CLEARING HOUSE NOTES - JUNE, 1988
(No previous records for June)
Observers; Warren Pruess, Ellen Michaels,
Time of Dav: 11:00-11:30 A.M., 2:45-3:15 A.M.
Length of Sighting: About 1 hour.
Weather: Overcast, Warm, 10-15 mph south wind
Light condition; Cloudy/bright with occasional
Distance: 50-125 yards
Optical equipment; 10x50, 8x40 binocs, 40X, 25X
Habitat: Freshwater marsh pond (Olney Pond,
Size; Slightly smaller than White Ibis nearby.
Behavior: Almost constantly feeding by walking
around in grass which obstructed legs and lower
body parts. Head and bill lowered into marsh grass
and then raised repeatedly.
Osprey (Very rare) Warren Pruess & Jim Renfro, 6/12/88
Spotted Sandpiper (Very rare) John McGeough, 6/06/88
(Sportsman's Road, Galveston Island)
Hairy Woodpecker (Very rare) John McGeough, 6/07/88
(Brazos Bend State Park)
White-faced Ibis Grace & John Anthony, 6/06/88
(Although common on the UTC, it is not common in a
bird bath in the Art Museum area, where this bird
Description: Among small group of dark adult-
plumaged ibis, one exhibited narrow band of light
blue bordering upper mandible and facial area. The
light blue border appeared discontinuous where it
extended behind the eyes. It continued again from
below the eyes and extended towards the bottom of
the lower mandible. The eyes were dark in a dark
gray face and lore area. This individual flew in a
circle over the marsh briefly, allowing observation
of rearward extended legs which appeared gray in
40X scope at about 75 yards.
Similar species eliminated. All adult White-faced
Ibises and this individual exhibited same coppery-
brown plumage on head, neck and breast and similar
iridescent blue-green to violet and purple ving
plumage. The White-faced Ibis adults exhibited
broader, white, continuous border around entire
bill and facial area, including the eyes. The
White-faced adults differed also in the red facial
area extending to the eyes which appeared redder
than the dark-eyed adult's eyes'. Leg colors of
White-faced adults were not observed long enough in
sufficient light to make comparisons. No difference in color of downcurved bills discerned between
the adult dark ibises observed.
LESSER GOLDEN PLOVER
Observed by John McGeough
(No records for first week in June.)
The plover was observed with 10x40 binocs for
minutes. The bird was feeding in a marshy ar
entrance to 8 mile road on the left side of t
The bird was in breeding plumage. Light was
over the back of the observer.
Legs- Black Crown-Brown/golde
Belly- Black Eye- Black
Throat/chin^ Black Mandibles- Black,
Auricular area- Black
Neck/supercllium- Distinct white stripe ex
from breast sides to supercilium, descr
ea at the
Rump/mantle/nape- Obvious golden/brownish flecked
Undertail coverts- Black
Similar species eliminated- Total black underparts,
distinct gold cast, crown color and small bill size
compared to head eliminates Black-bellied Plover.
OTHER, NOTES SUBMITTED: Only the notes which result in
changes to the checklist have been printed due to space
considerations. However, notes for the following rare
or very rare species were also submitted. We would
like to thank all contributors for taking the time to
complete the necessary notes.
Double-crested Cormorant (Very rare)
Warren Pruess _ Jim Renfro, 6/12/88
Scaup species Warren Pruess £ Jim Renfro, 6/25/88
(This female bird has been listed in the database as
Lesser Scaup since there are no records for Greater
in the summer.)
Red-tailed Hawk (Rare) Mike Austin, 6/12/88
(Mike notes that the nearest nest he knows of is 100
miles northwest of the site in Brazoria county
where this immature bird was observed.)
(continued from page 5
County codes must be included. Location codes are
optional. When submitting forms, only that information
which changes need be indicated after each species
(i.e. date, observer can be indicated at top of form
only.) Boundaries are: BF=Hwy 87 to Gulf: beach access
rd. to N.Jetty. HI=Intracoastal Waterway to beach; 1
mile each way on Hwy 87. SLP=starts 1 mile ME of toll
bridge, then to end of point. TCD=Dike, seawall, shore
and ponds west of seawall. WHC=U.S. 290 south to 1-10;
Hwy 6 west to Harris Co. line. Birds seen in one trip
in all or many counties can be designated UTC.
FALL BEACH CLEANUP DATE SEPTEMBER 2*.
The Center for Environmental Education has
set the date for the Coastal Cleanup on September
24. Mark your calendar and plan to be there. More
information will be printed in the August Spoonbill.
No. In summer they rush into
the sea like lemmings.
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