Volume III Number 3
>##Two pycchologists asked California U
^students which animal they f& like to be
*If they had to be reincarnated as one.
#QJie favorite among women: Cats; among
%en: Birds, "the bigger, the better15.
* - TEMPO - Juno 8, 1953
Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club, Houaton. Texas
SCHEDULED: August 5, Thursday 8 PM, O.G. Meeting, 5815 Schuler.
All the data pertaining to the 54th Christmas Count has finally
been compiled, duly tabulated, and published in the AUDURON FIELD
NOTES (April issue). Our position in the national ranking of counts
from the standpoint of species variety is somewhat lower than the
optimistic prediction of third, fourth, or fifth place so boldly prophesied in the January, 1954 issue of NATURE CLUB NOTES. In fact,
we didn't, finish as high as we did last year, six areas having exceeded our count of 143 species. But we were contending with a
greater-than-ever national interest in the annual count, which in
turn produced keener-than-ever competion and an all-time record num^
ber of participants (75334) and reports (521 - 45 with 100 or more
species). Rut we can still fall back on our highest-in-the-nation
Spring Count record of 2^0 species; and, of course, there 's always
the next Christmas Count to look foward to optimistically I
A summary of the 1953 Christmas Count is to be found in the July
August 5. Thursday 8 PM, 0. G. Meeting» 5815 Schuler
The monthly meeting will again be held at Leonard KcV/hirter Ts. We
congratulate Leonard on his excellent slides of birds, taken with a
telephoto lens, which he showed at the meeting July 1. Outstanding
pictures were: Laughing Gulls, Ruddy Turnstone, American Bittern,
Purple Gallinule,Prairie Chicken, Cliff Swallows building nests, and
a pair of Summer Tanagers feeding their young.
Galveston Island Field Trip - June £7« 1954
. Yfeatherwise, the trip was just what we ordered, being nice and cool.
A great many of the ponds on the Island were nearly, or completely
dry; however, enough birds were seen to satisfy the group. Highlights
of the day included Ruddy Diic.ks^ three immature Soras. a large group
of Black Terns (in various stages of plumage), and a Reddish Egret
(white phase). The four members traveling in the lasf car were
thrilled to see, what was believed to be, a Lonr^billed Cur lev; (late) .
Some time was spent watching the Blftokrjaecked Stilts and Black
Skimmers feeding. The group was fortunate enough to be able to walk
within 25 feet of a Lesser Scaup. Also viewed at very close range
was the V/hite-faced Ibis. One oddity was noted - an albino House
Sparrow. Observers on the trip were: Mary Clark, Betty Crowley,
Russel Hilliard (Beaumont) , Hoien McMullen, Don Melstrom, James Murray,
Mac Ramsey, Charlotte Reindl, Josiephine Wilkin, Ella and Helen Wolfer.
At the end of the day, part, of the group "killed two birds with one
stone11, 'so to speak, by prolonging their visit in or&ar to' enjoy a
DID XOIT KNOW
...that Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher and naturalist
(384-322 B. C.), was one of the first to discuss bird migration?
that the Wood Thrush can sing as many as four simultaneous nates?
FOR YOUR IWORMATION
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Our Gulf Coast Regional List now contains 379 species (plusJ^-Zg*
subspecies), with the addition of the Purple Sandpiper recorded at
Galveston last December. (See detailed report in Texas Ornithological