VOLUME XI No. 2
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"It is my firm -conviction that-the *
* study of transient warblers in North *
* America has been greatly overdone. Fol- *
* lowing the migration of warblers is of *
* greatest importance to beginning students, *
* but they merely discover for themselves *
* what has 'long been known and recorded in *
* local areas almost throughout North Amer- *
* ica. For those really interested in the *
* study of warblers, I feel convinced that *
* a record of counts of individuals...year *
* after year, and in many places...is really *
* important and that there is no end to this *
* field in sight." Ludlow Griscom *
* The Warblers of North America *
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PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP, OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB, HOUSTON, TEXAS
July 21 (Saturday) - FIELD TRIP, Galveston, meet at the old Curlew Field (now a sub-division) about one-half mile beyond the Galveston city limit sign on S
Road at 9:00 A. M. Lunch at 1:00 P. M. on beach at 13 Mi. Road.
Bill Harwell will be your leader.
May 12, 1962
reported by Ralph Hunter
The May field trip, the "last chance" to get a good collection of migrants,
succeeded admirably in its purpose under the leadership of Linda Snyder. The group met
at 8:00 A. M. at the Baytown Tunnel. Present were Margaret Anderson, Clayton and Eva
Gilman, Irving Greenbaum, Henry and Louise Hoffman, Ralph Hunter, Dave and Jane Marrack,
Ruth Moorman, Norma Oates, Henrietta Pitchford, Mary Sears, Gene and Linda Shyder-, Harold
Waggoner, and Josiephine Wilkin. Bays on the edge of the ship channel held a variety of
birds including Stilt and White-rumped Sandpipers, Black-crowned Night Heron, Mottled and
Shoveler Ducks, Black Tern and White Pelican. Most interesting were the Wilson's Phalaropes, which might well have been reincarnated whirling dervishes. Hundreds of Least '
Terns were seen nesting on a sandy flat.
Leaving Baytown, the caravan skirted Trinity Bay to Anahuac. Short stops on
the way revealed several Roseate Spoonbills, White-faced Ibis and one Cattle Egret. The
pine forests just north of Anahuac were alive with bird songs. Parula, Pine and Yellowthroated Warblers, Red-eyed and White-eyed Vireos, Summer Tanager, Pileated Woodpecker
and Fish Crow were seen or heard. A ramble down a shady lane led to a real find—a female BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER, first identified by Henry Hoffman.
The group ate lunch at Fort Anahuac Park. Here we were disappointed to find
that "progress" had destroyed a dense growth, once an excellent bird habitat, on the
bluff overlooking the bay. At least the marshes were still there, and Least Bittern and
Green Heron were seen. The most unique find there, however, was the PURPLE-CROWNED COCKATOO (Hoffmana louisei), a rare bird indeed. LeavingvAnahuac the group saw Dickcissels,
late Savannah Sparrows and Hudsonian Godwits—at close range—in the prairies and rice
fields on the way to High Island.
High Island lived up to its reputation as a warbler paradise; a large pecan tree
was especially lively. Redstarts, Blackburnian, Black-and-white, Bay-breasted, Blackthroated Green, Magnolia, Tennessee, Yellow and Worm-eating Warblers were seen, as well as