Apna's Hummingbird - J. Whittle October 2-6,1995
Probable. Medium-sized hummingbird, appearing
quire fat, with a distinctly small tail, and short bill. The
uppersides were bright green, but with considerable
brownish cast on the crown. The underside was dingy; the
lightest portions were a light to medium gray. The upper
breast had almost a collar of a medium gray wash. The
sides were gray, and there were about four fairly large
splotches of greenish wash on the left side only. The throat
had a collection of small splotches of gorget at the lower
middle of the throat, and two other splotches (irridescing
pale rose)extending on the right side towards the eye. Tiny
streaks were observed on the entire throat. On the face, the
division between the green upperparts and the paler
underparts was just at the bottom of the eye, and also
influenced the appearance in front of the eye. Surrounding
the top and back of the eye was a narrow, very even,
off-white partial eye-ring. The tail was small, and very
difficult to see, because it was fanned so infrequently. The
outer feathers were tipped (perhaps one quarter to one-third
of the total length) with a very bright white. There was
white on the next two feathers on each side, to a much less
extent than the outermost feathers. The tail appeared very
brown on the underside, especially toward the base. The
bill was shorter than that of a Ruby-throated, appeared
stouter, and exhibited a slight but distinct "bend" near the
tip at about three quarter to seven-eighths on its length.
The bird responded with excitement to the played song and
call of Anna's, but not to those of other hummingbirds.
Sedge Wren - J. and J. Whittle October 7,1995
Two medium-sized wrens with'characteristic short
tail, held erect. Seen in vegetation near high tide line at
Bolivar Flats. Rich brown color above with fine white
streaks; pale buffy underparts. Tail short (but not short
enough for Winter Wren), same color as back. Bill short,
Red-breasted Nuthatch - D. Verser October 6,1995
Heard the nasal "nyak nyak" call.
Veery - J. Whittle October 1,1995
Typical medium sized thrush, seen in Sabine
Woods. Upperparts were a warm rich brown; very even
narrow pale eye-ring; very little other light marking on
face, and no pale area in front of eye as on Swainson's
Thrushes also present The underside basically white, with
very small spots on breast, especially sides of breast and
side of throat. Legs pink.
Veery - Mike Austin October 28,1995
Rather elongated, brown, robin-sized bird. Rich
unstreaked cinnamon above, bright on crown, nape, wings
and tail. Face unmarked gray. Upper breast and throat
washed pale buff with fine spotting on upper breast (lighter
than Hermit Thrush in direct side-by-side comparison).
Bird did not cock its tail. White lower belly and vent.
Watched for 20 minutes feeding and bathing in and around
backyard pool with 3 Wood Thrush and a Hermit Thrush.
Swainson's Warbler - D. Verser October 6,1995
About size of Ovenbird that was nearby. Smooth
brown upperparts. Whitish supercilium. Pale (cream or
yellowish) underparts. NO streaks or barring anywhere.
Brown crown without central crown stripe. Straight,
pointed warbler like bill. Observed only on ground probing
under leaves and turning leaves over with its bill.
Dickcissel - Mike Austin October 29,1995
Overhead, by low pitched "raspberry" call-note.
Two at Loganbaugh and 1 on Jack Rd.
Savannah Sparrow - J. Whittle October 12,1995
Anahuac NWR. Two sparrows observed on side
of the road. Medium-sized sparrows. Generally brown
sparrows, with pale yellow stripe above the eye. Streaked
white above. Underparts pale with brown streaks. Brown,
relatively narrow, slightly notched tail. Pale, yellowish bill.
Le Conte's Sparrow - J. and J. Whittle October 7,1995
Small flat headed sparrow with short narrow tail
seen inland at Bolivar Flats. The bird was very light,
almost buffy in appearance, with a lighter crown stripe;
largely white underneath. Short tail. Relatively delicate
bill for a sparrow.
Sharp-tailed Sparrow - J. Whittle October 5 and 7,1995
Medium-sized sparrow seen in wet Spartina grass
at Bolivar Flats. Bright yellow-orange triangle on head,
with wash of same color on upper breast, and on flanks.
There were fine streaks on breast, coarser streaks on side.
Brownish above, with white streaks. Lighter below, with
streaks. Relatively narrow tail; grayish hill; pink legs.
Song Sparrow - J. Whittle October 12,1995
Medium-large sparrow seen on side of FM 1941
in Chambers county. Basically a fairly warm brown above
with lighter streaks. There was some hint of reddish tint in
the wing coverts. The face was also lighter, with prominent
white whisker mark, bounded on the bottom by a
particularly thick black or dark brown mark. The base
color of the undersides was white. The throat was heavily
streaked, gathering into a small spot in the center of the
breast. The tail was relatively long and ample, with a
rounded tip. The bill was pale yellow. The legs were
Western Meadowlark - Mike Austin October 29,1995
Calling and singing from roadside (both from
ground and atop small trees) around the comer of Penick
and Bevy Rd. At least 5 birds. Call a low pitched, flat
"cheep", song three clear introductory note followed by
four faster down-the-scale notes. Very vocal with
side-to-side comparison with singing and calling Eastern
Meadowlark. Species commonly found in this area in
Several contributors also submitted documentation
for species with rare status. Because of space those reports
are not provided in detail. However, Mike Austin, Don
Verser and John Whittle are thanked for their additional