Published by the Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Clia. Houston, Texas
Judith Mueller Boyce, Editor; Don Richardson, Technical Consultant
VOLUME XLI, No. 5
Saturday. June 6: OG FIELD TRIP/PICNIC AT BRAZOS BEND STATE
PARK. Meet the oldtimers as well as newcomers at our 3rd
Annual OG End-of-the-Year Pot Luck Picric. Meet at the park
headquarters at 7:30 A.M. for a half day of enjoying some of
our local nesting birds. At noon we will put down our
binoculars and pick up forks and knives for lunch. Bring
your favorite, easy to make and serve dish to share with
fellow OGers. Be prepared for a great time, hot weather and
mosquitoes. To reach Brazos Bend State Park, follow US 59
south past the Brazos River, then follow the signs. For
those without a Texas Conservation pass the entrance fee is
$5.00 per vehicle. Call David with questions at 855-2615.
Saturday. June 13: TEXAS BREEDING BIRD ATLAS BLOCKBUSTING
EXPEDITION. Area and leader yet to be determined. Call
Jerry Caraviotis for details at 668-2344.
Monday and Tuesday. June 15 and 16: TEXAS BREEDING BIRD
ATLAS BLOCKBUSTING EXPEDITION. Leader: P. D. Hulce. Area:
The Femessey Ranch between Welder NUR and Corpus Christi
along the Mission River in Refugio County. Femessey is a
private ranch which is open on a limited basis to "eco-
tourism" activities such as birdwatching. There may be a
small fee to enter. Call P.D. for details at 863-1142.
Saturday. June 20: TEXAS BREEDING BIRD ATLAS BLOCKBUSTING
EXPEDITION. Leader: Bob Honig. Area: Goliad, Texas. For
more information call Bob at 665-6963.
Saturday. June 27: TEXAS BREEDING BIRD ATLAS BLOCKBUSTING
EXPEDITION. Leaders: Peter Gottschling and Lyme Aldrich.
Area: Crockett, Texas. For details call Peter and Lynne at
Monday. August 3: ORNITHOLOGY GROUP MEETING. 7:30 P.M.
Harris County Bayland Community Center (north side of
Bissomet just west of Hillcroft. Program will be announced
in the July issue of The Spoonbill.
Thursday-Sunday. September 17-20: ROCKPORT'S HUMMER/BIRD
CELEBRATION. Speakers this year include our own David
Bradford, David Dauphin and Ted Eubanks, Jr. as well as Kerm
Kaufman and Pete Dunne among others. For a brochure, call
Rockport/Fulton Area Chamber of Commerce 1-800-242-0071.
Sunday. October 4: 06 PELAGIC TRIP OUT OF PORT ARANSAS on
the Scat-Cat. Leave Port Aransas at 5:30 A.M. and return
about 6:30 P.M. The trip, led by Mike Austin, is for
birders only and still costs just $40.00 per person. To
reserve a spot on the trip mail a $40.00 check, made payable
to Scat-Cat Inc., to David Bradford, 18046 Green Hazel
Drive, Houston, TX 77084. This is refundable in full until
August 20, 1992. After this date no refunds will be made.
The boat holds 90 passengers and the last two OG pelagic
trips had long waiting lists. Mail your full payment to
David as soon as possible. No ice chests are allowed on
board. Soda and sandwiches will be sold on board. We have
group rates at the Seaside Inn in Port Aransas, only minutes
from the boat. Singles are $35.00 per night. To reserve a
room call 512-749-4105 ASAP and mention you are on the 06
pelagic trip. Direct any questions to David Bradford at
THE PURPLE MARTIN HOUSE DONATED BY THE 06 FOR THE
HERMANN PARK ROSE GARDEN has been purchased by Bill Goloby.
Kudos are due for Norma Barnes for finding an excellent
price at Kelly's Hardware in Bellaire. The new house is an
aluminum 24-apartment TRIO brand, simi tar to but larger than
the Purple Martin houses in Russ Pittman Park and Boy Scout
Uoods. Installation will be made in late February of 1993
by the sundial in front of the Garden Center and will belong
to the City of Houston. Many thanks to Bill Goloby and
Norma Barnes. Frank Peace
MINUTES OF HAY 4, 1992 06 MEETING: Don Richardson
shared his knowledge of bird-songs of Jones Forest during
his final Learning Corner presentation. Don's sessions have
been very well attended and appreciated.
Gail Luckner, Program Chairperson, opened the
meeting in Chairman Bob Honig's absence. Gail amouned the
following positions are still open: Field Trip, Aluminum,
Learning Corner and UTC Birding Map update coordinator.
Ed Lebeau, Treasurer, reported membership below
expectations causing a shortfall of $800.00. The deficit
will be covered by the OG account.
Attendance was light, prompting a suggestion that
meeting on Monday should be reconsidered.
Gail requested notable bird sightings. Mentioned
were Bobolinks, Ash-throated Flycatcher and Peregrine
Gail introduced the evening's speaker, P.D. Hulce.
P.D. joined the Seattle Audubon Society on a tour of
Russia's Far East. His slide presenation consisted of
beautiful birds and landscapes. Especially interesting:
Lake Baykal, the deepest lake in the world, 400 miles long,
with 336 rivers flowing in and one flowing out. Colorful
buntings, thrashers, a Northern Hobby, White-throated
Needle-tailed Swifts were just some of the 199 species the