eventually intersects Texas Highway 173. The first stop at the Houdmann
Ranch provided a variety of habitats and the following noteworthy birds were
seen: (1) in plowed fields and on fences - Clay-colored Sparrow, Lark Bunting, Vermilion Flycatcher and Scissor-tailed Flycatcher; (2) on the lake
and in the marsh - American Bittern, Cinnamon Teal, Blue-winged Teal,
Gadwall, Shoveler, Snipe, King Rail, Sora; (3) in trees and hedgerows -
Black-headed Oriole, Cactus Wren, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Curve-billed
Thrasher, Sage Thrasher and Black-crested Titmouse. A stop at Pauraque
Creek proved a dry run for both water and Pauraques but Golden-fronted
Woodpeckers, Ladder-backed Woodpeckers, Black-and-white Warblers and the
Townsend's Warblers were found in this area. Enroute to the lunch site at
Carone Ranch Lark Sparrows, Scaled Quail, Several Harris' Hawks, a Caracara
and a Roadrunner were spotted. Exploration of ranch roads resulted in
sunburned faces and many additions to the list including the Pyrrhuloxia,
House Finch, Chipping Sparrow, Black-throated Sparrow, Grasshopper Sparrow
and Blue-gray Gnatcatehers in distracting numbers. The 23 mile trip back
to George West was enlivened by a Cassin's Sparrow who obligingly sang his
sweet song on demand, a Great Horned Owl who regarded the party with disdain, and a Verdin, up Pauraque Creek. The sundown count was 86 species.
Members of the party who rent the.stillness of the night with coyote howls
and owl hoots were unsuccessful in attracting wild beasts and so retired
Sunday morning George West was shrouded in mist which precipitated from
time to time. The route to Carone Ranch was retraced and at the ranch windmill and water tanks a White-eyed Vireo and Bell's Vireo were seen. New
birds were scarce, but there was plenty to see - for example, a Scissor-
tailed Flycatcher in pursuit of breakfast, a beautiful and frantic butterfly. Later, the Pigeon Hawk and Swainson's Hawk were seen. A few miles south
of Tilden, 30 or so "Lark Sparrow suspects" turned into Chestnut-collared
Longspurs, 3 of whom were in excellent plumage. In the same area about 25
Pyrrhuloxias lined up on a barbed wire fence to further tempt the photographer. The lunch site featured the Olive-backed Warbler who executed a
sprightly pas de deux with a Hooded Warbler in full plumage while a
Bewick* s Wren provided accompaniment.
One excitement followed another as some 2000 Broad-winged Hawks in migration were encountered 6 miles west of Cuero on the return trip to Houston.
The patience of 4 birders was rewarded when the birds finally descended to
roost for,the night in the trees along the highway. In the same area a Zone-
tailed Hawk was identified in flight
A total of 120 species was seen by these birders: Eva and Clayton Gilman,
Bill and Betty Wright, Nan Bracker, Germaine Gomez, Sarah Gordon, Nell Ray,
Melba Drake, Katrina Thompson, Bill Ladwig, Mary Sears, Pat Sullivan, Thelma
Smith, Betty and Paul Caillet, four Kokeshes, Ed and Eve Miley, Dr. and Mrs.
R.L. Cope, Johanna Grabbe, and Tess Barry. All party members give hearty
thanks to the leaders, Clayton and Eva Gilman, for a splendid trip.
DUES ARE DUE
Outdoor Nature Club Members please remit $1.00 for Ornithology Group membership to Miss Ella Wolfer 3707 Reveille Road, Houston 77017. Persons who
are not ONC members may subscribe to the SPOONBILL for $2.00 per year.
AUDUBON WILDLIFE FILM TICKETS
Those who have unused tickets, please return them to Mrs. Charles Baker
6430 Jefferson, Houston 77023. Those who have used their tickets and have
not paid for them, please send the money to Mrs. Baker, (option: those who
did not use their tickets may pay for them anyway.)
NAS COMMENT ON MYRTLE WARBLER DEATHS
The following letter is in response to a letter from Nancy Strickling in
which she described the unusual number of dead Myrtle Warblers found in
Houston this winter.
"Dear Mrs. Stricklings
"1 have your interesting letter of February 16 and appreciate how confusing
it is to know what to do about dead birds that one seems to find in increasing