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The Spoonbill, Vol. 45, No. 1, January 1996 - Image 4. January 1996. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 1, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/1185/show/1178.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 45, No. 1, January 1996
Contributor (Local)
  • Mueller Boyce, Judith
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date January 1996
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 19
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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 Christmas Count Reports OG's HOUSTON CBC (1913 & 14,1924,30,32,39-95) Species: 162 Individuals: 79, I 28 Participants: 64 Best Bird: Blue Grosbeak and Yellow Warbler December 16,1995: Fog blanketed the Baytown area to usher in the 57th consecutive Houston Christmas Bird Count (HCBC), and the 62nd count in all. Temperatures ranged from the low 50's to the high 70's, as 64 participants took to the fields, woodlands, and waterways of the oldest CBC on the upper Texas coast to try and improve upon last year's species total of 149, the lowest since 1973. Preplanning and a lot of luck allowed the count to field four boats into the wild waters of the Houston ship channel this year, in part due to the efforts of the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service(NRCS). For two years, the NRCS has pumped dredge material unto Atkinson's Island and with the help of Americorp volunteers, completed a fantastic marsh restoration project. Ms. Nancy Webb of the service contacted me with an offer to use 3 of their boats and volunteers to take a group of our birdwatchers to Atkinson's and Hogg Island to view their handiwork up close, and begin a comprehensive bird census of the island. In addition, birders used Galveston Bay Foundation's boat, the Bay Ranger, to census other areas of the channel, including Burnet Bay, Alexander Island and Cedar Bayou. As a result of these efforts, and the hard work of all our area leaders and participants, the Houston count rebounded to match our ten year average of 162 species. In addition to finding a most unusual Common Nighthawk, David Bradford's Area 2 birders located the best bird of the count, a female Blue Grosbeak, seen for only the 3rd time in the count's history. A close competitor for best bird honors was the Yellow Warbler seen in John and Gloria Tveten's yard during count week, for only the fourth time on our count. For the eighth consecutive year, Brown Pelicans were seen— an impressive 110 individuals in five different areas. This was the fifth year in a row that House Finch has been seen on the count. Aaron Stoley's Area 1 produced the count's only Ross'Goose, high species totals of eight Pileated Woodpeckers and 30,000 Red- winged Blackbirds,and nine other high species totals. David Bradford's Area 2 birders had many exclusives and high species totals, including the only Barn Owl seen on the count and their usual Red-headed Woodpeckers and Sprague's Pipits. Rob Thacker's team in Area 3 had high species totals for Gadwall, American Wigeon, Ring-necked Duck, Long-billed Dowitcher and the ubiquitous Yellow-rumped Warbler. New Area 4 leader, Bob Luckner, and Baytown resident, George Slaughter, birding in the urban heartland, saw one of only two Sharp- shinned Hawk and PeregrineFalcon. They also had high species totals for American Pipits, Eastern Meadowlarks and House Sparrows. Judy Behrens and Don Ryan took over leadership of Area 5, and located 17 count exclusive Horned Grebes, a Rufous Hummingbird Yellow-throated Vireo, Fox Sparrow, and Bewick's Wren. Dr. David Marrack's Area 6 reported the highest area species total at 110, and reported the only Long-billed Curlew. Richard Uzar's Area 7 team counted 80 American Avocets and count exclusives Scissor-tailed Flycatcher and American Oystercatcher. Delton Goodin, filling in for Ed Rozenberg in Area 8, located the count's only Boat-tailed Grackles, and had the high species total of 19 Hooded Merganser. Don Francis's Area 9 recorded high species totals for Green-winged TeaL Northern Shoveler, Ruddy Duck, and both yellowlegs, and was one of only two areas to see Redhead. Birding in Area 10, John LaGroue and team recorded high species totals of Common Goldeneye, Red-breasted Merganser, Least and Western Sandpipers, and was one of only two areas to find Rufous-sided Towhee. The fleet setting sail in the ship channel, Area 11, was manned by Kathy Pyne, Caroline Callery, Doris Graham, Bob Honig, Mark Scheuerman, Flo Hannah, Ginny Hartman, and P. D. Hulce, as well as the volunteers from USDA and Americorp. This area found an impressive 13 exclusive species: Horned Lark last seen in 1977; Stilt Sandpiper; Harris Hawk for only the second count record; 14 Clapper Rails; eight Virginia Rails last seen in 1982; Sora; Reddish Egret; and Black Skimmer. Atkinson's Island also produced an amazing 250 Sharp-tailed Sparrows, and over 100 Marsh Wrens. Species that were missed completely included Northern Pintail, Canvasback, Northern Bobwhite, King Rail, Ruddy Turnstone, Bonaparte's Gull, Common Ground Dove, Short-eared Owl, Brown Creeper, Winter Wren, Cedar Waxwing, Black and White Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, and Pine Siskin. The continuing success of the Houston CBC is due to the many private businesses, public utilities, and individuals that allow access to their private property. Our thanks go out to Houston Lighting and Power, Chevron, the Port of Houston Authority, and all of the many others. The area leaders are perhaps the most important part of a successful CBC. Recruiting birders and collecting all the data takes organization and dedication. I feel that the Houston CBC area leaders are among the most dedicated and enthusiastic birders around and our most sincere thanks go out to each and every one of them, and to all of the great participants that help to make the Houston CBC one of the top counts in the nation. I hope that you all can return and participate in the count again next year. P.D. Hulce