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Fire-backed Bushshrike,©Tony Disley

21 Aug Lubbock highlights from yesterday [Anthony Hewetson ]
21 Aug Common Tern in Lubbock [Anthony Hewetson ]
21 Aug Ruddy Turnstone - Hornsby Bend, Austin, Travis County 8/21/14 ["Rich Kostecke" ]
21 Aug Austin Area RBA [Nate McGowan ]
21 Aug RBA - Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley - August 21, 2014 ["Mary Gustafson" ]
21 Aug Bastrop Co. the last couple of days (Very local interest) [Brush Freeman ]
21 Aug Baytown NC ["Ray Porter" ]
21 Aug Re: Bird question [Jim Sinclair ]
21 Aug Re: Bird question [Laurie Foss ]
21 Aug Re: Bird question [Jim Sinclair ]
20 Aug Mississippi Kites ["Bill Trelc" ]
21 Aug swallows []
20 Aug Re: Bird question [Clay Taylor ]
20 Aug Devine Lake-- Black Terns [Randy Duncan ]
20 Aug Re: Bird question [Brush Freeman ]
20 Aug Re: North Lake, Dallas - Black and Least Terns, Wilson's Phalaropes [Dell Little ]
20 Aug Re: Bird question [David Sarkozi ]
20 Aug North Lake, Dallas - Black and Least Terns, Wilson's Phalaropes [Christian Walker ]
19 Aug Re: Bird question [Jeannette Piecznski ]
19 Aug Collared Plover - NO; Bar-tailed Godwit - YES ["Mary Gustafson" ]
19 Aug Collared Plover NO [Tiffany Kersten ]
19 Aug Re: Might the Bar-tailed Godwit be pondering flight plans? [Joseph Kennedy ]
19 Aug Might the Bar-tailed Godwit be pondering flight plans? ["Rex Stanford" ]
19 Aug Re: Bird question [Brush Freeman ]
19 Aug Tuesday Morning birding, Hagerman NWR [Jack Chiles ]
19 Aug Re: Bird question [Chuck Sexton ]
19 Aug Bird question [Brush Freeman ]
19 Aug Jabiru [Brent Ortego ]
19 Aug Fwd: eBird Report - Frontera Audubon Center (LTC 058), Aug 19, 2014 [Tim Brush ]
19 Aug Smith Point Hawk Watch Saturday [Joseph Kennedy ]
19 Aug Bar-tailed Godwit ["" ]
19 Aug Black-bellied whistling-ducks - piebald ["Robin Dennis" ]
19 Aug Swallow-tailed Kite migration ["Susan Heath" ]
19 Aug Re: Bar-tailed Godwit at Corpus Christi ["Rex Stanford" ]
18 Aug Bar-tailed Godwit Yes ["Mike Goebel" ]
18 Aug South Texas [Rick Folkening ]
18 Aug Bar-tailed Godwit at Corpus Christi [Erik Breden ]
18 Aug Collared Plover NOT SEEN tonight ["Mary Gustafson" ]
18 Aug Photos from 16-Aug-2014 Pelagic off SPI ["paul sellin" ]
18 Aug shorebirds (08/17/14): 2 Cameron Co. sites and 21 species ["Rex Stanford" ]
18 Aug Bar-tailed Godwit - Yes - Ocean Drive ["Mary Gustafson" ]
18 Aug iphone retrieved [Dale Ohl ]
18 Aug Lost iphone [Dale Ohl ]
18 Aug stoop behavior [Ervin Fleming ]
18 Aug Bar-tailed Godwit yes [Marie Stewart ]
18 Aug Re: Trip Report Aug 16 South Padre Island Texas Pelagic ["Mary Gustafson" ]
18 Aug Re: Trip Report Aug 16 South Padre Island Texas Pelagic [Joseph Kennedy ]
18 Aug Re: Trip Report Aug 16 South Padre Island Texas Pelagic ["Mary Gustafson" ]
18 Aug Re: Trip Report Aug 16 South Padre Island Texas Pelagic [Michael Marsden ]
17 Aug Collared Plover photos from 8/17 [Shirley Wilkerson ]
17 Aug Colima Warbler Report ["Imre Karafiath" ]
17 Aug Trip Report Aug 16 South Padre Island Texas Pelagic ["Garett Hodne" ]
17 Aug More specificity Plover [Dennis Shepler ]
17 Aug Plover [Dennis Shepler ]
17 Aug Re: Bar-tailed Godwit refound then lost. [Jim Sinclair ]
17 Aug Re: Bar-tailed Godwit refound then lost. [Clayton Leopold ]
17 Aug Re: Bar-tailed Godwit refound then lost. [Brush Freeman ]
17 Aug Richland Creek WMA North Unit [D D Currie ]
17 Aug Mitchell lake on Sunday August 17 ["Georgina Schwartz" ]
17 Aug Bar-tailed Godwit NO [Tiffany Kersten ]
17 Aug Re: Bar-tailed Godwit refound then lost. [Clayton Leopold ]
17 Aug Texas Century Club [Anthony Hewetson ]
17 Aug Baytown Nature Center Bird Count Thursday August 21 at 7 AM ["" ]
17 Aug Swainson's Hawks catching bats near downtown Houston [Alisa Kline ]
17 Aug Bar-tailed Godwit refound then lost. [Chuck Sexton ]
17 Aug The July Report for the 2014 Game - A Slightly Bigger Patch [Anthony Hewetson ]
17 Aug Bar-tailed Godwit YES [Nate McGowan ]
17 Aug Collared Plover present at Hargill, 8:30 AM [Sam Fason ]
17 Aug Return trip from RGV 8-15-14 [Ed Hickl ]
17 Aug Yellow-green Vireo NO, Edinburg Scenic Wetlands Birding [Javier Gonzalez ]
16 Aug Collared Plover, Hargill Playa yes [Betty Vermeire ]
16 Aug The July update for the Kostecke:Hewetson competition [Anthony Hewetson ]
16 Aug Re: recording device recommendations [Barbara Tompkins ]
16 Aug Quinta Mazatlan & Old Hidalgo Pumphouse ["" ]
16 Aug recording device recommendations ["Sharon Lane" ]
16 Aug Texbirds Troubles ["" ]

Subject: Lubbock highlights from yesterday
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:43:56 -0500
Greetings All:
Yestereve, whilst walking around my neighborhood, I spotted a Great Egret
flying over 36th and Quaker and a Chipping Sparrow on a 'lawn' at the
intersection of 43rd and Salem.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Common Tern in Lubbock
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:42:27 -0500
Greetings All:
Early this evening Phillip Kite found a Common Tern at Buddy Holly Park
(Lake 1 in the Canyon Lakes System in Lubbock).  I hustled on over and
confirmed the identification.  Steve Collins showed up, took a few hundred
photographs and assured us that our identification was correct.  Cameron
Carver showed up, took more photographs and concurred with the
identification.

The bird appeared to be in transition from adult breeding plumage to adult
wintering plumage with a just filling in carpal bar.  Thin, dark orange
(almost red) bill with black tip, pale centered tail with prominent dark
outer edges, and more uniformly gray upper wings than expected from our
much more regularly occurring Forster's Terns.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Ruddy Turnstone - Hornsby Bend, Austin, Travis County 8/21/14
From: "Rich Kostecke" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "rkost73@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:49:23 -0700
This afternoon, I relocated the Ruddy Turnstone that was reported from Hornsby 
Bend yesterday. It was on the little mudflat in the northeast corner of Pool 1 
West. Overall, good numbers and diversity of shorebirds were still present, as 
well as 9 Black Terns. Despite being there during the heat of the afternoon, 
the Yellow Warblers were fairly active. I had 14 of them flitting about as I 
drove the perimeter of the ponds. I have noticed good movement of Yellow 
Warblers from a variety of Austin locations over the past week. Eventually, 
something of greater interest is bound to be mixed in with all of these little 
yellow jobs. 

Rich


Richard Kostecke, Ph.D.
The Nature Conservancy
318 Congress Ave., Austin,Texas 78701
Email: rkost73 AT yahoo.com or rkostecke AT tnc.org
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Subject: Austin Area RBA
From: Nate McGowan <natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:47:00 -0500
The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society.
This update is as of 8/21/2014. Send interesting sightings, complete with
species name, location, and contact information to Nate McGowan at
natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com.
-Rarities found this week-

A CASPIAN TERN was seen in *Bastrop* on 8/20.

A RUDDY TURNSTONE was photographed at Hornsby Bend, *Travis* on 8/20.

An early AMERICAN REDSTART was reported from Lady Bird Lake, in Austin,
*Travis* on 8/15.

A CANADA WARBLER was seen in *Bastrop* on 8/20.

An AMERICAN GOLDFINCH was photographed at a private residence in Austin,
*Travis*  on 8/17.

A LONG-BILLED CURLEW was seen at Hornsby Bend, *Travis* on 8/17.

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

Nate McGowan
Rare Bird Alert Compiler
Austin, TX


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Subject: RBA - Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley - August 21, 2014
From: "Mary Gustafson" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "live4birds@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:15:21 -0400 (EDT)
Updates are online at rgvbirds.blogspot.com 

. 
* Texas 
* Lower Rio Grande Valley
* August 21, 2014
.
To report rare birds, e-mail rgvbirds AT hotmail.com(preferred) or call 
(956)584-2731 option 3. 

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

_____________________________________________________________
NOTE: Summer Hours have beenannounced at Frontera Audubon Center. Inaddition to 
regular hours, the trails are now open Tuesdays at 6:30 AM and theyclose on 
Thursdays at 7 PM. 

.
NOTE: State Park offices andshops closed early in the week, though the parks 
are OPEN – please use the‘iron ranger’ to self register each day (even if 
you have a state park pass). See specific listings below underBentsen-Rio 
Grande Valley, Estero Llano Grande, and Resaca de la Palma. 

.
NOTE: The last SPI Pelagic is scheduled to go out of SPIon September 20th. This 
tripis FULL with a short waiting list. Contact Gary Hodne at 
garyhodne AT earthlink.net for moreinformation. 

______________________________________________________________
Fall migration continues; BlackTern, shorebirds, Painted Bunting, Yellow 
Warbler, Dickcissel, Orchard Orioleand other early migrants are already headed 
south. A Kentucky Warbler was anice find on August 18 at the SPIConvention 
Center. A Yellow-throated Warbler was at Anzalduas on August18. Edinburg was 
the place to be onAugust 13 with Canada and Black-throated Green Warbler and a 
Yellow-green Vireo(no additional reports). 

.
A Jabiru was a one-day wonderseen by one person on private property with NO 
PUBLIC ACCESS north of ourregion. We are reporting this occurrenceto encourage 
people to be alert. Thelocation is now revealed as Victoria County. Note: This 
is the second one-day wonder appearance of Jabiru in thecentral Texas coast 
area this summer. 

.
Our rare bird alert this week includes: 
.
Masked Booby
+BROWN BOOBY
Reddish Egret 
+BAR-TAILED GODWIT (extralimital)
+COLLARED PLOVER (likely gone)
Mangrove [Yellow] Warbler  
.                                          
This is a general reminder that playing recordings is notallowed in Texas State 
Parks, federal properties, nor in many LRGV birdingsites. All State Park and 
National Wildlife Refuge visitors must stay ontrails. Thank you for not 
disturbing the wildlife or damaging the vegetation. 

.
The Valley from east to west.   
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The second SPI pelagic of the summer was baffling with acomplete absence of 
tubenoses. The triphighlights included a Swallow-tailedKite 50 miles out, two 
cooperative Masked Boobies, and a +BROWN BOOBY. Thenext trip is September 20. 
Contact GaryHodne for more information (see above). 

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

.
A +COLLARED PLOVER was found on August 1, 2014 at a playanear Hargill, Texas. 
This is the secondABA record of this diminutive plover. The bird has been well 
documented and was reported through Sunday August17. This bird has been looked 
for andNOT SEEN August 18-20 and is presumed gone. A Reddish Egret was also 
present,and is always rare in Hidalgo County. 

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EXTRALIMITAL REPORTS 
.
A +BAR-TAILED GODWIT was found in Corpus Christi at the“Cayo del Oso” on 
Saturday 8/9 and continues to at least Wednesday 8/20. This individual shows 
characteristics of therace lapponica from Europe. This is afirst Texas record. 
The bird is now alsospending time at the Ocean Drive causeway bridge area east 
of the TAMU-CCcampus. Look for it roosting withMarbled Godwits near the bridge. 

.
Directions: this is the "Blind Oso", which liesbetween Ennis Joslin Drive/Hans 
Suter Park on the west, and the TAMUCC campuson the east. Directions.. take 
SPID to Ennis Joslin, go north and park in the HansSuter Parking lot. If the 
lot is full, there is another parking lot for thepark a short distance south. 
You will then need to walk NORTH along the EnnisJoslin sidewalk on the east 
side of Ennis Joslin. Proceed about 200-250 yards, until you crossthe inflow 
canal, and the pipe rail ends on the right. Here is a path thatleads into the 
Oso flats. You will then walk directly east to the waters edge. A scope is 
really needed. 

.
Note: light conditions are excellent late in the day fromthis vantage point, 
but you will be facing the sun early in the day. As anoption, you can enter 
TAMUCC, and walk into the flats from the east. Check withthe gate attendant 
regarding parking requirements at the University. 

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

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

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

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

. 
Updated FERRUGINOUS PYGMY-OWL INFORMATION - FerruginousPygmy-Owls are present 
on the King Ranch, along with reliable Tropical Parulas(Norias Division only). 
This is the onlybreeding site for Tropical Parula in most years. Contact 
361-592-8055 or visit AT king-ranch.com for more information. Tours end in early 
June until 2015. The only tours that have a chance to find theowl are birding 
tours to the Norias Division. Historic tours and birding tours to Santa 
Gertrudis Division will not beable to find the owl as it does not occur near 
Kingsville. 

.
This spring and summer a pair of Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl withchicks entertained 
birders at San Miguelito Ranch (fee site), contact Letty at956-369-3118 or 
Buny55 AT aol.com. Otherprivate ranches are no longer open to birders or do not 
have accessiblepygmy-owls. This owl is very difficultto find at any other 
location at present and has not been seen or heard atBentsen-Rio Grande Valley 
State Park since the summer of 2010, when the parkwas inundated by the Rio 
Grande. 

.
See http://rgvbirds.blogspot.com/p/ferruginous-pygmy-owl-sites.htmlfor more 
information. 

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

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

 
**UPDATED** Bentsen-RGV State Park, open daily; building/storeopen Thursday – 
Sunday; store and offices closed Monday-Wednesday (use self paystation). First 
tram at 7:30 AM. This isthe summer schedule. 

 
Edinburg Scenic Wetlands World Birding Center, buildingand grounds closed on 
Sundays. 

 
**UPDATED** Estero Llano Grande State Park, open daily; building/storeopen 
Wednesday - Sunday; store and offices closed Monday and Tuesday (use selfpay 
station). This is the summerschedule. 

 
Frontera Audubon Thicket, Weslaco, closed Sunday morningsand all day Mondays 
except by appointment; open Tues-Sat. Summer Hours - the trails are now 
openTuesdays at 6:30 AM and they close on Thursdays at 7 PM. 

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

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

 
Quinta Mazatlan, McAllen, closed Sundays and Mondays. Open on Thursdays to 
dark. 

 
**UPDATED** Resaca de la Palma State Park, open daily; building/storeclosed/no 
trams Monday-Wednesday, grounds open (self-pay station). This is the summer 
schedule. 

 
Salineno –feeding station is CLOSED until November.   
 
Santa Ana NWR- closed to bicycles 
 
Valley Nature Center, Weslaco, closed Sunday mornings andMondays 

Mary Gustafson
Mission, Texas

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Subject: Bastrop Co. the last couple of days (Very local interest)
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:10:55 -0500
.
Highlights.
Caspian Tern 1  Flyover at Colo Vista
Canada Warbler 1  Colo Vista
Mississippi Kites 19 lifting off roost ..Wilbarger Creek
Eastern Kingbird 7 ...Migrants. Utley
Since yesterday even I have heard a Red-headed Woodpecker in my
neighborhood but dense woods around the place have prevented me from laying
eyes on it so far......Rufous Hummer appears to have moved on...Lots of
shorebirds going over at night and at dawn


**********************************************************************
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: Baytown NC
From: "Ray Porter" <ray.porter314 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:28:24 -0500
Seaside Sparrows dominate

4 or 5 were seen by 3 observers


http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/ff500/rporter314/ebird%20photos/IMG_5383A_zpsf3daf43b.jpg 



http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/ff500/rporter314/ebird%20photos/IMG_5373A_zpsc41ede95.jpg 


It appears to be an adult and a juvenile. It would appear they are breeding.

Ray Porter
Highlands, Tx 

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Subject: Re: Bird question
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:21:40 -0500
Anyone that wants my data can see it.  Several have.  And it has been used
in a number of reports, including several that have gone to USFWS.  And
there are a number of scientists who have collaborated on that data.
You have inadvertently supported my position.  There is currently no widely
accessible portal for entering this microhabitat level data.  If there
were, I would be more than happy to share it.

That was my primary point.


On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 9:04 AM, Laurie Foss  wrote:

> Jim,
> I am an unapologetic eBird user, and take every opportunity to recommend
> that others use it as well. The reason? Where is the insight to your data
> at the microhabitat level? Can I see it? Can it be included in research
> that might benefit from your data? Would scientists even know that you are
> recording microhabitat data?
> While eBird does not claim to be everything for everyone, it has done at
> least as much to collect data for general knowledge and scientific use as
> all of the notebooks on all of the shelves in all of the homes of
> birders/ornithologists the world over, and maybe more.
> Furthermore, by being available to the public, it generates curiosity
> which in turn promotes efforts to look further, probe deeper, learn more
> about birds and what we can to to promote habitat protection. I've seen it
> work.
> My friend Chuck Sexton has a lifetime of field observations in carefully
> curated notebooks on his home bookshelves. I've seen the covers, but never
> the contents. The difference here is that he is taking the time to share
> his observations by entering them in eBird, where now they matter to the
> global understanding of avian status and distribution over time. What a
> tedious job, but I admire him all the more for it.
> I get that you're not saying eBird is not valuable. I get that your
> sightings are important, too. My point is that if the sightings are not
> accessible to researchers, they are making no difference at all.
>
> Laurie Foss
> Austin, TX
>
>
> Laurie Foss
> Austin, TX
>
>
> On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 8:38 AM, Jim Sinclair 
> wrote:
>
>> This thread highlights a situation that causes me concern.
>> We live in an increasingly digitized world, where 'everything' is on line.
>>
>> There is hardly a month that goes by without the announcement of some new
>> 'discovery' in the field of science.  Even with my limited knowledge of
>> the
>> overall field of biology, I do, apparently, have one advantage - age.  I
>> see these announcements and immediately wonder why the researchers
>> involved
>> did not do their proper background research.  The answer is, apparently,
>> that many modern researchers do not read the old paper journals.
>>
>> That's right, folks.  Not everything is on line, although Google is to be
>> commended for the ongoing effort to digitize all of those old journals.
>>
>> For example, I have seen articles on newly 'discovered' chimpanzee
>> behavior
>> that Jane Goodall documented decades ago.
>>
>> eBird is a great tool, and meets the needs of thousands of individual
>> birders.  The data it contains are of great value in detecting and
>> evaluating macrolevel changes.  But it is missing a critical component in
>> that it does NOT accommodate entering data that reflects the microhabitats
>> that are crucial to a number of species across the board, including birds.
>>
>> Please don't misunderstand here.  I am not proposing that eBird should
>> address microhabitats - that is not its function.  (And, no, the ability
>> to
>> create 'hot spots' does NOT address the microhabitat issue.)  I am also
>> not
>> criticizing anyone for the manner in which they keep their personal
>> records.  Backyard birder data will always be of value when evaluating
>> landscape scale changes in avian distribution.
>>
>> But, as humans continue to encroach on sensitive species, knowledge of
>> those species' microhabitats becomes increasingly important.  My concern
>> is
>> that we are possibly losing valuable information by innocently limiting
>> the
>> ability to collect and document peripheral data
>>
>> I do not put myself in the same league as many of the well know
>> ornithologists who continue to hang out here.  But I do record many of my
>> sightings (not just birds) to a microhabitat level.  I have more than 1300
>> specific locations for my Texas sightings, most of them nested.  For
>> example, I have a number of individual oak mottes identified, a number of
>> individual playas identified, and a number of individual stream locations
>> identified.
>>
>> I can easily extract my data for an individual oak motte, or for all oak
>> mottes combined, or for just those oak mottes in Kenedy County, or just
>> those oak mottes for the King Ranch (in multiple counties).  That is the
>> nested aspect that eBird cannot support.  It has no mechanism for
>> examining
>> a combined data set from geographically disjunct but biologically similar
>> locations.  And I only have to enter the data for the individual oak
>> motte.
>>
>> I cannot enter my data in that manner with eBird.  And I don't have the
>> time to try to maintain two separate databases.
>>
>> Are all of my data that precise?  Of course not.  But the more unusual
>> species are.
>>
>> Many of the old timers like Brush Freeman have handwritten notes of such
>> locations.  That information increases in importance as we continue to
>> encroach on the wilderness around us.
>>
>> In my opinion, the more enthusiastically we embrace a particular
>> technology, the more likely we are to innocently exclude peripheral but
>> vital information that the embraced technology excludes.
>>
>> I'm wearing my virtual body armor;-)
>>
>>
>>
>> On Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 6:03 PM, Clay Taylor <
>> Clay.Taylor AT swarovskioptik.us>
>> wrote:
>>
>> > Ok, from a practical standpoint with respect to eBird, if you know a
>> trip
>> > list in 1970-something was from The Valley (it includes Olive Sparrow,
>> > Green Jay, or whatever), does it really make any difference if you
>> simply
>> > pick a county?  On that example, Hildago and Cameron host 95% of the
>> > birding activities for The Valley - pick one.
>> >
>> > At best the list only shows the presence of the species.   With very few
>> > other lists in the database from that time frame, no meaningful
>> conclusions
>> > can be drawn as to trends other than the species was present / not
>> present
>> > at that time of year.
>> >
>> > Whether it is ultimately valuable enough to justify your spending the
>> time
>> > to enter it into eBird is a personal call.   I have always been a
>> > non-record-keeping birder, so I would only have to worry about where and
>> > when a particular bird photo was taken.
>> >
>> > Clay Taylor
>> > Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
>> > Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us
>> >
>> > Sent from my iPad
>> >
>> > > On Aug 20, 2014, at 12:33 PM, "Brush Freeman" > >
>> > wrote:
>> > >
>> > > Oh well...The statewide level entries have no Ebird value and are not
>> > used
>> > > for anything, so I guess it is not worth the effort. Thanks anyway.
>> > > **********************************************************************
>> > > Brush Freeman
>> > > 503-551-5150 Cell
>> > > 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
>> > > http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
>> > > Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
>> > >
>> > >
>> > >> On Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 10:39 AM, David Sarkozi 
>> > wrote:
>> > >>
>> > >> Brush, I think you're stuck with entering them at the state level,
>> > >> then perhaps putting "Valley Trip" in the comments for the trip. I
>> > >> don't think state level birds go into the review queue anymore.
>> > >>
>> > >> On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 2:19 PM, Brush Freeman <
>> brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
>> > >> wrote:
>> > >>> I have notebooks full of trip lists of birds from various Texas
>> trips
>> > >> from
>> > >>> across the state in the 70's- 90's prior to the old
>> > Clearinghouse...Just
>> > >>> notes saying Valley Trip, Panhandle Trip, Trans Pecos trip etc.
>> > ..Problem
>> > >>> is they are not county specific and may cover two to several
>> counties,
>> > by
>> > >>> far most from the LRGV or UTC.  How to I skip over the county thing
>> to
>> > >> get
>> > >>> them into the system.?  Some of these trips,especially in regards to
>> > the
>> > >>> Valley are foggy in my mind as there were just so many, although
>> > reading
>> > >> I
>> > >>> remember the people I was with ...Just not where all the birds were
>> > >> exactly.
>> > >>>
>> **********************************************************************
>> > >>> Brush Freeman
>> > >>> 503-551-5150 Cell
>> > >>> 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
>> > >>> http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
>> > >>> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
>> > >>>
>> > >>> Edit your Freelists account settings for TEXBIRDS at
>> > >>> http://www.freelists.org/list/texbirds
>> > >>>
>> > >>> Reposting of traffic from TEXBIRDS is prohibited without seeking
>> > >> permission
>> > >>> from the List Owner
>> > >>>
>> > >>>
>> > >>
>> > >>
>> > >>
>> > >> --
>> > >> David Sarkozi
>> > >> Houston, TX
>> > >> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
>> > >>
>> > >
>> > >
>> > > Edit your Freelists account settings for TEXBIRDS at
>> > > http://www.freelists.org/list/texbirds
>> > >
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>> > permission
>> > > from the List Owner
>> > >
>> > >
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>> >
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>> >
>> >
>>
>>
>> --
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>> TOS Life Member
>> Kingsville, TX
>>
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>> thinking we were at when we created them." - Albert Einstein
>>
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Subject: Re: Bird question
From: Laurie Foss <lauriefoss AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:04:42 -0500
Jim,
I am an unapologetic eBird user, and take every opportunity to recommend
that others use it as well. The reason? Where is the insight to your data
at the microhabitat level? Can I see it? Can it be included in research
that might benefit from your data? Would scientists even know that you are
recording microhabitat data?
While eBird does not claim to be everything for everyone, it has done at
least as much to collect data for general knowledge and scientific use as
all of the notebooks on all of the shelves in all of the homes of
birders/ornithologists the world over, and maybe more.
Furthermore, by being available to the public, it generates curiosity which
in turn promotes efforts to look further, probe deeper, learn more about
birds and what we can to to promote habitat protection. I've seen it work.
My friend Chuck Sexton has a lifetime of field observations in carefully
curated notebooks on his home bookshelves. I've seen the covers, but never
the contents. The difference here is that he is taking the time to share
his observations by entering them in eBird, where now they matter to the
global understanding of avian status and distribution over time. What a
tedious job, but I admire him all the more for it.
I get that you're not saying eBird is not valuable. I get that your
sightings are important, too. My point is that if the sightings are not
accessible to researchers, they are making no difference at all.
Laurie Foss
Austin, TX


Laurie Foss
Austin, TX


On Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 8:38 AM, Jim Sinclair 
wrote:

> This thread highlights a situation that causes me concern.
> We live in an increasingly digitized world, where 'everything' is on line.
>
> There is hardly a month that goes by without the announcement of some new
> 'discovery' in the field of science.  Even with my limited knowledge of the
> overall field of biology, I do, apparently, have one advantage - age.  I
> see these announcements and immediately wonder why the researchers involved
> did not do their proper background research.  The answer is, apparently,
> that many modern researchers do not read the old paper journals.
>
> That's right, folks.  Not everything is on line, although Google is to be
> commended for the ongoing effort to digitize all of those old journals.
>
> For example, I have seen articles on newly 'discovered' chimpanzee behavior
> that Jane Goodall documented decades ago.
>
> eBird is a great tool, and meets the needs of thousands of individual
> birders.  The data it contains are of great value in detecting and
> evaluating macrolevel changes.  But it is missing a critical component in
> that it does NOT accommodate entering data that reflects the microhabitats
> that are crucial to a number of species across the board, including birds.
>
> Please don't misunderstand here.  I am not proposing that eBird should
> address microhabitats - that is not its function.  (And, no, the ability to
> create 'hot spots' does NOT address the microhabitat issue.)  I am also not
> criticizing anyone for the manner in which they keep their personal
> records.  Backyard birder data will always be of value when evaluating
> landscape scale changes in avian distribution.
>
> But, as humans continue to encroach on sensitive species, knowledge of
> those species' microhabitats becomes increasingly important.  My concern is
> that we are possibly losing valuable information by innocently limiting the
> ability to collect and document peripheral data
>
> I do not put myself in the same league as many of the well know
> ornithologists who continue to hang out here.  But I do record many of my
> sightings (not just birds) to a microhabitat level.  I have more than 1300
> specific locations for my Texas sightings, most of them nested.  For
> example, I have a number of individual oak mottes identified, a number of
> individual playas identified, and a number of individual stream locations
> identified.
>
> I can easily extract my data for an individual oak motte, or for all oak
> mottes combined, or for just those oak mottes in Kenedy County, or just
> those oak mottes for the King Ranch (in multiple counties).  That is the
> nested aspect that eBird cannot support.  It has no mechanism for examining
> a combined data set from geographically disjunct but biologically similar
> locations.  And I only have to enter the data for the individual oak
> motte.
>
> I cannot enter my data in that manner with eBird.  And I don't have the
> time to try to maintain two separate databases.
>
> Are all of my data that precise?  Of course not.  But the more unusual
> species are.
>
> Many of the old timers like Brush Freeman have handwritten notes of such
> locations.  That information increases in importance as we continue to
> encroach on the wilderness around us.
>
> In my opinion, the more enthusiastically we embrace a particular
> technology, the more likely we are to innocently exclude peripheral but
> vital information that the embraced technology excludes.
>
> I'm wearing my virtual body armor;-)
>
>
>
> On Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 6:03 PM, Clay Taylor <
> Clay.Taylor AT swarovskioptik.us>
> wrote:
>
> > Ok, from a practical standpoint with respect to eBird, if you know a trip
> > list in 1970-something was from The Valley (it includes Olive Sparrow,
> > Green Jay, or whatever), does it really make any difference if you simply
> > pick a county?  On that example, Hildago and Cameron host 95% of the
> > birding activities for The Valley - pick one.
> >
> > At best the list only shows the presence of the species.   With very few
> > other lists in the database from that time frame, no meaningful
> conclusions
> > can be drawn as to trends other than the species was present / not
> present
> > at that time of year.
> >
> > Whether it is ultimately valuable enough to justify your spending the
> time
> > to enter it into eBird is a personal call.   I have always been a
> > non-record-keeping birder, so I would only have to worry about where and
> > when a particular bird photo was taken.
> >
> > Clay Taylor
> > Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
> > Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us
> >
> > Sent from my iPad
> >
> > > On Aug 20, 2014, at 12:33 PM, "Brush Freeman" 
> > wrote:
> > >
> > > Oh well...The statewide level entries have no Ebird value and are not
> > used
> > > for anything, so I guess it is not worth the effort. Thanks anyway.
> > > **********************************************************************
> > > Brush Freeman
> > > 503-551-5150 Cell
> > > 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
> > > http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
> > > Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
> > >
> > >
> > >> On Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 10:39 AM, David Sarkozi 
> > wrote:
> > >>
> > >> Brush, I think you're stuck with entering them at the state level,
> > >> then perhaps putting "Valley Trip" in the comments for the trip. I
> > >> don't think state level birds go into the review queue anymore.
> > >>
> > >> On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 2:19 PM, Brush Freeman <
> brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
> > >> wrote:
> > >>> I have notebooks full of trip lists of birds from various Texas trips
> > >> from
> > >>> across the state in the 70's- 90's prior to the old
> > Clearinghouse...Just
> > >>> notes saying Valley Trip, Panhandle Trip, Trans Pecos trip etc.
> > ..Problem
> > >>> is they are not county specific and may cover two to several
> counties,
> > by
> > >>> far most from the LRGV or UTC.  How to I skip over the county thing
> to
> > >> get
> > >>> them into the system.?  Some of these trips,especially in regards to
> > the
> > >>> Valley are foggy in my mind as there were just so many, although
> > reading
> > >> I
> > >>> remember the people I was with ...Just not where all the birds were
> > >> exactly.
> > >>>
> **********************************************************************
> > >>> Brush Freeman
> > >>> 503-551-5150 Cell
> > >>> 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
> > >>> http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
> > >>> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
> > >>>
> > >>> Edit your Freelists account settings for TEXBIRDS at
> > >>> http://www.freelists.org/list/texbirds
> > >>>
> > >>> Reposting of traffic from TEXBIRDS is prohibited without seeking
> > >> permission
> > >>> from the List Owner
> > >>>
> > >>>
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> --
> > >> David Sarkozi
> > >> Houston, TX
> > >> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
> > >>
> > >
> > >
> > > Edit your Freelists account settings for TEXBIRDS at
> > > http://www.freelists.org/list/texbirds
> > >
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> > permission
> > > from the List Owner
> > >
> > >
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> >
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> >
> >
>
>
> --
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> TOS Life Member
> Kingsville, TX
>
> "The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of
> thinking we were at when we created them." - Albert Einstein
>
>
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Subject: Re: Bird question
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:38:38 -0500
This thread highlights a situation that causes me concern.
We live in an increasingly digitized world, where 'everything' is on line.

There is hardly a month that goes by without the announcement of some new
'discovery' in the field of science.  Even with my limited knowledge of the
overall field of biology, I do, apparently, have one advantage - age.  I
see these announcements and immediately wonder why the researchers involved
did not do their proper background research.  The answer is, apparently,
that many modern researchers do not read the old paper journals.

That's right, folks.  Not everything is on line, although Google is to be
commended for the ongoing effort to digitize all of those old journals.

For example, I have seen articles on newly 'discovered' chimpanzee behavior
that Jane Goodall documented decades ago.

eBird is a great tool, and meets the needs of thousands of individual
birders.  The data it contains are of great value in detecting and
evaluating macrolevel changes.  But it is missing a critical component in
that it does NOT accommodate entering data that reflects the microhabitats
that are crucial to a number of species across the board, including birds.

Please don't misunderstand here.  I am not proposing that eBird should
address microhabitats - that is not its function.  (And, no, the ability to
create 'hot spots' does NOT address the microhabitat issue.)  I am also not
criticizing anyone for the manner in which they keep their personal
records.  Backyard birder data will always be of value when evaluating
landscape scale changes in avian distribution.

But, as humans continue to encroach on sensitive species, knowledge of
those species' microhabitats becomes increasingly important.  My concern is
that we are possibly losing valuable information by innocently limiting the
ability to collect and document peripheral data

I do not put myself in the same league as many of the well know
ornithologists who continue to hang out here.  But I do record many of my
sightings (not just birds) to a microhabitat level.  I have more than 1300
specific locations for my Texas sightings, most of them nested.  For
example, I have a number of individual oak mottes identified, a number of
individual playas identified, and a number of individual stream locations
identified.

I can easily extract my data for an individual oak motte, or for all oak
mottes combined, or for just those oak mottes in Kenedy County, or just
those oak mottes for the King Ranch (in multiple counties).  That is the
nested aspect that eBird cannot support.  It has no mechanism for examining
a combined data set from geographically disjunct but biologically similar
locations.  And I only have to enter the data for the individual oak
motte.

I cannot enter my data in that manner with eBird.  And I don't have the
time to try to maintain two separate databases.

Are all of my data that precise?  Of course not.  But the more unusual
species are.

Many of the old timers like Brush Freeman have handwritten notes of such
locations.  That information increases in importance as we continue to
encroach on the wilderness around us.

In my opinion, the more enthusiastically we embrace a particular
technology, the more likely we are to innocently exclude peripheral but
vital information that the embraced technology excludes.

I'm wearing my virtual body armor;-)



On Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 6:03 PM, Clay Taylor 
wrote:

> Ok, from a practical standpoint with respect to eBird, if you know a trip
> list in 1970-something was from The Valley (it includes Olive Sparrow,
> Green Jay, or whatever), does it really make any difference if you simply
> pick a county?  On that example, Hildago and Cameron host 95% of the
> birding activities for The Valley - pick one.
>
> At best the list only shows the presence of the species.   With very few
> other lists in the database from that time frame, no meaningful conclusions
> can be drawn as to trends other than the species was present / not present
> at that time of year.
>
> Whether it is ultimately valuable enough to justify your spending the time
> to enter it into eBird is a personal call.   I have always been a
> non-record-keeping birder, so I would only have to worry about where and
> when a particular bird photo was taken.
>
> Clay Taylor
> Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
> Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us
>
> Sent from my iPad
>
> > On Aug 20, 2014, at 12:33 PM, "Brush Freeman" 
> wrote:
> >
> > Oh well...The statewide level entries have no Ebird value and are not
> used
> > for anything, so I guess it is not worth the effort. Thanks anyway.
> > **********************************************************************
> > Brush Freeman
> > 503-551-5150 Cell
> > 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
> > http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
> > Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
> >
> >
> >> On Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 10:39 AM, David Sarkozi 
> wrote:
> >>
> >> Brush, I think you're stuck with entering them at the state level,
> >> then perhaps putting "Valley Trip" in the comments for the trip. I
> >> don't think state level birds go into the review queue anymore.
> >>
> >> On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 2:19 PM, Brush Freeman 
> >> wrote:
> >>> I have notebooks full of trip lists of birds from various Texas trips
> >> from
> >>> across the state in the 70's- 90's prior to the old
> Clearinghouse...Just
> >>> notes saying Valley Trip, Panhandle Trip, Trans Pecos trip etc.
> ..Problem
> >>> is they are not county specific and may cover two to several counties,
> by
> >>> far most from the LRGV or UTC.  How to I skip over the county thing to
> >> get
> >>> them into the system.?  Some of these trips,especially in regards to
> the
> >>> Valley are foggy in my mind as there were just so many, although
> reading
> >> I
> >>> remember the people I was with ...Just not where all the birds were
> >> exactly.
> >>> **********************************************************************
> >>> Brush Freeman
> >>> 503-551-5150 Cell
> >>> 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
> >>> http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
> >>> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
> >>>
> >>> Edit your Freelists account settings for TEXBIRDS at
> >>> http://www.freelists.org/list/texbirds
> >>>
> >>> Reposting of traffic from TEXBIRDS is prohibited without seeking
> >> permission
> >>> from the List Owner
> >>>
> >>>
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >> --
> >> David Sarkozi
> >> Houston, TX
> >> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
> >>
> >
> >
> > Edit your Freelists account settings for TEXBIRDS at
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Subject: Mississippi Kites
From: "Bill Trelc" <dmarc-noreply-modpost AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "trelcjr@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:13:05 -0700
 Very surprised this morning when I walked out our back door and surprised at 
least 10 Mississippi Kites out of our cedar trees! 

Bill Trelc
Greenville, TX


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Subject: swallows
From: <janiceyhoughton AT peoplepc.com>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:36:21 -0500
For several days I have had hundreds of swallows on the power line to my house, 
also foraging around house and utility/carport located on a high hill. They 
seems to be mostly Cave or Bank (buffy to rusty rumps), many look to be 
immatures. Only a handful of Barn among them. 

Janice Houghton
Lone Oak, Colorado County, TX
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Subject: Re: Bird question
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor AT swarovskioptik.us>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 19:03:23 -0400
Ok, from a practical standpoint with respect to eBird, if you know a trip list 
in 1970-something was from The Valley (it includes Olive Sparrow, Green Jay, or 
whatever), does it really make any difference if you simply pick a county? On 
that example, Hildago and Cameron host 95% of the birding activities for The 
Valley - pick one. 


At best the list only shows the presence of the species. With very few other 
lists in the database from that time frame, no meaningful conclusions can be 
drawn as to trends other than the species was present / not present at that 
time of year. 


Whether it is ultimately valuable enough to justify your spending the time to 
enter it into eBird is a personal call. I have always been a non-record-keeping 
birder, so I would only have to worry about where and when a particular bird 
photo was taken. 


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

Sent from my iPad

> On Aug 20, 2014, at 12:33 PM, "Brush Freeman"  wrote:
> 
> Oh well...The statewide level entries have no Ebird value and are not used
> for anything, so I guess it is not worth the effort. Thanks anyway.
> **********************************************************************
> Brush Freeman
> 503-551-5150 Cell
> 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
> http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
> 
> 
>> On Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 10:39 AM, David Sarkozi  wrote:
>> 
>> Brush, I think you're stuck with entering them at the state level,
>> then perhaps putting "Valley Trip" in the comments for the trip. I
>> don't think state level birds go into the review queue anymore.
>> 
>> On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 2:19 PM, Brush Freeman 
>> wrote:
>>> I have notebooks full of trip lists of birds from various Texas trips
>> from
>>> across the state in the 70's- 90's prior to the old Clearinghouse...Just
>>> notes saying Valley Trip, Panhandle Trip, Trans Pecos trip etc. ..Problem
>>> is they are not county specific and may cover two to several counties, by
>>> far most from the LRGV or UTC.  How to I skip over the county thing to
>> get
>>> them into the system.?  Some of these trips,especially in regards to the
>>> Valley are foggy in my mind as there were just so many, although reading
>> I
>>> remember the people I was with ...Just not where all the birds were
>> exactly.
>>> **********************************************************************
>>> Brush Freeman
>>> 503-551-5150 Cell
>>> 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
>>> http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
>>> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
>>> 
>>> Edit your Freelists account settings for TEXBIRDS at
>>> http://www.freelists.org/list/texbirds
>>> 
>>> Reposting of traffic from TEXBIRDS is prohibited without seeking
>> permission
>>> from the List Owner
>>> 
>>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> --
>> David Sarkozi
>> Houston, TX
>> (713) 412-4409 twitter ID dsarkozi
>> 
> 
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Subject: Devine Lake-- Black Terns
From: Randy Duncan <osufight AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 15:47:12 -0700
Had three Black Terns at Devine this morning. First Ebird report for this 
species at my home park... The parks 227th bird! 

3 Common Raven were a surprise also, only the second time I have got them 
there. Also an adult Red Shoulder Hawk in the trees. 

 Water level dropping fast so mudflats are developing again. 2 Tricolored 
Heron and a Juvie Little Blue along with 4 least Sandys and 2 spotted Sandy 
along the shore. Still lots of Green Heron too. 


Randy Duncan
Leander TX
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Subject: Re: Bird question
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 14:32:33 -0500
Oh well...The statewide level entries have no Ebird value and are not used
for anything, so I guess it is not worth the effort. Thanks anyway.
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas


On Wed, Aug 20, 2014 at 10:39 AM, David Sarkozi  wrote:

> Brush, I think you're stuck with entering them at the state level,
> then perhaps putting "Valley Trip" in the comments for the trip. I
> don't think state level birds go into the review queue anymore.
>
> On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 2:19 PM, Brush Freeman 
> wrote:
> > I have notebooks full of trip lists of birds from various Texas trips
> from
> > across the state in the 70's- 90's prior to the old Clearinghouse...Just
> > notes saying Valley Trip, Panhandle Trip, Trans Pecos trip etc. ..Problem
> > is they are not county specific and may cover two to several counties, by
> > far most from the LRGV or UTC.  How to I skip over the county thing to
> get
> > them into the system.?  Some of these trips,especially in regards to the
> > Valley are foggy in my mind as there were just so many, although reading
> I
> > remember the people I was with ...Just not where all the birds were
> exactly.
> > **********************************************************************
> > Brush Freeman
> > 503-551-5150 Cell
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Subject: Re: North Lake, Dallas - Black and Least Terns, Wilson's Phalaropes
From: Dell Little <dellel1119 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 11:49:38 -0500
Once upon a time that park on the south side was open. I think there is still a 
dispute as to whos responsibility it was to maintain it. 


Dell Little
Arlington, Texas
"Excellent Birds"



On Aug 20, 2014, at 9:54 AM, Christian Walker  
wrote: 


> Hi,
> Last night I tried to go to the Valley View Pond at the 635/George Bush area 
where I had had great numbers of waders and good numbers of shorebirds the 
other day, but the recent rains had filled it up so much that there were only 
two Snowy Egrets present. 

> So I decided to go find North Lake which I had seen on my map. I tried 
several different access points and never got views of the water, but 
eventually I did get some very distant views of the lake by going in off of 
Beltline to the Cypress Waters apartment complex. I set up my scope at the 
fence at the back of the units and got some very distant views of the lake. I 
wasnt going to stay long because it was so far away, but I ended up staying 
about 40 minutes trying to identify all the birds I could see. I didnt have 
much hope of identifying any shorebirds smaller than Greater Yellowlegs and 
Stilts (although there were some smaller species out there), but I did see a 
large flock of Black Terns, plenty of Least Terns, a Canada Goose, and a flock 
of Blue-winged Teal. I also had a flock of shorebirds in my scope for about 
five minutes as they flew over the shoreline which I finally identified as 
Wilsons Phalaropes. There was a Loggerhead Shrike on Hackberry Road too. 

> I may go back, but a scope is a must. 
> 
> Good birding,
> 
> Christian Walker
> University of Dallas
> Irving, TX
> 512 431-2495
> North Lake Pk (Dallas Co), Dallas, US-TX
> Aug 19, 2014 6:50 PM - 7:30 PM
> Protocol: Stationary
> Comments:     Clear, 5-10 SE winds, around 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
> 19 species (+1 other taxa)
> 
> Canada Goose  1
> Mallard  1
> Blue-winged Teal  6
> Great Blue Heron  3
> Great Egret  2
> Black-necked Stilt  3
> Killdeer  5
> Greater Yellowlegs  4
> Wilson's Phalarope  25
> Least Tern  6
> Black Tern  35
> Mourning Dove  35
> American Kestrel  1
> Western Kingbird  1
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  4
> Loggerhead Shrike  1
> American Crow  1
> swallow sp.  5
> Northern Mockingbird  5
> European Starling  200
> 
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http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19520714 

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Subject: Re: Bird question
From: David Sarkozi <david AT sarkozi.net>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:39:32 -0500
Brush, I think you're stuck with entering them at the state level,
then perhaps putting "Valley Trip" in the comments for the trip. I
don't think state level birds go into the review queue anymore.

On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 2:19 PM, Brush Freeman  wrote:
> I have notebooks full of trip lists of birds from various Texas trips from
> across the state in the 70's- 90's prior to the old Clearinghouse...Just
> notes saying Valley Trip, Panhandle Trip, Trans Pecos trip etc. ..Problem
> is they are not county specific and may cover two to several counties, by
> far most from the LRGV or UTC.  How to I skip over the county thing to get
> them into the system.?  Some of these trips,especially in regards to the
> Valley are foggy in my mind as there were just so many, although reading I
> remember the people I was with ...Just not where all the birds were exactly.
> **********************************************************************
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> 503-551-5150 Cell
> 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
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> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
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Subject: North Lake, Dallas - Black and Least Terns, Wilson's Phalaropes
From: Christian Walker <christian.walker AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:54:43 -0500
Hi,
Last night I tried to go to the Valley View Pond at the 635/George Bush area 
where I had had great numbers of waders and good numbers of shorebirds the 
other day, but the recent rains had filled it up so much that there were only 
two Snowy Egrets present. 

So I decided to go find North Lake which I had seen on my map. I tried several 
different access points and never got views of the water, but eventually I did 
get some very distant views of the lake by going in off of Beltline to the 
Cypress Waters apartment complex. I set up my scope at the fence at the back of 
the units and got some very distant views of the lake. I wasnt going to stay 
long because it was so far away, but I ended up staying about 40 minutes trying 
to identify all the birds I could see. I didnt have much hope of identifying 
any shorebirds smaller than Greater Yellowlegs and Stilts (although there were 
some smaller species out there), but I did see a large flock of Black Terns, 
plenty of Least Terns, a Canada Goose, and a flock of Blue-winged Teal. I also 
had a flock of shorebirds in my scope for about five minutes as they flew over 
the shoreline which I finally identified as Wilsons Phalaropes. There was a 
Loggerhead Shrike on Hackberry Road too. 

I may go back, but a scope is a must. 

Good birding,

Christian Walker
University of Dallas
Irving, TX
512 431-2495
North Lake Pk (Dallas Co), Dallas, US-TX
Aug 19, 2014 6:50 PM - 7:30 PM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Clear, 5-10 SE winds, around 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
19 species (+1 other taxa)

Canada Goose  1
Mallard  1
Blue-winged Teal  6
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  2
Black-necked Stilt  3
Killdeer  5
Greater Yellowlegs  4
Wilson's Phalarope  25
Least Tern  6
Black Tern  35
Mourning Dove  35
American Kestrel  1
Western Kingbird  1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  4
Loggerhead Shrike  1
American Crow  1
swallow sp.  5
Northern Mockingbird  5
European Starling  200

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Subject: Re: Bird question
From: Jeannette Piecznski <acourtresearch AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:09:19 -0500
I'll make a point to thank my mom who always had me write the details
of all those trips 20-30 years ago.  I remember thinking, why do I
need to do that!  But I did, so I have the exact locations, date,
weather conditions, who was there and/or who lead the group and the
start/end times.  I did better then at documenting.  Now I don't input
everything, just if I saw something different, then I'll complete the
list.  It's too bad you can't put a general idea and traveling miles
to it.  At least it would be in the area and on record for historical
purposes.

Jeannette Piecznski
Liverpool, Tx

On 8/19/14, Brush Freeman  wrote:
> Yes all...Sorry Ebird  We never expected Ebird or PCs much like our mentors
> in the 50's-60's expected the TBRC...Better notes would have been better
> but so would have microwaves, credit cards and Mr. Coffees in those days.
> We try to reconstuct as best we can, but it is often impossible...Many of
> the trip lists I have do not even include totals, just species seen so an
> "X" would be the default.  Yes I can narrow down where we had "Mexican"
> Crow was but on the same lists there might be Verdin, Rufous-crowned
> Sparrows, Ringed Kingfishers, Hook-billed Kites etc.  I guess I could still
> sort out a lot of birds, especially at Bensten SP before its decline or
> some finds below Falcon Dam...but only a few.....I guess Ebird just has its
> limitations, but for a state the size of Texas, I wish it could be broken
> into the major regions for such historical lists...My memory is far too
> short to remember the details from 30-40 years ago on the birds of lesser
> interest where ever they were except by region even tho the notes are
> there..
> **********************************************************************
> Brush Freeman
> 503-551-5150 Cell
> 120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
> http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
> Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas
>
>
> On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 3:06 PM, Chuck Sexton 
> wrote:
>
>> Brush,
>>
>> I assume this is an eBird question.  It's a situation that all of us
>> long-in-the-tooth birders are familiar with.  I have had to just pass
>> over
>> any/all of those early trip lists if I cannot legitimately assign the
>> records to a specific location or county.  In a few cases, where I know
>> the
>> areas I birded, I can tease out (for eBird purposes) partial lists for
>> given locations.  I'm fortunate in many cases where my field journal just
>> had an overall weekend list but I marked up and saved a field checklist
>> for
>> specific venues like Big Bend National Park or Padre Island National
>> Seashore.  All in all, I'd say at least 50% of my earliest birding lists
>> are of no use to eBird for the very reasons you are bemoaning.  Such is
>> eBird!
>>
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Subject: Collared Plover - NO; Bar-tailed Godwit - YES
From: "Mary Gustafson" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "live4birds@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:55:08 -0400 (EDT)
We have received negative reports for the Collared Plover this morning and NO 
positive reports. Please continue to report efforts to see this bird. 

 
The Bar-tailed Godwit was present at the west end of the causeway bridge on 
Ocean Drive this afternoon. 


Updates at rgvbirds.BlogSpot.com.  
 
Mary Gustafson
Mission, Texas

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Subject: Collared Plover NO
From: Tiffany Kersten <tiffanykersten AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:50:43 -0500
Negative reports of the plover from sunrise until noon. I have no received
any reports beyond noon.
Tiffany L. Kersten
Mission, TX


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Subject: Re: Might the Bar-tailed Godwit be pondering flight plans?
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:00:32 -0500
If the godwit molts on the wintering grounds, it could well stay if the
food is good. If it molts at a stopover point, it will move on when it is
molted enough. Shorebirds do both strategies but marbled godwits linger
where they molt based on friendship with individual birds.
The rapid molt is characteristic of hudsonian godwits, long-billed curlews,
western willets etc that reach here and seem to drop their feathers very
rapidly. Bolivar flats would have windrows of feathers at this time of
year. Numbers of the tame birds could be tracked from arrival to departure
in the spring and would not move much.


On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 4:11 PM, Rex Stanford 
wrote:

> It seems clear from photos taken when the Bar-tailed Godwit had just been
> found (e.g., August 9 and 10) and just yesterday (Eric Breden's photos)
> that
> when first discovered this bird was very heavily molting alternate
> (breeding) body plumage but that it now is close to the end of that molt
> and
> has an appearance far more like nonbreeding plumage than 8 days or so
> earlier. The bird now has begun to look much slimmer and sleeker than when
> it was initially discovered at the Oso.
>
> The condition of body plumage of this bird early in its visit here arguably
> would not have been conducive to long-distance flight, for such plumage
> would seem a serious source of drag, a deterrent to flight, a slower of
> migration, and a waster of energy. What I am wondering is whether this
> bird,
> now evidently being in a much better plumage stage for flight, might be
> readying itself physically and awaiting a weather-propitious time to move
> on
> in response to a fall migration urge, although it is far off the species'
> ordinary fall-migration route. This, of course, is speculative. Perhaps it
> will even over-winter here, and I feel sure that there are plenty of
> birders
> (and perhaps local business owners) who would not mind that one bit. I tend
> to think, though, that it will do otherwise, and one of my purposes in
> writing this missive is to bring to mind among those who may wish to see
> this bird that even "lost" birds may follow a season-driven schedule. The
> completion of molting of body feathers and emergence of nonbreeding plumage
> may signal the approach of such a time, as may the seeming restlessness of
> this bird that some have reported of late (e.g., Erik's remark on TEXBIRDS
> yesterday evening, "It often ran from place to place"). I would not have
> described it as quite that active on August 10 when I saw it. Also, it may
> now be wandering about farther in the Oso area than previously, such as its
> yesterday's visit to the east side of Ward Island (the island of the TAMU
> CC
> campus), although for some time it seemed to be pretty reliably found on
> one
> of the two shores (east and west) bordering the water where it originally
> was found. I cannot, of course, know what this bird will or will not do,
> and
> I am not trying to say that it will be leaving us soon. I can say, though,
> that its taking flight quite soon might be favored by what its nearly
> completed body molt might be deemed to have prepared it to do. "To every
> thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven" (Eccl.
> 3:1, KJV). The bird will know the season and that time.
>
> Best wishes to all who seek this very extraordinary visitor,
>
> Rex Stanford
> McAllen, TX
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Subject: Might the Bar-tailed Godwit be pondering flight plans?
From: "Rex Stanford" <calidris AT mindspring.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:11:08 -0500
It seems clear from photos taken when the Bar-tailed Godwit had just been 
found (e.g., August 9 and 10) and just yesterday (Eric Breden's photos) that 
when first discovered this bird was very heavily molting alternate 
(breeding) body plumage but that it now is close to the end of that molt and 
has an appearance far more like nonbreeding plumage than 8 days or so 
earlier. The bird now has begun to look much slimmer and sleeker than when 
it was initially discovered at the Oso.

The condition of body plumage of this bird early in its visit here arguably 
would not have been conducive to long-distance flight, for such plumage 
would seem a serious source of drag, a deterrent to flight, a slower of 
migration, and a waster of energy. What I am wondering is whether this bird, 
now evidently being in a much better plumage stage for flight, might be 
readying itself physically and awaiting a weather-propitious time to move on 
in response to a fall migration urge, although it is far off the species' 
ordinary fall-migration route. This, of course, is speculative. Perhaps it 
will even over-winter here, and I feel sure that there are plenty of birders 
(and perhaps local business owners) who would not mind that one bit. I tend 
to think, though, that it will do otherwise, and one of my purposes in 
writing this missive is to bring to mind among those who may wish to see 
this bird that even "lost" birds may follow a season-driven schedule. The 
completion of molting of body feathers and emergence of nonbreeding plumage 
may signal the approach of such a time, as may the seeming restlessness of 
this bird that some have reported of late (e.g., Erik's remark on TEXBIRDS 
yesterday evening, "It often ran from place to place"). I would not have 
described it as quite that active on August 10 when I saw it. Also, it may 
now be wandering about farther in the Oso area than previously, such as its 
yesterday's visit to the east side of Ward Island (the island of the TAMU CC 
campus), although for some time it seemed to be pretty reliably found on one 
of the two shores (east and west) bordering the water where it originally 
was found. I cannot, of course, know what this bird will or will not do, and 
I am not trying to say that it will be leaving us soon. I can say, though, 
that its taking flight quite soon might be favored by what its nearly 
completed body molt might be deemed to have prepared it to do. "To every 
thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven" (Eccl. 
3:1, KJV). The bird will know the season and that time.

Best wishes to all who seek this very extraordinary visitor,

Rex Stanford
McAllen, TX


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Subject: Re: Bird question
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:43:48 -0500
Yes all...Sorry Ebird  We never expected Ebird or PCs much like our mentors
in the 50's-60's expected the TBRC...Better notes would have been better
but so would have microwaves, credit cards and Mr. Coffees in those days.
We try to reconstuct as best we can, but it is often impossible...Many of
the trip lists I have do not even include totals, just species seen so an
"X" would be the default.  Yes I can narrow down where we had "Mexican"
Crow was but on the same lists there might be Verdin, Rufous-crowned
Sparrows, Ringed Kingfishers, Hook-billed Kites etc.  I guess I could still
sort out a lot of birds, especially at Bensten SP before its decline or
some finds below Falcon Dam...but only a few.....I guess Ebird just has its
limitations, but for a state the size of Texas, I wish it could be broken
into the major regions for such historical lists...My memory is far too
short to remember the details from 30-40 years ago on the birds of lesser
interest where ever they were except by region even tho the notes are
there..
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas


On Tue, Aug 19, 2014 at 3:06 PM, Chuck Sexton 
wrote:

> Brush,
>
> I assume this is an eBird question.  It's a situation that all of us
> long-in-the-tooth birders are familiar with.  I have had to just pass over
> any/all of those early trip lists if I cannot legitimately assign the
> records to a specific location or county.  In a few cases, where I know the
> areas I birded, I can tease out (for eBird purposes) partial lists for
> given locations.  I'm fortunate in many cases where my field journal just
> had an overall weekend list but I marked up and saved a field checklist for
> specific venues like Big Bend National Park or Padre Island National
> Seashore.  All in all, I'd say at least 50% of my earliest birding lists
> are of no use to eBird for the very reasons you are bemoaning.  Such is
> eBird!
>
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Subject: Tuesday Morning birding, Hagerman NWR
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:14:00 -0500
We finished the day with 48 species. Best bird of the day was an Olive-sided 
Flycatcher on the north side of the refuge. We had 5 Red-headed Woodpeckers and 
2 Pileated Woodpeckers on Haller Haven nature trail. Water is being pumped into 
the southernmost marsh on Wildlife Dr. But still no shorebirds to be seen. 
There were a lot of ibis and egrets feeding there. 

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Subject: Re: Bird question
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 15:06:47 -0500
Brush,

I assume this is an eBird question. Its a situation that all of us 
long-in-the-tooth birders are familiar with. I have had to just pass over 
any/all of those early trip lists if I cannot legitimately assign the records 
to a specific location or county. In a few cases, where I know the areas I 
birded, I can tease out (for eBird purposes) partial lists for given locations. 
Im fortunate in many cases where my field journal just had an overall weekend 
list but I marked up and saved a field checklist for specific venues like Big 
Bend National Park or Padre Island National Seashore. All in all, Id say at 
least 50% of my earliest birding lists are of no use to eBird for the very 
reasons you are bemoaning. Such is eBird! 


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Subject: Bird question
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 14:19:06 -0500
I have notebooks full of trip lists of birds from various Texas trips from
across the state in the 70's- 90's prior to the old Clearinghouse...Just
notes saying Valley Trip, Panhandle Trip, Trans Pecos trip etc. ..Problem
is they are not county specific and may cover two to several counties, by
far most from the LRGV or UTC.  How to I skip over the county thing to get
them into the system.?  Some of these trips,especially in regards to the
Valley are foggy in my mind as there were just so many, although reading I
remember the people I was with ...Just not where all the birds were exactly.
**********************************************************************
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503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
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Subject: Jabiru
From: Brent Ortego <brentortego AT hotmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 12:52:18 -0500
A Jabiru was photographed in Lavaca County in June and Texas Parks and Wildlife 
Department was notified of the event in July. I found either the same Jabiru or 
a very similar looking one on August 6th on private property in Victoria 
County. The rancher searched for the bird after my discovery and was not able 
to locate it. I looked for it twice during the following week and did not 
locate it. 

 
Both landowners where the Jabiru has been sighted have said they did not want 
the location of the birds identified to avoid any potential damage, liability 
or bother to them or their neighbors. 

 
I just received permission to notify the public that one or two Jabiru have 
been in Texas for the last two months 

 
Brent Ortego
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Victoria, TX 		 	   		  
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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Frontera Audubon Center (LTC 058), Aug 19, 2014
From: Tim Brush <txbrush5 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:41:36 -0500
Nice morning at Frontera Audubon's Thicket in Weslaco--amazing to see 5
Buff-bellies in flight at the same time, chasing each other around the
patches of Turks-cap.
Regards,
Tim Brush

Frontera Audubon Center (LTC 058), Hidalgo, US-TX
Aug 19, 2014 7:15 AM - 8:25 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.5 mile(s)
Comments:   mild and humid--calm to very light breeze--walked most of the
trails
24 species (+1 other taxa)

Plain Chachalaca  4     includes one *<*1 wk. old young that other birds
may have been scolding
Least Grebe  1     on central pond
Green Heron  1
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  1     adult
Black-necked Stilt  5
White-tipped Dove  5
White-winged Dove  85     flyovers
Chimney Swift  20     hard to estimate, but lots foraging low over woods
Buff-bellied Hummingbird  10     5 at one time in one area, 3 in
another--lots of Turk's cap in bloom--one hovers invisible prey near
hackberry foliage 1.5-4 m up
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  4
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  1
Great Kiskadee  3
Couch's Kingbird  8
White-eyed Vireo  3     2 singing simultaneously, one scolding something
(young chachalaca)
Black-crested Titmouse  3
Carolina Wren  3
Clay-colored Thrush  2
Curve-billed Thrasher  1     heard only--south of sanctuary
Long-billed Thrasher  5
Northern Mockingbird  2
Olive Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  3     2 singing
Great-tailed Grackle  5     flyovers
Lesser Goldfinch  4
House Sparrow  4

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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch Saturday
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:07:03 -0500
-- 
Joseph C. Kennedy
on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Subject: Bar-tailed Godwit
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jgstudio@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 11:03:06 -0400 (EDT)
Steve Vinson is looking at the bird right now. Location is east of Suter 
sanctuary. It is with a large mixed group and is separate from a group of 
Marbled Godwits. 



John Groves
El Paso


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Subject: Black-bellied whistling-ducks - piebald
From: "Robin Dennis" <rdennis AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:55:33 -0500
A piebald black-bellied whistling duck was seen in January 2012 and again in 
August 2013 in South Austin. This week it could be the same bird with mate and 
12 juveniles, 5 of which are piebald, at Sunset Valley pond on Ernest Robles 
Way. See Lori Markoff’s photo on Texbirds 8/10/2013. 

Photo available upon request.

Robin Dennis
Austin 

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Subject: Swallow-tailed Kite migration
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:20:03 -0500
All,

I was not at my computer yesterday and am just now reading the e-mails about
the Swallow-tailed Kite that was seen on the pelagic last Saturday. If you
look at the maps produced by the Avian Research and Conservation Institute
in Florida of their radio-tagged birds you can see that they definitely
migrate across the Gulf. I converted the link to a tinyurl because it was so
long:

http://tinyurl.com/knedeca

So far this fall most birds have taken the land-based route over Cuba (where
our counters have tallied over 3000 swallow-tailed kites this fall!) but if
you scroll down to the info showing their return to the U.S. last spring you
will see that most of them went over the Gulf. Then if you scroll down ever
further you'll see a track of a bird that in the fall of 2013 took off from
the Louisiana coast (the birds name is Slidell - guess where it was banded!)
and flew straight across the Gulf to eastern Mexico but west of the Yucatan
Peninsula. The map shows that the other bird tagged in Louisiana flew
around.

If these maps don't show up, click on the link at the right for the entire
year 2014 and the whole blog showing past year's tracks will appear.

Sue

Susan A. Heath, PhD
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
103 Hwy 332 West
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
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Subject: Re: Bar-tailed Godwit at Corpus Christi
From: "Rex Stanford" <calidris AT mindspring.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Aug 2014 09:14:24 -0500
First, hearty kudos to Erik on once again providing some more of his great 
photos that look close enough, thanks to his equipment and skill, that one 
could get the feeling "If that bird shakes, I'm going to get some water in 
my face." Thanks also for a very clear statement of where he and his wife 
finally found that bird. Thanks, also, for an exciting report that provides 
the feeling of the struggle and the triumph!

Wow, how that bird has molted since my party (and quite a few others) saw 
and photographed it on August  10! Huge numbers of those about-to-depart 
molting feathers are out of the way, and there is something that looks a lot 
more like an adult Bar-tailed Godwit on the verge of having typical 
nonbreeding plumage.

Rex Stanford
McAllen, TX
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Erik Breden" 
To: "TexBirds" 
Sent: Monday, August 18, 2014 11:37 PM
Subject: [texbirds] Bar-tailed Godwit at Corpus Christi


> TexBirders,
>
> Today (Monday August 18th) my wife and I drove up to Corpus
> Christi  to look for the previously reported Bar-tailed Godwit. After
> driving for nearly three hours and braving the blazing sun for almost
> four more hours, we had not found the bird. We checked all the
> "usual" spots by walking from the TAMUCC campus west to Ennis Joslin Road.
>
> But, before we left, we decided to check along Ocean Drive east of
> the TAMUCC campus. As we neared the bridge which goes over to the
> Naval Air Station, my wife said "There's a lot of birds on my side."
> We drove down a bumpy sand track to the base of the bridge, got out
> the scope, and began scanning. There were at least 50 Marbled Godwits
> widely dispersed across the shallow water and a few Willets. After a
> quick scan I found a pale, petite Godwit...the Bar-tailed! We watched
> it and photographed it for about 45 minutes. It often ran from place
> to place...perhaps a useful field mark for anyone scanning for the bird?.
>
> A few photos can be seen at:
>
> www.otterside.com/fall2014
>
> Enjoy!
>
> Erik Breden
> Weslaco, Texas
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Subject: Bar-tailed Godwit Yes
From: "Mike Goebel" <dmarc-noreply-modpost AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "micraygoe@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:05:43 -0500
Jan and I spotted the Godwit today about 4:45 PM.  Same location reported by 
Eric B.  Just before the bridge to the NAS out on the sand flats feeding with 
Marbled Godwits. 

from my Android phone.

Mike Goebel
currently Corpus  Christi
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Subject: South Texas
From: Rick Folkening <hopsing AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:25:50 -0700
I'm making a short trip to Corpus (finally getting to S TX) with hopefully a 
one day side trip to Harlingen and Laguna Atascosa NWR. Any recommendations 
for getting a few of the S TX species? Best routes to take, etc. I've saved 
some of the older emails on these topics but any updates would be great. We 
arrive in Corpus tomorrow and leave on the 22nd...not much time. 

I will try to find the Bar-tailed Godwit.


Thanks for any info

Rick Folkening
Holliday TX

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Subject: Bar-tailed Godwit at Corpus Christi
From: Erik Breden <erik.breden AT otterside.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 23:37:53 -0500
TexBirders,

Today (Monday August 18th) my wife and I drove up to Corpus 
Christi  to look for the previously reported Bar-tailed Godwit. After 
driving for nearly three hours and braving the blazing sun for almost 
four more hours, we had not found the bird. We checked all the 
"usual" spots by walking from the TAMUCC campus west to Ennis Joslin Road.

But, before we left, we decided to check along Ocean Drive east of 
the TAMUCC campus. As we neared the bridge which goes over to the 
Naval Air Station, my wife said "There's a lot of birds on my side." 
We drove down a bumpy sand track to the base of the bridge, got out 
the scope, and began scanning. There were at least 50 Marbled Godwits 
widely dispersed across the shallow water and a few Willets. After a 
quick scan I found a pale, petite Godwit...the Bar-tailed! We watched 
it and photographed it for about 45 minutes. It often ran from place 
to place...perhaps a useful field mark for anyone scanning for the bird?.

A few photos can be seen at:

www.otterside.com/fall2014

Enjoy!

Erik Breden
Weslaco, Texas

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Subject: Collared Plover NOT SEEN tonight
From: "Mary Gustafson" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "live4birds@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:37:22 -0400 (EDT)
At least three birders spent well over 2 hours this evening looking for the 
Collared Plover tonight and did not find it. All had seen the bird before. 
Please report all efforts to look for the Collared Plover tomorrow! Updates at 
rgvbirds.blogspot.com 

 
Mary
 
Mary Gustafson
Mission, Texas

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Subject: Photos from 16-Aug-2014 Pelagic off SPI
From: "paul sellin" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "pjsellin@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:58:53 -0700
Here are some photos from the 16-Aug-2014 pelagic trip off South Padre Island.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/43703131 AT N05/sets/72157646602153352/


Thank you, Gary Hodne and the expert guides, for the great trip.

Paul Sellin
SW Houston
 
         
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Subject: shorebirds (08/17/14): 2 Cameron Co. sites and 21 species
From: "Rex Stanford" <calidris AT mindspring.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 19:53:46 -0500
Yesterday (Sunday, 08/17/14) we visited two productive Cameron County sites
in search of shorebirds. Here are the sites and the findings relative to
shorebird species:

PORT ISABEL RESERVOIR (PIR): Despite a low water level created by many days
of heat and wind, this site had many hundreds of birds. Many birds, though,
were very distant and thus resistant to reliable identification, in part due
to heat convection, wind-induced scope vibration, and blowing sand. We will
note here those species we felt confident in identifying due to having
reasonably good views. In some cases (e.g., small calidris sandpipers) there
were quite a few additional individuals potentially of a given species that
were distant and could not satisfactorily be identified, so counts within
species may here be conservative. There might also have been additional
species none of whose members were close enough to identify satisfactorily,
given that many birds tended to be far from our viewing location due to the
receding water. The following were species that had at least one member
close enough to identify with confidence: BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER (several,
some in attractive breeding attire); SNOWY PLOVER (2, at least); WILSON'S
PLOVER (1); SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (2); KILLDEER (1); BLACK-NECKED STILT
(several); GREATER YELLOWLEGS (2); LESSER YELLOWLEGS (8-10); WILLET
(several); SPOTTED SANDPIPER (1); LONG-BILLED CURLEW (est. 75-85);
SANDERLING (several; one in clean, fresh winter plumage); SEMIPALMATED
SANDPIPER (8-10, probably conservative; some individuals were very
aggressive, as is typical of this feisty species); WESTERN SANDPIPER
(several); LEAST SANDPIPER (several); STILT SANDPIPER (1); WILSON'S
PHALAROPE (2, at least). PIR shorebird species identified =17.

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND BAY SIDE SAND FLATS NORTH OF CONVENTION CENTER (SPI):
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER  (5, at least; one is good breeding plumage); WILSON'S
PLOVER (1); SEMIPALMATED PLOVER (2); PIPING PLOVER (several); AMERICAN
OYSTERCATCHER (1, south end of this site, as usual); GREATER YELLOWLEGS (1);
WILLET (est. 9-10, widespread, but most at south end); RUDDY TURNSTONE (1);
SANDERLING (many); WESTERN SANDPIPER (several); LEAST SANDPIPER (several);
and SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER (8-10, possibly all were hendersoni subspecies;
many had retained warm color on much of underside). SPI shorebird species
identified = 12.

TOTAL SHOREBIRD SPECIES FOR THE DAY = 21. Our survey yesterday regrettably
did not provide the opportunity to visit sod fields in search of
"grasspipers." It did include a couple of additional sites that were
insufficiently productive in terms of number of species to justify review
here, and they contributed no additional species.

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

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Subject: Bar-tailed Godwit - Yes - Ocean Drive
From: "Mary Gustafson" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "live4birds@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 17:24:56 -0400 (EDT)
Erik B. just called to report the Bar-tailed Godwit at 4:15 today from Ocean 
Drive in Corpus. From the TAMU-CC campus go east on Ocean Drive. Just before 
the bridge take the track on the right onto the beach on the bay side and park 
and look for roosting godwits. Up to 50 Marbled Godwits are present along with 
Willets and the Bar-tailed Godwit. 


Watch for his report later tonight.  
 
Mary Gustafson
Mission, Texas

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Subject: iphone retrieved
From: Dale Ohl <lsdolls AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:25:35 -0500
Thanks to modern tech apps, iphone was located and is being mailed back to me. 
Thanks Texbirders! 

Dale Ohl
Email: LSDOLLS AT GMAIL.COM
Web site: www.lonestardolls.com
Cell phone:  1-432-386-3880
Mailing addresss: PO Box 575
City: Canton
State: TX
Zip (Postal) code:  75103
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Subject: Lost iphone
From: Dale Ohl <lsdolls AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 13:59:44 -0500
Texbirders. I was in Monahans this morning and lost my iPhone. I used the Find 
My Iphone'. If anyone is in Monahans would you call me at 432-386-3537 to help 
retrieve the phone and mail it to me? I know where the phone is. I'll reimburse 
of course. I'm almost to Dallas or id go back. Thanks 

-
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Subject: stoop behavior
From: Ervin Fleming <endersgt AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:01:04 -0700
Years back I was watching a mated pair of Red Tails working a field. One 
birdworked high and the other closer to the ground. As I turned away to return 
to my car, the higher bird stooped (unknown to me). I was startled by a loud 
deep vibration behind me and turned to see this Red Tail making hard left/right 
sweeps killing speed parallel to the ground. The noisehad beendue to both 
wings dealing with the hard g forces that came with pulling out of the dive. 
Similarly the California Condors earned the name Thunderbird from native 
Americans for their acrobatics....... which brings us to this morning. I was 
out imaging the close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in twilight.The Night 
Hawks were working the area. I was surprise to discover that their stoops 
produced the same style vibrating sound (with less energy). I had seen Night 
Hawks work and stoop but had never heard the vibrato produced by the wings 
until today. For some of you this may be old 

 hat, but I have never seen it discussed on this site so I thought I would pass 
it along. The sound this morning was somewhat similar to the sound of a 
tirewhen a vehiclehas drifted onto those cuts in the pavement on the edge of 
the roadway and the duration was between a half second and one second 
typically. 

Tom Fleming
Grand Prairie, TX
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Subject: Bar-tailed Godwit yes
From: Marie Stewart <littlebitrv AT fastmail.net>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 12:33:04 -0500
 I saw and photographed the Bar-tailed Godwit  at 8:56 AM. I was taking
photos when it flew. After the Bar-tailed Godwit  flew I saw another birder
and tried to let him know which way he went.  I had seen and talked with him
on Sunday. When I was with Bob and Dave or David sorry I'm bad with names
that drove down from Houston yesterday morning. I hope you got it before you
left yesterday. It was in about the same area as it was seen yesterday,
except it was on the shore instead of sand bar. I parked off Ocean Dr on the
right headed toward the Naval Air Station. Went along the shore line till
thewater was the edge instead of sand then take a path up to the Bike and
Hike path that goes around but is closed in the middle now because of
construction. As I passed the last housing  on my right there is a there was
a Gazebo on the left I went back down to the waters edge an followed the
water to the right. It wasn't long till I saw the Bar-tailed Godwit  feeding
in the water. There where 4 Marbled Godwits, but it was away from them
feeding by its self. I want to say thanks to Sam Fason for posting his great
photos from yesterday on flikr. I knew I had the Bar-tailed Godwit  as soon
as I saw it. Way to go Sam. I studied it for a few min and then started
taking photos so I would have them in case it flew which it did.
Marie Stewart
Alamo, TX

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Subject: Re: Trip Report Aug 16 South Padre Island Texas Pelagic
From: "Mary Gustafson" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "live4birds@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 11:17:58 -0400 (EDT)
None of the kites detected from an oil platform was from fall 
migration(www.data.boem.gov/PI/PDFImages/ESPIS/2/2955.pdf), and my memory is 
that 

none of the radio'd birds crossed the Gulf.  Most birds that use thermals 
to migrate would head to shore and not cross water, especially in the 
shelf edge waters covered on a pelagic.  

Maybe if we ran spring pelagics we would encounter more kites offshore.  

Mary Gustafson
Mission, Texas
 
 
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From: Joseph Kennedy 
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Sent: Mon, Aug 18, 2014 9:30 am
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Trip Report Aug 16 South Padre Island Texas Pelagic


The kites do migrate over the central gulf in good numbers. For several
years I banded south of New Orleans near the mouth of the Mississippi and
swallow-tailed kites headed out over the gulf going due south and arrived
from there in higher numbers in the spring. One surprising thing was that
numbers of migrating kites arrived from over the gulf in May well after La
birds were on territory. Best flock was 13 birds.
More surprising was the arrival of broad-winged hawks from the due south in
numbers. This was always on very strong south winds and they were sheeting
up very high. Kites seen by contrast were fairly low over the water. I
never saw broad-wings leave over the water in the fall but in some years
numbers would be trapped at the end of the road and some winter as far
north as New Orleans. When I moved here, I considered it odd that there not
wintering broad-wings in coastal traps on the UTC.

The flight was probably a direct one to and from Yucatan which is a
relatively short hop from 100 miles south of New Orleans. No break with a
stop in cuba as is the case with Florida birds going to the Yucatan. Note
that they do get numbers of broad-wings heading south from the Florida Keys
every year too.


On Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 9:14 AM, Mary Gustafson  wrote:

> Michael, they are known to island hop in the eastern Gulf (e.g.
> 
http://swallowtailedkites.blogspot.com/2013/09/swallow-tailed-kite-migration-21-aug.html 

> ) rather than cut across the open Gulf.  Birds radioed to our north and
> east come around the Gulf, not across it.  It was a very surprising bird to
> those of us on the boat, most of all me!
>
> Mary Gustafson
> Mission, Texas
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Marsden 
> To: TexBirds 
> Sent: Mon, Aug 18, 2014 9:01 am
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Trip Report Aug 16 South Padre Island Texas Pelagic
>
>
> The Swallow-tailed Kite seen flying over the Gulf on Saturday's pelagic was
> not really that surprising - they are known to cross the Gulf on their way
> to South America and are a fairly regular sight in the Cayman Islands in
> the fall.  On 30 August 2011 Peter Davey came across as many as 39 over the
> cricket grounds in Grand Cayman (the most westerly of the islands in Cayman
> - they are extremely rare in Jamaica and the Greater Antilles to the east).
> And yet, given a choice over an equal distance, the kites like other
> raptors will naturally take the land route.  This was very noticeable when
> I lived close to the southern end of the Copano Bay causeway in Aransas
> County a few years ago.  In spring I would see Swallow-tailed Kites flying
> north over our house but then start circling when they reached the open
> water of the Bay before choosing to continue on a path directly above the
> causeway, presumably to take advantage of any thermals there might be.
>
> Now what was a real surprise on the pelagic was the Wild Turkey reported by
> one participant on eBird!
>
> Michael Marsden
> 956-276-4409
> San Benito, TX
>
>
> On Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 7:52 PM, Garett Hodne 
> wrote:
>
> > Hi Texbirders and Pelagic Birders
> > The second Texas Pelagic of the 2014 season got under way in the predawn
> > Saturday with a full boat of pelagic birders. The winds and seas in the
> > Gulf
> > of Mexico had been very calm all week although the NOAA forecast was
> > calling
> > for an eventual increasing pressure gradient due to a low pressure system
> > moving into West Texas sometime over the weekend.  Well unfortunately
> that
> > happened about dinner time on Friday as the winds abruptly increased to
> > about 20 knots, and the seas rapidly went from 1-2' to 4'.  Still as we
> > cleared the jetties the seas we still a gentle 2' but gradually increased
> > to
> > about +4' as we proceeded due east out to deep waters.
> >
> >
> >
> > Sunrise seemed especially laser bright this morning in the cloudless sky.
> > Blue waters were reached within about 2 hours about 20 miles offshore
> and
> > about 8:00am we reached our first shrimp boat. There was an unusually
> large
> > swarm of Laughing Gulls, Royal Terns and Sandwich Terns  visible from a
> > good
> > distance. But before we reached the boat an immature Masked Booby flew
> > overhead making a bee line for the shrimpers by-catch.  As we neared the
> > boat a male Magnificent Frigatebird was spotted perched on the rigging.
> > Soon another 2 adult Masked Boobies were seen and they made several close
> > overhead passes as they circled our boat.  A possible shearwater was
> > spotted
> > in the distance among a large flock of Laughing Gulls resting on the
> water
> > a
> > couple hundred from the shrimper but we could never refind it.  A pod of
> a
> > dozen or so Pelagic Bottlenose Dolphins came over from the  shrimper to
> > investigate our boat and showing off for us with some big leaps into the
> > air.
> >
> >
> >
> > Not long after leaving the shrimper another Masked Booby and frigatebird
> > were seen. Then out of the intense sun glare Eric Carpenter had a bead on
> > what would turn out to be the best bird of the  day, a Brown Booby. It
> was
> > seen two times briefly but was lost in the sun glare as it headed away to
> > the east.
> >
> >
> >
> > We cleared the shelf edge around 11:00am. Flying fish were especially
> > numerous in the ultra-blue deep sea waters as were numerous lines of
> > sargassum. We set 3 chum slicks in a line about 4 miles apart as we
> headed
> > towards the 2,000' depth contour, then turned to retrace our steps over
> > them. Unfortunately this time they didn't attract any seabirds. But at
> the
> > first slick  the most unusual and amazing sighting of the day was a
> > Swallow-tailed Kite heading south high over the deep waters of the Gulf.
> > No
> > one could quite believe it,
> >
> >
> >
> > The return trip was mostly devoid of birds except for one Common Tern
> and a
> > pair of Sandwich terns that followed the boat for hours, snatching the
> > occasional flying fish.  Clearly one of the terns was much better at it
> > than
> > the other, so we presumed a parent was teaching it's offspring how to
> > master
> > this difficult skill of catching flying fish.
> >
> >
> >
> > In summary the lack of shearwaters and storm-petrels was somewhat
> > compensated for by the Booby Bonanza.  I want to thank our team of
> > dedicated
> > leaders: Eric Carpenter, Brad McKinney, Mary Gustafson, Petra Hockey and
> > Randy Pinkston and also the captain and crew of the Osprey. If anyone has
> > photos of the seabirds, Swallow-Tailed Kite  or any other things of
> > interest
> > please share with us on the Texas Pelagics Facebook page.   Thanks to
> > everyone for coming.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Gary Hodne
> >
> >   www.TexasPelagics.com
> >
> >
> >
> > Sighting Summary:
> >
> > Masked Booby - 4
> >
> > Brown Booby - 1 imm.
> >
> > Magnificent Frigatebird - 2
> >
> > Laughing Gulls - 100's
> >
> > Royal Terns
> >
> > Sandwich Terns
> >
> > Common Tern -1
> >
> > Least Terns - 2
> >
> > Black Terns - several
> >
> > Swallow-tailed Kite - 1
> >
> > Cave Swallow- 1
> >
> > Cliff Swallow - 1
> >
> >
> >
> > Other Marine Life:
> >
> > Flying Fish
> >
> > Pelagic Bottlenose Dolphins
> >
> > Baby Sea Turtles
> >
> >
> >
> > Ps: There is still (at least) one more Texas Pelagic this year on
> September
> > 20th. This trip has been filled and there is a waiting list.
> >
> >
> >
> > There is a chance we may run a late season Texas Pelagic in October
> > although
> > no plans have been made yet. If anyone might be interested in an October
> > trip let me know so I can gauge the interest.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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Subject: Re: Trip Report Aug 16 South Padre Island Texas Pelagic
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:29:24 -0500
The kites do migrate over the central gulf in good numbers. For several
years I banded south of New Orleans near the mouth of the Mississippi and
swallow-tailed kites headed out over the gulf going due south and arrived
from there in higher numbers in the spring. One surprising thing was that
numbers of migrating kites arrived from over the gulf in May well after La
birds were on territory. Best flock was 13 birds.
More surprising was the arrival of broad-winged hawks from the due south in
numbers. This was always on very strong south winds and they were sheeting
up very high. Kites seen by contrast were fairly low over the water. I
never saw broad-wings leave over the water in the fall but in some years
numbers would be trapped at the end of the road and some winter as far
north as New Orleans. When I moved here, I considered it odd that there not
wintering broad-wings in coastal traps on the UTC.

The flight was probably a direct one to and from Yucatan which is a
relatively short hop from 100 miles south of New Orleans. No break with a
stop in cuba as is the case with Florida birds going to the Yucatan. Note
that they do get numbers of broad-wings heading south from the Florida Keys
every year too.


On Mon, Aug 18, 2014 at 9:14 AM, Mary Gustafson  wrote:

> Michael, they are known to island hop in the eastern Gulf (e.g.
> 
http://swallowtailedkites.blogspot.com/2013/09/swallow-tailed-kite-migration-21-aug.html 

> ) rather than cut across the open Gulf.  Birds radioed to our north and
> east come around the Gulf, not across it.  It was a very surprising bird to
> those of us on the boat, most of all me!
>
> Mary Gustafson
> Mission, Texas
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Marsden 
> To: TexBirds 
> Sent: Mon, Aug 18, 2014 9:01 am
> Subject: [texbirds] Re: Trip Report Aug 16 South Padre Island Texas Pelagic
>
>
> The Swallow-tailed Kite seen flying over the Gulf on Saturday's pelagic was
> not really that surprising - they are known to cross the Gulf on their way
> to South America and are a fairly regular sight in the Cayman Islands in
> the fall.  On 30 August 2011 Peter Davey came across as many as 39 over the
> cricket grounds in Grand Cayman (the most westerly of the islands in Cayman
> - they are extremely rare in Jamaica and the Greater Antilles to the east).
> And yet, given a choice over an equal distance, the kites like other
> raptors will naturally take the land route.  This was very noticeable when
> I lived close to the southern end of the Copano Bay causeway in Aransas
> County a few years ago.  In spring I would see Swallow-tailed Kites flying
> north over our house but then start circling when they reached the open
> water of the Bay before choosing to continue on a path directly above the
> causeway, presumably to take advantage of any thermals there might be.
>
> Now what was a real surprise on the pelagic was the Wild Turkey reported by
> one participant on eBird!
>
> Michael Marsden
> 956-276-4409
> San Benito, TX
>
>
> On Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 7:52 PM, Garett Hodne 
> wrote:
>
> > Hi Texbirders and Pelagic Birders
> > The second Texas Pelagic of the 2014 season got under way in the predawn
> > Saturday with a full boat of pelagic birders. The winds and seas in the
> > Gulf
> > of Mexico had been very calm all week although the NOAA forecast was
> > calling
> > for an eventual increasing pressure gradient due to a low pressure system
> > moving into West Texas sometime over the weekend.  Well unfortunately
> that
> > happened about dinner time on Friday as the winds abruptly increased to
> > about 20 knots, and the seas rapidly went from 1-2' to 4'.  Still as we
> > cleared the jetties the seas we still a gentle 2' but gradually increased
> > to
> > about +4' as we proceeded due east out to deep waters.
> >
> >
> >
> > Sunrise seemed especially laser bright this morning in the cloudless sky.
> > Blue waters were reached within about 2 hours about 20 miles offshore
> and
> > about 8:00am we reached our first shrimp boat. There was an unusually
> large
> > swarm of Laughing Gulls, Royal Terns and Sandwich Terns  visible from a
> > good
> > distance. But before we reached the boat an immature Masked Booby flew
> > overhead making a bee line for the shrimpers by-catch.  As we neared the
> > boat a male Magnificent Frigatebird was spotted perched on the rigging.
> > Soon another 2 adult Masked Boobies were seen and they made several close
> > overhead passes as they circled our boat.  A possible shearwater was
> > spotted
> > in the distance among a large flock of Laughing Gulls resting on the
> water
> > a
> > couple hundred from the shrimper but we could never refind it.  A pod of
> a
> > dozen or so Pelagic Bottlenose Dolphins came over from the  shrimper to
> > investigate our boat and showing off for us with some big leaps into the
> > air.
> >
> >
> >
> > Not long after leaving the shrimper another Masked Booby and frigatebird
> > were seen. Then out of the intense sun glare Eric Carpenter had a bead on
> > what would turn out to be the best bird of the  day, a Brown Booby. It
> was
> > seen two times briefly but was lost in the sun glare as it headed away to
> > the east.
> >
> >
> >
> > We cleared the shelf edge around 11:00am. Flying fish were especially
> > numerous in the ultra-blue deep sea waters as were numerous lines of
> > sargassum. We set 3 chum slicks in a line about 4 miles apart as we
> headed
> > towards the 2,000' depth contour, then turned to retrace our steps over
> > them. Unfortunately this time they didn't attract any seabirds. But at
> the
> > first slick  the most unusual and amazing sighting of the day was a
> > Swallow-tailed Kite heading south high over the deep waters of the Gulf.
> > No
> > one could quite believe it,
> >
> >
> >
> > The return trip was mostly devoid of birds except for one Common Tern
> and a
> > pair of Sandwich terns that followed the boat for hours, snatching the
> > occasional flying fish.  Clearly one of the terns was much better at it
> > than
> > the other, so we presumed a parent was teaching it's offspring how to
> > master
> > this difficult skill of catching flying fish.
> >
> >
> >
> > In summary the lack of shearwaters and storm-petrels was somewhat
> > compensated for by the Booby Bonanza.  I want to thank our team of
> > dedicated
> > leaders: Eric Carpenter, Brad McKinney, Mary Gustafson, Petra Hockey and
> > Randy Pinkston and also the captain and crew of the Osprey. If anyone has
> > photos of the seabirds, Swallow-Tailed Kite  or any other things of
> > interest
> > please share with us on the Texas Pelagics Facebook page.   Thanks to
> > everyone for coming.
> >
> > Regards,
> >
> > Gary Hodne
> >
> >   www.TexasPelagics.com
> >
> >
> >
> > Sighting Summary:
> >
> > Masked Booby - 4
> >
> > Brown Booby - 1 imm.
> >
> > Magnificent Frigatebird - 2
> >
> > Laughing Gulls - 100's
> >
> > Royal Terns
> >
> > Sandwich Terns
> >
> > Common Tern -1
> >
> > Least Terns - 2
> >
> > Black Terns - several
> >
> > Swallow-tailed Kite - 1
> >
> > Cave Swallow- 1
> >
> > Cliff Swallow - 1
> >
> >
> >
> > Other Marine Life:
> >
> > Flying Fish
> >
> > Pelagic Bottlenose Dolphins
> >
> > Baby Sea Turtles
> >
> >
> >
> > Ps: There is still (at least) one more Texas Pelagic this year on
> September
> > 20th. This trip has been filled and there is a waiting list.
> >
> >
> >
> > There is a chance we may run a late season Texas Pelagic in October
> > although
> > no plans have been made yet. If anyone might be interested in an October
> > trip let me know so I can gauge the interest.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
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Subject: Re: Trip Report Aug 16 South Padre Island Texas Pelagic
From: "Mary Gustafson" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "live4birds@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:14:30 -0400 (EDT)
Michael, they are known to island hop in the eastern Gulf (e.g. 
http://swallowtailedkites.blogspot.com/2013/09/swallow-tailed-kite-migration-21-aug.html 
) rather than cut across the open Gulf. Birds radioed to our north and east 
come around the Gulf, not across it. It was a very surprising bird to those of 
us on the boat, most of all me! 


Mary Gustafson
Mission, Texas
 
 
-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Marsden 
To: TexBirds 
Sent: Mon, Aug 18, 2014 9:01 am
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Trip Report Aug 16 South Padre Island Texas Pelagic


The Swallow-tailed Kite seen flying over the Gulf on Saturday's pelagic was
not really that surprising - they are known to cross the Gulf on their way
to South America and are a fairly regular sight in the Cayman Islands in
the fall.  On 30 August 2011 Peter Davey came across as many as 39 over the
cricket grounds in Grand Cayman (the most westerly of the islands in Cayman
- they are extremely rare in Jamaica and the Greater Antilles to the east).
And yet, given a choice over an equal distance, the kites like other
raptors will naturally take the land route.  This was very noticeable when
I lived close to the southern end of the Copano Bay causeway in Aransas
County a few years ago.  In spring I would see Swallow-tailed Kites flying
north over our house but then start circling when they reached the open
water of the Bay before choosing to continue on a path directly above the
causeway, presumably to take advantage of any thermals there might be.

Now what was a real surprise on the pelagic was the Wild Turkey reported by
one participant on eBird!

Michael Marsden
956-276-4409
San Benito, TX


On Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 7:52 PM, Garett Hodne 
wrote:

> Hi Texbirders and Pelagic Birders
> The second Texas Pelagic of the 2014 season got under way in the predawn
> Saturday with a full boat of pelagic birders. The winds and seas in the
> Gulf
> of Mexico had been very calm all week although the NOAA forecast was
> calling
> for an eventual increasing pressure gradient due to a low pressure system
> moving into West Texas sometime over the weekend.  Well unfortunately that
> happened about dinner time on Friday as the winds abruptly increased to
> about 20 knots, and the seas rapidly went from 1-2' to 4'.  Still as we
> cleared the jetties the seas we still a gentle 2' but gradually increased
> to
> about +4' as we proceeded due east out to deep waters.
>
>
>
> Sunrise seemed especially laser bright this morning in the cloudless sky.
> Blue waters were reached within about 2 hours about 20 miles offshore  and
> about 8:00am we reached our first shrimp boat. There was an unusually large
> swarm of Laughing Gulls, Royal Terns and Sandwich Terns  visible from a
> good
> distance. But before we reached the boat an immature Masked Booby flew
> overhead making a bee line for the shrimpers by-catch.  As we neared the
> boat a male Magnificent Frigatebird was spotted perched on the rigging.
> Soon another 2 adult Masked Boobies were seen and they made several close
> overhead passes as they circled our boat.  A possible shearwater was
> spotted
> in the distance among a large flock of Laughing Gulls resting on the water
> a
> couple hundred from the shrimper but we could never refind it.  A pod of a
> dozen or so Pelagic Bottlenose Dolphins came over from the  shrimper to
> investigate our boat and showing off for us with some big leaps into the
> air.
>
>
>
> Not long after leaving the shrimper another Masked Booby and frigatebird
> were seen. Then out of the intense sun glare Eric Carpenter had a bead on
> what would turn out to be the best bird of the  day, a Brown Booby. It was
> seen two times briefly but was lost in the sun glare as it headed away to
> the east.
>
>
>
> We cleared the shelf edge around 11:00am. Flying fish were especially
> numerous in the ultra-blue deep sea waters as were numerous lines of
> sargassum. We set 3 chum slicks in a line about 4 miles apart as we headed
> towards the 2,000' depth contour, then turned to retrace our steps over
> them. Unfortunately this time they didn't attract any seabirds. But at the
> first slick  the most unusual and amazing sighting of the day was a
> Swallow-tailed Kite heading south high over the deep waters of the Gulf.
> No
> one could quite believe it,
>
>
>
> The return trip was mostly devoid of birds except for one Common Tern and a
> pair of Sandwich terns that followed the boat for hours, snatching the
> occasional flying fish.  Clearly one of the terns was much better at it
> than
> the other, so we presumed a parent was teaching it's offspring how to
> master
> this difficult skill of catching flying fish.
>
>
>
> In summary the lack of shearwaters and storm-petrels was somewhat
> compensated for by the Booby Bonanza.  I want to thank our team of
> dedicated
> leaders: Eric Carpenter, Brad McKinney, Mary Gustafson, Petra Hockey and
> Randy Pinkston and also the captain and crew of the Osprey. If anyone has
> photos of the seabirds, Swallow-Tailed Kite  or any other things of
> interest
> please share with us on the Texas Pelagics Facebook page.   Thanks to
> everyone for coming.
>
> Regards,
>
> Gary Hodne
>
>   www.TexasPelagics.com
>
>
>
> Sighting Summary:
>
> Masked Booby - 4
>
> Brown Booby - 1 imm.
>
> Magnificent Frigatebird - 2
>
> Laughing Gulls - 100's
>
> Royal Terns
>
> Sandwich Terns
>
> Common Tern -1
>
> Least Terns - 2
>
> Black Terns - several
>
> Swallow-tailed Kite - 1
>
> Cave Swallow- 1
>
> Cliff Swallow - 1
>
>
>
> Other Marine Life:
>
> Flying Fish
>
> Pelagic Bottlenose Dolphins
>
> Baby Sea Turtles
>
>
>
> Ps: There is still (at least) one more Texas Pelagic this year on September
> 20th. This trip has been filled and there is a waiting list.
>
>
>
> There is a chance we may run a late season Texas Pelagic in October
> although
> no plans have been made yet. If anyone might be interested in an October
> trip let me know so I can gauge the interest.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Subject: Re: Trip Report Aug 16 South Padre Island Texas Pelagic
From: Michael Marsden <valleybirders AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 18 Aug 2014 09:00:17 -0500
The Swallow-tailed Kite seen flying over the Gulf on Saturday's pelagic was
not really that surprising - they are known to cross the Gulf on their way
to South America and are a fairly regular sight in the Cayman Islands in
the fall.  On 30 August 2011 Peter Davey came across as many as 39 over the
cricket grounds in Grand Cayman (the most westerly of the islands in Cayman
- they are extremely rare in Jamaica and the Greater Antilles to the east).
And yet, given a choice over an equal distance, the kites like other
raptors will naturally take the land route.  This was very noticeable when
I lived close to the southern end of the Copano Bay causeway in Aransas
County a few years ago.  In spring I would see Swallow-tailed Kites flying
north over our house but then start circling when they reached the open
water of the Bay before choosing to continue on a path directly above the
causeway, presumably to take advantage of any thermals there might be.

Now what was a real surprise on the pelagic was the Wild Turkey reported by
one participant on eBird!

Michael Marsden
956-276-4409
San Benito, TX


On Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 7:52 PM, Garett Hodne 
wrote:

> Hi Texbirders and Pelagic Birders
> The second Texas Pelagic of the 2014 season got under way in the predawn
> Saturday with a full boat of pelagic birders. The winds and seas in the
> Gulf
> of Mexico had been very calm all week although the NOAA forecast was
> calling
> for an eventual increasing pressure gradient due to a low pressure system
> moving into West Texas sometime over the weekend.  Well unfortunately that
> happened about dinner time on Friday as the winds abruptly increased to
> about 20 knots, and the seas rapidly went from 1-2' to 4'.  Still as we
> cleared the jetties the seas we still a gentle 2' but gradually increased
> to
> about +4' as we proceeded due east out to deep waters.
>
>
>
> Sunrise seemed especially laser bright this morning in the cloudless sky.
> Blue waters were reached within about 2 hours about 20 miles offshore  and
> about 8:00am we reached our first shrimp boat. There was an unusually large
> swarm of Laughing Gulls, Royal Terns and Sandwich Terns  visible from a
> good
> distance. But before we reached the boat an immature Masked Booby flew
> overhead making a bee line for the shrimpers by-catch.  As we neared the
> boat a male Magnificent Frigatebird was spotted perched on the rigging.
> Soon another 2 adult Masked Boobies were seen and they made several close
> overhead passes as they circled our boat.  A possible shearwater was
> spotted
> in the distance among a large flock of Laughing Gulls resting on the water
> a
> couple hundred from the shrimper but we could never refind it.  A pod of a
> dozen or so Pelagic Bottlenose Dolphins came over from the  shrimper to
> investigate our boat and showing off for us with some big leaps into the
> air.
>
>
>
> Not long after leaving the shrimper another Masked Booby and frigatebird
> were seen. Then out of the intense sun glare Eric Carpenter had a bead on
> what would turn out to be the best bird of the  day, a Brown Booby. It was
> seen two times briefly but was lost in the sun glare as it headed away to
> the east.
>
>
>
> We cleared the shelf edge around 11:00am. Flying fish were especially
> numerous in the ultra-blue deep sea waters as were numerous lines of
> sargassum. We set 3 chum slicks in a line about 4 miles apart as we headed
> towards the 2,000' depth contour, then turned to retrace our steps over
> them. Unfortunately this time they didn't attract any seabirds. But at the
> first slick  the most unusual and amazing sighting of the day was a
> Swallow-tailed Kite heading south high over the deep waters of the Gulf.
> No
> one could quite believe it,
>
>
>
> The return trip was mostly devoid of birds except for one Common Tern and a
> pair of Sandwich terns that followed the boat for hours, snatching the
> occasional flying fish.  Clearly one of the terns was much better at it
> than
> the other, so we presumed a parent was teaching it's offspring how to
> master
> this difficult skill of catching flying fish.
>
>
>
> In summary the lack of shearwaters and storm-petrels was somewhat
> compensated for by the Booby Bonanza.  I want to thank our team of
> dedicated
> leaders: Eric Carpenter, Brad McKinney, Mary Gustafson, Petra Hockey and
> Randy Pinkston and also the captain and crew of the Osprey. If anyone has
> photos of the seabirds, Swallow-Tailed Kite  or any other things of
> interest
> please share with us on the Texas Pelagics Facebook page.   Thanks to
> everyone for coming.
>
> Regards,
>
> Gary Hodne
>
>   www.TexasPelagics.com
>
>
>
> Sighting Summary:
>
> Masked Booby - 4
>
> Brown Booby - 1 imm.
>
> Magnificent Frigatebird - 2
>
> Laughing Gulls - 100's
>
> Royal Terns
>
> Sandwich Terns
>
> Common Tern -1
>
> Least Terns - 2
>
> Black Terns - several
>
> Swallow-tailed Kite - 1
>
> Cave Swallow- 1
>
> Cliff Swallow - 1
>
>
>
> Other Marine Life:
>
> Flying Fish
>
> Pelagic Bottlenose Dolphins
>
> Baby Sea Turtles
>
>
>
> Ps: There is still (at least) one more Texas Pelagic this year on September
> 20th. This trip has been filled and there is a waiting list.
>
>
>
> There is a chance we may run a late season Texas Pelagic in October
> although
> no plans have been made yet. If anyone might be interested in an October
> trip let me know so I can gauge the interest.
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
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Subject: Collared Plover photos from 8/17
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:56:29 -0500
Thanks to Dennis, here are a few photos of the plover today.
http://www.bluemelon.com/caramia/texasrarities#page-0

Shirley and Dan Wilkerson
Bryan, TX


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Subject: Colima Warbler Report
From: "Imre Karafiath" <kossuth AT verizon.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 22:26:52 -0500
I hiked from the lodge in the basin to appropriate Colima warbler habitat at 
higher elevations each day from 11 to 15 August 2014. Despite having hiked 
55 miles over 5 days, I was not able to locate a single Colima.  This was an 
unpleasant surprise, as in earlier years with a little luck and a little 
diligence I have been able to find Colima throughout August. For example I 
have photographs of a Colima warbler actively foraging along the boot canyon 
trail in the vicinity of the juniper canyon trail junction on 25 August 2005 
and a record of a lone individual on the lost mine trail on 26 August 2004. 
Also conspicuous by their absence from the Chisos were Audubon's, Townsends, 
and Wilsons warblers during the week.  A Painted Redstart was still present 
and singing very half-heartedly at boot spring on 15 August.
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Subject: Trip Report Aug 16 South Padre Island Texas Pelagic
From: "Garett Hodne" <garyhodne AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:52:59 -0500
Hi Texbirders and Pelagic Birders
The second Texas Pelagic of the 2014 season got under way in the predawn
Saturday with a full boat of pelagic birders. The winds and seas in the Gulf
of Mexico had been very calm all week although the NOAA forecast was calling
for an eventual increasing pressure gradient due to a low pressure system
moving into West Texas sometime over the weekend.  Well unfortunately that
happened about dinner time on Friday as the winds abruptly increased to
about 20 knots, and the seas rapidly went from 1-2' to 4'.  Still as we
cleared the jetties the seas we still a gentle 2' but gradually increased to
about +4' as we proceeded due east out to deep waters.  

 

Sunrise seemed especially laser bright this morning in the cloudless sky.
Blue waters were reached within about 2 hours about 20 miles offshore  and
about 8:00am we reached our first shrimp boat. There was an unusually large
swarm of Laughing Gulls, Royal Terns and Sandwich Terns  visible from a good
distance. But before we reached the boat an immature Masked Booby flew
overhead making a bee line for the shrimpers by-catch.  As we neared the
boat a male Magnificent Frigatebird was spotted perched on the rigging.
Soon another 2 adult Masked Boobies were seen and they made several close
overhead passes as they circled our boat.  A possible shearwater was spotted
in the distance among a large flock of Laughing Gulls resting on the water a
couple hundred from the shrimper but we could never refind it.  A pod of a
dozen or so Pelagic Bottlenose Dolphins came over from the  shrimper to
investigate our boat and showing off for us with some big leaps into the
air. 

 

Not long after leaving the shrimper another Masked Booby and frigatebird
were seen. Then out of the intense sun glare Eric Carpenter had a bead on
what would turn out to be the best bird of the  day, a Brown Booby. It was
seen two times briefly but was lost in the sun glare as it headed away to
the east.   

 

We cleared the shelf edge around 11:00am. Flying fish were especially
numerous in the ultra-blue deep sea waters as were numerous lines of
sargassum. We set 3 chum slicks in a line about 4 miles apart as we headed
towards the 2,000' depth contour, then turned to retrace our steps over
them. Unfortunately this time they didn't attract any seabirds. But at the
first slick  the most unusual and amazing sighting of the day was a
Swallow-tailed Kite heading south high over the deep waters of the Gulf.  No
one could quite believe it,

 

The return trip was mostly devoid of birds except for one Common Tern and a
pair of Sandwich terns that followed the boat for hours, snatching the
occasional flying fish.  Clearly one of the terns was much better at it than
the other, so we presumed a parent was teaching it's offspring how to master
this difficult skill of catching flying fish.   

 

In summary the lack of shearwaters and storm-petrels was somewhat
compensated for by the Booby Bonanza.  I want to thank our team of dedicated
leaders: Eric Carpenter, Brad McKinney, Mary Gustafson, Petra Hockey and
Randy Pinkston and also the captain and crew of the Osprey. If anyone has
photos of the seabirds, Swallow-Tailed Kite  or any other things of interest
please share with us on the Texas Pelagics Facebook page.   Thanks to
everyone for coming.

Regards,

Gary Hodne

  www.TexasPelagics.com

 

Sighting Summary:

Masked Booby - 4

Brown Booby - 1 imm.

Magnificent Frigatebird - 2

Laughing Gulls - 100's

Royal Terns

Sandwich Terns

Common Tern -1 

Least Terns - 2

Black Terns - several

Swallow-tailed Kite - 1

Cave Swallow- 1

Cliff Swallow - 1

 

Other Marine Life:

Flying Fish

Pelagic Bottlenose Dolphins

Baby Sea Turtles 

 

Ps: There is still (at least) one more Texas Pelagic this year on September
20th. This trip has been filled and there is a waiting list.  

 

There is a chance we may run a late season Texas Pelagic in October although
no plans have been made yet. If anyone might be interested in an October
trip let me know so I can gauge the interest.

 

 

 

 

 



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Subject: More specificity Plover
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:49:40 -0500
The Collared Plover was seen at 7pm today, at the Hargill Playa on the SSE side 
of the playa. Hidalgo, County. 

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Subject: Plover
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 19:06:31 -0500
Present at 7:00pm SSE side. 

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Subject: Re: Bar-tailed Godwit refound then lost.
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 18:16:11 -0500
Heh!  You definitely are not the first one attacked by the Laughing
Spelchucker, and won't be the last;-)

On Sun, Aug 17, 2014 at 5:18 PM, Clayton Leopold  wrote:

> On Sunday, August 17, 2014, Clayton Leopold 
> wrote:
> > Can't say I wear bra's on a daily basis, as I am not of the correct
> > gender. However if it means finding the bird, I will you buy one and don
> it
> > immediately! We are here on the sutter side with no luck yet, any hints
> are
> > greatly appreciated!
> >
> > On Sunday, August 17, 2014, Brush Freeman  > > wrote:
> >
> >> Can provide some hints if your wearing a bra.  :-)
> >>
> >> Sent from my iPhone
> >>
> >> > On Aug 17, 2014, at 4:01 PM, Clayton Leopold <
> >> passerinaciris12 AT gmail.com> wrote:
> >> >
> >> > Can anyone update if the bird had been redound? Or at leat where they
> >> are
> >> > looking? Jeff sexton and I are trying to lactate it on the Suter park
> >> side.
> >> >> On Sunday, August 17, 2014, Chuck Sexton 
> >> wrote:
> >> >>
> >> >> At midday the Bar-tailed Godwit at the Oso was seen resting in a
> >> sheltered
> >> >> cove on the S side of the student apartments.  At abt 1:20pm
> something
> >> >> startled all the resting birds and we watched the godwit fly around
> the
> >> >> point to the E.
> >> >>
> >> >> We're about to search for the bird near the bridge btwn the TAMUCC
> >> campus
> >> >> and NAS.  Road is blocked there but maybe scopes will refind the
> bird.
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> >> >>
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Subject: Re: Bar-tailed Godwit refound then lost.
From: Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:18:45 -0500
On Sunday, August 17, 2014, Clayton Leopold 
wrote:
> Can't say I wear bra's on a daily basis, as I am not of the correct
> gender. However if it means finding the bird, I will you buy one and don it
> immediately! We are here on the sutter side with no luck yet, any hints are
> greatly appreciated!
>
> On Sunday, August 17, 2014, Brush Freeman  > wrote:
>
>> Can provide some hints if your wearing a bra.  :-)
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> > On Aug 17, 2014, at 4:01 PM, Clayton Leopold <
>> passerinaciris12 AT gmail.com> wrote:
>> >
>> > Can anyone update if the bird had been redound? Or at leat where they
>> are
>> > looking? Jeff sexton and I are trying to lactate it on the Suter park
>> side.
>> >> On Sunday, August 17, 2014, Chuck Sexton 
>> wrote:
>> >>
>> >> At midday the Bar-tailed Godwit at the Oso was seen resting in a
>> sheltered
>> >> cove on the S side of the student apartments.  At abt 1:20pm something
>> >> startled all the resting birds and we watched the godwit fly around the
>> >> point to the E.
>> >>
>> >> We're about to search for the bird near the bridge btwn the TAMUCC
>> campus
>> >> and NAS.  Road is blocked there but maybe scopes will refind the bird.
>> >>
>> >> Chuck Sexton
>> >>
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Subject: Re: Bar-tailed Godwit refound then lost.
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:12:00 -0500
Can provide some hints if your wearing a bra.  :-)

Sent from my iPhone

> On Aug 17, 2014, at 4:01 PM, Clayton Leopold  
wrote: 

> 
> Can anyone update if the bird had been redound? Or at leat where they are
> looking? Jeff sexton and I are trying to lactate it on the Suter park side.
>> On Sunday, August 17, 2014, Chuck Sexton  wrote:
>> 
>> At midday the Bar-tailed Godwit at the Oso was seen resting in a sheltered
>> cove on the S side of the student apartments.  At abt 1:20pm something
>> startled all the resting birds and we watched the godwit fly around the
>> point to the E.
>> 
>> We're about to search for the bird near the bridge btwn the TAMUCC campus
>> and NAS.  Road is blocked there but maybe scopes will refind the bird.
>> 
>> Chuck Sexton
>> 
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Subject: Richland Creek WMA North Unit
From: D D Currie <ddbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:11:48 -0500
Dell and I spent about 2 hours at Richland Creek WMA North Unit this
morning.  In 2 hours, we probably only covered about 1/4th of the entire
area.  All birds were seen in Navarro County unless otherwise noted.  Most
shorebirds were seen in Cell 17. Water has been added to Cell 21 which was
good last weekend.....not good today.  We did not make it to Cell 10 that
was good last weekend.  Still LOTS OF WADERS not completely accounted for
below.
Blue-winged Teal - 50
Anhinga - 10
American White Pelican - 40 (Freestone)
Black-necked Stilt - 14 Freestone; 5 Navarro
Solitary Sandpiper - 4
Greater Yellowlegs - 1
Lesser Yellowlegs - 2 Freestone
Stilt Sandpiper - 153
Baird's Sandpiper - 6+
Least Sandpiper - 10
Pectoral Sandpiper - 12+
Semi-palmated Sandpiper - 20
Western Sandpiper - 4
SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER - 1 (by call)
Long-billed Dowitcher - 50+
Wilson's Phalarope - 200+

Other interesting birds:

Wood Stork - 45 Freestone; 5 Navarro
Tricolored Heron - 10 Freestone
White Ibis - 200 Freestone
White-faced Ibis - 8 Navarro
Roseate Spoonbill - 4 Navarro; 21 Freestone (3 pairs attempting to nest)
Black Tern - 18

Just a reminder - you need a Limited Public Use Permit to enter the WMA.
These can be purchased anywhere you can buy a hunting or fishing license.

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Subject: Mitchell lake on Sunday August 17
From: "Georgina Schwartz" <gbird AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:58:15 -0500
Mitchell Lake, Bexar, US-TX
Aug 17, 2014 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
5.0 mile(s)
71 species (+1 other taxa)

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  31     6 adults followed by two groups 
of "bumblebees"and one of middle-sized babies
Blue-winged Teal  12
Least Grebe  3
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Neotropic Cormorant  12
Double-crested Cormorant  3     It is not unusual for some 
double -crested cormorants to be found at Mitchell in the summer.
Yellow patch on face.
Anhinga  1     seen by Helen rejzek
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  20
Snowy Egret  85
Little Blue Heron  4
Tricolored Heron  13
Cattle Egret  48
Green Heron  5
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  1
Roseate Spoonbill  1
Black Vulture  1
Turkey Vulture  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Common Gallinule  2
Black-necked Stilt  47
American Avocet  20
Killdeer  80
Spotted Sandpiper  5
Greater Yellowlegs  2
Willet  1
Lesser Yellowlegs  4
Stilt Sandpiper  10
Baird's Sandpiper  2
Least Sandpiper  137
Pectoral Sandpiper  1
Semipalmated Sandpiper  1
Western Sandpiper  3
Short-billed Dowitcher  2     any immature seen before labor day is a 
short-billed.
Long-billed Dowitcher  1
Wilson's Phalarope  25
Common Ground-Dove  5
White-winged Dove  160
Mourning Dove  35
Yellow-billed Cuckoo  1     heard by helen
Great Horned Owl  1     heard by Karen and Tim
Common Nighthawk  1
Chimney Swift  3
Black-chinned Hummingbird  2
Ruby-throated/Black-chinned Hummingbird  2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  1
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  2
Crested Caracara  3
Eastern Phoebe  2
Western Kingbird  1
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  8
Loggerhead Shrike  2
White-eyed Vireo  3
Bell's Vireo  2
Red-eyed Vireo  1     Seen by christian
Purple Martin  5
Barn Swallow  19
Cliff Swallow  3
Verdin  4
Bewick's Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Northern Mockingbird  6
European Starling  4
Yellow Warbler  3     seen by helen back of ernie's bridge
Northern Cardinal  6
Painted Bunting  1
Red-winged Blackbird  70
Great-tailed Grackle  15
Brown-headed Cowbird  5
Orchard Oriole  1
House Finch  6
House Sparrow  2

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Subject: Bar-tailed Godwit NO
From: Tiffany Kersten <tiffanykersten AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:51:29 -0500
Tried to relocate it from 1:30 to 2:15 and 3:45 to 4:30 with no luck. Searched 
from the University over to the bridge closure. 


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Subject: Re: Bar-tailed Godwit refound then lost.
From: Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 16:01:28 -0500
Can anyone update if the bird had been redound? Or at leat where they are
looking? Jeff sexton and I are trying to lactate it on the Suter park side.
On Sunday, August 17, 2014, Chuck Sexton  wrote:

> At midday the Bar-tailed Godwit at the Oso was seen resting in a sheltered
> cove on the S side of the student apartments.  At abt 1:20pm something
> startled all the resting birds and we watched the godwit fly around the
> point to the E.
>
> We're about to search for the bird near the bridge btwn the TAMUCC campus
> and NAS.  Road is blocked there but maybe scopes will refind the bird.
>
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Subject: Texas Century Club
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:41:44 -0500
Greetings All:
Could somebody please send me instructions for accessing the Texas Century
Club site.  I have been trying ever since the re-launch and have had not
luck at all.

I am at 212 - haven't been able to update since I was at 199.

Thanks

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Subject: Baytown Nature Center Bird Count Thursday August 21 at 7 AM
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "DHanson139@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 15:11:02 -0400 (EDT)
The next Baytown Nature Center Bird Count will take place on August 21 st,  
2014 at 7 AM. We will meet behind the entrance building to start the count. 
 Entrance is free for the count.
 
 
 
David  Hanson
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Baytown/Mont Belvieu Area
Chambers Co
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TOS Member
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Subject: Swainson's Hawks catching bats near downtown Houston
From: Alisa Kline <abkline AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 14:01:21 -0500
I don't usually post to this list. I am very much a casual birder who is 
grateful for all the talented and experienced people who post. But I think this 
is something worth sharing. Near downtown Houston is a bat colony that lives 
under the Waugh Drive bridge over Buffalo Bayou. Every night at sunset 
thousands of bats stream out towards the east. Two Swainson's Hawks have been 
feeding on the bats all summer. I finally got a chance to watch with some 
binoculars and was awed by what I saw. The Swainson's swoop into the bat swarms 
and catch a bat in their feet. They then eat that bat on the wing and swoop 
back in for another. It isn't the hawks themselves that is worth the post, but 
the opportunity for anyone who wishes to get a guaranteed look at hawks 
catching and eating prey (I had no idea they ate on the wing). If anyone wants 
info on the better viewing angles (not necessarily where the people gather to 
watch the bats) please let me know and I will provide it. 


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Subject: Bar-tailed Godwit refound then lost.
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:45:18 -0500
At midday the Bar-tailed Godwit at the Oso was seen resting in a sheltered cove 
on the S side of the student apartments. At abt 1:20pm something startled all 
the resting birds and we watched the godwit fly around the point to the E. 


We're about to search for the bird near the bridge btwn the TAMUCC campus and 
NAS. Road is blocked there but maybe scopes will refind the bird. 


Chuck Sexton

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Subject: The July Report for the 2014 Game - A Slightly Bigger Patch
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 13:32:26 -0500
Greetings All
This year's game, titled 'A Slightly Bigger Patch' is to see how many species
of butterfly, amphibian, reptile, bird, and mammal I can find in my
home region.
The LEAS region includes fifteen counties (Bailey, Lamb, Hale, Floyd, Motley,
Cochran, Hockley, Lubbock, Crosby, Dickens, Yoakum,Terry, Lynn, Garza,
and Kent)
and, with portions of the region below and atop the Caprock Escarpment, offers 
a 

fairly wide variety of habitats.  My goals for the year are 75 species of
butterfly, 10 species of amphibian, 25 species of reptile, 300 species of bird,
and 25 species of mammal.

July was, as expected, a good pickup over June and managed to add a species or
quite a few species to each of the taxonomic categories I track with
butterflies
providing the most surprises. All in all, I located 58 species of butterfly, 4
species of amphibian, 15 species of reptile, 111 species of bird, and
13 species
of mammal during the month.
This brought the totals for the year up to 70 species of butterfly (93%), 12
species of amphibian (120%), 29 species of reptile (116%), 261 species of bird
(87%), and 36 species of mammal (144%).

As mentioned in a separate and earlier post, Rich Kostecke is still ahead of
me with 267 species of birds (to my 261) in his fifteen-county region and I
expect the situation to worsen as fall migration kicks in.
Without further ado, the July list for the LEAS region - with new additions
*sked.

Outis Skipper
Juvenal's Duskying
Funereal Duskywing
Texas Powdered Skipper*
Common Checkered Skipper
Common Sootywing
Orange Skipperling*
Least Skipper
Fiery Skipper*
Sachem
Common Roadside Skipper*
Bronze Roadside Skipper
Nysa Roadside Skipper*
Dotted Roadside Skipper
Eufala Skipper
Brazilian Skipper*
Pipevine Swallowtail
Black Swallowtail
Giant Swallowtail*
Cabbage White
Checkered White
Orange Sulphur
Southern Dogface
Lyside Sulphur
Little Yellow
Mexican Yellow*
Sleepy Orange
Dainty Sulphur
Juniper Hairstreak
Gray Hairstreak
Marine Blue
Western Pygmy Blue
Reakirt's Blue
Lupine Blue*
Fatal Metalmark*
American Snout
Hackberry Emperor
Tawny Emperor
Monarch
Queen
Gulf Fritillary
Variegated Fritillary
Bordered Patch*
Gorgone Checkerspot
Phaon Crescent
Pearl Crescent
Vesta (Graphic) Crescent
Texas Crescent*
Viceroy*
Common Buckeye
Question Mark
Mourning Cloak
Red Admiral
Painted Lady
American Lady
Goatweed Leafwing
Red Satyr
Common Wood Nymph

Northern Cricket Frog
Spotted Chorus Frog
Plains Leopard Frog
American Bullfrog


Red-eared Slider
Ornate Box Turtle
Yellow Mud Turtle
Spiny Soft-shelled Turtle
Mediterranean Gecko
Eastern Collared Lizard
Greater Earless Lizard
Eastern Fence Lizard
Texas Spiny Lizard
Texas Horned Lizard
Great Plains Skink
Six-lined Racerunner
Coachwhip
Great Plains Rat Snake*
Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake

Cackling Goose
Canada Goose
Gadwall
Mallard
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Scaled Quail
Northern Bobwhite
Wild Turkey
Double-crested Cormorant
Least Bittern*
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night Heron
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
White-faced Ibis
Turkey Vulture
White-tailed Kite*
Mississippi Kite
Swainson's Hawk
Common Gallinule
American Coot
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Killdeer
Spotted Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Upland Sandpiper*
Long-billed Curlew
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared Dove
White-winged Dove
Mourning Dove
Inca Dove
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Greater Roadrunner
Barn Owl
Great Horned Owl
Burrowing Owl
Common Nighthawk
Chimney Swift
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird*
Broad-tailed Hummingbird*
Belted Kingfisher
Red-headed Woodpecker
Golden-fronted Woodpecker
Ladder-backed Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
American Kestrel
Eastern Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Great Crested Flycatch
Western Kingbird
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
Loggerhead Shrike
Bell's Vireo
Blue Jay
American Crow
Chihuahuan Raven
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Purple Martin
Cliff Swallow
Cave Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-crested Titmouse
Verdin
Bushtit
Canyon Wren
Carolina Wren
Bewick's Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
American Robin
Curve-billed Thrasher
Brown Thrasher
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Common Yellowthroat
Yellow-breasted Chat
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Canyon Towhee
Cassin's Sparrow
Field Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Summer Tanager
Northern Cardinal
Pyrrhuloxia
Blue Grosbeak
Indigo Bunting
Painted Bunting
Dickcissel
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Common Grackle
Great-tailed Grackle
Bronzed Cowbird
Brown-headed Cowbird
Orchard Oriole
Bullock's Oriole
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Virginia Opossum
Nine-banded Armadillo
Least Shrew*
Black-tailed Jackrabbit
Eastern Cottontail
Desert Cottontail
Eastern Gray Squirrel
Black-tailed Prairie Dog
Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrel
Hispid Cotton Rat
Striped Skunk
Raccoon
White-tailed Deer

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Bar-tailed Godwit YES
From: Nate McGowan <namcgowan AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 12:46:10 -0500
The Bar-tailed Godwit is currently present behind the TAMUCC apartments at
12:45.
Nate McGowan


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Subject: Collared Plover present at Hargill, 8:30 AM
From: Sam Fason <scfason AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 08:51:13 -0500
The Collared Plover is currently being seen, on the south/southeast shoreline 
of the playa. 


Sam Fason, Austin

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Subject: Return trip from RGV 8-15-14
From: Ed Hickl <ehickl AT comcast.net>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 06:02:16 -0500
On our Friday return from seeing the Collared Plover at Hargill Playa, Bernice 
Hotman, Barbara and I saw these birds including the Bar-taiied Godwit: 

Bird List - 8/14-8/15:

Hwy 77
Kennedy  County:

     Harris Hawk
     White tailed hawk

Hargill Tx
Hildago County-

      Collared Plover
      Reddish Egret
      Roseate spoonbill
      Semi-palmated SP
      Eastern or possibly Western meadowlark
      Snowy egret

Santa Gertrudis Creek Bird Sanctuary (CTC Site 89)
Kleberg County:

     Groove-billed ani
     Yellow-billed cuckoo

Suter Wildlife Refuge
Nueces County:

     Bar-tailed godwit
     Marbled godwit
     Willet

Ocean Drive
Nueces County:

      Long-billed curlew


Formosa-Tejano Wetlands
Calhoun County:

     Upland sandpiper
     Buff-breasted SP
     Black-bellied plover
     Least SP
     Killdeer
     Spotted sandpiper
     Semi-palmated SP
     Black-necked stilt
 
Henry & Domorad Rds 
Matagorda County:

     Horned lark 
     Killdeer
     Buff-breasted sandpiper
     Barn swallow
     Dickcissel 
     Upland Sandpiper

Corporon Rd. (next to STP):

     Black terns
     Black neck stilt
     Black-bellied whistling duck
     White ibis
     Crested Caracara
     Great egret
     Cattle egret
     Northern Cardinal
     Eastern kingbird
     Prothonotary warbler
     Great crested flycatcher

Hwy 521 east of Wadsworth 
Matagorda County:

      Great horned owl

Ed Hickl
Houston and Canyon Lake, Tx


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Subject: Yellow-green Vireo NO, Edinburg Scenic Wetlands Birding
From: Javier Gonzalez <javsterkayak7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 17 Aug 2014 00:03:32 -0500
Hello Texbirders,
The Yellow-green Vireo found on 8/8 has not been refound since 8/13.
Several birders have visited in the last couple of days and have thoroughly
searched the area that it was vacating with no luck..

Maybe it moved on, maybe it's working the trees that are just a bit too far
back out of sight, or maybe it just flew over somewhere else in the
park? The bird had been silent the whole time, which made it more difficult
to find.

The Wetlands' main grounds are closed on Sundays, but the North Pond and
the canal area are accessible via the trail that runs between the Community
Garden and the canal that you'll see to your left as you enter Municipal
Park. The Vireo was being seen in the mesquites on the Southwest corner of
North Pond.

The Edinburg Wetlands offers a great birding opportunity not too far from
the Collared Plover site in Hargill, so if you're in the area come
visit. Below is a checklist from a walk this morning (8/16). The Wetlands
are open Monday thru Saturday from 7am-6pm, with the exception of remaining
open till 8pm on Wednesdays.

Good birding to all,
Naturalist Educator
Javi Gonzalez

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands WBC (LTC 061), Hidalgo, US-TX
Aug 16, 2014 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
50 species (+3 other taxa)

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  22     Some ducklings and juveniles
Plain Chachalaca  3
Neotropic Cormorant  25
Anhinga  1
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  10
Cattle Egret  5
Green Heron  2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  2
Black-necked Stilt  1
Killdeer  2
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Solitary Sandpiper  1
Least Sandpiper  3
Least Tern  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  5
Inca Dove  3
Common Ground-Dove  2
White-tipped Dove  1
White-winged Dove  6
Mourning Dove  10
nighthawk sp.  1
Chuck-will's-widow  1
Chimney Swift  4
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  1
Buff-bellied Hummingbird  10
Green Kingfisher  2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  6
Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  2
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  2
Brown-crested Flycatcher  1
Great Kiskadee  5
Tropical Kingbird  6     Family group seen at southeastern corner of North
Pond, observed a parent feeding a young. A couple more birds were at the
southeastern corner of South Pond. Very vocal this morning.
< a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/111437145 AT N04/14937066612"
title="Tropical Kingbird by EWBC Naturalist EWBC, on Flickr">Tropical Kingbird
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird  3
White-eyed Vireo  2
Purple Martin  4
Cliff Swallow  5
Black-crested Titmouse  1
Bewick's Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Curve-billed Thrasher  5
Long-billed Thrasher  3
Northern Mockingbird  15
Yellow Warbler  3
Olive Sparrow  2
Northern Cardinal  6
Painted Bunting  2
Great-tailed Grackle  X
Bronzed Cowbird  40
Orchard Oriole  8
Lesser Goldfinch  3
House Sparrow  X


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Subject: Collared Plover, Hargill Playa yes
From: Betty Vermeire <bavermeire AT suddenlink.net>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 22:27:37 -0500
The plover finally materialized about 6pm. It was north and east of the water. 
We watched for 30 minutes or so; other birders were still there when we left. 
Thanks to all for the continuing updates! 


Betty Vermeire
Chuck Hamilton
College Station, TX

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Subject: The July update for the Kostecke:Hewetson competition
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:19:58 -0500
Greetings All:
As some of you know my good friend Rich Kostecke is pitting his
fifteen-county region (centered - sort of - in Austin) against my
fifteen-county region (centered - sort of - in Lubbock).  Spring was not
particularly good to either of us (the weather was great for migrants but
poor for migrant watchers)  and summer has been a bit of a bother as well.

At the end of June Rich was up 261 to 256 - a lot closer than either of us
expected but a good spring would have worked far more to his benefit than
mine.

During July he added Common Ground Dove, Hooded Warbler, Prothonotary
Warbler, Black Tern, Fulvous Whistling Duck, and Wood Stork to his list -
bringing his end of July total to 267.

During July I added White-tailed Kite, Upland Sandpiper, Rufous
Hummingbird, Broad-tailed Hummingbird, and Least Bittern to my list -
bringing my end of July total to 261.

Who knows what will happen as fall progresses.  All I know is that I have
added only three species during the first half of August (Red-necked
Phalarope, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, and Virginia Rail) and I am willing
to bet that Rich is going to find a way to put the pedal to the metal and
squash me yet:)

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Re: recording device recommendations
From: Barbara Tompkins <ptbunting11 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 19:13:44 -0500
I have used the Sony ICD-AX412 for the past couple of years. I am happy with 
the quality of the device and believe it meets all of your requirements, except 
being on the upper end of your price range. 


Barbara Tompkins
Colleyville, TX

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> On Aug 16, 2014, at 4:42 PM, "Sharon Lane"  
wrote: 

> 
> I am looking for recommendations for an inexpensive recording device. I am
> still working on birding by ear.
> 
> 
> I have read the Macaulay Library's information on recording devices but I am
> not looking for professional quality, just something that I can record a
> song and come back in and id the bird.
> 
> 
> 
> Criteria:
> 
> .        $100 or less
> 
> .        Fits in a pocket
> 
> .        Easy to use
> 
> .        Can add headset and it would be nice if a mic could be added
> 
> .        Records in uncompressed format
> 
> .        Download recordings to PC via USB
> 
> 
> 
> Has anyone used the Olympus LS-14? Thoughts? Any others?
> 
> 
> 
> Thanks,
> 
> Sharon Lane
> 
> NW Navarro County
> 
> 
> 
> David, hope this doesn't violate the rules. The birds I am trying to record
> are in Texas if that helps!
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
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Subject: Quinta Mazatlan & Old Hidalgo Pumphouse
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "MiriamEagl@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 18:32:07 -0400 (EDT)
Hi, all!
 
Had some nice migrants at Quinta Mazatlan this morning, the best one being  
a SINGING Alder Flycatcher!  (Granted, he only did his "Ree-BEE-oh!" once,  
then started pipping, but I was glad of the ID-clincher...)  Other migrants 
 included several Yellow Warblers and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, some Orchard  
Orioles, a pewee, and a couple of Olive-sided Flycatchers.  A pair of Green 
 Parakeets were in good form atop the dead palms in the "new" area, and a  
juvenile Clay-colored Thrush was fun to see, with its spotted breast!  Ran  
into Tiffany doing a bird walk, and she pointed me towards their resident  
Pauraque which I always seem to miss, but thankfully not this time!
 
Over at Old Hidalgo Pumphouse, I was glad to get the Monk Parakeets right  
along the entrance road!  The Walking Trail behind the Wall is now closed  
(don't blame them), but even a short walk along the levee was pretty rough  
heat-wise; down at the resaca bagged the Black Phoebe pair and a Green  
Kingfisher. A couple of fresh Archilochus hummers came right in my face in the 

garden area!  A calling Gray Hawk was new for my OHP list.
 
Pictures and recordings are here:
 
http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/2014%20Field%20Trips/August/Quinta%2
0Mazatlan%20&%20Old%20Hidalgo%20Pumphouse.html
 
Bird List:
 
  Plain  Chachalaca                       Ortalis vetula
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Turkey  Vulture                         Cathartes aura
Gray  Hawk                              Buteo plagiatus
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
Common  Ground-Dove                     Columbina passerina
Common  Nighthawk                       Chordeiles minor
Common  Pauraque                        Nyctidromus albicollis
Chimney  Swift                          Chaetura pelagica
Ruby-throated  Hummingbird              Archilochus colubris
Buff-bellied  Hummingbird               Amazilia yucatanensis
Green  Kingfisher                       Chloroceryle americana
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Monk  Parakeet                          Myiopsitta monachus
Green  Parakeet                         Aratinga holochlora
Olive-sided  Flycatcher                 Contopus cooperi
Eastern  Wood-Pewee                     Contopus virens
Alder  Flycatcher                       Empidonax alnorum
Black  Phoebe                           Sayornis nigricans
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Tropical  Kingbird                      Tyrannus melancholicus
Couch's  Kingbird                       Tyrannus couchii
White-eyed  Vireo                       Vireo griseus
Green  Jay                              Cyanocorax yncas
Purple  Martin                          Progne subis
Barn  Swallow                           Hirundo rustica
Cave  Swallow                           Petrochelidon fulva
Black-crested  Titmouse                 Baeolophus atricristatus
Verdin                                 Auriparus flaviceps
Carolina  Wren                          Thryothorus ludovicianus
Blue-gray  Gnatcatcher                  Polioptila caerulea
Clay-colored  Thrush                    Turdus grayi
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
Long-billed  Thrasher                   Toxostoma longirostre
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Yellow  Warbler                         Setophaga petechia
Olive  Sparrow                          Arremonops rufivirgatus
Northern  Cardinal                      Cardinalis cardinalis
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed  Cowbird                        Molothrus aeneus
Orchard  Oriole                         Icterus spurius
Lesser  Goldfinch                       Spinus psaltria
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus
48 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
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Subject: recording device recommendations
From: "Sharon Lane" <sharon AT shadowmountainranch.com>
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 16:42:52 -0500
I am looking for recommendations for an inexpensive recording device. I am
still working on birding by ear.
 

I have read the Macaulay Library's information on recording devices but I am
not looking for professional quality, just something that I can record a
song and come back in and id the bird.

 

Criteria:

.        $100 or less

.        Fits in a pocket

.        Easy to use

.        Can add headset and it would be nice if a mic could be added

.        Records in uncompressed format

.        Download recordings to PC via USB

 

Has anyone used the Olympus LS-14? Thoughts? Any others?

 

Thanks,

Sharon Lane

NW Navarro County

 

David, hope this doesn't violate the rules. The birds I am trying to record
are in Texas if that helps!

 



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From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "MiriamEagl@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 16 Aug 2014 17:23:34 -0400 (EDT)
Hi, all!
 
I've been trying to get my new e-mail address subscribed to Texbirds for  
over a week now, and it doesn't seem to be working; I've followed the 
directions on the freelists site, but nothing's coming to the new address (and 

nothing in  SPAM).  Any ideas?
 
Thanks!  MB  
Mary Beth  Stowe
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