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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 41, Supplement, March 1992
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. XLI, Supplement, March 1992
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  • Mueller Boyce, Judith
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date March 1992
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  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newsletters
  • periodicals
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Transcript The Spoonbill Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club Houston, Texas Judith Mueller Boyce, Editor; Don Richardson, Technical Consultant VOLUME XLI, Supplement March, 1992 1991 CHRISTMAS COUNT COMPILATION Once again the Christmas count season was an exciting and fun time because of the birding and the socializing. Resident birds and the usual wintering birds were counted as well as some rarities. Detailed data was received for twelve of the UTC Christmas counts. Because of the length of the Christmas count compilation a special issue of the Spoonbill is devoted to the Christmas counts. This year the official Christmas count season was December 14, 1991 through January 2, 1992. The earliest counts this year were the Brazoria and the Houston counts held on December 14 and the latest was the Cypress Creek count on January 1, 1992. Once again the Freeport count had the highest species total at 219 for any of the area counts as well as the greatest number of observers. All twelve counts tallied more than 100 species. Five counts tallied more than 150 species; however, only one tallied more than 200 species. All twelve area counts totalled 256 species, 9 species less than last year. Fifty-six species were seen on all twelve counts. Thirty-four species were seen on only one count. The most numerous species was the Snow Goose with 206,760 individuals being reported. Common Grackle was the second most numerous species with 102,401 individuals. Sixteen species of warblers were observed. Seven species of hummingbirds with 19 individuals were counted. Next year's Christmas count season is December 17, 1992 through January 3, 1993. Local count dates will be published in the November Spoonbill. For those of you who have never participated in a Christmas count consider doing it. You'll see lots of bird and visit with some nice people. Phyllis and Tony Frank, Editors Caprimulgas species - December 22, 1991 John Whittle Observed at 7 AM near Oyster Bayou. The medium sized bird had wings longer than the length of the bird, with the wing outboard of the very noticeable wrist appearing short relative to the overall wingspan. The wing tips were more rounded than pointed. There was essentially no bill visible. No size reference was available. The rapidity of the wing beats suggests a smaller rather than a larger bird. The bird appeared uniformly dark brownish on all upper surfaces. No subtleties of color could be discerned in the poor light. If the bird had prominent wing patches on the upper surfaces, it is likely that they would have been visible. The tail was long and broad, the upper surfaces uniform in color with the back and wings. We conclude that this was a nightjar based on overall shape. Nighthawks were eliminated because the wings were not pointed and the flight was not buoyant. Ferruginous Hawk - December 22, 1991 John Whittle The bird was obviously a Buteo species, appearing to be about the size of a Red-tailed Hawk. Our attention was drawn to this bird by very prominent white patches of the outer parts of the upper wing encompassing the primary coverts and probably the baseI one third of the outer most four or five primaries. When observed at 3:00 PM, only the underside was available for study when close. The underside was almost completely white, with very little in the way of dark markings except for some darker marks on the throat and especially the malar area. The patagial area was carefully checked and showed no trace of dark marking. No trace of belly bad was seen. When observed at 3:45 PM, the upper surfaces were available for study, and we observed that the lesser and median coverts, the forward scapulars and the upper back were a richer brown than the rest of the upperside, with a hint of reddish or rufous coloration. The tail, seen clearly on both occasions, was typical Buteo in shape, apparently completely light on the underside. The rump and base of the upper tail were white giving way to a "washed out" light rufous color on the outer one-half of all tail feathers. Red-tailed Hawk was eliminated on the absence of a darker patagial mark and secondarily on the contrasting back color and the absence of a belly band. Stilt Sandpiper - December 15, 1991 Jim Morgan Observed twice under very good to excellent tight conditions with binoculars and a 25X scope in an open marsh with 2 to 6 inches of water. The 36 birds were smaller than nearby dowitchers and larger than Westerns and Dunlin. Grayish above; whitish below; prominent, distinct supercillium which was whitish; greenish-yellow legs. When flushed all birds showed white rumps in flight and relatively unmarked upper wings. Bills were slightly drooping (downcurved) and legs were relatively long. Leg color, rump color, bill size and shape eliminate other sandpipers. Purple Sandpiper - David Dauphin December 15, 1991 Observed on the Quintana jetty, approximately the same size as Ruddy Turnstone. Flew into rocks, fed, flew to Surfside jetty 3-4 times. Bill darker at tip, orangish at base. Dark gray head with light spot in front of eye. Dark back, breast, wings and tail. White belly. Orange feet. Black-legged Kittiwake - David Dauphin December 15, 1991 Slightly larger than Bonaparte's Gull. In flight, all white with black bill, legs, black "U" on back and top of wings (mantle), black patch at nape, post-ocular spot, band at end of slightly forked tail. Seen with Bonaparte's Gull.