Slightly adapted from an email sent by Bill Sain of Alpine, TX:
(From Sunday, July 6, 2014)
No Montezuma Quail at Davis Mountains State Park this morning but I did see a pair on the road three miles from the picnic area [LE Woods picnic area, past the McDonald Observatory - h]. I did see a Hepatic Tanager at DMSP. There appears to be nesting Cooper's Hawks at the picnic area. There were five teachers from Weslaco camping there and they were asking me about a hawk they kept seeing. Sounded like a Coopers to me (poor photos also showed a Coop) but one was adamant it was a Peregrine. The other folks looked at their bird book and agreed that they had seen a Coopers. I walked along the road and flushed an unknown hawk from a tree. It did not go far so I searched the area and found a young Coopers in the tree the first hawk flushed from. I don't know if the flushed bird was an adult or another juvenile. The hawks were in the area where I saw Plumbeous Vireo last year...didn't see or hear any vireos there this year. No Gray Flycatchers either. Both the park and the picnic area were extremely busy today...it was not easy to bird there dodging people, cars, and noise. Three year birds for the day, the quail, tanager and the Western Wood-Pewee.
While we are in limbo, emailed reports of all kinds are appreciated!
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