VOLUME XX, Ho. 3
Common Names for Red-Headed Woodpecker;
Redhead, Tricolor; Tri-colored Woodpeckers
White-shirts Jellycoats Shirt-tail,
Patriotic Birds Flag Bird.
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP. OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB. HOUSTON, TEXAS
IH MEMORIAM by Sarah Gordon
The death of Dr, Hardin Craig, Jr. is a great loss to the Ornithology Group. He
accomplished much in his lifetime through his appreciation of birds and by sharing his
knowledge and interest in them. Dr, Craig's contributions to THE SPOONBILL and as a
member of many t lents will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences to Mrs, Craig
and his family,
193 SPECIES BY OHE PARTY OH APRIL 22 ESTABLISHES NEW TEXAS RECORD by Noel Pettingell
"Big Day" history in the Lone Star State was made when a one-car party of 5 "hard Core"
birding enthusiasts recorded 193 species (including Rock Dove) along the traditional
Houston to Galveston route between 4;50 AM and 7;^5 PM on April 22, 1971. Participants
in this Momentous Marathon were:
James A Tucker from Austin (founder of the American Birding Assn. in 1968 and
editor of ABA's unique '/bird-lister's Bible", Birding)
Charles ("Chuck") Turner from Apopka, Fla. and Philip H. Warren from Orlando, Fla.
T. Ben Feltner and the writer form Houston
Our itinerary included 5 key areas, each containing essential species usually not found
elsewhere along the route. The importance of these various habitats to the final outcome of a maximum species count is clearly evident throughout the following chronological
account of the April 22nd all-out bird-finding effort;
AREA 1 - Sheldon Reservoir/Lake Houston
Essential pre-dawn species added here were Barred, Horned and Screech Owls, After daybreak (5:30) we found such "exclusive essentials" Anhinga, Wood Duek, Purple Gallinule
(at Buckhorn Lake 3 mi. east of Sheldon Res.), Pileated/Red-bellied/Red-headed/Downy
Woodpeckers, Common Crow, E, Bluebird, Pine Warbler, and Am. Goldfinch. Other essentials
recorded here but also found elsewhere included Swainson*s/Kentucky/Hooded Warblers and
Chipping Sparrow, We missed Olivaceous Cormorant, Turkey Vulture, Cliff Swallow, and
YeHow-throated Vireo, but found the following "bonus" (i.e. unexpected) species to replace them; Double-erested Cormorant, Franklin's Gull, Cape May Warbler; and Swamp
Sparrow. By the time we left Area 1 at 9;15, we had listed an even 100 species (Rook
Dove not yet added).
AREA 2 - Lynchbarg/Bavtown Tunnel
Important speeies here were White Pelican, Lesser Scaup, Black Vulture, Red-tailed/Red-
shouldered/Broad-winged Hawks, Common and Black Terns, and Water Pipat. Although we
missed Swainson's Hawk a bonus Osprey took its place and our list tota&d 120 species
when we had finished covering Area 2 (10j45 AM).
AREA 3 - La Porte/Seabrook
Compton's Woods (north of Seabrook near Galveston Bay) is an excellent "migrant trap"
and it was here that we Increased our warbler list from 16 to 26 speeies, whieh proved
to be the day's final total and possibly an all-time high for a single party in Texas.'
Other essential species added here included Wood Pewee, Gray-eheeked Thrush, Veery, and
Rose-brpasted Grosbeak, We missed Scarlet Tanager but a Sharp-shinned Hawk was a bonus
replacement. Our party tatal at 12 noon was 136 species (Rook Dove still unrecorded),
no additions to the list being made prior to departure from Area 3 at 12;30 PM.