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 / 4 353 T E X A S by at least 5 pairs in Hockley (m.ob.). Two male Vermilion Flycatchers near Matador, Motley 28 Jun (DBr, LB) were unusual; a pair feeding young near Rough Creek Lodge, Somerville 26 Jun (GC, SGl) was a first breeding record for the county. Regular in the Davis and Chisos Mountains, Dusky-capped Flycatcher is still unusual in the Guadalupe Mountains so one at Frijole Ranch, Culberson 2 Jul (ph. MC, MB) was surprising. A Great Crested Flycatcher at Santa Ana N.W.R., Hidalgo 5 Jun was late (EC, DP, DSt); another out of place individual was at Laguna Seca Ranch, Hidalgo 26 Jun (ML). On the northeast edge of their range, 2 Brown- crested Flycatchers were at Bennett Park, Jack - son 1 Jul (BrB, BoF); more unexpected was one in El Paso, El Paso 10 Jul (ph. BZ). Well out of range was a Great Kiskadee at Rio Grande Vil - lage, Brewster 13-14 Jun (CP); one at Humble, Harris 4 Jun represented a new location for the species (JH). The Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher found at Santa Ana N.W.R., Hidalgo 29 May (†GC, CF) continued sporadically to 15 Jun (ph., m.ob.). Intriguing was a presumed, but silent, Tropical Kingbird in Temple, Bell 24 Jul (ph. RP). The bird did not respond to Couch's playback but was immediately drawn in by taped Tropical vocalizations. Tropical King - birds have become more regular along parts of the coast but are still largely undetected inland in Texas away from the Rio Grande corridor. Couch's Kingbirds continue to make in-roads into parts of central Texas; a pair was noted w. of Hext, Menard 26 Jun (CB, HR), while an - Grayson, 28 Jun (JC), one at the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, Jeff Davis 13 Jul (BRo et al.), and another near Dell City, Hudspeth 18 Jul (JPa) hinted of possible breeding, while one at well-checked Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, El Paso 28 Jul (JSp) was likely an early migrant or post-breeding wanderer. A Harris's Hawk wan - dered north to near Lehman, Cochran 27 Jun (AH). A Gray Hawk along Alamito Creek in Big Bend Ranch S.P., Presidio 8 Jun (CS, RM) was a nice find away from Rio Grande and known lo - cations. A Red-shouldered Hawk was detected at White River Lake, Crosby 24 Jul (DH, AH) where the species has bred at least once. A sign of continuing expansion were single Broad- winged Hawks at Lions Park, Refugio, Refu - gio 19 Jun (DM, WS), at Lost Maples S.N.A., Bandera 19 Jun (MH) and at Utopia, Uvalde 22 Jul+ (MH). Perhaps attempting to become a regular summering bird in the Davis Moun - tains, a light-morph Short-tailed Hawk was over the Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis 4 Jun (ph. RK). A Swainson's Hawk near Prai - rie View, Waller 2 Jul (†MMa) may have been a breeder as this species nests in low numbers to the southeast of this location. WOODPECKERS THROUGH VIREOS A juvenile Red-headed Woodpecker east of Bryan, Brazos 21 Jun (MMc) was notewor - thy. Certainly out-of-place was a Red-bellied Woodpecker in a Corpus Christi, Nueces back - yard 11 Jun (RA). Exceptionally late Merlins were seen on opposite ends of the state with one at South Padre Island, Cameron 5 Jun (AM) and another at Lake Meredith, Hutchin - son 12 Jun (BP). Multiple sightings of Peregrine Falcons along the Rio Grande in El Paso and Hudspeth during the period (JGr, JKi, JPa) were unusual and suggested nearby breeding. Other noteworthy Peregrine Falcons include one near Pep, Hockley 16 Jul (AH) and another near the Texas A&M University campus, College Sta - tion, Brazos 29 Jul (†MMc). Record late for n.-central Texas was an Olive-sided Flycatcher at Plano Outdoor Learning Center, Collin 4 Jun (PA). Eastern Phoebes are not a known nester on the U.T.C., so a family group of 4 birds along Mary's Creek in Pearl - and, Brazoria 15 Jun was un- expected (ph. AW); another at Cullen Park, Harris 17 Jul may also have bred locally (JLa). It was a banner season for breeding Say's Phoebe in the South Plains region; pairs were found in Yoakum, Bailey, Lamb, Floyd, and highlighted San Patricio 8 & 10 Jun (BSa) and another on Mustang Island, Nueces 3 Jul (AO). More inter - esting was one at Ascarate Park, El Paso 7-22 Jun (DC, ph. JKi, m.ob.) and 2 on Stillhouse Hollow Reservoir, Bell 2 Jul (ph. GE). The pe - lagic out of South Padre Island, Cameron 4 Jun yielded only a small number of pelagic species with one Cory's Shearwater (m.ob.), 3 Band- rumped Storm-Petrels (m.ob.), and one Leach's Storm-Petrel (†JO, †PH). The pelagic from Port Aransas to offshore Calhoun, Nueces, and Kene - dy waters 23 Jul was more productive with at last 25 Cory's Shearwaters, 3 Audubon's Shear - waters, 30 Band-rumped Storm-Petrels, and 2 Leach's Storm-Petrels (ph., m.ob.). Masked Boobies were in short supply with one just off - shore from South Padre Island, Cameron 18 Jul (JBe) and only one on the Port Aransas pelagic, Nueces, Calhoun, and Kenedy 23 Jul (m.ob.). Brown Boobies continue to show up inland with an adult and immature at Lake Benbrook, Tarrant, 26 Jul -2 Aug (ph. JA, m.ob.). Off - shore, 2 Brown Boobies were 50 miles sse. of Freeport, Brazoria 6-7 Jul (ph. TH). Least Bitterns, rare in n.-central Texas dur - ing summer, were present at Lake Lewisville Environmental Learning Center, Denton 4 Jun- 30 Jul (GR) and Cement Creek Lake, Tarrant 23 Jun-24 Jul (JSi). The Tricolored Heron from spring at Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, El Paso remained through 1 Jul (JSp). An imm. Yellow- crowned Night-Heron strayed to Alpine, Brew - ster 11-24 Jul (CO). A Swallow-tailed Kite at Red Oak, Ellis 7 Jul (MP) may have been a rare early migrant or per - haps a nearby nester. Breeding Swallow-tailed Kites continue to be found in new areas near the U.T.C. with 4, including at least one im - mature, seen at Kleb Woods, Harris 16 Jun and again on 13 Jul (FC, et al.). A White-tailed Kite s. of Guthrie, King 11 Jun (DBr, LB) was out of place and away from any known breeding areas. A handful of summer reports of Northern Harrier were unusual: one at Hagerman N.W.R., Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher is almost annual in Texas, with perhaps 1 or 2 found most years. Many are only one-day wonders as spring or fall migrants along the coast. Having one that is somewhat chaseable, like this one at Santa Ana N.W.R., Cameron 29 May to 15 June (here 4 June), is always a bonus. Photo by © Arman Moreno Sooty Terns can be regularly found in Texas waters well offshore and on hard to reach spoil islands along the Texas coast. Seeing one from dry land though is often difficult to do, so when one is found in an accessible spot, it becomes a popular destination for Texas birders. Two cooperative Sooty Terns proved to be quite accessible in a colony of gulls and other terns in Rockport, Aransas, allowing for countless birders to enjoy them 10 June+ (here 16 June). Photo by © Teresa Connell

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