Dr. Jlnne+te's 8 year old daughter, Alison, was very concerned and went down with.her
father when he went down to see about the bird at II o'clock that night. The temperature was below freezing and the live Cedar Waxwing had gone deeper down in+o the
hedge but had not left its post.
"It sat there until 11:30 the morning of the 13th, then it fluttered up into a nearby
tree, sat there a couple of hours, flew a little farther, s+ayed +here close +o an
hour and then left for good."
** Doro+hy spoke in her letter of Pine Siskins, and everyone knows by now that this
is Indeed the year +o see them. Her former Bay+own neighbor, John Tve+en, who has a
banding permit, has been doing some mist netting and banding in his yard recently. In
the third week of January he netted the first Pine Siskin he had ever had In his yard,
but before he could remove It from the net a flock had swarmed in to keep it company.
He had so many Siskins he had problems getting the net furled later In order to keep
an appointment! From then to the first of February, John banded 371 Pine Siskins,
an unbelievable number. He says he found them incredibly tame, occasionally perching
briefly on his shoulder, sitting on the .top of the net watching him remove another
from the net, landing on his hand, following him Into the garage, and perching on the
workbench! He is gathering a great deal of information on them (diet, weight loss
and gain, etc.) which he plans to Incorporate In a paper for some ornithological
journal in the future.
** Susie Lower of Nacogdoches tells me these birds are everywhere up there also,
and has the same thing to say about their fearlessness—she has even had one walk
across her foot!
** The "cloud" gets black. In January 1977 we had an ar+icle in THE SPOONBILL dealing wl+h the creeping development of West Harris County (specifically the possibility
of an airport in the Katy vicinity). Titled "A Cloud on the Horizon", the article
mentioned the For Sale signs popping up everywhere in West Harris County. One sale
sign we've looked at askance for several years will soon come down and one "cloud"
will touch earth. The corner of Katy Hockloy and Jack Road has been sold to a landfill management firm, which plans a landfill garbage dump on the 900-odd acres, and
Is already preparing the earth for future trenching and buI I dozing that will be needed
This Is the spot where we find Woodcocks and Harris Sparrows every winter, a place
just a mile from Warren Lake, a part of an area dear to our hearts In winter. On
page 2 of this Issue a quote from the Dow News mentions "the hazards of progress", in
+ha+ ins+ance drainage for a communl+y. Now we find another "hazard of progress" in
this landfill, which Is a place to put a community's trash. The Investors In this
project plan a twenty-year use of the land In this fashion will raise the surface
above the flood-plain level, at which time housing development would take place. It
seems a commendable plan for all but birds and birders. In trying to find some brighi
spot in this cloud, one can't help but be grateful that 900+ acres of concrete and
townhouses is +ha+ far in +he fu+ure. Maybe we can reloca+e some of +he Beaumont
Dump. Fish Crows?!!!
** Tagged Eagles have been seen at Warren Lake. Ted Eubanks noted a mature Bald
eagle with a tag on the front edge of both wings, a different color on each wing.
Bill and Jean Harwell noted an immature Bald eagle with a bright red tag on the front
edge of the right wing. Both sightings have been sent to the proper bird study group
In Laurel, Maryland. If you see any eagles in our area which are tagged, please make
note of the following: adult or Immature, location and color of tag; time of day seer
location of sighting (longitude and latitude, if possible—Warren Lake Is approximately 95°5I'W - 29°59' N). Send the information to:
Migratory Bird & Habitat Research Laboratory
U.S. Dept. of Interior
U.S. Fish & WiIdlife Service
Laurel, Maryland 2081 I
A++: Migra+ory Non-Game Bird S+udy
PLACES TO GO
This Is a good place for the editor to remind you of our "Unusual Bird Check", which
David Dauphin handles, along with the Rare Bird Alert. It works thusly: when an unusual bird (one not really rare, but one many members would like to see) Is seen and
reported to David (or Jan), the information is then available to anyone planning a
birding outing who calls to check on what Is being seen. (A somewhat scrambled sentence, but I hope the meaning Is clear!) To be effective, the "check" must have contributors as well as birders enjoying the benefits.
** a Red-breasted Nuthatch has been a regular visi+or to the feeder at Betsey and
Jim Massey's house since December 3 (and has been netted and banded by Fred Collins
in their yard, along with 22 other species during the past month).. The feeder may be
observed in the driveway at 443 Wilchester (near ELMNS).' -