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The Spoonbill, Vol. 34, No. 9, September 1985 - Image 5. September 1985. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. June 23, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/3125/show/3123.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 34, No. 9, September 1985
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. XXXIV, No. 9, September 1985
Contributor (LCNAF)
  • Robison, B. C.
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date September 1985
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre (AAT)
  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 2007-023, Box 11, Folder 20
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Original Collection Outdoor Nature Club Records
Digital Collection Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript headed with a sloping bill coming straight down off the forehead. My first Impression of the head & bl11 shape was that it resembled an eider, except that the margin between the bill & face was vertical. The legs, feet, & bill were dark gray or blackish, with the front 1/3 of the bill a little darker than the rest of It. The head was very dark except for a whitish area that was wide in front of the eye, then narrowed under the eye & extended a short distance behind the eye. The line of separation between the dark top of the head & the top margin of the whitish area passed through the eye; that Is, all the whitish area was under the eye. The beck, side, & wing feathers were very rumpled & messed up, but appeared to be all black. The breast had a whitish wash. After about five minutes, the bird turned & dove Into the surf* reappearing about 75—100 yards offshore. I eliminated all dabbling ducks because of this method of departure. I eliminated all diving ducks except scoters because of various reasons involving the positioning of the white facial marks* bill shape all dark body with whitish breast & size. I believe the bird to have been a Surf Scoter because of the bill shape* small white facial marking* & lack of white in the wings. Alder Flycatcher: Smith Oaks Sanctuary - High Island. In full shade, flycatching from a dead branch 7' off the ground & 20' away. Front, side & back views. Three minutes of observation through 7X42 binoculars. This bird was calling repeatedly & 1 first became aware of Its presence in the thick vegetation by its' call. The note is a characteristic "hie" or "b1c" which Is on Nat. Geog.'s bird song record. I had heard these birds giving this note on territory around Lake Spenard at Anchorge airport In June where they are the only breeding emped. & recognized It immediately. Jt Is very different from the buzzy note of Willow or the mellow "whit" of Least/Acadian. I was delighted, therefor, to subsequently get an extended look at the bird & find it did Hkey out*1 to be a Tral11's-type flycatcher - lack of an apparent eyerlng & very obscure, buffy wingbars. It had an average length bill for an emped. with an orange lower mandible* a gray throat, very heavy olive markings on the sides of the breast & a bright lemon-yellow breast & belly. The bird habitually flicked Its tail after returning to its' perch after catching an Insect. -- Mike Austin. —- Mary Ann Chapman 0*- (Sketch Included with notes, ed.) Ospreyt Three birds soaring together about 150' above me at Armand Bayou Nature Center. Loud* whistled "kyew" calls brought them to my attention at 4:30 pm. Birds had mostly white underparts; long* narrow, arched wings with black "wrist" patches; white head with prominent dark eye stripe. Watched for 3 mln. circling near bayou with 10X50 blnocs. Steve Russell, an ABNC staff member told me he has seen several birds near this location during this June & July; therefore, this may be the only area in Texas where they may now nest! — Derek Muscha1ek Western K.ingb.iHr1* Bright yellow belly of bird attracted a participant's attention to bird as It sat perched on a telephone tine amongst Immature SclssortaiIs. Upon Inspection, the bird had all gray head & throat, with gray breaking to yellow Just past shoulder at mldchest. A dark even eyestrlpe & short dark bill distinguished the head & the tall was shorter & darker In comparison to the nearby Sclssortaiis. When the bird raised his wing In preening no pinkish color was noted on the wing linings or flanks. Flanks were same bright yellow as belly. Bird was viewed for approximately 25 seconds from 100' In good light with 8X40 blnocs by Tom Taroni & Stennie Meadours. — Stennie Meadours Dum In: Two birds-, side by side in breeding plumage at Bolivar Flats. Appeared plumper & larger than numerous Sanderllngs in the area. Birds had streaked underparts & conspicuous black belly patches; rusty backs; long slightly decurved bills; dark legs. One bird had both a green & yellow band on his right leg. Used 10X50 blnocs at 35 yds. In excellent light. — Derek Muschalek American Woodcock: Observed with unaided eyes at 5-10 yds. in streamsIde woodland on Oyster Creek at Brazosport Nature Center/Planetarium Nature Trail. Long billed, "squatty" bird with broad dark bands from crown to back of head. Dark streaked & mottled back* lighter brown at sides near ground. Feeding in woodland duff very low to ground. Could not see legs. — Warren Pruess (One record for 1st week — Aug.3, 1947 by Arlie McKay at Cove, Texas, ed.) Bonaparte's Guilt (Winter adult - seen on spoil reservoir on Bryan Beach) Two gulls were first noticed because of their small size In comparison to adjacent Immature Laughing Gulls. They were approximately the same size as nearby Forster's Terns but had small black gul! bills & white heads with a dark spot behind the eye. The back & wings were light gray with the wing having black wing tips that extended beyond the tall (Some observers thought the tall was black & pointed until one bird raised Its wing). When one bird raised Its wing the leading edge was white, broader at wing tip & becoming narrow at the shoulder. The leg color could not be seen. The birds were too small & too light to be Laughing Gulls* a winter adult Black-legged Kittiwake was eliminated because of black bill & 1st winter klttlwakes because It did not have dark wing or collar markings. The clear white head & even back & wing color, & clear white chest & throat eliminated the 1st 8. winter adult Little Gull. The birds were observed In excellent light from approximately 100 yds. for 30 minutes with 25X tripod mounted Specemaster scope by numerous observers. — Stennie Meadours Common Tern: Saw these birds loafing with Sandwich Terns on bay side at Rollover Pass. Noted size & configuration, distinct dark carpal bar on all 3 birds & partial black crown on 1-2 birds (the black extended across the nape & back of the crown, leaving a light patch In the center & fore part of crown). Plumage appeared adult grays & whites except for carpal bar. Saw through 7X50 blnocs & 20X scope at leisure at a distance of 25-50 yds. These birds resembled the first- summer Common Tern shown In the Nat. Geog. guide. — John Buckman Brown Thrasher: Large passer i ne, rufous above, wh1te below with heavily streaked breast. Curved bill & yellow eye. Seen & heard numerous times In $2 Woods. Very familiar with this species. —- Jim Morgan Werblina Vlreo: Olive above; whitish chin, throat, & breast; whitish belly with faint yellow; yellowish flanks; relatively short, but stout bill; dark eye; whitish lores. No wing bars. Seen very well at distances of 25-40 ft for 20-40 sec on each individual with 10X40 blnocs. Very familiar with this species. Ties earliest ever fall arrival record (by Jim Morgan on Aug. 25, 1979 at High Island* ed.). — Jim Morgan Warbling Vireo: Smaller than a redeye. Dull olive green back* very pale yellow underparts. Very light area In front of & behind eye. Seen at close range & In bright sun. No dark streak In front of eye, as Philadelphia Vlreo would have. — Wesley Cureton Blue-Twinged Warbler: Male & female. Yellow birds with grayish wings & white wingbars. Black streak through eye, heavier In male. — Wesley Cureton Blue-winged Warblers Feeding In deciduous trees near thick undergrowth at Armand Bayou Nature Center. During 10 min. observation, this bird searched dry leaf clusters for insects* often hanging upside down to reach food. Periodically It would hold its mouth agape & spread Its tall to display large white tall patches. Fleldmarks: greenish crown & back; yellow forehead; black eyellne; long thin bill; blue-gray wings with two white wingbars; bright yellow underparts; white undertail coverts; seen from 10-30' 1n good light with 10X50 blnocs. — Derek Muschalek American Redstart; First-year male feeding In lower growth of deciduous woods at Armand Bayou. Dark gray head & back; white throat & underparts with conspicuous orange patches on sides by wing coverts* yellow wing & tall patches. Actively pursued flying Insects, often fanning Its tall. Seen for nearly 4 minutes at 35' with 10X50 blnocs In good light. — Derek Muschalek Louisiana Waterthrush: On Turtle Bayou at White Memorial Park. This bird was in the same location of the bird I saw throughout July. Fleldmarks: solid brown upperparts; white eyebrow becoming wider behind the eye; plain white throat; white underparts with brown streaking; buffy flanks; tail bobbing action & sharp "chink" call notes. Watched for l mln. walking near shallow water, using 10X50 blnocs at 40'. —■ Derek Muschalek