interesting and helpful to all who have trouble remembering songs. Her
naive descriptions of their technical difficulties are delightful.
The most interesting thing about the story is that this is the story of
two persons who started with a hobby and ended by making a distinctly
valuable contribution to the sciences through that hobby.
WELDER FIELD TRIP
The O.G. field trip to the Welder Wildlife Foundation will be Saturday,
November 7th. The gate to the foundation is on the east side of U.S.
highway 77, approximately 7.4 miles northeast of Sinton, or 11 miles
southwest of Woodsboro. The meeting place for the trip will be the foundation
gate at 8:00 on the seventh. The trip will consist of a tour of the
foundation and a slide lecture. The exact timing of the tour is still to
be firmed up, but a tenative schedule is: birding in the morning and afternoon with the slide lecture held at noon during the lunch break. Since
someone must meet us at the gate to let us in (the gate is kept locked),
it is important that the whole group be there at the appointed time.
The tour director of the foundation has recommended the Roadrunner Motel
BIG BEND TRIP Jim Ellis
We made a quick trip through west Texas, including Big Bend, from August 29
through September 8. We had a total trip list of 119 with 18 lifers for Pat
and 16 lifers for me.
Some of the birds seen were: Black-crested Titmouse, Golden-fronted Woodpecker, Black-capped Chickadee, Lesser Goldfinch, Bewick's Wren, Brown
Towhee, Scrub Jay, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, Turkey, Vermilion Flycatcher,
Acorn Woodpecker, Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Zone-
tailed Hawk, Canon Wren, Black Phoebe, Cassin's Sparrow, White-winged Dove,
Pyrrhuloxia, Lark Bunting, Western Wood Pewee, Scaled Quail, Scott's
Oriole, Say's Phoebe, Verdin, Black-headed Grosbeak, Rock Wren, Mexican jay,
Curve-billed Thrasher, Townsend's Warbler, Western Tanager, Broad-tailed
Hummingbird, Black-tailed Gnateateher, Ground Dove, Lazuli Bunting, Varied
Bunting, Hepatic Tanager, Lesser Nighthawk, White-necked Raven, Common
Raven, Poor-Will, Western Meadowlark, Northern Phalarope, Burrowing Owl,
Some of the most exciting birds were not lifers, and in fact, were not new
birds at all, but were interesting to find in the area. In Big Bend Park
we found two male Dickcissels, a Spotted Sandpiper, a male Lazuli Bunting,
and a Louisiana Waterthrush. According to the Big Bend checklist, the
first three species named above are rare in the area and the fourth had
never before occurred in Big Bend. The abundance notations of this
checklist are based upon records that are available in the park naturalist's
office. These records are the records of the park personnel and birders
who have been interested enough to send their lists to the office of the
naturalist. If the Big Bend area was birded as intensively as some of the
more populated areas of the state, there would probably be extensive
revisions to the checklist. We are particularly proud of the Louisiana
Waterthrush since this bird is listed as accidental in Peterson's Western
Guide. The bird was under close observation for more than one hour and
could have been watched longer if we had not long since satisfied ourselves
as to the identification. We found the bird at a small pool of water at
Oak Creek, an oasis in the middle of the Big Bend desert. The bird could
be approached within 10 feet and when flushed by the flushers, the flushee
would always return within a few minutes. The bird had the clear white
eyestripe and breast of the Louisiana Waterthrush, but since there are
races of the Northern Waterthrush, more common in this area, which have
these attributes, we especially careful to note that the bird had a
clear, unmarked throat which is diagnostic of the Louisiana Waterthrush.
The lifers we enjoyed the most were the Zone-tailed Hawk and the Acorn
Woodpecker. We got both of them about 20-30 miles west of Kerrville.
We saw plenty of Acorn Woodpeckers later, but this is a relatively eastern
occurrence for this species. The only hawks we saw^were a pair who circled
low above us near the Sabinal Canyon. They were low enough for us to see
the yellow legs and the white, black tipped bill.