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The Spoonbill, Vol. 9, No. 6, October 1960 - Image 8. October 1960. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 7, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/1719/show/1716.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 9, No. 6, October 1960
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. IX, No. 6, October 1960
Contributor (Local)
  • Feltner, Trevor Ben
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date October 1960
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
Genre (AAT)
  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 2007-023, Box 9, Folder 13
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Original Collection Outdoor Nature Club Records
Digital Collection Outdoor Nature Club Newsletters
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections/
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Transcript 9 ™ Page 8 Those who signed in at the start of the trip were:: Jerry Strickling (Leader) and Nancy; Jerry Baker; Bess, Walter and Lee Barbare; Luta Buchanan; Hardin Craig, Jr,; Gwen Field; Eva and C. B. Gilman; Sue Harris; R. E. Hilliard (of Beaumont); Louise and Henry Hoffman; Charles Mclntyre; Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Mattei; Edna Miner; Jimmy Murray, Norma Oates; Virginia Parker; Bette Ramsey; Carolyn Simmons; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Smith; Thelma Smith; Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Snyder and Clinton Snyder; Katrina Thompson and Ella Wolfer. Some or the species seen on the trip were: White-faced Glossy Ibi, Great Blue Heron, Little Blue Heron, Lesser Yellowlegs, Sparrow Hawk, Pigeon Hawk, Marsh Hawk, Broad-winged Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Cooper's Hawk, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, Bobwhite, Barn Swallow, Scissor-tailed Flycateher, Wood Pewee, Great Crested Flycatcher, Eastern Kingbird, Blue Jay, Loggerhead Shrike, Common Grackle, Dickcissel, Blue Grosbeak, Rose- breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, Lark Sparrow, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Wilson's Warbler, Yellow-*reasted Chat and Blue-gray Gnateateher. +,- + = *_*** = + = + NEW SPOONBILL- SERVICE - D. Ai Deaver Beginning with the November issue of the SPOONBILL, a new service will be offered to its readers. Eaeh month I shall review a book on birds which has been published during the preceding two months. Inasmuch, however, as books of this particular subject are not forthcoming each month, It will at times be necessary to review a book that has been published somewhat earlier and that may or may not have been placed on public sale or be available to the general reader. The purpose of the review will not be to criticize the work, but rather to make known to the reader what new books have been published and what they are about. The general quality of the book will be assessed in a small degree. The choice of books to be reviewed will be my own and availability will be my major guide. When several books have been published during a particular period, usefulness and interest to the local birdwatcher will be my guide. If the reader would like to see a particular book reviewed, I would appreciate receiving either a.'phone call at MI 9-2984 or a letter addressed to 8150 Howard Drive, Houston 17, giving the title, the author or editor, and the publisher where possible. The tentative schedule, subject to change as new publications are announced each month, is thiss: November, "The Life and Letters of Alexander Wilson;" December, "Birds of Alaska;" January, "Prairie Ducks;"'and February, "Hawks, Owls, and Wildlife."1 At the end of each review, I will give any technical notes about the work that are available, the cost of the book, where the book can be purchased locally, and if not available locally, where it can be ordered. I will also give a list of titles, etc., of other new publications for the month if any are announced,- - = o Ai STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL - by Harvey L. Patten On September 5, I stood leaning against my car parked along Stewart Road adjacent to the "Ruddy Duck Pond" on Galveston Island. Along the shore the shorebirds, although not abundant, were numerous enough to provide a challenge in Identification, wen with the aid of a 20 x Balscope. As I struggled to separate the dowitchers from the siilt sandpipers, one of the birds, dowiteher or sandpiper (?:), was seized and held securely by an unseen predator who lurked below water level. The bird managed to keep its bead, neck, one wing and tail above water as it struggled for freedom. Soon after the struggle began, most of the neighboring dowitchers and stilt sandpipers stopped feeding and moved closer to the stricken bird. Almost immediately 28 black-necked stilts flew to the scene from various parts of the pond and began "yipping" and nancing" continuously about the doomed bird.. Although the smaller peeps paid no attention to the incident and continued feeding along the shore, two turnstones appeared on the scene for a look. As the predator slowly dragged its prey into deeper water, three spoonbills walked past the scene, their heads swinging left to right as they fed. Then as if prompted by a stage director, the three stopped, raised their heads, and watehed the fight for survival. Shortly after they resumed their feeding. One by one the shorebirds in the vicinity of the stricken bird departed from the scene to continue their foraging. Only the stilts continued their "yipping" and "dancing."