North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO2 2015

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 6 8 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 2 247 Texas Culberson 1 Dec (ph. TDa) and up to 7 in the Davis Mountains 27 Dec+ (ph. ME, MEa). A Lesser Goldfnch at Lake Jackson, Brazoria 7 Jan+ (TFi, SHe et al.) was a rare fnd; there have been very few U.T.C. records of the species in the past two decades. An Evening Grosbeak from the fall remained at Lubbock, Lubbock through the season (PK, m.ob.), and another was at Morton, Cochran 29 Dec (†RKo, AnH). Cited observers (subregional editors in bold- face): Tony Amos, Kenny Anderson, Connie Andrus, Marlin Andrus (MAn), Mike Austin (MAu), Chris Bailey (CBa), Terry Baldwin, Pe- ter Barnes, Donald Barton (DBa), Cissy Beas- ley (CBe), Judy Behrens (JuB), Mikael Behrens (MBe), Rick Bello (RBe), Linda Belssner (LBe), Susan Bergeson (SBe), John Berner (JoB), Brian Berry, John Black (JBl), Shane Blodgett (SBl), Mike Bloodsworth (MBl), Doug Booher (DBo), Gareth Booher, Clayton Bownds (CBo), Rick Breyman (RBr), David Brotherton (DBr), Lu- anne Brotherton (LBr), Kelly Bryan, Winnie cluded at least 2 at the Nash Prairie, Brazoria 20 Jan–1 Feb (RKo et al.) and one at the Katy Prai- rie, Waller 8 Feb (MAu, JoB et al.). Two Harris's Sparrows were found in El Paso: one in town 29 Dec–10 Jan (ph. BZ) and one at Rio Bosque Wetlands Park 25 Feb+ (JSp). A fairly large, by recent standards, fock of 7 Dark-eyed Juncos was found at San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, Harris 25 Jan (GP). A Summer Tanager was a nice fnd near Smithville, Bastrop 1 Jan (RRe). Western Tana- gers found away from the coastal prairies in- cluded one at Austin, Travis late Dec+ (ph. PW, AW, m.ob.) and another near Burleson, Johnson 9 Feb–3 Mar (ph. KL, m.ob.), a frst winter record for n.-cen. Texas. A Crimson- collared Grosbeak at Santa Ana N.W.R., Hidalgo 19 Jan (ph., †TFu) was a one-day wonder. A lone Dickcissel was spotted on the King Ranch, Kleberg 1 Feb (CLa); providing a much more unexpected winter record was one at Lake Tawakoni S.P., Hunt 20 Dec (RKi). A Yellow- headed Blackbird at Washington-on-the-Bra- zos, Washington 15 Feb (BNe et al.) provided a rare Feb record for the area. Rusty Blackbird made a very good showing in the e. half of the state, highlighted by a total of 1203 on the Na- cogdoches C.B.C., Nacogdoches 15 Dec (fde DW). Rusty Blackbirds were reported from 46 counties, with some of the more noteworthy records including up to 45 at Hornsby Bend, Travis all season (ph. m.ob.), 27 near Eunice, Swisher 7 Feb (CA, MAn), and one near Utopia, Uvalde 9 Dec–2 Feb (ph. MiH). An Orchard Oriole frequented the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, Harris 12 -26 Jan (ph. GP et al.), providing just the fourth winter record for the U.T.C. Following a trend in recent years, 3 Hooded Orioles wintered at El Paso (ph. BZ), while one at Uvalde, Uvalde 14-21 Jan (ph. DBa) was much more of a surprise. A Bullock's Oriole made an appearance at Missouri City, Fort Bend 24 Jan (ph. RO); another was at Lake Jackson, Brazoria 9 Feb (SHe, ph. BLi). Winter Baltimore Orioles in- cluded singles at Aransas N.W.R., Aransas 10 Dec–4 Jan (DT et al.), at Highlands, Harris 12 Dec (ph. RPo), and s. of Matagorda, Matago- rda 20 Dec (TDr). A Scott's Oriole was an unexpected visitor in El Paso 19 Jan+ (BZ). With a real paucity of Purple Finches making their way to Texas this season, one near Palmetto S.P., Gonzales 29 Dec (ph. LF) was an excellent fnd. Cassin's Finches were noted in small number in the Davis and Guadalupe Mountains this season; the largest numbers reported were 5 in Dog Canyon, ter rarity for ne. Texas. A Prothonotary Warbler was spotted at Santa Ana N.W.R., Hidalgo 12 Dec (ph. JHu, MHu). Lingering Nashville War- blers were found at San Bernard N.W.R., Brazo- ria 20 Dec (JF et al.) and Friendswood, Harris 29 Dec (ph. JHe). An American Redstart was present the entire season at South Padre Island, Cameron. Cape May Warblers are very rare in winter; well away from the coastal prairies were singles at Hornsby Bend, Travis 31 Jan–8 Feb (ph. GL, m.ob.), and Sonora, Sutton 5 Feb (ph. ShC, MR). A Blackburnian Warbler was at Lake Corpus Christi S.P., San Patricio 25 Dec–25 Jan (DT, ph. TZ, ph. WS et al.), pro- viding the frst fully documented winter record for the state. Quite unusual for midwinter was a Yellow Warbler at Mitchell Lake, Bexar 19 Jan (ph. BD). A late imm. Chestnut-sided Warbler was nicely described from Georgetown, Wil- liamson 14 Dec (KM). Pine Warblers wandered all the way to the w. Trans-Pecos, with one in creosotebush near Fort Hancock, Hudspeth 15 Dec (ph. JPa) and another at El Paso 29 Dec– 18 Jan (BZ, m.ob.). A Yellow-throated Warbler was n. of Gonzales, Gonzales 9 Feb (BrF). A Prairie Warbler was nw. of Beeville, Bee 16 Jan (ph. CBe). Black-throated Gray Warblers were found away from established wintering areas: 2 were at Rio Grande Village, Brewster 9 Dec– 11 Jan (KB et al.), and singles were at Lajitas, Brewster 27 Dec–26 Feb (COJ et al.), Rockport, Aransas 3 Jan (ph. BH), Fort Clark Springs, Kinney 4 Jan (BrC, RSm), nw. San Antonio, Bexar fall–26 Jan (m.ob.), and Stockdale, Wil- son 9-16 Feb (DMu, CBu). Two Townsend's Warblers were quite unexpected in the upper elevations of the Chisos Mountains, Brewster 1 Jan (ph. ML). A lingering Wilson's Warbler was at Rio Grande Village, Brewster 9 Dec (KB). A Painted Redstart spent the entire winter at the Falfurrias Rest Stop, Brooks (m.ob.), while other singles were noted at Aransas N.W.R., Aransas 8 Dec–26 Jan (DT, m.ob.) and the Hubbard Ranch, Calhoun 19 Dec (ph. BoF). A Yellow-breasted Chat was at Brazos Bend S.P., Fort Bend 28 Dec–8 Feb (ph. US et al.). SPARROWS THROUGH FINCHES Out-of-place Green-tailed Towhees included singles at Pearland, Brazoria 18 Dec (DSa) and Muleshoe N.W.R., Bailey 15 Dec (MDL). Clay- colored Sparrows were noted on the U.T.C. this season at Baytown, Harris 12 Feb+ (ph. DSh et al.) and Galveston Island, Galveston 19 Jan (AlH). A Lark Sparrow was n. of usual winter range at Tenaha, Panola 1 Jan (PB, BE, MEd). A Black-throated Sparrow at Lubbock, Lubbock 27 Feb (PS) was locally very rare. A Grasshopper Sparrow n. of Fabens, El Paso 10 Dec (BZ) made a fne winter fnd for the El Paso area. Henslow's Sparrows on the periphery of their range in- Another outstanding discovery of winter 2013-2014 was this Warbling Vireo at Belton, Bell County, present 31 January through 5 (here 1) February, furnishing an unexpected frst fully documented winter record for Texas. Photograph by Gil Eckrich. Perhaps the biggest fnd of the winter season in Texas was this Blackburnian War- bler at Lake Corpus Christi State Park, San Patricio County discovered 25 December 2013 (here). The bird was last observed here on 25 January 2014. This marks the frst fully documented winter record for Texas. Photograph by Teri Zambon.

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