North American Birds

VOLUME 69 NO2 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 6 ) • N U M B E R 2 259 Despite predictions that Trumpeter Swans would become a regular visitor to Texas as a result of the introductions in the Mid- west, that has not yet occurred This bird was at The Woodlands, Montgomery County 9-22 (here 10) December 2014, providing the tenth documented record for Texas. Photograph by Lisa Griffis. Texas including 4 at Meadow Lake, Round Rock, Wil- liamson 21-23 Nov (ph. TFe), one at Ballinger City Lake, Runnels 4 Dec (CS), one at Lake O' the Pines, Marion 22 Dec (†MEd), one at Ce - dar Point, Chambers 9-17 Jan (ph. CTL et al.), and 2 at Eagle Mountain Lake, Tarrant 14-21 Feb (MW, LBu). A Clark's Grebe was farther e. than expected at Lake J. B. Thomas, Scurry 10 Jan (ph. RSh). The notorious flamingo couple that includes the banded American Flamingo (marked HDNT) lingered along the Central Coast. The pair was last seen in Cox Bay, Cal - houn 13 Dec (ph. BoF). An imm. Magnificent Frigatebird was seen at Port Aransas, Nueces several times from 15-23 Dec (LJ, ph. MBe et al.). A late lingering Brown Booby was in Trin - ity Bay, Harris 4 Dec (ph. ErF), while the ad. at Lake Travis, Travis since mid-fall was last seen 8 Jan (ph. m.ob.) and another was seen from the Matagorda Jetties, Matagorda 16 Dec (PHo). An impressive count of 3000 Neotropic Cormorants was made at Lake Wright Patman, Cass 7 Dec (JHu, MHu); this count is higher than any previous reports for East Texas. This species continues to shift westward in winter, with up to 6 at Lake Colorado City, Mitch - ell 4-23 Dec (Kyle O'Haver), 3 at Kirby Lake, Taylor 24 Jan (JaP, RSh) and one at Lubbock, Lubbock 23-25 Feb (JuB, AH). Single wander - ing Brown Pelicans were discovered at Lake Tawakoni, Van Zandt 26 Dec–20 Jan (RRa, RKi) and at Welch Park, Burleson 10 Feb (ph. CS). Two Great Egrets at White River Lake, Crosby 4 Jan (RoL, m.ob.) provided a first winter re - cord for the county. Snowy Egrets wintered at Richland Creek W.M.A., Freestone/Navarro 20 Dec+ (EW, m.ob.), with a peak count of 15 in Navarro 28 Dec (BlC). Up to 4 Tricolored Herons wintered at Richland Creek W.M.A., Freestone/Navarro 25 Dec–28 Jan (MSt, WSt, m.ob.). A Green Heron was at Balmorhea S.P., Teal are always scarce in winter in the Central Brazos Valley; this season, there were seven re - ports of 11 individuals from Brazos, Freestone, McLennan, Navarro, and Robertson between 26 Dec and 28 Feb (m.ob.). A count of 521 Can - vasbacks came from Baytown, Chambers 2 Jan (DH, DSa, RWe). Ring-necked Ducks were in numbers far above average in the El Paso area from late Dec through Jan, with a high count of 506 between McNary and Fort Hancock Res - ervoirs, Hudspeth 21 Dec (JiP, BZi). Inland Surf Scoter reports included singles near Balmorhea, Reeves 14 Dec (ph. ML) and at Lake O' the Pines, Marion 21 Jan (MDi), with 2 at Belton Lake, Bell 27 Jan (ph. GE). Likewise, a White- winged Scoter was inland at Lake Ray Roberts, Denton 4 Dec (JSc) and 2 at Belton Lake, Bell 21-24 Feb (ph. GE). An impressive count of 20 Black Scoters was reported from the Quintana Jetty, Brazoria 21 Dec (DSa et al.), while one at Richland Creek W.M.A., Freestone 25 Dec–2 Jan (MSt, WSt, m.ob.) provided a county first. Lone Long-tailed Ducks were found at Tornillo Reservoir, El Paso 16-17 Jan (m.ob.), Aransas N.W.R., Aransas 17 Dec (ph. CT), near Delta Lake, Hidalgo 24 Jan–24 Feb (ph. MBS), and Laguna Vista, Cameron 17 Jan (MSa), and 2 were at Lake Tawakoni, Van Zandt 10-18 Jan (ph. RBa, RKi). An impressive count of 454 Common Goldeneyes was made at Lake O' the Pines, Marion 27 Dec (fide DBr). Common Mer - gansers made a good showing in n.-cen. Texas, with 2 at Lake Benbrook, Tarrant 7 Dec–4 Jan (MW, m.ob.), one at Hagerman N.W.R., Gray - son 23 Dec (JCh), and another at Lake Pat Cle- burne, Johnson (DBr, LBr). Farther e., a pair was at Lake O' the Pines, Marion 25 Dec (†MEd, BE). A large group of 700 Red-breasted Mer - gansers was reported from Thompson's Bait Camp, Harris 28 Dec (CTL). Two Scaled Quail were on the extreme e. edge of their range at Choke Canyon S.P., Live Oak 19 Dec (LF, EdF). Nine Wild Turkeys near Petteway, Robertson 14 Dec (AH) were the first reported in the county in over 40 years. The only Red-throated Loon reported dur - ing the season was at Balmorhea Lake, Reeves 25 Dec (EC, MaC). Two Pacific Loons were found at Lake Amistad, Val Verde 3-4 Jan (WSe, MR, SC) and another was at Lake Meredith, Hutchinson 2 Dec (DL). Least Grebes continue to move eastward up the coastal prairies, with birds present at four locations in Fort Bend and Brazoria including 8 at the Cross Creek Ranch Wetlands, Fort Bend 6 Dec–21 Jan (JaB et al.). High counts of Horned Grebes away from the ne. portion of the state included as many as 60 at Pleasure Island, Jefferson 29 Dec–18 Jan (THe et al.) and 28 at Lake Waco, McLennan 24 Jan (MP). A number of Western Grebes were found e. of the normally expected range, Mark W. Lockwood Eric Carpenter Randy Pinkston –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– F or most of Texas, the winter featured below-average temperatures after the first half of December, and precipita - tion varied from mildly below normal to well above normal. The above-average precipitation was most evident from the South Texas Brush Country northward through the western Hill Country into the eastern half of the Trans-Pe - cos. For example, the rainfall at Alpine was the most measured in the past 10 years and close to the most in the past 20 years. In South Texas, Mel Cooksey noted that "the wet cycle contin - ued, with freshwater ponds and playas being at their highest levels in years." WATERFOWL THROUGH IBISES A high count of 312 Black-bellied Whistling- Ducks was made at Bryan, Brazos 20 Jan (LSa), while 970 were tallied closer to the coast at Brazos Bend S.P., Fort Bend 21 Jan (RWe). Two Fulvous Whistling-Ducks were a bit unsea - sonable at Mitchell Lake, Bexar 22 Feb (DE et al.). Three Cackling Geese at Balmorhea Lake, Reeves 28 Dec (ph. JGr, DSc) provided the first documented record for the location and the Trans-Pecos away from the El Paso area. A Trumpeter Swan was found at The Wood - lands, Montgomery 9-22 Dec (PSo, m.ob.), pro- viding the twelfth record for the state. The only Tundra Swans reported during the season were one near Utopia, Uvalde 3 Dec (MHe), one near Sweetwater, Nolan 10 Dec (KR), and 2 at Lake Ray Roberts S.P., Denton 18 Jan (ph. BT). An ad. free-flying, skittish Muscovy Duck was seen at La Perla Ranch in n. Zapata 5 Feb (CS, ph. JAH). A male Eurasian Wigeon along Lake Creek Trail, Williamson 18 Jan (ph. MBe, BNo) was an outstanding find; intriguing was a report of it or another male at Lake Travis, Travis 8 Feb (RBo). A late Blue-winged Teal was at Mize Lake, Nacogdoches 12 Dec (JD, TD). Cinnamon

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