song from all directions. These sprightly little songsters are very good
at hiding behind a leaf or a clump of moss -- and only the lucky ones
caught glimpses of these diminutive warblers. The White-eyed Vireo,
another hard-to-see-bird, reminded us, with his cheery song, that the warm
days of spring were not too far away. Myrtle and Black-and-White Warblers
were also in the tall trees as well as Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, Solitary
Vireos, and many others.
Our road passed through a marshy area where a few water birds were
found, including one Ring-necked Duok and a mystery bird perched on a
tall stump which proved to be a Great Blue Heron.
By noon we had reached Hinkle's Ferry and decided to spread our
picnic lunch under large pecan trees on the banks of the Bernard River.
This ferry is about to take its place with other relics of the past, for
as soon as a new bridge up the river is completed, Hinkle's Ferry will be
Across the river and on toward Sargent, the road passed over several
interesting little streams. At one we watched a Spotted Sandpiper
teetering on the shore and enjoyed the antics of a pair of Carolina Wrens
who kept popping in and out of their home - a hole in an old bridge piling.
A Ruby-crowned Kinglet made its appearance here as well as a Red-shouldered
Hawk and many Myrtle Warblers that were beginning to acquire spring finery.
Several miles down the road we crossed a little creek of clear
running water, lined with willows, and here we spied one of our most
beautiful flycatchers - a male Vermilion, This one, perched on a dead
willow limb, made numerous dashes after tasty morsels, always returning
to the same perch and giving everyone an opportunity to admire his vivid
colors and acrobatic talents.
By the time we reached the beach at Sargent, the thick gray clouds
had closed in, and a sharp wind whipped the waves on the shore until spray
from the icy water splashed us as we searched the beach for shells and
driftwood. Because of the water, few birds were on the beach, but as we
were leaving, a flight of White Ibis flew single file up the shore line.
Other interesting birds noted during the day were three Caracaras
feeding with vultures In a pasture, eight or ten Rough-winged Swallows
perched on a light wire, and large flocks of Snow and Blue Geese in the
air on the coastal prairie near Sargent.
The leader of this pleasant trip was Jimmie Murray, others who
attended were: Eva and C, B. Gilman, Louise and Henry Hoffman, Leota
Stilwell, Josiephine Wilkin, Charlotte Reindl, Helen Wolfer, Larry
Semander, Carl Aiken, Ronald Fowler, Mrs, J. A. Snyder and Clinton Snyder
from Baytown, Robert Simpson, Mr. and Mrs, Tom Daniel, Austin Evans from
Freeport, and Norma Oates,
March 2 - Clinton Snyder found a Palm Warbler east of Cedar Bayou,
March 8-3 Parula Warblers, 2 Black-and-White Warblers, and 1 Canada
Goose noted on the Brazos River close to Sugarland, (John
About 35 Golden Plover were seen at Westheimer Road and Addicks-
Howell Road, (Ella Wolfer and Norma Oates)
March 9 - Armand Yramategui and Carl Aiken found ah American Bittern at
Palmer Lake in East Texas.
Red-cockaded Woodpecker and Fish Crow noted at the Little Thicket
Nature Sanctuary by Joe Heiser and Armand Yramategui.
Ronald Fowler found a Screech Owl on a nesting box and two Red-
breasted Nuthatches at 431 Knipp Road.
Clinton Snyder noted 5 Common Terns on Galveston Island. Their
calls were the main identifying characteristic.
Short-eared Owl seen on Katy-Hockley Road south of Longenbaugh
ranch. (Hardin Craig, Jr.)
March 10 - John O'Neill observed a Purple Finch In his yard at 10723
March 11 - William T. Smith brought a YELLOW RAIL to the Museum of Natural
History In Hermann ParlFT" The rail was found dead on a
road near Pearland, and because of its condition only the
wings and head were kept.
Black Terns noted at Baytown Tunnel by Clinton Snyder.