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(7)5,High I.,JM&MC; (
., (50+)25,High l.,T&J
(2)24,High I.,P&MJ; (1)26,
Redstart, American: (1)5,High I.,JM&MC; (I)6,High l.,JM&DP; (2)6,I I,(25+)18
D&JD; (1)18,Galveston,B&EW; (I)23,Dow Nature TraiI,TC; (2)24,25,High
(1)25,High I., (5)26,City Hal I,T&JE; (8)26,High I.,A; (I)29,SW Housto
Oriole,Orchard: (2)I I,White Oak Bayou,WC.
Oriole, Northern (Baltimore): (7)4,Memorial Park,JM;
High l.,JM&DP; (6)6,High I.,D&JD; (50+)6,High I.,
High I.,A; (I)27,yard,JM.
Tanager, Summmer: (5)6,High I.,T&JE; (l)6,High l.,JM&DP
Baytown,D&JD; (I)26,Anahuac R.,A.
Grosbeak, Rose-breasted: (1)30,Clay Rd.,AJ&R.
Grosbeak, Blue: (2)6,(I)I I,White Oak Bayou,WC.
Dickcissel: (20)26,Anahuac R.,A.
Sparrow, Savannah: (I)26,Brazoria R..S&TC (no details)
Sparrow, Sharp-tailed: (2)26,Bolivar,P&MJ (see "A Night etc...")
Sparrow, Seaside: (n/c)25,Anahuac R..0G; (6)26,Bolivar,P&MJ.
SPARROW, LE C0NTE'S: (I>26,Anahuac R.,A (see notes).
Sparrow, Lark: (I)l6,Yard,D&CH.
Species which occur abundantly in the UTC throughout the year were reported by many
observers during September, but not in unusual numbers or habitat: Great-blue Heron;
Cattle, Great and Snowy Egret; Mottled Duck; Red-shouldered Hawk; Clapper Rail, Willet
Sanderling; Laughing Gull; Forster's Tern; Caspian Tern; Black Skimmer; Pileated Woodpecker; Red-bellied Woodpecker; Carolina Wren and Loggerhead Shrike.
Clearing House Contributors: AJ&R - Margaret Anderson, Margaret Jones and Ellen Red;
KB - Kathleen Brannon; C&SC - Chuck & Su-'j Campbell; MC - Mary Ann Chapman; S&TC -
Sherry & Tom Collins; CC&M.- Glenn & Wes Cureton & Jackie May; PC - Penny Cureton;
WC - Wes Cureton; D&JD - David & Jan Dauphin; R&MD - Richard & Maxine Davis; DeK -
Debbie DeKeyzer; VE - Victor Emmanual; T&JE - Ted & Janet Eubanks; TBF - T. Ben Feltner; D&CH - Dan & Carol Hamilton; HAS - Houston Audubon Society Beginner Birder Field
Trip (reported by Wes Cureton); P&MJ - Paul & Margaret Jones; DM - David Marrack;
JM - Jim Morgan; DP - Dick Pratt; B&EW - Bob & Edith WiiIman; Party A - T. Ben Feltner
Russell Clapper & approximately 40 Audubon Society Field Trippers; Party E - Ann Els-
ton, Margaret Jones, and 4 visitors from Shreveport: Margaret Fontaine, Peggy Gray,
Pat Lonnecker and Eloise Schladweiler; Party OG - approximately 70 Ornithology Group
Field Trippers (reported by Phyllis Nimmons).
CLEARING HOUSE NOTES
Eared Grebe: Two males and one female are now well into winter plumage. —David Dauphl
Magnificent Frigatebird: 3 seen from II mile road, they drifted off over West Bay.
At about 10 PM, while sitting on the beach at II mile road, under a full moon
and a few clouds, made fourth observation: the bird flew In off the sea at approximately 25' and turned almost over me and went west down the beach, head
turning to either side as it flew. —David Marrack
Black-bellied Treeduck: On Sept. 6 about 7 PM at a pond behind Uncle Ben's Rice Mill
at Westheimer Road and Synott we observed two adult Black-bellied Treeducks and thirteen ducklings which apparently had no flight feathers. They had climbed up on the
rocks and were preening. The young ducklings were black on top of the head with a
black line through the eye. (This marking reminded us of the head of the female masked duck). The back was a mottled black and white pattern, and the underparts were
buffy gray. The bill appeared gray. Observed with 20X telescope in good light.
—•Richard & Maxine Davis
On September 27 we saw about twenty Black-bellied Treeducks on the dikes of the back
pond at Rice Mill Pond. Further observation revealed that only one of these was an
adult. The others were pale colored young treeducks. —Chuck & Suzi Campbell
(This is a new nesting record for this species in the UTC. Pough in "Audubon Water
Bird Guide says: "Twelve creamy white eggs are a normal clutch". Peterson in A Field
Guide to the Birds of Texas says: "Eggs 12 - 16, Whitish". —C-H Editor)
RING-NECKED PHEASANT: Cock and hen with six flying young were seen in the refuge.
Refuge Manager, Russ Clapper, told me this was the first report of a brood on the
refuge. —David Dauphin
YELLOW RAIL: It Is obvious that the Yellow Rail is an earlier arrival in the fall
than was formerly thought. Mr. Russ Clapper informed me that no birds had been detected in the refuge before the 25th, but that several had been found on that date,
and, of course, confirms the six birds present on the 26th. They comprise the earliest known dates for the UTC. —T. Ben Feltner