2003 Annual Report



402 E. Harriet Ave., Alpine, Texas 79830

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 Lockwood 2003 or TBRC web page at http://texasbirds.org/tbrc/). 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 158 records during 2003: 121 records of 57 species were accepted and 37 records of 29 species were not accepted, an acceptance rate of 76.6% for this report. There were 176 observers who submitted documentation (to the TBRC or to other entities) that was reviewed by the committee during 2003.

In 2003 the TBRC accepted the first state record of Gyrfalcon bringing the official Texas State List to 623 species in good standing. This total does not include the five 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 number of accepted records are also listed for Red-throated Loon, Broad-billed Hummingbird, and Lewis's Woodpecker, which were recently removed from the Review List. 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 at http://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 44th supplement (Banks et al. 2003). A number in parentheses after the species name represents the total number of accepted records in Texas for that species at the end of 2003. 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 2003 who participated in decisions listed in this report were: John Arvin, Chair, Keith Arnold, Academician, Mark Lockwood, Secretary, Kelly Bryan, Mel Cooksey, Brush Freeman, Petra Hockey, Brad McKinney, Jim Paton, and Randy Pinkston. During 2003, Freeman retired from the committee, McKinney was elected, and the Academician and Secretary were re-elected.

Contributors -- A&WS - Aletha & Walter Snowden, AB - Andrew Barbee, AF - Anthony Floyd, AH - Ann Hoover, AS - Ann Syptak, B&JR - Barbara & John Ribble, B&PN - Bill & Pat Needham, BB - Brandon Best, BC - Bill Clark, BeF - Bert Frenz, BFr - Brush Freeman, BH - Berlin Heck, BLa - Bill LaFramboise, BLi - Brad Lirette, BLin - Bill Lindemann, BMc - Brad McKinney, BO - Brent Ortego, BP - Barrett Pierce, BS - Bill Scott, BTh - Bill Thompson, BTo - Barbara Tompkins, BZ - Barry Zimmer, CBe - Chris Benesh, CBr - Charles Brower, CC - Cameron Cox, CEa - Charles Easley, CEd - Carol Edwards, CHa - Chris Harrison, ChM - Chris Merkord, CHo - Charles Howell, CK - Charles Keller, CMe - Charles Melton, CMo - Carol Montemayor, CN - Christian Nunes, COK - Carolyn Ohl-Kolb, CSha - Chris Sharpe, CShe - Clinton Sherman, CSl - Chris Sloan, DE - David Elkowitz, DHi - Derek Hill, DHo - David Holbert, DJ - Dan Jones, DL - Dell Little, DPe - Dan Peak, DPea - Dwight Peake, DPo- David Poteet, DS - David Sarkozi, DT - Dan True, DV - Don Verser, EA - Erik Andersen, EB - Erik Breden, EC - Eric Carpenter, F&JD - Fred & Judy Donaldson, FB - Frank Bumgardner, FG - Frank Gardner, FJ - Frank Johnson, FS - Frank Sandford, GG - Grant Gurley, GH - Grace Holloway,GL - Greg Lasley, GLu - Guy Luneau, GM - Guy McCaskie, GR - Gary Roberts, GS - Glenn Swartz, HB - Helen Baines, I&DB - Ian & Deirdre Becker, J&KK - John & Kathey Kiseda, J&WR - Jan & Will Risser, JA - John Arvin, JaP - Jay Packer, JB - Jim Burns, JD - Jon Dunn, JF - Jesse Fagan, JG - John Gee, JHa - Jim Hailey, JHi - Jim Hinson, JI - John Ingram, JK - John Kormendy, JL - Jason Leifester, JMc - Jimmy McHaney,JOB - John O'Brien, JPa - Jim Paton, JSi - Joel Simon, JSt - Jim Stevenson, JT - John Tveten, JZ - James Zabriskie, K&LE - Kristina & Lawrence Ertner, KB - Kelly Bryan, KC - Kelly Cotten, KHa - Karen Havlena, KHal - Karl Haller, KN - Kenny Nichols, KS - Ken Seyffert, LA - Linda Alley,LBl - Lytle Blankenship, LBr - Lucie Bruce, LD - Larry Ditto, LID - L. Irby Davis, LMc - Leann McClain, LP - Laura Packer, LS - Larry Semo,M&ME - Marc & Maryann Eastman, MaC - Mark Conway, MAd - Mark Adams, MAu - Mike Austin, MCa - Mary Cantrell, MCo - Mel Cooksey, ME - Mark Elwonger, MF - Mark Flippo, MG - Michael Gray, MH - Matt Hafner, MI - Marshall Iliff, ML - Mark Lockwood, MO - Mike Overton, MR - Martin Reid, MRe - Michael Retter, MSc - Marcy Scott, MSt - Mark Stevenson, MT - Michael Tarachow, MV - Matt Victoria, NBa - Noreen Baker, NBl - Nick Block, NBr - Nelson Briefer, PB - Paul Bozzo, PC - Pam Clayburn, PDH - P. D. Hulce, PeH - Peter Hosner, PHo - Petra Hockey, PR - Phil Rostron, PSe - Paul Senner, PSu - Paul Sunby, RB - Robert Behrstock, RDa - Rich Damron, RDe - Roseanna Denton, RDo - Robert Doster, RH - Robert Harlan, RP - Randy Pinkston, RSc - Rosemary Scott, RSt - Robert Stratton, RWe - Ron Weeks, RWy - Riley Wyna, S&JH - Scott & Joan Holt, SCo - Scarlet Colley, SD - Seth Davidson, SG - Steven Gross, ShC - Sherry Collins, SP - Sumita Prasad, SS - Susan Schaezler, SWa - Susan Wagner, SWe - Steve Welborn, SWo - Sarah Wood, T&PF - Tony & Phyllis Frank, TB - Tim Brush, TC - Tom Collins, TFe - Tim Fennell, TFl - Tracy Fleming, TFr - Tony Frank, TG - Tony Gallucci, TKe - Tracy Keltonic, TKi - Thomas Kihn,TMa - Terry Maxwell, TMu - Troy Mullens, TR - Tim Rodenkirk, TS - Thomas Schall, WM - Wayne Meyer, 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 Ned Brinkley, Paul Buckley, Kimball Garrett, Joe Morlan, Brian Patteson, Martin Reid, and Don Roberson for providing the TBRC with expert opinion concerning records reviewed during 2003. The author thanks Petra Hockey and Brush Freeman for reviewing previous drafts of this report.

Additional Abbreviations -- AOU = American Ornithologists' Union; CCMS = Corpus Christi Museum of Science; NP = National Park; NWR = National Wildlife Refuge; SNA = State Natural Area; SP = State Park; TCWC = Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection (Texas A&M University); WMA = Wildlife Management Area.


Brant (Branta bernicla) (21). One "Black" Brant at Lubbock, Lubbock, from 13-14 January 2003 (BB, AF; 2003-10).

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (4). An imm. bird at Brazoria NWR, Brazoria, from 2 January-3 March 2002 (PHo, BFr, ML, PB; 2002-7; TPRF 1978).

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (35). A male at Shipp Lake, Bastrop, on 17 February 2002 (BFr; 2002-37). A male at Twin Buttes Reservoir,Tom Green, from 21-31 March 2002 (TMa, NBl, TKe; 2002-35; TPRF 2081). A male at Tornillo Reservoir, El Paso, from 7-23 January 2003 (BZ, EC, MAd, JZ; 2003-7; TPRF 2082).

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (8). A male and female at Loy Lake, Grayson, from 5 January-22 February 2002 (WM, EC, CEa, RP, ML; 2002-12; TPRF 1981). A male near Lake Murvaul, Panola, on 4 January 2003 (GLu; 2003-8).

Masked Duck (Nomonyx dominicus) (63). A male below Falcon Dam, Starr, on 15 April 2000 (TG; 2000-25).

Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) (48). One at Greenbelt Lake, Donley, on 29 April 2002 (KS, BP; 2002-57; TPRF 2076).

Yellow-nosed Albatross (Thalassarche chlororhynchos) (4). One adult off South Padre Island, Cameron, on 26 September 2003 (PHo, EC, JA, BMc, MO; 2003-74; TPRF 2119).

Greater Shearwater (Puffinus gravis) (11). One on St. Charles Bay, Aransas, on 11 December 2000 (JI; 2002-45; TPRF 2077). One off Port Aransas, Aransas, on 6 October 2002 (PHo, MCo, JOB; 2002-108; TPRF 2078).

Leach's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) (22). One off Port Isabel, Cameron, on 24 July 2002 (EC, BMc; 2002-96).

Great Blue (White) Heron (Ardea herodias occidentalis) (2). One at Galveston, Galveston, on 7 February 1972 (JT; TPRF 21). One at Port Aransas, Nueces, from 5-6 March 2002 (MI, BFr; 2002-59; TPRF 2079).

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) (17). An adult in Randall on 27 January 2002 (T&PF; 2002-39). An imm. at Castolon, Big Bend NP,Brewster, on 14 February 2003 (KB; 2003-14; TPRF 2120).

Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus) (17). One dark morph at Honey Creek State Natural Area, Comal, on 26 March 2002 (ML; 2002-36). One light morph adult in the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 28 April 2002 (CBe; 2002-65). One light-morph adult at Sabal Palm Sanctuary,Cameron, on 12 April 2003 (CSha; 2003-45). One light-morph adult at Santa Ana NWR, Hidalgo, from 20 June-20 July 2003 (BC, TR, EC; 2003-52; TPRF 2021).

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni). One near Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Hidalgo, on 29 December 2001 (BMc; 2002-13). Swainson's Hawk is not a Review Species, but details of mid-winter reports were requested by the TBRC until research showed this species to be a rare, but regular, winter resident along the coast and in South Texas.

Gyrfalcon (Falco rusticolus) (1). An imm. gray-morph was at Lubbock, Lubbock, from 21 January 2002-7 April 2002 (AF, MCo, EC, RP, JMc, B&JR, MAu, ML, FB, BP, MSc, JZ; 2002-16; TPRF 1982). This individual is the first Gyrfalcon to be reported (and documented) in Texas.

Northern Jacana (Jacana spinosa) (30). Two at Falcon Dam, Starr, on 19 March 1983 (BeF; 2002-92).

Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) (15). One at Freeport, Brazoria, from 29 November 2002-3 May 2003 (BLi, MAu, BFr, PSu, CHa, RP, EC, TFe, FB, TKi, BP, GL, FJ, HB; 2002-119; TPRF 2080).

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (9). An adult at Port Aransas, Nueces, from 21-27 August 2002 (MCo, MT, BP, RP, CHo, ME, F&JD, JI, CShe; 2002-97; TPRF 2083).

Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius) (29). One at Cactus Lake, Moore, on 8 November 2003 (BP; 2003-86; TPRF 2122).

Little Gull (Larus minutus) (37). A first-winter bird at Beaumont, Jefferson, from 27-29 April 2003 (PeH, MO; 2003-48; TPRF 2123).

Mew Gull (Larus canus) (25). An adult at El Paso, El Paso, on 20 December 2001 (BZ; 2002-32). One adult at Fort Worth, Tarrant, from 25 November-27 December 2002 (MR, CC; 2003-24; TPRF 2084). One second-year bird at Fort Worth, Tarrant, on 16 February 2003 (MR; 2003-25; TPRF 2085).

Thayer's Gull (Larus thayeri) (54). An adult at Corpus Christi, Nueces, on 24 February 2001 (B&JR; 2001-52; TPRF 2086). A first-winter bird at San Angelo State Park, Tom Green, on 19 January 2002 (TMa; 2002-14). One first-year at Galveston, Galveston, on 25 January 2003 (DPea; 2003-12).

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) (35). One third-winter bird at Port O'Connor, Calhoun, from 2-24 December 2001 and Rockport,Aransas, from 1 January-2 March 2002 (PHo, BFr, MI, BP; 2001-140; TPRF 2987). A first-year bird at Port O'Connor, Calhoun, on 23 April 2002 (MH, CN; 2002-53; TPRF 2088). One first-winter bird at Boca Chica, Cameron, from 6 January-16 April 2003 (JA, EC; 2003-11; TPRF 2124).

Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) (5). One at Lake Worth, Tarrant, on 18 October 2001 (MR; 2002-17; TPRF 2060). One at Fort Bliss Sewage Ponds, El Paso, on 27 May 2002 (JPa; 2002-64).

Mangrove Cuckoo (Coccyzus minor) (9). One on Matagorda Peninsula, Matagorda, on 25 August 2002 (PHo; 2002-100).

Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) (5). One found dead seven miles southwest of Dalhart, Dallam, on 28 January 2002 (SD; 2003-80; TPRF 2125). One at Tye, Taylor, from 22 March-2 April 2002 (AB, JaP, LP, JMc, JF, BFr, TFe, ML, BP, FB, RP; 2002-34; TPRF 1990).

Green Violet-ear (Colibri thalassinus) (41). One at Hebbronville, Jim Hogg, from 15-25 May 2002 (CMo; 2003-21; TPRF 2089). Two near Johnson City, Blanco, from 19 May-22 July 2003 (EC, CEa, TG, DL, BTo, ChM, TFe, BLin, JI, PC, JK; 2003-51; TPRF 2126). Two near Garner SP, i, from 20 June-5 August 2003 (CSl, ML, DT; 2003-63; TPRF 2127). One in the Davis Mountains Resort, Jeff Davis, from 1-8 July 2003 (KB, ML, EC; 2003-58; TPRF 2112; TBSL 238).

Green-breasted Mango (Anthracothorax prevostii) (12). A male at McAllen, Hidalgo, from 23 November 2001-12 February 2002 (JA, GR, BH; 2001-139; TPRF 2090). The same male returned to McAllen, Hidalgo, from 9 September- 23 October 2002 (MAu, TFr; 2002-103).

Broad-billed Hummingbird (Cynanthus latirostris) (54). A male at El Paso, El Paso, from 20 October 2001-17 March 2002 (BZ, JZ, MSc; 2001-132). Am imm. male at El Paso, El Paso, from 16 October-2 November 2002 (BZ; 2003-3; TPRF 2091). A male at Fort Davis, Jeff Davis, from 24 April-3 June 2003 (KB, ML, DL; 2003-35; TPRF 2106). A male at El Paso, El Paso, on 12 April 2003 (BZ; 2003-41). Broad-billed Hummingbird was removed from the Review List at the TBRC annual meeting on 2 August 2003. All records submitted before that date will be reviewed.

White-eared Hummingbird (Hylocharis leucotis) (14). An imm. bird at Franklin Mountains SP, El Paso, on 30 June 2002 (RB; 2002-82). A female in the Davis Mountains Resort, Jeff Davis, sporadically from 26 June-1 September 2003 (M&ME; 2003-68; TPRF 2128). Two (adult male and female) in Boot Canyon, Big Bend NP, Brewster, from 30 June-31 August 2003 (CEd, RDe, MAu, TFe, EC, RDa; 2003-57; TPRF 2129).

Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Amazilia violiceps) (7). One at El Paso, El Paso, from 6 November 2001-16 February 2002 (BZ, JZ, MSc, MAd, ML, PR; 2001-135; TPRF 1996). One on a private ranch in northern Presidio from 24 May-6 June 2002 (KBr; 2002-88; TPRF 2092).

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (12). A male at Green Gulch, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 19 May 2000 (B&JR; 2000-63). A male at Matagorda, Matagorda, from 17-21 December 2001 (CBr, MG; 2002-15; TPRF 2093). A female at El Paso, El Paso, from 24 December 2001-21 January 2002 (SWo, MSc; 2002-105; TPRF 2094).

Allen's Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin) (32). An adult male1 at Houston, Harris, from 18 December 2001-17 February 2002 (JHi, MG; 2002-95; TPRF 2095). An imm. male (banded) at Sweeny, Brazoria, from 18-22 October 2002 (CBr; 2002-114; *TCWC 13910). An adult female banded at Sargent, Matagorda, on 20 December 2002 (CBr; 2002-125; *TCWC 13973). An adult male (banded) at West Columbia, Brazoria, from 28 December 2002-14 February 2003 (CBr, EC; 2003-20; *TCWC 13972). An adult male1 at Port Aransas, Nueces, on 9 February 2003 (S&JH; 2003-13; TPRF 2130). An adult male banded at Kingsville, Kleberg, on 28 February 2003 (GS; 2003-15; *TCWC 13971). A hatch-year male banded near Victoria, Victoria, on 31 August 2003 (BO; 2003-70; TPRF 2131). An adult male banded at Matagorda, Matagorda, on 16 September 2003 (CBr; 2003-78; TPRF 2132; *TCWC 14033). A hatch-year male banded near Victoria, Victoria, on 28 September 2003 (BO; 2003-77; TPRF 2133). The specimens housed at the TCWC consist of tail feathers removed from captured individuals. 1Identification based on photographs, diagnostic tail measurements not available.

Greater Pewee (Contopus pertinax) (13). Up to three at the Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis, from 13 June-1 August 2002 (BFr, PHo, EC, KBr, CEa, FB, JaP; 2002-76; TPRF 2096). One at Anzalduas County Park, Hidalgo, from 12 December 2002-19 March 2003 (JA, MCo, DPe, EC, BTo, PSu, BP; 2002-123; TPRF 2097). One at Guadalupe Mountains NP, Culberson, on 21 May 2003 (DL; 2003-44; TBSL 239).

Buff-breasted Flycatcher (Empidonax fulvifrons) (5). Up to seven (three adults and four fledglings) at the Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis, from 2 May-28 September 2003 (KB, EC, ML, PHo, DL; 2003-49; TPRF 2134; TBSL 238).

Dusky-capped Flycatcher (Myiarchus tuberculifer) (22). Up to four (two adults and two juveniles) at Boot Spring, Big Bend NP, Brewster, from 18 April-20 July 2003 (EC, ML, MF; 2003-32; TPRF 2135; TBSL 237). Up to four (two adults and two fledglings) at the Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis, from 17 June-12 July 2003 (PHo, BFr, ML; 2003-53; TPRF 2136; TBSL 237).

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher (Myiodynastes luteiventris) (13). One at Corpus Christi, Nueces, from 30 April-2 May 2003 (LA, MCo, TS, ShC; 2003-38; TPRF 2098).

Gray Kingbird (Tyrannus dominicensis) (5). One at South Padre Island, Cameron, on 18 May 2002 (BC, MaC; 2002-61).

Rose-throated Becard (Pachyramphus aglaiae) (30). A female at McAllen, Hidalgo, from 20-22 January 2002 (AS, CK; 2002-19). A female at Santa Ana NWR, Hidalgo, from 9 March-28 June 2003 (EC, ShC, PSe, MRe, RWy, LS, JHa, BTh; 2003-30: TPRF 2111).

Yellow-green Vireo (Vireo flavoviridis) (38). One on western Galveston Is., Galveston, on 8 May 2001 (JSt; 2001-94; TPRF 2137). One at North Padre Island, Nueces, on 1 June 2002 (WS; 2002-70). One at Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Cameron, from 4-15 June 2002 (PHo; 2002-72). One at Santa Ana NWR, Hidalgo, from 20-27 June 2002 (MH; 2002-84). One at Weslaco, Hidalgo, on 5 July 2002 (JA; 2002-83). One at Quintana, Brazoria, on 12 May 2003 (TC; 2003-50). One at Santa Ana NWR, Hidalgo, from 29 June-29 August 2003 (EC, DJ; 2003-56).

Black-whiskered Vireo (Vireo altiloquus) (19). One at Sabine Woods, Jefferson, on 23 May 2003 (DV; 2003-47).

Clark's Nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana) (21). Up to 25 on the Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis, from 13 December 2002-19 June 2003 (DPo, PR, ML, EC, MAd, PHo, KB; 2002-127; TPRF 2138; TBSL 238).

Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius) (25). One at El Paso, El Paso, on 24 November 2002 (JPa; 2002-120; TPRF 2099). One 8 miles south of Alpine,Brewster, on 2 December 2002 (CEd, JG; 2002-121). One at El Paso, El Paso, from 6 December 2002-24 January 2003 (BZ, EC; 2003-5; TPRF 2100). One at Guadalupe Mountains NP, Culberson, from 21 December 2002-4 January 2003 (EA; 2002-129).

Blue Mockingbird (Melanotis caerulescens) (2). One at Pharr, Hidalgo, from 28 September 2002-26 May 2003 (JA, DPe, AH, EC, FG, BP, BTo, LD, JB; 2002-110; TPRF 2117).

Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) (11). One at River Legacy Park, Tarrant, on 21 March 2000 (LBl; 2000-46).

Connecticut Warbler (Oporornis agilis) (8). One at Quintana, Brazoria, on 6 May 2000 (JL; 2000-29).

Red-faced Warbler (Cardellina rubrifrons) (28). A group of three in the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 21 August 2002 (DHi 2002-98). One at Guadalupe Mountains NP, Culberson, on 10 June 2003 (KB; 2003-59; TPRF 2107). Up to two at Boot Spring, Big Bend NP, Brewster, from 6-14 August 2003 (EC, TFe, PHo; 2003-67; TPRF 2139). One in El Paso, El Paso, from 12-15 August 2003 (J&KK; 2003-71; TPRF 2140).

Slate-throated Redstart (Myioborus miniatus) (6). Two at Corpus Christi, Nueces, on 10 April 2002 (MCo, JSi; 2002-49; TPRF 2032). One at Pharr, Hidalgo, from 12-13 March 2003 (JA, EC, PSu, FG, LS, LD; 2003-17; TPRF 2118).

Golden-crowned Warbler (Basileuterus culicivorus) (16). One at Harlingen, Cameron, on 5 September 1943 (LID; 2002-104; Davis 1945). One at Edinburg, Hidalgo, from 2 November 2002-6 April 2003 (TB, FB, T&PF, DPe, MCo, NBa, EC, BTo, FG, RP, JB, BMc; 2002-118; TPRF 2101).

Rufous-capped Warbler (Basileuterus rufifrons) (20). One at the Sam Nail Ranchsite, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 9 May 2001 (J≀ 2001-84).

Flame-colored Tanager (Piranga bidentata) (5). A female at South Padre Island, Cameron, from 11-14 April 2002 (MSt, BS, SCo, CMe; 2002-50; TPRF 2028). A male at Boot Canyon, Big Bend NP, Brewster, from 26-27 April 2002 (JD, MV, KC, BLa; 2002-55; TPRF 2029).

Yellow-faced Grassquit (Tiaris olivacea) (2). A male at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley SP, Hidalgo, 11-29 June 2002 (KN, RDo, ML, PHo, FB, SG, MCo, BMc, KHa; 2002-75; TPRF 2031).

Baird's Sparrow (Ammodramus bairdii) (42). Two old records were accepted after "discovery" of museum specimens: one was collected 15 mi. SW of Marathon, Brewster, on 29 April 1933 (*Carnegie MNH 113775) and another in Brewster on 14 May 1935 (*Carnegie MNH 117392). One at Tornillo Reservoir, El Paso, on 30 August 2003 (JPa; 2003-69; TPRF 2141).

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) (28). One in Pinto Canyon, Presidio, on 21 April 2002 (DPo; 2002-52). One at Balmorhea SP,Reeves, on 24 October 2002 (TMu; 2002-115). An adult at George West, Live Oak, from 8 December 2002-20 April 2003 (S&JH; 2003-22; TPRF 2102). One at Stonewall Jackson Park, Archer, from 26 March-9 April 2003 (DHo; 2003-28; TPRF 2105).

Dark-eyed (White-winged) Junco (Junco hyemalis aikeni) (5). One at Caprock Canyons SP, Briscoe, on 30 November 2002 (KC; 2003-4).

Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis) (9). One near San Marcos, Hays, on 1 March 2002 (DPe; 2003-16).

White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera) (7). A male at Amarillo, Randall, from 30 December 2001-21 January 2002 (B&PN, LS; 2002-20; TPRF 2027). A male at Amarillo, Randall, on 23 January 2002 (GH; 2002-21). An immature male at Lake Tanglewood, Randall, from 27 January-6 February 2002 (RSc, RDa; 2002-31; TPRF 2104).

Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea) (7). One at Laguna Vista, Cameron, from 28-31 May 2002 (PHo, MCo, JA, SCo; 2002-66; TPRF 2023). One at Galveston, Galveston, from 18-19 June 2002 (I&DB; RWe; 2002-90; TPRF 2044).


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 prepared entirely 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). Hutchinson on 9 December 2002 (2002-124).

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope). Hagerman NWR, Grayson, from 29-31 October 2002 (2002-116).

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus). Lake Worth, Tarrant, on 23 November 2001 (2002-18).

Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata). Lake Amistad, Val Verde, on 26 December 1999 (2000-3).

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii). South Padre Island, Cameron, on 5 October 1976 (2002-25). Reexamination of the photo (TPRF 136) of this bird strongly suggested that it was an immature Masked Booby (S. dactylatra).

Red-footed Booby (Sula sula). Galveston, Galveston, in June 1983 (2002-22).

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis). Rockport, Aransas, from 13 December 2002-5 January 2003 (TBRC 2002-126).

Collared Forest-Falcon (Micrastur semitorquatus). Santa Ana NWR, Hidalgo, on 30 April 2001 (2001-77). Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley SP, Hidalgo, from 17-21 January 2002 (2002-33).

Mew Gull (Larus canus). Galveston, Galveston, on 8 January 2001 (2001-42). Bolivar Flats, Galveston, on 14 December 2002 (2002-122).

Thayer's Gull (Larus thayeri). Rollover Pass, Galveston, on 17 April 2000 (2000-7). Lake O'The Pines, Marion, 29 December 2001 (2002-46).

Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii). San Luis Pass, Galveston, on 5 April 2002 (2002-42).

Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea). Texas City Dike, Galveston, on 18 December 2001 (2002-26).

Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus). Canutillo, El Paso, on 22 February 2002 (2002-106).

Green Violet-ear (Colibri thalassinus). Lost Maples SNA, Bandera, from 21 August-3 September 2000 (2000-74).

Berylline Hummingbird (Amazilia beryllina). Chisos Mountains, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 14 September 2003 (2003-72).

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae). Christmas Mountains, Brewster, from 4-15 September 2002 (2002-109).

Allen's Hummingbird (Selasphorus sasin). Lubbock, Lubbock, from 21-27 September 2002 (2002-113).

Elegant Trogon (Trogon elegans). Big Bend NP, Brewster, from 24-26 June 2003 (2003-65).

Ivory-billed Woodpecker (Campephilus principalis). LaGrange, Fayette, from 15 May-16 June 2002 (2002-80).

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher (Myiodynastes luteiventris). Rio Grande Village, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 21 April 2002 (2002-51).

Thick-billed Kingbird (Tyrannus crassirostris). near Buffalo Lake NWR, Randall, on 19 August 2001 (2001-110).

Yellow-green Vireo (Vireo flavoviridis). near Rockport, Aransas, from 1-4 January 2000 (2000-11). Cibolo, Guadalupe, on 17 May 2002 (2002-87). Anahuac NWR, Chambers, on 18 May 2002 (2002-81).

Clark's Nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana). Palo Duro Canyon SP, Randall, on 19 October 2002 (2002-112).

Olive Warbler (Peucedramus taeniatus). Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 4 August 2001 (2003-19).

Bachman's Warbler (Vermivora bachmanii). Burkeville, Newton, in June 1999, August 2000, and April 2001 (2002-43).

Connecticut Warbler (Oporornis agilis). Austin, Travis, on 6 May 2000 (2000-55).

Yellow-faced Grassquit (Tiaris olivacea). Laguna Atascosa NWR, Cameron, on 2 April 2002 (2002-44).

Baird's Sparrow (Ammodramus bairdii). Kalgary, Crosby, on 30 December 2001 (2002-5). Davis Mtns, Jeff Davis, on 23 October 2002 (2002-111). Lake Amistad, Val Verde, on 25 December 2002 (2003-6).

Dark-eyed (White-winged) Junco (Junco hyemalis aikeni). Caprock Canyons SP, Briscoe, on 9 February 2003 (2003-73).

Yellow Grosbeak (Pheucticus chrysopeplus). Rio Grande Village, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 14 June 2003 (2003-64).


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