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On April 18 and 19 we had unusually high west' winds at High
for some, of the-western birds seen at Smith's woods, such-a
on the 19th, seen by at least 11 or 12 birders..at one time,
especially to those who could put them on their life lists
was sighted late, on the 25th, plus many reports all week of
I heard so many reported, such as 8 on a fence at one time,
and single birds.
Island, and this may account-
s two Yellow-headed Blackbirds
■ It was. a thrill for all, but
is firsts. A White-winged DOve
Western Kingbirds. Never have
plus many reports of .'twosomes
Dr. Frank Novy netted a Brewster's Warbler at the woods on April 11th. Also, if anyone
heard of or saw the strange fawn-colored warbler -in Smith's woods during the early part of
April, we now have, the identification—Dr-. Novy netted it, and it was. 'a Myrtle Warbler
with a. yellow rump, slight wash of yellow on the sides. He said It was in poor condition
and died before it could be banded and released. ''%>*''< f-vl^fS
The official summary of the "600" Club as of April 15, 19?0 is as follows: Joseph W.
Taylor, New York, 676) Ira N. Gabrielson, Virginia, 6?3s Dudley Ross, Penn., 666s Vivian
Ross, Penn., 666s Don Bleitz, Cal., 663s Norman Hill, Mass., 656s Roger Peterson, Conn.,
653s Edward Chalif, N.J,, 652s Whitney Eastman, Minn., 652$ Elisha Atkins, Conn,, 651s
Earle R, Greene, Cal., 649s Stuart Keith, N.Y., 647s Karen Eastman, Minn., 645s Locke Mac-
Kenzie, N.Y., 638s Arnold Small, Cal., 638s Ben King, Conn., 637S Edwin Stearns, N.J., 628s
Fred Evendon, Hd., 627s Marion Wilson, Cal., 62?s Russell Wilson, Cal,, 627s Peter Islelb,
Alaska, 623s Ellen L, Stephenson, Cal,, 621s Allan D„ Cruickshank, Florida, 621s Kenneth
Burden, Cal,, 620| Herbert Clarke, Cal,, 6l9s Thompson G. Marsh, Col., 619,
Also Noble S. Proctor, Conn., 619s Richard Pough, N.Y., 6l8s Mrs, R,G. (Ann) Follis, Cal.,
6l8j Laurence C. Binford, Cal,, 6l6s Olga Clarke, Cal,, 6l5s I.J. Abramson, Fla., 6l5s
Robert Smart, H.H,, 6l4j James Lane, Cal,, 6l4j Jean Piatt, Penn., 6l3s Marybelle Piatt,
Penn,, 6l2s Fred Haerich, Cal., 609s J.F. Rothermel, Sr., Tex., 607s Mrs, J.A, (Linda)
Snyder, Tex., 606s Paul W. Sykes, Jr., Fla., 606| Horace H, Jeter, La., 603s Dorothy Synder, Mass., 602s Ruth Emery, Mass., 602j Jerry B. Strickling, Mo,, 602; Nancy M. Strickling, Mo., 600j Theodore A. Chandik, Cal., 600s Alexander Wetmore, D.C., 600+s Arthur A,
Allen and Guy Emerson, N,Y„, and Ludlow Griseom, Mass., all three deceased, each had 600*-.
UNUSUAL SIGHTING FOR NEW MEMBERS
We received the following very interesting letter from new members Margaret and Paul Jones,
who also contributed a number of sightings for the Clearing House. We are always glad to
hear from any member, for without your letters there would not be much Spoonbill, but we
are especially happy to hear from new members to help with our publication.
"On a visit April 26 to the weekend farm home of some friends located on Farm Road 150,
about _■ mile north of the intersection of 150 and 1097, out of Willis, were very surprised
to see the Curve-billed Thrasher. Having seen this bird in the Valley a number of times
at Brownsville, Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge, Bentsen State Park, as well as out near Llano,
we associated him with that area, and surely didn't expect to see him in Walker County.
However, we were privileged to observe him for more than five minutes, while he sat on a
fence not 20 feet away from us. It was an open, unobstructed view, and his red eye was
busy looking us over as we carefully inspected him. We abandoned the confrontation before
he did, for we wanted to continue our walk, but we saw him on our return to the house,
though this time he was trying to conceal himself in a tree in the dooryard. This was our
prize for the day, in a list that included the Brown-headed Nuthatch, Hairy Woodpecker,
Green Heron, and a nice number of others.
Margaret & Paul Jones
CLEARING HOUSE, APRIL, 1970
Loon, Commons (1)1, 4, 11, Barbour's Cut, NB,
Grebe, Eared: (4)11, Galveston, M&PJ.
Pied-billed: (8)4, (1)25, Cove, AKM,
CORMORANT, DOUBLE CRESTED: (1)8, (4)25, Cove, AKM.
Heron, Green: (1)25, Cove, AKMs (20C+)li; Galveston, Party A.
Egret, Reddish; (1)10, Galveston, M&PJ.
Heron, Yellow-crowned Nights (10)11, Galveston, Party A.
Bittern, Leasts (1)25, High Island, D&DL,
American: (1)25, High Island, D&DLj (2)11, Galveston, Party As
Ibis, White-faced: (200)4, Cove, AKM,
White: (15-20)20, Galveston, MJ,
Spoonbill, Roseate: (14)10, Galveston, M&PJ; (25)25, Cove, AKM.