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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 116 TEXAS have spent the summer there (DD, MiK, SK). Single Red-necked Phalaropes visited Calhoun 15 Sep (PHo) and Hornsby Bend, Travis 13 Oct (RKo); a rather early ad. was near Smyer, Hockley 3 Aug (AHe). Long-tailed Jaeger is the rarest of the jae - gers that occur in Texas; one was welcome at Belton Lake, Bell 8 Sep (ph. GE), and another was noted on the South Padre Island pelagic trip, Cameron 20 Sep (PHo et al.). Sabine's Gull is now known as a regular fall migrant in the Trans-Pecos, where the season's frst was at Balmorhea Lake, Reeves 31 Aug (ph. ML, DBo, AB), with 3 there 11 Sep (BPB) and the last 19 Sep (RPi). In the El Paso area, one was near Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, El Paso 16-18 Sep (ph. JSp, m.ob.) and one at McNary Reservoir, Hudspeth 25 Sep (BZ). Elsewhere, singles were at Lewisville Lake, Denton 19-21 Sep (ph. BT et al.), Lake Benbrook, Tarrant 2 Oct (MW), and the South Padre Island/Boca Chica jetties, Cameron 25-27 Oct (EC et al.). A very early Bonaparte's Gull was reported from King - wood, Harris 8-10 Sep (DaC). The number of Laughing Gulls wandering inland was above average in the e. third of the state, includ - ing the high count of 10 at Lake Livingston, Trinity 5 Sep–4 Nov (DoC). Farther afeld, 2 at Lake Lewisville, Denton 27 Sep were note - worthy (KL), as was one at Balmorhea Lake, Reeves 28 Sep (ML). An impressive count of 865 Franklin's Gulls was made at the TX 147 causeway at Lake Sam Rayburn, San Augustine 14 Oct (DW). A Thayer's Gull visited Fulton Harbor, Aransas 11 Nov (ph. MO). One Sooty and 4 Bridled Terns were detected on the South Padre Island pelagic trip, Cameron 20 Sep (MG et al.), and 2 Bridleds were seen on the 25 Oct trip (m.ob.). Up to 14 Least Terns were at Richland Creek W.M.A., Freestone/ Navarro 5-31 Aug (AT, m.ob.), unbelievably providing new fall records for the two coun - ties. A Common Tern was at Lubbock, Lub- bock 21 Aug (PKi et al.). Some 3000 Forster's Terns were estimated at Lake Tawakoni, Rains 27 Sep (RKi). An Elegant Tern was well doc - umented from the Texas City Dike, Harris 1 Nov (ph. MB). A group of 10 Black Skimmers at Hargill Playa, Hidalgo 9 Aug (ToF et al.) was a large number for an inland location. Out of range was a Red-billed Pigeon taken by a hunter near Hondo, Medina in early Sep (ph., fde SOl). A Band-tailed Pigeon was at El Paso 3-4 Oct (ph. BZ) and was joined by a second 4 Oct. A Common Ground-Dove at Davis Mountains S.P., Jeff Davis 1 Nov (ML) was presumably the bird present in the sum - mer; another was at Palo Duro Canyon S.P., Randall 11 Oct (fde CCa). A White-tipped Dove was fushed along River Rd., Refugio 25 Oct (BrF). Single late Yellow-billed Cuckoos River bottoms, Burleson 22 Aug (RN), 2 at that same location 28 Oct (KC, JH), and another w. of Rosebud, Falls 21 Sep (ph. DBr, LBr). Zone- tailed Hawks seem to be wandering farther away from their usual haunts in the past sev - eral years. This season, outliers were at Hazel Bazemore Park, Nueces 20 (DeL, HaT) & 28 Sep (ph. RKr), at the Smith Point Hawkwatch, Chambers 23 Sep (JB et al.), and at Stephen F. Austin S.P., Austin 26-29 Nov (ph. RKo et al.). A lone Golden Eagle was at the Smith Point Hawkwatch, Chambers 24 Oct (DH et al.), the only one of the season there. Early were 2 Soras in nw. Harris 1 Aug (BWh); a moribund Sora was at Nacogdoches, Nacogdoches 13 Sep (CSh), where migrants are rarely detected. A fantastic fnd was a Com - mon Crane at Muleshoe N.W.R., Bailey 18 Nov+ (JuB), and there were 2 birds present on 22 Nov (ph. MR), providing a frst docu - mented record for the state. Three Whooping Cranes alighted briefy at Lake Benbrook, Tar - rant 8 Nov (GC et al.). SHOREBIRDS THROUGH FALCONS Rare for the El Paso area, 5 American Avocets lingered at Fort Hancock, Hudspeth through 22 Nov (JP, BZ), with one still there on 25 Nov (JP). A good number locally in fall, 14 American Golden-Plovers were at Santa Ger - trudis Creek Sanctuary, Kleberg 5 Sep (CL, AH); getting late was a lone bird in Matago - rda 28 Nov+ (ph. RW, BoF). Just the second record for Texas and the United States, a co - operative Collared Plover delighted birders at a playa near Hargill, Hidalgo 2-17 Aug (ph. DJ, m.ob.). A nice tally of 14 Snowy Plovers at Lake Wichita, Wichita 2 Aug included 3 downy juvs. (CCa). A highlight of the sea - son was the molting ad. Bar-tailed Godwit around Oso Bay, Nueces 9 Aug–26 Oct (ph. MeC, m.ob.), a frst documented record for the state. A Ruddy Turnstone at Richland Creek W.M.A. 31 Aug (DDC, DL et al.) was a county frst. Rather late were single Sand - erlings at Fort Hancock, Hudspeth 26 Oct (JP, ph.) and at Muleshoe N.W.R., Bailey 31 Oct–3 Nov (JuB). Single Dunlins were westerly at Marathon, Brewster 10 Sep (ph. HeT) and Fort Hancock, Hudspeth 19-22 Nov (ph. BZ), while one at Muleshoe N.W.R., Bailey 3-30 Nov (JuB) was late. Another late migrant was a Baird's Sandpiper at Muleshoe N.W.R., Bailey 19 Nov (JuB, m.ob.). Some 2400 Buff-breast - ed Sandpipers were estimated near Calallen, Nueces 24 Aug (ShC, MR, WS, DM), while a lone bird near Alamo, Hidalgo 5 Nov was quite late (PM, MSc). Exceptionally late was a Pectoral Sandpiper at Muleshoe N.W.R., Bai - ley 19-25 Nov (JuB, m.ob.). A Wilson's Snipe at Paul Rushing Park, Harris 1-23 Aug may An American Bittern at Guadalupe Delta W.M.A., Calhoun 1 Aug was quite early (SCa); another near Crosbyton, Crosby 18 Oct (KH) was a bit out of range. Quite unusual was a Least Bittern at Lake Six, Lubbock 16 Aug (AHe). A phenomenal congregation of long- legged waders gathered at Richland Creek W.M.A., Freestone/Navarro 8 Aug–14 Sep, with peak counts of 800 Great Egrets 23 Aug, 750 Snowy Egrets 13 Aug, 400 Little Blue Herons 13 & 23 Aug, 34 Black-crowned Night-Herons 22 Aug, 1500 White Ibis 31 Aug, and 600 White-faced Ibis 14 Sep. Far- ranging Little Blue Herons included singles at Midland, Midland 2 Aug–6 Oct (RyS, ph. BLu), at Ballard Creek, Motley 31 Aug (AHe), and near Brownfeld, Terry 3 Sep (MMK). The most far-fung Tricolored Heron was one at Leroy Elmore Park, Lubbock 21 Nov (ClR, FR). A dispersing Reddish Egret made it as far as Balmorhea Lake, Reeves 16 Aug–19 Sep (DO, ph. ML et al.); a fair number were inland dur - ing the season, with 2 each in Bexar and Tra- vis and one each in Kendall, Llano, Burleson, and Washington (m.ob.). A group of 5 Black- crowned Night-Herons, including 2 juvs., was near Chappell Hill, Washington 7 Sep (DV), providing the frst evidence of nesting in the county. A wandering Roseate Spoonbill was n. of usual haunts at Hagerman N.W.R., Grayson 21-28 Oct (JaC). Black Vulture was again found w. to Mc - Nary Reservoir, Hudspeth, with one there 14 & 23 Aug (JP) and 2 present 17 & 25 Sep (BZ). Surprising was a Black Vulture at Fort Stockton, Pecos 28 Nov (DM, WS). Eight Os - preys at McNary Reservoir, Hudspeth 25 Sep (BZ) was an impressive one-site total for the Trans-Pecos. A Swallow-tailed Kite at Fort Hood, Bell 11 Sep (ph. GE) was a little out - side the migration path; one well off the con- tinental shelf on the 16 Aug pelagic trip out of South Padre Island, Cameron (GH et al.) was surprising. A bit early was a Bald Eagle at Lake Palo Duro, Hansford 10 Sep (ME); other un - usual sightings were one over Anzalduas C.P., Hidalgo 8 Nov (DM, HR et al.) and another at McNary Reservoir, Hudspeth 22 Nov (JP, ph.). For perhaps the third consecutive fall/win - ter, a Red-shouldered Hawk frequented the area near Lake Six, Lubbock 27 Sep+ (m.ob.). Twenty-seven Broad-winged Hawks at Santa Ana N.W.R., Hidalgo 9 Nov (JD) made a nota - ble count for so late in the season; at least one lingered at Sabine Woods, Jefferson 14-15 Nov (RW et al.). Late was a Swainson's Hawk at the May Feed Lot, Atascosa 22 Nov (ph. WS). An impressive count of at least 35 White-tailed Hawks congregated on the Katy Prairie, Waller 18 Nov (JKe). Individual White-tailed Hawks out of range included one along the Brazos

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