Dickcissel! AU. w of Bellville (1) 16, W
Sparrow. Savannahi WA, s. Hebert (1) 4, W. There are no
records for the 1st week of Oct. on the Checklist of neighboring Upper Texas Coast. 3 mi* from the area where the bird was
seen* Also WA (3), s. Hebert on 16, W — see notes.
Sparrow. Vesperi CO, Attwater (several seen) 30, R
Sparrow, Larki AU, Industry (3) 2, W
Sparrow, Chipping! MO (l) 15> RT
Sparrow, Lincoln'si WA, se. of Hebert Rd, Pond about 3 mi.,
(1) 4. w
Least Grebei Seen by the Rissers near Attwater Prairie Chicken
National wildlife Refuge, this species has been observed
several times in recent years in the area. It may be a rare to
uncommon species there. Further observation in the future will
tell us more about this species.
Ross' Goosei Seen by the Rissers at Attwater, this bird is
most easily and quickly recognized if it is flying with Snow
Geese. It is much like a miniature Snow Goose. in flight it
is only about 2/3 Snow Goose size.
Ferruginous Hawki Seen by the Rissers at Attwater. Careful
notes were made on this October 30 observation. Rufous back
areas and shoulders were seen, as were rufous leggings.
Whitish tail with rusty tip, whitish wing windows also were
3R0AD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRDS An immature male or perhaps a female
of this species was observed at the Hebert Road Pond on Oct. 8
by Steve Williams, Gary Clark, Beverly Williams, Randi Clark
and Valerie Hewitt. It was observed to be very rusty-buff on
the sides under the wings* had a greenish back with no trace of
rufous, and rusty tail feathers white-tipped at the sides. It
was observed to have a small dot of color on the throat, as
well as some tiny spots* In bright sunshine on Oct. 9, similar
observations were recorded by Don Richardson, who also got a
look at the color spot on the bird's throat. The color was
magenta, which color is recorded in the Handbook of North
American Birds. Vol. 1, p. 4, in the color chart (Palmer is
the author). No other Selasphorus-type hummingbird (the Rufous
and Allen's also belong to this genus, and are somewhat similar
in the female and immature plumages) has magenta in any plumage
as its throat color, although red-orange and red are noted,
according to Oberholser's The Bird Life Of Texas. This is the
first record for Waller County. According to the Checklist of
the neighboring UTC, "there are only four observations of this
species there* One bird was present during March and April,
and the others were seen in October, November and December.
Rufous Hummingbirdi This bird was seen by Billie Rae Tanner,
on or about October 23* according to the Piney Woods Rare Bird
Tape, at Porter. Although the species is uncommon but regular
in fall and early winter, this is the first record for Montgomery County known to me; records are reported by Oberholser.
CHIHUAHUAN (WHITE-NECKED) RAVENi One bird was seen at Attwater
by the Rissers on October 30* Its croaking call, distinctive
tail, sailing flight and shaggy throat were seen. Its crow-
size dist nguished it from a Northern Raven, even though the
white neck was not seen*
Savannah Sparrowi This bird was seen on the roadside about
2 miles se. of Hebert Road Pond by Steve Williams. It matched
a Savannah, but was quite early, according to UTC Checklist.
Typists for the month.