February 9 - Vic Emanuel and Steve Williams found 1 CATTLE EGRET and 2
Bough-winged Swallows on Galveston Island.
February 12 - Norma Oates reports that from 8 to 20 Purple Finch, including
at least three colorful males, fed in the sycamore trees
across the street from her house at 5908 Charlotte. The
birds stayed until February 23.
February 16 - Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hoffman observed a Roadrunner at the
extreme western end of Memorial Drive (where Memorial
Drive meets Addicks-Howell Road).
John O'Neill reports that Purple Finch are fairly abundsint
in the Memorial Drive area and extremely large flocks
of Cedar Waxwings are often seen - one flock covering
Clinton and Mrs. J. A. Snyder found 2 CATTLE EGRETS on
Galveston Island, near the intersection of 8 Road and
9-Mile Road. They were about 200 yards from cattle.
February 22 - Ronald Fowler noted one Wood Duck near Lake Houston.
February 23 - Joe Heiser recorded a White-eyed Vireo and a Catbird at the
Little Thioket Nature Sanctuary. The two birds were
seen as well as heard.
Austin Evans noted 2 CATTLE EGRETS on highway 73 near Port
February 25 - A Ruby-throated Hummingbird was observed by David Safley in
his yard at 6410 Auden.
Austin Evans recorded 2 Purple Martins at Freeport.
27 - Vic Emanuel observed one male Purple Martin at Bellaire High
School (SW Houston)
28-4 Purple Martins were seen by John O'Neill at his home (10723
• Barn Owl seen at 10723 Belnhorn Road by John O'Neill.
■ Ronald Fowler reports that for the past several weeks there has
been an over-abundanee of Pine Warblers in his yard. (11921
Norma Oates, Leota Stilwell, and Ruth Moorman noted a Black-
necked Stilt at Highland Bayou.
■ One Purple Martin near Bellaire High School (Carl Aiken)
IN MEMORIAM: Heber MoAliater (Mao) Ramsey
Heber McAlister Ramsey, known to ais many friends as "Mac", was born
33 years ago in Atlanta, Texas, the son of Mr. and Mrs, H, H, Ramsey of
that city. He finished high school in Atlanta, and attended North Texas
State College, earning a bachelor's degree in physical education. During
the summer he worked in Big Brother camps and when he graduated in 1948
he was hired by the Big Brother organization in Dallas. In 1952 he came
to Houston as executive secretary of the Big Brothers of Houston, retaining
that position until February 8, 1958, when he died suddenly of a heart
During World War II, Mac learned he had a heart murmur but this
knowledge did not dampen his zest for life or curtail his activities. He
enjoyed camping trips and was instrumental in getting a camp-site for the
Big Brothers organization, giving the boys under his supervision an
opportunity to study and enjoy nature. Fishing was one of Mac's hobbies,
and in 1955 with a motor boat of his own he spent week-ends cruising in the
open waters around Galveston, He was often accompanied on these outings
by some of Houston's fatherless boys.
On September 13, 1953, he made his first 0. G. field trip with a small
group who went to Thursday Island to count Spoonbill nests. It was a hot,
humid day, there were mosquitoes and briars to contend with, but Mao never
lost his enthusiasm or good humor. A short time later he joined the
Outdoor Nature Club and became an active member of the Ornithology Group.
In May, 1954, he was voted chairman of the Ornithology Group. He was
interested In every project of the group and for two years he personally
printed the "Spoonbill", using an old hand-operated duplicating machine to
turn out around 1000 pages for each issue.
He was married to Bette Wood In Houston on April 5, 1956, and with her
young son, Mike, they made their home at 4332 Lafayette in Bellaire, He
remained active in the Outdoor Nature Club, accepting the chairmanship of
the Ways and Means Committee in 1956, He was a member of the Photography