Ken & Eric Sztraky, John Haynes (SSH); Don Verser,
Mike Gray (VG); Don Verser, Jim Hoffman (VH); Don
Verser, Jim Hoffman, Mike Gray (VHG); P. D. Hulce (X)
LIST OF LOCATION 'CODES: Anahuac NWR (AW);
Bolivar Flats (BF); Brazoria NWR (BW);
East Beach (EB); High Island (HI); Quintana (QU); Russ
Pittman Park (RPP); San Bernard NWR (SB); Sea Rim St.
Park (SR); Sabine Woods (SW); Tyrrell Park (TP)
LIST OF COUNTY CODES: Brazoria (BR); Chambers
(CH); Fort Bend (FB); Galveston (GA); Harris (HA);
Jefferson (TE); Upper Texas Coast (U)
Magnificent Frigatebird -1. Whittle April 27,1997. Two
birds were soaring over a shrimp boat. Two others were
lover over a shrimp boat. Characteristic wing and body
shape of frigatebird. Of the lower tow birds, one
appeared all dark, the other had some white on throat
and/or belly. Magnificent Frigatebirds are only frigatebird
known for this area. P. and T. Frank observed
frigatebirds at this location also. Similar description.
Glossy Ibis -J. Whittle April 26, 1997. Typical Plegadis
ibis. Body and neck deep chestnut. Bright sky-blue
bare skin in line from top of eye to base of upper
mandible, thicker in center than at either end. Thinner
sky-blue line from bottom of eye to base of lower
mandible. No bare skin behind eye.
Curlew Sandpiper - P.D. Hulce April 30, 1997
East Beach, Galveston. A medium large, plain gray and
white sandpiper - upperparts all uniform gray with
some slightly dark centers to some feathers of the
scapulars and wings, especially the tertials. Underparts
clean white from undertail to middle breast, with some
very faint, gray streaking/spotting on the upper breast.
Small rounded gray head with fine dark streaking on the
crown and very prominent whitish supercilium, which
met on the forehead. Curved and pointed bill, glossy
black in color. The bill was curved throughout its
length and was quite different from Dunlin. White
rump patch seen in flight. Photographed.
California Gull - P.D. Hulce April 30, 1997
A large, near adult gull, with a medium gray back. Dark
brown eye with bright red eye ring. Long yellow bill
with red spot on lower mandible and slight black
marking in front of red spot. White head with steep
forehead and rounded crown, eye appeared fairly small
on side of head.
California Gull - P & T. Frank April 12, 1997
Head was all white, and was rounded. Iris color was
yellow with a dark pupil and red orbital ring. Bill length
was approximately equal to head depth. Bill color was
yellow. It had a thin black line at rear of gonys on both
upper and lower mandibles with line on upper mandible being thinner than lower and not quite appearing
to encircle uppermandible. There was a red spot on the
lower mandible where the black line was at. The breast
was completely white. The mantle, scapulars, and
coverts all appeared uniformly gray. This gray color
was darker than Ring-billed Gulls and Herring Gulls
(Larus argentatus) but not darker than Laughing Gull
(Larus atricilla). The primaries appeared uniformly
black. In the standing bird , there was very little white
evident. Birds did not open their wings during the time
we observed them. The legs of these birds were
yellowish to yellowish-green in appearance. The eye
color of these birds is problematic for California Gull.
Glaucous Gull - P. and T. Frank April 12,1997. This gull
had a white head. It's mantle, scapulars, and coverts
were a very light gray. The rest of the plumage was
white with brown splotchy mottling. The auxiliaries
however were completely white. The bird was observed standing, spreading it's wings, and in flight. The
bird's bill had a black tip to it and the rest was a pinkish
color. The iris was yellowish with a dark pupil. The bird
was not observed standing directly with a Herring Gull
(Larus argentatus), but seemed smaller, not as massive
as a usual Glaucous Gull. The legs were pinkish. The
wing extension past the tail was very short. When it did
stand next to a Ring-billed Gull (Larus delawarensis) it
was slightly bigger.
Greater Black-backed Gull - P.D. Hulce April 4, 1997.
Very large immature gull, with a fairly large, whitish
head and a huge bill with an all dark tip. Wings and
back brownish with darker spotting. Hght pink legs.
Larger than nearby Herring Gull.
Olive-sided Flycatcher - J. Whittle April 5, 1997.
rothonotary Pond, Boy Scout Woods. Flycatching from
the next to top perch on dead snags. Flycatcher, fairly
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