2006 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 130 records during 2006: 111 records of 53 species were accepted and 19 records of 19 species were not accepted, an acceptance rate of 85.3% for this report. There were 156 observers who submitted documentation (to the TBRC or to other entities) that was reviewed by the committee during 2006.

In 2006, the TBRC accepted the first state record of Pacific Golden-Plover. Yellow-footed Gull was removed from the state list during 2006 as well. 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 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 47th supplement (Banks et al. 2006). A number in parentheses after the species name represents the total number of accepted records in Texas for that species at the end of 2006. 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 2006 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, Willie Sekula and Ron Weeks. During 2006, Bryan's second and McKinney's first terms ended and Weeks was elected as a voting member. The Chairman, Academician, and Secretary were re-elected.

Contributors -- AD - Alec Dobson, BB - Brandon Best, BDo - Bob Doe, BDu - Bill Duke, BFr - Brush Freeman, BG - Brian Gibbons, BH - Bill Hubick, BMc - Brad McKinney, BP - Barrett Pierce, BRa - Bob Rasa, BRe - Bill Reiner, BS - Billy Sandifer, BZa - Bob Zaremba, BZi - Barry Zimmer, CB - Colin Bludau, CE - Charles Easley, CH - Chris Hathcock, ChS - Charles Seniawski, CSe - Chuck Sexton, CTL - Cin-Ty Lee, D&BF - Dana & Bob Fox, D&LE - Dodge & Lorna Engleman, DBe - David Benn, DBo - Devin Bosler, DDa - David Dauphin, DDC - D.D. Currie, DDe -David Deifik, DE - Dodge Engleman, DF - Daniel Floyd, DK - Dave Kutilek, DL - Daniel Leavitt, DNe - David Newstead, DNu - Diane Nunley, DT -Dean Thomas, DW - Dan Wilkerson, EB - Erik Breden, EC - Eric Carpenter, EHo - Earl Horn, EHu - Erik Huebner, EO - Eric Ozolins, GD - Gerald Duhon, GH - Gary Hodne, GL - Greg Lasley, GLa - Greg Lavaty, GLe - Gregg Lee, GS - Georgina Schwartz, H&SW - Harley & Sarah Winfrey, HH - Helen Hoffman, HT - Heidi Trudell, J&LW - Jim & Lynne Weber, JA - John Arvin, JaP - Jay Packer, JaS - Jace Stansbury, JBo - Justin Bosler, JBr - Jason Brooks, JDe - Joel Deifik, JG - John Gee, JHi - Jim Hines, JHo - John Hoogerheide, JI - John Ingram, JJ - Jimmy Jackson, JL - Jason Leifester, JMc - Jon McIntyre, JoM - John McClung, JPa - Jim Paton, JSi - Joel Simon, JSp - John Sproul, JSt - Jim Stevenson, JV - John Vanderpoel, JW - Jennifer Wilson, JZ - Jimmy Zabriskie, KA - Keith Anderson, KBr - Kelly Bryan, KBT - Khanh Ba Tran, KE - Kim Ekert, KH -Katharine Hampton, KK - Karen Kilfeather, LBa - Lynn Barber, LS - Libbey Scheible, LZ - Lee Ziegler, M&ME - Marc & Maryann Eastman, MA -Mike Austin, MBr - Mark Brown, MC - Mel Cooksey, MFe - Merriwood Ferguson, MFl - Mark Flippo, MGr - Michael Gray, MGu - Mary Gustafson, MHa - Matt Hafner, MHe - Mitch Heindel, MiB - Michelle Bradford, MIl - Marshall Iliff, MiR - Michael Retter, MiT - Michael Trachow,MK - Mike Krzywonski, ML - Mark Lockwood, MO - Mike Overton, MRe - Martin Reid, MSc - Mark Scheuerman, MSm - Macklin Smith, MTr -Max Traweek, MW - Matt White, NM - Nick Meyer, P&LS - Pati & Larry Semander, P&RA - Pam & Reid Allen, PD - Pat DeWenter, PHa - Paul Hare, PHo - Petra Hockey, PK - Peter Keller, PL - Paul Lehman, PM - Patrick Murphy, PR - Philip Rostron, PS - Paul Sunby, PWa - Pat Wade, PWe - Paul Wetzel, RA - Ralph Alderson, RB - Ralph Boor, RD - Rich Damron, RG - Ron Gutberlet, RHe - Rhandy Helton, RHo - Ray Hodson, RPi -Randy Pinkston, RRa - Ross Rasmussen, RRe - Roy Reinarz, RW - Ron Weeks, SA - Shawn Ashbaugh, SB - Susan Beree, ScC - Scarlet Colley, SCo - Sheridan Coffey, SG - Steve Gross, SK - Selena King, SMa - Steve Mayes, SMe - Scott Meyer, SP - Sumita Prasad, SS - Steve Syles, STa - Simon Tan, STu - Sandra Turner, SY - Sherman Young, T&CS - Tim & Carla Stone, TA - Tony Amos, TBa - Terry Baldwin, TBr - Tim Brush, TE - Ted Eubanks, TFe - Tim Fennell, TFu - Terry Fuller, TJ - Tom Johnson, TR - Thomas Riecke, TS - Tom SoRelle, WC - Will Carter, WS - Willie Sekula, and YA - Yousif Attia.

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 John Arvin, Michael Carmody, Bill Clark, Ricard Gutierrez, Steve Heinl, Rich Hoyer, Alvaro Jaramillo, Kevin Karlson, Paul Lehman, Bruce Mactavish, Rodrigo Migoya, Steve Mlodinow, Killian Mullarney, Brian J. Small, and Brian Wheeler for providing the TBRC with expert opinion concerning records reviewed during 2006. The author thanks Eric Carpenter, Randy Pinkston, and Martin Reid 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; TCWC = Texas Cooperative Wildlife Collection (Texas A&M University); WMA = Wildlife Management Area.


Brant (Branta bernicla) (22). One at Plainview, Hale, on 14 January 2006 (JBr; 2006-17; TPRF 2370).

Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (7). Two adults and three immature birds 15 mi. NE of Stinnett, Hutchinson, from 27-31 December 2005 (LBa; 2006-21; TPRF 2373).

Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope) (41). A male at Chapeno, Starr, on 22 February 2005 (D&BF; 2005-44). A male at Muleshoe NWR, Bailey, from 22-25 November 2005 (TS, LBa; 2005-131; TPRF 2356). A male at El Paso, El Paso, from 10 November 2005-16 February 2006 (JSp; 2005-135).

Masked Duck (Nomonyx dominicus) (69). A female at Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Cameron, on 9 November 2005 (DBe; 2006-18). A female at San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge, Brazoria, on 13-21 November 2005 (JW; 2006-11).

Yellow-billed Loon (Gavia adamsii) (6). One at Flour Bluff, Nueces, from 25-27 March 2006 (MRe, SCo, MC; 2006-33; TPRF 2402).

Greater Shearwater (Puffinus gravis) (13). One found dead on Mustang Island, Nueces, on 27 December 1971 (DDe, JDe; 2006-02; TPRF 2361).

Leach's Storm-Petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa) (26). One off South Padre Island, Cameron, on 17 June 2005 (LBa, MO; 2005-101). One off South Padre Island, Cameron, on 29 July 2005 (LBa, GH; 2005-106; TPRF 2347).

Red-billed Tropicbird (Phaethon aethereus) (10). One off South Padre Island, Cameron, on 17 September 2005 (EC, BMc; 2005-119; TPRF 2350). An adult off South Padre Island, Cameron, from "early" May-8 June 2006 (PM, ScC; 2006-70; TPRF 2432).

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (26). An immature bird picked up on the beach at Port Aransas, Nueces, on 29 September 2005 (TA; 2006-12; TPRF 2366; *TCWC 14,321). One at Boca Chica, Cameron, from 13-15 November 2005 (PL, JBo, ScC; 2005-133; TPRF 2358). An adult at South Padre Island, Cameron, on 28 April 2006 (MiR; 2006-54). One in West Galveston Bay, Galveston, on 26 June 2006 (DNe; 2006-78).

Greater Flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber) (7). A first-fall bird discovered at Shoalwater Bay, Calhoun, and subsequently moved to Aransas Bay,Aransas, and present from 14 October 2005-30 April 2006. This bird was later rediscovered near Bayside, Aransas, 25 July-15 August 2006 and again found at Aransas NWR from 20 November 2006-17 December 2006+ (CB, LBa, RG, SS, PHo, BDu, DK, KE, JJ, EHo, BZa, P&LS, DNu; 2005-128; TPRF 2354). This flamingo was banded and the banding scheme allowed the definite determination that the bird originated from the Ría Lagartos Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan, Mexico, where it had been banded in August 2005.

Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus) (30). A light-morph adult 7 mi. s. of Vanderpool and at Lost Maples State Natural Area, Bandera, from 26 March-26 April 2004 (MHe; 2006-03). A light-morph adult at Hazel Bazemore County Park, Corpus Christi, Nueces, on 2 September 2005 (JSi; 2005-117). A light-morph adult at the Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis, from 23 April-5 May 2006 (ML; 2006-38; TPRF 2406). A light-morph bird at the Santa Margarita Ranch, Starr, on 25 April 2006 (BG; 2006-68). Two at Bentsen-Rio Grande SP, Hidalgo, on 30 April 2006 (MIl; 2006-80).

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1). One near Edna, Jackson, from 12-13 April 2006 (MRe, MC, RW; 2006-41; TPRF 2409). This represents the first record for Texas.

Northern Jacana (Jacana spinosa) (32). An adult at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, Hidalgo, from 10-18 August 2006 (MGu; 2006-89; TPRF 2442). An adult at Mission, Hidalgo, on 22 August 2006 (DDa; 2006-93).

Surfbird (Aphriza virgata) (9). One at Bolivar flats, Galveston, from 12-15 March 2005 (TBa, MA; 2006-27; TPRF 2377).

Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) (18). One at Port O'Connor, Calhoun, on 7 February 2006 (BFr; 2006-23).

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (10). One at Bolivar Flats, Galveston, on 3 June 2006 (CTL; 2006-66; TPRF 2429).

Red Phalarope (Phalaropus fulicarius) (30). One at Mitchell Lake, San Antonio, Bexar, from 10-12 October 2005 (BDo, DE, WS, MRe, LBa; 2005-123; TPRF 2352).

Little Gull (Larus minutus) (47). One adult at Lake Ray Hubbard, Dallas, on 11 November 2005 (BG; 2005-130; TPRF 2355). One adult at Lake Tawakoni, Hunt, on 12 December 2005 (MW; 2006-35; TPRF 2403). One first-year bird at Boca Chica, Cameron, on 3 January 2006 (HH; 2006-30; TPRF 2380). One adult at Wright Patman Lake, Bowie/Cass, from 15-26 January 2006 (BG, EHo; 2006-15). One adult at Lake Ray Hubbard and White Rock Lake, Dallas, from 23-27 February 2006 (BG, DDC, TR; 2006-26; TPRF 2376).

Mew Gull (Larus canus) (29). One adult at Lake Worth, Forth Worth, Tarrant, from 31 December 2005-7 January 2006 (LBa; 2006-20; TPRF 2372).

Slaty-backed Gull (Larus schistisagus) (4). A third-calendar-year bird at Houston, Harris, on 22 February 2006 (MRe; 2006-40; TPRF 2408).

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) (42). An adult at Lake Meredith, Hutchinson/Moore, from 26 December 2005-22 January 2006 (BP, BB; 2006-19; TPRF 2371). A first-winter bird at San Luis Pass, Galveston, from 30 January-4 March 2006 (TE; 2006-22; TPRF 2401). A first-winter bird at Houston, Harris, on 22 February 2006 (MRe; 2006-39; TPRF 2407). An adult at Bolivar Flats, Galveston, on 14 March 2006 (SG; 2006-28; TPRF 2378).

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (77). An adult at Boca Chica, Cameron, from 21-23 December 2005 (BMc; 2005-138; TPRF 2359). A first-winter bird at Quintana, Brazoria, from 30 December 2005-16 January 2006 (RW, KA, MGr; 2006-14; TPRF 2368).

Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) (11). One on Padre Island National Seashore, Kenedy, on 21 July 2005 (NM, EO; 2005-103; TPRF 2346). One at the Packery Channel jetties, Nueces, on 20 June 2006 (DT; 2006-77; TPRF 2436). One on Padre Island National Seashore, Kleberg, on 13 July 2006 (PHa, 2006-86; TPRF 2440).

Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) (7). An adult at Balmorhea Lake, Reeves, from 1-11 June 2006 (MGu, KBr, ML, RPi, JaP, BRa; 2006-67; TPRF 2430). An adult at Fort Hancock and McNary Reservoirs, Hudspeth, on 9 June 2006 (JPa; 2006-73; TPRF 2433).

Long-tailed Jaeger (Stercorarius longicaudus) (19). One off South Padre Island, Cameron, on 5 November 2005 (BMc, EC; 2005-129).

Ruddy Ground-Dove (Columbina talpacoti) (15). A female at Estero Llano Grande State Park, Hidalgo, from 28 December 2005-22 February 2006 (TBr, RD, PHo; 2005-139).

Mangrove Cuckoo (Coccyzus minor) (10). One at Weslaco, Hidalgo, from 19-30 May 2006 (YA; 2006-62: TPRF 2426).

Mottled Owl (Ciccaba virgata) (2). One at Weslaco, Hidalgo, from 5-11 July 2006 (SK, SP; 2006-94).

Green Violet-ear (Colibri thalassinus) (51). One near Lakeway, Travis, from 6-23 May 2006 (LS, EC; 2006-56; TPRF 2421). One at the Davis Mountains Resort, Jeff Davis, from 16 May-3 July 2006 (M&ME; 2006-61; TPRF 2425). One at San Antonio, Bexar, from 10-11 June 2006 (RB; 2006-74; TPRF 2434). One 5 mi. s. of San Antonio, Bexar, from 15-17 June 2006 (T&CS, DE, GS; 2006-76; TPRF 2435). One at Liverpool,Brazoria, from 16-25 June 2006 (MiB, RW; 2006-91; TPRF 2444).

Green-breasted Mango (Anthracothorax prevostii) (16). An imm. bird at San Benito, Cameron, from 8-9 July 2006 (TFu; 2006-87; TPRF 2441).

White-eared Hummingbird (Hylocharis leucotis) (24). Up to five in the Davis Mountains Resort, Jeff Davis, from 24 June-12 October 2005 (ML; 2005-100; TPRF 2400). One male and one female in the Davis Mountains Resort, Jeff Davis, from 12 April-17 September 2006 (ML, RPi; 2006-36; TPRF 2404). A female at the Davis Mountains Resort, Jeff Davis, from 28 May-22 July 2006 (M&ME; 2006-63; TPRF 2426).

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (17). One female at Panther Junction, Big Bend NP, Brewster, from 1-2 October 2005 (MFl; 2005-122). One male at Rockport, Aransas, from 19 February-3 March 2006 (SB, MiT, MA, RPi; 2006-24; TPRF 2374).

Buff-breasted Flycatcher (Empidonax fulvifrons) (12). Two at Wolf Den Canyon, Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis, from 16 April-4 July 2006 (ML, RPi; 2006-37; TPRF 2403). Up to four (two adults and two fledglings) at Madera Canyon, Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis, from 20 April-21 July 2006 (ML, RPi; 2006-81; TPRF 2437). One at Elbow Canyon, Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis, from 12 June-3 July 2006 (ML, RPi; 2006-82; TPRF 2438). One at Pine Canyon, Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis, on 14 June 2006 (ML, RPi; 2006-83; TPRF 2439).

Dusky-capped Flycatcher (Myiarchus tuberculifer) (31). One near Rangerville, Cameron, 18 December 2005-5 March 2006 (TFu, JA, SMe; 2006-04; TPRF 2362). One near Rangerville, Cameron, 10 January-5 March 2006 (TFu; 2006-50; TPRF 2417). Up to six at the Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis, from 13 May-8 July 2006 (ML, RPi; 2006-59; TPRF 2424). The Rangerville records refer to two individuals with winter territories that were approximately 0.5 miles apart.

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher (Myiodynastes luteiventris) (17). One on w. Galveston Island, Galveston, on 22 September 2005 (JSt; 2005-127; TPRF 2353; *TCWC 14,323). One at Sabine Woods, Jefferson, from 18-22 April 2006 (LBa, MA, MSc, RG, EB; 2006-42; TPRF 2410). One near Sarita, Kenedy, from 26-27 April 2006 (BFr; 2006-46). One at South Padre Island, Cameron, from 13-14 May 2006 (WC, ScC; 2006-64; TPRF 2428).

Piratic Flycatcher (Legatus leucophaius) (3). One at Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley SP, Hidalgo, from 20-28 March 2006 (DDa, MA, PD, MSm, PHo, JoM, STu, MGu; 2006-32).

Gray Kingbird (Tyrannus dominicensis) (6). One at McFaddin NWR, Jefferson, 29 April 2006 (SMa, GD; 2006-49; TPRF 2416).

Fork-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus savana) (16). One at Austin, Travis, from 23 September-30 October 2005 (EC, GL, EHu, RRe, D&LE, TFe, RPi, DF, LBa, MRe, JI, EB; 2005-121; TPRF 2351).

Rose-throated Becard (Pachyramphus aglaiae) (38). One immature bird at Rio Hondo, Cameron, on 7 October 2005 (MC; 2006-05; TPRF 2363). An adult female at Santa Ana NWR, Hidalgo, from 20 May-22 June 2006 (GL; 2006-69; TPRF 2431).

Black-whiskered Vireo (Vireo altiloquus) (26). At least one at Sea Rim SP, Jefferson, from 26 April-28 May 2006 (RHe, DW, JaP, GLa, STa; 2006-47; TPRF 2414). One at High Island, Galveston, from 22-30 April 2006 (MRe, JaS; 2006-55; TPRF 2420). One at South Padre Island,Cameron, on 23 April 2006 (MFe, ScC, PWe; 2006-57; TPRF 2422). One at South Padre Island, Cameron, from 11-12 May 2006 (PWa; 2006-58; TPRF 2423).

Tamaulipas Crow (Corvus imparatus). At least seven at Brownsville, Cameron, from 15 March-3 July 2006 (HT, LBa, BH, JA, LZ, DBo, JMc; 2006-48; TPRF 2415).

White-throated Robin (Turdus assimilis) (11). Two at Laguna Vista, Cameron, from 5 February-4 March 2005 (MK; 2006-90; TPRF 2443).

Rufous-backed Robin (Turdus rufopalliatus) (12). One near Utley, Bastrop, from 7 January-7 April 2006 (BFr, PR, RPi, LBa, EC, GL, SA; 2006-10; TPRF 2365).

Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius) (34). One near Sabine Woods, Jefferson, on 22 October 2005 (LBa; 2005-134). A road-killed male on west Galveston Island, Galveston, found on 29 October 2005 (JSt; 2006-43; TPRF 2411; *TCWC 14,381). A male near Andrews, Andrews, on 17 December 2005 (KH; 2006-7). A female at Kerrville, Kerr, from 8 January-1 March 2006 (MTr; 2006-08; TPRF 2364). Two at Boot Canyon, Big Bend NP, Brewster, from 17 January-17 February 2006 (DL, EC; 2006-25; TPRF 2375). One at Cottonwood Campground, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 14 March 2006 (AD; 2006-29; TPRF 2379).

Connecticut Warbler (Oporornis agilis) (9). One at Utopia, Uvalde, on 19 May 2005 (MHe; 2005-96).

Gray-crowned Yellowthroat (Geothlypis poliocephala) (43). An adult male at Sabal Palm Sanctuary, Cameron, from 6 December 2005-3 June 2006 (MBr, EHo, KBT; 2006-13; TPRF 2367).

Red-faced Warbler (Cardellina rubrifrons) (37). One in Boot Canyon, Big Bend NP, Brewster, from 6-9 August 2005 (ML, LBa; 2005-107; TPRF 2348). One at Rio Grande Village, Big Bend NP, Brewster, from 13-14 August 2005 (JHi; 2005-113). One in Boot Canyon, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 28 August 2005 (GL, RSc; 2005-116; TPRF 2349). One at Laguna Meadows, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 30 April 2006 (JV; 2006-53). Red-faced Warbler was removed from the Review List at the TBRC annual meeting in July 2006.

Slate-throated Redstart (Myioborus miniatus) (8). One in Boot Canyon, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 2 May 2006 (J&LW; 2006-51; TPRF 2418).

Baird's Sparrow (Ammodramus bairdii) (54). One at Colorado Canyon, Big Bend Ranch SP, Presidio, on 22 September 2005 (ML; 2005-120). At least four along RR 2810 near Marfa, Presidio, from 26 November-17 December 2005 (RPi, ML, RD; 2005-132; TPRF 2357). One near the intersection of RR 505 and US 90, Jeff Davis, on 23 December 2005 (ML; 2006-01). One in nw. Palo Pinto from 4-5 April 2006 (BFr; 2006-34). One at Austin, Travis, on 21 April 2006 (PS, EC; 2006-44; TPRF 2412). One at Balcones Canyonlands NWR, Burnet, on 22 April 2006 (BRe, CSe, KK; 2006-45; TPRF 2413). One at Rio Grande Village, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 4 May 2006 (JL; 2006-52; TPRF 2419).

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) (30). One 7 miles north of Fort Hancock, Hudspeth, on 17 December 2005 (JZ; 2006-16; TPRF 2369).

Snow Bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis) (6). A female at South Padre Island, Cameron, from 24 December 2005-2 January 2006 (P&RA, PHo, BMc, PS, DE, LBa, MC; 2005-140; TPRF 2360).

Crimson-collared Grosbeak (Rhodothraupis celaeno) (18). A female at Weslaco, Hidalgo, on 20 May 2006 (MGu; 2006-71).

Streak-backed Oriole (Icteruspustulatus) (2). An adult female at El Paso, El Paso, on 16 September 2005 (BZi; 2005-118).


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.

Yellow-nosed Albatross (Thalassarche chlororhynchos). North Padre Island, Kenedy/Willacy on 8 June 2006.

Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus). South Padre Island, Cameron, on 26 November 2005 (2005-136).

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis). near Pearsall, Frio, on 26 April 2005 (2005-125).

Northern Jacana (Jacana spinosa). Brownsville, Cameron, from 11-13 July 2005 (2005-102).

Mew Gull (Larus canus). White Rock Lake, Dallas, on 25 November 2005 (2205-137).

Yellow-footed Gull (Larus livens). Quintana, Brazoria, on 9 July 1998 (1998-141). This record had previously been accepted; however, the publication of analysis of plumage variation of Herring x Kelp Gulls on the Chandeleur Islands off the coast of Louisiana (Dittmann and Cardiff 2005) caused the record to be circulated again. Dittmann and Cardiff examined documentation of the record providing a detailed analysis that the bird's plumage fits within the variation they have seen in the "Chandeleur" Gulls.

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus). near High Island, Galveston, on 22 April 2005 (2005-79).

Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea). off Port Aransas, Aransas, on 19 June 2005 (2005-105).

Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus). off Port Aransas, Aransas, on 18 June 2005 (2005-104).

Ruddy Ground-Dove (Columbina talpacoti). Boquillas Canyon, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 31 May 2006 (2006-79).

Vaux’s Swift (Chaeturavauxi). San Antonio, Bexar, from 11-13 October 2005 (2005-124).

Amethyst-throated Hummingbird (Lampornisamethystinus). San Benito, Cameron, on 4 July 2006 (2006-85).

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae). near Alpine, Brewster, from 24-28 December 2004 (2205-43).

Greater Pewee (Contopus pertinax). Laguna Meadows, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 11 May 2005 (2005-89).

Social Flycatcher (Myiozetetessimilis). Bentsen-Rio Grande State Park, Hidalgo, on 3 January 2006 (2006-09).

Thick-billed Kingbird (Tyrannus crassirostris). Dugout Wells, Big Bend NP, Brewster, on 27 May 2006 (2006-65).

Black-billed Magpie (Pica hudsonia). near Lake Kemp, Baylor, on 21 August 2005 (2005-114).

Connecticut Warbler (Oporornis agilis). Sabine Woods, Jefferson, on 5 May 2005 (2006-60).

Shiny Cowbird (Molothrus bonariensis). Walnut Springs, Somervell, on 12 October 2005 (2005-126).


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