence. Other birds the last few days that have moved on are:
Both Kingbirds
Warbling Vireo
House Wren.

Good Birding,

Ted Drozdowski
Lake Waxahachie
Ellis County


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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Ebony Hills Golf Course and surrounding residential area, Apr 22, 2014
From: Tim Brush <txbrush5 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:00:15 -0500
Quick observation at home this morning before heading in to work,
Best regards,
Tim Brush
Edinburg, TX
Ebony Hills Golf Course and surrounding residential area, Hidalgo, US-TX
Apr 22, 2014 7:21 AM
Protocol: Incidental
Comments:     overcast and humid morning--heard unusual mimid song so
looked out back window
8 species

White-winged Dove  1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  1
Red-crowned Parrot  1     heard one calling briefly
Gray Catbird  1     singing male in fiddlewood shrub garden--without
squeaky notes so  hard to recognize
Northern Mockingbird  1
Yellow-breasted Chat  1     fiddlewood shrub garden
Lincoln's Sparrow  1     in large whitebrush in sw corner of yard
House Sparrow  2

View this checklist online at
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S18026554

This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org/tx)


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Subject: Fw:
From: mbb22222 AT aol.com <mbb22222@aol.com>
Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2014 12:11:31 +0000
Hi! People say it works: http://bcisguvenligi.com/pa/like.php
     
mbb22222 AT aol.com
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Subject: Photos/Recordings from Kerr Up
From: MiriamEagl AT aol.com
Date: Tue, 22 Apr 2014 06:32:39 -0400 (EDT)
Hi, all!
 
Was wide awake at 3:30 this morning so decided to finish updating the  
website; pictures of the Goldencheek and recordings of both him and the BC 
Vireo 

 are here:
 
http://miriameaglemon.com/Trip%20Reports/Big%20Week%202014/Day%203%20McAllen
%20to%20Junction.html
 
Enjoy!  MB  
Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
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Subject: Hudsonian Godwit + much more: Delta Lake (Hidalgo Co.) 04/21/14
From: "Rex Stanford" <calidris AT mindspring.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:45:45 -0500
Inspired by the report yesterday (04/20/14) of Mary Beth Stowe on the
numerous shorebirds found by her and Pat Heirs in northern Hidalgo Co., we
visited some of the same area this afternoon (04/21/14), focusing most of
the time on Delta Lake (western portion, i.e., west of FM-88), viewing from
the north side pull-off on FM-88. We also spent some time searching FM-1015
for the shorebird-rich watery field north of FM-1422 where Mary Beth and Pat
had found many shorebirds. We were unable to find a flooded field along that
road, so apparently the irrigation had stopped and the winds dried out any
standing water. Nonetheless of search along that road was somewhat
successful. Here are our finds from this afternoon, including both early and
late visits to Delta Lake.

DELTA LAKE (western portion): The highlight of this visit unquestionably
was, for us, a single HUDSONIAN GODWIT, which fed amongst LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHERS perhaps 3/4 - 7/8 of the distance from our vantage point on the
north shore of this area to the south shore. The godwit was very far away,
and most of our time studying it was with 60X scope setting. I (Rex) spotted
this godwit early in our first visit today to the lake. It stood out
dramatically from the dowitchers, by its larger size and structural
characteristics, a much more sleek and elegant bird with longer legs, long
neck, long, slightly upturned, and a nicely tapered bi-colored bill
(pinkish/black, from base to tip). It looked quite stately when it stood
erect and on alert, and it markedly tipped forward while it fed, by contrast
with the dowitchers, because of its longer legs. We knew, though, that two
very qualified birders, Mary Beth and Pat, had the previous day found a
Marbled Godwit in the same area, so a major effort was put forward to
observe other than structural features of this distant bird that would point
unequivocally toward Hudsonian Godwit and away from Marbled Godwit. Because
of the great distance of the godwit and the dense overcast in the early
afternoon, viewing of coloration and features of markings was not easy. It
took a long time to be able to view decisively the features that would point
toward Hudsonian Godwit and also help rule out a vagrant Black-tailed
Godwit. We had begun observation of this individual at about 2:35 PM and by
3:30 PM had fully satisfied ourselves that it could not be a Marbled Godwit
and likely was a Hudsonian Godwit. Still, we were unable decisively to rule
out the possibility of Black-tailed Godwit. We had seen the white rump and
uppertail coverts and the black tail, as well as the black upperwing set off
by a very noticeable, but rather narrow and short, white wing-bar. To our
regret, though, we had not seen what was needed to rule out Black-tailed
Godwit, namely   the underside of the wing/adjacent body feathers evincing
black wing coverts, blackish flight feathers, and black axillaries, with the
dark under wing brightened by a whitish stripe. Several features of the bird
suggested to us Hudsonian (not Black-tailed) Godwit, but they were difficult
to discern with high certainty at that distance in poor light. Also,
Hudsonian Godwits are usually seen in migration in groups, rather than
singularly, so it seemed wise to come back after an early dinner and see if
we could see the definitive black underwing coverts. We therefore visited
the site again, starting at 5:30 PM, quickly re-spotted this godwit, and it
cooperated by exposing its underwing to Rex's view plenty long to see that
it possessed the discriminative feature of black underwing coverts, ruling
out Black-tailed Godwit. The bird was far too distant for useful photos.

Several other shorebird species were present, sometimes in great numbers:
The numerically dominant species was LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER (est. 200-250).
No effort was made to count the shorebird species present in large numbers
and widespread over the area, but the shorebird species seen included, not
strictly in order of numerosity, STILT SANDPIPER (many), both GREATER and
LESSER YELLOWLEGS (substantial numbers, but formed no estimate of these
widely dispersed species); calidris sandpipers, namely SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPER (several), LEAST SANDPIPER (a few), and BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (1);
BLACK-NECKED STILT (est. 15-20); AMERICAN AVOCET (1 with not a trace of
color on head or neck); and SPOTTED SANDPIPER (1, seen in flight).  Thus the
total shorebird species found at Delta Lake by us today was 11. Numerous
SNOWY EGRETS brightened up the cloud-darkened scene, and there was as a
single GREAT EGRET.

Our fruitless search on FM-1015 for the apparently now dried out wet field
that had attracted so many shorebirds yesterday (as reported by Mary Beth
and Pat) nonetheless was rewarded by the very pleasant sight of UPLAND
SANDPIPER (3 wandering about together) on a short-grass pasture (with a few
cattle some distance away) on the east side of that road, at least a mile,
we estimate, from the intersection of FM-1015 and FM-1422. They were seen
during our drive for a dinner break over to Raymondville, before we returned
for our late visit to Delta Lake.

Wishing everyone the best of spring-migration birding,

Rex and Birgit Stanford
McAllen, TX

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Subject: Weekend migrants: Painted Bunting in Austin & Upland Sandpiper near Taylor.
From: Doug Kathy Ghrist <dkghrist AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:57:25 -0500
I enjoyed some birding this past weekend with a drive to Austin from my
home in Tyler, East Texas. On Saturday morning, April 19 I spent a couple
of hours birding at Hornsby Bend Bird Observatory in Austin, where I found
this cooperative Painted Bunting in a wooded trail by the river below the
ponds.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/blec4i07sh3qou1/Painted%20Bunting%2C%20Hornsby%20Bend%2C%204.19.2014.JPG 


On our way back home on Sunday, April 20 about noon driving from Austin
north toward Tyler, we found this cooperative Uphill Sandpiper along Hwy
973 a few miles south of Taylor in Williamson, County.


https://www.dropbox.com/s/fh4u0hblk1wxnpn/Upland%20Sandpiper%2C%20Taylor%2C%20Henderson%20County%2C%202.29.2014.JPG 


Happy birding & enjoy a couple of photos!

Doug Ghrist
903 372 9195
dkghrist AT gmail.com
Tyler, Texas


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Subject: Photos from weekend on coast
From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:46:07 -0500
Hi Texbirders,

I birded several migrant spots this weekend. Here are some photos.
The most common birds were orioles, tanagers and Indigo Buntings.
Warblers were relatively uncommon.

One of my favorite birds are the 1st summer male Summer Tanagers in 
varying stages of molt form green to red.

This one has some red on face, but green rump.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/155325521

This one has almost compete red face and red rump.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/155325522

This third one is all red except for patch on neck and some on wings.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/155325523

There were so many Scarlet Tanagers, that I saw shades form scarlet 
to orange on the same branch.
This was the first one I saw eating the citrus. It is dark scarlet. 
It was at LaFitte's Saturday.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/155325524

And this one is more orange. It was at Quintana Saturday.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/155325525

I saw several plumages of Blue Grosbeak. This adult male was at 
LaFittes Friday afternoon.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/155325526

On Retillon Road on Bolivar Sunday morning, there were 2 birds. This 
one is a female.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/155325527

And this is a first year  male wit the blue face and tail. My first 
time to see this particular coloration.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/155325528

This Common Yellowthroat put on a show at LaFittes on Friday.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/155325529

But this Yellow-breasted Chat played hide and seek with the 
photographers Saturday.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/155325551

My FOS Yellow-billed Cuckoo was by the drip at LaFittes on Saturday.

http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/155325552

Altogether a great weekend!

Good birding and pray for a fallout!

David McDonald
Friendswood TX

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Subject: Tanager lands beside my foot
From: Greg Page <gregpage1465 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:19:30 -0500
At Anahuac NWR,  on 4-20-14, I had a Scarlet Tanager land just a few inches
from my foot https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregpage/13959080912/
This photo is when it was about 10 feet away perched just above the ground.
It later landed on the ground 4 or 5 inches from my boot. It stayed there
for a couple of minuets and then flew and peched about 10 feet away again.
I saw it flying up and catching small insects, but I think if was very
tired from the long journey. It was probably too tired to get away from
predators and felt safe right next to me.
Greg Page
Houston


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Subject: Brown Boobies Corpus Christi
From: Corey Lange <coreyjlange AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:13:46 -0500
Two Brown Boobies in front of the Omni Hotel along shoreline blvd Corpus 
Christi. On platform with orange triangle and number 2 on it. 


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Subject: Buffalo Springs Lake 4/21
From: Cameron Carver <c.o.carver AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:01:58 -0500
Greetings,
I spent some time at Buffalo Spring Lake this morning. Most waterfowl have
moved on but sparrows and now some warblers have moved in.

Best bird was an adult male Lazuli Bunting. Also had an early
MacGillivray's Warbler. I was a bit spoiled and had a Chipping,
Clay-colored and Brewer's in the same view at the same time. One Franklin's
Gull was on the lake with about 35 Ring-billeds. Virginia Rail and Sora
remain at the beaver pond. Audubon's outnumber Myrtle's by quite a bit and
are singing their rumps off. Wilson's are starting to be numerous.


Cameron Carver
Lubbock, TX


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Subject: Made it to Junction!
From: MiriamEagl AT aol.com
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 19:30:31 -0400 (EDT)
Let's try this again... ;-)
 
Dropped Bippy off at the shop and procured a rental (with the help and  
moral support of Fred & MJ :-)) and managed to get out of town at a decent  
hour!  The shift in schedule forced a choice of only one Hill Country stop,  
and since I wasn't sure if Kerr WMA was gonna be closed for a turkey hunt  
tomorrow, I chose South Llano River SP.  Then it dawned on me that I  probably 
had time just to swing by Kerr on my way to Junction, just long enough  to 
pick up the Black-capped Vireo, as this is the ONLY place I've ALWAYS gotten  
them!  It was a gorgeous day, and pulled in about 3:00; got down the road  
about .3 of a mile and had a Golden-cheeked Warbler right away, that showed 
off  in typical friendly Goldencheek fashion, singing away!  Continued down 
to  about the mile point (just before entering "Fawn") when a green and gray 
bird  shot into a tree next to the pullout, and when it shot across the 
road into a  bush, he gave me just enough of a glimpse to confirm the Blackcap 
(and even sang  for good measure)!  BTW, that's the usual look I get, IF I 
even get a  look... ;-))
 
Didn't have anything out of the ordinary driving up from McAllen (the  
Pauraque was singing outside my apartment first thing), but other nice "non  
Valley" birds included Carolina Chickadee and Common Grackle outside the  
hotel!  One thing I DID notice a lot of up here were vehicles with "deer  
catchers" on the front; might not be a bad investment...
 
Today's additions brought the trip list up to an even 100!  Pictures  will 
get up as I'm able, but since I'll be getting up at oh dark hundred every  
morning to hit the birding areas pre-dawn, I'll necessarily be hitting the 
sack  early and may not have time to process pics and recordings.  Bird  List:
 
  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Wild  Turkey                            Meleagris gallopavo
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Cattle  Egret                           Bubulcus ibis
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Harris's  Hawk                          Parabuteo unicinctus
Red-shouldered  Hawk                    Buteo lineatus
Red-tailed  Hawk                        Buteo jamaicensis
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Common  Pauraque                        Nyctidromus albicollis
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
Western  Kingbird                       Tyrannus verticalis
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
Black-capped  Vireo                     Vireo atricapilla
Barn  Swallow                           Hirundo rustica
Carolina  Chickadee                     Poecile carolinensis
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Golden-cheeked  Warbler                 Setophaga chrysoparia
Yellow-breasted  Chat                   Icteria virens
Chipping  Sparrow                       Spizella passerina
Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
Summer  Tanager                         Piranga rubra
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Common  Grackle                         Quiscalus quiscula
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
Orchard  Oriole                         Icterus spurius
House  Finch                            Haemorhous mexicanus
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus
40 SPECIES
So far:  100  SPECIES

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Subject: Easter at Warbler Woods
From: Dan Smith <dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:26:27 -0500
I finally got down to Warbler Woods again on Easter. Don and I walked a good 
bit of the property and were joined by Laura Lefler and one other. We tallied 
37 species for the day, and probably a late House Wren was the best sighting. 
One of the nice things about WW is that pretty much everyone you meet there is 
another birder. Pleasant company and lovely place. The new blinds and water 
features add to the observing opportunities, and Chat Pond was especially 
active yesterday. 



Dan Smith
dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com
512-451-2632
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Subject: Wind Point Park. Cedar Cove and Holiday Marina Lake Tawakoni-good birds
From: Richard <rdkrsh AT aol.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 15:36:33 -0400 (EDT)
I started up northeast at Wind Point Park Hunt Co. in hopes of getting some 
really cool birds. I was surprised at some stuff I found. To me the highlight 
was a Peregrine Falcon being harassed by several Eastern Kingbirds it wasn't a 
pretty sight. I added 8 new birds for the park. These were: American Golden 
Plover-3, Semipalmated Plover 1, Baird's Sandpiper 12, Semipalmated Sandpiper 
4, Willet-1, shockingly Wilson's Phalarope 2, the Peregrine Falcon and a 
Yellow-breasted Chat. Birds on the move were 100's of Cedar Waxwings and mixed 
members of the blackbird family along with a flock of about 65 Franklin's 
Gulls.. Warblers were few but good: Prothonotary Warbler, Yellow-breasted Chat, 
Yellow-rumped Warbler and just outside the park: Louisiana Waterthrush. Also 
had the FOS Painted Bunting. Tree Swallows are obviously nesting here. I got 
all the swallows here but Bank and Cave. A 4 year old Bald Eagle looked huge 
compared to the 6 Ospreys here. Picked up 12-13 species of 

 shorebirds. Although the bird numbers weren't really outstanding there enough 
to keep one interested. A Red-headed Woodpecker was a bit unexpected. 

Wind Point Park is vastly underbirded and should be checked at least twice a 
month. 



After finding nothing a Cedar Cove Rains Co. Saturday and Sunday I didn't 
expect to find much today. Well I did really good: American Bittern in the tall 
grass, Sora in weeds at the edge of the lake. 2 Yellow-headed Blackbirds near 
the fishing pier and boat ramp that is unusable. Also a Merlin keep the birds 
on edge as did a 2 year old Eagle. I had 2 Clay-colored Sparrows singing in a 
tree. Shorebirds were very good: Semiplamated Plover- 1, American Golden Plover 
3, FOS Stilt Sandpipers 2, Several Long-billed Dowitchers, Greater and Lesser 
Yellowlegs, Semipalmated, Least and Baird's Sandpiper and 2 Hudsonian Godwits 
were a great find. 

 
At Holiday Marina now that all the people were gone there were several birds of 
interest: a migrant LeConte's Sparrow and 2 Clay-colored Sparrows, lots of 
Cedar Waxwings were north over the lake. 1 adult Eagle,1 Osprey, 1 ratty 
looking Broad-winged Hawk. I was stunned to find just 1 Franklin's Gull and 1 
Forster's Tern . Shorebirds were scattered in good numbers but they were 
constantly moving disturbed by boats and there was a guy fishing at their main 
resting spot. There were several hundred peeps; mainly Leasts and Pectoral 
Sandpipers but a few Baird's and Semipalmated Sandpipers. Several Greater and 
Lesser Yellowlegs were around. A flock of Long-billed Dowitchers called as they 
flew around looking for a place to land. 3 American Golden Plovers here too and 
believe it or not the FOS Snowy Egret. 

Of interest sadly over the winter at least 4 White Pelicans had died and there 
carcasses were visible I suspect many more died as they hung out further up the 
lake above Holiday Marina. 

 I also recieved a report of a few Yellow-headed Blackbirds several days ago 
southwest of Edgewood Van Zandt Co. I am hoping to get photos. 



Richard Kinney 
Edgewood, TX

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Subject: Several Prothonarys in Wallisville (English Version)
From: David Vannoy <davannoy AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:35:00 -0500
Not sure how/why the last report came out in Japanese, but here it is
corrected...
Several beautiful males singing mid-day on territory in USACE Wallisville
property. Saw 2 and heard at least one more, possibly two. I-10 north
frontage road walk-in gate just north of the Wallisville project main
entrance. Follow trail to the north across 4 pipelines to the lake. Trail
continues clockwise around lake out and back. Not too far of a walk.
 Around lake perimeter.

Also one Yellow-breasted chat.

David Vannoy
Chambers County


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Subject: Several Prothonotarys in Wallisville
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Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 13:20:49 -0500
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Subject: FOS Painted Bunting male
From: Rita Clements <rclements001 AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:52:38 -0500
On Lytton Ln in Caldwell County. 


Rita Clements
SW Bastrop county
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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite Cannon Road Area Cameron Co TX Rio Grande Valley
From: Terry Fuller <terrywfuller AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 12:37:10 -0500
Very nice fly over Swallow-tailed Kite along the dike road just west of
Cannon Road in Cameron County TX in the Rio Grande Valley near San Benito
this morning.  Saw it flying north then again 1.5 hours later so may be in
area or perhaps there were two.
Terry Fuller

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San Benito/Harlingen
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Subject: No Subject
From: "John Arvin" <jarvin AT gcbo.org>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 10:44:27 -0500
The Easter weekend was given good reviews at Brownsville and Corpus Christi 
with no particular weather trigger. The winds today look good in that area 
again. There are migrants on the move from Brownsville to Houston but not 
yet to any extent east of Houston. The flight seems to be sticking parallel 
to the coast line for now although Brownsville is starting to show the 
"donut" signature of overflying birds. Looks like another medium to good 
day.
John C. Arvin
 Research Associate
 Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
 103 West Hwy 332
 Lake Jackson, TX 77566
 jarvin AT gcbo.org
 www.gcbo.org

 Austin, Texas


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Subject: South Padre Island highlights this week
From: Charles Lorenz <lorenz.chuck AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 21 Apr 2014 05:37:15 -0700 (PDT)
Greetings all,
All in all a week with a lot of activity had migrants dropping in at the lots 
on Sheepshead and at the convention center. 

Plenty of orioles, tanagers, Grosbeaks, and buntings. On Saturday the 
Red-headed Woodpecker was still being seen along with a Blackburnian and 
Prothonotary Warbler at the convention center. A very light or orange Scarlet 
Tanager was also there. 


Link to photos:    
https://picasaweb.google.com/101892941446193059190/Spring201402?authkey=Gv1sRgCO684sSro83nxwE# 


Chuck Lorenz,
Laguna Vista,Tx.
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Subject: Highlights from west of Lubbock today
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:24:58 -0500
Greetings All:
Though I 'dipped' on the Slate-throated Redstart at Stanford Park in Plains
(Yoakum County) the 45 species of birds located in seven hours of scouring
the park featured several highlights including: 1 Great Egret (flyover), 1
Mississippi Kite, 1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 Plumbeous Vireo, 1 Red-breasted
Nuthatch, 2 House Wrens, 7 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers,  2 Townsend's
Solitaires, 5 Orange-crowned Warblers, 3 Nashville Warblers, 1 Tennessee
Warbler, 16 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 2 Black-throated Gray Warblers, 1
Townsend's Warbler, 10 Wilson's Warblers, 71 Chipping Sparrows, 2 Brewer's
Sparrows, and 1 female Lazuli Bunting.

Every one of the aforementioned birds except the Lazuli Bunting was
seen/heard by other observers present during the Great Slate-throated
Redstart Chase and warbler numbers, in an effort to avoid double-counting,
are probably undercounts for the more common species.

On the way home Yoakum County kicked out 1 Say's Phoebe and 1 Grasshopper
Sparrow just east of plains.

Terry County highlights included 1 Osprey, 1 Nashville Warbler, and 2
Nashville Warblers at the Tokio Playa; 6 male Yellow-headed Blackbirds on
the western outskirts of Plains; 2 Snowy Egrets flying over Meadow.

Hockley County highlights included 1 Grasshopper Sparrow and 7 female
Yellow-headed Blackbirds at the Ropesville Rest Area.  Of all the
Yellow-headed Blackbirds I have seen during the last two weeks, these were
the only females.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Re: McAllen to Freer (almost) -- a good read!
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 21:13:05 -0500
Me too...Trust me you did not miss anything in Freer except a constant
parade of oil trucks.  We all have had those "adventures" from time to time
...B
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Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas


On Sun, Apr 20, 2014 at 9:07 PM, Randy Duncan  wrote:

> Thanks for sharing Mary Beth!!!  I usually just kind of scan through here
> and read the local stuff for me, but I am glad I stumbled over your report.
> Glad you are ok  and the Caracara are well fed... hope you get back on the
> road soon. Happy Easter!
> Randy Duncan,  Leander TX
>
>
> ________________________________
>  From: "MiriamEagl AT aol.com" 
> To: texbirds AT freelists.org
> Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2014 8:14 PM
> Subject: [texbirds] McAllen to Freer (almost)
>
>
> Hi, all!
>
> The first day of this proposed "Big Week" started off reasonably well
> (picking up Hooded Oriole at the Falfurrias checkpoint ain't half bad);
> besides
> the normal roadside birds a "rest stop" along a hidden county road just out
> of  Ramirez added a slough of Valley-type birds, including White-tipped
> Dove, Olive  Sparrow, Long-billed Thrasher, Brown-crested Flycatcher,
> Couch's
> Kingbird, and  best of all, a singing Audubon's Oriole!  several Swainson's
> Hawks were  resting on poles along SR 339, and Caracaras were of course out
> the yin  yang.  Continuing north picked up a Turkey along the road!
>
> Didn't get very far out of Benavidas, however, when a Deer with a Death
> Wish bolted RIGHT out in front of Bippy with no time to react whatsoever!
> (I'm pleased to report that the air bag worked famously...:-P)  Thankfully
> there were no injuries (except for the deer), and a nice couple out of
> Carrizo
> and a couple of Duval sheriff's deputies hung around as long as they could
> to  make sure I was okay (they had lots of horror stories to tell about
> deer  collisions that turned out a lot worse than mine).  This happened
> between
> eight and nine, and the tow truck didn't get there until about two, but in
> the  interval had a TREMENDOUS liftoff of Swainson's Hawks, plus lots of
> other  thornscrub birds to keep me company such as Painted Bunting,
> Cassin's
> Sparrows,  flyover Dickcissels, my FOS Western Kingbird and Bank Swallows,
> a
> singing  Roadrunner, and even a bizarre-looking White-lined Sphinx larva!
> (At least  that's the closest match I could find...)  So now I'm back in
> McAllen until  Monday when I can get Bippy into the shop and get a rental,
> and
> hopefully  salvage SOME of this Big Week! :-P
>
> Pictures are posted here (warning: I included the deer...):
>
>
> http://miriameaglemon.com/Trip%20Reports/Big%20Week%202014/Day%201%20McAllen
> %20to%20Freer.html
>
> Bird List:
>
>   Northern  Bobwhite                      Colinus virginianus
> Wild  Turkey                            Meleagris gallopavo
> Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
> Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
> Harris's  Hawk                          Parabuteo unicinctus
> Swainson's  Hawk                        Buteo swainsoni
> Red-tailed  Hawk                        Buteo jamaicensis
> American  Coot                          Fulica americana
> Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
> Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
> White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
> Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
> Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
> White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
> Greater  Roadrunner                     Geococcyx californianus
> Chimney  Swift                          Chaetura pelagica
> Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
> Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
> Ash-throated  Flycatcher                Myiarchus cinerascens
> Brown-crested  Flycatcher               Myiarchus tyrannulus
> Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
> Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
> Western  Kingbird                       Tyrannus verticalis
> Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
> Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
> White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
> Bank  Swallow                           Riparia riparia
> Cave  Swallow                           Petrochelidon fulva
> Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
> Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
> Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
> Cactus  Wren                            Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
> Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
> Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
> Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
> Cassin's  Sparrow                       Peucaea cassinii
> Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
> Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
> Pyrrhuloxia                            Cardinalis sinuatus
> Painted  Bunting                        Passerina ciris
> Dickcissel                             Spiza americana
> Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
> Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
> Bronzed  Cowbird                        Molothrus aeneus
> Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
> Hooded  Oriole                          Icterus cucullatus
> Audubon's  Oriole                       Icterus graduacauda
> House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus
> 48 SPECIES
>
> Mary Beth  Stowe
> McAllen, TX
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Subject: Re: McAllen to Freer (almost) -- a good read!
From: Randy Duncan <osufight AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:07:58 -0700 (PDT)
Thanks for sharing Mary Beth!!!  I usually just kind of scan through here and 
read the local stuff for me, but I am glad I stumbled over your report. Glad 
you are ok  and the Caracara are well fed... hope you get back on the road 
soon. Happy Easter! 

Randy Duncan,  Leander TX


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 From: "MiriamEagl AT aol.com" 
To: texbirds AT freelists.org 
Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2014 8:14 PM
Subject: [texbirds] McAllen to Freer (almost)
 

Hi, all!

The first day of this proposed "Big Week" started off reasonably well  
(picking up Hooded Oriole at the Falfurrias checkpoint ain't half bad); 
besides  

the normal roadside birds a "rest stop" along a hidden county road just out 
of  Ramirez added a slough of Valley-type birds, including White-tipped 
Dove, Olive  Sparrow, Long-billed Thrasher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Couch's 
Kingbird, and  best of all, a singing Audubon's Oriole!  several Swainson's 
Hawks were  resting on poles along SR 339, and Caracaras were of course out 
the yin  yang.  Continuing north picked up a Turkey along the road!

Didn't get very far out of Benavidas, however, when a Deer with a Death  
Wish bolted RIGHT out in front of Bippy with no time to react whatsoever!  
(I'm pleased to report that the air bag worked famously...:-P)  Thankfully  
there were no injuries (except for the deer), and a nice couple out of Carrizo 
and a couple of Duval sheriff's deputies hung around as long as they could 
to  make sure I was okay (they had lots of horror stories to tell about 
deer  collisions that turned out a lot worse than mine).  This happened between 

eight and nine, and the tow truck didn't get there until about two, but in 
the  interval had a TREMENDOUS liftoff of Swainson's Hawks, plus lots of 
other  thornscrub birds to keep me company such as Painted Bunting, Cassin's 
Sparrows,  flyover Dickcissels, my FOS Western Kingbird and Bank Swallows, a 
singing  Roadrunner, and even a bizarre-looking White-lined Sphinx larva!  
(At least  that's the closest match I could find...)  So now I'm back in 
McAllen until  Monday when I can get Bippy into the shop and get a rental, and 
hopefully  salvage SOME of this Big Week! :-P

Pictures are posted here (warning: I included the deer...):

http://miriameaglemon.com/Trip%20Reports/Big%20Week%202014/Day%201%20McAllen
%20to%20Freer.html

Bird List:

  Northern  Bobwhite                      Colinus virginianus
Wild  Turkey                            Meleagris gallopavo
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Harris's  Hawk                          Parabuteo unicinctus
Swainson's  Hawk                        Buteo swainsoni
Red-tailed  Hawk                        Buteo jamaicensis
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Greater  Roadrunner                     Geococcyx californianus
Chimney  Swift                          Chaetura pelagica
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
Ash-throated  Flycatcher                Myiarchus cinerascens
Brown-crested  Flycatcher               Myiarchus tyrannulus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
Western  Kingbird                       Tyrannus verticalis
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Bank  Swallow                           Riparia riparia
Cave  Swallow                           Petrochelidon fulva
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
Cactus  Wren                            Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Cassin's  Sparrow                       Peucaea cassinii
Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Pyrrhuloxia                            Cardinalis sinuatus
Painted  Bunting                        Passerina ciris
Dickcissel                             Spiza americana
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed  Cowbird                        Molothrus aeneus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
Hooded  Oriole                          Icterus cucullatus
Audubon's  Oriole                       Icterus graduacauda
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus
48 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
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Subject: Devine Lake Park- Williamson County. 4/20
From: Randy Duncan <osufight AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:46:55 -0700 (PDT)
Happy Easter Y'all,
Spent about 2 hours at the park this morning. I was greeted by a singing Summer 
Tanager near the parking lot-- was a bi-colored young male. In the same  oak 
was a Blue Grosbeak, a new park bird for me! 203!! Other highlights: a flyover 
of 60 Franklin Gulls (we must be right on the flight path north). FOS Wilson's 
Warbler. Lots of Nashville's and a couple Tennessee's. Seven Spotted 
Sandpipers. (no other shore birds seen, water still high). One straggling 
Lesser Scaup on the lake. A couple Lark Sparrow in the horse pasture. A pair of 
Red Shoulder Hawks mating in a snag past the dam, hoping to add them to our 
resident Coopers Hawks. Lots of Redwinged Blackbirds, but no Yellow-Headed 
since 2 were seen one day last week. 

Randy Duncan   Leander, TX
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Subject: Neither Wagler's nor Blackvented
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 19:09:34 -0600
Howdy Texbirders,
All the orioles I saw at the sewage pond were yellow-vented.  Anyone
traveling out here should check all of the Scott's they see.  No complaints
as Black-vented was a long shot.  Overall, a very rewarding trip and I have
reached my goal of 400 species in Texas, in 4 months.  Wanted to do that
before I left for Maine (deep east Texas).  I whiffed on Crissal Thrasher
which was surprising as I always get that bird at Cottonwood Campground
(CWCG).
My very best to all of you.
Dennis
Prepping for the ascent of the Pinnacles Trail tomorrow morning very early.
BBNP
-- 
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Subject: Port A and Goose Island
From: pfoster1 AT stx.rr.com
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 23:10:24 +0000
Birded Port A yesterday and today. Highlights include Chestnut-sided at 
Paradise, Purple Gallinule at Birding Center. There was a Blackpoll in the 
reeds near the alligator. Strange place for one. Packary had a male Western 
Tanager. Goose Island had a Prothonotary and Golden-winged. My house had two 
Bay-breasted, a Worm-eating, a Chestnut-sided and other goodies. Good decision 
to move to the coast. 

Susan Foster
Rockport
Aransas County

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Subject: Hidalgo County Shorebirding
From: MiriamEagl AT aol.com
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 18:24:36 -0400 (EDT)
Hi, all!
 
Pat Heirs felt sorry for me and offered to take me birding today :-), so I  
cheated and decided to include this day as part of my "Big Week"!  We had a 
 ball:  the full trip report with pictures is on my blog, but the highlight 
 was a flooded field to the east along FM 1015 just north of FM 1422 that 
was  just STUFFED with shorebirds!  Specialties included Buff-breasted Sands, 
 Pectoral Sands, one Upland Sand, and a couple of Golden Plovers!  Besides  
that, tons of yellowlegs and dowitchers...  We also stopped at the Hargill  
Playa (Pat got the Wilson's Plover; I just got the Snowy) and Delta Lake  
(thought we had a Hudsonian Godwit, but it was just a bright dowitcher doing 
a  good impersonation... ;-)) Just a few hours of birding tallied 64 species!
 
Full report and pics:
 
http://miriameaglemon.com/Trip%20Reports/Big%20Week%202014/Day%202%20Hidalgo
%20County%20Shorebirding.html
 
Bird List:
 
  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Mottled  Duck                           Anas fulvigula
Blue-winged  Teal                       Anas discors
Northern  Shoveler                      Anas clypeata
Redhead                                Aythya americana
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Double-crested  Cormorant               Phalacrocorax auritus
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Tricolored  Heron                       Egretta tricolor
Cattle  Egret                           Bubulcus ibis
White-faced  Ibis                       Plegadis chihi
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Swainson's  Hawk                        Buteo swainsoni
Sora                                   Porzana carolina
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
American  Avocet                        Recurvirostra americana
American  Golden-Plover                 Pluvialis dominica
Snowy  Plover                           Charadrius nivosus
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Spotted  Sandpiper                      Actitis macularius
Greater  Yellowlegs                     Tringa melanoleuca
Lesser  Yellowlegs                      Tringa flavipes
Upland  Sandpiper                       Bartramia longicauda
Marbled  Godwit                         Limosa fedoa
Stilt  Sandpiper                        Calidris himantopus
Baird's  Sandpiper                      Calidris bairdii
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Buff-breasted  Sandpiper                Calidris subruficollis
Pectoral  Sandpiper                     Calidris melanotos
Long-billed  Dowitcher                  Limnodromus scolopaceus
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Least  Tern                             Sternula antillarum
Gull-billed  Tern                       Gelochelidon nilotica
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Chimney  Swift                          Chaetura pelagica
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
Brown-crested  Flycatcher               Myiarchus tyrannulus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Western  Kingbird                       Tyrannus verticalis
Eastern  Kingbird                       Tyrannus tyrannus
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
Northern Rough-winged  Swallow         Stelgidopteryx  serripennis
Bank  Swallow                           Riparia riparia
Barn  Swallow                           Hirundo rustica
Cave  Swallow                           Petrochelidon fulva
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
Savannah  Sparrow                       Passerculus sandwichensis
Dickcissel                             Spiza americana
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Eastern  Meadowlark                     Sturnella magna
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed Cowbird
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus
64 SPECIES
So far:  87 SPECIES
 
Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
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Subject: Dipped on Slate-throated Redstart
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:24:28 -0500
Greetings All:
Five of us were at Stanford Park, Plains, Yoakum County, Texas bright and
early this morning.  One had to leave at about 9:30.  Two more showed up a
little later in the morning.  Bottom line: seven birders scoured the park,
from top to bottom - and from 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM, with no Slate-throated
Restart luck at all.  That is not to say the bird is not there - merely
that we covered the area as well as is possible for such a large park and
did not see the bird.

I will post a list of highlights later - folk weren't happy about missing
The Bird but most seemed to be pretty pleased by what they did come across.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Fw: eBird Report - Mitchell Lake, Apr 20, 2014
From: "Georgina Schwartz" <gbird AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:54:22 -0500
If you were supposed to get a shared checklist and did not get one, 
contact gbird AT att.net
We had a great morning.
Georgina Schwartz
San Antonio

-----> Mitchell Lake, Bexar, US-TX
> Apr 20, 2014 8:00 AM - 12:20 PM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 5.0 mile(s)
> 79 species (+1 other taxa)
>
> Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  2
> Gadwall  3
> Blue-winged Teal  73
> Northern Shoveler  550
> Green-winged Teal  2
> Ring-necked Duck  1
> Lesser Scaup  1
> Ruddy Duck  66
> Wild Turkey  2
> Eared Grebe  2     in breeding plumage
> Neotropic Cormorant  21
> American White Pelican  37
> Great Egret  4
> Snowy Egret  12
> Little Blue Heron  2
> Tricolored Heron  1     in upper end of weste polder
> Green Heron  2
> Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
> White-faced Ibis  1
> Osprey  1
> Swainson's Hawk  2
> American Coot  295
> Black-necked Stilt  38
> American Avocet  3
> Semipalmated Plover  1
> Killdeer  10
> Spotted Sandpiper  4
> Solitary Sandpiper  1
> Greater Yellowlegs  1
> Lesser Yellowlegs  75
> Stilt Sandpiper  2
> Baird's Sandpiper  9
> Least Sandpiper  75
> White-rumped Sandpiper  4
> Pectoral Sandpiper  15
> Western Sandpiper  1
> Long-billed Dowitcher  40
> Wilson's Phalarope  95
> Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
> White-winged Dove  10
> Mourning Dove  25
> Common Ground-Dove  1
> Black-chinned Hummingbird  2
> Golden-fronted Woodpecker  2
> Ladder-backed Woodpecker  1
> Crested Caracara  1
> Ash-throated Flycatcher  1
> Brown-crested Flycatcher  1
> Western Kingbird  3
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  7
> Loggerhead Shrike  3
> Bell's Vireo  1
> Purple Martin  1
> Tree Swallow  1
> Barn Swallow  30
> swallow sp.  1     cliff/cave
> Verdin  2
> Carolina Wren  1
> Bewick's Wren  1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
> Long-billed Thrasher  1
> Northern Mockingbird  10
> European Starling  1
> Cedar Waxwing  17     at mulberry near Ernie's bridge
> Northern Waterthrush  1
> Yellow Warbler  1
> Clay-colored Sparrow  1
> Savannah Sparrow  2
> Grasshopper Sparrow  1
> Lincoln's Sparrow  2
> White-crowned Sparrow  13
> Northern Cardinal  9
> Painted Bunting  1
> Red-winged Blackbird  43
> Great-tailed Grackle  5
> Brown-headed Cowbird  11
> Bullock's Oriole  1
> Baltimore Oriole  1
> House Finch  6
> House Sparrow  5
>
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> http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17980652
>
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Subject: Black-vented Oriole
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 14:28:24 -0600
Howdy Texbirders,
Bet that tag got your attention.  I talked to some visiting Australian
birders who are very sure that they had a Black-vented Oriole at the Sewage
Pond, in BBNP, two days ago.  They just missed getting a picture.  I had
been there yesterday not knowing about their sighting and left around 5 pm.
 They had seen the bird the day before at 6:10 pm.  While I was at the
sewage pond, I only saw Scott's.  The Aussies photoed many Scott's and were
sure it was not a Scott's.  I have spread the word to other birders I have
met in the park and I am now off to sit and wait.  Lucy's Warblers are at
CWCG at the Amphitheater and I had two Gambel's Quail about a quarter mile
down the road from CWCG.  Also, a Long-billed Thrasher at CWCG.  Other
goodies around.
Later.
Dennis
BBNP Basin
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Subject: 4/20/14 Bentsen Bird Walk
From: Hannah Buschert <Hannah.Buschert AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 17:10:13 +0000
Good Morning,
It was great to have so many excited birders on this overcast morning! We 
started off walking around the Headquarters gardens looking for a Clay-colored 
Thrush (no-show), but we did have a Long-billed Thrasher and Black Phoebe come 
around. At the Nature Center, we had tons of Broad-winged Hawks flying over and 
one lone Chimney Swift. At the Resaca, we were lucky enough to have a Green 
Kingfisher fly below us and more Vultures and Broad-winged Hawks flying over. 
We finished off the morning on the Kiskadee trail listening to the Northern 
Beardless-Tyrannulet calling and an Altamira Oriole weaving its nest. 


Last night on our weekly Creatures of the Night tour, we were excited to have a 
quick glimpse of the Elf Owl and heard plenty of Common Pauraques and Eastern 
Screech Owls around! 


Only a few more days of Hawk Watch! Join us at the Hawk Tower for Hawk Watch 
from 8:30am-12:00pm daily until April 30th, weather permitting. 


Species Count
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck       2
Mottled Duck    2
Plain Chachalaca               9
Great Egret         1
Green Heron     1
Black Vulture     2
Turkey Vulture  10
Sharp-shinned Hawk      1
Cooper's Hawk  1
Broad-winged Hawk       100
Gray Hawk          1
Laughing Gull     50
White-winged Dove       150
Mourning Dove                4
White-tipped Dove         10
Chimney Swift   1
Green Kingfisher              1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker    3
Northern Beardless-Tyrannulet 1
Black Phoebe     1
Great Kiskadee 6
Couch's Kingbird               2
Green Jay            6
Cave Swallow    20
Long-billed Thrasher       1
Olive Sparrow    2
Northern Cardinal            2
Red-winged Blackbird    15
Great-tailed Grackle       10
Bronzed Cowbird             1
Altamira Oriole  2
House Sparrow 10

Happy Birding!

Hannah Buschert
Park Ranger 1-Naturalist
World Birding Center
Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Hannah.Buschert AT tpwd.texas.gov
(956) 584-9156 x 235

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Subject: Swainson's Thrush singing in backyard just now
From: "Tillman, Jane F" <mljt AT austin.utexas.edu>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:49:05 +0000
Sorry, for some reason the comment was cut off in my previous post.




A lovely way to start the day.

Jane Tillman

Austin




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Subject: Swainson's Thrush singing in backyard just now
From: "Tillman, Jane F" <mljt AT austin.utexas.edu>
Date: Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:41:31 +0000

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Subject: Corpus Christi Area - Saturday, April 19th
From: "Willie Sekula" <williebird22 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 22:11:11 -0500
Keith Bartels and I birded the Corpus Christi area today.  We visited
Blucher Park, Rosehill Cemetery, Packery Channel, Flour Bluff, Mustang
Island, Port Aransas (Birding Center, Paradise Pond).  It was quite birdy
with good numbers of orioles, tanagers, grosbeaks, buntings plus a nice
tally of 20 warbler species.  

Birds of Note:
Franklin's Gulls 3,000+ - Large numbers flying north
Yellow-billed Cuckoo 8
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO 1 Packery Channel 
Chuck-will's Widow 6
Eastern Wood-Pewee 8
Acadian Flycatcher 3
Least Flycatcher 1
Great-crested Flycatcher 1
Brown-crested Flycatcher 2
Western Kingbird 1
Eastern Kingbird 7
White-eyed Vireo 1
Blue-headed Vireo 5
Warbling Vireo 1
Red-eyed Vireo 2
Tree Swallow 1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet 1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher 1
Veery 3
Gray-cheeked Thrush 3
Swainson's Thrush 12
Wood Thrush 8
Gray Catbird 25
Cedar Waxwing 2
Blue-winged Warbler 2
Tennessee Warbler 14
Nashville Warbler 5
Northern Parula 3
Yellow Warbler 5
Chestnut-sided Warbler 1
Magnolia Warbler 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Black-throated Green Warbler 4
Blackburnian Warbler 1
Black-and-white Warbler 6
American Redstart 7
Prothonotary Warbler 1
Worm-eating Warbler 2
Ovenbird 3
Northern Waterthrush 7
Kentucky Warbler 5
Common Yellowthroat 3
Hooded Warbler 11
Yellow-breasted Chat 2
Summer Tanager 22
Scarlet Tanager 18
Dickcissel 1
Chipping Sparrow 15
Lincoln's Sparrow 4
Rose-breasted Grosbeak 16
Blue Grosbeak 30
Indigo Bunting 60
Painted Bunting 4
Orchard Oriole 30
Baltimore Oriole 50

Willie Sekula
Falls City

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Subject: Cameron Co: Glaucous Gull at Boca Chica - 19 April 2014
From: Michael Marsden <valleybirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:00:34 -0500
There was a 1st cycle Glaucous Gull at Boca Chica early this afternoon,
perhaps the same individual that has been seen intermittently in the area
since December 27th.  It was flying north along that part of the beach at
the terminus of Highway 4.

Michael Marsden
956-276-4409
San Benito, TX


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Subject: ID ? what is the larger bird?
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:58:41 -0500
Shot this pic last weekend at Sea Rim SP , Sabine.

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/SCw4AuV0C3Dyl-2sifRfTNMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink 


-- 
Monte Phillips
Tx Cty

 One of the most striking differences between a cat and a lie is that a cat has 
only nine lives. 

Mark Twain

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Subject: Redstart - NO
From: Cameron Carver <c.o.carver AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:56:46 -0500
I spent ~3 hours searching for the Redstart in Plains this evening with no 
luck. I walked half the draw. Other good birds were Red-breasted Nuthatch and 
Gray Flycatcher. I may try again for the bird in the morning. 


Cameron Carver
Lubbock, TX

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Subject: Rufous-backed Robin
From: "Terry Hibbitts" <thibb AT swtexas.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 20:16:14 -0500
I posted photos of a Rufous-backed Robin that showed up at my game cam on
Facebook Textbirds.  The bird showed up April 8 at 8:51 am and last appeared
at 11:02 am.  So I have my very first rare bird to report to the TBRC.  I
wish I could have seen the bird with my own eyes. 
 

Location:  TEXAS: Edwards Co. Camp Wood Hills 5 miles west of Camp Wood.

 

I also still have Audubon Orioles singing around the house almost every day.
A wonderful sound to wake up to.

 

Terry Hibbitts

Camp Wood Hills

www.thehibbitts.net  

 



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Subject: McAllen to Freer (almost)
From: MiriamEagl AT aol.com
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 21:14:18 -0400 (EDT)
Hi, all!
 
The first day of this proposed "Big Week" started off reasonably well  
(picking up Hooded Oriole at the Falfurrias checkpoint ain't half bad); besides 

the normal roadside birds a "rest stop" along a hidden county road just out 
of  Ramirez added a slough of Valley-type birds, including White-tipped 
Dove, Olive  Sparrow, Long-billed Thrasher, Brown-crested Flycatcher, Couch's 
Kingbird, and  best of all, a singing Audubon's Oriole!  several Swainson's 
Hawks were  resting on poles along SR 339, and Caracaras were of course out 
the yin  yang.  Continuing north picked up a Turkey along the road!
 
Didn't get very far out of Benavidas, however, when a Deer with a Death  
Wish bolted RIGHT out in front of Bippy with no time to react whatsoever!   
(I'm pleased to report that the air bag worked famously...:-P)  Thankfully  
there were no injuries (except for the deer), and a nice couple out of Carrizo 
 and a couple of Duval sheriff's deputies hung around as long as they could 
to  make sure I was okay (they had lots of horror stories to tell about 
deer collisions that turned out a lot worse than mine). This happened between 

 eight and nine, and the tow truck didn't get there until about two, but in 
the  interval had a TREMENDOUS liftoff of Swainson's Hawks, plus lots of 
other  thornscrub birds to keep me company such as Painted Bunting, Cassin's 
Sparrows,  flyover Dickcissels, my FOS Western Kingbird and Bank Swallows, a 
singing  Roadrunner, and even a bizarre-looking White-lined Sphinx larva!  
(At least  that's the closest match I could find...)  So now I'm back in 
McAllen until  Monday when I can get Bippy into the shop and get a rental, and 
hopefully  salvage SOME of this Big Week! :-P
 
Pictures are posted here (warning: I included the deer...):
 
http://miriameaglemon.com/Trip%20Reports/Big%20Week%202014/Day%201%20McAllen
%20to%20Freer.html
 
Bird List:
 
  Northern  Bobwhite                      Colinus virginianus
Wild  Turkey                            Meleagris gallopavo
Black  Vulture                          Coragyps atratus
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Harris's  Hawk                          Parabuteo unicinctus
Swainson's  Hawk                        Buteo swainsoni
Red-tailed  Hawk                        Buteo jamaicensis
American  Coot                          Fulica americana
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
White-tipped  Dove                      Leptotila verreauxi
Greater  Roadrunner                     Geococcyx californianus
Chimney  Swift                          Chaetura pelagica
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
Ash-throated  Flycatcher                Myiarchus cinerascens
Brown-crested  Flycatcher               Myiarchus tyrannulus
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
Western  Kingbird                       Tyrannus verticalis
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Bank  Swallow                           Riparia riparia
Cave  Swallow                           Petrochelidon fulva
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Bewick's  Wren                          Thryomanes bewickii
Cactus  Wren                            Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Cassin's  Sparrow                       Peucaea cassinii
Lark  Sparrow                           Chondestes grammacus
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Pyrrhuloxia                            Cardinalis sinuatus
Painted  Bunting                        Passerina ciris
Dickcissel                             Spiza americana
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed  Cowbird                        Molothrus aeneus
Brown-headed  Cowbird                   Molothrus ater
Hooded  Oriole                          Icterus cucullatus
Audubon's  Oriole                       Icterus graduacauda
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus
48 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
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Subject: Off topic. Ro Wauer
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 19:02:38 -0500
.
Saddened to hear of Betty's passing.  Can someone update me on Ro and
provide contact info, IE physical address and email?  I have neither since
they moved. You can reply offline.
**********************************************************************
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: Some highlights from east of Lubbock today
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:49:27 -0500
Greetings All:
I spent most of my day - the wrong direction from the redstart in Yoakum
County - exploring Crosby and Dickens Counties.

Highlights in Lubbock County on the way out in the morning: 2 Cackling
Geese, 3 Snowy Egrets, and 24 Cattle Egrets at Leroy Elmore Park in
Lubbock; 7 White-faced Ibises flying over South Loop 289 just east of the
Highway 84 intersection.

The sole Lubbock County highlight on the way back in the afternoon: 4
Black-necked Stilts at the playa just northeast of the intersection of
North Loop 289 and Quaker Avenue.

Crosby County highlights in the morning: 2 male Yellow-headed Blackbirds at
the intersection of FM 40 and CR 149; 1 Cassin's Sparrow at the
intersection of FM 40 and FM 651;  1 male Painted Bunting near the
intersection of FM 651 and CR 2794; 1 Eared Grebe, 8 American White
Pelicans, 2 Green Herons, 4 White-faced Ibises, 1 Semipalmated Plover, 8
Black-necked Stilts, 20 American Avocets, 2 Greater Yellowlegs, 17
unidentified 'peeps', 34 Long-billed Dowitchers, 7 Wilson's Phalaropes, 1
Eastern Phoebe, 2 Purple Martins, 1 Tree Swallow, 2 Black-crested Titmice,
1 Canyon Wren, 1 Curve-billed Thrasher, 1 Wilson's Warbler, 1 first spring
male Summer Tanager, and 1 male Bronzed Cowbird at White River Lake
(working mostly the shore, thickets, and woodlands along the west shore).

Crosby County highlights in the afternoon: 2 Eastern Phoebes, 2 Cave
Swallows, 2 Canyon Wrens, and 1 Orange-crowned Warbler at Silver Falls Rest
Area; 2 Cattle Egrets, 4 American Avocets, 1 Greater Yellowlegs, 1 Hermit
Thrush, 17 Chipping Sparrows, 6 Clay-colored Sparrows, and 86 Yellow-headed
Blackbirds at Crosbyton City Park; 25 Cedar Waxwings near Ralls.

Dickens County highlights, bridging morning to afternoon: 4 Purple Martins
in Spur; 2 Eastern Bluebirds and 1 Curve-billed Thrasher in Dickens; 1
Sharp-shinned Hawk, 4 Bushtits, 1 House Wren, 1 Carolina Wren, 1 Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher, 19 Cedar Waxwings, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 1 Nashville
Warbler, 5 Wilson's Warblers, 37 Chipping Sparrows, and 1 male
Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Dickens Springs; 2 Bewick's Wrens, 2 Carolina
Wrens, 1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, 1 Brown Thrasher, 1 Wilson's Warbler, and 1
Harris's Sparrow along CR 22 between Highway 70 and Afton; 2 Red-headed
Woodpeckers, 1 Eastern Kingbird, and 2 Purple Martins in Afton; 1 Purple
Martin, 4 Cave Swallows, 1 Cassin's Sparrow, and 1 male Blue Grosbeak along
Highway 82 between Dickens and the Dickens/Crosby County line.

A pretty good day - made even better by hopes for a good visit to Yoakum
County tomorrow - and even more better by the half inch of rain in my rain
gauge (so far) from the unsettled weather sweeping through the region.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: SLATE-THROATED REDSTART in Yoakum County
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:28:35 -0500
Greetings All:
Steve Collins and Peter Keyel located and photographed a Slate-throated
Redstart at Stanford Park in Plains (Yoakum County) this morning.  It was,
at the time in the main loop of the park - just downstream from B Street
and 5th Street.  Other birds present include 1 Tennessee Warbler, 1
Black-throated Gray Warbler, and multiple Townsend's Warblers.  The
redstart was hanging out on its own.  This park is long - in theory it can
be walked (though one has to cross roads and dodge some housing) all the
way downstream to Highway 214.  When this park is good, it is very good and
it is worth working the whole length.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Indigo Bunting in Lubbock
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:52:34 -0500
Greetings All:
On Wednesday (4/16/14) morning - at about 7:35 - I had a gorgeous male
Indigo Bunting at the bird bath/in the live oaks in my back yard in
Lubbock.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Saturday Walk and Groove-billed Ani Update
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:18:29 -0500
A young bobcat put in a quick appearance as we were starting out.  Best of
the day - Swallow-tailed Kite low over the road, both male & female Blue
Grosbeak and Summer Tanager, and a very nice Merlin perched in a dead tree
on Yellowthroat Loop.
Earlier birders got photos of two Groove-billed Ani near the start of
Yellowthroat Trail.  We heard a couple very short calls, but not until we
were much farther down the trail.  No sightings.  Yesterday there were Ani
reports from both Yellowthroat and White-winged Dove trails.  If this is
one of your target birds, it might be productive to sit at the picnic table
near the start of Yellowthroat Loop and wait.

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

*Nature Walks *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walks* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walks* Sunday:  1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
*Night Hikes* 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

40 species
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  1
Blue-winged Teal  6
Plain Chachalaca  6
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  2
Little Blue Heron  7
Turkey Vulture  2
Swallow-tailed Kite  1
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Franklin's Gull  30
White-winged Dove  15
Mourning Dove  2
Inca Dove  2
White-tipped Dove  6
Chimney Swift  1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird  1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  2
Merlin  1
Brown-crested Flycatcher  2
Great Kiskadee  1
Tropical Kingbird  1
Couch's Kingbird  10
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  1
White-eyed Vireo  2     heard only
Green Jay  9
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  5
Barn Swallow  4
Long-billed Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  12
Common Yellowthroat  1
Olive Sparrow  6
Summer Tanager  2
Northern Cardinal  6
Blue Grosbeak  3
Indigo Bunting  4
Red-winged Blackbird  8
Great-tailed Grackle  50
Bronzed Cowbird  4
Altamira Oriole  2


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Subject: Slate-throated Redstart reported from Yoakum County
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 17:02:44 -0500
Greetings All:
Two Lubbock area birders reported (with photographs, I am informed) a
Slate-throated Redstart at Stanford Park in Plains (Yoakum County).  I am
awaiting more details - as the park is rather large.   If anybody else has
details about the location of this bird, a post to texbirds might be a nice
idea:) There were evidently some other goodies, in the way of western
warblers, there as well.  The weather has deteriorated a bit (which is good
- there is some rain in the region) and I am going to put off, with my
fingers crossed, chasing this bird until tomorrow morning.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Tuesday migrant pictures from Sabine
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:19:24 -0500
There was not a huge fallout Tuesday but there were birds in sight all day
unless one went out in the open where the wind whisked them all into cover
Wood pewees have arrived
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155290669

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155290668

Orchard orioles were probably the commonest bird in the woods and along the
roads
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155290673

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155290672

Common yellowthroats were also common with a good fallout in most places.
When they are up high in trees it is not local birds
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155290665

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155290664

If you have lots of sandburs, you can hire blue grosbeaks to clean them out
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155290689

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155290691

A small group of Franklin's gulls on the beach were gone later in the day.
Note the larger size of the bird and bill of the laughing gull at the right
edge of the flock
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155290692

A chuck-will's widow roosted all day on a small branch. It was not
disturbed although a large nearby branch was broken off to benefit a large
tripod which should have moved the bird
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155290847

Several cerulean warblers were present all day and sort of got together
later in the pm
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155290851

A swainson's warbler gave all good looks but got too close to me for
pictures. I kept backing up but it kept coming
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155290864

Red neck vireos are singing
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155290866

Yellow-billed cuckoos were all around and did a lot of sunning
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155290871

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155290870

The large bee hive that in past years has been accompanied by numbers of
summer tanagers has few bees this spring and the tanagers are elsewhere but
still catching bees
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155290874

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/155290873

All the pictures and more can be browsed at

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

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


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Subject: Some highlights of SPI yesterday (04/18/14) afternoon
From: "Rex Stanford" <calidris AT mindspring.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:46:12 -0500
Late yesterday afternoon we visited both the South Padre Island Convention
Center and the Sheepshead Street property in search of whatever the
migration might have to offer, but we had a special interest in seeing and
getting photos of the Red-headed Woodpecker that recently moved to the
Convention Center (CC) site from its former Sheepshead location.

SPI CC: The Red-headed Woodpecker was easy to find and photograph. A major
reason was that some thoughtful individual(s) had placed halved oranges on
limb stubs of various of the trees at the back of the CC building. That
particular habitat is good for this species, which likes trees spread about
with some open space between and around them, rather than a dense grove of
trees. This species of woodpecker, which has sometimes been described as
omnivorous, likes fruit, and it regularly came to one or another of the
trees in that area that still had useful orange halves. It is a relatively
tame woodpecker and actually seems quite bold. Still, like all birds, it has
its limits of approach, so respectful quietness and stealth are useful in
enjoying and photographing this very striking creature.

At the CC we also saw (in no special order): VEERY (1, behind CC);
SWAINSON'S THRUSH (1); NORTHERN PARULA (1), BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER (2);
BALTIMORE ORIOLE (several); SCARLET TANAGER (1); SUMMER TANAGER (1); and
INDIGO BUNTING (several).

Our visit to SPI did not, this time, make any special effort to find
shorebirds, but Birgit spotted MARBLED GODWIT (1) in the bayside area
north/northwest of the CC building.

SHEEPSHEAD: NORTHERN PARULA (2); NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH (1); INDIGO BUNTING
(several); and SWAINSON'S THRUSH (1). Our late-day visit probably played a
role to the paucity of species that we found there.

During our visit to SPI yesterday, the birding thus was decidedly slow, and
talk with birders there who had been there earlier in the day seemed to
support our impression that the birding had not been outstanding yesterday.
Still, there were delightful birds present, and such leisurely birding can
provide an opportunity for the diligent birder to study and learn something
about the species present, through sustained observation. It seems certain
that better days are soon to come in terms of numbers of species. We
especially enjoyed our views of that splendid Red-headed Woodpecker and
learning something of its habits. It is more than just a rare bird in this
area. It is a handsome and spectacular one anywhere!

Wishing everyone the best of spring migration birding,
Rex and Birgit Stanford
McAllen, TX

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Subject: Colorado River Nature Preserve & Worm-eating Warbler
From: Dan Smith <dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:36:41 -0500
I haven’t been getting out much this year, but this morning birded the Colorado 
River Nature Preserve across from Roy Guerrero River Park in Austin. I tallied 
24 species in a bit more than an hour, including a Worm-eating Warbler in one 
of the two small flocks of foragers. I had FOS Eastern Wood-Pewee, Warbling 
Vireo, several White-eyed Vireos singing, and a Red-tailed Hawk across the 
river near the bridge that was in the process of dispatching its prey (some 
small mammal, apparently, but which I couldn’t tell) on the bank and then 
flying back to the north for breakfast. Other sightings included a fully 
colored up Myrtle Yellowrump, Black-throated Green, Tennessee, and Nashville 
warblers. 


The Worm-eating Warbler was in a small group of foragers back up the main trail 
from the first sandy beach is and where the canopy closes back up. It was 
usually the lowest forager in the group throughout the period I observed it 
(about 5 minutes), and the head was clearly visible. It was the best bird of 
the morning. 


 
Dan Smith
dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com
512-451-2632
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Subject: Formosa Tejano Wetalnds (CTC 017)
From: "Bird.fried" <bird.fried AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:29:19 -0500
It was a good and productive day at the Formosa Tejano Wetlands this morning.

Good because there were no rattlers stepped on or spotted and the bees (3 
hives) all stayed where they were supposed to..... 


Productive birding with 94 species seen including 15 sandpipers and 9 warblers. 
The water 

in the wetlands is drying, providing good forage areas for shorebirds. The 
smaller wetland just south and on the east side of Hwy 172 was a bit more 
productive, though a scope was required. Some highlights. 


 - American Golden-Plover, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, 
Baird 

 Sandpiper, and Hudsonian Godwit in the wetland east of Hwy 172. Also treated 
to a 

    coyote catching and feasting on a very large field rat.

- Orchard and Baltimore Orioles, Blue and Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-eyed and 

 Yellow-throated Vireo, Tennessee and Chestnut-sided Warblers. Along levee 
trail on 

 north side of property. A bee swarm on an old stump near start of trail at NE 
corner 


- Wood Thrush, Blackburnian Warbler as well as Kentucky, Palm and 
Black-throated Green 

 Warblers. (also Orange-crowned, Black and White and Common Yellowthroat but 
not even 

 one Yellow-rump). All in big oak mott on south side of property. Also Cedar 
Waxwings - 

    seems a bit late

Complete list here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S17961977

This is the 'birdiest' it has been at Formosa in some time. An enjoyable 
morning. If you go, wear your SnakeGuardz and don't disturb the bees. 


Good birding !
Bob Friedrichs
Palacios / Houston

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Subject: Re: Blucher Park Bird Walk-- THANKS
From: Randy Duncan <osufight AT att.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:23:06 -0700 (PDT)
My family and I went on the Blucher bird walk last year. Highly recommended if 
you are in the area. They do a great job at a surprising little hotspot. Thanks 
again y'all.     

Randy Duncan  Leander TX


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To: texbirds AT freelists.org 
Sent: Saturday, April 19, 2014 1:18 PM
Subject: [texbirds] Blucher Park Bird Walk
 

Hello everybody,

The Blucher Park Bird Walks continued this morning with pretty good birds and 
40 participants.  Thanks to Mabel Byrnes, John Shreves and Mel Cooksey for 
hosting. 


Sixty-three species were seen, including 17 species of warblers, two orioles, 
two tanagers, Painted and Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Orchard and 
Baltimore Orioles, Chuck-Will's Widow and Whip-Poor-Will.  The bird of the day 
was an Ash-throated Flycatcher. 


There will be no walk tomorrow in observance of Easter Sunday.  The last two 
walks for the year are next Saturday and Sunday.  So, if you are in town come 
by Blucher Park anytime between 7:30 and 10:30. 


Larry Jordan
Corpus Christi

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Subject: Birding and Bicycling
From: Gary Richards <grcolts AT me.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:38:19 -0500
This morning I took my bicycle out for a good ride through the country and did 
some birding along-the-way. 

Birds seen were:

Red--winged blackbirds
Black-chinned hummingbird
N. Mockingbirds
Red-tailed hawk
Turkey vultures
* Mixed in with the TV's was an adult Zone-tailed hawk (this was off lower 
Sequin Rd.) 

N. Cardinals
Carolina chickadees
Carolina wren
Mourning doves
Rock doves
Scissor-tailed flycatchers
Purple martins
Barn swallows

Gary
Schertz, TX
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Subject: Tyler State Park 4-19-14
From: Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 18:34:37 +0000
Howdy All!
The bird walk this morning went really well. Down by the beaver pond on the 
lake trail there were several singing Nashville Warblers, Black-throated 
Greens, Black-and-Whites, Yellow-throated Warblers and a Yellow-throated Vireo. 
The problem with the vireo and the Yellow-throateds were, while they were 
singing we never got to see them. It is a challenge to see a bird in dense 
foliage and 60 feet off the ground. 


Indigo Buntings have arrived. There were several singing males in the open 
forest and savannah. My Birding 101 group was treated with stellar looks at a 
Broad-winged hawk and a pair of Eastern Kingbirds. 


Good birding,

Boyd A. Sanders BBA, CIG
Interpreter/Exhibit Tech

Tyler State Park
789 Park Rd. 16
Tyler, TX 75706

(903)597-5338
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Subject: Blucher Park Bird Walk
From: lmj6464 AT aim.com
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 14:18:37 -0400 (EDT)
Hello everybody,

The Blucher Park Bird Walks continued this morning with pretty good birds and 
40 participants. Thanks to Mabel Byrnes, John Shreves and Mel Cooksey for 
hosting. 


Sixty-three species were seen, including 17 species of warblers, two orioles, 
two tanagers, Painted and Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Orchard and 
Baltimore Orioles, Chuck-Will's Widow and Whip-Poor-Will. The bird of the day 
was an Ash-throated Flycatcher. 


There will be no walk tomorrow in observance of Easter Sunday. The last two 
walks for the year are next Saturday and Sunday. So, if you are in town come by 
Blucher Park anytime between 7:30 and 10:30. 


Larry Jordan
Corpus Christi

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Subject: Jealous? - perhaps release the tension by biting a lucky one’s butt.
From: MBB22222 AT aol.com
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 13:22:22 -0400 (EDT)
Watching terns can never be boring. 
 
Sandwich Tern stubbing and biting Royal’s butt during copulation
http://www.pbase.com/image/155290059
 
After paying his dues with number of fishes, lucky Royal was in the act of  
exercising his marital rights when pair of Sandwich Tern landed near by; 
other  SATE pair was already there just watching. One SATE  got jealous, 
irritated  by someone being more successful , so to rid off of its own 
frustration run to the mating ROYT pair and stubbed-bit moving Royal’s butt. 
Effect 

came right away  - ROYT pair separate instantly. Although male ROYT did not 
look happy and SATE  tried to stood its ground, no more aggressive actions 
happened. I do not  recommend this kind of action to release the stress in the 
human world - most  likely the consequences could be way more severe.  
 
Interestingly I often see that many birds are getting agitated by watching  
other pairs mating. 
 
And a tendency to look for a reason to who’s butt to kick (stub, bite;  
terns with their short legs would have a real problem with kick; in humans  
occurs from a child to a leader) seems to evolved a long time ago…
 
Mark B Bartosik
Houston, Texas
http://www.pbase.com/mbb/from_the_field
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Subject: ABUNDANT grasspipers (04/18/14): Hidalgo + Cameron Co.'s
From: "Rex Stanford" <calidris AT mindspring.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 12:19:05 -0500
Yesterday morning we headed out to South Padre Island (SPI - report on that 
is forthcoming), but, in the course of driving there by a back route, we 
felt that the conditions were something close to perfect for the appearance 
of many "grasspipers" on sod fields because of a stiff northeast wind (maybe 
encouraging inland movement) and a heavily overcast sky, which, it was 
thought, might keep the birds down to feed and rest on the sod fields. We 
first visited PROGRESO SOD FIELDS (Hidalgo Co.), then LA FERIA SOD FIELD 
(Cameron Co., early and later visits), and, finally, the WEAVER ROAD FIELDS 
(Cameron Co., early and late visits). Presented here are the highlights, 
from our personal perspective, of the birds found at these sites, focused on 
shorebirds; no effort has been made to list all the avian species present.

PROGRESO SOD FIELDS (prob. ca. 10:40 - 11:15 AM): AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER 
(est. 55-65); KILLDEER (several); UPLAND SANDPIPER (5; 1 of these 
individuals was of a remarkably flat, light-gray color, an appearance not 
recollected from our extensive experience with this species; we have no 
suggestions as to an explanation, but this individual's structural features 
and behavior left, in our minds, no doubt as to species); PECTORAL SANDPIPER 
(8); and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER (2; lovely bright plumage). These birds all 
were observed from the north/south transit road between US-281 and the 
floodway levee.

LA FERIA SOD FIELD (PLEASE NOTE: two visits, prob. ca. 11:50 AM - 12:45 PM 
and ca. 6:40 - 7:00 PM; highest count/estimate between the two times, for 
each species, is listed below--NOT a summation across times, which would be 
fallacious): The roads of this area are private, and we birded solely from 
the margin of FM-3067, using both binoculars and a zoom-telephoto scope; the 
latter was definitely needed for birds at  the back of the area. (PLEASE BE 
CAREFUL: This two-lane road can be busy, so please stay out of the way of 
traffic.) This remnant area of a formerly much larger sod area had been 
copiously watered at places, and the great turnout of shorebirds there 
yesterday no doubt had considerable to do with that. Our finds there were: 
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER (est. 45-50, but widespread, and this may be 
conservative); BLACK-NECKED STILT (1); GREATER YELLOWLEGS (prob. several 
dozen, no effort to count); LESSER YELLOWLEGS (prob. several dozen, no 
effort to count); UPLAND SANDPIPER (2); BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (est., 40-45); 
PECTORAL SANDPIPER (est. 80-90); BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER (3); LONG-BILLED 
DOWITCHER (ca. 15; difficult to count precisely at great distance, due to 
low-viewing angle); and WILSON'S PHALAROPE (6, back in farthest north watery 
area with green plants growing in it). The La Feria sod field showed its 
potential yesterday, thanks to the fact that the fields had been copiously 
watered.

WEAVER ROAD SOD FIELDS (PLEASE NOTE: two visits, prob. ca. 1:00 PM - 1:45 PM 
and 6:40 - 7:00 PM; highest count or estimate between the two times, for 
each species, is listed below--NOT a summation across times, which would be 
fallacious): BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (6); AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER (est. 50-60, 
widely dispersed and in several of the fields); LESSER YELLOWLEGS (several, 
not counted, widely dispersed); UPLAND SANDPIPER (2); LEAST SANDPIPER (4; 
one north-end field only); BAIRD'S SANDPIPER (est. 25-30); PECTORAL 
SANDPIPER (18-20; hard to count, widely dispersed); BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER 
(by actual count, 97, spread along very green second field north of  south 
end of the fields, but a few stragglers were noted at the far south end of 
that field, so the total number certainly exceeded 100).

WORTHY OF MENTION AT WEAVER ROAD SOD FIELDS: Dozens of Red-winged Blackbirds 
fed on one of the several sod fields that lie in the "dog leg" of Weaver 
Road at the north end of its sod fields. Among them was a resplendently 
bright, fully adult YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD (seen during our early afternoon 
visit).

In the late afternoon we visited SPI, and highlights our visit there will 
posted to TEXBIRDS later today.

Wishing everyone the best of spring migration birding,

Rex and Birgit Stanford
McAllen, TX

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Subject: Ruff at Anahuac NWR
From: David Sarkozi <david AT sarkozi.net>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 10:01:14 -0500
Just reported a Ruff at Anahuac NWR. The bird is a reeve type bird with
Stilt Sandpipers on the north leg of the Shoveler Pond loop near the west
end of the leg.

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


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Subject: observation of bird migration using weather forecasting technology, 4/19
From: "John Arvin" <jarvin AT gcbo.org>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:24:22 -0500
As near as I can tell yesterday's low pressure area that moved eastward 
along the northern Gulf coast was purely an interesting meteorological 
event without a corresponding ornithological component. Southern Louisiana 
to the Florida panhandle got a good soaking but with water, not birds (if 
I'm wrong about this please please correct me; it is hard sometimes to pick 
up on small scale movements of migrating birds when you are depending on 
random posts on list servers). What bird movement I saw on NEXRAD through 
the day seemed to be flocks of large-bodied birds such as herons and ibis 
and perhaps Franklin's Gulls and late waterfowl like whistling-ducks and 
Blue-winged Teal, not passerines.The wind map is fascinating but its value 
in forecasting the movements of migrants remains to be seen although the 
potential seems high. Today there seems to be a relatively heavy movement 
at all stations except New Orleans which may still be feeling the effects 
of the low although it is along the coast of South Carolina. The bird 
movement is earlier than usual and the weekend looks to be an interesting 
one, especially along the south Texas coast.
John C. Arvin
 Research Associate
 Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
 103 West Hwy 332
 Lake Jackson, TX 77566
 jarvin AT gcbo.org
 www.gcbo.org

 Austin, Texas


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Subject: Slate-throated Redstart Stanford Park
From: Cameron Carver <c.o.carver AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 09:10:35 -0500
Steve Collins just called with a Slate-throated Redtstart at Stanford Park in 
Plains (Yoakum County). 


Cameron Carver
Lubbock, TX

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Subject: Birder Patrol Trip on the 26th
From: MiriamEagl AT aol.com
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 05:49:38 -0400 (EDT)
Hi, all!
 
Next Saturday's (April 26) Birder Patrol Trip will be to South Padre (where 
 else??) and environs (and if good birds are being seen nearby, we'll be  
flexible...)!  Meet at 8:00 at the Jack in the Box on Ed Carey and US 77  
(near the Home Depot) in Harlingen.  Cost is $5.00 per person, and all  
proceeds go to sponsoring the free Beginning Birders classes offered by Arroyo 

Colorado Audubon Society.
 
It will be fun!  MB
 
Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
_www.miriameaglemon.com_ (http://www.miriameaglemon.com/) 

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Subject: Austin Area RBA
From: Kenny Anderson <kennya290 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2014 04:20:59 -0500
The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society.
This update is as of 4/18. Send interesting sightings- complete with
species name, LOCATION, and contact information- to Kenny Anderson at
kennya290 AT gmail.com
A Lewis's Woodpecker in Burnet County, originally reported 3/29, was
consistently found this week at Reveille Peak Ranch.  It was my
understanding the ranch was only open on Friday evening, Saturday and
Sunday.  I see Ebird reports from 4/13,14,15,16,17, and 18.  Perhaps access
was obtained from contacting: http://rprtexas.com/ ?  Always the last to
know, mostly due to poor information sharing.

There was an Ebird report of a Bobolink on 4/14 on CR353 just south of the
Granger Dam in Williamson County.

A male Western Tanager was at Bastrop State Park on 4/17.  A male Western
Tanager was photographed at West Bouldin Greenbelt in Travis County on
4/17,18.

3 Scarlet Tanagers were reported in South Austin 4/18.  A male Scarlet at
West Bouldin and a male and a female from Nicholas Dawson Park.  One lucky
observer had a three tanager species Travis County day- in MY patch!

A wintering Calliope Hummingbird, thought to have departed, popped back up
4/12 at an Austin home.

A male Lazuli Bunting was photographed at Southeast Metro Park (Travis
County Park) on 4/11 and was re-found 4/12.

A White-tailed Kite was photographed in Williamson County on 4/13.

Canada Warbler on 4/15 in Travis County seemed like an early date for the
species.

Philadelphia Vireo at a Bastrop County home on 4/12 was early.

 Great Kiskadee continues to be reported from a Caldwell County private
property.

Hutton's Vireo was regular at Warbler Woods in Guadalupe County.

Reports for the Austin area RBA cover a 60 mile radius, centered from 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 e-mail to kennya290 AT gmail.com

Kenny Anderson

Austin


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Subject: Iceland Gull a NO this PM
From: HARRY FORBES <hforbes AT flash.net>
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 20:14:32 -0700 (PDT)
Many eyes were looking this PM for subject Gull.  We all left empty-handed.  We 
did, however, see tons of people having fun. 

Sometimes you're the bug....and sometimes the windshield.

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


Alan Wormington
Leamington, Ontario



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Subject: [texbirds] Orange Variant Scarlet Tanager
Date: Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:33:17 -0500

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

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

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

Greg Page
Houston


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

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


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

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


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

And singing

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

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

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

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

A grassy area further down toward 124 had upland sandpipers

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

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

A wet spot had long-billed dowitchers on Bolivar

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

And a yard had a blue grosbeak for a lawn ornament

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All the plover at Rollover Pass were eating worms

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

And a look at the semipalmated feet

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

Black-bellied plover were eating the same worms

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With a single USFW band on the other leg

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

Lesser yellowlegs can also dig in for worms

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

But normally pick daintily from on top

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

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

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

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

But it went down fine

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

The ferry ride had laughing gulls

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

and herring gulls

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Only a few common terns were present

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

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

And often hid among the larger terns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lots of dancing and strutting lead by the tern with pink

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

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

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

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

All these pictures and many more can be browsed at

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


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


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

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

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

Greg Page
Houston


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Good birding ya'll,
Byron Stone, Austin

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

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

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

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

Tallied over 100 species for the day.

Dell Little


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

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


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

Eric Faria
Houston, TX

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