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Long-tailed Jaeger,©David Sibley

30 Jul Waller County - American kestrel and Summer hatchings ["Harvey Laas" ]
30 Jul Re: Webberville, The Colony, (local interest) [Randy Duncan ]
30 Jul Re: Windy Point ["rkost73" ]
30 Jul Windy Point [Brush Freeman ]
30 Jul A highlight that should not be one... [Brush Freeman ]
30 Jul Pushed by the "cold" front? (Bastrop Co.) [Frank Ridlon ]
30 Jul Smith Point Hawk Watch ["Susan Heath" ]
29 Jul CLEAR LAKE RAPTORS: 2 BLVU, 3 TUVUs and 2 RT Hawks ["Mira M Pellerin" ]
29 Jul 6 male orchard orioles [Rita Clements ]
29 Jul Marathon peeps [H Trudell ]
29 Jul Tuesday morning birding, Hagerman NWR [Jack Chiles ]
29 Jul Re: Red-tailed Hawk in the concrete jungle [Alisa Kline ]
29 Jul Re: Red-tailed Hawk in the concrete jungle ["Ramig, Robert Franklin" ]
29 Jul Fayette Lake, Fayette Co. (Local) [Brush Freeman ]
29 Jul Webberville, The Colony, (local interest) [Brush Freeman ]
28 Jul Re: Red-tailed Hawk in the concrete jungle [Joseph Kennedy ]
28 Jul Red-tailed Hawk in the concrete jungle ["Bird.fried" ]
28 Jul Devin Lake Park, Monday, July 28 ["David and Sue Wright" ]
28 Jul Greater White-fronted Goose at Lake Belton ["gil.eckrich" ]
28 Jul Southern Bastrop, SW. Fayette, NE Caldwell Co..s [Brush Freeman ]
28 Jul Shorebird Weekender, August 15-17 ["Jim Hailey" ]
27 Jul Austin Purple Martin Roost Exodus on 7/26/14 [Shelia Hargis ]
27 Jul Re: Bastrop Wood Storks [Ronnie Kramer ]
27 Jul Re: Travis: Roseate Spoonbill [Ronnie Kramer ]
27 Jul Tri-colored Heron [Gene Majors ]
27 Jul Re: Devine Lake Park 7/26 Williamson Co [Susan Schaezler ]
27 Jul Re: Devine Lake Park 7/26 Williamson Co []
27 Jul Bastrop Co. [Brush Freeman ]
27 Jul Highlights from east of Lubbock on Friday [Anthony Hewetson ]
27 Jul Travis: Roseate Spoonbill [Roger Shaw ]
27 Jul Another seagull transmogrification into a ring-billed gull [Joseph Kennedy ]
27 Jul Bastrop Wood Storks [Philip Rostron ]
27 Jul Corpus Christi Yellow-green Vireos ["Judy Kestner" ]
26 Jul Re: Birds of the Austin Region (1025) [Brush Freeman ]
26 Jul Birds of the Austin Region (1025) [Brush Freeman ]
26 Jul Devine Lake Park 7/26 Williamson Co [Randy Duncan ]
26 Jul Re: Hornsby Bend - a few more shorebirds [Ronnie Kramer ]
26 Jul Re: Birds of the Austin Region (Simmons 1925) [Ronnie Kramer ]
26 Jul Lake Marvin [Cameron Carver ]
26 Jul Birds of the Austin Region (Simmons 1925) [Brush Freeman ]
26 Jul Tiocano Lake & La Feria (longish) ["" ]
26 Jul Shorebirds! ["Bird.fried" ]
26 Jul Williamson County Golden Fronted Woodpecker [Randy Duncan ]
26 Jul Ringed Kingfisher and Lesser Nighthawks []
26 Jul Anahuac NWR and Area ["" ]
25 Jul Kite migration and other panhandle birds [Cameron Carver ]
25 Jul Re: Are some crows smarter than 1st graders? []
25 Jul Bastrop Co. July 25 [Brush Freeman ]
24 Jul Austin Area RBA [Nate McGowan ]
24 Jul Are some crows smarter than 1st graders? [Dan Smith ]
24 Jul Hornsby Bend - a few more shorebirds [Chuck Sexton ]
24 Jul Re: FOS Least Flycatcher ["Rich Kostecke" ]
24 Jul FOS Least Flycatcher [Brush Freeman ]
24 Jul RBA - Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley - July 24, 2014 ["Mary Gustafson" ]
24 Jul Has anyone found a Purple Martin staging site at McAllen? ["Rex Stanford" ]
24 Jul Purple Martins at Wildcat [Janice Cunningham ]
24 Jul Purple Martin Migration Madness Watch Party [Mary Anne Weber ]
23 Jul Chucks [Brush Freeman ]
23 Jul Re: PEARLAND BIRDS TODAY, AND A GRAY FOX ["Judy Kestner" ]
23 Jul Resaca de la Palma SP - Water is flowing in! [Sherry Wilson ]
23 Jul Re: Kite migration [Joseph Kennedy ]
23 Jul PEARLAND BIRDS TODAY, AND A GRAY FOX ["Mira M Pellerin" ]
23 Jul Bastrop S. P. July 23 [Brush Freeman ]
22 Jul Re: Kite migration - count starts Aug 1 at Hazel Bazemore [Cecilia-home ]
22 Jul Re: Kite migration - count starts Aug 1 at Hazel Bazemore [Brush Freeman ]
22 Jul Re: Kite migration - count starts Aug 1 at Hazel Bazemore [Clay Taylor ]
22 Jul Austin Area Birding [Jennifer Miller ]
22 Jul Tuesday morning birding Hagerman NWR. [Jack Chiles ]
22 Jul Fwd: eBird Report - Frontera Audubon Center (LTC 058), Jul 22, 2014 [Tim Brush ]
22 Jul Re: Kite migration [Bob Friedrichs ]
22 Jul Kite migration [Brush Freeman ]
22 Jul Quinta Mazatlan Bird Walk Report 7/22/2014 [John Brush ]
22 Jul Last chance for Spaces still available on August 16th Texas Pelagic from S Padre Island (resend) [Gary Hodne ]
22 Jul August 16 S Padre Is Texas Pelagic spaces available. [Gary Hodne ]
22 Jul Re: WW Dove behavior? w/pics w/added pic [Monte ]
21 Jul Re: Purple Martins ["Harry Elliott" ]

Subject: Waller County - American kestrel and Summer hatchings
From: "Harvey Laas" <hlaas AT consolidated.net>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 21:33:56 -0500
This afternoon saw the first American kestrel since Spring.  Also, wanted to
summarize some of the breeding activity observed over the summer here on the
ranch.  Common gallinules have had a good summer so far.    Have seen at
least 6 broods.  There have been a couple of purple gallinule broods, as
well.  There is a colony of about 300 or so cattle egrets with young still
in the nest at the home lake.  Small number of black-crowned, little blue
and green herons hatched there too.  There were anhinga's around all summer,
but haven't located a nest.  The great-crested flycatchers that built a nest
in the yard were evicted by starlings shortly after starting the nest;
however, yesterday along the creek I saw two fledgling great-crested
flycatchers and their parents.  Late last week saw the first group of young
bobwhite.  Lots of young mockingbirds and scissortails around.  I have seen
a single belted kingfisher off and on all summer which is a bird I haven't
seen here during past summers, don't know if there was a nesting attempt
somewhere.  Last week saw young hatchlings of both fulvous and black-bellied
whistling ducks.  All in all seems to have been a productive summer.
 

Harvey Laas

10 miles N of Brookshire

Under the 3 mile dome where there's been no significant rain since early
June.  Drat it all.



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Subject: Re: Webberville, The Colony, (local interest)
From: Randy Duncan <osufight AT att.net>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 15:24:42 -0700
Thanks Brush!,
  Saved us about an hours drive. There were two Wood Storks on this private 
lake about noon thirty today. Scope is surely needed, and it probably would 
help to not get there after noon when the heat shimmer made for a tough view. 
But they were identifiable. I do a pretty good job identifying any birds over 
4ft tall!!! 

   Quick stops at big and little Webberville produced nothing of note... all 
the birds may have melted. A couple Eastern Kingbirds at BigW were neat for us 
western folks. 

Randy Duncan
Leander TX


On Tuesday, July 29, 2014 10:29 AM, Brush Freeman  
wrote: 

 


.
 Iffen you are considering going out for Wood Storks in the near future
from Austin you might wanna check the Cedar Valley lake near 969 and 1704 a
bit to the east and across the road from Cedar Valley Baptist Church before
making the long drive all the way across the county to Shipp Lake. This
lake is on private property but you can view if from an entrance gate with
a scope...Look for it down in the valley. Quite a few waders there this
morning including at least 4 storks. There may have been more but a berm
blocked the view.
Cedar Valley hayfield just west of the lake stop on 969
19 Caracaras on new cut hay
Long-billed Curlew 1

Big Webberville Park (Little Webberville Park was dead)
Tricolored Heron
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Wood Pewee
Least Flycatcher 2
N. Parula

Colony and Dunlap Rd. area
Blk-crowned Night-Heron 1
Swainson's Hawk 1
Couch's Kingbird 1

Taylor Ln.
5 Neotropic Corms
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Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
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Subject: Re: Windy Point
From: "rkost73" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "rkost73@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:41:08 -0500
Was there a few weekends ago. Water levels are up and less of the point is 
exposed. Still some habitat but not as much by far as last year at this time. 


Sent from my iPhone

> On Jul 30, 2014, at 1:11 PM, Brush Freeman  wrote:
> 
> .
> Last year Windy Point on Lake Travis was all the rage from Austin, this
> year I have seen virtually nothing about it mentioned.  Am curious, did
> something change with the habitat or something?  I have actually thought
> about going there at some point.
> **********************************************************************
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Subject: Windy Point
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:11:44 -0500
.
Last year Windy Point on Lake Travis was all the rage from Austin, this
year I have seen virtually nothing about it mentioned.  Am curious, did
something change with the habitat or something?  I have actually thought
about going there at some point.
**********************************************************************
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503-551-5150 Cell
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Subject: A highlight that should not be one...
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:54:23 -0500
.
Birded the Elgin, Carlson and Coupland area this morning.  South of Elgin I
found my day's highlight for Bastrop Co.  An Eastern Meadowlark.  A bird
that 20-25 years ago was nothing short of abundant in the fields and
pastures, a species that now is nothing short of rare, almost extirpated
from this region as a breeder. Indeed it it was the first I have seen in
western Bastrop Co. at least, since the April, May time frame  I only wish
it had sang for me.
  The ag fields up in NE Travis were pretty slow but did catch the Horned
Larks, including one juv., a couple of Uplands and a Swainson's Hawk.
Nothing of note up in the Coupland area though a E. Phoebe was a surprise
and I added to my count , from Elgin, of the soon to be out of here Western
Kingbirds..Only nine more days around here for one of my favorite birds.

  A single Mississippi Kite was sailing over Coon Neck near Utley.

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503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
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Subject: Pushed by the "cold" front? (Bastrop Co.)
From: Frank Ridlon <flridlon AT hotmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:36:55 -0500
We had our FOS Black-throated Green Warbler here yesterday afternoon. I was 
hoping for a few more migrants this morning, but just (lots of) the usual 
suspects and their young, including a juvenile Ladderback Woodpecker that's 
been frequenting the suet feeder. 

 
Cheers; they're on the way!
 
Louise Ridlon
Cedar Creek
Bastrop County
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Smith Point Hawk Watch
From: "Susan Heath" <sheath AT gcbo.org>
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2014 10:29:40 -0500
TexBirders, 

I hope you are all ready for another exciting season at the Smith Point Hawk
Watch. We took the trailer out yesterday and set it up for the hawk watcher
and set everything up at the tower. We are starting on August 1 which is day
after tomorrow! This year Jason Bojczyk, our 2011 counter, is returning to
man the count. Jason will be at the tower from 8:00 until 4:00 each day
except on his day off when the count will be monitored by a volunteer. We
are running quite low on volunteers so if you are interested in learning to
count raptors, please let us know and we will hook you up with Jason for
some training. We will have a new t-shirt for sale this year and I'll post a
photo on our blog as soon as we get them in but in the meantime we have a
few of last year's shirts still available. Last year's shirts are still $15.
The new ones will be $16 so we can pay the sales tax. Jason will be starting
regular posts on the blog soon so stand by!

If you are aware of a field trip heading to Smith Point, please let me know
so I can make sure we have some help there for Jason as things can get quite
crazy when there are a lot of birds and a lot of people. Thanks everyone.
Looking forward to seeing you all at the Point soon.

Sue

Susan A. Heath, PhD
Gulf Coast Bird Observatory
103 Hwy 332 West
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
979-480-0999
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Subject: CLEAR LAKE RAPTORS: 2 BLVU, 3 TUVUs and 2 RT Hawks
From: "Mira M Pellerin" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mirampellerin@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:27:14 -0400
At 12 Noon today, while visiting a friend who lives just off Space center 
Blvd., I noticed a couple of large raptors fly over and land on the top of a 
cell tower next door to Fire Station #71. With no binoculars, I could tell that 
they were vultures, but I could not tell for sure if they were Turkeys or 
Blacks. Then 3 more flew over to the same tower and landed. I watched them for 
about ten minutes, then the 3 late arrivals flew away, and I could tell by 
their flight, and their long narrow wings that they were Turkeys. The original 
two hung around the tower for another 30 minutes then flew away. These two 
appeared to be Blacks, since they could not gain altitude without a lot of 
flapping, and their wings were shorter and broader than the wings of the other 
3. As these 2 gained altitude, I noticed two Red-tailed Hawks circling above 
them. 


Mira M. Pellerin
Pearland, TX

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Subject: 6 male orchard orioles
From: Rita Clements <rclements001 AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:15:42 -0500
And 1 female. The all came to my birdbath at the same time a few minutes ago. 


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Subject: Marathon peeps
From: H Trudell <heidi AT bigbendnature.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:14:36 -0500
Bill Sain and I braved the 2 pm heat and checked the ponds (private property, 
inaccessible without permission) and were pleasantly surprised to see 
Yellow-headed Blackbirds among Brown-headed Cowbirds and 3 Spotted Sandpipers, 
3 Western and 1 Least. Mexican Mallard count was down to 14 after Sunday's 
high... I think it was Sunday... of 29. One Ruddy Duck remains. 

-h

Heidi Trudell
Alpine, Marathon, somewhere bouncing around TX

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Subject: Tuesday morning birding, Hagerman NWR
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:08:54 -0500
On a nice cool July morning we finished with 60 species. Pretty much the usual 
summer residents. 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist?subID=S19258728
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Subject: Re: Red-tailed Hawk in the concrete jungle
From: Alisa Kline <abkline AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:05:56 -0500
On Buffalo Bayou between Shepherd and downtown there was a pair of 
red-shouldered hawks this winter and spring. Haven't seen/heard them lately. 
Saw the first one every day while running and then, in the late winter, a 
second appeared. They called to each other quite a bit. I assume they nested 
and may have found the nest near Sawyer street, but didn't have binoculars to 
confirm it. There is also a pair of Swainsons Hawks frequently over the same 
area. I think they are the pair that entertain the bat watchers every night by 
swooping in for an evening snack before retiring. Again, I keep seeing them 
while running, not birding but I have seen them in the area a bit before sunset 
when there was still enough light to id them without glasses. I imagine that 
they are the probably same Swainsons that buzz my house from time to time. 


There's more wildlife in town than people imagine.

Alisa Kline
2 miles west of downtown Houston



On Jul 28, 2014, at 6:31 PM, Bird.fried  wrote:

> While we have lots of 'wildlife' of the human variety in downtown Houston, 
real wildlife (x pigeons and grackles) is harder to find. Still, I just saw a 
young Red-tailed Hawk take down a White-winged Dove. The hawk flew to a ledge 
on the Crown Plaza Hotel to enjoy dinner. 

> 
> This is the first Red-tailed Hawk that I've seen in town and don't usually 
see them go after birds, normally preferring rodents and such. Timing seems odd 
too. I do see Peregrine's over the city in the winter and the odd Cooper's and 
Osprey during migration but not this time of year and not Red-taileds. Perhaps 
this is one of Joseph's birds from down Buffalo Bayou. 

> 
> Birds can surprise anywhere....
> 
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> Houston/ Palacios
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Subject: Re: Red-tailed Hawk in the concrete jungle
From: "Ramig, Robert Franklin" <rramig AT bcm.edu>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:02:00 -0500
A pair of red-tails nested on a cell phone tower near the intersection of South 
Shepherd and the SW freeway this year. Two young fledged in early June and 
remained the neighborhood calling for food until I left for vacation June 18. 
The adults and the young appeared to have left the neighborhood by July 7 when 
I returned, and I haven't seen them since. I think the take-home lesson is that 
red-tails do nest successfully in the city. 


Frank Ramig
Houston

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From: texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org [mailto:texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org] On 
Behalf Of Joseph Kennedy 

Sent: Monday, July 28, 2014 7:07 PM
To: Bob Friedrichs
Cc: texbirds AT freelists.org
Subject: [texbirds] Re: Red-tailed Hawk in the concrete jungle

The red-tails across the way are still here sqealing to be fed. They have moved 
close since last Friday so I get to hear them much better. 

Yesterday and today more so, the alarm jay is learning to do the squeal again. 
He is having trouble. He gives one squeal that sounds about 70% OK but is only 
half the needed length. Then he gives 3 quick longer squeals but only have the 
volume and off pitch. Then he mumbles to himself and tries again. Wonder if the 
hawks feel like Henry Higgins teaching the jay how to talk hawk. 



On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 6:31 PM, Bird.fried  wrote:

> While we have lots of 'wildlife' of the human variety in downtown 
> Houston, real wildlife (x pigeons and grackles) is harder to find.  
> Still, I just saw a young Red-tailed Hawk take down a White-winged 
> Dove.  The hawk flew to a ledge on the Crown Plaza Hotel to enjoy dinner.
>
> This is the first Red-tailed Hawk that I've seen in town and don't 
> usually see them go after birds, normally preferring rodents and such.  
> Timing seems odd too.  I do see Peregrine's over the city in the 
> winter and the odd Cooper's and Osprey during migration but not this 
> time of year and not Red-taileds. Perhaps this is one of Joseph's birds from 
down Buffalo Bayou. 

>
> Birds can surprise anywhere....
>
> Bob Friedrichs
> Houston/ Palacios
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Subject: Fayette Lake, Fayette Co. (Local)
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:52:45 -0500
.
A non-birder fisherman neighbor was on the above last week..He knows I am a
birder and said there some "Liar Birds" on it.  "Liar birds" is an oft used
name for terns etc. that fool fisherman into thinking when they feed, they
are betraying big schools of bait fish.  He also saw two Ospreys.
I looked at Ebird for what has been recently reported from there...And the
last report from "Fayette Lake" was from Sept. 2013.
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120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
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Subject: Webberville, The Colony, (local interest)
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:28:20 -0500
.
  Iffen you are considering  going out for Wood Storks in the near future
from Austin you might wanna check the Cedar Valley lake near 969 and 1704 a
bit to the east and across the road from Cedar Valley Baptist Church before
making the long drive all the way across the county to Shipp Lake.  This
lake is on private property but you can view if from an entrance gate with
a scope...Look for it down in the valley.  Quite a few waders there this
morning including at least 4 storks.  There may have been more but a berm
blocked the view.
Cedar Valley hayfield just west of the lake stop on 969
19 Caracaras on new cut hay
Long-billed Curlew 1

Big Webberville Park (Little Webberville Park was dead)
Tricolored Heron
Eastern Phoebe
Eastern Wood Pewee
Least Flycatcher 2
N. Parula

Colony and Dunlap Rd. area
Blk-crowned Night-Heron 1
Swainson's Hawk 1
Couch's Kingbird 1

Taylor Ln.
5 Neotropic Corms
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Brush Freeman
503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
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Subject: Re: Red-tailed Hawk in the concrete jungle
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:07:11 -0500
The red-tails across the way are still here sqealing to be fed. They have
moved close since last Friday so I get to hear them much better.
Yesterday and today more so, the alarm jay is learning to do the squeal
again. He is having trouble. He gives one squeal that sounds about 70% OK
but is only half the needed length. Then he gives 3 quick longer squeals
but only have the volume and off pitch. Then he mumbles to himself and
tries again. Wonder if the hawks feel like Henry Higgins teaching the jay
how to talk hawk.


On Mon, Jul 28, 2014 at 6:31 PM, Bird.fried  wrote:

> While we have lots of 'wildlife' of the human variety in downtown Houston,
> real wildlife (x pigeons and grackles) is harder to find.  Still, I just
> saw a young Red-tailed Hawk take down a White-winged Dove.  The hawk flew
> to a ledge on the Crown Plaza Hotel to enjoy dinner.
>
> This is the first Red-tailed Hawk that I've seen in town and don't usually
> see them go after birds, normally preferring rodents and such.  Timing
> seems odd too.  I do see Peregrine's over the city in the winter and the
> odd Cooper's and Osprey during migration but not this time of year and not
> Red-taileds. Perhaps this is one of Joseph's birds from down Buffalo Bayou.
>
> Birds can surprise anywhere....
>
> Bob Friedrichs
> Houston/ Palacios
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Subject: Red-tailed Hawk in the concrete jungle
From: "Bird.fried" <bird.fried AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 18:31:34 -0500
While we have lots of 'wildlife' of the human variety in downtown Houston, real 
wildlife (x pigeons and grackles) is harder to find. Still, I just saw a young 
Red-tailed Hawk take down a White-winged Dove. The hawk flew to a ledge on the 
Crown Plaza Hotel to enjoy dinner. 


This is the first Red-tailed Hawk that I've seen in town and don't usually see 
them go after birds, normally preferring rodents and such. Timing seems odd 
too. I do see Peregrine's over the city in the winter and the odd Cooper's and 
Osprey during migration but not this time of year and not Red-taileds. Perhaps 
this is one of Joseph's birds from down Buffalo Bayou. 


Birds can surprise anywhere....

Bob Friedrichs 
Houston/ Palacios
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Subject: Devin Lake Park, Monday, July 28
From: "David and Sue Wright" <housewright2 AT msn.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:07:25 -0500
Visited the park about 9 am and saw the following:
 

3 tricolored heron

3 green heron

 immature little blue heron

 Great Egret

1 coot

3 pied-bill grebe

1 dc cormorant

1 adult yellow-crowned night-heron and one immature night-heron with it (my 
guess is it was also a yellow-crowned) 


1 spotted sandpiper

killdeer

several barn swallows

eastern phoebe

1 blue-gray gnatcatcher

heard - white-eyed vireo

 

Sue Wright

Georgetown, TX

 

 
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Subject: Greater White-fronted Goose at Lake Belton
From: "gil.eckrich" <gil.eckrich AT att.net>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 12:57:36 -0500
This morning (28 July) I found a Greater White-fronted Goose, by itself,
where Cowhouse Creek becomes Lake Belton. I check this area usually three
times per week, and this is the first time I have seen this bird. I am not
aware of summer records of this species for Central Texas.
 

Gil Eckrich

Belton



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Subject: Southern Bastrop, SW. Fayette, NE Caldwell Co..s
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:18:03 -0500
Did some purely spontaneous birding this AM in the above...No real
destination in mind tho had considered going to Shipp Lake but didn't
...Just a pretty aimless drift on back roads looking for water and birds.
Not always sure what road I was on or even in which county. Pretty slow
with the highlite being a Harris's Hawk and I do believe we are seeing a
Tri-colored Heron invasion..:-)  103 miles 4.5 hr.s..~60 species. .Geeez.
Everything is much greener this year and as far as I could tell all the
ponds and lakes had water.

B-B. Whistling Ducks 10-12
Female Blue-winged Teal 1(remotely maybe Cinnamon)
Wood Stork 2
White Ibis 6
Neotropic Cormorant 5
Tri-colored Heron 6
Blk.-crowned Night Heron 1
Mississippi Kites 3
Green Herons 11
Harris's Hawk 1 Near Delhi.
Only 5 species of shorebirds counting 2 Blk-necked Stilts.
Roadrunner 13
Ground Doves ~16
Great Horned Owl 1
Couch's Kingbird 2
Bronzed Cowbirds 4-5
Yellow-headed Blackbird 1
Orchard Orioles ~16

Texas Rat Snake
CoachWhip
Numerous 6-lined Racerunner (presumed)
Pond Sliders numerous



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Subject: Shorebird Weekender, August 15-17
From: "Jim Hailey" <irasciblej AT gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:26:30 -0500
There are a few spots still open for this Weekender.  Registration will be
closed on August 4.
 

 

Shorebird Weekender

August 15-17, 2014

Corpus Christi, Texas

 

Announcing the first Weekender of the upcoming Fall Season.  Once again Mel
Cooksey and Larry Jordan will host a program focused on migrating shorebirds
to the Texas Coast.  This Weekender will be held again at the Comfort Inn on
Ennis Joslin Road in Corpus Christi, but the dates are earlier at the
request of Mel.   To secure a room at the special rate you need to contact
the hotel at 361-991-7100 by August 4 to obtain the special rate for TOS.
Mel notes that the height of shorebird migration on our coast is in
mid-August, so he requested to do this program on the weekend of August
15-17, 2014.  Once again this event will be capped at 30 participants and
the fee will be $75.00.  Unfortunately I will be out of the country at that
time so I need those interested in attending to notify me and pay before the
9th of August.  This will secure your space make checks payable to Jim
Hailey and note Shorebird Weekender on remarks line.  Last year's workshop
was a major success with everyone expressing their gratitude to Mel and his
helpers.  A Friday evening class will be followed by a Saturday morning
field trip.  Saturday afternoon the group will reconvene for another class,
followed by a late afternoon field trip.  The final event will be another
field trip on Sunday morning.  To sign up for this class please email me at
irasciblej AT gmail.com   and I will hold you
place for this Weekender.

 

Jim Hailey, President

Texas Ornithological Society

110 Lavaca Lane

Georgetown, TX 78628

Phone: 361-522-3522

Email: irasciblej AT gmail.com  

Website: www.texasbirds.org

 



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Subject: Austin Purple Martin Roost Exodus on 7/26/14
From: Shelia Hargis <shelia.hargis AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:10:56 -0500
Laurie Foss and I have watched the Purple Martins come in to roost in
Austin many times, but I've only witnessed their exodus from the roost
once. That was last year. Not wanting to draw many conclusions from only
one data point, we visited the roost site on Saturday morning. This was
after leaving the roost site on Friday night around 9:45p or so. Oh no,
we're not addicted to the roost phenomenon!

I'm glad we went. It was a different experience from my experience last
year. The exodus happened much quicker this year and seemed to include more
streaming from the roost, similar to how the bats exit the Ann Richards
bridge in downtown Austin. I'm not sure what contributed to the difference
this year - maybe the drought last year played a part or maybe the
different roost location played a part. Two data points are better than one
but still not enough to draw many conclusions. I guess we'll have to go
back or maybe others can go and report their experiences!


Below are my shorthand notes from the morning.


Shelia Hargis

Austin, Texas


Purple Martin Roost, Airport Blvd & Highland Mall Blvd

July 26, 2014

5:30a: Jack in the Box open. Bird movement within trees. Some birds on the
wire running diagonally across the parking lot toward Jack in the Box. A
few flying eastward and in the sky overhead, chattering.

5:38a: Small groups moving between trees or flying eastward. Most birds
leaving from trees under light. Some coming back in from east.

5:42a: One cat walking away. All birds in the air appear to be flying low.

5:50a: More birds flying around, coming and going. Some circling Jack in
the Box. Numerous birds in trees stretching, fluttering and preening.

5:55a: Another cat walking south toward Jack in the Box. Many birds flying
around. Most still in trees but constant stream of birds leaving trees.

6:05a: A steady trickle of birds leaving trees. Most appear to be heading
east but we couldn’t see other directions. Most appear to be leaving, not
circling back.

6:08a: One bird down in the parking lot near Jack in the Box drive-through.
Rescued but died shortly afterwards. Bird had small amount of blood near
nostril. Many birds on numerous wires.

6:11a: Bigger groups leaving. Some streaming, some circling. Approximately
½ of the tree under the light that was covered with birds is now empty.

6:17a: Exodus continues and many birds still on wires.

6:19a: Serious exodus now with many birds swirling overhead.

6:20a: Dawn.

6:25a: Serious exodus continues with many birds swirling overhead. Only
about 1/8 of the tree under the light that was covered with birds still
holds birds.

6:27a: Many birds take flight from trees along sidewalk as a pedestrian
walks by on the sidewalk. No birds left in the northern-most tree in Jack
in the Box parking lot. Many birds still on wires. Others taking flight and
many swirling overhead.

6:31a: Most of the birds swirling overhead have now left.

6:35a: Fewer birds leaving. Many on wires preening. Those left in trees are
mainly just in the top of the trees.

6:44a: Big exodus of birds when a delivery truck left parking lot but some
returned to trees.

6:46a: Sunrise.

6:49a: No birds in trees in Jack in the Box parking lot. Very few in main
trees (near unoccupied building). Some on wires. None in sky overhead.
Pedestrian walking through parking lot did not disturb birds.

6:53a: Numerous birds took flight when a runner ran along sidewalk.

6:54a: Most birds in trees took flight for unknown reason. Still some on
wires.

7:01a: Only birds on wires now, approximately half of all birds are full
adult males.

7:12a: No change from 7:01a.

7:20a: No change from 7:01a. Approximately 700 birds on wires. No dead
birds observed during cursory walk through parking lot.

7:23a: Birds took flight when pedestrian walked by but then resettled on
wires.

7:25a: As we were leaving, one dead bird found in parking lot behind Jack
in the Box near dumpster. Both dead birds to be sent to Texas A&M’s
Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections.

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Subject: Re: Bastrop Wood Storks
From: Ronnie Kramer <ronniekramer1964 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:32:02 -0500
What time where you there?  I had one juvenile around 1030.
Ronnie
Austin


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> Wood Stork numbers at Shipp Lake were up to 60 this morning -
> unfortunately all at the N end of the lake where visibility is problematic.
> About 20 White Ibis and a couple of Tricolored Herons along with the
> many "white" egrets.
> Phil - Smithville.
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Subject: Re: Travis: Roseate Spoonbill
From: Ronnie Kramer <ronniekramer1964 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 15:29:33 -0500
I am 98% sure I had 3 this morning just east of East Metro park on Blake
Manor Road around 0630 hours on my way to meet Brush.  They were flying
over the north side of the road and seen only briefly but had the
characteristic shape of spoonbill in flight.

On Sun, Jul 27, 2014 at 11:24 AM, Roger Shaw  wrote:

> A juvenile Roseate Spoonbill is present at McKinney Falls SP near Austin,
> in Travis County. It was found by Robby Deans yesterday afternoon, and is
> still present this morning. The bird is foraging in the shallows just above
> the lower falls.
>
> Good birding,
> ...
> Roger Shaw
> Austin, TX
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Subject: Tri-colored Heron
From: Gene Majors <genemajors AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:51:18 -0500
1 maybe 2 at Spring Lake in San Marcos this morning.

Gene Majors
San Marcos

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Subject: Re: Devine Lake Park 7/26 Williamson Co
From: Susan Schaezler <warblerwoods AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:06:15 -0700
Brent Ortego had 4 Tricolored Herons at Warbler Woods Bird Sanctuary yesterday

Susan Schaezler
WarblerWoods.org
501(c)(3) Cibolo/Schertz/Guadalupe County
Lone Star Land Steward Winner 2011. GCBO Site Partner
Life member TOS, SAAS, TAS

> On Jul 27, 2014, at 10:01 AM, rhardway21 AT gmail.com wrote:
> 
> The tricolored heron is still present as of noon on 7/27 along with an 
immature black crowned night heron. 

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> Subject: [texbirds] Devine Lake Park 7/26  Williamson Co
> 
> I was spurred to make a visit by Galen Stewart's report of a Tricolored 
Heron. I arrive just before dusk and spent time scoping the wrong end of the 
lake. Luckily I turned the corner just in time to see the bird lift off from 
the shallows. All the egrets leave around this time to go roost for the night 
so I am hopeful the Tricolored will return and hang out a while. Only my second 
at my home park, the first was three years and five days ago (Thank you Ebird 
records!). 

> As I was walking back to the car I spotted 3 Coopers Hawks in the same 
tree... I am assuming these are the three Juvies from our nest here this 
spring. One flew before I could get the scope on them, but the other two were 
Juvies... or immatures,I haven't quite grasped the difference yet. Shore 
yielded one Spotted Sandy. No ducks, piebilled, or coot on the water. 

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> Leander TX
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Subject: Re: Devine Lake Park 7/26 Williamson Co
From: rhardway21 AT gmail.com
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 17:01:30 +0000
The tricolored heron is still present as of noon on 7/27 along with an immature 
black crowned night heron. 

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Subject: [texbirds] Devine Lake Park 7/26  Williamson Co

 I was spurred to make a visit by Galen Stewart's report of a Tricolored 
Heron. I arrive just before dusk and spent time scoping the wrong end of the 
lake. Luckily I turned the corner just in time to see the bird lift off from 
the shallows. All the egrets leave around this time to go roost for the night 
so I am hopeful the Tricolored will return and hang out a while. Only my second 
at my home park, the first was three years and five days ago (Thank you Ebird 
records!). 

 As I was walking back to the car I spotted 3 Coopers Hawks in the same 
tree... I am assuming these are the three Juvies from our nest here this 
spring. One flew before I could get the scope on them, but the other two were 
Juvies... or immatures,I haven't quite grasped the difference yet. Shore 
yielded one Spotted Sandy. No ducks, piebilled, or coot on the water. 

Randy Duncan
Leander TX
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Subject: Bastrop Co.
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:48:18 -0500
.
Ronnie Kramer and I hit a few spots this AM.  More interesting was what was
not there than what was...Hormones have sure abated and bird song has
petered out...Where Yellow-throated and Red-eyed Vireos sang on every 5
acres of proper habitat we only had a couple still singing.  Still we
managed a token bird of the expecteds and not so expected.  We even managed
a late singing Hooded Warbler.  A Least Flycatcher etc.  Come on passerine
migrants.
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Subject: Highlights from east of Lubbock on Friday
From: Anthony Hewetson <fattonybirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:26:11 -0500
Greetings All:
On Friday (25 July 2014) I took a friend  (Son Do) and his kids (Amanda and
Douglas) on a tour of Crosby, Dickens, Motley, and Floyd Counties,
finishing up at Ransom Lake in Lubbock County.

The Dos are from Washington and the tour was aimed at sights as well as
critters.  They got to see playas, a reservoir, sewage ponds, a couple of
creeks, two of our mighty rivers (The White and the Pease), and springs.
They got to see cotton fields, sorghum fields, corn fields, alfalfa fields,
and an apple orchard as well as wind turbines and pumpjacks - and the
spaceship house at Ransom Lake.  They got to check out our only native
fern, seven species of cactus, yucca, black willow, mesquite, cottonwood,
juniper, hackberry, and gobs of wildflowers.  They got to sample the local
butterflies, reptiles, birds, and small mammals - including a Badger
(unfortunately dead), Black-tailed Prairie Dogs, Burrowing Owls, Great
Horned Owls, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, Greater Roadrunners, White-faced
Ibises, and a lot of other critters that, however mundane here, were
unknown to them.  The only thing we dipped on: I simply could not find a
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake - or any other snake for that matter.

There were some avian highlights along the way including 1 Yellow-billed
Cuckoo, 5 Bushtits, 2 Canyon Wrens, and 1 Yellow-breasted Chat at Dickens
Springs (Dickens County); 1 Red-headed Woodpecker near Afton (Dickens
County); 1 Great Crested Flycatcher near Roaring Springs (Motley County); 2
Cattle Egrets at the Floydada Country Club (Floyd County); 3 Cattle Egrets
and 2 White-faced Ibises near Cone (Crosby County;, 1 White-faced Ibis near
Ralls (Crosby County); 4 American Avocets near Lorenzo (Crosby County);  1
male Rufous Hummingbird, 1 Canyon Wren, and 1 male Common Yellowthroat at
Ransom Lake.

At about 2:00 it was simply too hot to enjoy being outside and I took them
to the coolest spot I know: the bookstore/coffeeshop at the South Plains
Mall.

It was a good day.

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Subject: Travis: Roseate Spoonbill
From: Roger Shaw <roger.w.shaw AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:24:31 -0500
A juvenile Roseate Spoonbill is present at McKinney Falls SP near Austin,
in Travis County. It was found by Robby Deans yesterday afternoon, and is
still present this morning. The bird is foraging in the shallows just above
the lower falls.

Good birding,
...
Roger Shaw
Austin, TX
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Subject: Another seagull transmogrification into a ring-billed gull
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 11:14:17 -0500
A couple of weeks ago, I photographed one of those very bleached seagulls
out on Bolivar Flats that was bleached, worn, soaked by a deluge and almost
had a waterspout for a background. It has iterated between a maybe Thayer's
gull to a possible glaucous gull and now into a ring-billed gull. When I
saw the bird that day, it was alone and no other gulls were on the beach.
The bird was wary and did not allow a close approach. I posted pictures a
couple of times looking for help.
Last week I got a note from Chuck Sexton showing why it could be a
ring-billed gull despite bleaching and wear. I got the note after finding
the bird again when it allowed pictures, acted as a tame beach gull as well
as being more neat and tidy. It is growing new feathers and if it makes it
through a couple of more weeks it may have a good set of feathers.

In short, the bird looked and acted like a ring-billed gull. It was
exploring for its natural food out on the beach

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156708809

And found some

http://www.pbase.com/joseph_kennedy_36/image/156708810

I was able to put it to a gull test. If you toss bread to gulls out on the
beach as at bolivar or the texas city dike, different species act
differently. Laughing gulls mob the car and ring-billed gulls are not far
behind. Herring gulls tend to walk away from the melee and wait out at the
water's edge. Lesser black-backed gulls leave instantly and in some cases
fly as much as a mile down the beach. One can put the bread out the window
away from the gulls and the reaction is less.

In this case, a few pieces of bread tossed and the ring-billed gull ran up
to the car from out by the water. Later it explored a Macdonald's box out
on the beach cinching the ID.




-- 
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on Buffalo Bayou in West Houston
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Subject: Bastrop Wood Storks
From: Philip Rostron <philiprostron AT earthlink.net>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 08:30:10 -0500
Wood Stork numbers at Shipp Lake were up to 60 this morning - 
unfortunately all at the N end of the lake where visibility is problematic.
About 20 White Ibis and a couple of Tricolored Herons along with the 
many "white" egrets.
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Subject: Corpus Christi Yellow-green Vireos
From: "Judy Kestner" <jkestner AT stx.rr.com>
Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 07:16:01 -0500
Yesterday I spent 25 minutes observing both nests at Blucher Park.  Both 
were intact and there was no activity and no calling or singing, other than 
those of the usual suspects (Great Kiskadee, House Sparrow, Northern 
Cardinal, Northern Mockingbird, Golden-fronted Woodpecker).  The one that 
was active is empty.

Maybe the vireos will try again next year.

Judy Kestner
Corpus Christi 

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Subject: Re: Birds of the Austin Region (1025)
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 23:09:41 -0500
Sorry...Birds of the Austin Region 1925 that is...is all spoken for.
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> All 5 copies have been spoken for. I wished them to be kept locally. Thanks
>
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Subject: Birds of the Austin Region (1025)
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 22:46:51 -0500
All 5 copies have been spoken for. I wished them to be kept locally. Thanks
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Subject: Devine Lake Park 7/26 Williamson Co
From: Randy Duncan <osufight AT att.net>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 19:21:04 -0700
 I was spurred to make a visit by Galen Stewart's report of a Tricolored 
Heron. I arrive just before dusk and spent time scoping the wrong end of the 
lake. Luckily I turned the corner just in time to see the bird lift off from 
the shallows. All the egrets leave around this time to go roost for the night 
so I am hopeful the Tricolored will return and hang out a while. Only my second 
at my home park, the first was three years and five days ago (Thank you Ebird 
records!). 

 As I was walking back to the car I spotted 3 Coopers Hawks in the same 
tree... I am assuming these are the three Juvies from our nest here this 
spring. One flew before I could get the scope on them, but the other two were 
Juvies... or immatures,I haven't quite grasped the difference yet. Shore 
yielded one Spotted Sandy. No ducks, piebilled, or coot on the water. 

Randy Duncan
Leander TX
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Subject: Re: Hornsby Bend - a few more shorebirds
From: Ronnie Kramer <ronniekramer1964 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:38:33 -0500
I spent 2 and a half hours at Hornsby this evening.  Results similar to
Chuck's but I did not find a Pectoral or Stilt Sandpiper.  Westerns
slightly outnumbered semipalmated.  Overall there is an increase (about
170) Least Sandpiper.
Ronnie Kramer
Austin




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wrote:

> TexBirders,
>
> I visited Hornsby Bend for the third time this month and things are
> gradually picking up.  The unexpected light rain shower early in the
> morning may have also helped to ground some shorebirds:
>
> Black-necked Stilt - 6 (2 pairs of adults, each with one juvenile)
> Killdeer - 26+
> Spotted Sandpiper - 8+
> Solitary Sandpiper - 1
> Stilt Sandpiper - 2
> Least Sandpiper - 127
> Pectoral Sandpiper - 1
> Semipalmated Sandpiper - 11
> Western Sandpiper - 1 or 2
>
> This ratio of Semipalmated to Western is a bit surprising to me, but I
> just don’t think I’ve spent much time *in late July* in recent years
> scouring through the early flocks of peeps.
>
> As might be expected, absolutely every migrant shorebird now in late July
> is a molting adult.  I have been studying plumages at close range with a
> 20X scope on every species and have not identified—to the best of my
> knowledge—a juvenile of any species other than the locally-raised stilts
> and killdeer.  They’ll probably be arriving soon.
>
> I noticed that other Hornsby eBird checklists are not listing many
> shorebirds.  About 80 to 90% of the shorebird activity at present is
> confined to the extreme W edge, and usually just the NW corner of pond 1W.
>  I usually park right at the chainlink fence and gate at that west edge and
> set up my scope just inside the “Authorized Personnel Only” sign to get 
the 

> best vantage point to scan the shorebirds in the corner.  With recent
> rains, there are also usually a few shorebirds foraging on the wet portions
> of the drying beds, dodging the various trucks and equipment activity.
>
> Chuck Sexton
> Austin, TX
>
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Subject: Re: Birds of the Austin Region (Simmons 1925)
From: Ronnie Kramer <ronniekramer1964 AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 20:29:07 -0500
Brush,
I'd like to take one off your hands if they are not all spoken for yet.

~rk


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>  I have extra copies of this rare title I would like to sell cheap to
> serious birders interested in the Austin Ornithological History.  They are
> in great shape but may have some library markings in some.  Contact me
> privately
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Subject: Lake Marvin
From: Cameron Carver <c.o.carver AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:05:23 -0500
Greetings,

I spent a little over an hour this morning with a coworker at Lake Marvin in 
Hemphill County. It was a glorious summer morning of panhandle birding. Eastern 
Kingbirds were frolicking around the entrance. A Chuck-wills-widow called 
briefly at the start of the dam. Indigo Buntings everywhere. Dickcissels sang, 
but evaded the eye of my coworker - that was a target as we have heard them 
throughout the week, but not seen. Red-headed, Hairy and Red-bellied 
Woodpeckers put on a show. A young Cooper's Hawk popped in for a visit. A nest 
was nearby, but no sign of adults or other young. I am not 100% positive that 
it was indeed a Cooper's Hawk nest, but it definitely looked like one. Further 
investigation is warranted. A Red-eyed Vireo was signing and briefly flew by. 
Great-crested Flycatchers popping up everywhere. A Least Tern was harassed over 
the lake - good to see this species here. My coworker was happy to see a 
Painted Bunting. Reminded her of her time spent in Texas when she wo 

 rked at Smith Point in the early 2000's.

A bit rambling... but just snippets of my brain from an area that is rarely 
birded in July. Excellent birding for the region, though. 


Cameron Carver
Lubbock, TX

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Subject: Birds of the Austin Region (Simmons 1925)
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 18:01:00 -0500
.
 I have extra copies of this rare title I would like to sell cheap to
serious birders interested in the Austin Ornithological History.  They are
in great shape but may have some library markings in some.  Contact me
privately
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Subject: Tiocano Lake & La Feria (longish)
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "MiriamEagl@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 17:31:48 -0400 (EDT)
Hi, all!
 
He had a nice, small group for the Birder Patrol trip today, consisting of  
MJ, Pat, Norma, Cheryle, Sue, Donna, Bert, and myself.  After meeting at  
the Whataburger (or "Hamburger" according to Sue's IPhone spell-checker ;-)) 
we  all tootled up to Tiocano Lake, where we dipped on John's King Rail but 
we had  lots of other nice birds, including Roseate Spoonbills, Black Terns, 
White Ibis,  both flavors of Whistling Ducks, along with almost all the 
expected herons. Norma's car had a Yellow-billed Cuckoo in a bush next to the 

road,  and eventually all of us heard a Common Nighthawk overhead.  We also 
had  nice looks at Purple Martins and Bank Swallows, and further up the 
road Bert  spotted a couple of Long-billed Curlews, as well as a pretty 
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher.
 
Donna wanted to take us to an area near her house that had nesting Gray  
Hawks, and while we didn't see any from her property, most of us DID see one  
soaring over the small suburban road!  (There was a guy mowing his lawn  
right next to us who started when I slammed on the brakes, all four doors flew 

open, and Pat jumped out screaming "GRAY HAWK!!" to the other car--she 
figured the door guy probably thought he was about to be kidnapped! :-)) Donna 

 took us to a canal next to a grove of palm trees where we had Orchard 
Orioles,  Lesser Goldfinches, a Ladder-backed Woodpecker, a Caracara, and a 
fly-away  Solitary Sandpiper.  We walked through a "flock" of hovering 
dragonflies that was a mix of Red Saddlebags and Hyacinth Gliders, and Pat 
spotted a 

 Southern Skipperling along the path.  A few people got to see a titmouse  
come in to Donna's feeders at her house, but I heard her Hooded Oriole and  
Buff-bellied Hummers at least, along with some Green Parakeets in the  
distance!
 
From there we went to Bass Lake RV Park and got special permission to go in 
 and bird; some of the girls had this spot as part of their territory for 
the  Harlingen CBC, and it proved to be quite productive:  we had great views 
of  Semipalmated, Least, and Stilt Sandpipers, along with Lesser 
Yellowlegs, Black-necked Stilts, and a single Wilson's Phalarope. Ruddy Ducks 
were 

further out in the water, and some young whistling ducks had us stumped 
until  Bert figured them out for us! :-)  A little kitten came to visit us as  
well...
 
It was getting late and I wanted to hit the La Feria Nature Park, so over  
we went; Norma took a detour down a side road where we could check out this  
field that was full mostly of Killdeer, Starlings, grackles, Redwings, and  
Bronzed Cowbirds (got to see one do "The Helicopter"), plus a cavorting 
goat kid! At the gazebo at the park, right away Bert spotted a Least Bittern 

hiding in the reeds!  She finally took off across the water with a grackle  
hot on her tail (someone said he actually made contact), and that bugger 
seemed  to be hunting for her in the reeds the whole time we were there!  A  
Tropical Kingbird went after a juvenile White-tailed Kite while big brother 
came  to the rescue!  Some Least Terns were batting around, but there were 
some  "white things" in a hidden pond, and Sue confirmed that you could cut 
over and  get a view of it, so some of us did so, and were rewarded not only 
with a mob of  "Gregs and Snegs" and croaking cormorants, but a Wood Stork to 
boot!  That  brought Pat and MJ over with the scope, but the thing had 
flown by the time they  rounded the corner...
 
Called it a day after that with 64 species for the morning.   Pictures are 
posted here:
 
http://miriameaglemon.com/photo_gallery/2014%20Field%20Trips/July/La%20Feria
%20Area.html
 
Bird List:
 
  Black-bellied  Whistling-Duck          Dendrocygna  autumnalis
Fulvous  Whistling-Duck                 Dendrocygna bicolor
Ruddy  Duck                             Oxyura jamaicensis
Northern  Bobwhite                      Colinus virginianus
Wood  Stork                             Mycteria americana
Neotropic  Cormorant                    Phalacrocorax brasilianus
Least  Bittern                          Ixobrychus exilis
Great Blue  Heron                       Ardea herodias
Great  Egret                            Ardea alba
Snowy  Egret                            Egretta thula
Tricolored  Heron                       Egretta tricolor
Green  Heron                            Butorides virescens
Black-crowned  Night-Heron              Nycticorax nycticorax
Yellow-crowned  Night-Heron             Nyctanassa violacea
White  Ibis                             Eudocimus albus
Roseate  Spoonbill                      Platalea ajaja
White-tailed  Kite                      Elanus leucurus
Gray  Hawk                              Buteo plagiatus
Black-necked  Stilt                     Himantopus mexicanus
Killdeer                               Charadrius vociferus
Spotted  Sandpiper                      Actitis macularius
Solitary  Sandpiper                     Tringa solitaria
Lesser  Yellowlegs                      Tringa flavipes
Long-billed  Curlew                     Numenius americanus
Stilt  Sandpiper                        Calidris himantopus
Least  Sandpiper                        Calidris minutilla
Semipalmated  Sandpiper                 Calidris pusilla
Wilson's  Phalarope                     Phalaropus tricolor
Laughing  Gull                          Leucophaeus atricilla
Least  Tern                             Sternula antillarum
Black  Tern                             Chlidonias niger
Forster's  Tern                         Sterna forsteri
Rock  Pigeon                            Columba livia
Eurasian  Collared-Dove                 Streptopelia decaocto
White-winged  Dove                      Zenaida asiatica
Mourning  Dove                          Zenaida macroura
Inca  Dove                              Columbina inca
Yellow-billed  Cuckoo                   Coccyzus americanus
Common  Nighthawk                       Chordeiles minor
Chimney  Swift                          Chaetura pelagica
Buff-bellied  Hummingbird               Amazilia yucatanensis
Golden-fronted  Woodpecker              Melanerpes aurifrons
Ladder-backed  Woodpecker               Picoides scalaris
Crested  Caracara                       Caracara cheriway
Green  Parakeet                         Aratinga holochlora
Great  Kiskadee                         Pitangus sulphuratus
Tropical  Kingbird                      Tyrannus melancholicus
Western  Kingbird                       Tyrannus verticalis
Scissor-tailed  Flycatcher              Tyrannus forficatus
Loggerhead  Shrike                      Lanius ludovicianus
Purple  Martin                          Progne subis
Bank  Swallow                           Riparia riparia
Curve-billed  Thrasher                  Toxostoma curvirostre
Northern  Mockingbird                   Mimus polyglottos
European  Starling                      Sturnus vulgaris
Common  Yellowthroat                    Geothlypis trichas
Dickcissel                             Spiza americana
Red-winged  Blackbird                   Agelaius phoeniceus
Great-tailed  Grackle                   Quiscalus mexicanus
Bronzed  Cowbird                        Molothrus aeneus
Orchard  Oriole                         Icterus spurius
Hooded  Oriole                          Icterus cucullatus
Lesser  Goldfinch                       Spinus psaltria
House  Sparrow                          Passer domesticus
64 SPECIES

Mary Beth  Stowe
McAllen, TX
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Subject: Shorebirds!
From: "Bird.fried" <bird.fried AT gmail.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:49:54 -0500
After what seems like a very long absence due to business travel, I made the 
Oyster Lake, Citrus Road Sod Farm and W STP Road circuit. The shorebirds are 
definitely on the move with good variety and good numbers showing in suitable 
habitat. I had 20 species this morning in various locations. 


Most notably, there is one pond being drained at the fish farm along FM 521 in 
Matagorda County. This is right where W STP road joins FM 521, just east of the 
STP plant. This pond has at least 10 feet of soft black mushy, nutrient rich 
soil along the edge and there were at least 1000 shorebirds here enjoying the 
banquet. Most were Least Sandpiper, Western Sandpiper and Semi-palmated 
Sandpiper with the Semi-palms outnumbering Westerns 2:1. There were also large 
numbers of Stilt Sandpipers, a few Avocet and one lonely Wilson's Phalarope. 
There were also 15 Wood Stork at this fish farm. 


The Citrus Road sod farm was in good shape with bright green grass and some 
water puddles around. That said, there was not much bird activity. The only 
peeps were one each of Least Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper and Upland 
Sandpiper. No BBSA today though still a bit early. 


Down at Oyster Lake bridge (CTC 008) there were more peeps. Other notables were 

 - an unbanded pair of American Oystercatchers, 
 - 3 Seaside Sparrows sitting up providing nice, unusually long views
 - 2 Clapper Rail families with mom showing the teenagers the ropes
 - Wilson's and Semi-palmated Plovers in the sand flats across the bridge

At the shrimp farm along Oyster Lake Road, there were lots Black Terns and 2 
Sandwich Terns. Driving along Oyster Lake Road, there was a group of 7 
Gull-billed Terns displaying strange (to me) behavior; they were flying down 
the gravel road swooping to pick up food items (grasshoppers?) from the road. 
All of them were doing this and they were flying along the road for at least a 
half mile so it wasn't a random thing. I regularly see Black Terns feeding on 
more terrestrial food items but never Gull-billed Terns. Anybody else observed 
this? Anyway, had 7 tern species on the morning, missing Common, which is not 
very common away from the Gulf beach :-). 


Really enjoyable morning in Matagorda county and even better being back home 
birding the local patch. 


Good birding,
Bob Friedrichs
Palacios
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Subject: Williamson County Golden Fronted Woodpecker
From: Randy Duncan <osufight AT att.net>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 07:44:12 -0700
Local interest for wilco.
 Yesterday afternoon I visited the Bush's Chicken in Cedar Park off of 1431 
southwest of 183. As I was leaving I saw a male Golden Fronted WP come in and 
go dumpster diving behind the store. He eventually flushed and flew into the 
neighborhood directly behind. I sat for a few minutes but he did not return. 

  For full disclosure I admit that I work for Bush's at a different location, 
but this is not an attempted to drive sales by attraction the 2 or 3 people 
that may wanna look. The more I think about it the old greasy chicken crumbs 
would make an excellent suet! Would not be surprised if this is the birds daily 
routine. 

Randy Duncan
Leander TX
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Subject: Ringed Kingfisher and Lesser Nighthawks
From: <jkessler AT ktc.com>
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:03:50 -0500
Yesterday, Friday 25 July, we saw a Ringed Kingfisher perched in a tree beside 
the Guadalupe River in Guadalupe River Park in Kerrville. Later yesterday 
morning we observed two Lesser Nighthawks flying low above the playgrounds at 
Tally Elementary School in Kerrville. 

Jim Kessler
Kerrville
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Subject: Anahuac NWR and Area
From: "" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "DHanson139@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2014 09:31:43 -0400 (EDT)
Yesterday a friend of mine picked me up(still re-cooperating from back  
surgery) and we went and ate lunch in Anahuac and then drove to the refuge, Not 

 a whole lot going on in there(did not have time to go check out Shoveler  
Pond) but then we drove East down FM 1985 to where Pear Orchard rd  
intersects FM 1985 and looked at all the birds in the now drained crawfish 
farm. 

The farmer was pulling the last boards in the drain while we were there. I  
didn't even think about taking my scope because we originally were not going  
there but did have bino's. The field was a large mud flat and had both White 
and  White-faced Ibis, Lots of Fulvous Whistling-Ducks, Gull-billed Terns 
and of  course Snowy and Great Egrets. There were also a few Roseatte 
Spoonbills and what looked like Dowitchers but could not ID them. I could see 
but 

not ID some  smaller peeps out there except for a few Killdeers.
 
We drove up North on Pear Orchard and went left on FM 1941 to Fairview Rd.  
As we made that turn I realized I was seeing something pink in a ring of 
trees  of to the left. Turns out there is a pond or low spot out there in the 
rice  field with trees and there is an active rookery out there. One area 
was solid  pink and you could see remains of nests. There were also both 
Egrets out there. I think this pond has been hidden by all the trees that were 

on an old rice  canal between the road and there and now the field has been 
cleaned out with  rice in it. No way I could count them without the scope but 
we plan to go back  the next few days.
 
remember this is private property so you cannot walk out there you have to  
look from the road.
 
 
David  Hanson
Baytown/Mont Belvieu Area
Chambers County
Galveston Bay Area  Master Naturalist
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Subject: Kite migration and other panhandle birds
From: Cameron Carver <c.o.carver AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:44:13 -0500
Greetings,

I had the opportunity to be on private land in Lipscomb county today that ran 
along Wolf Creek. Upland Sandpipers have been passing over all week and I had a 
couple this morning. Quite a few Northern Bobwhite running around with small 
ones. Hairy, Red-bellied and Red-headed Woodpeckers. A real ratty Bewick's 
Wren. Field, Cassin's, Grasshopper and Lark Sparrows singing. Nothing really 
notable, just an area that nobody ever hears about. 


When I got back to Canadian I had 56 Mississippi Kites heading south over town. 
A video can be found on the Texbirds Facebook page. 


Cameron Carver
Lubbock, TX

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Subject: Re: Are some crows smarter than 1st graders?
From: mitch AT utopianature.com
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 11:13:17 -0700
On 2014-07-24 16:07, Dan Smith wrote:

> It will be interesting to see if we might have similarly
> intelligent critters in Texas.

Hi all,

To answer Dan's question, certainly we have creatures more
intelligent than some people here.   :)  Maybe I've mentioned
this before, with apologies if so...

As an example I'll share my observation of tool use by a
juvenile Scott's Oriole that was 60-90 days old.  It flew to a
hummer feeder with something in its beak I could not instantly
identify as I watched through my telescope at 25' or less.
It was gray, curved, and fuzzy looking, kind of leaf-shaped.
The bird took the object and put it through the feeder port
into the cup with the sugar water and held it there for some
time, maybe 10 seconds.

It pulled the object out and then 'masticated' (for lack of a
better word) it, squeezing fluid out of it as it moved it around
within its beak.  Then it put the object through the hole again,
again it held it down in the cup of fluid for 10 seconds or so,
pulled it out, moved it all around in its bill squeezing the
sugar water out no doubt, and repeated this again.  At least
three times it used the object and dipped it into the hummer
feeder, held 10 seconds or so, pulled it out and 'chewed' it.

By the third time the object was not the same shape and
structure as when it brought it to the feeder, and the bird
discarded it, 'spitting' it out.  Being wet, it stuck to the
feeder.  I had a bad angle looking slightly uphill so 10 photos
just show the bird with its bill in the port and you can't tell it is
holding something.  However in the last frame with the ejected
object sticking up off the side of the feeder that isn't in
the prior frames, it is clear, it was a soaked bird feather
(the ground was covered in White-winged Dove molt), and in the
first frame you can see a gray curved object in bill, which is
a dry gray feather, surely from a White-winged Dove.

At first I couldn't tell looking at the object in its bill what
it was, thinking it was a leaf due to shape, and wondering how
it would get a hard inflexible object through the port hole.
The bird was smarter than that and clearly knew a dry leaf
wouldn't work, and so had grabbed a feather to wick fluid out
of the feeder.  Brilliant genius of a less than 90 day old bird.
An Icterid.  An oriole.  An Einstein.

Did it learn it?  Was it innate?  Does the parent coming back
to the nest with wet breast feathers on the hottest days teach
it that such an object can work like that?  Are we smart enough
to figure out how smart they are?  How old would a human be that
could solve that puzzle the way the oriole did?  I know some
older ones I am not sure could do it.

Sorry it will be a while to find the pix, they are low res anyway,
but just enough to ID that it is/was a feather in the juv. Scott's
Oriole beak.  We moved recently and that sort of thing hasn't
been gotten to yet......

Watch those birds, you never know what they will teach you.

happy feathers!
Mitch

Louisiana Waterthrush at park in town today is a passage bird.

Mitch Heindel
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Subject: Bastrop Co. July 25
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:27:49 -0500
.
  Have a lot of rats to kill today and places to be, but did manage a short
early morning spin around Utley.  As Chuck mentioned yesterday, shorebirds
are finally beginning to appear in decent numbers.  I had 8 species this
morning at one location including 3 Avocets.  I also heard a Solitary Sand.
going over the house very early this AM. Perhaps yesterday's little
disturbance brought a number of shorebirds in.
A Couch's Kingbird and buntings flying over was of interest.  A big uptick
of Barn Swallows locally here.  Might be a good birding weekend.


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Subject: Austin Area RBA
From: Nate McGowan <natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:18:17 -0500
The Austin area Rare Bird Alert is a service of the Travis Audubon Society.
This update is as of 7/24/2014. Send interesting sightings, complete with
species name, location, and contact information to Nate McGowan at
natemcgowanbirds AT gmail.com.
-Rarities found this week-

2 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were seen at Hornsby Bend, *Travis* 7/18.

An early LEAST FLYCATCHER was seen in *Bastrop *7/24.

-Continuing birds from previous weeks-

The group of AMERICAN KESTRELS continues at 45th and Guadalupe in Austin,
*Travis* as of 7/21.

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.

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Subject: Are some crows smarter than 1st graders?
From: Dan Smith <dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:07:22 -0500
I havent been able to get out into the field much this year for a variety of 
reasons, but stories of avian intelligence continue to be among the more 
interesting topics to me. In todays Science Daily (science daily.com), is a 
report of a study of New Caledonian Crows by researchers in California and New 
Zealand that draws on the Aesop fable about the crow using pebbles to raise the 
water level in a vessel until it can reach it to drink. 

Here are the 1st 3 paragraphs:

<> 


The link to the full article is here: 
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140723180824.htm 


The article points out that 7-10 year olds are able to sort out the causality 
involved in the experiments but that 4-6 year olds are not. Near the end of the 
article, the observe that they are expanding their work to include grackles, 
which are innovative but smaller brained. It will be interesting to see if we 
might have similarly intelligent critters in Texas. 


Dan Smith
dan AT wordsmithofaustin.com
512-451-2632
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Subject: Hornsby Bend - a few more shorebirds
From: Chuck Sexton <gcwarbler AT austin.rr.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:31:47 -0500
TexBirders,

I visited Hornsby Bend for the third time this month and things are gradually 
picking up. The unexpected light rain shower early in the morning may have also 
helped to ground some shorebirds: 


Black-necked Stilt - 6 (2 pairs of adults, each with one juvenile)
Killdeer - 26+
Spotted Sandpiper - 8+
Solitary Sandpiper - 1
Stilt Sandpiper - 2
Least Sandpiper - 127
Pectoral Sandpiper - 1
Semipalmated Sandpiper - 11
Western Sandpiper - 1 or 2

This ratio of Semipalmated to Western is a bit surprising to me, but I just 
dont think Ive spent much time *in late July* in recent years scouring 
through the early flocks of peeps. 


As might be expected, absolutely every migrant shorebird now in late July is a 
molting adult. I have been studying plumages at close range with a 20X scope on 
every species and have not identifiedto the best of my knowledgea juvenile of 
any species other than the locally-raised stilts and killdeer. Theyll probably 
be arriving soon. 


I noticed that other Hornsby eBird checklists are not listing many shorebirds. 
About 80 to 90% of the shorebird activity at present is confined to the extreme 
W edge, and usually just the NW corner of pond 1W. I usually park right at the 
chainlink fence and gate at that west edge and set up my scope just inside the 
Authorized Personnel Only sign to get the best vantage point to scan the 
shorebirds in the corner. With recent rains, there are also usually a few 
shorebirds foraging on the wet portions of the drying beds, dodging the various 
trucks and equipment activity. 


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Subject: Re: FOS Least Flycatcher
From: "Rich Kostecke" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "rkost73@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:01:01 -0700
Iwas out with some Black-capped Vireo researchers at Colorado Bend State Park 
(San Saba County)on 7/22 and we netted a Least Flycatcher. They commented at 
the time that a Least Flycatcher was mist-netted on Fort Hood (Bell/Coryell 
County) the day before (7/21). 


Rich
Richard Kostecke, Ph.D.
The Nature Conservancy
318 Congress Ave., Austin,Texas 78701
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Subject: [texbirds] FOS Least Flycatcher
  

.
Having not heard of any prior, I noted one of the above a bit ago. A tad
early. Also a pretty good uptick in hummers and gnatcatchers, but in
reality it is very slow around Utley now with little bird song even at
daybreak. Only the tame cardinals are even making short visits to the
feeders...Seed crop should be good this year.
**********************************************************************
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Subject: FOS Least Flycatcher
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:53:09 -0500
.
Having not heard of any prior, I noted one of the above a bit ago.  A tad
early.  Also a pretty good uptick in hummers and gnatcatchers, but in
reality it is very slow around Utley now with little bird song even at
daybreak.  Only the tame cardinals are even making short visits to the
feeders...Seed crop should be good this year.
**********************************************************************
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Subject: RBA - Texas Lower Rio Grande Valley - July 24, 2014
From: "Mary Gustafson" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "live4birds@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 14:40:11 -0400 (EDT)
. 
* Texas 
* Lower Rio Grande Valley
* July 24, 2014
.
To report rare birds, e-mail rgvbirds AT hotmail.com(preferred) or call 
(956)584-2731 option 3. 

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

_____________________________________________________________
NOTE: A local researcher islooking for territorial Harris’s Hawks. If you 
regularly see Harris’s Hawks on territory or you locate a nest,please contact 
Bill Clark at raptours AT earthlink.net. 

.
NOTE: Summer Hours have beenannounced at Frontera Audubon Center. The trails 
are now open Tuesdays at 6:30 AM and they close on Thursdaysat 7 PM. 

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

.
NOTE: Pelagics are scheduled to go out of SPI on August16th and September 20th. 
Space is available in August, but September isFULL with a short waiting list. 
Contact Gary Hodne at garyhodne AT earthlink.net for moreinformation. 

______________________________________________________________
Fall migration is starting withBlack-and-white Warbler, Dickcissel, Orchard 
Oriole, and other early migrantsappearing. Purple Martins are staging atValley 
Baptist Medical Center in 

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

.
The Valley from east to west.   
.
The first SPI pelagic of the summer was a success withCory’s and Audubon’s 
Shearwaters, Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, and MaskedBooby. The next trip is August 
16. Contact Gary Hodne for more information (seeabove). 

.
A BROWN BOOBY was discovered on spoil islands and channelmarkers near Port 
Isabel. This bird wasseen through at least July 13, vanishing with the opening 
of the shrimpingfishery. 

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

.
A Veery was a great surprise in a San Juan yard lastweek. This is a relatively 
rare migrant in theappropriate season, and an extraordinary find in mid-summer. 

.
A Tropical Parula was an excellent find at AnzalduasCounty Park on 5/19, the 
bird was near the maintenance shed. It continued to atleast early July. No 
recent reports. 

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

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

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

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

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

.
There are recent reports of Ferruginous Pygmy-Owl includinga pair with chicks 
from San Miguelito Ranch (fee site), contact Letty at956-369-3118 or 
Buny55 AT aol.com. Thissite will be open as long as the owls are being seen near 
the residence. Otherprivate ranches are no longer open to birders or do not 
have accessiblepygmy-owls. This owl is very difficultto find at any other 
location at present and has not been seen or heard atBentsen-Rio Grande Valley 
State Park since the summer of 2010, when the parkwas inundated by the Rio 
Grande. 

.
Seehttp://rgvbirds.blogspot.com/p/ferruginous-pygmy-owl-sites.html for 
moreinformation. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
Laguna Atascosa NWR – Bayside Drive closed to private vehiclesto protect 
ocelots. 

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

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

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

 
Salineno –feeding station is CLOSED until November.   
 
Santa Ana NWR- closed to bicycles 
 
Valley Nature Center, Weslaco, closed Sunday mornings andMondays **CLOSED 4-7 
JULY** 

 

 
Mary Gustafson
Mission, Texas

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Subject: Has anyone found a Purple Martin staging site at McAllen?
From: "Rex Stanford" <calidris AT mindspring.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:44:47 -0500
Has anyone found a Purple Martin staging site at McAllen (this season)? I 
have been too busy at that time of day to go out looking for one thus far, 
but any information would be appreciated. You may respond to me off line or 
on line, as you wish. Others may, of course, be interested.

Rex Stanford
McAllen, TX 

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Subject: Purple Martins at Wildcat
From: Janice Cunningham <jan3putt AT outlook.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 07:55:05 -0500
The Purple Martins were staging at Wildcat Golf Club a few days ago. They hang 
out on the utility wires over the parking lot. 

 
Jan Cunningham
Houston
 		 	   		  
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Subject: Purple Martin Migration Madness Watch Party
From: Mary Anne Weber <maweber AT houstonaudubon.org>
Date: Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:45:11 +0000
Please join Houston Audubon this Friday the 25th for a watch party at the 
Fountains Shopping Center in Stafford. 

We will meet in front of Rack Room Shoes at the center along I-59 South at 8PM. 
Houston Audubon will have an informational table all about Purple Martins. 

Bring lawn chairs and your camera! If you arrive early, check out Gordon Park 
behind the shopping center where the martins dip into the water and rest on the 
power lines. 

Location: 12642 Fountain Lake Cir, Stafford, TX 77477
For more information and to see photos and videos: 
www.houstonaudubon.org 

We have watch parties schedule for the Willowbrook location next week on the 
30th and August 2nd. 

Hope to see everyone this Friday!
Mary Anne Weber



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Subject: Chucks
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 22:13:22 -0500
.
Still have at leat Chuck-wills-widow calling tonight....But their days are
numbered as are those of adult male Painted Buntings and Western
Kingbirds.  I have never had any of them post Aug. 7-8  Also an E. Screech
Owl is tearing it up out in the yard. But sometime get a fall Whip a couple
of weeks later....It is very very slow in Utley for now.
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Subject: Re: PEARLAND BIRDS TODAY, AND A GRAY FOX
From: "Judy Kestner" <jkestner AT stx.rr.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:31:24 -0500
I was delighted by a fox bouncing around catching big ol' grasshoppers in 
tall grass several years ago.  It was a very bouncy scene with the bugs and 
the fox in the air much of the time.

Judy Kestner
Corpus Christi

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Subject: [texbirds] PEARLAND BIRDS TODAY, AND A GRAY FOX


> While out riding my trike at 6:30 AM this morning around my neighborhood, 
> I saw the following birds:  Roseate Spoonbills (5) flying low overhead, 4 
> Black-bellied W. Ducks, a Nighthawk sp., and heard a Carolina Wren.  The 
> nighthawk had rather broad wings at the junction with it's body, broader 
> it appeared than those of a common nighthawk, which is the only nighthawk 
> sp. that I have seen in this area.  In addition, it was flying very low 
> (tree-top level), silent, and with very fluttery wing beats.  Could it 
> have been a Lesser Nighthawk?
>
> In addition,  I saw a gray fox "bouncing" across an open field,  only 3 
> blocks from my house.  I saw the fox out of the corner of my eye; I was 
> headed west, and it was headed east about 200 feet from me to the north. 
> If it had not been "bouncing", I probably would not have noticed it.  Once 
> it noticed me, it stopped bouncing and began running towards the east, 
> still, but once it had gone about 300 feet, it stopped running and started 
> bouncing again.  I have never seen a fox bounce unless it  was hunting 
> mice; is this an otherwise normal mode of locomotion for a fox?
>
>
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Subject: Resaca de la Palma SP - Water is flowing in!
From: Sherry Wilson <rollingsoles AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:55:25 -0500
Birds are rejoicing, swooping into the water as it slowly spreads over the
baked ground, perching along the resaca banks, enjoying their new wealth of
water.
If you have visited Resaca recently, you know how dry all but a very small
and remote section has been.  No longer.  Maintenance work is complete in
the north area.  Early afternoon the water started flowing and is expected
to fill the section between the first and second tram road bridges, with a
little overflow at the second bridge.

Earlier today a White-tailed Hawk and White-tailed Kite were overhead near
Mesquite Trail.  Three Black-and-white Warblers were busy working the trees
near the brick sign at the parking lot entrance.  Thanks for spotting them
Leo!

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

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Subject: Re: Kite migration
From: Joseph Kennedy <josephkennedy36 AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:35:30 -0500
Mississippi kites tend to migrate later than swallow-tailed kites. It is
hard to tell when local kites start migrating as more birds keep coming
well into October. The species is spreading north significantly and now
breeding from Iowa, New Hampshire and South Dakota. They cannot breed there
until much later than texas as bugs do not appear until much later. The
first Iowa nest still had a chick sitting on the edge on September 11th
which I watched fledge and learn to fly over several days.
Back when I moved to Houston, Large numbers of mississppi kites showed up
in mid-July where they fed over the neighborhoods just west of memorial
park or Loop 610 and roosted in the park at night. They were abundant for a
month or more and were not nesting real locally. All birds I saw were
adults and I never saw a striped one. Spent many business lunches sitting
looking out the window so as to watch the kites feed over the galleria.

Probably around 1990 they stopped coming or moved. Many were along the
southern edge of memorial park where they fed along the berm and the last
water behind the dam. Those numbers are way down too. I don't know why they
moved elsewhere or died or what but they are gone. Cicadas are gone too
from much of the same area. Have been checking today and there are zero
calling. No tent caterpillars in the pecans and hackberry for 10 years
anyway. More mcmansions and fewer trees.

So kites do move and linger well before true migration. Of course the birds
may have been lingering for a couple of days and were replaced. I did have
the impression then that individual birds had individual beats that were
maintained for long periods. Maybe males leave after the young can feed
themselves but they act differently than the young. Sort of like
shorebirds. Not sure on molt after breeding but they may go somewhere there
is lots of food to fatten up for migration.



On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 1:23 PM, Bob Friedrichs 
wrote:

> Brush,
> Our local Mississippi Kites were still patrolling the skies over Palacios,
> Blessing and El Campo on Sunday afternoon, though that doesn't mean that
> some others have not already started south....*or perhaps that ours didn't
> leave yesterday*.
>
> Bob Friedrichs
> Palacios
>
> On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 12:55 PM, Brush Freeman 
> wrote:
>
> > .
> >   Realize that hawk watches do not usually begin until mid-Aug. but am
> > wondering if Mississippi Kites are not already migrating as I have seen
> > some in areas where I normally never do ...Had several over the
> "prairies"
> > of Lavaca Co. this morning.
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Subject: PEARLAND BIRDS TODAY, AND A GRAY FOX
From: "Mira M Pellerin" <dmarc-noreply AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "mirampellerin@aol.com" for DMARC)
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:22:27 -0400 (EDT)
While out riding my trike at 6:30 AM this morning around my neighborhood, I saw 
the following birds: Roseate Spoonbills (5) flying low overhead, 4 
Black-bellied W. Ducks, a Nighthawk sp., and heard a Carolina Wren. The 
nighthawk had rather broad wings at the junction with it's body, broader it 
appeared than those of a common nighthawk, which is the only nighthawk sp. that 
I have seen in this area. In addition, it was flying very low (tree-top level), 
silent, and with very fluttery wing beats. Could it have been a Lesser 
Nighthawk? 


In addition, I saw a gray fox "bouncing" across an open field, only 3 blocks 
from my house. I saw the fox out of the corner of my eye; I was headed west, 
and it was headed east about 200 feet from me to the north. If it had not been 
"bouncing", I probably would not have noticed it. Once it noticed me, it 
stopped bouncing and began running towards the east, still, but once it had 
gone about 300 feet, it stopped running and started bouncing again. I have 
never seen a fox bounce unless it was hunting mice; is this an otherwise normal 
mode of locomotion for a fox? 



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Subject: Bastrop S. P. July 23
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2014 12:39:03 -0500
.
  With Bill Carr and Diane Sherrill  A morning mostly of plants (including
a beautiful stand of Rattlesnake Master *Eryngium yuccifolium. * Bird song
is virtually nill but a visit to Alum Creek later produced
*:*
Broad-winged Hawks
Hairy Woodpecker 1
Acadian Flycatcher 1 It is getting late for them
Hooded Warbler 1 (HO)

Coral Snake
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Subject: Re: Kite migration - count starts Aug 1 at Hazel Bazemore
From: Cecilia-home <criley02 AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:40:24 -0500
This is great news re: Hazel Bazemore. GCBOs sponsored count in Cuba is also an 
early starter ( by Hawkwatch standards). Our Smith Point Hawk Watch will also 
begin early this year. Wishing all great success at picking up those early 
migrating Swallow-tailed Kites! Personally, can hardly wait for raptor season 
in coastal Texas. 


Life is better with birds!
Cecilia M Riley
Sent from my iPad

> On Jul 22, 2014, at 10:13 PM, Clay Taylor  
wrote: 

> 
> All - 
> 
> HawkWatch International managed to scare up a few extra dollars for the 
Corpus Christi Hawk Watch at Hazel Bazemore County Park, so Dane Ferrell will 
be braving heatstroke starting August 1 in search of migrating kites. Feel free 
to join him any day in the quest to count Masses of Missies and hopefully a new 
record year for Swallow-taileds. Bring cold drinks and chocolate! 

> 
> 
> Clay Taylor
> TOS Life Member
> Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
> Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us 
> 
> 
> 
> 
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> 
> .
> Realize that hawk watches do not usually begin until mid-Aug. but am 
wondering if Mississippi Kites are not already migrating as I have seen some in 
areas where I normally never do ...Had several over the "prairies" 

> of Lavaca Co. this morning.
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Subject: Re: Kite migration - count starts Aug 1 at Hazel Bazemore
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:21:50 -0500
Great....I thought it started Aug 15.  I could be way wrong but I am
figuring a few MIKIs might already be on the move and STKIs are usually
ahead of them a bit....Or?
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On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 10:13 PM, Clay Taylor  wrote:

> All -
>
> HawkWatch International managed to scare up a few extra dollars for the
> Corpus Christi Hawk Watch at Hazel Bazemore County Park, so Dane Ferrell
> will be braving heatstroke starting August 1 in search of migrating kites.
>   Feel free to join him any day in the quest to count Masses of Missies and
> hopefully a new record year for Swallow-taileds.    Bring cold drinks and
> chocolate!
>
>
> Clay Taylor
> TOS Life Member
> Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
> Clay.taylor AT swarovskioptik.us
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>
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>
>
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> Subject: [texbirds] Kite migration
>
> .
>   Realize that hawk watches do not usually begin until mid-Aug. but am
> wondering if Mississippi Kites are not already migrating as I have seen
> some in areas where I normally never do ...Had several over the "prairies"
> of Lavaca Co. this morning.
> **********************************************************************
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Subject: Re: Kite migration - count starts Aug 1 at Hazel Bazemore
From: Clay Taylor <Clay.Taylor AT swarovskioptik.us>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:13:55 -0400
All - 

HawkWatch International managed to scare up a few extra dollars for the Corpus 
Christi Hawk Watch at Hazel Bazemore County Park, so Dane Ferrell will be 
braving heatstroke starting August 1 in search of migrating kites. Feel free to 
join him any day in the quest to count Masses of Missies and hopefully a new 
record year for Swallow-taileds. Bring cold drinks and chocolate! 



Clay Taylor
TOS Life Member
Calallen (Corpus Christi), TX
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Subject: [texbirds] Kite migration

.
 Realize that hawk watches do not usually begin until mid-Aug. but am wondering 
if Mississippi Kites are not already migrating as I have seen some in areas 
where I normally never do ...Had several over the "prairies" 

of Lavaca Co. this morning.
**********************************************************************
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Subject: Austin Area Birding
From: Jennifer Miller <foundnatureblog AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:59:25 -0500
I am visiting and have about half a day free in Austin tomorrow. Could anyone 
suggest a good local birding spot? Getting to anywhere is possible, but I am 
primarily going to be on the south side. 

Thanks,
Jennifer Miller
Lubbock, TX

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Subject: Tuesday morning birding Hagerman NWR.
From: Jack Chiles <chilesjack AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:34:21 -0500
57 species was our total count today. Killdeer still the only shorebird. We saw 
2 Yellow-crowned Night-herons at Deaver and a Belted Kingfisher. Painted 
Buntings, Indigo Buntings and Dickcissels were all still singing. We also saw a 
Swainson's Hawk carrying a Cotton Rat and a Broad-winged Hawk on the road to 
Meadow Pond. Not much rise in elevation on Lake Texoma has occurred yet from 
the recent rains. 

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Subject: Fwd: eBird Report - Frontera Audubon Center (LTC 058), Jul 22, 2014
From: Tim Brush <txbrush5 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:32:49 -0500
I couldn't resist stopping at Frontera Audubon Society, in Weslaco, even
though it was a bit late. Nice to see a Least Flycatcher, always the first
Empidonax we see heading south in the Valley.
Best regards,
Tim Brush
Edinburg, TX

Frontera Audubon Center (LTC 058), Hidalgo, US-TX
Jul 22, 2014 8:40 AM - 9:10 AM
Protocol: Traveling
0.3 mile(s)
Comments:     walked around Frontera--partly cloudy and getting quite warm
26 species

Plain Chachalaca  4
Snowy Egret  1
Black-necked Stilt  2
White-winged Dove  12
Mourning Dove  2
White-tipped Dove  2
Chimney Swift  4
Buff-bellied Hummingbird  3
Golden-fronted Woodpecker  3
Green Parakeet  1     heard one in distance
Least Flycatcher  1     large, round-headed look with distinct, whitish
eyering, small bill, shortish tail, and overall light grayish color
Brown-crested Flycatcher  2
Couch's Kingbird  1
Loggerhead Shrike  1     in backyard along entrance road
White-eyed Vireo  1     singing
Carolina Wren  1
Clay-colored Thrush  2     not far into woods
Long-billed Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  2
Olive Sparrow  1     singing
Northern Cardinal  1
Dickcissel  1     heard only, flying over
Red-winged Blackbird  2
Great-tailed Grackle  5
Lesser Goldfinch  2
House Sparrow  3

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Subject: Re: Kite migration
From: Bob Friedrichs <bird.fried AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:23:43 -0500
Brush,
Our local Mississippi Kites were still patrolling the skies over Palacios,
Blessing and El Campo on Sunday afternoon, though that doesn't mean that
some others have not already started south....*or perhaps that ours didn't
leave yesterday*.

Bob Friedrichs
Palacios

On Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 12:55 PM, Brush Freeman 
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> .
>   Realize that hawk watches do not usually begin until mid-Aug. but am
> wondering if Mississippi Kites are not already migrating as I have seen
> some in areas where I normally never do ...Had several over the "prairies"
> of Lavaca Co. this morning.
> **********************************************************************
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Subject: Kite migration
From: Brush Freeman <brushfreeman AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:55:34 -0500
.
  Realize that hawk watches do not usually begin until mid-Aug. but am
wondering if Mississippi Kites are not already migrating as I have seen
some in areas where I normally never do ...Had several over the "prairies"
of Lavaca Co. this morning.
**********************************************************************
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503-551-5150 Cell
120 N. Red Bud Trail. Elgin, Tx. 78621
http://texasnaturenotes.blogspot.com/
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Subject: Quinta Mazatlan Bird Walk Report 7/22/2014
From: John Brush <jsbrush10 AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:45:25 -0500
Hello Texbirders,
Another hot summer morning in South Texas. Bird activity in the park
remains steady, with some early migrants like Black-and-white Warbler and
Orchard Oriole seen in the past couple weeks.

Lots of young birds following their parents around - the population of
Golden-fronted Woodpeckers is booming. Green Parakeets made their rounds
and several Clay-colored Thrushes gave their "zeet" calls as they ducked
into shady cover.

Photos from the morning are on Quinta Mazatlan's blog:

http://quintamazatlan.wordpress.com/2014/07/22/bird-walk-july-22-2014/


-- 
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Edinburg, TX


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Subject: Last chance for Spaces still available on August 16th Texas Pelagic from S Padre Island (resend)
From: Gary Hodne <garyhodne AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:31:34 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
Hi Texbirders and Pelagic Fanatics, (resending)
There a still a number of spaces available on the August 16th Texas Pelagic 
from South Padre Island. This will probabaly be your last opportunity for this 
year to get out on a Texas Pelagic. Last Saturday's trip enjoyed pleasant 
weather conditions and had great views of Band-rumped Storm Petrels along with 
Cory's and Audubons Shearwaters and Masked Booby. 


• Sat August 16th (sign up deadline by July 30th)

• Sat September 20th (sign up by September 3rd) This trip is full and has a 
short waiting list. 


These are not-for-profit trips that I am organizing where the cost per 
participant is $150. 


I would like to encourage anyone who is interested in these trips to email me 
at garyhodne AT earthlink.net for more details and reservations soon as possible. 
We need to have enough participants two and half weeks in advance of each trip 
to ensure we can cover the cost of the charter. Without enough participants by 
the deadline the trip may have to be cancelled. For cancellations due to not 
enough participants or rough seas preventing the trip from going full refunds 
will be made. 


These trips leave from the southern tip of South Padre Island, aboard the 
Osprey. The good folks at Osprey Cruises have been involved with Texas Pelagics 
for over 14 years and their captains are familiar with where we need to go and 
also are quite good at spotting birds with us. These are all-day trips, leaving 
the docks at 6am, and returning 12 hours later at 6pm. We motor out to 
deep-water (takes about 4 hours to get there), spend the next several hours 
working the area just off the shelf, and then return back to the dock by 6pm. 
Leaders for these three trips will include Eric Carpenter, Mary Gustafson, Brad 
McKinney, Petra Hockey, Randy Pinkston, John O'Brien and myself. Each of these 
leaders are passionate about Texas Pelagics and have more experience on them 
than anyone else in the offshore Texas Gulf of Mexico. 


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


The regular species we expect to find during the course of the season include 
Audubon's and Cory's Shearwaters, Band-rumped and Leach's Storm-Petrels, 
Bridled and Sooty Terns, Masked Booby, Pomarine Jaeger and Magnificent 
Frigatebird. 


A full rundown of the species list for Offshore Texas Pelagics can be found at:

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

And of course, when there aren't great birds around, sometimes other marine 
life activity steals the show. We routinely get Bottlenose Dolphins plus have 
had frequent encounters with Whale Sharks, Atlantic spotted dolphins, Risso's 
Dolphins, Short-fined Pilot Whales and even pods of Sperm Whales on multiple 
occasions. The August trip from three years ago yielded many of us our lifer 
Rough-toothed Dolphins not to mention an experience with an absolutely 
monstrous Whale Shark that bumped into the boat, check out the photos of it 
about half-way through the slide-show from that trip at: 

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

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

http://www.texaspelagics.com/

Also there is a Facebook page for Texas Pelagics.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Texas-Pelagics/173057036078295?ref=hl

And a Facebook group for Texas Pelagics. 
https://www.facebook.com/groups/219671194850690/

Please check these out for more information as well
I hope you'll join us.
Gary Hodne
The Woodlands, TX

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Subject: August 16 S Padre Is Texas Pelagic spaces available.
From: Gary Hodne <garyhodne AT earthlink.net>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:18:15 -0500 (GMT-05:00)
 
Hi Texbirders and= Pelagic Fanatics, 
There a still a number of spaces available on the Au= gust 16th Texas
Pelagicfrom South Padre Island. This will probabaly be you= r last
opportunity for this year to get out on a Texas Pelagic. Last Saturd= ay's
trip enjoyed pleasant weather conditions and had great views of Band-r=
umpedStorm Petrels along with Cory's and Audubons Shearwaters and Masked B=
ooby. 

  

=E2=80=A2 Sat August 16th (sign up deadli= ne by July 30th) 

=E2=80=A2 Sat September 20th  (sign up by September 3rd) This trip i= s full
and has a short waiting list. 

  

These are not-for-profit trips that I am = organizing where the cost per
participant is $150. 

  

I would like to encourage anyone who is i= nterested in these trips to email
me at garyhodne AT earthl= ink.net[1]  for more details and reservations = soon
as possible. We need to have enough participants two and half wee= ks in
advance of each trip to ensure we can cover the cost of the charter. 
Withoutenough participants = by the deadline the trip may have to be
cancelled. For cancellations due to= not enough participants or rough seas
preventing the trip from going full = refunds will be made. 

  

These trips leave from the southern tip o= f South Padre Island, aboard the
Osprey.  The good folks at Osprey Cru= ises have been involved with Texas
Pelagics for over 14 years and their cap= tains are familiar with where we
need to go and also are quite good at spot= ting birds with us.  These are
all-day trips, leaving the docks a= t 6am, and returning 12 hours later at
6pm. We motor out to deep-water (tak= es about 4 hours to get there), spend
the next several hours working t= he area just off the shelf, and then
returnback to the dock by 6pm. &= nbsp;Leaders for these three trips will
include Eric Carpenter, Mary Gustaf= son, Brad McKinney, Petra Hockey, Randy
Pinkston, John O'Brien and mys= elf.  Each of these leaders are passionate
about Texas Pelagics and ha= ve more experience on them than anyone else in
the offshore Texas Gulf of M= exico. 

  

These Gulf of Mexico trips don't yi= eld high numbers of birds but we seem
toalways make up for it with a = high quality sighting or discovery. In the
last few years, some of the bett= er birds have included Red-billed
Tropicbird, Great Shearwater, and Sooty S= hearwater.  One trip was
fortunateenough to have a mixed species floc= k that included both Brown
Noddy and Brown Booby in the same binocular view= /camera viewfinder!  And
ofcourse in Sept 2003 we had an incredible Y= ellow-nosed Albatross
encounter!  Possibilities like this is what keep= s folks coming back for
more.  

  

The regular species we expect to find dur= ing the course of the season
include Audubon's and Cory's Shearwaters, Band= -rumped and Leach's
Storm-Petrels, Bridled and Sooty Terns, Masked Booby, P= omarine Jaeger and
Magnificent Frigatebird. 

  

A full rundown of the species list for Of= fshore Texas Pelagics can be
foundat: 

http://texaspelagics.com/pelagic-sea-birds/tx-sea= birds/[2] 

  

And of course, when there aren't great bi= rds around, sometimes other
marinelife activity steals the show.  We = routinely get Bottlenose Dolphins
plus have had frequent encounters with Wh= ale Sharks, Atlantic spotted
dolphins, Risso's Dolphins, Short-fined Pilot = Whales and even pods of
SpermWhales on multiple occasions.  The Augus= t trip from three years ago
yielded many of us our lifer Rough-toothed Dolp= hins not to mention an
experience with an absolutely monstrous Whale Shark = that bumped into the
boat, check out the photos of it about half-way throug= h the slide-show
fromthat trip at: 

http://www.texaspelagics.com/trips/20110827/index.= html[3] 

  

More information on these trips and on Te= xas Pelagics (including photos
from previous trips and what species can be = expected) can be found at Gary
Hodne's informative website: 

= http://www.texaspelagics.com/[4] 

  

Also there is a Facebook page for Texas P= elagics. 

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tex= as-Pelagics/173057036078295?ref=3Dhl[5] 

  

And a Facebook group for Texas Pelagics. = 

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

  

Please check these out for more informati= on as well 

  

I hope you'll join us. 

  

Gary Hodne 

The Woodlands, TX= 

--- Links ---
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Subject: Re: WW Dove behavior? w/pics w/added pic
From: Monte <monte.phillips AT gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:16:42 -0500
Yes that is what Fred Collins and others have responded with.  I would 
like to thank all who help me out with these things, does ease the pain 
of learning tremendously! lol
Here's a rather pretty closeup of one of those sunbathing Doves.

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/c3bqwWt-AaaspsT88F9uwtMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink 




On 7/21/2014 7:22 PM, L Markoff wrote:
>
> Hi Monte,
>
> To me it looks as if they are sunbathing.  This is a common behavior 
> of many species this time of year, post nesting.  Nesting makes for 
> parasites on birds and they will sunbathe and take dust baths to get 
> rid of the lice.  Sometimes they will perform anting too.  For an 
> explanation of anting see: 
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anting_(bird_activity) 
> 
>
> No matter where I have lived, Vienna, VA, Austin, TX, or here in 
> Eugene, OR, I have seen birds do these things to fight parasites.  I 
> don't have Doves in this yard like I did in my Vienna or Austin yards, 
> but right now the Steller's Jays, Scrub Jays and Turkeys are big into 
> sunbaths, dustbaths, and ants.
>
> Enjoy the birds!
>
> Lori M.
>
> Eugene, OR
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org 
> [mailto:texbirds-bounce AT freelists.org] On Behalf Of Monte
> Sent: Monday, July 21, 2014 1:45 PM
> To: texbirds
> Subject: [texbirds] WW Dove behavior? w/pics
>
> I noticed amongst the 7-8 WW Doves out in the backyard that two were 
> acting, and posing in ways I had not observed before.  They were not 
> really involved with each other, but were doing almost identical 
> things.  The pics show this behavior better than I can describe it. My 
> first thought is that it is some part or form of courtship.
>
> Birds in relation to one another (allow both had been on the feeder 
> roof at the same time when I forst noticed them.  One then flew up to 
> the shepherds hook, and the other remained on the feeder roof.
>
> Birds near to each other
>
> 
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/123354783 AT N05/14711200512/in/photostream/
>
> Closeup bird #1
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/123354783 AT N05/14688497416/in/photostream/
>
> Bird #2
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/123354783 AT N05/14524833998/in/photostream/
>
> --
>
> Monte Phillips
>
> TX Cty
>
>

-- 
Monte
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Subject: Re: Purple Martins
From: "Harry Elliott" <dmarc-noreply-modpost AT freelists.org> (Redacted sender "harry_s_elliott@yahoo.com" for DMARC)
Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:04:43 -0700
FInding about 5000 along Braes Bayou, west of Eldridge in west Houston
Harry Elliott
Houston
 
________________________________
 From: Frank Bumgardner 
To: 'texbirds'  
Sent: Monday, July 21, 2014 6:39 PM
Subject: [texbirds] Purple Martins
  

This afternoon at approximately 1530 hours Jeanette and I had between 1200
and 1500 Purple Martins in the dead tree near the boat ramp in Flat Rock
Park at Lake Waco in McLennan County.


Frank Bumgardner

China Spring, TX

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