T. 0. S. SPRING MEETING
by Jimmy Murray
The T. 0. S. annual meeting was held in San Antonio, Texas, March 30 through
April 2 with headquarters at Whitte Museum in Breckenridge Park and with the San Antonio
Audubon Society as hosts to the more than 100 birders present. Our hosts went all out
to provide attending members with the necessary components of a very successful meeting,
collaborating with their weathermen for a very pleasant weekend, although Friday turned
out to be a: bat windy.
Numerous field trips were arranged: To Wassenberg Ranch, where the Blaok-eapped
Vireo and the Canon Wren were seen and heard singing, and also the rare treat of hearing
the Vermillion Flycatcher in song. To Breckenridge Park, where the Long-billed Thrasher
and Golden-fronted Woodpecker were sighted together with numerous warblers and vireos.
To Conroy Raneh, where Black-crested Titmouse and Carolina Chicakdee crowded around the
feeding stations, and a Cactus Wren nested in the barn. Other trips included the
Episcopal Church property, Olmos Park, Mitchell Lake and Medina: River off Potramco Road.
One of the highlights was the special trip to the San Antonio Zoo - led by the
old master himself, Edgar Kincaid - covering the unusual number of birds and waterfowl
caged there, both native and foreign.
The informal meeting held Friday night was well attended. Members were served
coffee and cakes by our hosts and entertained by a movie in color taken by Ed Jones of
the San Antonio Audubon Society. The dinner meeting was held Saturday night at De Winne's
Belgian Inn. Mr. Theron D„ Carroll, Director of Information and Education Division of
The Texas Game and Fish Commission, gave a talk, covering the work of the commission in
the conservation of wildlife in Texas. The program was well illustrated with colored
Those speoies of special interest to our local members which were seen included
the following:: Black-capped Vireo, Yellow-throated Vireo, Canyon Wren, Cactus and
Bewick's Wren, Black-crested Titmouse, Long-billed Thrasher, Inca Dove, G den-fronted
Woodpecker, and Ladder-backed Woodpecker. Local members attending were small in number.
This was due to various reasons! out-of-town guests, Easter Sunday, and the arrival of
the Eskimo Curlew in Galveston.
The Galveston Area Committee has acquired a limited number of permits to enter the 5
acres on Stewart Road where The Old House is located. Any member planning a trip for
the day to this property please contact the editor or aney Strickling and acquire a
permit. Please DO NOT enter this property without a: signed permit. The owner ha this
property patrolled, and if you are asked by the sheriff to show your permit, do so
freely. Clean up all trash before leaving.
by Harvey Patten
This writer wishes to enlist the help of all interested 0. G. members on a
project whieh eould yield valuable results over a period of years. Most of you may be
familiar with the large number of migrating birds that are often killed in the fall as
they fly against tall buildings and television towers. Similar "kills" have also been
recorded during the spring migration in various parts of the country.
Several TV towers in Houston probably take their toll of migrating birds, i.e.
KH0H-TV, 1945 Buffalo Drive, KPRC-TV, 3Q14 S. Post Oak, and KTRH.- TV, 4513 Oullen
Boulevard, Time and the physical layout of the eity prevent me from visiting these
localities as often as I desire, and I am sure that some of you pass the towers to or
from work. If you are able to stop for a few minutes and dead birds are present, I Would
appreciate the following information:
1. A complete list of all birds that are identifiable.
2. If any of the birds are in fairly good condition, you might place them in
a paper bag and keep them for me. I suggest placing them in a freezer until
I can obtain them from you.
Prior to April 15 and after May 1 call MO. 4-O504. During the last two weeks in
April, Jerry Strickling (PA 3-5394) will ccept calls for me. Long lists, if there are
any, can be mailed to 9714 Marline Lane, Apt. 24, (25). If any of you do obtain birds,
you should retain them until I can pick them up personally.