Volume XXVI, No. 9
PUBLISHED BY THE ORNITHOLOGY GROUP, OUTDOOR NATURE CLUB, HOUSTON, TEXAS
Sa+urday ONC field +rlp +o HL&P Cooling Ponds. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at roadside park
Jan. 14 on I — 10 just east of San Jacinto River. Bring lunch.
Saturday OG field trip to HL&P Cooling Ponds. Same directions as above.
Saturday HAS field trip to Bolivar. Meet at 8:00 a.m. on Bolivar side of ferry.
Jan. 21 Bring lunch, insect repellent.
Saturday Brazosport Birders field trip to San Bernard Refuge (or Maner Lake, weather
Jan. 21 will decide). Meet at Museum on College Drive In Clute at 7:30 a.m.
Thursday 0G regular meeting, 7:30 p.m. at Bayou Manor Auditorium, 4141 So. Braeswood
Feb. 2 Blvd. Remember to bring your collected aluminum.
Tuesday Photography Group regular meeting, 7:30 p.m., Bayou Manor Auditorium. Col.
Feb. 7 Gerald Bench will give a demonstration of three dimensional projection.
SOME INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT 1977 UTC BIRDING compiled by Jim Morgan
1) All species on the malnbody of the Upper Texas Coast Checklist were reported In
1977 with the following exceptions: Common Merganser, Prairie Falcon, Pomarlne
Jaeger and Bachman;s Sparrow.
2) 14 Accidental/Vagrant species were reported Including 3 new UTC species: Long-
tailed Jaeger, Long-billed Thrasher and Virginia's Warbler. (New species subject
to Checklist Committee acceptance).
3) 2 introduced species were reported.
4) Grand to+al of species reported = 345!
5) Plus 8 additional races, forms (or hybrids).
6) Total of all species, races and forms = 353
(Information obtained from Clearing House, American Birds, and reliable personal communication).
IT HAS BEEN A GREAT YEAR ON THE UTC by Margaret Jones
That 330 year's list total remained tantalizing (see Dec. 1977 SPOONBILL), but oh—
so close! The Masked Duck at Anahuac on Dec. 29 gave me the 329th species for the
year (Margaret Anderson was out of town the last few days of the year, otherwise that
duck would have been on her list too). In addition to the 329 birds, there were 7
races or forms also seen. Of those, Audubon's Warbler and Bullock's Orlols are often
seen, but never before had I seen a Red-shafted Flicker In the UTC. It Is Interesting
to note that Margaret A. saw 4 birds I didn't find: Parasitic Jaeger, Blue-faced
Booby, Golden Eagle, and Western Tanager. There were five birds on my lls+ she didn't
have: Masked Duck, Swallow-tailed Kite, Hairy Woodpecker, Virginia's Warbler and
Black-throated Gray Warbler. Also, there were four possible additions seen on Christmas Counts In the area I searched for and failed to find: Long-billed Thrasher, Pyr-
rhuloxla, and Roadrunner (you can'+ really search for a Roadrunner, you have +o let
him happen +o you!), also Evening Grosbeak.
So, as far as I know, there were six OG members who saw more than 300 birds In the
UTC this past year: