June 8 - A.Y. also reported the mockingbirds in his yard are now feeding nestlings
from their third brood.
June 10 - Joe Heiser and Vic Emanuel heard 35 species calling or singing at the Little
Thicket Nature Sanctuary, including Hooded, Parula, Sycamore, Kentucky
Warblers, a Yellow-breasted Chat, Hedseyed, White-eyed and Yellow-throated
Vireos and Fish crows.
June 16 - 17 Wood ibis at Lake on Highway 6, numerous Indigo and Painted buntings were
seen in the Juliff area by Ruth Moorman and Leota Stilwell.
June 23 - Thelma Smith, Leota Stilwell and Carrie Holcomb reported large flights of
wood ibis in the Freeport area.
July 1 - Oriole (species?) heard singing several times throughout the morning in the
vicinity of 3010 Prospect in Houston by Noel Perley.
Bill Jerr (Audubon warden for the bay area) reported about 100 prairie chickens
near League City on the ranch of Mr. Waters Davis who heads the National Soil Conservation League.
Greater Scaup Ducks
A pair of Greater Scaup nested this spring on Lake Surprise (near Snith Point)
reported by Bill Jerr (Audubon warden).
Red-eyed Vireo Nest
On June 24th Vic Emanuel and J„ M„ Heiser, Jr. discovered a vireo nest at the
Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary, near "Enchanted Isle" in a hickory tree about five ft.
above the ground. It contained two baby birds and two eggs. One of the babies had a
few down feathers and was probably a couple of days older than the other. The youngest had no feathers and looked as though it had Just hatched. The eggs were white.
We thought it might be a red-eyed vireo nest as we had heard one singing nearby and because it was a shallow hammock shaped nest unlike the deep sock-shaped nest of the
white-eyed. We decided to wait until one of the adults returned to the nest. In about
fifteen minutes we saw a bird in a nearby tree. It was a red-eyed vireo. We could
plainly see the eye stripe, white underparts and vireo bill. The adult flitted around,
afraid to come to the nest because of our nearness0 We stepped back a short distance
and she settled on the nest. This was the first red-eyed vireo nest either observer
had ever seen.
On July 4, 1956, Carrie Holcomb, Ruth Moorman, Leota Stilwell and Norma Oates
made a trip to the Bolivar Penninsula to see the spoonbills nesting on the islands in
East Bay at Rollover (near Gilchrist),
The most densely populated island is small, about 200 yards from shore and covered with low shrubby growth. Spoonbills were feeding in the shallow water at one end
of the idland, others were perched in the low growth, and there was a constant movement of birds from this island to the other small islands in the vicinity. Young birds
evidently just learning to fly, were moving around in the shrubs and also following
the adult birds to the nearest islands„
Along the mainland opposite the islands are summer cottages, fishing camps, bait
houses, etc. Fishing is popular in the ares and small boats of fishermen move between
the islands all during the day. The spoonbills have used these islands for the past
two or three years for nesting, and in spite of all outside disturbances, they seem
to have laid their eggs, hatched and raised young.
The people who live closest to the main nesting island are quite interested in
the welfare of the birds, have assisted in erecting signs to keep boats from landing
on the island, and in other ways have tried to keep the birds from being molested.
The islands are under the protection of the Audubon warden and'areaim; process, of i beiag
leased hy the National Audubon Society.
(See letter from B.B.Watson, Tyler, 'Paget 4vr *giving^more\dat<,i>4»n:the)v islands)
On July 4, 7:00 p.m. about 75 purple martins were seen perched on telephone wires
back of a residence on the corner of University Blvd. and Momingside. At least 75
more were circling and milling overhead. A check was made again on July 6th at 7:00
p.m. and the birds were again lined up on the telephone wires and circling in the air.
This may turn out to be one of the large gathering points for martins before their
fall migration. Reported by N.Oates.
Tropical (Couch's) Kingbird - (Noel Perley)(jSoe<_ Pe-n.^xMH*.")
A tropical kingbird was positively identified on Galveston Island on June 17,1956,
the first known record (as far as the writer can determine) for the Upper Gulf Coast
of Texas. The bird was first spotted along 8-mile Road, 1/2 mile north of Stewart
Road (West of Sweetwater Lake), where the road to Hance Bayou joins 8-mile Road (about