I have received the Revised Official Summary as of Oetober 15, 1969, from Earle R, Greene,
in charge of the list. He is a notable birder himself, with 646 birds to his credit.
This remarkable gentleman of some 80 years, according to his interesting book, "A
Lifetime with the Birds" has traveled thousands and thousands of miles over most of
North America to see new speeies or visit with a birding friend. He has been on a
first-name basis with all the greats in the birding world from way-back-when to the
present. He says, "Have you slept under the stars in the Chiricahuas of Arizona? Have
you heard the distinctive song of the Song Sparrow along the Nantahala River in
the mountains of Horth Carolina? Have you watched the Water Ouzel in the mountain
streams of California? Have you been within a few feet of the lovely Ptarmigan in
the Rockies of Colorado? If not, my friend, you have not really lived,"
Altho I do not see the names of anyone from Texas on the summary, I am sure there
are those who would qualify. There are many people listed, however, who are well
known to Texas birders, Ira, N. Gabrielson, whose name leads all the rest, with 673
species, was the principal speaker t the TOS spring meeting held in Galveston a few
Some people may have birds on their list which, according to the A.0,U,, may no
longer be considered separate speoies. Of course, it is a painful operation for a
dedicated lister to have to remove a hard-earned bird from his life list. However,
the life list is yours and operates on the honor system. How you indentified a bird,
how well you did it, or whether a good birder with you said, "there goes a Purple-
bellied Snipe" and you put it on your list is all up to you. Of course, I am sure
many a lister has had a soul-searching ordeal before placing a bird on his lily-
white list. I am sure many have been placed thereon but later removed, I know one
birder who has make it a point to see every bird on her list twice, I like that
system but naturally it is possible to only a fortunate few.
There are many kinds of lists,—"yard lists", "State lists, etc. There are many
fine birders who are no interested in any kind of listing and many an ornithologist
who just couldn't care less. To me it is an incentive to see more birds and just the
right spark needed to make that extra trip to add a "new one", I hope it won't be
long before I can join this Club,
Hote from Earle R, Greenes
OUR MOTTO - CO-OPERATION - NOT COMPETITION.
Changes in your Number of Birds recorded in North America will be appreciated if you
will advise me. The next Summary will be February 1, 1970.
Earle R, Greene
1600 West Fifth Street, Oxnard, California 93030
JULIA BRADLEY RECEIVES A LETTER
Julia Bradley, prompted by the fact that several of our birders had noted a discrepancy
in the different printings of RTP's FIELD GUIDE TO WESTERN BIRDS eonoerning the color
of the .eye of the Western Gull, wrote a letter to Roger Tory Peterson. The following
is the reply to her letter along with data that had been sent to the Petersons by
a friend, Mr, R. Dudley Ross on the subject of the Western Gull, Mr, Ross' comment
regarding our TCD Gull, etc:
Dear Mrs. Bradley:
Your letter of last March was received here while Roger and I were on lecture tour.
Immediately after tour we went to the Galapagos, then Brazil and now RTP is in England, You may recall that you wrote because you had found a discrepancy in the
different printings of RTP'S FIELD GUIDE TO WESTERN BIRDS concerning the color of the
eye of the Western Gull, Because RTP has been away so much I wrote to the friend who
had helped us so much with this particular seetion of the book, Mr. Dudley Ross,
and he has sent me the following information whieh I now pass along to you. Incidentally,
Mr, Ross was in Texas and asked about your bird and he also tells me that his active birding
friends in Dallas have oome to the conclusion that the bird was a Western Gull,
It is Mr, Ross' opinion that the change from Fi_r_t Printing where eye is dark to the
Fifth printing indicating light is a printer's mistake and therefore inadvertent, Muoh to
my chagrin we do not have copies of either printing, and I do not consider myself an ornithological authority so I hesitate to express myself at all.