North American Birds

VOLUME 69 NO3 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 S 3 / 4 441 T E X A S singing bird was detected at Resaca de la Palma S.P., Cameron 21 May (MBS). The Blue Jay that overwintered at El Paso was last seen 21 Apr (JiP, m.ob.). Two Fish Crows heard at the Wal - lisville Lake Rookery, Chambers 3 Apr (MAu) provided yet more evidence that the species is slowly expanding into the river drainages on the e. side of Houston. Large concentrations of Tree Swallows were noted along the coast late into the spring, with 1500 at McFaddin N.W.R., Jefferson 24 Apr (Sidney Gauthreaux, KAb) and 500 at Sea Rim S.P., Jefferson 2 May (BeM, LM). KINGLETS THROUGH WARBLERS A well-described Golden-crowned Kinglet at Kleb Woods, Harris 29 Apr was the latest ever documented for the Upper Texas Coast (FH). A Veery was near Meridian, Bosque 4 May (BrF), while one at Muleshoe N.W.R., Bailey 26 May (JuB) was much less expected. A Swain - son's Thrush at El Paso 6-8 May (JiP, ph.) had plumage characteristics suggesting the russet- backed subspecies. An American Robin at Dell City, Hudspeth 17 May (MHo, JiP) suggested the possibility of local nesting. The El Paso Varied Thrush from winter was last seen 7 Mar (JiP, ph.). A Curve-billed Thrasher at Lafitte's Cove, Galveston 22 Apr (MV, IH, SBe) was most unexpected. The 2 Brown Thrashers that wintered at El Paso lingered respectively into early Apr (JKi) and early May (BZ). A seem - ingly territorial Long-billed Thrasher was w. of New Braunfels, Comal 17 Mar–30 Apr (ph. PS). Crissal Thrashers continue to be found in the Permian Basin, with 2 near Midland, Mid - land 11 Apr (MN) and another at Odessa, Ector 21 Apr (TP). A Sage Thrasher wandered east - ward to White Rock Park, La Grange, Fayette 14 Mar (BG). A lingering American Pipit was at Fort Davis, Jeff Davis 30 May (ph. GB). A very late Sprague's Pipit was in the Brazos River bot - toms, Burleson 2 May (ph., †RSh). A Worm-eating Warbler at Balcones Can- yonlands N.W.R., Burnet 26 Apr (ph. BHa) was farther w. than expected. A Northern Water - thrush near Dell City, Hudspeth 17 May (MHo, was out of place (RW). Breeding American Kes - trels were again noted at Temple, Bell (RP) as well as Austin, Travis (m.ob.). One of the win - tering Prairie Falcons near Calvert, Robertson was present until 3 Mar (BSt, AMa). FLYCATCHERS THROUGH SWALLOWS An early Olive-sided Flycatcher was reported at The Woodlands, Montgomery 19 Apr (†LC). The wintering Greater Pewee at Houston's Bear Creek Park was last reported 26 Mar (DW, JHi). A very early arriving Willow Flycatcher was studied at LaFitte's Cove, Galveston 12 Apr (†SH, TFi). A Least Flycatcher near Dell City, Hudspeth 17 May (MHo, JiP) was w. of the nor - mal migration route. A Say's Phoebe wandered eastward to the Village Creek Drying Beds, Tarrant 19-20 Apr (CAy, m.ob.). Vermilion Flycatchers were found on the w. edge of the Rolling Plains at Post, Garza 12 Apr (AP, JaP) and near Silverton, Briscoe 28 Apr (CAn, MAn). More unexpected were individuals at Bryan, Brazos 17 Mar (†JHu) and near Calvert, Robert - son 26 Mar (†AMa). Brown-crested Flycatchers continue to creep northward, with up to five pairs in various spots in Bastrop (BrF); notable was a pair at the upper end of Belton Lake, Bell 16 May (ph. RP). A Great Kiskadee was slightly out of range at the Independence Creek Pre - serve, Terrell 16 May (BL et al.); one at George- town, Williamson continued throughout the season (m.ob.). A Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher was at Boy Scouts Woods, High Island, Galves - ton 8-9 Apr (ph. MK, m.ob.). Couch's Kingbirds returned to Cottonwood Campground, Big Bend N.P., Brewster 25 Mar+ (BT, JT, ph. m.ob.) and Brenham, Washington 3-10 Apr (DV). Single Western Kingbirds reached the Piney - woods in Nacogdoches at Alazan Bayou, 24 Apr and in Central Heights 25 Apr (DWo). An ad. Fork-tailed Flycatcher was seen briefly at Port Aransas, Nueces 22 Apr (ph. EB). A male Rose- throated Becard was reported from the Bentsen S.P. Hawkwatch, Hidalgo 28 Apr (JKa). A Bell's Vireo that would have been a very early migrant was at Hans & Pat Suter W.M.A., Nueces 3-8 Mar (SSh, MeC, WS); also of note was one at Anahuac N.W.R., Chambers 2 Apr (GD). Bell's Vireos appear to be increasing on the South Plains, and this season up to 2 were at Muleshoe N.W.R., Bailey 26 Apr–31 May (JuB, JSb, BSt), while one was at Lubbock, Lubbock 10-31 May (ph. AHe) and 2 at Caprock Can - yon S.P., Briscoe 12 May (BSt). A Black-capped Vireo was reported from Lake Meredith, Pot - ter 16-30 May (BPi), providing a second Pan- handle record. Westerly Yellow-throated Vireos included singles at Lubbock 12 Apr (AHe) and Thompson Grove, Dallam 1 May (JBe et al.). A Yellow-green Vireo was present at Mad Island Marsh, Matagorda 8-11 May (KBe et al.), and a ton, Harris 1 May (SO) made just the second May record for the Upper Texas Coast. A record-early Chimney Swift was near Tahoka, Lynn 22 Mar (PK). Two different Green Violetears put in one-day appearances e. of Briggs, Burnet 21 May (ph. RKe) and e. of Can - yon Lake, Comal 25 May (ph. HM). The El Paso Blue-throated Hummingbird from fall was last seen 1 Apr (JBa, m.ob.). Also of great interest was a Blue-throated Hummingbird in far nw. Austin, Williamson 3 Apr (ph. BNo). A very early Anna's Hummingbird arrived in the Davis Mountains, Jeff Davis 30 May (ph. MEa, ME). The male Broad-billed Hummingbird that win - tered at El Paso was last seen 19 Mar (JKi). A Ringed Kingfisher n. to Temple, Bell 4 Apr (RP) was noteworthy. Wintering Lewis's Woodpeck - ers remained near Shallowater, Lubbock until 22 Mar (AHe), at El Paso until 12 Apr (JKi, m.ob.), and at San Angelo S.P., Tom Green until mid- Apr (m.ob.). Another individual was discov - ered at Rankin, Upton 11 Mar (ph. JaP). Out- of-range Acorn Woodpeckers included 2 near Medina, Bandera 19-22 Mar (RSw, MaH) and one at Midland, Midland 19 May (MN). A Wil - liamson's Sapsucker at El Paso 5 Mar (KGa, ph.) was a rare spring find. Unexpected single Red- naped Sapsuckers were found at Lake Houston, Harris 1-4 Mar (ph. MiC et al.) and Palmetto S.P., Gonzales 7 Mar (ph. DCo). A Hairy Wood - pecker at Plainview, Hale 21 Mar (NP) provided a first county record. A Red-cockaded Wood - pecker near Appleby, Nacogdoches 13 May (BB) was well away from known colonies. A Pileated Woodpecker at Tucker Lake, Palo Pinto 2 May Palm Warbler is a very rare visitor to the Trans-Pecos region of Texas, and this bright individual appears to be from the eastern subspecies, very rare anywhere in the state. It was at Cotton- wood Campground, Big Bend National Park, Brewster County 27 (here) and 28 April 2015. Photograph by Barry Zimmer. Although Groove-billed Anis are well known for their propensity to wander, this individual near Ferris, Dallas County 20 May 2015 was a first for north-central Texas. Photograph by Julie Mobley.

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