North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO3-NO4 2019

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 9 ) • N U M B E R S 3 / 4 349 Though regular in the Lower Rio Grande Valley and on the southwestern Edwards Plateau, Tropical Parula is not expected elsewhere in Texas. This spring, one wandered to Cottonwood Campground at Big Bend National Park, Brewster 14 May. Photo by © Randy Pinkston T E X A S was at Hooks Woods, High Island, Galveston 17 Apr (†AGu, ph. EI). A Fish Crow heard at High Island, Galveston 16 Apr was farther down the coast than expected (AB, DHu). On the western edge of their breeding range, 30 Purple Martins nesting under a gas station roof in Sheffield, Pecos 29 May (ph. MR, ShC) were a sizeable colony. Two Tree Swallows at South Padre Island Nature Center, Cameron 28 May were late (MS). NUTHATCHES THROUGH WARBLERS A singing Winter Wren at Barton Creek Wil- derness Park, Travis 23 Apr (JAn) was quite late. A Blue-gray Gnatcatcher at Sabine Woods, Jefferson 18-20 May was apparently a very late migrant (JHa); a pair on a nest sw. of Kenney, Austin 18 May was near the edge of the species' known range (ESi). Remarkable was a count of 50 Veery at Sabine Woods, Jefferson 18 Apr (JWh, JHa, et al.). A male American Robin present at Paradise Pond in Port Aransas, Nueces 14-15 May was an oddity considering the date (ShC, MR, WS). Rare but regular in the western Trans-Pecos, lone Brown Thrash - ers were near Dell City, Hudspeth 17 Apr (ph., JP), and at Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, El Paso 17 May (JSp); another lingered at Edinburg Scenic Wetlands, Hidalgo to 4 May (JGo). A Sage Thrasher sw. of Peggy, Atascosa 3 Mar (ph. MHe) was noteworthy considering the absence of this species in a non-irruption year. An Ovenbird near Dell City, Hudspeth 30 Apr (ph., JP) and another at Muleshoe N.W.R., Bailey 2 May (JB) were unusual. A window-killed Worm-eating Warbler at Drift - wood, Hays 20 Apr (DoC) was farther west than expected. A Louisiana Waterthrush in Carrizo Creek, Nacogdoches 4 Mar (SLo) was quite early for the Pineywoods. A Northern Waterthrush was near Dell City, Hudspeth 30 Apr (JP), where rare. A Blue-winged Warbler near Center Point, Kerr 17 Apr (ph. TC) was an outlier west of its usual migration route. lan, Gray 29 Mar (RRi), Palo Duro Canyon S.P., Randall 9 Apr (MHa), and at Plum Creek Campground on Lake Meredith, Potter 13 Apr (MDL). To the northeast, one was at White Rock Lake, Dallas 19 Mar (TS), another in n. Irving, Dallas 6 Apr (DL), while the wintering bird at Southside Water Treatment Plant, Dal - las remained through the season (CR, BSt); the wintering bird sw. of Jenkins, Morris continued to 10 Mar (BuF). Dusky-capped Flycatchers were present around Boot Canyon, Brewster from late April+ with as many as 5 birds pres - ent 12 May (MLo). An Ash-throated Flycatcher wandered east to Lake Benbrook, Tarrant 6-9 Apr (JAl). A Brown-crested Flycatcher in Fort Stockton, Pecos 5-29 May (CRu, MR, ShC) was unexpected. Great Kiskadees continue to range far & wide with singles at Lake Benbrook, Tar - rant 5 Mar-6 Apr (JAl, ph. m.ob.), at Bachmann Community Park in College Station, Brazos 6 Mar (†DY), at Sabine Woods, Jefferson 1 Apr-18 May (MBC, JHa, et al.), at Bob Woodruff Park, Plano, Collin 27 Apr (AGa, GRe) and at Inde - pendence Creek Preserve, Terrell 11 May (RKo). A pair of Great Kiskadees discovered building a nest at Walter E. Long Lake, Travis 19 Apr (ph. KRa) soon abandoned it and was last seen 24 Apr. A Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher was an outstanding find at Santa Ana N.W.R., Hidal - go 29 May – 5 Jun (GC, CF, ph. JY). Singing Couch's Kingbirds seen in Richmond, Fort Bend 18 May (RG) and at Katy, Waller 25 May (SGa) indicated territorial birds. A Couch's Kingbird in Fort Stockton, Pecos 29 May (ph. MR, ShC) was perhaps a sign of continued range expan - sion. A Cassin's Kingbird was out of place along the San Antonio River in San Antonio, Bexar 27 Apr (MR). Casual at best in far west Texas, a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher near Clint, El Paso 9 May (ph., TY) was a nice find. A Rose-throated Becard was a one-day wonder at Las Palomas W.M.A., Cameron 8 Mar (†ph. RSn). A pair of Bell's Vireos at Muleshoe N.W.R., Bailey 30 Apr-21 May (JB, DaH) and one at Caprock Canyon S.P., Briscoe 13 Mar-29 May (EFD, DrH, JMu) hinted at contin - ued expansion of this species. Black- capped Vireos are rarely detected as spring migrants so one at Estero Llano Grande S.P., Hidalgo 20 Mar (KM) was nice. The U.T.C. recorded their first Black-capped Vireo at Sabine Woods, Jef - ferson 31 Mar-2 Apr (HD, JBe, ph. CrW); another was out of place in Plainview, Hale 11 May (NP). A Yellow-throated Vir - eo wandered west to Cottonwood Camp- ground, Brewster 5 May (ph. JL, KHo). Hutton's Vireo was finally confirmed as a breeder in Travis with a pair on a nest in late May a couple miles ene. of Mansfield Dam (ph. GLa). A Black-whiskered Vireo the normal migration window was an Eastern Whip-poor-will near Coldspring, San Jacinto 15 May (DSi). A Whip-poor-will, presumed Mexi - can, at a migrant trap in nw. Hudspeth 7 May (ph., Jim Paton) was a county first and one of very few for the El Paso area. A Green Violetear was present sporadically in Utopia, Uvalde 19 May+ (†CSp, ph. LaS). The female Blue-throated Hummingbird that successfully overwintered for its second year in w. El Paso, El Paso was last reported 17 Mar (JBa). A Lucifer Hummingbird made an unex - pected appearance in Sanderson, Terrell 16 May (LH). A Buff-bellied Hummingbird at McKin - ney Roughs Nature Park, Bastrop 15 May (ph. MMu) was on the northern edge of its range. Ringed Kingfishers to the north of their regular range include one at Chalk Ridge Falls Park, Bell 6 Mar (RPi) and another at Lake George - town, Williamson 2 May (ph. CB). Single Red- headed Woodpeckers in 2 different parts of Lubbock, Lubbock 1 Mar-13 Apr (LM), and 22 Apr (ph. MaR), plus one in Farwell, Parmer 21 May (DaH) were out of place. Unexpected was a Red-bellied Woodpecker w. of Lubbock, Lub - bock 23 Apr (JB). A Crested Caracara 2 miles e. of Crockett, Houston 24 May (CSh) was deeper into the Pineywoods than most for this species while one near Brownfield, Terry 7 Mar (JBe) was an outlier to the northwest. FLYCATCHERS THROUGH SWALLOWS Early Olive-sided Flycatchers included one at Lafitte's Cove, Galveston 13-15 Apr (DCa, MML, DeC), another at Sabine Woods, Jefferson 14-15 Apr (JHa, et al.), and 3 at Rio Grande Village, Brewster 16 April (MLo). The Greater Pewee wintering at Bear Creek Park, Harris re - mained until 4 Mar (KHa†), while the one at Lions Park in Refugio, Refugio was present to 12 Apr (m.ob.). A vocalizing Western Wood- Pewee graced South Padre Island, Cameron 24 May (†DJ). A Yellow-bellied Flycatcher at Sa - bine Woods, Jefferson 23 Apr matched the early date for the U.T.C. (JHa, SMa, et al.). An Acadi - an Flycatcher at the Quintana Neotropical Bird Sanctuary, Brazoria 2 Apr was early (ph. JBo). A Hammond's Flycatcher was quite unexpected at Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center in Port Aransas, Nueces 14 Apr (KB, MHe, ph. WS); the wintering bird along the San Gabriel River where it runs into Granger Lake, Williamson continued until 20 Mar (m.ob.). The Pacific- slope Flycatcher at Sabal Palm, Cameron was present to 7 Apr (ph., m.ob.). A Black Phoebe took up residence at the Luling Wasterwater Treatment ponds, Caldwell 25 Mar-2 May (ph. JM, m.ob.). A Say's Phoebe was a rare spring find at Benbrook Lake, Tarrant 4 Apr (JAl). It was a good spring for Vermilion Flycatchers with single birds northwest at Lake McLel -

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