On the morning of June 28 Willie Sekula reported an ABA Code 3 Green Violetear coming to one of his feeders in La Vernia, Wilson County, Texas, east of San Antonio.
Access to the home with the feeders seems limited at this time, though birders interested in seeing this bird may do well to follow the Texas bird listserv for updates.
Green Violetear is a rare but regular visitor to the ABA Area. It was first recorded in 1961 in Texas, where the vast majority of ABA Area records have come from. Some years see a number of records throughout the US and even into Canada, while other years the species is absent entirely. This is the first record of Green Violetear in the ABA Area for 2014. There were two records, both in Texas, in 2013.
Howell et al, in Rare Birds of North America notes that the partially migratory thalassinus ssp of central Mexico leaves that area following their winter breeding season, resulting in most ABA Area records of the species occurring in late spring/summer and likely consisting of misoriented migrants. More, Green Violetear expresses a predilection for highlands, which is reflected by the abnormally high number of records from the Texas’s Edwards Plateau. In that context, this record is firmly within the expected time and place.
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