** Masked Ducks, a male and a female,were being seen throughout January on the west
side of Shoveler Pond off West Line Road at Anahuac Refuge. Last seen on 1/29/78.
** A Whist Iing Swan, a healthy bird that can fly (Injured bird that was rehab 11Itatec
by Merry Cox of Orange) was released into the pond in front of the Lagow's. Take l-IC
east to Hwy 61, turn right and go south (road becomes Hwy 562) to the "Y". Instead
of turning left onto 1985 for the Anahuac Refuge, turn right at the "Y" toward Smith
Point for 0.6 mile to pond on the left. Last seen on 2/2/78.
the restroom near the en
Burrowing Owl has reappeared on the Texas City Dike. Go a 11 the way east to
of the dike, return back to the 12th telephone pole. Bird
has been seen from the 9th pole to the 14th, but mostly in the vicinity of the 12th
pole. Bird hides in rocks on north side of road, close to shoulder of road. Last
seen 1/21/78. Checkout all loons off Dike and Levee.
** Scoters, all three species, can be seen off beach from High Island—Gilchrist.
** Evening Grosbeaks are being seen at feeder in North Houston at home of Mr. & Mrs.
Frank Edmiston, 21218 Lazy Ravine, Memorial Hills subdivision on FM I960 two miles
east of 1-45. Phone: 443-1177. CALL FIRST! Last seen 2/4/78, the day this was +yp"d.
** Rough-1 egged Hawk Is being seen off WIIcrest Drive between Westhelmer and Allef-
Clodlne Road. Last seen 1/29/78. Lots of Red-tails In area, so this Is good chance
to check on the "hovering vs. fluttering" that Fred Collins told you about on p.5.
x* Black-throated Sparrows, 2 males, were reported by Larry Ballard on 1/29/78 on
Brazoria Co. road 24A. Take Co. road 24 west from Maner Lake Road (which is Co. road
25), turn right on 24A, birds were seen in large brush pile near bend in road before
you get to Eagle Nest Lake. No other sightings reported.
** A Snowy Owl was reported near Northwest Mall, close to Mangum and 18th, near Del-
mar Sl:a^Tumby—I rv ing and Laura Greenbaum 1/14/78. No o+her sightings reported.
** Mercury Drive, between Jacinto City and Galena Park, Is remaining a good place
for ducks, and Hooded Mergansers. Remember to be cautious when pulling off on the
shoulder, there may be muddy spots, and traffic is heavy.
** Bolivar Flats Is down in number of birds because of the two oil spills, the first
last October and the second one In January. There Is a thin film of sand on the flat;
but not deep enough to prevent the probers finding a layer of oil. Check the sandbars north of Rollover Pass and anywhere you can drive down to the water on north side
of Gilchrist, for a good many shorebirds seem to have moved over there.
** The High Island oil field (northwest corner of Hwy 87 and Hwy 124) Is reported
good right now. Roads are narrow, hard surfaced with many deep "chug-holes", but
passable. This Is a working area, and you must not block the passing of the many
** The OG scope Is available at $1.00 a day to any member who wishes to use It on
any birding trip. A scope is a necessity at Mercury Drive or the beach, to name just
two spots. Call Ted Eubanks, Jr., 661-8082, if you wish to use it.
** Liberty County has some birds to see If! you are riding around this county which
borders our checklist area. Jonelle Buckels says to take FM I960 six miles east of
Huffman, turn left on FM 686 and cross railroad (St. Anne's Catholic Church on left),
go straight on 686 to first road to right, hum. Among some plowed fields there Is
on unplowed field where White-tailed Kites, a Krlder's Red-tail, and several Short-
eared Owls have been seen. Also Hazel Durham of Dalsetta sent a note that Sandhill
Cranes are being seen in a number of locations up there, such as Raywood, Hardin,
and between Liberty and Dalsetta.
** Short-eared Owls are being seen by David Marrack (going to or from his office)
south of the Main Street overpass near Hiram Clarke Road. This is near the power
** Margaret Anderson just called as I was typing this page to tell me she, Norma
Oates and Johanna Grabbe had seen a Henslow's Sparrow on Jack Road close to the small
creek crossing. They twice "pished up" this sparrow with the large olive head and
short tail. Margaret also said there were more Savannah Sparrows along Jack Road
than she could remember seeing In a relatively small area. They also found a Woodcock and Harris Sparrows at the Cypress Creek/Katy-Hockley Road area mentioned earlier
In this issue. The Woodcock was seen, as In +he past, along the fence bordering +he
road. We don'+ know wha+ +he s+a+us of en+ry will be ( In the pas+ we had permission
from +he former leasee), bu+ be sure +o observe +he sign and keep the ga+e closed.