Please inform us of any observations you may make of these dyed birds.
If you desire we will send you copies of progress reports of the study as
they are prepared.
Ronald A. Ryder
Assistant Professor of
Department of Forest Recreation and Wildlife Conservation
Colorado State University,
Fort Collins, Colorado
A progress report of our first year's work is in preparation and soon will
be sent to those desiring copies. Last year one of our yellow-dyed Ring-
billed Gulls was seen near Carlsbad, New Mexico. We are particularly
interested in the current status of the California Gull in Texas.
GREEN KINGFISHER IN GALVESTON COUNTY
A few weeks ago Bob Dooley, General Curator of the Houston Zoo, and I were
shooting the bull about birds in particular and animals in general when
during the rambling course of our conversation he mentioned seeing a
Green Kingfisher near West Galveston Bay. 1 asked him for details about the
certainty of identification and about the time and place. Dooley has the
outdoorsman's intense interest in all living things. Professionally he is
primarily a herpetologist, but he has a more than passing interest in
mammalogy and ornithology. He is quite familiar with the Green Kingfisher
and the Ringed KirtjJEisher from annual collecting trips to Mexico as well
as familiarity with our Belted Kingfisher. There was no doubt in his mind of
what he had seen. Dooley said also that he has seen Green KinGfishers in
small numbers but fairly often while duck hunting near Port O'connor.
The bird was seen several years ago, sometime from 1957 to 1960, as well as
Dooley can remember. At the time he saw the bird, he was repairing duck
blinds in Basford Bayou in anticipation of the duck season. This would
place the time probably in October or November. Basford Bayou empties into
West Galveston Bay (Jones Bay) about half way between the mouth of Highland Bayou and the intracoastal canal.
LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS COUNT POOP
Parties as now constituted (leaders named first):
IA - Bill and Gene Pettit, Harvey Patten, Joe Farrell.
IB - L.A.M. and Johnnie Fay Barnette, Sue Harris, Norma Oates, Trevor Feltner.
2 - John O'neill, Bob Braden, Joe Heiser, Jim and Pat Ellis, Karen Morse.
3A - Katrina Thompson, Edna Miner, Jerry Baker, Pat Sullivan, Johanna Grabbe.
3B - Jerry and Nancy Strickling, Irving Greenbaum, Betty Williams, Jonell
Buckels, Jeannine Thibodaux, Mr. and Mrs. Evans.
4A - Vic Emanuel, Arlie McKay, Carl Hacker, Carl Aikin.
4B - David Marrack, Bob and Mabel Deshayes, Rickey Gallagher.
5 - Steve and Mary Ellen Williams, Hardin Craig, Jr. , Mary Sears, Helen
Via, Paul and Betty Caillet.
6 - Bill and Jean Harwell, Henry and Louise Hoffman, Doug Stein, Frankie
Daves, Bud Anderson, Leota Stilwell.
7 - Linda Snyder, Mr. Snyder, Ralph Hunter, Noel Pettingell, Mrs. A„G.
For those going to the Snyder's:
1. No park on grass
2. Bring dry shoes
3. Bring covered dish (Snyders will furnish meat course)
4. Bring list with lots of species and individuals seen during day
5. Come into LaPorte on hiway 146. At the traffic circle 146 turns right.
Don't go that way. Continue on around the circle and go on East on
Old Mam St. (Bolivar Pt. Rd.) Go .8 mi. to Blackwell. Turn right.
Blackwell eventually forks. Take left fork. Just around the first bend
on the right hand side of the road is the Snyder's house.where fun and