Obervers and equipment sans as above, two B&L scopes from 150 yards; weather Clear.
Habitat—prairie. Seen for 15 minutes. Description; underntttth very white chest and
belly. Head light gray—almost white. All white underneath except for rufous legs,
rufous elbows and black wingt-tips. White tail shaded to slightly darker (but still
white) toward tip. Above: brownish-rufous with rufous elbows and white patches toward tips of wings. Size of Red-tailed Hawk. Seen on ground and In flight. Field
notes enclosed. All observers had seen this species only a few (app. 3 each) times
before. No sketches. Conclusions based on above, —Paul Nimmons.
Golden Eagle: Adult; open field; 150 yards south of Jack Rd. off Katy-Hockley Cutoff, W. Harris Co.; in an open rice field. Observers: Elaine Robinson and T.Ben
Feltner. Optical equipment used—8x40, 8x30 binoculars, 30x Balscope St. at 200 yds.
Subject under observation about 35 minutes. We observed a very large bird of prey
dive into a flock of geese and assumed Immediately it was an eagle. The huge size,
larger than a Turkey Vulture, was striking. Through the scope the following details
were evident: uniform dark brown plumage except top of head and nape down to the
shoulders, which were golden-ochre. Soft parts yellow. Massive legs with very
heavy shaggy "pants". The eagle was dismantling a kill which we examined after the
bird finished eating. It was an adult Blue Goose from which all the breast and one
leg were eaten. We were surprised to find t_ie liver untouched. I have seen Golden
Eagles about 15 times prior to this in every Southwestern state. My identification
is based on previous experience and the above details, —T. Ben Feltner
PURPLE GALLINULE: Light good, distance 50-70 yds., 20-45x scope, bird approximately
size and shape very similar to Common.Gallinule (sic) but bird was colored purplish
and with a white forehead, no white along sides as in Common Gallinule. —Holly Hobart
Black-necked Stilt: 2 were seen on edge of pond south of Shoveler Pond at Anahuac.
Long reddish legs, white front of neck and: belly, black back of neck and back, distinctive black and white facial pattern, long thin bill. Observed by Paul and Margaret Jones,Avis Brister, and Arlie McKay. 20x Balscope. — Paul Jones
Rufous Hummingbl^a: David and Jim Beaty at feeder in Beaty's yard; 8x at 30 *ee*tj
Rusty back and tall, light breast with reddish lrrldescent throat patch.—D.DelflK.
Rufous Humalngbird: 2 seen every day in our yard at feeders. On some days 3 we.r'r
seen simultaneously and on at least ore day 4 individuals were observed. One of the
individuals seen every day was quite rufous on the back while the other was green-
backed. Both had rufous at base of tall. —Bob Moore
BUFF-BELLIED HUMMINBIRD: Seen at Lefkovitz' feeder by Paul and Margaret Jones (and
many others). Large size, greenish throat and back, buffy belly and tall. 7x35 an
7x50 binoculars. Bright sunlight. —T. Paul Jones
WESTERN KINGBIRD: Texas City levee just east of dike. Paul and Phyllis Nimmons.
8x40 and 8x30 binoculars and 30x B&L scope from 100 to 25 yards. Seen flying and
perching. Description: Black tall with white side borders and square terminus. Darn
gray head, light gray throat, medium gray breast and yellow below. Feet did not hang
down in flight. Both observers have seen all North American kingbirds and are familiar with Western Cassin's and Tropical Kingbirds. Field notes attached.—P.Nimmons
Scissor-tailed Flycatcher: These birds were spotted perched on the wires along the
main road near the Pennzoil road intersection (right across from the small pond;.
They were about 100 yards apart and behaving and looking just like the Scissor-tailed
Flycatchers we all know and love. Had it been June I wouldn't have given them a second look. Both had long, well-developed tails. I wasn't close enough to see If
there was any color on their sides. I had them in view about 5 minutes while checking over the pond. During this time they changed positions 2 or 3 times and appeared
to be catching insects. Other details: bright sunshine, about 65 degrees, app. noon,
Bushnell 7x50 binoculars. —Randy Korotev
NORTHERN PARUIA WARBLER: I heard its distinctive voice first, a rising trill with a
little flip at the end. It called about ten times during the three minutes or so I
watched it feeding high in some leafless trees. The chin and breast were bright yellow, the belly and undertail area were light gray or white. What little I saw of the
top of its head was greenish. The wings were gray with two light wingbars. I ob-
served the Bird about 30 to 40 feet overhead with Bushnell 7x50 Binoculars. Time:
aBout noon. I saw four Northern Parulas in this same area last April. —R. Korotev
Wood Thrush: This Bird was seen perched aBout 8 feet above ground in a leafless shrub
in bright sunlight about 12:30 p.m. I first spotted its back and noticed immediately
that the tail, back, and wings were all about the same brown color; the tail was not
rufous. I did not observe the head to be rufous, but when it turned toward me I did
see a pronounced white eye-ring and the large, distinctive black spots typical of a