VOLUME XVII,NO. 2
* "Hast thou named all the birds *
* without a gun? *
* Loved the wood-rose, and left *
* it on its stalk?" *
* Emerson *
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP. OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB. HOUSTON. TEXAS
0. G. FIELD TRIP 12th MAY 1968 - by David Marrack
Ornithological species identified only just outnumbered the observers. Unidentified
specimens easily outnumbered the sum of both.
Five members registered at Boyd's Restaurant, Rosharon, though sighting was claimed
of two others through the all obscuring torrential rain. Presumably they retired to
The Washburn's camper provided a convivial and welcome retreat for Dr. Steve Williams
(leader), Paul and David Marrack.
On the route to Galveston, the following species were recognized: House Sparrow,
Great Blue Heron, Common Egret, Louisiana Heron, White-faced This, Spoonbill, Mottled
Duck, Clapper Rail, Kildeer, Black-bellied Plover, Sanderling, Laughing Gull, Least
and Black Terns, Bank Swallow and Boat-tailed and Common Grackle.
We all returned with webbed feet, disheveled, but unbowed!
CRESTED HUMMINGBIRD CAPTURED OH GALVESTON ISLAND Ii FIRST NORTH AMERICAN RECORD!!
by Noel Pettingell
Confirmation by Warren M. Pulich of the occurrence on Galveston of the Crested Hummingbird (Orthorhyneus cristatus) appears in the April I968 issue of The Auk (Page 322).
This is the second hummingbird species discovered in the 5-county Upper Texas Coast area
since the 4th edition of the UTC Field Check-list was compiled. The article by Warren
M. Pulich is as follows:
The occurrence of the Crested Hummingbird, Orthorhyneus cristatus exilis, in
the United States.—The first week of February I967 a friend, Starling
Mosley, while on temporary military duty in the Galveston-Houston Bay area
of Texas, telephoned to tell me that he had acquired a badly damaged specimen of a very unusual hummingbird that he was unable to identify and wished
to forward to me. A few days later I received the specimen and tentatively
identified it as a Crested Hummingbird, Orthorhyneus cristatus. Most of
its body was missing, but the wings, the greater part of the tail, and a
portion of the head including the pointed crest were still intact. The remains had been flattened by some unknown means.
Unfortunately, Mr. Mosley did not fully realize the significance of the
specimen at the time and failed to learn all the details of the hummingbird's
occurrence. He stated that it had been netted on Galveston Island by two
boys (names unknown), one of whom took it home alive where it later died and
was thrown into the trash. Apparently in his conversation with the boys,
Mr. Mosley asked them to retrieve the specimen and to bring it to him. Whether from fear of possible arrest, punishment, or other reasons of their own,