ran into rain which would continue for the rest of the day. Unfortunately, we encountered no significant land bird "waves" as a result of the bad weather at either
Port Bolivar or Kempner Park on Galveston, so we concentrated on marsh birds, finishing up the day's birding at Galveston Island State Park with a total of 178 species,
Including the pheasant (breeding and perhaps established in Chambers County) and 20
species of warblers. The biggest "misses" of the day were Shoveler, Red-shouldered
Hawk, and Painted Bunting. Also missing were some 8 warblers we had expected to find,
including Cerulean, Chestnut-sided, Kentucky, Chat, and Canada. Also not on the list
were Loon, all the hawks except for Marsh, Snowy Plover, Snipe, Solitary Sandpiper,
Acadian (or Empidonax) flycatcher, Long-billed Marsh Wren, Gray-cheeked Thrush, Bluebird, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Yellow-throated Vireo. Had we been able to find all
30 of the missing expected species, as well as the 178 we actually recorded (which
included II "unexpected" or "bonus" species), our total would have exceeded our goal
of over 200 In one day by a single par+y. We were never more than 45 minutes behind
our schedule and actually reached Galveston Island a full hour ahead of our planned
arrival because we didn't have to use that amount of time which had been allowed for
the Bolivar Ferry wait (thanks to the rain). The route we had chosen for this "experimental" party run certainly has the potential for a 200-plus Big Day If it were to
bescheduled a week earlier and the route as well as the timetable were to be modified
somewhat (e.g., more time spent In woodlands and rice fields by remaining on Bolivar
Peninsula until dark).
ANNOUNCING A "NEWS EXCHANGE" OF UNUSUAL BIRDS
The OG has the Rare Bird Alert, which was formed years ago for the purpose of quickly
getting news to a few avid birders of a really rare feathered visitor to our area,
i.e., the Texas City Dike Kittiwake, and the Quintana Purple Sandpiper. However, it
has been felt for sometime that news of unusual birds should be available on a current basis, not extremely rare birds, but ones that a lot of people would like the
opportunity of seeing such as the Bobolinks at Galveston Island State Park. The decision was made at the planning session of the board at the recent picnic to have
someone handle news of current sightings of unusual birds. David Dauphin, Rare Bird
Alert Chairman, said that, since he already receives numerous calls from out-of-town
as well as local birders requesting Information on what is being seen, he and Jan
would handle this new chore. So when next you are out birding, and you see something you think would be of interest to some of our members, especially many of our
new birders, report it to the Dauphins. (Of course, this list will change from week
to week). And you members who would like to know what has been seen within the past
few days when planning an outing can call the Dauphins and find out. Since most of
us slow down in our birding during the hot summer here on the coast, there may not be
much news for the next few months!
A REQUEST FROM THE C-H EDITOR
Please submit reports to C-H in the Clearing House format. This will make compilation of reports much easier. Also, Indicate a quantity for each species submitted.
In the event a count cannot be made, use the abbreviation: n/c. Field notes of rare
and unusual birds must contain the information set out In the March, 1977 SPOONBILL
on pages 5 and 6.
CLEARING HOUSE April, 1977
How to read the C-H: Name of bird: (how many), date, location, observers
Abbreviations used: Anahuac NWR - Anahuac; HL&P Cooling Ponds - HL&P; Freeport Municipal Park - Fr. Park; Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary - ELMNS.
Loon, Common: (1)4, Bayou Vista, PJ; (I)23,Bolivar.M; (2)23,GaIveston,A.
Grebe, Eared: (5)3,Bolivar,TE.DD; (I 0)23,Brazoria Co.,A; (3)23,Bryan Beach,TC.
Pelican, White: (25)3,BolIvar,TE.DD; (I 5)23,Brazoria,A; (I00)23,G1Ichrist.R; (n/c)
Cormorant, Double crosted:" (I )2,Fr.Park,BB; (25)23,Bol ivar.R.
Cormorant, Olivaceous: (I)8,Galveston,L&MB; (n/c)23,GaIveston,M; (I)23,Brazoria Co.,A
Heron, Green: (I)6,(2)30,Stafford,DM; (I)14,I7,ELMNS,HH,DR; (1-25)16,17,23,30,Hlgh I.
G&PC.TE,JMo,B&AM,R; (I)18,W.Galveston,JH; (n/c)23,24,Galveston,M.
Egret, Reddish: (2-5)3,23,Bolivar,TE,DD,R; (I-2)I 6,1 7,23,Galveston,A,S&TC.M.
Night Heron, Yellow-crowned: (I )9, W.Harris Co., JH; (2) I 6,ELMNS,HH&DeK; (DI6,High I.,
G&PC.JMo; (DI9,20,29,Whlte Oak Bayou,WC; (1)23, Gal veston, A.M.
Bittern, Least: (I)6,30,Stafford,DM; (1)9,W.Galveston,D&JD; (I)16,23,30,Anahuac,T&JE,
JMo,B&AM,R; (1)20,Freeport,LJ; (7)23,Brazoria Co.,A.
Bittern, American: ( D2,Fr.Park,BB; (I )2, Gal veston, M; (4-5)3,8,Ft.Bend Co.,H,B; (I)
8,l6,30,Anahuac,GP&WC, D&JD,T&JE; (3)20,Freeport,LJ; (1)23,Galveston,A.
Ibis, White: (5-25)3,23,Galveston,A,DD,TE,M; (25)8,Ft.Bend Co.,B; (5-50)9,16,30,Cham-
bers Co.,G&PC,T&JE,JMo,B&AM; (3)30,Trinlty R.,G,P&WC.