ser Yellowlegs, Dunlin, Mourning Dove, Belted Kingfisher, Common Flicker, Red-bellied
Woodpecker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Downy Woodpecker, Chickadee, Rohin, Water Pipit,
Orange-crowned Warbler, and Yellow-rumped Warbler.
ARCTIC LOON: 1 seen on January 11, 1975 at Texas City Dike by Mary Ann Moore, R.B.
Moore, and Margaret Anderson. Location: about % mile from base of Dike, south side.
Observed with 7x binoculars and 20x scopes (2). When first observed, bird was fishing, about 100 yards from observers. Bird was watched for nearly 10 minutes, during
which time lt moved steadily away from the observers. Description: (notes made on
the scene by MAM). Thin bill, not upturned. Contrast between white of throat and
dark of top of head and back was quite marked in comparison to a Common Loon, which
was nearby. Bill markedly thinner than that of the Common Loon. — Bob Moore
ARCTIC LOON: Small loon, smooth back, straight small bill. Good light at 50 yards,
20x scope. — Margaret Anderson
Red-throated Loon: Small size, lower mandible upturned small bill, speckled back,
no eye-ring—good light, 50 yards,20x scope. — Margaret Anderson
WESTERN GREBE: Light fair, distance 150-200 yards, 20-45x scope; bird observed swimming and splashing as if bathing, front of neck and underside of body very light, back
of neck and upper body medium dark gray, not very dark black but very definitely contrasting with underside of body, neck of bird relatively longer than any other bird
in area; only bird with comparable neck was cormorant. HL&P Cooling Ponds. —Holly
Hobart. . *v<>'
WESTERN GREBE: with 20x scope at 200 yards. Large brown necked birds with sharply
contrasting white foreneck extending to cheek areas. Richer dark brown at "ears".
Seen diving in grebelike manner, — Field trip (given by David Deifik)
WOD STORK: Sighted on January 26 by Roger and Sandi Hobart, Stork was approximately % mile west of Armand's Bayou and 1 mile south of Genoa-Red Bluff Rd, in a cow
pasture. Bird was seen walking in small puddle, apparently hunting food. The bird
was about 4 feet tall with a white body. When I approached closely, the bird flew
a short distance. The after edges of the wings (about 6-8 inches) were Black, wing-
span was aBout 5-5% feet. The Bird landed in a larger puddle. I was able to get
within 15 feet and take some black-and-white pictures with my camera using its standard 50mm lens and Plus-X film. The bill on the head of the stork was long, over a
foot, and curved downward, lite a curlew. The bill at its base was almost as broad
as the head of the stork. The head was not feathered, but looked lite wrinkled skin,
black in color, extending down the neck. The wrinkles were quite pronounced. I am
sending two of the five pictures taken. One is full frame, the other is an enlarged
picture of the bird to show detail. — Roger Hobart and Sandi Hobart (The submitted
pictures show an unmistakable Wood Stork; the trouble and time these observers spent
verifying this bird is appreciated—C-H Editor)
Gannet: An immature bird—dark and mottled, not white—seen in flight at the end of
the Freeport Jetty as close as 45 yards with 8x30 binoculars. Watched about 3 minutes. A large bird with a large, pointed bill, white patch at the base of its pointed tail, and in flight the body was held in an "uphill" profile. —Elaine Robinson
Ross'Goose: Near Jack Rd. off Katy-Hockley Cutoff, W. Harris Co. Feeding in a rice
Stubble with several thousand Snow Geese. Equipment: 30x Balscope for about 2 minutes at distance of 100 yards. Extremely small size; shorter necked than Snow Goose;
most striking field mark—small thimble-like bill and cuddly-headed appearance. — T.
White-winged Scoter: Off Shorty's Longest Pier near High Island; 30x Balscope Sr. at
140 yards. All brown female duck with two dirty-white spots on face, ore behind and
one in front of the eye. White speculum visible in bird at rest in water. Bird's
profile low in water and horse-headed; watched for about a minute; have seen thousands
in more normal locale, le Northwest and Northeast U.S. — T. Ben Feltner
Rough-legged Hawk: Intersection of Warren Ranch Rd. and Jack Rd. Paul Nimmons, Phyllis Nimmons, and Holly Hobart. 8x30, 8x40, and 7x35 binoculars. Habitat—prairie;
weather clear. Seen for 4 minutes. Description: underside—black belly, tail was
white with dark band and tiny white band at tip; wings were white with black elbow
patches and black tips. Head was light cream. Above: brown with some rufous. Tail
was white at base with black band covering terminal half. Size of Red-tailed Hawk.
Seen flying, soaring, fluttering and hovering from about 30 feet to % mile. All observers have several years experience but the bird was a life bird for all three. No
sketches. Conclusions are based on the above. Field notes enclosed. —Paul Nimmons
Ferruginous Hawk: About _ mile NE of intersection of Waller-Tomball Rd. and Hegar Rd.