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Old 07-11-2021, 07:36 PM   #1
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Whos birds have shown up? Few folks I know in south texas say their birds are in. Im in Sealy, very few if any yet.
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Old 07-11-2021, 07:46 PM   #2
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It’s early July
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Old 07-11-2021, 08:18 PM   #3
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Usually here in Sealy by middle to late July and thick by first of august. Kingsville, Freer, Mathis have had their birds move in. Of course their local birds hang around but migratory birds are moving in steady.
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Old 07-12-2021, 12:00 PM   #4
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What you doing in Sealy?

Think I have a dove hunt planned there during the opener.
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Old 07-12-2021, 12:16 PM   #5
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Never new they migrated. They're in SA year round.
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Old 07-12-2021, 12:18 PM   #6
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What you doing in Sealy?

Think I have a dove hunt planned there during the opener.
Manage a ranch between sealy and bellville now. Been here a couple years now. You hunted Ww over here before? Pm sent also
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Old 07-12-2021, 12:37 PM   #7
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Saw some in Houston county a couple weeks ago. Shocked the heck out of me.
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Old 07-12-2021, 12:44 PM   #8
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Ours are always here. Out number the mourning dove by a lot.
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Old 07-12-2021, 03:42 PM   #9
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Never new they migrated. They're in SA year round.
Here year around as well, but it goes from hundreds to thousands come September October.
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Old 07-12-2021, 03:58 PM   #10
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While it varies from year to year, i’ve seen fewer dove in Central Texas this year over the years past. Be that as it may, one thing’s for certain: no matter how many dove you see throughout the year, they’ll ALL have checked out by September 1!
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Old 07-12-2021, 04:05 PM   #11
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Ours never leave at the lease in SE Webb Co.
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Old 07-12-2021, 04:12 PM   #12
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I was in San Antonio yesterday off 1604 east and I saw a good number of them. That got me all stirred up!!
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Old 07-12-2021, 04:28 PM   #13
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Collards in the panhandle.
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Old 07-12-2021, 04:32 PM   #14
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Collards in the panhandle.
Corpus is full of them too.
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Old 07-12-2021, 04:33 PM   #15
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Plenty in the valley & should have babies beating their wings pretty soon...they were thin right after the freeze but have made a big comeback.

I agree some colonies are not migrating like they did decades ago...one of the more dramatic adaptations and come backs in sporting migratory bird history.
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Old 07-12-2021, 04:33 PM   #16
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Maybe the Drought out west is pushing them down. Hope they stick around til September.
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Old 07-14-2021, 12:33 PM   #17
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My bird feeder in Spring has more WW(20 is the most at one time) than mourning doves at it any given time. They are mean birds too.
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Old 07-14-2021, 01:00 PM   #18
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I've lived here in San Antonio since 1980 and whitewings have always migrated in in early spring and migrated out early fall. Basically, migrating in late February/March and out in September. Doesn't take much of a cool front or rainstorm to have them start leaving in September.

Some do stay here year around. But nothing like summer numbers.
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Old 07-14-2021, 03:38 PM   #19
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Strange to hear to movement in areas and lack of in others. All the rain this year I hope they show. I know doves like it hot and dry but we are neither here. Good amount of mourning doves here now, but ready for September either way.
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Old 07-14-2021, 03:41 PM   #20
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Numbers are great in the RGV. Hurricane will push them out so fingers crossed.
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Old 07-14-2021, 03:47 PM   #21
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Whos birds have shown up? Few folks I know in south texas say their birds are in. Im in Sealy, very few if any yet.
I'm in Harlingen. I could shoot a limit in my back yard every day. If we don't get a big storm, it's going to be awesome down here this year. Teal hunting is going to be stupid too.
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Old 07-15-2021, 05:48 PM   #22
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I'm in Harlingen. I could shoot a limit in my back yard every day. If we don't get a big storm, it's going to be awesome down here this year. Teal hunting is going to be stupid too.
Nice the summer rain this year across the state is crazy.
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Old 07-15-2021, 05:49 PM   #23
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First white wings hit my sunflower field today! They just need to bring a bunch of their buddies.
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Old 07-21-2021, 12:34 PM   #24
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I noticed more doves than usual flying yesterday evening in Cat Spring. Had a conversation with my wife about it. nice timing on the topic!
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Old 07-21-2021, 01:09 PM   #25
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Interesting topic. I have read where some WW's migrate south from Texas into Mexico and beyond so it makes since that any North Texas birds would head that way.

I do think that when fields get ripe and prepped for hunting come August/Sept it concentrates the birds so you see way more than when they are spread out during the early summer.

Its very cool watching massive flocks of WW's pour out of cities like Waco/Robinson every morning and evening heading off to feed in August/Sept.
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Old 07-21-2021, 09:41 PM   #26
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From what I understand, in the fall birds migrate to the RGV to feed before going to Mexico. The birds in Mexico will come up to the us side to feed in the fall before returning to Mexico. With the weather changes a lot just hang year around and live in the cities. Need cool weather and no rain in August for white Wings
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Old 07-21-2021, 09:59 PM   #27
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I noticed more doves than usual flying yesterday evening in Cat Spring. Had a conversation with my wife about it. nice timing on the topic!
Good deal! Your right down the road. Are you see white wings or mourning doves over there? Im not picky, but sure like to shoot the white wings and they seem to be much more consistent to a food source and staying when fronts hit than the mournings.
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Old 07-22-2021, 08:33 AM   #28
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As already mentioned we have really good numbers in the RGV right now. Even in town I've been shocked by how many dove I'm already seeing. Sure makes me look forward to September!

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Old 07-22-2021, 11:56 AM   #29
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As already mentioned we have really good numbers in the RGV right now. Even in town I've been shocked by how many dove I'm already seeing. Sure makes me look forward to September!

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Yep palmview area is showing herds of em as well


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Old 07-22-2021, 12:17 PM   #30
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we have a lot of them in North Texas for the past few years (north of DFW).
Come dove season they disappear. Go figure.
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Old 07-22-2021, 12:24 PM   #31
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We have been having a lot of White Wings staying and raising little ones in town the last few years and also staying on throughout the winter.

This past winter a lot of these birds actually froze to death and I'm not seeing near as many white wings around town this year!

I know of at least 3 that froze to death on my back porch during the sub-zero weather we had last winter!
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