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Finally got out of town (San Antonio area) to see some new birds (for me) in Guadalupe Mountains National Park over Columbus Day weekend.. It was hot, sunny, and windy, but the birds were plentiful. I am still trying to figure out a few of them, including a Sapsucker, and another bird that I think might be a female Oriole, but I can't figure out which one. The beak seems different than that of Orioles in the guides. This particular bird feasted on berries and didn't seem to mind me snapping away from only about 12 feet. Guadalupe Mountains National Park is in the Trans-Pecos area of Texas
First week of May I was birding near Laguna Atascosa in South Texas. Lots of singing sparrows, both Cassins and Botteri's, but we found that distinguishing the silent birds was difficult. Two photos here, the first I believe is a Botteri's based on the plain brown chest, large dark bill, and a hint of a gray neck. The second is somewhat tricky. Based on the stripe down the side of the throat, some speckling on the neck, and less buff on the sides I was leaning Cassins. Input appreciated! - Justin Watts, MN
I saw this sparrow in Montell, Uvalde County, Texas. Hill Country with nearby river frontage on the Nueces River. Date was September 16, 2018 at about 1:30PM. I only saw it the one time and it was silent. Mostly pale beige with streaks of darker brown and tan on back, sides and breast. Pink legs. Larger than nearby field sparrow but smaller, I think, than a lark sparrow. It has been suggested that this is a Cassin's, but I'm not sure. I'm including some images that I hope will help.
I was on Mustang Island , TX, near Corpus Christi, this morning and this was sitting on the power line. It was raptor day, a couple of Osprey, Caracawa's, and 2 i am do not know. Wrong color feet to be an Osprey and the beak is green/grey