January 1 -
January 4 -
January 6 -
■Mrs. Maurine Jarrell, Mrs. Venice Wallenberg of Ft. Worth, and
Joe Heiser, recorded a Fox Sparrow in a large flock of
sparrows including White-throated, Chipping, Field,
Vesper, Lincoln's, and Slate-colored Juncos.
On this date and on Dec. 24, a Solitary Vireo was feeding in
the oak trees on Charlotte Street (Norma Oates).
- Steve Williams recorded three Purple Fineh.
- John O'Neill, Ralph Peterson, and Mr. McElroy found a Red-
breasted Merganser near Matagorda Pensulia. However,
their best finds were in mammals which included Black-
tailed Jackrabbits, a Striped Skunk, 2 Spotted Skunks,
and a family of Raccoons.
Steve Williams discovered a Western Tanager near his home in
West University Place (SW Houston) ~
Hardin Craig Jr. found a Green-tailed Towhee at Tea's Nursery
on Bellaire Blvd. (SWHouston).
- Mrs. Chas. Hamilton observed 15 Orange-cr. Warblers in her
yard at 2639 Fenwood Road.
- Earnest Wright recorded a Green-tailed Towhee at Tea's
Nursery. (Probably the same one seen on the 15th)
- Mr. Thomas S. Butler and Mr, H, P. McElroy found a Pigeon
Hawk and Peregrine Falcon on Sergeant Beach In the
- Mr. Earnest Wright and Bill Risser noted 3 CATTLE EGRETS
near 10-mile Road on Galveston Island.
- Mr. Thomas Butler and H. 0, McElroy observed a Peregrine
Falcon attempting to catch a Blue-winged Teal, The
female hawk, which was flying about 100 feet above the
road, missed the teal and had to look farther for her
lunch, (Katy area)
- 50 Lapland Longspurs were recorded on Clay Road by John
O'Neill. (Katy area)
While birding near Clodine, Texas, John O'Neill noted a
Krider's Red-tailed Hawk and a melanistle flicker. The
flicker was brownish-black in color, thus preventing its
identification as to exact species.
Mrs. L,A.M, Barnette and Mrs. Ike Sheffield found a Vermilion
Flycatcher at the Little Thicket. This is a new species
for the sanctuary, thus bringing the total to 177.
Just before leaving the Little Thicket, 'Joe Heiser found a
Cedar Waxwing that was unable to fly. A closer study
revealed a large tick on the bird's head. The tick had
probably drained the bird of so much blood that it was
either too weak or too dizzy to fly. Joe removed the
tick and in a short while the bird seemed to be doing
Late in the evening Joe Heiser heard and saw a Common Nighthawk
at the Little Thioket, The bird seemed to be feeding in
the usual manner but it is doubtful wheather lt found
much to eat| there was a light freeze at the Little Thicket
the night before'.
On December 14, 1957 Louise and Henry Hoffman and Norma Oates made a
trip to Sugar Land, Texas to scout an area for an O.G, field trip. Birds
were very numerous In a little cemetery near a pecan grove, and feeding
with Myrtle Warblers, Bluebirds, Vesper Sparrows, and other small birds
was an Audubon Warbler. This bird was seen at least four times on the
ground and in nearby trees. The deep yellow of the throat was observed in
good light many times as this warbler (there may have been more than one)
remained close-by for over an hour while the observers ate lunch, gathered
pecans, and watched birds.
On December 21, 1957, on a return trip to re-check the area, another
individual of this species was seen and positively identified by the deep
yellow on the throat as compared with the white throat of the many Myrtle
Warblers in the area.