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The Spoonbill, Vol. 38, No. 11, November 1989 - Image 8. November 1989. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 20, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/1045/show/1042.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 38, No. 11, November 1989
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 11, November 1989
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  • Price, Libby
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date November 1989
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  • Houston, Texas
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Transcript GLOSSY IBIS Don Francis 10/15/89 Adult bird seen in Shoveler Pond at Anahuac NWR at 10:45 a.m. The bird appeared to be all black at a distance. There vas no indication vhatsoever of any vhite around the beak or throat, as might be expected of a White-faced Ibis. The facial skin color vas not light pink, characteristic of a winter White-faced Ibis, but appeared to be more dull gray, about the same tone as the rest of the bird. I could not see any red in the eyes, nor on the beak. The beak and the legs vere the same gray color. When flying, the bird gave a hint of a purplish color. The bird did not call. The day the bird vas seen, a very strong eastern vind had been bloving for several hours, preceding Hurricane Jerry, vhich made landfall at Galveston Island several hours later. The veather vas overcast. There vere possibly tvo individuals. I got several clear, unobstructed looks at one on the vest side of the pond from about 50 yards avay, and one look at the bird in flight, lov, and going across ray field of viev, from about 20 yards avay. I vas able to observe the bird for several minutes vith high- quality 10x40 binoculars, vith enough time to consult my field guide. On the east side of the pond, I sav what could have been another individual, vith the same markings. I got good looks at this one as veil, from about the same distance, or a little further. This could be the same bird, but since there vere only about 10 minutes between sightings, they vere physically far enough apart, considering how they vere moving in the pond, to make tvo individuals a possibility. RINGED KINGFISHER Peter Gottschling, Geneva LaVern, Dottie Praus LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL OG Field trip (submitted by John Buckman) I sav this gull on 10/21/89 at San Luis Pass, Galveston Co., Texas vith several others on an Ornithology Group field trip. I observed the bird lying down, standing and in flight. I noted size, vhich vas noticeably larger than nearby Ring-bill and Laughing Gulls but somevhat smaller than a first vinter Herring Gull seen nearby, but just after the L.B-B Gull had left. The bird had a very dark gray or dull black mantle and (upper) folded wings. The color vas much darker than upperparts of nearby Laughing Gulls. It approached black color of Great Black-backed Gull but had duller upperparts than that species. The head, breast and underparts vere completely vhite, although there vas evidence of a vinter hood on the crovn and nape. The bill vas large but not massive and yellov in color vith a gonys spot on the lover mandible. The color of the gonys spot could only be described as dark, because of the vieving distance. The legs and feet vere bright yellov. The folded vings extended veil beyond the tail on the standing bird. In flight, the bird appeared vhite belov vith very dark gray or black upper vings. The bird appeared short-bodied and chunky in flight vith rather long thin vings. There vere rather thin, vhite borders on the leading and trailing edges of the upper vings. The primaries vere darker than the rest of the upper vings, but other details vere not noticed because of the vieving distance. The bird vas seen best at about 100 yards in very good light for a fev minutes vith a 20x scope and 10x40 binoculars. Similar species vere eliminated as follows: Great Black-backed Gull by size, leg color, vinter hood and less massive bill on species seen; Slaty-backed Gull and Western Gull by leg color; Yellow-footed Gull by size and bill less massive on species seen; and California Gull by much darker mantle and vings on species seen. A field guide vas consulted after the sighting. This note originally prepared 10/21/89. OBSERVERS FOR OCTOBER, 1989 Common and Scientific name: Number of individuals, sexes. Locality: Texas, Brazos Bend Date seen: October 22, 1989 Time of day seen: 8:50 Reporting observer: Peter Got Other observers: Geneva Laver Light conditions: Morning sun lit but ve vere able to Optical equipment: Zeiss 10x4 Distance to bird: 70 meters Duration o£ observation: seve Habitat: Northvest corner of water. The majority of t algae. The tvo snags I s near shore vas very clear also clear. Behavior: The bird vas feedin catch sunfish 3 to 4 inch less than 5 minutes. It svalloving it. It usual1 nev one once during obser Description: This vas a large C. alcyon, in the same ar C. alcyon. Head is slightly crested throat and nape. The bir blue gray band, a thin vh and undertail vere brick nape to the base of the t Voice: It called once vith a did not have the rattle-1 Similar species eliminated: and undertail. Call is d Previous experience vith spec! inged Kingfisher, Ceryle torquata ages, plumages: One, Female State Park, Fort Bend County tschling n, Dottie Praus of Houston vas behind and right of the bird. It vas back ee the colors veil. 0 ral minutes Elm Lake, fishing from snags in relatively open he lake vas covered vith large lily pads and av it using vere about 3 meters high. The vater o I assume the deeper vater it vas using vas very actively and vould dive near the snag and long. It vas very successful and caught tvo in beat each fish extensively on the snag before y returned to the top of the snag but moved to a vation. kingfisher, considerably larger than the Belted, ea. The bill vas longer and thicker than that of grayish blue vith a vhite collar around the d had vhite "eyebrovs". Upper breast had a vide ite band belov that, and the rest of breast, belly red. The back was also blue gray from the vhite ail. loud staccato Kakakaka... that vas louder than and ike smoothness and continuity of a Belted call. elted Kingfisher vas smaller and has vhite belly ifferent. es: I see them several times a year in the Rio Grande valley. Books used in identification: At time of observation: none After observation: National Geographic "Birds of North America", 2nd ed. Description vritten from notes made during observation. Are you positive of your identification? Yes Editors' Note: Notes on this bird vere also received from Tony and Phyllis •Frank (10/26/89) and from Don Richardson (10/28/89). Both of these observers noted the vhite near the eye, the Franks calling it a "vhite eye spot just above and in front of a black eye", vhile Don sav "a very bold vhite "half" eye ring under the eye." Both also noted the lover voice of the Ringed compared to the Belted Kingfisher. BELL'S VIREO Ted Eubanks, Jim Morgan 10/14/89 Concolor crovn, nape and back noticeably rich olive green; yellovish underparts; one prominent and one faint vhite vingbars; up. spectacles; vhite eye-ring; dark eye; dark bill not as heavy as White-eyed Vireo. This eastern form seen at same location as same species on 1 Oct. 85. Seen for 30 sec. by both observers in good light vith lOx binocs at 10-15 meter. Lynne Aldrich, Peter Gottschling Bill McClure Charles Jones Charles and Patricia Jones David Dauphin Don Francis Don and Lee Richardson Ted Eubanks, Jim Morgan Ed Rozenburg John Buckman Jim Morgan Nancy McKinney OG1 = Ornithology Group Field Trip, reported by David Bradford PG = Peter Gottschling BMC CJ CPJ DD DF DLR JBC JM NMK PM RU TPF UB UBC = Richard Uzar, UE UF UP Peggy Milstead Richard Uzar Tony and Phyllis Frank Richard Uzar, Christine Bourgeous John Buckman Richard Uzar, Ted Eubanks Richard Uzar, Joe Farrell Richard Uzar, Libby Price BLACK-WHISKERED VIREO David and Jan Dauphin 10/02/89 Bird vas seen at High Island. Bird vas responding again, veil to a recording of its call made 3 veeks earlier. More yellovish than Red-eyed Vireo, heavier beak, "whisker" marks. LOCATION CODES FOR OCTOBER, 1989 AW = Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge BB » Brazos Bend State Park HI - High Island SJ = San Jacinto State Park SL = San Luis Pass WHC = West Harris County mm