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#5929238 - 09/15/15 07:43 AM What's up with birds near Austin?
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Registered: 01/09/15
Posts: 53
Loc: LLano TX
Is everyone else noticing the lack of birds? I've tried Pflugerville, Kyle and Lockhart. I thought this was supposed to be a blowout year. Weather? Flight pattern?

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#5929254 - 09/15/15 07:50 AM Re: What's up with birds near Austin? [Re: birdman99]
sallysue Offline
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Registered: 02/21/06
Posts: 2557
Loc: Belton Tx
Bell County #'s seem low too

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#5929295 - 09/15/15 08:20 AM Re: What's up with birds near Austin? [Re: birdman99]
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Registered: 07/27/08
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Loc: Texas
Go further west or south. North of I10 is usually a 1-2 day shoot on opener & that's it. South zone seems to hold more birds and local birds. That's just my personal experience. South side of San Antonio is thick with white wings right now. Uvalde is good as well.

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#5929683 - 09/15/15 12:19 PM Re: What's up with birds near Austin? [Re: birdman99]
rexmitchell Offline
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This year has been terrible so far. Not sure why.
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#5929709 - 09/15/15 12:30 PM Re: What's up with birds near Austin? [Re: birdman99]
bholt Offline
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Loc: Georgetown,TX
I & everyone I talked to have noticed that the birds are not flying as they have in the last few years.

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#5929797 - 09/15/15 01:21 PM Re: What's up with birds near Austin? [Re: birdman99]
Homey da Clown Offline
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Registered: 07/19/11
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Loc: Pflugerville, Tx
It's called development guys. Austin and surrounding towns/small cities are just blowing up and forcing birds to relocate further away. It's only gonna get worse
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#5929973 - 09/15/15 03:17 PM Re: What's up with birds near Austin? [Re: birdman99]
billyhunt Offline
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They are here at the house, big numbers. I just WISH I could hit. But did manage to get 8 yesterday and birds were everywhere!!!!

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#5930049 - 09/15/15 03:59 PM Re: What's up with birds near Austin? [Re: birdman99]
doublebarrel Offline
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Registered: 08/23/06
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Hey billyhunt, sent you a PM.

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#5930210 - 09/15/15 05:39 PM Re: What's up with birds near Austin? [Re: birdman99]
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Registered: 07/31/11
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Loc: Round Rock, TX
Jarrel/Salado area has been very low; managed to limit on opening day. That's about it, 1-2 birds most other days.
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#5930239 - 09/15/15 05:54 PM Re: What's up with birds near Austin? [Re: Homey da Clown]
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Loc: Bandera, Tx
Originally Posted By: Homey da Clown
It's called development guys. Austin and surrounding towns/small cities are just blowing up and forcing birds to relocate further away. It's only gonna get worse
White wings love towns. Should be plenty just find where they are eating in the am and pm.
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#5930581 - 09/15/15 08:49 PM Re: What's up with birds near Austin? [Re: birdman99]
billyhunt Offline
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Registered: 09/25/11
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Not really good this evening, had pop up showers and the wind was BLOWING, birds were here but doing mach 3. Did get 7.

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#5930835 - 09/15/15 11:23 PM Re: What's up with birds near Austin? [Re: birdman99]
cheasapeake Offline
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Registered: 05/17/11
Posts: 124
Loc: friendswood
Austin's weird, teal don't like weird. muyloco

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#5930839 - 09/15/15 11:32 PM Re: What's up with birds near Austin? [Re: birdman99]
Anytimeoutdoors1 Offline
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Registered: 08/30/13
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Loc: Springbranch tx.
Worst year dove hunting in comal county in my last 4 years Ive hunted my place. 2-5 birds a day if they aren't flying with the 747s. Last few years by this time I had well over 150 from opening day to the 9/15 in the freezer. Stinks Becouse my 2 year old GSP finally retrieving like a pro with no birds to work her with. We did bag a banded sky rat yesterday. This past Saturday I was at my other ranch in the hill country to find my birds had been pushed out of there already and a wave pushed thru comal county ranch while I was gone. That hunting sometimes... Il still be out every chance I get with my dog.
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#5931210 - 09/16/15 09:18 AM Re: What's up with birds near Austin? [Re: birdman99]
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Registered: 01/30/14
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Loc: Mesopotamia
I am interested to see how the numbers look once we get a decent cold front.

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#5931357 - 09/16/15 10:43 AM Re: What's up with birds near Austin? [Re: don k]
Homey da Clown Offline
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Registered: 07/19/11
Posts: 745
Loc: Pflugerville, Tx
Originally Posted By: don k
Originally Posted By: Homey da Clown
It's called development guys. Austin and surrounding towns/small cities are just blowing up and forcing birds to relocate further away. It's only gonna get worse
White wings love towns. Should be plenty just find where they are eating in the am and pm.


That's my point. Aren't many fields left for birds to feed in and around Austin, Pville and RR. Birds, and yes that includes WW's, are traveling further to feed. I've lived in Pville for 20 years and the WW population has dwindled over the last 10 years. Too many fields that were once open and full of sunflowers have been developed and birds adjusted and/or relocated. It's is what it is.
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