' ~fEe~H¥est observation of Cattle Egrets in this area occurred on
December 22, 1957 when four individuals were seen near the Intersection of
S Road and 8-mile Read on Galveston Island. These birds, about the size of
Snowy Egrets, had heavy yellow bills and much thicker necks and heads than
Snowies, They were in winter plumage of solid white without buffy coloring
on head, breast, or back. When first observed they were~cTose to the
highway feeding on insects in the grass and never getting more than a foot
or two from the grazing cattle. When approached, they flew, but later In
the afternoon they were observed in the same pasture by Louise and Henry
Hoffman, Ruth Moorman, Leota Stilwell, Jerry Baker, and Norma Oates.
On December 28, 1957 several of the above observers returned to
Galveston and found three Cattle Egrets feeding with cattle near 9-mile
Road, and later in the day, two individuals were observed in the same
pasture as those located on the 22nd„ These two egrets were observed for
thirty minutes or more and were photographed as they moved about in the
pasture feeding near the grazing cattle.
Mr. and SrsT Chas. W. Hamilton saw three Groove-billed Anis on Oet.
14, 1956, along the roadside near the end of S Road on Galveston Island.
Almost a year later, on Oet. 13, 1957, at the same spot on Galveston Island,
Steve Williams, Vic Emanuel, and Carl Aiken, found a Groove-billed Anl in
low brush about 20 feet from where they parked their car on S Road (near
13-mile Road). They studied the bird carefully and listened to its call.
Arlie K. McKay, in the Cove area, reported that D.D, Dutton saw a
Groove-billed Anl on Oct, 4 or 5, 1957.
On December 15, 1957, five anis were again seen by Mr. and Mrs, Chas.
W. Hamilton In the salt cedars and other low shrubs across the road from
the Galveston Country Club, near the end of S Road. The birds were
observed as they perched on the fenee and in the bushes, and as they flew
across the road, Mr, and Mrs. Hamilton also listened to the low call of
A week later, on December 22, 1957, in the same location on Galveston
Island, six anis were seen by Leota Stilwell, Ruth Moorman, Jerry Baker,
Norma Oates, and Louise and Henry Hoffman. The birds were observed for
thirty minutes or more as they perched on the fenee and moved about in the
thick brush from fifteen to thirty feet away. All Identifying marks could
plainly be seen including the thick grooved bill, long tail, black plumage,
The most recent observation of this species In this area occurred on
December 29, 1957, during the official Christmas Count, when two Individuals
were seen in Baytown, Texas, by Leota Stilwell, Carrie Holeomb, Nance
Cunningham, Josiephine Wilkin, and Margaret Stilwell. These two anis were
seen by all members of the party, in good light, and were carefully
Peregrine Falcon - (Mr. H. P. McElroy)
On November 30, (see December "Spoonbill") John O'Neill and I were
birding on Sergeant Beach when we drove past a Peregrine Falcon sitting on
a log just behind the water line. Not wanting to frighten the bird by a
sudden stop we continued down the beach for approximately 50 yards. At
this distance he showed no nervousness and continued to sit on the log with
feathers slightly ruffled. After about five minutes he began to show signs
of restlessness, wagged his tail, turned around on his perch, and with -
feathers smoothed down he fixed a formatible stare on some distant object to
the east. After bobbing his head he flew off In a north-western direction
gaining altitude rapidly. His movement was strong and rapid, yet it gave an
almost liquid impression of grace. He continued in this direction for half
a mile then made a sharp turn and headed towards us again. We then noticed
a group of seven to ten Starlings approaching from the east, directly
towards the falcon. With half closed wings the Peregrine made a long stoop
at the flock, causing one to veer off to the right--this was the one he
persued. The hawk made a number of shallower stoops In which he usually
changed directions two or three times. From our distance it appeared that
he made a hit each time, but such was not the case because after five or six
of these efforts the lucky Starling put in at a tree stump. The hawk made a
wide circle, picked up speed and passed over the stump at a blazing pace,
but didn't return. Shortly thereafter we lost sight of him.