** Geese and ducks are starting to come Into the area, brown thrashers are everywhere
some migrating warblers can be seen through this month, others such as the Orange-
crowned, Myrtle and Palm are moving in to spend the winter. When you go out to West
Harris Co., check in bushes along fences for the Groove-billed Anl, an early arrival
was seen on Clay Rd., on the 30th of Sept. This Is the month to start looking for
early arrivals In the sparrow family, 2 early Sharp-tailed sparrows were seen on the
26th, and a probable Lincoln's on the 30th of Sept.
** The following trips should have been included in COMING EVENTS, but notification
arrived too late for inclusion on that page. Victor Emanuel and his Nature Tours have
two trips coming up:
Oct. 30 — Nov. 7, Big Bend-Davis Mountains trip. Mr. Dwlght Deal, Geologlst-Mgr.
of Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, will spend one' day with the group, concentrating on the geology of the area, and Dr. Barton Warnock, Professor of Botany
at Sul Ross In Alpine, will spend a day concentrating on botany. Victor will be
the bird leader.
Nov. 21 — Nov. 28, Palenque-Yucatan.
Further Information may be obtained from Mr. Emanual, 1603 West Clay, Houston,
Texas 77019 — 528-3725
Dec. 19 — Freeport Christmas Count. If you wish to participate in this event,
call Mrs. Margaret Anderson - 668-6405.
** Look for Franklin's Gulls the rest of this month and on Into November. Norma
Oates records show that she has consistently seen these gulls In West Harris Co. the
last of September and the first part of November. Also the rice threshers should be
busy starting about the mtddle of the month, cutting second growth. Last year on the
20th of October, Vic Emanuel saw, by watching 2 combines cut the last hundred acres
of a field: 117 Sora, 31 Yellow rails, 8 Virginia rails, 3 King rails, 100+ Long-bilk
Marsh wrens, etc.
CLEARING HOUSE, September, 1976
(How to read the C-H: Name of bird: (how many), date, location, observers)
Abbreviations used: Baytown Tunnel - Tunnel; Bolivar Flats - Bolivar.
Grebe, eared: (3)4, (1)18, (3)29,Tunnel,D&JD (see notes)
Grebe, Pied-billed: (2)6,High l.,JM&DP
Pelican, White: (30+526,Bolivar,A
Cormorant, Double-crested: (3)26,Bolivar Ferry,P&MJ
Cormorant, Olivaceous: (IOO+)4,18,Tunnel,D&JD; (3)18, (6)25,Anahuac R.,CC&M; (2)26,
Frlgateblrd, Magnificent: (3)4,GaIveston,CC&M; (3-4)8,W.Galveston,DM (see notes);
(I)10,Freeport,S&TC; (5)26,W.GaIveston,P&MJ (see "A Night on Bolivar Flats").
Heron, Green: (2)26,Anahuac R.,A.
Egret, Reddish: (IO)5,Bollvar,JM&MC; (25)I I,Bolivar,D&JD; (I - white phase)18,HAS;
Nightheron, Black-crowned: (2)4, (I)29,Tunnel,D&JD; (7)26,Brazoria R.,S&TC.
Nightheron, Yellow-crowned: (1)10,Hwy 521 dough, ( la-4imm. )26,Bayou Vista,P&MJ.
Bittern, American: (3)25,Anahuac R.,0G; (2)26,Anahuac R.,A.
Stork, Wood: (I)5,Freeport,S&TC; (14)26,San Jacinto State Park,D&JD; (I)30,W.Harris
Cc.AJ&R; (23)27,SW Houston,DeK.
Ibis, White-faced: (50+)6,Hlgh I., (50+)I I,W.Chambers Co.,D&JD; (I 5)10,Freeport,S&TC;
(3000-4000)25.E.Chambers Co.,P&MJ; (25+)26,E.Chambers Co.,A.
Ibis, White: (50+)I I,W.GaIveston,D&JD; (I5+)26,E.Chambers Co.,A.
SpoonblI I,Roseate: (I5+)4,(7)18,(4)29,Tunnel,D&JD; (100+)5,Freeport,S&TC; (20+)5,BolI-
Goose, Canada, (n/c)25,Anahuac R.,0G (see PAST EVENTS and "A Night etc.")
Goose, species: (I 50 dark)2l.White Oak Bayou,PC
Treeduck, Black-bellied: (2a & 13 duckllngs)6,Rice Mill
20 imm.)27,Rice Mil I Pond)C&SC (see notes).
Treeduck, Fulvous: (10)6,Anahuac R.,T&JE; (80)26,Ih10 % Winnie
Duck.GadwalI: (I)25,Bollvar,P&MJ (see "A Night etc...)
Pintail: (3)18,Bolivar,HAS; (30)19,White Oak Bayou,WC;
Teal, Green-winged: (3)11,Bolivar,D&JD.
Teal, Blue-winged: (I0,000)alI month, E.Harris-W.Chambers Cos.,D&JD; (7)5,BolIvar,JM&
MC; (n/c)25,Anahuac R..0G.
Shoveler, Northern: (2)12,Freeport,S&TC; (7)18,Tunnel,D&JD;
Scaup, Lesser: (4)4,(2)18,Tunnel,D&JD; (1)28,Freeport,S&TC.
Duck, Ruddy: (3)4, (3)18, (IO+)29,Tunnel,D&JD.
Pond,R&MD (see notes); (le
)S.,D&JD; (7)5,Bol I