flock probably represented the southernmost extent of the entire species in
California - and the world! With sighs of relief (Ethel knew I'd be hard
to live with on the way back home if I had missed a good look at this species!),|
we headed back over the mountains to Santa Barbara and Tucson, having
detoured some 60 miles and an hour and a half for the sake of a bird...
***Biggest Misss California Condor (3rd most-wanted species), sought at
Pine Mountain Summit (Elev. 5,084 ft.), north of Ojai and some 25 miles
NW of the Sespe Wildlife Area breeding grounds on Aug. 17.
***Most westerly points Gaviota Pass, Santa Ynez Mtns.
Santa Barbara on Aug. 19.
35miles west of
***Highest Temperatures about 108 or 109°F. on Aug. 20 in the Imperial
Valley in SE Calif. Maximum for the Nation on above date 111FF. at
Imperial, 3 mi. north of US 80 at El Centro, which point we reached
S;t 5 PM - thanks to the li hour detour for the magpie!
The maximum at Yuma, 57 mi. east of El Centro, was 106 that day -
105 at 6 PM, when we passed through, and only one degree less at 7PM!
Unfortunately we hadn't equipped our Dodge Dart with an air conditioner
but at least the humidity was low!
***Lowest point: 72 feet below sea level at New River, Calif.
SW of hottest point'.
***Life List total after trip: 472 5th AOU species (in 17 states.)
***Total species added to year list: 46 - including Brown Pelican (Calif.)
Chat (Ariz.) and Wilson's Warbler (Calif.) - for a total of 259 species
at trip's end (Compared with 220 in 1963 - all in Texas.)
***Total species recorded on trip: 129; 47 in Texas, 10 in New Mex., 37 in
Arizona and 71 in California, including: Heermann's Gull, Band-tailed
Pigeon, White-winged Dove.Burrowing Owl, White-throated Swift, Rufous
Hummingbird, Acorn Woodpecker, Black Phoebe, Plain Titmouse, Starling
(regrettably!), Tricolored Blackbird, Bullock's Oriole andBrown Towhee.
CAN-Y CREEK ESTATES, SARGENT. TEXAS
The grove of trees here are the last betore reaching the Gulf which is
about 2 miles away. The sudden blow of Friday, August 7th, dumped 5
inches of rain here as it went inland.
On Monday, August 10, at 4:30 PM, I found the following in one old trees
female Oriole, Yellow-throated Warbler, Black and White Warbler, Yellow
Warbler, Yellow-breasted Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Blue-Gray Gnat-
catcher, Yellow-billed Cuckoo (which nests here), and CarolinaChickadee.
In a field near by were Upland and Black-bellied Plovers.
The next morning at 7 I found a mature Mississippi Kite sitting in a
LITTLE THICKET CLEANUP
Workers are needed both days of the weekend of October 10th. The project
is clearing trails and general cleanup of the Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary. There will be supervisors there on both Saturday and Sunday to
organize the work. Bring garden tools such as pruning shears, hedge clippers, hoes, spades, etc. For more information, call Bud Anderson at 0X4-1285.
FREEPORT CHRISTMAS COUNT
The 1964 Freeport Christmas Count will be held _ec«mber 27, Sunday. If you
want to participate, get in touch with Jerry Strickling.