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2009 Annual Report

TEXAS BIRD RECORDS COMMITTEE REPORT FOR 2009

MARK W. LOCKWOOD

402 E. Harriet Ave., Alpine, Texas 798301

The Texas Bird Records Committee (hereafter "TBRC" or "committee"), of the Texas Ornithological Society, requests and reviews documentation on any record of a TBRC Review List species (see TBRC web page at http://texasbirds.org/tbrc/ or Lockwood 2008).  Annual reports of the committee’s activities have appeared in the Bulletin of the Texas Ornithological Society since 1984.  For more information about the Texas Ornithological Society or the TBRC, please visit www.texasbirds.org.  The committee reached a final decision on 111 records during 2009: 92 records of 40 species were accepted and 19 records of 18 species were not accepted, an acceptance rate of 82.8% for this report. There were 147 observers who submitted documentation (to the TBRC or to other entities) that was reviewed by the committee during 2009.

In 2009, the TBRC did not accept any first state records. Therefore the official Texas State List remained at 634 species in good standing. This total does not include the four species listed on the Presumptive Species List.

In addition to the review of previously undocumented species, any committee member may request that a record of any species be reviewed. The committee requests written descriptions as well as photographs, video, and audio recordings if available. Information concerning a Review List species may be submitted to the committee secretary, Mark Lockwood, 402 E. Harriet Ave., Alpine, Texas 79830 (email:mark.lockwood@tpwd.state.tx.us). Guidelines for preparing rare bird documentation can be found in Dittmann and Lasley (1992) or athttp://www.greglasley.net/document.html.

The records in this report are arranged taxonomically following the AOU Check-list of North American Birds (AOU 1998) through the 50th supplement (Banks et al. 2009). A number in parentheses after the species name represents the total number of accepted records in Texas for that species at the end of 2009. Species added to the Review List because of population declines in recent years do not have the total number of accepted records denoted as there are many documented records that are not subject to review (i.e. Brown Jay, Tamaulipas Crow, and Evening Grosbeak). All observers who submitted written documentation or photographs of accepted records are acknowledged by initials. If known, the initials of those who discovered a particular bird are in boldface but only if the discoverers submitted supporting documentation. The TBRC file number of each accepted record will follow the observers' initials. If photographs or video recordings are on file with the TBRC, the Texas Photo Record File (TPRF) (Texas A&M University) number is also given. If an audio recording of the bird is on file with the TBRC, the Texas Bird Sounds Library (TBSL) (Sam Houston State University) number is also given. Specimen records are denoted with an asterisk (*) followed by the institution where the specimen is housed and the catalog number. The information in each account is usually based on the information provided in the original submitted documentation; however, in some cases this information has been supplemented with a full range of dates the bird was present if that information was made available to the TBRC later. All locations in italics are counties.

TBRC Membership -- Members of the TBRC during 2009 who participated in decisions listed in this report were: Randy Pinkston, Chair, Keith Arnold, Academician, Mark Lockwood, Secretary, Eric Carpenter, Tim Fennell, Mary Gustafson, Brad McKinney, Cin-Ty Lee, Martin Reid, Willie Sekula and Ron Weeks. During 2009, McKinney’s second term ended and Lee resigned because of other commitments therefore Tim Fennell and Mary Gustafson were elected as voting members. The Chair, Secretary and Academician were re-elected.

Contributors -- A&GM - Alejandro & Gerda Martinez, A&NK - Amy & Noah Kearns, AC - Andrew Coker, AC - Arlie Cooksey, AI - Ada Ibarra, AW - Adam Wood, BD - Bill Daniel, BFr - Brush Freeman, BGi - Brian Gibbons, BGr - Beverly Grange, BH - Berlin Heck, BK - Barry Kinch, BMc - Brad McKinney, BP - Barrett Pierce, BSa - Billy Sandifer, BSt - Bob Stone, BZ - Barry Zimmer, CaC - Cameron Cox, CCa - Catherine Carroll, CCo - Charles Coker, CE - Carol Edwards, CH - Chris Harrison, CJ - Cynthia Johnson, CL - Chuck Lorenz, CMc - Connie McIntyre, CMo - Carla Morey, CN- Chris Neri, CR - Chris Runk, CSm - Charles Smith, CSp - Charie Spiekerman, CTa - Christopher Taylor, CTL - Cin-Ty Lee, D&SM - Dean & Susi Mitchell, DBe - David Benn, DBo - Devin Bosler, DDC - D. D. Currie, DDi - Drew Dickert, DEl - David Elkowitz, DeM - Derek Muschalek, DEn - Dodge Engleman, DJ - Delyse Jaeger, DK - Dan Kaspar, DLa - David Larson, DLe - Daniel Lebbin, DMc - David McDonald, DMu - Dan Murray,DSa - David Sarkozi, DSc - Deborah Scoggins, DV - Don Verser, EB - Erik Breden, EC - Eric Carpenter, FB - Frank Bumgardner, FC - Fernando Cerra, GB - Gene Blacklock, GH - Gilberto Hernandez, GLa - Greg Lavaty, GM - Gail Morris, HW - Howard Williams, IL - Ian Lewington, JA - John Arvin, JaH - Jake Herring, JaP - Jay Packer, JB - Jim Burns, JGr - John Groves, JHa - John Haynes, JHe - John Heaney, JHu - John Huckabee, JiP- Jimmy Paz, JKa - Joanne Kamo, JKe - John Kendall, JM - Jon McIntyre, JoG - Joe Grzybowski, JPa - Jim Paton, JRe - Jim Renfro, JRi - Jamie Ritter, JRo - Joshua Rose, JZ - Jimmy Zabriskie, KA - Keith Arnold, KaL - Kathleen Lacy, KB - Kelly Bryan, KLa - Kendal Larson, KO - Karl Overman, LA - Linda Alley, LBa - Lynn Barber, LBr - Lamont Brown, LG - Lorna Graham, MA - Mike Austin, MaH - Martin Hagne, MBe - Mikael Behrens, MBS - Mary Beth Stowe, MC - Mel Cooksey, MF - Mark Flippo, MGr - Michael Gray, MGu - Mary Gustafson, MHa - Martyn Hall, MiR - Micheal Retter, MKl - Mark Klym, MKo - Marcin Kojtka, ML - Mark Lockwood, MLi - Michael Lindsey, MM - Matthew Matthiessen, MQ - Maretin Quest, MR - Martin Reid, MSc - Marcy Scott, MSm - Macklin Smith, NB - Noreen Baker, NN - Nancy Norman, P&RA - Pam & Reid Allen, PB - Peter Billingham, PD - Pat DeWenter, PH - Petra Hockey, PS - Paul Sunby, PT - Phillip Terrell, RB - Rik Brittain, RCh - Russ Chantler, RCr - Robert Creglow, RD - Richard Damron, RK - Rich Kostecke, RMe - Rick Mellon, RoM - Rob Meade, RPi - Randy Pinkston, RRe - Roy Reinarz, RRo - Roy Rodriguez, RRu - Roger Russell, RS - Rex Stanford, RW - Ron Weeks, SC - Sheridan Coffey, SF - Sean Fitzgerald, SH - Steve N.G. Howell, SR - Susan Riley, SS - Sam Strickland, TA - Tony Amos, TC - Tom Collins, TeF - Terry Ferguson, TEl - Taylor Ellis, TEu - Ted Eubanks, TFe - Tim Fennell, TFr - Tony Frank, TFu - Terry Fuller, TH - Troy Hibbits, TM - Terry McKee, TP - Tommy Power, TP - Tom Pendleton, TR - Thomas Roberts,TSc - Thomas Schulenberg, TSe - Ted Sears, WB - William Baker, WS - Willie Sekula.

Acknowledgments -- The TBRC is very grateful to the many contributors listed above, without whom this report would not be possible. The committee would also like to thank Chris Benesh, Alvaro Jaramillo, Greg Lasley, Steven McGehee, Peter Pyle, and Frank Rheindt for providing the TBRC with expert opinion concerning records reviewed during 2008. The author thanks Randy Pinkston, Martin Reid, and Ron Weeks for reviewing previous drafts of this report.

Additional Abbreviations -- AOU = American Ornithologists' Union; NP = National Park; NWR = National Wildlife Refuge; SHS = State Historic Site; SNA = State Natural Area; SP = State Park; TBSL = Texas Bird Sounds Library (Sam Houston State University); TCWC = Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection (Texas A&M University); WMA = Wildlife Management Area.

ACCEPTED RECORDS

Brant (Branta bernicla) (28). Two near Loyola Beach, Kleberg, on 22 November 2008 (RCr; 2008-99). One at Lubbock, Lubbock, from 2-10 December 2008 (BGi; 2008-105; TPRF 2690). One at Brazoria NWR, Brazoria, from 26 July-5 August 2009 (JKaGLa, MLi, PS, DEn; 2009-63; TPRF 2737).

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (49). A male at El Paso, El Paso, from 2 January-16 February 2009 (JGr; 2009-12; TPRF 2704). A male at Tornillo Res., El Paso, on 21 March 2009 (JPa; 2009-22; TPRF 2709).

Masked Duck (Nomonyx dominicus) (82). Up to five at the East Lake unit of Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR, Willacy, from 14 December 2008-10 January 2009 (RS, DLe, LBa, DBo, PD, RRo, JM, GH, MHa, MBS, JHe, JRo; 2008-110; TPRF 2695). One near Delta Lake County Park, Willacy, from 14-23 January 2009 (PH; 2009-11). One at the Teniente unit of Lower Rio Grande Valley NWR, Willacy, from 30 January-1 February 2009 (CCa, KO; 2009-13; TPRF 2705). Up to two at Laguna Atascosa NWR, Cameron, from 16 March-30 May 2009 (RS, WB, CH, SF, BZ, EB; 2009-23; TPRF 2710). One at Estero Llano Grande SP, Hidalgo, on 1 April 2009 (RMe; 2009-34; TPRF 2716).

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (22). One at Cox Bay, Calhoun, from 23-24 February 2009 (BFr; 2009-18). One in near alternate plumage on Lake Buchanan, Llano, from 15-24 March 2009 (TFe, EC; 2009-21; TPRF 2708).

Greater Shearwater (Puffinus gravis) (15). A specimen was found on Mustang Island, Nueces, on 10 October 2006 (TA, KA; 2009-29; TPRF 2714; *TCWC 14,668).

Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus) (15). A specimen was found on Mustang Island, Nueces, on 11 June 2007 (TA, KA; 2009-28; TPRF 2713; *TCWC 14,625). One off South Padre Island, Cameron, on 19 September 2009 (CHBMcECRPi; 2009-78; TPRF 2745).

Leach's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) (28). Two off South Padre Island, Cameron, on 25 July 2009 (MGu, TH, CH, BMc, RPi, RRe; 2009-62; TPRF 2736). Two off South Padre Island, Cameron, on 29 August 2009 (BMc, MGu; 2009-73; TPRF 2743).

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (31). One at Quintana, Brazoria, on 19 August 2008 (MR; 2009-16; TPRF 2707).

Red-footed Booby (Sula sula) (3). A specimen was found at Rockport, Aransas, on 2 October 2002 (TA, KA; 2009-27; TPRF 2712; *TCWC 14,626). A specimen was found at Galveston, Galveston, on 12 June 2008 (TEu, KA; 2009-05; TPRF 2899; *TCWC 14,601).

Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria) (10). An adult at Nueces Delta Preserve, San Patricio, on 10 June 2009 (GBJaHCSp; 2009-56; TPRF 2731). One at San Benito, Cameron, on 20 September 2009 (TFu; 2009-81).

Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus) (35). A dark-morph individual at Troup, Smith, on 6 October 2008 (BGr; 2008-97; TPRF 2684).

Surfbird (Aphriza virgata) (10). One at Port Aransas, Nueces, from 1-9 May 2009 (MGr, RD, RB, LBa, NB, AW; 2009-40; TPRF 2722).

Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) (20). One at South Padre Island, Cameron, from 29 November 2008-26 May 2009 (NN, MaH, P&RA, MR, BMc, LBr, RRo, FC, JM, SF BH; 2008-102; TPRF 2688). One at Port Aransas, Nueces, on 22 February 2009 (MKo, MC ; 2009-26; TPRF 2711).

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (12). One at Corpus Christi, Nueces, from 17 August-4 September 2009 (MC, CTa, TFe, LBa, DeM; 2009-71; TPRF 2741).

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (81). Up to two at McNary Reservoir, Hudspeth, from 16 November 2008-14 February 2009 (JPa, MSc, DLa, JGr, ML, BZ, JZ; 2008-96; TPRF 2683). One adult at South Padre Island, Cameron, from 27 March-13 April 2009 (DR, PW; 2009-30; TPRF 2715). Two (one adult and one first-winter) at Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston, from 13-15 April 2009 (MiR, CaC; 2009-55; TPRF 2730).

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (58). One adult and one first-winter bird at Lake Ray Hubbard, Dallas, from 30 December 2008-23 January 2009 (CR; 2009-17). One adult at White Rock Lake, Dallas, from 2 January-15 February 2009 (CR; 2009-24).

Mew Gull (Larus canus) (34). A first-winter bird at White Rock Lake, Dallas, from 22 December 2008-19 January 2009 (CR, BSt; 2008-111; TPRF 2696).

Yellow-legged Gull (Larus michahellis) (2). A first-winter bird at Corpus Christi, Nueces, 24 January-4 April 2004 (WS, MR, BP, MA, FB; 2004-15; TPRF 2673).

Kelp Gull (Larus dominicanus) (5). An adult at Quintana, Brazoria, from 8 November-24 December 2008 (RW, CTL, MLi, DBo, JaP, DMc, KO; 2008-94; TPRF 2681). A first-winter bird at Quintana, Brazoria, on 19 December 2008 (MR; 2009-01; TPRF 2697).

Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) (18). One on Padre Island National Seashore, Kleberg, on 10 June 2009 (BSa; 2009-57; TPRF 2732). One on a petroleum platform off Matagorda on 8 July 2009 (KLa; 2009-60; TPRF 2735). Up to two at Port Aransas, Nueces/Aransas, from 8 August-8 September 2009 (JM, MA, AC, MC, TFr, TFe, RPi; 2009-72; TPRF 2742).

Brown/Black Noddy (Anous stolidus/minutus). One on a petroleum platform off Port Mansfield, Willacy, on 10 June 2008 (ACCCo; 2008-51; TPRF 2675). Originally submitted as a Brown Noddy and not accepted as that species although the images provided in the documentation clearly showed an Anous species.

Ruddy Ground-Dove (Columbina talpacoti) (19). An adult male at Balmorhea Lake, Reeves, on 11 October 2008 (TeF; 2008-86; TPRF 2678). An adult female near San Angelo, Tom Green, from 11 December 2008-29 March 2009 (JaP, NB, KaL; 2009-07; TPRF 2701).

Mangrove Cuckoo (Coccyzus minor) (11). One at Laguna Atascosa NWR, Cameron, on 30 August 2009 (TFu; 2009-82; TPRF 2747).

Green Violetear (Colibri thalassinus) (67). One at Corpus Christi, Nueces, on 17 April 2009 (LA; 2009-35; TPRF 2717). One at Ingram, Kerr, from 19 May-29 June 2009 (MM, MKl; 2009-58; TPRF 2733). One at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley SP, Hidalgo, on 20 May 2009 (MGu; 2009-49). One at Sonora, Sonora, from 26-27 May 2009 (DJ; 2009-50; TPRF 2728). One in sw. Gillespie from 28 May-3 June 2009 (TC, CJ; 2009-52; TPRF 2729). One near Leakey, Real, from 21 June-24 July 2009 (D&SM; 2009-59; TPRF 2734). One near Grapeland, Houston, on 15 August 2009 (JRe; 2009-69; TPRF 2740).

Green-breasted Mango (Anthracothorax prevostii) (20). An immature bird in n. Hays from 1-2 August 2009 (SS; 2009-68; TPRF 2739). An immature bird at Corpus Christi, Nueces, on 12 August 2009 (LA; 2009-80; TPRF 2746).

White-eared Hummingbird (Hylocharis leucotis) (31). Up to 8 at the Davis Mountains Resort, Jeff Davis, from 7 April-14 September 2009 (ML, KB, RPi; 2009-32; TPRF 2771).

Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Amazilia violiceps) (16). One at Fort Davis, Jeff Davis, from 18 August-30 October 2008 (ML, CE, KB; 2008-73; TPRF 2676). One at Fort Stockton, Pecos, from 1 November 2008-8 January 2009 (A&GM, KB; 2008-104; TPRF 2689). One at Fort Davis, Jeff Davis, from 13 January-13 February 2009 (CE, KB; 2009-06; TPRF 2700).

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (29). An adult male at Alpine, Brewster, from 16 September 2008-25 January 2009 (ML; 2008-85; TPRF 2677). An immature male at the Christmas Mountains, Brewster, on 19 October 2008 (KB; 2008-106; TPRF 2691). An immature male at Dripping Springs, Hays, from 17 November-15 December 2008 (HW, RPi; 2008-98; TPRF 2685). An immature male at Terlingua, Brewster, from 26 January-8 February 2009 (MF; 2009-19). An adult male at El Paso, El Paso, on 10 February 2009 (BZ; 2009-15; TPRF 2706). An adult male at Alpine,Brewster, from 3 September-19 October 2009 (ML; 2009-76; TPRF 2744). An adult male at Terlingua, Brewster, from 6 September-31 December 2009 (MF; 2009-83; TPRF 2748). An immature male at El Paso, El Paso, on 15 September 2009 (BZ; 2009-84).

Buff-breasted Flycatcher (Empidonax fulvifrons) (23). Two at Madera Canyon, Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis, from 12 April-27 July 2009 (ML; 2009-36; TPRF 2718). One at Road and Wolf Den Canyons, Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis, from 18 April-27 July 2009 (ML; 2009-43; TPRF 2725). Two in upper Madera Canyon, Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis, from 1 May-4 July 2009 (ML, RPi; 2009-37; TPRF 2719).

Dusky-capped Flycatcher (Myiarchus tuberculifer) (46). One at Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Cameron, from 5 November 2008-4 March 2009 (CL, KO, JiP; 2008-108; TPRF 2693). One near Brownsville, Cameron, on 14 January 2009 (DBe; 2009-09). A pair near Tobe Spring, Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis, from 1 May-4 July 2009 (ML, RPi; 2009-38; TPRF 2720). Two near Pinnacles Pass, Chisos Mountains, Big Bend NP, Brewster, from 3 May-18 July 2009 (EC; 2009-53). A pair near Pewee Spring, Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis, on 16 May 2009 (ML; 2009-44; TPRF 2726). Up to four at No-Name Canyon, Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis, on 23 May 2009 (ML; 2009-48; TPRF 2727).

Social Flycatcher (Myiozetetes similis) (3). A specimen was located in the British Museum that was collected in Cameron on 15 February 1895 (SHIL; 2009-39; TPRF 2721; *BMNH 98-7-12-88).

Sulphur-bellied/Streaked Flycatcher (Myiodynastes luteiventris/maculatus). One at Sabine Pass, Jefferson, from 10-11 September 2007 (JHa; 2007-05). Originally submitted as a Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher and not accepted as that species. Written details did not exclude Streaked Flycatcher as an alternate identification but were sufficient for acceptance as one of these two species.

Piratic/Variegated Flycatcher (Legatus leucophaius/Empidonomus varius). One at Houston, Harris, on 29 May 2006 (DDiMQ; 2007-53; TPRF 2674). Originally submitted as a Variegated Flycatcher and not accepted as that species. Photos provided with the documentation eliminated other similar species but were not sufficient to allow species level identification beyond Piratic/Variegated Flycatcher.

Rose-throated Becard (Pachyramphus aglaiae) (40). An immature male at Estero Llano Grande SP, Hidalgo, from 6 November 2008-15 April 2009 (WS, MR, MGu, LBr, KO, DMc, SF; 2008-92; TPRF 2680). An immature male at Salineno, Starr, from 22 November-6 December 2008 (MGu; 2008-100; TPRF 2686).

Black-whiskered Vireo (Vireo altiloquus) (31). One at Sea Rim S.P., Jefferson, from 16-17 April 2009 (LBa; 2009-41; TPRF 2723). One at High Island, Galveston, from 30 April-3 May (GLa, JKa; 2009-42; TPRF 2724). One at Bellaire, Harris, on 10 May 2009 (DV; 2009-46). One at Port Aransas, Nueces on 12 May 2009 (LBr; 2009-47).

Rufous-backed Robin (Turdus rufopalliatus) (14). One at El Paso, El Paso, from 26-28 November 2008 (JPa, BZ; 2008-101; TPRF 2687).

Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius) (37). A male at Pine Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains NP, Culberson, on 31 October 2008 (TEl; 2008-95; TPRF 2682).

Rufous-capped Warbler (Basileuterus rufifrons) (25). Two along the Window Trail, Big Bend NP, Brewster, from 17 July-15 September 2009 (BZ, TSc; 2009-67; TPRF 2772).

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) (34). An adult in w. Tarrant on 25 October 2008 (BD, DDC, PB; 2008-89; TPRF 2679).

Flame-colored Tanager (Piranga bidentata) (8). A female in Boot Canyon, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 18 July 2009 (BZ; 2009-66).

Crimson-collared Grosbeak (Rhodothraupis celaeno) (19). A female at the Frontera Audubon Sanctuary, Weslaco, Hidalgo, from 14 December 2008-14 April 2009 (JRi, RS, DBo, DLe, LBa, PD, MR, RRo, LBr, MBS, KO, DMc; 2008-109; TPRF 2694).

Blue Bunting (Cyanocompsa parellina) (34). A female at Frontera Audubon Sanctuary, Weslaco, Hidalgo, from 6 December 2008-1 May 2009 (MGu, DLe, LBa, PD, MR, RRo, LBr, TR, TP, KO, DMu, JM, SF; 2008-107; TPRF 2692). Two at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley SP, Hidalgo, from 7 January-24 March 2009 (LG, MR, JRo, RCh, EB, A&NK; 2009-04; TPRF 2698). A male at Estero Llano Grande SP, Hidalgo, from 10 January-24 February 2009 (MGu, RS, RRo; 2009-08; TPRF 2702). Two at Laguna Atascosa NWR, Cameron, from 15 January-19 April 2009 (CN, RS, LBr, DMc, RRu; 2009-10; TPRF 2703).

Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus). A male at El Paso, El Paso, from 15-16 June 2009 (AI, JGr; 2009-64; TPRF 2738).

ADDENDUM

American Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) (8). An American Flamingo banded at the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan, Mexico in August 2005 has been seen intermittently along the Texas coast since 14 October 2005. This individual reappeared at Freeport, Brazoria, from 16-17 May 2009 (DSa, TFr, TP) and in Jackson 15 August 2009 (SR; 2005-128; TPRF 2354).

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus). The adult reported in the 2008 annual report from Lake Ray Roberts, Dallas, on 16 December 2007 (2007-95; TPRF 2526) was actually found at Lake Ray Hubbard. 

NOT ACCEPTED

A number of factors may contribute to a record being denied acceptance. It is quite uncommon for a record to not be accepted because the bird was obviously misidentified. More commonly, a record is not accepted because the material submitted was incomplete, insufficient, superficial, or just too vague to properly document the reported occurrence while eliminating all other similar species. Also, written documentation or descriptions preparedentirely from memory weeks, months, or years after a sighting are seldom voted on favorably. It is important that the simple act of not accepting a particular record should by no means indicate that the TBRC or any of its members feel the record did not occur as reported. The non-acceptance of any record simply reflects the opinion of the TBRC that the documentation, as submitted, did not meet the rigorous standards appropriate for adding data to the formal historical record. The TBRC makes every effort to be as fair and objective as possible regarding each record. If the committee is unsure about any particular record, it prefers to err on the conservative side and not accept a good record rather than validate a bad one. All records, whether accepted or not, remain on file and can be re-submitted to the committee if additional substantive material is presented.

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator). Dublin, Erath, from 3 January-20 February 2009 (2009-14).

Masked Duck (Nomonyx dominicus). Guadalupe River Delta, Calhoun, on 29 November 2008 (2008-103).

Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus). Two in Aransas Bay, Aransas, on 21 May 2009 (2009-54).

Wood Sandpiper (Tringa glareola). Balmorhea Lake, Reeves, on 29 August 2008 (2008-93).

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla). Quintana, Brazoria, on 14 December 2008 (2009-31).

Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus). Off Port Mansfield, Willacy, on 10 June 2008 (2008-51). 14 miles east of Port Aransas, Nueces, from 11-13 July 2008 (2008-62). TBRC 2008-51 was accepted as a Brown/Black Noddy (see above).

Ruddy Ground-Dove (Columbina talpacoti). Rio Grande Village, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 1 May 2009 (2009-45).

Berylline Hummingbird (Amazilia beryllina). Window Trail, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 29 July 2009 (2009-74).

Gila Woodpecker (Melanerpes uropygialis). Wichita Falls, Wichita, on 30 June 2008 (2008-74).

Greater Pewee (Contopus pertinax). Window Trail, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 8 September 2009 (2009-79).

Pine Flycatcher (Empidonax affinis). Choke Canyon S.P., McMullen, from 13 December 2008-15 March 2009 (2009-02).

Tamaulipas Crow (Corvus imparatus). Brownsville Sanitary Landfill, Cameron, on 1 May 2009 (2009-70).

Connecticut Warbler (Oporornis agilis). Weslaco, Hidalgo, on 24 April 2003 (2009-51).

Slate-throated Redstart (Myioborus miniatus). Near Dripping Springs, Hays, on 24 July 2009 (2009-65).

Baird's Sparrow (Ammodramus bairdii). Near Sam Nail Ranchsite, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 14 May 2008 (2008-40).

Dark-eyed (White-winged) Junco (Junco hyemalis aikeni). Dripping Springs, Hays, on 31 December 2008 (2009-03).

Black-vented Oriole (Icterus wagleri). Ingleside, San Patricio, on 16 September 2009 (2009-77).

Black-headed Siskin (Spinus notata). South Padre Is., Cameron, on 4 March 2009 (2009-20). The identification of this bird was not in question; the record was not accepted because of questions about provenance. 

LITERATURE CITED

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