species including Spotted Towhee, Bewick's Wren, Roadrunner, Rufous-crowned Sparrow,
Yellow-breaster Chat, Black-capped Vireo, Lesser Goldfinch, Black-chinned Hummingbird,
Canon Wren, Cedar Waxwings, Broad-winged Hawk, Eastern Phoebe, Rufous-sided Towhee,
Bullock's Oriole, Grasshopper Sparrow, Ladder-backed Woodpecker, and Swainson's Hawk,
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APRIL MIGRANT RIPPLES
T. Ben Feltner
April 21st brought fairly heavy south-east winds throughout the checklist, area.
Under normal conditions southerly winds tend to preclude a stack-up of migrants on Galveston and the coastal regions. Because of the rather strong easterly influence, however, birders, who were active during the period of April 21 - 23, were able to see good
numbers of Eastern Flyway birds. The trend was set by Elvic McHenry who birded Galveston
on the 21st and reported that migrants were few but good-. The commonest warbler seen that
day was the Blackpoll, thirteen being seen in various migrant traps throughout the Island.
In addition3.Bobolinks were found at Mulberry Grove No. 1 (ENM).
TBF) returned to the Island and found
The Blackpolls were again found through-
The presence of these rare or uncommon birds and the marked absence of
The following day, April 22, (ENM, DAD
28 Blackpolls, 1 Bobolink and 1 Cape May Warbler
commoner migrants led this writer to believe that:
1. Those birds found were Eastern Flyway migrants blown into the Texas
coast by the strong south-east winds.
2. Our regular migrants aided by the wind pushed on inland for some
way before putting down.
Why did the eastern migrants stop at Galveston? I think that this being their
first land they were attempting to correct their navigation to the East rather than continue in their northwesterly course. In addition they had traversed more than the usual
amount of open water and were probably tired.
Small Wave April 24 The night of April 23 and morning of April 24 brought some
fairly strong rainstorms into the area. The writer birded Compton's woods in Seabrook and
found about $00 migrants (most of them unindentified). Cerulean, Tennessee, and Chestnut-
sided Warblers were most abundant. Kemah produced only one migrant, a Kentucky Warbler.
Kempner Park held (4) Chestnut-sided, (2) Golden-winged and (3) Tennessee Warblers. A i"
few Blackpolls were still in evidence at Seabrook and Menard House. The latter location
was excellent for Veery, Gray-cheeked, Olive-backed and Wood--Thrushes.
Wave April 27 Another rain-induced wave hit on the 27th. Again Compton's
Woods was the best location for 14 species of warblers were recorded including Bay-breasted,
Magnolia, Swainson's and Tennessee Warblers. The latter was the commonest bird, its
numbers running into the hundreds.
Kempner Park was good with Ceruleans (5), Blackpolls (3), and Chestnut-
sided (8) leading the warbler count.
The most spectacular stack-up was at Nottingham Ranch Road where I found
about 200 Baltimore Orioles in one flock.
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PEOPLE ARE TALKING ABOUT:
The weird migration this spring with its small numbers of normal migrants (except in a few instances - see Clearing House) and the abnormal numbers of rare migrants—
Blackpolls outnumbering Black and Whites, Cape-Mays outdistancing Bay-breasted Warblers
while Bobolinks and White-winged Doves strove for attention along with Yellow-headed
Blackbird, Lazuli Bunting, and Western Tanager,! Your editors expect to summarize this
migration next issue when the picture is more complete. We feel that there must be more
involved than the high surface winds (southerly to south-east) as these are typical of
GALVESTON nominated again for PLACE OF THE MONTH with HIGH ISLAND and COMPTON'S
WOODS (Toddville Road) coming next!
The current issue of AUDUBON Magazine with its blazoning article TEIX
COVER THE NEARLY EXTINCT ESKIMO CURLEW by Victor L. Emanuel.