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 82 T E X A S pelagic trip, Cameron 2 Nov (MMa et al.). The Laughing Gull from summer remained at the Ft. Hancock sewage ponds, Hudspeth through at least 25 Aug (ph. JiP, BZ). A Cali- fornia Gull was at Port Aransas, Nueces 21- 22 Nov (ph. WS, MeC). A Thayer's Gull at Red Bluff Res., Reeves 28 Nov (WS, ShC) was a surprise. A Lesser Black-backed Gull at McNary Res., Hudspeth 13-20 Sep (ph. JiP, ph. BZ) was quite early. Brown Noddy has become close to annual in Texas waters and this season 2 were around oil rigs off- shore Matagorda I., Calhoun 14 Aug (†ph. PH). Rare when found inland anywhere in the state, single Common Terns were at Lake Grapevine, Tarrant 25 Aug (GC) and at Lake Bridgeport, Wise, 13 Nov (ph., CWa). DOVES THROUGH FALCONS A Common Ground-Dove at Alazan Bayou W.M.A., Nacogdoches 14 Oct (DWo) was unusual for the Pineywoods. A late Yellow- billed Cuckoo was at Sabine Woods, Jefferson 8 Nov (RaL, JeB). Rare in fall, single Black- billed Cuckoos were reported at South Pa- dre I., Cameron 12 Sep (GuV) and at Estero Llano Grande S.P., Hidalgo 21 Sep (JAg). A Long-eared Owl at McAllen Nature Center, Hidalgo 29 Nov (ph. JG) was surprising. A Lesser Nighthawk near the community of Manda, Travis 5 Sep (DC, ph. AMo) provid- ed a rare county record. A nighthawk seen briefly at El Paso, El Paso 20 Oct (BZ) was notably late. A bit out of range and late was a Common Poorwill at Bastrop S.P., Bastrop 4 Nov (ph. KeB). A Chuck-will's-widow was a rare find at Lubbock, Lubbock 27 Sep (AH). A Mexican Violetear visited feeders at the Davis Mountains Resort, Jeff Davis 4-25 Sep (ph. KBr) furnishing the third record for the Trans-Pecos. A Blue-throated Hummingbird returned to the same El Paso, El Paso yard 1 Sep+ (JoB) and remarkably, another was found several miles away 20-23 Oct (ph. JWa), providing the second and third oc- currences for the county. Equally surprising was one at Estero Llano Grande S.P., Hidalgo 3-5 Nov (m.ob.). An outstanding find was a Lucifer's Hummingbird near Rocksprings, Edwards 2 Oct (ph. JRo). At least 4 Lucifer Hummingbirds lingered in s. Brewster well after the normal migration period, includ - ing one near Study Butte until 2 Dec (KBr). A very late migrating Black-chinned Hum- mingbird was at El Paso, El Paso 15 Nov (BZ). A Broad-tailed Hummingbird at Port Aransas, Nueces 1 Nov (ph. ShC, WS, DMu) provided a rare fall record for the Coastal Bend. A Rufous Hummingbird at John Bun- ker Sands Wetlands Center, Kaufman, 5 Sep (TFl) surprisingly provided an apparent juv. visited Choke Canyon S.P., McMullen 25 Oct+ (ph. MR, ShC) while 1-2 were pres- ent at Santa Ana N.W.R., Hidalgo 11 Oct+ (ph. m.ob.). A Marbled Godwit lingered at Hagerman N.W.R., Grayson, 16 Sept–1 Oct (JCh, m.ob.); another near Floydada, Floyd 26 Nov (JBo) was rather late. A Red Knot at Houston, Harris 23 Sep represents one of very few records for the county (ph. LS, et al.). Ten Stilt Sandpipers near Floydada, Floyd 26 Nov (JBo) were very late for that northerly locale. Westerly Sanderlings in- cluded one at Muleshoe N.W.R., Bailey 2 Aug (JBo) and another at McNary Res., Hud- speth 13 Sep (ph. JiP). Fifteen Buff-breasted Sandpipers at Rio Farms, Carson 1 Aug (BP) were also farther w. than expected. Quite late were 2 Pectoral Sandpipers near Floy- dada, Floyd 26 Nov (JBo). Three Wilson's Snipe near Nome, Jefferson 3 Sep (RaL, SM) were early. An American Woodcock at Uto- pia, Uvalde 25-27 Sep (MH) seemed early; another at Clapp Park, Lubbock 6 Nov (AH) was out of place. Four Red-necked Phala- ropes were at La Sal del Rey, Hidalgo 10 Oct (ph. DJ) with 2 birds seen through 14 Oct and another at the same location 7-23 Nov (DJ, HH). Farther east, one lingered at San Luis Pass, Galveston 26-30 Oct (HS, ph. DS). A Red Phalarope was an unexpected find at White Rock Lake, Dallas 26 Aug–2 Sep (CRu, GR, BSt, ph. m.ob.) providing Texas with its earliest fall record. Amazing was a second Red Phalarope at Lake Grapevine, Tarrant 31 Aug–2 Sep (CA, ph. MW, m.ob.). Granger Lake, Williamson held a Black- legged Kittiwake 29 Nov+ (†TFe, ph. EC). A Sabine's Gull stopped at Granger Lake, Williamson 14-16 Aug (ph. TFe, m.ob.) and another was seen on a South Padre I. 13 Sep (DDC), at Hagerman N.W.R., Gray- son 19 Sep (JS), Richland Creek W.M.A., Freestone 5 Oct (CWe), and 5 were ne. of Collegeport, Matagorda 18 Oct (BoF). The Collared Plover lingered at the Hargill Playa, Hidalgo until at least 19 Oct (ph. m.ob.). Sin- gle Piping Plovers were good finds at John Bunker Sands Wetland Center, Kaufman 15 Aug (RRa, BSt, ph.), Lake Somerville, Burle- son 19 Aug (ph. DCo, VC) , Hornsby Bend, Travis 20-27 Aug (ph. JeJ, m.ob.), and Virid- ian, Tarrant 21-23 Aug (EWe, BT, m.ob.). Encouraging counts of Mountain Plover included 29 at Chapman Ranch, Nueces 3 Nov (AO), 84 near Kingsville, Kleberg 4 Nov (DMc, TaM), and 35 sw. of McCook, Hidalgo 19 Nov (SSt, FM, CM). A juv. Northern Ja- cana made a splash at Estero Llano Grande S.P., Hidalgo 19 Sep+ (ph. m.ob.). Another White-tailed Hawks wandered away from the expected range notably this season with five individuals in four loca- tions. Most notable was this bird at Tarzan, Martin 20 Nov. Photo by © David Brotherton. The most spectacular find of the season was a Spotted Rail captured by a dog at Victoria, Victoria 17 Oct. It was taken to a rehabilitator where it did well and was released a couple days later at a nearby marsh. This bird provided the second state record. Photo by © Toya Stone.

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