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The Spoonbill, Vol. 43, No. 1, January 1994 - Image 4. January 1994. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 20, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/1371/show/1364.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 43, No. 1, January 1994
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  • Mueller Boyce, Judith
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date January 1994
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  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newsletters
  • periodicals
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Transcript NEWS BRIEFS on at the March OG meeting. * Steve Bennett introduced the evening's speaker, John O'Neill, who took us along on hk 1980 trip to The Noel- Kempff-Mercado Biological Reserve in Bolivia with beautiful slides and wonderful stories of exploration. He pointed out the different habitats he traveled in, and he described the ornithological research and methods of study he and others performed in Bolivia. Estimated attendance at thk meeting: 100. Maggie Dinse, Secretary. HOUSTON CBC Overcast skies, damp conditions and a general scarcity of many familiar wintering birds were not enough to keep 55 enthusiastic observers from participating in the 55th consecutive (and 60th in all) Houston Christmas Bird Count. The total number of individuals, 67,684, was down approximately one-third from last year, primarily due to a decrease in the number of gulk at the Baytown landfill. However, the species total, at 171, was the best in many years, thanks to excellent coverage and some outstanding rarities. At least two new species were added to the counts cumulative total thk year. Many observers in area six were fortunate enough to see a beautiful immature Harris' Hawk, one of many invading the Upper Texas Coast (UTC) thk winter. Vying for honors as best bird of the count would have to be a well-described Pacific Loon, seen at the Cedar Bayou Cooling Ponds. For the sixth year in a row, the Brown Pelican appeared in the count circle, in exceptional numbers thk year. Two hundred and three individuals were seen, for the third highest count ever. Previous high counts were 210 individuals in 1952 and 320 individuals in 1950. Thk resurgence of the Brown Pelican on the UTC k surely one of the most positive environmental changes of the past several decades. Many other uncommon birds were ako seen on the count, including 18 Horned Grebes, 52 Common Goldeneyes, Black and White-winged Scoter, four Peregrine Falcons, Snowy, Piping and Semi-palmated Plovers, American Oystercatcher, Rufous Hummingbird, Bewick's Wren, Northern Oriole, Henslow's Sparrow, House Finch, Harris's Sparrow and Dickcksal. Ako of note were some of the more common species that were missed or seen in very low numbers. Misses included Canada Goose, Ruddy Turnstone and Common Ground Dove. Species with low numbers included Plegadk ibk (1), Long-billed Curlew (1), Rufous-sided Towhee (2), Fox Sparrow (1), Vesper Sparrow (3), Dark-eyed Junco (1), Downy Woodpecker (13) and only five individuak of our only rail species, the Clapper Rail. David Dauphin and Dr. David Marrack receive thk year's leadership awards, for getting the greatest number of observers out in the field. David Dauphin recruited several observers from the Lower Trinity Valley Bird Club and Dr. Marrack's Area Six, had 13 participants for top honors on thk year's count. Area Three leader and count publickt, Jim Day, moved to the Washington, D. C. area thk year and Rob Thacker took over thk area, producing the count's only Northern Oriole and several House Finch as well Jim, we'll mks you, and Rob, our thanks for a good job. I must give special thanks to Area Five participant, Judy Behrens, for allowing our group to eat lunch on her backyard deck, while simultaneously viewing Goldeneyes, Buffleheads, Brown Pelicans, Horned Grebes and numerous other species, as well as securing access to one of the best pieces of private property in Area Five. Access to private property belonging to such organizations as Houston lighting and Power, Chevron and many other businesses and private individuak k extremely important to the continuing success of the Houston CBC, possibly the oldest continuing CBC in Texas. Our sincere thanks go out to all of these organizations and individuak. In 1992, the Houston CBC was ranked 19th out of 1,621 counts in the United States and Canada, up from 26th in 1991. Our most sincere thanks, as always, go the stalwart and dedicated area leaders, who get the people out and thoroughly search the remaining pockets of habitat in the Baytown area, ensuring a complete and accurate census year after year. Our special thanks to each of you and to the many participants that actually get out there and see the birds. I hope all of you are able to return again next year. Looking ahead to 1994, Richard Uzar and I have lots of new ideas which we hope to implement for next year's count. More participation by the OG as a club, more coverage of the water and marsh areas of the count circle, new maps and computer generated checklkts, more post-count feedback to participants, patches, a possible new meeting place for the countdown dinner, and it k hoped, lots more. I hope thk sounds exciting, because we want to see a lot more OG members on thk, the OG's own CBC next year. PJ). Hake, Co-compiler. MAD ISLAND CBC Brent Ortego and Judy Boyce started the first Mad Island Marsh Christmas Count at the stroke of midnight December 17. Then efforts along with 35 other birders produced a very memorable tally of 197 species on count-day and three additional species during count-week. Thk species total was the highest for a first time a U.S. CBC was conducted, and will probably place the Mad Island count in the Top Ten of U.S. CBC tallies thk season. Additional highlights were potential National High counts of individual species for Canada Goose (small