the middle of the island), by Leota Stilwell, et al. Horace Jeter of Shreveport and the
writer pursued the bird for about an hour (between 6 and 7 p.m. CST), clearly noting
the brownish, slightly forked tail at close range. The tail lacked the light tip of
the Cassia's (sighted first and only time on Galveston by Geo. and Steve Williams
10-11-53), and the white sides of the Western (last seen on Galveston Island by the
writer 5-6-56). Both Mr. Jeter and the writer had previously seen all three of these
kingbirds elsewhere in Texas and both were able to carefully compare the field marks
of the species with field guides and their own experience,while actually observing the
Lt. Richard G. Rosche - Southwestern France
May 10, 1956 - After spending next to a birdless summer, fall and winter in this
section of southwestern France, this spring has been a most drastic change. Birding
has been fabulous - in fact I have yet to find a place in the states that has a larger
number of migrating birds going through it at one particular time. In the early mornings after dawn, the small scattered woodlots are just crammed with birdlife. perhaps
the most interesting thing about this excellent migration route is that, so far, it has
beenjeonfined to a certain number of particular species. The species list is not great,
but the numbers are fabulous. Since many of the so-called warblers are not singing
(same family as kinglets and gnatcatohers and not true wood warblers) many are difficult to identify in the field. Many European warblers can only be identified by voice
During March I had a wonderful opportunity to go to Germany for 10 days - and of
course I took it, I was to attend a aeries of meetings in the Bavarian Alps - Berch-
tesgaden to be exact. I just had bought a new ear and it was a pleasure to drive ^&*
through all the snow and mountain roads. The Bavarian Alps were absolutely gorgeous -
there was about 80 inches of snow on the ground at the time and every spruce tree and
fir had a bit of snow on each branch. Truly, it was a real "winter wonderland". My
pictures of the Alps turned out wonderful - in fact it was one of the best rolls of
film I had ever exposed. They will all be brought back to Texas with me, and I do hope
that you and some of the other Houston folks can see them sometime soon * * * On April
27, the long-awaited day arrived. I was promoted to 1st Lt. at lasts * * * present
plans are to return to the University of Texas this fall - providing I can get released
from the Army in time to make the beginning of the fall semester * * *."
Mr. John L. Zimmerman, 7447 Stanwick Drive - (new O.G. member)
June 14, 1956 - (Mr, Zimmerman, a newcomer to Houston was transferred to Ellington
Air Force Base after completing hie pilot training in Oklahoma. He graduated from
Michigan state College with a major in Zoology and continued on his master's work there
until called by the Air Force to active duty. His graduate thesis will be in ornithology, most probably on the breeding phase of the catbird's annual cycle.) Some of his
observations on birds in this area follow:-
Red-throated loon - one individual in winter plummage observed on Offatt's Bayou,
Galveston Island on April 21. Observed at approximately 50-100 yards, where with 7x35
glasses its merganser size and light coloration first hinted of its identification. Observation with a 40X telescope confirmed the identification to my satisfaction by clearly showing the seemingly upturned bill. This was a lifer for me, but I have had many
occasions to observe the larger common loon in the Great Lakes area.
Eared Grebe - observed on May 5 along the bridge to Hog Island.
Record for April 21 on Galveston Island,
King Ra11 - March 27 at San Jacinto Battleground
26 on Hog Island.
Purple Gallinule = May 5, Sheldon Reservoir
Wilson's Phalarope - March 24 at Baytown Tunnel.
Pileated Woodpecker - Just a joy to see so many aroundI
Catbird - my thesis bird only a transient
Yellow-throated vireo - one individual along the road to Lake Houston north of
Sheldon Res. Seemed like an early date to me - March 10. Also white-eyed vireos same
date for the first time.
Golden-winged warbler = April 33 north of Gloverleaf on Ulvalde Road. That same
day recorded a wide variety of migrants including these warblers: Black and White,
Nashville, Yellow, Cerulean, Blackburnian, Chestnut-sided, Bay-breasted, Pine, Kentucky,
Yellow-breasted chat, aad American Redstart. All this in about an eighth mile streteh
ef roadside pine-oak woods. April 31-33 is the only time I observed anything that could
really be classed as a migratory wave. Of course I believe this was the only time I and
an ideal frontal system were in the same place at the same time.
Black-poll warbler - April 31 on Galveston Island. A species that I considered a
late migrant arriving toward the end of May in Michigan. Surprising to see it with the
bulk of the spring warblers. Palm warbler - April 9 and 14 near Sheldon Reservoir.