and was accepted unanimously by the membership. Chairman Eubanks then turned the
meeting over to Seminar Chairman Jack Gillette, who. Introduced the evening's speaker,
Victor Emanuel. Victor spoke on the Identification problems associated with the
raptors, and was aided In his presentation by slides from the Hawk Migration Association. The program was entertaining and Informative, and thoroughly enjoyed by
all. After the meeting, Paul Nimmons showed slides taken by Marilyn Crane of birds
to be expected on the Houston Chrls+mas Count. The meeting adjourned at 10:30 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Janet Eubanks
ORNITHOLOGY GROUP REGULAR MEETING, Minutes, January 4, 1979
Chairman Eubanks called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. A motion was made that
the Chairman dispense with the reading of the Minutes from the December meeting
since they will be published in the January SPOONBILL. The motion carried. Treasurer Mary Gillette reported that as of the first of December the OG had a balance
on hand of $2524.32. With December Income of $229.61, and expenses of $296.51, the
OG had as of December 31 a balance on hand of $2457.42. SPOONBILL Editor Margaret
Jones urged members to contribute to the "Learning Corner" feature of the SPOONBILL.
Clearing House Editor Paul Jones reported that the December Clearing House would
contain 248 species. Chairman Eubanks said the group was In need of members to
help with the mailing of the SPOONBILL. Those Interested should contact either
Margaret Jones or Maxine Davis. Resource Chairman Avis Brister reported that slides
are still needed for the OG slide library. Avis also noted that the library had
recently acquired two new books: The History of American Ornithology Before Audubon, and A Birdwatcher's Guide to Wildlife Sanctuaries! Rare Bird Alert Chairman
David Dauphin reported on the rarities In the area, Including Varied Thrush and
Ash-throated Flycatcher on Bolivar Peninsula, Red-necked Grebes at the HL&P Cooling
Ponds and the Quintana Jetties, and Golden Eagles and Oldsquaw in West Harris Co.
Aluminum Chairman Jerry Baker reported income of $32 from Aluminum sales the past
month. Chairman Eubanks reminded members that the ONC would host an open house and
birding weekend at the Little Thicket Nature Sanctuary on January 27 & 28, and he
urged OG members to attend. Chairman Eubanks reported that the Freeport Chrls+mas
Count had 123 observers and 216 species, and the Galveston Count had 58 observers
and 162 species. Houston Chrls+mas Coun+ compiler Paul Nimmons repor+ed that the
Hous+on Coun+ had 127 observers and 177 species. Registrar Wes Cureton reported
that over 130 members and guests were present at the evening's meeting. Chairman
Eubanks reported that the February I OG meeting would present Dr. John Tveten, noted
nature photographer, author and lecturer. Tveten will speak on the nesting habits
of birds. Tveten presented a copy of his new children's book on nesting to the OG
library. The Chairman asked that all Interested chairmen submit to him by May 1st
a report of their respective OG activities during the preceding year, and any suggestions they may have as to the Improvement of the group. Mary Gillette, on behalf
of the OG, presented SPOONBILL Editor Margaret Jones a copy of Pough's A Field Guide
to the Western Birds in appreciation of her ceaseless efforts In the publIshlng of
the OG newsletter. Melba Drake reported that Sarah Gordon had been the subject of
an Exxon television Interview concerning the Houston Christmas Count. Chairman Eubanks then Introduced the evening's speaker, Tony Gallucci. Gallucci, presently
completing his master's degree In ornithology at Sul Ross University, showed two
films, one about the function and importance of water In the desert and the other
concerning the Aplomado Falcon. The meeting adjourned at 9:30 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Janet Eubanks.
PLACES TO GO
As you will see when you read the Clearing House and Field Notes, W. Harris Coun+y
or habi+a+ similar to that area, will be productive. With W. Harris County harboring Golden and Bald Eagles, Ross' Geese among the thousands of Snows and Blues, it
isn't surprising an Oldsquaw popped up on the Cypress Creek Christmas Count.
Longspurs will be seen In that area until the end of January, if past appearances
hold true. Quoting from the January SPOONBILL of 1977: "...look for a loose flock
that will rise, fly, wheel, and turn with a flash of white bellies, then as they
get close to the ground, will drop all at once. Shorebirds, and there are some out
there, fly In tight flocks, and never very high as they wheel over a wet field, and
blackbirds are much less disciplined In their flocks, and, of course, never flash
that white." — :. '.'.
The Varied Thrush hopefully will stay around for awhile (the one seen In 1965 stayed
two months). So far, Sun Oil has not objected to birders entering their property
in search of this bird, who Is staying In a large Hackberry grove. Complete directions may be gotten from David Dauphin or the editor.