ABOUT THOSE SHEETS OF WHITE PAPER
Attached to this month's Spoonbill, you will find two sheets of white
paper. Printed thereon is a bar graph of the seasonal occurrence of the
birds in this area as given in Steve Williams' book. The graph was made
by Loren McDaniel and Bob Braden and they have given us permission to
reproduce the graph and to distribute it.
The solid lines indicate that the bird's relative abundance during the
times indicated by the vertical columns is 1-3. The broken lines indicate
4-5. Six (6) and 7 are not indicated. The circled dots give the dates
of out of season occurrences. Category 8 is not included in the graph.
If you wish to refer to the book for more information about a particular
bird, the small column to the left of the bird names gives the page number.
The graph is printed so that by cutting the sheets down the center will
give you four pages approximately the size of the book. Whenlthe sheets
are cut, the information follows sequentially from front to back through
the four pages.
All of you Spoonbill receivers who don't have a copy of Steve's book
better get one so that you'll have the rest of the good poop. And, if
you see a Purple Finch on Marchi13th and a Summer Tanager on October 13th,
how will you know whether or not it is a record?
0. G. FIELD TRIP TO GEORGE WEST March 23-24 Bill and Jean Harwell
This was our first trip to George West and we were not disappointed. We -
checked in at the Buenos Nobhes Motel about lis30 PM Friday, and found
names such as Snyder, Miner, and Kokesh already on the register. Our
7:00 AM meeting time became breakfast time as we all arrived at Ferguson's
Cafe about then. Mary Belle and Frank Kokesh took the lead until the
Taking Highway 281 North out of town, we turned off to the Southwest to
begin birding in earnest. Lark and Vesper Sparrows abounded in the fields
and along the roadsides, and suddenly, Pyrrhuloxia (lifer!) A water
containing tank wasfeund (the only one we were to see on the entire trip);
and close scrutiny through the scopes at some distance produced Shovelers,
Lesser Scaup, Blue-winged Teal, and Pied-billed Grebes.
The caravan stopped again as a Sage Thrasher flew across in front of us,
and all piled out for a better look. A golden-fronted Woodpecker hammered
on a fence post nearby. Traching the Thrasher,we found an opening in the
fence and trespassed a little, finding two Say's Phoebes and a Bewick's
Wren at brush piles in the field. About that time we also found the
Gilman's, or at least they found us, and our party was complete.
Pauses at intervals as we went along the road produced Vermillion Fly-'
catchers, Caracara, Curve-billed and Long-billed Thrashers, Inca Doves,
Song and White-crowned Sparrows. Reaching unfenced country, we took to
the brush for a better look. Texas mountain laurel was in full bloom,
and conical spires of Yucca gleamed in the sun. We were fortunate to have
expert botanists in the group to identify the many varied desert blossoms
for us. Photographers were busy with plants as well as birds. The beauty
of the blooming desert helped to dull the pain of the many thorns encountered at every step! A Harris* Hawk, the first of many seen, obliged us
for a long look through the scope, and later two Swainson's Hawks were
seen overhead. A single Black-headed Oriole was seen in this area, while
Black-throated Sparrows were common. Cassin's Sparrows were added to the
Moving on to the Carrone Ranch, all agreed that lunch was in order. In
this land without shade, we spread our fare in an opening in the brush at
the foot of a low butte, and what food was brought forth! Helen Wolfer
had prepared a complete banquet for her party, and graciously shared delicious potato salad and peanut brittle with those of us less fortunate.
Some of the lucky ones also enjoyed home-made pimiento cheese a la Mary
Belle Kokesh. But even these delights could not deter good birders long,
and soon interesting sounds nearby called us up and over the butte through
cactus and thorns. More Pyrrhuloxias, Black-throated Sparrows, and Sage
Thrashers were seen, and the Green-tailed Towhee and Cactus Wren were added.