Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club Houston, Texas
Judith Mueller Boyce, Editor; Don Richardson, Technical Consultant
VOLUME XLI, No. 12
Saturday, January 9: OG FIELD TRIP TO WEST HARRIS
COUNTY AND WALLER COUNTY. Join this all-day trip
to look for geese, ducks, hawks and -sparrows. Meet David
Bradford at the jogging trail parking lot in Bear Creek Park
at 7:30 A.M. From Houston take I-10 west to Highway 6.
Follow Hwy. 6 north to Clay Road. Turn right on Clay and
continue past the golf course to the jogging trail parking lot.
Bring a sack lunch-
Sunday, January l(h "BEGINNERS" OG FIELD TRIP TO
WEST HARRIS COUNTY AND WALLER COUNTY. A
trip just for beginners that will go slow and easy. David
Bradford will help the beginner identify and find sparrows.
We will also see geese, ducks and hawks. We will meet at
7:30 A.M. in Bear Creek Park at the jogging trail parking lot
(see directions above). Bring lunch. Questions? Call David
Monday, January 11: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP
MEETING. 7:30 PJVI. Harris County Bayland Community
Center located on the north -side of Bissonnet just west of
Hillcroft. Held identification expert and author, Jon L.
Dunn, will present a program on the intricacies of North
American flycatcher identification. Birding-since age eight,
Jon has «pent most of his life in California where he began
writing field identification articles for Western Tanager and
Birring at age 23. In 1981 he, along with Kimball Garrett,
published Birds of Southern r^lifnrni^, and he has -since
published numerous articles in most of the finest
ornithological journals. Jon also -served as chief consultant
for both editions of the National Geographic Society Birds
of North America and is considered one of North America'-s
top field identification experts. Jon's excellent slides and
thorough coverage of the -subject will open your eyes with a
better way to view this difficult family of birds. Learning
Corner is at 7:00 PJVI. Waterfowl will be discussed.
Wednesday, January 20: WEEKDAY FIELD TRIP TO
BRAZOS BEND STATE PARK. We will visit Brazos Bend
State Park for a half-day looking for winter resident
passerines, as well as waterfowl and raptors. We'll also-stop
at Davis Estates ponds to -see if we can -spot Bald Eagle and
perhaps Tundra Swan. Meet trip leaders, Gail Luckner and
Winnie Burkett, at 8:00 A.M. near the restrooms at 40-Acre
Lake. Bring your -scope! For more details, call Gail
Saturday, January 23: OG FIELD TRIP TO JONES
STATE FOREST AND HUNTSVLLLE STATE PARK.
At Jones State Forest we will look for the endangered Red-
cockaded Woodpecker and Brown-headed Nuthatch and at
Huntsville State Park we hope to find Wood Duck, White-
breasted and Red-breasted Nuthatch, Winter Wren and
Purple Finch. Last year we found seven species of
woodpecker. Meet, Jim Stewart, at the headquarters to
Jones State Forest at 7:30 AJVI. Follow 1-45 north from
Houston about 35 miles to FM 1488. Turn west (left) on
FM 1488. The headquarters is 1.4 miles west of 1-45 on the
north (right) «de of FM 1488. At 11:00 AJVI. we will meet
Dick Payne at Huntsville State Park headquarters. You may
join us for both or just one of our -stops. David Bradford,
Saturday, January 30: OG "WINTER" PELAGIC TRIP.
Here we go again! OG pelagic trip out of Freeport, Texas.
The 65-foot Lady Ana will leave Freeport at 6:30 A.M. and
return to dock about 6:00 PJVI. The cost per person is
$46.00. We will take about 40 birders and NO
FISHERMEN. The intent of this trip is to look for near-
-shore wintering-sea birds such as Northern Gannet,-scoters,
Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers and Black-legged Kittiwake.
We will not go out beyond 20 miles. To reserve your -spot,
I must have your $46.00 check made payable to Captain
Elliot Party Boat by January 5, 1992. Mail your checks to
David Bradford, 18046 Green Hazel Drive, Houston, 77084,
ASAP. There is a Motel 6 within 15 minutes from the boat,