OG Field Trip to National Attwater Prairie Chicken Refuge. Leader: Marilyn
Crane. SEE PRAIRIE CHICKENS BOOMING..' Meet at 6:45 a.m. (Daylight Saving
Time starts the week before on Feb.- 23) at Stuckey's, ten miles west of
Sealy, on IH 10. Bring lunch, Insect repellant, and walking shoes.
The Photography Group will meet at 7:30 p.m. in Bayou Manor Auditorium.
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Chandler,will present the program: VLittle Thicket
Sanctuary Open House.- 1973, 1974, 1975". -...- • j.,-5
Outdoor Nature Club Wildlife Film, "Vanishing Africa". 8:00 p.m., auditorium of Great Southern Life Insurance Company, 3121 Buffalo: Speedway.
Audubon Field trip to Jones State Forest. Leader: Margaret Anderson. Meet
at entrance to Sweet'Gum Nature Trail on FM 1488. (exit IH. 45 left,; or west,
on FM 1488) at 8:30 a.m. Bring lunch.
Houston Audubon Society's film:
"Animaux Sauvages", 8:00 p.m., Houston
ABOUT OUR FIELD TRIPS.
We are having such great turn-outs for our field trips in the past year or so, that
sometimes the line of cars Is so long the-back. end doesn't know what the front end is
seeing, and those In the middle are really lost.' There are various schemes being considered to make the trips more enjoyable for everyone, in cars or on foot, there will
be more about this in the future. - For right now, one thing we could all do is share
rides so that the number of cars can be reduced, (Saves gasoline, too.') £_j»«
WHAT A DAY FOR A FIELD TRIP?.'.'■-- by Sarah Gordon :ar$* .Ax
January 25th dawned as perfect and rare as that day In June that was written about so
beautifully by Mr. Shakespeare. Lovely blue skies, sunshine, comfortable temperature
and no wind made for a grand day. - #JsSs_3
A large assemblage gathered to meet our leader, Dan Hardy, who did a masterful job in
handling so many cars and making sure that everyone got to see most of the 78 species
found that morning. Our first stop was on Clay Road at the Sewage Treatment Plant and
ane could truly say "You're in Robin Country". All the trees in sight with the exception of the pine trees were "robin trees". I would not .know" how to estimate such a
huge flock but I would guess In the thousands. At this location we also saw Mourning
-round and Inca doves.
This was a half day trip and for a number of the group the most exciting birds were
the Bald Eagles sighted. One eagle was on the ground' in a field where geese were
feeding and another sat high in a tree - majestic and impressive with his beautiful
white head almost glowing, I wish more Americans could see this emblem of our nation
in person! ,-': <'i:'i:H;i.
Some few were fortunate enough to see the prairie chickens and though our caravan retraced our route on Clay Road we could not find them again. However, it's good to
know that they are still in those particular fields. As always, the geese in huge
numbers, with their constant conversations, are exciting - Canada, White-fronted,
Snow, Blue and Ross' were all seen by someone in the group. Warren Lake was not covered with waterfowl this day as it usually is, but Gadwalls, Pintails, Green-winged
Teal, Shovelers and Ruddy ducks were on the lake. The hawks were out In numbers, and
among those sighted were the Coopers and Rough-legged. Some who continued to bird
after the trip broke up after lunch,- saw a Ferruginous hawk In the area. The usual
wood birds were observed and the fields produced a variety of sparrows, such as Song,
Lincoln, Fox, White-throated and White-crowned, Harris', Field, Lark, Vesper and Savannah. Those who planned for lunch ate at a delightful little park called Hew Kentucky Park, where,a number of birds were also lunching, such as a pair of Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers. ;f*f« ?. w-r_jg<»urifj:y:' •
Ihere were several guests among the 45 birders who made this field trip, and we invite
them to become memBers of the group 'and'to participate In our activities.
;-lHAT A DAY FOR A FIELD TRIPU? - By Wesley Cureton
-fter a night of rain, and more forecast, a surprising 37 people showed up Saturday,
FeBruary 1, for the OG field trip at Sheldon Reservoir. Paul and Margaret Jones, who
had scouted the area the day Before predicted low numBers of Birds, and a high amount
of mud, and, for the most part, they were right. Particularly disappointing was the