plovers). Most everyone glimpsed a LeConte's Sparrow but
the high winds prevented a good look.
After finishing our tour of San Luis Pass, we ate
lunch at Galveston Island State Park where we added Yellow
Warbler, Northern Waterthrush, and Swamp Sparrow to the
list. Storm Woods at Indian Beach was loaded with
migrants, especially orioles. The group stood quietly in a
light rain as Ted pointed out passerine landfall and
grounding unfold in front of us — small flocks moved
towards us low to the ground and other plunged from
greater heights enabling us to hear the rush of wind in their
wings as they plummeted into the vegetation around us.
An area near the amphitheater of Galveston Island
State Park produced few warblers but good numbers of
orioles, tanagers, Indigo Buntings, and Blue Grosbeaks.
We greatly appreciated the efforts of Alice Ann
O'Donnel and Martha Micks which enabled us to enter the
woods at the closed area of the Lafitte's Cove development.
This area produced a Black-throated Green Warbler, Green-
winged Teal and many more orioles, tanagers, buntings and
grosbeaks and as well as a Chipping Sparrow which is
unusual on Galveston Island.
Nottingham (or Stettegast) Road produced Upland
Sandpipers, and the roadside ponds at 8 Mile
Road/Anderson's Way provided good views of many
shorebirds, including Long-billed Dowitchers and Pectoral
Under Ted's guidance, the group put in a full 12
plus hours of birding and ended with a diverse list of species.
Although Galveston Island may not be as good for birding
as it once was, it still has many wonderful birding
opportunities. In a few miles of travel, we tallied 30 species
of shorebirds, 10 species of warblers, seven species of
sparrows and many other species to total 133 species on
Galveston Island. Dwight Peake
by Noel Pettingell
10 YEARS AGO/FROM MAY 1984 SPOONBTI.I.
FOR THE RECORD: On April 21 and 22, 1983 a
remarkable 32 species of warblers were found by Ted
Eubanks, Jr. and Jim Morgan along the coast in Jefferson
and Galveston counties, including High Island and Bolivar
Peninsula and at White Park in north Chambers County.
Twenty-seven species were all identified by each observer on
the 21st and 22nd. Ted's list included 30 warblers and Jim's
29. Only two species were not recorded on the coast—
Swainson's and Pine, which were found at White Park on the
22nd. The biggest miss during the two days was Yellow-
throated. Best find was a vagrant--Townsend's Warbler~at
High Island on the 21st.
Editors: Phyllis end Tony Frank
The Clearing House will unfortunately look a little
different this month. As several of you know we were
running a little behind schedule since the payment for the
post Office Box was not received by the Post Office in time
to prevent them from returning mail. Ue appologize for the
inconvenience to anyone. The Post Office has received
payment and the Post Office Box will remain the same.
Second as some of you know we have accepted reports in
electronic format. Unfortunately one of the electronic
reports this month was not in the correct structure and
corrupted the entire record file making it impossible to
compile. As April typically has almost 2000 records, we did
not have time to reenter and make the publication date.
Therefore only documented bird descriptions are included
Many thanks to everyone who submitted reports and
documentation. Reports for next month are due by June 3rd,
but early reports are welcomed. Readers are reminded that
all decisions regarding checklist status are made by the
checklist committe. Publication of a rarity does not imply
acceptance of the record by the editors or the committee.
Reports were received from: Mike Austin; Bob
Behrstock; Bob Berhstock, Gutierrez; David Marrack; Gail
Luckner; Houston Audubon Society Field Trip/Royce
Pendergast.John Uhittle; Jim Morgan, Ted Eubanks; John
Uhittle; Jim Morgan; Noel Pettingell; OG FieldTrip/ Ted
Eubanks; Peggy Milstead; Peggy & Bob Milstead, Marguerite
Guice; Uarren Pruess; John & Jan Uhittle, Ross Foreman,
TSSyce Pendergast; P.D. Hutcff"
Red-throated Loon - J. Morgan & T. Eubanks April 27, 1994
Observed floating and diving at Surfside jetty.
Non-breeding plumage, generally charcoal gray above and
white below. uhite on face extending well above eye.
Extremely slight bluish-gray upturned bill. Bird held head
at an upward angle which accentuated the pitch of the bill.
?The back was flecked with small dots of whitish spots.
Separated from Pacific Loon by extension of white above the
eye and bill; from Common by bill and body size.
Glossy Ibis - Mike Austin
Three seen well for approx. 5 minutes each feeding
in muddy rice fields with Uhite-faced Ibis at distance of 75
to 150 yards with 20X scope. All adults with red chestnut
body plumage with green iridescence, unstreaked head and
necks. One was on north side of SH 73 one mile west of Jap
Rd., the other two were .5 miles west of Pear Orchard Rd.
along FM 1985. Leg color on all three 3 birds was
unimpressive and did not set them apart from Uhite-faced
Ibis. Atl birds had a thin bluish line above and behind
bare facial skin, absent behind eye. Birds had a dark
triangular facial patch.
Glossy Ibis - Bob Behrstock April 22, 1994
Observed in wet rice fields on FM 1985 about six
miles west of 124. In direct comparison with about 250
Uhite-faced Ibis. A bright chestnut and oily-green adult.
Facial skin dark gray to black. Eye dark. A pair of
diverging line approx. Robin's egg blue ascending face
toward eye and descending below eye from base of bit I.
Observed with Questar and Spacemaster.
Uhite-rumped Sandpiper - G. D. Luckner April 17, 1994
Two alternate plumaged Uhite-rumped Sandpipers were
sighted in a muddy field along FM 1985. A small calidrid.