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Bird Sightings - December 1999
Coverage: Jefferson, Orange, Hardin, Tyler, Jasper, Newton, Angelina, San Augustine and Sabine counties. Send Reports to: John Whittle, 3015 Nashville Avenue, Nederland, Texas 77627-6749 by the 10th of the month after or e-mail to whittleja@hal.lamar.edu or call (409) 880-8276 or fax to (409) 880-8270. For  "very rare" birds, please submit a brief account of your sighting, including a description of the bird (unless unmistakable), brief details of what it was doing, and where it was seen (if on publicly accessible property).
Format: "Common" to "abundant" birds are shown in the fashion "JEF 4 reps(25)" which means four reports in Jefferson  County  totaling  25 birds.  Less  than "common", as 
"JEF-SW 7/5(2) ABC", which means seen in Jefferson County  (JEF) at Sabine Woods (SW) on the 5th of July, two (2) birds, 
 
reported by observer "ABC". 
Commentary: Despite the unusual conditions stemming from the drought affecting our region, December was a very normal month. Wintering hummingbirds were recorded throughout the month, and are presented in abbreviated fashion. Waterfowl are concentrated in a few areas, and were seen in good numbers on Robert Hurt's bird class field trip to the Keith Lake area of Murphree. Most Christmas Counts cover parts of more than one county, but results are rarely recorded by county. Some of the sightings on the two Big Thicket counts are included where we have county information. The Sandhill Cranes reported last month in large numbers were seen through the first half of the month, but were not reported subsequently. 
 
 
 
GREBE, Pied-billed HAI 1 rep(9); JAS 1 rep(5); JEF 6 reps(215)
GREBE, Eared JEF 2 reps(3)
PELICAN, Amer. White JEF 5 reps(858); ORA 1 rep(1)
PELICAN, Brown JEF-TX87 12/5(3) JAW; JEF 12/11(5) PAFT; JEF-SRSP 12/24(18) JAW; JEF-TX87 12/24(6) JAW
CORMORANT, Neotropic JEF 12/5(1) JAW; JEF-TX87 12/5(1) JAW; JEF-TXPT 12/5(3) JAW; JEF 12/11(1) JAW; JEF 12/11(25) PAFT; JEF 12/24(20) JAW; JEF-TXPT 12/24(3) JAW
CORMORANT, Double-cr. JAS 1 rep(170); JEF 6 reps(125)
CORMORANT, Species JEF 1 rep(15)
HERON, Great Blue HAI 1 rep(1); JAS 1 rep(2); JEF 10 reps(32); ORA 1 rep(3); TYL 1 rep(1)
EGRET, Great HAI 1 rep(7); JAS 1 rep(4); JEF 12 reps(103); TYL 2 reps(5)
EGRET, Snowy JAS 1 rep(3); JEF 7 reps(74)
HERON, Little Blue JAS 1 rep(1); JEF 1 rep(1)
HERON, Tricolored JEF 3 reps(11)
EGRET, Cattle JEF 4 reps(25)
NIGHT-HERON, Black-cr. JEF 3 reps(29)
NIGHT-HERON, Yellow-cr. JEF 12/8(30) KS; JEF 12/11(1) PAFT
IBIS, White HAI 12/18(4) TCCB; JAS 12/19(5) BCCB; JEF 12/5(7) JAW; JEF 12/5(10) KS; JEF 12/11(20) JAW; JEF 12/11(30) PAFT; JEF-TP 12/12(39) JAW; JEF 12/18(100) SM; JEF-TP 12/23(35) SM; JEF-TP 12/26(20) JJW
IBIS, White-faced JEF-TP 12/23(30) SM; JEF-TP 12/26(8) JJW
IBIS, Plegadis JEF 12/5(306) JAW; JEF 12/11(3) JAW; JEF 12/11(3) PAFT; JEF-TP 12/12(3) JAW; JEF 12/18(15) SM; JEF-TP 12/26(1500) JJW
SPOONBILL, Roseate JEF 12/5(15) JAW; JEF 12/11(15) PAFT
VULTURE, Black JAS 1 rep(30); JEF 5 reps(139); TYL 1 rep(12)
VULTURE, Turkey HAI 1 rep(23); JAS 1 rep(5); JEF 11 reps(33); ORA 1 rep(6); TYL 2 reps(26)
GOOSE, White-fronted JEF 4 reps(1497)
GOOSE, Snow JEF 6 reps(16806); ORA 1 rep(35)
GOOSE, Ross's JEF 12/5(18) JAW; JEF 12/11(1) JAW; JEF 12/11(1) PAFT; JEF-SW 12/24(2) JAW
GOOSE, Canada JEF 2 reps(35)
DUCK, Wood JEF-TP 12/12(1) JAW
GADWALL JAS 1 rep(30); JEF 4 reps(1160)
WIGEON, American JAS 1 rep(40); JEF 1 rep(2000)
MALLARD HAI 1 rep(12); JEF 6 reps(259)
DUCK, Mottled JEF 12/11(4) PAFT; JEF-TP 12/12(6) JAW
CURLEW, Long-billed JEF 3 reps(61)
SANDERLING JEF 1 rep(27)
SANDPIPER, Western JEF 2 reps(55)
 
GREBE, Pied-billed HAI 1 rep(9); JAS 1 rep(5); JEF 6 reps(215)
GREBE, Eared JEF 2 reps(3)
PELICAN, Amer. White JEF 5 reps(858); ORA 1 rep(1)
PELICAN, Brown JEF-TX87 12/5(3) JAW; JEF 12/11(5) PAFT; JEF-SRSP 12/24(18) JAW; JEF-TX87 12/24(6) JAW
CORMORANT, Neotropic JEF 12/5(1) JAW; JEF-TX87 12/5(1) JAW; JEF-TXPT 12/5(3) JAW; JEF 12/11(1) JAW; JEF 12/11(25) PAFT; JEF 12/24(20) JAW; JEF-TXPT 12/24(3) JAW
CORMORANT, Double-cr. JAS 1 rep(170); JEF 6 reps(125)
CORMORANT, Species JEF 1 rep(15)
HERON, Great Blue HAI 1 rep(1); JAS 1 rep(2); JEF 10 reps(32); ORA 1 rep(3); TYL 1 rep(1)
EGRET, Great HAI 1 rep(7); JAS 1 rep(4); JEF 12 reps(103); TYL 2 reps(5)
EGRET, Snowy JAS 1 rep(3); JEF 7 reps(74)
HERON, Little Blue JAS 1 rep(1); JEF 1 rep(1)
HERON, Tricolored JEF 3 reps(11)
EGRET, Cattle JEF 4 reps(25)
NIGHT-HERON, Black-cr. JEF 3 reps(29)
NIGHT-HERON, Yellow-cr. JEF 12/8(30) KS; JEF 12/11(1) PAFT
IBIS, White HAI 12/18(4) TCCB; JAS 12/19(5) BCCB; JEF 12/5(7) JAW; JEF 12/5(10) KS; JEF 12/11(20) JAW; JEF 12/11(30) PAFT; JEF-TP 12/12(39) JAW; JEF 12/18(100) SM; JEF-TP 12/23(35) SM; JEF-TP 12/26(20) JJW
IBIS, White-faced JEF-TP 12/23(30) SM; JEF-TP 12/26(8) JJW
IBIS, Plegadis JEF 12/5(306) JAW; JEF 12/11(3) JAW; JEF 12/11(3) PAFT; JEF-TP 12/12(3) JAW; JEF 12/18(15) SM; JEF-TP 12/26(1500) JJW
SPOONBILL, Roseate JEF 12/5(15) JAW; JEF 12/11(15) PAFT
VULTURE, Black JAS 1 rep(30); JEF 5 reps(139); TYL 1 rep(12)
VULTURE, Turkey HAI 1 rep(23); JAS 1 rep(5); JEF 11 reps(33); ORA 1 rep(6); TYL 2 reps(26)
GOOSE, White-fronted JEF 4 reps(1497)
GOOSE, Snow JEF 6 reps(16806); ORA 1 rep(35)
GOOSE, Ross's JEF 12/5(18) JAW; JEF 12/11(1) JAW; JEF 12/11(1) PAFT; JEF-SW 12/24(2) JAW
GOOSE, Canada JEF 2 reps(35)
DUCK, Wood JEF-TP 12/12(1) JAW
GADWALL JAS 1 rep(30); JEF 4 reps(1160)
WIGEON, American JAS 1 rep(40); JEF 1 rep(2000)
MALLARD HAI 1 rep(12); JEF 6 reps(259)
DUCK, Mottled JEF 12/11(4) PAFT; JEF-TP 12/12(6) JAW
 
SANDPIPER, Peep JEF 1 rep(15)
SANDPIPER, Least JEF 4 reps(81)
DUNLIN JEF 3 reps(183)
DOWITCHER, Short-billed JEF-TXPT 12/5(25) JAW; JEF 12/11(50) PAFT
DOWITCHER, Long-billed JEF 2 reps(210)
SNIPE, Common JEF 4 reps(8)
WOODCOCK, American JEF-SW 12/5(1) KS; JEF-SW 12/12(3) KS
GULL, Laughing JEF 5 reps(62)
GULL, Bonaparte's JEF 1 rep(6)
GULL, Ring-billed JAS 1 rep(1); JEF 7 reps(259)
GULL, Herring JEF 3 reps(6)
TERN, Caspian JEF 2 reps(2)
TERN, Royal JEF 1 rep(20)
TERN, Common JEF-SRSP 12/24(1) JAW
TERN, Forster's JAS 1 rep(18); JEF 3 reps(54)
TERN, Black JEF 12/11(1) PAFT
SKIMMER, Black JEF 1 rep(25)
DOVE, Rock JEF 3 reps(38)
COLLARED-DOVE, Euras. JEF 12/18(1) SM; JEF-TX87 12/24(2) JAW
DOVE, Mourning HAI 1 rep(15); JEF 8 reps(93); TYL 2 reps(2)
DOVE, Inca JEF 1 rep(2)
GROUND-DOVE, Com. JEF-TP 12/23(2) SM
OWL, Barn JEF-SW 12/19(2) SM
SCREECH-OWL, Eastern JEF-TP 12/26(1) JJW
OWL, Great Horned JEF-SW 12/5(1) JAW; JEF-SW 12/19(1) SM
OWL, Barred JEF-TP 12/26(1) JJW
HUMM'BIRD, Buff-bellied JEF-SW 12/5(1) KS
HUMM'BIRD, Black-chinned JEF-NEDR 12/1 through 26+ (1) JJW 
HUMM'BIRD. Archilochus JEF-SW 12/19(1) SM; JEF-SW 12/24(1) JAW
HUMM'BIRD, Rufous JEF-NEDR 12/1 through 26+(1) JJW; JEF-BMT 12/1 through 31(RAJ)
KINGFISHER, Belted JAS 1 rep(3); JEF 4 reps(16)
WOODPECKER, Red-bell. JAS 1 rep(3); JEF 2 reps(5); TYL 2 reps(22)
SAPSUCKER, Yellow-bell. JEF 2 reps(2); TYL 2 reps(2)
WOODPECKER, Downy JAS 1 rep(7); JEF 5 reps(11); TYL 2 reps(3)
FLICKER, Northern JAS 1 rep(2); TYL 2 reps(2)
WOODPECKER, Pileated JAS 1 rep(3); JEF 1 rep(1); ORA 1 rep(2); TYL 2 reps(3)
PHOEBE, Eastern JAS 1 rep(4); JEF 12 reps(59); ORA 1 rep(3); TYL 2 reps(2)
SHRIKE, Loggerhead JEF 18 reps(123); ORA 1 rep(2)
VIREO, Blue-headed JAS 1 rep(1); JEF 3 reps(4)
JAY, Blue JAS 1 rep(2); JEF 6 reps(25); ORA 1 rep(2); TYL 1 rep(2)
CROW, American HAI 1 rep(13); JAS 1 rep(9); ORA 1 rep(2); TYL 2 reps(72)
CROW, Fish JEF-TP 12/23(1) SM; JEF-TP 12/26(50) JJW
CROW, species JEF 1 rep(1)
LARK, Horned JEF-SRSP 12/24(1) JAW
SWALLOW, Tree JEF 12/5(2) KS; JEF 12/11(15) PAFT; ORA 12/26(4) KS
CHICKADEE, Carolina HAI 1 rep(2); JAS 1 rep(7); JEF 7 reps(10); ORA 1 rep(10); TYL 2 reps(20)
TITMOUSE, Tufted HAI 1 rep(2); JAS 1 rep(10); ORA 1 rep(7); TYL 2 reps(31)
NUTHATCH, Red-breasted JEF-SW 12/5(1) JAW; JEF-SW 12/5(1) KS; TYL 12/19(1) BCCB
NUTHATCH, Brown-headed TYL 12/18(1) TCCB
WREN, Carolina JAS 1 rep(1); JEF 3 reps(4); ORA 1 rep(2); TYL 2 reps(13)
WREN, House JEF-SRSP 12/5(1) KS; JEF-TP 12/12(1) 
JAW; JEF-SW 12/19(1) SM; JEF-TP 12/23(1) SM; JEF-TP 12/26(1) JJW; ORA 12/26(2) KS
WREN, Winter JAS 12/19(1) BCCB; JEF-TP 12/26(1) JJW
WREN, Marsh JEF-TP 12/23(15) SM
KINGLET, Golden-crowned JAS 12/19(5) BCCB; JEF-SW 12/5(2) JAW; JEF-SW 12/5(2) KS; JEF-SW 12/12(2) KS; TYL 12/18(10) TCCB; TYL 12/18(4) TCCB; TYL 12/19(20) BCCB
KINGLET, Ruby-crowned HAI 1 rep(3); JAS 1 rep(1); JEF 11 reps(36); ORA 1 rep(4); TYL 2 reps(19)
GNATCATCHER, Blue-gray JAS 1 rep(4); JEF 8 reps(45); TYL 1 rep(1)
BLUEBIRD, Eastern HAI 1 rep(4); JEF 1 rep(4); ORA 1 rep(8); TYL 2 reps(93)
THRUSH, Hermit JAS 12/19(3) BCCB; TYL 12/19(2) BCCB
ROBIN, American HAI 12/18(12) TCCB; JAS 12/19(2) BCCB; JEF-SW 12/19(1) SM; JEF-SW 12/24(1) JAW; TYL 12/18(560) TCCB; TYL 12/19(202) BCCB
CATBIRD, Gray JEF-SRSP 12/5(2) KS; JEF-SW 12/5(1) JAW; JEF-SW 12/5(4) KS; JEF-SW 12/11(1) JAW; JEF-SW 12/12(2) KS; JEF-SW 12/19(1) SM; JEF-SW 12/24(1) JAW
MOCKINGBIRD, Northern JEF 11 reps(64); ORA 1 rep(6); TYL 2 reps(8)
THRASHER, Brown JEF 6 reps(22); ORA 1 rep(3)
STARLING, European HAI 1 rep(12); JEF 8 reps(393); TYL 1 rep(7)
PIPIT, American JEF 3 reps(31)
WAXWING, Cedar JEF 1 rep(15); TYL 1 rep(50)
WARBLER, Orange-crown. JAS 1 rep(2); JEF 9 reps(42); TYL 2 reps(2)
WARBLER, Yellow-rumped HAI 1 rep(1); JAS 1 rep(10); JEF 13 reps(106); ORA 1 rep(19); TYL 2 reps(20)
WARBLER, Pine JAS 1 rep(24); JEF 1 rep(3); TYL 2 reps(14)
WARBLER, Palm JEF-SRSP 12/5(2) KS; JEF-TP 12/23(6) SM
YELLOWTHROAT, Com. JEF 3 reps(4)
TOWHEE, Eastern JEF-SW 12/5(1) KS; JEF-SW 12/19(1) SM
SPARROW, Chipping HAI 1 rep(5); JAS 1 rep(5); ORA 1 rep(35); TYL 2 reps(90)
SPARROW, Field JEF-SRSP 12/12(1) KS; JEF-SW 12/19(1) SM; ORA 12/26(2) KS
SPARROW, Savannah JEF 7 reps(126)
SPARROW, Song JEF 5 reps(10); ORA 1 rep(4)
SPARROW, Swamp JEF 6 reps(20); ORA 1 rep(7)
SPARROW, White-throated JEF 8 reps(127); ORA 1 rep(9); TYL 2 reps(17)
SPARROW, White-crown. JAS 12/19(1) BCCB; JEF-SW 12/12(2) KS; JEF-TP 12/12(25) JAW; JEF-SW 12/19(1) SM; JEF-TP 12/23(10) SM
JUNCO, Dark-eyed TYL 2 reps(5)
CARDINAL, Northern HAI 1 rep(1); JAS 1 rep(3); JEF 10 reps(34); ORA 1 rep(4); TYL 2 reps(15)
BLACKBIRD, Red-winged JAS 1 rep(1); JEF 7 reps(180); ORA 1 rep(30)
MEADOWLARK, Eastern JEF 3 reps(51)
MEADOWLARK species JEF 3 reps(8)
BLACKBIRD, Brewer's JEF 12/5(200) JAW; JEF 12/11(25) JAW
GRACKLE, Common JEF 3 reps(554); TYL 2 reps(208)
GRACKLE, Boat-tailed JEF 3 reps(50)
GRACKLE, Great-tailed JEF 6 reps(836)
COWBIRD, Brown-headed JEF 4 reps(1114)
FINCH, House JAS 12/19(4) BCCB
GOLDFINCH, American JAS 1 rep(25); JEF 1 rep(2); TYL 2 reps(57)
 
SPARROW, House HAI 1 rep(2); JEF 3 reps(45)

Number of Species 157
Number of Individuals 42705

County Abbreviations: 
HAI - Hardin; JAS - Jasper; JEF - Jefferson; ORA - Orange; TYL - Tyler

Location Codes: 
NEDR - Nederland; SRSP - Sea Rim State Park; SW - Sabine Woods; TP - Tyrrell Park incl. Cattail Marsh; TX87 - Texas 87 Pt. Arthur-Sabine Pass-Sea Rim; TXPT - Road to Pilot Station at Texas Point

Observer Abbreviation 
BCCB - Beech Creek CBC; JAW - John Whittle; JFW - Jana Whittle; JJW - John and Jana Whittle; KS - Ken Sztraky; PAFT - Lamar State College-Port Arthur Birding Class field trip (Robert Hurt); RAJ - Rose Ann Jordan; SM - Steve Mayes; TCCB - Turkey Creek CBC.