PAINTED BUNTING - one, latest fall record, November 15, 1948. SLATE-COLORED JUNCO - 2,
earliest fall record: November 4, 1945* The presence of the juncos and the golden-crowned
kinglets (4 were seen) both of which are unusual for the island suggests that the force
and speed of the cold front carried these migrants past their normal wintering range since
neither speoies winters on the island or commonly to the southwest of it. The 22 GROOVE-
BILLED ANIS, all flushed from one salt cedar is a record high count for our area, the previous one being about 6. The BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER'S presence may probably he accounted for by the force and speed of the northwest cold front which must have swept thie
bird eastward. By November 10th most of the warblers had left and by November 15 the bulk
of the migrants had moved on as indicated by the observations listed in the December Spoonbill for those dates. But unlike the case at Midland the cold fronts didn't sweep away all
of our migrants. Arriving at the gulf some migrants stop and linger, some even winter.
Some of these were noted on the T. 0. S. field trip to Galveston and some on the Freeport
and Houston counts. This was a good year for lingerers in our area perhaps because we
haven't had any prolonged severe cold weather(but we usually don't before January or February if then) or perhaps because severe cold eeather in the area north of us forced birds
that would have lingered south to our area. Or maybe it was just that we had more observers
in the field. The last argument is supported by the fact that Hr. McKay found very few
lingerers at Cove, an area that has received consistent good coverage for many years.
Many unusual birds were seen at Galveston during the T. 0. S. Field trip there. Cut-
standing was of course the BLACK PHOEBE, the PURPLE GALLINULE seen at Sheldon is the third
winter reoord for our area. Previous ones were December 1, 1933* Galveston and January 12,
1939. Houston. The AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were the latest ever seen in our area, the previous latest fall record: November 20, 1948, Galveston. These birds may winter in West Bay '
and thus escape detection by land bound birders. The BALTIMORE ORIOLE was the fourth record
in winter for this area. The SAGE THRASHER McKay saw on November 22 was the fifth winter
record for the area. Several things about the winter season could be predicted from November observations, such as the following: as mentioned previously, lingerers would be more
numerous than usual. The early severe cold on the Great Plain* drove northern birds into
our area. Cedar waxwings came early being seen at Cove on November 19th and at LaPorte on
BoVember 20th. Robins would have a good year. They came early and in large numbers. Mr.
McKay got his first on November 17th with 1,000 plus in two flocks. Golden-crowned kinglets
would be present in numbers far above normal. 71ickers would be present in numbers far below par. Myrtle warblers would be present in numbers slightly below par. They were late
in arriving in good numbers. The month of December has borne out these predictions and has
added more information from which we can interpret the character of this winter.
Submitted by Victor L. Emanuel
BIBDIN6 IN THE BAYSHORE AREA — submitted by Linda Snyder
December 6: Slate colored junco with goldfinches. To Galveston for the usual including shoveler, baldpate, blue and green-winged teal, redhead, scaup and ruddy ducks, common
loon, cattle egret, American bittern, sora rail, Bonaparte's gull, KNOT, Inca dove, PALM
WARBLER , BLACK PHOEBE, and vermillion flycatcher. December 7: 6 Bonaparte's gull, common
loon, long-billed curlew. December 8: YELLOW-BHROATED WARBLER. December 17: CATBIRD, solitary vireo, Bonaparte's gull, eared grebe. December 191 scouting with Clint - 10 rusty
blackbird, WHlTE-EYED VIREO, cedar waxwing, etc., avocet, ruddy duck, scaup, spotted sandpiper. December 20: rufous-sided towhee, yellowthroat, avocet, semi-palmated plover.
December 21: WILSON'S WARBLER, yellowthroat, purple finch. December 26: scouting
again - CATBIRD, yellowthroat, purple finch, plus golden-crowned and ruby-crowned kinglets,
cedar waxwings, goldfinch, robin, myrtle and orange-crowned warblers, 2 solitary vireos, 32
avocet, spotted sandpiper, sanderling, ecaup, shoveler, pintail (500), 4 green-winged teal.
December 30: red-breasted nuthatch near Morgan's Point, but did find my woodcock again.
December 31: Bonaparte's gull, gull-billed tern, black skimmer, spotted sandpiper.
January 3: GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE at Strang Road corner. January 4: WHITE-TAILED HAWK
at Battle grounds. January 5* 10 Bonaparte's gull, woodcock, yellow-crowned night heron.
Finished the year with a list of 276 species for the area.
♦♦Addendum - January 6 - Just found a. *CATTLE EGRET^ at the Baytown tunnel.
Apologies from your editor - our thanks to everyone who sent in material this month
but, as you can see, we are stuffed with Christmas Count and couldn't include it in this
issue. Bear with us, and keep that good old stuff coming in. Thank you.