North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO2 2018

A Quarterly Journal of Ornithological Record Published by the American Birding Association. The mission of the journal is to provide a complete overview of the changing panorama of our continent’s birdlife.

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V O L U M E 7 0 ( 2 0 1 8 ) • N U M B E R 2 207 S O U T H E R N G R E AT P L A I N S Chad Ellis (CEl), Josh Engelbert, Ronals God- dard, Nicholas del Grosso (NDG), Joseph A. Grzybowski, Ford Hendershot, Glen Hensley, Todd Humphrey, David Jamison, Kyle Lee, Phillip Leonard, Larry Mays, Kurt Meisenzahl, Joe Neal, Tim O'Connell (TO), Mark Peterson, Zac Poland, Lewis Pond, John Raeside & Anais Starr-Raeside (J&AR), Ross Rickett, Sue Sel - man (SSe), Jana Singletary, Josh Smith (JSm), Eddie Stegall, Steve Thompson, Mark Trainor, Lou & Mary Truex (L&MT), Jona Tucker, Ken Williams, Kimberley Williams (KWi), Jimmy Woodard. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– W. Ross Silcock, P.O. Box 57, Tabor, Iowa 51673 • silcock@rosssilcock.com Joseph A. Grzybowski, 715 Elmwood Drive, Norman, Oklahoma 73072 • j_grzybowski@sbcglobal.net Houck (MHk), Pete Janzen, Barry Jones, Dave Klema, Kaleb Kroeker, Dan Larson, Jonathan Lautenbach, Brandon Magette, Jim Malcom, Mick McHugh (MMH), Andrew Miller, Dave Miller, Joseph Miller (JMi), Jo-Ann Moore (JAM), Carol Morgan, Chuck Otte, Galen Pittman, Mike Rader, Mike Ramsey (MRm), Edward Raynor, Janet Rebant (JRe), Robert T. Reed, John Row (JRo), Brett Sandercock, Sam Schermerhorn (SSc), Tom Schermerhorn (TSc), Roger Schultz, Scott Seltman, Tom & Sara Shane (T&SS), Kylee Sharp, Max Thomp - son (MTh), Nick Varvel, Phil Wedge, Bryan White, Jeff Witters (JWi), Rodney Wright, Eu - gene Young. OKLAHOMA: Bill Adams, Linda Adams, David Arbour, James W. Arterburn, John Ault, Sandy Berger, Valerie Bradshaw, Bill Carrell, Jim Deming, Bill Diffin, Bob Ellis, Contributors: NEBRASKA: Noah Arthur (NAr), Jay & Ginger Belsan (J&GB), Mark Brogie, Michael Cerizo, Steven Courtney, Kathy DeLara, Cheryl Dickerson, Stephen J. Dinsmore, Larry Einemann, William Flack, Tom Gannon, Robin Harding, David Heidt, Ben Heppner, Bill F. Huser, Jan Johnson, Joel G. Jorgensen, Alice Kenitz, Clem N. Klaphake, William Lemburg, George Maly, Don & Janis Paseka (D&JP), Brian Paterson, Lanny Ran - dolph, Mike Resch (MRe), Justin Rink, Jason St. Sauver, W. Ross Silcock, Jim & Linda Sw - enson (J&LS), Michael Willison, T. J. Walker. KANSAS: Nic Allen, Roger Boyd, Tom Breeden, Andrew Burnett, Jeff Calhoun, Kevin Courtois, Nancy Davis, Corey Entriken, Sean Fitzger - ald, Michelle Folster, Brent Galliart, Malcom Gold, Kevin Groeneweg, Mike Heaney, Mike Texas last seen 4 Dec (RPi), while others were found at Balmorhea Lake, Reeves 20 Dec (†DHe, LH) and near Port Aransas, Nueces 29 Dec (MR). Pacific Loons were at Amistad Res., Val Verde 12 Dec–1 Jan (WSe et al.); McNary Res., Hud - speth 19 Dec (ph. BZ); Balmorhea Lake, Reeves 20-29 Dec (ph. ML, CW et al.); Tornillo Res., El Paso 28 Feb (JiP). A Common Loon at Lake Madison Park, Madison 24 Jan (BrN) was a county first. Least Grebes away from the cur - rent known range included one at Menard, Menard 12 Dec–18 Feb (MR, SCo, CSe), at least 2 at Andrews, Andrews through 19 Dec (RMS, BoN), and one at Eldorado, Schleicher 5-9 Jan (SJ). Horned Grebes were present in exceptional numbers on the U.T.C. with a peak count of 214 at East Galveston Bay, Galveston 6 Feb (ph. RWe, m.ob.). Western Grebes wan - dered east to Mitchell Lake, Bexar 3-10 Dec (BSD, m.ob.); Martin Creek Lake, Rusk 6 Dec (†SGl, BlC, GC); near Hog Island, Harris 19 Dec (JBe, DD, DS), Granger Lake, Williamson 2 Jan (ByS, SF), Lake Corpus Christi, Jim Wells 12 Jan (CSe), and Sam Rayburn Lake, Angelina 18 Jan (†LG). Notable Wood Storks sightings came from Goose Island S.P./Rockport, Aransas 3-9 Jan (DeC et al.), Aransas N.W.R., Aran - sas 6 Jan (JDu), at Pollywog Pond, Nueces 18 Jan (PR), and Corpus Christi, Nueces 24 Feb (RF). Lingering Magnificent Frigatebirds were noted at Port Aransas, Nueces 8 Dec (LGr) and South Padre Island, Cameron 13 Dec (DSK, JSK). An ad. Masked Booby was described off Port Mansfield, Willacy 30 Jan (KA). The Brown Booby from fall at Lake Travis, Travis was last seen 26 Dec (m.ob.). Brown Boobies continue to appear on the U.T.C. with single Valley, this was a very rarity-rich winter, espe- cially given the mild conditions. WATERFOWL THROUGH IBIS A high count of 50 Fulvous Whistling-Ducks was made at Anahuac N.W.R., Chambers 16 Jan (SEl). The Greater White-fronted Goose from fall was at Fort Hancock Res., Hudspeth 19 Dec and then at McNary Res., Hudspeth 14 Feb (JiP); 2 were at Balmorhea Lake, Reeves 7 Feb (BSa). A lone Cackling Goose was at Fort Han - cock Res., Hudspeth 19-30 Dec (ph. JiP) before relocating to McNary Res., Hudspeth 14-28 Feb (JiP). A Tundra Swan was near Detroit, Red River 22-26 Dec (ph. DBr, LBr, DS). A flight of 1300+ Wood Ducks was noted at Shawnee Bottoms, Nacogdoches 20 Dec (BB, CSh). A count of 3600 Gadwall from the Dutton Lake area, Chambers 19 Dec (LGa, SGa) was note - worthy. A tally of 200 Mallards in Jefferson 21 Dec (PBo, RHe) was a significant coastal count. A Blue-winged Teal was noteworthy at Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, El Paso 8-10 Dec (JSp). Counts of 215 Redheads at Nacogdoches, Na - cogdoches 11 Dec (DW) and 3660 at San Luis Pass, Galveston 17 Dec (JTh) were both well above average for those locations. A Surf Sco - ter visited Mitchell Lake, Bexar 11 Dec (WZ). Two White-winged Scoters were at Mitchell Lake, Bexar 4-11 Dec (CFe, m.ob.). Inland Black Scoters were at Eldorado, Schleicher 2 Jan–21 Feb (ph. SJ) and Lake Bardwell, El - lis 21 Jan (TDr). Long-tailed Ducks were re- ported at Texas City, Galveston 11 Dec–6 Feb (DPe, ph. BWr et al.) and at Goose Island S.P., Aransas 16 Dec (MDW) and 9 Jan (CB). The Red-throated Loon from fall in Salado, Bell was Eric Carpenter Mark W. Lockwood Randy Pinkston –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T his winter season in Texas was widely described as incredibly mild overall. Despite the wet fall and the forecast for a strong El Niño influence on precipitation, the season was notably drier than the previ - ous winter. There were some serious storms by midwinter, but the generally above-average temperatures resulted in higher than normal food availability for insectivores, allowing many species to linger much later in the winter than would normally be expected. Predictably, considering the overall weather patterns, there were very few irruptive species from the North present in the state. Perhaps contrary to con - ventional wisdom that severe winters result in more species from northeastern Mexico mak - ing an appearance in the Lower Rio Grande

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