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The Spoonbill, Vol. 43, No. 1, January 1994 - Image 5. 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/1365.

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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
Language English
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Transcript races), Short-billed Dowitcher, Caspian Tern, Barn Owl, Tennessee Warbler, and Rose-breasted and Black-headed Grosbeaks. The Mad Island Marsh CBC was originated to produce a comprehensive annual early winter survey of the birds in the vicinity of the Runnelk Family Mad Island Marsh Preserve and Mad Island Wildlife Management Area, two landownerships dedicated to quality wildlife management. In addition, the CBC was designed to: 1) Include within its 15-mile diameter circle, centered just east of the WMA the many different habitats, enhancing the possibility of tallying high numbers of species and 2) Publicize the high diversity of bird life at the two wildlife areas and the county of Matagorda, which are not well known, and 3) Compete at a national and regional level with other Christmas counts. The results of thk inaugural count exceeded our expectations. To a large part, the success of thk CBC was due to: 1) access to land provided by Franzen Farms, Gulf Corporation at Old Gulf, Houston Light and Power at their STP nuclear power plant, Selkirk Island Corp., The Nature Conservancy of Texas at its Mad Island Marsh Preserve and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department at its WMA; 2) skilk, efforts and enthusiasm of birders from Austin, Bay City, Corpus Christi, Houston, Lake Jackson, San Antonio, Victoria and Waller, and 3) the promotions of The Nature Conservancy of Texas staff. We hope the bird data provided will give private landowners within the survey area the satisfaction of knowing that thk portion of Matagorda County provides diverse, quality habitat equal or better than any place in the country during early winter, and we hope participating birders realize that they have become Charter members to a very special CBC. With the continued cooperation and help of everybody, thk count should continue to produce high numbers and bring recognition to thk very special part of Texas. Brent Ortego and Jim Bergen, Compilers. GALVESTON CBC The Galveston count was held - Monday, December 27, 1993. The weather was sunny and warm after a gray start. Most of the oldtimers showed up for their areas and a total of 41 birders participated in the count. The total species counted was only 160 on count day plus three most species during count week. The total bird count was 55,507. Both of these numbers were lower than previous years, probably due to the fewer participants as' well as to the disappearance of habitat. Last year we had 48 participants and 169 species and 66,384 birds. My impression is that the species are still here but that the populations have diminished in number. Happily, the Brown Pelicans are making an amj»?ing comeback. Thk year we counted 1057, whereas just a few years ago we were lucky to get just one. We had three boats out into West Bay and East Bay thk year and hope to repeat thk next year. Thk helps to get a more acccurate count. Many, many thanks to non- birders John Cheeseman and Bob Hartley for thk boat transportation, provided gratis. Thanks ako to newcomer, David Hedgepeth. The west end counters, out around Sportsman's Road and the golf course, had their best count (105 species) in many years according to area leader, Dr. George Clayton of Sea Isle, who reported Caracara for the first time ever on a Galveston count and repeated on the Short-eared Owl, found in the same spot as last year. Our Roseate Spoonbill count was only 49, down from the high number of 64 last year. The Thayer's Gull, photographed by Dwight Peake the week before, was not found on count day. A very wet and bedraggled Peregrine Falcon was photographed after an unsuccessful struggle to kill a Laughing Gull near the ship channel. The sunny skies undoubtedly helped us to get two hummingbird species, Rufous and Ruby-throated, at feeders. A first year birder, Barbara Rapstein, found her own lifer—Grove- billed Ani—on Virginia Point on the mainland side. Three cheers! Much thoughtless and pointless removal of vegetation and trees has occurred in the vicinity of the Texas City Dike and the LaMarque marshes, and thk has a decidedly adverse effect on bird populations. I hope we can hold on to whatever k left so that the birds, too, can hang on. Arch Dillard ATTWATER CBC 1993 RAIN, the sound every Christmas Count coordinator dreads, was the sound that woke me at 4 a.m. on count day, December 22. I lay awake in the trailer at Attwater wondering, "How many people would show up to count birds in the cold rain? and Why did I leave my raincoat in the car?" Amazingly, even with a half day of cold rain, the 1993 Attwater count turned out to be a good one. Thirty-four stalwart souk braved the weather and found 312,881 birds of 161 species. Thk k the same number of species we had in 1992 when the weather was very nice and the Attwater count was the 25th count in the nation There were no species seen that were new to the count, but there were several that were unusual. A Yellow-crowned Night-Heron found by Marilyn Crane's group was only the second one seen on an Attwater count. Tom Taroni's group found three Harris' Hawks, last seen on the count in 1983, and a Tennessee Warbler, last found in 1982. The Burrowing Owl found by Dawn and Ross Carrie was only the third on an Attwater count. Least Grebes showed up at several locations, but the Masked Ducks,