The Clearing House is a monthly record of bird sightings
made on the Upper Texas Coast. Bow tc__read the CH:
Species: Location—(how many)date,observers. Those common
species which can be easily identified and are widely
distributed in the UTC will also be listed, followed by
the number of reports, with the lowest and highest number
of individuals seen in parentheses, i.e. £1-40).
Noteworthy sightings will be underlined, capitalized, or
both, according to their status. All observations
reported below must be accepted by the Checklist
Committee (Ben Feltner, Jim Morgan and Noel Pettingell)
before they are considered valid and included in the next
checklist. Sightings lacking details, when required, will
not be included in the Clearing House. Submitters who
forget details should send their notes to a member of the
Grebe, Pied-billed: Brazos Bend St. Park—(2)21,A
Egret, Cattle: Brazoria Co.—(22)17,B
Night-Heron, Yellow-crowned: 3 reports (1-15)
Spoonbill, Roseate: Houston—(2)17,B
Duck, Wood: Houston—(1)23,D; Beaumont—(1)25,A
Vulture, Black: Brazoria Co.—(20)17,B
Kite, Black-shouldered: W. Chambers Co.--(6)all month,E.
Hawk, Red-shouldered: Houston—(1)23,D
Hawk, Swainson's: Jefferson Co.—(2)28,A
Gull, Laughing: Brazoria Co.—(8)17,B.
Dove, Rock: Houston—(1-20)all month,C.
Dove, Mourning: 3 reports (1-25)
Turtle-Dove, Ringed: W. Chambers Co.—(l-4)all month,E.
Cuckoo, Yellow-billed: 4 reports (1 each).
Screech-Owl, Eastern: Houston--(1)12,C.
Nighthawk, Common: Houston— £ 2-20)all month,C.
Swift, Chimney: 4 reports (1-35)
Hummingbird, Ruby-throated: Houston—(2)23,D.
Woodpecker, Red-bellied: 4 reports (1-8)
Woodpecker, Downy: 4 reports (1-6)
Kingbird, Eastern: Houston—(2)27,C.
Flycatcher, Scissor-tailed: Houston—(1-5)27,29,C.
Flycatcher, Great Crested: Houston—(2)23,D.
Swallow, Barn: Houston--(10)18,A.
Martin, Purple: 3 reports (1-1000).(Peggy Milstead
reminds us to watch the major roost at dusk at
Meyerland Shopping Center...ed.).
Jay, Blue: 4 reports (2-30).
Crow, American: 4 reports (2-50)
Chickadee, Carolina: 4 reports (1-10)
Titmouse, Tufted: 3 reports (2-8)
Wren, Carolina: 3 reports (1-10).
Mockingbird, Northern: 4 reports (1-8).
Thrasher, Brown: Houston Arboretum—(1)23,D (see notes,
Robin, American: Houston—(5)1,(1)20,C.
Thrush, Wood: Houston, White Oak Bayou—(Dall month,A.
Starling, European: 3 reports (5-50)
Vireo, White-eyed: Houston—(8)23,D.
Vireo, Red-eyed: 3 reports (1-6)
Parula, Northern: Brazos Bend St. Park—(6)21,A.
Warbler, Hooded: Houston—(1)23,A.
Redstart, American; Brazos Bend St. Park—(1)21,A(see
Sparrow, House: 4 reports (2-100)
Blackbird, Red-winged: Houston—(15)17,B.
Grackle, Great-tailed: 3 reports (5-40).
Grackle, Common: 3 reports (1-50).
Cowbird, Brown-headed: 3 reports (1-30)
Cowbird, Bronzed: Houston—(1)11,A; Galena Park—
(1)18,Charles Browning,fide C.
Tanager, Summer: 3 reports (1 each)
Cardinal, Northern: 4 reports (1-50)
Dickcissel: Ft. Bend Co.—(1)21,Houston—(3)28,A.
CONTRIBUTORS - JUNE, 1984
A(Wes Cureton); B(Peggy Milstead); C(Randy Pinkston);
D(Randy Pinkston, Frank & JoAnne Cleland, Melissa
Sheppard); E(David Dauphin).
CLEARING HOUSE NOTES - JUNE, 1984
Brown Thrasher: Observed one minute on exposed perch atop
a yaupon on island in pond. Larger than mockingbird,
entirely rust-colored above with two white wingbars.
White below with heavy black spotting on breast; long
tail; long decurved bill; typical, weak, "wrenlike"
flight. 10x50 binocs, excellent light. - Randy
American Redstart: Black warbler with salmon patches in
wings and tail. Spread wings and tail as it flitted
around. - Wes Cureton
NOTE: Ron Braun is your new Clearinghouse Edit
beginning with the next Spoonbill. Send your reports
Ron and wish him well. Thank you all for your repor
these past several months. - - - - David Dauphin
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Peregrine Tours will run a bus trip for
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of $325, including everything except food.
A number of registrations have been
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BIRDERS TRIVIA QUIZ
Without any research or checkin
field guides, see how well you do at
answering the following questions:
1. Name the four species of birds whose
common name begins with Cassin's.
2. Which of the following species has the
longest migration time span in Spring
on the U.T.C? Blackburnian, Blackpol
or 31ack and White Warblers?
3. Arrange the following birds in order
of their size from largest to smallest
(This is either right or wrong.)
Piping Plover, Black-bellied Plover,
Mountain Plover, Semipalmated Plover,
American Golden Plover, Snowy Plover,
Wilson's Plover, Killdeer.
4. Name the five warblers whose common
name is the same as a state. (A small
5. Six species of birds have the specific
name canadensis. How many can you rec
6. Only one state has an endemic bird.
Name the state and the bird.
7. Texas has more birds than any other
state. Can you name the second, third
8. The following plural nouns are used
to describe groups of certain species
of birds: name the species described
by the following: (eg. a gaggle of
geese) A. Murmuration; B. Wisp; C.
Exaltation; D. Parliament; E. Covey.
9. Name the most common bird in the worlc
10. An finally name the two birds that
have occurred in the A.B.A. checklist
area only on the U.T.C.
ANSWERS OK PAGE' 6