VOLUME XXII, NO. 5
PUBLISHED' W TH-! OJ-HtROlOGy GROUP, OUTDOOR NAtUR-J -LUB, HOUSTON, TEX A a
Possibly due to the unsettled weather, a Black-throated Gray Warbler
was sighted on September 9th at Brannon's Woods, near the barn area,
on High Island, by Noel Pettingell, Elric McHenry, and Ben Feltner.
NOW IS THE TIME TO KEEP YOUR EYES TO THE SKIES
Recent sightings include Mississippi Kites, Broad-winged Hawks, and .
Swainson's Hawks, and probably many more that have not been reported
to us. Looks like fall migration is upon us'.
REPORT ON THE NEW CHECKLIST
Noel Pettingell is working on the new checklist, and has reported that
the preliminary work is finished, with the main part drawn up, and
the accidentals are the next to be worked on. The main list came out
to 332 species (the last checklist had 319), and it will include the
new AOU changes, but will indicate the subspecies in parentheses.
It will probably be ready for publication towards the end of the year.
.AND MORE ABOUT THE RINGED TURTLE DOVES - by Margaret Jones
We are, by bits and pieces and hook and crook, finding out more about
our Bellaire colony of Ringed Turtle Doves. It seems, according to
Johnnie Fay Barnette, who did some detective work for me, that a
neighbor of hers raised these birds in cages in his back yard. But,
when he moved out of the state this spring, he released the birds.
How many, we don't know. But, at least twelve birds have been seen
recently, including five immatures, also two nests; so they must be
in the process of establishing themselves in the wild. Just today,
Sept. 2, we saw a female on the same nest where Marilyn Crane, Paul
and I had seen a fledgling a week or so earlier. A pair of adults
with an immature also were seen today in the vicinity of a second nest
across the street. The two nests were both In Catalpa trees. These
nests can be easily seen from the street; however, we believe there
are others, perhaps in trees in back yards that we don't know about.
With the Bristers and Sarah Gordon we saw ten birds 'today, including
several immatures. The bill and the back-of-the-neck ring are very
black on the adult birds, while the bill of the immature is a dusky
red and the ring Is smudged and not clearly defined.
Apparently this is the first nesting here in the wild and It is going
to be interesting to see what the next year brings. We are hoping
that since these doves were reportedly raised in outdoor cages they
will be acclimated and survive our winter. There are a number of
people in that area that put out wind bird' scvl in feeders so the
feeding problem should be minor.