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The Spoonbill, Vol. 11, No. 20, December 1963 - Image 2. December 1963. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 1, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/1104/show/1093.

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(December 1963). The Spoonbill, Vol. 11, No. 20, December 1963 - Image 2. Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/1104/show/1093

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 11, No. 20, December 1963
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. XI, No. 20, December 1963
Contributor (Local)
  • Ellis, Pat
  • Ellis, Jim
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date December 1963
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Ornithology
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Houston, Texas
Genre (AAT)
  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 2007-023, Box 9, Folder 21
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Original Collection Outdoor Nature Club Records
Digital Collection Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections/
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Transcript BIG THICKET FIELD TRIP By Dick and Orbie Miller This trip began auspiciously under a crisp, sparkling, cloudless sky on Saturday, November 23rd. The meeting place was the Livingston Court House and shortly after 9s00 AM a caravan of cheerful and anticipatory birders moved eastward toward the forest's heart in search of the somewhat exiguous Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Our leader was dashing Dr. David Marrack, who, with the skill and resourcefulness of a mountain man or a coureur de bois, guided us unerringly (well, at least, often) through the uncharted trails and tangled fastness of this East Texas wilderness. Also present were Beth Elount and Betty Roberts, two charming ladies from San Antonio who proved to be capable birders. Members of the Houston Ornithology Group present were Pat Ellis, Louise and Henry Hoffman, Ralph Hunter, Nancy and Jerry Strickling and Orbie and Dick Miller. On Saturday the area from Dallardsville to Warren was thoroughly covered including the Big Sandy Creek and Wood's Creek sections. Saturday night excellent accomodations were available at Woodville,and at 7:00 AM Sunday the file of cars again set out to visit the area east of Warren and Kountze including Big Turkey Creek, Drakes Brook, Village Creek and the tower near the Hampton oil field. Here occurred the high spot of the trip when two Red-cockaded Woodpeckers were observed which stayed in the vicinity long enough for all to see. As we watched additional ones appeared until at last five of these rare birds were seen working on one tree. After this most satisfying experience the sublime ceremony most dear to a birder's heart was joyously performed, namely lunch. We then proceeded to the ranch of Mr. Williford (who says he has seen the Ivory-billed Woodpecker many years ago) near Kountze for an additional walk and then left for home. The weather, food, lodging and companionship were all of the best and a most enjoyable time was had except for one jarring note when Ralph Hunter, noted for his amiability and extensive knowledge of birds, gave us the unwelcome news that he had accepted a position in Urbana, Illinois and would shortly be leaving us. We are sorry to lose Ralph but wish him good fortune in his new undertaking. Oh yes, 66 species were identified including the House Sparrow. What's that you say? The Ivory-bill? No doubt next year will be different. Species seen; Brewer's and Red-winged Blackbirds, Mallard, Blue-gray Gnateateher, Cooper's Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Sparrow Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Eastern Meadowlark, Mockingbird, Cardinal, Catbird, Brown-headed and Red-breasted Nuthatches, Black and Turkey Vultures, Orange-crowned Warbler, Yellow-throated Vireo, Rufous-sided Towhee, Brown Thrasher, Carolina Wren, House Wren, Winter Wren, Eastern Phoebe, Robin, Myrtle Warbler, Pine Warbler, Cedar Waxwing, Cattle Egret, Mourning Dove, Song Sparrow, Vesper Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Lincoln's Sparrow, Chipping Sparrow,Field Sparrow, Pine Siskin, Yellow- bellied Sapsucker, Yellow-shafted Flicker, Downy Woodpecker, Pileated Woodpecker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-cockaded Woodpecker, American Woodcock, Loggerhead Shrike, Solitary Vireo, Hermit Thrush, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, Belted Kingfisher, Killdeer, Common Crow, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Slate-colored Junco, Brown Creeper, Empidonax Flycatcher, Common Grackle, American Goldfinch, Blue Jay, Eastern Bluebird, Bobwhite, Little Blue Heron. PELAGIC TRIP - CALIFORNIA STYLE 10-5-65 By Clinton Snyder I did something I didn't think that I could do any more. I got 15 lifers in 6 hours! Needless to say, the pelagic trip was a complete success. We took two boats out of Monterrey and kept in sight of each other while we kept in touch by radio. The boats were considerably smaller than the Captain Doc. It was almost calm going out. We saw many sharks - in fact, everywhere you looked you could see their fins. The water, of course, is clear immediately offshore. We also picked up a school of porpoise. Then, we started seeing Alcids - mostly flying away in pairs. We saw them all the way out - 30 miles. Eventually 1 got a good look at all of them; Xantus' Murrelet, Cassin's Auklet, Rhino Auklet, Tufted Puffin, and Common Murre. About 5 miles out we started seeing Shearwaters - Sooty