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The Spoonbill, Vol. 41, No. 12, December 1992 - Image 5. December 1992. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. October 30, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/2007_023/item/189/show/183.

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Title The Spoonbill, Vol. 41, No. 12, December 1992
Alternative Title The Spoonbill, Vol. XLI, No. 12, December 1992
Contributor (Local)
  • Mueller Boyce, Judith
Publisher Outdoor Nature Club
Date December 1992
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  • Ornithology
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  • Houston, Texas
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  • newsletters
  • periodicals
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Location ID 2007-023, Box 12, Folder 11
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Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript WEST HARRIS C»UNTY FIELD TRIP- NOVEMBER 21, 1992 by P.D. Hulce For several days preceeding November 21st, clouds and rain dominated the local weather scene. This did not deter over 30 enthusiastic OG birdwatchers who showed up at Bear Creek Park on the cool, cloudy, windy morning of the 21st. Caravaning west on Clay Road, ou first stops in the area of Peek and Porter roads had very few birds, thanks to the wind and to duck hunting season. Stockdick School Pond provided good looks at Black-crowned Night Herons, and in the hedgerows across the street, we had our best assortment of dicket birds of the day, highlighted by Harris' Sparrow and eight Pine Siskins. Further north on Pitts Road, five Fulvous Whistling Ducks were picked out of the flock of over 1000 Black-bellied Whistling Ducks, an awesome spectacle of squealing waterfowl. Our next stop on Loganbaugh Road produced our largest concentration of waterfowl for the day, with Green-winged Teal, Pintail, Shoveler, and Snow Goose numbering in the thousands. Continuing west on Sharp Road, the high winds completely frustrated our efforts to lure any passerines out of the woods, although it did provide some excellent flying demonstrations by several Caracara in Waller county. By lunchtime, we were headed north on Penick Road. In quick order, we had the two Ferruginous Hawks and an adult Bald Eagle in view, all at the same time. Most excellent! We stopped at Mound Creek on Mathis Road to have lunch, and while eating, Pyrrhuloxias began popping out of the brushy fenceline, five in all. By this time, the approaching storm front was becoming very noticeable. It was obvious our birding day would be cut short. I still hoped to see some more sparrows, and so we headed from some of my favorite hedgerows, northeast of Hockley. Another 30 minutes of birding added a lovely Pine Warbler and some Carolina Chickadees, but the sparrows continued to elude us, and it was starting to rain, on and off. As we pulled off the road at what I assumed would be our final stop of the day, observant birder Bob Schwartz, in the last car, quickly reported that he may have had a Mountain Bluebird! We drove the two blocks back to where he had spotted the bird and found it in the same spot, flycatching from a fence by the side of the road. The rain was just starting to come down as a dozen entranced birders watched this sky blue bird of the western mountains and struggled with raincoats. The bottom fell out, the bird disappeared and the November OG field trip was officially over. On Sunday the 22nd, the Mountain Bluebird was relocated and seen and photographed by several observers, but by Monday the 23rd, it had move on and was not seen again. If participants on the trip will send or phone me their address or fax number, I will send you a bird list for this trip. P.D. Hulce, 339 West 23rd St., Houston, TX 77008- 2030, 863-1142. OG FTELDTRD? WEST HARRIS COUNTY by Bryan Tarbox [Bryan Tarbox, young son of Bill Tarbox, participated in the November 21st field trip lead by P.D. Hulce. This is his side of the story! Ed.] About 20 birders joined trip leader P.D. Hulce on our field trip to West Harris County. The day started with fair weather conditions and worsened throughout the day. We met at Bear Creek Park and headed to Peek Road and stopped to look around. We didn't see much, but we did see a Krider's Hawk and then we continued. It was fairly good birding and then at about 11:35 A.M. we reach Penik Road, which turned out to be the best birding of the trip. First, P.D. Hulce pointed out two Ferruginous Hawk. As everyone looked at them, an adult Bald Eagle flew by giving everyone a good look. One Ferruginous flew off and then the other one flew up and circled giving us all great looks. We went to Mathis Road to have lunch and while some of our group went to Sonic Drive-Inn, those who stayed saw about three Pyrrhuloxia. The day had been poor for sparrows. Someone told P.D. that we were in a Tornado Watch so instead of going into eastern Waller County, we went to Bauer Hockley and Bauer Road. At Bauer Hockley it wasn't too good for birding, but when we were about to leave someone said they saw a Mountain Bluebird. We all ran back to see it. We found it just before rain started to pour. Everyone got a good look at the spectacular Mountain Bluebird! BIRDING THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTHERN MEXICO by Jim Day and Rob Thacker A five-day drive through the Sierra Madre Oriental of Nuevo Leon and Coahuila in late November yielded few of the tropical and "Mexican" species hoped for. Seen instead were birds more associated with Big Bend or southeastern Arizona. The trip had a propitious beginning. The first bird of the trip, seen south of Monterrey at the entrance to Cola de Caballo (Horsetail Falls), was a Blue-crowned Motmot. At the falls, our excitement mounted as we were greeted in turn by Painted Redstart (5), Clay-colored Robin, Dusky- capped Flycatcher, Green and Gray-breasted Jay, Black Phoebe, Western Tanager, Black-throated Green and Rufous-capped Warbler. The last, a pretty bird with yellow breast seen at close range with its tail cocked, twitched much like an irritated wren. Moving west higher into the mountains, we arrived at San Isidro, where cliffs are home to Maroon-fronted Parrot, but not past early November, we learned to our chagrin. But we were mollified by Yellow-eyed Junco,