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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V O L U M E 7 0 ( 2 0 1 7 ) • N U M B E R 1 83 T E X A S (JD). A Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher was at Sa- bine Woods, Jefferson 1 Oct (†JHa). A high- light of the season, albeit a one-hour-wonder, was the Piratic Flycatcher seen briefly in w. Houston, Harris 26 Sep (ph. KS). A Tropi- cal Kingbird was calling at Corpus Christi, Nueces 22 Aug (MR, ShC) while 2 birds were calling at Rockport, Aransas 19 Sep (JTi). Farther north than expected, vocal Couch's Kingbirds were found at Abilene, Taylor 9-11 Aug (JaP, AP) and near Benbrook Lake, Tarrant 23-24 Oct (MW, ph. GCe, m.ob.). An easterly-wandering Cassin's Kingbird was at Devine Lake, Williamson 8-10 Oct (ph. RK, BrF, m.ob.). Single Western Kingbirds wandered ne. near Hooks, Bowie 22 Aug (AC) and Gilmer, Upshur 29 Aug (MaG). A White-eyed Vireo was located at Rio Grande Village, Brewster 28 Nov (ph. DO, TO). Out- of-range Bell's Vireos included 2 at Muleshoe N.W.R., Bailey 9-20 Aug (JBo, MD, JSb) and another at Tyler S.P., Smith 10 Sep (†BSa). Very surprising was a lingering Bell's Vireo at Rio Grande Village, Brewster 28 Nov (CTL). A Black-capped Vireo at Lubbock, Lubbock 24 Sep (ph. ALi) provided the second record for the South Plains. Yellow-throated Vireos lingered into early-Nov at several coastal locations with the latest reported at Sabal Palm, Cameron 6 Nov (GD, LHo). A linger- ing Plumbeous Vireo was at Rio Grande Vil- lage, Brewster 25–17 Nov (RWe, DO, TO). A Blue-headed Vireo at Sabine Woods, Jef- ferson 12 Sep was early (SM, JHa, TH, MCo) while one at Rio Grande Village, Brewster 27 Nov (ph. DO, TO) added to the increas- ing records from that Tran-Pecos location. Late-departing Philadelphia Vireos included singles at Port Aransas, Nueces 11 Nov (WS), South Padre I., Cameron 18 Nov (DJ), and Estero Llano Grande S.P., Hidalgo 22 Nov (SSt). A Red-eyed Vireo was more west than Crested Caracara was near Leesburg, Camp 15 Nov (†BlC, GC, SG). A Mer - lin at Dell City, Hudspeth 20 Sep (ph. JiP) was a bit early. Early Prairie Fal - cons were noted near Tynan, Bee 21 Sep (CC) and at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley S.P., Hidalgo 2 Oct (ph. RRo). FLYCATCHERS THROUGH SWALLOWS The spread of Greater Pewees found this season was nothing short of as- tounding, with singles found at Bear Creek Park, Harris 27 Aug+ (†JHi, m.ob.), Anzalduas County Park, Hi- dalgo 31 Oct+ (ph. MGu, m.ob.), and Refugio, Refugio 27 Nov+ (ph. GC, m. ob.). Western Wood-Pewees seem to be proving more regular than previ- ously thought on the coastal prairies. This fall singles were found at West Galveston Island, Galveston 14 Sep (ph. JSt), Lafitte's Cove, Galveston 29 Sep (JSt, KrC), and Dos Vacas Muertes, Galveston 18 Oct (ph. KrC). Late migrant Eastern Wood-Pewees includ- ed singles at Sabine Woods, Jefferson 2 Nov (JHa) and Corpus Christi, Nueces 15 Nov (ph. WS, MeC). Two Acadian Flycatchers at Sabine Woods, Jefferson through 10 Nov (JHa, ph. RB, JoW) were the latest ever for the U.T.C. A Least Flycatcher near McNary Res., Hudspeth 25 Aug (BZ) provided a rare county record. A Hammond's Flycatcher was well described at Santa Ana N.W.R., Hidalgo 27 Nov (MeC). A Dusky Flycatcher was at Lubbock, Lubbock 29 Aug (AH). An appar- ent Pacific-slope Flycatcher was present at the Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Cameron 6 Nov+ (ID, DG, m. ob.). If accepted it will be the first Texas record. Out-of-range Black Phoe- bes included singles at Lubbock, Lubbock 6-8 Nov (RRi, et al.) and Mustang Island, Nueces 15-16 Nov (GeM et al.), the latter providing a first record for the barrier islands in the Coastal Bend. Say's Phoebe invaded the western half of north-central Texas with singles at Millers Creek Res., Throckmorton 23 Aug (TBu), Lake Palo Pinto, Palo Pinto 11 Oct (RWi), Palo Pinto Creek, Stephens 17 Oct (RWi), and Village Creek Drying Beds, Tarrant 11 Nov. (JAl). Vermilion Flycatchers had a notable movement into the ne. quarter of the state with singles at Colleyville Nature Center, Tarrant, 10 Sep (RPa, EWe, m.ob.), near Jenkins, Morris 1 Oct+ (BFo, ph. DB, LB), Lake Lavon, Collin 10 Oct (MCa, ph.), Possum Kingdom Lake, Palo Pinto 10 Oct (RWi), and Southside Water Treatment Plant, Dallas, 14-30 Nov (RG, BSt, ph. m. ob.). A Dusky-capped Flycatcher put in a brief visit at Estero Llano Grande S.P., Hidalgo 4 Nov county first. Allen's Hummingbirds of note included singles at Austin, Travis 28 Sep+ (ph. AF, EF) and Stephen F. Austin S.P., Aus- tin 23 Aug (ph. JBe, ph. KH) with the lat- ter providing a first county record. Calliope Hummingbirds found on the coastal prai- ries included singles at Kleb Woods, Harris 3 Oct (SO) and Corpus Christi, Nueces 11 Oct (SF). A Broad-billed Hummingbird was near Fort Davis, Jeff Davis 5 Oct+ (MLi, LHe, m.ob.). White-eared Hummingbirds again showed signs that the population in Texas is recovering from the impacts of the extreme drought of 2011-12. The 3 individuals pres- ent at the Davis Mountains Resort, Jeff Davis, from summer lingered into the fall with the last one seen 28 Sep (ph. KBr). Elsewhere, up to 3 were also present at the Davis Moun- tains Preserve, Jeff Davis 13-16 Aug (CRu, †ph. m.ob.) before one was at Boot Spring, Brewster 28 Aug (ph. SH). Far-ranging Ringed Kingfishers include one at Inks Lake National Fish Hatchery, Burnet 30 Sep+ (MP) and another appeared at Brady Lake, McCulloch 14 Oct (ph. HM). A Green Kingfisher discovered near Fort Davis, Jeff Davis 1 Sep (DCa) provided a first county record. A Lewis's Woodpecker was located in the same areas where one wintered last year at El Paso, El Paso 1 Nov (JK). A Red-headed Woodpecker w. of Cross Plains, Callahan 31 Oct (SG, GC) was out of range. A Red-bellied Woodpecker wandered to Lubbock, Lubbock 25 Oct (RRi). Red-naped Sapsuckers farther e. than expected included singles at Port Isa - bel, Cameron 2-14 Oct (ScC et al.) and Wesla- co, Hidalgo 10 Oct (DJ, HH, KBo). A Hairy Woodpecker at Levelland, Hockley 20 Sep (ph. PK) was exceptional. A Pileated Wood - pecker wandered west to Waco, McLennan 7 Aug (†MHe). A bit e. of its normal range, a Red Phalaropes are being found annually during the fall in Texas over the past decade, including two this season. This very obliging individual was at White Rock Lake, Tarrant 26 Aug (here) through 2 Sep. Photo by © Barbara Thompkins. The only Mexican Violetear reported this season in Texas surprisingly was a bird that visited feeders in the Davis Mountains Resort, Jeff Davis 4 (here) through 25 Sep providing the third record from the Trans-Pecos. Photo by © Kelly Bryan.

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