SPRING COUNT, contd.
Menu:- Filet Mignon w/ Baked Potato $2.75.
Assorted Sea Food or Chicken Platter w/ French Fries $1.75.
All.meals come w/ Shrimp Cocktail, Chefs Salad Bowl and Dessert.
Bring correct change for meal plus tip. Checkers for SPRING COUNT are Joe Heiser
Armand Yramategui. Compiler for SPOONBILLS J. R. Deshayes.
(Tuesday) Regular Meeting of ONC.
social hour and refreshments.
Annual meeting, installation of new officers,
(Sunday) ONC Field Trip, A Visit to the Spoonbills, led by Trevor Ben Feltner
and Dudley A. Deaver.
(Sunday) OG Field Trip under the leadership of Mrs. Linda Snyder,
be announced in May SPOONBILL.
LETTERS'. TO, THE EDITOR
Dear Bob and Mabels Your quote of Roger Barton (flewark-Sun. News 31/27/60 was interesting. He say3' "list keeping can present problems if it gets out of hand". How true I
I confine my lists to aivery limited area> thus eliminating the more expensive field
trips. I have 34 volumes of notes. If I did not use a. fixed system together with cheek-
list numbers instead of name and symbols for words, etc., the notes would be 50 times as
lengthy,, entirely "out of hand" and worthless.- - Arlie K. McKay
Dear Mabel and Bobs:
Our bird came back, the "Eskimo Curlew". We had seen it from March 22 through
April 26, 1959 (?it" or several — but never more than one at a time). We got a- good
sight record on April 4, I960, and a report on April 7. No photographs were taken.
This year we laid plans for the "Ourlew watch" as we dubbed it. Got a photographer interested, set up a blind, contacted property owners, and arranged for regular
coverage by competent birders.
One of the watchers, Mr.Harvey Patton, contacted me at 3;00 p.m. Friday, March 31,
saying he had sighted the bird at 31:15 a.m. that day. He is an excellent field■observer
but had not seen the bird before. After questioning him, I was convincedihat he had a
Dr. George Lowery of LouisianaState University had come over from Baton Rouge in
I960 to look for the bird, but he had not seen it. He had asked me to contact him if we
had a.1961 record.
I immediately telephoned him and then called Horace Jeter at Shreveport, who is a
really great field man. We made plans to meet on Galveston Island the next day,-Saturday,
April 1, 1961, at noon, or as soon as they eould make the trip.
We got to Galveston Island, Nancy and 1 and ax friend photographer, Mr. Charles
Melhtire with aa400 MM Leicailoaded with Ektachrome. We found the bird by 9:00 aim.,
observed it until 11:00 am., flushed it three times, took a few pictures from too far
Dr. & Mrs. Lowery, Jeter, and Jim Stewart from Shreveport, another excellent field
man, arrived about 1:00 p.m. Charles, Nancy and 1 had relocated the bird again and had
it under observation at 100 yards. (We were concealed in a pig sty, complete with a sow
and litter - and aromas; the things we do for Ornithology.)
We escorted George and Jean Lowery, Jeter, Stewart, and John O'Neill to the hospitality of our sty. At first a-depression set in on me as the light was poor and the
bird fed farther away and all they could see was a small mandible. My dreams began to
We decided to erawl on all fours to approach the flock. The four of us (Lowery,
Jeter, Stewart, and me), set out from our pig haven crawling on all fours across a cow
pasture on Galveston Island (with its inherent hazards present in good numbers). Charles
Melntire took another route for better light. John O'Neill, Nancy and Jean cheered us
on (They, disloyally, moved out of the sty to a fence).
We compressed the floek, composed of four L. B. Curlews, two Whimbrels, and of
all things, a Marbled Godwit (which soon deserted us, although he was with the flock all
morning and on the previous day). There were Golden Plovers and Pectoral Sandpipers
about. The flock fed rear a. fence line with some salt cedars in the background. It was
brilliant sunlight with the sun to our back.
We were at 175". We could see the thin small curlew mandible, the distinct buffy
color, the small delicate size. We compared it directly with a. L. B. Curlew and Whimbrel
in our 3OXBAL. We eould see the median stripe, finer than on a, Whimbrel. The indistinct
but clean eye stripe was buffy.. The bird was a bit darker, overall, than the Whimbrel
and L. B.. Ourlew. The crissum was ochre.