green body - dark head with fine white streaks, indicating
a winter adult - brown eye, concolor with the head -
medium gray facial skin, with a distinct gray line above and
below. The upper line started at the top, front of the eye
and went to the base of the bill, and was fatter at the center
of the line - the bottom line started at the bottom front of
the eye and made two very small curves to the bottom of
the bill, and this line was much thinner than the upper line
- both of these lines were bare skin, not feathers, and
neither line went above, below or behind the eye seen for
over 20 minutes, as close as 75 feet, 10x40, 15-45x60
optics -PDHulce, Royce Pendergast, Jana Whittle, Ross
Harris' Hawk - P.D. Hulce December 26,1995
Three in Galveston county. Large, long tailed
hawk - dark gray-brown body, bright rufous thighs and
shoulders - yellow bill and cere, and legs - long white tail
had a large black subterminal band, white tip - all birds
were adults - one bird was on the levee at the Texas City
Dike - P.D.Hulce, Flo Hannah; P.D.Hulce, Janet Rathjen,
Arch Dillard, etc.
Franklin's Gull - P.D. Hulce December 26,1995
Texas City Dike - seen with a group of 50-75
Laughing Gulls, this gull was smaller, shorter head to tail
by 3-4 inches. It had a very distinctive sooty black hood
going up and back from the eye, which had very noticeable
white crescents above and below. Bill was black and
shorter and thinner than Laughing Gulls. Black legs.
Noticeable white spots in primaries of standing bird - in
flight, it had an all white tail (2nd winter). Very distinctive
white trailing edge to the wing - the first 3-4 primaries were
all black, but then a white line begin to intrude into the
primaries from the trailing edge of the wing. Observed for
over 20 minutes, as close as 12 feet away. Extensively
photographed. P.D.Hulce, Janet Rathjen, Sandy Dillard.
Glaucous Gull - P. Gottschling December 2,1995
First winter bird on Bolivar Flats. It was pale
cream colored and significantly larger and longer necked
and headed than two nearby first winter Herring Gulls.
The eye was dark. The bill was long and pale with the
distal 1/4 sharply demarcated solid black. The primaries
and all wing coverts were very fresh and clean looking, no
wear at all. The primaries were very pale light gray with
uniform 'white edges. There was no hint of any contrasting
shades on the tips or anywhere else. The wing itself had
very faint vermiculations in the feather pattern. The head
was white. Slides on file.
Least Flycatcher - P.D. Hulce December 23,1995
Hedgerow north of FM1985. Small, gray
Empidonax, seen for over 20 minutes, flycatching and
gleaning from leaves and branches. Prominent white
eyering, slightly larger in back - very short primary
extension. Occasionally twitched wings and tail -
P.D.Hulce, Royce Pendergast, Jana Whittle, Ross Whittle
Wood Thrush - P.D. Hulce December 22,1995
Bright orange crown & nape, slightly duller
orangish back and tail. Slight ruffed crest. Faint black and
white streaking on ear coverts. Extensively marked below
with large blackish spots. Very upright, alert posture.
Foraged low, ran and hopped on ground. Slightly larger
than Hermit Thrush with which it was seen at E.L. Moore
Black-throated Blue Warbler - W. Risser December 1-31,
In yard. Described in Nov. Blue-backed, black
face, throat and chin. Black line along chest and sides of
white underparts. Large white spot at base of primaries.
Thin bill. Size of Yellow-rumped Warbler. Regularly
visiting hunirningbird feeders.
This bird was also documented by B. Behrstock.
Black-throated Green Warbler - D. Verser December 10,
1995 White wing bars on gray wings. Yellow face.
Olive crown and back without streaks. White underside
from throat to undertail. Black smudged streaks on sides.
Chat - D. Verser December 10,1995
Bright yellow throat and breast. White belly and
undertail. Gray face. Bold white broken eye ring including
white line extending in front of eye. Blackish in front and
below eye. Green upperparts without wing bars. Long tail.
Henslow's Sparrow - D. Verser December 20, 1995" ~
At Anahuac NWR. Flushed from tall grass to salt
cedar. Rather dark overall. Noted: head distinctly green,
necklace of streaks across breast, and feathers on back
were mostly black.
Henslow' Sparrow - P.D. Hulce December 23, 1995
East unit of Anahuac NWR. Flushed from a small
strip of grassy prairie, this rusty bird flew into a small
hedgerow and practically froze for a long period - the rear
of the head and crown and the nape were a pretty olive-lime
green, with fine black streaks on the nape. Two dark crown
stripes surrounded a light greenish-white center crown
stripe. Sides of face were yellowish-green with a bright
golden-yellow area at the front of the supercilium . Very
fine white eyering. There was an irregular black mark on
the ear coverts - two black whisker marks with a light
yellowish area between them, and a whitish chin - light
orangish-buff chest with fine black streaks that extended
all along the flanks - back was dark rusty brown, black, and
whitish-lilac - the back feathers were rusty with black tips
and thin white edgings, in rows with thin whitish rows
between them - wings were rusty and black, as was tail -
seen as close as 15 feet, for over 20 minutes - bird would
occasionally move 2-10 feet in the hedgerow, and then
freeze again, often looking at the observers - P.D.Hulce,
Royce Pendergast, Jana Whittle, Ross Whittle.