CLEARING HOUSE CODES
SB=San Bernard NWR
SJ=San Jacinto SP
SLP=San Louis Pass
SR=Sea Rim SP
TCD=Tejcas City Dike
WM=White Mem. Park
WHC=West Harris Cnty
ANG = Mike Austin, Lynn Aldrich, Paul Noble, Peter Gottschling
BH = Bob Honig
BM = Bill McClure
CUZ = Caroline Callery, Richard Uzar, John Zagorsk!
DW = Diane Wise
E = Ted Eubanks Jr, Jim Morgan
EEM a Ted Eubanks Jr, John Eyre, Jim Morgan
FO = Joe Farrell, Richard Uzar
GL a Geneva Lavern
HAS = Houston Audibon Soc field trip led by Rob Thacker
HWA a Houston Arboretum field trip led by Bob Honig & Doug Williams
JB a John Buckman
JJH = John & Jane Hamilton
LB a Geneva Lavern & Norma Barnes
LPU = Miner Long, Frank Peace, Richard Uzar
ME a Jim Morgan & John Eyre
MPG = Mike Austin, Paul Noble, Peter Gottschling
NG a Paul Noble, Peter Gottschling, Ken Reetz
Oo NAG = Paul Noble, Lynn Aldrich, Peter Gottschling
OGC a OG field trip led by Marilyn Crane
OGT a OG field trip led by Tom Taroni, Warren Pruess & Jim Renfro
P a Piney Woods field trip led by Ted Eubanks Jr
RT = Rob Thacker
RU a Richard Uzar
US a Richard Uzar & Walter Stewart
UB = Richard Uzar & Christine Bourgeois
CLEARING HOUSE NOTES -SEPT.
filiifl Karbler - Sent _____ 1989 - Jjjn ___o_r_ga_a
UTC checklist status - Very rare in Sept. Rare at peak in Oct.
Notes - Adult male in full breding plumage seen in 3alt cedars along hwy 87 in
Jefferson Co. Blue Upperparts; black face, chin, throat and sides; white
breast, belly and vent; white spot on lower center of folded wing; black eye,
bill and legs. Seen by all three observers (Jim Morgan, Ted Eubanks Jr & John
Eyre) for approximately 20-30 sec. in excellent light at distance of 6-10
meters with 8x and 10x binocs.
BJ_a_____ Whiskered Vireo - Sept ____ 2 & IS 1989 - JJjh Morgan
UTC checklist status - No previous occurence before August 1989.
Notes - Seen and heard repeatedly over a two hour period at Smith Oaks in High
Island, Size and coloration similar to a Red-eyed Vireo bat with noticably
larger bill and distinct black malar marks. Bird was taped and photographed
during observations totalling more than 20 minutes over 2 hr period. Bird was
seen by both observers (Jim Morgan & Ted Eubanks Jr) as close as 15-20 ft (5-6
m) in excellent light with 10x40 binocs. Tape copy and photos to be submitted
to Texas Bird Records Committee.
Black-whiskered Vireo - Sent 3_ 1989 - John Buckman
UTC checklist status - No previous occurence before August 1989.
Notes - Saw in Memorial area at Smith Oaks sanctuary. Noted vireo shape; same
size as R-E Vireo seen earlier that day; Bill was somewhat larger than R-E
Vireo; Noted distinct malar stripes, which were sharp and black in good light;
noted white supercilium bordered top and bottom by black lines; indistinct
gray cap; brownish back, browner than a R-E Vireo; White underparts, except
distinct, small, lemon-yellow undertail coverts patch & some yellow on upper
breast; Eye was dark, no red seen; tail (under) was dark buff or light brown;
No wing bars. I saw & heard the bird sing 2 or 3 times, so it was surely a
(M). The song appeared similar to R-E Vireo to me. Saw bird at close range
(10-20 ft) 3 or more times w/ 10x40 binocs. Light ranged from fair to
excellent. Similar species: from R-E Vireo by malar stripes, distinct
undertail coverts patch & no red eye; from Warbling Vireo by song and black-
bordered supercilium; from Phil. Vireo by mostly white underparts & different
supercilium; from Tenn. Warbler by malar stripes, bill size & different song.
Empidonax Flycatchers - Sent 3 1989 - JJ_m Morgan
UTC checklist status - Alder Flycatcher rare 2nd week Sept.
Notes - Yellow-bellied, Acadian, "Traill's, Least, Willow & Alder Flycatchers
were heard vocalizing while being observed by J-im Morgan and Ted Eubanks. Not
every individual called, but numerous representatives of all species
vocalized. Most vocalizations were taped by Eubanks for documentary purposes.
Scarlet Tanager - Sent 2_} 1989 - Peter Gottschling
UTC checklist status - No previous sightings 4th week of Sept.
Notes - Seen at Smith Oaks Sanctuary, High Island, Galveston County by Mike
Austin, Lynn Aldrich Paul Noble and Peter Gottschling). Dull yellow underneath
fading into greenish head. All black wings with no wingbars.
Black-chinned Hummingbird - Sept _____ 1989 - _ii__j__g _________
UTC checklist status - No previous sightings in September.
Notes - The bird was a full adult male seen in Algoa, Tx (Galveston County) at
11:30 AM to noon. The light was bright overcast to full sun. I first noticed
this bird perched on our telephone wire. The extremely white area below dark
throat caught my attention. When the sun peeked out, the purple stripe below
the black throat flashed repeatedly. Flanks were green and tail was dark and
notched. It appeared equal in size to a Ruby-throat which was also perched on
the wire. Seen continuously for 30 minutes from distances of 6 ft (on feeder)
to 30 ft on wire with naked eye & 7X42 binocs, and at 40 ft with 25x scope.
Ruff - Seot 2 1989 - Richard Uzar
UTC checklist status - No previous sightings 1st or 2nd wk of Sept.
Note3 - One m'ale in juvenile plumage seen on High Island. There were no other
observers. Bird in full sun with sun at observer's rear. Seen at distance of
50 -60 M with 10x40 binocs and 22X, 40X, & 60X scope for 20 min. Habitat was
oilfield in salt marsh prairie; shallow mud bottom pond adjacent to shell road
surrounded by spartina grass. Varied groups of shorebirds in pond (15 species)
at the time. This bird standing next to and between Gull-billed Tern & Short-
billed Dowitcher. (Tern standing on higher ground). Bird was bathing/preening.
Very brief upward flight when raising from soaking posture. Skittish, almost
took to flight on 2 occasionsbefore leaving when finally disturbed by cattle
Description - Black bill, straight, length a depth of head. Head yellow buff -
crown w/fine dark streaking. Nape, clear. Area around eye lighter than face
but no eye ring. No lines. Throat, breast, sides all uniform yellow buff, no
streaking or marks. Belly like breast but fading to creamy buff. Primaries
dark, scapulars dark-edged w/buff. Back darker than nape but not as dark as
scapulars. Legs yellow. White across rump clearly seen during preening. Voice
not heard. Description from memory 1 hr after sighting without field guide.
Similar species - First thought this was a Buff-breasted Sandpiper
eliminated for bill too long and thick and complete lack of streaking,
spotting or striping on breast or neck. Sharp-tailed Sandpiper out for same
reasons - in addition to lack of rufous color on crown.