II. STEW or FXHSIfG GOOD BIRDS by Jerry Strickling
" The first step in finding, good birds is closely related to the first ingredient for the
well-known recipe for rabbit' stew, "First,-ysu catch a rabbit"— and first, you go birding.
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Nancy and I spent the -weekend (Sgpt. 17,18, Co-ed.) at High Island and Anahuac National
Wildlife Refuge.- Our best birds were an Osprey, a Cerulean Warbler, -and a^S3_^__r^^gi_d_)
The kiagbird was three mile- eas________i B_livar Farxy. He was'KSfcLfcg f-&'4J__Sis~al__jg -side
the highway... resting on the power line. He was seea_jaturday about 2 PM. We chased him
about ten minutes and got some "goo£t_4rehe& .looks with our BAL scope. We could see the notched
tail which is the brownest of all Tyrsaanidae plus the lemon yellow under parts that fade to the- _ _
white throat. We are reasonably certain of oar identification having_ seen this bird many times
in the Rio Grande Valley and as recently as this last August, about five weeks ago. We fouaft a
total of 15 different species of warblers in the High'Island area. . - x r-A*'A'
Bruce Mack of Arlington, Texas," a TOS memhfr,"wrote me that he had seen at Galveston an
^ORMGHS-CHEEKED WAXBILL. The bird.was in the ytrd of Kiss.Mary Hutehings. She 'law Bruce in fe»
Kempner Park and invited him over to see the bird __•September 11, 1966. The bird is a native
of Africa and is sometimes used as a cagebird in the United"States. However, the bird is established in Puerto Rico and is rather common there. , An Bacapfee? — Who knows? Nancy and I-'eaw the
bird on September 17, 1966. It flie3 well, and is very active.- A real exciting bird regardless
of its origin. /-i«j/n I , * "- *. U^l^
(The Strickliags also reported later. t~e± their/best birds at High Island were one .Cerulean
Warbler?' one Mourning Warbler, and a Bayfcrea_t-& Warbleg ,#(?_&"'Anahaae.Refuge.Ttheir best bind was
a TOWNSEND'S WARBLER in a grassy area along the levy road at the Shoveler lake. Seeciheir letter
in this issue's "Clucking and Croakings'- column. -Co-ed.) _^_ a^xjo^-st---. irs 5err. PCH. ^r?ovt
SEPTEMBER FIELD TRIP by Gladys Galbreath ' (.P><0 _yt£_f-<-iST.
The Freeport field trip began promptly at 8 o'clock, September 24, 1966 when Elric McHenry
left Gulfgate with twenty eager birders and proceeded to Alvin where we. were joiaed by our Chairman and his wife, Mr, and Mfs. Miller, This was after all had been checked in'by Dr. Marrack.
From Alvin we took Farm Road 523 to the Scurloek Oil Lease, but we lost some of the birders, including Dr. Marrack and his companion.
It was a beautiful day, slightly warm,, and there were good roads through marshes and pasture
lands. We, the birders, observed approximately eighty different species of our feathered friehds
here and at Lake Jackson and Bryan Beach. (Miep Galbreath has furnished us with the list and we
have included it in the September Clearing' House. Co-ed.) A concentration of Scissor-tailed Flycatchers entertained us at the edge of a clearing on.one side of the road and on the other side a
Pileated Woodpecker shattered the silence of the woodland. As much bird activity was taking place,:
we spent about 2_- hoars strolling about five miles.
At noon all birders flocked together once mere st Lake Jackson
the coolness, more birdwatching and good lunches refreshes! all.
fieaie Grounds. The reuaiting,
Again Elric McHenry left with part, of.. .the. .birders going, to the marshes behind- Bryan Beach.
There they had the pleasure of. pleasures of bird icat|hera; a Peregrin "Falcon soaring in a thermal,
and a Pigeon Hawk burst out of the dunes toward a flock of Sanderlings. This was a da--liag display of a falcon under powered flights however, he did not make a kill.
GANNETS AND GUILLEMOTS By John *,, Tveten
Gloria, Mike and I spent part of August and September in the Northeast on oae of those nice
business-pleasure trips. We spent ths wook of August 15- 19 in Boston where I took a course at
MIT, and we managed to do a little sight-seeiEg on the side. I guess Mike is becoming a bird
watcher too — he loved riding the swan boats, and feeding the pigeons in the park!
On August 20 we went to Cap» Cod.to visit, friaofa,. aad, although I'll have to admit to being
disappointed with Cape Cod, we picked up some lifers. At the Audubon Sancturary we were able to
study some Roseate Terns closely and compare them with the common ones. We also found one lone
warbler — a Prairie Warbler — the one that somehow had been eluding us! The Great Blaek-baeked
Gulls and Black-capped Chickadees were also prizes for Gloria who hadn't birded in the North before.
The next day we took in aoje of the historic areas around Boston; but found Utile in the way
of birds. Oh, nell, "even hifd«*s have to de some conventional sightseeiag sometimes.,
The next stop was Maine where we camped for four days at Camden Hills State Park. The first
couple days were miserble and rainy, the birds were hiding, and the tent was wet. But then the
sun came out and we tried to make up for lost time. One morning we took a little ferry from. Rockland, Maine and spent the day on Vinalhaven Island, The trip out rewarded us with three new birds-
Black Guillemots, Common Eiders, and a Leach's Petrel which obligingly flew by. The fishing and
lobstering village an the island was very picturesque, and we repaid the natives by shopping for
picnic supplies in the little, supermarket with packs on our backs and cameras and binoculars around
our necks. I don't know who delighted whom most. Our picnic in the woods along the shore was rather
hasty as we kept hurrying to look at the Slate-colored Juncos, Pine Siskins and several kinds of