MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD - J. Uhittle October 4, 1993
Observed over Galveston Bay from Smith Point.
Typical Frigatebirds with long narrow wings and long
forked tail. All three birds had white on the body
(female or immature). One bird was observed to have a
completely white head. Multiple observers.
MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD - J. Uhittle October 24, 1993
Observed oyer Gulf of Mexico about 2 miles east
of Bolivar Flats. Typical Frigatebirds with long narrow
wings and long forked tail.. Both birds had white
heads, the white continuing down the breast to the upper
belly (immature birds). Rest of the birds was black.
On one bird the lighter alar bar on the upper wing was
unusually prominent. All other Frigatebirds elimineted
on basis of range.
MISSISSIPPI KITE - G. D. Luckner October 2, 1993
Two adult kites. The two birds were
essentially identical. Relatively small, dark kites,
evenly gray below with darker flight feathers and black,
characteristically vase-shaped tails.
MISSISSIPPI KITE - G. D. Luckner October 11, 1993
Four seen in flight a various times during the
morning. Two adult and two immature kites were seen.
The adults were relatively small, dark kites, evenly
gray below with darker flight feathers and black,
characteristically vase-shaped tails. The immatures
were similarly shaped, but underparts were pale and
heavily streaked and mottled with brown, and with banded
STILT SANDPIPER - G. D. Luckner October 27, 1993
Two adults in basic plumage were sighted at
Brazoria NUR. Seen in good light for 1 hour with
binoculars and scope. A large Calidrid, longer necked
and longer legged than nearby Dunlin. Long, thin,
black, slightly decurved but, drooped at the tip.
Upperparts dull, unmarked, brownish-gray. Primaries
black; uppertail coverts barred. Dull, white
supercilium; black eye. Underparts uniformly white with
faint brownish-gray wash across breast. Very faint,
pale gray chevron pattern noted on flanks of one of the
birds. Legs dull, greenish-yellow. Judge adults by
lack of crown striping and lack of buffy tips to mantle
and scapular feathers.
BLACK TERM - J. Uhittle October 17, 1993
Three birds observed for 2 minutes at
Intercoastal Uater at end of Yacht Basin Rd. Bird was
in a flock pf Forester's Tern and a few Laughing Gulls.
Small tern, smaller than accompanying Forester's Terns.
This bird was easily picked out in the flock by the
uniformly medium gray upper wings, body and upper tail.
The underwings were uniformly pale gray. There was a
dark spot behind the eye, and a dark bar on the side of
the breast. One bird still had a large area of black on
the breast. Tail was forked.
BLACK TERN - J. Uhittle October 24, 1993
Observed for 5 minutes at Intercoastal Uater at
end of Yacht Basin Rd. Bird was in a flock pf
Forester's Tern. Small tern, smaller than accompanying
Forester's Terns. This bird was easily picked out in
the flock by the uniformly medium gray upper wings, body
and upper tail. The underwings were uniformly pale
gray. There was a dark spot behind the eye, and a dark
bar on the side of the breast. Tail was forked.
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO - B. Behrstock October 10, 1993
First bird at Sabine Pass perched in a willow
surrounded by march. Bird was visible for about 15
minutes. Observed through scope. Bird had virtually no
tail pattern. Eye ring pale pink or dull orange.
Apparently a young of the year. Uings showed no trace
of rufous. Both mandibles uniformly black. Crown,
back, wings, tail mousey brown. A trace of tan below.
Second bird exhibited same field marks, but was
seen at closer range in a line of salt cedars a couple
of miles east of High Island. Again, no rufous in
wings, pale eye ring, black mandibles, virtually no tail
BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO - d. Muschalek October 11, 1993
Feeding in willows at Sea Rim St. Park. Bird
had all black bill and a buffy eyering. Flushed the
bird twice and noted that the wings were totally brown
with no rufous in primaries.
BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD - P. & T. Frank October 15 -
17, 1993 Immature male hummingbird with violet colored
lower left side of gorget area. Only about 3 rows of
gorget feathers were molted in place. Back of bird was
dark green. Underside was shite. Tail was longer than
the wings when birdwas perched. Uhen feeding, this bird
constantly flicked it's tail up an down.
VIOLET-GREEN SUALLOU - G. D. Luckner October 11, 1993
At about 11:10 a.m. observed in flight for about 1
minute as close as 15 feet. Also observed by John
Cheeseman. Approached in a group of about 20 swallows.
Uithout binoculars two of the birds appeared green with
entirely white rumps. Only one bird was selected for
study with binoculars. A small bright swallow,
basically green above and white below. Crown and nape
dark greenish-black with violet gloss on nape.
Auriculars and sides of neck white, extending behind the
eye and onto the nape. Back and scapulars bright green.
Rump appeared most ly white with violet stripe in center.
Uppertail ,coverts glossy .violet. Upperside of tail
violet-black. Tail notched. Uings appeared dull
blackish above and below. Underparts entirely unmarked
white. Underside of tail not seen well.
Lack of blue tones in plumage and/or presence
of white auriculars eliminates all Tachycineta swallows
normally occurring south of the US. Most likely
confused with Tree Swallow. Tree swallow uniformly
darker above with dark auriculars in all plumages, dark
rump, monotone head and back, and overall Iridescent
gloss. Present bird has extensive white auricular,
1 mostly white rump, and bicolored head and back, with
iridescent gloss apparent . only on nape, rump and
uppertail coverts. Extensive experience with species in
CURVE-BILLED THRASHER • J. Morgan October 31, 1993
Moderate-sized thrasher; lead gray back, black
tail with white tips; undertail coverts white, washed
with buff; off white undersides with diffuse dark spots
on chest to belly; orange/yellow iris; dark, long sickle
shaped bill. N of intersection of stefka and Dusek.
Excellent light, 10X binoculars for 15 minutes
BELL'S VIREO - B. Behrstock October 10, 1993
Along remnant of beach road between Sabine Pass
and High Island. Bird was observed around noon in salt
cedar clump just behind dune. Size and shape like a
Philadelphia Vireo. Lores pale, but eye stripe not as
well developed ad on a warbling Vireo. Back-wings-tail
pale yellow olive. Chin white, rest of underparts
washed with pale yellow. Uing bars-two, pale, off
white. Crown just a bit gray. Eye dark. Observed by J.
Morgan, T. Eubanks, G. Mueller intermittently over 10
minutes. Bright sun, close views.