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The Spoonbill, Vol. 38, No. 10, October 1989 - Image 5. October 1989. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 19, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/1072/show/1066.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 38, No. 10, October 1989
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 10, October 1989
Contributor (Local)
  • Price, Libby
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date October 1989
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript SUMMER SPARROW ADVENTURES by Christine Bourgeois I have been known to say, "I'm not interested in sparrows—they all look alike." I stand corrected. Thinking back on this summer's birding experiences I most relish discovering summer sparrows. During Memorial weekend a birding friend and I were told that Cassin's and Botteri's Sparrows were sighted near Tivoli above the Aransas NWR. The location was a field composed of tufts of sharp, pointed grass, some of it matted together. Having arrived in the field our first sighting was a fledgling Horned Lark being fed by a parent. Walking further we heard a beautiful, musical trill and I noticed a bird light on a bush in the distance. To my surprise, within a few seconds it was airborne again, rising about six feet while singing its sweet song. Then it drifted silently, legs dangling, to its perch. This skylarking behavior was its signature—a Cassin's. After spending some time walking around and observing numerous Cassin's in action we became curious about the buzzy chirp notes coming from the grasses. We followed the sound only to have it stop and then start up again in a different location. To flush the bird we surrounded the grasses, pointing the direction of the chirp and walking toward it until finally we flushed a flat-headed, clear-breasted Grasshopper Sparrow. We observed several after that and often they had, yes, a grasshopper dangling from their bills. On our way back to the car a definitely different, brownish sparrow flew from the tall grasses by the fence right past us. It was hot, we were tired and we looked at each other. Could we stand more? No. Would we want to miss the chance that this was a Botteri's? No. We followed the sparrow to the cattle pen. It splayed its long, rufousy-brown tail and we were able to observe it long enough to feel positively that it was a Botteri's before it disappeared. (Later the next month this bird responded immediately to a tape of its song, further adding to the certainty of identification.) Later in the summer while vacationing in Florida we searched for Bachman's Sparrow. We traveled through plenty of Bachman's territory with no luck. After receiving a lead that Osceola National Forest would be a sure thing we decided to check it out on the way home. When we left the main road on a dirt road through piney woods we were at once surrounded by the sounds of Rufous-sided Towhees and Bachman's Sparrows. We played a recording of the Bachman's song in several different areas but saw no sparrows. Playing the tape in one location we received a response on the left, then two on the right. Each time the recording would sing, a Bachman's would respond, but not reveal itself. These were indeed secretive sparrows. We looked through every bush, past pines and into palmetto thickets, but could not find a single Bachman's. In frustration, my birding partner got out of the car and slowly walked in the direction of the song in an attempt to flush that bird. But once she was out of the car, the music stopped. After an hour and a half we gave up and decided to head out. Just before entering the main road there were all kinds of bird songs and activities in the pines, so we just walked around adding birds to the day's tally. Suddenly, above the brush, silent, appeared a sparrow, a curious reddish-brown, buff- breasted fellow just checking things out—yes, a Bachman's. The sight of the Cassin's lifting into the air and the sound of that sweet song is still an experience I can go back to any time; I just close my eyes. The Bachman's discontinuing its song when my friend got out of the car still makes me laugh. Sparrows have captured my heart. Locating them is sometimes a challenge; sighting them is a rewarding experience. BOLIVAR FLATS CLEANUP ON A WINDY DAY by Celeste Hinds More than 125 hearty souls braved 15-knot winds and blowing sand for the September 23rd Bolivar Flats Cleanup. Represented were the Outdoor Nature Club - OG, Houston Audubon Society, Piney Woods Wildlife Society, Port Bolivar 4-H Club, High Island 4-H Club, Boy Scout Troop 848 and perhaps another organization or two that didn't complete the sign-up forms. More than 150 bags were filled in the area just west of the barricade and'about 50 in the area immediately to the east. Plastic seemed to be the most widely collected item listed, paper products and rope running close seconds. Galveston County trucks picked up the bags about mid-morning and again in early afternoon. The Center for Marine Conservation in Washington, D.C. is the parent sponsor for the cleanup. Collection bags and Popeye badges were furnished by Mobil Oil Corporation. Shorebirds of the Bolivar Peninsula send personal thanks to all who participated in making their winter home a cleaner spot. FOR OG Information, checklists, maps, contact Maxine Davis, 10602 Cedarhurst, Houston 77096, 723-8559. SEND bird sightings for Clearing House to: Clearing House (OG), P.O. Box 271374, Houston TX 77277. TEXAS RARE Bird Alert Tape, sponsored by Piney Woods Wildlife Society and Houston Audubon Society: (713) 821-2846. FOR LOCAL nature societies' meetings and field trips call the Audubon Society's "Voice of the Naturalist" tape: 932-1392. SEND material for Spoonbill to Editor, Libby Price. 3715 Sunset, Houston 77005, 665-1159. SEND dues, subscriptions and address changes to Jerry Patrick. 814 St. Francis, Houston 77079. Members' annual dues: $15 (ONC $5, OG $10). Spoonbill subscriptions for non-members: $13.