1998 Annual Report for the Texas Bird
Records Committee Published
The 1998 Annual Report for the Texas Bird Records
Committee (TBRC), a standing committee ofthe Texas
Ornithological Society*, has been published. The TBRC has
reached a decision on several records on the Upper Texas
Coast. The OG Checklist Committee defers to the TBRC on
all birds considered Review Species by the TBRC.
Below, I've excerpted records from the TBRC annual report
that affect records on the Upper Texas Coast.
The format ofthe report is: Species(binomial name) (number
of accepted records for Texas). The Texas Photo-Record File
is abbreviated TPRF and the Texas Cooperative Wildlife
Collection is abbreviated TCWC.
Red-throated Loon (Gavia stellata) (34). One at Galveston,
Galveston, from 1 April to 3 May 1998 (1998-53, TPRF
Brant (Branta bemicld) (17). One "American" Brant from
the Katy Prairie, Fort Bend, in November 1971 (*TCWC
13337). The specimen is a mount donated to the TCWC.
Masked Duck (Nomonyx dominica) (52). One at Cullinan
Park, Fort Bend, from 23 February to 4 April 1998 (TPRF
Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (8). One at Port
Arthur, Jefferson, on 24 November 1994 (1994-186). One at
Galveston, Galveston, from 30 April to 2 May 1997
(1997-80; TPRF 1625).
California Gull (Larus californicus) (48). An adult at
Galveston, Galveston, from 1 December 1996 to mid
February 1997 (1997-61; TPRF 1623).
Thayer's Gull (Larus thayeri) (39). A first winter bird at
Galveston, Galveston, from 25 November to 28 December
1993 (1994-56; TPRF 1647).
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) (87). Another
adult was at Beaumont, Jefferson, on 30 December 1996
Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (Ti). One in Jefferson on
15 April 1995 (1995-79). One at East Beach and Bolivar
Flats, Galveston, from 16 November 1996 to 29 March 1997
(1996-167 & 1997-12, TPRF 1584).
Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (66). One at
Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston, on 25 April 1997 (1997-111).
Mangrove Cuckoo (Coccyzus minor) (7). One at Quintana,
Brazoria, on 11 May 1997 (1997-90; TPRF 1665).
Fork-tailed Flycatcher (Tyrannus savana) (11). One near
Anahuac NWR, Chambers, on 17 May 1997 (1997-154).
Another near Anahuac NWR, Chambers, on 13 September
Black-whiskered Vireo (Vireo altiloquus) (12). One at High
Island Galveston, on 10 May 1997 (1997-95).
Bohemian Waxwing (Bombycilla garrulus) (8). One 8 miles
north of Rosenberg, Fort Bend, on 7 February 1997
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. The nonacceptance of
any record simply reflects the opinion ofthe 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.
Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus). One (1995-32) at Anahuac
NWR, Chambers, on 27 January 1995.
Purple Sandpiper (Calidris maritima). Two (1997-82) on
West Galveston Island Galveston, on 19 April 1997.
Mew Gull (Larus camis). One (1997-63) at Galveston,
Galveston, on 26 January 1997.
California GuU (Larus californicus). Two (1997-94) at
Crystal Beach, Galveston, on 12 April 1997. Two (1996-91)
at Galveston, Galveston, on 19 April 1996. One (1997-104)
at Galveston, Galveston, on 30 April 1997. Two (1997-115)
at Bolivar Flats, Galveston, from 25 May to 12 July 1997.
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