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The Spoonbill, Vol, 6, No. 9, January 1958 - Image 5. January 1958. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 21, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/18/show/4.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol, 6, No. 9, January 1958
Contributor (Local)
  • Aiken, Carl H., III
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date January 1958
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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Original Item Location ID 2007-023, Box 9, Folder 9
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Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript Page 3 1957 Houston Christmas Count -- Party No, 4 - (Vic Emanuel) One of the main advantages of shifting our Christmas Census Circle eastward was that it would include some of the area covered by one of the most competent and thorough observers in Texas, Mr. Arlie K. McKay of Cove. Carl Aiken and I had the privilege of assisting him in covering a portion of the circle and Saturday afternoon he familiarized us with some of the area we were to cover the following day. At 6s00 a.m. (almost to the second) Mr. McKay met us at McCulloch Park where we had been listening in vain for owls. We proceeded to the Dutton and Red Lake area, property of Mr. A. B. Lawrence, Here we found the wonderful expanse of marsh an ideal start for the day. Many thanks to Mr, Lawrence for permitting us to visit this area, it certainly paid off. Walking out on a pier over the lake we greeted the sunrise while adding thousands of Green-wing Teal, Black-cr, Night Herons, 75 White-fronted Geese, and many other waterbirds. On the edges of the lake we added numerous woods-birds, but It was on a dike that we made our big find, a LEAST BITTERN (the next day McKay found a Green Heron at the same place). Near the park we added a Bonaparte's Gull and"-Hed^Keaded Woodpecker. When McKay left us at the park at 9s00 a.m. we had 53 species. Between then and 1:00 p.m., when we rejoined Mr. McKay, we covered the Cedar Bayou Bay Road, Here we added several sparrows including Song, Vesper, and Grasshopper, as well as Sprague's Pipits, a Caracara, and as we ate lunch three thousand Blue and Snow Geese flew overhead. Nearby we found Common Loons and Short-billed Marsh Wrens. When we rejoined Mr. McKay we had 77 species. During the next four hours the census was fast and rough as we waded through marshes and flooded fields and forced our way through dense briar tangles. At Swan Marsh we added Sharp-tailed Sparrows and off Shell Point about 200 Canvasbacks as well as 150 Red-br."Tergansers, an Eared Grebe, Ruddy Duck, and several Common Goldeneyes were added. Our attempts to find Inca and Ground Doves, Black-headed Grosbeak, Groove-billed Anis, Winter Wren, and Yellow-br. Chat, all of which McKay had seen during the previous week, were in vain. However we did succeed in finding a Catbird, Woodcock, White-cr. and Harris' Sparrows. Our last birds of the day were shorebirds at Swan Marsh which included Seaside Sparrows and a Clapper Rail. Our parties final total was 105 speeies. (Mr. McKay had indicated we would get 85 speeies but admitted his highest expectations were about 94 species, even though he had told us earlier there were probably 104 speeies in our area) Birding with Mr. McKay is a real pleasure. Not only does he know his area perfectly and what birds to expect there, but his amazing ability for quick, accurate Identifications and his knowledge of little-known facts about birds is phenomenal. We would like to thank him for his. splendid cooperation on this count, for without his assistance this year's count could have never been the success that it was. 1957 Galveaton Christmas Count - December 22, 1957 - (Vie Emanuel) The first Galveston Christmas Count was conducted in 1946, producing a total of 69 species seen by three observers. In 1955 three observers found 91 species. No Galveston count was made in 1956. This year ten observers in three parties participated in the census of a 15-mile circle taking in the island down to the end of S Road, the tip of Bolivar Peninsula, and the mainland up to Lamarque and Texas City. Carl Aiken and I were to cover the island from Duek Lake east, and the tip of Bolivar. Arriving at Offats Bayou we recorded several hundered ducks, mostly Pintails. At a nearby marsh we had good luck and added a SORA RAIL, 4 Common Gallinules, another Sora, a LEAST BITTERN, and a Long-billed Marsh Wren. At Duck Lake, the western extreme of our "area, we picked up several species of ducks. Kempner Park is the main wooded area on the island so our hopes for woods-birds hinged on it. At first It was disappointing although we didn't expect anything like last years rarities. We added only a Yellow-shafted Flicker, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and a Brown Thrasher. Then things picked up as we added a flock of Cedar Waxwings j, Inca Doves, some Robins, a Baltimore Oriole (in winter plumage), and a Rufous Hummingbird (male- studied carefully). In a garden near 17th and Broadway we found a Catbird. At the jetties we saw many common waterbirds Including several Red-breasted Mergansers. The fields and brush patches at Bolivar paid off fairly well, adding our only Hermit Thrush, White-cr. Sparrows, Lincoln's Sparrows,