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The Spoonbill, Vol. [36], No. 11, November 1987 - Image 1. November 1987. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. May 5, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/4237/show/4233.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. [36], No. 11, November 1987
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 16, No. 11, November 1987; The Spoonbill, Vol. XVI, No. 11, November 1987
Contributor (Local)
  • Price, Libby
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date November 1987
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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Original Item Location ID 2007-023, Box 12, Folder 1
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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
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections/
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Note Incorrect volume number, XVI, printed on front page.
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Transcript gPOOiXBIIX Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club Houston, Texas Libby Price, Editor Ellen Red, Assistant Editor VOLUME XVI, No. 11 November, 1987 C^fhU^£vt4^U Thursday, Dec. 3: Ornithology Group meeting at Bayou Manor, 4141 S. Braeswood at 7:30 PM. The program, presented by Joe Kennedy, will be "A Reconstructed Yankee Looks at Gulf Coast Birds." Deadline for Spoonbill material and for the Clearing House reports to Art MacKinnon, P.O. Box 9437, Beaumont TX 77709, (409) 385-6789. Thursday, Dec. 10: Outdoor Nature Club meeting at the Houston Arboretum. Marilyn Crane will present "Kenya." Saturday, Dec. 19: Houston Texas C.B.C. See the list of counts for co-compilers to contact. SABINElS GULL AT BOLIVAR JETTY? by Elric N. McHenry While flounder fishing on the Bolivar Jetty near the boat cut (10,000' marker) on Sunday, October 25 I briefly saw what was most probably a Sabine's Gull. I had hiked out to the cut before sunrise and had been fishing off the rocks all morning, without any luck. The water was sandy and murky on an outgoing tide, and the flounder just weren't interested. The tide changed about 11:30 A.M., and soon afterward the water cleared up to a translucent green and the flounder started feeding. By 3:00 P.M. 1 had put a few on my stringer. I was happily standing on a low rock, my feet awash in the tide, eagerly watching my rod tip, when a gull swooped over my head and dipped down about 30 feet away to pick something off the surface of the water. I was concentrating on enticing another flounder onto my hook and only peripherally noticed the gull—but something deep down in my birder brain said, "There's something different here." I idly glanced toward the gull as it lifted away from the surface of the water and headed away from me toward the cut. It was approximately Laughing Gull size. It had black outer primaries and dark (blackish or dark gray) wing coverts and mantle. The trailing one third of the upper wing was pure white, with the white wedging somewhat deeper into the blackish wing near the wrist. The bird flew steadily and quickly away from me to an area about 150-200 yards distant where it joined several terns and other gulls in wheeling around and dipping down to pick up some kind of seabird morsel from the swirling tide coming through the cut. Each time it turned it flashed the striking dark and white pattern of its wings. Then it quickly moved further off into the afternoon haze hanging over the entrance to Bolivar Roads and disappeared from my view. I had probably been watching the gull for two to three minutes mostly at a distance of more than 100 yards, without binoculars. As 1 contemplated what I'd seen I realized that the only impression that I'd retained about its head was that it was darkish from behind—but I could not remember seeing a side view or a frontal view. The tail was white, but I thought once that I could see a dark terminal band as it wheeled and dipped some distance away. What was it? Possibly Sabine's? The key feature that I saw was the dark and white wing pattern which I believe eliminates all but the Sabine's Gull. The mantle and wing coverts of this bird seemed much darker than any of the guides show for Sabine's and that has puzzled me some. I had definitely noticed that the outer primaries were black and the mantle and wing coverts were blackish or dark gray. That doesn't quite fit the written descriptions or field guide illustrations for either the adult (gray mantle) or juvenile (brownish mantle) Sabine's. Also, this bird seemed to be about the size of nearby Laughing Gulls, whereas the Sabine's should be noticeably smaller. But, the only other possibility, the first winter Black-legged Kittiwake, is an even poorer match. The Kittiwake's mantle and wing coverts are even lighter than the Sabine's and, of course, show a strong blackish bar running diagonally across the inner wing. Thus, I've concluded that I saw a Sabine's Gull, but not well enough to distinguish whether it was an adult or a juvenile. An interesting historical note is that the only other UTC record was on the same date, October 25, in 1964!