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Birding at High Island - April 2019

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Offline Jalco

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Re: Birding at High Island - April 2019
« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2019, 09:09:17 PM »
We have caracaras here in central Texas, too.  I first noticed them several years ago while working on a project in Thorndale.  I was used to seeing them frequently when I lived in the Valley, but hadn't seen them here until that project.  I see them more often now.   Saw one today in fact.   Don't know why, but I enjoy seeing them.

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Re: Birding at High Island - April 2019
« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2019, 09:49:51 PM »
The picture badknees posted is the bird Im talking about. After you get off the ferry and pass all the homes on the right of 87, there's a large curve, first left then right, they perch in that area. I see them from time to time on the beach in that area also.

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Re: Birding at High Island - April 2019
« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2019, 07:22:25 AM »
Seems to me the Caracaras are expanding their area.  I remember first seeing one when I was young and deer hunting near San Diego, Texas.  This big ole' bird that looked like a Bald Eagle with a dark hat on came WALKING into the clearing where my deer blind was.  He was picking up and moving some pretty big rocks and getting the bugs underneath.  Did that for awhile and worked his way out of the clearing.  My dad told me what it was.  Over the years I see them more and more. 

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Re: Birding at High Island - April 2019
« Reply #18 on: May 07, 2019, 09:49:46 AM »
Alan,
The thrush in the picture with the Kentucky warbler has a prominent eye-ring, which is characteristic of swainson's. Same for the thrush with the worm-eating warbler.
Cheers,
Imre
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Re: Birding at High Island - April 2019
« Reply #19 on: May 07, 2019, 01:03:52 PM »
Seems to me the Caracaras are expanding their area.  I remember first seeing one when I was young and deer hunting near San Diego, Texas.  This big ole' bird that looked like a Bald Eagle with a dark hat on came WALKING into the clearing where my deer blind was.  He was picking up and moving some pretty big rocks and getting the bugs underneath.  Did that for awhile and worked his way out of the clearing.  My dad told me what it was.  Over the years I see them more and more.

Although they are found mostly along the borderlands and Florida....they get around! They've been recorded in Canada.

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Offline Imre

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Re: Birding at High Island - April 2019
« Reply #20 on: May 07, 2019, 01:43:10 PM »
There are only a small number of ebird records for Caracara in North-Central Texas prior to 1980. To be sure, this may be in part due to the number of observers, but there are plenty of pre-1980 records from Austin to the south. A market difference from the map that Mr. Badknees posted.
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Re: Birding at High Island - April 2019
« Reply #21 on: May 07, 2019, 06:35:11 PM »
There are only a small number of ebird records for Caracara in North-Central Texas prior to 1980. To be sure, this may be in part due to the number of observers, but there are plenty of pre-1980 records from Austin to the south. A market difference from the map that Mr. Badknees posted.
Cheers
Imre

I think it is difficult to determine range expansion. With the advent of reporting technology, the quantity and quality of records has increased/improved dramatically. It sure is a lot easier to key in an observation with web based tools instead of hand written observation cards or the old “bulliten boards”.

Regardless, the Caracara is a cool bird, unlike any other member of the family Falconidae in North America. In my experience, in the right habitat, I find them relatively common in Texas.
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Re: Birding at High Island - April 2019
« Reply #22 on: May 07, 2019, 08:49:19 PM »
Alan,
The thrush in the picture with the Kentucky warbler has a prominent eye-ring, which is characteristic of swainson's. Same for the thrush with the worm-eating warbler.
Cheers,
Imre

Not that I doubted you, but after looking in my book you are right. The eye-ring seems to be pretty definitive.

 


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