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The Spoonbill, Vol. 42, No. 11, November 1993 - Image 1. November 1993. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. June 16, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/163/show/153.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 42, No. 11, November 1993
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  • Mueller Boyce, Judith
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date November 1993
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  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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Transcript VOLUME 42, No. 11 November, 1993 The Spoonbill Published by The Ornithology Group, Outdoor Nature Club, Houston CHRISTMAS COUNT PLEASURES Ninety-four years ago, Frank Chapman, future editor of Audubon Magazine, decided he would count birds while others continued with the traditional "Christmas side hunt," (The Naturalist, 1989). Chapman and 26 other birders participated in the first Christmas Bird Count (CBC). Since that time, the National Audubon Society has maintained a record of birds counted at what started out to be just a few locations. There are now over 1600 count locations throughout North, South and Central America, the Pacific and the Caribbean. Last year 43,588 people participated in CBCs. I hope this year I can persuade a few more of you to join the fun at Christmas time and participate in a CBC or two. A count is held within a 15-mile diameter circle. This circle is usually divided into many smaller areas to which area leaders are assigned. The more people an area leader recruits to census a particular area, the better the chances are of finding a greater number and variety of birds. Count participants do not need to be able to identify all or even most of the birds seen. Difficult identifications are the responsibility of the area leader. Most area leaders want more people to put in the field, regardless of expertise. Therefore, if you have never participated in a CBC and your birding experience is minimal, you are still welcomed in the field on count day. One of the most exciting parts of any CBC is the countdown dinner held at the end of each count day. Here good birding friends are made and a verbal countdown of bird species seen throughout the day is conducted. My very first exposure to CBCs came in 1987 when I showed up a few hours late for the Brazos Bend count. Having no idea what to do on a count or where to go for this particular count, I just decided to look for birders in the park proper. Here I ran across a group of binocular-toting folks pointing skyward, yelling out numbers and bird names and having what appeared to be a good time. These people knew their birds and took their task of counting birds seriously. There was a bird perched in the top of a tree—a small black dot in my binoculars which our area leader calmly pointed out was a Red-winged Blackbird. I immediately began to grow suspicious of this guy and wanted so much to walk over to where the bird was and see for myself. Eventually we walked past the bird in question and it sure did have a patch of red on its wing that my novice eyes did not detect from our original, distant location. It is experiences like this one and many others that keep people coming back year after year to brave mosquitoes, wind, rain, cold, heat and the demanding pace of area leaders. The Ornithology Group of the Outdoor Nature Club of Houston sponsors the Houston Christmas Bird Count each year which is conducted near Baytown. Richard Uzar and P.D. Hulce are once again the compilers for our count. There are 11 different area leaders this year, all of which would love to have a few more pairs of eyes in the field this year. Give Richard (527-0454) or P.D. (863-1142) a call and get involved. This is our count! Dave Bradford, 855-2615