North American Birds

VOLUME 69 No1 2016

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 9 ( 2 0 1 5 ) • N U M B E R 1 115 S O U T H E R N G R E AT P L A I N S (DWg), Ken Williams, Jimmy Woodard, Dave & Sue Woodson, Rachel Wrenn (RWr), Eu - gene Young. n ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– W. Ross Silcock, P. O. Box 57, Tabor, Iowa 51673, ( Joseph A. Grzybowski, 715 Elmwood Drive, Norman, Oklahoma 72072, ( Deane McKinney (DMc), Steve Metz, Terry Mitchell, Rusty Monroe, Brett & Lareina Ni - land, Tim O'Connell, Mark Peterson, Zach Po- land, John & Brandi Polo, Nancy Reed, Dan Reinking, Justin Roach (JRo), Susie Ruby, Pat Seibert, Jana Singletary (JSi), Josh Smith, Sean Stanford (SSt), John Tharp (JTh), Lou & Mary Truex, Ryan Van Zant (RVZ), David Wiggins Droege, Bob Ellis, Chad Ellis, Josh Englebert, Caleb Frome, Dennis Graham, Kevin Groe - neweg, Joseph A. Grzybowski, Larry Han- cock, Suzy & George Harris, Rebecca Hayes (RHa), Ford Hendershot, Glen Hensley, Ricky Hobbs (Rho), Steve Hodge, John Hurd, To - masz Kuder, Phillip Leonard, Scott Loss, Jo Loyd (JLo), Mike Ludewig (MLu), Larry Mays, Texas beginning with an ad. near the Bolivar Ferry, Galveston 24 Aug (CTL, TP, MaK) followed by an ad. at the Baytown Nature Center, Harris 14 Sep (CTL). The numbers at this location grew to at least 2 ads. and 3 imms. by early Nov, with at least one bird through 16 Nov (ph., m.ob.). On the cen. coast, one was at Matagorda Bay, Calhoun/Matagorda 27 Aug (ph. PHo). A group was also present on the lower coast, with 2 imms. found on the 16 Aug South Padre Island, Cameron pelagic trip (ph. GL, m.ob.), and another imm. on the 24 Oct pelagic (ph., m.ob.). It or another was present off and around the jetty 25 Oct into early Nov (ph., m.ob.), as was at least one ad. starting 5 Nov (ph., m.ob.). The most unlikely fnd though was a content ad. well inland at Lake Travis, Travis 6 Sep+ (ph. RKo, m.ob.) that was reportedly present for some time prior to that. Inland Brown Pelicans included singles at Lake Waco, McLennan 14 Oct (ph. JE), Lake Lewisville, Denton 18-27 Sep (KL et al.), McNary Reservoir, Hudspeth 25 Sep (BZ), and the spillway of Lake Livingston, Polk 4 Sep (JeC). Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, El Paso 24 Nov (JSp). Inland Surf Scoters included 2 at Fort Phantom Lake, Jones 29 Oct (ph. NL), one at Lake Meredith, Hutchinson 7 Nov (ME), and another at Mitchell Lake, Bexar 16-20 Nov (GSc et al.). A White-winged Scoter was at Port Aransas, Nueces 12 Nov (ph. MO) and another near Flour Bluff, Nueces 15 Nov (ph. MeC). A Long-tailed Duck at Fort Hancock Reservoir 26 Nov (ph. JP) was just the ffth for Hudspeth. A Common Merganser at McNary Reservoir, Hudspeth 25 Sep (BZ) was notably early. Gambel's Quail continue to expand their range eastward along the Rio Grande, with a high count of 25 at Lajitas, Brewster 3 Nov (KBr). A Pacifc Loon was at Balmorhea Lake, Reeves 2 Nov–4 Dec (ph. ML, MG). A rather early Common Loon at the Baytown Nature Center, Harris 22-23 Aug (DwL et al.) may have summered nearby; a bit out of range was one over Anzalduas Park, Hidalgo 7 Nov (JBr). A family group of up to 5 Least Grebes contin - ued along Davis Estates Rd., Fort Bend 3 Aug+ (MS, JBa et al.); 2 others were at Cross Creek Ranch Wetland, Fort Bend 28 Nov+ (JBo, JBe). Early was a Western Grebe at Amarillo, Potter 25-31 Oct (MD, JSb, AT); for the third consecutive fall, one ap - peared at Lake O' the Pines, Marion 22 Nov (DBr). The now long-time resi - dent American Flamingo "HDNT" spent much of the season near Cox Bay, Calhoun (BoF et al.). A Red-billed Tropicbird showed well on the 25 Oct pelagic trip out of South Padre Island, Cam - eron (ph., m.ob.). A Jabiru on a private ranch in Victoria 6 Aug (ph. BO) provided an eleventh state record. The mysterious Brown Booby ir - ruption continues. A group of birds was present around the Houston Ship Channel, Mark W. Lockwood Eric Carpenter –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– A cross Texas, the fall 2014 season was generally described as mild until the frst strong cold front arrived in mid- November, bringing freezing temperatures to many areas of the state. Almost all areas of the state had near-normal rainfall, which helped counter the effects of the long-term drought, but the state has not recovered from drought by any means. The Upper Texas Coast was one area where rainfall defcits continued, with Houston's seasonal total 16.4 cm (6.5 in.) below average. No tropical weather sys - tems impacted the coastal prairies or South Texas. This season provided an overload of bird - ing highlights from all across the state. Mind boggling were the discoveries of frst-state records: Common Crane, Bar-tailed Godwit, Gray-crowned Rosy-Finch, and potentially Red-legged Honeycreeper. WATERFOWL THROUGH CRANES A Fulvous Whistling-Duck was well out of range at Hagerman N.W.R., Grayson 3 Oct (JaC). A lone Canada Goose was at Falcon S.P., Starr 22 Nov (ph. MBS). Two Tundra Swans were near the coast in Matagorda 26 Nov+ (GG, RW). A Greater Scaup was w. to The occurrence of Brown Booby in Texas appears to be changing rapidly, with individuals being found along the coast more and more often in recent years. Inland occurrences are extremely rare, and this adult at Lake Travis, Travis County 6 (here 7) September 2014 and later was visited by numerous birders. Photograph by Arman Moreno.

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