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Thread: Trip Report - 5/27/17: Longhollow Ranch & Brown Property near Glen Rose

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    Default Trip Report - 5/27/17: Longhollow Ranch & Brown Property near Glen Rose

    19 folks took part in this year's visit to Chalk Mountain. For the first time in several years I fell through on my promise to produce the targeted birds for easy viewing. You know, sitting up on a bear branch singing out to the world. The Golden-cheek Warblers were busy feeding their fledglings and were only seen flitting above the tree tops (once dropping down to snag some morsel off the ground. The Black-capped Vireos were singing and flitting from one side of the clearing to the other. We had great views of in-flight that even the face patterns and color were visible to the naked eye. On my next visit I may suggest we carry in folding chairs to sit at various locations and wait. All of the birds were singing that morning. Several folks had 'lifers' on the day. Including the 2 endangered species they told me the Black & White Warbler, Ash-throated Flycatcher and Rufouse-crowned Sparrow were also new additions to their lists.

    Here is my submission to eBird:
    eBird Report for May 27, 2017:

    Brown IBA Property (Chalk mountain), Erath county, Texas, US
    Start & End times: 8:00 AM - 11:45 AM Protocol: Traveling: 3.0 mile(s)
    Comments: Annual Ft. Worth Audubon Memorial Day weekend fieldtrip to the International IBA property owned by Charles Brown at Chalk Mountain in Erath County, TX. Targeted birds: Golden-cheeked Warbler, Black-capped Vireo, Ash-throated Flycatcher.
    Trip leader: Jim Jones; Attendees: T. Haase, B. Utley, M. Utley, B. Rozanski, C. Thompson, V. Moore, B. Moore, D. Percy, A, Brochu, A. Richards, J. Gollihugh, Y. Clifton, M. Petrick, F. Edwards, J. Edwards, C. Strauss, C. Lawrence, C. Lawrence.
    Weather: at start 82 degrees (F) some sun / mostly cloudy, at finish 93 degrees (F).
    Some wind up to 10 mph; Visibility: excellent


    40 species (+2 other taxa)
    Great Blue Heron - 2 flyover back at meeting location at Longhollow Ranch
    Great Egret - 3 flyover back at meeting location at Longhollow Ranch
    Black Vulture - 3
    Turkey Vulture - 5
    Mississippi Kite - 2 one on fence next to CR 196, one soaring above CR 196 near US 67
    Red-tailed Hawk - 1
    White-winged Dove - 7
    Mourning Dove - 5
    Greater Roadrunner - 2 seen along CR 196. Pair were together
    Yellow-billed Cuckoo - 1 possibly 2, heard several times on north side of Brown property
    Black-chinned Hummingbird - 2
    hummingbird sp. - 3
    Red-bellied Woodpecker - 2 heard
    Downy Woodpecker - 1 heard
    Ash-throated Flycatcher - 2 great views
    Scissor-tailed Flycatcher - 4 on fence line on CR 196
    Black-capped Vireo - 5 (GPS Locations for property owner's report: )
    Male: Lat: N32? 10' 9.6" Long: W97? 54' 56.0"; observed, singing, territorial defense
    Male: Lat: N32? 10' 8.2" Long: W97? 55' 0.0"; observed, singing, territorial defense
    Male: Lat: N32? 10' 10.2" Long: W97? 55' 52.2"; observed, singing, territorial defense
    Female: Lat: N32? 10' 10.2" Long: W97? 55' 52.2"; observed briefly as it flew into thick scrub.
    Male: Lat: N32? 10' 1.1" Long: W97? 54' 47.5"; not seen, heardsinging
    White-eyed Vireo - 8 never seen, heard singing
    (one was very accomodating back at Longhollow Ranch. But only for folks who stayed after lunch.
    Bell's Vireo - 1 never seen, heard singing
    Blue Jay - 2
    American Crow - 5
    Purple Martin - 3
    Barn Swallow - 2
    Carolina Chickadee - 5
    Tufted Titmouse - 1 heard singing, may have been hybrid or just slurred song from Black-crested
    Black-crested Titmouse - 4 two observed at nest feeding young
    Carolina Wren - 2 heard singing
    Blue-gray Gnatcatcher - 5
    Eastern Bluebird - 6
    Brown Thrasher - 1 observed flying back into treeline. Id’d by color and long tail
    Northern Mockingbird - 2
    Black-and-white Warbler - 2 great longish view of 1. Lifer for several folks on trip
    Golden-cheeked Warbler - 3 (GPS Locations for property owner's report
    1. GCWA: Lat: N32? 10' 4.0" Long: W97? 55' 1.5"; observed flying in known nesting area
    2. GCWA: Lat: N32? 10' 9.1" Long: W97? 55' 1.3"; observed flying
    3. GCWA: Lat: N32? 10' 9.3" Long: W97? 54' 50.5"; observed flying
    Field Sparrow - 1
    Lark Sparrow - 3
    Rufous-crowned Sparrow - 2 long looks, lifer for several folks
    sparrow sp. - 3
    Summer Tanager - 2
    Northern Cardinal - 14
    Indigo Bunting - 1 heard singing and brief view as it flew deep into scrub
    Painted Bunting - 3
    Brown-headed Cowbird - 3
    Jim Jones
    Bedford, TX

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    Default Group Photo of the folks who went to Chalk Mountain in 2017

    Hi everyone,
    Here is the group photo taken with my little point & shoot camera while up on the escarpment on the Brown Property on Chalk Mountain. We are missing Carol T. who stayed behind near the vehicles.

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    Jim Jones
    Bedford, TX

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