Letters to the Editors
Dear B & M
Nancy, G. W, Foster, Jr. of Madison, ''isconsin, and I visited McMullen
County, near George West, Texas on Sunday, January 14, 1962. This was after the
freeze. The weather was clear, 10-15 MPH wind from the South, and the temperature range was 45 to 70 degrees.
Things of interest we saw were: Pa raque (l)(at the same location where
we found the nest in March, 1959. Saw another or the same one 30 yards away.)
Olive Sparrow (2); Black-headed (Audubon) Oriole (4). mature adults; Sage
Thrasher (1); Long-billed Thrasher (4); Cassin's Sparrow (l).
The regular birds in good numbers were: Curve-billed Thrashers, common to
abundant; Pyrrhuloxia, abundant; Cardinal, abundant; Cactus and Bewick's Wren,
common; Black-throated, Vesper, Savannah Sparrows, abundant; Bobwhite and Blue
Quail, common; Horned Owl, common; Harris, Red-tailed and Marsh Hawks, common.
On Jan. 17 my husband and I identified 45 species of birds in approximately
2 hours. This is a record for us in this length of time. We were thrilled to
see the Roadrunner.
On our way home we rounded a curve to see a Bobcat standing in the middle
of the road, the first time for us to see a live one.
Arthur & Janice Buckels
Back vard Bird Count
I had a field day Sunday, January 28th. Mild and sunny after almost three
weeks of rain and cold, the feeders were very well patronized. A liberal supply
of chicken scratch and bread crumbs were sprinkled on the ground. The feeders
weEe filled with sunflower seed and crumbs.
The fare offered evidently pleased the customers. Within a period of
fifteen to twenty minutes, there were thirty or more birds representing fourteen
species lunching in one way or another in an area approximately 100 by 185 feet.
Represented were the following: Yellow-shafted Flicker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Sapsucker, Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmouse,
Cardinals, Brown Thrashers, Hermit Thrush, Red-breasted Nuthatch, many Myrtle
Warblers, Pine Warbler, Mourning Dove and Blue Jays.
A little previously, before the influx, I had also seen in the same yard,
Carolina Wren, White-throated Sparrows, Cedar Waxwings, Robins, Ruby-crowned
Kinglet, and American Goldfinch.
I have seldom, if ever, done better in a lawn chair in my own back yard -
twenty species without moving ten feet.
1961—Houston Christmas Count. December 23, 1961 - Compiled by Harvey Patten
Part I - Participants and Exclusives (birds)
Area IA - Trevor Ben Feltner, Anne Lettner, James Ellis, Robert Anderson,
William Anderson, Dudley Deaver, Billy C. Petit, Gene Petit,
Exclusives - White-eyed Vireo, Eastern Wood Pewee.
Area IB - L.A.M. Barnette, Mrs. L.A.M. Barnette, Sid Barnette, Joe Heiser,
Exclusives - Henslow's Sparrow, Hairy Woodpecker, Yellow-throated Warbler.