2005 Annual Report



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 2003). 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 146 records during 2005: 121 records of 55 species were accepted and 25 records of 19 species were not accepted, an acceptance rate of 82.9% for this report. There were 168 observers who submitted documentation (to the TBRC or to other entities) that was reviewed by the committee during 2005.

In 2005, the TBRC accepted the first state record of Streak-backed Oriole. A photographically documented record of Social Flycatcher was also accepted during 2005, moving the species from the presumptive list to the state list. These actions brought the official Texas State List to 629 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 46th supplement (Banks et al. 2005). A number in parentheses after the species name represents the total number of accepted records in Texas for that species at the end of 2005. 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 2005 who participated in decisions listed in this report were: Randy Pinkston, Chair, Keith Arnold, Academician, Mark Lockwood, Secretary, Kelly Bryan, Eric Carpenter, Mel Cooksey, Brad McKinney, Jim Paton, and Willie Sekula. During 2005, Paton was elected to a second term and the Academician and Secretary were re-elected.

Contributors -- AB - Allison Briden, AG - Andy Garcia, AH - Anthony Hewetson, AL - Allison Leavitt, AV - Alex Vinokur, BBa - Bill Baker, BBe -Brandon Best, BDu - Bill Duke, BFi - Brian Finch, BFr - Brush Freeman, BG - Brian Gibbons, BL - Brad Lirette, BMc - Brad McKinney, BNi -Brooke Nicotra, BNo - Bob Norris, BoD - Bobby Duncan, BPi - Barrett Pierce, BPo - Brandon Pope, BRa - Bob Rasa, BRi - Barbara Ribble, BRo -Bill Rowe, BZ - Barry Zimmer, C&PH - Charles & Pat Howell, CB - Chris Benesh, CD - Carolyn Dill, CdB - Clair de Beauvoir, CE - Charles Easley,CFe - Carol Ferguson, CFi - Christine Fisher, ClS - Cliff Shackelford, CMe - Chris Merkord, CMS - C. Michael Stinson, CR - Cameron Rutt, CSh -Colin Sheilds, CSt - Carolyn Sternberg, CT - Clay Taylor, CW - Chris Wood, DaB - David Benn, DCr - Dede Crusienberry, DDa - David Dauphin,DDC - D. D. Currie, DDi - Donna Dittmann, DE - Dodge Engleman, DeB - Dedrick Benz, DH - Derek Hill, DJe - Doreen Jezek, DJo - Dan Jones,DN - David Nelson, DP - Dan Peak, DS - Dee Schooley, EB - Erik Breden, EC - Eric Carpenter, EF - Ed Fair, EHo - Earl Horn, EHu - Erik Huebner,F&JD - Fred & Judy Donaldson, FB - Frank Bumgardner, FC - Fernando Cerra, FG - Frank Gardner, GCl - Gary Clark, GCo - George Colley, GCu - Glenn Cureton, GLa - Greg Lasley, GMa - Geoff Malosh, GMo - Gail Morris, GP - Glenn Perrigo, GR - Gary Rosenberg, GrL - Greg Lavaty, GSc -Georgina Schwartz, HL - Howard Laidlaw, HS - Heather Serrill, IS - Irv Strom, J&LW - Jim & Lynne Weber, JA - John Arvin, JBo - Jeff Bouton,JBy - Jimma Byrd, JDa - Jan Dauphin, JDu - Jon Dunn, JHa - Jim Hailey, JHe - Jed Hertz, JiP - Jimmy Paz, JJ - Jimmy Jackson, JMa - Joseph Mammoser, JMc - Jon McIntyre, JPa - Jim Paton, JPu - Joe Pulliam, JSc - John Schwetman, JTh - John Thomlison, JW - Jerry Walls, KBe - Ken Behrens, KBr - Kelly Bryan, KH - Kurt Huffman, KTh - Kevin Thomas, LA - Linda Alley, LBa - Lynn Barber, LMW - Lalise Whorton Mason, LS -Laura Sare, M&ME - Marc & Maryann Eastman, MAd - Mark Adams, MaH - Matt Hafner, MAu - Mike Austin, MaW - Matt Whitbeck, MCa -Michael Carlson, MCo - Mel Cooksey, MCr - Mike Creese, MDe - Maya Decker, MDo - Merce Dostale, MG - Michael Gray, MHa - Martin Hagne, MHe - Matt Heindel, MiH - Mitch Heindel, MiP - Michael Patten, ML - Mark Lockwood, MPa - Michael Patrikeev, MRe - Martin Reid,MRo - Mike Rodegerdts, MTa - Michael Tarachow, MTo - Michael Todd, MV - Matt Victoria, MWh - Matt White, NF - Nicholas Fuller, NW -Nick Wallisch, PB - Pat Burchfield, PDe - Pat DeWenter, PHo - Petra Hockey, PiH - Pierre Howard, PR - Phil Rostron, PWa - Patrick Wade, PWe -Peter Weber, R&DE - Robert & Dolores Edwards, RDa - Richard Damron, RDu - Rachel Dugas, RHi - Ron Hillstromb, RKo - Rich Kostecke, RKu - Raymond Kutzman, RLa - Ron LaDuque, RLe - Rob Lee, RO - Robert Ohmart, RPi - Randy Pinkston, RR - Roy Reinarz, RTa - Rick Taylor, RTi -Rob Tizard, RTr - Rusty Trump, RW - Ron Weeks, S&GCo - Scarlet & George Colley, SA - Shawn Ashbaugh, SB - Steve Bentsen, ScC - Scarlet Colley, SCo - Sheridan Coffey, SeC - Seth Colley, SF - Susan Foster, SJ - Scott Jennex, SL - Stephan Lorenz, SWe - Steve Welborn, TF - Terry Fuller, TRi - Thomas Riecke, TRo - Tal Roberts, TSc - Thomas Schall, TSo - Tom SoRelle, VE - Victor Emanuel, WL - Walter Lamb, WR - Will Risser, and 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, Carla Cicero, Kimball Garrett, Alvaro Jaramillo, Todd McGrath, Klaus Malling Olsen, and Peter Pyle for providing the TBRC with expert opinion concerning records reviewed during 2005. The author thanks Eric Carpenter and Randy Pinkston for reviewing previous drafts of this report.

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

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (38). An adult male at Lubbock, Lubbock, on 3 April 2005 (AH, TSo; 2005-59; TPRF 2304).

King Eider (Somateria spectabilis) (2). An immature male at Port Bolivar, Galveston, from 10 April-9 May 2005 (DJe, JPu, LBa, FB, CE, DE, TRo; 2005-60; TPRF 2305).

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (9). A female at Greenville City Lakes, Hunt, on 28 November 2004 (MWh; 2004-98; TPRF 2292).

Masked Duck (Nomonyx dominicus) (67). One near Riviera, Kleberg, on 19 November 2004 (GP; 2004-95; TPRF 2244). One at the Mad Island Marsh Preserve, Matagorda, from 20-24 December 2004 (HS, RKo; 2004-118; TPRF 2256). One near Ingleside, San Patricio, from 20-30 December 2004 (MRe, WS; 2004-119; TPRF 2257). One at Padre Island National Seashore, Kleberg, from 28 February-11 April 2005 (MCo, LBa; 2005-58; TPRF 2303).

Leach's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) (24). At least one Leach's Storm-Petrel off South Padre Island, Cameron, on 16 July 2004 (AG; 2004-83; TPRF 2291).

Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) (8). An adult off South Padre Island, Cameron, from 14 June-19 July 2005 (BoD, EC, BMc, LBa, BG; 2005-87; TPRF 2322).

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (22). One off Port Aransas, Aransas, on 13 July 2004 (BPo; 2004-62). One at Port Aransas, Aransas, from 26 February-4 March 2005 (BPi, MCo, PHo, BFr, MRe, LBa, JBo; 2005-47; TPRF 2299).

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) (21). An adult at Quanah, Hardeman, from 30 December 2004-8 January 2005 (SWe; 2005-18; TPRF 2265). An adult at Garland, Dallas, on 20 March 2005 (MWh; 2005-86).

Roadside Hawk (Buteo magnirostris) (7). An imm. bird at San Ygnacio, Zapata, from 30 January-1 March 2005 (DE, RTi, MCo, GMo, RDu, JHa, FG, DH, RPi, BPi, DN, MRe, LBa; 2005-25; TPRF 2269). One at the Resaca del Rancho Viejo unit, Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Cameron, from 5-12 February 2005 (JA; 2005-50). An imm. bird at Santa Ana NWR, Hidalgo, from 9 February-31 March 2005 (BFi, MDe, PiH, ML; 2005-42; TPRF 2297).

Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus) (25). A light morph adult at Utopia, Uvalde, on 22 April 2005 (MiH; 2005-97). A light morph adult at Lost Maples SNA, Bandera, from 23-29 April 2005 (CB, RTa; 2005-72).

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata) (3). A juvenile at Springlake, Lamb, from 14-18 November 2004 (BG, MRe, AH; 2004-91; TPRF 2241).

Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) (17). One at Galveston, Galveston, on 7 January 2005 (SL; 2005-94).

Long-tailed Jaeger (Stercorarius longicaudus) (18). A second-year bird off South Padre Island, Cameron, on 6 November 2004 (BMc, MRe,LBa, CMe; 2004-92; TPRF 2242).

Little Gull (Larus minutus) (42). One adult at Lake Tawakoni, Hunt, from 18-20 November 2004 (MWh, HL; 2004-105). A first-winter bird at Lake Tawakoni, Rains, on 4 December 2004 (MWh; 2005-21). One second-winter bird at Lake Ray Hubbard, Rockwall/Dallas, on 16 December 2004 (BG, DH; 2004-116). A first-winter bird at Lake Livingston, Polk, from 21-27 December 2005 (BNi; 2005-15). A first-winter bird at Quintana,Brazoria, from 6-18 January 2005 (RW, LBa, MG; 2005-39; TPRF 2278).

Black-headed Gull (Larus ridibundus) (24). One adult at South Padre Island, Cameron, on 12 December 2004 (GCo, BMc; 2004-104; TPRF 2248).

Western Gull(Larus occidentalis) (3). One first-year bird at Sal del Rey NWR, Hidalgo, from 14-16 November 2004 (JDu, WS, PHo, CW, GR, CT, F&JD; 2004-93; TPRF 2243).

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) (38). A first-winter bird at Mesquite Bay, Aransas, on 28 December 2004 (JJ, CFi; 2005-26; TPRF 2270). A first-winter bird at Boca Chica, Cameron, from 20 January-2 March 2005 (RDu, GMo, BMc, LBa; 2005-23; TPRF 2268).

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (75). A first-winter bird at Imperial Reservoir, Pecos, from 28 November-24 December 1999 (GLa; 2005-112; TPRF 2332). An adult at Balmorhea Lake, Reeves, from 4-15 December 1999 (MAd, ClS; 2005-108; TPRF 1819). An adult at Balmorhea Lake, Reeves, on 23 November 2002 (RO; 2005-109; TPRF 2329). An adult at South Padre Island, Cameron, on 22 February 2004 (S&GCo; 2005-110; TPRF 2330). A first-winter bird at Boca Chica, Cameron, from 30 December 2004-5 January 2005 (MiP, LBa; 2005-115; TPRF 2333). A first-winter bird at the San Vicente Crossing, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 28 March 2005 (GCl; 2005-111; TPRF 2331). Black-legged Kittiwake was removed from the Review List in 1999, but due to the small number of reports in the intervening years the species was placed back on the Review List on 23 July 2005.

Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) (8). An adult at South Padre Island, Cameron, from 20-26 June 2005 (ScC, RDa, BMc, LBa; 2005-92; TPRF 2324).

Black Noddy (Anous minutus) (3). An adult on North Padre Island, Nueces, on 22 June 1975 (PY; 2002-91; TPRF 77).

Ruddy Ground-Dove (Columbina talpacoti) (14). One at El Paso, El Paso, on 28 September 2004 (BZ; 2005-6). Two at Cottonwood Campground, Big Bend NP, Brewster, from 21 November 2004-19 February 2005 (EC, HL, ML, RPi, LBa, RKo; 2004-96; TPRF 2245).

Green Violet-ear (Colibri thalassinus) (46). One near San Saba, San Saba, from 20-21 April 2005 (JBy; 2005-64; TPRF 2308). One at South Padre Island, Cameron, from 8-11 May 2005 (PWa, MHa, BMc, CFe, SeC; 2005-71; TPRF 2313). One near New Braunfels, Comal, from 2-3 June 2005 (BNo, LBa; 2005-84; TPRF 2321). One near Hunt, Kerr, from 8-14 June 2005 (C&PH; 2005-93; TPRF 2325).

Green-breasted Mango (Anthracothorax prevostii) (15). One adult male at McAllen, Hidalgo, from 22 August-5 December 2004 (DDa, JDa, RPi, DDC, MRe; 2004-71; TPRF 2234). One (or possibly two) adult male(s) at McAllen, Hidalgo, from 20 September 2004-25 January 2005 (BBe, JBo, DN, FB, LBa, FC, GR, MTo, JTh, GMa; 2004-82; TPRF 2235). An imm. bird at San Benito, Cameron, from 18-20 June 2005 (TF, NF; 2005-95; TPRF 2326).

White-eared Hummingbird (Hylocharis leucotis) (21). A male in the Chisos Mountains, Big Bend NP, Brewster, from 5-11 August 2004 (GCu, J&LW; 2004-74). Up to six in the Davis Mountains Resort, Jeff Davis, from 27 May-6 August 2005 (M&ME, ML, RPi, LBa; 2005-76; TPRF 2315). A female in lower Boot Canyon, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 2 June 2005 (BG; 2005-80; TPRF 2317). Two males and one female in Boot Canyon, Big Bend NP, Brewster, from 24 June-10 July 2005 (AL, TRi, BG, BRo; 2005-91; TPRF 2323). One at Lubbock, Lubbock, from 12-19 July 2005 (BBe, AH; 2005-98; TPRF 2327).

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (15). One (non-adult male) at Cottonwood Campground, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 10 November 2004 (BG; 2004-107).

Elegant Trogon (Trogon elegans) (6). A male at the Frontera Audubon Sanctuary, Weslaco, Hidalgo, from 14 January-12 May 2005 (BMc, PHo, MAu, MHa, MCo, FB, RPi, LBa, BPi, DH, DN, JM, SB, DCr, CE; 2005-13; TPRF 2295).

Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) (3). An adult at the Lawrence E. Wood Picnic Area, Davis Mountains, Jeff Davis, from 11-28 March 2005 (SCo, MRe, ML, RPi, LBa, BRi, BRa; 2005-56; TPRF 2302).

Greater Pewee (Contopus pertinax) (17). One at Progreso Lakes, Hidalgo, from 2-3 February 2005 (JDu, PDe; TBRC 2005-51). One at the Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis, on 13 June 2005 (EC, GLa, ML, RPi, KBr; 2005-82; TPRF 2319).

Buff-breasted Flycatcher (Empidonax fulvifrons) (8). Up to nine (three adults and six fledglings) at Wolf Den Canyon, Davis Mountains Preserve,Jeff Davis, from 14 April-24 July 2005 (ML, LBa, GLa, RPi, EC; 2005-63; TPRF 2307). Two at Pine Canyon, Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis, on 12 June 2005 (ML; 2005-81; TPRF 2318).

Dusky-capped Flycatcher (Myiarchus tuberculifer) (28). One at the Frontera Audubon Sanctuary, Weslaco, Hidalgo, from 18 December 2004-1 January 2005 (BMc, DJo, EHo, ML; 2004-117; TPRF 2255). One near Rangerville, Cameron, 22 January-28 March 2005 (TF, DE, RDu, GMo; 2005-27; TPRF 2271). Up to eight (six adults and two fledglings) at the Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis, from 14 June-9 July 2005 (EC, ML,RPi, KBr; 2005-83; TPRF 2320).

Social Flycatcher (Myiozetetessimilis) (2). One at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Hidalgo, from 7-14 January 2005 (JA, MAu, PHo, PiH, GMa, MRe, LBa; 2005-8; TPRF 2261). This represents the first fully-documented record for Texas and moves the species from the Presumptive List to the main list.

Thick-billed Kingbird (Tyrannus crassirostris) (18). One at Selkirk Island, Matagorda, from 20-31 December 2004 (MAu, JSc; 2005-19).

Fork-tailed Flycatcher(Tyrannus savana) (15). An adult at Anahuac NWR, Chambers, from 9-10 November 2004 (MaW, CSh, BL, HL; 2004-90; TPRF 2240).

Rose-throated Becard (Pachyramphus aglaiae) (36). A female at Pharr, Hidalgo, from 28 November 2004-2 April 2005 (WL, CD, HL, BPi, DCr; 2004-115; TPRF 2293). Up to three at Santa Ana NWR, Hidalgo, from 18 December 2004-4 March 2005 (PDe, PR, MAu, BPi, DH, PiH, KTh, MV; 2005-10; TPRF 2263). Up to two at Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Cameron, from 24 December 2004-18 March 2005 (BMc, JA, LBa; 2005-04; TPRF 2258). A female at the Anacua unit of Las Palomas Wildlife Management Area, Cameron, on 8-22 January 2005 (DJo; 2005-48). A female at the Resaca del Rancho Viejo unit, Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Cameron, on 5 February 2005 (DJo; 2005-49).

Black-whiskered Vireo (Vireo altiloquus) (22). One at Sabine Woods, Jefferson, from 24 April-27 May 2005 (MAu, LBa; 2005-66; TPRF 2310).

Tamaulipas Crow (Corvus imparatus). Up to 16 at Brownsville, Cameron, from 26 March-30 July 2005 (DaB, KBe, BBa, LBa, MaH; 2005-74; TPRF 2314).

American Dipper (Cinclus mexicanus) (7). One at Prairie Creek Park, Dallas, Collin, on 23 December 2004 (SA; 2004-120).

Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush (Catharus aurantiirostris) (2). One at Edinburg, Hidalgo, on 28 May 2004 (DDi, JA; 2005-61; TPRF 2306; *LSUMNS).

White-throated Robin (Turdus assimilis) (10). A first-winter bird near Mission, Hidalgo, on 30 December 2004 (JA; 2005-01). One at Frontera Audubon Sanctuary, Weslaco, Hidalgo, from 2 January-23 March 2005 (FB, CR, PDe, JTh, PHo, MHa, BPi, RPi, LBa, FG, DH, CMS, ML, DN, MRe, EB; 2005-07; TPRF 2260). One at Los Fresnos, Cameron, on 24 January 2005 (MRo; 2005-40; TPRF 2279). One at Santa Ana NWR,Hidalgo, from 26 January-19 February 2005 (CSt, RDu, DH; 2005-30; TPRF 2274). One near Rangerville, Cameron, from 28 January-4 February 2005 (DE, TF; 2005-29; TPRF 2273). One at Sabal Palm Sancturary, Cameron, from 28-31 January 2005 (JiP, IS; 2005-46; TPRF 2298). One at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley SP, Hidalgo, on 10 February 2005 (MPa; 2005-37; TPRF 2277).

Varied Thrush(Ixoreus naevius) (28). A male at San Antonio, Bexar, from 8-9 November 2004 (MCr, MRe, GSc, WS, RHi; 2004-89; TPRF 2239). A female at El Paso, El Paso, on 14 November 2004 (JPa; 2004-94). A male near Texhoma, Sherman, on 21 November 2004 (BG; 2004-112; TPRF 2254).

Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) (16). Three at Dalhart, Hartley, on 21 November 2004 (BG; 2004-109; TPRF 2250). One in Gruver,Hansford, on 21 November 2004 (BG; 2004-110). Two in Stinnett, Hutchinson, on 22 November 2004 (BG; 2004-111; TPRF 2251). Two in Spearman, Hansford, on 22 November 2004 (BG; 2004-113; TPRF 2252). Three in Perryton, Ochiltree, on 22 November 2004 (BG; 2004-114; TPRF 2253). Four in Humble, Harris, on 11 February 2005 (JW; 2005-41).

Olive Warbler (Peucedramus taeniatus) (7). One at Road Canyon, Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis, from 28-30 May 2005 (SCo, BRi, LBa; 2005-78; TPRF 2316).

Yellow (Mangrove) Warbler (Dendroica petechia oraria) (5). Up to 30+ at Port Isabel, Cameron, from August 2004+ (S&GCo, DaB, ML, PHo; 2005-31; TPRF 2275). "Mangrove" Warbler was removed from the Review List at the TBRC annual meeting on 23 July 2005 after this year's discovery of a significant population within the state.

Gray-crowned Yellowthroat (Geothlypis poliocephala) (42). An adult male and female at Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Cameron, from 8 December 2004-30 June 2005 (BMc, RPi, FG, DH, JHe, LBa, JiP, DaB; 2005-16; TPRF 2296).

Red-faced Warbler (Cardellina rubrifrons) (33). Two at Dog Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains NP, Culberson, on 8 May 2004 (HL; 2004-106). One at Packery Channel, Corpus Christi, Nueces, from 5-10 May 2005 (LA, JMc, MAu, WS; 2005-70; TPRF 2312).

Golden-crowned Warbler (Basileuterus culicivorus) (18). One at Los Ebanos Preserve, Cameron, from 9 January-1 February 2005 (DCr, GMa, AV, LBa; 2005-17; TPRF 2264). One at Brownsville, Cameron, from 18 January-4 March 2005 (PWa, RDu, GMo, DH, EHu, DN, CMS, JM; 2005-28; TPRF 2272).

Rufous-capped Warbler (Basileuterus rufifrons) (24). One near Pearsall, Frio, from 31 October 2004-21 March 2005 (WS, MRe, EC, RPi, LBa, BPi; 2004-86; TPRF 2236). One at Concan, Uvalde, on 1 May 2005 (RTr, EHo, CdB; 2005-69; TPRF 2311). One at the Westcave Preserve,Travis, from 30 June-10 July 2005 (VE, EF, KH; 2005-99; TPRF 2328).

Flame-colored Tanager (Piranga bidentata) (6). An immature male at Pharr, Hidalgo, on 28 February 2005 (MCa, SJ; 2005-55; TPRF 2301).

Baird's Sparrow (Ammodramus bairdii) (47). One 33 miles SW of Marfa, Presidio, on 13 November 2004 (BG; 2004-108; TPRF 2249). Up to five near Marfa, Presidio, from 22 November 2004-6 January 2005 (EC, MAu, ML, LBa; 2004-97; TPRF 2246). Up to three near the intersection of RR 505 and US 90, Jeff Davis, from 12 December 2004-23 January 2005 (MAu, ML, DP; 2004-103).

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) (29). One at Lubbock, Lubbock, on 18 December 2004, (RLe; 2005-14).

Crimson-collared Grosbeak (Rhodothraupis celaeno) (17). At least five at Frontera Audubon Sanctuary, Weslaco, Hidalgo, from 2 November 2004-27 April 2005 (EC, MRe, F&JD, BPi, MCo, DN, TSc, BMc, ML, RPi, FB, LBa, FG, DH, JM, RR, KTh, EB, GR, MHe, CE; 2004-87; TPRF 2237). Up to three at Pharr, Hidalgo, from 20 November 2004-20 April 2005 (HL, JA, BPi, BMc, ML, JM, RR, DCr, PWe; 2005-05; TPRF 2294) A first-winter female at Brownsville, Cameron, on 10 December 2004 (PB, JiP; 2004-102; TPRF 2247; *LSUMNS ). Up to three at Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Cameron, from 18 December 2004-4 May 2005 (BMc, DaB; 2005-02). An adult female at Los Fresnos, Cameron, from 30 December 2004-23 January 2005 (AB; 2005-3; TPRF 2259). An adult female at Laredo, Webb, on 16 January 2005 (SCo, MRe; 2005-12). An adult male at Weslaco, Hidalgo, on 14 April 2005 (RR; 2005-67). A male at Rockport, Aransas, from 15-21 April 2005 (DS, MTa, MDo; 2005-65; TPRF 2309). A female at Lafitte Cove Nature Preserve, Galveston, from 6-9 May 2005 (LWM; 2005-73).

Blue Bunting (Cyanocompsa parellina) (31). Up to three at Laredo, Webb, from 2-19 January 2005 (SF, NW, CR, MRe, RL; 2005-09; TPRF 2262). A female at Pharr, Hidalgo, on 6 January 2005 (DeB; 2005-11). A male at San Ygnacio, Zapata, from 16-20 January 2005 (MRe, LBa; 2005-24; TPRF 2267). A male at Santa Ana NWR, Hidalgo, from 17 January-25 February 2005 (PDe, MTo, RDu, BPi, JM; 2005-22; TPRF 2266).

Streak-backed Oriole (Icteruspustulatus) (1). One at Brazos Bend State Park, Fort Bend, from 12 December 2004-8 April 2005 (GrL, RPi, FB, DCr, BRi, BDu, BPi, DE; 2005-32; TPRF 2276). This represents the first record for Texas.

White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera) (8). An immature male near Utley, Bastrop, on 1 December 2004 (BFr; 2004-100).

Lawrence's Goldfinch (Carduelis lawrencei) (14). A male at Rockport, Aransas, from 21-22 February 2005 (R&DE; 2005-52; TPRF 2300).


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.

Common Pochard (Aythya ferina). Lake Worth, Tarrant, from 5-6 November 2003 (2004-1).

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena). Matagorda Bay, Matagorda, on 15 December 2003 (2004-31) East Matagorda Bay, Matagorda, on 20 December 2004 (2005-20).

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster). Anahuac NWR, Chambers, on 21 October 2004 (2204-99).

South Polar Skua (Stercorariusmaccormicki). off South Padre Island, Cameron, on 6 November 2004 (2004-88; TPRF 2238).

Heermann's Gull (Larus heermanni). Crystal Beach, Galveston, on 25 February 2005 (2005-45).

Mew Gull (Larus canus). Magnolia Beach, Calhoun, on 4 March 2005 (2005-77).

Elegant Tern (Sterna elegans). Austwell, Aransas, on 19 November 2004 (2005-38).

Ruddy Ground-Dove (Columbina talpacoti). Honey Creek State Natural Area, Comal, on 15 February 2005 (2005-53).

Green Violet-ear (Colibri thalassinus). Corpus Christi, Nueces, from 19-20 April 2005 (2005-88).

Greater Pewee (Contopus pertinax). Rio Grande Village, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 5 August 2004 (2004-67). Chisos Mountains, Big Bend NP,Brewster, on 8 May 2005 (2005-75). Sam Nail Ranchsite, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 20 May 2005 (2005-85).

Dusky-capped Flycatcher (Myiarchus tuberculifer). Boot Spring, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 11 May 2005 (2005-90).

Fork-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus savana). Anahuac NWR, Chambers, on 3 April 2004 (2004-44).

Black-capped Gnatcatcher (Polioptilanigriceps). Sam Nail Ranchsite, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 16 April 2005 (2005-68).

Olive Warbler (Peucedramus taeniatus). Rio Grande Village, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 24 March 2005 (2005-62).

Golden-crowned Warbler (Basileuterus culicivorus) Rio Grande Village, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 26 January 1992 (2003-1). Los Fresnos,Cameron, from 23 January-17 February 2005 (2005-54).

Baird's Sparrow (Ammodramus bairdii) Seminole Canyon SHS, Val Verde, on 28 December 2002 (2005-34). Buffalo Lake NWR, Randall, on 11 April 2004 (2004-32). near Seminole Canyon SHS, Val Verde, on 26 December 2004 (2005-35).

(Slate-colored) Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca schistacea). Sam Nail Ranchsite, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 19 February 2005 (2005-57).

Blue Bunting (Cyanocompsa parellina). Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley SP, Hidalgo, from 28-29 January 2005 (2005-36).

Common Redpoll (Carduelis flammea). Spearman, Hansford, on 4 December 2004 (2004-101)


The following records are from an oil platform off North Padre Island and were listed for Kenedy County. The TBRC recently received the coordinates of the platform and was able to determine the platform is actually off Willacy County.

Sooty Shearwater - 5 Nov 1999 (TBRC 2000-19)

Brown Booby - 30 Oct 1999 (TBRC 1999-107; TPRF 1798)

Brown Booby - 18 Oct 2000 (TBRC 2001-35)

Long-tailed Jaeger - 2 Nov 2000 (TBRC 2001-37)

Brown Noddy - 27 Apr-1 May 2000 (TBRC 2000-32; TPRF 1911)

Piratic Flycatcher - 20-21 Oct 2000 (TBRC 2000-126; TPRF 1933)

Fork-tailed Flycatcher - 1 Nov 2000 (TBRC 2001-36; TPRF 1934)


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