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The Spoonbill, Vol. 38, No. 11, November 1989 - Image 2. November 1989. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 20, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/1045/show/1036.

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(November 1989). The Spoonbill, Vol. 38, No. 11, November 1989 - Image 2. Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/1045/show/1036

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 38, No. 11, November 1989
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 11, November 1989
Contributor (Local)
  • Price, Libby
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date November 1989
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 2007-023, Box 12, Folder 5
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Digital Collection Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters
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Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript by Noel Pettingell 10 YEARS AGO/FROM NOV. 1979 SPOONBILL "Notes from a Compulsive Bird Feeder by Anne B. Speers "A continual feeding program...does three things: lures the birds to strategic spots where they can be easily viewed, provides for a much denser population than nature would otherwise allow, and thirdly this large resident population tends to attract migrants to our neck of the woods—again, a convenience for a lazy birdwatcher. "Our feeding program goes on year around. Feeders are located on both sides and to the rear of the house. There are eight permanent feeders plus eight more 'stations' where peanut butter/suet mix is offered, plus two ground-feeding areas, and 3 plain suet feeders. This may sound excessive, but one of the primary things I've learned is that a LITTLE feed placed in many spots and in different types of feeders, will attract far more birds than a lot of feed in one or two spots. The big advantage to this type of feeding is that it prevents a few dominant, aggressive species from crowding out the more timid, retiring species. Most of these feeders are close to dense cover, with one feeding 'yard' area in more open circumstances for ground feeders. "This feeding program has resulted in about 20 to 25 species seen daily at our -feeders during winter_ months and about 20 in the summer. Of these about 10 are year-round nesting species. This means, as individual birds, well into the hundreds visit us daily. Besides sparrows (house) and starlings, the one bird I do not encourage is the mockingbird. He will not only chase away all mockers, but every other bird in the area if he can. If this happens I simply keep increasing the feeding spots until it is physically impossible for him to patrol them all, and he usually leaves in frustration...We have had a total of 75 species utilizing our feeders and/or bird bath." BUFFALO BAYOU CBC NEEDS FEEDER WATCHERS The Buffalo Bayou CBC, the only count within Houston, is centered on Audubon's E. L. Moore Sanctuary; it extends from Memorial Park on the east to beyond Highway 6 on the west, and from the Southwest Freeway at West Belt on the south to FM 529 near Jersey Village on the north. If you can't join the count in the field, please help count birds at your feeder or while running errands if you are within the circle. So much of the circle is residential that some species like hummingbirds will be missed without help from residents. No fee is required of feeder watchers, and you don't need a lot of birding experience. If you are a resident of the circle or have a friend who could help please call Doug Williams (681-8433) or Bob Honig (665-6963). Buffalo Bayou CBC is on December 23. MINUTES OF OG MEETING, NOV. 7 In preparation for Christmas Bird Counts, Peter Gottschling presented the novices with instructions on how to write up a rare bird report. This proved to be an excellent introduction to the evening's program detailing physical features of a bird. Richard Uzar called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. John Buckman announced that the field trip to Welder refuge had been canceled due to lack of interest. A field trip to Sheldon Lake State Park will be held November 18, and we will help towards a checklist for the park. Jerry Patrick gave the treasurer's report and also encouraged people to attend the Rockport trip in January. OG members were asked to fill in Clearing House reports on field trips* Rene Franks posted the entries in the OG business card contest. Those at the meeting voted their preference. Richard formally invited all OG members to participate in the Houston CBC on December 16, which is sponsored by the OG. Arch Dillard is looking for boats for the Galveston CBC the day after Christmas. Call him at (713) 996-0107 if you have a boat and can help out. Lee Richardson announced that Lane's A Birder's Guide to Florida was donated to our library by Mike Austin. In appreciation for the printing of our new checklist by Phillips Petroleum, two plaques made by Ed Rozenburg were presented. Mark McElroy accepted the awards for himself and Philip Caudill, who had been called out of town in relation to last month's explosion at the Phillips plant. Good bird sightings were announced; the most notable was the Ringed Kingfisher at Brazos Bend SP, the first sighting on the UTC. Joan Walker invited all OG members to an Earth and Sky Nature Awareness workshop at the Museum of Natural History on November 18. Ted Eubanks presented the program, "Bird Topography." Ted instructed the group in proper terminology for the parts of a bird, and emphasized the need to clarify reports for the CH and CBC's. He led the group through a series of slides detailing the parts of the head, torso, wings, legs and feet. He cautioned us against using vague words like "long" or "big". Instead one should measure in relation to another part of the bird. Kathy DeFord, Secretary YOUR ORNITHOLOGY GROUP NEEDS: 1. IBM or IBM compatible computer to help OG and Spoonbill Editorial Staff in publication of The Spoonbill. If you are upgrading or have a spare, consider a Christmas gift to the OG and yourself (you take the tax write-off). Contact Richard Uzar. 2. Publishing software to go with above. 3. Involvement of OG member to work with public relations professional in advertisement of OG events. Opportunity to learn public relations techniques, meet local public officials while aiding the OG in gaining recognition on the Upper Texas Coast. Contact Richard Uzar for details.