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Northeast Texas Bird Report - March 2014  by David Brotherton  

 

In March, all 26 counties in the NETFO area had reports for the period.  Highlights include White-winged Scoter, Red-throated Loon, Pacific Loons, Thayer’s Gull, a California Gull, along with several Lesser Black-backed Gulls, just to name a few.   Thanks to all who birded and sent in their results and thanks again to Luanne for everything.

 

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were restricted to Van Zandt and Wood counties during the month with a high of 36 noted on 3/19 at Wills Point in Van Zandt county (ebird RK).  Snow Geese passed through the area sort of unnoticed, found in only five counties with a peak of 90 found on 3/6 at the Caddo National Grasslands in Fannin county (ebird CF).  A Cackling Goose was found at Pleasant Acres Lake in Smith county on 3/28 (ebird MB). 

 

Peaks of 1700 Gadwall, 500 Blue-winged Teal, 2500 Northern Shovelers, 1800 Northern Pintail, and 1300 Green-winged Teal were tallied at RC WMA in Freestone county on 3/1 (PB,DP,DS,ET).  While up to five Cinnamon Teal were found there on the same date (PB,DP,DS,ET,BW).  The Tyler State Park White-winged Scoter found last month was seen several times during the month till at least 3/21 (ebird BS).  Red-breasted Mergansers were restricted to Van Zandt and Hopkins counties with a peak of 11 birds found at Lake Sulphur Springs on 3/30 (DB,LB).  Twelve Wild Turkeys were tallied near Wills Point in Van Zandt county on 3/19 (ebird RK), while three were photographed in Upshur county on 3/14 (LP). 

 

Up to two Red-throated Loons were found at LTW in Van Zandt county on 3/24 (ebird BC,RK).  A Pacific Loon was noted on several dates during March at LTW in Van Zandt county with a last date of 3/24 (ebird BC,RK).  Another Pacific Loon was tallied at LOP in Marion county on 3/9 (DB,LB).  The high for the month of 250 Horned Grebes were noted at LTW in Van Zandt county on 3/8 (ebird RK).  Eared Grebes were noted in five counties with a peak of ten noted at LTW in Van Zandt county on 3/15 (DC,DL).  Thirteen counties had records of Neotropic Cormorants with a peak of 100 noted at LTW in Van Zandt county on 3/8 (ebird RK).  The Texas high so far of 25,000 Double-crested Cormorants was tallied at LTW in Van Zandt county on 3/1 (ebird BC).  Two Anhingas were reported from Pinedale Lake in Smith county on 3/10 (ebird TG). 

 

An American Bittern was found at Pleasure Acres Lake on 3/24 (ebird MB).  The first Snowy Egret of the spring was noted in Franklin county on 3/18 (ebird MO).  The first Little Blue Heron was noted at Pleasure Acres Lake on 3/13 (ebird MB).  The first Cattle Egret was found in Upshur county on 3/14 (ebird KH).  The earliest Green Heron was noted at LTW in Van Zandt county on 3/15 (ebird LBe).  A Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was noted at Pleasure Acres Lake from 3/13 onward (ebird MB).  The sole White Ibis for the area was found in Navarro county on 3/16 (ebird WS).  Restricted to RC WMA the high for White-faced Ibis were 28 found on 3/9 (DC,DL). 

 

A pair of Bald Eagles were observed occupying a nest at Cooper Lake in Hopkins county on 3/29 (DB,LB).  The first Broad-winged Hawk was noted over Sulphur Springs in Hopkins county on 3/29 (DB).  A Common Gallinule was noted at Ferndale in Camp county (ebird JH).

 

American Avocets were still being seeing in both counties of the RC WMA with a max of thirty reported from Freestone county on 3/1 (ebird BW).  American Golden-Plovers were first found on 3/1 at RC WMA in Freestone county (PB,BW).  They were noted in nine different counties during the month with a max of 70 American Golden-Plovers noted just south of Sulphur Springs in Hopkins county on 3/29 (DB,LB).  Solitary Sandpipers were restricted to Van Zandt county with the first pair found at LTW on 3/15 (ebird MB).  Noted in fourteen different counties, a max of 44 Greater Yellowlegs were tallied at LTW in Rains county on 3/11 (ebird RK).  Only in seven counties, a max of 25 Lesser Yellowlegs were tallied at RC WMA in Freestone county on 3/9 (DC,DL).  

 

A pair of Upland Sandpipers were noted in Upshur county on 3/10 (ME), while single Upland Sandpipers were found in Titus county on 3/25 (ebird RS) and at LTW State Park on 3/30 (ebird RK).  The first six Pectoral Sandpipers were tallied at LTW in Rains county on 3/7 (ebird RK).  The first twenty, also the high, of Baird’s Sandpipers were found at RC WMA in Freestone county on 3/1 (PB,DP,DS,ET).  A wow of 1000 Least Sandpipers were noted on three dates from 3/8 to 3/14 at LTW Oak Cove in Rains county (ebird RK).  The max of 100 Long-billed Dowitchers were tallied on 3/1 at RC WMA in Freestone county (PB).  A max of eighty Wilson’s Snipes were tallied at a field in Upshur county on 3/6 (LP).  Eight American Woodcocks were counted in Harrison county on 3/1 (LP), while one American Woodcock was noted in Upshur county and six in Marion county on 3/9 (ME) and (DB) respectively.

 

The Texas high for Bonaparte’s Gulls to date of 5000 as noted in ebird was recorded at LTW in Van Zandt county on 3/1 (ebird BC).  A first winter Little Gull was documented on 3/9 at LTW in Van Zandt county (ebird RK).  The first 5, and almost the only, Franklin’s Gulls noted in the area occurred on 3/1 at RC WMA in Navarro county (ebird DP).  The peak of 500 Ring-billed Gulls occurred at LTW in Van Zandt county on 3/1 (ebird RK).  A Thayer’s Gull was found at LTW in Rains county on 3/1 (ebird CF,BT).  While a Thayer’s Gull, three Lesser Black-backed Gulls and a California Gull were found at LTW in Van Zandt county on 3/8 (ebird RK,RR).  An adult Lesser Black-backed Gull was also found at the same location on 3/15 (m.ob).  On the same date another Lesser Black-backed Gull was found at Lake Tyler (RSc).

  

Six White-winged Doves at the Winnsboro City Park in Wood county were the farthest eastern ones found during the period (ebird DO).  A Barn Owl was noted at the Corsicana Country Club in Navarro county on 3/29 (ebird WS).  The first three Chimney Swifts were recorded in Longview on 3/31 (LP).  A beautiful male Rufous Hummingbird was photographed in Smith county on 3/3 and the bird was also observed with an early/late Ruby-throated Hummingbird (ebird MB).  The next earliest Ruby-throated Hummingbird was noted on 3/24 in Rusk county (ebird KH).  Two Crested Caracaras were photographed together on 3/22 near Mt Vernon for the farthest eastern ones noted (DB,LB).  A total of 3 sightings of Merlins were noted on 3/30 at LTW, two at the State Park and one in Van Zandt county (ebird RK).  A Peregrine Falcon was spotted at LTW State Park on 3/9 (ebird RK). 

 

The first Eastern Kingbird was noted in Daingerfield on 3/27 (DB,LB).  The first Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was found at Lake Fork in Wood county on 3/20 (ebird JC).  The first of the spring White-eyed Vireo was found at LTW in Rains county on 3/11 (ebird LL).  The first Yellow-throated Vireo was located in Harrison county on 3/25 (LP).  The earliest Red-eyed Vireo was noted at Caddo Lake NWR in Harrison county on 3/28 (ebird PW). 

 

Thirty Horned Larks were found at Lake Gilmer in Upshur county on 3/22 (LP).  Two were found at Sulphur Springs Airport in Hopkins county on 3/22 (DB,LB), while four other Horned Larks were found on a field near Big Creek Lake in Delta county on the same date (DB,LB).  Cave Swallows were found in three counties during the month, with a max of 20 noted at Lake Bonham in Fannin county on 3/6 (ebird CF).  The sole Red-breasted Nuthatch was noted once again in Henderson county on 3/8 and 3/22 (DC,DL).  Bewick’s Wrens were noted on 3/8 in Van Zandt county and at LTW State Park in Hunt county on 3/9 (ebird RK).  Blue-gray Gnatcatchers appeared to have shown up on 3/19 at LTW State Park when 20 appeared.  Blue-gray Gnatcatchers then appeared to show up all over the NETFO region.  The sole Sprague’s Pipit was found at LTW in Van Zandt county on 3/15 (PB,LBe,DC,DL). 

 

The first Louisiana Waterthrush was noted at LTW in Van Zandt county on 3/18 (ebird RK).  The earliest Black-and-white Warbler was found at Cooper Lake State Park in Hopkins county on 3/18 (ebird CF).  A Nashville Warbler was found in Trinidad in Henderson county on 3/21 (ebird BT), while another Nashville Warbler was found in the same county in another location on 3/22 (DC,DL).  The first Hooded Warbler of the season was recorded in Van Zandt county on 3/29 (ebird RK).  The earliest Northern Parula was found in Upshur county on 3/14 (LP).  I always think of Saint Patty’s Day as the first day for Yellow-throated Warbler, although it doesn’t always work that way.  Well this year it did, when a Yellow-throated Warbler was found in Henderson county (ebird LaB).  The first two Black-throated Green Warblers were noted at Pleasant Acres Lake on 3/28 (ebird MB). 

 

Spotted Towhees were found in three counties during the period with farthest east and peak of 2 found on 3/18 at Cooper Lake State Park in Hopkins county (ebird CF).  The sole Clay-colored Sparrow found during the period was reported from Pleasant Acres Lake on 3/14 (ebird MB).  On the same date the sole Grasshopper Sparrow was found in Upshur county (LP).  A Le Conte’s Sparrow as found in Fannin county on 3/6 (ebird CF), and in Upshur county on  3/22 (LP).  The Texas ebird max for the year of 100 White-throated Sparrows were tallied at LTW in Van Zandt on 3/14 (ebird RK). 

 

The earliest Indigo Bunting for the spring was found on 3/28 in Smith county (ebird MB).  The first Summer Tanager was recorded at Lake Gladewater in Upshur county on 3/28 (LP).  Not very common in the area during this season, two Western Meadowlarks were reported from Fannin county on 3/6 (ebird CF), while another two were noted at RC WMA in Freestone county on 3/9 (DC,DL,BT).  Noted in six counties during the month, the max of 40 Rusty Blackbirds was found at RC WMA in Navarro county on 3/1 (ebird BW).  The sole Pine Siskin was noted from Daingerfield on 3/7 (LB). 

 

Locations and Counties:

 

Camp Co.: Ferndale

Delta.: Big Creek Lake

Fannin Co.:  Caddo National Grassland

Franklin Co.: Mt Vernon, Mt Vernon Airport

Freestone Co.:  RC WMA - Richland Creek WMA

Gregg Co.:  Longview

Harrison Co.:  Caddo Lake NWR

Henderson Co.: Trinidad

Hopkins Co.:  Lake Sulphur Springs, Sulphur Springs, Sulphur Springs Airport, Cooper Lake State Park

Hunt Co.: LTW - LTW State Park

Marion Co.: LOP - Lake O Pines

Morris Co.: Daingerfield

Navarro Co.: RC WMA - Richland Creek WMA, Corsicana Country Club

Upshur Co.: Lake Gilmer, Lake Gladewater

Rains Co.: LTW - Lake Tawakoni, Oak Cove LTW

Rusk Co.:

Smith Co.:  Pleasant Acres Lake, Pinedale Lake, Tyler State Park, Lake Tyler

Titus Co.: 

Wood Co.: Winnsboro City Park, Lake Fork

Van Zandt Co.: LTW - Lake Tawakoni, Wills Point

   

Observers:

   

 

PB    Peter Barnes

LBe    Linda Belssner
MB    Mike Bloodsworth
LaB    Laura Brewner
DB    David Brotherton
LB    Luanne Brotherton

BC    Blaine Carnes
JC     Janet Cook
DC    D.D. Currie
MD    Mike Dillon
ME    Mark Edmund


CF    Caleb Frome

TG    Tim Gollob
KH    Kathy Hamilton
KH    Karen Haslund

JH    Janie Henderson

RK    Richard Kinney
LL    Laurie Lawler

DL    Dell Little
DO    Dale Ohl

MO   Mark Olinger
DP    Danny Pickens

 

LP    Linda Gail Price
RR    Ross Rasmussen
RS    Rosemary Seidler

BS     Boyd Sanders
DS     Dennis Scott
RSc     Rick Schaefer
WS     Wilbur Stewart
ET     Eamonn Thurmond
BT     Brandon Thurston
PW     Phyllis Wilson
BW    Bill Wright

 

For You Ebirders:

 

Eight more counties make it a total of 16 NETFO counties that now have 100 species for the year.  The new counties to join are Fannin, Harrison, Hopkins, Wood, Franklin, Marion, Morris and Camp.  Van Zandt county leads all counties with 158 species for the year, with Smith county in second with 143 species.  The lowest county through March is Cherokee county with 53 species.  Cass with 72 and Rusk with 80 are 2nd and 3rd from the bottom.  For April, the county with the lowest total ever is Franklin with 71, Red River with 77 and Cass with 82. While Van Zandt has the most with an amazing 260 species!  Good luck birding this month!  

 


Northeast Texas Bird Report - February 2014  by David Brotherton  

 

In February all 26 counties in the NETFO area had reports for the period.  Highlights include Black-legged Kittiwake, Cackling Goose, White-winged Scoters, Red-throated Loon, Pacific Loons, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Thayer’s Gull, and Western Grebe, just to name a few.  Thanks to all who birded and sent in their results and thanks again to Luanne for everything.

 

Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were restricted to Van Zandt county with a high of 170 noted on 2/8 (PB).  The peak of 300 Greater White-fronted Geese and 15000 Snow Geese and 25 Ross’s Geese were found on the Navarro county line on FM 85 on 2/15 (ebird TD, MWe).  The peak of 42 Canada Geese were noted in Gregg county on 2/17 (ebird JM).  A Cackling Goose was photographed at Lake Gladewater in Upshur county on 2/21 (LP).

 

1500 Gadwall and 1750 Northern Shovelers were tallied at LTW in Rains county at Cedar Cove on 2/5 (ebird RK).  A few Blue-winged Teal started passing through the area with the first noted at Lake Bob Sandlin in Camp county on 2/15 (DB,LB,LE,CT,DW,SW).  1050 was the peak for Northern Pintail during the month found on 2/22 at RC WMA (DC,DL).  1000 was the peak for Green-winged Teal found at LTW in Rains county on 2/15 (ebird RK).  The peak for Canvasback for the month was 183 noted at Lake Gilmer in Upshur county on 2/1 (DB,LB).  250 was the peak for Redhead’s found on the Edgewood City Lake in Van Zandt county on 2/4 (ebird RK). The peak for the year in Texas so far 350 Ring-necked Ducks were tallied at Edgewood City Lake on 2/4 (ebird RK).  Greater Scaup were found in three counties during the month with a peak of 22 at LOP in Upshur county on 2/22 (DB,LB).

 

Two White-winged Scoters were found on LOP at Oak Valley in Marion county on 2/8 (DB,LB).  Three were found at the same location the next day (DB,LB,MD,LE,CT).  The birds were noted until at least 2/16 (DB,LB,MD,PH).  Another White-winged Scoter was found and photographed at Tyler State Park in Smith county on 2/19 (BS,BrS).  This bird was found and photographed by several birders throughout the month.  Red-breasted Mergansers were noted at both LOP in Marion county and at LTW near the dam with a high of 165 noted from Rains county on 2/15 (ebird RK).

 

A Pacific Loon was found at LTW in Van Zandt county on 2/9 (ebird BC).  Three Pacific Loons were noted at LOP in Marion county near the dam on 2/8 (DB,LB).  Two of the Pacific Loons were still present and photographed on 2/15 (LP).  On 2/9 at LOP while observers were watching one of the Pacific Loons, a Red-throated Loon was found (DB,LB,LE,CT).  The Red-throated Loon was observed through at least 2/22 (ME).  The Texas high for the year of 50 Common Loons was tallied at LOP in Marion county on 2/15 (LP).  A peak of 1750 Horned Grebes were tallied at LTW in Rains county on 2/15 (ebird RK).  The sole Eared Grebe for the period was tallied at RC WMA in Freestone county on 2/22 (LBe,DC,DL).  A Western Grebe, probably the one found on the LOP CBC, was relocated at the lake in Marion county on 2/21 (ME).  The Texas high of 12,500 Double-crested Cormorants were tallied at LTW in Rains county on 2/15 (ebird RK).  Neotropic Cormorants were noted in eleven counties during the month with a peak of fifty noted at Holiday Marina on LTW in Van Zandt county on 2/8 (PB). 

 

Great Blue Herons were noted on nest by 2/7 at Lake Lone Star in Morris County (DB,LB).  The peak of Great Egrets noted during the period was 19 tallied at Caddo Lake in Harrison county on 2/15 (ebird CS).  Two Black-crowned Night-Herons were noted at RC WMA in Navarro county on 2/22 (DC,DL).  Seven White Ibis were tallied at Caddo Lake in Harrison county on 2/15 (ebird CS).  While one White Ibis and four White-faced Ibis were tallied at RC WMA in Navarro county on 2/22 (LBe,DC,DL). 

 

The only pair of Ospreys were noted at LOP in Marion county on 2/15 (ebird BrS).  A Red-tailed Hawk was found tending a nest in Franklin county on 2/23 (DB,LB).  A pair of Virginia Rails were heard, observed and photographed at Bellwood Lake in Smith county on 2/22 (PB,DG).  A sickly Sora was noted in Tyler in Smith county on 2/20 (JC), while another healthy one was found at Bellwood Lake on 2/22 (PB,DG).

  

American Avocets were noted in both counties of RC WMA on 2/22 with a max of 7 in Navarro county (LBe,DC,DL).  Observers tallied Spotted Sandpiper in five different counties with a peak of two at Lake Tyler in Smith county on 2/4 (PB).  Ten counties reported Greater Yellowlegs with a peak of 12 noted on 2/26 at LTW in Rains county (ebird RK).  Two Lesser Yellowlegs were tallied at RC WMA in Freestone county on 2/22 (LBe, DC,DL).  Dunlin were noted at LTW in Rains county when two were found on 2/15 and 11 were recorded on 2/26 (ebird RK).  Least Sandpipers were noted in six counties with a max of 100 at LTW in Rains county on 2/26 (ebird RK).  Pectoral Sandpipers a sometimes early migrant, was observed at Lake Halbert in Navarro county on 2/18 (ebird BC).  While two Pectoral Sandpipers were noted at RC WMA in Freestone county on 2/22 (LBe,DC,DL).  Long-billed Dowitchers were noted in three counties during the month with a max of 50 at RC WMA in Freestone county on 2/22 (LBe,DC,DL).  Wilson’s Snipe were noted in seven counties with a max of 30 in Harrison county on 2/8 (LP).  The lone American Woodcock report came from Longview, Gregg county, on 2/15 during an early morning run (DW).

  

The sole Black-legged Kittiwake confirmed in ebird during February not on the east or west coast was observed and photographed at Lake Palestine in Smith county on 2/9 (PB,BC,GC,DC,DL).  At the same location on 2/13 the sole Laughing Gull for the area was observed (MDu). The Texas peak for the year so far of 1250 Bonaparte’s Gulls was noted at LTW in Rains county on 2/15 (ebird RK).  Two thousand Ring-billed Gulls were the high for the area noted at LTW in Rains county on 2/12 (ebird CR).  Herring Gulls were noted in fairly good numbers with a max of twenty at LTW in Rains county on 2/12 (ebird CR), and on 2/15 (ebird RK).  While the same tally of twenty Herring Gulls was also noted at LOP in Marion county also on 2/15 (LP).  A first-winter Thayer’s Gull was observed at LTW State Park on 2/26 (ebird RK).  A Lesser Black-backed Gull was found at at LTW in Rains county on 2/12 (ebird CR), relocated on 2/26 in the same county (ebird RK), and also recorded in Van Zandt county on 2/16 (ebird RK).

 

Found in six counties, the eastern most White-winged Doves, three of them, were found in Texarkana in Bowie county on 2/16 (ebird KS).  Noted in ten different counties, the peak of 10 Inca Doves was noted in Gregg county on 2/6 (LP).  A Great Horned Owl was photographed on nest in a huge power pole in Franklin county on 2/23 (DB,LB).  A neat bird wherever noted in NETFO area, Crested Caracaras were noted east of normal this month with two being tallied in Franklin county near the Mt. Vernon airport on 2/23 (DB,LB).  And further east a Crested Caracara was found and photographed just north of the Morris county airport on 2/28 (DB,LB).  Single Merlins were noted at LOP in Upshur county on 2/1 (PB,DG), in Harrison county on 2/8 (LP), in Van Zandt county also on 2/8 (DP) and in Henderson county on 2/14 (ebird LBe). 

 

Ten Horned Larks were observed at Martin’s Mill in Van Zandt county on 2/8 (ebird DP), while three Horned Larks were found in Franklin county on 2/23 (DB,LB).  The first Northern Rough-winged Swallows for the spring were located at Lake Gladewater in Upshur county on 2/21 (LP).  A Tree Swallow was also found at Lake Gladewater on the same date (LP), while up to two Tree Swallows were noted at RC WMA in Freestone county on 2/22 (LBe,DC,DL).  The first Barn Swallows of the season was reported at Lake Gilmer in Upshur county on 2/21 (LP), and also at LTW State Park on the same date (ebird RK).  Cave Swallows were reported in four counties during the month with a max of 16 noted on 2/26 at LTW in Rains county (ebird RK).  Single Red-breasted Nuthatches were record in Henderson county on 2/8 (DC,DL), in Smith county on 2/12 (ebird MDu) and at LOP in Upshur county on 2/16 (ebird LL,DN,LS).

 

Two Marsh Wrens were noted at LBS in Wood county on 2/3 (PH,LP), while one Marsh Wren was found at the RC WMA in Navarro county on 2/22 (LBe,DC,DL).  The farthest east Bewick’s Wren was located in Van Zandt county, found on 2/14 (ebird DO).  The peak of 800 American Robins was noted in Henderson county on 2/8 (DC,DL).  The max of 120 American Pipits were tallied at RC WMA in Freestone county on 2/22 (DC,DL).  The sole Sprague’s Pipit found in Texas north of Llano county during February was found at Lake Fork in Wood county on 2/16 (BrS).  The max of 450 Cedar Waxwings were tallied near Lone Star in Morris county on 2/7 (DB,LB).  A Spotted Towhee was observed at Pleasant Acres Lake in Smith county on 2/6 (ebird MB) and another Spotted Towhee was recorded at LTW State Park on 2/16 (ebird RK).  

 

Vesper Sparrows were record in five different counties with a peak of 5 in Van Zandt county on 2/8 (PB).  A Lark Sparrow was found in Camp county on 2/15 (DB,LE,CT).  A Grasshopper Sparrow was noted at Lake Fork in Wood county on 2/16 (ebird BrS).  The sole location reporting Le Conte’s Sparrow was at LTW in Rains county (ebird RK, AW).  Harris’s Sparrows were recorded in eleven counties with a max of ten being recorded in Freestone county on 2/18 (ebird CF), in Franklin county on 2/23 (DB,LB), and in Van Zandt county on 2/24 (PH,LP).  The peak of White-crowned Sparrows were 59 recorded near the Mt. Vernon airport in Franklin county on 2/23 (DB,LB).  

 

The furthest east Western Meadowlarks were 11 recorded in Smith county on 2/3 (PB).  Rusty Blackbird’s were noted in eight different counties with a peak of 19 recorded in Longview, Gregg county on 2/26 (LP).  Eleven different counties reported Brewer’s Blackbird’s with a peak of 430 in Morris county on 2/28 (DB,LB).  A Purple Finch was found in Upshur county on 2/15 and joined by a friend the next day (ME), while another Purple Finch was found in Van Zandt county on 2/24 (PH,LP).  Pine Siskins almost as rare as Purple Finches this winter had a peak of two found in Smith county on 2/12 (ebird MDu).  The peak of 250 American Goldfinches was tallied in De Kalb in Bowie county on 2/15 (ebird JR).

 

Locations and Counties:

 

Bowie Co.: De Kalb, Texarkana

Camp Co.: Lake Bob Sandlin

Franklin Co.: Mt Vernon, Mt Vernon Airport

Freestone Co.:  RC WMA - Richland Creek WMA

Gregg Co.:  Longview

Harrison Co.:  Caddo Lake 

Henderson Co.: 

Hunt Co.: LTW - LTW State Park

Marion Co.: LOP - Lake O Pines, Oak Valley Lake O Pines

Morris Co.: Lone Star, Lake Lone Star, Morris County Airport

Navarro Co.: RC WMA - Richland Creek WMA, Lake Halbert

Upshur Co.: Lake Gilmer, LOP - Lake O Pines, Lake Gladewater

Rains Co.: LTW - Lake Tawakoni, Cedar Cove LTW

Smith Co.:  Pleasant Acres Lake, Lake Tyler, Bellwood Lake, Lake Palestine, Tyler State Park

Wood Co.: Lake Bob Sandlin, Lake Fork

Van Zandt Co.: LTW - Lake Tawakoni, Edgewood City Lake, Martin Mills, Holiday Marina - LTW

   

Observers:

   

 

PB    Peter Barnes

LBe    Linda Belssner
MB    Mike Bloodsworth
DB    David Brotherton
LB    Luanne Brotherton

BC    Blaine Carnes
GC    Greg Cook
JC     Janet Cook
DC    D.D. Currie
MD    Mike Dillon
TD     Ted Drozdowski
MDu    Michael Dupree   
ME    Mark Edmund


LE    Lisa Evers
CF    Caleb Frome

DG    Doug Ghrist
PH    Peggy Harding

RK    Richard Kinney
LL    Laurie Lawler

DL    Dell Little
JM    Justus Morales
DN    Donna Niemann
DO    Dale Ohl
DP    Danny Pickens
LP    Linda Gail Price
JR    Judy Reeves


RRi    Ross Rickett
CR    Chris Runk

BS     Boyd Sanders
BrS    Brian Sanders
KS     Katelyn Scott
LS     Laurie Sheppard
CS     Christine Sliva
CT     Candy Troup
MWe   Mike Wease
DW    David Weaver
SW     Sharon Weaver
AW    Alex Wiebe
 

 

For You Ebirders:

 

Eight of the 26 NETFO counties already have 100 species for the year.  Those counties with 100 species are Smith, Navarro, Henderson, Hunt, Rains, Van Zandt, Freestone and Upshur.  Van Zandt county leads all counties with 130 species for the year.  The lowest county to date is Fannin county with 34 species.  The county with the lowest March total in eBird is Hopkins county with 77 species, so on Saturday, March 29 we will have a Hopkins County Blitz.  Join Luanne and me at the McDonalds in Sulphur Springs off of I-30 at 1:00 pm.  We will compare maps, split into groups and go see some birds!  If nothing else, we will have some fun!  

 

 


 

Northeast Texas Bird Report - December 2013 / January 2014  by David Brotherton  

 

In December and January all 26 counties in the NETFO area had reports for the period.  Six CBC’s were held during the period, a seventh (Caddo Lake) was cancelled due to weather.  Longview and Lake O’ the Pines CBC’s were effected by weather also, with the best part of the day found at 4:30 am in the morning and going down hill from there.  Longview CBC held on Dec. 14 tallied 109 species.  Lake O’ Pines CBC held on Dec. 22 tallied 107 species.  Lake Tawakoni CBC held on Dec. 28 tallied 134 species.  Tenaha-Timpson CBC held on Jan. 1 tallied 98 species.  Texarkana CBC held on Jan. 3 tallied 87 species, while Tyler CBC held on Jan. 4 tallied 111 species.  Thanks to all who birded and sent in their results and thanks again to Luanne for everything.

 

Three counties had reports of Black-bellied Whistling Ducks with a high of 125 in Edgewood in Van Zandt county on Dec. 3 (ebird RK).  A first for the LTW CBC, fifty Black-bellied Whistling Ducks were recorded also in Van Zandt county (RK).  A highlight of the Longview CBC 18 Greater White-fronted Geese were recorded at the Longview Waste Water Treatment Area in Gregg county (PH,LP).  Beside’s the LBS Ross’s Goose, single Ross’s Geese were recorded at LTW in Rains and Van Zandt county on several dates, while one was also noted at RC WMA on 12/29 (DC,DL).  The peak of 400 Snow Geese were noted at Trinidad Lake in Henderson county on Jan. 1 (DC,DL).  Twenty Cackling Geese were recorded in Lamar county on Dec. 21 (ebird EJ).  Canada Geese were noted in ten counties with a max of 110 in Edgewood in Van Zandt county on Dec. 28 (ebird RK).

 

Blue-winged Teal were noted in both counties of the RC WMA with a peak of 13 in Navarro county on 12/29.  Two Cinnamon Teal were noted at the RC WMA in Freestone county on (DC,DL) on 12/29, and one was relocated on 1/8 (ebird MS).  The LTW CBC tallied a whopping 2144 Northern Shovelers and 2609 Green-winged Teal.  An amazing 2917 Northern Pintails were tallied at RC WMA in Freestone county on 12/29 (DC,DL).  Three White-winged Scoters were found and photographed at the Greenville City Lakes in Hunt county on 1/25 (ebird BrS).  The bird of the Texarkana CBC, a Long-tailed Duck was located in the spillway of Lake Wright Patman in Cass county (CM).  The bird was seen by several others during the month.  After a poor year last year Red-breasted Mergansers have come back with a flurry.  A mere 10 year high of 15 were recorded on the LOP CBC in Marion county (DB,LB,MD), while an amazing 635 were recorded on the LTW CBC in Rains county (RK).

 

Two Red-throated Loons were tallied on the LTW CBC in Rains county, one of the birds presumably was relocated on 1/10 (RK et al).  Another Red-throated Loon was recorded from Cooper Lake State Park in Hopkins county on 1/26 (ebird BC,DM).  A Pacific Loon was one of the highlights of the LOP CBC in Marion county (MD).  LOP CBC had the highest Common Loon total with 66 (DB et al), while LTW CBC had 62 (RK et al).  1700 Horned Grebes were tallied on the LTW CBC in Rains county (RK et al), while a mere 788 were noted at LOP at Alley Creek on 12/23 (DB,ME).  On 1/20 an amazing 4300 Horned Grebes were tallied at LTW in Rains county (ebird RK).  A Western Grebe was noted at LOP in Marion county from 12/21 through 12/23 (DB,LB,MD,ME).  A solo Eared Grebe was noted on Lake Trinidad on 1/1 (DC,DL) and 1/11 (ebird BT).  Another solo Eared Grebe was noted at RC WMA in Freestone county on several dates with many observers.  The bird of the LOP CBC was a soaring Magnificent Frigatebird that was observed flying high over the southern shore probably blew in by the constant huge storm from the south the day before (MD).  LTW CBC tallied high counts of 13,986 Double-crested Cormorants and 1,899 American White Pelicans (RK et al).  While the Texarkana CBC tallied 10,214 Double-crested Cormorants and 2,206 American White Pelicans (MD et al).  Unusual for the eastern pinewoods counts were Neotropic Cormorants.  Two were recorded on the Longview CBC at TXE (DB,LB), while three parties reported single birds on the Tenaha CBC in Panola county, and four were recorded at the Tyler CBC (DC,DL).

  

An American Bittern was noted at RC WMA in Navarro county on 12/6 (ebird MS).  A White Ibis was noted at the RC WMA in Navarro county on 12/6 (ebird MS) and on 12/29 (DC,DL).  White-faced Ibis were tallied at the RC WMA in Navarro county on 12/6 (7), 1/8 (17) (ebird MS) and on 1/26 (4) (ebird CF).  While a plegadis sp was noted at the same place on 12/29 (DC,DL).  Ospreys were noted in five counties during the period with a max of a pair noted in Panola county on 12/16 (LP).  A Bald Eagle was observed sitting on a nest near Mt. Pleasant in Titus county on 1/25 (DB,LB).  This nest site has had Bald Eagles in previous years.  A pair of Virginia Rails and a Sora were noted at RC WMA in Navarro county on 12/29 (DC,DL).  While four Virginia Rails and three Soras were noted at the same location on 1/26 (ebird CF).  While a max of three Virginia Rails were found at Grand Saline Marsh on 12/28 and a max of four Soras were found on the same place on 12/25 (ebird RK).  Two Virginia Rails were tallied on the Tyler CBC (DC,DL).  A single Sora was found at Trinidad Lake on 1/1 (DC,DL).  A Sandhill Crane was reported from LTW in Rains county on 12/3 (ebird DS), while three were tallied in Lamar county on 12/21 (ebird EJ).

  

A Black-bellied Plover was found at LTW in Rains county on 1/20 (RK,AP,JP).  American Avocets were observed several times during December at LTW in Rains county with a high of ten noted on 12/3 and the last four observed on 12/20 (ebird RK,CR).  American Avocets were noted in both counties of the RC WMA on 1/26 with a max of 15 noted in Navarro county (PB,CF).  The shorebird of the period in my mind was a Black-necked Stilt found on 12/29 at RC WMA in Navarro county (DC,DL).  Greater Yellowlegs were tallied in thirteen different counties during the period with a max of 13 noted at LTW in Van Zandt county on 12/28 (m.ob), and at RC WMA in Freestone county on 1/26 (PB).  Lesser Yellowlegs were noted in three counties during the period with a max of 25 found at RC WMA in Freestone county on 1/26 (PB).  Dunlin were found throughout the period at LTW in Rains county with a max of 22 noted on 12/2 (ebird CR).   Western Sandpipers were also found throughout the period at LTW in Rains county with a peak of six on 12/4 (ebird RK).  Long-billed Dowitchers were recorded in five counties with a max of 65 on 12/6 at RC WMA in Freestone county (ebird MS).  American Woodcock seem to be present in good numbers this year with nine tallied on the Longview CBC (DB,LB,LE,CT), 14 were found on the LOP CBC (DB,LB,DW), eight tallied on the Tenaha CBC (DB,LB,DW), and four were tallied on the Tyler CBC (DB,LB,DSc).

 

LTW CBC tallied a new high of 1082 Bonaparte’s Gulls (RK et al).  The high for Ring-billed Gulls was 1000 noted at LTW in Van Zandt county on 12/20 (ebird RK).  LTW Van Zandt county was also the location for the high of 24 Herring Gulls on 1/25 (ebird RK).  A Lesser Black-backed Gull visited Pleasure Acres Lake in Smith county on 12/8 (PB), while another Lesser Black-backed Gull was at LTW in Van Zandt county on 1/25 and 1/26 (ebird RK, RR).  A Glaucous Gull was found at LTW in Van Zandt county on 12/12 (ebird RK).  A Franklin’s Gull was noted at LWP in Cass county on the Texarkana CBC (CM), while two were found at the same location on 1/19 (MD,CM).

 

Found in five counties, the easternmost White-winged Dove found in the area were 7 at the Bogota City Park in Red River county on 12/24 (DB,LB).  Just about as east ten White-winged Doves were recorded on the Tyler CBC (m.ob).  Six Common Ground-Doves were found at LTW in Hunt county on 1/26 (ebird RK).  While up to four Common Ground-Doves are being reported consistently at a residence in Hunt county (ebird BW).  A total of nine Greater Roadrunners were tallied on the LTW CBC (RK et al).  The Tenaha CBC tallied the high of 31 Eastern Screech-Owls (DB,LB,DW), while LTW CBC had the high of 23 Great Horned Owls, 27 Barred Owls and 3 Barn Owls (RK et al).

 

Four hummingbirds were tallied on the Tyler CBC.  Not a misprint - four!  One was an adult male Rufous Hummingbird (LBe, DBi).  Two were recorded as selasphorus sp. (Rufous or Allen’s), and one was recorded as a archilochus sp. (Ruby-throated, Costa or Black-chinned).  After reviewing pictures outside experts think it is most likely a Black-chinned Hummingbird (CF).  It must be those Tyler Roses.  All four were found at different locations (m.ob).  Single Red Headed Woodpeckers were noted at Pleasures Acre Lake (MB), at Lake Cypress Springs in Franklin county on 12/28 (DB,LB), and in Henderson county on 1/26 (DL), while the species was missed on all six CBC’s.  A Red-shafted Common Flicker was found on the Tyler CBC (DC,DL).  

 

A total of eight Crested Caracaras were tallied on the LTW CBC (RK et al).  While a Crested Caracara was one of the highlights of the Tyler CBC (PB,LBe,RRi,ZS).  Merlins were found in four different counties during the period with a peak of two at LTW in Rains county on 12/12 (ebird CR).  New for the LTW CBC in it’s 30th year a Peregrine Falcon was found in Rains county (RK et al).  A Prairie Falcon was found at LTW in Rains county on 12/3 (ebird RK).  A Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was noted on 12/1 at LTW in Rains county (PB).  Generally absent during the period, single Blue-headed Vireos were noted on the Tenaha CBC in Panola county (DB,LB) and on the Tyler CBC (ebird MB).  Fish Crows were mostly absent with three noted at TXE on 12/10 (ME).  One Fish Crow was recorded on the LOP CBC (MD), while one was reported from Lake Tyler on 1/11 (ebird MB). Horned Larks were noted at LTW in Rains county on 12/12 with 30 and 12/17 with 10 found (ebird CR).   

 

The first two Purple Martins (spring is coming!) were found on 1/28 in Cherokee county.  The same observer at the same location also recorded two swallow sp. (LP).  A Northern Rough-winged Swallow was noted at Lake Tyler dam in Smith county on 12/24 (ebird JH). Tree Swallows were noted at RC WMA in both counties on several dates starting with a max of twenty-one 12/6 at in Freestone county (ebird CF,MS).   Four Cave Swallows were found at West Tawakoni City Park in Hunt county on 12/12 (ebird RK), while two were noted in Freestone county on 1/8 (ebird LS).  The sole Red-breasted Nuthatch found in the area was found on several dates in Henderson county (DC,DL).  Sedge Wrens were found on several CBC’s with LOP CBC leading with 12.  While LTW and Longview totaled six Marsh Wrens.  A Rock Wren was found at LTW in Rains county on 1/20 (RK,AP,JP). 

 

There were three sightings reported of Blue-gray Gnatcatcher during the period, with one found at the RC WMA on 12/6 (ebird MS), LTW reported one on their CBC in Van Zandt county and one was found on the Tyler CBC (m.ob).  Gray Catbirds were recorded on the Longview CBC (ME), LOP CBC (DW), and two were found on the Tenaha CBC (DW).  Lapland Longspurs were restricted being reported from the LTW area with a max of 12 on 12/17 in Rains county (ebird CR).  Smith’s Longspurs were found in their normal haunts at LTW during the CBC with a total of 29 (ebird RK,CR).  The sole Sprague’s Pipit was found at the Daphne Prairie in Franklin county on 1/18 (PB,DG,BS,ET).  Four Common Yellowthroats were reported on the Longview CBC, three in Gregg county (PH,LP), and one at TXE in Harrison county (DB,LB).  Three Common Yellowthroats were at the Grand Saline Marsh on 12/25 and 12/28 (ebird RK).  While several observers noted them at both counties of the RC WMA with a peak of 5 noted on 1/26 in Navarro county (ebird CF).  A Palm Warbler was observed on 1/1 and 1/7 in Navarro county (ebird BT).  The bird of the Longview CBC, a Black-and-white Warbler was found in Gregg county (LP).  An Audubon’s Yellow-rumped Warbler was reported on the Tyler CBC (BS).

 

A Spotted Towhee was record on the Tyler CBC (BS).  A Spotted Towhee was recorded throughout the period at Pleasure Acres Lake (ebird MB), otherwise no Spotted Towhees were recorded east of Hunt county.  A Lark Sparrow, not reported since 1989, was the bird of the day for the Tenaha CBC (PB,BE,ME).  The only Henslow’s Sparrow was recorded on the LOP CBC on Oney Road in Harrison county (DB).  Le Conte’s Sparrows were recorded in five different counties during the period with a max of nine recorded at LTW in Rains county (ebird DuL).  Rusty Blackbirds appear to be a little more common during this year than last with six counties reporting them, with a max of 121 being recorded on the Tyler CBC (PB et al).  Sole Purple Finches were recorded in Rusk county on 12/7 (PH) and at Edgewood City Lake in Van Zandt county on 12/28 (RK).  While two Purple Finches and two Pine Siskins were reported on the Longview CBC in Gregg county (EB).  Four Pine Siskins were reported on the Texarkana CBC.  The only other Pine Siskin noted during the period was a solo bird at a feeder in Daingerfield in Morris county along with 240 American Goldfinches on 1/7 and 1/31 (DB,LB).  

 

In my review of the last 10 years of CBC’s I noted five song birds that were observed in lowest or lower numbers than have been seen in previous years.  They are as follows: Blue Jay, Tufted Titmouse, Brown Creeper, Ruby-crowned Kinglet and Golden-crowned Kinglets.

 

Locations and Counties:

 

Cass Co.: Lake Wright Patman

Cherokee Co.:

Franklin Co.: Lake Cypress Springs

Freestone Co.:  RC WMA - Richland Creek WMA

Gregg Co.:  Longview Waste Water Treatment Area

Harrison Co.:  TXE - Texas Eastman Co, Oney Road

Henderson Co.: Trinidad, Trinidad Lake

Hopkins Co.:  Cooper Lake State Park

Hunt Co.: LTW - Lake Tawakoni, West Tawakoni City Park, Greenville City Lakes

Lamar Co.:

Marion Co.: LOP - Lake O Pines

Morris Co.: Daingerfield

Navarro Co.: RC WMA - Richland Creek WMA

Panola Co.: 

Rains Co.: LTW - Lake Tawakoni

Red River Co.: Bogota City Park

Rusk Co.:

Smith Co.:  Pleasant Acres Lake, Lake Tyler

Titus Co.: LBS - Lake Bob Sandlin

Van Zandt Co.: Grand Saline Marsh, LTW - Lake Tawakoni, Edgewood City Lake, Edgewood

         

Observers:

   

 

PB    Peter Barnes

LBe    Linda Belssner
DBi     Dee Bishop

MB    Mike Bloodsworth
EB    Elva Brasher

DB    David Brotherton
LB    Luanne Brotherton

BC    Blaine Carnes
DC    D.D. Currie
MD    Mike Dillon
BE    Bonnie Edmund
ME    Mark Edmund
LE    Lisa Evers
CFa    Connie Farrar


CF    Caleb Frome

DG    Doug Ghrist
PH    Peggy Harding

JH    Jay Huner
EJ     Evan Janson

RK    Richard Kinney
DuL   Duke Liebler

DL    Dell Little
CM    Charles Mills
DM    Darlene Moore
AP    Amy Packer
JP    Jay Packer
LP    Linda Gail Price
RR    Ross Rasmussen


RRi    Ross Rickett
CR    Chris Runk

BS    Boyd Sanders
BrS    Brian Sanders
LS    Laura Sare

DSc    Dennis Scott
DS    Dave Spangenburg

MS    Michael Stewart
ZS    Zoe Ann Stinchcomb
ET    Eamonn Thurmond
BS    Brandon Thurston
CT    Candy Troup
DW    David Weaver
BW    Becky Wharton

 

For You Ebirders:

 

My goals for NETFO during 2014 is that observers report more than 100 species in all 26 of the NETFO counties during the year.  If so, it will be the 5th year in a row that has been accomplished.  It is also my goal that the median of those 26 counties be over 146 species (the median for 2013).  This would mean all counties are being birded and that they are being birded well.  Make a goal for 2014, pick a NETFO county that you haven’t birded very much and go see what you can see!  

 

And if you don’t ebird, give it a try!

 


 

Northeast Texas Bird Report - November 2013  by David Brotherton  

 

Nineteen of the 26 counties in the NETFO area had reports for the month.  Highlights include a Red-throated and Pacific Loon, a pair of Western Grebes, a Rufous Hummingbird and a Prairie Falcon.  Thanks to all who birded and sent in their results and thanks again to Luanne for everything.

 

Only two counties had reports of  Black-bellied Whistling Ducks with a high of 15 at Caddo Lake in Harrison county on 11/4 (ebird JB).  The only Greater White-fronted Goose was reported from Pleasure Acres in Smith county on 11/1 (ebird MB).  Snow Geese were reported from six counties with a max of 70 noted at Lake Gilmer in Upshur county on 11/23 (LP).  Besides the normal single Ross’s Geese found at LTW and LBS, an additional single Ross’s Goose was found at Richland Creek WMA in Navarro county on 11/16 (m.ob).  A Cackling Goose was noted in Lamar county on 11/23 (ebird EJ).

 

Richland Creek WMA in Freestone county noted huge numbers of dabblers on 11/16, 500 Gadwall, 800 Northern Shovelers, 900 Northern Pintails and 500 Green-winged Teal (m.ob).  The first six Canvasback of the fall were noted at Edgewood City Lake on 11/10 (ebird RK).  The first Greater Scaups were found at RC WMA in both counties on 11/16 (m.ob).  The first of the fall Buffleheads were noted at LOP in Upshur county on 11/9 (DB et al).  The first of the fall Common Goldeneye was found at Bellwood Lake in Smith county on 11/24 (PB).  Red-breasted Mergansers hopefully will be a little more common than they were last year.  The peak for LTW for the period was a dozen on 11/17 in Van Zandt county (ebird RK).  While four Red-breasted Mergansers were noted at LOP in Marion county on 11/2 (DB,LB).

 

A Red-throated Loon was noted at LTW in Van Zandt county on 11/28 (ebird RK).  While a Pacific Loon was found at Lake Fork in Wood county on 11/13 (ebird RK).  Common Loons were noted in eight counties with a max of 35 at LTW in Van Zandt county on 11/15 (ebird CR).  The first four Horned Grebes were found at LOP in Marion county on 11/2 (DB,LB), with a peak of 83 noted at the same location on 11/28 (DB).  A pair of Western Grebes were noted “dancing” across LOP in Marion county on 11/28 near where they were seen last year (DB). 

 

Neotropic Cormorants were reported in eight different counties, with a max of 35 found at RC WMA in Navarro county on 11/16 (PB,JC,DG).  An American Bittern was noted at RC WMA in Freestone county on 11/14 (ebird TH), and on 11/16 (ebird LBe,DC,DL).  The last date for Cattle Egrets were 52 in Lamar county on 11/30 (ebird EJ).  White Ibis were only reported from the RC WMA in both counties with a max of 50 noted on 11/16 in Freestone county (DC,DL).  White-faced Ibis were seen at the same places and same date with a max of 15 in both counties (m.ob).    

 

Ospreys were noted in four counties during the period, the last date was 11/9 seen in Smith county (PB) and in Henderson county (ebird LBe).  Very uncommon for the NETFO area a Ferruginous Hawk was located at LTW in Rains county on 11/14 (ebird RK).  Two Virginia Rails and six Soras were noted at the Grand Saline Marsh on 11/11 (ebird RK).  Up to a dozen Soras were noted at the RC WMA in Navarro county on 11/16 (m.ob). 

 

American Avocets were noted in four counties during the month with a peak of 60 found at RC WMA on 11/16 (DC,DL).  The latest date for American Avocets was 11/28 when a dozen were noted at LTW in Rains county (ebird RK).  Four hundred Greater Yellowlegs recorded at RC WMA in Freestone county on 11/16 was an impressive number (PB,JC).  Dunlins were noted on several dates around LTW, with a late date of 11/18 when six were in Rains county and four were in Van Zandt county (ebird RK).  Western Sandpipers were noted at LTW on several dates with a last date of 11/28 in Rains county (ebird RK).  A peak of 650 Long-billed Dowitchers were tallied at RC WMA in Freestone county on 11/16 (DC,DL).  The first American Woodcock of the fall was found at Pleasure Acres on 11/28 (ebird MB). 

 

The first Bonaparte’s Gull was noted at LTW in Rains county on 11/14 (ebird RK).  Franklin’s Gulls were found in seven different counties with a peak of 750 at LTW in Hunt county (ebird RK).  The eastern most White-winged Dove found in the area was at LTW in Van Zandt county on 11/15 (ebird RK).  A high of three Greater Roadrunners were recorded in Cherokee county on 11/29 (DC,DL).  The  annual NETFO Owl Prowl on 11/9 produced 13 Eastern Screech-Owls, one red phase noted in the light, along with an immature “screeching” Great Horned Owl in Marion county (DB et al). 

 

A beautiful Rufous Hummingbird was photographed in Smith county on 11/4 (PB).  The Rufous Hummingbird was first noted on 10/27 (DBi).  A Merlin was observed at LBS in Titus county on 11/10 (DB,LB), and one was also found in Lamar county on 11/23 (ebird EJ).  A Peregrine Falcon was seen in RC WMA in Freestone county on 11/14 (ebird TH).  Rare for NETFO, a Prairie Falcon was recorded at LTW in Rains county on 11/28 (ebird RK).  A late Western Kingbird was noted in Hopkins county on 11/10 (ebird JP).  An even later Eastern Kingbird was recorded on 11/30 in Lamar county (ebird EJ).  The last Scissor-tailed Flycatcher was seen on 11/18 at LTW in Rains county (ebird RK).  The only nine Horned Larks reported during the period came from Lamar county on 11/30 (ebird EJ).  The last Tree Swallow was noted in Quinlan in Hunt county on 11/28 (ebird RK).  Two Barn Swallows were found at Pleasure Acres Lake on 11/15 (ebird MB).  Cave Swallows were noted at LTW in Van Zandt county on 11/10 (ebird RK), also at RC WMA in Freestone county when four were found on 11/16 (LBe, DC,DL).  And finally a whopping 100 Cave Swallows were noted in Quinlan in Hunt county on 11/28 (ebird RK).  A Yellow Warbler was found at RC WMA in Freestone county on 11/16 (m.ob). 

 

The only Red-breasted Nuthatch recorded during the month occurred in Henderson county on 11/15 and 11/30 (DC,DL).  Single Spotted Towhees were recorded at LTW State Park on 11/11 (ebird RK), and at Pleasure Acres Lake on 11/28 (ebird MB).  The sole Grasshopper Sparrow was noted at Lake Gilmer on 11/7 (LP).  The first Le Conte’s Sparrow and Harris’s Sparrows of the fall were found near Trinidad in Henderson county on 11/3 (ebird LBe).  The first four of the fall Fox Sparrows were recorded at Lake Gilmer on 11/7 (LP).  The easternmost of the Western Meadowlarks was recorded at Cantrell Lake in Van Zandt county when three were found on 11/2 (PB).  A Rusty Blackbird was found at LTW in Rains county on 11/14 (ebird RK), while nine were recorded in Lamar county on 11/30 (ebird EJ).  Twenty-five Brewer’s Blackbirds were observed at LBS in Titus county on 11/2 (ebird KP), while eleven were noted in Corsicana in Navarro county on 11/9 (ebird WS).  American Goldfinches were first noted on 11/7 in the area in three counties Henderson, Tyler State Park and Gilmer Lake (ebird RS, BS, LP respectively).

  

Locations and Counties:

 

Cherokee Co.:

Freestone Co.:  RC WMA - Richland Creek WMA

Harrison Co.:  Caddo Lake

Henderson Co.: Trinidad

Hopkins Co.:

Hunt Co.: LTW - Lake Tawakoni, Lake Tawakoni State Park, Quinlan

Lamar Co.:

Marion Co.: LOP - Lake O Pines

Navarro Co.: RC WMA - Richland Creek WMA, Corsicana

Rains Co.: LTW - Lake Tawakoni

Smith Co.:  Bellwood Lake, Pleasant Acres Lake, Tyler State Park

Titus Co.: LBS - Lake Bob Sandlin

Upshur Co.: Lake Gilmer, LOP - Lake O Pines

Van Zandt Co.: Grand Saline Marsh, LTW - Lake Tawakoni, Cantrell Lake

Wood Co.:  Lake Fork

    

Observers:

   

 

PB    Peter Barnes

JB     John Bartos
LBe    Linda Belssner
DBi     Dee Bishop

MB    Mike Bloodsworth

DB    David Brotherton
LB    Luanne Brotherton

JC    Janet Cook


DC    D.D. Currie

DG    Doug Ghrist
TH    Tyson Hart

EJ     Evan Janson

RK    Richard Kinney

DL    Dell Little
DO    Dale Ohl
 


KP    Kim Pearce

LP    Linda Gail Price

JP     Jon Purvis
CR    Chris Runk

BS    Boyd Sanders

RS    Ramona Southerland

WS    Wilbur Stewart
 

 

For You Ebirders:

 

With one month to go the county with the highest tally year to date is Van Zandt with 239 followed by Smith with 234 and Rains with 222 species.  The counties that are lowest for the year so far are Delta with 100, Red River with 103 and Hopkins with 105.  For December, Hunt county has more species seen ever during the month with 183.  While for the NETFO area, the lowest are Hopkins with 70, Cherokee with 73 and Bowie with 81 species.  Good Birding to All!  

 


Northeast Texas Bird Report - October 2013  by David Brotherton  

 

A Big Sit held at Richland Creek WMA proved to be timed and located right as several sightings are noted for this report.  Only five counties in the NETFO area didn’t have reports for the month.  Highlights include a Brown Pelican, a Say’s Phoebe, amazing rail counts and Mottled Ducks.  Thanks to all who birded and sent in their results and thanks again to Luanne for everything.

 

Only two counties had reports of  Black-bellied Whistling Ducks with a high of 15 at the the RC WMA in Navarro county on 10/12 (ebird LBe).  The first Greater White-fronted Geese of the fall were discovered on 10/12 at the RC WMA in Navarro (DC,DL), while the peak of 42 were noted at LTW in Rains county on 10/27 (ebird BSt).  The first Snow Geese were noted in Henderson county on 10/13 (DC,DL), while a peak of only seven birds were noted in Texarkana in Bowie county on 10/17 (ebird MR).  Canada Geese were found in three different counties with a peak of 51 found in Van Zandt county on 10/9 (ebird TG).  The first American Wigeon noted during the fall were found at RC WMA in Navarro county on 10/11 (DC,DL).  A pair of Mottled Duck, rare for NE Texas, were found at RC WMA in Freestone county on 10/26 (DC,DL).  A whopping 1000 Blue-winged Teal were noted at the RC WMA in Freestone county on 10/11 (DC,DL).  The first Redheads and Lesser Scaup were noted at the RC WMA on 10/26 in both Navarro and Freestone counties (DC,DL).  The first of the fall Ring-necked Ducks were located on 10/11 at RC WMA in Navarro county (DC,DL).  The first of the fall Ruddy Duck was located on 10/11 at the RC WMA in Freestone county (DC,DL).  

 

Three Wild Turkeys were found at LBS in Titus county on 10/11 (ebird KP), while two were found at the RC WMA in Navarro county on 10/12 (ebird LBe).  The first pair of Common Loons were noted at LTW in Van Zandt county on 10/28 (ebird RK).  The peak number of Pied-billed Grebes for the whole state of Texas recorded in ebird for the year so far was 175 tallied at RC WMA in Freestone county on 10/26 (DC,DL).  Neotropic Cormorants were only found near LTW and RC WMA with a peak of 31 noted on 10/12 at RC WMA in Navarro county (LBe,DC,DL).  American White Pelicans started showing up in big numbers by the middle of the month with a peak of 650 recorded at LTW in Rains county on 10/18 (ebird RK).  The Brown Pelican found last month at LTW was refound on 10/1 in Rains county (ebird RK).

 

American Bitterns were seen on three dates during the month at RC WMA in Navarro county with a max of six on 10/12 (LBe, DC,DL).  The latest Little Blue Heron was noted on 10/22 at LTW in Rains county (ebird RK).  Tricolored Herons were noted at RC WMA in Navarro county with five on 10/12 and two on 10/26 (LBe,DC,DL).  Black-crowned Night-Herons were found at RC WMA in both Freestone and Navarro county on 10/12, with seven found in Freestone and two in Navarro county (LBe,DC,DL).  White Ibis and White-faced Ibis were noted in both counties of the RC WMA area during the month with a peak of 250 for White Ibis and 304 White-faced Ibis noted on 10/12 in Navarro county (LBe,DC,DL).  A Roseate Spoonbill was found at Lake Tyler in Smith county on 10/12 (ebird MB).

 

October 12th was Rail Day!  Two locations had great rail numbers on this date.  The Grand Saline Marsh had five Virginia Rails and a dozen Soras on this date (ebird RK), while RC WMA in Navarro county had three Virginia Rails and fifty (yea fifty) Soras (LBe,DC,DL).  Four Common Gallinules were found at the end of September (9/29) at the Ferndale Club in Camp county (JHe et al).  A Common Gallinule was seen on several dates from 10/12 through 10/26 at RC WMA in Navarro county (LBe,DC,DL,LP).  While another Common Gallinule was found at the RC WMA in Freestone county on 10/12 (DL).

 

American Avocets were found the second month in a row in five different counties.  The max of 29 American Avocets was recorded at TXE on 10/25 (DB).  Black-bellied Plovers were found in both counties of RC WMA on 10/11 (DC,DL).  Four Black-bellied Plovers were at LTW in Rains county on 10/21 (ebird CR), and three were found at LTW in Van Zandt county on 10/27 (BSt).  Lesser Yellowlegs were noted in five different counties with a max of 20 at RC WMA in Navarro county on 10/11 (DC,DL).  The high tally for Texas so far this year recorded in ebird of Greater Yellowlegs of 120 was noted at RC WMA on 10/26 (DC,DL).  The sole Stilt Sandpiper noted during the month was found at LTW in Rains county on 10/22 (ebird RK).  Dunlin were noted at LTW in both Rains and Van Zandt county.  The first Dunlin were noted in both counties on 10/18, while the max of 18 were tallied on 10/22 (ebird RK).  Ten Baird’s Sandpipers were noted at LTW in Rains county on 10/1 (ebird RK), while three were fount at LTW in Hunt county on 10/3 (PH,LP).  Least Sandpipers were found in seven different counties with a max of 500 noted in both Rains and Van Zandt counties on several dates (ebird RK, BSt).  Western Sandpipers sightings were restricted to the three counties around LTW with a max of 30 found on 10/1 in Rains county (ebird RK).  Pectoral Sandpipers were noted in both Smith and Freestone county with a max of twenty recorded at RC WMA on 10/26 (DC,DL).  Long-billed Dowitchers were noted in six different counties with a max of 65 found on at LTW in Rains county on 10/18 (ebird RK).

 

Franklin’s Gulls were limited to LTW with a peak of 440 in Van Zandt county on 10/27 (ebird BSt).  The peak of 550 Forster’s Terns were noted at LTW in Van Zandt county on 10/18 (ebird RK).  The last Ruby-throated Hummingbird was noted on 10/22 in Rains county (ebird SW).  Common Nighthawks seemed to pass by mostly unnoticed, the only one recorded for the month was at RC WMA in Freestone county on 10/11 (DC,DL).  An Eastern Whip-poor-will was noted on 10/13 at RC WMA in Navarro county (LP).  The last Chimney Swift was noted on 10/18 at Pleasure Acres in Smith county (ebird MB).

 

A pair of Crested Caracaras was noted at RC WMA in Navarro county on 10/12 (LBe,DC), two were noted at RC WMA in Freestone county on 10/26 (DC,DL).  While three Crested Caracaras were observed at LTW in Van Zandt county on 10/18 (ebird RK).  A Merlin was noted at LTW in Rains county on 10/1 and one in Van Zandt county on 10/23 (ebird RK).  Another Merlin was noted at RC WMA in Navarro county on 10/12 (LBe,DC,DL).  Peregrine Falcons were noted at RC WMA in Navarro county on 10/12 and 10/13 (LBe,DC,DL,LP).

  

An Alder Flycatcher was discovered at LTW State Park on 10/1 (ebird RK).  A pair of Least Flycatchers were tallied at LTW State Park on 10/1 and 10/7 (ebird RK), while another was found in Henderson county on 10/20 (ebird LBe).  The first of the fall Blue-headed Vireo was noted on 10/13 at Atlanta State Park in Cass county (DB).  A Say’s Phoebe was found on 10/1 at LTW in Rains county (ebird RK).  The sole Western Kingbird was recorded on 10/15 in Rains county (ebird SW).  The only three Horned Larks noted were found in Red River county on 10/12 (DB,LB).  Cave Swallows were found in five different counties with a max of 175 at LTW in Rains county on 10/1 (ebird RK).  Red-breasted Nuthatches do not appear to be as common as last year, but singles were found in Van Zandt county on 10/9 (ebird TG), Lake Fork on 10/14 (ebird JC), and in Smith county on 10/18 (ebird DD).  The first Brown Creeper was noted in Henderson county on 10/27 (DC,DL).  The first of the fall Golden-crowned Kinglet was noted in Smith county on 10/18 (ebird DD).  The first of the fall Hermit Thrush was found in Wood county on 10/22 (LP).

 

The sole Northern Waterthrush noted during the month occurred at Pleasure Acres on 10/1 (ebird MB).  Nashville Warblers were noted in five different counties with a peak of 24 noted at LTW State Park on 10/11 (ebird RK).  A Blackburnian Warbler was found at LTW State Park on 10/1 (ebird RK).  Black-throated Green Warblers were found in four different counties, with a last date of 10/26 in Henderson county (DC,DL).  The sole Wilson’s Warbler was found at Pleasure Acres on 10/6 (ebird DG).  A Yellow-breasted Chat was noted on both 10/3 and 10/4 at Pleasure Acres (ebird MB). 

 

The first Spotted Towhee was spotted on 10/27 at LTW State Park (ebird BSt).  The first Eastern Towhees were noted on 10/22 in three different counties, Rains, Smith and Wood (RK,MB,LP respectively).  The first Vesper Sparrows were noted at LTW in both Hunt and Rains county (ebird BSt).  A Grasshopper Sparrow was noted in Wood county on 10/22 (LP), and another was found at LTW in Rains county on 10/27 (ebird BSt).  The first of the fall Song Sparrow was found at LTW in Hunt county on 10/3 (PH,LP).  The first of the fall Swamp Sparrows were noted at all three counties around LTW on 10/18 (ebird RK).  The first of the fall White-throated Sparrow was found at Tyler State Park on 10/17 (ebird BS).  The first of the fall White-crowned Sparrow was tallied at Pleasure Acres on 10/22 (ebird MB).  The first of the fall Dark-eyed Junco was found at Tyler State Park on 10/20 (ebird BS).  The first Pine Siskin was noted in Wood county on 10/22 (LP).

 

Locations and Counties:

 

Bowie Co.:  Texarkana

Camp Co.:  Ferndale Club

Cass Co.: Atlanta State Park

Freestone Co.:  RC WMA - Richland Creek WMA

Harrison Co.:  TXE - Texas Eastman

Henderson Co.: 

Hunt Co.: LTW - Lake Tawakoni, Lake Tawakoni State Park

Navarro Co.: RC WMA - Richland Creek WMA 

Rains Co.: LTW - Lake Tawakoni

Smith Co.:  Lake Palestine, Lake Tyler East, Pleasant Acres Lake, Tyler State Park

Titus Co.: LBS - Lake Bob Sandlin

Van Zandt Co.: Grand Saline Marsh, LTW - Lake Tawakoni

Wood Co.:

   

Observers:

   

 

PB    Peter Barnes

LBe    Linda Belssner

MB    Mike Bloodsworth

DB    David Brotherton
LB    Luanne Brotherton

JC    Janet Cook

DC    D. D. Currie


DD    Drew Dickert

DG    Doug Ghrist
TG    Tim Gollob
PH    Peggy Harding

JHe    Janie Henderson

RK    Richard Kinney

DL    Dell Little


DO    Dale Ohl
KP    Kim Pearce

LP    Linda Gail Price

JR    Mary Romito

BS    Boyd Sanders

BSt    Byron Stone

SW    Sandra Wright

 

For You Ebirders:

 

During October the last NETFO county, Red River, went over 100 species.  This makes it four years in a row that all NETFO counties have gone over 100 species.  The county with the highest tally year to date is Van Zandt with 238 followed by Smith with 232.  The counties that are lowest for the year so far are Hopkins with 100, Cherokee with 101 and Delta with 102.  For November, Rains county has more species seen during the month with 201.  While for the NETFO area the lowest are Red River with 30, Panola with 40, and Hopkins with 41 species.  Good Birding to All!  

 


Northeast Texas Bird Report - September 2013  by David Brotherton  

 

September brought with it a few fronts and a few birds and a good number of birders!  Red River, Bowie, and Cass counties were the only counties to not have an observer share birding observations in the NETFO area.  Highlights include Brown Pelicans and a White-tailed Kite.  Thanks to all who birded and sent in their results and thanks again to Luanne for her efforts at keeping me on task. 

 

Seven different counties reported Black-bellied Whistling Ducks with a high of 36 in Edgewood in Van Zandt county on 9/24 (ebird RK).  The single semi-resident Ross’s Geese were noted throughout the month at LTW in Rains county (ebird RK) and at LBS in Titus county (PB,DB,LB).  The first three Gadwalls of the fall were noted at RC WMA in Navarro county on 9/1 (DC,DL).  Blue-winged Teal were present throughout the area with a max of 150 noted at RC WMA in Navarro county on 9/29 (PB).  The first Northern Shoveler of the fall was noted at LTW in Rains county on 9/16 (ebird CR).  The first Northern Pintail was found in the Quinlan area in Hunt county on 9/27 (ebird RK).  The four Wild Turkey were again noted in Edgewood in Van Zandt county on 9/12 (ebird RK).  The sole Eared Grebe noted during the month came from RC WMA in Navarro county on 9/29 (PB).  Lone Wood Storks were noted in Freestone county on 9/1 (ebird SM) and at Daingerfield State Park on 9/28 (DB, LB et al). 

 

Neotropic Cormorants were noted in seven different counties during the month with a max of 40 at RC WMA in Navarro county on 9/29 (PB).  Anhingas were noted in four counties with a max of nine at RC WMA in Navarro county on 9/1 (DC,DL).  American White Pelicans were noted in six counties during the period with a max of 30 at the Athens Fish Hatchery in Henderson county (ebird LBe).  Brown Pelicans were reported at their second and third location for the season.  The first Brown Pelican was noted at Lake Palestine in Smith county at the Villages Marina on 9/13 (ebird RH).  Two Brown Pelicans were seen at the same location on 9/26 (PB et al).  The third location for Brown Pelican of the season was found at LTW in Rains county on 9/30 (ebird CR).  A Tricolored Heron was found on 9/1 at RC WMA in Navarro county (DC,DL), while three were found there on 9/29 (PB).  An American Bittern was discovered at the RC WMA in Navarro county on 9/28 (DC,DL), while another was found the next day in the Freestone section of the RC WMA (PB).  The lone Black-crowned Night-Heron noted during the month was found at Cedar Creek Reservoir in Henderson county (ebird LBe).  Up to two Yellow-crowned Night-Herons were noted around the Pleasant Acres Lake in Smith county throughout the first half of the month (PB,MB,DG).  A pair of Yellow-crowned Night-Herons were found at RC WMA in Freestone county on 9/7 (MB), while a single one was noted in the Navarro county portion of the RC WMA on 9/29 (PB).  White Ibis were noted in four different counties during the period with a max of 54 reported at RC WMA in Freestone county on 9/7 (MB).  Five different counties had reports of White-faced Ibis with a max of 70 at RC WMA in Freestone county on 9/29 (PB).    

 

The first Osprey was noted on 9/7 at Lake Cypress Springs in Franklin county (BC).  Rather rare for the area a White-tailed Kite was found at RC WMA in Freestone county on 9/2 (DC,DL).  Mississippi Kites left the area rather early with the last one noted in Gregg county on 9/3 (LP).  The first Northern Harriers were noted on 9/29 at LTW in Rains county (ebird RK), and on the same day at RC WMA in Freestone county (PB).  Bald Eagles were noted in ten different counties during the period.  The high count of Sharp-shinned Hawks recorded in Texas so far this year occurred at LTW in Rains county when 14 were spotted migrating (ebird RK).   Broad-winged Hawks passed through the area mostly observed in non-big numbers although observed in nine different counties.  The high count of Broad-winged Hawks were 51 at LTW in Rains county on 9/29 (ebird RK).  Always neat, a Virginia Rail was flushed from a field in Lamar county a couple of times on 9/13 (MW,NW).  Another Virginia Rail was found in Henderson county on 9/28 (DC,DL).  Soras were first found at RC WMA in Freestone county on 9/7 when three were found (ebird MB).  Three Soras were also at the Grand Saline Marsh in Van Zandt county on 9/27 (ebird RK).  While a whopping 29 Soras were counted at the RC WMA in Navarro county on 9/28 (DC,DL). 

 

American Avocets were found in five different counties during the month.  The first date was 9/2 when seven American Avocets were found at Lake Tyler East in Smith county (ebird MB).  The max was 22 at LBS in Titus county on 9/29 (DB,LB).  A Semipalmated Plover was found at LTW in Rains county on 9/1 (ebird JR).  A trifecta, a Semipalmated Plover was found in each of the three counties around LTW on 9/18 (ebird RK).  A Semipalmated Plover was found at LOP in Marion county on 9/21 (DB,LB).  Solitary Sandpipers were observed in four different counties with a max of four at both Lake Tyler East on 9/2 (PB) and at TXE on 9/7 (PB,DG et al).  LTW in Rains county and LOP in Marion county each hosted a Willet for a day.  The LTW Willet was on 9/18 (ebird RK), while the LOP Willet was on 9/21 (DB,LB).   

 

Lesser Yellowlegs were tallied in seven counties, the first two noted at TXE on 9/5 (DB), while the high count of 20 Lesser Yellowlegs was at RC WMA in Freestone county on 9/29 (PB).  One of my favorite shorebirds, Upland Sandpipers, were noted in three different counties with a max of 11 in Henderson county on 9/2 (DC,DL).  Stilt Sandpipers kept to LTW in Rains county with six being seen there on 9/12 and 9/18 (ebird RK), while a single bird was observed there on 9/16 (ebird CR).  Seven Sanderlings were noted at LOP in Marion county on 9/21 (DB,LB).  Observers in five counties tallied Baird’s Sandpiper during the month with a peak of 12 on 9/12 at LTW in Rains county (ebird RK).  Least Sandpiper was the most common sandpiper observed with a few tallies of over 100 in 8 different counties with a max of 112 at LTW in Rains county on 9/12 (ebird RK).  Buff-breasted Sandpipers were noted at LTW in Rains and Van Zandt county during the month with a high of ten seen on 9/12 in Van Zandt county (ebird RK).  Pectoral Sandpipers were noted in nine different counties with a max of 35 at LTW in Rains county on 9/28 (ebird RK).   Semipalmated Sandpipers were noted in five counties with a max of ten at LTW in Van Zandt county on 9/12 (ebird RK).  Western Sandpipers were a little more common, seen in seven counties with a max of 18 at LTW in Rains county on 9/12 (ebird RK).  Single Wilson’s Phalaropes were noted at LTW in Rains county on 9/16 (ebird CR), and at Lake Tyler East on 9/20 (PB,MB). 

 

 A Laughing Gull was observed on 9/18 on LTW in Van Zandt county (ebird RK).  The only six Franklin’s Gulls reported were observed at Cedar Creek Reservoir on 9/28 (ebird LBe).  LTW was the only location where Ring-billed Gulls were reported for the month with up to 15 being reported with a first date of 9/1 in Rains county (ebird JR).  The sole Herring Gull and Least Tern was reported on LTW in Rains county on 9/16 (ebird CR).  Caspian Terns were observed in six counties with a mere max of two at LOP Marion county on 9/21 (DB,LB).  Black Terns were restricted to the three counties around LTW, with a max of eight in Van Zandt county on 9/12 (ebird RK). 

  

The eastern-most White-winged Dove was noted in Lamar county on 9/25 (ebird CC).  The first Northern Flicker of the fall was noted at Lake Cypress Springs in Franklin county on 9/21 (PB).  The high for Crested Caracaras for the month were five at Cedar Creek Reservoir in Henderson county on 9/26 (ebird LBe).  A Peregrine Falcon was the highlight of the Daingerfield State Park Hawk Watch on 9/29 (DB, LB et al).  An Olive-sided Flycatcher was found at LTW State Park in Hunt county on 9/1 (ebird JR) and on 9/18 (ebird RK).  Another Olive-sided Flycatcher was noted at Pleasure Acres Lake on 9/20 (PB).  An Alder Flycatcher was found at LTW State Park and at LTW in Rains county on 9/18 (ebird RK).  While another Alder Flycatcher was noted at Pleasure Acres Lake on 9/22 (PB).  A Willow Flycatcher was found at Pleasure Acres Lake on 9/12 (MB) and at LTW Van Zandt county on 9/18 (ebird RK).  Least Flycatchers were noted in six counties with the first one noted at Tyler State Park on 9/3 (ebird BS). 

 

A Warbling Vireo was located at LTW State Park on 9/5 (ebird BT).  One was found in Smith county on 9/4 and two were found at Pleasure Acres Lake on 9/26 (PB).  A Philadelphia Vireo was found at Pleasure Acres Lake on 9/26, while another Philadelphia Vireo was located at the Ferndale Club in Camp county on 9/28 (JHe,JR,ST).  Fifty Cave Swallows were noted at LTW in Rains county on 9/16 (ebird CR).  Fifty Cave Swallows also were observed in Hunt county on 9/23 (MW).  A high of 250 Barn Swallows were tallied at LTW State Park on 9/28 (ebird RK).  The first House Wren of the fall was located at LTW State Park on 9/21 (ebird JH,CH,JR,ST).  The first Sedge Wren was noted at LTW in Rains county on 9/29 (ebird RK).  The first Marsh Wren was found at Pleasure Acres Lake on 9/30 (PB).

 

The first two Ruby-crowned Kinglets were found at Tyler State Park on 9/21 (ebird BS).  The first of the fall Gray Catbird was found on 9/8 at Lake Palestine in Smith county (ebird RH).  The first of the fall American Pipit was found at Lake Cypress Springs in Franklin county on 9/7 (BC).  The first ten Cedar Waxwings were noted on 9/21 at LBS in Franklin county (PB).  Northern Waterthrushes were present all month, starting on 9/2 at Pleasure Acres Lake with a max of four (PB,MB,DG).  The first Orange-crowned Warbler of the fall was noted on 9/10 at Lake Palestine in Smith county (ebird RH).  Nashville Warblers were noted in five different counties with a first date of 9/7 at RC WMA in Freestone county (ebird MB), while the max was four at Pleasure Acres Lake on 9/12 (ebird MB).   

 

A Mourning Warbler was found at LTW State Park on 9/21 (ebird RK et al).  Another Mourning Warbler was found at Cedar Creek Reservoir on 9/23 (ebird LBe).  Two Mourning Warblers were noted at LOP in Marion county on 9/25 (MD,BH,JS).  And still another sighting of one was found near Canton in Van Zandt county on 9/30 (ebird RK).  Four Magnolia Warblers were noted at the Athens Fish Hatchery on 9/14 (ebird LBe).  Blackburnian Warblers were noted at Tyler State Park on three dates from 9/3 through 9/21 with a max of two on 9/21 (ebird BS).  Yellow Warbler was the most common migrant, seen in nine different counties with a max of ten seen at LTW State Park on 9/18 (ebird RK).  The first Yellow-rumped Warbler was noted on 9/1 at LTW State Park (ebird JR).  The sole Canada Warbler found during the period was at Tyler State Park on 9/7 (ebird BS).  Wilson’s Warblers were noted in seven counties.  The first Wilson’s Warbler was found at Tyler State Park on 9/6 (ebird BS).  The max for the period was three found in three locations and dates.

 

The first Lincoln’s Sparrow for the fall was noted at LTW State Park on 9/23 (ebird RK).  The first Savannah Sparrows were found at LOP in Marion county on 9/25 (MD,BH,JS).  The sole Grasshopper Sparrow located was found at LTW in Van Zandt county on 9/18 (ebird RK).  Baltimore Orioles were noted in seven different counties with a first one seen on 9/1 in Gregg county (LP), while the max of five Baltimore Orioles were noted at Tyler State Park on 9/3 (ebird BS).

 

Locations and Counties:

 

Camp Co.:  Ferndale Club

Franklin Co.:  Lake Bob Sandlin, Lake Cypress Springs  

Freestone Co.:  RC WMA - Richland Creek WMA

Gregg Co.:  

Harrison Co.:  TXE - Texas Eastman

Henderson Co.:  Athens Fish Hatchery, Cedar Creek Reservoir

Hunt Co.:  LTW - Lake Tawakoni, Lake Tawakoni State Park, Quinlan

Lamar Co.:

Marion Co.:  LOP - Lake O Pines

Morris Co.:  Daingerfield State Park

Navarro Co.:  RC WMA - Richland Creek WMA 

Rains Co.:  LTW - Lake Tawakoni

Smith Co.:  Lake Palestine, Lake Tyler East, Pleasant Acres Lake, Tyler State Park

Titus Co.:  LBS - Lake Bob Sandlin

Van Zandt Co.:  Canton, LTW - Lake Tawakoni,  Edgewood

   

Observers:

   

 

PB       Peter Barnes

LBe      Linda Belssner

MB      Mike Bloodsworth

DB       David Brotherton
LB       Luanne Brotherton

BC       Barbara Cavin

CC       Connie Chamberlin

DC       D. D. Currie

MD      Mike Dillon

 

DG      Doug Ghrist
PH       Peggy Harding

BH       Billy Heldt

JHe      Janie Henderson

RH      Ray Hodsen

CH      Caroline Humphries

RK      Richard Kinney

DL      Dell Little

SM      Steve Mayes

 

LP     Linda Gail Price

JR      Jane Ramberg

CR     Chris Runk

BS      Boyd Sanders

JS       Joe Stuckey

ST      Susan Thrower

BT     Barbara Tompkins

MW    Matt White

NW    Natalie White

 

For You Ebirders:

 

During September, Hopkins and Freestone went over 100 species.  That leaves Red River, at 91, the only county in the NETFO area with less than 100 species.  For October, Hunt county has more species seen during that month (with 216 being recorded in past years) than any other county in NETFO.  Panola with 54, Red River with 56, and Cass with 63, are on the low end for October.  Good Birding to All!  

 


Northeast Texas Bird Report - August 2013  by David Brotherton  

 

August!  Nobody birds in August.  Well 25 of the 26 counties in the NETFO area had someone bird in them!  I was impressed!  Highlights include Brown Pelican, King Rail and Rufous Hummingbird.  Thanks to all who birded and sent in their results and thanks again to Luanne for her efforts at keeping me on task.

 

Four different counties reported Black-bellied Whistling Ducks with a high of four at LBS in Titus county on 8/9 (ebird PG), four at LTW in Rains county on 8/16 and 8/21 (ebird RK), and four in Edgewood on 8/20 (ebird RK).  The first of the fall Blue-winged Teal were noted on 8/16 at LTW in Rains county (ebird RK).  A Green-winged Teal female was at TXE on 8/29 believed to be one of the pair seen during the summer (DB,ME).  Four Wild Turkey were noted in Edgewood in Van Zandt county (ebird RK).  A Pied-billed Grebe was noted at Lake Tyler in Smith county on 8/23 (LP).  Nine Wood Storks were found just north of the Sulphur River in Bowie county on 8/1 (DB,LB).  On 8/2, a pair of Wood Storks were found at the “swamp” area on CR 3510 in Camp county discussed in last month’s report (DB,LB).  A Wood Stork was noted on 8/30 in Henderson county (DC,DL).

 

Neotropic Cormorants were noted in seven different counties during the month with a max of 75 at LTW in Rains county on 8/16 (ebird RK).  Anhingas were noted in six counties with a max of three at Lake Gilmer in Upshur county on 8/9 (DB,LB).  Single American White Pelicans were noted in both Upshur and Marion county at LOP on 8/12 (LP).  A single American White Pelican continued to spend the summer at TXE seen on most work days during the month (DB).  A Brown Pelican was found on 8/9 at the Mt. Pleasant City Lake in Titus county (PP).  It was found and photographed on 8/13 (LB).  Several attempts to find it again were fruitless. Darn.   The sole Tricolored Heron noted during the summer so far was found in Henderson county on 8/21 (LBe).  A high of 1,011 Cattle Egrets were counted going to roost at Lake Gilmer in Upshur county on 8/9 (DB,LB).  Six different counties had reports of  Yellow-crowned Night-Herons during the period with a max of four at the “swamp” in Camp county on 8/2 (DB,LB).  Pleasure Acres Lake in Smith county was the most reliable sight of the Yellow-crowned Night-Herons with species being noted on eight occasions (ebird MB).  Five locations in three counties reported White Ibis, with a max of eight at LBS in Franklin county on 8/29 and 8/30 (PH,LP).   Lake Tyler East in Smith county hosted the two sightings of White-faced Ibis during the period, one was seen on 8/28 and 17 on 8/31 (PB).  A Plegadis sp was noted at LBS in Franklin county on 8/29 (LP).       

 

Mississippi Kites were reported in fifteen counties in the area with a max of a dozen seen in Franklin county on 8/20 (PH,LP).  An adult Bald Eagle was noted at TXE on 8/15 (DB), while three were noted at LTW in Van Zandt county on 8/16 (ebird RK).  The sole Broad-winged Hawk observed during the period was found at LTW in Hunt county on 8/16 (ebird RK).  The sole Sharp-shinned Hawk was noted in Henderson county on 8/17 (ebird LBe).  A Cooper’s Hawk was noted twice in Smith county on 8/19 and 8/30 (ebird MB).  The only Swainson’s Hawk was observed in Lamar county on 8/4 (ebird EJ).     

 

A King Rail was noted at Lake Tyler in Smith county on 8/23 (LP).  Three Semipalmated Plovers were noted at LTW in Van Zandt county on 8/16, while one was found on 8/21 in LTW in Rains county (ebird RK).  A pair of Semipalmated Plovers were also at LOP in Marion county on 8/28 (MD).  Solitary Solitary Sandpipers were found on 8/20 at LTW in Hunt county (ebird RK) and at Tyler State Park on 8/29 (ebird BS).  Greater Yellowlegs were noted in six counties with the first being observed on 8/3 at Cooper Lake in Delta county (DB,LB).  A Willet was noted at LTW in Van Zandt county on 8/16 (ebird RK), while a pair were found at Lake Tyler on 8/24 (PB).  Upland Sandpipers were noted in seven different counties with a first date of 8/10 in Hopkins county (DB,LB).  While a max of six Upland Sandpipers were noted at LBS in Franklin county on 8/29 (LP) and at LTW in Van Zandt on 8/16 (ebird RK).  

 

Semipalmated Sandpipers were noted in five counties with the first being seen at LOP in Marion county on 8/12 (LP), and the max of ten noted at TXE on 8/29 (DB,ME).  Western Sandpipers were recorded in eight counties the first two being seen at LBS in Titus county on 8/9 (DB,LB), while the max was a dozen on 8/21 at LTW Rains county on 8/21 (ebird RK).  The “Least” of the peeps were found in nine counties with the first being seen on 8/9 at LBS in Titus county (DB,LB), while the max of 30 were found at LTW in Van Zandt county on 8/16 (ebird RK), and 8/29 at LBS in Franklin county (PH,LP).  Six Baird’s Sandpipers were noted at LTW in Rains county on 8/21 (ebird RK), while  2-3 were seen at LBS in Franklin and Wood county on 8/30 (PH,LP).  Pectoral Sandpipers were spotted in five different counties during the period, with the first one being observed at LOP in Marion county on 8/12 (LP).  The maximum number of Pectoral Sandpipers were noted on 8/30 at LBS in Wood county on 8/30 (PH,LP).  One of my favorites, Buff-breasted Sandpipers were first noted in the area on 8/16 at LTW in Van Zandt county, and a pair were noted also at LTW in Rains county on  8/21 (ebird RK).  Buff-breasted Sandpipers were also noted at LBS in Franklin county on 8/29 and 8/30, while the peak number of 28 were noted at LBS in Wood county on 8/30 (PH,LP).   

 

Two Least Terns were seen at Cooper Lake in Delta county on 8/3 (DB,LB).  Thirteen Black Terns were at Lake Sulphur Springs in Hopkins county on 8/10 (DB,LB) and six were noted at LTW in Van Zandt county on 8/16 (ebird RK). Forster’s Terns were reported in seven counties with a max of 175 noted in Quinlan in Hunt county on 8/16 (ebird RK).  The lone Caspian Tern for the month was reported from LBS in Titus county on 8/30 (PH,LP).  

 

The eastern most White-winged Dove was noted in Lamar county on 8/4 (ebird EJ).  Had to go west of Corsicana in Navarro county to find the sole Common Nighthawks reported in the NETFO area on 8/16 and 8/17 (ebird MS).  The sole Chuck-will’s-widow was reported on 8/24 at Lake Bonham in Fannin county (DC,DL).  A pair of Rufous Hummingbirds were found and photographed in Gregg county (JN).  Northern Flickers were noted on 8/3 in Smith county (ebird MB) and in Rusk county on 8/14 (PH).  A Crested Caracara was noted in Navarro county on 8/17 (ebird MS), and a pair were noted at LTW in Rains county on 8/21 (ebird RK).  American Kestrel sightings were limited to the North Longview Business Park in Gregg county on 8/1 and 8/25 (LP).

 

Olive-sided Flycatchers were reported at LTW in Van Zandt county on 8/16 (ebird RK) and on 8/18 at Langford Creek Lake in Red River county on 8/18 (DB,LB), while a third Olive-sided Flycatcher was observed at Tyler State Park on 8/28 (ebird BS).  An Alder Flycatcher was noted at LTW State Park on 8/16 (ebird RK), and another Alder Flycatcher was observed at LBS in Franklin county on 8/29 (LP).  A Traill’s Flycatcher was noted at Panola County Park on 8/7 (LP).  The only non-nester warbler noted during the month was Yellow Warbler.  They were observed in eleven different counties during the month with the first date of 8/10 at LBS in Titus county (PG).   

 

 

Locations and Counties:

 

Bowie Co.: Sulphur River, 

Camp Co.:  “swamp” CR 3510

Delta Co.:  Cooper Lake

Fannin Co.:  Lake Bonham

Franklin Co.: Lake Bob Sandlin

Gregg Co.:  North Longview Business Park

Harrison Co.:  Caddo Lake,  TXE - Texas Eastman

Henderson Co.:

Hopkins Co.: Cooper Lake, Lake Sulphur Springs

Hunt Co.: LTW - Lake Tawakoni, Lake Tawakoni State Park, Quinlan

Lamar Co.:

Marion Co.: LOP - Lake O Pines

Navarro Co.: Corsicana

Panola Co.: Lake Murvaul, Panola County Park

Rains Co.: LTW - Lake Tawakoni

Red River Co.: - Langford Creek Lake

Rusk Co.: 

Smith Co.:  Lake Tyler, Pleasant Acres Lake, Tyler State Park

Titus Co.: LBS - Lake Bob Sandlin, Mt. Pleasant City Lake

Upshur Co.: Lake Gilmer

Wood Co.: Lake Bob Sandlin

Van Zandt Co.: LTW - Lake Tawakoni,  Edgewood

   

 

Observers:

   

 

PB       Peter Barnes

LBe      Linda Belssner

MB      Mike Bloodsworth

DB       David Brotherton
LB       Luanne Brotherton

DC       D. D. Currie

MD      Mike Dillon

 

ME      Mark Edmund

PG       Pam Goolsby
PH       Peggy Harding

JHe      Janie Henderson

EJ       Evan Janson

RK      Richard Kinney

 


DL     Dell Little
JN      James Nix

LP     Linda Gail Price

PP     Paul Pruitt

JS      James Sipiora

MS    Michael Stewart

 

 

 

For You Ebirders:

 

During August, Delta went over 100 species for the year.  That leaves Freestone 89, Red River 91 and Hopkins 93 the only three counties in the NETFO area with less than a 100 species for the year.  Van Zandt is still leading the year with 237 species with Smith at 224 in 2nd.  For September, Rains has more species seen during that month with 201 being recorded in past years than any other county in NETFO.  Red River with 30, Panola with 40 and Hopkins with 41 are on the low end for September. Good Birding to All!  

 

 


 


 

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If you have interesting or unusual bird sightings to report, please E-mail your reports to birder10050(at)yahoo(dot)com.  David Brotherton maintains an E-mail mailing list to which he sends reports about unusual and interesting birds in the northeast Texas area.  To be added to his E-mail list, send an E-mail to birder10050(at)yahoo(dot)comEach month David compiles our local bird sighting reports, which are then published on our website and forwarded to the Texas Ornithological Society and the American Birding Association for their monthly and quarterly bird report publications.  

If you don't know which birds are common in Northeast Texas and which are not, be sure to consult the NETFO Bird Checklist (available at regular meetings of the Northeast Texas Field Ornithologists).  Another valuable resource is Matt White's Birds of Northeast Texas.  If you believe you have a truly rare sighting to report, try to get a photograph of the bird, and/or record on paper as many details about the bird as you can.  Then call for possible confirmation by others.  Bird review committees will need photos and/or a well-documented written account of your sighting to verify or validate it.  To help with submitting bird reports, the Texas Bird Records Committee offers a Rarity Report Form at http://www.texasbirds.org/tbrc/bird_rpt.htm

 

 


 

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