However, Mr, & Mrs. Charles Hooks have given her permission to set up
nature trails on their estate near Tomball for the benefit of school
children. This Is a private home and will not be open to the public,
Mrs. Bondi would like some help in identifying the birds, their food
supplies, and habitat, on this estate.
If you are interested in giving a few hours to help Mrs. Bondi you may
reach her at her home phone number: 667-5225; school number: 747-8803;
or husband's number: 667-5661,
THE DAY OF THE HAWKS ON KING RANCH by Maxine and Richard Davis
On Saturday, March 24, fifty-one people met at the Holiday Inn in
Kingsvllle, at 7:30 A.M. for a field trip into the famed King Ranch.
The main objective was birding, and every one came fully equipped
with binoculars, telescopes and cameras.
The Field Trip Chairman, Sharon Hackleman, had arranged with Mr. Val
Lehmann to guide the caravan over the ranch. Mr. Lehmann retired
recently, after twenty-eight years as Wildlife and Conservation Director
on the King Ranch. His familiarity with the area and knowledge of the
historical background was most interesting and enlightening. He knew
all the best places to see birds. There were large herds of deer, as
well as many cattle and horses. The prairie wild flowers were blooming
in a beautiful profusion of color, and with a clear sky, bright sun
and cool breeze, it was altogether a perfect field day.
At one stop, while observing a hawk, the sky was suddenly full of
Broadwing Hawks, soaring and wheeling in effortless rhythm. There
were many hundreds and they presented a most spectacular sight, especially if one had never seen a great hawk migration. In the course
of the day there were fourteen species of hawks seen, including Harris
Hawk, Pigeon Hawk, White-tailed Hawk, Black Hawk, and White-tailed
Picnic lunches were eaten at noon In and around the old camp house.
After spending an hour walking around this area, the caravan moved on
to other parts of the ranch.
The land is generally a flat plain, but there are large areas of wet
lands, lakes and bays where water and shore bird are found. There is
also much low mesquite and other trees that invite the small birds.
The varied ecology has something to offer nearly any bird species.
In the final count for the day there were one hundred species listed..
Of special note were Pyrrhuloxia, Black-bellied Tree Ducks, Sprague's
Pipit, Violet-green Swallow, Cactus Wren, Turkeys, Pectoral Sandpiper
and Lark Bunting.
Everyone agreed it was a very good day, and all were grateful to Mr.
Lehmann for making the trip such a pleasure.
There were several reports of large hawk migration flights on Sunday,
near Rockport and Aransas Refuge.
MARCH: GOOD EARLY MIGRATION AND A BROKEN RECORD by T. Ben Feltner
The month of March produced a very nice early migration, of small land
migrants. Vic Emanuel and yours truly recorded 25 species of warblers
within the month. Including an unprecedented Cape May Warbler which
wriggled under the wire on the 31st, and a record-tying American Redstart at West Blvd. on the 30th.
The best day was the 24th of March which was preceded by foul weather:
rain and overcast with a wind shift from South to North. On that day
we recorded 271 individuals of 13 species. Champion with high count
was Parula with 120, followed by Myrtle and Hooded tied for second with
80 individuals apiece. Six Louisiana Waterthrushes resprsented a new
total dally high for both observers. Vireos also figured in the wave
three species being found. White-eyed, as usual, were most abundant
with a count of 75, followed by Yellow-throated with 35, and trailed
bv Red-eved Vireos with ten. Worm-eating Warblers peaked on the 31st
with 13 being found. Early Ceruleans were reported by Jerry Smith on