Volume XXVI I, No. 9
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP OF THE OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB, HOUSTON.TEXAS
Visitors are always welcome at OG meetings and field trips. SPOONBILL
subscribers are especially urged to at+end OG functions.
On all UTC field trips remember to bring lunch, Insect repellent and sack
for aluminum litter.
Saturday OG field trip +o W. Harris Coun+y, including Bear Creek Park. Meet at
Jan. 13 8:00 a.m. In front of small white church on Hwy 6 Just north of I —10.
Remember to car pool if possible.
HAS Beginning Birding Trip to Cooling Ponds.
Area on 1-10 just east of San Jacinto River.
if the temperature is less than 37° don
too much fog and mis+ on the ponds +o see any birds!
Meet at 8:00 a.m. at Rest
t bother to come, there would be
Thursday SPOONBILL deadline for articles, announcements, etc. Readers' contrfbu-
Jan. 25 tions to these pages make your newsletter interesting. If you have been
thinking of sending in an item, but haven't yet done so, now would be a
good time. We would like to hear from some of our out-of-state subscribers too.
Sat. & Sun.ONC field trip to the Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary, sponsored by the
Jan. 27-28 OG. Camping will be a joyful experience if you wish to spend the weekend instead of just a day. If you camp, you may do so Friday and/or Sat-
day nigh+s. Do remember +o bring your own wa+er as well as food, for
+here Is no electricity or water a+ the Sanctuary. Plan on enjoying
winter birding at our Sanctuary (Mary Tigner, the warden, knows three
places to find woodcocks). If you need directions, call Marian Taylor,
665-8809, or Kay Lewis, 523-9347.
Thursday OG meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Bayou Manor ■auditorium, 4141 So. Braeswood Blvd.
Feb. I will feature John Tveten, noted nature photographer, author and lecturer.
The subject of Tveten's talk will be the nesting habits and practices of
Deadline for Clearing House January observations.
Wednesday Photography Group regular meetUig, 7>30 p.m., Bayou Manor auditorium,
Feb. 7 4141 So. Braeswood Blvd. will have a program presented by Dennis Caputo.
Dennis, an 0G new member and an accomplished photographer, was the sharp-
eyed observer who first saw and called David Dauphin's attention to the
visitor of the year, the Varied Thrush. His program will be on National
Parks of the Southwest.
ONC meeting, 8:00 p.m.. Garden Center in Hermann Park.
Future trips to plan for now:
Merlin Birding Tours Is offering three mini-tours to the Lower Rio Grande Valley,
led by the Valley expert, John Arvin, and covering Brownsville-King Ranch, San+a
Ana NWR, Ben+sen-Rio Grande S+a+e Park, Roma, Falcon Dam area. Each +ourle+ is
limited to a small number of participants, assuring you of maximum attention from
the leaders, Arvin and Feltner. The dates are March 9-11, March 16-18, or March
23-25. Wrl+e Merlin Birding Tours, Box 19687 for further details."