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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N O R T H A M E R I C A N B I R D S 442 and provided the second record for that loca- tion. A male Hepatic Tanager in the Hueco Mountains in nw. Hudspeth 17 May (MHo, JiP) was only the second for the county. Western Tanagers of note included singles at the Fried - rich Wilderness Area, Bexar 12-17 Mar (CBa, m.ob.) and at Austin, Travis 24-30 Apr (m.ob.). There were 2 apparent Flame-colored Tanager x Western Tanager hybrids present around Boot Spring, Brewster 25 Apr+ (ML, m.ob.); at least one of these is suspected of being offspring from a successful nesting there in 2013. North - ern Cardinals have become semi-reliable at Rio Bosque Wetlands Park, El Paso, with one there 7 Mar–20 Apr (JSp); this species is a very rare visitor elsewhere in the county. A Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Amarillo, Potter 23 May (BPi) was a nice find, as was one at Utopia, Uvalde 6 May (MHe). Black-headed Grosbeak is a very rare visitor to far e. Texas, and this season singles were found at Nacogdoches 18-25 Apr (ph. LSt) and at Lake O' the Pines, Marion 9 May (†PB, KT, NS). A female Blue Bunting was pho - tographed at Bentsen S.P., Hidalgo 4-6 Mar (fide MG, RRo). Two Lazuli Buntings visited a feeder just nw. of Texarkana, Bowie 1 May (ph. CFl), providing a second county record. Other La - zuli Buntings e. of the normal migration areas were near Yorktown, Dewitt 23 Apr (DeM), on the Katy Prairie, Waller 29 Apr (BHo), and at Galveston, Galveston 30 Apr (JSe, RLi, CT). Up to 3 Bobolinks near College Station, Bra- zos 15-19 May (KCu, JoB, SWi, GW, m.ob.) at- tracted a lot of birders. More astounding was an incredible gathering of about 100 near Jed - do, Bastrop 14 May (ph. BrF). Yellow-headed Blackbirds made a good showing in the e. third of the state, with singles at Alazan Bayou, Na - cogdoches 19 Apr (CSh, RM et al.), at Nacogdo- ches 20 Apr (JR), at Richland Creek W.M.A., Freestone 24 Apr (PB), near Diboll, Angelina 27-28 Apr (CRi), and at Alazan Bayou 9 May (DWo). In addition, 4 were at Diboll, Ange - lina 28 Apr (RTr). Rusty Blackbird wandered southward to North Padre Island, Nueces 1-5 Mar (ph. WS, MeC) and Santa Ana N.W.R., Hi - dalgo 7-9 Mar (ph. MK). A Brewer's Blackbird in n. Hudspeth 17 May (MHo, JiP) was nota - bly late. A Boat-tailed Grackle at Port Aransas, Nueces 8-15 Mar (ph. BoF, RSa) provided a first documented record for the county. A Bronzed Cowbird at Lubbock 7 Mar (AHe) was early. This species continues to expand its range northeastward, and this season one was found at Lake Whitney, Bosque 3 May (GC, SGl), a pair was at Necessity, Stephens 7 May (CSm), and one was at Runaway Bay, Wise 20 May (ph. MSu). Elsewhere, one was just e. of the known range at The Woodlands, Montgomery 27 Mar+ (†RNo). The Black-vented Oriole that over - wintered at West Columbia, Brazoria was last Apr (ph. RB, RKi) was of interest. Palm Warblers away from the coast were de - tected at Amarillo, Potter 12 Apr (ST, AT), Tyler S.P., Smith 25 Apr (LBe, BoS, BrS), Lake Tawakoni S.P., Rains 30 Apr (RRa), and Fairfield Lake S.P., Freestone 30 Apr (AHe). More unexpected was a Yellow Palm Warbler at Cottonwood Campground, Big Bend N.P., Brewster 27-28 Apr (ph. BZ, KZ et al.); this subspecies is accidental in Texas away from the upper coast. An out-of-range Yellow-throated Warbler was reported from Muleshoe N.W.R., Bailey 16 Apr (JuB). Easterly Black-throated Gray Warblers were at High Island, Galves - ton 16 Mar (ph. SBi) and Houston 16 Apr (CTL). Townsend's Warblers in the e. half of the state included singles at Aus - tin, Travis 29 Mar (KAn), Port Aransas, Nueces 18-19 Apr (ph. CT, m.ob.), a different individ - ual there 26 Apr (RD), Packery Channel, Nueces 23-27 Apr (ph. AO), South Padre Island, Cam - eron 25 Apr–2 May (m.ob., ph. RSt), and High Island, Galveston 30 Apr (ph. JK, DH et al.). A male Hermit Warbler delighted birders at Port Aransas, Nueces 18 Apr (DHa, BiM). A good find on an early date was a Canada Warbler at Nacogdoches 15 Apr (†CW). An out-of-season Wilson's Warbler was at Lake Sam Rayburn, San Augustine 15 Mar (DWo, RTr). The winter - ing Painted Redstarts remained at the Braniff Unit of the San Bernard N.W.R., Brazoria until 7 Mar (fide JWi) and at the Falfurrias Rest Stop, Brooks until 29 Apr (m.ob.), respectively. One of the highlights of the spring, 2 Slate-throated Redstarts visited the state: one was at South Padre Island, Cameron 29-30 Apr (JMi et al.), the other at the Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis 26 May–6 Jun (†RKo, ph. SF et al.). SPARROWS THROUGH FINCHES Exceedingly late was a Green-tailed Towhee at Port Aransas, Nueces 25 Apr (MBe). The out-of-place Striped Sparrow continued e. of Granger Lake, Williamson until 27 Mar (m.ob.); see the winter report for details. Unusual was a Clay-colored Sparrow at El Paso 29 Mar (BZ), where the species is casual in winter and would be early for a spring migrant. Quite late was a breeding-plumaged Lark Bunting in s. San Antonio, Bexar 21 Apr (ph. CFe). Lingering Le Conte's Sparrows were noted at Temple, Bell 30 Apr (RP) and South Llano River S.P., Kimble 8 May (ph. DBl). A Swamp Sparrow at Alazan Bayou W.M.A., Nacogdoches 23 Apr (†TH) was late for the Pineywoods. A White-throated Sparrow was similarly late in departing and was still at the San Jacinto Battlegrounds, Harris 12 May (StL). A Golden-crowned Sparrow visited South Padre Island, Cameron 1-2 May (ph. LA) JiP) was just the second ever in spring for the county. A female Black-and-white Warbler at El Paso 8 Apr was early and rare (JiP, ph.). A Prothonotary Warbler at El Paso 11 Apr (JiP, ph.) was record early for the area, while one at Bandera, Bandera 1 May (BrN) was a little out of range. A Swainson's Warbler near Dell City, Hudspeth 19 Apr (MHo, ph. JiP) provided the second documented record for the Trans- Pecos. The Gray-crowned Yellowthroat contin - ued at Estero Llano Grande S.P., Hidalgo until 16 Mar (m.ob.). Eastward wandering MacGilli - vray's Warblers included singles at South Padre Island, Cameron 25-26 Apr (DoM, SSc, GV), Packery Channel, Nueces 26 Apr (MeC), and LaFitte's Cove, Galveston 27 Apr (JSe). Hooded Warblers in the Trans-Pecos included singles at El Paso 22 Apr (JiP, ph.) and Rio Grande Vil - lage, Brewster 4 May (JY). A very high count of 75 American Redstarts was made at Lake Tawakoni S.P., Hunt 8 May (RKi, RRa). Tropi - cal Parulas were great finds at Palo Duro Can- yon S.P., Randall 11 Apr (ph. AT) and at Rio Grande Village, Brewster 2 May (ph. ML et al.). Magnolia Warblers in the Trans-Pecos included singles at Cottonwood Campground, Big Bend N.P., Brewster 8 May (ph. TK) and Balmorhea S.P., Reeves 10 May (ML). Westward-wander - ing Blackburnian Warblers were found at Rio Grande Village, Brewster 29 Apr (LAG, SLa) and Amarillo, Potter 16 May (BPi). A Chestnut-sided Warbler was at Lubbock, Lubbock 9 May (AHe, BSt). A scarce migrant through the Pineywoods, single Cerulean Warblers were at Nacogdoches 23-24 & 29 Apr (DWo) and at Central Heights, Nacogdoches 23 Apr (MHW). Blackpoll War - blers were found in a number of locations away from the coast migrant traps, including singles at Nacogdoches 24 (DWo, RTr) & 28 Apr (dif - ferent bird; MHW), Lake Murvaul, Panola 29 Apr (SCa), Amarillo, Potter 16 May (BPi), and Lubbock 17 May (ph. AHe). A Black-throated Blue Warbler at Lake Tawakoni S.P., Hunt 25 T E X A S There were five different sightings of Evening Grosbeak in Texas in spring 2015, four from the Trans-Pecos and this surprising bird, west of Bee Cave, Travis County 19-20 (here 20) March. Photograph by Greg Lasley.

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