nests and rearing young in warm climes. Texas has the third largest population of
southern bald eagles, estimated from 30 to 50 individuals, trailing behind Florida
and California. Seven bald eagle nests were found in Texas last year, five of them
active. Only one bird is known positively to have been fledged from the nests although biologists report one other possible fledgling.
Northern bald eagles winter in Texas and then migrate north to nest. They are indistinguishable from southern bald eagles except they are slightly larger. Observers
must rely on nesting activity of eagles to determine if they are seeing a northern or
southern bird. Only the southern birds will have nests In Texas. From 250 to 350
northern bald eagles find their way to Texas each winter, according to biologists.
Sightings of bald eagles and ospreys should be reported to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, John H. Reagan Building, Austin, Texas 78701.
(Ed. note: the above item seems interesting in view of the many sightings of bald
eagles in the past month or two in the Warren Lake area.)
CHRISTMAS COUNT CORRECTION
Due to an inadvertent oversight, three participants' names were omitted from the list
in last month's issue: Mary Tigner, Joseiphlne Wilkin, and Jeanette Winfree. The
CHRISTMAS COUNTS REPORTED IN OUR EXCHANGE NEWSLETTERS
AMARILLO — Audubon Society (Newsletter: The Prairie Horned Lark). 6 counts reported.
Palo Duro Canyon: 70 species, 16 observers.
Lake Merldith (east): 61 species, 5 observers.
Lake Meredith (west): 66 species, 5 observers.
Buffalo Lake NWR: 43 species, 5 observers. (Rain, sleet and snowi)
Kenton (Black Mesa) Okla: 72 species, 17 observers.
Arnett, Okla: 67 species, 5 observers.
AUSTIN — Travis Audubon Society (Newsletter: Signal Smoke)
136 species, 3 additional races, 49 observers and 1 feeder watcher.
BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION — Brazos Ornithological Society (Newsletter: El Chapparal)
110 species, 45 observers
DAUAS — Dallas Co. Audubon Society (Newsletter: Woods. Wings, Water)
102 species, ? observers
LUBBOCK — Lubbock Audubon Society (Newsletter: The Sclssor-tail). 2 counts reported
Lubbock: 96 species, 38 observers (Cold wind.')
Muleshoe NWR: 65 species, 8 oBservers (Same as above.')
MIDLAND — Midland Naturalists, Inc. (Newsletter: The Phalarope). 8 counts reported.
Balmorhea: 93 species, 11 observers
Fort Davis: 99 species, 20 observers
Stanton: 72 species, 9 observers
Big Spring: 93 species, 16 observers
Lake Thomas: 72 species, 4 observers
Midland: 89 species, 20 observers
Sheffield: 83 species, 7 observers
Robert Lee: 111 species, 10 observers
NACOGDOCHES — Nacogdoches Co. Audubon Society (Newsletter: Newsletter)
114 species (109 on count day, 5 during count period), 1 observers
ORANGE — Sabine Audubon Society (Newsletter: Wingbeat)
120 species, 1 race and 1 form, 38 observers. (Fog and gloom.)
RIO GRANDE VALLEY — Rio Grande Valley Audubon Society. (Newsletter: News Bulletin)
No report at this time
WICHITA FALLS — North Texas Bird & Wildlife Club. (Newsletter: The Cardinal)
86 species, 12 observers (plus 3 feeder watchers)
We now have 11 exchanges, Including Texas Parks & Wildlife bulletins. The editor
keeps these on file, available to anyone, and they are always available at our meetings, usually on the tables along the right-hand wall.