Cardinal, Northrn 1-29 17/76 U-1/8 BR-1/2 CH-8/40
Grosbeak, Blue 5-28 5/23 U-1/15 CH-2/6 GA-1/1 JE-1/1
Bunting, Indigo 16-29 5/27 CH-5/27
Bunting, Painted 4-6 2/4 GA-(2)4,MTD; JE-SU(2)6,MM
Dickcissel 4-29 5/35 CH-2/12 GA-1/20 JE-2/3
Sparrow, Seaside 4-6 3/9 BR-1/2 GA-1/4 JE-1/3
Blackbird, Red-wg 5-29 10/871 U-1/100 CH-5/659 JE-4/112
Meadowlark, East 5-29 6/32 BR-1/15 CH-3/13 JE-2/4
Grackle, Gr-tail 1-29 14/653 U-1/30 BR-1/40 CH-8/398
Grackle, Bt-tail 6-28 7/62 U-1/6 BR-1/3 CH-2/7 JE-3/46
Grackle, Common 1-29 8/610 U-1/20 CH-4/507 HA-1/25
Cowbird, Brn-head 5-28 4/139 CH-3/129 JE-1/10
blackbird, sp. 27-29 2/600 CH-2/600
Oriole, Orchard 2-18 7/42 CH-3/13 GA-1/6 JE-3/23
Oriole, Northern 4-29 9/60 BR-1/3 CH-4/21 GA-2/14 JE-2/22
Sparrow, House 1-28 5/153 U-1/50 CH-1/40 HA-1/50 JE-
TOTAL INDIVIDUALS: 32239
Birds submitted with no notes: Gadwalt, Eastern Phoebe,
Yellow-headed Blackbird, Brewer's Blackbird
LIST OF OBSERVER CODES: Mike Austin (A); Barbara House (BH);
Gail Luckner (G); Lisa Hug, Chris Corben (HC); John & Jana
Uhittle (JJU); John Uhittle (JU); Lu Skillern (LS); Derek
Nuschalek, Rob Thacker, Jim Day (MM); Mary A. Tucker (MT);
Derek Muschalek, Rob Thacker, Jim Day (MTD); OG Field Trip
(OGFT); P. D. Hulce, Steve Schultz (PS); Phyllis S'Tony
Frank (PTF); Uarren Pruess (UP); P. D. Hulce (X)
LIST OF LOCATION CODES: Anahauc NUR (AU); Brazos Bend St.
Park (BB); Bolivar Flats (BF); High Island (HI); Houston
Heights (HH); Smith Point (SP); Sabine Uoods (SU)
TfST*Of COUNTY CODES: Brazoria (BR); Chambers (CH); Fort
Bend (FB); Galveston (GA); Harris (HA); Jefferson (JE);
Upper Texas Coast (U)
Virginia Rail - D. Muschalek September 9, 1993
A very smalt rail similar in size to a Sora, but
with a long down-curved bill. The bird had grayish cheeks;
black and white lines on its sides; and a long pale bill.
Seemed much smaller than the numerous Clapper Raits that
were also present. Seen for 4 minutes at 15 feet.
Broad-billed Hummingbird - Mary A. Tucker September 28, 1993
Observed in backyard at feeder and flowers for about
1 hour with 10X binoculars. Bird was larger than the
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds also in the area. Bill was long,
slightly decurved, red upper and lower and darker at tip.
Bird was green on the back, throat gorget flashed blue,
green splashed on a gray belly and black tail was seen
spread as the bird hovered. Bird was very vocal.
Buff-betlied Hummingbird - B. House September 1, 1993
Large hummingbird feeding in a bed of Turk's Cap
with smaller Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. First noticed by
loud raspy call. Solid rufous tail, green back, green
throat, bottom half of abdomen light tan color, bill
orange/coral color with black tip. Seen over several hours
with and without binoculars.
Black-chinned Hummingbird - P.D. Hulce September 7-10, 1993
Typical immature Archilochus. Long, slightly
decurved, black bill. Extensive dark area in tail before
white tips. Bird continuously bobbed tail while hovering at
feeder. Flash of violet from developing lower gorget
Say's Phoebe - J. Uhittle September 29, 1993
Bird was first observed flying across a rice field
at distance. It was eventually observed from a distance of
10 feet. Upon landing the bird fanned its tail and then
pumped the tail up and down.
Medium small flycatcher. A small crest was
occasionally observed. The bird was brownish black above
with a definite demarcation between darker brownish black
above the eye and a Iighter grayish color on the lower face.
The eye was dark. The wings were blackish with a "washed
out" gray wing bar. The edges of the primary feathers were
also a lighter gray, giving the impression of a white
horizontal "bar" when perched. The throat and breast were
light gray, giving way to a cinnamon-reddish belly. The
tail was black, slightly rounded and showed some feather
wear/damage at the tip. The bill was medium length, sharp
and black. The legs were black.
Solitary Vireo - Mike Austin September 29, 1993
Blue head, white spectacles contrasting with olive
head. Dark wings with two white wing bars. Uhite
underparts with yellow flanks. Deliberate feeder. In mixed
vireo flock with 3-4 White-eyed Vireos and 2 Yellow-throated
Vireos. Audubon Uoods, High Island.
Warbling Vireo - D. Muschalek September 4, 1993
Small vireo with trace of yellow along its sides and
underparts. Thick bill and pale whitish eyebrow. White
throat and breast eliminates Philadelphia Vireo. Seen at
the Oryx Oil and at Audubon Uoods while feeding high in
Nashville Uarbler - D. Muschalek September 6, 1993
Small warbler with grayish head, white eye ring.
Olive upperparts, yellow underparts with a whitish area
between yellow belly and yellow undertail coverts.
Tropical Parula - L. Hug, C. Corben September 17, 19, 1993
The upperparts were mostly dark blue-gray, including
the top of the head, with a triangular area of
yellowish-green on the mantle. There were two prominent
white wing bars. The side of the face showed a solid black
mask which extended from the bill, through the lores,
around, or at least below the eye, to the ear coverts. This
mask was very sharply defined along its lower margin where
it bordered the yellow throat, but its upper border was less
well defined, although it contrasted strongly with the gray
of the rest of the head. There were no signs of any white
feathering around the eye and this was a feature we
repeatedly made special efforts to check on. However, at
times the eye itself appeared pale through reflection (the
actual eye color appeared black) and this tended to break up
the solid appearance of the dark mask.
The underparts were mostly bright yellow. This
coloration extended from the chin down to just in front of
the legs,. and it was crossed by a broad chest band of a
deeper, more orange yellow. This band was not sharply
defined and was often difficult to detect. There was no
trace of any extension of the dorsal coloration onto or
across the breast. The area from just in front of the legs
to the undertail coverts was white, but in the best views
all of this area seemed to be very lightly washed with
yellow. This yellow tinge being the strongest between the
legs. The undertail was mostly white with a narrow dark
tip. The bill was black above and entirely bright yellow
below,.not contrasting with the coloration of the throat.
The color of the legs was not determined, although they
looked dark against the background of the underparts.
Scarlet Tanager - Hike Austin September 29, 1993
Lime green underparts and face. Smaller billed than
Summer (which was in same tree, almost same binocular field,
at the same time) with lower mandible yellow-flesh colored.
Back and wings uniformly dark olive. More uniform
underparts with none of the yellowish and orangish cast of
Summer Tanager. Full sunlight for 30 sec. at 15 feet with