Nueces County Texas Bird Checklist

 The purpose of this list is to fully include all naturally-occurring bird species positively recorded in Nueces County, Texas. The general criteria for the list, in the case of rarities or extralimitals, is that the record be published in a respected, peer-reviewed publication. These records are generally from North American birds and its predecessor publications, Audubon Field Notes, American Birds and Field Notes. Certain records published in these journals have NOT been included, if there was doubt regarding identification or provenance of the record. In the case of Texas Bird Records Committee review species, it is required that the sighting be Accepted in order to be included here. We also include records that are supported by specimen or archived photograph, but may have not been published.


This list is a work-in-progress, and will be amended as records occur and we add to our knowledge of Nueces County avifauna. Certain older records are still being sought or researched. I would value the input of birders and ornithology researchers as to comments, additions, corrections, etc.

It is our hope that this checklist effort may inspire other Texas birders to create a similar database for their own county. These detailed historical studies may enable us to use more accuracy in reporting to national databases and journals regarding the rarity of a certain species. We may think of a modern-day rarity record of being a “first” or “second” county record, for example, when, in fact, we later find a specimen or detailed published report was obtained many years ago.

Taxonomic sequencing and nomenclature follows the 61st Supplement, 7th edition of The Checklist of North and Middle American Birds, American Ornithological Society, July 2020.

 Abundance Terms:

Rare: Only a few records, usually seen less than annually.

Occasional: Seen a few times each season

Uncommon:  Usually low density species, can be found with some effort

Fairly Common: Should be found during a normal day’s birding activity

Common: Hard to miss


Geese, Swans and Ducks (Anatidae)

 Black-bellied Whistling-Duck

Dendrocygna autumnalis

 Common to abundant year-round resident. Has increased  in numbers and range since the 1960s. 

 Fulvous Whistling-Duck

Dendrocygna bicolor   

Fairly common migrant and breeder, especially during wet seasons.

Snow Goose

Anser caerulescens  

Common winter resident

Ross’s Goose

Anser rossii  

Winter resident, uncommon and in small numbers.

 Greater White-fronted Goose

Anser albifrons  

Common winter resident


Branta bernicla   

Accidental.  One accepted record:

15 Jan 1995, Port Aransas  (TBRC 1995-10) (NAB)

 Cackling Goose

Branta hutchinsii

Until the 1980’s, “white-faced” geese were plentiful in bays and estuaries around Corpus Christi. The hutchinsii race of Canada Goose, as this species considered at that time, was among the most plentiful of the “races”. White-faced geese of both species are rare to uncommon in Nueces County since the 1980s.

 Canada Goose

Branta canadensis  

Uncommon winter resident. Formerly common in larger numbers.

Tundra Swan


Winter 1970, “several small flocks in Rockport and Corpus Christi areas” (AFN 1970)

There are several reports of this species from the early 1900s, and it may have been fairly regular in small numbers in winter during that time.

Wood Duck

Aix sponsa  

Uncommon winter resident and possibly a breeder along Nueces River in the western part of the county. 

Blue-winged Teal

Spatula discors

Common winter resident and rare breeder

Cinnamon Teal

Spatula cyanoptera  

Uncommon winter resident

 Northern Shoveler

Spatula clypeata  

Common winter resident and occasional breeder


Mareca strepera   

Common winter resident

 American Wigeon

Mareca americana

Common winter resident


Anas platyrhynchos

 Uncommon winter resident

 American Black Duck

Anas rubripes  

Accidental: One accepted record:

 15 Jan. 1890. Corpus Christi, Specimen in the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH 79453)

 Mottled Duck

Anas fulvigula  

Common permanent resident

Northern Pintail

Anas acuta

Common winter resident

 Green-winged Teal

Anas crecca  

Common winter resident


Aythya valisineria  

Fairly common winter resident


Aythya Americana

Common winter resident

 Ring-necked Duck

Aythya collaris

Common winter resident

 Greater Scaup

Aythya marila  

Uncommon winter resident

 Lesser Scaup

Aythya affinis

Common winter resident

Common Eider

Somateria mollissima  

Accidental: One accepted record; an adult male shot by a hunter in the Laguna Madre

8 Jan. 2007 N. Laguna Madre, NUE (TBRC 2007-11; TPRF 2480)

Surf Scoter

Melanitta perspicillata  

Rare winter visitor

 White-winged Scoter

Melanitta fusca  

Rare winter visitor

Black Scoter

Melanitta nigra   

Rare winter visitor

 Long-tailed Duck

Clangula hyemalis   

Rare winter visitor


Bucephala albeola  

Common winter resident

 Common Goldeneye

Bucephala clangula  

Uncommon winter resident

 Hooded Merganser

Lophodytes cucullatus

Fairly common winter resident

 Red-breasted Merganser

Mergus serrator

Common winter resident

 Masked Duck

Nomonyx dominicus

Rare to accidental. Three accepted records:

10 Nov-5 Dec 1968  (1-10) Corpus Christi, NUE (*WWF 1532; TPRF 293) (AFN 23:78; Oberholser 1974; Rappole and Blacklock 1985)

20 Dec 1992-1 Jan 1993  (1-2) Corpus Christi, NUE (1*TCWC 12926; TBRC 1993-52; TPRF 1162) (AB 47:275, 845)

15-20 Jun 1996   Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 1996-112) (FN 50:969)

Many sight records

Ruddy Duck

Oxyura jamaicensis

Common winter resident   


Plain Chachalaca

Ortalis vetula
Rare. One record:
13 Feb and 8 Apr 2009; Several birds photographed in extreme Southwest Nueces County. These birds are from an original 1960s or 1970s introduction release by Texas Parks and Wildlife in adjoining Kleberg County. This population has been self-sustaining since the release.  Published in Wildlife in Focus, 2010. Pending TPRF file number.

 Northern Bobwhite

Colinus virginianus

Fairly common permanent resident, declining in number

 Scaled Quail

Callipepla squamata 

One published record:

Blacklock saw two in the Nueces Bay area Mar. 21 and 25, 1962. Formerly ranged to the Central Coast. (AFN 1962)

 Wild Turkey

Meleagris gallopavo  

Fairly common permanent resident

 Grebes (Podicipediformes)

 Least Grebe

Tachybaptus dominicus

Fairly common permanent resident.

 Pied-billed Grebe

Podilymbus podiceps

Common permanent resident, population highest in winter months.

 Horned Grebe

Podiceps auritus

 Rare winter visitor

 Eared Grebe

Podiceps nigricollis 

Common winter resident

 Western Grebe

Aechmophorus occidentalis

One published record:

9 Dec., 1968 from a pond at Oso Golf Course, and described by Blacklock as “first Nueces County record”.

27 Mar - May 15, 2013 One photographed from Port Aransas Jetty, NAB Vol. 67 No. 3, pg. 479

  Pigeons and Doves (Columbiformes)

 Rock Pigeon

Columba livia

Common permanent resident

 Red-billed Pigeon

Patagioenas flavirostris


Two published sight records:

Jan. 26, 1969 Flour Bluff by an experienced observer, AFN-1969)

March 3-5, 1988 Corpus Christi, with photo, TPRF 615, (AB-1988)

 Eurasian Collared-Dove

Streptopelia decaocto

Common permanent resident

 Inca Dove

Columbina inca

Common permanent resident

 Common Ground-Dove

Columbina passerina

Common permanent resident

 White-tipped Dove

Leptotila verreauxi

Uncommon permanent resident, subject to northern range expansion

 White-winged Dove

Zenaida asiatica

Common permanent resident

 Mourning Dove

Zenaida macroura

Common Permanent resident

 Cuckoos, Roadrunners, and Anis (Cuculiformes)

 Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Coccyzus americanus

Common migrant and summer resident

 Mangrove Cuckoo

Coccyzus minor


One accepted record:

3-4 May 2000            Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 2000-30; TPRF 1912)

 Black-billed Cuckoo

Coccyzus erythropthalmus

Uncommon migrant in spring, rare in fall

Greater Roadrunner

Geococcyx californianus

Common permanent resident

Groove-billed Ani

Crotophaga sulcirostris

Fairly common summer resident

Goatsuckers (Caprimulgiformes)

 Lesser Nighthawk

Chordeiles acutipennis

Common migrant and uncommon summer resident

 Common Nighthawk

Chordeiles minor

Common migrant and summer resident

 Common Pauraque

Nyctidromus albicollis

Common permanent resident

 Common Poorwill

Phalaenoptilus nuttallii

Rare migrant and visitor

One specimen record:

1993 (date?)  TCWC specimen number 13137

Several sight records


Caprimulgus carolinensis

Common spring and fall migrant

 Eastern Whip-poor-will

Caprimulgus vociferus

Fairly common spring and fall migrant

Swifts and Hummingbird (Apodiformes)

 Chimney Swift

Chaetura pelagica

Common summer resident

 White-throated Swift

Aeronautes saxatalis

One published sight record:

16 Apr 1965  “Five White-throated Swifts were seen at very close range at Hazel Bazemore Park on the Nueces on April 16 (Gene Blacklock), a very unusual record for the Central Coast” (AFN 1965) 

Hummingbirds (Trochilidae)

Mexican Violetear

Colibri thalassinus


Four accepted records:

6 May-25 Jun 1995  Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 1995-60; TPRF 1374) (FN 49:276, 951

7-13 May 2000  Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 2000-64; TPRF 1787

2-3 Apr 2002 Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 2002-48; TPRF 1972)

17 Apr 2009  Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 2009-35; TPRF 2717)

Green-breasted Mango

Anthracothorax prevostii


6-27 Jan 1992          Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 1992-10; TPRF 1133) (AB 46:289, 451)

3-8 Nov & 29 Nov-21 Dec 1997  Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 1997-150; TPRF 1632) (AB 98th CBC issue: 398; FN 52:89; 224)

12 Aug 2000   Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 2009-80; TPRF 2746)

Blue-throated Hummingbird

Lampornis clemenciae


Two published record, several sight records

17 Nov 1973 Corpus Christi (AB, 1974)

21-29 Nov 1995 Calallen area, Corpus Christi

 Ruby-throated Hummingbird

Archilochus colubris

Common migrant, rare non-breeding summer visitor, rare in winter

 Black-chinned Hummingbird

Archilochus alexandri

Common summer resident

 Anna’s Hummingbird

Calypte anna

Rare winter visitor

 Broad-tailed Hummingbird

Selasphorus platycercus

Rare to occasional winter visitor

 Rufous Hummingbird

Selasphorus rufus

Uncommon migrant and winter visitor

 Allen’s Hummingbird

Selasphorus sasin

Rare to occasional migrant and winter visitor, several banding records

Seven TBRC records prior to delisting in 2004. Several sight records

Calliope Hummingbird

Stellula calliope

Rare: Four records

(Date?) 1995 One female,Corpus Christi

20 Feb- 13 April 2003 female banded and recaptured, Calallen area, Corpus Christi

17-24 Dec 2011 One female photographed Dec. 24 2011 to TPRF

Sept17-20 2012 one female photographed at Hazel Bazemore County Park, photo to TPRF

Buff-bellied Hummingbird

Amazilia yucatanensis

Common permanent resident, more numerous in summer

Violet-crowned Hummingbird

Amazilia violiceps

Accidental: One record

21 April- 11 May, one male  at feeder west portion of Corpus Christi. (TBRC 2018-45, TPRF 3583)

Rails, Gallinules, Coots, and Cranes (Gruiformes)  

Black Rail

Laterallus jamaicensis  

Rare to uncommon resident in spartina marshes. Status and distribution poorly known.

Clapper Rail

Rallus crepitans

Common permanent resident.

 King Rail

Rallus elegans

Uncommon migrant and winter resident. Probably nests in wet seasons.

 Virginia Rail

Rallus limicola

Common migrant and winter resident.


Porzana carolina

Common migrant and winter resident.

 Purple Gallinule

Porphyrio martinica  

Uncommon summer resident, occasional in winter

Common Gallinule

Gallinula galeata   

Common permanent resident

 American Coot

Fulica americana  

Common permanent resident

Cranes (Gruidae)

 Sandhill Crane

Antigone canadensis

Common winter resident

 Whooping Crane

Grus americana

One published sight record with photos. Nov. 4-6 2005 from Wooldridge Road, near Cayo del Oso, NAB

Several sight records, photo records fall 2015-2017

Shorebirds (Charadriiformes)

Stilts and Avocets (Recurvirostridae)

Black-necked Stilt

Himantopus mexicanus

Common permanent resident

American Avocet

Recurvirostra Americana

Fairly common permanent resident

Oystercatchers (Haematopodidae)

American Oystercatcher

Haematopus palliatus

Fairly common permanent resident

Plovers (Charadriidae)

Black-bellied Plover

Pluvialis squatarola

Common winter resident. A few non-breeders spend the summer.

American Golden-Plover

Pluvialis dominica

Common spring migrant, rare fall migrant.

Snowy Plover

Charadrius nivosus

Fairly common permanent resident

Wilson’s Plover

Charadrius wilsonia

Common summer resident, rare in winter

Semipalmated Plover

Charadrius semipalmatus

Common in winter and migration, less numerous in summer

Piping Plover

Charadrius melodus

Fairly common winter resident


Charadrius vociferus

Common permanent resident

Mountain Plover

Charadrius montanus

Uncommon winter resident in agricultural fields

Jacanas (Jacanidae)

Northern Jacana

Jacana spinosa

Accidental: one adult at Corpus Christi Botanical Garden April 14-18, 2018 (TBRC 2018-38, TPRF)

Sandpipers, Phalaropes, and Allies (Scolopacidae)

Upland Sandpiper

Bartramia longicauda

Common spring and fall migrant


Numenius phaeopus

Fairly common spring and fall migrant in small numbers

Long-billed Curlew

Numenius americanus

Common migrant and winter resident

Bar-tailed Godwit

Limosa lapponica

Accidental. One record:
9 Aug - 26 Oct. 2014  Oso Bay,  TBRC 2014-44; TPRF

Hudsonian Godwit

Limosa haemastica

Fairly common spring migrant

Marbled Godwit

Limosa fedoa

Common migrant and winter resident

Ruddy Turnstone

Arenaria interpres

Common migrant and winter resident

Red Knot

Calidris canutus

Fairly common migrant and winter resident. Numbers decreasing


Aphriza virgata

Accidental spring migrant

Three accepted records:

April 4-11, 1975, Port Aransas (TBRC 1994-87; TPRF 1263) AB 29:876

April 21 1983 (2 birds) Port Aransas (TPRF 513) (AB 37:889)

May 1-9, 2009 Port Aransas, (TBRC 2009-40; TPRF 2722)


 Philomachus pugnax

Accidental, one record:

Oct. 19, 1968- Jan. 11, 1969, Cayo del Oso, (Welder Wildlife Foundation ph S-27; TPRF 568)

(AFN 23; 79,497. Oberholser 1974)

Stilt Sandpiper

Calidris himantopus

Common migrant, fairly common winter resident

Curlew Sandpiper

Calidris ferruginea


Two accepted records:

Aug. 21-27, 2002, Port Aransas, (TBRC 2002-97; TPRF 2083)

Aug. 17-Sept. 4, 2009, Cayo del Oso, (TBRC 2009-71; TPRF 2741)


Calidris alba

Common migrant and winter resident; smaller numbers during summer months.


Calidris alpina

Common fall and spring migrant, common winter resident

Purple Sandpiper

Calidris maritima


Two accepted records:

April 16-28, 1996, Port Aransas (TBRC 1996-58: TPRF 1508) (FN 50:302

Feb. 22, 2009 Port Aransas (TBRC 2009-26; TPRF 2711)

Baird’s Sandpiper

Calidris bairdii

Fairly common spring and fall migrant

Least Sandpiper

Calidris minutilla

Common migrant and winter resident.

White-rumped Sandpiper

Calidris fuscicollis

Common spring migrant, rare in fall.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Tryngites subruficollis

Fairly common fall and spring migrant

 Pectoral Sandpiper

Calidris melanotos

Common spring and fall migrant

Semipalmated Sandpiper

Calidris semipalmatus

Common spring and fall migrant

Western Sandpiper

Calidris mauri

Common migrant and winter resident     

Short-billed Dowitcher

Limnodromus griseus

Common migrant and winter resident

Long-billed Dowitcher

Limnodromus scolopaceus

Common migrant and winter resident

American Woodcock

Scolopax minor

Occasional winter resident

Wilson’s Snipe

Gallinago delicata

Common winter resident

Spotted Sandpiper

Actitis macularius

Common migrant and winter resident

Solitary Sandpiper

Tringa solitaria

Fairly common migrant and occasional winter resident

Lesser Yellowlegs

Tringa flavipes

Common winter resident, with a few non-breeders lingering in summer


Tringa semipalmata

T.s. semipalmata, Eastern Willet,  is a common summer resident and migrant, T.s. inoratus, the Western Willet,  is a common winter resident, while T.s.semipalmata is mainly absent in winter.

Greater Yellowlegs

Tringa melanoleuca

Common winter resident and migrant. A few linger in summer.  
Wilson’s Phalarope

Phalaropus tricolor

Common spring and fall migrant, rare in winter

Red-necked Phalarope

Phalaropus lobatus

Rare spring and fall migrant

Red Phalarope

Phalaropus fulicarius

Two accepted records:

Apr 1, 2012 Packery Channel jetties area (TBRC 2012-32; TPRF3024)

Oct. 12, 2019 Port Aransas (TBRC 2020-57; TPRF 3738)

Skuas and Jaegers (Stercorariidae)

Pomarine Jaeger

Stercorarius pomarinus

Rare visitor in Gulf of Mexico, mainly winter

Parasitic Jaeger

Stercorarius parasiticus

Rare visitor to Gulf of Mexico, mainly winter

Long-tailed Jaeger

Stercorarius longicaudus


Two accepted records:

6 Jun 1987    Port Aransas (*WFVZ 50394; TBRC 1990-62; TPRF 869)

31 Aug 2018 Offshore Nueces Waters (TBRC 2018-69, TPRF 3603)

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers (Laridae)

Black-legged Kittiwake

Rissa tridactyla


Nine accepted records:

Winter 1981-Mar 1982 Port Aransas (TPRF 885) (AB 36:872)

7 Dec 1990 Port Aransas (TBRC 1991-97; TPRF 1011)

1 Dec 1993 Mustang Island (TBRC 1994-16; TPRF 1234; FN 48:226)

1 Jan 1996 Port Aransas (TBRC 1997-131 *TCWC 13332; TPRF 1538)

13 Mar 1997 Port Aransas (TBRC 1997-127; *TCWC 13331; TPRF 1537) (FN51:894)

3 April 2010 Port Aransas (TBRC 2010-79; TPRF)

2 Dec. 2012 Packery Channel NUE, (TBRC 2017-40)

31 Dec  2012 to 10 Mar 2013 Mustang Island State Park and Port Aransas (TBRC 2013-02; TPRF 3147)

29 Dec 2013 - 26 Feb 2014 Port Aransas (TBRC 2014-07; TPRF)

Sabine’s Gull

Xema sabini

Rare coastal migrant, mainly in fall

Five accepted records:

Corpus Christi, Oct. 4, 1889 (*British Museum of Natural History 1965-M-4079: TPRF 1482)

Port Aransas Oct. 1, 1977 (TBRC1978-11)

Mustang Island Nov. 2, 1982 (TBRC 1988-136; TPRF 647)

20 Sept 2012 One photographed at Port Aransas

10-12 May 2014 One downtown Corpus Christi, NAB Vol. 68 No. 3, pg. 390, TPRF

Bonaparte’s Gull

Chroicocephalus philadelphia

Fairly common winter resident

Little Gull

Hydrocoloeus minutus

Accidental winter visitor

Four Accepted records:

12 Jan 1992 Mustang Island  (TBRC 1992-11; TPRF 1081) (AB 46;288)

1 Feb - 31Mar 2011, Port Aransas (2) (TBRC 2011-018 TPRF 2942)

13-15 Feb 2012 (2)  Port Aransas (TBRC 2012-15 TPRF 3012)

18 Feb – 9 Mar 2012 (TBRC 2012-48  TPRF 3015)

Laughing Gull

Leucophaeus atricilla

Common permanent resident

Franklin’s Gull

Leucophaeus pipixcan

Common spring and fall migrant

Black-tailed Gull

Larus crassirostris

Accidental: one accepted record:

6 Mar, 2004 Corpus Christi (TBRC 2004-23; TPRF 2189)

Heermann’s Gull

Larus heermanni


One accepted record:

Feb. 8 1983 (TBRC 1988-137; TPRF 648) (AB 37; 889)

Mew Gull

Larus canus


Two accepted records:

Jan. 12-April 6, 2020 Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, Port Aransas
, (TBRC 2020-11, TPRF 3707) 

Feb 4 2020 Hans and Pat Suter Wildlife Refuge
  (TBRC 2020-17)

Ring-billed Gull

Larus delawarensis

Common migrant and winter resident

Western Gull


Two accepted records:

25-27 Jan 2018, Port Aransas jetty (TBRC 2018-85, TPRF 3612)

22-26 Nov Corpus Christi Marina (TBRC 2019-75; TPRF 3690 )

California Gull

Larus californicus

Rare migrant and winter visitor

Herring Gull

Larus argentatus

Common winter resident

Yellow-Legged Gull

Larus michahellis


Two accepted records:

 Corpus Christi Ayres landfill

 24 Jan- 4 Apr. 2004 Corpus Christi Ayres landfill  (TBRC 2004-15; TPRF 2673)

4 Mar 2004 Corpus Christi Ayres landfill (Corpus Christi Ayres landfill TBRC 2004-25; TPRF 2508)

Iceland Gull

Larus glaucoides

Rare in winter. 11 accepted TBRC records prior to TBRC delisting in 2004.

Thayer’s Gull, Larus thayeri, was lumped with Iceland Gull in 2017.

All Nueces records have been thayeri race. All records are December to April.

Lesser Black-backed Gull

Larus fuscus

Uncommon to rare winter resident

Slaty-backed Gull

Larus schistisagus


Two accepted records:

21-24 Dec, 2003 Cayo del Oso (TBRC 2004-27: TPRF 2191)

23 Feb. 2012 Port Aransas area  TBRC 2012-21; TPRF 3118)

Glaucous Gull

Larus hyperboreus

Rare winter visitor, 11 accepted records from Dec.-April prior to TBRC delisting in 1997

Great Black-backed Gull

Larus marinus

Rare winter visitor: ten accepted TBRC records:

4 Jan, 1986 Port Aransas (TBRC 1988-110) (AB 40:917)

27 Sept, 1988 Port Aransas (TBRC 1996-187; TPRF 1658)

11 Nov- 23 Jan, 1992  Mustang Island (TBRC 1991-136; TPRF 1028) (AB 46:120, 288)

31 Dec. 1992 (TBRC 1993-54; TPRF 1160) (AB 47:275)

2 Jan 1993    Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 1994-60)

14 Dec 1993 Mustang Is., NUE (TBRC 1994-59; TPRF 1340) (FN 48:226)

9 Nov 1996    Mustang Is., NUE (TBRC 1997-107; TPRF 1659)

3-12 Mar 2001 Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 2001-53; TPRF 1987)

11 Nov 2010 Port Aransas, NUE (TBRC 2010-66; TPRF )

21-22 Dec 2016 Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 2017-01 TPRF)

Brown Noddy

Anous stolidus

Rare spring, summer visitor

Five accepted records:

20 Jun 2006  Packery Channel jetties, NUE (TBRC 2006-77; TPRF 2436)

16 Jul 2006 (2)  Off Port Aransas, NUE (TBRC 2006-120; TPRF 2463)

8 Aug-8 Sep 2009  (2)  Port Aransas, NUE/ARA (TBRC 2009-72; TPRF 2742)

17 Jun-23 July 2011 (2) Offshore 26 mi. E of  Port Aransas NUE (TBRC 2011-071 TPRF 2978) 

10 Aug 2013 Offshore from Port Aransas (TBRC 2013-51)

Black Noddy

Anous minutus

One accepted record

22 Jun 1975  N. Padre Is., NUE (TBRC 2002-91; TPRF 77) (AB 29:1004 and 30:97)

Sooty Tern

Onychoprion fuscatus

Rare summer visitor in open Gulf of Mexico and occasional breeder in Laguna Madre

Bridled Tern

Onychoprion anaethetus

Occasional visitor and summer resident in open Gulf of Mexico

Four accepted records prior to TBRC delisting in 1997, several sight records since.

Least Tern

Sternula antillarum

Common summer resident

Gull-billed Tern

Gelochelidon nilotica

Fairly common permanent resident, more numerous in summer

Caspian Tern

Hydroprogne caspia

Common permanent resident

Black Tern

Chlidonias niger

Common migrant and non-breeding summer resident

Roseate Tern

Sterna dougallii

Accidental: One record:

10 Apr 1901  Corpus Christi, NUE (*ROM 39704; TBRC 1996-111; TPRF 1535) (Oberholser 1974

Common Tern

Sterna hirundo

Common migrant including non-breeding summer birds

Forster’s Tern

Sterna forsteri

Common permanent resident

Royal Tern

Thalasseus maximus

Common permanent resident

Sandwich Tern

Thalasseus sandvicensis

Common resident spring through fall, uncommon in winter

Elegant Tern

Thalasseus elegans

Accidental: One record:

25 Jul 1889   Corpus Christi, NUE (*British MNH 91-10-20-92; TPRF 1460) (Peterson 1960; Oberholser 1974)

Black Skimmer

Rynchops niger

Common permanent resident

Tropicbirds (Phaethontiformes)

 Red-billed Tropicbird

 Phaethon aethereus  Accidental in open Gulf of Mexico. One accepted record:

22 June, 2010 Off Port Aransas, TBRC # 2010-43.

Loons (Gaviiformes)

Red-throated Loon  

Gavia stellata  One accepted record prior to TBRC delisting in 2002

11 Jan 1992  Mustang Is., NUE (TBRC 1992-83; TPRF 1115)

15 Feb. 2013 One near Naval Air Station in Laguna Madre, NAB Vol.67, No. 3, pg. 30 

Pacific Loon

Gavia pacifica    

Rare in winter. Two TBRC accepted records prior to delisting in 1996. Several sight records.

One at Ingleside-on-the-Bay, NUE 2 Jan  2011 + NAB Vol. 65 No. 2, pg. 305.
One was present at Ingleside-on-the-Bay Dec. 31, 2016, and Dec. 14, 2017, pending publishing in NAB

Common Loon

Gavia immer

Common winter resident

Yellow-billed Loon

Gavia adamsii  

Accidental: One accepted record:

25-27 Mar 2006        Flour Bluff, NUE (TBRC 2006-33; TPRF 2402)

Shearwaters, Petrels, and Storm-Petrels (Procellariiformes)

Stejneger’s Petrel

Pterdeoma longirostris

Accidental: One record:

15 Sep 1995 Port Aransas, NUE (*TCWC 13351) (TBRC 1997-59; TPRF 1746)

Cory’s Shearwater

Calonectris diomedea

Fairly common fall and winter resident in open Gulf of Mexico.

Sooty Shearwater

 Puffinus griseus 

Rare but apparently regular in open Gulf of Mexico at all seasons, likely more expected in migration. Eight accepted TBRC records.

19 Jun 1952       Port Aransas, NUE (*TCWC 9081) (Peterson 1960; Oberholser 1974)

19 May 1988        Mustang Is., NUE (TBRC 1988-234; TPRF 680) (AB 42:458)

20 Jun 1989         N. Padre Is., NUE (*CCM 90-A-0024; TBRC 2001-55; TPRF 1898)

11 Jun 1993         Mustang Is., NUE (*TCWC 13000; TBRC 1993-107; TPRF 1166) (AB 48:127)

10 Oct 1993         Mustang Is., NUE (*TCWC 13001; TBRC 1993-140; TPRF 1238) (AB 48:127)

11 Jun 2007         Mustang Is., NUE (*TCWC 14,625; TBRC 2009-28; TPRF 2713)

6 Sep 2013    1 mile offshore, Port Aransas Jetty, NUE (TBRC 2013-53; TPRF 3156)

10 Jul 2016   Mustang Island, NUE (TBRC 2016-47; TPRF )

Great Shearwater

Puffinus gravis

Rare, but apparently regular in open Gulf of Mexico at all seasons. nine accepted TBRC records.

27 Dec 1971 Mustang Is., NUE (TBRC 2006-02; TPRF 2361)

13 Oct 1984   off Port Aransas, NUE (TBRC 1985-14; TPRF 544) (AB 39:75)

29 Jun 1998  Mustang Is., NUE (*TCWC 13368; TBRC 1998-94; TPRF 1619) (FN 52:475)

6 Oct 2002     off Port Aransas, NUE (TBRC 2002-108; TPRF 2078)

10 Oct 2006   Mustang Is., NUE (*TCWC 14,668; TBRC 2009-29; TPRF 2714)

31 Jul 2010   off Port Aransas, NUE (TBRC 2010-50; TPRF 2822)

18 Dec. 2012 Port Aransas NUE (TBRC 2016-51  TPRF TPRF *TCWC 23867)

25 Nov 2015 Offshore near Hospital Rock, NUE (TBRC 2015-75 ; TPRF )

25 Aug. 2016 48 mi. SE of Port Aransas NUE (TBRC 2016-55 TPRF)

Manx Shearwater

Puffinus puffinus

 Rare in Gulf of Mexico waters. Five accepted TBRC records.

15 Feb 1975    N. Padre Is., NUE (*CCM 84A007) (AB 29:1006)

11 Aug 1980    Mustang Is., NUE (*WFVZ 50099) (AB 35:201)

13 Nov 1984    Mustang Is., NUE (*TCWC 12163; TBRC 1988-139; TPRF 628)

7 Oct 1987      Mustang Is., NUE (*TCWC 12162; TBRC 1988-138; TPRF 629) (AB 42:100)

21 Jun 1993    Mustang Is., NUE (TBRC 1993-101; TPRF 1170) (AB 47:1125)

Audubon’s Shearwater

Puffinus lherminieri  

Regular and fairly common in Gulf of Mexico waters, more common in summer months and migration. Eight accepted TBRC records prior to delisting in 1997. Regularly recorded on most pelagic trips.

Leach’s Storm-Petrel

Oceanodroma leucorhoa  

Rare but fairly regular in spring and summer in Gulf of Mexico waters. Five accepted TBRC records:

31 May 1970 Corpus Christi, NUE (TPRF 7) (AB 37:1004; Oberholser 1974)

9 Jul 1976     Corpus Christi, NUE (*CCM 76A136) (AB 30:976; Blacklock and Peabody 1983; Rappole and Blacklock 1985)

1 Jun 1991   off Port Aransas, NUE (TBRC 1991-69) (AB 45:1135)

15 Jun 1991  off Port Aransas, NUE (TBRC 1991-78) (AB 45:1135)

18 Jul 2011 off Port Aransas, NUE (TBRC 2011-73, TPRF 3105)

Band-rumped Storm-Petrel

Oceanodroma castro  

Fairly common in summer in the Gulf of Mexico in summer and fall. Two accepted TBRC records prior to the species’ delisting in 1997.  Several records since 1997.

Storks (Ciconiiformes)


Jabiru mycteria  Accidental. One record;  

 6-18 Sept.1981 Oso Bay, TBRC # 1981-6 TPRF 251

Wood Stork

Mycteria americana

 Fairly common summer and fall visitor.

Frigatebirds, Boobies, Cormorants, Anhinga (Suliiformes)

Magnificent Frigatebird

Fregata magnificens

Uncommon summer resident in Gulf of Mexico.

Masked Booby

Sula dactylatra

 Uncommon in Gulf of Mexico, mainly summer.

Brown Booby

Sula leucogaster  

Historically rare in Gulf of Mexico, mainly summer. Increasing numbers beginning ca. 2005,

and the species was delisted as a review species by TBRC, July 2017. Nineteen accepted Nueces records prior to delisting.

20 Sep 1971 Port Aransas, NUE (*WFVZ 50106; WWF ph P-15) (AB 26:85)

30 Aug 1975 off Port Aransas, NUE (TBRC 1977-8) (AB 30:95)

20 Aug 1977  (2)      Port Aransas, NUE (TBRC 1988-52) (AB 32:227)

11 Aug 1980        Mustang Is., NUE (*WFVZ 50107) (AB 35:201)

13 Jul 20o4         off Port Aransas, NUE (TBRC 2004-62)

27 Jul 2004         off Port Aransas, NUE (TBRC 2004-64)

26 Feb-4 Mar 2005  Port Aransas, NUE (TBRC 2005-47; TPRF 2299)

29 Sep 2005             Port Aransas, NUE (*TCWC 14,321; TBRC 2006-12; TPRF 2366)

16 Jul 2008      North Packery Jetty, NUE (TBRC 2008-68; TPRF 2595)            

19 Mar 2013 (5)        Corpus Christi Bay, near Indian Point Park, NUE (TBRC 2013-27; TPRF 3106)

15 Dec 2013 – 30 Jul 2014 (1-5)   Corpus Christi & Nueces Bays, NUE/SAP (TBRC 2013-79; TPRF 3201)

29 Mar 2015  Corpus Christi Bay, NUE (TBRC 2017-82)

30 Apr 2015  offshore from Port Aransas, NUE (TBRC 2105-39; TPRF 3308)       

11 April 2016 Port Aransas Jetty, NUE, (TBRC 2017-77)

27 June 2016 Corpus Christi Bay near Ingleside (TBRC 2016-43)

10 Oct 2016   Corpus Christi Bay, NUE (TBRC 2016-69; TPRF)

17 Mar 2017 Corpus Christi Bay, NUE (TBRC 2017-68)

5 May 2017 JFK Causeway, NUE, (TBRC 2017-18)

10 Jul 2017 35 mi. offshore from Port Aransas, NUE (TBRC 2017-40)

Northern Gannet

Morus bassanus

Fairly common winter resident in open Gulf of Mexico.

Neotropic Cormorant

Phalacrocorax brasilianus

 Common permanent resident.

Double-crested Cormorant

Phalacrocorax auritus  

Common winter resident.


Anhinga anhinga  

Fairly common permanent resident.

Pelicans, Herons (Pelecaniformes)

American White Pelican

Pelecanus erythrorhynchos

 Common in winter, with a small summering population.

Brown Pelican

Pelecanus occidentalis

Common permanent resident.

American Bittern

Botaurus lentiginosus

 Uncommon migrant and winter resident.

Least Bittern

Ixobrychus exilis

 Fairly common summer resident. A few remain in mild winters.

Great Blue Heron

Ardea herodias

Common permanent resident.

Great Egret

Ardea alba

Common permanent resident.

Snowy Egret

Egretta thula  

Common permanent resident

Little Blue Heron

Egretta caerulea

Fairly common permanent resident

Tricolored Heron

Egretta tricolor

Common permanent resident

Reddish Egret

Egretta rufescens

Common permanent resident

Cattle Egret

Bubulcus ibis

Common permanent resident

Green Heron

Butorides virescens  

Fairly common permanent resident.

Black-crowned Night-Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax

Common permanent resident

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron

Nyctanassa violacea

 Fairly common permanent resident, numbers increased during migration.

White Ibis

Eudocimus albus  

Common permanent resident

Glossy Ibis

Plegadis falcinellus

Rare. Has occurred at all seasons.

White-faced Ibis                                    

Plegadis chihi  

Fairly common permanent resident

Roseate Spoonbill

Platalea ajaja  

Common permanent resident

New World Vultures (Cathartiformes)

Black Vulture

Coragyps atratus  

Common permanent resident

Turkey Vulture

Cathartes aura  

Common permanent resident

Osprey, Kites, Eagles and Hawks (Accipitriformes)


Pandion haliaetus

Winter resident; occasional non-breeders in summer

Swallow-tailed Kite

Elanoides forficatus  

Uncommon spring and fall migrant

White-tailed Kite

Elanus leucurus  

Uncommon permanent resident

Mississippi Kite

Ictinia mississippiensis

Common spring and fall migrant

Bald Eagle

Haliaeetus leucocephalus  

Rare visitant. Most records along Nueces River in fall.

Northern Harrier

Circus hudsonicus

Common winter resident

Sharp-shinned Hawk

Accipiter striatus

Common migrant and winter resident

Cooper’s Hawk

Accipiter cooperii  

Common migrant and winter resident; local breeder

Harris’s Hawk

Parabuteo unicinctus

Common permanent resident

White-tailed Hawk

Buteo albicaudatus

Common permanent resident

Gray Hawk

Buteo plagiatus


One photographed record

19 Aug 2017 Hazel Bazemore County Park , Texas Bird Images

There is also a compelling sight record from 1948 from Naval Air Station, Encinal Peninsula by Fred Packard.

Red-shouldered Hawk

Buteo lineatus

Common permanent resident

Broad-winged Hawk

Buteo platypterus

Common spring and fall migrant

Short-tailed Hawk

Buteo brachyurus  

Accidental. Three accepted records;All from Hazel Bazemore Hawk Watch

20 Oct 1999   Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 1999-119)

2 Sep 2005    Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 2005-117)

14 Nov 2017 Corpus Christi, NUE (TRRC 2018-10, TPRF)

Swainson’s Hawk

Buteo swainsoni

 Common sping and fall migrant. Rare in winter.

Zone-tailed Hawk

Buteo albonotatus

Rare visitant, possible at any time of year.

Red-tailed Hawk

Buteo jamaicensis

Common winter resident. Has nested in small numbers.

Rough-legged Hawk

Buteo regalis

Accidental. One specimen record, scattered historical sight records.
12 Mar 1887 female specimen, Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology # 252650 collected at 27.7795504° -97.4892041° which is central Corpus Christi. Collector not listed.

Ferruginous Hawk

Buteo regalis

Uncommon winter resident

Golden Eagle

Aquila chrysaetos

Rare fall and winter visitor      

Owls (Strigiformes)

Barn Owl

Tyto alba

Common permanent resident

Flammulated Owl

Psiloscops flammeolus


Two published records:

30 Oct. 1980, Port Aransas, Photographed, (AB)

24 Nov. 2007, A bird brought to the Ark rehab center in Port Aransas (AB)

30 Nov. 2012 one bird found in south Corpus Christi, taken to ARK, where it was determined to
be underweight but uninjured. NAB Vol. 67, No. 1, pg. 113.

Eastern Screech-Owl

Megascops asio

Common permanent resident

Great Horned Owl

Bubo virginianus

Common permanent resident

Burrowing Owl

Athene cunicularia

Uncommon winter resident

Barred Owl

Strix varia

Fairly common permanent resident

Long-eared Owl

Asio otus

Three records:

Four records:

4 Jan 1910 Nueces County, J. Priour, (publication?) Blacklock/Rappole 1985

4 Nov 1977 One bird found dead in “Corpus Christi area”. AB

7 Apr 1995 One found dead on Mustang Island, AB

11-12 Nov 2011 One bird photographed at a condo on Mustang Island.

Short-eared Owl

Asio flammeus

Uncommon winter resident

Kingfishers (Coraciformes)

Ringed Kingfisher

Megaceryle torquata

Rare visitor or resident, possibly breeds along Nueces River

Belted Kingfisher

Megaceryle alcyon

Common winter resident

Green Kingfisher

Chloroceryle americana

Uncommon winter resident, probably increasing in numbers, possibly breeds along Nueces River

Woodpeckers (Piciformes)

Red-headed Woodpecker

Melanerpes erythrocephalus

Rare, most records are first year birds

Golden-fronted Woodpecker

Melanerpes aurifrons

Common permanent resident

Red-bellied Woodpecker

Melanerpes carolinus


29 Jan - 31 Mar 2012 at Pollywog Pond.with photo eBird record of 6 Mar 2012. NAB Vol. 66 No. 2, Pg. 312.

Several older sight records.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus varius

Common migrant and winter resident

Red-naped Sapsucker

Sphyrapicus nuchalis

Rare winter visitor

Ladder-backed Woodpecker

Picoides scalaris

Common permanent resident

Downy Woodpecker

Picoides pubescens

Occasional visitor, mainly winter

Northern Flicker

Colaptes auratus

Fairly common winter resident, “Yellow-shafted” is about 75% of sightings, “Red-shafted” 25%

Caracaras and Falcons (Falconiformes)

Crested Caracara

Caracara cheriway

Common permanent resident.

American Kestrel

Falco sparverius

Common winter resident


Falco columbarius

Uncommon winter resident

Aplomado Falcon

Falco femoralis

Uncommon permanent resident

This species historically ranged over the grasslands of South Texas, but was apparently quite rare in Nueces County. Its historic status in the county is uncertain, and there are no records of breeding, and no nest or egg specimens. A hacking/introduction program has been in operation in South Texas, Matagorda Island, etc. since the early 1990s. Another introduction program was conducted on Mustang Island in 2008-2012, and Aplomados have been seen as a result of this program. The species is generally thought of as being established in Texas as a result of the introduction programs. It is unclear as to whether Nueces County birds will become self-supporting.  Only two historic records are known:

1897-1904 A Corpus Christi, Nueces County specimen was collected. Attributed to O. Salvin and F.D. Goodman as collectors. (Oberholser) This record is confusing and the following is from Packard and Hagar, 1950:

19 Mar 1898, “F. B. Armstrong collected an Aplomado Falcon at Corpus Christi, which appears to be the only specimen from the Central Coast from the days of naturally-occurring birds.  The specimen is housed at the British Museum.” Are these records actually one and the same?  Specimen location is unknown.

Peregrine Falcon

Falco peregrinus

Fairly common migrant and winter resident

 Prairie Falcon

Falco mexicanus

Rare migrant and winter visitor.

 Lories, Parakeets, Macaws, and Parrots (Psittaciformes)

Monk Parakeet

Myiopsitta monachus

Established exotic with sustaining populations

Perching Birds (Passeriformes)

Tyrant Flycatchers (Tyrannidae)

 Olive-sided Flycatcher

Contopus cooperi

Common spring and fall migrant

Western Wood-Pewee

Contopus sordidulus

Two records:

1 Oct. 2011 One bird audio-recorded and photographed on Mustang Island, TPRF, NAB Vol. 66, pg. 124.

 11 Oct. 2011 One at Paradise Pond, identified by vocalization, TPRF.

Eastern Wood-Pewee

Contopus virens

Common migrant, formerly a rare breeder

Yellow-bellied Flycatcher

Empidonax flaviventris

Common migrant

Acadian Flycatcher

Empidonax virescens

Fairly common migrant

Alder Flycatcher

Empidonax alnorum

Common migrant

Willow Flycatcher

Empidonax traillii

Fairly common migrant

Least Flycatcher

Empidonax minimus

Common migrant

Hammond’s Flycatcher

Empidonax hammondii

Accidental: two records

10 Oct 1988, one bird studied in detail (AB 1989)

16 Jan  2011-early March 2011 One bird at Rose Hill Cemetery, photo. (NAB Vol. 65, No 2.)

Gray Flycatcher

Empidonax wrightii

Accidental: One record

29 Aug 2001 North Padre Island, one bird video-taped. (NAB Vol. 56, No. 2, 2002)

Black Phoebe

Sayornis nigricans

Rare visitor in winter

Eastern Phoebe

Sayornis phoebe

Common winter resident

Say’s Phoebe

Sayornis saya

Rare visitor in spring, fall, winter

Vermilion Flycatcher

Pyrocephalus rubinus

Uncommon migrant and winter resident

Ash-throated Flycatcher

Myiarchus cinerascens

Uncommon summer resident, rare in winter

Great Crested Flycatcher

Myiarchus crinitus

Common spring and fall migrant

Brown-crested Flycatcher

Myiarchus tyrannulus

Common summer resident, rare in winter

Great Kiskadee

Pitangus sulphuratus

Common resident, increasing in numbers

Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher

Myiodynastes luteiventris


6 Accepted records:

27-29 Aug 1993       Port Aransas, NUE (TBRC 1994-20) (AB 48:129)

30 Apr-2 May 2003  Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 2003-38; TPRF 2098)

22 May 2011 Paradise Pond, Port Aransas (TBRC 2014-42; TPRF

29 Sept 2013 Paradise Pond, Port Aransas (TBRC 2013-56; TPRF 3157)

1-3 May 2014 Packery Channel (TBRC 2014-26; TPRF 3196)

25 April 2019 Rose Hill Cemetery (TBRC 2019-68, TPRF 3640)

Piratic Flycatcher

Legatus leucophaius

Accidental: One accepted record:

3-6 May 2008  Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 2008-32; TPRF 2549)

Tropical Kingbird

Tyrannus melancholicus

Rare to Uncommon resident, increasing in numbers.

30 Dec  2001 One calling bird at Rose Hill Cemetery (NAB)

26 Sept -15 Oct. 2011 Paradise Pond, Port Aransas, one bird calling

May 25-Oct 2011 A family group of TRKIs found at Heritage Park, downtown Corpus Christi, with an adult bird seen feeding a fledgling.June-July 2013 A family group of five birds seen in North Park, included young juveniles.

Several records yearly since 2011

Couch’s Kingbird

Tyrannus couchii

Common permanent resident

Cassin's Kingbird

Tyrannus vociferans

Accidental, 1 Record:

8 Oct  2017 Flour Bluff, Photo, eBird, Texas Bird Images

Western Kingbird

Tyrannus verticalis

Common migrant, rare breeder

Eastern Kingbird

Tyrannus tyrannus

Common migrant

Gray Kingbird

Tyrannus dominicensis

Accidental: Three records:

23 May-1 Jun 1992  Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 1992-74; TPRF 1082) (AB 46:449)

26-29 Oct 2006        Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 2006-115; TPRF 2458)

6-21 Nov 2007         Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 2007-83; TPRF 2518)

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher

Tyrannus forficatus

 Common migrant and summer resident

Fork-tailed Flycatcher

Tyrannus savana

Accidental: Two accepted records:

30 Apr 2011 Pollywog Ponds, Corpus Christi, (TBRC 2011-053)

22 April 2015 Paradise Pond, Port Aransas (TBRC 2015-028)

 Shrikes (Laniidae)

Loggerhead Shrike

Lanius ludovicianus

Common permanent resident

Vireos (Vireonidae)

Black-capped Vireo

Vireo atricapilla

Two records:

 21 April 2006 one bird from Calallen section of Corpus Christi (NAB)

2 June 2006 one adult bird at Blucher Park, photographed (TPRF)

White-eyed Vireo

Vireo griseus

Common permanent resident

Bell’s Vireo

Vireo bellii

Uncommon migrant

Yellow-throated Vireo

Vireo flavifrons

Fairly common spring and fall migrant

Cassin’s Vireo

Vireo cassinii

Rare winter visitor

Two records:

16 Nov 1999 one bird photographed, video-taped and audio-recorded at Rose Hill Cemetery,

Several possible sight records at the same location in subsequent winters

14 Nov 2019- Mar 31, 2020, one bird at Rose Hill Cemetery, photographed and recorded, thought to be this species.

Blue-headed Vireo

Vireo solitarius

Common migrant and winter resident

Plumbeous Vireo

Vireo plumbeus

Rare winter visitor

Several records

Philadelphia Vireo

Vireo philadelphicus

Common spring and fall migrant

Warbling Vireo

Vireo gilvus

Common spring and fall migrant

One documented winter record, Jan. 23, 2013

Red-eyed Vireo

Vireo olivaceus

Common spring and fall migrant

Yellow-green Vireo

Vireo flavoviridis

Rare migrant

Two records prior to delisting from TBRC review list in 2004, several sight and photographic records  since that date.

25 May 2002 North Padre Island, NUE (TBRC 2002-63)

1 Jun 2002    North Padre Island, NUE (TBRC 2002-70)

9 July 2014, Blucher Park, nesting observed, young being fed, nest empty two days later.

Black-whiskered Vireo

Vireo altiloquus

Rare migrant

Seven accepted records:

15 Apr 1992  Packery Channel, NUE (TBRC 1992-67) (AB 46:450)

17 May 1992  Packery Channel, NUE (TBRC 1992-80) (AB 46:450)

30 Apr-1 May 1993  Packery Channel, NUE (TBRC 1993-87; TPRF 1132) (AB 47:432)

24 Apr 1995   Packery Channel, NUE (TBRC 1995-90) (FN 49:277)

12 May 2009  Port Aransas, NUE (TBRC 2009-47)

10 April 2011 Port Aransas( TBRC 2011-039 TPRF 2952)

16 May 2011 Port Aransas (TBRC 2011-63)

Jays and Crows (Corvidae)

Green Jay

Cyanocorax yncas

Fairly common permanent resident, populations increasing

Blue Jay

Cyanocitta cristata

Rare winter visitor

Tamaulipas Crow


One accepted record:

22 April 2019 Packery Channel (TBRC 2019-30)

Three 2018 records were circulated through TBRC, but were unaccepted. These would have coincided with a noted incursion of this species
along the Texas Coast.

Chihuahuan Raven

Corvus cryptoleucus

Rare visitor, probably wandering family groups

One specimen:

1924 from Laureles section of King Ranch, Nueces County, Cornell University Museum of Vertebrates Catalogue number 9844

Several sight records

 Larks (Alaudidae)

Horned Lark

Eremophila alpestris

Common permanent resident

Swallows (Hirundinidae)

Purple Martin

Progne subis

Common migrant and summer resident

Tree Swallow

Tachycineta bicolor

Common migrant and uncommon winter resident

Northern Rough-winged Swallow

Stelgidopteryx serripennis

Common spring and fall migrant, rare in winter

Bank Swallow

Riparia riparia

Common spring and fall migrant

Cliff Swallow

Petrochelidon pyrrhonota

Common migrant and summer resident

Cave Swallow

Petrochelidon fulva

Common migrant and summer resident. A few are present in winter.

Barn Swallow

Hirundo rustica

Common spring and fall migrant, occasional breeder

Chickadees and Titmice (Paridae)

Carolina Chickadee

Poecile carolinensis

Rare visitor, mainly winter

Black-crested Titmouse

Baeolophus atricristatus

Common permanent resident

Verdin (Remizidae)


Auriparus flaviceps

Common permanent resident

Nuthatches (Sittidae)

Red-breasted Nuthatch

Sitta canadensis

Rare and irregular winter visitor

Creepers (Certhiidae)

Brown Creeper

Certhia americana

Rare fall and winter visitor

Wrens (Troglodytidae)

Rock Wren

Salpinctes obsoletus

Accidental, two published record

Late Nov. 1977 Two at Port Aransas for about two weeks (AB, 1978)

Oct. 1, 2016, one at Hazel Bazemore, TPRF-, eBird w/photo

House Wren

Troglodytes aedon

Common migrant and winter resident

Winter Wren

Troglodytes hiemalis

Uncommon winter resident

Sedge Wren

Cistothorus platensis

Common winter resident

Marsh Wren

Cistothorus palustris

Common winter resident

Carolina Wren

Thryothorus ludovicianus

Common permanent resident

Bewick’s Wren

Thryomanes bewickii

Fairly common permanent resident

Cactus Wren

Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus

Uncommon permanent resident

Gnatcatchers (Polioptilidae)

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Polioptila caerulea

Common migrant and winter resident, occasional non breeding birds in summer

Kinglets (Regulidae)

Golden-crowned Kinglet

Regulus satrapa

Uncommon migrant and winter resident

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Regulus calendula

Common winter resident

Thrushes (Turdidae)

Eastern Bluebird

Sialia sialis

Fairly common winter resident, uncommon breeder

Mountain Bluebird

Sialia currucoides

Rare winter visitor, several records

Townsend’s Solitaire

Myadestes townsendi

Accidental. One record

Dec. 24, 2011 – Jan. 2, 2012 Port Aransas Paradise Pond (pending publication, photos to TPRF)

(There is also a Nueces County specimen of this species collected by Armstrong or Priour 14 Feb. 1886; American Museum of Natural History #3088. Since this specimen was taken prior to county boundary realignments, and since we do not know the specific locale of the specimen at this time, we cannot be certain that it was not taken in what is modern-day Kleberg or Jim Wells County.)


Catharus fuscescens

Fairly common spring migrant, uncommon fall migrant

Gray-cheeked Thrush

Catharus minimus

Common spring migrant, uncommon fall migrant

Swainson’s Thrush

Catharus ustulatus

Common spring migrant, uncommon fall migrant

Hermit Thrush

Catharus guttatus

Common winter resident

Wood Thrush

Hylocichla mustelina

Common spring and fall migrant, rare in winter

Clay-colored Thrush

Turdus grayi

Rare visitor: mainly in winter. Five accepted records in TBRC prior to de-listing in 1998.

Several sightings since 1998

American Robin

Turdus migratorius

Uncommon to common winter resident; irregular

Aztec Thrush

Ridgwayia pinicola

Accidental: two accepted records:

30 Jan 1979  Port Aransas, NUE (TBRC 1988-27) (AB 33:296)

16-20 May 1996  Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 1996-71; TPRF 1496) (FN 50:304)

Mockingbirds and Thrashers (Mimidae)

Gray Catbird

Dumetella carolinensis

Common migrant and winter resident                  

Curve-billed Thrasher

Toxostoma curvirostre

Fairly common permanent resident

Brown Thrasher

Toxostoma rufum

Uncommon migrant and winter visitor

Long-billed Thrasher

Toxostoma longirostre

Common permanent resident

Sage Thrasher

Oreoscoptes montanus

Rare fall and winter visitor with several sight records. Fall 2011 was an invasion year, with

Sightings of 7-8 birds, mainly at Port Aransas.

Northern Mockingbird

Mimus polyglottos

Common permanent resident

Starlings (Sturnidae)

European Starling

Sturnus vulgaris

Common permanent resident

Waxwings (Bombycillidae)

Cedar Waxwing

Bombycilla cedrorum 1

Fairly common and irregular winter visitor, with occurrences into late spring

Old World Sparrows (Passeridae)

House Sparrow

Passer domesticus

Common permanent resident

Wagtails and Pipits (Motacillidae)

American Pipit

Anthus rubescens

Common migrant and winter resident

Sprague’s Pipit

Anthus spragueii

Uncommon migrant and winter resident

Fringilline and Cardueline Finches and Allies (Fringillidae)

House Finch

Carpodacus mexicanus

Occasional visitor. Common slightly further westward

Purple Finch

Carpodacus purpureus

Rare: Several sightings,

11 Nov, 1962 “In the Nueces”, which was a term applied to the lower Nueces River floodplain in and around Corpus Christi.  (AFN-1963)

22-23 February, 1967, “A minor influx with several birds at Sablatura Park on Feb. 22-23, K. McCracken.” (AFN-1967)

Red Crossbill

Loxia curvirostra


28 Jan, 1969, One bird in Corpus Christi, briefly seen by experienced observer (AFN-1969)

13 Nov. 1972 Thirteen birds at Port Aransas seen by Warren Pulich (AFN-1972)

Pine Siskin

Spinus pinus

Fairly common, irregular winter resident

Lesser Goldfinch

Spinus psaltria

Fairly common permanent resident

American Goldfinch

Spinus tristis

Common winter resident

Longspurs (Calcariidae)

Chestnut-collared Longspur

Calcarius ornatus

Rare winter visitor, many sight records

Smith’s Longspur

Calcarius pictus

Mar. 26, 1973 One bird in breeding plumage seen by two observers in a grassy area on Mustang Island. (AB 1973)

Towhees and Sparrows (Passerellidae)

Olive Sparrow

Arremonops rufivirgatus

Common permanent resident

Green-tailed Towhee

Pipilo chlorurus

Occasional to rare winter visitor.

Spotted Towhee

Pipilo maculatus

Fairly common winter resident.

Eastern Towhee

Pipilo erythrophthalmus

Occasional winter resident

Rufous-crowned Sparrow

Aimophila ruficeps

Accidental: One record

Winter, 1980 One at feeder in Calallen (AB 1981)

Cassin’s Sparrow

Peucaea cassinii

Common permanent resident

Botteri's Sparrow

Peucaea botterii

Accidental. Two specimens collected by Armstrong, Corpus Christi, May 27, 1899 and May 2, 1904. This species nests in appropriate bunchgrass habitat in southern Kleberg County, and may have nested in Nueces County prior to establishment of large-scale agricultural operations.

American Tree Sparrow

Spizella arborea

Accidental. Two records:

Dec. 19, 2004 one found on North Padre Island, photographed (NAB 2005)

Nov. 18, 2005 One bird found at exact spot of 2004 sighting (NAB 2006)

Chipping Sparrow

Spizella passerina

Common migrant and winter resident

Clay-colored Sparrow

Spizella pallida

Common migrant, occasional winter resident

Brewer’s Sparrow

Spizella breweri

Rare migrant and winter visitor

Three records:

17 April 1998  one at Packery Channel, North Padre Island, (NAB 1998)

 25 Nov 2000 one at Pollywog Pond, Corpus Christi

Oct , 2011 One seen at Packery Channel (exact date? ) and photographed (pending publication)

Field Sparrow

Spizella pusilla

Fairly common migrant and winter resident

Vesper Sparrow

Pooecetes gramineus

Fairly common migrant and winter resident

Lark Sparrow

Chondestes grammacus

Common permanent resident

Black-throated Sparrow

Amphispiza bilineata

Rare. One published record: 8 April 2008 from North Padre Island, photographed (NAB 2008)

(The Field Museum in Chicago possesses five specimens of this species collected between 1896 and 1899. The locality where the birds were collected is unknown, so we cannot be certain that these are valid to modern-day Nueces County, since both Kleberg and Jim Wells Counties were included in Nueces at that time.)

Lark Bunting

Calamospiza melanocorys

Uncommon winter resident

Savannah Sparrow

Passerculus sandwichensis

Common winter resident

Grasshopper Sparrow

Ammodramus savannarum

Common winter resident

LeConte’s Sparrow

Ammodramus leconteii

Uncommon winter resident

Nelson’s Sparrow

Ammodramus nelsoni

Uncommon winter resident

Seaside Sparrow

Ammodramus maritimus

Fairly common permanent resident

Fox Sparrow

Passerella iliaca

Rare to occasional winter resident

Song Sparrow

Melospiza melodia

Uncommon winter residedent

Lincoln’s Sparrow

Melospiza lincolnii

Common winter resident

Swamp Sparrow

Melospiza georgiana

Common winter resident

White-throated Sparrow

Zonotrichia albicollis

Uncommon winter resident

Harris’s Sparrow

Zonotrichia querula

Rare in winter. Several sightings.

White-crowned Sparrow

Zonotrichia leucophrys

Fairly common winter resident

Dark-eyed Junco

Junco hyemalis

Occasional winter visitor

Chats (Icteriidae)

Yellow-breasted Chat

Icteria virens

Common spring and fall migrant. Rare in winter

Blackbirds, Orioles (Icteridae)

Yellow-headed Blackbird

Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus

Occasional migrant and winter visitor


Dolichonyx oryzivorus

Occasional migrant, mainly spring

Eastern Meadowlark

Sturnella magna

Common permanent resident

Western Meadowlark

Sturnella neglecta

Common winter resident

Black-vented Oriole

Icterus wagleri

Accidental, one accepted record:

23-25 April 2019 Packery Channel (TBRC 2019-31, TPRF 3639)

Orchard Oriole

Icterus spurius

Common spring and fall migrant

Hooded Oriole

Icterus cucullatus

Uncommon migrant and breeder.

Bullock’s Oriole

Icterus bullockii

Fairly common summer resident

Altamira Oriole

Icterus gularis

Accidental; one record: Packery Channel April 23-29, 2018, TPRF

Audubon’s Oriole

Icterus graduacauda

Rare to occasional permanent resident

Baltimore Oriole

Icterus galbula                         

Common spring and fall migrant

Scott’s Oriole

Icterus parisorum

Accidental. Two records, seen by multiple observers:

20 Sept. 2014 Blucher Park, NAB Vol. 69 No. 1 pg. 119

22 Sept. 2016 Hazel Bazemore County Park, photos, Texas Bird Images

Red-winged Blackbird

Agelaius phoeniceus

Common permanent resident

Bronzed Cowbird

Molothrus aeneus

Commonn permanent resident

Brown-headed Cowbird

Molothrus ater

Common permanent resident

Rusty Blackbird

Euphagus carolinus

Rare: A few sight records, two photographed records:

2 Jan- mid March, 2011, Five birds present at Pollywog Ponds (TPRF)

1 Mar 2015 One on North Padre Island, TPRF

Brewer’s Blackbird

Euphagus cyanocephalus

Fairly common winter resident

Common Grackle

Quiscalus quiscula

Rare to Occasional visitor, mainly winter

Boat-tailed Grackle

Quiscalus major

Accidental. Status not fully known.

31 Mar 2014 One bird photographed at Port Aransas, TPRF

8 Mar, 15 Mar 2015 One photographed at Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, eBird photo, Texas Bird Images 

Great-tailed Grackle

Quiscalus mexicanus

Common permanent resident

Wood-Warblers (Parulidae)


Seiurus aurocapilla

Common spring and fall migrant, uncommon in winter

Worm-eating Warbler

Helmitheros vermivorum

Fairly common spring migrant, uncommon fall migrant

Louisiana Waterthrush

Parkesia motacilla

Common spring and fall migrant

Northern Waterthrush

Parkesia noveboracensis

Common spring and fall migrant, occasional in winter

Golden-winged Warbler

Vermivora chrysoptera

Fairly common spring migrant, occasional fall migrant

Blue-winged Warbler

Vermivora cyanoptera

Common spring migrant, fairly common fall migrant

Black-and-white Warbler

Mniotilta varia

Common spring and fall migrant, a few winter

Prothonotary Warbler

Protonotaria citrea

Common spring migrant, fairly common fall migrant

Swainson’s Warbler

Limnothlypis swainsonii

Uncommon spring migrant, occasional fall migrant

Tennessee Warbler

Oreothlypis peregrina

Common spring and fall migrant

Orange-crowned Warbler

Oreothlypis celata

Common winter resident

Lucy's Warbler

Setophaga luciae

Accidental. One record:

11-12 Oct. 2014 Port Aransas NAB Vol. 69, No. 1, pg. 118

Nashville Warbler

Oreothlypis ruficapilla

Common spring and fall migrant

Virginia's Warbler

Accidental: one record

28 April - 1 May 2020, Packery Channel (, eBird photo)

MacGillivray’s Warbler

Geothlypis tolmiei

Rare but regular migrant, several sight records

Mourning Warbler

Geothlypis philadelphia

Fairly common spring migrant, common fall migrant

Kentucky Warbler

Geothlypis formosa

Common spring and fall migrant

Common Yellowthroat

Geothlypis trichas

Common migrant and winter resident

Hooded Warbler

Setophaga citrina

Common spring migrant, fairly common fall migrant

American Redstart

Setophaga ruticilla

Common spring and fall migrant

Cape May Warbler

Setophaga tigrina

Rare but regular spring migrant, rare fall migrant

Cerulean Warbler

Setophaga cerulea

Uncommon spring migrant, rare fall migrant

Northern Parula

Setophaga americana

Common spring and fall migrant. Rare in winter.

Tropical Parula

Setophaga pitiayumi

Rare visitor, mainly in spring. There are several sight and photographed records.

Magnolia Warbler

Setophaga magnolia

Common spring and fall migrant

Bay-breasted Warbler

Setophaga castanea

Fairly common spring migrant, rare fall migrant

Blackburnian Warbler

Setophaga fusca

Common spring migrant, fairly common fall migrant

Yellow Warbler

Setophaga petechia

Common spring and fall migrant. Rare in winter.

Chestnut-sided Warbler

Setophaga pensylvanica

Common spring migrant, fairly common fall migrant

Blackpoll Warbler

Setophaga striata

Fairly common spring migrant, occasional fall migrant

Black-throated Blue Warbler

Setophaga cerulescens

Rare migrant, spring and fall records.

Palm Warbler

Setophaga palmarum

Uncommon spring and fall migrant. Occasional in winter.

Pine Warbler

Setophaga pinus

Fairly common winter resident

Yellow-rumped Warbler

Setophaga coronata

Common winter resident

Yellow-throated Warbler

Setophaga dominica

Fairly common spring and fall migrant. Uncommon in winter.

Prairie Warbler

Setophaga discolor

Rare spring and fall migrant

Grace's Warbler

Setophaga graciae

Accidental. One record:

 23 Sept 2014 (1) Paradise Pond, Port Aransas NAB Vol. 68 No. 1 pg. 109

Black-throated Gray Warbler

Setophaga nigrescens

Rare migrant. Several sight and photographed records.

Townsend’s Warbler

Setophaga townsendi

Rare migrant, mainly spring. Several sight and photographed records.

Hermit Warbler

Setophaga occidentalis

Rare to Accidental: Five records:

 1 May 2005 A female was photographed at Packery Channel, North Padre Island (NAB)

21 Apr 2007 A female was found at Paradise Pond, Port Aransas (NAB)

9 April  2008 A male was photographed at Paradise Pond, Port Aransas (NAB)

3 April 2010 One at Paradise Pond, Port Aransas (NAB)

18 April 2015 One at Charlie’s Pasture, Port Aransas, eBird, TPRF photos

2-5 May 2019 Female at Rose Hill Cemetery, eBird photos

Black-throated Green Warbler

Setophaga virens

Common spring and fall migrant. Rare in winter.

Rufous-capped Warbler

Basileuterus rufifrons

Accidental: One record:

19 Dec 1992 Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 1993-55) (AB 47:277, 845)

Golden-crowned Warbler

Basileuterus culicivorus

Accidental: One accepted record:

25-29 Apr 2001 Packery Channel, NUE (TBRC 2001-90; TPRF 1941)

Canada Warbler

Cardellina canadensis

Common spring and fall migrant

Wilson’s Warbler

Cardellina pusilla

Fairly common spring migrant, common fall migrant

Red-faced Warbler

Cardellina rubrifrons

Accidental: One record:

5-10 May 2005  Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 2005-70; TPRF 2312)

Painted Redstart

Myioborus pictus

Accidental: Two records:

Oct. 2, 2001, one bird photographed at  Packery Channel, North Padre Island,

April 12, 2004, One bird photographed at Packery Channel, North Padre Island

Slate-throated Redstart

Myioborus miniatus

Accidental: One record:

10 Apr 2002 (2)  Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 2002-49; TPRF 2032)

Tanagers, Grosbeaks, Cardinals (Cardinalidae)

Hepatic Tanager

Piranga flava

One confirmed record:

May 25, 1920 (Blacklock and Rappole) by A. H. Cordier. Several sight records.

Summer Tanager

Piranga rubra

Common migrant, has bred nearby Nueces County.

Scarlet Tanager

Piranga olivacea

Fairly common spring migrant, uncommon fall migrant.

Western Tanager

Piranga ludoviciana

Rare but regular visitor, most records from winter and spring.

Crimson-collared Grosbeak

Rhodothraupis celaeno

Accidental. One accepted record:

12-23 Dec 2010        Corpus Christi, NUE (TBRC 2010-86; TPRF )

Northern Cardinal

Cardinalis cardinalis

Common permanent resident


Cardinalis sinuatus

Common permanent resident

Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Pheucticus ludovicianus

Common spring and fall migrant. Rare in winter.

Black-headed Grosbeak

Pheucticus melanocephalus

Rare migrant and winter visitor

Blue Bunting

Cyanocompsa parellina

Accidental. One accepted record.

19-31 March 2011 Corpus Christi (TBRC 2011-037)

Blue Grosbeak

Passerina caerulea

Common spring and fall migrant. Has nested in the county.

Lazuli Bunting

Passerina amoena

Rare visitor, mainly spring and fall, but winter records exist.

Indigo Bunting

Passerina cyanea

Common spring and fall migrant, uncommon winter resident.

Varied Bunting

Passerina versicolor

Rare visitor,with several spring sightings.

Painted Bunting

Passerina ciris

Common migrant and summer resident


Spiza americana

Common migrant and summer resident


Eurasian Wigeon 

Anas penelope  

There is one published sight record;

20 Dec 1921: Otto Widmann writes in the Auk (volume, page?) that “On Dec. 20, 1921, Mr. Sidney T. Bixby of St Louis shot from the yacht of Mr. Jos. Pulitzer, Jr. at Corpus Christi, Texas, a fine male European Widgeon. It was at first taken for a hybrid and has been mounted by Mr. F. Schwarz of St. Louis….:  O. Widmann, St. Louis, Mo.” No further details are provided, location of specimen is unknown, and the record is not treated as an accepted record by TBRC.

Trumpeter Swan

Cygnus buccinators

This species likely occurred as a winterer in Nueces County in the 19th Century, but status is not well known. A specimen was reported to be collected in 1890 by H.P. Attwater, but the location of the specimen is not known (Oberholser).

Red-necked Grebe  

Podiceps grisegena 

Has likely occurred as a rare winter visitor, but there are no documented records.

American Flamingo

Phoenicopterus ruber

Several sight records, as well as documented records in nearby counties. Has almost certainly occurred in Nueces. Strecker (1912) writes.."in former years, a frequent visitor, probably a summer resident, of the coast counties." 

Black Swift

Cypseloides niger

There are sight records for this species in 21 Sept. 1972 and 24 Sept. 1983. There is no fully documented, accepted record for Texas for this species, and it is treated as a “Presumptive” species by the TBRC. I

Vaux’s Swift

Chaetura vauxi

There are sight records from as early as May 6-8, 1946, a flock of birds in Corpus Christi sighted by C. Hagar. No documented records of this species have been produced for the state of Texas, and the TBRC maintains the species on the Presumptive Species list.

Yellow Rail

Coturnicops noveboracensis

This species almost certainly inhabits the short grass marshes and wet fields of Nueces County, but to date no specimen, published sight record, or photographic record has been found.

Arctic Tern

Sterna paradisaea

There are several sight records for this species from Nueces County, but no TBRC-accepted record. One of the most compelling records is from the Port Aransas jetty 19 Aug 1968 in which a bird identified as an Arctic Tern was seen while feeding with Common Terns.(AFN-1969)  All observers, Victor Emanuel, John Rowlett and Edgar Kincaid, were familiar with the species. 

White-tailed Tropicbird

Phaethon lepturus

There is one record for Kleberg County; 3 Jul 2010, a bird that was rescued and rehabilitated at the Animal Rehabilitation Keep in Port Aransas.There have been several historic sight records of this species but there is no specimen or photograph needed for comfirmation.

Yellow-nosed Albatross  

Thalassarche chlororhynchos  

There is an accepted record from Aransas County, two from Willacy County, and a sight record from Kenedy County. Almost certainly occurs rarely in offshore Nueces County Gulf waters.

Wilson’s Storm-Petrel

Oceanites oceanicus

There have been several historic sight records of this species, but no documented records. It is apparently present in the western Gulf of Mexico in small numbers, with only one documented record in Texas waters.

Red-footed Booby

Sula sula

There is one accepted record for this species from Aransas County. It is quite likely to be a very rare vagrant in Nueces County Gulf waters.

Northern Goshawk

Accipiter gentilis  

There are two  unaccepted TBRC records,  from Oct. 10, 1999 and Oct. 26, 2019.

 Green Parakeet

Psittacara holochlorus

There are several sight records for this species, but there is no evidence of a sustaining population.

Red-crowned Parrot

Amazona viridigenalis

Free-flying birds have been seen for many years, but no evidence of a sustaining population.

Cordilleran Flycatcher

Empidonax occidentalis

There are sight records of birds thought to be “Western Flycatcher”, which would indicate this species or Pacific-Slope Flycatcher, E. difficils.

American Crow

Corvus brachyrhynchos

One published record of a single bird south of Corpus Christi 2 Nov 1985 which could be questioned for origin, since the species is common as a captive pet. This species is common south to the Guadalupe River basin, and may have historically ranged into Nueces County. (AB Spring 1986, Vol. 40, No. 1)

Violet-green Swallow

Tachycineta thalassina

There are several sight records for this species, but no photo, specimen or published record exists.

Tufted Titmouse

Baeolophus bicolor

There are constant sight reports for this species, which can most likely be attributed to juvenile Black-crested Titmouse, with paler crests. Tufted is a sedentary species that does not occur less than 50 to 75 miles from Nueces County in its pure form. Then, there is a wide hybrid belt, in which most, or all birds are Tufted x Black-crested mixtures, which have a tan or brown forehead.

Varied Thrush

Ixoreus naevius

One sight record: “Downtown Corpus visiting bird bath” 4-6 April 1974 ( AB: 28:824) reported by Kay McCracken. This is an example of a TBRC review species that was apparently not circulated, and is treated as a "historical" record at this time. This record was at the early onset of the Texas Bird Records Committee. More information is desired on this sighting.

Bohemian Waxwing

Bombycilla garrulus

A sight record from Corpus Christi in late March, 1978 was probably an accurate record. The bird was well-studied, and a good description was made by the observer. It was not submitted to TBRC. The sighting was the subject of a column by Kay McCracken published in the Corpus Christi Caller-Times at that time. There was a confirmed Bohemian Waxwing in San Antonio that same winter, indicating there may have been some sort of movement of the species.

McCown’s Longspur

Rhynchophanes mccownii

There are two specimens of this species in the Field Museum of Natural History labeled Feb. 13, 1899 and Feb. 22, 1899, Nueces County, Texas, by W E Snyder. We have been unable to determine the exact locale where these were collected. In 1899, Nueces County included what is modern-day Jim Wells and Kleberg Counties.There are other sight records for this species in Nueces County.

Henslow’s Sparrow

Ammodramus henslowii

There are sight records, but no specimen or photograph for this species for Nueces County.

Connecticut Warbler:

Oporornis agilis

Although there are several sight records in Nueces County for this species, there has never been a record that has been accepted by the TBRC.

Expirpated or Extinct Species:

Eskimo Curlew

Numenius borealis

Considered to be extinct. One accepted record: March 8, 1877, from N. Padre Island. This species was almost certainly an abundant migrant on the prairies of Nueces County.

Carolina Parakeet

Conuropsis carolinensis

Extinct. This species apparently ranged south and east to Nueces County in the 19th century.


AB = American Birds Magazine

FN = Field Notes Magazine

NAB = North American Birds

TBRC = Texas Bird Records Committee

Thanks to Gene Blacklock and Matt Heindel for reviewing the checklist document and for helpful comments and suggestions.


Rare Birds of Texas Master List of Review Species, 14 May 2011 with updates, Eric Carpenter, Greg W. Lasley, Mark W. Lockwood, and Chuck Sexton (excerpts reproduced with author’s permission).

The Texas Ornithological Society Handbook of Texas Birds, Mark W. Lockwood, Brush Freeman. 2004

Birds of the Texas Coastal Bend, Abundance and Distribution, John H. Rappole and Gene W. Blacklock, 1985

The Bird Life of Texas, Harry C. Oberholser, 1874

Birds of the Central Coast of Texas, Packard and Hagar, 1950

A Birder's Guide to the Texas Coast, ABA/Lane Birdfinding Guide, American Birding Association, Harold R. Holt,1993 

A Birder's Guide to the Texas Coast, ABA/Lane Birdfinding Guide, American Birding Association, Mel Cooksey and Ron Weeks, 2006 Audubon Field Notes

Audubon Field Notes, American Birds, Field Notes, North American Birds

© Mel Cooksey, 2017



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