sand, a word of cau+lon: don'+ drive out on the wet sand exposed by low tide, for
though it may look firm, in spots it may not be, or It may be for just a few minutes,
and then you will find your vehicle slowly sinking In the sand!
** The Dow Nature Trail, shown on the Brazoria County map, has new limits as of last
year, as most of you know. They are: the area bordering on Hwy 332 and the drainage
ditch on the north, the drainage ditch on the west, Old Flag Lake on the south, and
South Sycamore street on the east. Entrance Is on South Sycamore, just south of Hwy
** Migrant traps....salt cedars, clumps of trees, etc....along the beach from Free-
port to Sabine Pass can be a feast for the birder. High Island Is of course the most
famous of.these traps, Municipal Park at Freeport is another, but any clump of salt
cedars can full of surprises on the right day.
** The 1300-1400 blocks of North and South Boulevards be+ween Parkway and Wes+ Boulevard have long been known as a warbler delight in spring migration. Parkway is just
several blocks west on BIssonnet from Montrose Boulevard. Also, when thinking of
city birding. City Hall can be a splendid trap, especially if the weather has been
rainy the night before.
** Use your West Harris Coun+y map +o ge+ on some of the lesser known roads out
there in a search for flooded rice fields a little later. Buff-breasted Sandpipers
have been found the past several years on Beckendorf Road In a short grass field between Katy-Hockley and Katy-Hockley Cutoff, though check any short grass fields for
them. White-rumped and Baird's Sandpipers (see March 1977 SPOONBILL for identification aids) should be looked for also In April and May.
Mercury Drive dredge disposal area, be+ween Jacin+o Ci+y and Galena Park (Mer-
' Drive exi+s from 1-10 jus+ eas+ of 610 East Loop IntersectIon), will still be
good for some time
** The Bar X eagles are on the nest, and eaglets are probably In view by now. This
nest can be viewed from the highway with no danger of disturbing the birds. From
Houston, take Hwy 288 south, veer right at FM 521, turn right on Hwy 35. When you
see the roadside park on the left, mark one mile from the western entrance to the
park, pull over on the shoulder and start scanning the trees on the left side of the
road, about two or three hundred yards out. The tree, while talI, Is not very large
around, the nest Is clearly visible, set in a fork of limbs. (Mary Reed of Angleton
has a note in the Clearing House about this and another eagle nest in the vicini+y).
** Galves+on Island S+a+e Park is ano+her place +o check when in +ha+ area. Pe+er
Pel+ier, Superintendent, keeps the current SPOONBILL pinned to the bulletin board
(we've gotten several new members from that!), and also keeps tabs on anything unusual that shows up down there. One spot we have found productive, especially early
in the morning, is a small pond at the end of the road that goes by the entrance to
the Interpretive Trai Is. ■ ^rfyty
** Sheldon Reservoir has not been suggested for a long time, for the water level
was lowered several years ago by the Fisheries people in an attempt to clean out unwanted fish, and rainfall was too scarce for a long time to refill it. There is
more water in there now, so you might try it again. You can take 1-10 east to the
Sheldon Road exit, go north to Garrett Road, turn left. After passing Buckhorn Lake,
a cypress swamp on the right (bird from the road, this is private property), and
Aqueduct Road, you will be on the north side of the Sheldon Wildlife Management Area.
There is one spot where you can turn In and park (a restroom Is at the end), this
used to be a prime area, though vegetation now may be a problem. From there drive
on down Garrett to Fauna. Just before the intersection, you can turn In to the left
and follow the road alongside the dike to the front entrance,°Fake Fauna. If you
park near this Intersection, there is a trail on the north side of Garrett you can
follow while viewing the marshy area there. At the southwest corner of the reservoir dike, you can park and walk the dike. We hope this once-very-productive area
Is on the way back.
** From Sheldon you may want to visit Deussen and Eisenhower parks just north of
there. Go back to Garre+t Road, turn east, then turn north at Aqueduct Road, beside the canal. Go 1.4 miles north to the entrance to Deussen Park, or continue .6
miles further north to Eisenhower Park. Pileated and Red-headed woodpeckers, bluebirds, juncos, are just a few of the species you will see. Swalnson's Warblers are
known to nest at Eisenhower Park. j^.;» -J^fe
** Further afield, as of the last week of February, the Bahama Pintail had made a
re-appearance at Laguna Atascosa, while as of March 3, a Golden-crowned sparrow was