On 13 December, Willie Sekula reported a "Western" Flycatcher in Choke Canyon State Park in McMullen County, Texas (south of San Antonio). On 1 January, other Texas birders including Sheridan Coffey, Martin Reid, Derek Muschalek, and the original finder, Willie Sekula, observed the bird again. After careful observations and both audio and video recordings analyzed, they now believe the bird is a Pine Flycatcher, Empidonax affinis. If accepted by the TOS and ABA records committees, it would become a new species record for the ABA Area. Sonograms made from recordings of the calls can be found on Martin Reid's website, www.martinreid.com/Main%20website/empidchoke.html. A possible Hammond's Flycatcher and a possible Least Flycatcher are in the bird's territory for comparison. Keys for I.D. include narrow bill, blackish upper mandible and orange-yellow lower mandible. The wings and tail should be long as should the primary projection (Howell and Webb). Legs are black.
Photo of what is believed by some, but not all, to be the 1st ABA Area record of Pine Flycatcher is courtesy of David McDonald of Friendswood, Texas.
Pine Flycatcher is a Mexican and Guatemalan endemic found mostly in pine-oak woodlands and edge as close to the Texas border as southeastern Coahuila and southwestern Nuevo Leon. (Howell and Webb, A Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America.) It's whip call is described as being different from whit calls of its congeners (HBW Vol.9).