North American Birds

VOLUME 70 NO1 2017

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 80 S O U T H E R N G R E AT P L A I N S McKinney (DMc), Steve Metz, Terry Mitchell, Tim O'Connell, Mark Peterson, Zack Poland, Dan Robinson, Kelvin Schoonover (KSo), Laura Stanfill, Brian Stufflebaum (BSt), Jerry Taylor (JTa), John Tharp (JTh), Jeff Tibbits, Lou and Mary Truex (L&MT), Terri Under - hill, Nick Varvel, Pat Velte, Don Verser, Bryan White, Ken & Carol Williams (K&CW), Kim - berly Williams, Rachel Wren. n –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– W. Ross Silcock, P.O. Box 57, Tabor, Iowa 51673 • silcock@rosssilcock.com Joseph A. Grzybowski, 715 Elmwood Drive, Norman, Oklahoma 73072 • j_grzybowski@sbcglobal.net Rader, Mark Robbins (MRo), John Row (JRo), Brett Sandercock, David Seibel, Scott Seltman, Tom & Sara Shane (T&SS), Max Thompson, Linda Vidosh-Sempel (LVZ), David Wiggins, Mary Wilcox (MWi), Eugene Young. Okla - homa: David Arbour, James W. Arterburn, Bill Carrell, Neva Damron, Melinda Droege, Zach Dufran, Joelle Gerring (JGe), Andrea Green, Joseph A. Grzybowski, Dick Gunn, Berlin Heck, Ford Hendershot, Glen Hensley, Emily Hjalmarson, James Hubbell, Todd Humphrey, Joshua Jones, Matt Jung, Glenda Keilstrup, To - masz Kudor, Anthony Laquidara, Scott Loss, Larry Mays, Chuck McGowan (CMc), Diane Allen, Zee Ander, Dawn Bayless, Aaron Balogh (Aba), Andrew Burnett, Sheryl Busse, Jeff Cal - houn, Paul Cook, Jacob Cooper (JCo), Gregg Friesen, Matt Gearheart, Kevin Groeneweg, Doug Hommert (DHo), Dan Hoobler, Barry Jones, Jon King, Dave Klema, Mark Land, Da - vid Lautenbach, Jonathan Lautenbach (JLa), Kevin Leonard, Brandon Magette (BMa), Jim Malcom, Russel Mauzy, Mick McHugh, Don Merz, Steve Mesick (SMe), Andrew Miller, Bryant Miller, David Miller (DMi), Joseph Miller (JMi), Carol Morgan, Sue Newland, Chuck Otte, Lisa Owens, Galen Pittman, Ken Pitts, Zack Poland, Jennifer Rader (JRa), Mike la, Calhoun 22 Nov (ph. JHu) was a surprise. A confiding Red-throated Loon made a golf course pond its home at Salado, Bell 8 Nov–4 Dec (ALe, ph. m.ob.). A Pacific Loon was studied at Longview, Harrison 25 Nov (†DB, ME). Unexpected and quite out of range were up to 3 Least Grebes at a small pond at Andrews, Andrews 20 Nov+ (ph. DB, LB). Pied-billed Grebes nested at Balmorhea S.P., Reeves 7 Nov (ph. ML) fledging young in late-Nov for an unseasonal breeding record where the species is only an irregular nester. A Clark's Grebe at Muenster Lake, Cooke 13 Nov (BN) was quite easterly for the species. Pelagic trips out of South Padre I., Cam - eron netted a Great Shearwater and at least 45 Audubon's Shearwaters 29 Aug (ph. RPi et al.) and a Manx Shearwater 10 Oct (ph. BM et al.). Another Great Shearwater approached a fishing boat in the vicinity of Hospital Rock, Nueces 25 Nov (ph. JMc). Leach's Storm-Pe - November cold fronts dropped temperatures close to average, but rarely below that mark. WATERFOWL THROUGH SPOONBILL A Cackling Goose continued with the feral Canada Goose flock at Ascarate Park, El Paso (JK, m. ob.) through the period. A count of 130 Mottled Ducks at the Katy Prairie Con - servancy's Indiangrass Preserve, Waller 18 Aug was an impressive count for the species (BHo). An early Canvasback at Lake O' the Pines, Marion 21 Aug (†PB) might have been the same one observed in summer. A female Ring-necked Duck that summered at Kurth Lake, Angelina was last seen 2 Sep (LD). A Hooded Merganser at the Baytown Nature Center, Harris 6 Aug was out of season (NR, ph. SO). One of the 2 female Common Mer - gansers that summered at McNary Res., Hud- speth lingered through at least 30 Aug (JiP, BZ). A Masked Duck harvested near Indiano - Mark W. Lockwood Eric Carpenter –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– T he fall season in Texas was unusually mild and wet which resulted in a pro- longed migration period and many species lingering later than they would normally depart the state. Similarly, winter residents seemed to trickle into the state and there were very few strong fronts that would have impacted migration. No part of the state was left out of the fall rains, but for some areas they did not arrive until mid-October. As is expected the eastern third received the largest totals and Houston's Intercontinental Airport received 56.9 cm during the period, 11.4 cm above normal. The heavy rains that occurred virtually statewide in mid-October uncharacteristically also included the east- ern half of the Trans-Pecos. An amazing 18.3 cm fell over a three-day period in the Da- vis Mountains, causing localized flooding. On the temperature side, most of the state was anywhere from 5 to 15ºF above average for most of the fall. Late-October and early- Texas Red-throated Loon is known to be an annual visitor to Texas; however these birds garner attention wherever they are found. This individual was oddly on a golf course pond at Salado, Bell 8 Nov (here 14) through 4 Dec. Photo by © Randy Pinkston.

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