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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.
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.CheersImre
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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