Estates Road (DE); San Bernard NWR (SB); Sabine Uoods (SW);
West Harris County (WHC); Yacht Basin Road (YB);
LIST OF COUNT CODES: Brazoria (BR); Chambers (CH); Fort Bend
(FB); Galveston (GA); Harris (HA); Jefferson (JE); Upper
Texas Coast (U); Waller (WA)
Purple Gallinule - J. Uhittle November 21, 1992
Observed in the canal on the south-southeast side of
Shoveler Pond at Anahuac NUR from a distance of 15 to 20
feet with 7X35 binoculars. The bird was feeding and walking
on vegetation growing on surface of the canal. The bird was
the size of a Moorhen, and of similar shape, but with longer
legs and very long toes'. The basic color was a vivid
bluish-purple, especially on the neck and breast, with
bluish-green wings. The undertail coverts were bright
white, and frequently displayed. The outer 1/2 of the bill
was yellow, the rest was red with a light blue forehead
shield. It had bright yellow long legs with very long toes.
Burrowing Owl - U. Pruess, R. Leigon November 16, 1992
Small injured owl was found on the ground in a
landscaped garden in front of a two-story building near
industrial complex in Freeport, TX. Bird was unable to
stand. A small owl with no ear tufts, yellow eyes, mottled
buffy to brown plumage mostly spotted over the crown and
nape, mostly barred in wings and tail. Lightly barred on
the breast and belly. A dark brown "collar" extended across
mostly white plumage throat. Cream colored plumage extended
less than 1/2 down the proportionately long legs. Bird was
cared for by TWRC rehabiIitator, but died after 48 hours.
Ash-throated Flycatcher - J. Morgan November 14, 1992
At end of Harper's Church Rd. Responded to owl
tape. Small myiarchus flycatcher with relatively small, all
black bill, very pale gray throat and pale yellow lower
belly. Crown. <md upperparts mouse gray-brown. Tail with
much rufous, but black outer webs wrapped around to inner
webs at tail tip. Extensive rufous in wings, plus two
whitish wing bars. Bird called repeatedly, a quick, mellow
"prrt", very well-known to the observer. Seen for 5 minutes
in excellent light as close as 5m.
Ash-throated Flycatcher - R. Thacker November 7, 1992
Observed at about 5 pm on the Scissor-tail Trail at
San Bernard NUR. Bird had a very pale yellow lower belly
and a gray throat. Tail was reddish brown. Had bright rust
color on side of wing near breast. Two white wing bars.
Smallish bill unlike Brown-crested Flycatcher. Yellow on
belly did not seem bright enough to be a Great-crested
Flycatcher. Had a crest which it raised in response to
Great-crested Flycatcher - G. LaVern November 7, 1992
Bird was herded along Scissortail Trail, where it
continued to flycatch and perch tamely on sunlit branches.
Bird showed contrast between thick brown crest, ash-gray
throat, mouse-gray nape, brown-gray back and lemon yellow
belly. Red-bronze in folded primaries and fanned tail from
tip to base. Heavy bill with black of upper and lower
mandibles broken by orange at base of lower mandible and
extending along outer edges as thin line halfway to tip.
Viewed with 20X spotting scope.
Mountain Bluebird - P.D. Hulce November 21, 1992
A beautiful, ethereal azure-bluebird. Much lighter
blue than eastern bluebird, with no brown or red markings or
color anywhere. Underparts tighter than upperparts. Pale
or eggshell blue on the breast, lightening to bluish-white
on the belly. Appeared longer than Eastern Bluebird.
Observed sitting and flying from barbed wire fence over
short grazed pasture. Seen at northeast corner of Roberts
Rd. and Bauer-Hockley Rd., north of 290. About 10
observers, as close as 30 feet. Relocated and photographed
on November 22, 1991 at the same location.
Notes were also submitted by Robert Schwartz for Mountain
Bluebird at this time and location.
Pyrrhuloxia - P.D. Hulce November 21, 1992
Large gray cardinal-like birds, with yellow beaks;
wispy, long crests; wings and tail showed extensive
cranberry. Observed on Mathis Rd. Notes were also
submitted for a sighting near the above location on November
27 by this observer.
Black-throated Gray Uarbler - R. Thacker November 7, 1992
Observed about 9 am at the Big Slough in Brazoria
county just past the small cemetery. Uas observed in a
small flock of passerines including Ruby-crowned Kinglets
and a Uilson's Uarbler sitting on an exposed branch in a
live oak tree. A black and white warbler with a bright
yellow spot between the eye and the bill. It had a black
throat and a black and ihite patterned head with white belly
and gray back.
Fox Sparrow - J. Morgan November 8, 1992
Early fall arrival date. Attracted to bird by
well-known "clock" call note. Large sparrow, primarily
rufous with gray head and bicolor bill (lower mandible
yellow). Heavy rufous splotching on white breast; rufous
rump and tail. Seen in heavy yaupon thicket in fair light
at 6m for one minute with 10X42 binoculars.
Reports on Yellow-throated Vireo by G. D. Luckner and
Uestern Kingbird by J. Uhittle were submitted, but are not
published in entirety because of space. Those observers are
thanked for their reports.
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