OG LIBRARY ADDING VIDEOS
MINUTES OF OG MEETING OCT. 3, 1989
The OG Library is once again available at our
monthly meetings. Since there is no storage room
at Bayland Park the library will be brought to each
meeting. OG members may check out books which
are automatically due the following month. A list
of the library contents is available at meetings.
Since we cannot bring the entire library with us, you
are invited to call us at 661-1365 to request that
certain books be brought for you to check out.
Did you know that we have over 200 books and
pamphlets in our library? These include some fiction, many books on birding in various states and
countries, Peterson's records and cassette tapes (A
Field Guide to Bird Songs), information about feeding
and housing birds and books concerning various
species, genera and families.
Our newest book, requested by many of you,
is Hawks in Flight, by Dunne/Sibley/Sutton. Two
birding videos have recently been purchased: the
Audubon Society's Video Guide to Birds of North
America, Volume I (waterbirds) and Volume V (songbirds). We are excited about the addition of videos
to our library and eventually we plan to purchase
the entire Audubon series. This is your library and
your suggestions and comments are welcome.
Lee and Don Richardson, Resources Chairmen
LOVE THAT SALVIA
by Libby Price
On September 27th I glanced out my kitchen
window at some red salvia near my fountain to see
if I had a hummingbird. Sure enough, there was one,
but to my surprise there was also a House Sparrow
hovering near the salvia. The sparrow dropped down
and then hovered again, and the hummer flew off.
Three more times the sparrow hovered, about five
seconds at a time, once over the fountain, but twice
putting its beak to a salvia blossom as if trying to
get something from it. Finally it gave up and began
foraging on the ground.
I was about 15 feet away and I couldn't see
any insects even in the bright sunlight. It wasn't
clear to me whether the sparrow was threatening
the hummer—it didn't move in close—or whether it
was just imitating it, or both. I had never seen this
behavior from a sparrow before.
Preceding the meeting John Buckman presented
the novice group with information on fall warblers.
He compared similar warblers and pointed out field
marks that can help tell them apart.
Richard Uzar brought the meeting to order at
7:30. John Buckman announced details of October
and November field trips. There is only one in
November to Welder Wildlife Refuge (see Coming
Events). Charlie Smith announced that ONC tee
shirts and sweat shirts were still available to order.
A sign-up sheet for those interested in a small study
group to explore some aspect of birds was circulated.
The annual Piney Woods bird seed sale is coming soon.
A tradition of donating a book to the OG
library in the name of an outgoing chairman was revived. Two video tapes were donated by the members in the names of former chairmen, Don Richardson and Ed Rozenburg.
Final judging in the business card competition
was postponed until next month, in hopes that more
members will submit entries. Three were received.
The treasurer's motion to establish a spending
policy (published in the September Spoonbill) was
passed with two amendments attached: 1. The
"steering committee" would be the "steering committee, as defined by the chairman"; 2. the spending
proposal being delayed for approval will be published
in The Spoonbill.
Encouragement was given to attend the October 10 Botany Group meeting. The topic of "Grasses"
will be presented by Dr. Larry Brown. Knowing
more about the local grasses can help when making
notes on a bird's habitat.
Dr. Richard Baldauf, Director of Education at
the Museum of Natural Science, presented the program. He encouraged us to think of ideas for Earth
Day 1990, which will actually be Earth Week, April
22-29. His presentation included a variety of slides
and information on our changing focus of environmental concerns. Rather than local problems such
as landfills, the targets are now conditions that can
affect the whole earth, such as clean air and water,
acid rain and loss of forest. Dr. Baldauf carries ph
paper with him to measure the acidity of rain where-
ever he goes. The highest acidity he has recorded
was in Arkansas, with a ph of around 2.8 (on a scale
of 1-14, with 0 being high acid level, and 7 being
neutral, and 14 high alkaline level).
Kathy DeFord, Secretary
HAWKS NEED A BATH TOO
by Bill McClure
On September 13th, 1989, I had the opportunity
to watch a Red-Shouldered Hawk as it took a bath.
It was perched on power line outside my office window during a brief but heavy rain. The hawk spread
its wings, spread the individual feathers on its wings
and other parts of its body, and turned its back to
the rain. It shook its body parts from time to time.
It turned around so that each side as well as front
and back had a chance for the water to penetrate
beneath the feathers. The routine was quite similar
to a songbird taking a bath in a pool of water.
EAGLE LAKE WILD GOOSE FESTIVAL NOV. 18-19
Eagle Lake, Texas, fifty miles south of Houston
on US 90A, has long been a favored area for birders
to observe geese and ducks. This year Eagle Lake
is mounting a Wild Goose Festival that includes tours
to view waterfowl. If you have yearned to get
better sightings here is your chance. There will
also be a Wildlife Art Show, arts and crafts, and
Wild Goose Chases—a bike race and a run for the
more athletic who attend. A donation is requested
of those who attend. For information call either
(409) 234-5496 or (409) 234-5480.