u+es later I did see It with 7x50 binoculars at 30 feet in full sun in a nearby
blackberry thicket. On April 8 In the same riparian area I heard what may have been
one of the call notes, and I perhaps saw a winter wren there on April 17. One or two
winter wrens have been at White Oak Bayou all winter, and I have become very familiar
with the appearance, behavior, and call of the species, as compared to those of the
house wrens also there. —Wesley Cureton
Wren, Bewick's: Originally seen and identified by Joyce Norman, Helen Holmberg and
Martha Ballard. Singing typical Bewick's call—range about 20yards—I Ight bright
overcase. Dark patternta11, white throat, chest and belly, heavy white eyestrlpe.
Observed with 7x35, lOx binoculars. —Larry Ballard
Thrush, Hermit: Rust tall, brown back and spotted chest. Smaller than nearby Wood
Thrushes. Raised tail and dropped it several times. Bird seen In Boy Scout. Woods
by Penny Cureton. —Jim Morgan
Vireo, Warbling: Dull brownish gray above, Ivory below, no wingbars, vireo bill but
more active than I expected, lacked bluish cap of Red-eyed Vireo and Tennessee Warbler. White eyestrlpe noticeable but not strongly so. Seen In pecan tree near suburban slough near Richmond, distance to 15 feet, 4 p.m., light overcast, 7x35 binoculars. —George Howe.
Warbler, Brewster's: This warbler was found in Smith's Woods among numberous other
warblers. The first striking feature was the large yellow wing patch. The back was
gray and the head had a yellow crown and forehead. Quite noticeable was the complete
lack of the black ear and throat patches of the Golden-winged. Instead, this bird
had a hint of a black line through the eye, but not as distinct as most Blue-wings.
The throat, chest and belly were pure white, with no sign of a yellow breast band.
After double checking the field guides to verify that the yellow breast band Is often missing I felt safe In concluding that this bird was a Brewster's. The bird was
seen at 20 feet'for 6-10 seconds In good light with 8x40 binoculars. —Jim Morgan
Warbler, Prairie: Green above with brownish streaks on back. Yellow below with
large, black streakings on the sides. Yellow line above the eye, black line through
the eye and below the eye. Pale wingbars. Wagged its tail. Saw bird at eye lovel
from 5 to 10 feet as I tried to "Pish" it into the car! —David Dauphin
Warbler, Mourning: Gray-hooded male was black at upper breast, yellow below, olive
above, had a broken eye-ring. Seen in good light with 10x50 binocs at 50 feet. —
Grosbeak, Black-headed: Originally seen and Identified by Ann Atkins and Larry Ballard. Female - high in tree - bright overcast. Range about 35 feet. Buff breast,
very little streaking on sides near wings only, buff stripe through the eye. Observed with 7x35 and 8x50 binoculars. —Larry Ballard
Towhee, Spotted: This was a female bird with chocolate-colored head, back and throat.
Lower chest and belly were white and sides were rusty. Wings were dark brown with
heavy shoulder spotting. Tail dark brown with white outer corners. Seen at 30 feet
with 8x40 binoculars for one minute In excellent light. —Jim Morgan.
Sparrow, Le Conte's: Seen in flight from marsh buggy. Yellowish appearance ruled
out darker Sharp-tailed and Seaside Sparrows. Sparrow size, shape, flight, ruled
out both Marsh Wrens. —Noel PettingelI.
Sparrow, Lark: Observed over 30 of these beautiful sparrows In freshly-plowed field
in Ft. Bend Co. The field was rather large, and although I could positively Identify
only 30 individuals, I'm sure there were many more In the area. The singing males
would perch on a telephone line at the front of the field. At one time I observed
8 Individuals on the line simultaneously singing their incredibly lyrical songs.
Quite remarkable.—Ted Eubanks, Jr.
Junco, Cerk-eyed (Slate-colored): These two birds were found at City Hall, first
in an oak tree then they tlew to the grass. They had gray heads with black around
the eyes. Gray back with some rusty on upper back. Light gray underparts with a
wash of light salmon color on sides. White outer tall feathers clearly seen In
flight. Light, pink bill. Seen at 8:00 a.m. in good light for 3 minutes with 8x40
binoculars. —JIm Morgan
Junco, Dark-eyed (Slate-colored: Three Dark-eyed Juncos observed at City Hall;
Slate-colored race; gray heads, backs, and breasts, although some pink noted on sides
of one individual (immature); pink bills; dark tails with white outer rectrlces;
birds first attracted my attention with their characteristic shrill whistle; first
time recorded at City Hall by either Wes Cureton or myself. — Ted Eubanks, Jr.