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Corpus Christ! Caller-Times, Sun., July 4,1954 __r_" TM~~-»--.-.,,,.,,.,«-- jk. .A»-.*i«*»B.i_««ian.- «s?aa.j^-rf-^j«sy.u^«*i.«*«^-.^,Si, . BROWN PELICANS'ON ISLAND ROOKERY -- Brown, pelicans, a common sight on the bayfront in fall and winter, are seen there less often in the nesting season, when they congregate in rookeries on bare off-shore islands. Two or three eggs, laid in shallow nests of sticks and grass are shielded from the'-hoi? sun by hovering parent birds. The group above, photographed by Allan Cruickshank, are all adult pelicans, identified by the yellow-tinged white heads and spectacular rieck striping, attained only when the brown pelican reaches breeding age. ' . of Spoonbills Found Near Port Aransas Causeway ROSEATE SPOONBILLS MOVING SOUTHWARD - A new colony of roseate spoonbihs nesting.this season on Hogg Island, opposite Aransas Pass, indicate s southward movement of the rosy-hued wading birds. Main colonies are on islands further up the Gulf Coast. These pictures were taken by Allan D. Cruickshank, one of the nation's outstanding bird photographers. J.£,V_*t_ By KAY BYNUM Discovery of a colony of roseate spoonbills nesting on Hog Island just north of the Port Aransas Causeway, highlighted the .recent annual visit of John H. Baker, president of National Audubon Society, Baker was on his routine nesting-season inspection of the six bird sanctuaries maintained . by the Audubon Society on islands along the Texas coast, including Green and South. Bird Islands in the Laguna Madre, 'Lydia Ann in Aransas Bay, Secohd-Chaln-ot-Is- iands in San Antonio Bay, West Bay Bird Island near San Luis Pass, and Vingt'im Island in Galveston. Bay. Federal, Stato Projection The new colony of roseate spoon- hills had been observed earlier by Vcrnon ("Salty") Johns of Port Aransas, Audubon Society warden for Lydia Ann Island, who had been "keeping an eye" on them. Hog United States are on two -of the other Texas sanctuaries, Vingt'un and Second-Chain-oMsIands. That is one of the main reasons the - -- ·-- · -*' '^..i. vi Mil. 4 i i m f i 4 t;aot/ii»s uic Island is not. under Audubon Audubon Society sought protection care, but spoonbills arc under fed-!rights over them eral. and state protection," .and j Have : Treat v ' there has been no indication that their nesting was being disturbed by predators, John said. The Audubon president estimated 50 adults in the colony. The rosy-hued, long-legged w a d i n g birds, often mistaken for flamingos, looked like enormous pink flowers blooming in the dark green brush covering the reef tip. Although non-breeding spoon-bills range far down into Laguna Madre, none has been known to nest this far south on the Texas coast before. Baker said. The two main spoonbill nesting sites in the On Lydia Arm Island Baker observed unestimatcd thousands of Laughing Gulls nesting; also 3,000 Royal terns, 1,000 Cabot's terns, Black Skimmers, Forster's terns, willets, snowy and reddish egrets, Louisiana and Great Blue herons, and a pair of .oyster-catchers-- an unexpected treat, for they are rare here and not abundant anywhere. The nest.crs keep--up a constant din of raucous cries, competing for space and food on the small, bare island. As the inspecting party approached, the whole flock nt Black Skimmers suddenly appeared to be crippled, fluttering brokenly away over the sand--an age-old trick of-parent birds to draw attention of intruders away from their nests and .young.; : Also seen /on Lydia ^ A n n ^ ' u probably not nesting, were ' four white-faced glossy ibis, a white ibis, white pelicans, avoeets. curlews ; and ringed-bill gulls. Mexican cormorants and herons had preempted nearby duck blinds. A magnificent frigate bird flew overhead--another rare sijht. Wiped Out Nests An unusually high tide about six weeks ago wiped ouj, thousands of egg-filled nests on Lydia Ann but, undaunted, the birds started over at once and will have a successful breeding season. Green Island, southmost of the THEIR SLIPPERS MATCH THE CACTUS BLOSSOMS -- Once threatened with extinction because of the demand for their beautiful aigrettes in the millinery trade, the Snowy egret is recovering its former status under protection. Smallest of the family and snow while.with black bill and legs and yellow feet, the Snowy is identified by its "golden slippers " The pair above were photographed on a cactus clump in Laguna Madre. F ·""» «·"'·· ···· · ···.! I'*«WMF »~ "w^wbjHMB^, r%/^^iiufej;. »i '-JV^^B^H -_,, EGfcTS CHOOSE THORNY HABITATS-Reddish egrets, bluish waders with rusty neck feathers, who romp, clown-like, as they feed, nest all along the coast where tall growth, preferably thorny, provides suitable protection for young. The largest con- -. centration in the country is on Green Island in Laguna Madre opposite Harlingen. Above, the alert, yellow eye of the watchful parents is dittoed in the youngster on the nest, snncluaries, has probably the largest breeding colony of reddish egrets in the United States, Baker said. It is a .tO-acrc track densely covered with trees and high brush, mesquite, ebony, shrub cat- jclaw and "granjena." Undisturbed for c e n t ti ri e s, leaves have fallen and decomposed to form rich humus, making the island unlike any other in the group. It attracts land birds, too, cardinals, threshers 'and whitceye vireos. American and snowy egrets, ibis, least and Forster's terns herons nest there. It is in charge of John 0. Larson of Karlingcn, head warden, and Bill Neweome, a fisherman who visits daily. White pelicans; on South Bird Island, one of the two important breeding colonies in the nation, are having a good nesting season, Baker said. Louis Rawalt of Corpus Christ! is warden. Second-Chain, opposite the U. S. Wildlife Service Aransas Refuge, has the ·second largest coastal colony, of roseate spoonbills (Vingt- 'un has the largest). Nesting, also, are black crowned 'night herons, white ibis, brown pelicans, Louisiana herons, American, snowy and reddish egrets. largest flock, about 400, of pelicans n«?sl on West Bayj Bird Island nnd there, loo, are] x)ut 300 while faced glos-' ibis, On all sanctuaries, Baker said, this is nn improvement over 1053, when drought affected hirdlife as well as ali oilier. Green Island, particularly, which was "brown" last year is looking better. Protected for Venrs "Birds nest on many -reefs and islands along Hie coast," the Audobon president pointed out, "but the Society has not sufficient funds to protect all, so only those sites that have proved outstanding a'nd are more or less 'ancestral' homes were chosen and have been under protection for many years." Further, and more permanent and uniform protection, for these sanctuaries will be sought in a bill to come before the state legislature next year. Green and South Bird Islands were leased to the Society by the Legislature in 1923 for 50 years; hut Lydia Ann, Second Chain and West Bird Bay Islands are held only under five-year grazing leases, for nominal rentals, from the Tjxas General Land Office. The lease on Lydia Ann expires ne'xt GETTING UP NIGHTS !( trorrted bf too frequent, burning or l l e h l n t u r l n j t t l o n , D o l l i n g U p N i g h t * , Ruckuchc, Prei*ur« over Bladder, at airong Cloudy Urine, due to ccrnmnn Klrtney nnrt BUddtr Irritation, Irj CV8TKX for q u i c k , gratifying. rnmfortlriK help, 90fl m l l l l r m OYSTKX Ubltli u*cd In pn't jf, jturt f rovr «»fety «nd MKCCJI. A«k rlruttel»t for t'VflTKX vnitrr mcn«y-h«rk Ru«r«nlc.f. tt« ho« much better you feel loniorrow. year, the other two were recently renewed. Vingt'un, In Galveston Bay, was established a.s a slate wildlife sanctuary by tho Legislature in ]!W, under the administration of the Texas Game and Fish Commission, which in turn, delegated protection !o the Audo-j hon Society. 'Worked Splendidly'' "Due to the cooperation of Land Commissioner Bascom Giles and of Howard Dodgen, director of TGFC, the program has worked splendidly thus far," Baker said. "Buf'jt should be assured of permanency by uniform laws regulating it." The plan is to amend the Act of 1923 to include all sanctuaries; also to provide uniform regulation of drilling and oil explorations (which now may come as close as 300 feet in some cases), forbid entry on the islands in the nesting season (Feb. ]5 to August 15), and prevent disturbance of the vegetation at any time of the year. Garages, fcdditiont tr Repair* ns lnwn-3f.Mos. lo P«y. c: ,r 2 '?; 1 , r ** rn B« . Montll| y. all wit ."''"LUIS S. MARMION RELAX-RIDE COOL WITH A.R.A. REFRIGAIR TERMS AVAILABLE · A.R.A. Sales and Service Center 1715 N Moiquifc T«l_7.7»«6 the show piece of your home" 32 tube performance Joe Weil HARDWARE 12 Mnquit* Ph. 4-9942 We 5orv/c« Initatl Ounelvc* , t

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