tail. Looked pointed at both ends. - Larger than gulls, smaller than white
-«1o«w; —Will Risser—-
HUMMINGBIRD, GREEN VIOLETEARs At feeder in yard of Mr.&Mrs. Wade Humphrey in Lake
Jackson, Brazoria Co. and other nearby feeders." First seen by neighbors on May 26
but not seen by Mrs. Humphrey until June 4. Originally reported as a Rivoli's,
but was re-identified as a green violetear after the bird was clearly seen.
Large blue-green hummer with violet patch behind eye and on breast. Tail long with
dark. subterminal band. Lower belly and crissum dark gray.". Beak dark and relatively short. When bird is at feeder, wings beat slowly enough to distinguish individual wingbeats. Much larger than ruby-throats which come to same feeders. Makes
a chipping noise, which is sometimes heard before the "bird appears. Sometimes
perches on electric line near feeder. Feeds only very briefly at feeders, -usually
at about one-hour intervals. Another yard where it often feeds is adjacent to a
wooded bayou with a steep bank, which some observers think that this species favors.
First record for Upper Texas Coast, about the 7th for Texas. Seen by many observers, some of whom have seen it before in Texas and Mexico. Still present as of
June 10. ':-—; V ■
■;'JV —Wesley Curetoh—
HUMMINGBIRD, BLUE-THROATED: Seen on May 2^.1981, from 3:30 to 4:00 p.m. along
Quintana Rd. between spoil banks covered with shrubs, grass, cacti, and wild-
flowers. Rainy, windy, overcast. Seen from 30-40 ft., 5-6 minutes the first
time, 4-5 minutes about 20 minutes later. Feeding at large yellow cactus flowers,
perching on dead twigs about 2 ft. off ground, flying, trying to feed at primrose.
About twice as long and'3 times as fat as nearby ruby*throat. Immediately noticed large female hummer with dark tail and huge white tail corners. Top of head
dark, back dark.green, wings more brownish than black, white line through or over
eye. Throat, breast, belly, sides, crissum, underside of tail white rather than
gray. Legs and bill black. A barn swallow flew by, which seemed smaller than
this hummer. While it fed at cactus flower, the wings extended about' 3 inches
above the bird. I spotted the bird first and alerted the other members of the
party—Ann Adkins, Joyce Norman, Matt Robinson, Leslie Chamness, and Larry and
Martha Ballard. The Ballards and I have seen tooth sexes of this species in -
Arizona and Big Bend a number of times. 10 x 50 binoculars.
Flycatcher, Willow/Alder: Listed as very rare for the 20th, no status given for
the 25th. Both birds on the 20th and four on the 25th were'identified in the
hand, banded and released. Characteristics used were as follows: orange mouth,
black legs, no emargination on 6th primary,--40th primary intermediate in length
between 5th and 6th primaries, distance between tip of 6th and 9th primaries
equal to or less than 6 mm., back olive to- gray-green, throat white.
— Tony Gallucci—
Thrasher, Curve-billed: April 23, 1981. Discovered about 5:45 p.m. in a grove
of salt cedars about 5 miles up the coast from'High Island. The bird,was sitting
on a dead branch in full view when first seen, at a "distance of 30 feet. We
watched it for 5 minutes, from the front and rear. Field marks noted: medium-
gray underparts with the tail a darker gray and with indistinct light tips to the
outer tail feathers. Underparts light gray with a medium-gray mottling across the
breast—quite noticeable'but not distinct streaks. Undertail coverts tight buffy.
Eye bright orange. Bill distinctly curved. No white in wings. The bird was seen
shortly after the rain had ceased as a front moved' out over the Gulf; it was quite
wet and bedraggled looking. We both observed it with 10 x 40 Zeiss binoculars
and are both thoroughly familiar with this species and the" bt&fe&r North American
Mimidae. : •f^u'b|
xxil'i- . ■ ■i.'i :v —David Wolf— ,'
RAVEN, WHITE-NECKED: one on May 10. Crow-sized black bird flying resolutely
west down Galveston beach at Sea Isle.fc Did test call, btit had distinctly wedge-.,
shaped—not rounded—tail, which it displayed by eluding pursuit by a blackbird.
'->:■:/••."• t-; dot —will Risser—
Vireo, Black-whiskered: Seen on April 30 on Nottingham Ranch Road on Galveston
Island. Overall a very drab-appearing bird. Base color of back and mantle was
a smooth grayish brown with little or no contrast with bird's crown. Vireo bill
readily apparent. Bird closely resembled red-eyed vireo but 2 black whisker or .
malar stripes were highly visible, outlining a very white throat. Ear patch was
a duller brown. Eye was a dark reddish Brown, with a thin dark eyellne, more
distinct ttoan red-eyed vireo. Yellow, undertail coverts but no.'trace of yellow on
sides. Other birds present in area were Tennessee warbler plus 4 other warbler