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The Spoonbill, Vol. [40], No. 11, November 1991 - Image 7. November 1991. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. June 23, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/6807/show/6805.

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(November 1991). The Spoonbill, Vol. [40], No. 11, November 1991 - Image 7. Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/6807/show/6805

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. [40], No. 11, November 1991
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. XXXX, No. 11, November 1991
Contributor (Local)
  • Mueller Boyce, Judith
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date November 1991
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Ornithology
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Houston, Texas
Genre (AAT)
  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 2007-023, Box 12, Folder 9
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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, XXXX, printed on front page.
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Transcript Red-tailed Hawks are notoriously variable. For a Red-tailed to have such a heavy belly band, it would have to be an immature. Yet this bird showed no traces of white on the head or wings (at rest) as do most immature Red-tailed Hawks, and the throat itself was solidly dark. We base our conclusion of "probable" Rough-legged Hawk on a combination of all characteristics observed. This bird was observed on a day when hawk migration was active. Yellow-bellied Flycatcher - Derek Muschalek October 26, 1991 Two Empidonax with mostly yellowish underparts including throats. Bold yellow eye rings and olive upperparts. Observed feeding high up in canopy. No vocalizations heard. Identification as Yellow-bellied based on yellowish throats and underparts. Couch's/Tropical Kingbird - Gail Diane Luckner October 15, 1991. A large Tyrannus flycatcher was sighted at 9:30 AM perched on the top line of a barbed wire fence enclosing pasture land at Smith Point, Chambers county. The bird was observed for about five minutes at a distance of approximately 75 feet with 10X42 binoculars and TSN-2 scope at 30X wide angle in excellent light. In flight the bird was observed for about 20 seconds at a distance of approximately 15 feet. The bird was in the company of three Scissor-tailed Flycatchers. When viewed from the side, the bird had a squarish, medium-gray head and somewhat flat forehead, with a prominent dark gray ear patch; white throat with deep yellow breast, belly, and undertail coverts. Breast was very lightly washed with olive. Dark olive back; unmarked dark gray wings and tail, both faintly tinged with brown. In flight, the tail was clearly but shallowly notched with no white present. Large thick black bill, slightly shorter than length of head; legs and feet black. The bird did not vocalize. Hooded Uarbler - Derek Muschalek October 26, 1991 These males had an extensive black hood and yellow face and underparts with olive back. Loud calls heard repeatedly. Seen at Smith Oaks, Johnson's grove and Singing Sands Rd. on Bolivar. Bronzed Cowbird - P.D. Hulce October 30, 1991 One female with flock of Common Grackles and Starlings. Slimmer than grackles. Uniform blue-black plumage with red eye and slight ruff on the hind neck. Seen as close as 30 feet with 10X40 binoculars. Ho records the last three weeks of October. REPORT FROM AUGUST CH Hudsonian Godwit - Bob Behrstock August 31, 1991. On August 31, an adult Hudsonian Godwit well into winter (basic) plumage was located by Ted Eubanks. The bird was in a large shallow pool in the oilfields just NW of High Island. It was observed at the same time by Bob Behrstock, Gretchen Mueller and Virginia Davidson, all of whom have some to extensive experience with the species. In the same pool were a number of other shorebird species including Stilt and Baird's Sandpipers, Wilson's Phalarope and both Black and Gull-billed Terns. The general impression was of a tall gray shorebird with a bicolored upcurved bill. As the bird foraged, the striking black and white tail pattern could be observed. Although its bill was curved enough to eliminate the possibility of Black-tailed Godwit, we flushed the bird to observe its underwing pattern. Behrstock obtained one slide as the bird flushed. The slide demonstrates the strongly contrasting underwing pattern with blackish coverts, upcurved bill-pinkish at its base and the general absence of orange tones. Later the bird was relocated east of Highway 124 and Eubanks obtained slides of th¥"bTrd." Aging was based on the color of the back and wing feathering. Overall shape, bill size, yellow breast and absence of white in the tail rules out Western Kingbird. Overall shape, bill size and yellow breast rules out Cassin's Kingbird. The general coloration and notched tail rule out the Myiarchus flycatchers. Although reference books show Tropical Kingbird with a longer, thinner bill than observed on the bird in question, this mark can be variable and difficult to judge in the field. Since the bird did not vocalize, must call it Couch's/Tropical Kingbird. Bewick's Wren (Eastern form) - Bob Behrstock October 16, 18, 1991. On October 16, 1991, Gretchen Mueller observed a Bewick's Wren in her yard on Vivian St. in Bellaire. The observation was between 2 and 3 PM. On October 18, the bird was observed in late afternoon by Mueller and Bob Behrstock. On both occasions, it was observed from the ground to about 4 feet above ground foraging in Carina lilies and other ornamentals, as well as inside and on top of brush pile. The bird was always located by its rapid nervous foraging and the eyecatching activity of its long expressive tail. The bird exhibited a long, very pale but not quite white eyestripe. Below it was pale gray with no trace of cinnamon tones. The crown, back, wings and tail were chestnut brown lecking bright hues. The long tail was barred with black above. The underside of the tail was largely black, each graduated feather was tipped with white. The pattern was like that of a cuckoo or a trogon. The bill appeared dark and slender.. Because there are few records of the species "around town," pains were taken to identify it within the context of similar species. Both observers are familiar with the species. CONTACTS SEHD CLEARING HOUSE bird sightings to: Clearing House, (OG), P.O. Box 271374, Houston 77277. TEXAS RARE BIRD ALERT TAPE, sponsored by Houston Audubon Society, 992-2757. SEHD SPOONBILL MATERIAL to Editor, Judy Boyce, 5546 Aspen, Houston 77081, 6685359(h) 771-2432 (w). Fax: 771-2433 Monday through Friday, business hours. OG MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION, dues, subscriptions and address changes. Edward J. Lebeau, Jr., 5459 Beechnut, Houston, Texas 77096 (713) 664-4900. Annual dues $15. Non-member Spoonbill subscriptions $13.