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The Spoonbill, Vol. 45, No. 1, January 1996 - Image 5. 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/1179.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 45, No. 1, January 1996
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  • Mueller Boyce, Judith
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date January 1996
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  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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Transcript FREEPORT CBC (1954-1995) Species: 190 Individuals: 84,603 Participants: I OO Best Bird: House Finch December 17,1995: A Weather and Government Double Whammy! Species and participants totals were the lowest in over 25 years, primarily due to two factors: (1) Torrential rain and tornadoes, and (2) U.S. government shutdown that closed Brazoria NWR. The 1995 species count of 190, 23 species below both the 10 and 15-year moving averages of 213 species, has not been seen at Freeport since prior to 1970. Similarly, the participant total of 100 was 52 participants short of our 10 and 15-year moving averages. On count day as much as 6-8 inches of rain fell within the count circle and two tornadoes passed through, one over the Quintana Jetty just after our jetty party returned to shore. This tornado was carrying 12-inch diameter tree logs over 100 feet in the air and it sunk a large shrimp boat in-me vicinity. As if this was not enough, the political gamesmanship in Washington, D.C., that shut down the "nonessential" parts of the government, resulted in closure of the Brazoria NWR, an integral part of the Freeport CBC. This meant no marsh buggies (loss of two rail species), no boats for the lake and bay observations we do on the count (loss of at least two shorebird species), and no access to the best prairie and marsh habitat available within the count circle. It is a tribute to 100 dedicated participants that we counted a total of 190 species under such dreadful conditions. I would not wish these conditions on any other count that we "compete" with! Even in these dreadful circumstances some good birds were seen, including Franklin's Gull, Yellow-headed Blackbird, House Finch and six species of hummingbirds. The weather and closure of Brazoria NWR resulted in numerous missed regular (for normal count days) species. Freeport's compilers thank all participants who braved the dreadful conditions on count day, and we especially thank all those participants who hung in there until the end. We also thank Dow Chemical for hosting the count dinner again and for allowing access to many properties within the count circle. Thanks also go out to the other landowners who allowed access to their property and thanks to Houston Audubon Society for sponsoring the count. We will return next year for our 40th anniversary with the hope of better conditions to conduct the Freeport CBC that might result in at least average numbers of species, individuals and participants. Jim Morgan SPRING CREEK CBC (1981-1995) Species: 82 Individuals: 5501 Participants: 39 Best Bird: Osprey December 30,1995: "Rain, rain, go away." For the second year in a row it rained on our count day. Thirty- nine participants in five teams tallied 82 total species. This year we found two species more than in the 1994 count, but 82 is still below our average. The total individual count of 5501 was also well below our average. However, these are super numbers for the terrible weather conditions. After long periods of watching the downpour, it became obvious that we were not going to set any new records. For the first time since 1986, we failed to see any geese. You know it's a hard rain when the geese are grounded. The number of hawks and vultures was also low. This was the only year since the count was started that we failed to see a House Wren and the only year, except 1984, to miss a Brown- headed Nuthatch. There were some bright spots in the dreary day. Three Osprey were counted. The last time Osprey were reported on count day was in 1986. Two House Finch added a new bird to our count list. One count party reported eight sparrow species, including LeConte's. The 220 Cedar Waxwings is the highest reported number since 1991. The Piney Woods Wildlife Society initiated die Spring Creek CBC in 1981 to monitor the effect of spreading urbanization in The Woodlands. The count circle is approximately centered at 1-45 north and Rayford-Sawdust Road John Jones MAD ISLAND MARSH (1993-1995) Species: 2 I O Individuals: 600,000+ Participants: 58 Best bird: "Shearwater" December 18,1995: The third Mad Island Christmas count participants braved flash flood warnings, flooded roads and fields, early morning rain and strong winds to report five more species than 1994's count total in 14 fewer party-hours. Nineteen species not seen in the previous two counts were added and five regularly occurring species were not seen. Thus far, 237 species have been reported during the three years of this CBC. The combination of severe weather, flooding and a mild fall undoubtedly had effects on birds available to count, as well as last year's super production of grassland species. On count day, 81 species showed negative population trends from previous counts, 64 species positive and 25 mixed. Fewer waterfowl, owls, fringillids and blackbirds were reported. Deep water birds, fish eaters, hummingbirds, woodpeckers and swallows generally showed positive trends, while raptors, shorebirds and songbirds had mixed results. Species with extraordinary high tallies for this count site were Pied- billed Grebe, Eared Grebe, Northern Gannet, American White Pelican, White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Roseate Spoonbill, Mallard Red- breasted Merganser, Black Vulture, Northern Bobwhite, Virginia Rail, American Oystercatcher, Black- necked Stilt, Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, American Woodcock, Mourning Dove, Common Ground- Dove, Red-bellied and Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Phoebe, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted