North American Birds

VOLUME 68 NO4 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 4 525 S o u t h e r n g r e at p l a i n S John Row (JRw), Al Schirmacher, Nate Schirm- acher, David Seibel, Luke Tiller, Jonathan Van de Kopple (JVK), Nick Varvel, Phil Vreeman, Janeen Walters (JWa), Nathan Wilhite. OKLA- HOMA: Bill Adams, David Arbour, Caroline Bath, Jacob Cooper (JCo), Chad Ellis, Kevin Groeneweg, Joseph A. Grzybowski, Randy Haitt, Josh Haughawout (JHa), Ford Hender- shot, Glen Hensley, Emily Hjalmarson, Pete Janzen, Shawn Johnson, Matt Jung, Scott Loss, Jo Loyd, Larry Mays, Deanne McKinney, Cody Morris (CMo), Mark & Mary Peterson, Calvin Rees, Stephanie Taylor, Jeff Tibbits, Jerry Taylor (JTa), Jeremy Ross (JeR), Evan Tanner, Lou & Mary Truex, Curt Van Boening (CVB), Jimmy Woodard. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Joseph A. Grzybowski, 715 elmwood Drive, norman, oklahoma 72072, (j_grzybowski@sbcglobal.net) W. Ross Silcock, p. o. Box 57, tabor, iowa 51673, (silcock@rosssilcock.com) (MRo), Mary Anne Romito, Christopher Rustay (CRu), Shari Schwartz (SSc), Ruben Siegfried (RSg), W. Ross Silcock, Maggi Sliwinski, Ruth Stearns (RSt), David True, John Vanderpoel, Cristen Vincent, T.J. Walker, Juanita Whit- tecar (JWh), Jack & Mac Williams, Michael Willison, Connie Wilson (CWi), Colin Wool- ley. KANSAS: Danny Akers (DAk), Andrew Burnett, Norma Dennet, Marsha Ebaugh, Tom Ewert, Elmer Fink, Matt Gearheart, Malcom Gold (MGo), Catherine Hamilton, Jeff Hansen, Mike Harding, Dallas Hewett, Margaret Higbee (MHb), Roger Higbee, Irwin Hoogheem, Mike Hudson (MHu), Pete Janzen, Barry Jones, Jon King, Dave Klema, Mark Land, Jonathan Laut- enbach (JnL), Joseph Lautenbach (JsL), Bran- don Magette (BMa), Patty Marlett, Don Merz (DMe), Mick McHugh (MMh), Andrew Miller, Bryant Miller, Joseph Miller, Carol Morgan, Sue Newland, Chuck Otte, Robert Penner, Ga- len Pittman, Mike Rader, Samantha Robinson, Goldfnch is now well established in the Wild- cat Hills in Scotts Bluff, NE; as many as 6 were there through the period (TG, m.ob.). A Lesser Goldfnch was in Morrill, NE 27 Jul (MW), at an unexpected easterly site, and 2 were in Co- manche, OK 26 Jun (LM, CE), where the spe- cies had been absent in recent seasons. Cited observers (editors in boldface): NE- BRASKA: Danny Akers (DAk), Jay & Ginger Belsan, Joan Bergeron, John Carlini (JCa), Dan Cassidy, Margaret Delaittre, Kathy DeLara, Gordon Dimmig, Larry Einemann, Tom Ew- ert, William Flack, Tom Gannon, Robin Hard- ing (RHa), Jan Johnson, Joel G. Jorgensen, Jon King, Clem N. Klaphake, Ron Klataske, Al Lam- oreaux, Krista Lang, Robert Manning (RMa), Sam Manning, David & Mary Anne Marjamaa, Wayne Mollhoff, Carol Morgan, Loren & Babs Padelford, Mark Peyton, Andrew Pierson, Lan- ny Randolph, Justin Rink (JRi), Mark Robbins Texas edith, Hutchinson through 28 Jun (MEl). A Red-breasted Merganser at Alamo Beach, Cal- houn 24 Jun (BF) was noteworthy. A late Ruddy Duck was at Longview, Harrison 5 Jun (DBr, MEd). A Plain Chachalaca at the Arroyo Colo- rado Unit of Las Palomas W.M.A., Kleberg 15 Jun (NH) was away from normal habitat. Two Wild Turkeys near Brenham, Washington 21 Jul (JH) were well e. of the normal distribution. Two Common Loons at Port O'Connor, Calhoun 16 Jun (PH) likely summered. One of the nesting Least Grebes near Washington- on-the-Brazos State Historical Park, Washington was seen again 6 Jul (DV), and a pair took up residence at Fort Clark Springs, Kinney dur- ing the season (BC). A high count of 16 Pied- billed Grebes, including juvs., was made at Richland Creek W.M.A., Freestone/Navarro 25 Jun (RQ, m.ob.). At Fort Hancock Reservoir, Hudspeth, 75 Eared Grebes were present 8 Jun (JP) and gave indications of nesting, but only 6 remained 1 Jul and none after that. The well- known mismatched famingos, an American Flamingo (bearing band "HDNT") and an es- capee Greater Flamingo, were seen near Sand Point, Lavaca Bay, Calhoun 22 Jun (fde PH). The 19 Jul pelagic trip off Port Isabel, Cameron pro- duced one Cory's Shearwater, one Audubon's Shearwater, 8 Band-rumped Storm-Petrels, and one Masked Booby (PH et al.). An early Wood Stork was at Lewisville Lake, Denton 6 Jun (ph. LaB), and an unusually large number gathered at Richland Creek W.M.A., Freestone, peaking at 328 on 20 Jun (DDC, DLi, BT). An unusu- for a productive nesting season. Wolf noted: "It seems like it has been a long time since we've had a summer like this." WATERFOWL THROUGH TERNS Two Fulvous Whistling-Ducks at McNary Res- ervoir, Hudspeth 22 Jul (ph. JP) provided a sec- ond county record and one of few for the Trans- Pecos. Apparently healthy Greater White-front- ed Geese included singles at Lubbock, Lubbock 21 Jul (PKi), Lake Worth, Tarrant 19-27 Jul (MW et al.), and Lake Belton, Bell 28 Jul (ph. GE). Likewise, a Snow Goose present since spring at Fort Hancock Reservoir, Hudspeth was last seen 27 Jul (JP). Lingering ducks at Rich- land Creek W.M.A., Freestone included a Gad- wall 20 Jun (DDC, DLi, BT), Northern Shoveler and Lesser Scaup 21 Jun (LS), Northern Pintail 22 Jun (m.ob.), and Green-winged Teal 20 Jun (DDC, DLi, BT). A fock of 40 Northern Pintails at McNary Reservoir, Hudspeth 1 Jul (JP) was a notable total for summer. Casual to accidental in summer in the Trans-Pecos, 5 Canvasbacks were at McNary Reservoir, Hudspeth 2 Jun (BZ), dropping to one there 20 Jun (JP); up to 2 were at Fort Hancock Reservoir, Hudspeth 15-26 Jun; and one was at Tornillo Reservoir, El Paso 20 Jun (JP). A lone Redhead was at Guadalupe Delta W.M.A., Calhoun 21 Jul (PH). An ad. male Surf Scoter at Bolivar Flats, Galveston 1 Jul (ph. JoK) represents a very unusual summer record. A group of 4 Buffeheads at Lake Colorado City S.P., Mitchell 10 Jun (KO) was unexpected. A Common Merganser persisted at Lake Mer- Mark W. Lockwood Eric Carpenter Randy Pinkston –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– D espite several notable out-of-range and out-of-season species reported, in vir- tually all areas of the state the birding could be described as lacking in rarities. The reservoirs in western Hudspeth County held very unusual numbers of summering water- fowl, and other waterbirds visited McNary and Fort Hancock Reservoirs. Contrary to the long refrain for Texas, this summer was marked by welcome rains during June and/or July in most areas of the state. In addition to the increase in rainfall (still not up to long-term averages in many areas), temperatures were below av- erage, and this welcome combination allowed

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