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Pale-billed Woodpecker,©Dan Lane

1 Oct Panhandle birding - whoops [Cameron Carver ]
01 Oct Baytown Nature Center - Brown Boobies [Ray Porter ]
1 Oct Ruby-crowned Kinglet [Gene Majors ]
1 Oct Panhandle Birding - Blackburnians [Cameron Carver ]
01 Oct Brown Boobies [Ray Porter ]
1 Oct Possible Second Brown booby at Baytown Nature Center - 10 AM ["Dwayne Litteer" ]
1 Oct Scissor-tails [Ervin Fleming ]
30 Sep Sacahuistale Flats & Port Mansfield ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
30 Sep Canyon Lake Bald Eagle, Pelicans, Ibis, Tricolored Heron, Peregrines [Laura Paulson ]
30 Sep Tuesday morning birding, Hagerman NWR [Jack Chiles ]
30 Sep Baytown Nat Ctr Brown Booby(s), etc. ["Berner Family" ]
29 Sep Blackpoll Warbler ["Mike Austin" ]
30 Sep What a difference a day makes! (rain in Kleberg County) [Jim Sinclair ]
29 Sep Travis Audubon Raptor Class field trip report from Hazel Bazemore and other Corpus locations, Friday thru Sunday, Sep 26 - 28 ["" ]
29 Sep Houston Greater Pewee (9/29) [James Hinson ]
29 Sep FINAL TRIP REPORT: Sept 20, 2014 SPI Texas Pelagic ["Garett Hodne" ]
29 Sep Choke Canyon on Saturday (9/27) - Wood Storks, Black-crowned Night-Herons, Tree Swallows, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Chihuahuan Raven [Christian Walker ]
29 Sep Re: Brady Surber Passes Away today ["" ]
28 Sep FOS American Kestrel Cameron Co. []
28 Sep Re: Brady Surber Passes Away today [PJS ]
28 Sep Re: Brady Surber Passes Away today [Brush Freeman ]
28 Sep Brady Surber Passes Away today ["Lamont Brown" ]
28 Sep Highlights from Muleshoe NWR today [Anthony Hewetson ]
28 Sep First of Season, Last of Season - Bell County ["gil.eckrich" ]
28 Sep Re: The day's highlights from Lubbock ["Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" ]
28 Sep Utley (local) [Brush Freeman ]
27 Sep Black-throated blue Sabine woods [Clayton Leopold ]
27 Sep Nuthatches ["" ]
27 Sep The day's highlights from Lubbock [Anthony Hewetson ]
27 Sep Lewisville Lake Park ["Keith Lockhart" ]
27 Sep Brown Booby still at Baytown Nature Center! ["" ]
27 Sep Resaca de la Palma SP - Saturday Bird Walk [Sherry Wilson ]
27 Sep Banded Piping Plover Update ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
27 Sep White Pelicans flying over Canyon Lake [Ed Hickl ]
26 Sep Hawk watching rice university [Cin-Ty Lee ]
26 Sep Broad-winged Hawks over SW Austin [Shelia Hargis ]
26 Sep Alaska Trip Dates ["Jim Hailey" ]
26 Sep Baytown Brown Booby present [steve mayes ]
26 Sep Re: Lackland AFB training annex birds [Graham Floyd ]
25 Sep Lackland AFB training annex birds [Nathaniel Nye ]
26 Sep Birder Patrol Trip CANCELLED ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
25 Sep Brooks Co. Painted Redstart - YES! []
25 Sep American Bittern continues at Estero ["" ]
25 Sep Austin Area RBA [Nate McGowan ]
25 Sep Lesser Goldfinch ["Frank Bumgardner" ]
25 Sep Heard Bird Banding & Census, 9/24/2014 [Tom Heath ]
25 Sep Canton, Van Zandt county, this morning [peter barnes ]
25 Sep Waller County Kiskadees (9/25) Local Interest [James Hinson ]
25 Sep PEARLAND RAPTOR UPDATE ["Mira M Pellerin" ]
25 Sep Calliope Hummingbird Utley [Brush Freeman ]
25 Sep Painted Redstart at Brooks County rest stop [Jld ]
25 Sep RAPTOR SIGHTINGS IN PEARLAND ["Mira M Pellerin" ]
24 Sep Re: Texas Pelagics last trip for 2014 - Saturday October 25th from South Padre Island [Brush Freeman ]
24 Sep Texas Pelagics last trip for 2014 - Saturday October 25th from South Padre Island ["Garett Hodne" ]
24 Sep Tyler State Park 9-24-2014 [Boyd Sanders ]
24 Sep Birds at Estero ["" ]
24 Sep Ten Mile Creek - Lancaster, Texas [Claudia Anderson ]
24 Sep Call for presenters ["Jim Hailey" ]
23 Sep Kudos to Corpus Hawkwatch volunteers [Jane F Tillman ]
23 Sep South Padre Island: tidal flooding (few shorebirds) + large movement of BLACK TERNS ["Rex Stanford" ]
23 Sep Re: Save The Date: Big Sit Richland Creek WMA North Unit [D D Currie ]
23 Sep Ten Mile Creek - Lancaster, TX [Claudia Anderson ]
23 Sep RFI: Black-throated Blue Warbler in Port Aransas [Lee Pasquali ]
23 Sep Tuesday morning birding, Hagerman NWR [Jack Chiles ]
23 Sep Katy Prairie Prairie Warblers (9/23) [James Hinson ]
23 Sep Whooping Cranes [Mark Klym ]
23 Sep Hawk Migration [John Ebner ]
23 Sep Tuesday Bird Walk @ Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, Hidalgo Co. [Javier Gonzalez ]
23 Sep February Owl Trip ["Jim Hailey" ]
23 Sep Red Bluff Res. [Brush Freeman ]
23 Sep Brown Booby still at Baytown Nature Center. SITTING on second tower from land. Closest I have seen it yet. ["dhanson139 AT aol.com" ]
23 Sep Re: Tyler State Park Hawk migration [Boyd Sanders ]
23 Sep Tyler State Park Hawk migration [Boyd Sanders ]
23 Sep Re: Flamingo reported flying near Pearland/Hwy 35 ["Mira M Pellerin" ]
23 Sep Devine Lake 9/22--- FOS Harrier [Randy Duncan ]
23 Sep Re: How can I post? [David Sarkozi ]

Subject: Panhandle birding - whoops
From: Cameron Carver <c.o.carver AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 23:52:32 -0500
Greetings,

The immature bird that I thought was a Blackburnian is actually a Blackpoll. 
Poor looks, fall warblers and assumptions. Good thing I made the effort to get 
a photo. 

I'll post the photo of the Blackpoll to the Texbirds Facebook group. The 
Blackburnian photo was posted earlier. 


In other news, I was out late drinking a smoothie and a Grasshopper Sparrow hit 
a window in front of me. Stunned but it flew off. Lots of sparrow flight calls 
overhead right now. 


Cameron Carver
Lubbock, TX

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Subject: Baytown Nature Center - Brown Boobies
From: Ray Porter <ray.porter314 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 19:48:34 -0500
Sorry for my previous post. The location is Baytown Nature Center.

Ray (Absent Minded) Porter
Highlands Texas
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Subject: Ruby-crowned Kinglet
From: Gene Majors <genemajors AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:49:25 -0500
My first fall visitor working the live oaks. Bet an Osprey arrived at Spring 
Lake today. 


Gene Majors
San Marcos

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Subject: Panhandle Birding - Blackburnians
From: Cameron Carver <c.o.carver AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 17:38:42 -0500
Greetings,

On my way south, I took a stop at the picnic area on the south side of Hwy 60 
in Roberts Co. 

First birds were a pair of agitated Carolina Chickadees. Then a chattering 
Bewick's Wren joined in. I then located a Warbling Vireo and a roving warbler 
flock. The flock contained an adult Blackburnian Warbler and at least one 
immature. Also included was one Wilson's, a Nashville and an Orange-crowned. A 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet was also in the mix. 


The birding was so good at that stop that I decided to hit Thompson Park in 
Amarillo. The park was overwhelmingly dead. Best birds were two male Western 
Tanagers. 


I hope this front coming through tonight will push some birds with it.

Cameron Carver
Lubbock, TX

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Subject: Brown Boobies
From: Ray Porter <ray.porter314 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 01 Oct 2014 12:43:00 -0500
Watched the Brown Boobies for an hour this morning. Appears to be a 
juvenile and a continuing adult. Yesterday morning there was only one 
individual, the continuing bird.

Two pics and sorry they just would not get closer.


http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/ff500/rporter314/Baytown%20Nature%20Center/IMG_6309A_zps34bfe259.jpg 



http://i1238.photobucket.com/albums/ff500/rporter314/Baytown%20Nature%20Center/IMG_6298A_zpsac489f19.jpg 


Also I finally got a couple of coyotes (the four legged variety) to appear.

Ray Porter
Highlands Texas




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Subject: Possible Second Brown booby at Baytown Nature Center - 10 AM
From: "Dwayne Litteer" <DLLitteer AT comcast.net>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 10:50:59 -0500
I saw what I believe to be a second Brown Booby at the Baytown Nature Center 
this morning at 10 am.   Two booby’s were flying together in close formation 
around the power line towers.  The first was the same Brown booby that has 
been in this area for over two weeks.   Following closely behind this bird 
was a second bird with the same overall shape and approx. size.   The second 
bird was dark brown on top like the first bird, but on the underside it was 
grayish-white, not bright white like the first bird.   The bill on the 
second bird was not as light colored and did not stand out like the first 
bird.   I am thinking the second bird is a Juvenile Brown Booby.  The two 
birds finally landed together and perched way out on the 5th power line 
tower and were partially hidden from view by the structure.  Need someone 
with more experience to confirm that second bird is also a Brown Booby.

Dwayne Litteer
Baytown, TX








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Subject: Scissor-tails
From: Ervin Fleming <endersgt AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Wed, 1 Oct 2014 05:36:24 -0700
Out at Joe Pool Lake again. Where the lake is shallow, there are the usual 
number of dead trees sprouting out of the water. The scissor-tails share the 
air in this area with the swallows as they go about their bug catching. BUT 

Yesterday I noticed 10 or 12 of them perching and then making short dives into 
the water. They were favoring one particular area on the water. This behavior 
went on for several minutes. I'm favoring a feeding behavior over an unusual 
way to bathe. So the question once again is...... Have any of you out there in 
TV land seen this behavior before? 


Tom Fleming
Grand Prairie

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Subject: Sacahuistale Flats & Port Mansfield
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:04:58 -0500
Hi, all!
 

Sorry for the late report, but The Crud kept me down the last couple of
days.  Sunday made a run out to Port Mansfield and Sacahuistale Flats, and
despite the dreary weather (and even misty rain at times) came away with a
decent list!  Lots of water out there, of course, so a Pied-billed Grebe
along the Flats portion was nice, along with my FOS Kestrel.  The highlight
was not only the recurring Altamira Orioles but a singing Audubon's as well;
it might have been a dispersing bird from further north.  Pulling into town,
one of the flooded fields was stuffed with White-faced Ibis and a couple of
Whites; one that I photographed looked like a possible candidate for a
Glossy, but I'd covet input on that one.

 

My brother Dave would have been terribly jealous as cruising around Port
Mansfield a ten-point buck was leading the pack of stags!  Around town there
were several Eastern Kingbirds and Scissor-tailed Flycatchers hanging out
together, and the Bay Access road was still closed, but even if it wasn't I
wasn't willing to attempt it considering the condition of the roads.  Fred
Stone was wondrously productive, however, with a white morph Reddish Egret
at the end of the road, plus a group of Semipalmated Plovers, and gobs of
Western Sandpipers feeding along the shoreline with Sanderlings and a few
Least Sandpipers for good comparisons!  The Nature Trail was too muddy
(except for the paved portion, of course), and didn't hold any migrants, but
I had to laugh:  when I pulled up there wasn't a living thing around, but by
the time I got my gear together, closed the door and turned around, I was
surrounded by deer looking hopeful!

 

Pictures and recordings are here:

 

http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/2014%20Field%20Trips/September/Port%
20Mansfield.html

 

Bird List:

 

  Blue-winged Teal                      Anas discors

  Northern Bobwhite                     Colinus virginianus

  Pied-billed Grebe                     Podilymbus podiceps

  Brown Pelican                         Pelecanus occidentalis

  Great Blue Heron                      Ardea herodias

  Little Blue Heron                     Egretta caerulea

  Reddish Egret                         Egretta rufescens

  Cattle Egret                          Bubulcus ibis

  Green Heron                           Butorides virescens

  White Ibis                            Eudocimus albus

  White-faced Ibis                      Plegadis chihi

  Black Vulture                         Coragyps atratus

  Turkey Vulture                        Cathartes aura

  Osprey                                Pandion haliaetus

  Harris's Hawk                         Parabuteo unicinctus

  White-tailed Hawk                     Geranoaetus albicaudatus

  Black-necked Stilt                    Himantopus mexicanus

  Black-bellied Plover                  Pluvialis squatarola

  Semipalmated Plover                   Charadrius semipalmatus

  Killdeer                              Charadrius vociferus

  Willet                                Tringa semipalmata

  Long-billed Curlew                    Numenius americanus

  Ruddy Turnstone                       Arenaria interpres

  Sanderling                            Calidris alba

  Least Sandpiper                       Calidris minutilla

  Western Sandpiper                     Calidris mauri

  Short-billed Dowitcher                Limnodromus griseus

  Laughing Gull                         Leucophaeus atricilla

  Eurasian Collared-Dove                Streptopelia decaocto

  Mourning Dove                         Zenaida macroura

  Inca Dove                             Columbina inca

  Common Ground-Dove                    Columbina passerina

  Golden-fronted Woodpecker             Melanerpes aurifrons

  Ladder-backed Woodpecker              Picoides scalaris

  Crested Caracara                      Caracara cheriway

  American Kestrel                      Falco sparverius

  Great Kiskadee                        Pitangus sulphuratus

  Tropical Kingbird                     Tyrannus melancholicus

  Couch's Kingbird                      Tyrannus couchii

  Eastern Kingbird                      Tyrannus tyrannus

  Scissor-tailed Flycatcher             Tyrannus forficatus

  Loggerhead Shrike                     Lanius ludovicianus

  Green Jay                             Cyanocorax yncas

  Horned Lark                           Eremophila alpestris

  Barn Swallow                          Hirundo rustica

  Black-crested Titmouse                Baeolophus atricristatus

  Bewick's Wren                         Thryomanes bewickii

  Cactus Wren                           Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

  Curve-billed Thrasher                 Toxostoma curvirostre

  Long-billed Thrasher                  Toxostoma longirostre

  Northern Mockingbird                  Mimus polyglottos

  European Starling                     Sturnus vulgaris

  Olive Sparrow                         Arremonops rufivirgatus

  Northern Cardinal                     Cardinalis cardinalis

  Blue Grosbeak                         Passerina caerulea

  Dickcissel                            Spiza americana

  Eastern Meadowlark                    Sturnella magna

  Great-tailed Grackle                  Quiscalus mexicanus

  Altamira Oriole                       Icterus gularis

  Audubon's Oriole                      Icterus graduacauda

  House Sparrow                         Passer domesticus

 

61 SPECIES

 

Mary Beth Stowe

McAllen, TX

miriameaglemon.com

 



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Subject: Canyon Lake Bald Eagle, Pelicans, Ibis, Tricolored Heron, Peregrines
From: Laura Paulson <laura AT riverdaughter.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 16:20:58 -0500
Hello everyone,
Steve and I went paddling today in search of an eagle nest that someone
reported to lake rangers last April after we left the area. Allegedly, two
adult eagles were seen flying over the Cranes Mill peninsula to a nest in
an oak tree on the southwestern shoreline of the cove formed by Jentsch
Creek. We were skeptical but what a great excuse for a paddle!
So, no luck on finding a nest but I think we are better at spotting moving
birds than empty nests as we did see an eagle! A first year* Bald Eagle*
was circling with a kettle of *Turkey *and *Black Vultures* right over the
area where the nest had been reported. It left the vultures after a few
minutes, heading south. Then the vultures moved south too and it kettled up
with them again before flying off out of our view. Our little waterproof
camera could not capture an image but there was zero doubt about its
identity. The earliest we have seen an eagle here before was November.
We're guessing this one was migrating through and we got lucky. Still, I
think it is worth continuing the nest search, especially as the wintering
eagles return.

We were lucky with other birds too. 52 *American White Pelicans* were
resting on a sand bar off Mystic Shores, along with a *Great Blue Heron*.
They lifted off and headed south just after 10:00am, giving us the pleasure
of their silvery beauty in flight. We also saw three dark, presumably
*White-faced* *Ibis*, a juvenile* Tricolored Heron* (first time we've seen
one here), 2 *Peregrine Falcons* (who sequentially performed the most
astounding dives we've ever seen) and at least four (probably more)*
American Kestrels*. We had a *Cooper's Hawk*, a *Red-tailed Hawk* and
a *Red-shouldered
Hawk* too. It was a busy day raptor day! Oh, and multiple *Osprey *... at
least two, probably more ... who seemed to fishing very successfully.

We were surprised to see a *Greater Roadrunner* in the top of a tree near
shore. More surprised still to see two more of them actively hunting at the
nearby shoreline. One or two are almost always present hunting in the grass
up at the lake office but I've never seen them down at the water line
before.

The only shorebirds seen were *Killdeer *and *Spotted Sandpipers*. Three
medium-size white terns flew by ... I can't be certain of species but am
guessing *Forster's Terns* based on range maps. Other thoughts?

Life is good at the lake :)

Laura Paulson


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Subject: Tuesday morning birding, Hagerman NWR
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:57:58 -0500
Birding was slow at the refuge today with only 52 species sighted. Low lake 
levels combined with a lot of high vegetation makes a lot of the species 
difficult to find. We saw a flock of about 50 American White Pelicans on the 
edge of the lake. There were probably a lot more ducks than we reported but few 
of them were sitting out in the open. We did hear a Sora calling in Mineral 
Marsh. 

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Subject: Baytown Nat Ctr Brown Booby(s), etc.
From: "Berner Family" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jcazberner@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 11:13:03 -0700
Mark in past weeks also found at Baytown a Bell's Vireo and a Say's 
Phobe--which may no longer be present. 

--so may be worth a trip, texbirders. Note $3 admission fee (not a state park) 
and park is usually open at sunrise or before (opens much earlier than most 
parks charging admission) until sunset. 

The Berners
John, Cathy, Abby and Zach

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Subject: Blackpoll Warbler
From: "Mike Austin" <mj_eh AT comcast.net>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 12:48:34 -0500
The fall BLACKPOLL WARBLER reported on e-Bird  AT  LaFitte's Cove on west
Galveston Island was still present this morning along with 11 other warbler
& 4 empidonax flycatcher species.
 

Mike Austin

Pearland



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Subject: What a difference a day makes! (rain in Kleberg County)
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:48:23 -0500
As many of you know, the King Ranch has been suffering through the extended
drought just like the rest of South Texas.
On the Santa Gertrudis division at Kingsville there is a small lake called
Borregos Lake that has traditionally been a birding oasis.  It has been
mostly dry for the last couple of years, so we have been maintaining a drip
fed by a barrel.

This past Sunday we were going to be hosting a group from the raptor
conference in Corpus Christi, so I went out on Friday to fill the barrel.
There was only a puddle in the lake, maybe 20 by 30 feet.

Then, on Saturday, the rains came.  Kingsville itself had a lot of street
flooding deep enough to flood out cars.

Our group arrived at Borregos Lake on Sunday.  WOW! The lake has more water
in it than I have ever seen in my 13 years of birding there!  Across the
division all of the ephemeral ponds have water in them for the first time
in years.

I have not visited the playas in southeast Kleberg County yet to see how
they are doing, but I would suspect that they have a lot of water, as well.

-- 
Jim Sinclair (TX-ESA)
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: Travis Audubon Raptor Class field trip report from Hazel Bazemore and other Corpus locations, Friday thru Sunday, Sep 26 - 28
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Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 23:29:11 -0400
Hi Texbirders & Raptor Enthusiasts,
23 participants from the Travis Audubon Society Raptor Class joined me in 
Corpus Christi over the weekend for a raptor class field trip. 

We briefly visited the Hazel Bazemore watch platform late Friday afternoon, 
then stopped at Tule Lake before dinner. 

On Saturday , we stopped first at Rosehill Cemetery to check for passerine 
migrants (it was kinda slow, but I understand that Wille found some good birds 
there later in the day). We then headed over to Hazel Bazemore and spent 
several hours at the hawk watch platform, but it was a moderately slow flight 
day. 

In mid-afternoon before torrential rains arrived, I rounded the group up and we 
drove toward the coast, trying to dodge the rain, and take advantage of some of 
the other great birding that the Corpus area offers. We dodged some of the 
rain, but spent some of the afternoon birding in the rain at Mustand Island and 
in Port A. 

Sunday we spent all morning and part of the afternoon at the platform, which 
turned out to be a pretty darned good day. 

The flight on Sunday featured lots of variety, with good numbers of raptors, 
and more Wood Storks in the air than I have ever seen at one time or in one 
day. The Wood Stork flight Sunday was absolutely spectacular! 


Hawk-watching highlights for the weekend included 13 raptor species on Sunday, 
with great views of modest numbers of Broad-winged Hawks on Sunday, lots of 
juvie Coops and Sharp-shins, with occasional opportunities to compare 
unambiguous examples of each species in flight simultaneously, good looks at 
White-tailed Hawks of all ages, a spectacular close flyover of 3 harriers and a 
juvenile WTHA (which I missed while retrieving my spare camera battery), 
multiple Peregrines at the watch platform and a Peregrine on the beach in the 
rain Saturday afternoon harassing shorebirds and gulls, and a single juvie 
Zone-tailed Hawk which flew over the platform Sunday. 



Other birding highlights included the very accommodating white-morph Reddish 
Egret at the pond below the watch platform at Hazel-Bazemore, Green Jays each 
day at HB, 17 shorebird species in a few hours in the rain Saturday afternoon, 
9 or 10 warbler species Saturday, an arms-length view of a hunting Least 
Bittern at the Port A Birding Center boardwalk Saturday afternoon, and of 
course the fantastic Wood Stork flight on Sunday. 



We had great seafood each night Friday and Saturday, and our group was 
enthusiastic, patient, persistent, and perhaps the most skilled caravanners I 
have ever birded with. We had 7 vehicles Saturday afternoon in driving rain, 
and everyone made every stop without incident. 

Other non-birding highlights at Hazel Bazemore on Sunday included the native 
Indian blessing and prayer circle after lunch, the great weather (highs in 
mid-80"s with light breeze from NE), and the remarkable assemblage of raptor 
biologists, counters and enthusiasts gathered for one of the great remaining 
wildlife spectacles in North America. The entire experience was invigorating, 
entertaining, instructive and inspirational. I can't wait to do it again next 
year! 



A partially-annotated list of the approximately 113 species seen by our group 
for the weekend follows: 




Black-bellied Whistling-Duck - a few each day
Mottled Duck - constantly present at pond below hawk platform, and a few 
elsewhere 

Blue-winged Teal - a few
Ruddy Duck - 2 at Port A Birding Center
Pied-billed Grebe - 1 at Port A Birding Center
Neotropic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant - 1 - Port A Birding Cntr
Least Bittern - 1 - Port A Birding Center - one of the most reliable location 
that I know for observing this species 

Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret - 1 - HB Sunday
Little Blue Heron - a few
Tricolored Heron - 20+
Reddish Egret - 4 - White-morph at HB Pond
Green Heron
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron - 1 - juvie at Tule Lake
White Ibis
Roseate Spoonbill - couple dozen
Wood Stork - 1050 - some each day, then 1000+ on Sunday at HB
Black Vulture - 20+
Turkey Vulture - 50+
Osprey - 15+
Mississippi Kite - 25 - our group only saw them Sunday
Northern Harrier - 6+
Sharp-shinned Hawk - couple dozen, mostly Sunday
Cooper's Hawk - several dozen, mostly Sunday
Red-shouldered Hawk - 4 or more, HB
Broad-winged Hawk - 400+ I would guess, almost all on Sunday
Swainson's Hawk - 1 - Single light morph at HB on Sunday, others reported 2 
dark or intermediate-morph birds, but I didn't see 

White-tailed Hawk - 5 or so, HB
Zone-tailed Hawk - 1 - juvie Sunday at HB
Red-tailed Hawk - 10+ - several resident birds, and a few migrants
Crested Caracara - 12 or so
American Kestrel - 10+
Peregrine Falcon - 6+, including one in the rain Saturday afternoon chasing 
gulls and shorebirds at Mustang Island 

Sora - 1 or 2 - Port A
Common Moorhen - Port A Birding Cntr
American Coot - 5 - Port A Birding Cntr
Black-bellied Plover - 3
Semipalmated Plover - 3 - Mollie Beattie, and JFK causeway, not seen by rest of 
group 

Piping Plover - 10 - Mustang Island SP (none had bands)
Killdeer - 10
American Oystercatcher - 1 - Mustang Island SP
Black-necked Stilt - 4
American Avocet - 50+ (2 at HB pond Saturday morning, then 50+ in rain at Port 
A Saturday afternoon) 

Spotted Sandpiper - 1 - Seen by Shelia Sunday at HB
Greater Yellowlegs
Willet
Lesser Yellowlegs - 2 - Saturday at HB
Long-billed Curlew - 6 Mollie Beattie shorebird habitat
Marbled Godwit - 10 - Mollie Beattie, not seen by others
Ruddy Turnstone - several
Sanderling - 20+
Western Sandpiper - 5 - Mustang Island SP
Least Sandpiper - 1 - Mustang Island SP
Dowitcher sp. - 20 - Mollie Beattie
Wilson's Snipe - 2 - 1 - HB Sunday, 1 - Port A Birding Cntr
Laughing Gull - 1000+ - everywhere
Ring-billed Gull - 1 - adult at Mustand Island
Herring Gull - 1 - adult at MISP
Least Tern - 2
Caspian Tern - 15
Black Tern - 50
Forster's Tern - 30
Royal Tern - 20
Black Skimmer - 1 - Tule Lake Friday afternoon
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove - a few
White-winged Dove - 500?
Mourning Dove - 50?
Inca Dove - Mostly at HB
Common Ground-Dove - 1 - Sunday at HB
White-tipped Dove - 1 - Saturday at HB
Common Nighthawk - 3 - HB Sunday
Chimney Swift - 200 - mostly at HB
Buff-bellied Hummingbird - 1 - HB
Ruby-throated Hummingbird - 35 - Mostly at HB
Belted Kingfisher - 1 - Port A Birding Cntr
Golden-fronted Woodpecker - a few
Ladder-backed Woodpecker - 2 - HB
Eastern Wood-Pewee - 5 - Rosehill Cem
Empidonax sp. - 1 - HB Sunday
Vermilion Flycatcher - 1 - immature male HB
Great Crested Flycatcher - 5 - 4 (or more) at Rosehill, 1 Sunday at HB
Great Kiskadee - 7 - mostly at HB
Couch's Kingbird - 10 - HB and Rosehill
Eastern Kingbird - 1 - Flyover Sunday at HB
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - 6 - HB
Loggerhead Shrike - 5
White-eyed Vireo - 1 - HB
Green Jay - 2 - HB
Horned Lark - 1 - Mollie Beattie (I missed this one)
Purple Martin - 6 - A few Sunday at HB
Cliff Swallow
Cave Swallow
Barn Swallow
Black-crested Titmouse - 1 - HB Sunday
Carolina Wren - 1 - HB
Ruby-crowned Kinglet - 1 - Saturday afternoon in rain at Paradise Pond, seen 
well by all at close range 

Northern Mockingbird - 15
Long-billed Thrasher - 1 - HB
European Starling - 50 - including a flock at HB being pursued persistently by 
a high-flying Coop 

Tennessee Warbler - 1 - Paradise Pond (seen only by me)
Yellow Warbler - 2 - Rosehill
Black-throated Green Warbler - 1 - Port A Birding Cntr
Black-and-white Warbler - 1 - HB
American Redstart - 2 - Port A
Northern Waterthrush - 1 - Paradise Pond (seen by me & 2 other participants)
Common Yellowthroat - 1 - heard-only, Port A Birding Cntr
Wilson's Warbler - 5 - Rosehill, Port A
Olive Sparrow - 1 - HB Saturday
Northern Cardinal - 22
Indigo Bunting - 1 - female, Sunday, HB
Painted Bunting - 1 - female, Sunday at HB seen by me, but not by others I 
think 

Red-winged Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle - a few zillion
Brown-headed Cowbird - 55 - Mostly HB
Orchard Oriole - 1 - female, Sunday, HB
House Sparrow - 45 - HB




It was a great weekend to be a raptorologist.
Good birding ya'll,
Byron Stone, Austin, Tx

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Subject: Houston Greater Pewee (9/29)
From: James Hinson <jmhinson AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:23:15 -0700
The Greater Pewee out in Bear Creek Park was located early this afternoon in a 
mixed flock Bluebirds, Pine Warblers and Titmice about 200 yards west of 
Restroom #9. 

Jim Hinson
Houston, Tx.

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Subject: FINAL TRIP REPORT: Sept 20, 2014 SPI Texas Pelagic
From: "Garett Hodne" <garyhodne AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:50:37 -0500
Hi Pelagic Fanatics and Texbirders,
 

Everything just seemed to come together to make the past Saturday's
September 20th  S Padre Island Texas Pelagic one of the best in a very long
time! The weather was cooperating the week prior to the trip with 2-3 ft
seas all week long following the 7 foot seas experienced the previous
weekend during the first "cold" front of the season.  On Saturday as we
gathered in the predawn at the docks there was no perceptible wind.
Clearing the S Padre Island jetties we were greeted with calm seas of 2 ft
or less. The seas would remain a pretty nice with 2-3 feet throughout the
day. 

 

On the long cruise to the shelf edge we had scattered showers all around us
in the distance and cruised through  one nice downpour, something I only
recall rain 1 time before from all my Texas Pelagics.  Following the rain
the skies began clearing and nice high clouds remained for the morning
keeping the heat down until the afternoon. There was very little bird
activity over the shelf for the first 4 hours except for a distant
Magnificent Frigatebird from the stern and few Royal Terns. The bright
lights of shrimp boats were visible a couple miles to the north of our
course but we decided to pass them by preferring to head straight for deep
water. Dwight spotted at distant "large white seabird flying fast and high"
away from us, he suspected it might be a tropicbird but it was just too far
away to confirm the ID. We reached the shelf edge at about 10am in very good
time by keeping to our planned due east heading. 

 

Soon after at 10:10 am that we had our first good seabird a cooperative
Audubon's Shearwater. Then things were slow for another hour until a lone
Bridled Tern was seen right before we spotted the distant blows from the
first pod of Sperm Whales several hundred yards out. By now we were in very
deep water 2000-3,500 ft . That first group of 3-4 sperms sank into the
depths before we could get closer to them. No sooner did they disappear than
we immediately spotted a huge pod of what turned out to be Melon-headed
Whales excitedly making their way to our boat and encircling it for 15 -20
minutes. Conservatively we estimated 250+ whales (dolphins actually)
surrounding the boat and within feet of us. It was one of the greatest
wildlife spectacles we've ever seen and a lifer mammal for everyone on board
including our captain and his very excited young son.  

 

Over the next few hours it seemed like non-stop action. A couple Band-rumped
Storm Petrels passed close by the bow. Then a distant huge splash seen off
the bow really startled us. As we watched in amazement we had 4 or 5 huge
Sperm Whales breach in rapid succession. Too bad they were maybe 1/2 mile
away, still it was just spectacular! No one aboard had ever seen Sperm
Whales breach before. As we cruised toward them to try for a closer look a
second closer pod of 6 sperms surfaced just in front of the boat, very
close. After a minute or two the two large bulls sounded for the depths off
the port bow showing off their flukes. Then the smaller females and their
calves approached the starboard bow giving us superb views of the two calves
side by side with their blunt noses reaching up out of the water to look us
over. There were even a few more whales from a third group at the same time
blowing behind us off the stern. By now we had seen somewhere around 16-19
Sperm whales. In 4 different pods! Finally  40 minutes later another few
blows from a fifth pod of sperm whales was spotted. Our total Sperm Whale
count for the day was 18-20+ an unprecedented high count for 20 + years of
Texas Pelagics, where we had seen Sperm Whales on only two previous S Padre
Island Texas Pelagics.

 

Following all the whale action it was a steady stream of sightings. We had
some brief looks at another Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, Audubon's and Cory's
Shearwater. We were also building a nice list of land birds as well
including Black-and-White Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Barn Swallows,
Olive-sided Flycatcher, cattle egret and numerous other unidentified
passerines.  Once back over the continental shelf  a very friendly sub-adult
Masked Booby greeted us and circled the boat for about 20 minutes.  It was
fascinating to watch it repeatedly make shallow dives torpedoing just bellow
the waters surface in pursuit of flying fish that the boat was scattering.
As we were growing tired of watching the booby a flurry of 4 terns, 2
jaegers and a few passerines scrambled by the bow. It was confusing to sort
out all the action with binoculars alone. One Jaeger alternately chased a
fat passerine and then was sidetracked to chasing the terns. This jaeger was
initially identified as a 'parasitic' and the photos proved that the
'passerine' it was chasing was a Sora. There were 2 or 3 Bridled Terns in
the group and a second jaeger of uncertain ID. Reviewing the photos later
revealed that the 'parasitic' was actually a first summer Long-Tailed
Jaeger. The photos also revealed at least one of the terns was a Sooty Tern.


 

Soon we approached the first of a half dozen shrimpers we would investigate.
A second Masked Booby was nearby and the usual shrimp boat followers of
Royal Tern, Sandwich Terns. Laughing Gulls and a few Common Terns. The
second Shrimper had a pair of adult male Magnificent Frigatebirds perched in
the rigging for nice close up views.  Between the second a third shrimpers a
pair of cooperative Pomarine Jaegers were harassing a group of terns and
gulls and then sat on the water allowing us to approach and study them. 

 

Continuing on the cruise back to shore we passed a number of more anchored
shrimpers and with good numbers of the usual followers. What was unusual is
that we also picked up 3 more Masked Boobies of different ages and 2 more
Magnificent Frigatebirds.  The ship channel outside the jetties had the
usual huge feeding flock of 1000+ Black Terns, a few Least and Common Terns,
Laughing Gulls, many Sandwich and Royal Terns and Brown Pelicans. 

 

While we didn't have any rare seabird sightings we certainly had a high
species count for a Texas Pelagic. Only one other trip in 20 years of Texas
Pelagics has reached 9 species of pelagic seabirds. And once the activity
started when we reached deep water it continued at a pretty quick pace
throughout the day.  It was however the mammal sightings that really proved
to be the highlight for everyone on board. The number of Sperm Whales and
their breaching antics was amazing. It may have been outdone by the huge
herd of Melon-headed Whales, never before seen on a Texas Pelagic.

 

In conclusion I wish to especially thank the people at Osprey Cruises for
working closely with us to make this trip a great success, especially our
Captain Bobby. Additionally our leaders Brad McKinney, Dwight Peake, Eric
Carpenter, John O'Brien, Mary Gustafson and Petra Hockey all make a huge
contribution to these trips with their spotting abilities and knowledge of
seabirds and marine life. I hope that all our participants had fun and will
plan on joining us in October and again in 2015 for more great offshore
adventures on Texas Pelagics.

Good seabirding,

Gary Hodne 

 

COMPLETE PELAGIC SEABIRD LIST:

COSH - Cory's Shearwater - 2

AUSH - Audubon's Shearwater - 3

BRSP - Band-rumped Storm-Petrel - 3

MAFR - Magnificent Frigatebird - 5

MABO - Masked Booby - 6

SOTE - Sooty Tern - 1

BRTE - Bridled Tern - 4

POJA - Pomarine Jaeger - 2

PAJA - Parasitic Jaeger - 1 (?)

LTJA - Long-tailed Jaeger - 1

 

NON-PELAGIC  SEABIRDS

BRPE - Brown Pelican - 20

LAGU - Laughing Gull -233 

LETE - Least Tern - 10

BLTE - Black Tern - 1000+

COTE -Common Tern - 13

ROYT - Royal Tern - 424

SATE - Sandwich Tern - 134

 

LANDBIRD MIGRANTS:

CAEG - Cattle Egret - 1 

SORA - Sora - 1

OSFL - Olive-sided Flycatcher - 1

BARS - Barn Swallow - 2

BAWW - Black-and-White Warbler - 1

YEWA - Yellow Warbler - 1

WEWA - Worm-eating warbler - 1

 

OTHER MARINE LIFE

Sea Turtle - 1   (sp?)

Sperm Whale - 18-20+

Melon-headed Whales - 250+

Bottlenose Dolphins - 20

Tripletail Fish - 2

Flying Fish - 100's

 

Ps. It has taken me a bit longer than usual to get all the sightings data
straightened out to help in putting this report together. There were 3 full
pages of handwritten sighting logs (usually there is barely one page), my
digital recorded notes and what seemed like hundreds of photographs to
review along with all the great commentary posted to the Texas Pelagics
FaceBook page to sort through. If you haven't yet joined this group and
looked at the photos you are really missing out on a ton of good photos and
insight about the marine environment of the Gulf of Mexico.  It is really a
valuable resource. 

 

 

www.TexasPelagics.com

www.GarettHodne.com   

 



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Subject: Choke Canyon on Saturday (9/27) - Wood Storks, Black-crowned Night-Herons, Tree Swallows, Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Chihuahuan Raven
From: Christian Walker <christian.walker AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 10:56:40 -0500
Hi,
On Saturday I went down to Choke Canyon and birded the South Shore Unit, Quail 
Ridge Run, and the Calliham Unit. The Ebird list below is from the Calliham 
unit. I had a few good birds, including some Wood Storks, a few Tree Swallows, 
one Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, and a heard-only raven that I assumed to be a 
Chihuahuan (is that accurate?). Anyway, the overall birding experience was 
surprisingly disappointing - when Ive birded the area in the spring and winter 
there are usually birds everywhere, but on Saturday I had to work for every 
bird I found. South Shore Unit was especially dead. The only highlight there 
was flushing two big coveys of Northern Bobwhites. At the Calliham Unit the 
woods were almost completely silent, and I had to walk about a mile and a half 
to find one small flock of titmice, and a larger flock of gnatcatchers, that 
also had a White-eyed Vireo, the Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, and a Nashville 
Warbler and Great Crested Flycatcher. 

Granted the lack of birds may have been due to the overcast weather, which at 
around 10:30 am turned into a downpour. 

I ended up trying to escape the rain by wandering down to Hazel Bazemore 
(easily justified - its only an extra forty-five minutes right?). I had about 
half an hour of clear weather before the rain caught up to me. Saw about 15 
hawks which was really enjoyable. Nothing spectacular, but seven Mississippi 
Kites were nice. 

Also this morning at Camp Ben McCullough I had my FOS Lincolns Sparrow, along 
with some sort of distant pewee. 


Good birding,

Christian Walker
Independent Adjuster
Austin, Texas
(512) 431-2495



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> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - Choke Canyon SP (CTC 082), Sep 27, 2014
> Date: September 29, 2014 at 10:47:51 AM CDT
> To: christian.walker AT earthlink.net
> 
> Choke Canyon SP (CTC 082), McMullen, US-TX
> Sep 27, 2014 8:55 AM - 11:20 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 2.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Overcast with slight rain, then solid downpour. Otherwise, 0-5 mph 
E, around 75 degrees Fahrenheit. 

> 47 species (+1 other taxa)
> 
> Wild Turkey  9
> Wood Stork  35
> Neotropic Cormorant  2
> Great Blue Heron  4
> Great Egret  5
> Snowy Egret  1
> Cattle Egret  1
> Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
> Turkey Vulture  2
> Cooper's Hawk  2
> Harris's Hawk  2
> Killdeer  8
> Least Sandpiper  6
> Eurasian Collared-Dove  3
> White-winged Dove  2
> Mourning Dove  2
> Golden-fronted Woodpecker  2
> Ladder-backed Woodpecker  1
> Crested Caracara  2
> Yellow-bellied Flycatcher  1
> Empidonax sp.  1
> Vermilion Flycatcher  3
> Great Crested Flycatcher  1
> Great Kiskadee  3
> Couch's Kingbird  2
> Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  2
> White-eyed Vireo  1
> Green Jay  6
> Chihuahuan Raven  1     HO
> Tree Swallow  2
> Bank Swallow  2
> Barn Swallow  15
> Cave Swallow  28
> Black-crested Titmouse  5
> House Wren  1
> Carolina Wren  2
> Bewick's Wren  5
> Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  32
> Eastern Bluebird  2
> Long-billed Thrasher  1
> Northern Mockingbird  6
> European Starling  45
> Nashville Warbler  1
> Yellow Warbler  2
> Northern Cardinal  13
> Indigo Bunting  1
> Red-winged Blackbird  2
> Great-tailed Grackle  50
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19966511 

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


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Subject: Re: Brady Surber Passes Away today
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "carolynohl@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:17:44 -0400
Oh, that is so sad! I had no idea his cancer had returned the second time. He 
was a dear friend of mine, and he brought his lovely mother to see my Christmas 
Mountains Oasis one time, I believe (I wasn't able to be there that day, 
unfortunately). Before his first cancer diagnosis he lived near us in Alpine 
and we were so impressed with his intelligence, ambitions, and energy. Sadly, 
that never seemed to return after the cancer treatment. I best remember him 
when he helped us band hummingbirds at my place. Those were exciting days for 
us all. 


I knew Lamont was very close to him too, and for that I am grateful to Lamont.



Carolyn Ohl-Johnson
Big Bend area


 



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From: Lamont Brown 
To: Texbirds 
Sent: Sun, Sep 28, 2014 8:30 pm
Subject: [texbirds] Brady Surber Passes Away today


At 4:00 pm this Sunday afternoon 12 to 15 of us were with Brady Surber of 
Vernon, Texas when he drew his final breath. He is the 27 year old, recent Sul 

Ross Grad who moved back to Vernon upon graduation. Most of you know Brady had 

brain cancer twice that went into remission. Regrettably the cancer returned a 

third time.  He had been in a Wichita Falls Hospice Facility since this past 
Thursday night.
Brady and I had logged more than 24,000 miles birding together since 2008.  He 
was a terrific birder and a special friend!  I have a veritable lifetime of 
memories and stories that could be shared about our birding escapades, but that 

will have to wait for another time.

Services are to be determined but will be in Vernon. Anyone wanting updates on 

the services, let me know.

An exhortation:  Should you have the opportunity to befriend a younger birder 
and take them to some places they may not get to for some time, do it.  II t 
will likely bless you as much if not more than them.

Lamont Brown
Denton
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Subject: FOS American Kestrel Cameron Co.
From: madi.s44 AT att.net
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 23:18:43 -0500
I observed my FOS American Kestrel (female) in the Bayview area today. Also, 
Ospreys are sure back in numbers! Can fall be far behind? 


Madeleine Sandefur
Laguna Vista (Cameron Co.)

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Subject: Re: Brady Surber Passes Away today
From: PJS <pjsmolen AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 22:31:24 -0500
So sorry to hear about Brady. 

Brady was a wonderful host to the Houston Ornithology Group several years ago 
during our winter field trip to Witchita Falls. 


He will be missed.  

Pam Smolen
Houston
> On Sep 28, 2014, at 8:29 PM, "Lamont Brown"  wrote:
> 
> At 4:00 pm this Sunday afternoon 12 to 15 of us were with Brady Surber of 
Vernon, Texas when he drew his final breath. He is the 27 year old, recent Sul 
Ross Grad who moved back to Vernon upon graduation. Most of you know Brady had 
brain cancer twice that went into remission. Regrettably the cancer returned a 
third time. He had been in a Wichita Falls Hospice Facility since this past 
Thursday night. 

> Brady and I had logged more than 24,000 miles birding together since 2008. He 
was a terrific birder and a special friend! I have a veritable lifetime of 
memories and stories that could be shared about our birding escapades, but that 
will have to wait for another time. 

> 
> Services are to be determined but will be in Vernon. Anyone wanting updates 
on the services, let me know. 

> 
> An exhortation: Should you have the opportunity to befriend a younger birder 
and take them to some places they may not get to for some time, do it. II t 
will likely bless you as much if not more than them. 

> 
> Lamont Brown
> Denton
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Subject: Re: Brady Surber Passes Away today
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:47:41 -0500
details.  He had been collecting ornithological data especially historical
birding info for Wilbarger Co and surrounding areas for several years..  We
were in touch for a good while as my childhood hometown was in Odell Texas
about 12 miles north of Vernon and I still retain an interest in what goes
on up there. We never met in person.   I am so sorry to hear he has passed
so young, taking his birding knowledge of that area along with him.  We
discussed a few historical things that likely no other birder/naturalist in
Texas will ever know or has known about...IE birding the wind breaks and
banks of the Red River..  Thanks for letting us know. My thoughts are with
his family and friends.
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

On Sun, Sep 28, 2014 at 8:29 PM, Lamont Brown  wrote:

> At 4:00 pm this Sunday afternoon 12 to 15 of us were with Brady Surber of
> Vernon, Texas when he drew his final breath.  He is the 27 year old, recent
> Sul Ross Grad who moved back to Vernon upon graduation.  Most of you know
> Brady had brain cancer twice that went into remission.  Regrettably the
> cancer returned a third time.  He had been in a Wichita Falls Hospice
> Facility since this past Thursday night.
> Brady and I had logged more than 24,000 miles birding together since
> 2008.  He was a terrific birder and a special friend!  I have a veritable
> lifetime of memories and stories that could be shared about our birding
> escapades, but that will have to wait for another time.
>
> Services are to be determined but will be in Vernon.  Anyone wanting
> updates on the services, let me know.
>
> An exhortation:  Should you have the opportunity to befriend a younger
> birder and take them to some places they may not get to for some time, do
> it.  II t will likely bless you as much if not more than them.
>
> Lamont Brown
> Denton
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Subject: Brady Surber Passes Away today
From: "Lamont Brown" <lamont AT whn.org>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 20:29:03 -0500
At 4:00 pm this Sunday afternoon 12 to 15 of us were with Brady Surber of 
Vernon, Texas when he drew his final breath. He is the 27 year old, recent Sul 
Ross Grad who moved back to Vernon upon graduation. Most of you know Brady had 
brain cancer twice that went into remission. Regrettably the cancer returned a 
third time. He had been in a Wichita Falls Hospice Facility since this past 
Thursday night. 

Brady and I had logged more than 24,000 miles birding together since 2008. He 
was a terrific birder and a special friend! I have a veritable lifetime of 
memories and stories that could be shared about our birding escapades, but that 
will have to wait for another time. 


Services are to be determined but will be in Vernon. Anyone wanting updates on 
the services, let me know. 


An exhortation: Should you have the opportunity to befriend a younger birder 
and take them to some places they may not get to for some time, do it. II t 
will likely bless you as much if not more than them. 


Lamont Brown
Denton
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Subject: Highlights from Muleshoe NWR today
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:56:02 -0500
Greetings All:
I headed on over to Muleshoe NWR this morning, visions of wandering western
warblers dancing in my head.

The Carolina Wren singing in my backyard at first light seemed a good omen
- a first for my yard.

The only highlight during the drive over was 2 American White Pelicans
flying over FM 54 just east of the Lamb/Bailey County line.  The nearest
major body of water is Bull Lake.

Highlights in the Headquarters/Campground area were 18 Scaled Quails, 1
Peregrine Falcon, 1 Western Wood Pewee, 1 Willow Flycatcher, 1 Least
Flycatcher, 1 House Wren, 1 Ruby-crowned Kinglet, 2 Orange-crowned
Warblers, 1 Nashville Warbler, 14 Yellow-rumped Warblers, 1 Black-throated
Gray Warbler, 2 Wilson's Warblers, 2 Clay-colored Sparrows, 1 White-crowned
Sparrow, and 1 female Western Tanager - nothing new for the year.

Highlights at the very birdy White Lakes: 2 American Wigeons, 3
Black-necked Stilts, 10 American Avocets, 7 Lesser Yellowlegs, 4 Least
Sandpipers, 1 Baird's Sandpiper, 12 Wilson's Phalaropes, 1 Prairie Falcon,
6 Northern Rough-winged Swallows, 2 Tree Swallows, and 2 Vesper Sparrows -
nothing new for the year.

Highlights at the Paul's Lakes complex: 13 American Avocets, 1
Black-bellied Plover, 3 Stilt Sandpipers, 19 Least Sandpipers, 18 Baird's
Sandpipers, 3 Semipalmated Sandpipers, 4 Western Sandpipers, 4 Wilson's
Snipes, 141 Wilson's Phalaropes, 3 Red-necked Phalaropes, and 1
Yellow-rumped Warbler.

I also found a beautiful Night Snake (or Texas Night Snake if you are a
splitter) under a rock at the refuge.

I had no highlights on the way home.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: First of Season, Last of Season - Bell County
From: "gil.eckrich" <gil.eckrich AT att.net>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 12:46:09 -0500
Yesterday, 27th, had FOS Orange-crowned Warbler in backyard (Bell), and this
morning had LOS female Painted Bunting in same area.
 

Gil Eckrich

Belton



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Subject: Re: The day's highlights from Lubbock
From: "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" <Fred_Collins AT hctx.net>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 16:31:33 +0000
Guess I am going to have to breakdown and buy that new Sibley's guide after all 
as I am not familiar with Ruby-crowned Flycatcher! ;-) 



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

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner

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Subject: [texbirds] The day's highlights from Lubbock

Greetings All:
I started out for Lake Six this morning but was interrupted by a call from 
Steve Collins with a Chestnut-sided Warbler at Clapp Park. 


I turned around.

I spent a little over three hours at Clapp Park, dipped on the Chestnut-sided 
Warbler (good news for Rich Kostecke, that) but did see quite a few goodies 
including ..........., 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird (thanks to Steve's sharp 
eyes), 1 Oilve-sided Flycatcher, 1 Dusky Flycatcher, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 2 
Ruby-crowned Flycatchers, 4 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 2 Ruby-crowned Kinglets, 
.................... 



Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock

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Subject: Utley (local)
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 28 Sep 2014 10:51:30 -0500
.
  #1 Broad-winged 2 Red-shouldereds and 2 Cooper's so far this morning.
North breeze.  Could pick up later today with more birds.
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
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Subject: Black-throated blue Sabine woods
From: Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 21:33:59 -0500
Jeff Sexton and I birded Sabine woods today starting early this morning.
The day started somewhat slow with only a few warbler species but ended
with 16 different birds including a Black-throated Blue! This was a lifer
for me and man what a bird!
I want to extend a big thank you to the two birders that helped us get onto
the bird! I'm pretty bad with names sorry!


-- 
Clayton & Linsey Leopold
Texas City


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Subject: Nuthatches
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jgstudio@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 22:23:54 -0400
Here in El Paso we are experiencing a bit of an invasion of Nuthaches. This 
morning I counted at least 4 Red-breasted and 2 White-breasted Nuthatches in 
Memorial Park in the middle of town. I had a Red-breasted greet me when I 
returned home. They have been seen in the lowlands around here since late 
August. Bring on the montane invaders! 


John Groves
El Paso

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Subject: The day's highlights from Lubbock
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 21:09:31 -0500
Greetings All:
I started out for Lake Six this morning but was interrupted by a call from
Steve Collins with a Chestnut-sided Warbler at Clapp Park.

I turned around.

I spent a little over three hours at Clapp Park, dipped on the
Chestnut-sided Warbler (good news for Rich Kostecke, that) but did see
quite a few goodies including 1 Snowy Egret, 1 Yellow-crowned Night Heron,
1 Sharp-shinned Hawk, 1 immature and 2 adult Broad-winged Hawks, 2 Wilson's
Snipes, 1 Ruby-throated Hummingbird (thanks to Steve's sharp eyes), 1
Oilve-sided Flycatcher, 1 Dusky Flycatcher, 1 Blue-headed Vireo, 2
Ruby-crowned Flycatchers, 4 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, 2 Ruby-crowned
Kinglets, 1 Hermit Thrush, 1 Brown Thrasher, 7 Orange-crowned Warblers, 8
Nashville Warblers, 1 MacGillivray's Warbler, 3 Yellow Warblers, 11
Yellow-rumped Warblers, 19 Wilson's Warblers, 1 Clay-colored Sparrow, and 1
White-crowned Sparrow.

Much later in the day, I spent about an hour at Lake Six and along the
riparian corridor below Lake Six.  The latter had been flooded sufficient
to bring the Plain-bellied (Blotched) Water Snakes up into the trees -
pretty nifty.

Highlights were few at the lake as birds were in astonishingly short
supply.  The lake itself kicked out 6 Snowy Egrets, 1 Osprey, 1 Marsh Wren,
and 1 Wilson's Warbler.  The riparian corridor kicked out (for me) the best
bird of the day - a first fall male (according to the Peterson warbler
guide) Northern Parula - bad news for Mr. Kostecke, that!  I also had 2
Snowy Egrets, 1 adult Red-shouldered Hawk, and 2 Yellow-rumped Warblers
along the river.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Lewisville Lake Park
From: "Keith Lockhart" <keithlockhart AT verizon.net>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:20:15 -0500
Went to the park at sun up this morning for an hour and a half to see if the
Sabine's Gull might still be around - did not see it.  The Brown Pelican was
still there along with an American Avocet, a Semi-palmated Plover and two
juvenile Laughing Gulls.
Keith Lockhart

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Subject: Brown Booby still at Baytown Nature Center!
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "Stenmead@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 17:27:26 -0400
This morning several birders watched the Brown Booby being chased by  
Laughing Gulls, feeding and roosting on the 4th tower.  
 
Prior to spotting the B. Booby, at about 8:15-30 am, there was an adult  
male Peregrine Falcon on the top of the third tower.   Scissortails  were 
showing off and  an immature Dickcissel gave us good views. 
 
Stennie Meadours
San Leon
 
 
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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Saturday Bird Walk
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 16:09:09 -0500
This morning the bird walk
​included
 Visitor Center parking islands and
​the ​
back
​
​segment​
of the tram road, with a quick trip down Ebony Trail (it was sprinkling by
the time we reached the deck).  We found a very cooperative Clay-colored
Thrush near the west end of the large parking island.  A
Black-&-white Warbler plus a couple Great Kiskadees were in the same area.
A family of Green Jays, with the help of a single Northern Mockingbird, was
mobbing an unseen critter from the low branches of a Mesquite.  A juvenile
White-eyed Vireo posed nicely, showing its dark eyes and only a hint of
pale goggles.
​
 Sherry Wilson
Resident Park Host
Resaca de la Palma State Park
956-350-2920

*Nature Walks *Friday:  9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Bird Walks* Saturday:  8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
*Butterfly Walks* Sunday:  10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m..
*Night Hikes* last Friday of the month (RSVP by 5:00 p.m. Thurs)  - small
fee
*Nature Tram Rides*:  Wednesday thru Sunday
(Visitor Center closed Mon/Tues)
http://www.facebook.com/resacadelapalma

 24 species (+1 other taxa)
White-tailed Kite  1
​ (over the VC before the walk)​

Inca Dove  3
White-winged Dove  2
Groove-billed Ani  1     heard only, probably several more
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Buff-bellied Hummingbird  3
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  2
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  1
Eastern Wood-Pewee  1
Myiarchus sp.  1
Great Kiskadee  3
Couch's Kingbird  8
White-eyed Vireo  4     two heard only, one seen -  a juvenile
Green Jay  16
Barn Swallow  2
Black-crested Titmouse  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Clay-colored Thrush  1     parking island area
Long-billed Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  7
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Olive Sparrow  3
Northern Cardinal  9
Red-winged Blackbird  3
Great-tailed Grackle  9



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Subject: Banded Piping Plover Update
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 14:33:57 -0500
Hi, all!
 

I received some feedback on that banded Piping Plover we saw on South Padre
a couple of weeks ago and have placed it with the caption for that bird on
the web page:

 

http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/2014%20Field%20Trips/September/South
%20Padre%20Island.html

 

MB

 

Mary Beth Stowe

McAllen, TX

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Subject: White Pelicans flying over Canyon Lake
From: Ed Hickl <ehickl AT comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09:03:49 -0500
Saw several large groups of White Pelicans flying formation and circling over 
Canyon Lake yesterday evening from our porch. Total number estimated at 75. 
Nice to see them again. 


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Subject: Hawk watching rice university
From: Cin-Ty Lee <cintylee AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 16:12:26 -0500
1120 to 1200 pm from O'Connor field at rice university in Houston 
Birds seen flying high overhead 

Bald eagle 1
Mississippi kite 1
Red tailed hawk 1
Broad winged hawk 45
Black vulture 2
Cooper's hawk 2
Peregrine falcon 1
Wood stork 350
Barn swallow 1
Laughing gull 1 

CT Lee
Houston
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Subject: Broad-winged Hawks over SW Austin
From: Shelia Hargis <shelia.hargis AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 13:09:11 -0500
Just had 10 Broad-winged Hawks gradually making their way south from
southwest Austin. They were very high and mostly kettling.
Perfect timing - we're headed to Corpus with Travis Audubon's Hawk class!
Shelia Hargis
Shady Hollow neighborhood
Austin

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Subject: Alaska Trip Dates
From: "Jim Hailey" <irasciblej AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:20:35 -0500
I am posting the dates for the 2015 Alaska Trip.  The dates are June 3-17.
I have a number of people who have expressed interest earlier.  They will
have first chance at them.  This will be the last trip which I will lead to
Alaska for TOS, so if you want to go please contact me at the below email
address.

Jim Hailey, President
Texas Ornithological Society
110 Lavaca Lane
Georgetown, TX 78628
Phone: 361-522-3522
Email: irasciblej AT gmail.com
Website: www.texasbirds.org


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Subject: Baytown Brown Booby present
From: steve mayes <sgmayes AT hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:27:11 -0500
The Brown Booby is present on the third tower at the nature center as of 
9:15am. 


Steve Mayes
Nederland, TX

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Subject: Re: Lackland AFB training annex birds
From: Graham Floyd <spcgraham.floyd AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:51:59 -0500
Those Eastern Bluebirds will greet you cheerily at every range in Bexar 
County:-). Wild Turkeys are tame on Camp Bullis and you can look for 
Golden-cheeked Warbler there too next Spring. I did a Big Year last year just 
on weekends plus one week of leave, got 470ish species in Texas. It's a really 
great opportunity to be centrally located in Texas to hit the Trans Pecos, 
Upper Texas Coast, Rio Grande Valley and Dallas rarities equally. There is an 
October pelagic out of South Padre Island if you are truly sadistic. 


V/R,
Graham Floyd
Fort Walton Beach, FL

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> On Sep 25, 2014, at 9:09 PM, Nathaniel Nye  wrote:
> 
> Hello,
> I was driving out at the Lackland AFB Training Annex (aka Medina) this
> morning. There is a lot of good undisturbed habitat out there,
> unfortunately a lot of it is closed, even to us military folks, for EOD and
> other training purposes. This isn't the first time I've driven through
> there and seen some good birds from the road, though! A group (family?) of
> Eastern Bluebirds was unexpected for me, my first in San Antonio...but I
> have only lived here 6 weeks, coming from Maryland (DC area).  Seems too
> arid here for E. Bluebirds.
> 
> Anyway below is my ebird list from the morning.
> 
> Good birding,
> Nate Nye
> San Antonio, TX
> 
> Observer: NateNye
> 2014-09-25 08:45
> San Antonio, Patrol Road
> Protocol: Incidental
> Observers: 1
> All birds reported? Yes
>    8    Black Vulture
>    10    Turkey Vulture
>    1    Eurasian Collared-Dove
>    1    Inca Dove
>    2    White-winged Dove
>    8    Mourning Dove
>    1    Golden-fronted Woodpecker
>    1    Crested Caracara
>    4    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
>    1    Loggerhead Shrike
>    6    Eastern Bluebird
>    5    Northern Mockingbird
>    15    European Starling
>    6    House Finch
>    2    Lesser Goldfinch
>    2    House Sparrow
> 
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> http://birdseyebirding.com/)
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Subject: Lackland AFB training annex birds
From: Nathaniel Nye <nathaniel.nye AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:09:49 -0500
Hello,
I was driving out at the Lackland AFB Training Annex (aka Medina) this
morning. There is a lot of good undisturbed habitat out there,
unfortunately a lot of it is closed, even to us military folks, for EOD and
other training purposes. This isn't the first time I've driven through
there and seen some good birds from the road, though! A group (family?) of
Eastern Bluebirds was unexpected for me, my first in San Antonio...but I
have only lived here 6 weeks, coming from Maryland (DC area).  Seems too
arid here for E. Bluebirds.

Anyway below is my ebird list from the morning.

Good birding,
Nate Nye
San Antonio, TX

Observer: NateNye
2014-09-25 08:45
San Antonio, Patrol Road
Protocol: Incidental
Observers: 1
All birds reported? Yes
    8    Black Vulture
    10    Turkey Vulture
    1    Eurasian Collared-Dove
    1    Inca Dove
    2    White-winged Dove
    8    Mourning Dove
    1    Golden-fronted Woodpecker
    1    Crested Caracara
    4    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
    1    Loggerhead Shrike
    6    Eastern Bluebird
    5    Northern Mockingbird
    15    European Starling
    6    House Finch
    2    Lesser Goldfinch
    2    House Sparrow

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Subject: Birder Patrol Trip CANCELLED
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 06:44:30 -0500
Hi, all,
 

Forecast calls for an 80% chance of rain tomorrow, so this month's BP trip
is called off.  

 

Stay dry, and be careful out there,

 

MB

 

Mary Beth Stowe

McAllen, TX

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Subject: Brooks Co. Painted Redstart - YES!
From: madi.s44 AT att.net
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:16:47 -0500
Since there had been a recent report of someone sighting this bird, I decided 
to veer from my normal route home from San Antonio and chose 281 South instead 
of 37/77. After searching for the bird at the water feature north of the 
restrooms, and then walking south to the end of the area, I spotted him at a 
picnic table on my way back north. Didn't have my good camera with me - of 
course, since birding wasn't on my schedule :( - so I grabbed my little 
point-and-shoot to see if I could re-find him. Wasn't at the picnic table, but 
he had now flown north and was at the water feature, sharing bath duty with 
Lesser Goldfinch and Eastern Bluebirds. Also found a Summer Tanager and 
Baltimore Oriole there (only got pix of the Bluebirds and Tanager). 


Madeleine Sandefur
Laguna Vista

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Subject: American Bittern continues at Estero
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "imhuck3@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 21:32:35 -0400
Howdy Texbirders,
 I saw the American Bittern again at the same spot in Dowitcher Pond as 
yesterday. Also found a juv. Purple Gallinule on the south side of Ibis Pond. 
It seem very skittish even though it was still back in the cattails a foot or 
so and took flight but still stayed in the pond. Hope we can relocate both 
species Sat. and Sun. morning bird walks, y'all come now, ya hear. 

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

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


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Subject: Austin Area RBA
From: Nate McGowan <natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:21:08 -0500
The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society.
This update is as of 9/25/2014. Send interesting sightings, complete with
species name, location, and contact information to Nate McGowan at
natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com.
-Rarities found this week-

A HOODED WARBLER was seen at a private residence in Austin, *Travis*, 9/22.

A NORTHERN PARULA was a good find this late in Austin, *Travis*, 9/23.

A juvenile SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER was seen near Granger Lake, *Williamson*,
9/21.

A pair of EASTERN WHIP-POOR-WILLS were nice at Commons Ford, *Travis*, 9/23.

A MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER was described from Warbler Woods, *Guadalupe*,
9/22.

A HUTTON'S VIREO was reported at Warbler Woods, *Guadalupe*, 9/21.

-Continuing birds from previous weeks-

The BROWN BOOBY continued at Windy Point on Lake Travis, *Travis, *9/21.

A REDDISH EGRET continued at Roy Guerrero Park in Austin, *Travis*, 9/20.

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

Nate McGowan
Rare Bird Alert Compiler
Austin, TX


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Subject: Lesser Goldfinch
From: "Frank Bumgardner" <fbumgardner AT hot.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:37:09 -0500
Jeanette and I had our FOS male Lesser Goldfinch at 12:14 hours today in the
backyard in China Spring, McLennan Co.
 

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Subject: Heard Bird Banding & Census, 9/24/2014
From: Tom Heath <heathwtom AT netscape.net>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:06:40 -0400
The Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, McKinney, TX
Bird Banding & Census Report
Wednesday, Sep. 24, 2014
Banding Team: Betty, Craig, Janiece, Judy, Karen, and Tom (and 4 guest)

  Total species banded  - 9
  Total birds banded  - 17

Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Traill's Flycatcher - 4
Least Flycatcher - 4
Northern Cardinal - 1
Warbling Vireo - 2
White-eyed Vireo - 1
Common Yellowthroat - 1
Carolina Wren - 1
House Wren - 2
---------------------------
  
  Total birds recaptured - 0
---------------------------

Georgette's census
 
Heard Nat. Sci. Mus.& Wildlife Sanct, Collin, US-TX
Sep 24, 2014 8:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling 3.0 miles
37 species
 
Great Blue Heron  1
Great Egret  2
Black Vulture  3
Turkey Vulture  2
Cooper's Hawk  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  2
Broad-winged Hawk  1
Swainson's Hawk  1
Killdeer  3
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  33
White-winged Dove  1
Mourning Dove  17
Chimney Swift  4
Red-bellied Woodpecker  7
Downy Woodpecker  7
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Least Flycatcher  2
Eastern Phoebe  3
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher  2
White-eyed Vireo  4
Warbling Vireo  1
Blue Jay  9
American Crow  8
Northern Rough-winged Swallow  2
Carolina Chickadee  8
Tufted Titmouse  8
House Wren  2
Carolina Wren  6
Eastern Bluebird  7
American Robin  4
Northern Mockingbird  3
European Starling  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
Lincoln's Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  3
Indigo Bunting  10
House Finch  2
View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19930475 

---------------------------

 
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Subject: Canton, Van Zandt county, this morning
From: peter barnes <pbarnes123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:51:37 -0500
I spent a couple of hours in Canton, Van Zandt county, this morning, west
of Tyler. At the lake and tiny park off Old Kaufman Rd, I had a
Black-throated Green Warbler. The area near the boat ramp at the lake off
Hwy 243 was pretty birdy, with 1 Yellow-billed Cuckoo, 1 Tree and 15 Cave
Swallows, 1 Northern Parula, 1 Least Flycatcher, 1 Baltimore Oriole, and
best of all, a fly by Peregrine Falcon that subsequently perched on a snag
across the lake.
Peter Barnes
Tyler


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Subject: Waller County Kiskadees (9/25) Local Interest
From: James Hinson <jmhinson AT att.net>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:08:57 -0700
Dale Wolck and I observed 4 Great Kiskadees this morning out on the Katy 
Prairie on Herbert Rd. in Waller County about 3/4 of a mile past the old 
lookout platform at Nelson's Farm. This is the same area 2 Kiskadees were in 
last year. 

Jim Hinson
Houston, Tx.

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Subject: PEARLAND RAPTOR UPDATE
From: "Mira M Pellerin" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mirampellerin@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 13:14:53 -0400
While driving home from the bone Doc's office on 288, I was driving down Cty 
rd. 101 near FM 1128 when it began to rain. I saw a dark raptor that impressed 
me as being a TV; however,it did have a light colored rump. So, I turned around 
at the next intersection (Harkey Rd.), and sure enough, it was an adult Crested 
Caracara; Not all that unusual here, but it has been a few months since I have 
seen one in Pearland. 


Bone doc.'s diagnosis: a cracked humerus from a fall I had 2 weeks ago. 
Prognosis: it will heal OK on it's own. 



Mira M. Pellerin

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Subject: Calliope Hummingbird Utley
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 10:44:34 -0500
.
There is a tiny female here feeding on Tropical Sage and Ruellia.  Iffen
locals wish to come out today only, I will be around/available but will
also have some plumbers coming in as well.  I have not seen the bird at the
feeder yet but likely the Ruby-throated keep it fended off.
**********************************************************************
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: Painted Redstart at Brooks County rest stop
From: Jld <flordans AT comcast.net>
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 08:47:18 -0500
Located the Painted Redstart Wednesday afternoon around 3:30 pm. First found it 
at S end shelter with three tables, then again at N end just past the gate 
leading to water feature in oak trees. Also quickly saw an adult male Summer 
Tanager, adult male Golden Fronted Woodpecker, numerous Green Jays, and several 
male and female Bluebirds. 


Joy Dansby
Houston, but visiting the Valley at present

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Subject: RAPTOR SIGHTINGS IN PEARLAND
From: "Mira M Pellerin" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mirampellerin@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 09:25:57 -0400
This week, while out riding my trike, or driving locally, I have seen or heard 
the following raptors: 


1) A beautiful adult white morph Swainson's hawk flying low yesterday over 
Highway a 35 and Cty Road 101 (near the Pearland HS). 



2) Big mother of an adult female Cooper's Hawk seen in my neighborhood near 
Cty. Road 101 and FM 1128 



3) Heard only, an E.Screech Owl flying across my street at 8 PM last night. It 
was moving fairly fast, as it gave the typical adult call and trill. It must 
have been looking some thing? 



4) An juvenile raptor of unknown species (a drive by) perched on a sign near 
the intersection of FM 1128 and Magnolia St. At first I thought it maybe a 
juvie Red-shouldered, but it's posture was not what I expected it to be. I went 
by later, but could not re-find it. 



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Subject: Re: Texas Pelagics last trip for 2014 - Saturday October 25th from South Padre Island
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:12:50 -0500
Oh man!...An Oct. trip!!  Should be awesome. What an incredible trip you
folks had this last w/e....Melon-heads would be a lifer for this fellow too!
**********************************************************************
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503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

On Wed, Sep 24, 2014 at 8:07 PM, Garett Hodne 
wrote:

> Texbirders and Pelagic  Fanatics,
> This past September 20th trip was so fantastic that we've decided to run
> one
> more last trip (weather permitting) for 2014. The date is Saturday October
> 25th, 2014. The September trip had an amazing 10 species of seabirds,  a
> number that has been reached only once before in 20 years of Texas
> Pelagics.
> In addition we had 4 pods of Sperm Whales (16-18 individuals) and a huge
> pod
> of Melon-headed Whales  (200+) which no one on board had ever seen before.
> Weather permitting we will cruise to the same vicinity that these mammals
> were seen on the October trip.
>
>
>
> List of seabird species seen on September 20th trip:
>
> 1. Audubon's Shearwater
>
> 2. Cory's Shearwater
>
> 3. Band-rumped Storm-Petrel
>
> 4. Bridled Tern
>
> 5. Sooty tern
>
> 6. Magnificent Frigatebird
>
> 7. Masked Booby
>
> 8. Pomarine Jaeger
>
> 9. Parasitic Jaeger
>
> 10. Long-tailed Jaeger
>
>
>
> These are not-for-profit trips that I am organizing where the cost per
> participant is $150. If you are interested in attending this trip email me
> at garyhodne AT earthlink.net  for more details and reservations as soon as
> possible. We need to have twenty-eight participants by Oct 8 to ensure we
> can cover the cost of the charter.  Without enough participants by that
> deadline the trip may have to be cancelled. For cancellations due to not
> enough participants or rough seas preventing the trip from going full
> refunds will be made.
>
>
>
> These trips leave from the southern tip of South Padre Island, aboard the
> Osprey .  The good folks at Osprey Cruises have been involved with Texas
> Pelagics for over 14 years and their captains are familiar with where we
> need to go and also are quite good at spotting birds with us.   These are
> all-day trips, leaving the docks at 6am, and returning 12 hours later at
> 6pm. We motor out to deep-water (takes approximately 3 hours to get there),
> spend the next several hours working the area off the shelf in deep pelagic
> waters and then return back to dry land by around 6pm.  Leaders for this
> trip will include Brad McKinney, Dwight Peake, Eric Carpenter, Mary
> Gustafson, Petra Hockey, Randy Pinkston and myself.  Each of these leaders
> are passionate about Texas Pelagics and have more experience on them than
> anyone else in the offshore Texas Gulf of Mexico.
>
>
>
> These Gulf of Mexico Pelagic trips  typically don't yield high numbers of
> birds but we seem to always make up for it with a high quality sighting or
> discovery. In the last few years, some of the better birds have included
> Red-billed Tropicbird, Great Shearwater, and Sooty Shearwater.  One trip
> was
> fortunate enough to have a mixed species flock that included both Brown
> Noddy and Brown Booby in the same binocular view/camera viewfinder!  And of
> course in Sept 2003 we had an incredible Yellow-nosed Albatross encounter!
> It is exciting possibilities like this that keeps folks coming back for
> more.
>
>
>
> The regular species we expect to find during the course of the season
> include Audubon's and Cory's Shearwaters, Band-rumped and Leach's
> Storm-Petrels, Bridled and Sooty Terns, Masked Booby, Pomarine Jaeger and
> Magnificent Frigatebird.  A full rundown of the species list for Offshore
> Texas Pelagics can be found at:
>
> http://texaspelagics.com/pelagic-sea-birds/tx-seabirds/
>
>
>
> And of course, when there aren't great birds around, sometimes other marine
> life activity steals the show.  We routinely get Bottlenose Dolphins and
> Atlantic spotted dolphins on most trips. We have had frequent encounters
> with Whale Sharks, like the August 2011 trip where an absolutely monstrous
> Whale Shark  bumped into the boat. Check out the photos of it about
> half-way
> through the slide-show from that trip at:
>
> http://www.texaspelagics.com/trips/20110827/index.html
>
>
>
> Large pods of Sperm Whales have been encountered on three trips since 2005.
> When you factor in that only about 12 of our Texas Pelagics have been to
> the
> really deep waters favored by Sperm Whales the odds of seeing them on a
> Texas Pelagic are decent now that we've modified our course to head
> easterly
> to deeper waters.   In addition we have had encounters with large pods of
> Risso's Dolphins, Short-fined Pilot Whales, Melon-headed Whales and
> Rough-toothed Dolphins.
>
>
>
> More information on these trips and on Texas Pelagics (including photos
> from
> previous trips and what species can be expected) can be found at this
> informative website:
>
> http://www.texaspelagics.com/
>
>
>
> Also there is a Facebook page for Texas Pelagics.
>
> https://www.facebook.com/pages/Texas-Pelagics/173057036078295?ref=hl
>
>
>
> And a Facebook group for Texas Pelagics.
>
> https://www.facebook.com/groups/219671194850690/
>
>
>
> Please check these out for more information as well
>
>
>
> I hope you'll join us.
>
>
>
> Gary Hodne
>
> The Woodlands, TX
>
>
>
>
>
> www.GarettHodne.com 
>
>
>
>
>
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Subject: Texas Pelagics last trip for 2014 - Saturday October 25th from South Padre Island
From: "Garett Hodne" <garyhodne AT earthlink.net>
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:07:09 -0500
Texbirders and Pelagic  Fanatics,
This past September 20th trip was so fantastic that we've decided to run one
more last trip (weather permitting) for 2014. The date is Saturday October
25th, 2014. The September trip had an amazing 10 species of seabirds,  a
number that has been reached only once before in 20 years of Texas Pelagics.
In addition we had 4 pods of Sperm Whales (16-18 individuals) and a huge pod
of Melon-headed Whales  (200+) which no one on board had ever seen before.
Weather permitting we will cruise to the same vicinity that these mammals
were seen on the October trip. 

 

List of seabird species seen on September 20th trip:

1. Audubon's Shearwater 

2. Cory's Shearwater 

3. Band-rumped Storm-Petrel

4. Bridled Tern

5. Sooty tern

6. Magnificent Frigatebird

7. Masked Booby

8. Pomarine Jaeger 

9. Parasitic Jaeger 

10. Long-tailed Jaeger 

 

These are not-for-profit trips that I am organizing where the cost per
participant is $150. If you are interested in attending this trip email me
at garyhodne AT earthlink.net  for more details and reservations as soon as
possible. We need to have twenty-eight participants by Oct 8 to ensure we
can cover the cost of the charter.  Without enough participants by that
deadline the trip may have to be cancelled. For cancellations due to not
enough participants or rough seas preventing the trip from going full
refunds will be made. 

 

These trips leave from the southern tip of South Padre Island, aboard the
Osprey .  The good folks at Osprey Cruises have been involved with Texas
Pelagics for over 14 years and their captains are familiar with where we
need to go and also are quite good at spotting birds with us.   These are
all-day trips, leaving the docks at 6am, and returning 12 hours later at
6pm. We motor out to deep-water (takes approximately 3 hours to get there),
spend the next several hours working the area off the shelf in deep pelagic
waters and then return back to dry land by around 6pm.  Leaders for this
trip will include Brad McKinney, Dwight Peake, Eric Carpenter, Mary
Gustafson, Petra Hockey, Randy Pinkston and myself.  Each of these leaders
are passionate about Texas Pelagics and have more experience on them than
anyone else in the offshore Texas Gulf of Mexico.

 

These Gulf of Mexico Pelagic trips  typically don't yield high numbers of
birds but we seem to always make up for it with a high quality sighting or
discovery. In the last few years, some of the better birds have included
Red-billed Tropicbird, Great Shearwater, and Sooty Shearwater.  One trip was
fortunate enough to have a mixed species flock that included both Brown
Noddy and Brown Booby in the same binocular view/camera viewfinder!  And of
course in Sept 2003 we had an incredible Yellow-nosed Albatross encounter!
It is exciting possibilities like this that keeps folks coming back for
more.  

 

The regular species we expect to find during the course of the season
include Audubon's and Cory's Shearwaters, Band-rumped and Leach's
Storm-Petrels, Bridled and Sooty Terns, Masked Booby, Pomarine Jaeger and
Magnificent Frigatebird.  A full rundown of the species list for Offshore
Texas Pelagics can be found at:

http://texaspelagics.com/pelagic-sea-birds/tx-seabirds/ 

 

And of course, when there aren't great birds around, sometimes other marine
life activity steals the show.  We routinely get Bottlenose Dolphins and
Atlantic spotted dolphins on most trips. We have had frequent encounters
with Whale Sharks, like the August 2011 trip where an absolutely monstrous
Whale Shark  bumped into the boat. Check out the photos of it about half-way
through the slide-show from that trip at: 

http://www.texaspelagics.com/trips/20110827/index.html

 

Large pods of Sperm Whales have been encountered on three trips since 2005.
When you factor in that only about 12 of our Texas Pelagics have been to the
really deep waters favored by Sperm Whales the odds of seeing them on a
Texas Pelagic are decent now that we've modified our course to head easterly
to deeper waters.   In addition we have had encounters with large pods of
Risso's Dolphins, Short-fined Pilot Whales, Melon-headed Whales and
Rough-toothed Dolphins.  

 

More information on these trips and on Texas Pelagics (including photos from
previous trips and what species can be expected) can be found at this
informative website:

http://www.texaspelagics.com/

 

Also there is a Facebook page for Texas Pelagics.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Texas-Pelagics/173057036078295?ref=hl

 

And a Facebook group for Texas Pelagics. 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/219671194850690/

 

Please check these out for more information as well

 

I hope you'll join us.

 

Gary Hodne

The Woodlands, TX

 

 

www.GarettHodne.com   

 



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Subject: Tyler State Park 9-24-2014
From: Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:00:30 +0000
Howdy All!
Interesting day at the park. The hawks were a no show but there were other 
interesting birds moving around. The most interesting being the Baltimore x 
Bullock's Hybrid Oriole that was hanging around the Blackjack Nature Trail. 
This bird had the black head and orange "shoulder" patch of an adult male 
Baltimore but the big white patch on its wing coverts, just below the orange 
shoulder of a Bullock's. The color was a little more yellowish-orange like a 
Bullock's rather than the striking orange of the Baltimore. 


This Saturday, Sept. 27th, we are going to have a hawk watch here at the lake 
dam from 8:15am to 12 noon. Maybe a little longer if the hawks show in good 
numbers. Come on out and join us! 


Here is the list:


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

Sep 24, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling

2.0 mile(s)

28 species (+2 other taxa)



Wood Duck  1

Pied-billed Grebe  2

Black Vulture  10

Turkey Vulture  7

Cooper's Hawk  2

Red-shouldered Hawk  1

Mourning Dove  2

Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2

Red-headed Woodpecker  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  2

Downy Woodpecker  1

Hairy Woodpecker  2

Northern Flicker  2

Pileated Woodpecker  2

Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  1

White-eyed Vireo  1

Blue Jay  4

American Crow  7

Barn Swallow  2

Carolina Chickadee  5

Tufted Titmouse  3

White-breasted Nuthatch  2

Carolina Wren  7

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1

Brown Thrasher  1

Pine Warbler  3

Summer Tanager  1

Northern Cardinal  10

Indigo Bunting  2

Bullock's x Baltimore Oriole (hybrid)  1



Good birding!


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

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

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Subject: Birds at Estero
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "imhuck3@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 16:45:00 -0400
Howdy Texbirders,
 
 Took a 4 hour walk around the park this morning picking up 70+ species of 
birds. Highlights were an American Bittern, lots of Warbling Vireos, Wilson's 
and Yellow Warblers,Broad-winged Hawks, Groove-billed Anis are still around, 
Green and Ringed Kingfishers and of course our Common Pauraques were a life 
bird for a couple that were visiting from North Texas. Ruby-throats are winding 
down but the Buff-bellies seem to be everywhere. Tropical Kingbirds have 
returned to Estero in mass and are singing their hearts out. Anyway, lots of 
things showing up, so if you ain't here, you gonna miss them. Our birdwalks 
start at 8:30 AM, both Saturday and Sunday mornings. Arrive at 8 and we will 
call out birds from the deck before our walk. Hope to see ya, then. 

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

 Huck Hutchens, Park Host, Estero Llano Grande SP/WBC
 Weslaco, Texas

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Subject: Ten Mile Creek - Lancaster, Texas
From: Claudia Anderson <claudia6183 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:46:51 -0500
Still quite a bit of activity at Ten Mile Creek.  Saw two Downy Woodpeckers
and 2 Red-bellied.  Juvenile Eastern Bluebirds are still numerous.
Carolina Chickadees and Eastern Phoebes were really flitting about and
talking.  Two Blue Jays were calling back and forth to each other across an
open area and Red Birds were singing there hearts out in the sunshine.
Others calls were heard, but I am not familiar with who sounds like who...
beautiful time spent.
-- 
Claudia Anderson
Lancaster, Texas


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Subject: Call for presenters
From: "Jim Hailey" <irasciblej AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:13:14 -0500
If any of you out there would like to present an afternoon program at the El
Paso winter TOS meeting, January 15-19, 2015, please contact me and provide
me with your topic.  These programs should be about 45 minutes long.  

Jim Hailey, President
Texas Ornithological Society
110 Lavaca Lane
Georgetown, TX 78628
Phone: 361-522-3522
Email: irasciblej AT gmail.com
Website: www.texasbirds.org


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Subject: Kudos to Corpus Hawkwatch volunteers
From: Jane F Tillman <jtillman AT utexas.edu>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:33:08 -0500
A short stop there Sunday p.m. yielded two big flights of Broad-winged
Hawks and a group of 70 or so Anhingas. The hummingbird feeders in three
spots were doing great business, and the new bird blind drip was a plus
too, with Green Jay, Bronzed Cowbirds, five dove species including
White-tipped, and lots of other usual suspects.
The volunteers are doing wonderful outreach with the public, making us feel
quite welcome.  Encourage your non-birding friends to drop by - it may turn
them on to birds.
Thanks so much for a great experience.

Jane Tillman
Austin


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Subject: South Padre Island: tidal flooding (few shorebirds) + large movement of BLACK TERNS
From: "Rex Stanford" <calidris AT mindspring.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 23:03:16 -0500
Yesterday (Monday, 09/22/14) we birded several Cameron County areas in
search, largely, of shorebirds but with an interest also in other migrants.
We will list the sites in order of visitation.

LA FERIA SOD FIELD (viewed from FM-3076) and WEAVER ROAD SOD FIELDS (between
FM-800 and Jimenez Rd.): No shorebirds were found at either site.

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: We studies birds present on the entirely tide-flooded
sandy beach area north of the Convention Center; time ca. 3:00- 4:15 PM: The
tidal waters, probably aided substantially by recent rains draining into
Laguna Madre ("the bay"), were very high and extended over virtually all the
area except for a short, higher, area around the entrance just past the toll
booth. The only shorebirds, gulls, and terns resting in the area were in a
loosely structured west-to-east line, broader where the gulls were present,
but all more or less in the middle of the flooded area. We first studied the
birds here from the parking lot north of the entry road and east of the CC
building, but the view was very distant even at 60X in a scope, so we moved
to the parking area immediately north of the CC, which provided both a
closer view and a better sun angle (and the sun was starting to emerge more
from the clouds than earlier). For us the most exciting species found here
were the many hundreds of BLACK TERNS (none in anything like full breeding
plumage). We estimated that at least 800 Black Terns were present. They were
arrayed from one end of this very long string of water birds to the other, a
very attractive crowd with their sleek, well-tapered forms, thanks to their
long, slender, pointed wings. This species is, to our eyes, the picture of
avian grace, and when it takes to the air it is something of a wonder to
behold. In low-level slow, languid flight, it has a butterfly-like buoyancy
and a fluttery style, at times a dreamy sight. When it rises higher, whether
in pursuit of its insect prey or in respect to disturbance, its speed and
pinpoint, instant maneuverability make one understand why this swift and
agile creature is capable of catching dragonflies in the air, although
dragonflies may be the swiftest and most maneuverable of insects! These
terns' flight, when some disturbance momentarily sent the whole flock into
the air, was exciting to watch and made us wish we had been ready to capture
it on video. Aerial acrobatics of superb style and finesse aptly describes
their agility, swiftness, and grace. We were glad we had taken the time to
watch them.

Early in our visit to this flooded bayside sandflats a group of 15 WESTERN
SANDPIPERS, like the other birds in this shallow water, had arranged
themselves in linear fashion west-to-east. Individuals rather constantly
wandered about amongst the line of their kind, seemingly restless and
uncertain about what to do next. They soon took flight. Near the west end of
the long line of shorebirds were several WILLETS. Most of them seemed
compatible with the Western subspecies-and bit like chopped-down godwits
(but of not in feather coloration or bill shape)--and one or two others like
the Eastern subspecies. Right ahead (east) of them were MARBLED GODWITS (7),
and their greater size, their shape and their strikingly warm color gave
away their identity, despite every one having its bill tucked, snoozing
peaceably. Thus they stayed during our entire visit, probably tired and
needing rest for their upcoming travel. Several SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS were
present but were hard accurately to count due to body overlap as viewed from
that distance. We did not try to sort out the gulls, but most certainly
were, as expected, LAUGHING GULLS. We did study the other tern species and
found a large (but uncounted) number of ROYAL TERNS, CASPIAN TERN (2, at
least), and FORSTER'S TERN (a few). (By the way, the circular drive beside
the CC was blocked off before one enters it alongside the building, due to
renovation of the building.)

TX-48 BOAT LAUNCH AREA (late afternoon): This area was widely flooded, and
most of the areas that have hosted shorebirds on our previous visits were
decidedly inhospitable on account of being well covered by water. Virtually
all of the oyster beds were covered with water, so it is not surprising we
did not find American Oystercatcher on this visit (although we often have).
We found BLACK-NECKED STILT (est. 20), RUDDY TURNSTONE (1) and SANDERLING
(1). An immature (e.g., black-billed) white-morph REDDISH EGRET was the
indubitable star of the show at this site, with its foraging dances and that
elegant, sleek, pure white form. The shaggiest, wettest, and most beat-up
looking GREAT BLUE HERON we ever have seen added something of comic relief
to the scene. The terns were FORSTER'S TERN (est. 10-12), CASPIAN TERN (4),
and SANDWICH TERN (1). The terns often were in the air, circulating over the
flooded channel area, making a flashy showing in the emergent late afternoon
light.

Our Bird of the Day Award goes, with no reservation, to the Black Terns, for
their number (the largest number we recall ever having seen on a single
site), their featural beauty, and their spectacular grace and skill of
flight. On a day of very slow birding, they were a particularly welcome
sight, but they garner our attention at every encounter. As this nation's
only expected Chlidonias tern, they are a decidedly different creature, one
that brings to the birding experience a welcome uniqueness and a special
kind of elegance.

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


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Subject: Re: Save The Date: Big Sit Richland Creek WMA North Unit
From: D D Currie <ddbirder AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 20:16:10 -0500
Just a reminder about the Richland Creek WMA North Unit Big Sit.
Dell and I (and hopefully others) will be starting at 4am, but anyone who
wants to participate can come any time during the day and you can stay
however long you want to stay.

We're narrowing down our Big Sit location as water levels continue to
change at the WMA.

Will continue to post updates between now and the week of the event.

Don't let a few hogs, gnats, and skeeters keep you from visiting this great
place.

D.D. Currie
On Sun, Sep 14, 2014 at 5:30 PM, D D Currie  wrote:

> Dell and I are holding the 2nd Annual Big Sit at Richland Creek WMA North
> Unit on October 11th (rain date October 12th).  We'll be starting at 4am
> and will go until we can't go no more.   The North Unit is located
> approximately 25 miles east of Corsicana off of HWY 287 just east of FM 488.
>
> Last year, we had great fun in the form of a herd of feral
> hogs, mosquitos the size of B-2 bombers, great swarms of gnats, 
thunderstorms, high 

> winds, lightning, water moccasins, AND.....the very good company of some
> fine birders, and some really great birds.  Despite all that (or because of
> all that??), our team came in 6th across the U.S. for highest number of
> species seen (82). It was quite a memorable experience and really was a lot
> of fun!
>
> We will be posting more details after we nail down our location within the
> WMA.
>
> Just a reminder:  you will need a Limited Public Use Permit to enter
> the WMA.  They can be purchased anywhere you can buy a hunting or fishing
> license for $12 or can be purchased online at:
> http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/licenses/online_sales/  for an
> additional $5 handling fee.  The permit number is 175.
>
> If you want to participate, PLEASE NOTE:  there are no restrooms at the
> WMA,but plenty of trees and bushes. There is also a convenience store 6
> miles down the road in Cayuga that makes some great breakfast sandwiches.
> Suggest bringing a chair, water/drinks, food, sunscreen, bug spray, hat,
> rain gear, flashlight if coming at 4am.  Be prepared for changing weather
> conditions.  If you get bored with the Big Sit, there are 2500 acres within
> the WMA you can bird.
>
> If you are interested, please let me know, especially if you are coming at
> 4am.
>
> More info to come......
>
> D. D. Currie
>
>
>


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Subject: Ten Mile Creek - Lancaster, TX
From: Claudia Anderson <claudia6183 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 19:33:33 -0500
Saw several Eastern Phoebes, Eastern Bluebirds, Carolina Chickadees, Turkey
Vultures and a beautiful male Scarlet Tanager.  Also, a couple of Downy
Woodpeckers and a female Golden-fronted Woodpecker.  Could hear some
warblers in the distance, but no visual.
-- 
Claudia Anderson
Lancaster, Texas


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Subject: RFI: Black-throated Blue Warbler in Port Aransas
From: Lee Pasquali <l.pasquali.birds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:56:23 -0500
Has anyone seen the Black-throated Blue Warbler in Port Aransas today?
A positive or negative response will be greatly appreciated.

Lee Pasquali
North San Antonio


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Subject: Tuesday morning birding, Hagerman NWR
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:09:12 -0500
When we started the day it was calm, the temperature was in the mid fifties and 
the sun was shining, all the makings for a marvelous birding day. And a 
marvelous day it was. Early on we spent a lot of time at the bottom of the hill 
at Goode which continues to be a productive location. There were hundreds of 
swallows flying back and forth over the Smartweed. They were too distant to 
identify as to specie. Forster's Terns were flying back and forth over the 
lake. 

At times we would see flocks of ducks arising from the Smartweed and almost 
immediately settling back down. A group of 8 American Avocets flew in and 
landed nearby close to a group of Greater Yellowlegs. Then we spotted an Osprey 
on the far side of the lake but too far for good looks. Then we continued on to 
Dead Woman Pond where there was a lot of action. Upon arrival a second year 
Bald Eagle flew up from near the water and landed in a tree in the back. We 
then saw an Osprey sitting not far from the eagle. The Osprey then flew in 
front of us giving a great view, later returning to another perch. There was 
also a Cooper's Hawk and a Northern Flicker sitting in the trees while 
Red-headed Woodpeckers flew back and forth being their usual noisy selves. On 
Wildlife drive we had spectacular views of a Merlin up close. We also saw the 
first Northern Harrier of the season. We finished the day with 53 species. They 
were sowing wheat today so hopefully it will rain so the seeds 

 will sprout and be flourishing when the geese arrive near the first of 
November. 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S19917796
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Subject: Katy Prairie Prairie Warblers (9/23)
From: James Hinson <jmhinson AT att.net>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 11:47:12 -0700
Birded the Katy Prairie this morning and was able to find 2 Prairie Warblers, 
one an immature female, and the other a male. Both birds were found in Waller 
County on Pattison Rd. on the south side of the bridge. 

Jim Hinson
Houston, Tx.

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Subject: Whooping Cranes
From: Mark Klym <Mark.Klym AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 14:55:30 +0000
At least four adult Whooping Cranes are in Texas at the National Wildlife 
Refuge already. Amazingly these birds arrived without being seen anywhere along 
the migration route. 


As many of you know, Texas Parks and Wildlife and the United States Fish and 
Wildlife Service track Whooping Cranes during migration and Texas Parks and 
Wildlife continues to monitor Whooping Crane reports on those away from the 
refuge through the winter. We would appreciate the help of any birders who see 
these birds during migration or over the winter. A note sent to myself 
(mark.klym AT tpwd.texas.gov) would be welcomed 


Thank you for your assistance.

Mark Klym
Information Specialist Wildlife Diversity
944 Hwy 71 East suite 100
Bastrop TX 78602


https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Texas-Wildlife-Diversity-Program-Texas-Parks-and-Wildlife-Dept/202258796511399 


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Subject: Hawk Migration
From: John Ebner <john.ebner AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:13:36 -0700
This morning we observed about 500 broadwings lifting off from the area just 
north of our house in Sharyland, Mission, TX. There were several kettles of 
approximately 30 to 79 birds. Looked for other birds mixed in with them, but 
found none. 

John Ebner
Mission, TX

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Subject: Tuesday Bird Walk @ Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, Hidalgo Co.
From: Javier Gonzalez <javsterkayak7 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:54:04 -0500
Hello, Texbirders
We had some very enjoyable fresh weather this morning on our bird walk.

Migration continues with FOS *Osprey*, *Warbling Vireos*, and *Indigo
Buntings*!

RGV specialties like *Ringed Kingfisher *and *Green Kingfisher* have been
reliable in the mornings at the North Pond recently.

*Belted Kingfisher *was there last week, but was not seen this morning. All
three North American Kingfishers can be found in the park this time of
year.

*Warblers* have been good in the mesquites around the canal and South Pond.
13 species have been seen this month so far. They include; *Nashville,
Yellow, Black-throated Green, Yellow-throated, Black-and-White, American
Redstart, Northern Waterthrush, Mourning, Canada, Wilsons, Hooded, Common
Yellowthroat, and Yellow-breasted Chat.*

Bird walks happening every Tuesday morning starting at 8:30am! Join us next
week!

Check out the full morning's list below

Good Birding to all!
Naturalist Educator,
-Javi Gonzalez

Edinburg Scenic Wetlands WBC (LTC 061), Hidalgo, US-TX
Sep 23, 2014 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Protocol: Area
40.0 ac
Comments:     Tuesday Bird Walk
53 species (+2 other taxa)

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck  60
Plain Chachalaca  5
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Neotropic Cormorant  35
Anhinga  3
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  4
Tricolored Heron  1
Cattle Egret  25
Green Heron  3
Black-crowned Night-Heron  2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  2
Osprey  1
Common Gallinule  1
American Coot  1
Black-necked Stilt  1
Killdeer  3
Spotted Sandpiper  2
Inca Dove  3
White-tipped Dove  1
White-winged Dove  6
Mourning Dove  3
Groove-billed Ani  1
Ruby-throated Hummingbird  2
Buff-bellied Hummingbird  3
Ringed Kingfisher  2
Green Kingfisher  2
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  4
Ladder-backed Woodpecker  1
Alder/Willow Flycatcher (Traill's Flycatcher)  2
Great Crested Flycatcher  1
Brown-crested Flycatcher  1
Great Kiskadee  3
Tropical/Couch's Kingbird  1
Loggerhead Shrike  1
White-eyed Vireo  3
Warbling Vireo  3     FOS of fall season
< a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/111437145 AT N04/15309674846"
title="Warbling Vireo 9/23/14 by EWBC Naturalist EWBC, on Flickr">Warbling Vireo 9/23/14
Barn Swallow  3
Black-crested Titmouse  1
Bewick's Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  3
Curve-billed Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  4
Black-and-white Warbler  1
Nashville Warbler  1
Yellow Warbler  2
Wilson's Warbler  3
Yellow-breasted Chat  2
Olive Sparrow  1
Northern Cardinal  4
Indigo Bunting  1
Painted Bunting  2
Great-tailed Grackle  X
Lesser Goldfinch  4


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Subject: February Owl Trip
From: "Jim Hailey" <irasciblej AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:32:16 -0500
There are four spots remaining on this trip.  You can get the details by
following this link http://www.texasbirds.org/  If you want to hold a spot
contact me at the email address below.

Jim Hailey, President
Texas Ornithological Society
110 Lavaca Lane
Georgetown, TX 78628
Phone: 361-522-3522
Email: irasciblej AT gmail.com
Website: www.texasbirds.org


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Subject: Red Bluff Res.
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:28:38 -0500
.
Should be some mighty fine birding there this fall and winter!
http://www.waterdatafortexas.org/reservoirs/individual/red-bluff
**********************************************************************
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: Brown Booby still at Baytown Nature Center. SITTING on second tower from land. Closest I have seen it yet.
From: "dhanson139 AT aol.com" <dmarc-noreply@freelists.org> (Redacted sender "dhanson139@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:26:29 -0500
tvz{oaxL AT WOIJfh
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Subject: Re: Tyler State Park Hawk migration
From: Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:44:52 +0000
Oops. Okay so the Eared Grebe are really supposed to be Pied-billed. Sorry for 
the confusion. 


Boyd Sanders
Interpreter
Tyler State Park
(903)597-5338
Boyd.sanders AT tpwd.texas.gov

-----Original Message-----
From: texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of Boyd Sanders 

Sent: Tuesday, September 23, 2014 11:38 AM
To: texbirds AT freelists.org
Subject: [texbirds] Tyler State Park Hawk migration

So far this morning, we have had a few kettles of Broad-winged Hawks making 
their way over the park, 52 so far. Lots of swallows coming over too. The only 
reason, I'm still not outdoors is I have a meeting and then its right back 
outside. I'm hoping this keeps up here through the weekend. 

Here's the list:

Tyler SP (PPW-E 065), Smith, US-TX
Sep 23, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
27 species

Eared Grebe  5
Black Vulture  8
Turkey Vulture  5
Mississippi Kite  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Broad-winged Hawk  52
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  3
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  6
Tree Swallow  1
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  5
Cliff Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Eastern Bluebird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Pine Warbler  4
Northern Cardinal  2

Good birding!

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

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

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Subject: Tyler State Park Hawk migration
From: Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 16:37:49 +0000
So far this morning, we have had a few kettles of Broad-winged Hawks making 
their way over the park, 52 so far. Lots of swallows coming over too. The only 
reason, I'm still not outdoors is I have a meeting and then its right back 
outside. I'm hoping this keeps up here through the weekend. 

Here's the list:

Tyler SP (PPW-E 065), Smith, US-TX
Sep 23, 2014 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
27 species

Eared Grebe  5
Black Vulture  8
Turkey Vulture  5
Mississippi Kite  1
Red-shouldered Hawk  1
Broad-winged Hawk  52
Red-headed Woodpecker  1
Red-bellied Woodpecker  2
Downy Woodpecker  1
Hairy Woodpecker  1
Northern Flicker  1
Pileated Woodpecker  3
White-eyed Vireo  1
Blue Jay  3
American Crow  6
Tree Swallow  1
Bank Swallow  1
Barn Swallow  5
Cliff Swallow  3
Carolina Chickadee  2
Tufted Titmouse  1
Carolina Wren  2
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Eastern Bluebird  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
Pine Warbler  4
Northern Cardinal  2

Good birding!

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

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Subject: Re: Flamingo reported flying near Pearland/Hwy 35
From: "Mira M Pellerin" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mirampellerin@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 12:36:22 -0400
Interesting, because I thought that I saw one about 1 week ago flying over the 
wastewater treatment pond on Magnolia St.. But it was raining, and I did not 
stop; I assumed it was Roseate spoonbill! 

 This location is about 2.5  miles from Highway 35..

Mira M. Pellerin
Pearland, TX



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Subject: [texbirds] Flamingo reported flying near Pearland/Hwy 35


A friend reported a Flamingo near Pearland/Hwy 35 flying toward  Galveston. 
 Please report it if anyone sees it.
 
 
Stennie Meadours
San Leon
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Subject: Devine Lake 9/22--- FOS Harrier
From: Randy Duncan <osufight AT att.net>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:12:07 -0700
Randy Duncan
Leander TX

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Subject: Re: How can I post?
From: David Sarkozi <david AT sarkozi.net>
Date: Tue, 23 Sep 2014 09:11:01 -0500
Have you sent an email to texbirds AT freelists.org ? even a non
subscriber can post, be sure and include your full name and location
at the end of the message

On Sat, Sep 20, 2014 at 5:32 PM, Nathaniel Nye  wrote:
> Hello,
>
> I'm a birdwatcher and recently moved to San Antonio from Maryland. I would
> love to post some of my sightings, but currently am getting "rejection"
> messages.  Please advise.
>
> Thanks,
> Nate
>
> Nathaniel S. Nye, MD
> Capt, USAF, MC
> Primary Care Sports Medicine
> Staff Physician, Lackland AFB



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