2018 Annual Report



674 Goodnight Trail, Dripping Springs, Texas 78620

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://www.texasbirdrecordscommittee.org). 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 98 records during 2018: 86 records of 46 species were accepted and 12 records of 10 species were not accepted, an acceptance rate of 88.0% for this report. Four additional records were withdrawn by the observers. A total of 170 observers submitted documentation (to the TBRC or to other entities) that was reviewed by the committee during 2018.

The TBRC accepted 2 first state records in 2018: White-crowned Pigeon and Great Black Hawk. These two additions bring the official Texas State List to 649 species in good standing. This total does not include the 5 species on the Presumptive Species List, nor the 2 species on the Supplemental 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, Eric Carpenter, 674 Goodnight Trail, Dripping Springs, Texas 78620 (email: ecarpe@gmail.com). 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 AOS Check-list of North American Birds (AOU 1998) through the 59th supplement (Chesser et al. 2018). A number in parentheses after the species name represents the total number of accepted records in Texas for that species at the end of 2018. Species added to the Review List because of population declines or dwindling occurrence in recent years do not have the total number of accepted records denoted as there are many documented records that were not subjected to review (e.g. Brown Jay, Pinyon Jay, Tamaulipas Crow, and Evening Grosbeak). All observers who submitted written documentation or photographs/recordings 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 discoverer(s) 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. All locations in italics are counties. Please note that the county designations of offshore records are used only as a reference to the nearest point of land.

TBRC Membership -- Members of the TBRC during 2018 who participated in decisions listed in this report were: Randy Pinkston, Chair; Keith Arnold, Academician; Eric Carpenter, (non-voting) Secretary; Greg Cook, Tony Frank, Mary Gustafson, Petra Hockey, Dan Jones, Mark Lockwood, Stephan Lorenz, Chris Runk, and Willie Sekula.

Contributors – Dean Anderson, Kenny Anderson, John Woodhouse Audubon (JWA), Jane Azzaro, Eddie Bartley, Chris Benesh, Dave Bengston, Chris Bergmann (ChB), John Berner (JoB), Brian Berry, Stephanie Bilodeau, Ronnie Blount, Justin Bosler (JuB), Sonny Bratz (SoB), Harold Brewer, Amanda Brochu, John Brush, Kelly Bryan, Ray Burr (RaB), Bryan Calk, Kris Cannon, Steve Cardiff, Blaine Carnes (BlC), Eric Carpenter, Sebastian Casarez (SeC), Blackland Prairie Raptor Center (BPRC), Fred Collins, Greg Cook, Dennis Cooke, Mel Cooksey, Charles Cornell, Cameron Cox (CaC), Chuck Davis, Michael Densmore, Donna Dittman, Wyatt Egelhoff, Darell Fellers, Joe Fischer, Mark Flippo, Kevin Floyd, Harry Forbes, Ross Foreman, Phyllis Frank, Tony Frank, Bob Friedrichs, Anna Galvan, Charmaine Ganson, Steve Glover, Javier Gonzalez, Mark Gray, Martin Hagne (MHa), John Hale (JoH), Mary Halligan, David Hanson, Cathy Hay, Sue Heath, Anthony Henehan, Richard Hermosillo (RiH), Petra Hockey, Joseph Hood, Lee Hoy, Erik Huebner, Ron Huebner, Mark Hunter (MaH), Ernie Iverson, Geoffrey Jensen, Adrian Johnson, Earl Johnson, Tom Johnson, Dan Jones, Richard Kasmire, Missy Kerr, Peter Keyel, Simon Kiacz, Kendra Kocab, Rich Kostecke (RiK), Mark Kulstad (MaK), Alex Lamoreaux, Greg Lasley, Rick Laughlin, Darrell Lee, Brad Lirette, Mark Lockwood, Tim Long, Lorrie Lowrie, Bill Lupardus (BiL), John Maresh (JMa), Terry Martinez, Ray Matlack, John McClung (JoM), Jon McIntyre, Brad McKinney, Candy McNamee, Stennie Meadors, Colette Micallef (CoM), Jennifer Miller (JeM), Steve Monti (StM), Marya Moosman, Arman Moreno, Chad Mussman (ChM), Susan Mynarcik (SuM), Bruce Neville, Alan Van Norman (AVN), Kyle O'Haver (KOH), Carolyn Ohl-Johnson (COJ), Andrew Orgill, Dina Perry, Barrett Pierce, Randy Pinkston, Sumita Prasad, Jeannene Przyblyski, John Puschock (JoP), Nina Rach, Janet Rathjen, Pat Ravindran, Pattabhiraman Ravindran (PaR), Martin Reid, Nate Rice (NaR), James Rieman (JaR), Cecilia Riley (CeR), Gabriel Rodgriguez, Gabriel Rodriguez (GaR), David Rosenbaum, Chris Runk, Isaac Sanchez, Ben Sandifer, David Sarkozi, Susan Schaezler (SuS), Mark Scheuerman, Suzanne Schroeder, John Schueler (JoS), Willie Sekula, Paul Sellin, Jeff Sexton (JeS), Dennis Shepler (DeS), Justin Springer, Byron Stone (ByS), Mary Beth Stowe (MBS), Romey Swanson, Sandi Templeton, Mark Terry, Kristen Tucker, Robin Tucker-Drob (RTD), Breck Tyler, Gustavo Valero, Raymond VanBuskirk, Christian Walker (ChW), Lee Wallace, Robert Wallace (RoW), Mike Wanger (MWa), Evan Ward (EvW), Katheryn Watson, Maria Watson (MaW), Johan van der Watt (JvdW), Mike Wease, Noreen Weeden, Ron Weeks, Ed Wetzel, Carl White, Matt White (MWh), Alan Whitehead (AlW), Joel Williams (JoW), Mike Williams (MiW), Jennifer Wilson, Mary Ann Wilson (MAW), Dale Wolck, Tom Wolfe, Adam Wood, Chris Wood (CWo), Barry Zimmer.

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 Dan Brooks, Jack Eitniear, Matt Heindel, Alvaro Jaramillo, Tom Johnson, Tony Leukering, Todd McGrath, and Steve Mlodinow for providing the TBRC with expert opinion concerning records reviewed during 2018. The author thanks his fellow TBRC members for reviewing previous drafts of this report.

Additional Abbreviations – A.O.S. = American Ornithologists’ Society; A.O.U. = American Ornithologists' Union; N.P. = National Park; N.S. = National Seashore; N.W.R. = National Wildlife Refuge; S.H.S. = State Historic Site; S.N.A. = State Natural Area; S.P. = State Park; W.M.A. = Wildlife Management Area.


Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator) (14). One at Ft. Worth Nature Center, Tarrant on 14 December 2017 (EW, SG; 2017-86; TPRF 3553).

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (56). One at Katy Prairie, Waller on 5-11 April 2018 (MS, AW, TF, JR, JH, ST; 2018-36; TPRF 3580).

American Black Duck (Anas rubripes) (10). One at White Rock Lake, Dallas on 1 January - 5 March 2018 (AG, AW, EW, BS, SS, SH, DA, KK; 2018-02; TPRF 3560).

White-crowned Pigeon (Patagioenas leucocephala) (1). One near Galveston ferry, Galveston on 7 October 2017 (TL, SP, SM; 2017-41; TPRF 3529). This represents the first fully documented record for Texas.

Ruddy Ground-Dove (Columbina talpacoti) (23). One at Terlingua, Brewster on 28 January 2018 (MF; 2018-19; TPRF 3571).

Mexican Violetear (Colibri thalassinus) (85). One north of Rio Hondo, Cameron on 28 April 2018 (CC; 2018-46; TPRF 3586).

Green-breasted Mango (Anthracothorax prevostii) (21). One at Quinta Mazatlan S.P., Hidalgo on 2-11 December 2017 (JB, BC, AO, MBS; 2017-65; TPRF 3547).

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (43). One at El Paso, El Paso on 29 September 2017 - 6 February 2018 (BZ; 2018-01; TPRF 3528). One at Chisos Basin sewage ponds, Big Bend N.P., Brewster on 18 October 2017 (EC; 2017-43; TPRF 3531). One at Christmas Mountains, Brewster on 4-9 November 2017 (COJ; 2017-51; TPRF 3539). One at U.T.E.P. Campus, El Paso, El Paso on 14 March 2018 (KF; 2018-59; TPRF 3577).

Violet-crowned Hummingbird (Amazilia violiceps) (22). One at Sanderson, Terrell on 13 December 2017 - 2 January 2018 (MC, DS, BL, DJ, RP, LH, TF, PF, ML, ByS; 2017-83; TPRF 3552). One at Calallen, Nueces on 21 April - 11 May 2018 (EW, JH, MC, JuB; 2018-45; TPRF 3583). One at Daniel's Ranch, Big Bend N.P., Brewster on 10 May 2018 (BT; 2018-51).

White-eared Hummingbird (Hylocharis leucotis) (42). One at Boot Canyon, Big Bend N.P., Brewster on 3 August 2017 (RV; 2018-33; TPRF 3524).

Northern Jacana (Jacana spinosa) (42). One at South Texas Botanical Gardens, Corpus Christi, Nueces on 14-18 April 2018 (EB, NW, JM, MC, GR; 2018-38; TPRF 3581).

Ruff (Calidris pugnax) (39). One west of Victoria, Victoria on 28 February 2018 (MT; 2018-29; TPRF 3576).

Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima) (27). One at Point Comfort, Calhoun on 16 February - 2 May 2018 (BF, DS, JM, PH, AW, JH, RP, GL, AM, AL; 2018-26; TPRF 3574).

South Polar Skua (Stercorarius maccormicki) (2). One ~102 miles southeast of Matagorda Island, Calhoun on 15 October 2017 (DS, BF; 2017-42; TPRF 3530).

Long-tailed Jaeger (Stercorarius longicaudus) (26). One at Hornsby Bend, Travis on 30 August - 1 September 2017 (MAW, TM, EC, GC; 2017-39; TPRF 3527).

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (111). One at Packery Channel, Nueces on 2 December 2012 (AO; 2017-40; TPRF 3514). One at Crystal Beach, Galveston on 3-4 November 2017 (RB; 2017-59; TPRF 3538). One at La Porte, Chambers/Harris on 16 December 2017 - 25 January 2018 (RH, DS, JoB, TF, PF, AW, CM, CD; 2017-85; TPRF 3554). One at Boca Chica jetty, Cameron on 3 January 2018 (SB, AH; 2018-04; TPRF 3561). One at Matagorda Island, Calhoun on 9 January 2018 (PH; 2018-09). One at Tornillo Reservoir, El Paso on 10 January 2018 (MD; 2018-21; TPRF 3563). One at Boca Chica jetty, Cameron on 13-20 January 2018 (GV; 2018-12; TPRF 3564).

Mew Gull (Larus canus) (41). One at Lake Arlington, Tarrant on 8 February 2018 (MW; 2018-25; TPRF 3572).

Great Black-backed Gull (Larus marinus) (62). One at Texas City Dike and Bolivar Flats, Galveston on 2 January - 13 May 2017 (BB, CoM, SH, DB, RW, BF, MK, PR; 2017-02; TPRF 3517). One at Texas City Dike and Bolivar Flats, Galveston on 14 November 2017 - 14 April 2018 (JaR, DS, BB, JH, FC; 2017-53; TPRF 3543). One at Lake Meredith, Hutchinson on 13-27 January 2018 (WS, BP; 2018-14; TPRF 3565). One at Galveston Island, Bolivar Flats and San Luis Pass, Galveston on 4-26 April 2018 (KC, KA, DA, GC; 2018-41; TPRF 3579).

Brown Noddy (Anous stolidus) (22). One ~14 miles east of Port Aransas, Aransas on 23 May 2018 (JM; 2018-60; TPRF 3589).

Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans) (9). Up to three at Padre Island N.S., Kleberg on 18-25 July 2017 (GL, MR, MC, JM, DS, DJ, AM; 2017-33; TPRF 3521). One at San Jose Island, Aransas on 23 July 2017 (RL; 2017-38; TPRF 3522). One at Surfside Jetty, Brazoria on 2-19 December 2017 (AM, BL, AW, KT; 2017-66; TPRF 3548).

Leach's Storm-Petrel (Hydrobates leucorhoa) (36). One at Padre Island N.S., Kleberg on 17 June 2018 (DR, MC; 2018-57; TPRF 3591).

Jabiru (Jabiru mycteria) (14). One at Hynes Bay Unit, Guadalupe Delta W.M.A., Refugio on 24 July 2017 (RK; 2017-64; TPRF 3523).

Red-footed Booby (Sula sula) (5). One 25 miles southeast of Packery Channel, Kleberg on 2 November 2017 (JM; 2017-49; TPRF 3536). One ~89 miles southeast of Matagorda Island, Calhoun on 9 January 2018 (JM; 2018-06; TPRF 3562).

Bare-throated Tiger-Heron (Tigrisoma mexicanum) (2). One at undisclosed location, Uvalde on 1 February 2017 - 31 May 2018 (MC; 2018-49; TPRF 3518).

Northern Goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) (26). One at Pine Springs, Guadalupe Mts N.P., Culberson on 22 November 2017 (DeS; 2017-58).

Great Black Hawk (Buteogallus urubitinga) (1). One at South Padre Island, Cameron on 24 April 2018 (JG; 2018-44; TPRF 3584). This represents the first documented record for Texas.

Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus) (55). One at Hazel Bazemore, Nueces on 14 November 2016 (EJ; 2018-10; TPRF 3516). One west of Fort Davis, Jeff Davis on 6 May 2018 (DD, SC; 2018-55).

Snowy Owl (Bubo scandiacus) (12). One at North Texas Regional Airport, Denison, Grayson on 20 December 2017 (BPRC; 2018-20; TPRF 3555). One southwest of Gruver, Hansford on 29 December 2017 (ChM; 2018-05; TPRF 3557). One at northeast Odessa, Ector/Midland on 23 January - 13 March 2018 (JvdW, DS, EC, JH, ML, JM, MS, MC, SeC, CW, BiL; 2018-17; TPRF 3568). One at Amarillo, Randall on 26-28 January 2018 (RaB, JS, PK, BP; 2018-18; TPRF 3569). One at Fort Worth, Tarrant on 21-23 February 2018 (JoS, RP; 2018-28; TPRF 3575).

Northern Pygmy-Owl (Glaucidium gnoma) (7). One at McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains N.P., Culberson on 24 October 2017 (PH; 2017-46). One at McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains N.P., Culberson on 27 March - 7 April 2018 (CR, WS; 2018-35; TPRF 3578).

Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) (34). One west of Fort Davis, Jeff Davis on 6 October 2016 (DD, SC; 2018-56). One to two at Tejas Camp, Guadalupe Mountains N.P., Culberson on 20 May - 3 September 2017 (CR, EC, JuB, WE, BF; 2017-23; TPRF 3520).

Elegant Trogon (Trogon elegans) (7). One at Landa Park, New Braunfels, Comal on 27 January - 8 February 2018 (JA, EC, DS, JH, RP, HF; 2018-23; TPRF 3570).

Rose-throated Becard (Pachyramphus aglaiae) (61). One at Santa Ana N.W.R., Hidalgo on 11 November 2017 - 7 January 2018 (RoW, CH, AVN, GJ; 2017-57; TPRF 3540). One northeast of Los Fresnos, Cameron on 25 November 2017 - 3 March 2018 (RTD, MaW, BM, GaR; 2017-62; TPRF 3544). One at Santa Ana N.W.R., Hidalgo on 15 January - 15 February 2018 (MH, JP, HB; 2018-13; TPRF 3567). One at Hugh Ramsey Park, Harlingen, Cameron on 12 May 2018 (GV; 2018-61; TPRF 3588).

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher (Myiodynastes luteiventris) (31). One at Casa Santa Ana, near Santa Ana N.W.R., Hidalgo on 6 August 2017 (JoM; 2017-35; TPRF 3525).

Greater Pewee (Contopus pertinax) (32). One to two at Bear Creek Park & Memorial Oaks Cemetery, Harris on 20 September 2016 - 22 March 2017 (JeM, DW, MaK, MS; 2016-78; TPRF 3515). One at Pharr, Hidalgo on 9 April 2017 (SK, MM; 2018-03; TPRF 3519). One at Bear Creek Park, Houston, Harris on 10 December 2017 - 10 March 2018 (NR, JH; 2018-32; TPRF 3550). One near Bridge Gap, Davis Mountains Preserve, Jeff Davis on 23 May 2018 (EC; 2018-52; TPRF 3590).

Clark's Nutcracker (Nucifraga columbiana) (25). One at Davis Mountains, Jeff Davis on 25-27 October 2017 (DF; 2018-15; TPRF 3532). Six to eight at South Rim, Chisos Mountains, Big Bend N.P., Brewster on 28 October 2017 (MaH; 2017-61).

Tamaulipas Crow (Corvus imparatus) (15). One 44 miles southeast of Packery Channel, Kleberg on 2 November 2017 (JM; 2017-50; TPRF 3537). Three at Laguna Atascosa, Cameron on 12 November 2017 (CB; 2017-63; TPRF 3541). One at East Beach area, Galveston on 26 November - 5 December 2017 (MHa, KOH, TF, PF, JR, RF, DC, JoH; 2017-60; TPRF 3545). One at San Luis Pass area, Galveston/Brazoria on 27-28 November 2017 (AW, AlW; 2017-89; TPRF 3546). One near Goose Island S.P., Aransas on 29 December 2017 - 3 January 2018 (PH, LL, IS, JM, AJ, AM; 2017-88; TPRF 3558). One at Quintana, Brazoria on 15 April 2018 (TF, MiW, JW; 2018-43; TPRF 3582).

Rufous-backed Robin (Turdus rufopalliatus) (24). One at Palo Duro S.P., Randall on 28 October 2017 (ChW, AB; 2017-47; TPRF 3534).

Varied Thrush (Ixoreus naevius) (48). One at Canyon, Randall on 1 November 2017 (RM; 2018-08; TPRF 3535).

Aztec Thrush (Ridgwayia pinicola) (7). One north of San Perlita, Willacy on 3-5 May 2018 (TW, DJ, BM; 2018-48; TPRF 3587).

Evening Grosbeak (Coccothraustes vespertinus) (20). One west of Fort Davis, Jeff Davis on 26-27 October 2017 (KB, DS, BF; 2017-45; TPRF 3533). One at Amarillo, Potter on 12 November 2017 (TJ; 2017-55; TPRF 3542).

Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea) (18). One at Lake Rita Blanca, Hartley on 27 December 2017 (CWo; 2017-87; TPRF 3556). One west-southwest of Lufkin, Angelina on 10-15 February 2018 (EI; 2018-27; TPRF 3573).

White-winged Crossbill (Loxia leucoptera) (10). One at Friendswood, Galveston on 26 April 2018 (DL, TF, PH, DS; 2018-42; TPRF 3585).

Golden-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia atricapilla) (42). One to two at Lake Palo Duro, Hansford on 9-28 December 2017 (DeS, DS, JF, ChB, DA; 2017-81; TPRF 3549). One north of Cibolo, Guadalupe on 11 December 2017 - 26 April 2018 (JoW, SuS, EH, RP, MC, CH, JM, CG, ByS, MWa; 2017-80; TPRF 3551). One at Lake Meredith, Potter on 6 February 2018 (BP; 2018-24).

Golden-crowned Warbler (Basileuterus culicivorus) (25). One at Lions/Shelley Park, Refugio, Refugio on 14 January - 15 February 2018 (SoB, LW, JoP; 2018-11; TPRF 3566).

Slate-throated Redstart (Myioborus miniatus) (15). One at Tobe Canyon, Jeff Davis on 13-31 August 2017 (RP, AM, PS, RiH, RiK, CeR, MG; 2017-36; TPRF 3526).

Blue Bunting (Cyanocompsa parellina) (51). One at Quinta Mazatlan S.P., McAllen, Hidalgo on 30 December 2017 - 21 March 2018 (JB, JH, DS, AW, IS, PaR; 2018-22; TPRF 3559).


A number of factors may contribute to a record being denied acceptance. It is quite uncommon for a record to not be accepted due to a bird being 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.

White-cheeked Pintail (Anas bahamensis). One at Richland Creek W.M.A., Freestone on 26 March - 10 October 2017 (2017-84).

Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi). Three at Comanche Park, Odessa, Ector on 10-11 December 2016 (2016-83).

Mexican Violetear (Colibri thalassinus). One at west Austin, Travis on 13 May 2017 (2018-31).

Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima). One at Lavaca Bay Causeway, Calhoun on 28 November 1996 (2018-65).

Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus). One ~148 miles southeast of Freeport, Brazoria on 10 January 2018 (2018-07).

Black-capped Petrel (Pterodroma hasitata). One ~43 miles southeast of Matagorda Island, Calhoun on 24 January 2017 (2017-06).

Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus). One west of Fort Davis, Jeff Davis on 11 August 2017 (2017-37). One at Sunset Lake, Portland, San Patricio on 19 November 2017 (2017-56).

Thick-billed Parrot (Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha). One at “Rio Grande, Texas”, unknown (county) on 22 January 1905 (2018-34). The location given on this specimen “Rio Grande, Texas” is speculated to have been Rio Grande City, Texas though there are questions about the exact circumstances and location where the bird was originally collected.

Tamaulipas Crow (Corvus imparatus). One at Heron Flats, Aransas N.W.R., Aransas on 1 March 2018 (2018-30). One at LaFitte's Cove, west Galveston Island, Galveston on 21 April 2018 (2018-50).

Connecticut Warbler (Oporornis agilis). One at Smith Point, Chambers on 11 October 2017 (2017-67).


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