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25 Nov Anahuac today, juncos, yellow rail, 10+ bald eagles, geese hordes and both whistling ducks [Joseph Kennedy ]
25 Nov Date correction: Speaking of songs and Texas birds ["Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" ]
25 Nov Last chance Yellow rail day tomorrow on 1985 Chambers County [Joseph Kennedy ]
25 Nov Tuesday morning birding, Hagerman NWR. [Jack Chiles ]
25 Nov Speaking of songs and Texas birds ["Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" ]
25 Nov Re: Common Crane YES - 11/26 (Slightly-off-topic-Update) [Clay Taylor ]
25 Nov Two Common Cranes at Muleshoe NWR ["Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" ]
25 Nov Lake Pflugerville and surrounding roads - Merlin, Canvasbacks, Harris's Sparrow, Western Meadowlarks [Christian Walker ]
25 Nov Common Crane just reported from Muleshoe NWR [Anthony Hewetson ]
25 Nov Davis Mountains CBC [Mark Lockwood ]
25 Nov Odd Harris's Hawk on King Ranch [Jim Sinclair ]
25 Nov Common Crane 11/24 [Beth McBroom ]
24 Nov Re: birding's future [Cecilia-home ]
24 Nov Coastal Bend Etc 11/24 [Jon McIntyre ]
24 Nov Lubbock Herring Gull becoming a Nemesis for the year [Anthony Hewetson ]
24 Nov Re: Common Crane [Eric Carpenter ]
24 Nov Two Common Cranes in Bailey County [Anthony Hewetson ]
24 Nov Mountain Bluebird and Couch's Kingbird Jefferson Co YES ["" ]
24 Nov Lubbock Area Christmas Bird Counts - 4th Announcement [Anthony Hewetson ]
24 Nov Common Crane [Anthony Hewetson ]
24 Nov Re: birding's future []
24 Nov Common Crane YES - 11/26 [Clay Taylor ]
24 Nov Re: birding's future [Ervin Fleming ]
24 Nov Re: birding's future ["Brown, Sheila M." ]
24 Nov Texas Parks and Wildlife re Common Cranes... [Mt Woman ]
24 Nov CORRECTION!!!!!!!!!!!!! [Monte ]
24 Nov TOS Members please read ["Jim Hailey" ]
24 Nov Lk. Bastrop [Brush Freeman ]
24 Nov the weekend looong loop TXcty-Corpus-Aransas [Monte ]
24 Nov Re: birding's future ["" ]
23 Nov Black vultures ["Sue Small" ]
24 Nov birding's future [Ervin Fleming ]
24 Nov Ground Dove at Baytown ["" ]
24 Nov Seeking East Texas Co-Compiler for 2015 Rusty Blackbird Blitz [Richard Gibbons ]
24 Nov Panhandle Birding (long) [Dennis Shepler ]
24 Nov Pelicans [Janice Cunningham ]
24 Nov 2nd Rufous Hummingbird - Kurten [Shirley Wilkerson ]
23 Nov Non-chimeric Common Crane ["" ]
23 Nov Re: Canada goose and other exotics ["Frank Bumgardner" ]
23 Nov Anahuac today [David McDonald ]
23 Nov Couch's Kingbird Travis Co [Christian Walker ]
23 Nov More Lubbock highlights from today [Anthony Hewetson ]
23 Nov Canada goose and other exotics [Clayton Leopold ]
23 Nov Comments on the Cameron County Carpodacus Finch On Line ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
23 Nov Caddo Lake State Park [Gary Richards ]
23 Nov Mountain Bluebird Yes this morning [Kelley S ]
23 Nov Painted Red start @ Brooks ["" ]
23 Nov Lubbock highlights this morning [Anthony Hewetson ]
23 Nov Crane chase (longish) ["" ]
23 Nov Mountain Bluebird in Jefferson County [steve mayes ]
22 Nov Mountain Bluebird and Couch's Kingbird West Jefferson Co [HS Mail ]
22 Nov Western Grebe at Lake O' the Pines, Marion county [peter barnes ]
23 Nov Zone-tailed Hawk at Rancho Viejo (Cameron) ["bradmckinney AT juno.com" ]
22 Nov Pictures from the Star County Trip ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
22 Nov Might make it to 300 yet [Anthony Hewetson ]
22 Nov Virginia Rail photobombs Travis Audubon Sparrow Class field trip today, Saturday November 22, 2014 ["" ]
22 Nov Starr County Highlights ["Mary Beth Stowe" ]
22 Nov Request for Common Crane observer information [Anthony Hewetson ]
22 Nov Highlights from Common Crane trip - yesterday [Anthony Hewetson ]
22 Nov Common Crane YES!! [Chris Easley ]
22 Nov Lubbock Cemetery Highlights - Including Cassin's Finches [Anthony Hewetson ]
22 Nov LEAS Field Trip to Clapp Park, Lubbock - Today [Anthony Hewetson ]
22 Nov Baytown Nature Center Bird Count Results ["" ]
21 Nov Common Crane Locations to date - Bald Eagle at MNWR [Anthony Hewetson ]
21 Nov Common Crane just telocated [David Sarkozi ]
21 Nov White-tailed hawk and other pictures from the Katy Prairie [Joseph Kennedy ]
21 Nov Re: Western Grebes at Meadow Lake, Round Rock (Local interest) ["Rich Kostecke" ]
21 Nov Rainy Tyler SP 11-21-14 [Boyd Sanders ]
21 Nov Western Grebes at Meadow Lake, Round Rock (Local interest) [Tim Fennell ]
21 Nov Rosanky, Hill's Prairie areas, Bastrop County [Brush Freeman ]
21 Nov Cassin's vs. Purple Finch [Keith Arnold ]
21 Nov Re: West-most birds in Texas ["" ]
21 Nov Re: West-most birds in Texas ["" ]
21 Nov West-most birds in Texas [Chuck Sexton ]
20 Nov Austin Area RBA [Nate McGowan ]
20 Nov more on Rosy finch [Greg Lasley ]

Subject: Anahuac today, juncos, yellow rail, 10+ bald eagles, geese hordes and both whistling ducks
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:44:06 -0600
My plans for the day were to start at Anahuac and end at the Texas City
Dike like many of my trips but I never made it east of Skillern with too
many birds around.
Started off with bald eagles with 3 birds heading from the roost/nest? area
northeast of double bayou to Anahuac. Lots more there kept the geese moving
all morning and a couple of scares in the afternoon. I think I counted 10
bald eagles and perhaps a few more but they moved around a lot and I lost
count.

The osprey was on its roost along 521 away from the water for the 3rd
winter. The short-lived reign of a horned owl in the tree top ended several
weeks ago.

This is the best season for geese in the area that I remember for many
years. Most are snows with only a few white-fronted geese in their own
flocks. Ross' geese are scattered around in the flock and were easiest to
see in flight. The largest afternoon roost is on the west side of the
shoveler pond loop in the new burn area. They are joined by very large
flocks of dark ibis, spoonbills, most herons, ducks, brown pelicans etc.
Great todo when an eagle shows nearby. They see the eagle before I do.
Another very large flock down at Pear Orchard Road.

Best ducks in years at Shoveler pond. A couple hundred of ruddy ducks. 60
plus fulvous whistling ducks lingering like last year and plenty of
black-bellied too. The mix changed during the day with lots of mallard in
the morning and many diving ducks at mid-day. Bufflehead and common
goldeneye were good for the area and lots of ring-necked ducks too. Really
big flocks of dark ibis all around with only a few white ibis.

The vermilion flycatchers near the buildings continue. Down in the salt
cedars where the road to frozen point hits the bay there was a flock of
chipping and clay-colored sparrows, dark-eyed juncos and pine warblers in
addition to butterbuts and swamp sparrows.

The rice harvest was on. An area south of 1985 just got started when I
stopped. Several bitterns, 1 yellow rail and lots of sparrows flushed.
Later birds on the north side of 1985 were mainly sparrows. The geese,
ibis, grackles, blackbirds etc move in right after the combines.

Hawks were in lower numbers than past years in line with the hawk watch
results. Maybe harriers down most but also fewer red-tailed hawks. 3 widely
separated krider's red-tails, a white-tail, merlin and peregrine were the
best for the day. Good proportion of gray ghosts among the harriers.

Just lots and lots of birds and many very tame birds. But very few
meadowlarks, savannah sparrows etc unless they were out in the uncut rice.
Lots of phoebes everywhere. The mix of birds was not what I usually get in
the area so a great day.

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


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Subject: Date correction: Speaking of songs and Texas birds
From: "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" <Fred_Collins AT hctx.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 23:05:33 +0000
Surely you recall the great western song

Out in the West Texas town of El Paso
TOS will have meetings next year.

The dates for the meetings are Jan 15 thru 19 
Hope you will come join us out there.

We hope to find western rarities a plenty, 
Cassin's Finch and perhaps Gambel's Quail.

Field trips are going to Franklin Mountains 
El Paso Parks and McNairy too

Personally I wish for Lawrence Goldfinch 
But Costa's Hummingbird would set me a whirl.

Pinion Jay would go nice with a Williams
Sapsucker you know would be so cool to see.

Sparrows a plenty are sure to greet us
Plan to be there and Colina good night.


Fred Collins, Director
Kleb Woods Nature Center
20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
281-357-5324

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner
www.pct3.hctx.net


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Subject: Last chance Yellow rail day tomorrow on 1985 Chambers County
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:14:38 -0600
The chambers county rice harvest is going full speed. Some of the fields
are fairly dry and with 2-3 harvesters going, the work does not take much
time.
Lots was done today and I missed the good wet field at the northeast corner
of 1985 and Pear Orchard. Damp fields had lots of American bitterns,
sparrows, soras and 1 yellow rail. I did not stay long as most of the view
of the harvesters was from the rear where the dust is kicked up.

There will be field to cut tomorrow and they will probably start whenever
the dew dries on the rice whenever that is. Not much will remain for Friday
or the weekend assuming they do not work on Thanksgiving but farmers go by
the weather, not a holiday and rain will be coming after thanksgiving. Lots
more harvesting going on away from the roads based on the noise of the
harvesters.

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


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Subject: Tuesday morning birding, Hagerman NWR.
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:07:50 -0600
This was another Tuesday where we enjoyed an abundance of waterfowl. There was 
an abundance of white geese with an estimate of 5000. Among those geese we 
found 3 dark morph Ross's. While observing the ducks from the end of C pad we 
were observing an immature Bald Eagle perched on a snag when 2 more immature 
Bald Eagles approached from the north. This prompted the ducks to take flight. 
There were at least 7500 Northern Pintails. 

Earlier in the day we had seen 2 mature Bald Eagles near the same location 
bringing the total of a Bald Eagles to 5 for the day. We finished the day with 
77 species plus 4 other taxa. 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/email?subID=S20670033
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Subject: Speaking of songs and Texas birds
From: "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" <Fred_Collins AT hctx.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:37:44 +0000
Surely you recall the great western song

Out in the West Texas town of El Paso
TOS will have meetings next year.

The dates for the meetings are Jan 16 thru 18
Hope you will come join us out there.

We hope to find western rarities a plenty,
Cassin's Finch and perhaps Gambel's Quail.

Field trips are going to Franklin Mountains
El Paso Parks and McNairy too

Personally I wish for Lawrence Goldfinch
But Costa's Hummingbird would set me a whirl.

Pinion Jay would go nice with a Williams
Sapsucker you know would be so cool to see.

Sparrows a plenty are sure to greet us
Plan to be there and Colina good night.
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Subject: Re: Common Crane YES - 11/26 (Slightly-off-topic-Update)
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor AT swarovskioptik.us>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:31:57 -0500
Hi all - 

As was pointed out to me by a friendly birder-to-remain-unnamed, my header for 
yesterday's message gave a date two days in the future. 


Dang - my secret is out!!!

Back in the 70s, I used to use the Magic 8-Ball to tell me what birds I would 
be seeing that week, but holding it above each picture in the Peterson Guide to 
find out yes or no was VERY tedious, even if I omitted the out-of-season 
species. 


I then tried Tarot cards, but the Death card kept freaking me out. Turns out, 
it was just predicting vultures. D'oh! 


In the 80's, I listened for clues on the radio and in MTV videos (Fly Like an 
Eagle - Steve Miller, Blackbird - Beatles et al, Mockingbird - James Taylor and 
Carly Simon, and of course Poisoning Pigeons in the Park - Tom Lehrer) but that 
never seemed to work. Who writes songs about Curlew Sandpipers, 
Chestnut-collared Longspurs, or other really good birds? 


In the 90s I was raising a family and did not get out birding much, but the New 
Millenium brought a new source - online psychics! I won't reveal the website, 
but I can either input a date and a location and get a list of species, or just 
the desired species and get the date I will see it. Kind of like "Kreskin Meets 
eBird". Does it always work? Um, I'd rather not say.... 


Glad to be home again, on Nov. 25th (really!),


Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us 







-----Original Message-----
From: Clay Taylor 
Sent: Monday, November 24, 2014 3:14 PM
To: texbirds AT freelists.org
Subject: Common Crane YES - 11/26

Hi all -

After leaving the NM Crane Festival, we drove to Muleshoe and stayed the night. 
Bright and early this morning, we were at the CR 1181 site at sunup - a few 
hundred cranes were there, but no TexWaldo. There were flocks in the air, 
flying in all directions, so there did not seem to be any one place to 
investigate. 


We met Rich from Nacogdoches there, and then down at the refuge a couple from 
Liberty and three ladies from San Antonio. The NWR was pretty empty of cranes. 


We returned to 214 and then CR 1181 and tried driving the dirt roads looking 
for cranes. Most of the roads were hard-packed dirt so that was easy, but since 
we had a minivan packed with show products, I avoided all of the rutted or 
sketchy-looking ones. 


The only grounded cranes we saw were actually only about 1/2 mile to the NE of 
the CR 1181 spot, in a mowed area with cattle and a waterhole. 


After cruising west on 298 and then looping south and back east, Joel spotted a 
bunch of cranes coming down in the direction of the 1181 playa. We arrived at 
about 11:20, and five minutes later I spotted one Common Crane in amongst the 
group on the ground. The heat shimmer was wicked and the birds were pretty much 
backlit, but the head and neck pattern was striking and the ID was easy to 
make. The San Antonio ladies had just arrived when I shouted, so I think one or 
two of them got quick glimpses. 


Unfortunately, the bird started preening, so it's head would go down, up, down, 
making it tough to point out the spot to watch. Then the majority of the birds 
actually took a siesta, so there were not many heads and necks extended - only 
the Designated Watchers. 


A few more birders arrived, as did Justin and Melanie(? sorry - I am terrible 
with names). We had a long drive back to Corpus Christi ahead of us, and we 
departed at 12:30. 


On the drive back Vicki got Sheridan's FB post about Martin getting a photo of 
TWO Common Cranes yesterday - GREAT job, Martin!!!! 


Good luck to all that go to see them.

Oh yes, additional species that were seen - Prairie Falcon off 298 just west of 
214, two Ferruginous Hawks, a flock of Lark Buntings, more Northern Harriers 
than you could shake a vole at, and plenty of American Kestrels, too. 

I think it was CR 1023 - just south of 298 and go west from 214, there was an 
abandoned house with trees and weeds, etc. We stopped and pisshed and up popped 
3 Spotted Towhees, countless White-crowned Sparrows, a Song Sparrow, multiple 
Oregon Juncos, and a few House Finches that refused to let them ps elves be 
turned into Cassin's Finches. Darn..... 


Good birding,

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

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Subject: Two Common Cranes at Muleshoe NWR
From: "Collins, Fred (Commissioner Pct. 3)" <Fred_Collins AT hctx.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 19:22:39 +0000
Until Martin Reid turned up a photo of two Common Cranes we didn't know just 
how true Marks's post was. I guess the cranes agree that Texas was overdue and 
wanted to make up for it. 



Fred Collins, Director
Kleb Woods Nature Center
20303 Draper Road,Tomball TX 77377
281-357-5324

Harris County Precinct 3
Steve Radack Commissioner
www.pct3.hctx.net



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

Sent: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 6:59 AM
To: 'texbirds AT freelists.org' (texbirds AT freelists.org)
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Common Crane at Muleshoe NWR

This is a long overdue discovery in Texas. The birds that have been found in 
Nebraska, and there have been several records, mostly likely wintered in Texas 
or ne Mexico. The only previous sighting is from Terry County in 1979. I have 
never doubted that sighting, but unfortunately there is no documentation to 
support it. 

Mark


Mark Lockwood
Alpine, Texas 79830


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Subject: Lake Pflugerville and surrounding roads - Merlin, Canvasbacks, Harris's Sparrow, Western Meadowlarks
From: Christian Walker <christian.walker AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:28:31 -0600
Hello,
I had a job up in Pflugerville this morning so I went up early and went birding 
for an hour. Lake Pflugerville is covered in coots, with Canvasbacks and 
American Wigeons coming in a distant second/third. Also lots of Redheads, and 
got good close looks of Lesser Scaup. No Greater that I could see… 

Highlight here was definitely the female Merlin perched atop a tree on the west 
side of the lake. Amazing scope views. Good day with a Merlin. 

After scoping the lake, I drove a quick loop along Cere, back south down 
Cameron, and ending along Jesse Bohls roads. Hoping for longspurs or Horned 
Larks, but didn’t really have enough time to bird the fields or cover enough 
ground. Stopped at a wooded creek along Jesse Bohls, which was simply loaded 
with birds. I only had five minutes here, but I added fifteen species. Would’ve 
spent at least a half hour here, and am definitely going back. The Harris’s 
Sparrow was here along with lots of White-throated and a White-crowned. The 
Hermit Thrushes were both singing. 


Begin forwarded message:

> From: ebird-checklist AT cornell.edu
> Subject: eBird Report - Lake Pflugerville, Nov 25, 2014
> Date: November 25, 2014 at 12:17:57 PM CST
> To: christian.walker AT earthlink.net
> 
> Lake Pflugerville, Travis, US-TX
> Nov 25, 2014 7:20 AM - 8:40 AM
> Protocol: Traveling
> 4.0 mile(s)
> Comments: Clear, calm, around 40 degrees. Also went a little east on Cele and 
Jesse Bohls roads. 

> 50 species (+4 other taxa)
> 
> Gadwall  15
> American Wigeon  75
> Northern Shoveler  5
> Canvasback  80
> Redhead  60
> Ring-necked Duck  6
> Lesser Scaup  5
> duck sp.  30
> Pied-billed Grebe  9
> Cooper's Hawk  1
> Red-tailed Hawk  3
> American Coot  2000
> Killdeer  2
> Greater Yellowlegs  1
> Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  30
> Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
> White-winged Dove  8
> Mourning Dove  35
> Belted Kingfisher  1
> Red-bellied Woodpecker  1
> Downy Woodpecker  1
> Crested Caracara  2
> American Kestrel  1
> Merlin  1
> Eastern Phoebe  2
> Loggerhead Shrike  2
> Carolina Chickadee  2
> Tufted x Black-crested Titmouse (hybrid)  2
> Carolina Wren  3
> Bewick's Wren  1
> Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2
> Eastern Bluebird  4
> Hermit Thrush  2
> American Robin  2
> Northern Mockingbird  7
> European Starling  50
> American Pipit  5
> Orange-crowned Warbler  1
> Common Yellowthroat  1
> Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  1
> Spotted/Eastern Towhee (Rufous-sided Towhee)  1
> Savannah Sparrow  25
> Lincoln's Sparrow  2
> White-throated Sparrow  5
> Harris's Sparrow  1
> White-crowned Sparrow  1
> Northern Cardinal  4
> Red-winged Blackbird  60
> Western Meadowlark  2
> Western/Eastern Meadowlark  30
> Common Grackle  150
> Great-tailed Grackle  40
> House Finch  8
> American Goldfinch  3
> 
> View this checklist online at 
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S20668582 

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

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




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Subject: Common Crane just reported from Muleshoe NWR
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 12:22:09 -0600
Greetings All:
Justin Bosler just called and asked me to report the following: at least
one of the Common Cranes is currently located at Paul's Lakes on the refuge.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Davis Mountains CBC
From: Mark Lockwood <Mark.Lockwood AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 16:51:50 +0000
The Davis Mountains CBC will be held on 20 December. If you would like to 
participate please let me know or we will meet at the Jeff Davis County 
courthouse in Fort Davis at 7:30 AM. 

Mark

Mark Lockwood
Alpine, Texas
mark.lockwood AT tpwd.texas.gov


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Subject: Odd Harris's Hawk on King Ranch
From: Jim Sinclair <jim.sinclair AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:35:15 -0600
Three of us spent the morning birding on the Santa Gertrudis division of
the King Ranch.  It was a reasonably good day for raptors (White-tailed
Kite, White-tailed Hawk, Harris's Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Crested Caracara,
American Kestral, Merlin, Red-shouldered Hawk, and a collection of crazy
looking Red-tailed Hawks).  But the strangest raptor of the day was one
particular Harris's Hawk.  This bird was perched next to an adult pair.
<
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B_DlPlYbLy8Uc2QzRDUzb0tJWlU&usp=sharing
>

A complete list of birds seen follows.

Greater White-fronted Goose  100
Mottled Duck                 6
Blue-winged Teal             10
Northern Shoveler            8
Northern Pintail             10
Green-winged Teal            10
Ring-necked Duck             4
Lesser Scaup                 3
Wild Turkey                  14
Least Grebe                  2
Pied-billed Grebe            5
Neotropic Cormorant          1
Double-crested Cormorant     1
Great Egret                  2
Great Blue Heron         1
White-tailed Kite            1
Cooper's Hawk                2
Harris's Hawk                6
Red-shouldered Hawk          1
White-tailed Hawk            3
Red-tailed Hawk              6
Common Gallinule             1
American Coot                50
Sandhill Crane               20
Black-necked Stilt         8
Killdeer                     30
Spotted Sandpiper            1
Greater Yellowlegs            1
Rock Pigeon              6
European Collared-dove       2
Mourning Dove                50
White-winged Dove            4
Common Ground-Dove           1
White-tipped Dove            1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker    4
Ladder-backed Woodpecker     1
Crested Caracara             10
American Kestrel             6
Merlin                       2
Eastern Phoebe               8
Vermilion Flycatcher         3
Great Kiskadee               6
Couch's Kingbird             5
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher    10
Loggerhead Shrike            10
Green Jay                    6
Northern Mockingbird         8
Curve-billed Thrasher        2
European Starling         20
Olive Sparrow                3
Vesper Sparrow               1
Savannah Sparrow             1
Savannah Sparrow             15
Grasshopper Sparrow          3
Northern Cardinal            1
Red-winged Blackbird         5
Western Meadowlark           25
Great-tailed Grackle         200
Brown-headed Cowbird         2
Bronzed Cowbird              10
House Sparrow              6

-- 
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: Common Crane 11/24
From: Beth McBroom <bethmcb AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 02:24:01 -0600
Saw the Common Crane this afternoon at the playa on CR 1181, just east of
214.  Looking from the road, the heat shimmer was awful, so a gentleman
from Kenefick talked to the owner of the nearby farm house and received
permission for us to come onto his land to get a little closer to the
birds.  The owner was hospitable and asked that no one drive onto his
property.  He also asked that no one light a match/lighter/cigarette in
order to prevent a grass fire.
From the slightly closer location, the heat shimmer was not as bad and we
watched the bird for over an hour as it moved it's head up and down
preening.  There was a group of eleven birders that saw the crane before we
left, including a couple from Colorado and one birder from Arizona.

The owner did NOT give, nor imply, blanket permission to all birders to
enter his property.  Please show respect by asking permission.

Happy birding!

Beth McBroom
San Antonio, TX

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Subject: Re: birding's future
From: Cecilia-home <criley02 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:05:36 -0600
HOPE is all birds have now, thank goodness for all of you committed to youth 
engagement. Without this coming human generation, birds, at least many of them, 
have no chance. 


Life is better with birds!
Cecilia M Riley
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> On Nov 24, 2014, at 1:57 PM, Brown, Sheila M.  wrote:
> 
> Thank you for sharing this! The fourth and fifth graders at UHCL love to go 
birding and we have learned a great deal when birding experts like Stennie 
share years of expertise! The school habitats at many Houston schools have 
fabulous sightings of birds and the kids love to discover the numerous birds 
that come to the school habitat. The floating wetland project at the CCISD 
educational village is one of my favorite new places to see wildlife. The 
Purple Martin house at EIH  AT  UHCL has a fabulous live web cam that we love to 
use to educate the local community. The future is bright as the local school 
kids want service learning projects that improve the biodiversity. 

> Please continue to share your passions,
> 
> Sheila Grigsby Brown
> 
> Habitat Curriculum Specialist
> 
> brownsm AT uhcl.edu
> 
> 
> 
> ________________________________
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> Subject: Re: [texbirds] birding's future
> 
> During 2013-2014 fall andspring semisters I taught and coordinated a Jr. 
Master Naturalist Biodiversity on campus at Westbrook Intermediate School, even 
conducting an on site field trip. It was soooo much fun and the students were 
fantastic. Birds, insects and plants were the topics. 

> 
> Thank you Tom for posting this!! There is indeed hope, but we (teachers, 
birders and Master Naturalist) must keep promoting, coordinating and 
volunteering to keep playing nature awareness and conservation forward! 

> 
> Stennie Meadours
> San Leon
> 
> In a message dated 11/24/2014 11:13:00 A.M. Central Standard Time, 
endersgt AT sbcglobal.net writes: 

> This discourse is prompted by Dennis' comments. I apologize in advance if it 
seems too lengthy. 

> After 30 years of begging various 3rd world countries to conserve their 
ecosystems (and falling on deaf ears), the miraculous happened. Ecotourism ... 

> now these countries are falling all over themselves to bring in the $$. It 
has become a major source of revenue. Two particular areas may take credit for 
this boom. First, the incredible quality of the programming out there to amaze 
the public. Second, the much maligned educational system in America. Ecology 
has been taught since the 70's (low emphasis) but has become a major area of 
study at all levels. I taught 7th grade science for the last 14 years and even 
in that time frame, the importance has ramped up greatly. 

> The most recent changes to the TEKS at my grade level require study of 
biodiversity in microhabitats (school yards). Most schools have an area set 
aside. These things influence the perceptions of the general public. 

> I am a scientists and naturalist photographer but not an in depth birder. In 
my classes each spring, we spent 10 minutes a day for 10 days identifying 
yardbirds , their behaviors, flight characteristics and any thing else of 
interest. This was a Title One school with a diversity of cultural backgrounds. 
We saw amazing events.... a Cooper's ambushing occupants of a tree, a Red Tail 
on a shallow stoop that lasted 15 seconds, the courtship dance of two 
Mockingbirds on the roof of a house and a lot more. At this age they were 
naturally into the courtship and mating behaviors. The girls loved it when the 
female grackles completely ignored the males' displays. Point is, they were 
indelibly engaged. This goes on all over the state and country. This will 
impact the future of birding as they flashback to the positive feelings they 
had about birds and other wildlife. 

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Subject: Coastal Bend Etc 11/24
From: Jon McIntyre <mcintyrebirds AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:05:35 -0600
Today I birded Port Aransas, Rockport, Corpus Christi, and a quick stop at the 
Brooks county rest stop on the way to the valley. Here are the highlights- 

 
Painted Redstart- Brooks County Rest Stop
Tennessee Warbler- PA Birding Center
Cinnamon Teal- PA Birding Center
Whooping Crane (2)- Lamar 
Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher (2)- Brooks County
Sedge Wren- Hazel Bazemore 
Vermilion Flycatcher (2)- Hazel Bazemore
Hooded Merganser- Pollywog Ponds 
 
Jon McIntyre
Corpus Christi 
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Lubbock Herring Gull becoming a Nemesis for the year
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 18:55:27 -0600
Greetings All:
I hit Leroy Elmore Park, again, for the last forty-five minutes of light
this evening and while the Ring-billed Count climbed steadily to 314 - no
blasted Herring Gull.

Highlights for this bout: 3 female and 5 male Wood Ducks, and 1 American
White Pelican.

The Double-crested Cormorant count peaked out at 196 - a lot of birds on
one very small island.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Re: Common Crane
From: Eric Carpenter <ecarpe AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:40:16 -0600
For better or worse, this forum is not the most useful for getting
real-time updates on sightings for stuff like Common Crane.  Though I
can understand one's resistance to join Facebook, groups on Facebook
are currently the most useful in general for hearing about such
rarities (and for seeing photos) and for getting timely, often
in-the-field, updates.  eBird is also quite useful in that you can set
up alerts to tell you, within the hour, about birds that have been
seen.  Both eBird and Facebook have mobile apps that are more
conducive to real-time updates than a listserv.

An option that you can also check that doesn't require you to sign up
for something is the (free) TX RBA put out by the folks at NARBA.  You
can see updates on this page:

     http://narba.org/texas-rba

You might notice there that 6 of the 7 sources (this forum being the
7th) they list at the top are either Facebook or eBird related.

--
Eric Carpenter
Austin

On Mon, Nov 24, 2014 at 4:15 PM, Anthony Hewetson
 wrote:
> Greetings All:
> It would be fantastic if more folk would post their sightings of the Common
> Crane to texbirds.  A lot of folk don't facebook (or don't facebook the
> right people) and it is devilishly hard for regional compilers to track so
> many social media at once.
>
> For example, was the bird seen on the 23rd.  If so, I either didn't get the
> texbirds post or no posts were made.  The former is certainly possible
> though I do think I am getting every texbirds post made now that I got rid
> of my yahoo account.  The latter seems more likely and, if so, this made it
> very hard for me to answer the ten-twenty e-mails I got yesterday asking if
> the bird was still being seen.
>
> So, in advance, my heartfelt appreciation to everybody who posts their
> sighting of this bird to texbirds.
>
> As far as there being two Common Cranes, this is the first I've heard about
> it .... and I would love to get more details about when, where, and who saw
> two birds.
>
> Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock
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Subject: Two Common Cranes in Bailey County
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:42:14 -0600
Greetings All:
For those who didn't catch this 'alluded to' sighting in other posts, two
Common Cranes were seen and photographed at Muleshoe NWR on 11/22/14.  The
texbirds Facebook folk are doing a better job of tracking this than I am
able to and pictures - both birds in the same shot - are available at that
site.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Mountain Bluebird and Couch's Kingbird Jefferson Co YES
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "DHanson139@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:32:00 -0500
Jan and I just got in from making a run through Jefferson Co. We ran into  
Chuck Davis looking as well. The Mountain Bluebird was not there at first so 
we  drove just down the road and as we came back to its favorite spot it 
flew across  the road and up under the sign. It is using the hollow under the 
sign to hide  from rain and wind. We left there and went after the Couch's 
Kingbird and ran  into John and Jana Whittle and they kindly showed us where 
the bird was. We were  unable to get this bird to respond to any calls at 
all. We did get pictures.  Just down the road at the intersection of McDermond 
and Mason there is a  partially flooded plowed field that held a lot of 
Long-billed  Dowitchers(1200+), Dunlins, and a few Stilt Sandpipers. At the 
corner of Johnson  Rd and Willis Rd there is a rice field that had probably 
2000 Sandhill Cranes.  They were scattered all back throught the rice field 
that has tall levee's and  you cannot see near all of them until something 
jumps them up.
 
Both Mountain Bluebird and Couch's Kingbirds were at there original spots  
that were announced Saturday.
 
 
David  Hanson
FeatherFest 2015 Birding Program  Leader
Baytown/Mont Belvieu Area
Chambers County
Galveston Bay  Area Master Naturalist
TOS Member
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Subject: Lubbock Area Christmas Bird Counts - 4th Announcement
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:31:50 -0600
Greetings All:
The Lubbock County CBC will be held on 20 December 2014.  Participants will
meet with their team leaders at 7:30 AM, teams will bird until 5:00 PM
(some teams will be birding for shorter periods of time), and folk will
meet up at my place for a potluck supper and countdown at 5:00 PM -
countdown to start promptly at 6:00 PM.  Each team will have an experienced
leader and birders of all ages and all experience levels are welcome AND
useful.  I need at least eight team leaders and am hoping to have an
average of three participants (or more) per team.  Currently I have:

Team 1 - Eastern edge & Ransom Lake - Justin Bosler
Team 2 - City Farms - Anthony Hewetson
Team 3 - V8 Ranch and Buffalo Springs Lake - Cameron Carver, Craig Carver
Team 4 - The South - Byron Buckley, Lisa Clark
Team 5 - The Northwest Corner - Rob Lee, Manuel De Leon
Team 6 - Canyon Lakes - Phillip Kite, Peter Keyel, Ellen Hildebrandt
Team 7 - In the Loop, East - William Wenthe, Janice Whittington
Team 8 - In the Loop, West - Tom Dolan, Doug Aldrige, Jan Jannett

The Muleshoe NWR CBC will be held on 21 December 2014.  Participants will
meet at Muleshoe NWR headquarters at 7:30 PM, teams will bird until about
noon, and folk will meet up back at headquarters for a potluck lunch and
countdown at noon.  I need at least four team leaders and, again, am hoping
for at least three participants per team.  Currently I have:

Team 1 - Paul's Lakes - Anthony Hewetson, Ellen Hildebrandt
Team 2 - HQ & White Lakes - Phillip Kite, Doug Aldridge, Justin Bosler, Jim
Crites, Jan Jannett
Team 3 - Goose Lakes and Rim - Cameron Carver, Craig Carver, Manuel De
Leon, Peter Keyel
Team 4 - Atop the Rim - Rob Lee, Tom Dolan

The White River Lake CBC will be held on 3 January 2015.  We meet up at the
White River Lake Marina at 7:30 AM, bird until 4:30 or so, and then have a
hot supper and countdown at the marina.  I need at least five team leaders
and really need at least two participants per team.  Currently I have:

Team 1 - The Eastern Edge - Anthony Hewetson, Ellen Hildebrandt
Team 2 - The Great White North - Rich Kostecke
Team 3 - The Lake, East Side - Phillip Kite, Doug Aldridge
Team 4 - The Lake, West Side - Rob Lee, Manuel De Leon
Team 5 - The Western Edge - Justin Bosler

Every team will have an experienced leader and every team could use as many
eyes, ears, and hands as can be had.  Birders at all experience levels are
needed and birders at all experience levels will be, as mentioned before,
useful.

If you are interested in participating, let me know.  If you need more
information, let me know.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson
CBC Compiler
Lllano Estacado Audubon Society
fattonybirds AT gmail.com
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Subject: Common Crane
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:15:19 -0600
Greetings All:
It would be fantastic if more folk would post their sightings of the Common
Crane to texbirds.  A lot of folk don't facebook (or don't facebook the
right people) and it is devilishly hard for regional compilers to track so
many social media at once.

For example, was the bird seen on the 23rd.  If so, I either didn't get the
texbirds post or no posts were made.  The former is certainly possible
though I do think I am getting every texbirds post made now that I got rid
of my yahoo account.  The latter seems more likely and, if so, this made it
very hard for me to answer the ten-twenty e-mails I got yesterday asking if
the bird was still being seen.

So, in advance, my heartfelt appreciation to everybody who posts their
sighting of this bird to texbirds.

As far as there being two Common Cranes, this is the first I've heard about
it .... and I would love to get more details about when, where, and who saw
two birds.

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Subject: Re: birding's future
From: madi.s44 AT att.net
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:25:38 -0600
....and your comment, Ervin, spurred me to remind teachers: don't forget about 
Cornell Lab's always interesting Bird Cams - Red-tailed Hawks, Great Egrets, 
and maybe soon to come a Bald Eagle Cam - http://cams.allaboutbirds.org 


Madeleine Sandefur
Laguna Vista (Cameron Co.)

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> On Nov 24, 2014, at 2:25 PM, Ervin Fleming  wrote:
> 
> your comment on webcams reminded me.....
> during exam week last year when testing was done (and waiting for lunch), I 
pulled up the Decorah site and gave them a running play by play on the Eaglets 
(nearly fledged) behavior. 

> btw, I am now retired. So, not neglecting my students during the day today. 
:-) 

> Tom 
> 
> On Monday, November 24, 2014 2:00 PM, "Brown, Sheila M."  
wrote: 

> 
> 
> 
> Thank you for sharing this! The fourth and fifth graders at UHCL love to go 
birding and we have learned a great deal when birding experts like Stennie 
share years of expertise! The school habitats at many Houston schools have 
fabulous sightings of birds and the kids love to discover the numerous birds 
that come to the school habitat. The floating wetland project at the CCISD 
educational village is one of my favorite new places to see wildlife. The 
Purple Martin house at EIH  AT  UHCL has a fabulous live web cam that we love to 
use to educate the local community. The future is bright as the local school 
kids want service learning projects that improve the biodiversity. 

> Please continue to share your passions,
> 
> Sheila Grigsby Brown
> 
> Habitat Curriculum Specialist
> 
> brownsm AT uhcl.edu
> 
> 
> 
> ________________________________
> From: ""  (Redacted sender "Stenmead AT aol.com" 
for DMARC) 

> Sent: Monday, November 24, 2014 11:29 AM
> To: endersgt AT sbcglobal.net; texbirds AT freelists.ORG
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fishinglady3 AT yahoo.com; Brown, Sheila M. 

> Subject: Re: [texbirds] birding's future
> 
> During 2013-2014 fall andspring semisters I taught and coordinated a Jr. 
Master Naturalist Biodiversity on campus at Westbrook Intermediate School, even 
conducting an on site field trip. It was soooo much fun and the students were 
fantastic. Birds, insects and plants were the topics. 

> 
> Thank you Tom for posting this!! There is indeed hope, but we (teachers, 
birders and Master Naturalist) must keep promoting, coordinating and 
volunteering to keep playing nature awareness and conservation forward! 

> 
> Stennie Meadours
> San Leon
> 
> In a message dated 11/24/2014 11:13:00 A.M. Central Standard Time, 
endersgt AT sbcglobal.net writes: 

> This discourse is prompted by Dennis' comments. I apologize in advance if it 
seems too lengthy. 

> After 30 years of begging various 3rd world countries to conserve their 
ecosystems (and falling on deaf ears), the miraculous happened. Ecotourism ... 

> now these countries are falling all over themselves to bring in the $$. It 
has become a major source of revenue. Two particular areas may take credit for 
this boom. First, the incredible quality of the programming out there to amaze 
the public. Second, the much maligned educational system in America. Ecology 
has been taught since the 70's (low emphasis) but has become a major area of 
study at all levels. I taught 7th grade science for the last 14 years and even 
in that time frame, the importance has ramped up greatly. 

> The most recent changes to the TEKS at my grade level require study of 
biodiversity in microhabitats (school yards). Most schools have an area set 
aside. These things influence the perceptions of the general public. 

> I am a scientists and naturalist photographer but not an in depth birder. In 
my classes each spring, we spent 10 minutes a day for 10 days identifying 
yardbirds , their behaviors, flight characteristics and any thing else of 
interest. This was a Title One school with a diversity of cultural backgrounds. 
We saw amazing events.... a Cooper's ambushing occupants of a tree, a Red Tail 
on a shallow stoop that lasted 15 seconds, the courtship dance of two 
Mockingbirds on the roof of a house and a lot more. At this age they were 
naturally into the courtship and mating behaviors. The girls loved it when the 
female grackles completely ignored the males' displays. Point is, they were 
indelibly engaged. This goes on all over the state and country. This will 
impact the future of birding as they flashback to the positive feelings they 
had about birds and other wildlife. 

> Tom Fleming
> Grand Prairie
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Subject: Common Crane YES - 11/26
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor AT swarovskioptik.us>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:14:26 -0500
Hi all -

After leaving the NM Crane Festival, we drove to Muleshoe and stayed the night. 
Bright and early this morning, we were at the CR 1181 site at sunup - a few 
hundred cranes were there, but no TexWaldo. There were flocks in the air, 
flying in all directions, so there did not seem to be any one place to 
investigate. 


We met Rich from Nacogdoches there, and then down at the refuge a couple from 
Liberty and three ladies from San Antonio. The NWR was pretty empty of cranes. 


We returned to 214 and then CR 1181 and tried driving the dirt roads looking 
for cranes. Most of the roads were hard-packed dirt so that was easy, but since 
we had a minivan packed with show products, I avoided all of the rutted or 
sketchy-looking ones. 


The only grounded cranes we saw were actually only about 1/2 mile to the NE of 
the CR 1181 spot, in a mowed area with cattle and a waterhole. 


After cruising west on 298 and then looping south and back east, Joel spotted a 
bunch of cranes coming down in the direction of the 1181 playa. We arrived at 
about 11:20, and five minutes later I spotted one Common Crane in amongst the 
group on the ground. The heat shimmer was wicked and the birds were pretty much 
backlit, but the head and neck pattern was striking and the ID was easy to 
make. The San Antonio ladies had just arrived when I shouted, so I think one or 
two of them got quick glimpses. 


Unfortunately, the bird started preening, so it's head would go down, up, down, 
making it tough to point out the spot to watch. Then the majority of the birds 
actually took a siesta, so there were not many heads and necks extended - only 
the Designated Watchers. 


A few more birders arrived, as did Justin and Melanie(? sorry - I am terrible 
with names). We had a long drive back to Corpus Christi ahead of us, and we 
departed at 12:30. 


On the drive back Vicki got Sheridan's FB post about Martin getting a photo of 
TWO Common Cranes yesterday - GREAT job, Martin!!!! 


Good luck to all that go to see them.

Oh yes, additional species that were seen - Prairie Falcon off 298 just west of 
214, two Ferruginous Hawks, a flock of Lark Buntings, more Northern Harriers 
than you could shake a vole at, and plenty of American Kestrels, too. 

I think it was CR 1023 - just south of 298 and go west from 214, there was an 
abandoned house with trees and weeds, etc. We stopped and pisshed and up popped 
3 Spotted Towhees, countless White-crowned Sparrows, a Song Sparrow, multiple 
Oregon Juncos, and a few House Finches that refused to let them ps elves be 
turned into Cassin's Finches. Darn..... 


Good birding,

Clay Taylor
Calallen (Corpus Christi) TX
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Subject: Re: birding's future
From: Ervin Fleming <endersgt AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:25:35 -0800
your comment on webcams reminded me.....
during exam week last year when testing was done (and waiting for lunch), I 
pulled up the Decorah site and gave them a running play by play on the Eaglets 
(nearly fledged) behavior. 

btw, I am now retired. So, not neglecting my students during the day today. :-)
Tom 

On Monday, November 24, 2014 2:00 PM, "Brown, Sheila M."  
wrote: 

  


Thank you for sharing this! The fourth and fifth graders at UHCL love to go 
birding and we have learned a great deal when birding experts like Stennie 
share years of expertise! The school habitats at many Houston schools have 
fabulous sightings of birds and the kids love to discover the numerous birds 
that come to the school habitat. The floating wetland project at the CCISD 
educational village is one of my favorite new places to see wildlife. The 
Purple Martin house at EIH  AT  UHCL has a fabulous live web cam that we love to 
use to educate the local community. The future is bright as the local school 
kids want service learning projects that improve the biodiversity. 

Please continue to share your passions,

Sheila Grigsby Brown

Habitat Curriculum Specialist

brownsm AT uhcl.edu



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Subject: Re: [texbirds] birding's future

During 2013-2014 fall andspring semisters I taught and coordinated a Jr. Master 
Naturalist Biodiversity on campus at Westbrook Intermediate School, even 
conducting an on site field trip. It was soooo much fun and the students were 
fantastic. Birds, insects and plants were the topics. 


Thank you Tom for posting this!! There is indeed hope, but we (teachers, 
birders and Master Naturalist) must keep promoting, coordinating and 
volunteering to keep playing nature awareness and conservation forward! 


Stennie Meadours
San Leon

In a message dated 11/24/2014 11:13:00 A.M. Central Standard Time, 
endersgt AT sbcglobal.net writes: 

This discourse is prompted by Dennis' comments. I apologize in advance if it 
seems too lengthy. 

After 30 years of begging various 3rd world countries to conserve their 
ecosystems (and falling on deaf ears), the miraculous happened. Ecotourism ... 

now these countries are falling all over themselves to bring in the $$. It has 
become a major source of revenue. Two particular areas may take credit for this 
boom. First, the incredible quality of the programming out there to amaze the 
public. Second, the much maligned educational system in America. Ecology has 
been taught since the 70's (low emphasis) but has become a major area of study 
at all levels. I taught 7th grade science for the last 14 years and even in 
that time frame, the importance has ramped up greatly. 

The most recent changes to the TEKS at my grade level require study of 
biodiversity in microhabitats (school yards). Most schools have an area set 
aside. These things influence the perceptions of the general public. 

I am a scientists and naturalist photographer but not an in depth birder. In my 
classes each spring, we spent 10 minutes a day for 10 days identifying 
yardbirds , their behaviors, flight characteristics and any thing else of 
interest. This was a Title One school with a diversity of cultural backgrounds. 
We saw amazing events.... a Cooper's ambushing occupants of a tree, a Red Tail 
on a shallow stoop that lasted 15 seconds, the courtship dance of two 
Mockingbirds on the roof of a house and a lot more. At this age they were 
naturally into the courtship and mating behaviors. The girls loved it when the 
female grackles completely ignored the males' displays. Point is, they were 
indelibly engaged. This goes on all over the state and country. This will 
impact the future of birding as they flashback to the positive feelings they 
had about birds and other wildlife. 

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Grand Prairie
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Subject: Re: birding's future
From: "Brown, Sheila M." <BrownSM AT uhcl.edu>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 19:57:58 +0000
Thank you for sharing this! The fourth and fifth graders at UHCL love to go 
birding and we have learned a great deal when birding experts like Stennie 
share years of expertise! The school habitats at many Houston schools have 
fabulous sightings of birds and the kids love to discover the numerous birds 
that come to the school habitat. The floating wetland project at the CCISD 
educational village is one of my favorite new places to see wildlife. The 
Purple Martin house at EIH  AT  UHCL has a fabulous live web cam that we love to 
use to educate the local community. The future is bright as the local school 
kids want service learning projects that improve the biodiversity. 

Please continue to share your passions,

Sheila Grigsby Brown

Habitat Curriculum Specialist

brownsm AT uhcl.edu



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Subject: Re: [texbirds] birding's future

During 2013-2014 fall andspring semisters I taught and coordinated a Jr. Master 
Naturalist Biodiversity on campus at Westbrook Intermediate School, even 
conducting an on site field trip. It was soooo much fun and the students were 
fantastic. Birds, insects and plants were the topics. 


Thank you Tom for posting this!! There is indeed hope, but we (teachers, 
birders and Master Naturalist) must keep promoting, coordinating and 
volunteering to keep playing nature awareness and conservation forward! 


Stennie Meadours
San Leon

In a message dated 11/24/2014 11:13:00 A.M. Central Standard Time, 
endersgt AT sbcglobal.net writes: 

This discourse is prompted by Dennis' comments. I apologize in advance if it 
seems too lengthy. 

After 30 years of begging various 3rd world countries to conserve their 
ecosystems (and falling on deaf ears), the miraculous happened. Ecotourism ... 

now these countries are falling all over themselves to bring in the $$. It has 
become a major source of revenue. Two particular areas may take credit for this 
boom. First, the incredible quality of the programming out there to amaze the 
public. Second, the much maligned educational system in America. Ecology has 
been taught since the 70's (low emphasis) but has become a major area of study 
at all levels. I taught 7th grade science for the last 14 years and even in 
that time frame, the importance has ramped up greatly. 

The most recent changes to the TEKS at my grade level require study of 
biodiversity in microhabitats (school yards). Most schools have an area set 
aside. These things influence the perceptions of the general public. 

I am a scientists and naturalist photographer but not an in depth birder. In my 
classes each spring, we spent 10 minutes a day for 10 days identifying 
yardbirds , their behaviors, flight characteristics and any thing else of 
interest. This was a Title One school with a diversity of cultural backgrounds. 
We saw amazing events.... a Cooper's ambushing occupants of a tree, a Red Tail 
on a shallow stoop that lasted 15 seconds, the courtship dance of two 
Mockingbirds on the roof of a house and a lot more. At this age they were 
naturally into the courtship and mating behaviors. The girls loved it when the 
female grackles completely ignored the males' displays. Point is, they were 
indelibly engaged. This goes on all over the state and country. This will 
impact the future of birding as they flashback to the positive feelings they 
had about birds and other wildlife. 

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Grand Prairie
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Subject: Texas Parks and Wildlife re Common Cranes...
From: Mt Woman <mtwoman55 AT hotmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:26:17 -0600
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Subject: CORRECTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 13:17:09 -0600
In my previous post about the looong weekend trip I called a 
White-tailed Hawk a Northern Harrier!  Chalk it up to Oldtimerz, or an 
extremely fixated mindset....good thing I hadn't been wanting an Ostrich 
shot!  ;(

Anywho got it corrected.

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Subject: TOS Members please read
From: "Jim Hailey" <irasciblej AT suddenlink.net>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:20:25 -0600
I have had many inquiries about the upcoming El Paso TOS Winter Meeting
scheduled for January 15-19, 2015.  I was in El Paso last week to meet with
the Trans Pecos Audubon Society Board , our local partner, concerning
finalizing plans for this event.  By the first of December each of you
should have our Winter Newsletter with all the necessary information to
register for this meeting.  I am only waiting on a couple details which
should be finished by this Wednesday to complete the preparations.  If you
are a member of TOS you will receive notice, instructions and password to be
able to open the newsletter which will be posted on the website
www.texasbirds.org.  Due to space constrictions our Saturday evening banquet
will be limited to 96 seats, so if you want to get a seat for this event and
if you want to ensure you get your choice of field trips, you need to get
your registration in quickly.  If you are not a member of TOS and would like
to attend there will be the registration material post on our website.  In
order to attend, you will be required to join TOS which can be done with
your registration form.  I am posting this to TEXBIRDS as well as our TOS
Listserve because it has come to our attention that some of our members have
not provided us with an email address or they are incorrect.  So if you see
this and did not receive notice about the Summer Newsletter's posting, then
you need to contact our membership secretary, Judy Kestner, to insure we
have the correct information.  Judy's contact information can be found on
the website under "contacts".  I apologize to those TEXBIRD readers who are
not a member of TOS and ask for your indulgence in my attempt to contact
some of our members who we are seeing to get their correct information.  I
also extend an invitation to check our website for the benefits of
membership and hope you will join our organization.

See many of you in El Paso in January.  I hope all have a great Thanksgiving
and upcoming Holiday Season which includes doing many CBC's.
 

Jim Hailey, President
Texas Ornithological Society
110 Lavaca Lane
Georgetown, TX 78628
Phone: 361-522-3522
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Subject: Lk. Bastrop
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:24:57 -0600
.
....was pretty quiet this morning, likely because I lugged the blasted
scope and tripod around all morning.  Was hoping to find the previously
reported Cordilleran Fly. but after 20 -25 minutes gave up on it and  also
no LeConte's Sparrows, but did have Sedge Wrens. There were 3 singing
White-eyed Vireos which is good this far north as well as a Black-and-white
and Nashville Warbler.  Also two chipper little Golden-crowned Kinglets and
a couple of Gnatcatchers came in as well. Heard what I thought was a
Virgina Rail, but only twice and could not discount a strange coot call.
  What was real cool was seeing a hen harrier take down a Coot, there are a
few of the later on the lake.  Last time I saw that happen was back in the
80's at Hornsby.

 Completely surprised and freaked out a coyote on the trail.  Spent some
time looking for Woodcocks where I have had them a time or two in the past
but dipped on those.
Again no Sapsuckers...Where the heck are they this fall??...for sure not in
my area.
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503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
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Subject: the weekend looong loop TXcty-Corpus-Aransas
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:00:21 -0600
We took a long weekend (bad weather timing).  Drove from Tx City, and 
made a loop through Aransas NWR, Port Aransas, Corpus/Padre Is. Friday 
was blustery and mostly travel.  Saturday mostly Tstorms but produced 
some GOOD results.  We found 5 Whooping Cranes at Aransas NWR.  2 out on 
Heron Flats were about 4-500 yds out.  Extremely long shot for our 
camera and lens, but got a decent enough ID shot.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-qdfDKmNrruk/VHNC86T-uWI/AAAAAAAAEqQ/_aZv6A5rpOs/s800/IMG_7666.jpg 


Then later out on the auto tour route two flew over

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-cxSAZiEo6vw/VHKjqfJ-kfI/AAAAAAAAEmo/jahyJr1yvSw/s800/IMG_7706-Edit.jpg 


..and down the road a bit further we watched with binoculars as one 
circled very low above a spot that was probabley near the large pond in 
the closed are to the west of the auto tour.    So all in all we got 
good looks at five distinct birds, all adults.  Going in at dawn we 
found a half dozen of these perched in an Oak snag.  Thanksgiving in a 
tree?  ;)

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-5Pq9K4LS4S0/VHKjtqd2gtI/AAAAAAAAEmw/ClPwIJN9Ynk/s800/IMG_7736.jpg 


Two places we enjoyed were at Port Aransas, the Turnbull Bird center, 
and the Port Aransas Nature Preserve.
Nice shot of Redheads taking flight at the Nature Preserve

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-qTJabLuNOKw/VHKjkHJd7wI/AAAAAAAAEmg/6DIOFdI2gHM/s800/IMG_7630.jpg 

  If you are in the vicinity these are well worth your time to take a 
look,  although no rare birds were found (although we were treated to a 
pair of Sora chicks arguing over territory...that was hilarious.  Mama 
ignored the fracus.

went on down to the entrance of Padre Nat'l Seashore.  Nothing of 
interest seen, except for a really tremendous shot of a Northern Harrier 
male.
n harrier 1

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-CTnmoltF670/VHKjfpvQHGI/AAAAAAAAEmQ/ybzWw17pwQU/s800/IMG_7605.jpg 

n harrier 2

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-KSFFhiBVKKE/VHKjhu1YWsI/AAAAAAAAEmY/xmQoGvTUhSA/s800/IMG_7604.jpg 


....but almost equal to the Whoopers was this!  Our first shot of one of 
these.

https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-zyBigddBJ4A/VHKkBa9Ff6I/AAAAAAAAEm4/vPzZmaUXp1M/s800/IMG_7832.jpg 



-- 
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texas City
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Subject: Re: birding's future
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "Stenmead@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 12:29:21 -0500
During 2013-2014  fall andspring semisters I taught and  coordinated a Jr. 
Master Naturalist Biodiversity on campus at Westbrook  Intermediate School, 
even conducting an on site field trip.  It was soooo  much fun and the 
students were fantastic.  Birds, insects and plants were  the topics.
 
Thank you Tom for posting this!!  There is indeed hope, but we  (teachers, 
birders and Master Naturalist)  must keep promoting,  coordinating and 
volunteering to keep playing nature awareness and conservation  forward!
 
Stennie Meadours
San Leon
 
 
In a message dated 11/24/2014 11:13:00 A.M. Central Standard Time,  
endersgt AT sbcglobal.net writes:
This  discourse is prompted by Dennis' comments. I apologize in advance if 
it seems  too lengthy.
After 30 years of begging various 3rd world countries to  conserve their 
ecosystems (and falling on deaf ears), the miraculous  happened.  Ecotourism 
...
now these countries are falling all over  themselves to bring in the $$. It 
has become a major source of revenue. Two  particular areas may take credit 
for this boom.  First, the incredible  quality of the programming out there 
to amaze the public. Second, the much  maligned educational system in 
America. Ecology has been taught since the 70's (low emphasis) but has become a 

major area of study at all levels. I taught  7th grade science for the last 
14 years and even in that time frame, the  importance has ramped up greatly.
The most recent changes to the TEKS at my  grade level require study of 
biodiversity in microhabitats (school yards).  Most schools have an area set 
aside. These things influence the perceptions of  the general public.
I am a scientists and naturalist photographer but not  an in depth birder. 
In my classes each spring,  we spent 10 minutes a day  for 10 days 
identifying yardbirds , their behaviors, flight characteristics and any thing 
else 

of interest. This was  a Title One school with a  diversity of cultural 
backgrounds. We saw amazing events.... a Cooper's ambushing occupants of a 
tree, 

a Red Tail on a shallow stoop that lasted 15  seconds, the courtship dance 
of two Mockingbirds on the roof of a house and a  lot more. At this age they 
were naturally into the courtship and mating  behaviors. The girls loved it 
when the female grackles completely ignored the  males' displays.  Point 
is, they were indelibly engaged. This goes on all  over the state and country. 
This will impact the future of birding as they  flashback to the positive 
feelings they had about birds and other  wildlife.
Tom Fleming
Grand Prairie
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Subject: Black vultures
From: "Sue Small" <dmarc-noreply-outsider AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "ssmall8651@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 16:32:30 -0600
Saw a black vulture in the Terrell area yesterday. Are they wintering this far 
north now? 


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Subject: birding's future
From: Ervin Fleming <endersgt AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:09:12 -0800
This discourse is prompted by Dennis' comments. I apologize in advance if it 
seems too lengthy. 

After 30 years of begging various 3rd world countries to conserve their 
ecosystems (and falling on deaf ears), the miraculous happened. Ecotourism ... 

now these countries are falling all over themselves to bring in the $$. It has 
become a major source of revenue. Two particular areas may take credit for this 
boom. First, the incredible quality of the programming out there to amaze the 
public. Second, the much maligned educational system in America. Ecology has 
been taught since the 70's (low emphasis) but has become a major area of study 
at all levels. I taught 7th grade science for the last 14 years and even in 
that time frame, the importance has ramped up greatly. 

The most recent changes to the TEKS at my grade level require study of 
biodiversity in microhabitats (school yards). Most schools have an area set 
aside. These things influence the perceptions of the general public. 

I am a scientists and naturalist photographer but not an in depth birder. In my 
classes each spring, we spent 10 minutes a day for 10 days identifying 
yardbirds , their behaviors, flight characteristics and any thing else of 
interest. This was a Title One school with a diversity of cultural backgrounds. 
We saw amazing events.... a Cooper's ambushing occupants of a tree, a Red Tail 
on a shallow stoop that lasted 15 seconds, the courtship dance of two 
Mockingbirds on the roof of a house and a lot more. At this age they were 
naturally into the courtship and mating behaviors. The girls loved it when the 
female grackles completely ignored the males' displays. Point is, they were 
indelibly engaged. This goes on all over the state and country. This will 
impact the future of birding as they flashback to the positive feelings they 
had about birds and other wildlife. 

Tom Fleming
Grand Prairie
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Subject: Ground Dove at Baytown
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "engintsf@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 11:24:12 -0500
Yesterday morning I saw a Common Ground Dove at the Baytown Nature Center, 
exactly where Mark W saw it a week or so ago - at a bench next to the Cypress 
Pond. There was no sign of the second bird that Mark spotted in the area. 


Jeff Mohamed
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Subject: Seeking East Texas Co-Compiler for 2015 Rusty Blackbird Blitz
From: Richard Gibbons <rgibbons AT houstonaudubon.org>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 15:56:21 +0000
Dear Texbirders,
Plans are underway for the 2015 Rusty Blackbird Blitz, a project designed to 
fill in critical data gaps for a boreal forest breeding bird with a precipitous 
population trend. This will be my second year as the Texas compiler and it 
would be helpful to have a co-compiler from East Texas to ensure we have good 
coverage in the core of the Rusty Blackbird winter range. The volunteer 
position would include program promotion and some communication with 
participants. In particular, we'd like to have more repeated visits to 
locations with Rusties. If you are potentially interested, please send me an 
email or call for more information. Here is a link to the project website in 
case you would like to learn more: 

http://rustyblackbird.org/outreach/migration-blitz/

Come on Beaumont, Port Arthur, Tyler, Longview, Huntsville, Nac', and 
Texarkana! 


Thanks,

Richard

_________________________________
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Conservation Director
Houston Audubon
440 Wilchester Boulevard
Houston, Texas  77079
(713) 932-1639 ext. 104
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Subject: Panhandle Birding (long)
From: Dennis Shepler <dawgler AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:41:24 -0600
Howdy Texbirders,
Highlights of the weekend:
Common Crane
Golden Eagle (2) - near Texline
Rough-legged Hawk - Texline area
Ferruginous Hawk - various sites
Prairie Falcon - Dalhart near the grain elevators
Cassin's Finch - Lubbock Cemetery
I wandered the Panhandle this past weekend, with Fred Collins, logging 1620
miles.  Of course, many others logged similar distances in pursuit of the
Common Crane.
Once again, I was impressed with the talented birders and good people that
I met along the way.
It was great to see people helping each other as we all frantically tried
to get our scopes on the Crane and the help that was given to make sure
everyone in the group saw the bird.  This theme continued throughout the
trip.
The search for the Rosy-Finch yielded some great birds, but as expected no
Rosy-Finch.  While we were birding along Stewart Lane, near Texline, a
truck pulled up to see what we we doing (this occurred as a Rough-legged
Hawk was flying over).  I told them about the rarities and ask the driver
if he had seen any pheasant.  He filled me in on sites and gave me
directions. But said their numbers were still low. He and his companion
were very interested in our activities.  Later, as we birded near a house
the landowner came out to see why his dogs were barking.  After we
introduced ourselves and told him about the rarities, he invited us to come
into his yard to bird around his property.  On a number of other occasions
during our weekend travels, we encountered folks that were very interested
in what we were doing (in the lobby of our hotel in Lubbock, one woman
approached me and said "are you a bird watcher"  and even young members of
a football team that we met asked if we were looking for birds...carrying
scopes and binocular may now be "cool").
I started birding in 1962 and have seen birding change in many positive
ways.  I'm sure happy that our passionate pursuit is being more widely
recognized and accepted.
Thanks to all the Texas birders for their help and their posts on texbirds
and eBird (and the variety facebook birding pages).  Kudos to Justin Bosler
for finding the Crane.
Dennis
Houston

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Subject: Pelicans
From: Janice Cunningham <jan3putt AT outlook.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:53:30 -0600
There were a pair of White Pelicans at Battleground Golf Club in Deer Park 
yesterday. They were working the ponds near 9th, 18th and 10th holes. Beautiful 
birds; I never realized how big they are until I saw them in flight yesterday. 

 
Jan Cunningham
Houston
 		 	   		  
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Subject: 2nd Rufous Hummingbird - Kurten
From: Shirley Wilkerson <shirley.wilkerson AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:10:29 -0600
Hi Mark, would you double check me on this hummingbird?  Looks like a
second Rufous to me.  Just appeared today in our yard.
Thanks,
Shirley Wilkerson
Kurten, TX

Here is the link:  (hope you can open it !)

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Subject: Non-chimeric Common Crane
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "drbirdie@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 21:38:45 -0500
Hi Texbirders,
Recent photos and several observers from the field indicate that the Common 
Crane in Bailey County looks like the real deal from all angles. So, the 
appearance from one of Justin's early photos of abnormally extensive white on 
the right side of the head and neck was apparently a result of glare or some 
other artifact of light or digital photography. 

Happy chasing ya'll!
Byron Stone, Austin
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Subject: Re: Canada goose and other exotics
From: "Frank Bumgardner" <fbumgardner AT hot.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:34:20 -0600
Brush

As of the last AOU supplement, the AOU has not listed the Egyptian Goose on
the main list, nor on the appendix. They may take a look at it due to ABA
listing it for Florida.

Frank Bumgardner
China Spring, TX

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>
I am not good at keeping up with the ABA list, but seem to recall Egyptian
Goose was accepted by them only for Florida...??    Have no idea what AOU
has done with it if anything.
**********************************************************************
Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
Finca Alacranes., Utley,Texas

On Sun, Nov 23, 2014 at 5:47 PM, Clayton Leopold  wrote:

> While retuning home from an intense west Texas trip, Jeff sexton and I
> stopped in Boerne to check a report for a Canada goose. I didn't realize
> when reading the report that it was at a park, as I am not familiar with
> the area. Needless to say there were numerous species of domesticated fowl
> along with a pair of Canada geese and Egyptian geese.
> My first question is, what do yall think about the Canada pair? I checked
> on ebird for that location and most reports are sporadic (until the last
> few weeks) and only report 1 bird until recently. There was also a report
> about two months ago with a group of 42 birds. Maybe this pair decided the
> park was too nice to leave? They were in close proximity to each other and
> somewhat separted from the main group. Both were perfect looking Canada's,
> not like a hybrid or pet.
>
> My second question is how do you access the the ABA accepted list for
> Texas, or is there one? I know Florida just accepted Egyptian goose as a
> countable bird, but how do you know what populations are acceptable or not
> and within what states?
>
> I appreciate any help or info you can give!
>
>
>
> --
> Clayton & Linsey Leopold
> Texas City
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Subject: Anahuac today
From: David McDonald <dkmmdpa AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:29:29 -0600
Hi Texbirders,

The Ruddy Ducks are back at Shoveler pond this year. There was a nice 
male with a white cheek...    http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158331248

Also many female plumaged birds, about 20 in 
all...   http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158331247

A massive flock of Snow Geese was in a ploughed field beside the 
second leg of the loop....  http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158331308

At the Skillern Tract there was my FOS Greater White-fronted geese, a 
flock of 18 birds...   http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158331244

There were a few juvies as well in the 
group...   http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158331245

Also saw this hawk in a tree and I think it is a juvie Swainson's 
Hawk...   http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158331249

If it is not a Swainson's please tell me what the correct ID is. Thanks.

Also, I watched a Double-crested Cormorant try and swallow a BIG 
catfish in Shoveler pond. I have seen them manipulate the fish around 
to get it head first, but this time it was unusual as the bird 
repeatedly dove and resurfaced before finally swallowing the fish. I 
suspect it was to big to manipulate out of water, so he released it 
and grabbed it again underwater.

Here is the first photo...  http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158331241

This one has the fish out of water and shows the size compared to the 
bird....   http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158331242

After one of his dives, he has the fish the wrong 
way....   http://www.pbase.com/davidmcd/image/158331243

The next time he came up, the fish was gone.

By the way, no birds at High Island nor at Frenchtown Road by the 
ferry landing in Bolivar.

Good birding,

David McDonald

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Subject: Couch's Kingbird Travis Co
From: Christian Walker <christian.walker AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:28:42 -0600
Hello,

While playing frisbee at Allen Elementary School in east Austin, I heard a 
Couch’s Kingbird calling. It called for about three hours. There were also a 
few Monk Parakeets. 

Hopefully it’ll stay around for the CBC, although I’m sure others will be 
found. 


Good birding,

Christian Walker
Independent Adjuster
Austin, Texas
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Subject: More Lubbock highlights from today
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 18:12:17 -0600
Greetings All:
I took another pass at the Leroy Elmore Park Herring Gull, late this
afternoon.  I dipped on the Herring Gull but did spot 3 female and 2 male
Wood Ducks and 1 Eared Grebe.

I am going to have to find a prevening where work or MLS playoffs don't
mess with a gull chase:)

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Canada goose and other exotics
From: Clayton Leopold <passerinaciris12 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 17:47:35 -0600
While retuning home from an intense west Texas trip, Jeff sexton and I
stopped in Boerne to check a report for a Canada goose. I didn't realize
when reading the report that it was at a park, as I am not familiar with
the area. Needless to say there were numerous species of domesticated fowl
along with a pair of Canada geese and Egyptian geese.
My first question is, what do yall think about the Canada pair? I checked
on ebird for that location and most reports are sporadic (until the last
few weeks) and only report 1 bird until recently. There was also a report
about two months ago with a group of 42 birds. Maybe this pair decided the
park was too nice to leave? They were in close proximity to each other and
somewhat separted from the main group. Both were perfect looking Canada's,
not like a hybrid or pet.

My second question is how do you access the the ABA accepted list for
Texas, or is there one? I know Florida just accepted Egyptian goose as a
countable bird, but how do you know what populations are acceptable or not
and within what states?

I appreciate any help or info you can give!



-- 
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Subject: Comments on the Cameron County Carpodacus Finch On Line
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 14:33:13 -0600
Hi, all!
 

As requested by many, I've consolidated the comments I've received on the
Cameron County Carpodacus finch and put them on my website; I've purposely
left off names so that folks can read the comments and learn something
without making any judgment calls on the person involved.  Here's the link:

 

http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/2014%20Field%20Trips/November/Resaca
%20de%20la%20Palma%20SP.html

 

.and the Tiny URL:

 

http://tinyurl.com/l4u6duz

 

Enjoy!  MB

 

Mary Beth Stowe

McAllen, TX

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Subject: Caddo Lake State Park
From: Gary Richards <grcolts AT me.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:34:54 -0600
Christy and I spent several days last week up in northeast Texas birding and 
exploring the Caddo Lake State Park. 

Below are the bird species we observed:

Mallard
Pied-billed Grebe
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Black Vulture
Turkey Vulture
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Mourning Dove
Red-headed Woodpecker
Red-bellied Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Downy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Pileated Woodpecker
Black Phoebe
Blue Jay
American Crow
Fish Crow
Carolina Chickadee
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Eastern Bluebird (bluebirds were everywhere with flocks of 20 or more birds at 
a time) 

American Robin (Robins were the most abundant birds we observed; we saw many 
hundreds of them) 

Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Prairie Warbler
Eastern Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
White-throated Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Northern Cardinal
Red-winged Blackbird
Common Grackle
House Finch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

Number of Species: 42


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Subject: Mountain Bluebird Yes this morning
From: Kelley S <kpeck2487 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:28:40 -0600
Texbirders,
The Mountain Bluebird found yesterday in West Jefferson County was still
present this morning in the same location. It has a habit of hiding
underneath the red #19 sign when it is not actively feeding. The Couch's
Kingbird down the road was also present around 11 am in the same general
location on Lawhon Road, perched in a Tallow tree overhanging the road.
Links to pictures below:
Mountain Bluebird: https://flic.kr/p/q8mmP7
Couch's Kingbird: https://flic.kr/p/pTchTB

Kelley Sampeck
Lumberton,  Hardin County,  Texas
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Subject: Painted Red start @ Brooks
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "stenmead@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 13:58:46 -0500
The painted red start Is present at Brooks County rest stop now. An Audubon's 
warbler was also present. 

Stennie Meadours
San Leon
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Subject: Lubbock highlights this morning
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:46:38 -0600
Greetings All:
Nothing like yesterday - just a fifteen minute stop at Leroy Elmore Park,
in fruitless search of the Herring Gull, where I did pick up 1 female and 1
male Wood Ducks, 1 American White Pelican, and 2 Least Sandpipers.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Crane chase (longish)
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jgstudio@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 11:42:20 -0500
To add to the other posts, the Common Crane showed well yesterday among about 
3000 Sandhill Cranes in a small playa on CR1181 east of HWY 214 just past the 
first farmhouse on the right. The little playa is in a depression and is best 
viewed from a truck bed or on top of an SUV. 

Steve Vinson and I started yesterday from Hobbs NM where we had stopped for the 
night. With a good early start we were able to see a lot of farm country going 
north on Hwy 214 from Seminole TX. From this point all the way to Muleshoe it 
was quite a raptor show with more Ferruginous Hawks in one day than the rest of 
my life. Also great was a Rough-legged Hawk close to Muleshoe. Kestrels were 
everywhere and we had a Prairie Falcon also. We settled in at Paul's Lake on 
the refuge to wait out the crane while the crow built. Martin Reid showed us 
some maps and pointed out a route to search, so we echanged phone numbers with 
several other searchers, including Ed Wetzel who kept vigil at the lake, and 
set of scanning the thousands of cranes in the area. Highlights in the area 
were Lapland Longspur, Chestnut Collared Longspur, McCown's Longspur, a Golden 
Eagle, and tons of Horned Larks. After quite a bit of scanning large flocks of 
cranes, we went to the CR1181 playa only to be overw 

 helmed by the incoming cranes. We and several others scoped every crane we 
could until we tired of the exercise. Still no phone calls from the others. 
After lunch in Muleshoe, we went back to Paul's Lake where Ed still held watch. 
Many new chasers arrived. There were thousands of cranes loafing on the far 
shores and so we set out to walk around the lake to get a better look. As we 
were walking back to the crowd scene, a big blue SUV came screaming up the road 
followed by another car and another and another etc. We knew the chase was on! 
We sprinted to the road to hear where they were going and Martin shout out his 
window CR1181!!!! The next few minutes resembled a scene from Dukes of Hazard 
as we followed the caravan of vehicles exceeding reasonable and prudent speeds 
and fishtailing on the turn onto the dirt CR1181. Cameron Carver had located 
the crane and made the phone call and soon about 40 of us were sharing scopes, 
clamoring into truck beds and climbing onto SUV's for 

 a better look. This bird is about 20% larger than the SACR's, is quite 
handsome and shows very typical markings and bill color for Common Crane with 
no asymmetry or other signs of hybridization. Others got good digiscoped photos 
which I hope will be useful to TBRC. 

     
I always love these chases because I get to see so many familiar faces and old 
acquaintances! 




John Groves
El Paso

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Subject: Mountain Bluebird in Jefferson County
From: steve mayes <sgmayes AT hotmail.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 04:38:53 +0000
 
We found a Mountain Bluebird (appears to be a first year male) on the Golden 
Triangle Audubon Society's field trip to western Jefferson county today. The 
bird was foraging along a fence line on McDermand Road about 1/4 mile north of 
the intersection with Lawhon Road. The bird was in the area of a large white 
pipeline with an orange sign next to it that has the number "19" on it. The 
bird was first discovered before lunch but we came back later and the bird was 
still present in the same location around 4pm. 

For those who don't know the area, McDermand Road runs between Hwy 90 and FM 
365 and comes off (south) of Hwy 90 just east of the town of Nome. 

If you are coming to the area for the bluebird, also be aware that we later 
found a Couch's Kingbird on Lawhon Road east of Green Pond Gully and 1000 - 
2000 Sandhill Cranes in the general area, mostly around the Willis Road/Johnson 
Road area. 

 
Good luck if you go looking!
 
Steve Mayes
Nederland, TX
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Mountain Bluebird and Couch's Kingbird West Jefferson Co
From: HS Mail <hstewartmail AT gt.rr.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 21:26:41 -0600
URL’s to photos of a Mountain Bluebird and a Couch’s Kingbird observed today 
are included, as per Dr. John Whittle’s highlights below for the Golden 
Triangle Audubon Society field trip to West Jefferson County. 

Photos of Mountain Bluebird:

http://hstewart.smugmug.com/Nature/Field-Trips/FT-West-Jefferson-County-11221/i-wQ5rQ4G 


http://hstewart.smugmug.com/Nature/Field-Trips/FT-West-Jefferson-County-11221/i-PGpSb9F 


Photos of Couch’s Kingbird:

http://hstewart.smugmug.com/Nature/Field-Trips/FT-West-Jefferson-County-11221/i-JqkmX7z 


http://hstewart.smugmug.com/Nature/Field-Trips/FT-West-Jefferson-County-11221/i-mvsJhW6 



Golden Triangle Audubon Bird Alert – 22 November 2014 - John A. Whittle
 
"The Golden Triangle Audubon Filed trip to west Jefferson County today (Sat 22 
Nov) was highly successful. Here are the highlights, all of which have some 
possibility of still being close to where we saw them in the next day or so. 

 
At least 1,000 Sandhill Cranes were feeding in the area bounded by Johnson Road 
(on the east and south), League and Old League Road (on the south and west), 
FM1406 (on the northwest), and FM365 (on the northeast). They were best 
observed from Johnson Road, west of the 90 deg turn on Johnson at Heisig Road. 
Small groups of cranes were in the air most of the time we were there. The 
center of this area is approx. 29.94N, 94.38W. 

 
The find of the day was a first year Mountain Bluebird, found by John Haynes 
and Steve Mayes flycatching from the fence wires on McDermand Road about 3 
miles South of US90. The exact location can be recognized by a white Sunoco 
pipeline crossing the ditch on the west side of the road, with a tall yellow 
pipeline marker with the number 19 on it. This location is south of the power 
line crossing and 1/4 mile north of the junction with Lawhon Road. The bird was 
actively flycatching from the fence wires and the pipeline marker. This is the 
first known record of this species in Jefferson County. Location was approx. 
30.04343N, 94.371010W. 

 
Two adult and one immature Bald Eagle were south of Lawhon Road at Greenpond 
Road, on the levee south of that junction. They could be seen from the bridge 
on Lawhon Road that crosses to newly widened Greenpond Gully. Thanks to 
Christine Sliva for her eagle-eyes in spotting these birds. The eagles appeared 
to be surveying the ducks in the shallow ponds east of that levee. Location was 
approximately 30.0002N 94.2997W. 

 
A Couch's Kingbird (verified by response to a taped call) was flycatching on 
Lawhon Road, very approximately 3 miles east of South China Road (or 1.1 miles 
east of Greenpond Road). The bird was flycatching from perches on both sides of 
Lawhon Road. Location was very approximately 30.0006N 94.2813W". 



Harlan Stewart
Nederland
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Subject: Western Grebe at Lake O' the Pines, Marion county
From: peter barnes <pbarnes123 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 20:53:33 -0600
The Tyler Audubon Society and NETFO had a field trip to Lake O' the Pines,
visiting Lakeside Park, Tejas Point, Pop's Landing (all in Marion county)
and Cedar Spring Park and the Hwy 155 boatramp (both in Upshur county). It
was initially cool and cloudy, then sunny and very pleasant.
A Western Grebe was seen near the dam at Lakeside Park. Duck numbers on the
lake were small, but we tallied 13 expected species. Approximately 25
Common Loons were observed, mostly at Lakeside Park, but we could not turn
any of them into Pacific or Red-throated Loons. Thanks to Mike Dillon for
taking us around.

Peter Barnes
Tyler


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Subject: Zone-tailed Hawk at Rancho Viejo (Cameron)
From: "bradmckinney AT juno.com" <bradmckinney@juno.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2014 02:47:17 GMT
Good evening, Had a surprise Zone-tailed Hawk flyover at Rancho Viejo this 
afternoon. Soaring over the main resaca near clubhouse before drifting 
northward. A couple of photos at the link below: 
http://s1090.photobucket.com/user/bradmckinney/media/ZTHA9RV22Nov2014_zps65ff6d6e.jpg.html 
Wishing all a happy winter season, Brad McKinneyRancho Viejo 

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Subject: Pictures from the Star County Trip
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:45:08 -0600
Hi, all!
 

Pictures are up, and comments on the Canada Goose are welcome:  it was
definitely one of the smaller races, but it didn't have the head/bill
structure of a Cackling.

 

http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/2014%20Field%20Trips/November/Starr%
20County.html

 

or here:

 

http://tinyurl.com/ol25387

 

Enjoy,

 

MB

 

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McAllen, TX

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Subject: Might make it to 300 yet
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 17:37:26 -0600
Greetings All:
An update for my part in the region vs. region competition with Rich
Kostecke.  My stated goal for the year was 300 species of birds.  At the
end of October I was at 286 and getting fourteen more looked pretty iffy.
I just got done wading through the interesting events of the last two
weeks, however, and realized that I am now at 294 (assuming that the TBRC
rules favorably on the Common Crane I will consider it my answer to Rich
Kostecke's attempt at pelagic birding in central Texas).

November has kicked out Greater Scaup, Pine Warbler, Western Grebe, Horned
Grebe, Bald Eagle, Common Crane, Cassin's Finch, and Red Crossbill - an
astonishing number of additions for so late in the year.

I still have the sneaking suspicion that Rich is going to luck into a
staggering series of winter wonders in the Austin area but, who knows, he
might not.

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Subject: Virginia Rail photobombs Travis Audubon Sparrow Class field trip today, Saturday November 22, 2014
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "drbirdie@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 18:05:53 -0500
Hi Texbirders & Sparrowhawks,
As late as last night, optimistic weather models forecast the rain in central 
Texas to start falling in earnest today after 12 noon. 

The optimistic models were wrong.
Between episodes of intermittent heavy rain, 8 intrepid Sparrowhawks from the 
Travis Audubon Society Sparrow Identfication Class slogged through portions of 
Hays and Guadalupe Counties in south central Texas from 7:45 a.m. to 12 noon 
today and recorded 12 sparrow species, 9 of which were seen by all or almost 
all participants. 

Our first stop was Aquarena Springs in San Marcos, where we found several Swamp 
Sparrows down in the cattails, allowing almost everyone in the group to get 
good looks. The star of the show, however, was a Virginia Rail that walked 
furtively near the edge of the cattails, and then scampered across a small 
opening, allowing brief but good looks for all. Sparrowman was amazed! 

We also had a couple of wet Couch's Kingbirds perched in a pecan tree near the 
parking area. 



We then headed down to Warbler Woods, where Susan Schaezler had confidently 
assured me that the rain was not going to start up again until 1 p.m. Wrong 
again! We slogged through wet fields chasing elusive LeConte's Sparrows which 
absolutely refused to land in any of the nearby wet bushes. So we had to be 
content with multiple close views of LeConte's Sparrows in flight. We did get 
pretty good looks at several Vesper Sparrows and at a Lincoln's Sparrow perched 
in a small tree near Scout Pond. The covered blind at Scout Pond offered a 
slightly drier vantage point from which we ventured out during brief lulls in 
the rain to try for LeConte's Sparrows. 



Don then cheerfully led us through wet, muddy paths to the covered blind at 
Chat Pond, beside which several seed feeders are stationed. When the downpour 
subsided temporarily, we were finally able to observe several sparrow species 
feeding on the wet ground below the feeders, including Chipping, Lincoln's and 
White-throated Sparrows. We also had a Common Ground Dove come in briefly with 
a bunch of Incas. 



Just before the rain started up in earnest again, we headed back to the house 
and the dry interiors of our vehicles. 



Many thanks to Don and Susan Schaezler for allowing us to visit their beautiful 
property, which is going to be made even more beautiful by all this rain. 



Our merry band of Sparrowhawks had 9 sparrow species today (not counting 3 more 
detected only by Sparrowman). 

Two of these nine, Swamp and White-throated Sparrow, were not encountered on 
our first field trip, and another, LeConte's Sparrow, was not viewed well by 
most field trip participants on our first trip. So we have now encountered 15 
of the 20 regularly-occurring winter sparrow species on our first two field 
trips. 



A birdlist for today follows:



Pied-billed Grebe - 3
Double-crested Cormorant - 2
Great Blue Heron - 1
Black Vulture - 45
Turkey Vulture - 14
American Kestrel - 1
White-winged Dove - 55
Mourning Dove - 45
Inca Dove - 7
Common Ground-Dove - 1
Eastern Screech-Owl - 1
Golden-fronted Woodpecker - 2 - Aquarena
Ladder-backed Woodpecker - 1 - WW
Eastern Phoebe - 2
Couch's Kingbird - 2 - Aquarena
Black-crested Titmouse - 1 - WW
Carolina Wren - 3
Northern Mockingbird - 3
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 2 Aq
Chipping Sparrow - 15 WW
Field Sparrow - 2 - Not seen by rest of group
Vesper Sparrow - 4 - WW
Lark Sparrow - 1 WW
Savannah Sparrow - 7 WW
Grasshopper Sparrow - 1 - Aquarena - not seen by rest of group
Le Conte's Sparrow - 3 - WW
Song Sparrow - 1 - WW - Not seen by rest of group
Lincoln's Sparrow - 3 WW
Swamp Sparrow - 3 - Aquarena
White-throated Sparrow - 2 - WW
White-crowned Sparrow - 5 WW
Northern Cardinal - 3
House Sparrow - 15 - WW



Despite the rain, it was a good day to be a Sparrowhawk!
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Subject: Starr County Highlights
From: "Mary Beth Stowe" <mbstowe AT miriameaglemon.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 16:24:59 -0600
Hi, all!
 

Just a quick note to report the highlights from the Birder Patrol trip:  a
pair of Wood Ducks flying over at Salineno, and the immature Reddish Egret
that's evidently been hanging around there on and off.  At Falcon SP
eagle-eyed Ralph Peterson spotted a Canada Goose along the shoreline as you
drive down the dirt track next to the boat ramp, and follow it until it
looks like you're about to drive into the lake; it was on the left on the
far side of the little inlet.  Based on the size we're guessing a
Lesser-definitely not one of the big Canadas.

 

More later, along with pictures!  My bird list below:

 

Canada Goose                          Branta canadensis

  Wood Duck                             Aix sponsa

  Mottled Duck                          Anas fulvigula

  Northern Shoveler                     Anas clypeata

  Ring-necked Duck                      Aythya collaris

  Ruddy Duck                            Oxyura jamaicensis

  Plain Chachalaca                      Ortalis vetula

  Northern Bobwhite                     Colinus virginianus

  Pied-billed Grebe                     Podilymbus podiceps

  Neotropic Cormorant                   Phalacrocorax brasilianus

  Double-crested Cormorant              Phalacrocorax auritus

  American White Pelican                Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

  Great Blue Heron                      Ardea herodias

  Great Egret                           Ardea alba

  Snowy Egret                           Egretta thula

  Reddish Egret                         Egretta rufescens

  Cattle Egret                          Bubulcus ibis

  Black Vulture                         Coragyps atratus

  Turkey Vulture                        Cathartes aura

  Osprey                                Pandion haliaetus

  Northern Harrier                      Circus cyaneus

  Sharp-shinned Hawk                    Accipiter striatus

  Cooper's Hawk                         Accipiter cooperii

  Harris's Hawk                         Parabuteo unicinctus

  Red-shouldered Hawk                   Buteo lineatus

  American Coot                         Fulica americana

  Killdeer                              Charadrius vociferus

  Spotted Sandpiper                     Actitis macularius

  Ring-billed Gull                      Larus delawarensis

  Forster's Tern                        Sterna forsteri

  Rock Pigeon                           Columba livia

  Eurasian Collared-Dove                Streptopelia decaocto

  White-winged Dove                     Zenaida asiatica

  Mourning Dove                         Zenaida macroura

  Common Ground-Dove                    Columbina passerina

  White-tipped Dove                     Leptotila verreauxi

  Greater Roadrunner                    Geococcyx californianus

  Ringed Kingfisher                     Megaceryle torquata

  Golden-fronted Woodpecker             Melanerpes aurifrons

  Ladder-backed Woodpecker              Picoides scalaris

  Crested Caracara                      Caracara cheriway

  Eastern Phoebe                        Sayornis phoebe

  Vermilion Flycatcher                  Pyrocephalus rubinus

  Great Kiskadee                        Pitangus sulphuratus

  Loggerhead Shrike                     Lanius ludovicianus

  White-eyed Vireo                      Vireo griseus

  Green Jay                             Cyanocorax yncas

  Black-crested Titmouse                Baeolophus atricristatus

  Verdin                                Auriparus flaviceps

  House Wren                            Troglodytes aedon

  Blue-gray Gnatcatcher                 Polioptila caerulea

  Curve-billed Thrasher                 Toxostoma curvirostre

  Long-billed Thrasher                  Toxostoma longirostre

  Northern Mockingbird                  Mimus polyglottos

  Orange-crowned Warbler                Oreothlypis celata

  Yellow-rumped Warbler                 Setophaga coronata

  Lark Sparrow                          Chondestes grammacus

  Northern Cardinal                     Cardinalis cardinalis

  Pyrrhuloxia                           Cardinalis sinuatus

  Red-winged Blackbird                  Agelaius phoeniceus

  Eastern Meadowlark                    Sturnella magna

  Western Meadowlark                    Sturnella neglecta

  Great-tailed Grackle                  Quiscalus mexicanus

  Brown-headed Cowbird                  Molothrus ater

  Altamira Oriole                       Icterus gularis

  House Sparrow                         Passer domesticus

 

66 SPECIES

 

 

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Subject: Request for Common Crane observer information
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:45:02 -0600
Greetings All:
One of the things that the Llano Estacado Audubon Society tries to do is
demonstrate the value of watchable wildlife to local authorities.

Towards that end, I would like to keep track of the number of birders who
make the journey to Bailey County to see the Common Crane.   All I really
need is name and city traveled from.  If folk want to include information
about nights spent in motels/hotels, meals purchased, and gas bought
locally that would be great.

Something along the lines of:

Anthony Hewetson; Lubbock; one tank of gas; hosted two birders resulting in
three meals purchased locally.

No names (or other confidential information) will be shared.  I just want
to be able to say something along the lines of XXXX birders came to see
this bird, these birders came from the following cities, etc...

Way back when the Gyrfalcon was found, we estimated that between 1800 and
3600 birders came to see the bird during its stay - and this information
has helped us in talks with city staff.  We would like to do a better job
this time.

My thanks to all who assist in this endeavor; Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson,
Lubbock


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Subject: Highlights from Common Crane trip - yesterday
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:33:43 -0600
Greetings All:
Yesterday I headed on over to Bailey County to look for, with a
surprisingly large group of far-flung Texas birders, the Common Crane.

My only highlight on the way over was 2 Ring-billed Gulls at Bull Lake in
Lamb County - noteworthy as gulls rarely stray into our western counties.

From 9:50 to 12:05 a largish group of us stared at the cranes west of CR
3397 (a few miles south of FM 298).  The Crane was not seen.  Highlights
for me along this road were: 2 Snow Geese, 3 Chestnut-collared Longspurs, 1
McCown's Longspur, and 1 Orange-crowned Warbler.

Then, from 12:05 to 5:00, an even larger group stared endlessly at the
cranes (and other birds) at Paul's Lake.  This did not produce The Crane
but we did see 2 Redheads, 1 first winter (in my opinion) Bald Eagle, 1
very late Pectoral Sandpiper, 6 Least Sandpipers, and 1 American Pipit.  I
think we averaged eleven people present through the whole five hour period
- a whole lot of effort for a dip!

Then, at about 5:00 we got a call and were told that The Crane was with a
largish group of cranes along CR 1181 about a mile east of Highway 214 (1
mile north of Needmore).  Mere minutes later scopes and birders were loaded
into vehicles and vehicles were hurtling towards Needmore.

From 5:05 until it was too dark to see at least fourteen birders (some from
as far away as the Houston area)  got acceptable looks at a Common Crane.
It provided good views of both right and left side of the neck and head and
certainly appeared to be plumaged identically on both sides to me.  There
was also nothing that suggested to me that the bird was anything but pure
Common Crane.

I can't even begin to imagine what the folk in the farmhouse just down the
road made of all this hullabaloo!!

I believe that other folk have submitted decent photographs of the bird;
the committee will make of this bird what it will.

Much thanks to Justin Bosler for getting the word out about this bird - he
was promised quite a few beers as farewells were said.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Common Crane YES!!
From: Chris Easley <dmeguy AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:24:53 -0600
Common Crane seen today around 2:30 in the playa on County Road 1181 a
couple of hundred yards East of 214. About 40 birders were there.
Chris Easley
Keene, TX (currently in the Panhandle)


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Subject: Lubbock Cemetery Highlights - Including Cassin's Finches
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:14:05 -0600
Greetings All:
After I led the LEAS field trip I wandered on over to the Lubbock Cemetery
where Phillip Kite, John O'Brien, and David Sarkozi were looking at
Cassin's Finches!

From 10:35 to 1:20 I worked the cemetery (part of the time with PK, JO, and
DS) and my highlights are listed below.  In parentheses I note whether or
not species were seen by the others - numbers probably varied from person
to person so I am reporting mine.

1 Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (AH)
8 Red-breasted Nuthatches (all)
1 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (AH, PK)
6 Golden-crowned Kinglets (all)
4 Eastern Bluebirds (all)
8 Western Bluebirds (all)
25 Cedar Waxwings (all)
4 Orange-crowned Warblers (all)
1 Chipping Sparrow (AH)
3 Red Crossbills (AH only - flyover and call notes - 2 red, 1 yellow)
4 Cassin's Finches (all - 2 females and 2 males - pictures of most, if not
all, were obtained by several observers).

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: LEAS Field Trip to Clapp Park, Lubbock - Today
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 15:07:49 -0600
Greetings All:

I led, for the most part, a Llano Estacado Audubon Society field trip to
Clapp Park in Lubbock this morning.  Attending were Tom Dolan, Toni Dolan,
Ellen Hildebrandt, Jan Jannett, Jim Kringle, Jennifer Miller, and Janice
Whittington.  Songbirds got short shrift as the group mostly worked on
getting solid on both female and male plumage on all the ducks seen.  The
group managed to get eyes on the following from 8:00 to 10:00.  It was a
good morning and everybody appeared to have a good time.

6 Cackling Geese
219 Canada Geese
1 Wood Duck
21 Gadwalls
68 American Wigeons
238 Mallards
1 Mexican Mallard x Mallard hybrid
4 Northern Shovelers
27 Northern Pintails
6 Redheads
5 Ring-necked Ducks
4 Lesser Scaups
3 Buffleheads
2 Ruddy Ducks
2 Pied-billed Grebes
17 American Coots
26 Rock Pigeons
14 Eurasian Collared Doves
2 White-winged Doves
1 Mourning Dove
1 American Kestrel
1 Merlin
3 Marsh Wrens
6 Song Sparrows
1 Swamp Sparrow
2 Red-winged Blackbirds
1 meadowlark
4 Great-tailed Grackles
1 Eastern Gray Squirrel

Anthony 'Fat Tonyu' Hewetson, Lubbock


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Subject: Baytown Nature Center Bird Count Results
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "DHanson139@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 10:52:26 -0500
Below is the checklist from the Baytown Nature Center Bird Count on  
11/20/14. The things that jumped out at us were the large number of House Wrens 

and the lower number of Carolina Wrens than usual. Dove numbers were way down 
 and Shorebirds up. 35 was the largest number of Semi-palmated Plovers I 
have  ever seen there. Also Pelicans of both species and Pied-billed Grebes 
were both  low. Both Reddish Egrets were still present with one red and one 
white. One  Nelson's Sparrow was present on the boardwalk across the marshy 
area found by  Ray Porters group. Jan and I had jumped that bird a week or so 
ago and at the  time I was pretty sure it was the Nelson's but did not get a 
good enough look at  it to be sure.
 
 
       67 species  total      8 Gadwall Anas strepera  6 Mallard Anas 
platyrhynchos 16 Northern Shoveler Anas clypeata 14 Hooded Merganser Lophodytes 

 cucullatus  1 Common Loon Gavia immer  5 Pied-billed Grebe Podilymbus  
podiceps  3 Double crested  Cormorant  11 Neotropic Cormorant Phalacrocorax  
brasilianus  18 Brown Pelican Pelecanus  occidentalis  1 American White  
Pelican  6 Great Blue Heron Ardea herodias  8 Great Egret Ardea alba  5 Snowy 
Egret Egretta thula  2 Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens  5 White Ibis Eudocimus 
albus  5 White-faced Ibis Plegadis chihi  1 Black Vulture Coragyps atratus  
3 Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura  3 Osprey Pandion haliaetus  1 Northern 
Harrier Circus cyaneus 1 Red-shouldered Hawk Buteo lineatus 1 Red-tailed Hawk 

Buteo jamaicensis  3 Clapper Rail Rallus crepitans  3 American Avocet 
Recurvirostra  americana  35 Semipalmated Plover Charadrius  semipalmatus  11 
Killdeer Charadrius vociferus  3 Spotted Sandpiper Actitis  macularius  3 
Greater Yellowlegs Tringa  melanoleuca  1 Lesser Yellowlegs Tringa flavipes  8 
Dunlin Calidris alpina  25 Least Sandpiper Calidris  minutilla  25 Western 
Sandpiper Calidris mauri  1 Long-billed Dowitcher Limnodromus  scolopaceus  24 
Laughing Gull Leucophaeus  atricilla  6 Ring-billed Gull Larus  delawarensis  
1 Forsters Tern  2 Royal Tern Thalasseus maximus  8 Rock Pigeon (Feral 
Pigeon)  Columba livia (Feral  Pigeon)  9 Mourning Dove Zenaida macroura  3 
Belted Kingfisher Megaceryle alcyon  3 Red-bellied Woodpecker Melanerpes  
carolinus  1 Downy Woodpecker Picoides  pubescens  5 Eastern Phoebe Sayornis 
phoebe  12 Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata  1 Tree Swallow  4 Cave Swallow 
Petrochelidon  fulva  2 Carolina Chickadee Poecile  carolinensis  6 House Wren 
Troglodytes aedon  12 Marsh Wren Cistothorus palustris  5 Carolina Wren 
Thryothorus  ludovicianus  5 Blue-gray Gnatcatcher Polioptila  caerulea  2 
Ruby-crowned Kinglet Regulus calendula 15 Northern Mockingbird Mimus 
polyglottos 50 

European Starling Sturnus vulgaris  1 Common  Yellowthroat  3 Orange-crowned 
Warbler Oreothlypis  celata  1 Yellow-rumped Warbler Setophaga  coronata  2 
Savannah Sparrow Passerculus  sandwichensis  1 Nelson's  Sparrow  4 Seaside 
Sparrow Ammodramus  maritimus  11 Swamp Sparrow Melospiza  georgiana  2 
White-crowned Sparrow Zonotrichia  leucophrys  2 Northern Cardinal Cardinalis  
cardinalis  250 Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius  phoeniceus  2 Common Grackle 
Quiscalus  quiscula  13 Great-tailed Grackle Quiscalus  mexicanus  7 House 
Sparrow Passer  domesticus 
David  Hanson
FeatherFest 2015 Birding Program  Leader
Baytown/Mont Belvieu Area
Chambers County
Galveston Bay  Area Master Naturalist
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Subject: Common Crane Locations to date - Bald Eagle at MNWR
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 20:56:21 -0600
Greetings All:
The Common Crane has - thus far - been seen with Sandhill Cranes at Goose
Lake (Muleshoe NWR), Paul's Lake (Muleshoe NWR), CR3397 a few miles south
of FM 298 (the only place along this road with cranes feeding in the
morning - can't miss 'em), and roughly 1 mile east of Highway 214 on CR
1181 (the turnoff is about a mile north of Needmore).  All locations - thus
far - are in Bailey County but the bird is clearly ranging about a bit with
its favored flock of Sandhill Cranes.

It was last seen at the CR 1181 site - by fourteen birders - from roughly
5:00 to too dark to see well.

Also of note: a not-adult Bald Eagle harassing the cranes at Paul's Lake.

Anthony 'Fat Tony' Hewetson; Lubbock


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Subject: Common Crane just telocated
From: David Sarkozi <david AT sarkozi.net>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:22:11 -0600
The Common Crane was just located on CR1181 about 1 mile north of Needmore
on FM214. Look south just past the first house
David Sarkozi
Houston, TX


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Subject: White-tailed hawk and other pictures from the Katy Prairie
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:18:31 -0600
The large flock of white-tailed hawks working over the mower in a field in
northern waller county was by far the most I have seen in the area. Lots of
plumage variation with most of the birds not in full breeding plumage. I
have seen 5 or so in the past when the field was mowed but I have no idea
as to how this many hawks knew that mowing was going on. A fire creates a
smoke stream way up there that calls hawks but a mower leaves no sign.
http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305504

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305502

Some came too close to check me out

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305500

Lots of variation in body colors

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305496

and amount of white in the face

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305494

When hunting, they hovered a lot and kept the landing gear down

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305492

Everything I saw caught was rats

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305491

Great look at how the wing parts work

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305490

This bird could be spotted from a great distance

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305482

Lots of threatening

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305477

Hawks chased caracara

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305433

and caracara chased hawks

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305431

9 birds in this group included a turkey vulture and a caracara

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305429

Lots of hawks together

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305430

Turkey vultures worked the area for dead rats but one grabbed a live one. 9
white-tailed hawks show up way behind this vulture

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305420

Black vultures were not in the field but at a dead bunrabbit around the
corner

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305415

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305414

And were joined by a caracara

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305412

An eastern meadowlark posed and dzrrted

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305411

very clear demarcation between the throat and malar so maybe a female adult
bird?

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/158305410

Lots more white-tailed hawk pictures at

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

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


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Subject: Re: Western Grebes at Meadow Lake, Round Rock (Local interest)
From: "Rich Kostecke" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "rkost73@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 21:55:38 +0000 (UTC)
The Western Grebes were still present as of 3:15pm.  I was able to view them 
from both the north and south parks on Meadow Lake, but had better views from 
the north. 

Rich Richard Kostecke, Ph.D.
The Nature Conservancy
318 Congress Ave., Austin, Texas 78701Email: rkost73 AT yahoo.com or 
rkostecke AT tnc.org  

      From: Tim Fennell 
 To: TEXBIRDS  
 Sent: Friday, November 21, 2014 1:40 PM
 Subject: [texbirds] Western Grebes at Meadow Lake, Round Rock (Local interest)
   
A quick check of Meadow Lake in Round Rock at about 12:30 pm today produced 
four Western Grebes among the 1000+ waterbirds (of at least 12 species) present 
on the lake. 

Cheers,
Tim Fennell
Round Rock, TX
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Subject: Rainy Tyler SP 11-21-14
From: Boyd Sanders <Boyd.Sanders AT tpwd.texas.gov>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 19:57:34 +0000
Howdy All!
After the ran let up this morning the park was very birdy. I wish that I had 
more time to see what is moving, but alas I must work. Surprise for the morning 
were three Common Goldeneye on the lake this morning. They may be a new bird 
for my park list. Purple Finches continue at the Blackjack Nature Trail. Today 
there were 10 feeding in an Eastern Red cedar. Hopefully, the weather will 
cooperate and the birding will be awesome in the morning. That's right, I have 
changed the schedule for tomorrow to include an 8:15am bird walk. (I think that 
the astronomy program is out.) We will meet at the park HQ on November 22nd. 


Also, if you are looking for something to do for Black Friday that doesn't 
include the insanity of shopping then join us here at Tyler State Park for our 
7th Annual "Walk Off the Bird" bird walk. We will spend all morning birding and 
trying to get the new high count for that day. 


Here's the list:


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

Nov 21, 2014 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Protocol: Traveling

3.0 mile(s)

38 species (+1 other taxa)



Wood Duck  5

Gadwall  2

American Wigeon  1

Mallard  4

Mallard (Domestic type)  5

Common Goldeneye  3

Ruddy Duck  1

Pied-billed Grebe  6

Black Vulture  3

Turkey Vulture  6

Belted Kingfisher  1

Red-bellied Woodpecker  2

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker  1

Downy Woodpecker  1

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted)  1

Pileated Woodpecker  2

Eastern Phoebe  1

Blue Jay  4

American Crow  9

Carolina Chickadee  10

Tufted Titmouse  6

White-breasted Nuthatch  1

Brown Creeper  3

Carolina Wren  2

Ruby-crowned Kinglet  2

Eastern Bluebird  2

American Robin  100

Northern Mockingbird  1

Cedar Waxwing  20

Pine Warbler  5

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle)  3

Chipping Sparrow  5

Song Sparrow  1

Lincoln's Sparrow  2

White-throated Sparrow  15

Northern Cardinal  4

Red-winged Blackbird  20

Purple Finch 10 4 males, 6 females. thicker bodied and shorter tailed than 
House finch. Males rosy red and females had white eyebrow above and behind eye. 


American Goldfinch  6

Good birding,

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

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

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Subject: Western Grebes at Meadow Lake, Round Rock (Local interest)
From: Tim Fennell <tfennell AT flash.net>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:40:07 -0800
A quick check of Meadow Lake in Round Rock at about 12:30 pm today produced 
four Western Grebes among the 1000+ waterbirds (of at least 12 species) present 
on the lake. 


Cheers,
Tim Fennell
Round Rock, TX
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Subject: Rosanky, Hill's Prairie areas, Bastrop County
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 13:13:52 -0600
.
Perfect birding conditions this morning.  Passerines quite easy to
attract.  Highlights.
Mixed flyover geese flock with only two white geese.
Hooded Mergansers 3
Red-napped X Yellow-bellied Sap. male 1
Merlin 1
Scissortails 5
Yellow-throated Warbler 1
Nashville Warbler 1
More sparrow than you could shake a stick at.
Am. Goldfinches 8  my FOF
**********************************************************************
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120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
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Subject: Cassin's vs. Purple Finch
From: Keith Arnold <kbarnold2 AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:38:17 -0600
Something about the available photos for the Cameron county bird bothered
me. Indeed, I ID'd the bird as a Purple Finch in my response to Mary Beth.
Yet, most responders suggested that this female bird was a Cassin's Finch.
So, I looked at female specimens of these two species in our collections: 4
Cassin's and 14 Purple Finches.  Here are the results:
Exposed culmen [measurement of bill length] - CF 13.3-13.6mm, with an
outlier of 11.0; PF 11.0-12.1mm, with an outlier of 8.9

Tail extension past wings -CF 15.9-25.3mm; PF 20.6-40.8 [highly variable,
depending on the "make" of the skin, but generally, CF has a longer wing
than PF [1 PF lacked a tail].

White superviliary "patch" [subjective, but seems reliable] barely
perceptible [= category 1] in 3 of the 4 CF, 1 category 2; PF  1 category
1, 1 category 2, 1 category 2/3, 3 category 3, 5 category 3/4. 4 category 4.

No PF had an eye ring and 2 of the 4 CF had weak eye tings.

All 4 CF had a whitish appearance around the base of the bill, but so did 5
of the PF

The bill length and exposed tail length support CF, but the superciliary
"patch" supports PF. The eye ring and white around the base of the bill
seem inconclusive. The width and length of ventral striping is highly
variable in PF

I'll let Texbirders draw their own conclusions.

Keith Arnold


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Subject: Re: West-most birds in Texas
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jgstudio@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 11:06:25 -0500
My wink-wink didn't go through.
John Groves

 

 

 

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Chuck et al
 I think I've got a trump card. A couple of years ago we had a Lewis's 
Woodpecker RIGHT up against the state line north and west of where you were in 
Vinton TX. This was reported on TexBirds. 


John Groves
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Sent: Fri, Nov 21, 2014 8:18 am
Subject: [texbirds] West-most birds in Texas


Just some geographical avian trivia: I just spotted 3 Great-tailed Grackles, 4 

Brewer's Blackbirds, and 1 Eur. Collared Dove on Gardner Drive in Canutillo, 
TX, 


at the NM state line.  I almost guarantee that these are the westernmost birds 
at this moment in Texas and probably the W-most ever reported on TexBirds.

Yes, I'm thrilled too.  ;-)

Chuck Sexton
Canitillo, TX

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Subject: Re: West-most birds in Texas
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "jgstudio@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:58:30 -0500
Chuck et al
 I think I've got a trump card. A couple of years ago we had a Lewis's 
Woodpecker RIGHT up against the state line north and west of where you were in 
Vinton TX. This was reported on TexBirds. 



John Groves
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From: Chuck Sexton 
To: TexBirds Posting Posting 
Sent: Fri, Nov 21, 2014 8:18 am
Subject: [texbirds] West-most birds in Texas


Just some geographical avian trivia: I just spotted 3 Great-tailed Grackles, 4 

Brewer's Blackbirds, and 1 Eur. Collared Dove on Gardner Drive in Canutillo, 
TX, 

at the NM state line.  I almost guarantee that these are the westernmost birds 
at this moment in Texas and probably the W-most ever reported on TexBirds.

Yes, I'm thrilled too.  ;-)

Chuck Sexton
Canitillo, TX

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Subject: West-most birds in Texas
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:17:39 -0700
Just some geographical avian trivia: I just spotted 3 Great-tailed Grackles, 4 
Brewer's Blackbirds, and 1 Eur. Collared Dove on Gardner Drive in Canutillo, 
TX, at the NM state line. I almost guarantee that these are the westernmost 
birds at this moment in Texas and probably the W-most ever reported on 
TexBirds. 


Yes, I'm thrilled too.  ;-)

Chuck Sexton
Canitillo, TX

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Subject: Austin Area RBA
From: Nate McGowan <natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:15:55 -0600
The Austin Area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society.
This update is as of 11/20/2014. Send interesting sightings, complete with
species name, location, and contact information to Nate McGowan at
natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com.
-Exceptional birds in the circle-

The DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER at Pedernales Falls State Park, *Blanco*, was
last reported 11/11. More updates, positive or negative, are highly
encouraged.

The BROWN BOOBY continued at Windy Point on Lake Travis, *Travis*, most
recently 11/16.

-Rarities found this week-

A PURPLE FINCH was described from Hornsby Bend, *Travis*, 11/15. If you
photographed this bird, please get in touch with me.

There have been multiple sightings of HUTTON'S VIREOS on a private tract of
Balcones Canyonlands NWR. These birds are not chaseable; this is just a
reminder to check those Ruby-crowned Kinglets.

A RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was seen at Friendship Park at Granger Lake,
*Williamson*, 11/15.

An EASTERN TOWHEE was seen on private property near Bee Caves, *Travis*,
11/14.

A BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER was late at Hornsby Bend, 11/16.

-Continuing birds from previous weeks-

The CURVE-BILLED THRASHER continued at Reimer's Ranch, *Travis*, 11/16.

The GREAT KISKADEE continued at Berry Springs Park in Georgetown,
*Williamson*, most recently 11/20.

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: more on Rosy finch
From: Greg Lasley <glasley AT earthlink.net>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 21:12:20 -0600
More info on the rosy finch location. Stewart Lane runs east off of Hwy 87 at:
36.3348
-102.9632
This is just a few miles (3 or 4) south of Texline, Texas.

Greg Lasley


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